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 By Benny Westcott    News    December 1, 2021 

Virtual Logging Training

On a Wednesday afternoon, Sweet Home High School senior Bailey Womack, a teaching assistant in Blake Manley's wildlife course, uses two joysticks and a computer in the instructor's forestry and...

 

School staffing in state a 'real, emergency situation'

By Alex Baumhardt Oregon Capital Chronicle At a Senate Education Committee meeting on Monday, Nov. 15, superintendents and representatives from school boards and teachers associations detailed dire...

 

Community college enrollment stabilizing

By Alex Baumhardt Oregon Capital Chronicle Oregon's 17 community colleges have managed to slow steep pandemic drops in enrollment according to figures released Friday but their future is...

 

Officials discuss safety around junior high school

The Nov. 8 Sweet Home School District School Board meeting featured discussion of implementing a plan to make traveling to and from school safer for Sweet Home Junior High School students. Last...

 

Teacher fired – sort of – over vaccine mandate

The Sweet Home School District Board voted 7-2 Monday, Nov. 8, to dismiss Holley Elementary resource room/special education teacher Tina Tressel for not providing proof of vaccination against COVID-19...

 

School district parent-teacher conferences to be remote

The Sweet Home School District announced Tuesday that all parent-teacher conferences this week will be held via Zoom or telephone, "due to the rise in COVID cases." No in-person conferences will be held. To set up a conference, contact the school...

 

Richards takes helm at her second mid-valley charter school

Audrey Richards is charting a new course, but not abandoning her current one. In August, the longtime local educator took over as principal of Sweet Home Charter School - the same position she's held...

 

Keene back on school board in Crawfordsville seat

Dale Keene was appointed by the Sweet Home School Board to fill its remaining vacancy, and was sworn in Monday night, Oct. 11, at the board's monthly meeting in the district board room. Keene will be...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    October 13, 2021

New LBCC head looks to work with 'rural partners'

Dr. Lisa Avery, newly arrived president of Linn-Benton Community College, told a group of Sweet Home leaders last week that she intends to see the college "really step up our game and work more...

 

Homecoming court 2021

Sweet Home High School Homecoming Court members are, from left, Isabel Sayer, Kaden Zajic, Chloe Tyler, Tucker Weld, Zoey Erevia, Mason Lopez, Brooke Burke, Dakota Seiber, Avery Nelson, Evan Towry...

 

School veteran takes administrative job

There's a new face in the Sweet Home School District's administrative office, although most may find it familiar. Barb Riggs, a 20-year district veteran, has become its new Director of Teaching &...

 

Monday's School Board meeting to be virtual

Due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 state-wide restrictions, and in keeping with the efforts of social distancing to reduce the spread of the coronavirus/COVID-19, the meeting of the Sweet Home School Board will be conducted online, rather than in... Full story

 

'Manley Jobs' videos draw nationwide attention

It appears that "Manley Jobs," the YouTube series launched a year ago by Sweet Home High School forestry and natural resources teacher Blake Manley and editor Ramil Malabago, has, as they say, gone...

 

Masks back on table as parents address board

By Benny Westcott Of The New Era Just over two dozen unmasked individuals entered Sweet Home School Board meeting in the high school auditorium Monday, Sept. 13, despite being told at the door that th...

 

SHHS alum awarded Mealey scholarship

By Katie Kohl LCSWA Scholarship Chair Three Linn County high school graduates have been awarded 2021 Robert Mealey Scholarships by the Linn County Small Woodlands Association for studying forestry or...

 

Sept. 13 School Board meeting moved to high school auditorium

The location of the regularly scheduled Board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, has been changed from the Sweet Home Boardroom to the High School Auditorium. Due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 state-wide restrictions, and in keeping with the... Full story

 

30 new teachers join school district

Sweet Home School District is adding 30 new teachers this year, well above the usual number of new licensed personnel for a new school year. Some, such as Hawthorne Counselor Julie Harvey, who was a...

 

New superintendent takes helm at school district

Lisa Riggs became superintendent of the Sweet Home School District on Tuesday, Aug. 17, succeeding Tom Yahraes, who resigned earlier this month after a half-decade at the helm. Riggs brings 25 years...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    August 25, 2021

New assistant principal starts at high school

Sweet Home High School recently welcomed Aaron Huff as its new assistant principal. The new administrator began working in the building on Monday, Aug. 2. Huff, 38, grew up in Coos Bay and graduated...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    August 18, 2021

Riggs selected to lead school district

The Sweet Home School Board unanimously approved the hire of Lisa Riggs as the district's new superintendent at a special meeting Monday, Aug. 16. Riggs has been the assistant superintendent of...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    August 11, 2021

Residents protest mask mandate

A parking lot full of people, with crowds spilling into the streets, showed up at the Sweet Home district office on Monday evening, Aug. 9, brandishing signs and making their voices heard in regard...

 

Class of 2021 Scholarships

Following are scholarships awarded to Sweet Home High School graduating seniors from the Class of 2021. This list does not include federal or state need grants. The total amount of scholarships, including financial aid, Oregon Promise, military and...

 

Three finalists named for Sweet Home School District superintendent

The Sweet Home School Board has announced three finalists for further consideration to be the next superintendent for the Sweet Home School District. Finalist Paul Peterson is the interim principal... Full story

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    August 4, 2021

New principal brings experience to Hawthorne Elementary

Hawthorne Elementary School has a new principal with multiple decades of education experience. Debbie Phillips started the job Monday, July 19, six days after arriving from Montana. She replaces...

 
 By Benny Westcott    News    July 28, 2021

New Board member Hoffman

Sara Hoffman looks forward to serving the Zone 1 area on the Sweet Home School District school board. But she didn’t necessarily expect to be selected. It was her friend, Jenna Northern, who posted...

 

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