Be Safe - Be Respectful - Be Responsible - Be a Hawk!

June 19, 2020

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Orchard Hill gets a new Principal!

Hello Orchard Hill families! My name is Curt Shenk and I am your new Principal. I would like to introduce myself and give you a little idea of whom you will be working with come this fall.

First off, you need to know that I am a people person and strongly believe in the power and importance of relationships. I have found that knowing ones story is a great way to begin developing a relationship. Therefore, I would like to share my story. I am not a prolific writer so this should be relatively brief.

I am the son of a dairy farmer. Our farm was in the Willamette valley outside the small community of Willamina. I grew up working on the farm and in a sawmill that was right down the road. I received my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Ed. from Western Oregon State College and my master’s degree in Administration from Portland State University.

I taught for nine years (mainly 5th & 6th grade) before moving into administration. My administrative experience has all been in the Phoenix Talent district: 3 years as the assistant principal and 5 years as the principal at Talent Middle School and 8 years as the principal at Talent Elementary. Working in the Phoenix Talent School District has been a blessing. It has the small town feel that I grew up in and I cannot imagine working anywhere else.

My wife Diane and I have been married for thirty years. We have two boys; Daniel age 20 and Matthew age 18. We enjoy the outdoors, snow skiing, and visiting National Parks. My personal favorite activity is playing baseball. It has been a joy of mine my entire life.

That is probably enough for now. I am looking forward to working with all of you and getting to know your stories. I officially start at Orchard Hill in early August, but will be in and out of the building most of July. We are facing some extraordinary opportunities to be great problem solvers as we look forward to next year. I anticipate some rewarding collaboration and cannot wait for the work to begin with students, parents, and staff.

See you all in the fall! GO HAWKS!!

Curt D. Shenk

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Yearbooks have FINALLY arrived. Families that purchased a yearbook online, can pick it up at the school office between 10 am - 2 pm. until June 25th. Please call the school office at 541-779-1766 if you need to make arrangements to get your yearbook outside of those hours.

We still have yearbooks available for purchase. Only $12!! Limited quantities.


Our district will be sending a survey via text and email, asking for your input on options to re-open school for 2020-2021. We will be working diligently through the summer on all possible plans so your responses will be vital in determining the direction of our decision. We value your opinion, so please take time to respond to the survey as soon as you receive it.


Any LIBRARY books that your student(s) checked out prior to spring break MUST be returned by June 25th.

We have placed a library book return receptacle out in front of the school. It will be there Monday - Friday from 7 am - 6 pm. You can place your student's books in the bin without having to come in the school.


All chromebooks need to be returned to the school prior to June 25th. Thank you to everyone that returned them on the previously scheduled return dates. Our tech dept. needs time to clean up the chromebooks and get them ready for the new school year.

Chromebooks can be returned to the school office until June 25th from 10 am - 2 p.m. If you're not able to come during these times, please call the office at 541-779-1766 to arrange to return the chromebooks another time.

You can also return chromebooks to our district office located at 401 West 4th Street in Phoenix.


All Orchard Hill families were sent an email inviting you to register now for the upcoming school year. If you haven't already, please check the email that you used to register your student last year. There's a link to the registration portal. If you didn't receive an email, please call our office before June 25th.

If you are having problems with your login information, please DO NOT register as a "new student" to bypass the returning student process. It's creates too many problems. Please call us so we can assist you. We can reset your password and tell you the email that you used. We can help!

We can also mail home the letter that you'll need to register your student. Call the office at 541-779-1766 to make that request.


Call-In Registration Begins

Monday, June 1st at 8:00 a.m.

Talent Membership Services: (541) 292-4851

As always, safety remains a number one priority and the Boys & Girls Club is doing everything possible to keep children, staff, and volunteers protected from the COVID-19 virus. On June 15th, the Grants Pass and Talent Clubs will open a limited Working Families Summer Relief Program closely following the Oregon Health Authority’s Guidelines on School Aged Youth Summer Programs. Within these regulations, there are strict attendance limitations and enhanced safety measures that have defined the way they've structured their Summer Relief Program.

Space is extremely limited compared to their normal summer programs. Please take note of these important details:

  • Registration is by Phone Only - membership applications, participant waivers, and additional program information will be sent to you after you are registered
  • Call-in Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, June 1st
  • Spaces are limited and will be filled by order of phone registration; a wait list will be created
  • Youth must be entering grades second through sixth this fall
  • Activities for Middle and High School youth are being developed
  • Program will be offered at the Grants Pass and Talent Clubs
  • Program cost will be $75 per week paid at the beginning of each week; contact Membership Services for financial assistance

We realize that Boys & Girls Clubs of the Rogue Valley is the only place that some of the families in our community can turn to when schools are closed. We are monitoring the state's guidelines diligently and will continue to operate with these limitations in place as long as we are able to provide a safe environment for our youth and staff.

Thank you for your continued patience and support in our Clubs! We are excited to be able to reopen to our community!

Grants Pass Membership Services: (541) 479-1923

Phoenix Talent Schools

District office is continuing to monitor coronavirus developments and will keep our families informed. Important information and updates regarding our school district will be sent to families by our Superintendent via text and/or email. We also encourage you to check our district website at www.phoenix.k12.or.us and follow us on Facebook.


Check out current job openings in our district.