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  • Family Tech Support Process

    Tech Help

    Things to know/try before contacting the school: 

     link to Advisory slides

    • Completely shutdown and restart your computer. This small action solves many issues.

    • Make sure that all parts of the charger are completely connected. If the charger is still not charging the Chromebook you may need to flip the USB-C plug over.

    • For better internet connection move to a room with windows or move closer to a window

    • Students are unable to check their own data use. When they have reached the mobile data limit they will still have data but after 30GB of use the connection will significantly slow down

      *If you are still in need of support with your Chromebook, charger, or accessories you can contact us at 503-492-6700
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    Dear Parent or Guardian:

    This has been a year like no other. Thank you for working with us to ensure a strong finish to the 2020-21 school year. We appreciate your support and patience. As the end of the school year approaches, we wanted to inform you about end-of-year testing.

    What tests will my child take in 2020-21?

    Students will take fewer tests in 2020-21 than in previous years. Those tests will also be shorter. To find out which tests your child will take, see the table below. (The table applies to Oregon’s general and alternate assessments.)

    Grade Level

    Required Tests

    Optional Tests





    ELA & Mathematics



    Mathematics & Science



    ELA & Mathematics


    “Required tests” will be available on site. The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) is not supporting remote test administration. If your child is learning at home, your school will contact you about testing.

    You may ask for your child to participate in “optional tests”. To ask for an optional test, contact your school. Optional tests are taken on site, just like required tests.

    If your child is eligible for the English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA), your school will contact you with more information.

    Some students may also take a short survey in addition to required tests. This survey is called the Student Educational Equity Development (SEED) Survey. It will provide valuable information that will help improve education in Oregon. You can find out more about the survey here.

    Why is testing different in 2020-21?

    Oregon’s leaders understand that factors like the COVID pandemic have made a big impact on the state, so ODE shortened the tests and reduced the number of tests students need to take. 

    How do I ask for my child to take more/fewer tests?

    To ask for your child to participate in all available state tests, please contact your school. There is no form to sign or letter to write. 

    To decline testing for your child, see the table below.

    Required Test

    How to Decline




    Complete and submit an “opt-out” form. 

    English Opt Out Form (fillable)

    Spanish Opt Out form

    Send completed form to seamone@gresham.k12.or.us


    You have the right to decline Science testing for religious or disability reasons.

    • Write a request to exempt your child from Science testing.
    • List the reasons for your request.
    • Propose a learning activity to replace the Science test.
    • The school will read your letter, then approve or decline your request.


    Contact your school. There is no form to sign or letter to write. You may decline verbally or in writing.

    How and when will I find out what my child learned this year?

    • You will still get progress reports from your school, like grades and report cards.
    • Your school may choose to use “interim assessments” in English Language Arts, Science, or Mathematics. To learn more, contact your school or visit  the Interim Assessment webpage.
    • You should receive a report with your child’s summative test scores later this year.

    Where can I learn more about testing?

    ODE developed a series of video modules that answer the following questions, available in both Spanish and English:

    • How does ODE make sure that our statewide summative assessments are fair and accessible? 
    • What assessments does my child take and what are the purposes for each? 
    • How did my child do on the state assessments? 
    • How can I support learning at home?
    • Where do I go if I have questions about assessment?

    Please contact Jeannie Seamone, Assistant Principal, at seamone@gresham.k12.or.us with any questions or concerns about testing.


    Estimado padre/madre o tutor:

    Este ha sido un año como ningún otro. Gracias por trabajar con nosotros para asegurar un buen final del año escolar 2020-21. Agradecemos su apoyo y paciencia. A medida que se acerca el final del año escolar, queremos informarle sobre los exámenes de fin de año.

    ¿Qué exámenes tomará mi hijo/a en 2020-21?

    Los estudiantes tomarán menos exámenes en 2020-21 que en años anteriores. Estos exámenes también serán más breves. Para saber qué exámenes tomará su hijo/a, consulte la tabla a continuación. (La tabla se aplica a las evaluaciones generales y alternativas de Oregón).

    Nivel escolar

    Exámenes Requeridos

    Exámenes Opcionales





    ELA y Matemáticas



    Matemáticas y Ciencias


    Los "exámenes requeridos" estarán disponibles en el lugar. El Departamento de Educación de Oregón (ODE por sus siglas en inglés) no respalda la administración remota de exámenes. Si su hijo/a está aprendiendo en casa, su escuela se comunicará con usted acerca de los exámenes.

    Usted puede pedir que su hijo/a participe en los "exámenes opcionales". Para solicitar un examen opcional, comuníquese con su escuela. Los exámenes opcionales se realizan en el lugar, tal como los exámenes obligatorios.

    Si su hijo/a es elegible para la Evaluación de Dominio del Idioma Inglés (ELPA, por sus siglas en inglés), su escuela se comunicará con usted para brindarle más información.

    Algunos estudiantes también pueden realizar una breve encuesta además de los exámenes obligatorios. Esta encuesta se llama Encuesta de Desarrollo de la Equidad Educativa de los Estudiantes (SEED, por sus siglas en inglés). Proporcionará información valiosa que ayudará a mejorar la educación en Oregón. Puede obtener más información sobre la encuesta aquí.

    ¿Por qué los exámenes son diferentes en 2020-21?

    Los líderes de Oregón comprenden que factores como la pandemia de COVID han tenido un gran impacto en el estado, por lo que ODE acortó los exámenes y redujo la cantidad de exámenes que los estudiantes deben tomar.

    ¿Cómo puedo pedir que mi hijo/a tome más/menos exámenes?

    Para pedir que su hijo/a participe en todos los exámenes estatales disponibles, comuníquese con su escuela. No hay formulario que firmar ni carta que escribir.Para rechazar los exámenes para su hijo/a, consulte la tabla a continuación.

    Examen requerido

    Cómo rechazarlo





    Usted tiene derecho a rechazar los exámenes de Ciencia por motivos religiosos o de discapacidad. 

    • Escriba una solicitud para excluir a su hijo/a de los exámenes de Ciencias.
    • Indique las razones de su solicitud.
    • Proponga una actividad de aprendizaje para reemplazar el examen de Ciencias.
    • La escuela leerá su carta, luego aprobará o rechazará su solicitud. 


    Comuníquese con su escuela. No hay formulario para firmar ni carta para escribir. Puede rechazarlo verbalmente o por escrito.

    ¿Cómo y cuándo sabré lo que mi hijo/a aprendió este año?

    • Usted seguirá recibiendo los informes de progreso de su escuela, como las calificaciones y las boletas de calificaciones. 
    • Su escuela puede elegir utilizar la “evaluación provisional” en Artes del Lenguaje Inglés, Ciencias o Matemáticas. Para obtener más información, comuníquese con su escuela o visite la página web de Evaluación Provisional
    • Usted debe recibir un informe con los resultados de los exámenes sumativas de su hijo/a a finales de este año.

    ¿Dónde puedo obtener más información sobre los exámenes?

    ODE desarrolló una serie de módulos de video que responden a las siguientes preguntas, disponibles tanto en español como en inglés:

    • ¿Cómo se asegura Oregón de que sus evaluaciones son justas?
    • ¿Qué tipas de evaluaciones toma mi hijo/a?
    • ¿Cómo le fue a mi hijo/a en las evaluaciónes?
    • ¿Cómo puedo apoyar el aprendizaje en casa?
    • ¿Dónde puedo ir para encontrar más información?

    Comuníquese con Jeannie Seamone, subdirectora, en seamone@gresham.k12.or.us si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud sobre las pruebas.  

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  • Upcoming Immunization Information

    Exclusion day is February 17th

    Please review the links below for additional resources. Students must be up to date prior to Exclusion Day.


    Student Health Centers English

    Student Health Centers Spanish

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  • CCMS Equity Statement

    CCMS Equity Statement

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  • GBSD shares update on health metrics and online instruction

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  • Library News


    April Image

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  • 2020-2021 Middle School Calendar 



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  • Parent / Student Information,
    Rights and Responsibilities Handbook

    R R 20-21 English.pdf

    R R 20-21 Spanish.pdf

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  • Online Registration Information-Please read carefully.

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  • If you need to talk with a counselor?

    Please feel free to send an email to your student's grade level Counselor listed below:

    Nicole Anderson(6th grade)

    Katieann Beam (7th grade)

    Darcie Locke (8th grade) 


    If you would like to arrange a meeting, please click on this link to request:



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  • New, updated GBSD Mobile App is here!

     Learn more

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  • Immunization and Exemption Results 20-21

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  • Join the conversation!

    Every voice matters at Clear Creek Middle School

    Let's Talk!

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  • Receive School Reminders/Updates via Text Message!

    Sign up to receive messages from your child's school and GBSD!

    Learn more here

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  • Transfer Information

    Distrist transfer information is now available to those interested in attending a Gresham-Barlow school.

    Please visit our transfer page for all dates, forms and deadlines.

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District News

Principal's Message



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:

  1. 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:
    1. AVID and Culturally Relevant Teaching practices;
    2. Differentiated instruction for English Language Learners and Special Education inclusion in mainstream classes;
    3. Instructional Technology use to promote student engagement, learning, and growth through Google Classroom and Applications.
  2. School leaders will actively promote a shared vision for equity, cultural competence, and high expectations:
    1. 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;
    2. Student growth mindset based on rigor, relevance, and perseverance;
    3. Staff communication to engage families through Google Classroom, Parent/StudentVue, meetings, phone, and email to celebrate successes and provide needed support.
  3. All instructional staff at the school will be engaged in aligning instruction and local assessments to state standards:
    1. Staff Professional Learning Teams focus on intentional alignment of Common Core Standards, curriculum resources, instructional best practices, and assessments for student-learning;
    2. 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.


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