TSD9 Times-Parent Issue

November Issue

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Bond Updates Continue Across the District

A huge thank you goes out to the community of Tillamook for ongoing support in helping make our schools safer and more functional!! To date, $5,496, 977 have been spent in bond dollars and $3,861,933 has been spent in seismic dollars. See below for more specific information.
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Celebrations Happening at Liberty

At Liberty, we have been celebrating the change of seasons and honoring loved ones. Harvest parties were held on October 31st. With lots of parent support, many classrooms had different activity stations during their parties, including snacks, art, mummy wrap (with toilet paper), and games. There were lots of smiles and fun being had by all.

On November 1st, Mrs. Dickson set up a display to celebrate the Day of the Dead. Celebrating The Day of the Dead has a long history in Mexican Tradition. The Day of the Dead is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd. November 1 is “el Dia de los innnocentes” or the day of the children and All Saints Day. November second is All Souls Day or the Day of the Dead. This is the day set aside to remember and honor those who have past. The days of the dead are truly a celebration of life! Students were encouraged to bring pictures of their own loved ones to include in the display.

Chess Club at South Prairie

South Prairie students take their chess seriously. Under the tutelage of Coaches Candace Zaugg and Hannah Snow Roberts, over forty 2nd and 3rd graders are participating in Chess for Success this year. Each Monday, these students meet in the cafeteria to battle it out and prepare for upcoming chess tournaments. The team motto for the year is “Always Three Steps Ahead!”

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Salmon Watch 2019 with Tillamook Junior High

The weather and the fish cooperated this year for the Seventh Graders and their adults. Science teachers Carrie Averill and Jenn Hauth worked with Clair Thomas (who is terrible at retiring) and new Natural Resource Coordinator Amy Schmid. Lori Loeffler at THS also had some THS students there to help, along with our partners at ODFW and our Community Science Coaches. We also appreciate the parent volunteers who came out to chaperone the event!

The kids circulated through stations on the Trask River at Lorens Drift Boat Launch. Stations included Water Quality, Salmon Migration and fishing, Riparian Zone, Salmon Biology and Macro-Invertebrate studies. These hands-on activities are just what our kids need to get outside, appreciate the land and waterways around us and (this time) enjoy the sunshine. There were even adult salmon in the river this year, so “a good time was had by all.”

Hispanic Heritage Month Honored at Trask

Students at Trask River High School recently celebrated Hispanic Heritage month. During the month students experienced activities and classroom experiences that provided them a deeper understanding of the history and culture of the Hispanic people.


Students in Ms. McCready’s U.S. History class took a short detour to study Hispanic culture and history. Students researched, prepared, and presented a PowerPoint to their classmates about an outstanding Hispanic person. A few examples being Sonia Sotomayor, Ritchie Valens, Cesar Chavez, Dr. Ellen Ochoa and Pablo Neruda. Additionally, they created a poster of an important time in Hispanic history. These were displayed in the hallway for viewing by their peers and OYA staff. Mini lessons and short videos were provided for additional enrichment.

On Saturday, October 12, Camp Tillamook and Tillamook Youth Correctional Facility came together for a special family day: Hispanic Cultural Heritage Day. Youth and their families enjoyed authentic Hispanic foods such as rice, beans, tostadas, posole, and horchata. Following lunch and time visiting with families, all were entertained by a Folkloric dance group from the valley. Their costumes and dances were a colorful tribute to Hispanic culture. Concluding the day, campers and guests enjoyed the authentic dancing horses “Baile de Caballos." It was a privilege to experience the delicious food and spectacular entertainment.


Hispanic Heritage month extended into Mr. Yarnell’s shop class. One student constructed an authentic tortilla press. The student laminated different wood species together and cut out the different pieces on a band saw. The pieces were assembled, sanded, and finished with a food grade mineral oil. This will surely be cherished, and will be a functional tool that his family will enjoy for many years to come.

After School and More at East Elementary

After school activities are taking off at East. This year in addition to our traditional Student Council (Tia Grogan/Kaila Mayo) and Chess Club (Colin Walker), we have added opportunities for Art (Normandy Bernard), Band and Choir (Will Gamache), Drama/Performance (Rachael DuBay),and soon to start Kindness (Dee Upton). Each of these provide experiences arguably as important to the development and encouragement of student growth as what happens during our school day. The continual quest for developing and motivating learners does not end, or begin, with the school bell, curriculum coverage, or our instructional fidelity. It begins with the child.


The annual October “Monster Jam” activity took a twist this year, evolving from a fundraiser to a volunteer-laden, pre-donation, and equal-allocation (sounds like a political slogan) event. This Celebration of Learning reminds me (and hopefully all who were there) that taking time to celebrate, breathe, and enjoy is a vital part of our existence. This principal was again encouraged by the amazing capacity of students, parents, and staff to work together for the common good…”Never doubt that a small group….” - M. Mead.

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Making Apple Cider at Wilson

Pressing apples and making apple cider was a huge success. The students were eager to get involved and they brainstormed many other uses for the cider press. One could see the growing excitement as thoughts of how the garden could be used came from both students and staff.

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Seven staff members volunteered to participate in THS's first annual Trunk or Treat. The staff members set up in a half-circle, decorated their vehicles, and waited for the trick or treaters to show up. Over 150 children ranging from newborn to 15 years old showed up to join in the fun!

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.