Written by students, for students.
The official newspaper of Crescent Valley High School.
As we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic suddenly closed school for the rest of the year. This is hard for everyone, but it especially affects seniors and their families. While their senior year experiences cannot be made up, community members are coming together in this difficult time to show appreciation for the hard work seniors have put in throughout their time at CV.
The Gillott Home Team is sponsoring free “Home of a 2020 Graduate” signs for CHS, CVHS, and College Hill graduates with the help of Xtreme Grafx. CV is working with Element Graphics to give graduating seniors a personalized yard sign and a 2020 graduate t-shirt at no cost. On cap and gown pickup day, Gnomenuts at the Melon Shack gave free donuts to seniors. A graduation video featuring seniors is being made, and a virtual senior yearbook @cvsenioryearbook is on Instagram.
Crescent Valley is holding a Graduation Celebration Parade on June 6th at 4 pm. An optional car decorating event is being held for seniors on June 5th. The ceremony will be broadcasted live at https://youtu.be/qZLSgOhfyvo on the CVTV YouTube channel! Each senior and their family will be in one numbered car in the parade, starting at the Benton County Fairgrounds and ending at CV. Professional photographers from TSS Photography of Newberg will photograph each senior receiving their diploma. Graduation will be broadcasted on the radio channel 720 AM KFIR, including a final message from Mr. McKee.
You can support 2020 seniors by congratulating them personally, following @cvsenioryearbook on Instagram, watching and sharing the graduation video when it is published, and by tuning in to the graduation live stream at https://youtu.be/qZLSgOhfyvo on YouTube. This wasn’t the senior year anyone was expecting, but the community has come together to show support for their perseverance. Congratulations to the #seniorstrong class of 2020!
- Hope Humphreys
The Current State of The Renovations
You may have been looking forward to a renovated shop, more autos space, an outdoor ceramics area, and the other improvements for Crescent Valley created from the recent bond. Unfortunately, this has all been set back due to COVID-19. Certain schools are still going forward with their renovations because their designs and bidding were finished before COVID-19 began affecting supply lines and the cost of construction went up, so they were able to stay within budget and continue. This is not how it has gone for Crescent Valley, however; progress at CV is delayed till June of 2021 because of supply chain disruptions, impacted contractors, and an uncertain construction market. Bidding for CV was not finished before COVID-19 began affecting the construction market, so the cost would be about 3 million dollars over budget if it were to be done now. To work through this, a summer design team is going to work on more planning and figuring out the budget for our school. Additionally, state-funded seismic grants are being applied to make up for the extra money needed in the budget, and once the result of these applications comes through the district will review the project once again.
What Does This Mean For You?
There are both positives and negative to this turn of events; if students are physically in school again next year, this means that they will not be seeing any of the renovations planned for the summer. But this also likely means that classes/other activities in the shop will be able to operate in the shop during the second semester, since originally that was the time construction was going to take place in the shop but that is now delayed. Either way, we can still expect to see some or all of the renovations planned become a reality.
For more information:
Check out https://www.csd509j.net/bond-program/: this is where all updates and relevant news about the bond/CV renovations can be found.
For more information/context, see this previous article about the original state of the renovations/the bond tied to them here: https://thecvcrescentcrier.weebly.com/home/archives/03-2020
- Kristen Scarborough
- Kate Voltz
- Valerie Delos-Reyes