Sherman County eNews #10


  1. Sherman County Basketball Update
  2. The Ensemble of Oregon presents “Officium Defunctorum” Sunday, Jan. 31
  3. Notice: Sherman County School District Board Meeting & Agenda, Jan. 11
  4. Century Farm & Ranch Applications
  5. History Tidbits: James Weir
  6. Links
  7. Links: Rural Oregon & Federal Management of Public Lands

1. Sherman County Basketball Update

Jan. 9th – The Girls JV team will play two quarters.  Their game will now start @ 1:30.

2. The Ensemble of Oregon presents “Officium Defunctorum” Sunday, Jan. 31

The Ensemble of Oregon presents “Officium Defunctorum” Sunday, Jan. 31, at St. Peter’s Landmark in The Dalles.  The 4 p.m. concert features polyphonic music of the high Renaissance by Tomás Luis de Victoria composed in memory of Empress Maria of Spain.  Cascade Singers and the Landmark are co-sponsoring this exquisite work by six professional musicians from the Portland area.  Admission is by donation at the door.

3. Notice: Sherman County School District Board Meeting & Agenda, Jan. 11

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Sherman County School District

Board of Directors Meeting

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65912 High School Loop

Moro, Oregon 97039


January 11, 2016

6:30 Work Session | 7:00 p.m. Regular Meeting

6:30 p.m. Work Session




    1. Pledge of Allegiance
    2. Approve Board Meeting Agenda, January 11, 2016



(The Sherman County School District Board of Directors welcomes and encourages public comment and communication regarding District programs and policies. If you wish to speak, please place your name and the specific topic you wish to comment on prior to the meeting on the signup sheet on the counter near the entrance.  Because time available is limited, there may be a time limit placed on each person who wishes to speak. The Chair has authority to keep order and to impose any reasonable restrictions necessary to conduct an efficient meeting. The Board reserves the right to delay discussion on any item presented until later in the meeting or at a subsequent meeting. Objective criticism of operations and programs will be heard but not complaints concerning specific personnel. Thank you.)

    1. Audience Communications (Testimony related to agenda items.)


    1. School Board Appreciation Month
    2. Recognition of Students, Staff and Community Members
    3. SJSHS Student Body Report



(All items adopted by a single motion unless pulled for consideration)

    1. Business
      1. School Board Meeting Minutes from December 14, 2015
      2. School Board Work Session from December 14, 2015
      3. Bill Listing, Financial Statement
      4. Accept Audit Report


    1. Personnel
      1. Approve Joe Justesen, Baseball Coach
      2. Approve Sean Troutman, Volunteer Baseball Coach
      3. Approve Drew Messenger, Volunteer Baseball Coach
      4. Approve Derek Gummersall, Volunteer Baseball Coach
      5. Approve Kalie Rolfe Tennis Coach
      6. Approve Kyle Pfeifer, Track Coach
      7. Approve Kristin Whitley, Track Coach
      8. Approve Michelle Lawrence, Volunteer Track Coach
      9. Approve Austin Evans, Volunteer Track Coach
      10. Approve Elizabeth Mills, Junior High Track Coach


    1. Expanded Options/Advanced Placement Courses Presentation – Kyle Pfeifer, Dezi Remington, and Kristin Whitley
    2. Superintendent Report – Wes Owens
    3. Administrator Report for Jr./Sr. High – Bill Blevins
    4. Dean of Students Report for Sherman Elementary – Cindie King
    5. Construction Project Manager Report – Mike Marino


    1. Superintendent Evaluation Tool
    2. Preschool Integration into Comprehensive K-12 Facility Continued Discussion
    3. Second Reading Policy IKF (AR) Graduation Requirements
    4. Second Reading Policy EBCD, Emergency Closures
    5. Grass Valley Property Potential Use Continued Discussion
    6. OSBA Training – January 14, 2015
    7. Potential Lease Agreement with South Sherman Fire Update
    8. Discussion Phase II Construction Options Update


    1. Approve Angie Thompson, Volunteer Junior High Track Coach
    2. Division 22 Assurances
    3. First Reading Policy FF – Naming Facilities
    4. First Reading Policy FFA – Memorials Honoring Deceased Students/Staff
    5. Review of Strategic Plan 2012-2017
    6. Declare Surplus Items
      1. (1) Butcher Block Table (5’x 2’5 ½ x 2’11”)
      2. (1) Electric Blodgett Convection Oven (3’2”x 3’1 ¼”x 2’5”)
      3. (1) Electric Lang Oven (3’x2’9 ¼”x2’10 ¾”)
      4. (1) Electric Vulcan Stove with 25”x 24” grill and two burners (3’2 ¾”x2’ 6’ 1/2’”x 4’11”)
      5. (3) True Refrigerators (4’ 6 1/2’”x 2’5 1/2’” x 7’)
      6. (1) Hobart Freezer (4’ 6” x 2’ 9 ¼” x 6’ 7”)
      7. (1) True Freezer (4’ 6 ½ x 2’ 5 ½ “ x 7’)
      8. (1) Hobart Dish washer, sink and slides


    1. Audience Communications (Testimony related to non-agenda items.)




    1. Next regular board meeting, February 8, 2016



The Board of Directors of Sherman County School District may address other matters as deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors.

If necessary, an Executive Session may be held in accordance with ORS 192.660

The Sherman County School District recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups. It is the policy of the Sherman County School District that there will be no discrimination or harassment of individuals or groups based on race, color religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, marital status, age, veterans’ status, genetic information or disability in any educational programs, activities or employment.

American with Disabilities Act: Please contact the district office at (541) 565-3500 if you need accommodation to participate. Please telephone at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting date.  Thank you.

4. Century Farm & Ranch Applications


The 2016 version of the applications to have farms and ranches at least 100 years old to be designated as Oregon Century Farms or Ranches is available. The Oregon Century Farm & Century Ranch Program is a statewide recognition program honoring farmers and ranchers whose families have worked the same land for at least 100 years. The program is administered through the Oregon Farm Bureau Foundation for Education.

Since the start of the program in 1958, 1,175 farms and ranches across the state have been registered. In addition, more than 25 farms and ranches have received a Sesquicentennial designation because they have operated for more than 150 consecutive years.

5. History Tidbits: James Weir

Biglow School, District 1, with schoolhouse and a teacherage, was located in the extreme SW corner of the NE quarter of T2N, R18E, NE of Wasco at the head of Biglow Canyon. The Biglow District was organized in 1886, and the Early School District was taken from Biglow, then Emigrant School District formed from part of Biglow in 1915. Biglow School closed in 1929 and students went to Wasco. James Weir bequeathed property for education in this district. ~ASC 1934; Grace (May) Zevely’s personal scrapbooks; Patricia (French) Moore, 1982 Field notes with Ken Fridley & Gordon Hilderbrand; Belshe, They Paved the Way, 1976.

James Weir owned 920 acres in Biglow District and 480 acres in Emigrant District, left in trust for the education of children of these two school districts. When he died in 1907 he willed $2000 to the City of Wasco for a metal fountain. The Weir Charitable Trust continues to provide important opportunities for students. ~Pat Macnab.

 6. Links   bird.owl

John Day River Territory


Fascinating Facts about Daddy Longlegs

 New York Public Library Digital Collections

 André Rieu Surprises Us Once Again With a New Musical Talent

 Higher Perspective

Bulldog Diner at I-84 Exit to Rufus, Oregon

 Gilliam County Traders

 U.S. Air Force

 Commentary: Sanctuary Cities

7. Links: Rural Oregon & Federal Management of Public Lands

Bird.Black.EnvelopeOpinion. In our view, occupation won’t generate urban empathy needed to solve the legitimate issues farmers, ranchers and timber men in the West have with the federal government and its management of public lands.

“Instead we trust the tools provided by the Founders — the ballot box, the legislative process, the courts. The constraints on ranchers, timber men and miners are real. Any hope of getting a legislative solution that accommodates both conservation goals and traditional livelihoods will require reasoned debate and the empathy of urban voters and legislators. The armed occupation of a lonely federal wildlife refuge in the wilds of Oregon will only hurt that effort.” ~ The Capital Press

 Oregon Cattlemen’s Association Criticizes Militia

 What’s Really Going on in Oregon! Taking Back the Narrative! KrisAnne Hall

Taylor Grazing Act: A History of Livestock and Politics

 Commentary: One of the angry ranchers’ complaints might make more sense than you think