Sherman County eNews #61


  1. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update

  2. Sherman County School Classified Employee Appreciation Week

  3. “Get Oregonized” Textbooks for Sherman County Third Grade Class

  4. What would you change?

  5. Day One: Secretary Zinke Signs Orders to Expand Access to Public Lands

  6. National Grammar Day: Transitions, Me & Myself

  7. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

 You don’t know why God has put someone in your path. It’s not a coincidence. God has strategically lined up every person, every detail, every step of your life. Now do your part. Don’t miss an opportunity to be a blessing. ~ Joel Osteen

1. Sherman County School Athletic Schedule Update

         sports.javelin HS Track Schedule

March 4, 2017 – Hood River clinic has been CANCELLED


2. Sherman County School Classified Employee Appreciation Week

Logo.Sherman High SchoolThank You Classified and Support Staff Employees!

Classified Employee Appreciation Week presents us with an amazing opportunity to thank our support personnel for the critical roles they play in the success of our District. They constantly work together to ensure the best education possible for ALL students. Every staff member works tirelessly to uphold the District motto of, “Working Together to Put Student Success First”. The week of March 6-10 is National Classified School Employee Week. Not only during this week, but throughout the entire school year, I want to recognize the outstanding classified employees and other support staff who work in the Sherman County School District. Their service and devotion is vital to the everyday operation of our schools.

 Our Instructional Assistants do amazing things daily that often go unnoticed. Debbie Bird, Betsy Casper, Deanna Christiansen, Connie Greenwood, Tina Kaseberg, Tionie Kock, and Jessica Mark perform a myriad of tasks over the course of a school day to support teachers and students. They pride themselves on jumping in and assisting with anything that they can. These wonderful ladies are all tremendous team players.

 Our libraries are supervised by Deanna Christiansen and Marylou Martin. Together with the caring Public School Library staff, they professionally support our students, teachers, and the community on a daily basis. Their friendly and helpful service is commendable and they provide an abundance of helpful materials, books, technology and information.

 We are fortunate to have an outstanding food service program and new facility in the Sherman County School District. Ree Ella von Borstel and Darcy Henry do a fantastic job preparing nutritious breakfast and lunch meals for our students. Their friendly service to our students and staff is exemplary.

 We have a custodial staff that has a tremendous amount of pride in caring for our facility. Jack McAllister, Wendy Moreland and Craig Wood simply do a fantastic job. We regularly receive outstanding comments from community members, parents from other schools, and students about how clean our facility is.

 Our seasonal groundskeepers, Bruce and Synoma Olsen, do an outstanding job of keeping our district grounds looking immaculately groomed. From the athletic fields to the new landscape at Sherman County School, their hard work is evident.

Jennifer Berry, Audrey Rooney and Jeanie Pehlke are the faces and voices of our school offices. They are professional, friendly, and helpful to everyone with whom they come in contact during the day. They answer questions and process a remarkable amount of requests from parents, students, teachers, and administrators. We are extremely fortunate to have them working in their positions.

 Kim McKinney is the Business Manager for the Sherman County School District. She works tirelessly supporting the staff, school board, and administration. Her finance and budgeting experience is noteworthy.

If you ever get the opportunity, please take a moment to thank these wonderful employees for all that they do to support the students, parents, and teachers in our community.

As always, I encourage your feedback and participation in the life of the Sherman County School District. I welcome your comments, questions, or concerns. Please give me a call at 541-565-3500 or send me an email at


Wes Owens


Sherman County School District

3. “Get Oregonized” Textbooks for Sherman County Third Grade Class

Oregon.Flat.poleA second classroom at Sherman County School has received a gift of “Get Oregonized” textbooks.  The third grade class, taught by Talese Slay, looks forward to using the books donated by the Columbia Gorge chapter of Oregon Women for Agriculture and Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation.

“Get Oregonized” is a history book written for students in grades three, four and five studying Oregon’s history and regions. The text is designed to help students understand and appreciate the rich history, people and natural resources that shaped the state of Oregon. Maps, illustrations and photographs complement the easy to read text.

The local Columbia Gorge chapter of Oregon Women for Agriculture (OWA) and Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) do a variety of outreach and educational projects in the state of Oregon “to communicate the story of today’s agriculture”.   This encourages students’ knowledge of agriculture and food systems, the environment and natural resources.  Local projects include placement of crop identification signs in fields along major roads; a spring literacy project which involves OWA members volunteering in area classrooms to present a book and learning activities about agriculture;

Oregon Women for Agriculture have the following purposes:  to educate and inform the membership and the public about the importance of agriculture to the economy and to the environment;  to engage all phases of Oregon agriculture having mutual concerns;  to do everything possible to see that agricultural interests are heard and dealt with fairly; and to support and encourage research that will benefit agriculture.

Agriculture in the Classroom is a nationwide educational program designed to help students develop an awareness and understanding that agriculture is the source of our food, clothing, shelter and other essentials.  In Oregon, the program is a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) foundation. The College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University (OSU) provides office space on the OSU campus.

4. What Would You Change?

If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?

Now, we are not talking about magic, because some things – such as how tall you are – simply cannot be changed.

But, you know, there really isn’t much that you can’t alter if you want it badly enough – assuming you know how to go about it, and assuming that you take action as needed. “Wanting to badly” is a great start, but it won’t get you anywhere by itself. Neither will affirmations or visualizations, if that’s all you do.  Writing about it in a journal is a fine thing, but writing is not action.

If you want to get started making changes in yourself, pick one thing to begin with. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as it’s do-able. Then go after it with everything you’ve got. Visualize how you’ll feel and behave after the change is made. Write affirmations to support the visualization, and repeat them every day, over and over. Make an action plan with sub-goals, and daily and weekly tasks. Make yourself accountable to follow the plan and reward yourself every time you achieve a sub-goal.

Enlist help if you need it, and don’t worry about how long it takes. (Worry actually is negative goal-setting!) If you keep moving toward the end-result you want, and you keep tracking your progress, you’ll get there. Really! This same method works for teams, departments, even entire organizations.

There’s an extra, added bonus. When you see that you can do it, you will inspire others – and yourself – to do even more. ~ The Pacific Institut

5. Day One: Secretary Zinke Signs Orders to Expand Access to Public Lands

~ Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington

Orders Strengthen America’s Outdoor Heritage & Restore Opportunities for Sportsmen and Anglers

WASHINGTON — Today, on his first day on duty, Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (pronounced ZINK-ee) issued two secretarial orders which expand access to public lands and increase hunting, fishing, and recreation opportunities nationwide. These orders deliver on promises made by both President Donald J. Trump and Secretary Zinke to expand access to America’s public lands. The action was hailed by representatives from sportsmen, conservation, and recreation organizations.

“Outdoor recreation is about both our heritage and our economy. Between hunting, fishing, motorized recreation, camping and more, the industry generates thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity,” said Zinke. “Over the past eight years however, hunting, and recreation enthusiasts have seen trails closed and dramatic decreases in access to public lands across the board. It worries me to think about hunting and fishing becoming activities for the land-owning elite. This package of secretarial orders will expand access for outdoor enthusiasts and also make sure the community’s voice is heard.”

The two secretarial orders include:

Secretarial Order 3346 advances conservation stewardship, improves game and habitat management, and increases outdoor recreation opportunities by directing bureaus and agencies to immediately identify areas where recreation and fishing can be expanded. The order also requests input from the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council and Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council to provide recommendations on enhancing and expanding access on public lands and improving habitat for fish and wildlife.

Secretarial Order 3347 overturns the recent ban lead ammunition and fish tackle used on Fish and Wildlife Service lands, waters, and facilities. The order highlights the need for additional review and consultation with local stakeholders.

Secretary Zinke was joined by representatives from the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, National Shooting Sports Foundation, Boone and Crockett Club, Wild Sheep Foundation, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, National Rifle Association, Safari Club, National Wild Turkey Foundation, Archery Trade Association, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, American Recreation Council, Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, and National Marine Manufacturers Association.

6. National Grammar Day: Transitions, Me & Myself

Don’t forget to celebrate National Grammar Day on Saturday.

This revered holiday has been around since 2008, but many of us like to celebrate it much more often than once a year. I feel exactly the same way about National Chocolate Eclair Day (June 22) and National Cook a Sweet Potato Day (Feb. 22).


A long, long time ago, when people regularly listened to things called albums on devices called turntables, they would hear a few seconds of only the scratch of the needle on the vinyl, which meant one song had ended and the next one was beginning.

English speakers, instead, use transitional words and phrases as they move from one thought to the next. These words and phrases help the listener or reader understand how the points are connected.

Transitions can signal different things. And many, many choices are available to us.

  • Transitions can add to the same thought: also, again, likewise, moreover.
  • They can connect cause and effect: so, thus, therefore, consequently.
  • They can compare two thoughts: but, still, similarly, rather.
  • They can emphasize a detail: above all, primarily.
  • They can illustrate a point: specifically, namely, for example.

Where would we be without transitions?

At times, people use extra long transitions. Perhaps they are creating a dramatic delay for their listeners. But many of these long phrases can be trimmed to a word or two:

That being said (still)

Be that as it may (but)

With this in mind (so, therefore)

At any rate (still)

While it may be true (though)

On the other hand (still, but)

For the time being (for now)



I have written before about the misuse of “I” when “me” should be used.


Wrong: Just between you and I, Angelica had a nose job.

Right: Just between you and me, Angelica had a nose job.

People similarly misuse “myself.” This word is not a fancy replacement for “me,” but people seem to think it is.


Wrong: If you have questions about the dress policy, contact Calvin, Eileen or myself.

Right: If you have questions about the dress policy, contact Calvin, Eileen or me.

Use “myself” when you have done something to yourself.

Sometimes when I bake all day long, I manage to burn myself.


“Myself” can also be used to emphasize the “I” or “me” in the sentence. I’m not convinced that it’s needed all the time, but it does add just a shade of difference.

I myself believe the alibi. Sherlock does not.

I made the tomato sauce myself. I didn’t use something from a jar.

But “myself” is not to be used as a substitute for “me.”

Sources: Study Guides and Strategies, Oxford Dictionaries

By Bernadette Kinlaw

7. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

bird.talkGenealogy & Local History 

Local Colors

Travel Oregon Trip Ideas 

Pew Research Center 

Tribal Fishermen at Lyle Falls, Klickitat River, Washington t