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Support renewal of Three Rivers Charter School

Three Rivers Charter School is a little island in a district of big schools ... that is its strength and why we should support the renewal of its charter.

All our West Linn-Wilsonville schools are amazing, and all our teachers are caring and dedicated. But not all children thrive in “big,” especially in the middle school years.

Well-behaved students, whose grades and attendance are adequate to excelling, can struggle privately. Perhaps their voice is too shy or they have a unique perspective on the world that doesn’t mesh with their peers. Maybe they are competitive or externally motivated in a system that rewards internal motivation and curiosity and need assistance to discover what makes them tick. Maybe they need to be seen and feel known in a way only a smaller environment can provide.

TRCS teachers help these students find their voice, assist them in developing strategies that make the most of their unique perspectives, teach them how to channel their competitiveness and desire for reward to achieve excellence. So, by the time these students become freshman at West Linn or Wilsonville High Schools, they know how to do “big.” They know themselves, understand that their life is what they make it and they thrive.

Increased funding for TRCS will grant this opportunity to more students who might benefit from such an environment and relieve the financial burden of families sacrificing to do what they think is best for their child. It will also send the message to families that have chosen TRCS that the district supports their children’s unique needs, gifts and talents and cares for them as much as every other student in the district.

For all these reasons, I hope you will support charter renewal and increased district funding for TRCS.

Tanya Rybarczyk

West Linn

Pumpkin sale was a success

Thank you Wilsonville Spokesman and Kate Hoots for the wonderful article regarding my pumpkin endeavor. I sold or donated all but nine pumpkins, and there was enough profit for me to buy my first-year college books and supplies. Thanks to all who came out and bought a pumpkin, and I hope to see you all next year. 

Aaron Puppo

Wilsonville High School senior 

Not ‘cool’ to destroy pumpkins

Last night, somebody came to Three Rivers Charter School and smashed almost all of our pumpkins. Many of the pumpkins were carved by the students and teachers, and many had personal accessories attached to them. I think the people who smashed the pumpkins were either mad, or extremely sad, and should never had destroyed other people’s things.

Only about three pumpkins survived, and the rest of us are kind of upset. My pumpkin was one of the pumpkins that got smashed.

If the people who did it get caught, I would like to tell them that it was wrong of them to do that. If they thought that it was “cool” to destroy things, they were mistaken. If they decided to do it because they were angry, they should have tried to calm themselves down instead of making other people unhappy too.

Summer Tan

Three Rivers Charter School fourth-grader

Smashed pumpkins create teachable moment

I just wanted to drop a short note (to Three Rivers Charter School) to once again thank you for the amazing job you are doing with my children and all of the children at TRCS.  

I love that when something unfair and disappointing happens you turn it into an opportunity to teach the students. I love that you are teaching them that when something unjust happens there is a mature and appropriate way to respond.  

Our children will face many situations in their lives where they are unjustly or unfairly treated and they will have the opportunity to choose to either lash out in anger or to reach out to the community and to those who can help them.  

Thank you for helping me to teach my children how to navigate the complexities of society. Thank you for helping them make the transition from childhood to young adulthood in such a graceful manner. Thank you for helping them maximize their potential and grow into the very best possible versions of themselves.

Angie Roane

West Linn

Vandals should apologize

My name is Milli Doblie. I am a student from Three Rivers Charter School. All of us are upset because the pumpkins we made for school are smashed.

I saw some tears and some frowning faces. Some older kids tried to comfort us.

I hope whoever smashed our pumpkins will say they are sorry. The people who did this hurt a lot of kids because we put a lot of effort into those beautiful pieces of art, and now they are just pieces! Lots of kids at my school had accessories on their pumpkins such as hats, bows and earrings that could have been stolen during the crime.

The teachers did not clean it up because they wanted us to see what it felt like so that when we are older we will not smash other people’s pumpkins. My teacher, Mrs. Holtgraves, has called newscasts, radio stations and the police. This happened at Bolton too. I hope that we can make a better community.

Milli Doblie

Three Rivers Charter School student



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