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  • OBOB School Winners

    Posted by Deb Jolda at 3/15/2017

    Congratulations to all of our winning OBOB teams! Nearly every school participated this year. Middle school teams competed at regionals in early March; elementary teams will compete on March 18. Good luck to all! Here are the winning teams from each school that we know of:

    Centennial: Five Stooges; Douglas Gardens: The New and Improved Book Creepers; Guy Lee: Book Bugs; Maple: Awesome Dragons; Mt. Vernon: Savage Readers; Elizabeth Page: The Kawaii Cupcakes; Ridgeview: “T.H.B.”; Riverbend: Book Dominators; Thurston Elementary: The Comeback Cats; Two Rivers-Dos Ríos: Rockin’ Readers; Yolanda: The Next Level 2.0; Agnes Stewart: 4 in a Million; Briggs: OBOB Beasts.

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  • Congrats to Our Classified Employee of the Year!

    Posted by Deb Jolda at 3/15/2017

    And the winner is....Jason Frame, THS custodian! Runners up were Lori Umenhofer of SHS and Pudge Barnhart, custodian in GHS and downtown buildings. Read more about there in our headline.

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  • SPS Students Excel at District Solo and Ensemble Festival

    Posted by Deb Jolda at 2/28/2017

    Congratulations to our Springfield vocalists and musicians who excelled at the recent OMEA District 12 Solo and Ensemble Festival at LCC. Several students qualified to go on to the state competition on April 28.

    At Springfield High, several students qualified for state: Tia Diozeghy: 1st, Mezzo Soprano Voice; Trenton Fleenor: 1st, Tuba; Chandler Larsen: 1st, Rudimental Snare Drum, Orchestral Snare Drum, Timpani and Mallets; Chandler Larsen and Justin Sheetz: 1st, percussion duet.

    Payton Swartout and Hannah Baehler were the high scoring woodwind small ensemble and barely missed qualifying for state. Hannah Baeher also took 3rd in Clarinet.

    Thurston High had 32 entrants into the contest, more than any other school. Several students qualified for state: Wesley Coleman: 1st, Alto Saxophone; Bailie Hampton: 1st, Horn; Ben Aldana: 1st, Trombone; Donald Inglese: 1st, Timpani; Sean Gley: 2nd, Trumpet; Jamison McGillivray: 2nd, Trombone. Other placers were Sabrina Stroup: 2nd, Mezzo Voice; Logan Pearl: 2nd, Rudamental Snare; David Bartzen: 3rd, Trombone; Donald Inglese: 3rd, Mallets and Orchestral Snare; Grant Gramespacher: 4th, Trumpet.

    The percussion ensemble also won the large percussion category and will compete at state. They also took second in the small ensemble category and qualified for a spot at state as well. The trombone quartet won the brass ensemble category.

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  • DECA Students Head to Nationals

    Posted by Deb Jolda at 2/21/2017
    Congratulations to Springfield's DECA students! Six of our high school students have earned the right to compete in the national International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, CA, April 25-29.
     
    At the Oregon state DECA competition in Portland, Thurston High's Brock Crolly (junior) and Evan Sloan (sophomore) placed 3rd in Hospitality & Tourism Team Decision Making and Springfield High sophomore Bryleigh O'Neil placed 2nd in Principles of Hospitality and Tourism to qualify for nationals. Also qualifying for nationals are Springfield High's sophomore team of Ben King and Kate Bakken (Business Law & Ethics Team Decision Making) and freshman Cordelle Carlsen (Principles of Finance).
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  • Thurston Robotics Teams Advance

    Posted by Deb Jolda at 1/31/2017

    Three Thurston robotics teams have advanced to the FIRST Tech Challenge Super-Qualifier event on Feb. 11-12 (specific date and location TBD): Phalanx (Team 3093 - Ben Blatny, Carrie-Anna Estes, Jaden Gathright, Jesse Hewitt, Flynn Huston, Cody Klews, Christian Pettus and Brendon Scott) came in 5th in the qualifying rounds and got to be Alliance Captains for the Elimination Rounds. Player 1 (Team 6476 - Kyle Coleman, Jeremiah Elliot, Spencer Hansen, Ethan Jackson, Hunter Scott, Dalton Wilde, Max Wines and Taran Wood) were selected to be on an Alliance and were finalists in the Elimination Rounds. Toga Party (Team 10428 - Luke Agajanian, Grant Gramespacher, Levi Lehman, Eric Leslie, Augustus Loftin, Emily Russell and Eden Wilde) won the Motivate Award.

    The teams have been working since the start of school to build robots that will conquer this year's challenge course. At the competitions, the teams accumulate points based on their an interview, the robot's performance in competition and overall spirit.

    Congratulations to all for their efforts! (Learn more about this year's challenge here.)

    Phalanx Player 1 Toga Party

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  • SHS Student Wins Vocal Throwdown

    Posted by Deb Jolda at 1/26/2017

    Congratulations to Springfield High's Giovanni Avila for winning South Eugene High School's Vocal Throwdown. The annual event features the best singers from several area schools. The winners are selected by audience vote. This is Gio's second win in four years at the singing contest. Nice work, Gio!

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  • Student Composer Works with Eugene Symphony

    Posted by Deb Jolda at 1/13/2017

    Thurston High's Wesley Coleman, a junior, was one of five students across the state who were selected to work with master composer Robert Kyr. Under a National Endowment for the Arts grant, the group collaborated to produce a new work based on Beethoven's "Ode to Joy." The Eugene Symphony performed the resulting theme and variations, entitled "Ode to the Future," at the Symphony's November 17, 2016, concert at the Hult Center.

    In addition to his interest in composition, Wesley also sings and plays piano and sax and is active in the school's vocal ensembles and band ensembles. In an interview for the Eugene Symphony magazine, he said that he has been composing on the piano since fourth grade, and his career goal is to be a film and media composer.

    "The composition project has been meaningful to me because it has given me the opportuity to work with other very talented young composers," Coleman said. "I have been incredibly grateful to work with Dr. Kyr who mentored and guided me throughout the process. I start by experimenting with the melody on the piano where most of my compositions take shape. From there I take ideas that are cohesive and develop them into different variations adding rhythmic and harmonic textures."

    Read more about the project in OregonArtsWatch.

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  • THS Cabaret Takes 2nd Place

    Posted by Deb Jolda at 12/5/2016

    Congratulations to the Thurston High Cabaret dance team, who took 2nd place in the Dance & Drill Coaches Association (DDCA) fall championships on December 3 at Gresham High with the fantastic Emerald City routine. Watch it here.

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  • Springfield Library Bookmark Winners

    Posted by Deb Jolda at 12/5/2016

    Congratulations to the Springfield Library's 2016 Bookmark Contest winners! All winners and their families are invited to the December 5th City Council Meeting to be recognized for their work. There were 1800 entries this year, with two ties and no entries in 10th grade.

    Kindergarten: Aliyah Ornelas (Ridgeview); 1st Grade: Jake Fisher (Centennial); 2nd Grade: Koah Thomson (Page); 2nd Grade: Mya Torkelson (Riverbend); 3rd Grade: Piper Hueftle (Two Rivers-Dos Rios); 4th Grade: Alaina Bartlett (Centennial); 5th Grade: Jasmine Durkin (Douglas Gardens); 6th Grade: Madison White (Briggs); 7th Grade: Alyssa Jordan (Agnes Stewart); 7th Grade: Isabella Bevans (Briggs); 8th Grade: Jessica Alegre (Briggs); 9th Grade: Simon Lee (Homeschool); 11th Grade: Grace Lee (Homeschool); 12th Grade: Gabrialla Binford (Baker Charter Web Academy)

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  • TMS Student Art Chosen for BRING Calendar

    Posted by Deb Jolda at 12/5/2016

    Congratulations to Thurston Middle Schools 7th-grader Allison Brooks, whose artwork was chosen for the month of July in the 2017 BRING Recycling calendar!

    Allison Brooks art

     

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