Stoops' Scoop

July 2, 2020- Edition 12

District Vision

We provide exceptional educational experiences that inspire, challenge and prepare each student to achieve personal and academic success.

Planning for the 2020-2021 School Year

Districts across Oregon are busy planning for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. We continue to work on developing teaching and learning models that best serve our students, staff and families, while maintaining safe and healthy distancing practices. The guidance found at the links below is very complex and challenging for districts to put into action. Our goals are to get students in our buildings as often as guidance will allow. We know we can get half of our kids in our buildings in a given day, but are working on models that may allow for all students to be on-site at the same time. It is still too early to provide detailed information with parents. We will be seeking additional feedback from families as our planning progresses. Every model considered impacts staffing, transportation and Food Services. We hope to present a preliminary plan to the school board at their regular meeting on July 13th at 6:30 pm. Our final plan will be presented to the school board on August 10th, the final plan is due to ODE and Oregon Health Authority on August 15th. The board meeting can be watched remotely at

We are currently collecting planning information from families through a survey at: As of July 1st we have 202 responses. We will leave the survey open for another week, if you haven't already, please take a few moments to provide feedback for our planning process. We will share the results at the board meeting July 13th.

Katie Voss, Principal at St. Mary's Public School, accepted a position in Sherwood SD effective July 1st. The Elementary Principal position is posted with a timeline to hire by July 29th. Thank you Mrs. Voss for your leadership and many years of commitment to the students, staff and community in Mt. Angel. Updated Ready Schools, Safe Learners Guidance was released June 30th, Version 1.5.8 Ready Schools, Safe Learners. The first guidance for Comprehensive Distance Learning was released June 30th Comprehensive Distance Learning . The latest information for sports can be found on the OSAA website at

District Office Summer Hours

District staff continue with furlough days every Friday through July 25th. The district office is currently closed on Fridays through July 24th. Staff are working on-site in the district office 8:00 am-4:30 pm but the front doors remain closed to public access. Materials and documents can be dropped off or picked up in the vestibule at the entrance. You can also call the office at 503-845-2345 if you need assistance.

Mt. Angel Schools Provide Grab-N-Go Meals Through the Summer

Free and healthy "Grab-n-Go" breakfast/lunches are available for children and teens between the ages of 1 – 18 years old. Students and/or families can stop by St. Mary’s Public Elementary School located at 590 E. College Street in Mt. Angel between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., Monday -Friday. The "Grab-n-Go" breakfast/lunch program will continue through August 21st.

Athletic Participation at Schools is Still On Hold

Everyone is anxious for activities and sports participation to get back to normal as soon as possible. At this time, Mt. Angel Schools continue to be closed to activities in and on our facilities. The risk continues to challenge reopening facilities to these activities. Some districts are allowing limited participation, however, we are choosing to remain closed until we receive further guidance from ODE on the liability of school districts and individual's overseeing the process. As of July 1, 2020, liability insurance for school districts across Oregon no longer covers claims related to communicable diseases. The Oregon Legislative Assembly is expected to address this liability issue in their next special session, scheduled for as early as the second week in July. We are working to get kids active again, as soon as possible. The latest information for sports can be found on the OSAA website at

Kennedy Trojans Win 5th Consecutive OSAA Cup

This Spring OSAA announced that Kennedy High School has been awarded the OSAA Cup for the 5th consecutive year. This award recognizes overall excellence in academics, activities and athletics. The award honors a school's students, teachers, coaches and entire community. Award details can be found at this link Congratulations!

Mt Angel Teachers Awarded AVID Grants

Teachers in all three Mt. Angel Schools were awarded Grants for teachers to attend Digital AVID Institutes this summer. The grants, sponsored by Nike and Miller Foundations will provide online access to trainings for 20 teachers. This is an opportunity for teachers to learn new and innovative teaching strategies to help reach our goals identified in our District Strategic Plan