School board deals with personnel and curriculum matters

ROSBURG - The Naselle-Grays River Valley School Board held its August meeting in the Rosburg School on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

The board approved several end-of-the-school-year business items and initiated several agenda items for the new school year.

The board accepted resignations from Christine Rooney (sixth grade teacher) and Clayton Strong (middle school football coach). Advertising for the open positions and applications for the open positions are in process. The board also approved the second reading of several board policies.

The board approved the hiring of Leo Finzi and Chris Clark as teachers for NYCS. They also approved the swimming program for third and fourth graders. The board awarded the fuel bid to Wilcox and Flegel. They also authorized the district to provide separate buses for district level basketball games.

The master coaching contract, as approved by the Naselle Coaches Association, was presented. After some discussion, the contract was not approved as presented and was tabled for further study.

In curriculum matters, the board heard: Robin Andrea's report that the NYCS had four graduate, will be adding music and drama to their schedule, and will be piloting a computer building class. They also heard that Grays Harbor College may be providing video conferencing classes for both schools.

In other curriculum matters, Steve Quick reported the math and science materials are arriving. The staff will be at a math and science workshop on Monday in Kelso which will provide training for using the science kits. He also reported that teachers are back to work on Aug. 30. He also reported that WASL scores will be published next month, that accounting. and business courses will be offered through Grays Harbor College via satellite, and that a weather station will begin in September through KIRO TV.

In the business report, the board heard that there will be a year end closing balance of approximately $180,000. The superintendent reported that the audit report produced no significant findings.

In the facilities report, they heard of several maintenance items had been completed, including: boiler summer maintenance, air handler summer maintenance, finished septic line to main system, re-coated the gym floor, painting was done, greenhouse installation was done, fire alarm maintenance took place, chips were applied to the cross country trail, top dress fields was done, electrical panel maintenance and septic tank maintenance were completed.

Naselle kids: Make the most of summer 'til school starts

NASELLE - Hey kids! You have less than a week to do all those summer-type things that you were going to do this year. The day that your parents have been waiting for and that you have been dreading all summer is almost here. The first day of classes of school year 2002-03 for the students in the Naselle-Grays River Valley School District is next Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Superintendent Gerald Schmidtke announced that the busses will run their regularly scheduled runs, students will meet teachers in their assigned classrooms for a full day of classes, and the school cafeteria will be open.

The sixth-grade teacher's position vacancy, created by the late resignation of sixth-grade teacher Christine Rooney, is in the process of being filled. A number of applications have been received and the screening, interviewing and selection process is continuing.

Letters containing the opening of school information have been sent to parents in the district by principal Steve Quick. If this information has not been received, the school number to call is 484-7121. School information is also available on the school website at or at the school information number 484-4NHS (4647).

Comet Booster Club Alumni Golf Tournament results

LONG BEACH - The winning team of the Comet Booster Club Alumni Golf Tournament held last Friday on the Peninsula Golf Course was the team of Mike Swanson, Charles Holm, Wes Raistakka, and Bill Pratt.

Second place went to the team of Greg Nelson, Paul Wirkkala, Regan Wirkkala, and Lamar Wirkkala.

The women's long drive was won by Nancy Wirkkala; the men's long drive by Lamar Wirkkala

The KP Awards went to: KP on Hole No. 3 or 12: Fred Griss 12' 4 1/2"; KP on Hole No. 4 or No. 13: Wes Raistakka 12' 5 /2"; KP on Hole No. 6 or 15: Regan Wirkkala.

The "We tried" Team Award to Rod Smith, Cliff Kilponen, Steve Smith.

The Oldest Alumni: Ted Swanson; the Youngest Alumni: Paul Wirkkala

Fall sports turnouts are under way this week

NASELLE - A sure sign of fall - perhaps more certain than the fewer hours of daylight, the fall salmon runs, and the reopening of school - is the first day of practice for the fall season middle school and high school athletic teams. For the student/athletes in the Naselle-Grays River Valley schools, that first day of practice came this Monday, Aug. 26, or in one case, Tuesday, Aug. 27.

Naselle blood drive to be held in September

NASELLE - The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at the Naselle Fire Hall on Thursday, Sept. 5 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

In order to facilitate the process, donors are given the option of setting up an appointment time for their donation, Donors wishing to set up an appointment time are asked to call Anita Raistakka at 484-3376. Drop-in donors are welcome at any time.

Any adult weighing at least 105 pounds and in generally good health, 18 years of age or over or 17 with parental permission, who has not donated blood in the last eight weeks is eligible to donate.

The donation of a pint of blood will take about an hour of one's time - especially with a scheduled appointment time.

The American Red Cross Pacific Northwest Regional Blood Service is the only supplier of blood and blood products to over 80 hospitals in Oregon, Washington, and southeast Alaska. The Pacific Northwest Regional Blood Service is the tenth largest of 36 American Red Cross blood regions. The region must collect at least 5,000 pints of blood each week to meet the needs of its patients.

Naselle Timberland Library events

NASELLE - Naselle Timberland Library presents Tuesdays with Friends: Fly-Tying Workshop with Chuck Cameron from 6-8 p.m., Sept. 3 for adults. Lure the fish of your dreams.

Master fly-tier Chuck Cameron teaches how to tie flies to catch silver salmon, winter steelhead, sea-run cutthroat trout, and any other fish in the sea-or river. All materials are provided. You are welcome to bring your own favorites. Class size is limited. Please call the library at 484-3877 to register. Tuesdays with Friends is a free monthly series of workshops and demonstrations featuring the talents of your local friends and neighbors. The Friends of the Naselle Timberland Library sponsor this program.

PageTurners Book Discussion is set for Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon and is for adults. Read this month's selection, "The House of the Spirits" by Isabel Allende, and share your impressions in a lively group discussion. Stop by the circulation desk to pick up a copy of the current book.

September is National Library Card Sign-up Month. A library card is your ticket to information, education, and entertainment, to enhance every aspect of your life. Parents: A library card is your student's most useful back-to-school supply. Timberland Regional Library cards are free to most residents of Thurston, Mason, Lewis, Pacific and Grays Harbor counties.

All Timberland Regional Libraries will be closed Sept. 1 and Sept. 2 for the Labor Day Holiday. Libraries will resume regular hours Tuesday Sept. 3.

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