Oregon Connections Academy News

  • July 28, 2017 — ORCA student Henry Parette discusses his journey to compete in gymnastics. Learn more in the Creswell Chronicle

  • July 28, 2017 — ORCA parents reveal top reasons for enrolling in online school. Learn more in The Outlook

  • July 26, 2017 — ORCA student Gregory Leathrum participates in youth theater summer camp. Learn more about Gregory in the Gazette Times

  • July 24, 2017 — Results of ORCA parent survey show why K-12 students attend full time online school. Learn more in the PR Web

  • July 20, 2017 — ORCA Learning Coach Jolene Kincaid reflects on her family's experience with online school in this Statesman Journal commentary piece

  • July 2, 2017 — ORCA students graduate. Learn more in the The Bulletin, The Times, The News Review, The Register Guard, The Outlook, Wilsonville Spokesman, Statesman Journal, The World Link, The Daily News

  • June 28, 2017 — ORCA recent graduate Emily Litche heads to the University of Oregon this fall on a full-ride academic scholarship! Learn more about the family and their experience with online school in the Umpqua Post

  • June 27, 2017 — ORCA teacher Caitlan Freese offers tips for summer learning in this op-ed, "Explore the great outdoors, explore learning". Learn more in the Statesman Journal

  • June 26, 2017 — ORCA teacher Amy Dillahay discusses the online school, how students use flexibility to learn at their own pace, and what families say about the program on KCBY

  • June 24, 2017 — ORCA student Ahmed Moussaoui competes in national rifle invitational. Learn more in the Gazette Times

  • June 20, 2017 — ORCA teacher John Meyer takes his students on a virtual trip 1,000 meters below the surface of the Pacific Ocean! Learn more about this special LiveLesson session with the Exploration Vessel Nautilus in the Molalla Pioneer

  • June 20, 2017 — ORCA held an in-person commencement ceremony for the graduating Class of 2017 on June 10th in Salem. Student Body President Taylor Hampton was one of the featured student speakers. Student Body Vice President Anna Mallery also delivered her commencement speech during the ceremony.

  • June 14, 2017 — ORCA recent graduate Avish Menon used the flexibility and academic challenge of online school to excel and graduate at age 16. Learn more in the Beaverton Valley Times

  • June 13, 2017 — ORCA celebrates graduation with an in-person ceremony. View photos in the Statesman Journal

  • May 31, 2017 — ORCA counselor Christine Hutchinson offers advice to parents in this Statesman Journal op-ed, "Helping incoming freshmen transition to the 'Major League'"

  • May 11, 2017 — Oregon Connections Academy students celebrate prom. Check out some photos from the special night in the Statesman Journal

  • May 8, 2017 — ORCA Executive Director Allison Galvin recognizes online school teachers for National Teacher Appreciation Week! Learn more in the Lebanon Express

  • April 27, 2017 — ORCA families enjoy a field trip to the Charleston Marine Life Center, reports The World Link

  • April 24, 2017 — ORCA teacher Carole Kepler offers tips for parents in this Statesman Journal op-ed: "Build career skills by taking our kids to work any day"

  • April 19, 2017 — ORCA Kicks Off Enrollment Season for 2017-18 School Year, reports Portland Patch

  • April 17, 2017 — ORCA families enjoy a field trip to The Oregon Gardens, reports the Statesman Journal

  • April 3, 2017 — ORCA student Josephine Relli is able to balance schoolwork and a budding music career with the flexibility of online school. Hear from Josephine and Executive Director Allison Galvin in the Oregon Public Broadcasting

  • March 17, 2017 — ORCA teacher Dan West discusses education activities in this Statesman Journal op-ed piece, "Spring break learning: Focus on ‘giving’ and ‘doing’"

  • March 14, 2017 — ORCA Executive Director Allison Galvin discusses the online school and the many reasons why families may choose to enroll. Learn more on KLCC

  • March 8, 2017 — ORCA graduate Lovey James plays a benefit concert for current students, in order to raise money for Childhelp and spread the word about its "Speak Up Be Safe" program. Learn more in the Wilsonville Spokesman

  • March 7, 2017 — ORCA families participate in Virtual Schools Day at the State Capitol in Salem. Learn more in the Statesman Journal

  • March 2, 2017 — ORCA students enjoy a "Math in the Mall" field trip, reports the Portland Tribune

  • February 23, 2017 — ORCA students enjoy a field trip to Pottery Company. Learn more in The World part 1 & part 2

  • February 17, 2017 — ORCA teacher Margaret McGovern discusses the importance of being a good digital citizen in this Statesman Journal op-ed piece

  • February 1, 2017 — ORCA student Taylor Hampton is among a group of teens raising money for Habitat for Humanity trip to Thailand. Learn more about Taylor and the Habitat for Humanity's Global Village program in the Herald and News

  • January 25, 2017 — ORCA Executive Director Allison Galvin discusses National School Choice Week in this Herald & News letter to the editor

  • January 20, 2017 — ORCA teacher Erin Wooten discusses National School Choice Week and the importance of education options in this Statesman Journal op-ed piece

  • December 22, 2016 — ORCA teacher Elizabeth Schaefer discusses ways parents can help students set goals for the new year in this Statesman Journal op-ed piece

  • December 16, 2016 — ORCA teacher Timothy Keene demonstrates some fun activities for families to keep learning alive during the winter break. Hear more from Timothy on KATU

  • December 10, 2016 — ORCA students bake cookies to say 'thank you' to local firefighters. Hear from the VanHouten family about their experience in The News-Review

  • 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