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South Shore students compete at regional Battle of the Books finals

Posted on: March 12, 2018

Earlier this month, South Shore Elementary School’s first Oregon Battle of the Books team competed at the regional finals competition. The students competed well and placed in the top 16 out of 49 teams. They were the only GAPS team at the competition.

South Shore staff shared the news of the competition on their website. Here is the recap. Congratulations, South Shore Super Squad. Great job!

After winning our first two battles, our kids were feeling great! They were ready for the next round! They won both battles in the next round, making them undefeated!

We had a little break while the judges added up points for all 49 teams. The 16 teams with the highest scores got to move on.

We knew we did well, but we weren’t sure if we had enough points to move on. As they announced the top 16, tension built. They announced 1, 2, 3 (crossing fingers), 4, 5, 6 (come on, say south shore), 7, 8, 9… (it’s ok! We did great no matter what), 10, 11, 12, (all is good. We did our best), 13, 14, 15, (and just as we lost hope), 16 SOUTH SHORE!!!

The kids jumped up! They were so excited!!! And of course their entourage went wild! Parents had tears, kids were hugging, pictures were taken!

We were the only first year team to make it to the top 16. We were the only team from Albany. We were competing against teams that have been doing this for many years.

As the other 33 teams left the school, the intensity rose. We entered single elimination, and unfortunately, we did not move on to top 8.

It was an incredible experience. The kids all had a great time and had the best sportsmanship!!

High school students can learn electrician skills at boot camp

Posted on: March 9, 2018

A new boot camp will help students explore careers as electricians. The hands-on workshop will offer high school students the chance to learn beginning skills and work with skilled instructors at the Central Electrical Training Center in Tangent every Tuesday from April 3 through June 5.

If interested, register now to reserve a spot. Space is limited.

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Attention Parents: Register now for Girls Explore at LBCC

Posted on: March 8, 2018

Middle School can register now for a science and technology workshop at LBCC, starting in April. Students will explore science and technology programs that lead to high-wage, high-demand careers. This program is a hands-on learning opportunity. Students do not need previous experience to sign up!

Register online now. Detailed information and registration forms will be emailed to you. Space is limited, and spots will be filled on a first-come-first-serve basis. Tuition cost is $25; scholarships are available.

Open to all middle school students. Register Now

  • LBCC Albany Campus
  • One day a week for 5 weeks: Wednesdays, April 4 – May 9, 5-6:30 pm
  • Located on campus at Linn Benton Community College in Albany
  • Hands-on learning in each of the following areas; Computer Systems, Welding, Non-Destructive Testing (NDT), Mechatronics, Computer Aided Design, and Drafting (CADD)

Programs include:

Mechatronics: If you like working with your hands while using your brain to make stuff work, or working with robotics, mechatronics is for you!

Welding: In the welding process, heat is used to fuse metal pieces together. If you like working with your hands and making things, welding is for you!

CADD/Engineering: CADD operators play a major role in product design. CADD techs work closely with engineers to develop everything from a three-piece pencil to a multistory building.

Non-Destructive Testing: NDT technicians inspect, test and evaluate materials, components or assemblies for flaws that may lead to failure, without destroying them.

Computer Systems/Science: Computer Science is the study of programming, data storage and retrieval, computing machinery and the interaction with people. Graphics, artificial intelligence, robotics and expert systems are some of the products of computer science. This is an exciting career area that affects many aspects of our lives.

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Tangent teacher named K103 teacher of the week

Posted on: March 5, 2018

Tangent Elementary School third grade teacher Katie Kizer was recently named Educator of the Week by K103 radio in Portland and Concordia University.

Katie was nominated by fellow teacher Sharayah Johnson. In her nomination, she said:

Katie deserves this honor because she genuinely cares about her student’s lives. Not only is she very passionate about teaching children to love learning, but she is eager to inspire her 3rd grade students to be their best selves. She makes it a priority to check in with her students, and is often seen asking her students, “What are you grateful for today?” This practice is now routine for our staff as well. For many of her students, their home life is a struggle in a number of ways, and for some, school is the one place in their life that is constant and safe. Katie takes this role seriously and creates a community within her classroom culture that is so evident that even outsiders walking into her room can sense the feeling of calm and love that emanates from her learning environment. I have no doubt that Katie’s leadership within her class and within our school building itself has helped improve our school culture over the past five years. She is an incredible individual whom I feel privileged to call a colleague and friend.

Katie was interviewed by K103 last week. Read the transcript of the interview.

Each week during the school year, K103 and Concordia University honor a local educator, who receives:

  • $103 Gift Card for Classroom School Supplies
  • The Crystal Apple Award
  • A Concordia University Continuing Education Scholarship
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