The Paw Print Parent Newsletter

Klein High School, December 2017 Edition

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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 an eventful semester, and I am ever-thankful for getting to serve the staff, students, and community of Klein High School. From the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts to playing in the snow last week, this semester we have certainly “weathered the storm.”


The Bearkats have adopted our Klein5 core values: empathy, gratitude, integrity, perseverance, and service. I continue to be amazed at how our students, staff, and community have embraced and embody these core values. As we move forward with our focus on character education, I know that our community will reap the rewards of these productive citizens.


Furthermore, I am even more excited to see the great things that have been going on in our classrooms! Our teachers and instructional leaders have been working tirelessly to reimagine learning, and we are grateful for their efforts to personalize learning for all of our students. I am continuously amazed at all of the accomplishments and accolades that our Bearkats have achieved. From clutch wins both academic and extracurricular to generous donation campaigns, our Kats have made us proud, and we look forward to all they will continue to accomplish in the coming semester.


Please take this upcoming break to rest, relax, and enjoy the people in your life that matter most. Thank you, as always, for your support and guidance as we work with your students to strive to make our vision of promise to purpose a reality for everyone! We truly do believe that together we make the difference!


Go Bearkats!


Regards,

Jessica Haddox, Klein High School Principal

Ms. Jessica Haddox, KHS Principal

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Meet Our #Klein5 Ambassadors!

Our first ever class of #Klein5 Ambassadors have been chosen! These KHS student leaders will work with our student body, staff, and community to model and help spread our core values. There are big things in store at KHS with this amazing group of leaders!

Fall 2017 Final Exam Schedule

Fall finals will be held on December 18-21, 2017. Please note that these are all full days, except for the last school day on Thursday, December 21 which will be a half day! Click here to access the fall final exam schedule and information.

Bearkat Den Update

Bearkat Den is new and improved for our students this year! After conducting student and staff surveys we have made several changes that we hope will yield tremendous results for our students. We have transitioned from having Bearkat Den two times a week to five times a week. Through our Enriching Students software, students are able to have a flexible schedule that meets their needs as a learner. Teachers can quickly and efficiently pull in students any day of the week for intervention or enrichment. We will be placing students in a new “Home Den” in the Spring and hope to continue improving this process every semester.

The Counselor's Corner

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


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.


Course Selection Timeline for 2018/2019:

  • 9th graders-1/19 will get packets and information. 1/22-1/24 will meet with Counselors during W.Geog class;
  • 10th graders-1/26 will get packets and information. 1/29-1/31 will meet with Counselors during W.History classes;
  • 11th graders-2/2-will get information and packets. 2/5-2/8 will meet with counselors and do course selesction 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.

Skyward Family Access

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

Khan Academy

Student PSAT scores are now available. It is time to help 8th, 10th, and 11th grade students link their College Board account with Khan Academy!


It’s INCREDIBLE to report that studying for the SAT for 20 hours on Khan Academy’s free Official SAT Practice is associated with an average score gain of 115 points. That’s nearly double the average score gain compared to students who don’t use the free test prep. More exciting is that more than 16,000 students from the class of 2017 who used Official SAT Practice improved their scores BY MORE THAN 200 POINTS!


Check out this newly released video message below from Sal Khan, founder of the nonprofit Khan Academy. Shorter periods of study time also correlate with meaningful score gains. Six hours of study on Official SAT Practice is associated with an average 90-point increase! With support of their classroom teachers, students can create their own study calendar complete with diagnostic tests, practice exercises, practice tests, and more.

https://youtu.be/QIkCoQoZ21U

Important Dates

2017-2018 Testing Dates

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


March 7 SAT

April 10 English I

April 12 English II

May 7 Algebra I

May 8 Biology

May 9 US History

May 7-18 AP Testing Window

Advanced Placement Testing Schedule

Important Senior Dates!

Senior Prom: May 19 at the Marriott Waterway from 8-11:30 pm

Graduation: June 2 at 3 pm at NRG

16th Annual Bearkat Bash 5K

16th annual Bearkat Bash will be held on February 10, 2018, at Klein Memorial Stadium. Come join us for this long standing Klein tradition. All proceeds will benefit the Klein Cross country and Track & Field programs.


Race day and registration if can be found here: https://bearkatbash5k.com/

GT Community Meeting Information

  • January 11th – 6:30 – 8:00 GT Community Meeting at Klein Cain HS. For parents and students. Topics – Creative Problem Solving; Academic Competitions
  • March 27th – 6:30 – 8:00 GT Community Meeting at Klein Collins HS. For parents and students. Topics – Summer Enrichment Programs – KISD Local, Digital
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Strategic Priorities in Action

All freshmen are learning to enjoy reading in English class! Through the Hurricane Harvey Adopt-A-Classroom program, the English 1 team was gifted with hundreds of books from Joaquin High School in Joaquin, TX! While we’ve been working on fostering a love of reading in class by encouraging student choice, the books we’ve received will help all of our students find what they love to read. As a culminating activity this quarter, all students will make a Book Talk Presentation to share the great book they’ve chosen. Thanks to the generosity of organizer Mrs. Kathy Cockrell and the giving hearts in Joaquin, Texas, Klein English 1 students have many options to find what they love to read!

Water Warriors Day of Design

The U.S. History team is challenging student thinking by immersing them in the content. One unique way they have demonstrated this is through an interactive Roaring 20's day where students gained knowledge over different aspects of Roaring 20’s culture. The students rotated to different stations throughout the class period to gain the knowledge of each aspect. Students got to enjoy the rich sounds of jazz and learn about its road to becoming America’s popular form of music during this time. To go along with their exposure to jazz students learned dance crazes like the Charleston. Students were also exposed to the literature and artwork of the Harlem Renaissance as well as the Lost Generation. Throughout the day students were engaged in activities that created authentic learning experiences and gave them the opportunity to make real connections with the class material.
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Baseball: Klein Baseball is right around the corner. Tryouts for the baseball team will begin on Friday, January 26th, with games starting on February 5th. We are looking forward to supporting the Bearkats in 2018.


Basketball: Our Basketball teams are off to a great start. Whether passing, dribbling or shooting, our basketball teams need your support whether home or away. There are plenty of opportunities to come out and cheer your Bearkats on the court!


Cross Country: Our Cross Country Teams flew by their competition this season. The team was extremely successful, and made us very proud. The Girls Cross Country team won 3rd in District, and 9th in the Region. Our Boys were District Champions, won 3rd in the Region, and 7th in the State of Texas!

Football: Our Klein Football team just completed a fantastic winning season. The boys played with grit and determination. They went to the second round of the playoff games. We are extremely proud of their hard work and dedication this season and are already looking forward to next year!

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. They have participated in many tournaments this fall and are looking forward to their spring tournaments to show how their hard work has paid off!

Soccer: Soccer season at Klein is upon us. We would like to congratulate all of the athletes that recently made the teams. Your hard work has definitely paid off! Come out this winter and spring and support the Bearkats. The boys will begin their season on Saturday, December 30th, and the girls on Friday, December 29th.


Wrestling: Take it to the mat and see our athletes take down the competition. If you have not seen the wrestling team in action, do yourself a favor and get out to their next meet! They are half-way through the season and continue to pin their competition!


Softball: Our Lady Bearkats are ready to dominate 1st, 2nd, 3rd base, and home plate. Softball tryouts will be held January 19th and 20th. Do not miss your opportunity to be a part of this excellent program. Come out to support our Lady Bearkats this season at the ball field!


Swimming: The Klein Swim Team is off to an excellent start. These athlete’s start their day off in the pool when almost everyone else is still in bed. They have worked hard to prepare for their meets. The Boys and Girls placed second at the Keller Invite, and the Girls won the Klein ISD Duel in the Pool! These swimmers are just getting started; we look forward to their continued success this year!

Volleyball: The Lady Bearkat Volleyball team dominated the on court this season! They played with class and heart all season long. They were District Champions with a 14 to 0 record. Their perseverance brought them all the way to the playoffs where they finished as a Regional Semi-Finalist!

Tennis: The Klein Varsity Tennis Team had tremendous success this season and advanced to Regional Quarterfinals! They are hard at work preparing for the spring Tennis season. Make sure you come out and support them on the courts!


Track and Field: Track and Field season is about to begin! Be sure to be on the lookout for the meet schedules to be released so that you can make plans to come and cheer on the Bearkats as they race their way to victory!

Clubs and Organizations Updates and Information

Yearbook Spotlight: The special 2018 and 80th anniversary yearbook is on sale now! Hurry and reserve your special copy today at Balfour.com. The cost is $75 now, but will go up after the holidays! Don’t delay and buy it today! There’s never a guarantee there will be extras for sale in May.



DECA: Klein High School is hosting the DECA district competition again this year on Saturday, January 13th. This year Klein has more students competing than ever before, with over 100 competing members. The DECAKats are excited to improve on last year’s record performance and competing at the State Career and Development Conference in Dallas.

No Place for Hate & Best Buddies

No Place for Hate and Best Buddies joined forces and hosted the Harlem All-Star Legends, formerly known as the Harlem Globetrotters! KHS staff played ball against the Legends...you know who won!

FFA: December Happenings- students and sponsors will be attending Wreaths Across America to lay wreaths on veteran graves at the Houston National Cemetery this month as well as collecting toys for area elementary students! FFA has also been incorporating a leadership Friday once a month in all ag classes; these classes serve to teach students about different job availability in the agriculture industry.


Cheer: Our cheerleaders have been hard at work supporting our many organizations this fall semester! Interested in trying out for cheer for next year? Cheer and mascot tryout parent and candidate meetings for the 2018-2019 season will be held on the folowing dates and times:

  • Thursday, 2/15 at 6:30 PM (in the LGI)
  • Wednedsay, 2/21 at 6:30 AM (in the LGI)

Bearkadettes: Under the direction of Mrs. Katherine Dean and Mrs. Kelly Branham, our Bearkadettes are celebrating their 50th Anniversary this school year. This past fall, the Bearkadettes held an Alumni Reception before the Homecoming game. Is was great to see all the alumni come back and reminisce about being a Bearkadette. In the Spring, the BK’s will travel to Disney World to compete!

HOSA: Klein HOSA has had a busy semester! They have hosted many events including End It which taught girls self-defense and raised awareness of human trafficking, raised $600 to donate to Stuebner Airline Veterinary Clinic for Hurricane Harvey relief, and had the HOSA EMT students work with girls at Klein's STEM Gems conference just to name a few. On December 1st, 93 Klein HOSA students tested in the first round of HOSA competition for 2017 - 2018, and 68 students advanced to the next round of competition. Klein HOSA also won FIRST PLACE in 9 different events. Weare so proud of all that Klein HOSA continues to accomplish!
Student Council: Klein High Student Council raised $25,000 from the selling of the Klein Strong shirts, several homecoming activities, and the Harvey strong buttons. These funds will help those families affected by the Harvey flooding within our Klein ISD community. Student Council honored Mayor Turner, a former Klein High Student council president and Valedictorian for his leadership during the flooding. Mayor Turner acted as a role model and inspired our student council kids to help their community that was affected heavily.
FCCLA: Texas FCCLA’s State Service Learning Project this year is collecting children’s books to donate to the Family Service Center of Galveston County. We will be taking these children’s books with us to our Regional Competition in Galveston in February.

"Note"able News From the Arts

Orchestra

Congratulations to the Klein High School Orchestra for earning the Klein Education Foundation Grant sponsored by Chick-fil-A at 1960 and Cutten. This award will help cover the cost for the Houston Symphony High School Residency Program. Thanks to this grant, Klein High students will be able to enjoy masterclasses with professional musicians, chamber music coaching sessions, free chamber music concerts, workshops with the Houston Symphony conductor and free Houston Symphony concert tickets for the entire season! Special thanks goes out to all the staff, parents and community members that made this possible for our students!

Theatre Arts

The Addams Family is coming to the neighborhood! Based on the original characters created by Charles Addams, we join the family years later as Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. She confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before — keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents. Bring your family to meet our family and help us celebrate what it is to be an Addams! We promise it will be anything but normal.


The Addams Family musical January 18, 19, 22 @ 7:00pm & Jan. 22 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm. www.kleindrama.com for tickets today!

Choir

The Region IX Choir Concert was held just before Thanksgiving Break. 29 Klein Choir students were named members of the Region choirs and put on an outstanding performance.


Pre-Area Choir Auditions were held on Tuesday, November 28th. At this audition, the top 5 students in each voice part earn the opportunity to audition for the Texas All-State Choir in January. Klein Choir is thrilled to announce that the following students have earned this prestigious opportunity:


Chloe Johnsen (9th grade)

Tyrone Killebrew (11th grade)

Nicholas Lammey (12th grade)

Rebecca Walsh (11th grade)

Emmalie Hall (12th grade - 2nd Alternate)

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Holiday music is in full swing! Klein Chorale and Chamber Choir have been enjoying Elementary tour with Band and Orchestra as well as other community performances.

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Get your holiday shopping completed & hear Chamber Choir sing this Saturday, 12/16 at Macy’s in The Woodlands from 2:00-4:00 pm!

Band

In early November, the Klein Band had 5 students earn spots in the Region IX All-Region Orchestra. Senior band members Zoe De los Santos and Mitchell Wells placed high enough to advance to the Area Auditions in January. This month, the Klein Band had 20 students earn spots in the Region IX All-Region Band! From this audition, seniors Danielle Betts and Austin Tenhave, and junior Lily Moreno placed high enough to advance to the Area Auditions. These 5 students will compete to earn spots in the All-State performance ensembles.

The Klein Band is currently taking orders for the 16th Annual Smoked Meats Fundraiser! If you are interested in ordering brisket, ribs or sausage, please use our secure on-line order form at http://www.kleinhighband.com/brisket-2018. Orders will be taken through 5:00pm on Sunday, January 28th, 2018 and will arrive in time for your Super Bowl party!

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.

2017-2018 Klein ISD School Calendar

Click here to access the 2017-2018 KISD school calendar!