Oregon Department of Education

Celebrating Student Success - 2010

-= Celebrating Student Success 2010 =-
Champion Schools

For eight years, schools from around the state were recognized for their outstanding work in closing the achievement gap. The ten 2010 Celebrating Student Success Champion schools are listed below along with their award applications. Each Champion school received a $3,000 grant award provided by business sponsors and a trophy. See below for school stories and videos.

View the 2010 Celebrating Student Success Schools Brochure PDF

Claggett Creek Middle School

Salem/Keizer School District Claggett Creek

Claggett Creek's Story

“While not every student may be college bound, Claggett Creek wants every student to believe they have the choice to pursue higher education.”
Pete Danner, Principal

Read Claggett Creek's Award Application PDF

Read Statesman Journal Article PDF

Watch Claggett Creek's Video Video Link

Read Claggett Creek's Bio PDF

To contact Claggett Creek click here or call 503-399-3701.

East Elementary

Tillamook School District

East Elementary

East's Story

"You can't say you've arrived, you have to continue to look at ways to improve."
Greg English, Principal

Read East's Award Application PDF

Watch East's Video Video Link

Read East's Bio PDF

To contact East click here or call 503-842-7544.

Lent Elementary

Portland Public Schools Lent Elementary

Lent's Story

"Lent is in the process of transitioning into a stronger learning community during its recently completed switch from a K-5 to a K-8 school."
John Horn, Principal

Read Lent's Award Application PDF
Read The Portland Observer Article PDF

Read Lent K-8 celebrates statewide award for raising achievement PDF

Watch Lent's Video Video Link

Read Lent's Bio PDF

To contact Lent click here or call 503-916-6322.

Menlo Park Elementary

David Douglas School District

Menlo Park

Menlo Park's Story

"We always have people comment on the feel of the school; it's a beautiful thing."
Andy Long, Principal

Read Menlo's Award Application PDF

Watch Menlo Park's Video Video Link

Read Menlo Park's Bio PDF

To contact Menlo Park click here or call 503-256-2506.

Molalla High School

Molalla River School District Molalla High School

Molalla's Story

"Test scores and data are a part of how you measure your school, but it's also the feel, that when you walk in the building you see that pride."
Kevin Ricker, Principal

Read Molalla's Award Application PDF

Read Molalla Pioneer Article PDF

Read The Oregonian Article PDF

Watch Molalla's Video Video Link

Read Molalla's Bio PDF

To contact Molalla click here or call 503-829-2355.

River Road/El Camino del Rio Elementary

Eugene School District

River Road

River Road's Story

"I saw schools that looked like ours getting incredible results. Teams from the school traveled to visit 4 of the 6 award-winning schools that year to learn strategies to close the achievement gap. We looked at what kind of curriculum they were using, what kind of schedule they had, what kind of relationship teachers had with one another, what kind of training they were getting, how they were engaging the parent community. We brought those ideas back and started to change the way we do business."
Paco Furlan, Principal

Read River Road's Award Application PDF

Read Register Guard Article PDF

Watch KEZI

Watch River Road's Video Video Link

Read River Road's Bio PDF

To contact River Road click here or call 541-790-7200.

Talent Elementary

Phoenix-Talent School District Talent

Talent's Story

"Being aware of the achievement gap is what drives us to make changes."
Aaron Santi, Principal

Read Talent's Award Application PDF

Read Mail Tribune Article PDF

Watch Talent's Video Video Link

Read Talent's Bio PDF

To contact Talent click here or call 541-535-1531.

Vale Middle School

Vale School District


Vale's Story

"The state OAKS test is a measuring stick to see where we are. We think we have the best teachers and the best kids in the state, and we want to prove it."
Matthew Cobb, Principal

Read Vale's Award Application PDF

Read Vale Argus Observer Article PDF

Watch Vale's Video Video Link

Read Vale's Bio PDF

To contact Vale click here or call 541-473-0241.

Valor Middle School

Woodburn School District Valor

Valor's Story

"We've learned how to recognize students for good things."
Victor Vergara, Principal

Read Valor's Award Application PDF

Read Valor Woodburn Independent Article PDF

Watch Valor's Video Video Link

Read Valor's Bio PDF

To contact Valor click here or call 503-981-2750.

William Walker Elementary

Beaverton School District

William Walker

William Walker's Story

"If a student is not succeeding, it's not about the student, it's about us as educators."
Barbara Evans, Principal

Watch William Walker's Video Video Link

Read William Walker's Bio PDF

To contact William Walker click here or call 503-672-3605.

-= Celebrating Student Success 2010 =-
Continuing Success Schools

The five schools selected as past celebrating student success winners are continuing to show great gains in closing the achievement gap. Each Continuing Success School will receive a $1,000 grant award and trophy in appreciation for continued dedication and success.

Boise-Eliot Elementary

Portland Public Schools Boise-Eliot Elementary

Boise-Eliot's Story

“We’ve really held fast to the fidelity of programs and consistent assessments; we check and recheck to make sure kids are served appropriately.”
Molly Chun, Principal

Read Boise-Eliot's Award Application PDF

Read The Portland Observer Article PDF

Read Boise Eliot's Bio PDF

To contact Boise-Eliot click here or call 503-916-6171.

Bridgeport Elementary

Tigard-Tualatin School District

Bridgeport Elementaryl

Bridgeport's Story

"The school is committed to implementing research-based best practices with fidelity."
Jerry Nihill, Principal

Read Bridgeport's Award Application PDF

Read Bridgeport The Times Article PDF

Read Bridgeport Oregonian Article PDF

Read Bridgeport's Bio PDF

To contact Bridgeport click here or call 503-431-4200.

Davis Elementary

Reynolds School District Davis Elementary

Davis' Story

"We use the data to make instructional decisions and adjustments as needed."
Lisa Darnold, Principal

Read Davis Elementary's Award Application PDF

Read Davis' Bio PDF

To contact Davis click here or call 503-665-9193.

Fleming Middle School

Three Rivers/Josephine County School District

Fleming Middle School

Fleming's Story

“If you expect less, you get less. If you expect more, you get more."
Greg Tardieu, Principal

Read Fleming's Award Application PDF

Read Fleming's Bio PDF

To contact Fleming click here or call 541-476-8284.

Merrill Elementary

Klamath County School District Merrill Elementary

Merrill's Story

"The data drives us. We know the kids who are sailing and the ones who are struggling."
Larita Ongman, Principal

Read Merrill's Award Application PDF

Read Merrill's Bio PDF

To contact Merrill click here or call 541-798-5723.