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

MAY 4, 2020

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Greetings from Principal Carpenter

Dear OHES Families,

I hope you are all doing well and staying safe during this pandemic that we continue to face. Even though our school doors are closed we stand available to encourage you, help you learn and be there with you through this difficult time.

Most of our students are engaged in weekly assignments and class virtual meetings. I thank you for helping your child take responsibility for their learning during this 3 month distance learning time. Much learning IS taking place. If you student is not connected or completing assignments, please encourage them to do so and stay in contact with your student's teacher. We want to make sure that students are not falling behind during this time and continue to prepare academically for next year.

The last official day for students is June 10th. The last 2 weeks of May will be completing end of year online assessments to determine progress that students have made in reading and math. The first week of June will be the last week for students to complete assignments and activities for their class.

Finally, this week, May 4th - 8th, is National Teacher Appreciation week. Please take time to thank your teacher for all of their work supporting you child’s learning. I also want to take a moment to thank YOU, our families, for stepping in on the home front to be your student's teacher. Your role is a vital one and, as you've discovered, teaching is not an easy profession! Together we can help our students learn and grow.

Yours for Kids,

Principal Carpenter

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Teacher Appreciation Week

This year celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week looks vastly different than any other year. We're not only showing appreciation for classroom teachers, but also to all of our parents and caregivers that have had to become a teacher whether you wanted to or not.

The COVID-19 pandemic has given families everywhere an up-close look at the relentless and often thankless job of educators. If you would like to give a shout out to our teachers during this week of appreciation, you can do that in the following ways:

  • Post on social media a video or photo message from your student for their teacher. Tag Orchard Hill Elementary Hawks facebook page so we can all see.
  • Send an email message from your student to orchardhillelementary@gmail.com. We will forward that to you student's teacher. Please include your student's name and the teacher.
  • Ask your student to write a note or color a picture for their teacher and mail it to the school at 1011 LaLoma Drive, Medford, OR 97504.


Parents have shared pictures of their students studying at home. We saw a lot of students enjoying their time outside in the sunshine or studying with their pets. At this time, there's no right or wrong way to do school as long as learning is happening!

Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

Our school is hosting a Virtual Scholastic Book Fair from May 1st – May 14th. The Virtual Fair is a fantastic way to get books in the hands of your students now to keep them reading at home.

  • All purchases benefit our school and earn rewards!
  • Shop Book Fair exclusives, best-sellers, skill-builders and more
  • Orders ship direct to home
  • Book-only orders over $25* receive FREE shipping
  • Over 6,000 items to choose from through the Scholastic Store Online

Visit our Book Fair Homepage and click “Shop Now” to get started:


Buy Your Yearbook Now!

Access our yearbook sales website HERE if you would like to purchase the 2019-2020 Orchard Hill yearbook. All sales will be online this year so please do not send check or cash to the school. Yearbooks will be shipped to the school and arrive in June. We will communicate distribution methods and times after they arrive.

Orchard Hill Elementary You Tube

Subscribe to our channel so you don't miss any of our videos! Mr. Brock & Mrs. Ridgeway have been posting some great videos to help your students stay connected to music and library.

Orchard Hill Elementary YouTube Channel

Learning from Home

During this time away from school, our goal is that your student stay engaged in learning. We want to act as a resource for you to find ways to do that. Please visit our district website where we have compiled some opportunities by grade level.


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.