Author: Derek McElfresh

SFSD High School Graduation Rates Shine

Silver Falls School District’s high school graduation rates are increasingly strong and have been improving each year. The district currently ranks 18th among the 360 high schools in Oregon. That puts the district’s graduation rates in the top 5% in the state of Oregon. This is especially notable because Silverton High School’s graduation requirement is […]

SHS Summer Tech Team Packs a Punch

A skilled team of 12 Silverton High School students and alumni worked hard all summer to make sure the school district’s information systems and programs ran smoothly and were ready for the start of the school year. The students are part of a paid summer work study that helps them gain skills while supporting the […]

Meet School Board Member Shelly Nealon

One of SFSD’s newest school board members, Shelly Nealon, does a lot to support the local community. She has volunteered for a number of causes in Silverton over the years including the Junior Baseball Organization, the Pool Committee and Safe Routes to School. With three children, including a freshman and senior at Silverton High School, […]

Superintendent’s Message — September 2017

At the end of August, more than 475 teachers and staff members came together at Silverton High School to kick off the school year. There was a buzz in the air that is hard to describe. The team was ready and excited to have students back in our schools. We are off to a great […]

SFSD June Highlights

Welcome to the June 2017 issue of the SFSD eNewsletter. In this issue you’ll find: Superintendent’s Message — June 2017 Silverton Middle School Students Share Time with Seniors Q&A with New Silverton Middle School Principal Brett Davisson SFSD Celebrates STEM Silverton Middle School Art Program Soars Have a wonderful and safe summer, and we’ll see you in […]

Silverton Middle School art program soars

The Silverton Middle School art program has taken wings thanks to art teacher Shana Chandler who has been working with students to help beautify their new school and create a sense of pride. With help from Silverton artist Ann Altman and a small arts grant, the renovated Schlador Street building that now houses the middle […]

SFSD Celebrates Science, Technology Engineering and Math in a big way

This month, Silverton High School students and staff teamed up with community members to celebrate all things Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). STEM Week Oregon (May 1-7) is a statewide effort to inspire people of all ages to explore the wonders of STEM. “STEM Night is a fantastic opportunity for the whole community—and I […]

Q & A with new Silverton Middle School Principal Brett Davisson

Incoming Silverton Middle School Principal Brett Davisson was born and raised just outside of Silverton. Growing up, he attended Eugene Field, Robert Frost, Mark Twain and Silverton High School where he graduated in 1998. His family now lives in the Victor Point area. Davisson brings more than 14 years of education experience to his new […]

Silverton Middle School Students Share Time with Seniors

A lot of good things happen when you bring middle school students together with seniors in the community. It’s a chance for the community’s valued seniors to share stories and life experiences while students share their artwork and a peak into their middle school world. This year marked the 23rd Annual Senior Breakfast for the […]

Superintendent’s Message – June 2017

Here we are at the end of another successful school year and I want to take a moment to say thank you.  It’s been a year of change, especially for staff members, students and parents at Silverton Middle School, Mark Twain Elementary and Robert Frost School.  I have been inspired by the flexibility and understanding […]