The Paw Print Parent Newsletter
Klein High School, Spring 2020 Edition
The Principal's Message
Dear Klein High Parents and Students,
As we begin our last month of Texas winter, we look forward to spring and all that brings to the Klein High community!
As we continue our Klein5 core values, our KleinServes event that began solely with Klein High last year has expanded to a district event known as KleinFamily Serves! Students and staff from every high school and their feeder patterns are encouraged to sign up to volunteer at assigned events that will take place in our amazing Klein ISD community. Students can sign up at www.kleinisd.net/serves to participate and show their Klein5 service commitment. We look forward to seeing all of our students and staff there! Last year we had over 800 students and 100 faculty/staff participate. The data from our event reflection survey showed that 99.7% of our students that participated in 2019 would likely volunteer again.
We are continuing our tradition of honoring Black History Month by encouraging students and staff to wear attire that promotes African culture, unity, and culture awareness every Thursday. We will also have a major event later this spring to honor all cultures represented at Klein High through our Kats Celebrating Culture event. Stay tuned for more information coming soon!
Lastly, with the spring semester also comes all things testing. Whether your student is taking EOC/STAAR, TELPAS, and/or AP exams, make sure you are familiar with the dates for all as we communicate those out via the school website and Twitter.
As always, thank you for being a part of our #KleinFamily. It truly is an honor to serve the wonderful students, staff, and community at Klein High School!
Klein High School Principal
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Klein High Updates
Klein5 Student Ambassadors
Klein Ambassadors have been hard at work to give a new twist on student led lessons. We have revamped our program by dividing the team into 3 different committees (Lessons, Promotions and Service) and focus each month on one theme.
Our Lessons committee comes together and brainstorms a theme for the lesson each month that all students can relate to. The Promotions committee combines social media platforms such as Instagram and Twitter as well as creative visuals to showcase the lessons and activities that the Ambassadors do. The Service committee puts forth different activities that either go along with the lesson of the month or a service project that support the school or community.
The February theme is called “Spread Love, Not Gossip”. This campaign targets how negative gossip can affect people’s relationships with others and how you can stop the spread of negative gossip. Our goal is to spread more positive gossip with love and support for each other.
At the end of each month, we hope to recap everything that happened that month and show how our lesson impacted the school. We encourage everyone to be apart of our lessons through out the month and hope to inspire other students to be the best they can be.
Bearkat Den Update
In January, teachers selected their students for their home Bearkat Den. Since January 27th, there has been engaging things happening in the dens.
BearKat Den (BKD) is an additional 2.5 hours each week of instructional time built into the school day to support and/or enrich specific areas of student learning. All students are assigned a permanent “homeroom” Den teacher that they report to. If students need additional support in specific academic areas teachers will schedule them into their den for intervention or extension activities through our Enriching Students software. This software allows flexibility in scheduling to get immediate, real time support where and when students need it!
All scheduling and attendance for BearKat Den is monitored through the Enriching Students software. It is the student's responsibility to check Enriching Students to determine if they have been pulled or not. Students not in the appropriate BKD have their attendance reported the their AP office. Schedules are locked in place from 7 am-11am each day. Students should log in to Enriching Students daily to view their schedule using their connected Klein email account. iPhone users can download the Enriching Students app to have schedule notifications sent directly to their phone. Students needing any technical support can visit the Digital Learning Specialists in room 759. BKD is perfect for getting real time academic support, please ensure your student is taking advantage of this built in opportunity!
Cell Phone Procedure Update
We began this semester with the implementation of our new cell phone procedure. Since its implementation, we are noticing that grades are improving, students are getting work completed, and high quality initial instruction is happening. This would not have been possible without your support with this transition. We value the commitment and the partnership between each stakeholder in the success EVERY students.
Please review the updated cell phone expectations at Klein High School if you haven't already. If you have any questions, please contact your student's administrator.
The Counselor's Corner
Course Selection Update!
Course selection is winding down. Every student had the opportunity to work on a Career Plan and to receive recommendations from current teachers for next year's courses, including level of rigor. Counselors conferenced with each student as well to ensure all Bearkats are on track to exit with a purpose!
We understand that students and parents may want to make changes to course requests. Requests for changes can be made by completing this form. The district deadline to make changes to course requests is May 8th. All changes will be reflected in the Career Plan in Skyward. After you have reviewed your student's courses, please sign electronically to confirm.
Requests for changes can be made by completing this form.
KHS Counseling Team
Click Here to access the list of our awesome KHS Counseling Staff.
Course Selection Information for 2020-2021
ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS: Course Selection for the 2020-2021 school year will begin in the Spring. Please look at the detailed course selection schedule below; if you have any questions, please see your counselor. Also, don't hesitate to utilize the amazing website below to preview and get further information on all of our courses!
College & Career Center
FAFSA Assistance? If you are needing help finishing FAFSA, please don't hesitate to call the College and Career Center at 832-484-4154 or email Jennifer Myers at email@example.com. We will be happy to set up an appointment time to help you complete the FAFSA.
Senior Sessions are back! On March 4, Seniors will have the opportunity to hear about a variety of topics concerning post High School information! Have your Seniors sign up for this informative morning!
Please find the link to our website for all your Scholarship/Upcoming College news:
Advanced Placement (AP)
Registration for AP testing is now closed. Exams will be administered May 4 – May 15.
Dual Credit Summer School
Registration opens for Summer School with a one-night event, March 2 at Klein Multipurpose Center with rolling time slots from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Reserving a preferred time slot can be done at LoneStar.edu/UPDualCredit2020/
All students must have a LSC ID# and qualifying test scores prior to the meeting. Additional required forms will be furnished at one of the KHS required meetings (first time DC students) : Thursday, Feb. 20 – LGI – 7:00 a.m. or 2:45 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 21 – LGI – 7:00 a.m.; Tuesday, Feb. 25 – LGI – 7:00 a.m. or 2:45 p.m. Current Dual Credit students will need to see Ms. Georgiana in Room 127.
Skyward Family Access
2020 Testing Dates
March 4 - School Day SAT (Juniors)
April 7 - STAAR EOC Test (English 1)
April 8 - STAAR EOC Test (English 2)
May 5 - STAAR EOC Test (Algebra)
May 6 - STAAR EOC Test (Biology)
May 7 - STAAR EOC Test (US History)
We will have an altered bell schedule on these dates. Please be sure to check the Klein High website as the test dates draw nearer, as more information will be provided at that time.
Important Senior Information & Dates!
Seniors Information Site: Please visit this site for all things important for Seniors to know: https://sites.google.com/kleinisd.net/khs-seniorclassinfo/home
Seniors Class of 2020 - Scholarship time! Check out the College & Career Center Website for all the latest scholarships - www.bit.ly/kleinhighccc
Senior Prom: May 16th at the Woodland's Waterway Marriott from 8-11:30 pm
Graduation: May 30th, 9:00 AM at NRG Stadium
Kelly Dinh graduated from KHS in June 2019 and was a member of the first Advanced Nursing Pathway Cohort. Kelly has officially graduated from Lone Star in December 2019 and in January 2020, just 7 months after high school graduation, she passed her National Counsel Licensure Examination or NCLEX, to become an official LVN! This is a huge accomplishment which we are so proud of at Klein High School.
Klein High Celebrates Black History Month
18 Klein High Student-Athletes Participate in 2020 National Signing Day
In Klein ISD, National Signing Day is one filled with cheering, clapping, high-fives, and celebration cupcakes. 18 Klein High student-athletes signed a letter of intent to the college of their choice, many with high-dollar scholarships attached.
“We are so incredibly proud of and impressed by our student-athletes and their performance both in the classroom and in their respective sports,” Klein ISD Superintendent Dr. Jenny McGown said. “Thanks to our committed coaches and teachers, we know that our students have a solid academic foundation and will be successful.”
This day was a culmination of four years’ hard work being recognized, respected, and celebrated. “I have looked forward to signing day for the last four years,” Henderson State University football commit Maxton Sloan said. “I put in a lot of hard work in the weight room, on the football field, and in the classroom to make my dream a reality. I’m thankful for the opportunity that Bearkat football has given me and the coaches who never gave up on me.”
It’s an emotional day for students, teams, and families. But one filled with great pride for our incredible coaches who watched it all unfold season after season. “I take great pride in our student-athletes achieving their dreams of competing in collegiate athletics,” Klein High School Football Coach Shane Hallmark said. “I am extremely proud of our coaches, administration, and parents for instilling the level of commitment that these young women and men possess. Most importantly they are students first and none of this would be possible without their hard work in their academic courses.”
Help us congratulate our outstanding Klein High student-athletes!
Madeline Vindiola | Grand Canyon University | Swim
Charlotte Longbottom | Texas A&M | Swim
Giuliani Maceroni | Texas Lutheran University | Soccer
Christian Barillas | St. Edwards University | Soccer
Maddi Davis | St. Edwards University | Soccer
Ella Myers | St. Edwards University | Soccer
Madison Barrett | Concordia University | Soccer
Paula Cerda | SFA | Tennis
Tyson Thompson | Houston Baptist University | Football
Will Garner | Baylor University | Football
Bryce Corriston | Sam Houston State University | Football
Maxton Sloan | Henderson State University | Football
Gabe Cossey | University of Houston | Football
Corben Jimenez | Texas A&M Commerce | Football
Kole Tauzin | Texas State University | Baseball
Will Lee | Angelina College | Baseball
McKenzie Cutbirth | University of Texas Dallas | Softball
Madisyn Reynolds | Concordia University | Softball
What's Happening in Klein ISD
KMPC Transformed into Doctor’s Office to Serve Community
With the help of the Houston Health Department and various community volunteers, the Klein Multipurpose Center (KMPC) became a fully-functioning eye doctor’s office this week to provide free eye exams, prescriptions, and glasses to 200 Klein ISD students.
Klein ISD knows that vision can have a profound impact on a child’s learning and life. That’s why we complete vision screenings for all students in PreK, kindergarten, first, third, fifth, and seventh grades. If students do not pass the in-school screening, they receive a referral for further evaluation.
“Sometimes there are barriers which prevent families from completing the vision referral, which means the student does not receive professional eye care,” Klein ISD Health Services Coordinator Yvonne Clarke said. “In order to support our families, I applied for a grant with the Tomball Regional Health Foundation to bring a program called ‘See to Succeed’ to Klein ISD.”
See to Succeed is a Houston Health Foundation initiative that aims to improve academic performance by providing free comprehensive eye exams and eyewear to students who otherwise wouldn’t receive those.
“See to Succeed essentially brought an entire, high-quality optometry program directly to our students today,” Clarke said. “With parental consent, our students are transported from their campus to the Klein Multipurpose Center for vision screening and then bussed back to campus. It’s very convenient for families and completely funded by the grant.”
We are so proud that the See to Succeed initiative came to Klein ISD, as it is simply another way that we care for the whole student.
The students received a fully comprehensive eye exam including near and distance vision screening, color vision screening, and eye health exams.
“The eye is the only place in the body where doctors can look inside the body without having to do surgery so eyes can be very telling of someone’s overall health,” Lead Optometrist for See to Succeed Dr. Veronica Mendez, O.D. said. “We’ve caught diabetes and tumors with eye exams so families should understand how important they really are.”
At the conclusion of each exam, students received a prescription and/or hand-picked glasses that they will receive free of charge within the next month.
Before bussing back to campus, students were fed a nutritious lunch prepared by the Klein ISD Nutrition and Food Services team.
Thank you to See to Succeed for bringing your resources and partnerships to Klein to ensure that our students can see, live, and learn clearly!
Klein Family Serves
Greetings Klein High family,
I am so excited to share with you the official date of Klein Family Serves for this school year and ask you all to please SAVE THE DATE of Saturday, March 28th 2020!
Also, here is a link to the Klein Family Serves website which also offers more information about this awesome day! This year, each of the high schools will serve as a hub and each family of schools will volunteer out of each of the high school hubs. Our family is Klein High, Kleb Intermediate, and the following Elementary schools: Benfer, Brill Ehrhardt, Kuehnle, Mittelstadt and Theiss.
We are all so excited to make this the greatest day of service ever in Klein ISD!!!
Klein Boys Basketball
The Klein boys basketball team is having a great season and are #1 in the district. They are 22-8 overall and 13-1 in district. Friday, February 14th is Senior night against Klein Oak. Come out and send off our seniors, David Peak and Tyson Thompson, in their final home game of their high school career here at Klein High School. Senior recognition will begin after the Junior Varsity game with the Varsity game starting at 7:00. The Varsity team is being led by returning lettermen Tyson Thompson, Aaron Hutchinson, Aaron Gonzales, Mason Tharp and Thirhrey Smiley.
Please join us in celebrating Coach Glenn Arnold on his 50 years of coaching! Thank you Coach Arnold for your unwavering service and sacrifices to our students and the KHS athletic program.
At the Pecan Lakes tournament in Navasota, Klein varsity boys, Colby Arnold, Kolton DeLeon, Russell Muirhead, and Kase Whitten, represented our Bearkats very well earning second place! Varsity girls, Julia Farrar, Julia Garza, Margaux Solis, and Edi Webster also had a great day finishing strong in third place, and Freshman Edi Webster edged out her competition in an exciting playoff taking FIRST PLACE among all the girls in tournament!! WAY TO GO BEARKATS!!
Mark your calendars to come out and support Klein Golf at our upcoming Spirit Nights:
- FEBRUARY 20th FUDDRUCKERS 11-9. To support Klein Golf, simply drop your receipt in the bucket when you order
- MARCH 27th CHICK- FIL -A AT GLEANNLOCH VILLAGE 3-8. Simply tell the cashier you are supporting Klein Golf when you place your order.
Klein Clubs & Organizations
Klein Student Council has been extremely busy the second semester of the school year 2019-2020! February turned into the month of kindness and we celebrated The Great Kindness Week. Student councils all around the nation found different ways to challenge their student bodies to spread kindness. Here at Klein Monday was a dress up day to Team Up for Kindness and wear your favorite jersey, Tuesday was Pass It Forward through social media to send compliments to their friends, Wednesday was another dress up day which was Kindness Rocks wear rock n roll clothes, Thursday was another activity which any student or facility member could write down their definition of kindness, and lastly Friday our last dress up day was Hats Off to Kindness wear your favorite hat!
During the month of January, Klein Student Council hosted a blood drive partnering with Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center. Many thanks to the Klein students who participated in the Blood Drive. Klein donors contributed to saving over 100 lives with the units collected. We are so thankful that we have such amazing students that show what a Klein5 Bearkat represents. We are now planning a blood drive in April. We will keep all the Bearkats updated.
Kats Joined for Hope
Please join us at our upcoming meetings from 2:45-4 in the LGI:
March 23rd - Be a Life Saver/ More than Sad
April 13th- Stress Awareness/ #RUOK
May 11th- Mental Health Awareness Month
Tryouts for next year's team will be held on March 20th. We encourage all girls with a dancer's heart and a desire to share a bond in a true sisterhood to come to our hopeful meeting March 3rd at 6:30pm in the LGI.
DECA recently competed at the district competition and had 32 of 34 competitors qualify for the state competition! They will compete at the state competition later this month for their shot at the international competition!
#Klein5 Service - DECA is collecting travel size toiletries, snacks, plastic silverware, tissues etc. for our District Community Service Project in partnership with the Montgomery County Crisis Assistance Center! Drop off any donations to Klein High School - Attention - Tricia Holloway or James Mather
Over the course of the semester, members of the Klein High School newspaper staff have re-designed and updated the school's official news website, The Bearchat. Please check out www.thebearchat.com each week for Klein High School news, entertainment, sports and more, all written by students. For more up to date information, please follow us on our social media accounts: Twitter: @thebearchat | Instagram: thebearchat
Bearkat TV is excited to announce the launch of our new website! We created the "bearkat.tv" website to give students and staff the opportunity to access all of our videos and media in one place. Check out the website for new videos every week. We are always looking for new stories to post, so feel free to email us if you have any ideas!
World Language Department
Course selection has been in full swing over the last few weeks here at KHS. Our counselors are working hard to help each student set up their schedule to complement their future career goals. We're all about the personalized approach so we can meet each student's individual goals and fulfill our promise to their purpose. Since we offer four different languages at KHS, French, German, Latin, and Spanish, we are very well equipped to cater to students' unique needs to set them up for a successful future. If you look at the flyer it clearly illustrates the language that complements a student's future career goals best; for example a student pursuing an Arts & Humanities endorsement is best prepared if taking Latin, while a student pursuing a STEM endorsement will benefit more from taking German.
Don't forget to check out our course selection website, https://sites.google.com/kleinisd.net/kleinhighcourseselection/home, where you will find more detailed information on each language (click on courses at the top, then select electives, then world languages). Student schedules must be finalized soon. Please contact your student's counselor if you feel you need to make any necessary changes to next year's schedule or if you have questions regarding this flyer. Our amazing world language teachers are also available to answer any of your questions. Merci. Danke. Gratia. Gracias. Thanks.
KHS CLUB & ORGANIZATIONS DIRECTORY
Taste of Klein
Our 12th Annual Taste of Klein event is right around the corner! Taste of Klein will be held on Thursday, February 20 at 6:30pm. At this event, you will be able to taste delicious samples from over 40+ restaurants in the Klein area. As you dine, you will be able to enjoy the sounds of the award-winning Klein Orchestra Program as your students perform in our Chamber Music Festival. We will also be featuring our fabulous Klein High Art Department with an Art Gallery display in the Klein High School main street area. This is an event that the entire family can enjoy! Tickets are being sold for $10.00. All participants will receive five restaurant samples per ticket. This event sells out every year and tickets will be going fast! Tickets are on sale in room 507 (Orchestra Hall) during the day. Get your tickets today!
Texas All-State Success!
Congratulations goes out to Andres Ayerbe and Gabriel Sweet, two of our incredible orchestra Bearkats for earning a spot in one of the prestigious Texas All-State Orchestras! Nearly 70,000 students from across Texas started the audition process in September. These All-State musicians represent the top two percent of all music students in Texas. You all continue to make us proud! Way to go, Bearkats!
Klein 5 Service
Some of our incredible Bearkats spent part of their weekend volunteering at the Houston Symphony! Students were able to introduce over 1500 children in the Houston community to music by participating in a music instrument petting zoo and performing for locals at Jones Hall. We are so proud of these selfless Bearkats that exemplify our core value of service for our Houston community. Proud of you guys!
KHS Choir - Congratulations to the following 6 students who have been named All State Musicians as the result of a rigorous audition process. Across the state of Texas, over 70,000 students started the process, and only 2% earned a place in an All State ensemble. Congratulations to: Andres Ayerbe-Orchestra, Gabriel Sweet-Orchestra, Anna Jacobson-Choir, Chloe Johnsen-Choir, Riley Moquim-Band, Carlos Pirela-Band
Chamber Choir - Join us on April 2nd or 3rd for an evening of live music presented by the Klein High Chamber Choir! Concerts will take place in the Choir Room at 7:00 pm both nights. Tickets will go on sale at www.kleinhighchoir.com after Spring Break.
Klein Choir Pre-UIL - Klein Choir will present a UIL preview concert featuring all 5 of our groups on April 14th at 7:00 pm. The concert is free and open to the public!
Klein High School Musical Musicians
Congratulations to MS.Blanscet and the Klein Band students who put on a great Drowsey Chaperone Show! The students worked for about 5 weeks on the special music for the show.
Solo and Ensemble
The band has over 120 students that participated in the KISD Solo and Ensemble. The students played for music teachers from 13 different Universities around Texas. The Klein Band will host the UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest on February 21st. We will have over 800 student musicians compeiting for ratings and a chance to go to State Solo and Ensemble.
The Klein Colorguard is in full swing with two competiting guards. Their season wil include all of the Klein iSD Guards performing on March 19th at Klein Collins.
UIL Non Varsity Concert Band Evaluation
On April 14-16 the Klein Band will host 27 high school band in UIL performance.
Klein Band Mattress Sale Fundraiser - Need a mattress? Wait for Sunday April 19th! The Klein Band will hold it's first annual Mattress Fundraiser. Super high quality beds @ 50% off retail.
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From Your Librarian - Ms. Davis
Want to search our catalog for a library book, conduct research for a school paper or project, read online? Find all this and much more on StudentNet.
Klein High Book Club
2nd Monday of
Each Month @
2:45 in the Library
Just a Reminder...
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.