2018 Starr Obstacle Course Champions
2018 Starr Obstacle Course Champions
Eisenhower scouts help out with veterans breakfast.
Eisenhower scouts help out with veterans breakfast.
Clay Haunted Hallways
Clay Haunted Hallways
Starr Staff With Their New Free Little Library. Thanks to Teacher Amy Rankin's Idea and OSF's Generous Donation!
Free Little Library at Starr Elementary
Eisenhower Boo Crew
Eisenhower Boo Crew
Fassett Sock DayFassett Sock Day
Fassett Sock Day
2018 Starr Elementary 1st Annual 3k Color Run/Walk - Saturday, Sept. 29th
2018 Starr Elementary 1st Annual 3k Color Run/Walk - Saturday, Sept. 29th
Fassett JH Cheerleaders
Fassett JH Cheerleaders
Coy students tag and release Butterflies
Coy students tag Butterflies
Stop the Bleed kits donated to Clay HS
Stop the Bleed kits
Thank you for all the support Clay Athletic Boosters
Clay athletic boosters

Superintendent's Blog

Superintendent's Blog
Hal Gregory's Blog Page
Vaping - Yikes - Out of control everywhere - We need your help!
Posted 11/2/2018 at 2:42:42 PM by Hal Gregory [staff member]
Vaping is out of control with students everywhere!  Vaping is NOT allowed in our schools!  Please help us educate our students.  
I can't tell you how many times I hear from school leaders and teachers about the vaping problem in and out of our schools with comments like "there is no health risk" and "its only water vapor with flavor" and "there is no harm in vaping."  Ugggg.  This is so frustrating as a person who educates children on the dangers of so many things and kids just don't listen.  I am appealing to you for help in educating your children about the dangers of "Vaping."  We are regularly catching students with items used to Vape in their posession at school.  This is not just an Oregon issue, but rather a nationwide issue.  We need your help.  
Kids are vaping all the time and often with adult blessing.  Here are just a few items to consider from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).   
What Are the Risks of E-cigarettes for Young People?
• The brain continues to develop through the early to mid-twenties. Because the adolescent brain is still developing, nicotine use during this critical period can disrupt the formation of brain circuits that control attention, learning, and susceptibility to addiction.
• Young people are uniquely at risk for long-term effects of exposing their developing brains to nicotine, including mood disorders and permanent lowering of impulse control.
• Nicotine activates the limbic system more strongly in the adolescent brain than in the adult brain, making addiction a greater risk for youth who use nicotine.
• E-cigarette use is strongly associated with other tobacco product use, including regular cigarettes.
• Besides nicotine, e-cigarettes can contain harmful and potentially harmful ingredients, including: » ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs » flavorants such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to bronchiolitis obliterans (“popcorn lung,” so identified because of the incidence of the disease in workers at plants that used flavorants containing diacetyl in microwave popcorn) » volatile organic compounds » heavy metals, including nickel, tin, chromium, and lead.
• The aerosol from e-cigarettes is not harmless, either for users or for others who are exposed to secondhand aerosol. It can contain harmful and potentially harmful ingredients, including nicotine
Here are two additional resources: 
Thank you for your help in communicating this huge growing issue.  Have a great weekend.
Weather Delays and Closings
Posted 10/29/2018 at 11:38:45 AM by Hal Gregory [staff member]

Well, let me first say that making the call to delay or close due to weather is a team approach.  It begins by Terry Dellinger, Transportation Supervisor, and Jeff Zsigrai, Maintenance Supervisor, getting up very early in the morning (essentially in the middle of the night) and driving the roads to get a feel of how slippery or how hard it is to see.  The next thing that happens is one of these two individuals calls Dean Sandwisch, Assistant Superintendent, and begins discussing all options. Mr. Sandwisch will often go out and drive the roads if the decision is not an obvious one. Mr. Sandwisch will next call me to discuss the team’s recommendation.

As the decision is being pondored, I communicate with other district superintendents very early in the morning to see what they are thinking, usually via text messages.  I also may go out and drive the roads for one more opinion. Based on all the information about local road conditions, visibility, temperature and the future forecast, a decision to delay for two hours or close is made.  

We have some soft guidelines we follow.  When appropriate, we will close or delay the night before if we are fairly certain of poor conditions for the next morning.  This does not happen often, but is my philosophy we give parents as much notice as possible when we can. We have to make a decision by 6:00am for a delay because the buses need to start rolling by 6:00am to meet all our pick-up timelines.  We have been trying to make the call by 5:30am whenever possible.

Fog is a tricky call.  Fog can be so isolated in regions.  Often we have fog in the township part of our district but not in the city.  Our general guideline is two telephone poles. If we cannot see two telephone poles ahead it may not be safe for buses.  For cold, we use a -15 degree wind chill as one of the determining factors. Cold is also tricky. For snow, we drive the roads and determine how slippery it is to stop and go on the roads and at intersections.  Usually it is the ice under the snow we close for, not the snow. Our buses are heavy and can drive through snow fine. We use common sense when it comes to these decisions.

Keep in mind, safety is our priority, but if you as a parent do not feel we made the correct call, use your judgement and keep your child home.  Safety is a partnership between schools and parents.

Finally, we communicate our decision through the TV channels, email to parents, facebook and my twitter account.  My twitter account will be the first announcement. You can follow me at @halgregoryOCS.

Thank you for the question.  Hope this helps.


Fan Behavior! Be Supportive not Annoying
Posted 10/28/2018 at 2:44:41 PM by Hal Gregory [staff member]

Thank you!  Thank you!

On behalf of myself and all the leadership of OCS, I thank all of you for your dedication to supporting our Eagle sports teams through thick and thin.  Like most years, our teams have ups and downs with winning records, losing records, good play and poor play. Your pride and support carries the coaches and athletes through those cold rainy nights and tough loses.  Your cheers, yells and screams of support carry us to wins on the court or field. Fans make or break an event.

I also want to compliment you on your behavior at the sporting events.  I have noticed a more positive tone towards referees, and opposing teams by our fans.  At times in the past, we have been known for having tough fans with poor sportsmanship and critical tempers on the sidelines.  This season, I did not notice these types of things which makes all events more enjoyable for everyone. Keep up the great work!!

As we enter into the winter season, please make a point to come out to Clay and Fassett to watch some basketball games, wrestling matches, gymnastic events and swimming meets.  Yes, swimming! Our swim team has grown extensively beginning last year with a new coach and a new philosophy. You can find all the schedules on our website.


Have a great winter sports season all!


Reply Posts
Snowy Weather
Posted 10/28/2018 at 11:24:40 AM by [anonymous visitor]
Hi Hal! Thanks for starting this blog and keeping the Oregon City Schools community informed to the things happening within the district. We are thankful for your hard work and for the administrators, principals,teachers, bus drivers, and support staff who make Oregon City Schools a great place to not just educate children but to raise a family! With snowy weather on the horizon, I'm curious what all goes into your decision making process to delay, cancel, or not postpone school. I'm sure it's often a very difficult call and by no means are you going to please everyone all the time. I'd just be curious to hear some context about the process. Thanks! -Luke Shortridge, Oregon Resident
New Superintendent's Blog
Posted 10/9/2018 at 2:38:35 PM by Hal Gregory [staff member]
Dear Friends,
Keeping our community up to date on what is happening in and around our school system is something we strive to improve on all the time.  My blog will be another method to interact with you and keep you posted on items I feel are important or need clarification related to Oregon City Schools.  It will also be a place for you to interact directly with me with the ability to post comments. 
My goal for this blog is to share/clarify relevant information, brag about what OCS is doing, and interact with our community.  I will do my best at answering questions but this blog is not a substitute for communicating with school teachers and leaders on specific questions.  We will see how it goes. 
I invite you to begin following and interacting with my blog.  
First Question:   
What you would like to hear from me as your superintendent?    
Thanks, Hal  
Reply Posts
Drives reply
Posted 10/17/2018 at 3:36:44 PM by Hal Gregory [staff member]
Thank you for your question and I am not sure I have a good answer for you at this point. You are right, throughout the year our schools do a lot of charity work, fund raising, etc. to benefit the community and our own student body. Your suggestion of a central communication point is a good one. I will explore adding a link on our website for current school drives and collections going on. Often times we think of just our students and their families for these drives but not the community at large. Thank you for the suggestion. Hal
Posted 10/17/2018 at 3:32:13 PM by [anonymous visitor]
Is there somewhere that information could be posted to the public about any and all charity drives or school drives that are ongoing? For instance, just this week I was at Clay and saw that they had a bin for some kind of shoe collection. I would much rather donate used items to our Oregon Schools for whatever the kids are actively trying to support than to just dump them at the goodwill or Salvation Army. Or even if it’s just needs that the schools have. Another example, I just found out that Jerusalem keeps a bin of coats for students to use when a child has forgotten their coat and it’s cold out at recess. I just wonder if there could be some site that all this information could be compiled at so that anyone willing to help out a local school could do so.
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