Colton School District




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Welcome Superintendent Jay Kosik

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Hello Parents and District Patrons:

Each year, Colton students in grades 3-8 and grade 11 take a state test. That test is called Smarter Balanced which replaces the former state test which was called OAKS. Smarter Balanced assess students ability to perform in the areas of Reading, Writing, and Math. The Smarter Balanced test is more difficult than the OAKS assessment.

The previous test (OAKS) asked students to recall information and put their answers on a bubble sheet – it was more an exercise in memorizing. The Smarter Balanced assessment, however, requires students to demonstrate their knowledge by performing learning tasks that require critical thinking, problem solving, and the ability to explain their answers through the writing process. This means students must demonstrate their knowledge by doing, by actually performing – much like they will when leaving school and entering society as adults. I wish to emphasize that this is the first time our students have taken as assessment like Smarter Balanced. As a result, we can reasonably expect that student outcomes in Colton or any other district will not be as strong as when the students become more experienced in this new kind of assessment.

This past Thursday (September 17), the Oregon Department of Education released the results of how students in each Oregon School District performed on the Smarter Balanced Assessment. While Colton students performed well in some subjects, we did not perform quite as well in other areas. The main message that I want to send along is that the Colton School District is more concerned about yearly growth and progress than we are about the final results of last year’s scores. In other words, our teacher and principals will use the results from the Smarter Balanced Assessment to help plan lessons and instruction to help our students perform at higher levels than last year in Literacy and Math.

Just prior to Student Conferences, which will be held on November 5 & 6, each school will mail out an individual report on how each student performed who took the Smarter Balanced Assessment this past year. That report is called the Individual Student Report and the student’s teacher will review that report with her/his teacher.

In ending, I will ask that all of us in the Colton community work together to do the very best we can for the children who attend our schools. If you questions, you may contact one of our school principals or contact me at 503-824-3535.

For students,

Jay Kosik



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Clackamas County has created a School Locator page. This web page allows you to enter in an address and identifies the school district. If you’re thinking of moving to the area and you want to be sure the property is in the Colton School District check out this web site by Clackamas County:

At the Colton School District office we often receive calls regarding our District boundaries. Working with Clackamas County Information Services GIS Division, the District had a District Map created. Each of our buildings have a poster size of this map to view as well as this pdf format which enables you to zoom in and out.

Disclaimer - While continuous efforts are made to ensure the accuracy of school district boundaries and school locations, it must be stressed that these are approximations and are for general information purposes only. to verify legal descriptions of boundaries or to determine school locations or attendance before relocating, please contact your local tax assessor's office or check with Colton School District Administration Office 503-824-3535.



The award winning Colton School District is located in the foothills of the Mt. Hood National Forest, approximately 45 miles from the centers of Salem and Portland in the foothills of the Cascades. It is a progressive school district consisting of grades K-12, in a K-5, 6-8, and 9-12 configuration with an enrollment of approximately 690 students. There has been a history of strong support of the school district by its patrons.

The area of Colton is located between Molalla and Estacada. The school district encompasses 189 square miles consisting mostly of public and private timberland. The district’s students come from areas that represent four different zip codes, five fire districts and four telephone exchanges (Beavercreek, Colton, Estacada and Molalla). Most students take school-provided transportation to and from school.


Colton School District is a proud member of Oregon StRUT

Students Recycling Used Technology (StRUT) is a program incorporated into schools where students take donated computers and computer components and upgrade them for the use in schools. Students involved in StRUT evaluate, repair and refurbish donated computers and in turn donate those computers to local schools. Students gain valuable skills and schools get free computers. More information can be found on their website:



Do you know of any children who have physical, mental or emotional problems who are not receiving an education?  No matter what the problem, nor its severity; the child is entitled to an education.  It's the law!

To comply with the Federal laws, Colton School District offers a number of special programs for handicapped children, many of which are incorporated into regular school programs.

Help us find children with handicaps who are not receiving an education.  For more information call the district office at 824-3535.

¿Conoce Ud. a un niño que no esté recibiendo servicios educativos a causa de deshabilidad, sea esta física, mental o emocional?  Según la ley, todo niño merece una educación, sin importar la severidad de las deshabilidades que tenga.
Con el fin de cumplir con las leyes federales, Colton School District (Distrito Escolar de Colton) ofrece variedad de programas para niños con deshabilidades; muchos de estos permiten que el alumno permanezca en su propio salón.

Ayúdenos a encontrar a niños con deshabilidades que no estén matriculados en la escuela.  Para informes favor de llamar al 824-3535.



It is the policy of the Local Board of Education and a priority of the Colton School District that there will be no discrimination or harassment on the grounds of race, color, sex, marital status, religion, national origin, age or disability in any educational programs, activities or employment. Persons having questions about equal opportunity and nondiscrimination should contact the Superintendent at Colton School District Office, 503-824-3535.