TSD9 Times-For Parents
October 2021 Issue
Message to Parents
One month down already! A huge shout out to our students this month as they have been putting their all into giving back to their community. In just a few weeks we have had high school students working with third graders at South Prairie, students at East have been cleaning up their greenhouse and garden, and Wilson River students have been working alongside and supporting our Pre-k students. We have continued to say that "It Takes a Village" in our community, and our students are setting excellent examples. We couldn't be more proud. As we move into October we anticipate community service, field trips, and outdoor learning will continue to be part of our days. Thanks to all who are playing a role in making these opportunities happen!
The Liberty turnaround project is the culmination of our bond projects. This project was crucial to addressing safety concerns for our students and community. The new turnaround will be between the Y and Liberty with the purpose of removing congestion on Stillwell where there is consistently heavy traffic during pick-up and drop-off times. The new configuration will reduce congestion, allow buses to drop off in a safe location, and still allow parents to drop off with less congestion. The project will include new sidewalks, upgraded lighting, and additional parking spaces for employees and patrons entering the Y. Drain swells are being installed to allow for appropriate drainage required by city code, and landscaping will be planted to prevent erosion. We are excited to see the project coming along, and look forward to the additional safety and convenience it will provide for our students, families and community.
Check Out The Awesome Artists At Liberty!!
Mr. Gerlt, our school librarian, provides all of our students with a guided drawing lesson every week. Students are excited to expand their artistic skills and proud to share their creations. Check out these drawings that our little Leopards created based on the books Where the Wild Things Are, and The Monster at the End of this Book.
Compass & GPS Lessons at South Prairie
The Natural Resource Coordinator Amy Schmid was in all of our third grade classes last week teaching about compass and GPS use in the wilderness. Classes then headed out to Coon Creek where students were able to practice their newly acquired compass skills with the help of high school volunteers. Kids loved it and can't wait to get back to Coon Creek. Thanks to Amy and the THS student volunteers and staff!
East Greenhouse Makeover
This month in art class, students have participated in many different projects. One is fixing up the East greenhouse. Besides weeding the garden area next to the greenhouse and organizing the inside to be usable space, students painted individual rocks that will serve as a path from the building to the greenhouse. We were also fortunate to have the Woodshop students at the high school make and donate benches. This project has been very exciting and students are looking forward to continuing to put a beautiful and long-lasting mark on the school.
Things a little more "normal" at the Jr High
Tillamook Jr. High is committed to rediscovering the excitement of being onsite with in-person learning this school year! Our Lions came back with a roar when we brought back lockers, athletics, clubs, and dances. One of the areas that has been most exciting to our students is getting to eat with friends in the cafeteria again. We created a schedule with four lunch and recess periods where students get to have free time with their friends and dine in the cafeteria with their Discovery classmates. This structure allows us to carefully cohort students when they are mask-free (while eating) and allows for safe socializing. Getting to eat and hang out with friends is an important part of the day and something that our students really look forward to. This is just one way that we’re focusing our efforts on the social-emotional well-being of our students!
Fall Service Day at THS
Students at Tillamook High School exemplified the MOOK Power Core Value of Embracing Community during the annual Fall Day of Service. The efforts from this day have a direct impact on TSD9 student learning through our Natural Resources program. Several grades in our district access the cleared trails throughout the year to learn more about the ecological systems surrounding Tillamook County.
Wilson River School is Hard at Work
The high school students continue to grow and learn with the staff. We may be a small school but we have big ideas and expectations for each day and our future. This hexter we are offering a Health and Wellness through Music and Art Elective (Molly Sappington), and a Coastal and Surf Culture Class (Zac Brown) as elective options. We are also developing our Wilson Hybrid Customized Instruction Program or CIP (Jake Shipman) to provide opportunities for students who just need to “get er done.” We have started an 8:00-9:00 and 2:30-3:30 daily Work Session options for students in our Hybrid Program (At School, Online, etc.). Our afternoon CIP Class runs concurrent with elective options but allows students a quiet, supported work environment to focus on completing their high school program. So much accomplished, so much to do!
Tillamook School District
The mission of the Tillamook School District is to prepare our students with the academic, artistic, and social skills necessary to become positive contributors to a changing world.