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SFSD February Highlights

Welcome to the February 2016 issue of the SFSD eNewsletter. In this issue you’ll find: Full Day Kindergarteners Thrive District Welcomes New Special Services Director Mark Twain Students Sell Slushies, Build Skills Mark Twain Team Gears Up to Become Silverton Middle School Spotlight On: Butte Creek

Full Day Kindergarteners Thrive

The district-wide full day kindergarten program has been in high gear since September 2015 and already the results are impressive. Kindergarteners now enjoy an extra two and a quarter hours of class time. This means more time to focus on ABCs and 1,2,3’s, but also allows for unstructured play, art and exploration. Teachers are seeing […]

District Welcomes New Special Services Director

Dana Pedersen is the new special services director for the Silver Falls School District. Pedersen replaces Linda Brown who is leaving the district after nine years to serve as a special education specialist at the Oregon Department of Education. Pedersen was a special education teacher in the SFSD for many years before accepting a position […]

Mark Twain Students Sell Slushies, Build Skills

Students enrolled in Mark Twain Middle School’s basic skills class are learning important business skills. The class has a new slushy machine and is pre-selling the icy drinks before school. Student customers will receive their slushies on Wednesdays. “The project is teaching students job skills while raising funds to pay for class field trips to […]

Mark Twain Team Gears Up to Become Silverton Middle School

The Mark Twain Middle School team has been working hard to plan and prepare for their upcoming move and expansion next year. The school will be moving to the site of the former Schlador Street School and will be renamed Silverton Middle School. With construction on the new campus just around the corner, there is […]

Spotlight On: Butte Creek

Student Leaders Value Service Students from the Butte Creek Student Leadership class hosted a pancake breakfast for Mrs. Michael’s 1st grade and Mrs. Johnsen’s 4th grade classes. The two classes collected the most donations during the school’s annual Holiday Giving Tree and Food Drive which took place between Thanksgiving and Christmas. According to Principal Kevin […]

SFSD January Highlights

Welcome to the January 2016 issue of the SFSD eNewsletter. In this issue you’ll find: Victor Point Staff Show True Meaning of School Spirit Advanced Math for Rural Schools Helicopter Project Propels Students Into Math and Science Scotts Mills Receives Multiple Grants for P.E. and Writing Silver Falls Instructor Receives Prestigious Red Cross Award

Silver Falls Instructor Receives Prestigious Red Cross Award

Congratulations to Silver Falls teacher Kirsten Barnes who won the Presidential Award for Excellence from the American Red Cross. Barnes, a social studies and multi-media teacher at Silverton High School, was recognized for her work to design a Red Cross training institute for disaster workers. She shared the award with two other Oregon women who […]

Scotts Mills Receives Multiple Grants for P.E. and Writing

Teachers Helen Plov and Lisa Garrett are ramping up writing and physical activity skills at Scotts Mills. The two have applied for and received $5000 in funding for the following grants: $3000 — Let’s Move Active Schools grant to ramp up facilities and equipment to help students achieve 60 minutes of physical activity throughout the […]

Helicopter Project Propels Students Into Math and Science

Paper helicopters whizzed down to the ground from the top of a play structure at Evergreen School. The students who built them carefully noted their aircraft’s performance, checking for flight distance and drop time. The aviation exercise was part of Theress Stadeli’s class helicopter investigation STEM project. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering […]