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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. 

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: 1307@alert1.us
4. Web: ocsd62.org/safety

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. 


Jan Snyder Selected as District Librarian Teacher of the Year by the Oregon Library Association

Our district librarian, Jan Snyder was selected as the 2015 District Librarian of the Year by the Oregon Association of School Libraries (OASL), the professional group for school librarians and media specialists throughout the state.

This is the highest award given by the OASL, which each year honors only one exemplary district librarian.

"Jan has such a passion for promoting library services in our district as a cornerstone of lifelong learning especially in the area of literacy and online core content," said Carol Sanders, Director of Teaching and Learning at Oregon City School District. "This award is well deserved."

OASL received a number of nominations for the awards this year; Mrs. Snyder stood out above the other highly qualified candidates with the depth and breadth of her professional experience and leadership, and her development and support of her district library program.

​OCSD Students Perform Above State Average in Newly Released Statewide Test Scores

On September 17th, the state shared results for each district, school, student group, and statewide averages for tests in English, math, and science. Once again, Oregon City School District students overall performed better than the state average.

Last year, the Oregon Department of Education rolled out new statewide assessments for English Language Arts and Mathematics. The new assessments move beyond memorization and multiple choice tests. In each test students are asked to think critically to better reflect and measure real-world problem-solving skills.


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