PTS Rising Report
News and happenings from across Phoenix-Talent SD
A message from Superintendent Brent Barry
Dear PTS families,
As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, the Oregon Department of Education released its updated 2023 graduation data last week and I am proud to say that the Phoenix-Talent SD ranks among the top districts in the state and the top one in Southern Oregon when it comes to on-time graduation rates. At Phoenix High School, 144 out of 154 students in the 2022-23 adjusted cohort graduated on time (93.5%), and the district’s four-year grad rate was 90.1%.
I also want to draw your attention to a few important subgroups – 100% of Phoenix High’s migrant ed students graduated on time (that’s happened three years in a row), as did 94.5% of our economically disadvantaged students and 93.6% of our homeless students. These great numbers are a testament to the entire PTS family, which includes teachers, graduation specialists, administrators, students and of course their families.
While graduation rates are an important indicator of student success, they are hardly the only one. We closely monitor our students’ progress throughout the school year in many different ways, including diagnostic testing, and there is some great news on that front, too. During last night’s school board meeting, Orchard Hill principal Kent Vallier reported that in his school’s most recent reading achievement test, 50% of OES students (144 children) tested at or above grade level. That’s a 21% increase since the last time they were tested, which was only four months ago. That is some incredible progress!
Also at last night’s board meeting, Phoenix Elementary teacher Shawna Schleif revealed that five out of the school’s six grade are testing above average in reading growth, which is another crucial indicator that we keep a close eye on. This is all great news, but we realize that there is still a lot of work to be done to reach our goals. Rest assured, that work is ongoing and is at the forefront of everything our educators do, in every building and every classroom.
Lastly, we will be hosting our first-ever PTS Family Math Night on Tuesday, February 27. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend. This is a unique opportunity, as iReady representatives will be on hand to show families how to access math resources and iReady curriculum, both of which can give your student a major boost. There will also be carnival-style games, pizza, prizes and a raffle, so you’re not going to want to miss it.
Thank you for your time, PTS, and please check out the latest “Loop With the Supt.” for some more details about what’s happening across the district. Have a great February, everybody!
Brent Barry, Superintendent
Future Chefs Challenge deadline looms
The Phoenix-Talent School District is proud to be able to host the annual Sodexo Future Chefs Challenge in March and is accepting recipe submissions from students online until the portal closes on February 18. The portal had been scheduled to close on January 31 but has been moved back to allow for more submissions.
Students in grades 3-5 are eligible. Two to three finalists from each PTS elementary school will be selected to compete in the always-exciting Future Chefs Challenge event on March 21 at Phoenix High School. In addition to the first-place prize, this year's winner will also be invited to participate in the Future Chefs Challenge national competition.
The finalists will be announced in late February. Click here to see what last year's Future Chefs Challenge looked like at PTS.
See the links below for information on how to submit recipes and tips. You may also call your school's front office for more information.
Student recipe submission guide: Click here
Event flyer with QR code (English): Click here
Event flyer with QR code (Spanish): Click here
Tips to be a Future Chefs finalist (English): Click here
Tips to be a Future Chefs finalist (Spanish): Click here
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Family Math Night featuring iReady
Family Math Night featuring iReady will be an opportunity for PTS families to learn how to access iReady tools while also having a blast. Pizza will be served and plenty of games will be on hand.
Tuesday, Feb 27, 2024, 05:30 PM
Phoenix High School, North Rose Street, Phoenix, OR, USA
February 1-29: Black History Month.
- February 15: PTS School Board meeting, at Orchard Hill Elementary.
February 19: Presidents Day (no school).
February 27: Family Math Day featuring iReady, at Phoenix High.
March 1: Disney Family Night, at Phoenix High.
March 7: PTS School Board meeting, at Phoenix High