Thanks to a Capitol Projects Levy passed in 2015, the Oakesdale School District is improving safety and energy efficiency in the elementary/office building. Throughout the entire summer, the windows will all be removed, new walls constructed, and new energy efficient windows installed. The photos below are of the prep work that occurred during the last few weeks of school with the move out process, and photos above of the various stages of construction. Progress has been rapid and you will see the difference.
Due to the school construction project and the road construction project occurring on the hill this summer, office hours will be very limited. The main office will be located in the high school building-and all parking will need to be in the lower lot by the gym.
Summer office hours will be most Wednesdays from 10-12. You may want to call in advance if you need to come to the office 285-5296.
A huge congratulations to Mr. Ken Lindgren for being honored as this year’s recipient of the Northeast Washington Association of School Administrators Community Leadership Award. This award is given annually by each superintendent in the 59 district region of Northeast Washington Educational Service District 101. Mr. Lindgren received this award for many reasons, which include serving as Acting Principal for half of this school year, leading the Books for Bikes contest twice a year, coaching, serving as the athletic director, and many other leadership and mentor examples he sets for the students of all ages in Oakesdale. We are very proud of Mr. Lindgren and thank him for all he does for our school.
Photos below are of all past recipients: 2009-Mike Crossett; 2010-Ken and Penny Niles; 2011-Gail Parsons and Heather McIntee; 2012-Amy Warwick; 2013-Cap Perry; 2014-Marvin & Marilyn Wigen and Linda Crooks; 2015-Mike Brown and Oakesdale Wilbur-Ellis; 2016-Steve & Marilyn Jones; 2017-Ken Lindgren.
The Oakesdale Elementary School was presented with a $1500 check from Alan Bafus of Northwest Farm Credit Services on April 11, 2015. Mr. Bafus presented the check after the Oakesdale Elementary ASB applied for the grant, using their $900 from their fall community dinner as matching funds. The ASB is raising money for new playground equipment and this generous grant from NW Farm Credit Services will help the group achieve this goal. Thank you to NW Farm Credit Services and Mr. Bafus for the generous grant.
As most of you know, Dr. Dingman is on a medical leave. While he is making some trips to school, Dr. Dingman is still not back to work full or even part time. Mr. Lindgren will continue to serve as the Acting Principal, handling all day to day operations, until further notice. Thank you Mr. Lindgren.
For the third year in a row, the Oakesdale School District has received generous awards from the Hagan Foundation. This year:
$10,000 was awarded to the Ag Program for a new computer system to operate the new plazma system that was purchased with last year’s Hagan grant.
$8000 was awarded to Mrs. Reed and the Science program for Robotic Kits.
$1500 for Ms. Hubert to create Calm Down Caddies, to help students calm down when they are “having a moment” along with specific aides to help students experiencing significant trauma.
$1000 for Mrs. Lindsey Brown for a take home reading backpack program.
The Hagan Foundation supports great ideas and our staff has them. Thank you to the staff for working to get the best possible “stuff” for our students and thank you to the Hagan Foundation for the generous grants.
The Hagan Foundation was established in 1997 by Cornelius E. Hagan, Jr., a retired Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialist in Spokane, Washington. The mission of the Foundation was simple but reflected his strong heart-felt beliefs:
“…to contribute to non-profit organizations where the least amount of money will do the most good for the greatest number and provide the opportunities and tools to support education in its broadest sense with an emphasis on youth.”
For more information on the Hagan Foundation, please visit http://www.haganfoundation.com
On Thursday, October 6th, students in grades 4-8 traveled to Felt’s Field and participated in stations focusing on robotics, a wind table, and and introduction to flight session where they explored a real airplane and were taught the fundamentals of flight. The students were taught by one of the museum’s volunteer pilots. Also part of the trip was the Museum of Flight’s Flying Gizmo assembly. The students had a great time and the staff at the museum were very impressed with the Oakesdale students.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Hagan Foundation, the Primaries have implemented a full perceptual motor program that aids the academic and physical development of our students. This is a program unique to Oakesdale and is allowing the students to not only grow and improve in their school work, but also their motor coordination and brain development. Look forward to more photos as each week new rotations will be implemented.