Tag: Crow Middle/High School

Sweet Lorane Community News, February 2, 2023

The Chronicle (Creswell)
Sweet Lorane Community News
February 2, 2023
By Pat Edwards

According to Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District teacher, Michele Kau…

“The new Crow Middle/High School construction class has been busy building an awesome storage shed which will soon be raffled off to the public. What makes me most proud is the craftsmanship that these students have demonstrated in building this structure—and another one like it—earlier this year. Our awesome shop teacher, Kyle Kishen, is doing a fantastic job of arming these kids with some life-long, incredibly valuable skills, that they will be able to take with them when they leave us at the end of their high school years… and that’s pretty great!!”

This past week, the school has launched the sale of the tickets for anyone who wants to be eligible to win the shed. Two hundred tickets are being offered for $50 each. The drawing will take place as soon as they are sold. Proceeds will be used to help fund future construction projects. Contact the Crow Middle/High School office if you want to buy raffle tickets at 541-935-2227.

I also recently read a write-up about one of the construction projects undertaken by Eugene 4-J School District called “Future Build House.” For it, students work half days to finish construction of low income housing by learning such skills as cutting and attaching siding, installing windows and using the tools of the trade. By doing so, they can also earn College Now credit through Lane Community College.

These projects are life-changing for some students and it’s the kind of thing that has been absent from many of our schools in recent years when so much emphasis was put on college advanced placement courses and preparation for 4-year colleges, while discontinuing the trades classes that have been so popular in the past. I have long believed that both options are vitally important in today’s high school education—even in middle school. Not all students choose to go to a 4-year college whether it be due to finances, academic status or a desire to train at either a trade school or the school of hard knocks. Don’t get me wrong—a higher education benefits all students—even those interested in working in construction, retail sales, auto mechanics, farming, the hospitality industry, computer technology, and so many other occupations that keep the cogs in the wheel of our daily lives working, if they are able to attend. But, it’s important to expose all students to the many and varied choices available to them and not downplay or denigrate the vital role that being a tradesman or, in today’s jargon, “blue-collar worker” play in all of our lives. Kudos to the return of trades classes in a lot of our schools!

The Rural Art Center’s Lorane Movie Night will be presenting another unnamed family-appropriate movie at the Lorane Grange on Saturday, February 11. Dinner,which includes a selection of homemade soups and bread,will be served at 6:00 p.m. Before the movie begins at 7:00 p.m., RAC’s current community ukelele group will perform for the enjoyment of those attending. The last Movie Night of the season will be held on Saturday, March 11.

RAC partners with the Lorane Grange to provide another fun community event on Sunday, April 16, at 3:00 p.m. The annual Community Talent Show organizers are seeking people with all kinds of talented acts and displays—both formal and funny—to sign up for this year’s events. All of the various acts will be performed on stage at the grange, and display talent—artwork, books, crafts, etc.—will be displayed in the grange kitchen for everyone to view. Contact either Lisa Livelybrooks of RAC (ruralartcenter@gmail.com), or Lil Thompson of the Lorane Grange (541-942-3401; lilyhillthompson@gmail.com) for more information or to sign up.

Sweet Lorane Community News, January 26, 2023

The Chronicle (Creswell)
Sweet Lorane Community News
January 26, 2023
By Pat Edwards

Watching the news these days has become so difficult. The two mass shootings in California this past week were heartbreaking and the enormity of how it has affected not only the victims, their families and others on-site is mind-boggling. Trying to even imagine how any of us would feel if we were in their positions is impossible. But, on January 23, as we read the Lane County Sheriff’s Office bulletin that someone posted on Facebook, it was all brought home…

“23-0459 – School Shooting Threat at Crow High School. This morning just after 9:30 a.m., the Lane County Sheriff’s Office received the report of a school shooting threat involving a student at Crow High School. Investigators responded and learned that the involved student had made a social media post three days ago, asking other students if they would like to help shoot up the school. The involved student was identified and his parents were contacted.
Deputies took the involved juvenile into custody for Disorderly Conduct in the First Degree. He was transported to the SERBU juvenile detention facility and lodged on the listed charge. Investigators have been working closely with school officials to ensure the safety of the community. There is believed to be no ongoing threat at this time.”

Our daughter, Michele Kau, has worked as a teacher at Crow Middle/High School for many years. Our first concern was for her state-of-mind and when we were able to reach her, she was not able to give us any details (which we didn’t ask for), but she assured us that she was fine and felt that the matter had been handled very professionally by the Sheriff’s Department and the school administration. Jim and I are so relieved and thankful that a potential tragedy may have been averted. The knowledge that protocols are in place to deal with this type of situation at our local combined middle/high school is of some comfort, but it also brings the realization that we all need to be aware of those around us—children, included—who make what might seem like innocent remarks that should be taken seriously, or others of all ages who display what seems to be unwarranted anger and distrust or unusual mood-swings.

My mind keeps returning to the thought that, through 80 years of life, I am truly feeling fear for the first time for what is happening in our country on many fronts. I’ve always felt relatively safe and secure in the fact that our children and grandchildren have been raised with values of kindness and respect for others and by so doing, can enjoy a carefree childhood without fear. The concept of “shooter-drills” and teaching them how to stay safe in their school environments is totally foreign to me, but I realize that our schools are being forced by the circumstances to use these measures. Our children and grandchildren are the precious basis for my hope that, by living through these trying times, as adults, they will be able to come to terms with what must be done to bring about the changes that will allow their own children to once again feel safe and be able to enjoy their childhoods. My generation certainly hasn’t been able to do it for them.

Thank you to all of our school administrators, teachers, counselors, Lane County Sheriff’s deputies and, most of all, the students and parents who were able to alert someone about the potential threat so that it could be dealt with. I pray that the student who was taken into custody realizes the consequences of making threatening statements—even if they were not serious—and gets the help he needs to put him on the right path in life.

Sweet Lorane Community News, March 4, 2021

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
March 4, 2021
By Pat Edwards

With the sunshine of the past week and temperatures tickling the 60-degree mark, I have begun to feel a special awareness that spring is just around the corner. A certain energy and revitalization is slowly creeping into this 78-year-old body that has sought the languid warmth and coziness of home all winter. I actually cleared off my large, covered front porch yesterday in preparation for the power-washing that will precede this spring’s new coat of paint that the whole house is scheduled to get. It really needs it, but selecting the new color is proving a bit difficult. Fortunately, we have three daughters who have an eye for that sort of thing who are more than willing to help me decide. Our son Rob would help, too, if not for the color-blindness he was born with… a trait he inherited from my maternal grandfather, I have no doubt.

New growth is also showing up in my flower beds. I welcome the early tulips, daffodils, jonquils, crocuses, bluebells and other spring flowers that are reaching for the sunshine and beginning to “bud-up”—but not-so-much the weeds that are also trying to establish their places among the beds. As our days warm up and the sun makes more appearances, I will need to begin to spend short spurts of time outside, pulling weeds to make way for the flowers, despite a back that complains loudly if I bend over for more than five minutes at a time. I usually find myself sitting on a rolling cart or scooting along on the ground to get the job done. Once the first attacks on weeds are accomplished, I can usually keep up with the chore fairly easily. The work is well-worth it to me. I so enjoy the flowers that I care for and encourage each year!

March is bringing a further opening of the Crow-Applegate-Lorane schools, too. For the past month or so, the district’s K-6 grades have been operating under hybrid, in-school classes called “cohorts” that also include some on-line instruction. Beginning March 15, the Crow Middle/High School will be split into two cohorts that will allow students to begin in-school instruction once again, along with the established on-line instruction. Those who wish to continue with just the on-line classes will also have that option.

Parents of Crow High School seniors are being asked to provide to the school, close-up senior pictures as well as baby pictures of their graduating sons and daughters by April 1. These photos, which will be used for the yearbook and the senior night celebration, can be dropped off at the school or sent as email attachments to crowhighschool2020@gmail.com or cglazier@cal.k12.or.us.

The Lorane Grange is continuing to meet each month while social distancing and wearing masks. Anyone interested in becoming a member should contact Lil Thompson at lilyhillthompson@gmail.com, or any grange member for information and meeting dates.

The Lorane Christian Church is also offering Sunday services each week at 10:00 a.m. Those attending can either join other members inside the chapel or sit inside their cars in the parking lot to listen to the sermon that is broadcast simultaneously on the radio. The sermons are also being offered on Facebook until the pandemic protocols have been lifted for those who cannot attend.

Before long, I hope to be providing info on other local, scheduled celebrations and events as our world begins to awaken from this pandemic that has taken so much joy out of our lives this past year. Let’s all continue to do what we must to allow our lives to take on some semblance of “normalcy” again.

Happy soon-to-be Spring!