The PawPrint

Parent Newsletter, October Edition

The Principal's Message

Dear Kleb Parents and Students,


On behalf of all of the Kleb Intermediate faculty and staff, I want to thank you for an excellent beginning of our 2016-17 school year! It has been a wonderful start and it's hard to believe that the first six weeks is already behind us and the second is well under way. Students and teachers have formed relationships that continue to deepen, and teaching and learning is evident across campus!


This year, our newest initiative has been pioneering the new Future Ready 21 program, including distribution of Chromebooks to all our Bearcubs...and I can say that so far it has been a great success! At this time, 99% of our students have a device with plans to distribute to those last few over the coming weeks. It has been amazing to see our teachers infuse technology into their classrooms and watch our students create and explore in exciting new ways. To quote one of our teachers, "Obviously, good teachers are not replaced by technology...but what tech does is allow teachers to spend more time focusing on their learners and building relationships." This is so true, and it is wonderful to see teachers and students bond over shared learning as they explore classroom use of technology together.

I am excited to let you know that this year the PTO will continue with phase two of our focus of making the Kleb Library a Future Ready space prepared for student centered, collaborative learning opportunities. Phase one is almost complete, with beautiful murals now adorning the walls and furniture starting to roll in as we speak! The second phase will primarily focus on creating a Maker Space where students can learn a diverse set of skills, from knitting to coding flying drones! Spirit Nights and the Texas Roadhouse Holiday Rolls Fundraiser (more information below!) are on the horizon to kick off the 16-17 campaign!
Lastly, on a personal note, thank you for all of the congratulations and well wishes during my transition into the role of principal. So many parents, students and staff members have gone out of their way to make me feel welcome, and I truly feel that God has blessed me to have such an amazing community committed to our children. My focus will continue to be engaging students, emotionally and instructionally, to help mold not just learners, but caring, informed citizens.


Thank you for playing the important role that you do, and for entrusting your children to us at Kleb Intermediate!



Sincerely,

Clay

Upcoming Dates (Mark your calendar!)

October 10-14: Beat Doerre Week! Join us all week as football, volleyball and cross country compete in our friendly rivalry against Doerre Intermediate!

Monday, October 17: GT Parent Night All parents of current GT students are invited to learn more about the required Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP) due late Spring.

October 24-28: Red Ribbon Week Join us as schools across the country encourage and promote drug awareness and prevention!

Tuesday, November 8th: PTO Spirit Night at Fuddruckers! 20% of all receipts turned in all day will be donated to the Kleb PTO!

ALSO Tuesday November 8th: Super Tuesday: Staff development/student holiday!

Friday, November 11th: Veterans Day Breakfast 8 a.m., Kleb Cafeteria- join KISD for a salute to Veterans & Armed Forces; breakfast at Kleb will be followed by a parade and program at the Klein Memorial Stadium presented by Klein ISD Air Force JROTC

November 21-25: Thanksgiving Holiday

Tuesday, December 13th: PTO Spirit Night at Fuddruckers #2

Friday, December 16th: End of Fall Semester

December 19-January 2: Christmas/Winter Holiday

A Note From the Counselors' Office

Kassidy Villegas A-F 832-249-5530

Kyle Schofield G-M 832-249-5531

Rachael Garfield N-Z 832-249-5529

Elizabeth McCrory Special Services 832-249-5523

Credit By Examination (CBE)

Klein ISD students enrolled in grades 6 -12 may attempt to earn credit for courses in which they have not had prior classroom instruction through a process known as Credit By Examination. In order to earn credit, a student must score at or above 80% on any test taken. Registration forms and other information about the CBE program are available in the counselors’ office.

Promotion/Retention

To be promoted in grades 6-8, a student must attain an average of 70% or above in language arts (including reading improvement if it is required) and mathematics (including mathematics improvement if it is required). In addition, the student must have a passing average of at least a 70% in science and social studies, as well as an overall average of 70% or above in all courses taken. Any student whose final yearly average is below 70% in language arts, math, science or social studies will be required to successfully complete the Edgenuity program for that subject in order to be promoted to the next grade level. Counselors will notify parents/guardians by a letter if their student is currently in danger of retention based on the first semester average. Copies of progress reports and report cards may be obtained from the counselors’ office. If your student is currently in danger of failing a class, please contact the teacher in order to develop a plan for improvement. Your assistance is vital for your student’s success. Make sure to use the new Family Access to monitor your child's progress!

Edgenuity

If your child failed (grade below 70%) English, math, science and/or social studies, contact your child’s counselor for grade repair information. Students who have failed an academic class may attend Edgenuity after school. The class ends at 5:45 p.m. Edgenuity will begin Monday, October 19th. The Edgenuity dates are as follows:

Monday – Thursday: October 17-20

Monday – Thursday: October 24-27

Monday – Thursday: Oct 31-Nov 4

Save the Date! STAAR 2016-17 Testing Schedule

Thank you in advance for not making any appointments on these days!


Tuesday, March 28th: 7th Grade Reading & 8th Grade Math

Wednesday, March 29th: 8th Grade Reading


Monday, May 8th: 6th and 7th Grade Math

Tuesday, May 9th: 6th and 7th Grade Reading

Wednesday, May 10th: 8th Grade Science

Thursday, May 11th: 8th Grade Social Studies

PSAT Test--October 19th

The PSAT is coming to Kleb!


The PSAT 8/9 assessment will help your student prepare for the future. By taking the PSAT 8/9, your student will learn which skills he or she needs to work on for continued success through high school and college. In addition, the PSAT 8/9 will identify areas where your student excels and may want to consider taking higher-level courses, as well as areas he or she should focus on to improve academically.


Want to see the full informational flyer? Click here!

From the PTO

Follow Kleb PTO on Facebook for all the updated information about what’s happening! Find us here!

Fuddruckers' Spirit Nights

Come by and eat at Fuddruckers on Louetta to support Kleb! 20% of all receipts turned in for Kleb, all day (lunch AND dinner), will be donated to the Kleb PTO. Just drop your receipt in the basket and enjoy your meal! The last two dates for the fall semester are:

Tuesday, November 8th

Tuesday, December 13th

Kleb Memory Books

Kleb Parents! Now is the BEST time to order your son or daughter their yearbook for the 2016-17 school year! Just go to the Balfour website www.balfour.com, search for Kleb Intermediate, and you're on your way! Personalize their book with their name on the cover or an icon of their favorite activities to make it really special for them on yearbook pick-up day next spring. Prices go up after Christmas, so order now!

Have great pictures from an event? Download the Image Share app to your phone and you can share photos of school events and friends right from you mobile device. It’s so easy – students or parents simply download the IOS or Android app, enter your yearbook’s information and they’re ready to go. Photos can be selected from an existing gallery or taken using the app itself. Project Number #722579

Texas Roadhouse Rolls (Yum!!!)

Texas Roadhouse rolls, cinnamon butter and gift cards are back for the holidays!

Be on the lookout for your order forms...they should be coming home Monday, October 10th! All proceeds will benefit year 2 of bringing the Library into the 21st Century.

Order now until November 2nd
$5.00 a dozen, $2.00 butter and $10.00 gift cards.

Any questions please contact Jordan Robles at jrobles5318@yahoo.com

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Need a copy to print? Click here!

The Coaches' Corner

Basketball Tryouts

Basketball tryouts start Monday November 7th. Girls will tryout in the mornings before school and boys tryouts will be held after school. Any student interested in trying out must have a current physical on file with the coaches. See Coach Huber for details!

FCA/Cubs for Christ

Cubs for Christ/Fellowship of Christian Athletes is off to a great start this year! We’ve had nearly 70 students at our first few meetings and a great turnout for See You at the Pole. Everyone is welcome, and we encourage students to bring their friends. We meet every Friday morning at 8:30AM in the weight room and have a quick devotional with speakers from area youth groups. We are looking forward to Fields of Faith- a Fellowship of Christian Athletes event where students come together to worship and hear testimonies from their peers. This will be held Wednesday, October 12th at 7:00PM at Klein Memorial Stadium.


Questions about FCA/Cubs for Christ, visit Coach Golden's website here, or email Coach Golden cgolden1@kleinisd.net or Coach Davis gdavis1@kleinisd.net. If you missed the T-Shirt deadline, don’t worry. We will be doing a second order later this year.

Library News

The Lone Star Reading Program is in full swing! Students can earn ducks, free books, pizza, and other rewards for reading books on the 2016 Lone Star List! Students have until early May to read 15 Lone Star books to qualify for the Pizza Party at the end of the year. This is a fun way to build reading skills while enjoying some of the most popular young adult books in Texas! Scan the QR code below for a copy of the 2015 Lone Star Reading List!

Like reading books online or on the go? Now you can with Overdrive E-books!

Find the most popular books for teens to read on your tablet, or mobile device. For directions, click the link below.

http://studentnet/documents/Overdrive/GettingStartedGuide_eBooks_US.pdf


Students can login to Overdrive using the following login:

Username: Capital S +Student ID #

Password: Last 4 digits of Student ID #

Washington DC Trip: June 7th-10th

Any Current 8th grader who would like to go on an amazing trip to Washington D.C. next summer, sign up today!

Coach Gregg Blanchard has been directing the trip for 7 years and has been to Washington DC over 10 times.

The ratio for adults to students is 10:1

Students are scheduled to visit the following:

The U.S. Capital- Possibly meet Rep. Ted Poe

Arlington National Cemetery- We will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Photo Stop -White House

Smithsonian Complex

Monuments and Memorials

Mount Vernon

Plus much More

Please contact Coach Blanchard at gblanchard@kleinisd.net or call 832-249-5557

Or check out https://www.schooltoursofamerica.com/ trip #7892

Please have your child see their Social Studies teacher for a packet if you are interested. A My Tour Fund can be set up to help offset the costs. Sign up before Nov 5 and not be added to a waiting list.

Orchestra News

We have had an incredible start to the beginning of the school year! Thank you to all of the parents that made the uniform sizing event a huge success. All of the uniforms should be coming in very soon! We also want to thank all of the parents and students for making our first social event to IT’z a lot of fun for all of us! Many more social events are to come in the near future!


The Kleb, Ulrich and Doerre Sinfonia & Chamber Orchestras, along with Klein High School will have their first performance at the Klein High School Performing Arts Center on October 11th. We hope everyone can make it!


Good luck to all the Chamber and Sinfonia students who will be auditioning for Region Orchestra on Saturday, October 15th at Oak Ridge HS in Conroe. These students are practicing very hard and have really progressed a lot!


The next concert for everyone will be the Winter Concert on December 13, 2016 at Klein High School. Please check out the charmsoffice.com calendar for the most up-to-date calendar of events. This has all of our big dates as well as many other rehearsal dates. And last but not least, Mrs. Herron and Mr. Jackson would like to remind you to….

Practice ONLY on the days you eat!

Attendance--What You Need to Know

When a student is absent from school upon their return they must bring a note from their parent or guardian stating when and why they were absent. This note should be turned in to the attendance office within 5 days of the student's return to school. An email to lball1@kleinisd.net works, too, and you will receive a confirmation email!

A telephone call to the attendance office can be made, but it does not replace the note that MUST be turned in. Thank you for your help in this matter!

Attendance Requirements

Good attendance is of prime importance for the educational development of each student. A student should never be absent unless it is absolutely necessary. Acceptable and excused absences are the following: personal sickness, sickness in the immediate family, death in the immediate family (immediate family includes grandparents, mother, father, sister and brother), and school-sponsored activities. Any variations of this may be discussed with the student’s assistant principal or principal.


A student who is absent more than 9 days during the semester for a high school credit class may not be given credit except for an illness of the student, as verified by a doctor’s written statement showing the dates of absence*, or extenuating circumstances approved by the campus attendance committee, the majority of which consists of classroom teachers.

Early Dismissal

If for some reason a student must leave the campus before the school day is complete, an early dismissal should be obtained from the attendance office. A note signed by the parent asking for an early dismissal, stating date, time, reason and who will be picking up the student, can be submitted to the attendance office before first period. Students should place his or her home phone number and 1st period class and room number on the note. The parent MUST sign the student out in the attendance office at the time of departure (we want to make sure we know where your kids are!). An early dismissal may be called in, but please allow at least 30 minutes.

Lori Ball – Attendance Secretary, lball1@kleinisd.net

Main School Line – 832-249-5500, option #3 for Attendance then option #1 to report absence

Direct Line – 832-249-5495

Fax – 832-249-5507