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12/3/2007 8:00:00 PM
Superintendent’s Update #231
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1. "I’m Ready, Are You?" Oregon Video Challenge

2. Donating your kicker refund to Oregon K-12 schools

3. Oregon Diploma Talk

4. Opportunities and Financial Resources for Schools

5. Susan’s Schedule

The December Issue PDF of 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. “I’m Ready, Are You?” Oregon Video Challenge

Enter the “I’m Ready, Are You?” Oregon Video Challenge sponsored by the Oregon Department of Education for chance to win a SMART BOARD for your school. Make a video with your class about student(s) dreams for the future and how school can help them reach their goals and you could win a SMART Board for your school. Class videos can be either built into the curriculum as a class assignment for the whole class or an extra credit assignment for a smaller group of students. Students can also submit videos as individuals or as a student group (without teacher organization) and be eligible to win $1000. Work with your students to make a short (2 min or less) video telling us about their dreams for the future and submit it to the Oregon Department of Education through its GetReadyOregon website.

Have one or more students answer these questions:
  • What is 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 in your video and you could be a winner!

Who can enter? Any Oregon public school class in grades 7-12 or any Oregon public school student in grades 7-12.

The winning class entries will receive a SMART Board 680i for your school (value $5,599).
The winning individual students will win a 17” flat panel monitor computer (value $600).
The winning student groups will win $1000.

The challenge will run until February 15th, 2008. Early entries are encouraged.

For more information or to see a sample video visit: www.getreadyoregon.org

2. Donating your kicker refund to Oregon K-12 schools

The Department of Education has received questions on how taxpayers might donate their kicker refunds to schools. Thank you for your support of Oregon’s K-12 schools! Here are some guidelines to ensure your money goes where you want it to go:

If you wish to donate the kicker refund to a specific school district or individual school, you should first deposit the kicker check into your personal checking account. Then send your personal check to the desired school district or individual school.

If you wish to donate to the State School Fund, you should first deposit the kicker check into your personal checking account. Then send your personal check to the Oregon Department of Education – State School Fund. These funds will then be distributed to all school districts and education service districts under the distribution formula by which the Department must distribute the State School Fund.

If you are one of nearly 14,000 taxpayers who elected to contribute your kicker refund to the State School Fund by checking the appropriate box on your 2006 state income tax returns, your kicker refund will be retained by the Department of Revenue and forwarded to the Department of Education. Your donation will be distributed to all school districts and education service districts through the state’s distribution formula.

3. Oregon Diploma Talk

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

On November 16th, the Standards & Assessment Task Force held their first meeting. The group is comprised of education professionals, technical experts and community members. This taskforce is charged with reviewing an external evaluation of Oregon's standards and assessment system and recommending improvements in the structure, quality, and alignment of K - 12 standards and assessments. The task force will address recommendations on "core standards" in the content areas and issues related to increased math and science credits, including credits earned through applied and integrated courses. To view the Standards & Assessment Task Force charter go to: http://www.ode.state.or.us/teachlearn/real/documents/standards--assessment-tf-charter.pdf PDF
Detailed information regarding the Oregon Diploma can be found at www.getreadyoregon.org.

4. Opportunities and Financial Resources for Schools

Across the state of Oregon local governments and civic groups are working with their local schools to support students through special programs, funding and other forms of assistance. State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo recognizes and honors these special partnerships annually through the Outstanding Community School Partnership Awards.

"Teamwork and partnership are wise investments in our schools, our students, their families, and our communities. By pooling our resources and services, we ensure that each and every child is given the best chance to succeed," Castillo said. "When every community puts education first, the needs of ALL children are met through the work of family, community members, and school leaders."

State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo is asking for nominations of partnerships between schools and communities that support the success of their city’s students and/or school programs. Please address the following in your nomination letter:
  • Describe how the partnership is supporting, maintaining, or improving the quality of Oregon schools
  • Describe the participants in the partnership and their community and school connections
  • Discuss the partnership’s programs and how these programs target the needs in the community
  • Describe what makes this partnership unique and deserving of recognition
  • Include the partnership’s contact person’s name, title, e-mail, and phone number
Nomination letters should not exceed 500 words. Please email nomination letters to Regina McLoud eMail by February 4, 2008. Nominated partnerships will be invited to apply for this award. Each partnership is recognized for its dedicated mission, diverse participants and partnerships, sustainable funding, meaningful programs, and attainable goals. This is the third year that Castillo has formally recognized Outstanding Community/School Partnerships, and each award recipient will receive a small cash award of $500, a certificate of recognition, and a trophy. Visit our website to read about the 2007 Outstanding community School partnership award recipients and to read a “How to Guide” for starting or retaining a successful partnership. http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=349
Questions? Contact: Regina McLoud eMail, 503-947-5803.

What are you doing to promote the health of your students? State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo wants to recognize school programs that go beyond policy implementation to improve the health of their students.

“Supporting kids’ achievements and addressing health issues including physical activity and nutrition can greatly improve their ability to learn,” Castillo said. “Schools that recognize the link between health and education and have taken action benefit from more positive and alert students, reduced school absenteeism, and improved student performance and test scores.”

The schools chosen to receive the Oregon School Wellness Awards will receive public recognition and a cash prize. The application and additional information for this award can be found at: www.ode.state.or.us/services/nutrition under the Wellness link in the Associated Topic area. The deadline for application submission is 5 p.m. on January 15, 2008. For more information, please contact Heidi Dupuis, Child Nutrition Programs, 503-947-5893.

5. Susan’s Schedule

Week of November 26th – Susan will meet with Commissioner Annabelle Jaramillo; will meet with George Vogt, Executive Director, Oregon Historical Society; will attend the Oregon Leadership Network fall 2007 Leadership Institute, and attend the Harvard ExEL Institute.

Week of December 3rd – Susan will speak at the 6th Annual Oregon Leadership Summit in Portland; meet with Kerri Briggs and Patrick Rooney of the US Department of Education; visit Keizer Elementary, a 2007 Celebrating Student Success School; meet with Deborah Cochrane, Portland Teachers Program; meet with Tom Welter, Oregon Schools Athletic Association; attend the State Board of Education monthly meeting; give the Classroom Law Project conference welcome; attend the Youth Advisory Team meeting; and meet with Representative David Edwards.

  • For scheduling inquires, please contact Jennifer Busey at (503) 947-5740.
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