I would just like to take a moment and brag (just a little) about the students and staff of the Vernonia School District.
First of all we have our VHS Girls’ Basketball team that was first in our district playoffs, who only lost six games during their entire season. Our boys went to the state playoffs in Pendleton for the second straight year and came home with the 2A 6th place trophy. Our wrestling team sent four student athletes to the state meet; T John Wolf returned with a 4th place medal.
Just this past week our FIRST Robotics Team the Loggerbots (check them out on Youtube.) came in 3rd out of 59 teams from all sizes of schools throughout Oregon, Washington and Idaho at the Memorial Coliseum. This was only their second year of competition and they constructed an amazing Frisbee throwing robot.
Last month, February 19th to be exact, the Vernonia High School Band (last year’s 1A/2A State Champions) had the privilege of playing at the opening of the Oregon State Senate. As you can see from the picture we were honored to visit with Senator Betsy Johnson, who sponsored the band and their performance of a patriotic medley. Commissioner Tony Hyde also stopped by while we were there. I was also able to take two of our band members and visit with Representatives Brad Witt and Deborah Boone.
We have a lot to be proud of, in addition to our new schools. At the January board meeting we heard a report that student discipline, from last year to this year, was much improved. In fact, at all three grade levels, elementary, middle and high school, there were only half as many referrals for misbehavior during the first half of this year compared to the same period last year.
I believe that this last fact is directly attributable to the improved environment and attitudes of both students and staff in our new schools.
Once again, I thank the members of the community who contribute each year to our schools through their property taxes and to the many individuals, corporations, businesses and foundations that made our new schools possible.