January-February

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January 11, 2019

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 MLKAssembly 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 - 11:5512:00 - 12:35
Period 32nd Lunch (B) 11:20 - 11:5512:00 - 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 4j.lane.edu/healthyschools/radon.

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:  www.4j.lane.edu/choice

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January 18, 2019

Greetings Kennedy families,

Week two of the 2019 school year has come and gone. Throughout the week, students had several educational learning opportunities to further their knowledge and skills. We ended the week with an outstanding student-led school assembly honoring the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  There were student performances and several student speeches all of which were impressive and inspirational. Moreover, today’s assembly highlighted students’ talents and reflected the culture of our school.
Thank you again for your continued support to ensure your student attends school ready to learn. Below are several things to keep in my as we head into next week.


Dates and Events:
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Things to Know

Feedback/Communication – With midterms coming up on Feb 1st, be sure to check your student’s planner, review student view, and to contact staff directly if you have specific questions/concerns. Also, please contact us if there your student is in need of additional time to work on schoolwork.

Space and time to complete homework - Mondays after school from 3:45pm to 4:30pm and Fridays before school from 8:00am to 8:45am, students can access C4 to work on homework.

Round Table - Need help with homework or just the time and space to do it? Join Round Table, access to computers, supplies and support from Ms. Erickson and student volunteers from Churchill High School and Eugene International High School. Every Tuesday and Thursday after school from 345-5pm in G2.

Activity Night - We will be having our second activity night of the year onThursdayJanuary 31st from 6:00 – 7:30pm. The theme for the event is “Hollywood Masquerade."  Students are encouraged to come "Dressed in their Best" and masks will be provided at the event. Cost is $5.00 at the door. Contact Victoria Miller 541-790-5500 in the office for scholarships.

Activity Night Volunteers/Donations - If you would like to help with the activity night on the 31st, we are looking for chaperones for the event as well as goodie donations (chips, cookies, etc.) for our Sugar Shack. If interested, please contact Victoria Miller 541-790-5500 in the office or miller_v@4j.lane.edu.

Family Vehicle Drop-off and Pick-up - Dropping-off and/or picking-up students in the one-way Bus Zone area during 8:20am to 8:45pm and/or during 3:25pm to 3:50pm creates an unsafe situation for our students. Dropping-off and/or picking-up students in the Bus Zone increases traffic congestion in front of the school and limits bus mobility.

Students being dropped-off and/or picked-up from school are to do so in the west parking lot. The west parking lot overlooks the west edge of the Churchill High School fields and the Churchill community garden. We also ask that you avoid using the driveway off Bailey Hill that leads to the east parking lot. Thank you in advance for helping to ensure the safety of our students and using the west parking lot.

Early pick-up – A reminder to allow a minimum of 30 minutes notice when picking up your student before the end of the day. The best way to do this is to send a note to the front office first thing in the morning. Your student will then be given a yellow reminder card with the time to be in the office for pick up. All students must be signed out by a parent, guardian or emergency contact person. If you need to add a person to your student's Emergency Contact List, you may do so by sending an email to Melissa Brennan at brennan_m@4j.lane.edu."

OBOB- OBOB is a state-wide award-winning reading program where students challenge themselves to read a variety of novels then compete in a jeopardy style quiz game. Starting next week, students will practice during lunch a book battle known as a practice battle. Dates include 1/22, 1/29, and 2/5. The final school-wide battle will occur on 2/12.

Attendance – A reminder to call the Attendance Line at 541-790-5525, if your child is going to be absent. Families have 48 hours, or two school days, after the student’s return to school to request the absence(s) be excused. Be sure to leave a detailed message including your name, your student’s name, date of the absence and the reason for the absence.

 

District Information

 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. 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.

Learn more:  www.4j.lane.edu/choice

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January 25, 2019

Greetings Kennedy families,

Another fast and fun week of learning has come and gone. Students throughout the week continued their learning progress while completing projects and taking exams. Next week will mark the midterm progress reports and students will have completed the first half of the school year. In the meantime, there are several things to keep in mind as we head into next week.


Dates and Events:
|click here|.

Things to Know

PRIDE Weeks – Throughout the week and into the next, we will be reviewing KMS PRIDE with students during advisory. Our WEB students will be taking the lead in providing lessons to all students during advisory by reviewing expectations and positive behaviors for school known as PRIDE.

Activity Night - We will be having our second activity night of the year onThursdayJanuary 31st from 6:00 – 7:30pm. The theme for the event is “Hollywood Masquerade."  Students are encouraged to come "Dressed in their Best" and masks will be provided at the event. Cost is $5.00 at the door. Contact Victoria Miller 541-790-5500 in the office for scholarships.

Activity Night Volunteers/Donations - If you would like to help with the activity night on the 31st, we are looking for chaperones for the event as well as goodie donations (chips, cookies, etc.) for our Sugar Shack. If interested, please contact Victoria Miller 541-790-5500 in the office or miller_v@4j.lane.edu.

No School on Friday 2/1 - Grading Day

OBOB- OBOB is a state-wide award-winning reading program where students challenge themselves to read a variety of novels then compete in a jeopardy style quiz game. Starting next week, students will practice during lunch a book battle known as a practice battle. Dates include 1/22, 1/29, and 2/5. The final school-wide battle will occur on 2/12.

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.

Tutoring & class support – We are looking for people who are interested in helping support students. 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.


District Information

Chinese Immersion – It was announced at the school board meeting on 1/23/19 that Kennedy Middle School will no longer be the location for the Chinese Immersion program for now and for the foreseeable future.


School Choice Information

We welcome your child and your family in Eugene School District 4J!

You may enroll your student in your neighborhood school at any time. You also may request to have your child attend a different 4J school through the district’s school choice process.

The best time for district residents to apply is during the month of January. The best time for non-residents to apply is during the month of March. Lotteries are held to determine the order in which requests are granted for available openings.

IMPORTANT DATES for 2019:
Students who live in 4J may apply Jan. 1–31, 2019, to be included in the lottery. Students who live outside of 4J may apply March 1–31, 2019, to be included in the lottery. Post-lottery transfer requests will be accepted beginning in May 2019.


2019 School Choice Activity Schedule

IHS information - Eugene International High School will be holding information meetings in January for parents and students interested in enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year.

Are you curious about global events? Do you enjoy considering different perspectives on world issues and have an interest in learning about cultural differences? Do you want to be part of a close knit community of learners and make a difference in your local and global community?

You might be interested in Eugene International High School!  Eugene IHS is an award-winning alternative high school in international studies for students in grades 9-12.  Our school is a school-within-a-school model on the campuses of South Eugene High School, Sheldon High School, and Churchill High School. We are open via district lottery to any student who wishes to attend.  If you have an interest in the world, want to learn about other countries and cultures, and want to be part of a close-knit community of learners in a unique environment that is both challenging and supportive, we hope you will consider Eugene IHS as your high school choice.

Interested Parents and Students: Please come to one of the special information nights listed below to hear more about Eugene International High School and enrollment information.

SOUTH REGION
TuesdayJanuary 15, 7:00 pm
, South Eugene cafeteria (includes French Immersion break-out session)
ThursdayJanuary 17, 6:30 pm in the South Eugene cafeteria (joint session with South; 6:30-7:30 Eugene IHS information, 7:30-8:30 South information)

SHELDON REGION
TuesdayJanuary 22, 7:00 pm
, Sheldon lecture hall C9 (includes Spanish Immersion break-out session)
ThursdayJanuary 24, 7:00 pm, Sheldon lecture hall C9

CHURCHILL REGION
WednesdayJanuary 16, 7:00 pm
, Churchill cafeteria

Eugene IHS is an all-lottery school. Admission into Eugene IHS is through the 4J District lottery; all students interested in enrolling must fill out an online 4J School Choice Lottery Application for the 2019-2020 school year and the deadline for the 4J lottery has been moved up to January 31st. Go to the 4J District School Choice web page for school choice deadlines and applications:  http://www.4j.lane.edu/choice.

IMPORTANT DATES for the 2019-2020 School Year:
January 1….Online application period for 4J School Choice Lottery opens for in-district students
January 31..Deadline to submit in-district 4J School Choice Lottery Applications
March 1…….Online application period for 4J School Choice Lottery opens for out-of-district students
April 1……….Deadline to submit out-of-district 4J School Choice Lottery Applications

Immersion students will be enrolled in Eugene IHS without the lottery process because they entered immersion through the lottery in elementary or middle school. However, immersion students do need to submit the Eugene IHS Enrollment Form to the Eugene IHS office at South or Sheldon by the January 31st deadline. This form was included in a special mailing to immersion families.

Click here to read our enrollment letter with information about Eugene IHS that was recently sent to incoming students and middle schools for 2019.

For more information contact one of our Eugene IHS offices.

We hope you’ll consider joining our Eugene IHS family!

Churchill Baseball - Churchill Babe Ruth Player Assessments will be held February 9th & 10th  @ Churchill HS turf. These are mandatory for participation. For more information and to sign up please visit: https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com/url?a=https%3a%2f%2fwww.churchillbaberuth.com&c=E,1,BDuKzPNV7s6sJuxhIy-I7aMYbNePFtkmWJwBaqNDDK7wfw7RihOpgFujOO6ujPVY6omLBBH0zOWY5vnQPw361hdJQBQkwA1vMT9ezLThk-EFQYKsunY,&typo=1

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February 1, 2019

Greetings Kennedy families,

We have reached the halfway mark for the school year. From this week forward, the rate and pace of school will seem to accelerate faster by the week. Before we know it, the end of the year will be here. In the meantime, there are many exciting learning opportunities for our students we have planned. This month you will see that we have a calendar full of activities and things to look forward to including our Talent show and International Day to name a few. Thank you again for your continued support and ensuring your student attends school ready to learn.

Below are several things to keep in mind for next week and thereafter.

Dates and Events: |click here|.

Things to Know

Site Council Meeting - We will be having our 5th Site Council meeting on 2/7/19 from 3:45 – 5:00 in the library.

Calendar of Meeting Topics
Feb 7 -  Fundraising and Facility Improvement Plan – Input & Review
Mar 7 - EEF Grant Review
Apr 4 - EEF Grant Recommendation
May 4  - Review SIP goals
Jun 6 - Reflection and Next year plan

PRIDE Weeks – Throughout the week and into the next, we will be reviewing KMS PRIDE with students during advisory. Our WEB students will be taking the lead in providing lessons to all students during advisory by reviewing expectations and positive behaviors for school known as PRIDE.

OBOB- OBOB is a state-wide award-winning reading program where students challenge themselves to read a variety of novels then compete in a jeopardy style quiz game. Starting next week, students will practice during lunch a book battle known as a practice battle. Dates include 1/22, 1/29, and 2/5. The final school-wide battle will occur on 2/12.

Questions about student progress? If you have question pertaining to your student’s progress in class, please be sure to connect with your student’s teacher. Staff are committed to communicating with you on a regular basis and can be reached through email and/or by phone.

Eugene Youth Math Festival -  The U of O Math Departments invites all students in grades K-8, who like math and share a passion for games, problem solving, and hands-on math activities, to come to the Second Eugene Youth Math Festival at 10 am - 1 pm  on Saturday, February 23, in McArthur Court. With the generous support from NSF we are able to offer free admission without prior registration.

Please note parents are required to accompany our youngest participants (grades K- 3). All other parents are encouraged to stay. All parents should be ready to pick up their children when they are done with the activities. We are unable to watch the children outside of the math stations. If you have any questions, please contact Maria Nemirovskaya at nemirovm@uoregon.edu


District Information

Before Building the Future, Reviewing the Past

Thanks to voters' overwhelming approval of the 4J bond measure in November, three aging school buildings will be replaced in the coming years: North Eugene High School and Camas Ridge and Edison elementary schools. The bond also will fund improvements at every other 4J school.

The newer school buildings are Chávez, Holt, Howard and River Road/El Camino del Río elementary schools, and Cal Young, Madison, Roosevelt and Arts & Technology Academy middle schools. (4J's other school buildings are all more than 50 years old.)

This is a first step to inform future building design. There will be additional opportunities for community input as the planning and design process for the new school buildings moves forward.

4J Office of Equity – Calendar of Events -https://www.4j.lane.edu/instruction/equity-instruction-and-partnerships/equity-calendar-of-events/

Hello 4J Community,

Please join us at our February Community Equity Forum February 7th

WHAT: February Community Equity Forum will be on Gender Diversity

There will be a short introduction followed by time to learn and ask questions about and from community services, support agencies, health care providers and more specifically serving our LGBTQ students, parents, staff and community.

This Community Equity Forum is intended for all community members including people who want to know more.

WHEN: ThursdayFebruary 7th | Doors open at 5:30 PM

WHERE: Eugene SD 4J District Office - Auditorium

ASL Interpretation will be offered & Spanish Translation will be provided.

Everyone is welcomed to this free event.

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February 8, 2019

Greetings Kennedy families,

Students are now more than half way through the second half of Trimester 2. We have several exciting learning activities and school events targeted to strengthen student knowledge and skills and our school culture and community. Thank you for being sure your student attends school regularly and for reaching out to staff if you have questions and/or are in need of assistance. We very much appreciate your continued support and help in ensuring Kennedy Middle School is place for everyone. The following includes several things to keep in mind for next week.

Dates and Events: |click here|.

Things to Know

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 a parent letter, our team expectations, annual history and physical forms, and some information on our Papa's Pizza Fundraiser, March 19th(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 ask 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 13th 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 MondayMarch 11th We look forward to seeing everyone out on the 11th!!  It is going to be an awesome season!!

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

 International Day – On Friday, February 15th we will be having our International Day at which time students will be learning about multiple countries from presenters along with having a marimba performance by Kutsinhira. Below are the countries represented during this event.

 

S. Korea International Day 
Jamaica Advisory  9:00 – 9:25
Burkina Faso Presentation 1  9:30 – 10:00
Thailand Presentation 2  10:05 – 10:35
Russia Presentation 3  10:40 – 11:10
Guinea 1st Lunch (A)Period 3 Debrief

 

11:15 – 11:5512:00 – 12:40
Palestine Period 3 Debrief2nd Lunch (B)

 

11:15 – 11:5512:00 – 12:40
Pakistan Period 4  12:45– 1:20
Uganda Kutsinhira Performance 1:30 – 2:20
Vietnam Period 4  2:25 – 2:35
India
Congo
Brazil
Chile

 

OBOB- OBOB is a state-wide award-winning reading program where students challenge themselves to read a variety of novels then compete in a jeopardy style quiz game. Starting next week, students will practice during lunch a book battle known as a practice battle. Dates include 1/22, 1/29, and 2/5. The final school-wide battle will occur on 2/12.

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.

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February 15, 2019

Greetings Kennedy families,

February is flying by fast. Students this week were busy with their learning, exploration of ideas, and their development of skills and knowledge. We ended the week with our International Day where 14 guests from around the world gave presentations about their country and culture. In addition, students enjoyed a marimba performance by Kustinhira. Thank you for your continual support and the generosity. Staff very much appreciated the unexpected Valentine surprise from families this week. There are several things coming up during next week and throughout the month.

Dates and Events: |click here|.

Things to Know

8th Grade Families:  Churchill High School 8th Grade Forecasting on Wednesday February 27th 6:30pm in the Cafeteria.
All incoming Freshman are highly encouraged to attend this event to select their course requests for 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:

  • If your student is currently attending a 4J school please note our staff will work with your student to forecast for classes
  • 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.

Questions about student progress? If you have question pertaining to your student’s progress in class, please be sure to connect with your student’s teacher. Staff are committed to communicating with you on a regular basis and can be reached through email and/or by phone.


KMS Track & Field - 
 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 a parent letter, our team expectations, annual history and physical forms, and some information on our Papa's Pizza Fundraiser, March 19th(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 ask 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.

Our first practice is MondayMarch 11th We look forward to seeing everyone out on the 11th!!  It is going to be an awesome season!!

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

 Clubs

Name Day of the week Time Location Advisor
Coding Club Mon/Wed 3:45-4:30pm F4/Case Case/Lana French
D n D (epic quest, fight monsters, have fun) Wednesday 3:45 - 4:45pm F5 Richter
Anime/Manga Club Wednesday 3:40 - 4:40pm Library Laura Friesen
Sports Club Thursday 3:45 - 4:30pm Small Gym Case
GSA Monday 3:45 - 4:30pm G5 Wood
Video Game Thursday 3:35 - 4:30pm C3 Nygren
The Kindness Club Tuesday 3:35-4:30pm Ms. Michelle's Room Ms. Michelle
Round Table Homework Tues &Thurs 3:45-5:00pm G-2 Erickson
Weightlifting Class Friday 3:35-4:15pm Large Gym Miguel Garcia

 

Pencils, Pens, Markers etc. – Do you have any extra writing utensils and/or materials for school you would like to donate to us for good use? We are always looking for school supplies and to give to students. We accept donations in the office. Thank you for your consideration.


District Information

Bond Update: What’s Next for New Schools
Published: FEBRUARY 11, 2019  District holds school rebuild Q&A sessions  

Three of 4J’s aging school buildings will be replaced in the next few years, thanks to voters’ approval of the school bond measure in November 2018. Design work for the new schools will begin soon.

Parents, students, neighbors and other community members are invited to come hear about the school design and construction process, get answers to their questions about what to expect, and learn how to stay informed and engaged as each of the upcoming school replacement projects is underway.

North Eugene High School 
200 Silver Lane, Eugene
Monday, March 4, 6 p.m.

Camas Ridge Elementary School 
1150 E. 29th Ave., Eugene
Wednesday, March 13, 6:30 p.m.

Edison Elementary School
1328 East 22nd Ave., Eugene
Tuesday, March 19, 6:30 p.m.

Community engagement and input is part of each step of the school design and planning process. Up next, the district will hold a series of public workshops to develop community guidance on key values for school design in March and April.

Bond measure information

 Other
Churchill Area Neighbors is holding a general meeting on Sunday February 24th 3:00pm to 4:30pm at McCornack elementary.  We will host Senator James Manning, Representative Julie Fahey and city Councilor Chris Pryor, and will be talking about possible changes to housing code.

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February 22, 2019

Greetings Kennedy families,

It is hard to believe the end of Trimester II is just around the corner. This four-day week was fast and filled with students increasing their knowledge and skill development while building positive connections with peers and staff. Students extended their educational experience and social skill development through projects and presentations. Thank you for your persistent effort to ensure your student attends school, ready to learn, and for reaching out to the school if you are in need of assistance. As we close out this month, below are several things to keep in mind.

Dates and Events: |click here|.

Things to Know

Talent Show – On Tuesday, February 26th, we are having our Kennedy Talent Show at Churchill High School. The show will begin at 6:00pm in the auditorium.

Family Vehicle Drop-off and Pick-up - Thank for not parking in the Bus Zone before or after school. This helps tremendously with safety of our students and with bus mobility. The west parking lot is the place to drop-off or pick-up students when busses are in the bus zones.

Early pick-up - Please allow a minimum of 30 minutes notice when picking up your student before the end of the day. The best way to do this is to send a note to the front office first thing in the morning. Your student will then be given a yellow reminder card with the time to be in the office for pick up. All students must be signed out by a parent, guardian or emergency contact person. If you need to add a person to your student's Emergency Contact List, you may do so by sending an email to Melissa Brennan at brennan_m@4j.lane.edu."

 8th Grade Families

Churchill High School 8th Grade Forecasting on Wednesday February 27th 6:30pm in the Cafeteria.  All incoming Freshman are highly encouraged to attend this event to select their course requests for 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:

  • If your student is currently attending a 4J school please note our staff will work with your student to forecast for classes
  • 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 for classes – CHS support staff will be coming to Kennedy to meet with 8th grade students to help with forecasting. This will occur in students’ Social Studies classes through the day. Information about forecasting will be provided at the 8th Grade Forecasting meeting on Wed., February 27th at CHS.

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

ParentVUE - Stay Informed About Your Student’s Performance with the Free ParentVUE WebsiteWith 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.

 

District Information

 4J Bond Update: Learn What’s Next & Help Shape Future School Design

Thanks to voters’ overwhelming approval of the school bond measure in November, our school district has new school buildings and other improvements in our future! The bond measure will fund improvements at every 4J school and new buildings for three aging schools: North Eugene High School, Camas Ridge Elementary School and Edison Elementary School.

Design work for the new buildings will begin soon. You’re invited to come learn what’s next and help shape the future design of the new schools.

Bond Info Sessions: What’s Next for New Schools

Come hear about the school design and construction process, get answers to your questions about what to expect, and learn how to stay informed and engaged as each of the upcoming school replacement projects is underway.

  • North Eugene High School: Monday, March 4, 6:00 p.m., 200 Silver Lane
  • Camas Ridge Elementary School: Wednesday, March 13, 6:30 p.m., 1150 E. 29th Ave.
  • Edison Elementary School: Tuesday, March 19, 6:30 p.m., 1328 E. 22nd Ave.

Join In: School Design Vision & Values Workshops

 In March and April, families, staff, neighbors and other community members are invited to engage in community workshops to help shape the design of 4J’s new schools. Food, childcare and Spanish interpretation will be provided.

Four workshops with the same format will be held around the district in early March. Join us at the one that is most convenient for you, and participate in one of the five design areas: Safety & Security, Sustainability & Resilience, Equity & Accessibility, Health & Wellness, and Teaching & Learning. Participants are invited to continue the process at two additional workshops in April.

First Stage

  • Thursday, March 7, 5:30–8:30 p.m., North Eugene High School, 200 Silver Lane
  • Monday, March 11, 5:30–8:30 p.m., Roosevelt Middle School, 500 E. 24th Ave.
  • Tuesday, March 12, 5:30–8:30 p.m., Arts & Technology Academy, 1650 W. 22nd Ave.
  • Thursday, March 14, 5:30–8:30 p.m., Cal Young Middle School, 2555 Gilham Rd.

Second Stage

  • Thursday, April 4, 5:30–8:30 p.m., Roosevelt Middle School, 500 E. 24th

Third Stage

  • Tuesday, April 16, 5:30–8:30 p.m., North Eugene High School, 200 Silver Lane

Please join us! Your insight and input will help make 4J’s new schools the best facilities they can be for our community.  For more information visit www.4j.lane.edu/bond.