Science teacher offers eco-trip to Belize

December 2022 Posted in For Kids, School, Travel | Comments Off on Science teacher offers eco-trip to Belize

By Melissa Wagoner “Opening the world through education,” is the mission of the educational travel company, EF Tours, but it’s also the mission of Stacie Harker – an avid traveler and science teacher at Butte Creek Elementary. “I think international travel is ...

Mediation: Silver Falls district, educator association agree to need for help

December 2022 Posted in Business, School | Comments Off on Mediation: Silver Falls district, educator association agree to need for help

By Stephen Floyd Labor negotiations between the Silver Falls School District (SFSD) and Silver Falls Education Association (SFEA) have entered mediation. Critical issues related to class size, teacher pay and grievance procedures remain unresolved after nearly eight months of bargaining. During a ...

Sticking points – Teachers firm on class size as SFSD negotiations persist

December 2022 Posted in Business, School | Comments Off on Sticking points – Teachers firm on class size as SFSD negotiations persist

By Stephen Floyd Labor negotiations in the Silver Falls School District (SFSD) are entering their eighth month as union members stand firm on class size limits. A new bargaining session is scheduled for Dec. 1 at 4 p.m. at the Silverton High ...

Silverton FFA adviser earns top honor

December 2022 Posted in People, School | Comments Off on Silverton FFA adviser earns top honor

By James Day Longtime Silverton High FFA adviser Scott Towery received the group’s highest honor at the 95th national convention in October. Towery, who has taught agricultural science at Silverton since 2006, was awarded the Honorary American FFA Degree at the Indianapolis ...

Reciprocal benefits – Scotts Mills PTCC partners with chamber

November 2022 Posted in Community, Events & Holidays, School | Comments Off on Reciprocal benefits – Scotts Mills PTCC partners with chamber

By Melissa Wagoner When Scotts Mills Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Community Club (PTCC) heard that the Mt. Angel Chamber of Commerce needed help staffing their annual Oktoberfest booth and that they were willing to share proceeds with any organization that volunteered, ...

Update: SFSD settles with former band director

November 2022 Posted in News, School | Comments Off on Update: SFSD settles with former band director

By Stephen Floyd The Silver Falls School District (SFSD) has agreed to pay $57,500 to settle a legal dispute with former Band Director Frank Petrik after his teaching contract was terminated in August for alleged insubordination. On Oct. 24, the district board ...

Sticking points – Class size, inflation, prolong SFSD labor negotiations

October 2022 Posted in Briefs, Community, School | Comments Off on Sticking points – Class size, inflation, prolong SFSD labor negotiations

By Stephen Floyd Teachers in the Silver Falls School District (SFSD) are currently working under last year’s expired contract as labor negotiations drag on in the shadows of high inflation, housing costs and COVID-19 burnout. Negotiations began in April, and teachers with ...

SFSD forms Bond Advisory Committee

September 2022 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on SFSD forms Bond Advisory Committee

By Stephen Floyd The Silver Falls School District is getting closer to another facilities improvement bond measure after previous attempts to fund deferred maintenance and building upgrades were rejected. On Aug. 22, the School Board approved formation of a Bond Advisory Committee ...

This is only a drill: Silverton officers work on preventing tragedies

September 2022 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on This is only a drill: Silverton officers work on preventing tragedies

By James Day Silverton Police Chief Jim Angelmier, the reporter and City Manager Ron Chandler were lined up against the wall of a classroom wing at Silverton High School. In front of them a heavily armed active shooting suspect held a ...

Cadence – SFSD fires band director for insubordination

September 2022 Posted in News, School | Comments Off on Cadence – SFSD fires band director for insubordination

By Stephen Floyd The Band Director of the Silver Falls School District has been fired for allegedly defying district leadership, though few details of what transpired have been made public. During a special meeting of the School Board on Aug. 9, the ...

Silverton FBLA appears at national event

July 2022 Posted in News, School | Comments Off on Silverton FBLA appears at national event

Students in the Silverton High chapter of Future Business Leaders of America participated June 28 through July 2 in a national competition in Chicago. Silverton sent 11 members to the event, which brought together nearly 15,000 participants from all 50 U.S. ...

Robotics aces

June 2022 Posted in For Kids, School | Comments Off on Robotics aces

By James Day A team of Silverton-area robotics whizzes has come back from a national event in Dallas, Texas, with a second-place trophy. [caption id="attachment_11555" align="alignright" width="317"] Local robot makers Noah Stoneking, left, Aiden Adams, John Lashley and Derek Schaefer, show off ...

More options – Career academy offers college credit, professional certification

June 2022 Posted in Business, School | Comments Off on More options – Career academy offers college credit, professional certification

By Melissa Wagoner When the Willamette Career Academy (WCA) in Salem opened its doors in September 2021 it immediately began changing the lives of students, offering them the chance to earn, not only a diploma, but college credits, career prep, internship ...

Gun policy – Volunteers resign after board rejects ban on concealed permit guns

May 2022 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on Gun policy – Volunteers resign after board rejects ban on concealed permit guns

By Stephen Floyd Two members of a policy committee for the Silver Falls School District (SFSD) have resigned in protest after the board rejected a proposed ban on concealed carry firearms amid confrontational discussions. Superintendent Policy Workgroup members Dawn Tacker and Melissa ...

Mt. Angel School District closes deficit

May 2022 Posted in News, School | Comments Off on Mt. Angel School District closes deficit

By Stephen Floyd The Mt. Angel School District (MASD) has closed a $1.2 million projected deficit in its budget for the coming school year without resorting to drastic cuts in staffing or programs. On May 16, the District Budget Committee approved a ...

Senior Follies – Multiple chances for a little shared laughter

May 2022 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on Senior Follies – Multiple chances for a little shared laughter

By Melissa Wagoner Candace Pressnall has been involved with the theater for over 40 years.  “I even have a degree in it,” she said proudly. “I’ve enjoyed it a lot.” Which is why, when the Silverton Senior Center decided to pivot to a ...

SHS grad night party in need of help

May 2022 Posted in School | Comments Off on SHS grad night party in need of help

Each spring the Silver Fox Foundation hosts an all-night celebration for that year’s senior class.  “The party is always the night of graduation,” long-time organizer Erica Rumpca said. “Kids will load buses at 10 p.m. and we will transport them to ...

Equestrian stars – Silverton heads to state off strong district finish

April 2022 Posted in Community, School, sports | Comments Off on Equestrian stars – Silverton heads to state off strong district finish

The Silverton High equestrian squad came within one point of claiming a team win in the third North Valley district competition of the season. The Foxes scored 703 points in the April 7-10 Oregon High School Equestrian Teams (OHSET) event at ...

Sports Datebook: May 2022 – Home contests only

April 2022 Posted in School, sports | Comments Off on Sports Datebook: May 2022 – Home contests only

Monday, May 2 Softball 4:20 p.m. Kennedy vs Santiam 5 p.m. Silverton vs Corvallis Baseball 4:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Santiam Tuesday, May 3 Boys Tennis 4 p.m. Silverton vs Corvallis Girls Tennis 4 p.m. Silverton vs Corvallis Wednesday, May 4 Baseball 5 p.m. Silverton vs Crescent Valley Boys Tennis 4 p.m. Silverton vs Stayton Softball 4:30 p.m. ...

SFSD hires new principal

April 2022 Posted in Briefs, Community, School | Comments Off on SFSD hires new principal

The Silver Falls School District has hired an administrator from the Salem-Keizer School District to become the new principal for Robert Frost School. Sarah Grimmer, current co-principal at Scott Elementary School, in Salem, was hired by the Silver Falls School ...

Track veterans – Nearly 50 years of coaching experience at JFK, Silverton

April 2022 Posted in School, sports | Comments Off on Track veterans – Nearly 50 years of coaching experience at JFK, Silverton

It’s spring. It’s raining. And if you drive anywhere near the tracks at Silverton and Kennedy you will see dozens of athletes running and jumping and throwing things. Last week I saw a half dozen Foxes runners trying to cross Oak ...

Coaching changes – Foxes have key openings to fill

April 2022 Posted in Community, People, School, sports | Comments Off on Coaching changes – Foxes have key openings to fill

By James Day In the midst of one of its most successful sports seasons ever Silverton High finds itself posting a series of help wanted signs. The good news is that Athletic Director James Rise and school administration already have filled one ...

Shortfall – Enrollment drop forces Mt. Angel to face large budget issues

April 2022 Posted in News, School | Comments Off on Shortfall – Enrollment drop forces Mt. Angel to face large budget issues

By Stephen Floyd The Mt. Angel School District (MASD) is considering deep cuts to programs and staff to cover a large budget deficit as enrollment continues to decline. Based on current estimates, the shortfall could be around $783,000 if there are no ...

New boss – Foxes football reels in 6A coach Dan Lever

March 2022 Posted in People, School, sports | Comments Off on New boss – Foxes football reels in 6A coach Dan Lever

By James Day The Silverton High football program lost just once last season in a magnificent 12-1 year that saw the Foxes claim their first state title since 1991. Now, the school has hired the coach who dealt them that lone ...

Hoops success – Foxes take second in 5A boys tournament

March 2022 Posted in School, sports | Comments Off on Hoops success – Foxes take second in 5A boys tournament

Both Silverton High basketball squads advanced to the state tournament in Corvallis after sparkling Mid-Willamette Conference championship seasons. The boys team advanced to the state title match against Wilsonville, falling 34-30 in a defense-oriented game in which Silverton led 11-6 ...