Sept. 24, 2021
Congratulations to Emerson Wesselhoff and Matthew Salinas!
Department and Staff Directories
Share Your Fun, Interesting Classroom Photos and Stories
Spring Valley teacher Jill Sikaundi shared this first week of school photo of her students, saying, "Our first graders are all masked up and are attentively learning during our reading block. We were working on phonics and phonemic awareness. I love how they are sitting crisscross – applesauce, hands in their lap, masks fully covering their mouths and noses and they are actively listening. I am so very proud of them!!"
KC Hosting Cheer Clinic for PreK-8 Students
KC Alumnus Visits Air Zoo to Recount NASA Career
He graduated at an opportune time - just as the space race was kicking off. NASA launched in 1958, and he joined the Jet Propulsion Lab as a new college grad in 1959.
"I had no idea what we would be doing. I didn't know about the planets or spacecraft - we didn't have spacecraft in 1959."
He eventually became the director of Mars Exploration at the Jet Propulsion Lab, playing an instrumental role in the Mariner 4 mission in 1964 and the Voyager II mission in 1989.
Mariner 4 launched in November of 1964 and almost eight months later it transmitted its first picture of Mars - the first photograph ever taken of another planet. Voyager 2 conducted the first and only flyby of Neptune — and is still traveling in space.
What comes next for space exploration? He anticipates a push to collect samples from Mars, but said it will be a 10-15 year challenge requiring multiple trips and spacecraft. And, he said, scientists will be looking for life on other planets, including those outside of our solar system.
"The future will all be biology oriented. We've done the physics. We're looking for life. We don't want to be alone."
Interestingly, he mentioned that he worked for James Webb, the first director of NASA. Webb's name was just mentioned on NPR this morning. https://www.npr.org/2021/09/23/1039915145/nasa-life-planets-telescope
Walk for Warmth Coming This Weekend
The Community Action Agency of South Central Michigan will hold its annual Walk for Warmth on Saturday. The event, which provides utility assistance for those in need, will start at First Baptist Church beginning at 9:30 a.m. For more information, visit https://caascm.org/walk-for-warmth/.
Join CIS Walking With Purpose
Walking With Purpose is a month-long initiative from Communities in Schools of Kalamazoo to get active, raise awareness and raise funds to support students in Kalamazoo. We walk now so that they can walk later…at graduation and into a brighter future of their own design. Learn more: https://ciskalamazoo.org/walking-with-purpose/
There is so many ways to participate:
Form a walk team: Become a team captain to recruit a team of walkers and fundraisers (we have a goal of 40 teams and most teams will have 5+ walkers). CIS will offer suggestions, but both the fundraising and walking goals are determined by you and your team. Working together, the 40 teams will walk a cumulative 12,000 miles over the course of October. The miles are symbolic of the 12,000 students we support. Walking officially starts Oct. 1. Team captains can register here: https://secure.givelively.org/donate/communities-in-schools-of-kalamazoo/2021-walking-with-purpose/fundraisers/options (select create a team)
Walk and fundraise on your own: Click here to set up your own page: https://secure.givelively.org/donate/communities-in-schools-of-kalamazoo/2021-walking-with-purpose/fundraisers/new.
KPS Job Listings
Middle School Teacher - Spanish
Hillside Middle School
Job ID: 3851
Assistant School Secretary - Adult Education
Community Education Center
10 Month + 20 days – Full Time
Job ID: 3852
Computer Lab Paraprofessional
Kalamazoo Central High School
Job ID: 3853
School Secretary II
Milwood Magnet School: A Center for Math, Science and Technology
Job ID: 3854
12-month, Full Time
Job ID: 3855