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.
Jessica Haddox, Klein High School Principal
Saturday, Jan. 21st 2017 at 9am-2pm
7500 Farm to Market Road 2920
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.
The 12 Days of Scholarships!
Skyward Family Access
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
Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Additional Upcoming GT Meetings: 2/9, 3/23 & 5/2/2017.
Happy Holidays from our Bearkat Family!
Klein Cain Hurricane Update!
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
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.
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
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!
- 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 .
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.
News From the Arts
“Note”able News from the Orchestra
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.
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!
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...
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.
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!