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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 hseverns@mesd.k12.or.us.  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. 

Public Notice of a Supplemental Budget Hearing

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

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

OEAC17 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 MESDwellness@mesd.k12.or.us.
(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

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 mesdwellness@mesd.k12.or.us  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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