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Elliott Fund Information

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The following is available to school children in the Athena-Weston School District, especially those in grades K – 5. There is a fund available to people in need in the Athena-Weston area. This money comes from the Charles Elliott Trust. Mr. Elliott was a prominent Weston Citizen for about 18 years, from 1943-1961. He owned and operated a hardware, clothing and grocery store where the Long Branch Restaurant is today. Mr. Elliott was very interested in the welfare of children. He donated the Elliott Memorial Park to the city of Weston as a memorial to his wife. When Mr. Elliott died December 23, 1961, at 81 years of age, his will included monies to be used for children in our area.

Mr. Elliott wished for some funds to be used for less fortunate children around Christmas and this year the Elliott fund will also be used to meet needs at the beginning of the school year.

2017 BEGINNING OF SCHOOL NEEDS:

We will have some backpacks and some school supplies on hand at the Weston Middle School and Athena Elementary School on the first day of school. We will visit with office staffs and teachers to find out the needs in their classrooms.

Feel free to call one of us below if you have questions or have a significant need at the beginning of school.

  • Edith Lieuallen 541-566-3388 52802 Pine Creek Rd., Weston, OR 97886
  • Pattie Reinhart 541-566-2371 54309 Wildhorse Rd., Weston, OR 97886 pattiereinhartatgmail.com
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2017-18 Back to School Information

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2017-18 Welcome Packet & Forms (PDF)

Athena Elementary Enrollment Packets (PDF)

I would like to extend a warm welcome to all Athena-Weston families as we gear up for the 2017-2018 school year. Anticipation and hope surrounds each new academic year as children and parents see the end of summer drawing to a close. This year we will be focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) as we review curriculum and instructional strategies that promote 21st century learning demands. If STEM is an area where you can share some expertise, please let us know. The Athena-Weston School District has a history of excellence and our goal is to maintain and further develop partnerships with our families and community.

In this packet you will find important forms that need to be returned as soon as possible, but no later than the first day of school, September 5, 2017. It is critical that all children have current vaccinations, an updated annual Student Residency Questionnaire, and updated annual Federal lunch forms. We are asking each family to complete the lunch forms even if you write "do not qualify" on the forms for your family. These forms determine funding for our district and we want to ensure that we have accounted for all families in our documentation.

Once again, thank you for your support in passing the district safety and facilities improvement bond. As we move back into our buildings, it is clear that we will be enjoying these improvements well into the future.

Yours for Kids,
Laure Quaresma, Superintendent

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Interim Principal Announced

The Athena-Weston School District is pleased to announce that Jim Reger has accepted the position as interim principal for Weston-McEwen High School, effective July 1, 2017. Reger will serve through June 30, 2018. He has been an educator for many years in eastern Oregon school districts, including previously as the interim superintendent for the Athena-Weston district.

The district will post the announcement for a permanent high school principal in January 2018 and begin its search again for a strong candidate.

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Bond Construction Safety Zones

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As the 2016 Bond Measure Projects at Athena Elementary & Weston McEwen High School kick off, we at Kirby Nagelhout Construction want to make sure everyone is aware of what to expect.  KNCC, BBT Architecture & AWSD plan on performing over $4 million dollars worth of work this summer which means a LOT of new changes will be happening but what does this mean for you?

We ask that the community generally avoid both schools and their surrounding campus during construction this summer, occurring between 6/5/17 and 8/25/17 specifically:

Athena Elementary - View Safety Zone Map (PDF)

  • Track – accessible all summer
  • Playground - NOT ACCESSIBLE
  • Parking Lot - NOT ACCESSIBLE
  • Interior of School - NOT ACCESSIBLE

Weston-McEwen High School - View Safety Zone Map (PDF)

  • Football Field – accessible all summer
  • Practice Field  – accessible all summer
  • Tennis Courts - NOT ACCESSIBLE
  • Weight Room - NOT ACCESSIBLE
  • Parking Lot - NOT ACCESSIBLE
  • Interior of School - NOT ACCESSIBLE

The first 2 weeks will include removing roofing materials which contain Asbestos.  It will be important at all times and especially during this time to respect all construction fence, barriers and workers who might request that you leave the premises for your safety.  We hope you understand that this is for your own health and best interest. 

Please see maps, linked above, for locations of construction fence which will block facilities normally used by the community.  Thank you so much for your support while we work hard to revitalize these schools for you!

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Weston-McEwen FFA Member Receives American FFA Degree

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A graduate of Weston-McEwen High School and member of the high school’s FFA (Future Farmers of America) program will receive her American FFA Degree this fall. Juniper Cosner, who graduated in 2016, is the fourth member of Weston-McEwen FFA to receive this degree and honor. The last recipient was in 1999. FFA Advisor Ashley Florence said, “We at Weston-McEwen High School are so proud of Juniper’s accomplishments and we cannot wait to see her on the National FFA stage this fall!”

The National FFA Organization will award Cosner her degree in October at the National FFA Convention and Expo in Indiana. To earn the American FFA Degree, the honoree must meet many qualifications over a significant period of time. According to the FFA website (www.ffa.org), the American FFA Degree is awarded to members “who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA and made significant accomplishments in their supervised agricultural experiences.” The degree is awarded each year to less than 1% of FFA members, making it one of the organization’s highest honors.

Some of the qualifications to earn the degree include:

  1. Have received the State FFA Degree, have been an active member for the past three years and have a record of satisfactory participation in the activities on the chapter and state level.
  2. Have satisfactorily completed the equivalent of at least three years (540 hours) of systematic secondary school instruction in an agricultural education program.
  3. Have graduated from high school at least 12 months prior to the national convention at which the degree is to be granted.
  4. Have in operation and have maintained records to substantiate an outstanding supervised agricultural experience program, through which the member has exhibited comprehensive planning and managerial and financial expertise.
  5. A student after entering agricultural education must have:
    1. Earned at least $10,000 and productively invested $7,500 or
    2. Earned and productively invested $2,000 and worked 2,250 hours in excess of scheduled class time.
  6. Have a record of outstanding leadership abilities and community involvement and have achieved a high school scholastic record of “C” or better as certified by the principal or superintendent.
  7. Have participated in at least 50 hours of community service within at least three different community service activities.

Past recipients from Weston-McEwen FFA are Joshua Legg in 1999, Kristen Kyles in 1998 and Ginger M. Price in 1993.

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