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SFSD introduces class size dashboard

By Stephen Floyd The Silver Falls School District (SFSD) has published a new Class Size Dashboard to increase transparency regarding teacher workloads. The dashboard went live April 11 and the district expects to update classroom figures weekly. Assistant Superintendent Dan Busch told the SFSD Board April 10 the dashboard was in direct response to recent union negotiations where class size […]

Weather toughened – JFK, Silverton track getting in gear

The Silverton and Kennedy track and field programs have battled through weather adversity this spring and seem primed to make strong runs in the second half of the season. “We are pleased with our very young team,” said Erik Cross, who is in his 26th year leading the Foxes, including a state Class 5A boys team title a year ago. […]

State champs! Mount Angel JBO team shines in tournament

A group of Mount Angel-based 3rd- and 4th-graders have brought back a Junior Baseball Organization state title. The team, coached by Nathan Pratt, won four consecutive games in the July 15-17 minor American event in Lebanon and outscored opponents 52-10. The team downed a team from Stayton 17-0 in four innings in the championship game. “I thought we had a […]

Historic time – Foxes boys track and field wins first state title

By James Day Track and field championships are not built on one big explosion. There is no last-second bucket or game-saving tackle. Things happen in bits and pieces. Two points here, four points there. A hero in the early moments of day one might ultimately be the difference-maker. The Silverton High boys track and field team captured its first Class […]

New momentum – Runners club celebrates 40th anniversary

By James Day The Silverton Runners Club is turning 40, and organizers are planning some new events to boost participation in the club, which works to support running programs in Silverton and Mount Angel. The club, which was organized in 1982 by Silverton resident Amy Castle, is taking over management of the 5-kilometer and 10-kilometer runs associated with the Mount […]

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 Street on Second Street at rush hour. Brave lads. And you also know that those activities, as well as […]

Best in class: Foxes hoops squads win 6A challenge

The Silverton High basketball squads have just completed a stunning 10-0 run through the Class 6A Salem squads. The boys team went 6-0, winning the games against Sprague, South Salem, West Salem, North Salem, McKay and McNary by an average of 22 points. One asterisk: North Salem, although a Class 6A school in terms of enrollment, is “playing down” at […]