Lynn Elliot Awarded Educator of the Year by World Affairs Council of Oregon

The World Affairs Council of Oregon selected Lynn Elliot of Jennings Lodge Elementary as their second annual K-12 Global Educator of the Year. The award recognizes outstanding teachers who take the initiative to incorporate global studies into their classroom.

Years ago, Lynn took a class at PSU that involved a trip to the Multicultural Resource Center where she met Karen Ettinger and learned about multicultural boxes that contained lesson plans, information and artifacts about a particular country. At first, Lynn was just excited about how she could use these materials and concepts in her own classroom, but then a bigger idea came to mind—Why not create a multicultural night to make global awareness a school-wide event?

School Board Initiates Strategic Land Purchase

The Oregon City School Board voted 5-2 to initiate the purchase of a 10.543 acre property located near Glen Oak Road because of its long term strategic value to the district. The property is adjacent to Oregon City High School, Clackamas Community College and an undeveloped city park.

Beavercreek Elementary and Former Mt. Pleasant Elementary Gain National Recognition

Congratulations to the students, staff and communities of Beavercreek Elementary and the former Mt. Pleasant Elementary for receiving national recognition from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation for working to improve student and staff wellness. Former President Bill Clinton honored Beavercreek Principal Scott Curtis and former Mt. Pleasant Principal Carol Kemhus with bronze status awards on behalf of both schools at a conference sponsored by the Alliance in Little Rock, Arkansas held October 20-22, 2012.

"I am proud of our schools in Oregon City working hard to provide PE activities and evaluating how we can provide healthy opportunities for our kids," Carol Kemhus said.

Seven Oregon City Schools Rated Outstanding on State Report Card

The report cards are designed to communicate and celebrate the many good things that are happening in schools. The report card may also assist in initiating discussions about areas targeted for improvement. Demonstrating that schools are accountable, the report card displays consistent and reliable information about academic achievement, attendance, graduation, participation, and student growth, in addition to key school statistics, demographics, and an overall rating. This will be the final year Oregon releases the current version of the school report cards. As part of the state’s federal flexibility waiver, the school report cards will be redesigned to provide better information to parents and communities on how our students, schools, and districts are doing.

  • Oregon City High School
  • Gardiner Middle School
  • Ogden Middle School
  • Beavercreek Elementary School
  • King Elementary School
  • McLoughlin Elementary School
  • Springwater K-8 Charter School

View the district report card (PDF) to see all school ratings in the district. 

Kicking off the School Year with Kickball

Recently, staff from around the district organized into teams to compete in a kickball tournament. The event took place at the John McLoughlin field and provided a great opportunity for staff to "kick off" the new school year. Everyone that attended had a great time and the Oregon City Service Learning Academy team earned bragging rights for the year by winning the tournament.

Special thanks to:

  • Lynn Barry for organizing the event
  • Todd Kemhus for setting up the fields
  • Cameron Seward, Bjorn Fernaeus, Bud Nodurft and Travis Nodurft for all the great photos

See more photos

UpFront Newsletter Fall 2012

Download the UpFront Newsletter (PDF) which includes:

  • Message from the Superintendent: Back to School With a Focus on Results
  • Oregon City Schools Foundation Rocks
  • Blake Beneville Soccer and Academic Standout
  • New Faces, New Places
  • Five Reasons Students Should Ride the Bus
  • Girl Scouts Serve Community
  • Social Sciences Get a Brush Up
  • Volunteers Make for a Smooth Move
  • Susie Werner is Classified Employee of the Year
  • Holly Leonetti is Teacher of Distinction 
  • School Directory and Calendar

NOTE: The fall edition of the UpFront newsletter includes a reminder to set clocks back to standard time on November 4th.  To do this you should set your clocks back one hour, not ahead as stated in the newsletter.  

UpFront Newsletter (PDF)

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Top Five Reasons for Students to Ride the School Bus

1. Increased Safety! Riding the school bus is nearly 800% safer* than traveling by passenger car. In fact, school busses are the safest* form of transportation.

School buses also help keep our campuses and neighborhoods safer. Each additional passenger car adds congestion and danger for all students on or near school grounds.

2. It saves money! It saves families from having to buy additional and expensive gas and reduces our dependence on foreign oil.

3. It’s Green! It serves as a good example to our children about the importance of keeping our planet healthy. Each year school buses help keep an estimated 17.3 million cars* off the roads surrounding schools each morning!

4. Reduced congestion! Most school parking lots are already well over capacity. With additional students going to our middle schools we are expecting increased congestion. In many cases students who ride the bus will arrive home before their peers that get picked up in a passenger car.

5. Student downtime! Students can enjoy time with friends, listening to music or reflecting on their day. Our transportation department is committed to ensuring a physically and emotionally safe environment on each bus. Our bus drivers have been trained in the Positive Behavior Support program that each school uses.

If you have any questions feel free to call the transportation department at 503-785-8540.

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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