Students of the Month and Mini Marathon

Congrats to Garrett V. and Scarlette T. for earning Student-of-the-Month honors at Friday’s assembly! Both students demonstrate strong work ethic, excellent behavior, and kindness. These are the primary traits we’re looking for when selecting students for awards.

Congratulations also needs to go out to all the kids who participated in the 2019 Sams Valley Mini Marathon.

Nearly 800 fourth and fifth graders from the school district’s five elementary schools competed. This year the event was won by CPE 5th grader Reece Hvall. He completed the 5K course in 20 minutes and 9 second. The girls’ race was won Jaylynn Ontiveros, also from CPE. In fact, CPE had five of the top ten boys and seven of the top ten girls, easily winning the team trophy. To see all of the results, follow this link: Special thanks to our sponsor, Dr. Lance West and the staff from West Orthodontics in Medford. Additional thanks to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

Three Biggies This Week!

Families, there are two important items to be aware of this week. Yikes, make that three!

1.) The annual Sams Valley Mini Marathon is this Thursday morning.  This is the 3.2 mile walk/jog/run event held at Sams Valley Elementary every year. There’ll be over 800 students participating, making it one of the biggest races in the region, and because we’ve been doing this since 1974, it’s among the area’s oldest running events. How awesome our students get to join in (it certainly beats another day of math class!).  All District 6 fourth and fifth graders are expected to participate as part of our PE program, but you needn’t worry; the kids have all been training during our daily fitness time. On top of that, if they want to walk it, that’s okay!  There is no cost to this event as the entire thing has been generously paid for by West Orthodontics of Medford. Thanks to Dr. West, all participating kids get a SVMM tee-shirt (Room 15 kids picked the design), a swag bag of great stuff, and a chip-timing race bib, all completely free! 

You’re welcome to come too! You can join us on the bus or drive out to SVE yourself (though parking out there is really hard to come by). You can even walk or jog the course with the kids (as long as you don’t “pace” the leaders). If you want to ride with us, be at CPE at 8:30; if you’re driving yourself, we recommend being at SVE at 8:30 as well.

2.) Registration for the Ski and Snowboard program opened TODAY.  Click here for the details from the school district’s site. This is a fantastic program. While it seems expensive, it’s an excellent deal when compared to having your child learn to ski or snowboard on your own.  The program fills up FAST, so if you want in, register ASAP!

3.) Finally, Halloween is also this Thursday. We don’t formally celebrate it and kids are not allowed to wear costumes or masks to school, but after returning from the Mini Marathon, Room 15 kids will having a class party: PJs, electronics, and snacks are all allowed.  If you’d be willing to send in some treats, feel free.


CPE 5th graders picked up over fifty pounds of trash during our Adopt-a-Street clean-ups last week. Room 15 kids collected over eight pounds between the skate park and Pine Street, while Mrs. Torrey’s kids discovered that 2nd Street from the school to Pine is rather filthy. They gathered twenty pounds. Hadley’s class covered the longest street, Hopkins from 4th all the way to Glengrove, and they amassed over twenty pounds of mostly micro trash such as napkins, cigarette butts, and paper cups. Central Point is cleaner thanks to our fifth graders, and hopefully the kids are learning the value of not being litter bugs themselves.