The Corvallis Public Schools Foundation Board of Trustees is now accepting applications for new trustees. The deadline for applying is May 15th, 2016. To learn more or submit an application, please download the application form from our website. Thank you!
Attention graduating seniors! The window for applying for our college scholarships is still open. Check out our scholarship opportunities and submit your materials by April 30! Good luck!
We are proud to share the video made recently in honor of two decades of support for public education in Corvallis. A special thanks to Horsepower Productions and the students and educators who shared their stories and perspectives.
This is the last week to purchase discounted tickets to the Corvallis Graduate All Night Party. Ticket prices increase from $30 to $35 next Monday, March 21st. Buy your tickets through our website or in the main office of Crescent Valley High School or Corvallis High School.
The Graduate All Night Party (GANP) is an annual event put on by the parents of graduating seniors following high school graduation ceremonies to provide a safe, alcohol- and drug-free graduation celebration with many fun activities. The 2016 party will be held at the Dixon Recreation Center at Oregon State University. It will begin at 11 p.m. on June 13th and ends at 5 a.m. on June 14th, 2016.
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The Corvallis Public Schools Foundation Board is now accepting applications for new trustees. We invite you to download and submit an application. The deadline for sumissions is May 15. Thank you for your commitment to our mission to unite private donors and public educators for the best possible education for all students!
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The Foundation is launching a search for the oldest surviving graduate of the Corvallis public schools. This quest is part of preparations for the Foundation’s 20th anniversary celebration in 2016.
“We are excited to be celebrating two decades of supporting education in our community,” said Karen MacEwan, Foundation Chair. “This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the members of our community that have a unique historical perspective on the tradition of excellence in our public schools.”
To be eligible, candidates must be a current Corvallis resident and have attended local schools from first grade through high school. The selectee will be invited to attend the Foundation’s 20th anniversary celebration breakfast on March 10, 2016 at the Corvallis Country Club, where they will be recognized.
“This is a chance to honor the strong support of public education in our community and to celebrate stories that connect the past with the present,” noted Chair MacEwan.
Early accounts of Corvallis history suggest that the first school began in 1850 in a one-room log schoolhouse near the Willamette River at the end of Washington Street. Enrollment was about 100 students. The school district now serves approximately 6,600 students at thirteen schools. Corvallis students represent more than 47 nationalities and speak 52 languages.
Candidates for the oldest graduate honor are invited to send letters to Corvallis Public Schools Foundation at 1555 SW 35th Street, Corvallis, OR 97333. You can also email Foundation@corvallis.k12.or.us. Please share your name, contact information, the year you graduated. We encourage you to share stories with us from your school days as well!
Isabella Chaney, Corvallis High School class of 2015, donated 13 hardcover, nonfiction Spanish books to the Garfield School library this fall. This gift pushes Garfield closer to its goal of providing Spanish and English literature in equal measure in its dual language library.
Isabella chose to contribute to the Garfield library as part of earning her bilingual diploma seal last spring. Students pursuing the bilingual seal volunteer with organizations that serve local Spanish speaking communities and shadow a professional who uses Spanish. Isabella collected used English books from friends and family, sold them at a used book store, and used funds to purchase the Spanish books.
Isabella is now a student at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. Thank you for your creativity and commitment, Isabella!
The Foundation announced the inauguration of the Midge Mueller Fund today, established to help students who need assistance in math education in middle schools in Corvallis.
The endowment is a gift from Richard L. Mueller in memory of his wife, Midge Mueller, a former Cheldelin math teacher.
“Midge loved teaching middle school students,” recalled Mr. Mueller. “She thought they were at a great in-between age where they had become really interesting and yet still thought she was interesting.”
The Midge Mueller Fund was established with an initial gift of approximately $50,000. Five percent of funds will be disbursed to middle schools annually to support math tutoring and other programs to keep students from falling behind in math. Preference will be given to areas where recipients have established financial need.
“It has been a pleasure working with Mr. Mueller and his family to establish the Midge Mueller Fund,” said Foundation Executive Director Liv Gifford. “The Mueller family’s commitment to Corvallis kids is inspirational.”
We are pleased to share that Liv Gifford has been hired as the new Executive Director of CPSF. Former director Brenda Downum-VanDevelder left that post in June to accept a new position with the Corvallis School District. Ms. Gifford’s experience includes research and evaluation, strategic planning, and fundraising through grant writing and developing donor relationships.
“We are extremely excited to have Liv join the Foundation,” said Dr. Karen MacEwan, chair of the CPSF Board of Trustees. “With her deep passion for public education and years of experience in non-profit development and fundraising, she will continue to advance our mission to unite private donors with public education to provide the best possible education for Corvallis students.”
The Graduate All Night Party planning committee will be shifting into high gear in April. This year, more than 600 seniors at Corvallis High and Crescent Valley High are making their way towards high school graduation on June 8, 2015. The Graduate All Nigh Party is a safe, fun, and sober celebration for all high school graduates from Corvallis public high schools. We sincerely thank all volunteers and donors for your support. Businesses contributing $250+ include the following: Rick Gerber, Magician, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, Barker Uerlings Insurance, Hollingsworth and Vose Company (formerly Evanite Corp.), Chipotle, Dutch Brothers Coffee, Le Patisserie, and Pepsi of Corvallis. Dozens of individuals and area businesses have also contributed to make this special event possible. Donations and volunteers are still needed. Contact GANP organizers to get involved. Thank you!