'Til Opening Day @KCA! (vol. 6)
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KCA's Logo Has Been Drafted!

You might have noticed the above image popping into the last newsletter. It's the draft of KCA's logo created by Athena, a local student. We are so grateful for Athena's creativity and commitment to drawing our logo, and she plans to submit the artwork to The Kalmiopsis Collection (and be paid for her work, as will the first 10 artists between the ages of 12-20 to submit).
Action Steps
Help Create KCA
  1. Come to the public hearing: Show your support for KCA! (Wednesday, April 6th at Illinois Valley High School, 5pm)
  2. Join a committee: Fiscal Management, Fundraising and Development, Governance and Compliance, Building and Aesthetics. Email or
  3. Make some art! Between the ages of 12-20? Submit your artwork to The Kalmiopsis Collection by May 1.
A Piece of the Proposal
Social/Emotional Learning (SEL)



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KCA is committed to providing a safe, caring and supportive environment where ALL students are treated with dignity and respect. We emphasize an individualized academic approach with a strong emphasis on social/emotional growth. Our goal is to provide an environment where students can develop resilience and adaptability with the skills and knowledge to become successful in reaching their desired goals/dreams.


What is social/emotional learning?

Social/Emotional Learning (SEL) is a methodology that helps students of all ages to better comprehend their emotions, to feel those emotions fully and demonstrate empathy for others. 


Why is SEL so important?

Social/emotional learning is essential for students because it teaches them vital life skills, including the ability to understand themselves, develop a positive self-image, take responsibility for their actions and forge relationships with the people around them. When students have strong social/emotional skills, they are more likely to achieve academic goals and thrive in the classroom as well as their own lives. 


What does SEL look like in a high school setting?

"Fist to Five" is a sample lesson…here’s how it goes:

  • Pose a topic and allow participants to share their feelings by holding up a number representing where they fall on the scale of 0 (fist) to 5 (all five fingers up). A fist indicates that they are feeling very uneasy and need more support or instruction. A 5 indicates that they are comfortable, excited and ready to go!  
  • You can use this activity after introducing a new math concept or following a traumatic situation. The broad application is so useful for high school aged students. This is also a great way to initiate an open dialogue about any topic in the classroom while alleviating any pressure.
Humanizing the Standards
World History Project!

Fans of "The Big Bang Theory" will like this one, because our World History course begins at the very, very (very) beginning: the Big Bang. The World History Project is a standards-aligned curriculum that will take students from the beginning of time (as we know it) straight through to the present day, and beyond. The guiding question that leads students through this two-semester study is “How have the communities and peoples of the world converged and diverged over time? In short, why have we come to be so similar and yet so different?”

For more details, read on!
Course Objectives:
  1. Understand that history is a narrative, or a combination of narratives, shaped by the sources and perspectives you use to tell that story.
  2. Apply the evidence from sources using multiple perspectives and scales to evaluate (support, extend, or challenge) different narratives.
  3. Engage in meaningful historical inquiry by analyzing primary and secondary sources from multiple perspectives of gender, race, and socioeconomic status, or other hierarchies to gain a deeper understanding of human history.
  4. Analyze the narrative of history using the course’s three frames: communities, networks, and production and distribution
  5. Use historical thinking skills and reasoning practices such as scale, comparison, causation, continuity and change over time, sourcing, claim testing, and contextualization to understand and evaluate the
    historical narrative.
  6. Create and support arguments using historical evidence to communicate conclusions through individual or shared writing
The Seven Historical Eras We Will Study:
  • Era 1: Our Big History (13.82 billion years ago to the future)
  • Era 2: Early Humans (250,000 years ago to 3000 BCE)
  • Era 3: Cities, Societies, and Empires (6000 BCE to 700 CE)
  • Era 4: Regional Webs (200 to 1500 CE)
  • Era 5: The First Global Age (1200 to 1750 CE)
  • Era 6: The Long Nineteenth Century and the Birth of the Modern World (1750 to 1914 CE)
  • Era 7: The Great Convergence and Divergence (1880 CE to the future)
The entire curriculum is free, fabulous, and available online HERE.
Charter School Conversations
Do Charter Schools Take Money Away From Other Public Schools?

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The short answer is no. But it's more complex than that.

Charter schools receive funding from the state just like any other public school; they don't directly deprive other local schools of funding. Yet, if students from another local school transfer into the charter school
and the other local school can't fill those seats with new students, causing a decrease in enrollment then, yes, the charter school has indirectly pulled money from the other local school.

We have been concerned about this since the beginning, as the creation of KCA is intended to complement Illinois Valley High School, not cause IVHS any financial injury. Two co-creators of KCA are IVHS alumni, and the eldest son of another two co-creators attends IVHS (and is thriving). The administration of Three Rivers School District has indicated that, should KCA be approved, there will most likely be an "enrollment cap" on the number of students who can transfer from IVHS to KCA. We would support this requirement in the spirit of building a positive, cooperative relationship with IVHS.  
Fun and Miscellany

KCA is the cover story of Takilma Common Ground!
Email to purchase a copy, and learn more about Takilma Common Ground HERE.

Kalmiopsis Wilderness Podcast March 2022
Titled "Oregon's Wildest Place," the March 4 episode of the podcast Explore Oregon devotes more than an hour to the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. Listen to the interview with Gabe Howe of the Siskiyou Mountain Club HERE.

Who Are We Writing For?
This newsletter is for potential KCA students and families, Illinois Valley creatives, educators, local community members, and everyone else who supports the creation of KCA! (Read our Mission, Vision, and Four Core Values). As a community-focused school, we want to be transparent to our community and help you feel "in the know" as KCA flows its way towards opening day.

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Ryan Forsythe (he/him)
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