Leadership model update and Leadership survey

Dear Springwater families,

We are so pleased to see our new and returning students settling into routines, connecting with new and old friends, and launching a wonderful year of educational and personal growth. Our teachers are off to a terrific start this year and are doing an amazing job forming relationships with their students and families and working with our leadership team in a productive and solution-focused manner. We are thrilled to see this excellent start to the school year!

The Board and Leadership Team would like to update you on a few topics with a focus on our progress on the development of our long-term Leadership Model.

We want to update you on our next steps and timeline for developing our long-term leadership model and answer a few questions that we heard on the temporary leadership model in place for this school year. We will start with some hearty “thank yous” to our community.

THANK YOUS!

We are proud of the impressive volunteerism we have already experienced from our community this year. We are grateful for all you give. Thank you for your support of our school!

We are encouraged by new lines of communication that we have seen begin to form in the past few weeks between staff, community, and the Board. We will continue to work hard on deepening those relationships. Thank you for your trust in building them.

We are excited about the input we received in our suggestion box. Parents and students alike gave us feedback and we appreciate hearing all perspective. Thank you and please continue the great input!

NEXT STEPS & TIMELINE FOR NEW LEADERSHIP MODEL

The Board and Leadership Team want to update our Springwater families on our work towards creating our new leadership model, including immediate next steps and long-term goals.

On August 30, 2018, the Board and Leadership Team met with a charter school expert from the Oregon School Board Association (OSBA) who we hired to help advise us on building a new leadership model for Springwater. Since that meeting, we created a community survey and a staff survey both distributed to respective community and staff to solicit input for our new leadership model.

In partnership with our OSBA consultant, we will analyze the input received from the community and staff surveys, extract themes from the analyzed input, and develop a strategic plan for creating a new leadership model that reflects the wants and needs of our Springwater families and staff.

Both the community survey and staff survey are currently being distributed. The community survey is posted on our website. We are also distributing the community survey in this email. If you have any trouble electronically accessing the community survey, we will have hard copies available at the school and at our Family Friday event tomorrow.

Please return your surveys to us by September 30th, 2018. At that time, we will close the input period and then meet with our OSBA consultant to begin the survey evaluation process.

All survey results are confidential – only our OSBA consultant will see the identity of the person who submitted them.

You will likely receive additional surveys this year as we progress in the development of our long-term Leadership Model.

The Board and Leadership team ask that all families do their best to provide us with their input. Our process will produce the best result when we hear everyone’s voice. Please participate in this survey and let us know if you need any support in doing so.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GBS9YHK

QUESTIONS ANSWERED ON TEMPORARY LEADERSHIP MODEL

We heard from our community that some families are having trouble understanding (1) the correct member of our Leadership team to contact for various matters; and (2) the timeline of our temporary leadership model and when we estimate that we will have a long-term school leader in place.

Leadership team contacts. Please contact any one of the Leadership Team members (Heidi, Jen, or Katie) for any issue you feel needs support from a school leader. Our Leadership Team is highly committed to communicating well with each other. If one member of the Leadership Team is not at the school on a day you need to connect with someone, please find another Leadership Team member and introduce yourself to open the discussion about your needs. If you do not know the Leadership Team members, please ask April or Rebecca in the front office or any teacher for an introduction. Heidi, Jen, and Katie are all very approachable and are sharing responsibilities – please do not worry about contacting the “wrong” person; they are all the “right” person for you and will find answers and solutions in an efficient manner.

Timeline for new leadership model. As mentioned above, this month, we are currently working through the information gathering phase of developing our new Leadership model. October’s focus is analyzing that data, generating themes, and crafting a strategic plan. November and December’s focus is likely going to be a deep dive into considering the best leadership models for our Springwater community based on the community and staff input we receive and the expert advice from our OSBA consultant. Ideally, we will have a Leadership Model decided in December-January with interviewing for any new leadership positions beginning in the spring.

The entire process may take all school year or we may find our ideal new model and perfect candidate quickly. The above timeline is only an estimate and we are trying to give our community and staff as much transparency as possible without committing to hard deadlines because we want the right model with the right leader, which may take time to find. The only hard deadline we can promise at this time is that the process to develop the new Leadership Model and find our new school leader will be complete by the end of the school year. We appreciate your patience and grace as we progress through this process.

We always welcome questions about the process and will provide you with periodic updates like this one. You are welcome to join us for Board meetings and are invited to ask any Board member or Leadership Team member for an update. We will do our best to share information as soon as it can be shared.

As always, please contact any Board member or member of the Leadership Team with questions. Our next Board meeting scheduled for Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 6pm at Clackamas Community College – please join us.

We hope to see everyone at Family Friday this week!

Very truly yours,

The Springwater Board* & Leadership Team**

* Genevieve Scheesley & Board Members: Devon Sommer, Mali Geister, Tina Marquez, Tory Blackwell, Chelsea Hamilton, Cinda Scott, Justin Bearden, & Holly Johnston

** Heidi Blackwell, Jen Wozniak, & Katie Rasouli

Amanda’s FIRST LEGO League Chromebooks

Help me give my students two Chromebooks for use in programming and research.

My Students

The students at my school are innovative, creative, and high-level thinkers. These students are excited to share their ideas and are looking for ways to make them tangible and applicable to real life.

This group of students are anxious to try new things and discover new talents in LEGO Robotics.

With the help of these Chromebooks, the students will make an impact in the community around them by being innovative and working collaboratively to build a robot, solve problems, and create great presentations.

My Project

Our school has an established FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics program for grades 7 and 8, BUT it isn’t available to the younger students.

These young people are incredibly eager to dive into the great opportunities that FIRST offers.

Starting two LEGO League teams has introduced these students to programming, engineering, and an experience they won’t forget. For the teams to be successful, they need these two Chromebooks for programing the robots they design and build, to do research on the project that the challenge has set out, and to develop the presentations they need in order to prepare for our first competitions in December.

When not in use by the LEGO robotics students, the computers will be available for 5th-6th grade students who need the technology to finish classroom tasks.

 

https://www.donorschoose.org/project/first-lego-league-chromebooks/3628650/?utm_source=dc&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=ifproject&utm_term=teacher_3971094&rf=facebook-dc-2018-09-ifproject-teacher_3971094&challengeid=20857237

 

 

Donor’s Choose Request from Kassandra

Dear Springwater Community,

I want to make sure my students have what they need to succeed, so I just created a DonorsChoose.org classroom request. Please click the link below:
Help us Innovate with 3-D Pens 

Give to my classroom by September 23, 2018 and your donation will be doubled thanks to Ripple. Just enter the code RIPPLE during checkout and you’ll be matched dollar for dollar (up to $50).In return, you’ll get awesome photos of your gift in action and our heartfelt thanks.

Thank you so much,
Kassandra

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events:

Family Friday 9/21/2018

10 minute mini-conferences with teachers 4:00-5:30 -Each teacher will coordinate signups

Potluck 5:30-6:30-Please bring a dish to share

Curriculum night 6:30-7:30-Adults in classrooms/Kids entertained by Parent Council

Striders/Jog a Thon

Striders starting during lunch recess Monday-Thursday 9/17/2018

Jog a Thon scheduled for 10/19/2018

 

September 12th, 2018 Board Meeting

Regular Board Meeting

September 12th, 2018

6:00pm at Springwater School

You can find the agenda here

Transportation Information

Jackson Hub @ OCHS Jackson Campus – On Jackson Street, between 11th and 12th. East side of the road.

Church Hub @ Oregon City Evangelical Church – 1024 Linn Avenue. Sidewalk on the AV Davis Road.

Redland Hub @ Clear Creek Communication – morning Pickup 18238 S Fischers Mill Rd. An on-road stop

Redland Hub @ Redland Grange – afternoon drop off 18131 S. Fischers Mill Rd. – The gravel driveway in front of grange.

Holcolmb Hub @ Holcolmb Elementary (PM only) – 14625 Holcomb Blvd. in the main parking lot.

Bus pickup/drop off times:

Morning Schedule (3 hub pick-ups) Please remember these are strict bus departure times

Jackson Hub – leaves at 8:00 am
Church Hub – leaves at 8:00 am
Redland Hub – leaves at 8:10 am

Afternoon Schedule (4 hub drop-offs) Please remember afternoon hub arrivals are in a time range
Redland Hub, drop off around 3:55 – 4:05 pm
Holcomb Hub, drop off around 3:55 – 4:05 pm
Jackson Hub, drop off around 4:05 – 4:15 pm
Church Hub, drop off around 4:05 – 4:15 pm

FFS Parent Training

This Friday (9/7), Jen will lead a FFS Volunteer Orientation from 8:35 to 10:00. She will be sharing some new terms of our Special Use Permit with Metro and school-wide FFS expectations. If you ever plan to go our on FFS with students, your attendance is important. Jen will be sharing practices to help you build a sense of place with small groups of students that will carry through the year.

Transitional Leadership Team

Dear Springwater families,

We hope everyone is enjoying the final days of summer and the excitement that comes with the beginning of a new school year! 

We have wonderful news to share with you about our summer collaboration between the Board and Staff.   

This email is the first of a series of three announcements for you in the coming days.  Here, we are pleased to announce our Transitional Leadership Team for the 2018-2019 school year and their responsibilities during our leadership transition.  We also include here our Leadership points of contact on all school matters – contact information is below. 

Our next announcement will include the class lists and an exciting new teacher introduction. 

Our final announcement in this series will update you on our collaborative process of creating Springwater’s permanent leadership model for school year 2019-2020 and beyond.  We will also announce a schedule of Board Q & A Sessions and Community Outreach Events to discuss the school leadership models. 

TRANSITIONAL LEADERSHIP TEAM MEMBERS

We proudly announce our Transitional Leadership Team for school year 2018-2019:

* Katie Rasouli, Instructional & Community Coordinator (ICC)

* Jen Wozniak, ICC

* Heidi Blackwell, Transitional Support Specialist 

Dawn transitioned to an off-site advisor role supporting charter compliance and other operational duties, as needed.  She no longer handles on-site matters for our students, staff, or families.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF TRANSITIONAL LEADERSHIP TEAM & POINTS OF CONTACT

Katie, Jen, and Heidi share leadership responsibilities and serve complementary roles to each other.

Katie and Jen serve as the public face of the school.  They will be in the front office to handle all student and family matters including discipline, parent inquiries, family communication, staff support and facilitation (contract staff members), and emergencies.  Additionally, Katie and Jen are responsible for coordinating K-8 instruction, supporting teachers, and building community at Springwater.  Katie is on-site Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, and Jen is on-site Mondays and Fridays.  On Wednesdays, Jen continues to teach art and coordinates with Katie to ensure smooth co-leadership.

Heidi shares leadership responsibilities with Katie and Jen but has an emphasis on administrative duties.  Heidi provides charter compliance and operational support, including budgeting, scheduling, enrollment, policies, staff support and facilitation (non-contract staff), and other school-wide needs.  She also serves as a resource for families in a supporting role to Katie and Jen.   Heidi has a 1-year contract for her Transitional Support Specialist role. 

Heidi remains our Special Education lead and will be supported by a new part-time Instructional Assistant in Special Ed.  Heidi dedicates Mondays and Fridays to her administrative duties while reserving Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for her Special Ed responsibilities.

Katie, Jen, and Heidi each report directly to the Board. 

Katie can be reached at: katie@springwaterschool.com.

Jen can be reached at: jen@springwaterschool.com.

Heidi can be reached at: heidi@springwaterschool.com.

CONCLUSION & QUESTIONS

Katie, Jen, and Heidi are working closely with each other and the Board during this transitional year to ensure that our Springwater community continues to thrive well into the future. 

Please contact any Board member, Katie, Jen, or Heidi with questions or feedback.  We welcome your input and look forward to many productive conversations with you this year. 

Warm regards,

The Springwater Board of Directors*, Katie, Jen, & Heidi

* Board President: Genevieve Scheesley & Board Members: Devon Sommer, Mali Geister, Tina Marquez, Tory Blackwell, Chelsea Hamilton, Cinda Scott, Justin Bearden, & Holly Johnston

September 4th, First Day of School

Schedule of Events

8:35 School-wide breakfast social in the cafetorium and schoolyard. Students with parents
9:00 All-School welcome & introduction in the amphitheater
9:15 Students dismissed to the classroom with teachers
Parents invited to cafetorium for Q&A
9:45 Parents Dismissed

Please stop by the office to turn in forms and student medications.
Make sure to update your PikMyKid account before you leave today.

August 30th Meet and Greet

Dear Springwater Community,

We hope to see you at school next Thursday! Supply drop-off and an open house meet-and-greet with teachers is from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. The supply drop-off helps teachers start with organized classrooms on the first day of school. If you pre-ordered supply packs (which will be at school on 9/4) you should still try to make the open house. It is a great opportunity for students to have a moment of friendly personal interaction with their teacher and gives parents and teachers a chance to chat informally. The open house makes for a smooth, easy landing back at school for all involved.
While you’re at school, please stop by the office and check with April to make sure all your paperwork is complete, and turn in medications are turned in. She reminds families that your PikMyKid account needs to be updated for the first day of school. If you need help, she can get you set up on Thursday.
Please consider coming in earlier on Thursday. You may have seen invitations on Facebook to help Katherine in the garden from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. We’re extending the invitation to “Care For Place”, including the school grounds (there will be a mountain of bark chips to spread), school communal spaces, and classrooms. Even if you only have a short time to help, we’d love to have you. Support teachers old and new, welcome new families, and show them how we work together as a school community.
Thanks,
Jen Wozniak
Instructional and Community Coordinator

Budget Review and Vote on funds for transitional year

Special Board of Directors work session/meeting August 21st 2018. Review and vote on allocation of funds for transitional year, plan for first week of school and prep for OSBA meeting.

You can find the agenda here.

Important Summer Update from the Springwater Board

Dear Springwater Community,
Attached is a letter from the Springwater Board detailing some changes that will occur next year concerning leadership and Board interaction.  The staff and Board members have been working hard throughout the summer to ensure a strong, healthy community where every student has an opportunity to thrive.  We hope that everyone is having a wonderful summer and appreciate each of you taking few moments to read the attached information.
Sincerely,
Genevieve Sheesley
Springwater Board Chair

July 15th, Board Meeting Visioning/Work Session

There will be a Board Meeting Visioning/Work Session on July 15th from 4:30pm-8:00pm  at Springwater School.

Agenda is here.

June 26, 2018 Board Meeting Agenda

Join the Board on 06/26/18  for their monthly Board Meeting. Meetings are held at Clackamas Community College in the DeJardin Building. Please note the DeJardin building is the glass building on the south side of campus (closest to Highway 213) and directly across from the soccer fields.

You can find the agenda here.

June 26, 2018 Board Meeting

Join the Board on 06/26/18 at 6pm for their (rescheduled) monthly Board Meeting. Meetings are held at Clackamas Community College in the DeJardin Building. Please note the DeJardin building is the glass building on the south side of campus (closest to Highway 213) and directly across from the soccer fields.

You can find the agenda here.

Board Work Session, May 29, 2018,

Join the Board on May 29, 2018, at 6pm, for a Budget Work Session.

The meeting will be held at Clackamas Community College, Oregon City OR 97045 DeJardin, Room 191.

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting to the board chair at boardchair@springwaterschool.com

Please note the DeJardin building is the glass building on the south side of campus (closest to Highway 213) and directly across from the soccer fields.

May 16, 2018 Board Meeting Agenda

Join the Board on 5/16/18  for their monthly Board Meeting. Meetings are held at Clackamas Community College in the DeJardin Building. Please note the DeJardin building is the glass building on the south side of campus (closest to Highway 213) and directly across from the soccer fields.

You can find the agenda here.

Chicken Pox Notification

Dear Parents,
We have two confirmed cases of Chicken Pox at Springwater.
There is an effective vaccine available and if your children are not currently up to date now would be a great time to get current.
The contagious life cycle of chicken pox is 21 days.  If your child has a fever or even one spot/rash please do not send them to school. Please review the letter below from Cheryl Sharkey, our school nurse.  If you have any concerns please contact either Cheryl or myself.

We appreciate everyone’s efforts and understanding,
Dawn & Cheryl

Springwater Immunity Letter(1)

And the beat goes on – the Auction continues!

Didn’t make it to the auction?
Didn’t get your child signed up for PE pizza in the park?
Ready to learn archery?
Want to buy a few really awesome items?

Want to contribute to the amazing effort of the paddle-raiser for the dream of outdoor classrooms?

You are in luck!

Stop by the main hallway during conference days and make a difference with your purchases and donations.

April 18, 2018 Board Meeting Agenda

Join the Board on 4/18/18 at 6:00 pm for their monthly Board Meeting. Meetings are held at Clackamas Community College in the DeJardin Building, room 233. Please note the DeJardin building is the glass building on the south side of campus (closest to Highway 213) and directly across from the soccer fields.

You can find the agenda here.