Sherman County eNews #70


  1. 6th Annual Sherman County School Spring Sports Jog-a-Thon

  2. Volunteer for Sherman County High School Track & Field Events

  3. OSU Extension & Sherman County School “Taste Test Thursdays”

  4. Free Hands-on Outdoor Education Program for High School Students, June 18-23

  5. Passive-Aggressive Obstacles

  6. Set Your Clock Ahead & Test Your Tread

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

1. 6th Annual Sherman County School Spring Sports Jog-a-Thon

Sport.RunWalk16th Annual Sherman County School

Spring Sports Jog-a-Thon

This year will mark the 6th annual jog-a-thon fundraising event at Sherman County School. On Wednesday, March 15, 2017, from 3:45 PM until 5:45 PM, the participants of the high school track, tennis and baseball teams will be on the track raising money for their respective sports. Participants will run, jog, and/or walk the high school track for a period of 2 hours. The goal is to complete as many ¼ mile laps as possible, earning your support along the way.

Leading up to this event, participants will be looking for sponsors to help fundraise for their respective programs. Sponsors have two options when determining how much they would like to pledge to each participant:

  1. Pledge a certain amount per lap completed (ex: $1.00 per lap multiplied by 10 laps = $10 dollars).
  2. Pledge a flat total regardless of laps completed (ex: $15.00 total).

Families and community members are encouraged to come to the event to cheer on our participants.

2. Volunteer for Sherman County High School Track & Field Events

sports.javelinDear Parent, Guardians and Community Members,

Track and Field season is upon us once again. Sherman County High School Track and Field team will be hosting the annual Sherman County Invitational home meet on April 29, 2017 in Moro.  Field events will start at 11:00 AM and Track events will begin at 1:00 PM. We are looking for parents, guardians and community members to help us out once again by volunteering to run events throughout the day. Volunteer duties range from running the clipboard at field event to measuring competitor’s jumps/throws.

It truly takes a whole community to run a track meet and we are grateful to have such a supporting community. All of the support from parents and community members in running this meet has paid off over the years and we are fortunate enough to get a spotlight and sponsorship by Nike this year for our meet.

To continue to produce such a successful event again this year, I am in need of your help. To run the events at our track meet, it takes a minimum of 30 volunteers. If you are willing to volunteer your time and assist with the meet, please contact me. The more volunteers that we have, the easier events will go and we can rotate volunteers out so they can go watch their athletes compete.

The events that volunteers are needed for are: Boys/Girls Javelin (4-6),  Boys Shot Put (3-4), Girls Shot Put (3-4), Boys & Girls Discus (4-6), Boy & Girls High Jump (3), Boys Long & Triple Jump (4-5), Girls Long & Triple Jump (4-5), and Boy & Girls Pole Vault (3).

As a way to give back and thank our volunteers, I will be ordering each volunteer a Sherman Invitational T-Shirt to wear on the meet day while they are assisting with the events. Please email me your shirt size so that I can get these ordered ASAP.

If you would be interested in volunteering your time to this event it would be much appreciated. Please contact Kyle Pfeifer at 541-565-3500 or (Fastest means of Contact) with the event you are interested in volunteering for and your shirt size. It is my hope to get the T-shirts ordered by Wednesday March 15, 2017.

Thank you,

Kyle Pfeifer

Social Studies Teacher

Head Track Coach

Sherman County School 

3. OSU Extension & Sherman County School “Taste Test Thursdays”

food.sack1A partnership between Sherman County School and OSU Sherman County Extension has students enjoying “Taste Test Thursdays” featuring vegetables or fruits once a month.  Sherman food service head, ReeElla vonBorstel, wanted students to be exposed to a greater variety of vegetables and fruits, prior to introducing new items to the menu.  Cindy Brown, OSU Sherman County Extension 4-H Youth Development & Healthy Living educator, wanted to offer more nutrition education to Sherman County School.

Sherman County School participates in the Oregon Farm-to-School program, which is part of the Oregon Department of Education child nutrition programs.  Farm-to-School connects schools and farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias; improving student nutrition; providing agricultural, health and nutrition education opportunities; and supporting local/regional farmers.

Through the Oregon Farm-to-School program, Sherman County School purchases Sherman County and Oregon produced foods with grant assistance.  Another focus of the Oregon Farm-to-School program is taste testing, which is very important for a variety of reasons.  Taste tests allow students the opportunity to try a variety of foods, especially those which are locally grown and/or in season; facilitates a change in food choices, thus allowing new/local foods that are accepted by students to be integrated into school meals; and having students taste healthy food items which is at the heart of nutrition education.

The Sherman County School “Taste Test Thursdays” will be held once a month, starting this February with avocados (served as guacamole with whole grain corn chips) and March with jicama (peeled, sliced and served with salsa/ranch dressing).  April will feature asparagus and May will feature strawberries.  Food service staff have selected these vegetables and fruits, while OSU Extension staff and volunteers prepare and conduct the taste tests in the cafeteria during lunch.

On their way into the lunch room, students pass by the taste test table, where they are offered a small sample of the day’s featured item.  Educational displays on the table show the food “as-grown” as well as pictures about how the food is grown, harvested and/or prepared.  About 40% of the students are willing to do the taste tests, and often, those who have declined the initial offer will return to the taste table during their lunch time to try a sample.

4. Free Hands-on Outdoor Education Program for High School Students, June 18-23 

Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute June 18-23

CONDON, OR — This summer, high school students from northeastern Oregon have the opportunity to participate in a FREE weeklong, hands-on outdoor education program at Cottonwood Canyon State Park. Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute (CCSI) — set for June 18-23, 2017 — is presented through a partnership between Oregon State Parks Foundation, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Eastern Oregon University, Eastern Oregon GO-STEM, and the Department of Environmental Quality.

The program supports 20-25 students and their teachers from high schools in Gilliam, Sherman, Wheeler, Morrow, Wasco, Grant, Jefferson, Umatilla and Crook counties. There is no cost to the teachers or students for attendance, and they are eligible for continuing education or college credit from EOU for their participation.

“Oregon State Parks Foundation is pleased to be able to offer this program for a third year,” said the foundation’s executive director, Seth Miller. “Students will experience a wide range of alternative careers, and many return to their communities to build connection and interest in rural sustainability and natural resource stewardship.”

Educational curriculum for the week includes watershed management, restoration of riparian zones, photography, writing, astronomy and the nocturnal lives of animals. Faculty include a professional hydrologist, botanist, a specialist in watershed management and other natural resource experts.

EOU faculty will attend as shadows to learn about teaching methodologies in an outdoor environment. High School teachers will also attend with their students and will have separate seminars about outdoor education.

More information is posted on the News & Updates tab at To learn more or register to attend, contact

5. Passive-Aggressive Obstacles

Do you know what it means to behave in a passive-aggressive way? Let’s talk about this behavior today, and maybe you’ll recognize yourself or perhaps someone you know.

The term passive-aggressive came into being during World War II, when an Army psychiatrist used it to describe soldiers who ignored or resisted orders.

According to clinical psychologist Scott Wetzler, passive-aggressive behavior is not being passive one minute and aggressive the next. It is really sugar-coated hostility, or aggression with an escape clause.

Passive-aggressive people are invariably an hour late, a dollar short and a block away, armed with an endless list of excuses to deflect responsibility. To make matters worse, they then turn the tables on you, making themselves the hapless victims of what they’ll call your excessive demands and criticism. The damage they can do to your departments or teams is reflected in overall performance and organizational culture scores.

Folks who behave this way often feel powerless and believe nothing they do makes any difference. They think they are getting a bad deal out of life and they are mad as heck about it, but afraid to let their feelings out. Often, they have suppressed their true feelings for so long that they are quite unaware of them.

If you recognize yourself in this description, what should you do? Well, start by reminding yourself that it’s important to resolve, not suppress, your interpersonal conflicts and to find appropriate and constructive channels for expressing your anger. A reputable counselor can help you learn how.

It’s also important to develop your sense of personal power and mastery, and there are many good programs that can teach you to do that. You truly are in the driver’s seat of your own life, and now might be a great time to take some personal accountability and grab the wheel. ~ The Pacific Institute

6. Set Your Clock Ahead & Test Your Tread

wheel.rimAs Oregonians set their clocks ahead an hour this weekend, it’s a great time to test their tread—on both their shoes and their tires. SAIF, ODOT and OSP encourage everyone to spring forward safely and check tread correctly.

Slips, trips and falls are a leading cause of injury for Oregon workers. One way Oregonians can help prevent injuries is by wearing shoes that are in good condition, with good tread.

Workers should check their shoe soles often—one way to remember is to check them when you fall back or spring forward. Replace your shoes when the worn-out, smooth part on the sole of your shoe is bigger than two pennies. Download a poster to share with your company (

Tires with worn tread or improper inflation can cause deadly crashes. In fact, tires are the single most important mechanical component of vehicle control and safe driving. Learn what to look for on the Oregon State Police tire tread website (—Tire-Safety.aspx). If you see a wear bar, the tread has fallen to 2/32 of an inch; this is designed to tell you it’s time to replace your tires.

In a pinch? Use a penny! Insert one into the tire’s tread groove with Lincoln’s head upside down. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, it’s time to replace your tires. Either way, this weekend, spring forward and check your tread.

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