Town Hall a Success!

March 5, 2014

The February 25th Town Hall Meeting was a big success. We had over 60 in attendance and were able to have a good discussion. We received input about possible future offerings in our Career and Technical Education (CTE) or shop programs. Some ideas were expanding to include automotive (including smog control and diagnostic training), robotics (possibly tied to our exciting engineering courses), welding and metalworking, and possibly even culinary arts.

We also took names of those interested in participating in a district task force to research that feasibility of a four day school week. We have NOT made any decisions concerning this option, but do need to find out if it would be beneficial to our students and their learning. If you are interested in participating in the task force or following this discussion please contact the district office.

On a final note, the Vernonia School board also accepted input at the meeting on superintendent qualifications and will be making an announcement concerning the district’s next superintendent during their regularly scheduled board meeting at 6 pm on March 13.

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Town Hall Announced!

February 20, 2014

The Vernonia School District will be holding a Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday February 25th in the commons of the new schools at 7 pm. The three main topics for the meeting are:

  • The district’s shop program and what the community would like to see in future course offerings in our Career and Technical Education (CTE) program.
  • Plans for our future sports fields. The Vernonia Sports Initiative, a group working under the Vernonia Education Foundation, has raised a significant amount of money toward this goal.
  • Question and Answer/Community Input on:
    • Superintendent qualities and qualifications
    • Any other concerns that you would like to bring to our attention.
    • How the district could do better and the areas you see us needing to improve the most.

We look forward to having you join us!

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VEF Looking for VHS Alumni!

February 5, 2014

The Vernonia Education Foundation (VEF) is looking for information concerning all Vernonia High School (VHS) Alumni. Over the past year I have sensed a renewed pride for our community and our new school among our VEF Board members. They are proud of our new facility and the heritage it represents. They are also interested in actively reaching out to their classmates and friends who attended VHS at some point in the past. We have information about some of our older alumni, who graduated in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, but we need contact information from our more recent graduates. If you know of anyone who might have information or would like to sign up to receive VEF information please check out our website. We are also interested in hearing from your graduating class representatives. If you know who they are, please have them contact Barb Carr, the VEF Secretary, at 503-429-5891 or bcarr@vernonia.k12.or.us.

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VEF Board Seeks Board Members

January 24, 2014

At the January meeting of the Vernonia Education Foundation (VEF) Board the need for additional members was discussed with two potential new members in attendance. The VEF policy requires that a board member or director live within the district or be an alumnus of the district. The board has sought representation from different community groups connected with our schools. We have two directors from the Vernonia School District (VSD) Board as well as representatives from the Vernonia Community PTA , the business community, and several alumni. If you think you might be interested in joining the VEF board please contact Barb Carr at the VSD office at 503-429-5891.

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Vernonia Education Foundation Update

January 21, 2014

The Vernonia Education Foundation (VEF) Board met January 9th to discuss policy and events for the upcoming year. The recent Sports Initiative letter that was sent out by VEF Board member Jim Eckland (VHS ‘62) and his wife Kathy (VHS ‘65) was very successful. The Sports Initiative has to date raised more than $50,000, which, along with the nearly $10,000 raised by the Give Back Bash (sponsored by the VHS Class of ’73), should enable us to get the softball field at the new site completed this summer. The district’s Athletic Director, Gordon Jarman will be working with sports field designers and others to get the specifications ready for the work to start this summer. If you have suggestions or ideas on who could help as a volunteer or to provide input please contact the district office at 503-429-5891.

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