March-April

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March 1, 2019

This week was full of snow and winter weather! As a result, many school activities and events were cancelled. We have been able to reschedule all of these things and below you will find that information. There are several things to keep in mind as we move forward into the new month of March.

Dates and Events: |click here|.

Things to Know

Talent Show – We will be having our Talent show activities held in our cafeteria.
Monday, March 11th Talent Show Rehearsal, 4:00 – 5:30pm
Wednesday, March 13th Talent Show, 6:00pm

CHS AVID Interviews – On Tuesday, March 5th staff from Churchill will be interviewing 8th grade applicants for the AVID program.

Churchill High School 8th Grade Forecasting on Wednesday March 6th 6:30pm in the Cafeteria – All incoming Freshman are highly encouraged to attend this event to learn about graduation requirements and courses available for the 2019-2020 school year.

Please review our Course Catalog for course descriptions: https://chs.4j.lane.edu/scheduling/

If you are unable to attend this event please note the following:

  • Churchill staff will be at Kennedy Middle School March 7th to work with students on their forecasting
  • Churchill staff will be at Arts and Technology Middle School March 8th to work with students on their forecasting
  • If your student is currently enrolled in a non-feeder 4J school please ensure your Middle School Registrar has you pointed to Churchill for 2019-2020. Churchill staff will work with your student to forecast for classes at a later date TBD
  • If your student is not currently enrolled in a 4J school please contact the Registrar Trisha at jackson_tr@4j.lane.edu to process enrollment

Forecasting Info with CHS staff – On Thursday, March 7th students in their Social Studies classes will be meeting with CHS advisors and working on Forecasting to select their classes for next year.

Site Council - Our 6thSite Council meeting on Thursday, March 7th has been changed to 3/21/19. We will meet in the library from 3:45 – 5:00 and will review EEF grant proposals.

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. We encourage all students to come out for track & field. Our first practice is MondayMarch 11th


District Information

School Funding Up for Voter Renewal in May

Local option levy funds ≈ 161 teachers or 26½ school days each year • Community forum March 6

4J voters will be asked this spring whether to renew a local school funding measure that pays for the equivalent of about 161 teachers or 26½ school days each year. Renewal would maintain funding for school operations and continue the same local option levy tax rate that voters have approved since 2000.

The Eugene School District local option levy is a property tax that provides money for 4J school operations, such as teachers, programs, utilities and other daily operating costs. By contrast, capital bond funds, such as the bond measure approved by 4J voters in 2018, can only be spent on buildings, buses, books and other capital investments.

The levy currently provides about $17 million per year. Without this levy, the school district would need to reduce general fund operating costs and services by about 9 percent beginning with the 2020–21 school year.

Community members are invited to a forum next week to ask questions, provide input and discuss the levy renewal measure with school board members, the superintendent and other 4J staff.

Local Option Levy Community Forum
Wednesday, March 6, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St., Eugene

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March 8, 2019

Another exciting week of school has come and gone. Students returned to the routine of school and had a fast and full week of learning. Students continued to develop their knowledge and build positive relationships with their peers. Thank you for your continued support to ensure your student attends school, ready to learn. There are several things to keep in mind when looking ahead to next week and to the rest of the month.

Dates and Events: |click here|.

Things to Know

Dropping off and Picking up - Though it will likely be another week before the snow is completely gone, please continue to take caution when dropping off and picking up your student from school. With the snow piles in the parking lot you will find the space to navigate is very limited. Please do not park in the bus lanes when busses are coming into drop off and/or pick up students. 

Hoodoo – I am pleased to announce that we are planning for 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. There will be a permission/information form sent home this week along with additional information about the trip. Permission forms will be due Monday, March 18th.

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 byMonday, 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.

Talent Show – We will be having our Talent show activities held in our cafeteria.

  • Monday, March 11th Talent Show Rehearsal, 4:00 – 5:30pm
  • Wednesday March 13th Talent Show, 6:00pm


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. We encourage all students to come out for track & field. Our first practice is MondayMarch 11th


Concert Choir
 – On Tuesday, March 12th we will be having our Concert Choir perform starting at 7:00 in the gym.

 

District Information

School Calendar Revised to Make Up Snow Days

Published: MARCH 6, 2019 

Calendar changes restore 4 school days, extend winter trimester, end classes June 18

Eugene School District 4J schools were closed for four days in February due to heavy snow. The district is restoring school days and extending the winter trimester to make up the lost instruction time.

The school calendar has been revised to restore four school days—one in March, and three at the end of the school year in June.

To balance learning time in each trimester, the current trimester is extended by one week, moving the grading day for middle and high schools.

The new final day for students will be Tuesday, June 18, if there are no additional school closures this year. Wednesday, June 19 will be the final grading day for teachers. High school graduation dates remain the same.

The school board unanimously approved the calendar revisions on Wednesday, March 6.

SCHOOL CALENDAR CHANGES:

Hazardous weather makeup days:

  • Friday, March 15 (originally scheduled as a no-school day for professional development and planning)
  • Friday, June 14
  • Monday, June 17
  • Tuesday, June 18 

Other calendar changes: 

  • Middle & high school grading day: Moved from Thursday, March 14 (now a regular school day)to Friday, March 22 (now a no-school day)
  • Monday, April 1: Third trimester begins for middle and high schools (originallyMarch 18)
  • Wednesday, June 19: Grading day for teachers
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March 15, 2019

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.

Dates and Events: |click here|.

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 GradeTime: 9:30 – 10:20

1st Period

Location: Cafeteria

Who: 8th Grade-all studentsTime: 2:40 – 3:35

6th Period

Location: Cafeteria

 

Who: 7th GradeTime: 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 http://www.4j.lane.edu/2019-ace-awards-nominate-a-champion-in-education. 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 johnson_hi@4j.lane.edu.

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: 4j.lane.edu/calendars

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March 22, 2019

Trimester 2 is now officially completed and Spring Break is here. In review of the week, students finished their final projects and exams for their classes. In addition, students were recognized for their positive contributions during our Multicultural Celebration. To end the week, students, staff and parent volunteers had an enjoyable time during our school-wide trip to the Hoodoo Autobahn. Thank you parent volunteers for your time and to the people who provided winter gear for our students, thank you for your generosity.

Upon return to school, below are few things to keep in mind for April.

Dates and Events: |click here|.

Things to Know

Spring Break – The front office will be closed during Spring Break. Spring BreakMarch 25th – 29th.

Trimester 3 Begins – Monday, April 1st student will begin their T3 schedule.

Site Council - The Site Council meeting scheduled for 4/4/19 has been moved toApril 25th starting at 3:45 in the library.

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 http://www.4j.lane.edu/2019-ace-awards-nominate-a-champion-in-education. 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 johnson_hi@4j.lane.edu.

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: 4j.lane.edu/calendars

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April 5, 2019

This week we began our last trimester of school year. Students and staff were excited to be back in school. By the end of the week everyone returned to the routine of school. Students engaged in learning new things and took time to connect with friends and staff. Looking ahead to next week and to the rest of the days in April, there are several things to keep in mind.

Dates and Events: |click here|.

Things to Know

Spring Photos – Spring Photos will be held on Monday4/8/19. There will be a large 8thgrade panorama photo followed by individual spring photos. Students in 6th and 7th grade will be able to purchase Spring Photos.

Field trips:

Monday, April 8th - MECHA Latinx Conference 6th - 8th Field Trip, Portland

Tuesday, April 9th - MECHA Latinx Conference 8th Field Trip, Lane Community College 

Tuesday, April 9th - AAYLC Field Trip 6th - 8th Field Trip, Lin-Benton Community College  

Thursday, April 11th - Band Field Trip - Our 7th and 8th grade bands will once again be representing our school at Shasta's band festival next Thursday. We will perform, receive adjudication from local professors at Lane and UO, receive a 20 minute clinic, and observe other local bands in performance.

Site Council - The Site Council meeting scheduled for April 25th starting at 3:45 in the library. We will be reviewing EEF grants for the 2019-2020 school year.


District Information

 2019–20 School Calendars Are On Their Way:  Draft calendars published, pending board approval ; Next school year may seem a long way off, but many families are already making plans. 4J schools' tentative dates, pending board approval, include:

2019–20 Tentative Key Dates for Students: 

  • Orientation/Transition Day for Grade 9: Tue. September 3
    • First Day of School (Except Grades 7 & 8): Wed. September 4
    • First Day of School for Grades 7 & 8: Thu. September 5
    • Winter Break: Sat. Dec. 21–Sun. Jan. 5 + Mon. Jan. 6 (potential makeup day)
    • Spring Break: Sat., March 21Sun., March 29
    • Last Day: June 11 (or later if weather makeup days are needed) 

The calendars will be finalized when approved by the school board this spring.

Community Workshops: Guide School Design Vision 

JOIN US IN APRIL TO DEVELOP SCHOOL DESIGN GUIDANCE 

What will our community's new schools include? Have your say on priorities for future school design: Please join us in April to develop school design vision and values guidance for 4J’s new schools.

Participants in two final community workshops will review public input developed through a series of workshops and an online survey, and help complete the development of community guidance for design vision and values in the areas of Safety & Security • Sustainability & Resilience • Equity & Accessibility • Health & Wellness • Teaching & Learning.

Please join us! Your insight and input will help make 4J’s new schools the best facilities they can be for our community.

The Road Ahead: How, Where & When  
Rebuilding South Eugene Elementary Schools

COMMUNITY MEETING APRIL 10 TO DISCUSS OPTIONS FOR CAMAS RIDGE AND EDISON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION  

Thanks to voters who overwhelmingly approved 4J's 2018 bond measure, planning for new school buildings is getting underway.

This is an exciting time. It also requires some critical decisions to be made soon about how, where and when to rebuild and house students during construction of Camas Ridge and Edison Elementary Schools. (Learn more)

No decisions have been made yet. The school district is exploring possibilities and seeking community input on how to move forward.

Please join us for a community conversation with neighbors, parents and other community members to discuss construction plan options and provide input.

Community Conversation: Construction Plan Options
for Camas Ridge and Edison Elementary School 

Wednesday, April 10, 6:30 p.m.
Roosevelt Middle School, 500 E. 24th Ave.
Childcare and Spanish interpretation will be available
(RSVP & invite friends)

Please join us on April 10 to learn more and share your thoughts.

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April 12, 2019

We had another excellent week of school. There were several exciting field trips for students and our first Track & Field meet to start off the season was a success. Thank you families for your continued support and helping ensure students attend school. Looking ahead to next couple of weeks, there are several keep in mind.

Dates and Events: |click here|.

Things to Know

Assessments – The next two months of schools we will be having several assessments for all students. Assessment include:

Easy CBM – Grades 6,7,8 (all); 5/20 – 6/14
Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Math

OSAS
Math – Grade 6; 5/6 -5/10
English Language Arts – Grade 6; 5/6 – 5/10
Math – Grade 7/8; 5/13 – 5/17
English Language Arts – Grades 7/8; 5/13 – 5/17
Oaks Science – Grade 8 (all); 5/6 – 5/10
High School Reading Placement– Grade 8 (not all); 4/15
High School Reading Placement– Grade 8 (not all); 4/15
High School Math Placement– Grade 8 (all); 4/16 – 5/1
High School Science Placement– Grade 8 (all) 3/11 – 3/22


Track & Field Meet
 - 4:00pm KMS vs. Spencer Butte @ South EugeneStudents will load the bus at 1:45pm and depart 2:00pm

AVID Recruitment Timeline

  • April 15th, 17th & 18th 6th – Grade classroom visits
  • April 18th – AVID Applications provided
  • April 25th – Applications Due
  • April 29th to May 9th – Interviews
  • April 21st – AVID Family Night

*Questions regarding AVID, please contact Morgan Christensen and Stephanie Baxter or call 541-790-5500.

Site Council - The Site Council meeting scheduled for April 25th starting at 3:45 in the library. We will be reviewing EEF grants for the 2019-2020 school year. Last year we had several grants to review and one of the grants submitted, one was awarded. In turn, we received a $2,000 dollar grant to purchase high interest books of varying reading levels to add to teacher classrooms. This year, teachers have been using strategies with students from the book Book Love by Penny Kittle and have been conducting book talks on these books. Once Site Council reviews and ranks the proposals, we will submit our list to EEF for their review and will share if proposals have been awarded.

District Information

4J Parent Leaders Network Meeting: April 15, 2019

Meeting Topic: 
Advocacy opportunities; parent involvement for social change locally and statewide

Guest Speakers: 
Rose Wilde, Oregon School Boards Association, Lane ESD and Karen Pérez, Ed.D. 4J Equity, Instruction & Partnership Administrator

Date: 04/15/2019 (Mon.)

Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm MDT

Location: Eugene School District 4J, 200 N Monroe St, Eugene, OR 97402

The 4J Parent Leaders Network is a volunteer network connecting parent organization leaders for mutual support meeting quarterly at the District Office at 200 North Monroe Street. Space and refreshments are provided by Eugene School District 4J. More details at https://parentleadersnetwork.org/


How, Where, When: School Rebuild Options Narrow

Join us April 10 to discuss Camas Ridge and Edison construction timing and temporary school site options

Planning for new school buildings is underway after voters' approval of the 2018 bond measure. Critical decisions must be made soon about how and when to rebuild and house students during construction of Camas Ridge and Edison Elementary Schools.

After exploring possibilities and seeking community input on a wide range of reconstruction options, the school board held a work session on April 3 and developed a consensus on which options to move forward for further consideration and which options to remove from consideration.

Options remaining under consideration include: 

  • How to provide a temporary school location at the Willard site, to house students while the new Edison and Camas Ridge school buildings are constructed on their existing sites. Possibilities include purchasing or leasing portable classrooms, erecting a durable pre-fabricated building, or a combination of the two, along with renovating the existing Willard gym.
  • Which school to build first, Edison or Camas Ridge.If a temporary school location is erected at the Willard site, construction may either begin with Edison followed by Camas Ridge, or begin with Camas Ridge followed by Edison.

Please join us for a community conversation and share your thoughts on the construction plan and your hopes and values for the new school buildings.

Community Conversation: Construction Plan Options
for Camas Ridge and Edison Elementary School 

Wednesday, April 10, 6:30 p.m.
Roosevelt Middle School, 500 E. 24th Ave.
Childcare and Spanish interpretation will be available
(
RSVP & invite friends)

Community Workshop: Guide School Design Vision  
Join us April 16 to develop school design guidance 

What will our community's new schools include? Have your say on priorities for future school design: Please join us on April 16 to finalize school design vision and values guidance for 4J’s new schools.

Participants in this workshop will review public input garnered in previous stages, and will help complete the development of community guidance for design vision and values in the areas of Safety & Security • Sustainability & Resilience • Equity & Accessibility • Health & Wellness • Teaching & Learning.

  • Tuesday, April 16, 5:30–8:30 p.m. at North Eugene High School

Please join us! Your insight and input will help make 4J’s new schools the best facilities they can be for our community.

SAIL programs are now accepting applications.  Here is the website for the on-line application. https://sail.uoregon.edu

Programs Dates:  July 14 – 19 & July 21 -26

FREE Day Program: July 15 – 19 & July 22 – 26
FREE Residential Program: July 14 – 19 & July 21 – 26

SAIL programs are FREE one-week summer programs hosted on the University of Oregon campus, where high school students learn about various subjects from distinguished University of Oregon faculty members through fun social and interactive activities.  SAIL offers Day and Residential Program options.  The Residential Program is more competitive due to limited capacity, and a completed essay is added to the application.  Students will enjoy packed day and evening activities, as well as an “experience Eugene” evening.  Come join us!

To apply, students must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Come from a low-income family (for example, qualify for Free and Reduced lunch program)
  • Be the first in your family to attend college
  • Come from an underrepresented minority background
  • Unaccompanied youth (in state custody, foster care, homeless or not living with family)
  • Returning student
  • Sibling of a returning student
  • Residential Program Applicants:
  • Meet above criteria
  • Be a rising high school junior or senior
  • Preference given to students traveling 30 miles, or more, from the University of Oregon campus
  • Complete Short Essay: “Why are you interested in pursuing higher education?  Include examples of how you have demonstrated your interest in pursuing higher education”. (400 -500 words)
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April 19, 2019

We had a quick week of school and finally a break from the rain. As a result, students this week continued forward with their projects, exams, and classroom activities. In addition, students took time during lunch to enjoy the weather and continued to build positive relationships with one another. Though we are nearing the last 9 weeks of school, we have a tremendous amount of things ahead of us. Below is brief review of a few things for next week.

Dates and Events: |click here|.

Things to Know

Kennedy Band Results – Recently our band students performed very well at the Shasta MS Band Jamboree. In fact, they had the highest combined scores Kennedy has received in recent history. Both bands earned an I- (scale is I+ to IV being the lowest). The scores are shared "blind" but it gives us an opportunity to see how our groups are comparing to others in the region. Kennedy is highlighted in red. Go Kennedy!

Blind Scores:
89/95
74/90
78/69 - 7th
60/74
77/74- 8th
66/62
73/74
67/66
53/55
64/65
59/63
81/72
61/62
69/65
60/59
52/57
58/55

Track & Field Meet - 4:00pm KMS vs. ATA @ Churchill High School. Congratulations to our students in Track & Field. Next week will be the last practice meet of the season followed by the sub district and district meet.

Site Council - The Site Council meeting scheduled for April 25th starting at 3:45 in the library. We will be reviewing EEF grants for the 2019-2020 school year.

Extended Assembly Schedule – Below is the schedule for Friday, April 26th. We will have a normal Friday schedule, but the order of periods 3 and 4 have been switched. Class periods will be 30minutes long and our assembly and activity will be 75mins. During our assembly, students will be divided into groups of 3 to 4 advisories and rotating to stations every 10-15mins. Stations include: team building, school trivia, art activity, and a social activity. Throughout the week, we will be having Earth Week activities in advisory, too.

 

Period 1 9:00 - 9:30 Period 1 9:00 - 9:30
Period 2 9:35 - 10:05 Period 2 9:35 - 10:05
Period 4 10:15 - 10:45 Period 4 10:15 - 10:45
Lunch A 10:50 -11:20 Period 3 10:50 - 10:45
Period 3 11:25 - 11:55 Lunch B 11:25 - 11:55
Period 5 12:00 - 12:30 Period 5 12:00 - 12:30
Period 6 12:35 - 1:05 Period 6 12:35 - 1:05
Advisory 1:10 - 1:15 Advisory 1:10 - 1:15
Assembly 1:20 - 2:35 Assembly 1:20 - 2:35

End of year supplies request - We are looking for any extra pencils or pens you may have. If you would like to donate any used or new writing utensils to Kennedy, we will gladly take these off of your hands. We will have a box in the office if you would like to donate these items.

8th grade families - There will be an 8th grade Promotion Planning meeting held in the library at 6:00pm on May 8th. In the event you are not able to attend but you are interested in helping, please contact Victoria Miller. 8th We are in the process of finalizing the date for 8th Grade Promotion. More information with specifics will be shared as we near the event.

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April 26, 2019

It is hard to believe we are heading into the month of May! This week was another fast week. Students continued working on their projects and learning new things. We ended the week with an exciting Advisory assembly. Students rotated through four stations, which included a team challenge, chalk art activity, school trivia, and a mini social. Thank you families for your continued support for our school.

Next week there are several things to keep in mind.

Dates and Events: |click here|.

Things to Know

Thursday, May 2nd - Sub District Track & Field meet at CHS - Cal Young, Kennedy, Madison, and Roosevelt. The meet begins at

Site Council – Our meeting on May 2nd has been moved to May 16th.

Friday, May 3rd - No School for Students - Progress Reports/Building PD


End of Year Activities
FridayJune 14th 8th Grade trip – Camp Harlow
MondayJune 17th 8th Grade Promotion (last day for 8th graders)
TuesdayJune 18th  6th & 7th Grade Trip to Fern Ridge

8th grade families - There will be an 8th grade Promotion Planning meeting held in the library at 6:00pm on May 8th. In the event you are not able to attend but you are interested in helping, please contact Victoria Miller. 8th Our 8th Grade Promotion will occur on Monday, June 17th.

End of year supplies request - We are looking for any extra pencils or pens you may have. If you would like to donate any used or new writing utensils to Kennedy, we will gladly take these off of your hands. We will have a box in the office if you would like to donate these items.


District Information

Measure 20-301: 4J Local Option Levy Renewal

If renewed, the levy would continue local funding for school operations at the current tax rate 

Residents of Eugene School District 4J will vote May 21 on whether to renew the 4J local option levy for five years. If approved, the levy would continue to provide an estimated $17 to $19 million per year to fund 4J school operations and maintain the current tax rate.

Measure 20–301, if approved, would: 

  • Renew the local option levy for school operations
  • Continue the current tax rate for the local option levy
  • Provide about $17–19 million each year to fund school operations
  • Fund the equivalent of about 161 teachers or 27 school days each year

Registered voters in 4J can vote on the levy renewal:

  • You must live in Eugene School District 4J to vote on this measure
  • Voter registration deadline is April 30 (Register online)
  • Ballots mailed in early May, due by May 21 at 8 p.m.


What is the local option levy?

The Eugene School District 4J local option levy is a property tax that provides money for school operations in 4J schools and charter schools.

The levy currently provides about $17 million per year, 9 percent of the school district’s operating budget. This is equivalent to about 161 teaching positions or 27 school days.

This is not a new tax or a tax increase. The 4J local option levy has been in place since 2000, approved by voters four times. The current levy expires in 2020. If passed, Measure 20-301 would renew the levy at the same tax rate for five years, through June 2025.

How is the local option levy different from a capital bond, like 4J voters passed last year?

Local option levies pay for school operations: staff, class sizes, programs, utilities and other daily operating costs. By law, bond funds can be spent only on capital improvements such as buildings, buses and technology.

Under Oregon property tax law, a local option levy is the only tool a school district has to allow the community to increase funding for local school operations.

What would it cost property owners?

If Measure 20-301 is approved, property owners would continue to pay about the same amount as they do now. Renewing the levy would continue the current property tax rate for the 4J local option levy.

Due to Oregon’s property tax limits, owners of each property pay a different amount, depending on the difference between the assessed value and the real market value. The maximum rate for the local option levy is $1.50 per $1,000 assessed value. Most taxpayers pay less than the full rate. The average rate in property owners’ 2017–18 tax bills was $1.01 per $1,000 assessed value.

To see how much you currently pay, check your 2018 property tax statement (look up your property by name or address, go to the property record, then click “View Current Tax Statement” at left), and look under “Current Tax By District” for “Eugene School District Local Option.” Or, to estimate your tax if you know your approximate assessed value and real market value, use this online levy calculator. Changes in your property’s real market value or assessed value may affect the amount of your taxes.

What would the levy renewal pay for?

The local option levy has allowed 4J schools to maintain a level of educational opportunities that would not be possible if state funding levels were the district’s sole source of revenue. 100% of levy proceeds stay in the Eugene School District to fund public school operations. The district provides a portion of levy revenues to public charter schools.

If renewed, the levy would continue school funding equivalent to about 161 teachers or 27 school days each year. It would help maintain class sizes and school programs supported by the current levy.

What if the levy renewal doesn’t pass?

If Measure 20-301 is not approved by voters, the school board could decide to submit another levy renewal proposal to voters in the fall, while preparing a plan to reduce staffing and operations by about 9 percent if that measure failed. The school board would hold public hearings before deciding how to reduce the budget.

If the levy were not renewed before the current levy’s expiration in June 2020, the local option levy property tax rate would not be assessed, and the school district’s annual operating budget would be reduced by about $17.7 million starting in the 2020–21 school year.

What’s next?

To be eligible to vote on the 4J local option levy, you must live in the Eugene School District and be registered to vote by April 30.

Ballots will be mailed to voters beginning May 1. Completed ballots must be returned to Lane County Elections or a ballot drop box by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21, 2019.

Who can vote on this measure:
Eugene School District 4J residents

Voter registration deadline:
April 30 (register online)

Ballots mailed:
May 1–7

Ballots due to Lane County Elections or a ballot drop box:
May 21, 8 p.m.

Learn more:
4J Communications Office, 541-790-7734

Información en español
Proyecto de Ley 20-301

This information, except for website links, was reviewed by the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office for compliance with ORS 260.432. (SH 19-071)