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News bits from local schools

Here's some news you can use from the schools:

• Medford School District has a new app that is available for download. The free app, which is available in nearly 70 languages, features news, a tip line, district directory and calendar, and it gives parents and students easy access to grades, assignments and attendance information. To get the app, search “Medford School District 549C” in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

• Phoenix-Talent School District will offer year-round, after-school intramural programs for kindergarten through fifth-grade students at each of its elementary schools. The district received a $48,000 Jackson County Care Connect grant to fund the program. Parents can contact their child’s elementary school for more information or to sign up.

• Phoenix Elementary is partnering with the Rogue Valley Family YMCA to provide an after-school program at the school. The program will include academic support, physical education, crafts and other activities. For more information, call the school at 541-535-3353.

• The Phoenix-Talent School District is piloting a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) program at Phoenix Elementary this year. The project-based curriculum will be offered to 54 students in kindergarten through second grade, as well as third- through fifth-grade blended classrooms. Parents can apply at the school.

• Starting this year, Logos Public Charter School will offer music, band and choir classes at the school, 400 Earhart St., Medford, and at Rogue Community College’s Redwood campus in Grants Pass. Performances will be held throughout the year.

• Logos Public Charter School will cover the cost of math and foreign language classes at Rogue Community College for high school students who qualify and wish to earn dual credit.

• This fall, Table Rock Elementary will expand its dual-language program to include second- and third-grade classes. Classes are taught by a bilingual, bi-cultural teacher who will deliver about 90 percent of the instruction in Spanish. The district rolled out the program last year, starting with two dual-language kindergarten classes and one first-grade class. The Academia De Aguilitas, a dual-language preschool, also was started last year and will continue to meet in the former Boys and Girls Club building near White Mountain Middle School at 3275 Avenue G., White City.

• All incoming freshmen at Cascade Christian High School will receive a free Chromebook they can keep for the entirety of their high school careers. The technology is equipped with firewalls to protect the computers from online threats, and all teachers are trained on the devices and incorporate them into daily learning.

• Oregon Department of Education annually produces school and district report cards with information about class sizes, academic achievement, graduation rates, school/district demographics, etc. These report cards are available to the public at www.ode.state.or.us/data/reportcard/reports.aspx.