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Our students continue to do good work…

William is a former Rachel Carson student who will be a High School Sophomore next year.  Please consider helping him with his latest commitment to community service.


From William:

Dear friends, family, and teachers,
On July 26 I will be riding my bike 63 miles in Portland’s Tour De Cure.  This is a ride to raise money for diabetes.  This means a lot to me given that I have friends and family who are diabetic.  Also I will be riding on the Subaru team which is a big deal for me.  I have a goal of raising at least $200 but I am hoping that I will exceed this goal to have a greater impact on the fight against diabetes.  Will you please sponsor me?  Anything you donate will help!
This is a link to my donation page
Thank you so much for being so supportive of me and I hope we can reach the goal!
-William A.

Help Support Goals for Girls

Rachel Carson students continue their community service even after leaving Rachel Carson.  A former student of ours, who is currently in high school, is involved with Goals for Girls.  Help us support her continued efforts by purchasing coffee or tea.

Seven local female soccer players (ages 16-18) as representatives of Goals for Girls are traveling to India this winter to work with 120 Indian girls (ages 9-15) from impoverished and leprosy affected communities. The girls will be involved in service projects, soccer and life skills activities that focus on promoting self-esteem, leadership and cooperation in an all female environment.

What is Goals for Girls? Goals for Girls is an international initiative of girls helping girls through the game of soccer. Goals for Girls connects girls from around the world through cultural exchange, service, teamwork, and life skills education. All of which is taught through the game of soccer.

Your purchase of coffee or tea will help change the lives of these young Indian girls.

  • Coffee is $10/8 ounce bag
  • Tea is $7/box of 20 tea bags

To purchase, contact Chelsea at:


Back To School Newsletter


We are excited to be getting ready for the upcoming school year. The Rachel Carson program consists of 180 students with 6 teachers. The theme for the program in 2009-10 is Sustainability. You will be hearing much more on this theme this year!! The following is some basic information to get you ready for a good start on September 8th. The first day is a full day for students. Classes begin promptly at 7:40 am and end at 2:05. Please have your student meet us in the cafeteria on the first day.

First Day of School for Parents:
Current RC parents will give an orientation to all new parents. The orientation will begin at 7:40; the RC parents will greet you in the cafeteria when your students go to class. The orientation will last less than 1 hour.

Rachel Carson Website:
Please visit this website often for updated information. We also have a school calendar on google calendar that can be accessed through our website under Links.

Five Oaks Packet Pickup:
Yes, you do need to come in to pick up your informational packet on the following dates. This packet contains bus route, lunch, PE, and emergency contact information. If you cannot come in to pick up the packet, it will be given to your child on the first day of school.  WE CANNOT MAIL OUT THE PACKETS THIS YEAR. Please disregard the Five Oaks classroom supply information.  The RC information is included on this website.

August 26, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
August 27, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm AND 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Site Visits:
The Rachel Carson program is again planning our site visits for Wednesdays. Most months, the program will take 3 site visits. To make these site visits most effective, we need parents to chaperone. Please plan to chaperone one site visit per student this year. If everyone will do this, we will not be short handed. Dates and locations will be handed out the first week of school for you to sign up.

Bus Route Information:
Bus route information will be available at the Five Oaks packet pickup dates. The AM bus picks up the student from an assigned pick up location near your house. The student is bussed to a hub and then to Five Oaks Middle School. After school, the student rides to his/her home high school and rides a regular bus route home.

Rebecca Hall , science/co-facilitator
Kathy Cleavenger, math
Debbie Hurley, humanities
Tammy Schrader, math/co-facilitator
Pad Quinn, science
Kendall Gibson, humanities

Contact Information:
Should you have questions prior to the start of school, you can contact one of the following staff members (email is the best method to contact us, but both are included).:

Tammy Schrader – 503-259-5949 or
Rebecca Hall – 503-259-5881 or

Extended Experiment Time!

Hello parents,

Welcome to winter! We know there are some anxious scientists out there wondering what will become of their experiments. Don’t worry. We will extend data collection into January and will be ready for our fair on Jan 23.

If your experiment involves plants and you would like to conduct it at home over the break and then continue into January, you are welcome to do that.

We have tried to keep plants alive but if you don’t get to take them home (no school Friday)they will not survive at school over the break.

Please know that we will allow plenty of time for all kids to complete their projects.

Be safe and Happy Holidays to you all.

Rebecca L. Hall
Science Teacher/Co-Facilitator

Ms. Hall Honored

Ms. Hall was K103’s Educator of the Week.  Ms. Hall was nominated by Lindsay last June.  Check out the story on K103’s site at:!

Rotation 2 and 3 Site Visit Information

We can no longer put which homerooms are going where due to the amount of changes that were taking place to chaperone sign-ups.  The following is the list of places your students will be going through December. The times are departure and arrival times.  Please come 15 minutes before the departure time to check in, get your groups, and get expectations from teachers or student leaders.

Rupa sends out reminders on Fridays.  If you haven’t gotten a reminder, you may not be signed up to come.  We welcome you to come anyway, you just may not have a group and we may have really needed to put you with one!!

Gossamer Play – Downtown (9:00 – 2:00)

  • dress nice – no sweats
  • water
  • lunch

Capitol Tour – Salem (9:00 – 2:00)

  • dress nice – no sweats
  • water
  • lunch

SOLV (8:15 – 1:00)

  • dress for weather
  • lunch
  • water
  • work gloves

Rice Museum – Hillsboro (9:00 – 2:00)

  • dress casual
  • lunch
  • water

Family Volunteer Opportunity

See attached for the information about SOLV Team Up projects happening on Oct 11th. They really need volunteers at Copper Creek! These are the three projects that will have similar volunteer activities to what students do at our Willow Creek site.

Copper Creek – in Tigard
Beacon Hill – in Beaverton
Council Creek – in Cornelius

Students can register online or call Brett at SOLV 503-844-9571.

Also, there are 50 other projects in Washington County with various activites from litter cleanup to restoration – they are listed on SOLV’s website at

(scroll down to the bottom).