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District Publishes Final Proposed Schedules for 2018–19

Final standard bell schedules, pending school board approval of schedule parameters, will be implemented next fall

Eugene School District 4J is changing to a consistent calendar and standard schedules for all schools in 2018–19 to provide enough, fair and equal instruction time for students and consistent schedules for families.

The change to standard schedules will:

• ensure that all schools meet state standards for adequate instructional time
• provide fair and equal learning time for students at different schools
• provide consistent, predictable schedules for families, and
• allow coordinated time for staff professional development and collaboration.

Under the standard schedules, developed with staff and community input, all schools at each level will have a standard start and end time (two times for elementary schools, staggered by 35 minutes) and the same amount of instructional time each day, week and year. Currently each 4J school has a different calendar, schedule and amount of instruction time, and learning time for students at different schools can vary by hundreds of hours over elementary, middle and high school.

To develop the standard school schedules, a first draft schedule was published in March for staff, parent, student and community input. The district considered the input received in developing a second draft schedule for further review and feedback. The final proposed schedule includes adjustments responsive to the input received from more than 2,500 parents, students, staff and community members.

Final schedule revisions: 
• Early release on Friday for all schools
• Middle school end time 3:35 p.m. (earlier than in Schedule Draft 1 and 2)
• High school start time 8:30 a.m.

School board approval of certain schedule parameters such as instruction time is pending and will be discussed at the board meeting on Wednesday, May 16. Given board approval of the schedule parameters, the final planned school bell schedules are:

Monday–Thursday Friday Early Release Recess / Lunch / Break / Passing Time Annual Instruction Hours (minus any non-academic assemblies, etc.)
Elementary Schools  Tier 1:
7:55 a.m.–2:25 p.m.Tier 2:
8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Tier 1:
7:55 a.m.–1:10 p.m.Tier 2:
8:30 a.m.–1:45 p.m.
60 minutes on regular days

50 minutes on early release day

Middle Schools  9:00 a.m.–3:35 p.m. 9:00 a.m.–2:35 p.m. 54 minutes 935.2
High Schools  8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. 57 minutes 1009.6


What’s next 

• School board approval of schedule parameters such as instruction time (more information)
• Final schedule communication to parents and community before the end of the school year


More About 4J’s Shift to Standard Schedules 



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Superintendent Presents Budget Proposal for 2018–19

Budget plan holds the line on class sizes and full school year, expands elementary PE, provides behavioral supports 

4J superintendent Dr. Gustavo Balderas presented his proposed budget to the district’s budget committee on May 7, setting in motion the budget process for the 2018–19 school year. The proposed general fund budget is $213.8 million.

The proposed budget reflects the goals of the district’s 4J Vision 20/20 strategic plan while recognizing the continued operational and resource challenges facing the district.

The budget plan maintains recent improvements in educational service levels, makes targeted investments to support student learning, and dips into contingency funds to stabilize staffing levels, while planning ahead for growing costs in future years.

The superintendent’s proposed budget for 2018–19:

Continues key investments 

  • Maintains a full school year with no furlough days, and will now have school days scheduled consistently for all 4J schools
  • Holds the line on class sizes, keeping staffing ratios steady with increasing enrollment and setting aside resources to balance the most oversized classrooms in the fall
  • Supports full schedules for 9th and 10th grade students, to help students get off to a strong start in high school and stay on track for graduation
  • Maintains full-time counselors recently added at elementary schools to support students’ emotional and behavioral needs

Invests in strengthening our educational system 

  • Supports high school success with expanded career and technical education programs, college-level and advanced coursework, and ninth grade transition and success supports (Measure 98 plan)
  • Adds physical education teachers and maintains music teachers to enrich students’ learning and provide more prep time for elementary teachers to prepare for quality instruction
  • Makes modest budget investments in targeted areas, including school safety and emergency preparedness, middle school mentoring program, world language and elementary math curriculum implementation, high-quality professional development, and Japanese and Spanish immersion in the North Eugene region 

Targets resources to support student behavior needs 

  • Provides behavioral supports to more effectively address students’ behavioral needs, beginning to implement the district’s behavior framework
  • Stabilizes staffing of educational assistants—Special education EA staffing has been added in recent years as a temporary measure, much of it in response to student behaviors, using one-time dollars without an ongoing funding source. These funds have been expended and the temporary increase in staffing is not sustainable. The proposed budget dedicates general fund contingency dollars next year to maintain some of the added educational assistant positions, mitigate sudden significant reductions in staffing at schools, and avoid most employee layoffs. EA staffing will be sloped down over time, as program changes and more effective systems to address behavior are brought online, rather than returning to a more standard and sustainable staffing level all at once.

Plans ahead to balance growing costs and projected deficits in future years

  • Restores a general fund reserve level of 5 percent (about three weeks of operating expenses), per board policy, providing some cushion against unexpected cost increases or revenue reductions
  • Sets aside some reserves to balance rising costs in the next few years, including expected PERS rate increases, to prevent the need for draconian cuts in the years ahead

Superintendent Balderas notes, “We are fortunate to be able to make targeted, carefully planned investments in our educational systems, aligned with our strategic plan. While our limited resources still can’t fund everything we want for kids in our schools, the improvements we are investing in will make a real difference for our students.”

The superintendent presented the proposed budget to the district’s budget committee on May 7. After a series of public meetings, the school board will adopt a final budget on June 20.

Key dates include:

Monday, May 7 – Superintendent and financial services staff presented 2018–19 proposed budget to budget committee

Monday, May 21 – Budget committee meets to complete work on the 2018–19 budget, vote to approve the budget and declare the tax rates and debt service levy

Wednesday, June 6 – School board holds a public hearing on the budget approved by the budget committee, considers adoption of the budget as an item for future action

Wednesday, June 20 – School board votes to adopt the budget

Read the Proposed Budget Document 

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Nominees Named in 2018 ACE Awards

117 staff and volunteers nominated for educator excellence awards

Eugene School District 4J staff and volunteers make a difference in the lives of students every day. In a show of appreciation, 117 of our outstanding 4J staff and volunteers have been honored with a nomination by parents, students and colleagues for the 2018 ACE (A Champion in Education) Awards.

ACE Award “Champions” will be selected in four categories: Teachers and Licensed Specialists; Classified Staff; Administrators, Professionals and Supervisors; and Volunteers. Each champion’s school will receive a $1,000 award from Oregon Community Credit Union for a project or program at the school. A special Lifetime Achievement Award also will be announced.

All nominees will be honored and champions will be announced at the awards celebration at Churchill High School on Wednesday, May 23, 5:30–7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Please join us!

Congratulations to all of the nominees.

Teachers & Licensed Specialists

Margaret Albright, Counselor, Spencer Butte Middle School
Katharine Ankeny, Speech-Language Pathologist, Holt Elementary School
Ashley Baker, Fourth Grade Teacher, Yujin Gakuen Japanese Immersion Elementary School
Kimberly Brown, First Grade Teacher, Willagillespie Elementary School
Adrienne Carlson, Fifth Grade Teacher, Charlemagne French Immersion Elementary School
Meg Carnagey, First Grade Teacher, Adams Elementary School
Sebastian Catlin, Student Support Teacher, South Eugene High School
Patrick Chesterman, Fourth Grade Teacher, Awbrey Park Elementary School
Lisa Chinn, Physical Education Teacher, Awbrey Park Elementary School
Kwasi Diehl, Special Education Teacher, Monroe Middle School
Tom Di Liberto, Spanish Immersion Teacher, Monroe Middle School
Dene Eller, Physical Education Teacher, Buena Vista Spanish Immersion and Edgewood Elementary Schools
Jack Fertal, Math Teacher, Roosevelt Middle School
Daniel Gallo, Social Studies and Health Teacher, Eugene International High School at Sheldon
Katie Gates, Special Education Teacher, Howard Elementary School
Laura Harris, First/Second Grade Teacher, Edison Elementary School
Carisa Henniger, Kindergarten Teacher, Awbrey Park Elementary School
Rae Heselbach, Special Education Teacher, Howard Elementary School
Jeff Hess, Physical Education & English Teacher, South Eugene High School
Brian Holte, Language Arts Teacher, Monroe Middle School
Christie Hoogendoorn, First Grade Teacher, Camas Ridge Elementary School
Eric Johannsen, Health Education Teacher, Roosevelt Middle School
Maggie Jones, Second Grade Teacher, Holt Elementary School
Sara Justice, First Grade Teacher, Awbrey Park Elementary School
Kyle Kordon, Science Teacher, Kelly Middle School
Joel Kuiper, Special Education Teacher, South Eugene High School
Debra Lydum, Special Education Teacher, Kelly Middle School
Kelly McGhehey, Counselor, Eugene Education Options
Jason Miller, Language Arts Teacher, Kelly Middle School
Tommy Morrow, Math & Science Teacher, Kennedy Middle School
Chris Mudd, Music Teacher, Churchill High School
Pat Nickerson, Special Education Teacher, Kelly Middle School
Aurelie Noble, Second Grade Teacher, Charlemagne French Immersion Elementary School
Ian Ogden, Language Arts Teacher, Churchill High School
Ashley Pond, Second Grade Teacher, Howard Elementary School
Jennifer Potter, Title 1 Coordinator, Holt Elementary School
Justin Potts, School Psychologist, Student Services Department
Dan Powell, Music Teacher, Arts & Technology Academy
Ashley Reich, Fourth Grade Teacher, Holt Elementary School
Taylor Reineke, Math Teacher, Arts & Technology Academy
Pam Reynolds, First Grade Teacher, Awbrey Park Elementary School
Alyssa Ricken, Kindergarten Teacher, Adams Elementary School
Jason Robbins, Special Education Teacher, Awbrey Park Elementary School
Ashley Robinson, Math Teacher, Spencer Butte Middle School
Rebecca Robinson, Third Grade Teacher, Howard Elementary School
David Roderick, Special Education Teacher, Roosevelt Middle School
Leah Roderick, Fourth Grade Teacher, Gilham Elementary School
Korrinne Ross, Special Education Consultant, Student Services Department
Hollie Schultze, Counselor, Roosevelt Middle School
Adam Shepard, Fourth/Fifth Grade Teacher, Edgewood Elementary School
Beth Shershun, First Grade Teacher, Camas Ridge Elementary School
James Squires, Third Grade Teacher, Gilham Elementary School
Chris Stober, Special Education Teacher, Roosevelt Middle School
Katherine Tierney, Language Arts Teacher, Sheldon High School
Catherine Wiebe, French Teacher, Roosevelt Middle School
Bobbie Willis, Journalism Teacher, South Eugene High School
Brandeis Zaklan, Counselor, Gilham Elementary School

Classified Staff

Peggy Blair, Campus Supervisor & Read Right Specialist, Monroe Middle School
Kathy Bruegman, Educational Assistant, Gilham Elementary School
Racheal Bryant, Educational Assistant, Monroe Middle School
Micah Champion, Bus Driver, Transportation Department
Vincent Colmenares, Bus Driver, Transportation Department
Steve Dent, Bus Driver, Transportation Department
Keith Fjordbeck, Lead Custodian, Churchill High School
Tiny Galago, Student Supervision Assistant, Churchill High School
Lynne Given, School Secretary, Eugene International High School at Churchill
Lisa Goff, Educational Assistant, Holt Elementary School
Vicki Gotchall, Educational Assistant, Gilham Elementary School
Perla Grado, School Secretary, Buena Vista Spanish Immersion Elementary School
Brian Gregory, Bus Driver, Transportation Department
Gary Henager, Bus Driver, Transportation Department
Rich InLove, Bus Driver, Transportation Department
Mike Jackson, Fleet Mechanic II, Transportation Department
Julia Johnson, Outreach & Recovery Coordinator, Eugene Education Options
Jane Kinports, Records & Scheduling Assistant, Roosevelt Middle School
Teresa Koepp, Bus Driver, Transportation Department
Debora Kovensky, Educational Assistant, Roosevelt Middle School
Katie Mackey, School Secretary, Holt Elementary School
Nick Moore, Vocational Training Assistant, Student Services Department
Jeremy Niccum, Custodial Maintenance Coordinator II, Kelly Middle School
Heather Penfold, Educational Assistant, Twin Oaks Elementary School
Mary Peterson, Educational Assistant, Roosevelt Middle School
Jeanette Prior, Educational Assistant, Chávez Elementary School
Samantha Russell, Educational Assistant, Gilham Elementary School
Melanie Schwarte, School Secretary, Holt Elementary School
Abe Smith, Program Coordinator Assistant, Fox Hollow Campus
Ethan Tibbs, Educational Assistant, Gilham Elementary School
Alexander Zuniga, Office Support Bicultural/Bilingual, Buena Vista Spanish Immersion Elementary School

Administrators & Supervisors

Eric Anderson, Principal, Charlemagne French Immersion Elementary School
Kevin Gordon, Principal, Adams Elementary School
Tyler Hebard, Payroll & Accounts Payable Supervisor, Finance Department
Teresa Martindale, Assistant Principal, Madison Middle School
Mike Riplinger, Principal, Awbrey Park Elementary School
Joyce Smith-Johnson, Principal, Holt Elementary School
Rhonda Stewart, Executive Assistant to Director of Technology, Technology Department
Denisa Taylor, Principal, Chávez Elementary School
John Wayland, Assistant Principal, Kelly Middle School


Danielle Bowerman, Gilham Elementary School
Heidi Dixon, River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School and Spencer Butte Middle School
Sharon Docherty, Arts & Technology Academy
Steve Evans, Awbrey Park Elementary School
Laura Fuhriman, Roosevelt Middle School
Barbara George, Chávez Elementary School
Amy Green, River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School
Jenelle Hunt, Edgewood Elementary School and Spencer Butte Middle School
Bob Jones, Edison Elementary School
Mia Kubu, Gilham Elementary School
Alice Lin, McCornack Elementary School
Brian Petersen, Spring Creek Elementary School
Jessica Rasmussen, Family School and Arts & Technology Academy
Kalleen Stoddard, Gilham Elementary School
Tiffany Wright, Buena Vista Spanish Immersion Elementary School

Lifetime Achievement

BJ Blake, Secondary Education Director, Instructional Services Department
Diane Brock, School Secretary, Yujin Gakuen Japanese Immersion School
Harlan Coats, Director of Facilities, Facilities Department
Tom Di Liberto, Social Studies Teacher, Monroe Middle School
Jason Miller, Language Arts Teacher, Kelly Middle School
Ila Shapiro-Southworth, Special Education Teacher, Student Services Department / Coburg Community Charter School
Craig Young, Custodial Maintenance Coordinator I, River Road/El Camino de Río Elementary School

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Protect Your Family Against Pertussis 

(Updated) Lane County Public Health is investigating numerous local cases of pertussis (whooping cough), including cases at several schools. Pertussis is highly contagious and is a serious illness, especially for infants.

At Sheldon High School and Monroe Middle School, where public health officials have identified multiple cases and declared an outbreak, public health officials have excluded under-immunized students from attending school.

Lane County Public Health recommends:

  1. If your child has symptoms of pertussis (described below), please keep them home from school and consult with their health care provider. Tell your provider if your child may have been exposed to pertussis.
  2. Ensure your child is up to date on his or her immunizations. Contact your health care provider or school to review vaccine records. 
  3. Get an immunization booster shot if you have close contact with any infants (important for grandparents and other family members) or if it’s been 10 years since your last booster.
  4. If you are pregnant, call your health care provider to discuss prevention options during pregnancy.

What this means for your student: The great majority of 4J students have all required immunizations, but some students have a medical or non-medical exemption from some or all immunizations. If a pertussis outbreak occurs at a school, a student who is under-immunized and at greater risk for pertussis may be excluded from attending school for 21 days after the last potential exposure.

What is pertussis? Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a contagious bacterial disease of the respiratory tract. Pertussis can occur at any age. Infants and young children are at higher risk of serious or life-threatening consequences.

Symptoms: Symptoms of pertussis typically begin with cold-like symptoms. After a week or two, the “cold” may go away, and the cough may become more pronounced with coughing spells that can take your breath away or trigger a gag reflex or vomiting. Sometimes a “whoop” or “bark” is heard as the person gasps for air. The coughing fits can keep coming for weeks to months. Fever is usually absent or minimal.

What to do if sick: If your child has symptoms of pertussis, keep them at home, call the school, and consult your healthcare provider (or the school nurse or school-based health center). Similarly, if you have symptoms of pertussis, public health officials urge you to stay home from work or school and public places, and seek medical attention. If your healthcare provider suspects it is pertussis they will notify the public health department.

Prevention: To prevent the spread of this illness, immunization is the most effective measure, followed by hand hygiene (frequent handwashing with soap and water) and good respiratory etiquette (covering your coughs and sneezes). Pertussis is spread through direct contact with nose and throat mucus and airborne droplets. Un-immunized and under-immunized individuals are at the most risk of contracting and spreading the disease.

Immunization: Public health officials recommend that parents review their children’s immunization records to see if they are current on all vaccinations, including pertussis (DTaP and Tdap) and get them up to date. Public health officials also recommend that adults should get a booster shot every 10 years, particularly if they may have contact with infants or other un-immunized individuals, and that pregnant women receive pertussis vaccine at designated times.

Where to get immunized: 

Questions? If you have any additional questions about pertussis (whooping cough) or possible exposure, please call your healthcare provider or the public health department at 541-682-4041.

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Middle School Math Pathways: Parent Information Night

Increasing math achievement and access for all 4J students

Middle School Math Pathways

Let’s talk about math! Parents of future middle school students are invited to an information night about middle school math pathways on Thursday, May 10.

Middle School Math Pathways Information Night
Thursday, May 10, 6:30–8:00 p.m. (invite friends!)
4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St.
Spanish interpretation will be provided  

4J schools are establishing a consistent middle school math pacing and placement process, starting with students entering middle school this fall, to improve clarity, equity and access to accelerated math learning opportunities.

These changes are intended to provide equal education opportunities to all students and open up student options for accelerated math course sequences, while also providing all students with the foundational math skills needed to prepare them for success in advanced math courses. Students will have multiple entry points to accelerated learning and multiple pathways to upper-level high school math courses, such as pre-calculus, calculus and statistics.

Please join us to learn about middle school math placement and pathways to advanced math in high school, get answers to your questions, and share your thoughts.

Learn More
Invite Friends 

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Community Input Sought on Second Standard Schedule Draft

Standard school schedules will be decided this spring, implemented next fall

Second Schedule Draft
Community Input Survey

Community Forum on May 9, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

To provide enough, fair and equal instruction time for all students and consistent schedules for families, Eugene School District 4J is changing to a consistent calendar and standard schedules for all schools in 2018–19. Currently each 4J school has a different calendar and schedule and different amount of instruction time.

A first draft schedule was published in March for staff, parent, student and community input. The district has taken the input received and developed a second draft schedule for further review and feedback.

Please take a few minutes to review the second schedule draft and share your feedback. Your input is important. A community input survey is open through Wednesday, May 9. A community forum on school schedules also will be held Wednesday, May 9, 5:30 p.m., at the 4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St.

The second schedule draft responds to staff, student and parent input with a shorter early release on Wednesdays, earlier start and end times for high school, slightly earlier times for middle school, and as many elementary school start times as possible closer to their current times.

Elementary schools would have 60 minutes of recess and lunch to schedule within the regular school day—a little more time than currently provided at most schools and grades. Middle and high schools also would schedule about 60 minutes of lunch, breaks and passing periods during the school day.

The change to standard schedules will:

• ensure that all schools meet state standards for adequate instructional time
• provide fair and equal learning time at different schools and increase learning time for most students
• provide consistent, predictable schedules for families, and
• allow coordinated time for staff professional development and collaboration.

The final school schedules will be decided and communicated to families before the end of the school year.

Second Schedule Draft
Community Input Survey 

More About 4J’s Shift to Standard Schedules 

Standard Schedule Draft 2, represented graphically.

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Notice of Budget Committee Meeting: 2018–19 Proposed Budget Presentation & Public Comment


Eugene School District 4J
School District No. 4J, Lane County, Oregon
Notice of Budget Committee Meeting

A public meeting of the Budget Committee of Lane County School District 4J (Eugene Public Schools), Lane County, State of Oregon, to discuss the budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019, will be held at the Education Center Auditorium located at 200 N. Monroe Street, Eugene, Oregon.

The meeting will take place on May 7, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to receive the budget message and to receive comment from the public on the budget.

This is a public meeting where deliberation of the Budget Committee will take place. Any person may appear at the meeting to ask questions about and comment on the budget document.

An additional meeting will be held on May 21, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. at the Education Center Auditorium.

A copy of the budget document may be inspected or obtained on or after April 19, 2018, at the Financial Services office in the Education Center at 200 N. Monroe Street between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Andrea Belz
Deputy Clerk

2018–19 Proposed Budget Document

Meeting information and materials will be posted on BoardBook.

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4J Benefits and Wellness Newsletter – April 2018 – Issue 304

Eugene Education Association - EEA

Prepared by Julie Wenzl • 541-790-7682 • wenzl@4j.lane.edu • April 18, 2018 • Issue Number 304


The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (ACIP) recently updated its 2018 adult immunization schedule. This update includes a revised recommendation for the prevention of herpes zoster (shingles) and its complications:

  • Administer 2 doses of RZV (Shingrix) 2–6 months apart to adults aged 50 years or older regardless of past episode of herpes zoster or receipt of ZVL (Zostavax).
  • Administer 2 doses of RZV 2–6 months apart to adults who previously received ZVL at least 2 months after ZVL.
  • For adults aged 60 years or older, administer either RZV or ZVL (RZV is preferred).

Moda covers the Shingrix vaccine for OEBB members age 50 and over. The quantity limit is two shots per lifetime.

The Shingrix vaccine can be obtained at a network pharmacy. Call ahead of time to make sure the pharmacy has the vaccine in stock. Remember to show your OEBB/Moda Health ID card to the pharmacist for billing before receiving the vaccine to ensure that your vaccine will be covered.


Seasonal allergies can be a messy business. Coping with watery eyes, a runny nose, coughing, or a sore throat affects how you get through each day and how you sleep each night.

Feeling stressed can affect allergies. One effect is psychological. Stress amplifies out emotional reaction to any symptoms we are having. Stress can intensify how bothered you are by your allergy symptoms.

The other effect of stress on allergies is physical by making the allergic response worse. Researchers aren’t sure exactly why, but one theory is that stress hormones can ramp up the already exaggerated immune system response to allergens.

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you probably already have systems in place to help you combat them. You may want to consider adding stress management techniques to your arsenal.


We all know that too much stress is not healthy, but sometimes, it comes creeping up anyway. Here are six tips to try when you start to feel overwhelmed.

  • Avoid distressing thoughts and people – walk away.
  • Focus on optimism – be more grateful.
  • Take action you can control – achievable small steps.
  • Take care of yourself: get plenty of sleep, eat a healthy diet, exercise, and take time to relax.
  • Stay socially active with trusted friends and family members.
  • Practice daily relaxation techniques.


4J will be hosting a PERS education presentation:  Understanding Your PERS Pension.  The presentation is suitable for PERS members just beginning their careers, for those within a few months of retirement, and for all members in between.  The session and will be presented by Kris Kartub of Valic and snacks will be provided. This is a repeat of previous 4J/Valic presentations.

Topics will include:

  • Understanding the differences between Tier 1, Tier 2, and OPSRP
  • Pension benefit calculation methods
  • Understanding your IAP account
  • Retirement option choices

The presentation will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Ed Center Auditorium on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, and will last approximately one hour 15 minutes.

To sign up to attend, please send an e-mail to wenzl@4j.lane.edu. In your e-mail, please indicate whether you will attend alone or whether you will be bringing a guest.


EEA will be hosting an informative presentation aimed at providing you with information about your PERS Pension: PERS Financial Workshop.   The presentation will be provided by John Van Ravenhorst, Financial Advisor, Bridges Wealth Management, and is endorsed by OEA. This presentation is suitable for PERS members nearing retirement as well as those members still a ways off.

Topics will include:

  • PERS historical background
  • Current legislative and PERS Board changes
  • PERS retirement basics, including eligibility and payout options for each Tier and IAP
  • Actions to take within five years, one year, and 90 days of retirement
  • Personalized retirement strategies, including Social Security and Medicare planning and timelines

The presentation will run from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the OEA/EEA Office (2815 Coburg Road, Eugene) on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Spouses are welcome and light snacks will be provided. Pre-registration is required.

If you have questions or would like to sign up to attend, please contact John Van Ravenhorst directly: john@bridgeswealth.com or 541-343-2928.


4J will once again be partnering with Lane Blood Center to offer a district-wide blood drive and we are hoping to get at least 20 donations. The event is open to everyone, so feel free to bring along your family, friends, and neighbors to help our community in an important way.

The bloodmobile will be at the 4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe in Eugene:

  • Wednesday, May 16, 2018 • 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

To book an appointment, please e-mail 4j_benefits@4j.lane.edu. Walk-in donors are also welcome to attend.

Statistically, 1 in 4 people will need a blood transfusion in their lifetime, but only 5% of eligible donors donate. To check donor eligibility requirements or learn more about the donation process, please visit Lane Blood Center’s website: https://lanebloodcenter.org/.

If you can’t make this event but would like to participate in an upcoming 4J blood drive, please mark your calendar for these upcoming drive dates:

  • Wednesday, September 26, 2018 • 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 5, 2018 • 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.


If you are looking for a new route to the top of Skinner Butte, you may want to try out the West Summit Trail. The trail is located above the climbing columns, and opened to the public this past December. The new quarter-mile trail features a gravel path, new cable handrails, and wooden steps.

Park officials believe the new trail will be safer for hikers, and will offer protection to the prairie remnant. Additionally, it will offer protection to climbers from falling rocks caused by hikers who leave the main route.

Skinner Butte Park was dedicated in 1914 and is one of Eugene’s oldest parks. The park includes 100 acres of property along the Willamette River. In addition to Skinner Butte, the park includes the Columns climbing area, RiverPlay Discovery Playground, Campbell Senior Center, Lamb Cottage, Skinner City Farm community garden, acres of lawn and meadows, hiking trails, bike paths, picnic areas, and much more.

As the weather warms up and heading outdoors becomes more appealing, remember this fantastic Eugene resource!


Seven tips for learning new information:

  1. Keep learning sessions brief;
  2. Space out learning;
  3. Review new information;
  4. Vary your learning environment;
  5. Write down the information/say it aloud;
  6. Test yourself;
  7. Get sufficient sleep.

The information in this newsletter has been summarized. It is presented as information – not advice or counsel. In all instances, the benefits, conditions, and limitations as outlined in the 4J Master Contracts prevail over this representation. Please refer to your Benefits booklet or master contracts available at the District offices for additional information regarding your benefits plans.

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Coffee With the Superintendent

Dr. Balderas invites community for coffee and conversation

Coffee With the Superintendent
Wednesday, April 25, 6–7 p.m.
4J Education Center
200 N. Monroe St., Eugene
(invite your friends!)

You’re invited: Drop in on Wednesday evening, April 25, for coffee and casual conversation with 4J Superintendent Gustavo Balderas.

Do you want to talk with the superintendent, learn about important things happening in 4J schools, ask questions or share your ideas and feedback? Join us for a coffee chat. This informal gathering is open to everyone.

“Coffee With the Superintendent” is a monthly event being held throughout the school year. Meetings are held at varying times and locations around the district to accommodate differing schedules.

Whether you have a specific question or idea, or simply want to hear more about the district’s biggest priorities, challenges and successes, please consider coming to an upcoming superintendent coffee chat. We’ll see you there!

RSVP or invite your friends 

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ACE Awards: Nominate A Champion in Education

Nominations for school district employees and volunteers accepted through May 1

Who is your champion in education? Eugene School District 4J has exceptional staff and volunteers who make a difference for students every day. Nominating a valued educator, leader, co-worker, or volunteer for the ACE Awards (A Champion in Education) is a wonderful way to honor the incredible talent and dedication of our amazing teachers, classified staff, administrators and volunteers.

One nominee in each category will be named the ACE Award champion and receive a $1,000 award for a project or program at their school. Every nominee will be recognized as an exceptional educator!

Submit your nomination(s) for the 12th annual ACE Awards by Tuesday, May 1. Nominations are accepted for four categories (teachers and licensed specialists, administrators and supervisors, classified staff, volunteers) and a special lifetime achievement award.

Submit a Nomination
ACE Awards Nomination Criteria
2017 Nominees & Champions
2016 Nominees & Champions

All nominees will be celebrated and champions will be announced at a reception and awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 23, 5:30–7 p.m., at Churchill High School. The event is free and open to the public.

In previous years a joint awards event has been held to celebrate educators from Springfield, Bethel and 4J, with support from the Eugene and Springfield Chambers of Commerce and title sponsor Oregon Community Credit Union. In a change this year, the multi-district event will no longer be held. The district is continuing the ACE Awards as a 4J program to honor our district’s exceptional professionals and volunteers, with continued support from Oregon Community Credit Union.

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