SAVE THE DATE!
On Monday, March 11, at the Kerby Belt Building, we’ll be presenting plans for a new Illinois Valley-based charter high school. The event will feature a free dinner, entertainment from the IV’s own RiverStars program, and a fun and informative session on what Kalmiopsis Community Arts High School is all about.
Interested students and parents will want to attend, as well as anyone in the community who has long wanted to see such a school happen. There will be an opportunity to sign up for assorted committees, so we can get started on building our dream arts-based high school for the Illinois Valley.
The event starts at 6:30pm, with a free dinner, and will be followed at around 7pm with skits and info. Please join us!
In our forest of Oregon green lies a red-dusted land like a desert, a wilderness so rich in magnesium-laded serpentine rock that it’s shooed away all but the hardiest of species. Those that survive, however, thrive. This is their place. And while walking these wild lands back in the 1930s, botanist Lilla Leach dropped to her knees in front of a small shrub with purple flowers and exclaimed, “I have never seen anything like it before! Isn’t it beautiful? I believe it is new.”
Thus began the modern scientific life of Kalmiopsis leachiana.
[photo credit: Kalmiopsis Wild]
Kalmiopsis is the flower, and Kalmiopsis became the name of this wilderness edging the Illinois River as its two forks converge in Cave Junction and then, together at last, flow northward towards the Rogue River and, finally, the sea.
We believe the people of the Illinois Valley are like the Kalmiopsis Wilderness: resilient, intrepid, and unique. We thrive in difficult environments, creatively confronting our challenges.
We want the Illinois Valley spirit distilled in our school, and for that reason we have chosen to call our school Kalmiopsis Community Arts High School. (Or KCA for short).
But, then why “Community Arts”?
That is a question … for next time!
A group of IV educators is exploring the feasibility of developing a new free public charter high school (grades 9-12). The plan would be to open in the Illinois Valley in Fall 2020. We are seeking input from the public on the need for an additional high school option, as well as what people would like to see as part of a new high school. This survey should take no more than 10 minutes of your time. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us!
TAKE THE SURVEY