Beavercreek students help Toy & Joy effort; Early childhood center plans celebration of 10th anniversary; State of the College speeches scheduled; OC teachers receive grants; Learn the essentials of leadership

Children from Beavercreek Elementary volunteered with the Toy & Joy effort to spread holiday cheer to struggling families.Fifth-graders from Beavercreek Elementary volunteered to help with the Toy & Joy project, working alongside adults to make wreaths, organize toy donations, and fill gift orders for families in Oregon City.

The students also earned money for the organization by selling Cups of Cheer, raising $540.

Early childhood center plans celebration of 10th anniversary

In January 2009, the Gladstone School District began an innovative experiment in early childhood education with the opening of the Gladstone Center for Children and Families. This month, the GCCF celebrates 10 years serving Gladstone's youngest students, and the entire community is invited.

The GCCF was created when Danielson's Thriftway grocery store closed and the school district bought the property. After extensive community input on what would make the biggest impact on students, the building was renovated for use as an early childhood center. Besides housing Head Start and other preschool programs, the GCCF also became home to Gladstone's public kindergarten classes.

"What made the GCCF unique was that besides early childhood education programs, the GCCF also houses a broad array of partner agencies that provide on-site, wrap-around services to children and their families," said Superintendent Bob Stewart. "From a public health clinic and a relief nursery to mental health services and social service navigators, the center helps stabilize struggling families so they can better focus on their child's academic success."

The GCCF's mission is threefold: healthy babies, stabilized families and children ready for kindergarten. On-site services run the gamut from dental van visits and public library children's events to a free summer lunch program and GED or job search classes for parents. The long-term results already have been seen in improved third-grade test scores at John Wetten Elementary.

Community members are invited to join the celebration of GCCF's 10th anniversary at an open house from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 18905 Portland Ave.

State of the College speeches scheduled

Clackamas Community College President Tim Cook will hold two State of the College addresses in January. The community is invited to the free events.

Cook will discuss the current state of the college along with upcoming challenges and opportunities, including enrollment, funding and new initiatives.

"When I joined the college as its president last July, I committed to not only serve our students but also the community in the college district," Cook said. "Please join me to learn how the college is growing, as well as how we are adapting to address the community's changing needs."

The State of the College will include an update on CCC's bond projects, which are funded through a $90 million bond passed by the community in 2014; highlights from 2018; the college's impact on the local work force and economy; and challenges in state funding and tuition.

Cook's speeches are scheduled for 8 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at the Harmony Community Campus' Harmony West community room, 7738 S.E. Harmony Road, unincorporated Milwaukie, and at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25, in the Oregon City campus' Gregory Forum, 19600 Molalla Ave. No reservations required.

OC teachers receive grants

Northwest Community Credit Union surprised five Oregon City School District educators with check presentations last month.

The teachers received a cumulative total of $4,000 for instructional support in featured projects:

? Candy Lane Elementary School ($600): Ewa Bleszinski's mini-grant will purchase books and materials to help with writing skills.

? Holcomb Elementary School ($900): Kristin Ventura-Stein will use her Project Community grant to purchase science supplies for co-teaching English language learners.

? John McLoughlin Elementary School ($700): Kathleen Law's funding will purchase multisensory reading and speaking materials for her students, particularly those with dyslexia.

? Ogden Middle School ($1,500): William Coltrin's Project Community funding will purchase a machine to teach advanced design skills to woodshop students.

? Jennings Lodge Elementary School ($300): Philippa Hill will use her mini-grant to buy Spanish language books for their school library to support the school's Spanish immersion goals.

Learn the essentials of leadership

To help new or midlevel leaders gain and refine the managerial skills needed to meet their professional goals, Clackamas Community College will offer a new Leadership Essentials course, beginning Feb. 5.

During the 13-week course, participants will learn about communication, delegation, building and sustaining trust, resolving workplace conflict, maximizing team performance, goal setting, human resources essentials and how to address poor performance.

"Our leadership development programs at CCC will enhance the performance of leaders," said Lisa Davidson, executive director of CCC Connections with Business and Industry. "This course will have a lasting impact on customers, employees and, ultimately, transform business."

Throughout the course, participants also will meet with workplace mentors to review their learning and workplace application exercises. Upon completion of the course, participants will receive an Oregon noncredit training certificate.

Leadership Essentials is instructed by Tenora Grigsby, who is an experienced manager, coach, facilitator and trainer who has helped individuals at all levels build their leadership skills.

Classes are 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 5 through mid-July, at Clackamas Community College's Wilsonville campus. The cost is $1,995.

To register or for more information, call 503-594-3200 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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