Senior at Klein Oak High to attend leadership forum

Published 5:30 am, Thursday, March 27, 2003
Scooter Jefferson , a senior at Klein Oak High School, has been selected to participate in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Law in Washington, D.C.

Having demonstrated academic achievement and an interest in law and justice, Jefferson will join more than 350 outstanding high school juniors and seniors from across America at the forum.

Jefferson will graduate from Klein Oak High School in May. For more information on the National Youth Leadership Forum visit

Recruiting teachers

Klein ISD participated in a teacher recruiting opportunity in Manila as the guest of a recruiting service in the Philippines.

Human resources director L.S. Spencer represented the district in this project. Many highly trained Philippine teachers want to find work in the United States, Spencer indicated, as job openings in the field of education are limited in their country.

He interviewed 65 teachers during his five days in Manila and said he would recommend 10 to the Klein district or other districts. All 10 are fluent in conversational English and knowledgeable in academic subject matter, Spencer said.

All region orchestra

Students from Klein ISD have been named to the all-region orchestra for region IX.

The students, listed by school, include: Wunderlich Intermediate School: Katie Christy, Eve Rackleff, Morgan Wasser, Jennifer Harris, John Francis Jamandre, Anthony Pejerrey, Mary Ann Caballero, Georgene Jalbuena, and Chelsea Mitcham.

Strack Intermediate School: Andy Garcia, Kristen Chiu, Ellen Chang, Brittany Ehrhardt, Mark Kreml, Dominic Frascella, Alyssa Anderson, Drew Stack, and Tyler Patton.

Schindewolf Intermediate School: Elizabeth Hitzfeld.

Klein Intermediate School: Jessica Dooley.

Kleb Intermediate School: Nina Sirisaengtaksin, Rachel Asselin, Jon Lu, Karen Louie, James Hardegree, Wendy Hua, Jack Huang, Matt Scandland, Iris Xu, Stephanie Sturgeon, Andrew Creel, and Roger Lightsey.

Hildebrandt Intermediate School: Alan Ting, Sarah Clements, Emily Crowder, Kalyn King, Andre Carbungcal, and Chris Jones.

Doerre Intermediate School: Derek Zhao, Elizabeth Tsai, Taylor Maa, Danielle Lin, Ronnie Canupp, Stephanie Dickson, Cassie Pankonien, Lisa Johnson, Victoria Fu, Maylin Sung, Victoria Yeh, Angela Nicewonder, Sara Siddoway, Sydni Hermsdorf, and Brent Bulgar.

Superintendent awarded

Jim Surratt, superintendent of Klein ISD, is one of 14 school administrators nationwide chosen to receive the President's Technology Award from the American Association of school administrators and Apple Computer Inc.

The award honors those who demonstrate vision and leadership in using technology to advance teaching, learning, and achievement. Surratt received his award during the AASA's annual conference and exposition in New Orleans in February.

Math team awarded

Klein High Schools mathematics and science team defeated 17 area 5-A schools to win sweepstakes in UIL B competition held at Hightower High School.

Students on the mathematics, calculator, number sense, science, and computer science teams sponsored by Josie Mallery won first place in five team competitions, scoring 4,580 points for the sweepstakes award.

Pearland High School followed with 3,702 points.

The first-place mathematics team was composed of Brad Dodson, Alan Taylor, Khan Shing, and Raj Atri.

Members of the first-place calculator team were Brad Dodson, Marla Dukler, Yurianna Kim, and Raj Atri.

The number sense first-place team included Mo Wu, Khan Shing, Raj Atri, and Brad Dodson. Brad Dodson was named outstanding biology student, and Raj Atri was named the outstanding student in physics and chemistry.

Other members of the first-place science team were Krishna Puppala and Khan Shing. In computer science, Brad Dodson led the first-place team that included Brandon Sokol and Robert Chen.

Individual top 5 honors in grades 9 through 12 included the following: Number sense: Nathan Thornton, Mikey Nguyen, Robert MacNguyen, Benny Lee, Kevin Leong, Robbie Fraleigh, Robert Chen, Mo Wu, Raj Atri, Brad Dodson, Emily Hatcher, Krishna Puppula, Brandon Sokol, Khan Shing, and Alan Taylor; calculator: Nathan Thornton, Mikey Nguyen, Brad Dodson, Yurianna Kim, Marla Dukler, and Raj Atri; mathematics: Nathan Thornton, Mikey Nguyen, Robert MacNguyen, Jason Feng, Robert Chen, Robbie Fraleigh, Benny Lee, Byron Bolding, Alex Pankonien, Raj Atri, Brad Dodson, Krishna Puppala, Marla Dukler, Mo Wu, Emily Hatcher, Alan Taylor, Khan Shing, and Aledsander Petrakiev; science: Kevin Jablowski, Alex Pankonien, Jason Feng, Raj Atri, Brad Dodson, Khan Shing, and Krishna Puppala; computer science: Brad Dodson and Brandon Sokol.

Philharmonic selected

Jessica Dooley, an eighth-grader at Klein Intermediate School, has been selected as a member of the Region 9 philharmonic orchestra.

She competed with more than 500 students from more than 32 schools in nine school districts. Richard Gist is her orchestra teacher.

Officer named

Susan K. Green has joined Klein ISD as its instructional officer with responsibilities for social studies and Destination ImagiNation.

Previously, Green was with Conroe ISD, where she taught English and social studies. In her latest position, she was a content literacy coordinator, leading other teachers in integrating the curriculum of social studies and English language arts.

She has also taught homebound students, elementary special education students and intermediate school science.

Green majored in English at Texas Women's University, where she later earned a teaching certificate and a master's degree in education.

She and her husband, who is with the Harris County Department of Education, have a daughter who graduated from the University of Houston and a son who graduated from the U.S. Military Academy.

Academic team

The Academic Decathlon team from Klein Oak High School took fifth place in recent regional competition.

Leading the team was Julie Shen with six individual medals, and Mac Robertson won five. Rachel Rendeiro earned two medals, and Robert Davis won one.

Success rates

In news relating to career and technology education in Klein ISD, Health science technology students from Klein High School, Klein Forest High School, and Klein Oak High School had a 100 percent success rate on a certified nurse assistant exam.

Business education students at Klein High School and Klein Forest High School achieved a 93 percent passing rate on a WORD DORE exam, and 96 percent passed the WORD EXPERT exam.

Klein High School hosted the Business Professionals of America two-day conference.

technology education students of Joe White, Don White, and Michael Johnson attended a student leadership conference at Sam Houston State University.

Annual donation

Families joining the Klein ISD Education Foundation Century Club can help the foundation and the school of their choice with the annual $100 donation to the foundation, says Anne Vallette, director of the foundation.

Schools may spend the proceeds from the Century Club campaign on books, technology, or other items of their choosing to support school programs.

Those who join the Century Club will be invited to join the prize patrol, a group of community leaders, staff members, and district residents who pay surprise visits to schools to present checks to teachers who are foundation grant winners. The grants are awarded by the foundation for the improvement of education.

For information about the Century Club campaign, contact any Klein ISD principal, or call Vallette at 832-249-4753.

Graduate courses

Klein ISD has entered a training relationship with the University of St. Thomas to offer graduate courses to train teachers in the district to become educational diagnosticians and administrators.

Those are the areas of interest expressed by the Klein staff in a survey. Courses are taught after school at the Klein instructional center by Klein ISD staff members with doctoral degrees or by other doctorate-level adjunct professors from the University of St. Thomas.

Participants pay their own tuition and a supply fee. The school districts cost in providing the training is limited to the time expended to organize the group and provide access to the staff development facilities.

Students featured

Students of Nancy Wall at Klenk Elementary School were featured in a recent edition of the Gulf Coast Education that Works newsletter.

The article described Klenk's Mini-Society, an experience-based instructional system targeted for teaching entrepreneurship, economics, and citizenship.

Walls students along with those from the classes of Carl Davis, Martha Jackson, Laura Sullivan, Esther Reeves, Delores Fundersol, and Susan Buchta were published in a holiday edition of the Greensheet.

After a visit from Greensheet staff to teach writing skills, the students wrote articles about how they celebrated the New Year and the resolutions they have made for this year.

Adult classes

Adults living in Klein ISD are invited to join district employees as participants in technology classes offered by the district's instructional technology department.

Adult residents may register for any available class, provided they meet the prerequisite skill level specified in the class catalog. Class sizes are limited, and district employees have prior access to registration.

Residents will find a catalog of spring technology classes on the Klein ISD Web site at

To register for a class, call Pam Armand at 832-249-4441 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Specify the class title, number, and date of the requested class.

Teen summit

Students from the four Klein ISD high schools and their sponsors attended the seventh annual teen summit on race relations hosted by Aldine ISD.

The conference encouraged teens to improve race relations in their schools and communities. The Inter-Ethnic Forum of Houston and the H.E.B. grocery chain sponsored the summit.

Some of the topics addressed were scapegoating, racial profiling, segregation, bigotry and stereotyping.

Sponsors included Patricia Falbo and Kenny Rucker of Klein Collins High School, Ruth Estes and Karyl van Wageninger of Klein Oak High School, T. D. Bennett and Paula Cook of Klein High School and Alok Khanna of Klein Forest High School.

Financial award

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada has awarded the certificate of achievement in financial reporting to Klein ISD for its comprehensive annual financial report

The district is one of 54 in Texas receiving the certificate this year.

Art winners

District-level winners in the annual Klein ISD rodeo art contest include: Layalie Khan of Brill Elementary School, her teacher is Richard Barbee.

Landon Fruge, a student of Lorraine Millican's at Doerre Intermediate School.

Klein Oak High School 11th-grader Grant Peanick, his art teacher is Cynthia Peanick.

Caroline Latawiec and Kyle Hallowell of Klein Collins. The two 11th-graders study with art teacher Randy Rankin.

Julia Etherington of Klein Oak, the award qualifies her for a $10,000 college scholarship.

Orchestra chair

Chris Landhans, a member of the Klein Collins High School orchestra, has earned a chair in the Texas Music Educators Associations all-state philharmonic orchestra.

He will perform with the all-state group at the TMEA convention in San Antonio.

Through live and taped auditions, Landhans attained a ranking of 16th in the state on the contrabass. Before the all-state auditions, he earned the third-chair position in the all-region symphonic orchestra.

Other students from Klein Collins to win all-region philharmonic orchestra seats are Daniel Barto, Jessica Cookus, Matt Godejohann, Sarah Stack, and Tom Charytoniuk.

Student athletes

Special Olympians Kylie Cannon, Matthew Whitmore, and Michelle Magahis from Klein Oak High School won silver medals in volleyball competition at the state level in Austin.

Andy Miller brought home a bronze medal in bowling, and Brooke Bailey earned a fourth-place ribbon.

Writing awards

A dozen Klein ISD students will receive recognition in the Scholastic Writing awards competition, and the works of gold key students will advance to national competition.

Local judging was conducted by the Harris County Department of Education.

Gold key winners from Wunderlich Intermediate School are Chelsea Mitcham, Nhu-mai Nguyen, and Kaley Broadus, who are students of Kathy Becker.

Schindewolf Intermediate School student Austin Litzler, a student of Pat Louque, claimed two gold key awards.

Larkin Dennis, a student of Sally DeWeese at Klein High School, won two gold key awards. Jonathan Gee of Klein Forest High School, a student of Lynne Dozier, also won a gold key.

Two works by Klein ISD students, Nhu-mai Nguyen and Larkin Dennis, received American Voices awards. Their works will be showcased by the Harris County Department of Education and will be published in the Scholastic Awards magazine.

Silver key winners are Klein Forest High School students Emily Caulfield and Asif Razri, who are students of Lynne Dozier; Christopher Harrison of Klein High School, who is a student of Alicia Eichorn; Kathryn Streeter of Klein High School, whose teacher is Karen Simmons; Sarah Stack of Klein Collins High School, whose teacher is Gretchen Hock; and Casey Grier of Klein Collins High School, whose teacher is Amy Schindewolf.

German competition

Students from Klein High School participated in the Houstonfest regional German competition, earning two first-place awards, two third-place awards, and two fourth-place recognitions. Sarah Kelly, Marcelle Martin, Eryn Meadows, and Lalie Roque received a first-place award in the vocal chorus competition.

Kelly, Martin, Meadows, and Greg Zychowski placed first in the instrumental ensemble contest. In the Pa Auf culture competition, the competitors, claiming a third place, were John Hellewell, Robin Murray, Marvin Roque, Young, and Zychowski.

Martin placed fourth in the vocal solo competition, and Zychowski placed third in listening and fourth in reading comprehension at level III.

Math competition

Klein High School students competed in the Texas Mu Alpha Theta tournament, winning first-place team honors, the math bowl, and the overall mathematics competition.

The first-place victory means Klein High School will be the host of the 2004 state tournament.

In the elections for state Mu Alpha Theta officers for 2003-2004, Raj Atri of Klein High was named president, and Yurianna Kim was elected historian.

The first-place mathematics team was composed of Brad Dodson, Neil Kathuria, Alex Petrakiev, and Krishna Puppala. Comprising the winning math bowl team were students Mo Wu, Khan Shing, Raj Atri and Jeff Easley.

The contests covered all subject areas of high school mathematics, science, history, and computer science.

Winners of individual honors in all the events included: Robert MacNguyen, Nathan Thornton, Robert Chen, Jason Feng, Robbie Fraleigh, Brad Munoz, Eddie Swidriski, Alex Woll, Raj Atri, Sean Brewington, Brad Dodson, Jeff Easley, Neil Kathuria, Ben Karfunkle, Yurianna Kim, Kevin Lai, Krishna Puppala, Mo Wu, Alex, Petrakiev, and Khan Shing.

All-state violinist

Ann Gore, a senior at Klein High School and a violinist in the school orchestra, has been named to the all-state orchestra for the fourth year.

Gore, who began playing the violin before entering the fifth-grade strings program at Mittelstddt Elementary School, takes private lessons in addition to her orchestra training at school.

Writing award

Nhy-Mai Nguyen, an eighth-grade honor student at Wunderlich Intermediate School, has won an America's Vision award in the Scholastic writing contest.

Her winning composition, entitled "Mickey Mouse, the Nightlight," tells the story of how a nightlight helped her overcome her fear of the dark.

Presidential scholar

Jamal Patterson, a student at Klein High School, will attend the Presidential Classrooms science, technology, and public policy program in Washington, D. C.

With the other Presidential Classroom scholars, Patterson will have the opportunity to examine the role of the government in issues related to scientific discoveries and technological advances.

The students will meet with members of Congress, presidential appointees, senior military officials, top business leaders, and journalists.

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