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12/28/2007 11:03:00 AM
Superintendent’s Update #235
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Happy New Year!

1. Five Outstanding Oregon Students Named State AP Scholars

2. Oregon Diploma Talk

3. Opportunities/Financial Resources for Schools

4. Susan’s Schedule

The December Issue PDFof Superintendent's Pipeline is available on the ODE website: http://www.ode.state.or.us/pipeline/december-pipeline-07.pdf PDF

Learn about what is new with the Oregon Diploma at http://www.getreadyoregon.org/

1. Five Outstanding Oregon Students Named State AP Scholars

ODE News Release

State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo announced that five Oregon high school students have been recognized as Oregon Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars based on their outstanding performance on the Advanced Placement Program Examinations. The College Board usually awards this prestigious honor to one female and one male student in each US state and the District of Columbia with grades of 3 or higher on the greatest number of AP Exams, and then the highest average grade (at least 3.5) on all AP Exams taken. This year, Oregon had a five-way tie, and so College Board took the unusual step of recognizing all five students. Oregon’s winners were among 104 students nationwide to receive the honor:

  • Ashton Wesner of Wilsonville School District
  • Daniel Cruse of Portland Public School District
  • Eric Miller of Beaverton School District
  • Hanna Choi of Beaverton School District
  • Yujie Zeng of Beaverton School District

2. Oregon Diploma Talk

This weekly item highlights actions taken, various questions and background relating to the new Oregon diploma.

Enter the Oregon Diploma Video Challenge! Make a video telling us about your dreams for the future and submit it to the Oregon Department of Education through its GetReadyOregon website. In the video describe/show your dream job. What do you want to do after you graduate? How will school and the Oregon Diploma requirements help make it happen? Answer these questions and you could be a winner!

Finalist videos will be posted on the GetReadyOregon website and winners will be announced in March.

Who is eligible? Any Oregon public school student in grades 7-12.

What do you win? You can enter as an individual and win a 17" flat panel monitor computer (value $600) or enter as a student group (2-10 students) and win $1000. You can also enter as a class (with your teacher's help) and win a SMART Board for your school (value $5,599).

The challenge runs until February 15th, 2008. For more information or to see a sample video visit: http://www.getreadyoregon.org/contest/

3. Opportunities/Financial Resources for Schools

CORRECTION: Bilingual Teachers and Teaching Assistants from Spain
Do you need a teacher or assistant with the ability to work cross culturally in classes where Spanish may be the first or second language of your students? The Spanish Visiting Teachers and Teaching Assistants have been successfully utilized to teach Bilingual programs throughout the United States. Correction from last week’s Update: For Teaching Assistants only the salary and medical insurance is paid by the Spanish Ministry of Education; Visiting Teachers would be employees of the school district. There are currently 1,300 visiting teachers working in the U.S.; seven of those teachers are employed in Oregon schools. The cohort of teachers from Spain also offers a wide range of subject matter expertise. In addition to language classes, they are qualified to teach Math, Science, Language Arts, Music, PE, and other subjects. The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) is planning to hold information sessions in various locations throughout the state during the week of January 21st. At these sessions, ODE will share more detail about the visiting teacher program in Oregon, now in its second year, and other opportunities available to Oregon schools, teachers, and students. If you are interested in learning more about these programs or would like to attend one of the sessions in January, please contact Rendy Jantz eMail, or Josefa Báez-Ramos eMail, prior to January 4th, 2008. A detailed explanation of these programs may be accessed at: http://www.mec.es/exterior/usa/en/home/index.shtml, http://www.mec.es/exterior/usa/en/programs/visiting/default.shtml

4. Susan’s Schedule

Week of December 24th – Susan spent the holidays with family.
Week of December 31st – No public events are scheduled.

For scheduling inquires, please visit our website at: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=848

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