Kneeland News


    - February 17, 2012

    Fall 2011


    October 26             Redwood State Park Presentation

    October 29             Fall Carnival

    November 4             Gem and Mineral Field Trip

    November 9             Chamber Readers at Garfield School

    November 10             School Board Meeting

    November 11             Veteran’s Day (No school)

    November 16             Kneeland Volunteer Fire Department Meeting 6:00

    November21-25        Thanksgiving Vacation

    Fall Carnival

    As many of you know, the Kneeland School Carnival is this Saturday, October 29th. We would like to cordially invite members of the Kneeland community and beyond to join in the fun. The Carnival will begin at approximately 5:00 P.M. and wrap up at around 8:00pm.  Participants can look forward to a home cooked dinner, games, a bone-chilling haunted house, our annual costume contest, a pumpkin carving contest, the always entertaining cupcake and book walk, and an awesome raffle and silent auction.  The Kneeland Fall Carnival just keeps getting better and better every year. It is a great way to celebrate this spooky time of the year in a safe and enjoyable way while supporting our local school and community. So please plan on joining us for a fun-filled evening.  See attached for all the details.

    Author Festival

    Every other year, Humboldt brings 25 published authors to the county to visit local schools.  The final weekend includes a book-signing and book sale at the Eureka branch at the Humboldt County Library which is open to the public.

    Last year Kneeland School hosted Michael Elsohn Ross (the “bug” author) and we had a fabulous time. It was great to see our students spend time with a published author and his work. Students were able to get an idea of what it might be like to be an author, should they decide to pursue writing as a profession. Students and author were also treated to an edible bug lunch at the close of the visit.

    On October 21st, we were fortunate enough to host Helen Ketteman who has written such books as Armadillo Tattletail, Three Little Gators and Bubba the Cowboy Prince. Helen visited both classrooms with an animated reading and presentation for each classroom, followed by an awesome Q & A, and ended with a book signing and lunch (graciously provided by Cherie Circe) with the students. It was inspirational for students to see how hard work and perseverance can lead to success in a field you are truly passionate about, and to see how we can help others reach their goals as well.

    New Playground Equipment

    Kneeland School is happy to announce the arrival and installation of our new swing set. We would like to thank the Kneeland School PTO and the parents and community members who supported the fundraising efforts to purchase the swing. We would like to give a huge thank you to Tom Grant who donated his time, materials and use of heavy equipment to grade, fill and prepare the swing site. We couldn’t have done it without him. School board member, Steve Schmalz, also worked diligently for several days framing out and installing the swings so students could enjoy swinging as they returned from summer vacation.  Lastly, we would like to thank Schmidbauer Lumber for donating the wood chips that surround the swing. The swing set project is a great reminder of what a supportive community we have. We hope that the new swing will provide as many happy memories as the old one did for so many years.  If you haven’t had a chance to give the new swings a try, be sure to stop by and enjoy the fun. The view is fantastic!

    The Kneeland Volunteer Fire Department is in Need of Volunteers

    Rick Hardin, Kneeland Fire Protection District Chief, talks about the urgent need of volunteer firefighters:

    “Kneeland Volunteer Firefighters are needed because the volunteer firefighter program is exactly that: community volunteers.  Many volunteers hold full time jobs and have a personal life. Being a volunteer fireman is an on-call-as-available commitment.”

    Kneeland Fire requires 5 volunteers to fill their roster. It is important to have as many volunteers as possible respond to emergency calls for the safety of fellow firefighters and for apparatus staffing requirements.  Having an active roster of firefighters willing to respond at all hours of the day or night requires all volunteer fire departments to maintain full rosters.  Please visit our website and learn more about requirements and commitments.

    Kneeland Fire provides our rural community with fire protection and other emergency related responses at a very minimal cost to the Kneeland District. Without the Kneeland Volunteer Fire Department, local homeowners would find fire insurance nearly impossible to obtain or extremely expensive.  Emergency services, such as medical-aid calls, hazardous situations, wild land First Responder calls, motor vehicle accidents, and structure fire calls would be left up to out-of-district mutual aid responders. Maple Creek Volunteer fire department recently closed its doors primarily due to lack of funding, community support and active volunteers. Let’s not let that happen to the Kneeland Fire Protection District.

    Kneeland Volunteer Fire is proud of their history. We have been able to provide emergency services to Kneeland District since the mid 1980’s.  Many Kneeland and non-Kneeland residents have benefited from our services.

    There is a steady growth in population and building construction in our community, and this means an anticipated increase in the number of annual emergency calls.  If you are interested in helping your community and consider respect and appreciation reward enough, then the Kneeland Volunteer Firefighter program may be right for you.  Applications for membership are available by calling 707 442-3252 – leave a message — or by e-mailing Kneeland Fire Chief Rick Hardin at

    Astronomers of Humboldt

    History of AOH

    The club was founded on January 6, 1957 and was incorporated on February 9, 1959. The Humboldt State University Fickle Hill Observatory was originally constructed by members of the club and later donated to the University in the late 60′s. In the late 80′s, the club also helped build the two observatories at College of the Redwoods and Kneeland School.  Over the years, the club has actively organized public observing sessions, giving presentations to service clubs, local school children, disabled adult and youth camps, the state parks, scouts, and different youth organizations.

    The astronomers of Humboldt are currently holding their monthly meetings at Kneeland School as well as collaborating with staff members to create and implement astronomy lessons for students at Kneeland School.  This year club members will be working with students in their classrooms to share information about the moon and our solar system.  Club members are always available to help the general public learn how to use their telescopes and teach the wonders of the universe.  Members of the general public are always welcome at club meetings.

    The Astronomers of Humboldt will be at Kneeland School on Saturday, October 29th for our Fall Carnival.  Weather permitting they will offer viewing of Jupiter and its moons, the Ring Nebula in Lyra, Double Stars at various spots, Globular Clusters and numerous other celestial sights.  The club members will have telescopes set up along with the school observatory open for public review.  Stop by to introduce yourself to this awesome group of guys, but be careful their enthusiasm can be contagious.

    Visit the club website at”

    Art Opening at Fortuna Library

    As part of our ongoing efforts to share our visual arts with our extended community, bilingual artwork created by the Kneeland School students in the Spring of 2011 will be on display at the Fortuna Library.  The exhibit will open on November 8th, and will run through the beginning of 2012.  Take an opportunity to visit the Fortuna Library and see the students’ artwork on display.

    - November 7, 2011

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