Oregon Connections Academy News

  • November 30, 2016 — ORCA students enjoy a writing workshop taught by bestselling Star Wars writer Timothy Zahn! Hear from students Annabelle Hartz and William Laursen about the experience in the Wilsonville Spokesman

  • November 27, 2016 — ORCA teacher Nikki Coleman was selected by her state representative to be named a 2016-17 Civic Scholar, reports the Portland Patch

  • November 25, 2016 — ORCA students and siblings Edward, Joshua and Rosa Oliver discuss their new positions with the virtual school's first student government in the Keizer Times

  • November 23, 2016 — ORCA graduate Amber Cook is named 2017 Canby Rodeo Queen. Learn more about Amber Cook in the Canby Herald

  • November 20, 2016 — ORCA families enjoy a field trip to Horses of Hope! Hear from students Garrett and Sidney Kincaid, Cassandra Luckini talk about their experience in the Statesman Journal

  • November 19, 2016 — ORCA teacher Mary Massey discusses tips for parents to help inspire gratitude in children in this Statesman Journal op-ed piece

  • November 16, 2016 — ORCA families enjoy a field trip to Peters Cranberries, reports The World Link

  • November 11, 2016 — ORCA student Taylor Hampton found the self-paced environment she desired with online school! Hear about her experience with switching to ORCA and her new position as the first-ever student body president in the Herald and News

  • October 28, 2016 — ORCA student Mikayla Rethati talks with the Statesman Journal about her experience with bullying and how she overcame the situation

  • October 21, 2016 — ORCA assistant principal Patrick Gilliland shares tips for parents struggling to help their students with homework challenges. Learn more in the Statesman Journal

  • October 14, 2016 — ORCA students and families gather for an all-school open house, reports the Statesman Journal

  • September 26, 2016 — ORCA teacher Jason Webber, student Emily and her mom Nafeesa Pascu discuss the many benefits of attending school online and how it differs from homeschooling on KGW

  • September 26, 2016 — ORCA teacher Nikki Coleman sits down with the Statesman Journal to discuss ways parents can talk to their children about voting and the election process

  • September 14, 2016 — ORCA teacher Christina Morrison and the Franell family discuss how online school enables students to learn one-on-one with their teacher in this KDRV segment

  • September 14, 2016 — ORCA Learning Coach Teri Franell and student Marcella discuss the many benefits of going to school online. Learn more about online school on KDRV

  • September 7, 2016 — ORCA Learning Coach Jennifer Reinmuth discusses why she enrolled her twin sons in online school, the many benefits of this education option, and how her sons are developing into independent adults. Learn more on the Lars Larson Show

  • September 6, 2016 — ORCA is gearing up for the first day of school! Learn more about about the online program in the Portland Patch

  • August 30, 2016 — ORCA Executive Director Allison Galvin sits down with Oregon Business to discuss what she enjoys in her downtime and what initiatives at the online school excite her

  • August 12, 2016 — Annual Parent Survey Shows Overwhelming Satisfaction with Oregon Connections Academy Virtual Public School, Teachers and Curriculum

  • August 7, 2016 — ORCA student and Miss Oregon Teen USA Mikaela Bruer is using her title to shine a spotlight on youth agriculture and end stereotypes. Learn more in the Capital Press

  • July 28, 2016 — ORCA Executive Director Allison Galvin shares some fun travel and learning opportunities in this Statesman Journal op-ed piece

  • July 25, 2016 — The Frank family, Learning Coach Jill Frank and her four students, discuss why they enjoy online learning with ORCA in this feature segment on KVAL-TV’s Western Oregon Living program

  • July 26, 2016 — ORCA student and current Miss Oregon Teen USA Mikaela Bruer heads to the Miss Teen USA National Pageant

  • July 16, 2016 — ORCA student Miguel Diaz De Leon uses the flexibility of online school to play competitive tennis! Learn more about the student athlete and Davis Cup ball person in the Portland Tribune

  • July 1, 2016 — ORCA Learning Coaches Norm and Jennifer Birch, and their students Mike and Jack Haldeman, discuss the online school experience on KRCW

  • June 30, 2016 — ORCA graduate and Private Joshua Hendrix graduates from U.S. Army Basic Infantry, reports the Herald and News

  • June 20, 2016 — ORCA Assistant Principal Matt Bergdall discusses the many types of students that thrive in online school, why families may switch to this education option, and how families can learn more during an interview on KATU

  • June 16, 2016 — ORCA recent graduate Jeannette Jancola finishes high school with 18+ college credits and many extracurricular accomplishments. Learn more about Jeannette on Oregon Live

  • June 16, 2016 — ORCA student Gabriella Josephine Tortorelli just released her first album! Hear from the family about her musical journey, and how the school plays a part in Gabriella's debut album, in the Beaverton Valley Times

  • June 16, 2016 — ORCA teacher Mark Duncan offers parents ideas to help children start their own summer business in this Statesman Journal op-ed piece

  • June 15, 2016 — ORCA recent graduate Abby Lewis used the flexibility of online school to take classes at Portland Community College during her senior year. Learn more about Abby in the News Times

  • June 13, 2016 — In this Mail Tribune op-ed, ORCA Board Chair Wes Beckstead describes how the online school helps prepare students, such as alum Taylor Ambrosio Wood, to be successful in college and career

  • June 12, 2016 — ORCA Class of 2016 student speaker MaKayla Smith delivers her commencement speech during the school's in-person graduation ceremony

  • June 9, 2016 — ORCA recent graduate Rhiannon Scheewe receives over $240,000 in college scholarships! Learn more about Rhiannon on OregonLive

  • June 9, 2016 — ORCA recent graduate Kristen Weber found the supportive, flexible environment she needed to succeed with virtual school! Learn more about Kristen and her future plans on OregonLive

  • June 9, 2016 — ORCA Manager of Counseling Services Marci Cammann and alum Tiernan Hope describe how online school helps students succeed in this Oregonlive op-ed piece

  • June 9, 2016 — Students Jeannette Jancola, Kristen Weber, and Rhiannon Scheewe are among the ORCA graduating Class of 2016, reports OregonLive.

  • May 30, 2016 — ORCA student and US Rowing Youth Regional Regatta winner Emerson Chase is headed to the national regatta! Chase, who credits the online school with helping him succeed, is interview in the Clackamas Review

  • May 29, 2016 — ORCA student Sarah Frank earns her Visual and Performing Arts Talent Network letter, reports The Register-Guard

  • May 25, 2016 — ORCA teacher Kelsey Stone offers families tips to help their child research and tour potential colleges in this Statesman Journal op-ed piece

  • May 18, 2016 — ORCA families enjoy a field trip to Rainy Day Games board game store. Hear from students and teacher James Keehn about the trip in the Beaverton Valley Times

  • May 4, 2016 — ORCA students dance the night away at the school's first prom! Hear from several students and staff members about planning and enjoying this special high school event in the Statesman Journal

  • April 29, 2016 — ORCA student Austin McRae is paying it forward, helping the homeless in his community! Austin, diagnosed with cystic fibrosis and diabetes, discusses his passion for service and ORCA Cares Day in this Estacada News feature

  • April 29, 2016 — ORCA Learning Coach and park volunteer Jennifer Reinmuth-Birch leads families on a conservation field trip to Mary S. Young Park. Learn more about the trip in the West Linn Tidings

  • April 29, 2016 — ORCA students attend an Earth-Day inspired service day at Willamette National Forest, reports the Statesman Journal

  • April 27, 2016 — ORCA student Tiffany Muller writes a letter to the editor thanking her mom in honor of Learning Coach Appreciation Week. Read Tiffany's 'thank you' in the Lake County Examiner

  • April 26, 2016 — ORCA families participate in the school's annual ORCA Cares Day! See photos in the Wilsonville Spokesman

  • April 22, 2016 — ORCA teacher Jessica Roshak discusses tips and activities for families in this Statesman Journal op-ed, "Teaching children financial literacy lessons for life"

  • April 19, 2016 — ORCA student and sing/songwriter Kiersten Bundy 'Lovey James' uses the flexibility of online school to release her 1st album! Learn more about the dedicated teen on KPTV

  • April 16, 2016 — ORCA families enjoy a field trip to Cannon Beach to learn more about the Haystack Rock Awareness Program, reports the Canyon Beach Gazette

  • April 11, 2015 — ORCA student Zach Hall looks to earn his Eagle Scout award with his service project making dog beds for the SafeHaven Humane Society. Learn more about the project in the Albany Democrat-Herald

  • April 6, 2016 — ORCA families take a behind-the-scenes field trip to Guide Dogs for the Blind! Hear from student Aly Mindiola and Learning Coach Lidiya Ponce about their experience in the Sandy Post

  • April 3, 2016 — ORCA teacher Katy Naylor is presented with the Inspirational Teacher Award from Eastern Oregon University, reports the Register-Guard

  • March 31, 2016 — ORCA families enjoy a field trip to the Willamette Heritage Center. Hear from the Miller and Merrell families about the experience in the Statesman Journal

  • March 18, 2016 — ORCA teacher Dea Begert discusses ways to incorporate crafts into spring break activities in this Statesman Journal op-ed piece, "Spark creativity in your student with arts and crafts"

  • March 18, 2016 — ORCA families enjoy a field trip to the Pendleton National Weather Service, reports the East Oregonian

  • March 3, 2016 — ORCA students participate in a Poetry Out Loud competition! Teacher Stephanie Imig and contestants Amber Neer and Kyle Volner discuss preparing for the contest in this Wilsonville Spokesman piece

  • February 26, 2016 — ORCA teacher Jess Roshak and students participate in a LiveLesson session during their visit to the state capitol, reports the Statesman Journal

  • February 17, 2016 — ORCA teacher Jason Webber celebrates Digital Learning Day with a special science LiveLesson - making flubber! See the demonstration on KPTV

  • January 27, 2016 — ORCA Assistant Principal Matt Bergdall discusses the evolution of education technology in this Statesman Journal op-ed piece, "Digital learning every day"

  • January 3, 2016 — ORCA student Josiah Foster credits the online school with helping him earn his Eagle Scout award! Learn more on OregonLive

  • December 30, 2015 — ORCA teacher Laura Howard discusses tips for making education a 2016 resolution in this Statesman Journal op-ed piece

  • December 28, 2015 — ORCA students help pack boxes during a trip to the Oregon Coast Community Action Food Pantry, reports The World

  • December 11, 2015 — ORCA students try their hand at DNA extraction during a field trip to Oregon State University! Hear from Outreach Manager Laura Dillon and the Leathrum family in this Gazette Times feature

  • December 3, 2015 — ORCA students enjoy a field trip to the Oregon Garden in Silverton, reports the Statesman Journal

  • December 1, 2015 — ORCA teacher Carrie Hargrove offers tips to help children become independent, proficient readers in this Statesman Journal op-ed, "Give the gift of reading"

  • December 2015 — ORCA families use the flexibility of online school to enjoy the holiday season! Teacher Brittany Zahler, the Fay family, the Tuttle family, and the Groom family share their favorite holiday traditions in Our Town

  • November 19, 2015 — ORCA is a great education option for the Cevallos family! Learning Coach Caryn Cevallos, Outreach Manager Laura Dillon and teacher Anika Miller discuss the benefits of in-person field trips for online students in the Lake Oswego Review

  • October 30, 2015 — ORCA counselor Amber Alekel discusses tips for families to combat bullying in this Statesman Journal op-ed, "Recognizing and preventing bullying"

  • October 22, 2015 — ORCA students and teachers across the state participate in Read for the Record events! Read a recap of the events and hear from teacher Jason Webber in the Statesman Journal and News-Review

  • October 18, 2015 — ORCA is a growing education option for families throughout the state! Executive Director Allison Galvin, teacher Brittany Zahler, and the Bumanlag family discuss the benefits of learning online in the Statesman Journal

  • October 16, 2015 — Allison Galvin is named new ORCA Executive Director, reports the Statesman Journal

  • October 8, 2015 — ORCA students explore Newton's Laws of Motion during a field trip to the Oregon State University Extension Office, reports the Gazette Times

  • September 30, 2015 — ORCA Advisory teacher Jodie Ginsbach discusses what it's like to be an online teacher in this Statesman Journal op-ed piece

  • September 23, 2015 — ORCA families and teachers gather for an afternoon orientation day in Mill City! View photos of the event and hear from the Fay family about how online school meets their education and scheduling needs in the Statesman Journal

  • September 13, 2015 — In this Lebanon Express piece, ORCA Learning Coach Christy Tye and student Conner discuss how the online school meets the family's learning needs and gives them time to participate in extracurricular activities

  • September 3, 2015 — ORCA is a great education option for the Recker family! Students Nicholas, Madison and Learning Coach Amanda Recker discuss the positive changes they've seen since starting with ORCA, and teacher Brad Horton describes how staff prepare for the new school in this Lake Oswego Review feature

  • September 2, 2015 — ORCA Learning Coach Heather Blom discusses how the online school gives her students the best mix of quality academics and flexibility to spend time as a family on KOBI

  • August 26, 2015 — ORCA teacher Paula Hoffman offers some tips for students heading back to school in this Statesman Journal op-ed, "Back-to-school transition: Are your kids prepared?"

  • August 12, 2015 — Student Lovey James credits ORCA with giving her the flexibility to pursue her singing career and receive a quality education! Learn more about this talented artist on OregonLive

  • August 11, 2015 — ORCA student Nathan Mullanix, mother Claire and Outreach Coordinator Laura Dillon discuss how online school allows Nathan to excel at his own pace and volunteer for his favorite nonprofit, Relay for Life! Learn more about the family in this KCBY segment

  • August 2015 — ORCA Learning Coach Ann Marie Gurney provides readers with a day-in-the-life of an online school family, and discusses some common questions parents may have about this education option in Northwest Kids magazine (pg 14)

  • August 2015 — ORCA Board Chair Wes Beckstead, teacher Allison Galvin and school district superintendent Todd Miller discuss the school's move to the Santiam School District and its future growth in Our Town South (pg 20)

  • August 2015 — Read results of ORCA's annual parent survey, including reasons why families choose the online school, in the Aumsville Newsletter (pg. 23)