School board candidates to attend discussion forums
There will be three Lake Oswego School Board candidate forums in the month of April. All three forums will be attended by the three candidates running for school board positions. The forums will present chances for the LOSD community to learn more about school board candidates Kirsten Aird, who is running unopposed for Position 5, Kelly Calabria, who is running for Position 1, and incumbent John Wallin, also running for Position 1.
Ballots arrive in mailboxes in early May for the May 21 school board election.
? River Grove PTO and LO Sustainability Network candidate forum
Thursday, April 11, 7-8:30 p.m.
River Grove Elementary library, 5850 SW McEwan Road.
? LOHS Political Action Seminar candidate forum
Wednesday, April 17, 5:30-7 p.m.
Lake Oswego High School library, 2501 Country Club Road.
? Respond to Racism and LO for LOve candidate forum
Monday April 29th, 6:30-8:30 pm, doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Lake Oswego United Church of Christ, 1111 Country Club Road.
District to host community learning events
The Lake Oswego School District is holding a number of "LO Learns" community events this month. According to Director of Communications Christine Moses, the events are a chance to hear from the experts about what is happening in the schools.
? School Safety and SRO Duties: Saturday, April 20, 11 a.m. to noon at Oak Creek Elementary (55 Kingsgate Road). Guest speakers include School Resource Officer Bryan Sheldon and Dale Jorgensen, Lake Oswego's Chief of Police.
? STEM/Computer Science in the 21st Century: Saturday, April 27, 10 to 11 a.m. at Forest Hill Elementary (1133 Andrews Road). The guest speakers will be Teachers on Special Assignment (TOSAs) Larry Zurcher and Chris Hesselbein.
Lakeridge Junior High to likely be renamed
The Lake Oswego School District intends to rename both Lake Oswego junior high schools to Lakeridge Middle School and Lake Oswego Middle School, respectively. Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Schiele told the school board April 8 that both schools have been acting as middle schools for a long time, and the change is long overdue.
"The schools are middle schools — they are middle school philosophies. They don't act as junior highs," she said.
The biggest difference between the two, according to Schiele, is that middle schools work in teams, not departments. Teachers interact across subjects in order to provide a well-rounded education. "At the middle school they work together to try to educate the whole child," she said.
Schiele said that this change comes at an opportune time for the district, because of the impending remodels on both schools.
"When we rebuild, the idea would be to change the signs at that time," said Schiele.
The LOSD school board did not make a decision on the name change, but made it clear that they support the change and intend to approve it. However, board member Rob Wagner said the district should be cautious moving forward.
"Think about this community on a name change like this. It's going to look like what happened, which is that we didn't engage the community in talking about the name change," Wagner said.
The school board will discuss the name change further at its next meeting on April 22.
Lake Oswego student artists receive high honors
Three Lake Oswego high schoolers, Ronan (Hongsheng) Chen and Myra (Ning-Yi) Wang from Lake Oswego High School, and Nicole Konicke from Lakeridge High School, earned the top three positions in the Congressional Art Competition in Oregon's 5th district.
Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.
Students submit entries to their representative's office — in this case, Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Lake Oswego — and panels of district artists select the winning entries. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.
Ronan (Hongsheng) Chen was the overall winner of the Congressional Art Competition, for her work "A Street," and will be flown to Washington, DC for the ceremony. Her art will hang at Capitol Hill in DC for the year.
Also Myra (Ning-Yi) Wang was the first runner up her piece, "Thoughts of Memory," will hang in Schrader's office in Salem for the year.
Nicole Konicke of Lakeridge High School received the honor of second runner up for her piece, "Untitled."
For more information about the Congressional Art Competition, visit www.house.gov/educators-and-students/congressional-art-competition/.