Superintendent’s Message – March 2017

Connecting with students and staff on the slopes

Each year, our Silverton Middle School media specialist Darby Hector organizes a handful of ski day trips for our 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. The trips bring students and staff together on Saturdays for fresh air, exercise and community building. Ms. Hector arranges for discounted lift tickets and free bus transportation to Mount Hood. I try to join at least one of these outings each year because it gives me a chance to connect with students and spend time with staff. This year was especially enjoyable with blue skies and a lot of smiles. I also made it through the day without a “yard sale” wipeout which I’ve been known to do in past year’s outings.

Inspiring careers in healthcare

In February, I had a wonderful opportunity to see one of our Silverton High School students, Alex Cross, participating first-hand in our outstanding Health Occupations Program,  during her rotation with Silver Creek Animal Clinic. Then, I had the privilege of visiting Josiah Miller, one of our SHS alumni who also participated in the program and is now working as a medical assistant at Hope Family Medicine clinic. We couldn’t offer a Health Occupations Program without the incredible support of our community partners, including Silverton Health. Take a minute to read these success stories in this month’s newsletter. I think you’ll share my pride and appreciation for the local community support.

Thank you to our classified staff

Please join us in thanking our classified staff this month as we celebrate National Classified Employee Week March 6 through 10. While we appreciate our classified team year-round for the incredible work they do to create a great learning environment for our students, this month, we shine a spotlight. We would not be as successful in our classrooms without the support staff and all they do to keep our schools running smoothly and make our students feel welcome and valued. Check out this short video highlighting just of few of our outstanding classified team members. 

Graduation rates for students with special needs

Oregon graduation rates were recently released and while our district continues to perform very well (exceeding statewide performance), our students with special needs are at 80% compared to the 60% state average. I’d like to take a minute to recognize Dana Pedersen and her amazing team of educators for their commitment to helping our students in the SFSD special education program graduate from high school and transition into independent lives. For more information, check out our graduation rates.

Oregon Rising results are here

More than 10,000 Oregonians from throughout the state recently participated in community town hall meetings and surveys to share what they want for children and schools in our state. Hopefully, many of you were able to participate and share your ideas. Please take a minute to look at the Oregon Rising results.

Thanks to our families and communities for their continued support and participation. Our team is looking forward to spring and a great end of the school year.