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LOSD News • May 15, 2020

In this Message:

Message from the Superintendent

LOSD Wellness Team is Here to Help

Hallian Library Assistant Named OSEA Employee of the Year

Graduation Plans Confirmed

National Primetime Graduation Special Broadcast Saturday

Budgeting for Pandemic Financial Impacts

LOSD Student Gets Published

Long Range Facilities Planning Committee Meeting

Facilities Planning Survey

Please Verify Your Student's Information

Key Dates Remainder of School Year

Distance Learning Resources & Services

Reminder: Outside School Facilities Closed

Be Sure to Wear Face Coverings at School Pickups

LO Youth Advisory Recruitment

Lakeridge Varsity Cheer Registration

Clackamas County Go Teams Ready to Help

Youth Football Registration

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Message from the Superintendent

LOSD Leadership has shifted from crisis control to planning.

While we anticipate guidance from the Governor and Oregon Department of Education, we are planning for scenarios where everyone is at home to hybrid models that can scale for any number of people in school and at home.

In particular, we intend to create a more robust online experience for LOSD teachers, staff and students, should we need to shift to that model for any duration of time. We are evaluating technology platforms designed specifically for online learning, and researching best practices. Your survey feedback is helping inform our planning.

To support the new experience, we are planning to provide additional training for teachers and staff, as well as for parents who are essential partners in home-based learning.

We also are planning for routines that support physical distancing, hygiene and wellness mandates for people in school.

Regardless of being at home or in school, we anticipate applying the traditional letter grading system after this semester/trimester.

Plans will evolve with new information through the summer. With many uncertainties, one thing is sure - we will have your children at the center of our thinking and planning.

LOSD Wellness Team is Here to Help

The routine of staying at home is tiresome and the effects of social isolation and financial uncertainty are real. LOSD school counselors and social workers are available to help students and families. Please reach out -- click here for emails.

If your concern is urgent, please call the 24-7 Clackamas County Crisis and Support at 503-655-8585.

Also, in Distance Learning Resources is a comprehensive list of resources on social, emotional and mental health supports.

Hallian Library Assist. OSEA Employee of the Year

Oregon School Employees Association (OSEA) has recognized Nicolle Landau as the 2020 OSEA Employee of the Year for going above and beyond for her students, school and OSEA chapter. Nicolle has been a leader, community builder and source of support for her fellow members in OSEA for the past 25 years. Please click here to read all of why she has been bestowed this honor.

Nicolle is the library assistant at Hallinan Elementary. Please join us in congratulating Nicolle on her well-deserved honor.

Graduation Plans Confirmed

We have confirmed plans to honor our graduates in the class of 2020. Commencement plans were made with special consideration for our graduates' wishes. We heard a keen desire to receive diplomas on the official graduation day to mark the beginning of the next stage in life, and also a strong hope to experience traditions when we can be together.

The official graduation days for Lake Oswego and Lakeridge High Schools are Thursday, May 28 and Friday, May 29, respectively. Each school has the following plans:

  • Diploma processions will drive through the high school campuses; students will be allowed to leave their cars one at a time to walk across a stage as their names are announced and they are handed a diploma.
  • Award ceremony videos for each high school will be shared with graduates and their families to watch on the same day as the diploma parade.
  • Proclamation from the City of Lake Oswego designating the last week in May in honor of LOSD graduates.
  • An extended commemorative issue in Lake Oswego Review for each graduating class.
  • Lawn signs at each graduate's home.
  • Friday night lights turned on the athletic fields for 20 minutes at 8:20 p.m.

Later in the summer, each school will host in-person graduation ceremonies in the outdoor stadiums on July 16 (LOH) and July 17 (LHS). The graduation ceremony -- or ceremonies depending on the number of people allowed to gather at that time of year -- will include the traditional procession of graduates, speeches by administration and senior speakers, musical performances by senior artists, and the cap toss.

National Primetime Graduation Special Broadcast Saturday

Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020 is a one-hour, commercial-free primetime graduation special to be broadcast Saturday.

During the broadcast, viewers will be directed to XQ’s new Rethink Together online forum, which will feature specific content for each state, including a congratulatory message and stories highlighting the adaptability and strength of students, teachers and schools amid the pandemic.

The national telecast will air on Saturday, May 16, at 8:00 p.m. on more than 30 broadcast and cable networks and streaming services, as well as various social media platforms.

Budgeting for Pandemic Financial Impacts

We are in the process of building LOSD’s budget for the 2020-2021 school year, and have begun work with the Legal Budget Committee and School Board. While we will not know the full financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to the state’s revenue and education budget allocations prior to the legally required deadline of June 30, 2020, we believe that we can expect some very difficult financial times ahead. This will affect all school districts across the state.

Please click here for important pieces of information impacting our decisions about the 2020-2021 Budget.

LHS Student Gets Published

Lakeridge High School sophomore Claire Sarnowski has written a middle school memoir about her years-long friendship with aHolocaust survivor that not only changed their lives but Oregon's public school curriculum. Her publisher describes the book as Tuesdays with Morrie meets I Will Always Write Back, a story about activism and getting to know your community, while introducing young readers to the horrors of the Holocaust through the eyes of one of their peers. Publication is planned for this winter. We look forward to reading it.

Long Range Facility Planning Committee Meeting

All are welcome to call in to the LRFPC meeting.

Tuesday, May 19

4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Dial in: 1-646-749-3122; Access Code: 493-536-549

Members and administrators will be participating in the meeting remotely. We will not be holding a public gathering. Observe the meeting discussion remotely by calling the conference number.

Facilities Planning Survey

LOSD bond work continues during distance learning, and the Long Range Facilities Planning Committee is looking towards our future. Please harken back to when we could be inside our schools, and complete the school facility adequacy survey. Thanks for your input.

Please Verify Your Student's Information

LOSD needs parents/guardians of all students enrolled for the 2020-21 school year to log into ParentVUE and review/update your students' information through the Register/Verify tab. If you tried earlier, the ParentVUE link is working now. 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 contact information has not changed over the past year because the school may have incorrect information from a previous year.
  • Allowing parents to review the health conditions on file at your student's school.
  • Enabling distribution of electronic devices covered by the district's 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. Please note that verification is not part of the ParentVUE mobile app. However, a button in the app allows you to open verification in a web browser, or you can log into ParentVUE on a computer.

Key Dates Remainder of School Year

Monday, May 25

Memorial Day Holiday

Thursday, May 28

Graduation Day for LOHS

Friday, May 29

Graduation Day for LHS

Friday, June 5

Last day of school for students in grades K-11

Monday, June. 8

Report card prep day

Tuesday, June 9-Friday, June 12

Teachers and staff professional development and preparation for next year

Reminder: Outside School Facilities Closed

Until further notice, LOSD needs to follow executive orders that mandates school campuses remain closed through June 30. That includes school fields, tracks, courts and playgrounds. When the Governor's reopening plan includes athletic facilities, the previous mandate may relax and we may be able to reopen our facilities. Thank you for your continued cooperation for the safety and well being of all in our community.

Be Sure to Wear Face Coverings at School Pickups

With new guidance from the CDC, everyone involved in meal and device pickups, and other scheduled school visits, must wear face coverings.

Our LOSD nurses have created a "Do's and Don'ts of Cloth Face Coverings and Hand Hygiene" for your reference. Please click here or go to the Health Alert landing page for details.

LO Youth Advisory Recruitment

The City Council seeks your help and cooperation in selecting its youth advisory members for the 2020-2021 school year. Positions are available to current sophomores and juniors who reside within the city limits of Lake Oswego.

There are seven positions available on five advisory boards including the Historic Resources Advisory Board, Library Advisory Board, Sustainability Advisory Board, Transportation Advisory Board, and Parks, Recreation & Natural Resources Advisory Board.

Interested students should submit an application and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member from their school.

Applications can be submitted from April 20 through May 31 on the city website.

Interviews will be held on Thursday, June 11 or Saturday, June 13, with appointments made on July 7.

Clackamas County Go Teams Ready to Help

Clackamas County recently developed “Go Teams.” These staff members go out into the community to help individuals and families who are struggling with anxiety, unemployment, grief and a host of other emotional and social problems that are becoming more and more common during this time.

Call Clackamas County Go Teams at 503-655-8585.

Lakeridge Varsity Cheer Registration

Coming next week are sign ups for Lakeridge High School Varsity Sideline Cheer.

Registration open -- May 18 - May 20

Parent/participant meeting -- May 21

For information about registration, program and schedule, please visit

Youth Football Registration

Lakeridge Youth Football has opened up registration for Fall 2020 Tackle Football. The early bird registration discount has been extended to June 30, and the program is offering a 100 percent refund should the season be cancelled 100 percent. Scholarships are available.

Please go to to register your child and to find a ton of information about the program.

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