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 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    November 25, 2020 

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...

 
 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...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    October 7, 2020

School officials frustrated by shifting rules, numbers

Sweet Home Public Schools is trapped in a tug of war between rising cases of COVID-19 and continually shifting state recommendations for schools re-opening, driven at least partially by the wildfires...

 

Kids' return to school up in the air

At press time Monday evening, Sept. 28, Linn County has officially dropped out of eligibility for in-person schooling. That’s because Linn County has had a lot more cases this week – 55, which is 43.5 per capita. That number pushes Linn County...

 

New funding gives SHHS students leg up on college credit

Sweet Home High School students have new opportunities for college credit this year after a successful pilot program last year gave nine students additional opportunities for college classes. The new...

 

Fires cause bit of whirlwind for teacher

It was supposed to be her last day firefighting before she began teaching for fall, but the weather had other plans. Twenty-five-year-old Hailey Schilling, a third-grade teacher at Foster Elementary...

 

Charter School starts in-house, in a limited way

Between windstorms, smoke, evacuation orders, and power outages, schools across East Linn County had rough starts to a school year already complicated by a global pandemic. While Linn County has...

 

Chromebook issues aside, school under way in SH

Chromebooks were in short supply last week as Sweet Home students and their parents arrived at their local schools to pick up equipment needed to start online school this week. But other than that, Su...

 

COVID counts may open doors of classrooms

The most current numbers from the Oregon Health Authority by county set Linn County at 13 cases per 100,000 the week ending Sept. 5, which is the third consecutive week Linn County has been eligible for students K-3 to return to the classroom. “As...

 

Trustees return Dale Keene to Sweet Home School Board

There’s a new School Board member in town, after board members chose Dale Keene to replace Angela Clegg, who stepped down earlier in the summer. Board members Jim Gourley, Jason Van Eck, Chanz Keeney, Mike Reynolds, Jason Redick, Debra Brown, and...

 

District, teachers negotiating as new school year nears

Of The New Era Sweet Home School District and teachers union leaders are facing off over classroom safety and other issues as opening day for the new school year approaches. Union leaders maintain that “teachers working at home is the safest way to...

 

SH returning to online school, but superintendent hoping for change

Following the Labor Day weekend, Sweet Home students will return to school Tuesday, Sept. 8, on-line, thanks to local COVID-19 case counts that the state has deemed too high to allow kids in...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    August 26, 2020

School now on line for all grades

As of last week, Linn County dropped out of eligibility for K-3 students to attend school in person. That means no students will start school in brick-and-mortar classrooms as the new year starts Sept. 8. With 52 new coronavirus cases reported last...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    August 26, 2020

Sweet Home position is return to Oregon for new JH principal

A longtime Alaska educator has been named principal at Sweet Home Junior High. Terry Martin's hiring was confirmed by the School Board at its August meeting earlier this month. Growing up in...

 

LBCC announces 'Rebounding Plan' for fall classes

Linn-Benton Community College has announced its plan for the fall quarter, which starts Sept. 28. The LBCC Board of Education has approved a plan – called the “LBCC Rebounding Plan” – for college-goers and staff that will include several...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    August 19, 2020

Schools update: New COVID numbers close SH classrooms to all students

Of The New Era Linn County has dropped out of eligibility for K-3 students to attend school in person. That means no students, including those in Sweet Home, will start school in brick-and-mortar clas...

 
 By Kelly Kenoyer    News    August 12, 2020

School Board finalizes fall school plans

By Kelly Kenoyer Of The New Era The Sweet Home School Board unanimously approved plans for students in kindergarten through third grade to return to school in a hybrid model, while older students stay at home and engage in distance learning. Members...

 

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