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Stacey Harker at the Pre-Incan Ruins in Ecuador -- Submitted Photo

Broadening the mind – STEM Europe 2025 tour open for registration

By Melissa Wagoner Travel isn’t just about going somewhere new. It can also be a way of learning about science, technology, engineering and mathematics – commonly referred to as STEM – in an entirely new way. “I want students to have the opportunity to engage in hands-on interactive STEM activities at significant locations around the world, where they learn first-hand about topics […]

Needs assessment – Prioritizing space, safety for Butte Creek, Scotts Mills

Editor’s note:  Our Town has been providing a school-by-school review of the facility challenges at each building covered by the Silver Falls School District bond proposal on the Nov. 7 ballot. Missed one? Stories are available at ourtownlive.com.  By Stephen Floyd Butte Creek and Scotts Mills schools are in a unique place in the Silver Falls School District’s plan for […]

Top class – Butte Creek social studies teacher receives statewide recognition

By Melissa Wagoner When Emily Rau received an email from KPTV FOX 12 Oregon informing her that her classroom at Butte Creek Elementary School was being named Classroom of the Month for March 2023 she couldn’t believe her eyes. “I thought it was spam,” she laughed. “So, I Googled it.” Secretly nominated by her husband, Jim Rau – who had […]

Local robotics standouts advance to international event

Two members of the Think Robots Club will be moving on to international competition in Dallas, Texas, next month. An elementary school team of Derek Schaefer and Zane Davis named the Splitbotters qualified for the May 2-4 event. The Splitbotters qualified with their performance at an Oregon qualifying event that Think Robots Club hosted March 4 at Butte Creek Elementary […]

SFSD bond committee hosts four March infrastructure listening sessions

Silver Falls School District (SFSD) is inviting the community to a series of listening sessions as a Bond Advisory Committee considers the need for infrastructure funding. Sessions are scheduled at schools throughout the district and will feature a presentation from members of the committee and opportunities for public feedback. Three listening sessions have been held so far, with additional sessions  […]

Dining for dollars: Russian meal benefits afterschool language program

Butte Creek Russian Dinner Friday, Jan. 17, 6 p.m. 37569 S. Hwy 213, Mount Angel Cost: $10 per person of $40 per family 503-899-7148 or 503-881-2969 By Kristine Thomas Whenever 8-year-old Kira Bailey sees her teacher Dilfuza Johnson at the store or an event at Butte Creek Elementary School, she has to politely tell her mom, Sara Bailey, what to […]