As you know, our next Horizontal is on Jan. 27 at Realms MS. (Thanks for hosting us Dirk!) Due to a couple of items that we need time for, please plan on meeting from 3:00 – 4:45 on this day. This is 15 minutes longer than we will normally meet, but appreciate you being able to attend the entire time if possible. (I put this under “to do” so you can adjust your calendar if needed.) ________________________________________________________

I know that our schools – your school – has been doing a great job with using a consistent and appropriate process for signing visitors/guests in via our visitor management system. Thank you. I happened to be at a school this week when a visitor came to see a student and did not believe they needed to sign in by showing personal ID. It got a bit ugly, but eventually, they did comply and were allowed in. In the coming days/week, would you please first thank your staff for the smile they put on their face for every visitor (it can be hard to do some times!), and also encourage them to stay consistent on asking for all non-BLS employees to check-in with personal ID (not work badges from other employers) and receive and wear a visitor’s badge? Thank you! _______________________________________________________

Hot off of the presses… This spring we’ll be aiming to have the School Board approve the budget at the March 10 board meeting, and staffing plans to you by Friday, March 13. The next targeted goal is to have you complete your staffing plan so I can approve them right after spring break. When this occurs, you’ll have just under two weeks to get job postings completed and sent to HR prior to the annual Job Fair (Monday, April 13). This will be an important hiring season, as you know, with a large increase in job postings across our state so we want to get out in front as best that we can in order to hire the best candidates. Let me know if you have any questions regarding this. __________________________________________________________

Here is something that you might have seen from ODE to share with your staff, if you’d like: The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) is seeking educators interested in participating as item writers for the Oregon Summative Assessments in ELA and Mathematics. This commitment would include time for both onsite training and item review, as well as time for the independent development of items. Please complete the following application and submit by no later than Thursday, February 6, 2020. ODE will notify successful applicants for both ELA and math by Monday, February 10, 2020, of their inclusion in the project, along with information on the next steps.


District policy (JG-AP) dealing with Student Conduct and Discipline has been updated and posted on our district site. Please take a moment to read letter “c” under the section “when a student is suspended” (page 3). Removed from the language here were statements regarding “conditions for reinstatement” and “appeal procedures.” ___________________________________________________________

Our 4th Annual Latino Family Night is coming up in a few weeks – Jan. 28, 5:30pm @ MVHS – and you are all invited! Here is a flyer in Spanish and English that you can post or otherwise share with families and staff. ___________________________________________________________

The next Discipline Literacy training will be on Tuesday, Jan. 14 in the afternoon. (As a reminder, this training is for most of your new teachers.) Next week I will likely be sharing resources with you that could be used during mini observations with these folks (if you’d like to use them). __________________________________________________________

It sure hasn’t been needed yet, but I wanted to share with you (again) our district’s Inclement Weather Delay guidelines for this school year. This is one of those documents that would be good to review prior to needing to implement it. _________________________________________________________

As you likely are aware, Mid Oregon Credit Union and KTVZ sponsors the One Class at a Time program, awarding $500 with a KTVZ News story to share with the community and highlight great things happening in schools. They are currently looking for innovative and relevant classroom programs that we can feature (things happening now, this spring, or even next fall). __________________________________________________________

The 2020-21 ACR forms (English & Spanish) are now posted to our district website and portal. March 2, 2020 is the deadline to submit an ACR. __________________________________________________________

The deadline for application to our district’s Choice Option high schools has been advertised as Feb. 17. However, because this is a holiday, non-school day, the deadline will be extended to Tuesday, Feb. 18.


Earlier this week Andrea sent information regarding opportunities to provide input in our superintendent search… and here are a few highlights of opportunities for you: Wednesday, January 15, from 3:00-4:30 p.m., has been set aside for district leaders to drop in and chat with search consultants, Valerie Pitts and David Cash from HYA & Associates. Our consultants will be in rooms 307 and 312 at the Education Center and no appointment is necessary; please stop by whenever it works best for your schedule.

Additionally, you are invited to join us at one of our public forums:

January 14 / 5:00-6:30 p.m. / Sky View Middle School Library

January 15 / 5:00-6:30 p.m. / Cascade Middle School Library

January 16 / 4:30-6:30 p.m. / La Pine High School Library

More information about our Superintendent Search Process is available on our district website. __________________________________________________________

I think I’ve shared this with you already, but want to highlight it here again (as there is only one person signed up as of earlier this week). There will be a Literacy Strategies Conference open to all/any classified employees on Jan. 31 (hosted at 3RVRS) , taught by our district instructional coaches. Because this is a non-work day for most classified staff, those that attend will be paid. Here is a flyer with additional information. Please spread the word to any and all in your building that may be interested. _________________________________________________________

I have previously mentioned to you about Youth Mental Health First Aid training that have been offered to our staff. The next one will be on Feb. 21. Here is additional info and registration details.

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