Announcements

Friday March 1st,

Attention 8th grader

If you did not take home your course information sheets last night please make sure you do so today.  Sprague will be back on Thursday, March 7th to help you choose your classes.  If you have already completed your forms, you are to turn them into your Science teachers.  If you were absent yesterday, and need the paperwork please see your science teacher.

 

Registration forms for 6th grade volleyball camp MUST be turned in TODAY. The camp will start next Monday and run for 2 weeks. Registration forms are available in the front office.

 

Yearbooks pre-sale have now begun!  If you purchase your yearbook before Spring Break, it will cost you, $17.  After Spring Break the price goes up to $20.  So stop by the Main Office and pay for yours today!!!!

 

Author April Henry is coming March 19.  If you have never read her books, now is the time.  You can buy your own copy of Body in the Woods or Girl, Stolen in the office for $8 and then get it signed when she is here.  You can also enter a contest for the chance to have lunch with April – just ask your Language Arts teacher for details.

 

Cabaret tickets are now on sale in the main office.  Stop by and purchase yours today and support our Crossler Choirs!!!

 

Attention all NJHS members- We are back and our next meeting is today, in the commons from 2:45 till 3:30!  See Mr. Erdmans or Sra. H if you have any questions.

 

Attention Crossler students.

Track and field sign-ups have begun.  All sign-ups need to be done online this year as there are no more packets.  Please have your parents go to the Crossler website to sign-up, pay fees, and select your size for our new track t-shirts.

Track and field starts on April 1st, but you must be signed up by March 20th so we can order track shirts.

Also, remember that all 7th and 8th graders must have an updated physical to participate.  Sixth graders do not.

Any Crossler student can sign up for Track and Field.  You may participate in sprinting, distance running, the long jump, the high jump, hurdles, discus and shot put.

If you have any questions, please see Mr. Searcy, Mr. Rohl, Mr. Benjamin, Mrs. McBride, Mr. Bell or Mr. Erdmans.

You can pick up a flier in the main office with all the details.

 

The African American Youth Leadership Conference is coming up on Friday, April 12th  at Western Oregon University from 9 AM to 1 PM.  ALL students are invited; however, students with African or African-American heritage are strongly encouraged to attend.  If you are interested in going, please pick up a registration packet in the front office.  If you have specific questions related to the event, please see Mrs. Roos.  The deadline for permission forms is Monday, March 18th.

Thursday Feb. 28th,

Attention all 8th graders

Sprague High School is here today in your Science classes.  They will be talking to you about registration for 9th grade.  You will get a packet that needs to go home TODAY and brought back NO LATER than Tuesday, March 5. 

Congratulations to the Crossler Symphonic and Jazz Bands for placing in the top three at the Warner Pacific Band Festival last Friday.

Also earning individual recognition was our French Horn section – Liam Snyder, Braedon Tipton, and Owen Strawn, and Timpani soloist Tyler Suarez.

Good job wrestlers on Tuesday match against Waldo .     The Coed team beat waldo 65-28.   The Girls team lost theirs 12-30. The Coed team went Undefeated this year with a 9-0 record .   In the past 4 years Coed team record 39-0 . Good Job Wrestlers and Good luck at Regionals.

The last Dance Team meeting for today has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled for sometime next week. Dancers, please arrange for your transportation home after school.

Registration forms for 6th grade volleyball camp MUST be turned in by this Friday, March 1st. The camp will start next Monday and run for 2 weeks. Registration forms are available in the front office.

Yearbooks pre-sale have now begun!  If you purchase your yearbook before Spring Break, it will cost you, $17.  After Spring Break the price goes up to $20.  So stop by the Main Office and pay for yours today!!!!

Author April Henry is coming March 19.  If you have never read her books, now is the time.  You can buy your own copy of Body in the Woods or Girl, Stolen in the office for $8 and then get it signed when she is here.  You can also enter a contest for the chance to have lunch with April – just ask your Language Arts teacher for details.

Cabaret tickets are now on sale in the main office.  Stop by and purchase yours today and support our Crossler Choirs!!!

Attention all NJHS members- We are back and our next meeting is this Friday, March 1st, in the commons from 2:45 till 3:30!  See Mr. Erdmans or Sra. H if you have any questions.

Attention Crossler students.

Track and field sign-ups have begun.  All sign-ups need to be done online this year as there are no more packets.  Please have your parents go to the Crossler website to sign-up, pay fees, and select your size for our new track t-shirts.

Track and field starts on April 1st, but you must be signed up by March 20th so we can order track shirts.

Also, remember that all 7th and 8th graders must have an updated physical to participate.  Sixth graders do not.

Tuesday Feb. 26th,

Yearbooks pre-sale have now begun!  If you purchase your yearbook before Spring Break, it will cost you, $17.  After Spring Break the price goes up to $20.  So stop by the Main Office and pay for yours today!!!!

Author April Henry is coming March 19.  If you have never read her books, now is the time.  You can buy your own copy of Body in the Woods or Girl, Stolen in the office for $8 and then get it signed when she is here.  You can also enter a contest for the chance to have lunch with April – just ask your Language Arts teacher for details.

Cabaret tickets are now on sale in the main office.  Stop by and purchase yours today and support our Crossler Choirs!!!

Attention all NJHS members- We are back and our next meeting is this Friday, March 1st, in the commons from 2:45 till 3:30!  See Mr. Erdmans or Sra. H if you have any questions.

Attention Crossler students.

Track and field sign-ups have begun.  All sign-ups need to be done online this year as there are no more packets.  Please have your parents go to the Crossler website to sign-up, pay fees, and select your size for our new track t-shirts.

Track and field starts on April 1st, but you must be signed up by March 20th so we can order track shirts.

Also, remember that all 7th and 8th graders must have an updated physical to participate.  Sixth graders do not.

Any Crossler student can sign up for Track and Field.  You may participate in sprinting, distance running, the long jump, the high jump, hurdles, discus and shot put.

If you have any questions, please see Mr. Searcy, Mr. Rohl, Mr. Benjamin, Mrs. McBride, Mr. Bell or Mr. Erdmans.

You can pick up a flier in the main office with all the details.

All 6th graders, remember College Fair Night is on Thursday from 6:00 – 7:00pm.

Also on Thursday the 28th, Crossler has a Limeberry fundraiser to support AVID.  It’s easy to support our school — just mention Crossler at the cash register and enjoy delicious frozen yogurt!

Crossler Catering’s Cupcakes are back for a limited time, on Thursday February 28th the catering class will be selling cupcakes again for the last time with double the cupcakes. You can find the sale after school from 2:30-3:00 in the hall by Mrs. Sass’s room.  Bring money because each cupcake is $1. See you there!!

Congrats to another 2nd place win for the Crossler Dance Team at their Saturday’s competition! We’d like to recognize the top 5 winners of the drill down awards: Madeline Aballay, Kayla Pobuda, Elizabeth Mejia, Bella Terzenbach, and Esther Thao!  If you’re in the Crossler Dance Team please stand to be recognized. The Crossler Dance Team wants to thank you all who have supported them!

2019-03-01T11:58:17-08:00February 26, 2019|

Support Crossler AVID

Thursday, February 28th at LimeBerry

4555 Liberty road S

2:30pm-9:00pm

Mention the flyer and 20% of the proceeds will go to Crossler’s AVID program

2019-02-21T13:24:07-08:00February 21, 2019|

Announcements

Thursday February 21st:

Yearbooks pre-sale have now begun!  If you purchase your yearbook before Spring Break, it will cost you, $17.  After Spring Break the price goes up to $20.  So stop by the Main Office and pay for yours today!!!!

Author April Henry is coming March 19.  If you have never read her books, now is the time.  You can buy your own copy of Body in the Woods or Girl, Stolen in the office for $8 and then get it signed when she is here.  You can also enter a contest for the chance to have lunch with April – just ask your Language Arts teacher for details.

Cabaret tickets are now on sale in the main office.  Stop by and purchase yours today and support our Crossler Choirs!!!

Attention all NJHS members- We are back and our next meeting on Friday March 1st in the commons from 2:45 till 3:30!  See Mr. Erdmans or Sra. H if you have any questions.

Attention Crossler students.

Track and field sign-ups have begun.  All sign-ups need to be done online this year as there are no more packets.  Please have your parents go to the Crossler website to sign-up, pay fees, and select your size for our new track t-shirts.

Track and field starts on April 1st, but you must be signed up by March 20th so we can order track shirts.

Also, remember that all 7th and 8th graders must have an updated physical to participate.  Sixth graders do not.

Any Crossler student can sign up for Track and Field.  You may participate in sprinting, distance running, the long jump, the high jump, hurdles, discus and shot put.

If you have any questions, please see Mr. Searcy, Mr. Rohl, Mr. Benjamin, Mrs. McBride, Mr. Bell or Mr. Erdmans.

You can pick up a flier in the main office with all the details.

The Crossler Catering class is back with our promised, delicious cupcakes.  Valentine’s Day isn’t the only day to buy that special someone a cupcake.  We will be selling cupcakes today after school for $1 under the stairs.  Buy one for you and one for a friend!

Tuesday February 19th:

Yearbooks pre-sale have now begun!  If you purchase your yearbook before Spring Break, it will cost you, $17.  After Spring Break the price goes up to $20.  So stop by the Main Office and pay for yours today!!!!

Author April Henry is coming March 19.  If you have never read her books, now is the time.  You can buy your own copy of Body in the Woods or Girl, Stolen in the office for $8 and then get it signed when she is here.  You can also enter a contest for the chance to have lunch with April – just ask your Language Arts teacher for details.

Cabaret tickets are now on sale in the main office.  Stop by and purchase yours today and support our Crossler Choirs!!!

Attention all NJHS members- We are back and our next meeting on Friday March 1st in the commons from 2:45 till 3:30!  See Mr. Erdmans or Sra. H if you have any questions.

Congratulations to all Crossler wrestlers on their performances Saturday at the All-City Tournament.   All of the Wrestlers placed in their weights.

75 lbs  Brody Piper 1st place

80 lbs  Tanner Short 1st place

102 lbs Shawn Parker 1st place

175 LBs  Johnathon Surritt 1st place

110 lbs   Tucker Piper  2nd place

175 lbs Alexander Surritt 2nd place

80 LBs Carson Vanmeter 3rd place

90 lbs ANDREY CERNEV  3rd place

102 LBS IZAIAH TERRONES 3rd place

117 lbs TYSEN PEREZ 3rd place

Good Job Wrestlers

2019-02-22T08:45:03-08:00February 19, 2019|

Salem-Keizer Board of Directors Votes to Approve Boundary Adjustments

The Salem-Keizer Board of Directors voted 5-2 last night to approve the boundary adjustment proposal brought forward by the Boundary Review Task Force. Directors Blasi and Lippold opposed. The boundary adjustments will go into effect for the 2019-20 school year and only apply to incoming kindergarten through third-graders, sixth-graders and ninth-graders. Students entering grades four, five, seven, eight, 10, 11 and 12 will not be impacted by the boundary adjustments. Transportation will be provided both for students in the new boundaries and those who are not impacted by the boundary adjustments and will be continuing in their existing schools. Students enrolled in special programs will continue in those special programs.

Families impacted by the boundary adjustments will receive personalized letters in their preferred language in the coming days detailing the transition. Maps are available at schools to review the 36 areas of Salem and Keizer impacted by the adjustments.

The Boundary Review Task Force is a 45-member volunteer committee comprised of representatives from the special education community, PCUN, Mano a Mano, Salem/Keizer Coalition for Equality, Salem-Keizer NAACP and all geographic regions.

Thanks to the community’s passage of a bond in May, SKPS will invest $619.7 million in Salem and Keizer in the form of school expansions, renovations and improvements over the next five to six years. Boundary adjustments will shift students away from crowded conditions and into these new, improved learning environments.

To view the boundary adjustments website, click here.

2019-02-13T15:43:23-08:00February 13, 2019|

Announcements

Friday February 15th:

Yearbooks pre-sale have now begun!  If you purchase your yearbook before Spring Break, it will cost you, $17.  After Spring Break the price goes up to $20.  So stop by the Main Office and pay for yours today!!!!

Attention all Crossler students! We are having a school wide competition to guess how many candies are in a jar. It starts today and ends of the 13th, at the circular desk. Write your guess and your name on the piece of paper next to the jar. The winner will be announced on the 14th. Whoever is the closest will win the prize of the candy inside the jar. Good Luck!

Author April Henry is coming March 19.  If you have never read her books, now is the time.  You can buy your own copy of Body in the Woods or Girl, Stolen in the office for $8 and then get it signed when she is here.  You can also enter a contest for the chance to have lunch with April – just ask your Language Arts teacher for details.

Cabaret tickets are now on sale in the main office.  Stop by and purchase yours today and support our Crossler Choirs!!!

Can you please add these to the morning announcements…

Staff please pay close attention as we announce the winners of the staff bake-off

A huge thanks to everyone who participated, it was a close, close challenge.

The winners are…

Erin Meier

Ms. Heib

Mrs. Walton

Ms. Luft

With the overall Master Cookie Baker with the most overall points…….  Ms. Heib  Congratulation!

Sorry Mr. Swenson, maybe next time.

 

Thursday February 14th:

Yearbooks pre-sale have now begun!  If you purchase your yearbook before Spring Break, it will cost you, $17.  After Spring Break the price goes up to $20.  So stop by the Main Office and pay for yours today!!!!

Attention all Crossler students! We are having a school wide competition to guess how many candies are in a jar. It starts today and ends of the 13th, at the circular desk. Write your guess and your name on the piece of paper next to the jar. The winner will be announced on the 14th. Whoever is the closest will win the prize of the candy inside the jar. Good Luck!

Author April Henry is coming March 19.  If you have never read her books, now is the time.  You can buy your own copy of Body in the Woods or Girl, Stolen in the office for $8 and then get it signed when she is here.  You can also enter a contest for the chance to have lunch with April – just ask your Language Arts teacher for details.

Cabaret tickets are now on sale in the main office.  Stop by and purchase yours today and support our Crossler Choirs!!!

Attention OBOB participants, the first two rounds of OBOB competition are Wednesday and Thursday after school at 2:30. If you can’t make it to either of the battle dates this week please let Mr. Schaeffer know! Good luck and keep reading!

The Catering Class Valentine’s sale is canceled for today.  They will have another sale shortly.

Congratulations to Kaylynn Dorschel for guessing the exact number of candy pieces in the valentine jar with 178 candies. Enjoy all the candy.

 

Tuesday February 12th:

Yearbooks pre-sale have now begun!  If you purchase your yearbook before Spring Break, it will cost you, $17.  After Spring Break the price goes up to $20.  So stop by the Main Office and pay for yours today!!!!

Attention all Crossler students! We are having a school wide competition to guess how many candies are in a jar. It starts today and ends of the 13th, at the circular desk. Write your guess and your name on the piece of paper next to the jar. The winner will be announced on the 14th. Whoever is the closest will win the prize of the candy inside the jar. Good Luck!

Author April Henry is coming March 19.  If you have never read her books, now is the time.  You can buy your own copy of Body in the Woods or Girl, Stolen in the office for $8 and then get it signed when she is here.  You can also enter a contest for the chance to have lunch with April – just ask your Language Arts teacher for details.

Attention OBOB participants, the first two rounds of OBOB competition are Wednesday and Thursday after school at 2:30. If you can’t make it to either of the battle dates this week please let Mr. Schaeffer know! Good luck and keep reading!

Hey Crossler Crocs, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Catering class is holding a Valentine’s Day cupcake sale, buy a snack for you and that special someone. Cupcakes will be on sale for $1 Thursday February 14th from 2:30-3:00 under the stairs.

Monday February 11th:

Yearbooks pre-sale have now begun!  If you purchase your yearbook before Spring Break, it will cost you, $17.  After Spring Break the price goes up to $20.  So stop by the Main Office and pay for yours today!!!!

All boys interested in baseball this year, please stop by the main office to pick up a flier for Sprague Little League.  Signups are now open.

Attention all Crossler students! We are having a school wide competition to guess how many candies are in a jar. It starts today and ends of the 13th, at the circular desk. Write your guess and your name on the piece of paper next to the jar. The winner will be announced on the 14th. Whoever is the closest will win the prize of the candy inside the jar. Good Luck!

Attention OBOB teams! There will be optional practice battles in the library after school today from 2:30-3:15. If you need to practice the question format with your team this is a good opportunity to do so!

Author April Henry is coming March 19.  If you have never read her books, now is the time.  You can buy your own copy of Body in the Woods or Girl, Stolen in the office for $8 and then get it signed when she is here.  You can also enter a contest for the chance to have lunch with April – just ask your Language Arts teacher for details.

2019-02-15T07:56:40-08:00February 11, 2019|

Stopping Endless Scrolling

A few days ago I was really surprised that my girlfriend was unaware that Facebook controls which posts appear at the top of one’s feed. I explained to her that it strategically feeds us more of what we have engaged with—so to engage us more. This is in contrast to the “old days,” when one would see posts in the order that “friends” were posting them. Most social media and content companies continually update their algorithms to figure out how to keep us hooked and endlessly scrolling through posts.

Many analysts say that the majority of YouTube videos watched are discovered by the suggestions that YouTube gives each time one logs into it, or suggested after watching a video. The power of its algorithms hit home the other day when I was looking up something related to teen girls and sports. YouTube employed its “read my mind trick” and up popped all sorts of “recommended videos.” This was the first time I started scrolling down all their suggestion, and when I did, I was shocked at the sheer length of the scroll. I could keep scrolling practically forever. And, in fact, the algorithm was working because more than half of the videos piqued my curiosity. Not surprising since it was curated and informed by my past searches. Examples of things that were showing up: The Story of Nadia Comaneci (along with 5 other great looking gymnastic videos) Wayne Thiebaud the Painter videos, Priscilla Chan’s Three Billion Dollar Give Away and other important causes videos, exercise videos, and mounds of movie star stuff, which I don’t usually search but clearly YouTube knows that I might actually open the “How Emily Blunt met John Krasinski” video. Frankly, had I let myself, I could have spent several hours lost in frivolous curiosity.

I find it interesting that YouTube appears to give me so few recommendations for things I have looked up that are more work-related, more concentration dependent, like technical information on filmmaking.  I wonder if this too is an algorithm…one that accounts for the fact that humans favor entertainment and relaxation over thought-challenging work-related links.

My husband has become a bit obsessed with the new book LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media. The book, painstakingly researched by two academic defense experts over 5 years, describes how social media is being used by individuals, groups, and governments to influence opinions. The authors make the interesting point that much of the power of targeted messaging comes from within our own minds. They give these two powerful examples 1) Humans have an intrinsic desire to associate with like-minded individuals, and 2) Humans like to have their preconceptions confirmed. These traits underlie the psychology that results in our compulsion to keep clicking on the next suggested link.

I fear that algorithms are defining our children and forcing them deeper into silos. When they search for something that others, as well as themselves, have previously searched for, by default they are filtered into a category and served the same information that others who were looking for these same answers received. Those filters often go deeper than just keywords, they are algorithms that take into account factors like one’s profile and other searches, and ultimately knitting together a group of people with similar interests and backgrounds.

I also want to be clear that I know there are many terrific consequences of algorithmic curating. Let’s say your daughter likes building Balsa Wood models and she is searching for YouTube videos on the activity. Later other similar videos will appear on YouTube for her to see. That can be a good thing. But, with so many curiosity piquing videos how do you to stay on task? How do you ever unplug? Why would you ever get back to something less entertaining like writing that paper you were researching rather than going down the rabbit hole of distraction.

How do we remain conscious about what we are doing or watching when the videos and content suggested for us is done so with such personalized precision? The first step is to be aware of the endless scroll. Since that night when I felt the true abyss of the scroll, I have been more actively ignoring all videos displayed before me—especially the insane barrage of celebrity ones.

I am really excited to talk about all of this with my family tomorrow night–ie Tech Talk Tuesday.

For this TTT let’s discuss the powerful algorithms at play.

Here are some questions to get the conversation started:

  • As always start with a positive question about tech such as: Are there types of videos that YouTube presents you that you appreciate?
  • Do you know that content suggested for you, like videos on YouTube, are designed around your searching history and interests?
  • Have you been sucked into an endless scroll?
  • What do you think you could do to stop the endless scroll?
  • Talk about how realizing your viewing could go on forever gives you the power to decide to stop.

https://www.screenagersmovie.com/tech-talk-tuesdays/stopping-the-scroll?utm_source=Indie+Streak&utm_campaign=635be11f0c-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_01_29_06_01_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3dc2dfef78-635be11f0c-160664121&mc_cid=635be11f0c&mc_eid=53ce4a77a2

2019-02-07T09:58:36-08:00February 7, 2019|

Announcements

Friday 2/8/19:

Yearbooks pre-sale have now begun!  If you purchase your yearbook before Spring Break, it will cost you, $17.  After Spring Break the price goes up to $20.  So stop by the Main Office and pay for yours today!!!!

All boys interested in baseball this year, please stop by the main office to pick up a flier for Sprague Little League.  Signups are now open.

Attention all Crossler students! We are having a school wide competition to guess how many candies are in a jar. It starts today and ends of the 13th, at the circular desk. Write your guess and your name on the piece of paper next to the jar. The winner will be announced on the 14th. Whoever is the closest will win the prize of the candy inside the jar. Good Luck!

Attention OBOB teams! There will be optional practice battles in the library after school today from 2:30-3:15. If you need to practice the question format with your team this is a good opportunity to do so!

6th grade girls volleyball camp will start March 4th until March 14th Monday-Thursday after school from 2:45 – 4:15pm. Registration forms are available in the front office, and must be returned by March 1st in order to participate.

Thursday 2/7/19:

Yearbooks pre-sale have now begun!  If you purchase your yearbook before Spring Break, it will cost you, $17.  After Spring Break the price goes up to $20.  So stop by the Main Office and pay for yours today!!!!

All boys interested in baseball this year, please stop by the main office to pick up a flier for Sprague Little League.  Signups are now open.

Attention all Crossler students! We are having a school wide competition to guess how many candies are in a jar. It starts today and ends of the 13th, at the circular desk. Write your guess and your name on the piece of paper next to the jar. The winner will be announced on the 14th. Whoever is the closest will win the prize of the candy inside the jar. Good Luck!

Attention OBOB teams! There will be optional practice battles in the library after school today from 2:30-3:15. If you need to practice the question format with your team this is a good opportunity to do so!

6th grade girls volleyball camp will start March 4th until March 14th Monday-Thursday after school from 2:45 – 4:15pm. Registration forms are available in the front office, and must be returned by March 1st in order to participate.

Wednesday 2/6/19:

Yearbooks pre-sale have now begun!  If you purchase your yearbook before Spring Break, it will cost you, $17.  After Spring Break the price goes up to $20.  So stop by the Main Office and pay for yours today!!!!

All boys interested in baseball this year, please stop by the main office to pick up a flier for Sprague Little League.  Signups are now open.

Attention all Crossler students! We are having a school wide competition to guess how many candies are in a jar. It starts today and ends of the 13th, at the circular desk. Write your guess and your name on the piece of paper next to the jar. The winner will be announced on the 14th. Whoever is the closest will win the prize of the candy inside the jar. Good Luck!

 

Monday 2/4/2019:

Attention 8th grade students, the deadline to sign up for the 8th grade east coast trip is TOMORROW. Students need to get an informational packet from Ms. Kasler before signing up. We want you to join us on a trip of a lifetime!

Yearbooks pre-sale have now begun!  If you purchase your yearbook before Spring Break, it will cost you, $17.  After Spring Break the price goes up to $20.  So stop by the Main Office and pay for yours today!!!!

The food recycling program that we all participate in at lunch time, placing food scraps in the GREEN garbage can, is a district program that makes environmental sense, reducing the need for garbage waste and increasing revenue for the schools. When we don’t follow the disposal directions the scraps become garbage which adds a cost to the school and deprives us of funds. We must do better!

All boys interested in baseball this year, please stop by the main office to pick up a flier for Sprague Little League.  Signups are now open.

2019-02-08T09:24:22-08:00February 4, 2019|

New Oly Showcase

This is an opportunity to meet Sprague teachers, counselors, coaches, advisors, and administrators, and get a sneak peak into your high school experience. Information will be available on academic options & curriculum, AP classes, opportunities to earn college credit, the AVID elective, Sprague athletics, clubs & activities, as well as the Summer Transition Program.

February 26th, 2019

5:30-7:00pm

Sprague High School Commons

2019-02-13T10:55:33-08:00February 1, 2019|