School News

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VASD: Pick a style


Photos by Scott Girard. Alina Stiller, left, is surprised when she and Livia Bakken get a propeller to spin during a unit on circuits at New Century School. The unit is an example of the project-based learning the school uses that teachers say fits with the district’s push to personalize learning.

Students at the Verona Area School District’s three charter elementary schools aren’t there by accident.

Parents must specifically choose to send their children to those schools, and that offers a bit of personalization from the beginning of their education, given the different styles of the schools.

Mon
30
Mar

OSD: Referendum projects get set to begin


Renderings courtesy Bray Architects. This design shows the planned changes to the space between Prairie View and Netherwood Knoll elementary schools, slated for completion by Sept. 1 of this year.

With another cold winter rolling into the rear-view mirror, Oregon School District officials are looking forward to getting started on several referendum building projects. 

Mon
30
Mar

VASD: Nothing’s certain

Whatever Verona Area School District voters decide April 7 on the land purchase referendum, the school board and district will have plenty of decisions left to make. 

Superintendent Dean Gorrell said the district would have to “wait and see” whether the referendum to purchase two pieces of land and exercise condemnation powers on a third passes or fails.

Wed
25
Mar

VASD: Officials answer questions in Fitchburg


Photo by Scott Girard. Fitchburg residents Michelle Gigot and Mike Thorson talk with Verona Area School Board president Dennis Beres. Gigot remained opposed to the referendum after the meeting, while Thorson came in opposed but changed his mind after talking with Beres.

Fitchburg resident Mike Thorson had many questions Monday about the Verona Area School District’s referendum.

Thorson was among six people who attended the district’s information night Monday at the Fitchburg Public Library. Although he came in against the referendum, school board president Dennis Beres’ answers during their hourlong conversation were apparently satisfactory.

Mon
16
Mar

OSD: Teaching Tolerance in Oregon


Photos by Scott Girard. Oregon Middle School literature teacher Amy Vatne-Bintliff, center, holds a “talking piece” during a recent “restorative justice circle” with students in her classroom last week to help students communicate respectfully with each other.

Oregon has a growing reputation as a great place to live and raise a family, but it’s not necessarily racially diverse.

As students prepare to enter a global workforce and outside world teeming with diversity, the Oregon School District has a nationally recognized expert to show them how to learn about others who are different from them.

Mon
16
Mar

OSD: Trying to make amends


Meyers

It was there in black and white on the police reports, but it was still difficult to fathom.

Kelly Meyers, one of the brightest lights in the Oregon School District and a beloved and well-respected educator, was arrested three times in December, all for drunken driving. She resigned last month from a job she held dear to her heart and resigned herself to the reality that she would likely never get another chance to be a school administrator.

Fri
06
Mar

VASD: VAHS students compete in statewide cooking contest


Photos by Scott Girard. Kate Klein cooks for the crepes bananas foster dessert on the ProStart menu.

The menu begins with beef tartare with truffle vinaigrette quail egg, with pan seared duck breast to follow and crepes bananas foster to finish.

While that could belong at a high-priced restaurant, this meal will be cooked by four Verona Area High School students in a statewide cooking competition Tuesday, March 10.

Thu
05
Mar

OSD: Letter: State cuts would hurt

Concerned about the negative effects Gov. Walker’s recently proposed budget would have on education in Oregon, the school board is drafting a letter to send to district parents and guardians. 

The idea is to get their help bringing the district’s case to state lawmakers, who will finalize the 2015-16 biennial budget later this spring.

Thu
05
Mar

VASD: Officials hope to explain referendum

Verona Area School District officials expect a few questions about the April 7 referendum. 

They believe they have the answers – explaining the need to purchase three pieces of land, including the use of eminent domain on one.

Thu
05
Mar

VASD: School board to fill vacant seat

Tom Duerst might get to join the Verona Area School Board a few weeks early.

Duerst, a former board member and president, is the lone candidate for an open at large seat for the April 7 election, but he might be appointed to fill the seat before then.

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