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KMS Family Bulletin:

May 11

Greetings KMS Families,

Although the countdown until the end of the school year is only 5 weeks away, there are many tasks and learning outcomes for students to complete. As we began the week, students continued forward with their learning through class projects, group discussions, and individual assignments. During the week, students across 4J middle schools participated in the District Track & Field meet at the University of Oregon Hayward Field; many of our students ended the season with personal best performances along with several students qualifying for the Oregon State Track & Field meet. Our week came to an end with the last Activity Night of the year. Students had the opportunity to dance, socialize, and listen to a band before heading into the weekend. Next week we will begin our testing window along with a testing schedule as described below. In addition, next week we will be having our Arts in the Courtyard and an Early Release Day on Friday. Below you will find more information about these events and other things too.

 

Dates and Events

May 14 
3:30 pm GSA Michelle’s

May 15
9-2 pm Forest Field Trip/Science 6th Grade
9:00 am – 11:15 ELA Testing (Periods 1,2,3)
3:30 pm Homework Wood G-2
3:30 pm Acts of Kindness Michelle’s
3:45 pm Art Albone A-3

May 16
9:00 am – 11:15 ELA Testing (Periods 4, 5, 6)
3:30 pm Homework Worth I-4

May 17
9:00 am – 11:15 ELA Testing (Periods 1, 2, 3)
9-2 pm Forest Field Trip/Science 6th Grade
3:30 pm Video-Rainer C-3
3:30 pm D & D-Baxter C-4
3:45 Track Pizza Party- Cafeteria

May 18 
9:00 am ELA Testing makeup
12:00 Early Release (Periods 4,5 & 6)

 

In the Know

SBAC Testing Schedule Week 1 & 2:


Monday 6th only:  Test in content class, regular schedule for day and all periods.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Week 1 ELA Testing - May 14th, 15th, 16th
Week 2 Math Testing - May 22nd, 23rd, 24th
9:00am to 11:15am    Testing period
11:15am to 12:25pm   Lunch and rec time
12:30pm to 1:25pm    1 or 4
1:30pm to 2:25pm      2 or 5
2:30pm to 3:25pm      3 or 6

Friday:  Wrap up testing for ELA and Math, regular schedule

Week 3

Tuesday, Wednesday:  Week 3 Science 8th Grade OAKS Testing – May 29th & 30th

Thursday:  Week 3 Science 8th Placement Testing – May 31st

 

Summer Bridge, 8th grade families: As your student is wrapping up their middle school career, Churchill High School is eagerly looking forward to welcoming the incoming class of freshman students next fall. The transition to high school is an important time, as research shows that students’ performance during freshman year is a strong indicator of how they will do throughout the remainder of high school.

Students are being invited to attend the 1-week Summer Bridge program that is being offered at the Churchill High School campus. Summer Bridge is a Eugene School District 4J program offered at each of the 4J high school campuses to help ensure a smooth and successful transition for incoming freshmen. There is no cost to the family, and morning snacks and lunch will be served free of charge to all participating students. Bus passes are will be available. The Summer Bridge program will run August 6-10, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

  • Summer Bridge for Incoming Freshmen: August 6-10, at the CHS Campus
  • Morning snacks and lunch provided
  • Cost: The program is being offered at no cost to families
  • Bus passes available (check the appropriate box on the registration form)
  • Return completed registration form (enclosed) to your middle school office by May 25, 2018

Summer Bridge is a fun and engaging program with a focus on team-building, creative problem solving and developing strong decision-making skills. Students will develop connections with high school staff members and have the opportunity to meet new friends while having the chance to explore their new high school.

We strongly encourage students to participate in the Summer Bridge program at CHS. The selection process for Summer Bridge will take into account the order in which applications were received.

Please feel free to contact Stephanie Baxter at baxter_s@4j.lane.edu if you have any questions about the Summer Bridge program.

 

8th Grade – End of year Promotion Activities- June 14th & 15th Tentative Schedule of Events

June 14th Camp Harlow
9:10 Load buses for Camp Harlow
9:45 Arrive at Camp Harlow
10:00 Start grills
10:30 Start eating lunch (everyone won’t eat at the same time)
11:00 Pool opens (closes at 2:00)
11:30 Zipline opens (ends at 1:30)
2:00 clean up food/camp
2:45 load buses
3:10 Back at Kennedy

 

June 15th Promotion
9:30-10:30 Rehearsal
10:30-11:00 Just for Kicks Awards
11:00-12:00 Yearbook signing (small gym)
12:00-12:30 Lunch
12:30-1:15 6th period classrooms to prep/change for promotion
1:20 Head to small gym
1:30-2:30 Promotion
2:30-3:00 Photos/Family Time
3:00-3:25 Dismiss

 

Schedule for Half-day school/Half day PD –Note, we will have periods 4, 5, and 6.

Early Release Bell Schedule (Periods 1-3 or 4-6)
Period 1 or 4                        9:00 – 9:50
Period 2 or 5                        9:55 – 10:40
Period 3 or 6                        10:45 – 11:30
Lunch for all                        11:30 – 12:00

 

Calendar – Early Release days and No School days

 

3/19 Third Trimester Begins
3/26-3/30 No School - Spring Break
4/6 Early Release - Staff Development
4/20 Early Release - Staff development
5/4 No School - Staff Development, Grading
5/18 Early Release - Staff Development
5/28 No School - Memorial Day
6/1 Early Release - Staff Development
6/15 Last Day - Tentative

 

Mentor Coordinator Needed - The Eugene Middle School Lunchtime Mentor Program, which pairs caring, responsible adults in the community with middle schoolers who need extra support, seeks a mentor coordinator at Kennedy Middle School for the 2018-19 school year. The coordinator position is volunteer and takes about 2-4 hours a week. Coordinators must be able to commit to being at KMS one day a week (currently Wednesdays) during lunch periods and must be organized, caring, and responsible. There is some additional work from home via computer as well as interaction with the school’s educational skills specialist. Training is provided and the coordinator must pass a criminal background check. If you are interested, please contact Anne at eugenementoring@gmail.com.

 

Arts in the Courtyard - Our third annual Arts in the Courtyard will be on Wednesday, May 16th from 5:30-7:00pm at Kennedy Middle School. We hope that you can join us for this event, which highlights the creativity and growth of our music and visual art students over the past year. This year we will be serving a Texas Roadhouse dinner for 10$ per person, with all of the proceeds going to support our programs! We will also have art & craft activities, a slideshow, silent auction, and a mini golf course, in addition to the great music and art. Musicians and artwork from students at Churchill High School will also be highlighted. It will be a great event for the whole family!

 

Silent Auction Donations:  We are currently seeking donations for our silent auction and hope you can help. If you are a business owner, know a business owner, frequent a business often, or just enjoy fundraising, please help us by asking for a donation for our silent auction. All of the money raised will support music and art at Kennedy! Art students will create a unique work of art for all participating businesses. We appreciate your help and support in making our community stronger through supporting artistic opportunities for our kids.

If you are able to help, please contact Holly Albone albone_h@4j.lane.edu, or Victoria Miller at (541)790-5500 or miller_v@4j.lane.edu.  We hope to see you at this year’s Arts in the Courtyard!

 

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

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KMS Family Bulletin:

May 4

Greetings KMS Families,

In looking ahead it is hard to believe that next week marks the last 6 weeks of school. We will certainly find the remaining 29 days to be very fast and a lot of fun. With this in mind, don’t hesitate to contact the school if you have questions or concerns. There are many end of the year activities, deadlines for events, and tasks for students to complete. As always, these bulletins are intended to capture the main activities and events happening at school and within the community. You may see an increase of email communication this next month, as there are several things for each grade level to know as we end the year. Thank you for your continued support for Kennedy.

 

 

Dates and Events

Teacher Appreciation Week

May 7 
3:30 pm
 GSA Michelle’s
3:45 pm Track Practice-Lrg Gym
Fundraiser – Texas RoadHouse

May 8
3:30 pm Homework Wood G-2
3:30 pm Acts of Kindness Michelle’s
3:45 pm Art Albone A-3
3:45 pm Track Practice-Lrg Gym
Fundraiser – Texas RoadHouse

May 9 
3:30 pm Homework Worth I-4
3:45 pm Track Practice-Lrg Gym

May 10
12:30 District Track Meet-Churchill
3:30 pm Video-Rainer C-3
3:30 pm D & D-Baxter C-4
*Staff lunch provided by KMS families

May 11
7:45 am
 Knights of Honor Breakfast
6:00 pm Activity Night

 

In the Know

Activity Night – Saddle up, put on your boots, and mosey on over FridayMay 11th for the Kennedy Roundup activity night from 6-7:30pm. Featuring a live square dance caller and band, it's sure to be a rip roarin' good time!  Cost of admission is $5.00 at the door; scholarships available upon request.

School-wide Fundraiser - Yippee, Hooray, Yahoo!  It's time for another great Dining for Dollar$ fundraiser to benefit our school!    It's easy to participate, simply take a night off from cooking and treat yourself to a delicious dinner out at Texas Roadhouse and they wildonate 20% of all purchases (gift cards too!) to Kennedy!  It is also a great time to mix and mingle with other Kennedy families and staff.  We thank you in advance for your support of our school and students and hope to see you there!  Don't forget to take the attached flyer with you to ensure that Kennedy gets credit for your participation.  Thanks again from all of us at Kennedy! [Click here to download the flyer.]

Fundraiser Details:
May 7th & 8th (Monday & Tuesday)
Texas Roadhouse located at Valley River Center
1060 Valley River Way
541-345-7427

 

Mentor Coordinator Needed - The Eugene Middle School Lunchtime Mentor Program, which pairs caring, responsible adults in the community with middle schoolers who need extra support, seeks a mentor coordinator at Kennedy Middle School for the 2018-19 school year. The coordinator position is volunteer and takes about 2-4 hours a week. Coordinators must be able to commit to being at KMS one day a week (currently Wednesdays) during lunch periods and must be organized, caring, and responsible. There is some additional work from home via computer as well as interaction with the school’s educational skills specialist. Training is provided and the coordinator must pass a criminal background check. If you are interested, please contact Anne at eugenementoring@gmail.com.

 

Middle School Math Pathways: Parent Information Night

Increasing math achievement and access for all 4J students

Middle School Math Pathways

Let’s talk about math! Parents of future middle school students are invited to an information night about middle school math pathways on Thursday, May 10.

Middle School Math Pathways Information Night
Thursday, May 10, 6:30–8:00 p.m. 
(invite friends!)
4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St.
Spanish interpretation will be provided  

4J schools are establishing a consistent middle school math pacing and placement process, starting with students entering middle school this fall, to improve clarity, equity and access to accelerated math learning opportunities.

These changes are intended to provide equal education opportunities to all students and open up student options for accelerated math course sequences, while also providing all students with the foundational math skills needed to prepare them for success in advanced math courses. Students will have multiple entry points to accelerated learning and multiple pathways to upper-level high school math courses, such as pre-calculus, calculus and statistics.

Please join us to learn about middle school math placement and pathways to advanced math in high school, get answers to your questions, and share your thoughts.

http://www.4j.lane.edu/instruction/curriculum/mathacceleration/

 

Arts in the Courtyard - Our third annual Arts in the Courtyard will be on Wednesday, May 16th from 5:30-7:00pm at Kennedy Middle School. We hope that you can join us for this event, which highlights the creativity and growth of our music and visual art students over the past year. This year we will be serving a Texas Roadhouse dinner for 10$ per person, with all of the proceeds going to support our programs! We will also have art & craft activities, a slideshow, silent auction, and a mini golf course, in addition to the great music and art. Musicians and artwork from students at Churchill High School will also be highlighted. It will be a great event for the whole family!

 

We are currently seeking donations for our silent auction and hope you can help. If you are a business owner, know a business owner, frequent a business often, or just enjoy fundraising, please help us by asking for a donation for our silent auction. All of the money raised will support music and art at Kennedy! Art students will create a unique work of art for all participating businesses. We appreciate your help and support in making our community stronger through supporting artistic opportunities for our kids.

If you are able to help, please contact Holly Albone albone_h@4j.lane.edu, or Victoria Miller at (541)790-5500 or miller_v@4j.lane.edu.

We hope to see you at this year’s Arts in the Courtyard!

 

Site Council – At our meeting on May 3rd, Site Council reviewed 6 EEF grants and ranked them for EEF review. Below are the grants in ranked order. Grants will be forwarded to EEF for review. Since schools are only able to submit 5 grants up to no more than $5,000 in request, we are looking for donations to continue our community garden. Our goal is to earn $500.00 for this cause. If you would like to donate any amount of money to go towards our KMS community garden, please contact Victoria Miller at (541)790-5500 ormiller_v@4j.lane.edu.

  1. School Wide Celebrations of Culture and Diversity
  2. School Wide Extra-Curricular Experience
  3. Musical - Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Jr.
  4. Book Love: Instilling a Love of Reading in Middle School
  5. College Tours
  6. KMS Community Garden

 

K-12 Comprehensive Human Sexuality Workgroup

4J is seeking recommendations for school staff (teachers/counselors/EAs), admin, parents, students, and community partners for inclusion in this important work group.  Please use the link here:  https://goo.gl/forms/wXji7CFWyywqgHuo2

Here is some background information: OAR 581-022-2050 requires districts, together with parents, teachers, school administrators, local health department staff, and other community representatives and persons from the medical community, to plan and provide an age-appropriate, comprehensive plan of instruction focusing on human sexuality education, HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections and disease prevention in elementary and secondary schools as an integral part of health education and other subjects. As part of this plan, each school district shall provide child sexual abuse prevention instruction from kindergarten through grade 12, including a minimum of four instructional class period per year. This instruction must also include a parental involvement component to inform parents about child sexual abuse topics, a professional training component for administrators, teachers, and other school personnel, and an evaluation component with measureable outcomes.

4J has taken many steps to be in compliance with the Erin’s Law component (9) of this OAR: we have adopted the Our Whole Lives (OWL) curriculum for 6-12 grades, made scheduling changes for Health in middle schools, provided curriculum and training for K-5 administrators and teachers, and provided parent letters with topics and resources.

This project aims to develop a comprehensive K-12 health education plan, that integrates the child abuse prevention components within aligned, age appropriate human sexuality units. This work will serve as the foundation for a district health curriculum adoption in 2020-2021.

Delaying the adoption process and leading with this work provides a number of benefits: 1) allows us to build partnerships with community organizations that provide our students and families wrap-around services; 2) provides a diverse 4J focus group, rather than an author or publisher, to outline a vision and implementation plan; 3) requires an inventory of available and needed resources; and 4) moves towards a meeting the moral and legal intent of breadth and depth of the OARs, rather than a compliance approach to meeting Erin’s Law and Health Curriculum Plans.

 Share Your Views on School Schedules
Online survey, community forum May 9

Eugene School District 4J is changing to a consistent calendar and standard schedules for all schools to provide enough instruction time for students, fair and equal learning time at all schools, and consistent schedules for families. The schedule details will be decided this spring.

A first draft schedule was published in March for staff, parent, student and community input. The district has now taken the input received and developed a second draft schedule for further review and feedback.

The district wants to hear from families about your views on school schedules and what various schedule changes would mean for you.

Please take 5 minutes between now and May 9 to share your feedback in a community input survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/4Jschedule2. Your input is important.

Parents, students, staff and community members also are invited to learn more about the draft schedules under discussion and talk with school board members and district staff at a community forum on school schedules on Wednesday, May 9, at 5:30 p.m., at the 4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St. Spanish interpretation will be provided.

To learn more, review the draft schedule, and provide feedback, see www.4j.lane.edu/standard-school-schedule-second-draft.

 

Comparta su punto de vista sobre los horarios escolares
Foro Comunitario el 9 de mayo

El Distrito Escolar de Eugene 4J está cambiando a un calendario consistente y a horarios estándares para todas las escuelas para proporcionar suficiente tiempo de instrucción a los estudiantes, tiempo de aprendizaje justo e igualitario en todas las escuelas, y horarios constantes para las familias. Los detalles de los horarios se decidirán esta primavera.

En marzo se publicó un borrador inicial del horario para buscar aportes de opiniones de los padres, los estudiantes, el personal, y la comunidad. El distrito ha tomado ahora la información recibida y ha desarrollado un segundo borrador del horario para consideración y opiniones adicionales.

Al distrito le gustaría escuchar de las familias su opinión acerca de los horarios escolares y lo que los diferentes cambios de horario significarían para ustedes.

Se les invita a los padres a tomar unos minutos entre el día de hoy y el 9 de mayo para compartir sus comentarios en una encuesta en línea (www.surveymonkey.com/r/4Jschedule2, en inglés). Su opinión es importante.

También se invita a los padres, estudiantes, miembros del personal y de la comunidad a un foro comunitario donde podrán enterarse mas sobre los horarios que se están considerando y hablar con los miembros de la junta directiva escolar. El foro se llevara a cabo el miércoles, 9 de mayo a las 5:30 p.m., en el Centro Educativo de 4J, ubicado en el 200 N. Monroe St. Se proveerá interpretación en español.

Para obtener más información, revisar el borrador del horario y proporcionar comentarios, vaya a www.4J.Lane.edu/Standard-School-Schedule-Second-Draft.

 

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

See teacher syllabus for office hours