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Coordinating Council kicks off 2016-17

Longtime group keeps parent clubs connected

REVIEW PHOTO: JILLIAN DALEY - At the first meeting of the 2016-17 year on Friday were (from left): front row, Kristin Hazard (Special Services Parent Advisory Committee), Brandy Begin and Sandra Andrews (Hallinan Elementary), Lisa Shaw Ryan and Margie Johnson (Lake Oswego High School), Darryl Fleck and Jerome Lee (Westridge Elementary); and back row, Robin Walsh (Lakeridge Junior High), Laura Zenner and Jessica Stalick (Lake Grove Elementary), Jen Brown and Kristy Cory (Forest Hills Elementary), Sheri Buck (River Grove Elementary), Jennifer Zagacki and Erin Watson (Lake Oswego Junior); Sosanda Erdmann (Oak Creek Elementary). Not pictured: Carrie Wood, Lakeridge High School and Janell Herman from Lakeridge Junior.Presidents, co-presidents and vice president-elects of all the parent clubs at Lake Oswego School District schools meet monthly at the district office as part of the Coordinating Council.

The council got the 2016-17 year started with a meeting on Friday, receiving an update from LOSD Superintendent Heather Beck on the district’s stand-out state standardized test scores.

The group also discussed what’s next for Oswego BRAVE (Being Respectful And Valuing Everyone), a parent-led group that seeks to foster a safe and positive learning environment for all students and engage and educate the entire community on how to build empathy and address bullying behavior. (Learn more at facebook.com/OswegoBRAVE.)

Two parents in the district proposed the idea for the council 25 years ago to facilitate communication among parent groups, according to a district document. The organization does not have voting authority, nor does it serve as an advisory committee to the school board. But members build bridges among parent groups, meet with the superintendent and hear guest speakers.

— Jillian Daley