May 17, 2021 - Edition 21
Superintendent Finalist Visiting Mt. Angel on Monday May 17th
The superintendent search is down to two finalists. There is a Superintendent Finalists Day in the Community scheduled for Monday, May 17th. The public will be able to meet the candidates 5:30-6:45pm, at Kennedy High School. The event will also be streamed live for anyone unable to join in person. More details can be found on the district website. We encourage you to attend and provide feedback for the selection of your next leader.
District Planning for a Return to 5 Full Days of Instruction in September
As we continue to plan for next year we are focusing of a full day of instruction, in-person, 5-days per week. The district is also working on recruiting and encouraging students to enroll early for next year. Early registration is scheduled to be available online by June 1, 2021. MASD has adopted a calendar that reflects the 2019-2020 calendar, before the pandemic. Restrictions continue to be lifted as cases of COVID-19 decrease and people getting vaccinated increases. We are hopeful of returning to some level of normalcy by Fall. ODE is working on guidance for next year. Unfortunately, we will not likely receive the final guidance until early August. Nonetheless, we are optimistic about great things for students in the upcoming school year. During the last week of school year, schools will be collecting Chromebooks and Jet Packs (hot spots) during the last days of school. When returning devices remember to include all charging cables. Chromebooks will be reissued to students needing them for summer school. All devices not returned will be disabled. More details still to come from individual buildings.
Face Coverings Guidance Remains Unchanged for Schools
Yesterday the CDC announced reduced requirements for wearing face coverings and distancing. Governor Brown shared, "Nothing is changing for schools this school year, and I expect education staff and students to continue to wear masks and physically distance, as outlined in our Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance." This also applies to all other individuals on school campus, including but not limited to: family members, volunteers, visitors, SROs, and other partners. ODE quickly followed up the announcement with reiterating the Governor’s message.
District Preparing for Comprehensive Summer Programs
District is Collecting Chromebooks and Jet Packs
During the last week of school year, schools will be collecting Chromebooks and Jet Packs (hot spots) during the last days of school. When returning devices remember to include all charging cables. Chromebooks will be reissued to students who may them for summer school. All devices not returned will be disabled. More details still to come from individual buildings.
Mt. Angel School District Summer Food Service Program
MASD Foodservice program will be providing meals this summer similar to last summer as grab and go. The summer program will begin July 6 and run through August 20, 2021. Breakfast and lunch can be picked up between the hours of 11:30 am – 12:30 pm for children through age 18 at no charge.
Exciting foodservice news for next school year!
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a broad range of flexibilities to allow school meal programs to return to serving health meals in fall 2021 as part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to reopen school safely.
Schools nationwide will be allowed to serve meals through USDA’s National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option (SSO), which is typically only available during the summer months. This option maintains the nutrition standards of the standard school meal programs – including a strong emphasis on providing fruits and vegetables, milk, whole grains, and sensible calorie levels, while allowing schools to serve free meals to all children!
Sports Activities are at the Top of Their Game
Softball and Baseball are undefeated and league champs, again. Playoffs are this week. State Track is next weekend. Season 4 has started slowly, but overlaps with Season 3 playoffs. Middle School will not have basketball this spring due to lack of gym space and availability.
OSAA has been updated for schools. You can access new COVID-related sports information on the OSAA Website.