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newDistrict Update: Sept 4 2020
Important Message from Dr. Hillyer,
Superintendent of Klamath Falls City Schools.

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Meal Distribution Preferences

During the next weeks we will be providing meals (for those who wish to have them) for our students. The survey at www.kfalls.k12.or.us will help us plan to appropriately and to make the distribution as easy as possible for all.

Please take a minute and CLICK HERE to complete this survey (even if you do not want your student(s) to receive meals) so that we can serve your family with the option that works best for you.

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Superintendent Message to parents and FAQs

KFCS has gathered many asked questions with answers in a valuable FAQ document. CLICK HERE for the FAQs!

KFCS ha recopilado muchas preguntas con respuestas en un valioso documento de preguntas frecuentes. HAGA CLIC AQUI para las preguntas frecuentes!


Good day, Klamath Falls City Schools parents. This is City Schools superintendent, Paul Hillyer. The state has established recent stringent guidelines for school in-person opening for the new school year. These requirements include low numbers of new infections in Klamath County (seven or less) for seven consecutive days for three weeks in a row and a low positive testing rate (less than five percent) both in the county and the state for seven consecutive days for three straight weeks. Klamath County has been over the set limits of new positive cases for three out of the last four weeks.

Due to these numbers of local cases and to help parents and staff adequately prepare for the next school year, KFCS is announcing today we will start the school year in comprehensive distance learning for the first six weeks – through October 16 and will re-evaluate in early October for the second six-week period.

The good news is that in anticipation of this possibility, the district purchased a robust distance-learning platform called Canvas last month. We also trained teacher leaders, called Canvas Coaches, in each school to help implement the new system effectively. All teachers will have training and time to implement the Canvas platform before the first student day, September 8.

The KFCS board of education has prioritized having students back in school buildings as soon as possible. However, an even higher priority is to have safe and healthy conditions for students and staff. Please be watching your text messages and emails over the next days and weeks as many more updates and further information will be sent your way. Best wishes to you and your families as we navigate these difficult times together.

Paul Hillyer, KFCS Superintendent


Buenos días, padres de Klamath Falls City Schools. Este es el superintendente de las Escuelas de la Ciudad, Paul Hillyer. El estado ha establecido directrices estrictas recientes para la apertura en persona de la escuela para el nuevo año escolar. Estos requisitos incluyen un bajo número de nuevas infecciones en el condado de Klamath (siete o menos) durante siete días consecutivos durante tres semanas seguidas y una baja tasa de pruebas positivas (menos del cinco por ciento) tanto en el condado como en el estado durante siete días consecutivos durante tres semanas consecutivas. El condado de Klamath ha estado por encima de los límites establecidos de nuevos casos positivos durante tres de las últimas cuatro semanas.

Debido a este número de casos locales y para ayudar a los padres y al personal a prepararse adecuadamente para el próximo año escolar, KFCS anuncia hoy que comenzaremos el año escolar en el aprendizaje a distancia integral durante las primeras seis semanas– hasta el 16 de octubre y reevaluaremos a principios de octubre para el segundo período de seis semanas.

La buena noticia es que, en previsión de esta posibilidad, el distrito compró una sólida plataforma de aprendizaje a distancia llamada Canvas el mes pasado. También capacitamos a líderes de maestros, llamados Entrenadores de Lienzo, en cada escuela para ayudar a implementar el nuevo sistema de manera efectiva. Todos los profesores tendrán formación y tiempo para implementar la plataforma Canvas antes del primer día del estudiante, el 8 de septiembre.

La junta de educación de KFCS ha priorizado tener estudiantes de vuelta en los edificios escolares tan pronto como sea posible. Sin embargo, una prioridad aún mayor es tener condiciones seguras y saludables para los estudiantes y el personal.

Por favor, esté viendo sus mensajes de texto y correos electrónicos durante los próximos días y semanas, ya que muchas más actualizaciones y más información se enviarán a su manera. Mis mejores deseos para usted y sus familias a medida que navegamos juntos por estos momentos difíciles.

Paul Hillyer, Superintendente de KFCS 

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First Day of School Date Change

The KFCS school board has changed the first day of school to Sept. 8, 2020.

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Oregon Department of Education Operational Blueprint for
School Reentry 2020-21

Under ODE’s Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance, each school has been directed to submit a plan to the district in order to provide on-site and/or hybrid instruction. Districts must submit each school’s plan to the local school board and make the plans available to the public. This form is to be used to document a district’s, school’s or program’s plan to ensure students can return for the 2020-21 school year, in some form, in accordance with Executive Order 20-25(10). Schools must use the Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance document as they complete their Operational Blueprint for Reentry. ODE recommends plan development be inclusive of, but not limited to school-based administrators, teachers and school staff, health and nursing staff, association leadership, nutrition services, transportation services, tribal consultation, parents and others for purposes of providing expertise, developing broad understanding of the health protocols and carrying out plan implementation.

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Congratulations to KU’s 43 Science & Math Academy Members

All members were officially inducted on November 21. Academy teacher and advisor, Lana Crumine, spoke about upcoming Academy opportunities, including job-related internship placements and workplace tours of Portland’s National Primate Research Center and Seattle’s Boeing facility. Crumine noted the students’ 3.76 average GPA, calling them “among the best and brightest in the Basin.”

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KUHS Grand Opening Oct 4-6

Grand Opening

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Due to an unforeseen health challenge, James Ivory will be unable to join us for the KU Celebration this coming weekend. However, all events including the scheduled reception, ribbon cutting and showing of his film "A Room with a View." will all be held.

The formal dedication of the James Ivory Arts Center will be held in the Spring of 2020 when he is able to attend.

Looking forward to celebrating with everyone this weekend!


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NewODE Annual Notice and Opt-Out forms for State-wide testing are now available. 

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Mills Students Rewarded with Firefighter Visit
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Caroling in KFalls
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Math Counts members headed to state competition
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MISSION: 100% Graduation is Our Expectation

VISION: Dedicated to helping all students do their best work and become their best selves

AIMS: Student, Collaborative, and Operational Excellence

AIM 1 - All Students Do Their Best Work

Goal #1: Shared Leadership—By June 2019, a majority of students, staff and parents will have opportunities to exercise leadership in each school as measured by teachers documenting at least three ways students exercised leadership during the school year in their classrooms; and principals documenting at least six total ways that students, staff and parents exercised leadership in their schools.

  • Students will be given leadership roles in the classrooms, building and district.
  • Students will give input on activities and events.
  • Staff will be given leadership roles based on strengths and interests within buildings and across the district.
  • Administrators will seek input when developing goals.
  • Representative community members will be given building leadership roles.
  • Representative community members will provide input when developing goals and initiatives.

Goal #2: Student Empowerment—On the end of the school year surveys, a majority of teachers, parents and students will indicate students have done their best work.

  • Student goal-setting will occur K-12.
  • Teachers will seek student input on the learning process and use this input to adjust instructional strategies.
  • Principals will use student feedback to improve all aspects of the school.
  • At the end of each quarter, as part of the goal-setting monitoring, each student will assess their work and effort and share this assessment with parents and guardians on report card.

Goal #3: Effective Multi-Tiered Instruction—By June 2019, all KFCS schools will earn a proficient score on a five-point scale as determined by building Professional Learning Communities using multiple data sources to evaluate the schools’ tiered supports.

  • Tier I—Effective core instruction including WICOR strategies and K-12 AVID implementation improvement by meeting AVID certification standards.
  • Tier II/III—Response to interventions
  • Tier I-III
    • Differentiation for all achievement levels
    • Scaffolding
    • Effective use of data
    • Evidence-based curriculum
    • Fidelity to core instruction
    • Fidelity to intervention programs

AIM 2 - All Students Become Their Best Selves

Goal #1: Teach Explicit Behavior Skills—End of the year behavioral referral data will show a decrease in the percent of students receiving office referrals compared to the end of prior year.

  • Staff across the district will be trained in the Champs Behavioral Model
  • Trained teachers will use the Anita Archer Explicit Instruction Technique
  • Schools will continue to use PBIS and to regularly review behavior data
  • See strategy 4 under Aim 1, Goal 2

Goal #2: Service Learning: By June 2020, 100% of KFCS homeroom classes will participate in at least one service-learning project.

  • All students will participate in Give Back Day
  • District sub-committees will put together a service learning plan for 2019-2020 implementation by students

Goal #3: Respectful Caring Relationships—Student and staff spring surveys will show an improvement in the percentage who indicate they have caring relationships compared to the percentage in the prior survey.

  • All sites will implement plans to increase the percentage of faithful attenders compared to the prior year
  • KU staff will work with 9th graders to improve the percentage who, at the end-of-the-year, are on track to graduate compared to the percentage the prior year
  • Students and staff will work together to successfully decrease the number of students with failures on their report cards compared to the prior year
  • Staff and students will promote greater attendance at extracurricular events
  • Schools will regularly celebrate successes with students, staff, parents and community

Goal #4: Healthy Lifestyles—Students and staff will develop healthier lifestyles as measured by maintaining or improving their scores on the Blue Zones school certification rubric.

  • As contained in the Blue Zones certification booklet

AIM 3 - Operational Excellence

Goal #1: Improve Operational Effectiveness and Efficiencies—By July 2019, all district departments will identify their key four to ten processes and flow chart these processes.

  • Each department will meet to discuss and identify their key processes.
  • The processes most critical to department success will be determined and flow charted.
  • Flow charts will be sent to their supervisor for approval before submitting to the superintendent.

Goal #2: Improve Customer Satisfaction—By May 2019, a customer service survey will be sent to all staff and the results will be used to create PDSA plans for the next school year.

  • Each department will create a short customer service survey.
  • In spring, the surveys will be administered to appropriate staff members.
  • During summer of 2019, survey results will be reviewed by all departments and the results will be used to create PDSA plans of improvement.