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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.


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.


Gustavo Balderas


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.


North Eugene’s School Choice Night

North Eugene High School is having their School Choice Night next Wednesday, January 24th. Here is the agenda for the evening:

6:00-6:30pm Clubs and Activity Showcase
6:30-7:00pm Principal’s Address (Auditorium)
6:30-8:30pm Academic Expo

This is a great opportunity for you to learn about all of the awesome things happening at NEHS.

Safety Drill Training This Week

This week, the students will  be learning about the ALICE protocol and then participate in a lockdown drill on Friday.  We will be practicing our drill to help us keep our students safe.  ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the office.

Here is a link to the training that the focus teachers are using to instruct about ALICE: #1a Student Training Secondary.pptx

It’s School Choice Time!

In Eugene School District 4J, every school offers an excellent education for our students. Students may enroll in their neighborhood school at any time, or request enrollment in a different 4J school, provided there is a place available. School choice requests will be accepted in an order determined by lottery.To be included in the lottery, 4J residents must apply by Wednesday, January 31, at midnight. This is an earlier deadline than in previous years. Non-district residents must apply between March 1 and Friday, April 1, at midnight. All students who want to obtain a transfer must apply, including new incoming siblings and students who have moved but want to stay enrolled at our school.

School visits are scheduled in the month of January. If you have any friends or family members who are considering school choice, please invite them to come learn more about our wonderful school and their school choice options! Madison will offer a School Choice Tour on Tues., Jan. 23, 6:30-7:30pm, and again on Weds., Jan. 24, 10:00-11:00am. This is for parents who live outside the Madison boundaries, but are considering sending their student to Madison.


Immunization Exclusion Day Info

Due Date for Complete School Immunization Records

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 is immunization exclusion day this school year.  This means that your student’s school immunization record must be up to date with all required immunizations in order to stay in school.  Letters were mailed at start of December if your student is missing immunizations.  Please return these letters with the dates of shots that were given.  For questions or a duplicate letter, please leave a message for the health assistant at your child’s school.

Do you lack health insurance or financial resources to pay for needed shots?  Here are some options to check in with:

  • Lane County Public Health 541-682-4041
  • Churchill Clinic 541-790-5227
  • North Eugene Clinic 541-790- 4445

Fecha Limite Para Completar Los Registros De Inmunización Escolar

El miércoles 21 de febrero de 2018 es el día de exclusión de vacunación para este año escolar. Esto significa que el registro de inmunización escolar de su hijo(a) debe estar al día con todas las vacunas requeridas para poder permanecer en la escuela. Se empezó a enviar cartas por correo a principios de diciembre si su estudiante no tiene algunas vacunas en nuestro registro. Por favor devuelva estas cartas con la actualización de las fechas en que se realizaron las vacunas. Si tiene preguntas o una necesita un duplicado de carta, por favor deje un mensaje con la asistente de salud en la escuela de su hijo(a).

 ¿No tiene seguro de salud o recursos financieros para pagar las vacunas necesarias? Aquí tiene algunas opciones para que las revise:

Salud Pública de Lane County 541-682-4041
Clínica de La Escuela Secundaria Churchill 541-790-5227
Clínica de la Escuela Secundaria North Eugene       541-790-4445


Admin change for the next two weeks

Madison would like to welcome Mr. Tom Maloney for the next two week to fill in for  Mrs. Teresa Martindale while she is helping at Cesar Chavez Elementary School.  Mr. Maloney is a long time administrator in Eugene and around Lane County and we are excited he is at Madison with us. If you see him around, please introduce yourself and say hi.

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Envision the Future of North Eugene Schools


Help shape the vision for our schools! Eugene School District 4J is working to support and strengthen schools across the district, starting in the North Eugene region. Your input is important.

Parents, students and community members are invited to come to a community event and engage in 4J’s North Region Visioning Process. Participants will collaborate in energizing design activities and share their views to help guide future decisions, as our schools seek to better serve our community’s diverse students and families.

Come share your voice:

North Eugene Visioning Process

Community Engagement Event

Tuesday, December 5, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Kelly Middle School, 850 Howard Ave.


If you have questions about the events or the North Region Visioning Process, please call 4J Instructional Services at 541-790-7550.

Involúcrese en el proceso de la visión para North Eugene

¡Ayude a dar forma a la visión para nuestra escuelas! El Distrito Escolar de Eugene 4J esta trabajando para apoyar y fortalecer las escuelas en todo el distrito, empezando en la región de north Eugene. Su opinión es muy importante.

Padres, estudiantes y miembros de la comunidad están invitados a asistir a un evento comunitario e involucrase en el proceso de la visión de la región norte de 4J. Los participantes colaboraran en actividades vigorizantes de diseño y compartirán su punto de vista para ayudar a guiar futuras decisiones, ya que nuestras escuelas buscan como mejor servir a nuestros diversos estudiantes y familias.

Venga y comparta su voz:

Evento communitario—proceso de la visión para North Eugene

Martes, 5 de diciembre, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Escuela Secundaria Kelly, 850 Howard Ave.
Se proveerán intérpretes en español

Si tiene preguntas acerca de este evento o del proceso de visión de la región norte, favor de llamar al distrito escolar al 541-790-7707.

Medieval Faire!

The grandest 7th grade event of the year is coming to Madison…our annual Medieval Faire! Come join us Weds., Nov. 29, from 6:00-8:00 pm, for a great time watching your very own 7th graders show off their medieval prowess. You will get to see examples of medieval life and crafts, costumes and props, interactive demos, an armored combat demo by NW Fencing Academy, and have a light bite (sliced meats, cheeses, fruit and breads). It’s gonna be a BLAST!