Superintendent Report March 13, 2019

Superintendent Cynda Rickert

Student conferences are next week.  This is Eagle Point School District’s third year to hold spring student conferences before Spring Break.  The decision to move the conferences was driven by what would be most beneficial to our students including conferences taking place prior to spring break and prior to the end of the 3rd quarter grading period so that students can take advantage of the week off/spring break to complete any missing work and be caught up and ready to begin the fourth quarter. In many of our schools, especially secondary, student-led conferences are in place based on the following research:

  • Students assume greater control of their academic progress.
  • Students accept personal responsibility for their academic performance.
  • Parents, teachers, and students engage in open and honest dialogue.
  • Parents attend conferences at increased rates.
  • Students learn the process of self-evaluation.
  • Students develop organizational and oral communication skills. 

In reflecting on the Superintendent’s work for February, as well as tying this work to the research, Four Characteristics of Improved School Districts –   1. effective leadership   2. quality teaching and learning  3. support for system-wide improvement  4. clear and collaborative relationships highlights are:  

  • Business/Education Partnership meeting in EP Technology Center.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Butte Creek Mill Board of Directors meeting.  (1,2)
  • Participation in the Grad Coach video.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Logos Executive Director and Board Chairman join Cabinet.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Upper Rogue Chamber meeting.  (1,4)
  • Parent meetings regarding hardship transfer request.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Superintendent Association meeting at SOESD.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Letters of recommendation for students/employees.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Eagle Point Women’s Club luncheon.  (1.4)
  • Districtwide tri-annual review.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Conference calls with local legislators during legislative session.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Budget planning and preparation.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Mentoring aspiring and practicing leaders.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Superintendent evaluation preparation and presentation to the Board.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Thursday site visitations to support teaching and learning.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Meetings with past and present school board members.  (1,4)
  • Leadership/team building development.  (1,3,4)
  • Administrative focus walk at SCS to support teaching and learning.  (1,2,3,4)
  • District office stand up meetings.   (1,3,4)
  • Snow day! (1)


Ongoing research shows that family engagement in schools improves student achievement, reduces absenteeism, and restores parents' confidence in their children's education.  Students with involved parents or other caregivers earn higher grades and test scores, have better social skills, and show improved behavior.  Dedicating five days per year to hold student/parent/teacher conferences is a clear commitment that EPSD9 recognizes the importance of partnering with parents to increase the success of our students.  The high percentage of participants says these conferences are working.


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Cynda S. Rickert
Eagle Point School District 9 - Eagle Point
541-830-6200 (fax)