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School return sees boost in enrollment

Sweet Home School District saw a jump in enrollment numbers at the beginning of this year, from 2,101 students on Dec. 18 to 2,131 students on Jan. 29. “Due to the return of in-person learning, we saw people coming back,” said Supt. Tom Yahraes....

 

Despite COVID hurdles, SHHS notches record graduation in 2019-20

Sweet Home High School's Class of 2020 graduation ceremonies were unique in many ways: Graduates finished their high school careers in small pods in separate ceremonies over two days, and they were...

 

SHJH remodel getting final touches as students return

Finishing touches are being put on the newly remodeled Sweet Home Junior High building, which includes a renovated gym that is being called the Douglas Fir Dome, Supt. Tom Yahraes and Facilities Director Josh Darwood told School Board members at thei...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    February 3, 2021

Staffers practice at Hawthorne for students' return

In the hustle and bustle of preparing to bring students back, teachers and staff at Hawthorne could hardly contain their glee last week. Said one staffer to another: "I can see you smiling behind...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    January 27, 2021

Schools gear up for return of students

It’s been nearly a year, but the day has finally arrived for Sweet Home students to return to their classrooms. On Monday, Feb. 1, grades K-3 will return to in-person schooling five days a week, either in a.m. or p.m. cohorts. The following week,...

 

Local students named to OSU fall Honor Roll

Names of students who have made the Scholastic Honor Roll for fall term 2020 have been announced by Oregon State University. A total of 8,378 earned a B-plus (3.5) or better to make the listing. To be on the Honor Roll, students must carry at least...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    January 13, 2021

SH students to return to schools during February

The Sweet Home School District has announced plans to bring all students back to in-person learning during the month of February, starting with K-3 students on Feb. 1. Supt. Tom Yahraes announced the...

 

SHHS gets two grants for work skills education

Sweet Home High School teachers won two microgrants at the end of 2020 to support projects that reduce barriers to education in STEM and career and technical education. The grants were provided by...

 
 By The New Era    News    December 30, 2020

District mulls options after Gov. Brown changes policy

Gov. Kate Brown on Wednesday, Dec. 23, directed the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority to implement several new policy initiatives, with the goal of putting more school districts on track to return students to in-person...

 

Governor turns responsibility for opening schools over to local districts

Gov. Kate Brown today (Wednesday, Dec. 23) directed the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority to implement several new policy initiatives, with the goal of putting more school districts on track to return students to... Full story

 

Schools: Enrollment falls as COVID cases rise

The rise of COVID cases in Linn County has pushed the possibility of in-person schooling far out of reach. But Supt. Tom Yahraes said at a Dec. 14 School board meeting that he expects enrollment,...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    December 9, 2020

Local teens win award in forestry video contest

Aiden Shamek said he first got interested in the Thru the Trees video contest earlier this fall when his natural resources teacher, Blake Manley, offered extra credit to students who would participate...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    December 9, 2020

Internet, other issues dog remote schooling

The Northern family starts their day at 6 a.m., waking up first to feed themselves, and then to feed their farm animals. But once they're back inside, the day doesn't stay so idyllic for the kids....

 

School district responds to COVID cases

The Sweet Home School District notified parents and staff Friday, Nov. 20, that two staff members had tested positive for COVID-19 at Oak Heights Elementary. “The staff members who tested positive do not work with our limited in-person program and...

 

Teacher takes classroom outside via video

On a brisk autumn morning, as fog clung to the hillsides, Natural Resources Instructor Blake Manley drove out to Holley, heading to a property on Crawfordsville Drive. Brian Murray, a pre-sale...

 

Parent to board: School 'is not working' for kids

Last week’s Sweet Home School Board meeting opened emotionally as a desperate parent, Jenna Northern, told attendees “what we’re doing now is not working.” Board members Jason Redick, Mike Reynolds, Debra Brown, Dale Keene, Joe Kennedy and...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    November 4, 2020

Local school doors closer to opening

A change to school re-opening metrics announced Friday, Oct. 30, by Gov. Kate Brown has changed the landscape for Sweet Home School District officials. The somewhat relaxed COVID-19 restrictions, which were effective immediately following the...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    November 4, 2020

Unsuspecting SHHS student gets surprise gift from alum: a truck

When Jake Fanning got a text from his wrestling coach, Steve Thorpe, last week, he thought it was going to be about work. "He said he had job details for me," Fanning said. Instead, Thorpe handed him...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    October 28, 2020

Governor loosens restrictions on kids returning to school

Of The New Era Governor Kate Brown announced a change to school re-opening metrics today that may allow younger students in Linn County to start in-person or hybrid learning as soon as next week. The... Full story

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    October 14, 2020

School staff talk tricks of their trade during COVID

When classes go online, it can be tough to keep kids engaged. That's especially the case as the when the job is to "take jobs to students," as natural resources teacher Blake Manley put it to the...

 

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