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8/10/2007 10:41:00 AM
Superintendent’s Update #216
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1. Seeking Nominations for Student Representative to the State Board of Education

2. New law requires physical fitness at Oregon schools

3. Gervais school featured in national project to highlight best food practices

4. What you can find on the Oregon Department of Education website

5. Opportunities and Financial Resources for Schools

6. Susan’s Schedule

The August 2007 Issue PDF of Superintendent's Pipeline is available on the ODE website: http://www.ode.state.or.us/pipeline/august-pipeline-07.pdf PDF

1. Seeking Nominations for Student Representative to the State Board of Education

Last year the State Board of Education enacted a one-year pilot program to add a student in an advisory capacity to the State Board, similar to that of the Superintendent, Community College President and faculty advisors. The Board is extending the pilot for one more year. Nominations can be made by a Principal or Superintendent.

To qualify a student representative to the State Board of Education must: be enrolled in a secondary public school through the academic year 2007-2008; be a junior or senior; maintain a cumulative 3.0 G.P.A. and be responsible to makeup school work missed while attending scheduled meetings; be committed to attend monthly board meetings (Thursday and Friday) and special board functions; be willing to participate in policy discussions in an appropriate and professional manner; demonstrate a basic understanding and be knowledgeable about current education issues; be willing to prepare for State Board meetings ahead of time; demonstrate leadership and diplomatic qualities in a group setting; demonstrate a commitment to community involvement; and must have access to a computer as correspondence about meeting logistics, agendas, and handouts will be sent by email.

Selection Procedures

1. Nominations can be made by a Principal or Superintendent (a person can nominate one student only)
2. To apply get your application packet at: http://www.ode.state.or.us/superintendent/yat/
3. Submit nominees application packet in the form of a letter to include a one page letter addressing the following questions: Why do you want to be on the State Board of Education (SBE)?
  • Why do you want to be on the State Board of Education (SBE)?
  • What would you contribute to the SBE?
  • How will you represent the student body across Oregon?
  • How do you as a candidate fit the qualifications and meet the responsibilities listed above?
Application letters must be postmarked by September 20, 2007.

If you have any questions, please contact Diane Roth, (503) 947-5791.

2. A new law that will take effect in 2017 will require all Oregon schoolchildren to work toward physical fitness at school

From the Mail Tribune by Paris Achen

Once taken for granted as a byproduct of children's playtime, physical fitness is now a state mandate for schoolkids through eighth grade.

Gov. Ted Kulongoski signed a bill last week requiring 150 minutes of physical education a week for grades kindergarten through 5 and 225 minutes a week for grades 6 through 8 in an attempt to combat prevalent childhood obesity. The law, effective in fall 2017, specifies that half of that time must be used for exercise.

Most elementary schools in Jackson County don't include formal physical education in the school day. Physical activity comes as a part of recess or informal activities initiated by teachers. Recess cannot be counted as physical education under the law. All middle schools in the county have a physical education requirement, but most would have to increase the amount of time spent on it.

By enacting the new requirements, Oregon joins a national movement toward mandating physical fitness for schoolchildren to curb obesity.

While acknowledging the need for more physical activity among children, school officials say the requirement would likely decrease instructional time. In the Medford School District, the amount of time spent on physical education differs from school to school at the elementary level, ranging from 30 to 45 minutes twice a week to daily.

"The requirement means we have to give up teaching something else," said Rich Miles, Medford district elementary education director. "The day is too short as it is to teach what we are expected to teach."

Medford seventh- and eighth-graders are required to take physical education for one period half of the school year. "It would put a cramp on gym and field space," said Doug Jantzi, Medford district secondary education director. "Staff would virtually have to double. It just costs more."

The bill provides $860,000 statewide for staff development and hiring in the next biennium, more than $5 million short of what state education officials say would be needed to assist every district in the state to meet the standards. Instead, the money will be divvied out as competitive grants.

About $140,000 has been earmarked in the next biennium to track how much time schools across the state have been spending on physical education. A report to the state Legislature is due in October 2008.

"The Legislature wanted to know what is the status now because we have a high obesity rate and a high rate of Type 2 diabetes, and they wanted to see if schools are contributing to that by not having enough physical activity," said Margaret Bates, specialist with the Oregon Department of Education.

The National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity in Washington, D.C., has proposed adding such a requirement to the No Child Left Behind Act, which is being considered for reauthorization this year.

3. Lunch program goes Hollywood

Brooks Elementary is featured in project that highlights food practices
From the Statesman Journal by Capi Lynn

Linda Rodriguez prepares lunch for 220-plus schoolchildren, worrying she might accidentally squirt lime juice on the camera that lurks over her shoulder.

Cut to Clare Columbus, who raves about the district's lunch program while the camera is rolling, wondering how many more times she will have to hear the producer snap the words, "Stand by ..."

Fade to Angel Mendez, who grins from ear to ear amid all the commotion, hoping he gets his half-eaten lunch back after it is swapped for a prop.

These are scenes from Brooks Elementary School, which was invaded last week by a seven-person film crew.

"I didn't anticipate it being so Hollywood," said Columbus, food service director for Gervais School District, which includes Brooks.

Her program is one of nine in the nation to be featured in a film project highlighting the best practices of school lunchrooms.

The district's participation in "Cooks for Kids," a nine-part series coordinated by the National Food Service Management Institute at the University of Mississippi, may even bring attention to Oregon's proposed farm-to-school legislation.

The National Food Service Management Institute hopes the series eventually finds a place on public broadcast television, but the immediate plans are to offer it as a resource to schools by satellite, the institute's Web site and on DVD.

The series will include nine 30-minute segments on fruits -- the segment filmed at Brooks -- vegetables, whole grains, pasta, pizza, side dishes, breakfast, wraps and soups.

Oregon and California are the only states west of Texas to be represented in the series.

Heidi Dupuis of the Oregon Department of Education said Gervais was chosen to represent the state because of its initiative in the farm-to-school program, its summer school and its location in the heart of the Willamette Valley, a mecca for fresh produce. Portland and Bend-LaPine school districts also were considered, Dupuis said.

Josephine Martin, former executive director of the food service management institute, said Oregon was an easy pick because of its reputation for implementing dietary guidelines in its schools.

"These nine schools have been selected because they serve quality food," Martin said. "Food that is nutritious and flavorful."

The chosen schools vary in size and belong to districts as large as 33,000 in Irving, Texas, to 1,110 in Gervais. Columbus and her food services team of two this summer (nine during the school year) impressed their visitors with a lunch menu that also included beef soft taco, Spanish rice and marionberry cobbler.

4. Opportunities and Financial Resources for Schools


The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and the MetLife Foundation are calling for entries in the search for the nation’s top "Breakthrough Schools." Applicants should be high achieving middle or high schools, or schools that are making dramatic improvements in student achievement, whose best practices and outstanding results can inform other schools as they further their own improvement efforts. Honorees will be chosen based upon documented success in implementing strategies aligned with the three core areas of NASSP’s Breaking Ranks II publication. Those three areas are collaborative leadership; personalization; and curriculum, instruction and assessment. Middle and high schools with 40% or more students eligible for free and reduced priced meals are eligible to apply. The maximum award is $5000. To apply online go to: http://www.principals.org/s_nassp/sec.asp?CID=66&DID=66. Deadline to apply is September 28, 2007.


OSLIS provides admittance to the EBSCO online periodical database through which thousands of non-fiction articles (all with lexiles assigned) can be accessed. Elementary and secondary research skills tutorials are also available. All Oregon schools, both public and private, can use the OSLIS resources at no charge.

5. What you can find on the Oregon Department of Education website

This weekly item highlights various features found on the Oregon Department of Education website.

Did you know you can access all of the Superintendent’s weekly UPDATES, monthly newsletters, announcements, press releases and speeches from: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=376.

6. Susan’s Schedule

Week of August 6th – Susan Castillo hosted the Superintendent’s Summer Institute in Portland.
Week of August 13th – Susan will attend monthly luncheon hosted by the Governor’s office for statewide elected officials; meet with Kevin McCann, Oregon School Board Assn Executive Director; meet with Mickey Lansing, Commission on Children and Families Executive Director; and meet with College Board.

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

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