SHS STUDENTS REFURBISH CITY SIGN FOR IN ACT OF SERVICE-LEARNING
“They put in a lot of time and did a great job,” Mr. Tjaarda said. “It’s a great opportunity for them to get some real-world experience.”
DONATIONS PROVIDE OPPORTUNITY FOR NEW DIESEL CLASS FOR SHS STUDENTS
Mr. Tjaarda’s summer workdays weren’t just about the sign refurbishment. A new teacher last year, Mr. Tjaarda had previously done some work with Mike Vallery at Oak Harbor Freight Lines.
“We were having a conversation last January and I told him that I wouldn’t be up there as much as I took a job with Silverton High School as a shop teacher,” Tjaarda explained. “I told him that I was going to try to get a diesel class introduced to the school.”
That was when Vallery suggested that he might be able to help. Oak Harbor has a history of donating to college programs, but not high schools.
In July everything was made final — Oak Harbor donated a semi truck worth about $10,000 to Silverton High School. Furthermore, Mr. Vallery reached out to Gerlock Towing in Portland and they agreed to donate the cost of the tow (approximately $1,500) to get the truck from Portland to Silverton.
Other donations have included heavy duty jack stands, an air impact gun, and other shop tools and equipment from DSU Peterbilt GMC, as well as replacement parts for the truck from McCoy Freightliner, NW Fleet Refinishing, and Northwest Drilling and Boring. All told, Tjaarda estimates the current total of donated equipment is around $30,000 and rising.
“CTE courses like this one are opportunities for students to build a foundation to go right into the workforce after high school and make not just a livable wage, but a good living,” says SHS Principal Wade Lockett. “We set these kids up for a two-year school, a four-year school, or to go straight into the workforce. This program contributes to us being able to provide an avenue to success for every student we’ve got.”
SHS LINK CREW MEMBERS HELP 9TH GRADERS TRANSITION TO HIGH SCHOOL
The first day of school at Silverton High School is for Freshmen only. Tenth through twelfth graders get one final day of summer to rest and hang out with their friends.
Unless, that is, they are members of this year’s Link Crew. Link Crew volunteers, chosen from applications submitted back in the Spring, are not only present for the first day of classes with Freshmen, they also spent two mornings of the previous week in training.
FAMILIES COME TOGETHER TO GET SCOTTS MILLS ELEMENTARY READY FOR STUDENTS
Scotts Mills Elementary School saw lots of construction and renovation this summer, which led to the school needing a little bit of TLC before classes were back in session. As a result, the school organized a Family Cleanup Night back in August.
“We had six families plus Paul Brakeman, the mayor of Scotts Mills,” said Principal Kirstin Jorgenson. “We spread bark-dust, cleaned the hallways, took down cobwebs, and moved an enormous amount of furniture from the hallways to the mods. The school was sparkling and ready for day one!”