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Ready for Learning at Home?

Key back-to-school information for families 

Welcome to the 2020–21 school year. This year’s back-to-school preparations are different than usual, as students will be learning at a distance through the fall.

Do you have what you need for your student’s return to learning? Here are links to some key back-to-school information.

Family Toolkit: Are You Ready to Zoom?5 Tips for Creating an At-Home Workspace7 Tips for Creating Good At-Home Study Habits

Are you ready to zoom? Content available in linked PDF.  5 tips for creating an at-home workspace. Content available in linked PDF.  7 tips for creating good at-home study habits. Content available in linked PDF.

If you have questions about your student’s schedule, teachers, or other school information, please contact your school.

Thank you, and welcome back to school!

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First Day of School Video

Welcome back to school—at a distance 

Welcome to the 2020–21 school year. Our students are returning to learning in a different way this fall. Their first-day-of-school photos still capture their irrepressible spirit and lift our hearts!

Video: First Day of School 2020–21

 

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Free Meals For All Until December

Grab-and-go meals available free for all youth at more sites, more hours this fall

Free grab-and-go meal distribution is back, with more locations and longer hours to ensure all 4J students and youth 18 and younger have convenient access to nutritious food.

Starting Monday, September 21, meals will be available for pickup at 10 school locations with extended hours, 10:45 a.m.–2 p.m. The longer serving times will provide students and families greater flexibility to pick up meals at a time that works with their online school schedules.

Grab-and-go meal bags include both breakfast and lunch, including hot options most days.

The free meals are available to all 4J students and youth 18 years old and younger, and families can choose the location that is most convenient for them, regardless of where they live or attend school. There are no income requirements and no application necessary. Children do not need to be present when picking up meals.

Meal service was originally planned to begin with the start of the school year on Monday, Sept. 14, but both school and meal service were postponed due to the impacts of hazardous air quality from wildfire smoke.

The district is able to offer school meals free for all students and youth at least until December 2020. The USDA has extended the temporary program waivers that make it possible for schools to offer meals at no charge through the end of the calendar year, or until available federal funds run out.

When

Starting Monday, September 21
Monday–Friday, 10:45 a.m.–2 p.m.

Where

Churchill Region
• Arts & Technology Academy, 1650 W. 22nd Ave.
• McCornack Elementary School, 1968 Brittany St.

North Eugene Region
• Howard Elementary School, 700 Howard Ave.
• River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School, 120 W. Hilliard Lane
• Madison Middle School, 875 Wilkes Dr.

Sheldon Region
• Cal Young Middle School, 2555 Gilham Rd.
• Holt Elementary School, 770 Calvin St.

South Eugene Region
• Roosevelt Middle School, 500 E. 24th Ave.
• Spencer Butte Middle School, 500 E. 43rd Ave.

Downtown
• ECCO, 200 N. Monroe St. (behind the district office)

Please follow posted instructions and follow coronavirus protocols (wear a face covering and remain at least 6 feet away from anyone not in your household) when accessing meal sites. All meals are intended to be picked up and not consumed on-site.

More Information

Menus & allergen/nutrition information
Food resources for students and families

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Welcome New Principals, Other Administrators

New leaders selected for 2020–21 school year

Several 4J schools and departments have new leadership replacing outgoing administrators in 2020–21.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLSGarrett Bridgens, Charlemagne French Immersion Principal • Dana Brummett, McCornack Principal • Allan Chinn, Holt Principal • Erin Gaston, Howard Principal • Lavinia Page, Gilham Principal • Stephanie Randall, Gilham and Willagillespie Assistant Principal

MIDDLE SCHOOLSCourtney Leonard, Roosevelt Principal • John Wayland, Kelly Interim Principal • Sarah Prater, Kelly Assistant Principal • Mark Watson, Cal Young Assistant Principal • Gina Wilde, Madison Assistant Principal 

HIGH SCHOOLSTrinity Welch-Radabaugh, North Eugene Interim Principal • Lance Falcon, Churchill Assistant Principal • Kay Graham, Sheldon Assistant Principal • Joe Hadley, South Eugene Assistant Principal • Travis Sheaffer, North Eugene Assistant Principal

DISTRICT ADMINISTRATIONEric Anderson, Curriculum Director • Misael Flores, Equity, Instruction & Partnerships Administrator • Stu Allen, Operations Manager, KRVM-FM

Elementary Schools

Charlemagne Principal: Garrett Bridgens
Garrett Bridgens has been named principal of Charlemagne French Immersion Elementary School, replacing Courtney Leonard who has moved to Roosevelt Middle School. Mr. Bridgens served as assistant principal at South Eugene High School last year. He previously taught for more than a decade in the South Lane School District, created and ran the Electronic Media CTE Program of Study, and served for five years as the district’s communications coordinator and as a substitute building administrator. He also coached high school athletics for 17 years. Charlemagne will benefit from Mr. Bridgens’ creativity, communication skills, and passion for student achievement.

McCornack Principal: Dana Brummett
Dana Brummett is the new principal of McCornack, replacing Londa Rochholz who retired after 35 years of dedicated service. Ms. Brummett has served as assistant principal of Cal Young Middle School for the past five years. Prior to Cal Young, she was a middle school principal in the Bethel School District and an assistant principal in Illinois. Earlier in her education career, she taught sixth grade science and social studies. Ms. Brummett is excited to join the McCornack community as its principal and continue to promote a collaborative culture of academic achievement in a student-centered positive learning environment.

Holt Principal: Allan Chinn
Allan Chinn is the new principal of Bertha Holt Elementary School, replacing retired principal Dan Sterling. Mr. Chinn is a seasoned 4J elementary school administrator. For the past eight years, he served as principal of Howard, a large elementary school similar in size to Holt. Previously, he was principal of the co-located Yujin Gakuen and Corridor elementary schools for five years, and assistant principal at Cal Young Middle School for three years. Mr. Chinn grew up in Eugene attending 4J schools, then returned as an elementary school teacher in 1997. He brings a passion to ensure all students and staff are supported for success.

Howard Principal: Erin Gaston
Erin Gaston is the new principal of Howard, replacing Allan Chinn who has moved to Holt Elementary School. Ms. Gaston is an experienced educator who knows Howard and the North Eugene community well. She served as assistant principal at Madison Middle School for the past year and as the administrator for 4J’s Title I summer school program. She previously taught in 4J elementary schools since 2006, including at Gilham, River Road/El Camino del Río and, most recently, at Howard. With a guiding principle of doing what is in the best interest of students, Ms. Gaston is committed to improving schoolwide systems and having a positive impact.

Gilham Principal: Lavinia Page
Lavinia Page is the new principal of Gilham, replacing Gina Wilde who has been named assistant principal at Madison Middle School. Ms. Page has been an assistant elementary administrator since 2016, supporting the management of two of the district’s largest elementary school sites: Holt and the formerly co-located Yujin Gakuen and Corridor elementary schools. She began her education career in 1997 as a first grade teacher and spent nearly two decades teaching and developing her educational leadership at Willagillespie Elementary School. Ms. Page is a steady, compassionate and energetic leader who aims to foster an excitement for learning for both students and staff.

Gilham & Willagillespie Assistant Principal: Stephanie Randall
Stephanie Randall has been named the new assistant principal at Gilham and Willagillespie. Ms. Randall comes to 4J from Bohemia Elementary School, a Title I school in Cottage Grove, where she has taught since 2015 and served as a specialist team leader and grade-level team leader. While at Bohemia, she implemented a successful yearlong project to improve literacy outcomes for first grade English Language Development students and was instrumental in coordinating services for families. Ms. Randall previously taught in Blachly and in South Korea. She strives to create a school environment that is safe, equitable and welcoming, and promotes learning and growth for all students.

Middle School

Roosevelt Principal: Courtney Leonard
Courtney Leonard is the new principal at Roosevelt Middle School, replacing Eric Anderson, now 4J’s curriculum director. Ms. Leonard began her educational career in 1999 as a French immersion teacher in the International High School (IHS) program at South Eugene High School, and later moved into school leadership as the IHS Head Teacher. She served at North Eugene High School as a school administrator and IB coordinator, before moving to the Portland area. She returned to Eugene two years ago to be principal of Charlemagne French Immersion Elementary School, which feeds into the French immersion program at Roosevelt. Ms. Leonard brings to Roosevelt her focus on academic rigor and excellence, positive and collaborative approach, belief in and support of every student, and a commitment to educational equity.

Kelly Interim Principal: John Wayland
John Wayland has been named the interim principal at Kelly Middle School, replacing Juan Cuadros, who has accepted a position with the Bend-La Pine School District. Mr. Wayland is a seasoned school administrator with close ties to Kelly and the North Eugene community. Mr. Wayland taught language arts and social studies at Kelly for nearly a decade before becoming a school administrator. He served as assistant principal at South Eugene High School for seven years and associate principal at a middle school in Tigard for three years before returning to Eugene and Kelly Middle School as assistant principal four years ago. With his veteran experience and established relationships with the Kelly community, Mr. Wayland is well prepared to lead Kelly and support its staff, students and families.

Kelly Assistant Principal: Sarah Prater
Sarah Prater is the new assistant principal at Kelly Middle School this year, as John Wayland has been named interim principal. Ms. Prater has worked in education since 2003 and with 4J since 2007. She spent a decade teaching language arts at South Eugene High School. For the past three years Ms. Prater has been the district’s Teacher on Special Assignment for K–12 Literacy, Talented and Gifted (TAG), and English Language Arts programs. In this position, she developed collaborative teams, presented data-driven recommendations, led successful district initiatives to improve student outcomes, and worked with other school districts to implement multi-tiered systems of support. Ms. Prater is a resilient collaborator who believes in building strong systems that foster the curiosity and strengths of our students.

Cal Young Assistant Principal: Mark Watson
Mark Watson is the new assistant principal at Cal Young, replacing Dana Brummett who has been named principal at McCornack Elementary School. Mr. Watson has served as an assistant principal at Sheldon High School for the past 15 years. Before coming to 4J, he was assistant principal at Thurston High School for four years and a high school biology teacher in Grants Pass for 11 years. Mr. Watson believes that all students should have equal access to a meaningful education that helps them pursue their life’s educational and career goals. He values teamwork and creating lasting relationships with families. Mr. Watson will bring his extensive experience as a secondary school administrator and his knowledge of the Sheldon region to his new role.

Madison Middle School Assistant Principal: Gina Wilde
Gina Wilde is the new assistant principal at Madison Middle School, replacing Erin Gaston who has been named the new principal of Howard Elementary School. Ms. Wilde is moving to the middle school level after serving as principal at Gilham Elementary School for the last seven years. She previously worked as a teacher and district math specialist, as well as a counselor for at-risk youth. She recently completed her doctoral program and is excited to gain experience at the secondary level and work with a higher proportion of families from traditionally underserved student groups. Ms. Wilde brings to Madison an enthusiasm for engaging families, improving instructional outcomes and closing opportunity gaps for students.

High Schools

North Eugene Interim Principal: Trinity Welch-Radabaugh
Trinity Welch-Radabaugh will serve as interim principal of North Eugene. She replaces Iton Udosenata who has been named assistant superintendent in Salem. Ms. Welch-Radabaugh has been an assistant principal at North Eugene for three years and previously served as an assistant principal in Corvallis. Before becoming an administrator, she taught high school advanced mathematics. She is committed to fostering positive community relationships, creating teamwork between homes and schools, empowering families to contribute to the educational process in meaningful ways, and supporting teachers to improve outcomes for students. As interim principal, Ms. Welch-Radabaugh will carry on the outstanding work at North Eugene that raised both graduation rates and enrollment by double digits over the last few years.

Churchill Assistant Principal: Lance Falcon
Lance Falcon is the new assistant principal at Churchill, replacing Misael Flores who is now 4J’s Equity, Instruction & Partnerships Administrator. Mr. Falcon has extensive experience working in general and special education, with diverse and at-risk student populations, and in alternative education. He comes to 4J from Central Oregon, where his work has included alternative high school programs and an after-school program on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. Mr. Falcon also has worked as an adjunct professor for nearly a decade, teaching community college students the skills and strategies necessary to learn, thrive and graduate. He looks forward to collaborating with staff, students and families to provide all students the best academic experience, while helping them develop the skills they need to achieve their dreams and be successful community members.

Sheldon Assistant Principal: Kay Graham
Kay Graham is the new assistant principal at Sheldon High School, replacing Mark Watson who is moving to Cal Young. Ms. Graham is returning to 4J. She served at North Eugene High School for several years as an assistant principal/small school principal before working for a decade in Lowell and Cottage Grove as a high school, secondary school and K–12 principal. She previously taught high school science for 15 years in Mapleton and Philomath. She brings to her new role a wealth of knowledge and experience as well as a commitment to learning at high levels for all students at Sheldon.

South Eugene Assistant Principal: Joe Hadley
Joe Hadley is the new assistant principal at South Eugene, replacing Garrett Bridgens who is now principal of Charlemagne. Mr. Hadley comes to 4J from San Mateo, California, where he served as a principal and assistant principal at two large middle schools, assistant principal and acting principal at a K–8 STEM academy, and dean of students. He taught English and other subjects at all levels from fourth grade through college, including several years at a large high school in Los Angeles and a stint lecturing at a university in France. He has extensive experience working with diverse student populations, including English language learners, Talented and Gifted (TAG) students, and students with special education needs. Mr. Hadley looks forward to being a dynamic and effective administrator for South Eugene’s students, staff and community.

North Eugene Interim Assistant Principal: Travis Sheaffer
Travis Sheaffer is the new interim assistant principal at North Eugene, replacing Trinity Welch-Radabaugh who is serving as the school’s interim principal. For the past four years, Mr. Sheaffer has been the director of both the North Eugene and Kelly Middle School band programs. He has taken on increased leadership roles in 4J, including serving as a teacher leader, department chair and administrative intern. Previously he taught music in Yoncalla and was a band director in Magnolia, Texas. Mr. Sheaffer’s strong interpersonal and communication skills, his passion for instructional improvement, and his desire to lead teachers and students to positive outcomes will benefit North Eugene. He is committed to taking a creative, innovative, and optimistic approach to challenges.

District Administration

Curriculum Director: Eric Anderson
Eric Anderson has been named the district’s curriculum director, replacing Sue Wilson, who has taken on a new role with the Lane Education Service District. Mr. Anderson has broad and deep experience as a school administrator and instructional leader at all three school levels and in K–12 language immersion. He has served as an elementary, middle and high school principal and high school assistant principal in 4J schools over the past 18 years. Most recently he served as principal at Roosevelt Middle School. He is a committed instructional leader and mentor to new administrators.

Equity, Instruction & Partnerships Administrator: Misael Flores
Misael Flores is the new Equity, Instruction & Partnerships Administrator, replacing Karen Pérez-Da Silva, who has accepted a leadership position at an educational nonprofit in Portland. Mr. Flores has dedicated much of his career to researching and developing the tools to advance student equity and to break down the barriers to success for all students. He is fluent in Spanish and holds a master’s degree in special education. He has been an assistant principal at Churchill High School since 2018 and an educator for more than a decade. Before becoming a school administrator, Mr. Flores was engaged in advancing work on equity and social justice in Oregon education, including work on a longitudinal intervention program to increase Latino family–school involvement.

Operations Manager, KRVM-FM: Stu Allen
Stu Allen is the new operations manager of 4J’s public radio station, KRVM, replacing Cambra Ward, who has moved out of the Eugene area after leading the station for several years. Mr. Allen is a familiar voice to many—he was a veteran Eugene-area radio producer and announcer who spent decades on the radio airwaves and doing other voice work, before becoming KRVM’s program manager in 2016. He brings great knowledge of the local broadcast industry and is well poised to carry forward KRVM and its special place in our community.

Welcome to these education leaders in their new positions.

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Members Sought for Budget Committee

District residents are invited to apply

Apply online

Eugene School District 4J is inviting applications for its volunteer budget committee. There are three openings for three-year terms that run through June 30, 2023.

Residents interested in serving on the committee should apply by Wednesday, October 14, at 5 p.m.

About the committee

The budget committee has 14 members: the seven school board members and an equal number of citizen volunteers appointed by the board. The budget committee reviews annual budget proposals to ensure that the district is planning to spend money in furtherance of district goals. The committee examines the proposed budget, listens to comments from community members, and then approves the budget total and tax rates to be forwarded to the school board for adoption.

Requirements

Applicants must be registered voters and must live within the boundaries of Eugene School District 4J. Positions are non-partisan, unpaid, and are not connected to any specific region within the district. Applicants do not need to be parents. 4J employees are not eligible for appointment. Members with expired terms may reapply.

Term of service

The budget committee typically meets once in January and twice in May. Meetings are normally scheduled on Monday evenings. New appointees are also expected to participate in an orientation session. The appointed members will serve through June 30, 2023. If appointees wish to serve longer, they may apply for reappointment after their term expires.

How to apply

Apply online by Wednesday, October 14, at 5 p.m. Submitted applications will be public information.

Appointment process

Candidates will be scheduled for interviews with the school board in a work session on Wednesday, October 21. The board will vote to appoint three budget committee members at the following regular meeting, on Wednesday, November 4. Both meetings will be open to the public via video and audio live stream and KRVM 1280-AM radio.

 

Learn more about the budget committee 

Apply online 

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Air Quality: 3-Hour Delay of Technology Pickup

Student device distribution delayed to 4–7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17

Student technology pickup scheduled for Thursday afternoon is delayed 3 hours due to unhealthy air quality conditions. Device pickup will be held 4–7 p.m.

Technology pickup will be held at the following times:

• Thursday, September 17, 4–7 p.m. (delayed start)
• Friday, September 18, 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
• Saturday, September 19, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Face coverings or masks and physical distancing are required for all staff, students and families.

Air Quality Sensor Readings  |  24-Hour Air Quality Index
Public Health Guidance for Outdoor School Activities

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Teacher Contract Agreement Approved

Teachers, school board have approved key economic provisions to extend contract for 2020–21 

Eugene School District 4J and its teachers’ union, the Eugene Education Association, have reached a contract agreement.

The teacher contract extension agreement:
• Extends the 2017–2020 collective bargaining agreement through June 30, 2021
• Provides a cost of living increase of 1.75%
• Increases the district’s health insurance contribution by $30 per employee per month
• Provides for future work to adjust athletics and teacher leadership stipends to address pay equity and other considerations

The agreement was reached by the 4J and EEA bargaining teams in early September, ratified by teachers on September 11 and approved by the school board on September 16.

EEA and district representatives continue to negotiate about working conditions unique to distance learning and the district’s implementation of state guidance for school operations during the coronavirus pandemic.

The collective bargaining agreement applies to 4J’s teachers and other licensed professionals, such as school nurses and counselors, who are represented by the Eugene Education Association (EEA).

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Pick Up Student Technology Thursday, Friday, Saturday

All schools will hold device distribution days on new schedule • Previous dates rescheduled due to hazardous wildfire smoke 

Hazardous air quality from unprecedented levels of wildfire smoke has continued to affect health and safety in our area and delay the district’s ability to distribute student technology safely. Previously scheduled technology distribution days are canceled and rescheduled to Thursday, Friday and Saturday for all 4J schools.

Schools will hold device pickup on Thursday and Friday with extended hours into the evening, to provide accessible times for families to pick up their student’s iPad or laptop before Rosh Hashanah begins at sunset on Friday. Pickup hours also will be offered on Saturday.

Technology pickup will be held at all schools at the following times, if air quality allows. The district will monitor the smoke levels and announce any cancelation or delay by noon on Thursday.

• Thursday, September 17, 4–7 p.m. (delayed start)
• Friday, September 18, 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
• Saturday, September 19, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Face coverings and physical distancing are required for all staff, students and families.

Every 4J student will be issued a take-home tablet or laptop to use for school. Students in grades K–2 will receive iPads with protective cases. Grades 3–8 will use iPads with keyboards. High school students will be issued laptop computers. Schools also have a limited number of mobile wi-fi hotspots available to lend to families who do not have another way to access the internet at home.

Students enrolled to attend the Eugene Online Academy should pick up their learning device at their regular brick-and-mortar school (the school they would normally be attending).

Thank you for your continued support and patience with the smoke delays. We look forward to seeing our students return to learning on Monday, September 21.

More Information 

Original Device Pickup Schedule + Elementary School Schedule
Internet Access for Online Learning
4J Learning Online for Fall Trimester
Return to Learning—Frequently Asked Questions

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Air Quality Alert: All Activities Canceled Mon.–Wed., Sept. 14–16

Technology distribution, grab-and-go meal service canceled  

Thick wildfire smoke continues to cause hazardous air quality in the Eugene area. For the safety of students and staff, all activities have been canceled on Monday, September 14, Tuesday, September 15, and Wednesday, September 16. District buildings are closed.

All outdoor activities including school meals and technology distribution are canceled Monday–Wednesday.

Technology pickup days are now rescheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Grab-and-go meal service will begin on Monday, September 21.

(This article was posted on Monday morning and has been updated with additional cancelations each day as the hazardous air emergency has continued.)

The district will continue to monitor the air quality conditions and forecast to make decisions for the health and safety of our students and staff.

Student Technology Distribution

McKenzie Wildfire Information
Air Quality Sensor Readings  |  24-Hour Air Quality Index
Public Health Guidance for Outdoor School Activities

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4J School Board to Live Stream Video

Previously available by audio stream, virtual board meetings will now also stream live video  

You’ve heard their voices. Now you can see them talk. The Eugene School District 4J Board of Directors will hold its first video live-streamed meeting on Wednesday, September 16.

School board meetings have been held virtually since March in adherence to coronavirus restrictions for public health. Meetings have been open to the public via live broadcast on KRVM 1280-AM and via livestream on the internet at www.4j.lane.edu/stream. Audio recordings of board meetings are posted online at tinyurl.com/4Jboardmeetings within 48 hours following the meeting.

Now, the board is adding live video access for the public to tune in to school board meetings.

On September 16 the board will hold its regular meeting beginning at 7 p.m. It will be preceded by a work session at 5 p.m. to discuss board development.

Public comments may be submitted by sending an email to board@4j.lane.edu, with “Public Comment” in the subject line. The board will read, review and take into consideration all comments submitted by 12 p.m. (noon) on the day of the meeting.

For the board meeting agenda and additional information, see tinyurl.com/4Jboardmeetings.

Zoom link for Sept. 16 meeting
https://zoom.us/j/93945409471?pwd=L3lWZ1g5SDZZS1VzVlZDT21NT3FwZz09

School board meetings 
tinyurl.com/4jboardmeetings

School board information
4J.lane.edu/board

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