Mt. Angel board names finalists for district’s next superintendent

May 2021 Posted in Community, People, School | Comments Off on Mt. Angel board names finalists for district’s next superintendent

After completing a multi-state search that began with 26 applicants and included an application screening and initial round of interviews, the Mt. Angel School District’s Board of Directors has announced two finalists have been selected for further consideration to be the ...

Letters to the Editor: Mantie for school board

May 2021 Posted in Community, Other, People, School | Comments Off on Letters to the Editor: Mantie for school board

I am writing this letter in support of Stephanie Mantie for the Silver Falls School Board, zone 4. Stephanie has all the qualities that would make an excellent board member. She is smart, well spoken, cares greatly about kids and ...

Letters to the Editor: Support for Stephanie

May 2021 Posted in Community, Other, People, School | Comments Off on Letters to the Editor: Support for Stephanie

We have had the privilege of knowing Stephanie Mantie for 20 years. We served together in our church youth group for many years. We have witnessed her raise her kids, serve others, and interact in the community. We cannot recommend ...

Silver Falls School District names Melissa Linder Silver Crest principal

May 2021 Posted in Briefs, Community, News, School | Comments Off on Silver Falls School District names Melissa Linder Silver Crest principal

Silver Falls School District has announced the selection of  Melissa Linder as the new principal for Silver Crest School and district assistant director of teaching and learning. Her first day will be July 1. Linder’s selection followed a process of community ...

Letters to the Editor: Support for ‘supermom’ in school board election

May 2021 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community, People, School | Comments Off on Letters to the Editor: Support for ‘supermom’ in school board election

We wholeheartedly endorse Melissa Seifer Briggs for Silver Falls School Board. Melissa is an experienced attorney, most recently with the Oregon Judicial Department, and a Silverton native. She and her husband, David Briggs, have five young children, ages 12 to ...

Letters to the Editor: A ‘fresh voice’ for school board

May 2021 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community, People, School | Comments Off on Letters to the Editor: A ‘fresh voice’ for school board

I want to express my support for Stephanie Mantie for a position on the Silver Falls School Board. She has the intellect and background that would greatly benefit our school district at this time.    Stephanie has been actively involved in our local ...

No fall sports: New activities calendar starts Dec. 28

August 2020 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on No fall sports: New activities calendar starts Dec. 28

By James Day The Oregon School Activities Association has updated its plans for the 2020-21 school year. The upshot? The official calendar starts Dec. 28, with practices and features much shorter seasons. And football and other “fall” sports are moving to ...

Spring into action: Silver Falls district snaps into gear to address needs

April 2020 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on Spring into action: Silver Falls district snaps into gear to address needs

By Brenna Wiegand Help often comes from unexpected places, and there is plenty of evidence that this pandemic has brought the community together in novel ways. Last week, Silver Falls School District Superintendent Paul Peterson was part of a virtual meeting with ...

Adapting to closures: School superintendents discuss service strategies

April 2020 Posted in Community, News, School | Comments Off on Adapting to closures: School superintendents discuss service strategies

By Brenna Wiegand Since Oregon closed its schools in mid-March due to the spread of the highly infectious coronavirus, local superintendents have been on a wild ride, chasing after ways to maintain their responsibility to the students. Buildings may be closed, ...

Uncensured: School board opts for training

February 2020 Posted in News, School | Comments Off on Uncensured: School board opts for training

By Brenna Wiegand Move forward with training, not censure, was the direction from the Silver Falls School District Board Feb. 10. On a 6-1 vote, additional training was endorsed as the appropriate response to the Nov. 25 citizen complaint lodged against ...

Contracted: School district, teachers agree

February 2020 Posted in News, School | Comments Off on Contracted: School district, teachers agree

By Brenna Wiegand It took eight months, but Silver Falls School District and Silver Falls Education Association have shaken hands on a contract. The school board ratified a three-year contract Feb. 3. Silver Falls School District Assistant Superintendent Dan Busch said the ...

Contract accord: SFSD negotiations get wide-ranging attention

February 2020 Posted in News, School | Comments Off on Contract accord: SFSD negotiations get wide-ranging attention

By Paula Mabry After a final mediation session that lasted well into the evening Jan. 27, Silver Falls Education Association and the Silver Falls School District came to an accord on wages and contract language. Now the proposed settlement must go to ...

How much, too much?: SFSD investigation into board communications enters second phase

January 2020 Posted in News, School | Comments Off on How much, too much?: SFSD investigation into board communications enters second phase

By Brenna Wiegand Silver Falls School District is conducting further investigation into allegations brought against school board member in a Nov. 25 complaint from 112 petitioners. The complaint asserts that board members Shelly Nealon, Jennifer Traeger, Jonathan Edmonds, Janet Allanach and Lori ...

Running standouts: Area cross country alums shine in college

January 2020 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Running standouts: Area cross country alums shine in college

It was a banner year for former Silverton-Mount Angel cross country runners. Here is a look at how four standouts from the running scene fared in college: Kaylin Cantu, Kennedy: The Western Oregon sophomore finished 51st overall and second among WOU ...

Resignation requested: Board authorizes investigation into complaint

December 2019 Posted in News, School | Comments Off on Resignation requested: Board authorizes investigation into complaint

By Brenna Wiegand Silver Falls School District has hired a third-party investigator to review a formal complaint brought against five Silver Falls School Board members at the board’s Nov. 25 work session. Directors Shelly Nealon, Lori McLaughlin, Janet Allanach, Jennifer Traeger and ...

District champs: Kennedy blasts Culver, moves to No. 1 in Class 2A

November 2019 Posted in Community, School, Sports, Travel, Your Health | Comments Off on District champs: Kennedy blasts Culver, moves to No. 1 in Class 2A

On a cool autumn Senior Night the Kennedy High football team checked off the final box in an undefeated Special District 2 season. The defending state champion Trojans dismantled Culver 40-6 on Oct. 25 to improve to 5-0 in league play ...

Extra protection: Foundation donates disinfectant wipes to schools

November 2019 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on Extra protection: Foundation donates disinfectant wipes to schools

[caption id="attachment_9510" align="alignleft" width="242"] Silver Falls Superintendent Paul Peterson examines the large shipment of antibacterial wipes to be distributed to every classroom in the district. The donation was made possible by a dedicated school nurse and Silverton Health Foundation.[/caption] By Brenna ...

New playmaker: McCarty starring for Foxes at QB

October 2019 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, School, Sports | Comments Off on New playmaker: McCarty starring for Foxes at QB

Silverton had a huge hole to fill at quarterback this season. Levi Nielsen had started four years in the position, leading the squad to the playoffs all four seasons. But as the Foxes, 5-0, headed into a critical Special District 3 ...

Bridging the Opportunity Gap

October 2019 Posted in Community, People, School | Comments Off on Bridging the Opportunity Gap

At its best, America is a nation where every individual has opportunities to get an education, find work, support oneself and their family, and be a contributing member of this great democratic society. By many measures, Oregon’s economy is booming. The ...

Daunting details: Teachers’ union, district, continue discussions

October 2019 Posted in Community, People, School | Comments Off on Daunting details: Teachers’ union, district, continue discussions

By Brenna Wiegand Contract negotiations between Silver Falls School District and the Silver Falls Education Association resumed Sept. 24 after the union, frustrated, walked out of the Aug. 5 bargaining session. More than 100 educators and community members turned out in red ...

Academic standout: Foxes lineman earns national honor

October 2019 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Academic standout: Foxes lineman earns national honor

Silverton High senior Spencer Von Flue finished in the 97th percentile among those students nationwide who took the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Qualifying Test. [caption id="attachment_9458" align="alignright" width="183"] Silverton football’s starting center Spencer Von Flue. James Day[/caption] He is the senior ...

Time lost counts: Schools get help tackling student chronic absenteeism

September 2019 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on Time lost counts: Schools get help tackling student chronic absenteeism

[caption id="attachment_9421" align="alignright" width="300"] Educators from 29 regional schools participated in a two-day training program. Courtesy Sean Aker[/caption] By Steve Ritchie Former JFK principal Sean Aker has a simple message to convey in his new job:  Every Day Matters. It sounds like it ...

History beyond the textbook: Research, creativity prove fun

September 2019 Posted in School | Comments Off on History beyond the textbook: Research, creativity prove fun

[caption id="attachment_9430" align="alignleft" width="223"] Butte Creek students with their project presentation for last year’s Oregon History Day. Courtesy Emily Allen[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner History class can be a lot more fun than just reading from a textbook – according to Emily Allen, ...

Football is here: Foxes, Trojans ready for 2019 season openers

September 2019 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Football is here: Foxes, Trojans ready for 2019 season openers

The Silverton High football team is 16-6 in two years under coach Josh Craig, who told Our Town his 2019 squad “has some pretty high goals. “A lot of guys are saying they want to be better than last year. But ...

Fresh perspective: Silver Falls School District hires interim superintendent

September 2019 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on Fresh perspective: Silver Falls School District hires interim superintendent

[caption id="attachment_9393" align="alignleft" width="200"] Silver Falls School District’s Interim Superintendent Paul Peterson. Submitted Photo[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand As the football team practices outside the window of his new office, Paul Peterson is gearing up as Silver Falls School District’s Interim Superintendent for ...