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At a special meeting held June 19, the Lincoln County School District Board of Directors approved an amendment to Superintendent Tom Rinearson’s contract that will allow him to retire as a public employee on July 1 yet continue in his current role for at least one more year.

“Multiple factors played into my decision, both professional and personal,” Rinearson said. “Working for the Lincoln County School District is the best job I have ever had. My hope is the District will continue to move forward on a positive path for students. As we work through what happens after next year, my hope is for the 2013-2014 school year to be as normal as possible, with everyone in the district remaining focused on our students.”

Individuals who retire from the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) can begin collecting retirement benefits while working up to 1,040 hours a calendar year. With approval from the LCSD Board of Directors, Rinearson will work 1,039 hours July through December 2013, and 1,039 hours January through June 2014 – essentially working full-time for the school district during this next school year.

Rinearson has served as LCSD superintendent since July 2004. His career as coach, teacher and administrator spans close to 36 years.

“We understand his decision and appreciate his efforts to provide continuity and work to the best possible learning environments for our students,” said Board Chair Ron Beck.

A team of Taft High students will test their knowledge and skills in operating underwater robots at an international competition in Federal Way, Wash., June 20-22.

The team of students from the school’s Physical Oceanography Class will compete against 54 other teams from throughout the United States, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Macau, Canada, Egypt, Iran, Thailand, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, China, and Russia.

Between 800 and 1,000 people are expected to attend the competition including students, volunteers, parents, and mentors. For those unable to attend who would like to check out the action, the competition will be broadcast LIVE at

One other Oregon team will be competing, from Linn-Benton Community College in Albany.

Underwater robots – also known as remotely operated vehicles or ROVs – are used to teach STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and math) and prepare students for technical careers. The ROV competition is a way to engage students in STEM education and expose them to science and technology careers, and to encourage students to develop and apply technical, teamwork, and problem-solving skills.

The MATE competition challenges K-12, community college, and university students from all over the world to design and build ROVs to tackle missions modeled after scenarios from the ocean workplace.
The 12th Annual MATE ROV Competition is sponsored by the Marine Advanced Technology Education Center, the National Science Foundation, and the Marine Technology Society’s ROV Committee.

There have been scheduling changes made to the Summer Food Service Program in Lincoln County.

Under the program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, children ages 1-18 may receive free meals and snacks at many locations throughout the summer. The program provides free, nutritious meals and snacks to help children get the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow throughout the summer months when they are out of school.

The meals and snacks are supplied by Lincoln County School District’s food service provider, Sodexo, which is an equal opportunity provider.

Summer Food Sites are:
• Taft After School Club’s Science and Fun Program, 4040 S.E. High School Drive, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, June 17 through Aug. 22.
• Ridge Apartments, 3340 S.E. Harbor Way, 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 18 through Aug. 29.

• Frank Wade Park, 1445 N.E. Big Creek Rd., 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, June 17 through Aug. 30.
• Newport Parks and Recreation, 225 S.E. Avery, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, June 17 through Aug. 30.
• ROCK, 1039 N.W. Nye St., Room No. 2, 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, June 25 through August 1.
• Agate Heights, 150 N.E. 60th St., 12:45 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, June 17 through Aug. 29.
• Salmon Run, 7034 N.E. Echo Ct., 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, June 17 through Aug. 30.
• Ocean Spray Family Center, 1039 N.W. Nye St., 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, June 17 through Aug. 30.

• Toledo Public Library, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, June 17 through Aug. 30.

Fifth- and sixth-grade TAG (Talented and Gifted) students from Newport Intermediate School and Isaac Newton Magnet School had a lot of fun and learned a lot creating public service announcements this year. Donna Foster, the TAG Program coordinator, says the students learned how to storyboard, film and edit.

Their topics include bullying, internet safety, showing respect, playground safety, and more. Here is the link to view the videos:

At a recent meeting of the LCSD Board of Directors, Superintendent Tom Rinearson thanked the Tanger Outlet Center in Lincoln City for the donation of funds to district programs from the sale of coupon books ($1 for each book sold).

Teachers are invited to submit applications to the “TangerKids Grants” program. This year, Oceanlake Elementary teacher Starla Nelson, in photo at left, received $1,250 to purchase Guided Reading materials. District teacher Ruth McDonald, in photo at right, received a grant for $2,250 to support students engaged in underwater engineering throughout the district, and They are pictured with Diana Kusz, Tanger Outlets Lincoln City general manager.

In an effort to continue spotlighting video “awareness” projects and to further develop student-produced videos, Newport High School and Toledo Junior/Senior High School hosted Cinema Sport 2013.

This one-day video production event was held at Toledo High on May 11, with video production teachers Peter Vince and Ollie Richardson offering support to the students. At the conclusion of the competition, Richardson commented that he “was amazed and impressed with the students’ cooperation, teamwork, dedication and commitment to finishing their productions.”

Second placeCinema Sport continues the tradition of “awareness” public service announcements that Lincoln County District Attorney Rob Bovett and Lincoln County School District have sponsored over the last eight years. The projects aimed to develop awareness in teens, their families, and our communities about a wide range of topics, from drug issues and underage drinking to tsunami knowledge.

This year, 14 students participated from Toledo and Newport high schools, with a total of five groups competing for the top three cash prizes. Each group developed their ideas, completed a storyboard and audio-video script, and went out on location to shoot the production. During post-production, most groups added audio, special effects, and advanced editing techniques to polish the finished project.

Judging the competition, Bovett viewed the five finished productions and selected the top three winners. He watched the videos more than once to come to a final decision on the top three videos, stating he was impressed with the high quality produced in the one-day event.

First prize of $75 went to the video called “Back on Track,” produced by David Martinez, Fernando Moreira and Nathan Wallace from Newport High School.

Second place and $50 went to Alex Ashton and Alleister Pedersen, also of Newport High, for their production called “Choices.”

Third place and $25 went to “Fast Lane,” produced by Chase Henkel, Scott Fairchild and Jacob Risener, from Toledo Jr/Sr High School.

“The productions turned out great and we look forward to using this year as a foundation to build more excitement for future Cinema Sport competitions,” Vince said. “It was great to see students from different schools in Lincoln County compete against each other outside of the traditional sports. This put the excitement back into cinematography!”

Videos from LCSD Cinema Sport 2013 can be viewed online at:

Vince and Richardson thanked Rob Bovett for his continued support, and the Partnership Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (PAADA) for purchasing this year’s Cinema Sport T-shirts.

Winners of Cinema Sport 2013 are, top photo from left, Fernando Moreira, Nathan Wallace and David Martinez. Taking second-place in the Cinema Sport competition are, bottom photo from left, Alleister Pedersen and Alex Ashton.

Lincoln County School District held its Retirement and Recognition Celebration May 23 at Toledo Elementary School. The annual celebration featured tributes and special recognition to 61 long-time staff members for their years of service to students and the school district.

Also during the evening, certain staff members were selected by their peers to receive special recognition for exceptional service. They are:

Teacher of the Year: DANA SPINK, sixth-grade teacher at Toledo Elementary, was named Teacher of the Year by the Lincoln County Education Association (LCEA). She has taught in the district since November 1998.

“There are many outstanding teachers in Lincoln County School District, but this nominee stands out above them for her dedication and commitment to her students, school, community and the district,” said Margie Grinnell, president of the LCEA, reading from Spink’s nomination.

“This teacher constantly and consistently dedicates time and energy far above and beyond that of most teachers. She strives to improve her practice by participating fully in multiple professional development opportunities, and then shares what she has learned with her colleagues and students,” Grinnell said. “She has developed into one of the most prominent teacher leaders in the district... She obviously does not put herself first – her time is spent on kids and improving their education and lives.”

Among Spink’s accomplishments: she was the only Oregon teacher to be a scientist educator aboard a four-day University of Hawaii ocean research cruise, during which she blogged with her students about the latest research. She has presented her teacher-students-scientist research on a mud shrimp parasite to the National Science Teachers Association. She helped to pilot a Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics (STEM) curriculum, giving her students the opportunity to do cutting-edge science and engineering while interacting with researchers from Hatfield Marine Science Center. She guided her students to research the school’s local stream and have the school certified as a School-Yard Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. She learned to build and wire Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicles and coached her students to the Oregon Regional MATE ROV Competition. She served as a member of the LCEA Bargaining Team, is currently on the Collaboration Grant Evaluation Team, and is piloting the new teacher evaluation model. She is a Power Strategies Trainer and Danielson Trainer. She earned her National Board Certification as middle level generalist in December. She reads voraciously and stays informed on education issues, Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, new grading requirements, and more.

Administrator of the Year: KELLY BEAUDRY, first-year principal at Crestview Heights School in Waldport, was nominated by her staff for this honor.

Superintendent Tom Rinearson presented the award, reading from the three-page nomination letter that was submitted by Beaudry’s staff.

“Kelly Beaudry has provided excellent leadership to the staff of Crestview Heights this year. She is professional, knowledgeable and, perhaps more importantly for first-year and veteran teachers, approachable. She exemplifies leadership, with a passion for education, focused on her work, and very knowledgeable about current practices,” the nomination states.

Beaudry is praised for including all school employees, support staff as well as teachers, in her communications and decisions, recognizing the value of the staff acting as one team to create a consistent learning environment for all students.

“Kelly is extremely organized which was greatly demonstrated when she put together a week of incredible professional development for us with very little notice after learning that we would not be returning to school after spring break. She created a true environment of learning for the staff around many topics. She has been a calm and able leader in the midst of our mold crisis. As the bad news kept coming she remained positive and encouraging. She showed poise and grace through the whole mold repair. She has been on the ground with us and advocating for all the teachers and students the entire time.”

Teaching Collaboration Award: This award was presented by the school district and the LCEA to the Taft 7-12 High School English Department in recognition of their “relentless team dedication to student achievement.” The team consists of teachers Rebecca Dressler, Brittney Guenther, Marcy Martin, Cathleen Riverman and Reyla Zumhofe. Through their collaboration, these teachers have helped to make enormous increases in student reading and writing achievement; over the last four years, the number of Taft students passing state reading and writing assessments has increased from 40 percent to 80 percent.

“How does a department make such a profound impact on students? This award sheds some insight into their clever means and relentless dedication that led to this voluminous increase in student success,” the nomination stated.

First, they have incorporated common “power strategies” into their teaching. Second, they incorporated ocean literacy into their curriculum, which helps to capture their students’ imagination and interest in learning. Third, they collaborate as a team, meeting to develop common rubrics and grading and devising ways to reach all students. Finally, they “work the problems. Some of our seniors weren’t going to graduate because they hadn’t passed the state reading/writing test. Our English teachers, on their own initiative, secured substitutes for a week and ran seminars until and testing sessions until all seniors passed,” the nomination states.

Superintendent’s Awards: Each year, Superintendent’s Awards are given to individual or teams that are deserving of special recognition because their efforts have resulted in significant student improvement or the development of a process resulting in cost savings for the district. This year’s recipients are:

Taft 7-12 High School Science Department: This group of diverse educators – Noah Lambie, Avery Marvin, Ben Ewing, and Bruce Rasmussen – is a model of collaboration. The nomination states, “They are a fantastic, positive force in our building!” Here are a few supporting reasons: they met as a Professional Learning Team every Friday throughout the school year; they set learning goals for courses; they redesigned the Inquiry Model for each course; they provided a special Friday session before students took tests; they examined test data by subgroup, grade, strand and gender; they used this year’s test data to plan and set goals for next year; they began the process to develop three new high school courses next year based on engineering and design; they redesigned the middle school model for the 2013-14 school year; and the four science department teachers also instruct art, video production, teen community emergency response, and character education throughout the school.

Todd Sholty and the Watch D.O.G.S program at Sam Case Primary School: Sholty is a member of the Sam Case staff, as well as a parent. He also is the “lead dog” for the school’s Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) group. The nomination states, “Todd has been instrumental in the planning and implementation of our program. Starting with a huge kick-off event in September, Todd has been the main go-between in helping the Sam Case dads, grandpas and other male role models participate in helping make Sam Case the best place to be in town.” Sholty regularly makes contact with parents so that their involvement has a ripple effect that impacts all students at Sam Case.

Alma Kosydar and Patty Umback: Both women will retire this year after years of dedication to the school district and, more recently, to Sodexo Food Services. They currently work in the Taft 7-12 kitchen, and have been “an amazing team” working together to make sure students are fed and supported at Taft High. Principal Scott Reed says in his nomination that he “has seen tremendous growth in their positivity and their desire to do whatever it takes for kids.”

Steve Kilduff: When Taft High’s shop teacher resigned mid-year, Kilduff accepted the position as a substitute until a suitable replacement could be found. He subbed up to spring break, at which time a shop teacher was hired; Kilduff agreed to support the new teacher for two additional days after spring break. It turned out that the new teacher resigned as well, so Kilduff agreed to fill in through the end of the school year. He drives from Portland every day to do this job, and said it is for purely selfish reasons, as he couldn’t live with the guilt of not being there for the kids. The students have really enjoyed the last half of the year so much because of his enthusiasm and willingness to help them with their projects and their lives. He truly made a difference in the lives of so many students.

The next Waldport High School Open Space meeting has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, at the current high school. The meeting will be followed at 7 p.m. with a tour of the new Waldport High School facility, now under construction at 3000 Crestline Drive. The public is invited to attend either or both gatherings.

Lincoln County School District officials have been meeting with Waldport city leaders and community members to determine the best open space use for the existing 11.47 parcel of land once the existing high school campus is demolished

At the first open space meeting held May 7, more than 50 community members attended and participated in the conversation. The overall group consensus leaned toward creating a visually appealing, self-sustaining, multi-use community park complex that would meet the needs of many different interest groups, while stimulating the economy in Waldport.

Also, several ideas were presented concerning the removal of high school structures and ways to preserve student artwork and other items of value in the school.

To recap, the school district was awarded a $3 million Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The purpose of the pre-disaster mitigation project is to reduce the loss of lives and property destruction in the event of a tsunami or other catastrophic flooding at the existing high school campus. FEMA has purchased all the structures and development rights at the site. In turn, the school district will demolish and remove the school buildings, portable classrooms, and grandstands; restore the site into open space; and maintain the property in perpetuity with no future development other than that related to the open-space use.

Along with the potential of saving lives and preventing properly loss, this project allows the school district to remove an empty school, which can be expensive to maintain even when not in use; and to restore the land for open space use without spending district funds.

What a great way to celebrate the end of the school year than with a carnival – dunk tank, face painting, crazy hair, balloon animals, giant bouncy inflatables, fun carnival food, and so much more!

The Sam Case /Newport Intermediate School Boosters are hosting the carnival on Friday, May 31, to mark the end of the school year and to bring together students and families from both schools. The celebration will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the NIS campus.

A small fee will be charged for food and games, including a $5 wristband for admission to most all activities.

RinearsonWith the departure of Lincoln County School District’s assistant superintendent and the addition of many state and federal initiatives, there will be changes to the district’s administrative staff lineup during the coming school year.

“My hope is that the changes will enable us to move forward with the many state and federal initiatives while continuing to provide a quality education to our students,” says Superintendent Tom Rinearson, pictured at right.

Among those requirements are Common Core State Standards to help students become college- and career-ready by the time they leave high school; Oregon Senate Bill 290, which creates statewide teaching and administrative standards; Oregon House Bill 2220, requiring assessments showing students’ progress toward proficiency in knowledge and skills; Oregon’s early childhood requirements to close the achievement gap in children ages 3-5; and the Oregon Education Investment Board’s high school-to-college requirements, to name a few.

Betsy Wilcox, pictured at left, has been named Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment administrator, with a major focus on pre-kindergarten through grade 3. She has been principal at Oceanlake Elementary School in Lincoln City for the past five years.
Libba Sager will be the Title I administrator. Title I is a federal program that provides financial assistance to schools in low-income communities to improve student achievement This past year, Sager was associate principal at Toledo Elementary School.
Dave Malcolm, who was administrative liaison between the school district and the county’s community college and charter schools for the past year, will retire at the end of the school year.

Rilke Klingsporn has been named principal at Oceanlake Elementary School, moving up from her role as associate principal at the school for the past year.
Sandy Mummey will be the new principal at Toledo Elementary School. This year she was a teacher on special assignment, focusing on the school district’s ocean literacy initiative.
Bob Shindelman will join the administrative team at Newport High School/ Newport Prep Academy. He has been principal at Toledo Elementary for four years.

Assistant Principal Aaron Belloni will continue at Newport High/Newport Prep Academy, focusing on curriculum, instruction and assessment at the two schools.
Joe Novello, who has been LCSD school operations administrator since 2004, will take on additional duties coordinating all data systems relating to students and SB 290.
Principal Scott Reed will continue at Taft 7-12 High School and coordinate district alternative learning environments.
Principal Tyler Stiner will continue at Waldport High School and administer the district English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program.
Principal Majalise Tolan will continue at Newport Intermediate/Isaac Newton Magnet School and coordinate district curriculum, instruction and assessment at the grade 4-10 level.
Assistant Principal Tiana Tucker will continue at Taft 7-12 High School and coordinate district curriculum, instruction and assessment at the grade 11-16 level.

Three of Lincoln County School District’s five elementary/primary schools are holding kindergarten registration this month for the 2013-2014 school year.

Children must be age 5 on or before Sept. 1, 2013, to enroll.

Toledo Elementary School will hold kindergarten registration from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on school days through May. For more information, call the school office at 541-336-5121.

Crestview Heights School in Waldport will have kindergarten registration from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21, and from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22. Registration will take place at the school office. For more information, call 541-563-3237.

In Newport, Sam Case Primary School’s Kindergarten Readiness and Registration Night will be Thursday, May 23, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria. At this event parents/guardians will register their children for kindergarten, meet the principal and kindergarten teachers, learn about the new Oregon Kindergarten Readiness Assessment, and receive tips on getting their child ready for school. For more information, call the school at 541-265-8598.

Oceanlake Elementary and Taft Elementary in Lincoln City will hold kindergarten registration in August.

Important Note: Parents/Guardians will need to bring their child’s immunization records and birth certificate or other document that shows proof of age.

A public meeting of the Budget Committee of the Lincoln County School District, Lincoln County, State of Oregon, to discuss the budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014, will be held at Newport High School, 322 NE Eads St. The meeting will take place on May 21, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

The purpose of the meeting is to receive the budget message and to receive comment from the public on the budget.

This is a public meeting where deliberation of the Budget Committee will take place. Any person may appear at the meeting and discuss the proposed programs with the Budget Committee.

A copy of the budget document may be inspected or obtained on or after May 15, 2013 at LCSD District Office, 459 SW Coast Hwy, Newport, OR, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

This meeting notice and the proposed budget document may also be found at the District’s website:

Isaac Newton Magnet School orientation for the 2013-14 school year, for students who will be in seventh or eighth grade, will be held Wednesday, May 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the school. Applications will be available after the program. For more information, contact INMS at 541-265-6601.

All public and charter high school students in Lincoln County are invited to a one-day video production event in Toledo on Saturday, May 11, to showcase their creativity and skills in producing effective “awareness” spots. Cash prizes will be awarded at the end of the day.

“Creating effective public service announcements is difficult and even more so over a very short period of time. We expect to see Lincoln County high school students creatively meet this challenge,” said Ollie Richardson, video production teacher at Newport High School.

The event, called LCSD Cinema Sport, continues the tradition of “awareness” public service announcements that Lincoln County District Attorney Rob Bovett and Lincoln County School District have sponsored over the last eight years. These projects have aimed to develop awareness in teens, their families, and our communities about a wide range of topics from drug issues and underage drinking to tsunami knowledge.

“We hope to have about 30 students participate from all area high schools. It will be an exciting day for students to explore their ideas and develop their video skills among like minded teens,” said Peter Vince, video production teacher at Toledo Junior/Senior High School.

For the May 11 competition, students will be introduced to the day’s awareness topic when they arrive at Toledo Junior/Senior High School at 9 a.m. With support from Richardson and Vince, the two- to five-member teams will develop their stories, shoot and edit them, and premiere their PSA at day’s end.

Prizes of $75, $50 and $25 will be awarded to the top three teams, with entries judged by District Attorney Rob Bovett. Lunch and LCSD Cinema Sport T-shirts will be provided to the participants.

For more information, contact Richardson at 541-265-9281 or Vince at 541-336-5104. Click here for Registration Form and More Information.

Teachers make our public schools great! While the school district strives to offer rigorous curriculum, strong support and adequate funding, it is the TEACHER who makes an indelible impact on the lives of our students!

In recognition of our teachers' tireless efforts, the Lincoln County School District Board of Directors has proclaimed the week of May 6-10 as "Teacher Appreciation Week."

This is great opportunity for the community to recognize the tireless efforts of our teachers as they guide and inspire our students, who come from widely differing backgrounds, to be their best!

If you arrived mid-morning on Friday, April 19, to help Crestview Heights School teachers move into their new temporary classrooms, you were out of luck... as the move was completed shortly after 9 a.m.

It took just little more than an hour to move entire classrooms from one school to another, thanks to a super turnout from city employees, high school students, teacher, retired teachers, and many other volunteers.
“It was awesome,” said school secretary Patty Hunter, who was in charge of organizing the move. “Eleven classrooms, offices, boxes, desks... it went so fast. It was most terrific!”

On April 19, Crestview Heights kindergarten through sixth-grade classes were relocated just a few feet away, into the east wing of the new Waldport High School, now under construction. Permission was obtained on April 18 to occupy the wing, and the move took place the next morning.

The mostly-completed wing meets safety and building codes, has drinking water, toilets, heat, intercom, technology, and more. The most obvious amenity missing is flooring to cover the concrete, but teachers were prepared with large area rugs.
Student drop-off and pick-up is at the nearby Crestview Heights School, the Crestview Heights cafeteria and kitchen are available for meals, and the Crestview Heights school office is open and staffed.

The builder has assured the school district that the expedited work on the east wing won’t slow down work on the rest of the 58,000-square-foot high school, which is slated to be completed by August.

Mold remediation and repair began at Crestview Heights School on March 22, at the beginning of the 10-day spring break. It was hoped that the work would be completed by the time school was back in session on April 1. Instead, repairs and remodeling will continue at the school into the summer months, and students are finishing the school year in their temporary classrooms.

Crestview Height’s seventh- and eighth-grade students returned to school on April 15, at the “old” Waldport High School located on Lower Crestline Drive; and the elementary grades, kindergarten through sixth, returned to school on April 22.

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Temporary classroom space has been secured for the Crestview Heights School elementary students – inside the mostly completed east wing of the new Waldport High School, now under construction just a few feet away.

Approval for temporary occupancy was given Thursday morning after city fire, state electrical, and county building officials inspected the wing, along with the architect, builder and school district officials. The approval means Crestview Heights students, in kindergarten through sixth grade, will return to class at the nearby high school on Monday morning, April 22.

A meeting for parents of Crestview Heights elementary students will take place 6 p.m. tonight (April 18) at the school. Principal Kelly Beaudry will provide details and answer questions.

Rich Belloni, director of Support Services for Lincoln County School District, says the new high school was the top choice for the classroom relocation, but much work had to be completed in a very short time.

“T. Gerding Construction Co. and Kevin Lindsted, the foreman, did a really good job with making this happen. Without their full cooperation it couldn’t have been done. They really went above and beyond,” Belloni said.

The wing meets safety and building codes, will have drinking water, toilets, heat, intercom, technology, and more. The most obvious thing missing is flooring to cover the concrete. Student drop-off and pick-up will be at the nearby Crestview Heights School, the Crestview Heights cafeteria and kitchen will be available for meals, and the Crestview Heights school office will be open and staffed.

Belloni says he has been assured that the expedited work on the east wing won’t slow down work on the rest of the 58,000-square-foot high school, which is slated to be completed by August.Exterior work

Mold remediation and repair began at Crestview Heights School on March 22, at the beginning of spring break. It was hoped that the work would be completed by the time school was scheduled to be back in session on April 1. Instead, repairs and remodeling continue at the school, and students are finishing the school year in their temporary classrooms. WHS classroomOn Monday of this week, Crestview Height’s seventh and eighth grade students returned to school, at the “old” Waldport High School located on Lower Crestline Drive.

There have been no decisions yet concerning making up missed days of school or other dates and activities on the school calendar. As soon as any decisions are made, parents and the community will be informed.

Top Photo: Exterior siding and window replacement at Crestview Heights School, with the new high school in background at left.
Bottom Photo: Inside a new high school classroom with Crestview Heights seen through the window.

Waldport city leaders and school district officials want to know: What do you envision for the 11.47-acre parcel of land once the existing high school campus is demolished and restored to open space?

A community meeting is planned for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at Waldport High School to gather ideas. Waldport Mayor Susan Woodruff, Lincoln County School District Superintendent Tom Rinearson and LCSD Safety Coordinator Susan Graves will present information, answer questions and take feedback during the meeting.

In addition, school officials are accepting ideas on ways to preserve the memory of the existing Waldport High School, which has been an integral part of the community for the past 55 years.

To recap, the school district was awarded a $3 million Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The purpose of the pre-disaster mitigation project is to reduce the loss of lives and property destruction in the event of a tsunami or other catastrophic flooding at the existing high school campus. FEMA has purchased all the structures and development rights at the site. In turn, the school district will demolish and remove the school buildings, portable classrooms, and grandstands; restore the site into open space; and maintain the property in perpetuity with no future development other than that related to the open-space use. Examples of possible open space uses include a park for outdoor recreational activities, wetlands management, nature reserves, cultivation, and grazing.

Along with the potential of saving lives and preventing properly loss, this project allows the school district to remove an empty school, which can be expensive to maintain even when not in use; and to restore the land for open space use without spending district funds.

The mitigation project will get under way once the new Waldport High School is completed in August. The new, 56,000-square-foot school building is located on high ground 1.5 miles south of the existing campus, next to Crestview Heights School.

Lab results show that the air quality inside Crestview Heights School is good, Lincoln County School District officials said Friday. While repairs and remodeling continue at the school, the plan is for students to finish the school year in temporary classrooms.

Crestview seventh- and eighth-grade students will be back in class on Monday, April 15, at Waldport High School. Several Crestview staff members will be at the high school Monday morning to greet their students, show them the way to their new classrooms, and help to smooth the transition.

Crestview elementary students, grades k-6, will be back in class on Monday, April 22. The location of their temporary classrooms will be determined on Thursday, April 18, once site inspections and other details are completed. A meeting for parents of elementary students is planned for 6 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Crestview Heights School.

On Friday, April 19, community and school volunteers will rally to help teachers move their classrooms into the temporary location. People interested in helping are asked to call the school at 541-563-3237.

Plans for making up the missed days of school have not been finalized.

The Lincoln County Indian Education Parent Committee would like to invite the public, including students, parents of Indian students, school staff, and other interested people, to participate in giving public input to the 2013-2014 Title VII Indian Education Federal Grant Application.

The Indian Education Program is administered by Lincoln County School District and is funded by the federal government through Title VII of the Indian Education Act. It serves Native American Indian students from kindergarten through 12th grade enrolled in Lincoln County schools. The program is designed to meet the special educational and culturally related academic needs of Indian students.

The grant proposal will be available for public input at the Siletz Valley Charter School library, located at 247 James Frank Ave. in Siletz, on Wednesday, April 24, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The grant application can also be viewed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, at the LCSD District Office, located at 459 S.W. Coast Highway in Newport.

For more information, contact Clint Raever, federal programs administrator, at 541-336-5104.

LCSD Administrators are moving forward with several good options for returning the Crestview elementary students (kindergarten through sixth grade) to class very soon.

There are many details to be worked out, but the target is to have students back in class on Monday, April 22.

Information about specific dates and location(s) will be shared as soon as we are certain.

The school closure has created hardships for many of our families, and we hope this update will help them with their planning. Families needing information about childcare resources may call Patty at the Crestview school office, 541-563-3237.

Seventh and eighth grade students will return to class at Waldport High School on Monday, April 15, as previously reported.

We thank everyone for their patience and the Waldport Community for their tremendous support as we work through this difficult situation together!

Lincoln County School District administrators have been discussing several options to get students, teachers and staff back to class and back to work as quickly as possible while continuing mold remediation at Crestview, which is taking longer than originally anticipated.

“Obviously, not having school is not an option, and getting our students back to learning as quickly as possible is the highest priority,” LCSD Superintendent Tom Rinearson said. “We are continuing to explore our options and will inform parents once a decision is made.”

One option, however, has been decided: Beginning Monday, April 15, the 91 seventh- and eighth-grade students at Crestview Heights will be temporarily relocated to Waldport High School, most likely through the end of the school year.

Crestview Heights Principal Kelly Beaudry and WHS Principal Tyler Stiner are committed to making this a smooth transition for everyone. A meeting for parents of seventh- and eighth-grade students is scheduled for later this week at the high school. Beaudry and Stiner will show how the high school space will be shared, provide other details, and answer questions. Parents of seventh- and eighth-graders will receive a call on their primary phone with details about the meeting.

District-wide, parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for the evening of April 17, and during the day on April 18-19. However, there will be NO parent-teacher conferences for Crestview Heights students in April, and Crestview Heights seventh-grade and eighth-grade students WILL attend school on April 18-19.

There have been no other decisions yet concerning making up missed days of school or other dates and activities on the school calendar. As soon as any further decisions are made, parents and the community will be informed and a community meeting will be announced, with everyone invited to attend.

Meanwhile, parents are invited to go online to the school district website, On the home page under Quick Links, the school district has added a page of “Learning at Home Activities.”

In photo, a worker shows the brush being used to scrub the school's ventilation system.

The American Association of University Women recently commissioned a study titled "Hostile Hallways: Bullying, Teasing and Sexual Harassment in School."

At 7 PM on Monday, April 8, a panel of local students and educators will discuss that topic at a NOW meeting to be held at the Central Lincoln PUD in Newport. Newport High students will join Newport Intermediate School Principal Majalise Tolan and Jeanne St. John, co-chair of PFLAG Oregon Central Coast, on the discussion panel.

Staff, students and the public are invited to attend and participate in the discussion. Click here to read the AAUW study.

We are continuing to work hard to make classrooms ready for school to reopen. We are now in the process of scrubbing the ventilation system. As a result, Crestview Heights School will need to be closed for an additional week, through Friday, April 12.

We understand this is a challenge for many families, and we appreciate everyone's patience.

There have been no decisions yet about when the missed days will be made up. We will share additional information as soon as it becomes available.

We thank everyone for their understanding. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to call Facilities & Maintenance at 541-336-2058.

Posted: March 28, 2013

Crestview Heights School in Waldport will be closed for another week (April 1-5), allowing work crews adequate time to remove mold, clean ducting, change air filters and perform other remediation. It is anticipated that school will be back in session on Monday, April 8.

“We have a lot of work to do. It’s best that we take the time to do it right,” LCSD Support Services Director Rich Belloni said. “We understand this creates a hardship on families but this really is our best option at this point.”

Families and staff will be notified about the school closure through the school district’s emergency phone messaging system.

Mold was discovered inside the school during the recent interior demolition of a classroom. District officials took advantage of the school’s closure for spring break, March 22-29, to pull cabinetry away from walls in other classrooms to check for problems. Most windows have been leaking and mold was found in most classrooms, Belloni said.

The district hired PMG, Inc., a mold abatement firm based in Portland, to remove the mold. This entails removing sheetrock and scrubbing the area. A third-party inspector, PBS Engineering & Environmental of Eugene, has been hired to perform air testing, to inspect the areas, and give approval for an area to be reoccupied.

Once approval is given, the school district will close up the interior wall, put cabinets back in place, and thoroughly clean carpets with HEPA vacuum cleaners. In rooms where windows have been removed, the wall will be formed for new windows then covered with plywood on the outside, insulation on the inside, and plastic covering the insulation.

“It will be tight so it won’t be drafty and cold,” Belloni said. “It may not be aesthetically pleasing, but we will be able to have school.”

District officials will determine how to make up the missed days of school at a later date.

Work is now under way to mitigate a newly discovered mold problem at Crestview Heights School in Waldport. Administrators with Lincoln County School District say the plan is to clean up the classrooms as quickly as possible to minimize disruption to students and staff.

During recent interior demolition of a classroom at the school, maintenance staff discovered windows had been leaking and mold is visible on walls, according to LCSD Support Services Director Rich Belloni. Taking advantage of the school’s closure for spring break March 22-29, work crews pulled cabinetry away from walls in other classrooms to check for problems, and mold was found in the same location in most classrooms.

On Friday, PBS Engineering & Environmental, based in Eugene, performed air and mold testing, with results to be known later this week. Meanwhile, a Portland firm, PMG Contracting, will be at the school on Tuesday and will report to Belloni the extent of work required to eliminate the mold.

“Our plan is to mitigate the mold by replacing the drywall and sealing windows as quickly as possible,” Belloni said. “These plans are tentative, pending more information later this week. At this point, we anticipate that school will be in session as usual on Monday, April 1.”

Posted: March 25, 2013

It’s one thing to read a book, or two or three, or even 16 books in the span of a few months.

It’s an entirely different matter to recall the tiniest of details from each book to correctly answer questions during a timed team competition. But, that’s exactly what many local students have been doing during recent Oregon Battle of the Books matches.

The Lincoln County School District Battle of the Books competition was held March 7 at Yaquina View School in Newport. Eleven teams from five schools participated in battles that provided valuable practice before the regional competition held the following week. At the local battles, teams from Newport Intermediate School took first and second place in the grade 3-5 division, and Taft Elementary took third place. In the grade 6-8 division, NIS took first, and Toledo Elementary teams took second and third place.

At the regional OBOB competition held in Corvallis on March 16, the NIS team named The Chameleons took second place. They now have the opportunity to advance to the state competition to be held April 13 at Chemeketa Community College in Salem.

Ineka Estabrook is a parent volunteer who coached four teams at NIS and Isaac Newton Magnet School through the six-month process of reading books, followed by school eliminations, district matches, and the regional competition.

“They were strong all the way through. They didn’t lose one battle,” Estabrook said of The Chameleons. “I am so proud of all my students that participated in OBOB this year. They were hugely dedicated -- so many of them read every book on the list and came to meetings for months.”

Other Lincoln County schools that sent teams to the Corvallis competition were Taft 7-12 High School and Toledo Junior/Senior High. Estabrook said all of the Lincoln County students performed really well against competitors from throughout Benton, Linn, Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties.

According to the OBOB website, the competition exposes students to quality literature representing a variety of literary styles and viewpoints. It encourages and recognizes students who enjoy reading, broadens reading interests, increases reading comprehension, promotes academic excellence, and promotes cooperative learning and teamwork among students.

LCSD OBOB WINNERS. Ineka Estabrook, center, poses with the first-place winners of the Lincoln County School District Battle of the Books, from left, NIS fifth-graders Brandon Keating, Liam Versteeg and Ashton Sampson (grade 3-5 division) and NIS sixth-graders Tristan Winkler and Nathan Todd (grade 6-8 division).

Posted: March 20, 2013

A group of local seventh- and eighth-grade students experienced the state legislative process first-hand in a program that includes a day-long visit to the Oregon state capitol building in Salem, a Committee Day in Newport, and a Mock Legislature in Lincoln City.

This year, 47 students in the district’s Talented and Gifted (TAG) program participated. TAG advisors Donna Foster and Kathi Downing say the program requires a commitment from the young students to do research, work independently on their bills outside of class time, and personally interact with state legislators.

On Feb. 20 the students travelled to Salem, where they each had personal appointments with senators and representatives. They witnessed a session of the House of Representatives, and many were invited to sit next to a legislator on the floor. Rep. Brent Barton, who graduated from Newport High, addressed the assembly about the positive impact this program has on students, piquing their interest in politics.

After the Salem trip, students completed their bills, and were assigned to committees to present their bills for votes on Committee Day, which took place Feb. 28 at the Yaquina View school building in Newport. Bills that passed were then presented at the Mock Legislature held March 13 at City Hall in Lincoln City.

The student legislators, led by “House Speaker” Natalie Dewitt and “Senate President” Leland Wood, debated each bill that was introduced at the Mock Legislature. Passing bills were then reviewed by Lincoln City Mayor Dick Anderson, who role-played as the governor. He gave explanations to the students about why he vetoed some bills, or why some were sent back to committee.

The student bills that made into law include: Raising the bottle deposit amount to 10 cents, making it legal for Native American minors to participate in smoking the peace pipe at religious ceremonies, requiring any transfer of a gun to be registered and monitored, and raising the legal smoking age to 21.

In photo, Lincoln County TAG students were paired with Oregon legislators for a day, including, from left, Margery Price of Taft High School with Central Coast Rep. David Gomberg; Carsyn Wiley of Newport Prep Academy with Clackamas County Rep. Brent Barton; and William Beaudry of Newport Prep Academy at the desk of Lake Oswego Rep. Chris Garrett.

Posted: March 18, 2013

JohnsonAssistant Superintendent Dr. Sara Johnsonis leaving Lincoln County School District for a new position as superintendent in the Sumner School District in Washington state on July 1. Although she served in Lincoln County just under four years, her impact will be felt for years to come, said Superintendent Tom Rinearson.

“Sara came to us with great ideas on how to help students achieve and learn. She emphasized the importance of helping teachers and principals do their best possible work to help students succeed,” Rinearson said.

Among the ways she helped principals to carry out their duties in ensuring excellent instruction were the incorporation of relevant and targeted professional development opportunities and more effective performance evaluations.

“It has been a privilege to work for Lincoln County School District,” Johnson said in announcing her departure. “There are many outstanding educators in this district and together, we have done some important work. I will miss the wonderful people and the beautiful Oregon coast. I know that people will carry on the work for the success of our students, and great things will continue.”

On Feb. 27, the Sumner School District Board of Directors voted unanimously to hire Johnson as their next superintendent, concluding a hiring process that began in May 2012. Johnson was selected from a field of 32 applicants, which was narrowed to seven finalists. According to a news item on the Sumner School District website, Johnson was selected because of her strong background in core curriculum, instructional leadership, and demonstrated success as a classroom teacher, building administrator, and central office administrator.

Johnson began her education career as a teacher in Burns, Ore., and then served as an elementary principal in Burns for four years. Relocating to McMinnville, she was an elementary principal for six years; during this time, she was named Oregon’s 2007 National Distinguished Principal, also referred to as Principal of the Year.

Johnson joined Lincoln County School District in 2009, serving as human resources director before being promoted to assistant superintendent the following year.

Posted: March 13, 2013

The legacy of former Oregon Gov. Tom McCall has no bounds -- yet Newport High School students managed to capture the essence of the man and his everlasting accomplishments in a 16-page special publication, "Happy 100th Birthday Tom: Commemorating Oregon's Legendary Governor."

The issue features reflections on McCall (by students and prominent community members) with photographs by his official photographer, Gerry Lewin.

The editor was senior Jay Gassner, and sophomore Cat Simpson designed the entire issue, with guidance from teacher/advisor Matt Love.

"I felt it was important to honor Tom McCall on the occasion of his 100th birthday because he meant so much to Oregon and improving the livability of the state," Love said. "The students had multiple roles in producing the issue. They had to learn about McCall and reflect on his accomplishments and interview prominent members of the community for their reactions to McCall's legacy."

More than 30 Newport area business contributed ads to fund the issue. Another important financial contributor was the Newport High School Funding Academics Now organization.

The issue is being distributed throughout Lincoln County(including the LCSD District Office in Newport) and the state. Be sure to pick up a copy to learn about this remarkable man and his impact, and to see the students' creative work.

On a related note: You're invited to celebrate the governor's 100th birthday at a special event...

6 PM Friday, March 22
Lincoln City Cultural Center Auditorium
540 NE Hwy. 101

The late Gov. Tom McCall served two terms (1967-75) and thereafter became a legend because of his unconventional and progressive stances to create a better Oregon. Join author (and LCSD teacher) Matt Love for an interactive multi-media presentation on the unprecedented achievements of Tom McCall’s gubernatorial career. There will be a slide presentation, a competition called The McCall Challenge, a screening of the 1962 documentary “Pollution in Paradise,” and birthday cake. Cost: $3 at the door, children 12 and under free.

Posted: March 12, 2013

Summer is right around the corner! What do you have planned for your child? Would they like to meet an octopus? Make their own slime? Learn how to train a sea otter?

One of our community partners, the Oregon Coast Aquarium, is offering fun and educational summer day camps on Fridays this coming June, July and August for kids in preschool to fifth grade.

Camps include behind-the-scenes time at the Aquarium and a chance to get up close and personal with animals, as well as crafts, activities, games, and more! Also new this year is before and after care for campers.

For more info, click here! Or, go online to:

Space is limited. An early-bird discount is offered to those who register before April 15.

Posted: March 11, 2013

Students and staff at Crestview Heights School have been watching the construction of a brand new high school right outside their classroom windows for the past year. Now, they are seeing construction inside their own building, as classes are relocated, interiors demolished, and renovations begin.

“We are so excited to see work begin inside our school. From the initial planning stages, we knew that some of our space would be used as shared facilities between the new high school and our school,” says Crestview Heights School Principal Kelly Beaudry.

“The plans have changed a bit since the first discussions, and I am extremely pleased with what is happening,” she continued. “This is a great opportunity for us. We will have a shared wing, with shared staff and shared programs. This cost-effective move will benefit our students and staff immensely.”

Crestview Heights School opened in 1997 and serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The footprint of the 72,480-square foot building is in the shape of an X. The new high school is in the shape of a V, with the two corners nearly reaching the elementary/middle school. The space between the two schools will be a common courtyard.

When Crestview renovations are completed, its southwest wing will house:
• Foreign Language classroom
• Multipurpose classroom for Art and Family/Consumer Studies (home economics)
• Band/Music room for grades K-12
• Two computer labs for grades K-8
• Library/media room that is doubled in size for grades K-8
• Expanded Title/Reading classroom for grades K-8

The middle school classes and most elementary classes will swap locations, with grades 5-8 closest to the new high school in the southeast wing, and grades K-4 in the northwest wing.

Shuffling of some of the classes already has begun. A science/math teacher has been moved from the middle school wing to a room at the far southeast corner of the elementary wing; the elementary teacher who had been in that room has been relocated to the northwest wing. The former science/math classroom will be the new art and family/consumer studies classroom.

Two other middle school classes – language arts and social studies – have been relocated across the hall; their former space will be used for the new music room, computer lab and expanded library area. Beaudry explains that the expanded library will have grades K-4 fiction titles on one end, grades 5-8 fiction titles on the west end, and grades K-8 non-fiction titles in the center. LCSD media specialist Doug Hoffman is helping to design the renovated space to suit the differing needs of the younger and older children.

The student store will be relocated from the southwest wing to the main lobby for more convenient access by students and parents.

No other classroom moves are anticipated this school year.

Posted: March 4, 2013

Sam Case Primary School in Newport is holding its third annual Klutz Build-a-Book Night on Thursday, March 7, from 6 PM to 8 PM.

Build-A-Book kits are jam-packed with everything a young author needs to create a one-of-a kind masterpiece: blank wirebound book, assorted foam shapes and googly eyes, designed and textured paper, and other supplies. The result is memorable keepsake from an evening of family fun.

The event is free for all Sam Case students, but registration is required. Any Sam Case families needing more information may call the school at 541-265-8598.

Posted: March 4, 2013

In every school district, there is a group of dedicated people who play a crucial, behind-the-scenes role in the education of our community’s children. These support personnel, known as classified employees, bring diverse skills and talents to their jobs.

At its recent monthly meeting, the Lincoln County School District Board of Education proclaimed the week of March 4-8 as Classified School Employee Week.

The resolution calls on the community to join the school board in personally expressing appreciation to LCSD classified employees for a “job well done.”

These support staff members work to ensure the smooth operation of schools and offices, maintenance of buildings and property, safety of students and staff, compliance with state and federal regulations, and much more. They work as a team with teachers and administrators to provide a quality education experience to our community’s youth.

LCSD employs 215 classified support staff at two dozen schools and offices throughout the district. They run the gamut from attendance/truancy officer to homeless outreach worker, from accounting specialist to media assistant, from bilingual tutor to information technologist, to name just a few of the dozens of different classified jobs.

Posted: March 1, 2013

Isaac Newton Magnet School and Newport Intermediate School may have a grade reconfiguration during the coming school year, pending approval by the Lincoln County School District Board of Directors.

INMS/NIS Principal Majalise Tolan is proposing to combine all sixth-grade students into one level at the intermediate school, with the Isaac Newton program to be offered to seventh- and eighth-grade students only.

The school board will discuss this proposal at their next meeting on March 12. Meanwhile, community informational meetings to answer questions about the proposal are scheduled throughout the county:

• Friday, March 1, 8 a.m. at Newport Intermediate School.
• Monday, March 4, 6 p.m. at Lincoln City Community Center.
• Tuesday, March 5, 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. at Crestview Heights School in Waldport.
• Wednesday, March 6, 3:30 p.m. at Newport Intermediate School.
• Thursday, March 7, 6:30 p.m. at Toledo Elementary School.

Isaac Newton is a magnet school for all Lincoln County students in grades 6-8 geared toward integrated arts and sciences. INMS staff and students approach learning as a creative endeavor in which students prepare for the future through an integrated project-based approach and academically rigorous environment. Newport Intermediate serves students in grades 4-6. Both INMS and NIS share facilities in the same school building in Newport.

The primary reason for the proposed change is the adoption of Common Core State Standards in Oregon, which demands increased rigor for all students. Having all sixth grade students combined would help build their skill level using the middle school model, and would equalize the expectations for students in the same grade at the same school building.

Posted: February 20, 2013

The Yachats Academy of Arts and Sciences is proud to present an evening featuring Newport High School students showcasing their music and photography talents.

The event takes place on Friday, March 8, 6:30 PM, at the Yachats Commons (Fourth Street and Highway 101, Yachats). The Academy is supported by the Friends of the Yachats Commons Foundation.

The hour-long event will feature music and spoken word performances by NHS students who perform at the school's Friday Lunch Jam, a weekly open mic event. The school’s journalism class will also present their photography work at the event.

"We’ve got some remarkably talented students,” said NHS teacher Matt Love. “We began it four years ago and it’s become a hit with over 900 individual or group performances. Who said rock is dead?"

"You will not believe the quality of the talent, musical and spoken word," Love added. "We've got rock, blues, pop, folk, emo, metal, country and some real beatnik poets. Our photographers are very accomplished, also."

Love hopes to raise funds to support this year’s literary review by selling student photographs, copies of the 2012 literary review (which includes a bonus DVD of last year's Yachats performance) and taking donations.

Featured performers include: Broken Culture, Nakaia Brogran, The Derp Patrol, Brie Staunton, Orchid Instinct, Creed Peterson, Grayson Bear, Nathan Bearden, Richelle Schatz, Slanderous Vitriol, The Steve Jones Band, Servants of the Kelp, and Domenica Gavin. NHS senior Jay Gassner will emcee the event.

There is no admission charge for this presentation, but the Academy appreciates a $5 donation to help cover expenses. The Academy also asks that you be prepared and generous in your support for these student activities and exciting projects.

For more information, go to or call 541-961-6695.

Posted: February 20, 2013

Lincoln County School District truly appreciates our community partners who have a passion for improving the lives of children!

One of these partners is Seashore Family Literacy in Waldport. This nonprofit organization is dedicated to enhancing lives through literacy and education, with a secondary focus of meeting the basic needs of food and clothing. Many of those served by the programs of Seashore Family Literacy are our students and their families.

We have learned that yet another philanthropic community organization, Windermere Foundation, is providing $500 a month in support to Seashore Family Literacy. For the past 24 years, Windermere Real Estate has donated a portion of proceeds from home sales to its Foundation. In turn, the Foundation gives financial support to organizations serving low-income and homeless families.

We are grateful for programs such as these that help to make the lives of children and youth so much better. On behalf of our students, we thank you!

Posted: February 13, 2013

Lincoln County School District has been awarded $3 million in federal funding for a project designed to reduce the loss of lives and property destruction in the event of a tsunami or other catastrophic flooding at the site of the existing Waldport High School.

The Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) stipulates that the agency will purchase all structures and development rights on the WHS campus. In turn, the school district will demolish and remove the school buildings, portable classrooms, and grandstands; restore the 11.47-acre site into open space; and maintain the property in perpetuity with no future development other than that related to the open-space use.

“When we learned about this grant, we thought it could be of great benefit to both the school district and the community,” said LCSD Support Services Director Rich Belloni. “We can potentially turn the high school property into a space for community use without spending district funds, and we won’t have an empty school to maintain, which can be very expensive.”

Waldport High School is located just a few feet above sea level in a tsunami inundation zone and the floodplain of the Alsea River, and it was largely constructed prior to the adoption of seismic building codes. Thus, it is vulnerable to both major flooding and significant structural damage in case of earthquake or tsunami.

Under the mitigation project, building demolition and site restoration will begin after construction is completed on the new Waldport High School. The new high school is being built on high ground outside the tsunami zone, using current building codes, adjacent to Crestview Heights School; it is scheduled for completion in August 2013.

The estimated cost to demolish and dispose of the high school structures is between $350,000 and $750,000; this range is broad because the extent of asbestos abatement is not known. There will be additional costs associated with the project in order to restore the land into a basic open space use. Any remaining monies will go to the school district’s Building Maintenance Fund, which supports school facilities throughout Lincoln County.

LCSD Safety Coordinator Sue Graves wrote this comprehensive grant proposal, which was submitted in November 2011. It subsequently went through a number of review processes by FEMA and the State of Oregon, and was open to public comment before its approval on Sept. 24, 2012. The property transaction and closing was finalized on Jan. 31, 2013.

School district officials will collaborate with the city of Waldport and its citizens to help determine a suitable open space use for the property.

As defined by FEMA, open space can include such uses as outdoor recreational activities, wetlands management, nature reserves, camping, cultivation, and grazing. No new structures can be built on the property except ones that are open on all sides and functionally related to its open-space use; a public restroom; or ones that conserve the natural function of the floodplain.

Posted: February 11, 2013

Taft Elementary School students and staff were evacuated from the building for about 20 minutes this afternoon (Feb. 11) when a part inside a mechanical room overheated and began smoking.

“Everything worked just the way it is supposed to,” said Susan Graves, safety coordinator for Lincoln County School District. “The smoke set off the fire alarms, the children were safely evacuated, and the fire department arrived to take care of the problem.”

The alarm went off around 2:20 p.m. Within a few minutes all children were evacuated and accounted for at the nearby covered grandstands. After about 20 minutes, students were allowed to return to classrooms to gather their belongings before being dismissed from school. School will be in session tomorrow, as usual.

Officials with North Lincoln Fire and Rescue District report that there was no fire, but the overheated part did create enough smoke to set off the fire alarm.

Posted: February 4, 2013

This year, local third-graders are focusing on rivers and the species that live there, as part of Lincoln County School District’s Ocean Literacy initiative. To help teachers engage students in learning while addressing science standards, several educators took part in a “Fish Eggs to Fry” training session on Jan. 24.

“Hatching fish in the classroom is a great interactive experience for students. It helps connect the classroom to our natural environment,” says Christine Clapp, a biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program (STEP). “It’s a wonderful way for young students to learn about math and science. And, teachers can expand on this activity for learning activities in other areas, such as language arts and fine arts.”

During the training, Clapp showed 14 third-grade teachers from across the school district how to set up and care for a classroom aquarium that supports steelhead trout egg incubation. The process involves monitoring water quality elements, including temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH levels, ammonia toxicity, pollutants, and more.

The teachers will take these newly learned skills back to their classrooms so students can experience first-hand how steelhead trout develop from egg to fry (young fish). The students and their teacher will keep precise records about everything they observe: egg numbers, dates, temperatures, mortality, when eggs hatch, etc. They will also practice the scientific method by making and testing hypotheses and performing comparative studies, such as varying water temperature between classroom aquariums to see how that affects the rate of development or adding structures to see if young fish behave differently when they have places to hide.

At the end of the approximately five-week process, the fry will be released into their natural environment, a stream that runs to the ocean.

This year, Clapp is assisted by two high school “Egg to Fry” interns who will mentor classrooms at Sam Case Primary in Newport, and Oceanlake and Taft elementary schools in Lincoln City. They are Dyana Casper, from Newport High, and Cory Vertner, from Lincoln City Career Tech.

“I’m grateful to Dyana and Cory for their help and enthusiasm, and I’m looking for additional high school students who have an interest,” Clapp said.

Clapp also is searching for landowners who own property along a river or stream near a Lincoln County school who would allow field trips and potential service learning/restoration projects on their property.

To contact Clapp, call 541-265-8306, ext. 253, or send an email to

Posted: February 4, 2013

Do you enjoy local trivia competitions and playing along with televised quiz shows? Well, we dare you to even begin to match smarts with a team of Newport High School seniors who participated in the BPA Regional Science Bowl on Feb. 2.

For the eighth consecutive year, NHS sent a team to the regional competition. This year's team was comprised of four seniors: Aaron Williams, Connor Price, Kiana Murray and Ariana Morris, pictured from left. Their sponsor, Talented and Gifted (TAG) teacher Kathi Downing, says all four are top students at NHS.

“The NHS kids may not have won the competition, but they certainly won the Congeniality Award! They were always friendly and positive toward their opponents, and brought humor to the often rather tense atmosphere in the room,” Downing said. “The judges in our last round commented on how that was the most fun they had had all morning.”

This was the best attended regional competition yet, with 65 teams competing. There were four rounds in the preliminary competition. The NHS team was pitted against big city schools, including some that have a heavy focus on science and technology -- yet they won one of the four rounds and did respectably in the other three.

Here are some sample questions from the Science Bowl:
• Which two of the following five amino acids are classified as “basic”because of the structure of their side chains? A) arginine. B) glycine. C) glutamic acid. D) phenylalanine. E) lysine. Answer: A & E
• Which of the following is NOT used in determining relative geologic time? A) Principle of superposition. B) Principle of original horizontality. C) Principle of cross-cutting. D) Radioisotope half-lives. Answer: D
• Which of the following is NOT true? A) Electrons are directly affected by the strong nuclear force. B) General relativity predicts the existence of black holes. C) A deuterium atom has two nucleons. D) Many cosmologists believe that neutrinos make up about as much mass as all the stars in the universe. Answer: A.

The top winning regional teams were from high schools in Portland and Vancouver, Wash. The top finishing team will travel all-expenses paid to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl April 25-29.

Beyond the prestige of winning and the prospects of the national competition, qualifying members of the top three high school teams will receive offers of $85,000 in scholarships from Oregon and Washington colleges and universities.

Posted: February 4, 2013

The 2013 Newport Schools Science Fair was a huge success!

An estimated 860 people attended the fair at Hatfield Marine Science Center last Thursday, Jan. 31. Approximately 200 student displays representing the work of nearly 400 middle school students stretched from the HMSC Visitor Center all the way to the education wing. Independent project entries and demonstrations from a number of younger students were on hand as well.

Throughout the evening, students, families, mentors, volunteers, teachers, principals, HMSC staff, and others had a chance to read display boards, talk to young scientists about their work, and enjoy the celebration of science together.

The Newport Schools Science Fair partnership between the Lincoln County School District, Oregon Sea Grant and Hatfield Marine Science Center strengthens ties between the science community and local schools.

We are tremendously grateful for the 38 scientists in the community who served as science mentors in 13 middle school classrooms. Mentors came from NOAA (AFSC, PMEL, MOC-P, NOAA Ship Rainier), OSU (CIMRS, MMI, OSG, COMES), EPA, USDA, ODFW, USFWS, HMSC, the Oregon Coast Aquarium and DOGAMI.

Thanks also to the speedy volunteers from HMSC who helped move displays, set up tables, supervise exhibits, and clean up after the event.

Finally, a very special appreciation goes to the teachers at Newport Intermediate School, Isaac Newton Magnet School and Newport Prep Academy who expertly guided their students through the Science Fair process, and for the work they do every day to help Newport students learn and grow.

See story below for more information about the Newport Schools Science Fair.

Posted: January 31, 2013

During National School Counseling Week, Feb. 4–8, the public is reminded about the positive impact school counselors can have on students and the school community as a whole.

“School counselors work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing students’ academic concerns, personal/social skills and career awareness in post-secondary options,” said Kwok-Sze Wong, Ed.D., executive director of the American School Counselor Association. “Comprehensive school counseling programs provide a much-needed resource for students, parents, teachers and administrators. School counselors are integral to student success.”

Lincoln County School District is served by four school counselors: Stacey Bennett at Toledo Junior/Senior High, Reyna Mattson at Newport High, Janis Muller at Waldport High, and Vicky Roller at Taft 7-12 High School.

These four women are integral members of the school district’s total educational team. As certified and experienced educators with master's degrees in guidance and counseling, they have a tremendous impact on helping students achieve school success, plan for a career, and be prepared to lead fulfilling lives as members of society.

In a proclamation, Oregon Gov. Kitzhaber cites school counselors for being actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents; for working in a partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today's world; for focusing on positive ways to enhance students' social/personal, educational and career development; and working with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves.

Parents or community members with specific questions or concerns about school counseling programs in Lincoln County School District are invited to contact the counselor at their local school. More general information can also be found on the ASCA website,

In photo above, from left:
Lincoln County School District school counselors are Vicky Roller, Reyna Mattson, Janis Muller and Stacey Bennett.

Posted: January 31, 2013

The Oregon Department of Education released a report this week showing high school dropout and graduation rates statewide for the 2011-2012 school year.

According to the report, Lincoln County School District has a four-year cohort graduation rate of 62.6 percent, a five-year cohort graduation rate of 69.4 percent and a dropout rate of 4.3 percent. This is compared to the Oregon four-year cohort graduation rate of 68.4 percent, five-year cohort graduation rate of 72.4 percent, and dropout rate of 3.4 percent.

“We can surmise the reasons behind our numbers but what it comes down to is this: We need a better system of tracking students who stop coming to school, we need to find out why they aren’t coming to school, and we need to respond to them in a meaningful way,” says Superintendent Tom Rinearson.

“There are many reasons why a student chooses to leave school, perhaps to go to work or maybe their families have left the area,” Rinearson said. “It could be that our data tracking needs to be fine-tuned. Either way, it’s up to us to reach as many of these kids as we can to make learning relevant and help them to see the value of earning a high school diploma.”

It is important to note that the state tracks graduation rates based on four-year and five-year cohorts of students, whereas the federal government still requires states to report a one-year dropout rate; this rate is calculated by looking at the number of students who drop out of grades 9-12 in a given school year. This is the reason why the dropout rate is not the inverse of the graduation rate. In other words, a graduation rate of 62 percent does not equate to a dropout rate of 38 percent.

DROPOUT INFO: The overall dropout rate in Lincoln County School District had been steadily improving for the past decade, with numbers falling from a high of 7.1 percent in 2000-01 to a low of 2.8 percent in 2010-11. District officials are reviewing the current data to determine reasons behind the increase in numbers of dropouts, to 4.3 percent.

A dropout is defined as an individual who has withdrawn from school and has not enrolled in any other school or ODE approved program, and who has not received a regular diploma, modified diploma or GED. The dropout rate is calculated by dividing the number of students who drop out of school in a given year by the total number of students enrolled as of Oct. 31 of that school year.

The local high school dropout rates are: Eddyville Charter, 0 percent; Waldport High, 0.5 percent; Lincoln City Career Tech, 1.6 percent; Newport High, 1.9 percent; Toledo Junior/Senior High, 3.4 percent; Taft High, 3.5 percent; and Siletz Valley Charter, 3.7 percent.

GRADUATION INFO: The local four-year graduation rates are: Eddyville Charter, 100 percent; Siletz Valley Charter, 85.7 percent; Newport, 70.7 percent; Waldport High, 64.5 percent; Toledo High, 58.2 percent; and Lincoln City Career Tech, 52 percent; and Taft High, 48.2 percent.

Since some students need more than four years to complete graduation requirements, the Oregon Department of Education calculates a five-year cohort graduation rate. The local five-year graduation rates are: Siletz Valley Charter, 87.5 percent; Toledo, 77.9 percent; Newport, 73.9 percent; Waldport, 73.6 percent; Eddyville Charter, 68.8 percent; Lincoln City Career Tech, 65.5 percent; and Taft, 63.2 percent.

The graduation rate looks at a cohort, or group, of students who entered high school in the same school year anywhere in the world, and tracks how many of these students graduated from an Oregon public school with a regular high school diploma within four year or five years. However, the number of students who are included in the cohort is adjusted for students who move into or out of the system, emigrate to another country, or are deceased. Conversely, students who remain in the cohort and receive a standard diploma are included in the graduation rate.

Students who complete their high school education by earning a modified diploma, general equivalency diploma, adult high school diploma, or alternative certificate are not counted as graduates in this model.

Posted: January 30, 2013

The public is invited to attend the annual Newport Schools Science Fair, which will take place on Thursday, Jan. 31, from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the Hatfield Marine Science Center.

Projects from 13 Newport middle school classrooms will be on display alongside the Visitor Center’s many hands-on interactive exhibits. This year’s Science Fair involves more than 400 public school students in 6th-8th grades, and they had help from 38 volunteer science mentors in the community. Additional projects from students in grades K-5 are also included in the event.

For the past several weeks, students in grades 6-8 at Newport Intermediate School, Isaac Newton Magnet School and Newport Prep Academy have been conducting experiments, engineering solutions, gathering data, and compiling results, and they are now ready to share their scientific findings with the community.

For example, have you ever wondered…

--- What is the relationship between depth and the amount of Dungeness crab caught in Yaquina Bay?

--- How does the size of windmill blades affect the amount of energy generated?

--- How can a piece of discarded Styrofoam be used to amplify sound from an iPod?

--- What factors influence how tall plants grow?

--- Which brand of toilet paper is strongest?

--- How do tides affect salinity in the estuary?

--- How can a discarded beach ball be turned into an attractive handbag?

--- How does the design of a paper airplane wing affect its flight?

Come to the Newport Schools Science fair to discover students’ answers to these and many more questions!

As in past science fairs, professional scientists from the community have been serving as “science mentors” in classrooms, volunteering their time to give students feedback on their projects. This unique partnership gives students a chance to learn from and be inspired by local adults working in science fields, and it gives the mentors an opportunity to share their love for science with the next generation. The Newport Schools Science Fair received coordination support from Oregon Sea Grant and volunteers, and materials support from school academic Booster groups.

Hatfield Marine Science Center is located at 2030 SE Marine Science Dr. in South Beach. There is no charge for admission to the Visitor Center for this event, so be sure to stop by. For more information, contact

Posted: January 23, 2013

The school backpack programs serving Newport and Toledo students got a boost, with volunteers collecting food and cash donations outside the Newport Wal-Mart Jan. 20-21.

Volunteers from Lincoln County School District’s Homeless Education & Literacy Project (H.E.L.P.) teamed up with volunteers from the Toledo Police Explorers program and Newport High School to collect donations. The community showed their support by donating approximately 590 pounds of food and $143.

Backpack programs serve chronically hungry students in schools who need a little extra food over the weekend. Backpacks are stocked with nutritious, child-friendly and easy-to-prepare food, and then discreetly given to children on the last day of school before a weekend or holiday. In doing so, the child’s nutritional needs can be met week to week.

Studies have shown that participants in similar meal programs show an increase in attendance, decrease in behavior problems, improved concentration abilities, and increased academic achievement. Therefore, the whole community benefits when chronically hungry children receive weekend food.

The Newport Food Bank hosts the backpack program for the Newport area. The East County H.E.L.P. Center, located at Toledo Elementary School, hosts the backpack program for the Toledo area.

If you would like to donate, volunteer or sign your child up for the program, please call your local elementary school, the Newport Food Pantry (541-270-0842), or the East County H.E.L.P. Center (541-336-4357).

In photo: Some high school students in the Toledo Police Explorers with the Lincoln City H.E.L.P. Center Volunteer Coordinator, Alyssa Vasquez, at right.


Posted: January 21, 2013

Two local high school students have been selected to attend the 2013 United Nations Pilgrimage for Youth this coming summer, joining hundreds of other teens from throughout the United States, Canada and other nations to study and learn about the United Nations.

Sophia Solano, a junior at Newport High School, and Maria Alvarado, a junior at Waldport High School, were selected by the Lincoln City Odd Fellows Lodge after submitting winning essays about the U.N.’s role in protecting the health and welfare of children, and then participating in a speech competition.

Each lodge chooses its own winners and pays their expenses.

“Originally we were only going to send one student, but as we got closer to the deadline we decided we needed to send two of these girls,” explains Babe Bogart, leader of this year’s search. “It is just a blessing to see the ability of these young kids. They are so bright; we just want them to get the chance to see more of the world at an early age.”

Both girls are top students in their classes. Solano is an accomplished musician, playing both piano and clarinet, and she also is helping to organize a Model United Nations group at Newport High. Alvarado is editor of the school yearbook as well as being a member of the soccer and basketball teams.

According to Kathi Downing, Talented and Gifted (TAG) program teacher, eight TAG students from Taft, Newport and Waldport high schools participated in the competition. Zach Colbert, a sophomore at Taft High School, wrote an essay that was chosen to go to the district level. Even though he did not advance to the state level, he plans to try again next year, Downing says.

The U.N. Pilgrimage was established by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Rebekahs in 1949. On average, about 300 students per year earn a place on the trip.

For young adults interested in world affairs, international relations, economics and/or political sciences, the U.N. Pilgrimage offers the opportunity to observe the United Nations in person while exchanging views on education, politics and religion. Students tour the United Nations building and listen to behind-the-scenes briefings conducted by specialized United Nations agencies and departments. Each student delegate will participate in in-depth discussions with other young people from around the world, as well as experience one of the greatest cities in the world, New York. The 10-day trip also includes tours of Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Ottawa, Canada.

Posted: January 21, 2013

Last June, four old portable classroom buildings were hauled away from the north side of Taft Elementary School, to be replaced by a permanent classroom addition that opened on Jan. 7.

Principal Christopher Sullivan says students, teachers, and staff are thrilled with the beautiful addition to their 62-year-old school. The public is invited to get a first-hand look at the new classrooms at an open house celebration planned for 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24.

The open house is being held in conjunction with Family Literacy Night. Everyone is welcome to visit the school, tour the new addition, and enjoy refreshments, including clam chowder provided courtesy of Mo’s Restaurant.

Fun family literacy activities will begin at 6 p.m. and will include a book giveaway for children.

The 9,700-square-foot school addition includes two sixth-grade classrooms, three special education classrooms, and space for the north area Homeless Education & Literacy Project (the school district’s program to assist homeless students).

The expansion project was funded through proceeds from a $63 million general obligation bond measure that voters approved in May 2011. The construction manager/general contractor for the Taft project was Quade Commercial Construction of Lincoln City, which reports that 91 percent of project funds were expended locally, with Lincoln County subcontractors and businesses!

Posted: January 16, 2013

Small steps can yield big rewards. That is the idea behind the NOAA Climate Stewards Education Project, in which teachers are selected to lead student-run projects that are science-based and focused on reducing the carbon impact on the climate.

Students at Waldport High School will participate in the Climate Stewards program, with the recent announcement that their science teacher, Kama Almasi, has been accepted into the program.

“I believe this opportunity will allow Waldport students to become climate stewards,” said Almasi, who holds a doctorate in ecology. “That is, we will design and carry out a long-term environmental stewardship project locally, and it may involve community members, as well.”

At this early stage in the process, Almasi and her students have not yet decided on a focus for their project. However, here are some examples of projects that have been conducted by some of the more than 200 Climate Steward educators in 46 states:

• An elementary class in Washington, D.C., designed a project to reduce the number of cars that idle while picking up and dropping off students at their school.
• College students in New York recorded information about their energy usage and involved expenses, and developed individual plans to reduce both.
• An Oahu elementary class built a cultivation station to learn how ocean acidification impacted the growth and reproduction of sea urchins.
• Teams of student “inventors” in Flagstaff, Ariz., presented how each invention could help to mitigate the effects of human impacts on global ecosystems.
Almasi has been with Lincoln County School District for five years. This is her first year at Waldport High, where she is teaching biology, chemistry, environmental science, and algebra.

Through this program, NOAA provides educators with a wide array of professional development opportunities that they can use to increase their students’ understanding of essential climate concepts. The teachers interact directly with NOAA scientists and education specialists, and are taught to use data resources, digital tools, and other innovative technologies. They also benefit from an active online learning community that offers collaborative space, web seminars, conference symposia, workshops, and virtual conferences. In addition, NOAA Climate Stewards receive modest financial assistance and expert evaluation as they design and launch action plans for their communities.

Posted: January 15, 2013

School safety is a complex issue with multiple layers and no single solution, says Susan Graves, safety coordinator for Lincoln County School District for the past 12 years. That was the overall message she took away from the Connecticut School Security Symposium she attended as a presenter on Jan. 7.

“It was an honor to be invited to help this hurting community,” Graves said. “I believe the security tools and procedures that were in place at Sandy Hook helped to prevent the loss of even more lives. However, school security is a complex issue. There isn’t one single solution because there are so many layers to the problem.”

More than 850 school, municipal, and emergency officials from throughout Connecticut attended the symposium, which was held in response to the tragedy of the Sandy Hook school shooting.

At the symposium, Graves was one of seven speakers who presented information on school security: best practices for securing school buildings, steps to take locally for improved school security, building design strategies for securing school buildings, and the legal and policy implications for implementing effective school security practices.

Graves’ presentation focused specifically on school preparedness. School districts can improve security in their buildings by collaborating with local emergency agencies; customizing emergency plans to individual school buildings; training staff in the Incident Command System; and conducting frequent school drills.

“Developing trust and creating a positive school climate can also be very effective in improving school security,” Graves said.

For example, the Lincoln City Police Department assigns a uniformed officer to act as School Resource Officer at Taft 7-12 High School. Officer Oscar Escalante has an office at the high school and routinely interacts with the students and staff. He also is available as a resource to Oceanlake and Taft elementary schools.

“Not only does Officer Escalante provide law enforcement and law-related education, he is excellent at building relationships with our students,” Graves said. “This is a very powerful approach that does work.”

Over the past year, Graves has been invited by the U.S. Department of Education to present their four-hour course, “Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools,” throughout the nation. Representatives from hundreds of school districts have attended these sessions, helping them to be better prepared for emergencies ranging from campus shooters to earthquakes and tsunamis.

“The U.S. Department of Education has invested in Lincoln County School District by providing grants and other assistance to strengthen our emergency plans,” Graves said. “In return, the school district supports me in my role as educator to other districts. I appreciate the opportunity to share my knowledge with others because this collaborative relationship with other agencies ultimately benefits our own students and staff, making our schools safer for everyone.”

Posted: January 14, 2013

Taft 7-12 High School in Lincoln City will have its annual GEAR UP College Fair on Thursday, Jan. 24, from 2:45 p.m. to 4 p.m. Parents of all Taft high students are encouraged to attend.

Nearly 20 colleges from throughout Oregon and Washington will be represented at the fair, including community colleges, trade schools and universities. All high school students will be participating.

This is a great opportunity for underclassman, and their parents, to begin talking with college representatives about admission requirements.

GEAR UP stands for “Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs.” In Oregon, it is supported by a six-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education and the contributions of many community partners.

Posted: January 10, 2013

The public is invited to enjoy the multi-instrumental sounds of the Toledo Junior/Senior High School band, The Hydraulic Raisins, at a free concert on Thursday, Jan. 17.

The band showcases the musical talents of students in grades 7-12.

The performance will begin at 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

Posted: January 7, 2013

For National Young Readers Day, Dutch Bros. Coffee in Newport decided to celebrate on a local level by trading coffee for books.

All day on Nov. 13, customers donated books in exchange for a free beverage. More than 800 books were collected and donated to the Homeless Education & Literacy Project (H.E.L.P.), a program of Lincoln County School District.

Partnering with the H.E.L.P. Program was a natural fit for the book donation as H.E.L.P. focuses on strengthening homeless families through education. H.E.L.P. staff and volunteers will distribute the books to kids throughout the county at upcoming Read & Feed events. Read & Feeds encourage family literacy while providing a nutritious meal in a safe, warm atmosphere at host sites ranging from churches, schools and community organizations. Parents and community volunteers read to children and, at the end of the night, the kids get to take free books home.

“Allowing our students to pick out a special book to take home is a great way to promote a love of reading,” said Katey Townsend, Homeless Coordinator for the school district.

Dutch Bros. Coffee owners Michael Bojarski and Amanda Fulton were appreciative of their customers’ generosity in donating so many high quality books, and they plan to make the book collection an annual event.

For more information on supporting Read & Feed events, call 541-265-4506 or visit

In photo: Displaying some of the 800 books collected during National Young Readers Day are, back row from left, LCSD Homeless Coordinator Katey Townsend, Amanda Fulton and Michael Bojarski of Dutch Bros. Coffee in Newport, East County Homeless Advocate Amy Becksted and, in front, Kiana and Asher.

Posted: January 3, 2013

Many local students and teachers returning to school on Jan. 7 after their two-week winter break will find themselves in new classrooms, with capital improvement projects wrapping up at schools in Lincoln City, Newport and Toledo.

At Toledo Junior/Senior High, a classroom wing of approximately 9,300-square-feet was completed the last week of December, with minor “punch list” items being wrapped up through the winter break. The addition includes four seventh-grade and eighth-grade classrooms, commons and restrooms. In addition, the school-based health center has been completely remodeled and is ready to receive clients on Monday.

The 11,200-square-foot addition at Sam Case Primary was completed just before winter break. It includes two third-grade classrooms, gymnasium, and restrooms. Work has already begun on extensive upgrading of existing classrooms at the school, to include new floor tiling, drop ceilings, cabinetry, etc.

Taft Elementary’s 9,800-square-foot addition includes two sixth-grade classrooms, three special education classrooms, an area for the north area HELP program for homeless students, and restrooms.

At Oceanlake Elementary, two existing classrooms have been remodeled into the school’s new library. However, two fourth/fifth-grade classes will be located inside the new area while their existing classrooms are upgraded with new floor tiling, drop ceilings, cabinetry, etc.

A project at Newport High School, remodeling a classroom into a commons with access to a remodeled courtyard, wrapped up over winter break.

And in Waldport, a small office building for south area bus drivers was completed over winter break. The building is located between the new bus parking area and new Waldport High School football field.

Just 20 months after work began, Lincoln County School District has completed a long list of capital improvement projects. In addition to the above, work completed to date includes:

• 33 portable classroom buildings removed from six school campuses.
• 26,500-square-foot classroom wing at Toledo Elementary School (10 classrooms, five break-out rooms, cafeteria, school offices, restrooms, break room, work room, parking lot, kitchen renovation, and section of roofing replaced).
• 24,000-square-foot classroom wing at Oceanlake Elementary (seven classrooms, gymnasium, stage, storage, school offices, restrooms, work room, break room, playground, walking track, vestibule, and boiler).
• 9,700-square-foot expansion at Newport High School (three classrooms, band/choir room, drafting room, and extensive remodeling of two science labs).
• 3,500-square-foot expansion at Newport Prep Academy including new classroom, commons, restrooms, teen parent classroom, school-based health center, and remodeled courtyard.
• 4,200-square-foot expansion at Toledo Junior/Senior High, including boys and girls locker rooms, weight room, elevator, major gymnasium expansion, and improvements to driveway and parking lots, and new boilers.
• Roof replaced at Taft 7-12 High School.
• Playground relocated and improved at Crestview Heights School.
• High school athletic field improvements in Lincoln City, Newport, Toledo and Waldport.

The expansion projects were funded through proceeds from a $63 million general obligation bond measure that voters approved in May 2011. Work began immediately following passage of the bond measure. The school district pledged to spend these tax dollars locally, in Lincoln County, as much as possible. To date, approximately 66 percent of capital improvement funds have been expended locally, inside of Lincoln County.

Posted: January 3, 2013

Lincoln County School District is joining the other 196 school districts throughout Oregon to celebrate January as School Board Recognition Month.

“Our school board members spend countless hours of unpaid time working to provide the best possible education for our students,” said LCSD Superintendent Tom Rinearson. “Too often the efforts of school board members go unrecognized. Celebrating School Board Recognition Month is one way to say thanks for all they do.”

School board members represent their fellow citizens’ views and priorities in the complex enterprise of maintaining and running the county’s public schools. They also reinforce the principle of local control over public education, which is an important and highly valued aspect of education in Oregon, Rinearson said.

Members of the Lincoln County School District Board of Directors are:

• Chairman Ron Beck – he has served since July 2002, representing Zone 3 (Newport).
• Vice Chairman Jean Turner – she has served since December 2002, representing Zone 5 (south county including Elk City, Waldport and Yachats).
• Karen Bondley – she has served since September 2009, representing Zone 1 (north county including Lincoln City and Rose Lodge areas).
• Kelley Ellis – she has served since June 2011, representing Zone 4 (east county including Eddyville, Siletz and Toledo).
• Liz Martin – she has served since June 2010, representing Zone 2 (Schooner Creek area of Lincoln City south to Newport).

The school board’s main goal is to support student achievement. To achieve that goal, the board focuses on the following needs:
• Creating a vision for what parents and citizens want their school district to become and how to make student achievement the top priority
• Setting standards for what students must learn and be able to do
• Assessing whether schools achieve their goals, and whether students are learning
• Accounting for the outcomes of decisions by tracking progress and reporting results
• Aligning the use of the district’s human and financial resources
• Creating a safe and orderly climate where students can learn and teachers can teach
• Collaborating to solve common problems and to support common successes
• Focusing on continuous improvement by questioning, examining, revising, refining and revisiting issues related to student achievement.

“Even though we are making a special effort during January to show appreciation for our school board members, we realize that their contributions reflect a year-round effort on their part. They are dedicated individuals who are committed to improving student achievement and working for the best for every student,” Rinearson said.

Lincoln County School District is the third largest employer in the county, with close to 500 full-time equivalent employees. It serves more than 5,000 students in 12 schools and four charter schools located throughout the county.

Posted: December 26, 2012

College Application Week at Taft 7-12 High School has been officially declared a success, with close to 90 percent of the senior class completing college applications.

Beginning Monday, Dec. 10, seniors began filling the school library, with 96 of them completing applications, said school counselor Vicky Roller. Throughout the week, more than 144 students of all grades came to the library to research colleges they were interested in attending after high school and to review scholarship opportunities, including those offered through Oregon Student Access Commission.

“With the help of 14 volunteers and a brand new iPad cart containing 30 iPads purchased for Taft by Oregon GEAR UP, the students were set up for success,” Roller said. “It was amazing to watch the students who were resistant to applying go through the process.”

Along with the volunteers, the week was made possible through generous support from Samaritan Health Services.Liz Bardon, marketing/public relations coordinator at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital, was one volunteer during the week; her organization generously covered the cost of a college application for one student. Roller reports that the student, Jazlyn Mitchell, pictured above left, was overcome by emotions and gratitude for the generous gift.

Wednesday evening was highlighted by a parent event. Becky Wilson, an Oregon GEAR UP community engagement specialist, gave a financial aid presentation. Bruce Koike, president of Oregon Coast Community College, also was available that evening as a resource for parents and students.

Another volunteer giving students a helping hand was Lincoln City Mayor Dick Anderson, pictured above left speaking to student Jose Soberanis. Anderson and his wife, Sue, were available during the first two days to meet with students, answer questions and provide support for students.

“It was incredible to see all the community support for this event and to see the students have the opportunity to apply for college,” said Principal Scott Reed. “Some students even received an immediate response from their application. This is a wonderful event to help seniors take the next step.”

The goal of Oregon College Application Week is to provide an opportunity for all Oregon high school seniors to complete and file college applications. While the focus is on helping all students, an extra effort was given to first-generation, low-income, and other students who may face barriers in applying to college. Taft High School was selected by the Oregon University System and the Oregon College Application Week Steering Committee to be a pilot school for this activity.

“It is an exciting time at Taft. We have incredible teachers and administrators who are willing to do what it takes and even go above and beyond to provide opportunities for students like never before,” Roller said. “And, thank you to the volunteers! This community continues to amaze me. Every time there is a need, citizens step up.”

Posted: December 20, 2012

Lincoln County Schools will close one day early for winter break, with school being cancelled on Friday, Dec. 21. School will return to session on Monday, Jan. 7, as originally scheduled.

Superintendent Tom Rinearson said a combination of reasons prompted him to make this decision: the potential for inclement weather conditions that make driving hazardous; the heightened level of concern, locally and nationally, about school security; and the high number of student absences that typically occur before a holiday or break.

“The holidays are a high stress time anyway, and the last day of school is usually not a good quality learning day,” he said. “I ask for everyone’s understanding, and wish them a safe, happy holiday.”


Posted: December 20, 2012

Being a parent is challenging!

At the "Nurturing Parenting" program, parents of children ages 0-11 will learn the art, science, strategies and techniques that promote self worth, cooperation and compassion in children, and form the basis of day-to-day family interactions.

The 10-week class will be held 6 PM to 8 PM Tuesdays beginning Jan. 15, at Sam Case Primary School in Newport. Participants will enjoy nutritional family-style meals, and childcare will be offered. The fee is $45 per family, with scholarships available.

The instructors are Amy Joynt, LCSD school psychologist, and Tami Harris, LCSD family advocate.

To register go to or call 541-574-4485.

Coastal Families Together is a collaboration of Lincoln Commission on Children and Families, and other family-focused agencies, nonprofits, businesses, educational institutions.


Posted: December 19, 2012

Families are invited to enjoy a free Read and Feed evening, including meal, books, face painting and other activities, on Thursday, Dec. 20, at Panther Creek Community Center, 655 N. Wayside Loop in Otis.

This family-friendly activity will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and offers a great opportunity to connect with neighbors over a delicious meal, read to a child or be read to, and enjoy fun activities.

Directions from Lincoln City: Turn left at Otis junction stop light, right at North Bank Road, left at Panther Creek Road, slight right onto North Wayside Loop, and destination will be on your left.

For more information, call the North County Family Literacy and H.E.L.P Center at 541-996-4878 or 541-994-6118.


Posted: December 19, 2012

Representatives of the local school district and county government recently participated in three days of earthquake/tsunami awareness education at the Hawaii State Civil Defense Center in Honolulu, and will share their new-gained knowledge with others.

The National Disaster Preparedness Training Center at the University of Hawaii in Oahu invited two participants from each West Coast state to attend the session. Officials from Oregon Emergency Management selected Lincoln County School District Safety Coordinator Susan Graves, pictured above at right, and Lincoln County Emergency Manager Jenny Demaris, pictured above at left, for this educational opportunity.

“It’s wonderful that Lincoln County School District and Lincoln County are seen as leaders in tsunami awareness for the state of Oregon,” Graves said. “We already have strong working relationships with local, state and national level organizations, and this further strengthens it. This will increase our capacity to have local input on national initiatives, and will open us to other opportunities, grants and initiatives that can benefit us.”

Graves and Demaris attended the tsunami awareness course on day one, and then were required to teach back portions of the previous day’s training to local public safety officials on the second day. Day three, they participated in strategic planning meetings to evaluate the course curriculum and provide input for implementation of this course at the local level.

“It was an honor to be invited to participate in the training curriculum,” Demaris said, “and to know that we will have an opportunity to share our experiences and assist in mentoring the program here at home and in other communities.”

The awareness-level course provides a basic understanding of tsunamis, hazard assessment, warning and dissemination, and community response strategies to reduce tsunami risk. The training is designed for emergency planners and responders, with the goal of enhancing the participants’ abilities to support their organizational preparedness and response efforts.

Additional information regarding the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center can be found at


Posted: December 14, 2012

Lincoln County School District is saddened by the horrible tragedy which occurred this morning when a gunman opened fire at a Connecticut elementary school killing a number of students and staff.  This unthinkable event might raise questions about safety in our own schools.

We want our families to know that we take safety seriously and have several preventative measures in place in our schools on a regular basis as we work to provide for the safety of our students and staff.  Here are a few of them:

  • We have a comprehensive Emergency Plan that was developed in conjunction with our local emergency response agencies (police, fire, etc).
  • Our staff members and substitute teachers receive training on our emergency procedures every school year.
  • We conduct safety drills on a monthly basis (such as fire, lockdown, earthquake, shelter-in-place, etc.) including at least 3 lockdown drills every year.  All of our schools have already done at least one lockdown drill this school year.
  • Over the past several years, our local law enforcement agencies have worked with us to get electronic lock access control at all of our schools.  Waldport High School is the final school to receive this security measure with the construction of the new school out of the tsunami zone.

Here are some things you can do to help reduce risk and improve safety at our schools:

  • When visiting our schools, please sign in at the office, wear the badge issued to you, and sign out and return the badge when you leave.
  • Talk to your children about the importance of “Breaking the Code of Silence.”  If you or your children see, have knowledge of, hear, or receive a threat of serious injury, whether verbal, written or symbolic, report it immediately to law enforcement and/or your school principal. All threats will be taken seriously.
  • Keep your child’s emergency contact information updated at school.

To learn more about our safety procedures, go to the “Departments & Programs” tab and then click on “Safety.”

Thank you for caring about the safety & security of our students and staff.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to those impacted by the tragic events in Connecticut.



Posted: December 4, 2012

Three Taft High teens went on a fun buying spree recently, filling a shopping cart with scooters, basketballs, toys, games, and much more. These items will help to make Christmas a bit brighter for some Lincoln City families.

North Lincoln Fire & Rescue and Les Schwab Tire Center invited the Taft 7-12 High School Leadership students to help with their effort to support families in need during this Christmas season, explained Vicky Roller, school counselor.

The project is twofold: the entire Associated Student Body (ASB) class has organized a canned food drive and already collected more than 400 cans. The second piece is the need for toys. A small group of students -- ninth grader Sam Taylor and 10th graders Olivia Peabody and Jayde Casey -- planned a middle school dance to raise money to purchase toys. With the money they raised and a donation from Wal-Mart in Newport, the students were able to buy several gifts for families in need this Christmas.

In addition, Chinook Winds Casino purchased several Rotary Club Christmas Wreaths and donated them to ASB to sell, raising another $270 for their effort.

“We are extremely proud of the students that are committed to serving their community and their selfless actions,” said Vicky Roller, school counselor.


Posted: December 4, 2012

In our community, it is not unusual for one group to help another so that all can benefit.

Here is a fine example: Chinook Winds Casino Resort agreed to purchase 10 Christmas wreaths from the Rotary Club of Lincoln City; the club uses proceeds from this fund-raiser in a variety of charitable ways. In turn, Chinook Winds donated the 10 wreaths to the Taft High School Student Council to sell, with proceeds supporting the school's food drive.

From left, Chinook Winds General Manager Mike Fisher presents wreath payment to Rotary representative Estle Harlan, while student leaders and Principal Scott Reed pose with the Christmas wreaths.


Posted: November 28, 2012

Nine Lincoln County School District (LCSD) teachers have earned certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards after completing an intense, year-long process demonstrating exceptional skill and accomplishment in the classroom.

“Our goal is to have quality teachers in every classroom so every student has the opportunity to learn at a high level,” said LCSD Superintendent Tom Rinearson. “I am extremely proud that these teachers accepted the challenge to become Nationally Board certified.”

The newly-board certified teachers are: Kara Allan, sixth grade teacher at Taft Elementary; Cristal Arden, special education teacher at Crestview Heights School; Marcy Doyle, mentor teacher; Brian Hanna, advanced math and science teacher at Newport High; Mary Koike, science teacher and International Baccalaureate coordinator at Newport High; Ruth McDonald, community curriculum resource liaison; Allison Samuel, advanced math teacher at Taft High; Dana Spink, sixth grade teacher at Toledo Elementary; and Krista Williams, special education teacher at Crestview Heights School.

“National Board Certification is changing the culture of learning in the classroom,” says Libba Sager, who was LCSD’s School Improvement Specialist Administrator last year. Part of her role last year was to support candidates through the certification process.

“Every child deserves to have a high quality teacher who has the knowledge, the confidence, the ability and the support in order to provide a quality education for all students. National Board Certification provides a valuable professional growth opportunity to help our teachers become accomplished educators,” she said.

The certification process is rigorous, time-consuming and costly (close to $2,600), but the effort is rewarding for both teacher and student the teachers say.

“I found working with a partner who was completing the same national standards to be very helpful since we were able to collaborate with ideas and give direct feedback to each other,” Arden said. “I also found that I personally grew as a teacher through the process of videotaping myself and analyzing my performance.”

“Completing the National Boards process gave me the opportunity to carefully reflect on my teaching, which helped me to improve my teaching skills and improve student learning in my classroom,” Williams added.

Doyle commented, “My journey through the NBPTS process was an intense, rigorous, rewarding and humbling experience.”

National Board Process: Once a teacher applies for National Board Certification and submits all eligibility forms, he or she is given up to three years to complete the process. A large percentage of candidates – 66 percent – do not achieve certification on the first try.

Candidates demonstrate their teaching practice by submitting four portfolio entries. Three of them are classroom based, with video recordings and examples of student work serving as supporting documentation. A fourth entry relates to the candidate’s accomplishments with families, the community and collaboration with colleagues and how this impacts student learning. Candidates also must demonstrate content knowledge in response to six 30-minute exercises developed for their chosen certificate area. Assessments are administered at computer-based testing centers across the United States.

A candidate’s portfolio entries and assessment center exercises are scored by a minimum of two teachers within that particular certificate area who have successfully completed intensive training and have been qualified for scoring based on their understanding of NBPTS standards and guidelines. Candidates are notified in November whether they have achieved certification.


Posted: November 26, 2012

Students at Crestview Heights School in Waldport will take the first steps toward mastering stringed instruments, thanks to a $1,680 grant from the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund to purchase a classroom set of ukuleles.

Music teacher Brad Capshaw wrote the grant last spring, with help from retired teacher Jo Rauch. He says he focused on ukuleles for several reasons: They are small enough for even second- and third-grade students to play, they are easier than guitars for children to learn to play, with only four strings and simple tunings; and they are less than one-third the price of student guitars, so a classroom set would be much more affordable.

“The instrument will easily accompany other classroom instruments, such as recorders and drums, and the simplicity of the ukes allows for more success quickly by young players,” Capshaw added.

In photo: Brad Capshaw, music teacher at Crestview Heights School and Waldport High, is overjoyed by the Siletz grant that will fund a classroom set of ukuleles.



Posted: November 15, 2012

Lincoln County School District’s main administrative office located in Newport will be operating at a reduced capacity during the upcoming Thanksgiving, winter and spring breaks.

“The District Office will be locked during these school breaks and our reception staff will not be available to answer the main phone line,” said Chelsi Sholty, LCSD Human Resources Manager. “However, we will continue to answer calls that come in to individual desks, and we will respond to any voice mail messages left on the main line as quickly as possible.”

SCHOOLS will be closed Nov. 19-23 for Thanksgiving; Dec. 24-Jan. 4 for the winter break; and March 22-29 for spring break.

The DISTRICT OFFICE will be closed on Nov. 22-23, Dec. 24-25, Jan. 1, and March 22.


Posted: November 14, 2012

To assist students in preparing for and applying to college, Taft 7-12 High School in Lincoln City is one of seven pilot schools in Oregon that will host College Application Week. Community support is welcome to help make this first-time event a success, says Vicky Roller, counselor.

“With support from our community, students can connect to resources available outside of the classroom that will help them prepare for college,” Roller said. “Our students would appreciate and benefit from your help and support as they take a big step toward going to college.”

Roller points out that more than 60 percent of all jobs in Oregon will require some form of education and training after high school. “That means one simple thing: the more you learn, the more you’ll earn,” she says.

Oregon College Application Week will kick off on Monday, Dec. 10. The goal is to provide an opportunity for all Oregon high school seniors to complete and file college applications. While the focus is on helping all students, an extra effort will be given to first-generation, low-income, and other students who may face barriers in applying to college.

Taft High School was selected by the Oregon University System and the Oregon College Application Week Steering Committee to be a pilot school for this activity.

During the week, Taft students will learn about their options for education and training beyond high school, meet with college representatives, and receive assistance with applications. Students who participate will be eligible for giveaways.

If you would like to be involved with this event, please contact Roller at 541-996-2115 or by email at


Posted: November 14, 2012

Our public schools cannot thrive without strong community support; our community cannot thrive without strong schools.

Recognizing this invaluable reciprocal relationship, the Lincoln County School District Board of Directors is observing the week of Nov. 11-17 as American Education Week.

A resolution by the LCSD School Board states, in part, that education is essential to our success as both a people and as a nation; that in an increasingly interconnected world, it is critical that the standard and quality of education be established at an excellent level; and that education provides students with the tools needed to access a fulfilling and prosperous future.

Further, the resolution notes that public schools bring together adults and children, educators and volunteers, business leaders and elected officials in a common goal.

Lincoln County School District serves 5,300 students in kindergarten through 12th grade at 12 public schools and four public charter schools in Eddyville, Lincoln City, Newport, Siletz, Toledo and Waldport.

The school district employs 480 teachers, administrators and support staff at 22 locations throughout the county. In addition, there are 170 active substitutes and more than 1,000 volunteers who help children in our community to reach their highest potential.


Posted: November 7, 2012

A false alarm at Taft Elementary School today (Nov. 7) turned into great practice of the school district’s emergency plan.

At about 9:45 a.m., a student found an item near the playground that appeared to be a suspicious device. All students were evacuated to Taft High School while Lincoln City Police and school administrators searched the entire school grounds, building and roof. At 10:45 a.m., police gave an “all clear” and allowed students to return to the school.

Police determined that the item was a piece of corroded vent pipe that had come off the roof of the school’s cafeteria building.

“This was such an amazing experience,” says LCSD Safety Coordinator Sue Graves. “We have an entirely new administrative staff at Taft Elementary this year but all evacuation and emergency plans were followed quickly. Within an hour, students and teachers were back in class.”

In that hour, plans were already in place to notify the local media and parents, provide lunch to the elementary students at the high school, cancel afternoon kindergarten, reroute bus drivers, and put the family reunification plan into effect at the end of the school day. Instead, students were allowed to return to class and resume their regular schedule.


Posted: November 5, 2012

To recognize the invaluable influence of American Indians in our community, the Lincoln County School District Board of Directors has proclaimed the month of November as “Native American Heritage Month.”

With nine federally-recognized tribes in the state, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber also proclaimed November as Native American Heritage Month. His proclamation states that the month is a time to “remember the legacy of the first Americans and celebrate their unique economic, spiritual, artistic, and literary contributions, customs and celebrations that enrich our land.”

Currently, 468 Native American students are enrolled in Lincoln County School District.

“We invite everyone to join us in honoring Native American students, staff and community members,” said Ron Beck, school board chairman. “It is important that we recognize and celebrate the contributions they make to our school district and to our community.”

LCSD schools will explore Native traditions in a variety of ways during November. . .

Tuesday, Nov. 6: The Native Student Association (NSA) at Taft 7-12 High School has invited Ed Edmo, an acclaimed poet, performer, traditional storyteller and lecturer on Northwest tribal culture, to celebrate Native American Heritage Month at an NSA luncheon. He will perform and share storytelling in the afternoon at six different classes.
Wednesday, Nov. 7: Four classes from Oceanlake Elementary and Taft Elementary will take a field trip to Siletz. Tentatively, they will be greeted by Brenda Bremer, GM of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. Students will learn the tribal government structure while visiting the Administration Bldg. Classes will then visit the Lhuuke Illahee Fish Hatchery on tribal grounds. It's a traditional fish simulated natural habitat. They will share lunch with Siletz tribal elders, then end the day at the Siletz Dance house with Bud Lane sharing Siletz history and songs
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 6:30 PM to 8 PM: Newport High School and Newport Prep Academy will host a free Family History Research Workshop in the NHS Boone Center. Everyone is welcome, and no preregistration is necessary. Instructors will introduce basic genealogy research strategies, then focus on some of the ways to research Native family history. Worksheets and web links will be provided, and participants will have computer time to get their research started, says Ann Goddard, Indian Education specialist.
Tuesday, Nov. 13: Taft NSA has invited Aimee Valencia, M.Ed., of the Museum of Natural and Cultural History of University of Oregon, to present "We Are Still Here," about the living culture of Native American people, to Taft 7-12 History and Senior English classes. She also will visit Taft Elementary fifth and sixth grades classes in sharing artifacts once and still being used by the tribal people of Oregon.
Thursday, Nov. 15, 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM: Siletz Restoration Mini-Powwow at Siletz Valley School. Siletz students of all grades, as well as some students from other schools, will be attending. Native dancers from the community are invited to participate, and interested people from the community are also welcome to attend. Patty Socha Paul at Toledo Junior/Senior High School is helping to organize this activity.
Thursday, Nov. 15, 5 PM to 7 PM: Taft NSA will host a Literacy and Cultural Night at Taft 7-12 High. Contact the school for complete details.
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2:57 PM to 3:41 PM: Taft NSA will hold its annual celebration assembly.
During November: Native American student artwork will be displayed at the Chessman Gallery, located inside the Lincoln City Cultural Center. Details about this and more activities will be announced later.


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Posted: November 1, 2012

Many believe that Chaucer's literary masterpiece, “The Canterbury Tales,” revolutionized English literature. Now, the INMS Players of Isaac Newton Magnet School in Newport are putting a revolutionary spin on the tales. Their incredibly silly comedy production is served with a good helping of Monty Python-esque humor at the Performing Arts Center Nov. 6-7.

You'll meet many of the pilgrims whose tales we studied in high school, along with a few Thanksgiving pilgrims that ended up in the wrong play! Encounter the Knight, the Parson, the Pardoner, the Nun's Priest and the Friar. Even the Wife of Bath has cleaned up her act for this adaptation and is now a motivational nag who sells self-help DVDs. Game show host Alex of Trebek and talk show host King Larry contribute huge doses of additional irreverent fun.

The public performances are 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, and Wednesday, Nov. 7. Seating is general admission and tickets cost $5.

Students and teachers have the opportunity to enjoy the performance during the day on Nov. 7, with tickets costing $2 per guest.

Please e-mail if you have questions.


Posted: November 1, 2012

Teachers at Oceanlake and Taft Elementary Schools in Lincoln City will host free STEM Family Nights throughout this year, giving parents the opportunity to enjoy thought-provoking, hands-on learning experiences with their child.

A wide variety of science, technology, engineering and math concepts will be taught at STEM Family Night, based on Lincoln County School District’s Ocean Literacy initiative and the Oregon Common Core Standards. In addition, family-style dinners and childcare will be available.

The participating teachers from Oceanlake Elementary are Kristy Koopman and Starla Nelson. The teachers from Taft Elementary are Valerie Baker, Sarah Barten, Julie Clark, Todd Davidson, Kimberly Miller, Beth Parsons, Rachel Sievers, Pallas Stallard, Susan Roebber and Micky Willoughby.

Fliers were sent home with many families during the recent Parent-Teacher conferences, and a reminder notice will go home with students prior to an event.

For more information, parents may contact their child’s teacher or Ellen Hamilton at 541-996-2136 or



Posted: October 24, 2012

Lincoln County School District (LCSD) has been awarded nearly $745,000 in federal funds to increase student literacy and update school libraries. The grant is funded through the U.S. Department of Education’s Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) Program.

“Literacy is key to learning,” says LCSD Superintendent Tom Rinearson. “This grant will help us promote strong reading and writing skills in our students that will boost their academic achievement and carry through into their adult years.”

The U.S. Department of Education awarded $28 million in IAL funds for literacy projects in high-need districts and schools. Lincoln County School District was the only grant recipient in the state of Oregon, and one of just 46 grantees in the nation.

“Strong school library systems are directly connected to successful student literacy,” says Dr. Sara Johnson, LCSD Assistant Superintendent. “This grant allows us to strengthen our school libraries and increase resources for every student in the district, while tying into our Ocean Literacy initiative.”

Grant funds will support LCSD’s “Project SEAL: Students Engaged in Authentic Literacy.” Project SEAL was developed in collaboration with community science partners, and targets the ocean as a relevant local theme to engage students in science, reading, writing and math.

The stated goals of Project SEAL are to: increase student literacy and academic achievement across content areas; update and expand school library book collections, resources and technology; provide professional development in problem-based learning to school library personnel and teachers of core subject matters; and increase family involvement in student literacy.

The first step in the two-year project is to hire a certified library media specialist to join the district’s part-time media specialist, Doug Hoffman, in photo above.

Other steps to follow are:
• Purchase $75,000 worth of library resources (books, subscriptions, software/hardware, etc.) for the district’s 12 school libraries during the current school year;
• Purchase $15,000 worth of library resources focused on supporting Ocean Literacy during the second year;
• Extend school library hours and staffing for increased parent and student access;
• Purchase sets of personal digital devices, such as Kindle or iPod, for classrooms to check out;
• Organize and coordinate professional development for teachers and library staff; and
• Coordinate biannual evening family literacy events at schools.

As stated in the grant project narrative, “Project SEAL will be an integral part of LCSD’s total effort to raise the quality of teaching and level of student learning by having school libraries and classrooms that form a connected, 21st century learning environment that enables students to learn in relevant, real world contexts. […] The project is designed for sustainability.””


Posted: October 22, 2012

Registration is now open for the first session of “LIFT: Learning Is Fun Together!”

LIFT is a free, twice-weekly class where parentslearn nurturing parenting skills and strategies to teach kindergarten readiness to their 3- to 5-year old child.

LIFT classes are sponsored by Lincoln County School District and are located in Lincoln City, Newport, Toledo and Waldport.

LIFT is based on the philosophy that parents are the most important teachers of their children and that young children learn primarily through play. LIFT classes provide a variety of fun, play-based learning activities that show parents how they can help their children reach their potential and be successful in school. Weekly activities focus on kindergarten academic and social readiness skills centered on four loving-kindness education themes: being kind to self, being kind to others, being kind to animals, and being kind to the earth.

Parents are invited to call their local LIFT class location for more information and to register:

Lincoln City: Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon at Oceana Family Literacy Center, 1426 N.W. 15th St.; 541-921-1865. Classes are bilingual English/Spanish.

Newport: Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Newport HELP Center at Yaquina View School, 351 S.E. Harney St.; 541-574-5824. Classes are bilingual English/Spanish.

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Toledo HELP Center at Toledo Elementary School, 600 S.E. Sturdevant Rd.; 541-336-4357.

Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Waldport HELP Center at Waldport High School, 320 Lower Crestline Dr.; 541-563-8584.


Posted: October 18, 2012

bus“That’s why we don’t eat on the bus!”

That’s what Newport school bus driver Jim McIntyre told students on his afternoon route Oct. 17, just moments after he calmly performed the Heimlich maneuver on a choking student, neatly popping out a piece of candy.

McIntyre, who has been employed by Mid-Columbia Bus Co. for nearly 3 years, was driving when the Newport High School senior student started choking.

Another student ran to the front of the bus to tell the driver, who immediately pulled to the side of the road and delivered the life-saving squeeze.

After reminding his students of the importance of not eating on the bus, the driver resumed his route. When he arrived back at the bus barn, he told others what had happened, downplaying his role. “I was just doing what I was trained to do,” he said.

Officials with Mid-Columbia Bus Co., which provides transportation services to Lincoln County School District, are proud of their driver’s quick reaction and humble attitude.

“He says he’s not a hero, but we think he is,” said Lynn Fieber,Dispatcher, with Mid-Columbia.

Posted: October 17, 2012

Vacancies exist in Zone 2 (Agate Beach, Depoe Bay, Schooner Creek), Zone 3 (central, Newport) and  Zone 4 (Toledo, Silez, Eddyville) of the LCSD Budget Committee.  The school board is responsible for appointing citizens to this committee, and is seeking applicants to fill the vacancies.   

The Zone 4 position is for a one-year “remainder” term, to serve until 6/30/13.  The other two positions are full three-year terms, to serve until 6/30/15.

Those interested in serving in these volunteer positions may not be employees of LCSD, must currently reside in the respective zone, and must be registered voters.  A complete description of the zones is on file at the District administration office in Newport, as well as at the County Clerk’s office at the courthouse in Newport. 

Applications are available below and at the District administration office in Newport.  They are due Friday, November 2, 2012 to Laurie Urquhart in the District administration office.  The Board hopes to appoint representatives to the positions at the November or December, 2012 board meeting.

Please print the form out above and either email (, Fax (541-574-7620) or Mail (LCSD, Attn: Laurie Urquhart, PO Box 1110, Newport, OR

For more information, please call Laurie Urquhart at 541-265-4403.

Posted: October 16, 2012

Flu Shot ClinicNewport Intermediate School is hosting Family Fit Night from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. Sponsored by Linfield College, Fit Night features information for families and students on making healthy nutritional and fitness choices.

At the same time, staff from Lincoln County Health & Human Services will offer a flu shot clinic in the school's media center. There is a $30 charge for adults and $15 charge for children 6 months to 18 years; insurance will be billed so remember to bring your insurance card. No child will be turned away for inability to pay.

For more information, call the school at 541-265-6601.

Posted: October 15, 2012

Face PaintingDonate new or gently used winter coats & Halloween costumes to benefit students and their families in Lincoln County.

Donate now until Wednesday, Oct. 24. Drop-off bins are located at the following sites:

Newport: Rec Center, H.E.L.P Center at Yaquina View School, West Coast Bank

Toledo: Oregon Coast Bank, H.E.L.P. Center at Toledo Elementary, Toledo Police Station

Questions? Call Newport H.E.L.P. Center at 541-574-5824 or Toledo H.E.L.P. Center at 541-336-4357

Posted: October 8, 2012

Face PaintingFamilies are invited to enjoy a free Read and Feed evening, including meal and children’s activities, on Thursday, Oct. 18, at Panther Creek Community Center, 655 N. Wayside Loop in Otis.

This family-friendly activity will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., offering a great opportunity to connect with neighbors over a delicious meal, read to a child or be read to, enjoy face painting, games, and a book giveaway.

Directions from Lincoln City: Turn left at Otis junction stop light, right at North Bank Road, left at Panther Creek Road, slight right onto North Wayside Loop, and destination will be on your left.

For more information, please call the North County Family Literacy and H.E.L.P Center, located at Toledo Elementary School, at 541-996-4878.

Posted: September 12, 2012

Lincoln County School District is gearing up for its annual United Way campaign,

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LCSD Human Resources Manager Chelsi Sholty challenges all district employees to

which is set to run Oct. 8-19 (NOTE: this is a new date, pushed back a week from the previously announced date of Oct. 1-12).

All employees and staff are invited to LIVE UNITED by making a pledge during the campaign to support Lincoln County’s United Way, which is committed to creating real, positive change for people in need in the local community.

Last year, more than $5,000 was raised from LCSD to support a local network of services including food, shelter, and child advocacy. For a third year in a row, the LCSD District Office is hold a friendly competition among school buildings to encourage participation. Cash

prizes of $1,000, $750, and $500 will be awarded to the buildings that raise the most money. Payroll deduction makes giving easy, and every gift—great or small—can make a difference!

News Release: September 06, 2012

Great things are happening at Taft 7-12 High School – and you’re invited to be a part of it! Principal Scott Reed welcomes community involvement in the school, and your next opportunity to participate is Friday, Sept. 14, at a free Back-to-School Chowder Feed.

The meal is being provided courtesy of Mist Restaurant at Surftides, with service beginning at 5 p.m. in the school commons. The third home football game of the season will follow at 7 p.m., with the Tigers going against Junction City at 7 p.m.

“We would love to see a big turnout for this community meal,” Reed says. “Everyone is welcome, even if it has been years since you’ve seen the inside of our school.”

For more information, call the school at 541-996-2115.

News Release: September 04, 2012


Tami Harris
Tami Harris, left, was one of many community volunteers who help families, including Queoni, Maria, Benito and mother Rosemary Trejo, at the Back to School BBQ and School Supply Giveaway.

Nearly 300 school-aged youth and their families enjoyed the benefits of the Second Annual Back to School BBQ and School Supply Giveaway on Tuesday, Aug. 28, in Newport.

Participants received school supplies, hygiene items, clothing, information on local resources for youth and families, and enjoyed an outdoor barbecue.

The activity was hosted by Lincoln County School District’s Family Literacy & HELP Center, in the gymnasium at the former Yaquina View Elementary School. Newport HELP Advocate Charla Guiwits worked to organize the Newport community to provide a full day of resources and fun for families.

Newport churches and banks, Rotary, Elks, Pepsi, Wal-mart, Safeway, JC Market, Phagans’ Cosmetology College, Salvation Army, Oregon Coast Aquarium as well as individual community members and volunteers helped make this event a success.

Anyone interested in participating or volunteering at next year’s event may call Guiwits at 541-574-5824.