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  • School Based Health Center Grand Opening

    Posted by Koreen Barreras-Brown on 10/31/2017 8:15:00 AM

    Welcome Clackamas County Health Centers to Colton School District!  The Grand Opening for our new school based health center is at Colton High School on Thursday, November 2nd from 9 AM – 1 PM.  The clinic will be open every Thursday from 9 AM – 1 PM for students K-12.   We are very excited for this partnership to better serve our community.  Please see the attached flyer to learn more information about the clinic and how to schedule an appointment.

     

    School Based Health Center Flyer

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  • Colton School District Changes

    Posted by Koreen Barreras-Brown on 10/29/2017 8:20:00 AM

    Our CES principal, Nathan Meik, resigned as of June 30th, 2018.  However, due to family circumstances, Nathan may leave sooner than June 30th.  We are sad to see Nathan go, and we are happy for him and his family to embark on a new journey in the Midwest.  Due to this resignation, Grant Hayball, our current CMS principal, will transition to a K-8 principal.  Historically, CSD transitioned to a K-8 principal model about 8 years ago.  Last year, you started the year with a K-8 principal, and the budget continued to only support a K-8 principal.  We could be creative in funding a leader in each building because Nathan and Grant were both certified special education teachers.  Currently, Grant and Nathan are .5 principal and .5 special education teacher.  With Nathan leaving, we are unable to maintain one principal in each building because of the unique need for the configuration to financially work.  To support the transition back to a K-8 principal, we are hiring for a full-time special education teacher and increasing our Speech and Language Pathologist / Autism Specialist from 20 hours to 30 hours a week.  The majority of this person’s time will be spent at CES.  Our Campus Monitor and Interventionist will focus his time between CES and CMS for a while as everyone becomes more comfortable with this transition.  I will continue to be actively engaged in leading all three schools in collaboration with building principals.  There may be some inaccurate information floating around out there so if you hear something you don’t understand or don’t agree with please reach out to me or building principals. Further, to ensure accurate information is shared with our community, we have updated our communications plan to include a media communication and requests procedure.  The link to the communication plan can be found on my message page and located in this blog for your convenience.  I would also like the community to know we follow our record requests policy for any information requested of the district.  We have seen an increase of public records requests over the last couple of months and the financial impact on our district is a burden, therefore, we are charging for the requests per our policy, law, and the guidance of our school district’s attorney.  We cannot sustain a high volume of records requests without a fee and/or hiring more FTE in our school district office.  Over the years, we have cut our district level staff in order to keep the funding in our schools.  As tax payers, I feel you should know we always keep the majority of our resources and energy focused on our schools.  I will continue to be as transparent as possible and invite you to engage in meaningful conversations.  My door is always open, and I am readily available for our students, staff, and families.  I have opened my blog and twitter feed for public comment.  I look forward to communicating with you. 

    Communications Plan

    Public Records Policy

    Public Records AR

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  • #StartingNewSchoolYear

    Posted by Koreen Barreras-Brown on 9/9/2017 3:05:00 PM

    Welcome Back Parents!  I'm excited to be starting a new school year with you.  It’s been a busy summer for me.  I moved my son to college in August, and so far it’s been a smooth transition.  He seems to be having a wonderful time and meeting lots of new people.  As a mother, I worry about his emotional health in this transition year.  I shared a helpful guide for parents, Emotional Health & Your College Student, in the link below.  I appreciate the sections titled Helicopter Parenting and A New Communication Contract.  I use the productive first phone calls tips often.  I know transitioning back to school after summer isn’t always easy.  I’ve shared some helpful tips for starting a new school year and helping with homework.  Wishing everyone smooth transitions!

    Parent Tips for New School Year

    Helpful Tips New School Year

    Homework Help Tips

    Emotional Health & Your College Student

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  • #HealthyRelationships

    Posted by Koreen Barreras-Brown on 5/21/2017 3:40:00 AM

    As my children entered their teen years, I struggled to communicate with them. I am always looking for ways to build healthier relationships with my children and strive to be a better parent. Today, as I ordered a package of residence hall linens for my son heading off to college, I started reflecting on my parenting style.  At times, I wish I had more patience, listened more, and other times, I wish I was more consistent with my parenting. Nonetheless, I appreciate the time I have with my children and feel blessed to watch them move into young adulthood.  

    Here are some helpful tips on building healthy relationships with teenagers:

    Helpful Tips for Parents

    Building Healthy Relationships

     

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  • #SummerLiteracy

    Posted by Koreen Barreras-Brown on 5/7/2017 4:25:00 PM

    As a parent, I often wonder how I can be more supportive of my child’s learning over the summer. My son is a senior, and we prepare for the summer orientation programs at Washington State University, Pullman.   When he was younger I would find activities to inspire his literacy development and keep him engaged in learning over the summer.  The following are activities, resources, ideas, and book lists for supporting child literacy.  I thought I’d share them now because summer is on its way.  Enjoy!

    Literacy Toolkit for Families

    Summer Reading

    Literacy Activities

    10 Weeks Summer Reading

    Reading Activities for Kids

     

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  • #Active

    Posted by Koreen Barreras-Brown on 4/30/2017

    The sun is out and encouraging us to be active. My family and I are doing yardwork, walking the dog and hiking.  Our kiddos seem to be attached to their devices so sometimes it’s easier to engage them in physical activity by integrating technology.  Below are some great free apps for healthy living and ideas to keep kids active this summer. 

    Click here for active kids

    Click here for active games using technology

    Click here for free fitness apps

    Click here for free fitness apps

    Click here for ideas to keep kids active

    Click here for more ideas to keep kids active

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  • #CommunityResources

    Posted by Koreen Barreras-Brown on 4/16/2017 9:10:00 PM

    As I look for a place to live in the area, I want to learn more about the community and family services in Clackamas County. I thought I would share some of the resources I found. 

    Below are a list of family and community services in Clackamas County:

    Children, Youth, and Families

    Health, Housing, and Human Services

    Healthy Families

    CCC Community Connect

     

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  • #Relaxation

    Posted by Koreen Barreras-Brown on 4/2/2017 1:40:00 PM

    As we approach the last few months until graduation, my son’s stress level seems to be on the rise.  When he was a baby I participated in baby massage classes to help him sleep, and then as he entered kindergarten, we practiced yoga for kids to ease his stress.  As life got busy, I forgot to continue our practice in supporting him to manage stressors in life.  The approaching major life accomplishment for him and my new job triggered both of us to begin thinking about ways to decompress.  Here are some helpful tips for teens and kids when it comes to coping with stress:

    Click here for tips for teens

    Click here for tips for kids & teens

    Click here for free apps

     

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  • #SpringBreak!

    Posted by Koreen Barreras-Brown on 3/26/2017 11:20:00 AM
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  • #Advocacy

    Posted by Koreen Barreras-Brown on 3/14/2017 5:20:00 PM

    As a passionate mother, I often have difficulty sharing my concerns with my son’s school because I never want to create tension within the relationship.  For support, I always reflect and check in with a friend before I bring my concern forward.  My friend shared this article with me from the Davidson Institute, Tips for Parents: Advocacy – Working with Your Child’s School.  I like the Tips for talking to Teachers.  

    Tips for Talking to Teachers. 
    Sally Yahnke Walker (2002) provides excellent suggestions for talking with teachers:

    • Make an appointment. Don't just drop in.
    • Document what your child has done, said, or read.
    • Plan what you're going to say.
    • Choose your words carefully. Try to start with something positive.
    • Build a partnership and negotiate solutions. Work as a team.
    • Be diplomatic, tactful, and respectful.
    • Focus on what your child needs.
    • Listen.
    • Bring along your sense of humor.
    • Summarize what you have discussed and a time line. Plan a follow-up meeting.

    Click here for article

     

     

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