A4 • Friday, August 16, 2019 | Seaside Signal | SeasideSignal.com SignalViewpoints Naming the new schools SEEN FROM SEASIDE SCHOOL NAMING TIMELINE R.J. MARX At Gearhart Elementary School registra- tion on Aug. 21 and Aug. 22, proposal forms will be available. Proposal forms will also be available at the elementary schools, the Seaside Farmers Market, football games and online. In October, the B.E.S.T. Team, Parent/Community Members will narrow down suggestions. P erhaps the most unheralded local elec- tion is the one scheduled for Nov. 5 at the elementary and middle schools. That day, students will decide on the names of their new schools after relocation in 2020. Gearhart Elementary will join The Heights and the middle school will com- prise one wing of the new high school and middle school structure at the new campus site in the Southeast Hills. The purpose for a new name, Seaside School District board committee members said in May, is to represent “a merge and true new start.” Broadway Middle School — named after the street where it has stood since it was built in 1949. In preparation for the transition, the Bringing Our Elementary Schools Together, or BEST, committee wants to guide the community through a process of selecting a new name, mascot, and school colors to encompass elementary students The Seabreeze Sandcrabs of Seabreeze High School in Del Ray, Florida. Along with a new name for starting in the 2020-21 school year. Mid- dle-schoolers will vote on a name for their the schools, the Seaside School District is rebranding the middle and elementary school teams. new campus, which, although under the same roof as Seaside High School, will seek its own identity. The committee started developing the idea of a name and branding change during the summer of 2018. They attended a workshop on school culture and climate hosted by the North- west Regional ESD and gathered ideas for blending staff and student bodies together. Next, they distributed a survey to staff members to gather their opinions on the pros and cons of the transition to the new Home of the Sharks! Logo of the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, a campus and subsequently held two joint member of minor league baseball’s Southern staff meetings. League. The decision will be up to students, who will vote on Nov. 5. “We wanted to tie it in with election day include, Willard and Weiser, in November so our students could experi- immortal members of the 1805- ence and learn about the voting process as 06 salt making expedition in well,” Heights principal Juliann Wozniak Seaside, immortalized in a his- said. torical marker at the south end The website nearbymountains.com of the Prom at Avenue U. These offers some lovely examples of local guys were making salt before names in those hills, and any of those could the Morton’s girl carried an give birth to a new name. Consider “Twin umbrella. Peaks Elementary School,” the mountain From the Clatsop and Chinook near Klootchy Creek — with apologies to tribes, there are chiefs Concomly, ﬁ lmmaker David Lynch. Coboway and Cuscular, who wel- Klootchy High even has a cool ring to it, comed the Corps of Discovery to even if it does sound slightly vulgar. More the Coast, and Tsin-is-tum, also euphonious mountain areas include Davis known as Jenny Michel a source Point, Rippet Mountain and Clark’s Moun- of folklore of the Clatsop people. tain. Saddle Mountain School has a nice Imagine naming the school after ring to it. a Clatsop tribe member — and a Seaside might choose to honor a found- woman at that. Tsin-is-tum mar- ing father (or mother) — or a man who ried the last chief of the Nehalem gave his life to the community, a histor- people. Wah-tat-kum — a rather ical ﬁ gure. The Lewis and Clark brand unwieldy name at that for an ele- is spread thin, but what about naming a mentary school. school in honor of Robert Gray, the com- The committee could also mercial seaman who completed the ﬁ rst turn to contemporary ﬁ gures for American circumnavigation of the world inspiration. in 1790 before coming on and naming the I am told that the Dooley Bridge Columbia River on his second voyage two on 101 is named after a former years later. Department of Transportation ofﬁ - Lessons learned from the Or Washington Irving, whose “Asto- cial — perhaps a building ofﬁ cial Texas City (Texas) Sting arees. ria, or Anecdotes of an Enterprise beyond would be appropriate for naming. time? And of course the author the Rocky Mountains,” published in 1836, My hat’s off to these guys who are put- of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” introduced more readers to the Paciﬁ c ting pyramids on our precarious hillside. Other historical footnote favorites Northwest than any single book up to that Perhaps students and staff would like Oct. 18 will be the ﬁ nal date for commu- nity input, and on Oct. 22, members will create the ballot for student voting. Votes will be tallied after Election Day, and the information will be delivered to the board on Nov. 12, with presentations to follow at both schools. The middle school will deliver name survey forms during registration and open house, at the Seaside Farmers Market information booth, at school and online. Oct. 18 will be the ﬁ nal date for complet- ing surveys; from Oct. 21-25, the name review committee will narrow choices. On Oct. 28, the school will create a student ballot for a naming vote on Nov. 5. to pay tribute to a person who made an overall contribution to the community? The Bob Chisholm Community Center is an example, named after a former public works employee and ﬁ reﬁ ghter who died trying to save a drowning victim. So is the Don Larson Library, named in 2017 after the former mayor who was inﬂ uential in the construction of the new building in 2008. Sgt. Jason Goodding, the police ofﬁ cer killed in the line of duty in February 2016, could prove a ﬁ ne choice. Raise your hand if you know all the local school nicknames. They’re the Gear- hart Eagles, The Heights Beavers and the Broadway Middle School Sharks. I love the name the Seagulls, a name shared with Seaside by the San Francisco collegiate baseball Seagulls, the Salis- bury (Maryland) Seagulls, and the former Mobile (Alabama) Seagulls, a professional indoor football team that went defunct in 2001. (If anyone suggested changing that name, I’d imagine they’d best leave town.) Maybe the elementary school should be known as the “Little Gulls.” But of course other nearby birds — puf- ﬁ ns, osprey and plover — all carry a cer- tain cachet. And once you turn to the sea, well you’ve got the Whales, the Seals — and maybe even the Razor Clams, Sand Crabs or Jumbo Shrimp. Students, staff and community mem- bers will submit their ideas, Wozniak said, before a committee of teachers, par- ents, school board members and commu- nity members narrow the choices. “Then students will get to ‘vote’ on election day for their favorite,” she said. “Then we will bring the new name, mascot and colors to the board for ﬁ nal approval. A website will be up for input. Forms will be made available at the Sea- side Farmer’s Market, fall conferences, registration, and online. The committee — with the inclusion of a community member and board member — will narrow down the suggestions to two choices. Throughout December through June 2020, the committee will work to develop branding and new T-shirts for the students. So pick carefully. How jewelry can take on many meanings, powerful effects I t’s been a couple weeks since I purchased a magnesite sideways cross bracelet from Jennifer Lynn Loper, jewelry designer, mixed media artist, Reiki master, and propri- etor of Zen Living Arts, a mindful accesso- ries business. Loper’s work is creating accessories that assist the wearer to be more intentional, focused, and present. We met at the Sea- side Farmer’s Market, which happens this summer every Wednesday through Septem- ber 25 at the Broadway Middle School from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Among Loper’s collection of hand- crafted wares are wire-wrapped necklaces, Mala beads, and beaded bracelets. She loves working with crystals and gemstones, not just because they are beautiful, but because of their powerful effects. “Their energy resonates with yours and your vibration changes,” Loper said. Depending on which stone or crystal you choose, you can feel more grounded, or protected or, if you’re so inclined, invite abundance. Mala beads are mostly used for setting PUBLISHER EDITOR Kari Borgen R.J. Marx VIEW FROM THE PORCH EVE MARX Eve Marx This bracelet is drawing new friends. intention. They are the latest fashion trend with the yoga set, and their origins can be traced back to the birthplace of yoga, which is to say the foothills of the Himalayas along the sacred Ganges. Loper is a full time vendor not just at the Seaside Farmer’s Market, but the Astoria Sunday Market as well. “This is my second year in Seaside and I’m very grateful for the opportunity,” she said. “I’ve connected with so many beauti- CIRCULATION MANAGER PRODUCTION MANAGER CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Jeremy Feldman John D. Bruijn ADVERTISING SALES MANAGER SYSTEMS MANAGER Sarah Silver- Tecza Carl Earl Skyler Archibald Darren Gooch Joshua Heineman Rain Jordan Katherine Lacaze Eve Marx Cara Mico Esther Moberg ful souls, forged so many new friendships, and discovered so much about myself. Angi Wildt and the other vendors have been so generous with their help and advice, and made a newbie feel very welcome.” I am a certiﬁ ed Reiki Master myself, trained in the Usui method. This might be a good time for me to say that ever since I started wearing the magnesite sideways cross bracelet, I’ve had some striking con- versations. It’s an old joke in my household how I will talk to anybody and that any- body will talk to me, but ever since I started wearing this bracelet, my experiences have shot to a whole new level. These are not just random conversations. Don’t ask me how or why, but within moments, things get … deep. “My business isn’t just about mak- ing things, it’s about making a difference,” Loper said. “The essence of Zen living is making the most of your life: noticing it, appreciating it, understanding it, and even becoming a master in the art of living fully.” Because of the nature of the conversa- tions apparently inspired by my bracelet, I did a little research into the meaning of the sideways (or horizontal) cross. Ross Simons, one of the largest online jewelry retailers, says the sideways cross is a modern take on the traditional symbol of faith. For many, it’s simply a fashion state- ment. Poking around on line, I discovered a fair amount of documentation the sideways cross been embraced by evangelicals. My personal feeling about the matter falls some- where in between; in any case, I love how well the bracelet looks added to my exist- ing stack. Next time you’re at the Seaside Farm- er’s Market, check out Zen Living Arts. Jen Loper is happy to help you ﬁ nd a meaning- ful accessory that might just change your life. Or visit her store online at www.zenliv- ingarts.com. Seaside Signal Letter policy Subscriptions The Seaside Signal is published every other week by EO Media Group, 1555 N. Roosevelt, Seaside, OR 97138. 503-738-5561 seasidesignal.com Copyright © 2019 Seaside Signal. Nothing can be reprinted or copied without consent of the owners. The Seaside Signal welcomes letters to the editor. The deadline is noon Monday prior to publication. Letters must be 400 words or less and must be signed by the author and include a phone number for veriﬁ cation. We also request that submissions be limited to one letter per month. Send to 1555 N. Roosevelt Drive, Seaside, OR 97138, drop them oﬀ at 1555 N. 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