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As we approach the new school year, these are the goals the Superintendent/Director and boards have agreed to pursue.


GOALS OF THE SUPERINTENDENT/DIRECTOR

2017-18


 

SUPERINTENDENT GOALS

Approved by the District Board on August 14, 2017

 

Continue the “Give Me Five” initiative as a way to focus school improvement goals and foster student success in the areas of Attendance, Attitude, Academics, Athletics, and Activities.

 

Maintain recent enrollment growth to keep the district financially solvent and continue to be a good steward of district funds while providing updated resources that promote effective teaching and learning.

 

Continue to improve district facilities to provide an environment conducive to learning by providing well-maintained spaces for students, employees, and the community.

 

Continue to regularly update the district website, Facebook page, and Instagram as a way to keep the community informed and involved in the life and activities of the district.

 

DIRECTOR GOALS

Approved by the Charter Board on July 5, 2017

 

Continue to provide additional and updated resources to support quality teaching, to include, but not limited to:

      Continue to partner with Cynthia Hurkes, Early Learning Hub, to determine the interests and needs of our community so we can support early childhood learning that best prepares students for entry to kindergarten and promotes reading readiness

      Adopt new social studies textbooks K-12

      Seek funding for improved technology, especially in video production and robotics

      Continue to collaborate with South County Superintendents to seek additional CTE opportunities for students

      Increase the number of classroom observations to enhance conversations that support professional learning and lead to increased student achievement

 

SUPERINTENDENT/DIRECTOR GOAL

Continue to increase knowledge of Oregon school governance, funding, and advocacy by attending COSA sponsored leadership conferences during the 2017-18 school year.

Posted by Dr. Mark Angle  On Aug 15, 2017 at 9:35 AM
  

Dear Days Creek Charter School Families:

 

In just a few weeks, we will be ready to receive your children for the new school year!  I hope you have had an enjoyable summer break and that you are looking forward to the year ahead.

 

For the third summer in a row, the school campus has been a hub of activity.  This year, we installed new windows in the high school wing.  These windows replace the 1950s original windows and are much more energy efficient.  They have screens that will keep the bugs out.  And, they open in such a way as to allow student egress in the event of an emergency.  So not only do they look much nicer, they make our building safer for your children.

 

In addition to the windows, the entire upper campus is receiving a fresh coat of bright white paint with lots of “Days Creek red” trim!  It is amazing how new paint really improves the look and feel of the campus.

 

On the inside, we’ve replaced flooring in four more classrooms and we relocated some classrooms to provide better separation between elementary, middle, and high school students.  All K-4 classes (including the elementary computer lab) are now contained in the elementary pod.  Students in grades 5-8 are in the modular.  All high school core classes (English, math, science, and social studies) are now on the same hallway.  The special education classroom (accessed by students in all grade levels) is now in the center of the building right across from the main office, which also makes it much more convenient for parents coming to IEP meetings.

 

The gym floor was stripped to the bare wood and sanded level.  The new finish is stunning.  Work is being done to update the woodshop, including the purchase of new equipment.

 

In addition to these facility improvements, we continue to update and improve our textbooks and technology.  The high school lab (Room 215) will be getting all new computers in the coming weeks.  Students in grades 5-12 will find the new computers to be faster and more reliable than the previous ones.  Our new science textbooks and materials will be put into use this year, adding to the math textbooks we got last year, and the reading textbooks we purchased my first year as superintendent.  Next year we plan to get new social studies textbooks.

 

Rob Bixby, our new Ag Teacher/FFA Advisor, has been working throughout the summer to meet students and prepare for the Douglas County Fair.  He has made a great impression on everyone he has encountered and we are looking forward to the great things he will accomplish in these programs!

 

Our new full-time Educational Assistant, Jen Caudill, has a BS in Child and Family Studies and an art minor.  She also has a certificate in Japanese language.  I plan on capitalizing on these strengths to benefit our elementary students by providing them with experiences in Japanese culture and language as well as art.  Where, besides Days Creek Charter School, do elementary students have the opportunity for daily PE and music plus weekly enrichment in art and foreign language?

 

We have so many improvements and changes to celebrate!

 

But one thing remains the same: the wonderful students, families, and community members who love and support our school!  I am so thankful for the opportunity to serve and to lead this district.  Your kindness and support mean more than I can express.  Thank you for partnering with me to make our school the very best it can be!

 

See you soon!


Dr. Angle, Superintendent

Posted by Dr. Mark Angle  On Jul 24, 2017 at 10:40 AM
  

It is an interesting time for school budget planning in Oregon!  On the one hand, we see headlines in the newspaper that proclaim Oregon’s unemployment rate is the lowest it has been in decades.  On the other hand, in the same edition of the newspaper, we read that state school funding is being decreased to help cover a significant deficit in state revenue.


In Douglas County SD #15, we face some of our own “one hand/other hand” scenarios.  On the one hand, our recent increases in student enrollment will help offset the proposed reductions in state funding.  On the other hand,  we must continue on a path of fiscal conservatism given the uncertainty of state support for public schools and the ambiguity that comes from having approximately half of our students living outside the district attendance boundaries .


To best navigate these somewhat murky waters, we will continue on the path which we began a couple years ago: being fiscally conservative while making modest, thoughtful increases in spending in areas that will best serve our students.


Personnel

Education is a people business.  As in every school district, the largest expenditure in the Days Creek budget is for personnel costs.  This budget includes the following increases in personnel costs effective July 1, 2017:  


--funds to cover a 5% increase in PERS costs;

--a step increase for all employees;

--a cost-of-living increase for employees (amount to be determined through bargaining)

--an increase in the insurance cap for employees (amount to be determined through bargaining)

--make the temporary education assistant position permanent (7.5 hours per day for 157 days)

--make the temporary day-shift custodian position permanent  (4 hours per day for 260 days, or equivalent)

--make the temporary night-shift custodian position permanent (4 hours per day for 260 days, or equivalent)


The following increases are included in this budget proposal; however, final decisions for these two increases will be made only after the following issues have been resolved: 1) state revenue projections have been finalized; 2) bargaining for both classified and licensed employees has been completed; 3) enrollment projections have been finalized.


--increase the Musician-in-Residence position from three hours daily to six hours daily (to expand to middle school and provide a planning period)

--increase the math tutor from three hours daily to four hours daily (to cover all of Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and a full period of individual tutoring)


Teaching and Learning

During 2016-17, the district purchased new math textbooks for grades K-12 and fully implemented the new curriculum districtwide.  


The district continues on a path to update all its curriculum and for the 2017-18 year this will include the purchase of new science textbooks for students in grades 7-12.  


Technology

The district has submitted a $75,000 grant proposal to Ford Family Foundation.  If funded, the district will purchase an additional iPad cart for elementary students, and two additional laptop carts (one for middle school and one for high school).  Funds from Ford Family Foundation would also be used to update the equipment used in the Video Production and Robotics classes.  (The district does not plan to purchase this added equipment during the 2017-18 year without the support of Ford Family Foundation, but will include it in a future budget cycle if the grant is not funded.)


District funding will be used to continue making progress on our long-range technology improvement plan, which includes, among other things, replacing twenty percent of our hardware annually so that all technology is kept up to date.  


Athletics and Activities

We will continue to provide a variety of athletic opportunities for students during the 2017-18 school year, but no new athletic offerings are being considered during this budget cycle.  While the district had hoped to be able to pay a stipend for a cheerleading coach and a student council advisor, neither of these initiatives made it into this budget cycle, but will be considered again in the future.


Operations and Service

In the area of operations and maintenance, the district replaced the flooring in three classrooms and all office spaces during the summer 2016.  The district also installed new entry doors at all entrances to the main building during fall 2016.  These doors provide greater security with locking mechanisms that be controlled in the front office.  


The district was awarded a $25,000 grant to conduct a seismic assessment of the facility in spring 2017.  It is expected that once the seismic assessment is complete, the district will be able to apply for additional grant funds to help resolve structural deficiencies that come to light through this assessment.


Improvements to the facility planned for 2017-18 include $10,000 for improvements in the wood shop; replacement of windows in the high school wing; replacing flooring in three classrooms; repairing flooring in the gymnasium; painting the exterior of the building; and sealing and re-lining the parking lot.

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Contingency

The district is committed to being a good steward of the financial resources entrusted to it and to maintaining a healthy planned reserve and contingency fund to ensure money is available for emergency situations and to adjust for any unexpected changes in enrollment.


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We have worked diligently to make budget planning as transparent as possible and to directly involve employees and key stakeholders in making decisions about how to best utilize projected funds.  Teachers and programs will continue to have line item budgets within the instructional budget that will allow each department to know in advance the amount of money they have for instructional materials and supplies to best operate their programs.  


The district has made significant progress, but must continue its efforts to recruit and retain students, to be wise and cautious in its purchasing, and to budget not just for today, but with the future in mind.


Posted by Dr. Mark Angle  On May 01, 2017 at 8:48 AM
  
 
DISTRICT ENGAGES IN RIGOROUS PROCESS TO IMPROVE PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

Days Creek Charter School is fortunate to have been one of three Douglas County School Districts to be selected to participate in a rigorous process to examine how we deliver professional learning and to plan ways to better engage our faculty in designing and participating in quality professional learning that has positive impacts on student achievement.


Over the last four months, Cathy Knapp, Ron Dunn, Jesse Jackson, David Hunt and Superintendent, Dr. Mark Angle attended four, full-day trainings (once per month) hosted by the Ford Family Foundation and provided at no-cost to the district by the Chalkboard Project.  Monthly, educators from the Portland area spent the day in Roseburg providing content and facilitating activities to assist us with determining ways to improve professional learning in our district.
Elkton SD and Roseburg SD were also participants, and opportunities were provided at each session for collaboration and learning across districts.  


 

At the first session, we spent time learning about the PROCESS we would use to engage in this work: improvement science.  We spent time READING and RESEARCHING the issues with current professional learning (PL).  We also learned about promising practices for improving the quality and implementation of professional learning.  We articulated and examined our core beliefs.  (As an unexpected outreach of this work, the Superintendent engaged the faculty and boards to refine and publish those Core Beliefs [see attachment], having cross-referenced them with the District Educational Philosophy, the Charter Board’s mission/vision and goals, and the Superintendent’s ‘Give Me Five’ initiative).


 

We also identified our Problem of Practice (PoP) at the first session: "In Days Creek there isn't always growth/change in educator practice as a result of/due to professional learning." The causes that we attributed to this problem included: time, capacity, mindset, resources, differentiation, implementation, and vision of outcome.


 

Our “homework” following that first session was to gather empathy data from the faculty to determine their perceptions of quality professional learning. We did this through an individual interview process in which we asked a series of questions about best and worst experiences faculty have had with professional learning.


 

At the second session, we spent time analyzing our interview data and determining what qualities our faculty most value in professional learning.  What we discovered is that our faculty desires PL that meets their individual needs, has immediate application, and includes follow-up for implementation.  The ability to collaborate also was frequently mentioned.


 

Next, we had to identify barriers to meeting the expectations for professional learning that teachers had identified.  We realized that “competing interests with competing outcomes” is an issue for us.  By this, we mean that even though everyone has good intentions, we sometimes are pursuing separate agendas based on expectations of one or both boards, state requirements, administrative goals, or teacher interests.  Having everyone on the same page and focused on a common theme would be in the best interest of all.   


 

At the second session, the improvement science steps used were: mapping the system (looking at the system from all perspectives) which is what led us to the competing interests/competing outcomes conclusion.  At the end of the session an aim statement was written, by the group that stated:  “All teachers in Days Creek will have more opportunities to engage in relevant and collaborative PL.”


 

This raised several key questions:


 

--How do we provide the type of professional learning our educators value?


 

AND


 

--How do we know that the PL educators desire will be tied to our core beliefs, vision/mission, and priorities?


 

AND


 

--How do we overcome the barriers to implementation?


At the third session, the group completed activities that led us to develop the following theory of change:


 

If teachers are provided opportunities to deepen their learning of the teaching practice standards and time to complete self-assessments and have structured conversations with peers then:


 

·        Teachers will have a clearer understanding (way to articulate) of their needs and areas of strengths and weaknesses

·        There will be more reliable data from self-assessments

·        Teachers will be more informed about teaching practice rubric

·        There will be stronger calibration of teaching practice among teachers (for example what does it look like to be proficient in student engagement)

·        There will be a stronger alignment of professional learning and teaching practice

 

At the fourth and final session, the team decided that one way to accomplish a unified theme of professional learning (which is tied to our core beliefs AND that could be differentiated by teacher need), would be to focus on the “Delivery of Instruction” domain of our teacher evaluation program.


 To this end, these are the next steps we have proposed:


--Our coach from Chalkboard will lead a PL with faculty at our March PLC to ensure all teachers have a common knowledge and language of strong instruction of the indicators around Domain 3 (Delivery of Instruction) and that there is an understanding of the levels by which the indicators are measured


--Faculty will select (based on a self-assessment) ONE indicator on which to focus their PL

------Depending on self-selections, there may be one common, school-wide indicator OR one indicator for elementary and a different one for secondary OR several different indicators across the school

 

--Using funding from Chalkboard, substitutes will be hired to provide release time for teachers to observe instruction and provide feedback to their colleagues who have selected the same indicator (for example, two teachers who are both working on “Engagement” would observe one another and then have a conversation about the level of student engagement and suggest ways to work toward continuous improvement and ways to support one another, thus providing both immediate application and collaboration)


 

--District and individual PL plans for 2017-18 may be created based on this feedback (thus PL that meets the needs of the individual teacher) and could include, but is not limited to:

·       District provided

·       ESD sponsored

·       Self-selected

·       PLCs

·       Committee work

·       Collaboration (within or across districts [using IRIS Connects])

·       College coursework


 

Improvement science requires a process known as PDSA...Plan, Do, Study, Act


After each phase of implementation, the team (including our coach provided by Chalkboard Project) will examine the outcomes of our work, and modify as necessary to ensure continuous improvement of both the process by which we identify professional learning opportunities and the outcomes as they relate to improved student outcomes.




ATTACHMENT 1


 

EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY

The Board believes:

1. The cornerstone of a free society is the education of its people;

2. We must live with and respect different cultures of the world;

3. Each person is unique and should be treated with respect and dignity;

4. The community and the family must share the responsibility of education with the schools;

5. The schools should be a safe, warm learning environment;

6. All students can learn if given the opportunity and have the desire to learn;

7. We must promote in our students that:

a. We have responsibilities for the global environment;

b. Learning is a lifelong process;

c. We must develop health and safety habits;

d. We must be responsible for our decisions and actions;

e. We need to develop an aesthetic appreciation of the world;

f. We have citizenship responsibilities in our society.


MISSION

The Days Creek Charter School mission is to provide an outstanding 21st Century education in a small, rural school environment that fosters life-long learners, responsible citizens, and fulfilled potential.

We envision a school characterized by:

· Rigorous academics

· An enriched program of electives

· Practical application of skills through on and off-site learning activities

· Preparation for postsecondary education and/or career development including skills of initiative and independence

· Mentorship of a caring and supportive faculty

· Curriculum options with a focus on natural resources

· Service to the community


CORE BELIEFS

We believe student learning is the number one priority of schools and is a shared obligation of educators, students, parents, and community.  We believe student learning needs to be informed by multiple data measures and motivated by co-curricular and extracurricular activities.  


We believe effective educators are intrinsically motivated, relationship focused, data driven individuals, who lead by example and know their students and value their unique stories.


We believe teacher leadership is goal-oriented with a willingness to serve others and a desire to understand purpose beyond self.


We believe professional learning must be relevant, timely, ongoing, and focused in order to be meaningful to educators and to improve student learning.


PRIORITIES

Attendance | Attitude | Academics | Athletics | Activities
Posted by Dr. Mark Angle  On Feb 07, 2017 at 8:55 AM
  

Happy New Year!

 

We had a most unusual startup after Winter Break.  A two-hour delay on Tuesday; a complete cancellation on Wednesday; a two-hour delay on Thursday; and Friday School to make-up for the New Year’s holiday.

 

This week, we finally seem to be getting back into our routines.  It was great to have some time off; it’s great to be back at school and to be working toward our goals.  Graduation will be here before you know it and we will then be able to celebrate all the hard work that happens between now and then.

 

At this time of year, many people come up with resolutions to motivate them to be better in the year ahead.  As an administration/faculty team, we’ve done that too!

 

Starting the first day after break, teacher work hours were adjusted.  All teachers now have a ten minute earlier dismissal time on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays so that every Tuesday we can have a 30-minute faculty meeting. 

 

While we’ve been handling most of our communication via email, sometimes tone is misunderstood or clarification is needed.  This weekly meeting will provide us with a time to connect with one another in a face-to-face setting, to have questions answered immediately, and to be able to better understand the rationale for decisions that are made.

 

In addition to the regular topics we need to discuss like day-to-day management or planning for next year, this time is also going to be used to review the entire district board policy manual to ensure all of us are fully aware of the expectations for doing things the right way.  I often say that we are fortunate to work in Days Creek where our small size allows us to be informal.  But being able to be informal, doesn’t mean that we don’t have to do things correctly.

 

The first section of the Policy Manual is titled “Board Governance and Operations” and details the role of individual board members, the board as a whole, and the nature of relationships between the board, the administration, the employees, and the community.

 

As we reviewed this section, we were reminded that the district board has three major functions, just like the three branches of government: Legislative, Judicial, and Executive.

 

In its legislative role, the board establishes policies for governing schools and students.  The entire policy manual may be found online under the District Board tab of our homepage: www.dayscreekschools.com

 

In its judicial role, the board acts as a fact finding body or court of appeal for staff members, students, and the public when issues involve Board policies. 

 

In its executive role, the board hires and evaluates the Superintendent, approves contracts and payments, provides for an annual audit of the district’s assets, and establishes the school calendar.

 

Whenever board members receive complaints or requests for action from staff, students, or members of the community, they are required, by policy, to convey such information to the superintendent for action.  Board members are prohibited from intervening in the administration of the district or school.

 

All of us at DC Charter appreciate the tremendous support that so many people in our community give to our school, our employees, and our board members.  As we move forward in the new year, let’s all resolve to do things the right way so that we progress in unity toward our goal of continuous school improvement.

 

Respectfully,

 

Mark

Posted by Dr. Mark Angle  On Jan 11, 2017 at 1:57 PM
  

As superintendent, I have worked hard to build relationships with educational partners outside our district, as I know that the work that we need to do to increase student achievement is work that cannot be done alone or in isolation. As a result of one of these collaborations, I am very excited that DC Charter is one of only three districts in Douglas County that was invited to participate in the Chalkboard Project!

Chalkboard Project is an initiative of Foundations for a Better Oregon—six independent, nonpartisan Oregon foundations united by a common purpose: A better state for all Oregonians. The goal is elevating student achievement, eradicating achievement inequalities, and making our K-12 public schools among the best in the nation.

Chalkboard's vision statement says:
We believe Oregon students deserve a public school system that is among the nation’s best as measured by student achievement, and that all students deserve equal educational success. Our vision is to use philanthropic collaboration to improve K-12 public education and by doing so, lift up the entire state.

The Chalkboard website goes on to say that an effective teacher has the single greatest influence on how well a student learns; school leaders are second. That’s why our efforts focus on ensuring educators and school leaders have the systems and supports they need to help every student succeed. 

Thanks to funding from Ford Family Foundation, six DC Charter employees are participating in this initiative, which we anticipate will lead to improved teaching and learning through improved professional learning for educators. 

As part of our initial training, we were asked to examine and articulate our core beliefs.  I brought back the work that we did that day and shared it with all employees, giving everyone here the opportunity to respond and provide feedback to improve our draft.  After revising our initial statements, I presented the document to both the charter board and the district board and gave each an opportunity to help us refine the statements to ensure they were accurate reflections of what we believe.

Next, we examined the existing district philosophy of education, the charter school's mission, and my priorities as superintendent, ensuring appropriate intersectionality between the various cornerstones of who we are, what we believe, and how we operate.

Below, you will find a link to the final document, which also has a new home on the homepage of our district website: click on the "Core Beliefs" link at the bottom of the homepage. 

Thank you for walking this journey with us, as we seek continual improvement to become the very best version of ourselves.

Respectfully,

Mark


http://www.dayscreekschools.com/UserFiles/Servers/Server_803186/File/Corebeliefs%20(2).pdf

Posted by Dr. Mark Angle  On Nov 29, 2016 at 1:51 PM
  

The daily schedules for those of us who work and learn at DC Charter continue to be filled with new adventures and learning opportunities.  In addition to all the new things we started last year that we have continued this year, here is just a small sample of some of the additional opportunities available for our students this year that weren’t on the agenda last year:

--Art Express: retired teachers Marilyn and Joanie are providing art education several times throughout the year for students in Grades K-5.

--Music education: all elementary students have music instruction 30 minutes daily and we have several high school students enrolled in choir.

--Other music opportunities: we’ve hosted two renown performance groups this year.  Through a partnership with the Umpqua Symphony Association, all students K-12 were guests of the Rhythm Future Quartet, whose performance genre is gypsy jazz.

Through a partnership with Roseburg Community Concerts, our 6-12 students got to travel to 7-Feathers Convention Center to hear The Kat Trio perform a selection of classical music from around the world.

--Nutrition Education: through a partnership with Mercy Foundation, a nutritionist is visiting elementary classrooms regularly to talk about making healthy food choices.

--Robotics: the robotics materials are no longer stored in the closest!  Instead, all middle school students will have the opportunity to engage in a robotics unit as part of the Technology Exploratory class.

--National FFA Convention: our high school forestry team, which won the state competition, is representing Oregon in Indianapolis this week.

DC Charter is fortunate to have so many great students, a school that is filled with teachers who care about them, and parents and community members who support our efforts in providing such a wonderful variety of opportunities to meet their varying needs and interests.

Thank you for continuing to partner with and support our school!  And, be sure to follow us on Facebook to see regular posts on all the activities mentioned here as well as the many other activities going on around campus!

Respectfully,

Dr. Mark Angle, Superintendent

Posted by Dr. Mark Angle  On Oct 19, 2016 at 2:59 PM
  
Welcome to the 2016-17 school year! 

DC Charter welcomed 203 students to campus this morning for our first day of the new year. This is our highest enrollment in several years! 

Thanks, in part, to our "Move Up Day" last spring, and also to the hard work of Cheryl and Ms. Knapp in getting all our new students scheduled into classes as they registered over the summer, we had a very "routine" instructional day. Students appreciated the extra minute during passing periods and all the work we've done to improve the facilities since they left for summer break. Teachers got right to work reviewing expectations and delivering content students need to know to have a successful year.

We want this to be the best year in DC Charter history...and to accomplish this, we need YOUR help! With so many more students than we had even two years ago, we could really use some extra "hands on deck." 

Please review the following volunteer opportunities and seriously consider ways that you can support the work we are doing here!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED


Days Creek Charter School seeks to become the best educational environment possible for the students we serve!  To meet this goal, we need your help!  Please consider volunteering in one or more of the following ways…


BOOK BUDDY

Commit to coming to the school once each week for at least thirty (30) minutes to work one-on-one with an assigned elementary student.  Activities may include reading a book to the student, listening to the student read a book to you, taking turns reading a book to each other, or practicing word flash cards to improve the students’ reading.


LUNCH BUDDY

Commit to coming to the school at least twice per month to have lunch with a group of students (elementary, middle, or high).  You may purchase a lunch at the school or provide your own lunch.  Activities may include asking students about school, talking to students about their interests, and playing games with students during recess...anything to help support students and show them the community cares about their success.


CLASSROOM READER

Commit to coming to the school at least once each month to read aloud to an assigned class.  You may bring your own favorite children’s book to share or the teacher will provide a book for you.  


TEACHER’S HELPER

Commit to coming to the school on a regular basis (schedule to be worked out with assigned teacher) to help with the clerical aspects of teaching...making copies, creating bulletin boards, preparing materials for classroom activities, etc.


LIBRARY HELPER

Working collaboratively with the library assistant, create a schedule for coming to the school when available to assist with shelving, restocking, inventory, and other tasks related to library operations.


TECHNOLOGY DOCENT

Working collaboratively with the teacher, create a schedule for coming to the school when available to assist students as they log into computer programs, practice keyboarding skills, or engage in online educational software; or, teach a specific technology tool such as Excel or PowerPoint.


ART DOCENT

Working collaboratively with the teacher, create a schedule for coming to the school when available to assist students with classroom projects or preparations, or teach a mini-lesson on a specific art skill such as pottery, watercolor, photography, etc.


GARDENER

Working collaboratively with the Supervisor of Maintenance, commit to coming to the school as available  to assist with yardwork and gardening.  Activities may include, weeding, planting, outdoor cleaning, washing windows, etc.


HOUSEKEEPING

Commit to coming to the school as available to assist with indoor cleaning that is beyond the scope of regular custodial work.  Activities may include organizing, cleaning trophy cabinets, dusting, wiping down baseboards, washing dishes in the staff workroom, etc.

*To ensure the safety and well-being of all students, volunteers who work directly with children must complete a criminal background check as required by Oregon law and district policy before volunteering.
Posted by Dr. Mark Angle  On Aug 29, 2016 at 1:39 PM
  

SUPERINTENDENT'S ANNUAL REPORT

 

June 2016

 

 

Dear District Board of Directors and Charter School Board of Directors:

 

I am providing this narrative as a summary of the 2015-16 school year and to share with you the goals I wish to work toward for the 2016-17 school year.

 

As you may recall, soon after being hired, I established as our priority the Give Me Five initiative.  I have carried that logo and tagline throughout the entire year and it has appeared on many documents to help give us a brand identity.  We will continue in 2016-17 to focus our improvement efforts around these cornerstones of student success. 

 

ATTENDANCE

During the 2015-16 school year, 230 students passed through our doors, compared to 193 students in 2014-15.  We began the year with an artificially high 198 students “on the books.”  In September, after the dust had settled, we were at 194 students, and then grew throughout the year to end June with 199 students actually enrolled and attending classes.

 

The average daily attendance rate for the 2015-16 school year was 92 percent.  Compared to previous years, we had fewer students who were chronically absent as well as fewer tardies and early dismissals.

 

For 2016-17, we will strive to increase our average daily attendance rate to 93 percent.

 

ATTITUDE

We had very few behavior problems overall, and zero issues in which the district board was asked to consider expulsion.  Overall, employee morale was better (zero staff turnover) and students were happier in school (leading to an enrollment increase from a projected 149 to an actual 199 students enrolled, which we sustained throughout the year). 

 

The newly formed behavior committee spent the year studying various behavior programs and developed a new discipline matrix that we intend to use during 2016-17 to bring greater accountability and consistency as we manage student behavior and impose disciplinary consequences.

 

For 2016-17, we will implement the new discipline matrix and respond to out-of-district student behavior issues more quickly and consistently using a revised out-of-district student contract.

 

 

ACADEMICS

Teachers in grades K-5 implemented the new reading curriculum.  Elementary teachers frequently used the new iPads and worked closely throughout the year with Ryan Zeedyk from the ESD for instructional technology support.  River Studies returned after a two-year hiatus as a year-long science emphasis for grades 4-5. 

 

Creative writing was taught during the middle school wheel rotation for the first time.  A math tutor was hired to provide support to high school students struggling with math content. 

 

The senior project process was improved to include collaboration between the Senior Project teacher and the English teacher as well as to have greater consistency between the research paper, community service, and project itself; and, seniors were expected to find ways to tie all three of these components to their future career goals. 

 

Fewer students had “F” grades on their report cards than in 2014-15.  Rock 101 was added as an elective.  The anthropology class included several guest artisans who shared their unique talents, including cedar basket making, flint knapping, and pottery making (using locally harvested clay).  All of these provided students with hands-on opportunities for learning.  The Vo-Ag and FFA programs received recognition at district and state level competitions. 

 

As a result of planning that was done this year, for 2016-17 numerous new academic opportunities will be available to Days Creek students including, but not limited to:

 

      New math curriculum K-12

      Dual credit writing through Southern Oregon University

      Metals shop (in preparation for dual credit welding through UCC in 2017-18)

      Robotics

      Elementary music

      Beginning Band

      High School Choir

      Healthy Kids Outreach Program for hygiene and health education (returning after several years absence)

 

Goals during the 2016-17 school year include implementing a preschool readiness initiative in partnership with the South-Central Early Learning Hub and articulating a K-12 natural resources theme that will be embedded throughout the curriculum in various content areas and throughout various times of year beginning in 2017-18.

 

ATHLETICS

During 2015-16, we continued our tradition of offering high-quality athletic programs.  Our student-athletes performed successfully on the field/court and in the classrooms.  Expectations for student-athletes to be models with regards to attendance, attitude, academics and leadership were articulated and enforced by the coaches and co-athletic directors. 

 

In addition, we piloted a successful return of softball as an option for student athletes.

 

In 2016-17, we plan to investigate the return of baseball as an option for student athletes using the same pilot process as was used with softball.

 

ACTIVITIES

During 2015-16, students were provided with numerous opportunities to participate in a variety of grade level and whole school activities including, but not limited to:

 

      Recognition at district board meetings

      Participation in charter board meetings

      Frequent awards assemblies

      Glee club (sang National Anthem at volleyball games)

      Mercy flight helicopter tours

      Trim-a-tree

      Caroling at Forest Glen Retirement Center

      OMSI science assembly

      UCC choir assembly

      Oregon Rising video campaign

      Ski Club

      Class field trips

      Fancy Friday School Days

      First Annual Badminton Tournament of Champions

      Young Author’s Night

      Spirit Weeks

      Student Council

      Senior Walk

      Move-Up Day

 

In 2016-17, we will continue to offer a variety of activities that appeal to a variety of student interests as a way to keep our students actively engaged with school.

 

 

* * * * * * * * *

 

In addition to the areas articulated above, I was directly involved in these areas of leadership and management:

 

TEACHING AND LEARNING

      Every teacher received a full clinical observation and evaluation

      Year-long work with the Institute for Research and Reform in Education (IRRE) to gather baseline data to inform improvement efforts

 

COMMUNICATION AND MARKETING

      New website

      Active Facebook page (grew from 100 to 455 followers!)

      Instragram account

      Frequent emails to teachers and boards

      Superintendent’s blog

      Transparent budgeting process

      Collaboration with DD Bixby at ESD

 

RELATIONSHIPS

Much time was invested this year getting to know people and building collaborative relationships with:

      Teachers and staff

      Parents and community members

      Superintendent colleagues

      Partners, including but not limited to:

      UCC

      Southern Oregon University

      Ford Family Foundation

      IRRE

      ESD

      First Student

      News-Review

      KPIC

 

TECHNOLOGY

      Upgraded infrastructure and hardware

 

BUDGETING

      Good steward of public resources

      Healthy balance between spending and saving

      Improved and streamlined process for employees to request purchases

      Transparent budgeting process that included teachers in decision making

      Awarded $10,000 grant for music program

 

POLICY

      Policy manual has been kept up-to-date throughout the year and is available online

 

FACILITIES

      Part-time custodian hired

      Implemented new maintenance tracking system

      Four restrooms remodeled

      Water line moved from neighboring property

      Grounds upkeep improved (compared to previous year)

 

GOVERNANCE

      Formed school level committees

      Formed site council

      Professional Learning Communities (PLC) monthly meetings

      Rewriting charter document

      Title I audit and transition to school-wide program

      Declaration of single entity to streamline budgeting and eliminate duplicate audit

 

 

Thank you for partnering with me and supporting these many endeavors!  It has been an incredibly busy year with a tremendous amount of change and growth.  Though there have been some stalled initiatives and some frustrating setbacks along the way, I think that an objective look at the year as a whole reveals that together, we have made Douglas County SD #15 and Days Creek Charter School a better place for our students, their families, and the employees who work here.

 

I look forward to continuing during the 2016-17 year the work we have started and striving for continuous improvement in all the ways we serve our community.

 

                                                                                                Respectfully,

             

                                                                                                Dr. Mark A. Angle, Superintendent

 

 

Posted by Dr. Mark Angle  On Jun 21, 2016 at 9:50 AM
  
This is the collaborative poem that was shared at graduation last week.


The Class of 2016

A collaborative poem written by DC Charter employees for our graduates

 

When I look back on the class of 2016…

…I’ll remember those students who persevered no matter what;

…I’ll remember the return of happiness;

…I’ll remember how good they worked with our elementary students.

 

When I look back on the class of 2016…

              …I’ll remember hard work, fun personalities, and the great senior projects;

              …I’ll remember that it wasn’t always easy, but they persevered;

              …I’ll remember camouflage!

 

When I look back on the class of 2016…

              …I’ll remember the positive growth I witnessed, which has been a huge blessing to us all;

              …I’ll remember a group of young people who like to get involved;

              …I’ll remember the mint moochers…you know who you are!

 

When I look back on the class of 2016…

              …I’ll remember a class that had to work to meet the goal of walking across this stage;

...I’ll remember a few quiet, appreciated, students who always tried to do the right thing and the massive growth in maturity and work ethic in others from freshmen year to senior year.

…I’ll remember taxidermy!

 

When I look back on the class of 2016…

…I’ll remember chefs, bull riders, singers, rockers, softball players, pony racers, outdoorsmen and women, mathematicians, scientists, readers, writers, and wolves all round.   

              …I’ll remember the laughter and smiles and genuine affection they have shown over the years. 

And, I will miss them!

Posted by Dr. Mark Angle  On May 31, 2016 at 9:01 AM
  
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