OCS District Communications

OCS District Communications

November 21, 2022
4:43 PM Email to families
Christmas Basket Program
Dear Parents,
The holiday season is fast approaching.
Oregon Health and Welfare is a not-for-profit organization that started the Christmas Basket program 60 years
ago and serves the communities of Oregon, Harbor View, Curtice and Jerusalem Township. The organization is
made up of volunteers and operates on donations from businesses, individuals, community organizations and help
from Oregon schools. Every year students are asked to help with fundraising for the program or to participate in
food drives of non-perishable food items or toys. Donated items are greatly appreciated by the recipients.
Last year canned goods, fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy products, meat, baking supplies, bread, cleaning products
and personal hygiene items were distributed to 283 households. The program provided toys to 59 children under
the age of 12 in our community. The success of the 2022 Christmas Basket program depends on your generosity
and willingness to help your neighbors.

If you or someone you know is in need of assistance this holiday season please share the following information: The 2022 Holiday Food Basket program is available to residents of the City of Oregon, Curtice (Must live in Lucas
County), Harbor View and Jerusalem Township.

Families and individuals in need of food assistance may request a food basket by completing an application each Monday in November beginning November 7th from 11:00am-1:00pm at the City of Oregon Municipal Complex in
the Community Room located at 5330 Seaman Road Oregon.

A touchless application process will also be in place the month of November near the city Tax and Water drop box. Apply in person with a valid drivers license or photo ID and proof of income (W2, Social Security, welfare or paystub). Applications will be cross referenced with the Toledo Area Christmas Clearing Bureau.
If you have questions about the program, would like to make a donation or inquire about eligibility requirements
please contact oregonhealthandwelfare@gmail.com or call (419)836-0559.

Hal Gregory
Oregon City Schools

Yvonne Thoma Patton
Oregon Health and Welfare

November 16, 2022
5:39 PM Email to families
Clay Limelighters present - ELF
Elf the Musical!
Clay High School Limelighters will present the Broadway musical ELF on December 2 at 7:30 PM, Saturday, December 3 at 12:00 PM and 7:30 PM, and Sunday, December 4, at 2:30 PM.   

Based on the beloved holiday film, ELF is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities force him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his true identity and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern-day Christmas classic is sure to be a sweet holiday treat for all ages! (Maple syrup not included.)

Featuring a talented cast and crew of over 70 students in grades 2-12, this production will be a great way to start your holiday festivities.  All seating is reserved and may be purchased at claylimelighters.org.  Ticket prices are $12 for Adults and $10 for Seniors and Students.  Concessions will be available at all performances. Raffle baskets and novelty items are available online at claylimelighters.org and at all performances. 

Elf The Musical Poster

November 3, 2022

8:26 AM Email to families
OCS communications on bad weather days
Good morning,
I want to use our first weather day (fog) of the year to remind everyone of the typical procedures used when we are experiencing weather which impacts our ability to transport students, student drivers, and staff.  

Making the determination to delay school or close school is taken seriously and begins very early in the morning.  The typical process includes our transportation and district leadership team driving the roads early in the morning.  If there is consensus related to unsafe conditions, we will delay or close.  The latest OCS will make a determination to delay or close will be 6:00am.  Typically it is determined earlier around 5:30am and in very rare occasions the night before when a snow storm is predicted.  If we delay, the latest we will make a decision to close will be 8:00am but may be earlier.  We get a lot of public pressure to make this determination early, but understand we take each weather event individually and the timing may vary.  We fully understand the impact our decisions make related to family planning and daycare and will do our best to respect that.  

Finally, the process of public notification is twitter, email notifications to staff and families, and TV stations.  I will tweet out what is happening on twitter as soon as the decision is made.  Students love this!  You can follow me at @halgregoryOCS.  If you are a staff member, parent or guardian, you will receive an email and/or text from our notification system.  You can always check channel 13 and 11 as well.  

Finally, just because we close school for the day, does not necessarily mean afternoon/evening events such as athletic games, practices or concerts will be cancelled.  Please pay attention to additional communications put out by school principals, advisors or coaches related to afternoon/evening events.  

Enjoy this beautiful day!
Hal Gregory

October 11, 2022
4:18 PM Email to families
Superintendent Update - 10/11/22
Dear OCS Families,
 As you know, Whitmer HS experienced a shooting outside of their football stadium last Friday night.  We stand strong with Whitmer and against gun violence.   Thankfully, the victims did not suffer life threatening injuries but the significance of the event is real.  In 2019, we experienced our own stadium incident when fans reacted to a rumor of a gun which led to panic and chaos.   We are working closely with Whitmer leadership coordinating efforts to ensure a safe game.  

This Friday, Clay will be hosting Whitmer at Clay Memorial Stadium.  We are confident in our ability to host this game executing the many safety precautions we already have in place along with some additional adjustments.  

1.  We will have police officers patrolling inside and outside of the stadium as we do every game.  Police and administration will have metal detector wands available to address any suspicious person.  
2.  We will have medical personnel available as we do every game.  

3.  We will keep all exit gates unlocked and monitored during the game as we always do. There will be no barriers at any gate exiting the stadium.

4.  We will have administrative and adult staff monitoring students in the north end of the stadium with plenty of lighting as usual.   

5.  We have direct communication radios, text capability and phone access with police and administration for quick communication along with a portable microphone system accessible to immediately communicate to the fans in the stadium. 

Here are some new and updated procedures we are going to implement beginning this Friday. 
1.  Fans will NOT be allowed to bring in large backpacks/bags.  Small purses and bags are allowable but nothing large.  

2.  Fans will NOT be allowed to bring in any type of food or beverage, specifically, drinking containers.  We have had issues lately with alcohol being brought in by our adult fans.   

3.  No one will be allowed on the sidelines except the team, coaches, and those with a sideline pass.  We will be monitoring the sidelines closely.  

4.  All students in grades K-8 must be accompanied by an adult.  We have been experiencing a large number of students being dropped off without parents or a supervising adult attending the game.  If there is any kind of an emergency, these students do not have a responsible adult chaperone.  If we have an issue with a student who does not have a chaperone attending the game, that student may have the consequence of not being allowed to attend future games or events throughout the year.   

Some of these changes may feel harsh, but the fact of the matter is we have to tighten up our procedures for the safety of our students and fans and we need your help to implement these changes.

Clay football has tremendous support and I can’t thank our fans enough for supporting our student athletes, cheerleaders, band members and everyone involved in the game.  Enjoy the game on Friday and Go Eagles!!!!

Hal Gregory
October 6, 2022
10:52 AM Email to families
RAM Drama - Talent Show Auditions
Dear OCS Families,

RAM DRAMA is excited to announce, this year (our 13th year) we will not only be doing a talent show for Coy Elementary but opening it up for ALL students K-4 in the district.  All of our great acts will show off their talents in Fassett’s Auditorium Friday, November 18th, at 7:00 PM.

RAM DRAMA accepts all grade school aged kids to be in our shows & want to start our young stars early showing off their talents.  Students only need a 1 minute audition on October 17th or 18th.  Then they will have several weeks before the show to perfect their performance.  Whether they are a trained dancer/singer/performer or just learning we encourage ALL levels to get on that stage! Who knows what it may lead to.

Please continue to support this GREAT community of the Arts! 

September 23, 2022
2:22 PM Email to families
Update to previous email about homecoming
Families and community,

I made one mistake and one omission and I feel very bad about it.....so I apologize upfront.  Very busy day!

The homecoming parade is on Seaman Road, not Stadium, and leaves from the Challenger Learning Center (Shuer Center).  

I also want to share we will have a full compliment of the Oregon Fire Department personnel supporting the game and facilitating the health safety of all athletes and guests in attendance.  Thank you!  We have so much support from our local safety services, I want to make sure everyone knows how thankful OCS is to have such support.  

Enjoy the game!  Go Eagles.


September 23, 2022
9:43 AM Email to families
Homecoming Tonight - Go Eagles!
OCS families and community members,
The school year is off to a great start and today is homecoming for Clay High School.  Clay football has had a strong start to the season with a 4-1 record.  We are very proud of the student athletes and coaches for this accomplishment and wish the team the best of luck tonight.  
The Clay homecoming court will hold its annual parade beginning at 5:30pm traveling from the Shuer Center to Clay HS on Stadium Road.   The Clay football team plays St. Francis tonight and we expect an extremely packed stadium.  We have many alumni joining us at the football game both in a formal way and informal way.  We have four Clay class reunions with over 200 individuals joining us along with alumni band members who will be performing alongside the Clay band at halftime of the game.  Welcome Back!
Please have patience with parking tonight so everyone is safe.  We will have a lot of people driving and walking in the same areas.   Thank you to the Jerusalem Fire Department for helping facilitate parking at this event.  
Safety at the game is critical for everyone.  OCS will have a strong team in place to patrol, support and supervise the game.  We plan to have ten police officers, in addition to many school administrators, to help monitor students and the overall stadium.  We want everyone to have fun and feel safe.  
I ask all individuals who are in attendance to respect others by behaving in a way we expect our students to behave.  This means keeping emotions under control during the game, especially towards coaches and referees.  No amount of negative yelling and screaming will affect the outcome of the game.  Cheering and positive enthusiasm can influence the game.  Thank you!!
Have a great day and see you tonight!  Go Eagles!
Hal Gregory

September 6, 2022
10:28 AM Email to families
Carol-Ann Molnar Performing Arts Studio Open House and Limelighter Performance
A community open house for the new Carol-Ann Performing Arts Studio will be held on Saturday, September 10th, from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.  The new facility includes a scene shop, dressing rooms, multi-purpose instructional and gathering space, a state-of-the-art recording studio and sound suite, an outdoor Performance Plaza, and a 1,500 sq. ft. dance and performance studio.  Following the open house, the Clay Limelighters will present Limey’s Under the Stars, A Musical Revue, featuring fifteen songs from new and classic Broadway musicals.  Admission to the event is free and will be performed outdoors on the new Performance Plaza, beginning at 7:30 PM.  In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be moved to the CHS Auditorium.  Parking is available in lots A, C, & D. Hope to see you there!
Carol-Ann Molnar Performing Arts Studio Open House and Limelighter Performance A community open house for the new Carol-Ann Performing Arts Studio will be held on Saturday, September 10th, from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.  The new facility includes a scene shop, dressing rooms, multi-purpose instructional and gathering space, a state-of-the-art recording studio and sound suite, an outdoor Performance Plaza, and a 1,500 sq. ft. dance and performance studio.  Following the open house, the Clay Limelighters will present Limey’s Under the Stars, A Musical Revue, featuring fifteen songs from new and classic Broadway musicals.  Admission to the event is free and will be performed outdoors on the new Performance Plaza, beginning at 7:30 PM.  In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be moved to the CHS Auditorium.  Parking is available in lots A, C, & D. Hope to see you there!

August 18, 2022
10:28 AM Email to families
Dear OCS Families,
Today we officially start the school year with students returning to Eisenhower and Fassett.  This week has been filled with individual family and student conferences, open houses, completion of facility projects and the start of fall athletic season.  The energy is high and the anticipation of a wonderful school year is in the air.  Thank you for your continued support of OCS and allowing us to care for your children.   
Oregon City Schools is a place where people care about each other and the impact which is made on our students.  OCS has veteran leadership, a balanced mix of veteran teachers and teachers early in their career.  We have many community members who are employed in support positions who drive our students to school, fix up and repair our facilities, clean our classrooms and support our teachers and students.  All of these dedicated employees are here to make a difference.  We are fortunate to have our positions filled by such quality individuals.  The school environment can get pretty tough sometimes as politics and feelings, formed by assumptions, can cloud what is truly happening.  I expect all OCS staff to be respectful of others and I ask the same from our families and community towards our staff and leadership. 
The health and safety of our students and staff continue to be a priority.  With the evolution of health protocols and guidance, we are relying on the individual families to make decisions related to the health of their children and attending school.  With that said, if your child tested positive for COVID, please honor the health of others by keeping your child home for at least five days.  If symptoms diminish and the child is fever free then we welcome a return to school.  OCS has a nurse in every school so please reach out to our school nurses with questions.  
This year brings a renewed sense of optimism, planning and implementation of district goals.  Working with the board of education, we have begun the process of updating our strategic plan beginning with a new vision and mission which will guide us into the future.  We crafted these statements with the idea of having a clear and articulated vision and mission in which the words match our feelings.  All of our district goals and objectives will connect to our Vision and Mission.  
Inspire students to Dream, Discover, Learn, and Achieve!
Develop and care for the whole student, in partnership with families and community, through rigorous, tailored educational offerings, customized services, and a culture of excellence and growth resulting in prepared, adaptable and engaged citizens.

 OCS is a public school which relies on the support of our community.  For the past 55 years, the community has supported the renewal of a 2-mil permanent improvement levy which is placed on the ballot every five years.  This renewal levy will be placed on the ballot this upcoming November.  These funds are used for three main purposes; maintenance/operational supplies, curriculum materials, and classroom/student devices.  Our community levy committee will provide additional information in the coming months.  
Finally, I want to thank our community, alumni and families for taking an active role in our schools.  I encourage you to get involved and become a part of your local school’s parent and booster groups along with attending school events, athletic competitions, and conferences.  If you have concerns and questions, please reach out to your child’s teacher, school principal or myself.  We are here to help and find solutions.   
Welcome back and have a fantastic school year!
Hal Gregory
 OCS Superintendent

May 24, 2022
8:33 p.m. Email to families

Today, we are reminded how important school safety has become and why it is so critical we make every effort to protect our students while attending school.  The mass shooting at an elementary school in Texas is so horrific that I can hardly believe it happened and can’t imagine what the families, school staff and community are going through.  I want to use this event to remind our families that OCS has taken school safety seriously for many many years and we are one of few districts who believes we need an armed officer in each of our six core school buildings on a daily basis.  At times, we were questioned as to why we added a School Resource Officer (SRO) in each of our elementary buildings.  The answer is to deter and prevent anything bad from happening to anyone.  All students, no matter what age, deserve to be protected and reassured they are safe on a daily basis.  We are extremely blessed and lucky to have six highly dedicated officers willing to do whatever it takes to keep kids and staff safe.  

The Oregon Police are our biggest supporters and school safety advocates.  As superintendent, I want to thank the City of Oregon, Oregon Police, and the Oregon Board of Education for forming this amazing partnership and providing our students and staff peace of mind every day.  Without the support of these three entities, the SRO program would not be as strong as it is.    

Thank you to these amazing SROs - Tim, Mark, Sara, Jeff, Mike and Ted along with Sgt. Jeff Martin, Chief Brandon Begin and all officers who protect our community.  I consider these individuals the best in the business. 

Send your kids with confidence and enjoy the last few days of school and all the fun activities that go along with it.  

Thank you.
Hal Gregory, Superintendent

March 17, 2022
2:48 a.m. Email to families

OCS is passing along information to our families who may be in need of some assistance with food through a local monthly food co-op.  You can find information in the attached flyer. Monthly_Food_CoOp_Flyer.pdf 

For more information please contact Doreen Robeson at (419) 349-3559.

Have an awesome upcoming weekend. 

March 15, 2022
8:29 a.m. Email to families

OCS Families,

COVID Dashboard

As of today, 3/15/22, the OCS COVID Dashboard has been removed from the OCS website.  School districts in Ohio are no longer required to report cases to the health departments or provide data to the community.  Here is a final chart showing the positive cases throughout the year.  


Moana Jr.  - Moana Postcard.pdf 

Forty six very talented fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students have joined together to form The Oregon City Schools Junior Limelighters.  They have been hard at work since mid December putting together their rendition of Moana Jr.  

See the line where the sky meets the sea?  You’ll love this thrilling and heartwarming stage adaptation of the coming-of-age tale of Moana as she sets sail across the Pacific to save her village and discover the truth about her heritage.  She and the demigod Maui, embark on an epic journey of self-discovery and camaraderie as she learns to harness the power that lies within.  With its empowering message of bravery, Moana Jr. is sure to awaken your inner hero!

Show Dates

Friday, March 25th at 7:30

Saturday, March 26th at 7:30

Sunday March 27th at 3:00

All performances are at Eisenhower Intermediate School.  Tickets are $12.00 for adults and $10.00 for students and seniors (60+).  All tickets are reserved seating.  Tickets can be ordered by contacting Kristina Kidd at 419-836-8498 ext. 2045 or email at kkidd@oregoncs.org.  Your order will be filled and tickets can be picked up and paid for at Will Call before each show.  Tickets are also available at the box office prior to each show.  Payment methods include cash and check only. 

We hope to see you at the show!

February 27, 2022
9:59 a.m. Email to families

OCS Families,

Beginning Monday, 2/28/22, OCS will be lifting the mask requirement for students, athletes and drivers on school buses.  The CDC recently updated their guidance which no longer requires masks to be worn on buses operated by public schools.  This is great news and another big step towards returning to normalcy.  Thank you.

Hal Gregory

February 4, 2022
1:13 p.m. Email to families

OCS Families and Staff,

Beginning on Monday, February 7, 2022, OCS will implement a mask optional policy for all schools and remove the mask requirement.  Our numbers have reached a low level of positive cases and we feel comfortable moving forward with the option to wear a mask for all students, staff and visitors.  Students and bus drivers must still wear a mask on buses per the federal transportation requirement.  We will continue with our mask optional policy at all after school athletic and extracurricular events.  

Thank you to everyone for your understanding and cooperation.  

Hal Gregory

January 28, 2022
2:04 p.m. Email to families
OCS Families,
I am excited to share with you changes in our COVID protocols after two long years.  In the past few days, there has been a shift from the Ohio Department of Health allowing school districts to discontinue contact tracing and mandated parent communications which in turn essentially eliminates the need to quarantine exposed students.  OCS discontinued these practices beginning today, January 28, 2022.  This is a major shift reducing workload for our staff and frustration for our families.  This is truly a turning point for our schools and families.  

If your student is COVID positive we still require you to keep your children home for at least five days and major symptoms free.  Symptomatic students can return to school with a negative test or alternative diagnosis.  This applies to athletes and all extra-curricular participants.  Again, please do not send your child to school if he/she is sick. 

If your children are exposed to a COVID positive family member, but have no symptoms, we will allow the child to attend school, but must wear a mask for ten days.  The majority of spread we see is through family exposures.  

Finally, we will maintain the mask requirement moving forward, but will evaluate each week.  We will evaluate our numbers again on February 4,  2022.  Our COVID positive numbers have dropped significantly this week close to the range we are comfortable with.  If we maintain this range, we will move to mask optional.  
Have a great weekend!
Hal Gregory
January 26, 2022
4:24 p.m. Email to families

OCS Families,

We have had a crazy weather week.  I want to remind our families about how we deal with cold weather.  There is a lot of social media chatter all around NW Ohio regarding what schools should and should not do related to delaying or closing schools due to cold.  As it relates to the cold weather, we have used the -15 to -20 temperature/windchill for all of my years as Superintendent and many years previously as the temperature range we would make the decision to delay or close with.  School districts delay or close for cold based on unique circumstances to each district such as how many students walk to school, ride buses, condition of buses, etc.  No two districts are alike.  Tomorrow’s forecast for 6am in the morning on the 13abc weather app is 10 degrees with a windchill of -4.  If these conditions stay true, we would not delay or close in the morning.  Of course, we will review the conditions very early in the morning.  

I hope this helps to clarify our process.  Please share this with your children so there are limited unrealistic expectations by our students.  

Thank you and stay warm!
Hal Gregory

January 6, 2022
9:28 a.m. Email to families

OCS Families,

I am sending this communication out to update our families on the status of COVID in OCS.  There are rumors OCS plans on implementing remote learning in the near future.  This is not true.  As of now, we have been able to cover our staff who are out for COVID and other various reasons, with substitute staff.  This is happening in big part to our community stepping up and applying to be substitute teachers and support staff, allowing for appropriate coverage on a daily basis.  THANK YOU!  We are averaging between 30 and 45 staff members out per day.  This includes teachers, bus drivers and support staff.  These are high numbers, but because of the recent number of substitutes available, we are keeping the doors open.  Luckily, those who have to be out are not out for as long due to the recent changes to the COVID quarantine guidelines and the illnesses do not appear to be as severe.  If we become short on bus drivers, we may have to cancel a few routes on a particular day.  This will inconvenience some families but should not disrupt the entire district.  If this happens parents will be contacted. 

The number of students out varies from day to day.  These numbers are a moment in time.   As of today, our district has 7.32% of our students out due to COVID or exposure.  Here is the breakdown by school as of today.  These numbers are high, but not at a point in which we would close school or change too remote learning.
Clay:  6.15% out
Fassett:  8.07% out
Eisenhower:  5.41% out
Coy:  6.03% out
Jerusalem:  10.89% out
Starr:  11.19% out

It is my hope we are hitting our peak of COVID positive students and staff.  Last week was tough.  This week is better, still rough, but better so far.  Nothing is for certain, but we will continue to work hard to keep the doors open and provide all the services and instruction you expect from OCS.  Our teachers and school leaders have become accustomed to adjusting and adapting to students coming in and out of school.  Please take some time to thank your child's teacher(s) and your building principal.  Nothing is easy about what we are all dealing with.  I wish all of you the best as we continue to navigate this pandemic.  

Have a great night.

Hal Gregory

January 6, 2022
9:28 a.m. Email to families

OCS Families,

OCS will implement a mask requirement beginning tomorrow, January 7, 2022 for all students, staff and visitors in our schools.  We have documented over 50 positive student cases and 20 positive staff cases since our return to school after the holiday break and more pending.  Unlike our past experience with COVID, we believe some of the spread is now occurring in our schools, particularly with staff members who work closely together.  The data indicates we need to take action to make every effort to keep our students and teachers in the classroom.

This mask requirement is planned through January 31, 2022. At such time, we will remove the mask mandate if case loads decline and return closer to our pre-break average of 10 or fewer cases per week.

Given the voluntary nature of after-school activities, the mask requirement will not apply to after school sporting events or activities held in our school facilities at this time.  Masks at those events will remain optional.

I thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we, once again, adjust to the circumstances before us.  Have a great rest of the week.

Hal Gregory

January 5, 2022
5:05 p.m. Email to families

OCS Families,