The Newberg High School dropout rate for 2007-08 was 2.93% down from 5.2 percent the previous year. This is the lowest rate since statewide reporting began in 1991.
The 2007-08 dropout rate reflects the first year Newberg students were in small schools; rates from previous years reflected a comprehensive high school.
Principals and counselors attribute the decline in the number of dropouts to personalization in small schools. School Principal Carol Campbell states; "small school students are known well and we track individual students who are at risk." She adds that relationships formed with school staff members contribute to interventions with students before they drop out. High school students are also benefiting from improved options for credit recovery and alternative school programs. Improved reporting practices also contribute to the decline in dropouts.
Full Day Kindergarten To Be Offered at Crater, Mabel Rush Schools
Full-day kindergarten programs will be held at Antonia Crater and Mabel Rush Elementary School beginning next September. A waiting list for a third full-day program at Joan Austin Elementary has been established a lottery held April 1st established program locations and determined student placement in the program.
The school district is continuing to accept applications for the tuition-based full day kindergarten program. Half-day kindergarten is offered at all six district elementary schools. Parents interested in a full-day program for incoming kindergarten students are encouraged to contact the school district office for more information.
Middle School Students Help Make Miracles
Mountain View and Chehalem Valley Middle School student leadership groups are partnering with Chehalem Park and Recreation Department to sponsor a dance in honor of the children at Doernbecher Children's hospital. The dance will be held at Mountain View Middle School from 7-9 p.m. instead of the Armory as previously scheduled. All proceeds will benefit kids Making Miracles for Doernbecher.
For more information contact Claudia Stewart, APR, Communication Specialist at the Newberg Public Schools. (Source)