Nov 21 2019

Current Advisory

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Today I started a new video and discussion in advisories. I’ll let the video do the talking. 


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Nov 08 2019

Current Advisory Lesson

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Hello ATA Families,

I hope you are all enjoying the long Veterans day weekend. This past week I once again shared the same video with all grade level advisories and will continue through advisories next week with the same lesson. My objective it to open perspectives of our students so they might have more empathy and understanding of how their words and actions impact their peers. I thought I would share it here in case your student brings it up. A couple of the advisories really engaged in this topic and we truly needed more time to discuss as a community.


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Oct 31 2019

Roseburg Therapy now available for us at ATA

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A new therapy group to Eugene called Roseburg Therapy is now available to us here at ATA. They can come to our building and meet with students one on one. They are FREE to families. If your interested in getting your student into therapy sessions during the school day please send me an email and I will get the referral started. This is an amazing opportunity to get extra support for our students.

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Oct 15 2019

Advisory Visits

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We have seen and heard a dramatic increase of referrals and negative language between peers recently. I have paused the Second Steps lessons in advisory and moving to more more impactful lesson. I will post this video on the ATA Facebook page as well.

I’m speaking to your students on the impact of words. Not just what we say, but how we say them.

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Oct 04 2019

Ophelia’s Place at ATA!

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Ophelia’s place will be holding grade level girls groups for nine weeks at a time at Arts & Technology Middle School this year. The first group will start Monday October 7. Eight 7th grade girls will explore topics around Conflict Resolution. Each week they will discuss different topics such as Emotions, Empathy and Exclusion, Gender stereotypes, Self Care, Media & Body Image, Boundaries in Friendships, Healthy Romantic Relationships, Substance Abuse and Refusal Skills.

6th and 8th grade groups will discuss the same group issues surrounding issues like Internet Safety, Sexual Harassment, Digital Decisions, Peers and Allies and more. These groups will be starting soon.

I’m very excited to have the educations, experience, leadership and teamwork of Ophelia’s place here at ATA for our girls.

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Sep 30 2019

Hello October!

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Today is Monday September 30th. We have about a dozen after school clubs starting up today. See the ATA Facebook page for more details. Mr. Skoubo has all the clubs posted on today’s edition of the Flush.

No School Next week on Thursday and Friday.

Halloween celebration and costume contest coming at the end of the month.


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Sep 18 2019

7th Grade Naviance Exploration

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Today and tomorrow I will be in the 7th grade social studies classrooms instructing the Naviance exploration program. We will discuss high school, programs within high school such as Honors, IHS, CTE, Language immersion etc. I will show and discuss various high school transcripts. We will complete a True Colors personality game. We will log into the Naviance program and explore Road Trip nation videos, which are literally hundred of career exploration information videos.

This is the first year we as a District have instructed Naviance and career exploration to 7th graders. IN recent years it has just been 8th graders. High School will continue to log in and use Naviance throughout the high school years. This program helps student with vocational and college exploration,  applications, financial aide etc.

8th graders will be looking at various high school programs and making those decisions by January. I personally like that we as a district are starting this exploration in 7th grade. High school will be here sooner than they realize.  Data shows this program helps students in the high school transition and early success with the graduation as the primary goal.

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Sep 17 2019

Sept. 16-20th

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The Duck football game was a huge success! A very long day, but I think most kids really enjoyed it.

This week we have the first PTO meeting of the year Tuesday at 6:30.

Thursday is open house, 6:00 to 8:00 pm. I’ll talk for a few minutes but please come by my office and say hello.

8th grade advisory: Started discussion and art project around self Identity. I’m asking the student to think about who they are, how they see themselves. A few personal examples I provided were; “I am privileged white heterosexual male, father, husband, coach, counselor, US Marine, Formal police officer, drummer, Mt.Biker, educator”..  etc etc.  Then I’m asking them to color their project so we can be the first classes to decorate the hallways.


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Sep 12 2019

Marcus Mariota Day at Autzen!

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Marcus Mariota has donated 200 tickets to Arts & Technology Middle school to attend the football game this Saturday when they host Montana. We will be busing to the game from ATA, touring some player facilities, featured on the big screen and will have access to the field after the game and the kids will be provided some “Duck Bucks” for food at the game.  A few other surprises I’m sure will pop up. This is a super great opportunity for many students who may never otherwise have the ability to see a game in person. Yet another perfect example of what a true class act Marcus is.

I want to teach the kids “Shout” this week so they can properly represent ATA at the end of the 3rd quarter.

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Sep 09 2019

Week One Underway!

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Orientation days are past us and students have dove into the regular class schedule this week. I have started my grade level advisory visits as well. We had the “get to know Scott” a little better conversation. I feel the more the students know about my background they will discover we may have more in common than one would originally think, we can then build stronger, healthier relationships. Some highlights from our conversations.

1. I attended a different elementary school each year. I attended a small K-8 school, promoting from 8th grade with 12 other students. I started my 4th high school mid-way through my sophomore year.

2. I lived in a Tipi in the Colorado forest as a small kid.

3. Played drums since I was 3.

4. USMC Veteran

5. Southern Oregon University Graduate. 1994 Criminology / Sociology

6. Worked in the Oregon Youth Authority

7. Patrol Deputy in Josephine County.

8. I am an avid Mt. Biker & Cyclocross. I have raced cross country for more than a decade.

9. Father to two great kids, 12 & 15 years old, both in Spanish Immersion in 4J schools.

10. ACE score, 11 of 12.

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