Monday Morning Bearcub Brief

Volume CXXXIX-18 May 2020

"Every CUB stepping up, reaching out, moving forward!"

Kleb Kudos

Good morning, Kleb family! Can you believe that we are only a few weeks away from the end of the year? In some ways, it seems like just yesterday that we were in classrooms, meeting together, taking for granted the daily interactions that just seemed like the way normal life happens. And yet, it also feels like we have been working in "altered operations" for so long, and the days run together in an endless string of Zoom meetings and emails. Thank you all again, both staff and parents, for having such a good attitude about our unchosen foray into distance learning! Without everything you do, we would not have been as successful as we were in bringing at least some semblance of order and scheduling to our students.
But on to some great things still happening out there! This week's kudos go out to our Kleb Intermediate Academic Pentathlon team, who competed this weekend virtually. Our 7th and 8th grade teams competed in an online regional competition this Saturday. The theme this year was, “In Sickness and Health,” and our students were tested over Math, Science, Social Science, Literature, and Fine Arts.


Our 7th grade team was comprised of Megan Cole, Angad Dhingra, and Hannah Dilli. They earned 9th place overall as a team and placed 5th in the Super Quiz. Angad Dhingra earned 7th place in Fine Arts and 8th place in History.

Our 8th grade team was comprised of Maliha Ghazi, Madeline Mazingo, Hannah Reyes, and Isabella Santana. They earned 5th place overall as a team and placed 6th in the Super Quiz. Madeline Mazingo earned 8th place in Science and 10th place in History. Maliha Ghazi earned 1st place in Science, 3rd place in Math, and 6th place in Fine Arts.

Ms. Jackson is so thankful for these students who worked especially hard to prepare for this competition. They are all true C.U.B.s! Congratulations to our students and congratulations to all other competitors!

Huggins Highlights

Parents and staff, our biggest event coming up is the student pickup/dropoff that has been cleared for the final week of school on Tuesday through Thursday, May 26th-28th. If you missed it, you can find the procedures here. Here are the Cliff's Notes version.


  • Parents will be able to pick up student belongings and drop off items issued to them the last week of school, with 6th grade on Tuesday 10-2, 7th grade on Wednesday 10-2 and 8th grade on Thursday 10-2.
  • We will also offer an evening pickup from 5pm to 7pm on Thursday the 28th.
  • Please fill out this form to let us know that you are coming and where your students' items are located
  • Staff use this link to sign up for an area to help in coordinating these efforts!



As far as technology collection, students will NOT be turning in devices at this time unless you are unenrolling from the Klein ISD. Even 8th grade students will hold on to their Chromebooks over the summer and turn them in at their high school campus in the fall to receive their appropriate new device. Since students have those devices, Klein ISD will still offer tech support throughout the summer just as they have throughout the altered procedures.


Staff, please make sure that you have read the email from Ms. Lammers detailing the new reporting requirement from TEA. We are required to code each student based on their participation in virtual learning and report this to the state. We have tried to make this as easy as possible, so please see her email for details and input your coding by end of day on Tuesday, 5/26.


Finally, staff, be on the lookout for our end of year checkout Google form this week. We will use this in place of the traditional checkout on Friday, May 29th. Non-returning staff please make sure to arrange so that you can come in for a physical checkout on the morning of the 29th.

Cubs of the Week

A Note from the PTO

With the campus closed, most of our activities have ended – but we know there are two major things still on your minds so wanted to give you an update:

  1. Memory Books! Because Balfour’s print shop is not currently in production, we are expecting that our book order will be delayed until sometime this summer – but the book is still going to come out! DISTRIBUTION: we are working on a plan to have a distribution day where the students can all see each other and sign books; we will have more information once we have an idea of delivery date.

For now, you CAN still order a book – please go to Balfour.com and search for Kleb to purchase a book for $30. If you are not sure if you have bought one yet, please email rj_strong@hotmail.com.

  1. 8th Grade Dance! The committee is discussing possible plans to move the dance to later in the summer, as well as making other changes as needed. We will be in contact (by email from Mr. Huggins) as soon as we know more. For now, you can continue to purchase your tickets online at https://www.sites.google.com/site/klebintpto/8th-grade-dance and will put any updates on that site as well. It is very important to us that our 8th graders get to have this celebration, so rest assured that we will make it happen one way or another!

Finally, we are still moving ahead with forming our board for the next school year. Please consider if you would be willing to help and send any nominations (for yourself or someone else) at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe-1QhyhnGst9g_IrN9BrABpULCmkrXnPw3Squ32VQcmUfhqQ/viewform

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Teacher of the Week- Dawn Boyd

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I am nominating Dawn Boyd for kindness, leadership, empathy, bravery, continuous learning, understanding citizen, and building responsibility because I have worked and watched Mrs. Boyd work her magic with difficult students for almost 3 years. I have seen her strive to assist the student when they are at a 10 – screaming in her face, cussing, threatening and she stands poised – in control of her emotions – given directives to her paras all the while talking to the student in crisis until a release/calm sets in. I have watched her prepare to teach a social skill lesson as though 100 people would be present – in walks 4 students. She is diligent – professional – caring – and a mentor to whomever seeks her out for insight on explosive behavior. Dawn is student focused; laughs with the students when they are laughing and cries when she sees them brokenhearted. She is a behind-the-scene teacher, I have never heard her say that a student "isn't worth her time, energy, or focus." She never gives up on a student that others want gone. I don't know how she does it day in and day out. This is why I think she should be teacher of the week.



-Shannon Noble

Staff Spotlight

Kim Sharp- Digital Learning Specialist

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"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty." Maya Angelou

Where did you grow up?

Spring, TX


Where did you go to school?

Stephen F. Austin State University


How many years have you been in education?

17


What is the most impressive thing you know how to do?

Problem Solve (and arguing my point until I convince others I'm right...even if I"m wrong)


If you could eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Steak and Lobster (go big or go home)


If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning a medal for?

Carrying $300 worth of groceries at one time (so I don't have to make another trip from the car).


Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life? Why?

Amy Poehler


If you could join any past or current music group which would you want to join? Why?

NSYNC - I'd like to hang out with Justin Timberlake before he was JT.

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Next Year's Calendar

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Have a great week, Bearcubs!

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