New School Attendance Boundaries Adopted

On May 14, 2012, the Oregon City School Board unanimously adopted new school attendance boundaries to be implemented next school year. The new boundaries are necessary as a result of the recent board decision to close King and Mt. Pleasant elementary schools and move all 6th grade students to middle school. All families with elementary and middle school students will receive letters from the district and school with more information by early next week.

Attendance Boundary Maps
Attendance boundary maps for each elementary and middle school are available below in PDF form, with former attendance boundaries also available

New Gardiner Middle School Attendance Area

New Ogden Middle School Attendance Area

Additional Information
Please see the following links for additional information about the development and implementation plans for the proposed new attendance boundaries.

 

Board Decision for 2012-13 Reconfiguration

On April 16th the Oregon City School Board voted unanimously to close King and Mt. Pleasant Elementary Schools and move sixth grade to the middle schools beginning with the 2012-13 school year.

Dear family and friends of Oregon City School District:

On April 16th Oregon City School Board voted unanimously to adopt “Option E”, a scenario presented by the Reconfiguration Task Force that will close King and Mt. Pleasant Elementary Schools and move sixth grade to the middle schools beginning with the 2012-13 school year. This was a gut-wrenching decision made to avoid additional cut school days and staff layoffs in the face of another budget shortfall and in the context of excess building capacity. Implementation planning will begin immediately.

Future Transitions
This is a bold and sweeping reorganization—every elementary and middle school will be impacted eventually. However, today began a particularly difficult and heartbreaking period for the King and Mt. Pleasant communities. I know our entire community shares their sense of loss and that the staff and leadership at both of these vibrant learning communities is dedicated to facilitating a positive transition for everyone. We all need to keep them in our thoughts and offer our support. Remember also, that all students, especially those currently in the 5th grade, and parents will naturally experience anxiety and have questions in response to this news today.

Implementation Planning
The timeline for making this happen is nearly impossible, but I have faith in the power of teamwork when our students, staff and community come together. With the work of the Reconfiguration Task Force now complete, an Implementation Team began work this morning. There are many, many unanswered questions and an overwhelming volume of work to be completed for a successful opening of school next Fall. There is a long road ahead with guaranteed bumps! We will need everyone to exercise patience and be prepared to roll up their sleeves as active participants. You will be kept up-to-date as plans are developed.

Next Steps
We know that the first question to answer is “Where will my child attend school next year?” New school attendance boundaries for all elementary and middle schools have been drafted using software in consultation with industry experts in this field. These drafts will now be vetted by administrative staff and a parent focus group prior to being submitted to the public for comment. The Board will adopt new school attendance boundaries at a Boundary Hearing at 6:00pm on Monday, May 7, 2012 at the Jackson Campus. Every student will be provided an opportunity to visit their new school before the end of the year. Building principals are already busy planning these transition activities and you will be kept informed.

Communication
The presentation from the April 16th board meeting as well as other information is available below.  After Wednesday, you can watch a recording of the Board meeting online.  Additional information will be sent to you directly from the district, your building principal, or posted direclty on the district website.

I firmly believe, given our circumstances and despite the enormous challenges ahead, this plan is our best option to serve the children of our community. Thank you to the Reconfiguration Task Force for a difficult job well done, and to all of you for your support and all that you do for ALL children of Oregon City School District. Our ability to navigate this transition will be a testament to the strength of our community.

Larry Didway, Superintendent 

 

 

 Additional Information

 

Upfront Newsletter Spring 2012

Download the UpFront Newsletter (PDF) which includes:

  • Message from the Superintendent: Finding Opportunity in the Face of Challenge
  • “Citizens of the Year” Recipients Honored by Mayor
  • Grant Funds OC Outdoor School
  • Gilman Park Residents Team with Mt. Pleasant
  • New Nationally Certified Teachers Take OC to the Head of the Class
  • Moving Toward a Brighter Future: Physical Education
  • Art for Learning Sake in Oregon City
  • Community Conversation Series
  • Keeping the Libraries Stocked: Thanks to the Kindess of Others
  • School Directory and Calendar

UpFront Newsletter (PDF)

View Community Education classes online, with online registration!

'Fancy Nancy' Illustrator, Robin Glasser Helps Jennings Lodge "Get Fancy"

On February 16th Jennings Lodge students experienced a magical visit from Robin Glasser, illustrator of the "Fancy Nancy" books.  

Students had a marvelous time as they learned ways they could be "fancy" from the crowns they wore, to how they walked and talked.

   Ms. Glasser shared her newest book, "Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet". Towards the end of the fun assembly, students got to practice walking "fancy" by placing bananas on their heads while they moved. The goal was to walk and twirl without dropping the banana! "Fancy Nancy" does a great job of increasing the use of imagination in children, while at the same time stretching their vocabulary. An incredible, (fancy for amazing), time was had by everyone!

 

5th Annual Family Focus Forum Best Ever

This year’s Family Focus Forum, held at Oregon City High School on January 21st, was definitely the biggest and best yet! Among the highlights of the day were Dr. Kathy Masarie’s keynote, 25 workshops on a variety of topics of interest to parents, and a resource fair featuring over 20 community agencies and organizations offering information and support to families.

Along with the workshops and resource fair, the day also included a childcare room that resembled a day camp, a hot breakfast and full lunch thanks to a generous donation by Sodexo Services, and plenty of give-aways, including an iPad2 courtesy of BCT.

Mayor Honors Oregon City Faculty, Staff, Principal and Former Superintendent With "Citizens of The Year" Award

Oregon City High School Faculty, Staff, Principal Nancy Bush-Lange and former Superintendent Roger Rada were honored by Oregon City Mayor Doug Neeley as Citizens of the Year at an event held Saturday hosted by the Oregon City Chamber of Commerce. 

Oregon City High School Staff & Faculty
The faculty and staff of OCHS have navigated declining resources while implementing successful programs for struggling students and expanding opportunities for advanced students. However, today Oregon City High School can claim to be the best high school in the state of Oregon. Since 2005 at OCHS, the number of students who have met or exceeded standards for the statewide reading exam grew from 58 percent to 95 percent; 11 points above the state average. The same dramatic increases have been made in mathematics. The number of students who have met or exceeded standards for the statewide math exam grew from 45 percent to 92 percent; 22 points above the state average.

"Community Conversations" Series

Oregon City School District has scheduled a series of Community Conversations to be held at schools across the district. The school board wants to share great news about academic achievement results and increase community dialogue while facing a possible $7 million shortfall to restore 15 employee furlough days and honor collective bargaining agreements for the next school year. The board has already committed to restoring at least 5 instructional days next year.

"As a School Board, we feel the need to go to our community to share what our district is facing," said Board Chair Cameron Seward. "We want to engage the public in the budget development process while celebrating the district's proud record of achievement, award winning staff and well-deserved reputation for fiscal responsibility."

The sessions will explain current budget developments & forecasts, share good news and achievement results from Oregon City School District and gather community feedback.

"During tough economic times it's imperative that we operate as efficiently as we can and respond to community priorities," said Superintendent Larry Didway.

The meeting dates and times are as follows:

Second Series of Community Conversations with Budget Prioritization Activity

All parents and community members are invited to attend any session.

 

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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