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Scott Curtis Selected as the Principal of Clackamas Academy of Industrial Sciences

After a rigorous selection process, Scott Curtis was selected as the Principal for Clackamas Academy of Industrial Sciences (CAIS) in Oregon City beginning in July. 

Mr. Curtis is currently the Principal at Beavercreek Elementary in the Oregon City School District where he has worked for the past eight years as a dedicated leader and educator. Before his time at Beavercreek Elementary, Mr. Curtis has had positions as a middle school principal and as a high school assistant principal. As a teacher, he taught science and mathematics, disciplines that are part of the foundation of CAIS. 

“I believe CAIS is doing some of the most exciting educational innovations in the region,” said Scott Curtis. “The career-ready and highly skilled students graduating from CAIS are well prepared to enter their chosen industry and find immediate success in both the local and global workforce.”

"Clackamas Academy of Industrial Sciences is designed to prepare an innovative workforce for the future,” said Larry Didway, Superintendent. “Scott Curtis is a highly skilled, competent and passionate leader who will continue to develop CAIS into the regional model of partnership with industry that it strives to be.”

Mr. Curtis will take over for Kyle Laier, who accepted the Principal position at Newberg High School beginning next school year. The district immediately launched a search for a new principal to begin at Beavercreek Elementary School on July 1, 2016. 

Oregon City Service Learning Academy Staff Invited to Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Recently a team of Oregon City Service Learning Academy (OSCLA) staff were hand picked by the Lemelson Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to conduct research as part of future student learning opportunities. The OSCLA staff were flown to Massachusetts and worked in the MIT labs to help create science and technology learning and teaching kits that will be used across the country as part of the JV InvenTeams Program.

InvenTeams are comprised of high school students, educators, and mentors that receive up to $10,000 each to invent technological solutions to real-world problems of their choosing. Through the JV InvenTeams program OCSLA has formed four of the thirteen JV InvenTeams in Oregon. 

While at MIT, the OSCLA staff helped create two future teaching units. The first unit focused on sound, with the goal of building an instrument and speaker. To better understand sound, the unit first explores electromagnetism and human anatomy, breaking down those topics into concepts students can easily grasp, then apply to the materials provided to invent an instrument of their individual design.  

The second of the two units focused on optics, in particular, camera lenses. The unit will cover how shape and material of a lens can affect focal length, angle of view and zoom, and how aperture affects brightness and depth of field. To better understand lenses, optical calculations, biomimicry and camera prototyping were explored and applied as the team attempted to build a camera lens.

"This is incredibly exciting,” said Connie Curteman, Oregon City School Board Vice Chair. "I am constantly amazed by the creativity and enthusiasm of our teachers." 

Using existing kits from Lemelson-MIT Program, OCSLA’s freshman and sophomores designed and made shoe soles while studying materials, chemistry, and molding. While studying circuits and textiles, students created a wallet that lit up when opened and other textiles of their own designing. 

“Every Kid in a Park” Initiative

This year begins a new exciting adventure for 4th-grade students across the nation, along with their families. Through the Every Kid in a Park initiative, each student/family is eligible for a free parks pass that will allow them to enter, without cost, any national park, monument, reserve, lands or waters until August 31, 2016. No matter where you live in the U.S., you are less than two hours from one or more of the 2,000 included sites!

“Because no matter who you are, no matter where you live, our parks, our monuments, our lands, our waters – these places are your birthright as Americans” President Barack Obama

Oregon City library staff will be printing individual passes for all 4th grade students and will spend time focusing on different national parks. Students will learn about the parks using a variety of resources including:

  • National Geographic Kids
  • National Parks Guide USA
  • World Book Student Encyclopedia
  • “Road Trip: National Parks,” a six book series
  • “Adventures with the Parkers,” a hybrid fiction and non-fiction book

We are excited to help 4th graders get interested and ready to visit our national sites with their families. 

For more information about this exciting initiative, please contact Jan Snyder, District Librarian at

New Safety Reporting System

Oregon City School District is using a new safety reporting service that students, staff and parents can use to report tips on bullying, harassment, drugs, vandalism or any safety issue. 

You have the ability to submit safety concerns to our administration in four new ways:

1. Phone: 503.406.4560
2. Text: 503.406.4560 (multimedia messages are not currently supported)
3. Email:
4. Web:

For future reference, you will be able to find the link to the safety reporting page on the bottom of nearly every school and district web page. Beyond the new system, you can of course still report in-person or via an existing communication channel to a teacher or administrator. 

Every safety tip received is immediately logged, and our administration will be notified so that they can investigate and take appropriate action. With the new system, there is the available option to remain anonymous, yet still receive two-way communications using an access code.

Thanks in advance for your support and everything you do to help maintain a safe environment for our students. 



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