Parent of Corvallis: Orchestras, circuses and song festival for many activities, youth corps still looking for volunteers, effects of the pandemic on school assessment scores

Tonight at Crescent Valley High School Auditorium, located at 4444 NW Highland Dr., starting at 6:30 p.m., you can bring your 3rd, 4th, or 5th graders to learn about the Elementary String Orchestra. The children of the orchestra will be able to choose between a violin, a viola or a cello; have two classes per week; and perform at two concerts during the school year.

If your child is already playing, the Corvallis Youth Symphony organizes auditions for viola, trombone, tuba and trumpet. Learn more about the audition times and process here.

Let’s join the circus: Starting tonight, you can take your kids to Flynn Creek Circus. Part Circus of the Sun Part heartwarming storytelling, this circus will delight people of all ages – except Saturday nights when the themes are 21+ only. Held September 29-October 2 at Avery Park Townsend Shelter Lawn at 1200 SW Avery Park Dr., Corvallis. Click here to see tickets for this amazing adventure.

And if the shorter versions of you and your partner would rather move than watch, there are a limited number of places open in the Circus Kids Workshop, which takes place on Saturday, October 1. Trained staff members will guide your child through aerial arts, illusion, and acrobatics as children start their dreams of running away to join the circus. Click here to learn more about registration.

Corps of Young Volunteers: If your 11-18 year old is looking for a way to be active and make a difference in the community, the Corvallis Parks & Recreation Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) could be exactly what you are looking for.

YVC aims to engage today’s youth in projects that serve our community as a way to help them stay challenged as they see the rewards of giving back. Projects are submitted via the Parks and Recreation website, and if chosen, children have the chance to get their hands dirty in a neat and clean way. Check it out to see what projects are underway for the school year.

Song festival: The Corvallis Scouts invite you to come and sing with them.

On Saturday, October 1, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Girl Scouts, friends and family invite you to gather around a campfire for s’mores and songs. The carol will be held at the Suburban Christian Church, located at 2760 SW 53rd St., Corvallis, and they ask that you confirm your attendance at The cost of entry is a can to donate to the South Corvallis Food Bank.

If you plan to attend, make sure you have a warm jacket and a flashlight, and you’ll want to remember your camping chairs.

Build With the Beavs is back: This Wednesday, October 5, your daughter or son has the chance to build with a beaver – and we’re not talking about logs.

For local Lego fans, Oregon State University student-athletes will be available at the Corvallis-Benton County Library on the first Wednesday of October through June to build amazing things with Lego and kids. local. Tune in between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. for your chance to create some cool stuff and learn more about our remarkable OSU athletes.

4-H Open House: Learn more about what 4-H has to offer your child at an open house.

Each year, millions of children learn about science, health, agriculture and citizenship through 4-H programs across the country. We are fortunate to have a branch based at OSU that has made a difference in the lives of the children they serve as well as in the community as a whole – perhaps you will remember how our 4-H helped taking care of the cattle during the forest fires a few years ago.

On Thursday, October 6, you can meet the people who run the show at Benton County Fairgroundslocated at 110 SW 53rd St, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and see if they might fit into your child’s life.

The pandemic has taken a toll on students: In the latest statewide student achievement results, the Corvallis kids lost a bit during the pandemic, but a recovery is expected.

Each year, the annual statewide assessments are held to assure parents in Oregon that their children continue to make substantial progress in school. When children had to stay home and learn virtually, several students struggled with the process. This drop in scores was expected, and the state has put in place procedures to help school children catch up.

“The assessment results are a call to action for Oregon to continue advancing programs that we know meet the needs of our students,” said Colt Gill, director of the Department of Oregon Education, about the results.

At Corvallis, more than half of the students are fluent in English. Although science and math proficiency rates are below this, they are just over a third. Philomath students performed similarly in English and math, but slightly better than Corvallis in science. Students learning English as a second language scored slightly lower overall.

The ODE published the following regarding these results: “The assessment results underscore the need for continued investment from the Student Success Act, the High School Success Program and the Relief Fund. for elementary and secondary schools, in ongoing support for mental health and well-being as well as accelerated school learning and other crucial programs meeting the needs of students.

“State summative assessments are designed to identify differences in student achievement and help improve the education system over time. These assessments do not measure the extent of an individual student’s academic learning.

By Sally K Lehman

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