Oregon Connections Academy News

  • 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)