Volunteer of the Month is Ruth Ingebrigtsen
Chapman Hill Elementary is proud to have nominated our selected Volunteer of the Month, Ruth Ingebrigtsen. Ruth is a wonderful parent volunteer. She volunteers weekly in her son’s 4th grade classroom and willingly helps with any special project when called upon.
In February, Ruth worked with Chapman Hill’s PE teacher in collecting pledges for Jump Rope for Heart. She went to the school every morning for a week to work at the collection table and kept track of all the donations.
This past fall, the school was still in the process of hiring a new Library Media Assistant so Ruth took on the school’s book fair all on her own and did an amazing job. She did everything needed to organize the fair. She set it up, recruited the volunteers, worked during the fair, and cleared and cleaned up afterwards. Chapman Hill’s staff feel that they would not have been able to hold the fair if it wasn’t for Ruth’s remarkable organizational skills and hard work.
Ruth will be helping with Chapman Hill’s Spring Book Fair. She has even attended a book fair training with the school’s Library Media Assistant, to help insure another successful book fair.
Chapman Hill staff say Ruth is incredible and are very thankful for all she does for the students and staff at the school.
Pictured from left: Board Chair Nancy MacMorris-Adix, South Salem High School
Athletic Director Brian Armstrong, Ted Ferry and South Salem High School Principal
Ted Ferry is Business Partner of the Month
Our Business Partner of the Month is State Farm agent Ted Ferry.
Ted Ferry is a true champion of South Salem High School. Ted has given countless hours in service to the students of South High. He is always willing to help with any project he is asked to do. Ted’s desire and passion to help the students of South become invested in the community is truly amazing.
There are multitude of projects that Ted has taken on himself or worked side-by-side with the students on.
Here is just a sampling of the kind of work that Ted Ferry has done for the students of South Salem:
- Coordinated business sponsorships to help raise money for the athletic department.
- Initiated and sponsored the Saxon Student Leadership Scholarship.
- Assisted South’s students to help raise money for various charitable organizations like the Chris Dudley Foundation, Coaches vs. Cancer, and the American Heart Association.
- Organized a fund raiser to purchase a Saxon mascot.
- Organized various awareness campaigns for South’s students that taught them how to be safe behind the wheel.
- Provided half-time entertainment at basketball games.
South Salem High School is so thankful to have Ted Ferry as part of their school community! Through his efforts, their students have learned the importance of service and giving back to others.
Ted’s contributions to South Salem do not go unnoticed. People like Ted make South Salem High School a special place and community.
Pictured from left: Board Chair MacMorris-Adix, Richmond Elementary Principal
Bonney Dietrich, CSOC Isela Guevara Cruz with Pastor Matt Porter, Pastor Ryan Habig,
Tim Porter and Blake Purnell.
Community Partner of the Month is Outward Church
Our selected Community Partner of the Month is Outward Church. Richmond Elementary School staff nominated the church for this recognition.
Outward Church is deeply committed to generously serving others and is committed to the Salem community. They watch for opportunities to meet the needs in the community in ways that leave a transformative and lasting impact. They found such an opportunity with the Richmond Elementary School community.
The Church partnered with Grass Roots After School Soccer Program to provide an after school soccer club for the students at Richmond. In the summer, they also provide the students with a free soccer camp.
They also have a Backpack Buddy program at the school, which provides six meals for 30 needy students every weekend.
The holidays can be a stressful time for struggling Richmond families. Outward Church was there to help. For the past eight years, Church members have generously provided many Richmond Elementary families with a complete Thanksgiving dinner. In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, church volunteers worked with Food Service and Richmond’s staff to prep, cook, sort, and pack all of the ingredients for a complete Thanksgiving meal. Last Thanksgiving, the volunteers walked or drove to over 180 homes to deliver the meals on Thanksgiving morning.
During Winter Break, Outward Church delivered meals, plus trees & presents to Richmond’s needy families for the holidays.
The generosity of Outward Church is unsurpassed and the Richmond Elementary community is very grateful for the support to its students and their families.
Pictured from left: Board Chair MacMorris-Adix, Jose Mosqueda with his son Julian
and Claggett Creek Middle School Principal Rob Schoepper.
Special Recognition to Jose Mosqueda
Jose Mosqueda is a Security Specialist at Claggett Creek Middle School. He has been in that role since he started with the District in 2010. Jose is actively involved with students not only as a Security Specialist, but also as a coach of football, wrestling and soccer.
On March 1st, Jose was supervising the lunch period when he noticed a student in distress. He saw that the student was choking and immediately went into action. He successfully performed the Heimlich maneuver on the student and was able to dislodge the item caught in the student’s throat. The student quickly recovered thanks to Jose’s swift, well-trained response.
Jose is commended for his responsiveness that saved the life of a student.
Pictured from left: Board Chair MacMorris-Adix, from Parrish Middle School: Assistant Principal Teresa Mills,
Alyssa Darnell, Octavio Alejandre, John Watson, India Watson, Veronica Flores and from with McKay High School:
Luis Castro, Ruben Flores Hernandez, Saul Martinez Chavarin, teacher Katrina Hull and Principal Sara Leroy.
Parrish Middle and McKay High School Students Honored
Teams from Parrish Middle School and McKay High School finished first and second in their respective divisions at Oregon Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement's (MESA) Inaugural Demo Day invention competition. The event was held at Ziba Design, a renowned design firm in Portland, on February 9, 2017. The teams from Parrish and McKay each also won the audience choice awards in their divisions.
For the MESA Demo Day competition, students were challenged to design, build, and program an invention to address a challenge for a client experiencing vision impairment. The invention also had to incorporate a microcontroller.
The winning team of the middle school division from Parrish designed a class-seeking robot aimed at helping visually impaired students navigate class transitions. The students on the team were Octavio Alejandre, Veronica Flores, India Watson, and John Watson and were advised by Parrish math teacher, Alyssa Darnell.
The team from McKay High School placed second in their division with their design of a reading aid glove for a client experiencing macular degeneration. The students on the team were Lorenzo Alvarez, Luis Castro, and Saúl Martinez Chavarin and were advised by McKay math teacher, Katrina Hull.
Students will have the opportunity to compete again this year at the annual MESA Day competition in May at Portland State University. Winners of MESA Day will advance to the 2017 MESA National Engineering Design Competition, held this year in Philadelphia.
Teachers in the Spotlight
In March, Claggett Creek and Stephens middle schools were officially recognized as Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) National Demonstration Schools. These schools are exemplary models of the AVID College Readiness System.
Demonstration Schools undergo a rigorous validation process and are required to be revalidated every few years to ensure high levels of implementation, with quality and fidelity to AVID strategies schoolwide.
Pictured from left: From Claggett Creek Middle School: AP Jen Williams, Counselor Kelly Greer,
student Jasmin Orta, Instructional Coach Karina Searle, teachers - Stephanie Rabago, Terra Shiffer,
Behavior Specialist Marc McAvoy with District's AVID Coordinator Barb Bamford, Principal Rob Schoepper
and teacher Brad Dixon.
Claggett Creek Middle School was officially recognized on March 15th. They have worked to implement AVID school wide and have created a school culture that believes that every child can learn.
Principal Rob Schoepper says that they believe in access and opportunity for all students at Claggett Creek. Their AVID college and career readiness system ensures all Claggett Creek students get access to rigorous instruction, opportunities to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, all with the expectation of graduation and being college-ready.
Pictured from left: Stephens Middle School staff: Principal Jennie Madland, AP Melissa Groninger,
teachers - Aimee Leaton, Mari Vasquez, Jason Bradley, Jason Gundlach, Emily Cunningham,
Linda Beardsley with District's AVID Coordinator Barb Bamford.
Stephens Middle School staff have also been working very hard toward the goal of becoming an AVID National Demonstration School. On March 14, they were officially recognized with that honor.
This designation points to Stephens Middle School as a model school that has completed an 18-month cycle of coaching, and is exemplary in the implementation of systems of instructional practices, culture and leadership that supports all students, schoolwide, in their readiness for college.
Congratulations to both Claggett Creek and Stephens middle schools!