Superintendent's Message​​

March 2017

This newsletter is a little late getting out this month because we moved our Student of the Month assembly back one week. I always like to include the names of our monthly winners in our newsletter. Our recipients this month for “Humility” are Caleb, Joanna, and Aiden. Congratulations to them. The word of the month for March is “Gumption”.

Bruce Arrington is looking for volunteers to help in his classroom for the remainder of the year. Please contact him if interested. He can work around your schedule.

Spring Break begins on March 24. We (the building) return to school on Monday, April 3, and the DLP returns April 10. Right after the break, preliminary work will begin on our seismic project. We received grant dollars to use for retrofitting our building to make it much more earthquake safe than it is now. Between spring break and graduation, we will be doing some of the minor work that needs to be done such as taking things off the walls, removing items from classrooms, and storing small furniture until the project is completed. Most of this preliminary work will be done by staff and students here at school. Any major work will be done by the engineering firm, the construction company, and the architects. Construction will continue throughout the summer but may not be completed totally until after school begins in August. We will have contingency plans to start school on time even if construction is not completed.

Our Centennial Celebration is scheduled for the weekend of July 28-30. The school building will be accessible that weekend even with the retrofit taking place. If you have any questions regarding the centennial please contact Ashley O’Leary or Kaylin Arrington here at school.

We have several students participating in the annual Battle of the Books. The competition is taking place on Saturday, March 18 in Medford. Cindy Wurtz is the coach of the teams. We have an elementary team and a high school team competing this year. Our elementary team is Madison F., Anna, Colton, and Caiden S. Our high school team is comprised of Ashley, Jack, Makaylah, Eduardo, Adam, and Emir.

Our Distance Learning kids are busy this month as well. They will be visiting the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville on March 16. Students in Grades 1-8 are presenting speeches on such topics as Clouded Leopards, Francis Scott Keys, Fennec Foxes, among others.

Students in both programs have been taking state tests. Testing will go on through May. Please talk with your student about getting proper rest and eating well during testing so they do the best job they can on these state tests.

Finally, in the area of sports, I want to congratulate the boys and girls teams and their coaches for a great season. We have started track season and have several track meets scheduled for the spring. Also, we are starting a co-ed soccer program next fall and will play an independent schedule next year. To get ready for that we will be reseeding and preparing our soccer field to get it in top shape for the upcoming season.

Wishing everyone a restful Spring Break. We will be busy between now and the end of the year. Get ready for a great last few months.

Bill Wurtz