Sherman County eNews #326


  1. Screenagers Movie: GROWING UP IN THE DIGITAL AGE, Nov. 28

  2. Veterans Day in The Dalles, Nov. 11

  3. Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event in Wasco a Big Success

  4. People Listen to Me

  5. Sherman County School Winter & Spring Coaching Opportunities!

  6. Rep. Walden’s Championing Healthy Kids Act Passed House on Bipartisan Vote

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


1. Screenagers Movie: GROWING UP IN THE DIGITAL AGE, Nov. 28

moviesSherman PTO and Sherman County Prevention Team will be hosting a viewing of Screenagers on Tuesday, November 28th at 6pm in the school cafeteria.

Screenagers is about the impact of the digital age on children and how to help them
minimize harmful effects and find balance. After seeing the film with your child, we hope that you’ll feel more confident and better equipped to establish balance around screen time. Take home parent guides will be available.

Award-winning SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director’s own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.
Please visit to watch the trailer and learn more.

2. Veterans Day in The Dalles, Nov. 11

American-Flag-StarGrand Opening & Ribbon Cutting. Nov 11, 2:04 PM at Columbia Gorge Veterans Museum, 203 East Second Street, The Dalles. Organized by Columbia Gorge Veterans Museum. Cost: free. Contact: Lisa Commander, Museum Director 541-769-1150

3. Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event in Wasco a Big Success 

Wasco mayor, Carol MacKenzie, reported that 35 vehicles brought in hazardous waste to the hazardous waste collection event in Wasco on Friday.  “The man in charge of this event indicated that he was very pleased with the turn out for this first time location in Wasco,” MacKenzie said. “The semi-trailer looked pretty full to me! Thanks to everyone who brought their hazardous waste to be safely removed from homes and garages!”

4. People Listen to Me

ear.hearThere was an interesting article from Harvard Biz Review – “Stop Underestimating Your Own Influence.” It began with, “We persistently underestimate our influence. We don’t suggest ideas to our boss or ask coworkers for help because we fear rejection. So, we wind up missing opportunities because we doubt our own powers of persuasion.”

Is it our powers of persuasion we doubt, or is it our sense of self-efficacy – the ability to cause, bring about, or make happen – that we doubt? Today, let’s spend a few moments on this vital question.

Efficacy, or human agency as it is sometimes referred to in sociology and philosophy, is the capacity or capability of a person to act in any given situation. Self-efficacy simply means our own ability to act in a given situation. What it really comes down to is our belief in our own ability to act, to cause, to make something happen.

Beliefs are powerful things. At the very foundation of our behaviors and actions are the beliefs we hold about ourselves and our abilities. In the subject matter of the Harvard Biz Review tweet, it’s not so much that we underestimate our influence, but we don’t really believe that we actually have influence. We stop ourselves from contributing, because we don’t believe that what we have to say has value.

How many times have you had something to say in a meeting or conversation, but stopped yourself before a word escaped your lips, because you didn’t believe you had anything worthwhile to contribute? Self-editing in social situations is one thing; stopping yourself from contributing is quite another.

“People listen to me when I speak, because I have valuable and worthwhile things to say.” When you find yourself holding back, feel free to use this affirmation – this statement of fact – to change your inner belief about you. All of us have worthwhile ideas, creativity and energy to contribute and it is time to truly believe it, inside.

It will change your life.

~The Pacific Institute

5. Sherman County School Winter & Spring Coaching Opportunities! 

Sherman County School has Coaching Opportunities!!!!

Coaching positions are currently available in the following areas: 


5th-8th Boys Basketball (2 positions)

5th-8th Girls Basketball (1 position) 


Boys and Girls HS Track & Field (Head Coach)

Boys and Girls HS Track & Field (Assistant Coach)

Boys and Girls Tennis (Head Coach)

Criminal record check and pre-employment drug testing will be required for all positions. For further information and application materials please email Gary Lewis at or Wes Owens at Sherman County School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

6. Rep. Walden’s Championing Healthy Kids Act Passed House on Bipartisan Vote

American flag2WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Greg Walden’s (R-Hood River) plan to extend vital funding for important public health priorities passed the House on a bipartisan vote today. [11/3/2017] Walden’s legislation — the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act — provides funding extensions of public health programs such as:

  • A five-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
  • A two-year extension of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) or Community Health Centers 
  • A two-year extension for additional public health programs, including: The National Health Service Corps, Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education, Family-to-Family Health Information Centers, the Youth Empowerment Program, and the Personal Responsibility Education Program.

During a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives today, Walden highlighted how the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act will be especially important for Oregonians. Community health centers offer health care options in rural and underserved areas in Oregon, and Walden’s legislation ensures they have the funding to continue providing services to Oregonians.

“While states still have rollover CHIP funds available and the next wave of community health center funds won’t go out until next year, we cannot wait any longer,” said Walden on the floor of the House of Representatives. “Patients cannot wait any longer. Patients need care, and these critical programs need funding.  In my district alone, there are 12 federally-qualified health center organizations, with 63 delivery sites leveraging over $41 million in federal dollars in order to serve over 240,000 patients.  These health centers are prevention and public health in action, often serving as the main provider of care for miles.”

To read a fact sheet on the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act, please click here:

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

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