It’s school choice time for the 2017–18 school year! Families are invited to explore their school choice options, including their neighborhood school, by visiting schools for tours and events this week.
In Eugene School District 4J, families may enroll at their neighborhood school at any time, or may request to have their student attend a different school if space is available. Most schools also are open to requests from students who live outside of the 4J district boundary. An annual lottery determines the order in which students are offered spaces or placed on a school’s waiting list.
This week, Feb. 21–24, all 4J schools offer times when parents and guardians can visit the school. Parents are encouraged but not required to visit schools before making school choice requests. Parents are asked to RSVP for some tours, while others are offered on a drop-in basis. Please see the school tour and event schedule for details.
Starting kindergarten this fall? We want to see you!
Let’s get to know each other! Incoming kindergarten students and families are invited to kindergarten orientation and pre-enrollment events at 4J elementary schools in March (see schedule below).
If your child will turn 5 on or before September 1, please come to your school’s kindergarten roundup event or contact your school to pre-enroll for fall 2017. If you have neighbors or friends with kids who will be in kindergarten this fall, please tell them about 4J’s kindergarten roundup events.
Starting school is an exciting time for kids and parents. For many children, kindergarten is the beginning of their education, the start of their developing love of learning, and even their first steps outside the familiarity of home. For many parents, it’s the start of a relationship with their public school system.
In Eugene School District 4J, we know how important the kindergarten year is. The 4J kindergarten program strives to give parents and students the right start in education by caring for and understanding each child’s needs and each parent’s concerns. Kindergarten is a full-day program in every 4J school.
ATA and Churchill students’ science experiment is going to space • Watch the launch of SpaceX mission on Sunday, Feb. 19
Eugene School District 4J students have been aiming high. Now their work is about to launch into space!
Early in the morning on Sunday, February 19, the SpaceX CRS-10 mission will launch from NASA Kennedy Space Center. Part of its payload is a science experiment designed by three local students.
The spacecraft will carry the students’ experiment to the International Space Station in low earth orbit, where the experiment will be conducted in microgravity by astronauts.
Student project set to launch
The Eugene students’ science project is part of the international Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP). Eugene School District 4J’s Arts & Technology Academy and Churchill High School participated in the hands-on space science program last school year along with other schools in participating communities. Students worked to develop realistic proposals for miniature microgravity research.
Kobe Skidmore, Garrett Price and Cabala Ray Newell designed the “SLIPS in microgravity” experiment when they were in 8th grade at Arts & Technology Academy. The three students, now in 9th grade at Churchill High School, will see their experiment launch into space in February 2017.
The experiment going into space , “SLIPS in microgravity,” was designed by a team of three students, Cabala Ray Newell, Garrett Price and Kobe Skidmore. The students, now in 9th grade at Churchill High School, designed the experiment as 8th graders at Arts & Technology Academy.
The SLIPS student experiment came out on top among 152 proposals from more than 600 students at the two schools. It will join the SSEP Mission 9 Endeavor payload on the SpaceX CRS-10 launch along with student experiments from 20 other communities across the United States and Canada.
The experiment is designed to test whether SLIPS—the world’s slipperiest substance, inspired by properties from the pitcher plant—has the same properties in a microgravity environment as it does on Earth. The SLIPS material makes a solid surface, once coated, so slippery that no liquid can touch the face of the solid. The student team hopes to determine whether the SLIPS material could lend itself to the future design and maintenance of space equipment.
Launch set for Sunday, February 19
NASA provider SpaceX is now scheduled to launch its mission to the International Space Station at 9:38 a.m. EST (6:38 a.m. local time) on Sunday, Feb. 19. The launch was scheduled for Saturday morning but was delayed at the last minute.
The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft will lift off on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It will carry science research—including the Eugene students’ experiment—as well as crew supplies and hardware to the orbiting laboratory in support of the ISS crew members.
The Student Space Flight Experiments Program (SSEP, ssep.ncesse.org) is an immersive program that was launched in 2010 by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE). It provides students in participating communities the ability to design and propose real microgravity experiments to fly in low Earth orbit on the International Space Station (ISS). The program was created to promote student learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). SSEP is the first pre-college STEM education program that is both a U.S. national initiative and implemented as an on-orbit commercial space venture.
SSEP is a program of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) in the U.S. and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education internationally. It is enabled through a strategic partnership with DreamUp PBC and NanoRacks LLC, which are working with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory.
About the schools
Arts & Technology Academy (ata.4j.lane.edu) is both a neighborhood middle school and a state model STEM Lab School. Arts & Technology Academy students participate in scientific inquiry and project-based learning in all content areas using the design process. Teachers integrate reading, writing, mathematics and science curriculum to support problem-solving and critical-thinking skills with real-world challenges. Student elective choices include visual and performing arts, engineering, architecture, robotics, rocketry, green architecture, manual craft art, culinary science and chemistry and medical forensics. Student experiences at Arts & Technology Academy result in strong academic growth that prepares them for high school success and the continuation of their STEM studies and interests at Churchill High School, which serves students from the same neighborhood and beyond.
Churchill High School (chs.4j.lane.edu) is the only local high school to offer a full-scale pre-engineering program. Churchill offers a wide range of opportunities for students, including cutting-edge programs in STEM and career technical education (CTE), as well as an International Baccalaureate program through the Eugene International High School program co-located and integrated at Churchill. Students can explore or specialize in any one of five CTE academies: engineering, graphic design, health services, Rachel Carson environmental science program, and the West End Creative and Performing Arts Academy.
Arts & Technology Academy and Churchill High School were able to bring the SSEP experience to students in their STEM-focused programs thanks to the generous support of many local companies and community members from the Eugene–Springfield area and beyond. Thank you for your support.
4J Network Services is scheduling work on multiple systems this Monday (2/20/2017) during the work day. This work will be done between 8am and 5pm by school district contractors. The work will likely involve short periods of telephone system downtime and/or interruptions. There is always the risk of extended outages during this time if things don’t go as planned. We will be working on the following:
Continue to troubleshoot audio quality issue on district wide telephone system.
Reconfigure, move, and test Centurylink trunking and voice service.
All students are safe and welcome in Eugene School District 4J
Eugene School District 4J is committed to supporting the success of every student and creating a safe and welcoming environment for every family. Eugene is home to families from all over the world and students who may or may not have documented immigration status. All children, regardless of their immigration status, have a legal right to equal access to public education.
The Eugene School Board has unanimously approved a resolution affirming the board’s commitment to a safe, inclusive and supportive school environment for all students, regardless of their national origin, immigration or documentation status.
4J Network Services is scheduling critical work on the NEC 2400 phone system (2/16/2017) after 5:00pm. The maintenance will occur from 5:00pm-9:00pm. In this case the work will involve no network outage, It will create cause intermittent telephone system downtime during the maintenance window. There is always the risks of outages during this time if things don’t go as planned. We will be working on the following:
Isolate source of audio/call quality issues from SV9500 system to NEC 2400 system.
Replace IP-PAD cards in NEC2400.
Upgrade Firmware on IP-PAD cards.
2/17/2017 Follow up
Modified location routing for all VOIP phones. This seems to improve call quality significantly. No other changes were made.
Special education teachers and specialists—we want YOU to join Team Eugene!
Eugene School District 4J will hold a special day for special educators on Saturday, February 25, conducting interviews in the following areas:
Special Education Teachers • School Psychologists • Speech Pathology • Occupational Therapy
Special Educator Interview Day Saturday, Feb. 25, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. 4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St., Eugene
To be pre-scheduled for an interview, please go to www.4j.lane.edu/hr/jobs, click the Browse Online Job Listings button, and apply to the active postings. You may apply to all positions of interest. In order to receive an interview, you must have a completed application.
Walk-ins are welcome, and computer stations will be available for walk-in visitors to complete an application and apply to the postings on-site. For more information or for assistance applying, please contact 4J Human Resources at 541-790-7660.
Do you know other special educators who may be interested in joining Team Eugene? Please invite your friends!
About Eugene School District 4J:
Eugene School District 4J is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to diversity and valuing the cultural, educational, and life experience of each student and employee, as well as equitable outcomes for all students.
As a student-centered district, we focus on creating a strong educational experience for every child. We do that in a culture that also nurtures educators and encourages them to collaborate, innovate and share with each other. We’re proud of the opportunities we provide to learn and grow—for both students and educators. Come join us in Team Eugene!
4J Network Services is scheduling critical work on the NEC 2400 phone system (2/14/2017) after 5:00pm. The maintenance will occur from 5:00pm-7:00pm. In this case the work will likely involve no network or telephone system downtime. There is always the risks of outages during this time if things don’t go as planned. We will be working on the following:
Replacing and/or upgrading IP-PAD cards to correct VOIP audio/call quality issues from SV9500 system.
Background: Critical updates and Emergency updates are unplanned reactive maintenance designed to correct an issue that is currently broken. In this case users are experiencing call quality issues between the new sv9500 phone system and the existing 2400 system.
2/15/2017 Follow up:
Call quality issues persist and will require additional troubleshooting
Eugene School District 4J voters will decide on May 16 who will fill three of the seven positions on the Eugene School Board.
Potential candidates have until 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 16, to file. Voters must be registered by Tuesday, April 25. Forms and additional information are available from the Lane County Elections Office.
Positions on the Ballot
The Eugene School Board consists of seven members. Board members are elected to serve four-year terms. Board elections occur in May of each odd numbered year. The term of office for board members begins on July 1 immediately following the election.
In Eugene School District 4J, board members are elected from the district at large. That means that any eligible person who lives within the district boundary may serve in any school board position. To be eligible, a person must be a registered voter in the school district, must have been a resident of the district for at least one year immediately preceding the election, and may not be an employee of the district or any charter school within the district.
This year, positions 2, 3 and 6 will be on the ballot. These positions are currently held by Anne Marie Levis, Beth Gerot and Jennifer Geller.
The May 16 Special District Election in Lane County requires that candidates file with the Lane County Elections Department.
The first day for candidates to file is February 6, 2017.
Let’s talk about the next steps toward your student’s future
Parents of students receiving CLC services, mark your calendars! You’re invited to come talk with 4J special education administrators and teachers about your child’s upcoming transition to the next steps in their education.
On Wednesday, February 15, 4J’s Student Services Department will hold a transition info night to provide important information for parents of students receiving Comprehensive Learning Center (CLC) services who are about to progress to middle school or high school.
5th Grade Parents: 5:15–6:15 p.m. We’ll cover:
Middle school schedule
Access to general education
Service delivery models
Location selection process
8th grade parents: 6:15–7:15 p.m. We’ll cover:
High school programs
Types of credits
Location selection process
Location: 4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St., Tower Room