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AHS Senior, Elizabeth Roe, was all smiles when she presented the 2017 teacher of the year award to AHS art teacher Mickey Cereghino.    Elizabeth introduced Mickey with high praises, "Mr. Cereghino has not only been a great teacher, he has been a great role model for how I want to live my life.  He has made a positive difference both in the classroom and community."

Cereghino, was an easy choice for the selection committee because of the work that he has done to bring both student art into the community and bringing community artists into the schools.  Working with the Astoria Visual Arts program, artists have come into the school to share their talents.  He has also arranged for multiple showings and special events where students have had the opportunity to share their work with the community.

Nearly 150 ASD staff as well as friends and families filled the meeting room at the Hampton Inn for the annual Excellence Awards that recognized individuals for their accomplishments in and out of the classroom.   Sponsored by the Astoria School Foundation and the School Board, teachers that had applied for Foundation grants received their awards, staff with 10 and 20 years of service to the district and special contribution to the district awards were handed out to district staff and volunteers.

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The awards handed out by the Foundation

Teacher of the Year - Mickey Cereghino

Classified Staff Member of the Year - Carla Oja

Team of the Year - AMS Science Teachers (Stanette Klatt, Kiersa Benson, Kathryn Rininger)

Volunteer of the Year -  Chad Rankin

Teacher classroom grants funded by the Foundation:

Tamee Blankenship - Astor Library books for Astor Elementary $1000

Chad Madsen -  AHS, Six stand up tables for classroom $1000

Alexa Knutsen - Gray School Field trip in June for Alt. Ed. Students    $1045

Jordan Martin, Dindy Fischer Mona Foss -  LC,  IXL subscription -   $1000

Megan Goin - Astor, Hokki Stools $941.55

Linda Noack - AMS, 10 subscriptions of Scholastic Action magazine $104.39

Virginia Larsson - AMS, 30 subscriptions to Scholastic Math $280.17

Matt Pierce -  AHS, Behringer 16 digital snake $700

Stephanie Sparks - LC, 5 chromebooks $1000

Emily Townsend - Astor,  STEM Activities $1000‚Äč


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