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Photo Courtesy Brenda C. Jensen                



In the fourth year of its grant program, the Oregon Retired Educators Association – Unit 9 (OREA-9) has awarded five grants totaling $1,120 to area teachers.  The grants allow teachers to purchase special items for the classroom which will enhance student learning

Schelle Bixler received $250 to help with lodging for the Pendleton High School Marine Biology trip to Newport.

Ken Jacobs will purchase new finish nail guns and assorted brads for the Sunridge Middle School wood shop program with his $250 award.

Jessica Su has started a new cheer squad at Sunridge Middle School and will use her $240 grant to buy pom poms for the program.

Cindy Schimel, a 3rd grade teacher at McKay Creek Elementary School, received a $180 grant to purchase art supplies for her classroom.

Laura Byrnes was granted $200 to buy art supplies for her classroom at Pilot Rock Elementary School.

Funding for this grant program comes from donations and the Holiday Bazaar sponsored every year by OREA-9 on the first Saturday in December.

Unit 9 Teacher Grant Recipients!!!
Unit 9 Cookies for Cowboys!

On Saturday, September 10th, the Oregon Retired Educators Association – Unit 9 of Pendleton delivered over 40 dozen cookies to Randy Severe at the Hotel de Cowpunch.  This is the third year of the “Cookies for Cowboys” program.  In the fall of 2012, Severe hosted the local retired educators for a tour of the Severe Brothers Saddlery and the Hotel de Cowpunch.  Two years later he gave a tour of his facility to those attending the OREA State Convention held here in Pendleton. To express their appreciation, the retired educators have baked cookies for the rodeo cowboys who stay at the Hotel de Cowpunch during Round-Up.

 The photo shows (left to right) Randy Severe, Annette Skinner (“Cookies for Cowboys” Chair) and Bill Mayclin (OREA-9 President).

Unit 9 Umatilla-Morrow   "Thirsty Thursday"  September 8, 2016
"Eat, drink, and celebrate retirement"
Photo taken by Carolyn Fraser
Portland Unit 1 and Salem Unit 2  Happenings





 WHEREAS, our nation's future well-being relies on a high-quality public education system that prepares all students for college, careers, citizenship and lifelong learning, and strengthens the nation’s social and economic well-being; and


WHEREAS, our nation's school systems have been spending growing amounts of time, money and energy on high-stakes standardized testing, in which student performance on standardized tests is used to make major decisions affecting individual students, educators and schools; and


WHEREAS, the overreliance on high-stakes standardized testing in state and federal accountability systems is undermining educational quality and equity in U.S. public schools by hampering educators' efforts to focus on the broad range of learning experiences that promote the innovation, creativity, problem solving, collaboration, communication, critical thinking and deep subject-matter knowledge that will allow students to thrive in a democracy and an increasingly global society and economy; and


WHEREAS, it is widely recognized that standardized testing is an inadequate and often unreliable measure of both student learning and educator effectiveness; and


WHEREAS, the overemphasis on standardized testing has caused considerable collateral damage in too many schools, including narrowing the curriculum, teaching to the test, reducing love of learning, pushing students out of school, driving excellent teachers out of the profession, and undermining school climate; and


WHEREAS, high-stakes standardized testing has negative effects for students from all backgrounds, and especially for low-income students, English language learners, children of color, and those with disabilities (6); and


WHEREAS, the culture and structure of the systems in which students learn must change in order to foster engaging school experiences that promote joy in learning, depth of thought and breadth of knowledge for students; therefore be it


RESOLVED that OREA Units 2 and 1 call on the governor, state legislature and state education boards and administrators to reexamine public school accountability systems in this state, and to develop a system based on multiple forms of assessment which do not require extensive standardized testing, more accurately reflects the broad range of student learning, and is used to support students and improve schools; and


RESOLVED, that OREA Units 2 and 1  call on the U.S. Congress and Administration to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (currently known as the “Every Student Succeeds Act"), reduce the testing mandates, promote multiple forms of evidence of student learning and school quality in accountability, and not mandate any fixed role for the use of student test scores in evaluating educators.


Contact: Paul Eck (503) 262-4970





March, 2016

Salem Unit 2  Happenings
We meet on the 4th Wednesday of the month except for Nov. and Dec. (then the 3rd Wed,).
We meet Oct., Nov., and Jan.-May at Center 50+ at 2615 Portland Rd. NE  Salem, Or   at 2:00PM.
In Sept., Dec., and June we meet at Scottish Rite Center at 4090 Commercial SE  Salem, Or at noon for luncheons.
Anyone is welcome to join us if you are traveling through our area.

Our  scholarship fundraisers are book sales, bake sales, raffle baskets at each meeting, Bunco each month, and our largest fundraiser---the Scholarship Tea.  We give 2 $1,000 scholarships.

The Scholarship Tea is hosted by Madrona Hills Retirement and is wonderful.  They provide entertainment, decorations, fantastic food,  a raffle basket, and make our invitations.  We bring door prizes and guests.  We usually make one scholarship of $1,000.   We have done this scholarship for 9 years.  This year our Tea will be on Saturday,
April 16, 2016 from 2-4PM.  It is held at Madrona Hills Retirement at 707 Madrona Ave. SE    Salem, Or.
Everyone is welcome to join us.

The State Convention will be in Salem this year.  Unit 2 is working to help Jeri and Judy plan for the fun
events.  We hope to see many of you on May 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

Carol Greeno    Unit 2 President
"Miss Salem"


In the third year of its grant program, the Morrow-Umatilla Retired Educators Association (MUREA) has awarded thirteen grants totaling $2,941 to Pendleton area teachers. The grants allow the teachers to purchase special items for the classroom which will enhance student learning.

Schelle Hand Bixler received $250 to help with student lodging for the Pendleton High School Marine Biology trip to Newport.

Ken Jacobs will purchase a 12 inch compound miter saw for the Sunridge Middle School wood shop program with his $250 award.

Myrah Carey was granted $200 for her Special Education-Lifeskills program at Pendleton High School.  The money will be used for food supplies for her cooking program and items for a sensory room.

Lori Hale and Amy Martin received $200 to buy Preschool Language Scale-5 record forms for the Pendleton Early Learning Center

Emily William, who teaches at Homestead Youth Lodge, will use her $250 grant to purchase books for the HYL library.

Cindy Schimel was granted $250 for supplies to build two work stations for her McKay Creek Elementary School 3rd grade class.

Kaisa Phillips was given $200 to buy cow eyes to be used for dissection in her 6th grade science class at Sunridge Middle School.

Chris Schulze was also given $200 for cow eyes for his 6th grade science class at Sunridge.

Kristen Swaggart’s $250 grant will be used to update kitchen equipment for Pendleton High School’s culinary arts program.

Jodie Harnden will purchase a 500g capacity electronic balance for Sunridge Middle School 7-8 grade science classes with her $200 grant.

Kim Jones was granted $241 for two TI-84 Plus CE Graphing Calculators for the Pendleton High School math program.

Julie Murphy of Sherwood Elementary School was given $250 to buy a 4th grade Mango Math Crate for the after school math program.

Daniel Ward received $200 to buy equipment for the Career Technology Education program at Nixyaawii Community School.

Front row (left to right): Amy Martin, Daniel Ward, Jodie Harnden, Kim Jones, Myrah Carey, Kaisa Phillips

Second row (l to r): Lori Hale, Emily Williams, Kristin Swaggart, Schelle Hand Bixler, Julie Murphy, Ken Jacobs

Back row (l to r): Greg Holden, Unit 9 Treasurer and Bill Mayclin, Unit 9 President
Unit 5 Happenings
Our Scholarship Awardee!
Kathy Henderson introduced Klamath County Retired Educator's scholarship recipient, Juan Carlos Guerrero for this year. He is attending Klamath Community College and his future plans will is to become a history teacher. 
Good job Juan.
                                                                                                          pictures courtesy by Lona Odom
Installation of officers throughout the state!
Thank You for your hard work.  
You are appreciated!
      KIng City                                                          Salem                                                  Portland                                                                                                                                                     
 November 7 meeting.
Lunch was at El Charrito. Our guest speaker was U.S. Magistrate Judge Patricia Sullivan. Following lunch we had a guided tour  of the U.S. District Courthouse.
Pat served on the local school board during the time most of us were teaching. It was a great meeting and likely our largest turnout in a long time! The photos do
not show the entire group—29 in all.
                                                                                                                                        pictures courtesy by Bill Mayclin
Kathy Henderson introduced Klamath County Retired Educator's scholarship recipient, Juan Carlos Guerrero for this year. He is attending Klamath Community College and his future plans will is to become a history teacher. 
Good job Juan.
Klamath Falls City School District Dr. Paul Hillyer presenting the upcoming bond that would include the much needed complete remodel of Klamath Union High School and other building improvements throughout the district.  Members listened intently to the plans and how the "new" KU would look like when completed in 2016. 
After the presentation President Darlene Cook called the first meeting of the 2014-15 year.

By the way  THE BOND PASSED!!!!!!!
                                                                                                                                          pictures courtesy by Brenda Jensen