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LOSD News • February 28, 2020

In this Message:

First Annual LOSD Safety Symposium

Elementary Boundary Review Open House

Elementary Transfer Request Guidelines

Continuing to Monitor Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Student Success Act Draft Grant Presented

Unified Championship School Status

Make Your Impact: Apply for a Board-Appointed Committee

Bond Accountability Committee Meeting

Congratulations SASEE Recipients

Last Call! Get Tickets for Foundation Gala

Foundation Accepting Board Applications

Registration Open for All New Students

School-Related Info:

  • Pacer Athletic Club Spring Mixer
  • How to Create Inclusive Communities

Community Info:

  • Military Service Academy Information Day
  • Hunger Fighters Could Use Donations
  • Young Men's Service League New Member Meeting
  • Lake Oswego Youth Lacrosse Registration
  • Lake Oswego Little League Registration
Regular Reminders:
  • Get Social with LOSD
  • SafeOregon
  • Subscribe to Lake Oswego Schools App
  • What's New at Community School?

First Annual LOSD Safety Symposium

Lake Oswego School District is hosting its first annual Safety Symposium.

Tuesday, Mar. 3, 2020

6-9:15 p.m.

Lakeridge High School Auditorium

The Safety Symposium is intended for mature audiences and will provide information and tips from professionals and advocates to help ensure the safety and well-being of our students and schools.

Topics covered in the first annual event will include the dangers of e-cigarettes, secure gun storage and digital safety. Following is the itinerary for the evening:

  • Introduction: John Parke, Director of Safety and Security, LOSD

  • Opening remarks: How the teenage brain makes decisions: Jim Sanders, psychologist and Assistant Director of Student Services, LOSD

  • Dangers of e-cigarettes: Dr. Dean Sidelinger, MD, Oregon State Health Officer

  • Secure gun storage: Megan Busbee, Moms Demand Action; Debbie Lindgren and Katie Spurlock, BeSMART; and Tom O’Connor and Paul Kemp of GOFOR (Gun Owners for Responsible Ownership)

  • Digital (technology, phones and social media) safety tips: Bryan Sheldon, Safety Resource Officer for LOSD, Lake Oswego Police Department

Screening of Intelligent Lives

In partnership with LOSD and West Linn Alliance for Inclusive Community, the West Linn-Wilsonville School District is sponsoring a free showing of "Intelligent Lives," a documentary featuring three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce.

Tuesday, Mar. 3

6 p.m.

Lake Theater, 106 North State Street, Lake Oswego

The showing is free and open to anyone but you must reserve tickets online ahead of time as space is limited.

Elementary Boundary Review Open House

The Boundary Review Committee is hosting its second Open House.

Wednesday, Mar. 4

6-8 p.m.

Lake Oswego High School

The committee will be sharing the current proposed map, answering questions and discussing feedback.

To view the most current iteration of the boundary map (and past drafts), as well as meeting materials, minutes and Frequently Asked Questions, please visit the boundary landing page on

Elementary Transfer Request Guidelines

LOSD recently clarified guidelines for requests to attend an elementary school outside of your residency school boundaries. Guidelines require that elementary students must apply for a transfer each year, and transfers are granted for individual students on a space-availability basis.

This year, with possible new boundaries re-balancing elementary schools, available space may change at your student’s current school. Space availability is determined by each grade’s teacher-to-student ratio and school capacity targets set by the School Board.

If space is available, following is the criteria in order of how transfer requests are prioritized:

1. Student was moved by LOSD requirement, i.e. kindergarten overflow, and wishes to remain at the school

2. Student has tenure at the school (weight given to number of years at the school)

3. Student is the sibling of a student opting into a program (Spanish Immersion) at the requested school

4. Student has tenure at school and family recently moved outside of resident boundary

5. Student is making a transfer request for the first time

6. Student is new to the district

Please note, students previously placed due to hardship (as defined by Oregon Department of Education) and students who volunteered to transfer from Oak Creek to Lake Grove or Forest Hills as part of the “permanent transfer” appeal made in 2019 are guaranteed a spot at their current school. Also, students who are the siblings of students enrolled in a program (Access, Pathways, Delta) will remain at the same school with their siblings.

All transfer requests received between Jan. 22 and July 1, 2020 will be assessed using the criteria above, and all applicants will be notified by July 31, 2020, once resident students have enrolled through the summer. Transfer requests received after July 1, 2020 will be considered in the order in which they are received.

Any changes made to current boundaries will be decided by the School Board at the end of April.

Continuing to Monitor Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The 2019-20 flu season has been complicated by recent global reports of a novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. Common symptoms of COVID-19 in an infected person include a fever, cough, and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Although there have been reported cases of COVID-19 globally, to date there have been no confirmed cases in Oregon.

LOSD is continuing to monitor the situation and obtain updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Oregon Health Authority, and local health officials. LOSD has a pandemic flu plan that was developed during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009. We are working on updating that plan using the newest guidelines provided by the CDC. We will keep you informed of any new developments impacting our school community.

Student Investment Account Draft Grant Presented

LOSD presented its 118-page Student Success Act (SSA) report to the School Board Monday. The report proposes using Student Investment Account grant funds from SSA to lower teacher-to-student ratios in kindergarten, first, sixth and ninth grade; change the middle school schedule for fewer transitions; and provide more mental health supports, among other impacts expected to improve student success, particularly for students who have historically experienced academic disparities.

The School Board will review the grant and discuss feedback at the next board working session before LOSD submits it to the state. The report may be read in the board packet of materials, and a presentation overview is available on the

Unified Championship School Status

Special Olympics' Unified Sports program brings together a combination of students impacted with disabilities (athletes) partnered with non impacted students (partners). To offer the programs at a school, Special Olympics requires enough athletes that would qualify. LOSD is fortune to be able to offer the Unified Sports program at Lake Oswego Junior High and Lake Oswego High because our schools have enough athletes to help generate a full team.

In their first year, the Lake Oswego Middle School Unified Sports teams participated in soccer and are deep into their basketball season. These students, staff and athletes reached "Unified Championship School" status, which means they met criteria in the areas of sports, leadership and whole school engagement. Congratulations to the athletes, partners, coaches, students, staff, Principal Kevin Mills and Unified Sports faculty facilitator Kasie Hansen.

Plans are in place to start Unified Sports at Lake Oswego High School next year. Athletes will participate in soccer and basketball. Students currently participate in the cross country, swimming and track, which are full-inclusion sports.

Graphic promoting committee applications

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. 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 Friday, April 3. Applications will be reviewed, and recommendations sent to the Board for appointments on Monday, April 27. Applicants will be notified by the following week.

Bond Accountability Committee Meeting

All are welcome to attend the Bond Accountability Committee meeting.

Thursday, Mar. 5

4-6 p.m.

Palisades Elementary School

1500 Greentree Ave., Lake Oswego

Congratulations SASEE Award Recipients

Lake Oswego Rotary recognized outstanding educators, support staff, students and citizen volunteers at its fourth annual SASEE Awards Banquet. Please join us in congratulating all in our LOSD community who were recognized for demonstrating Service Above Self in Educational Excellence (SASEE).

Citizen Volunteers

Becky Owens & Cyndi Spear, recipients

Ted Ricks, recipient

Elizabeth Welsch, recipient

Tamara DiVergilio, finalist

Robert Heymann, finalist

Philip Rossi, finalist


Kasie Hansen, recipient

Gerrit Koepping, recipient

David Rodenkirch, recipient

Alex Ferguson, finalist

Jeff Goodrich, finalist

James Watts, finalist

Support Staff

Frank Everhart, recipient


Ella Feathers & Anna-Marie Guenther, recipient

Mya Gordon, recipient

Sera Lew, recipient

Megan Brokaw, finalist

Ella Fuentes, finalist

Doria Yang, finalist

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Last Call! Get Tickets for Foundation Gala

You are Cordially Invited! Please join us for the inaugural Foundation Gala – an evening dedicated to our wonderful community and the amazing schools we support. We look forward to celebrating with you!

March 7, 2020

6:30 - 10 p.m.

Ironlight, 525 3rd Street, Lake Oswego, OR 97034

Buy Tickets

Foundation Accepting Board Applications

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. Board members must demonstrate a commitment to the Foundation, the School District 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, March 6, 2020. The Nominating committee will review applications and conduct interviews in March. Please send your completed application via email to or mail it to Lake Oswego Schools Foundation, PO Box 70, Lake Oswego, OR 97034.

Registration Open for All New Students

Help spread the word! Online registration is open as of Jan. 22 for all students who will be new to LOSD in the 2020-2021 school year. If you know anyone who is new to the area, please be sure to tell them.
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Pacer Athletic Club Spring Mixer

All current, future and former Pacer supporters are welcome to Lakeridge's Pacer Athletic Club (PAC) Spring Mixer.

Tuesday, Mar. 3

6:30 p.m. - Mingle

7-8 p.m. - PAC Update

Nicoletta's Table, 333 State St., Lake Oswego

Get an update on the stadium project, sponsorship opportunities, and how to become a PAC volunteer.

How to Create Inclusive Communities

River Grove Elementary is hosting a conversation night, "Beyond Invitation: How Do We Create Inclusive Communities."

Thursday, Mar. 5

6-7:30 p.m.

RIver Grove Elementary School

5850 SW McEwan Rd, Lake Oswego, OR 97035

All are welcome to join in the conversation.

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Community Screening of Intelligent Lives

In partnership with LOSD and West Linn Alliance for Inclusive Community, the West Linn-Wilsonville School District is sponsoring a free showing of "Intelligent Lives," a documentary featuring three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce.

Tuesday, Mar. 3

6 p.m.

Lake Theater, 106 North State Street, Lake Oswego

The showing is free and open to anyone but you must reserve tickets online ahead of time as space is limited.

Military Service Academy Information Day

One of Congressman Kurt Schrader's job is nominating young men and women from Oregon to the Service Academies. Students, parents, and teachers are invited to join Schrader to learn more about the application process to attend out nation's Service Academies. Congressional staff and academy liaisons will be present to answer questions.

Saturday, Mar. 7

10 a.m. - Open house

11 a.m. - Formal program begins

Inza Wood Middle School,

11055 SW Wilsonville Rd.

Wilsonville, OR 97070

Young Men's Service League New Member Meeting

Is your son a student in the class of 2024 looking to find ways to give back to the community? Young Men's Service League (YMSL) will soon be accepting new members.

YMSL is an all-inclusive, non-profit organization that encourages young men and their mothers to work alongside each other to assist, serve and support those who are in need in our community. Please mark your calendar for the informational New Members Meeting.

Sunday, Mar. 1

7 p.m.

Chuck's Place 148 SW B Ave.

For more detailed information, please visit our website:

Lake Oswego Youth Lacrosse Registration

It's the oldest and fastest growing sport! And, it's time to register for youth lacrosse. All Lake Oswego students register for the same program through LOSD Community School. Registration is open through March 1.

Lake Oswego Little League Registration

It's time to register for spring baseball. Visit Lake Oswego Little League (LOLL) to register:

Hunger Fighters Could Use Donations

Hunger Fighters operates a food pantry in Lake Oswego that provides basic food and hygiene items at no charge to families and individuals in the Lake Oswego community. The pantry could user more donations; it accepts ALL non-expired donations, but the most needed items right now are:

Canned pears, peaches, pineapple
White and brown rice, rice meals (i.e. Rice-A-Roni)
Pasta sauce
Tomato paste, tomato sauce and diced tomatoes
Canned chicken
Mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup
Peanut butter and jam

Toothpaste and floss

TP and paper towels

Donations can be delivered on Saturdays between 1-3 p.m. The pantry operates out of the house that is green, which is located behind the Lake Oswego High School campus, 2301 Hazel Rd, Lake Oswego, OR 97035.

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Get Social: Follow, Share, Engage

LOSD has ramped up its social media presence. Please join us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @LOSD_Proud


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.)

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What's New at Community School?

The LOSD Community School offers enrichment and athletic programs, and activities for students of all ages including robotics, STEM, arts, language, and theater.

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