December

Silverton Students Participate in the Hour of Code

Students in the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Program at Silverton High School participated in “Hour of Code” as a part of Computer Science Education Week. It was a great opportunity for them to experience coding and consider a career in technology. With support from CodeHS staff, students were able to write software that gives […]

Teacher Spotlight: Najma Cheema

This September, Mark Twain welcomed first grade teacher Najma Cheema. After graduating from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Cheema taught at Woodburn Elementary School. She moved to Oregon last year and has been a wonderful asset to Mark Twain. “The curriculum here is very well organized and implementable,” said Cheema. “It’s amazing how much progress […]

ELL/ELD Program Enhances School Experience for Non-Native Speakers

Mark Twain Elementary is teeming with eager, energetic learners—all under the age of eight. For many of these kids, it is their first formal schooling experience, which can come with a lot of emotions and concerns—for kids and parents alike. Entering this new chapter of life can be particularly challenging for non-native English speakers, but […]

Officer Matt & Canine Companion Visit Robert Frost

Students gathered on the floor in the common area at Robert Frost Elementary, eagerly awaiting two special visitors: local policeman Matt Gill and his canine companion, Jake—a German Shepherd from the Czech Republic. This dynamic duo was invited to Robert Frost because the third grade class is currently reading a book called Arrow and Officer […]

Superintendent’s Message — December 2017

Although the calendar year is coming to a close, we are only halfway through the 2017-18 school year, and these first few months of school have been chock-full of progress. I have made it my priority to minimize time spent in my office so I can focus my attention on visiting each of our schools. […]