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Summer Free Meal Program to start Tuesday, June 16
Published on Friday, June 12, 2015


Every year, Corvallis School District offers free meals to all children 18 and under, regardless of household income, at a variety of sites throughout the area and are open to all. Our goal is that no child goes without a meal during the summer. We also partner with a wide number of local organizations, such as Osborn Aquatic, Corvallis Parks & Rec, OSU KidSpirit, Lancaster Bridge, Corvallis and Philomath Libraries, PYAC, Lincoln Summer School and Corvallis Boys & Girls Club, among others, to offer free lunches as part of their scheduled summer activities. 

All meals meet USDA nutritional guidelines in addition to utilizing local fruits and vegetables whenever possible.

All meals must be eaten on site. Parents may eat, too (provided all children receive a meal, first), for the nominal cost of $2.00 for breakfast and $3.50 for lunch. Please bring the exact amount, as we cannot make change.

The program will start on Tuesday, June 16.  The program at Garfield will be moving to Linus Pauling for just this summer due to renovation projects. We will be serving in back in the kitchen area.


See the Summer Meal Program webpage for a list of sites and serving times, as well as menus. 

 

District office, schools closed for the summer
Published on Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Corvallis School District administrative office will be closed to the public from Wednesday, July 1 through Friday, July 31. The central office will reopen for business on its regular schedule, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., beginning Monday, August 3.

Individual schools also will be closed to the public during the summer. Corvallis High School and Crescent Valley High School offices will open again on Wednesday, August 5. Middle schools will open Monday, August 17. Elementary school offices will open on Monday, August 10. Parents who need to register their child for school may do so at that time.


 Additional information about the 2015-2016 school year -- including fall registration dates, supply lists, etc. -- will be available on the "Back to School Information"
page by August 1.

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New Director of Finance & Operations
Published on Thursday, June 11, 2015


Olivia Buch will join the Corvallis School District as the new Director of Finance and Operations on July 1, 2015. An extensive search culminated with interviewing top candidates earlier this week with Buch emerging as the one finalist. Superintendent Dr. Erin Prince and her executive team are confident that Buch is the right person for 509J.  Prince shared “Olivia Buch comes to Corvallis with incredibly positive references and a strong track record in school district finance. She is energetic, confident and eager to work with our team.”

Olivia Buch has a long history of business and finance work within the public sector. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in accounting from Linfield College, she worked as a state auditor for the Oregon Secretary of State Audits Division for two years. She then was hired as the financial analyst, in the Fern Ridge School District, which is located just outside of Eugene with approximately 1,500 students. Buch was promoted to the district’s Business Manager after just one year and has held the position for the last ten years. She is also a certified government financial manager and certified school business manager.  

Welcome Olivia!

 

New Leadership Announcement (Updated)
Published on Thursday, June 04, 2015

Superintendent Dr. Erin Prince introduced today current Hoover Elementary Intervention Specialist Anna Marie Gosser as the school’s interim principal for the 2015-16 school year. “After an extensive search we didn’t find the right match for Hoover until we looked right inside. Anna Marie has graciously accepted to step in to lead an extraordinary school next year,“ Prince explained. A selection committee screened and interviewed candidates in May and Prince eventually decided to utilize an existing staff member on an interim basis for next school year.

Anna Marie Gosser started her career in Corvallis as a first and second grade teacher at Mountain View Elementary School where she taught for seven years before becoming a Reading Specialist at Mountain View, Wilson and Cheldelin Middle School for three additional years. She settled at Hoover where she’s been an Intervention Specialist for the last two years. Gosser started her career in Canby School District as a first grade teacher for three years after receiving her Bachelor of Science from Linfield College and then earned her Master of Education from George Fox University. Prince said “Anna Marie has established positive relationships with Hoover staff, students and the community. She will hit the ground running with energy and passion for student success. I couldn’t be more pleased.”

Corvallis School District is also pleased to welcome another new administrator for the 2015-16 school year. Nikki McFarland comes to 509J from Bellingham, Washington where she has worked as an assistant principal at Squalicum High School for the last year. She will step into the role of assistant principal at Cheldelin Middle School in July. Prior, she was the dean of students for one year and taught biology and advanced placement environmental science for eleven years. McFarland also was an advisor for several student clubs and chaired the science department. She has been a team leader for a Common Core State Standards Steering Committee and acted as coordinator for high school proficiency and Smarter Balanced Assessment.

"We are very excited to have the opportunity for Nikki to join our leadership team in Corvallis. She is bright, enthusiastic and eager to work with our Cheldelin staff and students," Superintendent Prince remarks. McFarland received her Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Education from Western Washington University.

McFarland will be taking over the assistant principal position at Cheldelin for Darren Bland. Bland has been serving as the current assistant principal at Cheldelin and will be moving to Linus Pauling Middle School to serve in this same position replacing Leslie Roache who has taken a principal position in Silver Falls. Bland came to 509J during the 2013-14 school year as the new

 Instructional Technology Specialist (TOSA) supporting classroom teachers. He has been an integral part of the 1:World initiative. Previously, he taught language arts in the McMinnville School District for seven years and was also at Aloha and Central Catholic High Schools for five years.  Superintendent Prince states that "Darren will bring a strong leadership energy and focus to Linus Pauling Middle School, providing stability and partnership with the new incoming principal, Alicia Ward-Satey. He is relational and a student-centered leader."

The district is thrilled to bring in a new administrator and also share the strengths and knowledge of another current successful administrator. These two individuals exemplify the imperative qualities of being focused on student success, providing resources and support to staff and families, and are dedicated educators.

 

Thirty students to earn Oregon State Seal of Biliteracy
Published on Thursday, June 04, 2015


The class of 2015 will include thirty students who will earn the recognition of the Oregon State Seal of Biliteracy. The seal recognizes high levels of academic proficiency in two languages. Since 2012, Corvallis educators and students have laid the groundwork and advocated for a statewide adoption of this recognition. This year, the Oregon Department of Education convened several meetings to align instructional standards and adopt a pilot program at the state level. Corvallis is one of eight school districts that will award the first official Oregon Seal of Biliteracy to graduates this year.

What makes the Seal of Biliteracy unique is that students must demonstrate cultural competency and develop a portfolio of reading, writing, listening, and speaking in two languages. Part of that portfolio includes completing ten hours of bilingual community service work and writing about that experience. There are multiple paths for Corvallis students to achieve this bilingual proficiency but most have participated in the K-12 Dual Immersion program. Twenty eight of this year’s graduates are bilingual in Spanish and two in French.

Seventeen of these students have been enrolled in the Corvallis Dual Immersion program since kindergarten. The goals of the program include developing high levels of proficiency in the student’s first language and a second language and demonstrating positive cross-cultural attitudes and behavior.

Superintendent Erin Prince acknowledges the high level of achievement of these students. “Corvallis is leading the way in preparing bilingual students to make great contributions in college, career, and their community. Educators, community leaders, and business leaders alike understand that biliteracy adds great value to our community and the workforce. We are proud of our students receiving the Oregon Biliteracy Seal and congratulate them on their achievement.” 

 

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 5-4-15" - Posted Thursday, May 21, 2015

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Corvallis School District 509J values the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups and is an equal opportunity educator and employer.  It is the policy of the district that there will be no discrimination or harassment of individuals or groups on the grounds of age, citizenship, color, disability, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, parental or marital status, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation in any educational programs, activities, or employment.

District Title II Contact Amy Lesan, Student Services 757-5863
District Title IX Contact Jennifer Duvall, Human Resources 757-5840
District 504 Contact Rynda Gregory, Student Services 757-4433

The address of the above contacts is 1555 SW 35th Street, Corvallis, OR 97333