In March of 2017, the Oregon City School Board passed a resolution (PDF) that affirms the district’s commitment to creating safe and welcoming school environments for all students. The full text, in multiple languages, is available below.
In basic terms, the resolution says that everyone is welcome in our schools regardless of race, gender identity, sexuality, immigration status, country of origin or other factors. It also says that everyone is entitled to academic success regardless of their background or family circumstances and each student will be provided the necessary supports to ensure that success.
We will do our best to maintain a positive, inclusive environment in our schools. Anything you can do to reinforce these attributes would be greatly appreciated.
Oregon City Schools will continue to be, a place where students and their families can focus on learning without fear of discrimination or harassment. We have communicated this message with the leadership, staff, and students in our schools, but more remains to be done. Through communication and training, we can ensure that everyone in our schools knows how to be sensitive to their colleagues, students, and families.
Parents and staff are an important influence on the lives of your children. Thank you for thinking about how we can all work together to make our district a safe and welcoming place for all students and families.
Oregon City High School’s FIRST Unified Basketball Team recently played their inaugural games in a tournament hosted by Forest Grove School District. Unified Sports is a new branch of Special Olympics.
With only two practices under their belt, the Pioneer team came together and played fantastic basketball. Players Exhibited team spirit, comradery, sportsmanship, respect and honor for other teams. They had a blast and won all three of their games.
Unified Sports is an excellent way to share a sense of community and promote kindness, respect, and support of one another. It is an inspiring program that brings opportunity to students with varied intellectual abilities. Unified Sports provides players a healthy athletic activity and the pride of being on an athletics team.
The hope for the program is that it will be a great way to help cultivate strong community unity with the inclusive spirit that represents Unified Sports. The program helps to generate awareness of the diversity within our community, building a foundation of inclusion for all students.
"I am so grateful to Steve Allen and all of the supportive staff at Oregon City School District and Oregon City High School for supporting my son and his idea to start this program," said Josie Rankin-Lary, parent. "Eventually, we hope to see unified sports for soccer, track, and golf."
Last week, the faculty got concrete affirmation that the amped-up care and attention they shower on students is paying off: Oregon City's on-time graduation rate rose by 5 percentage points to reach 94 percent, including 91 percent among low-income students. That's an accomplishment unmatched by the 40 other big high schools in the Portland area.
Read the full article at OregonLive.com.