Education

Ashland School District

TRAILS Outdoor School celebrates grand opening

After months of renovations and new construction, TRAILS Outdoor School celebrated its grand opening Thursday, Nov. 17, unveiling the space in an open house that evening, about a month after Ashland Middle School celebrated the completion of its renovations.

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Ashland School District

Truth to Power speaks to Ashland

The Truth to Power club at Ashland High School, a group of about 25 students, looks at the challenges of the world and asks themselves what they can do.

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Ashland School District

Rotary Club of Ashland names Violet Hering Student Of The Month

The Rotary Club of Ashland named Ashland High School student Violet Hering Student of the Month at its Oct. 20 meeting. The Student of the Month designation is awarded to a student who exemplifies the Rotary values of truthfulness, fairness, commitment to good will, and beneficial outcomes to all.

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Education

VOTE 2022: Oregon’s next governor will shape education for a generation of students

Oregon’s governor serves as the superintendent of public instruction, appointing leaders at the Department of Education, and is ultimately responsible for ensuring the state’s students are graduating prepared for life after high school. The next woman to hold the job will face the daunting task of guiding the educational system’s recovery from pandemic losses, and navigating through an environment where education in public schools is increasingly politicized and polarized. Here’s how the three candidates said they’d tackle the job.

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Ashland School District

Otterlifter canoe dedication ceremony coming up Oct. 6

The community is welcome at the Oct. 6 dedication ceremony for the Otterlifter canoe on the Siskiyou Boulevard side of Ashland High School. The new installation honors the Indigenous peoples of our region and pledges a commitment to our Native community, elder relatives, and Earth, according to the event announcement.

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Art

Meet the 8 people in the BIPOC Celebration Mural

When you drive by the mural on the South Mountain Avenue side of Ashland High School, you might glance at the portraits, recognize one or two of the faces, then wonder who the rest of those people are. If you would like to learn a little about each of them, here is an introduction to the life and work of each person portrayed in the mural.

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Housing

SOU President: ‘The crisis is real’

As part of an approach to address a multi-million-dollar shortfall, and to invest in projects hoped to lead to revenue boosts and more housing opportunities for Southern Oregon University students, the university plans to demolish Cascade Hall and solicit proposals for building senior housing units as part of a new, mixed-use complex.

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Education

SOU announces historic $12 million donation over 10 years from Lithia Motors CEO

A donation of more than $12 million from Medford-based Lithia Motors CEO Bryan DeBoer to Southern Oregon University — the largest single donation to the university on record — will fund a $5 million scholarship geared toward first-generation students and those in minority groups and creation of a new Institute for Applied Sustainability, among other initiatives, SOU President Rick Bailey announced Wednesday.

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Art

Meet the teen artist: BIPOC Celebration Mural

“The Truth to Power club hoped to involve local residents with a community painting day. Their vision for the mural is to have it be an educational and motivating presence to reduce racism locally — both within the high school and the greater Ashland community. Involving as many locals as possible in the mural creation would contribute to their vision.”

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Mental health commitment ordered for serial offender

A local transient with a history of physically and verbally harassing local residents has been deemed unfit to stand trial in a Measure 11 assault case. Mathew David Todd, 39, of Medford, was ordered to undergo mental health and substance abuse evaluation and treatment at the Oregon State Hospital.

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