May 8 Update to the School Board

Continued Funding for Health Navigators

We have learned from our partners in the Benton County Health Department that- through several funding streams – county staff have put together the funding needed for 1.5 FTE of our Health Navigators.  With the 1.5 FTE supported through the district’s LBL ESD dollars, we are able to maintain our three school Health Navigators for the 2017-2018 school year.

Smarter Balanced Testing Update

You may have seen the article in the Gazette Times last week that addresses the use of Smarter Balanced assessments for high school students. ODE is in the process of “explor(ing) the option of using a nationally recognized college readiness assessment” other than Smarter Balanced.” In our district, there are no changes to the use of Smarter Balanced assessments for 2017-18.  Our Teaching and Learning Department will keep you informed as the exploration of assessments other than SBA continues.  As any changes occur, we will provide communication updates to students and families.

Seismic Grants

We have been awarded three grants totaling $1.8 million for seismic improvements at Adams, Jefferson, and Wilson elementary schools.  These competitive grants are awarded through the state’s Seismic Rehabilitation Program. The grants will fund:

Structural Improvements

  • Tie roof diaphragms to select structural shear walls and the bottom of those walls to the foundations.
  • Add new shear walls to the East and West facades of the classroom wings.
  • Strengthen gymnasium walls and brace masonry shear walls for out of plane loads.

Non-structural Upgrades

  • Brace emergency systems to protect from falling to ensure they operational after seismic event.
  • Brace light fixtures that are hung in suspended ceilings.
  • Replace glazing in lobby to prevent falling hazard.
  • Anchor masonry chimney at the roof so it is not a falling hazard.

Oregon Middle School Meet of Champions

Our middle school track teams provide an extracurricular activity with nearly 300 middle school students participants.  This number is due to the dedicated coaches that encourage our students to participate.

Now in its 7th year, the Oregon Middle School Meet of Champions will be hosted by Linus Pauling Middle School at the CHS stadium on May 25.  The meet runs from 9 am to 4:30 pm and is one of the biggest middle school track and field meets in Oregon.  Last year, 600 athletes from 150 teams contested 28 track and field events.

Summer Programs

The Corvallis Public Schools Foundation will be supporting summer school programs again this year with a donation of $55,000. Nearly 500 students will be invited to participate in programs throughout our schools. Programs include:

  • A three-week kindergarten academy, which will give 100 incoming kindergartners, both those who did not attend preschool and English learners, a chance to get ready for school. (Adams, Garfield, Lincoln, Mt. View, and Wilson)
  • Reading and math programs for second, third and fourth graders at Mt. View and Wilson.
  • Math camp for students from Linus Pauling and Cheldelin Middle Schools.
  • An AVID Summer program at each high school.
  • Essential skills camps and credit recovery for students at both high schools
  • An accelerated language course at Corvallis High School for emerging bilingual high school students.

 Student Exhibitions

It has been a treat for me to visit schools throughout the year to listen to concerns and priorities of our staff and families and to meet with students and see all of the great things happening in our classrooms.

This spring there have been dozens of student exhibition events. Exhibition opportunities give students a sense of accomplishment and invites engagement from parents and community members. I recently attended the Jefferson Elementary Living Wax Museum, where students identified with and researched a famous person, the Adams Elementary Best Part of Me exhibit on self-compassion, and the 4-H Wildlife Stewards Summit at Muddy Creek Charter School.

The second annual College Hill High School Fast Film Festival will be held this Thursday night at 7 pm at CHS. This exhibit will feature five-minute digital stories made by eleven students over the last five months, working with instructor Anne Marie Foltz. This winter and spring students have been learning about story structure, writing, digital media, and editing.