Career Night held at Lakeridge
The Lake Oswego School District held its third annual Career Night and Job Fair at Lakeridge High School Wednesday, April 17. More than 50 businesses attended, offering career advice, summer employment and internships for high school students. According to organizer Debbie Hart, the event was another huge success with a large number of students attending as well as engaging with the business representatives throughout the night.
LOSD seeking student school board representatives
The Lake Oswego School District is seeking applicants for two student school board representative positions which will become vacant on June 7, when the current student representatives — Anna Marie Guenther of Lakeridge High School and Penelope Spurr of Lake Oswego High School — will end their one year terms.
Guenther and Spurr were selected by the school board from a pool of applicants, and attended their first meeting as board members in August 2018. Student school board representatives are responsible for attending every board meeting (except executive sessions) as representatives of all students in the district, presenting proposals and opinions from students, and serving as liaisons between students and administrators.
Student representatives can place items on the School Board agenda, but do not vote.
The 2018-19 school year was the first time the district had appointed student members, according to Christine Moses, the LOSD's executive director of communications.
After seeing great results, the district will continue to invite students to the table.
"I have so enjoyed having these two on the board," said Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Schiele at Monday's school board meeting. "It's been so fun to have the students on here and hear their perspective. They're so bright and thoughtful."
Guenther and Spurr were also tasked with revising the application that will soon be available for students interested in applying for their positions.
"We want to have time to have some kind of transition process," Guenther explained to the board. "(Last year) it was a very quick process, and it ended up being great, but we wanted to ensure that these new members have all of the materials necessary to be prepared and feel comfortable on the board when they step into the boardroom for the very first time."
Spurr said they also wanted to make sure the candidates understand the seriousness of the position. "We wanted to make sure that whoever fills the seat is qualified and willing to dedicate the time and effort, because it is a really demanding role," she said. "We edited some of the application questions to appeal more to students."
Applications are available at www.losdschools.org/Page/7113/.
City of LO seeking youth members for advisory boards
The City of Lake Oswego has a program called "Youth Members on Advisory Boards." The City Council will be appointing one youth member to each advisory board, including the Historic Resources Advisory Board, Library Advisory Board, Sustainability Advisory Board, Transportation Advisory Board and Parks, Recreation & Natural Resources Advisory Board.
Positions are available to current sophomores and juniors who reside within the city limits of Lake Oswego. Terms of service are from July 2019 to June 30, 2020.
Interested students should submit an application and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member from their school.
Applications can be submitted from April 1 through May 31 on the city website, under Boards and Commissions.
Interviews will be held Saturday, June 8, with appointments made on July 2.
LOSD to present 'Preparing for the Transition to Adulthood'
On Thursday, April 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. the LOSD's Transition program invites parents of students with disabilities to learn about options for them as they reach adulthood.
Topics covered will include: the importance of vision for the future, post-secondary education opportunities, adult services, employment plans, guardianship, saving options while receiving SSI and more.
The event will feature speakers from Clackamas Developmental Disabilities; Vocational Rehabilitation; Trellis LLC; PCC Disability Services; PSU Career and Community Studies program; Think College; Palladio Planning Group; Guardianship and Able Accounts; RideConnection; and a parent-student panel.
The event will be held in the Staff Development Room, located in Building 2477 on the Lake Oswego High School campus. This building is on the right side of the parking lot as you enter from Country Club Road.
LOSEA donates to learning levy
The Lake Oswego School Employees Association presented a $5,000 check from the statewide OSEA organization to the LOSD school board in support of the LO Learning Levy. "Classified staff are honored to support the levy because it provides stable funding for our students," said LOSEA chapter president Melissa Siegel.
District to host final community learning event
The Lake Oswego School District is its final "LO Learns" community event this weekend. The events are tied to the LO Learning Levy, and are a way for the community to learn about what's going on in the schools, according to Director of Communications Christine Moses.
STEM/Computer Science in the 21st Century will be held 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.