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Maggie Kelly

The district will be conducting a reunification exercise of all middle school students and families on May 23rd.

The Estacada School District will be conducting a reunification exercise of all middle school students and families this Thursday, May 23rd at Estacada High School. Reunification should begin at around 2:15. Families are encouraged to arrive early, and should prepare for extended wait times. 

How will this impact the community?

Community members should prepare for unusual levels of traffic between 1:00 and 5:00 PM on May 23rd around 6th Street, lower Coupland, Shafford, and Pierce. 

How will this impact elementary and high school families/students?
Because the reunification is for EMS students and families, interruptions to other schools should be minimal. Elementary school bus routes may be delayed by around 5 to 10 minutes in the afternoon on Thursday, and parent pickups should plan for extra traffic. High school bus routes will not be delayed, but parent pickups will need to pick up their student at River Mill Elementary instead of at the High School.

What is reunification?
Family reunification is the means for safe and organized reunion of students with their families in the event of an emergency evacuation or school closure. All middle school students will walk to Estacada High School, where parents or other designated emergency contacts will go through the process of picking their child up. The school will release children to parents who have photo identification, and preapproved emergency contacts will also be permitted to pick your student up.

Why is the district conducting this drill?
The district is hosting this event to ensure that staff and families are both familiar with the procedures of reunification required after an emergency event. While the district acknowledges that it may be inconvenient for some families, the district feels that safety and preparedness have to take first priority

Families that need to opt out of this drill can do so by picking their child up from school by 12:00 on May 23rd. There will be no buses home or walking home options for EMS students in the afternoon on this day.  Families that participate will stay in their cars and be directed through a check-in line, where they will present I.D. and fill out reunification cards. They will then continue in line and their child will be brought to their vehicle. Identification will be required. Emergency contacts can be added or updated by calling our school office.
 

Maggie Kelly

We are deeply disappointed by the unofficial election night results of the bond campaign. It is heartbreaking to see the current voting tally, which appears to reflect a reluctance from our community to invest in the future of Estacada's children. Throughout the campaign, we closely followed the data and listened to the voices of our constituents, which indicated a different outcome than what we are currently seeing. This disparity between our expectations and the preliminary results is disheartening.

As it stands, hundreds of votes are still left to be counted, and Clackamas County will release an updated count at or around 5 PM this evening. Until we receive this updated count, the Estacada School District will not make any official declaration of defeat. We are aware of the realistically slim chances that could change the tide in favor of the bond.

Regardless of the final outcome, we will continue to listen to our community, make necessary adjustments based on the feedback received, and once again approach the community with a school bond package. The reluctance shown by voters does not diminish the pressing needs of our district, nor does it deter our commitment to advocating for the children of Estacada. The need for improved facilities, increased capacity, and enhanced competitive opportunities for our students will persist, and so will our efforts to address them.

We are incredibly proud of the campaign we ran and the comprehensive information we shared with our community. There were several significant achievements in our outreach efforts, including raising awareness about the real and urgent challenges we face in meeting the needs of today's learners. Superintendent Dr. Ryan Carpenter stated, "My heart is shattered today for Estacada's children. I am so proud of our communication and advocacy efforts. I am confident that we will be back after we regroup, adjust our plans to the feedback we just received, and try again. We cannot stop until our community addresses the threats we face of facilities and equipment well beyond their lifecycle, growth & capacity, and competitive opportunities for the next generation of Estacada's future."

Josh Gray

Today I’d like to give families and the community two important reminders. 

Today I’d like to give families and the community two important reminders. 

Our middle school reunification exercise is coming up on May 23rd. 

This exercise will play a critical role in enhancing the safety and security of students and staff during emergencies. 

The second thing I want to remind families about is the upcoming school bond election. 

Registered voters should have received their ballots, and can turn them in by May 21st.

 

Josh Gray

Let's take a walk through Estacada High School together. 

Curious about the state of our high school? Take a virtual tour with us and see the conditions firsthand. Knowledge is power.

Josh Gray

Our kids were able to show how they use improvement science to track and meet their educational goals.

Our kids were able to show how they use improvement science to track and meet their educational goals. Our teachers and leaders across the district all showed how they use data to hold themselves accountable and continue to improve their performance, productivity, and teaching practices.

Watch!

 

Josh Gray

Student-led conferences begin today, April 1st at 12:00pm until 7:30pm and then tomorrow, April 2nd, from 8:00am to 3:30pm.

Student-led conferences begin today, April 1st, at 12:00pm until 7:30pm and then tomorrow, April 2nd, from 8:00am to 3:30pm.

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Josh Gray

Currently, Estacada High School has a program in its building called Road To Success.

 

Road To Success or “RTS” has experienced great success over the years in providing an alternative, personalized learning option for kids that may struggle, or simply not prefer the traditional high school experience. Starting next school year, RTS will be located in downtown Estacada in a storefront on Broadway Street.

Josh Gray

We will be hosting another education conference in our schools this spring.

Hi, I’m Jennifer Behrman, Estacada’s Director of Teaching and Learning. Today, I’m happy to share with families that we will be hosting another education conference in our schools this spring. Last year, we had the honor of being asked to host educators from around the nation, and we have been asked to do so again this year. This conference is a great opportunity for our children to share their learning journey with others and demonstrate leadership and presentation skills. This event is also something our students can be proud of. It reflects their hard work and the great things that are being achieved in our schools.

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Josh Gray

Facebook Live event this evening at 6:30.

 

Join us from the comfort of your own home to get your school bond questions answered. I encourage everyone that lives in this community to take advantage of this opportunity to learn the facts, ask questions, and make an informed voting decision.

 

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Josh Gray

Reunification Exercise coming soon...

On May 23rd, the Estacada School District will be conducting a reunification exercise with all Estacada Middle School students, staff, and families several hours prior to the end of the school day. Mark your calendars.

 

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Josh Gray

I'd like to ask you to do one thing...

I’d like to ask you to do one thing: and that is learn more about this bond package and ask questions if you have them. We want to ensure that every member of our community has a good understanding of this important matter. I believe that together, we can create a stronger future for our kids, and for the Estacada community. For more information, watch the video below and go to estacadaschoolbond.org

 

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Maggie Kelly

This landmark decision underscores the district's commitment to enhancing educational opportunities and infrastructure for current and future generations of students.

The Estacada School Board voted unanimously during the February School Board Meeting to place a school bond measure on the upcoming May ballot. This landmark decision underscores the district's commitment to enhancing educational opportunities and infrastructure for current and future generations of students.

The proposed bond measure aims to address pressing needs within the school district, including:

 

Addressing Overcrowding by:

  • Building a new high school on the current EHS campus

  • Renovating part of the existing high school to create a separate junior high

  • Modifying the existing middle school into a third elementary

Improving Aging Facilities through:

  • Updating safety and security at all schools

  • Improving ADA accessibility

  • Installing fire safety systems

  • Repairing and replacing plumbing, electrical, roofing, windows

  • Removing asbestos

  • Improving air quality/temperature regulation

Advancing Career Readiness by:

  • Updating career technical education spaces, preparing kids for the modern workforce

Addressing Community Needs by:

  • Expanding and establishing indoor and outdoor facilities

 

By investing in these areas, the Estacada School District aims to uphold its commitment to providing a high-quality education that prepares students for future success while also addressing the evolving needs of the community.

"We believe that investing in our schools is an investment in the future of our community," said Ryan Carpenter, Estacada School District Superintendent. "This bond measure represents an opportunity to ensure that our students have access to the resources and facilities they need to thrive, and by extension allows the Estacada community to thrive." 

The decision to place the school bond measure on the May ballot follows extensive community input and engagement. The majority of voters in a recent poll indicated support for the bond, with 54% describing the bond as an “urgent priority”. 

School Board Chair Ken Riedel described the bond as a “collective effort that has had many eyes on the plan to create a final package that maximizes cost efficiency while still addressing the many urgent needs of our schools and students”.


Voters and the community at large can learn more about the bond package at www.estacadaschoolbond.org.

Josh Gray

We have officially wrapped up semester one! I’d like to congratulate our students and our system as a whole for wins and accomplishments that happened during the past six months.

We have officially wrapped up semester one! I’d like to congratulate our students and our system as a whole for wins and accomplishments that happened during the past six months. In particular, I am proud that our report cards are an accurate reflection of your child’s learning, and the high standards that we hold for all of our students. Watch the video below.
 
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Josh Gray

Estacada High School’s Class of 2023 achieved an outstanding 89 percent graduation rate.

Today I want to celebrate a big win for our community and schools. You may have heard that graduation rates for the Class of 2023 were recently announced. Estacada High School’s Class of 2023 achieved an outstanding 89 percent graduation rate. This is eight percent above the state average, demonstrating that Estacada’s kids are achieving at significantly higher levels than Oregon as a whole. Watch the video below...

 

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Outdoor School Highlights
Josh Gray

Sixth graders had a great opportunity this year to learn and work together at Outdoor School. 

Camp Magruder was one of the sites that gave sixth graders an emersive experience learning about nature and collaboration during Outdoor School this year. Thank you to all of those who made this possible. Click Here to watch the video. 

Bond Town Hall
Josh Gray

Great Turn Out for Bond Town Hall. We appreciate all the construction questions and your partnership in this great community.

We had a great turn out at the recent Town Hall. We appreciate all the construction questions and your partnership in this great community. If you want to watch the town hall please CLICK HERE. And please go to estacadaschoolbond.org for more information. 

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Maggie Kelly

The Estacada School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Ryan Rosenau as the new principal of Estacada High School.

The Estacada School District is happy to announce the appointment of Ryan Rosenau as the new principal of Estacada High School. With a career in education spanning over 20 years, including successful tenure as a high school assistant principal, Rosenau brings a wealth of knowledge, insight, and new talent to the Estacada School District.

Throughout his career, Rosenau has demonstrated an unwavering dedication to improving classroom instruction and creating an environment that fosters educational excellence. His extensive experience and expertise align perfectly with Estacada’s mission to provide a premier education for all students.

The selection process for Estacada High School’s principal was extensive and comprehensive. It incorporated the valuable input of various stakeholders including staff, students, and parents. Their voices were integral in shaping the interview process, ensuring that the new principal would truly resonate with EHS's needs and values.

"I’m very happy to welcome Mr. Rosenau into the Estacada School District" stated Superintendent Ryan Carpenter. "His wealth of experience and passion for public education, as well as his dedication to instructional improvement make him an excellent fit for EHS. The thorough search process allowed us to identify a principal who not only possesses the qualifications and experience but also aligns with the initiatives and values of our school system and community."

As Rosenau begins his role next month, he is eager to collaborate closely with the school's dedicated staff, parents, and community partners to provide an exceptional educational experience for all students. Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Ryan Rosenau. With his leadership, experience, and passion for educational excellence, we are confident that Estacada High School will continue to see growth and ensure success for each child served.

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District Receives Prestigious Financial Award
Maggie Kelly

The Estacada School District has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Association of School Business Officials International. This recognition highlights the district's commitment to financial transparency and responsible stewardship of taxpayer dollars.

The Estacada School District is proud to announce that it has been awarded the prestigious Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting (COE) by the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO). This esteemed recognition highlights the district's commitment to financial transparency and responsible stewardship of taxpayer dollars. ASBO International's COE program honors school districts that have met rigorous standards for financial reporting and transparency. The Estacada School District earned this honor for its financial management during the 2021-22 school year. 

"The COE's mission is to promote and recognize excellence in financial reporting," stated Siobhan McMahon, ASBO International Chief Operations Officer/Interim Executive Director. "The Annual Comprehensive Financial Report serves as a crucial communication tool, informing stakeholders about the financial state of the district, and fostering trust within the school community." This award aligns with the district’s ongoing work to promote financial transparency and communication. The district's financial report was reviewed by a panel of qualified professionals, and the district was awarded a Certificate of Excellence at the conclusion of this rigorous process. 

Participation in the COE program also holds significant financial benefits for the district. One major benefit is the district becoming eligible for a higher bond rating. Similar to an individual’s credit score, a higher bond rating means that the district will qualify for a lower interest rate. 

The recognition from ASBO International underscores the district's commitment to fiscal responsibility and serves as a testament to its wise management of taxpayer dollars.

Superintendent Ryan Carpenter noted that he was “Proud of the recognition as it represents the dedication our district has to upholding the highest standards of financial transparency and accountability. We are committed to ensuring the effective and responsible utilization of taxpayer funds to support the educational needs of our students. In combination with our history of clean audits, Estacada taxpayers should feel confident in the fiscal management of the Estacada School District."

new hire
Maggie Kelly

The Estacada School District is happy to announce that Sarah Shields has been hired to serve as principal at Estacada Middle School.

The Estacada School District is happy to announce that Sarah Shields has been hired to serve as principal at Estacada Middle School. With a strong commitment to continuous improvement and an unwavering “students first” focus, Sarah Shields has the mindset and skills to lead Estacada Middle School to new levels of achievement. 

Shields brings to the Estacada School District a wealth of knowledge and expertise acquired during more than 25 years in education. Most recently, Shields served as the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for Seaside School District, and she has previously worked in various roles as a principal, vice principal, and classroom teacher. Sarah has an outstanding track record of achievement in closing achievement gaps with student populations, leading staff engagement efforts, and putting change agents in place to improve each organization and school that she has been a part of. The Estacada School District is confident that Estacada Middle School will benefit from her expertise. 

Shields will step into the role officially in July, and notes that she “could not be happier to be a part of the Estacada team and the tremendous work that is being accomplished in the Estacada School District.” District Superintendent Ryan Carpenter met several times with Shields throughout the intensive interview process, and says that “there is no doubt that Sarah has the skills and experience necessary to thrive in this role. What excites me most about this hire though, is how “all in” for our district she is. Sarah is passionate about continuing the work being done in this district, and is committed to serving our unique community. She will be a great fit for our kids, and for Estacada as a whole.” 

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Sarah Shields as she joins the Estacada School District as the principal of Estacada Middle School. The district looks forward to seeing the growth, innovation, and achievement that will occur during her tenure. 

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Maggie Kelly
Please view the meal routes for 2/24 below. Meal drop off times will be in the 10:00 range for your area. Questions? Call transportation at 503-630-8606.
 
Maggie Kelly

The Estacada School District has undergone a website transition for all school websites.

The Estacada School District has undergone a website transition for all school websites. The new sites will be available at the same web addresses, and will also be available at www.estacadaschools.org. The new site was launched in an effort to provide staff with an easy, streamlined platform to update web information.

The district looks forward to providing the community with a resource to more easily find reliable, updated information about their local school district. The newly launched site is mobile-friendly, accessible to the visually impaired, and has improved translation services. District staff are excited to continue to showcase stories of our students and community via this platform. 

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CI in the Classroom
Maggie Kelly

On October 19th, the Estacada School Board participated in a tour of classrooms throughout the Estacada School District.

On October 19th, the Estacada School Board participated in a tour of classrooms throughout the Estacada School District. Students had the opportunity to engage with these community representatives and explain how they are taking ownership of their learning. Both children and adults found value in explaining how goal-setting data tracking has helped students achieve success both inside and outside of the classroom. Staff also noted that they are seeing kids adjusting learning strategies based on what the data is telling them. 

School board members described the experience as a positive indicator of the good work that is occurring in our classrooms every day. The district looks forward to opening our classrooms to additional community stakeholders in the near future.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO

 

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Maggie Kelly

The Estacada School District has once again been awarded the Top Workplaces 2022 honor by Oregonian Top Workplaces.

The Estacada School District has once again been awarded the Top Workplaces 2022 honor by Oregonian Top Workplaces. This is the third year in a row that the district has received this prestigious honor. The Top Workplaces distinction is earned based on the results of an anonymous third-party survey that measures employee feedback. The employees of the Estacada School District have once again ranked the Estacada School District among the echelon of top workplaces within the state of Oregon. 

"This recognition is a great honor, and is evidence of the intentional efforts we have made to continuously improve in the ways that we support our staff, and integrate their voice into the work that we do," says school district Superintendent Ryan Carpenter. "Our district leaders have also done a terrific job of collecting input and using that feedback to make the changes and improvements needed to serve our employees and our students." Over the past year, the district maintained an industry-leading 92% retention rate, and continues to strive to recruit and retain talented staff to serve students and the community.

The Estacada School District is committed to maintaining a Top Workplace environment, and looks forward to continuing to recruit and retain talented educators and employees. View our current employment opportunities here: https://estacada.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx.

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Maggie Kelly

During the September 19th JV Football game, a special touchdown happened in the Estacada School District. 

During the September 19th JV Football game, a special touchdown happened in the Estacada School District. Members of both the Estacada team and the opposing team - Camas- showed incredible sportsmanship as they supported EHS student Ryan Hunt in scoring his first touchdown. 

Ryan has autism, and this touchdown was a special moment for his family, the audience, and his teammates. Ryan's mother notes that "he feels like one of the guys, and it's totally changed his perspective on school." His mom, Heidi, also noticed that Ryan's attendance has improved because he never wants to miss a practice. 

The special moment during Monday's game was just one glimpse into the support that Ryan's teammates, coach, and community have provided this school year. The Estacada School District is "all in" on inclusive practices, and this commitment to serving all students is a belief that has also been embraced by Ryan's football team. 

 

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Maggie Kelly

A representative from each grade level at Clackamas River Elementary School recently made a trip to visit the district Superintendent to share their school's goals. 

A representative from each grade level at Clackamas River Elementary School recently made a trip to visit the district Superintendent to share their school's goals. Students of all ages worked with their classmates to identify goals that they would hold themselves accountable to. Some of these goals included statements such as "do the right thing even when no one is watching" and "use a growth mindset."

These statements will be signed and agreed upon by all students in the district. The children of Clackamas River Elementary School are working collaboratively to improve the atmosphere and culture within their school. 

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