Upfront Newsletter Spring 2012

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  • 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

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'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.

 

District Awarded $20,000 Grant to Support Outdoor School

The Gray Family Environmental Foundation recently awarded Oregon City School District a $20,000 grant to help send 546 elementary students to Outdoor School.

Outdoor School allows students the chance to learn about the natural world. There is something special about combining students with the outdoors. Qualified staff help guide the student’s natural exploring to create an unforgettable educational experience.

At Outdoor School, the study of ecology, science, math and conservation of natural resources takes on real meaning. Through hands-on activities, students develop an understanding of the environment and how the parts fit together. Students develop an appreciation of the natural world and their place in it.

Social growth also occurs as the students learn, live and play together in supervised groups. The extent to which Oregon's youngsters learn to understand and use their natural resources today will largely determine their economic security in the future.

We greatly appreciate the generous grant from the Gray Family to help support this amazing experience for students!

Upfront Newsletter Winter 2011

Download the UpFront Newsletter (PDF) which includes:

  • Message from the Superintendent: State of the Schools: Strong but Struggling
  • Enhancing Kindergarten for the Right Start
  • Oregon City Community Education Classes and Activities
  • Oregon City Schools Help Parents Help Students with Family Focus Forum and More
  • Oregon City Schools Foundation: Supporting Schools
  • State Report Cards: OC Achieves
  • Oregon City Soars in Reading
  • OCHS Provides Opportunity to Excel
  • School Directory and Calendar

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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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