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N, - August 22, 2012 VouR COMMUNITY Page 5 .S By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Hawthorne School is getting a new look - and a new principal - as the 2012- 13 school year kicks off the day after Labor Day. The school's entrance is getting a paint job, and remodeling is on the way to make it more parent-friendly and promote school spirit. The exterior and interior are painted in school colors - yellow and black for the Hornets, and the Pride Wall will feature pho- tos and articles about the school. The school office will be opened up to welcome parents into the school, rather than intimidating them, said new Principal Terry Augustadt. A banner goes up inside the school on Monday, and there will be an information center with a TV screen like the junior high and high school. "Anybody who walks into the building will know what's going on," Augustadt said. "People are definitely going to know what the school colors are. People are going to know what we're about." Augustadt, formerly the counselor at Hawthorne, takes over for Ryan Beck, who took a job in Creswell to be closer to his home. He's picking up where Beck left off in many areas. "I couldn't have asked for a better men- tor," Augustadt said. "I talked to him twice today.". Augustadt, 43, was a buSiness consul- tant, working with local banks and accoun- tant firms in the Eugene area while serving as a football'coach at Marist High School, where he helped the Spartans win a state title as an assistant coach. That's when he developed his interest in education. "I was coaching and basically went back to graduate school because I wanted to figure out a way to make a living being around kids," Augustadt said. Augustadt grew up in Cave Junction and married his high school sweetheart, Kelli. They have been married for 24 years and have two children, a 23-year-old son and 22-year-old daughter. His son, Jordan, is a counselor at the St. Mary's Home for Boys, and his daughter, Kayla, is consider- ing entering a graduate program at the Uni- versity of Oregon. Augustadt graduated from Oregon in 1997 with a bachelor of science degree in sociology. He earned his master's degree in school counseling in 2008 from Northwest Christian University. His wife, now a social worker, graduated from Oregon and then earned a master's degree at Portland State University. Their education was tough, Augustadt said. They worked two jobs each and were raising two children while attending col- lege. They alternated earning their degrees, helping each other through school. That's why Augustadt is so passionate about education, he said. It leads to opportu- nities. Options are limited without it. He was fortunate enough to get a great job in the business sector after school, Au- gustadt said, but his experience as a coach led him to education. When he accepted his job at Haw- thorne, he turned down a more lucrative of- fer at Dallas High School. The logical choice was to stick with what he knew, high school students, he said, but he had worked with elementary students during internships. "They're pure," Augustadt said. "They're unfiltered." That's what it boiled down to for him, he said. "Never in a million years did I actually think I was going to be in educaron. I abso- lutely love this. Some days I can't believe they pay me to do this. I'absolutely love the kids. That's my entire motivation. I love it. t don't think I could write a story from Hol- lywood any better." The school will continue to showcase its Positive Behavioral Improvement Sys- tem and the Parent-Teacher Club. Augustadt has been promoting and us- ing PBIS during his four years as school counselor - at both Hawthorne and HoUey School. Believing Hawthorne's PBIS program is the best in the entire state, he wants to boost it further, taking it school-wide into academic applications, he said. "We're PBIS on steroids. It's probably our No. 1 focus. It's how we interact with our students here." He can find 100 negative things to say to a student, or he can find 100 positive things to say, he said. He likes to acknowledge the "awesome" things they do, and then use that to launch into advice for better behavior or ways to improve. "Our staff is awesome at this," he said. Children are why the schools are here, he said, and every youngster deserves the chances and choices that education offers. But he needs help, Augustadt said. Terry Augustadt The PTC and involvement of every family member connected to the school is critical, he said, so his goal is to open the school up more to the community, with more open houses, activities and opportunities for in- teraction to showcase the talent of Haw- thorne students -- "to celebrate education, celebrate what we do here." Things are going well as he prepares for the new school year, Augustadt said. "We have a good, awesome staff, awesome kids, awesome parents." Now, he said, he just needs to find a way to unclutter his desk. By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Oak Heights Principal Colleen Henry comes from a family full of educators, so her 10-year career in Sweet Home schools has been a natural progression, she says. Henry succeeds Derek Barnhurst at Oak Heights Barnhurst took a new posi- tion in Wyoming, while Henry moves to Oak Heights from Sweet Home Junior High School, where she taught language arts. "I really loved working there, loved the staff," Henry said of her years at the Ju- nior High. After teaching there for several years, she got interested in further educa- tion, and Principal Hal Huschka suggested that she consider leadership. She complet- ed her master's degree in 2010. "I didn't want to leave Sweet Home," she said. Henry, 35, graduated from Lebanon High School in 1995. She earned her bach- elor's degree in English, with a minor in secondary education, from Warner Pacific in 2001. She earned her master's degree in education leadership in 2010 from the University of Oregon. She is single with no children. She has a cat. Affectionately remembering the ri- valry between Lebanon and Sweet Home, she said, "I grew up in Lebanon. No one was more shocked than I was to fall in love with Sweet Home and stay here." She was wondering whether she would have to go elsewhere to advance her career, she said. "Then the opportunity came up to stay in Sweet Home. I hope I get to stay. I just bought a house." Education is in her blood. "My mom was an elementary school teacher in Lebanon," Henry said. She re- calls going to school with her mom on Sundays. "So I think about her when I sit in this office." . She has two aunts who teach, cousins who teach and a grandmother who worked in a cafeteria. In high school, Henry did some student teaching in elementary schools. "It's never boring," Henry said. "Ev- ery day, it's kind of a new thing." She loves "the kids and being able to connect with them," she said. It can he the small things or the big, tinforgettable mo- ments. She loved working with junior high students, and she's looking forward to el- ementary students. . She was working at her computer in her office recently, Henry said. A young girl walked by. The girl knew Henry wasn't supposed to be there. "She mouths, 'Are you the new prin- cipal?'" Henry said. She nodded at the youngster. "She gets a big grin on her face, and she was waving." Henry found it delightful, and her friends and family members who teach elementary school told her that's what she's in for, she said. Henry isn't planning a bunch of chang- es at Oak Heights, she said. "I have a list of things I'm going through, getting caught up." But the school will make a lot of use of Facebook and Twitter, as well as Celly, a service that allows the school to mass text alerts and information to parents. Henry led the drama program at the junior high, she said. "I lo )ed it. Anytime you can bring theater to kids, then get to see it and participate, it's wonderful." Productions ranged from "Peter Pan" to Shakespeare. Liz Johnson will take over the junior high program. Oak Heights already has a lot of great things in place, such as a photography and yearbook club, Henry said, but she would love to see theater come back to Oak Heights, which had an annual operetta, led by teacher Kathy Ives, for three decades, before Ives retired. "There's a lotof changes," Henry said. Colleen Henry "Change is a part of life. Change is very have a conversation with the staff on how hard for a lot of people." to improve it. She wants to be thoughtful about any "I want to make sure I'm continuing to changes at Oak Heights and use the expe- do everything I can to make Oak Heights a rience of the elementary teachers at Oak great school." Heights, Henry said. It's best to hold off on She is busy reading "Good to Great," big changes when things are working,by Jim Collins, and she doesn't want to When they aren't, then they should be be satisfied with good. She wants to work fixed, Henry said. "If I see something that with the teachers to make sure her school is I think could be improved, I'll definitely "great," Henry said. Motorcyclists inured in Highway 20 crash Two Washington motorcyclists were due to a suspended license in Washington, transported to the hospital by ambulance according to the Oregon State Police report following a crash near Highway 20 milepost on the crash. 56. .Vandelac, driving a 1999 Harley Injured amd transported were John Davidson, was headed west on Highway Vandelac, 67, Mountain Lake Wash 20, with Singleton following, according to and Herbert Singleton, 56, of Lake Stevens, the report. Vandelac entered a left curve, hit Wash. Vandelac's passenger Kim Grenier the edge of the highway and lost control. also sustained injuries. Singleton's passenger, Singleton, driving a 1982 Honda, crashed James Johnson, 27, was uninjured, while attempting to avoid Vandelac's Vandelac was cited for t~o license motorcycle.