The Current

LOSD News • January 21, 2022

In this Message:

Message from the Superintendent

Graduation Rates Continue to Climb

Starting Elementary School Boundary Review

New Secondary Course Proposals

New Student Registration Open

Kindergarten Counts Kicks Off

LOSD COVID-19 Information:

  • LOSD COVID-19 Dashboard Up to Date
  • Contact Tracing Update
  • New Support Hotline
  • Finding Testing Sites
  • Finding Vaccination Sites

School Board Meeting

DEIAC Meeting

Apply to be a Substitute

Budget Committee Seeking New Members

LO Schools Foundation Board Applications Open

Save the Date: LOSD K-12 Safety Symposium

Rotary's SASEE Award Nominations Open

Community:

  • Lake Oswego Youth Lacrosse Registration
  • Pacer Youth Baseball Registration
  • LOJ Baseball Registration
  • Softball Registration Open
Regular Reminders:
  • What's New at Community School
  • Hunger Fighters: New Pantry Hours
  • Clothing Closet
  • Safe Oregon
  • Get Social with LOSD

Message from the Superintendent

Dr. Jennifer Schiele shares some hope, optimism and gratitude in this month's video message. Thank you for taking a minute to watch "60 seconds with the Superintendent."

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Graduation Rates Continue to Climb

The Oregon Department of Education released graduation rates for the 2017-2018 cohort, also known as the Class of 2021. We are very pleased to share that Lake Oswego schools' rates continue to climb. We also show solid improvement among our focal groups identified in the Student Investment Account (SIA) grant that include students who have Individualized Education Plans and students who are English Language Learners. Congratulations to our graduates and all in our learning community who are making significant, lifelong impacts on students throughout our K-12 system.

Starting Elementary School Boundary Review

LOSD enrollment is trending towards pre-pandemic levels and adjusting elementary school boundaries is being considered to create balance across the district. The elementary boundary review will focus on balancing enrollment between Lake Grove and Oak Creek Elementary Schools starting for the 2022-23 school year. We do not anticipate any other elementary schools being impacted by boundary changes at this time.


We are asking original committee members to pick up where they left off and serve on the 2022 review committee. The committee's charge is to work with the superintendent to develop a recommendation for board action by this April.


The committee will meet over Zoom on Wednesdays in February and March. The meetings will be open for public observation and boundary maps in progress will be shared on the district website under Elementary Boundary Review 2022, linked in this newsletter, and discussed during an open house for formal feedback.


Please look forward to more details available soon.

New Secondary Course Proposals

Two new high school courses have been presented to the School Board for consideration:


Spanish Immersion Senior Seminar, Lakeridge High School

Sustainability (Working Title), Lake Oswego, Lakeridge High School


Proposals for these recommended courses were developed by our department and teacher leadership teams. Upon board action, theses courses will be part of forecasting for the 2022-23 school year. They are year-long elective courses that may be offered in addition to current course offerings.


To view the board discussion and review the proposals, access the January 11 board meeting video, found under meeting archives.

New Student Registration is Now Open

Registration for the 2022-23 school year is now open for new students who have never enrolled in Lake Oswego before and returning students who are not currently enrolled but will re-enroll for next year. LOSD is pleased to offer online registration through its parent portal, ParentVUE (contact your resident school for help with logging in). See the Registration & Verification page of the LOSD website for guidance. Parents do not need to register students for 2022-23 who are currently attending during the 2021-22 school year.

Kindergarten Counts Kicks Off

Do you have a kindergartener entering school for the 2022-23 school year? Be sure to visit your neighborhood elementary school's website for important registration information and be sure to watch the Kindergarten Counts Informational Video.


Registration is also open for Spanish Immersion Kindergarten. The informational video for Spanish Immersion Kindergarten will launch on the Palisades World Language School website next Wednesday, Jan. 27.

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LOSD COVID-19 Dashboard Up to Date

The LOSD COVID-19 Dashboard is up to date with known school exposures -- those who have disclosed being symptomatic and/or testing positive for COVID-19 after being in school during their infectious period.

Contact Tracing Update

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has released new COVID-19 contact tracing and notification recommendations for K-12 settings to lessen the overall burden of contact tracing on K-12 schools, while ensuring school staff and health officials continue tracing and reporting high-risk exposures.


Under the updated guidelines, Oregon will no longer consider masked contact in K-12 settings, including school buses, to be an exposure, regardless of distancing. The updated guidance strongly advises students and staff to maintain physical distancing to the greatest extent possible.

New Support Hotline

Support for members of school communities who test positive for COVID-19 can be accessed through the COVID-19 Case Support Hotline, 866-917-8881, or Positive COVID Test website.

Finding Testing Sites

Finding and scheduling testing is currently a challenge due to a limited supply of COVID-19 tests. Those who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who were exposed to COVID-19 should seek testing through their medical provider or through the community testing sites currently in place in Clackamas County.

Where to Get Vaccinated and Boosted

If you are looking for a COVID-19 vaccine or booster, families can use this easy tool developed by Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) to find a clinic. Families can also schedule an appointment or ask questions by calling the OHSU hotline at 833-647-8222, weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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School Board Meeting

All are welcome to observe the public session remotely.


Monday, Jan. 24

Executive Session 5:00 p.m.

General Session starts after the executive session at approximately 6:00 p.m.

Click here for the agenda posted on district website

Meeting will be held virtually.


Board members will be taking both live and written testimony. Please click here for instructions on how to submit testimony for either way. Notification of live testimony and written testimony is due by Monday, Jan. 24 at 12 p.m.


You can observe the meeting remotely by clicking here.

DEIAC Meeting

All are welcome to observe the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access Committee Meeting remotely.


Tuesday, Jan. 25

6-7:30 p.m.

Click here for the Zoom link on the district calendar

Apply to be a Substitute

Parents, guardians, neighbors -- all are encouraged to apply to be a substitute with LOSD. Days and hours are more flexible than ever.


Go to the district website under CAREERS, click APPLY, find SUBSTITUTES in the left menu, and select the option that meets your qualifications and interest: Licensed (Teachers), Classified (Ed Assistants), Food Services, and Custodial. You will be navigated through the process.

Budget Committee Seeking New Members

LOSD is currently accepting applications for two open positions on the Legal Budget Committee. The Legal Budget Committee consists of members of the LO School Board and five citizen members who are charged with reviewing and approving the budget for the upcoming school year. Citizen members are appointed to three-year terms and typically meet three to four times in the spring.


Click here for an application or visit the district website, Business & Finance Department. Applications are due February 4, by 5 p.m.

Foundation Board Applications Open

Are you interested in contributing to a dynamic volunteer organization dedicated to advancing our community's commitment to educational excellence? Please consider applying for the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation Board of Directors. The Foundation is seeking parents/guardians, students and community residents to serve on its Board of Directors. Please click HERE to access the online application form. Interested people should submit applications by Friday, March 4, 2022.

The Standard Response Protocol

Standard Response Protocol, used in more than 30,000 schools nationwide, is a set of research-based actions/drills designed to prepare for emergency situations. One of the objectives of the program is to use concise language practiced by students, staff and first responders in drills throughout the school year. The five possible actions have directives that are unique to the action.


  • Hold is used to keep staff and students inside classrooms.
  • Secure is used to safeguard students and staff within the building; building entrances are locked and no one is allowed in or out of the building.
  • Lockdown is used to secure individual rooms and keep students quiet and in place.
  • Evacate is used to move students and staff from one location to a different location in or out of the building.
  • Shelter is used for group and self protection.


Click here for more information about the Standard Response Protocol.

Save the Date: LOSD K-12 Safety Symposium

LOSD is hosting our first annual LOSD K-12 Safety Symposium. We are excited to provide this opportunity for parents to learn about safety issues affecting students and actions we can all take to create a safer community. Please save the date and plan to join us.


Thursday, Feb. 24

6:00 p.m.; doors open at 5.30 p.m.

Lakeridge High School

Rotary's SASEE Award Nominations Open

The Rotary Club of Lake Oswego is seeking nominees for the 2022 SASEE Awards, which honor service above self in educational excellence. View the new SASEE Awards Highlights promotional trailer!


Do you know an educator, support staff member, student or citizen who demonstrates a commitment to education through work, projects and activities that emphasize "service above self?" LO Rotary Club wants to recognize and support the people who make education in Lake Oswego exceptional. Click here to submit your nomination.

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Lake Oswego Youth Lacrosse Registration

Registration is open for Spring 2022 Lake Oswego Youth Lacrosse! The program is open to all children around the lake in grades 1-8. Please click here for a registration link and more information about the program.

Pacer Youth Baseball Registration

Pacer Youth Baseball registration is open for the spring 2022 season for grades K-8. Register by March 11, 2022 to secure a spot! For more information and to register, please visit: https://paceryouthbaseball.org/home

Lake Oswego Junior Baseball Registration

Registration for the Lake Oswego Junior Baseball Organization, (JBO) is open for the 2022 Spring Season:

  • Registration will stay open until March 3, 2022.
  • Practices will begin in March and the season runs through July
  • Regular season play is approximately 18 games
  • Practices and games will be held at Waluga and Westlake baseball fields


For more information and to register, please visit: https://www.lakeoswegojbo.com

Softball Registration Open

Lake Oswego Girls Softball registration is open for the Spring 2022 Little League season (rec competition for players ages 4-14). Register by Sunday, January 2 to take advantage of the league's "Winter Special" fee and save $25 per player. Final registration deadline is February 13.


Visit www.lakeoswegosoftball.org for more information.

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What's New at Community School?

The LOSD Community School is offering virtual enrichment programs and activities for students of all ages including culinary, STEM, arts, language, and athletics.


Check out this week's edition.

Hunger Fighters: New Pantry Hours

The Hunger Fighters Food Pantry, located on the Lake Oswego High School campus in the house that is green, has new hours: Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m. and Saturdays from 1-2:30 p.m. Visit the website for more info. www.hungerfightersoregon.org

Back to School Clothes at Clothing Closet

I Love Lake Oswego Clothing Closet is a donation-based closet that provides clothing items and hygiene products for residents, students, and employees that work or live within Lake Oswego.


Open Saturdays

9 a.m.-12 p.m.


Visit https://www.ilovelakeoswego.com for more information.

SafeOregon

Parents-guardians 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 @weareLOSD

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