From the Superintendent:
Welcome to Scappoose,
Scappoose School District is a very special place; learning is our focus and a promising
future for our students is our goal as we emphasize
academic progress, personal growth and achievement, and community participation. Scappoose School District K-12 students are continually monitored using District assessments to check literacy and numeracy progress by using tools to diagnose and inform teachers, students and parents. We use these District data to focus the most effective support for student progress in school and in life.
One of our major goals is that all our students be well prepared for success in high school. Students from grade 3 participate in Smarter Balanced Achievement Consortium (SBAC) state assessment at various grade levels in order to qualify for grade 12 graduation. While our English Language Arts (grades) have shown improvement this year, our Math scores declined. As a district we pay close attention to data and are reviewing our approach to math and writing skills.
Scappoose High School will be continuing with multiple dual credit community college courses, as well as continuing an Alternative Education program to keep students in school. We will be beefing up our Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs to be able to provide more relevant Science Technology Engineering & Math (STEM) and Science Technology Engineering Arts & Math (STEAM) opportunities for our students. With the community of Scappoose preparing to host the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center (OMIC), which includes its hosts Boeing Corporation, Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT), Oregon State University (OSU), Portland State University (PSU), and Portland Community College (PCC), we have a mission to prepare our students to be ready to participate in these amazing opportunities.
Our goal is always to focus on maintaining high standards. We are constantly seeking to improve our service. You can help by volunteering, encouraging all students in their studies, monitoring homework, and reaching out to teachers. You are vital partners in our students’ success.
Welcome to Scappoose School District
Why is SHS changing their schedule again?
Last year, a team was put together to look at the transition away from trimesters to semesters. This effort, led by Superintendent Stephen Jupe, was focused on returning yearlong instruction to English and Math. These core subject areas are critical for students to be able to demonstrate proficiency in the Essential Skill areas of reading, writing, and math; all required for graduation. After many months, the team decided to implement our current 8-period rotating block schedule.
However, this new schedule has created several new challenges and concerns: Students are not getting daily instruction in their core classes and they are finding it difficult to juggle and thrive in an 8-period schedule, be they high achieving or simply struggling to earn credit.
These concerns led to the creation of the School Improvement Team at SHS – a diverse team of administrators, counselors, teachers, and classified staff. This team surveyed staff about what they found important in a schedule. The results revealed that teachers value seeing students daily as well having the opportunity to build personal relationships with those students. Staff felt that both were crucial to student success at SHS, especially in the areas of Math and English.
As a result of this data, the team analyzed several schedule options and settled on one we believe provides students with enough credit opportunities to graduate, but also alleviates the overload and anxiety felt by students in the existing block schedule. In addition, it will allow students to see their teachers daily.
Under this new schedule, students will need to be enrolled in a minimum of six classes a semester to graduate. However, this schedule lessens the number of elective choices for students. To address this concern we created two J-Terms (three weeks in length), that will follow each semester. Not only does this solve the elective gap, it also provides students more opportunities for real-world learning.
Schedule for 2016-2017 School Year
We will be on a semester schedule; each semester will be 18 weeks long. The semester will be divided into two different schedules as follows:
September-December (15 Weeks) February-May (15 Weeks)
Students will attend 6 classes every day Students attend 6 classes every day
Classes will be approximately 60 minutes Classes will be approximately 60 minutes
January J-Term (3 Weeks) May-June MJ-Term (3 Weeks)
Students will attend 3 classes every day Students will attend 3 classes every day
Classes will be approximately 100 Minutes Classes will be approximately 100 minutes
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August 22, 2016 - Board of Directors Work Session @ 6:30 p.m. Agenda
September 12, 2016 - Board of Directors' meeting @ 6:30 p.m.
2016-17 School Year Calendar
Student State Assessment - Opt Out information
Attached is a comprehensive list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding state assessments and the ability to opt out. Please note that all requests must be received by the Superintendent no later than two (2) weeks prior to the testing date. New legislation goes into effect January 1, 2016. A new form will be available at that time.
Opt out form - SBAC
Opt out form - Spanish
Opt out form - OAKS Science, ELPA21, Kindergarten and Extended assessments
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Scappoose School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, disability, marital or parental status, or sex in providing education or access to benefits of education services, activities and programs in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended; Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; and Title 11 of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Persons having questions about equal opportunity and nondiscrimination should contact the Director of Student Services or the Superintendent at 971-200-8000. Persons having questions about or requests for special needs and accommodation should contact the Director of Student Services at 971-200-8000. Persons having concerns or complaints about Title IX should contact the Title IX Coordinator, Federal civil rights laws prohibit discrimination against an individual because he/she has opposed any discrimination act or practice or because that person has filed a charge, testified, assisted or participated in an investigation, proceeding or hearing. Superintendent, Stephen Jupe at 971-200-8000.
Discrimination complaint form