Guidance for School Year 2020-2021

posted Jun 12, 2020, 2:21 PM by Angela Gorham

First of all I want to sincerely thank each and every one of you for the part you have played finishing this year out.  Know that we have been thinking of you and the hardships this year has created.  The purpose of this email is to provide a quick update on where we are today, June 12th as far as returning to school in the fall.  If you have questions today or moving forward, know that we don’t have all the answers at this point and we fully expect things to change throughout the summer.

As you may or may not know, the state came out with reopening guidance for school districts this past Wednesday, June 10th.  The guidance from the state is lengthy and will require much collaboration, thought, and quite simply lots of time.  My best advice to you as parents and guardians is to not panic or respond to the public guidance.  As a district we have begun to break down the guidance and have been creating potential scenarios to insure we have our students back on campus in August of 2020.  We are going to ask for your input through a survey soon.  For more information on reopening and resources for the public, parents, and schools can be found at

As a district we will have many scenarios prepared from worst case (online schooling from home), to the middle scenario (hybrid of online and face to face), to the face to face full day scenario on campus.  Our preference for the fall of 2020 is to have students on campus learning face to face.  Our concerns with creating plans quickly and presenting them to you all is that changes may come down from the state that will affect our plans.  We will be meeting with the state several times in the coming weeks centered around this guidance.  We are going to utilize patience as we create our plans.  Plans are due August 15th to the state.  Please stay tuned as we continue to wade through these times.   There will be much more to follow.  We are working to put a committee together to begin working on our reopening plan.  If you are interested in being a part of the committee please email me.  We would like a parent or two to be on our committee.


Stay safe and enjoy the warmer weather.



Graduation!! 6/5/20

posted Jun 2, 2020, 10:11 AM by Angela Gorham

Check Out Schedule/Letter from Mrs. Kilgore

posted Jun 2, 2020, 10:04 AM by Angela Gorham   [ updated Jun 2, 2020, 10:15 AM ]

Below is information regarding check-out and the last week of school. Please click on the link to read the letter by Mrs. Kilgore.

Check-Out Schedule

Tuesday, June 9th         Wednesday, June 10th

Kindergarten 8:00 - 9:30         6th Grade 8:00 – 9:30

1st Grade 9:30 – 11:00         7th Grade 9:30 - 11:00

2nd Grade 11:00 – 12:00 8th Grade 11:00 – 12:00

OPEN 12:00 - 1:00                 OPEN 12:00 – 1:00

3rd Grade 12:30 – 2:00         9th Grade 12:30 – 2:00 

4th Grade 2:00 – 3:30         10th Grade 2:00 – 3:30

5th Grade 3:30 – 4:30         11th Grade 3:30-4:30

Thursday, June 11th

OPEN 8:00 - 12:00

Letter to Parents 4/20/20

posted Apr 20, 2020, 2:28 PM by Angela Gorham

Click Below for the most up to date letter to parents:

Letter for grades K-11

Latest update from Governor Kate Brown

posted Apr 8, 2020, 2:19 PM by Angela Gorham   [ updated Apr 9, 2020, 8:42 AM ]

Update 4/1/20

posted Apr 1, 2020, 12:22 PM by Angela Gorham

Dear Parents/Guardians/Students,

Of utmost importance Joseph School District #6 staff are thinking of you all and would like to extend our deepest sympathy to you all in these uncertain times.  We understand your frustrations and are sorry that we are all put in this position. We would be ecstatic to be able to teach your kids inside of our newly cleaned building, but that is not the case as of today and maybe even for the rest of the year.  We promise to do our best to educate your children with your assistance and consistently communicate with you and your child. Again, please know that we are thinking of you and are here to assist you in any way we can.

How did we get here?  On Thursday, March 12th, we were directed that our schools would be closed until April 1st.  Then we were ordered to close until April 28th and provide all of our students with supplemental education (not mandatory work, not graded, just work to sustain current levels).  Our staff was working on Monday, March 30th to get systems in place for all of our K-12 students. Later that night around 9 pm I was sent an order to change this system completely to a “Distance Learning for All” and be ready to implement by April 13th.  What does this mean?  It means that the state is potentially looking at longer school closures and we (JCS) need to provide a more structured form of education requiring education that may include assignments, assessments, lessons, grades, credits, etc. through various forms of education (paper pencil, online, etc.).  This is a huge shift in our initial thinking of what we were expected to provide. We now have this week and next week to prepare to roll out “Distance Learning for All” on April 13th.  If you or your child have not been contacted by their teachers, this will happen soon.  As we move forward there will be lots of questions and hiccups, but we will do our best to address everything as it comes in.  For more information on “Distance Learning for All” go to


Lance Homan

Joseph Superintendent

Update From Mr. Homan 3/26/20

posted Mar 26, 2020, 11:57 AM by Angela Gorham

Hello Everyone - In these times of uncertainty we are working hard to keep up with the ever changing state of education in Oregon, as well as monitoring the COVID-19 situation.  We are planning to give every opportunity for our employees to work remotely.  In saying that, we will have some hiccups along the way, but we will work hard to minimize the disruptions to your child's education.  It is important to remember this is NOT normal school.  The assignments and activities are intended to be supplemental. We know this provides a burden on you and your family during these difficult times, but together we will get through this.  Our teachers will be in touch with each and everyone of you as we move forward next week.  Each class or grade may look different (online, paper/pencil, online activities, video lessons, etc) as developed by your child's teacher(s).  Each teacher, aids, and principal are on spring break so I expect communication to begin by Monday.  Don't forget we are delivering meals, please contact the school if you would like breakfast/lunch delivered.  We are up to 63 meals at his point, but we would love to deliver even more.

Stay safe and take care.

Lance Homan

Lunch & Breakfast Deliveries

posted Mar 24, 2020, 9:37 AM by Angela Gorham   [ updated Mar 24, 2020, 9:41 AM ]

Hello Everyone - I am writing everyone regarding our breakfast/lunch program.  We are changing how we are doing things, but we need everyone's attention so we can be more efficient and effective at providing school meals. Currently we have two locations that we are providing meals - cafeteria and Enterprise little league field.  Our goal now is to utilize our transportation department to distribute meals.  The hard part in this is trying to plan without knowing who would like breakfast/lunch.  I am asking that you please email or call me at or leave a message at 541-432-7311 to let me know if one you would like breakfast/lunch, two your location, and three how many meals you would like.  We can provide meals for kids 0-18 years old.  We will provide our breakfast and lunch during our lunch run (you will get breakfast and lunch at the same time).  Our goal is to get meals out to as many children as possible. Once we have a pretty good idea on who would like meals, we will come up with a route in order to get he meals in the hands of as many children as we can.  If you know people that do not have email, or do not have access to social media to pass the word on and have them call the school.  

Thank you for your patience as we move through a very difficult time.  Things are changing almost hourly and I will do my best to keep everyone updated as I know more.

Take Care,

Lance Homan

OSAA News Release 3/18/20

posted Mar 18, 2020, 5:02 PM by Angela Gorham



March 18, 2020 – (Wilsonville, OR)
Per Governor Brown’s announcement yesterday regarding statewide school closures, the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) has extended the suspension of interscholastic practices and contests for sports and activities for all member schools through April 28.  The OSAA Executive Board, during a conference call today, clarified the language regarding usage of high school facilities and communication between coaches and participants during the moratorium-like suspension period.  This updated information, in the form of questions and answers, may be accessed at
The OSAA Executive Board had general discussion around each Spring activity and sport, varying timelines for decisions based on chronological order of the events, host venue availability and issues with following CDC, state and local protocols for gatherings, especially given event formats and that some events are indoor vs. outdoor.  The Board made the following determinations regarding the Speech and Solo Music State Championships:
Speech State Championships (currently scheduled for April 23-25, 2020): Only four of the 14 special districts were able to complete qualifying events prior to the school closures.  The event’s cutoff date for entries (April 11) and the event itself fall within the school closure window.  Western Oregon University remains open but delaying the event does not fit within the school’s current schedule of events.  Due to the aforementioned issues, along with no clear option for technology solutions to be implemented, the OSAA Executive Board voted to cancel the Speech State Championships for 2020.
Solo Music State Championships (currently scheduled for May 2, 2020):  All 15 OMEA districts were able to complete qualifying events prior to the March 17 district deadline.  The rest of the deadlines for submitting school information, accompanist changes, etc. all fall within the statewide school closure window.  Pacific University has notified the OSAA that all on-campus events are cancelled and the OSAA Solo Music State Championship cannot be held on their campus.  The OSAA relies heavily on the arts programs at Pacific University, along with staff and student personnel, to facilitate the event.  Due to the aforementioned issues, along with no clear option for technology solutions to be implemented, the OSAA Executive Board voted to cancel the Solo Music State Championships for 2020.
“As parents and former participants, the Executive Board and staff share in the disappointment of students, schools and communities regarding the cancellation of these state championships,” said Peter Weber, OSAA Executive Director.  "We all remain committed to the health and safety of students throughout Oregon during this evolving public health emergency.”
The OSAA Executive Board has committed to meeting on April 1, and again on April 15, to re-evaluate the suspension of Spring activities and sports, along with the remaining Spring State Championships.  This will allow the Board to review any updated guidelines and directives in collaboration with the Governor’s Office, the Oregon Health Authority, the Oregon Department of Education, the OSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and member school administrators from throughout the state as this situation continues to evolve.
The OSAA Track and Field State Championships, originally scheduled to be held at the University of Oregon, will be split out and moved to different venues due to construction timelines for the completion of Hayward Field.  New arrangements have the 6A, 5A, 4A events being held at Mt. Hood Community College and the 3A, 2A, 1A events at Western Oregon University, both on May 29-30. 
Upcoming OSAA meetings, including the April 6 Delegate Assembly meeting, have been postponed until further notice. 
Additionally, while the OSAA office will remain open, most staff will be working remotely through April 28.  Please access staff contact information at

More information will be communicated via as it becomes available.

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