Bond Steering Committee reports findings to Klein ISD Board of Directors

A 100-member Bond Steering Committee reported its findings to the Klein ISD Board of Directors to chart the course for the district for the next seven years.

Recommendations from these findings address issues such as security, technology needs, facility acquisition and capacity challenges, as well as consideration of new facilities, a Klein ISD press release said. .

“For our community to maintain a strong economy, Klein ISD must continue to provide a well-educated and well-trained workforce to attract business and new jobs,” said Julie Stevens, Bond Steering Committee member and parent. by Klein ISD. “These proposed sets of bonds will ensure that we continue to thrive for future generations.”

The committee was made up of parents, teachers, alumni, community members and more, who sought to provide every Klein ISD student and teacher with what they would need in the future, added the communicated.

“Our committee has studied what constitutes a bond, including funding, infrastructure needs and opportunities to add new capital assets,” Stephen White, member of the bond steering committee and parent of Klein ISD, said during the presentation of the committee’s findings to the school board. “We worked very hard to weigh our interests as community members with what would be a good option for learners as well as our teachers.”

The committee’s recommendations included remodeling and renovating learning spaces in the district, building new facilities for fine arts and athletics programs, building an eleventh middle school to deal with overcrowding, improving campus safety and security measures as well as IT infrastructure, purchasing modern school buses, upgrading technology and modernizing Klein Memorial Stadium or building a new stadium .

The board will review these recommendations and consider a possible future referendum on the bonds to be submitted to voters, the statement added.

-Contributed by Klein ISD

Spring ISD approves the educational calendar

The educational calendar for the next school year was approved by Spring ISD board members last Tuesday, which will begin classes on August 16 and end on June 1, 2023.

The approved schedule was one of two options presented to the community, drawing comments from more than 1,700 people, a Spring ISD press release said. Both options provided for two half-days of instruction for the time of parent-teacher meetings and the approved schedule has an additional holiday for Election Day, November 8.

The winter break will begin after a half-day of teaching on December 16, the statement added, with students returning on January 5. Spring break begins March 13 and returning students March 20.

The approved calendar can be viewed at www.springisd.org/calendars.

-Contributed by Spring ISD

Educational planning guides available

Spring ISD’s educational planning guides for middle and high school students were recently approved as resources for students to choose their courses for the upcoming school year.

“The EPG is a resource that allows our community and stakeholders to clearly understand the many options available to our students,” said Diaka Melendez, executive director of Curriculum and Instruction, in a press release. “By having a comprehensive guide, a family can truly chart a student’s path from entering sixth grade to graduation.”

The guide is published annually and outlines graduation requirements, advanced placement and dual credit options, as well as information on credit recovery, sports eligibility, and the college admissions process.

A “Planning for the future” section also displays a checklist ensuring students are on track to graduate, the press release adds.

Course selection begins in January and must be completed by February 14, the statement said.

“One of the things I love about what we’re doing here in the spring is that we even start at the middle school level, preparing them and guiding them down the path that’s best for them,” said the president of the board, Justine Durant, during the business session of the board. 6. “Not only does (the guide) tell you what this path is, it even tells you what kind of salary you can earn in this career.”

Board member Deborah Jensen called this year’s guide the most phenomenal she had ever seen.

“And for clarity and to show how these courses really prepare for a career and what the career entails and the job prospects, that’s absolutely wonderful,” Jensen said.

-Contributed by Spring ISD

Reading contest winners honored

Spring ISD board members honored the winners of the district’s annual “Chill Out and Read” reading contest, open to elementary and middle school students in the district.

“Over the holidays, we didn’t want the learning to stop, and our students rose to the challenge,” said Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Workforce Development Matt Pariseau, to administrators. “We challenged elementary and middle school students to choose their favorite books and take time to ‘chill and read’.”

More than 6,210 books were read by Spring ISD students during winter break, according to a news release, with more than 59,000 minutes spent reading, or more than 983 hours. Booker Elementary School took first place, with students spending more than 321 hours reading.

Winning students were awarded based on most minutes spent reading books at grade level or above and most books read at grade level or above, the statement added, with winners taking home an Amazon Kindle and a trophy. .

“As part of our strategic plan, we are focusing on literacy, and we have a multi-faceted approach to that,” Pariseau said. “One thing we know is that when students have the ability to read, their literacy rate continues to grow and expand in their learning.”

-Contributed by Spring ISD

County provides rapid testing to Spring ISD

Spring ISD and Harris County are partnering to provide free COVID-19 rapid tests to students and staff, with more than 2,000 rapid tests available, according to a Spring ISD press release.

” Providing [these tests] to schools, that’s another source…for parents,” Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said. “It helps children who come into contact with positive cases to get back to class quickly.”

The tests will be distributed to campuses in the coming weeks, the statement added.

“We will take these new test kits and place them in our schools to try to support our families as much as possible,” Spring ISD Police Chief Ken Culbreath said. “We ask our staff and students to continue to practice the processes we have in place, and these tests give us another tool.”

The district has also partnered with Harris County Public Health to provide testing and vaccinations at Planet Ford Stadium. More information is available at CovidCheck.HCTX.net.

-Contributed by Spring ISD

Klein ISD Hires Special Education Teachers, Bilingual Teachers, Support Staff

Klein ISD will host a job fair from 9 a.m. to noon on February 5 at the Klein Multipurpose Center, 7500 FM 2920, to seek qualified bilingual and special education teachers to join the district’s teaching and support staff.

While with Klein ISD, educators can participate in professional learning opportunities in vice-principal development and teacher leadership, a Klein ISD press release said.

To apply for these jobs, go to kleinisd.net/employment. More information can be found by calling Human Resources at 832-249-4218.

-Contributed by Klein ISD

Klein ISD Hosts Job Fair in March

Klein ISD will host a job fair from 9 a.m. to noon on March 26 at Klein Cain High School, 10201 Spring Cypress Road.

At the fair, applicants can meet with campus and district administrators. Selected applicants will be invited for interviews in the afternoon, with letters of intent awarded to selected applicants, a Klein ISD press release said.

Register for the next job fair at KISD.us/jobfair22.

-Contributed by Klein ISD

Klein ISD hosts the Way Summit on January 22

An exploration event will be hosted by Klein ISD on January 22 to help students become familiar with the many pathways offered by the district.

The Summit of the Way will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Klein Multipurpose Center and is free for students and families of all ages.

There, families can meet with counselors to talk about the students’ academic future and attend sessions to learn about advanced courses, scholarships, financial aid, and other opportunities.

Visit kleinisd.net/pathways for more information.

-Contributed by Klein ISD

Klein ISD releases musical performance dates

Klein ISD has released the district’s spring high school musical schedule, which begins in late January.

The musicals will kick off with “Curtains” at Klein High School Jan. 21-31 at 7 p.m.

Klein Forest will present “Peter and the Starcatcher” Jan. 26-29 at 7 p.m.; Klein Oak High School presents performances of “Once Upon a Mattress” on January 28 and 29 and February 4, 5 and 7 at 7 p.m.; Klein Collins High School presents “Shrek the Musical” Jan. 27-28 at 7 p.m., Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. and Feb. 3-5 at 7 p.m.; and Klein Cain High School will present “Singing in the Rain” on January 28-29 and February 3-5 at 7 p.m.

-Contributed by Klein ISD

Grant Increases CTE Enrollment in College

A $200,000 dual-credit-for-all grant over four years is helping Lone Star College-North Harris reach local high school students, according to an LSC news release.

The grant focuses on Spring and Aldine ISD students pursuing CTE programs such as automotive service technician, computer-aided design, and shielded arc welding, the statement added.

“LSC-North Harris will serve additional students by covering program costs, which can often be costly for many of our students,” said Cathleen Tyson-Ferrol, Director, Educational Services and Partnerships. “This grant will help increase the number of students pursuing CTE certification to meet the demands of Houston’s economy while exposing additional students to stackable educational options after achieving Level I certification.”

The grant is intended to increase dual-credit enrollment at the school and increase course completion, as well as enroll 70 additional economically challenged students in CTE courses.

-Contributed by Lone Star College-North Harris

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