Kalkar ES History

Opened: 1947
Closed: 1992

Kalkar American Elementary School was situated near the left bank of the Rhein River just south of the Dutch border. Kalkar Air Station was located on a German Air Force Kaserne. In spite of this, the Air Station was a complete, though small, U.S. Air Force operation.

The school was located six kilometers from Kalkar at Niedermoenter on the Rhein. In 1971 the school was in a leased German village school. The building was relatively modern with adequate classrooms, a gymnasium, Education Resource Center, activity room and ample teacher workrooms, offices and supply rooms. The Education Resource Center and the gymnasium were shared with the German community. Teachers taught combination classes of two or three grade levels. Itinerant teachers from nearby schools provide instruction in talented and gifted, art, media and music.

For the 1981-82 school year the school had 120 students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade. By the 1987-88 school year there were only ninety students enrolled in the school. The next school year the school had grades K-6. Only twenty-five students attended the school in the 1993-94 and 1994-95 school years.

Cheri Gruman Everett Jex wrote on Facebook that her family arrived at Kalkar in September of 1981. She taught German, art and music to kindergarten through eighth grade and tutored in the reading and mathematics resource rooms. Other staff at the school in 1981 were Beryl Peine, Kindergarten; Margaret McNulty, first grade; Anne Mason, second grade; Cynthia Cochan, third/fourth combination; Jane Black, fifth/sixth combination and Brian Byrnes, seventh/eighth grade combination. Norleen Warner was the principal. The next years brought Linda Gurris to kindergarten, Betty Lau taught first/second combo, Linda Hainge and Susie Fucell at fifth grade, Taylor at 8th grade with Joni Conolly as media center and computer specialist. Other specialists included Carol Gilman and Cheri Demull.

A special activity at the school was the German-American Friendship Day. In 1983 the students performed at the Rathaus and were filmed for German TV. The school newspaper was the Kalkar Kalliope.

The school was closed in 1992.


Information from Kalkar Facebook page and DOD School Information Guides

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