OCS District Communications

OCS District Communications

February 10, 2023

2:17 PM Email to families
Golden Eagle Cafe News & Information
Did you hear that?

There was a buzz going around town… the Golden Eagle Cafe opened this week to an overwhelmingly supportive response from our community. The culinary students gained invaluable experience running a commercial kitchen, operating food lines, and going out of their comfort zones by serving customers and adapting to new situations! Patrons enjoyed a unique take on Asian cuisine, and were eager to see what’s next. 

Coming up, James Cavaliere’s Italian-inspired cuisine will boast a selection of soup and salad appetizers, choice of authentic pasta entrees, and a decadent tiramisu dessert. The cafe dining room is reserved for a private party on Wednesday 2/15, but you can continue to place your carry-out orders, and cafe will be open for the full dining room experience on Thursday, 2/16! 
To book your reservation, or place your carryout order, please visit:

Bon Appetit Eagles!

February 7, 2023

1:42 PM Email to families
Frost Fest Silent Auction

OSF's - Frost Fest has a new theme in 2023 - Monopoly Night.  The event will be back in-person this Saturday, Feb. 11.
This is OSF's fundraiser event that provides funding for Classroom Grants and after school Art Club Supplies.  The next Classroom Grant deadline is Feb. 15th.  Get those applications in!
While tickets to attend the event at St. Michael's Center have sold out, EVERYONE has access to the online Silent Auction and anyone can participate online.  See link below.
NEW IN 2023- Silent Auction IS NOW OPEN for anyone to participate. A few samples of the over 70 items are a signed Cleveland Cavaliers Tee, OSU and UM Wreaths, Custom Italian Dinner by Chef Charine for 6 people delivered, Kalahari Suite Package for 8, Catawba Island Golf, Glassblowing Class and a Jazz Club evening at TolHouse. So many unique experiences, you will only find them here!!
 *Please go to this link for our OSF Mission Video and register for the silent auction to view all items. https://osf.home.qtego.net
 *Our online auction partner, Qtego, is where all bidding will take place.
 *You may only win auction items by bidding on this platform.
 *You may preview items all week, and bid as well, before the event.
 *The Silent Auction bidding will close on Saturday evening at 9pm.
 *Highest Bidders will take their items home with them. If the winner is not at the event, delivery will be set up.
On behalf of the entire OSF team, THANK YOU for your support of Frost Fest!
Amy Hansen, Executive Director

January 17, 2023
4:18 PM Email to families
Clay Distinguished HOF- Request for Nominations
It is now time to submit NOMINATIONS for the Clay High School Distinguished Hall of Fame.

The purpose of the Distinguished Hall of Fame award is to honor:
  • Those graduates who have gone above and beyond in reaching their lifetime goals, who have used their CHS education well.
  • To honor those who have had a great impact on Clay High School and the many students who have passed through these hallways.
  • To honor individuals who have served their community and/or their country in a most prestigious manner.
 The criteria is:
  1. Any alumni or friend of Clay High School
  2. Only those activities and experiences after high school will be taken into consideration
  3. Those who have had a direct impact upon the growth of Clay High School or those who have made a positive impact in their community, state or nation
  4. The individual must have exhibited inspirational qualities such as integrity, stature and demonstrated attributes that the faculty, students and alumni will take pride in or be inspired by.
Please consider nominating a Clay High School graduate or friend of Clay High School who best meets the criteria by February 24, 2023.

Include as much information as possible for your nominee, including copies or articles, letters from authorities, photographs, honors, awards, records and other historical information. 

The nomination form can be found on our website at www.oregoncityschools.org/DistinguishedHallofFameNomination.aspx

Thank you and Go Eagles!

January 17, 2023
8:16 AM Email to families
Frost Fest - 2/11/23 - OSF Fundraiser Information
OSF's annual FROST FEST presents MONOPOLY NIGHT!  
 The popular adult Gala Fundraiser is back IN-PERSON for 2023.
 February 11, 2023
 OSF thanks LEAD Sponsors- Mercy Health St Charles Hospital and S&D Capital Financial Advisors again for their continued support of our Oregon students at this event.
 A few Sponsorships are still available, forms are found on OSF's website - main page.
 Tickets can be purchased at the link below:
Silent Auction Baskets are needed and welcomed through Jan 31.
The annual gala supports OSF Founder's Grants for all OCS schools and K-4 after school Art Clubs.  

You may have seen these examples: 

Coy- Hydroponic Wall Garden
Jerusalem- Climbing Wall in Gym
Starr - Raised Garden Beds
Eisenhower - STEM Class Hot Plates
Fassett - Community Bird Houses
Clay - Burn Room for Scientific Investigation
 Email Amy Hansen with any questions, oregonschoolsfoundation@gmail.com

December 21, 2022
9:03 AM Email to families
Happy Holidays from OCS!
Happy Holidays!

As we approach the holiday break, on behalf of the Board of Education and district leadership, we sincerely wish everyone a wonderful holiday season.  Thank you to all our OCS families for allowing us to teach and support your children.  Thank you to all our OCS teachers/employees for a very productive first semester.  Thank you to all our NPESC staff and other contracted individuals for your dedication to our students. Finally, thank you to all our school administrators for putting in the long hours and keeping our district moving forward.  OCS is a great place to be!   Bring on 2023!

Hal Gregory/Superintendent

December 13, 2022
3:02 PM Email to families
Coy Elementary Safety Alert - 12/13/22
OCS Families,

Today at 12:52pm, a juvenile brother of a student at Coy came to the office and picked up the sibling to take the sibling home.  This was at the direction of the parents of both siblings.  While the juvenile was in the Coy office, a picture of the office was taken and posted to Snapchat with a statement that read "bouta shoot this ______up!.  After the juvenile left the building with the sibling, the police were notified by someone who saw the snap and our Coy SRO was immediately notified by OPD and the school went into a safety alert.   A safety alert is not a lockdown.  A safety alert simple means alls students and staff remain in their classrooms with locked doors and are not allowed to move freely around the building, but are allowed to continue normal classroom activities.  A lockdown requires students and staff to stop working, lock door, huddle away from the door, shut lights off and be quiet and remain quiet.  

Within 45min, the police found the juvenile at home and was arrested.  At no time did the police or school leaders feel anyone was in danger.  Police were present outside the school as well as our SRO inside the school within minutes of knowing about the snap.  Unfortunately, this juvenile made a very poor decision and is now dealing with the impact of that decision. 

Thank you to the Oregon Police Department for the quick response, Ted Moore, Coy SRO, and Amy Molnar, Principal, for handling the situation quickly and calmly.  

Thank you.
Hal Gregory, Superintendent

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
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