The Paw Print Parent Newsletter
Klein High School, Fall 2019 Edition
The Principal's Message
Dear Klein High Parents and Students,
We are already halfway through October and we just finished up the first nine weeks of school. We have enjoyed our first fall weather, and are currently cheering on our Astros! The start of the year has gone by quickly, and while we have accomplished much in that time, we are truly just getting started!
Homecoming is quickly approaching, and it is always a special time of year for the students and Bearkat traditions. Friday, October 25th will feature the pep rally, lunch-time jamboree, and the football game against Klein Forest. The Homecoming Dance will take place Saturday, October 26th from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm in the cafeteria. Tickets will go on sale at school in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for that information. We are wishing all a fabulous Homecoming weekend!
We continue our focus on our Klein5 core values of empathy, gratitude, integrity, perseverance, and service. Thank you for being a partner in this with us as we help build young adults whose character will serve them well in their futures. We look forward to what the future holds for them!
Jessica Haddox, Klein High School Principal
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Klein High Updates
Klein 5 Ambassadors
The #Klein5 Ambassadors are excited to be working and rolling out a new, more interactive and more relevant format for bi-weekly lessons, Character and Positivity Campaigns, and Student Body Challenges!
Students will now be given access to a link to view current and future info for the current month that will include the Monthly Focus, access to further resources, student body challenges, service opportunities, and more!
October's Focus is Blooming Through Adversity, and covers a variety of themes in that including Mental Health, Self-Care, Kindness Challenges, and more! Our first school wide service opportunity is Socktober. We are gathering socks for our community members in need or who may be homeless as we prepare to transition into cooler weather. Students may drop off new socks to Room 401, or in the collection boxes in the AP offices located on each floor.
Last year's KleinServes was an amazing success! In fact, it was such an inspiration, that now the entire district is launching a District Day of Service that students can find one of dozens of areas to serve. Please save the date for March 28, 2020!
Bearkat Den Update
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!
College & Career Center
This year we have opened up the new College and Career Center that is located in Room 551 under the direction of Gayla Zamora and her secretary Jennifer Myers. This is a resource for all students in order to prepare them for their post secondary goals. Students are welcome to stop by to seek answers to questions, find scholarships, college planning, transcripts, and so much more. See below for a few happening in the C&CC:
- The New College and Career Center, has many upcoming College Representative Presentations, students, please check your Schoology and sign up today!
- If you have questions about SAT/ACT, Transcripts, College Advising, College applications...we can help! Send in a request to see us or come in at any time to room 551!
- Just a reminder!!! FAFSA opened October 1! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wPt0ZGqP1g6OdPWfiUgaYmW9F5Hd5d8o/view
PAYMENT: All payments are made online through Total Registration. Each transaction will incur a $2.75 transaction fee. This is the system you will use to pay for your exams. To complete registration, all required questions must be answered.
If you have any questions, please contact Paula Georgiana. Please see information below.
Skyward Family Access
What's Happening in Klein ISD
BARK - What is it and how is it keeping our students safe?
Keeping students safe on district-issued accounts and devices continues to be of paramount importance to Klein ISD. We heard from our families in the recent back-to-school annual Family Survey that our families would like to be able to see what is happening on their children’s district-issued Google Drive and Gmail accounts. In response to that request, Klein ISD is providing Bark for Schools.
Bark for Schools
Bark for Schools is a powerful monitoring service designed to protect the whole student, both at school and at home. Bark’s technology is proven. In schools across the nation, Bark for Schools detected 1.2 million instances of cyberbullying, 140,000+ communications discussing self-harm or suicidal ideation, nearly 100 student conversations with sexual predators, and 51 potential acts of violence in 2018.
Klein ISD is providing Bark for Schools so that families can monitor activity on district-issued Google Drive and Gmail accounts. Bark for Schools complements the strong existing tools the District already and always has in place to protect students online, such as our Lightspeed internet filter and Secure Socket Layer (SSL) decryption.
“As a parent, I know how important it is to our families to keep our children safe in today’s digital world,” Klein ISD Superintendent Dr. Jenny McGown said. “Bark for Schools allows the district and families to further strengthen our partnership in keeping our Klein students safe online.”
What does Bark for Schools do?
Klein ISD is proud to provide our students with access to technology that equips them with increased opportunities to bring learning to life and helps to ensure college and career readiness in a digital world and workforce. Bark for Schools allows us to partner with parents in monitoring at home all of the content students are creating, sharing, and sending through district-issued Google Drive and Gmail accounts. In addition to our district’s Lightspeed internet filter, Secure socket layer (SSL) decryption, and other monitoring and security features, Bark for Schools helps further detect potentially dangerous situations that students may be facing both in and out of school.
Can I monitor my child’s Klein Google Drive and Gmail accounts with Bark for Schools?
As part of the FREE Bark for Schools program, families are able to monitor their student’s school Google Drive and Gmail accounts at home alongside the district. Bark for Schools monitors Google Drive and Gmail accounts for ALL Klein ISD students regardless of if they have a take-home device or not. Families will receive an invitation to create an account for the Bark for Schools Family Alerts Dashboard via email on October 10. If a family accepts the invitation, the family will receive alerts if potential issues are detected in their child(ren)’s Klein ISD Google Drive or Gmail account.
Do school administrators receive the same alerts as families?
Yes. Bark for Schools uses industry-leading, machine-learning algorithms to continually monitor students’ Gmail messages and Google Drive documents. When potential problems are detected, Bark for Schools notifies district administration. If families accept the Bark for Schools invitation, families can now also be notified via email and/or phone calls, so that the district and families can work together to keep children in the Klein Family safe online.
Is Bark for Schools safe and secure?
Yes. Security is one of Bark’s highest priorities. All data analyzed by Bark is stored within an encrypted database, including backups, and subsequently purged after analysis. All server infrastructure is in highly secure physical data centers. All web browser sessions use and require SSL encryption. No data is ever sold or given to any third party.
How much does Bark for Schools cost Klein ISD?
Bark for Schools provides all of their monitoring for FREE as part of their give-back program and is available to all K-12 schools and districts in the U.S.
Who can I contact for help installing the Bark App or the Bark for Schools Family Alerts Dashboard?
There is an entire team behind the scenes at Bark to help you. Please email Help@Bark.us for assistance with Bark for Schools. If you have questions about digital safety and citizenship in Klein ISD, please check out https://kleinisd.net/digitalcitizenship or contact us at https://kleinisd.net/contact.
Our Klein Football team is off to a good start this season even though we have lots of injuries. We welcome all former Bearkat Alumni and our fans to our Homecoming game on October 25th against the Klein Forest Eagles. Let's stack the stand and be ready for our boys to bring home the win!!!
The Lady Bearkat Volleyball team is dominating the court this season. They are on the road to the playoffs and you don't want to miss history in the making. Tonight we have a home game vs Klein Collins - Dig Pink is our theme. Next Friday night vs Oak Ridge is our Staff Appreciation Night. Homecoming game next week varsity at 4:30 we will have food for all of the staff and honor them that night. After the volleyball game, all staff can then go attend the football game.
Come out for a burger and support your Bearkat golfers at Fuddruckers Spirit Day on October 30th. Grab a bite anytime between 11:00am and 9:00pm and simply drop your receipt in the Klein Golf jar.
Plan for another night out November 15th at Chick- Fil- A in Gleannloch Village from 3-8pm. Just remember to mention you are there to support Klein Golf when you place your order.
Thanks for supporting Bearkat Golf!
Klein Clubs & Organizations
Kats Joined for Hope
Please join us on Schoology and for our next meeting in the Library at 2:45 on November 4th!
Color Guard/Winter Guard
Klein DECA Mental Health Fair
Date of Event: November 9th , 2019.
Event Time: 10 am to 3 pm.
Please come out and support this wonderful event that is open to all!
Paws for Purpose
Scholastic Writing Competition
This event will take place at the Klein Multipurpose Center (7500 Farm to Market 2920, Klein, TX 77379) from 8:30 a.m - 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 19.
How to Enter for Scholastic!
Create an account at artandwriting.org/login.
Add your sponsoring teacher’s name and email to your account.
Add the Klein ISD coordinator’s name and email to your account.
Art: Melinda Jahn (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Writing: Kionna LeMalle (email@example.com)
Upload your work digitally to enter the contest. No hard copies are accepted.
Complete the submission form, and turn in to your Klein ISD teacher by November 11.
Submit your work in the online platform by November 19.
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
The American Prize Winners
Congratulations goes out to the Klein Chamber Orchestra for being named winners of the prestigious American Prize for the High School Division! Orchestras from across the nation submitted entries to compete in this competition. This is a first for Klein High School as well as Klein ISD. We are extremely proud of these incredible students that consistently achieve high standards and continue to support each other throughout the process. Go Bearkats!
BARNES AND NOBLE
Our Annual Barnes and Noble Play-A-Thon is this Saturday, December 7 from 9:00am to 9:00pm. Come hear the award-winning Klein Orchestra Program perform holiday favorites as you complete some holiday shopping for your family and friends. The Klein Orchestra Program will receive 10% of the store sales on Saturday from 9:00am to 9:00pm.
TASTE OF KLEIN
Come taste the exquisite local flavors of our Klein community restaurants while enjoying fine music from your very own Klein High Orchestra Program! This is a must see event that features dishes from over 40 local eateries and a chamber music festival. This event is fun for the entire family! The 12th Annual Taste of Klein event will be held on Thursday, February 20 at Klein High School. Mark your calendars!
Klein Performing Arts Winter Performances:
We would like to invite the entire community to attend one of our winter performances this season! Come enjoy the sounds from the award-winning performing arts department program. The dates will be Tuesday, December 10 and Thursday, December 12 in the Klein Performing Arts Center.
Non-Varsity Performing Groups:
Date: Tuesday, December 10
Location: Klein Performing Arts Center
Varsity Performing Groups
Date: Thursday, December 12
Location: Klein Performing Arts Center
So You Think You Can Dance?
So you think you can dance? Or perhaps you sing? Well get ready to prove it! On November 9th, Klein Drama will be hosting “Klein Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance?” There will be CASH PRIZES for the top 3 winners in each contest! Start preparing NOW! Dancers can be solo, duet, or groups. Singers must be solo only. Auditions will be held during Bearkat Den October 21-25. To chooses your audition date, fill out the audition form in the “All Klein High” course on Schoology. See you there!
The Klein Band would like to thank our Klein Kar Show Sponsors for their help to create such a great community event!
City Classic Cars
Champions Pest Control
18/8 Men’s Salon
Please be on the lookout for the next car show next year!
The Klein Band started “Bandtober” off by placing first in their division at the US Bands competition at Woodforest Stadium on October 5th. The band finished 5th place overall. The band looks forward to competing in UIL Marching Band Competition and celebrating Klein Homecoming.
THE KLEIN BAND CELEBRATES KINDNESS FOR KELSEY DAY OCTOBER 7TH
In honor of former Klein band president Kelsey Jackowski the Klein Band celebrated Kindness for Kelsey Day. Kelsey Jackowski was a Klein band trumpet player who passed away shortly after she graduated in 2011 from terminal cancer. Kelsey is a huge part of the Klein band and carries a legacy by having a scholarship in her name awarded to a Senior band member every year.
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.