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Morgan_ChristensenKMS Family Bulletin

Greetings Kennedy families,

Hard to believe we are heading into the last week of Trimester 2! Next week is full of activity with Friday being a No School Day for students and a Grading Day for staff. For next week, students and staff are very much looking forward to the Multicultural Celebration, school field trip to Hoodoo, ending the trimester, and Spring Break. As always, thank you families for your continued support and generosity. We appreciate all that you do and for making sure your student attends school regularly and ready to learn.

Below you will find important information to review for next week.

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Things to Know

Multicultural Celebration Awards - This week students from each grade will be receiving Kennedy Multicultural Awards. This honor helps celebrate students through their positive achievements, unique attributes, and the diversity they bring to our school community.

For 6th and 7th graders, we’re dividing the awards into two ceremonies -- one this week and one later in the year in May -- whereas all 8th graders will have one ceremony to receive awards. Below is the schedule by date and grade level.

Monday, March 18th Tuesday, March 19th Wednesday, March 20th
Who: 6th Grade

Time: 9:30 – 10:20

1st Period

Location: Cafeteria

Who: 8th Grade-all students

Time: 2:40 – 3:35

6th Period

Location: Cafeteria


Who: 7th Grade

Time: 2:40 – 3:35

6th Period

Location: Cafeteria


Hoodoo –
 As you know, we are planning a school-wide trip to Hoodoo Ski Area on Thursday, March 21st the last day of Trimester 2 before Spring Break. This school-sponsored event includes educational and social components for students to learn and to have fun together at the Hoodoo Autobahn.Permission forms are due by Monday, March 19th. Forms are available in the office and are attached.

Itinerary update – We have changed our return time to be back to Kennedy between 5:00pm to 5:30pm.

Load Bus                        9:00
Leave KMS                     9:10
Arrive Hoodoo             11:20
Lunch/Check in          12:45
Load bus                        2:45
Leave Hoodoo               2:55
Arrive KMS          5:00-5:30

Bus Assignment – Students will be assigned to a specific bus based on their advisory teacher for the way up and back to school. Here is the schedule by advisor.

Advisor Bus
Baxter & Boorman 1
Morrow & Hansen 2
Henderson & Rockwood 3
Metzger & Farmer 4
Nordling & Sandefer 5
Richter & Scull 6
Wood & Worth 7


Winter Apparel Request - To help ensure all students have the necessary gear for our trip to Hoodoo, we are in search of winter apparel. 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 Monday, March 18th. 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.

KMS Track & Field Reminder - Track packets are available in the front office. Track is a great sport to make new friends, try fun events, and stay in shape.

Track & Field Fund Raiser –Tuesday, March 19th at Papa’s Pizza on West 11th

Site Council - The Site Council meeting scheduled for 3/21/19 has been cancelled due to attending the school field trip to Hoodoo. We will continue with meetings in April.

District Information

Nominate "A Champion in Education" Today!

Who is your champion in education? An inspiring teacher? An encouraging school secretary? A caring school counselor or nurse? A dedicated volunteer? A principal who leads by example? A bus driver who always takes the time to listen? A custodian who helped in a time of need?

Now is the time to recognize their contributions at the 13th annual ACE (A Champion in Education) Awards!  To learn more and nominate a 4J employee or volunteer, visit The nomination deadline is March 31.

Come see your nominee be honored at an awards ceremony on May 7, 5:30–7 p.m., at North Eugene High School. One nominee in each of the five categories will be named an ACE Award champion. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact 4J Communications at 541-790-7734 or

School calendar changes to make up school days

Eugene School District 4J's school calendar has been revised to make up learning time lost due to snow.

The four snow days will be made up on March 15 (Friday)June 14June 17 and June 18. The new final day for students will be Tuesday, June 18, if there are no additional school closures this year.

To balance learning time in each trimester, the no-school grading day for middle and high schools has moved from Thursday, March 14 (now a regular school day) to Friday, March 22 (now a no-school day).

We know that just as school closure days are challenging for families, the calendar changes to make up those days can also be challenging. Thank you for your understanding that adjusting schedules is necessary to ensure students don't lose out on critical learning time.

Calendar changes:

  • Weather makeup days: March 15June 14June 17June 18
  • Middle & high school no-school grading day: March 22 (previously March 14)
  • Spring trimester begins: April 1 (previously March 18)

New last day for students: June 18

Learn more:


School Hours

8:00am-4:00pm:  Office hours
9:00am-3:235pm: Instructional school hours
8:00am-3:50pm:  Supervision hours Mon-Thurs
8:00am-2:50pm Supervision hours Friday

8:00am:  Student center open for early arrival
8:30am:  Cafeteria open for breakfast; front office open for students
8:45am:  Locker bays open for students; see teacher syllabus for office hours


Morgan Christensen, D.Ed.
Principal | Kennedy Middle School | 541-790-5500

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