The Current

LOSD News • December 20, 2019

In this Message:

Message from the Superintendent

Important to Know About Health Curriculum

Winter Break Office Hours

SSPAC Volunteers Honored as Unsung Heros

Kindergarten Registration Coming Up

Share Your Tales from Middle School

The Truth About Vaping

Nominate a Student for SASEE Awards, Submission Deadline Jan. 10

Rotary Needs Host Family for Exchange Student at Lake Oswego High

LO Rotary Continues Tradition of Generosity

A Gift of Food Security

Financial Assistance for Sports Registration Fees

Weather Event Communications

PeachJar on Pause

Community Info:

  • ILovelakeoswego Moved to the Green House
  • Winter Camps at Environmental Learning Center
  • 15th Annual Preschool Forum

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Message from the Superintendent

Sometimes inspiration comes during the most unexpected times and circumstances. In my last message of 2019 to all of you I had planned to reflect on and celebrate all of the wonderful developments this past year. What I had not expected is that events at the last school board meeting of the calendar year would provide me and others with such deep hope for our community and our future.

On behalf of myself and my administrative team, school board members and all who attended the school board meeting this past Monday night, I want to share how moved we were by the outpouring of support from community leaders, teachers, staff, parents and students for each and every person in our care, especially our vulnerable students who identify as LGBTQIA+.

More than 150 people attended the meeting, an overwhelming majority who were compelled to show up and stand up for our newly adopted health curriculum that recognizes and gives a voice to critical topics once shunned, sidelined or silenced. The courage it took to share deeply personal stories and experiences was profound.

I hope that the love felt in the boardroom can be shared and felt by all. We talk often about providing safe and inclusive schools, and the affirmation of support at the board meeting sends a strong message that it’s a mission at the heart of who we are. To paraphrase one ally who spoke up, “What you are giving with your steadfast position on the new curriculum is hope, and what I hope is that we can keep doing more.”

I am very hopeful for our community.

You can click here to listen to the compelling 1.5 hours of testimony on the recording of the board meeting. In particular, please take time to listen to Chair Wagner’s opening remarks that set the tone for the rest of the meeting, or read below (Important to Know About Health Curriculum) for an excerpt from his remarks.

I wish you all a wonderful holiday. I am excited about the possibilities that await us as we usher in the new decade of 2020.

Important to Know About Health Curriculum

The State of Oregon requires local school boards adopt curriculum in alignment with state law. One issue that can be contentious is around Oregon’s Human Sexuality Education curriculum. Following is important information to know about the health curriculum.

Sexual Abuse Prevention

In 2015, the State of Oregon passed Senate Bill 856 - Erin’s Law - that addresses sexual abuse prevention instruction, and it requires schools to provide a minimum of four instructional sessions each year on sexual abuse prevention instruction. The sessions are in every grade level, kindergarten through twelfth grade.

The bill also creates a state requirement for districts to develop comprehensive sexuality education plans that integrate sexual abuse prevention. The plans must be aligned with state standards and will be revisited every two years.

Also required is sexual abuse prevention instruction that is:

  • Age appropriate, medically accurate and not shame or fear based;
  • Clear about the effects of trauma on victims of abuse; and
  • Culturally inclusive and responsive to diverse students.

Click here for a guideline document and a link to Erin's Law on the Oregon Department of Education website.

Equity and Access

Another impact on the school district's curriculum is the revised 2015 version of the National Health Education Standards. One major adjustment is a new chapter on equity and access for all students.

Equity involves fair treatment of each and every student, while access involves making services open to everyone who is entitled to them, free of any form of discrimination based on factors such as gender, culture, race, religion and sexual orientation.

Not Optional

Consistent with the law, in 2017, the Lake Oswego School Board voted in favor of creating a human sexuality education plan that maps out how to implement new state health education standards and achieve compliance with new state legislation on sexual abuse prevention instruction and education.

As part of that plan, LOSD adopted the Great Body Shop. It is a curriculum used nationally, that includes lessons noted as “for consideration.” However, these lessons are mandated by the State of Oregon Department of Education standards. Therefore, what some refer to as “optional” are not optional for public schools in Oregon.

LOSD's mission is to provide a safe and inclusive schools for each and every student in our care. The safety of our students is paramount.

Winter Break Office Hours

The LOSD administration office will be closed Dec. 23-27 and Jan. 1 during the Winter Break.

SSPAC Volunteers Honored as Unsung Heros

Two LOSD parents Cyndi Spears and Becky Owens received Unsung Hero awards. The Lake Oswego City Council gives these awards to recognize volunteer efforts benefiting our community.

Cyndi and Becky have served as co-chairs of the LOSD Student Services Parent Advisory Committee (SSPAC) for more than 10 years each. SSPAC focuses on improving support services and programs for all students, especially services for students in special education.

Please join us in congratulating Cyndi and Becky and thanking them for helping make our schools better for all students.

Kindergarten Registration Coming Up

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, for registration and information night for students starting kindergarten in the 2020-2021 school year.

Registration for kindergarteners, and all students who are new to LOSD, will open online that day at

An information night, Kindergarten Counts, will be hosted at each elementary school that evening, 6-7 p.m. Kindergarten Counts will provide parents and guardians an opportunity to meet the principal, kindergarten teachers, and other parents. You will learn about several upcoming opportunities for your new student between now and the first day of school.

Plan to register and attend Kindergarten Counts at your student's resident elementary school. Visit to verify. LOSD welcomes kindergarteners who will be five years old by Sept. 1.

Share Your Tales from Middle School

As we anticipate a move out of the current school building and into a new Lakeridge Middle School in fall 2020, LOSD wants to honor the stories and experiences that have taken place at 4700 Jean Road over the years. Whether you have memories from the Bryant, Waluga, Lakeridge Junior High or Lakeridge Middle School days, we want to hear from you.

Help LMS Theatre Arts with a salute to the lives impacted by this community institution. We are looking for real stories and memories from people who were/are students, staff, parents of students of our school. Poignant, funny or just interesting stories are welcome as long as they're middle school appropriate. If your story is selected, the creative writing class will dramatize it for the Theatre arts department to produce as a spring play in 2020. Not all submissions will be selected, but we hope this can be part of a fitting celebration of this building’s impact on our community from 1962 to 2020.

Please respond with your story and share this Google Form.

The Truth About Vaping

Parents, teens and community residents are invited to come hear renowned expert Michael DeLeon of Steered Straight speak on vaping and the dangers associated with vaping.

Wednesday, Jan. 8

6:30-9 p.m.

Lakeridge High School Auditorium

Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce is hosting a coffee for Michael to speak to local business leaders the following morning.

For more information about Michael DeLeon and Steered Straight, visit

Nominate a Student for SASEE Awards, Submission Deadline Jan. 10

Lake Oswego Rotary Club is seeking more student nominees for this year's SASEE Awards, which honor service above self in educational excellence.

Do you know an educator, support staff member, student or citizen who demonstrates a commitment to education through work, projects and activities that emphasize "service above self?" LO Rotary Club wants to recognize and support the people who make education in Lake Oswego exceptional.

To nominate someone, go to Nominations close on Jan. 10, 2020.

LO Rotary Club awards thousands of dollars in cash and scholarships in several SASEE categories. In each case, SASEE Award recipients have the opportunity to “pay it forward” by passing their monetary award on to their school or project.

  • Teachers, administrators and support staff: $1,000 for their school or project
  • Students: $1,000 for their school or project
  • Citizens: $2,500 scholarships awarded in their names to students who also demonstrate "service above self"

Rotary Needs Host Family for Exchange Student at Lake Oswego High

The Rotary Club of Lake Oswego is seeking one family who would like to host an international exchange student for the second half of this school year (mid-January through end of school year). The exchange student is currently attending Lake Oswego High School.

Host families are asked to provide meals, a bedroom and transportation to and from school. The Rotary Club provides the student with a monthly stipend for contingency expenses.

Interested families should contact Ken Jensen, the youth exchange officer for Rotary Club of Lake Oswego. Ken can be reached at or by calling 503-819-4448.

LO Rotary Continues Tradition of Generosity

LOSD would like to recognize LO Rotary for your tradition of generosity.

Lake Oswego Rotarians personally donated more than $3,000 in gift cards for our families in need this holiday season. Counselors at each school hand out these gift cards to those in our community who can use them most.

LO Rotary, your altruism is appreciated by all in our community. Thank you!

A Gift of Food Security

Outstanding balances of all meal accounts at Lake Oswego Junior High and Oak Creek Elementary were paid off by two patrons who would like to remain anonymous. We hope you know how much your gift is appreciated. Such a wonderful show of the giving spirit. Thank you!

Financial Assistance for Sports Registration Fees

Kids in the Game is a nonprofit that provides financial assistance to low income families for sports registration fees. This program has found that engagement in school/intramural sports helps increase student attendance in schools and also brings positive mentors into the lives of students.

Please find additional information on their website, or contact Amanda Conde, program administrator.

Weather Event Communications

As we edge closer to winter, please be sure to review the LOSD emergency communications page of our district website for information, including when and how you will be notified if we have a school closure or delay.

PeachJar on Pause

LOSD uses a service called PeachJar to dissemination information about enrichment opportunities for students in our community. We provide this service in lieu of paper flyers going home in students' backpacks. LOSD has put a temporary pause on PeachJar so that we may clarify our criteria and objectives for what information and opportunities will be disseminated. We expect to share updated guidelines and resume the community service in January.
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ILovelakeoswego Moved to the Green House

Ilovelakeoswego has moved behind the "green house" located on the far North corner of Lake Oswego High School, 2301 Hazel Road. ILoveLakeOswego is a student managed, donation based clothing closet for students enrolled in Lake Oswego School District.

Open Saturdays, 1-3 p.m. or other times by appointment

LOSD middle and high school students created the organization to benefit families who cannot regularly afford to buy new clothes, with the goal of helping foster confidence for a successful experience at school.

For more information, go to

Winter Camps at Environmental Learning Center

Environmental Learning Center through Clackamas Community College is offering three-day camps over winter break for students in grades first through fifth.

Monday, Dec. 30, Thursday, Jan. 2 and Friday, Jan. 3

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City

Click here to register.

Scholarships and before and after care offered.

15th Annual Preschool Forum

Looking for a preschool your future LOSD student? Check out the 15th Annual Preschool Forum.

Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020

6-8 p.m.

Christ Church, 1060 Chandler Rd., Lake Oswego

Meet representatives and caregivers from dozens of local schools to learn about different teaching philosophies and get a feel for the wide range of opportunities available in Lake Oswego and across the region. This event is co-sponsored by the Lake Oswego Mothers Club and Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation.

For more information, visit or contact Connie Harrell at

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Get Social: Follow, Share, Engage

LOSD has ramped up its social media presence. Please join us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @LOSD_Proud


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