———-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.
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 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.
The SBA is still part of the OAKS system. Practice tests for the SBA are available at: oaksportal.org 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.
GIRLS SOFTBALL: REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR PLAYERS & COACHES
Gregg Mindt (aka Julia’s dad) President, Lake Oswego Girls Softball
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.
- 1. Improve community awareness and understanding of the Lake Oswego School’s Foundation.
- 2. Broaden and deepen engagement with supporters, volunteers and partners.
- 3. Increase participation and dollars raised in support of annual and long-term initiatives.
- 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.
Our 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:
We hope you enjoy a peaceful and positive three day weekend at the conclusion of this week!
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
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
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: http://www.
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 www.paceryouthbaseball.org
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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!