School notes

Eli Peck, 4, works on a Cat in the Hat face at the Dallas Library Thursday morning. Children were given paper plates and pieces of red and white paper to make the  Cat’s famous hat. They could cut out eyes and draw the nose and whiskers of the mischievous feline. After their projects were finished, each child was given a well-earned cookie for their work.

Photo by Jolene Guzman
Eli Peck, 4, works on a Cat in the Hat face at the Dallas Library Thursday morning. Children were given paper plates and pieces of red and white paper to make the Cat’s famous hat. They could cut out eyes and draw the nose and whiskers of the mischievous feline. After their projects were finished, each child was given a well-earned cookie for their work.



FC needs budget members

FALLS CITY — The Falls City School District needs community members to fill four vacancies on the district’s budget committee.

The committee consists of five board members and five citizen members who review the district’s proposed operational budget, propose adjustments and approve the budget. It is then submitted to the Falls City School Board for adoption.

The first Budget Committee meeting is scheduled for April 16 at 5:30 pm at the high school.

For more information and an application, go to www.fallscityschools.org.

DSD awards Whitworth contractor

DALLAS — The Dallas School Board awarded the seismic retrofit of Whitworth’s gym to Woodburn Construction Company.

The contract was awarded through a “construction management/general contractor” process, which allows Woodburn Construction Company to be part of the design and planning phases of the project.

“Using a CM/GC during the design phase integrates a contract’s expertise earlier in the project with quicker, more cost-effective results because the CM/GC assists in designing, planning, scheduling and budgeting the project,” wrote Kevin Montague, Dallas’ facilities director, in a memo to the board.

Montague said the method was used in several other school districts in the state.

Dallas received a $700,000 grant from the Oregon Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program to retrofit Whitworth’s gym to “life safety” standards.

Lyle gym to be dedicated to Mr. Dent

DALLAS — Lyle Elementary School’s gym will officially have a new name on Wednesday: the Mr. Dent Gym, named after Dallas longtime teacher, coach, and leader of jump rope club organizer, Jim Dent.

On Dec. 11, 2017, the Dallas School Board approved renaming the gym after the Dent in recognition of his dedication to Dallas schools – he’s still a substitute teacher – and its students.

Fans of Mr. Dent will gather Wednesday (March 14) at 1:30 p.m. at Lyle for a dedication ceremony and reception following.

For more information: Lyle Elementary School, 503-623-8367.

Dallas student’s team takes first

KLAMATH FALLS — The Oregon Tech Geomatics-option in Surveying Club, led by senior student Katie Singleton of Portland and including Mosier Locke, of Dallas, took first place in the annual National Society of Professional Surveyors Surveying Competition, Baccalaureate Division, that concluded Feb. 21 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Along with Singleton and Locke, the team consisted of Saul Preciado, of Roseburg; Riley Edwards, of Chehalis, Wash.; Jon Hennon, of La Canada Flintridge, Calif.; and Marcus Helm. of Galt, Calif.

The theme of the competition this year was “Surveying Service.” The competition consisted of a field exercise and presentation. The field exercise was done on 80 acres of BLM land that was marked off into individual sites upon which the only reference marker was the center point of what was to be a one-acre square parcel. Each team was instructed to lay out a one-acre square parcel and conduct a topographic survey of the parcel. A plat was to be drawn showing the boundary lines/monuments and the contours of the parcel. On Monday, the teams moved inside to do their computations and create a boundary/topographic plat. Teams were required to simulate a surveying project in a developing country. The students were limited to very basic and fundamental equipment that would be used in Third World situations including magnetic compasses, steel tapes and automatic levels. No modern technology tools such as GPS or Total Stations were allowed.



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