Oregon Connections Academy News

  • April 3, 2019 – Check out this story in the Albany Democrat Herald about an ORCA father and son team who help lead a very active robotics team.

  • March 25, 2019 – During a recent field trip ORCA students and families learn how the Wildlife Center of the North Coast rehabilitates injured animals. Find out more in The Daily Astorian

  • March 21, 2019 – ORCA students celebrated Pi Day at a local pizza parlor! Hear about their experience in the West Linn Tidings

  • March 20, 2019 – ORCA student Christina Brennan is one of nine finalists selected to compete at the statewide Oregon Poetry Out Loud competition. Read more in the Clackamas Review

  • March 20, 2019 - In this Stayton Mail article, learn how ORCA students are taking part in a first-of-its-kind Medical Sciences Career and Technical Program.

  • February 19, 2019 — ORCA student Nyah Vollmar releases her first single, “Empty Spaces”! Learn more about her musical journey in the Siuslaw News

  • February 14, 2019 – ORCA student Samuel Mindra is the "comeback kid on ice skates"! Learn more about his journey back to the US Figure Skating Championships in the Clackamas Review

  • February 12, 2019 – ORCA families enjoy a field trip to the U.S. Coast Guard Station! Hear from teacher Paula Leifer and families about their experience in The World

  • January 29, 2019 – ORCA elementary students learn skills in STEAM—Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math—at a recent field trip. Learn more on KEZI

  • January 19, 2019 – In this Statesman Journal op-ed, Student Engagement Administrator Laura Howard explains why children do better in school when parents are more involved

  • January 15, 2019 - ORCA 7th graders compete at the US Figure Skating Championships! Learn more on KPTV

  • January 9, 2019 - “Could Online School Be Right for Your Child?” Hear the perspective of an Oregon Connections Academy parent on the Portland Moms Blog

  • January 3, 2019 – Middle School science teacher Jeanie Barrantes offers helpful science projects families can do inside and outside the house to cure winter cabin fever. Read her tips in the Statesman Journal

  • December 17, 2019 - ORCA Students on the South Coast enjoy a field trip to a local pottery shop. Learn more in The World

  • December 14, 2018 – ORCA student Carlie Steele is busy this week collecting toys for children in area hospitals! Learn why she is featured as an "Everyday Hero" on KATU

  • November 25, 2018 — In this Statesman Journal op-ed, ORCA Outreach Manager Laura Dillon offers tips for parents to teach their children the benefits of giving back

  • November 9, 2018 — ORCA teacher Lori Kline offers tips for parents to help their students build good study habits. Learn more in the Statesman Journal

  • November 6, 2018 — ORCA students Mikayla and Courtney Wood use the flexibility of virtual school to balance education with a successful family business! Learn more about their goat soap business, their experience with the school in the Salem Business Journal (pg 15)

  • October 12, 2018 — ORCA families enjoy a field trip to Coffenbury Lake in Fort Stevens State Park. Learn more in the Daily Astorian

  • October 10, 2018 — ORCA encourages students to become kindness superheroes. Learn more in the Portland Patch

  • September 21, 2018 — ORCA teacher Susanne Eide offers tips for parents in this op-ed: "Helping students with cyberbullying – detection, action, prevention". Learn more in the Statesman Journal

  • September 15, 2018 — ORCA celebrates students finishing high school education requirements this summer. Learn more in the Gazette-Times

  • September 6, 2018 — ORCA teacher Courtney Whittington discusses the added flexibility available with online school, student-teacher interaction and more on KVAL

  • September 4, 2018 — ORCA students Garrett Kincaid and Mikayla Wood share their summer experiences at a Naval Academy seminar, Miss Teen International Pageant. Learn more in the Our Town Pg.18-19

  • September 4, 2018 —ORCA graduates three Southern Oregon students among summer class. Learn more in the Western World

  • September 3, 2018 — ORCA begins the 2018-19 school year, bringing "School-Back-to-Students". Learn more in the Portland Patch

  • August 31, 2018 — ORCA High School Success Administrator John Meyer discusses the school's new Career Technical Education Program, ASCEND, on the Lars Larson radio show

  • August 31, 2018 — ORCA students from Marion County graduate online school this summer. Learn more in the Statesman Journal

  • August 29, 2018 — ORCA Announces First-of-its-Kind Career & Technical Education Program. Learn more in the PR Web

  • August 23, 2018 — ORCA High School Success Administrator John Meyer and student Sidney Kincaid discuss the online school model and ORCA's new CTE program, ASCEND. Learn more on KATU

  • August 18, 2018 — ORCA Assistant Principal Matt Bergdall shares 6 tips for navigating the freshman year of high school. Learn more in the Statesman Journal

  • August 16, 2018 — ORCA student Alia Gapay is thriving in the online school! Learn why the family switched to this education option and how it's helping Alia graduate early on KPTV

  • August 14, 2018 — ORCA alumna Alisha Menon pursues her PhD at the University of California, Berkley, earns National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Learn more about this alumna in the Beaverton Patch

  • July 31, 2018 — ORCA alumnus Julian Rogers heads back to Insitu’s RoboFlight Academy, now a mentor to students! Hear from the family and Manager of Counseling Marci Cammann about the online school experience in the Hood River News

  • July 28, 2018 — ORCA Executive Director Allison Galvin shares 5 questions families should ask when considering online schooling. Learn more in the Statesman Journal

  • July 27, 2018 — ORCA students Ryder and Daden Johansen are headed to the invitation-only Pokémon World Championships! The family shares their journey into the competitive scene and how they balance school with competitions. Learn more in the The Outlook

  • July 25, 2018 — ORCA students from Banks, Forest Grove, Hillsboro graduate among Class of 2018. Learn more in the Banks Post

  • July 25, 2018 — ORCA alumus Julian Roger gives back, mentors at Insitu RoboFlight Academy. Learn more in The Enterprise

  • July 23, 2018 — ORCA student Kayla LaPlante participates in Ocean Blue Project beach cleanup. Learn more in the Western World

  • July 16, 2018 — ORCA student Kamdean Hoffman competed at AAU National Championship Karate Tournament. Learn more in the Union-Bulletin

  • July 10, 2018 — ORCA graduate Chase Emerson starts off his college career with the Congress of Future Medical Leaders! Hear from this accomplished student athlete. Learn more in the Clackamas Review

  • July 6, 2018 — ORCA teacher Paula Leifer shares how teachers embrace summer learning too. Learn more in the Statesman Journal

  • June 28, 2018 — ORCA students from Lake Oswego area graduate with Class of 2018. Learn more in the Lake Oswego Review

  • June 27, 2018 — ORCA student Carlie Steele discusses her Carlie’s Kindness Campaign nonprofit, her recognition as a National Youth Activist Award finalist, and how virtual school helps her balance volunteer work. Learn more on KATU

  • June 26, 2018 — ORCA students from Hermiston, Umatilla among Class of 2018. Learn more in the Hermiston Herald

  • June 26, 2018 — ORCA graduates several Gresham-area students with Class of 2018. Learn more in the The Outlook

  • June 26, 2018 — ORCA South Coast-area students among graduating Class of 2018. Learn more in the Western World

  • June 25, 2018 — ORCA student Abigale Koch among Class of 2018 graduates. Learn more in the Seaside Signal

  • June 22, 2018 — ORCA graduates several Marion County students. Learn more in the Statesman Journal

  • June 21, 2018 — ORCA graduate Devin Lichte used the flexibility of online school to balance a busy extracurricular schedule! He's headed to the University of Oregon. Learn more in the The Umpqua Post

  • June 19, 2018 — ORCA graduate Dylan Gold and teacher Stephanie Imig discusses the online school experience, how it helps students like Dylan balance extracurriculars with advanced academics, and his future plans. Learn more on KBCH

  • June 13, 2018 — ORCA graduates Kaycee Asher and Emerson Chase discuss how the online school helped them achieve success and their plans for after graduation on KATU

  • June 13, 2018 — Check out ORCA's in-person graduation ceremony photo gallery in the Statesman Journal

  • June 11, 2018 — ORCA student Mikayla Rethati is able to graduate high school early at 16! Learn more about this advanced student in the Daily Astorian

  • June 2018 — ORCA graduate Dylan Gold earns scholarship to University of Oregon. Learn more in the Trade Winds

  • June 2018 — ORCA's Class of 2018 includes local firefighter, Air Civil Patrol cadet colonel! Learn more from Executive Director Allison Galvin and Outreach Manager Laura Dillon in the Our Town Santiam (Page 10)

  • May 30, 2018 — ORCA students enjoy a field trip to Rosse Posse Acres elk farm! Hear from the Nussbaumer and Christopherson families about their experience in the Molalla Pioneer

  • May 25, 2018 — ORCA upcoming graduate Kaycee Asher reflects on her time with the online school, plans for the future. Learn more about Kaycee in the Statesman Journal

  • May 25, 2018 — From mucking stalls to attending the Naval Academy Summer Seminar, ORCA student Garrett Kincaid is dedicated to helping others. Learn more about this student in the Statesman Journal

  • May 21, 2018 — ORCA students enjoy a field trip to see the T2 Timbers soccer team! Hear from student and T2 player Harold Hanson about the online school on KOIN

  • May 16, 2018 — ORCA enrollment for 2018-19 school year. Learn more in the Portland Patch

  • May 2018 — ORCA teacher Brittany Zahler and student Garrett Kincaid recognized as Teacher, Student of the Year by North Santiam Chamber of Commerce. Learn more in Our Town Santiam (Page 12)

  • May 9, 2018 — ORCA student River Hobbensiefken, part of robotics team SWARM 957, shows off their robot at local schools after competing nationally. Learn more in the Corvallis Advocate

  • April 26, 2018 — ORCA student River Hobbensiefken and the rest of team SWARM earn silver medals at the FIRST Robotics Competition world championship. Learn more in the Democrat-Herald

  • April 25, 2018 — ORCA students enjoy a night of dancing at their in-person prom. View the photos on the Statesman Journal

  • April 25, 2018 — ORCA teacher John Meyer discusses the importance of CTE, "Career Technical Education creates pathways to high demand, high wage careers". Learn more in the Statesman Journal

  • April 20, 2018 — ORCA student and Miss Teen Oregon International Mikayla Wood talks bullying prevention strategies with local middle school students. Learn more in the Statesman Journal

  • April 19, 2018 — ORCA students enjoy a paint party field trip to Jeny’s Heart With Art. Learn more in the East Oregonian

  • April 18, 2018 — ORCA student Mikayla Wood gives a bullying resolution strategies presentation to Scio Middle School students. Learn more on the Statesman Journal

  • April 20, 2018 — ORCA students enjoy a field trip to Jackson Bottom Wetlands! Hear from teacher Kathleen Dingle, Learning Coach Al McKnight talk about their positive experience with the online school in the News-Times

  • April 13, 2018 — ORCA student enjoy a behind-the-scenes field trip to the Oregon Zoo! Hear from teacher Jessica Heisley and student Anton Goswitz on KATU and KPTV

  • April 12, 2018 — ORCA student River Hobbensiefken and the other members of team SWARM are headed to the FIRST robotics world championship. Learn more in the Register-Guard

  • April 11, 2018 — ORCA student Jack Starrett uses the flexibility of online school to create Canby Fire explorer program and volunteer with local fire station. Learn more in the Canby Herald

  • April 6, 2018 — ORCA counselor Jesse Rorvig discusses mental health tips for families in this Statesman Journal op-ed "Helping parents understand and support their students"

  • March 19, 2018 — How do educators teach art at an online school? GACA teacher Wendy Aracich and ORCA teacher Beth Bundy to speak at National Art Education Association Convention. Learn more in the PR Web

  • March 14, 2018 — ORCA students Ingrid, Grace, Audrey and Raquel Peterson participate in a special performance LiveLesson to celebrate Read Across America. Learn more in the Molalla Pioneer

  • March 14, 2018 — ORCA students head to Newport’s Nye Beach for a field trip to help clean up the environment. Learn more in the Newport News Times

  • March 7, 2018 — ORCA art teacher Beth Bundy to present at National Art Education Association Convention alongside GACA art teacher Wendy Aracich. Learn more in the Portland Patch

  • February 24, 2018 — ORCA teacher Mark James offers tips for parents in this op-ed, "Using a balanced approach to manage children’s screen time". Learn more from Mark in the Statesman Journal

  • February 16, 2018 — ORCA student Mikayla Rethati wins Poetry Out Loud contest for the school and advances to the regional competition. Learn more about Mikayla in the Daily Astorian

  • February 16, 2018 — ORCA students enjoy a field trip to Roseburg Forest Products facility. Hear from teacher Paula Leifer about the experience in The World

  • February 6, 2018 — ORCA student Alëna Budko uses the flexibility of online learning to balance education and competitive figure skating! Learn more about this student athlete on KGW

  • January 27, 2018 — ORCA Class of 2017 graduates from Linn and Benton counties recognized in the Gazette-Times

  • January 21, 2018 — ORCA teacher Dea Begert offers tips for parents to help their students grow a “Math Mind”. Learn more from Dea in the Statesman Journal

  • January 10, 2018 — ORCA student Alena Budko discusses her recent medal at the U.S. Figure Skating National Championships. Learn more on KGW

  • January 9, 2018 — Oregon Connections Academy Teacher: Grateful for New Online School Career

  • January 5, 2018 — ORCA student Kylie Boyle took her schoolwork with her to Hawaii, spending her winter months exploring the island, acting in TV show Hawaii Five-0. Learn more about Kylie in the Molalla Pioneer

  • January 5, 2018 — ORCA student Alëna Budko, with an eye on the 2022 Olympics, uses the flexibility of online school to balance education and figure skating training. Learn more in the Hillsboro Tribune