School notes for June 19
The Oregon City School District was honored with the Super Heart Hero Award from Clackamas County's Department of Health, Housing and Human Services. The award celebrates work on suicide prevention that began in 2017.
"We formed a suicide intervention task force after seeing the increase in youth suicides nationally and the increase in suicidal ideation among our students," said Community Education Supervisor Laura Poore.
The team developed a comprehensive suicide prevention plan to provide staff with warning signs, school protocols, screening tools and ways to communicate with parents. Last fall, they brought "Question, Persuade, Refer" suicide prevention training to nearly every school district employee, teaching them to identify people experiencing suicidal thoughts and guide them to supports.
The district, in partnership with Clackamas County Behavioral Health, provided all counselors, psychologists and at least one administrator per school Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, an in-depth course to support a consistent screening process for students who show warning signs.
"Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people, and it is extremely important that we provide preventative supports for all students and interventions for students who need them," said Kyle Laier, the assistant superintendent. "I've been inspired by our team's efforts to create a comprehensive plan and the urgency to get it into practice. They deserve all the credit for this recognition."
Kids get free meals
Summer meal programs are open to all children ages 1-18 across Clackamas County. Programs are sponsored by local school districts and funded by the federal government.
All sites will be closed July 4. Schedules are listed below:
Gladstone Center for Children and Families, 18905 Portland Ave, is open from 11 a.m.-noon Mondays-Fridays, through Aug. 16. Closed July 5. Children's events are from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays.
Kraxberger Middle School, 17777 Webster Road, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, through July 11. Closed July 5. Middle School KAOS club, 9 a.m.-noon daily.
Dates for all locations: Monday-Friday, through Aug. 23; closed July 4 and 5.
Holcomb Elementary School, 14625 S. Holcomb Blvd., lunches served from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Gardiner Middle School, 180 Ethel St., breakfast from 7:45-8:45 a.m., lunch from 11 a.m.-noon
Eastham Community Center, 1404 Seventh St., breakfast 7:45-9 a.m., lunch from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Candy Lane Elementary, 5901 S.E. Hull Ave, Jennings Lodge, breakfast from 8-9 a.m., lunch from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Rivercrest Park, 131 Park Drive, lunch from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Kingsberry Heights Apartments, 14290 S. Marjorie Lane, lunch from 12:15-1:15 p.m.
Grocery Outlet, 878 Molalla Ave., lunch from noon-1 p.m.
Oregon City Terrace, 600 May St, lunch from noon-1 p.m.
Ardenwald Elementary, 8950 S.E. 36th Ave., Milwaukie, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, June 21–Aug. 23.
Oak Grove Elementary, 2150 S.E. Torbank Road, 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, July 9–Aug. 1.
Oak Lodge Library, 16201 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd., 12:30-1:15 p.m. Thursdays, June 20-Aug. 8
Wichita Center, 6031 S.E. King Road, Milwaukie, noon-1 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, June 20–Aug. 15.
Lot Whitcomb, 7400 S.E. Thompson Road, unincorporated Milwaukie, noon-12:45 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, July 22–Aug. 9. Closed July 5.
Town Center Station Apartments, 8719 S.E. Monterey Ave., unincorporated Happy Valley, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, June 24–Aug. 1
Oak Grove Boys & Girls Club, 1901 S.E. Oak Grove Blvd., noon-1 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, June 24–Aug. 16. Closed July 5.
The following schools will serve breakfast from 9-9:40 a.m. and lunch from 12-12:50 p.m. Aug. 13-15 and Aug. 20-22: Ardenwald Elementary; Oak Grove Elementary; Lot Whitcomb Elementary; Lewelling Elementary, 5325 S.E. Logus Road, Milwaukie; Riverside Elementary, 16303 S.E. River Road, Oak Grove.
For all sites visit SummerFoodOregon.org or dial 2-1-1.
All youths are welcome, regardless of race, national origin, sex, religion, language, disability, income or culture.
Gladstone students, staff appear in Netflix series
People are excited about the June 14 premiere of a new series called "Trinkets" that was filmed last fall at Gladstone High School.
The series, based on the novel by Kirsten Smith, tells the story of three teen girls who meet in a shoplifters anonymous group. The trio finds strength in one another as they navigate family issues, high school drama and the complicated dilemma of trying to fit in while longing to break out.
Most filming was done on weekends last fall, when the school building was closed. Gladstone High students, including the cheer squad, had the opportunity to be extras in the film. Duncan Harris was paid for his acting role, and drama teacher Emmett Pearson-Brown had a few lines. Principal Kevin Taylor made a cameo appearance in the final episode.
GHS alumna May Saelee returned to Gladstone for the filming and found work as a stand-in and background extra. "Filming 'Trinkets' was such an amazing experience, and I wouldn't trade it for anything, " she said. "I learned a lot."
"This was an amazing opportunity for our students to explore careers in entertainment," Taylor said. "Duncan Harris was paid for his acting role in the series, and Jordyn Maresh did a job shadow with the hair and makeup crew. Senior Kelley Grant spent two days shadowing the director, and now plans to make this her career."
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