Earlier this month, students from Sunridge and Pendleton High School traveled to Portland State University to attend the 34th Annual Oregon Writing Festival. The festival promotes increased interest in writing through workshops led by published young-adult authors and other teachers across the state. Our students presented their writing pieces and received valuable feedback and tips on future writing techniques.
5th grade tours SMS
Freshman Class Elections
Perfect Attendance Bicycle Winners
Easton Alexander, Jocelyn Allen, Jesus Angel, Caleb Bentley, Anthony Crawford, Samuel Ellis, Abby Foust, Jairo Gachupin-Alferez, Kyah Hunter, Joseph Jensen, Alexander Krokosz, Andre Lopez, Viviana Martinez, Nolan Mead, Lilly Miller, Gage Munt, Jackson Oliver, Teagan Rugg, Ryan Sandwick, Madaline Schumacher, Claire Stratton, and Melila Tricker.
SBAC (Smarter Balance) Poetry
By: Mr. Talbot
We are writing poetry in class by copying the form of a couple poem’s in the textbook.
Compare with “Ode to Enchanged light” on page 170
Behind a desk thoughts
are wandering from the top of the mind,
like the sparkling
mist of water
in each moment,
escaping above like recently
A lawnmower screams
its jubilant chorus
deep through the thin walls.
The test-takers are
a dinosaur stuck
Compare with “Sleeping in the Forest” on page 172
We contemplate the answer
search it, he
eludes us so darn much, shuffling
his possible responses, his bag
full of options and deceit. I anticipate
like no other, a Santa
on some Christmas, nothing
between me and the computer on a desk
but my dreams, and each tempts
sleep like books of a sale
from a second-hand store. Every class
we sense the exhausted clock snoozing
among us, the boys and the girls
who tap their keys into the keyboard. Every class
we nod and drift, as if at midnight, fighting
with the strongest might. By departure
we have wandered dang near a million times
into sweet day-dreams.
Students of the Year
For the past seven years the SMS Parent Club has given approximately $5,000 annually to Sunridge Middle School. They have given money toward chromebooks, PE and fitness equipment and Outdoor School supplies. Their help has been instrumental in helping Sunridge become the best school possible. Thank you Parent Club volunteers!
The SMS Parent Club sponsors our Student of the Year awards. The SMS students of the year is an award given to outstanding 8th graders, as voted-on by the SMS staff. Students receiving the award are recognized for their citizenship, academic achievement, and involvement in school activities. This year, four outstanding students are being recognized! This year’s award winners are: Emma Coleman, Sarah House, Andy Oja, and Tony Hernandez.
Hailey Davidson Scholarship
Hailey grew up in Pendleton where she attended elementary, middle school, and high school. She was an avid sports enthusiast and had played many sports including soccer, basketball, volleyball and softball. She loved being part of a team. Hailey’s incredible strength and a strong will to survive defined her. She is remembered as happy, fun and full of smiles.
Hailey passed on December 17, 2012. Her family is honored to have this scholarship awarded in her name.
WINNER OF THE $250 HAILEY DAVIDSON SCHOLARSHIP:
Adrian Stump Scholarship
Adrian grew up in Pendleton where he attended elementary, middle school, and high school. He was a kind and compassionate person that always treated everyone with respect. He approached things with enthusiasm and excitement. He loved to camp, fish, hunt, and ski. His dream was to fly helicopters. One day, after a lot of hard work, his dream was realized. Adrian became an Army Warrant Officer.
Adrian died while on a mission in Afghanistan on September 25, 2005. On that day Warrant Officer Adrian B. Stump made the ultimate sacrifice for his country when his helicopter crashed. He and his comrades served their nation with devotion and pride doing what they loved. His parents supported and loved him very much. His family is honored to have this scholarship awarded in his name. The Stump family will be selecting the recipient of this year’s award in the honor of their son.
WINNERS OF THE $250 ADRIAN STUMP SCHOLARSHIP:
Akira Gomez and Sarah House
Teachers of the Year
The SMS Parent Club also sponsors the Steve Cary Memorial Teacher of the Year Award. Mr. Cary was a long time Sunridge teacher who was recognized for his or her professional dedication to students, staff and the community of Pendleton. This year, two teachers are being recognized for the award – congratulations to Mrs. Athena Nelson and Mr. Gary Humphries!!!