The Paw Print Parent Newsletter

Klein High School, December 2016 Edition

The Principal's Message

Dear Klein High Parents and Students,

On behalf of the KHS Administration and Faculty, I would like to wish you and your family a warm and happy holiday this season! It has been a fast and amazing semester, and I am ever-thankful for getting to serve the staff, students, and community of Klein High School. Please take this upcoming break to rest, relax, and enjoy the people in your life that matter most.

As I near my first 100-days on the job, I would like to thank all of you who have given quality input and time to help mold and shape the future of Klein High School. At Klein High School and in Klein ISD, it is our vision that all students enter with a promise and exit with a purpose. It is our job to ensure that all students receive a guaranteed and viable curriculum that will prepare them for their high school years and beyond! We are nearing the time for student course selection for the 2017-2018 school year, and I encourage you and your student to sit down and discuss the many awesome course options as they plan for their pathway and future. To assist you with this task, please take advantage of KISD’s website, Promise2Purpose, to research your student’s options/opportunities during the course selection window. I hope that you will find this website helpful in assisting you and your student to make well-informed decisions about their future in KISD! Please review the course selection timeline below in this newsletter for further information. Also, if your student is slated to attend Klein Cain High School in 2017-2018, please find the updated Klein Cain High School information below!

I am continuously amazed at all of the accomplishments and accolades that our Bearkats have achieved this semester. From clutch wins (both academic and extracurricular), to generous donation campaigns, our Kats have proven to be great kids through and through. A school is a promise to a community that we have a bright future, and I can attest to that with all that I witness on a daily basis at KHS.

Thank you, as always, for your support and guidance as we work with your students to strive for Bearkat success! Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions.

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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Promise2Purpose Summit

Saturday, Jan. 21st 2017 at 9am-2pm

7500 Farm to Market Road 2920

Spring, TX

Need to gain further information on course options, House Bill 5, and more? Join us at the Promise2Purpose Summit on Saturday, January 21 at the Klein Multipurpose Center to get a better understanding of the options and pathways available to your student!

The Counselor's Corner

Course Selection for 2017-2018: Course selection packets for the 2017/2018 school year will be given to the current 9th graders on 1/20/17, 10th graders on 1/27/17, and to 11th graders on 2/3/17.

Counselors will present and meet with classes on the following dates:

  • Present to 9th graders Friday, 1/20 in their World Geography classes, and meet individually on 1/23-1/26;
  • Present to 10th graders Friday, 1/27 in their World History classes, and meet individually on 1/30-2/2;
  • Present to 11th graders Friday, 2/3 in their English 3 classes, and meet individually on 2/6-2/10.

The last day to register and pay for Spring Dual Credit is 12/16/16.

Spring 2017 Credit Recovery opportunities:

Saturdays: 2/4, 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.

Continue to periodically check the Counselor Page on the Klein High School website for tips on scholarships and dates of informational meetings from various college representatives who visit our campus throughout the year.

Click here to access the list of our awesome KHS counseling staff.

College and Career Information

Course Information

Dual Credit Information

Enrollment Information

Gifted and Talented Information

Scholarship Bulletin

The 12 Days of Scholarships!

Starting December 17, the Klein ISD Guidance & Counseling Department will be tweeting out awesome scholarship opportunities for our students to take advantage of over the holiday break! Follow @KISD_Counselors to see what opportunities await!

Skyward Family Access

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

2016-2017 EOC STAAR Testing Dates

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

December 5-9 Retesting

March 1 SAT

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

Bearkat Den Basics

Bearkat Den is a multi-faceted, 42-minute classroom period (Tuesdays & Wednesdays, after 3rd period) where students will receive a variety of supports with a Bearkat Den teacher/class. Such opportunities include:

  • Standards-driven instructional intervention and support;
  • Den Hall- a time to see other teachers and make-up work and/or time to independently work on homework, assignments, etc.;

It is our goal at Klein High to grow and develop our students both academically and socially. Bearkat Den will help facilitate the time and structure needed to reach our goals. We look forward to working with your students in this capacity to ensure success and learning for all!

**Bearkat Den schedules will start up again in early spring, towards the end of January. Students will have the opportunity when they return from break to select their recommended choice(s) for their Spring Bearkat Den class.**

Gifted & Talented Parent Meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 17th 2017 at 6:30pm

16715 Stuebner Airline Road

Klein, TX

Location: KHS Auditorium

Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.


Additional Upcoming GT Meetings: 2/9, 3/23 & 5/2/2017.

Follow us on Twitter

Great things are happening here! Follow us on Twitter @KleinHigh!

Happy Holidays from our Bearkat Family!

Klein Cain Hurricane Update!

A portion of our current 9th grade class will attend Klein Cain High School for the 2017-2018 school year. Click here to read the board-approved transfer options for these students. Click here to read the latest edition of the Klein Cain Hurricane Newsletter which addresses many Klein Cain FAQ's. Mark your calendars for the first Klein Cain parent meeting at the Klein Multipurpose Center on January 23 from 6-8 p.m.!

In Library News

Media Center Librarians: Sandra Davis & Diana Deere

6:45 a.m.-2:40 p.m.

Come in, read a book, collaborate with classmates, and more! The Media Center is the heart of our school!

Please join us in February with a visit from New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman.

6 Athletes Sign on National Signing Day

Shown left to right with Coaches Smith, Hallmark, Key, Groomer, and Arnold are as follows: Nick Canderlari, Nick Tamez, Julia Fritz, Ashton Davis, Myles Smith, & Jake Zamora
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Basketball-Come and cheer on our teams as they hoop it up this season. Whether passing, dribbling, shooting, or free throwing, our men's and ladies' teams need your support whether at home or away.

Wrestling-Take it to the mat and see our athletes take down the competition. If you haven't seen the team in action, you will find them at the Cy Woods High Regional Dual this Saturday.

Golf--Taking it to the links Bearkat style, our golfers work year round to better their game by looking for par or better each and every practice and tournament.

Baseball--"Take Me Out to the Ballgame"...practice getting ready for our baseball season as our team works on hitting, fielding, pitching, conditioning, and strength training to wow you with their talent.

Soccer-90 minutes to get the job done...bundle up and come out to support our Bearkat Soccer teams this winter and spring. Unbelievable tenacity and grit drive their efforts on the field. Meet the Bearkats event has kicked off the 2016-2017 Season!

Softball-Our ladies are ready to dominate 1st base, 2nd base, 3rd base, and home plate. Come out to support them this season for an exciting time out at the ball field. They kicked off their season with a wiffle ball tournament--fun for all involved!

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.

Clubs and Organizations Updates and Information

Yearbook Spotlight: Click here to order your Yearbook now! Club Sponsor: Melissa Oberholtzer, Room 753

UPDATES: The price of the yearbook will increase on January 23rd and be $80--make sure to order your copy before the price changes. Also, the last day to order a guaranteed yearbook is January 30th. Add these items to your calendars in order not to be left out.

CTE Classes are on a roll: The Lifetime Nutrition and Wellness group saw students creating a Thanksgiving feast...Principals of Hospitality group created 3D models of food trucks and made a dish their trucks would sell...FCCLA group collected toys for a local hospital in this season of need and canned goods for a local food bank. Witness the joy of giving and serving with a few of their projects!
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. With a positive attitude no matter what the event or the score, we would like to thank the teams for their exciting support of our student organizations.
Bearkadettes: Under the direction of Ms. Jena Emert and Mrs. Kelli Branham, our Bearkadettes celebrated the new tradition of dancing with the Klein Collins Dance Team in order to promote sisterhood and spirit in our Klein ISD. Our Bearkadettes have also unveiled new uniforms this season while also participating in the Friday Flyover Competition. Thank you, ladies for the countless hours you put into supporting and representing our fine campus!
HOSA: Lead by Ms. Kristen Haggard, our hardest-working club has been busy at work in giving back to worthy causes. One recent highlight for the organization is holding court with Mayor Sylvester Turner (Former Klein High School Bearkat) at 'A Night With Mayor Sylvester Turner' Event. Our students and Ms. Haggard presented the Mayor with a club shirt from Ole Klein High--the pride of all the rest!

FFA: The Klein High School Chapter continues to support our farm buddies program on campus and sharing their love of animals with our students (as shown above). 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. Our FFA chapter is also raising funds for Sire Therapeutic Horsemanship, a facility with the mission to improve quality of life for those with disabilities through a variety of horse therapies. By having students bidding on which school administrator will "kiss a pig" at lunch, we hope to donate very generously!

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

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This ongoing legacy, student leadership and philanthropic organization is under the direction of Mrs. Leslie Vela for more than 30 years. 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. This holiday season sees the Klein High School Standleaders taking their spirit of generosity to adopting local families for Christmas.
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Best Buddies: We are not short on talent at Klein High School and were treated to the hard work and enthusiasm of our Special Education Department. An enthusiastic Klein High Auditiorium was filled with community, students, parents, friends, and staff, as students treated us to song and dance in an evening celebration full of creativity, passion, and talent. Great Job, Bearkats!

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

Klein High School is a No Place for Hate Campus. Students signed a declaration to the resolution of respect during their lunches. The club promotes acceptance and positivity on our campus.

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.

ROTC: Tuskegee Airman, Major Larry Brown Makes a Visit to KHS

Students, staff, and community were gifted with a visit from an American Hero as he discussed part of his history in the military and the opportunity of service and selflessness. Retired Major Brown was full of energy and electric storytelling as Bearkats had a first-hand storytelling from a true hero!

Upcoming Events:

  • 3 Dec – Bataan Death March 14 mile Hike
  • 17 Dec – Wreaths Across America service event

Teachers: Colonel Lambert & Sergeant Fuentes, Room 805

EMT Programs: Teacher: 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. Students have gained experience with cardiac arrests, spinal immobilizations, and have even seen a gun shot wound! Some of our EMT students have assisted the Cypress Creek tactical class by being patients at the academy. Klein High's EMT program partnership collaborative with Cypress Creek EMS has been a win-win .

Student Council: . Club Sponsor: Misty Kroon, Room 551

STUCO continually serves our campus and local community; During this recent season of giving and thanks, STUCO has donated their time to honoring our service men and women serving overseas (Operation Gratitude) with letters of gratitude and dental supplies from our Klein High School community. What a fantastic way to honor those protecting our freedoms, STUCO! December projects see KHS STUCO presenting gift cards and presents for families in need. Sending stockings to children's hospitals is another way our students are sharing their blessings with others. Klein STUCO is always bettering the environment for our students and other deserving community members!

Mark your calendar for January, as STUCO will need your assistance in gathering boys and girls dressy outfits 2T on up that would be appropriate for a Valentine's Dance in support of the Burn Unit at the Shriner's Hospital. They will begin collecting donations come January.

America Club

Patriotism at its finest! Our Klein High America Club recently set out 400 flags in front of Klein High while honoring our Veterans. Super job to a super organization!
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News From the Arts

“Note”able News from the Orchestra

Under the direction of Mr. Creston Herron and Ms. Tanya Chanphanitpornkit (Room 507), our orchestra has also taken their talents on the road to entertain local elementary schools while spreading holiday cheer. Partnering with other district schools and/or performing for local businesses throughout the area affords our Klein High School Orchestra development of strong roots in a developing legacy.


Directors: Heather Sharp and Rheagan Smith, Room 501

Not only have our choir students been recently performing at regional competitions, they have been singing like angels in preparation for the holiday concerts! We were blessed to hear their melodious voices in a power-packed holiday concert which reminds us to be thankful for all the gifts we receive throughout the year.

Fundraiser: Taste of China is partnering with us for spirit days and fundraising for the following dates. When you order, let them know it's a KHS Choir order and we'll earn 10% of the total amount. Good for drive-thru & dine-in all day. Taste of China dates this fall are: Wednesday, December 21.


Holiday Show Time: Under the direction of our Klein High Band Directors, David Gresens, Chris Lambrecht, and Kelsey Blanscet (Room 514) the beautiful sounds of the holidays not only fill the band hall, but they have filled the halls of the Klein High Auditiorium and the local community. December is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the talents of each band that takes the stage. Santa's sleigh was heard if you listened closely! The band has also been generous with their time this season while participating in Christmas Angels which raised over $2000 for those in need. Way to share Bearkat generosity!

Theatre Arts

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

The musical for this year is Sweeney Todd; The show runs January 27 & 28th at 7:00 p.m.; February 2,3,4, & 6 at 7 p.m.

In addition to preparing for our musical, The Klein High School Theater Department had the opportunity to attend and participate in the International Thespian Festival in Dallas, Texas, November 30-December 3. Learning how to work on their craft and meeting experts in the field of theater is a fulfilling learning opportunity for our students as they develop their skills in the area of acting and technical theater. Texas Thespian National Qualifiers following this tournament are as follows: Duet Musical--Cassidy D'Agostino & Jackie Cortina; Lighting Design 2--Seth Hinson; Group Musical--Bryndal Braithwaite, Ryan Esparza, Nathan Hamilton, Megan Hess, Abby Holmes, Natalie Lammey, Shelby Peyton, and Zain Mire. We are so very proud of all of our students who attended the festival. Way to represent KHS!


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.

Klein Debaters recently took 1st place at the Westfield High School Speech and Debate Tournament and they also took 3rd place Sweepstakes at the Spring Woods Speech and Debate Tournament. Congratulations for all of the countless hours and dedication to preparing for these competitions.

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.

Attendance Counts!

Klein’s Overall Attendance Averages for the First Semester:

1st Six Weeks: 96.47%

2nd Six Weeks: 95.33%

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!