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News & Events April 2017

  • MESD Milestones of Achievement Celebration

    April 20th, 2017
    Join us for the 2017 Milestones Celebration on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 3:45pm in the MESD Auditorium! Click HERE for more information.


    Board Candidate Reception at MESD on April 18, 2017

    On Tuesday, April 18th at 5:00 p.m. there will be a reception in the auditorium at the Ainsworth building for the MESD Board Candidates that have filed to run for the four Board positions up for election on May 16th.  This is a casual opportunity for you to meet the candidates and ask them questions prior to the Board Regular Session meeting at 6:00 p.m.
    For more information about the candidates, please see the Voters' Pamphlet for the May 2017 Special District Election, HERE.   

    2017 OEA Choice Trust School Employee Wellness Conference
    April 6, 2017
    Seven MESD employees attended the OEA Choice Trust School Employee Wellness conference in Bend March 26-28.  This is the largest contingent we've had! Because we registered as a team, MESD was entered into a raffle to win $200 to spend on employee wellness in our organization.  We won! More importantly, participants made great connections and got good ideas that we can put to use in our Employee Wellness Program. For more information, send an email to
    (Pictured left to right: MESD conference participants Elana Emlen, Suzanne Briggs, Cindi Brokaw, Sean Woodard, Leanne Mixa Bettin)

    Approved Budget 17-18  
    Public Notice of upcoming MESD Budget Committee Meetings
    March 27, 2017
    The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 6:00 pm. For more information, please review the Public Notice, HERE.  

    Strategic Plan Video Update
    March 15, 2017

    Looking for Medicaid Administrative Claiming (MAC)? here
    Looking for Alaska Medicaid Administrative Claiming (MAC)? here
    Looking for AAA Random Day Survey System? here



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    Rigor and Relevance for Deeper Learning

    March 7, 2017
    Literacy superstar Carol Jago visited MESD today to speak to a group of 45 grade 6-12 instructional coaches and teachers as part of our Secondary Literacy Coaches' Network.

    Carol is associate director of the California Reading and Literature Project at UCLA and author of many professional books on teaching and learning in the literacy classroom.

    This free presentation for educators is made possible through our partnership with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
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    Happy Classified Employee Appreciation Week!

    March 6, 2017

    Strategic Plan Video Update

    February 21, 2017

     "Literacy and Pursuit of Equity" event at MESD

    Event Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017  •   8:00 am – 2:30 pm

    Multnomah ESD • 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle • Portland, Oregon

    Presenter: Amelia Van Name Larson, Vice President of Innovations and School Supports at American Reading Company
    Amelia Van Name Larson Students’ literacy experiences help shape what they imagine to be possible. Gender, race, perspectives, and volume matter. Indeed, representation matters, because what they see and read shape what they imagine to be possible for people who look like them, live where they live, or come from where they came from. There is strong evidence for building classroom libraries to include books where ALL students will find mirrors (which reflect themselves), windows (which show them a larger world), or sliding glass doors (which encourage social action).
    $29 registration fee (includes lunch)
    Registration is required: Register Here

    Women, Metals & Manufacturing

    January 25, 2017
    Submitted by Marcia Latta

    Riverside High School students joined students from five mid-valley high schools at the the second annual Women, Metals and Manufacturing Day at Linn Benton Community College on January 20, 2017.

    The event is sponsored by the Albany Chamber of Commerce Pipeline to Jobs initiative, LBCC and local manufacturers to encourage women to explore training opportunities for careers in manufacturing and skilled trades.

    Students attended two of five hands-on workshops in training programs offered by LBCC, including Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (CADD), Machine Tool Technology, Welding and Fabrication, Mechatronics Industrial Maintenance and Non-Destructive Testing. 
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    (Pictured at left: Students Carissa and Charley in the Mechatronics workshop; pictured at right, Student Carissa)

    OEA Choice Trust funding continued for MESD's Employee Wellness program!

    January 18, 2017
    MESD has been awarded a third year of continued funding ($20,040) from the OEA Choice Trust for our employee wellness program in 2017.  Some of the activities that will be supported include: MESD’s basketball team in the Portland league; a wellness program Exercise Room Exercise room orientation video; Yoga and other exercise classes; continuation of Walker Tracker and other fitness challenges; the Newsletter; workshops; site potlucks; the Ainsworth garden; reduced price massage at University of Western States; and more!  

    Elana Emlen and Suzanne Briggs are the Employee Wellness Co-Coordinators and can be reached at  The Employee Wellness Committee will be researching and implementing more ways to make the program useful to all MESD employees, no matter where they work.  The Committee meets on the first Thursday of each month 3:15-4:15, in person and by phone participation. (Pictured: OEA Choice Trust funding has helped pay for new exercise spaces at MESD, like this one!)

    Math educators participate in workshop presented by Robert Kaplinsky

    January 5, 2017
    Educators gathered on January 5th to learn from Math Coach Robert Kaplinsky as part of the MESD’s Mathematic and Coaching Leadership Network (MCLN). The morning's topic was “Rethinking the Choices We Make in Mathematics Instruction” and the afternoon's topic Robert Kaplinsky was “Exploring Problem Based Learning,” Robert is recognized as a leader in the mathematics community.  

    In responding to questions on an online feedback form, participants had the following to say:

     “Thank you, Robert, for being relevant and practical while presenting transformational teaching philosophies and strategies.”
     "Excellent presenter. I would attend a presentation by him again. Lots of 'the why' and also many immediate, practical things I can attack as soon as I get back to the office."
    For upcoming Training Events, click here!

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