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  • 2018-19 30-Day Notice for Statewide Tests and Opt-Out Form
    Parents/guardians who wish to opt their child from the Oregon English Language Arts (ELA) or Mathematics tests in 2018-19 may download and use the packet/opt-out form below or obtain it from their schools office. 
    Summative Assessment Information Packet, Including Opt-Out Forms:
    This assessment packet contains:
    • Oregon Department of Education 2018-19 30 Day Notice for Statewide Tests
    • Oregon Department of Education Opt-Out Form (for Smarter Balanced ELA and Math)
    Please sign and return the forms included in the packet to your child's school office. Families are encouraged to submit the form by February 1, 2019, but will be accepted at any time. School staff members will submit the form to the district office. If a form is submitted after a student has begun testing, the student may stop testing but items answered up to that point will be scored and the student may still receive an overall score and/or performance level. 


    Three Lakes Students Make Veteran’s Day Gifts in New Fabrications Lab
    From: Joy Koenig

    Three Lakes High School Students helped celebrate Veterans who work at Oak Creek with hand-made tokens of appreciation. The students produced tote bags with a custom design, created by student Jenna M., by cutting out heat transfer vinyl with a vinyl cutter. They then used their new heat press to affix them to the totes.

    Pictured from the left are: Natalie, Cheyenne, Jenna, Hallie and Josefina. Marcia Latta, Career and Fabrication Lab instructor, stated: “This was a community effort. We received the request from Mike Riggan, OYA Superintendent of the Oak Creek, to honor all who have served and who are, in essence, still serving here. All students helped produce the bags, from concept to materials testing to application. These students are enrolled in my Adobe Illustrator College Nowcourse.”
    The Adobe Illustrator College Now course is one of the many dual credit options Three Lakes offers in partnership with Linn Benton Community College.

    “The students said enjoyed using their new skills to help recognize veterans on the staff, and they have enjoyed learning the new tools. Many have expressed interest in careers related to design or manufacturing,” stated Latta. “We look forward to many more opportunities to celebrate the success of our youth in this program. Recognizing our Veteran’s is a great way to start.”
    Above: OYA Employee and Veteran Scott B.

    The vinyl cutter was provided to the school by the Oregon Fab Lab through an Oregon Department of Education grant. The school purchased the other tools, including a laser engraver, printer / cutter and the heat press, with high school success (originally called Measure 98) funds.


    Wheatley Partners with Helensview  to Fund School Dance

    Student-made sweatshirts for sale 

    Wheatley School is having a fundraiser to help pay for the upcoming student spring dance. Helensview School will be screen printing the design. All orders will be student made to fund a student event.

    To support MESD schools, preorder today. Please include cash with the form below filled out and send to (or drop off at) the Wheatley School Front Office, 14030 NE Sacramento Street, Portland, OR 97230.
    Orders will be accepted until November 30, 2018.
    For more information please contact Amie Corrigan:
    Wheatley School Sweatshirt Order FormDownload Order Form


    I Am MESD: Cornelius excels at Helensview School
    From: Jaime Dunkle

    Cornelius, a sixteen-year-old junior who is already taller than most of his peers, struggled with school attendance and achievement before he enrolled at Helensview School. His demeanor is warm and kind, despite his towering height. He exudes confidence and has a sense of groundedness that feels contagious. This time, he’s in the vice principal’s office to tell his story, not to face consequences. With a proud smile, he reclines on the vice principal’s couch. He says he has the option to graduate early, in less than two years of enrollment at Helensview.

    “I used to just daze off in bigger classes and now I focus more,” Cornelius said about his school experience before Helensview.

    He attended Reynolds High School his freshman year and didn’t feel like the environment fostered his education.

    “I didn’t like getting sent to the office 24/7 and being in trouble,” he said. “It just wasn’t me.”

    If Cornelius doesn’t feel receptive at school now, and needs time to check out, Helensview allows it, within a trauma-informed framework.

    “They’ll just tell you to check in and talk to someone in the front so you can talk it out,” he said. “If they know you ain’t really having a good day, they’ll let you sit somewhere for five to 10 minutes, then let you go back to class.”

    Ebony, Cornelius’s mother, described Helensview as more structured than what she was used to, especially in terms of disciplinary practices.

    “They’re not always suspending students and [Helensview] holds them accountable in a more inclusive way,” she said. “It’s not about sending students home; it’s about students building positive choices.”

    She said the student population gave her concerns because some students have experienced detainment and/or incarceration.

    “But it can also be a teachable moment for him,” she said.

    Her son has made noticeable strides in the last two school years, particularly in his overall approach to difficult situations, namely conflict.

    Cornelius comes from what his mother described as a well-structured home with ample support, although his father is not active in his life.

    “He has more exposure to other men who represent his own culture, which can empower him,” she said. “That’s something I needed as a parent because he’s getting older.”

    Cornelius said he didn’t have a good rapport with teachers before Helensview.

    “Here, I bond with the teachers,” he said. “They vibe with me and have that same positive vibe.”
    He said he gets more support from teachers and staff at Helensview, especially with math. His math classes were at grade levels below his own, but now he’s on track.

    “I’m up there now because the teacher is able to help you, one-on-one, because it’s not a big class,” he said.

    Helensview School emphasizes hands-on learning and focuses on individual student needs so as to create a wide-ranging learning environment for an array of high-school and middle-school students. The school cultivates student engagement and builds relationships between students and their communities. The school and its community partners collaborate to open unique learning pathways for youth.

    The Chill Program, for example, teaches leadership and personal growth via direct experience in snowboarding, skateboarding, surfing, and stand-up paddleboarding. Cornelius’s first program at Helensview was skateboarding with Chill, then he went on to the snowboarding class.

    “At first, I didn’t really want to do it, but then my friends inspired me to go with them,” he said.

    Chill led to a paid internship with Summer Works at the Community Cycling Center, which transpired to a regular part-time job repairing and building bikes. When asked how he navigates school and work he said, “It’s really not that hard.”

    “You just got to find the right job for you that fits your schedule with school,” he said.

    Both Helensview Vice Principal Dan Cohnstaedt and Community Cycling Center Mechanic and Education Coordinator Andrea Chiotti recognize Cornelius’s keen aptitude for engagement.

    “Similar to classes, he makes sure to have interactions with all of the mechanics at the Cycling Center,” Andrea stated in email. “Because of that, he has built positive relationships, and people are eager to work with him, joke with him, give him advice, and support him.”

    Dan echoes that one of Cornelius’s strengths is his willingness to build relationships.

    “He shows up and he tries,” Dan said.

    Andrea described Cornelius as kind and involved. He has a knack for letting people know they’re valued. He’s also not timid about sharing his own needs.

    “For example, if he is having a hard day, he will tell me that he may be withdrawn and that he would prefer to work more solo,” Andrea stated. “I think that shows self-reflection, self-respect, and a respect for those around him.”

    When asked where he sees himself in five years, Cornelius daydreamed about owning a house, a car and a motorbike.

    “But what do you want to do when you graduate?” Dan asked him.

    “I really want to be in a fraternity,” Cornelius said.

    “So you want to go to university?”


    Cornelius continued with his aspirations to become an auto mechanic but also said he wants to work at the Juvenile Detention Home like his grandfather. In the meantime, he plans to attend a college prep class and a career class that doubles as a paid internship and dual high school/college enrollment.

    “I want to graduate and go to college,” he said about immediate goals.

    The Multnomah Education Service District aims to spotlight student and parent perspectives. In an effort to do so, we’ll be checking in with Cornelius and the people who impact his life throughout the year.

    Oak Creek Welcomes Families for Third Annual Family Night Event
    From: Marcia Latta

    Every fall, Three Lakes and Riverside high schools welcome families for an evening of fun fall activities at the annual Oak Creek Family Night. This year, more than 100 family members came to Oak Creek last week to spend an evening with students and learn about new programs at the schools. Family attendance has grown each year. Last year, there were 52 family members at the event.
    Families and students had an opportunity to meet school and site staff, enjoy snacks, view student art, and participate in activities including pumpkin painting, flower arranging and a photo booth that allowed them to take home a laser engraved frame decorated in the school’s new fabrication lab.
    Oregon Youth Authority Superintendent Mike Riggan highlighted efforts to continue expanding opportunities for students. “Seven years ago, education was revamped and continues to improve,” he said. “With MESD, we have qualified teachers, a focus on credit remediation, access to technology and have expanded certificate and vocational education programs – starting with two and growing to 12 different certifications. It took a lot of work and investment, but it has been great for our youth.”
    The schools also celebrated recent achievements. So far this year, nine students have completed their high school graduation requirements and two students have been accepted at Oregon State University.
    MESD Superintendent Sam Breyer also attended and supported at the Pumpkin Painting station. He stated, “I’m impressed by the school team and your dedication! I enjoyed talking with students and families and watching your meaningful interactions with the students.”
    “All of our efforts are about helping students succeed,” said Principal Joy Koenig. “We understand that involving and partnering with families will help students be successful. It is an honor to work with such a delightful staff who cares about ensuring progress for every student.”

    Stronger Together: Four Creeks and Knott Creek Schools


    Stronger Together: Four Creeks and Knott Creek Schools from Laura Conroy on Vimeo.

    Four Creeks and Knott Creek schools provide educational programs for elementary students on IEPs who have had persistent behavior challenges in school. Students learn new social and academic skills and strategies to prepare them for school success. Four Creeks and Knott Creek schools serve students from Multnomah County and other school districts by contract and operate on a continuum system. There are four phases with clear academic and behavioral expectations. The ultimate goal is for them to return to a regular school placement.






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    Applicants sought for vacancy on Multnomah 
    Education Service District Board of Directors

    May 22, 2017
    The Multnomah ESD Board of Directors is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy   (At Large Position #6) on the Board.  Applicants must be residents within the Multnomah ESD boundaries which are approximately those of Multnomah County.  To confirm residency in the MESD boundary area, contact the Multnomah County Elections Office, (503) 988-3720.  Multnomah ESD is a regional education agency providing special education, school health services, alternative and outdoor education, technology and other support services to the eight public school districts in Multnomah County.  

    Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on June 30, 2017.  For more information contact the MESD Board Secretary, 503-257-1504; email at  You can download application materials here (Notice) and here (application). Interview will be conducted at a Special Session meeting of the Board on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. 

    Public Notice of a Supplemental Budget Hearing

    May 3, 2017
    A public hearing on a proposed supplemental budget for the Multnomah Education Service District for the current fiscal year will be held at 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, OR 97220 in the Board Room on the 16th day of May, 2017 at 6:30pm. The purpose of the hearing is to discuss the supplemental budget with interested persons. A copy of the supplemental budget document may be inspected or obtained in the Business Office at 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, OR 97220 between the hours of 8:00am and 4:30pm. 

    You can view the Public Notice HERE

    MESD Milestones of Achievement Celebration

    April 20th, 2017
    Join us for the 2017 Milestones Celebration on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 3:45pm in the MESD Auditorium! Click HERE for more information.


    Board Candidate Reception at MESD on April 18, 2017

    On Tuesday, April 18th at 5:00 p.m. there will be a reception in the auditorium at the Ainsworth building for the MESD Board Candidates that have filed to run for the four Board positions up for election on May 16th.  This is a casual opportunity for you to meet the candidates and ask them questions prior to the Board Regular Session meeting at 6:00 p.m.
    For more information about the candidates, please see the Voters' Pamphlet for the May 2017 Special District Election, HERE.   

    2017 OEA Choice Trust School Employee Wellness Conference

    OEAC17 April 6, 2017
    Seven MESD employees attended the OEA Choice Trust School Employee Wellness conference in Bend March 26-28.  This is the largest contingent we've had! Because we registered as a team, MESD was entered into a raffle to win $200 to spend on employee wellness in our organization.  We won! More importantly, participants made great connections and got good ideas that we can put to use in our Employee Wellness Program. For more information, send an email to
    (Pictured left to right: MESD conference participants Elana Emlen, Suzanne Briggs, Cindi Brokaw, Sean Woodard, Leanne Mixa Bettin)

    Approved Budget 17-18  

    Public Notice of upcoming MESD Budget Committee Meetings

    March 27, 2017
    The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 6:00 pm. For more information, please review the Public Notice, HERE.  

    Strategic Plan Video Update
    March 15, 2017

    Rigor and Relevance for Deeper Learning

    March 7, 2017
    Literacy superstar Carol Jago visited MESD today to speak to a group of 45 grade 6-12 instructional coaches and teachers as part of our Secondary Literacy Coaches' Network.

    Carol is associate director of the California Reading and Literature Project at UCLA and author of many professional books on teaching and learning in the literacy classroom.

    This free presentation for educators is made possible through our partnership with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
    Carol Jago 2 Carol Jago 3  Carol Jago  

    Happy Classified Employee Appreciation Week!

    March 6, 2017

    Strategic Plan Video Update

    February 21, 2017

    "Literacy and Pursuit of Equity" event at MESD

    Event Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017  •   8:00 am – 2:30 pm

    Multnomah ESD • 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle • Portland, Oregon

    Presenter: Amelia Van Name Larson, Vice President of Innovations and School Supports at American Reading Company
    Amelia Van Name Larson Students’ literacy experiences help shape what they imagine to be possible. Gender, race, perspectives, and volume matter. Indeed, representation matters, because what they see and read shape what they imagine to be possible for people who look like them, live where they live, or come from where they came from. There is strong evidence for building classroom libraries to include books where ALL students will find mirrors (which reflect themselves), windows (which show them a larger world), or sliding glass doors (which encourage social action).
    $29 registration fee (includes lunch)
    Registration is required: Register Here

    Women, Metals & Manufacturing

    January 25, 2017
    Submitted by Marcia Latta

    Riverside High School students joined students from five mid-valley high schools at the the second annual Women, Metals and Manufacturing Day at Linn Benton Community College on January 20, 2017.

    The event is sponsored by the Albany Chamber of Commerce Pipeline to Jobs initiative, LBCC and local manufacturers to encourage women to explore training opportunities for careers in manufacturing and skilled trades.

    Students attended two of five hands-on workshops in training programs offered by LBCC, including Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (CADD), Machine Tool Technology, Welding and Fabrication, Mechatronics Industrial Maintenance and Non-Destructive Testing. 
    Carissa and Charlie  Carissa
    (Pictured at left: Students Carissa and Charley in the Mechatronics workshop; pictured at right, Student Carissa)

    OEA Choice Trust funding continued for MESD's Employee Wellness program!

    January 18, 2017
    MESD has been awarded a third year of continued funding ($20,040) from the OEA Choice Trust for our employee wellness program in 2017.  Some of the activities that will be supported include: MESD’s basketball team in the Portland league; a wellness program Exercise Room Exercise room orientation video; Yoga and other exercise classes; continuation of Walker Tracker and other fitness challenges; the Newsletter; workshops; site potlucks; the Ainsworth garden; reduced price massage at University of Western States; and more!  

    Elana Emlen and Suzanne Briggs are the Employee Wellness Co-Coordinators and can be reached at  The Employee Wellness Committee will be researching and implementing more ways to make the program useful to all MESD employees, no matter where they work.  The Committee meets on the first Thursday of each month 3:15-4:15, in person and by phone participation. (Pictured: OEA Choice Trust funding has helped pay for new exercise spaces at MESD, like this one!)

    Math educators participate in workshop presented by Robert Kaplinsky

    January 5, 2017
    Educators gathered on January 5th to learn from Math Coach Robert Kaplinsky as part of the MESD’s Mathematic and Coaching Leadership Network (MCLN). The morning's topic was “Rethinking the Choices We Make in Mathematics Instruction” and the afternoon's topic Robert Kaplinsky was “Exploring Problem Based Learning,” Robert is recognized as a leader in the mathematics community.  

    In responding to questions on an online feedback form, participants had the following to say:

     “Thank you, Robert, for being relevant and practical while presenting transformational teaching philosophies and strategies.”
     "Excellent presenter. I would attend a presentation by him again. Lots of 'the why' and also many immediate, practical things I can attack as soon as I get back to the office."
    For upcoming Training Events, click here!

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    Successful School Re-Entry Starts with Community Collaborations
    From: Jaime Dunkle


    MESD's Alison Kestel and Ben White speak with a fair attendee.

    MESD's Alison Kestel and Ben White speak with a fair attendee.

    Education-based youth services rely on interagency connectedness, especially in terms of successful re-enrollment for transitioning students.

    As a way to facilitate networking between groups that often provide support to the same students, sometimes unknowingly, Portland Public Schools invited community partners, including the Multnomah Education Service District, to join the recent PPS Resource Fair on October 10 at the Rice School in Portland.

    Representatives of Bars to Bridges, the Donald E. Long School, and the MESD Hospital School Program shared some of the more obscure yet vital work of the MESD agency.
    The MESD Bars to Bridges project’s core focus is education. As a recipient of the African American and Black Student Success grant, B2B supports African American, Black and Multi-race students as they transition from detainment or incarceration to school settings.

    B2B Transition Specialist Aaron Kincy shared information about B2B at the fair and anticipates attendees left knowing more about the intricacies of the educational support B2B offers students.

    School administrators, counselors, psychologists, and social workers networked at the event. These are the school personnel transition specialists engage with on a regular basis. Building these relationships ahead of time can assist in a more effective transition for students.

    “I hope to further connect with Portland School District because a lot of the clients we serve go back to the PPS area,” Kincy said. “We would like to connect clients with as many resources as possible to help them be successful in their education.”

    Mental health was the main focus of the fair, according to Allison Kestel, a teacher at Randall Children’s Hospital, which is part of the MESD Hospital School Program. She said many of the counselors and social workers were interested in how the program expands to any student in the hospital, not just students at the two adolescent psychiatric units.

    “Many people were unaware that these services for students even existed,” said Kestel. “You could see the counselors’ minds thinking about how this currently affects, or could affect, some of their students.”
    The MESD Hospital School Program offers educational services to inpatient and outpatient students receiving medical care. The hospital program also provides transitional support, according to Kestel.

    Kestel works with PPS regularly and appreciates having an avenue to offer a program overview before making contact regarding a student.

    “I would love to see MESD host a similar event for our partner school districts to help them understand the programs and supports we have,” she said.

    Oak Creek student earns college credit with CLEP test
    From: Marcia Latta

    Hannah W. at computer

    In September, Hannah W., a college student at Oak Creek YCF, passed the first CLEP test administered at the site. CLEP, College-Level Examination Program, allows students to earn college credits for their existing academic knowledge through a proctored proficiency-based exam. CLEP scores are accepted at colleges around the country.

    Hannah chose to test in precalculus, the equivalent of college math 112. The course is a requirement for her bachelor’s degree in economics at Oregon State University, where she is enrolled through the dual partnership program at Linn Benton Community College. She expects to finish her associate’s degree requirements by the end of the school year.

    A CLEP test is meant to be challenging. Students take it to earn credit in lieu of enrolling in a course. The test assumes they know the content. To prepare, Hannah reviewed study guides and accessed online college-level math texts. She also reviewed course notes from the Math 111 class that she took online at LBCC. “I studied my notes,” she said. “The test had a lot of exponents and logarithms that were the same concepts. For trigonometry, it’s basically algebra with shapes, so it was review.”

    She said she did an estimated 15 hours of independent study to prepare. “It wasn’t what I expected,” she said. “The study guide made it look harder than the test. It wasn’t as overwhelming once I started.”
    To take a CLEP test at Oak Creek, students are required to complete a course in the subject area and review the official CLEP study guide.

    “This is a great program for our students,” said Principal Joy Koenig. “It lets students maximize their college opportunities after they do the work. We want them to be successful, and the best way to do that is to be prepared.”

    Hannah said she would encourage other students to take a CLEP test, but she said preparation is the key to passing. “If they are willing to put in the work to study, they can pass,” she said. “I think people get bored trying to learn new things because you have to stick with it. If you stick with it, you’ll be fine.”

    Three Lakes and Riverside high schools have a growing number of college and career training opportunities to earn both high school and post-secondary credits. In the last two years, the schools have developed new opportunities for students to earn college credits through College Now dual credit programs with Linn Benton Community College and through programs available on site through distance education and on-campus courses.

    “We are building a college and career culture,” said Principal Joy Koenig. “We want students to be exposed to a variety of opportunities that allow them to define their goals and make progress toward college degrees or training programs.”


    Stronger Together: October
    Produced by: Jaime Dunkle
    Featuring: Team members of Bars to Bridges and Donald E Long School

    Stronger Together: B2B and DEL from Laura Conroy on Vimeo.

    Stronger Together: October
    Stronger Together is a year-long initiative focused on the MESD value of collaboration. The initiative features multi-disciplinary MESD teams and their work supporting students.

    MESD TRiO Alumni makes PCC President's list
    From: Geof Garner & Laura Conroy

    Ezra with list
    Ezra Watson, an Alliance at Benson and MESD TRIo program participant is on the PCC President’s list and getting a 4.00 after two terms and loving MESD's TRiO program at PCC Cascade.

    Ezra and Geof

    Alternative Pathways, a program of the Multnomah Education Service District, is an educational program designed to assist alternative high school students who are the first in their family to go to college, are from low-income families, and/or who have the potential to succeed in postsecondary education. Our goal is to increase the number of youth who graduate from high school or earn a GED and enroll in a postsecondary institution. To achieve that goal we provide students with academic, career, social, and cultural opportunities. We have been in alternative high schools throughout Portland since 1998.

    Ezra's name on the list
    Alternative Pathways employs two advocates, one director, and one administrative assistant to deliver services to nine area alternative high schools and programs: Alliance High School, Centennial Learning Center, Helensview High School, New Avenues for Youth, Open Meadow High School, POIC / Rosemary Anderson High School, Portland YouthBuilders and Reynolds Learning Academy.


    MESD staff support Northwest Disability Supports Association at annual Buddy Walk

    MESD team members: Steve Müller - Burlingame Creek, Tina Hethcoat-Schiebelhut - Wynne Watts, Alyse Drake - Wheatley, Karie Stratton - Wheatley, Sam Breyer- MESD, Kammy Breyer - MESD / Gresham Barlow. Other members: Müller family and friends.

    Buddy Walk Participants

    Buddy Walk Participants

    Buddy Walk Participants

    Buddy Walk Participants


    Our partners at OHSU Doernbecher sat down with Hospital School Program teacher Jane Albertson to learn more about how the Hospital School Program works, whom it serves and why partnerships – both in and out of the hospital – are so important.


    MESD opens Four Creeks School
    Four Creeks School
    Multnomah ESD, in cooperation with Reynolds School District, has opened Four Creeks School. The school is an expansion of the social-emotional skills program commonly known as “the Creeks” that operates at Arata Creek, Burlingame Creek, Knott Creek, and now, Four Creeks School. Kari Sanders, previously Principal at Arata Creek, Burlingame Creek and Knott Creek schools has accepted the position as Principal of Knott Creek and Four Creeks schools. Delia Morgan has been selected as administrative assistant for Four Creeks School.

    Four Creeks School
    Kari Sanders, Principal
    Delia Morgan, Administrative Assistant
    Address: 14513 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97233
    Phone: (503) 328-0420 

    Handmade Quilts Symbolize Resilience
    From: Jaime Dunkle

    Quilt Patience. Resiliency. Dedication. Follow-through. All from a quilt.

    Students handmade their own expressive quilts via the instruction of Patty Coble in the Assessment and Evaluation program for girls at the Donald E. Long School during the 2017-18 school year. The quilts are more than functional art; they’re tangible representations of the skills the girls can bring with them into their lives.

    Each stitch signifies perseverance.

    “Many of [the students] had to tear their squares out and try again,” Coble said.

    Quilt Each girl made their own quilt, which can take days—sometimes weeks—to produce.

    Initially, students approached the quilt-making project with reluctance, telling Coble they “can’t do this.” Over time, they built self-confidence at the sight of their own creation.

    Coble said her favorite part of the quilt-making class is “seeing the girls light up when they can actually sew and finish something.”

    The students were introduced to new skills, one of which may be a positive way to cope with stress. Handcrafting goods can have psychological benefits, according to Kelly Lambert, a neuroscientist at the University of Richmond.

    Quilt “If you're making something and painting or cooking and putting things together, and you're using both hands in a little bit more creative way, that's going to be more engaging for the brain,” Lambert said in a report to CBS News.

    Lambert coined a term for this hands-on coping technique.

    "I made up this term called 'behaviorceuticals,' instead of pharmaceuticals, in the sense that when we move and when we engage in activities, we change the neurochemistry of our brain in ways that a drug can change the neurochemistry of our brain," she said in the same report.

    Quilt Quilt-making incorporates other elements of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math), aside from the first letter. Sewing technology and quilting as an art form relies on math as a foundation.

    “If we’re adding borders, [the students] have to measure both ends of the quilt,” Coble said. “We take those measurements and divide it, but it may not always fit.”

    Coble said it’s not uncommon for students to rip out seams and start over with new measurements.

    “There’s a lot of math involved in making a quilt,” Coble said. “But it’s also about persistence.”

    Peterson's Appointment Creates All-Female Board, a First in MESD History
    From: MESD Communications

    Denyse Peterson

    MESD is pleased to welcome Denyse Peterson as its newest board member. Ms. Peterson was appointed to the board in June and participated in her first meeting at the board's regular monthly meeting in July.

    With Ms. Peterson's appointment, the MESD board now consists of all female directors, a first in MESD history.

    Susie Jones, 2018-2019 Chair said, "We are delighted that Denyse will be joining the board. She brings extensive and appropriate experience, enthusiasm, and an appreciation for the MESD mission. Having an all-female board is unprecedented at MESD, creating a unique perspective and dynamic."

    Denyse Peterson with family and supporters

    Denyse O. Peterson was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and graduated from Jefferson High School. Her focus professionally has been on regional government and education. She worked in the 72nd and 73rd Oregon State Senate Legislation session for Senator Avel Gordly, mediating with various agencies to bring resolutions to the challenges of affordable housing, employment and food. She also has 12 years of experience at Metro E-R Commission serving seven commissioners and the general manager. She served for six years as a Personal Family Counselor for Dignity Memorial, at Caldwell’s Funeral and Mortuary assisting families in “Planning ahead 4 All the Right Reasons.”

    Denyse Peterson For the last 14 years, she has worked at Portland Community College and currently serves on the Executive Council for the college’s union, the A.F.T., and is the V.P. of Political Action, which affords her a meeting with an elected official each month. Denyse has been an active volunteer with faith based and community organizations since she was a child. For 25 years, she has mentored homeless women helping them to transform their lives, liaising with DHS and the courts in working towards reunification with their children. Denyse has coordinated the Portland Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Breakfast with the Skanner News for more than 20 years.




    Congratulations, Ocean Dunes Class of 2018!
    From: Marcia Latta

    Ocean Dunes Grads
    Graduation day at Ocean Dunes High School was windy but sunny and warm as parents, families, and friends joined together to celebrate the graduates at Camp Florence on Thursday, June 14.

    Ocean Dunes Grads

    The school had five graduates this year. Two of the five Ocean Dunes graduates, Daniel and Hunter, plus a graduate from Lord Farell High School, Jacob, participated in the ceremony.

    Sam Ko and Mary Botkin

    Keynote Speakers were Mary Botkin, MESD Board Chair, and Sam Ko from the Oregon Department of Education.

    Mary speaking

    Mary encouraged students to shape their own future. "Today, each of you marks the point where new and great things begin to happen. Go out, write your own story and remember the world is yours and no one gets to tell your story for you."

    Sam speaking

    Sam Ko read, "All I ever needed to know I learned in Kindergarten," which drew many laughs from the audience.

    Student Speaking

    Each student had the opportunity to speak. They were heartfelt, honest, and touching. All were proud of their accomplishments, and there were tears of joy at the event.

    student receiving diploma

    "Graduation is an important milestone for these gentlemen. I am proud of their efforts and am honored to be here today with them celebrating this fine event,” said Principal Joy Koenig. "I am proud of the opportunities they have been afforded here to get their high school diplomas, and I am proud of their perseverance."

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    Teachers Carol Bessett and Cindi Brokaw were in attendance, as well as several Oregon Youth Authority state officials.

    MESD Hosts Radon Training for Oregon School Districts
    From: Anna Dinwiddie

    Radon training attendees

    On Tuesday June 12, Multnomah ESD hosted a workshop “Testing for Radon in Oregon Schools.” Attendees included MESD component districts and school personnel from as far as Roseburg and the Oregon coast.

    The Environmental Protection Agency presented the science and health effects of radon. Cascade Radon provided instruction on how to create a plan and physically place test kits. Oregon Health Authority explained how to properly communicate testing protocols, plans, and results.

    The event was organized by MESD Environmental Monitor Anna Dinwiddie, who worked to bring this training to the Portland area. MESD will continue to host professional development events that help improve health outcomes in Oregon.

    Three Lakes and Riverside High Schools Celebrate Class of 2018
    From: Joy Koenig and Marcia Latta

    Graduation speaker

    The high school graduation ceremony at Oak Creek Correctional Facility is a festive celebration of graduates. Students who earn high school diplomas or GED certificates at Three Lakes or Riverside high schools participate in a day-long graduation event that includes senior portraits, senior breakfast, ceremony rehearsals, caps and gowns, family visits and a graduation ceremony that mirrors the graduation events at any other high school.

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    The graduation theme was Roots and Wings. This year, the schools celebrated 35 graduates. Twenty-five students participated in the ceremony, including 10 students who returned after being released.

    Water bottles with school logos
    The end-of-year celebration earned praise from attendees who complimented the schools’ efforts to mark students’ achievements with special recognition. The audience of more than 200 people included family members, parole officers, MESD Board members and state leaders from Oregon Youth Authority and the Oregon Department of Education.

    Audience at Graduation
    The ceremony started with a student choir performance led by Linn Benton Community College Music Professor Raymund Ocampo. The student choir, which started this spring, sang “A Million Dreams.”

    Student in front of monarch wings
    Six students received special recognition for their progress toward their college goals. These students wore special purple robes and earned special certificates for earning 25 college credits or more. Since 2016, 79 students have earned more than 760 total college credits while at Oak Creek.

    Graduation decorations
    Special guest Colt Gill, Oregon Department of Education Deputy Superintendent, was the honored speaker. He praised the students for their accomplishments. “Earning a diploma or GED proves you have the ability to learn,” he told them. “Oregon has the most rigorous graduation requirements in the country. All of the people here have encouraged you, but none of them did it for you. You chose this path, and you can choose a new path in the future.”

    Several student speakers shared their experiences and pride in their accomplishment. Here are excerpts from the speeches:

    Ky'rianna delivering speech
    Ky’rianna B.
    Every time I would dream about this day it all seemed so far out of reach. Six months ago if someone would have told me I’d be walking across the stage, and actually graduating, I probably would have laughed in their face. But today, not only am I a graduate, I’m proud to say I finished high school at 16 years old.

    I’m amazed to witness the changes I’ve made within myself that I am still continuing to make. I’m not going to lie to you and say that it was easy. There’s not a day that I wake up that I don’t wanna give up. But then I remember that I have to take my life seriously because if I don’t, no one else will. So today, not only am I standing in front of you all as a graduate, but I’m also standing in front of you as someone who has had struggles and hardships.

    Amber delivering speech
    Amber T.
    Where you are isn’t who you are. Throughout my childhood people never believed in me, they told me I’d never break free of the vicious cycle that I called my life. Since the sixth or seventh grade, I’ve struggled tremendously to keep my grades up and to not fall behind. I’ve finally reclaimed my life, I’m still growing and changing every day, but now, as I’ve taken my first steps towards success, I’m finally able to see my potential. I have completed my GED and I plan to further my education and earn my diploma by December. Once this is completed, I plan to start college in the spring to work toward my bachelor’s degree in fine arts.

    All of this has become possible because of my resilience and because of the help and support of my teachers here at the facility, my mom who Is my role model despite what life has thrown at her, my grandma who has never given up on me no matter how stupid my actions have been, and of course my best friend who has given me so much motivation to continue my education. But above all, I’d like to thank [math teacher] Mr. Johnson, because without his help all of this wouldn’t have been possible.

    In closing this, I’d like to say something to my classmates: Regardless of where you’ve come from, and regardless of where you’re going to be, you have the power in the palm of your hands to be successful. Use that power and do great things with it.

    Tatyana delivering speech
    Tatyana M.
    Before I came here, I was struggling with going to school and getting my GED. When I got here, I went to school every day. Sometimes, I even got kicked out for being a class clown. But guess what? I still got my GED! And when I got here, not only did the teachers help me, my peers did, too! They encouraged me to work toward my GED, motivated me when I wanted to give up, and gave me advice when I needed it.

    While here at Riverside High School, I have accomplished more than just my GED. I have gotten my food handler’s card, have been CPR certified, AED certified, first aid certified, and received my forklift certification. Thanks to this school, I am going to have a lot of good things going for me.

    Mazi delivering speech
    Mazi B.
    Many people stopped believing in me a long time ago, but the people here today are the ones who never lost hope, even when I gave up on myself. So many people motivated me. Specifically, my little brother Dakota motivates me because I want him to see his older sister as a success.

    I am proud of myself for taking the steps I needed to in order to be standing here, clean and sober for six months with a completed education. I thank myself for living through the most rough part of my life and taking so many positive strides into becoming the empowered young woman I am today. I’ve made it this far, I can make it 80 more years.

    Thank you all for allowing me to share the most important moment in my life and coming out to show your support to us graduates.

    Graduation decorations spelling out "Yay"

    MESD staff lauds milestone careers
    From: Jaime Dunkle

    Games at the 2018 Milestones Event
    Career commitment deserves praise for its unique level of perseverance.

    Staff and students extolled Multnomah Education Service District employees who achieved a milestone in their careers, at the game-show themed event in the Helensview Auditorium, Friday, June 1. The lauded honorees have dedicated five, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years of service. Bringing the Career-Technical Education Revitalization Grant to life, Helensview High School students applied their culinary chops and catered the event.

    Audience Members at the 2018 Milestones Event

    Superintendent Samuel Breyer opened the refreshingly informal ceremony that included Honoree Feud (think Family Feud) and the Price is Right. "This is about staff really celebrating each other," Breyer said before getting on stage.

    Games at the 2018 Milestones Event

    After a round of games and prizes, Helensview CTE students dazzled attendees with a hip-hop show, replete with technicolor stage lighting.

    2018 Milestones Slide Show

    Alternative Pathways, TRiO Program Manager Geoff Garner visits Helensview twice a week. "Helensview is one of my favorite schools to work at because the kids are so resilient," Garner said. “They're more likely to go to—and stay in—college.”

    Photo Booth at the 2018 Milestones Event

    Among the honorees, Danny Moreno, who works for facilities, celebrated a decade at MESD. "The ten years went by fast," Moreno said. "Feels good!"

    Event Poster

    Wheatley Students Participate in First Annual Try 4 All Games
    From: Laura Conroy

    Try 4 All Games Participants
    The first annual Try All 4 All Games concluded Friday afternoon June 1st with smiles, medals, and sunshine.

    Try 4 All Games Participants

    Over fifty students from Wheatley and component districts participated in the event organized by MESD and held at Parkrose High School.

    Try 4 All Games Participants

    Students had the opportunity to participate in a variety of events including 50,100, and 400 walk/run events, lawn bowling, and standing long jump.

    Try 4 All Games Participants

    The event was made possible by students, staff, and partners
    with special thanks to the following:

    Parkrose School District, the Superintendent, and the Board of Directors
    Sharie Lewis, Tom Dufresne and the entire Parkrose facilities staff
    Parkrose High School Athletic Director, Dante Gouge
    Event Chair and Wheatley staff member, Kevin Yaws
    Mary Botkin, Lawn Bowling attendant and Chair, MESD Board of Directors
    Concessions, Tajha Isom
    Our Volunteers
    Wheatley Staff
    Todd Greaves, Director of Student Services
    Sam Breyer, Superintendent

    Try 4 All Games Participants

    Open School East Students Attend Cybersecurity Career Day
    From: Lori Thompson

    Open School East Students Attend Cybersecurity Career Day
    Open School East, a partner school with MESD-Alternative Pathways, TRiO program recently attended a career day on cybersecurity at McAfee Security in Hillsboro.

    Open School East Students Attend Cybersecurity Career Day

    Students had the chance to hear from employees about their work in this growing career, view surveillance toys, check out a self-driving car, and contemplate cyber attacks, malware, and computer safety.

    Open School East Students Attend Cybersecurity Career Day

    Every student recieved a special one-on-one "hour of code" lesson with an employee.

    Open School East Students Attend Cybersecurity Career Day

    McAfee treated students to lunch, a full ice cream sundae bar, and best of all, new laptops! Every student walked away with their very own Chromebook to take home!

    Open School East Students Attend Cybersecurity Career Day

    We're Growing Together!
    From: Suzanne Briggs

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    Donated Seeds from Gresham Coastal Farm and Ranch

    Our supportive community of businesses and friends has helped MESD staff bring gardens into our school curriculums. This spring the Gresham's Coastal Farm and Ranch store donated their remaining stock of last year's seed packets—more than 800 packets of more than 100 varieties of vegetables and flowers. Suzanne Briggs, of Burlingame Creek School, secured the donation and then working with Ann Vrabel, coordinator of MESD's Student Health Services, they distributed the seed packets to 20 schools served by MESD.

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    Healthy Peas in North Portland’s Beach Elementary School garden

    The seeds have taken root and the gardens are flourishing! Malinda McCollum, School Health Assistant at Bridlemile Elementary School, reports that their school garden club "has turned the seeds into beautiful gardens!" and plans to tend their garden throughout the summer.

    At Burlingame Creek School, the redevelopment of the vegetable garden continues. As Principal Kari Sanders said, "School gardens have become an important multifaceted learning environment for the students. We're growing together!"

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    Burlingame Creek School staff and students plant winter squash starts grown in their greenhouse 

    Music Therapists Bring Serenity, Connection to Students at Shriners
    From: Eric Prasoloff and Glenda Bracelin

    Music Therapy at Shriners
    Music therapy is a staple in the Hospital School Program. At Shriners Hospital for Children, Keeley St. Clair from Earthtones Northwest engages students in a way that calms them, connects them to each other, and enriches their stay in the hospital. Keeley can play and sing virtually any song requested, brings in interactive percussion instruments, teaches guitar and ukelele chords, writes personalized songs, and empowers students to make their own music on the iPad.

    Music Therapy at Shriners

    She's takes time to get to know the students, is adept at gearing her therapy to whatever level our student are at, and supports classroom goals (i.e. counting, content specific vocabulary, sequencing, switch use). She is a highlight in the week and helps create a safe and fun environment which is conducive to the learning that happens every day in the hospital classroom. A big thank you and shout out to Keeley and all our amazing music therapists for the valuable contribution they make to our program. 

    The Creeks Host Your Life Speaks Assemblies
    From: Kari Sanders

    The Creeks Host Your Life Speaks Assemblies
    Nathan Harmon is the number one booked school speaker in the country for the 2017-18 school year. He spoke to the students at both Arata and Burlingame with a powerful message of hope, resiliency, and the belief that your mistakes do not define you.

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    Our students were engaged in his energetic message and many connected with him on a level of "he understands." Nathan's passion for helping students to believe in reaching dreams through hard work is exactly what all students need to hear!  

    Multnomah Education Service District
    Applicants sought for vacancy on
    Multnomah Education Service District Board of Directors
    May 21, 2018

    The Multnomah ESD Board of Directors is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy (Zone 1, Position #5) on the Board. Applicants must be residents within Zone 1 of the Multnomah ESD boundaries. To confirm residency in the MESD boundary area, contact the Multnomah County Elections Office, (503) 988-3720. Multnomah ESD is a regional education agency providing special education, school health services, alternative and outdoor education, technology and other support services to the eight public school districts in Multnomah County.

    Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on June 10, 2018. You may download an application HERE. If you have any questions, please contact Heather Severns, MESD Board Secretary, at 503-257-1504, or via email at Interviews will be conducted at a Special Session meeting of the Board on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

    Multnomah Education Service District
    11611 NE Ainsworth Circle
    Portland, Oregon 97220-9017

    Zone Map

    School Psychologists Gather for Cross-County Workshop
    From: Laura Conroy and Joni Tolon

    School Psychologists Gather for Cross-County Workshop
    School psychologists from all eight Multnomah County School Districts are gathering today to discuss trauma and the role of the school psychologists in schools. The meeting was led by MESD School Psychologists and included remarks by special guest Tim Andrews. Mr. Andrews discussed methods to embed positive behavior intervention supports (PBIS) in classrooms on a consultation model to reduce trauma.

    School Psychologists Gather for Cross-County Workshop

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    MESD Employees Donate 23 Pints at Blood Drive
    From: Elana Emlen

    Posing outside the bloodmobile
    MESD organized a blood drive on May 9, and it was very successful. Steve Wilkinson, Account Manager Donor Recruitment at American Red Cross said, "If everyone organized a blood drive like MaryAnne Katz did, we would have a less urgent need for blood." He said that American Red Cross would love to come back again.

    Donors checked in at the desk

    The initial goal was to have 18 donations, but 26 MESD employees signed up, and American Red Cross ended up collecting 23 pints of blood. Each pint saves up to 3 lives!

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    We had 7 first-time blood donors. Laura Holguin was a first-timer. She said that it went faster than she expected and that she will donate again in the future.

    donating First time donor






    MESD employees baked a lot of cookies, brownies, and other treats for blood donors to enjoy. It was great teamwork

    Goodies baked by MESD staff


     “Classroom Makeovers” Featuring Sky Panels Brighten Donald E. Long Classrooms

    Sky panel with clouds and flowers

    Students at Donald E. Long (DEL) Juvenile Detention Center are enjoying “classroom makeovers” thanks to the efforts of DEL staff members and a generous donation from Skypanels, Inc.

    Sky panel with clouds

    The classrooms have been painted in bright colors and nature-themed sky panels are being installed to complete the makeover.

    Sky panel with hot air balloons and clouds

    The sky panels represent a trauma-informed practice; making the confined spaces feel more connected to nature and decreasing the feeling of isolation.


    Industry For A Day immerses 200 educators in construction and manufacturing fields
    From: Jeanie-Marie Price
    Photo credits: photos 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 7 by Fred Joe; photos 6, 8 & 9 by Beth Conyers

    Participants in hard hats
    Last week nearly 200 educators from throughout Multnomah County, including nine from the MESD, immersed themselves in the fields of construction and manufacturing as a part of All Hands Raised Industry for a Day (IFAD) presented by Bank of America.

    Group shot of a few participants

    Staff members from teachers to counselors to principals participated in IFAD and cost of substitutes was covered thanks to contributions from East Metro STEAM Partnership, Portland Metro STEM Partnership, the SafeBuild Alliance and All Hands Raised.

    Food at the event

    The Oregon Employment Department projects that over ten years more than 30,000 jobs in the fields of construction and manufacturing will be added in the Portland region, in addition to anticipated unprecedented levels of retirements. Yet our local career-technical education programs have not recovered from past cuts, and as such are not fully aligned with the current needs of local industries The result is a weak pipeline to fill these jobs. Further, there is a deeply rooted bias that supports a “college only” mentality and stereotypes about the trades continue to limit students’ exposure to those family-wage career paths.

    Hard hat with stickers

    Friends greeting each other
    “IFAD was a great opportunity to get out and learn about opportunities available in the trades,” said Marguerite Wizeman, teacher at Arata Creek. “I have a better understanding of the broad range of opportunities that exist in construction and manufacturing.”

    Group photo of participants

    The All Hands Raised Partnership is working across the community to build a system to address this bias, with a focus on closing the gap between high schools, training programs and industry. IFAD was established three years ago as a community-wide strategy to address lack of awareness, primarily by local educators, of opportunities for young people in construction and manufacturing. The event is a collaboration between All Hands Raised, East Metro STEAM Partnership, Impact NW, Portland Metro STEM Partnership and Worksystems, Inc.

    Participants in safety vests and hard hats

    The work in partnership with the Multnomah Education Service District will deepen even further when three MESD educators and administrators travel with a team of 25 educators from across Multnomah County to the Carpenter’s International Training Institute in Las Vegas May 9-10, 2018. At the institute participants will deepen their understanding of the skills required and opportunities that exist for student’s interested in this pathway. All travel expenses are being covered by the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters.

    Machinery and wires

    Mural with an industry theme

    Multnomah Transition Specialist Consortium Wins OAESD New Ideas in Education Award
    From: Scott Ryan & Laura Conroy

    Planning committee. Left to right: Loretta Stites (Reynolds Transition Specialist), Cathy Noles (Corbett YTP Specialist), Kat

    Planning committee. Left to right: Loretta Stites (Reynolds Transition Specialist), Cathy Noles (Corbett YTP Specialist), Kathi Morris (Reynolds YTP Specialist) and myself Jodi Johnson (Pre-ETS Support Specialist).

    The Oregon Association of Education Service Districts has recognized the Multnomah Transition Specialist Consortium (Consortium) with its News Ideas in Education Award. The Consortium was formed by MESD Transition Network Facilitators Jodi Johnson and Lizzie Juaniza who saw an opportunity for transition specialists and educational assistants, working in schools across the region, to exchange best practices, resources and experience with each other. The Consortium is an action-based group that reaches out to community members and businesses to embrace the engagement of students with disabilities, and help job seekers, including youth and students, access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy.

    Students worked as greeters, servers and caterers of the event and one who sat on the panel.
    Students worked as greeters, servers and caterers of the event and one who sat on the panel.

    One innovation of the Consortium is the unique approach of reaching out to community businesses with an employer engagement event held in February 2018. The employer engagement event, Building Bridges to Tomorrow’s Workforce, promoted collaboration with local businesses and schools to support the belief that “anyone can work”. A panel of businesses and students shared their successful work relationships and employment experiences in the community. Other features were a breakfast catered by the student culinary program, student greeters and servers, and a presentation from Oregon Department of Education and the Office of Developmental Disability Services. One highlight of the event was the testimony of a business member in the audience who expressed their newfound understanding of how individuals with disabilities are valuable members of the workforce and how he could see himself supporting work experience opportunities in the future.

    This consortium model supports classified members of the education system to empower and enrich their ability to share knowledge and ideas amongst each other. Educational Service Districts across the state could benefit from adopting a similar model of support for employees serving students with disabilities cross-pollinate resources and engage in collaborative brainstorming and problem-solving, and host events to meet the needs of students and employers in each region.


    Assessment & Evaluation Program at Donald E. Long
    From: Lindsey Maehlum

    PlayWrite Logo
    Play Write partnership brings creative learning opportunity to Assessment and Evaluation Program at Donald E. Long.

    Students receiving instruction at the Assessment and Evaluation Program have a creative learning opportunity thanks to lead teacher Patty Coble and community partner PlayWrite. PlayWrite is a theatre-based program that seeks to build resilience, creativity, and success. Patty worked with PlayWrite to secure their ability to provide a rigorous and engaging writing experience to students.

    The Assessment and Evaluation Program is a voluntary short-term residential program that provides temporary structure, stabilization and treatment readiness for youth who require a staff-secured, out-of-home placement.

    The goal for this program is to provide a safe place where youth can quickly enter and begin receiving services while those working with the youth and family can make longer term plans for the youth.

    Participants receive a comprehensive assessment administered by a licensed mental health professional, as well as a service plan—specifics for how the program will address the youth's issues—developed by the mental health consultant, parent (guardian) and the youth.

    Additional assessments (alcohol and drug, psychological, psychiatric, psychosexual) may be provided as indicated.

    The core philosophy of the program is to provide holistic, trauma-informed, client- and family-focused services for young people and their families, engaging youth in an array of services with consideration given to their developmental levels, gender needs, cultural background, community support, parental involvement, and other social support.

    The program follows best practices for trauma-informed care and emphasizes strength-based and cognitive-behavioral interventions.

    Services also include individual and group counseling in a culturally-responsive environment, skill training, and parent training.

    MESD School Nurse partners with “helpers” to outfit students with shoes and jackets
    From: Linda Taylor & Laura Conroy

    student wearing jacket in the rain
    Students attending Fairview Elementary received shoes and jackets thanks to MESD School Nurse Linda Taylor. Taylor woke up one-morning last November thinking about shoes. As she explains “I was thinking in this land of plenty, children in my own caseload often don’t have the basic necessities required to arrive at school ready to learn. Food insecurity. No place of their own to lay their heads at night. Not even a decent pair of shoes.”

    pair of Nike shoes

    Believing the possibility that one person could do something about disparity and poverty, Taylor wrote an email to Nike and received a response within minutes. Days after filling out an online application, Taylor was notified that the children of Fairview Elementary had won a 2-year Nike grant for shoes.

    coat rack with hanging jackets

    Inspired by the response, Taylor connected with Columbia Sportswear who donated coats to Fairview students. Taylor’s response was simply to say “if you’d have seen the face of 30 little children the day winter break began, when they each received a brand new coat...” Reflecting on the experience Taylor shared, “One thing I know to be true is that we are each surrounded by people who want to help, and not just high-profile corporations like Nike and Columbia. The principals, teachers, and the nurse supervisors all helped with this. Sometimes the most audacious ideas bear fruit. We are all just a few helpers away.”

    ODE awards $300k to East County Pathways to College Success Consortium to support a college-going culture for 10,000+ students
    (Gresham, Oregon)
    From: Laura Conroy, Multnomah ESD

    photo of graduate walking toward college
    The East County Pathways to College Success Consortium received an award of $300,000 from the Oregon Department of Education to continue the Consortium's work to directly impact our public school youth and their families by utilizing existing collective impact efforts to create a college-going culture. The Consortium members include Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC), Multnomah Education Service District (Multnomah ESD) and seven surrounding school districts; Centennial, Corbett, David Douglas, Gresham-Barlow, Oregon Trail, Parkrose, and Reynolds.

    Consortium opportunities are aligned with the Workforce and Career & Technical Education (CTE) efforts, the regional East Metro STEAM Partnership (EMSP) STEM Hub, and AVID for Higher Education and include the following types of activities:
    • Increase accelerated credit opportunities by providing support for Sponsored Dual Credit;
    • Provide support to school districts to increase funding available for students participating in the Middle College program;
    • Increase college awareness to non-traditional and first-generation students and families to increase college-going culture;
    • Equip high school counselors with the knowledge and resources to better inform students on pathways into traditional and CTE post-secondary opportunities; and
    • Support students in transitional and bridge programming.

    "We're very pleased that funding has been renewed to support a successful partnership with the ESD and surrounding school districts to support a college-going culture" said Jarrod Hogue MHCC's Executive Dean, Workforce, CTE & Partnerships. “As the lead consortium member we look forward to planning and facilitating the school counselor professional learning communities (PLC), providing oversight of the dual credit opportunities and supporting the program activities and evaluation.”

    Multnomah ESD Assistant Superintendent Sascha Perrins echoed Hogue's enthusiasm "it's really important to a college-going culture for students, families, and staff to have a supported connection with community colleges; MHCC provides this connection and is an exceptional partner for the east county region." As part of the grant the Multnomah ESD will assist with the coordination and promotion of 6-12 grade participation in college-going culture and student success activities.

    Reynolds School District Superintendent Linda Florence added “The Reynolds School District applauds this significant grant investment for equitable access to post-secondary opportunities for East County youth. This grant will sustain and grow the initial collaboration between high school and community college instructors to enable more students to gain more credits for rigorous coursework in relevant fields. I am grateful for the focus toward high skill, high wage pathways for many first generation college going students in the region.”

    Partnering districts will also support participation in the program by scheduling dual credit classes; promoting and participating in the college-going culture activities; encouraging teachers and counselors to attend summer workshops, trainings and PLC meetings; and supporting on-and-off MHCC campus outreach and education events.

    MESD Co-Hosts Statewide School Staff in Healthcare Settings In-Service
    From: Sarah Davis & Laura Conroy, photo courtesy of Sarah Phillips

    Health Care In-Service Participants
    On April 27th educators from around the state attended a professional development event at Legacy Emanuel Hospital co-hosted by Lane ESD, Multnomah ESD, Willamette ESD, and Oregon Department of Education focused on the unique challenges and opportunities encountered by educators in healthcare settings.

    Topics included Transitional Care/Compassion Fatigue and Burnout presented by Drew Grabham OHSU’s New Direction Program, Teen Suicide and Mental Health presented by Melissa Trombetta, Outreach Coordinator for Lines for Life, and Anxiety and Students presented by staff from Yamhill County Family and Youth Community Based Programs.

    Attendees including staff providing instruction to students receiving care in hospitals and healthcare settings around the state as well as MESD’s hospital education program staff from Randall Children’s Hospital, Unity Center, OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Willamette Falls Hospital and Shriners Hospitals for Children.

    Scott Ryan and Joseph O’Neil of Multnomah ESD Named Georgetown Center for Juvenile Justice Reform Fellows
    May 4, 2018

    Center for Juvenile Justice Reform
    Multnomah County, Oregon – Scott Ryan, Student Services Coordinator at Multnomah Education Service District, Joseph O’Neil, Transition Specialist at Multnomah ESD, Tim Logan Agency Administrator at SoValTi, Anya Sekino, Juvenile Crime Prevention Manager at Oregon Youth Development Council, and Bobby Bridges, Disproportionate Minority Contact Coordinator at Oregon Youth Development Council have recently been selected as new members of the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR), Fellows Network based on the approval of their Capstone Project.

    The Oregon Teams’ joint Capstone Project, titled Affirmation Creates Equity (ACE), is focused on The Intersectionality of Youth Crime Prevention, Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities, LGBTQ+ Youth Well-being, and Special Education Projects. “We are pleased to see the two Capstone teams from Oregon join forces to implement the Affirmation Creates Equity (ACE) Project in Multnomah Education Service District. It has tremendous potential to improve educational re-entry for youth leaving juvenile detention centers, address racial and ethnic disparities, and provide critical support for LGBTQ+ youth and students with special education needs,” said Shay Bilchik, Director of CJJR.

    The CJJR, part of Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, advances a balanced, multi-systems approach to reducing juvenile delinquency that promotes positive child and youth development while also holding youth accountable. The Center works to focus the nation's juvenile justice and related systems of care on the key principles embodied in an evidence-based juvenile justice reform agenda and identify and highlight the research on policies and practices that work best to reduce delinquency and achieve better outcomes for children.

    Select members of the MESD Team attended the Supporting LGBTQ Youth Certificate Program in October 2017 and the Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities Certificate Program in November 2017, and were admitted to the CJJR Fellows Network in April 2018.

    Scott Ryan began his career in education in 2006 after leaving his career as a development director in the international non-profit sector. He became involved in corrections education by teaching English Language Arts, ESOL, Social Sciences, American Sign Language, and Career and Technical Education (CTE) at Three Lakes High School, located within Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility. In 2014, Scott became Principal at multiple Juvenile Detention Education Programs in Portland and rural Oregon, serving youth ages 11 to 21. Scott successfully leveraged grants through the Oregon Department of Education and Youth Development Council to improve educational outcomes in juvenile justice facilities, to support the wellbeing of LGBTQ youth, to address the needs of students with special education, and to reduce racial and ethnic disparities. These grants use holistic, trauma-informed, and culturally responsive model, providing wraparound service to youth. The goal is to reduce recidivism by identifying needs, removing barriers to school attendance, mentoring, following, and advocating for students as they transition back to school after release from juvenile detention.

    Joseph O’Neil graduated from Gonzaga University with Degrees in Criminal Justice and Sociology. He has volunteered for a few years working with youth as a basketball coach and tutor. He worked with adjudicated youth in a normalized high school setting for one year. Currently Mr. O’Neil works for Multnomah Education Service District in Portland, Or as a Transition Specialist. His current job is assisting students in juvenile detention with returning to their home school.

    For more information on CJJR Fellows Network, visit

    Multnomah Education Service District is an educational cooperative that provides a wide variety of programs and services on a regional basis to school districts in Multnomah County and beyond. MESD is one of 19 ESDs in Oregon. MESD's major areas of service include School Health Services, Special Education, Alternative Education, Technology, Outdoor School, and School Improvement. The mission of MESD is to Support All Students to Achieve Excellence. Every student we serve benefits from a safe and supportive learning environment where they receive personalized, creative, equitable, and cutting-edge education, health and technology services. The core values of MESD are Equity, Health, Learning, Families, Students, Collaboration, and Employees.

    Creeks Staff participates in Trauma Sensitivity Training; recognizes staff contributions

    Creeks staff posing during BBQ lunch

    On Friday April 27th, forty staff members from Arata Creek, Burlingame Creek and Knott Creek "Creeks" schools attended a Trauma Sensitivity Training followed by a hosted BBQ at Knott School. Danielle Fanelli (school psychologist) and Ally Kessler (school psychologist intern) presented on trauma, adverse childhood experiences, and resiliency. Creeks staff members Donna and Jeannie cooked, and Tiffany Gomez shopped and set up the BBQ.

    Creeks staff posing during BBQ lunch

    The event also featured special recognitions for staff members receiving Principal’s Awards including: administrative secretaries - Leslie Smith, Mary Smith and Tiffany Gomez; Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) Leaders AC - Hannah Green and Courtney Woods; BC - Toby Gollihar and Rickey Butcher; KC - Nicole Jones and Christine Jennings, and Jonathan Scott (behavior consultant/intake coordinator) and Nicki Renardo (TOSA).

    Creeks staff posing during BBQ lunch
    Creeks staff posing during BBQ lunch

    MESD Helensview Culinary Programs Brightens Business Managers' Day
    From: Doana Anderson and Sara Bottomley

    Corbett - Cathy Taylor
    Corbett - Cathy Taylor

    On Friday April 27th MESD Business Director Doana Anderson and MESD Budget Analyst Sara Bottomley traveled to component district business offices and made surprise cookie deliveries to Business Managers and Budget staff.

    Reynolds - Huong Cynthia Le

    Reynolds - Huong Cynthia Le

    The Oatmeal-Cashew-Cinnamon cookies were made by MESD Helensview Culinary students.

    Portland - Zach Worthen

    Portland - Zach Worthen

    Ms. Anderson's Havanese puppy also tagged along to provide a puppy playtime break.

    Parkrose - Sharie Lewis

    Parkrose - Sharie Lewis

    Gresham Barlow - Mike Schofield

    Gresham Barlow - Mike Schofield


    for May 15, 2018

    A public hearing will be held by the Tax Supervising and Conservation Commission on the budget approved by the budget committee for the Multnomah Education Service District, Multnomah County, State of Oregon, for the fiscal year July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. The hearing will be held at 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, OR 97220 in the Board Room on the 15th day of May, 2018 at 6:00 pm. The purpose of the hearing is to discuss the budget with interested persons. A copy of the budget document may be inspected or obtained in the Business Office at 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, OR 97220 between the hours of 7:30 am and 4:30 pm, or viewed on the MESD website:

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    Helensview 3rd Quarter Showcase Highlights Bridge Design, Civil Rights, Career and CTE Projects

    Last Wednesday's 3rd quarter showcase at Helensview featured student and class projects in Bridge Design, Civil Rights, Career and CTE Projects.

    Helensview students playing cornhole

    Bridge Design
    Students displayed their stress-tested designs for the Bridge Design project, a collaboration of the math and science classes.

    Above: Student Jackie and teacher Joe Williamswith her Tillicum Crossing inspired bridge design.

    Above: Student Jackie and teacher Joe Williamswith her Tillicum Crossing inspired bridge design.

    Students had to span a minimum of 18 inches, be self supporting and hold a minimum of 5 lbs using provided materials; including popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, string, drinking straws, plaster. Designs were inspired from a variety of real world examples including Portland's own Tillicum Crossing. The winning 18 inch span held 22.5 lbs. The winning 8 inch span held 78.5 lbs.

    Civil Rights and Music
    Students also displayed their language arts projects which focused on civil rights through the lens of music. Educator Brian Granse explained how students researched and gathered content about civil rights,then presented their knowledge through student composed lyrics using metaphors, simile, and rhyme about civil rights.

    Above: Student Zoriah explains her language arts project.

    Above: Student Zoriah explains her language arts project.

    Student Zoriah, focused her presentation on Rosa Parks. "I'm not really a rapper" she admitted, "I just did it for the credit and it was a good way to learn about the topic."

    Culinary and Career Building
    Students also earned prerequisite health and career credit to participate in Summerworks by creating resumes and cover letters.

    Above: Student Ashley P proudly displays her résumé

    Above: Student Ashley P proudly displays her résumé

    Senior Ashley P explained to Culinary Program teacher Joe Williams that she used the résumé and her culinary program skills to acquire a food handler's card and apply for summer restaurant jobs. The culinary program served freshly baked cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing.

    CTE Manufacturing Civil War
    The showcase wrapped up with a spirited game of cornhole with boxes designed and built by Helensview's woodworking class. The custom made boxes featured mascots and logos of local universities including OSU and UofO. Custom boxes are available just in time for summer lawn games.

    Helensview Students playing Cornhole

    Helensview Students playing Cornhole

    Helensview Students playing Cornhole

    Contact Principal Dawn Joella-Jackson to place your orders. 

    Oak Creek Youth Learn Construction Isn't Just for Men
    From: Sarah Evans, Inside OYA Newsletter: April 16, 2018

    Girls Build Participants
    Rain and temperatures in the upper 30s hardly fazed the 14 girls and young women gathered on a recent March morning in Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility’s center courtyard.

    They fastened their yellow or pink raincoats, pulled on work gloves and safety goggles, and tightened their tool belts for another session of sawing, hammering, and moving boards. For two hours, the area buzzed like a regular community construction site as the youth worked together on their latest project: creating garden bed frames.

    Girls Build Participant

    Leading the charge was Katie Hughes, executive director of Girls Build, a Portland nonprofit with a mission of inspiring curiosity and confidence in girls through the world of building.

    Typically, they do this by hosting summer camps and after-school programs for girls in the Portland area. But for 12 weeks this spring, they have parked their giant work trailer in the Oak Creek courtyard to teach the youth there about construction-related trades — and potential careers.

    “We want to open up some doors to living wage careers so when they get out, they have opportunities and feel like they can go on to do great things,” Hughes says. “Plus, when you’re living in your own space and you don’t have to pay someone to fix things because you can do it on your own, that makes you more independent financially.”

    Girls Build Participants

    And there’s another purpose: showing the young women that construction isn’t just for men.

    Hughes, herself an experienced construction tradeswoman, has brought in an array of female instructors and professionals as role models. Some were previously incarcerated but have since built successful careers in the trades.

    “It means a lot when the first electrician or plumber the youth get to know is a female who’s been doing it for years, and who’s confident and excited about it,” Hughes says. “The young women can ask them tough questions about what it’s really like on a job site.”

    Girls Build Participant

    Above: Tatyana M. sawed boards that would become garden bed frames.

    Girls Build offered its program to the youth at Oak Creek and the neighboring Young Women's Transition Program (YWTP) at the invitation of Fabian Casarez, living unit manager for YWTP, and Marcia Latta with Multnomah Education Service District, who is the college and career coordinator at the two facilities' schools. Latta heard about Girls Build on the radio and thought its mission aligned well with the vocational training Oak Creek and YWTP staff and teachers were already pursuing.

    “The girls get to do something that’s hands-on, where they learn from people in the trades, and maybe discover they have an interest in pursuing this as a career,” Latta says. “The trades are good work opportunities that pay living wages, but sometimes making the leap into how you actually enter the field is difficult. The youth are getting to see how it works, and they’re getting instruction and mentorship from other women.”

    Girls Build Participants

    Above: Katie Hughes (in red jacket), executive director of Girls Build, helped youth screw boards together.

    Girls Build’s partnership with Oak Creek is being paid for through a three-year, $1.1 million U.S. Department of Education Juvenile Justice Reentry CTE Education grant. The grant funds the Opening Doors program, led by Portland Community College, which provides career and technical education and wraparound services to youth at Oak Creek, plus internships with trade organizations and other related opportunities.

    For the Girls Build program, the youth started by building their own toolboxes out of wood. From there, they explored everything from electrical wiring to wall framing to concrete pouring.

    Girls Build Projects

    Above: The youth started the 12-week program by building their own tool boxes.

    On the cold morning in March, they were making garden beds where they eventually would plant a mix of flowers and edibles. Some had previous exposure to construction in the past via family members, but many had never picked up tools before the program.

    Several said they liked the way construction projects ended with something tangible, and that they enjoyed working together as a team. “I love how it’s really down and dirty,” said Cheyenne P., 15. “And I like the satisfaction of finishing a product.”

    Others cited the Girls Build mentors as a big part of why they enjoyed the program.

    Girls Build Participants

    “The way I grew up, women cooked and cleaned the house. It wasn’t very inspiring,” said Myranda S., an 18-year-old currently at YWTP. “It’s nice to see women get out there and know what they’re doing in the trades.”

    Tatyana M., also 18 and at YWTP, agreed. “I never really thought about a construction career because I mainly saw guys doing it. They [Girls Build] came here and showed us what’s possible — that we are girls and we can do this. They are inspiring.”

    “We want to open up some doors to living wage careers so when they get out, they have opportunities and feel like they can go on to do great things.”
    — Katie Hughes, executive director of Girls Build

    Girls Build Participant

    Above: Myranda S. sawed a board with assistance from Roger Snell, Oak Creek's Vocation Education Services for Older Youth (VESOY) coordinator.

    p:ear Gallery and Alliance @ Benson Artists, Students, and Teachers Collaborate for First Thursday Opening
    From: Geof Garner

    Students filming at p:ear gallery opening
    The MESD’s TRiO Alternative Pathways Program introduced Alliance @ Benson High School teachers and student-artists and p:ear Gallery artists and teachers to collaborate on a joint art project earlier this year.

    Students filming at p:ear gallery opening

    On Thursday, March 1, the students of Alliance at Benson High School and p:ear Gallery presented their works of art to the public at the monthly First Thursday art opening at p:ear Art Gallery, (homeless youth arts nonprofit). Students from the p:ear Gallery also took part in this showcase of young artists’ works.

    Student showing off work at p:ear gallery opening

    Above: Garrett (student artist from Alliance at Benson) and Josue Ramirez, Migrant Education, MESD

    Student showing off work at p:ear gallery opening   Student showing off work at p:ear gallery opening







    “The resonance of homeless youth and ‘at risk’ high school students collaborating to tell their parallel stories of empowerment through the arts is not lost on Joanna Vausberg, the dynamic high school art teacher who is spearheading the Alliance initiatives in project-based learning. “Even the most at-risk youth have a spark in them, and you have to find that spark,” she says. Vausberg herself finished high school at age 21 after having an art teacher find that spark in her, and she sees this clearly reflected in students at Alliance, like Ethan Shoemaker. Ethan had mostly given up on graduation but who found his spark by sharing with Vausberg his fascination with graffiti art and the documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop. “Maybe that’s what you should be doing — making your own documentary about graffiti!” Joanna suggested, and with the guidance of Outside the Frame, Ethan is now well on his way to creating a film about Portland graffiti culture, a project that is keeping him engaged and working towards high school graduation.”

    Student art at p:ear gallery opening

    Student art at p:ear gallery opening Student art at p:ear gallery opening





    Through connections established with the MESD’s TRiO Program and the p:ear Gallery, Ethan will be creating a mural downtown in Portland that has already been approved by the Regional Arts and Culture Council. This collaboration will continue next year with new Alliance students participating with p:ear students.

    Teachers and administrators at p:ear gallery opening

    Above: Korinna Wolfe, PPS, Senior Director, Multiple Pathways to Graduation
    with art teacher Joanna Vausberg (middle) and Vice Principal of Alliance at Benson, Allison Adams.

    "Our students were able to showcase their art and performance at the p:ear art gallery for 1st Thursday. [They] worked hard all year creating the art, and were able to get hands on gallery experience in hanging it as well. In addition, Ethan Shoemaker, worked with Outside the Frame to film a documentary on the process for credit. KGW joined us to film the whole project. It was a great success, and an awesome opportunity to showcase the skills and creativity of our students."
    - Allison Adams, Vice Principal Alliance High School

    Crowd shot at p:ear gallery opening

    KGW story about the event:

    Outside the Frame story:


    Three Lakes Student Earns Certificate for Office Skills
    From: Marcia Latta

    Jenna, Three Lakes Student with certificate
    Jenna M., a Vocational and Educational Services for Older Youth (VESOY) student at Three Lakes High School, has earned a work skills certificate in computer applications and office systems.

    Last year, she completed a four-course certificate program through Portland Community College that qualifies her for employment in office support careers. The courses included basic computer skills, keyboarding, beginning Microsoft Word and beginning Microsoft Excel. Jenna will apply those skills as a teacher’s assistant for a computer course during spring term.

    “Jenna has worked hard to complete this office skills program, and we are delighted that she will be compensated for her efforts in a paid position,” said Principal Joy Koenig. “She is a great role model for the other students.”

    The office certificate program is funded by the federal Opening Doors grant. Other certificate programs at the school include tractor safety, forklift, industrial cleaning, barista, food handlers, culinary arts, wildland firefighting, flagger, C-TECH and first aid/CPR training.

    Three Lakes and Riverside high schools continue to develop college and career readiness programs for students, including college courses from PCC and LBCC to meet general education requirements or provide training in CTE fields.

    2018-2019 Proposed
    MESD Budget Document HERE





    Public Notice of upcoming MESD Budget Committee Meeting
    April 4, 2018

    The meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

    Additional MESD Budget Committee meetings, if needed, are scheduled to be held on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, and Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the same location. All meetings are open to the public. For more information, please review the Public Notice, HERE.

    Knott Creek celebrates 2nd Trimester Awards
    From: Laura Conroy

    Knott Creek students dancing at Trimester Awards Celebration
    Knott Creek students, parents, and staff celebrated their 2nd Trimester Awards on Tuesday, March 12th. The event kicked off with music and dance led by music educator Ms. Jeigh (pictured above).

    Students received personalized awards for progress including skill development, citizenship, creativity, big thinking, problem solving, behavior, level changes, sportsmanship, kindness, mentoring other students, self-regulation, working with multiple staff and most improved. Principal Kari Sanders and Teacher Jonathan Scott also presented principal awards.

    The event concluded with a slideshow and refreshments for all. Congrats Knott Creek students!

    Slide Show from Event

    MESD Awarded Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting
    From: Government Finance Officers Association

    Government Finance Officers Association Logo

    MESD's Business Services Department has achieved the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting or its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The CAFR was judged to have met the high standards of the program, including demonstrating a spirit of full disclosure to communicate its financial story, and to motivate users to read the CAFR.
    The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting was awarded by Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA), and represents a significant accomplishment for MESD.

    Image of Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting
    Government Finance Officers Association is a major professional association servicing the needs of nearly 19,000 appointed and elected local, stale, and provincial-level government officials and other finance practitioners.


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    We've Screened for Dyslexia... Now What?
    This Fall, every Kindergartener enrolled in a public school in Oregon will be screened for dyslexia.

    Isn't that amazing?
    Yes, it is! But if you're the administrator or educator who will be fielding questions, I'm guessing you're feeling a little anxiety about the dyslexia screener and what your action plan will be once it is administered.

    I've got answers for you!

    Virtual Dyslexia Workshop Flyer   We've Screened for Dyslexia... NOW WHAT?
      A Virtual Workshop Especially for Administrators
      Date: Thursday, May 31
      Time: 9:00-10:30 am
      Location: Online
      Cost: Free
      Click Here to Register



    Dyslexia Workshop for K/1 Educators Flyer   We've Screened for Dyslexia... NOW WHAT?
      A Workshop Especially for K/1 Educators
      Date: Tuesday, July 24th
      Time: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
      Location: Lake Oswego
      Cost: $199
      (includes a toolkit with everything you need
      toimplement instruction aligned with results
      from the screening)
      Click Here to Register

    Three Lakes and Riverside High School Students Expand Career Options with Forklift Training
    From: Marcia Latta

    Riverside student uses a forklift
    Riverside and Three Lakes High School students are putting their new forklift to good use. So far, 15 students have completed the on-site certification program, which will qualify them to work in high-demand, medium-skilled jobs as material movers for factories or warehouses.

    Riverside student uses a forklift

    The forklift was purchased for Oak Creek Correctional Facility students by Oregon Youth Authority last year to provide another career training option for students. “We are excited about being able to offer this certification as an additional skill to put in our student's bag of ‘job readiness’,” said Principal Joy Koenig.

    Riverside student uses a forklift

    MESD teachers Greg McGowan and OYA Employee Roger Snell have earned certification to teach the basics of forklift safety and material moving operations. They follow a standardized forklift safety training program that emphasizes safe use and proper operations. The program includes an interactive PowerPoint presentation, followed up by a test. All of the information is based on federal and state regulations. The final process is a hands-on practical exam and proficiency test that includes a course with pylons and pallets to simulate some of the physical obstacles one may face in a warehouse.

    Riverside student uses a forklift

    The certification takes each student several weeks. “It is comprehensive,” said Snell. “We make sure they know what they are doing,” he said.

    Riverside student uses a forklift

    Forklift training is a popular program in both schools. “Driving a forklift is really cool, and I didn’t know I could do it,” said one student. “It’s not easy, but it is fun.”

    Riverside student uses a forklift

    This training is one of the many new training programs at Three Lakes and Riverside. “With tangible skills like driving a tractor, welding, and using a forklift, obtaining a degree – not to mention the ability to think critically, synthesize and analyze research, and even leave with some college – our students leave with the ability to do better. They have more opportunities than they had before,” said Koenig.

    Riverside student uses a forklift

    One of MESD's other OYA schools, Ocean Dunes in Florence, also offers forklift training for their students. Both OYA employee Marc Barnum and MESD's Kelly Kawahara are certified in forklift training.

    Riverside student uses a forklift


    Helensview Women’s Group and Culinary hosted their Valentine’s Day celebration in style, including a tempting menu of chocolate covered strawberries and tostadas de tinga.

    Helensview Valentine's Day Decorations Helensview students enjoying Valentine's Day Helensview students enjoying Valentine's Day  Helensview Valentine's Day Menu Preparing the feast

















    MESD Assistant Superintendent Sascha Perrins Tours Ocean Dunes and Camp Florence
    From: Marcia Latta

    Assistant Superintendent Sascha Perrins Tours Ocean Dunes and Camp Florence
    Ocean Dunes High School students and staff members had the opportunity to welcome Interim Assistant Superintendent Sascha Perrins during a visit on Friday, January 19th.

    Principal Joy Koenig said she was proud to show him arounds MESD’s most remote school site, located at Camp Florence in Florence, Ore. “Ocean Dunes may be a small school, but they have a big heart for students, and they are doing great work meeting the variety of student needs at the school.”

    The school tour included the new greenhouse, under construction after high winds blew the old one down; the new kiln for art and creative expression; the new classroom Promethean Board with new Ocean Dunes branding; and a discussion of future plans for VESOY (vocational education, school of older youth) and the high school program.

    Assistant Superintendent Sascha Perrins Tours Ocean Dunes and Camp Florence

    “I was happy to see staff and students working so creatively on their academic projects at the Ocean Dunes facility,” said Perrins. “The GED program, greenhouse construction and wonderful kitchen were all innovative examples of how our students can grow and learn with our committed staff!”

    Perrins was able to meet a few students, MESD staff teacher Carol Besset, and educational and VESOY assistant Kelly Kawahara. He also spoke to site partners from OYA, including VESOY employee Marc Barnum, camp director Richard Ross and assistant camp director Jeffrey Pickell.

    “We are always happy to show off the work we are doing on behalf of students,” said Koenig. “And we are delighted that Sascha was able to come see our school in action. We believe students and staff are living up to our school motto: ‘The Tide: A Force For Good’.”


     Flyer, full text below

    Building Bridges to Tomorrow’s Workforce
    You are Invited ...
    Employer Engagement event to promote collaboration with local businesses and schools to support the belief that "anyone can work". Business and student panel to share their successful work experience relationship and employment in the community.
    February 7, 2018
    Multnomah Education Service District
    11611 NE Ainsworth Circle
    Portland, Oregon 97220
    RSVP: Jodi Johnson @


    Riverside High School students learn about manufacturing careers
    From: Marcia Latta

    Riverside Students participating in LBCC Women, Metals and Manufacturing event
    Students in the Young Women’s Transitional Program at Riverside High School joined students from six other school districts in Linn and Benton counties to participate in hands-on activities at Linn Benton Community College.

    Riverside students participate in LBCC Women, Metals and Manufacturing event
    The annual LBCC Women, Metals and Manufacturing event, sponsored by the Albany Chamber Pipeline to Jobs project, helps girls learn about non-traditional careers.

    Riverside students participate in LBCC Women, Metals and Manufacturing event

    “We want students to explore new opportunities,” said Principal Joy Koenig. “If we can expose them to a variety of educational programs and career options, we believe they will be more likely to find a successful path when they leave.”

    Riverside students participate in LBCC Women, Metals and Manufacturing event
    This event highlighted training programs and jobs in welding, mechatronics, non-destructive testing, CADD and machine tool. It also featured a panel of women who shared about their careers in Albany-based manufacturing companies, including Viper NW, ATI and Entek.

    Riverside students participate in LBCC Women, Metals and Manufacturing event

    The panelists recounted how they started in entry-level positions after earning a high school diploma – or a GED in some cases – and advanced up to leadership positions. Riverside students were especially impressed with Entek Director of Extruder Sales Linda Campbell, who told the group she was the only female in the world in a position like hers. She shared that she worked her way up in the company and took advantage of opportunities to learn.

    Riverside students participate in LBCC Women, Metals and Manufacturing event
    “I encourage you to seek to understand manufacturing before you make a decision,” she told the group. “Learn your options and keep an open mind.”

    Riverside students participate in LBCC Women, Metals and Manufacturing event

    Campbell offered her card to any interested student who had additional questions. She said she would be happy to give tours to students, and Riverside students said they would love the opportunity. “She said she is making good money, and she is the only woman in the world doing what she is doing,” said Sierra. “We should talk to her more.”

    Riverside students participate in LBCC Women, Metals and Manufacturing event


    MESD Celebrates Board Appreciation Month

    Photo: MESD Board Members holding certificates of appreciation

    The agency recognized and honored board members at the January regular meeting with certificates of appreciation, special catering by Helensview School's catering program and a reading of the Governor's Proclamation read by Superintendent Sam Breyer. Thank you board members for your service!

    Photo: Food provided by Helensview Photo: Food provided by Helensview









    Literacy Symposium Flyer (text below)

    Seats available for an upcoming event in the Instructional Leadership Academy @ Multnomah ESD

    There is no cost to attend the events in this series - but registration is required as we provide refreshments. 

    -- Learn more on attached flyer. Please note specific grade levels for each session. 

    Event: Tuesday, February 6, 2018  Literacy Symposium for School Teams: Administrators and Instructional Specialists

    *** Session One for Grades 6-12   8:30 - 11:30 am
    Changing the Narrative: Literacy, Literature, and the Pursuit of Equity
    Participants will: 
    - understand the power of literature to address educational inequity and social and emotional learning
    - get practical advice on establishing a culture that supports collective learning and improvement
    - discuss how to investigate literacy problems and respond with systematic change

    *** Session Two for Grades K-5    12:30 - 3:30 pm

    The Multi-Tiered System of Support Journey for ELs: Belief, Skill, and Will
    Participants will: 
    - understand how to incorporate multicultural, multi-perspective, multi-sourced leveled materials that meet the needs of students
    - understand how ELs are serviced in a multi-tiered system of support framework
    - understand the alignment between content standards and the English Language Proficiency standards

    Presenter: Amelia Van Name Larson       This event is co-sponsored by the American Reading Company. (not a sales presentation) 


    Bars to Bridges project celebrates youth

    By Jaime Dunkle

    Image of Bars to Bridges Youth Bowling

    The Bars to Bridges Project celebrated Bars to Bridges youth and their loved ones at King Pins for a fun night of bowling and pizza on Dec. 7. The Bars to Bridges Project supports the African American/Black Student Success Plan via the assistance of Transition Specialists. Our Transition Specialists work directly with African American, Black and Multi-race students who have been at the Donald E. Long Detention Home and are now transitioning into other placements or their neighborhood schools. Bars to Bridges, as an extension of House Bill 2016, also supports students at other facilities and in the community.

    "My Transition Specialist is more relatable. He's from the South like me," said one student, who benefits from the Bars to Bridges project, at the holiday event.

    Bars to Bridges staff did a wonderful job making sure students and their guests felt welcome with a steady flow of pizza pies and lane games. Everyone had a chance to bowl, even a couple of Donald E. Long teachers who came out to show support. The atmosphere was full of smiles, laughter and holiday cheer. 

    "It's no judgment. They don't look at you like you're a bad kid," the same student said.

    Bars to Bridges youth were surprised with gift bags of backpacks, winter clothing, and shoes at our recent holiday event, thanks to REI, Columbia Sportswear and Dr. Martens. We appreciate the support!

    Visit the Bars to Bridges Flickr page for more photo highlights of the holiday celebration.  Find out more about Bars to Bridges and how it serves youth. 

    Helensview School awarded CTE grant to support student participation in Phoenix Industries

    Helensview CTE Students

    Two hundred and fifty students at Helensview School will have increased access and opportunities in Career Technical Education thanks to a $336,286 ODE CTE Revitalization grant. Using grant funds, the school will upgrade existing facilities to allow the school to support student participation in Phoenix Industries, its suite of career technical programs. The funding will allow the school to work towards establishing a pre-trade apprenticeship in carpentry offerings, establish a production kitchen to support the culinary business program, and provide additional dual credit opportunities through Mt. Hood Community College.

    Students Angelica Perez-Garcia and Zoria Hudson welcomed the news with excitement. “Being at Helensview and involved in Phoenix Industries and the culinary program has allowed me to see myself and my future differently,” and, “I’m excited about all the new things this money will allow us to do in those programs,” said Perez-Garcia. “Participating in the CTE woodworking and manufacturing program has taught me math and confidence in speaking in front of a group, and the CTE funding to add an internship will help me learn about careers that I haven’t considered before,” echoed Hudson.

    Helensview CTE Students

    Principal Dawn Joella-Jackson added, “At Helensview we serve students who have been referred by their districts when they were not successful there. These students have so many skills and gifts. The growth of our CTE programs will allow them to find new ways to shine.”

    CTE teachers Jermain Whitaker and Joe Williams explained about the impact the revitalization funds will have in their classrooms. “The math integration into the pretrade apprenticeship in carpentry allows students to visualize career and post-secondary opportunities after high-school,” explained teacher Jermaine Whitaker who leads the Woodworking and Manufacturing program. Teacher Joe Williams who leads the culinary business program added, “The program supports student learning in math, forecasting, marketing, and project planning. Students will receive dual-credit for their coursework through a partnership with Mt. Hood Community College.”

    Helensview CTE Students

    Phoenix Industries is a suite of hands-on career technical education programs. The programs include Phoenix Bike which uses bicycle repair and rejuvenation to support physics instruction and leads to internships with the community cycling center; Phoenix Ink a design and screen printing program, Phoenix Feast a culinary business program; Phoenix Beats, a composition, arrangement, and recording studio program; and Phoenix Build, a custom design and build construction and manufacturing program.

    Helensview school is a middle and high school that offers multiples pathways to graduation for students grades 6-12. Its mission is to provide culturally competent educational and support services that empower students to engage in their own learning and encourage students to transition to post-secondary school, training or career opportunities. The school offers integrated community-based units built around common standards, actively incorporates student voice in themes and directions of the classes and offers hands-on programming through Phoenix Industries.

    Helensview CTE Students



    Oregon Reading Association State Literacy Conference. Friday, February 2, 2018 Seminar with author Jeff Zwiers

    Early bird registration is offered for the Oregon Reading Association State Literacy Conference Feb. 2-3, 2018 in Portland. 

    $195 Oregon Reading Association Member
    $230 Non-Member
    On Day 1 of the conference, learn how to enhance students' oral language and constructive conversation skills from author Jeff Zwiers. He will share strategies to improve students' speaking and paired conversations that are focused on text-based understandings and critical thinking. This presentation is for K-12 educators.
    On Day 2, choose 4 of 16 small group sessions offering classroom-ready strategies in four strands: K-5, 6-12, Struggling Readers, and STEAM. The sessions are presented by Oregon literacy leaders: classroom teachers, instructional coaches, and university faculty. 

    Other Benefits: PDU certificate; one graduate credit from PSU; purchase classroom resources (Treehouse Books); review curriculum resources from exhibitors (Stenhouse, Booksource, McGraw Hill, HMH, Heinemann, Perma-Bound, American Reading Co., and Reading Horizons)  
    Paying by check or P.O.? Use PDF registration form. (or RTF registration form)
    Registration questions? Contact Diana Sohn

    Conference questions? Contact Beth Elliot

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    Riverside students learn about career options during Manufacturing Day at Linn Benton Community College

    From: Marcia Latta

    Riverside High School students participated in Manufacturing Day at Linn Benton Community College on Oct. 6. The event, sponsored by the Albany Chamber of Commerce Pipeline to Jobs project, helps students learn about high-demand manufacturing careers and community college training programs. Students joined other high school students in the community to tour local companies, speak to employers and learn about skills to help them get hired and advance in a career.

    Riverside Students at Manufacturing Day

    Seven students who are in the Young Women’s Transition Program toured Albany-based Wood Castle Furniture in the morning and then spent the day at the college touring five college programs.

    Riverside Students at Manufacturing Day

    Wood Castle has developed a manufacturing process to make fine furniture as efficiently as possible. During the factory tour, students observed each step in the process. Chief Operating Officer Scott Pierson hosted the tour and emphasized that manufacturing careers provide good wages to workers who work hard and continue to learn throughout their careers.

    Riverside Students at Manufacturing Day

    Teacher Greg McGowan accompanied the students. “I think the message from the Wood Castle was a good reminder that students can take control of their future by learning skills and developing a good work ethic,” he said.

    Riverside Students at Manufacturing Day

    After the tours, students returned to LBCC to learn more about LBCC programs that train students for local jobs. Students toured program areas for Machine Tool, Mechatronics, CADD, Welding and Non-Destructive Testing programs.

    Riverside Students at Manufacturing Day

    Principal Joy Koenig said one of the goals at Riverside High School is to expose students to career options that they can pursue when they leave. “We understand that the transition to independent living – and to adulthood – can be stressful, and even scary,” she said. “But the opportunities are also exciting. We want to help students learn skills and earn college credits when they are with us, so they can be prepared for success in the future.” 

    School Improvement Hosts Literacy Expert

    Participants discuss at Carol Jago event
    Portrait of Carol Jago   MESD's School Improvement Program hosted literacy
      expert Carol Jago on October 5th to work with English
      teachers in grades 6-12 for a day-long workshop called 
      "Instructional Moves That Matter: Helping Students
      Become Competent, Habitual and Confident Readers". 
    Participants discuss at Carol Jago event
    35 educators from Centennial, Gresham-Barlow, PPS and Reynolds School Districts learned strategies to engage the most reluctant readers and writers. In one activity, participants created an original "Golden Shovel" poem using a line from "Genius Child" by Langston Hughes, then discussed how they could effectively increase the reading and writing of poetry in their classrooms. 

    Participants discuss at Carol Jago event
    This no-cost to participants event was co-sponsored by publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

    Legislators Meet with the MESD Board

    Representative Smith Warner and Senator Frederick at the board meeting
    Thank you Representative Smith-Warner and Senator Frederick for speaking at the Multnomah ESD board meeting about building relationships with legislator.

    Happenings Around Helensview

    Helensview Women's Group shares cookies.
    Helensview Women's Group walked around and shared cookies with inspirational quotes with our neighbors! 

    Helensview P.E. Class at the driving range
    Students from Helensview's health and PE class had a great Friday at the driving range.

    Helensview Bike Program
    The Helensview bike program has continued to grow and is now a part of our health and P.E. classes.

    Helensview Culinary Program makes lunch
      The culinary program makes Friday lunch at Helensview. Delicious!

    Helensview Health Class
    Students in Helensview's health class learn about their brains.

    Helensview Summer Internships
    Honoring all of the hard work from the summer including summer school,
    internships and STARS Mentoring. 

    Migrant Ed Students Catch Up on Summer Reading with Animal Companions

    From Columbia River Pet Partners:

    Photo: Columbia River Pet Partners Team Member with her animal companion, a dog

    Teams from Columbia River Pet Partners (CRPP) Pawsative Reading Pals visited the Migrant Education Summer Program at Hollydale Elementary in July. Participants were offered the chance to read with a supportive adult and a furry companion, and each student received a free book!

    Photo: David Ransier with pet, Lady

    Photo: Barbara Harmon and dog, Scamp Photo: Debby Lazarone and pet, Chicory

    Top: David Ransier and Lady
    Left: Barbara Harmon and Scamp, Right: Debby Lazarone and Chicory

    Peter Christensen and canine companion Muka spoke to the older students about therapy dogs. Sherri Tallmon also brought along Ace, a registered therapy llama, to interact with some of the younger classes.

    Photo: Ace the therapy Llama Photo: Students interacting with Ace the therapy Llama
    Photo: Students interacting with Ace the therapy Llama Photo: Students interacting with Ace the therapy Llama
    Photo: Students interacting with Ace the therapy Llama Photo: Students interacting with Ace the therapy Llama

    Thanks, Columbia River Pet Partners!

    Burlingame Creek's Garden Harvest

    Photo: 2 bins containing a variety of colorful vegetables harvested from Burlingame Creek School


    Final Game of the Season for the Educators

    Come out to the ballpark! The MESD softball team, the Educators, will play the last game of their premier season this Thursday, July 27th at 6:30 pm at Delta Park's Budweiser Field. Come join the fun! (10737 N Union Court,
    MESD Educators Softball Team
     MESD Educators
    Back row left to right:  Krystal Breece, Joni Tolon,
    Teresa Lay, Patrick McArthur, Tim Parker, Erika Meyer 
    Front Row left to right: Suzanne Briggs, Chris Brown,
    Heidi Schmidt, Melissa Davis, Danny Moreno, James Barnett 
    Team Members Not Pictured: Elana Emlen, Matt Emlen,
    Brian Altman, Ricky Lankford, Sean Woodard, Trevor Alf, Vicky Genge