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					                                                                                                       February 19th to March 2nd




 Mike Funderburg takes charge
                                                                                at Donald E. Long
                                                                                             School
                                                                                                                   by Jane Elder Wulff


                                                                                 Donald E. Long Program:
                                                                                       At a glance
                                                                              Location: Multnomah County Juvenile Justice Center
                                                                                1401 NE 68th Ave., Portland, OR 97213
                                                                              2006-07 Budget: $766,502
                                                                              Description: The Donald E. Long Program is located
                                                                                at the Multnomah County Juvenile Justice Complex in
                                                                                Portland and is funded by the Oregon Department of
                                                                                Education. The program serves students awaiting trials
         “I believe every kid deserves                                          and hearings. Students receive educational and social
                                                                                skills to assist them in returning to the community
          an opportunity to learn”                                              and their home schools. Classroom teachers provide
                                                                                individualized and group instruction in basic skills and
   In September 2005, after 30 years in public education, Mike Funderburg       core content areas of CIM proficiencies, graduation
retired. He had already retired once or twice before. This time, he thought     requirements, or GED requirements. Curriculum is
he was done. But Mary Ellen, his wife of 38 years, was still going off to       adjusted to meet the needs of students facing longer
work every day as a regional credit manager at a downtown bank, and as          term incarceration.
Mike puts it, “I’m a high-energy kind of guy.” Let’s say he got restless.
                                                                              School districts participating: The Donald E.
   His new job as principal of MESD’s Learning Options program at Donald        Long Program serves students from several school
E. Long School is not quite how he pictured retirement. Intrigued by a          districts in Multnomah County and from districts
newspaper ad, he signed a half-time contract last July to supervise edu-        throughout the state.
cational services for students in custody at Multnomah County’s Juvenile      Staffing: (includes staff located at Coffee Creek
Justice Center.                                                                  and working in MESD’s Incarcerated Youth Program)
    Mike’s experience as a teacher, principal, superintendent, and football   Gene Anderson, educational assistant
                                                                              Alice Beseau, secretary
coach in small high schools and districts serves him well in this setting.    Dawn Marie Cummings, special education
The Center’s bare corridors and steel doors all looked the same to him at        instructional consultant
first, but he quickly learned his way around. Sizing up changing situa-       George Farquhar, teacher
tions, responding decisively, and making the most of available resources      Mike Funderburg, principal
to move in the right direction - all this is second nature to him.            Gary Holman, teacher
                                                                              Sara Kinsey-Wright, educational assistant
   Now he’s savoring the challenge of creating a positive learning en-        Judy O’Gieblyn, teacher
                                                                              Sandra Stanley, special education
vironment within the highly restricted confines of lockdown. “I believe
                                                                                 instructional consultant
every kid deserves an opportunity to learn,” he says. “They can choose        Mike Wodzewoda, educational assistant
whether or not to take it, but it’s our job to motivate them and provide      Naomi Reinstein, educational assistant
that opportunity. We may not have them here long enough to have a huge        Thomas Baker, special education instructional consul-
educational impact, but what we can do is motivate them to want to               tant (IY)
learn, and help them to make better choices.”                                 Ruth Burman, office assistant (IY)
                                                                              Carole Penner, special education
                                                                                 instructional consultant (Coffee Creek)
                             See Donald E. Long – continued on page 2
    Donald E. Long – continued from page 1

    The teachable moment
       Students at Donald E. Long School are young
    offenders ages 12 to 18 on their way to somewhere
    else. Many are here for parole violations. Some
    have been charged with more serious crimes and
    await sentencing and long-term detention. For the
    rest, being here is a significant wake-up call, a safe
    time-out from whatever it was that got them in
    trouble, a chance to get back on track.
       MESD provides year-round school services to
    these students who come from all over the state,
    with funding from the Oregon Department of
    Education during the regular school year, and from
    Multnomah County for summer school. Agen-
    cies such as Morrison Center collaborate with the
    county on various residential treatment programs
    and other services.
       While they are here, whether for two or three
    days or several months, the students live, eat,
    sleep, and go to school in one of several small           Teacher Judy O’Gieblyn works with young women in the program
    units, each with its own security staff and its own
    teacher. The atmosphere is both highly structured
    and almost familial, with meals around a central table, a class-        percent turnover every single day. We have 1,200 to 1,500 kids in
    room off to one side, housekeeping chores, adult role models - as       and out of here in a year’s time.”
    upbeat and predictable as it can be under the circumstances.                For Mike and his staff, working to connect with students in
       Maximum population at the facility is 183, but that’s an                transition and turmoil, every moment counts. “The kids know it’s
    abstract figure. The current daily average actually runs around            temporary,” he says. “You’re just starting to make that connection,
    60. “The most we’ve had since I’ve been here is 76,” says Mike.            getting them motivated, and then they’re gone.” The challenge is to
    “The population is always larger after a weekend, and we have 20           give them a reason to connect even when they know it can’t last.
                                                                                  “They’re here because they made poor choices,” he adds. “You
                                                                               have to hope they go out willing to take a risk and make better
                                                                               choices next time.”
                                                                               “We’re all teachers”
                                                                                  Since he arrived at Donald E. Long School last summer, Mike
                                                                               has concentrated on building curriculum. For example, he intro-
                                                                               duced PLATO Learning software and services at the school, having
                                                                               used it since 1996 in his other schools for augmenting teacher
                                                                               strengths and helping students with credit recovery.
                                                                                   “It makes a big difference,” he says. “It’s a way to build cred-
                                                                               its, but these students don’t just need credits. They need survival
                                                                               skills.” The practical applications of their school subjects are a
                                                                               major focus in and out of the classroom. Each small living unit
                                                                               at the Justice Center, where everything happens all in one place
                                                                               around the clock, is an educational environment, and each adult
                                                                               is in some sense a teacher.
                                                                                  “I believe the best teachers are the ones who care about kids
                                                                               and make a connection,” says Mike. “We’re all teachers - parents,
                                                                               foster parents, grandparents, or our custody service specialists
                                                                               in here, it doesn’t matter - and we have to look at what kind of
                                                                               commitment we bring to that teaching. Kids don’t need you to be
         Secretary Alice Beseau is an integral part of Donald E. Long School   their friends. They need you to be a good model for them.”


2
“Come Walk in my Shoes”
brings awareness of disability issues
    MESD teacher Carolyn Harrington has run a classroom
for 18 years at Ventura Park Elementary School in the
David Douglas District. During that span, she says, “95%
of the time our students are well received.” However,
after noticing a slight deterioration in student attitudes
toward others with special needs, she decided it was a
good time to take some positive action.
   With major contributions from the school’s special
education program staff, Carolyn organized a two-day
event called “Come Walk in my Shoes.” The goal of the
event was to raise awareness and empathy for the chal-
lenges that students with special needs face every day.
   More than five months in the planning, the aware-
ness fair finally took place on February 5-6. Every one
of Ventura Park’s 480 students participated.
   The idea of the event came from other schools in the district       “Come Walk in my Shoes” is a hands-on encounter with the
that had held similar experiences with success in the past. But     challenges faced by students with special needs. The event
this was a first for Ventura Park.                                  centers around four stations, each of which enables students to
                                                                    physically experience a limitation that a student with a disability
   Ventura Park has three self-contained classrooms for students
                                                                    under goes in his or her daily life.
with special needs - two of which are considered “life skills”
classes and operated by district staff. Carolyn’s classroom works      At the gross motor station, students used a wheelchair to
with children who have slightly more severe needs. “With three      negotiate an obstacle course that included all types of surfaces,
classrooms, we have a big impact on the school,” commented          such as barkdust. According to Carolyn, this station was the
Carolyn. “We needed to do something to raise awareness.”            “most popular” among the students.
                                                                       A second station simulated the challenges associated with fine
                                                                    motor skills. Students donned oversize gloves and were asked to
                                                                    button clothes, string beads or tie their shoes.
                                                                       The third station was devoted to autism with a focus on
                                                                    sensory overload situations. Students put on headphones that
                                                                    played static, had flashlights blinking into their eyes or felt vari-
                                                                    ous irritants to their skin. They also put on a weighted blanket
                                                                    or practiced using the same visual scheduling tools that students
                                                                    with autism employ to plan their daily activities.
                                                                       The last station was a communication activity. Students read
                                                                    stories using a voice output device or were simply not allowed to
                                                                    use their own voice to communicate. By putting a marshmellow
                                                                    in their mouth and trying to speak, “students experienced the
                                                                    frustration of not being able to talk and articulate,” said Carolyn.
                                                                       To accommodate all students, the school used their regular
                                                                    physical education period, plus an extra half-hour. In this way,
                                                                    every classroom went through the event.
                                                                       Although Carolyn played a big role in the planning, many
                                                                    others deserve credit for making the event so successful. Marcia
                                                                    Bennett, a physical therapist for the district, “was huge,” said
                                                                    Carolyn. She also pointed to the contributions of speech/lan-
                                                                    guage therapist Sherie Chin, occupational therapist Cheryl
                                                                    Reilly and teacher Erin Betker, all David Douglas employees.

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    Above and Beyond:                                       A family gives thanks to MESD collaboration
    Note: In the June, 2006 issue of Interaction, we reported the story of Wryliegh Hillebrecht and her experience at Outdoor School.
    Recently, Wryliegh’s mom sent this note of gratitude to the MESD Board and we wanted to share it with the whole agency.
    A story of love, thanksgiving and Christmas blessings
         Our daughter Wryliegh Hillebrecht was born March 1, 1994. Suffering a stroke one week before birth left her totally paralyzed re-
    quiring a life supporting ventilator and 24 hour care. The doctors told us that her life span would be perhaps 2 to 3 years and we were
    given the option of pulling her life support. In just a few months, Wryliegh will be 13 years old! Every day has
    been a miracle in progress. Our family couldn’t have made it this far without the love and support of
    our friends and family.
        During this month of December, we look back at our year of accomplishments and our family
    has many people to be thankful for! We would like to thank the team at MESD’s Outdoor School
    program, which helped Wryliegh experience many outdoor activities never known to her be-
    fore. With the coordinated efforts of Taya Gunsul, Kitty Boryer, Monique Buval, Chuck Fike,
    Andrew Smith, Jane McEldowney, Kate Forster, Patrick Kessey and Beth Baynes, Wryliegh
    was able to participate in Outdoor School despite her many medical challenges. We had full
    confidence in the team and felt secure sending her off to explore new and exciting things.
        For almost thirteen years now Wryliegh has been a trailblazer. She has continued to defy
    all odds because of the efforts and support of many people. Thank you all so much for making
    yet another groundbreaking collaboration that enabled our daughter Wryliegh educational
    inclusion at Sandy River Outdoor School. We also want to thank Jane Elder Wulff for her
    article in MESD’s Interaction in June of 2006. It was a beautifully written account of
    a team of dedicated people making a difference in a little girl’s life. It touched our
    lives and our hearts.
        We send our love, thanks, and blessings to you and your families. We pray that all
    you put your hand to will prosper and that the seeds you have sown into our lives
    will come back to you in great measure. We have so much to be thankful for !
    In sincere appreciation,
                   The Hillenbrecht Family, Michael, Kari, Austin Mac and Wryliegh

                      Photo of the Year                                    event benefits Outdoor School
                                                    Photo of the Year 2006 (POTY) has come to an end! The awards gala on January 27,
                                                    2007 was an incredible success - nearly 450 people attended and over $10,000 was
                                                    raised for Friends of Outdoor School.
                                                    Guests first enjoyed the World Forestry Center’s Discovery Center while viewing the Photo
                                                    Finalists and voting for their favorite. Tilly Jam, a local Portland band, fired up the tunes,
                                                    drinks were poured and the Western Culinary Institute served some amazing food.
                                                    Once voting ended and the ballots were tallied up, the party moved to WFC’s Miller Hall
                                                    for the Awards Ceremony. Dr. Doug and Skippy from Charlie FM did a great job emceeing
                                                    the festivities. In the end they announced 3rd place, 2nd place and Photo of the Year. It
                                                    was a close one this year - 3rd and 4th place were separated by ONE vote! But Kirsten
                                                    Muskat’s photo of a lonely mangrove tree on the island of Zanzibar (left) was the clear
                                                    winner, and was crowned Photo of the Year to a loud round of applause.
                                                    More than 1,600 photos taken by amateur photographers were submitted online and
                                                    a group of community judges working with the POTY committee chose the top 100.
                                                    Online voting determined the top 13 photos and guests attending the POTY event
                                                    selected the top three.
                                                    The top three winners at this year’s event were: first place, Kirsten Muskat, second
                                                    place, Jason Friesen, and third place, Cheryl Hill.
                                                    To see a complete list of all the winning photos or to find out more information
                                                    about the next POTY contest, visit www.photooftheyear.net



4
 School Health Nurses
 provide the muscle behind “Give kids a Smile” Day
 The annual “Give Kids a Smile” day was held in various locations through-
 out Multnomah County on Feburary 2, 2007. MESD’s school nurses again
 played a major role in bringing critical dental care to hundreds of low-in-
 come, uninsured children in the schools served by MESD. Nurses provided
 all dental screening, contacting of families, coordination of dental and
 medical forms, pre-xrays and transportation. David Douglas, Gresham-Bar-
 low, Parkrose, Portland and Reynolds school district students received care.
 MESD School Health Services Supervisor Jan Sanderson was actively in-
 volved in the efforts, along with the following school nurses:
    Gail Wade                Diane Anderson             Opal Bendele
    Tammy Cardoza            Marta Boylen               Cheryl Fuller
    Debra Tran               Colleen Fleming            Kathryn Nance
    Loretta Elder            Joanne Schrinsky           Kelly Ferrera
    Mary Thrasher            Keri Barnett               Patricia Moro
    Linda Sneed              Catherine Murphy



School Health Ser vices:
Stories from the Classroom
In the January, 2007 Superintendent’s Report to the Board, the follow-
ing two School Health Services stories were shared to exemplify the
challenges and responses that face MESD school nurses. We are shar-
ing them now in Interaction...
                                ❣❣❣
 As one of our meetings was ending, the School Health Assistant ran
 to me with an urgent request to come to the health room. Luckily
 the meeting had been with my supervisor (also a nurse), so we had
 a little more manpower for the crisis at hand. The sweet Hispanic
 second grade boy sat in a chair crying silently and looking down at
 the finger, just severed by the closure of a heavy classroom door, and
 now hanging by a thread of skin. All three of us flew into action.
 One of us held the child and comforted, supporting the injured part,
 another went for gloves and gauze, and I notified the secretary to
 call the child’s parent and if she could not come, to call 911. Within
                                                                                and offset the huge expenses of a costly accident and the
 a short time our patient was only gazing at his gauze-draped finger,
                                                                                medical follow-up. Today I got a reply from the secretary,
 information in the hands of the paramedics, and on his way to the
                                                                                who is a true advocate for the student. She called Otoniel
 emergency room for surgery. The school provided a taxi to transport
                                                                                Rosales (the MESD Child Health Insurance Program outreach
 mom to the hospital to join her child. By two days later, the young
                                                                                specialist), who has become a household name with the
 boy was back in class, sporting a well-wrapped fifth digit.
                                                                                number of referrals to the health programs she has made.
                                ❣❣❣                                             Getting clarification on the CAWEM (Citizen Alien Waived
 Visiting the school a few days after this medical intervention, secretar-      Emergency Medical) program, she called a family member
 ies shared that mom had not followed up by going back to the doctor.           to arrange for a meeting with Otoniel, and got a positive
 We knew she probably had no health coverage and would just let cir-            response. They connected at the school Christmas Party and
 cumstances fall as they would rather than go back to the doctor. I let         Otoniel provided sign-up there. I was proud to be part of the
 the secretary know that there was a provision in place with the Oregon         team, and knew that this family had been given a reprieve
 Health Plan in which a patient could apply for coverage after the fact         from debt that could have scarred them for years.

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    Wellness Committee Update
    In November, in order to align goals of the Wellness Committee with those of the staff, the Wellness Com-
    mittee conducted an online survey. Over the course of the year, the Wellness Committee will tackle topics
    staff identified as being the most interested in.
    Here are the results of the survey:
    ¸ 56% prefer wellness information be given via written communication.
    ¸ 24% favor information given by way of a health information fair.
    ¸ 19% prefer short presentations such as an ergonomics workshop or a stress management class.
    ¸ 30% of staff are interested in MESD group-oriented activities (like a knitting circle, walking group, or weight loss group).
    The top three topics that interest staff the most are:    u Exercise and diet v Stress management w Women's health issues


    MESD Wellness Challenge
    gives staff a chance to see healthy, balanced lifestyle
                                                                                 If you do not have computer access, please call Debby Kelley (257-
        You can still sign up for the 2007 Wellness Challenge! Visit
                                                                              1611) and a wellness packet can be sent to your worksite or home.
     the Wellness website which is accessible through the MESD
                                                                              How do I use my Wellness Log?
     intranet. Here's the link:
                                                                                  Your wellness log is your own personal diary to write in how
     http://www.mesd.k12.or.us/shs/wellnessafety/index.html
                                                                              much or how little you want. You can either download your person-
        Don't miss your opportunity to be a part of the Wellness
                                                                              al diary to your own computer and use it on your computer or print
     Challenge and participate in the exciting "End of Challenge
                                                                              it off. If you need assistance, please contact one of the wellness
     Party." More details to come in the next few weeks.
                                                                              committee members for assistance. If you do not have computer
       It's that time of year again; a New Year means a healthy new           access, we can send to you a wellness challenge packet.
    start. The Wellness Committee announces the 6th annual Wellness           How do I set a goal(s)?
    Challenge. You can set a weekly goal for the 8 weeks of the chal-             You can have one goal for each week or use one goal for the
    lenge, or one goal to work towards through the entire challenge.          entire 8 weeks.You decide how you want to challenge yourself.
    A well-balanced healthy lifestyle is a combination of activities.         No amount is too little as this is for your own personal benefit.
    This might include a healthy diet, exercise, stress reduction,            Simply fill in the goal section at the beginning of each week.
    relaxation, meditation, and many other activities.                        You can plan activities to fit your goal and write in your personal
       All you have to do is keep track of your personal progress,            reflections as you go.
    along with your thoughts or ideas on how you are doing. We will           A note about setting goals
    supply the wellness diary and you will be on your way.                    Most people fail, not because they lack talent, motivation, mon-
       Watch for some big changes this year and some exciting new             ey, or opportunity; they fail because they never really planned to
    challenges. We hope to have several wellness surprises along the way      succeed. Why won't people get off the couch, go for a walk, eat
    including wellness messages, health information and education op-         low-fat food, or choose a piece of fruit over a high-sugar/high-
    portunities as well as many other links to local events and activities.   fat dessert? Why do people always talk about what they want
    When does it start?                                                       to learn, or do, but never take any steps towards actually doing
       The challenge this year begins January 15, 2007 and goes               it? The reason is that they have never planned to make these
    through March 12, 2007. There will be a challenge celebration             choices. Changes in lifestyle requires action. Action requires set-
    event at the end of the challenge to celebrate our 8 weeks of             ting goals. Here are some helpful hints:
    participation in the challenge. The end of the Challenge celebra-
    tion event is scheduled this year for Thursday day March 12,
                                                                              ¸ Set definite goals. Write your goals out in detail. Write out
                                                                                your commitment to your goals. Make a contract with yourself.
    2007. Information about the time and place will be announced
    later in the challenge.
                                                                              ¸ Visualize your goals. Daydream about the new you. See your-
                                                                                  self achieving your goals. Practice the new behavior in your
       The challenge celebration event will be an opportunity to not              head before you begin.
    only socialize with our challenge partners, but also meet with
    wellness experts from varried areas of health and prevention, and
                                                                              ¸   Verbalize your goals. Many people motivate themselves by
                                                                                  telling other people their intention rather than keeping it to
    pick up health information.                                                   themselves. Find support from people who will applaud your
    How do I register?                                                            efforts and provide more motivation for you.
       Registration is quick and easy. Simply click on the register for       ¸   Set a definite time to begin. Most people will set a definite
    challenge icon on the wellness website, answer and few quick                  beginning date -- a birthday, January 1, Labor Day, the next
    questions and you are on your way. Your challenge registration                Monday, Etc.
    will be sent directly to the Wellness Committee.                          ¸   Reread your goals daily. Post your goals in a place you can
                                                                                  see them. Make them your daily affirmations
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Learn how to set                                                                 Wellness stories
your weight loss                                                                 from real MESD employees
and fitness goals                                                                I made my goal for the wellness challenge to have less
                                                                                 stress in my life. One of those ways to reduce stress for
from www.exercise.about.com                                                      me is to change my driving behaviors. My family tells me
                                                                                 I become an irrational person in the car while driving.
If you're trying to lose weight, build muscle or excel at a sport, you'll        I yell at other drivers, sometimes cut people off, and
need specific goals. When you don't have a specific goal, it's difficult to      have a hard time with those I call "cheaters". My driving
keep exercising and to track your progress to see how far you've come.           habits have become offensive rather then defensive.
Before you get busy, take a moment and ask yourself these questions:
                                                                                 Over the past 3 weeks, when I get into the car, I take a
   u What do I want to accomplish with this exercise program?                    deep breath and turn on the music. I repeat to myself, I
   v Is my goal realistic and attainable?                                        am driving safely today, despite what others are doing.
   w How do I reach my goal?                                                     I am not going to eat or drink in the car, or talk on my
   x When do I want to reach my goal?                                            cell phone. People are still cutting in front of me on the
                                                                                 highway, not using turn signals, speeding through lights
   y How will I reward myself when I reach my goal?
                                                                                 even though red has just turned, and (most annoying of
For example, is it reasonable to want to lose 50 pounds in 6 months?             all), using the left hand lane as a regular driving lane
Experts recommend that you lose no more than 1-2 pounds per week, but            instead of just passing-on the highway.
it isn't likely that you'll lose 2 pounds every single week.                     But, I must admit, I am calmer when I arrive at my
Keep in mind that:                                                               destination, and I am actually feeling less stress. I bet
                                                                                 this story fits a lot of people out there. My advice to
The more weight you lose, the harder it will be to lose weight because
                                                                                 them is to come up with a plan like I have and stick
the less weight your body has to move around, the less calories it will
                                                                                 to it. You feel better in the long run.
burn doing so.
The closer you get to your goal, the harder it will be to reach it--in fact,
                                                                                                           --Calm (er) Driver
you may NEVER reach it (ever talk to someone who's still trying to lose          I love dessert, and who doesn't! But, unlike most, I
that last 5 pounds?).                                                            can take it to extremes. I always stop at Starbucks on
Everyone has a weight that his or her body is comfortable at and once            my way to work for coffee and of course a donut or
you reach that weight, you'll find it very difficult to lose anymore. Just       muffin. I have some kind of sweet during the day. I
because YOU think you should be at 125 doesn't mean your body agrees.            have dessert every night even if I do not eat dinner.
Make sure your goal weight is reasonable for your height and frame               I could eat 2 or 3 desserts instead of dinner. My hus-
                                                                                 band gets very mad with me about my eating, and so
After you set your goal, find out how to reach it. If you want to lose
                                                                                 I took this opportunity to change. My goal was to cut
weight or become better at a sport, you need to figure out how that is ac-
                                                                                 down on sweets. I could never eliminate them totally.
complished by hiring a trainer or fitness expert, or hit the Internet or a li-
brary for some research. Know what you have to do before you get started.        So, no more Starbucks in the morning. I am bringing
Many people are surprised at the daily effort it takes to reach their goals.     my own coffee. I am still eating cake, pie, cookies,
                                                                                 and stuff in the evening. Small steps. What did Bill
Once you know what you're doing and how you're doing it, the hardest
                                                                                 Murray say in that movie about the psychiatrist? BABY
part is sticking to it. Here are some strategies to help make it easier to
                                                                                 STEPS!!! Maybe over the last half of the challenge I
get up and get going:
                                                                                 will try to only have one dessert per night.
¸ Schedule your exercise sessions each week--in INK!
¸ Set weekly goals and reward yourself each time you succeed (i.e.,
                                                                                                                 --Dessert lover
    new shoes or a massage works nicely)                                         My goal is to lose 30 lbs by summer. Though exercis-
                                                                                 ing, eating the right foods and lowering my stress!
¸ Work out with friends or family for added motivation                                                        loser: of weight!
¸ Recommit to your exercise goals each and every day                             I have vowed to learn something new every day. It might
¸ Be prepared by always having your workout bag with you, bringing               be as simple as learning a new word or something as
    your lunch to work, etc.
                                                                                 considerable as taking a class (I'm learning to knit at the
¸ Keep a workout journal and look through it regularly to see your               community center!). Yes, I exercise 4 times a week. But
    progress                                                                     my brain? That's not exercised nearly enough.
¸ Take your measurements in the beginning, and then retake them
    every six weeks to see if you're making progress                                                      --The “New “ Person
                                                                                                                                               7
    MESD Foundation Mid-year Report:
    A note of thank you to the many individuals, associations, businesses and foundations whose gifts enable MESD to make a positive differ-
    ence for students, families, schools and the community
    Did you know that the Multnomah ESD Foundation leads the nation in raising private funds for critical services for children served by a
    regional public education agency? Did you know that the Foundation has received over $150,000 in gifts so far this year? Over the past
    twelve years over $3 million has been raised and invested into MESD special projects impacting thousands of students. Your gifts enable
    us to support a number of activities that enrich the lives of our students and families. For this, we thank everyone who has made a gift to
    one or more of the many special funds that the Foundation holds in trust.

    Honor Roll of Donors                                  (July 1, 2006-February 15, 2007)
    Academic All-Stars                 Alpha High School Student             Kelvin Webster                    Martha Buland Koerner                 Auggie Ford
    Michael Aiona                      Success Fund                          Denise Wood                       Wendy Bumgardner                      Frankel Family Foundation
    Rudy Barton                        Rosemary Bottaro                      Family Resource Team (ECSE)       Bob Burgess                           Pamela Franks
    Michael Bower                      Ron Hitchcock                         Nancy Anderson                    Kathy Butler                          Jeanne Fratto
    Bridgetown Electric                Sally Kissell                         Beth Baynes                       Larry Calcagno                        Nancy Freeman
    Ed Brooks                          Joanne M. Lancaster                   Maria Biesterfeld                 Kerry Callahan                        Melanie Fried-Oken
    Centennial Education Association   Nancy Tamura                          Tracy Branscomb                   Camera Connection                     James Friscia
    Scott Corbett                      Kelvin Webster                        Children's Trust Fund of Oregon   Jerelyn Carlson                       Alicia Geiger Baker
    Susan Dawson                       Arata Creek School                       Foundation                     James Carter                          GI Joe's Foundation
    Rachael Z. DeLue                   Dan Barker                            Lucille Chiotti                   Joshua Carter                         Kathleen Gibson
    Digital Vision, Inc.               Maria Biesterfeld                     City of Gresham                   Elmer Case                            Richard Gilkey
    East Mult Co. Uniserv Council      Julie Bramman                         Lara Colburn                      Joyce E Casey                         Alicia Geiger Baker
    Roger Edwards                      Bettie Cramblett                      Tami Debord                       Jim Cathcart                          Sonja Glaaser Miller
    eScrip                             Roberta Donaldson                     Roberta Forbes                    Lucille Chiotti                       Barrry Gorden
    David Farris                       eScrip                                Sylvia Hess                       Judith Christie                       Edward J Gorman
    Douglas L. Fix                     Michael Hohn                          Nancy Jones                       Kelli Clark                           Jim Gorter
    Eric Gustafson                     Mary Keopraseuth                      Clay Kelleher                     Rebecca Clark                         Nancy Grant
    Don Hicks                          Mark Peterson                         Patricia Moffitt                  Kathryn A Coffel                      Richard Green
    Horowitz Family Foundation         Edward L. Schmitt                     Janice Sanderson                  David F Cohan                         Tom Green
    Joel Huffman                       Volunteers of America                 Lori Tompkins                     Lloyd Cohn                            Sally Haggart
    Mark Jackson                       Becky Washburn                        Friends of Outdoor School         Lena Coleman                          John L Hammond
    R. A. Jacobs                       Mark A. Wheeler                       Diane R Abild                     Columbia Sportswear Company           Jonathan Hancock
    Peter Jarvis                       Benjamin Wood                         Jane Albertus                     Combined Federal Campaign             Karen Harding
    John Kapteyn                                                             Shara Alexander                   Joan Cook                             Jessa Harger
    Mary Lou Knight-Kornbrodt          Donald E. Long School                                                   Jake Courtney                         William Harris
                                       Jane A Bailey                         Sara Allan
    Susan Korst                                                              Amy E. Allen                      Bryan Crawford                        Mira M Hartley
                                       Thomas Baker                                                            Donna Croker                          Susan Hartwell
    Carl B. Kroll                                                            Karen Anderson
                                       eScrip                                                                  Aaron Cross                           Thomas Harvey
    Lori Lancaster                                                           Malcolm Anderson
                                       Rhonda Kjargaard                                                        Maria C Cruz                          Matthew H. Hastie
    Cynthia Le                                                               Caitlin Anghilante
    Marcia A. Leonard                  Early Childhood                       Jean Auel                         Linda Kay Davis                       Christine Haug-Chin
    Paul Lewis                         Special Education                     Suzanne Auvil                     Raymond Davis                         Dorothy Hayes
    Janie Malloy                       Robert Abrams                         Marilyn M. Avolio                 Michael J De Mont                     Paul Hehn
    Toinette Menashe                   Elias Albaugh                         Mark Bajorek                      Justin Delaney                        David A. Heller
    Greg Mowe                          Albertsons                            Catherine Baker                   Felice E Denis                        Sarah J. Hertlein
    Stephen Olczak                     American Hellenic Educational Cntr.   Sandra M. Baker                   Robbin DeWeese                        Stephen V. Hertner
    John S Ottman                      Nancy Anderson                        Emily Baldauf-Wagner              Raquel Dewitt                         Debbie A. Hess
    Portland General Electric          The ARC of Multnomah-Clackamas        Mark Ballard                      A.W. Diack                            Lori Hesse
    Deborah Pollack                    Steve Baker                           Richard Barasch                   Bradley C Doane                       Elise Hewitt
    Mark Porterfield                   Bank of America                       Richard Barsotti                  Mary Beth Donahue                     Don Hicks
    Tifini Roberts                     Maria Ceja Alvarez                    Chris Basham                      Teresa Doss                           Beverly Hill
    Edward L. Schmitt                  eScrip                                Nancy Battaglia                   Dan Dougherty                         Ron Hitchcock
    Harold & Arlene Schnitzer          Ron Hitchcock                         Alan Batts                        Hall Downes                           Lisa Jean Hoefner
        Charitable Foundation          Karla Hobbs                           Shelley Bedell-Stiles             Sho Dozono                            Linda Hormel
    Kelly Schwartz                     D Jay Gense                           Angela R Beer                     Sylvia Eagan                          Horowitz Family Foundation
    Jerry W. Shiveley                  Louise Gillis                         Kimberly Bennett                  Jenny Edwards                         Juliet Howard
    Mark Skolnick                      Karla Hobbs                           Brandon Benson                    David Einolf                          Ethan Huff
    Dan Stoneman                       Nancy Jones                           Geri A Berg                       Andrew Ekman                          Vincent Huffstutter
    Patti Swanson                      Laura Jordan                          Mo Bierwirth                      Charlene G. Emlen                     Teresa Huntsinger
    Gary Wampler                       Tim Kasch                             Tom Bittler                       Margaret J. Eng                       Le Huynh
    Edward Wang                        Clay Kelleher                         Louise B Blaser                   Ethan Erickson                        Kathleen G. Jaffe
    Geri Washington                    Eugene Kerns                          David A Bledsoe                   eScrip                                Robert J. James
    Kelvin Webster                     Patricia Moffitt                      William Boly                      Rex Ettlin                            William Irwin
    Scott Welch                        Multnomah ESD Education Assoc.        James M Booth                     Patricia V Evans                      Jeffrey Jensen
    Wells Fargo & Company              Phillip Neely                         Ronald Borkan                     Mary McKinney Ezell and Flay Ezell    Patricia Jensen
    Karla Wenzel                       Philip Olson                          Kitty M Boryer                       Fund of the Wentworth Foundation   Amy L. Johnson
    Zidell Marine Corp.                Paul Potter                           Julie Bosworth                    Dave Fajer                            Bonnie Johnson
    Alpha High School                  James Rose                            Michael Braim                     Chris Faust                           Jason Johnson
    Thomas Baker                       Robert Rose                           Julie Bramman                     Christy Fawcett                       Jean Josephson
    Dan Barker                         Janice Sanderson                      Josefine Brasser                  Ward Ferguson                         Jubitz Family Foundation
    James Branson                      Sonja Fischer Law Office              Michelle Bressler                 Tracey Fisher                         Julee's Gorge Tours
    eScrip                             Synchrony, Inc.                       Beth Brod                         Barbara Fishleder                     David Jursik
    Aaron Jolley                       Michael L. Taylor                     Chris Broderick                   Barbara A Fitzsimmons                 Jennifer Kalenscher
    Kelvin Webster                     The Angel's Attic                     Mary E Brown                      Douglas L Fix                         Greg Kamerer
                                       Village Reality Inc.                  Pam Brummer                       Mike Foote                            Merilee D. Karr
                                       Geri Washington                       Evelyn Brzezinksi                 Roberta Forbes                        Susan Kass
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Pete Keeling                 Leslie Oster                Helen J. Thomas                 Outdoor School Student         Marcia Ruark
Sheryl Keim                  Ann C. Otte                 Katie Trabacca                  Leader Scholarships            Janice Sanderson
Clay Kelleher                Catherine E. Pake           James Turner                    Mo Bierwirth                   Margo Scena-Thomas
Michelle Kelley-Park         Connie Palmer               Tim Turner                      Jerelyn Carlson                Sherrie Young
Michael Kendig               Tom Pansky                  Malcolm A. Ulrich               Margaret J. Eng                Training and Education Center
Heather Kennedy              Athena Paradise             Amy Van Hook                    Christy Fawcett                eScrip
Mary Lou Knight-Kornbrodt    Justin Parker               Lewis C. Van Winkle             Leslie Nelson                  Terra Nova Grants
Mary Lou Koehler             Joe Parvankin               Cheryl Vitaliano                Teresa Schultz                 Robert Abrams
David Koon                   Teresa Parvankin            Cheryl Wahlberg                 Shauna L. Stevenson            Beth Baynes
Susan Korst                  Virginia S. Peckinpaugh     Jerrine Walker                  Photo of the Year (Outdoor     Diane Bordelon
Keliah Krein                 Donal H. Pedersen           Bridget Walsch                                                 Marta Boylen
Martin C. Kuns               Jane Peters                 Geri Washington                 School Benefit Event)
                                                                                         Brian P. Alfrey                Julie Brand
Cam Lam                      Thomas Petrie               Martin Weber                                                   Mary Bristow
Debra Lande                  Portland General Electric   Scott Welch                     Anonymous
                                                                                         Alhadeff Bivens LLP            Patricia Campbell
Charles T. Landman           Tai Phong                   Wentworth Foundation                                           Lucille Chiotti
Martha Landowne              Shanna Pittman              Mark A Wheeler                  Cheryl A. Bland
                                                                                         Kristin Brashaber              Bettie Cramblett
Priscilla B. Lane            Marguerite L. Potwora       Jenni Whitaker                                                 Susan Darnell
Kris Lauterbach              Gail A Powell               Jane Ann White                  Janine Carnel
                                                                                         Abbey Corbett                  Roberta Donaldson
Dennis Laverty               William I. Powell           Carson Whitelemons                                             Margaret J. Eng
Leslie Lee                   Dan Prince                  Randall Wilkes                  Brian Crumrine
                                                                                         Lucy Crumrine                  eScrip
Rachel Lee                   Pro Photo Supply            James Williams                                                 Kristy Fogle
Trina Leschber               Sherrill Puziss             G. Casey Williamson             Wendy Crumrine
                                                                                         Charee DiFabio                 Roberta Forbes
Ed Lee                       Elizabeth E. Ramsey         Gregory Wilson                                                 Louise Gillis
Rachel Lee                   Bonnie Reagan               Sally Winter                    Betty Doran
                                                                                         Christopher J. Faust           Kimberly Green
Martin Letourneau            Edward Reeves               Samantha Wise                                                  Roberta Greenlick
Karen E. Lettner             Mary Regan                  Wilken & Company, P.C.          FS Photography
                                                                                         Steve Green                    Patrick Haley
Stephen M. Levy              Tia J Ribary                Anthony Wynne                                                  Eric Harrison
Ross Lienhart                Carol Riley                 Macy C. Yates                   Stephanie Hall
                                                                                         Tom Handel                     Pamela Hellesto
Ann P. Littlewood            Eva I. Roberts              Marika Zimmerly                                                Sylvia Hess
Janet Loewen                 Kirkland T. Roberts         Dragan Zivanovic                Josh Hartinger
                                                                                         Jeff Hawkins                   Lois Heying
Katie Loewen                 Tifini Roberts              Functional Living Skills                                       Don Hicks
Karl Lucke                   Deborah G Robertson                                         Junkee, Inc
                                                         Dan Barker                      Ryan Kinnelt                   Ron Hitchcock
Nancy Mack                   Terry Robinson              Diane Bordelon                                                 Michael Hohn
John Mackin                  Jane Roffey Berry                                           Jaclyn Leyva
                                                         Steven Brown                    Loren Myers Enterprises, Inc   Le Huynh
Gregory MacNaughton          Charlotte Rubin             eScrip                                                         Steve Ihrig
Karen Madden                 Pamela E Russell                                            Anita MacAuley
                                                         Roberta Forbes                  Mazamas                        Amy L. Johnson
Kaitlyn Magee                Richard M Safranski         Carolyn Harrington                                             Bonnie Johnson
Robert Mahaffy               Susanna Sandvig                                             Brian McLernon
                                                         Pamela Hellesto                 Ashleigh Miller                Peter Kane
Tamara Maher                 Anna Sare                   Ron Hitchcock                                                  Clay Kelleher
Cheryl Maize                 Paul Saunders                                               Karen Natzel
                                                         Karla Hobbs                     Nau, Inc.                      Debby Kelley
Michael Malone               Leslie Schaeffer            Patricia Romans                                                Michael Kelley
Michelle Marcyk              Lecia Schall                                                Oregon Live LLC
                                                         Shelly Saunders                 Postal Annex                   Jeanne Kelley-Brown
Sue Marineau                 Jim Schlachter              Mary Helen Simonson                                            Mary Keopraseuth
Diane M. Martin              Gillian Schmidt                                             Rahul Ravel
                                                         Helensview School               Mitch Reyes                    Sally Kissell
Alice W. Martindale          Harvey Schmidt              Julie Brand                                                    Melanii Lambert
Amanda Mayberry              Edward L Schmitt                                            Kyle Robbins
                                                         Steven Brown                    Thomas Rosenbaum               Wynne Larson
Cynthia McAdams              Ted Schroeder               Cheryl Craig                                                   Skip Lei
Rachel McCaffrey             Gary Schultz                                                Kim Silva-DuBose
                                                         Bettie Cramblett                The Dalles Ranch               Sarah Lussman
Ernie McDonald               Teresa Schultz              eScrip                                                         Shirley Maddox
John McLaughlin              Susan Sendelbach                                            Jennifer White
                                                         Brian Goldman                   Aaron Wines                    Christy McCardle
Heidi McNamee                William Shults              JoAnne Haney                                                   Patricia Moffitt
Susan Melvin                 Kim Silva-DuBose            Dorothy Hayes
                                                                                         Student Health Access          Veronica Murray
Meyer Memorial Trust         Mary Helen Simonson         Cynthia Le                      Partnership for Education      Barbara Neely
Suzanne Millies              Marydee B. Sklar            Albert Olson                    (SHAPE)                        Holly North
Deborah L. Mishler           Mark Skolnick               Dale Olson                      Vivian Ashworth                Sandra Peterson
Julie Moore                  Patrick A Slabe             Jeanne Premore                  Jane A. Bailey                 Tai Phong
Sherry Moore                 Richard Sly                 Sandra Raschko                  Beth Baynes                    Eric Prasoloff
Kerry Moran                  Carolyn M Smith-Schiewe     Mary Helen Simonson             Annette Boslar                 Jeanne Premore
Jane S Morgan                Michele Smith-Sullivan      Kelvin Webster                  Marta Boylen                   Dan Prince
Beth Murdock                 Dave Smith                                                  Roberta Donaldson              James Rose
Karmel Murphy                Douglas D. Southgate        Hospital Program
                                                         Lucille Chiotti                 Dorothy Hayes                  Marcia Ruark
Jane S Morgan                Jennifer Southward                                          Bonnie Johnson                 Janice Sanderson
                                                         Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Victoria Mosse               Julie C. Sterling                                           Shirley Maddox                 Teresa Schultz
                                                         Dana MacFarlane
Catherine E Mushel           Shauna L. Stevenson                                         Michele McCall                 Kelly Schwartz
                                                         James Rose
Cathy Myers                  Chad Stewart                                                Veronica Murray                Mary Sechrist
Harriet Myers                Mollie D. Stewart           Kaiser Health Insurance         Barbara Neely                  Kim Silva-DuBose
Jonathan Myers               Dan Stoneman                Outreach Program                Janice Sanderson               Mark Skolnick
Mike Myrick                  Tyler Storer                Kaiser Permanente               Margo Scena-Thomas             Shauna L. Stevenson
National Fish and Wildlife   Christine Swanson           Melissa Jorgensen Endowment     Joanna Tobey                   Mary Svela
Heather Nelson               Louise L. Stowell           Robert Abrams                   Lori Tompkins                  Nancy Tamura
Leslie Nelson                Donna D. Strain             Julie Bramman                   School Health Services         Patricia Tangeman
Susan Nelson                 Gregory Struxness           Rhonda Garner                   Beth Baynes                    Carmen Thielen-Stover
New Seasons Markets          Darlene G. Stutte           Patrick Haley                   Marta Boylen                   Lori Tompkins
James P Newman               Lillian Sundholm            Steve Ihrig                     Susan Darnell                  Roger Warren
Tamala Newsome               John Sutton                 Barbara Jorgensen               Dorothy Hayes                  Geri Washington
Nike Employee                Jake Taylor                 Edward L. Schmitt               Jan Hootman                    Ann Watson
Joan O'Bannon                Sandra Tetzloff             Mary Helen Simonson             Debby Kelley                   Kelvin Webster
Michael O'Leary              The Standard                Migrant Education               Shirley Maddox                 Shani Wieting
Scott Oliver                 Michael G. Thelin           Lucille Chiotti                 Barbara Neely                  Benjamin Wood
Bonnie Olson                 Carmen Thielen-Stover       Steve Ihrig                     Kathryn Nance
Ellen M. Onstad              Carol Thomas                                                Tai Phong
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 Handwashing                              – what your mother didn't tell you
 Here's some information on an easy way to cut down on illness          N Wash your hands often. The average person touches eyes,
 and time lost from work: wash those hands! (Thanks to Susan                nose and mouth -- which are the easiest ways germs get
 Darnell, RN, for locating this information)                                inside the body -- at least 200 times a day.
 Whether it's the start of flu season, food safety during family        N The most important times to wash hands are before prepar-
 celebrations or close contact with family and friends who may be           ing or eating food, after going to the bathroom or diapering
 carrying germs, public health experts in the Oregon Department             a child, before and after caring for someone who is sick or
 of Human Services say one simple action can protect your health:           bleeding, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing and
 handwashing.                                                               after handling an animal, animal waste or garbage.
 Hands carry germs. It's common knowledge, right? After all, for        N Nationally, inadequate handwashing may cause up to 40 per-
 years, mothers everywhere have drummed the message: wash                   cent of diarrheal illness and 20.000 hospital-acquired deaths,
 your hands! But here are some important handwashing facts you              and costs millions of dollars in sick leave each year, according
 may not know:                                                              to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 N Colds, flu, intestinal illness or staph infection -- the bug may     N No matter how old you are, handwashing reminders are
     be, handwashing is the single most important thing you can             important: A 2005 national study found that 91 percent
     do to keep from getting sick and to avoid spreading illness to         of adults said they always washed their hands after using
     others.                                                                public restrooms, yet just 83 percent were observed doing so.
 N Adequate handwashing requires soap and clean, running                    Seventy-seven percent said they always washed their hands
     water. Warm water is preferable. Lather up and scrub for 20            before handling or eating food. Just 42 percent said they
     seconds, or the time it takes to sing the "Happy Birthday"             washed their hands after petting a dog or cat, and only 32
     song two times through.                                                percent did so after coughing or sneezing.
 N Why use soap? It mixes with skin oil and loosens grease and          The complete study, conducted by the American Society for
     dirt that may hold germs.                                          Microbiology and the Soap and Detergent Association, is on the
                                                                        Web at http://www.washup.org/
 N Plain soap is a better choice than antibacterial soaps.
                                                                        This information compiled by Susan Allan, M.D., J.D., M.P.H, administra-
 N Soap and water are preferable for cleaning hands, but if none
                                                                        tor of the Oregon Department of Human Services Public Health Division
     is available use an alcohol-based gel as a substitute.


 Medicaid Program                                        Benefits from Technology Improvements
                   By Barbara Neely, Director, School Health Services      Communication between MESD and the Oregon Department of
                                                                        Human Services is now all electronic-student Medicaid eligibility is
    MESD’s move into an advanced electronic world began when            verified electronically, claims are submitted electronically, checks
 national standards for electronic health transactions became effec-    are paid through electronic funds transfer (EFT) directly into
 tive in October 2003. HIPAA-the Health Insurance Portability and       MESD’s bank account, and reimbursements are posted electronically
 Accountability Act passed by Congress in August of 1997-required       to each student’s Medicaid records. We are now seeing the posi-
 ANSI standards for electronic health communications. To facilitate     tive impact of electronic record-keeping-less paper shuffling, fewer
 this major change, MESD and two other ESDs developed a web-based       mistakes, less paper to file, fewer dollars spent on locked filing
 Medicaid Management Information System we named “Medisync”             cabinets, less space required to hold all the paper. For example, our
 that met the unique needs of Medicaid compliance as well as the        Medicaid billing staff recently identified 23 boxes of records that
 non-traditional health delivery environment of Special Education.      can be destroyed. One day, nearly all records will be electronic,
     Today, over 34% of our Medicaid professionals (speech patholo-     including the service and supporting documentation.
 gists, occupational and physical therapists etc.) directly enter           MESD Medicaid Billing staff will continue to train and pro-
 their service documentation into our web-based Medicaid Billing        vide electronic access to the Early Intervention and Department
 information system. As access to technology continues to improve,      of Instruction programs as well as the medical professional
 more and more service professionals will complete their service        staff within our component districts. Medicaid Billing staff can
 documentation directly into this system. This new technology has       monitor service and payment activity instead of being buried in
 allowed us to eliminate over one-third of our paper-shuffling activ-   paperwork and filing activities. During this school year most fi-
 ity. In addition to serving MESD and our component districts, 20       nancial transactions have shifted from SHS to the MESD Business
 other districts around the state share in the cost by remote use of    Office, as was our goal. We look forward to 2007 when the state
 the MESD Medisync system. The result is: the Billing Department is     completes implementation of its new HIPAA-compliant Medicaid
 current with billing activity, which means there is little or no lag   Management Information System, which will bring further ef-
 time in reimbursement of funds to MESD.                                ficiencies to this otherwise labor-intensive process.
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                                                                          Eco-friendly at Alpha... The Alpha Environmental Projects
                                                                            Jobsite serves to implement and maintain environmental projects
                                                                            at Alpha High School. Students have an opportunity to create
                                                                            an eco-friendly and positive environment for themselves, other
Success found in succession... Planning for succession of                   students and staff. The jobsite began just two short months
  MESD’s leadership has been on the Cabinet agenda for the last two         ago and so far 12 students have served as employees working
  months. The Cabinet met for an all day retreat on January 10th to         on projects including garden maintenance, planting cover crops,
  discuss issues, identify needs and formulate a plan for a successful      collecting seeds, vermiculture, painting a garden scene in the
  plan in the face of a substantial change. Superintendent-designee         recreation room and maintaining the green house. Plannd future
  Ron Hitchcock met individually with each Cabinet member to                projects include the installation of a water-catchment system for
  collect their thoughts in advance of the retreat. This helped the         the garden, a cob structure seating area for the students and
  group process and made for a most productive discussion.                  landscaping for our new playing field. All of this would not be
                                                                            possible if it wasn’t for the positive response of the students and
Budget development underway... The Superintendent’s
                                                                            staff along with the MESD Foundation and a Terra Nova Grant.
  Proposed Budget is in development. Departments are defining
  their resource needs and the budget is the first since equalization     Literacy efforts continue... At the recent Curriculum and
  to show an increase (however slight) in the state revenues for            Instruction Advisory Committee meeting Penny Plavala, School
  MESD. The 2007-08 Service Plan pricing on Tuesday was presented           Improvement Specialist for MESD, shared work that is underway
  to the district Business Managers in January and they will make           within component districts. Penny has been asked to work with Linda
  their Service Plan program selections by March 1st.                       Hoyt, a local professional reading specialist and former literacy TOSA
                                                                            (teacher on special assignment) at PPS, to develop an elementary
Bird feeder sale a hit... Thanks to everyone who supported
                                                                            and middle school “environmental checklist for strategic literacy”
  the Alpha Middle School student enterprise by buying student-
                                                                            that a principal could use when walking through classrooms. This
  made bird feeders. The students voted to donate a portion of the
                                                                            will be a great tool to assist the school principal in determining if
  funds earned to the American Cancer Society for Breast Cancer
                                                                            effective reading instruction is taking place in the classroom.
  Support Services. Earnings will also fund student participation
  in a “ropes course,” a team building activity.                                              Around the Agency continues on next page


Wraparound Oregon                                                        Early Childhood Project Update
   MESD is the recipient of 9-year, $6 million grant from the             crisis and emergency plans with families. This is a topic which all
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admininstration                system partners want to see highlighted.
(SAMHSA), a federal agency. Each month, Project Coordinator Rob               The Planning Committee continues the work of defining the
Abrams compiles a report distributed to a large audience, including       Mission, Vision and Goals and a 12 month work plan. The Mission
the Wraparound Oregon Early Childhood and School Age projects              and Vision statements have been adopted and the work plan will
and other interested parties. The grant project has far-                              be finalized in the next month. Members are discuss-
reaching goals which address the “system of care”                                          ing how this work is starting to influence their
for very young children with mental health                                                    thinking and planning in terms of systems
disabilities. Here’s Rob’s latest report:                                                       working together in a more coordinated
   One of the major goals of this project is                                                    fashion. We expect this effort to continue to
to identify “system” issues and work towards                                                    build momentum and combine with the many
common understanding of the concern and                                                        other efforts around the state towards building
common solution development. To date, we are                                                a coordinated system of care for the children and
seeing progress in many areas and will highlight                                        their families we serve.
three of those areas this month.                                                 The Governor’s Office has been working with a group of
   The Training Committee is combined with the other project              children’s leaders for the past several months to explore how the
in Wraparound Oregon and is charged with developing an overall            State might go about integrating children’s mental health ser-
training and, concurrently, a workforce development plan. This            vices across agencies. There are active plans for the Governor to
committee is made up of several system partners and family                issue an Executive Order which would call for integration across
members, and is actively developing trainings for the project             all child serving systems. The Project Director for this project
staff and community partners. Core competencies we expect                 has been named to be on the steering committee which will
from our practitioners are being developed and training plans             work with the Governor’s Office to oversee the next phase of this
are being built around those competencies. The next community             Executive Order. Currently, the plan is for the Governor to issue
training will be on March 12 and 13 and will focus on developing          the order in the fall.
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        continued from previous page                                      Teaming with PSU... Portland State University and MECP
                                                                           provided training to educational assistants on an innovative
 Scoring projects roll on... MESD Measurement Specialist                   program called “Pathways” that will begin this fall. PSU will
     Brian Goldman administered a scoring project on January               be recruiting educational assistants that are bilingual and/or
     6-7, 2007 in which 29 math scorers and 27 writing scorers             bicultural interested in entering the PSU program to become
     worked at the Multnomah ESD scoring work samples for                  licensed EI/ECSE Teachers.
     Portland Public high schools.                                        Arata Creek club news... The after school Computer
 Appreciation for diversity... Multnomah County Detention                  Building Club starts on January 15, 2007. Mike Hohn oversees
     Custody Services staff has an on-going multi-cultural                 this club which will build computers with donated parts from
     diversity team which involves students in MESD’s Donald E.            Free Geek in Portland. Sewing Club - in December students
     Long Program. Teachers work provide activities that promote           made 16 blankets, 10 scarves and 10 hats for winter. Art
     better understandings and appreciation of other cultures              Club - made thermometer penguins and will be doing sand
     and traditions. During December students studied holiday              art projects in January. Dance Revolution is a Play Station
     traditions of other countries. In various levels of participation,    program that promotes dancing. It is a big hit with students.
     the students researched, provided written summaries and               Nurse Pam Pestalozzi uses the program to help students be
     created posters of assigned or selected countries. The                more active during Friday Activity time. The idea is to promote
     countries selected were Japan, Norway, Russia, Brazil, and            a healthy hobby that will get the heart rate going for many
     Europe. An assembly provided by the justice center brought            of our sedentary students. The MESD Foundation Terra Nova
     a traveling Salvation Army Band of youth from Canada. They            grants supports these activities.
     played a variety of traditional and contemporary selections.         Hospital Program teams with Home Depot... At
     The students and staff thoroughly enjoyed the presentation.           Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Pediatric Acute Care Center,
     Students were especially respectful and appreciative.                 the MESD classroom hosted a volunteer from Home Depot who
 Celebrate PPS schools... MESD was well represented at                     brought tools, materials and instructions for students to build
     the recent “Celebrate Schools” celebration, a Portland Public         replica race cars. Each participating student got a Home Depot
     Schools event. Multnomah Early Childhood Program, School              carpenter’s apron and a baseball cap. The volunteer even had
     Health Services and the MESD Foundation all had booths. This          a scrub and gown-up to bring the project to a student in an
     event showcased programs within PPS.                                  isolation unit.

 MECP presentations... Raelun Casper, MECP Early                          Collaboration with Alpha...Principal Peter Kane and
     Intervention/Early Childhood Evaluation Specialist, is                teacher Russ Branson from Alpha visited the Oregon State
     representing the MECP as part of a program offered by the             Hospital to meet a student. Alpha is collaborating and
     Northwest Children’s Institute, called “Lunch and Learn with          consulting with the Hospital School Program as a nineteen
     Docs.” The program is to work closely with pediatricians to           year old student earns his final few credits toward high school
     encourage early referral and identification of children with          graduation. Thanks to Alpha for their collegial support and
     delays or disabilities. Also, as part of the Child Trauma,            encouragement of this young man. Graduation is anticipated
     Substance Abuse Mental Health Administration Grant,                   by the end of this semester, or certainly by the end of the
     Julie Schweigert, MECP Early Intervention/Early Childhood             year.
     Evaluation Specialist, is representing MECP on a Trauma              Ways to avoid “exclusion”... School Nursing Services is
     Identification Task Group being facilitated by Children’s Relief      partnering with MCHD Immunization Department for School
     Nursery. The Task Group reviews current policies, procedures,         Immunization Clinics. In-school immunization clinics will be
     and practices, including a review of screening tools and              conducted at Lynch Wood and Harold Oliver Primary Schools.
     protocols used by community multidisciplinary teams. Team             This is a new model of immunization service we are piloting
     members learn from each other through cross-training and              this year to reduce the number of exclusions in February. An
     by examining perspectives, identifying commonalities, and             in-school immunization clinic at Parkrose High School was
     gaps used at local and national levels. Their purpose is to           held on Feb 5. Service delivery was provided by MESD since
     make recommendations for tools/procedures for trauma                  the School-Based Clinics were temporarily closed for training.
     identification that will fit our local system.                        The middle school students were included in this clinic.

             Interaction is produced by the Multnomah Education Service District Public Affairs Department. Articles in this edition
             written by: Rob Abrams, Amy Johnson, Barbara Neely, Mark Skolnick, Wellness Committee, and Jane Elder Wulff
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