Principal’s Post


Morgan_ChristensenKMS Family Bulletin

Greetings Kennedy families,

We completed our first official week of 2019! In review, it was fast and filled with routines and meaningful instruction. Students and staff had the opportunity to connect with one another by continuing to build upon positive relationships and the learning of new information. Thank you for helping ensure your student attends school ready to learn.


As we look to the month of January, there are many exciting learning opportunities and activities ahead of us. Below are things to review for next week.

Dates and Events: |click here|.

Things to Know

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) Field trip 1/16
We have a field trip planned for 6th grade students to see the Discovery of King Tut exhibit at OMSI. The field trip will provide students an opportunity to learn more about the ancient civilization of Egypt. They will travel through the exhibit, which simulates discovering artifacts of Egyptian pharaohs as they were found by archeologists in 1922. Students will experience what it is like for archeologists to discover artifacts from thousands of years ago. Please contact the office if you have questions about the field trip.

Where: Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, 1945 SE Water Ave. Portland, OR 97214
When:  Wednesday, January 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
NOTE: We’re asking that, if possible, students try to arrive by 8:30 so that we can load buses and leave by 9am.
Transportation: School Bus
What students should bring: Students will need to pack a sack lunch or request a school sack lunch.
Cost: We are asking that families contribute $5 per student. Please know, however, that all students will go regardless of payment.


8th Grade Families - IHS Promotion Night @ CHS 7:00pm, Auditorium, There will be information provided to families regarding the IHS program for new incoming students during the 2019-2020 school year.

 Kennedy Gear – Interested in purchasing Kennedy Gear? We have short and long sleeved T-shirts, and hooded sweatshirts along with other school regalia for sale in the office.

 MLK Assembly 1/18/19 - We will be having our MLK assembly. Below is the schedule for the day.


Friday Morning MLK

Assembly Schedule

Period 1 9:00 - 9:35
Period 2 9:40 - 10:15
Advisory 10:20 - 10:25
Assembly 10:30 - 11:15
1st Lunch (A)

Period 3

11:20 - 11:55

12:00 - 12:35

Period 3

2nd Lunch (B)

11:20 - 11:55

12:00 - 12:35

Period 4 12:40 - 1:15
Period 5 1:20 - 1:55
Period 6 2:00 - 2:35
Advisory 1:40 - 1:45


District Information

Radon Information - Dear Kennedy Middle School families,

To continue providing safe, healthy school facilities where students learn, grow and play, the district will test for radon in all schools. Kennedy Middle School will be tested during the week of January 14, 2019. A new state law requires that all districts in Oregon test school buildings for radon before January 1, 2021.

What is radon? Radon is a naturally occurring gas that comes from soil and rock. Radon can work its way into buildings, including homes and schools, through cracks in the ground and openings in foundations or under structures. Breathing high levels of radon over a long period of time can cause lung cancer. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, behind smoking. You can’t see, smell, or taste radon.

How will the district test for radon? The only way to know if a building has elevated radon is to use specialized testing equipment. The test is non-invasive and poses no danger to staff or students. It consists of placing a cardboard packet for a few days in rooms that are in contact with the ground. It is very important to not tamper with or move these test kits, and keep exterior windows and doors closed (except for normal entry/exit) during the testing period.

For more information about radon and the district’s testing plan, please visit

The health and well-being of our students and staff are our top priority. Thank you for your cooperation.




School Choice - It’s School Choice Time. Come see what our schools offer!

In Eugene School District 4J, every school offers an excellent education for our students. Students may enroll in their neighborhood school at any time, or request enrollment in a different 4J school, provided there is a place available. School choice requests will be accepted in an order determined by lottery.

To be included in the lottery, 4J residents must apply by Thursday, January 31, at midnight. Non-district residents must apply between March 1 and 31. All students who want to obtain a transfer must apply, including new incoming siblings, students who have moved but want to stay enrolled at our school, and students who are attending on a one-year interdistrict transfer.

School visits are scheduled in the month of January. If you have any friends or family members who are considering school choice, please invite them to come learn more about our wonderful school and their school choice options!

Kennedy’s School Choice Visitation Events

School presentation and tour

Jan.16 (W), 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Jan. 24 (Th), 2:00–3:00 p.m.
Jan. 29 (Tu), 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Presentations will be held in the school library. School tours are drop-in, no RSVP needed.

Elementary School Showcase

4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St.
Saturday, Jan. 12, 10 a.m.–12 noon
One-stop school choice information fair

Learn about the school choice process. Talk to representatives from every 4J elementary school. Spanish interpretation provided

School Choice Information Meetings

4J Education Center, 200 North Monroe St.
Saturday, Jan. 12, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. (part of the School Showcase)
Tuesday, Jan. 15, 7 p.m.

Get answers about the school choice process. Spanish interpretation provided

 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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