Colton School District




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Superintendent Jay Kosik

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It is hard to believe, but we are already nearing the end of the first quarter of the 2015/16 school year. This message is intended to inform our Colton School District parents and patrons of the work that is currently going on in our district. This work is meant to support the 2015-16 goals that our School Board adopted back in August. These goals include the following:
*improve student learning in Literacy
*improve student learning in Math
*investigate student technology possibilities
*adopt a new math curriculum

Literacy Committee

Given that improving student learning in Literacy (Reading and Writing) is our primary focus this year, the District has assembled a Literacy Committee made up of teachers and administrators. The team meets monthly, and the primary goal is to create a comprehensive K-12 Literacy plan by the end of this school year. The Literacy Plan will assist our teachers to systematically be aware of student reading levels, to provide intervention strategies to support students who are not reading at grade level, and to identify assessment instruments to monitor student academic growth as we move through the year. In essence, the plan will help us to become more deliberate and intentional in our strategies for teaching reading and writing. The Colton Literacy Committee will visit selected schools in our region to get ideas about what research-based practices schools are using to help students achieve at higher levels in reading and writing.

Again, the efforts of the Literacy committee are directly related to our District goal of improving our students’ ability to become better readers and writers. The Literacy committee will make periodic reports to our school board as we move through the year.

Technology Committee

Our District has also formed a Technology committee composed of teachers, administrators, and our District Technology support staff. The purpose of this committee work will be to develop a K-12 Technology plan and to make recommendations to the school board next spring about potential technology purchases for the fall of 2016.

This committee has met twice already and the committee recently completed a site visit to selected schools in the Beaverton School District. The schools visited were chosen because they are reportedly doing exemplary work in student learning technology. The purpose of the site visit was to get ideas from specific schools about the types of learning technology that that they are using effectively. This committee will meet monthly for at least the next several months. The technology committee will also keep the board updated about its progress.

School Safety

Because of the tragedies that have happened recently on school campuses, school safety is a paramount concern. I want to remind our parents that the Colton School District spent about $550,000 this past summer on school security measures as part of the Bond work. Some of those upgrades include security cameras that have been strategically located both inside and outside of all school buildings in our district.  In addition, all outside doors for every school are locked for the entire instructional day once students arrive each morning. This means that any visitor to school must be admitted by office staff in order to enter the building. As a means of securing classrooms, each door has been installed with specialized locks that can be easily activated by the teacher in case of an emergency. These measures are all intended to keep our schools safe for students and staff. In addition, all of our schools practice lock down procedures to ensure everyone is aware of safety measures in case of emergency.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office is putting together a team of administrators from each school district in our county. The goal of this team will be to coordinate efforts between all school districts in Clackamas County in the following areas:

  • Common terminology
  • School database
  • Tip hotline
  • School safety assessments
  • Student threat assessments

Again, these efforts are being made to help keep our schools safer for students and staff.

In closing, I want to thank our parents and district patrons for your continued support for teaching and learning in our schools.  Our district can accomplish more when we all work together for student success.


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.



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.