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KMS Family Bulletin

Morgan_Christensen

Greetings KMS Families,

Time at school goes by faster than we often realize; this week was a reminder of that. We started off on Monday with clear skies and chilly breezeways. Students delve into their course work and enjoyed the learning process. By the end of the week many students furthered their enjoyment of school by participating in our OBOB competition and by attending our activity night. In looking ahead, less than one week from today, Kennedy will be heading to Hoodoo (pending the weather) for a fun school-wide trip. Shortly after that—five weeks for now—we will have already started trimester 3 and track & field practice. Although each day and week continue to feel faster and faster, we appreciate the time students have to develop their knowledge, build positive relationships with their peers, and to enjoy being a Kennedy student. Thank you for your continued support to ensure your student attends school and is ready to learn. We are grateful for your generosity in helping KMS be a school for all students.

Below are a few things to know.

Dates and Events

February 19         No School – Presidents’ Day

February 20        3:30 pm Magic the Gathering Richter F-5

                               3:30 pm Acts of Kindness Michelle’s

                               3:45 pm Art Albone A-3

                               3:30 pm Homework Wood G-2

                              *Announce if going to Hoodoo (weather permit)

February 21        3:30 pm Homework Worth I-4

                             3:30 pm D & D White H-5

February 22       *9:00 Hoodoo Trip (if weather permits)

                             3:30 pm Video-Rainer C-3

                             3:30 pm D & D-Baxter C-4

February 23       7:45 am Knights of Honor

                             9:10 am Admin office

                             6:00 pm Activity Night

In the Know

Hoodoo – We are planning for a school-wide trip to Hoodoo Ski Area on Thursday, February 22nd. Although the accumulation of snow recently has been low, we believe by February there will be enough snow for everyone to attend. This school-sponsored event includes educational and social components for students to learn and to have fun together at Hoodoo. Please turn in a permission/information if your child is planning to attend the trip.

Winter Apparel Request - We are excited for the upcoming opportunity to take our students to the Hoodoo Autobahn on February 22nd, but we need your help! Many students come to school without the necessary clothing to stay warm on our trip to Hoodoo. If you have any extra snow apparel/winter clothing that need a new home, items needed listed below, please consider donating to Kennedy. We will make sure donated items get to the right students. If we should end up with more items than we need we will re-stock our clothing pantry. Please send in your donated winter clothing to our office by February 21st. I want to thank you in advance for your support of our school.

Snow Apparel/Winter Clothing Needed:

  • Warm Outerwear:
  • Water/wind proof jackets
  • Sweatshirts
  • Fleece jackets
  • Water/wind proof pants
  • Gloves
  • Stocking caps/beanies (warm hats)
  • New, warm socks
  • Snow boots/waterproof boots
  •  

Thank you for your consideration and generosity; it is much appreciated by all.

Dining for Dollar$ - We have a new and easy way to fundraiser for KMS. Each month, you will have the opportunity to participate and all that is required is eating at designated restaurants on certain dates and then a percentage of your bill will go to our school. Bring in the attached flyer anytime on February 22nd and MOD will donate 20% of your bill to Kennedy!  Plus, you might even see some friendly and familiar faces while you're there!  Don't have time to stop & eat?  That's ok, the flyer is valid for take-out orders as well.  Hope to see you there!

MOD Pizza  203 Coburg Rd.  Eugene, OR 97401  (458)205-8910

KMS Track & Field - Kennedy Track Coaches are excited as we are gearing up for this years track season.  Track packets are now available in the front office.  Inside your packet there will be 3 forms that need to be returned to the front office.  Also enclosed is our team expectations, a tentative calendar, and some information on our Papa's Pizza Fundraiser, April 18th(West 11th location).  Track is a great sport to make new friends, try fun events, and stay in shape.

We understand that the spring is a very busy time of year for many families.  We want to encourage all students to come out for track as it is our only school sponsored sport.  We have many student/athletes who play multiple sports during the spring.  We asks that students try and make at least one practice and keep Thursday's available as those are Track Meet days.  There are also scholarships available.  Please contact Victoria Miller in our front office, 541-790-5500.

We will be having an informational meeting for students on February 6th during first and second lunches in the library.  At this meeting students can ask any questions they may have and get a general overview of the season.  Our first practice is Wednesday, March 7th.  We look forward to seeing everyone out on the 7th!!  It is going to be an awesome season!!

Sincerely, Kennedy Track CoachesL  Sara Farmer, Victoria Miller, Ryan Hansen, and Robert Wood

Tutoring & class support – We are looking for people who are interested in helping support students in Math and Science. In addition, we would like to provide homework help after school from 3:40 to 4:30. If you are interested, please contact Victoria Miller in the front office. Note, per 4J district policy, anyone working with students is required to complete a background check.

ParentVUE - Stay Informed About Your Student’s Performance with the Free ParentVUE Website. With the Synergy ParentVUE web portal, parents can access near real-time information on assignments and scores, attendance, class schedules, discipline, conference visits, health office visits, immunization compliance, transcripts, graduation status and more. ParentVUE is a website that offers secure, private access to school and student information, including assignments, grades, attendance, school calendar, and teacher contact details. ParentVUE offers a single sign-on to view school information for all of the siblings, regardless of the grade level or school of attendance. While the website is accessible over the Internet, access is secured via a user name and password. Parents can see information about their children, only, and cannot see the records of other students. To create an account, you will need the web address and activation key provided by your student’s school. Please contact our registrar Melissa Brennan at brennan_m@4j.lane.edu for assistance.

Clubs – Kennedy has several student clubs that occur on regular basis. If a student interested in starting a club, they should contact the office for the form and more information. Below is a schedule of our current clubs with time and location.

Name

Day

Time

Location

Advisor

GSA

Monday

3:45 - 4:30pm

Michelle's room

Bierman & Joseph

The Order of The Phoenix Harry Potter Club

Monday & Tuesday

1st Lunch

F5

Richter

Magic the Gathering

Tuesday

3:30 - 4:30pm

F5

Richter

Anime/Animation Club

Tuesday

1st Lunch

I4

Worth

Art Club

Tuesday

3:45 - 4:30pm

A3

Albone

Acts of Kindness

Tuesday

3:30 - 4:15pm

Student Center

Bierman

Math Homework

Tuesday & Wednesday

3:40 - 4:40pm

G5, I4

Wood, Worth

Debate

Wednesday

3:30 - 4:30pm

H1

Henderson

D & D

Wednesday& Thursday

3:30 - 4:30pm

H5, C4

White, Baxter

Video Club

Thursday

3:30 - 4:30pm

C3

Rainer

Cross Country

Thursday

3:30 - 4:30pm

Small Gym/G5

Wood

Dodge-Ball Club

Friday

3:30 - 4:30pm

Small Gym

Case

Meme Club

Monday

1st Lunch

F5

Richter

 Near Future

WISE Symposium - All 8th grade students are invited to register for the 6th annual WISE Symposium Thursday, February 22nd, 3:30 - 8:00 p.m. sponsored by the CHS Women in Science & Engineering club. Register NOW at WISE Symposium 2018. Students must register for the event at: www.chs.lane.edu, then click on the pink owl in the photo box at the top of the home page. Or copy and paste this address in your web browser and reserve your spot! goo.gl/forms/sFmU50Nftzf4IG8s2

Join us for an afternoon and evening of hands-on workshops in science and engineering taught by professionals in the field. Meet the Cascade Raptor Center birds. Listen to students from the University of Oregon talk about their internships at NASA and the American Museum of Natural History. Workshops in robotics basics, gigabots, coding, neuroscience, biosciences, and more!

Snacks and dinner will be available -- it's all FREE! Oh! And chances to win prizes, too!  Below is the schedule for the event. 

WORKSHOP Schedule

3:30-4:00 — Check in & Snacks

4:00-4:15 — Orientation - Welcome and instructions, depart for Session 1

4:25-5:10 — Session 1 - Your choice, choose when you arrive and check-in

5:20-6:05 — Session 2 – Your choice, choose when you arrive and check-in

6:15-7:00 — Session 3 – Keynote Speakers Carly Pate, vet science and Charity Woodrum astrophysics both from the University of Oregon (all participants

7:10-7:55 — Dinner and raffle prizes, and a chance to continue conversations with Workshop Leaders and Keynote Speakers.

Todos los estudiantes del 8º grado de KMS están invitados a registrarse para el 6to año del Simposio de WISEJueves, 22 de febrero de 3:30-8:00pm

Patrocinado por el club de Mujeres en Ciencia e Ingeniería de CHS

Regístrese ahora en el Simposio de WISE del 2018

https:goo.gl/forms/sFmU50Nftzf4IG8s2

*Solamente está en ingles si necesita ayuda para registrase por favor de comunicarse con Elizabeth Caruth @ 541-790-5500.

Acompáñenos para una tarde de tallares prácticos en ciencia e ingeniería enseñados por profesionales en esa rama. Conozca a los pájaros del Centro de Raptor Cascade. Escuchen a los estudiantes de la Universidad de Oregon habla sobre sus prácticas con NASA y el Museo Americano de Historia Natural. ¡Talleres en neurociencias, energía nuclear, codificar y mucho más!

¡Se proveerá un tentempié y cena—todo es GRATIS! ¡También, habrá oportunidad de ganar premios!  Haga clic en el enlace de arriba “Simposio de WISE del 2018” para registrarse.

 

Community Events & Programs

 Building 4J’s Future: We want to hear from you.

The Eugene School District is holding a community conversation about a potential bond measure to improve school buildings and learning materials. Your input is needed!

Most of 4J’s school buildings were constructed in the 1940s to 1960s, and some are even older. Other capital improvements are needed due to changing enrollment, educational program needs and aging buildings and materials.

The district’s long-range facilities plan, updated in 2013 after significant community input, calls for bond measures in 2013 and 2018 to replace, renovate or remodel several school buildings and make other improvements.

Voters approved a bond measure in 2013 and replaced four aging school buildings—Roosevelt Middle School, Arts & Technology Academy, Howard Elementary School and River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School—and made other building improvements, upgraded technology and curriculum, replaced school buses, and more.

The board is now considering a potential bond measure to be placed on the November 2018 ballot, and wants to hear from community members about their views on priorities and how to proceed. No decisions have been made yet. 

Community forums have been scheduled in different locations across the district so community members may choose a convenient time and location. Spanish interpretation will be provided at the forums. The forum on the evening of Thursday, March 8 will be in Spanish.

Community Forums

  • Tuesday, Feb. 20, 7:00–8:30 p.m., Roosevelt Middle School, 500 E. 24th
  • Thursday, Feb. 22, 7:00–8:30 p.m., Kelly Middle School, 850 Howard Ave.
  • Saturday, Feb. 24, 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m., 4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St.  
  • Monday, Feb. 26, 7:00–8:30 p.m., Arts & Technology Academy, 1650 W. 22nd
  • Thursday, March 1, 7:00–8:30 p.m., Cal Young Middle School, 2555 Gilham Rd.
  • SPANISH/ESPAÑOL: Thursday, March 8, 7:00–8:30 p.m., Howard Elementary School, 700 Howard Ave.

Construyendo el futuro de 4J: Queremos escuchar de ustedes.

El distrito escolar de Eugene tendrá una conversación comunitaria sobre una posible medida de bono para mejorar las instalaciones escolares y materiales de aprendizaje. ¡Necesitamos su participación!

La mayoría de las instalaciones escolares de 4J se construyeron entre los años 1940-1960, y algunas son aún más viejas. Se necesita mejoría de capital debido a cambios de matrícula, necesidades del programa educacional y envejecimiento de instalaciones y materiales.

El plan de largo plazo del distrito, actualizado en el 2013 con bastante participación comunitaria, exige medidas de bono en el 2013 y 2018 para reemplazar, renovar o remodelar las instalaciones escolares junto con otras mejoras.

En el 2013 se aprobó la medida de bono y se reemplazaron instalaciones viejas en cuatro escuelas – Roosevelt Middle School (escuela intermedia de Roosevelt), Arts & Technology Academy (Academia de Arte y Tecnología), Howard Elementary School (escuela primaria de Howard) y River Road Elementary School (escuela primaria El Camino del Río) – y se realizaron otras mejoras de tecnología y currículo, buses escolares y mucho más.

Ahora el consejo está considerando una posible medida de bono para la votación de noviembre del 2018, y para proceder queremos saber de las opiniones y prioridades de la comunidad. No se ha tomado ninguna decisión todavía.

Se han programado foros comunitarios en diferentes locales en el distrito para que los miembros de la comunidad pueden escoger la hora y local más conveniente. Se proveerá interpretación en español.

FORO EN ESPAÑOL: 

  • jueves, 8 de marzo, 7:00–8:30 p.m., Howard Elementary School, 700 Howard Ave.

FOROS EN INGLÉS CON INTERPRETACIÓN EN ESPAÑOL:

  • martes, 20 de feb., 7:00–8:30 p.m., Roosevelt Middle School, 500 E. 24th Ave.
  • jueves, 22 de feb., 7:00–8:30 p.m., Kelly Middle School, 850 Howard Ave.
  • sábado, 24 de feb, 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m., 4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St.
  • lunes, 26 de feb, 7:00–8:30 p.m., Arts & Technology Academy, 1650 W. 22nd Ave.
  • jueves, 1 de marzo, 7:00–8:30 p.m., Cal Young Middle School, 2555 Gilham Rd.

 

Churchill Babe Ruth Baseball –

When: February 17 & 18

Where: Churchill High School turf

Saturday: Ages 7-10 ; 10:00 – 12:00pm

                     Ages 11 – 14 ; 1:00 – 3:00pm

Sunday:

   Make-up Session for all ages

                   12:00 – 2:00pm

$100 deposit to participate

  • Must register online
  • Cash/Check/CC accepted (CC accepted online only)
  • Register & Pay @ www.churchillaberuth.com

 

33rd Annual Oregon Asian Celebration

February 17 & 18, 2018

Lane Events Center Fairgrounds, Eugene, OR

EUGENE, OR - Year of the Dog - Bark to the Future is this year's theme for the 33rd Annual Oregon Asian Celebration planned for February 17th & 18th at the Lane Events Center in Eugene. This colorful festival features an array of Asian cultural performances and dances, music, and fine art; demonstrations of Asian crafts, cooking, and martial arts; children and youth activities, a heritage exhibit, an Asian food court, and marketplace, and special activities.

Doors open both days at 10:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.

To celebrate the Bark to the Future theme this year, the festival will feature a variety of student­centered projects related to science, technology, engineering, and math organized by the Lane County STEM Hub. Activities will be held throughout the event venue.

In addition to the STEM projects, the event welcomes the return of an expanded exhibit by Eugene photographer and digital artist Melissa Nolledo, titled Our Stories: Immigrants of America. Sponsored by the University of Oregon's Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, the exhibit includes new photos of immigrant community members accompanied by life stories of what it's like to be an immigrant in America and Oregon.

On a more humorous note, the event features the return.of the Noodle Canoodle Contest, a couples eating competition where one person feeds his or her partner a bowl of ramen noodles with extra long chopsticks as quickly as possible. Prizes awarded.

To further showcase the diversity of Asia, the event will hold a fashion show on both days. The show features the cultural attire of a number of Asian countries and is a good opportunity to learn the significance of the attire in Asian cultures.

Children can pkkup an Asian Celebration Treasure Map and visit various festival destinations to receive a stamp. Once completed, the map can be redeemed for a prize. It's a great way to learn about the various Asian cultures and activities at the event.

General admission tickets are $6 adults; $10 for a 2-day ticket; free for ages 12 & under. Advance admission tickets and FREE student tickets for 13 and older (including college students) with current student ID are available at any Oregon Community Credit Union branch.

A complete schedule of activities and performances will be available at the door or at AsianCelebration.org beginning February 1st.

The event is produced by the Eugene/Springfield Asian Council whose mission is to create opportunities that foster greater understanding of Asian and Asian American cultures by presenting special events and activities to promote friendship and harmonious relationships.

GRACC is a long standing district committee that addresses policies and procedures related to course credits, transcripts and graduation requirements. The purpose of this team is to oversee current practices in these areas to ensure consistency, efficiency and legal compliance. The team is comprised of HS counselors, HS registrars, a special education administrator, an alternative education administrator, district administrators, and representatives from the Synergy team.

The team is currently working on a “Granting and Transferring Credit” Administrative Rule (AR) to align practices for granting high school credit for students at our middle and high schools. The team discovered that each secondary school has differing practices for granting credit that created inequitable experiences for our students.

To date, GRACC has solicited feedback from all secondary administrators and secondary counselors twice. This AR and supporting procedures are still being revised and aligned with Oregon Revised Statutes and Oregon Administrative Rules. Once the legal review is completed, the AR will be shared with staff and more detailed information will be provided

An AR is approved by the superintendent, and provides detailed guidelines about how to implement board policies.

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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