Principal Kelly Beaudry, far right, poses with members of her newly enacted Student Crossing Guard Patrol. And, no, the shamrock attire is not part of the standard patrol uniform but was worn in celebration of the school’s switch to the Irish mascot.
Busy drivers sometimes find it difficult to see youngsters in a crowded parking lot.
At Crestview Heights School in Waldport, a newly established traffic patrol program gives parents and other drivers a hard-to-miss reminder to slow down and be careful during the morning and afternoon rush. Members of the school’s Student Crossing Guard Patrol wear high-visibility vests or rain jackets. With fluorescent green-yellow “School” banners, and long-handled “Stop” paddles, they slow and manage traffic flow through the parking lot and provide guidance to pedestrians, with assistance from an adult patrol member.
Last fall, Lincoln County School District approved new crossing guard protocol for district schools that aligns with state policies and best practices. Kelly Beaudry, principal at Crestview Heights, immediately jumped on the idea of having a student patrol at her grade K-8 school. She invited fifth- and sixth-grade students to write a short letter explaining why they want to be a school crossing guard. Based on the student’s letter, academics, and attendance, six students were selected to be members of the first Crestview Heights School crossing guard team. Continue reading
During a school assembly March 6, students at Crestview Heights School in Waldport learned that their school is “Going Green,” with the adoption of the Irish as their official school mascot. At the assembly, Waldport High School Principal Diana MacKenzie welcomed Crestview Heights School into the Irish family by presenting a shamrock plant to Crestview Heights School Principal Kelly Beaudry — who was appropriately dressed in leprechaun-like attire. In fact, the school gymnasium was awash in a sea of greens of all shades, with most K-8 students and staff proudly wearing green from head to toe. Continue reading
At a special meeting on March 4, the Lincoln County School District Board of Directors interviewed three Waldport applicants before selecting active parent volunteer Amanda Remund to fill the Zone 5 vacancy through June 30. The appointment will become official at the board’s next regular meeting, to be held Tuesday, March 10, at Toledo Elementary School. “Amanda Remund has children in the school system and she has been very active at their school. That was a big draw for us,” says LCSD School Board Chairman Liz Martin.
“We are happy to welcome Amanda to the board and look forward to her contributions and fresh perspective.” The board also interviewed candidates Greg Holland and Heide Lambert for the seat, which was vacated when member Terri Woodd resigned last month for health reasons, after having served for 18 months. Board members expressed appreciation that three excellent candidates stepped forward and were willing to serve in this volunteer position.
In her application, Remund describes herself as an involved parent of two Waldport High School students. She has been a parent helper in the classroom, a Booster board member, secretary for the Senior Parents of Waldport High, and member of the school site council. “I am very passionate about our school, all our students, the education they are receiving, and making everyone a success story,” Remund wrote in her application. “I want to be part of making our schools, and the education our children receive, excellent!”
Although the term of the appointment is less than four months, Remund says she plans to run for office when the seat comes up for election on May 19. At that special district election, three school board positions are to be filled: Zone 1, currently held by board Vice Chairman Karen Bondley, who lives in Lincoln City; Zone 2, currently held by Martin, who lives in Depoe Bay; and Zone 5, held by Remund. The Zones 1 and 2 positions are for full four-year terms, through June 30, 2019. The Zone 5 position is a two-year remainder term, through June 30, 2017. Along with Martin, Bondley and Remund, the other community volunteers serving on the LCSD School Board are Ron Beck of Newport and Kelley Ellis of Siletz.
On February 28th at about 9:41 AM, deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office responded to a criminal mischief complaint located near the 1300 block of SW Seawoods Terrace in Waldport. The victim reported that somebody had damaged her vehicle, damaged the porch light, and stolen property from her vehicle. A report was filed pending further suspect information. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at over $1,000.
On March 1, 2015 deputies followed a lead with possible suspects near the 1300 block of SW Corona Ct. in Waldport. An investigation revealed Joseph A. Montes, 19 years of age, of Waldport. Jacob Gasik, 19 years of age, of Newport and Thomas Lanier, 19 years of age, of Newport damaged the victim’s vehicle and stole her property during the early morning hours of February 28th.
Lanier was arrested and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on one count of Criminal Mischief I, one count of Unlawful entry into a motor vehicle, and one count of Theft III. Lanier’s bail was set at $75,500.
Gasik was arrested and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail. Gasik was charged with one count of Criminal Mischief I. Gasik’s bail was set at $50,000.
Montes was charged with one count of Criminal Mischief I, one count of Unlwaful entry into a motro vehicle, and one count of Theft III. Montes was cited and realesed on March 2, 2015.
WHS students in the Cadet Firefighting Program are, from left, Jonah Land, Blake Bittick and James Henderson. Kira Shadden not pictured. (courtesy photo)
High school graduate today – certified firefighter tomorrow? Yes, indeed!
This year, Waldport High School is partnering with Central Coast Fire & Rescue to build a cadet firefighting program. Upon completion of the course and graduation from high school, the students will be eligible to complete their certification as a firefighter in the state of Oregon. The first students to participate in this program are seniors Blake Bittick, James Henderson and Kira Shadden, and sophomore Jonah Land. They have been working with Chief Dennis Cannon and Training Officer Adam Wilkinson to learn fire, rescue, and emergency medical service response in accordance with the fire district’s standard operating guidelines.
The program is taught at the high school during school hours, with various firefighters having the opportunity to teach mini-lessons on different chapters. The students also worked outside of the school day at the fire station, to gain experience with some of the larger apparatus.
Students are not allowed to be in a dangerous environment until they are 18 and have graduated. Therefore, they will be required to do about a month of training after graduation to complete their firefighter certification. Teacher Melissa Steinman says Central Coast Fire & Rescue has shown an amazing level of commitment to the program and desire to provide additional learning opportunities to Waldport students. In fact, they are hoping to offer a First Responder course next year.
The Lincoln County School District Board of Directors declared a vacancy in Zone 5 at its meeting on February 10. Board member Terri Woodd regretfully tendered her resignation due to health concerns prior to the board meeting. Those interested in this volunteer position must reside in Zone 5 (Makai, Ona Beach, Seal Rock, Waldport, Yachats) at the time of application and throughout the duration of the appointment. Candidates must have resided in the district for one year prior to the appointment and must be registered voters. Candidates may not be employees of Lincoln County School District.
Applications will be available beginning February 11 on the district website, at the district administration office in Newport, and at the two Waldport schools. Applications will also be mailed to interested parties upon request. Applications are due to Board/Superintendent Secretary Laurie Urquhart in person, by mail, fax (541-574-7620) or email (email@example.com) on or before Monday, March 2, no later than3 p.m.
The Board will review the applications and select a maximum of three finalists for a personal interview with the school board. The interviews will take place during a special session meeting of the board on Wednesday, March 4, at Newport High School (exact time to be determined; early evening). The Board will deliberate following the interviews. The Board will announce the appointment and fill the vacant position at the March 10 regular board meeting, to become effective immediately.
Appointment will be through June 30, 2015. The appointee may run for the two-year remainder term in the May, 2015 election. For more information, contact Board/Superintendent Secretary Laurie Urquhart at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 541-265-4403. Clicking on the banner at the top of the page will take you to the school district’s website.
The Newport warming center will be open at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds at 633 SE 3rd Street at
TUESDAY DECEMBER 30th
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 31st
To access the Newport Warming Center, the following criteria must be met:
• Be at least 18 years of age or with a parent/guardian at least 18 years of age; in need of a warm, dry & safe place to sleep.
• Warming center guests must not be visibly intoxicated. If a guest appears to be intoxicated, they may sober up outside and return.
• Must sign in with name and birth date (names are run for outstanding warrants for violent offenses. If guest has an active warrant for a non-violent offense they have unofficial amnesty)
The center offers a warm, dry & safe place to sleep during the coldest nights of the year. The warming center be open when conditions are hypothermic or when the temperature dips below freezing. The center offers a warm, dry & safe place to sleep during the coldest nights of the year. The warming center be open when conditions are hypothermic or when the temperature dips below freezing.
People interested in volunteering or donating food/supplies should contact Traci Flowers at 541-265-1974. Donations of food WILL NOT be accepted at the Fairgrounds.
Also the Lincoln City Warming shelter will be open tonight through Wednesday night from 6pm to 7am. The shelter is located in the Congregational Church on NW 25th St, directly behind Kenny’s IGA North. For more information contact Sandy Gruber at 541-921-3565.
The DaNobel house in Waldport is looking for volunteers to be able to stay open to offer warmth for those in need. Interested volunteers can contact the shelter at 541-563-7323. They will be open until 7pm tonight (12/29) with a hot meal and warmth but more volunteers are needed to keep the space open longer.