On March 29th the ways and means co-chairs released their proposed two-year budget that will be presented to the legislature. The good news is that they're getting this done much earlier than usual. The bad news is that the amount they've dedicated for k-12 education does nothing to help us restore programs or to reduce the number of furlough days that we expect to take next year to balance our budget.
As the Oregon City School District made its way through the last couple of years of very difficult budget decisions with all of the attendant layoffs, school closures, and program reductions its employees continued to work together to solve these problems. In that spirit a group of employees got together this winter and decided that they wanted to do something as a district that was just for fun, something that could take their attention away from the stress of budget reductions if only for a moment. They decided to produce a music video, and produce it at no cost to the district. Employees got together on their breaks and before and after school to participate in the production, and some key employees donated their skills in choreography and videography to make it all happen.
For any questions about this video please contact the Oregon City Superintendents Office.
Special thanks to B&B Leasing of Oregon City for donating hundreds of T-Shirts to all the staff that participated in the video.
Song used in this video is Dynamite by Taio Cruz which is available for purchase on iTunes.
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In conjunction with the Oregon City Chamber of Commerce's upcoming Community Service Awards Luncheon, the Oregon City School District will honor two of its own for excellence in the classroom and beyond. This year's awards were announced at the District's March Board meeting last week.
MaryEllen Winterhalter was honored as the district's Employee of Distinction & Steve Wehrley was honored as the Teacher of Distinction.
Ginger Redlinger, CAIS Principal & ELL Program coordinator nominated both Winterhalter & Wehrley.
Winterhalter is the District's Homeless Student Liaison in the Special Programs Office.
"She has created created an atmosphere of support and safety for our most impoverished students. She is respected by both her co-workers and her supervisors and is loved by all staff members in her department," Redlinger wrote in her nomination form.
Wehrley is a new CIAS teacher and also teaches mathematics at OCHS.
"He listens to students and parents in order to solve problems collaboratively to the benefit of the student. He is very excited about his teaching, and his students respond accordingly," Redlinger wrote.
The Oregon City Chamber of Commerce Community Service Awards Luncheon will be held on April 15th.
Bruce Reece at Oregon City High School Named Athletic Director of the Year for the 6A Classification
Bruce Reece has be named Athletic Director of the Year for the state of Oregon for the 6A classification! Congratulations Bruce, you are very deserving of this award!
Oregon City School District Named to AP Achievement List by the College Board for Significant Gains in Advanced Placement Access and Student Performance
Oregon City School District is one of two districts in Oregon, and one of 388 school districts in the nation being honored by the College Board with a place on its AP Achievement List.
From 2008 to 2010, Oregon City School District 62 has increased the number of students participating in AP from 179 to 272, while improving the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher, the score typically needed to earn college credit, from 70% in 2008 to 84% in 2010.
"When you consider that there are over 30,000 high schools in the U.S. and that OCHS is one of 388 to receive this award, this is an incredible achievement," said Superintendent Roger Rada. "My hats off to our staff and students."
In September of 1991, a great American writer passed and left behind some great literature. Books like “The Cat in the Hat”, “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish”, and “Green Eggs and Ham” will always and forever be on bookshelves across America. To show an appreciation for his contribution to literature and somewhat celebrate his birthday, Oregon City High School participated in an event called “Read Across America”.
To learn more about this event read the full story on the OCHS website.
Download the UpFront Newsletter (PDF) which includes:
- Keeping Our Commitment to Oregon City's Kids, a message from the Superintendent
- OC Teachers Move to the Head of the Class
- Finding your Favorite Community Education Classes
- CAIS Student Landen Soars
- OC Schools Foundation Grows
- Hands On Oregon City Schools for Big MLK Spruce-Up
- School Counselors Hold Schools Together in a Tough Economic Climate
- Raising the Bar on Achievement
- Board Seeks Community Support to Restore Two Weeks of School
- Gaffney's Barnes and Noble Book Fair a Hit
View Community Education classes online, with online registration!
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