Oregon Connections Academy News

  • 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 (3rd article on pg)

  • 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 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

  • December 27, 2017 — ORCA graduate Caleb Owen joins Coos Bay Fire Department. Learn more in the PublicNow

  • December 21, 2017 — ORCA counselor Megan Kohl offers tips for high school students to create a 'college checklist'. Learn more in the Statesman Journal and also check out ORCA’s handy list of tools for college-bound students

  • December 12, 2107 — ORCA students enjoy a field trip to the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. Learn more in the Clackamas Review

  • November 28, 2107— ORCA alumna Katie Stanfield named to Canby Rodeo Court. Learn more in the Canby Herald

  • November 27, 2017 — ORCA program receives high marks from Niche.com review site. Learn more in the Portland Patch

  • November 19, 2017 — ORCA teacher Wendy Richards shares tips with parents in this op-ed, "Winter is a great time to share joys of writing, sharpen skills with your children". Learn more in the Statesman Journal

  • November 16, 2017 — ORCA celebrates finished Mill City headquarters. Learn more in the Canyon Weekly (Page 12)

  • November 1, 2017 — ORCA student Hailey Herman is able to learn at her own pace with the flexibility of online school! Learn more about her experience in the Estacada News

  • October 27, 2017 — ORCA students enjoy a field trip to Frite & Scoop. Learn more in the Daily Astorian

  • October 25, 2017 — ORCA families enjoy a field trip to JJ Jump and JJ Extreme. Learn more in the Clackamas Review

  • October 23, 2017 — ORCA teacher Nikki Coleman discusses how parents can help teen drivers focus on the road in the Statesman Journal

  • October 17, 2017 — ORCA alum Strider Kachelein graduated from Vassar College. Learn more about this alum in the World Link

  • October 1, 2017 — ORCA Executive Director Allison Galvin and teacher Brenda Ballinger discuss the importance of in-person field trips for students and families in the Our Town

  • September 22, 2017 — ORCA teacher Robin Bender shares tips in this op-ed piece, "Harvest is perfect time to teach students benefits of healthy eating". Learn more in the Statesman Journal

  • September 17, 2017 — ORCA families enjoy the annual back-to-school Open House! Hear from Executive Director Allison Galvin and several families about the event in the Statesman Journal. Take a look at some photos from the open house in the Statesman Journal

  • September 13, 2017 — Back to school online! ORCA student Emily Pascu and her mother Nafeesa sit down to discuss the many benefits of online education and how families can learn more on KATU

  • September 12, 2017 — ORCA student Josephine Relli uses the flexibility of online school to pursue a budding career as a singer/songwriter! Learn more about Josephine on KPTV

  • September 9, 2017 — ORCA students head back to school online. Learn more about the virtual school in The Register-Guard

  • September 8, 2017 — ORCA teacher Gloria Henneman discusses how students interact with teachers and other peers within the online school. Hear more from Gloria on KDRV

  • August 28, 2017 — ORCA teacher Nichele Harp discusses the online school, reasons why families enroll, and how teachers can personalize learning on KOBI

  • August 24, 2017 — ORCA is a great learning option for the Ekwere family! Hear from dad Idong and mom Jennifer about their online school experience on KEZI

  • August 24, 2017 — ORCA Assistant Principal Matt Bergdall and recent graduate Anna Mallery discuss the online school and how it helps students thrive on KGW

  • August 21, 2017 — ORCA Assistant Principal Dan Vasen discusses yesterday's Great American Eclipse in this op-ed, "Eclipse lessons encourage student interest in science". Learn more in the Statesman Journal

  • August 19, 2017 — ORCA encourages readers to test eclipse knowledge with quiz. Learn more in the Statesman Journal

  • 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