HOPES Committee Project – Tualatin School House Pantry

The Hallinan Hands On Projects Encouraging Service (H.O.P.E.S.) committee is declaring April Hallinan’s month to help the hungry.  Between March 30 and April 14 please bring shelf-stable food and other items* to school and deposit in the bins in our lobby.  The food will go to the Tualatin School House Pantry and will be shelved there by Hallinan students.  There is a volunteer sign up sheet at Hallinan’s office for 2 possible volunteer shifts.  Volunteer slots are limited so sign up soon.  The Hallinan shifts are Wednesday, April 8th and Wednesday, April 15th from 4:00 – 5:30 PM.  The Hallinan student volunteers need to be accompanied by an adult.
The Tualatin School House Pantry says that they sure could use your *used paper grocery bags.  By donating used bags the pantry can save that budget money to purchase food instead!  The Pantry is also REALLY SHORT ON canned fruit, sugar & powdered laundry detergent. Bulk is great as they are cheaper by the pound and the pantry can repackage them.  Fredmeyer has cheap large tubs of detergent for just $9 for 150 loads and Costco sells sugar in 25lb bags!

Tualatin School House Pantry is located at:

3550 Southwest Borland Road,

Tualatin, OR 97062
(503) 783-0721
If you have questions, please contact Moninca Glumbik or Susan Schrader.

Thank you, Lake Oswego Rotary!

dictionary rotary Hallinan. huge thank you to the Lake Oswego Rotary Club for their gift of more than 80 dictionaries to our third grade students! This annual event is always fun to witness as our LO leaders talk about the importance of education and building community.  The students are absolutely thrilled to receive their own books!  We extend our heartfelt gratitude.

Hallinan Spelling Bee

Congrats to all of our Hallinan Spelling Bee contestants!
Annabel Berry 5th Lindsey
Gaby Leon 4th Larson
Arman Manternach 4th Arnold
Christian Mei 5th Griest
Ramsey Wall 4th Denney
Dylan Burg 4th Pepper
Jenna Whipple 5th Ford
Annalise Huntington 4th Burdick
Marin Silverblatt 4th Favero
Marin Silverblatt was our runner-up
Jenna Whipple is our winner! She will compete at the Comcast/Portland Tribune Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 7th, at the Hollywood Theater in Northeast Portland. Congratulations!
The winning word this year was jocularity, which means having the ability to make jokes.
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Hallinan Science Fair – April 23rd

The Hallinan Science Fair is coming on April 23rd!  This is a at-home activity that students can participate in as individuals or in teams.  We had an energizing assembly with Mad Science this morning to help create interest in this event.  Please note that the sign up date is firm on March 5th!  Packets of information are coming home today in Friday Folders.  There will also be a button design contest that will be noted in a separate blog post; all students that participate will receive these customized buttons!

Smarter Balance Assessment – Why Do Our Students Take Them?

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The following is information that will go out tomorrow in our district newsletter.  This is one of the questions that was asked at the Parent Information Night with Penny Plavala: Why do our students take the Oregon State Assessments?

Information: Assessment is an important component of teaching and learning. State tests provide parents and educators with meaningful diagnostic information about a student’s progress in mastering certain content and skills, and provide data that can be used effectively to shape future instruction. Oregon’s new state test – the Smarter Balanced Assessment – is expected to provide even more useful information and show us how our students are doing relative to their peers nationwide.

Similar to our previous state tests, Smarter Balanced assessments make use of computer adaptive technology, which is more precise and efficient in delivering accurate and timely information on student progress. Computer adaptive tests adjust to a student’s ability by basing the difficulty of future questions on previous answers, providing a more accurate measurement of student achievement. Unlike our previous state tests, Smarter Balanced assessments go beyond multiple-choice questions and include different types of questions that allow students to construct their own answers and better demonstrate their communication, analytical, and real-world problem solving skills.

Graduation: In order to graduate from high school in Oregon, students must meet standards on the statewide assessment or an alternative assessment. Oregon’s graduation requirements include demonstrating proficiency in the essential skills of reading, writing and math. Most students do this by meeting standards on the state test. If not, they must demonstrate proficiency either by meeting standards on another approved standardized test, or through work samples, which likely would require taking an additional class in place of another chosen course or elective.

School report cards: Under Oregon’s school accountability system, state testing participation is a factor in the annual Oregon school report card and the rating received by each school and district.  Schools and districts that have state testing participation rates below the minimum requirement (94.5% of all students and 94.5% of each subgroup of students) will have their overall school rating lowered by one level (out of five) per each consecutive year participation rates are not met. A school’s rating can influence how a school is perceived and how well it attracts and retains student enrollment and neighborhood residents.

Destination Imagination – Hallinan’s G4 Team Event

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GEARUP Night at Road Runner Sports - 
FREE Pizza and Lemonade for all attendees who RSVP!!
Gear Up Night:  http://bit.ly/GearUpNight
Several of the team members from the elementary Robotics team formerly known as Girls with Nerve has changed its name to G4: Girls Gotta Get Going!  and is competing in a creative problem solving competition called Destination Imagination. They’ve decided to complete a Community Service challenge because they recently realized there is no track and field program for youth younger than middle school in their community and as a result:
Survey to outline Community Need: http://bit.ly/LOYouthTrack
Team G4 wants to start one!! 
The girls are working with the Lake Oswego School district and the High school Level track coaches to find practice space. This project is raising money for startup costs, including uniforms, practice equipment, facility rentals, and travel funds.
They have partnered with Road Runner Sports in Tualatin, to hold a Gear-Up Night on FRIDAY 2/6 from 6pm-8pm.   The youth track and field team will get 7% of all sales towards their cause.  They are also planning a 2K Family Fun Run on 3/1 -also a fundraiser.  Road Runner will donate $100 if we can have attendance of 50-100 people, $200 if we have attendance of more than 100 attend. So there is a huge benefit to invite the community to support the effort.
Everyone can get gear, this is for adult runners and walkers, as well, not just youth runners.  We confirmed there are plenty of youth shoe sizes in stock and they will offer to do a ShoeDog fitting for anyone interested.
2K Family Fun Run – Prizes for craziest, most outrageous costumes
The 2K Family Fun Run will be held at 10 am on Sunday 3/1, at Road Runner Sports in the Nyberg Woods Shopping Center. Online registration for the Fun Run will open, this week.
A few LO kids compete in Track and Field for Our Lady of the Lake (OLL), a catholic school CYO team in LO. However, this project is to start a USA Track and Field (USATF) team, the official league of the USA Olympic team. This league allows athletes a few more events and athletes can advance through additional levels of competition. Also known as Junior Olympics, top athletes in all events progress to State, Regional, National competition. USATF starts at age 7 and competes with other teams throughout Oregon at sanctioned meets. Age based divisions, versus grade based make it a more level playing field for young students who may be younger than their classmates.
There are YOUTH USATF teams in Portland, Tigard, Tualatin, Sherwood, Beaverton, Aloha, and West Linn.  There is no USA Track and Field program for youth in Lake Oswego. Many of the youth teams in Oregon fill in hours after registration opens.
USATF track teams develop kids in all events, preparing them for middle school, if they enjoy it. Learning how to long jump, pass a baton, and start on the blocks can be taught before 6th grade and give a child an option to be successful in middle school.
The sport is a great spring filler for a specializing athlete. Football, basketball, and soccer coaches regularly encourage athletes to cross-train in running track in the SPRING!
Thank you,
Diana Laboy-Rush