The Current

LOSD News • March 6, 2020

In this Message:

Message from the Superintendent

Classified School Employee Appreciation Week

Share Your Feedback Through Elementary Boundary Review Survey

Elementary Transfer Request Guidelines

School Board Meeting -- Work Session

LOSD-City Council Meeting to Make Pool Decision

Seeking Nominations for Amazing Kids Awards

Make Your Impact: Apply for a Board-Appointed Committee

Foundation Accepting Board Applications

Registration Open for All New Students

Community Info:

  • Military Service Academy Information Day
  • Hunger Fighters Could Use Donations
Regular Reminders:
  • Get Social with LOSD
  • SafeOregon
  • Subscribe to Lake Oswego Schools App
  • What's New at Community School?

Message from the Superintendent

It feels like a lifetime ago when I first learned that Oregon’s first case of COVID-19 was one of our employees in Lake Oswego School District. Upon first hearing the news last Friday night, our leadership, teachers and staff pulled together immediately to help ensure the safety and well-being of our community.


  • We have dedicated resources to cleaning and disinfecting all surfaces in all our schools.

  • We have reinforced and provided support for hygiene and health practices.

  • We have begun developing contingency plans for potential online learning.

  • We have committed to providing consistent, clear and timely communication to address questions.

  • And, throughout it all, we have tried to remain forthright and calm. We are grateful for the partnership with Clackamas County and Oregon Health Authorities who have supported us all along the way with steadfast guidance and counsel.


Throughout this journey our hearts and minds have remained with our staff member, a beloved member of our community, who tested positive with the coronavirus. We wish for a swift recovery so that we may welcome this person back to Forest Hills soon.


Forest Hills Elementary welcomed students and staff back to school on Thursday. It was a day filled with care and compassion for one another and positive experiences.


At this time we have not seen any new cases of COVID-19. We don’t know if we’ve seen the last of COVID-19, and we are committed to staying on top of any new developments on behalf of our community. We have captured all LOSD-related information on the Heath Alert page of the losdschools.org.


I believe we have become stronger because of this experience, and I am confident that our community will continue to work together for the best outcome for students, staff and families.

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Classified School Employee Appreciation Week

Please join in expressing immense gratitude for our classified school employees. Our dedicated classified staff - custodians, secretaries, educational assistants, tech specialists, food services staff and more - are vital to the success of our schools. We appreciate their time and talents - they make a difference every day!

Share Your Feedback Through Elementary Boundary Review Survey

Please provide your input to the latest iterations of the boundary maps by completing the two online surveys on the boundary landing page. Each survey correlates to a draft map. Please complete both surveys, telling us which draft your prefer, why and why not.


The survey will remain open through Sunday, March 8.


Feedback shared in this survey and at the Open House hosted last week will help inform the Boundary Review Committee at its last meeting coming up.


Wednesday, Mar. 11

6-8 p.m.

Staff Development Room


To view the most current iteration of the boundary map (and past drafts), as well as meeting materials, minutes and Frequently Asked Questions, please visit the boundary landing page on losdschools.org.

Elementary Transfer Request Guidelines

LOSD recently clarified guidelines for requests to attend an elementary school outside of your residency school boundaries. Guidelines require that elementary students must apply for a transfer each year, and transfers are granted for individual students on a space-availability basis.


This year, with possible new boundaries re-balancing elementary schools, available space may change at your student’s current school. Space availability is determined by each grade’s teacher-to-student ratio and school capacity targets set by the School Board.


If space is available, following is the criteria in order of how transfer requests are prioritized:

1. Student was moved by LOSD requirement, i.e. kindergarten overflow, and wishes to remain at the school

2. Student has tenure at the school (weight given to number of years at the school)

3. Student is the sibling of a student opting into a program (Spanish Immersion) at the requested school

4. Student has tenure at school and family recently moved outside of resident boundary

5. Student is making a transfer request for the first time

6. Student is new to the district


Please note, students previously placed due to hardship (as defined by Oregon Department of Education) and students who volunteered to transfer from Oak Creek to Lake Grove or Forest Hills as part of the “permanent transfer” appeal made in 2019 are guaranteed a spot at their current school. Also, students who are the siblings of students enrolled in a program (Access, Pathways, Delta) will remain at the same school with their siblings.


All transfer requests received between Jan. 22 and July 1, 2020 will be assessed using the criteria above, and all applicants will be notified by July 31, 2020, once resident students have enrolled through the summer. Transfer requests received after July 1, 2020 will be considered in the order in which they are received.


Any changes made to current boundaries will be decided by the School Board at the end of April.

School Board Meeting -- Work Session

Board of Directors Meeting


Monday, Mar. 9, 2020

LOSD Administration Building

Live streaming and archived video of School Board meetings


Agenda Summary:

I. Contract Review Board - 5:45 p.m.

II. School Board Working Session - approx. 6:00 pm


See the full agenda and supporting materials here.

LOSD-City Council to Make Pool Decision

The LOSD School Board and Lake Oswego City Council are holding a joint meeting to make a decision on the proposed recreation aquatic center concept.


Monday, Mar. 16

12-1:30 p.m.

Lake Oswego City Hall


This is a public meeting. All are welcome to attend.

Seeking Nominations for Amazing Kids Awards

Do you know a young person in Lake Oswego who goes above and beyond? Do you know a student who puts the needs of others before themselves, or someone who has overcome hardship but still perseveres to make a difference in their community? The Lake Oswego Review is seeking nominations for its annual Amazing Kids awards.


The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, Mar. 11. Click here for nomination details.


Each year, the Review chooses an outstanding kid from our area and features them in a special magazine all about the work being done by Portland-area youth to make the world a better place. Last year, the Review chose Anushka Nair, a Lake Oswego High School senior who — along with myriad academic and extracurricular achievements — was known for serving others and standing up for diversity and equity within the Lake Oswego School District.


While the nominee may be skilled in academic studies, sports, dance, music or other disciplines, community service will be one of the primary criteria considered.


Nominees can be enrolled as a student at a private, public or charter school, or be home-schooled, but they must be in elementary, middle or high school, and they must live in the Lake Oswego area.

Graphic promoting committee applications

Interested in getting involved? If so, consider serving on one of the district and board-appointed advisory committees. As part of its continuous efforts to increase communication with the public and to provide for citizen involvement, the School Board appoints advisory committees to consider matters of district-wide importance. Committees meet monthly, September through May.



Committee members are appointed to serve two-year terms, except SSPAC is three-year term. For terms beginning in June 2020, please complete and submit the attached application to the chair of the committee or principal of the SAC of interest to you by Friday, April 3. Applications will be reviewed, and recommendations sent to the Board for appointments on Monday, April 27. Applicants will be notified by the following week.

Foundation Accepting Board Applications

Are you interested in contributing to a dynamic volunteer organization dedicated to advancing our community's commitment to educational excellence? Please consider applying for the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation Board of Directors.


The Foundation is seeking parents/guardians, students and community residents to serve on its Board of Directors. Board members must demonstrate a commitment to the Foundation, the School District and the Lake Oswego community.


The term for new board members will begin June 2020. Board members commit to a two-year term and may serve up to three terms. Please click HERE to download. The application provides more information about being a board member.


Interested people should submit applications by Friday, March 6, 2020. The Nominating committee will review applications and conduct interviews in March. Please send your completed application via email to woolfw@loswego.k12.or.us or mail it to Lake Oswego Schools Foundation, PO Box 70, Lake Oswego, OR 97034.

Registration Open for All New Students

Help spread the word! Online registration is open as of Jan. 22 for all students who will be new to LOSD in the 2020-2021 school year. If you know anyone who is new to the area, please be sure to tell them.
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Military Service Academy Information Day

One of Congressman Kurt Schrader's job is nominating young men and women from Oregon to the Service Academies. Students, parents, and teachers are invited to join Schrader to learn more about the application process to attend out nation's Service Academies. Congressional staff and academy liaisons will be present to answer questions.


Saturday, Mar. 7

10 a.m. - Open house

11 a.m. - Formal program begins

Inza Wood Middle School,

11055 SW Wilsonville Rd.

Wilsonville, OR 97070

Hunger Fighters Could Use Donations

Hunger Fighters operates a food pantry in Lake Oswego that provides basic food and hygiene items at no charge to families and individuals in the Lake Oswego community. The pantry could user more donations; it accepts ALL non-expired donations, but the most needed items right now are:


Canned pears, peaches, pineapple
White and brown rice, rice meals (i.e. Rice-A-Roni)
Pasta sauce
Tomato paste, tomato sauce and diced tomatoes
Canned chicken
Cereal
Mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup
Peanut butter and jam

Toothpaste and floss

TP and paper towels


Donations can be delivered on Saturdays between 1-3 p.m. The pantry operates out of the house that is green, which is located behind the Lake Oswego High School campus, 2301 Hazel Rd, Lake Oswego, OR 97035.

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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

SafeOregon

Parents 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.)

Subscribe to Lake Oswego Schools App

Stay connected to the district and your school(s) and receive urgent notifications by subscribing to the Lake Oswego Schools App.

What's New at Community School?

The LOSD Community School offers enrichment and athletic programs, and activities for students of all ages including robotics, STEM, arts, language, and theater.


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