The Paw Print Parent Newsletter

Klein High School, February 2017 Edition

The Principal's Message

Dear Klein High Parents and Students,

We have hit the ground running and are well into our spring semester with the close of the 4th grading period this week! It seems just like yesterday we were opening the doors and welcoming all of our amazing 4,000 Bearkat students to school in August!

As the spring progresses, I want to share and reiterate the importance of our Bearkat’s success both now and in the future. We are wrapping up course selection for the 2017-2018 school year, and I am excited to see the many courses and options that our students are pursuing next year. Did you know that your child can graduate high school with over 12+ college hours? Also, did you know that we offer many Career and Technology course sequences that result in lifetime certifications for our students? School, as most of us have known it, has changed so much over the years! We truly believe in our vision here at Klein High and in Klein ISD where all students enter with a promise and exit with a purpose. Purpose in our student’s lives is so important, and it is our goal at Klein High to immerse them in an array of academic opportunities and pathways that will not only give the strong academic foundation that our students deserve, but also provide a purpose for our students as they enter the world beyond graduation. As I mentioned in my previous newsletter, I strongly encourage parents and students to access the Promise2Purpose website to check out the opportunities that are ready for your student to take on!

In looking ahead, I want to share some important dates that you should note. Further information on these events can be found in this newsletter.

  • Monday, February 27: Dual Credit Information Night

  • Wednesday, March 1: SAT Administration for all Juniors

  • Monday, March 13- Friday, March 17: Spring Break

  • Tuesday, March 28: STAAR EOC Exam English I

  • Thursday, March 30: STAAR EOC Exam English II

  • Monday, April 24: National Honor Society Induction, 6 p.m.

  • Monday, May 1: STAAR EOC Exam Algebra I

  • Tuesday, May 2: STAAR EOC Exam Biology

  • Wednesday, May 3: STAAR EOC US History

  • Saturday, May 20: Prom & After Prom Extravaganza (APE)

  • Saturday, June 3: Graduation, 12 noon

In this edition below, we highlight our Bearkats who are doing awesome things both in and outside of the classroom! Our students and staff are truly great, and I am so fortunate and proud to be their principal!

Go Bearkats!


Jessica Haddox, Klein High School Principal

Ms. Jessica Haddox, KHS Principal

KHS Administration

Our administration is here to serve the students, staff, and community at Klein High School! Please contact us should you need any assistance!

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Upcoming Events/Important Dates

Senior Dates

Please click here to access important and upcoming senior dates/events for the Class of 2017! Go Bearkats!

SAT Test Offered for Free to All Juniors!

On Wednesday, March 1st, juniors at Klein High School will have the opportunity to take a free, college-reportable SAT. The SAT School Day helps students get on the path to college by allowing them to test during school hours and avoid conflicts with weekend work or family obligations. SAT School Day also eliminates common reasons for not taking the SAT such as cost, transportation, and comfort. Students can take advantage of College Board programs that support college access, including college application fee waivers and four free score reports to college and universities. All students will be provided an Nspire calculator for use on test day.

Students also have the opportunity to utilize the Khan Academy for free, official SAT practice and career planning resources at Roadtrip Nation. Students who have previously taken the PSAT can sign into My College QuickStart to review previous test performances and use a personalized study plan aligned with The Official SAT Online Course.

After the test is taken on March 1, the free SAT School Day registration will also cover the cost to send the test score to four colleges or scholarship programs. The Score Choice program also gives the student an option to choose which SAT scores are sent to colleges up to nine days after the test. Students can pay to send scores to additional programs through The College Board website. If students decide to retake the test in the future, the SAT School Day registration offers access to My SAT Online Score Report, a service that breaks down what the test score means and gives advice on strengths and weaknesses. Finding a college and scholarships can be easier with the help of The College Board. Students can join the Student Search Service,, to allow colleges, universities, and scholarship organizations to send them information if their scores fit the institution’s admission criteria.

SAT & ACT Boot Camps at KHS

Click here to learn more about the SAT and ACT boot camps held by Catalyst at Klein High School.

Klein ISD Germanfest

Click here to learn more about German Fest, scheduled for 2/24 at Klein Oak High School! Dinner begins at 5 p.m., and the program begins at 7 p.m.

Dual Credit Informational Night

Want to learn more about earning college credit hours in high school? Join us at the Dual Credit Information Night at the Klein Multipurpose Center on February 27 from 7-8:00 p.m.

AP Potential Informational Night

Join us on March 23 from 6-7:30 as we discuss AP Potential, and what that means to your student and their future in AP courses!

2016-2017 EOC STAAR Testing Dates

Thank you in advance for not making any appointments on these dates.

March 28 English I

March 30 English II

May 1 Algebra I

May 2 Biology

May 3 US History

May 1-12 AP Testing Window

Please contact Greg Corradino ( if you have any questions regarding testing.

End of Course STAAR Tutorial Opportunities!

With the EOC STAAR exams quickly approaching, please click here to see the free tutorials that are available to your student to help prepare for mastery and advanced success on their exams! Contact Debbie Pennington ( if you have any questions regarding EOC tutorials.

Spring 2017 Attendance Recovery Opportunities

Saturdays: 3/4, 4/1, 4/8, 4/22, 4/29/ 5/6 and 5/13; 8:00 a.m.-12 Noon, Room 529

Mornings: Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:30 a.m., Room 361

After School: Mondays-Thursdays, 2:45 p.m.-4:15 p.m., Room will be assigned.

See your child's administrator for further details.

Congratulations, Honor Graduates!

Congratulations go to our top 10% of the graduating class of 2017! These students were honored on February 16 in the Klein High Auditorium. A special congratulations go to our 2017 Valedictorian Humza Jilani, and Salutatorian, James Dong.

Skyward Family Access

Click here to learn more about logging into Skyward Family Access to check student grades, attendance and more!

KISD Alumni Bowl

Thank you to all of the KHS alumni that participated in the first ever KISD Alumni Bowl! Alumni present caught up and helped created the KISD Profile of a Graduate! Congrats to Klein High School for taking home the trophy for the most alumni at the event!

In Library News

Media Center Librarians: Sandra Davis & Diana Deere

Book Club meets after school on the second Monday of the month in the LIBRARY; discuss your favorite books and enjoy a treat! Come in, read a book, collaborate with classmates, and more! The Media Center is the heart of our school!

On February 24th, we will receive a visit from New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman. Klein High School is very honored and excited to host Mr. Shusterman!


National Signing Day

Congratulations to our athletes that signed on National Signing Day! Go Bearkats!
Softball- Our alumni game was played on February 2nd to help kick off the season. Kat staff and students supported a very worthy cause for childhood heart disease by wearing one red shoe on February 7th, a cause close to Coach Groomer's heart. Also, the softball team played a Game of Hearts tournament, with proceeds benefiting Congenital Heart Disease Awareness.

Swim/Dive- Kat Swimmers, led by Coach Jim Svoboda, were successful this past weekend at the UIL State Swim Competition. Way to go, Kats!

Wrestling-Take it to the mat and see our athletes take down the competition. Good luck to our Kats that will compete in the upcoming State competition at the Berry Center on 2/24 and 2/25!

Golf- Our golfers work year round to better their game by looking for par or better each and every practice and tournament. The ladies district match will be held April 4-5 and the men's April 11-12, both at Glennloch.

Soccer- Click here to read more about our Soccer Kats!

Tennis- Varsity Bearkats advanced to the regional tournament this season and finished 5th in the region. Keep up with the team as they prepare for Spring play in the upcoming months.

Basketball-Congratulations and good luck to our Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball teams in the 15-6A Bi-District Playoffs!

Baseball- Baseball season has started and is in full swing! Click here to learn more about our Klein High Baseball team.

Clubs and Organizations Updates and Information

Academic Decathlon: Lead by Head Coach Cheryl Freeman and Assistant Coach Michelle Halek, Klein Bearkat ACADEC has been storming its way across our district, region, and now state as they advance to the state tournament at the end of the month ranked 6th!

At the recent regional competition held in the Houston Area, our team took first in Super Quiz, clinched 1st in team awards, and overall region individual high point award. These students spend countless hours in studying above and beyond their daily school coursework in prepping for the 10 areas of competition. Please wish well our team of Logan Baker, Chibueze Ejiofor, Divya Nagarajan, Victoria Brown, Leon Butler, Kim Nguyen, Danielle Breitstein, Benard DuPriest, and Esther Marin!

Computer Science:

Nate Galang, Kevin Mechler, Taylor Schorlemmer, and Brandt Swanson are participating in the NASA Space Robotics Challenge in which they program a virtual R5 robot through a series of tasks. See the link below for further details!

Cosmetology: Lead by Ms. Boike, Room 915

Our student learners spend numerous hours a day working towards their certification! Recently our cosmetology students hosted a Princess Spa Day!

Fashion Design: The KHS 2nd Annual Fashion Show will be taking place on March 29th and will be hosted by the Advanced Fashion Design class. Student models representing Klein High School have a fabulous opportunity to share in the creative process of this fantastic event!
Architecture Design: Lead by Mr. Matchett, Room 1016

Student Dream Home design projects were presented to staff in the past few weeks. Students have conscientiously worked since the beginning of the year in the following areas in order to come in on budget and on time according to client requests. Consultations, budgets, eco-friendly materials, site management, computer programming, scaled and modeled designs, etc. are all part of a student learning to work in the field of architecture.

Yearbook Spotlight: Club Sponsor- Melissa Oberholtzer, Room 753

Also check out our official student newspaper of Klein High School at:

Cheer: Under the direction of Mrs. Yvette Winship, Mrs. Kelli White, and Mrs. Melisa Hahn, the cheer team continues to tirelessly support our student organizations and teams. Cheer try-outs for the 2017-2018 school year are the week of March 6 through 10th (student/parent mandatory meeting must have been attended to try out).
Bearkadettes: Under the direction of Ms. Jena Emert and Mrs. Kelli Branham, our Bearkadettes continue to spread spirit and enthusiasm in the form of dance. Artisitic interpretation, dance clinics, and precision practices are staples on our campus throughout each season of the school year. Thank you, ladies for the countless hours you put into supporting and representing our fine campus. Recent success was had at Cinco Ranch High School with our ladies taking the Crowd Pleaser Award!
HOSA: Lead by Ms. Kristen Haggard

Klein High School hosted the HOSA Area 6 Leadership Conference this month where we advanced 136 HOSA students to state. Incredible job, KATS!

FFA: Sponsors: Mike and Becky Brummond, James Strickler, Kelsey Morris, and Ashley Myers

The Klein High School Chapter continues to impress as they garnered huge success at the KISD FFA Livestock and Project Show this past week. From Horticulture, to projects, to animals, FFA continues work toward the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo as they tend daily needs of their animals and projects while learning leadership and time management. Students in FFA are sometimes beginning their day a couple of hours before school starts in pursuit of individual and chapter success.

Standleaders: Sponsor- Leslies Vela

The Annual Mr. TopKat show is heading to the Klein High Auditorium on February 23rd. Style, sophistication, and entertainment is the focus of the evening. Be there for the crowning of our new Mr. TopKat! You name the event or season, you will see this group of student leaders in their blue and gold striped socks and gold jerseys representing spirit and excitement wherever they go.

Best Buddies: Always wanting to lend a helping hand, our Best Buddies Club is spearheading efforts to support fundraising efforts for a good cause. Help us celebrate the upcoming Best Buddies Friendship Walk.

No Place For Hate: Sponsor- Shanley Marchese, Room 419

Klein High School is a No Place for Hate Campus. This club promotes acceptance and positivity on our campus. We will be partnering and sharing ideas with our intermediate school partners and will begin work on the Peyton Heart Project in the near future and collect 600 hearts to raise awareness and to help end the stigma surrounding mental health issues.

Science National Honor Society: Sponsors- Holly Cannon & Vicki Hermsdorf, Rooms 259 & 262.

SNHS hosted a science exposition late this Fall at Kleb Intermediate. Members of our organization performed scientific demonstrations for the interested Kleb students, and then followed up with explanations behind the scientific phenomena. Monthly meetings keep students informed regarding opportunities to investigate scientific data, exploration, and job field research.

ROTC: Instructors- Colonel Lambert & Sergeant Fuentes, Room 805

Proud to represent our nation and proud to represent Klein High School, recent awards were bestowed upon the following students for their excellence during the first semester: Umar Hossain, Genesis Carrasquillo, Emily Rector, and Isaiah Jackson. ROTC Members recently attended a Model Rocketry Competition at Waller High School and competed against 15 schools in four categories. KHS AFJROTC has also recently promoted the Souper Bowl of Caring by assisting two local H.E.B. stores with canned goods sales to replenish the Houston Food Banks.

EMT Programs: Instructor Jill Tackett, Room 165

Our EMTs have all certified with CPR for the professional rescuer, completed communication center rotations, and are now on the ambulances doing rides with Cypress Creek EMS. Klein High's EMT program partnership collaborative with Cypress Creek EMS has been a win-win. We also dominated with an EMT sweep at our recent competition and will be advancing to state!

Student Council: Club Sponsor- Misty Kroon, Room 551

The Student Council Executives were invited to Disneyworld for a Leadership Conference this past month. StuCo executives learned what the four traits Disney uses to be successful! Always showing care for our staff and students, we appreciate Klein STUCO.

Business Professionals of America: Club Sponsor Lety Griggs, Room 611

On January 28 KHS took 54 students to the Area BPA competition. Of those, 48 placed and brought home medals with 23 of those qualifying for the state competition (the highest number for our area) that will be held in Dallas on March 1-4th!

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)

Instructors Lindsay Duke, Katie Rooke, Natalie Stewart, and Marie Villa

FCCLA, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, competed at the 2017 Region IV Conference on February 17th in Galveston, Texas. FCCLA is a student led organization that promotes growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences Education. Students had the opportunity to compete in a variety of categories and have worked months to prepare for the competition. 22 students competed and 15 advanced to the state leadership conference in Dallas this April. The following students advanced to state.

Chapter in Review Display- Annalisa Rodriguez and Jennifer Cruz- 2nd place

Chapter Service Project Display- Mackenzie Jackson and Avary White- 2nd place

Career Investigation- La'Yauna Bonds- 1st place and Katherine Menzer- 2nd place

Fashion Design Occupational- Gabby Mayhew- 6th place

Focus on Children Occupational- Samantha Ethington and Carissa Hecker- 3rd place

Interior Design Occupational- Emily Sutliffe- 1st place

Interior Design Senior- Boston Rose- 1st place

Life Event Planning- Jana Blenderman and Shelby Watts- 6th place

Sports Nutrition- Colten Johnson and Luke Mazza- 2nd place

News From the Arts

Scholastic Writing Awards

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Congratulations go out to our hard-working and talented writers, artists, and their teachers here at KHS!

Each fall, entries are judged by panels of highly-qualified professionals who select Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention recipients. Gold Key winners go on to compete at the national level. More than 1,500 students receive national awards each year. Click here to see the list of KISD's Scholastic Art and Scholastic Writing Award winners!

“Note”able News from the Orchestra

Under the direction of Mr. Creston Herron and Ms. Tanya Chanphanitpornkit (Room 507), our orchestra partners with other district schools and/or performs for local businesses throughout the area which affords our Klein High School Orchestra a developing legacy. You will find a group of students who have the pleasure of working with enthusiastic directors who tirelessly promote the love of music on our campus. The KHS Orchestra might even serenade you for your birthday if you are lucky. The district honor concert was earlier this month and was an excellent prelude to the amazing TMEA performance by our top-notch orchestra which included a school pep rally for their send off.
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Directors: Heather Sharp and Rheagan Smith, Room 501

All State Choir took the stage in San Antonio at the annual TMEA Concert this month. Representing Klein High was Savannah Boyd (12th), Emmalie Hall (11th), and Rebecca Walsh (10th). These young ladies exemplify strong dedication and fine musicianship. See below for our TMEA All-State Ensemble winners. Thanks also going out to Ms. Heather Sharp as she has assisted in preparing the voices of the musical ensemble of Sweeney Todd.

6 Klein High School Musicians Make All-State Musicians

Six Klein High School music students have been named to Texas Music Educators Association All-State ensembles. Selected for All-State Choir are Savannah Boyd, Emmalie Hall, and Rebecca Walsh. Selected for All-State Orchestra are Andres Ayerbe, Kyle Victor, and Ruoxuan (Rosa) Su.

These students performed with the Texas All-State Choir and Texas All-State Orchestra on February 11th as part of the 2017 TMEA Clinic and Convention. The students were chosen for this honor through a competitive process held this year across the state at district, region and area levels. All State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive.


Directors: David Gresens, Chris Lambrecht, and Kelsey Blanscet, Room 514

Congratulations go to Kelsey Blanscet for leading the instrumental music in the spring musical, Sweeney Todd.

Theatre Arts

Drama Team: Tina Domino, Jason Bradshaw, and Adam Henjum

The musical for this year was Sweeney Todd. Thanks go out for the support of a very talented ensemble and crew which brought this chilling tale to life. Intrigue, a fabulous set, beautiful costumes, and gifted musicians, Sweeney Todd didn't disappoint. Our theater community continues to put out well crafted work season after season. As our theater department catches their breath, get ready to support them in their upcoming UIL One Act Play performances of Arthur Miller's All My Sons. Catch them on March 11th at Memorial High School. Details to come at


Debate Coach Ryan Hennessey has lead a strong team of debaters this fall season as they move toward the new year and competitions of UIL and look forward to debating at Harvard University in Boston this February.

Just a Reminder...

Custody Information:

Please assist us in the handling of custody related issues. It is the responsibility of the parents to provide the principal a certified copy of the court order affecting any other person’s right to their children. Should you have any questions, please call Ms. Haddox at 832-484-4000.

Updated Tardy Policy

We have made some changes to our tardy procedures at Klein High School for the 2016- 2017 Spring Semester. Tardies will now be tracked on a weekly basis for all class totals combined. Tardies will reset every week with consequences as follows:

1st-3rd Tardy Warning

4th Tardy 1 Hour After School Detention

5th Tardy 2 Hour After School Detention

6th Tardy 2 Hour Saturday Detention

7th Tardy 4 Hour Saturday Detention

8th Tardy ISS

Thank you to all of our Bearkats for getting to class promptly! If you have any additional questions about the changes to procedure, please feel free to contact your child’s administrator.

Attendance Counts!

Klein’s Overall Attendance Averages for the First Semester:

1st Six Weeks: 96.47%

2nd Six Weeks: 95.33%

3rd Six Weeks: 95.18%

Help us reach our goal of staying above 96.5%! We miss our students when they are not here!

KISD Campus Police

Our campus police officers are here to protect and serve our student body and faculty throughout the school year! They are happy to assist should you have any questions.

2016-2017 Klein ISD School Calendar

Click here to access the 2016-2017 KISD school calendar!