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The Gresham-Barlow School District
Employee Newsletter
January/February 2019


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GBSD to launch dual language program fall of 2020
-Highland Elementary School selected for program
-Program will begin in kindergarten and move up one grade level per year
-Native Spanish and English speakers will learn together, initially primarily in Spanish

Inquiry teams allow teachers to learn from one another

-Goal is to improve learning for all students
-Allows teachers to bridge theory and practice
-Six week process culminates in "share out"
District launches construction program pilot with industry/educator meet-n-greet
In late January, the District launched the first of six Career Pathways that will be established over the next four to six years. Lease Crutcher Lewis and Fortis Construction are partnering with us to create a construction pilot program. Powell Valley Elementary School, Gordon Russell Middle School, and Sam Barlow High School are participating in the pilot.

Update on work taking place district-wide
-Inquiry Teams began meeting January 27
-Reflective Conversations opportunity in February
-Professional Growth Academy features two 8-week sessions


Foundation sponsors leadership program, supports crowdfunding campaigns, sponsors science expo
-Foundation donates $10,000 to implement "Leader in Me" at Deep Creek-Damascus K-8 School
-High school students can access foundation funds to cover the costs of science expo projects
-Foundation provides educators platform for crowdfunding campaigns


Learn how you can prevent cyberattacks
-Phishing scams at all-time high
-Carefully analyze where suspicious email is from
-Do not click links, reply, or open attachments
Thanks to the 2016 school bond, we are making safety and security improvements throughout the District.
Students from Gresham High School and Gordon Russell Middle School are being highlighted this year by the "Oregon Promise" campaign.
January was School Board Recognition Month. We celebrated our board members at their business meeting AND on Facebook.
Dates to remember
  • February 7: Board Work Session, GBSD Public Safety and Schools Building - 6 pm
  • February 7: Board Business Meeting, GBSD Public Safety and Schools Building - 7 pm
  • February 18: No School, Presidents' Day
  • February 28: Board Work Session, Location TBD - 6 pm
  • March 7: Board Work Session, GBSD Public Safety and Schools Building - 6 pm
  • March 7: Board Business Meeting, GBSD Public Safety and Schools Building - 7 pm

Inspire and Empower Each Student
Questions or Comments? Contact Athena Vadnais | 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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