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Reminder: Schools will be in session on President's Day, February 15
Published on Thursday, February 11, 2016

Schools will be open on President's Day,( Monday, February 15) as a weather make up day for the weather related school closure in January. High schools will operate with their usual Monday ODD schedules.

 

Immunization Exclusion Day, Wednesday, February 17
Published on Tuesday, February 09, 2016

 

Benton County Health Department’s immunization program reminds parents of school-aged children that records need to be brought up to date before Oregon’s annual immunization exclusion day on Wednesday, February 17.

State law requires that all children in public and private schools have up-to-date immunizations- or have a non-medical exemption- to continue attending. According to the Health Department’s Deputy Director Charlie Fautin, immunizations are important to avoid disrupting a child’s education and help protect the entire community from infectious diseases.

“In modern times we have become used to the absence of highly dangerous infections like measles, diphtheria and pertussis,” Fautin said. “In fact, those disease do still exist and the fewer children who are vaccinated, the more dangerous they are.”

Benton County Public Health Officer Dr. Bruce Thomson emphasizes that no child should have to endure the misery and danger of illnesses preventable through vaccination. For example, prior to the measles vaccine approximately 400 children would die each year from measles. The older a child is when contracting a disease such as measles, the more likely it is that they will suffer long-term consequences.

“When children are vaccinated they are not only protected individually, but they protect all of their classmates, playmates, and family members,” Thomson said. “They won’t pass the illness on to a friend who can infect five others, and so on. It’s a social responsibility- a social contract- that we have with other.

Please contact your child's school office if you have questions about the upcoming exclusion day.

 

2014-15 Graduation and Completion Data Released
Published on Thursday, January 28, 2016

We are extremely proud to share the just released graduation and completion data from ODE and the amazing results for our district. For the third consecutive year our data is showing positive growth for high school graduates and fifth year completion. This is a transformational improvement in the 4 year graduation rate- a jump from 67.5% in 2012 to 86% in 2015 (compared to the state average of 73.8%).

The five year completion rate of 92.8% also represents a 9.7% increase since 2012 and is significantly greater than the state’s average of 81.6%.

Demographic highlights

All student groups have shown dramatic increases since 2012.

Student groups

2012 4 year
graduation rate

2015 4 year
graduation rate

Econ. Disadvantaged

45.7%

73.3%

English Lang. Learners

32.4%

46.7%

Hispanic

55.9%

81.1%

Special Education

31.5%

64.2%

 








Five year completion student groups

Significant increases in 5 year completion in all student groups since 2012.

Student groups

2012 5-yr completion

2015 5-yr completion

Econ. Disadvantaged

71.8%

84.9%

Eng. Language Learner

62.9%

88.2%

Hispanic

67.3%

85.3%

Special Education

76.3%

80.0%

 







According to Superintendent Erin Prince, "It takes courage to achieve this kind of shift. All staff have focused on individual students and personalized learning. We are sustaining the work that we started in 2012 and focusing on continually moving student growth upward."

These impressive gains can be attributed in part to our focus on inclusive and equitable practices for all students. By prioritizing resources where needed most and identifying and removing barriers to student success, we are seeing that all students can make progress towards graduation. We also recognize that the community is vital to student success. We are appreciative of the ongoing support through local option levy funds and private donations through the Corvallis Public Schools Foundation that provide additional staffing and support for students.

A special thank you to our school registrars and district office staff Laurie Corliss and Jennifer Schroeder for their commitment to accuracy in our student data and reporting.

 

Covallis schools closed Monday, January 18 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Published on Thursday, January 14, 2016


Corvallis public schools will be closed Monday, January 18, 2016 in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

The school district’s administrative offices also will be closed to the public during this time. Classes will resume and the central office will reopen for business on Tuesday, January 19 according to our regular hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Corvallis School Board will hold its first meeting of 2016 on Tuesday, January 19 in the Board Room at the school district administration building. The meeting begins at 6:30 pm. Board meeting agenda and materials are available here.

 

Celebrating School Board Recognition Month
Published on Thursday, January 14, 2016


The Corvallis School District will join this month with 196 school districts throughout Oregon to celebrate the volunteer service of school board members, Superintendent Erin Prince announced today. Current school board members include Chris Rochester, Chair, Tom Sauret, Vice-Chair, Vincent Adams, Judy Ball, Bill Kemper, Alexis McQuillan, and Scott Newsham.

“We are a community of volunteers and our school board is part of that mosaic. In Corvallis, we are lucky to have a group of educated, thoughtful, and committed individuals serving on the board. They are committed to what’s best for all students and they serve as the corporate board of directors for one of our community’s largest employers. This month, we are celebrating their leadership and service,” shared Superintendent Erin Prince.

School board members are publicly elected officials, representing citizens-at-large, versus by ward. They serve a term of four years and represent their fellow citizens’ views and priorities in the complex work of running our public schools. They also reinforce the principle of local control over public education, which is an important and highly valued aspect of education in Oregon. Their primary role is to establish policies which will promote student achievement, support continuous school improvement and maintain sound fiscal management.

 “Corvallis schools have a tradition of excellence that can be tied directly to the vision and commitment of our school board. In addition to regular board meetings, they participate in committees including finance, educational and facilities long range planning, equity, special education, sustainability, policy, and technology. In partnership with staff, the board thoughtfully deliberates and decides on the path forward for education in Corvallis. Their efforts often go unrecognized and we are happy to take time this month to celebrate this outstanding group of individuals.”

During the January 19 School Board meeting, board members will be recognized and each school will present a book purchased in their honor, to be included in each school’s library.


 

School Calendar Update- February 15 will be a weather make-up day
Published on Thursday, January 07, 2016

Due to localized flooding at specific school sites and the impact to multiple school bus routes, school was cancelled for students on December 18. There will be no student make-up day for this closure as we will be utilizing the state allotted time for emergency closures.

On January 4, the entire district was closed due to ice and freezing rain. This day will be made up on President’s Day, February 15, 2016, as identified as a weather closure make-up day on the 2015/16 calendar.   In the event of further weather or emergency closures this year, make-up days are identified on the school calendar as June 17 and June 20-24. Please hold these dates as possible school days.

 

Winter Break Closure - December 21, 2015 - January 1, 2016
Published on Friday, December 18, 2015

Corvallis schools will be closed December 21, 2015 to January 1, 2016. Classes will resume on Monday, January 4, 2016.

The school district administrative offices also will be closed to the public during this time. The central office will reopen for business on Monday, January 4 according to its regular hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Corvallis Public Schools Foundation office will also be closed but Foundation staff will be available to answer questions by phone during the winter break at 541-757-5857. End of the year tax-deductible donations may be made through the Foundation. Information is available here.


 

Public Invited to Review Elementary Math Curriculum, December 18
Published on Tuesday, December 15, 2015


As part of the instructional materials adoption cycle, the Corvallis School District has been reviewing elementary mathematics curriculum materials to ensure alignment with the educational standards adopted by the state of Oregon. 

On Friday, December 18, the recommended instructional materials for this adoption cycle will be on display at the Corvallis School District Office from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the community conference room.  This is a venue for constituents to be able to look at the curricular materials and to provide feedback. 

The instructional material program recommended for adoption for kindergarten through second grade is titled Bridges through Mathematics, Common Core (2nd) Edition, developed by Math Learning Center, a non-profit located in Salem, Oregon. Recommended materials for grades 3 through 5 are Engage New York Mathematics. Engage New York Mathematics is also a not for profit curriculum group and was developed by the New York State Education Department. 

The school board will adopt mathematics instructional materials at their January 19, 2016 board meeting. 

 

Inclement weather and school closure notifications
Published on Monday, November 30, 2015

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There are a variety of situations that might call for school cancellations including winter weather and interruptions to facility utilities. The safety of students and staff is the primary consideration for any decision regarding school cancellation, delayed start, or district closure. Additionally, the suitability of our facilities for occupation is carefully considered as well as the condition of roads. In any situation where safety may be compromised, school district leadership works with regional agencies to make informed decisions regarding risk factors. 

An alert will be posted on the school district website homepage and Facebook page as early as possible to allow parents and staff to make appropriate changes to their routines. The announcement will include links to bus snow routes if applicable.

In addition, local media is notified through FlashAlert Newswire. School district families are encouraged to subscribe to FlashAlert at www.flashalert.net for e-mail notifications or opt in to FA Messenger which provides notifications through a smartphone Android or iOS app. Sign up here. There is no charge for this service. 

Emergency updates and school closures are also available by calling the Corvallis School District emergency message line: 541-757-4555.

 

Corvallis High School Teacher Recognized for Science Education Leadership
Published on Monday, November 23, 2015

Congratulations to Corvallis High School teacher Britten Clark-Huyck who was recognized last month as the Oregon Science Teachers Association Outstanding Classroom Teacher for Region 2. Awardees were selected based on their ability to accelerate student achievement, motivate student excitement in science, and support and mentor other teachers.

While this award is specifically related to her work as a science educator, Ms. Clark-Huyck is also a certified Google instructor and in addition to teaching students, she is a mentor teacher in the use of instructional technology in high school classrooms.

In reflecting on her own high school educational experience, Ms. Clark-Huyck notes that she remembers a lot of lectures and a very teacher-centered environment. Now in her sixth year of teaching, her focus is on finding ways for all students to express their understanding. She works hard to find the barriers and move them out of the way for her students to have success. 

“Technology is incorporated into my classes in many ways. I believe strongly in incorporating 21st century digital skills into my student’s classroom practices. In addition to science fundamentals and concepts, all of my students are learning productivity skills such as file management and organization of digital files. This has been a true game changer for many of my kids.  With 1:1 devices, it is easy for me to create differentiated lessons to reach multiple skill levels. Technology has opened up a whole new culture of learning in my classroom; we are having fun learning together.”


 

A message from Corvallis School Board Chair Chris Rochester
Published on Monday, November 09, 2015


“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.” (A sign on Albert Einstein’s Princeton office door.) Einstein also said, “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” I think what he meant was not that school is useless, but that its real purpose is to teach young people how to think, reason, and question, so they will have the intellectual integrity and fundamental skills they need to be responsible citizens.

Let me give you a snapshot of the Corvallis school district. We have 14 schools, 6,600 students, and close to 800 staff. Our total minority population is 31 percent: 14 percent of our students are Hispanic; 7 percent are English language learners (we have 52 languages — the top four are Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, and Korean); 12 percent are children with special needs; nearly one out of three students (29 percent, as reported by parents) comes from economically disadvantaged circumstances. We believe the real percentage is higher. We have more than 200 homeless students.

These are things that can be counted that count.

The number of economically disadvantaged children in our schools has been increasing for a decade. Some of these children are high achievers; many are far behind, dragged down by all the discouragements of poverty.

Close to 90 percent of our operating budget comes from the state of Oregon school fund. The rest comes mainly from federal funds and our local option levy. This levy gives the school district critically needed funds for the arts, technical programs, and an array of student support. The levy has also helped us to stabilize rising class sizes. We will ask the voters to approve the school levy for another five years on the November 2016 ballot. 

Superintendent Erin Prince and her staff have worked tirelessly to move the district forward. Her watchwords are, “All students succeed. No student left behind. All students show growth.” There are no shortcuts to student achievement. It’s hard student-by-student, grade-after-grade work. This intensive student support has brought positive results. Our four-year graduation rate jumped from 68 percent to 84 percent in 2013-14 (we’re waiting for our 2014-15 results). Our first Smarter Balanced assessment results of essential Common Core reading, math and writing skills exceeded Oregon averages by double digits. All student groups showed academic growth. These are things that can be counted that count.

Still, we have too many students who struggle. Our English language learners, special education students, and economically disadvantaged students lag behind other groups. This may be predictable, but it is not inevitable. Some of the obstacles to achievement for these children are inequities that exist within the school district.

The school district can’t do much about the cost of housing, or the prevalence of poverty and homelessness in Corvallis. But there is much we can do to remove inequities in our schools. These may involve transportation, activity fees, access to more rigorous classes, or they may involve subtler issues such as instruction assumptions, different expectations for different students, or helping families navigate health and higher education systems. Einstein was right about this: many of our equity issues are things that can’t be counted that count.

While your school district has made significant progress on many fronts during the past four years, it has much more work to do with limited resources. Our mission has always been, and will always be, to do our best to truly educate every student. If we can do that, then our students can forget everything they learned in school, but remember everything that is important.

 

2014-15 District and School Report Cards released
Published on Friday, October 16, 2015


The Oregon Department of Education released report cards for all Oregon schools and districts this week. The report cards provide a snapshot of student demographics, performance on state assessment tests, specific programs and electives offered at individual schools, and comparative information for similar school districts. The report cards include assessment data from the new Smarter Balanced assessments and as a result, prior year data is not available for school ratings.  The school ratings will resume with next year’s report cards.

Corvallis schools continue to outperform comparable districts on state assessments and the most notable achievement is the improved graduation rate of 84%, compared to an average of 78% in comparable districts. “We are on the right path in directing the resources where they are most needed and closing the opportunity gap so that all students can make progress and graduate with a diploma,” notes Superintendent Erin Prince. Detailed Corvallis school reports are available here.

Other areas of strength for Corvallis schools include a higher percentage of freshmen on track to graduate within four years (89% compared to 85%), greater numbers of students taking the SAT college entrance exam (47% compared to 35%) and the  number of Corvallis students continuing their education after high school (73% compared to 62%.)

While school ratings are not provided this year, the report cards provide us with an opportunity to highlight the many areas we are getting it right for our students. In addition, they affirm where we need to focus our energy. According to Superintendent Prince, "We have work to do for our student subgroups including English Language Learners, students of color, students of poverty, and students in special education. The report cards are an annual measuring stick that guide us as we dig deeper and find new ways to help every student make progress and have success in school.” 

Complete ODE report cards and related files are available online here and the Comparison School and District data sheets can also be found here

 


 

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

 

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 1-19, 2016" - Posted Friday, January 22, 2016

"Superintendent's Report 12-7-2015" - Posted Monday, December 14, 2015

"Superintendent's Report 11-9-2015" - Posted Thursday, November 12, 2015

"Superintendent's Report 10-5-2015" - Posted Tuesday, October 13, 2015

"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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