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Today is the day we recognize the many secretaries around the Fern Ridge School District.  School secretaries  are one of the foundations of our schools.  We are lucky that in Fern Ridge we have many outstanding secretary’s in this crucial role!  Please join me in recognizing them today, and thanking them for the work they do each day on behalf of teachers, principals, staff, students and parents!

This past Saturday, April 7th, the EHS OBOB team traveled to Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon for the High School section of the state OBOB Tournament.  The tournament began with “pool play” among the 15 schools that would be competing for the state title.

Elmira started out by by beating Alliance Charter School (from Oregon City) by a score of 45-25.  Next up was Adrian, located south of Ontario, and EHS won by a score of 33-8.  The third pool play battle was against Triad School (a private K-12 school in Klamath Falls) and again EHS won, this time by a score of 45-25. The final battle was against Imbler (a school near LaGrande) and EHS again prevailed by a score of 50-20.  Coming out of pool play EHS was seeded number one with a total of 168 points scored.

The next section of the tournament was an 8 team seeded bracket.  EHS matched up against the 8 seed, Imbler, and won by a score of 45-10.  In the final 4 / semi-final round, EHS faced Estacada.  The Final score was EHS 50, Estacada 20 and EHS was onto the Championship match that contains twice as many questions as the prior rounds.

In the Championship match, EHS faced Lebanon. While the match went back and forth, with both teams having the lead at some point, EHS went on a late run to win by a score of 68-52.  This is the first OBOB championship trophy for EHS, a testament to years of work and practice put in by the members of our team and their coaches.  A big congratulations to their coach and advisor, Sherry Cooper, as well as the team members:  Josiah Lorenz, Emily Eagle Eye, Jessica Woods and Kelly Hoffman!  Go Falcons!

EHS does not have school this Friday, April 6th.  Teachers will be working on updating grades for progress reports that will be mailed home early next week. Go Falcons!

The next principal of Elmira High School will be Mr. Rick Gardner!  Please join the EHS staff and students in welcoming Mr. Gardner who will take over beginning in the 18-19 School year.

On July 1, 2018 Mr. Gardner will bring his 22 years of educational experience to EHS.  He comes to us after having most recently worked at Marist High  School in Eugene, Oregon.  The last 3 years he has served as the Director of Athletics and Facilities, and the 7 years prior to that as an Assistant Principal.  Prior to arriving at Marist, Mr. Gardner worked in the Mckenzie School District as both a teacher and the High School Principal.

Over the past several weeks a committee of 10 have screened applicants, interviewed candidates and conducted reference checks.  Finally, our committee organized and participated in a “community forum” with two outstanding finalists, to help us make this important decision.  It is without question I can say that we had multiple qualified candidates who would have done an outstanding job for us.  Having said that, Rick stood out to the committee as someone that is a great fit for our community.  While we know Mr. Gardner will appreciate the great things we have at Elmira, it will be his charge to assist EHS in reaching new heights in the years to come.   I know he welcomes the challenge.

Again, join me in welcoming Rick, his wife, and his and three daughters to the Fern Ridge School District!  Congratulations!

Gary Carpenter, Principal EHS, Superintendent/FRSD

 

All EHS Teachers will be available for conferences this Thursday night from 4-8 PM in the EHS Cafeteria.  Hope to see many of you there!

The Region 3 North Tournament will be held tomorrow, Saturday the 24th, at EHS!  Good luck to our OBOB Team as they compete against teams from Creswell, Cottage Grove, Thurston and Churchill.  The opening assembly begins at 9:30 in the theater, and the first competitions take place at 9:50.

The Elmira H.S. Athletic Hall of Fame is here!  Nominations for the 2nd class are now being accepted.  The nomination deadline for the class that will be inducted in Feb., of 2019 is November 1st, 2018.  Nominations are accepted in four categories:  Athletes, Coaches, Teams and “others.”  Please read the Committee’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) document below for criteria and guidelines, as there are timelines and guidelines regarding who can be nominated, and when.  Go Falcons!  For more information you can contact the school at 541-935-8200, or one of the 7 committee members:

Gary Carpenter, Principal, Elmira High School.  Brian Brands, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director, EHS.  Sarah Schilling, Teacher/Dean of Students, EHS.  Julie Bothel, EHS Booster Club President.  Alan Jeffers, Andrea Brown and Gary Horkey, community members.

All of the application materials can be found at: http://www.fernridge.k12.or.us/elmirahs/?page_id=1879

Just a reminder that you and your student are invited to attend a special event being held for Juniors to begin the planning process for their senior year and post-secondary goals. Junior Night will be on Wednesday, February 7th at 6:00 p.m. in the EHS Theater. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

Information presented will include admissions requirements for four-year colleges and universities, community college, and career technical schools, as well as information on scholarship searches and financial aid. We will end the night with some general senior year information shared by Mr. Carpenter.

This year, incoming seniors and families will be able to file a 2019–2020 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2018. Additionally, the state is in its third year of offering the Oregon Promise program—offering new high school graduates an opportunity to have some or all of their community college tuition covered. Attending this event will help to clarify these opportunities and help you and your student sort out how they might impact you in the upcoming year.

I strongly encourage both you and your student to attend this information night. There will be a lot to accomplish between now and June, 2019!

See you on February 7th!”

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Brian Brands
Assistant Principal

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