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Fast Facts

Lori Greenfield
Office Manger:
Matie Dougherty
32100 Old Oak Drive
Tangent, OR 97389

  (541) 967-4616
  (541) 924-3716

School Hours:

Kindergarten through Fifth Grade
  8:50 am-3:40 pm

Early Release - Wednesdays only: 8:50 am - 2:40 pm




Total Enrollment: 160


Summer Reading Is Important for All Students

Just because the school year is ending, that doesn’t mean the learning has to stop. Students who don’t continue reading over the summer are likely to lose ground.  Our friends at Forest Lake Area Schools (MN) have put together the following article on how to promote your child’s reading ability and prevent the “summer slide”:

Summer is a great time for students to enhance their skills in literacy. Research indicates that students who do not read during the summer actually experience a loss in their reading ability over the three months. The good news is that children who continue to read throughout the summer not only prevent that loss, they actually make gains in their reading ability. Summer shouldn't mean taking a break from learning, especially when it comes to reading. During the summer, parents and guardians can help children sustain (and even bolster) reading skills, strengthen vocabulary and reinforce the benefits of reading for enjoyment.

The following are a few tips to make summer reading enjoyable for your elementary-age children:

Read aloud together with your child every day. Make it fun by reading outdoors -- on the front steps, patio, at the beach or park. Read to your child and let your child read to you. Take advantage of the rainy days, and snuggle up to read together! Discuss the books with your children!

Set a good example! Keep a variety of reading materials around the house. Turn off the TV and have family reading time (including mom and dad).

Let kids choose what they want to read. On the bottom of this webpage you can find links to lists of suggested titles and authors your child may enjoy. We encourage parents to be involved in book selection, taking into account that books vary in reading and maturity levels.

Check out books on tapes. Listen to these recordings in the car, or turn off the TV and have the family listen to them together at home. You might look for stories or podcasts online.

Take your children to the library regularly. Most libraries sponsor summer reading clubs with easy-to-reach goals for pre-school and school-age children. Check the library calendar for special summer reading activities and events. Libraries also provide age appropriate lists for summer reading. 

Suggested Book Titles for Elementary Students

The following two links are lists of some suggested books for elementary-age students to read over the summer. These lists were created by the elementary teachers and curriculum coordinators of Forest Lake Area Schools. The last link is a list of websites that parents and children can go to to find even more quality material for summer reading.



Tangent's Core Purpose: To educate and inspire all students to reach their full potential, equipped to be positive, contributing members of society.

As elementary educators we realize our crucial roles in teaching reading, math, and writing. We are dedicated to focusing on academic skills while culturing character education, physical fitness, and an appreciation of the arts.

We also believe that in order to teach character traits, we must model them with children and one another.

About Our School:

Built in 1965, Tangent Elementary School is proudly educating its second and third generation of children. Located on an 8 acre campus amid fertile farm fields, Tangent Elementary serves a large area surrounding the community for which the school is named.


Our School Is Proud To Offer:

Character Education Program
Tangent Elementary students follow the same three rules in all settings at our school: be safe, respectful, and responsible.  Students who follow these rules are invited to participate in school wide rewards throughout the year.

Wildlife Habitat
An area in front of our school has been designated as a habitat for plants that are native to our area.  The purpose of this project is to familiarize students with plants that are native to Oregon.

Annual Events
We bring our school community together each year with the following events: Fall Open House, Senior Dinner, music programs, carnival, science fair, and an end-of-the-year swimming trip.

Community members and parents help in classrooms, prepare materials for teachers, work one-on one with students, chaperone field trips and provide school wide assistance for events such as Senior Dinner and carnvival.

Parent Club
The Tangent Parent Club works tirelessly to raise funds to support student learning and activities. The club has been instrumental in raising funds for needed school items such as computers and projectors, library books, playground structure and equipment. They also play a major role in planning and putting on our annual events and coordinate volunteering in the school.

Dropping Off and Picking Up Students

Students should not be dropped off before 8:45 AM.  There is no one to supervise the students until 8:45 AM.  This time before school is a much-needed prep-time for all those associated with the school.   School begins at 9:05 AM. 

Additional Information for Tangent Parents:

Free and Reduced Lunches — Greater Albany Public Schools and the State of Oregon offer the breakfast and lunch program at reduced prices or free for those families qualifying due to size and income.  We encourage parents who have had a change in their family’s situation, due to size or income, to complete applications. If you have not filled out a new application for this school year, please do so immediately.

Kids Going Home — Please talk to your child in the mornings before they leave for school and give them directions of where they are to be after school that day.  The office gets calls frequently that could/should have been taken care of at home.  Please note that unless your student brings a note to the office or to his/her teacher, or the office receives a phone call, your student/s will ride the bus home if that is what he normally does. Students are required to ride the bus unless prior arrangements or notification has been made. Kindergarten Students…  If a guardian or designated adult is not at the bus stop to pick up your child, he or she will be returned to school for you to pick up.

Medication — Students receiving ANY kind of medication, over-the-counter or prescription, must have a medical release form filled out and on file in the office.  If your child is taking a prescription, the bottle must come to the office by an adult – NOT ON THE BUS – and be marked EXACTLY how it is to be dispensed (frequency and time of day).  All non-prescriptions INCLUDING cough drops, Tylenol, etc. must be accompanied by a medical release and dispensed from the office.

Volunteers are ALWAYS Welcome — Tangent School welcomes parents and community members who wish to volunteer.  However, ALL visitors need to enter through the front doors and check in at the office and obtain a badge.  Also, volunteers must complete Criminal History Verification form prior to volunteering and receive volunteer training with Ms. Greenfield.