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LOSD News • January 24, 2020

In this Message:

Message from the Superintendent

Follow Up SSA Survey Now Open

Elementary Boundary Review Work in Progress

Pool User Group Input Sessions

LO's Steve Coury Named Coach of the Year

Look for Bond Progress Report in Your Mailbox

High School Open Houses for 8th Graders

Registration Open for All New Students

ParentVue Accessible in Multiple Languages

Budget Committee Seeking New Member

Parent Info Night: Collaborative Problem Solving

Talk With Your Student About Bus Safety

You're Invited to the Rotary SASEE Award Dinner

Save the Date: First Annual Foundation Gala

Share Your Tales from Middle School

School-Related Info:

  • Electronic Recycling Drive

Community Info:

  • LO Rowing Registration
  • LO Softball Registration
  • Catch of the Day Crab Dinner
  • Youth Baseball Registration
  • Free Immunization clinic for children Feb. 5
  • Free Immunization clinic for children Feb. 12
  • ILovelakeoswego Moved to the Green House
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Message from the Superintendent

This school year in LOSD, we are focused on celebrating what’s right and looking toward what’s possible. Our 2019 graduation rate certainly gives us much to celebrate! Our overall graduation rate increased to 94.6%, which is incredible in and of itself. But there’s even more to celebrate. The graduation rate for each student group increased. Click here for a look at the graduation rates across the district.

It is outstanding that in LOSD, graduation rates increased in meaningful ways for students who identify as Hispanic/Latino and multiracial, students experiencing economic challenges, students with Special Education needs, and students learning English (Emerging Bilinguals). Our data clearly points to an increasing number of students having learning needs met, and being set up for success in post-secondary life.

We thank our exceptional teachers, classified staff and school and district leaders, who are dedicated to their craft and to meeting the academic and social-emotional needs of our students. In the spirit of continuous improvement, we will keep building on what’s working, and keep getting better as we strive to meet the needs of each and every child. Well done, LOSD!

Follow Up SSA Survey Open Now

LOSD is seeking more of your feedback to help inform how we invest grant funds from Oregon's Student Success Act (SSA).

Please click on this link and complete the survey.

The follow up survey asks you to rank investment possibilities based on what you think could provide the greatest impact for student success, particularly for students who have historically experienced academic disparities.

The survey is open until Feb. 4.

Thank you for your ongoing engagement and participation in this grant process.

Elementary Boundary Work in Progress

The Boundary Review Committee has begun its work. The committee will be meeting through mid-March to develop a recommendation on how to redraw elementary school boundaries starting in the 2020-2021 school year.

You may access all of the information shared and discussed at these meetings through the boundary landing page on Please note: maps are works in progress -- no decisions will be made until April, after hearing public input.

Meetings are open to public observation. Next week's meeting is on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 6-8 p.m, in the Staff Development Room, 2455 Country Club Rd. To share your feedback, please attend the Open Houses on Feb. 5 at Lakeridge High School and Mar. 4 at Lake Oswego High School, 6-8 p.m. At any time in the process, to provide comments regarding elementary boundaries, please email:

Look for Bond Progress Report in Your Mailbox

LOSD bond projects are well underway, and our $187 million worth of construction targets from the voter-approved Measure 3-515 are on track, on time and within budget. From safety and technology implementations to significant building renovations and a new middle school taking shape, we have a lot happening at all LOSD schools. Look for a complete progress report in your mailboxes over the next few days and on the today.

Thank you for your support as we build our future, together!

Pool User Group Input Sessions

The joint ad hoc task force - comprised of representatives from the Lake Oswego City Council and School Board and staff - are inviting major user groups in the Lake Oswego community to help inform the proposed concept for a possible joint recreation aquatic center.

User Group Input Session #1

Jan. 30, 2020

4-6:30 p.m.

For dryland/rec/golf users and neighborhood associations

User Group Input Session #2

Feb. 3, 2020

4-6:30 p.m.

For pool and unaffiliated users


Lake Oswego Maintenance Center

17601 Pilkington Rd
Lake Oswego, 97035

The user group input sessions are public meetings. Designated leads of the invited groups are being asked to give verbal testimony during their scheduled time. Other guests are welcome to sit and listen from the gallery. All are invited to submit written testimony via an online feedback form. The concept, feedback form, and designated leads are all available on the pool landing page on

LO's Steve Coury Named Coach of the Year

Lake Oswego High School football coach Steve Coury has been named the Northwest Section Football Coach of the Year.

The National Federation of State High School Associations bestows the honor. Coach Coury was nominated by the Oregon Schools Activities Association, and the northwest region that includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.

Honorees are judged upon their performance in the 2018-2019 school year, lifetime community involvement, school involvement, and philosophy of coaching.

Please join us in congratulating Coach Coury, and thanking him for the positive impact he has made on students and our community for the past 28 years.

Registration Open for All New Students

Help spread the word! Online registration is open as of Jan. 22 for all students who will be new to LOSD in the 2020-2021 school year. If you know anyone who is new to the area, please be sure to tell them.

High School Open Houses for 8th Graders

Learn about high school experiences from the principals, counselors and students at upcoming open houses for current eighth graders. Parents and students are welcome.

Lake Oswego High School Open House

Tuesday, Feb. 4

6-8 p.m.

Auditorium and Cafeteria

Lakeridge High School Open House occurred on Jan. 22.

ParentVue Available in Multiple Languages

ParentVUE and the online registration portals for LOSD are now available in English, Simplified Chinese, Korean, and Spanish. These are the four most common languages of our district families.

Budget Committee Seeking New Member

LOSD is currently accepting applications for one open position on the Legal Budget Committee. The Legal Budget Committee consists of members of the school board and five citizen members who are charged with reviewing and approving the budget for the upcoming school year. Citizen members are appointed to three-year terms and typically meet three to four times in the spring. The application can be found at: and is due Feb. 6, by 5 p.m.

Parent Info Night: Collaborative Problem Solving

Do you want to learn more about how to help your child when they experience challenging behaviors? Join parents and guardians for a night with Dr. James Sanders, Psy.D, Assistant Director of Student Services/Clinical Psychologist for LOSD to learn about "Collaborative Problem Solving, The Basics: Skill Not Will."

Thursday, Jan. 30


Lakeridge Middle School Library

How does Collaborative Problem Solving work?

Focus becomes teaching children lagging skills and helping children and their adult caretakers learn to resolve problems in a collaborative, mutually satisfactory manner.

“Challenging” behaviors

Can be: screaming, swearing, defying, hitting, spitting, throwing things, breaking things, crying, running, withdrawing

  • Challenging behaviors are a way for children to let us know they’re struggling

  • Challenging behavior is best understood as the byproduct of lagging thinking skills

    • INSTEAD OF as attention-seeking, manipulative, limit-testing, or a sign of poor motivation

  • Challenging behavior is best addressed by teaching children the skills they lack

    • INSTEAD OF through reward and punishment programs and intensive imposition of adult will

Talk With Your Student About Bus Safety

Did you know that the school bus is the safest vehicle on the road? Read more about why, and you can how to talk to your student about bus safety. This information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Nominate an Educator for Teacher of the Year

We have the opportunity to help select our Clackamas County region’s Teacher of the Year!

Please nominate outstanding educators for the 2021 Teacher of the Year award. It’s an easy way for you to honor excellent teachers.

Click here to nominate a teacher.

Nominations will be accepted through January 31. All nominated teachers will be contacted by the Oregon Department of Education in February and invited to submit formal applications for the award.

You're Invited to the Rotary SASEE Award Dinner

Join us in honoring individuals in our education community who create positive change in the world. Each year the Lake Oswego Rotary recognizes outstanding educators, support staff, students and citizen volunteers at its SASEE Awards Dinner. SASEE stands for Service Above Self in Educational Excellence.

Wednesday, Feb. 26

5:30 p.m.

Tualatin Country Club

9145 SW Tualatin Rd., Tualatin

To purchase your ticket, go to

Save the Date: First Annual Foundation Gala

Please save the date for the First Annual Foundation Gala. Hosted by the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation Board, this will be a fun evening of coming together to celebrate education in our community (yes this will replace the luncheon). We hope you can join us! More details coming, tickets go on sale in early February.

First Annual Foundation Gala, a celebration of education

March 7, 2020

6:30 - 10 p.m.

Ironlight, 525 3rd Street, Lake Oswego, OR 97034

P.S. This event is the same day as Lake Grove Elementary's Coyote Day. We hope you will still be able to join us, please buy a ticket and let us do the rest!

Share Your Tales from Middle School

As we anticipate a move out of the current school building and into a new Lakeridge Middle School in fall 2020, LOSD wants to honor the stories and experiences that have taken place at 4700 Jean Road over the years. Whether you have memories from the Bryant, Waluga, Lakeridge Junior High or Lakeridge Middle School days, we want to hear from you.

Help LMS Theatre Arts with a salute to the lives impacted by this community institution. We are looking for real stories and memories from people who were/are students, staff, parents of students of our school. Poignant, funny or just interesting stories are welcome as long as they're middle school appropriate. If your story is selected, the creative writing class will dramatize it for the Theatre arts department to produce as a spring play in 2020. Not all submissions will be selected, but we hope this can be part of a fitting celebration of this building’s impact on our community from 1962 to 2020.

Please respond with your story and share this Google Form.

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Electronic Recycling Drive

Lake Oswego High School students are hosting an Electronics Recycling Drive.

Monday-Friday, Feb. 10-14

7:30-9 a.m.

Lake Oswego High School

Please drop off your electronics in the main parking lot of LOHS. The parking lot gets busy from 7:50-8:30 a.m. so try to come before or after that time if you need to park and drop off something heavy off. We will have volunteers to help unload.

The event is sponsored by Green Century Electronics Recycling with support of Oregon State Contractor Program for Electronics Recycling and the LOHS Green Team. The complete list of acceptable and non-acceptable items will be posted on lohsgreenteam Instagram.

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LO Rowing Registration

Rowing season begins next month and registration is open. Lake Oswego Rowing Club is partnered with the City of Lake Oswego and LOSD Community School. For information, go to

LO Girls Softball Registration

Lake Oswego Girls Softball registration is open for the Spring 2020 Little League season (open to girls ages 4-14). Visit for more information.

Register by Jan. 31 to take advantage of the league's "Winter Special" pricing. Final registration deadline is Feb. 15, 2020.

Catch of the Day Crab Dinner

Get your crab dinners to benefit Pacer Baseball. Order online at by Monday, Jan. 27. Pick up your order at Lakeridge High School on Saturday, Feb. 1, between 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Youth Baseball Registration

Attention baseball families! Registration for the 2020 Pacer Youth Baseball Season is now open at Get your Pre-k through 6th grader signed up today! Regular registration ends February 15.

Free Immunization Clinic Feb. 5

Clackamas County Health, Housing and Human Services is offering immunization clinic free of charge to children with no health insurance, OHP or children with insurance that does not cover the cost of immunizations. Walk-in only, no appointments available.

Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020

4-6:30 p.m.

Boones Ferry Primary School

11495 SW Wilsonville Rd., Wilsonville

Questions? Call 503-655-8799.

If West Linn-Wilsonville School District is closed due to inclement weather, the clinic will be cancelled.

Free Immunization Clinic Feb. 12

Community Health in Motion is offering offering immunization clinic free of charge to children with no health insurance, OHP or children with insurance that does not cover the cost of immunizations. Walk-in only, no appointments available.

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020

4-7 p.m.

Providence Willamette Falls Community Health Center

519 15th Street, Oregon City

If North Clackamas School District is closed due to inclement weather, the clinic will be cancelled.

ILovelakeoswego Moved to the Green House

Ilovelakeoswego has moved behind the "green house" located on the far North corner of Lake Oswego High School, 2301 Hazel Road. ILoveLakeOswego is a student managed, donation based clothing closet for students enrolled in Lake Oswego School District.

Open Saturdays, 1-3 p.m. or other times by appointment

LOSD middle and high school students created the organization to benefit families who cannot regularly afford to buy new clothes, with the goal of helping foster confidence for a successful experience at school.

For more information, go to

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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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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.)

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What's New at Community School?

The LOSD Community School offers enrichment and athletic programs, and activities for students of all ages including robotics, STEM, arts, language, and theater.

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