January, 2022

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In this issue:

  • Where to find HS Announcements (Kalamazoo Central and Loy Norrix)
  • High School Scheduling
  • KVLP (K-5) Book Pick Up Opportunities
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Decision-making Timeline for Requesting In-Person Learning for 3rd Trimester
  • Tech Talk with Ms. Mercer
  • Elementary Stem Club
  • Oakwood Spotlight - Kalamazoo Innovative Learning Program (KILP)
  • Global Reading Challenge
  • Progress Reports

Message from Ms. Kirshman; Virtual Programs Administrator

Greetings Virtual Families!


Welcome to the half-way point of the school year. We've made it this far! There are several important announcements covered in this email.


Announcements - please make sure you are receiving announcements from your home school. Announcements may include due dates for acitvities that are important to you, such as Senior Pictures, College Common App, Caps and Gowns, etc. If you are on social media, these facebook pages will be helpful for important announcements at the high schools:


Kalamazoo Central: https://www.facebook.com/KCGiantNation

Loy Norrix: https://www.facebook.com/LoyNorrixHighSchool


High School Scheduling - Please be on the look out for spring scheduling information. Whether you are in the virtual program or in-person at one of the high school buildings, you will need to complete the schedule request form for your home builidng.


KVLP (K-2) Special Package Pick-up - W/T, Jan. 26/27 3:00 - 7:00PM

We have many gift/book packages for K-2nd grade students that have not been picked up. Please stop by the school on Wednesday and Thursday this week between 3:00 and 7:00PM to pick up your goodies from Ms. Schmidt and Ms. Davis. You can call our office at 269-337-0540 when you arrive and we will try to run them out to your car.


REMINDER: Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences will be held on Wednesday, January 26 and Thursday, January 27. Here is the link to the schedule: 21-22 Winter Virtual Conferences


Here is the letter than went out on January 20th. If you did not receive this email, please contact our office at 269-337-0540 to make sure we have the correct email on file for you.


KFLEx Parent Teacher Conferences Winter 2022


Decision Time for In-Person Learning

It's that time of year again where families must decide to remain virtual in our program, or transfer to in-person learning for Trimester 3.


Dr. Raichoudhuri will be making an announcement at the Board Meeting on Thursday, January 27th which can be viewed live at: https://www.publicmedianet.org/pmn-discover-live.

Virtual families will once again be offered the opportunity to switch from the virtual program to in-person learning. Please continue to check your email for that announcement.

Tech Talk with Ms. Mercer; Oakwood Technology Specialist

Struggling with your Chromebook or other device being slow, errors when opening sites or not working correctly? Many issues are caused by systems not being updated often enough. Please be sure that your device and browser are up to date. Click here to see how to update your Chromebook device and here for quick steps to updating your Chrome browser. If you need personalized assistance, please reach out to virtualhelp@kalamazoopublicschools.net. We want to make sure that technology is not a barrier to learning for your student.

STEM Club

Do you like to build, create, work as a team, solve problems, and learn new things?


Join the KVLP STEM club where 3rd--5th graders can explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math through hands-on activities and projects.


You can participate with STEM club activities at home through our Google classroom page or in person at Oakwood every Thursday from 4:00-5:00 pm.


If you are interested, please reach out to Ms. Hopp at hoppar@kalamazoopublicschools.net.

Oakwood Spotlight: KILP

Kalamazoo Innovative Learning Program - KILP

Kalamazoo Innovative Learning Program (KILP) is an alternative high school set up for students who are behind in credits and who want to get back on track to graduate. Referrals are completed by the student's current high school; Kalamazoo Central or Loy Norrix. Classes are completed through the Gradpoint virtual program, but students attend a hybrid schedule. Students attend KILP sessions three days a week for 2.5 hours per session. This gives students the opportunity to check in with their teacher for support, while providing flexibility for completing work around their work or family schedules. Students should plan on commiting at least 30 hours a week to their classes in order to be successful.


Students start with four classes per trimester. If students move at a faster pace, they have the ability to complete more than four classes each trimester, allowing them to earn more than the required credit per trimester. This allows students to meet their graduation requirements faster.


Sessions are held daily at 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, and 12:30 PM. All students attend sessions on Wednesdays, and select either Monday and Thursday or Tuesday and Friday.

Global Reading Challenge

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The Global Reading Challenge is a Battle of the Books program sponsored by the Kalamazoo Public Library. The Challenge is open to 4th and 5th grade students. Students are reading books from a list of 10 books. At the end of the challenge, the students take part in a quiz bowl against our school and other schools in the district. Students are meeting weekly; on Wednesdays at 2:00 pm, to discuss the books they are reading and practice questions with Ms. Hopp, who is the advisor for this event. Book pickup is every Friday from 2:00pm-2:30pm at Oakwood.

Progress Reports

Parents/Guardians should be on the lookout for Progress Reports to be delivered in the mail by early February.