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Wednesday, September 28, 1994, The Sun 9 School News is published on the last Wednesday each month, deadline to submit stories is on the Wednesday prior to publication. Mail school news to THE SUN, P.O. Box 68, Sheridan, OR 97378 Fax (503) 843-3830 or call (503) 843-2312 receives report School District from the Oregon of Education following rhool improvement visit in Feb- The visit was led by program Rex Crouse. "Health services are provided to across the district with screening and vol- assistance of parents and care professionals," said said the district maintains a student-teacher ratio and is community and business community and board have facilities maintenance, size and support for planning development partnerships of activities," Crouse students top 5 percent local students have been for placing in the top 5 of more than 1 million who took the 1993 Prelimi- Scholastic Aptitude/National Scholarship Qualifying Test. students are: Sims, daughter of Steve and Sims of Willamina. Yates, daughter of Don Jo Yates of Grand Ronde. Boyer, son of George and Joy Willamina. and Yates are seniors at High School while who was homeschooled, is George Fox College in scores, while outstanding, below the level required in competition for Merit to be awarded in 1995, to the National Merit Corp. graders study War period rade students at Willamina School are studying post- reconstruction m tlietr Studies classes throughout the )f September. grade science classes, being studied and rood- being made of the new insect The models will be in the cafeteria when they holds open tonight High School will hold at 7 p.m. today in the cafeteria. parents of high school stu- are encouraged to attend. ~HERIDAN SCHOOLS BREAKFAST MENUS Breakfast combo bar, fresh French toast, juice Bagel w/cream cheese, Banana bread, juice sunflower seeds, juice Don Keller, Willamina Elementary School princip ll, sits on playground slide to talk to Amber Huettle anti Zachary Layman.--Photo by Travis Moore. By Travls Moore Staff Writer, The Sun Don Keller says he walked into a good job when he took over as Willamina Elementary School prin- cipal two years ago but he is still looking for ways to improve his school. Keller has been in the Willamina district for eight years, He started as principal at Grand Ronde Elemen- tary, then moved on to Willamina Middle School before finally taking his current position. Keller said working at the differ- ent schools has given him a good perspective on the district. "Since I was at the middle school, I know what kids down here in the elementary school school are going to run into in the future," he said. Keller is using that knowledge to help his students. He singles out three programs at Willamina Ele- mentary School to talk about. The first is the Foundations Pro- gram that lets youngsters learn the goal-setting and rule-making aspects for the common areas of the school. "The staff and the kids come up with goals for each of the common areas used by the students," he said. "Then we come up with ways to meet those goals. Then the kids know how to act in those areas." The next is a program that helps students work on their conflict reso- weh lution skills. It is called the "Ladder of Success." Every classroom has a visual aid showing different ways to deal with conflicts. The "ladder" shows sev- eral negative options on the bottom and several positive options on the top. "We teach kids in every grade how to try to stay in the positive areas," he said. "It is a series of 10 lessons. We've even put the visual aids on the buses." The third program has just started. It is called "Discipline with Love and Logic." The program has been used with success at Faulconer Ele- mentary in Sheridan for a couple of years. "It deals with ways to treat kids during disciplinary procedures," he said. "It tries to make sure the kids are treated with empathy and fair- ness." Keller said he is also proud of a new award system the school has started. The Golden Eagle is the school's mascot, and students have received "Golden Eagle awards" since last year. Students receive the awards in a variety of areas. They range from academic excellence to friendliest student. "There was an award system already in place, but we wanted to try something new," he said. "The goal is to recognize each student at least once during the year." Keller said he thinks the school needs to work on getting more parents involved. He said parents aren't involved in the classroom as much as he would like. "Parents talks to teachers during conferences, but that is as far as parents are involved in the class- room for the most part," he said. Keller said events like dinners and movie showings have brought par- ents into the school in the past. He will be working on more activities to build relationships in the future. A small group of parents in the Parent/Teacher Association have been very helpful in improving the school's playground, Keller noted. Keller said he has been proud of the school's use of computers in the classroom. "In third, fourth and fifth grade we have three computers in each classroom," he said. "They were supplied by the ESD. Kids do a good deal of their work on them." Keller gives most of the credit to the successes the school has had to his teaching staff. -"We have great teachers here," he said. "They stay up on all the new ways to help give the students a better learning environment." He added, "That is one of the big things we do here. The staff likes to do things that bring the students and teachers closer together. The more the students enjoy being here the better is is for everyone." new Sheridan school superintendent Dr. LeRoy Key is doing all he can to keep the Japanese program up to speed without its language and cul- ture teacher. Toshie Miyajima is, still waiting to get her visa so she can come to the U.~;. Key said all the paperwork is done so all the district can do is wait for the government to approve her visa. Key has been trying to speed things up. "We've been talking to Pep. Furse's office, Sen. Packwood's office and Sen. Hatfield's office to try to get things moving," he said. "The INS (Immigration and Nationalization Service) has been very slow. We are trying to turn up the heat." Key has been introducing the students to Japanese in the mean- time. He has been teaching the language for 1 1/2 hours each day for the last few weeks. "Some of the older kids have taken a few years of Japanese .already," he said. "That really helps. The kids have been great." Key also met with a Western Oregon State College professor Monday to set up a time when Japanese graduate students will help out. When Miyajima gets to Sheridan she will be teaching the program's students her country's language and culture in 3-hour morning blocks. Key also wanted to make sure people in the commt mity knew that the new immersion p rogram was not a separate school, bu t just a program that the district offe:rs. Key said the rea:!;on for starting programs such as :this is to keep students in the district. "We have such an exodus of parents taking their kids out of the public schools," he: said. "We need to offer them a di,;trict that meets the needs of its cu~;tomers." Key also said She, ridan's program is unique. "No other district in the state is doing this with the range of students we are," he said. "We have 4th through 12th [~,raders learning together. The eyt.~s of the other districts in the co~tmty and state are watching to see how this works." Sheridan P'rA meets tonight The Sheridan P'TA will meet at 6 p.m. today in the Chapman School library. Everyone is welcome. By Don Keller, Prlndiml A welcome back assembly was held at Willamina Elementary School on Sept. 9. Thirty-eight students who are new to the school were introduced, the student body joined together in several songs and a number of staff members per- formed a line dance for the students. It was a fun way to begin the new school year. Students are recognized as Eagle Award winners each month at Willa- mina Elementary. The first month's category is for new students. Other awards during the year will,be given for improvement, clean desk and work area, detention free, academic excellence, friendliness, pride in work, cheerfulness and excellent attendance. Each month features one of these themes and the goal is to recognize all students at least once during the year. The annual Ham Dinner and Open House was held Sept. 20 with many parents and students attend- ing. The Book Fair was also held on that evening and continued through Sept. 26. The fall fundraiser is also underway. Monies raised by the PTA will be used for special activities such as movie nights and for finish- ing playground equipment projects, which are nearing completion. Individual school pictures will be taken Oct. 7. PLUMBING. ELECTRICAL. PAINT. GLASS CUT. 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