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Kelly Middle School

850 Howard Avenue, Eugene, OR 97404
(541) 790-4740 Fax: (541) 790-4746

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Grades: 6–8
2019–20 Enrollment: 456
Principal: John Wayland <wayland_j@4j.lane.edu>
Secretary: Laura Moncada Pacheco <moncadapacheco_l@4j.lane.edu>

School Hours:
Monday–Thursday: 9 a.m.–3:35 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.–2:35 p.m.

School Meals:
Breakfast and Lunch Menu
Free for all students in 2021–22

Feeder Elementary Schools: Howard, River Road/El Camino del Río, Yujin Gakuen
High School Region: North Eugene

Mission Statement:
The mission of Kelly Middle School is to create an inclusive learning environment that challenges, prepares and empowers students to be contributing and compassionate citizens of the world through our PILOTS framework: Persevere, Imagine, Learn, Own, Teams, Support.

Program Description:
We are committed to fostering lifelong learners who are prepared academically and socially for the transition to high school following the completion of three years of study at Kelly Middle School. Rigorous academic explorations tempered with socially responsible instructional practices help students become contributors in our democratic society. Every Kelly student benefits from the leadership of all adults in the building, each of whom adhere to our Essential Commitment: As PILOTS we will risk hope, honestly communicate, and engage in collaborative, civil and reflective processes in order to sustain safe, supportive learning environments. We will teach our students the thinking skills and learning habits needed today throughout our circles of community.

School Highlights:

  • Our teachers pride themselves on building strong relationships with students to build on students’ strengths and to encourage the development of new skills and abilities.
  • All students receive daily instruction in the core areas of science, math, language arts and social studies. Our elective classes include Spanish, art, PE and band.
  • We are the home of two innovative and progressive language immersion programs: Japanese and Spanish.
  • Special programs available to all students include BEST after-school enrichment, homework club, orchestra, AVID, Ganas, WEB Leaders and other opportunities for students to gain understanding of the world by participating in schoolwide projects focusing on social justice and cultural proficiency through our daily Advisory program.
  • Our staff uses restorative practices to support the development of sensible and sustainable student behaviors that honor and respect both the individual and the group. We endeavor to address any situation as a growth and learning opportunity for the individual and our collective communities. We ask, “What happened; who was impacted; how do we make it right; how do we keep it right; how can we help?” as a customary approach to practice in all our circles of community.

School Improvement Goals:

  • We are committed to an active, engaged learning community
  • We develop and maintain structures and strategies for effective, focused and direct communication
  • We are committed to professional development and continually assessing and addressing the needs of our students, parents and guardians, staff and community members
  • We will provide a schedule that promotes academic achievement and physical and social development for every student
  • We strive to increase collaboration with students, parents, guardians, staff and community

Other Information:
With a strong emphasis on technology, all LA/SS block classes have a laptop computer for each student. Similarly, each math/science block class boasts a SMART Board (interactive white board). Each classroom is also home to document cameras with even others utilizing “student response systems” (clickers), AirLiners and MP3 players all aimed at enhancing instruction in the 21st century. With new computer hardware in place, our efforts move toward instructional technology, the integration of technology into teaching and learning. Instructional technology is the accessing, synthesizing and presenting of student learning using the appropriate technological tool.

Japanese Immersion Program: Kelly Middle School hosts the mid-level continuation of the Yujin Gakuen Japanese Immersion Elementary School program as a “school within a school.” The integrated program for Yujin Gakuen Elementary students, and other students with advanced Japanese ability, helps prepare them to enter International Baccalaureate (IB) programs or advanced language courses in high school or college. Emphasis is also placed on cooperation, good citizenship and self-discipline.

At middle level, students work to move beyond passive listening skills to strong oral communication and writing skills, including continued Kanji study. The program requires students to study entirely in Japanese for half of their day. They join other Kelly students for their basic subjects and in extensive use of instructional technology taught in English.

Spanish Dual Immersion Program: Kelly Middle School hosts the mid-level continuation of River Road/El Camino del Río’s Spanish dual immersion program as a “school within a school.” This is excellent preparation to enter International Baccalaureate (IB) programs or advanced language courses in high school or college. College credit can even be earned through Advanced Placement Language exams in high school.
Dual immersion offers a unique opportunity for native English and Spanish speakers to work together to become bilingual, biliterate and bicultural. It also paves the way to learn additional languages in high school or beyond. Students of all backgrounds learn to appreciate and understand differences in cultures and traditions.

Kelly’s dual immersion program requires students to study entirely in Spanish for half of their day. For the other half, they join other Kelly students for their basic subjects and in extensive use of instructional technology taught in English.

At the middle school level, alternative school students take courses with the at-large population of the host middle school along with classes in their specialized alternative program. Thus enrollment and state test results are counted with those of the host middle school. For more information, contact the school office.

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