Second semester has begun and there is so much to celebrate in Coos Bay. Everyone is learning – staff, students, parents and community members.
Our staff spend Friday afternoons in our professional learning teams (PLT), analyzing student work and planning for targeted instruction so that students who are not proficient, learn, and proficient students are challenged. Our teacher teams are focused on improving instruction to improve student learning. Staff are also participating in additional professional learning including STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Career and Technical, Proficiency Teaching and Learning, Art integration, and math alignment. We believe it is what the adults do differently in our schools that will make a difference for our students. Educators apply what they learn to our classrooms to engage our students and enrich our instruction.
Students have been involved in STEM projects including building a boat (which we hope will be launched by NOAA near the equator as part of a research project), competing in Robotics at the middle schools level, creating video productions and fabricating at the high school. Our students are again competing in the state Oregon Battle of the Books. This is our third year. Our elementary students are working on their reading and math and receiving daily targeted instruction to help prepare them to be proficient readers and on track for math success by third grade.
Parent & Community Member Activities & Opportunities:
Parents and community members are volunteering at every school. We have a monthly Parent Café at Madison Elementary. All volunteers are invited to attend. It’s held the 2nd Thursday of each month from 8:00 – 9:00 AM in the staff room. February’s topic will be Literacy Education and March’s topic is Reporting Child Abuse & Neglect.
Superintendent Advisory Team:
Each school sends parents representatives to participate in the monthly Superintendent Advisory Team meeting. This group reviews policies, advises decisions, connects parents and the district and shares ideas and issues to better help the district engage with and relate to parents and families. We can always use more input. If you are interested in joining or would like more information, please contact your school’s administrator or Peggy Ahlgrim at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-267-1310.
Pathways to Positive Parenting is offering Everyday Parenting Workshops for parents of children ages 4-10 on Tuesday evenings through March 10th. A free family dinner is served at 5:30 followed by the workshop for parents and children’s program from 6:00 – 8:00.
Community Support: Our community supports our work in so many ways.
- The Coos Bay Boat Building Center has helped Sunset students build the STEM boat. Click here for more information about the center.
- Bay Area Chamber of Commerce has an Education Committee which is working closely with all area education organizations to build a bridge between business and education. BACC Link BACC also provides resources and support for students including books, supplies and clothing. They do an Extreme Makeover of two schools a year. They recently gave awards to two Coos Bay teachers and named MHS teacher Catherine Hampton as their Bay Area Educator of the Year. Click here.
- Our Booster Club is very active in supporting not only athletics but activities as well. They meet each Wednesday at noon at Abby’s Pizza. Click here for more information.
- The Coos Bay Community Schools Foundation continues to fundraise and support students and staff through annual grants in all four areas of a comprehensive education: Athletics, Academics, Arts and Activities. For more information or if you haven’t picked up your ticket for their latest fundraiser on Feb 26th, Dinner with U of O Coach Mark Helfrich, click here.
In Coos Bay we feel very supported and valued by our entire community. Thank you. It takes us all working together to educate our children.
It is that time of year again. Coos Bay Schools is in our budget process and your voice is needed to help us plan for next year. With the Governor’s proposed budget, Coos Bay Schools and other regional districts will be hard pressed to sustain our programs and staffing. Despite this challenge, Coos Bay Schools will be reaching out this month to engage our community in discussions and prioritizing of our school and athletic budgets. In March the school administrators will work together to create a district budget which will be forwarded to the Budget Committee. The process of approving the budget will be completed after public meetings but before June 30th. If you are interested in taking part in the building budget process, please attend a Site Council meeting or contact your building principal. If you are interested in the district budget process, click here for more information.
I remain blessed to serve the children, families and staff of Coos Bay Schools,
Common Core Standards links for Parents:
Proficiency Based Instruction link for Parents