Attention Parents - Early Release 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. To maximize this opportunity, we will be dismissing school earlier than normal that Wednesday. Dismissal times will be as follows: KU -- noon; all elementary schools -- 12:15; Ponderosa -- 12:30
Take a look at the latest update from Mike Herron on the process at KUHS. Click Here for the latest progress.
Take an aerial ride over the KU Remodel to see the amazing progress. Click here for the YouTube video!
The KFCS Tech department's Wesley Norton, has developed a panic button called the Norton Notifier. The panic button is slated to begin deployment over Summer 2018. Check out the new security equipment.
Written by KU Student Cooper Roberts and Mentor Susan Kramer
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The public can see the work of students in the program on YouTube.
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.
KFCS Superintendent, Paul Hillyer
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