A Note on Recent Events
Before we get into the body of this newsletter, I’d like to point you to a special message on the district’s website, going live the same day as this newsletter. Please take a look when you get the chance.
Spending time at Silverton Middle School
Happy New Year to our Silver Falls School District families, friends and neighbors. This month, I had the honor of spending some time with our Silverton Middle School students and staff. The annual Lunch and Learn Art Show was a great success again. Each year, I’m amazed by the talent our students present under the direction of our art teacher Shana Chandler. Our new SMS principal Brett Davisson and the team have been working hard to create a welcoming, inclusive place for our kids to learn, and it really shows. Our team, students and parents have been supportive and patient with our transition into the building and have welcomed our new principal.
Recognizing National School Board Appreciation Month
January is National School Board Appreciation Month and I’d like to thank our volunteer board members for their time and interest in the important work of providing our kids with an excellent education. I also want to thank the community members who have taken the time to attend board meetings, share concerns and address some difficult issues. While the process is not always easy, it’s very important and it makes a difference. We need to talk about and hear different perspectives on a regular basis. Most importantly, we need to come together as a community to make sure that we stay focused on our kids.
Celebrating our team
This past weekend, in partnership with the Silverton Chamber of Commerce, we celebrated seven outstanding SFSD employees at the Annual First Citizen Banquet. Please join me in thanking and congratulating these members of our team for everything they do to help our students succeed.
Each person was selected by a vote of their colleagues. The banquet is a very proud evening for our community and we are thrilled to have honored the following incredible educators:
Classified Employees of the Year
- K-5—Rafael Cervantes, Custodian at Butte Creek School and Silverton Middle School
- 6-8—Florentino Cuevas, Custodian at Silverton Middle School
- High School—Esmeralda Meraz, Attendance and Intervention Support at SHS
Licensed Employees of the Year
- K-2—Lori Pittenger–Classroom Teacher at Mark Twain Elementary
- 3-5—Peggy Glaede–Special Education Teacher at Robert Frost
- 6-8—Marie Traeger – Remediation Teacher at Silverton Middle School
- High School—Lucky Rogers, Math Teacher at SHS
I’m excited for the second half of the school year and I look forward to hearing from you.