|9/12/2008 7:00:00 AM|
|Superintendent's Update #272|
In This Issue:
State Releases Homeless Student Report
SALEM – State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo announced today that Oregon’s homeless student population for the 2007-08 school year was 15,859. Homeless students are defined as those who lack fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence. A homeless family could live in an emergency shelter or share housing with others due to loss of housing or economic hardship, stay at motels, or live in cars, parks, public places, tents, trailers, or other similar settings. The number of homeless students in Oregon has continued to grow since the first report was issued five years ago:
Other results of the 2007-08 homeless student count are listed below:
The following school districts reported the largest numbers of homeless students during 2007-08:
Portland (1,232 of 49,297 total enrollment)
Medford (1,094 of 12,408 total enrollment)
Beaverton (973 of 37,812 total enrollment)
Salem-Keizer (844 of 40,144 total enrollment)
Eugene (632 of 18,025 total enrollment)
Bend-LaPine (624 of 15,874 total enrollment)
Reynolds (546 of 11,105 total enrollment)
David Douglas (505 of 10,401 total enrollment)
Each school district is required to have a Homeless Liaison to coordinate outreach efforts and services for homeless students in their area, as well as conduct the annual counts. Homeless Liaisons make sure students are enrolled in school, have the supplies they need and provide referrals to the community services for shelter, health care and counseling. They are also called on to assist other county and community efforts to end homelessness, such as Ten-Year Plan Committees, County Homeless Councils, Continuums of Care and other local public and non-profit collaborations. They are now helping with grant applications for supportive housing and other programs in their communities, through agencies such as Oregon Housing and Community Services, and the Commission on Children and Families.
Oregon's Fourth Annual Poetry Out Loud Contest
The Oregon Arts Commission, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, announces the 2009 Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest http://www.oregonartscommission.org/education/. Now in its fourth year in Oregon, Poetry Out Loud encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance and competition. Schools are invited to adopt the 2008 - 2009 Poetry Out Loud curriculum, present school-wide contests, and advance to the state competition, to be held Saturday, March 14, 2009, in Salem. Oregon's state champion will advance to the national finals, April 26 - 28, 2009 in Washington, DC.
Key Dates and Information:
Contact: Deb Vaughn , Arts Education Coordinator, Oregon Arts Commission or 503-986-0085.
Oregon Diploma TalkThis weekly item highlights actions taken, various questions and background relating to the Oregon diploma.
In order to help schools share information about the changes to the Oregon Diploma, ODE will be sending each middle and high school in the state copies of the newly updated “Moving Education Forward” diploma brochure. There will be one brochure for each 6-9th grader in the state and schools can distribute these as they wish. Some ideas for sharing these with your students, their families, and your community include:
Opportunities and Financial Resources for Schools
Mini-Grants Available to educators in Lane, Deschutes, Linn, Benton, Marion and Polk Counties
SELCO Community Credit Union is pleased to offer its annual Mini-Grant Program to K-12 educators in the following six counties: Lane, Deschutes, Linn, Benton, Marion and Polk. Each Fall, SELCO reviews each request submitted and makes funding choices of up to $250 per project. Visit SELCO's website: www.selco.org from September 10th through October 10th to get all the details and apply on-line. Applications must be received electronically. No handwritten, mailed, or faxed forms will be accepted. Award notifications will be announced on SELCO's website on November 3rd. Checks will be mailed to the schools of the winners beginning November 20th.
Oregon Culture Trust Video Competition The Oregon Culture Trust would like your video definition of Oregon culture. Submit a short (3 minutes or less) video, suitable for posting on YouTube, which will be promoted across Oregon. There are 1,200 ways to define culture in Oregon, what’s yours? The competition is open to any Oregonian, individually or in teams. If a video is selected, prizes include: First Place, $500; Second Place, $250; Five Runners-up, certificate for an Oregon cultural license plate.
The rules are simple:
775 Summer Street NE, Ste 200
Salem, OR 97301
Complete Guidelines are at http://www.culturaltrust.org/supporting_documents/pdf/Video_Call_to_Submit.pdf ; for more information: 503-986-0088 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Week of September 8th – Susan Castillo moderated an education panel at the US Senate Democratic Latina Summit in D.C. and participated in the American Diploma Project Leadership Team Meeting in D.C.
Week of September 15th – Susan will join Oregon’s National Teacher of the Year, Michael Geisen, in a presentation to Intel employees, help host a reception with Intel and OMSI for the National Teacher of the Year, and participate in the monthly State Board meeting.
For scheduling inquires, please visit our website at: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=848
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