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LOSD News • April 29, 2022

In this Message:

Message from the Superintendent

LOSD Students Awarded Top Honors In Regional Art Show

LOSD Elementary Teams Shine in OBOB Regionals

Lake Oswego's ToborTech Won Top Honors in Robotics World Championship

Kindergarten Registration Deadline Today

Time to Verify Your Student's Information

Preparing for the Transition to Adulthood Information Session

Board Approves Language Arts and World Languages Curriculum

Lake Grove Swim Park Opens June 11

Lakeridge Middle School Presents Matilda Jr.

LOSD COVID-19 Information:

  • Places to Access Vaccines
  • Stay Home When Ill & Test for COVID-19
  • OHA COVID-19 Exclusion Guidance
  • Community Transition Level: Green
  • LOSD COVID-19 Dashboard


  • Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Community Threat Bulletin

  • Fentanyl Fake and Fatal Awareness Event

  • Students Needed for City Advisory Boards

  • LO Youth Football Spring Clinic Registration

  • Lakeridge Youth Football Spring Clinic Registration

Regular Reminders:
  • What's New at Community School
  • Hunger Fighters
  • Clothing Closet
  • Safe Oregon
  • Get Social with LOSD

Message from the Superintendent

Next week is National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2-6. Here in LOSD we take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to our extraordinary teachers and staff who work tirelessly with students and their families to help them thrive in school and in life.

LOSD is not only ranked the number one school district in Oregon and among the top in the nation, also LOSD is ranked number one for the best educators! Niche determines these annual rankings based on state and local data, as well as comments from our community. What we say about our teachers and staff matters -- please be sure to let them know how much they are appreciated next week and every week!

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LOSD Students Awarded Top Honors In Regional Art Show

For the second year in a row, Reese Stame of Lake Oswego High School took “Best of Show” honors at the Clackamas Education Service District Regional Art Show. Her winning work was a charcoal portrait entitled “Math Tutoring.”

The awards ceremony honored all 154 students representing eight school districts in Clackamas County who submitted artwork to this year’s show. More than 30 juried awards were presented during the ceremony, which was preceded by a reception for student artists and their teachers and families.

LOHS had another double winner: Jamie Liu earned a 12th-grade second-place award as well as the Staff Choice Award, voted on by employees of Clackamas ESD. The ESD will purchase Liu’s artwork, an acrylic painting entitled “Return Home,” and keep it on permanent display.

In addition, Finley MacLauchlan of Lakeridge Middle School was among 15 students whose artworks were selected for a special exhibition.

Pictured left to right: “Return Home” by Jamie Liu and “Math Tutoring” by Reese Stame

LOSD Elementary Teams Shine in OBOB Regionals

It’s been a banner year for LOSD schools in the Oregon Battle of the Books competitions! The elementary school regional competitions took place these last two weekends.

Westridge took second place in their Regional, putting up the sixth highest championship round score in the state, just two questions shy of tying for the best score in all of Oregon. Hallinan took first place in their Regional, posting two perfect rounds on the way to their championship, with River Grove making it to the finals, Oak Creek to the semi-finals, and Lake Grove and Forest Hills to the quarterfinals. The only teams to beat LOSD teams in the bracket play of this Regional were other LOSD teams! Congratulations to all who participated in OBOB this year. You inspire us to want to read more!

Lake Oswego's ToborTech Won Top Honors in Robotics World Championship

Lake Oswego's robotics team ToborTech, the reigning alliance captain from the Oregon State Championship, finished strong in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) World Championships. ToborTech ranked 14th in the Franklin Division and was a finalist for the Control Award. More than 7,000 teams compete in FTC and only the top 2 percent from around the world earn a chance to compete in the championships.

Pictured team members in the front row (left to right): Ian (Yiming) Le (LOHS), Aidan Kwapisz (LOHS), Aaron Tsai (LOHS), Teddy Wang (LOJ), Alyssa Baek (LOJ). Members in the back row (left to right): Sophia Kamsha (LOHS), Ian Hsieh (LOHS), Winston Tang (Wilsonville HS), Jiyu Yang (LOHS), Liam Aranda-Michel (LOHS), Nathan Weng (LOHS), Mark Williams (LOHS), Jared Mistui (LOHS). Not shown in the picture: Sasha Fefelova (LOHS)

Kindergarten Registration Deadline Today

Register your student for kindergarten for the 2022-23 school year by TODAY, Friday, Apr. 29

In the event that kindergarten enrollment requires a lottery due to over-capacity at any school, incoming kindergarten students must be registered by April 29, 2022, to be included in the tiered priority process. Please click here for Kindergarten lottery details

Time to Verify Your Student's Information

Beginning April 29, LOSD needs parents/guardians of all students enrolled for the 2022-23 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.

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.
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Board Approves Recommended Language Arts and World Languages Curriculum Adoption

The School Board approved the recommendations to adopt a new Language Arts and a new World Language curriculum. HMH (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) was selected for K-8 and McGraw Hill was selected for grades 9-12. The new curriculum has been ordered with the intention of implementing it starting in the 2022-23 school year.

The board praised the district team's adoption process for its thoroughness and responsiveness to the needs of our students, and for the personal engagement with our community. Student, staff and parent feedback through surveys and pilot projects helped inform the recommendations and more than 400 people visited the online site to review and provide feedback about the proposed curriculum. All who engaged in the review left having their questions answered and expressed support for the recommended curriculum.

Lake Grove Swim Park Opens June 11

The Lake Grove Swim Park, owned and operated by LOSD, opens for the 2022 season June 11, 12- 8 p.m. daily. The park may be used by all LOSD students. Students under 7 years of age must be accompanied by a guardian who has access to the park.

All Lake Oswego children are eligible for swim park swimming lessons, even if their household is not eligible for a park pass.

See Lake Grove Swim Park on the district website for more information.

Lakeridge Middle School Presents Matilda Jr.

Lakeridge Middle School Theater Arts presents Matilda Jr, a gleefully witty ode to the anarchy of childhood and the power of imagination. Order tickets through the QR code in the flyer (left).

May 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21

All dates have shows at 7:30 p.m.; Matinee May 14 at 1 p.m.

Lakeridge Middle School

Order tickets through the QR code in the flyer or click here to purchase tickets.

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Stay Home When Ill & Test for COVID-19

If your student experiences any of the following symptoms, please have them stay home, and contact their school office or district nurse about possible exclusion from school and COVID-19 testing.

Primary COVID-19 symptoms: • Cough • Temperature of 100.4 degrees F. or higher or chills • Shortness of breath or Difficulty breathing • New loss of taste or smell

Non-primary COVID-19 symptoms: • Fatigue • Muscle or body aches • Headache • Sore throat • Nasal congestion or runny nose • Nausea or vomiting • Diarrhea


  1. You may obtain free Covid-19 at-home test kits at

  2. Vaccination remains the best protection against serious illness from COVID-19 and reduces spread of the disease. Find a vaccine appointment for ages 5 and older at Get Vaccinated Oregon.

  3. Please Keep Ill Students Out of School guide for communicable disease symptoms.

  4. Covid-19 Exclusion Summary Guidance for K-12 chart (see image below)

  5. Click here for LOSD nurse contact information

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Community Level: Green

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) looks at the combination of three metrics — new COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 population in the past 7 days, the percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients, and total new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population in the past 7 days — to determine the COVID-19 community levels. Using this data, the COVID-19 community level is classified as low, medium, or high. Clackamas County is currently in low (green). Click here to follow the CDC COVID-19 Data Tracker Weekly Review.

LOSD COVID-19 Dashboard

The LOSD COVID-19 Dashboard is up to date, corresponding with new reporting protocols for Clackamas County Public Health. The new dashboard shows the number of staff and students who have reported to LOSD testing positive for COVID-19, regardless of school exposure.

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Fentanyl Community Threat Bulletin

The Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program has provided a Community Threat Bulletin concerning the risk of fentanyl overdose deaths in school-aged youth with guidance for parents and youth. Click here for the bulletin.
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Students Needed for City Advisory Boards

The City of Lake Oswego is seeking rising sophomores and juniors who are residents of the City of Lake Oswego to serve on its Youth Advisory Boards.

The City Council will be appointing youth members to seven advisory boards, including the Historic Resources Advisory Board, Library Advisory Board, Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Advisory Board, and Transportation Advisory Board, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Board, and the Sustainability Advisory Board.

For more information on becoming a member of an advisory board, please complete the following requirements:

Applications will be accepted until May 31 on the City website. Interviews will be in mid-June, with term dates running from July 1 to June 30.

Applications and information are available at under Boards and Commissions. Please contact Kenny Hallquist, Deputy City Recorder at or 503-675-3984.

LO Youth Football Spring Clinic Registration

Lake Oswego Youth Football is excited to offer a four-session clinic in May with the LOHS varsity coaching staff. This no-contact camp will focus on skill development and agility training for players of all levels in current grades 2-7. Please click here to register!

Lakeridge Youth Football Spring Clinic Registration

Lakeridge Youth Football is thrilled to again work with Head Varsity Football Coach Spencer Phillips to offer a fun and worthwhile football training experience this spring. Please click here to register; be sure to sign up your athlete for the grade they will enter in fall 2022.

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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.

Hunger Fighters

The Hunger Fighters Food Pantry, located on the Lake Oswego High School campus in the house that is green, has new hours: Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m. and Saturdays from 1-2:30 p.m. Visit the website for more info.


Parents-guardians 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.

(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 @weareLOSD

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