Cornelius Principal To Retire in June
Cornelius Elementary School Principal Dave Dorman will retire in June after 19 years with the Forest Grove School District. During his tenure with the district, he has served as a teacher and principal and also was a leader in the district's equity work. He started as a business education teacher at Forest Grove High School in 1994. He became principal at Dilley Elementary School in 1999 and moved to Fern Hill Elementary when it opened in 2003. He became principal at Cornelius in 2012. "I will take with me many fond memories of times together, working our way through decisions, always keeping in mind what is best for children," Dorman said. Superintendent Yvonne Curtis said she is grateful for Dorman's contributions, "especially his leadership in guiding our equity and race work. I wish him well on what he calls Stage 3 of his lifetime vocation."
Waterman, Winkler, Hayes Win Board Seats
Charless Waterman and Lonnie Winkler have won their races for seats on the Forest Grove School Board. Voters also endorsed incumbent John Hayes, who was unopposed, to continue on the board. All will serve four-year terms that start July 1. Waterman's election means she will continue in the Position 2 seat that she has filled since March, when she was appointed to fill the remaining term of Gil Jimenez after his death. Hayes will continue in the Position 1 seat he has held since being appointed to the board last January. WInkler is a newcomer to the board.
STEM Garden At Tom McCall Yields Produce, Learning
Lettuce, cucumbers and tomatoes, oh my! The STEM garden at Tom McCall Upper Elementary School is sprouting all kinds of vegetables that students planted this year. The garden is maintained by three fifth grade classes, plus members of a 5th/6th grade after-school club. Next fall, students hope their produce could contribute to the salad bars in the cafeterias at Tom McCall. They also are considering a tasting table in the cafeteria where students could taste new foods grown in the garden. Amy Sanford and Rogelio Vivanco, the school's STEM teachers, have facilitated student learning through this process. STEM stands for Science-Technology-Engineering-Math.
What Topics Would You Like For Next Year's Parent Academy?
We would like your feedback about Parent Academ
y, the series of parent education classes and workshops that Forest Grove School District started this year. Our goal was to provide useful tools and resources for parents. We would appreciate your taking a minute to answer a short survey that will help us offer topics of interest to you. Click here to take survey
Neil Armstrong Wins Grant For Garden
Neil Armstrong Middle School has been selected to receive a $2,850 grant from Lowe's Toolbox for Education to use for its school garden project.
Ride For Schools Benefits Ed Foundation
If you like to ride bikes, you can generate cash to benefit schools. The "Ride For Schools" organized bike ride on June 29 is a fundraiser for local education foundations, including the Education Foundation of Forest Grove. Riders will start and finish at Aloha High School. There are two routes to choose from - a 25-mile relatively flat route and a 40-mile route with a challenging hill climb. Both routes will have a rest stop in the middle with snacks, water/sports drink and rest rooms. After the ride, a light lunch will be served. One hundred percent of the fundraising proceeds will be given to the education foundation selected by the rider. The money will be used to purchase classroom needs and to enhance the learning experience for children. To register or for more information, visit www.rideforschools.com
Budget Committee Approves 2013-14 Budget
The Budget Committee on Tuesday approved the Forest Grove School District's proposed $54.1 million budget for 2013-14. The budget, which is up 10 percent from last year, allows for a full instructional year for the first time in six years. The budget also includes $300,000 for a pilot program at Neil Armstrong Middle School to provide iPads for all seventh and eighth graders. Other budget additions include: Adding two elementary teachers with the goal of reducing class sizes for kindergartners and first-graders by one student; funding an elementary school library media technician and $25,000 for library materials, and restorations to counseling at K-4, plus an increase in contracted work days for counselors at the high school. The budget now goes to the School Board for final approval on June 10.
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FGHS Golfer Wins State Girls' 6A Title
Congratulations to Forest Grove High School junior Hannah Swanson, the new state 6A girls' golf champion! She scored a 67 in the final round of the tournament, setting a state record for a round of 6A girls golf!
Art Show Features FGHS Alumni
The artwork of 10 Forest Grove High School alumni is showcased in an art show that runs through June 27 at Valley Art, 2022 Main Street in Forest Grove. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Free Meals Available For Kids This Summer
Youngsters 18 and under in the Forest Grove School District will be able to get free meals this summer when school is not in session. The district is again participating in the Summer Food Service Program, a federally funded program that provides meals for low income youngsters at various sites throughout Forest Grove and Cornelius. The program will run from June 24 to August 22 (Monday through Thursday). There will be no lunches at the schools on July 3 and 4, and no lunches at the parks on July 4.
Meals will be provided at the following addresses and times:
- Bard Park, 2921 22nd Avenue, Forest Grove. Lunch 12-12:30 p.m. from June 24-Aug. 22
- Rose Grove Mobile Park, 3839 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove. Lunch 12-12:30 p.m. from June 24-Aug. 22
- Harleman Park, 795 S. Heather St., Cornelius. Lunch 12-12:30 p.m. from June 24-Aug. 22
- Lincoln Park, 2725 Main St., Forest Grove. Lunch 12-12:30 p.m. from June 24-Aug. 22
- Fern Hill Elementary School, 4445 Heather St., Forest Grove. Breakfast 7:45-8 a.m. and Lunch 11-11:30 a.m. from July 8-Aug. 1
- Neil Armstrong Middle School, 1777 Mountain View Lane, Forest Grove. Breakfast 7:45-8 a.m. and Lunch 11-11:30 a.m. from July 8-Aug. 1
- Joseph Gale Elementary School, 3130 18th Ave., Forest Grove. Breakfast 8-9 a.m. and Lunch 11-11:30 a.m. from June 24-Aug. 1
- Tom McCall East Upper Elementary School, 1341 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove. Breakfast 7:45-8 a.m. and Lunch 11-11:30 a.m. from June 24-July 25
- Centro Cultural, 1110 N. Adair, Cornelius. Lunch 11:30-12 p.m. from July 1-Aug. 1
20 FGHS Seniors Share Valedictorian Honors
Twenty Forest Grove High School seniors will share valedictorian honors at graduation on Saturday, June 8. Congratulations to Peter Lommen, Jessica Steigerwald, Elena Torry-Schrag, Kara Bruckert-Frisk, Paul Schot, Joelle Hepler, Vera Hutchison, Livia Lichtenstein-Hershman, Jessamy Taylor, Franziska Monahan, Mackenzie Backous, Antonio Rojas-Ramirez, Claire Nadauld, Colleen McNeely, Luke Berdahl, Alicia Vasquez, Molly Johnson, Levi Egg, Abby Vanderzanden and Drake Morgan. Congratulations also to salutatorian Laura Shonk.