Hours of Operation
Monday – Thursday: 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Hours of Operation
Monday – Thursday: 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM
IMPORTANT WEATHER UPDATE for Wednesday 1/11/2017
The following bus routes will use snow routes for Wednesday morning, 1/11/2017:
Rt. 30 (Duck Bus)
Rt. 33 (Spider Bus)
What is Smarter Balanced?
In the 2014-15 school year, Oregon joined twelve other states to use the Smarter Balanced Assessment tests for their mandatory state assessments. These standardized tests assess how well students are mastering content in key subject areas aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Students in grades 3-8 and 11 take the Smarter Balanced English language arts (ELA) and math tests. The Smarter Balanced English language arts assessment measures how well students have mastered English language arts skills including reading, writing, and critical thinking. The Smarter Balanced mathematics assessment measures how well students have mastered math skills and concepts. Smarter Balanced Assessments are taken in the Spring.The Smarter Balanced Assessments are administered online for greater accuracy in scoring and greater range in the types of questions and responses that can be asked and measured.
What if I don’t want my child to participate in Smarter Balanced?
Parents who wish to opt their student(s) out of Smarter Balanced testing should complete the opt-out form below and return to the school.
2016-2017 English Notification available here and at school registration in August 2016-2017 English Opt-Out form (complete and return to school by February 1, 2017)
2016-2017 Spanish Notification available here and at school registration in August 2016-2017 Spanish Opt-Out form (complete and return to school by February 1, 2017)
Sam’s Valley Elementary has been selected to participate in the NAEP assessments this school year. On March 3, 2017, all of our 4th graders will be completing either a math or reading assessment. More information about the NAEP assessment is being sent home with 4th grade students on Thursday, January 12, 2017. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our school at 541-494-6870.
What is NAEP? Why is it important to take it?
NAEP produces the Nation’s Report Card and is considered the gold standard for large-scale assessment. It is the largest nationally representative assessment of what American students know and can do in key subjects, which allows for Oregonians to see how our students are performing compared to their peers in other states. NAEP assessments began in 1969 and are sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. They are conducted periodically in reading, math, science, writing, U.S. history, civics, geography, and other subjects. The results, especially on the math and reading assessments that are given every two years, are widely reported, and they are an integral part of our nation’s evaluation of the condition and progress of education. NAEP is a big picture test. It gives us a good sense of the direction the nation is moving and provides critical long-term trending data.
Hazardous driving conditions and a weather forecast that indicates low temperatures with icy road conditions result in the continued closure of all D6 schools on Friday, January 6th. Please stay tuned to local radio stations, and TV stations, and /or check our District #6 website: www.district6.org for news of delays in starting times or closures.
September 28, 2016
Dear Parent and Guardians,
Today at Sam’s Valley Elementary, we took precautionary measures to ensure the safety of your student(s). Late afternoon on Tuesday, September 27, a watchful neighbor reported seeing three cougars near school on private property. At least one of the animals was reported to have killed livestock. Authorities were notified and we worked closely with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Upon hearing of the potential threat, we made the decision to limit recess to only indoor locations and our covered play area this morning until further notice from authorities. As of 9:00am this morning, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reported that all three cougars have been trapped. They reminded us as well that cougars are common in our rural areas and offered the attached brochure.
I would like to commend our staff, students, concerned community members and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. I do not feel that our students were ever in danger today, but all parties involved responded quickly and made sure every child was safe. These procedures are part of a district-wide and state crisis readiness plan. Students were not informed of a cougar sighting nor did they witness one.
Please talk to your students about the importance of following directions from adults during all emergency procedures and feel free to call me if you have any questions.
Christine Beck, Principal
August 16 Kindergarten Registration 9:00-1:00pm and 5:00-7:00pm
August 17 Grades 1-5 Registration 9:00-1:00pm and 5:00-7:00pm
August 18 Grades 1-5 Registration 9:00-1:00pm and 5:00-7:00pm
Registration flyers were sent home with currently registered students the last day of school. You can also print it here.
*Print a copy of our supply list by clicking here:
A change in the law requires schools and child care programs to share their immunization rates with parents. Senate Bill 895 was passed in 2015. The Oregon Authority aims for at least 95% of children to be immunized for community protection, though the percentage varies by disease. When 95% of children are vaccinated in a school or child care, this reduces the chance of spreading the disease among vulnerable individuals. This information is also available in our school newsletter archive and posted in our school office.
Jackson County Immunization Data (English)