Destination Imagination Service Learning Opportunity

The robotics team formerly known as Girls with Nerve has changed its name to G4: Girls Gotta Get Going!  and is competing in Destination Imagination in the Brand Aid Service Learning challenge. G4 recently realized there is no track and field program for youth younger than middle school in their community and as a result: They want to start one!! They are working with the district to find practice space and raising money for startup costs, including uniforms and equipment. 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.
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 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 overlaps slightly with CYO, but 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 championships. Also CYO starts at 3rd grade, while USATF starts at age 7. (Age based divisions, versus grade based make it a more level playing field for young students) Many track athletes compete in both leagues, they overlap by only 3 weeks!
There are YOUTH USATF teams in Portland, Tigard, Tualatin, Sherwood, Beaverton, Aloha, West Linn, Canby.  None in LO. Many of the best youth teams fill in hours after registration opens. LAST YEAR, my son had to travel to Sherwood to compete in USATF.
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 should to give a child an option to be successful in middle school.
The sport is a great spring filler for a specializing athlete. Your football, basketball, and soccer coach will thank you for running track in the SPRING!
Thank you,
Diana Laboy-Rush
Lake Oswego Youth Track Survey:
For anyone interested in seeing the Youth track program in LO, please take our survey. Please feel free to forward to your friends in Lake Oswego with kids, aged 7-12.

Smarter Balanced Assessment – Information

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Hi all!

I think it would be beneficial for me to provide digestible pieces of information about the Smarter Balanced Assessment in this venue so that it is accessible and websites can be linked.  I am going to take information from the presentation last Tuesday as well as resources that we are sharing as principals and write several blog posts.  Special thanks to Penny Plavala (Multnomah ESD and all my principal colleagues for their collaborative efforts!

This post comes courtesy of Robert Caplinger, Principal of LOJH, who sent the following to his parent community:


In case you missed the district’s Smarter Balanced Assessment Parent Night on Monday, I want to share some highlights that I believe are relevant to your student’s success.

The Four SBA Question Types

The SBA will have four different types of questions:

1. Selected Response: Multiple choice questions.

2. Constructed Response: Fill-in-the-blank questions. These questions could ask for a single answer, 2-3 sentences (short response) or multiple paragraphs (extended response).

3. Technology Enhanced: Students manipulate information. For example, students may be asked to “drag and drop” items on the screen, click to highlight text, or listen to a passage with earphones.

4. Performance Tasks: Measures multiple skills. Students demonstrate their ability to think, reason, and produce fully-developed products. For example, students may be asked to read two passages, look at a series of graphs, and then provide a constructed response to a question based on the information they reviewed.

SBA Practice Test Portal

The SBA is still part of the OAKS system. Practice tests for the SBA are available at: for students and parents. Students are utilizing these tests during some classes and I encourage them (and you) to further explore them at home. Familiarizing themselves with the format of the test will be very beneficial. Click on “students” and follow the prompts for the practice tests.

This is not a diagnostic practice test, so when you finish the test, you won’t receive a score. However, answers to the practice tests are available here.

Watch for more information on the blog, and please let me know if you have questions!

Lake Oswego Girls Softball



Registration for spring softball is now open online @ Please register as soon as possible to reserve a spot for your daughter (Ages 5-15). Also, if you are interested in coaching, please also register online. Registration includes city field usage fees, newly designed uniforms, year end tournament participation fees, and all other associated costs.
Gregg Mindt (aka Julia’s dad) President, Lake Oswego Girls Softball

LOSF Update

The following is an overview of the Foundations Process and Purpose.  This year LOSF revisited and updated its Mission and Core Values.  As we head into our annual campaign we continue to support our Community, the Lake Oswego School District and most importantly, our children’s education.

2014-2017 Goals

  1. 1.    Improve community awareness and understanding of the Lake Oswego School’s Foundation.


  1. 2.    Broaden and deepen engagement with supporters, volunteers and partners.


  1. 3.    Increase participation and dollars raised in support of annual and long-term initiatives.


  1. 4.    Align organizational capabilities, structures, policies and procedures with organizational priorities.

Mission (why we exist)

We advance our community’s commitment to excellence in education for students in the Lake Oswego School District.


Vision (where we are going)

A community that is united in providing an exceptional education for all Lake Oswego School District students, now and for future generations.

Values (what guides our work)

Integrity: We’re accountable, transparent, respectful, and efficient in how we operate and communicate in our community.

Impartial: We’re an independent non-profit organization that partners with the Lake Oswego School District and others in service to education.

Results-driven: We hold ourselves to the highest standards of performance to build upon our track record of success.

Commitment: We’re a dedicated, hard working, and forward thinking group of staff and volunteers, passionate about serving our mission.

Community Engagement: Our success is built upon the positive, unifying relationships, partnerships and traditions with our community.

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

martin-luther-king-jrOur Friday assembly last week was focused around our upcoming holiday to celebrate the birthday and life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  We talked about his ideals and how those look in a school setting, specifically his commitment to equity and non-violence.  At Hallinan, we always relate our choices to being safe, kind, and responsible; fortunately, these fit well with the ideals celebrated on January 19th.  On January 22nd, we will join all the Lake Oswego elementary schools in dedicating a peace pole that stands for a commitment to peace at school and in our community.  I will post a picture of this after the ceremony.

Should you want to explore this topic further with your child, there are several excellent children’s books available through your local bookstore or library that give information about who Dr. King was and his significance to our daily lives.  Here is a nice animated short that could be shared with children as well:

Martin Luther King Jr. Video

We hope you enjoy a peaceful and positive three day weekend at the conclusion of this week!


Kindergarten Round Up – January 22nd @ 7:00 PM


Do you have a child that will be 5 years old by September 1, 2015?  This is for you! 

Please come to our annual Kindergarten Round Up on January 22nd from 7:00 – 8:30 PM in the Hallinan library.  We will have information about registration, our Kindergarten program, and what you can expect for the coming year.  Our teachers will present and our office staff will join me to help with answering questions you may have.  This is also a handy time to pick up the registration materials, although you are welcome to do that at any time in our school office.

Please note that Kindergarten in our district is capped at 26 students.  The sooner that we know about your incoming Kinder, the better.  Please begin preparing for registration by locating (or ordering) your child’s birth certificate and immunization records.  We will also need your proof of address, unless you are already an existing Hallinan family.  this can be in the form of a driver’s license, rental/purchase agreement or utility bill.  If you have a question about any of these registration procedures, feel free to call our office or attend on January 22nd for answers!

We are very excited to welcome the Class of 2028!


Parent Information Night – PLEASE ATTEND


Parent Information Night

Smarter Balanced Assessment Essentials

Tuesday, January 27

6:00 – 7:30 pm

Lake Oswego High School Auditorium

This spring, students in grades 3-8 and 11 will take a new state test: the Smarter Balanced Assessment. Parents are invited to an informative session to learn the basics of the new test and how they can help support their children in learning the skills needed for success.

In this engaging and interactive session, parents will

  • learn how the Smarter Balanced Assessment was created

  • view examples of the four types of questions

  • discuss the Common Core State Standards and skills that will be assessed

Presenter: Penny Plavala, Literacy Specialist, Portland

Pacer Youth Baseball


Registration for the Pacer Youth Baseball K-8 spring season is officially open!  For kindergarteners, this is a great community program to introduce girls and boys to baseball with a fun format and lots of friends.

Games will start in early April and will wrap up during the last week in June.  Confidential scholarships are available–an application must be submitted prior to registering.  For scholarship information, please follow this link:

Please note, the PYB website has been significantly updated!  More information about your child’s specific level and cost can be found under the “leagues” link in the left navigation and under “registration” at

Questions?  Contact

LOSF Foundation Luncheon

Our annual luncheon to benefit the Lake Oswego School Foundation is coming up on February 1oth!  If you would like to attend, please contact our Foundation Captain, Darcy Reardon, at [email protected]. We have filled one table and are hoping to fill more with Hallinan parents!