PTS Rising in the News

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  • September 8, 2022: PTS shares fire lessons with Weed community following its own devastating fire.

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    June 21: University of Oregon: Family is everything 

    For Rene Cabrera, MS ’22 School Psychology and former Phoenix-Talent SD intern, family is everything. He sees his accomplishments as a reflection on the hard work of his parents, who were immigrants from Mexico.


    June 20: Mail Tribune: Eating their way through summer

    Phoenix-Talent School District will offer a summer meal program at the following dates, times and locations.


    June 13: Mail Tribune: National Assistant Principal of 2022 tapped to lead Talent MS

    Over the last year, Ashland Middle School Assistant Principal Katherine Holden impressed the education world enough to win “Assistant Principal of the Year” titles at the state and national levels. Now, she’s impressed the Phoenix-Talent School District enough to move up to a principal position.


    June 12: Mail Tribune: In photos: Phoenix High School graduation

    Photos of Phoenix High’s 2022 graduation ceremony by Mail Tribune photographer Andy Atkinson


    June 8: KTVL-10: Honoring the seniors at Phoenix High School for their resiliency

    The graduating class of 2022 has experienced a lot, particularly for the seniors at Phoenix High School.


    June 8: KDRV-12: Graduating seniors show resilience

    Phoenix High’s Class of 2022 went through a lot to earn their diplomas.


    May 31: KTVL-10: Medford elementary students hold penny war fundraiser for Ukraine

    With Ukraine still fending off a sustained attack from Russia, a Rogue Valley elementary school invited kids to fundraise for Ukrainian citizens through a friendly competition


    May 29: Mail Tribune: Hats off to the valedictorians of the class of 2022

    A list of the valedictorians and some biographical information


    May 27: Mail Tribune: Phoenix High principal to lead Cascade Christian HS

    Phoenix High School’s principal is leaving to head up Cascade Christian High School next year, and the principal of McLoughlin Middle School in Medford was chosen to replace him in Phoenix.


    May 23: Mail Tribune: Phoenix-Talent schools get relief from 2020 fires

    The Phoenix-Talent School District board created a new fund Thursday to store over $4 million it could use to supplement property tax revenues lost as a result of the 2020 Almeda fire.


    May 23: KOBI-5: Talent Elementary School students rally for their sparrow

    Students from Talent Elementary School met their “Sparrow,” a fellow kid in medical need, for the first time on Friday.


    May 21: Mail Tribune: Phoenix’s Hosking wins 800 for second 4A state title

    Elwood Hosking had Valley Catholic’s Henry Tierney right where he wanted him as the two entered the final 100 meters of the boys 800-meter run at the Class 4A state track and field championships at Hayward Field in Eugene Saturday.


    May 20: Mail Tribune: Hosking, Stubblefield win 4A state titles for Phoenix

    Phoenix seniors Elwood Hosking and Sophia Stubblefield stayed true to their game plan and were rewarded for it Friday to open the Class 4A track and field state championships with a bang for the Pirates at Hayward Field in Eugene.


    May 15: Mail Tribune: Students help rebuild Almeda community

    Most reply with “hypotenuse,” the correct answer. It’s a lead-in to use of triangles as middle school students from the Phoenix-Talent Rising Academy build furniture for residents displaced by the Almeda fire.


    May 12: Rosebud Media: Rise up and build back

    Talent Maker City is teaching Phoenix Rising Academy students to build furniture for victims of the Almeda Fire in their Rise and Rebuild Program


    May 10: KOBI-5: New course allows Phoenix-Talent SD students to give back to Almeda fire victims

    Students at the Phoenix Talent School District are getting their hands dirty while giving back to the community at the same time. The Phoenix Talent Rising Academy, the district’s online school, added a new elective for the school year.


    May 9: KDRV-12: Students making their beds for others

    A group of online students are on course to supply several beds to Almeda Fire survivors.  They're not buying them;  they're building them.


    April 26: Mail Tribune: Symbols of resilience

    When Phoenix-Talent Assistant Superintendent Tiffanie Lambert drove her students back home to Rogue Valley on Monday after a long day of volunteering up north, she noticed everyone was way more “chatty'' than they were when they left at 6:30 a.m. for their destination.


    April 20: Rosebud Media: Talent Middle School’s manzanita statues

    Talent Middle School Students, taught by Talent Maker City, created and delivered 11 Manzanita Tree statues to their neighboring schools and select locations along the Bear Creek Green Way. Manzanita trees to represent fire resiliency and regrowth in the wake of the fire.


    April 19: The Register-Guard: A gift of solidarity: Students bond over resilience in face of Labor Day fires

    Students from Southern Oregon and the McKenzie River Valley did not know each other before this week, but they share a bond forged by wildfire and terrible loss. 


    April 19: KLCC: Manzanita Project gifts welded sculpture to school district hit by wildfires

    A year and a half past the catastrophic wildfires of 2020, McKenzie Schools were gifted with a symbol of resilience from an affected district from southern Oregon this week.


    April 19: KTVL-10: Phoenix High School receives $10,000 from Trail Blazers foundation

    The Portland Trail Blazers Foundation awarded grants to 18 schools across the state of Oregon, including three right here in Southern Oregon as part of the foundation’s ‘Take it To The Court for Education’ school grant program.


    April 18: Mail Tribune: Pirates show their neighbors some ‘care’

    Some three-dozen students, teachers and community members were up with the sunrise Saturday to infuse helpfulness and happiness into their recovering school district.


    April 17: KTVL-10: Phoenix High students and staff host Pirate Care Day

    Students, staff, and family volunteers with Phoenix High School took part in the school’s first ‘Pirates Care Day’ and helped several community members with their yard work.


    April 16: KOBI-5: Cleaning the community on Pirate Care Day

    Students and staff from Phoenix High School teamed up Saturday to clean up their community. About 30-volunteers participated in what the school calls Pirate Care Day.


    April 11: KTVL-10: Almeda fire survivors plant trees at Talent Elementary, Middle

    The City of Talent Urban Forestry Committee, in partnership with Plant Oregon, celebrated Arbor Month on Saturday with the planting of almost 100 trees at Talent Middle and Elementary Schools.


    April 8: Mail Tribune: Trees will grow in Talent

    Volunteers, including students, will spend Saturday planting over 70 trees at Talent’s elementary and middle schools.


    April 7: KTVL-10: Phoenix High School senior crowned Pear Blossom queen

    On March 26, Phoenix High School (PHS) senior Maddy Mayer was crowned queen of the 69th annual Pear Blossom Festival.


    April 7: KDRV-12: Phoenix High student crowned Pear Blossom Festival queen

    Phoenix High School senior Maddy Mayer was crowned queen of the 69th annual Pear Blossom Festival at the conclusion of the pageant’s competition Saturday, March 26 at Cascade Christian High School.


    April 5: Rosebud Media: Saturday tree planting at Talent Middle School

    In celebration of Oregon’s Arbor month, volunteers are encouraged to help plant 85 trees on the Talent Middle School and Talent Elementary School campuses.


    April 5: Rosebud Media: PHS sends DECA team to Internationals

    The Phoenix High School DECA team is heading to the international competition later this month to compete in the international levels, hosted in Atlanta Georgia.


    March 30: KTVL-10: Five Phoenix High School students qualify for internationa DECA competition

    Five Phoenix High School students studying marketing and business performed well enough at a state-level competition to qualify for the DECA International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.


    March 29: KOBI-5: 5 Phoenix High School students qualify for international DECA competition

    Five Phoenix High School students are qualifying for the DECA International Career Development Conference in Atlanta! The students earned the spot by finishing in the top 3, or by securing an at-large bid during the state conference last month.


    March 22: Mail Tribune: You can trust us: Talent student reporters dig deep

    Hours after the bell had rung to let students out of classes at Talent Middle School Wednesday, eighth-graders Franklin Ramirez and Aaron Chavez were still working hard.


    March 18: Women’s Running: COVID reset her life. Now Amanda Phillips runs for Cascadia Elite with eyes on the trials

    Born with an indistinguishable competitive fire, Amanda Phillips has always loved to race. No matter if it’s on the track, on the roads, or on a cross-country course, she’s always been eager to run as hard as possible at just about any distance, even if she’s only been running 20 miles a week and “not optimally fit.”


    March 15: KTVL-10: ‘People have faces below their eyes,’ Talent students react to masks optional

    Yesterday was the first day that masks became optional for school districts statewide. Students at Talent's Outdoor Discovery Program, a lottery-based magnet program to Talent Elementary, shared their thoughts about it during an interview today.


    March 10: Jefferson Public Radio: Almeda fire memories form core of student podcast in Talent

    The students at Talent Elementary School had a lot to put in theirs; they've been dealing with the pandemic and masks and all that, PLUS the Almeda Drive fire wiping out hundreds of homes in the community.


    March 9: Mail Tribune: Talent students get chance to ‘share our stories’

    Inspired to participate in NPR’s Student Podcast Challenge, held annually for students in grades 5 through 12, Talent Elementary School teacher Jessica Ward posed a series of questions to kids to get them to talk about their lives over the past two years.