Oregon Connections Academy News

  • 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)