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Oregon City School District to Offer Full-Day Kindergarten

The Oregon City School Board voted to establish a District-wide full-day kindergarten program beginning in the 2015-16 school year. The implementation cost is an estimated $1.8 million to cover additional staffing, instructional materials, furniture and building adjustments. The improvement is made possible because the Oregon Legislature authorized school districts to claim full funding from the State School Fund for full-day kindergarten beginning next school year.

Later Than Usual Labor Day Prompts District to Start School in August

Oregon City, Oregon - February 9, 2015 – At their regularly scheduled monthly meeting, the Oregon City School Board voted to approve the framework for the 2015-16 school calendar. For the first time in recent memory, the school year will start in August – on the 31st.

Each year families are anxious for the calendar to be approved so that events and vacations can be planned. Typically school starts after Labor Day. Since Labor Day comes later this year, it has forced many school districts to re-evaluate their calendars and consider an earlier start.

The district will begin classes on Monday, August 31st, although specific start dates will vary by school and grade. Schools will be closed on Friday September 4th and Labor Day, September 7th and classes will resume on Tuesday, September 8th.

New Food Pantry at Oregon City High School

October 17, 2014

Oregon City High School staff was noticing that some students were stuffing their pockets with rolls, fruit and other food, especially on Fridays, so they would have something to eat over the weekend.

That really disturbed Ted Thonstad, the school district’s recently retired Director of Operations. “I got to thinking, we should do something about that, because no kid in America should go hungry.”

Candy Lane Elementary Serves Produce from Their School Garden in the Cafeteria

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October 1, 2014 - Recently, Candy Lane Elementary began serving produce grown at their school farm in the cafeteria. They are the first school in the district to source produce for the cafeteria from their school garden. Students will have access to tomatoes, lettuce and other greens from the garden served on the salad bar once a week.

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