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LOSD News • October 18, 2019

In this Message:

Message from the Superintendent

Elementary School Boundary Survey

Student Success Act: What to Expect Next

Superintendent Listening Sessions

School Board Meeting

School Report Card Disaggregated Data

Long Range Facilities Planning Committee Meeting

Foundation New Family Meet and Greet Events

Project Yum! New Meal on the Lunch Menu

October Is Dyslexia Awareness Month

October is National Principals Month

School-Related Info:

  • Lake Oswego High School Musical

Community Info:

  • Inaugural Multi-City Equity Summit

Regular Reminders:

  • Get Social with LOSD
  • SafeOregon
  • Subscribe to Lake Oswego Schools App
  • What's New at Community School?

Message from the Superintendent

The safety of students is our top priority and we are continuing to enhance safety features throughout our schools and community. As an update to the unfortunate accident at the crosswalk on Country Club Road last week, I am providing you with information regarding some steps we have taken in partnership with the City to make this crosswalk safer.

I met this week with a City of Lake Oswego Traffic Engineer, as well as Traffic Lieutenant Clayton Simon, who oversees the Police Department’s Traffic Division. We discussed options to enhance safety. The City has committed to repaint the crosswalk with reflective paint to increase visibility, adjust the timing on the crosswalk and traffic signal to delay crossing after cars have stopped, and enhance signage visibility where needed. Police will continue their presence level to actively monitor the area.

Many factors complicate safety matters. The City will continue to monitor the areas outside of our schools for safety and potential enhancements. We all are reminded to be extra cautious when driving on and crossing our streets, especially near our schools.

Also, I want to acknowledge that we are asking you to participate in several surveys and engagement forums this fall. Many of you recently completed the first Student Success Act survey designed by the state. Thank you! Next up are two very short LOSD surveys: one is seeking input from parents and guardians about elementary school boundaries and one is seeking feedback from parents and guardians, as well as teachers, staff, and middle and high school students, about social and emotional learning needs. Both surveys are coming to you next week. I appreciate your continued engagement as we embark on key initiatives shaping the current and future experiences of our students - we greatly value your input.

Elementary School Boundary Survey

LOSD will be reviewing elementary school boundaries this year to ensure adequate space at our kindergarten-fifth grade schools, while balancing elementary enrollment districtwide.

The first step in this process is coming up next week, when you will receive an email invitation to engage in a short survey asking for your expectations regarding your school and its environment.

Please look for the survey in your email. The survey will be open for a 5-day window.

Student Success Act: What to Expect Next

Thank you to all who lent your voices as LOSD plans for future investments in education made possible by the Student Success Act.

More than 3,000 parents, guardians, teachers, staff and students participated in the state-designed needs assessment survey. Your feedback is very helpful in letting us know what's working, what we could do better, and what your priorities are for program improvements.

The next step in this engagement process is for LOSD administration and leadership to compile the input, and draft themes and recommendations for review and additional feedback.

Superintendent Listening Sessions

We want to hear from you! Superintendent Dr. Lora de la Cruz will be holding parent listening sessions to get to know you and to hear your perspective on any topic you'd like to share. Four sessions will be held across the district with each night dedicated to specific schools. If you are unable to attend your school's listening session, you are welcome to attend a session that is more convenient.

Monday, Oct. 28, 6-7 p.m.

Location: Lakeridge High School - Library

Target Audience: Lakeridge High School, Lakeridge Middle School, Hallinan Elementary

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 6-7 p.m.

Location: Lake Oswego High School - Library

Target Audience: Lake Oswego High School, Forest Hills Elementary, Lake Grove Elementary

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 6-7 p.m.

Location: River Grove Elementary - Library

Target Audience: River Grove Elementary, Westridge Elementary

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 6-7 p.m.

Location: Oak Creek Elementary @ Uplands - Gym

Target Audience: Oak Creek Elementary, Lake Oswego Middle School

School Board Meeting

Board of Directors Meeting

LOSD Administration Building

Monday, Oct. 21, 2019

5:45 p.m.

Live streaming and archived video of School Board meetings

Agenda Summary:

I. Contract Review Board - 5:45 pm

II. School Board Regular Session - approx. 6:00 pm

See the full agenda and supporting materials here.

School Report Card Disaggregated Data

The Oregon Department of Education has released the 2018-2019 disaggregated data for the Oregon School Report Cards. You can view the results on this link to ODE's website.

LOSD Director of Student Data and Accountability Megan Kim will be discussing the data findings at the upcoming School Board meeting on Monday, Oct. 21.

Long Range Facilities Planning Committee Meeting

All are welcome to attend.

Tuesday, Oct. 22

4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Palisades Elementary School, Room 20

1500 Greentree Ave., Lake Oswego

Foundation New Family Meet and Greet Events

Welcoming all who are new to the district!

Please join parents and guardians who are new to the district at one of the following Meet & Greet events hosted by the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation. These casual gatherings are an opportunity to meet others who are new while learning more about the district.

New Family Meet & Greet Coffees

Tuesday, October 22, 9-11 a.m.

4300 Haven St., Lake Oswego, OR 97035


Wednesday, October 23, 9-11 a.m.

606 6th St., Lake Oswego OR 97034


Coffee & refreshments provided by Chucks Place

New Family Meet & Greet Happy Hour

Oregon Wine Reserve

Saturday, Nov. 2, 4-7 p.m.

600 N State St, Lake Oswego, OR 97034

Event is for adults 21 years and older


Complimentary child care provided at PLAY Boutique, 4-7 p.m.

464 1st St., Lake Oswego, OR 97034

Service is for children 1 year and older

Project Yum! New Meal on the Lunch Menu

Students are eating up the new offerings on LOSD's school lunch menu. Starting this Monday, Oct. 21, elementary students can look forward to beef sliders featuring house-made Painted Hills beef roast. The sliders were a hit when offered at Hallinan's Test Kitchen last spring.

LOSD Food Services strives to support student's academic success by serving appealing nutritious food in a positive and encouraging environment. Click here for more information on LOSD's school lunch program.

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

Do you know about assistive technology?

Technology is changing and improving the school experience for students with dyslexia. Text-to-speech and speech-to-text software, calculators, and note-taking apps are common examples of “assistive technology.” Many of us enjoy audiobooks for pleasure reading, but audiobooks also can serve as a vital piece of assistive technology for those with learning differences such as dyslexia.

With audiobooks, everyone can acquire new vocabulary, expand their knowledge and love of books, and enjoy complex or intriguing storylines. Because dyslexics have great listening comprehension, audiobooks can enable independent access to school curriculum though “ear-reading” of complex or voluminous textbooks and novels.

The Lake Oswego Public Library has many audiobook services here:

LOSD assistive technology and audiobook resource information can be found here:

Read about assistive technology for dyslexia here:

If you have questions or concerns regarding your child’s learning, please contact the school principal and/or literacy specialist. Another great parent resource would be to contact your school’s Student Services Parent Advisory Committee (SSPAC) representative.

October is National Principals Month

October is National Principals Month, a time to recognize all of our principals and assistant principals for their educational leadership, their support for students and staff, and their essential role in creating school cultures that foster respect and achievement. A big THANK YOU to all of you!

Let's say thanks to principals!
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Lake Oswego High School Musical

Come and enjoy the talented Lake Oswego High School drama cast and crew presenting the highly entertaining, Tony Award winning musical Chicago. LOHS will be performing the High School Edition of Chicago to ensure the production is more family friendly for all audiences.

November 7, 9, 14 and 16 at 7 p.m.

November 9 and 16 at 2 p.m.

Doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance.

All performances will be held in the LOHS auditorium.

Click here to reserve your tickets today!

$15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.

Get ready to be dazzled with color, action and rip-roaring musical numbers that will have you wanting to jump out of your seats and join in on the fun!

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Inaugural Multi-City Equity Summit

After months of planning, Lake Oswego School District, along with 12 partner organizations, is pleased to announce the inaugural Multi-City Equity Summit, to be held Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, from 8 a.m .- 4 p.m. The event is free, open to the public, and food and beverages will be provided throughout the day. Due to the limited space and for planning purposes, registration is required. Please register here.

Multi-City Equity Summit

Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019

8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Lake Oswego High School

More information can be found here:
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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.

Check out this week's edition.

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