August 2014 - Gardiner Update

Aug 27 2014

Dear Gardiner Families,

It was so exciting to see more than 650 families at registration.  That may be a record!  We hope those of you who weren't able to make it last week will be able to join us on Tuesday, August 26, from 12:00-4:00 p.m. for our make up registration day.

We have had a few last minute changes in our staffing that I'd like to share with you.  Regrettably, we have lost some of our talented teaching staff this summer.  However, we have been able to hire some amazing, talented and experienced teachers as well.  The experiences they have had in other districts and states will enrich the opportunities we can provide at Gardiner.  I introduced several of them to you in the summer letter.  Since then we have had a few more join our school community.

Anthony Robinson will be teaching eighth grade math.  He comes to us from Southwest Charter School in Portland where he has taught science and math for the past two years.

Laurie Radke has moved cross-country to join us from Virginia.  Laurie has taught sixth grade for eight of her fourteen years of teaching.  She will be teaching sixth grade language arts and social studies and seventh grade language arts.

Rebecca Belknap is taking the place of Becky Dyche who moved this summer.  Rebecca has experience working in Sherwood and Tigard Tualatin as a teacher for students with special needs.

Melissa Yotsuya comes to us with more than ten years of middle school experience as a language pathologist.  She will join Kathy Kobor as our speech language team this year.

We also were able to hire Danielle Tebon.  Danielle has taught middle school language arts, reading and AVID in Salem for the past four years.

Ms. Thompson, one of our counselors, took another opportunity she couldn't pass up on this summer.  We are in the process of hiring a new counselor and will finish this week.  Until that time, Mrs. Doud our retired counselor will be helping us in the counseling office and mentoring our new counselors as we transition.

Mr. Mandish recently accepted a position at the high school level.  He has been the "jack of all trades" as a teacher at Gardiner for several years.  We are fortunate that our veteran art and social studies teacher Ms. Moore has accepted this temporary art teaching position until we are able to hire a permanent teacher.  As a result of this staffing change, we are excited to share that we will be adding one more period of choir.  Mr. Hancock has done an outstanding job as our choir director and his classes are bursting.

I spent a morning with our building leadership team last week.  I left feeling so inspired by their passion and unwavering commitment to excellence for our students.  As a parent of a middle school student myself, I know the importance of sending your kids off to school with renewed hope and excitement for them as learners and individuals.  We as a leadership team at Gardiner are committed to the district vision of "learning to be our best" through our work each day with students.  We hope you will join us in supporting our learning community in this work this school year.

We will see the 6th graders for their first day of school on September 2nd, 8:45 a.m. - 12:25 p.m.and then all students on September 3rd for a full day of school, 8:45 a.m. - 3:25 p.m. (There is NOT an early release on the 3rd).

Warmly,

Kelly Schmidt

 

Volunteer Opportunities for 2014-15

Aug 26 2014

Dear Gardiner Parents,

Thank you to all of our volunteers who helped make registration successful. We will have events throughout the year that rely on parent volunteer support. Please consider donating your time if you are able. This month we need a few helpers on the first day of school, Sept. 3rd, and a few helpers on make up picture day, Sept. 5th. I have posted the links below to sign up.

 

We are also searching for volunteers to do the following more regular jobs:

  • Popcorn person- This person will make popcorn one day per week for students to redeem their PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Support) rewards. The volunteer can choose the day of the week that works best for their schedule, it just needs to be the same day each week, so that students know when to expect it.
  • VIP Breakfast Set Up- This person will come in to school the afternoon prior to our VIP breakfasts and set up the tables with tablecloths and flowers. Dates needed for 2014-15 are 10/16, 12/11, 2/5, and 4/9

If you are interested in being our popcorn person or our VIP breakfast set-up person, please contact Kelly Schmidt directly at kelly.schmidt@orecity.k12.or.us.

 

Lastly, don’t forget to mark your calendar for our first Gardiner PTSO meeting of the year! It’s on Tuesday, Sept. 30th at 6:30 pm in the Gardiner library. We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Laura McGraw & Caralee Thygeson

PTSO Board Members

 

First Day of School sign up link: http://vols.pt/jAGL7b
Picture Day sign up link: http://vols.pt/jeZWbu

Volunteer Opportunities (PDF)

OCSD Volunteer Registration English (PDF)

OCSD Volunteer Registration Spanish (PDF)

 

2014-15 Registration

Aug 4 2014

Gardiner’s office will be closed for the month of July and will reopen on Monday, August 4th.  If you are new to our district and have a student who will be attending Gardiner, please stop by our office to pick up registration papers as soon as possible.

Sometime in the middle of August we will be mailing out registration packets to all our enrolled students.  Be sure to mark your calendar for our registration day, August 20th during these hours; 8:00 am – 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  There will be a make-up registration day on August 26th from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm.  At registration you will be returning papers you have updated/filled out from your packet and paying fees.  On the August 20th registration day students will be getting their picture taken for their student ID card and picking up their schedule.  Someone from our Nutrition Services staff will be here for you to put money on your students lunch account and turn in paperwork.  If you come in on the August 26th make-up day you will be able to turn in your paperwork, pay fees and pick up your schedule.

Do take part in the Summer Lunch Program here daily at Gardiner beginning June 16th through August 15th.  There will be activities and hot lunch Monday – Friday, 11:15 am – 12:15 pm.  Free for everyone 18 years old and under.

2014-15 School supply list (PDF)

Registration fees for 2014-15 (PDF)

Clothes Closet

Office Closed for Summer Break

Jun 24 2014

Gardiner's office will be closed beginning June 27th for summer break.  Hope you have a fun and safe summer!