The superintendent and her executive cabinet are pleased to recognize the following individuals for their outstanding work and contributions to our school district and community.
Business Partner of the Month: Starbucks - Lancaster Mall
Since Starbucks opened in Lancaster Mall, they have been a staunch supporter of Swegle Elementary School. Manager Sean Anderson provides Starbucks coffee for staff and parent meetings whenever asked. Families attending the Swegle Holiday Craft Fair also enjoyed the hot chocolate Sean has provided. Employees from this Starbucks location have volunteered to help families with making their crafts.
On Make a Difference Day in 2005, Swegle erected a new playground structure and many of Sean’s Starbucks employees volunteered to help in the event. They provided gallons of delicious coffee for the volunteers as well. Sean's staff have also volunteered by spending time reading to students at Swegle's Family Literacy event.
On the first day of school, Sean may be found out on the sidewalk in front of the school serving coffee to parents. He has donated many beautiful items and delicious treats that Swegle has been able to use as gifts for the school volunteers and as a "thank you" for staff as well.
Swegle Elementary counts itself very fortunate to have Sean and Starbucks as a Business Partner.
Camerata Orchestra "National Winner"
The Sprague High School Camerata Orchestra, directed by Dijana Ihas, has been selected by the National Orchestral Honors Project as a National Winner.
The Mark of Excellence is a competition, entered through recordings, in which the top quarter are selected as national winners. This year 138 entries, from 32 states, entered the competition. The Camerata Orchestra will receive recorded and written comments and suggestions from the adjudicator, as well as a compilation compact disc of the winning performances.
The National Orchestral Honors commended the Camerata Orchestra as an exemplary program.
Congratulations to everyone involved.
Fiscal Services awarded Certificate of Excellence
The Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) has awarded Fiscal Services with a “Certificate of Excellence” for excellence in the preparation and issuance of a high-quality Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for fiscal year end 2009.
This is the second award that Fiscal Services has received for this publication.
The ASBO program is designed to enable school business officials to achieve a high standard of financial reporting. The award is only given to school systems that have met or exceeded the standards of the program.
ASBO states, “Salem-Keizer School District validated the credibility of their school system’s operations, measured the integrity and technical competence of the business staff, assisted in strengthening their presentations for bond issuance statement, and provided professional recognition.”
School Bus Drivers Take Top Honors
This past summer several of our school bus drivers participated in Regional and State School Bus Safety Exercises. The exercises are effective instructional tools to improve driving skills.
The objectives of the exercises are:
- To emphasize good practices necessary to be an exemplary school bus driver
- To provide the opportunity to demonstrate the required skills in the demanding job of the school bus driver
- To develop public awareness of the skills and responsibilities involved in the job
- To encourage communication between the drivers; to share information and experiences
Our school bus drivers took top honors in the competitions.
The regional competition had 82 contestants participate.
- General Transit: first place Cindy Berkey, second place Sandi Walrath
- General Conventional: second place Teri Elhammouchi
- Novice Transit: second place Michelle LeTourneau
- Mini Bus: second place Jennifer Belluno, fifth place Tami Wilson
- Team Competition: first place Cindy Berkey, Teri Elhammouchi and Sandi Walrath
Ninety-two school bus drivers participated in the State competition.
- General Transit: first place Patrick McLaughlin
- General Conventional: 12th place Teri Elhammouchi
- Novice Transit: fifth place Michelle LeTourneau
- Mini bus: seventh place Tami Wilson, 12th place Jennifer Belluno
- Team Competition - third place Patrick McLaughlin, Tami Wilson and Michelle LeTourneau
As an added note: Patrick attended the state competition as an alternate. Good thing he did! Patrick won the overall high score. He did so well at state that he qualified and took part in an international competition held in Missouri this past July.
Nice job drivers!
Congratulations! Thank you for keeping our students safe.