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News & Events September 2016

August 26th - New results posted about environmental testing at MESD buildings. Click HERE for information and updates. 
 

Multnomah ESD welcomes Christine Otto
to Instructional Services
 
September 15, 2016
​Christine Otto has been selected as a Supervisor in the Instructional Services department, providing coaching and support to program administrators. 

Christine Otto Ms. Otto brings over 18 years of teaching and administrative experience to the position including 8 years as a Principal and Assistant Principal in elementary, middle, and high schools. She served most recently as a Principal and Title III Director in the Gaston School District.  Her experience includes K-12 ELL, Migrant Education, TAG, GED prep, credit for proficiency and alternative programs.   Ms. Otto began her career in education as an ELL and English teacher and high school swim coach.    

Originally from Texas, Ms. Otto moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1998 because she wanted to be closer to the mountains and the ocean. When not working, Christine and her husband, Jerry, enjoy spending their time hiking, running, biking, and exploring. Christine is also an admitted bibliophile and loves to sneak in literary pilgrimages wherever she travels.

Ms. Otto earned her Bachelor of Arts (Cum Laude) in Secondary Education and Economics from the University of Arizona, her Master of Library and Information Sciences from Texas Woman’s University, and her Administrator’s certificate from Portland State University. 

She began her position earlier this month.


Multnomah ESD welcomes Kulak as Nurse Supervisor and Davis as Vice Principal
 
September 2, 2016
Angela Kulak has been selected as a Nurse Supervisor in the School Health Services Department. She will be supervising nurses and school health assistants in the Franklin cluster (PPS) as well as Pioneer, Student Success Center, Benson High School, Gresham/Barlow School District and Outdoor School. 

Ms. Kulak brings over 29 years of nursing experience to the position, including four years as a MESD school nurse most recently at Rosa Parks Elementary School and Woodlawn School in Portland Public Schools district.  Ms. Kulak began her work as a school nurse in 2005 and worked for the Forest Grove and Woodburn school districts.  Prior to serving as a school nurse she worked for 18 years as a certified inpatient obstetrics nurse in Texas and Oregon.   Ms. Kulak earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Christian University.

Sarah Davis is a new Vice-Principal in the Instruction Services department and will provide support to the hospital and long term care and treatment programs. Ms. Davis brings over 8 years of experience in education to the position.  She previously worked for the Park Academy in an administrative capacity including as an Assessment and Data Specialist and Lead Teacher.  At Park Academy, she provided oversight for IEP services, created school-wide assessment protocol, coordinated student profiles, education mapping plans and service learning experiences, served as a liaison for local public school districts, prepared and organized AdvanceEd accreditation documents, diagnostics, assurances, surveys and reports, and provided professional development for staff. Prior to her role at Park Academy she taught as a prekindergarten teacher at Nike and a first/second-grade teacher at South Shore elementary school in Albany, Oregon.

Ms. Davis earned her Bachelor of Arts, cum laude at Linfield College in Early Childhood and Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish.  She earned her Master of Science in Educational Leadership and administrative certificate from Western Governors University in Salt Lake City, Utah.
 

Multnomah ESD Business Services receives 2nd award for excellence in financial reporting
 
September 2, 2016
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The Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International has awarded Multnomah Education Service District its Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting award for having met or exceeded the program’s high standards for financial reporting and accountability. This is the second award the district’s Business Services department, led by Director Doana Anderson, has received for excellence in financial reporting.  In August, the district received the Award of Achievement from the Governmental Finance Officers Association.
 
The district was recognized for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending 2015.

The Certificate of Excellence (COE) award confirms the school business office’s commitment to financial accountability and transparency. Recognition through the COE program can help strengthen a district’s presentation for bond issuance statements and promotes a high level of financial reporting. For more information about the COE award, visit asbointl.org/COE


Thanks, Eileen! And thanks, MESD staff.
 
August 26, 2016
Just days before her retirement, Eileen Ellis (School Health Services) heard about the KGW School Supply Drive and suggested that MESD participate.  Schoolhouse Supplies Thanks to her suggestion, MESD employees brought donations to the Ainsworth building and also to the back-to-school Wellness  Summit. The collection was delivered to Schoolhouse Supplies, and will help students throughout MESD's service area. 
 

Multnomah ESD Board selected to participate in OSBA Promise Scholarship program for students 
 
August 19, 2016 
The Multnomah ESD Board is among 8 boards, and the only ESD board, to participate in a pilot OSBA program that will reward board development actions with scholarship funds for students.

2016 Promise Scholarship Under the Promise Scholarship Program, eight boards selected by OSBA from among applicants will receive $5,000 each in student scholarship funds by completing a five-step process that includes a board project, superintendent and board self-evaluations, participation in “The Promise of Oregon” campaign (www.promiseoregon.org), and individual board member development (or a second board project).

The eight participants are Athena-Weston, Baker, Jefferson, Lake County, North Santiam, Philomath, Nyssa and Multnomah ESD.

Program requirements must be completed by Dec. 15, 2016, and scholarship funds will be released in January 2017. Selected boards will be responsible for awarding student scholarships. 
 

Multnomah ESD acknowledged
for Excellence in Financial Reporting
 
August 4, 2016
The Multnomah Education Service District Business Services department has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). 
 
MESD Business Services receives Award The Certificate was awarded after a panel of professionals determined that the CAFR met the high standards of the program and “demonstrated a constructive spirit of full disclosure.”  Business Services Director Doana Anderson was pleased with the news and expressed that the CAFR “could not have been created without the dedication and diligence of the business services team,” and “represents a significant accomplishment” in the agency’s accounting and financial reporting efforts.

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting and is presented annually by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.

Congratulations Business Services staff!
 
(Pictured, left to right: MESD Board Chair Stephen Marc Beaudoin, Ann Baker of the Oregon Finance Officers Association, and Doana Anderson, MESD Director of Business Services)
 

MESD and the Oregon Youth Authority awarded $1.1 million federal "Opening Doors" grant 
 
July 15, 2016
MESD, in partnership with Oregon Youth Authority, will use $1.1 million in federal grant funds to provide college credit to students through Portland Community College. Joy Koenig
 
MESD's Joy Koenig is the Principal at Three Lakes High School, Riverside High School and Ocean Dunes High School at the Oregon Youth Authority's Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility. 
 
"Opening Doors will connect our students who are released and transitioned to the Portland area with college access and employment - as well as internships in the Portland community," said Koenig. "This grant will help support our students in a way that has never been done before: namely, provide services to our students after they leave Oak Creek. This opportunity offers them assistance with the college entrance experience, scholarships for two years of college credit, and work study options for approximately 20 hours per week. We are very excited for our students."
 
This grant also provides additional hours of support in Career and Technical Education for Three Lakes High School and Riverside High School.
 

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    MESD's Penny Plavala selected to statewide
    English Language Arts Advisory Panel
     
    June 27, 2016
    The Oregon Department of Education has announced the selection of Penny Plavala, a literacy specialist with the Multnomah ESD School Improvement program, to serve on the 2016-2019 English Language Arts Advisory Panel.
     
    plavala The panel's major role is to establish content standards to ensure that they meet the needs of Oregon students in preparing them for college, career, and civic life.  As part of the panel responsibilities Plavala will analyze Oregon’s current content standards, statutes, and rules, as well as current assessment standards, practices, and tools,  advocate for instructional best practices, and provide consensus recommendations to inform the Oregon State Board of Education’s adoption of content and assessment standard.
     

     MESD awarded $670,000 grant to support
    African American/Black student success
     
    June 27, 2016
    MESD’s Instruction Services department was recently awarded a $670,000 grant by the Oregon Department of Education to support African American/Black student success.  The grant will fund resources, support and wraparound services for Black and African American students in detention and who are transitioning from detention back to their community and neighborhood schools.  It will address the impact of the trauma these youth have experienced in their lives and the lack of culturally responsive supports as they reenter their local school systems and increase and create an opportunity to strengthen communications and relationships between staff, families and students as they transition between education and correctional settings. 
     
    Scott Ryan, Principal at Donald E Long explained, “This grant will allow us to focus on the process of re-entry for the community and the youth almost immediately when the youth enters detention. At the time the youth enters detention they will be assigned a school coach who will follow the student through the system and advocate and support them in their education, providing continual touch points throughout the justice process to ensure student success. At the same time, the ESD and its culturally informed and responsive partners will work to reengage the community where the youth as offended and help it to become a ready, open, informed and welcoming community when the youth returns.”  
     
    MESD provides instruction to youth in detention, a disproportionate number of whom identify as students of color, at the Donald E Long Juvenile Justice Center, the Inverness Juvenile Incarceration Center and Assessment and Evaluation secure residential treatment facility for Multnomah County.  The agency has and will continue to be engaged in the specific work of supporting students in detention and who are returning to their neighborhood schools and communities. 
     

    Summer Meal Announcement
    from the Oregon Department of Education
     
    May 9, 2016
    This summer, meals at no charge are available to all children and teens 1 – 18 years old. To find the nearest summer meal site, text “FOOD” to 877877, or call 1-866-348-6479, or visit www.summerfoodoregon.org.
     
    Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon works with the Oregon Department of Education to promote awareness of and expand access to this important program statewide. Learn more about the Summer Food Service Program and resources provided by Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon.
     

    MESD welcomes Sarah Phillips
    as Instructional Services Coordinator
     
    June 27, 2016
    Sarah Phillips has been selected as the Instructional Services Coordinator in the Instruction Services Department.
     
    Sarah Phillips Ms. Phillips brings over 16 years in education to the position, most recently as the Manager for School Improvement and Educator Effectiveness at the Oregon Department of Education (ODE).  As part of that role she led collaborative efforts to engage in discussions with union leadership, principals, and educators of all roles across Oregon districts about measuring effective practice; co-created the “District Professional Learning Teams” model of collaborative professional learning; and led the effort to engage in “Peer Review Panels” of existing evaluation systems. 
     
    Prior to her role with ODE, she served as a high school French teacher with the Baltimore City Public Schools and was appointed by the school board as Teacher Representative for the board’s Joint Governing Panel.  Before moving to Baltimore, she served for eight years as a middle school and high school French teacher in Chicago, Illinois, and Washington, DC, as well as working as a department chair and coach of a women’s junior varsity cross-country team.
     
    Ms. Phillips earned her Certificate of School Administration and Supervision from Johns Hopkins University, her Masters of Education in Foreign Language Education and French, and her Bachelor of Arts in French from Ohio State University. She holds teaching and administrative certifications in Ohio, the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Oregon.  She holds a “highly qualified” certification in Ohio, Illinois, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. 
     
    Ms. Phillips lives in Portland with her husband and 10-month old Pomeranian. She is an active member of Christ Church: Portland, which her husband started in Portland a year ago, as well as serving on the I Have A Dream Oregon: Young Leaders Board. She enjoys yoga, running, hiking, and cooking.
     
    She begins her position July 1st.
     

     June 24, 2016
    Adopted Budget 16-17
     
    Please review MESD's Adopted
     

    MESD selects Human Resources Director
     
    June 9, 2016
    Interim Superintendent Scott Perry and incoming Superintendent Sam Breyer recently made the following administrative announcement welcoming Sean Woodard as the Human Resources Director, thanking Dawn Strong for her time and expertise as the Interim HR Director, and congratulating her on successfully defending her doctoral dissertation.  Thank you Dr. Strong for your service to the MESD!  Sean Woodard  
     
    Sean Woodard has been selected as the next MESD Human Resources Director.  Mr. Woodard brings over 21 years of human resources and leadership experience to the position.  He is currently the Human Resources Director at the Pacific NW College of Arts.  Prior to that he was part of the human resources teams at the City of Portland, Knowledge Learning Corporation, and Oregon Health and Science University.

    He has also served as the Executive Director for the "I Have a Dream Foundation" where he designed, implemented and coordinated an academic and social enrichment program for at-risk students.

    Mr. Woodard earned his Bachelor of Arts in English and Master of Science in Education at the University of Bridgeport, and was certified a Senior Professional in Human Resources in 2008.

    Sean is a family man, and devoted father of three girls (Yasmin, 10, Mikaela 8, and Cora 2 1/2) and husband to his darling wife Chelsi. This time of year you can find him and his family swimming in the rivers, walking the trails, and riding bikes in their Kenton neighborhood. He is a self proclaimed "regular guy" who likes a host of activities including almost all sports, chess, reading contemporary literature, and watching a Lord of the Rings marathon for the umpteenth time. 
     
    Mr. Woodard begins his position July 1st.  
     

    MESD selects Special Education Director
     
    May 31, 2016
    Interim Superintendent Scott Perry and incoming Superintendent Sam Breyer recently made the following administrative announcement welcoming Todd Greaves as the Special Education Director.

    Todd Greaves has been selected as the MESD Special Education Director.

    Todd Greaves Mr. Greaves brings over 25 years in education to the position, mostly recently as Coordinator - Education, Early Childhood and Head Start Services for the Oregon Department of Education (ODE). 

    Prior to his role with ODE, Mr. Greaves served as the Director of Education, Early Childhood, Parent Engagement and Head Start Services for Family Service Association, Inc. in San Antonio, Texas for 3 years. 

    Additionally, he has served as a Director for Early Childhood Services for 4 years, Principal of secondary and elementary schools for 9 years, as an assistant principal for 3 years, and as a teacher for 7 years in the Edgewood Independent School District, San Antonio, Texas. 

    Mr. Greaves earned his bachelor's in education and master's in Educational Leadership and Management at the University of San Antonio, Texas. 

    He is happily married to his wife Jill, and they have two children, a daughter (Grace) who is 16 and a son (John) who is 14.  They are his world and they also keep him grounded in a life / work balance. 

    He enjoys walking with his family, cooking (especially Thai or Greek cuisine), traveling, kayaking and hopefully soon cycling at a beginners pace and distance.  

    He begins his position tomorrow, Wednesday, June 1.


    A message from Interim Superintendent Scott Perry
     
    May 31, 2015
     

    Hospital Program Wins Grand Prize
    for Innovation in Student Services

    May 20, 2016
    Multnomah ESD's "Lighting the Way" program earned the Grand Prize at the 2016 Innovation Awards  presented by Oregon Association for ESDs. The award recognizes a program or service that changes the conversation from what we must do to what we can do differently and effectively to improve the lives of students.   
     
    The "Lighting the Way" model provides immediate academic support to students receiving care in acute psychiatric hospital units and prepares districts to support students who have been discharged and are re-entering school.   The model provides this support through teacher liaisons that Award facilitate communication between medical and school district teams. When children enter hospital care, MESD teachers assess their immediate and long-term learning needs and communicate with the student’s home district.  Teachers notify districts that a student is receiving care and may request or make a recommendation for an IEP or 504 plan. When the child is discharged, MESD teachers provide districts with information that allow them to prepare appropriate supports for student re-entry.  As part of the model, MESD developed HIPPA and FRPA compliant hospital discharge forms.  These forms are completed by medical teams and contain information the districts need to prepare and provide appropriate supports to students re-entering the school setting.  MESD teachers also provide academic updates to district staff to ensure a smooth hand-off from hospital instruction to home district instruction.  MESD has served over 300 students as part of the Lighting the Way model. 

    (Pictured, Left to Right: Mary Botkin, Board member, Staff members Nalani Wineman,  Lisa O'Toole, Sheila Schacher, and Scott Perry, Superintendent)


     MESD staff display incarcerated youth artwork in 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade

    Artwork by incarcerated youth May 18, 2016
    Artwork created by youth in detention was displayed as part of the annual 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade. Through a partnership with Johnson Creek Watershed Council and Lents Neighbors and MESD, students in detention at Donald E. Long created works of art.  MESD staff member Debra Giannini spearheaded the effort again this year to bring awareness to the program and to give youth the opportunity to showcase their art in a community event.
     

    A Note from MESD Interim Superintendent Scott Perry
    on National School Nurse Appreciation Day


    May 11, 2016
    Dear  MESD community,
     
    Each day in school buildings across the metro area, registered nurses promote wellness and ensure that the health needs of students are safely met in our schools.   Increasingly, children today face more complex and life-threatening health problems that require care in school.
     
    The care nurses provide includes providing case management to students with diabetes, serious allergies, asthma, ADHD and other chronic health conditions, training, health education, responding to illness and injuries, tracking student immunization records.  Highly skilled clinical nurses also provide one-on-one care for medically fragile students who would not be able to attend school or be in community with their peers without a highly skilled nurse
     
    Over the past couple of months I have had the opportunity to see some of our remarkable nurses in action as they care for students and support them in school.  During recent school visits I have observed nurses supporting school wellness activities, participating in school committees focused on on emergency planning and preparedness, and providing care protocols to allow a family to provide homemade meals for their feeding-tube dependent child. The care, compassion, and skill that our nurses devote to children is so appreciated.

    May 11 is National School Nurse Day and our nurses deserve our gratitude for their service to our children, their future, and our community.  

    I invite the community to join me in extending our appreciation to our nurses for their dedication to our community’s future. No other occupation is as influential to the health of our young people. We are fortunate that the districts and schools in our community have professional nurses dedicated to benefitting students, not just on this National School Nurse Day, but throughout the year.

    Sincerely,
     
    Scott Perry
    Superintendent, Multnomah ESD 
     
     

    TSCC Public Budget Hearing
     
    May 6, 2016
    Please review the notice of the May 17th, 2016 Tax Supervising and Conservation Commission's Public Hearing on MESD's Approved Budget for 2016-17, HERE!
     

    Join the MESD New Beginnings Team for
    the 14th annual NAMI Walk on Sunday, May 15th

     

    May 4, 2016

    The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization, providing advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives. If you would like to participate in this year's NAMI Walk, you’ll find more information, and a signup form, right here!:  

     

    A message from MESD Interim Superintendent Scott Perry
     
    May 3, 2016:

    Dear MESD Teachers,

    Today, Tuesday May 3rd is National Teacher Appreciation Day and I wanted to take a moment to express my heartfelt appreciation for the important work that each of you do every day for our students. 

    It takes a special type of person to teach, and even more so when teaching students who are highly impacted by traumas, medical conditions, and cognitive delays as is the case with so many of our students.  It requires patience, empathy, a genuine interest in meeting the child where they are and helping them achieve their potential, and a nurturing spirit. 

    In my recent school and program site visits I have witnessed these qualities in every teacher I have had the privilege of watching in action.  Each day you provide the  emotional, social, and academic support students need to be successful in school and in life and I so appreciate you.  

    You greatly deserve the appreciation that this day brings.  Thank you so much for your energy, dedication, expertise, and commitment to the children we serve.

    Scott
     
     

     
    Approved Budget April 21, 2016
    Please review MESD's Approved
     
     
       

      Geof Garner Congratulations to Geof Garner: Winner of Mt. Hood Community College's 2016 Advocate of the Year Award!
     
    April 7, 2016
    Geof Garner, MESD Alternative Pathways Program Manager, was named Mt. Hood Community College's Advocate of the Year at a ceremony held at MHCC on Wednesday, April 6. Congratulations, Geof!
     

    Internal Communication Audit Report
     
    March 17, 2016
    Multnomah ESD embarked on a communication audit process in November 2015.  The purpose of the audit was to gather information from employees, board members, and administrators to inform MESDs communication goals, strategies and plan.  Phase 1 of the audit process focused on internal communication customs, practices, and procedures. The audit process included an electronic survey and 5 focus groups with over 30 representatives of classified staff, certificated staff, administrators, and board members. It also included a thorough review of materials and communications compiled and distributed by MESD programs, services, and departments.  The data from the survey in aggregate form is available in this report, along with the analysis of the auditors, and their recommendations. Many thanks to everyone that participated in the survey and focus groups.  The agency will now proceed into a review and reflection phase of this Phase 1 Internal Communications Audit report.  Details about next steps and participation in those steps will be published when available.  Phase 2 External Communications will begin in the fall of 2016.  Details about the phase will be published when available.
     
    Samuel Breyer Multnomah ESD Board selects
    Sam Breyer as Superintendent
     
    March 15, 2015
    The Multnomah ESD Board announced today that Samuel Breyer would be offered the position of Superintendent at MESD.  Superintendent search committee chair Stephen Marc Beaudoin shared these comments about the process and Mr. Breyer:

         "It's a great day to be a student or parent in Multnomah County, because Sam Breyer is our new MESD Superintendent.  Mr. Breyer was the choice of our board because of his strong track record of delivering results for students; his empathic and highly collaborative leadership style; his deep and personal commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion; and his abundant skill in building relationships and coalitions in service to bringing big things to life for our students and our schools. Sam is exciting in an understated way - and we're excited to welcome him aboard to help lead MESD into this next phase of our journey forward.  Every person that's worked with him had something positive and warm to say about him: students, parents, teachers, staff, colleagues, and community partners. And while MESD's positive impact may not always be seen by the public, I guarantee it is felt by the students we serve, their families, and the community as a whole. As our new Superintendent, Mr. Breyer will ensure that MESD's essential and excellent work in school health services, instructional services, special education, and technology continues to evolve and expand, as we work to meet the needs of our districts and students in the 21st century and beyond.  I want to especially recognize and thank our dedicated and thoughtful 15 member Superintendent search committee, our component district Superintendents, and the entirety of the MESD board for their commitment to a rigorous and open search process. And to Mr. Bautista, our other finalist for the position, we say thank you for your commitment to students, and for your thoughtful engagement in our process."

    Mr. Breyer is the Superintendent of the Centennial School District and has served in that role for the past four years.  He began his career in education as a teacher at East Gresham Elementary where he taught for seven years.  His administrative experience includes serving as a Teacher on Special Assignment for one year, a Principal for Butler Creek Elementary for four years, and an Assistant Director of Curriculum and Student Learning. Mr. Breyer earned his Bachelors of Science in Economics and Masters of Arts in Teaching in Early Childhood/Elementary from Willamette University.  He earned his administrator’s certificate in Education Leadership from Lewis & Clark College.

    Mr. Breyer said: 

          "I’m honored to have this opportunity, and grateful for the Board’s confidence in me.  It is clear that Multnomah ESD is ready to move forward into an exceptional future of service and collaboration.   I look forward to serving the 8 component school districts, more than 400 MESD employees, and over 100,000 students in our region.  MESD will be a leader and partner in our community as we improve educational outcomes for all students."

    The search for the next MESD Superintendent was notably robust, transparent and a model of stakeholder engagement.  David Douglas Superintendent Don Grotting represented the component district Superintendents on the search committee and shared:

           "A great selection process constructed by the Multnomah Education Service District Board of Directors has resulted in the selection of a great superintendent, Sam Breyer to revitalize and lead our ESD to new heights. As a component school district superintendent, I am truly excited regarding the selection of Mr. Breyer to lead the Multnomah ESD to do great things for the children and families of Multnomah County.

             I would like to express my gratitude and congratulations to the Multnomah Education Service Board of Directors for their transparent, inclusive, and rigorous superintendent search and selection process.  The Board ensured all stakeholders were provided an opportunity to participate and give constructive feedback during all phases of this fair and structured process. 

             The process yielded great local and national interest, and the final selection was difficult due to the quality of our finalists.  Component School District Superintendents look forward to working and partnering with Sam Breyer to do great things for the children and families throughout Multnomah County."

    The MESD Board also thanked Interim Superintendent Scott Perry for his service and commitment during this time of transition.  Perry will continue as Interim Superintendent until Breyer can begin his position as MESD Superintendent.  Breyer is expected to start as MESD Superintendent July 1st.

     
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