On April 27th, volunteers from all over the community came together to provide some landscaping TLC for Oregon City Schools. The District Office, Candy Lane Elementary, Gardiner Middle School, and the Jackson Campus all received a landscaping makeover along with various outdoor improvements.
"I was thrilled by the amount of volunteers that came out to help and was impressed by all that was accomplished," said Ted Thonstad, Director of Operations.
A special thanks to the Three Rivers District Boy and Cub Scouts, B & B Leasing, Rotary Club, Lions Club, SOLV and everyone that donated their time and support. The school district's maintenance crew was responsible for helping to prepare and coordinate the generous volunteer support.
"All of the volunteers were amazing and the work that was completed looks great," said Mike Riseling, Facilities Services Supervisor.
All four locations received weeding, cleaning, and new bark dust. Gardiner Middle School received pressure washing and got a fresh coat of paint on the football goal posts. Candy Lane Elementary had blackberry bushes removed and the windows were cleaned. The District Office got fresh new sod, blackberry bushes removed, bushes trimmed and had an irrigation system installed. Take a drive by and you’ll notice the improvements.
We are happy to announce that April Albers will be the next principal at Redland Elementary School. Mrs. Albers moved to Oregon City with her family in 2008 and started as a bilingual teacher at Candy Lane Elementary. For the last four years she has been the district Math Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA).
"I am confident that she will be an outstanding leader at Redland,” said Larry Didway, Superintendent. “She is widely respected for providing outstanding curriculum and instruction leadership in the area of mathematics and coaching for K-8 teachers.”
While teaching in Fort Collins Mrs. Albers was honored as Colorado Math Teacher of the Year. She has been an active leader in our Title 1 school wide planning process, and as the Math TOSA, has worked with teachers across the district helping to elevate math proficiency.
Redland Elementary School principal, Cindy Fillis will be retiring at the end of the school year. Mrs. Fillis has dedicated herself to students and the district for 31 years, racking up a long list of accomplishments along the way. During her career she has been a classroom teacher, physical education teacher, coach, student manager, principal and done great work as part of various committees.
When asked what she will miss the most her quick response was, "the kids of course". She went on to say she "has loved the passion, dedication, and service to students that all staff show on a daily basis regardless of what the financial climate holds. In my 31 years, we’ve always done more with less because in our hearts we know it’s what’s best for our kids and it's why we chose education as our careers.”
We are excited to announce that Tom Lovell has been selected to be the next principal at Oregon City High School. Tom has spent the last fourteen years as an administrator in the Pendleton School District; five years as an assistant principal and nine years as the principal at Pendleton High School.
"After a rigorous selection process and many great candidates, we are happy to be selecting Tom as our next Principal," said Chris Mills, Human Resources Director.
Tom brings strong educational experiences to the Oregon City School District. His background includes teaching, coaching, and leadership with a strong focus in curriculum development and alignment.
Congratulations to Our 2012-13 Employee and Teacher of Distinction Award Winners, Sue Hukkanen and Kelsey Orcutt
Each year, the Oregon City Chamber of Commerce invites the school district to nominate and select a classified staff member and teacher who exemplify dedication, commitment to students and continued professional growth.
Sue Hukkanen has worked in the district for 21 years and is currently an Office Coordinator at the Transportation Department. Sue was nominated for many reasons – above all, her fellow staff members recognized her passion for her work, enthusiastic attitude and caring nature.
"I am very proud to work for the Transportation Department, " said Sue.
Kelsey Orcutt has worked for 11 years in the district and is currently a teacher at Gardiner Middle School. Her fellow staff and students recognized her as being a gifted educator and leader. She is involved in many helpful student programs including the homework club, green team and student mentor project.
Oregon City School District will offer full-day kindergarten at Jennings Lodge Elementary for the 2013-2014 school year. Jennings Lodge will be the first school to offer full-day kindergarten in the district as part of a pilot program. The district will continue to offer half-day kindergarten at all other elementary schools with the extended Kinder Day option.
Oregon City High School's principal, Nancy Bush-Lange will be retiring at the end of the school year. Mrs. Bush-Lange has led the school to achieve some of the state’s top reading and math scores.
"The staff has worked very hard to increase performance expectations," she said. "In addition to offering a full menu of classes, we have supports and interventions in place to help students overcome challenges sooner than later" she added.
In 2011 Mrs. Bush-Lange was awarded Principal of the Year. At the start of 2012 the City recognized her and the entire staff of Oregon City High School as Citizens of the Year.
Oregon City School District is an equal opportunity educator and employer.