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LOSD News • May 13, 2022

In this Message:

Message from the Superintendent: Mental Health Awareness

Recognizing School Nurse Appreciation Day

LOSD COVID-19 Information:

  • School Health Advisory for Continued Instruction
  • OHA COVID-19 Exclusion Guidance
  • LOSD COVID-19 Dashboard

Plans Underway for the New River Grove Elementary School

New Students Appointed to School Board

Transportation Facility Community Open House

State Assessment Score Reports

Honoring Our Retirees

Consider a Career In LOSD

Time to Verify Your Student's Information

Preparing for the Transition to Adulthood Information Session

Community:

  • SASEE 2022 Awards Video Premiere

  • 5th Graders, LO Teen Lounge Welcomes You

  • Cheer Team Registration

  • Lakeridge Youth Football Fall Registration

Regular Reminders:
  • What's New at Community School
  • Hunger Fighters
  • Clothing Closet
  • Safe Oregon
  • Get Social with LOSD
60 Seconds with the Superintendent 5.11.22

Recognizing School Nurse Appreciation Day

This week we recognized School Nurse Appreciation Day! It's been said before and we will say it again -- our learning community has deep appreciation for our amazing team of school nurses -- Ann, Jenny, Lisa and Nikki. They have been working incredibly long hours seven days a week assisting with COVID-19 cases that arise in our community, providing testing to students and staff, and hosting vaccine clinics. These duties are on top of the regular responsibilities they shoulder every school day in our schools. Our nurses deserve our greatest gratitude and respect.

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School Health Advisory for Continued Instruction

The Oregon Department of Education and Oregon Health Authority issued a new health advisory in response to the change in CDC COVID-19 Community Levels seen in six counties, including Clackamas County, over the last two weeks and the rise of respiratory disease in communities across Oregon. Clackamas County has moved to CDC Community Level Medium (Yellow).


The advisory is designed to help schools continue providing in-person instruction for the remainder of the school year. The combined burden of COVID-19, flu, and other respiratory viruses co-occuring in our communities means our schools need to continue being vigilant about our health and safety. Masks are recommended. LOSD is monitoring COVID-19 transmission and unusual absenteeism or illness within cohorts; offering free testing for students and staff; and excluding from school, as required by the state, individuals who have COVID-19 like symptoms.


Families are asked to help mitigate the spread:

  1. If your child is sick with COVID-like symptoms, do not send them to school.

  2. Seek a COVID-19 test. Obtain free Covid-19 at-home test kits at Covidtests.gov.

  3. Notify your school nurse

  4. Vaccination remains the best protection against serious illness from COVID-19 and reduces spread of the disease. Get Vaccinated Oregon.

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LOSD COVID-19 Dashboard

The LOSD COVID-19 Dashboard is up to date. The dashboard shows the number of staff and students who have reported to LOSD testing positive for COVID-19, regardless of school exposure.

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Plans Underway for the New River Grove Elementary School

After collaborating on several iterations of the plans with the River Grove learning community, neighbors, and the School Board, LOSD will present the reimagined River Grove Elementary plans to the Lake Oswego Design Review Commission (DRC) this Monday, May 16. Completing a large project such as this is a process, and the DRC meeting is a key milestone in getting the new school built.


Demolition is scheduled to begin this summer. The River Grove learning community will move into Uplands during construction, and back into their new school by the fall of 2024.


The new school is made possible with funding from our 2021 bond measure. Thank you Lake Oswego voters for your steadfast support of educational excellence!

New Students Appointed to School Board

Lake Oswego High School’s Samantha Jarquin and Lakeridge High School’s Jacob Stuckey have been named the student representatives for the School Board for the 2022-2023 school year. They will succeed current representatives Emily Zou and Alicia Li, whose terms end in June. Congratulations Samantha and Jacob! We look forward to your advocacy and insights on behalf of our students.

Transportation Facility Community Open House

LOSD is hosting a community open house to discuss plans for a new transportation facility. All are invited to the meeting on Tuesday, May 24, at Lakeridge Middle School, 6-7:30 p.m.


A lot was shared and learned at the last community meeting, and materials at the open house will reflect the input.

State Assessment Score Reports

This summer, LOSD will deliver students’ state assessment results online through ParentVUE rather than mailing paper. This is in keeping with the district’s strategic goal of sustainability and mirrors how we deliver report cards. Your child’s assessment reports will appear on your ParentVUE Documents page in late July.


As you review your student’s English Language Arts, math, and science scores, please keep in mind:

  • An achievement level of 3 or 4 is considered to be on track for the student’s grade level.

  • Scores on state assessments are only one measure of a student’s academic progress. We use these scores in conjunction with classroom work and other daily, weekly, monthly, and term assessments to understand your student’s strengths and areas for improvement.


If you have forgotten your ParentVUE password, go to the login page, click "I am a Parent," then click "Forgot Password." If you are unsure whether you have a ParentVUE account or need assistance, please contact your student’s school.

Honoring Our Retirees

We are giving a shoutout to our teachers and staff who are retiring at the end of this school year. Thank you for your years of service!


Ann Nelson, Nurse, LOSD

Carolyn Russel, First Grade Teacher, Lake Grove

Clint Stuck, Maintenance Worker, Facilities

Emma Garcia Bonner, Custodian, Facilities

Grace Sullwold, Special Educational Assistant, Hallinan

Jaine Gasparich, Occupational Therapist, Student Services

James Smith, Engineer, Facilities

Karen Zurcher, Math Teacher, Lakeridge Middle School

Kate Larson, Fifth Grade Teacher, Hallinan

Kristin Moore, K12 Instructional Coach, LOSD

Leanne Mann, ELL Teacher, LO & Lakeridge High Schools

Lucinda Watson, Second Grade Teacher, River Grove

Marlo Shearmire, Special Educational Assistant, Lake Grove

Michelle McLean, Educational Assistant, Forest Hills

Nancy Emroe, Learning Specialist, Lake Oswego High School

Patricia Dolan, Learning Specialist, Lakeridge High School

Rebecca Loicano, Library Technology Assistant, Forest Hills

Therese Grebien-Samkow, Food Services

Timothy Provost, Social Studies Teacher, Lakeridge High School

Susan Fuller, Learning Specialist, Oak Creek

Yong Peak, Custodian, Facilities

Consider a Career In LOSD

Did you know more than a third of LOSD employees are Lake Oswego residents, and many are parents of students in our district? Not only is Lake Oswego a great place to live and go to school, it is a great place to work!


If you or someone you know are interested in joining our district, please apply. LOSD is continuing the focus on diversifying our licensed and classified staff, and leadership. Diverse includes gender, ability, race, ethnicity, and more. Find all employment opportunities on losdschools.org / Careers.

Time to Verify Your Student's Information

Parents/guardians of all students enrolled for the 2022-23 school year need to review/update your students' information. Log into ParentVUE and access the Register/Verify tab. This benefits both families and schools by:


  • Ensuring that schools have accurate information to reach parents and other contacts in both emergency and non-emergency situations. Verification is important even if your address or contact information has not changed over the past year because the school may have incorrect information from a previous year.
  • Confirming parent email addresses for Google Classroom and other applications to participate in your student's learning.
  • Enabling distribution of key information in the district's K-12 Family Handbook.


If you have forgotten your ParentVUE password, go to the login page, click "I am a Parent," then click "Forgot Password." If you are unsure whether you have a ParentVUE account, contact your student's school. For assistance with the verification process, refer to the user guide on the LOSD website or contact your student's school.
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SASEE 2022 Awards Video Premiere

Please join our community on May 18 at 7:00 PM for the premiere of the 6th Annual SASEE Awards! This year’s awards will be presented via video. All are invited to join the livestream on YouTube when it goes lives Wednesday evening.


Each year, the Rotary Club of Lake Oswego presents the SASEE Awards to local individuals who have gone above and beyond to support education in our community. SASEE Awards are presented in three categories - Students, Educators, and Community Citizens.


In the video, SASEE award recipients will be introduced by local leaders including Mayor Joe Buck, School Board Director Neelam Gupta, and Lake Oswego High School student Eileen Koh. Each award winner will share their own thoughts. LOSD Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Schiele launches the video with words of encouragement and celebration.


The 2002 Awards video was filmed at the newly remodeled Hallinan Elementary School and provides a view into the exciting new educational spaces that resulted from the community’s support of the LOSD bond measure.

5th Graders, LO Teen Lounge Welcomes You!

Join the LO Teen Lounge for a meet and greet for incoming sixth graders. Lake Oswego Parks & Rec will be hosting both a virtual and an in-person tour of the Lounge, as well as offering summer drop-in hours for students in incoming grades 6-12 on Mondays and Fridays this June-August.

In Person:
Friday, May 27; 4-7 p.m.: This is open to all students currently in grades 5-11, and it is the first opportunity for current fifth graders to see and visit the Teen Lounge. Parents are also invited, and will have opportunities to talk to staff about all of LOPR’s teen programming opportunities.


Virtual: Friday, May 20; 5-6 p.m.: Hear all about the Teen Lounge and take a virtual tour. To register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUvde6trzsvE9LybCdukn-9Vn5v-dS_bFwG


Contact Jordan Morales at (503) 534-5434 or jmorales@ci.oswego.or.us if you have questions or would like additional information.

Cheer Team Registration

Interested in learning the FUNdamentals of cheerleading and cheer at Lakeridge Youth Football games in the fall? Register for our Youth or Junior Sideline Cheer Teams by May 30th! Registration links on www.lakeridgecheer.com

Lakeridge Youth Football Fall Registration

Registration for the 2022 Lakeridge Youth Football Fall Season is now live! Please click here to register.


Note that this year LYF is offering 5/6 and 7/8 flag football for female athletes. Women’s flag is gaining traction within USA Football and may be a part of the 2028 Summer Olympics.

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What's New at Community School?

The LOSD Community School is offering virtual enrichment programs and activities for students of all ages including culinary, STEM, arts, language, and athletics.


Check out this week's edition.

Hunger Fighters

The Hunger Fighters Food Pantry, located on the Lake Oswego High School campus in the house that is green, has new hours: Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m. and Saturdays from 1-2:30 p.m. Visit the website for more info. www.hungerfightersoregon.org

SafeOregon

Parents-guardians who have concerns about a student’s well-being are encouraged to reach out to their principal, and to maintain strong lines of communication and partnership between students, families, staff, and other resources.


SafeOregon is also an effective way to report a tip regarding safety threats or potential acts of violence to our students or schools.


https://www.safeoregon.com/

(Students should also be aware that intentionally providing a false report is a serious offense.)

Get Social: Follow, Share, Engage

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

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