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KMS Family Bulletin

Morgan_Christensen

Greetings KMS Families,

Another great week of school has come and gone. This week was full of standardized testing and a taste of summer weather. In addition, we had an excellent turnout for the Arts in the Courtyard event. People enjoyed the food by Texas Roadhouse, student artwork, and student performances by KMS and CHS students. In addition, there was face painting and games for students and families. Thank you for your continued support of KMS and efforts to ensure your student attends school, ready to learn.

During the next few weeks, students will be wrapping up their school year with final projects, papers, and presentations. Below you will find additional information about next week to keep in mind.

 

Dates and Events

May 21 
3:30 pm GSA Michelle’s
Math testing for 6th grade only

May 22  
9:00 am
 – 11:15 Math Testing (Periods 4,5,6)
3:30 pm Homework Wood G-2
3:30 pm Acts of Kindness Michelle’s
3:45 pm Art Albone A-3

May 23 
9:00 am – 11:15 Math Testing (Periods 1, 2, 3)
3:30 pm Homework Worth I-4

May 24
9:00 am
 – 11:15 Math Testing (Periods 4, 5, 6)
3:30 pm Video-Rainer C-3
3:30 pm D & D-Baxter C-4

May 25
9:00 am
 Math Testing makeup
10:00 KMS student panel McCornack
1:00 KMS student panel Twin Oaks

 

In the Know 

SBAC Testing Schedule:

Week 1 & 2 Monday 6th only Test in content class, regular schedule for day and all periods.

TuesdayWednesdayThursday
Week 1 ELA Testing - May 15th, 16th, 17th
Week 2 Math Testing - May 22nd, 23rd, 24th
9:00am to 11:15am    Testing period
11:15am to 12:25pm   Lunch and rec time
12:30pm to 1:25pm    1 or 4
1:30pm to 2:25pm      2 or 5
2:30pm to 3:25pm      3 or 6

Friday  Wrap up testing for ELA and Math, regular schedule

Week 3

TuesdayWednesday  Week 3 Science 8th Grade OAKS Testing – May 29th & 30th

Thursday  Week 3 Science 8th Placement Testing – May 31st

 

Summer Bridge, 8th Grade Families: As your student is wrapping up their middle school career, Churchill High School is eagerly looking forward to welcoming the incoming class of freshman students next fall. The transition to high school is an important time, as research shows that students’ performance during freshman year is a strong indicator of how they will do throughout the remainder of high school.

Students are being invited to attend the 1-week Summer Bridge program that is being offered at the Churchill High School campus. Summer Bridge is a Eugene School District 4J program offered at each of the 4J high school campuses to help ensure a smooth and successful transition for incoming freshmen. There is no cost to the family, and morning snacks and lunch will be served free of charge to all participating students. Bus passes are will be available. The Summer Bridge program will run August 6-10, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

  • Summer Bridge for Incoming Freshmen: August 6-10, at the CHS Campus
  • Morning snacks and lunch provided
  • Cost: The program is being offered at no cost to families
  • Bus passes available (check the appropriate box on the registration form)
  • Return completed registration form (enclosed) to your middle school office by May 25, 2018

Summer Bridge is a fun and engaging program with a focus on team-building, creative problem solving and developing strong decision-making skills. Students will develop connections with high school staff members and have the opportunity to meet new friends while having the chance to explore their new high school.

We strongly encourage students to participate in the Summer Bridge program at CHS. The selection process for Summer Bridge will take into account the order in which applications were received.

Please feel free to contact Stephanie Baxter at baxter_s@4j.lane.edu if you have any questions about the Summer Bridge program.

 

Mentor Coordinator Needed:  The Eugene Middle School Lunchtime Mentor Program, which pairs caring, responsible adults in the community with middle schoolers who need extra support, seeks a mentor coordinator at Kennedy Middle School for the 2018-19 school year. The coordinator position is volunteer and takes about 2-4 hours a week. Coordinators must be able to commit to being at KMS one day a week (currently Wednesdays) during lunch periods and must be organized, caring, and responsible. There is some additional work from home via computer as well as interaction with the school’s educational skills specialist. Training is provided and the coordinator must pass a criminal background check. If you are interested, please contact Anne at eugenementoring@gmail.com.

 

Insect Traps Notice:   There will be insect traps set across the building beginning May 23rd to decrease yellow jackets. The chemical (Heptyl Butrate) in the traps is used to lure the yellow jacket and is now considered a pesticide application. Therefore, there will be signs that read, "Warning Pesticide treated area" where the traps are set. The signs will be maintained as long as the traps are up, typically May through Sept.

 

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 equallearning time for students at different schools
    • provide consistent, predictable schedulesfor 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 Contact Information
Kennedy Middle School
2200 Bailey Hill Road, Eugene, OR 97405
(541) 790-5500 Fax: (541) 790-5505

School Schedule
8:00am - 4:00pm  Office hours
9:00am - 3:25pm   Instructional School hours
8:00am - 3:45pm   Supervision hours

Access
8:00am:  Student center is open for early arrivals
8:30am:  Cafeteria is open for breakfast
Front office is open for students
8:45am:  Locker bays are open for students

See teacher syllabus for office hours

 

Morgan Christensen
Principal | Kennedy Middle School
christen_mo@4j.lane.edu|541-790-5500

 

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