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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.

Case & PooleBy Finn J.D. John
It was just another work night for the engineer and crew of the No. 15 California Express on the night of Jan. 29, 1897. They’d passed all the long, lonely stretches where train robbers liked to operate, and were now in settled country, steaming past the little community of Shady Point; in three miles they’d be pulling into Roseburg. So when a man with a lantern started signaling frantically for their train to stop, they weren’t particularly suspicious.

2/23/15

McKenzie students in grades, 8, 10-11 and 12 were interviewed to get their input for three categories: Strengths, Challenges and opportunities. Below is a compilation of their input.

STRENGTHS

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.

Train torpedoBy Finn J.D. John
Darkness had fallen in Cow Creek Canyon, in the remote fastness of south Douglas County, on July 1, 1895. It was just after 10 p.m., and the northbound California Express No. 15 was winding its way through the hairpin turns along the mountainside. Suddenly the black night was lit up with a brilliant flash as a big explosion thundered out from beneath the front wheels.

Planning meetingFINN ROCK: “Our job as a community and as a school is to make sure every student has an opportunity to be the best they can be,” were the words superintendent Jim Thomas used to open a public meeting at the McKenzie Elementary School’s pagoda building last Wednesday night. “We cannot short change them in terms of academics, social skills or the work ethic they need to have to be successful in whatever field they choose to go into,” he added.

During the 2-1/2 hour session parents, teachers and administrators broke up into small groups that worked on topics ranging from expanding vocational training to ways of  improving communications with the community.

 

McKenzie School District Strategic Plan
First Draft
“Inspiring students to achieve their academic and individual potential“

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McKenzie River Reflections is the weekly newspaper serving Oregon's McKenzie River Valley. Available by mail for $23/yr in Lane County, $29/yr outside Lane. Digital subscriptions are $23/yr. Subscribe at: http://mckenzieriverreflectionsnewspaper.com/catalog/subscriptions-0. Purchase copies online at: http://mckenzieriverreflectionsnewspaper.com/catalog/back-issues-0. Read about area communities including Cedar Flat, Walterville, Camp Creek, Leaburg, Vida, Nimrod, Finn Rock, Blue River, Rainbow and McKenzie Bridge.