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Apr. 23, 2018: KUHS Remodel Arial Flyover Video

An aerial view of the progress on KU's academic building. You can now see the drive-through, benches and other outside design items taking shape.

Apr. 19, 2018: KUHS Remodel - Get an Insider's Peek

The KU Remodel progress on the academic building is really moving forward. Take a look at all of the great pictures. Click here for the remodel update!

Apr. 11, 2018: Pelican Elementary AVID Video

Pelican Elementary was the first elementary school AVID certified in the  Klamath Falls City School District. Told by the students and teachers of Pelican Elementary, the video tells the story of how far that school has come in creating a college going culture.

Apr. 6, 2018: KFCS to Host AVID Showcase

On Thursday, April 12, 2018, Klamath Falls City Schools will host 40 educational leaders and administrators in the Basin and from across the state for a half-day AVID Showcase at Pelican Elementary.

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a worldwide, non-profit organization with the objective of providing educators the necessary skills and tools to engage in rigorous classroom instruction for students.  The mission of AVID, according to their website, is “to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.”

Klamath Falls City School District first introduced the AVID program four years ago at three test schools: Pelican Elementary, Ponderosa Middle School and Klamath Union High School. Two years ago, the school board formally adopted the program district-wide two years ago and is one of only three AVID-certified districts in Oregon.

Thursday’s AVID Showcase will be an opportunity for leaders in education to learn more about AVID, how it works and why it works.  Attendees will learn methods and techniques for improving school culture and performance. The Showcase also includes AVID elective and content class observations and opportunities to speak with experienced site team members and students.  

The event takes place at Pelican Elementary on Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 8:30am to 12:00pm.  Registration for the event has reached capacity. For more information about AVID and AVID Showcases, contact Dean Bateman at dbateman@avid.org or or call 858-654-5022. For more information about AVID in Klamath Falls City Schools, contact Charlene Herron at herronc@kfalls.k12.or.us or at 541-883-4740.

Apr. 4, 2018: KFCS Administrators at a Job Fair in Portland

KFCS Admin at Job Fair

KFCS The District of Choice for employment opportunities and Student success. Check out current positions and apply online by clicking here.

Apr. 2, 2018: Get Ready for KG! KFCS Proud to Offer Free Workshops

KFCS will be offering free workshops for parents of children who will enter Kindergarten in September 2018. Click here for all of the workshop details in English and Spanish.

Mar. 30. 2018: Early Dismissal on May 9th

KFCS has had the good fortune of having nationally recognized speaker and classroom management expert, Randy Sprick, coming to our district to provide training for our staff on Wednesday, May 9.

To maximize this opportunity, we will be dismissing school earlier than normal that Wednesday.

A note on after school programs: They will start immediately following dismissal and go to their normal closing time.

Apr. 5, 2018: Special Guest Speaker, KU Grad Mark Cruz, Chief of Staff to US Representative Todd Rokita (R-IN)

In April, AVID elective students at  Ponderosa Middle School will have a special guest speaker, Mark Cruz, Chief of Staff to US Representative Todd Rokita (R-IN).

Cruz, will be in Klamath Falls to share his educational background and how it was instrumental in his professional advancement.  Cruz, a member of the Klamath tribe, grew up in Klamath Falls and graduated from Klamath Union High School in 2006. He will present his experiences, beginning in middle school, that lead him eventually to Washington, D.C.. He is sharing his inspirational accomplishments to help young people see their own future potential and the opportunities available to them beyond high school.  Students will have the opportunity ask prepared questions of Cruz following his remarks.

The event takes place at Ponderosa Middle School on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 2:15. For more information, please contact Charlene Herron at herronc@kfalls.k12.or.us or by phone at 541-883-4700, x7521

WHAT: Prominent Klamath Falls graduate, Mark Cruz, Chief of Staff to US Representative, Todd Rokita (R-IN) speaking to AVID students about education and careers.

WHEN: Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 2:15pm

WHERE: Ponderosa Middle School

Mar. 22, 2018: Title VI Indian Education Federal Grant Proposal Meeting

Klamath Falls City Schools Indian Education Program
Parent Committee for American Indian and Alaskan Native Students

Don’t forget the Title VI IE program PC has a mandatory Federal Grant proposal meeting this Thursday March 22, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the KFCSD office.

 

Mar. 16, 2018: Notice of Budget Committe Meeting: April 18, 2018

A public meeting of the Budget Committee of the Klamath Falls City Schools, Klamath County, State of Oregon, to discuss the budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019, will be held at the Lucile O'Neill Education Center, 1336 Avalon Street, Klamath Falls. The meeting will take place on April 18, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to receive the budget message and to receive comment from the public on the budget. This is a public meeting where deliberation of the Budget Committee will take place. Any person may appear at the meeting and discuss the proposed programs with the Budget Committee. A copy of the budget document may be inspected or obtained on or after April 17, 2018, at the Lucile O'Neill Education Center between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Budget information is posted on the district website at www.kfalls.k12.or.us

Mar. 15, 2018: KUHS to Host Freshman Parent Academy on March 20th

Klamath Union High School invites all parents of incoming freshmen for the 2018-19 school year to attend Freshman Parent Academy at KU on Tuesday, March 20th in the Aux Gym in the athletic building.

Parents, and their students, will have the opportunity to discover the many specialized programs offered at KU, learn strategies for helping their students transition from middle school to high school, and visit a sample classroom in the newly remodeled academic build.

Doors open at 6pm.  The program begins at 6:30 and refreshments will be served. Reservations are not required. The event is open to anyone considering KUHS for their students. For more information, call 541-883-4710 or visit the Klamath Falls City Schools website at www.kfalls.k12.or.us.

Mar. 15, 2018: Pelican Education Foundation Accepting Grant Applications

Pelican Education Foundation (PEF) is now accepting grant applications from teachers and staff of Klamath Falls City Schools (KFCS).  The Foundation, established in 2011 by a group of education-minded community volunteers, provides scholarships to Klamath Union graduates. Click here for full article.

Mar. 13, 2018: Check out Mr. Harrington's Jazz program at KUHS!

Click here for what students have to say about KUHS's excellent Jazz Program under the direction of Mr. Max Harrington. Video edited by KU sophomore Raef Owens.

Mar. 12, 2018: "Dream It, Be It" KUHS Short Video

Click here for a link to watch several KUHS young women participate in a program at OIT for career support for girls.

Mar. 9, 2018: Math Teacher Miao Liu

Meet new Klamath Union High School Math Teacher Miao Liu. Miao comes all the way from China and has become a favorite at KU. Click here to go to the YouTube video!

Mar. 8, 2018 - Roosevelt Readers Advance to Regionals

Roosevelt Elementary Competitive Readers Advance to Regionals
Written by Malea Hunt and Susan Kramer

March 8, 2018, Klamath Falls, OR - The Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) is now underway.  Each year students across the state team up to join the Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) competition. Just like in athletics, schools create teams who compete against teams from other schools. 

Winning teams advance to regional and, finally, state competitions. This year students from Roosevelt Elementary formed two teams with the goal of reaching the state competition.

Training for the competitions involves, you guessed it, a lot of reading.  All students receive that year’s list of 16 books and then start cracking spines.  They spend the winter knuckling down and committing those stories to memory.  OBOB announces titles, arranged by grade level, a year in advance so hard-core readers can even train pre-season.

On Battle days beginning in February, teams gather with the judges and a moderator to compete in their knowledge of the books they’ve read.  Competitions are organized similarly to other academic competitions.  The moderator asks 8 questions about the 16 books, with questions becoming progressively more difficult.  Teams score points for each correct answer.  If a team answers incorrectly, the opponent has the opportunity to answer the same question and competitions can be fierce.

Enough students at Roosevelt expressed interest in OBOB that they formed two teams this year.  The “Fictionary Flyers” consists of teammates of Kenzie Freid, Rachel Humphrey, Seattle Trejo and Anna  Xu.  Students Bryce Petersen, Kinna Freid, Ella Cox, Nathan Ferns and Farrah Zumwalt formed “An Eruption of Readers.”  Students are supported by Roosevelt staff members Jennifer Laitinen, Gianna Row and Renee Ferns who act as mentors, moderators and judges.

On February 12th, Roosevelt hosted a round-robin tournament where the two teams competed against each other and teams from Triad and Hosanna.  It was a heated Battle and the scores were close right up to the end when An Eruption of Readers pulled ahead for the win. 

While the tournament did not count toward advancement, it did help students prepare for other competitions.  “These Battles were a fun way to practice [and] to get to know other teams in our area,” said Laitinen.

By the end of February, An Eruption of Readers had scored well enough in Battles to move on to the regional competition.  The team will represent Roosevelt Elementary and Klamath Falls City Schools against other schools from Southern Oregon on March 17th at North Medford High School.

Oregon Battle of the Books is a volunteer-based program in its 10th year.  It functions through the Oregon Association of School Libraries (OASL).  According the OASL, by exposing students “quality literature representing a variety of literary styles and viewpoints,” the mission of OBOB is to “encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, to broaden reading interests, to increase reading comprehension, promote academic excellence, and to promote cooperative learning and teamwork among students.”

For more information about Oregon Battle of the Books, visitwww.oregonbattleofthebooks.org.  For more information about the program at Roosevelt Elementary, contact Jennifer Laitinen at 541-883-4750.

 

Mar. 7, 2018: KUHS DECA Success

KLAMATH UNION DECA WINS BACK-TO-BACK DECA STATE COMPETITION
Written by Joshua Gaede, KUHS Senior

Klamath Union (KU) DECA, known for stealing the spotlight at the annual DECA State Career Development Conference (SCDC), did it again this year.  DECA members from all across Oregon competed to qualify to go to Internationals held this year in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Sixteen KU DECA members went to Portland, Oregon to compete in a variety of role plays and team decisions. These students put in an excruciating amount of work into preparing for competition.

The KU DECA officers hard work paid off by winning the 2018 Chapter of the Year award becoming the first chapter in school history to win back to back titles.  To win, a chapter must complete eight vigorous projects, ranging from Leadership to Community Service.  This is the 8th time KU DECA has earned this prestigious honor dating back to 2000.

"It was so cool to hear our chapter called the Oregon State Champion.  We wanted to be the first officer team to earn this honor.  It was a lot of work to complete all the projects. "   stated Dillon Taylor, KU DECA Officer

When speaking with another DECA officer Khrystina Dawes, she said "I couldn't stop smiling for a few days",   "I was so excited and proud of the officers I worked with all year.  Our team came together and rocked the world.  I can't wait to see what we can do next year."

The real achievement is all the new DECA members acquired this year. With only three returning members, the chapter needed to recruit new members that would work hard and showed they have what it takes to be state champions in the years to come.  Declan Ritter, a first-year DECA member and now an international qualifier, joined DECA just because a friend invited him.  He says DECA gave him “valuable leadership skills and insight on running a business”. Now he is going to Atlanta Georgia to compete with other DECA members from across the globe.

KU DECA is taking seven students to compete in Atlanta Georgia at the International DECA competition and participate in leadership conferences.  Gaede continued "I am looking forward to Atlanta.  Last year we had someone make finals, and I really want to get on the national stage." Joshua Gaede placed first overall  in Food Marketing and earned two role play medals.  Senior Caydan Henslee placed 3rd in Automotive Marketing.  These two seniors will represent KU in Atlanta. Also representing KU will be Beau Stork-Retail Merchandising, Declan Ritter-Automotive Marketing, and Dillon Taylor-Restaurant & Food Service Marketing.

DECA teaches strong speaking skills through competition and travel.  Senior Alen Rameriz was amazed at how many other students from across the state he met. "I met so many people in Portland, and I continue to message them using social media. I didn't think I would see that many people or enjoy speaking to other high school students that much.”

Part of the trip to Portland was team bonding activities including playing laser tag and a team dinner.  Two first-year freshmen, Makenna Whitlock & Victoria David, enjoyed the competition but enjoyed bonding as a team.  "We didn't know many people on the team and after this trip we are good friends.   I have never played laser tag, and after the first game, you could see out team begin to bond. We look forward to leading KU DECA over the next three years."

As Senior President Joshua Gaede looks back on the experience, he said,  " I am proud of my team.  We faced many challenges and setbacks, and to come out on top is like coming down a roller coaster screaming.  I think KU DECA will do well over the next few years.  There were so many younger students that will just continue to get better and better. "

Individual awards:
Caydan Hensley, Automotive Marketing, 3rd Place Overall, 3rd Place Role Play
Declan Ritter, Automotive Marketing, 4th Place Overall, 3rd Place Role Play
Joshua Gaede, Food Marketing, 1st Place overall, 3rd role-play, 1st role-play

Chapter awards:
Chapter of the Year 2018
Largest Professional Members
Largest Alumni Members

Mar. 6, 2018: KUHS Spring Athletics

Klamath Union Athletics Spring News
Written by Scott Mason, Athletic Director KUHS
and Susan Kramer

March 6, 2018, KLAMATH FALLS, OR -- Student athletes at Klamath Union High School continue to push themselves and aim for excellence in their chosen sports.  This was evident during the winter sports season with several standout teams and individual athletes attending state competitions.

Wrestlers Tyler Moore (195 weight class) and Isaiah Franco (120 weight class) competed at the state level, with Franco finishing in fourth.  In swimming, the Boys’ Relay Team also competed at State:  Ryan Willrett, Jacob McGonigle, Ben Blake, and Matthew Gettman,   with alternates  Brady Monteith, Theron Gray, and Brandon Van Meter.  Most recently, The Klamath Ice Hawks Hockey team, consisting of students from multiple high schools in the Basin and lead by several KUHS students) won the State Ice Hockey Championship for the first time ever, beating out the Eugene Generals in overtime.

Those achievements provided a fantastic foundation of enthusiasm for the now underway Spring sports season at KU with 220 students participating in a team sport.  Track and Field leads the way with 101 athletes.  Participation in other sports includes:  baseball (36), softball (36), girls’ tennis (18), boys’ tennis (10), and co-ed golf (19).

Historically, KU has had a strong track and field program and this is expected to continue this year, under the continuing strong leadership of Coach Rob Coffman, who also runs KU’s exceptional cross-country program.  An indicator of the success of the team is the percentage of students on the team compared to schools of similar size.

Thanks to grant money from Nike and a generous donation from Ken and Jeanne Landrum, both the boys’ and girls’ tennis teams will sport new uniforms this Spring.  The boys will compete under the leadership of new coach, Jason Conaughty. Mary Young returns as coach of the girls’ team.  Both coaches indicate KU has several standout students to watch this season including: Courtlyn Lam, Elyse Englestadter and Mya Phelps on the girls’ team, and Michael Ferns, Michael Gaede and Gavin Conaughty for the boys.

The focus of KU’s Athletics Department this school year has been the development of student leadership in the sports program and beyond.  Earlier this month, the girls’ basketball team hosted the Future Pelicans Girls’ Basketball Tournament for 4th and 5th graders, planning, organizing and running the event.  The tournament concluded with Roosevelt taking first, followed by Mills and Pelican.

On March 10th, nine KU female athletes will attend the 2018 Oregon Girls Sports Leadership Summit in Portland, where they will attend workshops on Developing Wining Learners and Leaders.  Later in April, KU will host Positive Coaching Alliance workshops for coaches and athletes, with a follow up of three (3) workshops per year for the next three (3) years.  Positive Coaching Alliance is a nationwide organization supported by many professional athletic and college programs. Workshop objectives include building winning programs, enhancing schools’ sport cultures, developing student athlete leaders, and providing positive coaching and role model guidelines. One workshop for coaches focuses on Coaching for Winning and Life Lessons, while the other two workshops are for student athletes: Making Teammates Betters through Leadership and Positive Initiation and Becoming a Triple Impact Competitor.

Mar. 1, 2018: KUHS Women Wrestlers

Klamath Union High School’s wrestling program has welcomed women on the team in recent years and, by the end of the 2017-18 season, the number female wrestlers almost equaled that of mail team members.

Hailey Anderson, a junior at Klamath Union, in her first year on the team, placed third at two tournaments. “I felt like my hard work in practice had finally paid off.” Anderson remarked “I’m glad I had such good practice partners to push me to new levels.” Anderson placed third at both the Ashland all girls tournament and the Modoc tournament in Alturas, California.

Esmeralda Tarula, a sophomore, won a match at the Regional tournament in Murphy, Oregon at Hidden Valley High School. “I didn’t think I would be able to win a match this year with so many talented wrestlers in the state.” Tarula stated “When regionals came around and I beat a boy, I was super excited. It was the best feeling in the world.”

Jayd Martin, a sophomore has been wrestling for two seasons. She had another fun year on the team. Martin has been working extremely hard over the past two years to be the best wrestler she can be “It may be hard, but once you get through the pain, you can do anything.” Martin stated.

All of the girls are coached by Dave Coker. Coker has been the Klamath Union wrestling coach for many seasons. Coker is very excited about the growth of a female wrestling program.

The girls on the team hope for a more significant growth of female wrestlers at KU. In coming seasons, the goal is to have an independent girls wrestling team.

Feb. 23, 2018: KU Offers Media Design Internships

By Cooper Roberts-Garrard, KUHS Marketing Intern

Klamath Falls City School District, in conjunction with Klamath Community College (KCC) and Klamath Union High School Media Design, announce a third term of media-related student internships. Interns work with various companies around the Basin to gain workplace experience in various media specialties.

One of the internships helps students develop and hone journalistic skills, writing press releases and newspaper articles for local news and media outlets. Interns include Cooper Roberts-Garrard and Hailey Anderson (juniors) and London Argyle (sophomore). Roberts-Garrard and Anderson are both participating in their third internships, while the experience is new for Argyle.

Internships are also available at KU for students interested in digital media production. Alex Kramer, Jezzebelle Rowley, and Aubrey Say (sophomores), along with Lysetta Cook (junior) produce video and still photography work for a variety of media projects for Basin media outlets.

Under the direction of Dan Stearns, KCC Instructor and Media Internship Coordinator, these students also produce a new video series called KU and YOU Short. The new weekly format replaces monthly KU and YOU videos and spotlight a variety of stories in independent videos. Kramer also uses his video drone to film KU remodeling updates.

“This internship is a great way for me to learn more about putting my passion for videography into action and learn more about it as a profession,” said Kramer.

In addition to gaining valuable experience, all interns also earn college credit through KCC. Adult mentors to interns are Stearns and Susan Kramer, KUHS Media Specialist/Librarian. Mrs. Kramer critiques students’ written work and helps interns learn editing skills before releasing stories to media outlets.

These unique internship opportunities are only available through the Klamath Falls City Schools.

For more information about the KCC/KU Media Design program and internships, contact Dan Stearns at stearnsd@kfalls.k12.or.us. The public can see the work of students in the program on YouTube.

Feb. 26, 2018: Open Enrollment Begins March 1st

Written by:  Cooper Roberts, KU Marketing Intern, and Susan Kramer

February 22, 2018, Klamath Falls OR -- Open enrollment for Klamath Falls City Schools (KFCS) opens March 1, 2018 and runs through the end of the month. Open enrollment allows families to choose the schools their students attend without regard to district boundaries. Permission to change schools during the open enrollment period does not require obtaining permission from previously attended schools.

There are two (2) kinds of open enrollment. Intra-district transfers are between schools in the same district, while inter-district transfers are from one school district to a different district. Requests can be made during the month of March by obtaining and open enrollment form from KFCS District Offices. Approved requests will be effective at the start of the 2018-2019 school year beginning in September.

While most KFCS schools have unlimited open enrollment, some exceptions and restrictions apply. The new, state-of-the-art academic building at Klamath Union High School opens at the start of the 2018-19 school year and open enrollment is currently unlimited, as it is at Ponderosa Middle School.  Limitations vary by grade levels throughout the elementary schools. Detailed information, as well as open enrollment forms and FAQs are available on the KFCS website (http://www.kfalls.k12.or.us) by clicking link in the district announcements.

Feb. 23, 2018: Safety in the KFCS schools from Dr. Hillyer, Superintendent

Dear Parents:

The tragedy of the latest school shooting in Florida has rocked the nation. Once again, America’s attention is focused on school safety. Student safety is our district’s top priority. KFCS has long had many practices in place to reduce the risk of student harm. This includes locking all but the front entry door at all schools during the school day, asking visitors to check into the office and wear visitor badges, requiring staff to wear employee badges, having cameras at all our locations to monitor inside and outside of the schools, having regularly scheduled trainings and drills at all schools, partnering with the Klamath Police department for a dedicated SRO officer, hiring a safety director, ensuring close supervision of students, and providing mental and behavioral health supports to students.

Bond funds also are being used to update school cameras at all sites, develop key card reader door lock systems at all sites, and other security features. The newly remodeled KU campus will have state-of-the art security systems and a secured office-only access entryway for all visitors. This entry requires all visitors to go through the office and sign in with a secretary before being allowed into the rest of the school. KU also will have secure connected links between all buildings, so that students will not go outside to move from one side of the campus to the other. This allows all outside doors to be locked and secured during the day except for the aforementioned front entry.

Our district wants you to know that we take school security very seriously and are doing all we can to keep students safe every day. Thank you for your support and confidence in our schools.

Best regards,

KFCS Superintendent, Paul Hillyer

Feb. 22, 2018 2018/19 Budget Calendar Released

Please click here for the 18/19 school year budget calendar process.

Feb. 5, 2018: KUHS Pathways - Career Brochure

Check out all of the career pathway opportunities at Klamath Union High School. Earn college credits and career skills while in high school! Click here for the full brochure!

Feb. 2, 2018: New Peer Mentor Program
Great for Pondo's 8th Graders

Do you remember being a freshman in high school? For many it is a daunting time. New building, new schedules, more responsibilities, more freedom, unfamiliar faces: These are just a few of the challenges that can make the first year of high school confusing. KU has added a number of supports for incoming students over the last few years that have helped ease this tension. These include more guidance staff support and a high school success class for all freshmen to help them navigate their high school transition and set future goals and plans. Now KU has gone a step further and reached down into Ponderosa while the students are still 8th graders to help pave the way for the high school transition.

This is done in a number of ways including getting information about KU to the students during advisement time, lunches and after school through teams and clubs visiting to share information. It is also done through written material given to students and parents. KU counseling staff visit Ponderosa to get to know eighth graders, set their 9th grade schedule and establish relationships with them. New this year are student leaders at KU serving as peer mentors for Ponderosa students under the direction of Associated Student Business teacher, Marvin Dykstra.

These mentors are visiting Ponderosa 8th graders during second semester and helping them learn about what to expect at the high school. They will also be available to answer questions and ease their concerns about the high school environment. These mentors will also meet with Pondo 8th graders at KU this spring to show them around and help them get comfortable with the new campus. These interactions will not only give information. They also will help develop positive relationships with KU student leaders.

These high school leaders will also serve as mentors to the 8th graders next year when they become 9th graders at KU. They will guide them throughout that first year. This will help the first-year students overcome the inevitable challenges they will face. The anticipated outcome of this work is that next year’s freshmen class will hit the ground running and have a strong high school start. Thus, next year’s 9th graders will be supported to earn good grades and the credits they need to be on track to graduate four years later.

This focus on 9th grade success has really paid dividends at KU where 85% of the 9th graders last year were on track to graduate with six or more earned credits at the end of their freshman year. It is hoped that adding these peer mentors will lead to an even higher percentage of students who succeed their first year, so that the KU 87% graduation rate will soar into the 90’s in the very near future.

This careful work and planning by KU makes it a great high school for students who are seeking a positive and successful high school career.

Jan. 30, 2018: Community Partners Give KU Students Business Experience

Klamath Falls City Schools, in partnership with local businesses, is creating paid internship opportunities in the community for Klamath Union High School students. This past summer, four students served as interns, two at the Herald & New and two at BasinLife.com

Internships worked for approximately 8 weeks in June and July. In that time the program introduced the students to a wide range of real-life professional experiences in the world of media. In addition to earning a salary for their work, students also earned three (3) college credits through partnership with Klamath Community College.

Hailey Anderson and Cooper Roberts, seniors at KUHS, both served as interns at the Herald and News. Supervised by Gerry O’Brien, General Manager and Editor,  Anderson and Roberts helped cover a wide variety of stories affecting and representing our community, from the close of Eternal Hills Memorial Gardens to the celebrations of Relay for Life.

“I love being able to work with the Herald and News this summer, “Roberts said. “My work was varied and I felt I was part of a team, not just an intern.”

As interns, students built upon skills learned in the KU/KCC Dual Credit Courses in Media Design, taught at KU by Dan Stearns. “The opportunity I had to work with the Herald and News is important to me because I feel like I was able to further my skills as a videographer and photojournalist,” remarked Anderson.

The internship program receives funding through the Klamath Falls City Schools and a grant through CCLC (21st Century Community Learning Centers). Plans are underway to continue and expand opportunities for paid summer internships around the community. The goal is to give high school students a leg up in the work force and introduce them to possible career choices while in high school.

The internships were  also made possible by a grant from the Pacific Power Foundation and the Cow Creek Indian Foundation.

Jan. 30, 2018: KU Athletics - What's Happening

Winter sports are in full swing and KU swim is just off a huge showing at the conference championships. The boy’s team took first place with a big win. This is the first time since 2002 that anyone has beaten out Phoenix for first place KU won by almost 30 points. The girls also had a great showing by placing second just behind Henley. Our swim team practices at Ell Redkey outdoor pool in rain, snow and sunshine. Those are some tough athletes. Way to go KU swimmers.

The 4th and 5th grade basketball tournament was just completed on Pel court with teams from Mills, Pelican, Conger and Roosevelt. Conger team one beat Mills in the consolation round to take third, and Conger team two beat Roosevelt in the championship round to take first. KU basketball players and coaches ran the tournament, which took place on Pel court. Player and coaches acted as mentors, supporters and officials during the tournament.

4th and 5th grade girls basketball will begin the first week of February and the KU girls basketball players will help during the season as mentors and officials’ at the games.

Spring sports are just around the corner. Rob Coffman head track coach is looking forward to a successful season with some strong finishes at the district meet. Some standouts to look for are Kayleigh Haupt, Mikeyla Najar, Nicolette Coffman, Paul Jennings and Darius Holmes.

New head baseball coach John Mick is looking forward to taking charge with the baseball team. They plan a trip to Arizona over spring break to watch some pro baseball spring training and compete in a couple of high school tournaments while there.

Lawrence Charkins is preparing for his second season as the girls softball coach. They are looking forward to many home games at Conger field where they have spent many hours putting a new look to the field. They will again field a young team mostly composed of sophomores and freshmen.

Jan. 30, 2018: KU-Remodel Update Video - Check out the Progress

 

 

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Board Information
Budget Process
District Immunization Rates
District Strategic Plan
Graduation/Completer Rates
Healthy and Safe Schools
Interest-Based Bargaining
Public Notices
Student Advisory Council


Community & State Information
Klamath Promise and Video
ODE English Language Reports
Senate Bill 1564
ODE School Report Cards
ODE Division 22 Assurances - Annual Report - Klamath Falls City Schools
Emergency Operation Procedures