Oregon City Destination Imagination (DI) Teams Score Big! Redland Elementary and Ogden Middle School both sent DI teams to the state tournament at OSU on April 5th. Both teams placed 2nd in their divisions and the Ogden team will compete in the Global Finals at the University of Tennessee in May with 1000 teams from across the US and 20 other countries.
DI is a critical thinking and creative problem solving program that has two components: (1) performing a long-term challenge with many complex components and (2) solving an instant improv-style challenge. Ogden chose "Hit or Myth" for their long problem and used the scientific process to determine if a myth could be true or not. They decided on: Can bananas from Costa Rica cause a flesh eating disease? They did actual research at PSU's microbiology lab. This was the third year for the Ogden team to work together and their success shows well-tuned critical thinking skills, creativity and teamwork! Good luck in Tennessee! (Students of all ages are eligible to join new DI teams in September.
Contact Becky Taylor at (503) 785-8510 for details about fall informational meetings.
Oregon Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Presentation at Gardiner Middle School April 22, 2008
The Task Force for Oregon Internet Crimes Against Children will be presenting tonight, Tuesday, April 22, at 6 PM at Gardiner Middle School in the cafeteria. We are really lucky to have these experts here, especially with the increase in misuse of cell phones, Myspace and the internet. We look forward to seeing you tonight!
Who should attend: Parents and Guardians in the Oregon City School District.
31-year-old Kyle Laier, currently a Social Studies teacher at Ogden Junior High, has been named the new principal for King Elementary in Oregon City.
"I see Kyle as a natural leader," says Oregon City School District Superintendent Roger Rada. "That's the way people perceive him. He's the kind of guy that sees things that need to be done and steps up to take care of them."
Laier has been a teacher at Ogden for five years, before that he spent four years building a new high school program in Southern California. Laier will start his duties as principal at the beginning of next school year.
"I'm looking forward to being a part of King," Laier says. "It's a great school with great teachers and great students."
Oregon City Pioneer Robotics Organization (OCPro) is currently in Atlanta, Georgia competing in the world FIRST Championship. OCPro, also known as Team 2550, is a FIRST Robotics team which consists students from the Oregon City School District. They won the Rookie All-Star Award.
The team had to design, build, and program the robot in only 6-weeks. This is the nature of the FIRST Competition, as all teams have to complete this task in the same amount of time. FIRST also celebrates "Gracious Professionalism," which advocates teams helping one another to be their best, so the competition doesn't hinder teams from learning from one another.
OCPro won the Rookie All-Star Award at the Oregon Regional in late February. This award is for the rookie team that worked to educate others about FIRST, science, and technology, and which looks to be an extremely good team in the future.
OCPro has had numerous newspaper articles published about their team, and are currently serving as Ambassadors of the City of Oregon City during this trip.
There's good news from Oregon City High School more students are staying in school and graduating today than in the past.
According to Oregon Department of Education data released today, OCHS drop-out rates decreased from 5% during the 2005-2006 school year to just 1.9% in 2006-2007, the most current year that drop-out rates are available.
"We're taking students within our school and trying to provide them all of the tools they need to succeed," said Oregon City High School Principal Nancy Bush-Lange. "We want every kid to have not only a high school degree, but education beyond that as well."
During the same time, statewide percentages rose from 4.1% to 4.9%.
"We all know that there is no way that a student can expect to be successful in the future if they do not graduate from high school today," Oregon State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo said.
The Oregon Department of Education defines "a dropout as a student in grades 9-12 who withdraws from school without receiving a high school diploma, GED, modified diploma, or transferring to another school."
The Oregon City School district currently serves about 7,800 students and continues to put more dollars directly into the classroom than the state average.
For school by school comparisons, visit the Oregon Department of Education website.
The Oregon City Schools Foundation is proud to present our 9th Annual Social & Auction on May 10, 2008. The event will be held at the Willamette Falls Community Health Education Center (CHEC) and the Abernethy Center in Oregon City. Join us for a fun evening in support of Oregon City students. The funds raised from this premiere event are used to enhance the educational experience of all Oregon City students.
A silent auction with appetizers will be hosted at the Willamette Falls Hospital Community Health Education Center and the Abernethy Center will be hosting a sit down dinner and oral auction. Each location will feature local entertainment and this year we will have a demonstration of the exciting Smart Board technology we have been supporting.
Tickets are available through any Oregon City School office or from Foundation members.
- Social & Auction ticket(s) at $60 each, includes Reception, Silent Auction, Dinner & Live Auction
- Reception ticket(s) at $20 each, includes Reception, & Silent Auction at the Willamette Falls Hospital Community Health Education Center
- Table Sponsorship at $550, includes 8 tickets for Reception, Silent Auction, Dinner & Live Auction and Table Recognition
A giant thank you to everyone who came to show their support and work on our project. On March 8th we broke ground on the outdoor classroom at Gaffney Lane. This project started out as a dream of Gaffney Lane teacher Shannon Fernaeus (pictured above) and is now becoming a reality. Thanks to some very generous donations we were able to begin by planting 12 trees. It was a lot of tough work but there was so much support and help from our community to make this project come to life. The project even got the attention of the Channel 12 weekend news! Please check the Gaffney Lane website for the next work day and any updates. If you want to get involved, have questions or need more information visit the outdoor classroom webpage or email Shannon directly at email@example.com.
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