Rocketeer Newsletter

Rock Creek Elementary- January 21, 2021

Newsletter for Rock Creek Elementary

Rock Creek Elementary School is a community on a mission to develop compassionate, responsible, lifelong learners. We strive to cultivate thinking, and inquiry that empowers students to engage in a changing world.

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Mark your Calendar

Dates to Remember


01/21 Library Curbside Pick-Up 11:00 am-12:00 pm

01/25 Library Curbside Pick-Up 2:30-4:00 pm

01/25 Just Right Books for 1st & 2nd Grade Pick-up 2:30-4:00 pm

01/26 Picture Day (3-6 pm by appointment only)
01/27 Principal Chat (Zoom) 11 am -12 pm (New Date)

01/27 Library Book Bus (See info below) Special Guest: Mr. Bigham, PE Teacher

01/27 Juice It Up Fundraiser (See Flyer below)

01/28 Library Curbside Pick-Up 11:00 am-12:00 pm


02/01 Library Curbside Pick-Up 2:30-4:00 pm

02/01 Just Right Books for 1st & 2nd Grade Pick-up 2:30-4:00 pm

02/03 Library Book Bus (See below for stop information)

02/04 Library Curbside Pick-Up 11:00 am-12:00 pm


02/08 Library Curbside Pick-Up 2:30-4:00 pm

02/08 Just Right Books for 1st & 2nd Grade Pick-up 2:30-4:00 pm

02/10 Library Book Bus (See below for stop information)

02/11 Library Curbside Pick-Up 11:00 am-12:00 pm

02/11 PTC Zoom Meeting

02/12 Report cards available on ParentVue

02/15 SCHOOL CLOSED- President's Day

02/17 Synchronous Day (Monday Specials Schedule)

02/17 Library Book Bus (See below for stop information)

02/18 Library Curbside Pick-Up 11:00 am-12:00 pm

02/22 Library Curbside Pick-Up 2:30-4:00 pm

02/22Just Right Books for 1st & 2nd Grade Pick-up 2:30-4:00 pm

02/24 Staff Work Day- NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

02/24 Zoom Kindergarten Orientation 2:00 pm

02/25Library Curbside Pick-Up 11:00 am-12:00 pm

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Dear Rock Creek Families,

What a time we live in! As I write this, I am reflecting on watching the inauguration of our 46th President with my youngest son. We watched the children and family version that was streaming. He was very interested in the pets of the first families. It's always so telling what children choose to focus on!

Whether or not students watched the inauguration, there are many ways for them to process this historical event. When I speak with students, I enjoy hearing their enthusiasm and positivity, their hopes and dreams. If your children are interested, I would like for them to consider writing a short speech aimed at their “hopes for the United States of America." If they would like to share this with me (email is easiest:, I would love to connect with them and continue the conversation.

We have so much to be grateful for in our Rock Creek School. Thank you for taking an active role in supporting your at home learners. We look forward to returning to in-person school as soon as possible.

Thank you for your support,


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Dorian will be taking individual photos for our school on January 26th. Do not delay, please schedule your appointment today! If you need a picture form, they will located by the library book drop-off tub by the left front doors of the school Monday thru Friday thru January 26th.

APPOINTMENTS ARE REQUIRED and can be scheduled using the link below. Please come to the undercover area behind the school to check-in and ensure you are wearing a face mask and practice social distancing. If you are early, please remain in your car until 3 minutes prior to your appointment time. When you arrive we ask that you wear your face mask until your appointment starts.

Our photographer will also be wearing a mask and we will be sanitizing often. Please wait until picture retake day if you are having any COVID-type symptoms.
If you are not able to join us for pictures this time please know we will be back at school for retakes later this year and are happy to take your photo at that time.

The link to the signup is

Pre-Order Pictures Today!
You have the ability to pre-order pictures only by visiting and searching for your school name. Your online order can be placed now and up to four (4) days after picture day.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our Customer Advocate Team by email at or by phone at (800) 826-3535. We look forward to seeing you soon!



New Office Contact Hours

The school office staff will be available for pickup or drop-offs during the following hours only:

Mondays: 2 pm -4 pm

Tuesday -Friday: 10 am -12:00 pm

Office staff will be available by phone 503-356-2452 and email 8:00 am -4:00 pm Monday thru Friday.

Please note: These hours may be subject to change depending on what is happening with the metrics.

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Fundraiser at Juice it up
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Square 1 Art is excited to partner with your child's school to celebrate creativity and raise funds for the school. The Square 1 Art art project provides you the opportunity to purchase keepsakes and gifts featuring your child's art. Every order will profit your school.

This year, our Square 1 Art fundraiser is virtual. Some teachers may choose to create an art project for Square 1 Art with their class. Families are welcome to create more than one art project, involve any child from your home, and create art with more than one artist! If you need paper, it is located by the library book drop off in front of the school. If you have questions, email Leda Mareth at

Our Virtual Art Project will keep your child creative at home with 3 Easy Steps:

1. Create Art

• Lesson Plan: Your own ideas or use one of ours.

• Art Dimensions: At least 8.5 in X 8.5 in. Use Our Art Paper

• Get the Best Results: View our Art Do's & Dont's

Download Art Paper

2. Photograph & Upload your Art to

• Go Outside Natural light is best and avoid shadows.

• Be Directly Overhead Get the best photo possible.

• Edit & Crop Make your art perfect

Art Upload is due 2/22/2021

Upload Your Art

3. Shop for Keepsakes

• Remember, every order profits your school.

Parent's Portal

Your One-Stop Shop for everything you need for your project including instructional videos, printable lessons and helpful links.

Go to the Parent's Portal

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Help us get the word out: It’s almost time to register for Kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year. Children need to be 5 years of age by Sept. 1, 2021, to be eligible for Kindergarten next school year.
Please call the office at 503-356-2452 to place your student on our email list.
Zoom Kindergarten Orientation has been tentatively scheduled for February 24th at 2:00 pm and May 5th at 10:00 am.



Dear Families,

Thank you for your patience as we navigate TAG/Summa testing during the 2020-21 school year. The following updates have been made to our current Identification processes to reflect comprehensive distance learning and research on test score stability.

TAG/Summa Testing

  • TAG testing for students nominated by parents or teachers will occur in the spring

  • Current 5th graders will have the opportunity to qualify for Summa by testing in late spring/summer

  • Outdoor testing opportunities for TAG/Summa will also be available in early summer

  • Current 3rd and 4th graders will take reading and math achievement tests (ITBS) in the fall

  • Current 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders will take a cognitive ability (CogAT) screener test in fall

  • In addition to national norms, local norms will be explored for TAG/Summa identification

Summa Qualifying Tests and Criteria

  • No change in admission criteria, only tests used

  • Results from full version CogAT tests (composite score ) in grades K-5 can be used to qualify for Summa

  • Results of achievement tests in grades 3-5 can be used to qualify for Summa

    • Oregon Statewide Assessment System (OSAS) Language Arts and Math tests

    • ITBS/Logramos Reading and Math tests (total scores)


  • Testing opportunities will be posted on the BSD TAG page as they become available

  • Invitations to test will be sent via School Messenger prior to testing dates

  • Summa eligible students will be notified before January 15, 2021

Please direct questions to Heidi Hanson, or 503-356-4548.

Estimadas familias,

Gracias por su paciencia mientras administramos los exámenes TAG/Summa durante el año escolar 2020-21. Se han realizado las siguientes actualizaciones a nuestros procesos de identificación actuales para reflejar el aprendizaje a distancia y la investigación sobre la estabilidad de la puntuación de los exámenes.

Exámenes TAG / Summa

  • Los exámenes TAG para los estudiantes nominados por los padres o maestros ocurrirán en la primavera

  • Los estudiantes actuales de 5º grado tendrán la oportunidad de ser considerados para el programa Summa mediante el examen a fines de la primavera/verano

  • Las oportunidades de exámenes al aire libre para TAG/Summa también estarán disponibles a principios del verano

  • Los estudiantes actuales de 3º y 4º grado tomarán exámenes de rendimiento en lectura y matemáticas (ITBS) en el otoño

  • Los estudiantes actuales de 2º, 3º y 4º grado tomarán un examen de evaluación de habilidades cognitivas (CogAT) en otoño

  • Además de las normas nacionales, se explorarán las normas locales para la identificación de TAG/Summa

Exámenes y criterios de calificación de SUMMA

  • No hay cambios en los criterios de admisión, solo se utilizan exámenes

  • Los resultados de los exámenes CogAT en los grados K-5 se pueden usar para calificar para el programa SUMMA

  • Los resultados de los exámenes de rendimiento en los grados 3-5 se pueden usar para calificar para el programa SUMMA

    • Exámenes de literatura y matemáticas del Sistema de Evaluación Estatal de Oregón (OSAS)

    • ITBS/Logramos


  • Las oportunidades de exámenes se publicarán en la página BSD TAG a medida que estén disponibles.

  • Las invitaciones para el examen se enviarán a través de School Messenger antes de las fechas del examen.

  • Los estudiantes elegibles para Summa serán notificados antes del 15 de enero de 2021

Dirija sus preguntas a Heidi Hanson, o al 503-356-4548.



Hello Filmmakers!

The Signal to Noise Festival is on for 2021!

Important Dates:

Film Entries are due Monday, March 29, 2021

Online Awards Ceremony/Festival - Thursday, May 20, 2021

Click link for information!

Signal to Noise Information

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Teachers often send home supply items that students need throughout the school year. (Especially grades K-2). We try to schedule pick-up times during the library book bundle pick-up times. Mondays 2:30-4:00 pm and Thursday 11:00 am-12:00 pm. Please check teacher newsletters and the Rocketeer for grade level pick-up days. If you cannot make it during the listed times, please contact the school office 503-356-2452

For example:

Last Wednesday, 2nd grade teachers rode the Book bus handing out packets. If you did not meet with them to get a packet, please call and see if it is available at school. The office is open for pick-up on Monday 2-4 and Tuesday thru Friday 10 to 12. (except no school days).


Immunizations are required by state law for children and students in attendance at public and private schools, preschools, child care facilities and Head Start programs in Oregon. Nearly every facility that provides care for a child outside the home requires immunizations or a medical or non-medical exemption to remain enrolled.

Children who are not up-to-date on their immunizations by February 17, 2021 will be excluded from school until their immunizations are updated. During Comprehensive Distance Learning, that means students will be put on a list and will not be allowed on campus for any reason until they’re up-to-date (i.e. no limited-in-person activities, no hybrid learning, no in-person learning, no athletics, no school events).

Keeping children up-to-date on immunizations will help schools transition safely and quickly to in-person learning when they’re able.

Students and families in the Beaverton School District may access immunizations at both the Beaverton School-Based Health Center and the Merlo School-Based Health Center in addition to their own health care providers.

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For our January assembly we want to share with each other how we stay out of the Blue Zone during the long, cold, and gloomy days of winter. There are many things you can do to help yourself stay out of the Blue Zone. For the next couple of weeks Miss Solberg and Ms Jusko will be sharing with you many ways of doing this.

Please take some time before January 21 to do something that makes you feel happy during these long, cold, and gloomy days of winter. Take a picture of yourself (and your family if they want to be included) doing your activity or you could make a short video (no more than 1 minute and taking with the camera being held horizontally). I will include as many of them as I can in the assembly which will come out on the 28th of January. You can email you pictures or videos to

Here are a few ideas from Seattle's Children Hospital:

  1. Create a nature book: Grab a camera, colored pencils, glue and a notebook and explore nature. Have kids write down observations and draw pictures of plants and animals. Collect twigs, leaves and flowers and glue them in the nature book. See how many plants a child can collect and take lots of pictures to document the places you explore.
  2. Go on a scavenger hunt: Make a list of items – pinecones, rocks, seeds, etc. Take a basket and collect the items on the list. Be sure to cross out each item you find. Add descriptors to the list as well – something smooth, rough, brown.
  3. Take a night hike: All you need is a flashlight or headlamp, warm clothes and walking shoes. Get the family together and take a night hike around the neighborhood.
  4. Collect rocks: Collect various rocks for rock crafts. All you need is glue, paint, and wiggle eyes.
  5. Watch for wildlife: Grab binoculars, a magnifying glass and a pencil and paper and go for a wildlife watch. Have kids draw the animals they discover.
  6. Go on a color hunt: Grab a couple of color swatches and take the family on a “color hunt.” Help kids write down the color and name of each item and draw a picture of each find.
  7. Take a bike ride: Take a family bike ride around the neighborhood. Make sure the whole family wears helmets!

If you don't want to go outside, try these activities:

  1. Create something that makes you happy.
  2. Snuggle up under a warm blanket and read a book.
  3. Cook your favorite treat.
This is just a few ideas. I am sure you can come up with some great activities. I can't wait to see what you do to stay out of or get out of the Blue Zone!

Marjorie (Marjie) Downing
Technology Instructor
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Being outside has proven to lower stress and heart rate. It also improves mood and mental health. This is especially true when we are in green spaces. How lucky we are to live in one of the greenest states in the US! Spending just 20 minutes in a park or any green space (as simple as your backyard), is enough and no exercise is necessary! Even though we are amid gloomy weather, getting outside with your kids for just 20 minutes can help all of you feel calmer and at ease.

Michelle Solberg, Counselor
Rock Creek Elementary School
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Conversation about race Spanish version
conversation about race English version
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OBOB battles are starting next week! Reminder emails will go out to team parents. Email if any questions: Happy battling!
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The PTC is looking for volunteers to help facilitate Zoom social clubs for students in the 4th and 5th grade. The clubs will be offered weekdays, after school (full details to come). Volunteers would be in Zoom breakout rooms with the kids during the club time, facilitating conversation and club activities. Club topics may include: video game chat, arts and crafts, book club, sports talk... or other idea you may have! Email the Michele Simantel, the volunteer coordinator at to sign up and for more details.

All Rock Creek Parents are automatically members of the Parent Teacher Club (PTC). The PTC is a great way to learn about the exciting things happening at Rock Creek. There are tons of ways to get involved! Connect with the PTC at our meetings, on Facebook, via text message (text: @rcptcto 81010 to join) and through our website. Also, we just joined Instagram - follow us at @RockCreekPTC!

Reminder: This information provided is for Rock Creek Elementary School students and families only. It is to be used only for personal use. This information may not be sold, distributed, shared, or used for monetary or professional gain in anyway. This Digital Directory is a collection of information provided voluntarily by parents and guardians with their permission to share in our school. This information is protected by federal student privacy laws.

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Supports for Families

We at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University recognize that in these unprecedented times you are working hard to support your child’s literacy learning at home as best you can. We want to help. To that end, we have created free offerings for families. We hope these will bring more joy into home literacy learning. We will be adding to these regularly; check this page for updates and additions!

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It has been great to see many of you during our library checkout times. Please make sure when you are returning books that you look for a Rock Creek or any other Beaverton School District school barcode. I have been receiving books that come from your own libraries and I can't always figure out who to return them to.

Don't forget if you want specific books to place a hold. I have instructions on how to do that in my virtual library.

Hope to see you soon

Mrs. Hilger

Book Bus Schedule and Curbside Pick-Up Times

(This Schedule is also on the Rock Creek Website. Click on Academics & then Library Bus & Curbside Check Out!)


Special Guest on Book Bus on 1/27/21 P.E. Teacher Mr. Bigham!!

Library Book Bus Stops (Each stop will last about 20 minutes)

1:35 pm NW Elk Run Dr @ NW 177th Pl

2:02 pm NW Holcomb Dr & NW Millstone Way
2:28 pm NW Buckboard Dr @ Mid Block
2:57 pm NW Deerfield Dr & NW 180th Pl

3:27 pm NW Rock Creek Blvd @ NW Mahama Way (East Entrance)

Please wear a mask and bring a book bag!

If you don't know how to place a hold here is a short video.

Placing a Hold in Destiny

Curbside Library Book Check-Out

Please wear a mask and bring a bookbag.

Mondays 2:30 - 4:00

Thursdays 11:00 - 12:00

Returning Library Books and Devices- Please ring the doorbell if returning a device.

Rock Creek will have a book return bin waiting for your books outside the main office doors,

Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm.

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January Wiser Kids K-5 Newsletter

You can subscribe here.

January's issue features:

Current Services at Cedar Mill & Bethany Libraries

STEM for School Age Kids: Books with activities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics for kids.

Picture Book Biographies About Ground Breaking Females: New picture book biographies about women and girls who have done extraordinary things.

Picture Books for Lunar New Year: Celebrate Lunar New Year!

Multi-Age Family Read Alouds: Great read alouds for families with kids 8 and up.

Parenting Power: New titles in the Parenting Collection.

How to Search by IRLA Reading Level: This video shows you how to search the WCCLS catalog for IRLA books.

Virtual Read to the Dogs program for beginning or struggling readers with DoveLewis Canine Therapy Team!

Cedar Mill Library OBOB Page: Find OBOB practice questions and OBOB Trivia Grades 3-5 on Kahoot!

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Check out this link for fun enrichment Ideas. It is updated every Friday with new activities.
Enrichment Ideas
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Nurse News: Immunizations and Flu

A reminder from your School Nurse to please ensure your child is up to date on all immunizations. Any child not up to date on immunizations will be excluded from on-campus activities and/or learning on exclusion day (February 17th, 2020) until immunizations are complete. Please contact your health care provider and start any immunization "catch up” your child may need now. Vaccines are also available through Virginia Garcia and Neighborhood Health School Based Health Centers, or find another location at

Be a Flu Fighter this year! Cold and flu season has arrived, and this is a great time to get your flu vaccines. There are many flu vaccine options to choose from, but the most important thing is that all people 6 months and older get a flu vaccine every year. Talk with your provider about which flu vaccine is best for you and your children.

Take everyday actions to stop the spread of germs. Wash your hands often with soap and water, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and wash your hands often with soap and water. If you become sick, limit your contact with others to keep from infecting them.

Please feel free to contact your school nurse at with any questions. Your school nurse can also provide you with additional resources about vaccinations and other health topics. To learn more about adolescent vaccines, please visit the CDC’s website at

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BSD students in grades K-5 are encouraged to enter the 2nd Annual Walk + Roll Art Contest. This year’s theme is “Places We Love to Walk + Roll.” The deadline to enter is January 29. The grand prize is a new bicycle from WashCo Bikes. Visit for contest details.

Resolve to Be More Active!

January is the perfect time to build new healthy habits. Try to incorporate a walk or bike ride into your daily routine. The CDC recommends children get 60 minutes of daily physical activity.

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The District has more than 10,600 library books that are overdue or lost. In addition, we have more than 2,200 textbooks and devices (those that are NOT currently being used for Comprehensive Distance Learning) that also need to be returned. Some of these items are likely under your student’s bed or sitting in a backpack.

We desperately need to recover these items or the associated fines for the lost items. Only then can schools begin to replace books and devices for future use.

Please search for overdue and lost items: library books, textbooks from last school year and school-issued devices (iPads, Chromebooks) that your student isn’t currently using. Search your in-box, too, for any emails from ( or (, which will indicate that your student has a missing item.

Then return that item to any BSD school. You have several options: (Please arrive in a mask.)

  • Return items to your school during regular school hours. Some schools also may offer evening drop-off hours. Check with your school’s newsletter for additional drop-off hours and directions.

  • Return items to any Library Book Bus stop. See schedule and map for days and times.

  • Pay lost fine through the district’s Online Payment System.

If you’ve already returned materials or items were left in classrooms last spring, please contact your school library staff via email to let them know. Library materials are quarantined for up to one week before being checked in, so it will take time for fines to be resolved in InTouch accounts.

Thank you for helping us get resources back to our schools so that they can be re-distributed to those students who need them.

Open Enrollment for the 2021-2022 School Year

The Open Enrollment application window for the 2021-22 school year is now open.

Applications will be accepted from Monday, December 7 through Friday, January 22 at 2 p.m. Applications are available online, at each school and at the District Office. Completed applications should be returned to the school for which the student is applying.

Beaverton and Southridge High Schools each have 50 open slots. There are no open slots available at elementary or middle schools. Principals will make the final determination as to what grade levels will be filled with these Open Enrollment slots. For more information, please visit the Open Enrollment webpage.
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New Name- Clothes for Kids

The district-run Clothes for Kids is now open. Appointments are required. To schedule, please use the "book appointment" button, or call 503-356-4322. Visits are limited to one adult with four children or two adults with 8 children. All visitors must wear masks. If you don't have your own, we'll provide one.

Clothes for Kids is located in the portable on the west side of the District Administration Center, 16550 SW Merlo Road.

Donations now accepted

Donations of new and gently used clothing are being accepted during business hours. Donation bins are located in front of the portables.

Most urgent needs:

  • new Men's small/medium/large boxer/boxer briefs and boy's medium/large/extra-large boxer/boxer briefs

  • New/gently-used boys' and girls' pants/jeans in sizes 4T-12/14; urgent need for boys' size 4T-8 pants/jeans

  • New underwear in adult men's and women's sizes for middle and high school students

  • Sports bras

  • Department store shopping bags with handles

Please call Volunteer Services at 503-356-4443 to schedule lost and found drop-offs.

Donation bins available:

Monday - Friday

Regular District Business Hours

Student Testing on Hold

Due to the Governor’s “freeze,” all planning for testing (Summa/SAT/ACT) is on hold until further notice.

Inclement Weather Information During CDL

All classes and school schedules will continue on time in Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL), even if district facilities are closed due to inclement weather. In other words, we will not have any "snow days" in CDL.

If district facilities are closed, any on-site classes/programs including Limited In-Person Instruction (LIPI) will be canceled. All daytime and evening activities/events also will be canceled. For more information, please visit the Inclement Weather Information webpage.
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Click on the link to find Important Information we've included in previous Rocketeers. Here are the topics:

Click here for all information listed above- Family Resources & District Information During CDL
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Assistance for Families

During these changing times, we are aware that some families may experience loss of income or a reduction in income.

Our counselor, Michelle Solberg can help connect families with resources 503-356-2454 or

Families can directly contact The Pantry
Their hours are Tuesdays 3-6 pm (Drive-Thru)

They are located at 4470 NW 185th Ave

Portland, OR 97229

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Technology Information

Student help Desk Information
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Rock Creek School

4125 NW 185th Ave

Portland OR 97229

Main Office-503-356-2450


Fax- 503-356-2455

Principal: Tiffany Wiencken

Keep Rock Creek safe: report any student safety threats to SafeOregon. Tips can be reported by phone or text (844-427-3367), email (, or online ( For more information, visit

The District prohibits discrimination and harassment based on any basis protected by law, including but not limited to, an individual's actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national or ethnic origin, marital status, age, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, familial status, economic status, veteran status, or because of a perceived or actual association with any other persons within these protected classes.
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