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!
Six Oregon City High School students will represent their school at the upcoming 2011 Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Service Championships, held in Camp Perry, Ohio.
For more of this story visit Oregon City News Online.
Oregon City School District has named Gardiner Middle School principal Chris Mills to be the next Director of Human Resources. Current human resources director, Larry Didway, was selected by the board last spring to become superintendent on July 1, 2011.
Mills has served as principal at Gardiner since 1996. He is a former counselor, math teacher and football and baseball coach. He was named Oregon's Middle School Principal of the Year in 2009.
Current vice principal, Kelly Schmidt, will succeed Mills as Gardiner Middle School principal.
The Oregon City School District is one of the leading districts in the state in school improvement efforts. In the last couple of years our students scored above the state average at every grade level and in every subject tested. Few districts can boast of this level of student achievement. However, this record of success is in jeopardy!
Last year we reduced our budget by about $9 million, resulting in eliminating 46 classroom teachers, 16 specialists (including elementary PE teachers), 1.75 administrators and 35 school support positions. With considerably fewer adults in our schools, students don't get the attention they deserve.
At the same time, over the last two years our teachers, administrators, and support staff have given up about $5.2 million in salary and benefits that they were scheduled to receive.
As you probably know, schools all across Oregon are suffering similar program reductions including PE and music programs eliminated, counseling services curtailed, and classroom sizes increased.
School funding has been hit so hard by state budget cuts that we're also seeing many local schools cut entire days from the school calendar. This year Oregon City expects to cut five school days ˆ next year we may have to cut many more.
These cuts matter. Students receive less support and less instructional time. Across this state our ability to provide our students an effective learning experience is in serious jeopardy, and it appears that next year the state may further reduce school funding.
Students only get one shot at a good education. How can we keep our commitment to our children?
This years event had more speakers, sessions, give-a-ways and higher attendance then ever before! Thanks to all the generous support from local businesses and organizations that helped to make this event a reality.
If you were not able to get registered or make it to this years event be sure and get on the list early for next years event.
Another special thanks to all our sponsors who keep this valuable event free for Oregon City Families.
The National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) is pleased to announce that Bruce Reece, Athletic Director at Oregon City High School, has been recognized by this association as a Certified Athletic Administrator.
Checkout the full story on the high school website.
Oregon City School District is an equal opportunity educator and employer.