Oregon schools lauded
To the editor: Thank you Oregon City Schools for the great five years of education you gave our son. It is with a heavy heart that he will transfer out of the district at the end of this academic year.
The administrators, teachers and staff of Starr Elementary are to be commended. Mrs. Jennifer Conkle is the most visible principal I have ever seen, being present at all school events on and off the school grounds, as well as greeting the children as they walk into school.
As an educator, I know the importance of teaching the whole child and the teachers at Starr do just that. I would also like to extend my thanks to Mrs. Robin Sneed and the Gifted Program housed at Eisenhower. My son loved the critical thinking activities and learning Russian every Tuesday. He called it, “Being home schooled by a really cool mom.”
I am happy the voters chose to renew the levy to continue the high-caliber programs being offered.
Thanks again, Oregon City Schools.
Connie and Nate Hurley
A great field trip
To the editor: We wanted to take this opportunity to thank the staff, specifically Lee and Michelle, at Stoneco Quarry in Clay Center, for the recent field trip we took to their facility.
The sixth-graders at Genoa Middle School were welcomed with “red carpet” treatment for the three- hour field trip on May 15, as part of their rock and mineral study. The staff at the quarry treated us to hands-on activities to show coring and sampling, provided a cook-out style lunch for our 106 students, and gifted all students with a backpack for their mineral hunt.
Geologists were on hand to provide expertise in the quarry's native rocks and minerals and students were treated to a mineral hunt, where they were able to take home hundreds of samples of local minerals.
The most popular part of the field trip occurred when students were witness to an actual shot, or “blast” and then taken by bus down into the quarry to see firsthand what happens to the rock during the mining process. We feel incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to visit this community resource, and cannot thank the staff enough for their generosity, thoughtfulness and hospitality.
Genoa Middle School