November 30-December 4

A3 Student, Parent and Family Weekly News | November 30-December 4, 2020



Save the date: Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 6 pm for virtual A3 PTSA meeting. Please join us for the final A3 Parent/Teacher/Student/Association (PTSA) of 2020! Reach out to Lana Dishner,, for the Google Meet link. Please check out A3 PTSA on the A3 website to see who we are and what we do.  We need A3 community members to get involved.  We have several officer roles that will need to be filled for the 2021-2022 school year.

Are you and your family struggling? This summer’s wildfires and the ongoing pandemic have been a stress to many families. The A3-PTSA may be able to help. Contact Ame ( or Wendy ( to speak confidentially about your family’s particular needs. They will work with the PTSA to provide support for you through these difficult times.

Earning Your Diploma

The Academy of Arts and Academics and Springfield Public Schools believes that student success is our most important outcome. We are committed to upholding the dream of opportunity for each of Springfield’s children, and we stand behind our vision of “Every Student a Graduate Prepared for a Bright and Successful Future.” In 2007, the State Board of Education adopted new Oregon high school diploma requirements. These new requirements were designed to ensure that all students have the skills necessary for success in the 21st century.

Credit Requirements (24 total)

  • English: 4 credits
  • Math: 3 credits (at the Algebra 1 level and higher)
  • Science: 3 credits (scientific inquiry, 2 with lab experiences)
  • Social Science: 3 credits
  • Health: 1 credit
  • PE: 1 credit
  • Second Language/Art/Career & Technical Education: 3 credits
  • Electives: 6 credits

Essential Skills  – – –  HAVE BEEN WAIVED FOR THE CLASS OF 2021!!

Beginning in 2012, the state began phasing in requirements for students to demonstrate that they are proficient in certain “essential skills” – skills that are deemed critical for future success – before they are awarded the diploma. These skills are:

  • The ability to read and comprehend a variety of texts
  • The ability to write clearly and accurately
  • The ability to apply mathematics in a variety of settings

Personalized Learning Requirements

Personalized learning, learning beyond the classroom, and connections to the adult world are critical for preparing each student, whatever path they take after graduation. The Personal Learning Requirements help personalize the diploma for each student and help students plan for their post-high school goals. Oregon requires students complete personalized learning activities as part of the graduation requirements.

Paying for College 

The Oregon Promise Application  and OSAC application opened Nov 1.

The Ford Family Foundation is open for applications, and is accessible directly via our website at The website also provides resources for potential applicants about which program best fits their eligibility.

Elevate Lane County 

Need a Space for School?

Northwood Christian Church, 2425 Harvest Lane, Springfield OR 97477
 has opened their doors for high school students who would like a physical space to do school. You will need to bring your school provided device.  Headphones, snacks and school lunch are available.  They are open M, Tu, TH, F.  Please let us know if you plan to attend by emailing

Family Resources

AFS is a community resource for families dealing with teen drug use providing a proven, effective drug and alcohol treatment for teens ages 12-18. Treatment is provided at no cost to families as part of a research study and is now even easier to access as it is being delivered via Telehealth. This family-based, outpatient counseling may be delivered in English or Spanish, and focuses on helping parents and youth learn new skills to deal with drug and alcohol problems. For more information, to make a referral or to enroll in the program, one may call AFS OSLC at 541-284-7560 and visit Agencies, providers or others may also use the optional referral form for families who might need extra support in making the initial contact. A brochure and optional referral form are attached as well as an announcement suitable for your newsletter. You can also check out our introductory video on the AFS Facebook page and Youtube: