Oregon City Schools To Open Its Doors During Open Enrollment Period

To apply, please complete the online form before the April 1st deadline [English] [Spanish].

February10, 2015 – For the 2015-16 school year, Oregon City Schools is now accepting applications for open spots in Kindergarten through fifth grades at Jennings Lodge and Candy Lane Elementary. Spots are also available in sixth through eighth grades at Gardiner Middle School and ninth and tenth grades at Oregon City High School.

Applications must be received by April 1st, 2015. If there are more applicants than open spots, a lottery will determine admission. Families will be notified of admission by mid-April. Students admitted are considered permanent residents of Oregon City unless they withdraw.

Jennings Lodge and Candy Lane Elementary are home to both our regular education program and a bilingual Spanish program.

Gardiner Middle School serves students in grades sixth through eighth and offers a full range of core and elective opportunities, including a variety of after school activities.

Oregon City High School offers advanced placement courses, college credit courses, numerous elective courses, thirty-plus clubs, nationally recognized athletic and activity programs, an award-winning band and choir, art and drama and the Army Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (JROTC).

To apply, please complete the online form before the April 1st deadline [English] [Spanish].

Para solicitar, por favor llene el formulario en internet antes de la fecha límite (1 de abril).

Oregon City School District to Offer Full-Day Kindergarten

February 9, 2015 – At their regularly scheduled monthly meeting, the Oregon City School Board voted to establish a District-wide full-day kindergarten program beginning in the 2015-16 school year. The implementation cost is an estimated $1.8 million to cover additional staffing, instructional materials, furniture and building adjustments. The improvement is made possible because the Oregon Legislature authorized school districts to claim full funding from the State School Fund for full-day kindergarten beginning next school year.

The district has had a grant funded full-day kindergarten pilot program at Jennings Lodge Elementary for the last two years. The pilot program has been a success and provided various opportunities for the district to learn all that is involved in transitioning from a half-day to a full-day program.

“I am very excited and proud that our school board sees the value in offering a full-day kindergarten program,” said Larry Didway, Superintendent. “Providing an improved educational foundation for our young learners will be an investment in our community’s future.”

The desire to move to a full-day kindergarten program district-wide has been on the radar of the district for a number of years and a board goal since 2013. With a two-year pilot program already completed, Oregon City is ahead of the curve in preparing for this change.

Studies show that students in full-day kindergarten are better prepared for primary grade learning, show a trend toward higher achievement, and show better attendance through the primary grades. When you take these benefits into consideration, along with the financial support from the state, the decision to offer full-day kindergarten is simple.

Local families with children who will be five years old by Sept. 1 are encouraged to visit the enrollment page on the district website and attend a Kindergarten Round-Up.

Later Than Usual Labor Day Prompts District to Start School in August

Oregon City, Oregon - February 9, 2015 – At their regularly scheduled monthly meeting, the Oregon City School Board voted to approve the framework for the 2015-16 school calendar. For the first time in recent memory, the school year will start in August – on the 31st.

Each year families are anxious for the calendar to be approved so that events and vacations can be planned. Typically school starts after Labor Day. Since Labor Day comes later this year, it has forced many school districts to re-evaluate their calendars and consider an earlier start.

The district will begin classes on Monday, August 31st, although specific start dates will vary by school and grade. Schools will be closed on Friday September 4th and Labor Day, September 7th and classes will resume on Tuesday, September 8th.

UpFront Newsletter Fall 2014

Download the UpFront Newsletter (PDF) that includes:

  • Message from the Superintendent: Back to School With a Growth Mindset
  • Danner Leads Ogden, Panko Helms Special Services
  • Oregon City Community Education Classes and Activities
  • New Language Arts Books Arrive
  • Down on the Farm at Candy Lane
  • New Food Pantry at Oregon City High School
  • Planting the SEEDS of Science and Math for Young Students
  • Ogden Shows 'em How It's Done: Closing the Achievement Gap
  • OCHS Freshman Wants Kindness to Rule
  • School Directory and Calendar

UpFront Newsletter (PDF)

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New Food Pantry at Oregon City High School

Oregon City High School staff was noticing that some students were stuffing their pockets with rolls, fruit and other food, especially on Fridays, so they would have something to eat over the weekend.

That really disturbed Ted Thonstad, the school district’s recently retired Director of Operations. “I got to thinking, we should do something about that, because no kid in America should go hungry.”

Thonstad wasted no time. He contacted Tom Lovell, the High School Principal, and Mary Ellen Winterhalter, the district’s “homeless liaison,” and together they spent last spring creating “The Pioneer Pantry” at Oregon City High School. Tom found space at the high school for the groceries while Thonstad gathered up a board of directors and began soliciting donations from local service clubs, businesses, and individuals.

We are going to provide food for weekends and school breaks for food-insecure kids at the high school,” Thonstad told the school board. About 750 students at OCHS receive free or reduced price lunches, and 74 are classified as homeless, he said. Many elementary and middle schools already have “backpack” programs that send food home with hungry students on Fridays.

Thonstad and Lovell met with a representative of the Oregon Food Bank to request Partner Agency status. Thonstad purchased some shelving, Lovell located a refrigerator, and Winterhalter provided an initial supply of backpacks.

Suz Maus, Community Education Coordinator, arranged a meeting with the owner of Grocery Outlet, and with the support of their customers, “The Pioneer Pantry” will begin the school year with food on its shelves.

Donations from fundraising efforts have generated 50% of the amount needed to fill backpacks for the weekends in the coming school year, Thonstad said. He hopes some clubs at the high school will agree to do food drives to help stock the pantry and that The Pioneer Pantry will be able to purchase food from the Oregon Food Bank.

The pantry, which is being funded totally by grants and donations, hopes to one day be open to the other high schools in Oregon City. “That is an admirable retirement,” school board chair Chris Storey says.

If anyone would like to support the OCHS’s Pioneer Food Bank, cash is the most critical need. You can send a check made out to the Pioneer Pantry to the high school at 19761 S. Beavercreek Rd., Oregon City OR 97045.

Oregon City School District is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

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