Monday Morning Bearcub Brief

Volume CXIII--7 October 2019

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

Kleb Kudos

Hey Bearcub families and staff, thank you so much for everything you do for our Bearcubs as we push to the end of our first quarter...and a much deserved four day weekend! It's hard to believe that we are already just about one fourth of the way through our year; it seems like we just got started. But on the other hand, our new staff already seem like a part of the family and it's hard to remember a time before they were doing the work alongside us! Let's take a look at some of the amazing stuff happening on campus while we reflect on our first quarter of the school year.
Last week we celebrated National Custodial Workers Recognition Day. At Kleb we have some of the best custodians out there! Christina and Aldolfo, along with their teams, are always smiling, think "we" not "me", and are driven by a sense of urgency in all that they do. Our students and staff thank you for keeping Kleb beautiful; we appreciate you!
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Huggins Highlights

Staff, we have our 1st semester meeting with Dr. McGown on Thursday, 10/10 at 8am in our Kleb library. As an old friend and fellow lover of learning, I can't wait to hear what she has to say to our staff!


Also, remember that same day (10/10) is the last day of the first quarter! Grades as always will pull on Monday, 10/14 at 11:59pm, but remember that is a staff holiday, so let's make sure we have everything done before we leave Thursday afternoon.


Parents, I want to make you are aware of a collective staff effort to try using Personalized Learning models in our Try Flexible Learning challenge to incorporate station rotation, playlists and flipped learning into the classroom environment. Over the next few weeks, I want to take some time to explain what this could look like in your Bearcub's classes. Today I want to talk a little about the Station Rotation model of personalized learning. Here's an example of what it could look like:

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(credit to EdElements for an awesome infographic)


In a station rotation model, typically students rotate through three or four stations over a one, two or three day cycle. Many times, the stations consist of one digital content station that is adaptive to your student's needs (like iXL) that focuses on either fluency/numeracy skills or some other skills practice. Another station typically focuses on collaborative problem solving that requires higher order thinking, and a third station is a targeted small group where students can get intensive instruction, which either remediates misunderstandings or extends their thinking. So, to answer a few questions my parents had when I implemented personalized learning as a teacher:


Does this mean even more screen time for my Bearcub?

No, not necessarily! Even in the above station rotation model, only 1/3 of the class time is spent on devices, with the other 2/3 of class intentionally devoted to interactions with peers and teachers that build the skills students need to be successful in the workplace later in life. This holds true for the other models as well; when I was the district teacher of the year in 2013 based off of my work piloting Flipped Learning, my classroom hardly looked like a "technology rich environment". The devices allowed equity of access for information, but daily activities consisted of collaborative discussion over tactile manipulatives, open-ended inquiry learning, and collaborative problem solving.


Why is this even a thing? What's the payoff?

Personalized learning models are just another tool in our staff's toolkit to make sure that EVERY bearcub shows growth in their academic career. The biggest payoff is that teachers are able to meet more students where they are and keep them engaged in their learning.


Does this mean I should expect that my kids to always be using one of these three personalized learning models in class everyday?

No! As always, our amazing Bearcub staff is committed to using best practice to address the needs of our students. Some units of study, concepts or standards lend themselves better to these models than others. We defer to our collaborative teams to plan and implement what our students need based on their own professional training.

A note from our PTO

TEACHER APPRECIATION DONATIONS: We still need parents to sign up to bring a dish/item for our first Teacher Appreciation Luncheon of the year on Thursday, October 10th. Please used the attached link. Don't forget that you can also order a party-size dish from a local restaurant and have it delivered directly to Kleb or even just make a monetary donation through the front office. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c4fa5aa2fa0f49-pasta



MEMBERSHIP: Our biggest fundraiser is PTO Membership and our numbers are low so far this year. It's easy to join! Just print out the PTO membership form (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OURRmcTxgTUSvAOgYm4GmM7YPUgppVT6/view?usp=sharing) and send it in to the front office with your student with payment. As a reminder, joining PTO does not mandate that you also volunteer; it is just a great way to support our students and teachers.


MEMORY BOOKS & 8TH GRADE ADS: We captured all those wonderful school pictures and plan to display them proudly in our annual Memory Book. Order your copy today through balfour.com (search for Kleb to purchase your student’s memory book at a discount before December 31). Parents of 8th graders, don’t forget to reserve your graduation ad space now – you can purchase a 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, or full page ad on the Balfour website and save your spot. Artwork will be due in the spring but we do have limited space for ads so don’t wait!


IMAGE SHARE: We need your help to make sure we have great photos of ALL our Bearcubs in action for the memory book! Coaches, club sponsors, parents, and students can all submit your shots of what happens this year through Balfour’s ImageShare website or app (available for both iOS and Android.) You’ll need to create an account and then can send photos directly to a dropbox for Kleb, using project code 022579.



VOLUNTEERS: We are always grateful for parent volunteers even at the intermediate school level. In fact, we have several important volunteer opportunities coming up over the next two months including the Teacher Luncheon and Veterans’ Day poster help. Please be sure to register so that we can invite you to participate. You can fill the form out at https://kapo.kleinisd.net/VolunteerForm/.


If you HAVE renewed your form but have not received any emails from Kleb for volunteer opportunities, please email klebvolunteers@gmail.com and ask to make sure that you have been added to the Kleb group.

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Kleb Teacher of the Week--Lori Weed--ELA Teacher

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Teaching a student to excel at something that they struggle with, or even loathe, is a challenge that most teachers will face in their careers. But when you’ve taken an elective from them and have forced them to take two courses of a subject that they struggle with is bound to cause some kiddos great anxiety, others resentment, and of course, those that it pushes “over the edge.” It takes a special kind of person to deal with the usual “tween” angst plus deal with the “chip on the shoulder” that our Power Reading students must overcome in order to push forward and be successful.

This week I would like to nominate Lori Weed as the Teacher of the Week. Lori is patient beyond words even when 6th and 7th period is full of football players and all they want to do is talk about football, she finds articles and text for them to read in order to hook, and more importantly, keep their attention. Whether they are reading about snorting Smarties or the world’s tallest basketball player, Lori is there for these students and works hard to help them fill the gaps that will lead to their success.

Congratulations Lori you are much appreciated!

Susan Collier

Cubs of the Week

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Tiffany Reinhart- ELA Coach

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“You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – A.A. Milne/Christopher Robin

Where did you grow up?

Temple, Abilene, and Katy Texas


How many years have you been in education?

25


Where did you go to school?

Katy High and then Sam Houston State


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

I've got a cartwheel that could compete with Simone Bile's.


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

Crispy beef tacos with sour cream, Spanish rice, and a bubbly Diet Coke to drink. For dessert, mint chocolate chip ice cream in a waffle cone.


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

Shopping


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

Reese Witherspoon


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

The Temptations because I would love to learn the choreography.

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Attendance Counts

Did you know you can now report an absence in Skyward? Click HERE for more information.


Any student who is absent for the whole day is required to produce one of the following within 5 days of their absence(s):


  • Parent Note
  • Parent email (within 5 days of absence)
  • Original medical note (copies or altered notes will not be accepted)
  • Faxed notes must be sent from physician’s office
  • Court note
  • Official note for observance of approved religious holy days


***If a student is absent for part of the day for a doctor appointment, their absence will be coded as Section 25 (temporary absence) if the student follows the following procedure: The student must return the doctor excuse to the Attendance Office immediately upon returning to school to receive the Section 25 coding for their absence.


If a student does not produce one of the items listed above within the allotted timeframe, that absence will be considered unexcused and counted toward their total semester absences.

Klein ISD takes attendance very seriously, and we want to see your child succeed at Kleb. If you have any questions regarding attendance, please feel free to contact the attendance office or your assistant principal.

Additional attendance information can be found starting on page 27 of the handbook.



Attendance Information in the Klein Handbook

This Year's School Calendar

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Have a great week, Bearcubs!

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