News & Announcements:

News Update About School Shooting in Roseburg
Published on Thursday, October 01, 2015

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You may have heard the news that a shooting occurred at Umpqua Community College earlier today. We are saddened by this news and our thoughts are with the students, staff, and families of Umpqua Community College. We join with other school districts in assuring our community that safety is a serious priority in our schools.

When events like this happen, we naturally want to protect our children. Our school counseling staff has provided the following information as a resource for parents. Our school counselors are also available to help if news like this has affected your family and you need assistance.

  1. 1. Please limit media coverage! Your student will hear about this from many sources.  When children watch media coverage it is often traumatizing.

2. Be mindful about your adult conversations. When adults talk to their peers, children overhear.

3. Allow your child to express their emotions. Reassure them there are adults here to help kids be safe.

4. If your child is talking about these events, ask them what they know. “What have you heard about that?”

5. Finally, children do not need all the details. Keep the facts simple and age appropriate.

As part of our regular safety activities, the Corvallis School District has established standard response protocols for all emergencies. Our schools conduct safety drills on a regular basis and all staff are trained to respond according to the protocols. We believe an important element in keeping our schools safe is to invest in our relationships between students, staff, and parents. Students are encouraged to talk with adults and report their safety concerns. We also urge parents to register on the emergency notification system, In an emergency, we will communicate to parents and the community via our website, school Listservs, and FlashAlert.

Please join me in sending our support to the Roseburg community during this very tragic time.

Erin Prince, Superintendent


School Board revisits equity discussion
Published on Thursday, October 01, 2015

Leaders of the Corvallis School District provided the School Board with an in depth review of student demographics, assessment and achievement data, and proposed plans to better meet the needs of all students at the Board’s Strategic Planning Retreat on September 28, 2015.

Superintendent Erin Prince and her leadership staff presented data including student and family demographics, assessment and standardized test scores, and homeless student counts. The objective of the meeting was to lay the foundation for the school district’s equity transformation plan, to be finalized and adopted later this year.

Superintendent Prince opened the meeting with a review of the school district’s vision statement ensuring equitable access to an inclusive and rigorous learning experience for all students. After a lengthy review of student data, draft guidelines for the district’s equity initiatives were discussed. The focus of these initiatives is to close the opportunity gap, help all students make academic progress, and ensure that every student graduates.

“These retreats give us an opportunity to look at the big picture” said School Board Chair Chris Rochester. “We made progress in identifying the areas of inequity in the school district.  Some of these are obvious; others are subtler.  We made a firm commitment to allocate resources to remove barriers to student achievement and participation.  We discussed equity guiding principles, which will frame and guide specific action beginning this year.  These principles will include recognition of the importance of addressing barriers to achievement, and a strong commitment to take action to remove them.  After further discussion, the board will formally adopt our equity guiding principles.” Some equity concerns include disparity in achievement and discipline rates, especially for some under-represented groups, low math scores for English Language Learners and students with disabilities, and high numbers of homeless students. The school district is particularly interested in supporting students in historically underserved groups, including students with disabilities, English Language Learners, students of color, and students who live in poverty. read more


School Board selects Scott Newsham for Interim Position #6
Published on Thursday, September 24, 2015

At the September 14, 2015 school board meeting, School Board chair Chris Rochester led the public process to appoint an interim director for Position 6 on the Corvallis School Board.  Scott Newsham was selected unanimously from a pool of five candidates. The term of this appointment begins September 14, 2015 and expires on June 30, 2017. 

Mr. Newsham relocated to Corvallis from Alexandria, Virginia where he served as a member of the Alexandria City School Board from 2006 -2009. On that board he served in a leadership role in the development of three annual operating budgets, chaired the board’s Facilities Committee, and championed successful efforts to make environmental and LEEDS standards key elements of Alexandria City Public Schools operations and educational program.  Mr. Newsham is a retired Environmental Protection Specialist of the U.S. Coast Guard. Since moving to Corvallis, he has become a volunteer at College Hill High School and he also volunteers for the Friends of the Corvallis-Benton Library and the South Corvallis Food Bank.


2014-15 State Assessment Results Released
Published on Thursday, September 17, 2015

The Oregon Department of Education released results on the 2014-15 standardized tests for school districts today. Smarter Balanced replaces the OAKS (Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) test and is an end of year summative assessment administered to specific grade levels in English and math. The test was created to align with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), a set of shared K-12 learning expectations for students and marks a new baseline for measuring student achievement. Science standards and assessment remain the same as prior years. more


Student Transportation Services Update
Published on Friday, September 11, 2015

The Corvallis School District contracts with First Student, Inc. for transportation services. Transportation includes bus service to and from school, field trips, athletics, and other school related activities. There is currently a statewide shortage of school bus drivers in Oregon and First Student is experiencing this shortage.  The shortage has caused combined bus routes and more crowded buses in the Corvallis School District, resulting in bus delays. School district staff are working closely with First Student to minimize disruption on home to school bus routes. For questions about bus routes or schedules, contact the Corvallis School District Facilities & Transportation Department at 541-757-5877.


Superintendent's Message

Superintendent Erin Prince’s monthly report to the school board about what’s happening in the Corvallis School District.

"Superintendent's Report 9-14-15" - Posted Friday, September 18, 2015

"Superintendent's Report 8-17-15" - Posted Monday, August 24, 2015

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