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Klamath Falls City Schools Feb. 17, 2023
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Walker Quality Services Prepares Meal at Board Meeting
Klamath Falls City Schools had a taste of the type of food its new food service provider will be bringing to its schools after Walker Quality Services visited the school district at the monthly board meeting this past Monday.
Members of the KFCS Board of Education had a chance to taste the selection chef's Alfred L. Walker III, President of WQS, and Chef Consultant, Joseph Dominquez, prepared.
The Board of Education, and several others at the board meeting, tasted a selection of white rice, grilled chicken, fresh vegetables and chicken wings.
The day after, Walker III and Dominquez, along with every cafeteria member at KFCS, met at the KFCS District Office to discuss food service planning for the rest of the school year.
Ponderosa Students Reflect on Social Media Presentation
There will be a continued effort from Ponderosa PTO in raising awareness in the dangers which can come from social media after it hosted its program, "How to Navigate Social Media."
Over 500 eighth graders from across the Klamath Basin attended an important presentation by Alison Martin, whose prosecution of a student hazing incident at Virginia Commonwealth University made national news.
The presentation was a sight to see as Klamath Falls City Schools and Klamath County School District came together in hope every Klamath Basin eighth grader would hear Martin's knowledge and stories which have to deal with legal cases people faced due to social media.
Eighth graders from Ponderosa Middle School, Bonanza Jr./Sr. High School, Lost River Jr./Sr. High School, Henley Middle School and Brixner Middle School all met at the Mills Auditorium to hear what Martin had to say.
There were countless murmurs, screams and reactions from the crowd of eighth graders after Martin spoke or told a story or experience.
For Ponderosa students Oliver Kern and Reese Johnson, it was a chance to reflect how they use their phones and a commitment to be aware of how long they use social media.
"The Instagram information really caught my attention. It scares you a little to be aware," Kern said.
Johnson went further and committed himself to spending less hours and time on his cell phone. Some Ponderosa students will take the challenge of going without their cell phone in the next coming weeks and will write down how long they are able to be without their cell phone.
"It helps me understand to be more face to face with a person instead of being online with them," Johnson said. "How dangerous it (social media) can be to people's lives. I would probably limit my screen time and have less time on my phone. It scares you to understand how severe it was what everyone went through in the presentation."
KU DECA Comes Home with Abundant Amount of Hardware
Here are the results of the Oregon State DECA Conference.
KU DECA by the numbers
- 5 - 1st Place Trophies
- 4 - 2nd Place Trophies
- 2 - 3rd Place Trophies
- 15 - Top 8 Overall
- 16 - Roleplay medals
- 7 - Test medals
- 11 - Automatic International DECA Competition Qualifiers
- 22 of 30 KU DECA students made the stage
Ben Cedarleaf -
Apparel & Accessories Marketing 7th Overall, 2nd Roleplay,
Entrepreneurship Startup Plan 7th Overall,
Food Marketing 8th Overall
Lina Stanfield -
Apparel & Accessories Marketing 3rd overall,
Retail Merchandising, 2nd Overall, 3rd Role Play
Connor Carlson -
Automotive Services Marketing - 6th overall, 2nd Role Play
Brooke Nelson -
Business Services Marketing - 7th Overall
Bell Riley -
Business Services Marketing - 6th Overall,
Hotel & Lodging 1st Overall, 1st test, 1st role play, 3rd Role Play,
Hospitality & Tourism Professional Selling, 7th Overall
Ameesha Hazarika & Emma Tolstikhine -
Buying & Merchandising Team 1st Overall, 1st Role Play,
Travel & Tourism Team, 2nd Overall, 2nd Role Play
Fen & Fang Li -
Entrepreneurship Franchise 4th Overall
Micah Gaede -
Food Marketing, 3rd Overall, 1st Test,
Marketing Communications 1st Overall, 2nd Test, 2nd Role Play
Abby Martin -
Hotel & Lodging 2nd Overall, 2nd Role Play
Kat Brown -
Hotel & Lodging 8th Overall, 2nd Test,
Marketing Communications 6th Overall
Jacob Martin -
Hotel & Lodging 1st Role Play
Abby Martin & Jacob Martin
Hospitality Team Decision - 4th Overall, 3rd Role Play
Addison Brown & Heather Ritter -
Hospitality Team Decision 7th Overall,
Travel & Tourism Team, 7th Overall
Cassidy Bogatay & Abby Cook -
Project Management Sales Project, 1st overall
Kate Rodriguez -
Quick Serve Restaurant Management - 2nd Overall, 1st Role Play, 2nd Role Play
Grace Keyser -
Restaurant & Food Service Management 7th Overall, 3rd Test,
Abby Cook -
Restaurant & Food Service Management 3rd Role Play
Malachi Johnston -
Retail Merchandising, 2nd Role Play
Alyse Perez -
Sports & Entertainment Marketing, 4th overall, 3rd Test
Alyse Perez & Brook Nelson -
Sports & Entertainment Team, 1st Overall, 1st Role Play, 2nd Exam,
2023 Oregon DECA Chapter of the Year
2023 Student Store Gold Level Recertified
KU Boys, Girls Swimming Excels in District Tournament Before State Competition
The KU swim team returned from the district meet with two third place finishes, behind North Bend and Marshfield, who are historically the swimming powerhouses in KU's district.
The team competition was close between Marshfield and KU, which was only two points behind Marshfield.
Klamath Union’s Brooke Nelson was district champion in the 100 backstroke and qualified for the OSAA Class 4A/3A/2A/1A State Championships as the fifth seed. Gus Hendrix finished second in the 500 freestyle and also qualified as the fifth seed for the state competition. Dominic Armijo finished in third place in the 200 IM, and qualified as 12th seed for state.
Armijo also finished third in the 100 butterfly, ending him with a 10th seed qualification for state. Max Hendrix finished fourth in the 200 freestyle and qualified as the 11th seed. Hendrix is the only freshman in the boys 200 free at the 4A/3A/2A/1A state meet.
The girls relay team of Isabela Coffman, Grace Keyser, Kaylee Gettman and Brooke Nelson finished in fifth place in the 200 and 400 freestyle relay’s and qualified as 10th seed in both events.
The team of Coffman, Keyser, Gettman and Nelson made history at the district meet. The group broke the 400 freestyle relay school record during finals, a record which has stood at Klamath Union since 1998. The boys' 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays missed qualifying by hundredths of a second.
Event Swimmers and place(s)
200 medley relay girls - Hope Moore, Cassidy Bogatay, Hazel Squibb, Ashley Bouma (6)
200 medley relay boys - Max Hendrix, Gus Hendrix, Dominic Armijo, Carter Harmon (3)
200 freestyle girls - Isa Coffman (9)
200 freestyle boys - Max Hendrix, (4)
200 IM girls - Brooke Nelson (4), Ashley Bouma (7)
200 IM boys - Dominic Armijo (3), Kamron Bouma (4)
50 freestyle girls - Hazel Squibb (13)
50 freestyle boys - Connor Olsen (6), Wyatt Jensen (15)
100 butterfly girls - Cassidy Bogatay (5)
100 butterfly boys - Dominic Armijo (3)
100 freestyle girls- Grace Keyser (7), Hazel Squibb (9)
100 freestyle boys - Max Hendrix (4), Connor Olsen (7), Wyatt Jensen (15)
500 freestyle girls - Isa Coffman (8)
500 freestyle boys - Gus Hendrix (2), Micah Gaede (13)
200 freestyle relay girls - Isa Coffman, Grace Keyser, Kaylee Gettman, Brooke Nelson (5)
200 freestyle relay boys - Gus Hendrix, Max Hendrix, Carter Harmon, Dominic Armijo (2)
100 backstroke girls - Brooke Nelson (1)
100 backstroke boys - Kamron Bouma (3)
100 breaststroke girls - Cassidy Bogatay (9)
100 breaststroke boys - Gus Hendrix (3), Carter Harmon (8)
400 freestyle relay girls - Isa Coffman, Grace Keyser, Kaylee Gettman, Brooke Nelson (5)
400 freestyle relay boys - Kamron Bouma, Brandon Jones, Micah Gaede, Jack Jensen (6)
KU Girls Basketball Stuns Mazama, 54-53
Klamath Union girls basketball stunned Mazama at Pel Court Wednesday night, 54-53. The Pels beat the Vikings for the first time since a Feb. 19, 2019 matchup, only the second loss longtime Mazama head coach, Joy Lease, suffered to KU in her tenure at the school.
Wednesday's victory, which was the 100th meeting between the two teams, is only the second victory over Mazama in the last 11 years when KU beat Mazama during the 2012 basketball season, according to MaxPreps.
KU junior Dianara Pena-Hutchinson did not shy away from the moment.
It was her two 3-pointers which helped elevate her team to beat the Vikings for the first time in four years. With her team behind by two points in the final 15 seconds, Pena-Hutchinson could have easily tied the game but decided to take a shot from beyond the arc, which she sank. The Vikings scrambled in the final seconds but were unable to attempt a decent shot to win the matchup.
"I was under so much pressure but all my teammates supported me and I felt like I could do it and I did it. I was just thinking about my seniors, and I just wanted to win that game so bad. I knew I had to come through with the shot. I do not know how to explain this feeling ... it is just so exciting," Pena-Hutchinson said. "You do not really think about things; you are just in it. You trust each other. We are all flowing, connecting and it felt like practice. We are all together."
Alex Slaven is one of four seniors for the Pelicans along with Emma Langley, Jenny Serrato and Lina Derry.
Slaven is the head captain and was a voice in keeping her team focused in the heat of the moment.
"We are not going to backdown from anything. We have resilience. Nothing can stop us," Slaven said. "As captain, you have to sure everyone is composed on the floor. You feel all the noise, everybody in your face; you have to keep your composure or you are done. Whenever they came back, we came back harder. We were not stepping down."
KU Boys Basketball Defeats Mazama, 46-44
The Klamath Union boys basketball team swept the season series versus Mazama with a Wednesday victory at Pel Court, 46-44.
The win helps KU maintain its grip on the second spot in the Skyline Conference.
It was the final regular season home game of the season for senior's Hayden Smith, Tony Ortiz, Javan Zumwalt, Tarence Anderson, Alexis Perdoma, Dashel Geraud and Wayce Saluskin.
If the Pelicans can win their final two games of the season, two away games against Henley and Hidden Valley, they have an opportunity to make it to the state playoffs. All the senior players under head coach Ed Case have had a brief time to play alonside of each other. Ortiz joined the basketball program as a sophomore and Saluskin is in his first season as a Pelican.
Zumwalt and Anderson have been playing together since grade school.
"We were coming off a bad loss (to Phoenix). We beat them (Mazama) last time and had confidence and were thinking that we should win this game," Zumwalt said. "It is tough. It has not hit me yet as a senior but it is going to eventually. It is exciting to possibly end my last game here with a win. It is all love between the team. We understand what it takes to be a good team and win games. I am glad to call them all my brothers."
Get To Know Klamath Union's New Head Football Coach
By Joaquin Aguilar-Flores
The history of Klamath Union High School football has a lot to say. It is an interesting fact, during the 21st century, KU has only had two football coaches. Now, the school will have three.
During this century, the football program has seen two prominent football coaches hit the gridiron. Wayne Amos and Tom Smith led football at KU with many years to remember and treasure for any school alumni, fan or observer.
Amos and Smith showed commitment to the school as Smith was head coach for the program since 2009.
Klamath Union has found its new football coach. The Klamath Basin can now welcome and say hello to the new football head coach at KU, Andy Campbell.
The transition was heartfelt in the KU community after Smith notified his football team he would be retiring from football during the football team’s award night this past November.
The decision for Smith was something he was contemplating the last several years but said he felt it was the right time for him to step away.
First-year Klamath Union Athletic Director, Tyler Baker, a school alum, was then faced with the decision to find a deserving candidate to fill the big shoes of being head football coach.
The selection process took close to three months to come upon a successful candidate. The school’s interview panel, which included Baker and Klamath Union Principal, Tony Swan, narrowed down the search to two candidates, and announced Campbell as the new coach Thursday.
Campbell is a new face in the community, and like any new person to the Klamath Basin, will require much introduction. He has no roots, no family in Klamath Falls but interesting enough, the area appealed him.
“My wife and I, for years, had talked about the possibly of moving to Klamath Falls. The KU community is special, along with the culture. KU feels like a great home,” Campbell said. “Mr. Baker could barely get the words out of saying I was given the job before I could say, yes.”
There is one thing Campbell will make sure to bring with him when he moves, experience.
Campbell has coached in Oregon, as well as Iowa and Minnesota, which is where he was born and raised. His most recent coaching job was in 2017 as a defensive line coach at Willamette University in Salem.
In June of 2015, he became the head football coach at Stayton High School, a school which shares the same OSAA 4A classification as KU. For his two years coaching at Stayton, he amassed a 10-7 record, made the playoffs each season, and won the first Oregon West Conference title for the program since 2009.
Before Campbell arrived, Stayton won five games in the previous three years combined. The culture was changed in Stayton after the program produced 31 all-conference student athletes.
Campbell left his mark, which will forever be remembered in Stayton, after he and his coaching staff raised funds, along with community support, and helped bring a turf field in less than nine months in September of 2016.
Coaching away from Oregon
In June of 2013, Lincoln High School in Des Moines, Iowa was Campbell’s head coaching position before he moved to Oregon. Lincoln High School is the second largest school in the state of Iowa.
Nothing was handed to him when he first arrived in Iowa and had to start from the ground up. He quickly built a staff of 25 coaches for a football program which consisted of nine different levels.
He brought the program back to the playoffs after a two-year hiatus in a season which saw countless school records being broken, and set an all-time Iowa state record for receiving yards in a game.
Campbell has experience coaching when he has plenty and when he has little. Before coaching in Iowa, he was the head coach at Ashby High School in Minnesota, one of the smallest schools in the state.
KU’s new coach has spent his career growing programs, setting school records and earning countless accomplishments.
“Coach Campbell brings a wealth of football knowledge and experience to Klamath Union. His professionalism, high level of student-athlete accountability, and vision for the future of the football program make him a great addition to our talented and growing KU Athletics coaching staff,” Baker said.
“He is ready to invest into one program and see it grow hopefully over the next 10 years.”
His second job as a coach, in June of 2009, while at Golden Valley High School in Santa Clarita, Calif., found him in another pickle. Campbell did not waste time and helped increase the program’s strength and power 1,000-pound club from three to 22 members, breaking three school lifting records along the way.
Campbell’s first head coaching job came in 2007 when helped turn around the program at Silver Valley High School, also in California. He helped the program win its first ever homecoming game, which led to winning a trophy similar to the Canal Bowl.
His first coaching job also consisted winning the football program’s first league game in four years, finishing with the best regular season and league record in school history, on top of setting every major offensive and defensive record.
It led to his football team being recognized by the Desert Dispatch as the, "2007 Team of the Year'' for the High Desert.
“I am pleased with the collaborative effort the interview panel, staff and administration made to bring coach Campbell on board as the new KU head football coach,” Swan said. “We look forward to what his vision, experience, and coaching leadership for KU Football will add to the entire KU athletic program in the years to come.”
Fitting right in
Campbell first visited Klamath Falls on a trip he took to Crater Lake back in 2015. He was left with a positive impression of the community as he passed through Klamath Falls on U.S Route 97 from occasions when he visited Lake Tahoe.
He loves the outdoors and has even kayaked on Spring Creek near Chiloquin while visiting the Collier Logging Museum.
It was Campbell’s wife who showed him the job posting at KU.
“The job had a lot of what we were looking for in wanting to build programs. My wife and I were looking to get into this area the last few years but the situation was not perfect. Football was the open door,” Campbell said.
Campbell said his reasons for leaving coaching were to ‘regroup and prioritize’ and took a job in Scio as a strength and conditioning coach and physical education, health teacher.
During his interview process, Swan and Tyler gave him a tour of Klamath Union and expressed his satisfaction in getting to know the history of the high school.
“Mr. Swan knows a lot of the history here. I was able to hear about the previous coaches before me and hearing what coach Amos had done to make KU a flagship program along with coach Smith. I tapped into the potential here, along with traditions that are here,” Campbell said. “The coaches have done a lot of work in the previous years, along with families and I want to build on that for something the school and alumni can be proud of. We are ready to roll our sleeves up.”
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.
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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