For the fourth year in a row students, staff and family members from both Clover Ridge and Timber Ridge joined forces to participate in the annual Albany Veterans Day Parade, honoring those who have served.
Riding the float is open to any student or staff member from both schools, and they are encouraged to involve family, especially those who are veterans. The Ridges entry includes a truck pulling a flat bed for riders, and several participants walking behind the float as well.
Students and staff alike look forward to the event each year, and we are grateful to be able as a community to support and honor our veterans!
On Thursday November 8th, two of Clover Ridge’s finest were honored as Linn County Farm Bureau Educators of the year at the bureau’s monthly meeting. Sandy McMinds and Maggie Phillips were both selected as award recipients, based on their involvement in education and agriculture, marrying the two to provide learning opportunities for all Clover Ridge students.
Mrs. McMinds and Mrs. Phillips work as a team to help children understand that agriculture is critical and integral to everyday life. In the past six years, they have organized our Clover Ridge Science Days with a deliberate focus on local agriculture, inviting a variety of guests to help teach the students about everything from sheep shearing, logging, bee keeping and making butter.
In addition to Outdoor School, Mrs. Phillips and Mrs. McMinds maintain and promote the Outdoor Learning Lab. This is an area at our school where children can learn about native plants and habitats. They organize clean up days, and review proposals from local organizations to add content to the area.
We are so grateful that these two fabulous teachers are part of our Clover Ridge family, and have been recognized for all the good work they do in educating children.
The annual Pumpkin Patch at Clover Ridge was held on October 31st and was a huge success! Students spent the day rotating between several different stations, featuring crafts and activities such as:
- creating pumpkin mosaics
- playing Dress the Scarecrow (similar to pin the tail on the donkey)
- building spider donuts and colored masks
- painting bat silhouettes
- enjoying fall stories and coloring sheets
- making spider hats and cotton ball ghosts
- participating in special PE and music fall themed activities
Our annual Pumpkin Patch at Clover Ridge became a tradition 5 years ago, when the decision was made to help curb expenses by bringing the Pumpkin Patch activities to the school instead of busing 300+ students out to the patch. Since then, it has become one of the most popular days of the year for students, parents and staff alike.
We’d like to give a huge thank you to the staff organizers of the event, Ms. Whitney, Ms. Caulfield, Mrs. Holmes and Mrs. Capellan, who gave selflessly of their own time to plan and execute the Pumpkin Patch. We also couldn’t pull off days like this without the amazing support of our school community. We had over 50 volunteers involved with set up, running stations and clean up, and we could not succeed without their willingness, flexibility and desire to put children first. It is no small feat to put 360+ children through 7 rotating stations over the course of 6 hours and it was truly a wonderful team effort.
In education, as in any field, continuous improvement is expected. It is important to recognize areas of strength and areas in which we need to grow to support the students we currently have. A School Improvement Plan is goal setting based on current data and an area of need.
Please take a moment and read through Clover Ridge’s School Improvement Plan