Superintendent’s Update

Shared with the Corvallis School Board during the April 12, 2018 meeting.

Association of Two-Way & Dual Language Education

In an effort to enhance our growing K-12 dual language program, the Corvallis School District has partnered with Rosa Molina, a nationally recognized consultant who is the Executive Director of the Association of Two-Way & Dual Language Education (ATDLE.) With over 25 years of experience supporting and growing dual language immersion (DLI) programs, she is excited to be working with our district, which is one of thirteen K-12 dual language districts in the nation.

Rosa Molina visited our district for three days this spring.  She will spend two additional days with us, providing professional development at the end of the school year. Additionally, she is providing technical assistance to principals at our elementary and secondary DLI programs. The technical assistance is grounded in the Guiding Principles of Dual Language Education.

Our vision for this collaboration is to ensure an articulated K-12 DLI program that supports the linguistic and academic needs of students with a strong emphasis on language development and cross cultural competencies; skills necessary for the 21st century. I will provide the board with an update next fall on her recommendations and our next steps.

CHS Life Skills Botany BBQ

I had the pleasure of attending the inaugural Botany BBQ hosted by the CHS Life Skills students and staff last week.  While enjoying some delicious food, I learned about the overarching emphasis of the botany program, which includes collaborative problem solving, ownership of work, mastering the many steps of a project – from conception to cleanup and connection to the community.

After the presentation, I toured the students’ raised bed gardens, greenhouse, bicycle repair shop, and arts and crafts tables.  Our dedicated staff are committed to the growth of every student and are continually identifying new ways to bring that about.  Thank you to Shonnard’s Nursery and the Corvallis Public Schools Foundation for their support of the program this year.

Community Mental Health Meeting

We continue to strengthen community connections and follow best practices in mental health support for our students. Chris Hawkins will facilitate the second of our bi-annual meetings of community stakeholders on May 23 to continue our discussion of shared interests related to youth mental health.

With the growing number of youth having mental health needs, it is imperative that we as a community continue to build better networks and supports.   All local providers, doctors, and social service agencies are invited to join us for conversations, networking, review of systems, and a discussion of ongoing ways to increase and improve our coordinated efforts of treatment and service.

Job Hirings for the 2018-19 School Year

This is always a busy and important time of year to recruit new staff for our district.  Human Resources Department staff have attended regional job fairs at Southern and Western Oregon universities, OSU, and the statewide job fair in Portland.  Our staff also participated in an online international job fair where they talked with over 60 potential candidates. Corvallis was the only district from Oregon that participated. At the end of this week, we plan to post all of the openings we know of at this time. It is always an exciting time of year!

This is Us Exhibit at the Harding Center

Our Alternative Pathways programs at the Harding Center include College Hill, WINGS, Urban Farm, and the Transition Program. These programs are hosting a first-ever, combined student exhibit, This is Us. The exhibit will take place in the Harding Center gym on Thursday, April 19 from 6 – 7:30 pm. I hope you will join me in celebrating the talents and hard work of our students.

Bond Communications

I have been attending a number of staff and parent meetings over the last month to share information about bond projects at specific schools. It has been an opportunity to provide accurate information and to answer questions from community stakeholders. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to present at the Corvallis Chamber Forum.  Later this month I will be giving a presentation at the Academy for Lifelong Learning (ALL) and will be joined by school board member Jay Conroy. You will be hearing more detail about the Bond Communications activities with a staff report tonight.

Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness month.  According to the Autism Society, Autism prevalence is now one in every 68 children in America. The Autism awareness puzzle is the most recognized symbol of the autism community in the world. Each of you have been given a blue puzzle piece pin, which you can wear this month as a sign of support for those living with Autism and to raise awareness.

For all Superintendent Updates from this school year and last, please visit the Superintendent’s Updates page.