8th Grade Opportunities / "We Can Do It!"

On Friday, Jan 17th, the 8th grade boys took a field trip to Chief Joseph pass for a day of snowshoeing and winter survival training. Several male teachers joined them on the adventure.

That same evening, Corvallis Middle School hosted the third annual overnight Camp In for all 8th grade girls. This year's inspiration was Rosie the Riveter and the iconic "We Can Do It" poster. Consequently, "We Can Do It, Too" was this year's theme.

The centerpiece event was a guest panel of community women who currently work in historically male-dominated careers: Sonja Best (Rocky Mountain Lab Primary Investigator Scientist), Ariel Starr (Missoula Smokejumper), Heidi Hagen (Missoula's Alpine Vet Veterinarian), Nicolette Weston (APRN, Corvallis Family Medicine) and Claire Kemp & Mary Marsh (downtown Hamilton business owners, Bella Boutique).

After the panel, the 8th grade girls rotated through four stations that will provided an opportunity to gain insight into other subject matters including body image, self-confidence, leadership and how to be successful high school students.

The stations also included: Diane Olsen (Executive Director of B.E.A.R) teaching an Oula dance class, Vicki Barden (Legacy Martial Arts) teaching self-defense, Katelyn Anderson (4H MSU extension agent) & Maribeth Talia (Corvallis School Nurse) addressing nutrition, body image and heart health and finally, a team of Corvallis High School girls talking about how to prepare for high school. Thanks to all the female teachers and staff who joined us to make the night so successful!

  • School: Middle School
  • Date: January 2014