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Community provides vital feedback in Capital Improvement Bond process

Nov. 6, 2019 – The district’s efforts to identify priorities for a Capital Improvement Bond are continuing as we work to ensure our students have access to high-quality and safe learning environments.

The Roseburg Public Schools Board of Directors met Monday night to review the results of the first round of community polling about the bond and the potential projects it might fund.

The Nelson Report survey, conducted from Oct. 18-26, interviewed randomly selected community members about various ideas, such as general upgrades district-wide and seismic concerns with particular buildings. The goal is to understand the community’s perceptions and priorities regarding the district and its school buildings.

No decisions have been made on which projects the bond would fund if it were to pass. And the district has not determined how much funding to seek.

The next step in the process will occur when the School Board meets on Nov. 13 to narrow down its priorities based on the community’s input in the initial poll. A second round of polling will then be scheduled to gain additional community feedback.

The district appreciates the time community members are investing in this polling process. Your input is vital to our efforts to provide the best education and learning environments for our students.


New Eastwood Preschool Opportunity…

Opening January 2020!

An inclusive play-based preschool designed to meet the needs of the whole child. Located on the   Eastwood Elementary Campus, the self-transport preschool will serve students 4 days per week from 9:30-12:30, with no school on Wednesdays. If you are looking for a high quality preschool experience for your child, please take the time to apply today!

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State Assessment Data

Oct. 17, 2019 – Roseburg Public Schools’ efforts to strengthen instructional practices and increase learning opportunities for students are leading to improved academic progress, according to assessment data released by the state today.

In addition, Roseburg High School has met top goals in increasing the number of freshmen on track to graduate as well as students completing high school.

The Oregon Department of Education report card data provides a number of progress measures, from math and English achievement levels to graduation rates.

This year, the measure for Grade 3-8 Individual Student Progress moved from “average” to “high,” indicating that a greater number of students are making increased academic growth and improvements in English language arts and mathematics.

“This is what we expect to see as we adopt new instructional materials and implement new programs to focus on professional development and leadership opportunities for educators,” said Superintendent Jared Cordon.

The Grade 3 English language arts measurement hovered near the state average, while Grade 8 mathematics remained above the state average. Cordon said that while both measurements leave much room for improvement, the overall trend in Grade 3-8 Individual Student Progress shows that students are making year-to-year progress.

Roseburg High School, meanwhile, saw an increase in the number of freshmen on track to graduation, as well as the five-year completion rate. The rate of freshmen on-track to graduate increased 5 percentage points to 90 percent, which is 5 percentage points higher than the state average. The five-year completion rate (students who graduate in five years) rose from 85 percent to 87 percent.

Both measurements are top goals at the high school, where several programs have been implemented to focus on increasing the number of students who graduate. Efforts in recent years have included a summer school program for freshmen, the addition of a graduation coach, a Freshmen Success Team that tracks data such as GPAs and the creation of Smaller Learning Communities that focus on freshmen attendance and grades.

RHS Principal Jill Weber said that having freshmen on track to graduate makes them significantly more likely to graduate, and she expects on-time graduation rates to increase in the near future. At the same time, she is proud of the students who are able to graduate in five years.

“While on-time graduation is of course a priority, we are thrilled for all of our students who finish high school, including those who need an extra year of support,” Weber said.

Attendance is another major goal at the high school. While the average for the high school this year hit 75 percent, Weber said that the percentage for freshmen and sophomores is above 80 percent. Strong attendance at those grade levels is key to maintaining success through the remainder of high school.

New to this year’s report card data is the “College Going” category that measures the number of students enrolling in a two- or four-year college within one year of completing high school.

Roseburg High School showed that 59 percent of students were considered “College Going,” compared to 62 percent at the state level. Weber said that while those figures are worth measuring, it’s also important to note that students are increasingly participating in career and technical education opportunities that may lead them to gainful employment directly out of high school.

“Our goal is for every student to leave prepared and with a plan for what comes next, whether that’s post-secondary schooling at a university or community college, training or certification in industry or high-wage, high-demand jobs in the trades,” she said.

New funding is coming to Oregon schools

New funding is coming to Oregon schools through the Student Success Act, and we want to hear from students, families and other community members about how to best support student success. Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey and become a part of this exciting opportunity.


Safer Together

Roseburg Public Schools joins community partners to increase student safety

Roseburg Public Schools on Oct. 4 organized the first session of quarterly Safer Together meetings intended to strengthen relationships between the district and our community safety agencies.

District staff and administrators joined representatives from over a dozen partner organizations at the Roseburg Public Safety Center for the introductory meeting hosted by Superintendent Jared Cordon. Topics of discussion included the need to increase communication and streamline emergency planning and processes; build and deepen relationships; and provide training and practice scenarios.

The goal behind these ongoing meetings is to create safer schools for our students. During this first meeting, we focused on the Standard Response Protocol as an example of how our organizations can better work together. The SRP was developed by The “I Love You Guys” Foundation and is intended to serve as a uniform classroom response to any incident. Steps include the familiar Lockout, Lockdown, Evacuate and Reunify, as well as the Shelter and Hold concepts. Schools across the country, including Roseburg Public Schools, employ these protocols.

Our goal is to ensure that when an incident occurs, all of the responding agencies are familiar with school protocols, as well as other safety practices school officials may need to use in an emergency. We will look to public safety officials to guide us in this process and help us develop best practices.

Roseburg Public Schools would like to thank everyone who signed on to help make our schools and our community safer: Roseburg Police Department; Roseburg Fire Department: Douglas County Sheriff’s Office; Douglas County Fire District No. 2; Oregon State Police; Bay Cities Ambulance; Umpqua Community College; Douglas County Public Works; Douglas County 911; Douglas Education Service District; The News-Review; Boys & Girls Club of the Umpqua Valley; The Ford Family Foundation; Zolezzi Insurance Agency; Safe Oregon.


Student Success Act

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Student Success Act

Student Sucess Act part 2


Sept 2019 RPS Assessment Data Press Release


Progress Report for RPS


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Student Accident Insurance

Health Special Risk, Inc.In accordance with Board Policy JHA, insurance coverage (either private or school) is mandatory for those students engaged in athletics. The cost of school insurance is the responsibility of the family. Student Insurance Enrollment.



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REMINDER TO UPDATE TELEPHONE NUMBERS TO RECEIVE “ONE CALL NOW” MESSAGES

The arrival of fall reminds us that in a few months inclement weather or dangerous road conditions might cause us to need to use our One-Call Now telephone system for contacting parents.  With One Call Now we can contact parents personally and relatively quickly when school must be delayed or closed because of weather conditions (or for any other important announcement).  Parents who wish to receive One Call Now messages will want to alert their student’s school of any changes to their home or cell phone numbers.

Information about school delays or closures will still be available through local television and radio media, as well as on our district website (www.roseburg.k12.or.us) under the quick link titled Emergency Info. Decisions about school delays or cancellations because of inclement weather are made by 5:30 a.m. each morning when weather or road conditions are an issue.  However, signing up to be a part of the One Call Now telephone system is the best way to ensure you receive information every time we need to get an important message to you immediately.  Please don’t hesitate to contact your school’s principal or Roseburg Public Schools at (541)440-4014 if you have any questions.

Also, if Roseburg Public Schools must be delayed on a Wednesday, the regular weekly early release schedule will remain in place and students will be released at the regular early release time.