JJ Morris signs with Grays Harbor College softballPosted by Wishkah Publishing on 1/16/2020 11:00:00 AM
Morris signs with Grays Harbor College softball
Kristi Christian photo | Wishkah senior Jadyn Morris signed a Northwest Athletic Conference letter of intent to play softball at Grays Harbor College next fall. Jadyn's father, John, as well as coaches Wendy Olson (left) and Tove Reibel, watch as Morris signed the paperwork. Morris is a four-year letterman and third baseman for the Loggerettes and is planning on studying criminal justice.
A quick guide to the upcoming levy/bondsPosted by Wishkah Publishing on 1/14/2020 3:00:00 PM
Wishkah Valley School
February 11, 2020
Wishkah Valley School District will be asking community members to renew their levy support by approving a two-year Educational Program and Operations Enhancement Levy (formerly called the Maintenance & Operation Levy), and for a new, smaller four-year Technology and Telecommunications Levy.
Educational Programs and Operations Enhancement Levy
This levy was also known as the Maintenance and Operation Levy (M&O). The proposed levy is not new. Tt is replacing the current levy that is expiring on December 31, 2020. If passed, this levy will not impose a new tax, but will replace the expiring tax.
School levies are the only locally approved ballot measures that directly pay for the classroom and educational needs of students not funded by the state.
The state of Washington does not fully fund public education. The combined state, federal and other budgeted revenues only provide a portion of a school district’s budget, like Wishkah’s.. This levy is a property tax approved by the community for educational programs.
Technology and Telecommunications Levy
This is a new proposed levy. This small levy is to help maintain and bring up-to-date technology for students and for the school district in our technology driven world.
The current levy that is expiring is $5.82 per $1,000 of the taxpayer’s property tax rate, and is the one that will expire at the end of 2020. The two new levies, priced at $3.50 per $1,000, are cheaper than the current levy.
What are levies?
School levies are voter-approved sources of funding that happen every 2-4 years. This form of funding is based off of people's tax dollars.
Where does the money go?
School levies are locally approved, and go directly into classroom funding. This money is helpful to the students, which is not being funded from the state.
Approximate Distribution of the $2.50 EP&O Tax Dollars:
Sports/Activities/Extra Curricular, 17%
Maintenance and Operations, 12%
CTE Vocational Program, 11%
Food Service, 11%
Maintenance Supplies and Operating Costs, 3%
Wishkah band members shine at PLU Honors BandPosted by Wishkah Publishing on 1/14/2020 2:00:00 PM
Tidwell, Newbury highlight PLU Honors Band for Wishkah
On Jan. 10-11, Wishkah's Conner Tidwell and Colton Newbury represented the Loggers as a part of the Pacific Lutheran University Honors Band in Parkway.
Tidwell, playing the tuba, and Newbury, playing the horn, were solid in their performances and both of them enjoyed their time playing.
Happy Christmas/Happy Holidays/Merry ChristmasPosted by Wishkah Publishing on 12/20/2019
From everyone at Wishak Valley School,
Senior Page Info deadline is ThursdayPosted by Yearbook Staff on 10/28/2019 10:45:00 AM
Yearbook Senior Page Information Due Thursday
Are you a Wishkah Valley senior? Have you turned in your information for your senior page in the yearbook with a yearbook staff member?
Well, on Thursday (Halloween), your information -- Senior photos/Senior quote/Signature -- is due to the Yearbook staff. The Yearbook staff will begin laying out your page over the next couple of weeks and the information is needed.
If there is a delay in getting the information to your yearbook staff member, contact your representative or Mr. Burns (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thank you for your understanding.
P.S.: Are your parents interested in buying a Senior Ad for the yearbook? If so, have them contact Mr. Burns for the page rate and deadline information.
Maren Erickson, Wishkah Valley football playerPosted by Wishkah Publishing on 10/9/2019 2:00:00 PM
(Editor's Note: Despite the cancellation of the 2019 Homecoming Football Game on Saturday, we decided to publish this Q&A with Maren Erickson, in order to highlight one of the team's players here at Wishkah. Q&A by Aleah Clevenger and photo by Kelcey Bernhardy.)
An inside look of the WVS Football Team
#8 Maren Erickson
Aleah - Why did you decide to play football?
Maren - I decided to play because my dad coached a college football team, so I would watch and practice with them. These are some of the only fun memories I have as a kid that weren’t involved in dangerous activities. I’d be their only cheerleader and I’d get inside his jacket and rolled around the track.
Aleah - So you were heavily influenced by your dad as a kid?
Maren - Yes, but he didn’t force me to play or like football.
Aleah - What's it like having your dad as the coach?
Maren - It’s not that different from other sports. He doesn’t treat me as his child, but another one of his players.
Aleah - Is this the first team you’ve been on?
Maren - Yes.
Aleah - How do you imagine the season to go?
Maren - So far, we only have two games planned, but we’re looking pretty good, considering we’re going up against bigger schools.
Aleah - Do you think people should care that you’re female and playing football?
Maren - Nope, I do not think gender has any role on whether or not you can play a sport.
Aleah - How do the other football players treat you?
Maren - I am one of the guys. They don’t treat me like I’m delicate or that I can’t do it because of my gender.
Aleah - What’s one thing you’d like to say about your team?
Maren - We work well together, and understand what we’re trying to say to each other. We communicate well, and I’m excited about our first game on Saturday, October 12th, at 1PM. Be there or be square.
QOTD - Ice CreamPosted by Wishkah Publishing on 6/5/2019 2:30:00 PM
Greetings and salutations Wishkah community. Here is the Question Of The Day: What is your favorite ice cream?
- Cookie dough
- I like the Reese's Ice cream
- Bubble gum
- Cotton Candy or Bubble Gum
- Marble -Gwen
- Chocolate Mint -Babe
- Moose Tracks and Cookies and cream
- Chocolate Chip and Mint
- Rocky Road
- Chocolate Moose Tracks or Bubble Gum
- Any type of Sherbert
- Chocolate Peanut Butter
- Strawberry for Life!
- Chocolate Chip. It’s so good!
Thanks for reading the student blog. If you have a suggestion for the next question, or any thing you would like to see on the blog, please contact Cristil Schrotberger, JJ Morris, Allison Van Blaricom, Josh Johnson, Fhasai Kaewjarernwong, or Mr. Burns. We would love to hear from our fellow students, staff, and community.
New water fountain filters water, saves on plasticPosted by Wishkah Publishing on 5/10/2019 2:00:00 PM
New water fountain filters water, saves on plastic
As you may know, we have received a new water fountain. Well, the idea of having this water fountain is to reduce the number of plastic water bottles that are thrown away. On the fountian, it has a digital counter that tells you how many water bottles we have saved. The number of water bottles that have been saved so far is 2,659. Thats a lot of plastic that has been saved from ending up in the ocean and in places they shouldn’t be. So let’s keep up the great work Wishkah and let’s keep the plastic in check.
Annual Portland Trail Blazers tripPosted by Ashly Ellefson on 5/9/2019 8:30:00 AM
April 10th Annual Trailblazers Game, Day of Miracles
Eagerly I await in anticipation for our trip to the Portland Trailblazers Game. This is hands down my very favorite day of the entire school year. Yes, this trip requires students to stay up all night and we do not hit school grounds until 1:00 or 2:00 am. Yes, this trip requires being trapped on a bus, almost all day long. And yes, there are times when I wonder, what was I thinking?!!! Be as it may, crazy or not, I anticipate this trip all year long and this years’ trip definitely did not disappoint. This is my third year doing the annual 6th Grade trip to see the Trailblazers during the playoffs. Although the end of the year is in June, I make this my end of the year deal in April, to align with basketball season. It was remarkable in prior years, still, it did not hold a candle to this years’ experience.
Initially, the concept of the group experience brings it to an entirely new level since you have a personal guide helping to see that none of the details are left to chance. As a very type A individual, this really made things a lot better on my end because I generally like to leave nothing to chance (if I can help it), especially when it comes to school trips. As we were leaving, I decided to check my e-mail one last time to make sure I was not forgetting anything for our long voyage (3 hours on a bus EACH way…). I found out it was fan day, which I did not know when I chose this particular game. I double checked with Kyle so I did not share with the students carelessly, if I was somehow misreading the e-mail. To my sheer delight, he responded instantly and yep, we were all getting a free hat and a bobble head. They were SO excited and we hadn’t even left the school yet. As a prior fan and someone who most definitely took advantage of the preseason tickets that go with the group experience, I was already bragging about how we were over a 100 seats closer than the other years (instead of the highest corner you could get).
BUT wait, there’s more! Suddenly, I had multiple missed calls and even a text from Kyle who was fervently trying to get ahold of me for some reason. At first, I was nervous because I thought maybe I messed something up (yes, it is fair to say I may be a slight hypochondriac or maybe overachiever is the word…). I had missed all of these calls because being on a bus with kids is about the equivalent of being in an underground tunnel with shrieking birds dive-bombing your face. Okay, it is not that bad, but it can definitely get loud. Finally, I get ahold of Kyle and he tells me, wait for it, we were invited to be the Courtside Kids. I literally couldn’t believe my ears and I was speechless, but only for about 10 seconds. “So long story short, some things fell through and you’d really be doing us a huge favor if you are willing to fill the spot with your students,” is what I heard right before I gasped, “OMG, YES! We would love to do it and they will be so excited.” Boy was I right, they were ecstatic and it made the rest of the trip go pretty quickly in light of all the enthusiasm and anticipation.
Apparently it was my day of miracles because from there it only got better. Inside the Moda Center, I was browsing with a small group of students and a lady approached me in the gift shop. She says to me, “Hi, I am a season ticket holder and I get 20% of everything. If you wanted me to apply it at the end for you and/or your students, I’d be happy to do that.” I was so taken aback that I exclaimed, “Are you serious?!” Once I see that she is, I am sort of scrambling because I am not ready and we are trying to be on time. She waits patiently on the side and even helps me pick out the cutest shirt that flatters me best. WHAT? A personal shopper and a discount, what are the chances. In the end, she applied her discount and I end up getting my clothing and two other student’s items for only $15 dollars more than I would have spent on only one thing.
By this time, I am so excited that I can barely breathe and I just keep thinking, what is happening here. This is miraculous. I drop my students at the meeting spot and this angel lady is still with us. She turns to me and asks if I have a second to come with her. She proceeds to bring me down to her seats, which are right on the court. She tells me that I am her guest and I am welcome to come down, sit by her, take pictures of my students’ front and center, or whatever else I want to do. She points out repeatedly how much she loves teachers (and me) and that she really means it. The best part is that by being her unofficial VIP, I get to break the traditional rules of the Courtside Kids. This means that instead of being up on a side staircase with all the other parents and teachers, I get to be right in the action, videoing the entire thing, taking selfies, and just generally having a BLAST!!!!
The experience of Courtside Kids is epic and then we get to break off to just watch the game and meander, as originally intended. I am probably more excited than them because I realize what just happened, JUST DOESN’T HAPPEN and that it is a very expensive experience that we are getting for free. We are walking around when one of my past students, an eighth grader shrieks, “OMG that is Cole Anthony right there. You don’t understand, out of the top 100 High School Players, he’s like #2 in the world! I want a picture, but he’s getting food. I don’t want to be that guy who bugs him while he’s eating…” As much as I love basketball, I don’t have nearly the dedication he does so I have no idea what or who he is talking about at first. Suddenly, I hatch a plan. We nonchalantly hang around (as if we don’t know who he is), and wait until he walks by with his pizza. Then, I step out right as they walk by to create a diversion. It works!!! The player stops and takes pictures with my eighth grader and so does his fellow teammate. Later, we see that they are barely signing anything and they aren’t taking pictures. It was SO awesome!
The game was incredibly close, but of course the Trailblazers took it 136 to 116. Go Blazers!!!!! The students were excited and very obnoxious with the noise makers, in a good way though. J We left in high spirits that were only improved as each received a bobble head as they were walking out the door. We giggled and shrieked as we made our way back to the bus. Luckily, it was filled with refreshments since we were already getting home at 1:30 in the morning, so we definitely had no time to stop and eat. We had a glorious trip home, sharing stories with each other and eventually hit the school at 2:00 am. It was well worth it. I have never experienced anything close to this in my life and for me, it was a true “bucket list,” type item. This trip revived my spirits and created a bonding experience in my group that could never be duplicated. Thank you Wishkah Valley School District for helping to make experiences like these a reality for our Wishkah students. It really was the trip of a lifetime!
The Wishkah group got to welcome the Trail Blazers onto the court before pre-game warmups and spent the entire warmup session on the floor .