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‘Green Club’ is taking root at Cottage Grove High
Education May. 18
Area students, educators receive recognition
Education May. 12
Yolanda Elementary students get thrills, chills watching BMX
The X Games aren’t until August, but Yolanda Elementary School students didn’t have to wait until then to see incredible stunts performed by professional BMX riders. They got it right on their own campus last week for the school’s first school-wide assembly in 18 months.
Feb. 23
Special students, special teacher: Creswell's Holst has long track record of helping students thrive
CRESWELL — One of the last vehicles in the middle school parking lot on a cool, calm Friday evening, Kathi Holst’s dedication to education spans well beyond that of a traditional school day.
Education Feb. 16
University of Oregon: Fall 2021 Dean's List & education briefs
For Creswell, Cottage Grove, Springfield and Pleasant Hill students
Mom, Dad are their own ‘experts’ at Parent Cafés
A program at Springfield Public Schools is embracing parents as their own experts by creating an inclusive space to explore the fortes and obstacles of raising children in a complicated world.
Education Feb. 3
Pleasant Hill HS students participate in Space Camp
Jessica Clough and Zoey Brott – both sophomores at Pleasant Hill High School – attended the Advanced Space Academy at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.
Education Aug. 12
Students receive tuition help from Lane Electric
Education Jul. 29
New Online Teacher Shares Rewarding Experiences
"Wearing masks, social distancing, missing events with relatives; the pandemic caused us to shift into a new normal, one our society will remember for decades to come..."
FreeEducation Jul. 28
Covid has schools ready to pivot; LCC: Only vaccinated on campus
Area college and school district officials are facing a familiar problem heading into the 2021-22 school year – how to establish Covid-related guidelines in the face of ever-shifting guidance from public health officials.
News Jul. 21
LCC goes full vax status for on-campus learning in Fall
Lane Community College will require vaccinations to return to on-campus learning starting in the Fall, its board unanimously decided at Wednesday night's meeting.
From the publisher: News, notes and anecdotes
Education Jun. 25
South Lane superintendent leading through crisis
Superintendent Dr. Yvonne Curtis has had a baptism by fire. She was offered her permanent position by the South Lane School Board on March 16, 2020.
Graduation 2021 Jun. 24
Mr. and Ms. THS: Leaders by example during crisis
THURSTON HIGH SCHOOL - The Mr. and Ms. THS Pageant was quite a bit different this year, like everything else in the world.
Graduation 2021 Jun. 18
Cavinee completes long march toward U.S. Military Academy
Imagine taking a fitness test to get into college. And needing a nomination from a congressman or senator just so a school will even look at the application at all. And, having to begin this process the moment high school begins.
Graduation 2021 Jun. 18
Flexibility is key for a Cottage Grove teen graduating in the Class of 2021 from Willamette Connections Academy, a tuition-free, online public school for K-12 students.
Graduation 2021 Jun. 17
Handman receives $1,000 scholarship
CRESWELL – Six graduating seniors across Oregon – including Seth Handman of Creswell High School – won scholarship money through a special program partnership between OnPoint Community Credit Union and the Oregon School Activities Association.
Graduation 2021 Jun. 17
Two years in the making, a resilient class stands tall
This is the story of two school years, two schools, and two very special graduating classes paired with one very lucky day to celebrate our graduates in the small, close-knit town of Cottage Grove.
Education May. 20
Creswell HS ball fields suffering damage; CSD seeks greenskeeper
CRESWELL – Groundskeeping has fallen below standard, said Mike Johnson, superintendent for Creswell School District, at the May 12 school board meeting. The biggest landscaping challenge at Creswell High School has escalated into what Johnson called “a mafia undertaking of moles,” as well as other runaway maintenance issues.
Education May. 20
CSD nails down 2021-22 school year calendars
Creswell School District teachers and staff rushed to the May 12 school board meeting after the Creswell Middle School track meet to discuss recent academic updates for graduation, new outdoor lunchtime protocols, prom and back-to-school plans for the fall.
Springfield - Education - Chronicle1909 Exclusive May. 20
Springfield educator honored for leadership, impact
FreeEducation May. 12
Schools resolving scheduling
As the weather gets warmer and this unpredictable school year comes to a close, Lane County school districts begin planning for graduation, summer learning and the return of a fully in-person school schedule for fall 2021.
FreeEducation May. 5
Schools struggle to solve shortages
Shortages of substitutes are a common theme in regional school districts, and are leaving staff feeling stretched thin. That’s according to Stephanie Rogers, an educational assistant at Bohemia Elementary School, who addressed the South Lane school board this week with concerns that staff is taking the brunt of the hit.
Education Station Apr. 30
CSD dealing with Covid spike, announces plans
CRESWELL – Four people within the Creswell School District have been diagnosed with COVID-19 within days of each other, as the virus surged in Lane County.
Community Apr. 30
Springfield students ask, listen and respond to Huerta’s message
SPRINGFIELD – A student-driven interview of Dolores Huerta – longtime social justice advocate, educator, and civil rights activist – was one of the highlights of this year’s Huerta/Chávez Celebration, an event that hopes to inspire students to stay strong and celebrate their different backgrounds.
Community Apr. 25
Three feet forward, risk levels back
Creswell School District aims to fill classes with more students, now that CDC permits 3 feet of desk space between students instead of 6 feet. While this allows for more students back in the classrooms, it’s not a plan without obstacles. Issues such as transportation, mealtime spacing, and teacher availability were up for consideration at the CSD April 14 board meeting.
Education Apr. 21
Multiple seats up for grabs across area school boards
As the May 18 Special Election nears, several area school boards have seats up for election, including Springfield, South Lane and Creswell boards, as well as Lane Community College. All seats in the SLSD are contested, as are most in Springfield, and no seats are contested in Creswell and Pleasant Hill. The Chronicle will be publishing candidate viewpoints and Q&A responses in upcoming editions.
Education Apr. 15
Springfield schools approve security upgrades
SPRINGFIELD – The public schools district board approved security system upgrades at Riverbend and Mt. Vernon elementary schools to address the limitations of current technology in assisting with identifying people in unlawful behavior and improve student safety.
FreeOregon High School Sports Mar. 31
OSAA says Season 3 sports won't have state tournaments
The Executive Board said Season 3 would be similar to the end of Season 2, when local districts used their discretion on how to end the seasons.
Community Mar. 18
Lane Community College schedules fall semester
Lane Community College plans to offer mostly in-person classes and activities for the 2021-22 academic year, school officials said.
Education Mar. 12
SCHOOLS IN BRIEF: Willamalane, Springfield expand childcare options
SPRINGFIELD – As school reopening continues and spring break approaches, Willamalane has expanded childcare and youth programming options for families. Beginning March 29, Willamalane Kids Club after-school programs will return to Thurston, Douglas Gardens and Yolanda elementary schools.
Education Feb. 27
LCC offering tuition-free summer courses for high school juniors, seniors
High school students graduating in 2021 or 2022 can take one tuition-free course this spring or summer from Lane Community College to jump-start their college education. That’s a $480 savings for one four-credit course.
Education Feb. 24
No longer ‘extreme’, volleyball joins Season 2
State health officials’ decision to designate Lane County as “high risk” instead of “extreme” pandemic conditions was a much-needed morale boost for Creswell High’s girls volleyball program, its legendary coach said Tuesday afternoon. “The kids are excited to play, and excited to wear our brand-new uniforms,” said Anna Baltrusch, the longtime coach who passed 500 career victories last season.
Education Feb. 19
Creswell School Board updating re-entry plans
CRESWELL – It was just a small line item in the Creswell School District Board Meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 10, listing the recent installation of 250 air filters for schools across the district. It’s something that happens every year. Except this year, the timing was especially important.
Sports Feb. 17
Bulldogs hitting the practice fields, ‘ecstatic’
The Oregon Health Authority made a timely audible -- one that may have saved the high school football season. The Governor’s Office announced on Wednesday, Feb. 10 that the OHA is revising its guidance for outdoor contact sports (football, soccer, cross country) and will ease restrictions for schools that have returned to at least limited in-person learning.
Education Feb. 12
Springfield schools make decisions on transfer rules
SPRINGFIELD – Last year, the Springfield Board of Education approved the rule that students can move in and out of the school district at the convenience of the family, provided that the schools are not at capacity. The results of that decision were incalculable because of the pandemic, and superintendent Todd Hamilton at Monday’s meeting. As such, the district is going to keep this system in place for the upcoming school year.
Education Feb. 10
From home to homeroom
Guy Lee Elementary students and parents alike prepared for the return of in-person schooling on Feb. 4. Only kindergarten and first graders entered their classrooms today, with other grades beginning this week. At Creslane Elementary in Creswell, kindergarteners started in-person learning on Feb. 9, and principal Amy Halley said “they did fantastic.” At this time, the limited in-person guidance allows for Creslane to return to in-person instruction in groups of 20 students or less, for two hours maximum at a time.
Community Jan. 28
Counseling center offering support for students, parents
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted students’ mental well-being in numerous ways. Prolonged school closure and online learning pose some challenges for students such as loss of in-person connection, zoom fatigue, and lack of access to stable internet connection.
Community Jan. 27
SPS board looks to improve equity in schools
SPRINGFIELD – The Oregon School Boards Association held a staff training session for Springfield district board members and staff discussing how to best improve the equity challenges students and families face in the district.