Dear Clear Creek Community,
We hope this message finds you in good health. We are experiencing a very unique time and things are changing rapidly. Like many of you are experiencing, the news comes fast and many decisions are made out of our control. This means that we don’t have answers to all of our questions at this time. The situation is challenging because it is new and different from what we have experienced before. What we do know, is that we will follow the guidelines and decisions made by our government officials in an attempt to minimize risk, and to maximize the health and safety of our students and our community. This means, in part, that our school will remain closed until April 28th.
We understand that there are many questions the recent Executive Order from Governor Brown has raised. We have many questions here at school as well. In the coming weeks, we will be working to answer your questions and to find an effective way to make the best of our current situation. At this point, it is important that we all have patience with the process, and remember that we have your child’s best interest at heart. Uncertain times require us to be flexible, open to new ideas, and supportive of each other.
As we work to develop an educational plan in response to Governor Brown's announcement earlier this week, the district has posted educational resources online for students and families wishing to bring some structure to their day. These resources also provide students the opportunity to review and enrich their academic skills over the coming weeks. There will also be printed resources available at the school site during meal pick up times.
Our district continues to collaborate and develop what supplemental learning and support will look like starting on 4/1/20. All staff will virtually report for work on 3/30. We have two days of professional development to design these options and learn more as a staff about using Google Classroom and other apps in this work. On 4/1, all GBSD middle schools will roll out a daily structure for students to access resources as well as virtual support from their teachers during established office hours through Google Hangouts.
We realize that not all families have a device or wifi access at home. We are working behind the scenes to identify possible resources we can get to students if the closure continues past the current April 28th date that the Governor has set for the state.
Please continue to monitor the GBSD COVID-19 webpage updates and information during Spring Break. We realize that the closure places additional stressors on families, and specifically on our youth. Please encourage them to follow social distancing, practice healthy handwashing habits, and be safe.
David Atherton, Ed.D.
Clear Creek MS
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Degrees and Certifications:
Doctorate of Education (Ed.D) Educational Administration from Concordia University-Portland (2017) Continuing Administrator License Certificate (CAL) from Lewis & Clark College (2012) Initial Administrator License Certificate (IAL) from Lewise & Clark College (2007) Masters of Science (MS) Technical/Professional Writing from Portland State University (2005) Continuing Teaching License Certificate (CTL) from Portland State University (2005) Initial Teaching License Certificate (1999) Bachelors of Arts (BA) English from University of Portland (1999) Bachelors of Science (BS) Secondary Education from University of Portland (1999)
Dr. David Atherton
Clear Creek Middle School is a student-focused and supportive learning environment. Our mission is that a focus on Respect, Responsibility, Relationships, and Results will guide our decisions and interactions with students, staff, families, and community members. Our continued efforts as a PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) school promote and reward desired behaviors rather than focusing on punishing students. Our focus is to encourage students’ social-emotional growth, building skills to make the right decisions as a community member in and out of the school to be future-ready as a 21st Century Learner.
We continue to support the 4Rs seeking to sustain success. While success is defined as a destination, we want it to be sustainable for our students in high school and after graduation as life-goals, and directions, change. If students have the knowledge and skills to adapt to learning situations, then they will sustain success in their lives, positively contributing to society. We realize that while students spend a lot of time at CCMS, families need additional support outside of school time. To that end, our staff works to provide wraparound services, connecting students and families with community resources and social services.
As we continue to work towards these goals, we want to ensure that we are communicating effectively and receiving feedback from a variety of stakeholders make the best decisions. We primarily use email and our website to keep families updated on school events, as requested by families in surveys. Ensure your email address is updated in ParentVue. For families who do not have electronic access, we provide copies in the office or by request.
Just as we expect students to grow, our staff also pursues personal and professional learning and growth. For students to be future-ready, staff continues to explore emerging practices to be 21st Century educators for 21st Century students.
Our School Improvement Plan has three objectives with eight supporting targets:
- All teachers will use instructional strategies and initiatives that are grounded in evidence-based practices, strengthen the core academic program, increase the quality and quantity of learning time, and address the learning needs of all students:
- AVID and Culturally Relevant Teaching practices;
- Differentiated instruction for English Language Learners and Special Education inclusion in mainstream classes;
- Instructional Technology use to promote student engagement, learning, and growth through Google Classroom and Applications.
- School leaders will actively promote a shared vision for equity, cultural competence, and high expectations:
- Student social-emotional learning through Culturally Relevant Teaching, Cultural Proficiency, Trauma-Informed Practices, student-focus groups, and targeted advisory lessons to teach or reteach social situational behavior and language;
- Student growth mindset based on rigor, relevance, and perseverance;
- Staff communication to engage families through Google Classroom, Parent/StudentVue, meetings, phone, and email to celebrate successes and provide needed support.
- All instructional staff at the school will be engaged in aligning instruction and local assessments to state standards:
- Staff Professional Learning Teams focus on intentional alignment of Common Core Standards, curriculum resources, instructional best practices, and assessments for student-learning;
- Students learn academic language needed to succeed in any learning environment or post-secondary options.
We look forward to partnering with you to support your scholar’s social, emotional, academic, and physical growth. Our highly skilled and dedicated staff want to work with you to help this growth for every student to succeed.
David Atherton, Ed.D.