principal at Crossler Middle School.
Tami Ju is Volunteer of the Month
Tami Ju was nominated by Crossler Middle School staff as our February Volunteer of the Month. Tami is described as a priceless volunteer.
She has been volunteering at Crossler Middle School for three years. This year, she is also serving as the Vice President of the Crossler Parent Teacher Club.
Crossler staff say that Tami has a heart of gold and is genuinely friendly to students and staff. Her warm smile is always inviting and welcoming. She is present at every fundraiser and takes time to socialize with the students.
No matter the task, Tami has always stepped up to the plate and done an impressive job.
The Crossler Middle School students and staff are very thankful for Tami and her dedication to the school.
Pictured from left: Hoover Elementary Principal Jen Vanslander, Board Chair MacMorris-Adix,
Hoover's Community Resource Specialist Linda Hernandez-Munguia with Hoover's Parent Club
members: Pablo & Maira Vazquez, Dolores Sanchez, Sara Santana and Christina & Ramon Zepeda.
Volunteers of the Month Hoover Elementary Parent Club
Hoover Elementary staff have nominated the Hoover Parent Club as our Volunteers of the Month for March. The parent club leadership are Maira Hernandez, Dolores Sanchez, Cristina Tinoco and Sara Santana.
The Hoover Parent Club has really intensified their efforts to provide for the whole Hoover community. The list is extensive but here are some highlights:
- On Fridays, parent club volunteers can be found working on class projects for the teachers.
- Staff and parents worked together to provide a volunteer bucket for all classrooms so parents have supplies such as flash cards, books, and other educational materials they can use to volunteer in the classroom.
- Recognizing that reading is so important to student achievement in school, club members created a reading incentive celebration for students completing a reading log.
- The Parent Club hosts many events throughout the year. Knowing that family participation and involvement is important to student success, the Parent Club facilitated movies night for their families.
- They’ve also implemented clothing and book exchanges.
- Have provided meals to staff during parent-teacher conferences, Staff Appreciation Day and at a Welcome Back staff meeting in August.
The Hoover staff are so appreciative of their Parent Club for being so engaged and demonstrating a real commitment to the students and staff, and to bringing the Hoover community together!
Pictured from left: Board Chair Nancy MacMorris-Adix, Hoover Elementary School's
Principal Jen Vanslander and Community Resource Specialist Linda Hernandez-Munguia
with La Margarita owners Xochitl and Javier Muñoz.
La Margarita is Business Partner of the Month
La Margarita is our selected March Business Partner of the Month. They were nominated by Hoover Elementary School staff.
Owners, Javier and Xochitl Muñoz, have partnered with Hoover for the past four years to help their families in need.
Just before Winter Break, Javier and Xochitl along with the La Margarita staff, provided a holiday luncheon and gifts to one hundred selected needy Hoover students and their families.
On the chosen Saturday in December, the La Margarita staff took over Hoover’s cafeteria for the day. They decorated and provided a festive holiday atmosphere for the students and their families. All of the La Margarita staff pitched in and served the invited families a delicious meal and experience. Santa also stopped by for a visit and handed out candy canes.
At the end of the event, each of the invited Hoover families received a food box and a warm blanket to take them.
Javier and Xochitl give so willingly and do not ask for anything in return. Hoover staff say that with limited community resources available, La Margarita has filled a much needed resource to those most in need at Hoover Elementary.
Hoover Elementary staff wish to let Javier and Xochitl, and the La Margarita staff, know how very much they are appreciated and thank them for their continued support.
Pictured from left: Board Chair MacMorris-Adix, Brush College Principal Artonya Gemmil
with Kortney Delgado and Kasten Delgado.
Community Partner of the Month is Family Life Church
Brush College Elementary staff members nominated our selected Community Partner of the Month, Family Life Church.
Family Life Church has helped Brush College by hosting a backpack and school supply drive for their students.
They have supported the school throughout the year by providing Brush College families with needed support. They provided gifts during Winter Break and other assistance as requested for their families in need. The church not only provided the items needed but personally delivered everything to the families’ homes.
The Brush College Elementary community want to give a big "Thank You" to Family Life Church and let them know that their continued support is greatly appreciated.
Pictured from left: Board Chair MacMorris-Adix, Jessica Amara and family members:
Isabel Delado, Pablo Delgado and Simon Amaro with Parrish Middle School's Principal
Dustin Purnell and Assistant Principal Teresa Mills.
Jessica Amaro is Essay Winner
Jessica Amaro, an eighth-grader at Parrish Middle School, took top honors in the “Why I Love Oregon” essay contest sponsored by the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation.
As an award, the foundation surprised Jessica and her class, with a Valentine’s Day party on February 14th, in honor of Oregon’s birthday. Jessica also earned a $529 college savings account from Oregon College Savings Plan. Her essay was selected out of 137 entries from 10 Salem-Keizer middle schools.
Stephanie Freeman, Jessica’s Language Arts teacher at Parrish, was quoted as stating, “This honor could not be awarded to a more deserving student! Jessica is a creative, kind, and incredibly thoughtful young woman. ….. I look forward to hearing about the many future successes that await her.”
The “Why I Love Oregon” essay contest provided student writers with the opportunity to share their opinions in a real and authentic way to an audience beyond the classroom. It gives students a chance to test the power of words and to witness the impact their writing can have on others.
Read her essay ⇒ Click here.
Pictured from left: Board Chair MacMorris-Adix, with Sprague students: McKenna Moore,
Hanna Cruzen, Ahnna Wyckoff and Sean Collier, teachers: Ronda Couch-Eberz and
Connie Toland, and Principal Craig Swanson.
Sprague Art Students Win Awards
On January 19th, the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation (SKEF) announced that Sprague High School junior, Ahnna Wyckoff, created the winning t-shirt design for SKEF’s 35th annual Awesome 3000. The run is set for Saturday, May 6th at McCulloch Stadium.
In addition to seeing her artwork on 5,000 t-shirts and thousands of registration forms and posters, Ahnna received a personal check for $100. She also earned a $250 contribution to the Sprague High School art department.
The second place design was created by Sprague freshman, McKenna Moore. She received a $50 check. There was a tie for third place. Sprague senior Dana Petre and Sprague junior Hanna Cruzen, each received a $25 check.
At the Marion County Board of Commissioners meeting on December 14, Sean Collier, a junior at Sprague, was honored for his artwork to promote waste reduction and resource conservation in schools. The Marion County Public Works – Environmental Services, and the Mid-Valley Garbage & Recycling Association teamed up to create this year’s Student Recycle Art Calendar contest. This year's theme was "Less is More." Students were encouraged to think of ways they can help prevent waste at school and at home.
Sean was awarded the grand prize and his artwork will be featured on the cover of the calendar.
Recognizing that teachers play a critical role in making our students successful, the Board of Commissioners and SKEF also commended the Sprague High School art department and teachers; Connie Toland, Emily Maddy and Ronda Couch.
Congratulations to these art students and their teachers!
Pictured from left: Don Berger and Board Chair MacMorris-Adix.
Don Berger Named 2016 National Coach of the Year
It is with great pleasure that we recognize North Salem High School teacher and coach, Don Berger, as the National Federation of State High School Associations Coaches Association 2016 National Coach of the Year for Girls Track and Field. The announcement was made by the association on January 13th.
Don’s passion for the sport has lead him to 39 years as a head cross country and track & field coach. He has had 59 individuals or relays teams win state championships. At one point, his girls track and field teams didn’t lose a dual meet in a nine-year span.
Don coached at Salem Academy for 22 years before coming to Salem-Keizer. Lynn Freshour, the North Salem High School Athletic Director at the time, lived on the same block as Don and would bring North’s athletes to him for a bit of coaching which resulted in much success. In 2000, Don was hired at North Salem High School as a teacher and head coach.
Don has said that he was certainly surprised to be named Coach of the Year and considers it a team honor. He credits the great kids, the support of his staff and administration, and without a doubt, the support of his wife.
We congratulate Don on this success and for his continued support of the students at North Salem High School!