The Monday Morning Bearkat Brief

Klein High School ⦁ October 17, 2016 ⦁ Issue 10

Better Never Stops!

Haddox's Highlights and Kat Kudos

  • An Almost Jeans Week!: In honor of a week full of meetings, grades, and PSAT testing, feel free to wear jeans on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday! (Thursday will be professional dress due to campus visitors). And on jeans days, feel free to wear a nice top/blouse/shirt instead of a spirit shirt if you wish!
  • Faculty Meeting: Don't forget-we will have a faculty meeting this Tuesday afternoon in the auditorium at 2:45!
  • Congrats to our fantastic cafeteria crew for a PERFECT AUDIT! A round of applause for their awesome leader, Ms. Erica Dorsey for a job well done! (See her bio below!)
  • PSAT/English 1 Benchmark Day: Don't forget about the fun we have in store this coming Wednesday! Kudos to Mr. Corradino, our testing czar, as well as our specialists, for organizing it all!
  • Leadership Academy Visit: A group of area leaders will be visiting KHS on Thursday, October 20 to tour our CTE area and have lunch catered by Chef Anderson's culinary arts program!
  • KHS Speech/Debate Tournament: Mr. Hennessey's Speech and Debate teams will be hosting their annual tournament this Friday and Saturday at KHS. Please note that many KHS classrooms will be used. More information to come if your room will be utilized!
  • Gay Brownlee: Please welcome Mr. Harper's temporary AP sub, Gay Brownlee! She will be subbing in for him as we work to fill his vacant position!
  • Progress Reports: Theeeyy'rree baacckk! Progress report grades are due no later than Monday, October 17 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Garage Sale: Tennis is hosting their garage sale at KHS this Saturday! Come out and find your treasure.
  • Thank you to Ms. Haggard for having 100 of her HOSA members participate in the Cypress Creek EMS Arrive Alive event! Arrive Alive is a program out of Michigan that involves a jeep simulator that shows the effects of alcohol as well as texting while driving.
  • Kudos to Melissa Harvey and Julie Shehata for getting all the cookie dough ordered and out to our seniors this past week! Your hard work is appreciated!
  • Hats off to our Varsity Volleyball, Football, and Tennis teams as they brought back the "W" on Friday!
  • Shout out to Creston Herron and Ms. Chan for an EXCELLENT honors orchestra concert this past Friday at the Centrum! The talent was simply breath taking!
  • Chick-Fil-A Friday: Come and get your $3 biscuit every Friday in 118! All proceeds go to help the senior class raise money for APE!
  • Senior Class Meeting: There will be a special senior class meeting on Tuesday, October 18 during Bearkat Den. Seniors will report first to Den, and then will be released to the auditorium for their meeting. Caps, gown, and announcements will be discussed (I know, already?!), as well as the grande APE 2017 theme announced!
  • Remind: Please sign up for the KHS Remind account! So far we have 276 people who have joined. Click on the link below to do so!

Professional Development Corner: Know Your Why

Know your why. I will expand on this a little deeper during Tuesday's faculty meeting, so until then, I'd like to share an excerpt from a Huffington Post article on this topic.


A story is told by John C. Maxwell of a man who came across three bricklayers busy at work. The man asked the first bricklayer what he was doing. “I’m laying bricks,” the worker replied. He then asked the second bricklayer the same question. “I’m putting up a wall,” he said. The passerby then asked the question one more time, this time to the third bricklayer. The response: “I’m building a cathedral.”


As this story illustrates, three different workers can do the exact same task but for very different reasons. The first may have labored exclusively for the paycheck. He saw his work as exactly that, a task that needed to be completed regardless of the outcome. When the bell rang, he was out the door. The second was likely motivated by a sense of completion and was proud that his bricklaying would result in the construction of a wall. Perhaps he would add a few extra minutes here and there in order to see the goal to completion. But the third was no doubt driven by a deep desire to fashion a religious structure that would enhance worship and bring glory to the divine. Every brick was a step towards that grandiose vision and aspiration. No doubt that such a person would do whatever was needed in order to see his glorious visualization come to fruition.

This Week's Words of Wisdom...

KHS Goals: Together We Make A Difference

1. Quality initial instruction!

2. Targeted intervention systems!

3. Teacher-student rapport!

At a Week's Glance: October 17-October 29

Monday, October 17-21:

  • National Character Counts Week, National School Bus Safety Week & Bus Driver's Appreciation Week

Monday, October 17:

  • Happy Monday! #MotivationMonday (it's a real hashtag, look it up for some Monday inspiration!)
  • Department Chair Focus Group w/Ms. Haddox, 2:45 room 164
  • PR Grades due at 11:59 p.m.

Tuesday, October 18:

  • Picture Make-up Day
  • Senior Meeting during Bearkat Den in the Auditorium
  • Varsity Tennis Area Semifinal, 4:00 @ KHS
  • Varsity Volleyball vs. Memorial, 5:30 @Memorial
  • Faculty Meeting, 2:45 Auditorium

Wednesday, October 19:

  • PSAT day! Seniors arrive late at 9:20
  • Cross Country District Championship, Nottingham Park
  • District GT Parent Meeting @ 6:00, KHS Auditorium

Thursday, October 20:

  • Paraprofessional Focus Group Meeting, 2:45, Location TBD

Friday, October 21:

  • Varsity Volleyball vs. Northbrook, 5:30 @ Northbrook
  • Varsity Tennis Area Final @ Memorial (Come and watch!)
  • Varsity Swim/Dive @Dallas
  • Debate Tournament @KHS

Saturday, October 22:

  • Debate Tournament @KHS
  • Tennis Garage Sale @KHS Bus Lot, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Varsity Football vs. Spring Woods, KMS @2:00

Monday, October 24- Friday, October 28: National Red Ribbon Week

Monday, October 24:

  • Red Ribbon Dress-Up Day- Make America Drug Free, Wear Read/White/Blue
  • Herff-Jones on campus during all lunches taking senior orders

Tuesday, October 25:

  • Red Ribbon Dress Up Day- There's No Season for Drugs, Wear Holiday Wear
  • Herff-Jones on campus during all lunches taking senior orders
  • Junior Class Meeting, Ring Assembly
  • Varsity Volleyball vs. Klein Collins (Spirit Night, Blue Out)

Wednesday, October 26:

  • Red Ribbon Dress Up Day- Don't Get Tied Up in Drugs, Wear Tye-Dye
  • Junior Class Ring Orders during Lunches
  • Varsity Swim/Dive @Kingwood, 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 27:

  • Red Ribbon Dress Up Day- Fight Off Drugs, Wear a Superhero Something Day
  • Junior Class Ring Orders during Lunches

Friday, October 28:

  • Red Ribbon Dress Up Day: Wear a Red Ribbon
  • Pink Out Day!
  • ABC-13 Friday Flyover at KMS
  • Varsity Tennis Region Tourney, 8 a.m., TBD
  • Varsity Football vs. Klein Collins @KMS, 7 p.m.

Saturday, October 29:

  • Varsity Region Tourney, 8 a.m., TBD
  • Cross Country Region II Championships


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Featured Folks!

Erica Dorsey, KHS Nutrition and Food Service Manager

How many years have you been in education?: 12

Where did you go to school?: Aldine Senior High

What is your proudest accomplishment?: Manager of the Year, 14-15

Who is your hero?: My mom.

What makes you laugh the most?: My son and my niece!

If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to?: 2008, the year my son was born.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?: I hope to become supervisor.

What was the last experience that made you a stronger person?: The birth of my son!

Any other interesting fact or something you want us to know?: I have a twin sister.

Stephanie Renfrow, Counselor

How many years have you been in education?: 22

Where did you go to school?: Southwest Texas State University - "the original"

What is your proudest accomplishment?: My proudest accomplishment is still in progress: raising my daughter as a single mom. She is the shining light of my life and I thank God every day for giving her to me. Harper Lively Patton, you are my everything:)

Who is your hero?: My mother, aka, Harper's Mumsie. She is selfless, raised me as a single mom, and is the reason I can function on a daily basis. She went back to school and received her Masters in Social Work at age 51, and she did it ALL in person at the University of Houston downtown. She is unquestionably my hero, mentor and best friend.

Have you ever had a nickname, and if so, what is it?: Yes, Lively, my middle name or Renfroco, the nickname that Lifetouch gave me in 2015.

If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to?: The 60's/70's......I love that era. Peace!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?: I see myself loving life as a mom, still working as a Counselor, and possibly married again. Would love to say living the life of a lottery winner, but seriously....

If you had a warning label, what would yours be?: "Beware of Morning Grumpiness"......#nightowl #hoothoot. I am most definitely a 9AM kind of gal.

What's your favorite childhood memory?: My favorite childhood memory is going on vacation every summer. My mother would save up all year to take my cousin Lisa and I on a trip, and as a single mom, that was a lot for her. I cherish those trips and all the memories that came with them.

What was the last experience that made you a stronger person?: Graduate school to become a Counselor - PVAMU: I love you but you tested me.

Any other interesting fact or something you want us to know?: I was the drill team Director of the Klein Bearkadettes here for 16 years before becoming a Counselor in 2014. Before that I was the drill team Director at A&M Consolidated HS in College Station for 3 years. I am forever grateful that Larry Whitehead gave me this opportunity! Go Bearkats!

Christy Stanton, Assistant Principal

How many years have you been in education?: 17

Where did you go to school?: Tomball High School, Texas A&M - undergraduate degree (major biology, minor chemistry), Sam Houston - graduate degree (School administration).

What is your proudest accomplishment?: Being a mom.

Who is your hero?: My parents are truly the most unselfish people I know. I live a street away from my parents and my mom cooks dinner for my family at least 4 days a week. Even on nights of baseball or basketball practice, our plates are on the counter for whenever we stop by. She picks up my boys everyday and often brings them lunch when their packed lunch isn't good enough. My dad helps fix and builds anything that needs to be done. With the help of my dad and his sawmill, we supplied almost all the wood for the framing of our house.

What makes you laugh the most?: Brody, he is the pulse of laughter for our house.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?: Continuing my journey in education and supporting students and staff; Trying to cope with having a senior and hoping that I will not be a complete mess of emotions.

What's the most daring thing you have ever done?: Obstacle course in the Redwood Trees in Tahoe, CA.

What was the last experience that made you a stronger person?: Parenting.

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