North to Alaska
The Cottage Grove boys basketball team is heading to Kodiak, Alaska to play in the 51st annual Joe Floyd tournament. The team will be leaving on December 26th and will return on the 31st.
First year head coach Nick Finley, who coached in Alaska for the last three years, was contacted about a spot in the tournament opening up at the last minute for Cottage Grove.
At the school board meeting on Monday night, Finley reported that the Kodiak School District will be paying for the majority of the flights in addition to providing lunch and dinner the students that would be going. Additional money will be coming through a shoot-a-thon that the team is doing, donations and a sports fund at Cottage Grove High School. The details about lodging are still being ironed out but Kodiak High School has offered to let the team stay at the school.
According to the presentation that four team members gave to the school board, about half of the 13 players on the basketball team, consisting of 10 seniors and three juniors, have never flown on a plane before.
Donations at CGHS
Chelsea Armstrong, a member of CGHS student council, reported to the board that the school has been taking donations and will be opening up a winter clothes closet for students in need. The school is looking for more donations of all kinds and are especially looking for shoes and general hygiene items.
A Special Performance
Cottage Grove’s charter schools, Academy for Charter Education (ACE) and Child’s Way Charter School, had short performances for the board on Monday night to update them about their school.
Two ACE students sang about the first law of thermodynamics while another student from the school recited Chaucer for the school board on Monday night. Following them, a host of staff members from Child’s Way entered the meeting playing a saxophone and guitars. The staff talked about the activities the school is doing including their music programs, quilting, building and outdoor education.
Cottage Grove High School’s custodian Brian Anderson has been honored by the Oregon safe Schools and Communities Coalition for his work to make the high school a safe place for students to be.
In January district teachers and staff members throughout the district will continue taking part in the Alert Lockdown Inform Counter Evacuate (ALICE) training program that focuses on active shooter response training.
School District Meeting with PeaceHealth
On Jan. 8 members of the school board will be meeting with Meghan McCarthy, PeaceHealth’s Director of Community Health, to discuss a possible financial contribution from the company for the new pool renovation. The district plans to give a tour of the current pool space and discuss how the rennovation will benefit Cottage Grove and keep people healthy.