The Paw Print Parent Newsletter
Klein High School, February 2019 Edition
The Principal's Message
Dear Klein High Parents and Students,
Happy February from the Klein High Administration and Faculty. We hope you have enjoyed the new year and are looking forward to the arrival of spring!
As we continue with our Klein5 character education initiative, we are excited to announce that we have been selected as a Texas State School of Character by Character.org! This is a huge accomplishment, and we are the only high school in the state of Texas to achieve this designation! This has been a three year journey, and we have seen positive changes on campus as a result. Even with this, we will continue incorporating integrity, empathy, gratitude, perseverance, and service into every facet of Klein High and the local community. This is a cooperative endeavor, and we thank you for partnering with us in instilling these core values and achieving this designation!
February is Black History Month, and we take this opportunity to celebrate our diversity at Klein High. As we continue to explore our cultural awareness and promote unity, we want to provide students the opportunity for self-expression of their culture and heritage. Most recently our step-team, Delta Kappa Elite, has encouraged students to wear their favorite African print every Friday. You can also catch them performing or competing in local events! Follow them on twitter @DeltaKappaElite for more information and updates.
The arrival of spring also means the arrival of testing! Whether it is End of Course, AP, TELPAS, or ACT/SAT, most students will take a very important test on a variety of days. Testing dates and times will be posted on our website and via twitter, so be sure to follow us there @KleinHigh!
I would like to invite our parent to our first ever Lunch and Learn on Tuesday, February 26. This session will be led by our amazing Digital Learning Specialists focusing on technology tools for student success. See the information below for registration details!
Finally, each spring our students are involved in a wide variety of activities through academic competition, sports, fine arts productions, and service activities in addition to their work in the classroom. We invite you all to see our students in action and celebrate their successes as they pursue excellence in their chosen extra-curricular field.
As always, I wish you and yours a happy and healthy spring semester.
Jessica Haddox, Klein High School Principal
Parent Lunch & Learn
We’re inviting any parent/guardian of current Klein High School students to enjoy lunch and learn about technology tools for student success on Tuesday, February 26th 11:30-12:30. Please click on the following link to find out all of the details.
Follow Klein High School on Twitter
Great things are happening here! Follow us on Twitter @KleinHigh!
Klein High Updates
Klein 5 Ambassadors
Last week, the Ambassadors pushed our ‘Look Up’ campaign to the student body. We focused on looking up from screens, and decided to see and connect with the world around us.
This coming week, we want to introduce and support Student Council's “Random Acts of Kindness” initiative. Our goal with this campaign is to spread kindness throughout the school. We encourage students and staff to portray random acts of kindness during the school day, but also outside of school. It could be as simple as a smile, or something bolder like paying for someone’s drink, holding the door for a group of people, or complimenting someone’s outfit. These things can make a world of difference. Our goal for this initiative is that it’ll carry on, and people will show kindness every day, not just this week.
Klein in Space Winners Getting Ready for Blast Off
3…2…1…Blast Off! Klein in Space winners, Klein High’s Team Micro-Ji, will soon be traveling to Cape Canaveral, FL to watch their experiment launch to the International Space Station.
For the Klein in Space Innovation Challenge over 200 student teams conducted research, formed a hypothesis, designed an experiment and created a technical writing proposal in hopes of having their experiment chosen. In the end, it was Team Micro-Ji who was selected by the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP), a model U.S. National STEM Education Initiative, to represent Klein ISD.
While aboard the ISS, astronauts will conduct experiments using the winning team’s instructions from the technical proposal. Team Micro-Ji’s experiment titled, The Effect of Self-Assembled Monolayers on Microgravity Protein Crystallization, will be addressing whether microgravity protein crystallization produces better results when the surface in contact with the protein is modified.
Team Micro-Ji exemplifies our Profile of a Learner by being Pathway Explorers who are innovative, creative, and goal-oriented problem solvers. A special shout-out to their science teacher, Vicki Hermsdorf, who served as the team sponsor. Without our amazing educators — innovation challenges like Klein in Space would not be possible. To find out more about the Klein in Space Innovation Challenge, visit kleinisd.net/space.
On February 3rd, KHS held a party for the students who had a 4.0 or greater and perfect attendance for the second quarter! These kids “scored” and was invited to the Super Bowl themed party during their lunch. These students represent 11% of our students who were able to persevere through it all! Please congratulate these students on this tremendous accomplishment.
Klein High's Top 10 Honor Graduates
The Counselor's Corner
The Counselors kicked off the semester with our Course Selection 101 evening event. Thank you to all the parents and students that joined us to learn more about graduation requirements, endorsements, CTE pathways, and advanced academics.
The counselors have presented in classrooms and have met with each student individually to help guide them on their personalized path towards graduation. Students can tweak their course requests up until May 24th by completing this form in Schoology. We hope you continue to utilize the KHS Course Selection Website to learn more about our amazing courses and programs.
We welcome your questions ~ you can find counselor contact information here.
Skyward Family Access
EOC Results & 2019 Testing Dates
How to Access My Child's EOC Results
You may now access your child’s STAAR EOC results online at https://txparentportal.emetric.net/ by following these steps:
• Click on the blue “Lookup Access Code” link.
• Enter your child’s first name, date of birth, and PEIMS ID without dashes (social security number or state “S” number).
• Click the “Go” button.
• An access code should appear, along with your child’s date of birth.
• Click the “Go” button again to view your child’s testing history.• Click the “Download Report Card” icon or click on the blue link for each subject (ex: English 1) to view more details for each exam.
Thank you in advance for not making any appointments on these dates.
April 9 English I
April 11 English II
May 6 Algebra I
May 7 Biology
May 8 US History
May 6 -17 AP Testing Window
Important Senior Dates!
Cap and Gown Orders: Herff-Jones will be at KHS on the following dates and times for orders
- Friday, March 22 - During all lunches (11:31 - 12:57)
- Saturday March 23 - 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Senior Prom: May 18 at the Woodland's Waterway Marriott from 8-11:30 pm
Graduation: June 1 at 6 pm at NRG Stadium
National Signing Day
Congrats to our 28 athletes that signed on National Signing Day at KHS! Kudos to Angie Sloan for organizing such a beautiful event! Click here for a video slideshow of the athletes that signed! Also, major kudos to all of our hard working coaches that work with these athletes day in and day out to develop their athletic ability as well as overall character!
Klein Swim & Dive won District 14-6A Swim & Dive Championships. The girls won their 4th straight title, and the boys won their 2nd in a row.
- Senior Jordan Hennig, Junior Charlotte Longbottom, Junior Sasha Neciosup, Sophomore Halli Williams won the 200 Medley Relay in District Record time.
- Junior Maddie Vindiola won both the 200 Free and 500 Free.
- Junior Charlotte Longbottom won both the 200 Individual Medley and 100 Breaststroke.
- Hennig won the 100 Backstroke, and Williams won the 100 Freestyle.
- Williams, Sophomore Paige Walsh, Vindiola, Junior Marissa Carlson won the 200 Freestyle Relay.
- Hennig, Longbottom, Walsh, Vindiola won the 400 Freestyle Relay.
- The Girls had a 11 qualify for Regionals; Senior Yasemin Bayanay, Carlson, Senior Sarah Decker, Senior Makaia Goemans, Hennig, Longbottom, Neciosup, Sophomore Mary O'Sullivan, Vindiola, Walsh, and Williams.
- Senior Jacob Powell, Sophomore Josh Le, Sophomore Vitalis Onu, Senior Caleb Duncan won the 200 Medley Relay.
- Powell won both the 100 & 200 Freestyle.
- Duncan won the 50 Freestyle.
- Onu, Senior Patrick Cramer, Duncan, Powell won the 400 Freestyle relay.
- The boys also had 11 qualify for Regionals; Cramer, Duncan, Sophomore Javier Gomez, Senior Trent Holladay, Le, Junior Tre LeMalle, Sophomore Don Onu, Onu, Powell, Freshman Joseph Powell, Junior Connor Wysocki.
17th Annual Bearkat Bash 5K
The 17th annual running of the Bearkat Bash 5k and kids 1k was just hosted this past weekend on February 9th. Through the freezing temperatures and the rain, many runner came out to support this initiative. We thank all those who participated. All proceeds benefited the Klein Cross Country and Track & Field Programs.
Klein Clubs & Organizations
Delta Kappa Elite
The ladies of Delta Kappa Elite have been movers and shakers this year. Founded in Fall 2018, these ladies have worked diligently and were able to compete in their 1st ever Step Show this January. They have also begun a movement of celebration this Black History Month at Klein High. Along with highlighting a "Little Known Black History Fact" each day over the announcements, encouraging #CelebrateBH365, and #SpreadLove Tuesdays and bringing the school together to wear traditional African print each Friday in February, these ladies have also inspired our neighboring Kleb students. Together with future Klein High Bearkats, members of DKE will be teaching and performing for Kleb's Black History Month Assembly later this month. Keep a lookout for more to come from the ladies of Delta Kappa Elite! Please contact Ms. Amanda Roundtree, Mrs. Jacklin Cupp, and Mrs. Charlene Davis-Norris for any bookings and/or community service opportunities.
Latin Club Success: 16 students competed at an Area Latin Competition at Clear Lake High and took home numerous individual awards for academics, art, and sports, as well as a third place trophy overall! Way to go students and sponsor Suzanne DePedro!
The Klein High School Bearkadettes just had their team tryouts from February 5th to February 8th . Congratulations to our ’19-’20 team! The ’18-’19 team is currently hard at work on their contest routines! Their first contest will be held at Klein Oak, February 23rd. Wish our lovely dancers good luck!
The BK's will also be having their first ever Spring Show on Saturday, April 27th, so be on the lookout for more information. If you would like to advertise your business in our program, please see the link here.
Congratulations to the Klein High HOSAKATS!!
65 HOSA competitors have advanced to State Competition March 27-30 in San Antonio!
- CERT – Nathan Lam and Jannie Nguyen
- Community Awareness – Hibah Majeed, Nikita Mukkamala, Nondisha Sarkar, Macey Zajicek
- Emergency Medical Technician – Ayesha Dawood and Yasmeen Welch
- Forensic Science – Harrison Boyd and Juslyn Dhingra
- HOSA BOWL – Sanjana Jacob, Pranav Mehta, Sneha Shenoy, Tara Vathul
- Medical Innovation Existing= Kristin Dinh, Kimberly Hoang, Michelle Zhang
- Medical Law and Ethics - Lam Nguyen
- Medical Math – Michael Ji
- Medical Reading – Kylee McClellan
- Medical Reserve Corps Partnership – Ayisat Adegbindin, Andy DeGuzman, Shymaa Mohamed, Nadia Siddiqui
- Medical Terminology – Beatriz Avila-Rimer
- Parliamentary Procedure – Areebah Dawood, Mary Grace Dunbar, Rachel Holzem, Patrick Kappel, Ryan McDonald, David Peak
- Pharmacy Science – Joanna Hwang
- Public Health – Adrian Atienza, Ariane Quiambao, Nani Tang, Emily Tran, Christy Vu
- Transcultural Healthcare – Zain Sheikh
- Behavioral Health – Josie Vonk
- Biomedical Debate – Hannah Allen, Ashlyn Ilg, Kathrynn Carlton
- Community Awareness – Elle Gruwell and Brooklyn Skidmore
- Home Health Aid – Anisia Gaza
- Parliamentary Procedure – Michelle Chu, Jackie Guo, Katie Le, Divya Nagarajan, Sara Tran, Jasmine Vonk
- Physical Therapy – Halli Williams
- Public Service Announcement – Aiya Ahmed, Liliana DeLosSantos, Kaylee Dolhun, Arianna Meza, Joey Munoz, Nico Munoz
- Emergency Medical Technician – Danial Qureshi and Nathan Seto
- HOSA BOWL – Hisham Ahmed, Daniel Fan, Jerry Hsu, Edward Wang
- Medical Reading – Devan Taylor
- Emergency Medical Technician – Macie Harper and Lala Traore
- Forensic Science – Britni Trinh and Anna Zhou
- HOSA BOWL – Hisham Ahmed, Daniel Fan, Jerry Hsu, Edward Wang
- Sean Henderson - Nutrition
- Public Service Announcement – Eman Ahmed, Gurleen Kaur, Celine Rodriguez, Maria Martin, Hajra Mashwani, Adrianna Tedford
- Behavioral Health – Sumera Siddiqi
- Biomedical Laboratory Science – Fatima Raza
- Forensic Science – Yannie Guo and Laura Le
- Job Seeking Skills – Ali Shaikh
Student Council members wanted to team up with Klenk Elementary and collect books that could be distributed to teachers and students who would like to have their own books at home. Our members were awesome and we collected over 250 books to donate to the elementary school.
Another service project our members were involved in was Caps of Love. StuCo members were challenged to bring in water bottle caps collected at home and at school. These caps will be mailed to Caps of Love, which is a charity that funds wheelchair repairs to mobility-challenged youth.
February 11th-16th we will celebrate "Kindness Week" at Klein. StuCo officers will have several activities to motivate and cultivate a kind and positive mindset around the community and for the students at Klein High.
Congratulations to Klein High’s Academic Decathlon Team as they swept Region with a 1st place in Team SuperQuiz, 1st place in the Academic Team, and possibly for the first time, with ALL nine team members placing in the overall top five students in the three competition categories! Our team members left with over 70 medals collectively, while our very own talented and humble captain, Divya Nagarajan, took the TOP score of the entire region. The team has spent countless hours studying and preparing in the areas of art, music, language & literature, math, social science, science, economics, speech, essay, and interview. Teamwork and perseverance have been the key to their success. Thank you to everyone who has supported them along their journey. They are now STATE BOUND!
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
Business Professionals of America (BPA)
Science National Honor Society
What's Happening In our Klein High Classrooms
Congratulations to all of the students that participated in this year's FFA show and auction! KHS brought home a lot of amazing awards! With over 430 students student exhibits a variety of livestock including steers, heifers, lambs, goats, rabbits, chickens, turkeys and swine. Students will also show non-livestock projects such as horticulture, agriculture mechanics and scientific investigations. Major props to our hard working Ag teachers (Becky Brummond, Mike Brummond, James Strickler, Mary Hyde, and Lauren Lowry) who spend so much of their time walking alongside their students through this journey!
For the past 12 years Klein High School art students have participated in the Memory Project - portraits of kindness. ( https://www.memoryproject.org/)
We have drawn portraits of orphaned children from all over the world. This year we had the privilege of drawing 12 beautiful children from the Philippians.These portraits will be hand delivered to the children within the next few months bringing them lots of joy.
Klein Drama - Legally Blonde, the Musical
With an energy you could feel at the very back of the house and a strong voice that could be straight from Broadway, Bryndal nailed every moment. Other stand-out performances in the very talented company included Abby Holmes as Paulette, Brandon Bomer as Emmett, Kristian Schmutz as Callaghan, Julia Spanos, Janeen Garcia, and Abi Mbonu as the Delta Nu trio of Serena, Margot, and Pilar, Thomas Adams as Warner, and a hilarious turn by Zain Mire as Kyle the UPS guy. Congratulations to Klein Drama on a blockbuster success!
Orchestra: Taste of Klein
Our Annual Taste of Klein event is right around the corner! Taste of Klein will be held on Thursday, February 21 at 6:30pm. At this event, you will be able to taste delicious samples from over 30+ restaurants in the Klein area. As you dine, you will be able to enjoy the sounds of the award-winning Klein Orchestra Program as our students perform in the Klein Chamber Music Festival. We will also be featuring our fabulous Klein 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 are going fast! If you are interested in purchasing tickets, please email Mr. Herron at firstname.lastname@example.org. Get your tickets today!
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.
What's Happening in Klein ISD
Klein ISD Celebrates Black History Month
During the month of February, we celebrate the history and accomplishments of African Americans with Black History Month.
Here are some various ways that campuses in Klein ISD are celebrating this month:
Klein ISD Happenings
Ehrhardt will be hosting a Black History program on February 28, 2019.
Klein Intermediate is hosting their Black History program on February 28, 2019.
Houston also has tons of events and attractions to honor Black History during the month of February. Below are a few ways in which students and families can participate in the Houston area.
There is always free admission to the museum on Thursdays from 1 to 5 pm, but there is a special event on Saturday February 16th. The 1st annual Afro Renaissance Festival is a Black History Month/ Houston Rodeo event which will showcase Black American culture through the celebration of Black American music, art, food, film, history and, technology.
Open Wednesday to Saturday. Admission is always free. Visit this museum to explore the culture of Africans and African Americans through discovery-driven learning.
We hope you take the time this month to attend an event in your community to celebrate Black History Month.
Klein Leadership Coalition
Over 300 community leaders, parents, family members, teachers, principals, business owners, members of the clergy, Board members, and district leadership joined together for the first meeting of the Klein Leadership Coalition (KLC).
The KLC’s mission is to LEARN how Klein ISD is working to fulfill its promise to our students, SHARE key information about district happenings with your neighbors so that we’re all well-informed, and COMMUNICATE how having a strong public school district keeps Klein a great place to live and learn.
“I’m here as a parent, a community member, and as an employee of Klein ISD,” Brittany James, Klein Forest literacy specialist said. “It is important for us to be here to show we are invested in everything that is Klein ISD, and we can make sure our students are getting everything they need from every aspect. We just have to spread the word about the awesome things happening!”
The first meeting kicked off with a “Top-Tier Tour” showcasing the many wonderful things happening in Klein ISD, such as our CTE Pathways, the Dual Language Program at Klenk and Zwink Elementary, and our fantastic Family Engagement program that was recently named a model program by TEA. Members built relationships with each other as they discussed how Klein ISD has been, and will continue to be, a top-tier district and were empowered to share their learning with others.
The KLC will meet each month to learn, share, and communicate more about what makes Klein ISD top-tier.
To learn more about the Klein Leadership Coalition, visit https://kleinisd.net/klc and follow KLC on Facebook and Twitter by searching for @KleinLeadership.
KLEIN ISD Finalist for HEB Excellence in Education Awards
We are thrilled to announce that Klein ISD is one of 5 statewide finalists for the HEB Excellence in Education Awards!
The HEB Excellence in Education Award recognizes school districts for their commitment to student achievement through innovative programs, parent and community involvement, and professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators.
“Being named a finalist for the H-E-B Excellence Education Award is a testament to the great work being done in classrooms and departments across this top-tier district,” Superintendent Dr. Bret Champion said. “The work being done in our classrooms centered around our guiding documents of Profile of a Learner, Profile of a Leader, and High-Quality Teaching has allowed us to align all our arrows in the district as we guide our students from promise to purpose. We are extremely honored that H-E-B has recognized us for the work we are doing in Klein classrooms every day.”
Our students are at the center of everything we do in Klein ISD. Collectively, the district and the community have dedicated time establishing a strong foundation that focuses on honoring our rich Klein heritage, always placing students at the heart of our work, and aligning everything around one singular, shared vision that Every Student Enters With A Promise and Exits With A Purpose.
“We have a beautiful story to tell in Klein ISD because it’s the story of the amazing people in our Klein Family,” Deputy Superintendent Dr. Jenny McGown said. “This honor is something the entire Klein community can celebrate and is a direct result of the outstanding work of EVERY educator, employee, family, community member, school board member, and student.”
The winner of the award will be announced in early May. This distinction is one more indicator that Klein ISD continues to be a top-tier school district for our kids and our Klein community.
H-E-B launched the Excellence in Education Awards in cooperation with the Texas Association of School Administrators in 2002 as a positive way to support education in Texas. Learn more about the awards program by visiting heb.com.