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Athena-Weston School Board Receives $5,000 for Scholarships from OSBA

The Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA) awarded $5,000 to the Athena-Weston School Board on the evening of Monday, February 13, for local student scholarships. The Athena-Weston board was one of six statewide that qualified for the funds under a new OSABA initiative known as the Promise Scholarship Program. Each board completed a five-step process including a board project, superintendent and board self-evaluations, participation in the “Promise of Oregon” campaign and individual board development.

Steve Kelley, OSBA’s director of board development, said participating boards had made a long-term investment in students’ success. “This program helps students both by providing scholarship funds and investing in board training,” Kelley said. “Stronger boards are better prepared to face today’s education challenges.”

The Athena-Weston School Board is responsible for awarding the scholarships to one or more students by a method of their choosing.

Scott Rogers, chair of the Athena-Weston School Board, said “We are pleased with the progress our board has made through this OSBA process and excited that we can offer these scholarship funds to some of our district students.”

The Promise of Oregon campaign, which started in November 2014, aims to create public support for K-14 education, to help meet the state’s 40-40-20 goals and lift student achievement and graduation rates. For more information, visit www.promiseoregon.org.

Make Up Snow Days

Due to missed days during inclement weather, the following dates will be school days:

March 10th

April 6th

April 7th

June 2nd  (changed to a full day)

Nominations for 2017 Crystal Apple Awards Now Open

Nominations for the 2017 Crystal Apple “Excellence in Education” Awards are now open. The purpose of these awards is to recognize outstanding individuals in the education field who are dedicated to the success of students.

Those eligible to be nominated for a Crystal Apple Award are employees in any of the InterMountain Education Service District's (IMESD) 18 component school districts in Morrow, Umatilla and Union counties. Nominees can be any full-time or part-time employee who has a cumulative total of regular service of at least one year in their school district. Crystal Apple Awards can be given to principals, assistant principals, teachers, paraeducators, office staff, maintenance staff and other district staff. They can be nominated by administrators, teachers, paraeducators, other school staff, parents or community members.

Information and the nomination form are available here. Nominations are due April 1, 2017.

Professional Learning Day

Reminder: Friday, January 20 is a Professional Learning day for staff. There is no school for students.

AWERE Grant Deadline Extended

The deadline for the AWERE Grant has been changed to January 30, 2017.  The criteria and form may be downloaded here.

School Board Positions

The Athena-Weston School Board has four positions with terms ending in 2017. If anyone is interested in running for the position  please complete the Candidate Filing Form (PDF) between February 4 and March 16. Elected board members serve a four-year term.

Zone 1 (Outside the city limits of Athena) - Current board member is Bob Irvine

Zone 2 (Weston) - Current board member Preston Winn

Zone 5 (Athena) - Current board member Duane Smalley

Zone 6 (Weston Mountain) - Current board member Clell Hasenbank