Yoncalla School District kicked off the new school year with a Yoncalla Early Works retreat and community barbecue. The event was filled with facts, food and fun.
Parents, students, staff, regional and state stakeholders and the community gathered early in the afternoon to begin discussions focused on four topics that included improving attendance through a culture of parent partnerships, celebrating success with Yoncalla School Districts new attendance protocols, barriers to attendance at the high school level, and supporting attendance through health and wellness.
The retreat was well attended with approximately 100 stakeholders and community members in attendance for the retreat and many more who joined in the barbecue.
Representatives from the Ford Family Foundation and Children’s Institute were involved with a timeline activity that helped to identify the evolution of the Yoncalla Early Works initiative and Portland State University presented data to the group that supports the remarkable progress that has been made with the Yoncalla Preschool.
After the retreat, there was a barbecue for attendees and the community at large. People enjoyed hot dogs, barbecue chicken and other items from the Yoncalla Bakery. The night offered families, staff and the community a chance to get better acquainted with the Yoncalla School District staff and board members.