Community celebrates ‘School Board Recognition Month’
The North Bend School District will join the other 196 school districts throughout Oregon to celebrate January as “School Board Recognition Month,” Superintendent Kevin Bogatin announced Friday.
“Our school board members spend countless hours of unpaid time working to provide the best possible education for our students,” said district Superintendent Bogatin. “They also serve as the corporate board of directors for one of our community’s largest employers. Celebrating School Board Recognition Month is one way to say thanks for all they do.”
School board members represent their fellow citizens’ views and priorities in the complex enterprise of maintaining and running the community’s public schools, Bogatin said. They also reinforce the principle of local control over public education, which is an important, highly valued aspect of education in Oregon.
“Too often the efforts of school board members go unrecognized,” Bogatinsaid.
The school board’s main goal, is to support student achievement, Bogatin added. To achieve that goal, the board focuses on the following needs:
- Creating a vision for what parents and citizens want their school district to become and how to make student achievement the top priority
- Setting standards for what students must learn and be able to do
- Assessing whether schools achieve their goals, and whether students are learning
- Accounting for the outcomes of decisions and by tracking progress and reporting results
- Aligning the use of the district’s human and financial resources
- Creating a safe and orderly climate where students can learn and teachers can teach
- Collaborating to solve common problems and to support common successes
- Focusing on continuous improvement by questioning, examining, revising, refining and revisiting issues related to student achievement.
At the January 16, 2020 Board Meeting, student representatives from North Bay Elementary, Hillcrest Elementary, North Bend Middle School and North Bend High School will present each board member with a book donated to their school library in recognition of the Board. In addition, students from our CTE programs will present each board member with a North Bend Bulldog gift. On behalf of each school staff and district administrator, we want to thank the board for their service to our schools and community, understanding that they do this work as a community volunteer.
“Even though we are making a special effort during January to show appreciation for our school board members, we recognize their contributions reflect a year-round effort on their part. They are dedicated individuals who are committed to improving student achievement and to fighting for the best for all of our students,” Bogatin said.
The Oregon Department of Education, in partnership with the Oregon Lottery, is pleased to announce that the Oregon Teacher of the Year program is again honoring exemplary educators in every region of the state!
- Nominations are open statewide through January 31, 2020.
- Teachers will submit their applications by March 27, 2020.
- Oregon Education Service Districts will select a winner from their region.
- Regional Teachers of the Year will be honored across the state in May 2020!
- One of the Regional Teachers of the Year will be named the 2021 Oregon Teacher of the Year in September 2020!
Regional Teachers of the Year will receive a cash prize of $500 and will be celebrated across the state. The 2021 Oregon Teacher of the Year will receive a $5,000 cash prize (with a matching $5,000 going to their school!) and serve as a spokesperson and representative for all Oregon teachers.
Anyone can nominate a teacher! North Bend Community, please nominate your favorite teacher today at oregonteacheroftheyear.org. This teacher just may be selected as the District#13 Regional Teacher of the Year and be in the running for the honor of 2021 Oregon Teacher of the Year!
If you have any questions, please reach out to Oregon Teacher of the Year program coordinator Jenni Knaus at Jenni.Knaus@state.or.us; 503-947-5860.