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Kountze Independent School District
PO Box 460
Kountze, Texas 77625
Phone: 409-246-3352
Fax: 409-246-3217
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Click here for the 2018-19 School Calendar
 

Our Monthly School Board Meeting is the Second Monday of the month and is held in the Kountze Intermediate School Library.  It is also listed in the District Calendar on the District Webpage.  If the time, date or location ever changes or a special meeting is called we will post the change(s) on our webpage, our Facebook pages and this page (https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=1001975).  This link will also give you the ability to view the agenda of each meeting (which will be posted at least 72 hours in advance) and the minutes after they are approved.

 

Kountze ISD is accepting applications for a Head Football Coach for the 2019-2020 school year.  Teaching field TBD.  Must possess a valid Texas Teachers Certification.  The qualifications are five years’ experience, preferably as a Head coach or coordinator.  Responsibilities to include:  Direct oversight of all Football programs in season and out of season grades 7-12.  Be thoroughly knowledgeable of all UIL rules and regulations and have a working understanding of the Constitution and Contest Rules to ensure compliance.  Salary will be commensurate with experience. 

Applications will be accepted 10 Jan 2019-15 Feb 2019.  Applicants will be narrowed and interviewed the 26 and 28 Feb 2019 with selection and recommendation to be presented to the KISD Board of Trustees on 11 March 2019.  Employment to begin immediately after approval. 

Kountze ISD is an Equal Opportunity Employer

All applications are accessible on-line at TalentEd

 

Please fill out our survey about our School Cafeteria.  They would like to know what your students would like to have served in the cafeteria.  This survey will be available until February 7th.  You can access the survey here.

 

Rice University’s Dr. Scott Solomon Visits Kountze High School

 

Dr. Scott Solomon of Rice University shared a presentation on Ants with Kountze High School students on January 22.  His biological research encompasses the Big Thicket region and was conducted in many countries throughout Latin America.

Solomon shared how ants harvest fungus from underground farms, cultivate antibiotics for medicine, use tools, manage traffic, and participate in warfare.  He compared native and invasive ant species pre and post Hurricane Harvey.  The professor shared data tracking the movement of fire ants and crazy ants into Texas and graphed their devastating impact on native species numbers.

Dr. Solomon’s visit was instigated as part of the educational outreach of the Big Thicket Natural Heritage Trust in partnership with the National Environmental Education Foundation as the groups explored educational activities for recovery and resiliency after natural disasters. As a Thicket of Diversity researcher with the Big Thicket Association, his project was performed with penalty monies from a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality enforcement action. Current funding is the result of a National Science Foundation grant.

Dr. Solomon encourages citizen science and the involvement of volunteers in support of research. He sees opportunities for future involvement by students in ant research.  He encouraged students in their study of Spanish as a second language as it helps tremendously in furthering career choices.  As an example, he shared his experiences as an exchange student to Ecuador.  Now he travels extensively.  He plans to visit Costa Rica in a couple of weeks to further his research on ants.

Submitted by: Mary Catherine Johnston

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Congratulations to our DECA team!!
Six of the eight members advanced to State!!

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Abbie Martinka, Juilia Griffin, Christopher Langston, Sponsor Christina Wheless, Tiger Hopkins, Kourtlyn Tupper and Katlin Allen all advanced to State!

 

Congratulations to the following HLSR Art Contestants!!

Senior Valerie Weems won the Best of Show award for KHS with her piece titled “A Negative Heifer”

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Freshman Piper Carlisle took home a Gold Medal with her piece titled “Fall”

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And our KMS student Kori LeBlanc won a Best of Show distinction

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Congratulations to Cayson Beal!! 
He was awarded the First Team Defense award as part of the Beaumont Enterprise Super Gold Team.  He was recognized as 2nd Team Academic All State for Football 18-19.
Cayson also entered the MedExpress Excellent Sportsmanship Essay contest and won and the Kountze Lion’s Football team will receive a $2500 donation for their display of excellent sportsmanship!

 

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Congratulations to the High School Cheerleaders!!
They placed 2nd at the UCA Regional competition and received a bid to Nationals which will be held Feb. 7-11 in Orlando, FL

 


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Congratulations to Evan Carter, Tyeler Miller, Ty Clakley and returning All-Stater, James Graham!!  They advanced to Pre-Area Competition on their way to the State Choir competition.

 

Kountze Middle School and Kountze Independent School District appreciate the sacrifices of our Nation’s heroes and what they mean to the freedoms we all enjoy in our great country. Our veterans proudly served, many times placing themselves in harm’s way and some giving the ultimate sacrifice for us to live the American dream. These patriots faced severe obstacles and circumstances, yet it was their strength through very uncertain times that have allowed us to enjoy freedom. It was the Veterans' sense of pride and patriotism that allowed our fine heroes to stand in front of the flag and defend these United States. As we continually see the foes of liberty emerge, it requires our Armed Services (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard) to engage and protect the Constitution of the United States. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919, to display and show solemn pride in the heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice. In 1954, the name changed to “Veterans Day” to honor all that have served in our Armed Forces. Please join Kountze Middle School in welcoming “The Wall That Heals” to our district from Nov. 7 at 4:00 pm through Nov. 11 at 2:00 pm.

Here is a brochure with more information about The Wall

Here is a video about The Wall

 

 

Congratulations to Garrett Templet, KHS Class of 2008!!  Garrett graduated from LSU in 2014 as a 2nd Lieutenant.  He has 8 years of military service with 4 of those being active duty.  He was recently promoted to Captain and is presently stationed in Georgia.

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Ranger Max Earns Prestigious Award

From Cathy Johnston:

With pride I commend Max Harper, one of my former students and a Kountze High School graduate. I remember him as a good student and a drummer.  I have watched him over the years.  I know drummers are often unique- marching to a different beat and choosing unusual paths. For Max, the paths have been long, literally, hundreds and hundreds of miles

For the past nine years Max has been employed with the National Park Service as a Big Thicket National Preserve ranger.  He leads guided hikes for school children and the public and regularly shares his love of Big Thicket wonders, a place he calls home.  He works as an interpreter and guides trips on both land and water.  He even developed the preserve’s kayak and canoe recreation program and leads training sessions on safe boating.

On Saturday, October 13th, Max Harper was awarded the Big Thicket Association’s Thomas Lubbert Superior Achievement Award.  The award is named for Thomas Lubbert, the Preserve’s  first superintendent from 1974-1986.  The award honors Preserve employees for outstanding performance and significant contributions to the Preserve.

Max has matured into an outstanding role model and is now an inspiring naturalist.  The Big Thicket’s marvelous treasures are often unrecognized.  Max’s message is not off beat.  His timing as an environmental educator is just right.maxharper
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Kountze High School was awarded a financial gift as a part of the Education First FCU “Pay it Forward” program along with some other schools in our area.  Check out the video.  We would like to thank Education First FCU for their continued support of education and our children.

 

We are extremely proud of our schools and their continued commitment to high academic standards and improved student achievement. All schools have a comprehensive instructional program with opportunities for every student at every ability level.  Year after year, our students excel in every arena: in the classroom, on the athletic field, in the performing arts, and through extracurricular activities. Our highly qualified employees care deeply about the success of students, and our parents and community/business partners offer tremendous support to our schools.

As we begin a new school year, we invite you to visit the district facebook/website (www.kountzeisd.org) and your child’s school website/facebook pages for the latest information, news and announcements. Parents who have questions or concerns during the year are encouraged to contact their child’s teacher or the school principal.

Rest assured our commitment to our vision, mission and core values will not change.  We will continue to base decisions on what is in the best interest of our students and invite you to join us in striving to help our students to be the best they can be. 

Finally, we realize that we have a precious commodity, your child.  We are always striving to increase the safety of our students and staff.  We have developed an increased action and safety plan in conjunction with our local and county law enforcement.  It allows for tighter security at each campus and an increased presence of law enforcement.  We feel that through increased awareness we can prepare each campus with the tools to identify and prevent unwanted danger.  We are committed to educate your child in a safe and orderly environment.

I personally want to thank you for allowing us to provide the educational experience for your children.  If ever I can be of assistance, please feel free to call upon me. (409)- 246-3352 or jferguson@kountzeisd.org  

 

 
We installed a district-wide phone system this summer.  Now when you call any school number you will be given the following 10 choices.  You can press the number at anytime to be transferred directly to that campus/department.
 
1 – Elementary School
2 – Intermediate School
3 – Middle School
4 – High School
5 – Central Office
6 – Maintenance
7 – Transportation
8 – Food Service
9 – Technology
4016 – Athletic Director


If you have any questions about the Chromebook Project, please feel free to email me at smathews@kountzeisd.org.
You can view the Chromebook Policy below. You can print the last page and sign it. Your student will not receive a Chromebook until payment has been made in full.

KISD Chromebook Policy 

 

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Click here for 2014-15 KISD accomplishments.