Superintendent's Memo january 13, 2017

In the News

NHS Orchestra

Winter gala serves as a kickoff for 2017

City Council tables city street fee until March


Monday, January 16 - Holiday

Tuesday, January 17 - Providence Newberg Medical Center SAAC Meeting, Newberg City Club, Mountain View MS school visit

Wednesday, January 18 – All day Schedule Committee

Thursday, January 19 – Rotary, Labor Management meeting, Chehalem Valley MS school visit

Thank you Newberg School Board!

EY first graders put their STEM lessons into original paintings for Newberg School Board members Melinda Van Bossuyt, Ron Mock, Bob Woodruff, Mindy Allison, Polly Peterson and Todd Thomas (Debbie Hawblitzel not pictured)

School Board members received a special thank you this week in the form of original paintings created by Jennifer Johnston's first grade class at Ewing Young. Jennifer explains that students in her class are learning about light waves and color. After some research they were asked to choose a color they felt represented their personality. Standouts then had to find a peer with a complimentary color to their own. The silhouettes were designed by the group collaborating on a good physical model of their collective personalities. "We know it's bright, but so are Newberg first graders!"

2017 School Board Recognition Month proclamation

WHEREAS: Oregonians rely on public education to ensure a prosperous quality of life and strong economic health for Oregon; and

WHEREAS: Locally elected boards fulfill leadership roles and serve as the conduit through which teachers, parents, businesses and communities demonstrate the care, creativity and support that lead to student achievement; and

WHEREAS: Public schools nurture and train diverse student populations to the best of their ability, whatever the resources, to give students the knowledge, skills and opportunities they need to succeed; and

WHEREAS: Board members build the framework that makes it possible for education organizations to teach Oregon's children; and

WHEREAS: The committed men and women who serve on the boards of Oregon's 197 school districts, 19 education service districts and 17 community colleges deserve recognition and thanks for their dedication to the education needs of the people of Oregon.

NOW, THEREFORE: I, Kate Brown, Governor of the State of Oregon, hereby proclaim January 2017 to be


in Oregon and encourage all Oregonians to join in this observance.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I hereunto set my hand and cause the Great Seal of the State of Oregon to be affixed. Done at the Capitol in the City of Salem in the State of Oregon on this day, December 5, 2017.

Kate Brown, Governor Jeanne P. Atkins, Secretary of State

Keeping students connected

This school year we have made a purposeful effort to engage our community in staying connected with our students. During the school breaks it was evident that our students were struggling. In February we will be reconvening and meeting with community agency’s, faith leaders and other community members to look at long term solutions. Leo Cejahidalgo and Mikaela Schamp have taken the lead on this project. They have shared some very exciting and real solutions that will make a positive impact for families for years to come.

Tracking down data on just how many students used the transportation passes and pool passes that were provided before winter break wasn't easy. While there is definitely evidence that they were used, both the CPRD staff and YCTA (Yamhill County Transit Area) shared that the weather days impacted how many passes got distributed to students and families prior to winter break.

Services pending for retired educator

Dean Pade

Retired Newberg educator Dean Pade passed away Thursday at the age 73 surrounded by friends and family. An educator, coach and mentor to many, Dean taught health education at Newberg High for 22 years before retiring in the mid-nineties. He coached women’s softball for five years and was the NHS head football coach from 1975-1979. Dean was also an assistant football coach at Linfield College, winning three National Championships with them. He was recently inducted to the Linfield College Hall of Fame. Dean was still active in his retirement, running his Driver Education school, helping hundreds of local teens earn their drivers license. Dean is survived by his daughter Erin of Scottsdale, and son Troy and son in-law Marcus of New York City.


What a week this has been! I have to say it feels more like a January week in Colorado than a January week in Oregon. I have to say a HUGE thank you goes out to our custodial crews and facilities staff for all the time and effort they put in this week on getting the snow and ice off our sidewalks and parking lots. Given this was a memorable storm, it was much more challenging than usual. Our custodians and facilities staff did a fantastic job.

I also want to recognize and thank Jennifer Johnson and her first graders at Ewing Young. She and her students helped to create works of art that we used to honor School Board Appreciation month. The first graders created art that incorporated their learning on complimentary colors and they worked in partnership to come up with a visual representation of their collective personalities. The Board absolutely loved the art you created for them. Thank you Mrs. Johnson and first graders!

This morning, Dave and I met with our NEA leadership team to talk about snow days and how we will use the time. Our staff has told us through survey feedback that there is never enough time for collaboration and that they want meaningful professional learning opportunities. These days give us the opportunity to offer our staff valuable time for both of those things. Dave and Gail will be sending out an email that provides some guidance around how schools and teachers can use their time. I am also hopeful that we do not need to add any more weather days, but I can’t seem to predict this year.

We are out of school Monday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King. Dr. King was a leader with vision and courage. He was a tireless advocate for people who often had no voice; he fought injustice. He is often credited with saying, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” His words have had a profound impact on my personally and professionally. His words align so powerfully with our “All Means All” work and his values supported collective responsibility for all children. I am grateful for his leadership and influence on our country. I have appreciated seeing classes of kids learning about Dr. King’s legacy over the past week or so.

I hope you have a great holiday weekend, see you next week!


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