The Paw Print Parent Newsletter
Klein High School, December 2018 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 season! It has been a fantastic semester, and we look forward to finishing strong.
As we continue to incorporate our Klein5 core values, it is important to recognize this “semester of service.” Most recently, our Life 30 students partnered with NAM to “Load the Truck” with donations for local families. In October, over 800 students, faculty, and staff participated in KleinServes, a community service event of epic proportions! Check out the reflection data below from this remarkable, student-led endeavor! Other clubs and organizations will be hosting canned food and toy drives, so be sure to ask your student for ways in which you can give back to those in need. I am continuously amazed at all the wonderful things our students are a part of!
We will be closing out this semester in just a few weeks, and our classroom teachers are continuously and intentionally seeking ways to innovate lessons that result in an engaging and challenging classroom for students. In fact, Niche has named Klein High as one of the 25 Best Public High Schools in the Houston area for 2019; read about it here in the Houston Chronicle! Also, Klein High School was named #3 in Houston (and #7 in the State!) for its success in sending students to the some of the nation's best colleges post graduation. For more information read about it here. I am incredibly honored that the efforts of our teachers and staff were recognized, and I am excited to see those efforts come to fruition in student learning and achievement.
As always, I wish you and yours a restful and peaceful winter break. Great things await the new year!
Jessica Haddox, Klein High School Principal
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Klein High Updates
Klein 5 Ambassadors
One of our main priorities at the beginning of the year was to make our students feel welcomed. To achieve this, we participated in the “Start with Hello Week” and passed out motivational sticky notes, placing them all around our campus. Soon after, the Ambassador team and hundreds of other students had the opportunity participate in “Klein Serves,” a community service day assisting dozens of philanthropies and countless community members. With the semester coming to an end, we decided to spread some holiday cheer by passing out pies to our amazing Klein High principals, lunch workers, and custodians.
As Ambassadors, we believe that it is up to us to make sure that no hard work goes unnoticed throughout our building. We look forward to the start of the next semester, as we will continue to work toward promoting positivity and rewarding those that display good character and make Klein High the positive and uplifting environment that is it today.
Klein Serves Board Recognition
Klein High School Student leaders were presented with the first-ever Profile of a Learner recognition during the November Board of Trustees meeting. The award recognized the students for exemplifying what values-driven leadership looks like through KleinServes.
Andy DeGuzman, El-Shymaa Mohamed, Nadia Siddiqui, and Ayisat Adegbindin, with the support of Health Sciences teacher Kristen Haggard and Klein High School principal Jessica Haddox, mobilized over 850 Klein High School students from Klein High School to volunteer at 20 locations across the area for the KeinServes service event. “We have a strong tradition in Klein ISD of valuing not only academic achievement but also character development,” Klein ISD Deputy Superintendent Dr. Jenny McGown said. “Although they wanted tonight to be about the students, excellent leadership is worthy of being celebrated.”
The group was presented with the first-ever Profile of a Leader recognition for being Promise2Purpose investors who are deeply committed to students. Following the award presentations, DeGuzman, Mohamed, Siddiqi, and Adegbindin presented an in-depth overview of the day, which connects directly with Klein High School’s “Klein5” core values of empathy, gratitude, perseverance, integrity, and service. Their presentation was part of a report to the Board on Profile of a Learner in Action, Building Community.
In the report, they shared some interesting statistics from the day of service (see images below.)
“We wanted to open the door to all of our fellow Bearkats so that they would feel comfortable volunteering again and again,” DeGuzman said. “We knew that Klein Serves could be the spark to ignite a passion for selflessness and humility, and most importantly, be the first step to a life of thinking we, not me.”
On November 7, 2018, KHS held a superhero themed “Perseverance Party” for any qualifying student who made a 4.0 or higher GPA, had perfect attendance, AND had no discipline referrals for the 1st 9 weeks! The 573 students who qualified received a personalized invitation for a Chick-Fil-A catered lunch where we celebrated and honored these student role models.
Fall 2018 Final Exam Schedule
Fall finals are upon us. Please note that these are all full days, except for the last school day on Thursday, December 20 which will be a half day! Click here to access the fall final exam schedule and information.
Bearkat Den Update
Bearkat Den is when teachers can quickly and efficiently pull in students any day of the week for intervention or enrichment. Through our Enriching Students software, students are able to have a flexible schedule that meets their needs as a learner. There will be a student survey to gather their feedback regarding Bearkat Den that will be done on Friday, December 7th. In the Spring a student's "Home Den may or may not change, so it is essential that they check their Enriching Students to know where they are located daily. Bearkat Den will conclude on December 14th and tentatively resume on January 22, 2019.
The Counselor's Corner
Click Here to access the list of our awesome KHS Counseling Staff.
Course Selection for the 2019 - 2020 school year is right around the corner! We will kick off the process on Tuesday, January 15th with an evening full of information - "Course Selection 101." Our current 9th, 10th, and 11th grade parents and students are encouraged to come. We hope to also see all of our future Bearkats, as we are extending the invitation to our incoming 9th graders as well.
Please attend any and all sessions you feel will help prepare you in making decisions for next school year. (Note: Counselor Sessions 1 & 2 are the same presentation.)
6:00 - 8:00 CTE / Electives Fair
6:00 - 6:40 - Counselor Presentation (Session 1)
6:45 - 7:15 - Advanced Academics Panel
7:20 - 8:00 - Counselor Presentation (Session 2)
Course Selection Timeline for 2018/2019:
- 9th graders-1/17 will get packets and information. 1/22-1/24 will meet with Counselors during W.Geog class;
- 10th graders-1/25 will get packets and information. 1/28-1/30 will meet with Counselors during W.History classes;
- 11th graders-2/1-will get information and packets. 2/4-2/7 will meet with counselors and do course selection and Junior conferences during English III classes.
If you are absent or do not have one of these classes, your Counselor will call you down during another class.
Spring 2019 registration for Dual Credit is underway. If you did not get enrolled please contract Dual Credit counselor, email@example.com.
Payment information is located on your student's Lone Star account https://my.lonestar.edu
Important Dates & Deadlines:
Dec. 17 - Deadline to submit enrollment forms to Dual Credit counselor Ms. Harmon in Office 127.
December 20 - Deadline for students to pay through LSC account (https://my.lonestar.edu).
Dec. 20-Jan. 2 - LSC Winter Break (Offices Closed)
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What's Happening in Klein ISD
Strategic Priorities in Action
Community comes together to celebrate diversity at P2P United
This Saturday, the Klein community came together to honor cultural diversity at the P2P United Multicultural Celebration! This inaugural event featured food, fun, and festivities from around the world!
Hundreds of visitors filled Klein Cain High School and enjoyed over 40 cultural booths and art displays that included henna tattoos, authentic items from numerous countries, a reading area, and more. Additionally, students shared their talents in nearly 30 different performances that featured dances and songs from around the world. There was something for the whole family to enjoy!
Thank you to the English Learner Guiding Coalition and Multilingual Services for hosting this amazing event celebrating the many cultures in our Klein Family and creating one of our beautiful #MomentsinKlein. It was a wonderful reminder that, as a community, we can joyfully transform the world together!
The Lady Bearkat Volleyball team dominated the on court this season and finished with a program best 39-9 record! They played with class and heart all season long. They were District Runner-up with a 14-2 record to nationally ranked Woodlands in one of the toughest districts in the state. Their perseverance brought them all the way to the playoffs where they finished as a Regional Semi-Finalist!
Congratulations to Coach Kate Zora on being named District 15-6A Coach of the Year!!
Congratulations to the girl’s wrestling team as they placed 2nd in the Big Horn Dual Tournament going 7-3 this past weekend. The Boys Team Won the Big Horn Tournament going 10-0. The season record for both teams are Boys 14-0 & Girls 10-3. Our next event will be Thursday at home vs Mayde Creek and Foster. We are extremely proud of all of our athletes.
The Lady Bearkats are ready to dominate the diamond this season! Softball tryouts will be held Friday, January 18th and Saturday, January 19th. Do not miss the opportunity to be a part of this excellent program. If you have any questions regarding softball tryouts, please see Coach Lange in room 610 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. GO BEARKATS!
The Klein Swim & Dive Team is off to a great start of their season. We are midway through the season and looking to improve on their 4th and 5th place finishes at State last year. Girls Varsity started slow going 0-4 in dual meets before winning their last 5 meets with a record of 5-4. Boys started off 1-2 in dual meets before winning their last 6 dual meets with a record of 7-2. Both Girls and Boys won the Klein ISD Duel in the Pool against Oak, Collins, Cain, and Forest. Also both team placing 4th at the TISCA Gulf Championships. Senior Jordan Hennig, Junior Charlotte Longbottom, Junior Maddie Vindiola, and Sophomore Halli Williams broke the school record in the 200 Free Relay with 1:36.08, which is an All-American Consideration time. Their next meets are against Stratford on Tuesday, December 11th at 5pm, and against Oak (Senior Night) on Thursday, December 20th at 5:30pm. Come out and support the team as they take on these District opponents.
17th Annual Bearkat Bash 5K
The 17th annual running of the Bearkat Bash 5k and kids 1k will be on February 9th. Come join us for this for this KHS tradition. All proceeds benefit Klein Cross Country and Track & Field Programs. The attached poster lists websites for registration information. If anyone would like to be a sponsor, they can contact me @ email@example.com
Klein Clubs & Organizations
On November 29, 2018, Klein High School Cheerleaders, teachers and parents came together to help Spring Creek Village for a night of giving back to the community.
On this night, students, teachers and parents supported the Klein 5 core values of gratitude, empathy, perseverance, integrity, and most of all, service with our Klein community.
As part of Klein Serves, over 15 students, teachers and parents came to Spring Creek Village to serve our residents and community. A special thanks to Trinity, Elise, Ariana, Brooke, Logan, Katherine, Courtney, Whitney, Bryanna and Kelli for serving and making a difference in the lives of our residents, staff and community. Special thanks to Kelli White for gathering her amazing Cheerleaders. Thank you for sharing your gratitude, empathy, perseverance, integrity and service to our community. It is much appreciated!
Klein Cheer Tryout Candidate and Parent Meetings
(Both MUST attend 1 meeting)
Monday, February 11th in LGI (7:00 pm - 8 pm)
Wednesday, February 13th in LGI (6:30 am - 7:15 am)
Save the Date!!
2019-2020 Bearkadette Tryouts and Clinic will be held on February 5-8, 2019. Hopeful Parent Meeting will be on Wednesday, January, 16 7-9 pm in LGI.
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 2019 Yearbook is on sale now! You don't want to miss the important events of the year all in one place! Log on to School Cash Online or www.balfour.com and order your copy today. Last chance to order is the end of January!
Klein Table Tennis
December 4th was the annual Play for Parkinson's table tennis tournament! For $10 the participants were able to play in the tournament, a Play for Parkinson's wristband, a treat, and a water! All proceeds went to help people with Parkinson's. Thank you to all those who participated in the amazing event.
The Klein High Orchestra had a fabulous time getting the community into the holiday spirit by sharing their talents at the local Barnes and Noble Bookstore. The Klein Orchestra Program performed holiday music for the community from 9:00am to 9:00pm. Dr. Champion joined in on the fun by leading storytime and even conducting the orchestra! Fun was had by all!
“In early November, the Klein Band had 6 students earn spots in the Region IX All-Region Orchestra. This month, the Klein Band had 19 students earn spots in the Region IX All-Region Band! From this audition, seniors Matthew Contreras, Grace Henze, Craig Williams and Lily Moreno, and juniors Carlos Pirela, Riley Moquin, Cameron Garza, and Emmanuel Enriquez placed high enough to advance to the Area Auditions. These 8 students will compete to earn spots in the TMEA All-State performance ensembles.
The Klein Band is currently taking orders for the 17th Annual Smoked Meats Fundraiser! If you are interested in ordering brisket, ribs or sausage, please use our secure on-line order form at http://kleinhighband.com/brisket-2019. Orders will be taken through 5:00pm on Sunday, January 27th and will be ready February 1st and 2nd!”
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.