It’s a go: City to purchase Eugene Field site

November 2017 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on It’s a go: City to purchase Eugene Field site

By James Day The city of Silverton plans to purchase the Eugene Field School site to develop a new civic center that will include a police station, City Hall and new council chambers. The City Council voted 7-0 at a special meeting ...

Opportunity: Transition program seeks volunteers

October 2017 Posted in Community, Other, School | Comments Off on Opportunity: Transition program seeks volunteers

By Melissa Wagoner Michiel Nankman knows what it’s like to struggle in social situations. Originally from the Netherlands, the shift to life in the United States has often felt overwhelming. “When I came to the US I was like, ‘I don’t know ...

Fox football No. 1 in state: Enters toughest part of season 4-0

October 2017 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Fox football No. 1 in state: Enters toughest part of season 4-0

Silverton won its first two Mid-Willamette Conference football games and has moved to No. 1 in Class 5A in the OSAA’s rankings. The Foxes still have a long way to go with a stiff challenge at No. 3 Crescent Valley taking ...

Contested seats: Silver Falls incumbents face challengers in board race

April 2017 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on Contested seats: Silver Falls incumbents face challengers in board race

By Steve Ritchie With a host of significant financial, facility and educational challenges looming for Silver Falls School District, the May school board election has become something of a referendum on the district’s leadership and direction. The election pits three incumbent ...

OSAA spells change: Big overhaul proposed for classification system

April 2017 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on OSAA spells change: Big overhaul proposed for classification system

Most adjustments that the Oregon School Activities Association makes in its quadrennial classification and districting work tend to be minor. The body made a big leap forward for the 2006-7 school year by expanding from four classes to six. Schools had ...

NASA partners: Total eclipse experiment preparation begins at Silverton High

April 2017 Posted in School | Comments Off on NASA partners: Total eclipse experiment preparation begins at Silverton High

By Kristine Thomas Rubber bands, masking tape, gadgets that cut strings, a helium balloon, a parachute, a tiny camera and a satellite are a few of items Silverton High School students are using to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Teacher Creighton Helms said ...

College update: Gengler finishes strong at PSU

April 2017 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on College update: Gengler finishes strong at PSU

Former Silverton High standout Zach Gengler played his way into the record books during his four-year career at Portland State. Gengler, a 6-2, 175-pound senior, played 114 games for the Vikings, third on the all-time list. His steals mark of 120 ...

Junior First: Noe Jines

March 2017 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on Junior First: Noe Jines

[caption id="attachment_7693" align="alignleft" width="194"] Noe Jines[/caption] By Kristine Thomas All it took was some encouragement for Noe Jines to begin taking small steps leading to larger steps to become more involved in his school and community. A Kennedy High School senior, Jines ...

A team with GRIT: Scappy Foxes reach second straight state title game

March 2017 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on A team with GRIT: Scappy Foxes reach second straight state title game

Silverton girls coach Tal Wold told me on the court after the defending Class 5A champion Foxes lost to La Salle 42-28 on March 10 in this year’s final that the color of the trophy didn’t really matter. It all made ...

Fox freshman wrestler takes state title

March 2017 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Fox freshman wrestler takes state title

By James Day Coming into high school Silverton High freshman Kaden Kuenzi, who has been wrestling competitively since he was 6, had a goal of winning a state title. He just didn’t think that it would happen so soon. Feb. 25 at ...

The Tune Squad: OSU training

March 2017 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on The Tune Squad: OSU training

[caption id="attachment_7688" align="alignright" width="300"] Preston Kirk, left, and Trevor Bledsoe, helped the OSU women’s basketball team prepare for March Madness.[/caption] By James Day The Oregon State University women’s basketball team heads into March Madness with a 29-4 record. The Beavers, who played ...

Swimming for glory: High turnout, energy, pay dividends for Foxes

February 2017 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Swimming for glory: High turnout, energy, pay dividends for Foxes

On a Tuesday night in February, the Silverton Community Pool was so full of kids one would think it was a family night in July. About 80 athletes were pounding through the water as the Silverton High teams prepared for district ...

United in respect: Silverton High students visit D.C., attend inauguration

January 2017 Posted in School | Comments Off on United in respect: Silverton High students visit D.C., attend inauguration

By Kristine Thomas [caption id="attachment_7612" align="alignright" width="300"] Teacher Kirsten Barnes organized a trip to Washington D.C. for Silverton High students. They were able to attend the inauguration and visit historical sights. The students are standing before the inaugural stage in front ...

Give your best: SHS senior Megan Mannion selected Future First Citizen

January 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, School | Comments Off on Give your best: SHS senior Megan Mannion selected Future First Citizen

By Kristine Thomas Silverton High School senior Megan Mannion clearly followed the advice given to her by her parents, John and Inga Mannion. Whether it’s competing on the volleyball court or softball field, organizing an event for the Associated Student Body, studying ...

Tournament standouts: Fox wrestlers go 4-1 in event

January 2017 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Tournament standouts: Fox wrestlers go 4-1 in event

The Silverton High wrestling team turned in a strong performance Jan. 21 at the Colton Holly Memorial Tournament in Wilsonville. The Foxes finished with a 4-1 record and took third place. The win total includes victories against two Class 6A ...

School closure impacts: Boards review plans to make-up lost days

January 2017 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on School closure impacts: Boards review plans to make-up lost days

By Kristine Thomas If Mother Nature decides to cooperate and quit having cold flashes that bring below freezing temperatures, snow and ice, the last day of school for the students in the Silver Falls School District still will be June 14. ...

College check-in: Rebuilding year for Silverton boys basketball

January 2017 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on College check-in: Rebuilding year for Silverton boys basketball

Here is a look at how athletes with Silverton High ties fared in college this fall season: Sheyenne Brusven had a strong junior year as goalie for the Corban University women’s soccer team. Brusven had an 11-6-1 record for the Warriors, ...

Mutual Respect: No reports of post-election tension in Mt. Angel Schools

November 2016 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on Mutual Respect: No reports of post-election tension in Mt. Angel Schools

By Steve Ritchie Post-election tension and conflicts have crept into schools in many places around the country, but school administrators and students in the Mount Angel School District say there have been no school-related issues to Republican President-elect Donald Trump’s election ...

Setting Limits: Parents speak out against bullying at school board meeting

November 2016 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on Setting Limits: Parents speak out against bullying at school board meeting

By Kristine Thomas A clearer line needs to be drawn to define what is harassment. Students need to know when the line has been crossed and what consequences they will face for crossing it. That, along with what defines appropriate ...

Trojan’s Great run: Football team makes it to 2A Semifinals

November 2016 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Trojan’s Great run: Football team makes it to 2A Semifinals

Kennedy High continues to prove its mettle in Class 2A football. The Trojans, who advanced to the championship game a year ago, made it to the semifinals this season before falling 32-13 to Stanfield on Nov. 19. The game was a ...

Election aftermath: A struggle with fears, freedom of speech

November 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, People, School | Comments Off on Election aftermath: A struggle with fears, freedom of speech

By Kristine Thomas What started as an idea by several students to have a pro-Trump rally at Silverton High School, escalated into something they didn’t expect or intend. On Election Day, Nov. 8, Cole, a senior who asked his last name not ...

Lady Foxes on verge of history: Compete for state soccer title

November 2016 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Lady Foxes on verge of history: Compete for state soccer title

The Silverton girls soccer team is in uncharted territory. The Foxes played Saturday after Our Town’s presstime against La Salle Prep for the Class 5A title. It is the first state championship appearance in history for the program. And the ...

Supporting Notes: Advocates aim to return music to classrooms

October 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, School | Comments Off on Supporting Notes: Advocates aim to return music to classrooms

[caption id="attachment_7311" align="alignleft" width="300"] SHS Marching Band by Kristine Thomas[/caption] By Kristine Thomas According to a highly reliable musical source, Sarah Kaser Weitzman was told the last time a tuba was purchased for the Silverton High School band was in 1953. “My ...

Bullying Behavior: Nut allergy triggers both physical, social bad reactions

October 2016 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on Bullying Behavior: Nut allergy triggers both physical, social bad reactions

By Kristine Thomas If Robert Frost Elementary School fourth-grade student Teagen Cain could make his severe nut allergy disappear, he would do it in a second. However, he knows there isn’t a medical cure and it’s not something he will outgrow. While ...

Falcon-ready: Welcome game plan set for new middle school

September 2016 Posted in School | Comments Off on Falcon-ready: Welcome game plan set for new middle school

[caption id="attachment_7276" align="alignright" width="199"] Silverton Middle School Dean of Students April Murphy has a game plan to welcome students and staff and make school a fun place to be and learn.[/caption] By Kristine Thomas Silverton Middle School Dean of Students April Murphy ...