Perfect Food Feast: Middle schoolers learn the science behind food 

June 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, School | Comments Off on Perfect Food Feast: Middle schoolers learn the science behind food 

[caption id="attachment_8466" align="alignright" width="292"] Middle school students in Mr. Jamsa’s eighth grade science class present their Perfect Food Feast. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Daniel Jamsa’s eighth grade class prepared a “Perfect Food Feast” of rhubarb crisp, fruit salads, smoothies, spring rolls ...

Year to remember: Kennedy softball wins OSAA State title

June 2018 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Year to remember: Kennedy softball wins OSAA State title

[caption id="attachment_8474" align="alignleft" width="300"] The Kennedy High girls softball team and coaches show off their trophy after winning the Class 2A-1A softball title June 1 at Oregon State University. James Day[/caption] By James Day The hits just kept on coming the entire ...

Band takes first: Silverton ensemble rules division at Portland parade

June 2018 Posted in Community, Music & Band, School, Sports | Comments Off on Band takes first: Silverton ensemble rules division at Portland parade

The Silverton High marching band took home first place June 2 in Portland’s Starlight Parade competition. The band, under the direction of Frank Petrik, played the Big Four March of Karl King and Happy Together by the Turtles and outscored the ...

JFK girls shine: Lopez, Sprauer lead Trojans to fourth place finish in state track

May 2018 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on JFK girls shine: Lopez, Sprauer lead Trojans to fourth place finish in state track

Kennedy high continues to compete at a high level in the Class 2A state track and field meet. The Trojans’ girls squad, led by juniors Alejandra Lopez and Hallie Sprauer, took fourth in the team race in the May 17-18 event ...

Singing stars: Silverton High choir ties for first in state competition

May 2018 Posted in Community, Music & Band, School, Sports | Comments Off on Singing stars: Silverton High choir ties for first in state competition

The Silverton High choir shared the state title with Central at the OSAA Class 5A competition held May 3 – 5 at George Fox University in Newberg. The Foxes, led by director Cole Haole-Valenzuela, totaled 324 points, five more than Central. ...

Superb career: Maggie Roth

May 2018 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Superb career: Maggie Roth

[caption id="attachment_8373" align="alignright" width="300"] Maggie Roth in the Foxes’ dugout. James Day[/caption] By James Day One of the most star-studded athletic careers in Silverton High history will be ending soon. Maggie Roth, who has starred in soccer, basketball and softball all four years ...

Off to med school: Former Foxes wrestler Izaak Tobin paces OSU squad in GPA

May 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, School, Sports | Comments Off on Off to med school: Former Foxes wrestler Izaak Tobin paces OSU squad in GPA

Sometimes the statistics don’t really matter. Sometimes it’s what you do off the playing field that ultimately counts. And what you make of your opportunities. [caption id="attachment_8337" align="alignleft" width="150"] Izaak Tobin Karl Maasdam[/caption] The record shows that Izaak Tobin, a two-time runner-up ...

Taking action: JFK senior stages walkout to protest abortion

April 2018 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on Taking action: JFK senior stages walkout to protest abortion

[caption id="attachment_8284" align="alignleft" width="300"] JFK student Marcos Sanchez walked out. of school to call attention to Pro-Life issues. Peggy Savage[/caption] By Peggy Savage Activism – and particularly student activism – has been in the news a lot recently. Pro-life student Marcos Sanchez, ...

Winter tales: Local athletes’ college seasons recounted

April 2018 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Winter tales: Local athletes’ college seasons recounted

With spring upon us – kind of – it’s time to look back at how athletes with local ties fared in college action during the winter season: Izaak Tobin, Silverton: The redshirt senior wrestler at Oregon State University finished his career ...

If you build it…Butte Creek robotics earn spot at Nationals, World competitions

April 2018 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on If you build it…Butte Creek robotics earn spot at Nationals, World competitions

[caption id="attachment_8253" align="alignleft" width="300"] Four Butte Creek state champions with their ring-flinging robot. Stacy Boost[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Big things are happening in the Butte Creek Elementary School Robotics Program. “[W]e have four teams leaving for the CREATE U.S. Open (Nationals) in Council ...

Clements to George Fox: Bruins good fit for Foxes receiver

April 2018 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Clements to George Fox: Bruins good fit for Foxes receiver

Silverton wide receiver Spencer Clements is heading to George Fox University in Newberg to play football and study toward a hoped-for career as an orthopedic surgeon. Clements caught 59 passes for 941 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Foxes, who finished ...

Two out of three: Kennedy girls win another state 2A title, boys take 4th

March 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, School, Sports | Comments Off on Two out of three: Kennedy girls win another state 2A title, boys take 4th

By Steve Ritchie and James Day Senior leadership. Veteran coaches. Rising stars. The Kennedy High girls basketball team had it all this season. The Trojans finished a storybook 29-1 season on March 3 with a 53-40 win against defending champion Monroe in ...

Kennedy girls dominate: Take 24 -1 record, top ranking into playoffs

February 2018 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Kennedy girls dominate: Take 24 -1 record, top ranking into playoffs

The Kennedy High girls basketball is riding a 19-game winning streak into the playoffs. The 24-1 Trojans finished a perfect 12-0 in the Tri-River Conference and are ranked No. 1 in Class 2A, with their lone loss against Class 3A power ...

New skills: Kennedy students hope to sell garden shed at Wurstfest

January 2018 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on New skills: Kennedy students hope to sell garden shed at Wurstfest

[caption id="attachment_8143" align="alignleft" width="300"] JFK students building their first garden shed, which they hope will be sold during the Mount Angel Wurstfest Feb. 9-10 at the Festehalle in Mount Angel. Proceeds will be used for materials for their next project. ...

Hoops dynamos: Both Foxes squads, JFK girls, unbeaten in league

January 2018 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Hoops dynamos: Both Foxes squads, JFK girls, unbeaten in league

As the Mid-Willamette Conference basketball season heads toward the midway mark both Silverton squads have roared to 5-0 starts in dominating fashion. The boys squad, in its first year under coach Jamie McCarty, is outscoring league opponents by an average of ...

Cyber censure: School board asks White to resign over social media comments

January 2018 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on Cyber censure: School board asks White to resign over social media comments

By Paula Mabry It’s a common axiom in the United States that everyone has a right to their own opinion. It’s even a given one has the right to express their opinion. But where, and how, there’s the rub. For Silver Falls ...

Wrestling update: Foxes have star power, JFK starts from scratch

January 2018 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Wrestling update: Foxes have star power, JFK starts from scratch

As the new year begins and the competition gets stiffer the Silverton High wrestling team seems locked and loaded for a strong season. The Foxes feature returning state champion Kaden Kuenzi, who is just a sophomore, senior Jacob Whitehead, a state runner-up ...

‘BOLD’ innovation: Grant aids Mount Angel’s hands-on school programs

January 2018 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on ‘BOLD’ innovation: Grant aids Mount Angel’s hands-on school programs

By Mary Owen Mt. Angel School District joined 203 Oregon middle and high schools in securing a part of $10.3 million in grant funds to expand career readiness programs. The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Revitalization Grant funds serve Oregon communities with ...

Chandler shines for PLU: QB leads alumni report

January 2018 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Chandler shines for PLU: QB leads alumni report

[caption id="attachment_8085" align="alignright" width="200"] Former Silverton quarterback Cole Chandler passed for more than 1,000 yards for the Lutes in his junior section. Courtesy of Pacific Lutheran University[/caption] Former Silverton High standout Cole Chandler had a strong junior season at quarterback for ...

Football flashback: Foxes, Trojans make playoff runs

December 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Football flashback: Foxes, Trojans make playoff runs

Silverton High turned in a 7-4 football season under first-year coach Josh Craig and came within 57 seconds of advancing to the Class 5A semifinals. “We’re very proud of these guys,” Craig told Our Town. “We couldn’t ask for a better ...

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 ...