New fund supports equity and inclusion

The Corvallis Public Schools Foundation invites you to help launch our new cornerstone fund, the Better World Endowment, dedicated to equity and inclusion in education. This fund will uphold the core values of human well-being, economic independence, environmental stewardship, and social justice for generations to come. The fund will support the following:

  • Full participation in school for students navigating poverty and homelessness.
  • Programs geared toward supporting emerging multilingual students, such as summer programs that boost academic vocabulary and ease the transition to middle or high school.
  • Teacher-designed projects that specifically address equity and inclusion and offer enrichment opportunities to historically underserved students.

To learn more, download a full description of the Better_World_Endowment. You may also contact our office at (541)757-5857 or donate now. Thank you!

Foundation announces grants for summer programs

The Corvallis Public Schools Foundation announced today that it is providing $45,700 in grants across six schools for summer programs. These funds are expected to serve about 375 students from 2nd through 12th grade. This is the fourth year the Foundation has supported academic interventions during the summer, but some of programs they are funding this year are new.

At Mountain View Elementary, a small group of 2nd graders will be invited to come back to school in August to strengthen their reading and math skills. “These students will clearly benefit from small group instruction not only to improve their skills in literacy and math, but also to avoid the dreaded summer slide,” said Mountain View Principal Lisa Krause, who added that the school will be providing bus transportation for students to facilitate attendance.

Fourth and 5th graders at Wilson Elementary will have an opportunity to boost foundational math and literacy skills. The program will use a combination of technology and hands-on activities designed to boost students’ confidence as learners. “Wilson has no shortage of students experiencing the impact of poverty and mobility,” said Principal Eric Beasley. “Additional opportunities to learn will make a difference for our kids.”

Linus Pauling Middle School will host up to 60 students at their summer math camp in August. Teachers will collaborate with Garfield and Lincoln Elementary School staff to identify incoming 6th graders that will benefit from a supportive summer program. “More than half of the students who need interventions are Spanish-speaking Latino students enrolled in the dual language immersion programs,” explained Principal Alicia Ward-Satey. “Bilingual support is critical for this class.”

The new English Language Learner Newcomer Prep at Corvallis High School will also serve bilingual students. The goal of Newcomer Prep is to refresh speaking and listening skills after a summer of communicating solely in students’ home language. “The idea behind this program is to ease the transition for our students of color who are English language learners,” CHS Assistant Principal Paul Navarra explained.

In 2013, the Corvallis Public Schools Foundation adopted a strategic vision to help more Corvallis students stay on track for high school graduation. Since that time, graduation rates in Corvallis have climbed from 67.5 to 86 percent, due in part to programs like AVID, math and writing camps, and credit recovery. Data indicate that students who are not meeting grade level proficiencies in elementary and middle school will continue to lag as they advance to high school, underscoring the importance of providing resources at middle and elementary school levels as well.

“We are grateful to our donors for making these programs possible,” said Corvallis Public Schools Foundation Executive Director Liv Gifford. “Our community continues to show incredible support for kids.”

Learning Enrichment Grant Reports Due

Recipients of 2015-16 Learning Enrichment Grants should submit their grant reports by May 15th. We appreciate your wonderful, creative projects and your efforts to bring enrichment opportunities to hundreds of children this year! We look forward to sharing your stories with our donors. Download a report form here. Thank you!

Purchase tickets to the Graduate All Night Party this week!

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.

Let the countdown begin!

Foundation Board of Trustees Now Seeking Applicants

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 search is on! Send us your stories!

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!