Jan. 29, 2016
A weekly update of happenings in the Forest Grove School District
Meet Our Staff: Cheryl Plews, Support Specialist 

With nearly 600 full- and part-time staff members, Forest Grove School District is a large organization, and it can be difficult to know everyone. Meet Our Staff is a weekly feature to help you learn more about your colleagues. 

Meet Cheryl Plews, Support Specialist for Online Academic Programs

Fern Hill Counselor Feted At White House Ceremony
Photo: Marinda is in the front row, second from left
Fern Hill Elementary counselor Marinda Peters  -- who was Oregon's 2014 School Counselor of the Year -- was honored by First Lady Michelle Obama Thursday, along with other state winners. The ceremony at the White House was a kickoff to National School Counseling Week Feb. 1-5 and also introduced the National School Counselor of the Year award winner. The School Counselor of the Year program selects a winner and finalists each year based on several criteria: creative school counseling innovations, effective school counseling programs, leadership skills and contributions to student enhancement.

District Practices Reunification Drill
District office staff practiced a reunification drill today. Reunification can be necessary in emergency situations where students must be evacuated from their school and reunited with parents at another location. District office staff will play a key role in any reunification because they will be deployed to the reunification site first to set up and operate the site. The drill also involved staff from other schools, plus about 35 student volunteers. The district has been working closely with area law enforcement agencies in developing a reunification process and a comprehensive emergency plan.
Education Foundation Sponsors PaintNite at Montinore
Let your creative juices flow and support student enrichment grants at the Education Foundation's PaintNite fundraiser. It will be held on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 5 p.m. at Montinore Vineyards. Click here to purchase tickets. Cost is $45 per person and includes all materials. Proceeds raised from this event go to student enrichment grants that help students get the items and services they need that district funds do not cover.
Join Colleagues at Trail Blazers Game on March 26
Join fellow district students and staff when the Trail Blazers take on the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, March 26 at the Moda Center. A portion of each ticket price will be donated to the Education Foundation of Forest Grove. Everyone purchasing tickets through this promotion will get a chance to enter the Moda Center early and watch warmups just a few rows off the court. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.rosequarter.com/effg  (The link works best using Internet Explorer or Firefox). Call Mike North at 503-963-3978 for more information.
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