- SCHOOL BOARD CALENDAR, 15/16
Posted June 26, 2015
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- LCSD Educator to be Summer Scholar in Himalayan Arts
Posted: June 18, 2015
Erin Price, an art teacher with Lincoln County School District for the past two years, was recently awarded a position as a Summer Scholar in Himalayan Arts and Culture, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Price will participate in an institute entitled “Literatures, Religions and Arts of the Himalayan Region,” co-directed by Professor Todd Lewis of College of the Holy Cross and Professor Leonard van der Kuijp of Harvard University. The four-week institute is being held in Boston during July, as a collaborative effort between different research institutions, museums, and experts.
This past school year, Price taught at Toledo Junior/Senior High School. Having previously lived in the Himalayas, Price enjoys teaching students about Asian art and culture in an effort to both broaden understanding of other cultures, and to increase awareness and esteem for students’ own varied cultural heritage.
As a former teacher of social studies and gifted programming, she is constantly on the lookout for ways to bring cross-curricular content into the art room, she says. Her recent connections to Himalayan culture include a project inspired by Nepalese Maithili folk art.
“The Tribute to Nepal was a project I did with Toledo middle school students to raise their awareness of the wealth of art and culture in Nepal and the devastation wrought by the recent earthquakes,” she explains. “It culminated with students' ‘Tribute to Nepal’ artwork. Students researched significant aspects of Nepal’s art and culture, observed examples of the folk art, and then each designed and painted a piece to pay tribute to the country and survivors.”
The National Endowment for the Humanities is a federal agency that supports enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities, and cultural institutions in order for teachers to research alongside field experts in humanities disciplines.
NEH Summer Institutes extend and deepen knowledge and understanding of the humanities by focusing on significant topics and texts. They serve to link research and teaching. The institutes contribute to the intellectual vitality and professional development of participants, build communities of inquiry, and provide models of civility and excellent scholarship in teaching.
LCSD Honors 20 Retirees, 38 Service Award Recipients
Posted: June 11, 2015
During the last few weeks of this school year, Lincoln County School District employees located at schools and offices throughout the district took time to honor their colleagues who are retiring from service to students and schools, and those who have hit milestone anniversary dates of employment with the district.
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- Limbert Named Teacher of the Year
Posted: June 11, 2015
Janna Limbert, a Title I reading specialist at Toledo Elementary School, has been named Teacher of the Year by the Lincoln County Education Association (LCEA).
Beginning her teaching career in Lincoln County School District in 2007, Limbert taught fourth grade at Oceanlake Elementary School in Lincoln City for five years and at Newport Intermediate School for one year before transferring to Toledo Elementary School this school year, 2014-2015.
This past year, not only did she take on the demands of a Title I teacher, teaching children in all grades from 1st through 6th, Limbert stepped in when requested to teach physical education classes, would occasionally oversee other classes when no substitutes were available, assisted the principal with extreme student behavior issues, spearheaded the school’s largest fund-raiser of the year, and, during the second half of the school year, transitioned into a second-grade classroom.
The honor was announced a few days ago; on June 12, a plaque will be presented to Limbert by LCEA President Peter Lohonyay during a private reception held by school staff.
Limbert was nominated by fellow teachers who wrote in praise of her extraordinary ability to meet the instructional needs of each student while displaying grace, flexibility, versatility, and humility. While the nominations are too lengthy to reproduce in their entirely, here are some excerpts:
“Gifted and natural teachers are a rare breed of human. It is these people who pour their heart into their work, give endlessly to students and staff, and ask for nothing in return who define what is important and pure about education.”
“Although she no longer is the primary Title teacher at Toledo Elementary, she is the go-to for most of the teachers’ Title questions and needs.”
“Since September, Janna has been giving every ounce of herself to her position, and not once has she asked for anything in return. Janna has never expected, hoped for, or asked for thanks or recognition. She does this all because it’s what she believes will help the school and its students.”
“I am in complete awe of how skilled and selfless Janna Limbert is in life, but especially in teaching.”
“As a first year teacher myself, I never would have expected to see a teacher wear so many hats during one school year. Janna has proved that it is not only possible, but can be done with grace and stability.”
- Toledo Students Create Nature Trail & Learning Lab
Posted: June 9, 2015
Over the past two years, students at Toledo Elementary School have been working to transform a barren hillside into a nature trail and learning lab. On Tuesday, June 9, they celebrated the completion of the project with a grand opening ceremony.
The drive up to the school used to pass by a forested hillside next to the playground area. However, the large evergreen trees on the hill were shading the field and play structures, preventing frost from melting in the winter. For safety reasons, the trees were cut down two years ago. This exposed a naked hill that was both an eyesore and an invitation for invasive species to take over.
Last year, as part of a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) grant encouraging teachers to incorporate project-based learning into their classrooms, sixth grade students in Dana Spink and Brandy Hill’s classes worked to plant native plants and began building a nature trail along the hill. They also had dead logs placed at the site so that visitors could see the natural decomposition process that takes place in a forest. Unfortunately, they ran out of time and were unable to complete the trail.
This year, Anna Rodgers, a fifth grade teacher at Toledo Elementary, joined the same STEM grant. Her students took over the unfinished project, and then took it one step further. They investigated invasive and native plants that can be found on the hillside and created a field guide to help inform visitors about what they were seeing. A sign is posted near the trail that allows people to access the online field guide through a QR code.
Hopefully, some of those invasive species listed in the field guide won’t be found there much longer. Sixth graders under the guidance of their teachers, Josh Beaudry and Kali Knudson, have been working to map and remove invasive species on the hillside.
The fifth graders also continued to build the trail that Spink and Hill’s classes had begun the year before. Oregon State Park Rangers Doug Sestrich and Zach Wagman came to the school and taught students how to build a trail bed on a steep hillside. Then, using gravel donated by the facilities and maintenance department of Lincoln County School District, the students created a trail that will be accessible year-round.
The community is invited to visit the school, access the field guide on their mobile device, walk along the trail, and learn more about how students are working to restore a healthy habitat near their school.
In photo from left, Talani Butler, Taunise Duarte, Savanna Kuchar and Scott Landis carry gravel in buckets to place on the trail.
- Free Meals Offered to All Children During Summer Months
Posted: June 5, 2015
Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does a child’s need for good nutrition.
Children ages 1-18 can receive free meals and snacks at several 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.
Most all sites begin serving the week of June 15, except for Neighbors for Kids in Depoe Bay, starting June 22; West Devils Lake Apartments in Lincoln City, starting on June 24; Oceanlake School site, starting on June 24; and Salvation Army location, serving only the week of Aug. 17-21.
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.
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- HELP Program Seeks AmeriCorps Applicants
Posted: June 4, 2015
Do you know a young adult interested in serving a greater purpose and helping their community? Lincoln County School District's HELP Program is recruiting four AmeriCorps members to serve homeless children and families during this coming school year.
Based at one of the HELP Centers located in Lincoln City, Newport, Toledo, and Waldport, the AmeriCorps members will work with other staff to increase community involvement in the program by recruiting volunteers and developing community partnerships. They also will provide direct services to homeless youth and families through after-school programs, the student employment program, and resource assistance.
The members will receive a modest living allowance, health care and other benefits, and an education award of $5,730. Beyond these tangible benefits, members have the opportunity to gain skills, take on leadership roles, work with partners, and build networks.
To view the full position description go online to: www.osscamericorps.org/#!coast/c453
Interested applicants may send a cover letter and resume to the LCSD homeless coordinator at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Students Create Winning Handwashing Posters
Posted: June 1, 2015
A prehistoric man chips away at a large rock, grunting, “Must… Make… Sink!”
This was one of the five winning entries created by Lincoln County School District students for the annual poster contest sponsored by the LCSD Nurses Office. Judges reviewed 120 entries, most of them in the kindergarten through second-grade category, before selecting the winners:
• K-2 category: Silas Moss, kindergartner at Sam Case Elementary in Newport.
• 3-5 category: Lauren Beckley, fourth grader at Taft Elementary in Lincoln City.
• 6-8 category: Natasha Hendrix, sixth grader at Crestview Heights in Waldport.
• 9-12 category: Nathan Eisler, tenth grader at Newport High.
• School Spirit Award: Gwendolyn Munro, fifth grader at Oceanlake Elementary.
The winning posters will be reproduced and displayed at schools and offices throughout the school district and the community during this coming school year. In addition, each winner received a $50 gift card to a local retailer and a hand-washing goodie bag.
- Here's the lowdown on the whs mowdown!
Posted: May 28, 2015
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- WHS Freshman Sings National Anthem at State Track Meet
Posted: May 27, 2015
Catarina Adamson, a freshman at Waldport High School, was selected by the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) to sing the national anthem at the state track meet held Thursday, May 21, in Eugene.
Adamson was one of only three students statewide who were given the opportunity to perform at the University of Oregon, Hayward Field. The video of her performance is linked from the Waldport High School website and Waldport Irish Boosters Facebook page.
As an eighth grader last year attending Crestview Heights School, Adamson began singing “The Star Spangled Banner” for the high school. This year, as a ninth grader, she has performed for most all WHS home football, volleyball and basketball games. She also is a member of the Waldport High School Choir and is a two sport athlete, playing volleyball and track.
The Waldport Irish community is proud of the dedication Catarina has shown to her craft.
- Spring Dramatic Performance & Art Exhibit at WHS
Posted: May 27, 2015
This weekend at Waldport High School, May 29-31, the public is invited to enjoy the spring drama performance and art exhibit by WHS Students.
"My Three Angels" — Three convicts attempt to save the day in this dramatic comedy performed by WHS students, and directed by teacher Dominic Scharp. Performance times are 7 PM Friday, May 29, and Saturday, May 30; and 3 PM Sunday, May 31. Cost: Adults $5, Students $3.
Spring Art Exhibition — WHS art students, under the direction of teacher Sharon Dvora, present an exhibition of paintings, sculptures and mixed-media artwork. Student work will be on display in the WHS Commons during this weekend’s dramatic performances.Animal Spirit Portrait by Amanda ArduengoAnimal Portrait by Alexis GraberWatercolor Painting by Matt HewittAbstract Sculpture by Emma Strampe
Budget Information 2015/16
- 2015/16 Proposed Budget - Approved
Posted: May 22, 2015
Amendments to Proposed Budget
Posted: May 22, 2015
- PowerPoint - 2015-16 Proposed Budget
Posted: May 22, 2015
- Minutes - Budget Committee Meeting 05/19/15
Posted June 9, 2015
Toledo Elementary School was locked down briefly the afternoon of Tuesday, May 12, due to a threat outside the school building. A man with a gun was seen outside on the hill on the east side of the school.
Police immediately responded, searched and secured the perimeter, and cleared the school to resume normal activities. Afternoon kindergarten is continuing as usual, as are all other scheduled school activities. Dismissal times will be maintained at their usual time.
Toledo Jr./Sr. High and Arcadia campuses went into a code yellow lockdown as a precaution while police searched and secured the perimeter of those campuses. The fire department also responded to assist with traffic control.
Superintendent Steve Boynton commended staff, students and law enforcement for their quick and effective implementation of established safety and lockdown protocols.
- Letter About School Lockdown
Posted: May 11, 2015
Dear Parents & Guardians,
All Lincoln City Schools (Taft Elementary, Oceanlake Elementary and Taft High) were locked down Thursday afternoon, May 7th due to a phone call received at Taft Elementary threatening harm to local school students.
When the call was received, staff immediately notified 911 and simultaneously implemented lockdown procedures. All outdoor activities were immediately brought inside, all doors and windows were closed and locked, and all students and staff were on the floor and quiet; everyone was accounted for. Local law enforcement responded to all three schools and worked to secure campuses and give the all clear to release students.
The investigation into the source of the threat is ongoing. Lincoln City Police is being assisted by the FBI. Numerous similar threats to schools across the United States have occurred since March of this year. Today Superintendent Steve Boynton, Lincoln City School Administrators and other staff met with our law enforcement partners to discuss the response to last Thursday’s threat. We want you to know that we are working closely with law enforcement and will take all threats seriously.
We are very appreciative of your patience as we worked to safely release students after the all clear was given by law enforcement. We are proud of our students and staff for taking safety seriously, for practicing their drills regularly, and for demonstrating their ability to put those emergency protocols into action. We are also thankful for our incredible law enforcement partners who came out in force to safeguard all three of our Lincoln City schools.
Anyone with information as to the source of the phone call threat are asked to call the Lincoln City Police at 541-994-3636
LCSD Safety Coordinator
- Lockdown at Lincoln City Schools
Posted: May 8, 2015
All Lincoln City Schools (Taft Elementary, Oceanlake Elementary and Taft High) were locked down Thursday afternoon, May 7, due to a threat of harm that was phoned into Taft Elementary School.
When the call was received, staff immediately notified 911 and simultaneously implemented our lockdown procedures. All outdoor activities were immediately brought inside, all doors and windows were closed and locked, and all students and staff were on the floor and quiet; everyone was accounted for.
The Lincoln City Police Department quickly responded and provided direction and support to all of the Lincoln City schools. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon State Police also provided assistance as the police worked to secure campuses and give the all clear to release students.
Several mass phone calls were sent out to parents, guardians and emergency contacts to update them of the situation as the event unfolded.
Oceanlake Elementary was cleared for student release first, followed by Taft High 7-12 School, and finally Taft Elementary School. We are very appreciative of everyone’s patience as we worked to safely release students to their parents and guardians. Though buses were late (especially for Taft Elementary students), we are grateful for parents’ understanding as we managed this very unusual situation.
We are proud of our students and staff for taking safety seriously at all of our schools, for practicing their drills regularly, and for demonstrating their ability to put those emergency protocols into action.
We are also thankful for our incredible law enforcement partners who came out in force to safeguard all three of our Lincoln City schools.
School will resume Friday as usual with an increased police presence as a precaution.
Posted: May 4, 2015
It’s spring preregistration time for students new to Toledo Elementary School this coming school year.
All incoming kindergarten students and students in first-grade through sixth-grade who will be NEW to the school during 2015-2016 may register at the school office between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on school days during the month of May. Toledo Elementary School is located at 600 SE Sturdevant Rd. in Toledo.
Students must be age 5 on or before Sept. 1, 2015, to enroll in school. Parents or guardians are asked to provide proof of child’s age and immunization information. In addition, all new students will need to complete a registration form.
For more information, call the school at 541-336-5121.
- Public Input Sought for Indian Ed Grant Application
Posted: May 1, 2015
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 2015-2016 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 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, in the office at Siletz Valley Charter School, 247 James Frank Ave. in Siletz.
In addition, the grant application can be viewed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, May 11, through Wednesday, May 13, at the LCSD District Office, 459 S.W. Coast Highway in Newport.
For more information, contact Clint Raever, Toledo Junior/Senior High School principal and Indian Education administrator, at 541-336-5104.
- Participants Sought for North Area Summer Resource Fair
Posted: April 24, 2015
Agencies, individuals and businesses that offer youth and family related services are invited to participate in the Hawaiian Luau Summer Resource Fair. With free food, entertainment, and information, the Resource Fair will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 28, at Taft Elementary School.
This showcase of summer activities and resources for children, youth, and families will allow agencies to spread the word about the services they offer, and it’s a great way for families to learn about classes, events, and resources in their community. It is free for participants and attendees.
Event organizers are still accepting agencies and others that wish to take part, whether it be organizing an activity, supplying materials, or having a booth. The deadline to sign up is Thursday, April 30, by emailing email@example.com or by calling the HELP Center at 541-996-4878.
The Summer Resource Fair is being organized by Lincoln County School District’s north area HELP Center, located at Taft Elementary School.
- Waldport Students Help with Alsea River Cleanup
Posted: April 24, 2015
A team of Waldport High School students participated in this year’s Alsea River Cleanup, making it an even “huger” success than last year’s event, says Monika Robinson, WHS teacher who helped organize the team.
More than 1,000 pounds of trash was collected this year and gratefully accepted by Dahl's Disposal Service at no charge. Alsea Sportsman’s Association (ASA) joined the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) and SOLVE to sponsor the event with the biggest turnout ever. Thirty volunteers from these organizations, along with participants from the Alsea and Waldport high schools and Angell Job Corps walked the roads and boated the river to gather debris, some of which was well hidden in the grass.
ODFW’s Christine Clapp brought the coffee and donuts to fuel the workers before sending them out. From 8:30 a.m. ‘til noon the crews combed the Alsea then gathered at the Blackberry Day Use Area just after noon to enjoy a hamburger and hotdog lunch before disbanding. The ASA supplied the food and Clapp brought some great giveaways from ODFW to thank the participants.
To finish the day, the Waldport High School team made a trip to Dahl’s to offload the trailer full of debris. Robinson says the weather cooperated with just a sprinkle or two followed by plenty of sun and fun for everyone.
- Waldport Students Explore Natural Resources
Posted: April 24, 2015
Waldport High School students have been participating in some exciting activities related to the great Oregon outdoors, according to WHS Learning Specialist Monika Robinson.
Oregon Hatchery Research Center. In early April, students with the WHS Irish Transitions Program took a field trip to the Oregon Hatchery Research Center. It was a rainy spring day at the hatchery, located on Fall Creek in Alsea, where students learned about the salmon cycle and practiced their job strategies.
The research center is a world class facility charged with developing and perfecting programs to improve fish hatchery practices and investigating all things relating to propagating salmon and steelhead. These motivated Waldport students toured the grounds and then used hand operated gardening tools to practice their job strategies. One of the dry experimental stream beds was cleared of invasive species by the class as a dedicated project, even though the rain persisted, Robinson reports.
“Egg to Fry” Program. Another benefit of the day was relating recent classroom work on a much bigger scale at the research center. Robinson explains that the Alsea Sportsman’s Association had donated two new chillers which were used for classroom aquariums. There, eyed salmon eggs were placed in gravel through the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s “Egg to Fry” program. When the hatched fry are a little over an inch long, they will be set free at Blackberry Campground on the Alsea. By visiting the research center, these students with developmental disabilities were provided an opportunity to relate classroom work to real world applications.
Robinson obtained a grant from the Oregon Coast STEM Hub program to fund the students’ transportation and associated costs for the upstream visit.
“Community connections for these students are very important, to both socialize them with the world at large and to let them experience one of the many real work activities available to them following graduation,” Robinson said.
She thanks several community members for helping to make the field trip such a successful learning adventure for her students, including Ryan Couture and Alex Powell, from OHRC; Christine Clapp from ODFW; and Chuck Pavlik from ASA.
Notice of Budget Committee Meeting
Posted: April 20, 2015
A public meeting of the Lincoln County School District Budget Committee to discuss the budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016 will be held at Newport High School’s Boone Center, 322 N.E. Eads St., Newport. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 19, 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 13 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. Also beginning May 13, the proposed budget document may be viewed by clicking here:
- Proposed Budget 2015-16.
LCSD Salary Bargaining Communication
Posted: April 23, 2015
Lincoln County School District and Lincoln County Education Association are in the process of bargaining. A log of the activity on each article is posted on the school district website, as well as the proposals from the District and LCEA for bargaining sessions dated Feb. 19, March 4, March 12 and April 1.
Oregon has proposed a funding level of $7.255 billion for the 2015-2017 biennium, split 50/50 between the two school years. This funding level provides LCSD an increase of $100 per ADMw, which is not sufficient to cover our roll-up costs. Our roll-up costs include salary increases, utilities, insurance, supply/material increases as well as custodial and transportation services. We project our roll-up costs at roughly $245 per ADM. The District is also currently using $400,000 of non-general fund revenues in 2014-15 which will be depleted by year-end.
In order to plan for a sustained biennial budget, the District is forced to make reductions in 2015-16 so that programs can be maintained in the second year. We have done this by cutting an additional $500,000 from 2015-16 and plan to spend cash reserves of $1.3 million in 2016-17.
As communicated at the April School Board meeting, the reductions the District has made in response to the reduced funding level by the state have been made outside of the classroom as follows: 7% reduction in classified staff; reduction of two elementary counselor positions; student services administrator cut; communications coordinator cut; special education administrator cut; expanded options programs decreased by $150,000; three alternative education and distance education positions combined; and high school athletics reduced by $110,000.
On April 1, the parties shared salary proposals. The District proposed that teachers receive their appropriate step only in 2015-16, which is an increase of between 2.85% to 4.5% for the majority of the membership. For the 68 teachers on step 15 there would be no increase. At this time, due to the budget scenario, the District is unable to offer a salary schedule adjustment on top of the step increases. The LCEA salary schedule is currently above the statewide average for starting and maximum salaries (see attached). In comparison with similar-sized school districts in Oregon (3,000+ ADM), the licensed salary schedule is $640 below the minimum Base BA, and $880 below the maximum MA+45. However, the BA maximum, BA+45 minimum/maximum, MA minimum/maximum, and MA+45 minimum are all above average in comparison with similar-sized districts in Oregon. With the 0.5% COLA and restructuring of steps and columns in 2014, all teachers received increases between 2% and 7.6% this school year. The District also proposed to form a sub-committee to work on updating the co-curricular schedule for athletic and non-athletic positions.
The proposal by LCEA is a 2.6% COLA increase in Year 1 (2015-16), and a 4.1% COLA increase in Year 2 (2016-17). Based on the current salary schedule, the Year 1 proposal amounts to an increase in all teacher salaries between 2.49% to 7.21%. Essentially, this would cost the District $350,000 above roll-up costs in Year 1, which equates to three contract days or 3.2 teacher FTE. In Year 2, the proposal amounts to an increase in all teacher salaries of 3.92% to 8.58%. This would cost the District $900,000 above roll-up costs, which equates to nine contract days or 9.6 teacher FTE. This is based on an average teacher cost of $89,500.
At this time, administrators and other classifications of employees in the district are paid below the state average for similar positions.
- Ready, Set, Learn! It’s Kindergarten Readiness Time at Crestview Heights
Posted: April 17, 2015
Crestview Heights School in Waldport is holding a two-day Kindergarten Readiness Class for parents and children from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays, April 30 and May 7.
Each evening will begin with a dinner from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and childcare will be provided at no cost.
During the workshop, parents will learn about the expectations of full-day kindergarten, begin the registration process, and receive fun activities to do with their child. The new kindergarten students will meet and interact with their peers, and everyone will have the chance to tour the school and meet the kindergarten teacher.
To enroll in Lincoln County School District, children must be age 5 on or before Sept. 1, 2015.
The workshop will take place at the school, 2750 S. Crestline Dr. in Waldport. Registration is requested by calling 541-563-3237 by Monday, April 27.
- Battle On! Competition Challenges Student Reading Skills
Posted: April 16, 2015
Could you read 16 books, then answer a series of questions about each book in a timed competition against other readers? Dozens of local elementary students accepted this challenge by participating in the annual Battle of the Books.
Hosted at Taft Elementary School last month, seven teams of third- through fifth-graders from Taft, Oceanlake and Toledo elementary schools battled it out and celebrated the pleasures of reading. At the end of the competition, the Oceanlake Book Gods beat the Toledo Fire Rocket Wolves in the championship game and were declared the tournament winners.
Oregon Battle of the Books is the largest book club in the nation. Students around the state read books of varying genres and topics from a pre-selected list. “Gaby, Lost and Found” by Angela Cervantes, “A Nest for Celeste” by Henry Cole, and “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” by Judy Blume are examples of the 16 titles on the list.
Next, they form teams of four to five students and compete against each other to answer trivia questions about the books. First, they have to answer eight “In Which Book” questions, which test their ability to remember which characters, settings or events are drawn from which of the 16 books. To answer, teams have to give both the book title and the author. Next, teams must answer eight “Content” questions, often about very minor details that test how closely students read and understood the texts.
There are school, district, regional and even a state competition for Battle of the Books.
At the Lincoln County School District battle, the competition was organized into a tournament. Chris Ampersand, fifth-grade teacher at Oceanlake, brought two teams: the Book Gods and the Book Falcons. Judy Nakano, fourth-grade teacher at Taft Elementary, brought three teams: Elementrix, the Super Naturals, and the Mind Readers. Anna Rodgers, fifth-grade teacher at Toledo Elementary, brought two teams: the Super Minions and the Fire Rocket Wolves.
Earlier in March, based on school-level battles, the Super Minions from Toledo went to regionals in Woodburn while the Oceanlake and Taft teams opted not to attend. The Super Minions did well against teams from Central Linn and Salem, but did not continue on to the state competition.
- Disaster Caches Now Located at North, West, East & South Schools
Posted: April 16, 2015
With the placement of a disaster supply cache near Oceanlake Elementary School this week, all students and staff throughout Lincoln County School District will have access to basic emergency survival supplies in case of natural disaster such as tsunami or earthquake.
“We know our area is at high risk for a major earthquake and tsunami, sooner rather than later. When this happens, coastal communities will be cut off from normal transportation routes due to bridge failure, landslides and flooding,” says Lincoln County School District Safety Coordinator Sue Graves. “Our goal is to meet the short-term survival needs of students and staff until outside help can arrive.”
The Oceanlake cache will be a secured 20- by 8-foot steel shipping container holding emergency supplies such as tents and tarps, water barrels, rain ponchos, blankets, medical supplies, and more. It is designed to serve the 600 students and staff at Lincoln City’s Oceanlake Elementary and Seventh-Day Adventist School.
If disaster strikes while school is not in session, the cache will be used by city and fire district personnel for the general population.
Over the past eight years, Graves has worked with numerous public agencies, community organizations, businesses, and others to place disaster supply caches at schools throughout the county. However, she is quick to credit the Lincoln County Commissioners for their foresight and generosity in providing matching funding toward this effort.
“This is an incredible project that will benefit so many citizens when the need arises,” Graves says. “This project simply could not have been possible without the support of our County Commissioners. They understand the vital importance of being prepared for an emergency, so they provided the incentive of matching funds.”
Graves explains that the county has annually budgeted funds for an emergency preparedness matching grant. When the school district and its city and fire district partners provide $7,500, the county will match it for a total of $15,000 to purchase the container and supplies.
For the Oceanlake cache, the school district partnered with North Lincoln Fire and Rescue and the city of Lincoln City, which each contributing $2,500 in order to receive the matching amount. In addition, the city provided labor and equipment for the site preparation.
Other Lincoln County School District disaster cache locations:
• One in south county, serving 400 students and staff at Waldport High School, Crestview Heights School, and the south campus of Oregon Coast Community College. This was the first school disaster cache to be completed.
• One located near the four Newport schools to serve 2,000 students and staff.
• One in the Taft area of Lincoln City, serving 1,300 students and staff at Taft Elementary, Taft High, and the north campus of Oregon Coast Community College.
• One in Toledo, serving 800 students and staff at Toledo Elementary and Toledo Junior/Senior High.
“We are so grateful for the support this project has received from throughout the community, in the form of financial donations, donations of supplies, and donations of time and labor,” Graves said.
Financial donations to purchase additional survival supplies are still needed and appreciated. Those interested in learning more about the cache project or wishing to donate may send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 541-270-4367.
Superintendent Explains Impact of Full-Day Kindergarten
Posted: April 10, 2014
State funding for full-day kindergarten in Lincoln County School District this next school year will be used to hire additional kindergarten teachers, help pay for kindergarten operating expenses districtwide, and help pay operating expenses at a newly reopened school.
“It is imperative that we offer a well-designed full-day kindergarten program to give our children the essential learning skills they need for their future success,” says LCSD Superintendent Steve Boynton. “The revenue we will receive will be adequate to support a quality full-day program, with enough revenue remaining to preserve 3.5 teaching positions that otherwise may have been cut.”
Next year, Lincoln County School District will receive double the amount of State School Fund revenue provided for each kindergarten student, with the state counting each student at full-day rather than half-day in the Average Daily Membership.
Of the anticipated additional $1.371 million in revenue, $671,250 will be used to fill 7.5 kindergarten teaching positions, for a total of 15 position throughout the district; $356,468 will be used for operations and staffing expenses at Yaquina View School in Newport; and $24,600 will be allocated for additional kindergarten operating expenses districtwide. This leaves $319,082, which is enough to preserve 3.5 other teaching positions.
Poster Contest: Spread the Word, Not the Germs
Posted: March 31, 2015
The 2015 Hand Washing Poster Contest is now underway, with the Lincoln County School District Nurses Office inviting students to create posters reminding everyone to “spread the word, not the germs!”
At right is one of the winning posters from 2012, created by student Sarah Forrest.
The winning posters will be reproduced and displayed at schools and offices throughout the school district and the community. In addition, a $50 gift card to a local retailer and a hand-washing goodie bag will be presented to the first-place finishers in each of the following grade categories: kindergarten through second grade; third through fifth grade; sixth through eighth grade; and ninth through 12th grade.
Contest fliers and instructions are being sent home with students this week. The deadline for entries is April 24, and the winners will be announced on Monday, May 11.
For more information, call the LCSD Nurses Office at 541-336-2583.
No Rest for School Work Crews During Spring Break
Posted: March 26, 2015
Taking advantage of empty schools during the annual spring break, Lincoln County School District (LCSD) work crews are in high gear to accomplish as much as possible before students and staff return on March 30.
LCSD Support Services Director Rich Belloni says the focus of much of the work is getting schools ready for the next school year. This includes creating additional classrooms for full-day kindergarten in the north area and reopening a school in Newport to accommodate the reconfiguration of grade levels in the west area.
In photos from top:
1) LCSD lead carpenter Ron Slane, front, and LCSD electrician Jeff Johnston work on the Taft Elementary School computer lab expansion.
2) Crews from Page Concrete Construction pour concrete for the new ramps leading to two classrooms, the music building, and the cafeteria building at Taft Elementary.
3) Inside one of the two new classrooms being created out of the former Taft Elementary mat room.
Taft Elementary: Three projects are in progress at Taft Elementary School in Lincoln City – remodeling the former mat room into two classrooms; replacing exterior wooden ramps with concrete ramps inside an interior corridor; and expanding the computer lab.
Over spring break, district maintenance crews removed a wall between the computer lab and the media center and reframed it eight feet over into the library. This will allow room for 15 additional stations in the computer lab, for a total of 40.
The wooden ramps that connected the south end of the school building to the separate music room building and cafeteria building have been demolished, along with the concrete stairs and short hallway leading to the mat room. On Tuesday, crews from Page Concrete Construction were on site, spreading concrete into forms. When completed, the ramp and walkways will be inside an enclosed corridor.
Meanwhile, interior remodeling continues on the two classrooms being constructed out of the mat room, which has been used as indoor play space in recent years. Sheetrock is up on the newly framed walls and has begun on the ceiling fixtures and conduits; when completed, the two new classrooms will resemble other classrooms in the building.
Yaquina View School: This Newport school was closed at the end of the 2008-2009 school year and will reopen in the fall to students in kindergarten through second grade. Even though Yaquina View has not been used as a school for the past six years, it hasn’t been empty – its classrooms have been used for school district offices, conference rooms, a private preschool, and Education Service District offices and three daily ESD classrooms of students. Minor remodeling and cosmetic improvements began several weeks ago to revert offices and conferences rooms into classrooms and other learning spaces. This week, asbestos abatement wrapped up in a section of the building, energy-efficient windows are being installed, work has begun on a playground, and parking lot improvements are underway.
Toledo Junior/Senior High School: New landscaping – low growing, low maintenance shrubbery – is being planted on the steep hillside between the east parking lot and the football/soccer field.
Newport Prep Academy: During recent weekends and evenings, new classroom doors are being installed at this school, located on the west campus of Newport High School. The work involves entirely removing and replacing doors, jambs and sills; this project should be completed by week’s end.
Shores Hired to Oversee After-School Program
Posted: March 24, 2015
Lincoln County School District’s after-school program is under new leadership, with the hiring of Karen Shores as director of LCSD’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers.
Shores has lived in Lincoln County for nearly 15 years, and comes to the school district with many successful years of grant writing, fiscal management, and fundraising experience.
“I am a very happy person who strives to create a positive work environment for my staff, which will translate into a rewarding experience for the students in our program,” Shores says. “I look forward to partnering with others in our community who care about the well-being of children and will join us in helping to create a quality enrichment program.”
In her new position, Shores oversees staff, volunteers, and services at six after-school sites located throughout the county, and collaborates with staff at two partner sites. The program’s purpose is to provide a diversity of activities that engage youth and build their self-confidence, resiliency, and interpersonal skills, while reinforcing academic learning, including an emphasis on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) subjects.
The after-school program offers a safe place for students to study and socialize with peers. The daily schedule includes a nutritious snack, specialized tutoring sessions by a licensed teacher, homework help, transportation, and one hour of hands-on STEAM activities. Currently, close to 400 students are enrolled in the program, with a waiting list at three of the sites.
Shores says she is very blessed to be living on the Alsea River with her family, where they enjoy the outdoors, including pedal-boating and salmon fishing. “The most important thing to me is my family, and because living a healthy lifestyle is important to us, I enjoy creating products and meals for them that are natural and organic,” she added.
Shores replaces Joyce Thompson Graham, who has left the area for another job opportunity.
For more information on LCSD’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers, whether enrolling a student, volunteering or providing other support to the program, call Shores at 541-336-2528.
Parents Invited to ‘Ready, Set, Go!’ Program
Posted: March 20, 2015
Can your young child follow directions, sit quietly, and complete challenging tasks? These are examples of self-regulation skills which are important for children’s early success in school.
Parents and caregivers of children ages 3-8 are invited to attend a free presentation to learn how they can help their children build and strengthen their self-regulation skills.
The one-hour program, “Ready, Set, Go! Self-Regulation and School Success,” begins at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, at Sam Case Elementary School in Newport, 459 NE 12th St.
There will be light refreshments and door prizes. Childcare and Spanish translators will be available.
The presenter, Megan McClelland, Ph.D., is a child development professor from Oregon State University. She will discuss the importance of children’s early self-regulation for school success throughout childhood and into adulthood. She will describe how children growing up in the context of risk are especially at-risk for poor self-regulation and academic achievement, and how strong self-regulation can be a compensatory factor for children. Finally, the talk will focus on ways to strengthen children’s self-regulation and early school success.
The program is being presented by the Lincoln County P-3 Project. For more information, call Lincoln County School District’s early learning coordinator, Lauren Sigman, at 541-270-2456.
- Toledo Students Thank Plum Creek for Tree Donation
Posted: March 17, 2015
Plum Creek Timber Co., with a local office in Toledo, recently donated 100 12-inch Douglas fir trees to the 21st Century Community Learning Center after-school program located at Toledo Elementary School.
The trees were given to families who attended the Love of Reading Family Night earlier this month. The evening’s activities centered on the Dr. Seuss classic, “The Lorax,” which explores the importance of ecology and caring for the earth. Along with the free tree, families took home a craft project to create their own Lorax.
In photo: Some students in the after-school program at Toledo Elementary created colorful and fun “thank you cards” in appreciation for the recent Plum Creek tree donation.
- Volunteer Readers Wanted for After School Program
Posted: March 12, 2005
Lincoln County School District is seeking volunteers to share their love of reading and learning with children enrolled in the district’s after school program.
When children read aloud with an adult, the child’s reading and all around academic skills improve, their self-esteem gets a big boost, and they develop a lifelong love for reading, says Karen Shores, program director for the district’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers.
LCSD’s after school program is offered at eight sites throughout the county. With nearly 400 participants enrolled, volunteers are relied upon to assist in the delivery of quality after-school enrichment, with a focus on science, technology, engineering, math, arts—and, of course, reading.
To be a volunteer reading buddy, staff would ask you to devote 30 minutes to one hour of your time, once a week, and have a desire to be a positive role model in children’s lives.
“The opportunity to share your love of books and reading with a child is priceless, and enables the whole community to get involved,” Shores says.
Become a volunteer today, and help children travel the world through reading. To learn more about the local 21st Century Community Learning Centers, go online to www.lincoln.k12.or.us (look for After School Programs under the Department & Programs heading).
To find out about becoming a reading buddy, and other volunteer opportunities, call 541-270-5550.
- Crossing Guard Patrol Now on Duty at Crestview Heights
Posted: March 11, 2015
Busy drivers sometimes find it difficult to see youngsters in a crowded parking lot.
At Crestview Heights School in Waldport, a newly established traffic patrol program gives parents and other drivers a hard-to-miss reminder to slow down and be careful during the morning and afternoon rush.
Members of the school’s Student Crossing Guard Patrol wear high-visibility vests or rain jackets. With fluorescent green-yellow “School” banners, and long-handled “Stop” paddles, they slow and manage traffic flow through the parking lot and provide guidance to pedestrians, with assistance from an adult patrol member.
Last fall, Lincoln County School District approved new crossing guard protocol for district schools that aligns with state policies and best practices. Kelly Beaudry, principal at Crestview Heights, immediately jumped on the idea of having a student patrol at her grade K-8 school.
She invited fifth- and sixth-grade students to write a short letter explaining why they want to be a school crossing guard. Based on the student’s letter, academics, and attendance, six students were selected to be members of the first Crestview Heights School crossing guard team. Shortly after, these students and a few school staff members participated in a training at the school provided by the Oregon Department of Education. In addition, students sign a pledge to faithfully perform their duties, and to do their part to help reduce traffic accidents and to make their school a model for safety.
The Crestview Heights patrol kicked off at the end of February, with adult members only on patrol to alert drivers to the new program; the student patrol began the following week.
Not only does the program increase safety awareness, it fosters a sense of responsibility, good citizenship, and leadership in the students selected to be crossing guards, Beaudry says.
Funding for the safety equipment, attire, and training was provided by the Oregon Department of Education.
In Photo: Principal Kelly Beaudry, far right, poses with members of her newly enacted Student Crossing Guard Patrol. And, no, the shamrock attire is not part of the standard patrol uniform but was worn in celebration of the school’s switch to the Irish mascot.
- Local Science Teachers to Present at National Conference
Posted: March 9, 2015
Several local science teachers, representing the Lincoln County School District and Tillamook School District Math Science Partnership, will share their knowledge with educators from throughout the nation at the 2015 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) National Conference on Science Education March 12-15 in Chicago.
The NSTA conference will offer the latest in science content, teaching strategy, and research to enhance and expand K-12 teachers’ professional growth. The conference draws participants from throughout the nation for the unique opportunity to collaborate with science education leaders and educational peers.
Two Isaac Newton Magnet School teachers, Katie Sard and Chloe Ruffin, were invited to participate in this influential learning experience. They will present a session titled, “Boat-Building Design Challenge: A Collaborative STEM and PBL Unit for Math and Science Teachers.” They will share their boat building unit that integrates science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and meets Next Generation Science Standards as well as Common Core standards for math and English language arts.
Another team of local teachers will present a session titled, “Partnerships for World Class STEM Education: Using the Resources Outside Our Doors.” Tillamook High School science teacher Slade Sapora and South Prairie Elementary third-grade teacher Carrie Lee will join LCSD teachers Marcy Doyle (Sam Case Elementary), Kara Allan (Taft Elementary), Dr. Kama Almasi (Waldport High/Crestview Heights), and Ruth McDonald (District Curriculum Resource Liaison) to present. They will share how the MSP teachers are using ocean science and coastal natural resources to help students address authentic local issues and partner with researchers, government agencies, and informal science educators in place-based and project-based learning.
A Title IIB U.S. Department of Education grant funds the Math Science Partnership project. It is in its sixth and final year, with 36 Lincoln County and Tillamook School District teachers participating.
For more information on these projects, visit orcostemed.webs.com.
- Crestview Heights School Goes Green, Joins Irish Family
Posted: March 9, 2015
During a school assembly March 6, students at Crestview Heights School in Waldport learned that their school is “Going Green,” with the adoption of the Irish as their official school mascot.
At the assembly, Waldport High School Principal Diana MacKenzie, right, welcomed Crestview Heights School into the Irish family by presenting a shamrock plant to Crestview Heights School Principal Kelly Beaudry, left, who was appropriately dressed in leprechaun-like attire. In fact, the school gymnasium was awash in a sea of greens of all shades, with most K-8 students and staff proudly wearing green from head to toe.
MacKenzie and Beaudry say that uniting the two schools under the Irish banner will encourage greater school pride and an increased sense of unity throughout the community. Crestview Heights students are invited to design a shamrock logo to replace the school’s existing dolphin logo (elementary grades) and pirate logo (middle school grades). Waldport High, grades 9-12, will retain its decades-old “Fightin’ Irish” logo.
Kicking off the assembly, WHS cheerleaders, right, performed an enthusiastic routine including a high flying toss. Crestview students in kindergarten through eighth-grade were encouraged to rattle the rafters shouting, “We Are Green! We Are Green!”
Several students had the opportunity to participate in a free-throw contest and egg pass, winning prizes. When leaving the gym at the event’s conclusion, students revved up with Irish pride each received a green Irish pencil. In photo at right, eighth-grader Brooklyn McElroy, right, hands out green Irish pencils to students leaving the assembly including, from left, second-graders Mariah Mobley and Kaitlyn Pickner.
$10,000 Gift to Provide Ham Radio Equipment for Schools
Posted: March 9, 2015
An anonymous donor has given $10,000 to place amateur radio equipment and antennas at the public schools in Lincoln County and to train school staff to operate the equipment as needed during emergencies.
The generous gift was made in memory of John Wilson, a longtime Newport resident and avid ham radio enthusiast who passed away in recent months.
“John was a most valuable member of our club,” says Joe Joncas, president of the Lincoln County Amateur Radio Club. “He was very generous and did a lot for the club and our members. We miss John greatly, but we are happy that his contributions to our community are being remembered through this gift.”
Amateur radio is often the only reliable form of communication during disasters and other emergencies, according to Joncas.
“When towers fall, cells are jammed, and communications lines are ripped apart, amateur radio will function, even if zero power is available,” he says.
Joncas describes amateur radio as a versatile hobby that appeals to a wide age range of people with varying interests, whether it be electronics, talking to people around the country and around the world, offering a “brain” sport, and other enticements. However, the focus of the agreement between the radio club and Lincoln County School District is to provide an ongoing program of emergency communications for schools and the community.
As agreed upon, the club will install an antenna at each school, provide a school-based radio and related equipment, provide training materials and exam fees for staff members willing to earn an amateur radio technician license, and provide a handheld radio unit for the school’s designated volunteer ham operator. The club will retain ownership and responsibility for all radios and equipment.
Remund Selected for School Board Vacancy
Posted: March 5, 2015
At a special meeting on March 4, the Lincoln County School District Board of Directors interviewed three Waldport applicants before selecting active parent volunteer Amanda Remund to fill the Zone 5 vacancy through June 30. The appointment will become official at the board’s next regular meeting, to be held Tuesday, March 10, at Toledo Elementary School.
“Amanda Remund has children in the school system and she has been very active at their school. That was a big draw for us,” says LCSD School Board Chairman Liz Martin. “We are happy to welcome Amanda to the board and look forward to her contributions and fresh perspective.”
The board also interviewed candidates Greg Holland and Heide Lambert for the seat, which was vacated when member Terri Woodd resigned last month for health reasons, after having served for 18 months. Board members expressed appreciation that three excellent candidates stepped forward and were willing to serve in this volunteer position.
In her application, Remund describes herself as an involved parent of two Waldport High School students. She has been a parent helper in the classroom, a Booster board member, secretary for the Senior Parents of Waldport High, and member of the school site council.
“I am very passionate about our school, all our students, the education they are receiving, and making everyone a success story,” Remund wrote in her application. “I want to be part of making our schools, and the education our children receive, excellent!”
Although the term of the appointment is less than four months, Remund says she plans to run for office when the seat comes up for election on May 19. At that special district election, three school board positions are to be filled: Zone 1, currently held by board Vice Chairman Karen Bondley, who lives in Lincoln City; Zone 2, currently held by Martin, who lives in Depoe Bay; and Zone 5, held by Remund. The Zones 1 and 2 positions are for full four-year terms, through June 30, 2019. The Zone 5 position is a two-year remainder term, through June 30, 2017.
Along with Martin, Bondley and Remund, the other community volunteers serving on the LCSD School Board are Ron Beck of Newport and Kelley Ellis of Siletz.
Posted: March 4, 2015
Did you know that the Blue Whale is the largest animal on earth? (Even larger than the mightiest dinosaur!)
… that 25 adults can fit on the tongue of a Blue Whale? (Let’s hope he doesn’t swallow!)
… that the Blue Whale’s heart is the size of a VW Bug? (That’s a small car, for those too young to drive.)
Taft Elementary School students learned these amazing facts and more during a special presentation by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) on Tuesday, March 3.
OMSI Educator Chuck Barnes spoke to the kindergarten through sixth-grade students about the exciting possibilities of working in the field of science, such as he does. Barnes then turned to his main topic: whales, large and small. He explained a bit about their migration patterns, and talked about the whales that swim along the nearby shores of the great Pacific Ocean. He spoke about the negative human impact on whale populations, through over hunting and pollution, and commented that it would be up to these children’s generation to decide the future of the whale species on earth.
Students had the opportunity to crawl inside the belly of a 60-foot long Gray Whale – actually, an inflatable replica that gives students and teaches a better understanding of just how large a whale can be. Students also participated in interactive learning tasks related to whales, and held magnifying glasses to examine real whale backbones, baleen, and other oceanic artifacts.
The OMSI “Amazing Whale” program was adapted for Taft Elementary to ensure that all 500 students had the opportunity to participate. It began with an all-school assembly in the morning, then classes rotated in and out of the gymnasium every 20 minutes throughout the day.
Taft Elementary Principal Nick Lupo credits teachers Kelsey and Nick Culbertson for helping to bring the program to their school; the Culbertsons both worked at OMSI during a summer program this past year. Through this connection, OMSI agreed to restructure the presentation for Taft Elementary while adhering to common core state standards for science, and to provide a funding gift that cut the cost of the travelling program nearly in half.
In photos from top, staff members Tara Rislov and Frank Nunes guide children into the 60-foot whale replica..... Mychaela Olson’s kindergarten students, including Oliver Harrisand Van Maldonado are excited to be in the “belly” of the whale..... First-grader Braden Berry uses a microscope to check out the whale vertebrae.
- Public Invited to Meet Sam Case Principal Candidates
Posted: March 4, 2015
Sam Case Elementary School in Newport 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 gymnasium from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11. 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.
The pool of 29 applicants was narrowed down to 10 qualified candidates, who were interviewed via video/voice online calls. The final three candidates selected for an in-person interview and the public meeting are: Eric Fuchs of McMinnville, Jose-de-Jesus Melendez of Renton, Wash., and Kimberly Seidel of Tillamook.
Fuchs has been an educator for the past 17 years in the Newberg School District, teaching third, fourth and fifth grades at Edwards Elementary School, with certifications in elementary education, English as a Second Language, and reading. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in financial management from Oregon State University, and a master’s degree in elementary education from George Fox University.
Melendez has been an educator for the past 16 years – nine years as a dual immersion elementary classroom teacher and eight years as a building and district administrator. For the past three years, he has been Director of Equity for the Bellevue School District, located east of Seattle. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Eastern Oregon University, a master’s degree in curriculum instruction and bilingual education from Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho, and an education specialist degree in educational leadership, also from Northwest Nazarene.
Seidel has been an educator for the past 18 years in the Tillamook School District. For 15 of those years, she served as a fifth and sixth grade classroom teacher and Title I math specialist, and for the past four years as Dean of Students/Assistant Principal at East Elementary. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Western Oregon University, administrative license credentials from Concordia University in Portland, and a master’s degree in education, also from Concordia University.
The upcoming change of leadership at Sam Case Elementary School is part of the overall reconfiguration of schools in Newport and Lincoln City for the coming school year. Libba Sager, who has been principal at Sam Case this school year, will transfer to the newly reopening Yaquina View Elementary School this next school year.
- Students to Visit Bartow Exhibit at U of O
Posted: February 25, 2015
Many local third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade students will have the opportunity to view a broad selection of work created by influential Native American artist Rick Bartow, with field trips to Eugene later this spring.
Students participating in Lincoln County School District’s Indian Education program have been invited to visit the art exhibit, “Things You Know But Cannot Explain,” at the University of Oregon’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.
Students from Crestview Heights School in Waldport will go on the educational field trip on April 22. Lincoln City, Newport, Toledo, Siletz and Eddyville field trips are scheduled for later in May. Approximately 100 students will have the opportunity to enjoy this unique learning experience.
“Things You Know But Cannot Explain” represents more than 40 years of work by artist Rick Bartow. A Newport native, Bartow is a member of the Wiyot tribe of Northern California and has close ties with the Siletz tribe. His exhibit will feature a wide selection of drawings, paintings, prints, and sculptures which affirm his regional and international impact. In fact, one of Bartow’s recent accomplishments was the creation of a pair of monumental wood sculptures he named, “We Were Always Here,” for The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C.
This cultural activity was organized by LCSD Indian Education Specialist Crystal McGuire and Siletz Valley Charter School teacher Tiffany Stuart. They worked in conjunction with U of O’s “Fill Up The Bus” program which provides free bus transportation and covers expenses for the visit and post-tour art-making activity for the children.
- Toledo High VEX Robotics Team Heads to State Competition
Posted: February 23, 2015
With only one previous competition under their belt, the VEX Robotics team from Toledo Junior/Senior School recently travelled to Sandy High School to test their skills - and ended up winning first place in an alliance with teams from Sandy and Salem.
The win opens the door for their entry into the Oregon VEX State Championship March 6-7 at North Marion High School in Aurora.
Under the guidance of instructor Peter Lohonyay, the Toledo STEM students (science, technology, engineering and math) created and built an innovative robot designed to complete a specific timed task and score as many points as possible within a 12-foot by 12-foot playing field. All robots must adhere to certain criteria and pass inspection before competing.
Building a VEX Robot challenges students in the areas of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and computer science. They must work together as a team to dream, design, problem-solve, and construct a robot that is competitive. These learned skills are invaluable and will open many doors, both educational and in the work force, for the students as the world continually changes and advances toward the increased use of computers and technology.
The VEX Robotics Competition is presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, and is considered to be a superior STEM activity for middle school and high school students.
In photo, Toledo Junior/Senior High VEX Robotics team after its triumph in Sandy that leads to a slot in the state competition. Front row from left, are Janet Johnson, Christian Bailey, Cameron Hicks, Tia Nyberg, Charlene Conaway, RJ Glen, Tucker Myers, and Alex Boydston; back row from left, Michael Peterson, Kevin Passmore, Logan McGrew, Hunter Oxley, James Spang, and Peter Lohonyay.
- School Board Celebrates Classified Employees March 2-6
Posted: March 2, 2015
The education team in Lincoln County School District consists of more than teachers and principals. From accountants to electricians, from instructional assistants to clerks, from carpenters to information technicians and others, more than 230 classified employees join the LCSD team in supporting “Every Child, Every Day.”
At their regular February board meeting, members of the LCSD Board of Directors approved a resolution proclaiming the week of March 2-6 as Classified Employee Week. The resolution states, in part, that “classified employees are integral members of the whole education team […who] provide essential services directly and indirectly to children, schools, and the district.”
On behalf of the school board, Chairman Liz Martin called on the community to personally express appreciation to classified employees for a “job well done.”
Classified employees work to ensure the smooth operation of schools and offices, the maintenance of buildings and property, and the safety of students and staff. They work as a team with teachers and administrators in providing quality education to our community’s youth. Across the state, more than 20,000 classified employees are a vital component of Oregon’s public school system.
- Competition to Showcase Future Chefs’ Cooking Skills
Updated: March 16, 2015
Congratulations to the following accomplished Future Chefs! Read original news release, below...
Grand Prize Gold Medal Winner: Kadence James, 5th grade, Oceanlake Elementary, pictured at right.
Silver Medal Winner: Finn Collson, 2nd grade, Sam Case Elementary.
Bronze Medal Winner: Tayla Stevenson, 4th grade, Toledo Elementary.
Kid Friendly Prep: Rylie Duckworth, 3rd grade, Taft Elementary
Best Presentation: Mica Boynton, 2nd grade, Crestview Heights School.
Judges Choice - Most Unique: Galilea Castillo-Ponciano, 2nd grade, Sam Case Elementary for Grasshopper Eggs (really!!)
Posted: February 19, 2015
Sixteen young cooks in first- through fifth-grade will compete in the Future Chefs culinary cooking competition sponsored by Lincoln County School District and its food service partner, Sodexo. The cook-off is planned for 9 a.m. Saturday, March 14, at Sam Case Elementary School in Newport, and the public is invited to attend.
The theme for this first year’s competition is “After School Healthy Snacks.”
To kick off the competition, all elementary students were invited to submit recipes, and finalists from each school were selected for the cook-off. The finalists will prepare the snack on his or her own, supervised by kitchen staff and with all necessary ingredients and supplies provided by Sodexo.
A panel of judges will observe the students as they prepare their recipes, and will vote on the following categories: health-conscious foods, kid-friendly preparation, Judge’s Choice, and best table presentation.
All finalists will receive a chef’s coat and hat. Winners will receive prizes and could qualify for a trip to a national cooking competition.
For questions, call the Nutrition Services Office at 541-336-2156.
- WHS, Central Coast Fire Collaborate on Cadet Program
Posted: February 19, 2015
High school graduate today – certified firefighter tomorrow? Yes, indeed!
This year, Waldport High School is partnering with Central Coast Fire & Rescue to build a cadet firefighting program. Upon completion of the course and graduation from high school, the students will be eligible to complete their certification as a firefighter in the state of Oregon.
The first students to participate in this program are seniors Blake Bittick, James Henderson and Kira Shadden, and sophomore Jonah Land. They have been working with Chief Dennis Cannon and Training Officer Adam Wilkinson to learn fire, rescue, and emergency medical service response in accordance with the fire district’s standard operating guidelines.
The program is taught at the high school during school hours, with various firefighters having the opportunity to teach mini-lessons on different chapters. The students also worked outside of the school day at the fire station, to gain experience with some of the larger apparatus.
Students are not allowed to be in a dangerous environment until they are 18 and have graduated. Therefore, they will be required to do about a month of training after graduation to complete their firefighter certification.
Teacher Melissa Steinman says Central Coast Fire & Rescue has shown an amazing level of commitment to the program and desire to provide additional learning opportunities to Waldport students. In fact, they are hoping to offer a First Responder course next year.
In photo, WHS students in the Cadet Firefighting Program are, from left, Jonah Land, Blake Bittick and James Henderson. Kira Shadden not pictured.
- School Board Declares Vacancy in Zone 5
Posted: February 11, 2015
The Lincoln County School District Board of Directors declared a vacancy in Zone 5 at its meeting Feb. 10. Board member Terri Woodd, pictured at right, regretfully tendered her resignation due to health concerns prior to the board meeting.
Those interested in this volunteer position must reside in Zone 5 (Makai, Ona Beach, Seal Rock, Waldport, Yachats) at the time of application and throughout the duration of the appointment. Candidates must have resided in the district for one year prior to the appointment and must be registered voters. Candidates may not be employees of Lincoln County School District.
Applications are available on the district website, at the district administration office in Newport and at Waldport Schools. Applications also will be mailed to interested parties upon request. Applications are due to Board/Superintendent Secretary Laurie Urquhart in person, by mail, fax (541-574-7620) or email (email@example.com) by Monday, March 2, no later than 3 p.m.
The Board will review the applications and select a maximum of three finalists for a personal interview with the school board. The interviews will take place during a special session meeting of the board on Wednesday, March 4, at Newport High School (exact time to be determined; early evening). The Board will deliberate following the interviews.
The Board will announce the appointment and fill the vacant position at the March 10 regular board meeting, to become effective immediately. Appointment will be through June 30, 2015. The appointee may run for the two-year remainder term in the May 2015 election.
For more information, contact Board/Superintendent Secretary Laurie Urquhart at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 541-265-4403.
Creating An Early Connection to Local Schools
Posted: February 10, 2015
At just two days old, baby Everly Benedict of Siletz isn’t quite ready to start reading yet. But when she does begin to show an interest in colorful pictures and fun words, her parents will have at least two books to share with her, through Lincoln County School District’s “Books for Babies” program.
“We are providing a board book to every newborn at the two hospitals in Lincoln County,” explains LCSD Early Learning Coordinator Lauren Sigman. “The books are all about babies, developmentally appropriate, and durable enough to be chewed on.”
Following Everly’s birth at Samaritan Pacific Hospital in Newport, parents Alexzandra Hartsock and Seth Benedict received a copy of the book, “Everywhere Babies.” This popular board book is filled with rhyming text and delightful drawings of babies playing, sleeping, and doing all the wonderful things that babies do.
“Books for Babies” is an LCSD program in collaboration with Samaritan Health Services and Lincoln County Health and Human Services Nurse Home Visiting Program. The seed for the program was planted with an idea from Clint Raever, principal at Toledo Junior/Senior High School. Sigman followed through to make the idea grow, obtaining grants and making connections with community partners.
The books are being presented by the nurses of Lincoln County Nurse Home Visiting Program when they make their first visit with families. At the same time, the visiting nurse provides information on community services that can offer valuable assistance to growing families, including resources for maternal mental health and child wellbeing.
After receiving the first book, parents may go to their neighborhood elementary school to pick up a second free book for their child. This includes the public and charter schools in Lincoln City, Newport, Toledo, and Waldport. The books are available in English and Spanish.
The books were purchased using grant funds from the Behren's Foundation and the Early Literacy grant. Principal Raever encouraged his high school students to be involved by making and placing labels inside of each book explaining the program.
“Through Books for Babies, we hope to build a nice connection between our young families and our schools,” Sigman says. “It’s our way of saying, ‘Welcome to the world! We look forward to teaching you in five years.’"
In photo at left, new parents Alexzandra Hartsock and Seth Benedict show off their new baby, Everly, and her “Everywhere Babies” book.
- Library Agreement Brings the World to Taft High
Posted: February 5, 2015
The Media Center at Taft High School in Lincoln City has a collection of some 11,245 books available to its students. With a recent agreement between the school and the city’s Driftwood Public Library, students now have access to literally millions upon millions of books and articles from academic and public libraries located around the world.
“This is quite extraordinary, actually,” says Julie Morris, Taft High media assistant. “With this agreement, our students and teachers not only have access to the materials at Driftwood Public Library, but to materials from throughout the world, through the WorldCat.”
WorldCat is the world’s largest online network of library content and services, billing itself as the “world’s largest library catalog” to facilitate interlibrary loaning of materials and articles.
“When you think that one university can own 8 million items just by itself and that our kids now have access to all these member libraries, both academic and public, it’s really something,” Morris says.
One of the goals of the Driftwood/Taft collaboration is to increase the circulation of young adult materials available at the public library. Another goal is to increase student and staff access to accurate, relevant and reputable materials for their research.
“Historically, there have been a number of barriers that exist for teens who want to get a library card from Driftwood Public Library,” says Mackie Welch, outreach services coordinator at Driftwood Public Library.
For example, parents who work are not always available to come to the library to sign their kids up for a library card, which was requirement of the previous card. In addition, the route between the high school and the library is not pedestrian friendly, but walking is often a student’s only means of transportation.
“We hope the new YA card will allow students access to library materials, both to supplement their schoolwork as well as to fulfill their need for pleasure reading, despite these barriers,” Welch says.
Driftwood Public Library began offering the Young Adult library card in mid-November. To date, approximately 60 Young Adult cards have been issued. Students between the ages of 12 and 17 can sign up for the card through the Taft High School media center, using their school I.D. card as qualifying identification.
Under the privileges of the Young Adult Card, students can ask for materials to be placed on hold from Driftwood Public Library. Once a week, the requested books are delivered to Taft High. However, students and staff must go to the public library to pick up request DVDs and other audiovisual materials.
- LCSD School Board Celebrated During January
Posted: Jan. 8, 2015
Lincoln County School District is among the 197 school districts, 19 education service districts, and 17 community colleges throughout Oregon being celebrated during School Board Recognition Month in January.
Members of the Lincoln County School District Board of Directors are:
• Chair Liz Martin – she has served since June 2010, representing Zone 2 (Schooner Creek area of Lincoln City south to Newport).
• Vice-Chair Karen Bondley – she has served since September 2009, representing Zone 1 (north county including Lincoln City and Rose Lodge areas).
• Ron Beck – he has served since July 2002, representing Zone 3 (Newport).
• Kelley Ellis – she has served since July 2011, representing Zone 4 (east county including Eddyville, Siletz and Toledo).
• Terri Woodd – she has served since July 2013, representing Zone 5 (south county including Elk City, Waldport and Yachats).
“I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank the five members of our school board and ask the community to help us honor them for the important work they do for our students and schools,” said LCSD Superintendent Steve Boynton. “Too often the efforts of school board members go unrecognized. Celebrating School Board Recognition Month is one way to say thanks for all they do.”
School board members represent their fellow citizens’ views and priorities in the complex enterprise of maintaining and running the district’s public schools and supporting student achievement. The LCSD School Board focuses on:
• Creating a vision for the school district;
• Establishing standards for what students should learn and be able to do;
• Ensuring assessment to determine if the district is achieving its goals and if students are learning;
• Aligning how the district’s human and financial resources should be used;
• Creating a safe and orderly climate where students can learn and teachers can teach;
• Forming collaborative relationships with others in our community to solve common problems; and
• Focusing attention on continuous improvement for all involved with Lincoln County School District.
Lincoln County School District is the third largest employer in the county, with more than 500 full-time equivalent employees. There are 12 schools and four charter schools located throughout the county, serving more than 5,200 students.
- School Board to Consider Full-Day K, School Realignment
Posted: Jan. 5, 2015
Full-day kindergarten and school reconfiguration will be on the agenda for the next meeting of the Lincoln County School District Board of Directors, planned for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, at Sam Case Elementary School in Newport.
Superintendent Steve Boynton will recommend that the school board approve the implementation of full-day kindergarten at all district schools and approve grade level reconfiguration at the Lincoln City and Newport Schools beginning with the 2015/16 school year.
The recommendation can be found online in English and Spanish, along with other information related to the proposal, on the school district website: Full-Day Kindergarten & School Realignment
At the Jan. 13 meeting, the standard agenda is being changed slightly to allow for adequate public comment. As usual, community members will be permitted to speak to the board near the beginning of the meeting – this time, on topics not related to the kindergarten/reconfiguration proposal. Later in the meeting, the public will be invited to speak on the topic after the recommendation is presented and before the board votes.
- Toledo Jr./Sr. High Gym to Get Seismic Upgrade in 2016
Posted: Dec. 29, 2014
The 60-year-old gym at Toledo Junior/Senior High School will undergo a seismic upgrade during the spring and summer of 2016, with a $1.47 million grant from Business Oregon, the state’s economic development agency.
Lincoln County School District is one of 11 districts and one community college in the state selected to share in nearly $15 million to rehab public schools and gyms so the buildings will be better prepared to withstand a major earthquake.
“There were 46 applicants and only 13 recipients, so we are grateful to have been selected,” says Rich Belloni, LCSD director of support services. “Over the past few years, we have made many capital improvements to all of our schools. Once this work is completed, it’s one less improvement we need to think about.”
Belloni says the seismic retrofit at Toledo High will involve replacing and/ or strengthening the gym’s roof and north wall, with the work to take place beginning in April 2016.
The grant application was prepared by ZCS Engineering of Klamath Falls. After the company examines the roof and wall and tests for hazardous materials, they will put together project specifications. Sometime in early 2016, the project will be let for bid, with the work required to be completed by September 2016.
Oregon’s Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program was established in 2005 to make seismic improvements to essential public buildings. The bill created a grant program for schools – from elementary schools to universities – and for emergency service buildings, including hospitals, fire stations and police stations. The Oregon seismic program was recently featured in a New York Times’ article.
In 2013, the Oregon Legislature approved $30 million for seismic projects with the funding to be split between schools and emergency services. In this cycle, Business Oregon received 46 applications for school projects totaling $45 million in requests. The Seismic Rehabilitation Advisory School Subcommittee recommended 13 projects totaling nearly $15 million; the emergency services projects will be announced later.
The other school districts receiving grants are Bandon, Central Curry, Douglas County, Klamath Falls, La Grande, Milton-Freewater, Portland, Reynolds, Salem-Keizer and Silver Falls; and Southwestern Oregon Community College.
- INMS Science Students Learn from Master Teacher
Posted: Dec. 12, 2014
Have you noticed the NASA science project taking place on the lawn outside of Isaac Newton Magnet School?
Since early October, students enrolled in the INMS marine biology class have used a heavy-duty rain gauge (provided by NASA) to measure how much precipitation falls daily in this one corner of their schoolyard. Their findings will be shared with an international online learning community through the GLOBE Program, funded through NASA and the National Science Foundation.
The students’ involvement in this inquiry-based investigation is made possible by their science teacher, Katie Sard. A teacher with Lincoln County School District since June 2011, Sard has cultivated connections in the scientific world while sharing her enthusiasm and knowledge with students.
Earlier this year, Sard was chosen to join NASA’s global education team as a Master Teacher through the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) program. She is one of just 25 GPM Master Teachers in the world, representing 14 states and three countries.
“This is a pretty exciting opportunity for myself and for my students,” Sard says. “I have the privilege of teaching an amazing group of seventh and eighth grade students, and their curiosity and genuine interest in our natural world is what motivates me to continue my own science education. My hope is that I can help my students become scientifically literate citizens.”
The Master Teachers are developing educational resources based on GPM data – with a focus on the water cycle, weather and climate, and the technology and societal applications of studying them. They are encouraged to share their GPM experiences and information with education colleagues, thus impacting an even larger student population outside of their own classroom and school.
In turn, the Master Teachers have access to a wealth of resources offered through NASA education and outreach. Topics range from weather and climate to the science behind droughts, flooding and freshwater availability.
NASA’s GPM satellite and a network of partner Earth-observing satellites measure rain, snow and other types of precipitation every three hours around the world. The data is transmitted to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland to help advance scientists’ understanding of water and energy cycles. Now, these satellite observations will reach the classroom in lessons and activities.
In her online Master Teacher profile, Sard writes that since moving to the Oregon coast, she has “been on a mission to discover all that I can about the ocean in order to help my students appreciate what an amazing resource we have here in our backyard.”
During the summer of 2013, she spent three weeks aboard the NOAA Ship Rainier as a Teacher at Sea. “This program opened my eyes to the world of marine research and helped me to provide real-world experiences and examples for my middle school students,” she said.
She also has participated in the district-wide grant focused on project-based learning in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).
For more information about the GLOBE Program, visit: www.globe.gov. For more information about GPM, visit: www.nasa.gov/gpm. And, for more information about GPM's educational resources, visit: http://pmm.nasa.gov/education/
In photos: Students in Mrs. Sard’s marine biology class pose with the newly erected NASA rain gauge on the lawn at Newport Intermediate / Isaac Newton Magnet School.
Posters and Rain Gauge. Seventh- and eighth-graders are participating in an inquiry-based investigation that includes creating warning posters to protect their project: “Shhh! NASA Mission in Progress!” – or – “NASA data collecting rain gauge: Stay at least 10 feet away.”
Longview Hills Neighbors Donate to Disaster Cache
Posted: Dec. 10, 2014
A close-knit group of neighbors are clicking away on their needles to provide a bit of comfort and warmth to Newport students and school staff should a natural disaster strike – and others are invited to join in the effort.
The group has knitted, crocheted, and sewn hats in a variety of colors and sizes, inspired by the “Hats for Newport’s Kids” campaign headed up by Sue Wilson. A recent financial donation of $200 by residents LeAnn Blumenstein and Dee Shimek enabled the purchase of several additional hats, bringing the hat donation to 283.
“Our goal is to provide 2,000 hats for the Newport Disaster Cache to keep our youngsters warm,” Wilson says. “This would provide one for every student and staff member in our Newport schools.”
Lincoln County School District, with the help and contributions of numerous community partners, has created disaster caches for schools in Newport, Lincoln City, Waldport and Toledo. In case of a large-scale natural disaster or other emergency when school is in session, students and school staff will have access to safe drinking water, emergency food provisions, tents, tarps, rain ponchos ,and other survival gear.
Wilson is seeking volunteer knitters, crocheters and sewers. She also is asking for donations of hand-made or newly purchased hats in sizes kindergarten through adult sizes; leftover or new yarn to provide to the volunteers; and financial donations. If you wish to knit or crochet but need yarn, she can provide the material. Most anything will be gratefully accepted – but no wool, please, as that is not suitable for this climate.
To help, call Hats for Newport’s Kids at 541-574-7898.
A Second Hat Project: Another hat donation project has been underway for quite some time, benefiting the Taft Schools Disaster Cache in Lincoln City. Kathleen Welter and the Relief Society at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Newport adopted the Taft cache project 2013. The sisters, along with others in the church, have really enjoyed the work and have already made 700 hats toward the goal of making 1,300 for students and staff at the Taft schools. This group also welcomes donations of yarn. To help, call Welter at 541-574-0991.
Newport Intermediate School sixth-graders Mitchell Johnson, left, and Meghan O’Meara, right, model two of the hats donated for the Newport Disaster Cache. A recent gift of $100 each by LeAnn Blumenstein and Dee Shimek, second and third from left, has brought the total number of donated hats to 283 – just 1,717 more to go!
OCCC Students Coordinate Hygiene Drive for HELP Program
Posted: Dec. 5, 2014
Donating nearly one ton of toiletries, Lincoln County residents proved to be incredibly generous during a recent hygiene products drive conducted by students at Oregon Coast Community College to benefit local homeless children and their families.
“We are so thankful for the students who generously donated their time despite their busy schedules,” said Katey Townsend, homeless outreach program coordinator for Lincoln County School District. “And, we truly appreciate the community for providing so many great supplies for local families in need.”
This year’s drive brought in about 1,800 pounds of toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, disposable razors, shaving cream, body wash, bath bars, and other personal hygiene products. This almost doubled last year’s collection of just under 1,000 pounds.
The annual drive was conducted by the OCCC Student Nurse Association, this year in partnership with the OCCC Associated Student Government. Collected donations are being distributed to the school district’s HELP (Homeless Education and Literacy Project) Centers in Lincoln City, Newport, Toledo, and Waldport.
Students organized the community project and volunteered their time at three day-long drives held in November at the Wal-Mart and Fred Meyer stores in Newport and at Bi-Mart in Lincoln City. In addition, drop-off sites were located at the Lincoln City, Waldport and Newport campuses of Oregon Coast Community College through Dec. 2.
In photo, Student nurses and student government leaders pause for a group photo at the college campus before loading 1,800 pounds of donated personal hygiene items into waiting vehicles for transportation to the school district’s HELP Centers.
LCSD After School Program Helps Students, Families
Posted: Dec. 2, 2014
The first session of Lincoln County School District’s 21st Century After School Program has wrapped up, with a new 12-week session getting underway on Dec. 1. The program serves more than 400 students every day, with sites at six schools and two partnering agencies.
While the program helps students in core academic subjects, such as reading and math, the program is much more than a continuation of the school day. It provides a well-balanced meal and a chance to participate in hands-on STEAM activities (science, technology, engineering, art, and math). These activities can range from launching and making rockets to building roller coasters or designing one’s own empire to creating original pieces of art.
“The program’s positive impact on student and family lives cannot be emphasized enough,” says Joyce Thompson Graham, program director. “We know that our families appreciate this service, because we have a waiting list at three of our sites.”
To underscore the importance of after school programs, the Afterschool Alliance states:
“The image of 21st Century families is vastly different from that of previous centuries, or even the family image of 50 years ago. Today, less than one-fourth of American families portray the ‘traditional’ image of one parent at home, caring for children full-time, while the other parent provides financial support. In 1950, 56 percent of families fit this profile.
“While women are still the primary caregivers, either as single mothers or part of a two-parent family, they are entering the workforce in greater numbers than ever. In fact, 77 percent of mothers with school-age children are employed.
“Plus, both men and women are working more hours. Average work hours per adult increased 7.9 percent between 1960 and 1998. Nearly three-fourths of working adults say they have little or no control over their work schedule.”
Lincoln County School District is working to take some of the burden off parents by offering the after school program in all areas of the county – Depoe Bay, Lincoln City, Newport, Siletz, Toledo and Waldport. LCSD students in grades 1-6 (or in some areas, grades 1-8) are given the opportunity to participate.
Priority enrollment is extended to students who enroll for the full five days a week, or every day school is in session. Additional priority groups are homeless students, students entering with teacher recommendation for extra academic intervention, and children who are English language learners.
For more information, go online to our After School Programs page or call 541-265-4767.
In photo, Michael Axtman, a second grader at Toledo Elementary School and an After School Program participant, creates “goo” as part of a fun science experiment.
- Isaac Newton Magnet School Options to be Presented
Posted: Dec. 1, 2014
School Superintendent Steve Boynton will present options for Isaac Newton Magnet School at a community meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, at Newport Intermediate School.
All interested persons are invited to attend, including parents of current INMS students and parents interested in sending their children to INMS.
This discussion is part of the overall planning for the coming school year. Administrators with Lincoln County School District have been exploring ways to reconfigure the Newport schools to best accommodate full-day kindergarten and to provide additional classroom space at the Newport High School campus, which is at capacity.
NOTE: This meeting was originally set for Dec. 11 but was rescheduled to the 15th because of conflicting school and community activities.
- ECEL Students to Host Craft Fair at LCSD District Office
Posted: Nov. 24, 2014
Community members are invited to stop by the Lincoln County School District main office on Dec. 2, 3 and 4 to support the Newport High School/Newport Prep Academy ECEL students as they host a holiday craft fair.
The craft fair will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Thursday at the district office, 459 SW Coast Highway in Newport.
ECEL stands for Education for Community Employment and Life. Students with special needs are enrolled in this program so that they may receive quality instruction, special education services, transition activities, and practical application to achieve their maximum individual potential in academics, in our community, and in life.
Items to be sold at the craft fair include beaded Christmas ornaments (candy canes, wreaths, Christmas trees, icicles), cinnamon ornaments (angels, mittens, Christmas trees), Christmas bulbs (Teenage Mutant Ninja, glass bulbs), foam snowflakes, paperclip angels, fresh Oregon-grown hazelnuts, soup-in-a-jar mixes, and fabric wreaths.
Proceeds will go back into the ECEL program. More importantly, the sale will allow students to practice a variety of employment-related skills: money management, customer service, inventory, getting along with co-workers, implementing the strategy behind the sale, and displaying appropriate behavior in a public setting.
- Siletz Tribe Grant Used for Emergency Radios
Posted: Nov. 20, 2014
When there is a large-scale emergency at a public school involving police or fire response, clear communications are essential for the most effective response. Thanks to a Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund grant of $2,375, school emergencies will be managed more effectively.
The grant was awarded to the Lincoln County School District on Nov. 7, enabling the district to purchase 10 two-way radios, one for each school campus. The radios will have the same frequencies as the school radios and will be given to the police and fire incident commanders on scene to use during a school emergency. The impact of the grant cannot be understated, with some 5,800 students and staff members at the local schools each day.
“As a county-wide district, our 10 school campuses interface with five different law enforcement agencies and eight different fire agencies. That’s why it is so critical that we have standardized communication and coordination during a school emergency,” says Sue Graves, LCSD safety coordinator.
Over the years, the school district has worked closely with local emergency service partners to develop standardized emergency plans that all schools follow. Also, district staff has worked to learn the incident command system widely used by government response agencies.
“This knowledge helps all the different agencies understand our emergency procedures, no matter which school they come to assist,” Graves says. “And, it helps our school staff to partner effectively with outside agencies.”
Along with the new two-way radios, each school principal is now equipped with a brightly colored green vest, which designates them as the Incident Commander. This will help police and fire personnel to quickly identify them as being in charge at the school, and the person with whom to coordinate.
Lincoln City Police Department School Resource Officer Oscar Escalante poses with Oceanlake Elementary Principal Rilke Klingsporn, Taft High 7-12 Principal Majalise Tolan, and Taft Elementary Principal Nick Lupo, showing off the new two-way radios and green Incident Commander vests. Newport Police Department Field Training Officer Thomas Lekas and Newport Intermediate School Principal Tiana Tucker show off the new two-way radio that will be used in case of an emergency at the school.
- Toledo Alumna Plans to Join Medical Mission
Posted: Nov. 19, 2014
Misty Kosydar, a graduate of Toledo Junior/Senior High School, is raising funds so that she may join a medical mission team that will perform vision-saving surgeries on 200 patients in Burma.
Kosydar currently works as an ophthalmic technician for Dr. John Haines at The Eye Center in Eugene. She has been invited to join the medical staff in December as they travel to Burma, a nation in southeast Asia also known as Myanmar. The team plans to perform cataract surgery for individuals who otherwise would not receive treatment. Over the past 20 years, Haines and his team have performed more than 2,000 surgeries in 11 countries.
The daughter of Mike and Kristy Kosydar of Siletz, Misty Kosydar graduated from Toledo High in 2005. She continued her studies at Portland State University, with a double major in anthropology and science, and concentrations in physics and chemistry. She hopes to be accepted to medical school during the 2015 application cycle.
On her “GoFundMe” site, Kosydar writes: “Nearly 20 million people suffer from treatable blindness caused by cataract formation. I am asking for your help in order to raise funds for my travel expenses so that I may be a part of this life-changing experience.”
Any funds raised beyond her travel expenses will be donated to Haines’ Give Me Sight Foundation to help fund future medical missions. Donations may be sent directly to Kosydar at P.O. Box 76, Siletz OR 97380; or through the online account at: http://www.gofundme.com/mistyburma
- School District Surplus Sale Nov. 21-22 at Arcadia School
Posted: Nov. 13, 2014
To raise funds for the Waldport High School small engines class and racing program, Lincoln County School District is holding a surplus sale Nov. 21-22 at the Arcadia School in Toledo.
Items to be sold include equipment and supplies from the school building, located at 1811 NE Arcadia Drive. Sale times are 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22.
Daniel Wirick, the shop and technology teacher Waldport High, says his small engines and racing program is buzzing with activity. Plans for a Mow Down racing event in the spring are underway with excited students ready to take on the challenge. The program is looking to grow with after school activities and clubs. The surplus sale will help to fund these programs, giving students with an interest in engineering a place to apply themselves.
For information, call 541-563-3243 or send an email to: Daniel.Wirick@lincoln.k12.or.us
- Community Invited to Turkey Bingo & Silent Auction
Posted: Nov. 10, 2014
It’s time again for the popular Turkey Bingo & Silent Auction at Toledo Elementary. This annual event has been bringing community members and school families together for an evening of fun fund-raising since 1997.
This year’s Turkey Bingo takes place from 5:30 PM to 8 PM Friday, Nov. 21, with doors opening at 5 PM.
Refreshments will be available for purchase along with supervised kids’ activities for all ages. Bingo cards are $2 each, or three for $5. Prizes follow the Thanksgiving meal theme (frozen turkeys, sacks of potatoes, canned cranberry sauce, etc.).
The Silent Auction keeps getting bigger and better each year, with a wide range of donated items from businesses near and far.
Proceeds from Turkey Bingo support the school’s swim program, technology, playground equipment, and cultural opportunities for students.
- Green Cord Program Encourages Student Volunteerism
Posted: Oct. 28, 2014
The newly established Green Cord Program at Taft High 7-12 in Lincoln City encourages students to better their community through volunteerism – and local non-profit entities are invited to participate as recipients of this selfless service.
Under the Green Cord Community Service Award Program, freshmen, sophomores and juniors who document 100 hours of community service in an academic year will receive special recognition at the end of the year. In addition, graduating seniors who complete 100 hours of service will receive a green honor cord to wear during graduation as a symbol of their achievement.
Any community organization looking for high school volunteers may go online to fill out a contact form. This information will be verified and posted on a “help wanted” board for student volunteer opportunities. The process is being overseen by the school counselors. One counselor, Vicky Roller, credits the school district’s secondary education director, Eric Clendenin, for this innovative idea.
“He has brought fresh and exciting ideas to our district, and is driven by student success,” Roller says. “Eric has been integral in raising expectations and providing support and opportunities to our students.”
For complete information about the program and summary of requirements, go online to: http://taftgreencord.weebly.com. For non-profits that are seeking teen volunteers to help with a specific project, click on "Request Volunteers/Contact" link and fill out the Request for Volunteers form.
- Clothing & Costume Swaps Set for Toledo, Newport
Posted: Oct. 14, 2014
Family Clothing & Costume Swaps are planned this coming week for students and their families in Toledo and Newport.
Community members are invited to round up their clean, gently used clothing, costumes, accessories and other wearables that their family is no longer using and bring them to the clothing swap, hosted by the Lincoln County School District HELP Program.
Students and their families are welcome to browse the selection for “new to you” clothing and costumes just in time for Halloween.
The first swap will be from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, at the Toledo HELP Center located at Toledo Elementary School, 600 SE Sturdevant Rd.
The second swap will be from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at the Newport HELP Center at Yaquina View, Room F, 351 SE Harney St.
For more information, call the HELP Centers at 541-336-4357 or 541-574-5824.
- School Board Seeks Applicants for Budget Committee
Posted: Oct. 14, 2014
The Lincoln County School District Board of Directors is seeking to fill three vacancies on the LCSD Budget Committee.
Vacancies exist in:
• ZONE 1 (Lincoln City area) – full three-year term, to serve through June 30, 2017.
• ZONE 2 (Agate Beach, north to south end of Lincoln City) one-year remainder term, to serve through June 30, 2015.
• ZONE 5 (south county-Waldport area) – full three-year term, to serve through June 30, 2017.
Those interested in serving in this volunteer position:
• May NOT be an employee of LCSD,
• Must currently reside in the respective zone, AND
• Must be a registered voter.
A complete description of the zones is on file at the LCSD administration office in Newport, as well as at the Lincoln County Clerk’s office at the courthouse in Newport.
Applications are available below and at the district administration office (459 SW Coast Hwy. in Newport). They must be received by Laurie Urquhart in the district office by FRIDAY, NOV. 7.
Applications may be faxed to 541-574-7620 or scanned and emailed to Laurie.Urquhart@lincoln.k12.or.us
The board hopes to appoint representatives to these positions at the next regular board meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 18.
For more information, call Laurie Urquhart at 541-265-4403.
- AmeriCorps Volunteers to ‘Shine Light on Homelessness’
Posted: Oct. 7, 2014
Could you successfully survive on take-home pay of under $800 a month? Four young adults in Lincoln County find that they can – but only with a generous amount of public and private support and compassion from others.
“It can be done, but it’s a humble existence,” says Brenda Cabrera, one of four AmeriCorps members working with Lincoln County School District’s homeless program known as HELP (Homeless Education & Literacy Project).
Cabrera and three other AmeriCorps members are working as volunteer coordinators at each of the four LCSD HELP Centers – Cabrera is based in Newport, Tim Pringle in Toledo, Grayson Schlosser in Waldport, and Lauren Arntt in Lincoln City. They work in collaboration with the homeless advocates located at each site to encourage greater community awareness and participation through volunteerism.
Katey Townsend, HELP/Homeless Program coordinator for the school district, says affordable housing has been the greatest challenge for AmeriCorps members in Lincoln County – much like the families they work with in their program. Over the 11 months of AmeriCorps service, each individual receives a living stipend that equates to under $7 an hour, along with health insurance and childcare, if needed. After completing their service, each is eligible for a $5,550 award to be applied toward education loan repayment.
Beyond any monetary value, the AmeriCorps volunteers say they will receive useful workplace skills, experience that could lead to future professional opportunities, and an appreciation for active citizenship. Most of all, they believe the real-life experience of working with a population in need will bring personal growth and create greater community-wide understanding.
“My goal for the year is to be as compassionate as possible, to see how far I can grow, and to help grow the community awareness of the homeless issue,” says AmeriCorps member Tim Pringle. “There is a need, and we must shine a light on it.”
Lincoln County School District’s 2014-2015 AmeriCorps volunteers are, from left, Tim Pringle, Lauren Arntt, Brenda Cabrera, and Grayson Schlosser.
About the AmeriCorps members:
Lauren Arntt, 22, is a Lincoln City native and a 2010 graduate of Taft High. In June, she earned a bachelor of science degree in human services and public health from Oregon State University. During her younger years, she says, she was blind to the issues facing the local population but a college research project focused on Lincoln City opened her eyes. Now, she wants to give back to her community by building relationships with families and community members.
Brenda Cabrera, 22, graduated from Southern Oregon University in June with a bachelor of arts degree in sociology and Spanish. During her college experience, she developed an increased awareness of social inequity, and a desire grew within her to work one-on-one with the homeless population.
A Waldport resident for the past decade, Grayson Schlosser, 22, became involved with, and inspired by, Senitila McKinley’s Seashore Family Literacy after-school program. During his AmeriCorps service, he hopes to be an integral part of “bringing the puzzle pieces together, bringing the community closer together.” After his AmeriCorps service is complete, he will return to his music studies at New Hope Christian College in Eugene as a sophomore.
Tim Pringle, 27, received a master of fine arts degree in poetry from Eastern Washington University near Spokane. He accepted the AmeriCorps job because it is very similar to work he had done at the university – and he is challenged by the prospect of applying his educational background to his work with homeless students. Poetry slam, anyone?
As volunteer coordinators for the school district’s HELP Program, 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. See contact info in article, below.
- Beware of Fundraising Frauds
Posted: Sept. 25, 2014
Local residents who are asked to donate funds, purchase magazines or other items, or buy space in a published directory – purportedly to benefit local schools – are urged to be cautious.
In recent days, solicitors claiming to benefit Taft High 7-12 in Lincoln City have been trying to sell magazines and directory space. If in doubt, ask to see a person’s student or school identification, printed documentation, and/or call the school office directly to verify whether any local fundraising efforts are underway.
- School District’s HELP Program Seeks Volunteers
Posted: Sept. 25, 2014
The Lincoln County School District H.E.L.P. Program (Homeless Education and Literacy Project) is seeking regular and episodic volunteers to assist with various activities throughout the year.
The program works with students and/or their family to eliminate the barriers related to school attendance and success. In order to maximize support and services to students, volunteers are needed at HELP Centers located in all areas of the county. There are a variety of opportunities to fit the schedules and interests of community volunteers, including:
• Tutors and Homework Helpers
• LIFT Buddies (Early Childhood/Parent Program)
• Collecting resource donations
• Working at the Clothing Closet
• Hosting student job shadow opportunities
• Special events and fundraising
• General support
Volunteers must complete an application, background check, Safe Schools training, and the confidentiality agreement. Please contact one of the HELP Centers in your area for more information:
• North County (Depoe Bay to Otis) – Lauren Arntt, 541-996-4878 or Lauren.Arntt@lincoln.k12.or.us
• East County (Toledo, Siletz, Eddyville) – Tim Pringle, 541-336-4357 or Tim.Pringle@lincoln.k12.or.us
• West County (Newport) – Brenda Cabrera, 541-574-5824 or Brenda.Cabrera@lincoln.k12.or.us
• South County (Waldport, Yachats) – Grayson Schlosser, 541-563-8584 or Grayson.Schlosser@lincoln.k12.or.us
- Community support needed for College Application Week
Posted: Sept. 18, 2014
Applying and preparing for college can be a daunting task, especially for first-generation, low-income, and other students who may face barriers in applying to college.
College Application Week, to be held the week of Nov. 3 in Lincoln County School District, provides students with the tools to take control of their future.
Community involvement is vital to making this event a success – school staff, parents and community members help students fill out applications, organize paying fees, and provide encouragement and support.
“College is just around the corner for our seniors, so the process of searching and applying needs to begin now,” says Vicky Roller, counselor at Taft High 7-12 in Lincoln City. “With support from community members, students can connect to resources that will help prepare them for college.”
In 2012, Taft High 7-12 in Lincoln City was one of six pilot schools in Oregon to join this national event. This year, more than 80 Oregon high schools will participate. Along with Taft High, this includes Newport High, Toledo Junior/Senior High, Waldport High, Siletz Charter School, and Eddyville Charter School.
For more information about College Application Week, go online to OregonGoesToCollege.org.
To find out how you can be involved at one of your local high schools, contact Roller at 541-996-2115 or by email at: email@example.com
- ODE Releases State, Local Student Academic Results
Posted: Sept. 10, 2014
Administrators with Lincoln County School District (LCSD) are reviewing results of the 2013-14 state assessments in reading, math, science, and writing to see how local students are performing academically – with an eye on Superintendent Steve Boynton’s five-year goal of having the district ranked in the top 20 percent statewide for student academics and at least three schools in the top 10 percent.
“I am challenging our teachers and administrators to rethink the way we teach and the way students learn, to change the school culture, and to engage every student,” says Boynton, who is in his first year as district superintendent. “We have talented people at all levels who are primed for positive change, and our students will certainly benefit from this renewed excitement.”
A quick review of the data released by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) on Sept. 10 shows a mixed bag of results for LCSD, with room for improvement across all subject matters, grades, and schools. However, there are a few notable highlights – Taft High School in Lincoln City showed strong increases in the percentage of students meeting or exceeding state standards in math, reading, and science; Toledo Junior/Senior High showed increases in math, reading, science and writing; and Siletz Valley Charter School showed increases in math and reading.
“Assessment is a necessary tool to show how much our students know and how much they are improving from one year to the next,” Boynton said. “Once we thoroughly review and interpret the data, we’ll have a better understanding of what we are doing well in the classroom, and those areas where we need to improve.”
Anyone with questions about assessment results is encouraged to contact their local school principal.
- WHS Teacher Seeks Small Engine Donations
Posted: Sept. 2, 2014
Do you have an old riding lawn mower or pieces and parts that are gathering dust or turning to rust? Consider donating them to the shop class at Waldport High School.
WHS shop teacher Daniel Wirick will be teaching a new unit on small engines and drive trains. Students who participate in this program have the potential opportunity to earn college credit and take the Equipment and Engine Training Council certification exam in small engines.
Wirick says he will gladly accept donations of riding lawn mowers and/or parts, running or non-running, any time during the next three months. To schedule a pickup or drop off, call the school at 541-563-3243 weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- After School Programs Begin Sept. 8
Posted: Aug. 25, 2014
School will be back in session soon – which means Lincoln County School District’s after-school programs will be up and running, too!
Beginning Monday, Sept. 8, students who are enrolled in the 21st Century Community Learning Centers After School Program serving their school will receive academic enrichment, with a focus on science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics and reading. Enrollees also receive homework help, tutoring, a hot meal, and transportation. Program hours are 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on most school days; and 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on early release days. The cost for each 12-week session is $125.
After-school programs can be an important addition to a child’s school day, says Joyce Thompson Graham, director of LCSD’s after school programs. Research shows that children who participate in after school programs have better attitudes toward school, better attendance, fewer discipline issues, better grades, and improved test scores.
For more information and to register your child, contact the 21st Century Community Learning Center in your area:
Taft Elementary School in Lincoln City (serving students in grades 1-6) – call Teri at 541-264-0865.
Neighbors for Kids in Depoe Bay (serving grades 1-12) – call Amberdawn at 541-765-8990.
Toledo Elementary School (also serving Eddyville Charter; grades 1-6) – call Dana at 541-270-5486.
Siletz Valley Schools (grades 1-8) – call Dana at 541-270-5486 (opening date to be determined).
Crestview Heights School (serving grades 4-8) – call Tamara at 541-270-5550.
Seashore Family Literacy (serving grades 1-12) – call Cathy at 541-563-7323.
Sam Case Primary School (serving students in grades 1-6) – call Brooke at 541-992-0512.
Newport Prep Academy (serving grades 7-8) – call Cathy at 541-272-0421 (opening Oct. 6).
- New Teachers Welcomed to Lincoln County School District
Posted: Aug. 20, 2014
While the last few days of summer dwindle away, Lincoln County School District staff are back at work and gearing up for the new school year, which begins Sept. 2 for most students.
School administrators returned to their buildings on July 28, school office staff returned during the first couple weeks of August, teachers new to LCSD reported on Aug. 18, and all other returning teachers and most other staff will be back in the schools on Aug. 25.
During these last few weeks of summer, LCSD personnel have been attending comprehensive training, both mandatory and elective. Course topics run the gamut – 5 Steps to Balanced Math, Student Learning Growth Goals, TRIBES, non-violent crisis intervention, STAR Training, CPR-AED-First Aid, kindergarten assessment training, building technology representative training, to name a few.
Sixty new teachers have been attending an induction this week. During the three and a half day session, they have had the opportunity to meet school principals and district-level administrators. They are attending work sessions on a variety of topics to enhance their teaching skills and improve the classroom experience for students. They also are introduced to the various systems and procedures used by the school district.
North Area Teachers (Lincoln City): front row from left, Heidi Barney, Abi Kurfman, Noelle Stoll, Lindsay Fuson, Asia Richardson, Mellie Bukovsky-Reyes, and Joann Sustrick; seated from left, Andrea McDonald, Glenda Patterson, Mychaela Olson, Rachel Martin, Nick Culbertson, Julie Hamilton, and Rebecca Hatfield; standing from left, Sarah Horobin, Mary Parnell, Lisa Nicosia, Karen Swinkels, Kelsey Culbertson, Tia Maslen, Angie Kay, Heather Rivas, and Jon Lewis.West Area Teachers (Newport): Seated from left, Rohan Cordy, Brad Thompson, Brooke Klaudt, Shaun Templeton, Theresa Chirgwin, Andrea Kopshever, Cody Rosenthal; back row from left, Janet Erskine, Emily Small, Dawny Guidry, Nichole Hoffman, Britt Beernink, Amy Shumate, Arlene Thompson, and Penny McDermott.East Area Teachers (Toledo): Seated from left, Josh Beaudry, Coley Wallin, Eddie Townsend, Jon Helmandollar, Lauren Nixon, Ali Kurt, and Katy Bean; standing from left, Kawika Boro, Anna Zimmerman, Michael McDowell, Theresa Desaulniers, Donna Norris, Paulina Gralow, and Kali Knudson.
South Area Teachers (Waldport): Seated from left, Cassie Nickerson, John McIntyre, and Courtney Baker; back row from left, Kelsey Triner, Shawn McDonald, Ashley Hill and Sharon Dvora.
- District Expands Communications to Facebook, Twitter
Posted: Aug. 20, 2014
Lincoln County School District is expanding its communications program to include a presence on Facebook and Twitter. The goal is to encourage real time, two-way communication between the school district and its students, families, and the overall community.
“These social media tools are great ways to share information and to help us build relationships with our stakeholders,” says Mary Jo Kerlin, LCSD communications coordinator. “It’s about portable, timely, and two-way communication. It will allow us to reach a larger audience in real time, and will give our families and community members another opportunity to interact and respond.”
Along with Facebook and Twitter, the school district will continue its existing communications program, which includes news releases distributed to local and regional media; district and school websites; district and school newsletters; email messaging; a 24-hour information line; and automated phone messages.
Some LCSD schools and teachers already use Facebook or Twitter to reach their students and families, but this is the first district-wide effort.
“Of course, one-to-one conversation is often the best way to communicate,” Kerlin says. “We strongly encourage anyone with questions, comments or concerns to call or email their child’s teacher or principal directly. Or, they may send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.”
To access the Twitter account, go online to Twitter.com, sign in or sign up, then search for LincolnCoSchoolDist@LCSD_Oregon.
For the Facebook page, go to Facebook.com, sign in or sign up, then search for Lincoln County School District – Oregon.
Kerlin cautions that there are several Lincoln County School Districts across the country, so be sure you find the correct and current pages.
For more information, you may contact her at email@example.com or by phone at 541-265-4412.
- School Registration Begins mid-August
Posted: July 23, 2014
Summer vacation will be winding down soon for approximately 5,100 local public school students. Lincoln County School District student registration gets underway on Aug. 11 at some schools, with the first day of school on Sept. 2 for many students.
See schedule and other info here.
- NHS Students Earn Prestigious IB Diplomas
Posted: July 10, 2014
On July 5, three Newport High School graduates – pictured from left, Jacob Hanna, Sophia Solano and Rachel Johnson – were awarded the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.
To earn the IB diploma, these three students during their junior and senior year had to take exams in six IB courses, complete a 4,000-word essay based on an independent research project, and document and reflect on their 150 hours of creativity, action and service.
Rachel Johnson will major in bioengineering at Oregon State University. She will receive an annual $3,000 IB scholarship in addition to her other academic scholarships. Her IB diploma also has earned her entrance into OSU Honors College with sophomore standing and about 48 credits.
“The IB program was one of the most challenging experiences I’ve had, yet it was also the most rewarding,” Johnson said. “The friendships, academic skills, preparation for college, and self confidence I have developed over the past two years were well worth all of the late nights, stress, and hard work.”
Sophia Solano will attend Pacific University, majoring in international relations and concert performance. Her IB diploma has earned her a $3,000 annual scholarship in addition to her other scholarships. Pacific University is also granting her 32 credits for her high scores on her IB exams, which means she will start college with sophomore standing. Solano also will be included in the Deans’ Reading Group which meets regularly to discuss readings associated with scholarly events on campus.
Jacob Hanna had already earned a full scholarship to Brigham Young University due to his high grade point average, his musical skills, his challenging course load while earning his IB Diploma, and his SAT scores. Hanna will enter the prestigious BYU School of Fine Arts and Communication, where he will focus his studies on music composition.
This is the fifth year that Newport High School students have earned the IB Diploma, with 15 students earning IB Diplomas. Students interested in working toward earning an IB Diploma at Newport High School should contact school staff during registration in August.