KFCS News Flash
Klamath Falls City Schools Mar. 10, 2023
In this Issue
- Superintendent's Message
- Upcoming School Events & Calendars
- School Calendars
- Student Success Corner
- KUHS Alumni
- Phone App Download for District Website
- Board Meeting This Monday
- Join Our Team
- KFCS Board of Education
A note from the Superintendent
Daylight savings time begins Sunday, March 12. Please remember to set your clocks
ahead one hour this Sunday.
This school year we have had to close school and cancel activities because of inclement
weather. On days we have inclement weather, we check the bus routes to see what the road
conditions are. When the road conditions will not allow us to run our bus routes safely, we
cancel the school day or delay the start of the school day. The decision is typically made by 5:45
A.M. We notify employees and parents of the closure or delayed start by automated phone calls,
text messages, e-mails, the school district website, and the school district Facebook page by 6:00
A.M. We also notify KOBI/KOTI TV – NBC, KTVL TV – CBS, KDRV TV – 12, as well as our
local radio stations.
We ask that all KFCS parents or guardians to keep your contact information
up to date with your student’s campus in order for you to receive the weather-related notices.
KFCS is in communication with all the school districts in the Southern Oregon Education
District during predicted and actual inclement weather events. Each school district in the SOESD
has different bus routes and conditions based on their geographical locations.
The safety and security of our students is always our highest priority.
Keith A. Brown, Superintendent
Klamath Falls City Schools
“Every student, every day, whatever it takes!”
HAPPY CLASSIFIED STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK
Please help give a huge shout out to all of our classified staff. They are truly the glue that keeps our District together. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to our students.
The KFCS Human Resources Department brought to all KFCS schools a small token of appreciation for each classified member. Thank you for all your hard work and devotion you put into your school and district.
KU Culinary March Menu
Order Your KU Baseball Gear By March 10
Senior Salutes due Friday, March 24th
You are running out of time to "Salute" your KU graduating senior in the 2023 yearbook. Buy your "Senior Salute" by completing the attached form or by contacting Dan Stearns at email@example.com. All entries must be in no than Friday, March 24th, just prior to spring break. Questions, call 541-891-7511.
Elementary school's, KHLA calendars
KU DECA EARNS 4TH CONSECUTIVE OREGON DECA CHAPTER OF THE YEAR
Klamath Union (KU) DECA returned from the Oregon DECA state conference with the
title of Oregon DECA chapter of the Year for the fourth consecutive year.
30 KU DECA members attend the state competition, with 22 making the stage and
earning a medal or trophy. 2023 was a year to remember. Let by 19 seniors, KU DECA
earned five 1st place trophies, four 2nd place trophies, two 3rd place trophies, and 49
medals. 17 KU students will represent the basin in Orlando, Florida at the International
“It was a great way to end my last state DECA competition. I was proud of our team.
We practiced a lot and supported each other to not only create a unique bond but a
competitive team. I will always remember hearing Klamath Union called in so many
events.” Abby Cook, KU DECA President.
Cook placed first in Project Management Sale Project and looks forward to competing in Orlando with her teammate Cassidy Bogatay.
Senior Micah Gaede is also headed to Orlando. Gaede earned two trophies and a
chance to compete in Marketing Communications.
Senior Bell Riley ended the night with an exit speech to remember. Riley was a
2022-23 Oregon DECA state officer. Riley spoke about friendship and the relationships
DECA curates. Riley placed first in Hotel & Lodging and is also headed to Orlando.
Juniors Alyse Perez and Brook Nelson won Sports & Entertainment Team Decision.
Their role play focused on creating licensed products for a popular TV show. “We
created a great plan and the judge loved our ideas.”
Senior Grace Keyser completed a Student Store certification project and earned Gold
Level status. Keyser will join Connor Carlson and present on how they achieved Gold
“This is one of the best KU DECA teams in our history. They prepared and they found
ways to help each other succeed. KU DECA creates a strong family bond that lasts a
lifetime. I am excited to see them compete at the International DECA competition in
April. I believe KU DECA will do well.” Nat Ellis KU DECA Advisor.
At the competition you watch each member start out nervous, but as time goes on they
get more confident. By the last role-play, KU DECA members are presenting with
confidence and impressing judges.
DECA competition teaches high school students to solve problems quickly and interact
with others as they present their solutions. This not only builds confidence in each
student but also allows them to apply their skills learned in the classroom in real-life
KU DECA is in the process of raising $15,000 to help pay for the trip to Orlando Florida.
We will travel to Orlando from April 20-27. For more information contact KU DECA
advisor Nat Ellis at 541.331.6197 or EllisN@kfalls.k12.or.us
● 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 & Brooke Nelson -
○ Sports & Entertainment Team, 1st Overall, 1st Role Play, 2nd Exam
KU DECA Selling Dinner Meal Boxes
KU DECA is sending 17 members to the International DECA competition. We need your help to pay for the trip. KU DECA is selling dinner meal boxes. Each box is created to feed a family of four. New this year are meat options.
Meal boxes will include either tri-tip or Baby Back ribs. Both are smoked to perfection from Howard's Meat Center. Also, enjoy Potatoes Au Gratin from Pour Horse Cantina and everyone's favorite Cowboy Caviar and homemade brownies.
Contact KU DECA Advisor Nat Ellis at EllisN@kfalls.k12.or.us or 541.331.6197
An opportunity to Give Back
The Assistance League of Klamath Falls is a nonprofit organization that has been providing clothes and other services to our students and families throughout the Klamath Basin.
For the past 28 years, the Assistance League has clothed students from our 36 Klamath County and City schools by giving them an opportunity to receive new clothes from their "Operation School Bell'' program. This last school year, they clothed approximately 1,800 students.
For more information on their other provided services to our students and families within the Klamath Basin visit: www.klamathbasinassistanceleague.org.
The Assistance League is needing a little help and it is time for us to come together as a community, as a district to give a little back. Mr. Brown has approved for every City School to participate in a fundraiser to give back to the Assistance League. It is a chance to be creative. Klamath Union will be hosting a coin drive and challenging each KUHS Club and Department to clothe a student for $125.00 next school year.
Any school can host a coin drive as well, a bake sale, a car wash, a raffle or recycle cans/bottles. For more fundraising ideas, visit: https://99pledges.com/pto-fundraising-ideas/.
The City School that raises the most money will receive an ice cream party (date TBD).
Money will be collected by April 7th, counted and presented to the Assistance League at its Pickleball 2023 Blazing Paddles Tournament on April 15th at Harbor Isles. If you would like to register to play or want more information visit: https://pickleballbrackets.com/ptd.aspx?eid=c10e1324-d24b-43b5-974a-90f4ea4f6f0d
Any checks should be made out to the Assistance League. If a school needs a W9, it is available.
For more information, contact Lisa Danskin, Klamath Union High School Key Club Advisor at Danskinl@kfalls.k12.or.us
Battle of The Books
By Joaquin Aguilar-Flores
KFCS Media Relations Specialist
Roosevelt Elementary School and Conger Elementary School students met for a friendly competition this past Monday at the Conger gymnasium.
It was a rare sight to see the two schools faceoff and did so during a nationwide program called, Battle of the Books.
America's Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program for students in third through 12th grade.
Students read books, come together, typically in groups, and demonstrate their abilities and knowledge of books they have read.
The structure, format and rules may differ depending on the educational goals, student needs, local resources and personal preferences at various school sites.
Conger teacher Ashley McPherson and Roosevelt teacher Jennifer Laitinen have helped bring the reading program to their school's. McPherson and Laitinen helped put together the event at Conger and setup championship reading competition's at each of their school's this past Thursday. Students will then have the chance to compete in regional competitions.
"They are two teachers who have dedicated countless hours to this program and our students. Both ladies are passionate about working with our youth and wanting to share a love of reading with them," Conger Principal Sara Johnson said.
The day was filled with a round robin format for the students to compete in, and had six teams overall. The day was a chance for students to familiarize themselves with books they have read or are reading in school.
There were different rounds in the competition, with each passing round becoming more difficult.
Each team had a spokesperson, who was the only person who was allowed to bring forth an answer.
If a team does not answer a question correctly, the opposing team gets a chance to steal to earn points. They then have 15 seconds to answer the question.
Depending on how stern the moderator is, students have to answer with the full name of a book, and do not get full points if they fail to mention the author's name.
The competition was not as simple as naming book titles and authors as questions included specific occurrences in the books, dates, characters or quotes.
During the final rounds, moderator's asked what is referred to as content questions, in which students had to be specific in their answers. If they miss a detail or the answer is not complete, they are not awarded points.
In a sanctioned Battle of the Books competition students can, however, be clever and challenge an answer they believe is right if they are able to point it out in the actual book.
Braydon Henderson was part of one of the Conger teams, which won all of their faceoffs.
"Our first round, it was four points that we won by but after that, we were confident and won the rest. I learned some of the rules that you have to say what they want you to say for the book, not what the book is actually called, for some of them," Henderson said. "I have not read all of them. I studied them after and it was great to get to learn other books."
Of course, countless of books were mentioned, including Spark by Sarah Beth Durst, the favorite book of Roosevelt student, Zach Daniels.
"It was really cool you got to be on a team. Some of my friends are on there and we have been practicing to learn the books more. We have been memorizing authors and going through the books to remember them," Daniels said. "I liked the competition and how you get eliminated if you do not get it right. I learned a lot today."
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!
Board Meeting This Monday
March 13, 2023
6:00 pm In-person & Via Zoom
To register click link below
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE ZOOM MEETING
For Public comment, you must attend the meeting in person.
If you attend via Zoom, you will be joining the meeting as listen-only.
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