Hybrid Instruction is now occurring at all grade levels, K-12, across the district! We are excited to announce our transition for elementary students to 4 days per week of in-person classroom instruction. Our A & B Cohorts will merge, and those students who are currently participating in In-Person Instruction will be able to attend in-person classes on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. The daily 4-hour schedule will remain as is. Families who selected to stay in Comprehensive Distance Learning will continue to do so. The transition to 4-days will begin on April 15 for grades K-2 and April 19 for grades 3-5. We will share information regarding a transition to 4 in-person days for middle and high school students soon. We must all remain vigilant We have a robust system in place to address your child's health and safety, and we believe we are equipped to accommodate the new 3-foot physical distance allowance. However, 6 feet continues to be the threshold of close contact for exposure determination by public health, even when 3 feet of physical distance is permitted. Therefore, we need families to remain vigilant about screening their child(ren) for symptoms of COVID-19 before they leave for school each morning. If a classroom of students is exposed to one symptomatic student, it is possible the entire class would need to quarantine for ten days.
Oregon Trail Families, Typically, by this time each year, you’ve heard from your child’s school about their state assessment schedule. However, this year, most Oregon districts put testing on hold while waiting for guidance from the Oregon Department of Education (ODE). ODE requested an assessment waiver for this school year from the US Department of Education (USDOE) due to the impact COVID-19 has had on teaching and learning. The USDOE denied the request but approved an amended proposal on April 6. Based on the amended proposal, ODE is now asking districts to administer selected state assessment tests this spring. In a regular school year, the state tests are an essential measure of student achievement. But given the limited time we’ve had with students this year, we will not be able to provide an equitable opportunity for all children to test. In addition, we do not believe this is the best use of anyone’s time and it would in fact create greater disparity among students. The tests take a significant amount of time to prepare for and administer – time that should be spent this spring working to ensure all students are on track academically and emotionally. In fairness to all of our students, parents, and teachers, Oregon Trail School District is not participating in the 2020/2021 state assessments.
Sandy Robotics teams earn 1st Place Trophy and Excellence Award On Saturday, March 20th, the Sandy Robotics Teams hosted the first and only in-person robotic event in the State of Oregon. Ten teams attended the event, including teams from Bend and The Dalles. Sandy students were thrilled to compete in-person. They have spent this season competing remotely in Skills events and Live Remote Tournaments. The day ended with two Sandy teams competing against each other for the 1st Place Trophy. 1460S came out on top, winning the match by six points. The other Sandy team, 1460K, walked away with the Excellence award. It was a good day for all the teams, and a great day for our Senior members who competed for the last time at Sandy High! John Rakos and Aron Eslinger, Robotics advisors Les Schwab Tires Team of the Month: Sandy High Speech Team The Sandy High Speech team has been selected as the 6A recipient of the Les Schwab Team of the Month award for March. The team is honored for their performance, dedication in the classroom, and service to the community. As a Les Schwab Team of the Month recipient, the team will receive a trophy and $100 donation.
The Clackamas Bookshelf is coming back to Oregon Trail with more books for our students! WHAT: Free book bags filled with about 10 books each WHO IS ELIGIBLE? Any Oregon Trail student, PreK through high school WHEN: Wednesday, March 31, 1:00-2:00 pm WHERE: Sandy High School in front of the upper gym/School-Based Health Center The Clackamas Bookshelf is an organization that provides free books to kids in Clackamas County who need them, with the understanding that widespread access to books offers positive, long-term benefits to our entire community. The Bookshelf provided nearly 4000 books for Oregon Trail students last spring!
Congratulations to the Sandy High School Speech and Debate Team for winning their first ever District Championship this past weekend. The team stopped Barlow High School's 30+ year run of consecutive titles! Sandy also qualified the ten participants listed below to the State Tournament in April. Chris Meyers Sandy High School Forensics Instructor District Champions Molly Izer (12) - Programmed Oral Interp (POI) and Impromptu Jolene Crane (11) - After Dinner Speaking (ADS) Sydney Sparr (11) - Radio Carter Schlessman (9) - Extemporaneous Speaking Sydney Sparr (11)/Jolene Crane (11) - Public Forum Debate Runner Up Molly Izer (12)/Parker Meyers (12) - Parliamentary Debate Parker Meyers (12) - Extemporaneous Speaking Jake Billard (12) - Dramatic Interp and Humorous Interp Sam Butler (11) - Lincoln-Douglas Debate Sydney Sparr (11) - Prose Evelyn Lawyer (9) - Programmed Oral Interp (POI) Jon Poulin (9) - After Dinner Speaking (ADS) Brekkan Richardson (11) - State Qualifier, Oratory
With grades 4-5 beginning Hybrid Learning today, our elementary schools have completed the transition and are now serving all grade levels, K-5, with Hybrid In-Person instruction. Grades 6-8 will transition on March 11. Check our Hybrid Learning webpage to review our updated FAQ's and the Hybrid Learning Parent Handbook .