GOPHER Parent Newsletter

GRESHAM HIGH SCHOOL, 4/24/2020 Editiion


First, let me say how much I miss having our students at Gresham High School. The hallways are quiet and lonely without the energy and enthusiasm the students bring here everyday! This has been a challenging time for all of us and certainly a learning experience like no other. It is time to try to get school back into our lives. Teachers have been preparing assessments and assignments that will require consistent work to keep up-to-date. It is expected that students will engage with course materials for each class each day. Expect your student to be virtually connected to Gresham High M,T,Th,Fri- for a minimum of 3 hours per day. All grading will be Pass “P”/Incomplete “I” for the final semester. Students will need to login each day and complete class activities to earn credit and progress towards graduation.


GHS is launching a student outreach program this week in an effort to locate and communicate with students who are not engaging in online learning. For the outreach, many of our staff are using a Google Phone application to call families during this long-term school closure. When the phone number shows up on your phone it will show “Restricted.” During the period of the closure, we encourage you to answer these calls. Our goal is to help you get things going this Spring, earn credit and build skills needed to be ready for next year.


If you are still in need of a chromebook, please call our main office at 503-674-5500 to schedule an appointment to checkout equipment. Parents should come to the appointment if possible but High School students can also come as long as they bring their current student ID.


The Oregon Department of Education has released guidance to school districts on the grading of students in grades 9-11. All students who demonstrate work at a level of a passing grade by the end of the 2019-2020 school year will receive credit for the course. Students who do not have an opportunity to earn a passing grade by June 10 will receive an incomplete on their report card and on their transcript. Schools will partner with the student and family to create a plan to earn credit over the next year.


Looking for free on-line sources for eBooks, research, college application help or tutoring? If so, check out the GHS Library Remote Resources webpage. You'll find updated links to all sorts of free resources to support your distance learning and reading. New tools will be added here as they come up. The web address is:


If your student is looking forward to their 2021 Sophomore year, please have them log into their studentvue account and complete their course requests. If they would please also complete this form below and either take a picture or scan a copy via email to their counselor we can then be sure they are entered into the courses they want for next school year. Thank you! If you have any questions please call or email your student’s counselor for assistance. Counselors are assigned by alphabet based on your students last name.

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  • All students: if you are enrolled in a dual credit class, please check with your teacher to verify that you are on track to earn your college credit. High School teachers will post a P/I for high school transcripts, but will post an A-F grade to the MHCC transcript.

  • Seniors that have not registered and want college credit need to work with their teachers to get registered, and stay working with their teachers until they have sufficient course work completed to earn credit. Seniors that registered for college credit, have passed their high school class and do not wish to continue with the class and earn credits will need to withdraw from MHCC before the end of Spring Term. If you have any questions, please contact your teacher.


Counselors are working diligently to review transcripts to make sure students have met graduation requirements. Students will receive written notice on or before April 30th. In the meantime if you have any questions please make sure your student continues with distance learning.

We are asking the opinion of our senior class for alternative options to honor their graduation ceremony and gather items. Here is the link for the survey.

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In order to honor the seniors who have lost the last few months of their high school experience to school closures, Gresham High School will turn on the stadium lights each Friday through the end of the school year. The lights will go on at 8:20 (20:20 military time) and stay on for 20 minutes to honor the Class of 2020. The first illumination of the lights on Stapleton Field occured on Friday, April 10.

Please remember to follow social distancing and all state regulated guidelines. GBSD does not support students getting out of cars, grouping on football fields, or any other actions that aren't aligned with state guidelines.

Gresham High School Distance Learning Guidelines & Behavioral Expectations

To ensure a safe and appropriate learning environment, we expect all students to utilize the following guidelines and abide by the behavioral expectations just as if students were attending class in person. All GHS behavioral expectations still apply to all virtual learning communities.

Guidelines and Behavioral Expectations ANONYMITY AND PRIVACY

Anonymity:The internet often gives us the impression that what we do online is anonymous, but everything we do online leaves a digital footprint.

Privacy: Everything you do online using your GBSD account and/or technology is a matter of public record. You should not assume anything you say, post, submit, etc. is private.


Teachers/Staff do have permission to record the Meetings/Sessions, in an effort to provide access to other students who might not be able to attend a synchronous session. Teachers/Staff will share their intent to record prior to the meeting/session. Recorded sessions can and will be used only for educational purposes. Students/Families who are uncomfortable being recorded are to notify the teacher and/or staff member prior to the session.


Communicating Online: When we are communicating online we don’t have the benefit of reading other people’s emotions so we need to be thoughtful about what we say to avoid any misunderstandings.


● Always re-read before sending

● Use proper punctuation, spelling, and grammar

● Be kind

● Be respectful

● No internet slang or abbreviations

● Be professional

● No shouting (using ALL CAPS)

● Keep conversations relevant and on topic

● No joking about sensitive topics


All school-related communication must be done with your GBSD account. Students will be communicating with teachers and classmates using tools including but not limited to Gmail, Google Meet, Google Voice, Google Classroom, and Remind.


All distance learning applications and experiences are for Gresham HS students only.

● Do not share passwords, course codes, meeting links, or any other information that gives non-Gresham students access to our online content.

● Do not attend any school-related Google Hangout/Meet or any videoconferencing to which you have not been invited.

● Students must use their real first and last names at all times, creating any fake or spoof accounts is prohibited.

● Students must not share information with anyone outside that same period.

● Students must not capture anything. Sessions are considered concealed recordings and all recordings must be done by first obtaining consent from the teacher and classmates.


● Dress as you would for school

● Be on time

● Turn the mic off and camera off before joining the meeting.

● Check your surroundings before joining the meeting, e.g., do not display inappropriate items/images in the foreground or background).

● Keep the microphone off if you are not talking

● Keep the camera off if there are distractions around (the camera can see everything)

● Avoid eating

● Avoid multitasking


We are now able to answer our school phone remotely. The office hours for this week will be from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. If you have questions please call our main number (503-674-5500). If you reach our message please understand that the person answer the switchboard is on another call and unable to answer. Please wait a few minutes and try back.


The district has posted educational resources online for students and families wishing to bring some structure to their day while on an “extended break”. These resources also provide students the opportunity to brush up on their academic skills over the next few weeks. The resources can be found at the following link:GBSD Resources


If you think you or a family member might have COVID-19:

Most cases of COVID-19 are mild and people are able to recover at home. If you need medical help, call your primary care provider. Most providers are holding all appointments over the phone (telemedicine). They will tell you if you need to be seen in person.

If you have any emergency warning signs for COVID-19 you need to get medical help right away. Call 9-1-1 and tell them you think you might have COVID-19. Emergency warning signs include:

  • trouble breathing,

  • pain or pressure in the chest,

  • new confusion or difficulty waking up,

  • running out of air from speaking or walking.

If you don’t have a primary care provider or don’t have medical insurance:

  • The School Based Health Center at Parkrose High School provides medical and mental health care for any student (age 5-18) in Multnomah County. Call 503-988-3392

  • Multnomah County Health Centers provides care to adults and children. Call 503-988-5558

  • For information about dental care and pharmacy services call 503-988-5558

Oregon Health Plan and COVID-19:

You will not lose your OHP benefits during the COVID-19 crisis, even if they are scheduled to end. If you receive an emergency payment from the Federal government, it will not count as income on your OHP eligibility.

Immigration Status and COVID-19:

United States Citizenship and Immigrant Services (USCIS) has said that all people who have symptoms of COVID-19 are encouraged to seek medical care. This medical care will not have a negative impact on any person during a future Public Charge analysis. Read the statement from USCIS here. If you have questions about immigration status and medical care, call the Legal Aid/Oregon Law Center Public Benefits Hotline: 1-800-520-5292

For current updates, click on these links:

For Multnomah County

For Clackamas County

For Washington County

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


As you know, the Gresham-Barlow School District is closed from Monday, March 16th until Tuesday, April 28th. If you are in need of food, utility or housing assistance, please consider contacting 2-1-1 by phone or at their website to find out the latest information about where you can get help. Additional resources can be found here: If you receive SNAP benefits, please contact your local self-sufficiency office to inquire about assistance.

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis or need someone to talk to you, please consider contacting the following crisis lines. Support is available to you 24 hours a day.

Lines for Life: 1-800-273-8255

Youthline: 1-877-968-8491 or text "teen2teen" to 839863

The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386

Multnomah County Crisis Line: 503-988-4888

If you need medical assistance, the Parkrose High School Health Center is open and can be reached at 503-988-3392. They serve all school-age youth, regardless of ability to pay and are open M-F 8:30-5:00. They are located at Parkrose High School at 12003 NE Shaver at the back side of the building next to the gym entrance.

Multnomah County Health Centers serve all ages regardless of ability to pay. Services include adult and child health care, women’s health and pregnancy care, and mental health care.

East County Clinic, 600 NE 8th Street, 3rd floor, Gresham.

Monday - Friday 8-7. Appointments:503-988-5558.

Mid County Clinic, 12710 SE Division.

Monday - Friday 8-7. Appointments: 988-5558.

NE County Clinic, 5329 NE MLK Jr. Blvd.

Monday - Friday 8-7. Appointments: 988-5558

County Health Telemedicine/phone consultations - 503-988-5558.

County Dental Clinic - 600 NE 8th Street, Gresham

Monday - Friday 7:30am - 6:30pm. Appointments: 503- 988-4900


The City of Portland is offering $250 CASH ASSISTANCE starting MONDAY APRIL 27th! Please follow the link below to apply:

Resources for Immigrant Families:

Resources for families in multiple languages:

Emergency Dental Resources:

If you have specific questions about community resources, please reach out to SUN Site Manager Laurel Hess at"

Below are resources in our community to access food pantry sites as well as comprehensive resource lists to support families in need.

FREE Food Pantry Resources:

Food Pantry Sites:

Cherry Park Elementary School

1930 SE 104th Ave. Portland 97216

Mondays 3:45pm- 5:30pm

Note: We will be handing out pre-packed bags at this site

Glenfair Elementary School

15300 SE Glisan St, Portland 97230

Tuesdays 4pm-5:30pm

Alder Elementary School

17200 SE Alder St, Portland 97233

Wednesdays 4pm-6pm

David Douglas High School

1400 SE 130th Ave, Portland 97233

Thursdays 5pm-6:30pm

Note: This location is different from the main campus on 135th Ave.

Parklane Elementary School

15811 SE Main St, Portland 97233

Fridays 12:30pm-2pm

Resource lists:

General Resources:

General Resources in multiple languages:

Resources for undocumented families:

Legal COVID-19 Resources:

MFS Resource List:

If you have any questions or would like more information about Food Pantry Sites or access to community resources, please email SUN Site Manager Laurel Hess or call 971-645-0138.

Please follow our Gresham High School Facebook page for updated resource information during the COVID-19 crisis.


To access our school calendar please click on the Gresham High School like below this article. This will take you to our home page on our website. Our calendar is located on the left hand side of the page.