MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT
During times of conflict in our community and throughout our world, I often think of Charles Dickens and his “A Tale of Two Cities.” Dickens deftly captured the reality of a world simultaneously experiencing amazing progress and complicated challenges when he wrote:
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”
Over 160 years after “A Tale of Two Cities” was published, I believe those words ring even more true in describing our world today.
Between ongoing violence, political unrest and economic stress, there is no shortage of topics to worry over. However, we also witness profound acts of love and kindness every day as our community works together to create better lives for one another.
I think of Dickens’ words as I visit our schools, our students, and our educators. They represent a palpable “spring of hope” filled with learning, purpose, love, and connection.
From the new teacher fresh out of college to our veteran educators who’ve seen generations of students pass through our schools, each brings a unique and valuable perspective. Every time a community volunteer visits our schools to read to students or share a life story, our children gain new insights into the world around them. Everyone in our community, from our staff members and business partners to our School Board members and families, has something to offer.
At the same time, we can all learn from our community’s youth. They see and experience the world in ways vastly different from us. Their lifetime access to nearly limitless information makes them curious and hungry for more, and at times unsatisfied with the status quo. They can push us to grow as we guide and mentor them to become productive members of our community.
This mutual influence among generations presents the opportunity to create a community that values tradition, innovation, empathy and compassion. From Baby Boomers to Alphas, this is our home, and we are building it together. The foundations are laid in our schools, and every person in our community can add a brick in the process. Together, we can ensure our tale is about a thriving community.
To everyone who supports our schools and our community’s future, thank you for sharing your wisdom and love with our children.
Roseburg Public Schools
SCHOOL DISTRICT SCOOP
RHS band wraps up successful season
The 120-member Roseburg High School Marching Ensemble wrapped up a successful season this week, earning record-breaking scores and bringing a little Greek mythology to audiences near and far.
The band took 8th and 10th place in the preliminaries and finals at the Festival of Bands
Northwest Association for Performing Arts Championships at Autzen Stadium in Eugene on Saturday, earning the highest placements and scores on record for RHS in the last 25 years.
At the band’s first competition of the season in Salem, the ensemble took third place of all bands in attendance for both prelims and finals. They were also deemed the second most improving band in the competition, and earned their highest score for an opening competition in over 20 years.
In addition this season, the band performed its “Wrath of Gods” show — inspired by Greek mythology — at the Pride of the Northwest competition in Grants Pass.
If you didn’t get a chance to see these award-winning musicians, you can catch them at the Nov. 11 Douglas County Veterans Day Parade. The parade starts at 11 a.m. in downtown Roseburg.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM AROUND THE DISTRICT
Board recognizes American Education Week
This month, our district marks American Education Week from Nov. 13-17. The Roseburg School Board of Directors signed a resolution to mark this special week, which recognizes public schools as the backbone of democracy, where students prepare for productive futures and as linchpins of our community.
RHS softball field installation continues
Green turf and an orange feather have gone into place at the site of Roseburg High School's new softball field. The district expects Hellas Construction to complete turf installation by Nov. 12.
The field, located behind Finlay Field, is expected to be in usable condition by March in time for the spring softball season. Along with the turf installation, the district plans to install batting cages, a net, dugouts, a scoreboard, bull pens, bleachers, and storage.
Fall athletes shine in academics
Congratulations to the 2023 Fall student-athletes for their dedication on and off the field. The combined GPA of all varsity student-athletes this fall is 3.56, with girls cross-country achieving a combined GPA of 3.94. Over 300 students participated in fall sports this school year.
FROM THE STEAM TEAM: CALLING ALL STEAMOLOGISTS!
Our Elementary School STEAM Team shares the latest updates on science, technology, engineering, arts and math education around the district.
Programming and flying drones are lucrative future jobs for our students. Check out your school’s robotics team and see how you can get involved.
Programming characters and creating mini movies is a great way for students to get introduced to coding. Look for Scratch It app to download for free on your phone or home computer. Log in here.
COMMUNITY PARTNER SHOUT-OUTS
Make a Difference Day a success
Volunteers with Make a Difference Day Douglas County visited Green Elementary School on Saturday to spruce up the school’s stage and garden areas. The project at Green was one of over a dozen volunteer sites included in the annual day of service.
This was the second annual event in Douglas County. The Douglas County Commissioners issued a proclamation in October to observe the fourth Saturday of the month as Make a Difference Day Douglas County. Shout-out to the Make a Difference Day Planning Committee and all the volunteers.
Salud treats school staff
Reading under the lights
Sunnyslope Elementary students got a special experience to kick off their reading program this school year. The school hosted Reading Under the Lights at Bill Gray Legion Stadium, where students had the chance to read books with players on the Umpqua Community College baseball team and cheerleaders from Roseburg High School. The school’s reading program helps encourage students and families to read together.
Commissioners support Farm to School
Students across the district celebrated National Farm to School Month throughout October. One class from Joseph Lane Middle School even attended a Douglas County Commissioners meeting to hear a special proclamation calling attention to the work being done to enrich the lives of local children by farm-to-school educators, volunteers, schools, community supporters, and local farms.
We are grateful for our partnership with Umpqua Valley Farm to School, which works with several schools in our district and beyond to support school gardens, bring nutritious local produce to cafeterias, provide agricultural education, arrange field trips and more.
MEET OUR SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS
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JOIN OUR TEAM!
Classified and licensed openings
We post new positions regularly! Apply online through Frontline Education.
- Assistant Track Coach (three positions), Roseburg High School.
- Wrestling Coach, Joseph Lane Middle School.
- Boys Varsity Basketball Assistant Coach, Roseburg High School.
- Instructional Assistant 1 (6 hours), Learning Resource Center, Sunnyslope Elementary.
- Instructional Assistant 1 (6 hours/temp), Learning Resource Center, Winchester Elementary.
- Instructional Assistant III (7 hours), TurnAround Program, Fullerton IV Elementary.
- Instructional Assistant III (7 hours), Developmental Learning Center, Roseburg High School.
- Food Service Assistant (6 hours/floater), Roseburg High School.
- Food Service Assistant (3 hours), Roseburg High School.
- Food Service Assistant (4 hours), Roseburg High School.
- Mathematics Teacher, Roseburg High School.
- Sixth-Grade Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher, Fremont Middle School.
- Front-Office Secretary (full time), Roseburg High School.
- Special Education Teacher, Learning Resource Center, Eastwood Elementary.
For more information, call Human Resources at (541) 440-4008 or visit our HR page.
COMMUNITY EVENTS AND IMPORTANT DATES
UVA offers youth art programs
The latest Young Artist Studio at Umpqua Valley Arts begins today and continues through Dec. 14. The after-school opportunity for youth in the community includes weekly meetings with a professional artist to learn and practice new skills, connect with other teens and more.
The opportunity is free to all Douglas County youth ages 12-18. Participants will also have the chance for their work to be shown in UVA’s Student Gallery.
UVA is also now accepting submissions for its Bus Shelter Design Contest held in partnership with Umpqua Public Transportation District and Thrive Umpqua. Youth ages 12-18 can participate in the contest, which is open through May 31.
For more information about these youth programs, visit UVA’s website.
Robotics students to host event
Roseburg High School robotics students will host a Paper Airplane Launcher Challenge for children in grades five through nine on Saturday at the Roseburg Public Library.
The event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. is designed to ignite curiosity and spark the engineering spirit. Participants will learn the basics of engineering principles, work with fellow attendees to brainstorm, design and build the perfect launcher, and test their creations in a competition.
The event, which features prizes, will also include lunch.
DHS seeks resource families
Do you feel you have more to give as a parent and want to make a positive impact in your community? The Oregon Department of Human Services needs resource families for children ages 4-18 and families who can take care of sibling groups with a wide range of ages. Children in foster care are too often separated not only from their families but also from their friends, schools, and communities.
By providing foster care, neighbors and other community members can make it possible for a child to stay in the same school and participate in other regular activities such as sports, church, riding bikes with friends and visiting familiar places. To learn more, visit Foster.Oregon.Gov or complete a connect card.
Driver Ed registration to open Monday
Registration for the winter session of Driver Ed will open at 8 a.m. Monday. Students 15 to 17 years old who complete the ODOT-approved course and receive an ODOT-issued certificate of completion can present the card for waiver of the drive test when they apply for a driver license at DMV.
To learn more about course fees and the registration process, visit the Driver Ed page on the Roseburg School District website.