UpFront Newsletter Spring 2009

Download the UpFront Newsletter below which includes:

  • Looking Forward, a Message from the Superintendent
  • Easterly Earns National Certification
  • Extreme Makeover: Redland Library Edition
  • Going Green to Save Some Green
  • Jennings Lodge Wins State Achievement Award
  • Support Students: Come to the Auction
  • Oregon City Schools Foundation 10th Annual Auction and Social Donation Form
  • School Directory and Calendar

Also just released is the Community Education Schedule for Spring 2009, which can now be accessed online including online enrollment at activityreg.com

Upfront Newsletter Spring 2009 (PDF)

Community Education Spring 2009 (PDF) or view classes online, with online registration!

Oregon City School Board Ratifies Contract Agreement & Calendar Adjustments to Help Offset Shortfall

At the last session the Oregon City School Board approved an agreement with teachers, classified staff and administrators that will reduce salaries by five days this year as a cost saving measure to offset lower than anticipated state funding

The contract modifications negotiated with the Oregon School Employees Association and the Oregon City Education Association will result in a 2.6% pay cut for teachers and similar reductions for administrators and classified staff resulting in $1.1 million savings for the district. The contract modifications directly offset reductions to school funding announced by Governor Kulongoski in November.

In reducing five days, the district will not make up three snow days from December and the two other days will be negotiated: one a teacher in-service day and one an instructional day.

"These are difficult times for Oregon families and Oregon schools," said Superintendent Roger Rada. "We greatly appreciate the cooperation of our employees in making these reductions."

He adds that the agreement illustrates the extent the district, OCEA and OSEA are willing to work together to solve the shortfall while focusing on student learning.

Personnel contract modifications are being negotiated across the state as school districts scramble to reduce expenditures as resources dwindle. Amid declining enrollment and reduced state funding, the Oregon City School District is facing a shortfall of more than $6 Million dollars for the 2009-10 school year.

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Upfront Newsletter Winter 2008

Download the Upfront Newsletter below which includes:

  • State of the Schools, a Message from the Superintendent
  • School Report Cards put Oregon City at the Head of the Class
  • A Message from the Oregon City Schools Foundation
  • Best of Times, Worst of Times
  • Oregon City Schools Partner to Keep Students Safe
  • Students Can Attend College at Oregon City High School
  • Positive Behavior Supports Pave the Way to Better Achievement
  • Family Focus Forum, A Helpful Confab for Parents
  • How Did They Do That? High School Scores Soar
  • and a School Directory and Calendar

Also just released is the Community Education Schedule for Winter 2008, which can now also be accessed online including online enrollement at activityreg.com

Upfront Newsletter Winter 2008 (PDF)

Community Education Winter 2008 (PDF) or view classes online, with online registration!

Elementary and Middle School Mathematics Surveys

To take these surveys just visit our new Survey Page. This link will remain prominently placed on parents and guardians page on the left sidebar under the "Getting Started and Involved" heading for future surveys and information.

Oregon City Service Learning Academy Students Make a Difference

The students of the Oregon City Learning Service Academy participated in a Make A Difference Day event on October 25, 2008. In partnership with the Oregon City Parks and Recreation Department and Clackamas Volunteer Connection, over 30 students and volunteers met at the Clackamas River, cleared invasive brush (English Ivy) and planted 30 evergreen seedlings at the town's Clackamas River Bike Path. The project was designed and carried out by Adam Paltrineri's 9th grade Advisory class at OCSLA.

Using service learning as the instructional model OCSLA students studied invasive species and their effects on the Oregon environment prior to actually performing the community service. Follow up lessons were taught after the project was completed.

The project accomplished a number of goals. First was the replacing of invasive plants with native species. The project also provided erosion control on the banks of the Clackamas River through the new trees planted. Finally, the volunteers helped block the view of the Tri-Cities Waste Treatment plant from across the river.

Sixteen OCSLA freshmen and their families, as well as a dozen volunteers from Northwest Service Corps and Milwaukie First Presbyterian Church turned out on a beautiful Saturday morning for a day of service. This project took place on Make a Difference Day, a nation-wide day of service for volunteer groups.

For questions or comments please contact Melanie Marrone, Principal, Oregon City Service Learning Academy, 503-785-8443

Gardiner Middle School Volunteers at the Oregon Food Bank

The Oregon Food Bank, (OFB) is a non-profit, charitable organization. OFB recovers food from farmers, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, individuals and government sources. It then delivers that food to 20 regional food banks. OFB also works to eliminate the root cause of hunger through advocacy, nutrition education, learning gardens and public education.

Gardiner Middle School students and parent volunteers have the opportunity to help others by volunteering at the Oregon Food Bank. Five dates were set up for our students to volunteer at the Oregon Food Bank during the 2008-2009 school year. We have completed our first volunteer experience and are looking forward to the remaining opportunities to help others.

Permission slips were signed, we met at 8:15 to get on the bus and travel to The Oregon Food Bank that is located in Northeast Portland. When we arrived we were told our task for the day was to package carrots, weigh them so that they were in five pound bags, and then place them in a large crate. After putting on hair nets, aprons, and washing our hands, our group was ready to work. The students and adult volunteers worked for two and a half hours packing carrots. While we were working we also had time to talk about what we were doing and the impact it would have on others. There was also much laughter and fun as we packaged the carrots that came in a surprising series of sizes and shapes. We also toured the Oregon Food Bank Warehouse and were amazed at how many empty shelves there were. We also saw the food that still needed to be packaged by future volunteers. At the end of our time at The Oregon Food Bank we packaged 4100 pounds of carrots, providing meals for 3154 families, which was an average of 78 meals per volunteer! We left feeling tired but energized by what we had accomplished to help others.

Gardiner Middle School parents please note we will be going 4 more times (November 4th 2008, February 3rd 2009, March 3rd 2009, April 7th 2009) if you would like to help volunteer. For general and/or volunteer information please contact Dianne Shewbert 503-785-8170

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

Early Childhood Education and Child Care

School Supply Drive

Each year your donations to the KGW school supply drive helps our students get the supplies they need. Visit their website to learn more. 

In The News

"High School students in the Oregon City School District continued to outperform statewide averages for math, science and reading"
Oregon City 2013 test scores: Schools outperform state averages. The Oregonian

"The nonprofit group Earth Crusaders and the Oregon City School District teamed up under an Oregon City Metro Enhancement Grant to improve their town." Earth Crusaders, school district beautify OC. Clackamas Review

"An independent national study compares school districts across Oregon and the nation for efficient cost management and effectiveness in student achievement."  Oregon City School District Gets Top Rating for Effective, Efficient schools

"They point to places such as Oregon City, where nearly every student demonstrates an ability to write cogently and correctly" The Writing Imperative. The Oregonian

"Once again, Oregon City and Forest Grove high schools posted much higher passing rates on the math exam than schools with far fewer minority and low-income students"  Test scores show Oregon high schoolers lost ground in writing, math and science. The Oregonian


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