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A Conversation With Our Principals: How Our School Leaders Are Putting Our Equity Plan Into Action

This year, our Equity Department will be conducting Town Hall interviews with each of our David Douglas principals in alignment with our DDSD Equity Plan.  These interviews provide a platform for our principals to take a stance on equity and share their position in detail. Additionally, they have the opportunity to expand…

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New Administrators for 2022-23

The David Douglas School District will have new principals at five schools for the 2022-23 school year. The District has two additional new administrators and has also named an interim principal to the position permanently. Meet our new administrators: Lindsay DeFazio, Earl Boyles Elementary Principal Lindsay DeFazio has been selected as Principal…

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Teacher Appreciation Week: May 2-6

Teaching is a Work of Heart Has there been a more important time to appreciate our teachers? May 2-6 is Teacher Appreciation Week. Following an 18-month pandemic shutdown, teaching and learning from home, wildfires, winter freezes and the rest, we all thought getting back into our schools would make everything better. In…

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Classified Employees Week

Celebrate with Us! Each year at this time, the David Douglas School District joins school districts from throughout Oregon to honor our staff members who do the heavy lifting and behind-the-scenes work to make our schools great places to teach and learn. March 7-11 is Classified School Employees Week. While our students…

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National School Counseling Week: Feb 7-11

At David Douglas School District we are fortunate to have highly qualified school counselors at every level. They are actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents. They work in a partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today’s world. Counselors focus on…

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Our first Grow Your Own Graduate!

Our Staff of Color Affinity Group has created three Freedom Dreams, their hopes and demands for bringing true equity, diversity and inclusion to our curriculum, our professional development, and, in Freedom Dream #3, our hiring and retention of staff. Freedom Dream #3: We want to build a district culture that is unapologetic…

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We’re Hiring Helpers!

Earn great pay and benefits all while helping to improve the lives of the children and families of the David Douglas School District. Mr. Rogers always told kids to look for the helpers. We are currently hiring “helpers” in our schools to work in instructional support, transportation, custodial services and nutrition services.…

Pride Month

The David Douglas School District recognizes June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month! We stand with and support, appreciate and honor our LGBTQ+ students, families, and staff. On June 19, the David Douglas School Board read a proclamation that concludes: “BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the David Douglas School Board of Directors strongly encourages…

Meet the New Elementary Principals

The David Douglas School District is excited to announce the selection of new principals to lead three of our elementary schools beginning with the 2021-22 school year. Beginning July 1, Shannon Deems will lead Gilbert Heights Elementary, Matt Soule will lead Cherry Park Elementary, and Holly Wilkes will lead Lincoln Park Elementary.…

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Grow Your Own

The David Douglas School District is among the most broadly diverse in Oregon. We are 64% students of color, including Latinx, Asian, Black, Indigenous and students who identify as multi-racial. They speak dozens of different languages from across the world.  Diversity is arguably our greatest strength as a school district. But when…