At our recent board meeting there was a discussion about instructional time at Pleasant Hill Schools. This came about in consideration of other school districts that have cut school days or employed “furlough” days to save money in difficult economic times. PHSD #1 has 175 school days this year—we have not cut any school days.
In Oregon, instead of using the number of school days as the instructional criteria, the state has set a minimum number of school hours per year. This requirement varies per grade level. Below is a chart that shows the number of hours that students in Pleasant Hill go to school versus the state minimum requirement.
|1st – 2nd
|4th – 6th
|7th – 8th
|9th – 12th
These hours reflect only the time that students spend in class; lunch, recess and passing periods (time between periods) are excluded.
Here’s wishing our students, staff and community a deserving and Happy Thanksgiving Break!
In the 2012-13 school year, Pleasant Hill High School students earned 1,234 credits; this is over $120,000 in free college tuition!
This was accomplished through the College Now program. Operated by Lane Community College, College Now provides both high school and college credit for students who are taking certain accelerated classes. PHHS offers College Now courses in Biology, Calculus, Pre-Calculus, English Literature, Writing and Child Development. To earn college credit, students need to complete these courses with a “C”, “B” or “A” grade. Most of these classes and a US History class are aligned for Advanced Placement (AP) credit if students take and pass a national exam.
The College Now program benefits students not just from PH, but students from throughout the county and even beyond (for detail, please see this chart). For its size, PHHS achievement is remarkable. If you divide the total number of college credits that PH students (1,234) earned by the number of students enrolled in College Now courses (80), PH students averaged 15.425 credits per student. This number is higher than every other school in the LCC College Now program.
Individual PHHS students have actually left high school with as many as 42 college credits; at the University of Oregon the cut-off for credits between being a freshman and a sophomore is 44 credits.
College credit earned is not only for LCC. Even though the credit is on an LCC transcript, those credits can be transferred to most colleges in the country.
The College Now program has been a huge success; thanks to LCC and PH students and staff!
PHSD #1 has 908 students (at the end of September)—429 at PHHS and 479 students at PHES. So far we are very close to our enrollment prediction for the 2013-14 school year. However, we were slightly off in our projection of student numbers at specific grade levels. More students than anticipated arrived for 5th grade—67 students. We staffed 5th grade with two teachers so class size is now at 34 in one class and 33 in the other.
Therefore, we have decided to hire an additional 5th grade teacher. The hiring process is moving rapidly and we hope to have a new teacher on board sometime during the week of Oct. 7.
After this hire, class size numbers at PHES should be approximately:
Our overall enrollment number of 908 students is about 32 students more than we started with last year. This continues a growth trend since the implementation of the Open Enrollment law that went into effect for the 2012-13 school year.
There is a tendency in most school districts to lose enrollment throughout the school year. In PHSD #1, there has been no set pattern. We will continue to monitor student enrollment at least monthly to be prepared to make our best predictions for the future years.
If you were fortunate enough to get out to a few events during the Community/Alumni weekend, I hope you had as good a time as I had.
Even though I didn’t participate in any of the games, it appeared to be fun for many kids. I received rave reviews from many of them! I was also pleasantly surprised to be able to visit with several former students at the football games.
I missed the Coffee/Donut Tailgater before the Duck game, but got to play in the Chip in for Kids Golf Tournament on Sunday. Even though our team—Two Old Goats—didn’t win, we had a blast.
If you were around for any of these events, you couldn’t help but notice many smiling faces. Some of those were weary smiles, as hundreds of volunteer hours went into planning, organizing and implementing the activities.
I would like to thank all of those volunteers from the PH Education Foundation, the Boosters and the Pleasant Hill Elementary Organization. Through their cooperative efforts the PH Community was able to celebrate what makes this place special. From my perspective it was an extremely successful venture!
PHSD #1 is preparing for a huge weekend and we would really like you to be a part of it.
It starts Friday, Sept. 13
• JV Football game at 4:00 pm
• Chicken/Hot Dog BBQ from 5:00 to 7:00 pm
• Carnival from 5:00 to 8:00 pm
• Varsity Football game vs. Cascade Christian at 7:00 pm
Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for children 12 and under. Admission into the carnival is included with your game entry fee; all children 12 and under will get 12 carnival game tickets with the price of admission (additional tickets are 25 cents each). Tickets are available at the Pleasant Hill School offices, Siuslaw Bank and Highway 58.
There will also be a PHHS Open House from 5:00 to 6:30 pm. Parents are encouraged to stop by and meet the teachers. Community members and alumni are invited to tour the school.
Saturday, Sept. 14 there is a Coffee and Donut Social at the Science Factory parking lot from 9:30 am to noon, prior to the Duck vs. Tennessee football game.
And on Sunday, Sept. 15 the “Chip in for our Kids” Golf Tournament tees off at RiverRidge Golf Course—shotgun start at 8:00 am.
This special weekend represents an enormous volunteer effort led by the Pleasant Hill Education Foundation, the Boosters and Pleasant Hill Elementary Organization (PTO). They are joined by the student teams who will be present at the golf tournament.
Even though these groups aim to raise funds to support the academic and co-curricular activities of Pleasant Hill students, this weekend is first and foremost a community building event. The sponsoring groups are not expecting a large amount of money to be raised; the emphasis is on the collaboration of different groups working together to celebrate the Pleasant Hill community. This is a remarkable endeavor—the carnival alone will need more than 100 volunteer hours to operate the 3 hour event. Even more time has gone into planning the BBQ and golf tournament.
So, we welcome your contribution, but more importantly we welcome you. We hope you will come on out and enjoy any or all of these events and celebrate what makes Pleasant Hill such a great place!
Greetings from Pleasant Hill School District #1! Yesterday, I had the pleasure of touring the buildings, as I have many times before, but it is always more special to do this on the first day of school. There were many smiles from kids and adults. It was fun to watch parents stroll on the elementary school campus while recording on video or photo their smartly dressed “students”. Super cool high school students tried not appear too happy, but most failed as they encountered friends and class mates they may have missed over the summer. Staff seemed very happy to get school started; there were many positive encounters as they welcomed their students.
At PHSD #1, we would hope that our schools are a positive experience for all of our students. Our staff works very hard to this end. However, there are times when an issue or a problem may arise. If this is the case, we ask that you first try to resolve the matter with the staff member directly involved. Often, this clears up possible misunderstandings or allows for potential resolution in an efficient, timely manner. If the issue is not resolved, the next step is to inform the building principal. At this step it may be helpful to put the issue in writing. The district complaint form can be found in policy KL/GBM-AR. If a complaint comes in a written manner other than the form, for example an e-mail message, please indicate the nature of the complaint and the remedy sought. If there is not a satisfactory resolution at the building level, please let me know. If I cannot rectify the situation, the school board will get involved.
It is our goal to provide a positive educational experience for all of our students. With this in mind, we also welcome commendations for staff who are doing an exceptional job. The Pleasant Hill staff prides itself on going above and beyond; it’s a big part of what makes this is a special school district. It is very motivating for our staff members when they are recognized for this effort.
We are grateful to have a community that goes above and beyond for our schools. Thanks for all the support; we are all looking forward to working together to make the 2013-14 school year a great one!
I know there are almost 2 weeks before school starts, but that time will pass so quickly. I want to use this space to welcome new students, staff and families; and welcome back returning students, staff and families. There are many exciting things happening as we gear up for the 2013-14 school year. Here are a few:
• New Website—it features easier navigation menus, improved calendar access/event information, and a new visual design.
• New Newsletter—this should be in your mailbox soon; there will be a mailing toward the end of each quarter during the year.
• New Business Manager—we are pleased to welcome Caroline Passerotti to PHSD #1. She formerly worked in the Business Office at the Eugene 4J School District.
• New Staff—We have hired new teachers, a new secretary, new EAs….see newsletter for names (PHES, PHHS).
I am looking forward to a terrific school year; I hope you are, too!
It is the time of year again to officially recognize some very important people at PHSD#1—our Classified Employee staff. Educational Assistants (EAs), secretaries, food service, maintenance, custodians, technology/network coordinator and health clerk are the specific work titles of these special people who care for and about our kids and show pride in our schools.
On behalf of the Pleasant Hill School Community, it is my honor to sincerely thank each and every Classified Employee for the contribution they make to our students, education programs and facilities. We are very fortunate to have such an outstanding group! Happy Classified Employees’ Week!
Just last year, a Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) was formed. From this committee came several sub-groups; among them is a group–Substance Use Prevention (SUP)–that has been discussing alcohol and drugs and is working toward improving the communication between parents and students about substance use. We hope to bring forth some experts in the area to provide more specific information to parents and to stimulate an ongoing dialogue.
This is very important for our students and our school community. There have been a few incidents recently involving alcohol and marijuana at PHHS. The Pleasant Hill School District is committed to keeping students safe and helping them make positive choices. We have a solid anti-alcohol/drug curriculum and we do not tolerate illegal substances on campus. However, this does not guarantee that our students will not be exposed to alcohol or drugs.
To further help our students, we need two things—1) talk to your kids; 2) talk to us. We know that the strongest messages about alcohol and drugs come from parents. Please take some time to talk with your kids about making good choices. You might want to start the conversation by referring to this e-mail. Hopefully, you can establish an open dialogue about alcohol/drugs. Many of you may already have this type of communication with your children and if so, keep it going. For tips about talking to children about drugs please see the website links below.
As school personnel, an important part of this dialogue is including us when you get information about illegal substances at school. If a student knows that this is happening we encourage him/her to talk to a staff member. If they are reluctant to tell a staff member and they let you know, please call Mr. Fisher, Ms. Stoneberg or myself. We will investigate as discreetly as possible.
We are all familiar with the phrase, “it takes a village…” and that is true in PH. The schools and the kids can really use your help in the effort to promote healthy positive choices. Thanks.
The Partnership for Drugfree
We are now officially at the half-way point of this school year. Our students and staff have completed the first semester and after a no-school/grading day today, should be ready to start the 2nd semester on Monday. Thanks for helping us make it this far.
Here is some news from PHSD #1:
Facilities Planning—PHSD #1 has hired the DLR Group to lead us through a process to develop a Master Educational Facility Plan. To create this plan, we will need community members to be part of a facility planning committee. We have not yet determined the dates and times of meetings, but they will be occurring throughout this spring. If you are interested in participating, please contact me by e-mail (email@example.com) or by phone, 541-746-9646.
Financial Advisory Committee (FAC)—This committee started last year and provided input on our budget. The primary activity was a community survey on budget-related items. Some FAC members are continuing to serve, but there is a need for additional members. We are seeking any community member who would like to participate, but are particularly trying to recruit members who have close ties to the following:
• PH Elementary School
• PH High School
If you are interested, please contact me. The first FAC meeting is tentatively scheduled for Monday, February 11 at 5:30 pm.
Open Enrollment—For the current school year, we have approximately 50 students here who took advantage of the new Open Enrollment law. School Boards determine by March 1 of each year if the district will receive students from other districts and, if they do, how many they will receive. Our school board plans make this decision at our February 11 board meeting. As is always the case with school board meetings, you are welcome to attend. It will be held at the PH Community Center at 7:00 pm.
Graduation Rate—This week state released high school graduation rates for 2011-12. PHHS’s graduation rate was 83.3% (state average 68.4%); our drop-out rate was 0.79% (state average 3.4%). Our 2011-12 graduation rate increased from the 2010-11 rate, which was 80.72%.
PHHS graduation percentages used to be consistently in the high 90s, so you may think that we are far below where we were. In actuality, the rules have changed in the past few years. It used to be that the state would track the number of seniors who started the year and calculate the percentage of those students who finished their senior year with a high school diploma. Now, the state tracks incoming 9th graders over 4 years. Therefore, the 83.3% figure represents the PHHS students who entered 9th grade in 2008-09.
PHHS has had a consistently low drop-out rate and still does. The drop-out rules have not changed drastically. The state goal is a 100% graduation rate by 2025.
Dancing Under the Stars, Feb. 2….PHHS Gym
Foundation Casino Night, Feb. 9…Valley River Center