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Melissa Griffiths replaces Principal Alix Pickett at the Lake Oswego elementary school; Morgan Rauch will take Griffiths' place

Melissa Griffiths, director of the Lake Oswego School District's Community School since 2014, has been named interim principal at Hallinan Elementary School and Morgan Rauch, the district's director of youth sports, pool operations and facility scheduling, has been promoted to take Griffiths' place, LOSD officials announced this week.

Both women will start their new jobs immediately.

Melissa Griffiths

GRIFFITHSGriffiths joined the LOSD in 2007 as a 3rd/4th-grade teacher at Lake Grove Elementary, where she taught for seven years. As director of Community School, she developed and implemented programs that enrich student experiences while boosting academic achievements. This summer, those programs include a new transition class for incoming kindergartners.

She replaces Principal Alix Pickett, who accepted a K-8 position earlier this month with Portland Public Schools.

"We are so excited to promote from within," interim Superintendent Michael Musick said. "Melissa is a talented and passionate educator. She did her internship at Hallinan just a few years back and is familiar with the school and staff. She has done an outstanding job with Community School and I expect her to thrive at Hallinan."

Griffiths holds a bachelor's in Education from Bowling Green State University and a master's in Educational Administration from the University of Akron in Ohio.

Morgan Rauch

RAUCHIn addition to her role at Community School, Rauch has served as the head varsity water polo coach for Lakeridge High School since 2013. Griffiths says her successor's sports management and logistical experience will help to ensure smooth operations at Community School as its programs are distributed throughout the district next year.

"Morgan has brought a wealth of sports and pool knowledge to Community School for the past year," Griffiths said. "She is prepared and ready to hit the ground running."

Rauch holds a master's in Athletic Administration from Concordia University-Nebraska and a bachelor's in Psychology from Portland State University. She is a National Federation of State High School Associations certified coach, a USA Water Polo certified coach and a Body Project facilitator.

Rauch is serving her first term on the Oregon High School Water Polo Committee and is the only female member of that board. She will remain the head coach for both the boys and girls water polo teams at Lakeridge.

— The Review

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