SPS student groups go to regionals
Our 4th – 8th grade students recently had the opportunity to participate in this great annual event, Battle of the Books, which is organized by the Oregon Association of Librarians along with a small army of Seven Peaks parent volunteers. The Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) is a statewide voluntary reading motivation and comprehension program. Students in 3rd – 12th grade, regardless of ability, are exposed to quality literature representing a variety of literary styles and viewpoints. OBOB’s mission is to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, to broaden reading interests, to increase reading comprehension, promote academic excellence, and to promote cooperative learning and teamwork among students.
Seven Peaks student teams competed for points by correctly answering questions about this year’s assigned books. Seven Peaks will send the winning 5th grade team, “Punctuation Pandas” and the winning 6th grade team, “Nice Shirts”, to the Regional Battle of the Books competition in Sisters, OR on Saturday, March 10th.
Congratulations go out to the winning elementary team: Alicia Watson, Tenner Desmond, Finley Chapple, Madeline Hall and Emma Davidson (not photographed). And to the winning middle school team: Mikhal Hetherington, Will Livingston, Sam Massari, and Jaiden Smith. A special thank you to Seven Peaks School for supporting this event and to the following parent volunteers who helped make this experience a possibility: Kendra Massari, Hazel Chapple, Jeannie Livingston, Ann Nielsen, Laurie Hetherington, Wendi Laakman, Amy Barber, Jenny Smithers, Darcy Davidson, Rachel Preston, Jennifer Egeland, Lisa Kerns, Vigdis Burke, Giselle Beucus, Bridget Evans and Emily Henry.
We want to thank and acknowledge all of the parents who encouraged their children to read, read, read in preparation for the Battle!
Recognizing his years of service and contributions to the organization
The Seven Peaks Board of Directors is very proud to recognize Scott Lovejoy for his many years of service, personal dedication, and financial contributions to the school.
Last Tuesday, topping off the lineup of Re-Enrollment Night presentations, longtime Seven Peaks parent, supporter and former board chairman, Scott Lovejoy was invited onto the stage to receive the Chairman Emeritus Award.
Seven Peaks School co-founder and board member Carol Tobey made the announcement and presented the award.
“Scott is a dear friend, an incredible man with a great heart, and I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this special recognition,” said Tobey.
Humbled and soft-spoken in his manner, Lovejoy took to the podium and shared some of his heartfelt thoughts. “Thank you very much for this honor. I deeply appreciate receiving it from Seven Peaks, a school which our family dearly loves.”
Reflecting on his past work and experience with Seven Peaks: “I spent nine years on the Board with others who were as committed to this school as anyone in this room. I was honored to serve with them. Each Board member made major contributions to the success of our initiatives and projects, as well as balancing the budget and setting policy. Only the efforts of dedicated, committed parents can accomplish what we all seek for our school.”
Since Re-Enrollment Night is an opportunity for current parents to learn more about what makes Seven Peaks special, while reminded of why they are choosing this school over the other options available to them, Lovejoy explained what he believes makes the critical difference.
“I’m often asked, why do you love this school so much? As with most things one loves, there are many reasons,” noted Lovejoy. “For one thing, we recognize the immense value that comes from the academic rigor and individual attention given to our children. For another, the great community of like-minded parents who have joined together to support and benefit our most precious assets: our children.”
“The parents and families at Seven Peaks set a high standard, and that standard is supported by our entire community, which in turn benefits all our children.”
Lovejoy’s remarks received a standing ovation.
“We couldn’t agree more with Scott’s thoughtful assessment,” observes Tobey. “The Board is committed to continuing the history of excellence and I’m so glad we can still draw from Scott’s wisdom and experience to ensure the future for Seven Peaks.”
Seven Peaks is currently working on a milestone event: the search for the first Head of School to take the organization into the future. Lovejoy continues to be involved through his advisory role to the current Board of Directors.
This is a great job! This past Friday, again, our students, staff and parents made Seven Peaks an even better school. In keeping with our tradition of honoring veterans, our assembly was nothing short of spectacular. As a teacher, it is inspiring to watch students grow and gain new knowledge of our world. Today, students learned of sacrifice and dedication. They learned our freedoms come from great sacrifice. They demonstrated their appreciation with their respectful behavior, their beautiful voices and talented musical prowess. The quote below is just one of the many compliments that were shared following the assembly.
“The tribute was absolutely beautiful and heart warming. My kids have attended a few Veterans Day assemblies at previous schools, but this one topped them all. You did a wonderful job honoring the veterans, family members, all branches of service, and making it meaningful for the kids as well. Your singers and musicians are so talented and SO well behaved! I am honored to be part of this community!” Sandra Woll
As your principal, please know what an honor it is for me to participate in their education and growth as citizens. Our staff will continue to provide the best instruction and learning opportunities for our students.
Kids Inc. will provide after school care this coming school year
Friday, May 19
8:00am – 1:30pm
Our annual Art Show is an inspiring showcase of student work over the course of the year. At SPS, we have the privilege of offering a well-rounded education, and this event truly shows that art is not “an elective” here; it is an integral part of our students’ education. All students have the chance to visit the show and admire the art, and we highly encourage parents to come and let your child tell you about their hard work and the variety of skills and techniques they have learned. Our gym comes to life and becomes a visual feast as it transforms into a self-guided art gallery highlighting our students’ artwork at all grade levels. This event is open to the general public.
Friday, May 19
8:00am – 1:30pm
What better way to celebrate family and show off student multimedia art creations! Every spring we purposefully honor Grandparents in conjunction with our Art Show. Students invite and host their Grandparents, that come from near and far, as they join us for a reception and a self-guided tour of our school gym which is transformed visual feast for the eyes. Hope your can attend! This event is open to the general public as well.
Seven Peaks School PreK – 5th Grade (current & new 2017/2018 students are welcome)
Wed, 5/3 – Wed, 6/7
3:15 – 4:15pm
Meeting place to be determined
Register online or at office
Students must wash hands before participating
Week 1 – 5/2: Ship Building Challenge
Week 2 – 5/10: Lego Marble Maze
Week 3 – 5/17: Tallest Self-Supported Building Challenge
Week 4 – 5/24: Building with One Color
Week 5 – 5/31: Lego Car Race
Week 6 – 6/7: Creative Free Play
For more info contact: Ellie Eliopulos at email@example.com
Monday, May 15th
8:30 – 9:30am
Kindergarten – 8th grade students will attend this special event and we highly encourage all interested parents, family members and friends to attend. Those outside of our school community are welcome as well! Just check-in at the front desk upon arrival. Take a moment to watch documentary trailer, The Real Stuff, with Commander Jim Wetherbee and his crew as they travel into space to repair the crippled Russian MIR Space Station.
Jim Wetherbee’s Bio
With thirty-five years of experience in high-hazard operational environments, Jim Wetherbee is passionate about helping leaders and operators in dangerous endeavors with critical mission objectives. He is the only American astronaut to have commanded five missions in space, and the only person to have landed the Space Shuttle five times.
Jim began his career as a Naval Aviator aboard the USS John F Kennedy, flying the A-7 Corsair. In his second tour, he was a test pilot in the F/A-18 Hornet. Jim has logged 345 arrested landings aboard aircraft carriers, and he has flown 20 different types of air and space vehicles.
In 1984, Jim was selected to join NASA in its tenth group of astronauts. Over his twenty-year career, he flew six times on the Space Shuttle. The five-time commander flew two missions to the Russian Space Station, Mir, and two missions to the International Space Station. In 1998, he was appointed as director, Flight Crew Operations, selected to improve the flight and ground safety in the astronaut corps.
Bringing his experience from the aerospace industry, Jim joined the oil and gas industry as a Safety and Operations Auditor. As a VP, Operating Leadership, he helped improve operating results consistently over the long-term, by emphasizing effective leadership behaviors to inspire people to perform with operating excellence.
Jim is the author of Controlling Risk—In A Dangerous World. In this book, he describes thirty Techniques of Operating Excellence, developed in the space program to help astronauts (and operators in any high-hazard environment) to simultaneously prevent accidents and improve performance.
- Bachelor of Science, Aerospace Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 1974
- Graduate, US Navy Test Pilot School, 1981
- Lifetime Member, Society of Experimental Test Pilots (since 1983)
- Honorary Member, Musicians’ Union, Local 47, American Federation of Musicians, Los Angeles, CA
- US Astronaut Hall of Fame (inducted 2010)