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LOSD News • April 17, 2020

In this Message:

Message from the Superintendent

Distance Learning: A Sample Instructional Day

Grades and Assessments

Senior Graduation Plans

Boundary Changes Put On Hold

Bond Update: Forest Hills and Lake Grove

Board-Appointed Committee Applications Due Today

SSPAC Positions Open

Seeking Volunteers To Help Teach Computer Science

Foundation Board Applications Extended

Kindergarten Registration Due May 1

Distance Learning Resources

Tech Support & Devices

Be Sure to Wear Face Coverings at School Pickups

Meal Service for All Students in Need

Hunger Fighters Update

Emergency Childcare

School Counselors Available for You

Reminder: School Fields and Tracks Closed

Restricting Access Inside Schools

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Message from the Superintendent

The news of schools being closed through the remainder of the school year has been difficult for all of us. We miss you! Thank you for coming together as a community as we meet this challenge together. The closure of schools will naturally continue to generate questions, and we are committed to providing you with timely updates. While there are many uncertainties, I encourage all of us to confront our current reality with calmness and reason, and more importantly, to extend care and support for each other and compassion for those in need. I wish everyone health and safety. I hope you will take a few minutes to view the video message below. Although we are apart, I know that we remain together as a community.

Please click here for a video message.

Distance Learning: A Sample Instructional Day

It is important for us all to understand the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) guidance for Distance Learning instructional days, which public school districts must follow, to accommodate various circumstances at home.

LOSD created a framework from the ODE guidance to help families know what to expect and how best to support your students and their teachers. Please click here for sample instructional days by grade level for students in LOSD.

Grades and Assessments

These remaining months of school count for all students who are working to fulfill credits towards graduation and progressing to the next grade level. The only difference is that teachers will award a Pass or Incomplete credit instead of a letter grade in June.

This grading system is a mandate from ODE for students in grades 9-11. At this time until further notice, LOSD is applying the grading changes for our students in grades K-11.

Following is more information from frequently asked questions:

High school students will be awarded a Pass (P) or Incomplete (I) for their second semester grades this year. The work completed in the third quarter will count towards a Pass or Incomplete for the second semester. A Pass or Incomplete does not factor into a student's grade point average; a pass may earn a credit towards graduation.

A current high school student's cumulative GPA will be based on a division of seven semesters, not eight. A GPA is also impacted by how many courses a student will take in future semesters, plus any AP or honors courses with a weighted grade scale.

For student-athletes' eligibility, please click here for the latest update from NCAA Eligibility Center in response to Covid-19.

For more information on diplomas, grading and assessments for all grade levels, please click here.

Senior Graduation Plans

Seniors have been on the minds and in the hearts of all in our community, with many thinking about graduation. Here is what is being planned for the Class of 2020:

  • Mark the official day of commencement (May 28/29) with a video that expresses the feelings shared by each other. We’ve considered many ideas about replicating our graduation ceremony virtually. With more than 300 graduates at each high school, a remote production becomes cumbersome and loses its charm quickly. Instead, we plan to wait until seniors can gather together.

  • Bring seniors together for a live graduation ceremony on our high school fields, likely in July. Event attendance will be limited, based on physical distancing requirements at that time. It will be live streamed for all to observe.

  • Honor senior awards and recognitions with a pre-recorded video created with teachers and recipients participating. This video will be keep-sake quality.

  • Additionally, student leaders and faculty are hard at work creating memorable videos that will involve our students throughout the months and weeks leading up to graduation. While we cannot be together physically, these creations give us an outlet to express ourselves and connect with one another.

High school principals will continue to provide more specific updates to seniors and their families.

Boundary Changes Put On Hold

As discussed at this week's School Board meeting, LOSD is holding off on making any boundary changes for the 2020-2021 school year.

The uncertainties, impacts and hindrances caused by the Covid-19 stay home orders make it an extremely difficult and insensitive time to move students, staff and families. Right now, the sole focus of our LOSD team needs to be on providing the best possible teaching, learning and service during this time.

The decision to pause on boundary changes is not a reflection of the Boundary Review Committee's work. Quite the opposite. LOSD believes strongly in the need to adjust boundaries for the long-term benefit of our elementary schools. All of the work leading up to this point will continue to inform the district and School Board when the discussion is revisited next fall. The district’s intention is to make a decision by next winter to allow our school communities ample time to prepare for any boundary changes.

While we wait to make boundary changes, the district is committed to providing more equitable experiences at each elementary school, including additional support for the larger schools. This discussion will continue throughout the spring and summer as we prepare to welcome everyone back to school next year.

Bond Update: Forest Hills and Lake Grove

During the quarantine, the LOSD bond team has continued to conduct as much construction work as possible in light of complications caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Unfortunately, due to the continued uncertainty and risks created by Covid-19, LOSD needs to postpone the Forest Hills and Lake Grove capital improvement projects until the summer of 2021. Both projects, originally planned for summer of 2020, have extremely tight timeframes, making successful and timely completion challenging in even the best of circumstances. Delays due to potential additional orders from the state or federal governments, labor inefficiencies, and supply disruptions due to Covid-19 would increase those challenges in ways that would have been difficult, if not impossible, to overcome. Additionally, all standard construction contracts include provisions that primarily transfer increased risks from Covid-19 within the district’s responsibility to overcome or mitigate.

LOSD had received bids for the projects, but after much consideration and disappointment, decided not to move forward with them. LOSD intends to re-issue invitations to bid for both projects late next winer for work during the summer of 2021.

Until further notice, LOSD is continuing with projects already in progress because those school populations would not be displaced by construction delays. The Lakeridge Middle School and Oak Creek communities can stay in their alternative locations as necessary, and instruction time at Hallian could continue during construction.

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Board-Appointed Committee Applications Due TODAY

Applications for board appointed committees are due today. 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 5 p.m. tonight.

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. Applications will be reviewed, and recommendations sent to the Board for appointments.

SSPAC Positions Open

The purpose of the Student Services Parent Advisory Committee is to provide advice and feedback to district staff and the LOSD School Board on issues related to disability. This committee strives to connect special needs families in Lake Oswego with resources, events, and each other to benefit our kids.

The committee strives to have all schools and as many needs as possible represented. The coming year SSPAC is seeking members to fill three positions: one representative from Forest Hills, and two at-large positions (from any school in the district).

If interested in serving on SSPAC, please submit this application to Patrick Tomblin, by April 17.

Seeking Volunteers To Help Teach Computer Science

LOSD is seeking volunteers for the Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS) program. TEALS connects passionate volunteers from the technology industry with our teachers to team-teach computer science at both of our high schools.

Class sessions will occur during the first period of the day, on alternating days, allowing volunteers to "go to work" after volunteering. Volunteers typically work 1-2 times per week.

If you work in tech and would be interested in making a difference in our students’ future success, please contact Grace Waylen ( or apply at Please share this opportunity with technical industry professionals in your network who would be interested in making a difference in our students’ future success.

Foundation Board Applications Extended

Are you interested in contributing to a dynamic volunteer organization dedicated to advancing our community's commitment to educational excellence?

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, LOSD 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, April 24, 2020. The Nominating committee will review applications and conduct interviews the week of April 27, 2020. Please send your completed application via email to

Kindergarten Registration Due May 1

If you have an incoming Kindergarten Student, please click here to register as soon as possible - the registration deadline is May 1.

  • On May 1st, any school that has more age-eligible registered kindergarten students than capacity will conduct a lottery.
  • Lottery Deadline: May 1, 2020.
  • Lottery Tier 1: Applicants with age-eligible siblings currently attending the same resident school will be given priority and will not go into the lottery but MUST register by the May 1 deadline.
  • Lottery Tier 2: Age-eligible registrations received by May 1, 2020.
  • Lottery Tier 3: All registrations (including sibling and early admission) received after May 1, 2020 are subject to availability.
  • Lottery Date: May 6, 2020.
  • Lottery Notification Date: May 8, 2020.
  • All enrollments not selected in the lottery or received after the May 1 cut off, whose school is at capacity, would then be automatically overflowed to other schools in the district.
  • Overflow schools won't be finalized until summer and we will notify families as soon as school assignments are determined.
  • Most families are enrolled and attend at their resident school and are not included in the lottery process.
  • Bus transportation will be provided for overflow students.
  • Early-admission candidates must be assessed and pass the approval process. Approved early-admission students will be placed at the end of the applicant list for placement in their resident school.
  • Any students who are overflowed for kindergarten will return to their home school for first grade.

Distance Learning Resources

New digital materials to support you and your students with distance learning have been created, including two helpful Frequently Asked Questions Infographics:

These and other materials can be found on Distance Learning Resources on, a new central location for resources, instructions and supports while schools are closed.

Tech Support & Devices

Having trouble with your device? Please submit a help request ticket here or go onto if you run into any technology concerns. Your help request ticket will get routed to the best person to assist you with your needs.

Having trouble with student user names and/or passwords? Your school library tech can help -- please click here for their emails.

In need of an instructional device for your student? Please email

Be Sure to Wear Face Coverings at School Pickups

With new guidance from the CDC, everyone involved in meal and device pickups, and other scheduled school visits, must wear face coverings.

Our LOSD nurses have created a "Do's and Don'ts of Cloth Face Coverings and Hand Hygiene" for your reference. Please click here or go to the Health Alert landing page for details.

Meal Service for All Students in Need

LOSD is providing free meal service for all students in need -- no sign-up required. The “grab and go” meals are available for pick up every Monday and Wednesday, between 10:30-11:30, at any one of the following four schools:

  • Lake Oswego High School

  • Lake Grove Elementary School

  • Lakeridge Middle School

  • Lakeridge High School

Recipients may pick up the “grab and go” meals at the front entrance of each school. Students or a parent or guardian may pick up on behalf of a student by showing enrollment ID number or by providing the student’s name. Pick up will be for 2-3 days worth of breakfast and lunch meals.

Hunger Fighter Update

Hunger Fighters is continuing to serve all families in Lake Oswego on Wednesdays between 4-6 p.m. and Saturdays between 1-4 p.m. Please check the Hunger Fighters website for updates and more information. Local businesses and individuals have donated generously, and Hunger Fighters is prepared to serve all in need.

Hunger Fighters gives families food for seven days at a time. Please visit the pantry once a week. The pantry is located in the green house adjacent to Lake Oswego High School. Enter through the school's front driveway off of Country Club Road and follow the signs for the drive-thru pickup service.

Emergency Childcare

LOSD is providing emergency childcare for first responders, emergency workers, health care professionals and all who are working on the frontlines to keep our community safe and whole.

Please call 211, an information service that connects people with health and social organizations, to find available childcare providers in our area and to begin the registration process for this emergency service.

School Counselors Available for You

We care deeply about the social and emotional well being of our community, and want you to know that LOSD school counselors and social workers are available if ever you need them. Please email your school counselor. Or, if your concern is urgent, please call the 24-7 Clackamas County Crisis and Support at 503-655-8585.

Forest Hills, Hayley Drimmel,

Hallinan, Brittany Erspamer,

Lake Grove, Wendy Post,

Oak Creek, Diana Thompson,

Oak Creek, Hannah Dawson,

River Grove, Blaise Hammer,

River Grove, Jodi Pope,

Westridge, Gary Kieser,

Lake Oswego Junior High

Carrie Trullinger (6th grade),

Molly Healy (7th grade),

Emily Gillard (8th grade),

Lakeridge Middle School

Monica Binder (6th grade),

Marcy Watts (7th grade),

Callista Charon (8th grade),

Lake Oswego High School

Molly Clark, (9th grade),

John Benz, (A-Ha, 10th-12th grade),

Michele Tyra, (He-O, 10th-12th grade),

Molly Ferris, (P-Z, 10th-12th grade),

Sina Wibstad, School Social Worker,

Lakeridge High School

Brent Prasnikar (A-Di),

Debra Stevens (Dh-Kh),

Olivia Young (Kl-Pq),

Lee Brown (Pr-Z),

Suzanne McCann, School Social Worker,

Reminder: Outside School Facilities are Closed

Per the Governor’s Stay Home Save Lives executive order, all school campuses in the state of Oregon are closed. That mandate includes outside school playgrounds, courts, fields and tracks. Thank you for your continued cooperation for the safety and well being of all in our community.

Restricting Access Inside Schools

At this time, we cannot allow parents or students to enter school buildings. In a few weeks, we will schedule time for parents and guardians to request access to lockers and desks.

Most district work can be done remotely, but a few essential tasks require an onsite presence. For the safety of our staff and community, people entering schools is restricted to essential staff only.

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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.

(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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