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LOSD News • May 29, 2020

In this Message:

Message from the Superintendent

Diploma Procession Photos

Board Chair Appointed Majority Leader in Oregon State Senate

School Board Open Position Appointment Process

End of Year Survey: Inputs for Planning Reopening

Facilities Planning Survey Input Due Today

Sustainable and Striking Construction Practices at the new LMS

A Full Screen for District-wide SAC Meeting

Meal Service Extending Through June

Verify Your Student's Info Before End of Year

Wellness Team is Here to Help

Tutoring Resources

A Half Marathon for Children

LO Youth Advisory Recruitment

Regular Reminders:

  • Clothing Closet Expands Service
  • Clackamas County Go Teams Ready to Help
  • Safe Oregon
  • Get Social with LOSD
  • Subscribe to Lake Oswego Schools App

Message from the Superintendent

I speak for administrators, teachers, staff and parents of students of all ages when I say seniors have been in our hearts and on our minds since the moment our schools closed.


This week, proclaimed Senior Week in partnership with the City of Lake Oswego, was our time to celebrate our graduates and the indelible mark they've made with us. The week culminated with diploma processions at our high schools. The heartfelt and spirited events were fitting for these extraordinary times. I am proud of everyone involved in making it such a memorable ceremony.


I am most proud of our graduates, who have handled themselves with incredible grace and aplomb. Our future is bright with these young people leading our way. This week may not have been the memory they imagined, but it will always be remembered. Forever the Class of 2020 will be a part of us all.

School Board Chair Rob Wagner Elected Majority Leader in Oregon State Senate

LOSD School Board Chair and Senator Rob Wagner was recently elected Majority Leader of the Oregon State Senate. Because of the demands of his new role during this critical time in our state, Rob is resigning from the LOSD School Board, effective June 22.


During his three year tenure on the School Board, Rob put diversity, equity and inclusion front-in-center as part of the board's decision making process. He helped form the DEI advisory committee. Also, Rob helped pass an increase in the local option Learning Levy which helps fund nearly 15 percent of the district's operating budget.


Please join us in congratulating Rob on his new role, and thanking him for his service.


Please click here for Rob's statement of resignation read at the board meeting on May 26.

School Board Open Position Appointment Process

The LOSD School Board is accepting applications to fill the position made open with Chair Rob Wagner's resignation. The person filling the open position will serve on the board for the next school year; the position will be up for re-election in May 2020 for a four-year term.


Click here for an application.

Applications are due Monday, June 8, by 5 p.m.


The School Board is responsible for appointing a new member to fill Position 2 on the board. Also, per tradition, the board will appoint a new chair for the 2020-2021 year.

End-of-Year Survey: Inputs for Reopening Schools

We are trying to get a pulse on our community's needs and confidences as we make plans for next school year. Please take a minute to complete this end-of-year survey. Your inputs will help inform how we do school next year. Responses are due June 5.


Student and family survey.

Facilities Planning Survey Input Due Today

LOSD bond work continues during distance learning, and the Long Range Facilities Planning Committee is looking towards our future. Please harken back to when we could be inside our schools, and complete the school facility adequacy survey. Thanks for your input.

Sustainable and Striking Construction Practices at the new LMS

When the construction of the new Lakeridge Middle School called for the removal of a number of trees on-site, the project team came up with a sustainable—and striking—solution: Repurpose the tree trunks as structural columns throughout the building. The team collaborated to select, scan, and install our beloved trees in the school’s interior and exterior.


Click here to watch the video to learn how they did it.

A Full Screen at the District-wide SAC Meeting

More than 120 members of our community participated in the Spring District-wide SAC meeting. Participants included members of the School Advisory Committees, as well as other board-appointed committees. Board members shared highlights from the year, and focuses for the next year. Additionally, the Assistant Superintendent of Business Services gave a status update on the budget, and the Superintendent shared learnings and planning resulting from on the pandemic.


Click here for the presentation.


Then, each school SAC met separately to discuss challenges and solutions in helping plans for next year. The perspectives and insights share were much appreciated. Thank you all SAC members for your service, and welcome new SAC members.

Meal Service Extending Through Summer

For the next two weeks, the schedule will remain the same. Monday and Wednesday pick up at all four schools through June 10th.


After that day, starting Monday, June 15, grab-and-go meals can be picked up once a week on Mondays, 10:30-11:30 a.m., from one location at Lake Oswego High School. Students will be able to pick up four days of meals on this single day.


LOSD is able to provide its meal service through June 29.

Verify Your Student's Info Before End of Year

LOSD needs parents/guardians of all students enrolled for the 2020-21 school year to log into ParentVUE and review/update your students' information through the Register/Verify tab. If you tried earlier, the ParentVUE link is working now. 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 contact information has not changed over the past year because the school may have incorrect information from a previous year.
  • Allowing parents to review the health conditions on file at your student's school.
  • Enabling distribution of electronic devices covered by the district's Technology Agreement


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. Please note that verification is not part of the ParentVUE mobile app. However, a button in the app allows you to open verification in a web browser, or you can log into ParentVUE on a computer.

LOSD Wellness Team is Here to Help

The routine of staying at home is tiresome and the effects of social isolation and financial uncertainty are real. LOSD school counselors and social workers are available to help students and families. Please reach out -- click here for emails.


If your concern is urgent, please call the 24-7 Clackamas County Crisis and Support at 503-655-8585.


Also, in Distance Learning Resources is a comprehensive list of resources on social, emotional and mental health supports.

Tutoring Resources

Are you looking for someone to tutor your students? Many people, including students, reach out to LOSD offering assistance. Each year LOSD updates its list of approved tutors. Click here to access that list.

A Half Marathon for Children

Hood-to-Coast Chairwoman and Hallinan parent has organized a fun activity for children in Lake Oswego to run or walk a total of 13.1 miles (a virtual half marathon). Participants are encouraged to spread out their miles over days and weeks to achieve the half marathon goal now through Sept. 1, 2020. Once a parent or guardian registers, kids will receive:


  • PDF with helpful running and walking tips
  • Running/walking miles log to keep track of your awesome accomplishments
  • Super cool finisher medal!


Registration is now open for those interested. Embrace the outdoors and strength through moving.

LO Youth Advisory Recruitment

The City Council seeks your help and cooperation in selecting its youth advisory members for the 2020-2021 school year. Positions are available to current sophomores and juniors who reside within the city limits of Lake Oswego.


There are seven positions available on five advisory boards including the Historic Resources Advisory Board, Library Advisory Board, Sustainability Advisory Board, Transportation Advisory Board, and Parks, Recreation & Natural Resources Advisory Board.

Interested students should submit an application and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member from their school.


Applications can be submitted from April 20 through May 31 on the city website.


Interviews will be held on Thursday, June 11 or Saturday, June 13, with appointments made on July 7.

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Clothing Closet Expands Service

I Love Lake Oswego provides clothing and essential hygiene products to people in need. It has expanded its services to everyone in the community. Families should contact the service through its website, phone or email. Provide your needs and clothing sizes. Volunteers will either deliver the items, or make arrangements for pick up.


Website: www.iLLOclothingcloset.org

Email: info@ilovelakeoswego.com

Call/Text: 503-882-0880

Clackamas County Go Teams Ready to Help

Clackamas County recently developed “Go Teams.” These staff members go out into the community to help individuals and families who are struggling with anxiety, unemployment, grief and a host of other emotional and social problems that are becoming more and more common during this time.


Call Clackamas County Go Teams at 503-655-8585.

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.)

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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