Friday, December 7, 2012

Website Shutdown

Sadly, after manning this website for so many years, sharing information, posting fun pictures of events, and "bringing" the homeschool news, its time to close this site down.

Brownsville Homeschool Group dissolved in May of 2011.  It was a wonderful program, but other commitments pulled those of us who put it together in directions where our attention was no longer focused on the group as it should be.  We were blessed for many years in teaching and growing with your children, and each one blessed us in one way or another.  Thank you for sharing them with us!

This site will be available through the month of December, for you to pull any pictures from the site that you wish.  It was fun to go back through the old posts and look at all the fun we had while learning!!  If you have any questions, feel free to drop me an email.

Blessings for a Merry Christmas, and a Healthy New Year!


Saturday, August 13, 2011

From Brownsville Superintendent

The following letter is from Central Linn's (Brownsville) New Superintendent. This information is being supplied for your knowledge only, and this new program is not being run by Dana, Shawnna or Felicia. The information is being provided only for you to explore and possibly further your relationship with the district. Please note that we have not released your emails to the district, as we've always respected your privacy. If you wish to release it to them for further updates, you can contact the district direct.


August 10, 2011

Dear Home School Parents,

I would first like to apologize for my first contact with you coming so late in the summer.
I have had a number of issues that have taken up a great deal of my first few weeks here
at Central Linn; no slight was intended.

I would like to continue the Central Linn/Home School connection. Obviously we have
had a setback in the loss of leadership in the program, complicated further by me being
on the job for all of 6 weeks. To get to the heart of parent needs, and for the district to be
able to allocate scarce resources efficiently, I think we need to get everyone who is
interested in being involved together at the same time. Next Thursday, August 18th, at the
Central Linn School District office at 6pm seemed to be the best option. I am seeking an
open and constructive conversation to see if we can put together a viable and enriching
program for the 2011-12 school year. Everyone with interest is encouraged to attend.

Thank you for your time and commitment to children,

Brian Gardner

Friday, August 5, 2011

Good Things.....

They say all good things come to an end......
It is with sad hearts that we say that there will not be Monday classes at Central Linn District Office this school year. Dana has resigned, as well as Felicia. It is time to pursue other things with their own children, and the time and season for this has come to a close.
Jennifer Ewing will still be doing home school supplemental teaching and online classes. Please get with her if you are still interested. The district office number can be found on the side information bar.
We would like to thank those that supported us all these years, who faithfully pitched in where they could, gave what they had, and stood behind us these last 8 years. Thanks also to Mr. Ed Curtis who faithfully supported our program, helped us to make it what it was, and always was working for better education for the kids. We wish him well in his Second Retirement!

Shawnna and Dana are still around, and still willing to chat with you about homeschool if you'd like some direction, or just want to say hi! Shawnna 541-619-5834 Dana 541-367-6413

PS. We will still add any fun field trips, websites, or exciting things happening on this site. You never know what might show up here!

Sunday, May 1, 2011


Parents-- Please plan to be in attendance at our planning meeting on May 16th. We will be discussing curriculum for next year, as well as pre-registering for next years classes.

There is a waiting list for enrollment, and we want to be able to open any available slots.
If you have not returned your survey, please do so this week. If you have misplaced yours and need another, please let us know. We really need to know if you are returning!!

Questions? Call Dana 541-367-6413

2011 Civil War Reenatcment MAY 14-15

Civil War Reenactment Event
The Civil War Reenactment Event will not be held in Lebanon this year. Here is information on one of their upcoming events held in Springfield at Mt. Pisgah Park. At this time, there is no field trip day set up for school groups and will be regularly open to the public.

Dates: Saturday, May 14th and Sunday, May 15th

Where: Howard Buford Park of Eugene, at the base of Mt. Pisgah

Admission: Adults $8, Seniors and children ages 6-18 $5, children under 6 are free, ***In addition, there will be a $5 state park DAY-USE fee

Visit the website for a detailed schedule of each day's events and battle times, directions to Howard Buford Park, and other useful info.

Central Linn Academy

Central Linn Web Academy

Home school students are now able to earn high school credits online through Central Linn Web Academy.

We offer core classes for grades 3-12 and a variety of electives to meet your students’ needs and interests.

Daily computer lab and tutoring sessions are available to students taking online classes.

Small Weekday Classes at the District Office

If families show interest, we offer classes throughout the week at the District Office. Subjects, times, and days are flexible. If there is a need or interest in a particular subject, we will try to form a class that satisfies the interest.

Educational Consulting

This is an option for home school parents who would like extra support as they develop their own curriculum. The educational consultant provides resources, curriculum, and advice to parents who wish to learn new ways to teach their children. The educational consultant helps parents align their curriculum with state standards, ensuring that students are learning at grade level. Parents who choose this option meet with the educational consultant weekly to report progress and receive support as needed.

Questions? Call Jennifer Ewing at 541-369-2813 ext. 3234 or email at

Sunday, April 17, 2011


Home School Testing

Hello families! It's that time of year again! Several of you have been asking about testing info and, as you know, I have been working on ordering new tests for this year. I am currently in the process of getting the IOWA tests. For those of you that have tested with me in the past, I believe these tests will be very similar to the CAT5 in that they will be a survey style test. This means that they cover all the categories required by the ESD but they do it with fewer questions, which allows us to keep the tests relatively short (and therefore less stressful!)
I will be running one testing session in Brownsville at the district office on Friday, June 3rd from 9:00-12:00 in room F. Please email or call if you would like your student to be included in this testing session. I will also run testing sessions as needed from my home in Eugene, so if the 3rd doesn't work for your family, please contact me and we can schedule a different day.
As those of you who have tested with me before know, I try to keep things low key with the kids to cut down on any test anxiety. I remind them that these tests simply are information for you and for them. It gives them feedback on what they are doing well on and what areas that they need to focus their studies on for next school year. You may like to do some practicing before the test to help them remember the format of the standardized testing. It is sometimes helpful to have students work some sample problems with a time limit so they can get used to staying on a steady pace. The LBL ESD website has some practice OSAT tests on their website (go to "home school" then "testing" and look for the link).

Please email or give me a call with any questions. I am looking forward to seeing all the kids again!
Dana Giles