The Strike from the Student’s Perspective

By Jacob English-Dalbec, Senior, EPHS As a student caught among the struggle of the strike, I can attest to the dismal state that the schools sit in, an uneasy air roaming through the halls followed by hired-hand security guards and picket sign-carrying union members. All throughout School District 9, students are forced between the opposing…

D9 schools to open while bargaining continues

Bargaining teams were unable to reach an agreement on Thursday to end the strike in our school district. The teams will return to bargaining with the help of a state mediator on Tuesday, May 15. Schools will remain closed again on Friday as we continue preparations for reopening on Monday. On Friday, substitute teachers will…

Top New Jersey educator is former District 9 student

{gallery}10_25_11/libby{/gallery} A former District 9 student recently received  a top education honor in the state of New Jersey. Libby (Schmele) Vino was honored recently as New Jersey’s Non-Public Teacher of the Year. She is a middle school math, spirituality and humanities teacher at All Saints Episcopal Day school in Hoboken, N.J. In addition to her…

Free help for pet owners

The Rogue Valley Veterinary Medical Association (RVVMA) will present a free public education seminar for pet owners in the Rogue Valley area. Gail Bishop, grief counselor at the Veterinary School of Medicine at Colorado State University, will discuss important issues for pet owners such as pet advocacy, hospice care, and the grieving process. “How can…

One of area's most respected educators turns 90

{gallery}/11_16_10/helen{/gallery} By Lenora KellEditor’s note: Mrs. Kell has been Helen Barrow’s caregiver for 13 years. She says this “very short” biography cannot begin to illuminate Helen’s love and commitment to children, education, community and her deep faith in God and fellow men and women; all this through a life filled with physical pain. There will…

A slap in the face

“Students who receive a modified diploma, GED, adult high school diploma, alternative certificate or take longer than four years to graduate are now considered non-graduates,” according to a release from State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo. She said this makes Oregon one year ahead of a federal requirement. According to the new four-year cohort graduate rate…

Former EPHS vice principal selected by committee to be WMMS principal

School District 9 announced last week that they have hired Paul Cataldo to fill the position of principal at White Mountain Middle School. This comes as the result of the retirement of Dan Johnson at the end of the current school year. Cataldo will join District 9  in August. Cataldo, spent 10 years as teacher…

Agencies, educators focus on Latino student success

On Oct.16, a distinguished coalition of more than 100 filled Medford Library’s meeting room to tackle a daunting challenge. District 9 administrators and faculty joined other area educators, social agency personnel, business, government and civic leaders for the summit. Their goal: create a plan to improve graduation and success rates for Latino students.     According…

Monte G. Ring

Monte G. Ring, 39, of Eagle Point, died April 24, 2009 at Providence Medford Medical Center.      He was born Sept. 8, 1969, to Michael and Ida Ring. He worked as an artist and creator of Native American works of art and had an education in forest conservation. In his free time he enjoyed…

Doctors offer free session on preventing colon cancer

Colon cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, yet it is the third most common cancer in Oregon and the second-leading cause of cancer-related fatality in the United States. Death caused by colon cancer is surpassed only by lung cancer. But despite its high incidence, colorectal cancer is one of the most detectable, and…

Yvonne Clara Fletes

Yvonne Clara Fletes, 63, of Eagle Point, died Jan. 24, 2009 at her residence.      Mrs. Fletes was born Dec. 15, 1945, in Tacoma, Wash. She was the loving wife of Agapito Fletes for 34 years.   She previously served on the District 9 Board of Directors where she was elected to serve as…