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General Info

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Volunteers & Visitors

4J schools use a school sign-in program called HelpCounter. All volunteers and visitors must sign in on a computer at our front counter. You can also go to this site on your own computer and sign up to volunteer and/or fill out your volunteer paperwork. Click on this link if you would like to update your info or fill out the volunteer forms: http://helpcounter.net/eugene

8th Grade Families

Interested in going to college? Try UO SAIL summer programs!

Registration opens March 1st for The Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL) program hosted on the University of Oregon campus. Choose your week, July 16-20 or July 23 – 27, 2018. Get a head start on the college process and experience what college life is all about at SAIL. Visit our website: sail.uoregon.edu for registration and additional information. Don’t wait!

ONLINE registration: sail.uoregon.edu

Who We Are:

The Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL) is an innovative bridge program that serves middle and high school students from underrepresented backgrounds, which include lower income and/or first generation college students, with the aim of encouraging students to enroll and succeed in college through early exposure and exploration.

SAIL offers free one-week summer programs on the University of Oregon campus, where students learn about various subjects from distinguished University of Oregon faculty volunteers through fun social and interactive activities. Each summer, returning students choose a new academic subject. SAIL programs include sessions on the college admissions process, scholarship availability, and the financial aid process.

During the school year, SAIL offers mentoring – administered by University of Oregon students – to eligible students who are navigating the college admissions process.

Contact SAIL:

sailstaff@uoregon.edu

541-346-8378

sail.uoregon.edu

Community Forum on School Schedule

Eugene School District 4J is changing to have a standard schedule and consistent calendar for all schools in 2018–19. This will provide consistent, predictable schedules for families, increase learning time for most students, and ensure that all schools meet state standards for adequate instructional time.

The district wants to hear from community members about their views on school schedules and what various schedule changes would mean for them.

Starting this fall, all schools at each level will have the same calendar, without extra no-school days or half-days at individual schools. The calendars also are more similar between elementary, middle and high schools, with nearly the same no-school days at all school levels.

The daily and weekly schedule of school start and end times is under discussion now and will be decided this spring. A draft schedule has been published for discussion and feedback. This is not the final schedule; schedule decisions have not been made yet. Whatever final schedule is decided, it will require some bell schedule adjustments at every school.

Parents, students, staff and community members are invited to learn more about the draft schedules under discussion and talk with school board members at a community forum.

The community forum on school schedules will be held on Wednesday, April 18, 5:30–6:30 p.m., at the 4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St. Spanish interpretation will be provided. For more information, see www.4j.lane.edu/2018/04/school-schedule-community-forum.

Foro comunitario sobre horarios escolares:

El distrito escolar de Eugene 4J está cambiando a un horario estándar y a un calendario consistente para todas las escuelas en el año escolar 2018–19. Esto proporcionará horarios coherentes y predecibles para las familias, aumentará el tiempo de aprendizaje para la mayoría de los estudiantes y asegurará que todas las escuelas cumplan con los estándares estatales para proporcionar el tiempo de instrucción adecuado.

Al distrito le gustaría escuchar de los miembros de la comunidad su opinión acerca de los horarios escolares y lo que los diferentes cambios de horario significarían para ellos.

A partir de este otoño, todas las escuelas a cada nivel tendrán el mismo calendario. No habrá días adicionales en que no vaya a haber clases, ni habrá medios días tampoco. También habrá mas similitud en los calendarios de las escuelas primarias, secundarias y preparatorias, con casi los mismos días de no-escuela en todos los niveles.

Los horarios del comienzo y final del día escolar están siendo considerados y se decidirán en esta primavera. Un borrador del horario ha sido publicado para que el publico pueda dar su opinión. Este no es el horario fijo. Cualquiera que sea la decisión del horario fijo esto requerirá algunos ajustes de cuando suene la campana en cada una de las escuelas.

Se invita a los padres, estudiantes, miembros del personal y de la comunidad a un foro comunitario donde podrán enterarse mas sobre los horarios que se están considerando y hablar con los miembros de la junta directiva escolar. Se proveerá interpretación en español.

El foro se llevara a cabo el miércoles, 18 de abril de 5:30 a 6:30 p.m., en el Centro Educativo de 4J, ubicado en el 200 N. Monroe St.

Para mayor información, ver en www.4j.lane.edu/2018/04/school-schedule-community-forum.

Nancy Collie

Dear Madison Students and Families,

Many of you are aware that our school registrar and friend, Nancy Collie, has been absent lately due to illness. We are sad to share that Nancy died Monday Night, surrounded by her family.

Madison Middle School was very special to Nancy and she counted all of our students as her kids, and all our staff as her family. We will miss Nancy’s great sense of humor, and always remember the joy and fun she brought to Madison each day.

If you have a special memory to share or want to send a card please drop it by the office and we will make sure her family gets it.

If your child needs any support, Ms. T, Ms. Martindale and Mr. Barsotti are here for them.

Sincerely, Peter Barsotti

No School

This just a reminder that there is no school on Thursday and Friday (March 15th & 16th), due to grading day and a professional development day for teachers.

School Walkout Demonstrations

Dear families,

In the wake of the most recent school violence tragedy in Florida, there have been nationwide calls for school walkouts on March 14, April 20, and other days, to demonstrate regarding gun violence and school safety. We want our families to be aware that some students may be considering leaving school on these dates and that walkouts are not supported or endorsed by the school.

Student and staff safety is our priority—everyone deserves to feel safe and be safe at school. Earlier this month we shared a letter from our superintendent about our school safety protocols and procedures. Here is a link if you’d like to see it again: http://www.4j.lane.edu/2018/02/superintendent-message-school-safety.

At our school we are also working to constructively dialogue with students and promote school safety. We respect our students’ right to express their personal views and encourage them to be informed and engaged community members. However, no matter what the topic, our school and our district cannot condone walkouts or other demonstrations that disrupt the learning environment.

Your child’s education and safety are our primary focus. During school hours, students should be in school—safe, supervised, and learning. The safest place for students to be during school hours is in the school building. If students engage in a walkout they are leaving the supervised school environment.

Our standard expectations for students include attending their scheduled classes and not disrupting the learning environment. Students who choose to participate peacefully in a walkout demonstration receive an unexcused absence for the class period, as outlined in the Student Rights & Responsibilities Handbook. We expect civil and orderly behavior from our students at all times, and hope that there will be no more disruptive or disorderly conduct that would be subject to disciplinary consequences.

We will always work to provide a safe and supportive learning environment for all of our students. Thank you for working with us to keep our students safe. Please contact me or Assistant Principal, Mrs. Martindale, if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you,
Principal Peter Barsotti

Huelgas Escolares Nacionales Para Demostraciones Politicas

Estimadas familias,

En el vestigio de la tragedia mas reciente de violencia escolar en la Florida, están eventos organizados en todo el país instando a estudiantes a salir de la escuela el 14 de marzo y el 20 de abril y otras días para realizar demostraciones políticas sobre la seguridad escolar y la violencia con armas de fuego. Queremos que nuestras familias estén conscientes de que algunos estudiantes pueden estar considerando salir de la escuela en esas fechas para participar en las demostraciones y que esto no está apoyado o respaldado por la escuela.

La seguridad de los estudiantes y el personal es nuestra prioridad. Todos merecen sentirse seguros y estar seguros en la escuela. Recientemente le enviamos una carta de nuestro superintendente sobre nuestros protocolos y procedimientos de seguridad escolar. A seguir hay un enlace si desea leer la carta nuevamente (desplácese hacia abajo para español): http://www.4j.lane.edu/2018/02/superintendent-message-school-safety

En nuestra escuela también estamos trabajando para dialogar constructivamente con los estudiantes y promovemos la seguridad escolar. Respetamos el derecho de nuestros estudiantes a expresar sus puntos de vista personales y les alentamos a que sean miembros de la comunidad informados y comprometidos. Sin embargo, no importando cual sea el tema de la demostración, nuestra escuela y nuestro distrito escolar no pueden aprobar huelgas estudiantiles u otras demostraciones que interrumpan el ambiente de aprendizaje de la escuela.

La educación y seguridad de su hijo son nuestro enfoque principal. Durante el día escolar, los estudiantes deben estar en la escuela—seguros, supervisados ​​y aprendiendo. El lugar más seguro para los estudiantes durante el día escolar es en el edificio de la escuela. Si los estudiantes abandonan la escuela para participar en una demostración, ellos estarán saliendo de un entorno escolar supervisado.

Nuestras expectativas para los estudiantes son que asistan a sus clases y que no alteren el ambiente de aprendizaje. Los estudiantes que elijan participar con tranquilidad en una demostración de huelga recibirán una ausencia injustificada durante el período de clase, tal como lo describe el Manual de Derechos y Responsabilidades de los Estudiantes. Esperamos que nuestros estudiantes se comporten de una forma civil y ordenada en todo momento, y que no sucedan conductas disruptivas o desordenadas las cuales pudieran ser sujetas a consecuencias disciplinarias.

Trabajaremos siempre para proveer un ambiente de aprendizaje seguro y solidario para todos nuestros estudiantes. Gracias por colaborar con nosotros para mantener a nuestros estudiantes seguros. Si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud, favor de comunicarse conmigo o con, la subdirectora, Mrs. Martindale.

Gracias,
Director Peter Barsotti

Recent Events

Dear families,

Given the most recent tragedy that took place yesterday in Florida, our utmost concern is the safety and well-being of your child. I wanted you to know that we stand ready to support your child during this time of loss. We will continue to monitor all students as these horrific events can often trigger a variety of emotional responses. Today and into the future staff will be available to meet with students as needed. Let us know if there is anything else we can do to support your child. Please see the below message from Dr. Gustavo Balderas.

Sincerely,

Peter Barsotti

 

A message from Superintendent Balderas on school safety

Dear 4J community,

Our hearts are with the community of Parkland, Florida. Students and staff deserve to feel safe and be safe at school, and that safety was shattered in Parkland on Wednesday with a terrible act of violence.

Our thoughts also are with our own students and families. We know that at a time like this, many parents want to know both about how they can support their children, and about how schools work to keep students safe and secure.

In Eugene School District 4J, safety is a top priority. We believe in the importance of preparation and continuous improvement. We have safety procedures in place, hold training sessions with staff, and practice safety drills with students. Schools will notify students and parents in advance of any emergency drills in the coming weeks. We have made school facilities more secure through a number of bond-funded construction projects, thanks to the support of our community, and seek to do more in the future. We are fortunate to have Eugene Police school resource officers on our team, providing a highly trained, caring and visible presence in each of our four school regions.

As much as we proactively prepare for emergencies, tragic events like the one in Florida are shocking and hard to comprehend. Children look to adults for guidance on how to react. As parents you are the experts about what is best for your own children at home, but it can be challenging to know how to speak about the unspeakable. Psychologists have provided resources that may help.

In times like these, parents and staff can help children feel safe by establishing a sense of normalcy and security, talking with them openly about their fears, and reassuring them that schools are very safe places and dangerous events are very rare. The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) also recommends the following strategies, detailed in the resource “Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers”:

• Reassure children that they are safe and their schools is safe.

• Make time to talk.

• Keep your explanations developmentally appropriate.

• Review safety procedures.

• Observe children’s emotional state.

• Limit exposure to television and other media about these events.

• Maintain a normal routine.

If your child is having a hard time, please talk to your child’s teacher, school counselor or principal. And please take the opportunity to talk with your children about the importance of speaking up right away if they ever become aware of a possible danger. We take every concern very seriously. Telling a trusted adult—a parent or a school employee—could save lives.

Eugene School District 4J will always work to provide a safe and supportive learning environment for all of our students. Thank you for partnering with us to keep our students safe.

Sincerely,

Gustavo Balderas

Superintendent

Eugene School District 4J

4J Wants YOUR Input!

Building 4J’s Future: We want to hear from you.

The Eugene School District is holding a community conversation about a potential bond measure to improve school buildings and learning materials. Your input is needed!

Most of 4J’s school buildings were constructed in the 1940s to 1960s, and some are even older. Other capital improvements are needed due to changing enrollment, educational program needs and aging buildings and materials.

The district’s long-range facilities plan, updated in 2013 after significant community input, calls for bond measures in 2013 and 2018 to replace, renovate or remodel several school buildings and make other improvements.

Voters approved a bond measure in 2013 and replaced four aging school buildings—Roosevelt Middle School, Arts & Technology Academy, Howard Elementary School and River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School—and made other building improvements, upgraded technology and curriculum, replaced school buses, and more.

The board is now considering a potential bond measure to be placed on the November 2018 ballot, and wants to hear from community members about their views on priorities and how to proceed. No decisions have been made yet.

Community forums have been scheduled in different locations across the district so community members may choose a convenient time and location. Spanish interpretation will be provided.

 Community Forums

  • Tuesday, Feb. 20, 7:00–8:30 p.m., Roosevelt Middle School, 500 E. 24th
  • Thursday, Feb. 22, 7:00–8:30 p.m., Kelly Middle School, 850 Howard Ave.
  • Saturday, Feb. 24, 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m., 4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St.
  • Monday, Feb. 26, 7:00–8:30 p.m., Arts & Technology Academy, 1650 W. 22nd
  • Thursday, March 1, 7:00–8:30 p.m., Cal Young Middle School, 2555 Gilham Rd.

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