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4J, PeaceHealth Partner on School-Based Health Centers

Student health clinics will continue with PeaceHealth professionals’ medical care   

Eugene School District 4J and PeaceHealth Medical Group (PHMG) are partnering to sponsor two existing school-based health centers at Churchill and North Eugene High School.

The new partnership allows the district to continue providing easily accessible and much needed primary care and medical services to its students. The school district is providing the clinic space and support staffing, while PHMG is providing medical staffing, medical oversight and facilitation of the billing of medical services.

4J’s school-based health centers have been available to students and their siblings since 1986, providing physicals and immunizations and treating illnesses, injuries and ongoing health problems. More recently, the centers also provide mental health counseling through community partnerships including Lane County Mental Health.

Recent state changes to health center requirements led the district to partner with an outside medical provider for medical services and billing. The new partnership with PeaceHealth makes it possible for 4J students to continue accessing quality healthcare services in a school-based setting.

Moving forward, the centers will be staffed by a nurse practitioner provided by PeaceHealth and a health assistant and health clerk who are part of the district’s staff.

The centers opened under the new partnership this fall. The centers take insurance and the Oregon Health Plan, and will not turn away any student needing treatment.

To make an appointment, please call the North Eugene health center at 541-790-4445 or the Churchill health center at 541-790-5227.

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DACA: Todas las Familias son Bienvenidas y Valoradas en 4J

Un mensaje del superintendente y de la junta escolar

Información en inglés / Information in English

La administración federal ha anunciado que está tomando pasos para terminar el programa de Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA, por sus siglas en ingles). DACA ha proveído permiso para trabajar, estudiar, manejar y protección temporal contra la deportación de los E.U.A. para jóvenes indocumentados que vinieron a vivir aquí cuando eran niños.

Eugene es hogar a familias de todas partes del mundo. Sabemos que varias de nuestras familias de 4J y el personal están inseguros y preocupados sobre como los cambios a DACA afectaran a nuestros estudiantes actuales, a estudiantes que se han graduado y a nuestras familias.

Aunque nadie sabe exactamente lo que esto significara para las personas individuales, queremos asegurarle a nuestras familias y comunidad que el Distrito Escolar de Eugene 4J no cambiara la manera en que recibe y educa a todos los estudiantes.

En 4J estamos comprometidos a apoyar el éxito de cada estudiante y crear un ambiente seguro y acogedor para cada familia. Tenemos la obligación moral de educar a cada niño y todos los niños tienen un derecho constitucional de recibir una educación pública, sin importar su estatus migratorio.

Las escuelas de 4J son, y seguirán siendo, lugares que reciben a todos los estudiantes y familias. Las escuelas deben ser lugares seguros donde todos se tratan con cariño y respeto, sin importar su color, descendencia , religión, lengua, estatus migratorio, identidad, o posición política.

Apoyamos a todos nuestros estudiantes. Estamos en contra del miedo. Estamos en contra del odio. No toleraremos ningún tipo de intimidación, acoso o discriminación en nuestras escuelas.

Estamos comprometidos a todos nuestros estudiantes y a asegurarnos que nuestras escuelas sean lugares seguros donde todos los estudiantes puedan aprender y crecer.

– Superintendente Gustavo Balderas y la Junta Directiva Escolar de Eugene 4J: Eileen Nittler (presidente), Alicia Hays (vicepresidente), Anne Marie Levis, Judy Newman, Evangelina Sundgrenz, Jim Torrey, Mary Walston

Información sobre el compromiso de 4J para apoyar a todos los estudiantes y familias:
Junta Escolar Afirma el Apoyo de Todos los Estudiantes
Mensaje de Bienvenida del Superintendente a las Familias (en inglés o traducido por una aplicación)

Información en inglés / Information in English

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DACA: All Families Are Welcome and Valued in 4J

A message from the superintendent and school board

Información en español / Information in Spanish

The federal administration has announced that it is taking steps to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. DACA has provided temporary protection from deportation and permission to work, study and drive in the U.S. to undocumented youth who came to live here as children.

Eugene is home to families from all over the world. We know that many of our 4J families and staff are uncertain and concerned about how the changes to DACA will affect our current students, graduates and families.

While no one yet knows exactly what it will mean for individuals, we want to reassure our families and our community that it will not change how Eugene School District 4J welcomes and educates all students.

In 4J we are committed to supporting the success of every student and creating a safe and welcoming environment for every family. We have a moral obligation to educate every child, and all children have a constitutional right to equal access to public education, regardless of their immigration status.

4J schools are and will remain open and welcoming to all students and families. Schools should be safe places where everyone treats each other with kindness and respect, regardless of their color, heritage, religion, language, immigration status, identity, or politics.

We stand up for all of our students. We stand up against fear. We stand up against hate. We will not tolerate any bullying, harassment or discrimination in our schools.

We are committed to all of our students and to making sure our schools are safe spaces for all students to learn and grow.


– Superintendent Gustavo Balderas and the Eugene School Board: Eileen Nittler (Chair), Alicia Hays (Vice Chair), Anne Marie Levis, Judy Newman, Evangelina Sundgrenz, Jim Torrey, Mary Walston


More about 4J’s commitment to supporting all students and families:
School Board Affirms Support of All Students
Superintendent’s Welcome Message to Families

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Información en español / Information in Spanish

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Superintendent’s Welcome Message to Families

Read the Superintendent’s Parent Letter

Welcome to the 2017–18 school year! We have a busy and exciting year ahead. Our schools are ready and our staff are excited to start the year with your students.

Some key things we want you to know as we start the school year:
• 4J stands against hate and supports positive school climates
• 4J wants to see your student in class on time every day
• 4J is making critical investments for student learning
• 4J is implementing our 4J Vision 20/20 Strategic Plan for student success

We are ready and eager to challenge and support every student to pursue excellence. We are committed to caring for and supporting all students in a school environment that is safe and welcoming for all. Together, we will help your student succeed.

Read more…

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Air Quality and School Activities

Wildfire smoke is affecting air quality in the Eugene area. We take our students’ health and safety very seriously. We are closely monitoring air quality conditions to guide our decision making around school-sponsored outdoor student activities.

Eugene School District 4J staff regularly monitor the Heat Index and Air Quality Index and do regular visual inspections of outside air quality to determine outdoor activity levels for students, per the public health guidance from the Oregon Health Authority and Oregon School Activities Association.

Decisions about outdoor school activities, including recess and PE, will be made throughout the day, using the OHA guidelines mentioned above. During unhealthy air quality conditions students will have indoor recess and PE and a reduced level of physical activity.

Decisions regarding athletics will be made daily as necessary. When air quality conditions are unhealthy, practices will be moved inside or canceled and games will be rescheduled or canceled. Our high school athletic directors, coaches and support staff will notify families whose students participate in OSAA activities if any changes are made to games or practice times and locations. Any changes to OSAA-sanctioned high school game schedules also will be posted on their website.

The Oregon Health Authority advises that parents of sensitive children should follow their health care providers’ advice about prevention and treatment of symptoms, and watch the smoke forecast to decide when to limit their child’s activities. Children who may be more sensitive to air pollution include those with asthma, respiratory infection, lung or heart disease. Schools will honor parents’ individual decisions about school attendance based on health concerns.

Current Air Quality Index  |  Current Heat Index
Public Health Guidance for Outdoor School Activities / Pautas de Salud Pública para Actividades Escolares en al Aire Libre


Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health Guidance for School Outdoor Activities During Wildfire Events – chart showing recommendations for different air quality levels

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4J Budget, Equity Committees Seeking Applicants

Applications open through September 22

Apply Online: 
Budget Committee
Equity Committee 

Are you looking for a way to get involved in our local public schools at the district level, without a weekly time commitment? Do you have interest and expertise to bring to a districtwide committee?

Eugene School District 4J is seeking community members interested in serving on the district’s volunteer budget committee and equity committee. There are openings for multi-year terms on each committee.

The budget committee examines the district’s budget and approves a budget to recommend to the school board for adoption. (learn more about the budget committee and about its roles and responsibilities)

The equity committee’s mission is to advise the district and act as community catalyst in improving student success among students from racial and ethnic minority groups and economically disadvantaged backgrounds, GLBTQ students, students who have disabilities and students who speak languages other than English. (learn more)

Applications are due Friday, September 22. Members with expired terms may reapply.

How to apply

There are two steps to the application process:

  • Candidates for either committee must submit an application by Friday, September 22.
    Budget Committee Application  |  Equity Committee Application
  • Equity committee candidates will be contacted to arrange next steps.
  • Budget committee candidates should attend the school board meeting on Wednesday, October 4, at 7 p.m., and briefly speak to the board about their interest in and qualifications for the position, at the 4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St., Eugene.
  • The board will appoint applicants to the committees on Wednesday, October 18, at 7 p.m.


Budget committee applicants must be registered voters and must live within the boundaries of Eugene School District 4J. Equity committee applicants are not required to live in 4J but preference will be given to district residents. Applicants do not need to be parents of students in 4J schools. Eugene School District employees are not eligible to apply for appointment to either committee.

Term of service

The budget committee is expected to meet several times over the school year, beginning in or around December and ending in May or June. Meetings are normally scheduled on Monday evenings. New appointees may also be expected to participate in an orientation in the fall.

The equity committee meets once each month. Subcommittees may meet more often than that. Meetings of the full committee are normally scheduled on Thursday afternoons.

The appointed committee members will fill positions with specific term lengths. If appointees wish to serve longer, they may apply for reappointment at the end of their term.


Learn more about the budget committee or call 541-790-7629.
Learn more about the equity committee or call 541-790-7737.

Apply online

Budget Committee
Equity Committee 

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Let’s Celebrate! New School Grand Opening Events

Join us for grand opening celebrations:
Sept. 28 at Arts & Technology Academy
Oct. 5 at River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School

You’re invited! Please join us to help celebrate the opening of two new school buildings: Arts & Technology Academy and River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School.

We couldn’t have done it without you! Four years ago, our community came together and voted overwhelmingly to support our public schools. The successful 2013 bond measure provided funding for Eugene School District 4J to replace four deteriorating and inefficient school buildings, improve some other facilities, and update education materials to improve teaching and learning.

Two new school buildings opened last year—Roosevelt Middle School and Howard Elementary School. This fall, we’re celebrating the opening of the new River Road/El Camino de Río Elementary School and Arts & Technology Academy buildings.

Students have started the school year in these newly built light-filled, energy-efficient, state-of-the-art learning centers. Now it’s time to showcase the school buildings and say thank you to the voters, community members and neighbors who made all this possible.

Please join us!

Arts & Technology Academy
Grand Opening & Open House
Thursday, Sept. 28, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
1650 W. 22nd Ave., Eugene, Oregon
(All are welcome—invite your friends!)

River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School
Grand Opening & Open House
Thursday, Oct. 5, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
120 W. Hilliard Ave., Eugene, Oregon
(All are welcome—invite your friends!)

More about the bond measure

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Welcome Back to School!

Get the school calendar, school supply lists, bus routes and more 

The first day of school is just around the corner—we can hardly wait! Are you ready for your student’s first day?

School Calendar: The first day of school is Wednesday, September 6, just after Labor Day. School offices are open on weekdays now. Teachers start their year on August 29 with professional development and preparation for students’ return.
Get the school calendar 

Enroll Today: If your child will be a new 4J student this year and is not yet registered with your school, please contact your school as soon as possible. Kindergarten is a full-day program in all 4J elementary schools.
How to enroll 

School Supplies: Most elementary and middle schools provide a list of supplies that students at each grade level should bring at the beginning of the school year. Check your school’s supply list online before you start your back-to-school shopping.
Find school supply lists

School Bus Routes: Will your student be riding the school bus? Find your bus stop and times.
Find my bus stop

School Lunch/Breakfast: Learn more about healthy, nutritious school meals, apply for free meals, or add money to your student’s account. New this year, breakfast is free for all elementary school (K-5) students. No application or registration is required.
School meal information 

Contact information: Have you changed your phone number, email or emergency contacts? Make sure your school has your current information. Your accurate and complete contact information is needed to communicate with you in emergencies and about school information.
Winter is coming: Sign up for snow day texts

Student health: Is your student up to date on immunizations? Does they have special health issues? Make sure you’re on track with immunization requirements, medical examination recommendations, and what to do if your student has a special health issue.
Student health information 

Other Resources: Many resources are available to help families with financial needs.
Resources for families in need

Other Questions:
Contact us

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No Outdoor Activities Today (Monday, August 28)

Monday, August 28, 2017 — All outdoor activities in 4J have been canceled or moved inside today for students’ health.

Wildfire smoke has led to unhealthy air quality, and high temperatures with a heat index in the danger zone are forecasted for this afternoon.

The district is monitoring air quality and weather conditions and will make decisions about activities day by day.

For more information from the Oregon Student Activities Association and Oregon Health Authority regarding outdoor activities during poor air quality or high heat conditions, see the following.

OSAA & OHA: Air Quality and Athletics
OSAA: Heat Index and Athletics 


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Modern Science: High Schools Get New Curriculum

Board adopted new science curriculum to roll out this year

Starting this fall, students in Eugene School District 4J high schools will benefit from a new, districtwide high school science curriculum. Before the adoption of the new curriculum, high schools across the district were relying on a variety of decades-old textbooks and materials to teach science.

The new high school science curriculum aligns with the state of Oregon’s recently updated learning standards for science (New Generation Science Standards / NGSS), which require a more systematic and collaborative approach to science teaching and learning.

The new learning materials will be implemented in all 4J high schools this year in Physical Science, Earth Science, Chemistry and Physics classes. Biology classes will have updated curriculum next school year.

One significant change is the addition of a new 10th grade course, Earth & Space Science. The new recommended science sequence includes two trimesters of Physical Science in 9th grade, and two trimesters of Biology and one trimester of Earth and Space Science in 10th grade, a total of 2.5 credits of rigorous content in grades 9 and 10. In grades 11 and 12, students may then select from a variety of science courses that match their interests, which may include AP or IB classes.

The school board approved the new high school science curriculum last spring after a two-year collaborative adoption process involving teachers across the district.

The high school science adoption follows the adoption of new science curriculum for elementary and middle schools, which was the first new science curriculum adoption in the district since 1997. The new science kits were implemented in elementary and middle schools last year (2016–17).

The acquisition of new science curriculum is made possible with funds from the bond measure approved by voters in 2013. Thank you!


About the curriculum and the adoption process

The district undertook an extensive and inclusive process to select these new science materials.

High school science teachers across the district piloted curriculum in Physical Science, Earth Science, Space Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, and provided feedback to the science curriculum adoption team.

Parents, educators and community members were invited to learn about and give feedback on science curriculum options under consideration at a science curriculum adoption open house.

After the extensive review process, the science adoption team recommended and the school board approved the adoption in May 2017.

Course Publisher
Physical Science CPO Science
Biology Pearson Publishing
Earth Science Discovery Education
Chemistry Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Physics Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

For more information, see the presentation and other information about the adoption process and recommendation presented to the school board on April 19 and May 3, 2017.

K–8 Science Adoption 

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