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Clackamas High School Announces Terry Drake as New Head Football Coach - 03/21/19

Clackamas High School has named Terry Drake as their new head football coach. With over twenty years’ experience as a head football coach and athletic director, Drake has a career record of 182-31, including four state championships. Drake has been named Coach of the Year in both Texas and Florida with 14 playoff appearances. 

Drake will be taking over a Cavalier squad that finished 12-1 last season, and is dedicated to building leadership and life skills designed to serve student athletes both on and off the field. A proud veteran of the United States Army, Drake is also a member of the National Football League Players Association of Retired Players. 

Clackamas High School invites the community to meet Coach Drake at an open house on April 3 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Clackamas High School gym.

School Board Completes Superintendent's Annual Evaluation - 03/15/19

Milwaukie, OR (March 15, 2019)—During last night’s school board meeting, the North Clackamas School District’s School Board released its annual review of Superintendent Matt Utterback. Evaluated on several different goals, the School Board rated Superintendent Utterback’s performance compared with objectives aligned with each goal.

According to NCSD School Board Chair Lee Merrick, “Superintendent Utterback has effectively moved NCSD forward in terms of student achievement, fiscal management, and community engagement. NCSD is truly fortunate to have him at the helm.”

The School Board identified a number of achievements that occurred during Superintendent Utterback’s tenure last year. Specifically, they noted NCSD’s 2017-18 high school graduation rate, which increased to 85.5%, far exceeding the state’s average, and an improvement over NCSD’s 2016-17 graduation rate. NCSD’s attendance rate is the highest among Oregon’s large school districts, and in order to effectively engage students at all levels, NCSD has continued investing in early learning programs, AVID college-readiness strategies, along with Career and Technical Education options.

The School Board also praised Superintendent Utterback’s work on the passage of the 2018 operating levy, continued progress on the 2016 Capital Construction Bond, along with his effective internal and external communication. 

The School Board greatly appreciates Superintendent Utterback’s professionalism and unwavering commitment to NCSD’s students, families, and staff.

NCSD Announces New Date for High School Naming Community Forum - 03/01/19

Milwaukie, OR (March 1, 2019)—North Clackamas Schools (NCSD) will be converting Rock Creek Middle School into a fourth neighborhood high school using voter-approved 2016 Capital Construction Bond funds. This new high school does not yet have a name.

In late 2017, NCSD’s Board of Directors formed a School Naming Committee to provide them with suggested names for the high school, along with the now-named Beatrice Morrow Cannady Elementary School. This school naming process included several opportunities for the public to submit their ideas and comments. The process concluded in May 2018 when the School Board decided to not select any of the committee's suggested high school names, and delayed further action on this matter until recently.

In order to begin bringing the high school naming process to a close, NCSD’s Board of Directors planned on holding two School Naming Community Engagement Forums in February. The first session took place Feb. 21, but the second forum, initially scheduled for Feb. 27, was canceled due to inclement weather. However, this second forum has now been rescheduled; the details are below:

March 18: 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Rock Creek Middle School Commons; 14897 Southeast Parklane Drive; Happy Valley, OR 97015  

During last year’s process, there were strong opinions about the committee's suggested names. Additionally, the exercise brought to light important and difficult topics, such as race, class, historical exclusion, definitions of place, and community identity.

This forum will be designed to facilitate conversations among attendees. Participants should attend with a willingness to contribute respectfully, listen authentically, and recognize the different opinions that are a part of the high school naming process.

NCSD’s Board of Directors will also attend this event and incorporate the conversations as they decide the high school’s name.

Childcare will be provided, and for those who cannot attend in person, NCSD will provide updates on its website. Additionally, comments can be sent electronically to NCSD via a form on its website until 5pm March 7.