Students, community members and parents will convene at high school for first of four public meetings next week

Interim superintendent Joe Morelock announced at the Newberg School District board meeting Sept. 10 that the district would use the strategic planning process as the primary method to engage stakeholders and plot out its future, including how it will go about selecting a permanent lead administrator.

Morelock will lead the district through the process to develop a new strategic plan and is recruiting students, parents, staff and community members to participate in a series of four public meetings beginning next week.

Communications coordinator Gregg Koskela said the district has received a fair amount of interest so far from folks wanting to participate, despite a relatively short time frame ahead of the first meeting, which will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 in the west commons at Newberg High School.

"We're following up with personal invites trying to get key stakeholders involved, including students and parents and the wider community," Koskela said.

While all stakeholders are invited to observe the public meetings, in order to participate in the process itself the district is asking volunteers to commit to attending all four meetings, which will be held at the same time and place Oct. 17, Oct. 24 and Nov. 7.

People interested in participating are being asked to fill out an interest application online at, but as long as they are able to commit to attending all four meetings, Koskela said that stakeholders can also sign up in person prior to the first meeting next week.

An agenda for the meetings has not been released, but Morelock said the process will involve several brainstorming activities early on before organizing, clarifying and prioritizing ideas to be included in the plan.

Morelock recently led the Lake Oswego School District through a similar process before accepting the interim superintendent position in Newberg.

"We would spend that time developing a list of all the kinds of things that people want from their schools," Morelock said. "We'll start with where we think we are now and how do we get to that place in the future. The general process is that you go through a large brainstorming activity and then you take those lists and you sort those as a group."

For more information on the process, call Koskela at 503-554-5014 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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NHS Grad Night raffle set

The Newberg High School Grad Night Committee is holding a series of fundraisers for the Class of 2019 Grad Night Party, including a raffle that features a top prize of $1,000. Raffle tickets can be purchased at home sporting events beginning Friday and through Oct. 18.

Restaurant fundraisers are also scheduled for from 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 18 at La Sierra in Dundee and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 3 at Round Table Pizza in Newberg.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit their page (NHS Grad Night – Newberg, OR) on Facebook.

NHS trade skills open house slated for Friday

Newberg High School will host a Trade Skills Open House from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Friday. The event will also showcase the school's Tiger Manufacturing, welding, integrated design, computer-assisted drafting/computer assisted manufacturing, robotics, horticulture, drama, FFA, culinary, graphic arts, band, orchestra, choir, drama, art and ceramics programs, as well as the new Forest project.

Students will lead visitors through the school, direct parking, run presentations and provide interactive activities and displays for visitors. For more information, email Hadley Massey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

V Foundation golf tournament

For his senior project, St. Paul High School's Zach Brentano is organizing a golf tournament fundraiser to benefit the V Foundation for Cancer Research on Oct. 7 at Chehalem Glenn Golf Course. The putting green and driving range will be open to participants at 11 a.m., with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Dinner following the round is also included. Cost is $60 for St. Paul students or $80 for the general public. For more information, including about sponsorship opportunities, email Brentano at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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