EHS did well when compared to other schools around the state in regards to Graduation Rate data recently released by the Oregon Department of Education. The most often used rates are 4 & 5 year Graduation and Completer Rates. The Graduation Rates for 13-14 (both 4 and 5 year) take into account the % of students that earned a regular or modified diploma in this time frame. The state average for 4 and 5 year graduation rates was 71.98% and 75.90 % respectively. At EHS 79.65% of our students graduated in 4 years and 81.65% graduated within 5 years. Completer Rates take into account students that also earn GED’s for example. The state average for 4 and 5 year Completer Rates were 76.90% and 82.15%, while at EHS those same rates were 82.30% and 86.24%. The staff at EHS continues to work to adapt the services and resources available to families to better meet the needs of our students and community. One of the primary indicators of graduation rates is attendance at school. This is also one of the best and easiest ways parents can support their students throughout High School. Ensuring the school attendance every day is a priority is critical and sends an important message to our students that an education is valuable. Thank you to all the parents that make school attendance a priority. NOTE: If you are confused by the Graduation Rate data in the Register Guard today that shows the FRSD as the lowest in the area with a 56.9% 4 year cohort rate, please be aware that is the result of the EHS rate of 79.65% being combined with the charter school rate (West Lane Technical Learning Center) of 14.04%.
The Fern Ridge School District will join the other 196 school districts throughout Oregon to celebrate January as School Board Recognition Month. Our school board members are selfless, committed and spend countless hours of unpaid time working to provide the best possible education for students in the Fern Ridge School District.
Please join us in thanking these dedicated individuals – Board Chair Andrea Larson, Board Vice Chair Craig Soderberg, Director Sterling Pew, Director Twinkle Morton, and Director David Bolton.
Oregon State law (ORS 327.103) requires that all public schools and districts must meet standards set by the State Board of Education. The Division 22 Standards for K-12 Education within the Oregon Administrative Rules (OARS) includes the rules that describe a “Standard School District.” An Oregon school district, to be standard, must provide acceptable educational opportunities for all Oregon students who reside in the district. To verify compliance with the Division 22 Standards, each year, school districts submit an Assurance form to the Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction signed by the District Superintendent. Additionally, this year, the form highlighted five OARS located in Chapter 581, Division 22. The five areas were: Modified Diploma, Equal Educational Opportunities, Instructional Hours, Teacher and Educator Evaluation and Support, and Complaint Policy. Fern Ridge School District is in compliance with all five of the highlighted OARS. Continue reading
The Fern Ridge School District is seeking volunteers to fill three positions on the Budget Committee. To be eligible for appointment, applicants must 1) live in the district; and 2) not be an officer, agent or employee of the district. No experience or financial background is necessary; the Budget Committee meets two or three times each year.
Please click here for an application or stop by the District Office, 88834 Territorial Road, Elmira. Applications will be received until openings are filled.
The 2nd grade teaching team of Deanna Greene, Corinne Messman, and Angie Pebworth at Veneta Elementary School have been selected as the Veterans of Foreign Wars Teachers of the Year for VFW District 13 for their outstanding work in civic education during the past year. The 2nd grade team worked together to teach students about their local community with field trips to city hall, the Applegate Museum, Zumwalt Park, etc. Their students heard from descendants of some of the Fern Ridge founding families. Local leaders from the community also were guest teachers in their classrooms. The three teachers will be honored at a banquet at the Springfield VFW Post on December 14th. We are very proud of each of them and of the program they put together. Congratulations!!!
It is hard to believe that Winter Break is almost here. This fall has just flown by. It has been six months since I started as the Fern Ridge Superintendent. I want you to know how much I have enjoyed working here, and how very happy I have been to work with both the staff and the community. People have gone out of their way to welcome me, and I am amazed as how many dedicated community members we have who volunteer in so many ways. It speaks to the quality of this community, and the wonderful people who live here. I am honored to be serving as your Superintendent. Thank you for going out of your way to welcome me and work with me. I truly appreciate it. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!! – Dr. Sally Storm, Superintendent
Please come join us for the Holiday Luncheons on Thursday, December 18th at Elmira Elementary School and Veneta Elementary School. Student’s families, including parents, grandparents and other extended family members are cordially invited. Hope you can attend!! Click on the school name for more detailed information.
LCG Pence Construction of Salem, OR has been awarded the contract to provide Construction Manager / General Contractor (CMGC) services for the construction projects at Elmira Elementary and Veneta Elementary. The District received proposals from six firms, which were evaluated by District staff and members of the Citizens Oversight Committee. Ground breaking for the projects will take place in late spring 2015. For more information about the bond projects, click here.
The annual observance of American Education Week honors students, teachers, education support professionals, parents, and community members who help students succeed. Please join us in thanking everyone who works so hard in providing a quality education for the students in the Fern Ridge School District. You are all appreciated.
Reminder – “The District-Wide Sustainability Workshop – How green do we want to be?” is scheduled for this evening, Wednesday, November 12th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the District Administration Office Board Room. Hope to see you there!!!