Scholarship awarded

Scholarship award   Recently, it was announced that 556 students have been selected to receive the 2016 Horatio Alger State and Specialized Scholarship, awarded at $7,000 each. One of the Scholars, Prissilla Greenmyer, attends Eagle Point High School in Eagle Point, Oregon and I thought you’d be interested from a local perspective.   Since 1984,…

Meeting Needs of All D9 Kids

Meeting Needs of All D9 Kids By Lynn Leissler For the Independent During the January 13 D9 work session, Phil Ortega, Student Services Supervisor, talked about his role in helping all kids in the district.

D9 Transportation and Maintenance

D9 Transportation and Maintenance By Lynn Leissler For the Independent Transportation Supervisor, Tom Reimer, retired after many years with District 9. During the December 9 work session, Scott Whitman introduced Reimer’s replacement, Ed Hayes, who has long experience in transportation and schools. Hayes likes what he sees, but will work toward improvement. The district will…

Students Dominate D9 Board Meeting

Students Dominate D9 Board Meeting By Lynn Leissler For the Independent During D9’s work session, Jessica Falkenhagen, Instructional Coach at Eagle Point Middle School, demonstrated Kahoot! Using the program for quizzes allows her to evaluate students, collectively and individually, and see what she needs to re-emphasize. When she announces Kahoot! kids eagerly scramble for the…

EPFFA floriculture at Nationals

Eagle Point FFA Finishes Silver in National Floriculture Contest   At the 88th National FFA Convention, held in Louisville, Kentucky, the Eagle Point FFA represented the state of Oregon in the National Floriculture Career Development Event (CDE). Mr. David Kercheval with the Texas Department of Agriculture served as superintendent of this year’s event, and coordinated…

Attendance Up Throughout D9

Attendance Up Throughout D9 By Lynn Leissler For the Independent Principal Harry Hedrick of Eagle Rock Elementary, demonstrated a computer program called Crosskick during “Appy Hour” at D9s work session on October 14.

Elk Trail School, Goals and New Principals

Elk Trail School, Goals and New Principals By Lynn Leissler For the Independent The D9 school board and district cabinet discussed the Elk Trail facility at its August 12 work session meeting. Everyone agreed that the school would never again be needed as an education site. During its operation, lower elementary students were bused from…

New D9 Board Members Sworn In

New D9 Board Members Sworn In By Lynn Leissler For the Independent Rogue Community Health, managers of Eagle Point High School’s school-based health center, gave its annual report at the pre-meeting work session. The center provides medical, dental and mental health care for all students. Teachers also use the services. With an onsite facility, students…

School is out

School is Out By Lynn Leissler For the Independent During the public forum section of the June 10 D9 board meeting, a mother expressed concern relating to the recent suicide death of a high school student. Student Ryley Bradley Smith spoke passionately about the need for greater awareness of and dealing with bullying issues.

Crater Lake Charter Academy Update at D9 Meeting

Crater Lake Charter Academy Update at D9 Meeting By Lynn Leissler For the Independent Over the last few months, D9’s work session held prior to the regular meeting has included Appy Hour,

Open Doors for All

Open Doors for All By Lynn Leissler For the Independent Last year D9 took over special education services they once contracted to the Education Services District. One part of the overall program is the Vocational and Independence Program (VIP).