Meet the New Silverton Middle School Principal — A Chat With Brett Davisson

New SMS principal Brett Davisson has a goal to make sure every student leaves SMS ready for high school academically, socially, and emotionally. Here is what Davisson had to say during a recent interview.   What are your top goals as principal of SMS? Excellence in Everything is the overarching goal.  Excellence in the classroom […]

National School Counselors Week 2/6

Anyone who remembers being an adolescent can relate to the struggles that teenagers face in middle school. Although these years are full of excitement and discovery, they also pose a variety of challenges, such as making friends, figuring out how to open a locker, navigating the hallways, and trying to focus in class while dealing […]

SMS Art Student Gets Surprise Visit from Famous poet

“Inspiration—It walks in your classroom everyday if you are paying attention, and other days it slaps you in the face. Yesterday was one of those days,” said Shana Chandler, advanced art teacher at Silverton Middle School. After returning to school from winter break, students in Chandler’s class were given a unique assignment: to research someone […]

Superintendent’s Message – January 2018

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 […]

SFSD December 2017 Highlights

Welcome to the December 2017 issue of the SFSD eNewsletter. In this issue you’ll find: Superintendent’s Message — December 2017 Officer Matt & Canine Companion Visit Robert Frost ELL/ELD Enhances School for Non-Native Speakers Students Participate in the Hour of Code Teacher Spotlight: Najma Cheema From our families to yours, the Silver Falls School District wishes […]

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. […]