Oregon Charter School News Weekly

A weekly newsletter of Charter School happenings around Oregon and the Nation.

16 Days (or less) To Go

The last of the big policy bills and agency budgets were on the move by the end of this week. After spending the week working on the remaining education agency budgets (Higher Education, HB 5024, and Grant-in-aid, HB 5015), it appears that the Ways & Means Education subcommittee may be all done with their work. The Higher Education budget (HB 5024) was approved by the full Ways & Means committee this morning (Friday, June 14th) and Grant-in-aid will get its vote next week. 

Cap and Trade, one of the remaining large Democratic priorities, was sent back to its subcommittee for three amendments that will help ensure that there are sufficient votes to pass the bill on the Senate floor. HB 2020 is up for a vote on the House floor Monday morning and will likely receive a vote in the Senate on Thursday. By this time next week, Cap and Trade is expected to be headed to the Governor’s desk. Other highlights include the tobacco tax referral to voters moving out of House Revenue and Paid Family Leave from House Rules on Thursday.

A memorial for Senator Jackie Winters was held in the Senate chambers on Thursday afternoon. Legislators, lobbyists, staff, and members of the public joined Senator Winters’ family in remembering and celebrating the legacy of the late Senator.

Congratulations to all of our charter school graduates! This year's stellar group of grads is ready to take on the world. In celebration, we are featuring these superstars in our weekly e-news. To celebrate your graduates, share photos and details by emailing us at

River's Edge Academy Charter School (REACH) believes in achieving academic excellence through personalized learning, and parent, teacher, community partnerships. The 2019 graduating class includes some remarkable students, pictured below. 
Logos Public Charter School aims to graduate critical thinkers who can effectively communicate in the 21st century. Logos takes great pride in their 2019 graduating class.  Among the 83 graduates . . . 
  • Two graduates earned a diploma biliteracy seal (a first for Logos)

  • Eagle Scout and Girls Scout Silver and Gold Award Winners

  • One Ford Scholar and the 4-H National Archery Champion

  • Three students graduated high school with their Associates Degree completed.
  • Three American Legion Award winners completed over 9,000 hours of community service.

    In total, during their high school career, this graduating class earned 3,475 college credits saving themselves and their families more than a half million dollars!

We are passionate about Oregon public charter schools. Share feedback on how we can foster bright futures for your students! Our Needs Assessment Survey is a short, five-minute questionnaire that will help shape our coalition’s efforts to support your school. Click here to take the survey.

The 2019 National Charter Schools Conference is an opportunity to network, explore, and learn. This year's conference is in Las Vegas from June 30 to July 3. Represent Oregon, refresh your knowledge with more than 100 breakout sessions, and feel inspired after hearing from keynote speakers. Let ORC3S know if you are attending by emailing

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Educator Resources

Programs, Policy, and Research
  • Molly of Denali is a podcast rooted in Native storytelling. All the indigenous characters in the podcast are voiced by indigenous actors, and Alaska Native voices are featured across the production, including in story development and creative direction. Click here to learn more. 
  • This NPR article explores the practices of restraint and seclusion on students. "Guidelines are in place for a reason," says Government Accountability Office director Jackie Nowicki. "When seclusion and restraint is inappropriately used, it can create some really dangerous situations, especially for some of our nation's most vulnerable children."
  • Project Learning Tree provides comprehensive, interactive units of environmental instruction that are full online, making it easy for teachers to access and use. Check out their recent e-unit "Carbon & Climate" for grades 6-8.
  • We are Teachers published an article on how to make summer screen time safe, fun, and meaningful. Click here to read "5 Ways Kids Can Nurture Healthy Digital Habits This Summer."
  • A classic for many generations, the "Very Hungry Caterpillar" recently celebrated its 50th birthday. Check out this NPR article in honor of what author Eric Carle calls "a book of hope." 
Events and Workshops
Spotlight on Opal School's Summer Symposium: Take advantage of this professional development opportunity! Opal School's Summer Symposium is NEXT WEEK, June 19 to 21. Spend 3 full days exploring, discussing, and reflecting with hundreds of educators. There are only a few spots left - sign up TODAY!
School Opportunities
  • Education Northwest Coaching Tool
    Education Northwest recently designed the Promoting Success for Teachers of English Learners: A Coaching Tool. According to the website, this could be a “valuable addition to teacher and administrator pre-service preparation programs, as well as in-service professional development initiatives for principals, teachers and other school personnel responsible for the education of English learner students.” Click here to learn more and to set up professional learning.
Student Resources and Opportunities
  • Summer Art Classes 
    Promote creative sparks this summer! Encourage your students to sign up for summer art classes with Youth Artists Empowerment, Cannon Beach Arts Association, Four Rivers Cultural Center, Sitka Center for the Arts, Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, and MORE. Click here to learn more.  
  • OSBA's 73rd Annual Convention - Call for Student Art 
    Each year, the OSBA Convention showcases a student art display. The artwork by student participants can be purchased by Convention attendees. All proceeds are kept by the school program. The deadline for proposals and materials is July 1, 2019. For more information and selection criteria, click here
  • 57 things to do in Oregon this summer
    Happy summer! Share this comprehensive list of activities, festivals, and events with your students.
  • Summer Enrichment Programs
    In the PDXParent article “Choosing Summer Activities to Inspire Learning,” Dr. Jeri Janowsky, Executive Director of Saturday Academy shares tips on how to pick the right summer program for your child. 
  • Planet Fitness Free Membership and Sweepstakes
    Planet Fitness is offering teens ages 15 to 18 FREE membership through September 1. Grab your parent or guardian and sign up at Planet Fitness near you. You can also sign up for the Planet Fitness Teen Summer Challenge Scholarship Sweepstakes. Click here to learn more.
Oregon Schools in the News

Roosevelt High School Students Earn National Recognition for Resiliency

At Roosevelt High School, students started a storytelling and resiliency-building initiative called "I Am M.O.R.E. (Making Other Resiliency Experiences)." The group of students has been invited to perform at an annual conference in Philadelphia and lead a workshop to help leaders across multiple sectors understand how to better engage with youth who have experienced trauma.

“The impact these students have had, not only on their own lives, but the lives of other youth and adults within just six months is phenomenal,” said S. Renee Mitchell, an award-winning former journalist for The Oregonian, a Roosevelt teacher and the visionary leader of I Am M.O.R.E. “This recent national exposure is just the beginning of a youth-led, resiliency-building movement that will change lives and raise hope around the country.”

KUDOS Roosevelt High! We admire your transformative impact and inspirational work.
Click here to read the article. 

For more information on the I am M.O.R.E. programming, check out this video and visit the website

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