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The Gresham-Barlow School District
Employee Newsletter
April 2022
SUPERINTENDENT'S MESSAGE
Classroom visits highlight the tenacity and spirit of Team GBSD
Ensuring all students thrive is the focus of FLEX Programs, K-8 Summer School
STEAM AT DEEP CREEK-DAMASCUS K-8 FEATURES E-TEXTILES AND MATERIALS SCIENCE
Students learn the basics of sewing by creating usable items to serve the school
After learning basic skills, students focus on sewing circuits and sensors for more complex team projects
NEW EDUCATORS ACADEMY CORNERSTONE OF GBSD'S MENTORING PROGRAM
Sessions offered designed to honor teacher voice and choice
Academy features modeled lessons that include Learning Intentions, integrate engagement strategies and conclude with a formative assessment of learning
SCHOOL BOARD ADOPTS LANGUAGE ARTS MATERIAL FOR STUDENTS K-8
Team of 66 educators vets curriculum and elevates student voice during rigorous process to determine which materials to recommend
Vetting process also included community engagement
PRESCHOOL TO POSTSECONDARY SUCCESS UPDATE
Gresham High School starts new pathway in construction trades, Sam Barlow High School creates pathway in computer science
Middle schools now have STEAM educators and classrooms
TOMORROW BUS IS GATHERING STEAM
Be sure to watch for the Tomorrow Bus coming to a school near you! In March the bus partnered with the Structured Skills Center near Springwater Trail High School.
As you can see, elementary and secondary students had hands and minds “switched on” when they participated in lessons on “The Salmon Experience.”
ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNER DEPARTMENT WILL NOW BE KNOWN AS THE MULTILINGUAL DEPARTMENT
Name change reflects an inclusive, asset-based approach
Change also highlights and honors students' cultural and linguistic backgrounds
MULTI-FACTOR AUTHENTICATION (MFA) COMING TO GBSD
K-12 schools are ever increasing target of online scams and data theft
Implementing MFA will make it more difficult for criminals to disrupt school and steal student data
UPDATE FROM DISTRICT WELLNESS COMMITTEE
Instructional coaches, teachers, counselors, and administrators make up committee
Work of the committee focuses on improving staff wellness in a variety of ways
Learning in Progress! Mrs. Galloway’s first grade students at Powell Valley Elementary used their problem solving and persuasive skills on an igloo STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activity. Students created a plan, built it, collaborated and reflected on their work.
Check out the innovation skills of Mrs. McKenzie’s 5th graders at Hogan Cedars Elementary! Students created a tower garden by planting rainbow chard, kale seeds, and lettuce. Mrs. McKenzie wrote a grant last year to get this project started.
The Gresham Outlook is shining the spotlight on East Gresham Elementary second grade teacher Logan Benfield for his focus on social emotional health! Mr. Benfield focuses on empathy and works to keep students engaged.
Dates to remember
  • April 27: Administrative Professionals' Day
  • May 2-6: Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 5: School Board Work Session, attend in-person or watch online, 6 pm
  • May 5: School Board Business Meeting, attend in-person or watch online, 7 pm
  • May 12: Budget Committee Meeting attend in-person or watch online, 7 pm
  • May 13: Elementary School Curriculum & Instruction Day, No School
  • May 14: West Gresham Elementary Open House, 1-4 pm
  • May 19: School Board Work Session, attend in-person or watch online, 6 pm
  • May 26: Budget Committee Meeting, attend in-person or watch online, 7 pm
  • May 30: Memorial Day, No School-District Closed
Inspire and Empower Each Student
Questions or Comments? Contact Athena Vadnais
gbsdcommunications@gresham.k12.or.us | 503-261-4550
Gresham-Barlow School District recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups. It is the policy of this district and the board of education that there will be no discrimination or harassment of individuals or groups in any educational programs, activities or employment.
Gresham-Barlow provides equal access to individuals with disabilities.

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