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LHS, LJHS to hold joint auction

Lakeridge High School and Lakeridge Junior High School will have a joint auction this fall. The event is scheduled for Oct. 27 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.

Auction organizers have set a goal of raising $200,000 at the event, which will be used to update technology, fund a language lab and purchase musical instruments, cameras and athletic equipment at both schools, as well as fund merit awards for seniors at the high school.

To donate to the auction, purchase tickets and volunteer, visit lakeridgeauction.org.

Application for new school withdrawn

The application for a conditional use permit for a kindergarten through eighth grade school to be housed at 10th Street and C Avenue has been withdrawn, as of July 17.

The school’s landlord, The New Thoughts Center for Spiritual Living, indicated that upon further review, accommodating the school would overextend the church’s resources. The file is now closed.

Online academy scores high

Nearly 90 percent of parents with students enrolled at Oregon Connections Academy (OCA) give the online public school an A or B grade and 94 percent recommend the program to other parents according to results from OCA’s 2011-2012 Parent Satisfaction Survey.

OCA has more than 3,000 students in grades kindergarten through 12 across the state.

“Oregon Connections Academy’s program today is different from the one we started with six years ago because technology has advanced and the surveys taken by the school were taken seriously. Each year I think the program is at its finest and then changes come to make it even better,” said Paula Foster, a parent and learning coach to five students enrolled at OCA. “I’m glad the school values the input they get from their families.”

This is the fifth year in a row that at least 90 percent of OCA parents have graded the online school so highly. The survey was administered by a third party to households with students enrolled in OCA and more than half completed the survey.

Oregon Connections Academy started in 2005 under a charter with the Scio District. To learn more about OCA, contact Laura Dillon at 503-779-3150 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Teens sought for advisory boards

The city of Lake Oswego is seeking junior or senior high school students to serve on the following advisory boards: historic resources, library, natural resources, parks and recreation, transportation and sustainability. There will be two youth positions on the sustainability board.

The city council creates citizen advisory boards to review issues and make recommendations on specific topics. Youth advisers appointed to these groups are full voting members and participate in activities and events associated with their boards.

Those interested in applying should contact Jane McGarvin at 503-635-0236 or download an application at ci.oswego.or.us/boc/boards-commissions-vacancies. The deadline to apply is Sept. 4.

Camp teaches friendship

Camp Yakety-Yak is an inclusive day camp that specializes in teaching social and emotional skills for success in the classroom, playground, neighborhood and home, designed for special needs children ages 6 through 11.

The speech therapy-inspired curriculum is taught by specialists and volunteers and includes technology, science, crafts, cooking, reflective literacy activities and special events.

Camp dates are July 30 through Aug. 9 and Aug. 20 through Aug. 30.

A nonprofit located in West Linn, camp hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.

Spaces are still available. For more information, visit CampYaketyYak.org.

Oak Creek supply list available

Oak Creek Elementary School has released the list of supplies students will need when school begins next fall.

“All schools have unique lists,” said Oak Creek principal Karen Lachman. “Ours is just for Oak Creek School. The other lists should be on their school’s websites.” The supply list is segregated by grade level. To view the lists visit the school’s website at edline.net/pages/Oak_Creek_Elementary_School.

Other elementary schools may not have posted their supply lists yet. Keep checking back on your particular school’s website for the posting.