COVID 19##!!#! Yes, the pandemic is the number one item on everyone's mind on just about every topic one can imagine. It has certainly wreaked havoc on the plans for Stayton High School in regards to athletics. We thought we had experienced the worst of it last March when schools were shut down and all sports and activities, including the state championships in basketball and the state dance competition, were canceled. Now we find ourselves faced with the postponement of all fall sports and kids starting school via distance learning. What a mess!
Sports and activities have been officially moved to January and beyond. Every season will be shortened with winter sports going in Jan and Feb, fall sports in Mar and April, and spring sports in May and June. We all have our fingers crossed that the pandemic rate slows down and we are able to play this year. This fall, our coaches will be offering occasional workouts in most sports. We know it is important to keep our kids safe; we also know it is important to keep kids engaged and connected to their coaches.
It is going to be a very interesting year. We know our kids are resilient. We know it is going to be a tremendous challenge to navigate these waters, but we know we have a dedicated staff who care about kids' welfare way beyond the wins and losses that come with sports. Watch your email for notification from your child's coach.
When we are finally able to come back to school, you will see some great things. The Boosters have organized an overhaul of the gym, and it looks fantastic. New paint, new logo, new state champion banners, new lights. It is a sight to behold. Boosters have also ordered an automated camera system for our gym and football/ soccer field that will record games. This will allow fans who can't attend the games, when they happen, to watch from home.
This is going to be a unique year, but it has the chance to be a great one. Whatever the future holds, we know Stayton High School will embrace all challenges head on. Never underestimate the power of SHS!
Degrees and Certifications:
BS Language Arts Western Oregon University MA Language Arts Western Oregon University Initial Administrator's License, George Fox University
Darren Shryock ~ Athletic Director
Darren Shryock became the Athletic Director/Assistant Principal at Stayton High School in 2014. Prior to joining the administrative ranks, Darren taught high school English and coached boys' basketball for 25 years. Although he taught and coached at McKay High School and Silverton High School, Darren and his family have been Stayton residents for many years. His two older girls both graduated from Stayton, and his wife Janet teaches Kindergarten at Sublimity Elementary. After playing basketball at Corban University (formally Western Baptist College), Darren went on to earn his master's degree from Western Oregon University and his Initial Administrator's License from George Fox University. Darren has lived all over the world including Virginia, Ohio, California, and the Philippines.