WSD Superintendent Newsletter December 11, 2020 - Volume 1, Issue 9

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WSD Superintendent

MONTHLY NEWSLETTER December 11, 2020

Vol. 1, No. 9

SRO program review process to use equity lens

The Woodburn School District, Woodburn School Board, and Woodburn Police Department have committed to conducting a review of our School Re- Oscar Moreno Gilson Superintendent source Officer WSD@gilson_oscar (SRO) Program using an equity lens. The review will guide our work towards continually improving our support to our students. We want our community to be assured that we value our partnership with our local officers and police department and believe that our partnership is critical to our commitment to keeping students and families safe at school and district-sponsored events. Our partnership is essential during emergencies or crisis interventions. And our collaboration is critical to disrupting systems of racism in our community

and our schools. The review process, developed in coordination with the Woodburn Police Department, will be as follows. Step 1 - Community Survey Shortly, we will be asking various groups to participate in a short survey to provide us with feedback on the School Resource Officer (SRO) program and its impacts on the schools, students, and community. Students, parents and caregivers, staff, and community members will be invited to participate. Step 2 - Focus Groups Next, in January and February, we will be convening small focus groups to review the survey data and provide additional input and suggestions for the team to consider. Focus groups will include current students, alumni, parents and caregivers, school staff and administrators, student

safety and victim advocacy groups, law enforcement members, mental health providers, and community leadership. If you are interested in participating in a focus group, please contact Desiree Kiesel at Step 3 - SRO Work Group Finally, in February, we will convene a group of key communicators for stakeholder groups to review the survey and focus-group data and research on SRO programs from across the country.

We want to assure our school community that we are taking great care to hear all viewpoints as we review this program. We are making intentional efforts to reach out and hear the experiences of all stakeholders. In the meantime, please visit our SRO information page at the district website at http:// for more information, an informational video, along with resources for you to ask questions and leave feedback.

Oregon Statewide Assessment and Accountability Waiver

In a recent announcement, The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) shared that they plan to request a temporary pause to specific statewide assessment and accountability expectations present in the Every Student Succeeds Act [ESSA, Sec. 1111(b)] from the United States Department of Education.

ODE states on its website that “this request is necessary because the assessment conditions required for summative assessment to meet its purposes have been substantially impacted by COVID-19 pandemic, social and political unrest, and other factors.” ODE plans to ask for a temporary pause in English

Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science summative testing for 2020-21. Please take some time to read more about ODE’s plans on their website by clicking here.

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Nutrition Services Department

Chelsea Allen

Nicole Thompson

Evokia Kasachev

Helen Cuddeford

Rebecca Burke

Michelle Shepherd

Jacquelin Mourer Vallejo

Linda Barnes

Maureen Woelke

Rosa Roque

Sherry Hayes

Rosa Calixtro

Superintendent: “Thank you Nutrit for your exceptional service to WSD, ou It fills me with great pleasure that I get an opportunity to recognize WSD’s excellent Nutrition Services team in the Employee Spotlight of this week’s newsletter. I realize school districts usually celebrate the nutrition services department in May during School Lunch Hero Day but honestly, I couldn’t wait until then to shine the spotlight on this wonderful and hardworking team. When WSD schools closed because

of COVID-19, the nutritional service department rearranged their daily work-routines and schedules in some cases to keep their services flowing to our families. Their services are especially important to Title I school districts where daily nutrition is part of the education we provide. Since late March of this year, the nutrition services staff have been preparing thousands of to-go lunches on a weekly basis for pick-up at several of the lunch

curbside pickup spots around WSD. Their weekly schedules vary but on most days they start early at 6 a.m. and begin their routine that feeds thousands of students each week. “Our nutrition staff has been on the front lines serving meals to the families in our community for generations and during this global pandemic, it has been no different,” said Nutrition Services Supervisor Chelsea Allen. “I want to thank my staff for showing up

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Gina Shottenkirk

Maryjane Campos

Margarita Sanchez

Christine Patton

Cindy McGinnis

Bill Moffenbeier

Rebecca Berning

Kimberly Dennis

Valentyna Kovalenko

Darcy Jackson

Alejandrina Zepeda

Hetti Jayanthi

Not pictured: Karey Chaides, Marilyn Barrett and Kathleen Sprague

tion Services Department ur students and their families” for our community. Their resiliency, compassion, and dedication to feeding our students is compelling.” The nutritional services staff, or the “lunch ladies” as most of our students call them, play an important role in the lives of our students. They are usually the first in nourishing our students so they are prepared to learn. Words of encouragement offered at lunchtime go a long way for some students.

As we clearly know, this year has been difficult for all, students, families, teachers, and staff. Our classified staff made sure that our system continued to function smoothly for our students. They adapted to serve the needs of our community, students, and families. Nutritional Service Department, thank you for your hard work and dedication to our community and for being there when WSD has needed you.

Rhonda Barrett

Andrea Arellano

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Teaching, Learning, and Assessment

Dual Language Advisory Board seeking members for committee

WSD Director of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment, Christina Chapman, is in the process of establishing a Dual Language Advisory Board to ensure that our dual language programs continue to be at the forefront of our instructional planning. The Advisory Board will work to ensure district programs reflect the district Strategic Plan and will employ a multilingual perspective and an equity lens to make recommendations for program adjustments as a result of program evaluations. The board will be

a combination of administrators, educators, parents, students and a school board member with a preschool through 12th grade representation of all our language programs. An application process for staff has been opened and will close on Thursday, December 17th. Students and parents are being selected through a nomination process. The first meeting will be on Tuesday, January 5th, from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. The board will typically meet quarterly, but this year will meet more regularly.

You are not alone.

We're here for you, Woodburn.

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