Dr. Lora de la Cruz appointed acting superintendent
On Monday, June 3, the School Board appointed Dr. Lora de la Cruz as acting superintendent, in lieu of her original start date of July 1. She has taken over for Dr. Michael Musick, who is on vacation for the rest of the month. "I am honored to pick up the mantle of leadership and continue the process of crafting our vision of success for Lake Oswego schools. I will be spending time this month immersing myself in LOSD as I continue to meet with staff, community members and other stakeholders, and plan for next steps in this great district," de la Cruz wrote in an email to the LOSD community. "I will host listening sessions throughout the district, as I want to hear from everyone. While many parents and students may be away on vacation, I will meet with other important constituents who are available during the summer and will invite parents, students, teachers, and staff to listening sessions when school resumes for the 2019-2020 school year."
More information about de la Cruz's transition into LOSD superintendent can be found in her comprehensive entry plan at www.tinyurl.com/y4rkhrms/. De la Cruz added, "I am excited to step into this role and I look forward to partnering with our community as we build the future of LOSD together."
LeVar Burton to speak at Park Academy
Park Academy in Lake Oswego is making a big difference in the lives of students with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences. On June 13, the spotlight will shine on the school, when revered actor LeVar Burton stops in Portland to speak during its annual fundraiser and auction. Burton's career-long dedication to literacy and education for students connects well to Park Academy and its mission.
"LeVar Burton's dedication to helping students discover the joy in reading and learning ties to our focus at Park Academy," said Craig Lowery, head of school for Park Academy. "We're working to empower our students and ignite a love learning by supporting them with an education experience that levels the playing field."
Burton has had many starring roles, but his role as host and executive producer of the beloved PBS children's series, "Reading Rainbow," is the one he is most proud of. Airing from 1983 to 2009, it was not only one of the longest-running children's television shows in history but also one of the most acclaimed, earning over 200 awards including multiple Emmys and a Peabody.
Tickets and sponsorships are available for "An Evening with LeVar Burton," June 13 on the Park Academy campus located at 1915 South
Shore Blvd., Lake Oswego. More details can be found at www.parkacademy.org. Watch for coverage of the event in the upcoming issue of the Review.
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