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LOSD News • Dec. 11, 2020

In this Message:

Message from the Superintendent

Introducing LOSD CARES: Connection and Resilience in Education Series

School Board Meeting

Student Services Parent Advisory Committee Meeting, Q&A

Talent & Gifted Parent Advisory Committee Meeting

Windows & Mirrors: 200 Novels Adopted

Social Sciences Curriculum: New Since 2019

Racism in Oregon: A Brief Overview

Holiday Toy Drive at LOHS

Grab & Go Meals During Winter Break

Rotary's SASEE Award Nominations Open

Regular Reminders:

  • 3 Ws: Watch Distance, Wear Mask, Wash Hands
  • Childcare Providers in Clackamas County
  • Local Testing Sites for Covid-19
  • Clackamas County Go Teams
  • Safe Oregon
  • Get Social with LOSD
  • Subscribe to Lake Oswego Schools App

Message from the Superintendent

This week I am reminded of our shared global experience during the pandemic. Yesterday, the world recognized Human Rights Day, which is observed every year on December 10. That is the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the ​Universal Declaration of Human Rights​ (UDHR). The UDHR is a milestone document that proclaims the inalienable rights which everyone is entitled to as a human being regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Available in more than ​500 languages​, it is the most translated document in the world.

The theme for Human Rights Day 2020 is "Recover Better - Stand Up for Human Rights." This theme relates to the Covid-19 pandemic and focuses on the need to build back better by ensuring human rights are central to recovery efforts. We will reach our common global goals only if we are able to create equal opportunities for all, address the failures exposed and exploited by Covid-19, and apply human rights standards to tackle entrenched, systematic, and intergenerational inequalities, exclusion and discrimination.

Recognizing Human Rights Day is an opportunity for all of us to reaffirm the importance of human rights in re-building the world we want and the need for global solidarity as well as our interconnectedness and shared humanity.

Introducing LOSD CARES: Connection and Resilience in Education Series

These are challenging times and almost everything about our daily lives looks different. LOSD strives to support our community and mental health continues to be a top family concern. In partnership with the LOSD Wellness Team (school counselors, social workers and district psychologist) and community mental health partners, LOSD is developing a workshop series for parents and guardians to support, inform, and empower families on issues surrounding mental health.

Workshops will be held virtually via Zoom and will include focused discussions and question and answer opportunities. Please mark your calendar for the first workshop Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, 5-6 p.m.: “Resilience Panel” with Pediatric Associates of the Northwest.

In the meantime, please complete this family interest survey: LOSD CARES Survey . Your input will help shape future workshops.

Also, the LOSD Wellness Team is sharing resources for families during the holiday season:

Keep the Holidays Happy During COVID-19

Holidays During the Pandemic

“You’re Doing a Good Job”

Please contact your school counselor or social worker with any questions.

School Board Meeting

All are welcome to observe the meeting remotely.

Monday, Dec. 14

Regular Session 6 p.m.

Click here for the agenda posted on district website

You can observe the meeting and listen to the discussion remotely in the same way you can with other board meetings. Simply click on the "View Live" link on You can watch the meeting live or a recording afterwards.

Procedures for providing public testimony: The Board of Education values public input. If you wish to comment on an agenda item or another item not on the agenda, please submit your comments by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020 by emailing IMPORTANT: Please type “12/14/20 Testimony” in the subject line and include your full name in the body of the email. Names of patrons providing input will be read during the meeting and their written testimony will be posted online under the agenda item for which their testimony pertains to. For testimony received after the 12:00 noon deadline, names of patrons will not be read during the meeting, however, their testimony will be posted online at the conclusion of the meeting in accordance with the aforementioned procedures.

Student Services Parent Advisory Committee Meeting and Q&A

All are welcome to observe the meeting remotely.

Thursday, Dec. 17

6-8 p.m.

See district calendar for link to meeting.

Also on the website, under Departments / Student Services, is the Question & Answer document from the Oct. 2020 meeting. Click here to access the Student Services page, and scroll down to news for the Q&A.

Talented & Gifted Parent Advisory Committee Meeting

All are welcome to observe the meeting remotely.

Wednesday, Dec. 16

6-7:30 p.m.

See district calendar for link to meeting.

Windows & Mirrors: 200 Novels Adopted

As part of the Windows and Mirrors framework implemented at all grade levels, LOSD has been introducing new literature that reflects diverse cultures and abilities and builds identity, and provides a view into someone else’s experience. At the upcoming school board meeting, LOSD will adopt another novel that has been piloted in 6th grade classes.

LOSD has adopted 200 new Windows and Mirrors titles, including 20 new secondary-level novels. Additionally, each year LOSD schools are given $1,000 to increase diverse literature and books in school libraries.

LOSD Social Sciences Curriculum: New 2019

Did you know? In 2019, after an extensive assessment, standards-based evaluation process, LOSD adopted a new social science (often referred to as social studies) curriculum for all students in kindergarten through 12th grade. It was part of a statewide adoption from the Oregon Department of Education. Previous adoptions had been delayed due to budget constraints -- the last social science adoption had been in 2005.

LOSD adopted these social sciences textbooks as part of the curriculum adoption in 2019:

  • Grades K-5 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Kids Discover (Spanish and English)

  • Grades 6-7 Cengage: National Geographic: World History: Great Civilizations (Spanish and English)

  • Grades 6-7 Cengage: National Geographic: World Cultures and Geography (Spanish and English)

  • Nystrom Education: Nystrom Atlas of World History

  • Grade 8 Pearson: American History, 2016, Beginnings to Reconstruction (Spanish and English)

  • Grade 9 Pearson: World History, Wiley: HMH: Visualizing Human Geography: At Home in a Diverse World

  • Grades 10-11 Cengage America Through the Lens, Nat Geo, McGraw Hill: United States Government our Democracy

For elective resources:

  • Criminal Justice: McGraw Hill: Introduction to Criminal Justice (9E)

  • Psychology: HMH: Psychology

  • Sociology: Cengage: Sociology In Our Times (11E)

  • AP Euro: Cengage: Western Civilization (10E)

  • AP Econ: Bedford, Freeman, Worth: Krugman’s Economics for AP

  • AP US: Pearson: By the People, Cengage: Discovering the American Past Vol 1 & 2, Cengage: American Pageant, Oxford University Press: Constructing the American Past Vol 1 & 2

  • AP Gov: Norton: AP American Government Power and Purpose (15E), Lanahan: The Lanahan Readings in the American Politics

Racism in Oregon: A Brief Overview

Thank you to all who joined the LO community on Zoom to watch the presentation Racism in Oregon History: A Brief Overview. Please click here for a recording of the event to learn about Oregon's history from Kerry Tymchuk, executive director of the Oregon Historical Society. Kerry is joined by Eliza Canty-Jones, editor of the Oregon Historical Quarterly. The presentation focuses on racism in Oregon history.

Holiday Toy Drive at LOHS

The Lake Oswego High School junior class is hosting a holiday toy drive to collect new and like-new toys for children all ages under 13. The toy drop off will be in front of LOHS.

Wednesday, Dec. 16, 1-2 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 17, 5-6 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 18, 5-6 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 19, 10-11 a.m.

Suggested donations include Play Doh, Legos, board games, toy cars, dolls, sports balls, craft kits, and books appropriate for children under 13. All donations will go to Toy & Joy Makers with Portland Fire and Rescue. More information can be found at this link:

Grab & Go Meals During Winter Break

During Winter Break (Dec. 19-Jan. 3), LOSD is offering grab & go meals. Seven days of breakfasts and lunches will be available for pick up from the following two schools only:

Lake Oswego High School and Lakeridge High School

Monday, Dec. 21 and Monday, Dec. 28

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

On Thursday, December 10, a meal count for the above dates will be taken for accuracy at the time you pick up your grab-and-go meals. We can provide one meal bag per child.

Face coverings are required at pickups.

Rotary's SASEE Award Nominations Open

Lake Oswego Rotary Club is seeking nominees for this year's SASEE Awards, which honor service above self in educational excellence.

Do you know an educator, support staff member, student or citizen who demonstrates a commitment to education through work, projects and activities that emphasize "service above self?" LO Rotary Club wants to recognize and support the people who make education in Lake Oswego exceptional.

Please click here to learn more and nominate someone.

LO Rotary Club awards thousands of dollars in cash and scholarships in several SASEE categories. In each case, SASEE Award recipients have the opportunity to “pay it forward” by passing their monetary award on to their school or project.

  • Teachers, administrators and support staff: $1,000 for their school or project
  • Students: $1,000 for their school or project
  • Citizens: $2,500 scholarships awarded in their names to students who also demonstrate "service above self"
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What's New at Community School?

The LOSD Community School is offering virtual enrichment programs and activities for students of all ages including culinary, STEM, arts, language, and athletics.

Check out this week's edition.

3 Ws: Watch Distance, Wear Mask, Wash Hands

In order to bring students back into schools, we must control the COVID-19 transmission in our community, and in the tri-county area. We are seeing increases in children with COVID-19 around the country, which is a concerning trend. The community's actions (wear mask, wash hands, watch distance) directly impact our schools.

Local Testing Sites for Covid-19

For testing Covid-19 sites in our area, please click on the county:

Clackamas County COVID-19 Testing Sites

Washington County COVID-19 Testing Sites

Multnomah County COVID-19 Testing Sites

Oregon Health Authority has also released a webpage that allows users to put in their address or zip code to find the nearest testing site. Click here to find a testing site near you

Childcare Providers in Clackamas County

Clackamas County currently has 76 childcare providers who have openings for child care. 211 is the first point of contact if parents are interested in reaching out about child care options in the area. Parents will need to have the following information ready when working with 211.

  • parent first name and last name
  • child’s DOB and first name
  • address to search for care (near home or work)
  • email address to send referrals
  • any childcare requests
  • days/times needed

Parents can reach 211 in the following ways:

  • Calling 211 1-866-698-6155 - Listen to the prompt for child care and press the specified number
  • Texting the keyword “children” or “niños” to 898211 (TXT211)
  • Emailing
  • Click here to visit the website

Clackamas CCRR can support parents if they aren't able to connect with 211. CCRR can be reached at (503) 675-4100 or via e-mail at

Tutoring Resources

Are you looking for someone to tutor your students? Many people, including students, reach out to LOSD offering assistance. Each year LOSD updates its list of approved tutors. Click here to access that list.


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.)

Get Social: Follow, Share, Engage

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

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