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Klein ISD has partnered with Lone Star College-University Park to launch Vistas Early College High School, offering students the chance to finish a high school degree while earning up to 60 college credit hours at no extra cost.

Klein ISD inducted 34 students from across the district to the new program, announced a Klein ISD press release.

“I’m grateful for our continued, strong partnership with Lone Star College,” Superintendent Jenny McGown said. “It’s an honor to collaborate with our partners in higher education to bring unique opportunities to our secondary students, so they may earn college credit, including their associates degree, while earning high school credit. I look forward to seeing the many accomplishments from the students at Vistas Early College School cohort.”

The program is a four-year pathway where college courses are continually integrated with high school courses providing students with mentors, advisors and professors.

For more information visit https://kisd.us/vistasechs.

-From the Klein ISD website

Klein ISD PD hosting K9 casualty course

The Klein ISD Police Department hosted almost 30 law enforcement agencies at the Klein ISD Multipurpose Center for a K9-Casualty Care Course this month.

The K9-CCC event was sponsored by Memorial Hermann Life Flight, which “launched its K9-Casualty Care Course (K9-CCC) and Transportation Service Thursday, December 1, 2020, making Life Flight the first air ambulance service in the nation to provide training, treatment, and transportation for injured K9 officers,” states a Klein ISD news announcement.

K-9 handlers were provided with emergency care training, including a first aid kit, tourniquet and gloves. Handlers learned how to heal injured K9s and call for a Life Flight.

-From the Klein ISD website

Elementary recognized as Beacon School

Zwink Elementary School earned the Imagine Nation Beacon School Award for its Dual Language Pathway displaying their work toward best practices and Imagine Learning Program usage.

“I’m so proud of our teachers and staff and how they continue to work hard to ensure every student gets exactly what they need every day,” Zwink Elementary Principal Stacey Vaglienty said in a Klein ISD news announcement. “No matter the obstacle, our team always does what is best for our students, and I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

The school’s Imagine Learning representative nominated Zwink.

“We are proud to present these achievements to schools across the nation,” Jeremy Cowdrey, Chief Executive Officer at Imagine Learning, said. “These awards recognize the schools and students that have demonstrated exemplary usage of Imagine Learning programs, and they are a true testament to the hard work and dedication of students and educators around the country.”

-From the Klein ISD website

Klein ISD to kick off STEM Summer Olympics Challenge

In an effort to increase STEM innovation within the district, Klein is hosting the Klein ISD STEM Summer Olympics Challenge inspired by the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Students will take on educational challenges from various STEM categories, competing with other students of their grade level. Students can compete individually or in groups. Students who win each category will have their work displayed on the STEAM Express next school year.

All challenges will be due Aug. 1. To learn more and register, go to https://news.kleinisd.net/2021/05/19/stem-summer-olympics-challenge-registration-begins/.

-From the Klein ISD website

District celebrates facility additions

Klein Oak High School received additions to their arts facilities, which was officially celebrated with a ribbon cutting and student performances, including ballet, orchestra and choir.

The new building additions were funded by the 2015 bond.

-From the Klein ISD website

Students compete in national, state competitions

More than 400 students from Klein, Klein Forest, Klein Oak, Klein Collins and Klein Cain high schools’ career and technology education programs competed in state and national competitions on behalf KISD this school year.

“I am grateful that we can provide our Klein ISD CTE pathway explorers with the opportunity to participate in national Career and Technical Student Organizations,” Deborah Bronner-Westerdruin, Director of CTE in Klein ISD, said in a Klein ISD news announcement. “Despite the many challenges this year, more than 400 students continued their commitment to learning and growing and representing Klein ISD.”

For a full list of students, visit https://news.kleinisd.net/2021/05/18/over-400-cte-students-compete-in-state-and-national-competitions/.

-From the Klein ISD website

Tree dedication honors late principal

A live oak tree dedication was held May 12 at Link Elementary School to honor the legacy of late principal Justin Jones, who passed away last year in an automobile accident.

The sapling was donated to Spring ISD through Harris County Pct. 4’s Legacy Trees Project and Commissioner R. Jack Cagle, a Spring ISD press release states.

Spring ISD Superintendent Rodney E. Watson likened the live oak’s significance to Jones.

“As this tree grows, its branches will provide shade and shelter, as well as beauty to our surroundings,” Watson said in the press release. “It’s a fitting legacy for a person who was always thinking about others and motivating them to achieve and excel.”

Board Member Winford Adams Jr. credits Jones for helping to change the culture at Link. Adams remembers Jones’ enthusiasm when the elementary school was recognized during a school board meeting for seeing a notable increase in the school’s accountability scores, states the press release.

Ponderosa Elementary School Principal Shanna Swearingen said Jones was a helpful person who thought outside of the box, was down-to-earth and focused on students.

Link’s current principal, Tangy Stith, described Jones as “an amazing spirit,” and shared a memory of him sitting with her before her mother had open heart surgery. Stith was the assistant principal at Link while Jones was principal.

“This is our tribute to him to show that we loved him and that he is definitely missed,” said Stith. “We’re doing our very best to live up to his legacy, but he left some very big shoes to fill.”

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