Brookings-Harbor School District 17C
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October 2016 | Volume 2 | Issue 2
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Schools to participate in emergency drill Oct. 20

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Brookings-Harbor School District students and staff will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:20 a.m. on Oct. 20 during the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills!

On that day, thousands of Oregonians will “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” in The Great Oregon ShakeOut, the state’s largest earthquake drill ever! All K-12 schools and districts are encouraged to participate in the drill (or plan a more extensive exercise). Major earthquakes may happen anywhere you live, work, or travel. The ShakeOut is our chance to practice how to protect ourselves, and for everyone to become prepared. The goal is to prevent a major earthquake from becoming a catastrophe for you, your organization, and your community.

Why is a “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” drill important? To respond quickly you must practice often. You may only have seconds to protect yourself in an earthquake before strong shaking knocks you down, or something falls on you. 

Millions of people worldwide have participated in Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills since 2008. The Great Oregon ShakeOut is held on the third Thursday of October each year. More information.


Oregon Rising statewide survey results are in!

In two months, 10,894 Oregonians each took at least 15 minutes and spoke their minds and opened their hearts to share their dreams for education.

With events on May 19 and 26, the Brookings-Harbor School District hosted two Oregon Rising community forum events where community members and educators gathered to discuss the future of Oregon's schools. Thirty-five individuals attended the local events, and many more participated in the survey online.

When the statewide results were processed, tabulated and analyzed, the message was remarkably simple.

The gap between what Oregon students need and what we are giving them is far too large. The gap needs to be closed. People offered many solutions. The most common were:

  1. Add teachers and staff to make classes smaller and provide an education that better engages students so that they are better able to learn what they need to succeed.
  2. Broaden what we teach. Move beyond science to technology and engineering (STEM/STEAM). Restore art and music. Offer hands-on experiences. Provide vocational and career technical opportunities. Offer more reading and writing. Teach civics and culture.

In fact, 97% consider a good education “very important” to the future of each student. And 94% consider it “very important” to the success of the state as a whole.

Learn more about what people had to say by downloading the short or long-form reports below.


Lead testing results for Brookings-Harbor schools

The Brookings-Harbor School District tested all water sources within the district and identified two locations with lead levels that were slightly higher than the minimum level of 20 parts per billion, recently set forth in regulations from the State Board of Education. The two locations identified were both hand washing sinks at Brookings-Harbor High School — one in the media lab, and one in a boys’ bathroom. 

No sites at Azalea Middle School or Kalmiopsis Elementary School tested positive for significant levels of lead. Across the district, all water sources used primarily for drinking water, such as drinking fountains and kitchen sinks, had no detectable lead present or tested far below the minimum threshold for possible lead exposure. The district has shut down, covered and tagged the two affected hand washing sinks until repairs can be made. 

Water samples from the two affected sinks at the high school had test results that measured 22.9 parts per billion in the media lab and 32.5 parts per billion in the boys’ restroom. The sinks will be re-tested to ensure that lead levels are below the minimum threshold of 20 parts per billion before they are put back into use. In total, 30 sites were tested this summer.

The district is currently developing a Healthy and Safe Schools Plan as required by state law before January 1, 2017. Learn more and see a copy of all the district’s latest water testing results.


School Board seeks new budget committee member

The Brookings-Harbor School District is seeking a volunteer committee member to fill a vacancy on the district's budget committee for 2016-17.

The School Board is looking to appoint the new member this fall. Typically, the commitment includes a series of joint meetings with the school board from January to June. If you are interested, fill out the application and return it to the district office.

Read more about budget committee roles, responsibilities and restrictions, here. 

For more information, please contact Dede Corpening, Executive Assistant to Superintendent & School Board, 541-469-7443 ext. 5105. 


Listen up! High school students on the radio

If you haven't already heard, High-School Students are producing on-air content for our local radio stations, as well as podcasts online! The Brookings-Harbor High School has a new web-page specifically for all the radio content that has been produced, and that is still to come. Here are some of the shows you can still listen to on your computer, laptop or smartphone. 

Powerful Poetry - Students and alumni read and discuss poetry of their own creation, and the poetry of established authors. This show runs on Curry Coast Community Radio, callsign KCIW.

Kudos for Kids - We created four shout-out episodes congratulating student achievements over the 2016 summer. These episodes aired on KCRE in Crescent City.

Bruin News - This new show, also airing on KCRE, features students Fernando Lira and Patrick Fulton as well as Vice-Principal Alex Merritt giving you the latest Bruin News. 

Check out the website for these shows, and check back in for new content!


Free summer food program takes bite out of local hunger

The Summer Food Program once again provided free food for ages 1-18 this summer in Brookings, with expanded dates and locations.

The summer food service program provides healthy meals to children during the summer vacation. Children that attend camps, day care, tournaments, practices, play outside, ride bikes/skateboards, attend summer school or stop by are welcome to participate at no cost!

Last summer (in 2015), the Summer Food Program operated a total of 18 days and served a total of 1,929 meals at breakfast and 2,814 meals for lunch, according to the district’s Food Service Director Cindy Badger. This summer, the program was expanded to a total of 31 days, and her team served 2,225 meals at breakfast and 2,981meals for lunch. That was an increase of 296 more meals at breakfast and 167 meals more at lunch.  

The increase was not as much as Badger was hoping or expecting, but she was glad to make the additional difference for local families and says she will reevaluate the program based on this year to extend the reach in 2017. 

Meals were available weekdays from June 20 to August 11 at the Brookings-Harbor High School Cafeteria. Sack lunches are also available at the Kid Town playground in Azalea Park. 

Azalea Park had a lot of positive comments from parents in the area. “We gave out 15-20 lunches a day at Azalea,” Badger said. 

The partnership with the school gardens continued this summer, and the culinary team made use of fresh cucumbers, tomato, snow peas, kale and potatoes harvested from the Bruin gardens. 

“We did receive some Yukon potatoes from the garden which a high school student with the YTP program made an award winning potato salad under my guidance to serve at lunch during summer foods,” Badger said. 

Over the summer, frequent visitors included the KASPER summer program, summer school students and special education students attending extended school year, and football players.


Robotics and IT classes receive donation of tools

The Chetco Trader Pawn Shop recently donated $70 dollars worth of screwdrivers, allen wrenches, tools and computer parts to the Brookings-Harbor High School's Robotics and Information Technology Essentials classes. Thank you Chetco Trader for your donation, and for your support of our schools! 

Donors to our schools can receive a form allowing them to note the donation on their yearly taxes.

The Information Technology Essentials class is accepting donations of screwdrivers, old computers, computer cables, motherboard cards and hard drives, thumb drives, and blank CDs or DVDs. If you are interested in making a donation of these items, please contact Dane Tippman via email or call 541-469-2108 ext. 7 to leave a message, and he will get back to you.


Upcoming Events

Back-to-school fashion show and dessert, 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, Brookings-Harbor High School cafeteria. The Brookings Harbor High School Cheerleaders will feature clothing items from Love Me 2 Times, a local, upscale resale shop. The cheerleaders will model and there will be some delicious homemade refreshments. Tickets are $10. All proceeds are going directly to the cheerleading squad to help pay for their uniforms.  

Regular Board Meeting: 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, Kalmiopsis Elementary School Library. School Board information.

Brookings-Harbor School District will participate in the “Great Oregon ShakeOut” earthquake drill on Oct. 20, 2015. Information.

Bruin Athletics

Thursday, Oct. 6:

  • AZ Volleyball hosts Crescent Elk at 4 & 5. 
  • HS home Volleyball vs Siuslaw. SENIOR NIGHT. JV at 5pm and Varsity at 6:30pm. 
  • HS home Varsity Soccer vs Douglas. Boys at 3pm and Girls at 5pm. 

Friday, Oct. 7:

  • AZ Volleyball at Lions Club Tournament - Game/Leave times TBA
  • HS Football at Douglas. Game time is 7pm. Depart time is 12:30pm, at the end of lunch. 

Saturday, Oct. 8

  • AZ Volleyball at Lions Club Tournament - Game/Leave times TBA
  • AZ Cross Country at Sunset State Park in Coos Bay. They depart at 7am in the morning.
  • HS JV Boys Soccer at St. Mary's, 1pm. The team departs at 9am. 
  • HS Cross Country at Valley of the Rogue State Park - 9am-Varsity Girls; 9:45am - Varsity Boys; 10:45am - JV Girls;11:30am - JV Boys. They depart at 5:30 am

For more information on upcoming dates for athletics, visit the website.


Recent News

Here's a brief list of available coverage of Brookings-Harbor schools people and programs. Inclusion of any item constitutes neither endorsement nor critique, but is intended only to make the BHSD community aware of significant items in the media. Shared when links are available.

Curry Coastal Pilot: Azalea launches after school program (Oct. 5, 2016)

Curry Coastal Pilot: Grad rate a priority for Brookings School chief (Sept. 24, 2016)

Curry Coastal Pilot: Students share ideas on poor grad rates (Sept. 21, 2016)

Curry Coastal Pilot: Trace amounts of lead found in high school sinks (Sept. 11, 2016)

Curry Coastal Pilot: Courtnage: Azalea's new music teacher (Sept. 8, 2016)


Job Postings

There are 10 open positions with the school district as of Oct. 6, 2016, ranging from Physical Education (PE) Teacher to Instructional Assistant to Custodian. To see the full listing and for information on employment opportunities with the Brookings-Harbor School District, see the website and online application.
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