The Current

LOSD News • May 14, 2021

In this Message:

Listening Session Frequently Asked Questions

Mask Rules Remain for Schools

Land Acknowledgement

Save the Date: Tour New Lakeridge Middle School

LOJ Teacher Educator of the Year Finalist

Lake Oswego Recreation and Aquatic Center Online Open House

Teen Lounge Open House Tonight

LO Equity Summit Tomorrow

SASEE Award Show Tuesday

Seeking Students for Youth Advisory Boards

Getting Real About Our Kids' Mental Health

Bond Development Committee Meeting

Legal Budget Committee Meeting

TAG Advisory Committee Meeting

Student Services Parent Advisory Committee Meeting

New Online Program Administrator & Immersion Program Coordinator

New Equity, Inclusion and Access Administrator

New Assistant Principal for Lakeridge High School

New Assistant Principal for Lakeridge Middle School

New Principal Forest Hills Elementary School

Regular Reminders:

  • Please Verify Your Student's Information
  • Get Social: Follow, Share, Engage @wearelosd
  • What's New at Community School
  • Subscribe to Lake Oswego Schools App
  • Back-to-School Clothes at Clothing Closet
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Information
  • 3 Ws: Watch Distance, Wear Mask, Wash Hands
  • Safe Oregon

Listening Session Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you to all who participated in the listening sessions with incoming superintendent Dr. Jennifer Schiele. While the discussions varied at each session there were several frequently asked questions. Click here for an updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) posted on the district website under Roadmap to Reopening.

Mask Rules Remain for Schools

Yesterday the CDC released new guidance related to fully vaccinated individuals and the use of face coverings and physical distancing, and then Governor Brown issued a video statement on how this new guidance will be implemented in Oregon. In her statement she shared, "Nothing is changing for schools this school year, and I expect education staff and students to continue to wear masks and physically distance, as outlined in our Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance." This also applies to all other individuals on school campus, including but not limited to: family members, volunteers, visitors, SROs, and other partners.


The Oregon Department of Education is currently working with the Oregon Health Authority on guidance for next school year. We will notify you of updates to RSSL guidance when we know more.

Land Acknowledgement

Earlier this year the School Board assembled an ad-hoc committee to study how LOSD will acknowledge the land that it occupies. Our schools are located on the ancestral homelands of the Clackamas Chinook [Cha-nook] and Tualatin Kalapuya [Cal-a-poo-yah] peoples, as well as other Indigenous peoples who made their homes along the Willamette and Tualatin rivers, and Waluga Lake, also known as Oswego Lake.


The Land Acknowledgment Committee, made up of teachers, students and parents-guardians including tribal citizens, anthropologists, and a retired professor who specialized in Native American History, met several times to learn about the history of indigenous peoples in Oregon, including the Grand Ronde Story to develop their recommended acknowledgement. In particular, they heard from and consulted with Dr. David G. Lewis, who holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Oregon and teaches Anthropology and Native Studies at Oregon State University. Dr. Lewis is a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and a descendant of the Takelma, Chinook, Molalla, and Santiam Kalapuya peoples of western Oregon.


Together, as part of the recommendations presented to the School Board this past Monday, the committee developed this land acknowledge statement.

Save the Date: Tour New Lakeridge Middle School

We are really excited to show off the new Lakeridge Middle School to our incoming students, district families and community residents. Mark your calendars for a very special tour of the brand new building on Saturday, June 5, between 9 a.m.-12 p.m. We will have more information about how to sign up for a tour in next week's newsletter.

LOJ Teacher Educator of the Year Finalist

Lake Oswego Middle School science teacher Beckie Plaza has been named an OnPoint Educator of the Year finalist. OnPoint’s annual education awards ceremony began in 2010 and celebrates local educators and schools that creatively engage students, inspire innovation in the classroom, and impact the lives of students and families. Congratulations Becky!

Lake Oswego Recreation and Aquatic Center Online Open House

Lake Oswego is designing a new Recreation and Aquatic Center and the city and school district want your feedback! Learn more about the plans for the new center and help refine designs through our online open house. Click here for the virtual community event, open now until June 4.

Teen Lounge Open House Tonight

Join the LO Teen Lounge for a meet & greet for incoming 6th graders! We will be hosting both a virtual and an in-person tour of the Lounge, as well as offering summer drop-in hours for incoming grades 6-12.


Virtual: Friday, May 14; 5-6 p.m.: Hear all about the Teen Lounge and take a virtual tour! To register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAuduqrrD0iHNPcVis7DddIH39qt5iQD-O7


In Person: Friday, May 21; 4-7 p.m.: This is open to all students, and it is the first opportunity for current 5th graders to see and visit the Teen Lounge. Parents are also invited, and will have opportunities to talk to staff about all of LOPR’s teen programming opportunities.


The LO Teen Lounge is located at 1060 Chandler Rd., Lake Oswego. Learn More at www.LOTeenScene.org. Any questions, please contact Jordan Morales at 503-534-5434 or teenprograms@lakeoswego.city

LO Equity Summit Tomorrow

The first virtual Equity Summit: A Spirit of Unity is tomorrow. All are welcome to participate.


Saturday, May 15

9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Please click here to register.


This Equity Summit is being planned by the Lake Oswego School District, the City of Lake Oswego, the Chamber of Commerce, Respond to Racism and LO for Love. Together we will take another step forward in ensuring equitable access, inclusion and opportunity for all our community members.


For questions, please contact Teresa Sanchez at sanchezt@loswego.k12.or.us or Megan Phelan at mphelan@ci.oswego.or.us.

SASEE Award Show

Once again this year, the Rotary Club of Lake Oswego will be presenting SASEE Awards to local individuals who have gone above and beyond to support education in our community. SASEE is an acronym for Service Above Self: Educational Excellence. This year’s awards will be presented on video, and you are cordially invited to the premiere:


Tuesday, May 18

8:00 p.m.

Here’s a link to the show: https://youtu.be/YT4Jr2h2emM


As in the past, SASEE Awards will be presented in three categories, Students, Educators, and Community Citizens. This year, our presenters are all past SASEE recipients. The Awards Video takes place at the newly opened Lakeridge Middle School, and the program was intentionally shot all over the school, so you could get a virtual tour while you watch.

Seeking Students for Youth Advisory Boards

Our high school students are invited to serve on the Lake Oswego Youth Advisory Boards to gain real-world experience serving on an advisory committee or board. In addition to giving back to our community, this is something students can site on college applications, job resumes, or count towards volunteer credits for school.


The City Council will be appointing one youth member to six advisory boards, including the Historic Resources Advisory Board, Library Advisory Board, Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Advisory Board, Transportation Advisory Board, and two youth members to the Sustainability Advisory Board and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Board. For more information on becoming a voting member of an advisory board, please complete the following requirements:


Only current juniors and sophomores who are residents of the City of Lake Oswego should apply. Applications will be accepted until May 31 on the City website. Interviews will be in mid-June, with term dates running from July 1. 2021 to June 30, 2022.


Applications and additional information are available at www.ci.oswego.or.us under Boards and Commissions. Please contact Kenny Hallquist, Deputy City Recorder at khallquist@lakeoswego.city or 503-675-3984.

Getting Real About Our Kids' Mental Health

More than 140 parents-guardians participated in the virtual workshop, "Getting Real About Our Kids' Mental Health: Parenting in a Pandemic" with LOSD parent, speaker and advocate Tara Rolstad.


The workshop was hosted by LOSD CARES, a Connection and Resilience in Education Series brought to us by our wellness team of school counselors, social workers and psychologists. Working with community mental health partners LOSD CARES provides families with support, information, and empowerment on issues surrounding mental health.


The presentation part of the session was recorded. Please click here to listen in.

Bond Development Committee Meeting

All are welcome to observe the meeting.


Wednesday, May 19

4:30-6:30 p.m.


Please see the district calendar for information to access this meeting.

TAG Advisory Committee Meeting

All are welcome to observe the meeting.


Wednesday, May 19

6-7:30 p.m.


Please see the district calendar for information to access this meeting.

Legal Budget Committee Meeting

All are welcome to observe the meeting


Wednesday, May 19

6-8 p.m.


Please access the meeting through the School Board Meetings.

Student Services Parent Advisory Committee Meeting

All are welcome to observe the meeting.


Thursday, May 20

6-8 p.m.


Please see the district calendar for information to access this meeting.

New Online Program Administrator & Immersion Program Coordinator

Lilian Sarlos will be serving as the LOSD Online Program Administrator and coordinating the LOSD Spanish Immersion Program. Lilian, currently serving as the principal of Oak Creek Elementary, is uniquely qualified to oversee both programs. She will move into her new position starting July 1, 2021.


This past year, Lilian has overseen the largest number of students in the LO Online program. She will continue this experience in supporting LOSD students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade who choose an online learning experience for the 2021-22 school year. With Lilian’s leadership, we anticipate being able to share more specific information about the program before school lets out in June.


Additionally, Lilian brings sought-after qualifications and skills to LOSD’s language immersion efforts. She is fluent in Spanish and has 23 years of experience teaching kindergarten-12th grades with a focus on learners for whom English is a second language (ESL), bilingual education and sustainability. She has served as an English Language Learner Teacher of Special Assignment in Oregon City School District and an elementary Spanish dual immersion teacher, a bilingual literacy specialist and an immersion coordinator in Portland Public and Woodburn School Districts.


The Spanish Immersion Task Force, charged with assessing the needs of the K-12 program, presented its findings at the school board meeting this past Monday. A key finding was the need for an immersion coordinator to help oversee the district’s program, which Lilian will fulfill.


Lilian earned a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Portland State University, a teaching bilingual K-12 credential from San Francisco State University, and a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in Spanish literature from Occidental College in Los Angeles.

New Equity, Inclusion and Access Administrator

Teresa Sanchez has been hired as the Equity, Inclusion and Access Administrator for Lake Oswego School District. In this position, Teresa will be serving as part of the district-wide Curriculum and Instructional team.


Teresa has worked extensively with LOSD and Oregon colleagues to bring the work of equity, diversity and inclusion to the forefront for teachers, staff, students, and community members, particularly in her role this past year as the Equity and Family Engagement TOSA (Teacher on Special Assignment). Her promotion to administrator further extends the impact the district can make in creating a culture of belonging, where each and every person in our learning community feels supported, connected and valued.


Teresa has been with LOSD for 18 years, serving as a Spanish teacher at Lake Oswego High School for much of her tenure. Before coming to LOSD, served as a Spanish teacher in the Oregon City School District, an elementary summer school principal in the Canby Migrant Summer School and worked as a news reporter for Puerto Rico’s House of Representatives.


She holds a bachelor’s in Foreign Language, a bachelor’s in Communications, a master’s in Spanish, and an administrator licensure in education.


Assistant Principal Lakeridge High School

Dr. Sonya Willis has been hired as the assistant principal of Lakeridge High School.


Sonya brings with her 23 years of experience as an accomplished and creative administrator and educator, recognized for revitalizing school goals, initiating programs and capturing opportunities for staff and students. She is also the published author of the novel Touch: Breaking My Mother’s Silence.


Sonya earned her doctoral degrees in urban leadership and policy studies and in secondary school administration from University of Missouri, Kansas City, Missouri. She earned her master’s degree in multicultural curriculum and instruction from Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, and her bachelor’s degrees in secondary education from University of Missouri, Kansas CIty, Missouri, and in journalism from Baker university, Baldwin City, Kansas.


Sonya will fill the assistant principal position made available by Kristen Coyler, who will be serving as the principal of Lake Oswego High School.


Assistant Principal Lakeridge Middle School

Amy Hattendorf has been hired as the assistant principal of Lakeridge Middle School.


Amy brings with her almost two decades of experience as a leader and educator. She is currently serving as the student success coach for Kinnaman Elementary in Beaverton School District where she is responsible for implementing social and emotional learning strategies and trauma informed response practices for students, staff, and families. Prior to that position, Amy served as a teacher on special assignment for the Beaverton School District supporting a variety of district programs, and stepping in as a substitute assistant principal at Cedar Park and Stoller Middle Schools as needed. Amy also has seven years of middle school teaching experience.


Amy earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education from University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign, and completed her administrator licensure through Portland State University.


She will fill the assistant principal position made available by Ryann Furrer, who has accepted a position with Oregon City School District.


Principal Forest Hills Elementary

Jim Mangan has been hired as the principal of Forest Hills Elementary School.


Jim brings with him more than two decades of experience in school administration and as an educator. He is currently serving as vice principal of Mid Valley Elementary School in Hood River, Oregon. He is recognized for leading a culture of excellence and equity within a community of care.


Jim earned his Masters of Education in Administration from Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon, and his Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education from University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon.


Jim will fill the principal position made available by Patrick Shuckerow, who will be moving closer to home as a principal in the Sherwood School District.

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Please Verify Your Student's Information

Beginning April 30, LOSD needs parents-guardians of all students enrolled for the 2021-22 school year to log into ParentVUE and review/update your students' information through the Register/Verify tab. This benefits both families and schools by:


  • Ensuring that schools have accurate information to reach parents and other contacts in both emergency and non-emergency situations. Verification is important even if your address or contact information has not changed over the past year because the school may have incorrect information from a previous year.
  • Confirming parent email addresses for Google Classroom and other applications to participate in your student's learning.
  • Enabling distribution of key information in the district's K-12 Family Handbook and Technology Agreement.


If you have forgotten your ParentVUE password, go to the login page, click "I am a Parent," then click "Forgot Password." If you are unsure whether you have a ParentVUE account, contact your student's school. For assistance with the verification process, refer to the user guide on the LOSD website or contact your student's school.

Get Social: Follow, Share, Engage @wearelosd

LOSD has changed its social media handle. Please join us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @wearelosd

Subscribe to Lake Oswego Schools App

Stay connected to the district and your school(s) and receive urgent notifications by subscribing to the Lake Oswego Schools App.

Back-to-School Clothes at Clothing Closet

I Love Lake Oswego Clothing Closet is a donation-based closet that provides clothing items and hygiene products for residents, students, and employees that work or live within Lake Oswego.


Open Saturdays

9 a.m.-12 p.m.


Visit https://www.ilovelakeoswego.com for more information.

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.

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.)