Colton School District



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Lead test results, Message from the Superintendent:

This message is to update you on the actions we have taken to respond to identified high levels of lead testing in our facilities.  We are still waiting to hear back from the laboratories on the results for our middle school, bus barn and admin office samples.  Due to inclement weather, the results have been delayed.  We hope to have the remaining results by Tuesday, January 24, 2017.  All current high levels identified, thus far, have been addressed by turning off water source and labeling accordingly.  We will bring the results before our safety committee on Thursday, January 26, 2017, to discuss long term corrective action.  We assure you we are addressing the issue to ensure safe drinking water in all our facilities.  As we receive results and take action, we will keep you informed.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.  Thank you for your patience during this inclement weather season. 

Dr. Koreen N. Barreras-Brown
Interim Superintendent Colton School District


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Dear Colton Community:
I am truly honored and humbled to be selected as your new interim superintendent.  Colton School District is a partnership of parents, students, school and community dedicated to quality learning and the continual pursuit of excellence.  I am blessed to be part of a community actively demonstrating their mission on a daily basis.  I am excited to get to know each and every one of you as we embark on a new adventure together.

Stephen Covey said, “First seek to understand, then to be understood.”  As your new interim superintendent, I am committed to fostering effective, positive, and transparent relationships with all our Colton shareholders. The foundation for a culture of trust and mutual respect is often formed upon first impression.  Further, the success or failure of the new interim superintendent can hinge upon the relationship developed with the various shareholders within the school community in the first 30 days.  Thus, I will promptly establish a strong community presence where I will be available to serve the community and listen to multiple perspectives on our strengths and areas of growth as a school district.  Furthermore, I will work vigorously to ensure I create positive rapport with all students, families, staff, community members, and board members.  Your feedback and active involvement in meaningful decision making is critical. Therefore, I will create a variety of opportunities for you to communicate your perspectives and be engaged in the ongoing success of our schools.  Together, we will cultivate public trust, commitment, and confidence through open, honest communication in our continual pursuit of excellence.  Students are at the center of everything we do, and we are committed to ensuring every student has access to a high quality learning environment, graduates from high school, and is successful in college and career. 

I am a lifelong learner with a Master of Arts in Education, Master of Public Administration, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership.  I have 20 years’ experience in education, 10 years teaching and 10 years as an educational leader.  I have worked in the Portland metro area for 17 years and have a strong connection with the community. My role as your new interim superintendent is to recognize, support, and sustain the amazing work Colton School District is already doing and to continue the momentum for our pursuit of excellence.  My door is always open, and I welcome multiple perspectives, feedback, and ideas as we continue the work together as a community. 
I wish you all a safe and joyful winter/holiday break. I look forward to meeting all of you in the New Year. 

Dr. Koreen Barreras-Brown
Interim Superintendent, Colton School District



The Colton School District has had an exciting and successful start to the new year. In an effort to let you know what is happening in our district, we bring you the following information.

The district has experienced significant enrollment increases at the Elementary and middle school. We have thirty (30) new students at Colton Elementary and ten (10) new students at Colton Middle School. Enrollment numbers as of September 20 are as follows:

Colton Elementary - 280
Colton Middle School   - 145
Colton High School - 202
Total - 627

The teaching of reading and writing will continue to be our district’s main focus this year. Reading is the gateway skill to success in school and in life so our teachers and administrators are very focused in helping student become better readers. In fact, our district is providing regular and on-going professional development (training) for teachers so they will know even more about reading instruction. The new Measures of Academic Progress assessment system will help our teachers monitor student progress in reading as we go through the year.

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)
Our schools are going to use a new assessment system this year to help our students achieve at higher levels in reading and mathematics. The new system is called Measures of Academic Progress (MAP). All students in grades Kindergarten through grade 11 will be assessed in reading and math three times per year. The results of the assessments will be used by teachers to measure if students are making satisfactory academic progress. Students who are not making satisfactory progress will be given extra assistance in order to get them up to their grade level.

Teachers are receiving regular and on-going training in how to use the MAP system.

School Messenger
On September 26 or soon after, our schools will launch a new automated system called School Messenger. This system will allow our schools to send communication to parents via phone, text, or email. This system will auto call parents about their student’s attendance or school lunch charges. In addition, School Messenger will notify parents in case of emergencies such as school closures. Again, the launch date for this new system is coming about September 26.

In ending, we are excited about this school year and the many opportunities it holds for our students and our community.





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Colton K-12 District Goals 2015-16:

  1. Increase student performance level in reading and writing by 5%as measured by summative State Assessment
  2. Increase student performance level of math by 20% as measured by State
  3. Recommend a 2015-16 Math Adoption
  4. Form a Technology Committee
  5. Increase student participation in extra-curricular activities




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.



Colton School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, national origin, age, or disability in its programs, activities or employment. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:  Jay Kosik 503-824-3535.