KPS News

Oct. 15, 2021

Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Indigenous Peoples’ Day is celebrated on the second Monday of October, on October 11 this year, to honor the cultures and histories of the Native American people. The day is centered around reflecting on the tribal roots and the tragic stories that hurt but strengthened their communities.

KFLEx teacher, Caroline Hains who is Alaskan Inupiaq, shared some of her own cultural knowledge with staff and students Monday.

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October 18-22 is Digital Citizenship Week!

Promote safe, ethical, and effective technology use among your students by celebrating Digital Citizenship Week 2021! Common Sense Media has created engaging resources to use in your classroom to encourage your students to be outstanding digital citizens!

This year’s theme allows students and educators to explore technology’s impact on our social and emotional wellbeing. Common Sense Media has prepared five 15-minute daily lessons (for all grades and levels) with themes such as self-management, decision-making, social awareness, and more! Don’t have time to implement the full lessons? No problem- there are countless other ways to get involved!

Visit the KPS Digital Citizenship Week website to locate daily lessons, the full Common Sense Media digital citizenship curriculum, quick activities, and more! Students in grades K-8 can also join in on the fun by playing games found on their Clever Portals. We can’t wait to see the wonderful ways you implement these essential skills into your classroom!

Click the link below for a short video from Common Sense Media. For questions or other support, please contact Alex Miller, Coordinator of Instructional Technology at

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Loy Norrix seeks golf cart drivers for tonight's homecoming parade

It is Homecoming Day at Loy Norrix and they are short a couple of golf cart drivers for the parade.

If you are able to help, please email Devarius Hill- or Andrew Laboe-

Report Time is 4:45 at Loy Norrix. We will be in the grass near Lower K in the fire lane. We will not be hard to find. The Golf Cart Drivers will proceed to Milwood Elementary where we will meet and organize for the Parade. The Homecoming Court is listed on the cart you would drive will have 2 court candidates on the back seats. Maybe they are one of your former students? Please let us know so we can attempt to match you up.

Thank you for your consideration!

Freshman-Kindness: Naomi Kimbrough/Sasha Keys

Sophomore-Loyalty: Canaan Hogan/Alana Wedge

Junior-Friendship: Wendy Miedema/Percy Gordon

Senior Kindness: Vicky McGowan/Justine Blackwood

Nobility: Tyler Roberts/Anthony Kimbrough

Integrity: Neida Jaimes/Destiny Clark

Generosity: Telise Clemente/Annika Schnell

Honesty: Lauren Kelly/Emma Atkinson

Trustworthy: Samantha Hogan/Karyss Hudson

School Spirit: Claire Goodwin-Kelly/Chanel Wilson

Dancing with the WMU/Kazoo Stars Scholarship Fundraiser

Dr. Raichoudhuri is participating in the Dancing with the WMU/Kazoo Stars Scholarship Fundraiser on October 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Dalton Recital Hall at WMU. The event pairs local “Stars” with one or more WMU dance students to perform for a panel of celebrity judges and a very supportive audience for a very good cause - WMU Dance students.

While the event has featured only ballroom-style dances in the past, things are being shaken up this year and will feature new dance genres (think dance battle, or Star with backup dancers, musical theatre, etc). This will allow more social distancing between dancers and explore the fun in more dance styles!

In addition to Dr. Raichoudhuri, this year's celebrity contestants are:

Grace K. Gheen, Director of Communications, OutFront Kalamazoo

Ed Martini, Associate Provost and Dean, University College WMU

Petey Stephanak, Partner, Southwest Michigan First

Jessica Thompson, Founder/Owner, Bee Joyful Zero Waste & Refill Sho

Tickets for this event are on sale now at Tickets are $50 each and all proceeds go to support dance student scholarships.

People’s Choice Award: In addition to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards made by the celebrity judges, the audience is able to vote for their favorite Star to win the People’s Choice Award. Every person receives one vote with their ticket, but may purchase additional votes for $5 each (cash only) to cast in support of their favorite.

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Pfizer booster clinic coming to Kalamazoo Central on Nov. 2

Save the date! KPS is collaborating with the Family Health Center to hold a Pfizer vaccine booster clinic on Tuesday, Nov. 2 in the parking lot at Kalamazoo Central High School. This is a non-instructional day. Details about the time of the clinic and how to pre-register will be shared as soon as they are available.
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Flu Vaccine

KPS is joining Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department to remind Kalamazoo County residents to get vaccinated against the flu to protect themselves and their loved ones from the influenza virus. Every person six months and older should get an annual flu vaccine, especially certain groups considered at the highest risk, like young children, pregnant women, adults who have chronic health conditions, or adults over the age of fifty.

Influenza is a serious respiratory illness that occurs seasonally nationwide. The flu season typically starts in October and can last as late as May. The flu shot takes approximately two weeks to provide full protection against the influenza virus. It is recommended that residents receive their vaccine before the holiday season begins. Getting a flu vaccine this fall can reduce your risk of getting the flu and help save scarce medical resources needed to care for people with COVID-19.

Anyone can get the flu, including healthy children and adults. Symptoms of influenza, which are similar to COVID-19 symptoms, include fever or feeling feverish/chilled, body aches, cough, sore throat, or fatigue. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect Kalamazoo County communities, getting the flu vaccine is one of the best ways to reduce respiratory illness circulating in the area. While preventive actions recommended to reduce the risk of COVID-19 such as wearing a face covering and social distancing may also help to reduce the risk of flu transmission, it is important to get the flu vaccine, which is the most effective way to prevent the virus altogether. It is a myth that the influenza vaccine causes the flu; it does not. Furthermore, if a person becomes infected with influenza even after being vaccinated, they are less likely to become severely ill, become hospitalized or die.

If you receive a vaccination and still get the flu, the vaccine may make flu symptoms milder and the length of illness shorter. The vaccine will also prevent you from spreading the flu to others, including those at risk of more serious illness. Additionally, these simple steps can help stop the spread of flu or other germs and help protect you from getting sick:

· Stay home when you are sick, which will help prevent others from catching your illness.

· Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

· Clean your hands often, with soap and water or hand sanitizer.

· Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.

· Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

The Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department offers flu vaccinations Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with no appointment needed. For people seeking a flu vaccine for children eleven years old or under, scheduling an appointment is encouraged by calling 269-373-5203. A flu vaccine is also available at local medical offices, pharmacies, and community events. You can visit for more local options. Always call before visiting to ask about payment, required insurance and forms, and COVID-19 safety measures in place. Most insurance plans will cover the vaccine cost, but no one will be turned away from the health department for an inability to pay.

For questions regarding the influenza vaccine or for information about county influenza vaccination coverage, visit

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Loy Norrix Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

Northglade P.T.O. sponsored annual Fun Run

Rainbows over Hillside

The 44th Annual Youth Literature Seminar is Friday, November 12, 2021

Kalamazoo Public Library is hosting its 44th Annual Youth Literature Seminar on Friday, November 12, 2021, 8:30 am–3:30 pm (ET). Featured authors include Gene Luen Yang, Betsy Bird, and Meg Medina. This event will be held online and is free and open to the public. Registration is now open and can be found online at

The 44th Annual Youth Literature Seminar will focus on healing and navigating the changes we’ve all experienced, while also concentrating on tools we can use to help each other, ourselves, and foster change. Join us and our many speakers for a day of community and celebration as we move forward.

Program details, speakers and schedule can be found at

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Boys & Girls Club Fall Fun Day Returns

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KPS Job Listings

Elementary Teacher - ESL

Lincoln Elementary

Job ID: 3870

Stockroom Worker

7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Grade B ($17.82 per hour $37,065)

12-month, Full Time

Job ID: 3871

Self-Contained Behavior Paraprofessional (Emotionally Impaired)

Maple Street Magnet School of the Arts

10 Month, Full-time

Job ID: 3872

Women's Varsity Softball Coach

Kalamazoo Central High School

2021-2022 School Year

Job ID: 3873

Accounts Payable Account Clerk A

Finance Office

12 Month-Full Time

Job ID: 3874

Head Softball Coach

Loy Norrix High School

Spring 2021-2022 School Year

Job ID: 3875

Assistant Baseball Coach

Loy Norrix HS

Spring 2021-2022 School Year

Job ID: 3876

School Secretary II

Arcadia Elementary School

10-month, Full-time

Job ID: 3877