Tom Lovell Selected as the Next Oregon City High School Principal

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 to Implement Full-Day Kindergarten Pilot Program

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 Principal Retiring

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 to Refinance Facilities Bond

Oregon City, Oregon–January 15, 2013–Oregon City School District today announced that it would refinance a facilities bond from 2004.

On Monday, January 14th Oregon City School Board members voted unanimously to authorize the district to refinance the bond and benefit from historically low interest rates.

"I want to pause and congratulate the school district and acknowledge the savings that will be brought to taxpayers," said Chris Storey, School Board Vice Chair.

UpFront Newsletter Winter 2012

Download the UpFront Newsletter (PDF) which includes:

  • Message from the Superintendent: State of the Schools: Strong and Future Focused
  • Oregon City Pioneers Modern Kindergarten
  • For Alan Rempel, Learning is a Chemical Reaction
  • School Board Sets Lofty Goals for Students, District
  • Family Focus Forum; Better Parenting, Happier Families
  • Talented and Gifted Fair Inspires
  • Oregon City High School, District, Test Scores Soar
  • Oregon City Schools Ace New Reporting Requirements
  • Future Focus Gives Freshmen Good Start
  • Oregon City Community Education 
  • School Directory and Calendar

NOTE: The bar graph on the 6th page representing writing assessment for 4th and 7th grade is for the 2007-2008 school year.  The 11th grade assessment numbers are for 2012 as stated in the title of the graph.  

UpFront Newsletter (PDF)

View Community Education classes online, with online registration!

Eagle Scout Project Results in Gaffney Lane Outdoor Improvements

At Gaffney Lane Elementary there is a heavily used trail path to school that would often get very muddy and wet. When Ryan Kozak, Oregon City High School student, heard about the trail and students arriving to school with wet and muddy feet, a community project idea was born. Ryan, a long time Boy Scout, has been involved in many community projects, but helping to improve the Gaffney Lane grounds would be his opportunity to take the lead.

He enlisted the help of fellow scouts and others from the community for his Eagle Scout project to improve the Gaffney Lane grounds. "It wasn't easy to put this project together, but well worth the time. I believe it serves a need in the community and will be used and appreciated for years to come," said Ryan. Under his leadership the trail path was greatly improved and a new park bench was added.

"Ryan and his troop did a great job on the path and bench. He provided a valuable and much appreciated service to Gaffney Lane and our community," said John Olson, Gaffney Lane Principal.

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

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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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