NVS earns continuing NWAC accreditation
Charging Towards the Cape
Nestucca Fire Deputy Fire Chief Jim Oeder (at right) presents the “Volunteer of the Year” award to Roy Hansen.
Roy Hansen named as Nestucca Fire
'Volunteer of the Year'
It takes plenty of dedication and a whole lot of training, but the volunteers of the Nestucca Rural Fire Protection District are doing their part in protecting the community. And to celebrate that hard work and determination, Nestucca Fire held its annual banquet and awards ceremony Feb. 4.
Earning the nod as the Volunteer of the Year was Roy Hansen, who was recognized for his drive to get certified in both firefighting and EMS, as well as his dedication to responding to calls.
“He had the second most amount of (call) responses for the year amongst the volunteers,” said deputy fire chief Jim Oeder. “He also stepped up and offered to help put together a rope rescue group so that we can get people trained, and, if we had any kind of incident that we need to use the rope system on, we would have a team that would be able to do that.”
Other awards included EMS of the Year, which went to Ginger Slavens for her continued help in training of district members and CPR/First aid to the community; Firefighter of the Year, which was awarded to John Eckhardt for his support on calls — day or night; Officer of the Year, which was won by Bill Slavens for his support and help during training and on emergency calls, Rookie of the Year, which was earned by Nick Sheridan for his drive to learn the job and responding on calls; the Community Support Award, which was awarded to both North Lincoln Fire and Rescue and Tillamook Fire and Rescue for their continued support when extra help is needed in the district; and the Community Service Award, which went to dispatchers from the 911 Center.
Winners were selected via nominations and a vote by volunteers.
“We just want to thank the volunteers for everything they do,” Oeder said. “This (event) recognizes the people that have stepped up and given a little extra to the district and to the community. It’s a recognition by their peers for their hard work.”
Neskowin Valley School students show off a plaque commemorating the school recently achieving continuing NWAC accreditation.
NVS earns continuing NWAC accreditation
Head of School Kelly Ellis recently announced that Neskowin Valley School earned continuing accreditation from the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC), an accreditation division of AdvancED. This action was taken at the AdvancED Accreditation Commission meeting held in May 2016. Neskowin Valley School has been accredited since 2000.
NWAC provides nationally-recognized accreditation, the purpose of which is continuous school improvement focused on increasing student performance. To earn accreditation, schools must meet NWAC’s high standards, be evaluated by a team of professionals from outside the school and implement a continuous process of school improvement. Accreditation is granted on a five-year term.
“Accreditation demonstrates to our students, parents, and community that we are focused on raising student achievement, providing a safe and enriching learning environment, and maintaining an efficient and effective operation staffed by highly qualified educators,” stated Ellis.
NWAC accreditation is recognized across state lines, which not only eases the transfer process as students move from accredited school to accredited school but also assures parents that the school is meeting nationally accepted standards for quality and successful professional practice.
“NWAC Accreditation is a rigorous process that focuses the entire school on the primary goal of creating lifelong learners,” says Dr. Mark Elgart, president and CEO of AdvancED, the parent organization of NWAC. “Neskowin Valley School is to be commended for engaging in this process and demonstrating a commitment to continuous improvement.”
Dedicated to advancing excellence in education through accreditation, research and professional services, AdvancED is the world’s largest education community, serving and engaging 30,000 public and private schools and school systems in more than 70 countries and serving over 16 million students. AdvancED is the parent organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).
The Northwest Accreditation Commission has been accrediting schools in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington since 1917.
Parents and interested community members can learn more about accreditation at www.advanc-ed.org.
Photo by Tim Hirsch
THE 3 CAPES RELAY will take runners from Cape Meares Lake to Cape Kiwanda when it returns for its 4th annual go round on Saturday, Feb. 25.
Charging Towards the Cape
Runners looking for an early season challenge that promises great vistas along the way are in for a treat when the fourth running of the 3 Capes Relay returns to Tillamook County. The race, which is set for Saturday, Feb. 25, starts at 9 a.m. at Cape Meares Lake and finishes at Cape Kiwanda. Those choosing to walk will start at 7:30 a.m.
Registration to the 26.2-mile course, which can be either run as a relay or as a solo marathon event, is $175 per five-person team, $95 per two-person team and $65 for the one person.
The first leg is a 4.47-mile jaunt featuring a daunting initial climb that rises nearly 600 feet with a 6 percent grade, earning this leg, which is the third longest leg, a “very difficult” rating. The leg has views of both Cape Meares National Wildlife Refuge and Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge. It finishes in Oceanside.
Continuing south from Oceanside, the second leg, which is the shortest of the five, has rolling hills for much of the first two-thirds of the leg, but has two category five climbs. The leg features views of the Pacific Ocean overlooking Oceanside as well as Netarts Bay.
Starting along Netarts Bay, the third leg climbs more than 800 feet. It finishes at the summit of Cape Lookout State Park and has views of Netarts Bay.
The fourth leg is the longest of the event, but is considered relatively easy because of the long downhill descent. It runs through the dunes of Sand Lake and finishes at Whalen Island County Park.
The final leg is both relatively flat and is the shortest leg in the race. It finishes in front of the beach at Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City.
To register for the relay, visit https://threecapesrelay.oregoncoastalflowers.com.
Roy Hansen named as 'Volunteer of the Year'