- DISTRICT RESPONDS TO FLU AND NOROVIRUS
February 6, 2017
Staff at Lincoln County Schools are aware of an increase in the number of students experiencing flu-like symptoms over the last several weeks. Since then, our custodial company, Sodexo has worked diligently to increase cleaning, nightly and on weekends, at all of our schools. We are also working closely with our local public health department who have determined that we are seeing both flu and Norovirus here in Lincoln County.
Because these viruses are so contagious, please keep your child home if they are experiencing body aches, fever, sneezing, coughing, runny nose, diarrhea, vomiting or nausea. Students exhibiting these symptoms at school will be asked to wait in the health room and wear a mask until their parent or guardian picks them up. We are also asking staff members who are sick to stay home. These viruses are very contagious and we are working hard to try to prevent their spread.The health department has advised us that children who have vomiting or diarrhea symptoms will need to stay out of school until 48 hours after the last episode.
What You Can Do:
-Consider cleaning surfaces with bleach, as this is the only cleaner that will kill the Norovirus, which can live on surfaces for up to 72 hours.-Cover your cough, wash your hands frequently, and stay home if you are sick.
-It is not too late to get your flu shot.
Thank you for your partnership as we work to keep our students, your children healthy.
- FLU and norovirus HITS LINCOLN COUNTY (from Lincoln County Health/Human Services)
January 31, 2017
The flu season has hit Lincoln County; the Lincoln County School District reports multiple students out with respiratory illness and some students have confirmed influenza lab tests. In addition, Norovirus is suspected at some elementary schools.
Sodexo Custodial has extra personnel and is doing extra cleaning at all district elementary schools, and is using foggers to disinfect classrooms and other areas.
Lincoln is not the only county struggling with flu at this time. Read more about the flu here. Read more about Norovirus here.
- LCSD SCHOOL BOARD CELEBRATED DURING JANUARY
January 3, 2017
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 Ron Beck – he has served since July 2002, representing Zone 3 (Newport).
- Vice Chair Amanda Remund – she has served since March 2015, representing Zone 5 (south county including Elk City, Waldport and Yachats).
- Liz Martin – she has served since June 2010, representing Zone 2 (Schooner Creek area of Lincoln City south to Newport).
- Karen Bondley – she has served since September 2009, representing Zone 1 (north county including Lincoln City and Rose Lodge areas).
- Kelley Ellis – she has served since July 2011, representing Zone 4 (east county including Eddyville, Siletz and Toledo).
“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 11 schools and four charter schools located throughout the county, serving more than 5,200 students.
- OCCC NURSING STUDENTS GATHER HYGIENE SUPPLIES FOR HELP CENTERS
November 16, 2016
The Oregon Coast Community College Student Nurse Association coordinated the 8th annual hygiene supply benefiting students and families through the local HELP (Homeless Education and Literacy Program) Centers. Nursing students spent two weekends outside Fred Meyer, WalMart, and Bi-Mart collecting supplies and receiving generous donations from community members. A total of 1,578 pounds of supplies were collected to benefit local students and families in need in Lincoln County.
- LCSD SCHOOL BOARD OBSERVES AMERICAN EDUCATION WEEK
November 14, 2016
To honor and celebrate the important work of educators, the Lincoln County School District Board of Directors proclaimed November 14-18, 2016 as American Education Week. Please click here to see the resolution.For more than 90 years, American Education week has spotlighted the importance of providing every child in American with a quality public education from kindergarten through college, and the need for everyone to his or her part in making public schools great.
The LCSD School Board resolution states, in part, that public schools bring together adults and children, educators and volunteers, business leaders and elected officials in a common goal: to provide students with the tools needed to access a fulfilling and prosperous future.
Lincoln County School District employs close to 625 individuals- 250 teachers and other licensed staff, 250 support staff including administrators, and approximately 125 active substitutes and coaches. In addition, there are more than 1,300 parent and community volunteers who work with the education team to help children reach their highest potential.
- TOLEDO JR./SR. HIGH TO HOST STEM AND COLLEGE NIGHT NOV. 9th
November 3, 2016
Please join Toledo STEM students on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. as they share ongoing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) projects. Freshmen through seniors will display their: gliders, ArcGIS maps, Excel graphs, haunted house presentations, windmills, solar panels, ROVs, 3D printed projects, VEX robotics and various field trip and competition struggles and successes. Light refreshments will be provided.On the same evening (November 9th), the school will host ECMC (Educational Credit Management Corporation) College Night from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Commons. Information about scholarships, grants and federal financial aid will be discussed. Dinner is provided. This opportunity is open to all grade levels; a drawing will be held for three $500 scholarships for seniors attending the event. Please contact Principal Clint Raever for more information.
- TAFT HIGH SCHOOL'S COLLEGE APPLICATION WEEK NOV. 14-18, 2016
November 1, 2016
Taft High School will join more than 100 high schools and community based organizations around the state in hosting Oregon College Application Week events between November 14th and 18th. The goal of the week is to assist all seniors as they apply to some type of postsecondary educational option, including certificate programs, two-year degree programs, and four-year degree programs.During College Application Week, students at Taft High School will participate in a variety of college awareness activities, including college trivia, visits from university representatives, a cosmic bingo night, and more. With the help of school and community volunteers, they will complete applications, with the goal of 100% of the senior class submitting applications by the end of the week.
Oregon College Application Week is a statewide initiative coordinated by Oregon GEAR UP, in collaboration with a steering committee representing the K-12 community, community based organizations, and all sectors of Oregon’s higher education system. It is a participating program of the American Council on Education’s American College Application Campaign. For more information visit http://www.oregongoestocollege.org.
- NEWPORT HIGH HOSTING COLLEGE APPLICATION WEEK OCT. 31-NOV. 4
October 28, 2016
Newport High will join more than 100 high schools and community based organizations throughout the state in hosting Oregon College Application Week events on Monday, October 31, through Friday, November 4. The goal of the week is to assist all seniors as they apply to some type of postsecondary educational option, including certificate programs, two-year degree programs, and four-year programs.
Students at Newport High will participate in a variety of college awareness activities, including Path to Scholarships workshops, college representative Q & As, instant application events, applying for FAFSA, Oregon Promise, OSAC scholarships, college admissions, work source presentations, and military Q & As. With the help of school and community volunteers, they will complete applications, with the goal of 100 percent of the senior class submitting applications by the end of the week.
For more information about this event, please contact Asst. Principal Reyna Mattson, 541 265-9281.
Posted October 7, 2016
We are aware that there have been numerous incidents across the country, including in Oregon, of threats to schools, communities and other organizations involving clowns. Most of the threats have been hoaxes. Please read more here (English and Espanol).
- BUDGET COMMITTEE VACANCY, ZONE 4
Posted October 6, 2016
The Lincoln County School District Board of Directors is seeking to fill one vacancy on the LCSD Budget Committee.
A vacancy exists in Zone 4 (Toledo, Siletz, Eddyville areas). It is for a full three-year term, to serve through June 30, 2019.
Those interested in serving in this volunteer position may not be employees of LCSD, must currently reside in the respective zone, and must be registered voters. A complete description of the zones is on file at the LCSD administration office in Newport, as well as at the Lincoln County Clerk’s office at the courthouse in Newport.
Applications are available here, and at the district administration office (459 SW Coast Hwy. in Newport). They must be received by Laurie Urquhart in the district office by close of business on Friday, October 28th. The board hopes to appoint representatives to the positions at the regular board meeting on Wednesday, November 9th.
For more information, please call 541-265-4403.
- LCSD FOOD SERVICES REFUNDS DUE TO PARENTS
Updated September 14, 2016
During a review of balances in student food service accounts this past school year, it was discovered that the software previously used to record lunch deposits and meal purchases did not roll the student accounts when they moved to other Lincoln County School District schools. As a result, some students have remaining account balances from prior years.
Checks were mailed for all amounts due of $20 or more. All amounts under $20 are being held at the District Office. Click here to view a list of these balances and see if you are due a refund. If your name is on the list and you wish to obtain a refund, please come to the District Office located at 459 SW Coast Hwy, Newport, OR between 8 am and 4 pm Monday through Friday. Refunds can only be released to the parent listed. Please bring photo ID.
If you prefer to donate the refund to the district’s food services program, have questions about your refund, or need to make alternative arrangements to receive your refund, please contact Jamie Nicholson, LCSD Food Services Accounting Specialist at (541) 265-4420 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Per Oregon law, all refunds not claimed by October 31, 2016 will be sent to Oregon’s Unclaimed Property Division. Please contact them after that date to obtain your refund.
LCSD is an Equal Opportunity Provider.
- Water Testing for Lead Update
Posted September 1, 2016
Director of Support Services Rich Belloni shared information on the status of lead testing in LCSD. Every sink, drinking fountain and bubbler in every school has been tested, and any necessary remedies have been completed. “We are ready for school to start, and have placed student and staff safety at the forefront as we conducted tests and repairs,” said Mr. Belloni.
The district has conducted over 1400 tests. Some locker rooms, science labs and wash sinks have been posted as non-potable water; all other fixtures are under the EPA action level.
We encourage people to learn about lead in drinking water. The following website is a resource for this that provides information on the levels and health effects: https://www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water/basic-information-about-lead-drinking-water. Information and test results are on file at the Lincoln County School District Facilities and Maintenance Department (541) 336-2058.
A chart showing actions at each school may be found here.
- NEWPORT HIGH TEACHER BRIAN HANNA AWARDED PRESIDENTIAL AWARD
Posted August 24, 2016
The National Science Foundation announced that Newport High teacher Brian Hanna was selected to receive a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Mr. Hanna is one of 213 secondary teachers nationwide to receive this honor, and one of two in Oregon. The awardees represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Territories and the Department of Defense Education Activity schools. The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country. The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians and educators following an initial selection process at the state level.
Winners of this Presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion and are invited to Washington, D.C. for an awards ceremony, as well as educational and celebratory events and visits with members of the Administration.
“The recipients of this award are integral to ensuring our students are equipped with critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are vital to our nation’s success,” President Obama said.
The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is the nation’s highest honor for teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science). Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to the communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.
“Congratulations to Brian for this well-deserved award,” said Superintendent Steve Boynton. “He has been instrumental in leading the direction of mathematics instruction at the secondary level, and has contributed immensely to guiding the future of students he has taught.”
- LCSD CONTINUES OFFERING BREAKFAST AND LUNCH TO STUDENTS FOR NO CHARGE
Posted August 24, 2016
Due to its successful implementation last year, LCSD will continue participating in the program that provides students with breakfast and lunch for free. The project, titled “Community Eligibility Program” or C.E.P. is authorized by Congress as part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. Several school districts around the country are participating.This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
The program allows all students to eat breakfast and lunch at no charge. It eliminates the need for parents to complete free/reduced applications, eliminates student lunch charges, and streamlines operations for food services staff. Students are still responsible for paying for ala carte items and second lunches.
Providing students with nutritious meals (at no charge) enhances the district’s focus on “every child, every day.” Business Manager Julie Baldwin commented, “We are excited to be a part of this program to better serve our students. We always do our best to remove barriers to learning, and this program can go a long way toward that goal.”
Water Testing for Lead in LCSD
Director of Support Services Rich Belloni shared information on the status of lead testing in LCSD. Every sink, drinking fountain and bubbler in every school has been tested, and all results have been received at this time. The allowable lead concentration for schools is 0.0200 mg/L; corrective actions are taken on all results at or above this value. Test results are as follows:
Action Level Results
Newport High West
Newport High East
All fixtures that returned action level results have been taken out of service for fixture replacement and retesting. All retest results are scheduled to be received prior to the start of school. We encourage people to learn about lead in drinking water. The following website is a resource for this that provides information on the levels and health effects: https://www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water/basic-information-about-lead-drinking-water. Information and test results are on file at the Lincoln County School District Facilities and Maintenance Department (541) 336-2058. For additional information please see the chart here.