TSD9 Times-For Parents
Message to Parents
Graduation a Success
Reading and Planting in the Wilson River Garden
Field Day Fun at Liberty
From Prairie Dogs to Panthers
Being an elementary school student in Tillamook School District comes with many perks. One of them is that you get to experience being a student at all three elementary schools during your K-6 years. While that is exciting, moving to a new school every couple of years can create some nervousness. In order to reduce some of the stress of those transitions, we have Pop Up Days where students travel to their next school to meet key employees, take a sneak peek at their new school, and ask important questions like, “How long is recess?” and “Where are the bathrooms?” 3rd graders from SPS hopped a bus to East School this month to see where they will be going for 4th grade. They came back excited to graduate from being Prairie Dogs to Panthers!
East End of Year Wrap Up
Always a Good Time at TJH
Students Help out at THS
Tillamook high school students teamed up with the American Heart Association to raise money for kids with special hearts. Raising money is nothing new to our students as they set the bar high each year during the annual Charity Drive. Our students decided to give it one last effort for two weeks. Our goal was to raise 1,000 dollars and every 200 dollars was a pie in the face to one of our teachers/admin. We came up just short of our goal, but were able to pie Mr. Balun and Mrs. Hartford. Mr. Begin’s Academic Support class had the most students signed up which earned them some delicious ice cream! Overall, it was a great two weeks. We are hoping to continue to partner with American Heart in future years.
Padres Unidos Fundraiser
On May 24th and May 25th the parents of the Padres Unidos parent group met to prepare tamales for the annual Tamales Sale Fundraiser. The Padres Unidos parent group is a group of Latino Parents that meets monthly with Liberty School Teacher Silvia Dickson to discuss school related topics, plans cultural events at the schools, organizes the annual Kermes cultural event in September, and sells and prepares tamales for the Tamales Fundraiser. The funds raised by this event go towards supporting cultural activities in the district, as well as supporting two scholarships that are given out to two graduating seniors. This year the group sold over 700 tamales and orders were filled in less than one day.
“Rockin’ at Trask River High School”
Just outside the door of the greenhouse at the Trask River High School, a failing drain ditch turned into a project that resulted in an amazing discovery. Rather than simply replace the old rock and sediment that caused the drainage problem, with a new load of fresh rock, garden instructor Cris Roberts took her students in a different direction. To begin with, students dug out the old filler rock that had clogged the failed drain. Then, they began a multi-step process of washing the old rock and putting it through a combination of screens to remove sediment. Next, the perforated drain pipe was covered with a “sleeve.” After this, medium-size rock was added to cover the new drain, followed by three-quarter inch gravel. The final step was to add fine quarter-inch gravel to bring the ditch to ground level. Voilà, the project was completed. Or was it…?
While this project proved very tedious, and very dirty, the amazing part of the project began to reveal itself. Students began to find a variety of colorful rocks and agates among the muck. The more the students worked, the more hidden gems were found in that muddy rock. A newly purchased double-barrel rock tumbler brought lustre to the newfound treasure.
By going through the project, our youth gained a sense of pride at a hard job well done. They’ve also learned to look closely at what they are walking by and to envision the possibilities found in every obscure piece of rock they find. It doesn’t require great imagination to see a comparison of our unearthed beautiful rock treasures and the youth we have at Trask. Our school is in the business of education and reformation here at our Oregon Youth Authority facility. Daily we get to encounter young-man-gems in the rough and help lift them out of the muck and polish them into contributing members of society.