Goldammer: In praise of Scappoose High School
The Scappoose School District has been in the news a lot lately; conversations about changing the mascot, adopting an anti-racism policy for school board members, and how to plan the 2020-2021 school year with COVID-19.
With all this news, I want to take a moment to highlight my experience at Scappoose High School in terms of teachers, counselors, and coaches.
At the beginning of the pandemic when we started distance learning, the teachers did an amazing job adapting to the new situation. Ms. Gonzales and Mr. Deckelmann were the two teachers I dealt with in WR121. We did Google Hangout meetings weekly and used Google Classroom, something that we hadn't been used to using during the school year. Teachers would record the hangout and post it to see if you missed the meeting. That was helpful for me; I worked a lot of mornings and missed some meetings. They always responded to questions in a timely manner, and did a separate Google Hangout for me and my coworkers who also missed the meeting.
Beyond that, I've had many of my teachers reach out to me to check in; one even sent a letter. I had sent many teachers invites to my graduation party, but with cases going up, I canceled it and decided to reschedule. I have received the kindest messages from them letting me know they would be ready to see me when it is safe. This is not something you see at all public schools. Scappoose High is a special place that I am going to miss now that I am off to college. I thank all of the teachers, counselors and coaches at Scappoose High for their hard work, and for making high school such an amazing experience for me and the class of 2020.
Henry Goldammer, St. Helens
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