Apr 242013
 

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Winners of Oregon Regional at Lincoln City will head to Pacific Northwest for international contest

Early next month Oregon Sea Grant, the Oregon Coast STEM Center, and the Oregon Chapter of the Marine Technology Society will host a competition at the Lincoln City Community Center for 6th grade through college students, who will compete using underwater robots, known as remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), which they designed and built.

The Oregon Regional MATE (Marine Advanced Technology Education) ROV Competition is an annual event that encourages students from across Oregon to learn and apply science, technology, engineering, and math skills as they develop ROVs to complete missions that simulate real-world problems from the ocean workplace. ROVs are tethered underwater robots used in scientific research, ocean exploration, homeland security, the offshore oil and gas industry, and other industries.

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This year’s contest highlights the role that ROVs play in the installation, operation, and maintenance of ocean observing systems, which are collections of high-tech instruments above and below the waves that provide around-the-clock information about what is happening in the ocean. Via fiber optic cable, the data collection equipment continuously communicates information to scientists, engineers and technicians who use it to understand and make predictions about the ocean, coast, and ocean resources. Ocean Observing Systems provide critical information on climate change, toxic algal blooms, tsunamis and other ocean hazards.

Teams participating in the Oregon Regional MATE ROV Competition will perform a variety of underwater mission tasks, piloting their ROV to install a simulated power and communications “hub” and scientific instruments in order to complete a seafloor ocean observatory. They will also remove bio-fouling organisms from instruments and perform maintenance on moorings, among other tasks.

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Teams from Albany, Astoria, Corbett, Corvallis, The Dalles, Eddyville, Lincoln City, Salem, Toledo, Portland, and Waldport are participating in the competition, which will be held from 8:30 to 4:30 on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 2150 NE Oar Place in Lincoln City, Oregon. The public is invited to come out for this event and cheer for their local teams.

The Oregon Regional MATE ROV Program is supported by local sponsors, including the Marine Technology Society, the Oregon Coast Regional STEM Center, Oregon State University’s Pre-College Programs, Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators, the Siletz Tribe Charitable Funds, the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Pro-Build, Advanced Research Corporation, and the NOAA Officers Family Association. Local marine technology professionals volunteer as judges for the competition, evaluating the students’ ROVs, poster displays, and engineering presentations.

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The Oregon Regional MATE ROV Competition is one of 22 regional contests held around the world and managed by the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center. The contest’s winning teams will earn the opportunity to compete in the 12th Annual MATE International ROV Competition, which will be held June 20-22, 2013 at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Washington. 

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 Posted by at 12:50 PM
Apr 192013
 
Crestview School Their 7 & 8th graders at old Waldport High 'til years' end K-6 students will move into the news high school 'til year's end.

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Their 7 & 8th graders at old Waldport High ’til years’ end
K-6 students will move into the news high school ’til year’s end.

We’ve been told that a lot of volunteers heeded the call for help from Crestview Heights school staff to quickly move all the desks and everything needed for the K-6 students to begin school on Monday at their new digs across the way at the new high school. The high school isn’t finished yet, but the district got permission from state education officials to let them use it for K-6 classes until the end of the current school year. Waldport volunteers stepped up and got a small ocean of desks and other supplies across the lawn to the new high school! That’s Waldport for ya!

School district officials say with some re-arranging of certain schedules they believe they can get the kids the full measure of yearly instruction despite the loss of many school days due to the mold that was found in the old walls at Crestview Heights.

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Apr 182013
 
Crestview K-6 students to finish school year at the new Waldport High School next door.  7th and 8th graders to remain at "old" high school down the hill.

Crestview K-6 students to finish school year at the new Waldport High School next door. 7th and 8th graders to remain at “old” high school down the hill.

Temporary classroom space has been secured for the Crestview Heights School elementary students – inside the mostly completed east wing of the new Waldport High School, now under construction just a few feet away.

Approval for temporary occupancy was given Thursday morning after city fire, state electrical, and county building officials inspected the wing, along with the architect, builder and school district officials. The approval means Crestview Heights students, in kindergarten through sixth grade, will return to class at the nearby high school on Monday morning, April 22.

A meeting for parents of Crestview Heights elementary students will take place 6 p.m. tonight at the school. Principal Kelly Beaudry will provide details and answer questions.

Rich Belloni, director of Support Services for Lincoln County School District, says the new high school was the top choice for the classroom relocation, but much work had to be completed in a very short time.

“T. Gerding Construction Co. and Kevin Lindsted, the foreman, did a really good job with making this happen. Without their full cooperation it couldn’t have been done. They really went above and beyond,” Belloni said.

The wing meets safety and building codes, will have drinking water, toilets, heat, intercom, technology, and more. The most obvious thing missing is flooring to cover the concrete. Student drop-off and pick-up will be at the nearby Crestview Heights School, the Crestview Heights cafeteria and kitchen will be available for meals, and the Crestview Heights school office will be open and staffed.

Belloni says he has been assured that the expedited work on the east wing won’t slow down work on the rest of the 58,000-square-foot high school, which is slated to be completed by August.

Mold remediation and repair began at Crestview Heights School on March 22, at the beginning of spring break. It was hoped that the work would be completed by the time school was scheduled to be back in session on April 1. Instead, repairs and remodeling continue at the school, and students are finishing the school year in their temporary classrooms. On Monday of this week, Crestview Height’s seventh and eighth grade students returned to school, at the “old” Waldport High School located on Lower Crestline Drive. They will remain there for the duration of the current school year.

There have been no decisions yet concerning making up missed days of school or other dates and activities on the school calendar. As soon as any decisions are made, parents and the community will be informed.

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Apr 182013
 
Gov. Kitzhaber Oregonian Photo

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Key Education Bills Advance in Legislature

Governor John Kitzhaber today released the following statement as key education improvement legislation began to move through legislative committees in both the House and Senate. The seven bills cover early learning accountability, strategic K-12 investments and post-secondary improvements, all critical to meeting the state’s ambitious 40-40-20 goal (40% of Oregonians with college degrees, 40% with community college degrees and 20% with high school degrees).

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“We’re making real and significant progress on stabilizing school funding this session, but the revitalization and restoration of public education in Oregon isn’t just about a K-12 budget number, it is also about making smart strategic investments from early learning through college and career. This package of education bills improves coordination and gives us the greatest leverage for improvement, including kindergarten readiness, third grade reading proficiency, high school completion, STEM, workforce readiness and teacher effectiveness.”

Governor Kitzhaber’s Legislative Education Package:

House Bill 3232
Makes targeted strategic investments to:
Improve early literacy and ensure students are reading by the third grade.
Create pathways to college and career for Oregon’s underserved students.
Prepare students for the 21st century economy with investments in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

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House Bill 3233
Improves support for quality teaching and learning with increased:
Mentoring for new teachers and administrators.
Recruitment and preparation for new teachers and administrators.
Assistance with curriculum development.
Professional development and training for early learning and primary grade educators.

House Bill 2013
Empowers local communities to respond to early childhood needs and helps ensure children are ready to learn by the time they reach kindergarten by:
Identifying children in local communities with the greatest need.
Linking families with services to address specific needs.
Better coordinating existing programs for kindergarten readiness.
Creating greater accountability for outcomes.

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House Bill 3234
Aligns early learning programs from multiple agencies and commissions by establishing the Early Learning Division within the Department of Education.

House Bill 3120
Streamlines and improves higher education governance to strengthen P-20 coordination and clarify responsibilities with the state in order to ensure accountability for 40-40-20.

Senate Bill 270
Creates the option for institutional boards for Oregon Universities to increase flexibility, autonomy and private investment.

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Apr 122013
 
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Crestview seventh and eighth-grade students will be back in class on Monday, April 15, at Waldport High School. Several Crestview staff members will be at the high school Monday morning to greet their students, show them the way to their new classrooms, and help to smooth the transition.

Crestview elementary students, grades k-6, will be back in class on Monday, April 22. The location of their temporary classrooms will be determined on Thursday, April 18, once site inspections and other details are completed. A meeting for parents of elementary students is planned for 6 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Crestview Heights School.

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Lab results show that the air quality inside Crestview Heights School is good, Lincoln County School District officials said Friday. While repairs and remodeling continue at the school, the plan is for students to finish the school year in temporary classrooms.

On Friday, April 19, community and school volunteers will rally to help teachers move their classrooms into the temporary location. People interested in helping are asked to call the school at 541-563-3237.

Plans for making up the missed days of school have not been finalized.

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Apr 102013
 

Kate Brown Oregon Secretary of State

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Oregon Secretary of State

University of Oregon Eugene

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Oregon State University Corvallis

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Tuition, student debt and faculty workload all need better tracking

Secretary of State Kate Brown today released a performance audit that recommends significant changes to increase accountability in the Oregon University System and its seven universities.

Oregon leaders agree that a college education is a key to the state’s future and are working to strengthen the Oregon University System. The audit report found several areas that can help accomplish the shared goal of a university system that meets the needs of Oregon students.

“We need to know how much it costs to educate an Oregon university student,” said Secretary of State Kate Brown. “We need greater accountability. Improving our higher education system is critical to Oregon’s economic growth.”

The audit highlights several areas to address, including:

Governance. Oregon’s current structure risks creating confusion and a lack of accountability. Governance and authority over higher education needs to be clarified.

Tuition and Fees. Residential tuition and fees increased faster than inflation and increased more than the loss of state funding between 2001 and 2012. Despite increased tuition rates and higher spending by universities, educational spending per student has declined. OUS’s current financial tracking and reporting makes it difficult to understand how many resources are devoted to educational activities. Better tracking of education spending is needed.

Student Debt. Student debt for OUS graduates was on average 9% higher than the national average for the classes of 2005 to 2010. In addition, the heaviest cost burden falls on those with the lowest incomes. However, OUS does not report on the 35% of students who fail to graduate with a bachelor’s degree within six years or started at another institution. OUS should determine and track the unmet need and debt for all students and align programs to provide access and reduce student debt for those most in need.

Research Costs. Tenured and tenure-track faculty at OSU, PSU, and UO are expected to conduct research and non-sponsored costs are absorbed within the department budget. Universities do not track the amount of time that faculty spend on research, teaching, advising, or other duties. OUS and its research universities should account for all research related costs.

Financial Accountability. Oregon universities have taken some steps to control costs but the efforts and results are varied. Budget reports and analyses are not presented to decision-makers in a way that aids evaluation and financial management. OUS universities need to track, report, and evaluate costs across all levels of higher education in order to prioritize spending and improve financial decision making.

Personnel Costs. Personnel costs (salary and benefits) are OUS’s largest expenditure. The Chancellor’s Office cannot analyze actual personnel cost trends in detail without working closely with individual universities. OUS cannot control most of the costs related to health and retirement, which are driven by PERS and the state. However, OUS can control personnel costs in terms of the number and type of employees as well as their job functions. OUS and its universities should closely monitor and routinely report on all personnel costs.

Costs and Enrollment. OUS universities are relying on increased enrollment to help balance their budgets, especially from non-resident students. However, OUS universities do not know the full cost of increasing enrollment. OUS universities calculate the average cost to educate a student; however, they do not include costs associated with increased capacity, such as debt service or capital construction. In addition, admittance of non-resident students has increased while admittance of resident students has slowed and in some cases decreased. OUS and its universities should create a comprehensive enrollment and financial management strategy.

Graduation Rate. Oregon universities admit applicants that are less prepared for college and less likely to graduate. Performance metrics do not represent the entire student body. For those it tracks, OUS has steadily improved the number of degrees granted each year. Apart from the University of Oregon and Oregon State University, the 6-year OUS graduation rate is below the national average for similar institutions. Oregon is less likely to achieve its 40-40-20 educational goal if OUS universities do not increase graduation rates. OUS needs to better assess the effectiveness of student assistance programs and report performance metrics for all students.

To explore the full audit, click here.

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Apr 072013
 
Democrats in State Legislature trying to water down Measure 11 prison sentences to save money for schools

Democrats in State Legislature trying to water down Measure 11 prison sentences to save money for schools

Early on, state legislative leaders and Governor Kitzhaber were listing areas of the state budget that could be cut in order to pump more money into K-12 education. One of them was prison reform, where the idea is to reduce the list of crimes that come with non-reduceable prison sentences.

This week, Democrats in both houses will try to round up enough bi-partisan votes to take three crimes off the voter-approved Measure 11 list: first degree sexual abuse, second degree robbery and second degree assault. But as you’ll read in this article in the Oregonian, it may be a hill too tall to climb for the Democrats. Click here.

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Apr 032013
 

Crestview repair taking longer.  First day of school April 15th.

Crestview repair taking longer. First day of school April 15th.

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Story courtesy LCSD

Mold remediation at Crestview Heights School in Waldport is nearly completed. The next step in the process — scrubbing the ventilation system and testing air quality — will take several more days to accomplish. This means school will remain closed through Friday, April 12.

“We are continuing to work hard to make classrooms ready for school to reopen,” said LCSD Support Services Director Rich Belloni. “We also are moving ahead with the remodeling of the middle school wing, and we took advantage of the school closure to do a bit of spring cleaning throughout the building.”

Belloni points out that there has been no sign of water damage or mold problems at any other district schools during the many classroom construction and remodeling projects during the past few years.
At Crestview, all mold- and water-damaged drywall and framing was replaced earlier this week. More than 50 windows were removed from 26 classrooms, and the openings were covered with plywood, insulation and plastic to make the rooms tight. Crews have been wiping down walls and vacuuming carpets with HEPA vacuums.

The company performing the ventilation cleaning began work on April 3, will work through the weekend, and is expected to be finished by April 10. This will be followed by air sampling, which involves delivering samples to a laboratory in Seattle and waiting for results.

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“The classrooms won’t look very pretty until we can install windows and paint the walls, but they will be clean and dry and ready for students when they return to school,” Belloni said.

Kelly Beaudry, principal at Crestview Heights School, acknowledges the difficult situation the school closure has on families and staff, and expressed her appreciation for everyone’s understanding and patience.

“There have been no decisions yet about when the missed days of school will be made up,” she said. “We will share additional information just soon as it becomes available.”

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Apr 012013
 
Public Forum, Apri  8 7pm CLPUD Public Room

Public Forum, Apri 8 7pm
CLPUD Public Room

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Central Oregon Coast NOW (National Organization for Women) is taking an active role by presenting a panel discussion to which the public is invited addressing: Effects of Bullying, Sexual Harassment, & Dating Violence in our Schools. This forum will bring a local youth focus to sexual violence which, according to a U.S. Department of Justice report, affects nearly 20 percent of our population in their lifetimes. The meeting takes place on Monday, April 8 at 7 PM at the Central Lincoln PUD Meeting Room, 2129 North Coast Highway, Newport. Panelists include:

Jordan Ostrum, a senior at Newport High School and president of the Gay/Straight Alliance for the past two years. Ostrum is active in school and community drama productions as well as PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), and other LGBT-related activities. He’s been a co-leader of several Gay 101 workshop presentations for district schools and community groups.

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Erin Ritchie, a sophomore at Newport High School, and intern for the Newport News Times. Erin is interested in journalism and photography, and has also been in several of CAP’s productions. She is an active participant in Central Oregon Coast NOW because she wants to improve the rights of girls and women in our community.

Majalise Tolan, principal of Newport Intermediate and Isaac Newton Middle Schools, is a certified Olweus Bully Prevention Program trainer. Her schools have implemented this internationally acclaimed program during the last two years with outstanding results. Bully reports are rare now, and the school climate has improved dramatically with students and staff now able to spend far more time on learning.

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Jeanne St. John is a retired Lincoln County School District (LCSD) principal and curriculum director, and PSU education professor, who volunteers with LCSD’s Crisis Response and Bully Prevention Teams. She is co-chair of the Oregon Central Coast chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays) which provides support, education and advocacy for the LGBT community. She is also co-chair of the Interfaith Community for Peace & Justice.

Lincoln County School District is currently studying and revising its district-wide bully/harassment policy to include mandatory reporting and teen dating violence. The issue of teen dating violence is included in the 9th grade health curriculum.

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In addition to discussing Effects of Bullying, Sexual Harassment, & Dating Violence in our Schools, panelists will provide information about the third and final Lincoln County Youth Leadership Academy Conference on April 25 with workshops on communication skills, drug and alcohol prevention, and bully and sexual harassment prevention.
For more information email centraloregoncoastnow@gmail.com or call 541-961-5227. There is no charge to attend.

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 Posted by at 10:21 PM
Mar 072013
 

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Crestview School Science Classroom "before"

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Science Classroom “before demolition”

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Science classroom “after demolition”

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From LC School District
Renovations Under Way at Crestview Heights School

Students and staff at Crestview Heights School have been watching the construction of a brand new high school right outside their classroom windows for the past year. Now, they are seeing construction inside their own building, as classes are relocated, interiors demolished, and renovations begin.

“We are so excited to see work begin inside our school. From the initial planning stages, we knew that some of our space would be used as shared facilities between the new high school and our school,” says Crestview Heights School Principal Kelly Beaudry.

“The plans have changed a bit since the first discussions, and I am extremely pleased with what is happening,” she continued. “This is a great opportunity for us. We will have a shared wing, with shared staff and shared programs. This cost-effective move will benefit our students and staff immensely.”

Crestview Heights School opened in 1997 and serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The footprint of the 72,480-square foot building is in the shape of an X. The new high school is in the shape of a V, with the two corners nearly reaching the elementary/middle school. The space between the two schools will be a common courtyard.

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When Crestview renovations are completed, its southwest wing will be home to:
* Foreign Language classroom
* Multipurpose classroom for Art and Family/Consumer Studies (home economics)
* Band/Music room for grades K-12
* Two computer labs for grades K-8
* Library/media room that is doubled in size for grades K-8
* Expanded Title/Reading classroom for grades K-8

The middle school classes and most elementary classes will swap locations, with grades 5-8 closest to the new high school in the southeast wing, and grades K-4 in the northwest wing.

Shuffling of some of the classes already has begun. A science/math teacher has been moved from the middle school wing to a room at the far southeast corner of the elementary wing; the elementary teacher who had been in that room has been relocated to the northwest wing. The former science/math classroom will be the new art and family/consumer studies classroom.

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Two other middle school classes – language arts and social studies – have been relocated across the hall; their former space will be used for the new music room, computer lab and expanded library area. Beaudry explains that the expanded library will have grades K-4 fiction titles on one end, grades 5-8 fiction titles on the west end, and grades K-8 non-fiction titles in the center. LCSD media specialist Doug Hoffman is helping to design the renovated space to suit the differing needs of the younger and older children.

The student store will be relocated from the southwest wing to the main lobby for more convenient access by students and parents. No other classroom moves are anticipated this school year.

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