KFCS News Flash
Klamath Falls City Schools Jan. 27, 2023
In this Issue
- A Note from the Superintendent
- Upcoming School Events & Calendars
- School Calendars
- Student Success Corner
- School Newsletters
- KUHS Alumni
- Phone App Download for District Website
- Join Our Team
- KFCS Board of Education
A Note from the Superintendent
We are very pleased to announce a change in food service the District is making. KFCS
staff, students and parents participated in a community wide survey in December and there was
an overwhelming desire to have better food for our students. With that being said, we are going
to do just that. KFCS has notified Chartwells that we are terminating the contract with them as
our Food Service Management Company.
We will be hiring an in-house Child Nutrition Supervisor. We will also be working with a Food Service Consultant to update our kitchens, train current staff on scratch cooking, and start preparing quality meals for our students! We will begin the transition this month and take baby steps until our new program is in place. This is a great opportunity for our district and we are very excited about it.
Keith A. Brown, Superintendent
Klamath Falls City Schools
“Every student, every day, whatever it takes!”
KU Cheer Camp
KU PELICAN CHEER CAMP
- $25 per child, K-8th Grade.
- Includes t-shirt and bow.
- Dates: January 30-February 2, 5:00-6:30pm in the KU Cafeteria.
Girls will perform at the halftime game on February 3rd 5:00-7:00!!
Elementary school's, KHLA calendars
KFCS Adopts ZeroEyes A.I.Based Proactive Gun Detection Platform
PHILADELPHIA, PA, January 26, 2022 – ZeroEyes, creators of the only A.I.-based gun detection video analytics platform that holds the US Department of Homeland Security SAFETY Act Designation, today announced that its solution will be implemented by Klamath Falls City Schools to offer proactive protection for students and staff against gun-related threats. ZeroEyes’ A.I. technology is being layered on top of the schools’ existing security cameras, where it will identify brandished guns and dispatch alerts to safety personnel and local law enforcement as fast as 3 to 5 seconds from the moment of detection.
“My top priority is the security of our students and faculty, which is why our district is one of Oregon’s foremost school safety leaders,” said Keith Brown, Superintendent of Klamath Falls City Schools. “From the moment I witnessed ZeroEyes’ innovative security solution in action, I knew it would be a game changer for our community. With ZeroEyes, we can preemptively protect our schools and respond quickly in the event of a gun-related emergency. Together, we can ensure that our schools are a safe place to learn, grow and thrive."
The public school district serves seven schools, including four elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, and an alternative high school in Klamath Falls, Oregon. It has made significant investments into security solutions, including partnerships with local law enforcement, an app that provides access to building blueprints and crisis communication platforms, and sexual predator screening. The district's new website also puts more information about the district in the hands of the community.
ZeroEyes was founded by a group of former Navy SEALs and technologists that used hundreds of thousands of proprietary images and videos to train its AI to be the most comprehensive and superior gun detection technology on the market. Former U.S. military and law enforcement specialists verify every detection 24/7/365 from the in-house ZeroEyes Operations Center (ZOC) to deliver accurate and actionable intelligence on gun-related incidents, including the gunman's appearance, clothing, weapon, and real-time location. They can also de-escalate police response by informing law enforcement if the weapon detected is an AirSoft, BB or other type of non-lethal gun.
ZeroEyes' A.I. was trained to detect only guns; it does not perform any facial recognition, so there is no risk of bias based on skin color or other personal characteristics. The system also does not receive, record, store, or share personal or biometric data, videos or images of any kind. The ZOC receives images only when a brandished gun has been identified; at all other times, the monitoring screens remain blank. Furthermore, ZeroEyes is ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certified, verifying that all cyber protocols and controls meet rigorous international standards.
“The recent increase in gun-related violence nationwide has made it critical for schools to have a robust security plan in place,” said Mike Lahiff, CEO and co-founder of ZeroEyes. “Klamath Falls City Schools has taken a proactive approach to ensuring the safety of students and staff by implementing a multi-layered security strategy, including ZeroEyes technology. We are honored to be a part of this effort and look forward to working closely with the district to keep their schools safe and secure."
ZeroEyes is deployed across a variety of industries in 30+ states, including K-12 school districts, commercial property groups, shopping malls, places of worship, hospitals, military bases, manufacturing plants, casinos and Fortune 500 campuses.
ZeroEyes delivers a proactive, human-verified A.I. gun detection software solution that integrates into existing security cameras and mitigates mass shootings and gun-related violence by reducing response times, providing actionable intelligence with images and delivering clarity among chaos – ultimately saving lives. ZeroEyes' patented solution has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a promising anti-terrorism technology and is the first video analytics technology to receive SAFETY Act DT&E Designation.
Founded by Navy SEALs, Special Operations military veterans and technologists, ZeroEyes dispatches accurate and real-time actionable intelligence about the brandishing of a gun near or in an occupied area or building, to local staff and law enforcement with an image of the shooter(s) and location of the threat, as fast as 3 to 5 seconds from the moment the gun is detected. The ZeroEyes team also provides tech consulting, installation assistance and practice drills for active shooter events to enhance safety at schools, corporate and government facilities. Headquartered in the Greater Philadelphia area, the company's affordable and effective gun detection solution has been adopted by the US Department of Defense, leading public K-12 school districts, colleges / universities, commercial property groups, manufacturing plants, Fortune 500 corporate campuses, shopping malls, big-box retail stores and more. Learn more about ZeroEyes at ZeroEyes.com.
Klamath Learning Center Sees Large Spike in Graduation Rates
Graduation rates were released this past Thursday from the Oregon Department of Education.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the state of Oregon’s four-year cohort graduation rate went from being at 82.63 in 2020, to dropping to 80.63 in 2021.
Klamath Falls City Schools avoided the drop and increased from 73.25% in 2020 to 73.63% in 2021.
After graduation rates were released by ODE this past Thursday, it showed Klamath Falls City Schools slightly fell to 73.36 after the 2022 school year.
“We are maintaining our current graduation rate and our goal is to improve incrementally,” KFCS Superintendent Keith A. Brown said. “We are maintaining our graduation rate over the last three years and are working to increase that to at least the state level. Our goal now is to increase it to the state average.”
Klamath Learning Center showed the most improvement from the year before, and climbed in a major way by more than doubling its graduate rate.
KLC ended with a 27.03 four-year cohort graduation rate in 2021, and improved to 47.19 after the 2022 school year.
“Our largest success during the 2020-2021 school year was KLC. They improved over 20 percent,” Brown said. “We have a great school at KLC under KLC Director, Toby Flackus. We had some students even earn their degrees after the school year, which is great because we want them to have their degree.”
Klamath Union High School’s four-year cohort graduation rate finished at 89.74 in 2022, which had the school sit at 91.43 the year before. Klamath Union has been above 90 percent since 2017.
EagleRidge High School had an 84.21 graduation rate this past year after its graduation rate was at 89.83 last year.
KFCS five-year cohort completer rate is at 81.59.
“We are really focused on getting our district graduation rate up. We are focused on getting our district graduation rate up, as a whole,” Brown said. “Our goal is to get KFCS graduation rate to 95 percent. We are a district. We don’t look at ourselves as separate entities.”
KFCS Board of Education member, Lori Theros, Thrilled to See Diversity in OSBA
KFCS Superintendent Keith A. Brown, left, and Board of Education member, Lori Theros.
OSBA Board President Sonja McKenzie has a warm smile and a gentle laugh that can spread joy in a room. She makes people feel comfortable and says one of her goals for this year is to elevate the voices of anyone who hasn’t always felt welcome at the school leadership table.
An African American woman who has often made her way in mostly white environments, she knows what it’s like to carve new paths.
“I represent a lived experience that has not been there before,” she said.
McKenzie said she wants to be a conduit for people who feel like they have not been heard, whether that is because of race, gender, geography, economic standing or political leanings.
OSBA doesn’t record the racial or ethnic identity of its Board presidents, but McKenzie, who took office Jan. 1, is likely the association’s first African American Board president and almost certainly the first African American woman.
Having a person of color in leadership is important, McKenzie said, but she doesn’t want being the first to be a theme of her tenure.
“We need to acknowledge that shift has happened and then get to work,” she said.
McKenzie said her biggest focus at OSBA will be helping schools secure adequate funding from the 2023 Legislature. She also hopes to be able to address workforce development for schools and improved digital access for rural districts. She is a strong advocate for school board member training.
McKenzie was born at the Tinker Air Force Base hospital in Oklahoma and moved around a lot as a child because of her father’s Air Force career. At age 11 she moved to Texas, where she became a teacher in the 1990s. She taught special education and inclusion classes for three years before moving to Portland in 1999.
She left the workforce for a while to raise her four children: Aallan, 21; Mariah, 19; and 18-year-old twins Mattie and Victoria. She was the first African American woman on the board for the nonprofit Dress for Success Oregon, which supports women’s economic independence.
McKenzie has been a member of the Parkrose School Board in northeastern Portland since 2017. She works as the community engagement coordinator for the Oregon Community Foundation, which supports collaborative philanthropy work. She is also the treasurer for the National School Boards Action Center and the Pacific region chair for the National School Boards Association.
McKenzie said she is comfortable with who she is and does not try to “put on airs” when working in different spaces.
“What you see is what you get,” she said. “I bring my full self to the table.”
McKenzie sees her presidency as an outflowing of the Board’s intentional efforts to diversify, including supporting the 2016 creation of the Oregon School Board Members of Color Caucus. The caucus advocates for all students, with a special focus on students of color, while also aiming to support the professional development of school board members of color.
“OSBA gave us an opportunity to convene together and find our voice and learn,” she said.
McKenzie said people shouldn’t be reduced to their race and instead should be acknowledged for all that they are and all that they bring. She said OSBA will have another moment to pause and reflect next year when OSBA Board President-elect Sami Al-Abdrabbuh takes over. Al-Abdrabbuh will likely be the first Middle Eastern Board president.
Al-Abdrabbuh said the OSBA Board’s election of McKenzie and himself sends a signal of the association’s commitment to embracing the diversity of the communities it serves. OSBA made a “Call for equity” in 2022 to support all students and promote education leadership diversity. OSBA’s Get on Board campaign offers resources to run for office and to help recruit new voices and retain school board members with experience in education leadership.
Although no one person can ever reflect a whole community, Al-Abdrabbuh said, new faces can offer unique perspectives on the student experience.
“The value of committing to diversity is always thinking about who is missing from the room,” he said. “The only way to pay it forward … is to make sure those who are not in the room are heard and their perspectives are considered.”
OSBA Executive Director Jim Green said McKenzie and Al-Abdrabbuh set a great example for Oregon’s students.
“It’s always important for students to see leaders who look and sound like them,” he said. “It’s very important at the board level and even more so with statewide leadership.”
Lori Theros, a member of the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin, became Board president in 2014. Theros, a Klamath Falls City Schools board member, is still a member of the OSBA Board and said it is exciting seeing the Board’s growing diversity.
“It gives us a different flavor, a different perspective,” she said.
For McKenzie, though, her core purpose always comes back to serving children. She is a passionate advocate for student voice in education policy, and this year the Parkrose School Board added four student representatives.
“All kids need different things to be successful,” she said. “I think so much about the time years ago when I was in a classroom, struggling to support kids. Now I think I can do something about that.”
- Jake Arnold, OSBA
Superintendent Brown Voted Into the KCC Foundation Scholarship Committee
Klamath Falls City Schools Superintendent Keith A. Brown was voted into the Klamath Community College Foundation Scholarship Committee this past Monday.
Superintendent Brown will now advise and help in decision's for the KCC Foundation Scholarship Committee, which includes a general scholarship fund as well as an educational access & opportunity (EAO) scholarship fund.
For more information on how a student can apply or qualify for either scholarship, please visit: https://www.klamathcc.edu/en-US/foundation/foundation-scholarships.html
KU BOYS AND GIRLS SWIMMING WINS CONFERENCE TITLES
Klamath Union High School’s girls swim team won the Skyline Conference this past weekend.
It was the first time in KU history the girls program has ever won the conference title.
KU’s boys team continued its excellence and dominance and won the conference for the sixth consecutive year.
Klamath Union swim coach Heather Shaffer also earned recognition and won District Swim Coach of the Year. KFCS thanks Kelly Armijo for the photos taken at the competition.
Here are the final results from the conference swim meet:
200 Medley relay women 4th: Mela Bolenbaugh, Cassidy Bogatay, Hazel Squibb, Katherine Keyser
200 medley relay men 1st: Max Hendrick, Gus Hendrix, Dominic Armijo, Carter Harmon
200 free women Isa Coffman (1), Kaylee Gettman (4)
200 free men Max Hendrix (1)
200 IM women Brooke Nelson (1), Ashley Bouma (4)
200 IM men Dominic Armijo (1), Kamron Bouma (2)
50 free women Grace Keyser (1), Hazel Squibb (4)
50 free men Jack Jensen (3)
100 fly women Cassidy Bogatay (1), Hazel Squibb (3)
100 fly men Dominic Armijo (1)
100 free women Grace Keyser (1), Hazel Squibb (4)
100 free men Max Hendrix (2), Carter Harmon (5)
500 free women Isa Coffman (2), Aubrey Syrnyk (5)
500 free men Gus Hendrix (1), Micah Gaede (4)
200 free relay women 1st: Isa Coffman, Grace Keyser, Kaylee Gettman, Brooke Nelson
200 free relay men 1st: Gus Hendrix, Max Hendrix, Carter Harmon, Dominic Armijo
100 back women Brooke Nelson (1), Kaylee Gettman (4)
100 back men Kamron Bouma (1), Jack Jensen (2), Ethan Chinander (6)
100 breast women Cassidy Bogatay (4)
100 breast men Gus Hendrix (1), Carter Harmon (2)
400 free relay women 1st: Isa Coffman, Grace Keyser, Kaylee Gettman, Brooke Nelson
400 free relay men 3rd: Kamron Bouma, Jacob Martin, Micah Gaede, Jack Jensen
Mills Students Visit, Cook at Klamath Union
Pelican Elementary School Carnival
EagleRidge Honor Roll
The new district website has an Alumni page for graduates of KU. This past week, six KU alumni sent us updates on their lives since they graduated. Take a look on the KU Alumni page on the district website. And, if you are an alumni, be sure and send us YOUR update!
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