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Mary and Austin chopping vegetables in the THS Test Kitchen

Pathways to Professions

Career and Technical Education (CTE) is not what it used to be. As vocational education has evolved over the past several decades, it has progressed away from the stigma and stereotype of “voc-ed” as an academic dead end. Today, CTE is not just for everyone, it offers some of the best, most fun, pragmatic, and impressive electives any student can enjoy during their high school experience.



Alejandro Abundez creating origami paper flowers as Maria Denny looks on at Hamlin Library

District awarded competitive Community Learning Grant, funds to serve three schools

The Oregon Department of Education recently awarded Springfield Public Schools with a $2.3 million 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grant. The five-year grant covers extended learning programs that support equity-driven academic enrichment, well-rounded student learning, and culturally-relevant family involvement. The grant will support three schools for the next five years: Guy Lee Elementary, Two Rivers-Dos Ríos Elementary, and Hamlin Middle School.


Mrs. Booren and Lena playing the recorder at Walterville Music Room

District’s music program expansion boosts arts, student experience

The 2023-24 school year marks the start of a major effort to o expand and enhance the performing arts programs at Springfield Public Schools. There are now certified full-time music teachers at all elementary schools. The investment translates into well over $1 million in staffing. Many of the schools not only got more time with a certified music teacher, but they also received brand-new instruments, including ukuleles, recorders, and xylophones. Now SPS students get to sing and play their way to a more well-rounded education. 


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