Developing core foundations for life

Developing core foundations for life

Jasmin Estrada couldn’t stop smiling after she was handed her Klamath County Transition Program completion diploma.

At the age of 21, the outgoing Estrada, known for her ability to dance, has spent the last three years working on independent living and job skills needed for life outside a structured program.

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KCSD’s 2019-20 budget adds 4.5 teachers, maintains programs, continues projects

KCSD’s 2019-20 budget adds 4.5 teachers, maintains programs, continues projects

The Klamath County School District’s 2019-20 budget will add 4.5 full-time teaching positions, purchase new textbooks, and increase mental health services while funding all current programs.

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Giving Back: Bonanza students donate time to help community

Giving Back: Bonanza students donate time to help community

BONANZA – More than 200 Bonanza Junior-Senior High School students and staff spent Thursday giving back to their community, cleaning up Big Springs Park, organizing books at the Bonanza Public Library and helping elderly residents with yardwork. They also cleaned up and beautified the grounds around their school.

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Eye on the Eggs

Eye on the Eggs

The first graders in Laci Teaters class at Merrill Elementary School had been waiting – 21 days to be exact. It was day 22, and their wait was over: Two baby chicks were on their feet, chirping.

“Last week was exciting because the eggs were starting to crack,” Teaters said. “You can actually hear them peep while they’re still in the egg, working to get out. So it’s really fun.”

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Kindergarten Roundup

Kindergarten Roundup

Klamath County School District elementary schools will host kindergarten roundups this month for families of incoming kindergartners.

During roundups, parents are introduced to the school, the teachers, and the routines, and they register their student for kindergarten. Students also get a chance to see their school and meet teachers.

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'To teach is to touch a life forever'

'To teach is to touch a life forever'

It was an evening to celebrate Klamath County educators who inspire and go above and beyond to positively impact the lives of students.

“For every one of us there is some teacher, some coach, a choir director, a librarian, a school secretary, a cook, a janitor, a bus driver who made a huge, positive impact on our lives,” said David Wehr, master of ceremonies for Klamath County School District’s seventh annual Crystal Apple Awards Gala. “This auditorium is full of educators, and almost every one of us could immediately name the teacher that changed our lives, that inspired us to want to inspire the kids that are in our class- rooms every day.”

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Lost River FFA does well at state, heads to nationals

Lost River FFA does well at state, heads to nationals

Lost River FFA was well represented at the 2019 Oregon FFA State Convention, qualifying its chapter and an individual for the National FFA Convention and Expo.

Lost River FFA will compete for national recognition as a chapter and Lost River senior Nolan Britton qualified to compete at the national level individually with his SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience) proficiency in the area of environmental science and national resources.

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Meet KCSD’s Crystal Apples [VIDEO]

Meet KCSD’s Crystal Apples [VIDEO]

Klamath County School District’s 2019 Crystal Apple Awardees personify the highest example of educators who go above and beyond to inspire, educate and help students.

Five teachers and three classified staff were nominated and awarded the top honor this year and will be recognized Tuesday at the KCSD’s annual Crystal Apple Awards Gala.

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Klamath County FBLA students headed to nationals

Klamath County FBLA students headed to nationals

Twenty-six students from the Klamath County School District will travel to San Antonio to attend and compete at the Future Business Leaders of America's National Leadership Conference at the end of June.

The students, who range from freshmen to seniors, represent one of the largest qualifying groups in the high schools’ recent history to attend the national event.

The students will be in San Antonio, Texas, June 27 to July 3.

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Diploma to Degree: Jump into Business

Diploma to Degree: Jump into Business

Starting next fall, Klamath County high school students interested in business will be able to take dual high school and college credit courses and participate in an accelerated pathway to a college degree.

A memorandum of understanding for a new program, Diploma to Degree: Jump Into Business, was signed Wednesday by Oregon Tech President Dr. Nagi Naganathan, Klamath County School District Superintendent Glen Szymoniak, and Klamath Falls City Schools Superintendent Dr. Paul Hillyer.

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The artistic world of Peeps

The artistic world of Peeps

Peeps – yes, the colorful marshmallow candy – are coming to life at Mazama High School.

Some are sporting colorful hats, others are dressed in tuxes. They drive cars and wear togas. Some are fish. Between them, they represent more than 20 countries from around the world.

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KCSD robotics teams qualify for world, national tournaments

KCSD robotics teams qualify for world, national tournaments

Two Klamath County School District robotics teams earned top honors and will compete in world and national tournaments this spring – a Mazama team qualified for the VEX World Championships in Louisville, Kentucky, and a Lost River team earned a spot at Create US National Vex Robotics Tournament in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

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Promoting literacy and science

Promoting literacy and science

Fourth-grader Mikayla-Rose Mitchell smiled as she picked up a new Junie B. Jones book, debating whether it would be the one she takes home for her personal library.

She was joined by hundreds of her classmates Thursday during Peterson Elementary School’s Family Literacy Night. After doing science and literacy activities with their families, students and their younger siblings crowded around tables full of new books – each child could pick one to take home and keep.

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Mazama Student Health Center Now Open [VIDEO]

Mazama Student Health Center Now Open [VIDEO]

“The opportunity to have a clinic attached to the schools…for affordable accessible health care is huge for the school district,” says Glen Szymoniak, KCSD Superintendent.

A $100,000 grant helped finish the Klamath County School Based Health Center. A partnership between KCSD, Cascade Health Alliance, and Klamath Health Partnership.

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