- Pacific Power Grant Supports Summer Program
Posted: June 19, 2014
The Pacific Power Foundation has awarded a $3,500 grant to Lincoln County School District to help support the pilot summer program at Taft Elementary School in Lincoln City.
The grant goes to support a full day Summer Out-of-School program, which will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, beginning June 23 and ending Aug. 14. The summer program will serve children entering second through sixth grades and will include hot meals, enrichment activities coordinated through Lincoln County 4-H/OSU Extension, the CATCH physical education curriculum provided by Samaritan Health Services, as well as other community partners.
The Pacific Power Foundation, which receives numerous requests each grant cycle, determined that this Taft After School Club (TASC) project was worthy of funding.
“Pacific Power Foundation is proud to fund the summer program at Taft Elementary this year, where students can continue learning instead of losing ground over the summer months,” said Doris Johnston, Pacific Power regional community manager.
Pacific Power Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Pacific Power. Its mission is to support the growth and vitality of their local communities by granting funds to programs that serve community interests, such as the TASC summer program. For more information, go online to: www.pacificpower.net/foundation
Staff involved with the TASC program would like to thank the Pacific Power Foundation for awarding the grant, which will allow for full or partial scholarships for households which need assistance covering the weekly program fee.
For complete information about the Taft Elementary Summer Out-of-School program, contact Teri Kimberling at 541-264-0865 or by email at: email@example.com
- $210,000 Studio to School Grant awarded to North Schools
Posted: June 16, 2014
The Oregon Community Foundation awarded a $210,000 Studio to School Grant to the north area schools of Lincoln County School District through the Siletz Bay Music Festival in partnership with the Lincoln City Cultural Center (LCCC), Taft High 7-12, and Oceanlake and Taft Elementary schools.
Thanks to this grant, all fourth-grade and fifth-grade students will learn music fundamentals using recorders and keyboards. A sixth-grade band will be formed and will feed into existing bands and music programs in grades 7 through 12. The schools will extend music opportunities to all students in grades K-12 through artists-in-residence, concerts, summer camps in musical theater and composition, and workshops with noted musicians – Music Legends. In addition, project teachers in literacy/English, mathematics, social studies and the sciences will have planning time to work together and with teaching artists to inte¬grate music into their classes. Each June, a Teacher Exhibition will feature their units and lessons at the LCCC.
There is an annual fund for instruments for the sixth-grade band as well as funds to improve the sound system and lighting at Taft High 7-12 to create a performance venue. Taft High music teacher Andrew Hordichok will maintain the school’s restoration shop, and welcomes used repairable instruments and donations.
The grant will be distributed over the next three years with the possibility of $70,000 for an additional two years, according to Siletz Bay Music Festival Chair Christine Tell.
“All of the Studio to School Project funds will flow directly to our schools and will benefit our students, teachers, and community in the years to come. Members of the Siletz Bay Music Festival are volunteering the hours necessary to manage the project,” Tell said.
Tell and Siletz Bay Music Festival Executive Director Sue Parks-Hilden visited each school and presented the principals with roses and the good news.
“I am honored to be part of a project which I feel has the potential to change kids’ lives,” Parks-Hilden said.
Oceanlake Elementary Principal Rilke Klingsporn, Taft Elementary Principal Nick Lupo and Taft High 7-12 Principal Majalise Tolan are working with Tell, Parks-Hilden and Niki Price of the LCCC, to put into place a plan that will reach the greatest number of students across all three schools. The principals anticipate that students will develop an appreciation for the art of music. In addition, they hope to see attendance improve, team skills develop, and reading and mathematics skills strengthened.
“We are very excited to be part of this partnership with the Siletz Bay Music Festival and the Lincoln City Cultural Center to grow music for all of our students in North Lincoln County,” Tolan said.
The Siletz Bay Music Festival Office is located in the Lincoln City Cultural Center.
“We are delighted that the Lincoln City Cultural Center is able to provide a home for the Studio to School Project,” Price said. “This signals a new direction in our partnership with the north Lincoln County schools and the Siletz Bay Music Festival. We are delighted to provide the support needed.”
The Lincoln City Studio to School Project is one of 18 in the state to receive this initial funding from the Oregon Community Foundation Board in this first year of awards from the Fred W. Fields Fund and the Dorothy F. Sherman Music Education Fund forChildren. The Oregon Community Foundation will bring all 18 projects from around the state together so that community teams can learn strategies and practices for bringing the arts to all students.
- Baker Named Teacher of the Year
Posted: June 12, 2014
Valerie Baker, a fifth-grade teacher at Taft Elementary School in Lincoln City, was named Teacher of the Year by the Lincoln County Education Association (LCEA). She has taught in the district since November 1992 – 13 years at Arcadia Elementary School in Toledo and the past seven years at Taft.
Fellow teacher Kimberly Miller wrote the nomination letter, which was signed by more than two dozen others.
“I have never witnessed a more resourceful, exuberant, talented, and respectful teacher as Valerie Baker.
Over the years, Ms. Baker has proven herself a devoted educator with a clear understanding of the necessity for student hands-on participation,” Miller wrote. “I must say that writing this letter and talking with colleagues about how deserving Valerie is of this award was worth the time and energy because we believe that she is the Teacher of the Year every year!”
The award was presented to Baker on June 6 by Margie Grinnell, LCEA president, during a private reception held by school staff. The nomination reads, in part:
“Because of our Ms. Baker and her many talents, our fifth graders have created a school wildlife habitat and outdoor learning garden outside our classroom windows, transforming the area from blight to bright. Valerie encouraged students to create garden art with recycled materials. With Valerie’s understanding of technology, as a member of the LCSD SEAL Grant, students were able to use iPad minis for research and reading.”
Baker is lauded for teaching her students about wildlife, stewardship and watersheds, the local fishing community, and ocean science; and for integrating science, technology, engineering, and math into all projects. In addition, she sponsored the after-school art club for 18 years.
Her influence extends district-wide, beyond her classroom and school. Baker found time to become a trainer for Singapore Math, and shared with staff several strategies at monthly meetings. She also was able to jump onboard the LCSD Collaboration Grant as a member of the Professional Development Committee and Taft’s
Professional Development Team. She spent four years on the Teaching American History grant, creating a traveling trunk on the history of schools in Lincoln County.
- LCSD Bids Farewell to Retirees
Posted: June 12, 2014
The retirement of Superintendent Tom Rinearson has made the news of late. However, Lincoln County School District also bids farewell to 21 other individuals who are retiring this school year, after dedicating years of service to the community’s students and schools.
Those individuals, their years of service and most recent work location are:
36 years: Steve Brattain, Toledo Junior/Senior High School.
35 years: Mary Kelly, District Office; and Mary Poling, Sam Case Primary School.
30 years: Todd Davidson and Linda Willoughby, both at Taft Elementary School.
25 years: Joe Novello, District Office; Morgan Rutherford, Oceanlake Elementary School; and Bonita Steenkolk, Newport High School.
20 years: Terri Hanshumaker, Crestview Heights School.
19 years: Peggy Marcoulier, District Office; and Kimberly Miller, Taft Elementary School.
18 years: Julie Clark, Taft Elementary School; Kathi Downing, Newport High School; and Margie Grinnell, Sam Case Primary School.
15 years: Rose Burbee, Waldport High School; Cindi LaFon, Sam Case Primary School; Pat Robertson, Oceanlake Elementary School; and Sue Taylor, Yaquina View.
14 Years: Kate Houston, Sam Case Primary School.
13 years: J.J. Johnson, Siletz Valley Charter School.
12 years: Ann Goddard, Newport High School.
10 Years: Tom Rinearson, District Office.
- Students Spell Their Way to State Championship
Posted: June 11, 2014
The rules for spelling English words can be complicated – but three Lincoln County School District students who have excelled at learning them will be heading to the Oregon Statewide Spelling Championship Aug. 30 in Salem.
The district-level winners in their grade division who will advance to the state contest are Logan Poston, fifth grader at Newport Intermediate; Margery Price, eighth grader at Taft 7-12; and Rhiannon Chuck, eleventh grader at Newport High School.
The state competition is conducted by Oregon Spellers, an all volunteer group whose mission is to encourage, promote and recognize spelling excellence for Oregon youth.
Unlike a spelling bee, the Oregon Statewide Spelling Championship and all contests leading up to it are written spelling contests. Students listen to the words being pronounced and used in a sentence before writing down the answer.
- Sager Named Principal at Sam Case Primary
Posted: June 9, 2014
Sam Case Primary School in Newport will have a new principal to lead students and staff during the coming school year, with the appointment of Libba Sager to that position. The current principal, Ryan Relken, is leaving at the end of this school year for a position in his home state of Michigan.
“I am so excited to be returning to Sam Case. During Ryan’s first year at the school [in 2010-11], I worked alongside him as his associate principal, so It feels like I am coming home,” Sager said. “Ryan has done an exceptional job emphasizing academic achievement, character development, and creating community partnerships. I plan to continue building on his success.”
In fact, at the end of that first school year, Sager and Relken jointly received the school district’s Administrator of the Year Award. During the presentation, the two were praised for working as a team to improve the emotional and cultural health of the school, and striving for continued academic improvement for their students, while honoring the values of the school district.
During the 2014-15 school year at Sam Case, Sager plans to collaborate extensively with the staff and administrator, Tiana Tucker, at Newport Intermediate School.
“We have a vision of one school with two campuses,” she says. “The staff at both schools can do professional development together; we can plan school and community events together. This can create a seamless transition for students as they move out Sam Case after third grade and into NIS for their middle school years.”
In announcing the change in leadership, LCSD Human Resources Director Chelsi Sholty commented: “Libba’s familiarity with the building staff school and understanding of the positive practices put into place by Ryan make her an ideal selection for the position. Libba knows all of the building staff well, and is already trained in the character development program that Sam Case has in place. We are confident that Libba will be a highly effective leader and administrator who will continue to lead this school in a positive direction.”
Sager began her career as an educator in Wilmington, N.C., before relocating to Lincoln County School District in 2005. She taught at Toledo Elementary School and Crestview Heights School in Waldport for five years, and served as associate principal at Sam Case and Toledo Elementary. The past two years, she has served as a central administrator overseeing the district’s Title and after-school programs.
- Toledo Artist Receives LCSD’s Top Volunteer Award
Posted: June 11, 2014
A small fib encouraged Toledo artist Heather Fortner to attend the Lincoln County School District school board meeting on June 10 – where she was surprised with the school district’s top award for volunteerism, the Tom Moore Memorial Award.
Upon realizing what was happening, Fortner demurred, saying the honor belongs to everyone at the Toledo Arts Guild.
The Tom Moore Award is given to one individual who best exemplifies the volunteer spirit by giving his or her heart and soul to the district’s school children. This year, the award was presented to Fortner in recognition of her willingness to coordinate the Toledo Arts Guild after-school arts program at Toledo Junior/Senior High School, and sharing her expertise and love for a variety of visual arts with students.
In nominating Fortner, TJSHS Principal Clint Raever stated that when the school’s art program was cut for the 2012-13 school year because of staffing reductions, he contacted the guild with the hopes of establishing an after-school arts program for his students. At that time, Sandy Blackman helped get the program off the ground and they had a very successful first year, Raever said.
When Blackman stepped away due to other obligations, Fortner took over.
“Heather has done an outstanding job organizing the artists, developing a calendar of classes, and helping ensure the artists comply with the requirements to work with our students,” Raever wrote. “Heather has filled in when artists are unavailable and has great communication with the school. Heather goes above and beyond to ensure students at TJSHS can continue to discover a variety of experiences in painting, drawing, and other forms of visual arts.”
Fortner has lived in the thriving Toledo arts community for the past two years. She works and teaches from her Sea Fern Nature Printing Studio.
The Tom Moore Memorial Award is named for a former school board member who gave his all to the district and community. This year, the award was presented by a previous Tom Moore Memorial Award recipient, Liz Martin, who is now serving on the LCSD school board.
In Photo: After Heather Fortner, right, explained to the LCSD school board about the Toledo Arts Guild after-school program at Toledo Junior/Senior High, board Vice Chairman Liz Martin surprised her with the Tom Moore Memorial Award.
- K-12 Educators Invited to LCSD Summer Institute 20014
Posted: June 5, 2014
Lincoln County School District invites all K-12 teachers, including those from other school districts, to attend the second annual Professional Development Summer Institute June 17-20 in Newport.
The one-day and two-day workshops will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at one of three locations: Newport Intermediate School, Newport Recreation Center, and Yaquina View. The class schedule includes:
• Private Eye – June 17-18. This lively, hands-on workshop shows how looking closely at the world, thinking by analogy, changing scale, and theorizing will develop higher order thinking skills, creativity, literacy, and scientific literacy for students and teachers across subjects.
• Effective Grading Practices – June 17. Participants will learn about the power of effective feedback in driving instruction and improving student understanding.
• High School Power Strategies –June 18. This seminar will teach how to select the instructional “power strategies” that are highly likely to dramatically increase student learning. Participants will experience some of the strategies before determining how to apply each one to their unique teaching situation.
• Elementary Power Strategies – June 18-19. Same course description as above, but geared toward elementary student learning.
• Five Steps to a Balanced Math Program – June 19-20. This instructional model emphasizes the application of mathematics through problem solving and understanding of the mathematical concepts through conceptual understanding. The second day will focus on Singapore Strategies to meet Common Core Standards and Practices.
• SLG Train the Trainer – June 19-20. This is training for school principals only, on the Oregon Department of Education’s Student Learning and Growth Goals.
• SEAL Leader Training – June 20. This mandatory training is for LCSD teachers who have volunteered to be SEAL leaders in their buildings during the 2014-15 school year.
There is no cost to LCSD teachers; the cost to all others is $79 per day. For more information and to register, go online to http://bit.ly/SummerInst2014; or call 541-265-4446; or send an email to: Jamie.Martinson@lincoln.k12.or.us.
- TAG Students Compete in Quiz Bowl Championships
Posted: June 4, 2014
Do you know the 19th Century term for a diplomatic gathering that is now synonymous with the word “legislature”? Well, most of the middle school students competing in the recent 2014 Lincoln County Quiz Bowl Championships knew the answer: congress.
During the competition, elementary and middle school students in Lincoln County School District’s Talented and Gifted Program (TAG) tackled a variety of similar questions designed to challenge their knowledge and reasoning.
Donna Foster, TAG program coordinator, says TAG students in the district’s elementary and middle schools competed, narrowing it down to four-member teams for the semi-finals that were held between schools.
Competing in the finals, elementary division, were teams from Oceanlake Elementary and Newport Intermediate School. NIS claimed victory, with team members Noah Goodwin-Rice, Garrett Sholty, Sam Sholty and Emma Price.
In the middle school finals between Toledo Junior/Senior High and Isaac Newton Magnet School, INMS came out on top, with team members Emrys Golden, Ronan Krutzikowsky, Jai-Ann Martin and Koa Smith.
In left photo: Elementary Quiz Bowl Champions are, from left, Garrett Sholty, Noah Goodwin-Rice, Sam Sholty and Emma Price, from Newport Intermediate School.
In right photo: Middle School Quiz Bowl Champions are, from left, Emrys Golden, Jai-Ann Martin, Ronan Krutzikowsky and Koa Smith, representing Isaac Newton Magnet School.
- Snowman Foundation ‘Plays It Forward’ to Benefit Lincoln City Students
Posted: June 3, 2014
Thanks to the Snowman Foundation’s philosophy of “playing it forward,” Oceanlake Elementary, Taft Elementary and Taft High are offering more musical opportunities to its students.
Based in Portland, the Snowman Foundation has been instrumental in helping to cultivate a K-12 music education and vision for Lincoln City’s public schools, says Taft Elementary School Principal Chris Sullivan. Members of the foundation board supported and attended a fundraiser for arts education in Lincoln City this past summer. As a result, the organization donated two pianos – an upright and a grand – and has been in contact with offers to do even more.
Sullivan also praises the efforts of Taft music teachers Andrew Hordichok and C.J. Griffith and former Taft High principal Scott Reed for their efforts to bring music education to students of all ages and abilities.
Earlier this year, Reed attended the foundation’s annual “Ten Grands” concert. Along with recognizing the foundation’s 2014 recipients, including the Lincoln City schools, the concert showcased 10 exceptionally talented pianists performing at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
“It was an honor to say thank you on behalf of Lincoln County Schools, and specifically on behalf of students in North Lincoln County,” Reed said. “As a parent, I am so pleased that we can continue to expand our music opportunities for all students. What an inspiring concert, what an inspiring organization.”
According to informational materials provided by the Snowman Foundation: “Air-guitar is great for parties, but it won’t do children any good. They need real instruments – and there are many out there sitting silent. ‘Play It Forward’ brings young musicians and unused instruments together... your donation helps us put instruments into the hands of a deserving child.”
- Free Meals Offered to Children During Summer Months
Posted: June 2, 2014
Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does a child’s need for good nutrition.
Beginning June 16, children ages 1-18 may receive free meals and snacks at several different Lincoln County locations through the Summer Food Service Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 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. For more information, you may call Patty Graves at 541-336-2156.
Newport Summer Food Sites:
• Agate Heights Apartments (150 NE 60th St.) – Lunch served 12:45 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
• Frank Wade Park (1445 NE Big Creek Rd.) – Lunch served 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., and snack served 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
• Newport Parks and Recreation (225 SE Avery St.) – Lunch served 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., and snack served 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
• Oceanspray Family Center (1039 NW Nye) – Breakfast served 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., and lunch served 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
• Salmon Run Apartments (7034 NE Echo Ct.) –Lunch served 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
• Sam Case Primary School (459 NE 12th St.) – Breakfast served 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., and lunch served 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Lincoln City Summer Food Sites:
• Ridge Apartments (3340 SE Harbor Dr.) –Lunch served 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m., and snack served 3:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.
• Taft Elementary School (4040 SE High School Dr.) – Breakfast served 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., and lunch served 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
• West Devil's Lake Apartments (3109 NE 26th St.) –Lunch served 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., and snack served 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Toledo Summer Food Sites:
• Olalla Center (320 E 3rd St.) – Lunch served 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and snack served 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
• Toledo Public Library (173 NW 7th St.) –Lunch served 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Siletz Summer Food Site:
• Siletz Valley Schools (245 Frank James Rd.) –Breakfast served 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and lunch served 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Waldport Summer Food Site:
• Seashore Family Literacy (265 SW Bay St.) – Beginning Monday, June 23, breakfast served 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., and lunch served 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Lincoln County School District does not sponsor this Summer Food Site and is not responsible for meals that are prepared at this site.
- Public Invited to Retirement Reception for Superintendent Rinearson
Posted: May 21, 2014
Students, parents, teachers, district staff, and other community members are cordially invited to attend a retirement reception Tuesday, June 10, in honor of Lincoln County School Superintendent Tom Rinearson.
The reception will take place prior to the regular meeting of the LCSD School Board, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Newport High School’s Boone Center. Light refreshments will be served.
Rinearson is the longest serving superintendent in Lincoln County School District’s history, assuming the top leadership role on July 1, 2004. He officially retired as a public employee on July 1, 2013, but continued to work for the school district during this current school year while a professional search commenced for a suitable replacement.
“Multiple factors played into my decision to retire, both professional and personal,” Rinearson said when making his announcement last June. “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.”
On March 6, the school board announced its superintendent selection, Steve Boynton, who began working in the district in mid-April; this overlap is allowing Rinearson and Boynton to work together create a smooth transition before Rinearson steps down on June 30.
While Rinearson served as LCSD superintendent for a decade, his career as coach, teacher and administrator spans more than 36 years.
- Flying Tacos, FlaDonkeys & Wasabi Wolves Battle Over Books
Posted: May 21, 2014
Teams from Toledo Elementary and Taft Elementary competed against each other in a Battle of the Books contest May 15 in Lincoln City.
The Toledo third-graders known as the Royal Wasabi Wolves claimed victory, followed by the Taft Elementary fifth-grade team called the Flying Tacos, and the Fire-Breathing Flying FlaDonkeys (short for flamingo-donkeys), a team of third- and fifth-graders representing Toledo Elementary.
Battle of the Books showcases the young students’ determination to read through a list of 16 fiction and non-fiction books over a period of several weeks, and then test their reading comprehension and recall. This activity encourages the love of reading, develops teamwork, pushes kids to read genres and topics they ordinarily wouldn’t select, and gives “bookworm” students the opportunity to shine in a competition against other like-minded students.
As a reward after the competition, the Toledo students enjoyed a trip to the beach on the way back to school, and the Taft students, true to their Flying Tacos name, enjoyed lunch at a local Mexican restaurant before returning to class.
In Photo: Participating in the Taft/Toledo Elementary Schools Battle of the Books are, standing from left, Hannah Mann, McKyla Stevenson, Tayla Stevenson, Sierra Bearden, Toledo teacher/team coach Stephanie Doney, LCSD Media Specialist Julie Crowell, Sam Colbert, Ariel Taylor, parent coach Scott Reed, Yuritzi Cuellar-Pacheco, Kealy Boyd and Cael Reed. Kneeling, from left, are Lillibelle Bassingthwaite, battle moderator/judge Doug Hoffman, Owen Reid, Madelyn Husko, and Ryan Young.
Toledo team coach Anna Rodgers is not pictured.
- LCSD 2014-2015 School Calendars Now Available
Posted: May 20, 2014
Calendars for the next school year were approved by the Lincoln County School District (LCSD) Board of Directors at their meeting on May 13. They are now available to view online, under Quick Links on the home page of the school district website ( www.lincoln.k12.or.us).
Consulting with school administrators and staff, four different calendars were developed to better serve the needs of individual schools.
One common calendar will serve the north area schools (Oceanlake Elementary, Taft Elementary, Taft High 7-12), south area schools (Crestview Heights and Waldport High), and Toledo Elementary. New this year for these six schools is “early release Wednesday” in which the schools will dismiss early on Wednesdays for staff development.
Another calendar will serve Sam Case Primary and Newport Intermediate. These two schools will have “early release Wednesday” for staff development on the first Wednesday of most months.
A third calendar will be used by Isaac Newton Magnet School, Newport Prep Academy and Newport High School. They will follow the “early release Wednesday” schedule for staff development the first Wednesday of most months, and student academic intervention on most all other Wednesdays.
The fourth calendar will be used solely by Toledo Junior/Senior High, which will continue with its Friday School schedule, with early release for student academic intervention.
Some highlights of the 2014-2015 calendar for all LCSD schools:
• Building principals report for duty on July 28.
• Student registration is the last three weeks of August.
• The first day of school is Sept. 2 or Sept. 3, depending on school, grade level and whether student is new to the district.
• Thanksgiving Break is Nov. 24-28, Winter Break is Dec. 22-Jan. 4, and Spring Break is March 23-27.
• The last day of school for seniors is June 3, with graduation on June 6. The last day of school for all other students is June 12. Teachers’ last day of work is June 15.
• June 16, 17 and 18 have been reserved for make-up days in case of school closures for inclement weather during the 2014-2015 school year.
The district’s charter schools – Career Tech High School in Lincoln City, Eddyville Charter School, and the two Siletz charter schools – develop their own calendars, which usually are similar to the LCSD calendars; parents and students should contact the appropriate charter school for information.
- Taft High Students Launch ‘Seeds, Sand, Storms’ Literary Review
Posted: May 15, 2014
What defines life on the Oregon Coast? What is it like to grow up here? The Creative Inspiration Agents (CIA), also known as Taft 7-12’s seventh and eighth grade writing club, reflect on these questions and others in their new literary review, “Seeds, Sand, Storms: Our Journey on the Oregon Coast.”
The CIA invites the public to join them as they launch their literary review at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, Wednesday, June 4, at 6:30 p.m. They will be accompanied by the Taft 7-12 Jazz Band and refreshments prepared by the school’s culinary students. Admission is free. The review can be purchased for $5.
“Seeds, Sand, Storms: Our Journey on the Oregon Coast” is a culmination of a year-long effort led by teacher and author Matt Love. Students took multiple field trips around the Lincoln City area and participated in a series of writing workshops held during the Friday School enrichment periods. The review contains the best writing from the workshops and is arranged thematically on topics such as rain, gardens, forts, paths, walking, and love.
“I was incredibly impressed with the writing from the CIA,” said Love. “They certainly weren’t afraid to express themselves and offered some fresh perspectives on what it means to grow up at the coast.”
Taft 7-12 Principal Majalise Tolan was instrumental in setting up the club and encouraging the field trips. “Watching students grow as writers, explorers, and now published authors, has been incredible,” she said. “Being in their workshops and learning from them has been inspiring for our building and community.”
This literary effort is part of the Lincoln County Ocean Education Initiative known as “Devocean,” which is an innovative traditional and new media campaign showcasing the many extraordinary happenings related to ocean education in the school district.
- NHS Students Muse on Forts in Special Edition
Posted: May 13, 2014
“We build forts to protect ourselves, to shelter us from weather, enemies and danger. Once the gate has closed, the fort should be impenetrable. Everyone is safe. That is the magic from forts.”
These are the opening sentences in the essay, “A Mental Fort,” written by Newport High School junior Elena Ellingson-Cosenza. Her essay is just one of the many literary musings on the subject of forts appearing in “Fortitude,” a special 20-page edition of Newport High School’s monthly magazine, the “Harbor Light.”
The publication features the stark image of a driftwood beach fort on the cover. It has been distributed around Lincoln County and other outlets along the North Oregon Coast all the way to Astoria.
“Fortitude” features short essays, reminiscences, mini memoirs and poetry inspired by the word “fort” and its many interesting derivations. The issue also contains photographs documenting the magazine staff’s fort-building field trip to Fort Stevens State Park in Hammond on a rainy day in March.
NHS junior Kimberly Crowley designed the entire issue. “The beauty of the special issue is the opportunity to have true creative freedom,” Crowley said. “It challenged me, being solely responsible for the design, but I still found it to be incredibly fun and fulfilling.”
NHS teacher Sam Murphy, who is the “Harbor Light” advisor, came up with the title for the publication. “We were excited to highlight this particular aspect, the building of driftwood forts, of coastal living,” she said. “I'm very proud of the work that the students did for ‘Fortitude.’ ”
“Fortitude” was produced as part of the Lincoln County Ocean Education Initiative known as Devocean. In recent years, LCSD administrators, teachers, students and community partners in marine science and education have collaborated together to study the ocean in innovative ways. This devotion to the ocean – or Devocean – describes Lincoln County’s overarching and ongoing effort of study and stewardship of the ocean, the world’s greatest classroom. Using traditional and new media, Devocean will showcase the many extraordinary happenings related to ocean education in the district.
- Public Input Sought for Indian Education Grant Application
Posted: May 12, 2014
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 2014-2015 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, located at 247 James Frank Ave. in Siletz, on Friday, May 23, in the high school gym, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The grant application can also be viewed on Tuesday, May 27, at the LCSD District Office, located at 459 S.W. Coast Highway in Newport, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information, contact Clint Raever, Toledo Junior/Senior High School Principal and LCSD Indian Education Administrator, at 541-336-5104.
taNGER OUTLETS AWARDS GRANTS IN LINCOLN COUNTY
Posted: May 12, 2014
Tanger Outlet Lincoln City is excited to announce that three Lincoln County schools were awarded a total of $3,500 in TangerKIDS grant funds.
This year’s Lincoln County recipients are:
• Newport Intermediate School – $1,483 for Outdoor School Project (grant submitted by sixth-grade teacher Melody Clausen).
• Waldport High School and Crestview Heights School – $1,200 to boost the K-12 art program in Waldport Schools (grant submitted by art teacher Erin Price).
• Sam Case Primary School in Newport – $180 to purchase typing tutorials and calculators (grant submitted by third-grade teacher John Meyer); and $637 for two iPads to support the Special Education Technology Innovations program (grant submitted by special education teacher Krista Williams and second-grade teacher Marcy Doyle).
In keeping with Tanger Outlets’ mission to support the future of our children, the program awards grant money to schools in the communities where Tanger Outlet Centers are located. For every coupon book sold, Tanger earmarks $1 for the TangerKIDS Grants program. Funding for TangerKIDS Grants ranges from $2,500 to $7,500 per center, and may be split between multiple grant requests.
“The entire Tanger organization strongly believes that supporting children’s education is an investment in their future and we, as a company, are dedicated to doing everything we can to contribute in a meaningful way,” said Steven B. Tanger, president and chief executive officer. “We are proud to once again give back to these remarkable schools in Lincoln County and look forward to continuing our efforts to support our children.”
The TangerKIDS Grants program is designed to assist schools in Tanger Outlets’ primary markets by providing grants for special projects, needed programs or equipment. Grants can also support groups within schools of all grade levels from pre-K to grade 12. These grants are offered to multiple schools at each of Tanger’s 39 centers in the United States.
Since the company’s inception, Tanger has dedicated efforts to assist students in local communities from pre-school through high school by helping to raise money that is used to purchase books and supplies, computers and new technology, to fund reading programs and educational field trips, to purchase athletic and playground equipment, and for many other important educational projects.
To date, Tanger Outlets has raised and donated in excess of $1.7 million to help children and schools succeed.
In photo: Representing Tanger Outlet Lincoln City, General Manager Diane Kusz, standing second from left, presented the TangerKIDS grant checks and a Tanger Outlet goodie bag to each of the Lincoln County teachers who submitted winning grants. The teachers are, standing from left, John Meyer, Melody Clausen, and Krista Williams; seated from left, Marcy Doyle and Erin Price.
- LCSD Selects MacKenzie as Waldport High School Principal
Posted: May 12, 2014
Described as a progressive leader with a strong work ethic and collaborative style, Diana MacKenzie has been selected as the next principal for Waldport High School beginning July 1.
MacKenzie was one of 29 applicants for the opening, and among seven individuals to be interviewed. She and two other finalists spent the afternoon of May 6 at the school, meeting with district-level administrators, students, staff and community members.
“Waldport High School is the dream job I've been working toward all my life. At the beginning of the interview process it was quickly apparent to me that the staff is a dedicated group with high academic standards and a real passion for their students and community. When I met the students and listened to their hopes and dreams for Waldport High School, I knew we would be a perfect fit,” MacKenzie said.
“Waldport has all the components necessary for a high achieving school: Families who are fully invested in their student's education; a strong community with a long history of supporting their schools; a committed staff, focused on quality learning for each and every student; and kids who are motivated to make a difference,” she added. “None of us will achieve greatness working independently. We must come together and build on our strengths. When that happens, the possibilities are endless.”
MacKenzie comes to Waldport with 20 years of teaching and school administration experience. Most recently, she has been assistant principal and athletic director at North Middle School in Grants Pass for the past two years; and she was site administrator at Grants Pass School District’s alternative high school for five years before that. She also has 10 years of education experience as an elementary teacher, middle school teacher, and substitute teacher in San Diego, Calif., and Austin, Tex.
Single and with extended family living in Southern Oregon and the Vancouver area, MacKenzie calls herself a workaholic. Among her interests when not at work are reading and animals. In fact, when she gets settled in her new home, her first priority is obtaining a dog and trying agility training and competition. "I am a HUGE animal lover. They make my heart smile," she said.
The current WHS principal, Tyler Stiner, is leaving Lincoln County School District after serving for four years as a teacher at Taft High 7-12 in Lincoln City and two year as Waldport High School principal and district-wide ESL (English as Second Language) administrator.
- Crestview Heights Plans Kindergarten Registration
Posted: May 7, 2014
Crestview Height s School in Waldport will have spring registration for kindergarten on Tuesday, May 20, and Wednesday, May 21, from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school office.
Parents and guardians of enrolling kindergarten students must bring the child’s immunization records and a document that shows proof of child’s age. Children must be age 5 on or before Sept. 1, 2014, to be eligible for enrollment.
Parents may call 541-563-3237 for an evening appointment if necessary, and for any questions.
- LCSD Names Lupo as Taft Elementary Principal
Posted: May 7, 2014
Nick Lupo, assistant principal at Taft High 7-12 for the past year, has been named principal of Taft Elementary School beginning July 1.
Superintendent Tom Rinearson announced Lupo’s selection to the school staff on Monday, commenting on his proven leadership skills. In a message to all district employees on Tuesday, Human Resources Director Chelsi Sholty praised Lupo as an administrator who is passionate about increasing student achievement.
“I would like to thank Lincoln County School District for the opportunity to be the next principal of Taft Elementary,” Lupo said. “My family and I have found Lincoln City to be a wonderful community and are excited to work with the Taft Elementary family. I have been working toward creating a great relationship with the staff, parents and students of Taft 7-12, and I hope to do the same at Taft Elementary.”
Lupo was one of 39 applicants for the opening, and among seven individuals to be interviewed. Over the next few weeks, Lupo will work with current principal Chris Sullivan to ensure a smooth transition of leadership. Sullivan is leaving Lincoln County School District for a position out of state, after having served at Taft Elementary for the past two years.
Lupo joined the administrative team at Taft High in August 2013, after more than seven years at Estacada School District. While with Estacada, he taught high school advanced mathematics, served as mathematics department chair, coached girls and boys basketball, and assisted coaching for varsity football. He served his one-year administrative internship at Estacada High School.
- NIS/INMS Family Night Features Multiple Fun Activities
Posted: May 1, 2014
Join the families and friends of Newport Intermediate and Isaac Newton Magnet School for a Family Night full of fun literacy and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities for the whole family from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 20.
Current third-grade students and their families are invited to attend as special guests, to get a preview of what’s to come as fourth-graders in the coming school year.
Sponsored by Title I and Project SEAL, activities and presentations include:
• Local Author/Illustrator Ram Papish speaking and presenting his works.
• Science Activity Trailer with Clair Thomas, showcasing natural resources and science.
• The Storyteller, Rebecca Cohen, sharing stories with kids of all ages.
• Sandcastle Toys, presenting games the whole family can enjoy.
• Scholastic Book Fair, with lots of books and other items for sale.
• Wind Turbine Engineering where you can build and test your own windmill design.
• Stomp Rockets: building and launching air-powered rockets
• Boat Building: build and test your own boat.
• Learn how to write Haiku poetry.
• Test your physical abilities in the gym, with family athletic competitions.
• Watch INMS movie trailer projects at the iPad Project Display.
• Make your own greeting-card designs to send to others.
• MineCraft Station, where virtual world connects with real-life science.
• Private Eye Analogies: take a closer look with jeweler’s loupes.
• Math Logic Puzzles: combined math and literacy activity.
• Common Core Curriculum Standards: learn what’s changing next year.
• Fourth-grade poetry display.
Parent volunteers are needed to help with refreshments, raffle tickets and prizes, book giveaway, book walk, and at the various stations. Call Lisa at 541-265-6601 to learn how you can help.
- Students to Watch as Oregon Supreme Court Hears Cases
Posted: April 30, 2014
Each year, the seven justices of the Oregon Supreme Court travel outside of Salem to hear oral arguments in actual cases, and to talk with students and others about the court’s work and Oregon’s judicial system.
On Tuesday, May 6, the Oregon Supreme Court will convene at the Newport Performing Arts Center (PAC), with high school students from Lincoln City, Toledo, Waldport and Newport invited to watch, listen and learn. The public is also welcome to attend.
The students will arrive at the PAC at 8:45 a.m. Lincoln County Judge Thomas Branford will address the students and describe the two cases, which concern animal abuse and warrantless search and seizure (State v. Clark Allen Bailey and the consolidated cases of State v. Fessenden and State v. Dicke ).
Beginning at 9:15 a.m., the justices will hear oral arguments and then open the floor to questions. According to the Oregon Judicial Department website, the question-and-answer sessions with students after the oral arguments is the highlight of the justices’ visits.
Most all students will leave the PAC at noon, returning to their schools. However, 30 to 35 students who have expressed an interest in our state judicial system will remain at the PAC to enjoy lunch with the justices.
Although the Oregon Supreme Court is located in Salem, the justices have a long-standing practice of traveling around the state several times a year. In March, the court traveled to Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Willamette College of Law in Salem, and University of Oregon College of Law in Eugene. After leaving Newport, the justices’ travels for this year will conclude on May 7 at Astoria High School.
- Sam Case Primary Plans Kindergarten Registration Nights
Posted: April 30, 2014
Kindergarten Registration Night is coming soon to Sam Case Primary School in Newport. This is a great opportunity for parents and children to meet Principal Ryan Relken, visit a kindergarten classroom, and register for the 2014-2015 school year.
The event will take place in the school cafeteria from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, May 6, 7 and 8. Spanish translators will be available all three nights.
Parents and guardians of enrolling kindergarten students must bring the child’s immunization records and birth certificate. Children must be age 5 on or before Sept. 1, 2014, to be eligible for enrollment.
- School Board Proclaims Teacher Appreciation Week
Posted: April 30, 2014
The Lincoln County School District Board of Directors has proclaimed the week of May 5-9 as Teacher Appreciation Week. This is a time to acknowledge the crucial role local educators play in ensuring that every student in our community receives a quality education.
“Teachers provide students with the skills and knowledge they need for success in school and in life. They inspire children’s imagination and ambitions. I encourage everyone to take this opportunity to thank a teacher for their important work,” said Superintendent Tom Rinearson. “In turn, I thank the community for their support of our schools through the years. Parents, business owners, retirees, volunteers – I appreciate everyone who works together to improve kids’ lives.”
The “Teacher Appreciation Week” resolution reads, in part, that teachers encounter students of widely differing backgrounds and abilities; they mold future citizens through guidance and education; and they fill many roles, as listeners, explorers, role models, motivators, and mentors.
Lincoln County School District employs more than 280 teachers and 90 substitute teachers at 14 schools throughout the district, from Lincoln City to Waldport, from Newport to Eddyville.
- Taft Club Wins Big at Renewable Energy Challenge
Posted: April 30, 2014
Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport recently hosted the Oregon Coast Renewable Energy Challenge for students in grades 4-12 in Lincoln and Tillamook counties. Taft After School Club (TASC) in Lincoln City entered eight teams, and earned many top awards.
TASC is a 21st Century After School program offered through Lincoln County School District, with membership open to students attending Oceanlake Elementary, Taft Elementary, and local private schools.
The TASC students brought completed models of wind turbines and wave buoys to HMSC for the competition on April 3, and each entry was tested to see how much electricity could be generated by the design. Jon Roschke, from KidWind Challenge, monitored the output. Additionally, each team met with adult judges, answered questions, and explained their design process.
TASC entered eight teams under the guidance of coach and teacher Kara Allan. Faith Patton, a fifth grader, took first place in the elementary division with her wind turbine design. Ivan Cortez, also in the fifth grade, received second place. Fourth grade students Zander Hryzcyk and Sam Allan received honorable mention.
Competing with middle schoolers and high schoolers, sixth grader Edson Fuentes received the Judges’ Choice Award for his wind turbine design. Fuentes impressed the judges not only with his design, but with his process. He had designed three different prototypes before settling on his final design, each time making small adjustments.
“I picked a 45-degree angle so the air would curve off it, and put it so it would generate electricity. I chose a foam core because it was sturdy, lightweight, and wouldn’t break easily. Then I made six blades because I was thinking it would generate more energy with more blades,” Fuentes explained.
His enthusiasm was so great that he brought his project home over spring break to continue to tinker with it, and even skipped soccer practice a few times to put more time into his design and testing.
Coach Allan said the kids first looked at pictures of windmills and wind turbines and discussed their characteristics. They debated pitch, weight and drag, torque, and shape and stability of blades as they looked at how to produce energy with the least impact on the environment. Next, she led the TASC students in building prototypes from simple materials, with the goal of seeing how many washers each could lift when placed in front of a fan. The final versions were brought to the competition at HMSC and placed in a wind tunnel. A volt meter read the energy output of each turbine, and the voltage created was one of the criteria used in the judging process.
Other TASC students who participated were Kelsey Raby, Kayla Valdez, Donivan Raby, and Ian Serafin.
The 21st Century After School Program provides out of school learning opportunities, such as the Renewable Energy Challenge, to students at seven locations in Lincoln County. For more information, contact Program Director Joyce Thompson Graham at 541-265-4767.
- Community Invited to Meet WHS Principal Candidates
Posted: April 30, 2014
Waldport High School will have a new principal to lead students and staff during the coming school year, and community members are invited to help with the selection.
The public is invited to meet the three finalists in the school multipurpose room from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6. At this community meeting, each candidate will have 20 minutes to speak and answer questions. Audience members will provide written feedback to the school district by filling out a simple form and turning it in at the end of the meeting.
A series of phone screenings narrowed the pool of 29 applicants down to six candidates, who came in for an interview process on April 25. This resulted in the selection of the final three candidates: Darlene Geddes, Diana MacKenzie, and Shelley Moore.
Geddes has 20 years of teaching experience and two years of administrative experience, much of this at Hillsboro School District. MacKenzie taught for eight years and has been a school administrator for 10 years, most recently in Grants Pass. Moore has 29 years of teaching experience, most recently at Eddyville Charter School, and she has completed all required administrative coursework and passed administrative exams.
During the afternoon of May 6, these three candidates also will meet with district-level administrators, the WHS student leadership, and a panel of staff and community members.
The current school principal, Tyler Stiner, is leaving the school district after serving for four years as a teacher at Taft High and two year as Waldport High School principal and district-wide ESL (English as Second Language) administrator.
- Demolition to begin at Old Waldport Middle School
Posted: April 24, 2014
Ray Wells, Inc. of Florence has been working over the past month to prepare Old Waldport Middle School for demolition. With asbestos abatement completed, structural demolition is scheduled to begin on Monday, April 28th. All structures except the gymnasium and cafeteria will be removed. All foundation concrete and
building debris will be removed, leaving a restored site.
Upon completion of demolition services, LCSD has a tentative agreement to sell the property and remaining structures to Seashore Family Literacy, a community-based, nonprofit organization that offers education, food, clothing and recreation programs to south Lincoln County children and families.
- Experienced Quilters Share Knowledge, Time & Hearts
Posted: April 23, 2014
Many years ago, a local home economics teacher joined forces with dedicated quilters to bring a learning, loving experience to her students each year. Last week, the fruits of this year’s labor were on display in the Waldport High School commons, with a student quilt show featuring more than 60 handmade creations.
The teacher, Rose Burbee, wrote the following to explain how this project came to be:
“Several years ago I had a dream. I shared my dream with my friend Twylla Hoch and she had the same dream! We wanted WHS students to learn how to sew. At least, that is what I wanted. Twylla’s dream was more ambitious –she wanted WHS students to quilt!
“My sewing skills were beginner’s skills. In fact, I’m not sure I had a lot of skills. I felt we had to start with the simplest tasks, sewing on a button, stitching a seam. I needed guidance and what I got was an education from an expert. Along the way, Twylla brought other experts with a passion for sewing, quilting, design, and a love for teaching others.
“Our students have been instructed by gentle but firm women who have chosen to take time out of their day for several months to be in the classroom overseeing the creation of quilts. Many days and many hours have gone into planning, cleaning up after students, taking home projects to rip seams and repair mistakes; each volunteer bringing individual skills and enthusiasm to the task. The Bayshore Quilters Guild and the Oregon Coast Quilters Guild have donated materials the Home Economics Department could never have afforded. The students have gained one-on-one time with seasoned seamstresses that one teacher could never have covered.
“I have gained friendships. Each year as the sewing unit would come around, Twylla and her volunteers would commit their time to the project. This year, Waldport High and Crestview Heights students created more than 60 quilts. Each is unique in color and represents the choices of the individual student. There are many steps to completing a quilt. Each one started with an idea, a pattern. Each quilt contains mistakes, ripped seams, repairs, frustration, and lots of work. It is my hope that each quilt will represent to its owner what CAN be done, some with little help, some with a great deal of help and assistance... but the project was finished. It is a success!
“Thank you, volunteers, for your willingness to give of your time, resources and hearts. This quilt show is your payoff!”
In photo: The wonderful volunteers and quilting experts are, from left, Becky Mershon, Twylla Hoch, Elizabeth Wood, teacher Rose Burbee, Jane Szabo, Nan Scott, Heidi Ware, and Marylyn Kleeman. Ann Stuart is not pictured.
- Public Invited to Meet Next School Superintendent
Posted: April 22, 2014
All are invited to meet Superintendent Designate Steve Boynton in forums to be held in four areas of the county over the next four weeks.
The gatherings will provide the opportunity for community members to ask questions, give feedback, and get to know the new leader of Lincoln County School District, who will assume duties on July 1.
“I am excited to meet community members and to get to know district staff,” Boynton said. “I look forward to working together to make our schools an even better place for children to learn.”
The events will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the following dates:
• Tuesday, April 29 –Taft High 7-12, Community Room.
• Thursday, May 8 – Newport High School, Boone Center.
• Monday, May 12 – Waldport High School, Multipurpose Room.
• Thursday, May 29 –Toledo Jr./Sr. High, Commons.
During this transition period, Boynton is working closely with Superintendent Tom Rinearson, who is leaving the district after 10 years of service.
- Notice of Budget Committee Meeting
Posted: April 22, 2014
A public meeting of the Lincoln County School District Budget Committee to discuss the budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015 will be held at Newport High School’s Boone Center, 322 N.E. Eads St., Newport. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 6, at 7 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 2 at the LCSD Administrative Office, 459 S.W. Coast Highway in Newport, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.You may also view the proposed budget document by clicking here.
- After-School Program Explores ‘Art of the South’
Posted: April 9, 2014
Children enrolled in the 21st Century After School program at Sam Case Primary School in Newport had the opportunity to explore the art and music of our southern states, under the guidance of a guest artist the week of March 31-April 4.
Teresa Christmas, who owns Art Matters Community Art Studio in Bowling Green, Ky., and is an artist-in-residence with Warren County (Ky.) School District, provided a special weeklong program focusing on “Art of the South.”
As the children learned about artists who were either living in the South or influenced by the migrations of Southern artists to the North, they were shown several different art forms such as clay, collage, and print making, as well as painting. The children explored each medium and created their own works. Additionally, Christmas linked the artist each day with music of the period, so the children were working on their creations while listening to great blues and jazz musicians.
One exciting surprise was learning that one of the artists that they studied, Jacob Lawrence, had actually had his first exposure to art when his mother enrolled him in an after school program in Harlem. Another surprise was learning about the sculptor and printmaker Elizabeth Catlett, who, although she only passed away in 2012, was the granddaughter of slaves.
The week culminated with an art show on Friday evening. The room and halls were crowded with parents, grandparents, and friends coming to see the children’s creations. Awards were presented to children whose work was chosen “Best in Show.”
The 21st Century Community Learning Centers After School Program of Lincoln County School District provides a hot meal, tutoring and homework help, and enrichment experiences such as “Art of the South” to children grades 1-8 at seven locations in Lincoln County.
In photo above left: Sam Case third-grader Symone Hildenbrand points out her masterpiece. In photo above right: Sam Case third-graders Karen Partida, left, and Karen Acevedo work on creating their collage.
For more information about the After School Program or to volunteer, contact program director Joyce Thompson Graham at 541-265-4767.
- Crisis Response Teams in Place at Taft, Waldport High Schools
Posted: April 6, 2014
When students and staff at Taft High and Waldport High return to school on Monday, crisis response teams will be in place to help them through the process of grieving for the loss of two students over the weekend.
Cayden Fitch, a senior at Taft High in Lincoln City, and Makala Osborn, a senior at Waldport High, were killed in two separate auto accidents over the weekend.
“Our school community is grieving at this unspeakable loss of two bright young people,” said Superintendent Tom Rinearson. “Cayden was an Eagle Scout preparing to enter military service after graduation. Makala was an accomplished student athlete who was preparing herself for college.”
Using the crisis response process, a care room will be established help support students at each school. Additional people will be available to help support the staff. The crisis response team will remain at each school as needed to help the school community heal.
“This is a time for all of us to join together to support each other,” Rinearson said.
- Timber Enterprises Donate to Homeless Students
Posted: March 27, 2014
A recent donation of $4,250 from a group of timber shipping enterprises is already providing emergency assistance to homeless students and their families in Lincoln County School District. Katey Townsend, coordinator of HELP (Homeless Education and Literacy Project), gratefully accepted the donation on behalf of students in need.
“This gift comes at a great time. We have had an overwhelming number of calls for assistance, so this generous donation will fill the gaps and help us get people into sustainable housing,” Townsend said. “After the holidays, gifts of money, clothing and other items tend to dwindle while the need for assistance is as great as ever.”
The fund-raising effort was spearheaded by International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 53 in Newport; and Teevin Bros. Land and Timber Co., which hopes to bring its shipping operations to Yaquina Bay later this year. The other Pacific Northwest organizations that donated are Hancock Forest Management, Jones Stevedoring Company, and TPT US Limited.
“Wood products and shipping have historically been important industries in Newport and Lincoln County,” says Yale Fogarty, ILWU Local 53 president. “Our hope is that when we bring shipping and timber handling back to Newport, we can provide living-wage jobs and get people back to work. A key part in making this happen is helping our young people stay in school, which is why we are donating to the school district’s homeless student program. We also want to provide a pathway to the workforce for youth involved in HELP’s student work program. This will give young adults the opportunity to learn a worthwhile skill while on the job.”
In photo, from left: Jerry Ashby, president of TPT US Limited; Yale Fogarty, ILWU Local 53 president; Eric Oien, general manager of Teevin Bros.; Katey Townsend, HELP coordinator; and Steve Cullen, manager with Jones Stevedoring Co.
- Vacant School to Be Demolished, Negotiations Under Way
Posted: March 18, 2014
Lincoln County School District has accepted a proposal from a Florence excavation company to demolish the vacant Waldport middle school building – with two options that depend on the outcome of negotiations with a local not-for-profit agency.
“An empty school building is expensive to maintain, can be an eyesore, and doesn’t contribute toward the education of our children. On the other hand, parts of the building could continue to be of use in the community,” said Rich Belloni, LCSD director of support services. “That is the dilemma as we try to find a good, middle ground solution that benefits the community as well as the school district.”
The first of the two demolition options is for Ray Wells, Inc., of Florence, to perform asbestos abatement, demolition of all structures on the site, and debris removal for $208,995. The second option is for Ray Wells, Inc., to perform asbestos abatement, demolition of all structures – except for the cafeteria, kitchen and gymnasium – and debris removal for $192,855.
The school district is continuing negotiations with Seashore Family Literacy, a community-based, nonprofit organization that offers education, food, clothing, and recreation programs to south Lincoln County children and families. The organization is asking for continued use of the cafeteria, kitchen and gymnasium.
Meanwhile, asbestos abatement is scheduled to begin Monday, March 31. An asbestos survey conducted by an independent company last year indicates that asbestos is located throughout the building, but not in the kitchen, cafeteria and gym. All groups currently using the facility have been notified about the need to vacate the building by March 30.
The 47,021 square foot Waldport Middle School was built in 1950 and has served at various times as a high school, junior high, middle school, and elementary school.
- Rummage/Surplus Sale to Benefit WHS Senior Trip
Posted: March 17, 2014
Proceeds from a rummage/surplus sale over the next two weekends at the former Waldport middle school will go to the Waldport High School Class of 2014 senior graduation trip. The sale will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 21-23 and March 28-30.
The WHS senior parent group has been holding a rummage sale of furniture, clothing, household items, and more every Saturday since October inside the vacant school. Now, along with the rummage sale items, surplus items from the former school will be offered for sale – tables, chairs, doors, counters, cabinets, and more.
In addition, raffle tickets will be available for $10 each for a Mac Tools workstation tool box, valued at $4,500, which was donated by local Mac Tools distributor Joe Ostling.
For more information, please contact Rick at 541-961-1282.
- Families Invited to Watch ‘Frozen’ at NSA Movies Night
Posted: March 13, 2014
Families are invited to attend Movie Night at Taft High 7-12 on Tuesday, March 18, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Hosted by the high school’s Native Student Association, the evening will include hot dogs, beverage and the Disney movie, “Frozen.” Cost is $5 each and children age 3 and under are free. A discount will be offered for families of five or more. However, no one will be turned away, with a small donation.
For information, contact Juanita Whitebear, Indian Education specialist/student advisor, at 541-996-2115, ext. 185.
- LCSD District Office Access Reduced During Spring Break
Posted: March 12, 2014
Lincoln County School District’s central office located in Newport will be operating at a reduced capacity during the upcoming spring break, March 24-28. The doors will be locked but staff will be answering phone calls and conducting business by appointment as needed. All district schools will be closed that week, with school resuming on Monday, March 31.
- School Improvement Projects Planned During Breaks
Posted: March 12, 2014
Numerous bond-funded school improvement projects are planned to take place at schools throughout the district – in Lincoln City, Toledo, Waldport and Newport – during the upcoming spring break and over the summer, when students and staff are out of school buildings.
Rich Belloni, director of support services for Lincoln County School District, says many people mistakenly believe the district has completed all bond-funded capital improvement projects. In fact, there is still quite a bit of work left to accomplish with funding from the $63 million bond measure that voters approved in May 2011.
“We wrapped up our most visible projects, but we are plenty busy working on other jobs,” Belloni said. “The two biggest projects we will be working on over summer is replacing the roof at Newport High and replacing classroom unit ventilators at Newport High, Taft Elementary, Toledo High and Newport Prep. This is a real scheduling deal to get this done in just eight weeks or so, before teachers and principals come back to school in August.”
For many years, Newport High School has been plagued with leaks in the south, west and north hallways. To solve this problem, the existing flat roof will be r replaced with a peaked roof. This 30,000-square-foot section of roof covers 14 classrooms, a computer lab, and the school offices. Cost of this project is approximately $500,000.
The project involves cutting out the old roof, building pony walls, building the new roof, then sheeting and shingling the new roof.
“You have to have empty classrooms to do this,” Belloni said. “It makes a real mess.”
Because of the tight schedule, as work crews finish one section of the new roof and move on, another work crew will immediately follow, installing new unit ventilators and digital controls in classrooms. In most classrooms, the existing radiator stretches along an entire wall; when this is replaced by an eight-foot ventilator unit, it leaves a long length of wall to be repaired. Also, air relief valves and pipes are being placed in the ceiling, and will be hidden from view behind newly installed T-bar or drop ceilings.
Once the roofing and unit ventilator work is completed, custodial staff will come in for extensive construction cleaning and general cleaning in preparation for the new school year.
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Board Ann0unces School Superintendent Selection
Posted: April 2, 2014
Community members are invited to come meet the Superintendent-designate, Steve Boynton. An informal reception is planned for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, before the next regular meeting of the LCSD Board of Education, to be held at Taft Elementary School in Lincoln City.
Posted: March 6, 2014
The Lincoln County School District Board of Directors is excited to announce the hiring of Superintendent-designate Steve Boynton, pictured at right. This decision was officially approved at a special board meeting held March 6.
Current LCSD Superintendent Tom Rinearson will meet with Boynton on April 8 to form a transition plan. That same evening, Boynton will be introduced during the school board meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. at Taft Elementary School in Lincoln City.
“We were told from the beginning by our consultant, the superintendent, and screening committee members to stop the process if we identified an individual who ‘fit.’ After the initial interviews, it was clear that the board and screeners were very impressed with Steve’s credentials. He emerged as the right choice to be our next superintendent,” says Board Chairman Ron Beck.
Boynton hails from Oregon’s Arlington School District, east of The Dalles, where he has been superintendent for the last four years. His 18 years as an educator includes experience as school administrator, dean of students, athletic director, high school classroom teacher, coach and advisor in Oregon, Colorado and Arizona. He and his wife, Amy, are parents to daughter Mica [pronounced mee-ka], age 7; and son Kayden, age 5.
“My family and I are excited about moving to Lincoln County,” Boynton said. “We embrace the opportunity to become a part of the community.”
Superintendent Rinearson will leave the district after 10 years of service. To find a replacement, a professional search consultant conducted an extensive nationwide search. A screening committee of teachers, administrators, staff and community members assisted the five school board members in reviewing applications. The original field of 25 applicants was narrowed to 10 candidates, who were invited to sit through a round of rigorous interviews.
After the initial interviews, the board investigated Boynton’s background and references. Everyone contacted about Boynton’s prior experiences had high praise for his knowledge about education and his ability to build relationships. A second interview with the candidate confirmed the initial impressions; the board decided to move forward immediately to offer him a contract, which he accepted earlier this week.
“We were blessed with a wide field of highly qualified applicants. Several of them would have made an excellent superintendent,” Beck said.
One notable achievement Boynton accomplished at Arlington School District was raising the district’s overall academic achievement, from 260th to eighth. This was done by instituting a combination of proficiency-based learning, dual-credit early college classes, and a comprehensive professional/technical education program – all while substantially increasing district reserve funds.
“Even though we have seen significant increases in student achievement at Arlington, it has not been at the expense of a philosophy about educating the whole child,” Boynton said.
Arlington School District was a finalist for the ASCD Whole Child Award in 2012-13. In addition, Boynton recently co-authored and published a book on the philosophical design of a holistic proficiency program.
On a state-wide and national level, Boynton is an executive board member of the Oregon School Activities Association, member of the Oregon Department of Education’s Assessment of Essential Skills Review Panel, and ASCD advisory committee member. A candidate for a Doctor of Education degree from Walden University, Boynton earned a Masters of Arts in Teaching with an emphasis on multicultural education from Western Oregon University. In 2009 he was named Athletic Director of the Year and while at Arlington was chosen as an Exceptional Educator by Renaissance Learning Group.
- $664,000 Grant to Expand Coastal STEM Education
Posted: March 3, 2014
Lincoln County School District has been awarded a $664,000 state grant to improve science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education from kindergarten through community college along the Oregon Coast, the Oregon Department of Education announced on Feb. 25.
LCSD, along with Oregon State University’s Sea Grant program, Tillamook School District, and the Oregon Coast Aquarium, will lead one of six regional STEM Hubs across Oregon.
The STEM Hubs will foster 21st Century STEM career skills and provide for student populations that have historically been underserved and underrepresented throughout the state. The new Oregon Coast Regional STEM Hub will ensure that coastal schools and educators have the tools and support necessary to deliver world-class STEM instruction to rural students.
“This is awesome news. What a great acknowledgment of the work all the partners have been doing over the last five years,” says LCSD Superintendent Tom Rinearson.
The grant will help expand the Oregon Coast Regional STEM Center, which is a U.S. Department of Education Math Science Partnership project that currently involves 23 partners and Tillamook and Lincoln County School Districts.
The Oregon Coast Regional STEM Hub will serve coastal school districts from Astoria to Coos Bay, and involves more than 40 organizations including OSU, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon Health & Science University, Near Space Corporation, Georgia-Pacific, Central Oregon Coast National Organization for Women, and the Marine Technology Society–Oregon Chapter. The new hub will be centered in space provided by OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.
During the first phase of the project from March through June, meetings will be held along the Oregon Coast to engage new partners and conduct a needs assessment. Once the hub’s operational plan is formalized, Phase 2 will begin, and will support training educators and providing student STEM learning experiences.
In the past 10 years, STEM jobs have grown three times faster than non-STEM jobs, and this pace is expected to continue throughout the next decade, according to the state education department. Meanwhile, more than half of African American and Latino eighth graders do not meet state benchmarks in math, and about half of students of color do not meet benchmarks in science.
“Literacy in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics holds tremendous opportunity for our students,” said Oregon Chief Education Officer Dr. Nancy Golden. “This is especially true for students from communities of color.”
The Oregon Education Investment Board awarded a total of $2.8 million to six regional STEM hubs as a key strategic investment to support Oregon’s 40-40-20 goal. The state wants 40 percent of its adult residents to earn a bachelor’s or advanced degree, 40 percent to have an associate’s degree or postsecondary certificate, and 20 percent to hold a high school diploma by 2025.
Along with Oregon Coast Regional STEM Hub, the other regional STEM hubs are:
• Central Oregon STEM Hub, led by the High Desert Museum serving Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties.
• GO STEM Collaborative led by Eastern Oregon University serving Wallowa, Union, Umatilla, Morrow, Baker, Grant, Harney and Malheur counties.
• Portland Metro STEM Center led by Portland State University, serving Portland, Beaverton and Hillsboro and Forest Grove school districts.
• South Metro Salem STEM Partnership led by Oregon Tech serving Multnomah, Clackamas, Marion, Washington and Polk counties.
• Umpqua Valley Regional STEAM Hub led by Umpqua Community College serving Douglas County.
For more information, contact Tracy Crews, Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ruth McDonald, LCSD Community Curriculum Resource Liaison, at email@example.com.
- Encore Film Screening of 'American Winter' at nhs
Posted: February 27, 2014
The Lincoln County School District Homeless Education & Literacy Project (H.E.L.P.) and partnering agencies, Samaritan House, Community Services Consortium, United Way and Inter-Christian Outreach, invite you to a free showing of the film “American Winter” at the Newport High School Boone Center on Friday, March 7, at 6 p.m.
An award-nominated HBO documentary, produced in Portland by brothers Harry and Joe Gantz, “American Winter” film follows the personal stories of eight Oregon families in the aftermath of the Great Recession, looking past the myths and misconceptions of homelessness to its reality.
All indicators show that the United States has the highest population of poor citizens since records have been kept, greater than during the Great Depression. With 46 percent of Americans living in or near poverty, such everyday occurrences as a blown tire or a toothache can mean the difference between paying the rent and living in the car, putting gas in the tank to get to work, or buying food for the family. This film brings this hard reality close to home.
County Commissioner Bill Hall and local agency representatives assisting families through this economic crisis will be available before and after the film to answer questions.
This free film screening is made possible through the generous support of Oregon Coast Bank, Western Title and Escrow, Advantage Real Estate and Project Homeless Connect.
Questions? Contact one of the LCSD HELP Centers: Newport, 541-574-5824; Toledo, 541-336-4357; Waldport, 541-563-8584; and Lincoln City, 541-996-4878l
- Classified School Employees Celebrated March 3-7
Posted: February 21, 2014
At their recent monthly meeting, the Lincoln County School District Board of Education proclaimed the week of March 3-7 as Classified School Employee Week.
Classified employees fill crucial roles in the education of their community’s children. These support personnel bring diverse skills and talents to their jobs as multitasking school secretaries, savvy tech experts, caring instructional assistants, experienced maintenance staff, and so many other positions vital to the daily operations of a school district.
In the resolution, the school board calls on the community to join them in personally expressing appreciation to LCSD classified employees for a “job well done.”
Approximately 230 classified support staff can be found at two dozen schools and offices throughout the district, working directly with students, educators, parents, volunteers, business partners and community members.
- School Attendance Important, Even in Early Years
Posted: February 20, 2014
A recent news report focusing on Oregon student absenteeism and its impact on learning is spurring conversations among local educators and community members – especially because the article named Oceanlake Elementary School in Lincoln County as “the worst” for chronically absent first-graders.
“It is extremely important for children to attend school regularly, and even more so in the earlier grades when they are learning the fundamentals needed for academic success,” says Betsy Wilcox, curriculum, instruction and assessment administrator for Lincoln County School District. Before moving into the district-level position this past July, Wilcox had been principal at Oceanlake Elementary School for five years.
“In kindergarten and first grade, young students are learning how to read, to do early math, and other important skills. This sets the foundation for advanced learning as they progress through school,” Wilcox says. “When they miss even one lesson, it’s easy for them to fall behind, and it can be difficult for them to catch up. It is up to us to intervene and help parents understand the importance of regular attendance.”
Wilcox commented that the school district’s attendance figures as reported to the Oregon Department of Education give a more accurate overall picture of absenteeism than what was presented in the news article.
“The data in that article pinpointed a very specific group – children enrolled in the first grade who had missed 10 percent or more of school during six months of the 2012-13 school year,” Wilcox said. “Ten percent is the equivalent of missing two days of school each month.”
Lincoln County School District’s total absentee rate, including online and charter schools, was 8.9 percent during the 2012-2013 school year. More specific to Oceanlake Elementary, the first grade absentee rate was 9.93 percent, as compared to the “chronic” absentee rate of 47 percent reported in the article.
“The large gap between the two numbers shows that we have some students who miss a lot of school and others who have perfect or near perfect attendance,” says Rilke Klingsporn, principal at Oceanlake Elementary School. “Our office staff and teachers are aware when a student begins missing school, either excused or unexcused by the parent. We have a system in place to get students back in class.”
That system includes taking attendance twice a day at the elementary level, and taking attendance during each class period for the secondary grades; when students are absent, calls are made to the home to determine the reason. Lincoln County schools are emphasizing attendance expectations, with various rewards and sanctions to encourage regular attendance. For example, elementary schools will recognize students with perfect attendance certificates, school-wide announcements, and small prizes. In the older grades, students who skip class can receive lunch detention.
To encourage district-wide awareness of the importance of attendance in the elementary grades, there is an Attendance Flag competition. The school with the highest attendance rate for the month has the honor of flying the Attendance Flag at their school throughout the following month.
When a student is excessively absent or tardy, the teacher or principal will talk with the parent and student to assess the factors that are contributing to irregular attendance. Upon request, the district’s attendance officer will be notified to begin a more formal intervention. In Lincoln County School District, two individuals job-share that position: Molly Hawley, who covers Waldport, Toledo and Eddyville; and Lee Ann Gabler, serving Lincoln City, Newport and Siletz.
Gabler has been an LCSD attendance officer for 10 years, working throughout the county, and knows there are many causes behind truancy and irregular attendance, including homelessness, family issues, poverty, and a seasonal workforce.
The attendance officer will meet with families to find solutions – sometimes it’s a simple as providing a $10 alarm clock to the child, Gabler says. She and Hawley offer parenting advice and other solutions as appropriate, including connecting the family with social support agencies to help meet a family’s other needs. When all else fails, the attendance officer will begin legal proceedings against the parent for violating state law that requires all children between the ages of 7 and 18 to attend school, with certain exceptions.
- SChool Superintendent Search In Progress
Posted: February 20, 2014
The search for a new school district superintendent is progressing as planned, officials with Lincoln County School District say.
Search consultant Greg McKenzie reports that 25 applications were received for the superintendent vacancy, which was open Dec. 13 through Jan. 31. Most of the applicants are from Oregon, Washington and California. However, some applications were received from Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, Alaska and Wisconsin.
A screening committee of 12 teachers, administrators, staff and community members, along with the five school board members, reviewed all applications in early February and then selected several candidates for initial interviews Feb. 19-23. The interviews are taking place in executive session, either in person or via Skype.
After a debriefing session, the screening committee will narrow the field of candidates to a handful, check references, and further narrow the field. The final slate of candidates will come to Lincoln County and attend a series of community “meet and greet” meetings, to be announced at a later date.
The current LCSD superintendent, Tom Rinearson, is retiring as an educator after 30-plus years of service, the past 10 of those at the helm of Lincoln County School District.
- 'Remarkable man' honored at Dedication ceremony
Posted: February 12, 2014
For years to come, those entering the Sam Case Primary School gymnasium will be reminded of a remarkable man who made a positive impact on the lives of children and community members, with the words "Rinearson Court" emblazoned on one wall and a dedication plaque affixed to the exterior.
Tom Rinearson will complete his decade of service as superintendent of the Lincoln County School District on June 30. On Tuesday night, Feb. 11, a crowd gathered inside the gym to dedicate Rinearson Court and shower praise upon a man who has been credited for bringing unity, trust and openness into a school district that spans nearly 1,000 square miles and encompasses many communities with different perspectives and cultures.
Among those speaking were Sam Case Primary School Principal Ryan Relken, Sam Case/Newport Intermediate Booster Club President Todd Sholty, School Board Vice Chair Liz Martin, and School Board Chair Ron Beck.
In photo, Tom Rinearson, center, is joined by some of his family. They are, from left, son-in-law Jorma Henson, grandson Hank Henson, daughter Megan Henson, wife Dani Rinearson, mother Helen Rinearson, and sister Ingra Rickenbach.
- ACT Test Rescheduled to March 1
Posted: February 10, 2014
The ACT test originally planned for Feb. 8 at Newport High School has been rescheduled to Saturday, March 1. Students need to arrive by 7:45 a.m. for the test, which begins at 8 a.m. in the Boone Center.
For more information, contact school counselor Reyna Mattson at 541-265-9281, ext. 250.
- Kindergarteners’ Skills Consistent with Statewide Results
Posted: February 10, 2014
After reviewing data contained in the state’s first kindergarten assessment report, which was publicly released on Jan. 31, Lincoln County School District officials have found that local kindergarten students’ skill level upon entering school is consistent with statewide results.
“This assessment provides us with baseline data that will become more relevant over the next four to five years as we receive comparative data. However, for now, it does show that our students are consistent with statewide averages. The data provides us with a better understanding of our overall kindergarten population,” says Betsy Wilcox, LCSD Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment administrator.
The Oregon Kindergarten Assessment School and District Report Overview adds a caution – the assessment “measures very specific skills. While these skills are related to later academic success, it is important to consider other sources of information to create a more complete picture of each student’s strengths and potential areas for growth.”
More than 95 percent of Oregon students entering kindergarten in the fall participated in the statewide kindergarten assessment. The assessment focused on early literacy (letter names and letter sounds), early math (counting, simple addition and subtraction, recognizing number patterns), and self-regulation and interpersonal skills.
One reason for the statewide assessment is that Oregon has an ambitious goal of obtaining a 100 percent graduation rate by the year 2025, with the vast majority of these graduates going on to college or workforce training. Working toward this goal, the state is gathering a state-level perspective on some of the skills that students have when they enter kindergarten so that progress can be measured in years to come.
Data collected will help state officials answer the following questions:
• Are Oregon’s children overall arriving at kindergarten ready to learn?
• Is their level of school readiness improving or declining over time?
• Are there disparities (geographical, cultural, racial, and socio-economic) between groups of children that must be addressed?
• Are there particular areas of school readiness that Oregon must target?
In Lincoln County School District, the brief assessment was given during kindergarten orientation at primary and elementary schools the first week of school in September.
- Rinearson Court' to be Dedicated Feb. 11
Posted: February 5, 2014
Everyone is invited to celebrate the dedication of the new gymnasium at Sam Case Primary School in Newport – which will carry the name “Rinearson Court” in honor of retiring Superintendent Tom Rinearson.
A dedication ceremony is planned for 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 in the school gym. The Sam Case/NIS Boosters will host the event, serving light refreshments. This will be followed by the regular monthly meeting of the LCSD School Board at 7 p.m.
At last month’s meeting, the Board agreed to dedicate the gym in Rinearson’s name because of his remarkable contributions to students, staff and community during his 10 years of service beginning July 2004. A search is currently under way for Rinearson’s replacement, whose employment will be effective July 1, 2014.
- Students, Parents: Learn About NHS Advanced Coursework
Posted: February 4, 2014
Students and parents are invited to learn about advanced coursework offerings available at Newport High School during an informational meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, in the school’s Boone Center.
The meeting will cover the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program and the Oregon Coast Community College (OCCC) Expanded Options Program. This meeting is recommended for all current NHS ninth- through 11th-grade students, and future NHS students and families planning ahead for high school and college.
The IB Program is a comprehensive and challenging pre-university course of study for juniors and seniors. Students can take individual classes or take a full diploma program for university credit. Students who take IB classes improve critical and analytical thinking skills, are better prepared for college, and learn time management and organizational skills. IB Coordinator Teresa Atwill will provide information for families.
The OCCC Expanded Options program allows juniors and seniors who qualify to take college classes free of cost. With this program, students take courses at OCCC and receive dual credit at NHS. Representatives from OCCC will be present to share information about the program. A current NHS senior participating in the Expanded Options program will speak about her experiences earning an associate’s transfer degree from OCCC.
A panel of current and past NHS students who took part in a variety of these programs also will be present to share their experiences.
Contact NHS School Counselor Reyna Mattson for more information by calling 541-265-9281 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Your Input Wanted!
Please complete our lCSD
Community Communications Survey
Posted: January 31, 2014
Do you know what is happening in your local schools? Do you know where to go when you have a compliment, comment or complaint about your local school? Do you feel connected to your local school and school district? In short...How well do we – Lincoln County School District and our individual Schools – communicate with you?
CLICK HERE to take brief survey!
Thank you for completing this confidential survey by March 3, 2014. Your input will help us enhance efforts for more effective two-way communication between the schools and the community.
- Meeting Planned to Discuss Middle School Options
Posted: January 27, 2014
All current Newport Intermediate School (NIS) sixth graders are invited to attend a Middle School Options Informational Meeting on Monday, Feb. 3, at 6:30 p.m. in the NIS Commons.
School officials from Newport Prep Academy (NPA), Isaac Newton Magnet School (INMS), and Newport High School (NHS) will cover bell schedules, core classes, electives, dual enrollment options, NPA and INMS general information, athletic information, and high school requirements. INMS applications will also be available.
Contact NIS School Counselor Erin Carey for more information by calling 541-265-6601 or by email to email@example.com. Co
- 'American Winter' Focuses on Hard Reality of Poverty;
Bijou to Host Free Showing, Q&A Panel on Feb. 1
Posted: January 21, 2014
“American Winter,” a documentary following the personal stories of eight Oregon families in the aftermath of the Great Recession, will be shown at the Bijou Theatre in Lincoln City at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, followed by a question and answer session with local experts.
The free showing is presented by Lincoln County School District’s Homeless Education & Literacy Project (HELP) and partnering agencies, Family Promise of Lincoln County and The Backpack for Kids Program.
The award-nominated HBO documentary, filmed in Portland by brothers Harry and Joe Gantz, looks past the myths and misconceptions of homelessness at the reality. All indicators show that the United States has the highest population of poor citizens since records have been kept, greater than during the Great Depression. With 46 percent of Americans living in or near poverty, such everyday occurrences as a blown tire or a toothache can mean the difference between paying the rent and living in the car, putting gas in the tank to get to work or buying food for the family. This film brings this hard reality close to home.
Following the film, the panel session will bring the reality of poverty even closer to home. The panel will consist of Hanna Connett, HELP Advocate; Linda Roy, Family Promise of Lincoln County Interim Director; Bill Hall, Lincoln County Commissioner; and Pat Robertson, Backpack for Kids Program Co-Founder.
“Lincoln County has a unique economy and our recovery rate hasn’t kept pace with the rest of the country,” said Sue Anderson, Family Promise Board Member.
“United we are so much stronger,” HELP Advocate Hanna Connett explained. “As organizations, we work together to meet the many needs of our local children, and we invite the community to join us. Together we can make a more effective impact.”
HELP AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinator Lynn Foster added, “The community has been so generous to us. We’re very grateful to Bijou Theatre, Tanger Outlets, North Lincoln Hospital Foundation, and United Way for partnering with us to help make this event possible. Awareness is the first step in creating change and we hope to see a full house.”
Admission is free but donations are appreciated. Monetary donations will benefit the Lincoln County School District HELP Program and Family Promise. Non-perishable food items will benefit the Backpack Program of Lincoln City.
For more information contact Lynn at 541-996-4878.
The LCSD HELP Program: The Lincoln County School District HELP Program provides services to students experiencing homeless in Lincoln County to help them overcome barriers and stay successful in school. For more information contact Hanna Connett at 541-996-4878, Katey Townsend at 541-265-4506, or visit their website here.
Family Promise of Lincoln County: This group’s purpose is to alleviate child and parent homelessness by mobilizing communities and building partnerships with congregations and social service agencies to provide shelter, meals and more as families strive for sustainable independence. For more information call Linda Roy at 541-992-1682 or visit their website at www.familypromiseoflincolncounty.org.
Backpack For Kids Program: This program discreetly provides nutritious, child-friendly, easy-to-prepare food to chronically hungry kids in every day backpacks to take home over the weekends and out-of-school times. For more information contact Pat Robertson at 541-994-5296 or visit their website at www.backpackforkids.org.
Bijou Theatre is located at 1624 Hwy 101 in Lincoln City. For information about showings, visit www.cinemalovers.com.
- LCSD Seeks Solution to Vacant Waldport Middle School
Posted: January 16, 2014
Lincoln County School District is seeking a solution to the high cost of maintaining the empty Waldport middle school building by requesting quotes to liquidate the property and buildings located at 265 N.E. Bay St.
“We haven’t used the building as a school since 2005, when the seventh and eighth grade students were moved out to the school up Crestline Drive,” says Rich Belloni, director of LCSD Support Services.
“Over the years since then, we have had different tenants in the building, but the leases have never adequately covered our expenses,” Belloni said. “It is very expensive to maintain an empty, 64-year-old building and to keep it from becoming an eyesore. This is not fair to taxpayers who support the school district or to the community of Waldport.”
The 47,021 square foot Waldport Middle School was built in 1950 and has served at various times as a high school, junior high, middle school, and elementary school.
Examples of quoted plans for the property could include purchasing the site as is; demolishing and removing the materials with LCSD retaining ownership; repurposing building materials resulting in a clean, bare site – all ideas will be considered. The deadline to submit a quote is 1 p.m. Monday, March 3. Work will be awarded based on the best interest of Lincoln County School District, not lowest bidder.
Quotes should begin with a proposed plan summary, followed by action plan and timeline. Cost summaries for expenditures and/or revenue, with total financial impact to Lincoln County School District, must be included. All proposed work must be completed by June 1, 2014.
Those wishing to submit a proposal must participate in a MANDATORY walk-through of the school building and property. Walk-through participation requests must be made in writing no later than Monday, Feb. 3. Copies of a recent asbestos survey will be provided at scheduled walk-through appointments.
To schedule a walk-through appointment or for additional information, contact the school district’s Bond Facilities Improvement Center in writing via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax to 541-265-2264. You may also access the Old Waldport Middle School Liquidation Question & Answer link on the homepage of the school district website: www.lincoln.k12.or.us.
- Food Drive to Help Hungry Students
Posted: January 15, 2014
The holidays may be over but the hunger is not. In conjunction with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, nutritious food will be collected and distributed to local students through the Backpack Food programs at Newport, Toledo and Siletz schools.
Watch for the food collection site outside of the Newport Wal-Mart from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21.
This food drive is sponsored by the Lincoln County School District’s HELP Program, East County Backpack Program, and First Presbyterian Operation Snackpacks.
- Preschoolers and Parents Invited to Get a LIFT!
Posted: January 8, 2014
Running out of rainy day activities with your toddler? Want to prepare your youngster for school? Check out the LIFT classes now being held throughout Lincoln County.
“LIFT: Learning is Fun Together!” is a kindergarten readiness class for children ages 3-5 and their parents. 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 play-based learning activities that help children reach their potential and be better prepared for school.
The Playgroup at Toledo Elementary School is based on the LIFT model, but is offered to younger children, birth to five years of age, and their parents. Other class details vary by site. Call for more information and to register your child for this fun learning and social activity.
Waldport – Crestview Heights School, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., ages 3-5, free. Call 541-563-8584.
Newport – HELP Center at Yaquina View, Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30, ages 3-5, free. Call 541-574-5824.
Toledo – HELP Center at Toledo Elementary School, Thursdays, 10 a.m. to noon, ages 0-5, free. Call 541-336-4357.
Lincoln City – Taft High 7-12 Community Preschool, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon, ages 3-5, $3.50 per hour with scholarships for children in homeless living situations. Call 541-996-2115.
Lincoln City – Oceana Family Literacy, Mondays, 1 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., ages 3-5, free. Call 541-921-1865.
- Newport high's Oregon Outdoors class featured on kval.com
Posted: January 8, 2014
The Oregon Outdoors class at Newport High School is the featured story on KVAL.com, the online page for KVAL TV in Eugene!
NHS Principal Jon Zagel and teacher Ollie Richardson, pictured at right, report that Alan Sylvestre, a Journalism and Communication student at the University of Oregon, came out to the coast recently to shoot photos and interview students and teacher. He created an excellent package of photos, story and an inspirational 2-minute video, which were picked up by KVAL.com.
Alan plans to return to cover the other two sections of the class, taught by Mr. Scarberry, Campbell and Hargett.
Check it out!
- students, staff perform in musical Production
Posted: December 26, 2013
Coastal Act Productions (CAP) presents the delightful musical parable by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," Jan. 3-18 at the Newport Performing Arts Center.
CAP enjoys a unique partnership with Lincoln County School District, working with students and staff from across the district. In this year's production, 39 students and 6 staff members appear on stage, with 5 students from Newport, Waldport, Taft, Toledo, and Eddyville performing in the live orchestra. For the second year, the orchestra is conducted by NHS senior Jacob Hanna.
CAP invites you to get your tickets early! You will receive a $2.00 discount per ticket by reserving your seats in advance (adults $14/students $12). Tickets at the door are $16/$14.
Call 541-265-ARTS, drop by the box office, or order online to reserve seats at the CAP website (www.capnewport.com) or the OCCA website (www.coastarts.org)
- LCSD District Office Access Reduced During Winter Break
Posted: December 12, 2013
Lincoln County School District’s central administrative office located in Newport will be operating at a reduced capacity during the upcoming winter break. Individuals needing to do business in person are advised to call ahead to make an appointment.
The office will be locked the weeks of Dec. 23-27 and Dec. 30-Jan. 3. However, a reduced staff will be at work and available to answer calls, respond to voice mails, and keep appointments.
Winter break for district schools is Dec. 23 through Jan. 3, with classes resuming on Monday, Jan. 6.
The District Office will be closed Dec. 24-25 for the Christmas holiday, and on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1.
- Two LCSD Teachers Earn National Board Certification
Posted: December 12, 2013
Two Lincoln County School District teachers – Erinne Irish, kindergarten teacher at Toledo Elementary School, and Tami Johnson, reading teacher at Siletz Valley Charter School – have been certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
During the last couple of school years, the school district has given extra support to teachers going through the rigorous, time-consuming and costly certification process. The result: nine LCSD teachers attained national board certification last November. With the two newly certified teachers this year, the district now has a total of 14 board certified educators.
“This journey has been rewarding,” Johnson (left) said of the certifying process. “My strengths and areas in which I need growth were made transparent, sometimes uncomfortably so. It forced me to not only look at what I could do differently, but the efficacy of my decisions that ultimately affect my students.”
Irish (right) agreed that the experience was “a challenging, reflective, and enlightening journey that has taught me a lot about my own teaching style, as well as the learning styles of all types of students. I will work hard every day to ensure I am advancing student learning and achievement by establishing high standards for all, taught in differentiated methods.”
Every 10 years, national board certified teachers are required to renew by submitting an extensive “profile of professional growth.” Teacher Kristin Becker, who is working this year as collaboration grant coordinator for the school district, was recently renewed, confirming her accomplishments as an educator.
LCSD Superintendent Tom Rinearson commented that the school district set a goal of having quality teachers in every classroom so all students have the opportunity to learn at a high level.
“I am extremely proud that these teachers accepted the challenge to become nationally board certified,” he said. “Their professional growth is making an impact throughout the district, with their students and colleagues.”
Certification candidates must 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 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.
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. This was the second try for both Irish and Johnson, which attests to their commitment to the process.
- Water Precautions in Place at Newport High
Posted: December 11, 2013
Because of a water main break early Tuesday evening, Dec. 10, at NE Fifth and Eads, and a resulting boil-water order, precautions were put in place at Newport High School and Newport Prep Academy.
On Wednesday, drinking fountains at the two schools were disabled and an announcement made to all students and staff to discontinue use of drinking fountains. Bottled water was made available in the office and health rooms for those needing it.
School officials have been told that water test results are expected by noon on Wednesday, and they anticipate that everything will be back to normal after that.
Sam Case Primary School and Newport Intermediate/Isaac Newton Magnet School are not located within the area impacted by the boil order.
- Bond-Funded School Improvement Projects Still In Progress
Posted: December 10, 2013
Unit ventilator inside a recently remodeled Oceanlake Elementary classroom
“We are done with our biggest projects but still have work that will keep us busy through June 2015,” says Rich Belloni, director of support services for Lincoln County School District. “The good news is that we will accomplish everything that we said we would do, that all 39 portable classroom buildings are now gone, and that there are no more schools in the tsunami zone.”
In May 2011, county voters approved a $63 million bond measure to fund school improvement projects. Right after the election, the school district “hit the ground running and we haven’t slowed down a bit since,” Belloni says. “We intentionally created a tight construction schedule to get kids into new classrooms as quickly as possible.”
To date, the school district has completed all scheduled new construction, totaling approximately 170,400 square feet. This includes the new Waldport High School and construction of classrooms and other school improvements at Oceanlake Elementary, Newport High, Newport Intermediate, Newport Prep Academy, Sam Case Primary, Taft Elementary, Taft High, Toledo Elementary, and Toledo Junior/Senior High.
Work still to be completed includes: installing more than 200 unit ventilators and digital controls in classrooms at Taft Elementary, Toledo Junior/Senior High, Newport Prep Academy and Newport High; replacing inefficient windows at Taft Elementary; upgrading roofing at Taft Elementary, Toledo Junior/Senior High, and Newport High; and completing all construction punch list items at Waldport High.
The architect for the new Waldport High School and the school district’s design consultant, Darla Zagel, “have pages of punch list items,” Belloni says. “They are very picky and will make sure everything is done to their high standards.”
In addition, the district has hired Systems West Engineers, based in Eugene, to perform a third-party independent review of the mechanical and electrical systems completed as part of new construction at Waldport High, Toledo Junior/Senior High, Toledo Elementary, Oceanlake, and Taft Elementary. The commissioning process will ensure that the builders have met all contractual requirements. This same company also will review mechanical and electrical systems near the end of the warranty period to check that everything is still working properly.
As for the unit ventilator installation, this project can be rather complex, Belloni says. In most classrooms, the radiator stretches along an entire wall; when this is replaced by an eight-foot ventilator unit, it leaves a long length of wall to be repaired. Belloni anticipates that installation of unit ventilators will take place during the upcoming winter, spring and summer breaks to lessen the disturbance to students and teachers.
Complete information about LCSD’s bond projects – including financial reports, work completed, and photos – can be found at www.lincoln.k12.or.us > Our District > Bond Projects.
- 'Holidays for the homeless' campaign to help students
Posted: December 9, 2013
Many local businesses have joined the “Holidays for the Homeless” campaign to give homeless families the opportunity and joy of shopping for Christmas gifts and practical items for their children.
The public is invited to participate by purchasing a gift card or gift certificate at any Lincoln County business, then dropping it off at one of many collection sites no later than Friday, Dec. 20. The cards and certificates will be provided to families who are receiving services through Lincoln County School District’s Homeless Education and Literacy Project (HELP).
Katey Townsend, the school district’s homeless program coordinator, says a total of 662 children in Lincoln County were homeless during this past school year – the highest number in the county’s history. These children are living in campgrounds, cars, shelters, motels or temporary shared housing due to economic hardship.
Gift card donation sites are: Bank of the West locations in Lincoln City, Newport, Siletz, Toledo and Yachats; Newport Café, Savory Café, and Skin-Tastic, all in Newport; Lil Joes General Store in Waldport; and Coastal Shoes-Birkenstock in Lincoln City.
The Holidays for the Homeless campaign is being spearheaded by Yaquina Bay Communications in cooperation with HELP as a meaningful and direct way to help homeless students during the holiday season.
CLICK HERE for 'Holidays for the Homeless' flier
- Christmas Tree Sales Benefit Toledo Elementary
Posted: December 4, 2013
Support the students at Toledo Elementary School by purchasing your fresh cut Christmas tree this holiday season from the tree lot at Affordable Space, 1739 N.W. Hwy. 20, near the Dairy Queen in Toledo.
All proceeds from the sales of these fresh cut trees go directly to the school to purchase needed classroom items. Trees for sale are Douglas Fir, $20; and Noble Fir, $25.
The tree lot is open 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays, and 10 a.m. to dark on Saturdays and Sundays.
- Donations to Afterschool Program can Change a Child’s Life
Posted: November 27, 2013
What will you do to change a child’s life? The 21st Century Community Learning Centers offer academic intervention to Lincoln County students with afterschool programs at seven locations – and your support can make a positive impact.
Program Coordinator Joyce Thompson Graham says there are a variety of ways community members can help, with donations of time, money, games and books.
Now through Dec. 24, Oregon Coast Bank and Lincoln County School District are sponsoring a Holiday Games & Books Drive. Drop off your new or gently used and complete games or favorite books for children in grades 1-8 to help make learning fun. Examples of appropriate games: dominos, Blockus, chess, Uno, checkers, Yahtzee, Rummikub, Trionimos, to name a few. Donations may be left at Oregon Coast Bank locations in Lincoln City, Toledo, Newport, and Waldport; and the LCSD District Office in Newport.
When making your year-end charitable donations, consider a gift to the 21st Century Community Learning Centers. A $100 donation will provide hot meals, homework help, tutoring, learning activities and transportation for a Lincoln County child for a full 10-week session. Financial donations of any amount are gratefully appreciated.
Another way to help is to volunteer your time at one of LCSD’s afterschool sites: Crestview Heights School and Seashore Family Literacy, both in Waldport; Sam Case Primary School in Newport; Siletz Valley Charter School; Taft Elementary School; Toledo Elementary School; and Neighbors For Kids in Depoe Bay.
For complete information, contact Thompson Graham at email@example.com or by calling 541-265-4767.
- Vacant waldport high school fire training complete
Posted: November 25, 2013
Photo by Andy Parker/Lincoln County Dispatch
Live fire training took place as scheduled at the former Waldport high school building the weekend of Nov. 23-24.
The purpose of the burn was twofold: first, to demolish the vacant 42,000-square-foot school building and other structures at the former school site before its restoration to open space; second, to provide critical hands-on firefighting experience on a large structure fire to local and regional firefighters.
Demolition of the concrete gym walls and slab will begin on Dec. 2, and the 11.47-acre campus will be cleared of all remaining debris. Hydroseeding and erosion controls will be in place by the end of December, with the site restored to open space by Jan. 1.
The burn training was directed by Central Oregon Coast Fire and Rescue and Toledo Fire Department, in cooperation with Lincoln County School District.
The training was captured in photos, videos, and words -- thanks to great coverage by local reporters/editors Larry Coonrod and Dave Morgan, and many contributing community members. Check it out!
NewsLincolnCounty.com (scroll down to Nov. 24)
- Homeless Student Numbers up, Community Support Invited
Posted: November 24, 2013
The number of homeless students in Lincoln County increased by 20 percent over the previous year’s count, according to information released Nov. 21 by the Oregon Department of Education. That means community involvement is more important than ever, says LCSD Homeless Program Coordinator Katey Townsend.
“Our homeless population in Lincoln County has many faces, and there are so many different reasons why a family would be homeless. Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about the homeless,” Townsend says. “Some people believe that most homeless people are single men, or that homelessness is only a problem in the inner city. In truth, we have many families without a permanent home here in Lincoln County. Whatever the reason a family is homeless, the children are the silent victims.”
FACTS & FIGURES: Homeless students are defined as those who lack fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence. A homeless family could live in an emergency shelter or share housing with others due to loss of housing or economic hardship, stay at motels, or live in cars, parks, tents, trailers, or even storage units.
The state report shows that 535 homeless students in kindergarten through 12th grade were enrolled in Lincoln County School District (LCSD) during the 2012-2013 school year, compared to 426 the year before.
In addition, there are 127 children ages 5 and under who were homeless – 47 children in publicly-funded preschools and 80 children not enrolled in publicly-funded schools. These children were not included in the state count, Townsend says; this is up dramatically from the previous year’s count of 63. This brings the total homeless child count in Lincoln County to 662, including 73 unaccompanied minors.
Townsend attributes the increase in numbers to better identification of homeless students. In the past, figures were based on referrals to the school district’s Homeless Education & Literacy Project (HELP), drop-ins to the program, and those who self-identified as homeless. This past year, every student filled out a residency questionnaire.
Something that didn’t change in the state’s report from one year to the next is Lincoln County School District’s place among the top 10 school districts for highest numbers of homeless students. The recent data places LCSD in 9th place, up from 10th place during the prior year. Homeless students comprise approximately 10 percent of Lincoln County School District’s total student enrollment.
“I attribute the high number of homeless students in Lincoln County to a couple of reasons – lack of affordable housing and the seasonal nature of our economy that results in job layoffs,” Townsend says.
Supporting her belief, Townsend cites the county’s 10-year housing plan entitled, “At Home in Lincoln County.” The plan depicts a county dominated by absentee landlords, limited affordable housing, and rising rents during a slowing economic period in which reliance on natural resources, particularly fishing and forestry has declined over the past several years.
Townsend also points to The National Center’s Report Card on Homelessness, which states that “within a single year, nearly all (97 percent) homeless children have moved, at least 25 percent have witnessed violence, and 22 percent have been separated from their families. About half of all school-age children experiencing homelessness have problems with anxiety and depression… Education is often disrupted and challenges in school are common.”
Research shows that the majority of homeless students will change school two or three times in a single year, and that every time a child changes school, he or she is set back academically by an average of 4 to 6 months. Not surprising, this year’s statewide data shows that homeless students achieve at a lower academic level than their peers.
“Housing insecurity has a huge negative impact on student learning,” Townsend says.
HELP IS AVAILABLE: The school district’s HELP program is designed to assist homeless students overcome barriers to school attendance and academic success. “We provide support and services so they can focus on learning and being kids,” Townsend says.
HELP Centers are staffed and located in Lincoln City, Newport, Toledo and Waldport with the purpose of providing resources and educational assistance to homeless youth and their families. They receive assistance with immediate school enrollment, transportation, school fees, school meals, and navigating through other community and public resources.
The HELP Centers provide school supplies, clothing, shoes, hygiene items and blankets, thanks to generous community donations.
Some of the educational programs offered at the HELP centers include an early childhood and parent program called “Learning is Fun Together” (LIFT), tutoring, study space, life skills workshops, parent education classes, student work program, and “Read and Feeds” – community meals with a focus on literacy. Educational programs and classes at the HELP Centers are open to any student regardless of his or her living situation.
During the 2013-14 school year, the district’s four homeless outreach workers have been joined by four AmeriCorps members stationed at the HELP Centers and Seashore Family Literacy in Waldport to recruit volunteers and promote community involvement.
“I am always blown away by the generosity of our community. We are so thankful for our volunteers and supporters that multiply our efforts to serve homeless children,” Townsend said.
HOW YOU CAN HELP: Donations of time and money are always welcome. With Christmas just around the corner, the HELP program is soliciting donations of new pajamas, underwear and socks; and new or good condition jackets and blankets. This may not be as “fun” as a toy drive but would be gratefully appreciated by families. Donations are being accepted at all four HELP Centers and the LCSD District Office in Newport.
Anyone interested in learning more about the HELP program and the county’s homeless students may call their local HELP Center:
-- Lincoln City, 541-996-4878
-- Newport, 541-574-5824
-- Toledo, 541-4357
-- Waldport, 541-563-8584
- Preschool at Taft High 7-12 Ready to Reopen
Posted: November 21, 2013
Beginning Dec. 10, a new preschool will open in a familiar location – at Taft High 7-12 in Lincoln City.
Taft 7-12 Early Learning Center will offer quality learning enrichment three mornings a week for children ages 3-5. Fun learning activities will include music, creative arts, structured and independent play time, social/emotional development, and story time.
One exciting feature of this preschool is the active involvement of high school students who are studying child psychology.
“I am so happy to be involved with rebuilding a developmentally appropriate program for children that includes our high school students,” says Robyn Myers, Teen Parent Coordinator and teaching assistant for the preschool program at Taft 7-12. “Our enrichment program will support parents in their role as their child’s first teacher, and provide valuable knowledge for our high school students.”
With more than 30 years of experience, training and education in family advocacy and early childhood education, Myers guides the high school students as they interact with the young children. In addition to the preschoolers, high school students also participate at the high school’s daycare for infants and toddlers ages 6 weeks to 36 months.
The preschool at Taft High School had been a well-known resource in the Lincoln City community for many years. The program was halted for a couple of years following the retirement of its long-time instructor and because of budgetary cuts. With Myers’ hiring last year and renewed support from the school administration, the program is being revived.
“Our hope is to rebuild the program and make it sustainable,” says Myers. “We have a wonderful collaboration with LIFT, which serves a great, diverse population. This will be beneficial for our high school students as well as the children.”
LIFT – Learning Together Is Fun – is a program sponsored by the school district’s HELP Program, which serves the county’s homeless student population. LIFT is based on the philosophy that parents are the most important teachers of their children and that young children can learn kindergarten academic and social readiness skills through fun, play-based learning activities.
Taft 7-12 Early Learning Center sessions will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (when the high school is in session). The cost is $315 per 10-week session. Scholarships are available to families involved with the school district’s HELP program.
To enroll your preschooler, a registration form must be turned in by Dec. 5. Forms are available at the Taft Elementary School HELP Center, at Oceanlake Elementary School, at Taft High 7-12, or by calling 541-996-4878 or 541-996-2115.
- indian Education Parent Committee Ballots Now Available
Posted: November 19, 2013
Ballots are now being distributed to fill vacancies on the Lincoln County School District’s Indian Education Program Parent Committee. The votes are scheduled to be counted at the Parent Committee meeting to be held at Siletz Valley Charter School on Dec. 11.
Staff and current Parent Committee members have nominated LCSD parents, high school students, and teachers to be placed on the ballot. Of these nominees, those with the most votes will be elected to serve in the two-year positions.
All parents and guardians of Native American youth, teachers, classified staff (except Indian Education staff), and enrolled Indian Education high school students are eligible to vote in the election. Indian Education specialists began distributing ballots Nov. 16. Ballots may be requested through Dec. 4 by contacting Pat Whetstone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The LCSD Indian Education Program serves all Native American students enrolled in school. The program is designed to meet the special educational and culturally related academic needs of Indian students. The objective of the parent committee is to assist the school district in bringing about the most effective Indian Education program possible and to achieve program objectives. Elections are held annually; the committee must have between 10 and 18 members.
For more information, contact Patty Paul at 541-444-1100 or Clint Raever, Toledo Junior/Senior High School principal and administrator for the Indian Education program, at 541-336-5104.
- LCSD School Board Observes American Education Week
Posted: November 18, 2013
Whether you have school-age children or not, your local public school district has a powerful impact on you and the community. For this reason, the Lincoln County School District Board of Directors has proclaimed the week of Nov. 18-22 as American Education Week. See proclamation here.
For more than 90 years, American Education Week has spotlighted the importance of providing every child in America with a quality public education from kindergarten through college, and the need for everyone to do his or her part in making public schools great.
The LCSD School Board resolution states, in part, that public schools bring together adults and children, educators and volunteers, business leaders and elected officials in a common goal: to provide students with the tools needed to access a fulfilling and prosperous future.
Lincoln County School District employs close to 700 individuals – 244 teachers and other licensed staff; 250 support staff including administrators; and approximately 200 active substitutes and coaches. In addition, there are more than 1,240 parent and community volunteers who work with the education team to help children reach their highest potential.
The theme of this year’s national celebration is, “Raise Your Hand For Student Success.”
- School District, City of Waldport Negotiating Ownership of Open Space
Posted: November 14, 2013
Lincoln County School District and the City of Waldport are entering into negotiations about the ownership of an 11.47-acre parcel of land (the site of the former Waldport High School that will be converted to open space use once structures on the property are removed) and other district-owned properties within the city of Waldport.
City Manager Nancy Leonard and School Superintendent Tom Rinearson are leading the negotiations, which are in the initial phases.
“Our hope is that we can come to a mutually agreeable solution that will benefit the citizens of Waldport, the school district, and the city,” Rinearson said. “Neither party has committed to any groups or individuals about future design or usage. However, Nancy and I both appreciate the conversations happening in the community about all the possibilities.”
Negotiations are confidential. A public announcement will be made if an agreement is reached.
- November Food Drive to Help North Area Families
Posted: November 1, 2013
The Backpacks for Kids and HELP programs in Lincoln City are asking for community support of their November Food Drive. Donations will assist local families when school is closed through the Thanksgiving holiday week.
Collected food items will be sent home with students the week before Thanksgiving. Any additional food donations will be available for families attending the HELP Center Family Night on Monday, Nov. 25, with pizza and fun activities from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Food donations may be dropped off at the following Lincoln City locations: HELP Center at Taft Elementary School, Taft High School, Oceanlake Elementary School, Bank of America, and US Bank. Other drop-off locations include the Gleneden Beach post office and all Backpack Program sites. The deadline for donations is Monday, Nov. 25, at the HELP Center; and Tuesday, Nov. 19, at all other locations.
Suggested donations include canned meats, milk, tuna, soup, fruits and vegetables; pancake, cake, cookie, and brownie mixes; peanut butter, fruit cups, cereal, and juices, to name a few of the non-perishable items.
For more information, contact Lynn Foster at 541-996-4878 or Julie Pearson at 541-764-4415.
- Celebrating Native American Heritage Month
Posted: November 1, 2013
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.”Currently, 475 Native American students are enrolled in Lincoln County School District.
Students will explore Native traditions in a variety of ways during November.
• Wednesday, Nov. 13, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Taft High – The Taft Native Student Association will host a Free Movie Night, showing the film, “Whale Rider.” Described as an empowering and uplifting drama, it is a contemporary story about a young Maori girl who challenges tradition. Light snacks and desserts will be served. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the movie beginning at 6 p.m.
• Thursday, Nov. 14, Siletz Valley Charter Schools – Siletz Schools and the LCSD Indian Education program will host a Mini-Powwow.
• Friday, Nov. 15, Taft High – Taft Native Student Association will host its 18th annual Native American Assembly, from 2:57 p.m. to 3:41 p.m.
• Tuesday, Nov.19, Siletz – Students from Lincoln City’s elementary schools will take a field trip to the Siletz dance house and cultural department.
• Tuesday, Nov. 19, Taft High – Dinner and “Giving Thanks” Literacy night. Literacy reading from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Chef Jack Strong will conduct food demonstration and traditional teachings from 6: 20 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Celebration dinner, dancing and drumming from 7:20 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The resolution approved by the LCSD school board reads in part: “For generations Oregon Native Americans have been faithful stewards of land, water, native tradition and culture [...] the heritage and contributions of Native Americans and Indian tribes help make Lincoln County economically, culturally and spiritually stronger [...] Lincoln County School District joins others across the nation in celebrating Native American Heritage Month to reaffirm a national commitment to remember the contributions of Native Americans.”
- Seashore Family Literacy Offers Free Training
Posted: October 29, 2013
Seashore Family Literacy in Waldport is hosting two free trainings in the upcoming weeks that are open to the community.
This first training is required for persons interested in volunteering at Seashore Family Literacy. The one-hour session will begin at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at DaNoble House, 125 NW Spruce St. It will cover the history of Seashore Family Literacy, roles and expectations, explanation of programs and opportunities, and the opportunity to meet the staff.
The second training is the “Stewards of Children” program on recognizing and preventing child abuse. It will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Community Presbyterian Church, 485 Bay St. in Waldport. This training is mandatory for Seashore volunteers, and is open to all interested community members.
Created by the Darkness to Light nonprofit organization (www.D2L.org), the Stewards of Children training program provides simple and effective ways to prevent, recognize, and react to abuse. In essence, it changes the way adults see their role as protectors of children, empowering them with the confidence and knowledge to react responsibly on behalf of children. The nationally-acclaimed training is being presented without charge by the Lincoln County Children’s Advocacy Center, in partnership with Seashore Family Literacy.
For more information about either training, contact Seashore Family Literacy at 541-563-READ (7323).
- OCCC Student Nurse Association Seeks Hygiene Items
Posted: October 28, 2013
Imagine not having access to basic personal hygiene products such as soap and toothpaste.
Oregon Coast Community College Student Nurse Association is holding a drive to collect personal hygiene products so Lincoln County children and their families won’t have to do without. Collected donations will be distributed through Lincoln County School District’s HELP Centers in Lincoln City, Newport, Toledo, and Waldport.
Needed items include toothpaste, deodorant, toothbrushes, sanitary napkins, family-sized shampoo and conditioner, diapers, pull-ups, baby wipes, diaper rash cream, family-sized bath soap, acne wash and hair ties. In addition, with winter right around the corner, donations of hats, gloves, socks and rain coats would be gratefully appreciated.
The Hygiene Drives will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Newport Wal-Mart; and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Lincoln City Bi-Mart.
Beginning Nov. 4, donations may be dropped off at the Lincoln City and Waldport campuses of Oregon Coast Community College through Nov. 15; and at the Newport campus through Nov. 26.
- Newport high has 4 national merit commended students
Posted: October 21, 2013
Newport High School Principal Jon Zagel announced today that Jacob Hanna, Rachel Johnson, Skyler Pavlish-Carpenter, and Sophia Solano have been named Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to these scholastically talented seniors.
About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2014 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 competition by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” a spokesperson for NMSC said. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”
- toledo jr/sr high evacuated on oct. 16, 2013
Posted: October 17, 2013
Yesterday, October 16, 2013 at about 2:00 p.m. a Toledo Jr/Sr High School teacher found what appeared to be an explosive device in his classroom. The school administration was notified, the building evacuated, and 9-1-1 was called.
Students and staff waited in the grandstand area of the football field, while sheriff’s deputies, police, and fire personnel identified the device and searched the facility for additional devices. At no time were any threats made to the school. It was determined that the device was a “seal bomb” which is a commercially manufactured noise device typically used by local fishermen to scare seals away from their gear. The device was removed by authorities and students were sent home at approximately 4:00 p.m.
While an incident like this is rare in our schools, we do have a robust, all-hazards emergency plan which was created in collaboration with our local emergency service partners so that we are prepared for emergencies when they occur. We’re proud of our staff and students for following procedures and thankful for our emergency service partners for their prompt and skilled support.
The incident remains under investigation by the Sheriff's Office.
An online survey is now available on the Lincoln County School District website for those wishing to give their input on the hiring of a new school superintendent. The current superintendent, Tom Rinearson, will retire at the end of this school year after serving for the past decade.
The survey will be available until Oct. 21 at the district website (www.lincoln.k12.or.us). On the home page, click on “Superintendent Survey.”
Survey results will go directly to the search consultant, who will use the information to develop search literature, and for the Lincoln County School District Board of Education to identify desired qualities and characteristics for the new leader.
Public input is being gathered from community members, educators and students during this search. Along with the online survey, everyone is invited to attend meetings being held Oct. 8-9.
All meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. at the following locations: Taft High 7-12 in Lincoln City on Tuesday, Oct. 8; Toledo Junior/Senior High on Tuesday, Oct. 8; Newport High on Wednesday, Oct. 9; and Waldport High on Wednesday, Oct. 9.
A vacancy exists in 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 vacancy.
This position is a full three-year term, to serve until 6/30/16.
Those interested in serving in this volunteer position 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.
Click here to print the application or you may pick one up at the District administration office in Newport. They are due Friday, October 25, 2013 to Laurie Urquhart in the District administration office via mail, fax (541 574-7620) or by email to email@example.com. The Board hopes to appoint a representative to the position at the November 2013 board meeting.
For more information, please call Laurie Urquhart at 541-265-4403.
Lincoln County School District is helping children explore new opportunities with the Oregon Coast Educational Afterschool Network (OCEAN) Project. The goal is to inspire kids to learn, to graduate, and pursue careers they hadn’t previously thought possible.
“I’m thrilled to be working with the school district on this important project,” says Joyce Thompson Graham, who is overseeing the OCEAN Project. “I’ve seen what a difference a solid afterschool program can make. It really does change lives, by giving kids the extra time they need in a more relaxed setting and by offering them projects that expand their notions of learning.”
Beginning Monday, Oct. 14, OCEAN Project will offer 2-1/2 hours of afterschool enrichment programs each school day, with a focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. Participants will also receive homework help, tutoring, a hot meal, and transportation home.
All children are welcome to attend, including private school students and home-schooled students. Three 10-week sessions will be offered this school year, with a fee of $100 per session. Financial assistance is available.
The locations and grades served are:
• Taft Elementary School (also serving Oceanlake Elementary School), grades 1 through 6.
• Neighbors for Kids in Depoe Bay, grades 1 through 8.
• Newport Intermediate School (also serving Isaac Newton Magnet School, Newport Prep Academy and Sam Case Primary School), grades 1 through 8.
• Siletz Valley Charter School, grades 1 through 8.
• Toledo Elementary School (also serving Eddyville Charter School), grades 1 through 6.
• A partnership between Crestview Heights School and Seashore Family Literacy, grades 1 through 8.
Site times will vary slightly, but will be roughly 3:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Enrollment begins Sept. 30, with enrollment forms available at the site school offices.
For more information, contact Thompson Graham at 541-272-7630 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 75-year-old vacant school building in Lincoln City known as Old Taft Elementary is slated for demolition. The three-phase project will begin in October, with all buildings removed by April 2014.
Rich Belloni, support services director for Lincoln County School District, says the 67,563-square-foot building located on Southeast 50th Street has not been used as a public school since 2007. The property has been on the real estate market for several years without much interest from prospective buyers; and it is costly for the school district to maintain, even when empty. So, district officials have decided to remove the structures and restore the site to a grassy vacant lot.
Phase One, beginning in October, includes asbestos abatement, capping of water and sewer lines, and disconnection of electrical power. The asbestos abatement job was awarded to the lowest bidder, Atez, Inc. of Harrisburg, for $149,956 plus permit fees of $5,800.
Phase Two will begin in mid-November and includes demolition of the centrally located science building.
Phase Three begins in January and includes the demolition of the gym (the southernmost building) and the main building.
Belloni says every attempt will be made to recycle or reuse materials from the structures before demolition begins. The buildings will not be used for fire training because they are too close to other buildings and homes in the area.
The school district is working closely with Lincoln City officials to ensure public safety and reduce disruption to the nearby neighborhoods, he says. A temporary six-foot construction fence will be placed inside property lines and sidewalks, and the demolition will not affect adjoining properties, streets or sidewalks.
The school was built in 1938 and was used at various times for high school, middle school and elementary grades until 2007. In 1951, a 63,744-sq.ft. building was constructed on High School Drive, up and out of the tsunami inundation zone; that school is now home to Taft Elementary. The current Taft High 7-12, with 154,560-sq.ft., was built in 1997.
Four young adults who have the compassion and character to serve the less fortunate in our community are seeking like-minded volunteers to assist them with a variety of events and tasks.
These individuals – pictured from left, Justin Halvorsen, Paulina Gralow, Lynn Foster and Jeremiah Jumel – are the newest AmeriCorps volunteers working with Lincoln County School District’s homeless program known as HELP (Homeless Education & Literacy Project). They come to Lincoln County with different experiences and backgrounds, but are unanimous in their desire to serve.
“I want to give back to my community because I have been lucky in my life,” says Gralow, a recent University of Wisconsin graduate. She works out of the Family Literacy and HELP Center at Toledo Elementary School.
“I have a passion for helping people, a special connection to the homeless, and I love the AmeriCorps mission,” says Foster, who is from eastern Washington. She is based at the Family Literacy and HELP Center at Taft Elementary School in Lincoln City.
Jumel, a graduate of Newport High and University of Oregon, agrees, saying: “Helping others makes me happy. It is a great mission to serve.” He is working out of the Family Literacy and HELP Center located at Yaquina View in Newport.
Based at Seashore Family Literacy in Waldport, Halvorsen has worked the past 15 years with a variety of non-profits, most recently in Montana. He obtained his certification in nonprofit management from Johnson State College in Vermont. “I am looking forward to learning from, and building upon, Seashore's history,” he says. “Waldport is unique, and I am really impressed in how people are consistently coming together to support each other and Seashore.”
As volunteer coordinators, their goal is to recruit volunteers and develop community partnerships to maximize support and services to LCSD students and others. There are numerous volunteer opportunities available at each of the four sites – tutoring and homework help, early childhood programs, collecting donations, teaching workshops, helping with special events, raising funds, and much more. Any assistance, large and small, is welcome.
Jumel points out that the need for volunteers is greater than ever. Lincoln County School District has recorded its highest number of homeless students in its history – 582 individuals or roughly 10 percent of the total school population. Of these students, 73 of them are unaccompanied by family. In addition, another 80 children under the age of 6 are counted as homeless in Lincoln County.
AmeriCorps volunteers commit to work full-time for 11 months, receiving a living stipend that “pays” roughly $6 an hour. A portion of their time is allocated to AmeriCorps training and natural disaster assistance. After completion of their service, they are eligible for a $5,550 award to be applied toward their education.
These four volunteers found their positions in Lincoln County through the American Red Cross-Oregon State Service Corps. Helping move the community forward while living on meager means, they are learning valuable work skills and developing an appreciation for citizenship.
To learn more about volunteer opportunities, call 541-996-4878 in Lincoln City; 541-574-5824 in Newport; 541-336-4357 in Toledo; or 541-563-7323 in Waldport.
The Taft Native Student Association and North Area Indian Education program are hosting their annual “welcome back” event on Thursday, Sept. 26, at Taft High 7-12 in Lincoln City.
The purpose is to celebrate and plan for the new school year.
Dinner will be served from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. A movie, the light-hearted and award-winning “Smoke Signals,” will be shown at 7 p.m. Taft students and faculty will perform music throughout the event.
All American Indian/Alaskan Native families are invited to come together to enjoy the evening, gather ideas of community needs, and plan activities that encourage students to stay in school and on track, says Juanita Whitebear, Lincoln County School District Indian Education specialist and student advisor.
For more information, contact Whitebear at 541-996-2115, ext 185; or 541-921-3502.
The halls and classrooms of the newly constructed Waldport High School and recently remodeled Crestview Height School were filled with 350-plus community members during a dedication celebration and open house on Wednesday, Sept. 18.
Following a ceremonial ribbon cutting, the crowd listened as the WHS Choir presented its first public performance of the year, on the stage inside the multipurpose room. Then, the activities moved into the sparkling new gymnasium, where bleachers on one side were filled nearly to capacity. Superintendent Tom Rinearson, School Board Chairman Ron Beck, retired board member Jean Turner, and WHS Principal Tyler Stiner took turns praising those who helped make the 56,000-square-foot school possible. Crestview Heights Principal Kelly Beaudry also spoke about the major improvements that have taken place at her nearby school in the past year.
Then, the crowd was free to wander through the two schools, which share a common courtyard. One theme of overheard conversations was the stark difference between the 55-year old Waldport High School and the new one. A reminder of the history and heritage of the “old” Waldport High is very visible in the new school – class photos dating from 1909 are on display in the main corridor outside the school office.
Approximately 390 students in kindergarten through eighth grade attend Crestview Height School, and another 190 students attend the high school, grades 9-12.
Funding for the new high school and part of the Crestview remodeling was provided through the $63 million general obligation bond levy that county voters approved in May 2011. Before the election, the school district pledged to spend these tax dollars locally, in Lincoln County, as much as possible. T. Gerding Construction Co., the construction manager/general contractor for the new high school, reports that more than 75 percent of funds expended on the new WHS were spent in-county, with Lincoln County businesses and subcontractors.
Waldport Mayor Susan Woodruff shares ribbon-cutting duties, flanked by former Waldport Mayor Herman Welch (left) and Waldport City Councilor Mark Campbell (right). Also pictured are Yachats Mayor Ron Brean (far left), school board members Liz Martin, Ron Beck and Terri Woodd; past school board members Brenda Brown and Jean Turner; Principal Tyler Stiner, Superintendent Tom Rinearson, and several student representatives. Career/Technical Education Teacher Daniel Wirick (left) and Principal Tyler Stiner welcome visitors to the wood/metal shop.
Retired board member Jean Turner speaks before the crowd of 300-plus people inside the new WHS gymnasium
Want to make a positive impact in a child’s life? One quick and easy way is to donate a new backpack to the Backpacks for Kids program serving students in north Lincoln County.
Program volunteers have finished tabulating applications for the new school year and found that enrollment in the program is almost doubled from last year. In addition, the program is operating with reduced funding this year.
The volunteers estimate a need for approximately 300 more backpacks to serve students at Oceanlake Elementary, Taft Elementary and Taft High.
Studies show that 20 percent of U.S. children live in a household with food insecurity – which means they do not always know where they will find their next meal. Under the Backpack for Kids program, backpacks are filled with nutritious, child-friendly and easy-to-prepare food, and discreetly given to children on the last day of school before a weekend or holiday.
Persons wishing to donate new backpacks may drop them off at the North County HELP Center, located at Taft Elementary School, or the Gleneden Beach Post Office.Donations of time, food and money are also appreciated. For information, please call Taft Elementary at 541-996-2136.
Public input is being gathered from community members, educators and students in the search for a new Lincoln County School District superintendent. The current superintendent, Tom Rinearson, will retire at the end of this school year after serving for the past decade.
Community Meetings will be held throughout the county as follows. . .
Tuesday, Oct. 8 - Taft High 7-12, in Lincoln City
Tuesday, Oct. 8 - Toledo Jr/Sr High
Wednesday, Oct. 9 - Newport High
Wednesday, Oct. 9 - Waldport High
All four community meetings will start at 5:30 p.m. In addition, an ONLINE SURVEY will be available on the school district website (www.lincoln.k12.or.us) for two weeks beginning Oct. 7.
Consultant Greg McKenzie and an associate will facilitate the meetings and gather information about the qualities and qualifications needed in a new superintendent. They also will gather information from student leaders and LCSD staff during both days.
“I look forward to meeting with Lincoln County residents,” McKenzie said. “I have a long history here, and was the consultant during the search for the current superintendent. This is an important task, and I am pleased to be a part of it.”
The Homeless Education & Literacy Project (HELP) is a program of Lincoln County School District that works with students to make sure they have support to be successful in school.
More than 250 school-aged youth and their families lined up to enjoy the benefits of the Third Annual Back to School BBQ and School Supply Giveaway on Tuesday, Aug. 27. Participants received school supplies, hygiene items, clothing, information on local resources for youth and families, and enjoyed an outdoor barbecue.
The next day, Wednesday, Aug. 28, the North County HELP Center was busy getting kids ready for school at the School Supply Giveaway. Approximately 190 students from Lincoln City’s public schools visited the center located at Taft Elementary to get school supplies, hygiene items, clothing, and information on local resources.
“The event was a great success. We more than doubled the number of families served,” said Hanna Connett, homeless advocate and coordinator for the North County Family Literacy and HELP Center. “Last year we served 30 families and this year we served 77 families.”
“All of the items provided to students were generously donated by the community,” Connett explained. “I would like to give a special thanks to the Charitable Distribution Center and Louise Cremeen at the Gleneden Beach Post Office for collecting school supplies all summer long from the community. This event was a success because of the tremendous support from many individual community donors and volunteers. Thank you!”
The Newport activity was held in the gymnasium at the former Yaquina View School (see photo above). Staff members from HELP and Samaritan House Family Shelter organized the activity to provide a full day of resources and fun for families. Dozens of community members, businesses, service organizations, churches, and more contributed to the event’s success.
The Newport HELP Center would like to thank the following for their support: Newport Rotary Club, Oregon Coast Aquarium, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Elks, Columbia Bank, Washington Federal Bank, Wal-Mart, J.C. Market, Safeway, Salvation Army, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Ocean Unity, Radiant Church, Atonement Lutheran Church, LDS Church, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, South Beach Church, Newport Nazarene, First Baptist Church, as well as many individual community donors and 26 event volunteers.
Anyone interested in participating or volunteering at next year’s event may call the North County HELP Center at 541-996-4878 or the Newport HELP Center at 541-574-5824. Volunteers are also needed during the school year.
Sue Graves, safety coordinator for Lincoln County School District, is pleased to announce that the Oregon State Police Volunteers are partnering with the school district to provide periodic patrols at LCSD schools in Lincoln City, Newport, and Waldport.
The goal is to be a visible presence near the schools in order to promote a safe school climate; deter, prevent, and reduce crime and other undesirable behavior; and to be an extra set of eyes and ears to report suspicious behavior near and on school campuses.
The OSP Volunteers will wear OSP identification (jackets, vests, hats, ID badges, etc.) and will provide random patrols outside the schools, either in their marked vehicles or on foot. They will not carry any firearms on school property and they will not approach or challenge people verbally. However, they will observe and report anything suspicious to 911 (if it is an emergency), or to the school principal, secretary or school resource officer (if it is not an emergency).
The OSP Volunteers are actively recruiting more volunteers to expand their services. For more information or answers to any questions, please contact Sue Graves by sending an email to email@example.com.
We are grateful for OSP's role in our ongoing efforts to improve safety at our schools!
On Aug. 22, new teachers and counselors reported to work for several days of intensive orientation and training before welcoming students into their classrooms on Sept. 3. The new licensed staff members are:
North Area/Lincoln City: seated from left, Kelsey Hammond, Emily Smith, Linda Parker, Kathy Elbert, Kayleigh Wright, and Chris Ampersand; standing from left, Susan Smith, Joe Graves, Amanda Richey, James Mick, Nikki Dahlman, Isaac Bass, Mindy Paulson, Nate Fingerson, Britney O’Connell, Dustin Quandt, Matt Hilgers, and Ryan Custodio.
West Area/Newport: seated from left, Adam Galen, Aaron Clair, Erin Carey, and Jill Sellers; standing from left, Jane Lehrer, Kim Haddon, Steve Sabatka, Amber Sprague, and Rachel Newby.
East Area/Toledo: seated from left, Darrin Matthies, Tiffany Stuart, and Ed Dickey; standing from left, Jon Ziegler, Kevin VanZee, and Heather Rakoz. South Area/Waldport: seated from left, Daniel Wirick, Karen Backman, and Charlotte Galen; standing from left, Catherine Tardif, Colt Reece, and Erin Price.
Parents of Sam Case Primary School students who have not yet made transportation arrangements with the school office are asked to contact or visit the school as soon as possible to complete this very important task.
Parents of children who will be picked up or will walk every day may call the school at 541-265-8598 to confirm arrangements. For those children who will ride a school bus, parents are asked to come to the school to make arrangements; if this is not possible within the next couple of business days, parents may call the office instead.
This request also applies to parents of any kindergarten students who may have been pre-registered this past spring.
Indie rock and alt rock. Bluegrass and Blues. Garage band and country folk.
Mix these musical styles together and the result is an outrageously entertaining afternoon and evening of music presented by some of the most influential and creative musicians from Portland.
With a personal invite extended by Taft Elementary School Principal Chris Sullivan, a slate of 10 notable Northwest musical artists has agreed to come to the coast to help raise funds for the school. The eclectic performers will present two concerts at the Lincoln City Cultural Center on Saturday, Aug. 24.
The 3 p.m. show will be kid-focused, with Mo Phillips headlining the act. Phillips is a master of creating kids’ music that rocks and delights adults, too. Using guitar, harmonica, organ and vocals, Phillips has released a couple of Americana folk albums along with his popular children’s albums.
The 7 p.m. show on Aug. 24 will offer a variety of diverse music for an age 21 and older crowd. Along with Phillips, the performers include Jenny Conlee, Jeremy Wilson, Susannah “Little Sue” Weaver, Michael Jodell, Matt Brown, Wendy Pate, Darka Dusty & Miri Stebivka and Steve Drizos.
“Absolutely all proceeds from this event will be utilized to pay for art and music education at Taft Elementary School,” Sullivan says. “Old musical instruments will be repaired and new ones bought for the students, and we will be able to purchase much needed art supplies.”
“I am amazed at how excited Lincoln City has been to invite these artists to the coast. Hotel rooms, meals and activities have all been provided and organized by the community,” Sullivan says. “This means proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to this important cause.”
Tickets for the 3 p.m. show are $5 for ages 5 and older; children 4 and under are free, when accompanied by an adult. The 7 p.m. show tickets are $20 in advance, $22 at the door. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NE Hwy. 101 or via phone at 541-994-9994.
A bit about each artist:
• Jenny Conlee is an accomplish keyboardist (including piano, organ, melodica and accordion) and occasional backup singer with the indie rock quintet The Decembrists; the group was so cool they were featured on an episode of “The Simpsons.” Her most recent project has been with the acoustic band Black Prairie.
• Michael Jodell grew up singing harmony to classic country standards. Her singing, songwriting and acoustic guitar draw on that foundation, mixing in with jazz and roots rock.
• Jeremy Wilson is widely known as singer, songwriter and guitarist for the band Dharma Bums, a contender to be a big breakthrough alternative act in the late 1980s; Nirvana was a frequent opening act for the Dharma Bums. He remains an active member of the Portland music scene.
• Wendy Pate has been described as a “sultry” vocalist who adeptly handles an eclectic mix of jazz, blues, bossa nova, country rock and more.
• Susannah Weaver, known as “Little Sue,” is a nationally known folk singer, alt country and acoustic rocker who pens poetic and memorable lyrics.
• Matt Brown is a blues and soul singer-songwriter whose voice has been described as “confident, smooth, soulful and sexy.”
• Darka Dusty and Miri Stebivka are partners with common Ukrainian and musical backgrounds. She is a singer, songwriter, pianist, accordionist and music producer who covers the gamut of genres, from alternative to pop, classic rock to electronica. He is a talented musician (guitar, mandolin, and more) with sublime backup harmonies.
• Steve Drizos has been described as a master percussionist, drummer and songwriter, currently making music as one half of the duo called The Denmark Veseys.
• According to his online bio, Mo Phillips writes kids songs from his secret ninja laboratory in Portland and previously had “played crazy jazz and psychedelic math rock on three continents to much acclaim.” Now, he performs witty, irreverent and interactive shows that respect the intelligence of young people and adults alike.
Even as its upcoming demolition nears, the vacant Waldport High School will continue to serve as an important source of community education – with several weeks of fire, law enforcement, and emergency response training taking place inside.
“This is going to be a huge regional training opportunity. ‘Epic’ would be the word,” says Fire Chief Derek Clawson, with Central Oregon Coast Fire and Rescue. “We will interface with lots of different agencies from multiple counties so we can maximize our time in the building. However, the main goal is to train local personnel. Our new firefighters will have a lot of tasks checked off their list when they finish the training.”
Central Oregon Coast Fire and Rescue and Toledo Fire Department are working closely with each other and with the Lincoln County School District, because these two agencies have experience with using large buildings for fire training. A few years ago, Toledo Fire conducted live fire training at the school district’s vacated Burgess School,with 150 participants over three weekends. It is anticipated that several hundred people will take advantage of the training at the old Waldport High School this fall.
“This is a vital, once-in-a-lifetime training for our local firefighters and law enforcement,” says Toledo Fire Chief Will Ewing. “The live fire training event is invaluable to us. It easily gives us 150 hours of site use for hundreds of participants.”
Clawson says his fire agency hopes to take possession of the 42,000-sq.ft. school building in early September, and will begin training sessions soon after. Several hundred firefighters, police officers and community emergency response volunteers from throughout Lincoln County and the region will use the 55-year-old school building for “cold” training – that is, training without fire – during September and October.
The “hot” training sessions involving live fire will take place on weekends during the month of November, depending on wind and weather conditions. The plan is to complete all training by Dec. 1 so that the debris can be removed by Dec. 15, 2013. This will allow the school district to begin restoration of the 11.5 acre property to open-space use.
Training inside a building that is slated for demolition allows for much more realistic exercises without fear of damage, Ewing says. Examples of “cold” training exercises include breaking through a wall to escape from a burning room, pulling a charged waterline through a structure, making forcible entry into a building, and ventilating a roof. Other possible training and drill scenarios include active shooter and mass casualty.
Not only does this learning opportunity provide invaluable hands-on experience, it saves the school district and taxpayers “tens of thousands of dollars in removal cost,” Clawson says. “After the burn is complete, concrete and other items that don’t burn will have to be hauled away, but it will be considerably less than without the fire training.”
All the proper steps are being taken to ensure that the burn will be done safely. The school district has hired a company to perform asbestos abatement inside the building. All other potentially hazardous or noxious materials such as plastic will be removed, and precautions are being taken to protect the nearby slough from runoff. The live burns will not be permitted if there is excessive wind or dry weather conditions.
As for “deconstructing” the building so that materials can be reused or recycled, that is a time consuming, cost prohibitive and unsafe process, Ewing said. For example, to remove beams from a ceiling would leave the walls unstable. After careful consideration of the alternatives, demolition through live fire training will be the best value for the community.
Purchasing school supplies for children at the beginning of the year can be a burden for some parents. Fortunately, the annual Stuff A Bus campaign ensures that students have access to the tools they need to learn.
In Lincoln City, Stuff A Bus donations will be collected from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, at Tanger Outlet Center. As in the past, Mid-Columbia Bus Co. has generously donated the use of a school bus for the day.
Those wishing to make a donation may pick up a shopping bag at one of the following Lincoln City locations:
City Hall, Driftwood Public Library, Price-N-Pride, Les Schwab Tire Center, Tanger Outlet Center office, many local churches including Coast Vineyard Christian Fellowship, Congregational Church, St. James Episcopal Church, and other local businesses such as Wells Fargo, West Coast Bank, TLC Credit Union, Washington Federal, Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital, Chinook Winds Casino Resort, Gallucci's Pizzeria, and KBCH Radio station.
The shopping bag will contain a list of needed items for the various grade levels for students at Taft 7-12, Taft Elementary and Oceanlake Elementary. Monetary donations are also gratefully accepted.
Lincoln County School District Superintendent Tom Rinearson announces administrative changes that will have a positive impact on Taft High 7-12 in Lincoln City, Newport Intermediate/Isaac Newton Magnet School, as well as other schools district-wide.
“I am pleased to announce these changes,” Rinearson said. “We have a strong team of administrators who are dedicated to our students. The changes in roles and duties will allow these administrators to bring their best to our students and teaching staff at these two schools, as well as district-wide.”
Majalise Tolan, left, who has been principal at Newport Intermediate/Isaac Newton since the spring of 2010, has been named principal at Taft High. She has strong connections to the Lincoln City community, stemming from the time she was assistant principal at Taft High, July 2008 until her transfer to Newport in 2010.
Tiana Tucker, right, who has been assistant principal at Taft High since July 2011, will take over the top role at Newport Intermediate/Isaac Newton. Tucker joined Lincoln County School District in 2006 as a language arts teacher at Newport High School. She advanced into the role of associate principal at NIS/INMS in July 2010 before transferring to Taft as assistant principal the following year. One of her strengths is in understanding and sharing her knowledge about the latest in curriculum and instruction for the school district, Rinearson says.
Scott Reed, left, who is the current principal at Taft High 7-12, began his service at the school as assistant principal during the 2007-08 school year. He has held the top position since July 2008. During the coming school year, Reed will oversee the school district’s Alternative Education Environments program and focus on school improvement across the district.
“Scott is extremely knowledgeable in positive behavior interventions and alternative education, and will help institute these approaches into our other schools,” Rinearson says. “It is unfortunate that my decision to make these administrative changes comes at the same time that there is some community controversy about a plaque that was stolen, but my decision is totally unrelated to that matter.”
Pacific Power Foundation recently presented $1,000 to the Taft Tiger Boosters for the purchase of safety wall mats in the school’s wrestling room.
“The Taft Tiger Boosters have raised funds the last few years to improve safety for youth sports in Lincoln City. Safety is also important to Pacific Power, for employees and the public, so I am pleased we are able to assist in the Boosters’ efforts,” said Doris Johnston, Pacific Power regional community manager.
As president of the Taft Tiger Boosters, Kathy Joy wrote the Pacific Power Foundation grant for safety mats, which will cost close to $6,900. As of early July, the Boosters have raised almost $4,000 toward the project – $1,000 from the Roadhouse 101 ceiling sweep, $500 from the Taft High, $1,000 from Pacific Power, and $1,485 from the Taft Tiger Boosters Board.
The Boosters Board funds came from a program in which Pacific Power employees can track their hours of volunteer service to a nonprofit entity, and the Pacific Power Foundation will make a proportionate donation. Between April 2012 and March 2013, Joy volunteered 325.5 hours of service, resulting in the $1,485 donation.
Taft Tiger Boosters, along with Taft 7-12, have been awarded two additional Pacific Power Foundation grants in the past. In 2009, grant funds were used to purchase two AED units and provide annual training and certification to coaches and teachers. In 2010, funds were used to purchase 30 first aid kits for sports teams and school use.
The next Waldport High School Open Space meeting has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, at the Waldport Community Center, 265 Hemlock (Hwy. 34).
All interested persons are invited to attend, especially those who had previously signed up to work on one or more of the following committees: arts, dog park, garden, softball/sports, and miscellaneous.
Committee members are asked to come prepared with specific ideas about uses for the site, including potential costs to build and maintain the recommended project. In addition, asbestos abatement information will be shared at the meeting.
This meeting is the third hosted by Lincoln County School District and the city of Waldport to determine the best open space use for the 11.47 Waldport High School campus, once the school building and other structures at the site are removed.
This project is funded by a $3 million Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA has purchased all the structures and development rights at the site to prevent future development in a tsunami inundation zone. 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 mitigation 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.
Avery Marvin, a science teacher at Taft High School in Lincoln City, set sail on July 8 as a part of NOAA's Teacher at Sea program, which bridges science and education through real-world research experiences.
During this 18-day learning adventure, Marvin is assisting scientists on a hydrographic survey to chart the ocean floor in the Gulf of Alaska
“Through my experience with NOAA, I look forward to informing and inspiring my students about the wonders, significance and difficulties of authentic maritime science,” says Marvin, “so that they, too, will become appreciative and mindful citizen scientists of the greatest resource in their very backyard, the ocean.”
Marvin boarded the NOAA Ship Rainier on July 8 in Kodiak, Alaska, and she is helping scientists daily as they participate in an on-going hydrographic survey of Alaskan waters. NOAA’s Coast Survey use the data collected in these surveys to create the nautical charts necessary for marine navigation.
Marvin, pictured above, is writing a blog about her experience, accessible at: http://teacheratsea.noaa.gov/2013/marvin.html.
Soon after Marvin returns, another LCSD teacher will also set sail on a Teacher at Sea experience: Katie Sard who teaches at Isaac Newton Magnet School in Newport.
UPDATE: Katie Sard is aboard the NOAA ship Rainier from July 29 to Aug. 15. Click the link below to access her blog:
Now in its 23rd year, the program has provided more than 650 teachers the opportunity to gain first-hand experience participating in science at sea. This year, NOAA received applications from more than 250 teachers, and chose 25 to participate in research cruises. The educators chosen are able to enrich their curricula with the depth of understanding they gain by living and working side-by-side with scientists studying the marine environment.