The Current

LOSD News • April 10, 2020

In this Message:

Message from the Superintendent

National Assistant Principal Appreciation Week

Seniors' Path to Graduation

OSAA Cancels Spring Season

Distance Learning for All: What to Expect

Distance Learning Resources: Getting Started

Tech Support & Devices

Quick Tutorial on Self-Service iPads

Meal Service for All Students in Need

School Counselors Available for You

Emergency Childcare

Restricting Access to Schools

Kindergarten Registration Due May 1

Bond Work Continues

School Board Work Session

Board Committee Application Deadline Extended

SSPAC Positions Open

Foundation Names New Executive Director

Foundation Board Applications Extended

Cloth Face Covers and Hand Hygiene

Regular Reminders:

  • Safe Oregon
  • Get Social with LOSD
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Message from the Superintendent

It has been a tough week for everyone in education -- teachers, staff, students and families -- with the announcement that school campuses in Oregon will stay closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. The Governor made this decision in order to facilitate social distancing in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.


Not returning to school in-person, while necessary for health and safety, is heartbreaking on many levels. We are incredibly sad that we will not be coming back together as a community for the remainder of this school year. We know and understand that this is difficult news to hear for our staff, students and families.


District leaders and staff have begun working on adjusting plans for events and activities that typically occur in these remaining months of school, and we will communicate these in coming days and weeks. In the meantime, Distance Learning for All will officially begin on Monday, April 13.


It this issue of The Current we have new and updated information about resources and services for our families, as well as notices on other district business progressing despite school closures.

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Seniors' Path to Graduation

Distance Learning for All will be happening for all students in 9th-11th grade but things are a bit different for students in 12th grade.


For all of the classes seniors were passing with a D- or higher on their third quarter report card (as posted in StudentVue on April 1), they will receive a P (Passing) as their final grade for the second semester and earn that class credit for graduation. This means that seniors who were on track to graduate and were passing all of their classes are now done with what is required to earn a high school diploma and graduate from Lake Oswego School District and the state of Oregon.


For all of the classes seniors were not passing on their third quarter report card, they will initially receive an I (incomplete) and they will work with their teacher to complete work and demonstrate proficiencies to pass the course. This means that seniors who weren't on track to graduate (by being credit deficient in a category) will be in communication with teachers, counselors, and administration to set up a pathway to graduation.


Earning Pass grades does not affect the overall cumulative grade point average and it does allow credit for classes. It is expected that earning Pass grades in this situation will be understood by colleges and universities as students across the globe are in a similar situation. We will include information about how the pandemic has affected grading statewide in our school profile, and our state is communicating with higher education commissions as well.


Most seniors will have completed what is required. All are strongly encouraged to keep participating in Distance Learning activities in their Advanced Placement (AP) courses until the AP exams. Also, all seniors can continue to receive support on college and career planning from our staff. And, most importantly, we want all to stay in touch and connected.

OSAA Cancelled Spring Season

As a result of the Governor’s extended school closure through the remainder of the school year to facilitate social distancing, the Oregon Schools Activities Association (OSAA) has cancelled spring sports as well.


OSAA discussed the potential of shifting spring activities and state championships into the summer. It's board is not supportive of that concept at this time. Concerns included increased staffing and personnel costs for school districts already facing uncertain financial impacts, scheduling issues regarding facility availability, plus student/family commitments for jobs, travel, etc.

Distance Learning for All: What to Expect

Distance Learning for All begins on Monday, April 13. Teachers and staff will be providing teaching and learning in accordance with guidance from the Oregon Department of Education. Please click here for sample instructional days by grade level for students in LOSD.

Distance Learning Resources Updated

New digital materials to support you and your students with distance learning have been created, including two helpful Frequently Asked Questions Infographics:


These and other materials can be found on Distance Learning Resources on losdschools.org, a new central location for resources, instructions and supports while schools are closed.

Tech Support & Devices

Having trouble with your device? Please submit a help request ticket here or go onto losdschools.org if you run into any technology concerns. Your help request ticket will get routed to the best person to assist you with your needs.


Having trouble with student user names and/or passwords? Your school library tech can help -- please click here for their emails.


In need of an instructional device for your student? Please email info@loswego.k12.or.us.

Quick Tutorial on iPads Self Service

This is Michael from the CNS department at Lake Oswego School District. I'm going to give you a quick tutorial on Self Service.


Student iPads are centrally managed by the district; meaning, an Apple admin adds and removes apps and configurations for each device. Apps are vetted and approved by the Director of Technology and must comply with COPPA/FERPA guidelines. When free apps are approved, they're placed in Self Service. Think of Self Service as the District's app store. Paid apps are not placed in Self Service; instead, they're installed automatically. If your student is missing an app on their school iPad, please submit a work order here. Thank you and stay safe.

Meal Service for All Students in Need

LOSD is providing free meal service for all students in need -- no sign-up required. The “grab and go” meals are available for pick up every Monday and Wednesday, between 10:30-11:30, at any one of the following four schools:

  • Lake Oswego High School

  • Lake Grove Elementary School

  • Lakeridge Middle School

  • Lakeridge High School


Recipients may pick up the “grab and go” meals at the front entrance of each school. Students or a parent or guardian may pick up on behalf of a student by showing enrollment ID number or by providing the student’s name. Pick up will be for 2-3 days worth of breakfast and lunch meals.


Additional Community Resources


Hunger Fighters is continuing to serve all families in Lake Oswego on Wednesdays between 4-6 p.m. and Saturdays between 1-4 p.m. Please check the Hunger Fighters website for updates and more information. Local businesses and individuals have donated generously, and Hunger Fighters is prepared to serve all in need.


We understand the additional hardships brought on by school closures. Please consider participating in these meal services provided by LOSD and our community partners.

Emergency Childcare

LOSD is providing emergency childcare for first responders, emergency workers, health care professionals and all who are working on the frontlines to keep our community safe and whole.


Please call 211, an information service that connects people with health and social organizations, to find available childcare providers in our area and to begin the registration process for this emergency service.

School Counselors Available for You

We care deeply about the social and emotional well being of our community, and want you to know that LOSD school counselors and social workers are available if ever you need them. Please email your school counselor. Or, if your concern is urgent, please call the 24-7 Clackamas County Crisis and Support at 503-655-8585.


Forest Hills, Hayley Drimmel, drimmelh@loswego.k12.or.us

Hallinan, Brittany Erspamer, erspameb@loswego.k12.or.us

Lake Grove, Wendy Post, postw@loswego.k12.or.us

Oak Creek, Diana Thompson, thompsod@loswego.k12.or.us

Oak Creek, Hannah Dawson, dawsonh@loswego.k12.or.us

River Grove, Blaise Hammer, hammerb@loswego.k12.or.us

River Grove, Jodi Pope, popej@loswego.k12.or.us

Westridge, Gary Kieser, kieserg@loswego.k12.or.us


Lake Oswego Junior High

Carrie Trullinger (6th grade), trullinc@loswego.k12.or.us

Molly Healy (7th grade), healym@loswego.k12.or.us

Emily Gillard (8th grade), gillarde@loswego.k12.or.us


Lakeridge Middle School

Monica Binder (6th grade), binderkm@loswego.k12.or.us

Marcy Watts (7th grade), wattsm@loswego.k12.or.us

Callista Charon (8th grade), charonc@loswego.k12.or.us


Lake Oswego High School

Molly Clark, (9th grade), clarkm@loswego.k12.or.us

John Benz, (A-Ha, 10th-12th grade), benzj@loswego.k12.or.us

Michele Tyra, (He-O, 10th-12th grade), tyram@loswego.k12.or.us

Molly Ferris, (P-Z, 10th-12th grade), ferrism@loswego.k12.or.us

Sina Wibstad, School Social Worker, wibstadt@loswego.k12.or.us


Lakeridge High School

Brent Prasnikar (A-Di), prasnikb@loswego.k12.or.us

Debra Stevens (Dh-Kh), stevensd1@loswego.k12.or.us

Olivia Young (Kl-Pq), youngo@loswego.k12.or.us

Lee Brown (Pr-Z), brownl@loswego.k12.or.us

Suzanne McCann, School Social Worker, mccanns@loswego.k12.or.us

Restricting Access to Schools

At this time, we cannot allow parents or students to enter school buildings. In a few weeks, we will reevaluate and may consider scheduling time for parents and guardians to request access to lockers and desks.


Most district work and functions can be done remotely, but a few essential tasks require an onsite presence. For the safety of our staff and the community, we are restricting the number of people entering schools to essential staff only.

Kindergarten Registration Due May 1

If you have an incoming Kindergarten Student, please click here to register as soon as possible - the registration deadline is May 1.


  • On May 1st, any school that has more age-eligible registered kindergarten students than capacity will conduct a lottery.
  • Lottery Deadline: May 1, 2020.
  • Lottery Tier 1: Applicants with age-eligible siblings currently attending the same resident school will be given priority and will not go into the lottery but MUST register by the May 1 deadline.
  • Lottery Tier 2: Age-eligible registrations received by May 1, 2020.
  • Lottery Tier 3: All registrations (including sibling and early admission) received after May 1, 2020 are subject to availability.
  • Lottery Date: May 6, 2020.
  • Lottery Notification Date: May 8, 2020.
  • All enrollments not selected in the lottery or received after the May 1 cut off, whose school is at capacity, would then be automatically overflowed to other schools in the district.
  • Overflow schools won't be finalized until summer and we will notify families as soon as school assignments are determined.
  • Most families are enrolled and attend at their resident school and are not included in the lottery process.
  • Bus transportation will be provided for overflow students.
  • Early-admission candidates must be assessed and pass the approval process. Approved early-admission students will be placed at the end of the applicant list for placement in their resident school.
  • Any students who are overflowed for kindergarten will return to their home school for first grade.

Bond Work Continues

Despite school closures, material delays and labor constraints caused by the global pandemic, the LOSD bond team is continuing work already in progress on our school buildings.


Work at Lakeridge Middle School and Oak Creek is moving along and facilities improvements have begun at Hallinan with students and staff out of the building. The bond team is conducting business with extra precautions in place. To read more about it, click here for an update in the Lake Oswego Review.

School Board Work Session

Board of Directors Meeting


Monday, April 13

Regular Session - 6:00 p.m.

Working Session - approx. 6:10 p.m.


See the full agenda and supporting materials here.


All board members and administrators will be participating in the meeting remotely. There will not be a public gathering in the LOSD Administration Board Room.


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 losdschools.org. You can watch the meeting live or a recording afterwards.


If you wish to comment on an agenda item or another item not on the agenda, please submit your comments by Monday, April 13 at 12 p.m. to losdschoolboard@loswego.k12.or.us. IMPORTANT: Please type “4/13/20 Testimony” in the subject line and include your 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. All non-agenda item testimony will be posted online under agenda item 2.0. For testimony received after the 12:00 noon deadline, names of patrons will not be read during the meeting, however, testimony will be posted online at the conclusion of the meeting in accordance with the aforementioned procedures.


Thank you for your continued engagement and participation during our school closures.

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Deadline for Applications Extended to April 17

Applications for board appointed committees are due today. For terms beginning in June 2020, please complete and submit the attached application to the chair of the committee or principal of the SAC of interest to you by April 17.


Interested in getting involved? If so, consider serving on one of the district and board-appointed advisory committees. As part of its continuous efforts to increase communication with the public and to provide for citizen involvement, the School Board appoints advisory committees to consider matters of district-wide importance. Committees meet monthly, September through May.



Committee members are appointed to serve two-year terms, except SSPAC is three-year term. Applications will be reviewed, and recommendations sent to the Board for appointments.

SSPAC Positions Open

The purpose of the Student Services Parent Advisory Committee is to provide advice and feedback to district staff and the LOSD School Board on issues related to disability. This committee strives to connect special needs families in Lake Oswego with resources, events, and each other to benefit our kids.


The committee strives to have all schools and as many needs as possible represented. The coming year SSPAC is seeking members to fill three positions: one representative from Forest Hills, and two at-large positions (from any school in the district).


If interested in serving on SSPAC, please submit this application to Patrick Tomblin, patrick.tomblin@loswego.k12.or.us by April 17.

Foundation Names New Executive Director

Lake Oswego Schools Foundation is pleased to announce Whitney Woolf has been named its new executive director. Whitney will be leading and managing the beloved institution that has brought together our community to support LOSD for more than 35 years.


Whitney brings to the executive director position more than 25 years of fundraising, education and business marketing experience. Whitney has been a significant contributor to the Foundation for more than five years, both as a member of the staff and as a volunteer member of the board of directors, including serving as the annual campaign co-chair. Whitney has been instrumental in shifting the operations and focus of the Foundation organization, and developing the endowment campaign.


Whitney has extensive experience serving in the LOSD community. She was parent club president of Lake Grove Elementary and Lake Oswego Junior High. Respected by parents and staff alike, Whitney was hired on to the Lake Grove front office team, where she was a beloved member of the staff for two years.


Prior to sharing her talents with LOSD, Whitney worked as a product manager for HP, leading world-wide product marketing efforts for consumer products. And also served in marketing roles at InFocus as well as high technology startups in the Portland area. Prior to her career in marketing, she lived in Tokyo, Japan for three years and taught conversational English to employees of Fortune 100 companies such as Microsoft, IBM, Merrill Lynch, AT&T, and NHK.


Whitney holds a bachelor of arts from California State University, Chico. She was hired as the executive director after a competitive search that included more than two dozen qualified candidates.


Whitney has been serving as the interim executive director of the Foundation since October 2019, and prior to that as the project manager since 2018. She is succeeding Mary Kay Larson, who had served as executive director of the Foundation since 2016.


Please join us in welcoming Whitney to her new position with the Foundation. She will begin in her new position immediately.

Foundation Board Applications Extended

Are you interested in contributing to a dynamic volunteer organization dedicated to advancing our community's commitment to educational excellence?


The Foundation is seeking parents/guardians, students and community residents to serve on its Board of Directors. Board members must demonstrate a commitment to the Foundation, LOSD and the Lake Oswego community.


The term for new board members will begin June 2020. Board members commit to a two-year term and may serve up to three terms. Please click HERE to download. The application provides more information about being a board member.


Interested people should submit applications by Friday, April 24, 2020. The Nominating committee will review applications and conduct interviews the week of April 27, 2020. Please send your completed application via email to woolfw@loswego.k12.or.us.

Cloth Face Coverings and Hand Hygiene

With new guidance from the CDC about wearing masks and the continued importance of hand washing, our LOSD nurses have created a "Do's and Don'ts of Cloth Face Coverings and Hand Hygiene" for your reference. Please click here or go to the Health Alert landing page for details.
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SafeOregon

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.


https://www.safeoregon.com/

(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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