The sun started to show itself in full force yesterday, and today and we are looking forward to a great spring for our students here at Estacada High School.

Your students will be busy participating in sports, drama, music and academics with a few additional treats to look forward to.

Within the next couple of weeks your student will be asked to forecast for their next year’s schedule. This will be open online and you and your student can sit down and make the proper selection for them as an individual.

We will provide guidance and the opportunity to talk to their counselor, and we encourage you to call if you have any questions.

Before the school year ends I would like to address some rumors that we are hearing around the community.

First, rumor has it that EHS will close and Sandy High School will take all of our students. I am not sure where this rumor originated, but perhaps Sandy is trying to fill the halls of that beautiful new campus they built.

However, there has been zero discussion in our district regarding being annexed by the Oregon Trail School District. In fact, with Estacada students outperforming Sandy High School students in state assessments in math, writing, reading and science (by 8 percent, 3 percent, 2 percent and 2 percent, respectfully) perhaps we should bring them to our student learning focused school?

The second rumor we are hearing is that all of our vocational programs will be cut next year. Again, the source of this rumor is unknown, but I can assure you that we will not cut any more electives for next year. In fact, we are adding the following three new courses:

• Automotive collision repair and refinishing

• Sports promotion/broadcasting

• Sports video production

Rumors can have a negative effect on a community and we would like to clear them up as soon as possible, so if you hear of any new rumors please let us know.

Additional rumors that are out there concern next year’s funding and possible cuts, or changes, in our district programs. I would like to address this by sharing that currently our district is looking at needing to cut approximately $1.5 million for the next school year. These cuts for the high school will result in some teachers going from full-time status to part-time status, the closing of our library, and the loss of a custodian.

In addition, at least one retirement will not be replaced.

The end result of these cuts will not affect the courses and programs that we offer, but will increase the average class size in our building.

However, even with this increase in class size we will have the lowest class size average in the area, excluding possibly Colton High School.

I promise we will continue to strive to place student learning first and to develop positive relationships with each and every student and family.

Summer school will once again be offered this summer and if you think your student could benefit from it please contact his or her counselor for more information.

Finally, if you have any other questions or concerns, suggestions or unique ideas you would like us to be aware of, please do not hesitate to contact us at 503-630-8515.

Thanks for your support and have a fantastic summer.

Scott Sullivan is principal of Estacada High School.

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