Superintendent Message

With a little over five weeks to go in the first semester, it seems to be as busy as ever. I would encourage students to stay apprised of their grades, as the semester grades appear on all official transcripts. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Petty Officer 1st Class, Peter Villanueva for his willingness to come speak to our students at the Veteran’s Day Assembly.

          During the assembly the students were also treated to a music video honoring our veterans and recognized local veterans who turned out for the assembly. The assembly was organized by Grace Nichols as part of her senior project. Athletically we are now transitioning from our fall sports to our winter sports. Our football team concluded their season with a tough loss to Hosanna Christian in Klamath Falls. Once again, the co-op with Jordan Valley worked very well as the two groups meshed quite nicely under some very fine coaching. Winter contests for middle school have already begun, and the high school teams will begin competition this week. I had the pleasure of attending the Treasure Valley Honor Meet at Northwest Nazarene University a couple of weeks ago. Several of our students performed in both the choir and the band. Alyssa Dudley, Donovan Faulconer and Illana Bowen sang in the choir which includes students from Boise Schools to Malheur County Schools. Illana Bowen was one of three students in the choir to be highlighted. Marcelino Beltran was our lone band member to perform, and he did so as the third chair trumpet, which is quite the honor. The week of November 4th through the 9th was quite a week for our students. Our leadership students attended the annual Oregon Association of Student Councils Conference in Seaside, Oregon. On Sunday and Monday the 20 students were treated to great keynote speakers and valuable workshops, while a few of the students conducted their own work session for students around the state. On Wednesday evening, we took about 30 high school students to the Treasure Valley Leader’s Summit at TVCC where the students had the opportunity to visit with community groups and youth and family organizations in Malheur County before getting to hear from the guest speakers for the evening. Patrick Gray and Justin Skeesuck, authors of the book, I’ll Push You: A Journey of 500 Miles, Two Best Friends, and One Wheelchair, spoke to the audience about their adventure across El Camino de Santiago in northern Spain. The students who attended were both touched and inspired. The week culminated with a 7th -12th grade assembly, Measured By Character presented by Wade White of Denton, Texas. Mr. White spoke to the students about the tragic loss of his son and how that event changed him forever. He spoke to the students about the impact that his son’s life had on those around him and how their lives have that same impact, for good or for bad. He spoke to the students for over 90 minutes and reminded them that when all was said and done, people would remember them by their character. It was a whirlwind week that afforded each student in the high school the opportunity to examine their lives, their choices and their relationships.

Once again, I am looking forward to a wonderful year with the Adrian School District.

Kevin Purnell
Go Green! Go ‘Lopes!




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