Education Briefly: New Toledo Mascot Meeting Dates; Onalaska Teacher Recognized by Nonprofit

By Eric Rosane / [email protected]

Editor’s note: Education Briefly is a new weekly feature from The Chronicle. Every Tuesday reporter Eric Rosane will summarize news from the local education scene. He can be reached at [email protected]

Toledo Schools is updating mascot focus group dates

The Toledo School District revised the dates to meet with stakeholders about its ongoing efforts to change the Indian mascot.

“In order to be able to share the results of our focus groups with the students and let them vote on their preferred mascot name, it is necessary to shorten our timeline and end the focus groups by (June 2nd),” the district wrote on Facebook last week .

District staff will hear from their coaches and other staff during a meeting on Tuesday, May 25th. Alumni will have the option to voice their thoughts at a meeting the next day on Wednesday, and the district will open the microphone to all community stakeholders at a Thursday meeting.

The district will hold a meeting on Tuesday June 1 for anyone who wishes to attend.

All meetings will take place at 6 p.m. in the new Toledo High School, with the exception of the June 1st meeting, which will be held on Zoom video conferencing. Masks and social distancing are required.

So far, the district has been heard from indigenous people and parents.

Mossyrock Kindergarten Open House Set for Wednesday

The Mossyrock School District will host an open house for arriving kindergarten students on Wednesday May 26th at 5:00 p.m. so families can meet their teachers and see their classrooms.

Staff encourage parents and students to come to the meet and greet and complete their enrollment package. Participants also receive a summer learning goody bag.

Please visit the district’s Facebook page for more information.

Onalaska Middle School Teacher named recipient of EarthGen Green Medalist 2021

Deb Richardson, a teacher at Onalaska Middle School, was named a recipient of the EarthGen Green Medalist program last week.

“Onalaska Middle School teacher and Green Team leader, Deborah Richardson, works in a conservative community and has demonstrated the qualities of being a Green Medalist,” the Seattle nonprofit wrote.

“She fearlessly leads her community in environmental actions like removing invasive species. effectively involves families and administrators in discussions about climate science and epidemiology; and meets the opposition with resilience, grace, and solid data. “

EarthGen is an organization that “guides and supports youth, educators and school communities to become leaders for a healthy environment”. It focuses on bringing knowledge and skills to underserved educational communities.

It often hosts community projects and is involved in school certification.

Richardson and eight other educators and community members were recognized for their dedication to a healthier, greener school, their willingness to appreciate and make them feel welcome, and their perseverance in the face of obstacles and setbacks.

“Those qualities were more important than ever this school year, and the Washington educational communities were fortunate to have champions working to ensure that environmental learning continued through the pandemic,” said the EarthGen staff.

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