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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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Full Schedules for 10th Graders in 2017–18

District has expanded full scheduling to high school sophomores 

To help students get off to a strong start in high school, Eugene School District 4J has targeted funding in recent years to provide full class schedules for all 9th graders. Now 4J 10th graders will have full schedules as well.

The district has added high school teacher staffing for a top priority, providing full schedules for all students in 10th grade as well as 9th grade. This targeted investment started in the second trimester last year and will continue in 2017–18.

High schools have added class sections to provide meaningful learning experiences for every student in every period, and adjusted student schedules to ensure every 10th grade student has five classes. In the rare case that a family does not want their child to have a full schedule, they can address it with the student’s counselor.

The expansion of full scheduling to 10th grade is targeted to support student success. Students who are in class more learn more, earn more credits and are more likely to graduate on time.

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Better Buildings: Improvements Are Underway

Summer construction projects are happening across the district, taking advantage of empty schools and good weather

School’s out for summer, and construction crews are busy across the district while students are out of school. This summer we’re completing the construction of two new schools and making repairs and improvements to existing buildings.

By the end of this summer, the district will have completed the replacement of two aging elementary schools and two middle schools with new buildings, thanks to voters who approved the school bond measure in 2013. Last fall, the new Howard Elementary School building and Roosevelt Middle School building opened their doors to students. This fall, River Road/El Camino de Río Elementary School and Arts & Technology Academy will welcome students to their new school buildings.

The new facilities are attractive additions to their neighborhoods. They provide better learning environments for students and will cost less to operate. Other schools across the district also are benefiting from building improvements and upgrades in technology, curriculum and equipment. (learn more)

¡Hola! to the New River Road/El Camino de Río

River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School will open the doors this fall in the fourth building in the school’s history. River Road School was originally built in 1914, but burned down in 1926 and was replaced. The third River Road school building opened in 1953 and housed generations of students before it was demolished this summer.

The new school building will provide a modern learning environment for teachers and their students—who learn to speak, read, write and more in both Spanish and English—while maximizing adjacent open space for outdoor learning, play areas and athletic fields. (learn more)

A New Home for ATA

Arts & Technology Academy, a neighborhood middle school located in the former Jefferson school building, offers an exciting and innovative instructional program that integrates science, technology, engineering and math—STEM—throughout the curriculum. The school’s new building opening in fall 2017 replaces the aging building that had been in service since 1957. The reconstruction project is primarily new construction and has retained some renovated portions of the old building.

The design and layout of the new building will support ATA’s STEM-focused instructional program. With a large project room and interactive classrooms located at the core of the school, the new building is designed to encourage group and project-based learning. (learn more

From Parking Lots to Roof Tops: Other 4J Building Improvements

Existing schools, athletic facilities and other 4J facilities will receive some TLC this summer, including:

  • Exterior painting — Chávez, Holt and Willagillespie elementary schools; Monroe Middle School; Churchill High School
  • Roofing — portions of Edgewood Elementary School and Kelly Middle School; Churchill High School
  • Track resurfacing — Sheldon High School
  • Turf field and long pit jump covers replacement — Cal Young and Madison middle schools
  • Dead tree removal, security fence installation and modular classroom upgrades — Fox Hollow Campus
  • Modular classroom upgrades — Chinese Language Immersion Program
  • Track shed replacement — North Eugene High School
  • Single occupancy restroom construction— Sheldon High School
  • Gym floor refinishing — Chávez, Gilham and Holt elementary schools; Kelly, Kennedy and Madison middle schools; North Eugene High School
  • Parking lot striping — multiple sites across the district

Many of these improvements are possible thanks to the bond measures approved by voters in 2011 and 2013. For other major updates on bond-funded school projects, see www.4j.lane.edu/communications/bond/news.

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School Office Summer Schedules

The start of the school year is coming soon! For school registration and other needs, elementary and middle school offices will be open to help you in mid-August. Central district offices and high schools are open now.

Elementary Schools

Closed for the summer.
Open with limited hours on August 16 and 17.
Regular hours resume August 22.

Middle Schools

Closed for the summer.
Regular hours resume August 14.
Arts & Technology Academy has alternate ways to connect with school office staff while final construction is completed.

High Schools 

Churchill, North Eugene, Sheldon, South Eugene:
Summer hours: Open Mon–Thu. 9 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1–3 p.m. Closed Fridays.
Regular hours resume August 14.

ECCO:
Closed for the summer.
Regular hours resume August 14.

Contact information for schools and district offices

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Kids Eat for Free! All Elementary Students Get Free Breakfast

New: Free breakfast at every 4J elementary school!

We know how important a nutritious breakfast is to help students get the most out of school. Studies consistently show that children who eat a healthy meal before school have longer attention spans and perform better academically.

Eugene School District 4J is excited to offer free breakfast to all students in grades K–5—more than 7,000 students—for the entire 2017–18 school year.

No paperwork or application is required to receive free breakfast. Students simply show up at breakfast time (check with your school for start times) and enjoy a healthy, nutritious meal to start their day off right!

In addition to free breakfast at all elementary schools, 4J will continue to offer students:

  • Free breakfast at three middle schools: Arts & Technology Academy*, Kelly and Madison
  • Free lunch at four elementary schools and one middle school: Arts & Technology Academy, Chavez, Howard, McCornack and River Road/El Camino del Río*

Students do not have pay or submit an application to eat these nutritious meals for free. For school meals other than those listed above, you may apply to qualify for free school meals. Until you apply and qualify, or if you do not qualify, there is a charge for school meals.

4J School Meals Fast Facts

  • 4J Nutrition Services provides healthy, fresh and local options including unlimited fruits and vegetables with every meal.
  • On an average day, 3,400 breakfasts and 6,100 lunches are served to students at 31 school sites.
  • More than 60% of meals are served in the elementary schools.
  • 87% of the meals in elementary schools are served to children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.
  • More than half of our 4J elementary school students have family income or circumstances that qualify them for free or reduced-price school meals. Many students rely on school meals for much of their daily food.

*The free breakfast and lunch at these five schools is provided through the United States Department of Agriculture School Meal program’s Community Eligibility Provision. The schools are eligible for the “everybody eats free” program because they have a high enough percentage of students that meet the program’s criteria for the 2017–18 school year. Learn more 

Questions?
Local: 4J Nutrition Services, 541-790-7656, nutrition@4j.lane.edu
Federal program: www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/community-eligibility-provision

Learn More
4J Nutrition Services
Fresh, Healthy, Local Food
School Meal Menus
Pay for School Meals
Apply for Free School Meals

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Meet Your New Principal!

Several schools welcome new leadership in 2017–18

Eugene School District 4J has announced the selection of administrators to lead several schools and programs in the coming school year.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS—Jim Moore, Edgewood principal • Scott Marsh, Edison principal • Lavinia Page, assistant administrator at Holt, Corridor and Yujin Gakuen

MIDDLE SCHOOLS—Larry Williams, Arts & Technology Academy principal • Morgan Christensen, Kennedy principal • Peter Barsotti, Madison principal

HIGH SCHOOLS—Iton Udosenata, North Eugene principal • Trinity Welch-Radabaugh, North Eugene assistant principal • Casandra Kamens, Churchill assistant principal • Tracy Ross, Sheldon assistant principal

DISTRICT PROGRAMS—Karen Perez-Da Silva, Equity, Instruction & Partnerships Administrator • KC Clark, Fox Hollow Campus Administrator • Tom Horn and Susan Lorow, Student Services Administrators

Elementary Schools

Edgewood Principal: Jim Moore has been selected to be the new principal of Edgewood Elementary School, replacing longtime principal Larry Williams who is moving to Arts & Technology Academy. Mr. Moore has been assistant principal of Thurston Middle School in Springfield for the past two years. Before that he taught fifth grade for more than a decade in the Portland area. Mr. Moore values the importance of creating and sustaining a school community dedicated to equity, academic rigor, and the creation of lifelong learners.

Edison Principal: Scott Marsh is the new principal of Edison Elementary School, replacing Tom Horn, who will now be a districtwide special education administrator. Mr. Marsh is a dedicated education leader with 27 years of experience. He has been Madison Middle School’s principal for several years; before that he was principal of Parker Elementary School, a South Eugene neighborhood elementary school, until the school closed in 2011. He started his education career as a middle school math teacher. Mr. Marsh believes that every child has the potential to reach their dreams, and that it is the job of educators to help unlock that potential, aim them in the right direction and help them realize those dreams.

Holt, Corridor and Yujin Gakuen Assistant Administrator: Lavinia Page has been selected to continue serving as an assistant administrator, supporting the school administration at two of the district’s largest elementary school sites, Holt Elementary and the co-located Yujin Gakuen and Corridor Elementary. Ms. Page served as the interim assistant administrator in 2016–17.

Middle Schools

Arts & Technology Academy Principal: Larry Williams is the new principal of Arts & Technology Academy. Mr. Williams is an experienced instructional leader, most recently serving as the principal of Edgewood Elementary School for the past 10 years. Mr. Williams also has middle school administration experience, having served as an assistant principal of a K–8 school in Bethel and as an administrative intern at Kelly Middle School. Before becoming an administrator, he was a counselor at Churchill High School. Mr. Williams is excited about leading collaborative work in a diverse middle school environment, developing relationships with ATA staff and families, and supporting the school’s STEM vision and integration of STEM project-based learning throughout the curriculum.

Kennedy Principal: Morgan Christensen has been appointed as the new principal of Kennedy Middle School, replacing Charlie Smith, who is retiring after 17 years as a school principal in 4J. Dr. Christensen has done tremendous work in his 15 years in the district, first as a teacher at Roosevelt Middle School, as interim assistant principal of Arts & Technology Academy, and then as assistant principal of Churchill High School for the past 5 years. He earned his doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Oregon. Dr. Christensen is committed to ensuring all Kennedy students develop the academic and social emotional skills to be ready to succeed in high school. He is excited about growing the community connection between middle and high school families in the Churchill region.

Madison Principal: Peter Barsotti has been selected to be the new principal of Madison Middle School, replacing Scott Marsh who is moving to Edison Elementary School. Mr. Barsotti comes to 4J from the Fern Ridge School District, where he has been a middle school principal since 2014 and previously served as assistant principal and dean of students. He began his education career 15 years ago working in an after-school mentoring program for inner city youth, then taught math and coached athletic teams in Elmira and Eugene before becoming an administrator. Mr. Barsotti is passionate about school climate and ensuring that every student, parent, staff member and community member feels safe, welcome and appreciated.

High Schools

North Eugene Principal: Iton Udosenata will be the new principal of North Eugene High School. Mr. Udosenata—a native Oregonian who graduated from North Eugene High School—emerged as the top candidate after a national search. He has served as principal of Cottage Grove High School for the past four years. Before Cottage Grove, he was an assistant principal of Willamette High School, a social studies and alternative education teacher at Thurston High School, and, at the start of his career, a middle school history teacher in Los Angeles. His leadership has included a focus on equity, career and technical education and improving the graduation rate, all priorities that he plans to continue to champion through collaboration and teamwork with North Eugene stakeholders. Mr. Udosenata is a strong and passionate education leader who has a deep understanding of and roots in the North Eugene region and a commitment to ensuring all students achieve their full potential.

North Eugene Assistant Principal: Trinity Welch-Radabaugh has been named assistant principal of North Eugene High School, as Tracy Ross is moving to Sheldon. Ms. Welch-Radabaugh is a member of the North Eugene community and has more than a decade of experience as a high school educator. She has been assistant principal of Crescent Valley High School in Corvallis since 2015, and previously taught high school advanced mathematics. Ms. Welch-Radabaugh is committed to fostering positive community relationships, creating teamwork between homes and school, empowering families to contribute to the educational process in meaningful ways, and improving outcomes for all students.

Sheldon Assistant Principal: Tracy Ross will serve as assistant principal of Sheldon High School next year, replacing Beth Richardson, who is moving out-of-state. Previously, Ms. Ross was assistant principal of North Eugene High School and before that taught at Sheldon for more than a decade as the band director. Ms. Ross’ 20-year education career has included many years teaching music, experience as a regional essential skills coordinator in 4J and as a high school instructional coach in Lebanon, and three years as assistant principal of North Eugene. She brings strong instructional skills and high school experience to her new position and is excited to return “home” to Sheldon.

Churchill Assistant Principal: Casandra Kamens has been appointed assistant principal of Churchill High School, replacing Morgan Christensen, who will be principal of Kennedy Middle School. Ms. Kamens previously served as a world languages teacher, a small schools coordinator, an instructional programs administrator and principal of North Eugene High School. Ms. Kamens’ extensive high school experience and skills will be a great asset as she joins the leadership team at Churchill.

District Programs

Equity, Instruction & Partnerships Administrator: Karen Perez-Da Silva has been hired as 4J’s Equity, Instruction & Partnerships administrator, replacing David Bautista, who has moved out-of-state. Dr. Perez-Da Silva has spent more than 16 years teaching in diverse classrooms, conducting action research, and working with teams of general education and special education teachers, students and their families to analyze problems of practice at the classroom and school levels in order to bring about change. She has taught culturally responsive teaching courses, led courageous conversations groups for teachers and mentored dual language teachers. She obtained her doctorate in educational leadership from Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. Dr. Perez-Da Silva has a deep passion for creating more equitable systems, and a strong belief in the power of collaboration to support the district’s vision and goals.

Fox Hollow Campus Administrator: KC Clark has been named administrator of the Fox Hollow Campus and the three programs it encompasses—comprehensive services, home instruction and instructional program—replacing the previous campus administrator assigned by Lane Education Service District. Ms. Clark is a 4J graduate and has 17 years of experience in the district, the last 15 years as the student services administrator assigned to high school and post-graduate programs. Prior to joining 4J, Ms. Clark worked for Lane Community College and Looking Glass Youth and Family Services where she was a GED teacher, a classroom teacher and an education supervisor. Her strengths in program development, problem solving and building relationships with students and families will serve the Fox Hollow campus and its programs well.

Student Services Administrator: Tom Horn has been selected to serve as a student services administrator, replacing Joane Butler, who retired this year. Mr. Horn brings a strong background and more than 20 years of experience to his new role, in which he will work with schools and students with special needs and their families across the district. Mr. Horn has been the principal of Edison Elementary School for the past five years and previously was principal of Al Kennedy Alternative High School in Cottage Grove. Before earning his administrator’s license, Mr. Horn was a special education teacher for more than a decade. He holds a master’s degree in special education and has served as an adjunct faculty instructor at the University of Oregon and Pacific University. Mr. Horn believes that learning should be a fascinating adventure, a rigorous but joyful pursuit, and that cooperation, collaboration and teamwork are essential. His commitment to students is unwavering.

Student Services Administrator: Susan Lorow is joining 4J as a student services administrator, replacing KC Clark, who has been named Fox Hollow Campus administrator. Ms. Lorow has more than 20 years of experience in public education, including working as an adjunct instructor at the college level, assistant special education director, English Language Learner and migrant education program director, assistant principal, acting principal and school psychologist. In her current student services position in Maryland, she has worked with staff, students, families and the community to identify and remediate adverse challenges impacting student attendance, homelessness, dropouts and behavioral concerns. Ms. Lorow is committed to high-quality teaching and learning and using student achievement data to improve instruction and student outcomes.

Welcome to these education leaders and all others who are beginning or changing positions with 4J this year.

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2017–18 School Supply Lists

Back-to-school sales will begin soon, long before classes do. Check your school’s supply list online before you start your back-to-school shopping.

Some schools provide a list of required supplies for each grade, while other schools or individual teachers buy the needed materials in bulk and ask families to pay a supplies fee.

Find your student’s school below for a link to the supply list for 2017–18. If you have any questions about your school’s list or the fee, please check with the school. School offices reopen in mid to late August.

Donations are greatly appreciated! If you would like to donate extra supplies or funds to buy supplies for students whose families are unable to pay for them, please contact the school office or an organization that collects donations for families in need. Thank you for your generosity.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

  
MIDDLE SCHOOLS

  
HIGH SCHOOLS

Because high school students’ course schedules and needs can vary so widely, high schools do not have preset supply lists for all students. For guidance on what supplies your student likely will need, please call the school office.

 

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2017 Summer Programs

Summer learning, free meals

Summer is here, and with it some no-cost opportunities for students to learn and stay nourished.

Free Meals: Kids are invited to eat breakfast and lunch for free this summer. NO forms to fill out. FREE for anyone 18 and under. The free summer food program is available in several 4J schools, starting June 26 at the high school locations and in July at the elementary and middle school locations. Free lunch also is available in many parks and community centers throughout Eugene this summer.

Summer Learning: 4J offers the following summer school programs by invitation only:

Summer Hours: Most district offices are open year-round. High school offices remain open through the summer, but operate on reduced hours. Elementary school and middle school offices close for the summer and reopen in August.

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