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Weekly Youth Meal Boxes Offered at 7 Sites

Free meal boxes available for pickup Wednesdays at Cal Young, Howard, Kennedy, Madison, Monroe, Roosevelt, Spencer Butte 

Eugene School District 4J is offering free grab-and-go meal boxes for 4J students and other youth every Wednesday. No application or pre-registration is required.

Meal boxes can be picked up between 12:45–2:15 p.m. on Wednesdays at seven school sites across the district: Howard Elementary School and Cal Young, Kennedy, Madison, Monroe, Roosevelt and Spencer Butte Middle School. Meal pickup at the Kelly Middle School site was closed last week due to a facility issue, and starting this week will move next door to Howard Elementary School.

Families can pick up meals at any location regardless of where they live or attend school. Families who are not able to pick up a meal box at the scheduled time can email 4jmeals@4j.lane.edu and request to pick up a meal box at the district office at a different time.

The weekly meal box features “heat and eat” meals. Each box contains four days of breakfasts and lunches, plus five dinner meals. Vegetarian, made-without-gluten, and soy milk options are available.

Free meals are provided for all 4J students and all youth age 18 and under. There are no income requirements and no application process.

Since March 2020, Eugene School District 4J has provided about 1.9 million free nutritious meals to local children and youth. Free meals will be available this summer and throughout the 2021–22 school year, thanks to the extension of a federal program that makes it possible to provide free meals for all students and youth without application requirements.

When:

Wednesdays through June 30, 12:45–2:15 p.m.

Where:

Youth meal boxes can be picked up at seven 4J school sites:

  • Cal Young Middle School, 2555 Gilham Road
  • Howard Elementary School, 700 Howard Ave.
  • Kennedy Middle School, 2200 Bailey Hill Road
  • Madison Middle School, 875 Wilkes Drive
  • Monroe Middle School, 2800 Bailey Lane
  • Roosevelt Middle School, 500 E. 24th Ave.
  • Spencer Butte Middle School, 500 E. 43rd Ave.

Health & Safety:

Face coverings must be worn and physical distancing rules must be observed at all times. Staff, students and families picking up meals must wear masks covering their nose, mouth and chin, and maintain at least 6 feet of distance from any person who is not a member of their immediate household.

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4J Invites Summer Program Proposals

Funding available for community organizations to provide summer programs for 4J students 

Eugene School District 4J is soliciting proposals from community organizations to provide a variety of learning and enrichment programs for 4J students this summer.

While students, families and educators have been resilient in the face of the many challenges of the pandemic, it has impacted learning, social connection, and engagement for many students and families. Summer learning programs offer a significant opportunity to support students and families, help students expand their learning and re-engage with peers.

The district is eligible for state funding to provide summer academic and enrichment programs for students this year, as our community begins to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to expanding programs provided directly by the district, 4J will provide funding for additional summer programs offered by community providers.

Grant funding is available for three kinds of summer programs:

  • High School Programs: Offer high school courses for credits needed to stay on-track for graduation, for students in grades 9–12
  • K–8 Programs: Offer enrichment, academic learning and readiness supports, and/or social-emotional and mental health services, for students in elementary and middle school grades; priority is given to programs that include an academic component
  • K–5 Wraparound Childcare: Provide wraparound childcare services before/after summer programs, free for elementary school students who qualify for free meals or attend a Community Eligibility Program (CEP) school

Proposed summer programs must provide in-person, onsite activities to the maximum extent possible. Providers may request to use available district building space, with a facility use agreement.

Priority is given for programs providing services at no cost to 4J participants.

Priority funding will be awarded to programs serving students who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, including Black, Latinx, Native American and Pacific Islander communities; students experiencing disabilities; and students and families navigating poverty.

The district will hold an information session and Q&A for interested community organizations on May 19. Proposals will be accepted starting Friday, May 21, and until all funding is committed.

The district will share information to families about available summer programs when details are available.

Q&A Session for Potential Summer Program Providers
Wednesday, May 19, 9:30 a.m.
Zoom registration link

More Information & Response Form
Request for Qualifications: Fillable Word Doc  |  PDF Preview

Submit Proposals
Send to: purchasing@4j.lane.edu
Subject: “RFQ: Summer Enrichment Program Grants”

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School Gym Roof Structure Issue Temporarily Closes Building

Students have resumed distance learning while next steps are determined

Eugene School District 4J is working to address a structural issue at the Kelly Middle School and Yujin Gakuen Japanese Immersion School building at 850 Howard Ave. off River Road.

Two roof trusses are failing in one of the building’s three gymnasiums, known as the “inner gym.” The gym and its roof are structurally connected to the rest of the school building.

District facilities personnel are working with structural engineers and building contractors to evaluate the structural issue, and determine what it will take to shore up the failing components and fully repair the problem.

When the issue was identified this week, the district alerted staff and families at Kelly and Yujin Gakuen and shifted to distance learning in an abundance of caution for the safety of staff and students.

The initial investigation has confirmed the structural issue is a safety concern and cannot be immediately resolved.

The schools will continue distance learning next week while next steps are determined.

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Signs of Success: Celebrating Our Seniors

Signs for high school seniors’ lawns and windows • Digital images for family and friends to celebrate graduates 

New spring colors will soon be cropping up in yards across Eugene. Eugene School District 4J is providing yard signs for this year’s graduating seniors.

These signs are intended to celebrate our high school seniors and all they’ve achieved throughout their 13 years of K–12 education. Each high school has its own sign design, featuring the different high school colors and logos.

Every 12th grade student will be provided a free sign for their lawn, front door or window, to show that an amazing 4J high school senior lives there. Signs will be distributed at high schools along with caps and gowns and other graduation materials:

  • Wednesday, May 19: North Eugene and South Eugene
  • Thursday, May 20: Sheldon, ECCO*
  • Friday, May 21: Churchill
    *Yard signs will be available for ECCO students on May 20, though caps and gowns will be distributed later on June 1.

Look for more details from your school.

Digital signs also are available for students to show their pride and for family and friends to celebrate 4J’s graduating high school seniors on social media. The digital images include options tailored specifically for parents and grandparents. Images can be downloaded and posted on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other favorite social media platforms. Click on any of the images below and then right-click to save a high-resolution version to your computer.

Celebratory profile picture frames are also available on Facebook. To add a Class of 2021 frame to your Facebook profile picture, either click on the link provided or visit facebook.com/profilepicframes and search for your school.

Congratulations, seniors. You make us proud!

#4JBetterTogether

Digital Signs to Celebrate 4J’s Graduating Seniors

Churchill High School

CHS Facebook profile frame

Churchill High School–IHS

CHS–IHS Facebook profile frame

North Eugene High School

NEHS Facebook profile frame

Sheldon High School

SHS Facebook profile frame

Sheldon High School–IHS

SHS–IHS Facebook profile frame

South Eugene High School

SEHS Facebook profile frame

South Eugene High School–IHS

SEHS–IHS Facebook profile frame

ECCO

ECCO Facebook profile frame

Eugene School District 4J

4J Facebook profile frame

 

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Graduation Celebrations: Honoring the Class of 2021

4J high schools will hold both virtual and in-person graduation ceremonies

Cue up “Pomp and Circumstance”—on repeat. Due to COVID restrictions, 4J high schools can’t hold traditional indoor, in-person commencement ceremonies for all graduating seniors at the same time. Instead, high schools will hold multiple ceremonies online and outdoors.

Every high school will hold a virtual graduation ceremony honoring all graduating seniors at the school. The virtual graduation ceremonies will be live streamed on Thursday, June 10 at 6:30 p.m. The IHS graduation ceremony will be live streamed after the comprehensive high schools. There is no limit on spectators, and families and friends can watch from any location.

To honor our students’ and families’ wishes to have a safe and in-person graduation during the pandemic, high schools also will hold in-person commencement events for students who choose to participate.

Larger high schools will hold multiple events to comply with limits on the number of participants. The four comprehensive high schools (Churchill, North Eugene, Sheldon and South Eugene) will each hold two ceremonies on the same night, each with half of the graduating senior class.    

In-person graduation ceremonies will be held on the following dates:

Eugene International High School Friday, June 11, 7:00 Sheldon stadium
North Eugene High School Saturday, June 12, 2:00 & 4:00 North Eugene Swede Johnson Stadium
South Eugene High School Monday, June 14, 5:30 & 7:30 South Eugene stadium
ECCO Tuesday, June 15, 7:00 Arts & Technology Academy turf field
Sheldon High School Wednesday, June 16, 5:30 & 7:30 Sheldon stadium
Churchill High School Thursday, June 17, 5:30 & 7:30 Churchill stadium

The number of spectators will depend on Lane County’s risk level at the time of the event:

Extreme Risk Members of the graduating class only (no on-site spectators)
High or Moderate Risk Each graduate will receive two tickets for guests
All Risk Levels Graduations will be live streamed for an unlimited number of viewers

All of the events will be outside, rain or shine. All participants and spectators must wear face coverings consistently and correctly, and must maintain 6 feet of physical distance from people not in their immediate household. Staff, students and families are encouraged but not required to be vaccinated.

High schools will communicate to seniors and families about graduation event plans and how students will be scheduled to participate. The link to the live broadcast will be posted on school websites and shared to families before the event.

Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

 

Learn More:

Signs of Success: Celebrating Seniors
Virtual Graduation Stream Links (coming soon)
On-Site Graduation Stream Links (coming soon)

COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Wear Your Face Covering
Keep Your Distance
4J Health & Safety Protocols

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Innovative Summer High School Courses Offered

4J teachers offer creative, short-span summer courses for students entering grades 9–12 

Summer Intensive Program Info & Registration

Let’s continue the learning! Eugene School District 4J’s summer intensive program provides students who will be in high school next year an opportunity to extend their learning into the summer months.

The short courses are designed and led by 4J teachers to engage students in innovative learning that includes meaningful experiences outside of a traditional classroom setting. High school credit is offered upon successful completion.

Course offerings explore exciting and timely topics of global and national importance and include cultural exploration and culturally diverse themes, as well as the arts and sciences.

Currently 18 summer intensive courses are scheduled, covering a wide range of topics including woodworking, stop motion animation, financial literacy, infectious disease, cooking, jazz band, geometry, engineering, Native American art and culture, watercolor painting, and more. More courses may be added throughout the spring.

Check course descriptions for dates, times and details. The first currently scheduled course begins July 2. Most courses will be taught in person. Most courses are open to students who will be in grades 9–12 in the 2021–22 school year, but some are limited to selected grades. The district can provide students with a loaned laptop and help with internet access, if needed.

More summer academic and enrichment programs for 4J students will be announced in the coming weeks.

Summer Intensive Courses:
Information, Course Descriptions and Registration

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Pick Up Weekly Youth Meal Boxes at 6 Sites

Free meal boxes available for pickup Wednesdays at Cal Young, Kennedy, Madison, Monroe, Roosevelt, Spencer Butte middle schools

Eugene School District 4J is offering free grab-and-go meal boxes for 4J students and other youth every Wednesday. No application or pre-registration is required.

Meal boxes can be picked up between 12:45–2:15 p.m. on Wednesdays at six middle school sites across the district: Cal Young, Kennedy, Madison, Monroe, Roosevelt and Spencer Butte Middle School.

Meal box pickup is not available at the district’s other two middle schools, Kelly Middle School or Arts & Technology Academy, as of the week of May 10.

Families can pick up meals at any location regardless of where they live or attend school. Families who are not able to pick up a meal box at the scheduled time can email 4jmeals@4j.lane.edu and request to pick up a meal box at the district office or make other arrangements.

The weekly meal box features “heat and eat” meals. Each box contains four days of breakfasts and lunches, plus five dinner meals. Vegetarian, made-without-gluten, and soy milk options are available.

Free meals are provided for all 4J students and all youth up to age 18. There are no application process or income requirements.

Since March 2020, Eugene School District 4J has provided about 1.9 million free nutritious meals to local children and youth. Free meals will be available this summer and throughout the 2021–22 school year, thanks to the extension of a federal program that makes it possible to provide free meals for all students and youth without application requirements.

When:

Wednesdays through June 30, 12:45–2:15 p.m.

Where:

Youth meal boxes can be picked up at six 4J middle school sites:

  • Cal Young Middle School, 2555 Gilham Road
  • Kennedy Middle School, 2200 Bailey Hill Road
  • Madison Middle School, 875 Wilkes Drive
  • Monroe Middle School, 2800 Bailey Lane
  • Roosevelt Middle School, 500 E. 24th Ave.
  • Spencer Butte Middle School, 500 E. 43rd Ave.

Health & Safety:

Face coverings must be worn and physical distancing rules must be observed at all times. Staff, students and families picking up meals must wear masks covering their nose, mouth and chin, and maintain at least 6 feet of distance from any person who is not a member of their immediate household.

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COVID Vaccine Clinics for Students Age 12+

COVID-19 vaccine authorized for youth ages 12–15 • 4J holds clinics for students on May 17 and 24

4J students age 12 and up will soon be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The FDA has authorized use of the Pfizer vaccine for young people 12–15 years old. It is expected to be made available to Oregon youth in the coming days.

Eugene School District 4J has scheduled two vaccine clinics for 4J students age 12 and older on May 17 and 24. In addition, Lane County Public Health is accepting vaccine appointments for youth age 12 and older starting May 14.

The FDA previously had authorized use of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for people ages 16 and up, and expanded that authorization to include young people ages 12–15 this week.

Vaccination is a voluntary and vital opportunity to support the health of our families, schools and Eugene community. 4J is partnering with community providers to make COVID-19 vaccines available at no cost for students.

Eugene School District 4J Vaccine Clinics

When: Monday, May 17, 1–6 p.m. & May 24, 1–5 p.m.
Where:
 South Eugene High School, 400 E. 19th Ave.
Schedule appointment:
May 17: Make an appointment (some may be available due to cancelations)
• May 24: Make an appointment (appointments available)
Make appointment under the student’s name, one for each student
Vaccine Type: Pfizer/BioNTech
Consent Form: bit.ly/3em3kls

Parent consent: Students under age 15 should be accompanied by their parent or guardian.

Insurance information: If you have insurance, please bring your insurance card or information. If you don’t have insurance, there will be no charge for the vaccine.

Second dose: Students vaccinated at the May 17 clinic will receive their second dose at another clinic on Monday, June 7. Students vaccinated at the May 24 clinic will receive their second dose at another clinic on Monday, June 14.

Lane County Public Health Vaccine Clinics

Lane County Public Health is opening its vaccination clinics to youth age 12–15 beginning Friday, May 14. Only locations providing Pfizer vaccines are available for youth ages 12–17.

Upcoming LCPH vaccine clinics include:

• Friday, May 14, 3–7 p.m., Autzen Stadium
• Saturday, May 15, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Autzen Stadium
• Sunday, May 16, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Autzen Stadium
Make an appointment

Parent consent: Minors under age 15 should be accompanied by their parent or guardian.

Insurance information: All vaccines are free and health insurance is not required.

Appointment or walk-in: While appointments are encouraged and will reduce wait times, walk-ins also are welcome at LCPH vaccine clinics. Schedule Appointment

 

Learn More

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ

FDA Authorization For Youth Ages 12–15 News Release
May 12 4J Vaccine Clinic for Students Age 16+ Only

COVID-19 Vaccines in Lane County
COVID-19 Vaccines in Oregon

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4J Vaccine Clinic for Students Age 12+ on May 17

COVID-19 vaccine is expected to be authorized for youth age 12–15 soon • First 4J student vaccine clinic for ages 12+ on May 17

UPDATE: All of the May 17 vaccine appointments have been filled. Do not contact the district or healthcare provider about vaccine appointment availability. Additional vaccine clinics will be scheduled.

Eugene School District 4J has scheduled a COVID-19 vaccine clinic for 4J students age 12 and up on Monday, May 17. FDA authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for youth age 12+ is expected soon.

Vaccination is a voluntary and important opportunity to support the health of our families, schools and Eugene community. 4J is joining with community providers to make COVID-19 vaccines available at no cost for students. This is the second vaccine clinic scheduled solely for 4J students, and the first for ages 12–15. Another clinic for the second vaccine dose will be on June 7.

Who: 4J students age 12 and up
Where:
 South Eugene High School, 400 E. 19th Ave.
When: Monday, May 17, 1–6 p.m. (pending FDA authorization for age 12+)
Make an Appointment: Make an appointment for each student, under the student’s name
Vaccine Type: Pfizer/BioNTech
Consent Form: bit.ly/3em3kls

Parent consent: Students under age 15 must be accompanied by their parent or guardian or bring a signed consent form.

Insurance information: If you have insurance, you will need to bring your insurance card or information. If you don’t have insurance, there will be no charge for the vaccine.

Pending approval: At this time COVID-19 vaccines are available for all Oregonians age 16 and older. Federal authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for use in youth age 12–15 is under consideration and anticipated to be granted soon. If the FDA has not given authorization for the vaccine to be administered to youth age 12 and up before May 17, the district will reschedule this vaccine clinic.

May 12 Vaccine Clinic for Students Age 16+ Only

COVID Vaccine FAQ

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Camas Ridge School Design Open House

You’re invited: See initial school design and share feedback in virtual open house May 26

Planning for the new Camas Ridge Elementary School is underway, thanks to voters’ approval of the 2018 school bond measure which is funding three new school buildings to replace aging facilities and other capital improvements. The new school will be designed for safety and security, efficiency and sustainability, and modern teaching and learning.

A design open house will be held on Wednesday, May 26 at 6 p.m., to give families, neighbors and other community members a chance to see and weigh in on the initial design of the new school building.

The design process for the three new school buildings funded by the 2018 bond measure began with districtwide planning work with community engagement and input, including design vision and values and educational specifications. For each individual new building, the design process also includes two community open houses for design updates and community feedback during the schematic design and design development stages.

An extra early-stage online presentation was provided in March for the Camas Ridge community to review and provide feedback on the preliminary building siting concept. Responsive to the community input received, the project team has refined the site plan including adjustments to the parking lot and relocating elements to protect an area where a large number of camas bulbs are located.

In the design open house on May 26, the architect team will provide a design update incorporating these revisions and design progress through schematic design, and solicit questions and feedback. 

Please join us May 26: Get a look at the initial school design. Talk with the architects, ask questions and share your comments.

Camas Ridge School Design Virtual Open House
Wednesday, May 26, 6–7 p.m.
Join the meeting at the scheduled time: Link to be posted 

Construction will begin in 2022–23 and the new building will open in fall 2024. The new Camas Ridge Elementary School will be a high-quality learning environment for students now and for generations to come. 

Learn more: www.4j.lane.edu/bond/projects/camasridge

Learn more

New Camas Ridge: Project Updates
New Camas Ridge: Frequently Asked Questions
More Bond Measure News
Subscribe to Bond Email Updates
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