Stoops' Scoop

January 3, 2020- Edition 8

District Vision

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

Kennedy High School HOSA Students Present to Mt. Angel Lions Club

Attendance is a Primary Indicator of Student Success

As we begin the new year we need to remind students and parents of the important of students attending school regularly. Short of a fever or serious illness, school is where students need to be to continually learn and stay on track to graduate. Our District Strategic Plan Indicator #2 guides our focus on student attendance. Our goal this year is for 88.5% or more of our students to be regular attenders. Regular attenders are at school for 90% or more of the time. Below is a graph that illustrates current district chronic absenteeism as of December 20, 2019. Parent can improve student attendance by making school a priority and discussing school attendance regularly with their child. Wishing you all a great 2020!
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Are you aware of District Emergency Notification Systems?

When inclement weather impacts schools or there is an emergency message that needs to be communicated to parents, Mt. Angel SD utilizes three sources of communication. Blackboard is the system we use for sending messages to parents by email, text and phone messages. Blackboard is used for sending emergency and non-emergency communications. We are able to send out 900 messages in 45 seconds. Our new websites allow us to post emergency messages that will pop up when you open the homepage. The third source of communication is the Flash Alert Messenger. This system instantly posts messages to all major Television and Radio stations in the Portland/Salem areas. There is also a free app called, "FlashAlertMessenger" that can be downloaded to provide instant notifications. You can subscribe to only receive notifications from Mt. Angel SD messages. Links to this site are located on our websites. Keep you contact information current with your school(s) to make sure you get these messages.
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St. Mary's Public School Gets Playground Improvements

The new playground equipment is installed and ready for students upon their return to school on January 6, 2020. The cost of the improvements totaled over $40,000. The purchase was made possible by funds accumulated over the past 3 years from grants from the Mt. Angel Oktoberfest Board and from the School District Doughboy Booth proceeds, thank you to all staff, students and families who helped in the booth. Other funds that made this project possible came from student through the annual Fun Run and generous donations from families and a businesses: Lance and Jodi Arritola, Flora Cruz Martinez, Wilco, Renee and Zach Williams, Grant Co., Jackie and Eric Ross, Les Schwab Tires, Rob and Michelle Wagner, Brault Inc., Annie Vazquez, Mt. Angel 76 Station, Bill Predeek, Mt. Angel Chamber of Commerce, Alejandro Lopez Gomez, Triplett Wellman Inc., Napa Auto Parts, Mt. Angel Oktoberfest, Pete Wall, Direct Link, Consolidated Business Services, Bob Fessler Family Foundation, Patricia Heinlein. A special thank you to the Playground Committee members who have been working on making this project possible for the past two years: Brigid Stoops, Jackie Ross, Toni Ruef, Mark Brenden, Jenny Aker, Andrew Roeser and the St. Mary's Site Council. Thank you to Volunteers Ted Stoops, John Kraemer, Grant Co., Chris Bischoff and Aaron Johnson for their assistance with demolition of the old structure and preparation for the new structure. Also a big shout out to district maintenance staff for their help with installation and patience while the playground was inaccessible to students; Grant, Scott, Donna, Tony and Steve. Mrs. Voss will be planning for a formal ribbon cutting ceremony after the winter break.

District is Planning for Developing a Student Success Act Plan

The District Improvement Plan was has been approved by Oregon Department of Education on December 16th. The plan is posted on the website at this link: https://tinyurl.com/rrmjzhk The results to the recent District Improvement Survey are posted to the website. Thank you for providing feedback for the planning process.


Our focus now turns to the development of the Student Success Act Plan. The final guidance for the SSA/SIA can be found here: https://www.oregon.gov/ode/StudentSuccess/Pages/SIA-Guidance.aspx. Mt. Angel School Board and District Leadership will be engaging students, staff and community members through surveys and listening sessions. Details will be communicated as soon as they are complete. Your feedback is very important in prioritizing our efforts moving forward with these new funds.


The SSA plan is due April 15th. Mt. Angel School District will be engaging students, staff and community in the planning process during the months of January and February. The final plan is scheduled to be on the March 9th Regular Board Meeting agenda for approval.

Oregon Statewide Summative Assessments

Indicator 9 of the District Strategic Plan is "Students in grades 3, 7 and 11 will meet achievement goals on the State tests in reading and mathematics". Statewide assessments help our teachers measure student progress and achievement. Each year Oregon schools test students using the Statewide Summative Assessment. Students are tested in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math in grades 3-8 and 11. Student testing in Science is at grades 5, 8 and 11. 11th is the grade of accountability at high school. This year's testing window is January 7 - June 5, 2020. However, Mt. Angel students will be testing March-May depending on the schedules at each school. The assessment calendar can be found on the district website at https://www.masd91.org/Page/102 . Each year school districts are required to notify parents of their rights, per HB 2655, which permits parents and adult students to opt-out of Oregon's Statewide Summative Assessments in ELA and Math. If you choose to opt-out you can find the forms in English and Spanish at this link English: https://www.oregon.gov/ode/educator-resources/assessment/Documents/Opt-Out_Form_2019-20.pdf Spanish: https://www.oregon.gov/ode/educator-resources/assessment/Documents/Spanish_Opt-Out_Form_2019-20.pdf.
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