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First Day of School 2013
The first day of school is always a great day at Kohl Open School. The students are returning with high expectations, the teachers are ready, and the parents come to wander and talk to od friends and meet new ones. This year Trustee Steve Smith visited. Teachers new and old were introduced and the Kohl Education Foundation hosted its annual Parent Reception.
Garden Clean Up
On August 10, 2013 a hearty band of parents, students, and friends of Kohl gathered to provide caretaking for the Kohl Memorial Garden. A garden that had been somewhat neglected during the summer sprung back to life in preparation for the first day of school. Thanks parents for providing an environment in which your children will learn in ways other than just books. They are learning to work together, the importance of teamwork, and the joy of a job well done. Please come and enjoy the garden with our staff and students.
May 30, 2013 Kohl Open School celebrated its annual Soirée. The evening was kicked off with a concert from the student strings players in the Multi-Purpose Room lead by Chelsea Brown. The attendees then repaired to the Kohl Amphitheater where the Kohl Education Foundation conferred $500 scholarships on graduating seniors Carol Amaya, Zachary Artozqui, Annamarie Cunningham, Frankie Perkins, and Rebecca Romero. All five went to Kohl and survived a rigorous application process.
This year’s celebration was bittersweet as the school said goodbye to three longtime teachers Nance Lichter, John Niemi, and Janet Ratto. The Kohl Education Foundation presented gifts and memoires to the retirees as they begin another phase of their lives.
Caesar Chavez Day of Service
On Friday March 29, 2013 Kohl Open School successfully celebrated a day of service honoring the memory of Caesar Chavez. Thursday, the day before, all the teachers talked with their classes about the idea of service, Caesar Chavez, and what Kohl School would be doing to commemorate this day. On Friday under the direction of Michelle DiGuilio all the student help continue the beautification project Kohl inaugurated last year. Four planters were refreshed with new plants while the campus was weeded and cleaned. It was a very good day for Kohl and the students.
Eighth Grade Projects
On Friday March 29th the culmination of a month’s work by Yolanda Cordero-Niblock’s 8th grade students was enjoyed by the entire student body. All the K-7 students presented aspects of their learning under the tutelage of the 8th grade students. Astronomy, rockets, culinary arts, anime, jewelry, aerodynamics, basketball, art/music, and the law, were all subjects researched by the 8th grade students and they incorporated science, math, and geography to enhance the classes. All the teachers circulated throughout the school to critique, help, and assess the learning. A good time was had by all.
Kohl-Walton Day in the Dirt 2013
Friday March 15, 2013 marked the Ninth Annual Kohl/Walton Day in the Dirt celebration on the two campuses. It started with a 5K Walk on the Calaveras Levee going west, with a 5K Run began fifteen minutes later going east. The runners and walkers returned to Kohl where a student band led by David Qualls, a parent at Kohl School, was playing in the amphitheater. About eleven o’clock Tom Whitesides, the Walton Principal, raffled off ten Easter baskets to students who had acquired raffle tickets by making it certain point on the walk. Subsequent to the raffle Desirée Forsberg-Bogaard presented awards to the winners of the race. Lunch was served to all the students and dessert was donated by Joe Billingslea in the form of Shave Ice. Music continued with the AfterNaps entertaining the assembled student bodies. The Art Cordero Memorial Run netted $1000 which was presented in the form of a check to The Emergency Food Bank. It the fifth year in a row that the Kohl /Walton Run has donated that amount. It was fun, it was musical, and it was charitable. Nothing could be better.
Class Acts Volume 16
February 20th marked the Sixteenth Annual Class Acts for Kohl School. What started as a small way to have students recite a poem of two for their parents has transformed to an event with an audience of hundreds, taking place in Atherton Theater on the campus of San Joaquin Delta Campus.
This year the theme at Kohl has been the river and all the shows reflected the theme historically, telephonically, environmentally, or politically. In a smoothly run evening of comedy and drama the audience laughed, they cried, and they became one with the river. Videos are available if anyone would care to see the show. Contact Kohl Open School.
Rotary Read-In 2013
A Rotarian, two representatives of the Farm Bureau, and two Stagg students walk into a school. There is no punch line, just four great readers (Benlly Perez, Miguel Gaitan, Natalie Schallberger, Kory Campbell, and Brent Lesovsky) on February 28th for the Annual Rotary Read-In. Kohl was thrilled to have such great readers! Thanks for coming.
Students Stage Shakespeare
The entire Kohl student body was treated to three adaptations of Shakespearian plays put on by the students from Yolanda’s class. The three plays were Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, and Midsummer Night’s Dream. While the plays were supposed to be 10 minutes, the Kohl thespians added much to each production which both made them better and longer. They were received with much laughter and adulation in the Kohl amphitheater.
Walton Parades for Halloween
Walton Special Center supports a Halloween Parade every year. This year the students and adults from Walton paraded onto the Kohl amphitheater, received approbation, and candy from the Kohl community. One more bond built between Kohl and Walton – a very special center to Kohl.
Scholar-Athletes Visit Students
On October 23, 2012 the University of the Pacific Basketball Team visited the classrooms of Desirée, Janet, Patrick, and Yolanda. They came to talk to the older Kohl students about what they had to do to pursue a sport in high school and college. The players first spoke about their personal experiences and then answered questions. The Kohl students learned that they had to study hard, get good grades, and work out a lot to be both a good scholar-athlete.
Spaghetti or Penne?
Spaghetti or Penne, it really didn’t matter at Kohl School on September 21st. All that mattered was that, the over attendees, had a great time. Parents planned, cooked, served, and cleaned up a successful dinner that featured homemade sauce and some great conversation. Thanks go out to the parents of Kohl for another fabulous event.
The Real DW
On September 12, 2012 Kohl Kindergarten through third students were joined by Walton/Kohl preschool students to hear a presentation from Kim Brown. Kim is the sister of Marc Brown the author of the Arthur the Aardvark books, and the model for the character DW. She spoke about her brother, about the books, and ended by teaching all the student s (and teachers) to draw the loveable picture book character. Both adults and students gave her thumbs up and enjoyed the presentation.
First Day of School 2012
WOW! What a sight from the stage of the amphitheater. All the veteran parents along with the rookies…it was great. Thanks go out to all of you who came and just a word about the secret handshake…if we told you it wouldn’t be a secret. Thanks to you all for your help and trust in the school.
Kohl Education Foundation Update
All returning and new parents should take a few minutes to put the monthly KEF meetings on their calendar. All parents are members, and you can find more information about meetings, events, and the mission of the organization here .
Kohl After School Program (KASP) Launched!
You may have heard that STEP-UP will no longer be available on the Kohl campus. No need to worry! There will still be an after school program available for students in the 2012-2013 school year. Though parents need to pay for the service, it is only $41.50 per month, for the three hours after school every week day.
On July 18th and 19th Gloria will be at Kohl between 5:00 and 7:00 PM to take your signups for the Kohl After School Program (KASP). You will need a check for $41.50 for the first month's fee and fill out the new forms. If you’ve filled out the forms for Step Up, your place is assured. For more questions, email Bud.
25th Annual Soiree
Kohl Open School celebrated its 25th Annual Soirée. Dinner was created by a band of willing cooks, served by many of those same cooks as well as UOP tutors, and eaten with gusto by a band of hungry Kohlians. As you enjoy these pictures from the Soirée you’ll see photos of two of the three Kohl Education Foundation scholarship winners – Taylor and James – Bruce not pictured; a presentation to the outstanding Reading Volunteer – Barbara; a thank you to Gloria; parents, and teachers, and stuff (oh my); and we have included a picture of Samantha who was recognized as the outstanding Volunteer this year at Walton. Oh, and we were fortunate to have Supt. Carl Toliver visit as well.
Pancakes, Rummage, and Books
On Saturday, April 28, the Kohl Education Foundation sponsored a Pancake Breakfast, followed by a rummage sale. The book fair also went on during the day. To recap: there was fun, food, foraging, and a fair. Fabulous.
Day in the Dirt 2012
On March 9th Kohl Open School and Walton Special Center celebrated the 8th Annual Day In the Dirt on the Kohl Campus. Festivities included the Art Cordero Memorial 5K Run and a 1.5M Walk on the Calaveras River Bike Trail; Music all day from the County Performing Arts One Program under the direction of David Qualls; a barbeque hosted by the Cordero Family and Tom Whitesides from Walton; and Shave Ice donated by Joe Billingslea. During the announcements Patrick Hambright accepted a donation from the Sims Company and a check for $1000 was presented to Tim Viall representing the Emergency Food Bank. This check brings to a total $6000 donated to the EFB from Day in the Dirt. Parents, students and staff were unanimous in their praise for the event that has become a high point for both schools.
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School Receives 2011 Title I Academic Achievement Award
On March 30, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced that Kohl is one of 209 California public schools selected for the 2010-11 Title I Academic Achievement Award.The Title I Academic Achievement Award is given only to schools receiving federal Title I funds as authorized by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. To meet the criteria for this distinction, the school must demonstrate that all students are making significant progress toward proficiency on California's academic content standards. Additionally, the school's socioeconomically disadvantaged students must have doubled the achievement targets set for them for two consecutive years. To read the full press release, click here .