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August ORPATS Trainings

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Training Information

Registration is open for three on-site OrPATS workshops in Medford and in Klamath Falls for August 2023:

  1. Aug 14-15, 2023 STAR training in Medford (SOESD- Medford Upstairs Conference Room) – https://pdnetworks.soesd.k12.or.us/public/events/view-event/9531
  2. Aug 16, 2023 LINKS training in Medford (SOESD- Medford Upstairs Conference room) – https://pdnetworks.soesd.k12.or.us/public/events/view-event/9533
  3. Aug 17-18 STAR training in Klamath Falls (1336 Avalon St., Klamath Falls, OR 97603)- https://pdnetworks.soesd.k12.or.us/public/events/view-event/9532

8th annual Klamath Promise Graduation Sensation

By News, School Improvement Services, School-Wide Improvement

The 8th annual Klamath Promise Graduation Sensation took place in downtown Klamath Falls on Thursday, June 1.  Almost 700 graduating high school seniors from all 12 high schools across all of Klamath County paraded in caps and gowns down Main Street with bands and mascots, then joined together with family, friends and supporters in Veterans Park for a celebration and awards distribution. A moment of silence was observed for those no longer with us, the Henley Touch of Class sang the National Anthem and David Stork, Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, and Chief Legal Officer at Lithia Motors, Inc., provided keynote remarks as the students embark on life after high school.

The Graduation Sensation includes awards for those going on to college, into the military, into the workforce, or who are undecided on their next step. This year 101 scholarships and gift cards totaling nearly $45,000 were announced to the crowd of graduates, families, and supporters braving the rain. More than 20 local business and organizations contributed to awards this year:

  • Cascade Health Alliance
  • Citizens for Safe Schools in partnership with Youth Development Oregon
  • Dana Orr- The Lending Lady of the Klamath Basin
  • EagleRidge High School
  • Friends of the Klamath County Library
  • Glenn & Ursula Gailis
  • Healthy Klamath Partners
  • Hispanic Health Committee
  • Holliday Jewelry
  • Kersey Trust
  • Klamath Basin Behavioral Health
  • Klamath Community College
  • Klamath County Chamber of Commerce
  • Klamath County Board of Commissioners
  • Klamath County School District
  • Klamath Health Partnership
  • Pelican Education Foundation
  • Ross Ragland Theater & Cultural Center
  • Sky Lakes Medical Center
  • Soroptimist International of Klamath Falls
  • The Stork Family
  • Windermere Real Estate
  • Anonymous Donors

Special thanks to our entire community and all who help make the largest known graduation celebration happen! Including but not limited to Aurora Simpson, City of Klamath Falls Parks, City of Klamath Falls Streets, Diamond Home Improvement, Klamath County Library, Klamath County School District, Klamath Falls City Schools, Klamath Falls Police Department, Klamath Union High School Digital Media, Southern Oregon ESD Sign Language Interpreters, Southern Oregon ESD Staff, and the 50+ Individual Volunteers!

The winners for the 2023 Graduation Sensation are…

Winner First  Winner Last  Winner School  Award Type  Amount  Sponsor 
Yoselin Alonzo Henley Gift Card $250 Klamath Community College
Antonella Audeh Falcon Heights Academy Scholarship $1,000 Citizens for Safe Schools
Dylan Bachman Mazama Gift Card $50 Anonymous
Shaylee Batten Henley Gift Card $250 Klamath Community College
Chloe Bautista Mazama Scholarship $2,000 Soroptimist International of Klamath Falls
Leslie Beanland Henley Scholarship $500 Healthy Klamath Partners: Cascade Health Alliance, Klamath Health Partnership, Sky Lakes Medical Center
Ryan Bicknell Mazama Gift Card $50 Klamath County Commissioners
Sophia Branum EagleRidge Scholarship $1,000 Citizens for Safe Schools
Jacob Bruner Henley Gift Card $100 Klamath County Chamber of Commerce
Jacob Bruner Henley Gift Card $50 Klamath County Commissioners
Madison Camino Falcon Heights Academy Scholarship $500 Hispanic Health Committee
Jonathan Cazarez Mendez Lost River Scholarship $1,000 Citizens for Safe Schools
Hope Chase Henley Scholarship $2,000 Soroptimist International of Klamath Falls
Layla Chavez Henley Scholarship $500 Holliday Jewelry
Staci Chipman Klamath Union Scholarship $500 Ross Ragland Theater & Cultural Center
Chayse Clements Mazama Gift Card $100 Klamath County Chamber of Commerce
Tania Cobian Henley Gift Card $50 Anonymous
Ashley Conlogue Klamath Union Scholarship $500 Glenn & Ursula Gailis
Kayla Cook Mazama Scholarship $2,000 Soroptimist International of Klamath Falls
Margot Cross CrossPoint Scholarship $500 Healthy Klamath Partners: Cascade Health Alliance, Klamath Health Partnership, Sky Lakes Medical Center
Haylee David-Stewart Bonanza Gift Card $250 Klamath Community College
Brody Derra Henley Gift Card $50 Klamath County Commissioners
Kristalina Derry Klamath Union Scholarship $500 Stork Service Scholarship – Commitment to Community Award
Alivia Dibrito Klamath Learning Center Scholarship $1,000 Citizens for Safe Schools
Indrani Espinoza Klamath Union Scholarship $500 Pelican Education Foundation
David Ferguson Mazama Gift Card $50 Anonymous
James Ferguson Mazama Scholarship $500 Klamath County School District
Allison Fournier CrossPoint Scholarship $2,000 Soroptimist International of Klamath Falls
Jude Garlitz Klamath Union Scholarship $500 Klamath County Commissioners
Kaylee Gettman Klamath Union Gift Card $50 Klamath County Commissioners
Bryan Goff-Currier Mazama Scholarship $500 Klamath County Commissioners
Charles Gonsowski Henley Scholarship $500 Friends of the Klamath County Library
Esteban Gonzalez Hernandez Klamath Union Gift Card $250 Klamath Community College
Jalen Gotoy Klamath Union Gift Card $50 Klamath County Commissioners
James Grounds Mazama Gift Card $50 Klamath County Commissioners
Owen Grove EagleRidge Scholarship $500 EagleRidge High School
Izabella Guadarrama Dahl Bonanza Scholarship $500 Windermere Real Estate
Mary Hanley Gilchrist Scholarship $500 Klamath County School District
Mak Harris EagleRidge Gift Card $500 Citizens for Safe Schools
Mak Harris EagleRidge Gift Card $50 Klamath County Commissioners
Jayden Hartz Henley Gift Card $250 Klamath Community College
Gracelyn Hedlund Henley Scholarship $1,000 Klamath County Commissioners
Jesli Hernandez Lost River Scholarship $500 Klamath County Commissioners
Marvin Hernandez Lost River Gift Card $50 Klamath County Commissioners
Zoey Hildebrand Klamath Learning Center Scholarship $1,000 Citizens for Safe Schools
Hailey Hoehn Falcon Heights Academy Scholarship $1,000 Citizens for Safe Schools
Kailynn Hunt-Plummer Klamath Union Scholarship $500 Healthy Klamath Partners: Klamath Basin Behavioral Health
Jaden Jackson Chiloquin Gift Card $50 Klamath County Commissioners
Vivian Jones Henley Scholarship $1,000 Citizens for Safe Schools
Marcus Kaeding EagleRidge Gift Card $500 Citizens for Safe Schools
James Keimel EagleRidge Gift Card $500 Citizens for Safe Schools
Keaton Kensler CrossPoint Gift Card $50 Anonymous
Levin Kiss Klamath Union Scholarship $500 Glenn & Ursula Gailis
Codey Lyman Lost River Scholarship $500 Klamath County School District
Peighton Madron Bonanza Gift Card $50 Anonymous
Joseph Mandarin Lost River Gift Card $250 Klamath Community College
Matthew Marcussen Mazama Gift Card $50 Anonymous
Ava Masl EagleRidge Gift Card $250 Klamath Community College
Tashina Matt-Collier Chiloquin Gift Card $500 Citizens for Safe Schools
Grace McCollam Lost River Scholarship $500 Klamath County Commissioners
Brooke McNeal Mazama Gift Card $50 Klamath County Commissioners
Crystal Mendez Mazama Scholarship $500 Klamath County School District
Aidan Miller Mazama Gift Card $50 Anonymous
Nick Morene CrossPoint Gift Card $25 Ross Ragland Theater & Cultural Center
Caleb Nejely Henley Gift Card $100 Dana Orr- The Lending Lady of the Klamath Basin
Ellianna Nowak Falcon Heights Academy Scholarship $500 Klamath County School District
Lindsay Pace CrossPoint Gift Card $25 Ross Ragland Theater & Cultural Center
Carson Parrish Lost River Gift Card $250 Klamath Community College
Nicole Parrish Chiloquin Scholarship $500 Klamath County School District
Logan Passmore Henley Gift Card $25 Ross Ragland Theater & Cultural Center
Evan Peterson Mazama Gift Card $100 Klamath County Chamber of Commerce
Kai Pine Mazama Scholarship $500 Klamath County Commissioners
Aleeka Qualls Klamath Learning Center Gift Card $50 Anonymous
Makayla Quirk Mazama Scholarship $2,000 Soroptimist International of Klamath Falls
Luke Rodenhauser CrossPoint Scholarship $500 Windermere Real Estate
Jeshua Ruelas Salazar Henley Scholarship $500 Klamath County School District
LeOna Santos EagleRidge Scholarship $500 Klamath County Commissioners
Jennifer Serrato Klamath Union Gift Card $100 Klamath County Chamber of Commerce
Jennifer Serrato Klamath Union Gift Card $50 Klamath County Commissioners
Aria Sha Henley Gift Card $250 Klamath Community College
Anastasia Shanks Chiloquin Scholarship $1,000 Citizens for Safe Schools
Natalie Skouras Bonanza Scholarship $500 Klamath County School District
Lillian Smith Henley Gift Card $50 Anonymous
Clayton Spivey Mazama Scholarship $500 Holliday Jewelry
Raffaele Squera Henley Scholarship $500 Anonymous
Shaw Stork Henley Scholarship $500 Klamath County School District
Stormy Tecumseh Mazama Scholarship $1,000 Klamath County Commissioners
Angelina Tietjen-Rodriguez Henley Gift Card $50 Klamath County Commissioners
Analisa Trushell Bonanza Scholarship $1,000 Citizens for Safe Schools
Kale Tschetter Henley Gift Card $50 Klamath County Commissioners
Grace Tucker New Horizon School Scholarship $500 Healthy Klamath Partners: Cascade Health Alliance, Klamath Health Partnership, Sky Lakes Medical Center
Shilo Tucker Gilchrist Gift Card $100 Klamath County Chamber of Commerce
Shilo Tucker Gilchrist Gift Card $50 Klamath County Commissioners
Slade Villanueva Henley Gift Card $25 Ross Ragland Theater & Cultural Center
Skyler Vinson Henley Gift Card $100 Dana Orr- The Lending Lady of the Klamath Basin
Sahalie Vivanco Klamath Union Gift Card $250 Klamath Community College
Chance Walton CrossPoint Scholarship $500 Ross Ragland Theater & Cultural Center
Matthew Ward Falcon Heights Academy Scholarship $200 Anonymous
Chadwick Wardrip Mazama Gift Card $50 Anonymous
Cheyenne West Henley Gift Card $50 Klamath County Commissioners
Malcolm Whitaker Klamath Learning Center Scholarship $500 Kersey Trust

 

The Klamath Promise is a community-wide initiative connecting the community and schools, from preschool through career and college readiness. Since 2012 the Klamath Promise has aimed to increase “Success through Education” for all students in Klamath County, whether success looks like joining the workforce or military, or going to college.

The Klamath Promise: Connecting and inspiring the community about the importance of education, attendance, and graduation, from early childhood to career or college transitions. Visit klamathpromise.org to learn more!

Contact klamath_promise@soesd.k12.or.us with questions.

Oregon Honors the 2023 Education Support Professional of the Year Zandra Jansma!

By News

The Oregon Department of Education and Oregon State Lottery partner to recognize the incredible efforts and impact of Education Support Professionals in Oregon.

(Merlin, OR.) – In a surprise announcement event today, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) Director Colt Gill joined Three Rivers School District Superintendent David Valenzuela and Southern Oregon Success Academy (SOSA) Principal Mike Herzog in honoring Zandra Jansma as Oregon’s 2023 Education Support Professional of the Year!

Photographs of the event will be added to this folder as they become available.

Zandra Jansma is the Office Manager (and so much more) at the Southern Oregon Success Academy.

“The amazing work Zandra does for students and staff on a daily basis is truly inspiring,” said Governor Tina Kotek. “Her continued efforts to go above and beyond to develop personal connections with students is what turns a school into a community. My vision is for Oregon to be a place where every child has a safe place to receive a high-quality education. We can achieve that vision if we have more people like Zandra in our schools.”

“Zandra Jansma is one of the hardest working, most caring and dedicated members of the Three Rivers School District family. She has not only been an integral part of the success of SOSA over the years, but she has also been an integral part of so many students’ lives, seeing many to the goal of graduation,” said Superintendent David Valenzuela. “Southern Oregon Success Academy serves the greatest population of at-risk youth in the Three Rivers School District if not all of Josephine County. I cannot think of anyone better suited to support this school or this population of students, and more deserving of this award. Congratulations Zandra!”

“Zandra prioritizes connections with students in all aspects of her work, from finding the resources they need to providing emotional support and understanding,” said Colt Gill, Director of Oregon Department of Education. “Our schools are communities – and as we all know, it is not just the teachers and administrators, but all of the education support professionals who each play a critical role to ensure the school day flows smoothly and safely for students.”

Thanks to ODE’s partnership with the Oregon Lottery, Zandra received an award of $5,000 and a commemorative plaque. A matching plaque and banner were awarded to Southern Oregon Success Academy to mark Zandra’s achievements and her impact in the Three Rivers community.

“We’re proud to support Zandra’s work in the Three Rivers School District and her impressive commitment to serving students with care and understanding,” said Oregon Lottery Interim Director Mike Wells. “As her nomination illustrates, Zandra is making a difference as a school role model, working tirelessly to guide and love students affected by homelessness, poverty, and other challenges. Congratulations, Zandra.”

Program History

Oregon’s Education Support Professional of the Year Program results from House Bill 2964, passed by the Oregon Legislature in May of 2019. This bill directed ODE and Oregon Lottery to design and implement a program to honor an Oregon education support professional serving students in any grade from prekindergarten through grade 12. ESPs work with teachers and administrators in Oregon public schools to perform a variety of jobs promoting quality education, fostering positive learning environments, offering nutritious meals, providing reliable transportation, maintaining safe and clean schools for students and so much more. Educators nominated for Education Support Professional of the Year are employed by an Oregon public K-12 school or school district and meet the definition of an ESP in Oregon. Nominations for 2024 will open again soon on the Education Support Professional website. Be sure to nominate the life-changing ESPs in your school!

SOESD’s NEW On-Demand Online Courses Are Just a Click Away!

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SOESD is developing a series of on-demand, online courses that will allow you to participate in meaningful, relevant and interesting professional learning anytime, all the time. Our first on-demand course–Multi-Tiered System of Support–is available now. This course includes four modules. Participants have the option of delving into any or all of the modules that align with their interests and/or work role. Each module is worth one professional development unit.

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SECOND NOTICE OF BUDGET COMMITTEE MEETING

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to ORS 294.426, that a public meeting of the Budget Committee of Southern Oregon Education Service District, serving the school districts in Jackson, Josephine, and Klamath Counties, will be held at 101 North Grape Street, Medford, OR, on May 10, 2023, at 6:00 pm for the purpose of receiving the budget message and budget document of said district for the fiscal year 2023-2024 and to receive comment from the public on the budget.  A second meeting of the budget committee is tentatively scheduled for May 17, 2023 at 6:00 pm and public comment on the budget will also be taken at this meeting.

These are public meetings where deliberations of the budget committee will take place, and any person may appear and discuss proposed programs with the budget committee at that time. To the extent reasonably possible, opportunity will be provided for members of the general public to access and attend these meetings remotely. A copy of the proposed budget document and the link to join the meeting via video/audio conference will be available on or after May 5, 2023 at www.soesd.k12.or.us or obtained via email request to administration@soesd.k12.or.us.  Public comment will be taken during the meeting.

The first notice of the budget committee meeting was published in the Grants Pass Daily Courier and posted on the Southern Oregon Education Service District website at: www.soesd.k12.or.us on April 19, 2023.

Scott Beveridge, Superintendent

Budget Officer

 

BYTESIZED FUN!

By News

Grades K-5: Discover the World of Computer Science

Kids can do Tech, too!
BYTESIZED FUN!

WHEN: 4/24 – 4/27, 2023 (Mon – Thurs)

WHERE: Oregon Connections

Click here for more info.

AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

By Special Education

This Autism Awareness month, the SOESD Autism Department has moved beyond “awareness and acceptance” and toward “affirmation, inclusion, empowerment, and accommodation”. We are actively learning from Autistic individuals and aligning our practices with what they’ve taught us.

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SOESD is connecting education and industry

By Career and Technical Education, College and Career (CC4A) / STEAM, News

SOESD is connecting education and industry by co-sponsoring local tours with Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development (SOREDI) and Southern Oregon University (SOU). SOESD’s Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) and Career and Technical Education (CTE) Departments collaborated to hold three tours emphasizing manufacturing during this school year. Two tours brought educators to local industries in Jackson and Josephine Counties. Highlighted were amazing world-class businesses right here in the Rogue Valley, including NIC Industries, Cascade Fire, Rogue Valley PreCast, Dan Foss, SOS Sanitation, Oregon Swiss Precision, Katana Craft and Playcraft Systems. Educators learned about potential employers’ hiring desires and needs, while making contacts for future career connected learning opportunities. On the other hand, initiated by Brian Robin, SOESD’s CTE Regional Coordinator, the “Meet Your Future Employees Tour: Manufacturing” brought personnel from local industry and post-secondary education to high schools to appreciate their CTE Manufacturing programs. Quotes from attendees included “I loved hearing (students’) passion for the work they are doing and for their instructors. I was impressed with their professionalism, maturity, and communication skills” and (I was impressed by) “their facilities and course offerings! They are working on some really dynamic projects. I also really enjoyed talking with the students directly about their experiences and the connections and plans they are making for their post high school life.” As Karla Clark, SOESD’s STEM Hub Director says, “Behind every CTE program is STEM.” These two departments of SOESD work together to get the latest trends and industry-specific knowledge into local students’ and educators’ hands. This is to help our youth be viable in today’s evolving job market. Keep an eye out for additional tours in the works!

Photos by WolffHam Media LLC.  Instagram: @Wolffham.media 

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