Stronger Together: Four Creeks and Knott Creek Schools
Four Creeks and Knott Creek schools provide educational programs for elementary students on IEPs who have had persistent behavior challenges in school. Students learn new social and academic skills and strategies to prepare them for school success. Four Creeks and Knott Creek schools serve students from Multnomah County and other school districts by contract and operate on a continuum system. There are four phases with clear academic and behavioral expectations. The ultimate goal is for them to return to a regular school placement.
Successful School Re-Entry Starts with Community Collaborations
From: Jaime Dunkle
MESD's Alison Kestel and Ben White speak with a fair attendee.
Education-based youth services rely on interagency connectedness, especially in terms of successful re-enrollment for transitioning students.
As a way to facilitate networking between groups that often provide support to the same students, sometimes unknowingly, Portland Public Schools invited community partners, including the Multnomah Education Service District, to join the recent PPS Resource Fair on October 10 at the Rice School in Portland.
Representatives of Bars to Bridges, the Donald E. Long School, and the MESD Hospital School Program shared some of the more obscure yet vital work of the MESD agency.
The MESD Bars to Bridges project’s core focus is education. As a recipient of the African American and Black Student Success grant, B2B supports African American, Black and Multi-race students as they transition from detainment or incarceration to school settings.
B2B Transition Specialist Aaron Kincy shared information about B2B at the fair and anticipates attendees left knowing more about the intricacies of the educational support B2B offers students.
School administrators, counselors, psychologists, and social workers networked at the event. These are the school personnel transition specialists engage with on a regular basis. Building these relationships ahead of time can assist in a more effective transition for students.
“I hope to further connect with Portland School District because a lot of the clients we serve go back to the PPS area,” Kincy said. “We would like to connect clients with as many resources as possible to help them be successful in their education.”
Mental health was the main focus of the fair, according to Allison Kestel, a teacher at Randall Children’s Hospital, which is part of the MESD Hospital School Program. She said many of the counselors and social workers were interested in how the program expands to any student in the hospital, not just students at the two adolescent psychiatric units.
“Many people were unaware that these services for students even existed,” said Kestel. “You could see the counselors’ minds thinking about how this currently affects, or could affect, some of their students.”
The MESD Hospital School Program offers educational services to inpatient and outpatient students receiving medical care. The hospital program also provides transitional support, according to Kestel.
Kestel works with PPS regularly and appreciates having an avenue to offer a program overview before making contact regarding a student.
“I would love to see MESD host a similar event for our partner school districts to help them understand the programs and supports we have,” she said.
Oak Creek student earns college credit with CLEP test
From: Marcia Latta
In September, Hannah W., a college student at Oak Creek YCF, passed the first CLEP test administered at the site. CLEP, College-Level Examination Program, allows students to earn college credits for their existing academic knowledge through a proctored proficiency-based exam. CLEP scores are accepted at colleges around the country.
Hannah chose to test in precalculus, the equivalent of college math 112. The course is a requirement for her bachelor’s degree in economics at Oregon State University, where she is enrolled through the dual partnership program at Linn Benton Community College. She expects to finish her associate’s degree requirements by the end of the school year.
A CLEP test is meant to be challenging. Students take it to earn credit in lieu of enrolling in a course. The test assumes they know the content. To prepare, Hannah reviewed study guides and accessed online college-level math texts. She also reviewed course notes from the Math 111 class that she took online at LBCC. “I studied my notes,” she said. “The test had a lot of exponents and logarithms that were the same concepts. For trigonometry, it’s basically algebra with shapes, so it was review.”
She said she did an estimated 15 hours of independent study to prepare. “It wasn’t what I expected,” she said. “The study guide made it look harder than the test. It wasn’t as overwhelming once I started.”
To take a CLEP test at Oak Creek, students are required to complete a Study.com course in the subject area and review the official CLEP study guide.
“This is a great program for our students,” said Principal Joy Koenig. “It lets students maximize their college opportunities after they do the work. We want them to be successful, and the best way to do that is to be prepared.”
Hannah said she would encourage other students to take a CLEP test, but she said preparation is the key to passing. “If they are willing to put in the work to study, they can pass,” she said. “I think people get bored trying to learn new things because you have to stick with it. If you stick with it, you’ll be fine.”
Three Lakes and Riverside high schools have a growing number of college and career training opportunities to earn both high school and post-secondary credits. In the last two years, the schools have developed new opportunities for students to earn college credits through College Now dual credit programs with Linn Benton Community College and through programs available on site through distance education and on-campus courses.
“We are building a college and career culture,” said Principal Joy Koenig. “We want students to be exposed to a variety of opportunities that allow them to define their goals and make progress toward college degrees or training programs.”
Applicants sought for vacancy on Multnomah
Education Service District Board of Directors
May 22, 2017
The Multnomah ESD Board of Directors is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy (At Large Position #6) on the Board. Applicants must be residents within the Multnomah ESD boundaries which are approximately those of Multnomah County. To confirm residency in the MESD boundary area, contact the Multnomah County Elections Office, (503) 988-3720. Multnomah ESD is a regional education agency providing special education, school health services, alternative and outdoor education, technology and other support services to the eight public school districts in Multnomah County.
Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on June 30, 2017. For more information contact the MESD Board Secretary, 503-257-1504; email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can download application materials here (Notice) and here (application). Interview will be conducted at a Special Session meeting of the Board on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
May 3, 2017
A public hearing on a proposed supplemental budget for the Multnomah Education Service District for the current fiscal year will be held at 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, OR 97220 in the Board Room on the 16th day of May, 2017 at 6:30pm. The purpose of the hearing is to discuss the supplemental budget with interested persons. A copy of the supplemental budget document may be inspected or obtained in the Business Office at 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, OR 97220 between the hours of 8:00am and 4:30pm.
You can view the Public Notice HERE.
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.
Event Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017 • 8:00 am – 2:30 pm
Multnomah ESD • 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle • Portland, Oregon
In responding to questions on an online feedback form, participants had the following to say:
Stronger Together: October
Produced by: Jaime Dunkle
Featuring: Team members of Bars to Bridges and Donald E Long School
Stronger Together: October
Stronger Together is a year-long initiative focused on the MESD value of collaboration. The initiative features multi-disciplinary MESD teams and their work supporting students.
MESD TRiO Alumni makes PCC President's list
From: Geof Garner & Laura Conroy
Ezra Watson, an Alliance at Benson and MESD TRIo program participant is on the PCC President’s list and getting a 4.00 after two terms and loving MESD's TRiO program at PCC Cascade.
Alternative Pathways, a program of the Multnomah Education Service District, is an educational program designed to assist alternative high school students who are the first in their family to go to college, are from low-income families, and/or who have the potential to succeed in postsecondary education. Our goal is to increase the number of youth who graduate from high school or earn a GED and enroll in a postsecondary institution. To achieve that goal we provide students with academic, career, social, and cultural opportunities. We have been in alternative high schools throughout Portland since 1998.
Alternative Pathways employs two advocates, one director, and one administrative assistant to deliver services to nine area alternative high schools and programs: Alliance High School, Centennial Learning Center, Helensview High School, New Avenues for Youth, Open Meadow High School, POIC / Rosemary Anderson High School, Portland YouthBuilders and Reynolds Learning Academy.
MESD staff support Northwest Disability Supports Association at annual Buddy Walk
MESD team members: Steve Müller - Burlingame Creek, Tina Hethcoat-Schiebelhut - Wynne Watts, Alyse Drake - Wheatley, Karie Stratton - Wheatley, Sam Breyer- MESD, Kammy Breyer - MESD / Gresham Barlow. Other members: Müller family and friends.
Our partners at OHSU Doernbecher sat down with Hospital School Program teacher Jane Albertson to learn more about how the Hospital School Program works, whom it serves and why partnerships – both in and out of the hospital – are so important.
MESD opens Four Creeks School
Multnomah ESD, in cooperation with Reynolds School District, has opened Four Creeks School. The school is an expansion of the social-emotional skills program commonly known as “the Creeks” that operates at Arata Creek, Burlingame Creek, Knott Creek, and now, Four Creeks School. Kari Sanders, previously Principal at Arata Creek, Burlingame Creek and Knott Creek schools has accepted the position as Principal of Knott Creek and Four Creeks schools. Delia Morgan has been selected as administrative assistant for Four Creeks School.
Four Creeks School
Kari Sanders, Principal email@example.com
Delia Morgan, Administrative Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: 14513 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97233
Phone: (503) 328-0420
Handmade Quilts Symbolize Resilience
From: Jaime Dunkle
Patience. Resiliency. Dedication. Follow-through. All from a quilt.
Students handmade their own expressive quilts via the instruction of Patty Coble in the Assessment and Evaluation program for girls at the Donald E. Long School during the 2017-18 school year. The quilts are more than functional art; they’re tangible representations of the skills the girls can bring with them into their lives.
Each stitch signifies perseverance.
“Many of [the students] had to tear their squares out and try again,” Coble said.
Each girl made their own quilt, which can take days—sometimes weeks—to produce.
Initially, students approached the quilt-making project with reluctance, telling Coble they “can’t do this.” Over time, they built self-confidence at the sight of their own creation.
Coble said her favorite part of the quilt-making class is “seeing the girls light up when they can actually sew and finish something.”
The students were introduced to new skills, one of which may be a positive way to cope with stress. Handcrafting goods can have psychological benefits, according to Kelly Lambert, a neuroscientist at the University of Richmond.
“If you're making something and painting or cooking and putting things together, and you're using both hands in a little bit more creative way, that's going to be more engaging for the brain,” Lambert said in a report to CBS News.
Lambert coined a term for this hands-on coping technique.
"I made up this term called 'behaviorceuticals,' instead of pharmaceuticals, in the sense that when we move and when we engage in activities, we change the neurochemistry of our brain in ways that a drug can change the neurochemistry of our brain," she said in the same report.
Quilt-making incorporates other elements of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math), aside from the first letter. Sewing technology and quilting as an art form relies on math as a foundation.
“If we’re adding borders, [the students] have to measure both ends of the quilt,” Coble said. “We take those measurements and divide it, but it may not always fit.”
Coble said it’s not uncommon for students to rip out seams and start over with new measurements.
“There’s a lot of math involved in making a quilt,” Coble said. “But it’s also about persistence.”
Peterson's Appointment Creates All-Female Board, a First in MESD History
From: MESD Communications
MESD is pleased to welcome Denyse Peterson as its newest board member. Ms. Peterson was appointed to the board in June and participated in her first meeting at the board's regular monthly meeting in July.
With Ms. Peterson's appointment, the MESD board now consists of all female directors, a first in MESD history.
Susie Jones, 2018-2019 Chair said, "We are delighted that Denyse will be joining the board. She brings extensive and appropriate experience, enthusiasm, and an appreciation for the MESD mission. Having an all-female board is unprecedented at MESD, creating a unique perspective and dynamic."
Denyse O. Peterson was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and graduated from Jefferson High School. Her focus professionally has been on regional government and education. She worked in the 72nd and 73rd Oregon State Senate Legislation session for Senator Avel Gordly, mediating with various agencies to bring resolutions to the challenges of affordable housing, employment and food. She also has 12 years of experience at Metro E-R Commission serving seven commissioners and the general manager. She served for six years as a Personal Family Counselor for Dignity Memorial, at Caldwell’s Funeral and Mortuary assisting families in “Planning ahead 4 All the Right Reasons.”
For the last 14 years, she has worked at Portland Community College and currently serves on the Executive Council for the college’s union, the A.F.T., and is the V.P. of Political Action, which affords her a meeting with an elected official each month. Denyse has been an active volunteer with faith based and community organizations since she was a child. For 25 years, she has mentored homeless women helping them to transform their lives, liaising with DHS and the courts in working towards reunification with their children. Denyse has coordinated the Portland Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Breakfast with the Skanner News for more than 20 years.
Congratulations, Ocean Dunes Class of 2018!
From: Marcia Latta
Graduation day at Ocean Dunes High School was windy but sunny and warm as parents, families, and friends joined together to celebrate the graduates at Camp Florence on Thursday, June 14.
The school had five graduates this year. Two of the five Ocean Dunes graduates, Daniel and Hunter, plus a graduate from Lord Farell High School, Jacob, participated in the ceremony.
Keynote Speakers were Mary Botkin, MESD Board Chair, and Sam Ko from the Oregon Department of Education.
Mary encouraged students to shape their own future. "Today, each of you marks the point where new and great things begin to happen. Go out, write your own story and remember the world is yours and no one gets to tell your story for you."
Sam Ko read, "All I ever needed to know I learned in Kindergarten," which drew many laughs from the audience.
Each student had the opportunity to speak. They were heartfelt, honest, and touching. All were proud of their accomplishments, and there were tears of joy at the event.
"Graduation is an important milestone for these gentlemen. I am proud of their efforts and am honored to be here today with them celebrating this fine event,” said Principal Joy Koenig. "I am proud of the opportunities they have been afforded here to get their high school diplomas, and I am proud of their perseverance."
Teachers Carol Bessett and Cindi Brokaw were in attendance, as well as several Oregon Youth Authority state officials.
MESD Hosts Radon Training for Oregon School Districts
From: Anna Dinwiddie
On Tuesday June 12, Multnomah ESD hosted a workshop “Testing for Radon in Oregon Schools.” Attendees included MESD component districts and school personnel from as far as Roseburg and the Oregon coast.
The Environmental Protection Agency presented the science and health effects of radon. Cascade Radon provided instruction on how to create a plan and physically place test kits. Oregon Health Authority explained how to properly communicate testing protocols, plans, and results.
The event was organized by MESD Environmental Monitor Anna Dinwiddie, who worked to bring this training to the Portland area. MESD will continue to host professional development events that help improve health outcomes in Oregon.
Three Lakes and Riverside High Schools Celebrate Class of 2018
From: Joy Koenig and Marcia Latta
The high school graduation ceremony at Oak Creek Correctional Facility is a festive celebration of graduates. Students who earn high school diplomas or GED certificates at Three Lakes or Riverside high schools participate in a day-long graduation event that includes senior portraits, senior breakfast, ceremony rehearsals, caps and gowns, family visits and a graduation ceremony that mirrors the graduation events at any other high school.
The graduation theme was Roots and Wings. This year, the schools celebrated 35 graduates. Twenty-five students participated in the ceremony, including 10 students who returned after being released.
The end-of-year celebration earned praise from attendees who complimented the schools’ efforts to mark students’ achievements with special recognition. The audience of more than 200 people included family members, parole officers, MESD Board members and state leaders from Oregon Youth Authority and the Oregon Department of Education.
The ceremony started with a student choir performance led by Linn Benton Community College Music Professor Raymund Ocampo. The student choir, which started this spring, sang “A Million Dreams.”
Six students received special recognition for their progress toward their college goals. These students wore special purple robes and earned special certificates for earning 25 college credits or more. Since 2016, 79 students have earned more than 760 total college credits while at Oak Creek.
Special guest Colt Gill, Oregon Department of Education Deputy Superintendent, was the honored speaker. He praised the students for their accomplishments. “Earning a diploma or GED proves you have the ability to learn,” he told them. “Oregon has the most rigorous graduation requirements in the country. All of the people here have encouraged you, but none of them did it for you. You chose this path, and you can choose a new path in the future.”
Several student speakers shared their experiences and pride in their accomplishment. Here are excerpts from the speeches:
Every time I would dream about this day it all seemed so far out of reach. Six months ago if someone would have told me I’d be walking across the stage, and actually graduating, I probably would have laughed in their face. But today, not only am I a graduate, I’m proud to say I finished high school at 16 years old.
I’m amazed to witness the changes I’ve made within myself that I am still continuing to make. I’m not going to lie to you and say that it was easy. There’s not a day that I wake up that I don’t wanna give up. But then I remember that I have to take my life seriously because if I don’t, no one else will. So today, not only am I standing in front of you all as a graduate, but I’m also standing in front of you as someone who has had struggles and hardships.
Where you are isn’t who you are. Throughout my childhood people never believed in me, they told me I’d never break free of the vicious cycle that I called my life. Since the sixth or seventh grade, I’ve struggled tremendously to keep my grades up and to not fall behind. I’ve finally reclaimed my life, I’m still growing and changing every day, but now, as I’ve taken my first steps towards success, I’m finally able to see my potential. I have completed my GED and I plan to further my education and earn my diploma by December. Once this is completed, I plan to start college in the spring to work toward my bachelor’s degree in fine arts.
All of this has become possible because of my resilience and because of the help and support of my teachers here at the facility, my mom who Is my role model despite what life has thrown at her, my grandma who has never given up on me no matter how stupid my actions have been, and of course my best friend who has given me so much motivation to continue my education. But above all, I’d like to thank [math teacher] Mr. Johnson, because without his help all of this wouldn’t have been possible.
In closing this, I’d like to say something to my classmates: Regardless of where you’ve come from, and regardless of where you’re going to be, you have the power in the palm of your hands to be successful. Use that power and do great things with it.
Before I came here, I was struggling with going to school and getting my GED. When I got here, I went to school every day. Sometimes, I even got kicked out for being a class clown. But guess what? I still got my GED! And when I got here, not only did the teachers help me, my peers did, too! They encouraged me to work toward my GED, motivated me when I wanted to give up, and gave me advice when I needed it.
While here at Riverside High School, I have accomplished more than just my GED. I have gotten my food handler’s card, have been CPR certified, AED certified, first aid certified, and received my forklift certification. Thanks to this school, I am going to have a lot of good things going for me.
Many people stopped believing in me a long time ago, but the people here today are the ones who never lost hope, even when I gave up on myself. So many people motivated me. Specifically, my little brother Dakota motivates me because I want him to see his older sister as a success.
I am proud of myself for taking the steps I needed to in order to be standing here, clean and sober for six months with a completed education. I thank myself for living through the most rough part of my life and taking so many positive strides into becoming the empowered young woman I am today. I’ve made it this far, I can make it 80 more years.
Thank you all for allowing me to share the most important moment in my life and coming out to show your support to us graduates.
MESD staff lauds milestone careers
From: Jaime Dunkle
Career commitment deserves praise for its unique level of perseverance.
Staff and students extolled Multnomah Education Service District employees who achieved a milestone in their careers, at the game-show themed event in the Helensview Auditorium, Friday, June 1. The lauded honorees have dedicated five, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years of service. Bringing the Career-Technical Education Revitalization Grant to life, Helensview High School students applied their culinary chops and catered the event.
Superintendent Samuel Breyer opened the refreshingly informal ceremony that included Honoree Feud (think Family Feud) and the Price is Right. "This is about staff really celebrating each other," Breyer said before getting on stage.
After a round of games and prizes, Helensview CTE students dazzled attendees with a hip-hop show, replete with technicolor stage lighting.
Alternative Pathways, TRiO Program Manager Geoff Garner visits Helensview twice a week. "Helensview is one of my favorite schools to work at because the kids are so resilient," Garner said. “They're more likely to go to—and stay in—college.”
Among the honorees, Danny Moreno, who works for facilities, celebrated a decade at MESD. "The ten years went by fast," Moreno said. "Feels good!"
Wheatley Students Participate in First Annual Try 4 All Games
From: Laura Conroy
The first annual Try All 4 All Games concluded Friday afternoon June 1st with smiles, medals, and sunshine.
Over fifty students from Wheatley and component districts participated in the event organized by MESD and held at Parkrose High School.
Students had the opportunity to participate in a variety of events including 50,100, and 400 walk/run events, lawn bowling, and standing long jump.
The event was made possible by students, staff, and partners
with special thanks to the following:
Parkrose School District, the Superintendent, and the Board of Directors
Sharie Lewis, Tom Dufresne and the entire Parkrose facilities staff
Parkrose High School Athletic Director, Dante Gouge
Event Chair and Wheatley staff member, Kevin Yaws
Mary Botkin, Lawn Bowling attendant and Chair, MESD Board of Directors
Concessions, Tajha Isom
Todd Greaves, Director of Student Services
Sam Breyer, Superintendent
Open School East Students Attend Cybersecurity Career Day
From: Lori Thompson
Open School East, a partner school with MESD-Alternative Pathways, TRiO program recently attended a career day on cybersecurity at McAfee Security in Hillsboro.
Students had the chance to hear from employees about their work in this growing career, view surveillance toys, check out a self-driving car, and contemplate cyber attacks, malware, and computer safety.
Every student recieved a special one-on-one "hour of code" lesson with an employee.
McAfee treated students to lunch, a full ice cream sundae bar, and best of all, new laptops! Every student walked away with their very own Chromebook to take home!
We're Growing Together!
From: Suzanne Briggs
Donated Seeds from Gresham Coastal Farm and Ranch
Our supportive community of businesses and friends has helped MESD staff bring gardens into our school curriculums. This spring the Gresham's Coastal Farm and Ranch store donated their remaining stock of last year's seed packets—more than 800 packets of more than 100 varieties of vegetables and flowers. Suzanne Briggs, of Burlingame Creek School, secured the donation and then working with Ann Vrabel, coordinator of MESD's Student Health Services, they distributed the seed packets to 20 schools served by MESD.
Healthy Peas in North Portland’s Beach Elementary School garden
The seeds have taken root and the gardens are flourishing! Malinda McCollum, School Health Assistant at Bridlemile Elementary School, reports that their school garden club "has turned the seeds into beautiful gardens!" and plans to tend their garden throughout the summer.
At Burlingame Creek School, the redevelopment of the vegetable garden continues. As Principal Kari Sanders said, "School gardens have become an important multifaceted learning environment for the students. We're growing together!"
Burlingame Creek School staff and students plant winter squash starts grown in their greenhouse
Music Therapists Bring Serenity, Connection to Students at Shriners
From: Eric Prasoloff and Glenda Bracelin
Music therapy is a staple in the Hospital School Program. At Shriners Hospital for Children, Keeley St. Clair from Earthtones Northwest engages students in a way that calms them, connects them to each other, and enriches their stay in the hospital. Keeley can play and sing virtually any song requested, brings in interactive percussion instruments, teaches guitar and ukelele chords, writes personalized songs, and empowers students to make their own music on the iPad.
She's takes time to get to know the students, is adept at gearing her therapy to whatever level our student are at, and supports classroom goals (i.e. counting, content specific vocabulary, sequencing, switch use). She is a highlight in the week and helps create a safe and fun environment which is conducive to the learning that happens every day in the hospital classroom. A big thank you and shout out to Keeley and all our amazing music therapists for the valuable contribution they make to our program.
The Creeks Host Your Life Speaks Assemblies
From: Kari Sanders
Nathan Harmon is the number one booked school speaker in the country for the 2017-18 school year. He spoke to the students at both Arata and Burlingame with a powerful message of hope, resiliency, and the belief that your mistakes do not define you.
Our students were engaged in his energetic message and many connected with him on a level of "he understands." Nathan's passion for helping students to believe in reaching dreams through hard work is exactly what all students need to hear!
Multnomah Education Service District
Applicants sought for vacancy on
Multnomah Education Service District Board of Directors
May 21, 2018
The Multnomah ESD Board of Directors is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy (Zone 1, Position #5) on the Board. Applicants must be residents within Zone 1 of the Multnomah ESD boundaries. To confirm residency in the MESD boundary area, contact the Multnomah County Elections Office, (503) 988-3720. Multnomah ESD is a regional education agency providing special education, school health services, alternative and outdoor education, technology and other support services to the eight public school districts in Multnomah County.
Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on June 10, 2018. You may download an application HERE. If you have any questions, please contact Heather Severns, MESD Board Secretary, at 503-257-1504, or via email at email@example.com. Interviews will be conducted at a Special Session meeting of the Board on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
Multnomah Education Service District
11611 NE Ainsworth Circle
Portland, Oregon 97220-9017
School Psychologists Gather for Cross-County Workshop
From: Laura Conroy and Joni Tolon
School psychologists from all eight Multnomah County School Districts are gathering today to discuss trauma and the role of the school psychologists in schools. The meeting was led by MESD School Psychologists and included remarks by special guest Tim Andrews. Mr. Andrews discussed methods to embed positive behavior intervention supports (PBIS) in classrooms on a consultation model to reduce trauma.
MESD Employees Donate 23 Pints at Blood Drive
From: Elana Emlen
MESD organized a blood drive on May 9, and it was very successful. Steve Wilkinson, Account Manager Donor Recruitment at American Red Cross said, "If everyone organized a blood drive like MaryAnne Katz did, we would have a less urgent need for blood." He said that American Red Cross would love to come back again.
The initial goal was to have 18 donations, but 26 MESD employees signed up, and American Red Cross ended up collecting 23 pints of blood. Each pint saves up to 3 lives!
We had 7 first-time blood donors. Laura Holguin was a first-timer. She said that it went faster than she expected and that she will donate again in the future.
MESD employees baked a lot of cookies, brownies, and other treats for blood donors to enjoy. It was great teamwork
“Classroom Makeovers” Featuring Sky Panels Brighten Donald E. Long Classrooms
Students at Donald E. Long (DEL) Juvenile Detention Center are enjoying “classroom makeovers” thanks to the efforts of DEL staff members and a generous donation from Skypanels, Inc.
The classrooms have been painted in bright colors and nature-themed sky panels are being installed to complete the makeover.
The sky panels represent a trauma-informed practice; making the confined spaces feel more connected to nature and decreasing the feeling of isolation.
Industry For A Day immerses 200 educators in construction and manufacturing fields
From: Jeanie-Marie Price
Photo credits: photos 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 7 by Fred Joe; photos 6, 8 & 9 by Beth Conyers
Last week nearly 200 educators from throughout Multnomah County, including nine from the MESD, immersed themselves in the fields of construction and manufacturing as a part of All Hands Raised Industry for a Day (IFAD) presented by Bank of America.
Staff members from teachers to counselors to principals participated in IFAD and cost of substitutes was covered thanks to contributions from East Metro STEAM Partnership, Portland Metro STEM Partnership, the SafeBuild Alliance and All Hands Raised.
The Oregon Employment Department projects that over ten years more than 30,000 jobs in the fields of construction and manufacturing will be added in the Portland region, in addition to anticipated unprecedented levels of retirements. Yet our local career-technical education programs have not recovered from past cuts, and as such are not fully aligned with the current needs of local industries The result is a weak pipeline to fill these jobs. Further, there is a deeply rooted bias that supports a “college only” mentality and stereotypes about the trades continue to limit students’ exposure to those family-wage career paths.
“IFAD was a great opportunity to get out and learn about opportunities available in the trades,” said Marguerite Wizeman, teacher at Arata Creek. “I have a better understanding of the broad range of opportunities that exist in construction and manufacturing.”
The All Hands Raised Partnership is working across the community to build a system to address this bias, with a focus on closing the gap between high schools, training programs and industry. IFAD was established three years ago as a community-wide strategy to address lack of awareness, primarily by local educators, of opportunities for young people in construction and manufacturing. The event is a collaboration between All Hands Raised, East Metro STEAM Partnership, Impact NW, Portland Metro STEM Partnership and Worksystems, Inc.
The work in partnership with the Multnomah Education Service District will deepen even further when three MESD educators and administrators travel with a team of 25 educators from across Multnomah County to the Carpenter’s International Training Institute in Las Vegas May 9-10, 2018. At the institute participants will deepen their understanding of the skills required and opportunities that exist for student’s interested in this pathway. All travel expenses are being covered by the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters.
Multnomah Transition Specialist Consortium Wins OAESD New Ideas in Education Award
From: Scott Ryan & Laura Conroy
Planning committee. Left to right: Loretta Stites (Reynolds Transition Specialist), Cathy Noles (Corbett YTP Specialist), Kathi Morris (Reynolds YTP Specialist) and myself Jodi Johnson (Pre-ETS Support Specialist).
The Oregon Association of Education Service Districts has recognized the Multnomah Transition Specialist Consortium (Consortium) with its News Ideas in Education Award. The Consortium was formed by MESD Transition Network Facilitators Jodi Johnson and Lizzie Juaniza who saw an opportunity for transition specialists and educational assistants, working in schools across the region, to exchange best practices, resources and experience with each other. The Consortium is an action-based group that reaches out to community members and businesses to embrace the engagement of students with disabilities, and help job seekers, including youth and students, access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy.
Students worked as greeters, servers and caterers of the event and one who sat on the panel.
One innovation of the Consortium is the unique approach of reaching out to community businesses with an employer engagement event held in February 2018. The employer engagement event, Building Bridges to Tomorrow’s Workforce, promoted collaboration with local businesses and schools to support the belief that “anyone can work”. A panel of businesses and students shared their successful work relationships and employment experiences in the community. Other features were a breakfast catered by the student culinary program, student greeters and servers, and a presentation from Oregon Department of Education and the Office of Developmental Disability Services. One highlight of the event was the testimony of a business member in the audience who expressed their newfound understanding of how individuals with disabilities are valuable members of the workforce and how he could see himself supporting work experience opportunities in the future.
This consortium model supports classified members of the education system to empower and enrich their ability to share knowledge and ideas amongst each other. Educational Service Districts across the state could benefit from adopting a similar model of support for employees serving students with disabilities cross-pollinate resources and engage in collaborative brainstorming and problem-solving, and host events to meet the needs of students and employers in each region.
Assessment & Evaluation Program at Donald E. Long
From: Lindsey Maehlum
Play Write partnership brings creative learning opportunity to Assessment and Evaluation Program at Donald E. Long.
Students receiving instruction at the Assessment and Evaluation Program have a creative learning opportunity thanks to lead teacher Patty Coble and community partner PlayWrite. PlayWrite is a theatre-based program that seeks to build resilience, creativity, and success. Patty worked with PlayWrite to secure their ability to provide a rigorous and engaging writing experience to students.
The Assessment and Evaluation Program is a voluntary short-term residential program that provides temporary structure, stabilization and treatment readiness for youth who require a staff-secured, out-of-home placement.
The goal for this program is to provide a safe place where youth can quickly enter and begin receiving services while those working with the youth and family can make longer term plans for the youth.
Participants receive a comprehensive assessment administered by a licensed mental health professional, as well as a service plan—specifics for how the program will address the youth's issues—developed by the mental health consultant, parent (guardian) and the youth.
Additional assessments (alcohol and drug, psychological, psychiatric, psychosexual) may be provided as indicated.
The core philosophy of the program is to provide holistic, trauma-informed, client- and family-focused services for young people and their families, engaging youth in an array of services with consideration given to their developmental levels, gender needs, cultural background, community support, parental involvement, and other social support.
The program follows best practices for trauma-informed care and emphasizes strength-based and cognitive-behavioral interventions.
Services also include individual and group counseling in a culturally-responsive environment, skill training, and parent training.
MESD School Nurse partners with “helpers” to outfit students with shoes and jackets
From: Linda Taylor & Laura Conroy
Students attending Fairview Elementary received shoes and jackets thanks to MESD School Nurse Linda Taylor. Taylor woke up one-morning last November thinking about shoes. As she explains “I was thinking in this land of plenty, children in my own caseload often don’t have the basic necessities required to arrive at school ready to learn. Food insecurity. No place of their own to lay their heads at night. Not even a decent pair of shoes.”
Believing the possibility that one person could do something about disparity and poverty, Taylor wrote an email to Nike and received a response within minutes. Days after filling out an online application, Taylor was notified that the children of Fairview Elementary had won a 2-year Nike grant for shoes.
Inspired by the response, Taylor connected with Columbia Sportswear who donated coats to Fairview students. Taylor’s response was simply to say “if you’d have seen the face of 30 little children the day winter break began, when they each received a brand new coat...” Reflecting on the experience Taylor shared, “One thing I know to be true is that we are each surrounded by people who want to help, and not just high-profile corporations like Nike and Columbia. The principals, teachers, and the nurse supervisors all helped with this. Sometimes the most audacious ideas bear fruit. We are all just a few helpers away.”
ODE awards $300k to East County Pathways to College Success Consortium to support a college-going culture for 10,000+ students
From: Laura Conroy, Multnomah ESD
The East County Pathways to College Success Consortium received an award of $300,000 from the Oregon Department of Education to continue the Consortium's work to directly impact our public school youth and their families by utilizing existing collective impact efforts to create a college-going culture. The Consortium members include Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC), Multnomah Education Service District (Multnomah ESD) and seven surrounding school districts; Centennial, Corbett, David Douglas, Gresham-Barlow, Oregon Trail, Parkrose, and Reynolds.
Consortium opportunities are aligned with the Workforce and Career & Technical Education (CTE) efforts, the regional East Metro STEAM Partnership (EMSP) STEM Hub, and AVID for Higher Education and include the following types of activities:
• Increase accelerated credit opportunities by providing support for Sponsored Dual Credit;
• Provide support to school districts to increase funding available for students participating in the Middle College program;
• Increase college awareness to non-traditional and first-generation students and families to increase college-going culture;
• Equip high school counselors with the knowledge and resources to better inform students on pathways into traditional and CTE post-secondary opportunities; and
• Support students in transitional and bridge programming.
"We're very pleased that funding has been renewed to support a successful partnership with the ESD and surrounding school districts to support a college-going culture" said Jarrod Hogue MHCC's Executive Dean, Workforce, CTE & Partnerships. “As the lead consortium member we look forward to planning and facilitating the school counselor professional learning communities (PLC), providing oversight of the dual credit opportunities and supporting the program activities and evaluation.”
Multnomah ESD Assistant Superintendent Sascha Perrins echoed Hogue's enthusiasm "it's really important to a college-going culture for students, families, and staff to have a supported connection with community colleges; MHCC provides this connection and is an exceptional partner for the east county region." As part of the grant the Multnomah ESD will assist with the coordination and promotion of 6-12 grade participation in college-going culture and student success activities.
Reynolds School District Superintendent Linda Florence added “The Reynolds School District applauds this significant grant investment for equitable access to post-secondary opportunities for East County youth. This grant will sustain and grow the initial collaboration between high school and community college instructors to enable more students to gain more credits for rigorous coursework in relevant fields. I am grateful for the focus toward high skill, high wage pathways for many first generation college going students in the region.”
Partnering districts will also support participation in the program by scheduling dual credit classes; promoting and participating in the college-going culture activities; encouraging teachers and counselors to attend summer workshops, trainings and PLC meetings; and supporting on-and-off MHCC campus outreach and education events.
MESD Co-Hosts Statewide School Staff in Healthcare Settings In-Service
From: Sarah Davis & Laura Conroy, photo courtesy of Sarah Phillips
On April 27th educators from around the state attended a professional development event at Legacy Emanuel Hospital co-hosted by Lane ESD, Multnomah ESD, Willamette ESD, and Oregon Department of Education focused on the unique challenges and opportunities encountered by educators in healthcare settings.
Topics included Transitional Care/Compassion Fatigue and Burnout presented by Drew Grabham OHSU’s New Direction Program, Teen Suicide and Mental Health presented by Melissa Trombetta, Outreach Coordinator for Lines for Life, and Anxiety and Students presented by staff from Yamhill County Family and Youth Community Based Programs.
Attendees including staff providing instruction to students receiving care in hospitals and healthcare settings around the state as well as MESD’s hospital education program staff from Randall Children’s Hospital, Unity Center, OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Willamette Falls Hospital and Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Scott Ryan and Joseph O’Neil of Multnomah ESD Named Georgetown Center for Juvenile Justice Reform Fellows
May 4, 2018
Multnomah County, Oregon – Scott Ryan, Student Services Coordinator at Multnomah Education Service District, Joseph O’Neil, Transition Specialist at Multnomah ESD, Tim Logan Agency Administrator at SoValTi, Anya Sekino, Juvenile Crime Prevention Manager at Oregon Youth Development Council, and Bobby Bridges, Disproportionate Minority Contact Coordinator at Oregon Youth Development Council have recently been selected as new members of the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR), Fellows Network based on the approval of their Capstone Project.
The Oregon Teams’ joint Capstone Project, titled Affirmation Creates Equity (ACE), is focused on The Intersectionality of Youth Crime Prevention, Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities, LGBTQ+ Youth Well-being, and Special Education Projects. “We are pleased to see the two Capstone teams from Oregon join forces to implement the Affirmation Creates Equity (ACE) Project in Multnomah Education Service District. It has tremendous potential to improve educational re-entry for youth leaving juvenile detention centers, address racial and ethnic disparities, and provide critical support for LGBTQ+ youth and students with special education needs,” said Shay Bilchik, Director of CJJR.
The CJJR, part of Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, advances a balanced, multi-systems approach to reducing juvenile delinquency that promotes positive child and youth development while also holding youth accountable. The Center works to focus the nation's juvenile justice and related systems of care on the key principles embodied in an evidence-based juvenile justice reform agenda and identify and highlight the research on policies and practices that work best to reduce delinquency and achieve better outcomes for children.
Select members of the MESD Team attended the Supporting LGBTQ Youth Certificate Program in October 2017 and the Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities Certificate Program in November 2017, and were admitted to the CJJR Fellows Network in April 2018.
Scott Ryan began his career in education in 2006 after leaving his career as a development director in the international non-profit sector. He became involved in corrections education by teaching English Language Arts, ESOL, Social Sciences, American Sign Language, and Career and Technical Education (CTE) at Three Lakes High School, located within Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility. In 2014, Scott became Principal at multiple Juvenile Detention Education Programs in Portland and rural Oregon, serving youth ages 11 to 21. Scott successfully leveraged grants through the Oregon Department of Education and Youth Development Council to improve educational outcomes in juvenile justice facilities, to support the wellbeing of LGBTQ youth, to address the needs of students with special education, and to reduce racial and ethnic disparities. These grants use holistic, trauma-informed, and culturally responsive model, providing wraparound service to youth. The goal is to reduce recidivism by identifying needs, removing barriers to school attendance, mentoring, following, and advocating for students as they transition back to school after release from juvenile detention.
Joseph O’Neil graduated from Gonzaga University with Degrees in Criminal Justice and Sociology. He has volunteered for a few years working with youth as a basketball coach and tutor. He worked with adjudicated youth in a normalized high school setting for one year. Currently Mr. O’Neil works for Multnomah Education Service District in Portland, Or as a Transition Specialist. His current job is assisting students in juvenile detention with returning to their home school.
For more information on CJJR Fellows Network, visit http://cjjr.georgetown.edu/certificate-programs/fellows-network/.
Multnomah Education Service District is an educational cooperative that provides a wide variety of programs and services on a regional basis to school districts in Multnomah County and beyond. MESD is one of 19 ESDs in Oregon. MESD's major areas of service include School Health Services, Special Education, Alternative Education, Technology, Outdoor School, and School Improvement. The mission of MESD is to Support All Students to Achieve Excellence. Every student we serve benefits from a safe and supportive learning environment where they receive personalized, creative, equitable, and cutting-edge education, health and technology services. The core values of MESD are Equity, Health, Learning, Families, Students, Collaboration, and Employees.
Creeks Staff participates in Trauma Sensitivity Training; recognizes staff contributions
On Friday April 27th, forty staff members from Arata Creek, Burlingame Creek and Knott Creek "Creeks" schools attended a Trauma Sensitivity Training followed by a hosted BBQ at Knott School. Danielle Fanelli (school psychologist) and Ally Kessler (school psychologist intern) presented on trauma, adverse childhood experiences, and resiliency. Creeks staff members Donna and Jeannie cooked, and Tiffany Gomez shopped and set up the BBQ.
The event also featured special recognitions for staff members receiving Principal’s Awards including: administrative secretaries - Leslie Smith, Mary Smith and Tiffany Gomez; Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) Leaders AC - Hannah Green and Courtney Woods; BC - Toby Gollihar and Rickey Butcher; KC - Nicole Jones and Christine Jennings, and Jonathan Scott (behavior consultant/intake coordinator) and Nicki Renardo (TOSA).
MESD Helensview Culinary Programs Brightens Business Managers' Day
From: Doana Anderson and Sara Bottomley
Corbett - Cathy Taylor
On Friday April 27th MESD Business Director Doana Anderson and MESD Budget Analyst Sara Bottomley traveled to component district business offices and made surprise cookie deliveries to Business Managers and Budget staff.
Reynolds - Huong Cynthia Le
The Oatmeal-Cashew-Cinnamon cookies were made by MESD Helensview Culinary students.
Portland - Zach Worthen
Ms. Anderson's Havanese puppy also tagged along to provide a puppy playtime break.
Parkrose - Sharie Lewis
Gresham Barlow - Mike Schofield
NOTICE OF TSCC BUDGET HEARING
for May 15, 2018
A public hearing will be held by the Tax Supervising and Conservation Commission on the budget approved by the budget committee for the Multnomah Education Service District, Multnomah County, State of Oregon, for the fiscal year July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. The hearing will be held at 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, OR 97220 in the Board Room on the 15th day of May, 2018 at 6:00 pm. The purpose of the hearing is to discuss the budget with interested persons. A copy of the budget document may be inspected or obtained in the Business Office at 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, OR 97220 between the hours of 7:30 am and 4:30 pm, or viewed on the MESD website: www.mesd.k12.or.us.
Helensview 3rd Quarter Showcase Highlights Bridge Design, Civil Rights, Career and CTE Projects
Last Wednesday's 3rd quarter showcase at Helensview featured student and class projects in Bridge Design, Civil Rights, Career and CTE Projects.
Students displayed their stress-tested designs for the Bridge Design project, a collaboration of the math and science classes.
Above: Student Jackie and teacher Joe Williamswith her Tillicum Crossing inspired bridge design.
Students had to span a minimum of 18 inches, be self supporting and hold a minimum of 5 lbs using provided materials; including popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, string, drinking straws, plaster. Designs were inspired from a variety of real world examples including Portland's own Tillicum Crossing. The winning 18 inch span held 22.5 lbs. The winning 8 inch span held 78.5 lbs.
Civil Rights and Music
Students also displayed their language arts projects which focused on civil rights through the lens of music. Educator Brian Granse explained how students researched and gathered content about civil rights,then presented their knowledge through student composed lyrics using metaphors, simile, and rhyme about civil rights.
Above: Student Zoriah explains her language arts project.
Student Zoriah, focused her presentation on Rosa Parks. "I'm not really a rapper" she admitted, "I just did it for the credit and it was a good way to learn about the topic."
Culinary and Career Building
Students also earned prerequisite health and career credit to participate in Summerworks by creating resumes and cover letters.
Above: Student Ashley P proudly displays her résumé
Senior Ashley P explained to Culinary Program teacher Joe Williams that she used the résumé and her culinary program skills to acquire a food handler's card and apply for summer restaurant jobs. The culinary program served freshly baked cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing.
CTE Manufacturing Civil War
The showcase wrapped up with a spirited game of cornhole with boxes designed and built by Helensview's woodworking class. The custom made boxes featured mascots and logos of local universities including OSU and UofO. Custom boxes are available just in time for summer lawn games.
Contact Principal Dawn Joella-Jackson to place your orders.
Oak Creek Youth Learn Construction Isn't Just for Men
From: Sarah Evans, Inside OYA Newsletter: April 16, 2018
Rain and temperatures in the upper 30s hardly fazed the 14 girls and young women gathered on a recent March morning in Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility’s center courtyard.
They fastened their yellow or pink raincoats, pulled on work gloves and safety goggles, and tightened their tool belts for another session of sawing, hammering, and moving boards. For two hours, the area buzzed like a regular community construction site as the youth worked together on their latest project: creating garden bed frames.
Leading the charge was Katie Hughes, executive director of Girls Build, a Portland nonprofit with a mission of inspiring curiosity and confidence in girls through the world of building.
Typically, they do this by hosting summer camps and after-school programs for girls in the Portland area. But for 12 weeks this spring, they have parked their giant work trailer in the Oak Creek courtyard to teach the youth there about construction-related trades — and potential careers.
“We want to open up some doors to living wage careers so when they get out, they have opportunities and feel like they can go on to do great things,” Hughes says. “Plus, when you’re living in your own space and you don’t have to pay someone to fix things because you can do it on your own, that makes you more independent financially.”
And there’s another purpose: showing the young women that construction isn’t just for men.
Hughes, herself an experienced construction tradeswoman, has brought in an array of female instructors and professionals as role models. Some were previously incarcerated but have since built successful careers in the trades.
“It means a lot when the first electrician or plumber the youth get to know is a female who’s been doing it for years, and who’s confident and excited about it,” Hughes says. “The young women can ask them tough questions about what it’s really like on a job site.”
Above: Tatyana M. sawed boards that would become garden bed frames.
Girls Build offered its program to the youth at Oak Creek and the neighboring Young Women's Transition Program (YWTP) at the invitation of Fabian Casarez, living unit manager for YWTP, and Marcia Latta with Multnomah Education Service District, who is the college and career coordinator at the two facilities' schools. Latta heard about Girls Build on the radio and thought its mission aligned well with the vocational training Oak Creek and YWTP staff and teachers were already pursuing.
“The girls get to do something that’s hands-on, where they learn from people in the trades, and maybe discover they have an interest in pursuing this as a career,” Latta says. “The trades are good work opportunities that pay living wages, but sometimes making the leap into how you actually enter the field is difficult. The youth are getting to see how it works, and they’re getting instruction and mentorship from other women.”
Above: Katie Hughes (in red jacket), executive director of Girls Build, helped youth screw boards together.
Girls Build’s partnership with Oak Creek is being paid for through a three-year, $1.1 million U.S. Department of Education Juvenile Justice Reentry CTE Education grant. The grant funds the Opening Doors program, led by Portland Community College, which provides career and technical education and wraparound services to youth at Oak Creek, plus internships with trade organizations and other related opportunities.
For the Girls Build program, the youth started by building their own toolboxes out of wood. From there, they explored everything from electrical wiring to wall framing to concrete pouring.
Above: The youth started the 12-week program by building their own tool boxes.
On the cold morning in March, they were making garden beds where they eventually would plant a mix of flowers and edibles. Some had previous exposure to construction in the past via family members, but many had never picked up tools before the program.
Several said they liked the way construction projects ended with something tangible, and that they enjoyed working together as a team. “I love how it’s really down and dirty,” said Cheyenne P., 15. “And I like the satisfaction of finishing a product.”
Others cited the Girls Build mentors as a big part of why they enjoyed the program.
“The way I grew up, women cooked and cleaned the house. It wasn’t very inspiring,” said Myranda S., an 18-year-old currently at YWTP. “It’s nice to see women get out there and know what they’re doing in the trades.”
Tatyana M., also 18 and at YWTP, agreed. “I never really thought about a construction career because I mainly saw guys doing it. They [Girls Build] came here and showed us what’s possible — that we are girls and we can do this. They are inspiring.”
“We want to open up some doors to living wage careers so when they get out, they have opportunities and feel like they can go on to do great things.”
— Katie Hughes, executive director of Girls Build
Above: Myranda S. sawed a board with assistance from Roger Snell, Oak Creek's Vocation Education Services for Older Youth (VESOY) coordinator.
p:ear Gallery and Alliance @ Benson Artists, Students, and Teachers Collaborate for First Thursday Opening
From: Geof Garner
The MESD’s TRiO Alternative Pathways Program introduced Alliance @ Benson High School teachers and student-artists and p:ear Gallery artists and teachers to collaborate on a joint art project earlier this year.
On Thursday, March 1, the students of Alliance at Benson High School and p:ear Gallery presented their works of art to the public at the monthly First Thursday art opening at p:ear Art Gallery, (homeless youth arts nonprofit). Students from the p:ear Gallery also took part in this showcase of young artists’ works.
Above: Garrett (student artist from Alliance at Benson) and Josue Ramirez, Migrant Education, MESD
“The resonance of homeless youth and ‘at risk’ high school students collaborating to tell their parallel stories of empowerment through the arts is not lost on Joanna Vausberg, the dynamic high school art teacher who is spearheading the Alliance initiatives in project-based learning. “Even the most at-risk youth have a spark in them, and you have to find that spark,” she says. Vausberg herself finished high school at age 21 after having an art teacher find that spark in her, and she sees this clearly reflected in students at Alliance, like Ethan Shoemaker. Ethan had mostly given up on graduation but who found his spark by sharing with Vausberg his fascination with graffiti art and the documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop. “Maybe that’s what you should be doing — making your own documentary about graffiti!” Joanna suggested, and with the guidance of Outside the Frame, Ethan is now well on his way to creating a film about Portland graffiti culture, a project that is keeping him engaged and working towards high school graduation.”
Through connections established with the MESD’s TRiO Program and the p:ear Gallery, Ethan will be creating a mural downtown in Portland that has already been approved by the Regional Arts and Culture Council. This collaboration will continue next year with new Alliance students participating with p:ear students.
Above: Korinna Wolfe, PPS, Senior Director, Multiple Pathways to Graduation
with art teacher Joanna Vausberg (middle) and Vice Principal of Alliance at Benson, Allison Adams.
"Our students were able to showcase their art and performance at the p:ear art gallery for 1st Thursday. [They] worked hard all year creating the art, and were able to get hands on gallery experience in hanging it as well. In addition, Ethan Shoemaker, worked with Outside the Frame to film a documentary on the process for credit. KGW joined us to film the whole project. It was a great success, and an awesome opportunity to showcase the skills and creativity of our students."
- Allison Adams, Vice Principal Alliance High School
Three Lakes Student Earns Certificate for Office Skills
From: Marcia Latta
Jenna M., a Vocational and Educational Services for Older Youth (VESOY) student at Three Lakes High School, has earned a work skills certificate in computer applications and office systems.
Last year, she completed a four-course certificate program through Portland Community College that qualifies her for employment in office support careers. The courses included basic computer skills, keyboarding, beginning Microsoft Word and beginning Microsoft Excel. Jenna will apply those skills as a teacher’s assistant for a computer course during spring term.
“Jenna has worked hard to complete this office skills program, and we are delighted that she will be compensated for her efforts in a paid position,” said Principal Joy Koenig. “She is a great role model for the other students.”
The office certificate program is funded by the federal Opening Doors grant. Other certificate programs at the school include tractor safety, forklift, industrial cleaning, barista, food handlers, culinary arts, wildland firefighting, flagger, C-TECH and first aid/CPR training.
Three Lakes and Riverside high schools continue to develop college and career readiness programs for students, including college courses from PCC and LBCC to meet general education requirements or provide training in CTE fields.
MESD Budget Document HERE
Public Notice of upcoming MESD Budget Committee Meeting
April 4, 2018
The meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
Additional MESD Budget Committee meetings, if needed, are scheduled to be held on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, and Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the same location. All meetings are open to the public. For more information, please review the Public Notice, HERE.
Knott Creek celebrates 2nd Trimester Awards
From: Laura Conroy
Knott Creek students, parents, and staff celebrated their 2nd Trimester Awards on Tuesday, March 12th. The event kicked off with music and dance led by music educator Ms. Jeigh (pictured above).
Students received personalized awards for progress including skill development, citizenship, creativity, big thinking, problem solving, behavior, level changes, sportsmanship, kindness, mentoring other students, self-regulation, working with multiple staff and most improved. Principal Kari Sanders and Teacher Jonathan Scott also presented principal awards.
The event concluded with a slideshow and refreshments for all. Congrats Knott Creek students!
MESD Awarded Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting
From: Government Finance Officers Association
MESD's Business Services Department has achieved the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting or its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The CAFR was judged to have met the high standards of the program, including demonstrating a spirit of full disclosure to communicate its financial story, and to motivate users to read the CAFR.
The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting was awarded by Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA), and represents a significant accomplishment for MESD.
Government Finance Officers Association is a major professional association servicing the needs of nearly 19,000 appointed and elected local, stale, and provincial-level government officials and other finance practitioners.
We've Screened for Dyslexia... Now What?
This Fall, every Kindergartener enrolled in a public school in Oregon will be screened for dyslexia.
Isn't that amazing?
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We've Screened for Dyslexia... NOW WHAT?
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Date: Thursday, May 31
Time: 9:00-10:30 am
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Three Lakes and Riverside High School Students Expand Career Options with Forklift Training
From: Marcia Latta
Riverside and Three Lakes High School students are putting their new forklift to good use. So far, 15 students have completed the on-site certification program, which will qualify them to work in high-demand, medium-skilled jobs as material movers for factories or warehouses.
The forklift was purchased for Oak Creek Correctional Facility students by Oregon Youth Authority last year to provide another career training option for students. “We are excited about being able to offer this certification as an additional skill to put in our student's bag of ‘job readiness’,” said Principal Joy Koenig.
MESD teachers Greg McGowan and OYA Employee Roger Snell have earned certification to teach the basics of forklift safety and material moving operations. They follow a standardized forklift safety training program that emphasizes safe use and proper operations. The program includes an interactive PowerPoint presentation, followed up by a test. All of the information is based on federal and state regulations. The final process is a hands-on practical exam and proficiency test that includes a course with pylons and pallets to simulate some of the physical obstacles one may face in a warehouse.
The certification takes each student several weeks. “It is comprehensive,” said Snell. “We make sure they know what they are doing,” he said.
Forklift training is a popular program in both schools. “Driving a forklift is really cool, and I didn’t know I could do it,” said one student. “It’s not easy, but it is fun.”
This training is one of the many new training programs at Three Lakes and Riverside. “With tangible skills like driving a tractor, welding, and using a forklift, obtaining a degree – not to mention the ability to think critically, synthesize and analyze research, and even leave with some college – our students leave with the ability to do better. They have more opportunities than they had before,” said Koenig.
One of MESD's other OYA schools, Ocean Dunes in Florence, also offers forklift training for their students. Both OYA employee Marc Barnum and MESD's Kelly Kawahara are certified in forklift training.
Helensview Women’s Group and Culinary hosted their Valentine’s Day celebration in style, including a tempting menu of chocolate covered strawberries and tostadas de tinga.
MESD Assistant Superintendent Sascha Perrins Tours Ocean Dunes and Camp Florence
From: Marcia Latta
Ocean Dunes High School students and staff members had the opportunity to welcome Interim Assistant Superintendent Sascha Perrins during a visit on Friday, January 19th.
Principal Joy Koenig said she was proud to show him arounds MESD’s most remote school site, located at Camp Florence in Florence, Ore. “Ocean Dunes may be a small school, but they have a big heart for students, and they are doing great work meeting the variety of student needs at the school.”
The school tour included the new greenhouse, under construction after high winds blew the old one down; the new kiln for art and creative expression; the new classroom Promethean Board with new Ocean Dunes branding; and a discussion of future plans for VESOY (vocational education, school of older youth) and the high school program.
“I was happy to see staff and students working so creatively on their academic projects at the Ocean Dunes facility,” said Perrins. “The GED program, greenhouse construction and wonderful kitchen were all innovative examples of how our students can grow and learn with our committed staff!”
Perrins was able to meet a few students, MESD staff teacher Carol Besset, and educational and VESOY assistant Kelly Kawahara. He also spoke to site partners from OYA, including VESOY employee Marc Barnum, camp director Richard Ross and assistant camp director Jeffrey Pickell.
“We are always happy to show off the work we are doing on behalf of students,” said Koenig. “And we are delighted that Sascha was able to come see our school in action. We believe students and staff are living up to our school motto: ‘The Tide: A Force For Good’.”
Riverside High School students learn about manufacturing careers
From: Marcia Latta
Students in the Young Women’s Transitional Program at Riverside High School joined students from six other school districts in Linn and Benton counties to participate in hands-on activities at Linn Benton Community College.
The annual LBCC Women, Metals and Manufacturing event, sponsored by the Albany Chamber Pipeline to Jobs project, helps girls learn about non-traditional careers.
“We want students to explore new opportunities,” said Principal Joy Koenig. “If we can expose them to a variety of educational programs and career options, we believe they will be more likely to find a successful path when they leave.”
This event highlighted training programs and jobs in welding, mechatronics, non-destructive testing, CADD and machine tool. It also featured a panel of women who shared about their careers in Albany-based manufacturing companies, including Viper NW, ATI and Entek.
The panelists recounted how they started in entry-level positions after earning a high school diploma – or a GED in some cases – and advanced up to leadership positions. Riverside students were especially impressed with Entek Director of Extruder Sales Linda Campbell, who told the group she was the only female in the world in a position like hers. She shared that she worked her way up in the company and took advantage of opportunities to learn.
“I encourage you to seek to understand manufacturing before you make a decision,” she told the group. “Learn your options and keep an open mind.”
Campbell offered her card to any interested student who had additional questions. She said she would be happy to give tours to students, and Riverside students said they would love the opportunity. “She said she is making good money, and she is the only woman in the world doing what she is doing,” said Sierra. “We should talk to her more.”
The agency recognized and honored board members at the January regular meeting with certificates of appreciation, special catering by Helensview School's catering program and a reading of the Governor's Proclamation read by Superintendent Sam Breyer. Thank you board members for your service!
By Jaime Dunkle
The Bars to Bridges Project celebrated Bars to Bridges youth and their loved ones at King Pins for a fun night of bowling and pizza on Dec. 7. The Bars to Bridges Project supports the African American/Black Student Success Plan via the assistance of Transition Specialists. Our Transition Specialists work directly with African American, Black and Multi-race students who have been at the Donald E. Long Detention Home and are now transitioning into other placements or their neighborhood schools. Bars to Bridges, as an extension of House Bill 2016, also supports students at other facilities and in the community.
"My Transition Specialist is more relatable. He's from the South like me," said one student, who benefits from the Bars to Bridges project, at the holiday event.
Bars to Bridges staff did a wonderful job making sure students and their guests felt welcome with a steady flow of pizza pies and lane games. Everyone had a chance to bowl, even a couple of Donald E. Long teachers who came out to show support. The atmosphere was full of smiles, laughter and holiday cheer.
"It's no judgment. They don't look at you like you're a bad kid," the same student said.
Bars to Bridges youth were surprised with gift bags of backpacks, winter clothing, and shoes at our recent holiday event, thanks to REI, Columbia Sportswear and Dr. Martens. We appreciate the support!
Visit the Bars to Bridges Flickr page for more photo highlights of the holiday celebration. Find out more about Bars to Bridges and how it serves youth.
Two hundred and fifty students at Helensview School will have increased access and opportunities in Career Technical Education thanks to a $336,286 ODE CTE Revitalization grant. Using grant funds, the school will upgrade existing facilities to allow the school to support student participation in Phoenix Industries, its suite of career technical programs. The funding will allow the school to work towards establishing a pre-trade apprenticeship in carpentry offerings, establish a production kitchen to support the culinary business program, and provide additional dual credit opportunities through Mt. Hood Community College.
Students Angelica Perez-Garcia and Zoria Hudson welcomed the news with excitement. “Being at Helensview and involved in Phoenix Industries and the culinary program has allowed me to see myself and my future differently,” and, “I’m excited about all the new things this money will allow us to do in those programs,” said Perez-Garcia. “Participating in the CTE woodworking and manufacturing program has taught me math and confidence in speaking in front of a group, and the CTE funding to add an internship will help me learn about careers that I haven’t considered before,” echoed Hudson.
Principal Dawn Joella-Jackson added, “At Helensview we serve students who have been referred by their districts when they were not successful there. These students have so many skills and gifts. The growth of our CTE programs will allow them to find new ways to shine.”
CTE teachers Jermain Whitaker and Joe Williams explained about the impact the revitalization funds will have in their classrooms. “The math integration into the pretrade apprenticeship in carpentry allows students to visualize career and post-secondary opportunities after high-school,” explained teacher Jermaine Whitaker who leads the Woodworking and Manufacturing program. Teacher Joe Williams who leads the culinary business program added, “The program supports student learning in math, forecasting, marketing, and project planning. Students will receive dual-credit for their coursework through a partnership with Mt. Hood Community College.”
Phoenix Industries is a suite of hands-on career technical education programs. The programs include Phoenix Bike which uses bicycle repair and rejuvenation to support physics instruction and leads to internships with the community cycling center; Phoenix Ink a design and screen printing program, Phoenix Feast a culinary business program; Phoenix Beats, a composition, arrangement, and recording studio program; and Phoenix Build, a custom design and build construction and manufacturing program.
Helensview school is a middle and high school that offers multiples pathways to graduation for students grades 6-12. Its mission is to provide culturally competent educational and support services that empower students to engage in their own learning and encourage students to transition to post-secondary school, training or career opportunities. The school offers integrated community-based units built around common standards, actively incorporates student voice in themes and directions of the classes and offers hands-on programming through Phoenix Industries.
Thank you Representative Smith-Warner and Senator Frederick for speaking at the Multnomah ESD board meeting about building relationships with legislator.
Helensview Women's Group walked around and shared cookies with inspirational quotes with our neighbors!
Students from Helensview's health and PE class had a great Friday at the driving range.
The Helensview bike program has continued to grow and is now a part of our health and P.E. classes.
The culinary program makes Friday lunch at Helensview. Delicious!
Students in Helensview's health class learn about their brains.
Honoring all of the hard work from the summer including summer school,internships and STARS Mentoring.
Teams from Columbia River Pet Partners (CRPP) Pawsative Reading Pals visited the Migrant Education Summer Program at Hollydale Elementary in July. Participants were offered the chance to read with a supportive adult and a furry companion, and each student received a free book!
Top: David Ransier and Lady
Left: Barbara Harmon and Scamp, Right: Debby Lazarone and Chicory
Peter Christensen and canine companion Muka spoke to the older students about therapy dogs. Sherri Tallmon also brought along Ace, a registered therapy llama, to interact with some of the younger classes.
Thanks, Columbia River Pet Partners!
Burlingame Creek's Garden Harvest