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Moving on up

Nearly 100-year-old former high school is transformed for Cedar Ridge Middle Schoolers The old Sandy High School has now been fully renovated and reopened as Cedar Ridge Middle School. “I am thrilled with the new campus,” said Principal Nicole Johnston. “It has really come together beautifully and provides a number of programming and growth opportunities […]

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Sandy Grade students receive jog-a-thon awards

Sandy Grade tops district for academic growth

  Principal, staff celebrate report card with assembly Just as students are updated on their academic progress with report cards, so are schools. The school received a level 4 (out of 5) in overall academic achievement and student group growth and a level 5 in academic growth. Read the Sandy Post story at:  https://goo.gl/j8zcg5 Story and […]

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Sandy High Oceanic Science students posing on rock formation in the San Juans

Learning through observation

Sandy High Oceanic Science students took a field trip to the San Juan Islands in October. Science teacher Andy Wex plans the annual field trip to give students an opportunity to observe local marine life. The students observed a resident pod of killer whales, investigated tide pools, and took a guided sea kayaking tour.

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Lisa Mitchell in library working with students

Media specialist teaches digital citizenship

Lisa Mitchell helps children explore a library beyond books, grow to be good digital citizens Lisa Mitchell was practically born into her bookish way of life. The Welches and Firwood Elementary School media specialist is the daughter of a college professor and an elementary teacher. “This is a great job. I get to use my […]

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Sandy High students completing online college applications

It’s College Application Week at Sandy High

Today, Sandy High seniors attended a hands-on workshop to begin the college application process. To us, college means any education program beyond high school including certificate programs, two-year degree programs, and four-year degree programs. Staff and volunteers assisted students with beginning their FAFSA application process, accessing the Oregon Promise application, and exploring apprenticeship programs as […]

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Cedar Ridge students show off new school brand

New school building gets new brand

Going from being a student to a teacher, Nicole Johnston demonstrates definitively that once a Mountaineer, always a Mountaineer. At the beginning of this school year, Cedar Ridge Middle School unveiled its new brand: The Mountaineers. Read the Sandy Post story at: https://goo.gl/4uYzRj Story and photos by Sandy Post Reporter Brittany Allen

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Cedar Ridge Principal Nicole Johnston working with student

Shout out to Cedar Ridge Principal Nicole Johnston

October is National Principals Month National Principals Month recognizes the essential role that principals play in making a school great. Cedar Ridge Principal Nicole Johnston attended Cedar Ridge, graduated from Sandy High, and is now leading her alma mater with enthusiasm and a commitment to community. Nicole works to foster a positive school culture in […]

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Welches Principal Kendra Payne cutting ribbon on new playground equipment

Shout out to Welches Principal Kendra Payne

October is National Principals Month National Principals Month recognizes the essential role that principals play in making a school great. Kendra Payne taught science for 10 years at Welches and Cedar Ridge Middle Schools. In 2012 she was hired to lead Welches Schools where she rallies the community in support of education. By cultivating the […]

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Firwood Principal Tara Black reading with student

Shout out to Firwood Principal Tara Black

October is National Principals Month National Principals Month recognizes the essential role that principals play in making a school great. Tara Black was selected in 2012 as Firwood Elementary School’s principal. She made parent involvement a focus, implementing family reading nights and curriculum nights – giving parents tools to support their child’s education at home. […]

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