Wow! We have made it through another year here at Sandy Grade! Congratulations to all the
students, parents, teachers, Sandy Grade staff, and volunteers for all of their hard work. The
collaboration and partnership amongst each of these groups deserve the credit for making this
year a success. When we reflect back on our focus of growing all students through academics,
attitude, and attendance, we have made huge strides over the past four years. For example, in the
past four years we have experienced the following growth:
Growing ALL students
Four years ago we were in the lowest 15% of elementary schools when it came to student
performance. We now currently outperform 74% of the elementary schools in Oregon and are
one of the top performing elementary schools in the Oregon Trail School District and we
consistently beat the state average in all content areas and grade levels. This has taken a lot of
work on the ends of families, students, and staff. Great work, everyone!
We spend time each week working on developing social-emotional skills with students. Over
the last year we have watched our discipline data improve. This means that we have a fewer
number of YIKES and Office Referrals than we had in previous years. Thank you, families, for
your support as we work with your child in developing these vital skills.
While we experienced a little drop this year in our average daily attendance rates, we still have
the highest attendance rate out of all the elementary schools. This is awesome! In addition, we
have one of the lowest chronic attendance rates in the area which is a huge feat and quite hard to
pull off. Thank you, everyone, for helping make sure showing up to school is a priority as it has
a direct reflection on the improvements made in and out of the classroom.
Updates for Next Year
Please read the following page as it contains important information for next year. Throughout
the summer you can always keep checking our website, Facebook page, and Twitter feed to stay
up to date.
August 7, 2018 Front Office Opens
August 30, 2018 Ice Cream Social and Open House at 5:00 pm
September 4, 2018 First Day for ALL Students
September 12, 2018 Early Release Starts for the Year – Dismissal at 1:30 pm
Please note our school hours below for next year:
7:20 am Doors Open
7:20-7:35 am Breakfast
7:40 am Classes begin
2:30 pm School is Dismissed
**Starting on September 12th, Early Release will start and students will be dismissed at 1:30 pm.
Back to School Night – Academic Team Meetings – September 13, 2018
During the first month of school, teachers will host classroom presentations for parents on grade
level expectations, curriculum used in the classroom, and ways that you can help support your
child. Each grade level presentation will be occurring during the entire evening event so parents
are able to attend all sessions even if they have students in another grade level. It is encouraged
that younger siblings and/or students do not attend so parents/guardians can fully participate in
the sessions. This session is vital in helping parents and students understand what the end of
year target is for students at Sandy Grade School. This year Back to School Night – Academic
Team Meetings will be held on Thursday, September 13th from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.
Conferences for ALL Students – November 19, 2018
Sandy Grade will be holding conferences for all students on Monday, November 19th from 8:00
am to 5:00 pm. This is an opportunity for all families and students to meet with their child’s
teacher in a 1:1 format. Your attendance at November conferences is greatly important as we
strive to work side-by-side with you in supporting your student academically, socially,
emotionally, and behaviorally. Information and sign up times for November 19th will be sent
home with students during the early part of November.
Academic Reviews – February 20, 2019
Academic Reviews will be held shortly before or after semester one report cards come out.
These meetings are for students not meeting or making adequate progress towards grade level
standards and end of year expectations. Meeting times occur during the afternoon and evening
hours of February 20th from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm.
Academic Reviews will be an opportunity to touch base with the classroom teacher regarding the
recent report card, academic growth and achievement, in addition to behavior for students that
are of particular concern. These reviews are being scheduled by the classroom teacher and are
only for students/families we are particularly concerned with.
However, if your child is meeting grade level expectations and you would still like a meeting,
teachers will be available to meet. Teachers will be sending home a separate letter to families
that are not required to attend Academic Reviews but offering an invitation to meet in person,
email, or over the phone.
We have been extremely lucky to have a large number of volunteers who have given their time
to help in classrooms and with activities. Thank you! For next school year, we are again looking
for people to help. In particular, those who would like to help in classrooms and with fundraisers
for technology. To volunteer at any school in the Oregon Trail School District, please complete
our online application after July 1, 2018 at: www.oregontrailschools/connect/volunteer-info/.
Applications are required to be completed online each new school year; our volunteer system is
paperless. If you would like to help out in any way, please connect with the front office.
The average daily attendance this year was 94.5%. Your help in ensuring that appointments are
arranged after school hours when possible and bringing students in after/before their appointment
is much appreciated. Remember as we look to the 2018-2019 school year, it is board policy and
state law that students attend regularly at a rate that equates to a total of 14 days, approximately 2
days a month.
We are incredibly lucky to have a number of people that have worked tirelessly throughout the
year to ensure that our school is able function at the highest level possible while doing the best
for your children. All of these individuals have given their time, energy, and love to Sandy
Grade and for this…we thank them.
Future 6th Grade Students
Good luck to all of our 5th grade students as they leave to start middle school at either Cedar
Ridge or Boring Middle School. We send you our very best wishes and look forward to hearing
how you are doing.
Finally, I want to take a moment and wish you a happy, safe, and enjoyable summer. I can’t wait
to see everyone in September.
Dr. Rachael George
Sandy Grade School