McKenzie School District

McKenzie logoEditor's note: On 9/21/16 The McKenzie School board voted unanimously to approve creation of a charter school. This report covers a community meeting prior to that vote:

FINN ROCK: “We are McKenzie so we study the McKenzie as a textbook, as a source of knowledge.” That sentiment from Science teacher Nate Day was part the rationale supporters of a proposed charter school presented at a meeting last Wednesday. He went on to note that charter schools have a “place based” emphasis that is, “Not all about sitting down in a classroom. With all the natural resources we have - from waterfalls, Clear Lake, mountains and the amazing river - every single classroom can have a direct connection to the world.”
For Corey Culp, the charter school concept wasn’t appealing when he first heard about it. “As a teacher I had to think about how would I start implement it and how would I have to start changing my classroom to make it fit,” he wondered.

McK EagleBy Jim Thomas
FINN ROCK: The McKenzie School Board will be holding a public hearing at 6:30pm on September 14th in the high school library to receive input on the proposed conversion of the district’s K-12 program into the McKenzie River Community School.
An application for the Community School was submitted by a group made up of community members, educators and parents who are interested in increasing opportunities for our students to receive the highest quality education possible with the resources that are available. The focus of the proposed school, if approved, will be natural resources and career technical education. The core curriculum will remain pretty much the same.
The board encourages all of you who have questions or concerns, to attend the meeting and to give your input.

McKenzie Varsity Sports Schedule This Week

The McKenzie Varsity Volley-ball team hosts Siletz Valley on Tuesday, September 15. The match will start at 6:00 pm. The McKenzie Cross Country Teams host the EWEB Canal Run on Wednesday, September 16 with the race starting at 4:30 pm. The start of the race is located near the Johnson Creek Road in Leaburg. Further directions may be found on or calling the McKenzie High School Office.

By Cliff Richardson, Photos by Katelyn Caulley


McKenzie Varsity Sports Schedule This Week

The Middle School Track season came to a close over the weekend at the District Track Meet. Our kids performed very well. The following athletes were district champions:
Morgan Munch: 100M
Sophia Brownlee: 400M
Jade Hayes: 800M
4x200M Relay: Jade Hayes, Anna McNutt, Cassidy Campbell, Kanyen Kamrath
Jake Rauch: Discus, Javelin
Kanyen Kamrath: High Jump

This week will be the last game of the season for the baseball team as  they travel to Monroe.

Our baseball team was busy last week with three games and continues to improve.
The track team traveled to Portland to take part in the 1A Track Classic where our girls took 3rd place. The following athletes had PR's.
Buggy Hiddleston: Shot Put: 34'8.5 & Javelin: 103'1
Naomi Satchell: 1500m- 6:05.71
Idgie Glynn: Long Jump: 14'6
This week the MCTF will be hosting the Middle School District Meet. The
weather looks to be great. Hope to see you all out supporting our

Our baseball team was busy over the break when they traveled to Siletz last Friday for a double header. Although they did not come away victorious, our boys showed great improvement from our first game. Game 1 score was 10-0, while the game 2 score was 5-1. This week the baseball team will get back at it with two games while the track team will travel to Sherman on Saturday. As was expected, with the start of spring sports the rain seems to be upon us. As postponements occur, I'll do my best to update all of you through email.

Our girls basketball season has come to end, but it was a great ride.
After suffering losses to North Douglas and Elkton our girls were  eliminated from the 2015 OSAA State Championships at Baker City. Buggy  Hiddleston was named the player of the game in each contest. We had a  great time and our girls represented all of you well with great effort  and sportsmanship. When you see them, please thank them for their fine  representation of our community.

Our girls Basketball team is headed back to Baker City for the third  time in four years for the OSAA State Championships this week! Thanks to  our great fans who packed the gym on Saturday night. Our girls defeated  Trinity Lutheran 45-33. We had previously lost twice to the Saints this  year. Your support played a huge role in the victory. Thanks again for  coming.

Last week our boys basketball season ended with a loss to Alsea. They finished 8-17 overall with a 6th place finish in the MWL. Please congratulate the boys as well as Coach Scrivner on a job well done of representing our school with honor. During the MWL championships three of our boys were recognized on the all-league team. Blue Bloomer received honorable mention while Alex Nastasiuk and Eric Huffman were selected to the 3rd team.


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