e-SchoolNews February 2017 - Newberg public schools

Congratualations to the NHS Cheer, named Oregon's top small COED Cheerleading Team in Oregon School Activities Assoc. competition on Saturday.

Parent and community advocates named 2017 Partners in Education

Food & clothing donations at Susan's Closet - Middle school students engage in after school activities at MyZone

Newberg School District is recognizing both an individual and an organization that through their own initiative, are making a critical difference in whether or not a student is successful in school. Chehalem Valley Middle School parent leader Emily Chlumak and Newberg Christian Church are addressing fundamental needs for students - food, clothing and a safe place to be outside of school. Chlumak and Newberg Christian Church will be honored at the annual Chamber awards program on Friday, February 17th.

No snow make-up days for students yet

Newberg students are within the State Board of Education instructional time requirement despite missing five days of school due to weather. Teachers and staff will need to make-up days however. School districts can seek a waiver for up to 14 hours for missed instructional time resulting from emergency school closures due to adverse weather conditions.

School Retool

Making school relevant, setting up every student for success and increasing student choice are just some opportunities five Newberg educators will have as part of an innovative new program launched in Oregon. Karen Pugsley, Casey Petrie and Cass Thonstad (CVMS), Michele Paton (MVMS) and Kyle Laier (NHS) have been selected as Oregon’s first School Retool cohort to learn techniques to “hack” new ideas and redesign their school cultures to foster innovation in teaching and learning. This is a secondary leadership move to support deeper learning in grades 6-12 in Newberg schools.

Opt out notice for state tests

Local schools will begin state assessments in April and May to provide information that influences decisions on an individual student’s learning. Students in grades 3-8 and 11 take Smarter Balanced assessments in math, science and English language arts. The state make a provision for parents wishing to opt out their student from the math and English language arts tests. State opt out forms are on the school district website and available in school offices.

Two-year school calendar adopted

Over 1,000 parents and staff members weighed in on preferences for school start and end dates as well as length of breaks. The result is a two-year 2017-19 school calendar “blueprint” featuring first/last days, holidays, vacation breaks, staff development and conference days. Teacher workdays and semester breaks will be added as soon as the new secondary schedules are determined.


Clockwise from upper left: Gwen Thomas: Gold Key Art Painting Elegance, Gwen Thomas: Honorable MentionArt Drawing and Illustration Contagious Joy, Chandler Everett :Honorable MentionArt Drawing and Illustration Grasping, Sandra Garcia : Silver Key Art Drawing and Illustration Marked, and Kiernen VandenHoek: Gold Key Art Drawing and Illustration Bleeding Through Broken

NHS senior Gwen Thomas earned regional distinction for her painting and poetry in the Scholastic writing and art contests. Her poetry piece “Red African Soil, Home, Little Things” earned her a Gold Key award in addition to Silver Key and Honorable Mention awards for four other submissions. Thomas also won a Gold Key award for her painting “Elegance.”

Dalton Paskett and Gavin Gleaves earned the “King of the Hill” title in the engineering design competition in Trish Beckius’s physics class. The annual NHS competition has been taking place for 29 years.

See NHS comedy who-dunnit this weekend

"While the Lights Were Out" opened to good reviews and runs February 16, 17, & 18. All performances begin at 7:00pm in the Drea Ferguson Auditorium. Tickets are $6 for students and $8 for students and can be purchased at the door, or pre-ordered by calling 503-554-5305.

Secondary schools are still refining new middle and high school schedules for the next school year. Priorities include reasonable class size, frequency of student-teacher contact and meeting needs for 21st century learning.

Registration for fall kindergarten is on April 20, 2017 in all Newberg district and Yamhill County schools.

A team from Boeing spent a day in the Chehalem Valley learning about our local innovation accelerator and workforce assets – including Newberg School District. “It turns out the Boeing has a working knowledge of NHS Principal's Kyle Laier’s expertise,” according to Carr Biggerstaff, director of the Chehalem Innovation Accelerator. ChehalemVIA is a nonprofit dedicated to helping entrepreneurs and businesses bridge the gap between ideas and implementation.

Newberg Graphic want your nomination for students making a difference in our community. Nominees may be in elementary through high school. Community service is a primary criteria. Send your nomination for an Amazing Kid in a 500-wor or less essay telling why the nominee is a worthy candidate to the Newberg Graphic by March 1.

Students have an opportunity to tell Newberg Mayor Bob Andrews exactly how they’d run the city “If I were Mayor…” in this annual contest. Put creativity, communication skills and insight into local government in an essay, poster or digital media presentation by April 20th. Details on the City of Newberg website.

New SafeOregon tip line offers anonymous threat reporting line available 24/7 online or by texting 844-472-3364. More

In closing . . we love our school counselors

We're celebrating our counselors during national School Counselors Week by appreciating these hardworking educators who provide support and guidance to students, families and staff. Thank you!

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