Gaffney Lane Elementary Wins Second Place in Scholastic Book Fair Contest

Recently Gaffney Lane Elementary School was awarded second place in the National Scholastic Book Fair Contest. Beyond this recognition they will receive $500 towards scholastic products!

The theme, Book Fair Diner- All You Can Read, inspired a 1950’s ‘Grand’ Event. To keep with the vision of 'grand', students were encouraged to invite Grandparents or any special adult in their lives to come for lunch, shop the Book Fair, attend workshops, and watch the student versus faculty basketball game. One hundred fifty-three guests enjoyed apple and berry pies donated by Shari's Restaurant of Berryhill in Oregon City. They also learned how to use OCSD online services and were delighted to see John Olson, the school principal, ride through the gym on his Harley to promote the 1950's theme.

Oregon City School Board Names Next Superintendent

The Oregon City School District Board of Directors has completed its internal search for its next superintendent, and has named human resources director Larry Didway to replace Roger Rada who announced his retirement effective at the end of the 2010-2011 school year.

The school board will receive public input on Didway's selection at its June 14th board meeting, and is expected to take action at that meeting to confirm his hiring.

Didway began his education career in Salem where he taught in their talented and gifted program. He taught elementary school in Oregon City in the early 1990s and then took a three-year hiatus to teach English in Okayama City, Japan. He returned to Oregon City in 1996 and has held several administrative positions since that time including manager of Linkup Charter School, director of auxiliary services, principal of Ogden Middle School, and most recently director of human resources.

Board chair, Carol Sturman, said that she is pleased that Didway will have a year to work with Rada. "In these difficult times it's nice to be able to affect a smooth transition in district leadership." Sturman continued saying "Larry is highly regarded by district teachers, staff and administrators. He will provide seamless leadership as Oregon City schools continue to gain state recognition as a leader in school improvement."

Oregon City School District Superintendent Announces Retirement

At Monday evening's school board meeting Oregon City School District Superintendent Dr. Roger Rada announced his retirement effective at the end of the 2010-2011 school year. The School Board plans to conduct an internal search for its next Superintendent. The board will hold a special board meeting Monday, May 17th at 5:30 to develop plans for that search.

"I am pleased with what we, as an Oregon City family, have accomplished the last several years. Nearly every indicator of student success is on the rise, and I think we've only scratched the surface of our potential to provide students and outstanding education," Rada read to the School Board Monday evening. "We've come a long way, and we have an outstanding school district. I have no doubt that the Oregon City School District will continue to be one of the best places in Oregon for children to learn."

Rada has spent 40 years in public education, eighteen of those years as a Superintendent. He has held many administrative positions and taught at the elementary, junior high and high school level. He has been Superintendent of the Oregon City School District since 2004.

"It has been an honor to have Dr. Rada lead our district these past 6 years. Since he has been in Oregon City we have made great gains, in our academic scores, graduation rates and overall morale," said Board Chair Carol Sturman. "He has lead us into a new era of education. His replacement will have a very difficult time filling his shoes, however, they will find a balanced, receptive, hard-working District."

Oregon City Robotics Program Teams Up with New Charter School

 The Oregon City Robotics Program is making a dramatic leap forward - establishing high school course offerings to support the extracurricular component of the Robotics Program through its new charter school, Clackamas Academy of Industrial Science.

"We're excited about this new partnership and believe it's the first of its kind in the nation," said superintendent Roger Rada.

Rada points out that the partnership between Robotics and the school curriculum is built on the foundation of a successful Robotics program. He indicates that the program's success can be attributed to several factors -- the support of the FIRST Robotics organization, our corporate sponsors, the professional engineers who volunteer their time to teach students skills for success, and the support of parents who give time and resources for their students to participate in this rigorous program. In addition, Rada says that the district is grateful to Roger Collier and Sean Hally for bringing this program to Oregon City, and for their leadership in developing it.

Oregon City School District Announces Annual Awards of Distinction

In conjunction with the Oregon City Chamber of Commerce's recent Annual Service Awards Luncheon, the Oregon City School District honored three of its own for excellence in the classroom and beyond.

Steve Becker, OCHS Math teacher, was recognized as the 2010 Teacher of Distinction. "What he's done with that classroom is to make it a college course at the high school," said Nancy Bush-Lange. "He goes way above and beyond and very much deserves the award of Teacher of Distinction."

Rose Chapin, a secretary at John McLoughlin Elementary, was recognized as the 2010 Employee of Distinction. "She is a tremendous resource. She's the voice on the end of the phone and is the first person to represent us - she meets that mark 100% of the time." She sets the bar very high and our office team is successful because of her talents. She loves Oregon City School District." said John McLoughlin Elementary Principal Carol Sanders.

Verne Ferguson, Director of Special Services, has been awarded the 2008-09 Jane Adrian Award sponsored by the Oregon City administrators. This also is an annual award recognizing employees for their leadership contributions to the district.

These are annual awards recognizing a teacher and classified staff member for their contributions to students and the district.

Additionally, Nancy Bush-Lange, OCHS principal, has been named MetLife/National Association of Secondary School Principals Principal of the Year. This annual awards program honors school leaders for successes in providing high-quality learning opportunities for students.

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

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