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KMS Family Bulletin:

February 9

Greetings KMS Families,

Another great week of school has come and gone. Students started up the second half of trimester 2 with various learning activities targeted to strengthen their knowledge and skills. This week students during recreation time had the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. Although the weather offered us a quick glance of springtime, we are not quite there yet. As we look ahead to our school-wide trip to Hoodoo, we are keeping an eye on the snow conditions and have set February 20th as the announcement date. If the conditions are not adequate by that date, we will be cancelling the trip and looking at other options for our students. Thank you for your continued support of Kennedy Middle School.

 

The following includes several things to keep in mind.  

Dates and Events

February 12         3:30 pm GSA Michelle’s group 

February 13         3:30 pm Magic the Gathering Richter F-5

                               3:30 pm Acts of Kindness Michelle’s

                               3:45 pm Art Albone A-3

                               3:30 pm Homework Wood G-2

February 14         3:30 pm Magic Trick-Richter F-5

                               3:30 pm Homework Worth I-4

                               3:30 pm D & D White H-5

February 15         3:30 pm Video-Rainer C-3

                               3:30 pm D & D-Baxter C-4

February 16         6:00 pm Activity Night

                  

In the Know

Activity Night – We will be having an Activity Night on February 16th from 6:00pm – 7:30pm. The theme is "A night with the stars" and we are encouraging students to dress up like their favorite artist. There will be a live band, games and activities for students to experience. The cost at the door is $5.00. Please contact Victoria Miller at miller_v@4j.lane.edu to request a scholarship if needed.

OBOB @ KMS - Kennedy students will participate in the first round of Battle of the Books in our library on FridayFebruary 16th. Six Kennedy teams will "battle" for supremacy, and the team that answers the most questions correctly will be anointed Kennedy Battle of the Books Champion. Our school representative will advance on to "Battle" other schools in our region. "The Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) is a statewide voluntary reading motivation and comprehension program sponsored by the Oregon Association of School Libraries in conjunction with a Library Services and Technology Act grant.  Students in 3rd-12th grade, regardless of ability, are exposed to quality literature representing a variety of literary styles and viewpoints. OBOB’s mission is to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, to broaden reading interests, to increase reading comprehension, promote academic excellence, and to promote cooperative learning and teamwork among students.

OBOB is run completely by volunteers through the Oregon Association of School Libraries (OASL) and funded partially through the Library Services and Technology Act, LSTA."

Winter Apparel Request - We are excited for the upcoming opportunity to take our students to the Hoodoo Autobahn on February 22nd, but we need your help! Many students come to school without the necessary clothing to stay warm on our trip to Hoodoo. 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 February 21st. 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 - 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 is our team expectations, a tentative calendar, and some information on our Papa's Pizza Fundraiser, April 18th(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 asks 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 6th 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 WednesdayMarch 7th We look forward to seeing everyone out on the 7th!!  It is going to be an awesome season!!

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

 

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.

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.

 

Staff Office Hours – Below is list of the times and dates.

KMS Staff Office Hours

Kennedy staff members are available to meet with students before and after school to help with assignments and answer questions. It is always best to check with your teacher if you plan to attend office hours in case a conflict arises within their schedule.

Mr. Metzger – Monday – Thursday 3:30-4:30

Ms. Worth –    Tuesday and Wednesday 3:30-4:15 & Friday 8:15-8:45

Ms. Joseph –   Wednesday and Thursday 3:30-4:00

Ms. Richter –  Tuesday Thursday and Friday 8:15-8:45

                          Monday Tuesday and Thursday 3:30-4:15

Mr. Wood –     Monday Tuesday Thursday and Friday 8:30-9:00

Ms. Farmer –  Monday – Thursday 3:45-4:15 or by appointment

Mr. Morrow – Monday Tuesday Thursday and Friday 8:00-8:30

                           Monday – Thursday 3:30-4:30

Ms. Nordling – Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday 3:30-4:00

                             Thursday – Friday 8:15-8:45

Ms. Case – Monday Tuesday and Thursday 3:30-4:00

Ms. Scull – Friday 8:30-8:45 or by appointment

Ms. White – Monday – Thursday during 2nd lunch and Tuesday –Thursday 3:30-4:00

Mr. Hansen – Monday Tuesday Thursday and Friday 8:00-8:30

                          Monday -Thursday 3:30-4:30

Mr. Boorman – By Appointment only  

Ms. Sandefer – Monday – Friday 8:30-9:00

Ms. Hess – By Appointment only

Ms. Henderson – Monday Thursday and Friday 8:15-8:45 or by appointment

Ms. Albone – Tuesday 3:30-4:30 or by appointment

 

Near Future

Hoodoo – We are planning for a school-wide trip to Hoodoo Ski Area onThursday, February 22nd. Although the accumulation of snow recently has been low, we believe by February there will be enough snow for everyone to attend. This school-sponsored event includes educational and social components for students to learn and to have fun together at Hoodoo. Please look for a permission/information form to come home and return by February 15th.

WISE Symposium - All 8th grade students are invited to register for the 6th annual WISE Symposium ThursdayFebruary 22nd, 3:30 - 8:00 p.m. sponsored by the CHS Women in Science & Engineering club. Register NOW at WISE Symposium 2018. Students must register for the event at: www.chs.lane.edu, then click on the pink owl in the photo box at the top of the home page. Or copy and paste this address in your web browser and reserve your spot! goo.gl/forms/sFmU50Nftzf4IG8s2

Join us for an afternoon and evening of hands-on workshops in science and engineering taught by professionals in the field. Meet the Cascade Raptor Center birds. Listen to students from the University of Oregon talk about their internships at NASA and the American Museum of Natural History. Workshops in robotics basics, gigabots, coding, neuroscience, biosciences, and more!

Snacks and dinner will be available -- it's all FREE! Oh! And chances to win prizes, too!  Below is the schedule for the event. 

WORKSHOP Schedule

3:30-4:00 — Check in & Snacks

4:00-4:15 — Orientation - Welcome and instructions, depart for Session 1

4:25-5:10 — Session 1 - Your choice, choose when you arrive and check-in

5:20-6:05 — Session 2 – Your choice, choose when you arrive and check-in

6:15-7:00 — Session 3 – Keynote Speakers Carly Pate, vet science and Charity Woodrum astrophysics both from the University of Oregon (all participants

7:10-7:55 — Dinner and raffle prizes, and a chance to continue conversations with Workshop Leaders and Keynote Speakers.

Community Events & Programs

Churchill Babe Ruth Baseball –

When: February 17 & 18

Where: Churchill High School turf

SaturdayAges 7-10 ; 10:00 – 12:00pm

     Ages 11 – 14 ; 1:00 – 3:00pm

Sunday:

   Make-up Session for all ages

                   12:00 – 2:00pm

$100 deposit to participate

 

33rd Annual Oregon Asian Celebration

February 17 & 18, 2018

Lane Events Center Fairgrounds, Eugene, OR

 

EUGENE, OR - Year of the Dog - Bark to the Future is this year's theme for the 33rd Annual Oregon Asian Celebration planned for February 17th & 18th at the Lane Events Center in Eugene. This colorful festival features an array of Asian cultural performances and dances, music, and fine art; demonstrations of Asian crafts, cooking, and martial arts; children and youth activities, a heritage exhibit, an Asian food court, and marketplace, and special activities.

Doors open both days at 10:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.

To celebrate the Bark to the Future theme this year, the festival will feature a variety of student-­centered projects related to science, technology, engineering, and math organized by the Lane County STEM Hub. Activities will be held throughout the event venue.

In addition to the STEM projects, the event welcomes the return of an expanded exhibit by Eugene photographer and digital artist Melissa Nolledo, titled Our Stories: Immigrants of America. Sponsored by the University of Oregon's Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, the exhibit includes new photos of immigrant community members accompanied by life stories of what it's like to be an immigrant in America and Oregon.

On a more humorous note, the event features the return of the Noodle Canoodle Contest, a couples eating competition where one person feeds his or her partner a bowl of ramen noodles with extra long chopsticks as quickly as possible. Prizes awarded.

To further showcase the diversity of Asia, the event will hold a fashion show on both days. The show features the cultural attire of a number of Asian countries and is a good opportunity to learn the significance of the attire in Asian cultures.

Children can pkkup an Asian Celebration Treasure Map and visit various festival destinations to receive a stamp. Once completed, the map can be redeemed for a prize. It's a great way to learn about the various Asian cultures and activities at the event.

General admission tickets are $6 adults; $10 for a 2-day ticket; free for ages 12 & under. Advance admission tickets and FREE student tickets for 13 and older (including college students) with current student ID are available at any Oregon Community Credit Union branch.

A complete schedule of activities and performances will be available at the door or at AsianCelebration.org beginning February 1st. The event is produced by the Eugene/Springfield Asian Council whose mission is to create opportunities that foster greater understanding of Asian and Asian American cultures by presenting special events and activities to promote friendship and harmonious relationships.

 

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:

February 2

Greetings KMS Families,

It is official—we are halfway through the school year! Although the next 18 weeks of school will certainly feel like time is going by faster, there will be plenty of time to continue strengthening positive relationships and meaningful learning opportunities for our students. Thank you for your continual support and helping your student attend school ready to succeed. Next week and throughout the month there are several things keep in mind.

 

Dates and Events

February 5           3:30 pm GSA Michelle’s    

                               3:30 pm Homework Wood G-2

February 6           11:00 am Track Meeting-Library

                               12:00 pm Track Meeting-Library

                               3:30 pm Magic the Gathering Richter F-5

                               3:30 pm Acts of Kindness Michelle’s

                               3:45 pm Art Albone A-3

February 7           

                               3:30 pm Homework Worth I-4

                               3:30 pm D & D White H-5

February 8           10:10 am Fire Drill

                               3:30 pm Video-Rainer C-3

                               3:30 pm D & D-Baxter C-4

February 9           12:00 pm ½ Early Release

 

In the Know

KMS Track & Field – Track coaches will have an information meeting for students only February 6th during 1st and 2nd lunch. This will give the students the opportunity to ask questions and turn in track forms! If you have questions about track please call Victoria Miller in the front office, Coaching Staff

Winter Apparel Request - We are excited for the upcoming opportunity to take our students to the Hoodoo Autobahn on February 22nd, but we need your help! Many students come to school without the necessary clothing to stay warm on our trip to Hoodoo. 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 February 21st. 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.

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.

Leaving Messages for Your students - Office staff may not interrupt instructional time to deliver messages to students. Please encourage your student to check in the office or check in with you at their lunch break or immediately after school regarding any potential messages, including changes in transportation. The student phone in the office is available for this purpose until 4pm. If there is an emergency you may come to the school, show ID and pick up or meet with your student. Thank you for your understanding with this request.

Early pick-up - Please allow a minimum of 30 minutes notice when picking up your student before the regular release time, this includes Early Release Days. 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."

Half day school/ Half day PD – on Friday, February 9th we will be having a half day of school followed by a half day of professional development for staff. As a reminder, below is the schedule and the upcoming PD days for the year.

Schedule for Half day school/Half day PD – Note, we will be having periods 4, 5 and 6 on February 9th.

 

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

 

2/9 Early Release - Staff Development
2/19 No School - President’s Day
3/2 Early Release - Staff Development
3/15 No School - Grading Day
3/16 No School - Professional Development
   
   
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
   
   

 

Near Future

Activity Night – We will be having an Activity Night on February 16th from 6:00pm – 7:30pm. The theme is "A night with the stars" and we are encouraging students to dress up like their favorite artist. More information will be shared as we near this school event.

Hoodoo – We are planning for a school-wide trip to Mt. Hoodoo Ski Area onThursday, February 22nd. Although the accumulation of snow recently has been low, we believe by February there will be enough snow for everyone to attend. This school-sponsored event includes educational and social components for students to learn and to have fun together at Hoodoo. We are in the process of working out the details for this day and will be providing more information. I will be sending out weekly reminders about this event in these bulletins. Please look for a permission/information form to come home.

4J PARENT LEADERS MEETING

4J Parent Leaders Network - is a volunteer network connecting parent organization leaders for mutual support. We share resources, ideas, and best practices to support the involvement of parents and families in the education of their children. Our meetings for the 2017-2018 school year will take place at the District Office at 200 North Monroe Street Take away tools will be provided.

Monday, April 30, 2018 – 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Each meeting will include a 40-minute training topic and a 20-minute information presentation from Eugene School District 4J Superintendent Dr. Gustavo Balderas, Elementary Director Brooke Wagner, and Secondary Director BJ Blake.

Meetings are convened by Heather Sielicki (parent volunteer) with support from Josh Reckord (retired educator). Join our email list for updates, meeting agendas and reminders.  https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/4jparentleadersnetwork

 

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

 

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KMS Family Bulletin:

January 26

Greetings KMS Families,

Another fast week has come and gone! In review, we started the week and continued it by reviewing Kennedy PRIDE in classrooms with presentations lead by our WEB students. In addition, staff provided students with engaging activities and lessons to delve deeper into the curriculum of their classes. Next week we will resume with the routine of school and students will be working throughout the week on completing their assignments and projects. Thank you in advance for helping your student to be sure they turn in any missing work. We will be concluding the first 6weeks of Trimester 2 on Friday at which time staff will be finalizing grades for midterm progress reporting. Thank you again for your dedication to ensure your student attends on a regular and that they are ready for school. Below are several things to know for the future.
 

Dates and Events

January 29           3:30 pm GSA Michelle’s    

                               3:30 pm Homework Wood G-2

January 30          9:00-12 pm AVID Event SEHS

                              3:30 pm Magic the Gathering Richter F-5

                              3:30 pm Acts of Kindness Michelle’s

                              3:45 pm Art Albone A-3

January 31          3:30 pm Magic Trick-Richter F-5

                              3:30 pm Homework Worth I-4

                             3:30 pm D & D White H-5

February 1          3:30 pm Video-Rainer C-3

                             3:30 pm D & D-Baxter C-4

                             3:45 pm Site Council-Library

February 2         No School for Students

                             ½ PD - ½ Mid-Trimester progress reports

 

In the Know

Site Council – We will be having a Site Council meeting on Thursday, February 1 from 3:45 to 5:00 in the library. The topic for the meeting will be on developing our new vision and mission statements.

Contact Information - Do we have your family’s most current contact information? Who may pick up your student if the school is not able to reach you in an emergency? If your phone number, address, email address or emergency contact information has changed, please be sure to let the school know. To update any of this information or review what we have on file, please email our Registrar, Melissa Brennan atbrennan_m@4j.lane.edu or call the office and ask for Melissa.

Attendance – When students are absent, parents/guardians are asked to call the Attendance line at 790-5525, emailkms_attendance@4j.lane.edu or write a note to the attendance clerk within 48hours. Prearranged Absence forms are available at the front desk and on our website. Parents/guardians may not excuse absences for students who are at school and not in class. Students are strongly encouraged to attend classes as scheduled in order to maximize learning and to comply with school, district and state attendance law statutes.

Math Input– Hello 4J Parents, 

We are seeking your input and perspective regarding a complex issue in our district. Currently, there are three models for middle school math acceleration and eight varying practices for identifying students for these courses, which has created inequitable access and outcomes for our students.  A district workgroup made up of math teachers, administrators, and TOSAs from elementary, middle, and high schools across all four regions is currently working to identify the wants, needs, values, trends and questions, ideas, connections, and tensions of various stakeholders (specifically parents and students) in order to make a recommendation for a consistent policy, practice, and course sequence for middle school math acceleration.  We are a recommending body and not a decision making body and will be providing a written report to the District's Instructional Leadership Team next month. 

For the purposes of this group, middle school math acceleration is defined as providing any course sequence that compacts or skips grade level standards in order for students to access high school level courses.

We encourage you to provide your voice through this stakeholder questionnaire.  

Thank you, Sue Wilson
K-12 Curriculum Administrator
Mathematics & Applied Sciences
Eugene School District 4J

Winter Apparel Request - We are excited for the upcoming opportunity to take our students to the Hoodoo Autobahn on February 22nd, but we need your help! Many students come to school without the necessary clothing to stay warm on our trip to Hoodoo. 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 February 21st. I want to thank you in advance for your support of our school.

Snow Apparel/Winter Clothing Needed:

  • Warm Outerwear:
  • 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.

Kennedy Gear – Interested in purchasing Kennedy Gear? We will be having short and long sleeved T-shirts, and hooded sweatshirts along with other school regalia for sale in the office. More information will be provided in the upcoming bulletins. Stay tuned.

Library Volunteers – We are looking people interested in helping out in our library. Please contact our front office for more information. 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.

 School Choice

Earlier deadline this year

In Eugene School District 4J, students may enroll in their neighborhood school at any time, or they may request enrollment in a different 4J school or a transfer into the district, provided there is a space available. Lotteries determine the order in which requests are accepted.

Earlier Timeline: To be included in the annual school choice lottery, 4J residents must apply by January 31 at midnight. This deadline is earlier than in past years. Residents of other districts may apply later, March 1April 1.

School Tours: Every 4J school offers times for parents to visit in January.

New School Option: A new Mandarin Chinese language immersion school opened last fall in the Churchill area. The school will accept new students in grades K, 1 and 2 this year.

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Near Future

Activity Night – We will be having an Activity Night on February 16thfrom 6:00pm – 7:30pm. The theme is "A night with the stars" and we are encouraging students to dress up like their favorite artist. More information will be shared as we near this school event.

Hoodoo – We are planning for a school-wide trip to Mt. Hoodoo Ski Area on Thursday, February 22nd. Although the accumulation of snow recently has been low, we believe by February there will be enough snow for everyone to attend. This school-sponsored event includes educational and social components for students to learn and to have fun together at Hoodoo. We are in the process of working out the details for this day and will be providing more information. I will be sending out weekly reminders about this event in these bulletins. Please look for a permission/information form to come home.

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 is our team expectations, a tentative calendar, and some information on our Papa's Pizza Fundraiser, April 18th(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 asks 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 6th 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 WednesdayMarch 7th We look forward to seeing everyone out on the 7th!!  It is going to be an awesome season!!

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

 

4J PARENT LEADERS MEETING

4J Parent Leaders Network - is a volunteer network connecting parent organization leaders for mutual support. We share resources, ideas, and best practices to support the involvement of parents and families in the education of their children. Our meetings for the 2017-2018 school year will take place at the District Office at 200 North Monroe Street Take away tools will be provided.

Monday, January 29, 2018 – 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Monday, April 30, 2018 – 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Each meeting will include a 40-minute training topic and a 20-minute information presentation from Eugene School District 4J Superintendent Dr. Gustavo Balderas, Elementary Director Brooke Wagner, and Secondary Director BJ Blake.

Meetings are convened by Heather Sielicki (parent volunteer) with support from Josh Reckord (retired educator). Join our email list for updates, meeting agendas and reminders.  https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/4jparentleadersnetwork

 

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:

January 19

Greetings KMS Families,

I can’t believe how fast this week went; I am even in more of a shock that we are nearing the halfway mark for the school year! We started the week with engaging activities, reviewing the “Green sheet” of KMS behavior expectations, and ended with a meaningful short play presented by the Oregon Children’s Theatre production on the topic of cyber bullying. Our students were very respectful during the presentation and discussion. Staff will continue to provide additional opportunities for students to discuss ways to be an upstander to make sure Kennedy is a safe place for everyone.

This next week, we will be reviewing our school PRIDE and what it means to a Kennedy Knight. The rest of the month and into the next is filled with many extracurricular activities. In addition, we have mid-term grading just around the corner, an activity night, and a school-wide trip to Hoodoo students are looking forward to. Below are several things to know.

 

Dates and Events

January 22 – 26            PRIDE Week – see specific schedule below

January 22                      3:45 pm GSA Michelle’s

                                          3:30 pm Homework Wood G-2

                                          Fire Drill 4th period pending weather

January 23                      3:30 pm Magic the Gathering Richter F-5

                                          3:30 pm Acts of Kindness Michelle’s

January 24                      3:30 pm Magic Trick-Richter F-5

                                          3:30 pm Homework Worth I-4

                                          3:30 pm D & D White H-5

January 25                      3:30 pm Video-Rainer C-3

                                          3:30 pm D & D-Baxter C-4

                                          3:30 pm Cross country-Wood Small gym

                                          6:30 pm School Choice Presentation and Tour

January 26                     9:10 am Admin office

                                         Fire Drill 4th period pending weather

 

In the Know

Winter Apparel Request - We are excited for the upcoming opportunity to take our students to the Hoodoo Autobahn on February 22nd, but we need your help! Many students come to school without the necessary clothing to stay warm on our trip to Hoodoo. 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 February 21st. 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.

Kennedy Gear – Interested in purchasing Kennedy Gear? We will be having short and long sleeved T-shirts, and hooded sweatshirts along with other school regalia for sale in the office. More information will be provided in the upcoming bulletins. Stay tuned.

Library Volunteers – We are looking people interested in helping out in our library. Please contact our front office for more information. 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.

PRIDE Week – Throughout the week, we will be reviewing KMS PRIDE with students during specific classes per grade level. Our WEB students will be taking the lead in providing lessons to all students during class by reviewing expectations and positive behaviors for school known as PRIDE.

  • 6th grade, the WEB leaders will be teaching to the 6th grade classes on Wednesday1/24. 
  • 7th grade, the WEB leaders will be teaching to the 7th grade classes on Thursday1/25 during 3rd period.
  • 8th grade, the WEB leaders will be teaching to the 8th grade classes on Tuesday1/23.

State Tests and School Report Cards

Every year, students in grades 3–8 and grade 11 complete state tests. These assessments provide useful information for students, parents and schools, although they are only one measure of students' academic success. 

Today's state assessments are not the multiple-choice "bubble" tests students experienced in the past. The questions are interactive and go deeper, allowing students to engage with texts, build equations and explain their answers. Students are challenged to think critically and analytically, and apply their knowledge and skills to real-world problems.  

 

Oregon's Annual State Tests 

Math & Language Arts: Students in grades 3–8 and grade 11 take the OAKS math and language arts assessments each spring. These tests, also known as the Smarter Balanced assessments, match the content and skill standards Oregon has adopted to better prepare students for college and careers. They measure the skills and information your child has been learning in class.

Science: Students in grades 5, 8 and 11 complete the OAKS science assessment. This test is expected to change next year to align to Oregon's current science standards, the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which were adopted in 2014. This phase-in gives school districts, teachers and students time to implement changes in curriculum and learning opportunities aligned to the new standards before the assessment changes.

 

Kennedy’s Test Results

The State of Oregon produces a report card for every public school and school district each year. The report cards include information on student test scores, school staff, attendance and other factors. Eugene School District 4J's report card for the 2016–17 school year is attached to this message and your school's report card is available online. 

If your student took state tests in a 4J school last spring, you may already have received the results in a parent-teacher conference or in other information from your school this fall. To ensure you have access to this information about your student's learning progress, the results also are being mailed to you.

Standardized test results provide a useful “temperature check” on how students and schools are progressing toward the learning standards and where extra attention is needed. State tests are generally low-stakes for students, but they are the simplest and most common way for high school students to meet certain graduation requirements. 

 

State Tests This Spring

Students will take the state tests of math and language arts this spring between Feb. 6 and June 8. Most students participate in state testing, but parents have the right to opt out if they choose. An informational notice about state testing and an opt-out request form are attached to this message and available online. 

 

Learn More

If you have questions about your student's test score report or your school’s report card, please talk to your school’s principal. Thank you for partnering with us to help your student succeed in school and beyond.

 

Other Important Parent Information

Snow Days 

Be in the know

On snowy or icy days, schools may be closed or delayed or buses may use snow routes. 

How to find out if there is a change: 

  • Text-message alerts – sign up today
    • District website www.4j.lane.edu
    • Local news mediae.g. KRVM 91.9
    To sign up for text alerts, send a text message to 40404 that says FOLLOW 4JWEATHER . If you receive extra messages you don't want, reply SET DISCOVER OFF to stop them.

No news = no change. School closures and other changes are decided and announced before 6:30 a.m. If schools and buses are on their regular schedule, there will NOT be an announcement.

School Choice

Earlier deadline this year

In Eugene School District 4J, students may enroll in their neighborhood school at any time, or they may request enrollment in a different 4J school or a transfer into the district, provided there is a space available. Lotteries determine the order in which requests are accepted.

Earlier Timeline: To be included in the annual school choice lottery, 4J residents must apply by January 31 at midnight. This deadline is earlier than in past years. Residents of other districts may apply later, March 1April 1.

School Tours: Every 4J school offers times for parents to visit in January.

New School Option: A new Mandarin Chinese language immersion school opened last fall in the Churchill area. The school will accept new students in grades K, 1 and 2 this year.

Healthy Schools 

Water quality assured   

Eugene School District 4J provides safe, healthy school facilities where students learn, grow and play. In 2016 the district proactively committed to test for lead in all water taps used for drinking water and food preparation in every school and building, and to address any elevated lead levels that were found. The final steps of this process were completed in 2017. 

The district has developed a Healthy and Safe Schools Plan that covers all school buildings and addresses lead in drinking water and other topics. Up-to-date information on this plan is available on the district website. 

4J News Updates 

Opt in for emails

Parents and community members can subscribe to receive occasional updates about key news and events in the Eugene School District. You'll get an email once or twice a month.

 

Computer Monitors and Technology Updates– We recently purchased two large computer monitors, one for the front office and another for the cafeteria. Both of these monitors are linked together and provide the opportunity to display messages for students, staff, and visitors. We will be using these monitors to share information about upcoming events as well as displaying student work. The long-term vision is to install additional monitors throughout the school to increase communication and modernize KMS. In addition, we are looking into the cost of having a new reader board much like the one at Churchill High School. The KFA group will be looking at ways to fundraise for this item. I anticipate this will be 2-3 year plan, depending on the cost. If you are interested in helping, please contact me atchristen_mo@4j.lane.edu

 

Near Future

Hoodoo – We are planning for a school-wide trip to Mt. Hoodoo Ski Area on Thursday, February 22nd. Although the accumulation of snow recently has been low, we believe by February there will be enough snow for everyone to attend. This school-sponsored event includes educational and social components for students to learn and to have fun together at Hoodoo. We are in the process of working out the details for this day and will be providing more information. I will be sending out weekly reminders about this event in these bulletins. Please look for a permission/information form to come home.

 

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 is our team expectations, a tentative calendar, and some information on our Papa's Pizza Fundraiser, April 18th(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 asks 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 6th 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 WednesdayMarch 7th We look forward to seeing everyone out on the 7th!!  It is going to be an awesome season!!

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

 

4J PARENT LEADERS MEETING

4J Parent Leaders Network - is a volunteer network connecting parent organization leaders for mutual support. We share resources, ideas, and best practices to support the involvement of parents and families in the education of their children. Our meetings for the 2017-2018 school year will take place at the District Office at 200 North Monroe Street Take away tools will be provided.

Monday, January 29, 2018 – 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Monday, April 30, 2018 – 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Each meeting will include a 40-minute training topic and a 20-minute information presentation from Eugene School District 4J Superintendent Dr. Gustavo Balderas, Elementary Director Brooke Wagner, and Secondary Director BJ Blake.

Meetings are convened by Heather Sielicki (parent volunteer) with support from Josh Reckord (retired educator). Join our email list for updates, meeting agendas and reminders.  https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/4jparentleadersnetwork

 

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 hour

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KMS Family Bulletin:

January 12

Greetings KMS Families,

Another fast week of school has come and gone, however this week was particularly amazing. Throughout the week, students had several educational learning activities to delve deeper into the history and movements for improving society. We ended Friday with a student led school assembly, celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Student MCs lead the assembly by describing the work and efforts of Dr. King; we had presentations that included positive quotes from influential people about justice and peace. Our Advanced Choir performed and then together as “Mega Choir” with Churchill’s Downing Street Signers and choir, equaling 150+ voices. We also had several amazing individual performances from students who sang and played music along with a student essay that was powerful and inspiring to all. Thank you for all that you do to ensure you student attends school and for being a part of the Churchill community. Go Knights!

Looking ahead to next week below are several things to know.

 

Dates and Events

January 15          No School Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 16-19    Green Sheet Review Week

January 16         9:30 am School Presentation/School Choice Office

                              3:30 pm Homework Wood G-2

                             3:30 pm Magic the Gathering Richter F-5

                             3:30 pm Acts of Kindness Michelle’s

                             3:45 pm Art Albone A-3

                             6:30 pm KFA meeting, Library

January 17         1:30 pm School Presentation/School Choice Office

                             3:30 pm Magic Trick-Richter F-5

                             3:30 pm Homework Worth I-4

                             3:30 pm D & D White H-5  

January 18         3:30 pm Video-Rainer C-3

                             3:30 pm D & D-Baxter C-4

January 19         12:45 pm Above and Below/ Oregon’s Children’s Choir Gym

                             2:00 pm Above and Below/ Oregon’s Children’s Choir Gym

 

In the Know

Kennedy Gear – Interested in purchasing Kennedy Gear? We will be having short and long sleeved T-shirts, and hooded sweatshirts along with other school regalia for sale in the office. More information will be provided in the upcoming bulletins. Stay tuned.

Graduation Requirement and Credit Committee (GRACC) Update-GRACC is a long standing district committee that addresses policies and procedures related to course credits, transcripts and graduation requirements. The purpose of this team is to oversee current practices in these areas to ensure consistency, efficiency and legal compliance. The team is comprised of HS counselors, HS registrars, a special education administrator, an alternative education administrator, district administrators, and representatives from the Synergy team.

The team is currently working on a “Granting and Transferring Credit” Administrative Rule (AR) to align practices for granting high school credit for students at our middle and high schools. The team discovered that each secondary school has differing practices for granting credit that created inequitable experiences for our students.

To date, GRACC has solicited feedback from all secondary administrators and secondary counselors twice. This AR and supporting procedures are still being revised and aligned with Oregon Revised Statutes and Oregon Administrative Rules. Once the legal review is completed, the AR will be shared with staff and more detailed information will be provided

An AR is approved by the superintendent, and provides detailed guidelines about how to implement board policies.

Green Sheet Review – (Jan 16th -19thStudents will be reviewing school-wide rules and expectations with their teachers throughout the week. On Friday, Jan 19th , students will be attending a presentation on Cyber Bullying and Interpersonal Communication called “Above and Below”.

KFA meeting – We will be having a meeting to review the topic of fundraising for school improvement and school vision of Kennedy. The meeting will be from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in our library. The purpose of KFA is to provide a space for families to connect and to discuss school related topics.

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.

Leaving messages for your students - Office staff may not interrupt instructional time to deliver messages to students. Please encourage your student to check in the office or check in with you at their lunch break or immediately after school regarding any potential messages, including changes in transportation. The student phone in the office is available for this purpose until 4pm. If there is an emergency you may come to the school, show ID and pick up or meet with your student. Thank you for your understanding with this request.

 

Near Future

Mt. Hoodoo – I am excited to announce that we are planning for a school-wide trip to Mt. Hoodoo Ski Area on Thursday, February 22nd. Although the accumulation of snow recently has been low, we believe by February there will be enough snow for everyone to attend. This school-sponsored event includes educational and social components for students to learn and to have fun together at Mt. Hoodoo. We are in the process of working out the details and will be providing more information.

Looking Ahead: 2018 School Choice

New timeline, same great options

In Eugene School District 4J, our school choice policy is that students may request to enroll in any 4J school, provided there is a place available. School choice requests are accepted in an order determined by lottery.

Earlier deadline: The deadline for 4J district residents to be included in the school choice lottery for 2017–18 is January 31, earlier than in previous years. School visits will be scheduled in the month of January. To be included in the annual school choice lottery, 4J residents must apply between January 1 and January 31, by midnight. Non-district residents must apply between March 1 and April 1.

Who needs to apply: All students who wish to enroll in a school other than their neighborhood school must submit an application. This includes incoming siblings of current students, students who have moved out of our school neighborhood or the district and want to remain enrolled next year, fifth / eighth grade students who want to move up to a middle / high school other than their neighborhood school, and non-residents who enrolled this year on a one-year interdistrict transfer. Their enrollment is not automatic.

Who does not need to apply: If your student is already enrolled in our school on an in-district school choice transfer and has not moved out of the district, or is enrolled on an out-of-district multi-year open enrollment transfer, you do not need to reapply.

Come see our schools: If you or any of your friends are interested in exploring your school choice options, the district will hold an Elementary School Showcase on Saturday, Jan. 6, from 10 a.m. to noon. All 4J schools will hold tours and other opportunities to visit during 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 at our school choice events in January! 

Kennedy • 2200 Bailey Hill Rd. • kennedy.4j.lane.edu • 541-790-5500

School presentation:

Jan. 16 (Tu), 9:30–10:30 a.m.

Jan. 17 (W), 1:30–2:30 p.m.

School presentation and tour:

Jan. 2

5 (Th), 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Presentations will be held in the school library. Please call the school to request a Spanish interpreter

More information: www.4j.lane.edu/choice

Mirando hacia el futuro: elección de escuelas 2018 (‘School Choice 2018’)

Nuevo cronograma, las mismas grandes opciones

En el Distrito Escolar de Eugene 4J, nuestra política de elección de escuelas es que un alumno puede solicitar matricularse en cualquier escuela de 4J, siempre y cuando haya puestos disponibles. Las solicitudes de elección de escuelas son aceptadas en un orden determinado por medio de una lotería.

Una fecha límite anticipada: La fecha limite para que los residentes del distrito 4J sean incluidos en la lotería de elección de escuelas 2017–18 es el 31 de enero, más anticipadamente que en años previos. Las visitas a las escuelas serán programadas durante el mes de enero. Para participar en la lotería anual de elección de escuelas, los residentes de 4J deberán completar una solicitud durante el 1º de enero y hasta la media noche del 31 de enero. Los que residen fuera del distrito 4J deberán completar la solicitud durante el 1º de marzo y el1º de abril.

Quién debe completar una solicitud: Todo alumno que desee matricularse en una escuela fuera de su vecindario deberá completar una solicitud. Esto incluye alumnos nuevos que tengan hermanos matriculados en una escuela de 4J, alumnos que se hayan cambiado de vecindario o de distrito y deseen quedarse en la misma escuela, alumnos de quinto / octavo  grado que deseen entrar a una escuela secundaria/preparatoria que no sea de su vecindario, y alumnos que no residen en el distrito que estén matriculados este año por medio de un traslado interdistrital de un año (one-year interdistrict transfer). La inscripción no es automática.

Quién no necesita completar una solicitud: Si el alumno ya está matriculado en una escuela de 4J por medio de un traslado de escuela dentro del distrito (in-district school choice transfer) y no ha salido del distrito, o si está matriculado por medio de un traslado abierto fuera del distrito de múltiples años (out-of-district multi-year open enrollment transfer), no necesitará solicitar de nuevo.

Vengan a ver nuestras escuelas: Si usted o algunas de sus amistades están interesados en explorar sus elecciones de escuelas, El distrito llevara a cabo una exhibición de escuelas primarias el sábado, 6 de enero, de 10 a.m. a 12:00 p.m. Todas las escuelas de 4J ofrecerán recorridos y otras oportunidades para visitas durante el mes de enero.

Si usted tiene amigos o familiares que esté considerando la elección de una escuela, por favor invíteles a aprender más sobre nuestra maravillosa escuela en el evento de elección de escuelas que se llevara a cabo en enero. 

Más información: www.4j.lane.edu/choice/spanish o llamar al 541-790-7717

8th Grade Transition to High School Night – Stay tuned. There will be an informational night for 8th grade families to discus options and plans for attending Churchill High School. Date is TBD

Are you curious about global events? Do you enjoy considering different perspectives on world issues? Do you want to 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.  Located at Churchill, Sheldon and South Eugene, the school is open via district lottery to any student who wishes to attend.  If you are curious about the world 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.

Admission into Eugene IHS is through the 4J District lottery process; all students must fill out an online 4J School Choice Lottery Application. 4J School Choice Lottery Applications for 2018-19 will be available in January.  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 2018-2019 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 will be included in a special mailing to immersion families.

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

  • Thursday, January 11, 7:00 pm, South Eugene cafeteria (includes French Immersion break-out session)
  • Thursday, January 18, 6:30 pm in the South Eugene cafeteria  (joint session with South; South information 6:30-7:30, Eugene IHS information 7:30-8:30)

Sheldon Region

  • Tuesday, January 23, 7:00 pm, Sheldon lecture hall (includes Spanish Immersion break-out session)
  • Thursday, January 25, 7:00 pm, Sheldon lecture hall

Churchill Region

  • Tuesday, January 16, 7:00 pm, Churchill cafeteria

For more information contact one of the Eugene IHS offices below, or visit the website at www.ihs.4j.lane.edu.

Eugene IHS @ Churchill:  541-790-5225

Eugene IHS @ Sheldon: 541-790-6636 

Eugene IHS @ South Eugene: 541-790-8030

 

4J PARENT LEADERS MEETING

4J Parent Leaders Network - is a volunteer network connecting parent organization leaders for mutual support. We share resources, ideas, and best practices to support the involvement of parents and families in the education of their children. Our meetings for the 2017-2018 school year will take place at the District Office at 200 North Monroe Street Take away tools will be provided.

Monday, January 29, 2018 – 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Monday, April 30, 2018 – 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Each meeting will include a 40-minute training topic and a 20-minute information presentation from Eugene School District 4J Superintendent Dr. Gustavo Balderas, Elementary Director Brooke Wagner, and Secondary Director BJ Blake.

Meetings are convened by Heather Sielicki (parent volunteer) with support from Josh Reckord (retired educator). Join our email list for updates, meeting agendas and reminders.  https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/4jparentleadersnetwork

 

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:

January 5

Greetings KMS Families,

I hope all of you had a well-rested and joyful break. Our first official week of 2018 was fast and filled with the review of routines and meaningful instruction. In addition, students and staff had the opportunity to connect and were able to continue to build upon relationships and our positive school-wide climate. In looking ahead to the month of January, there are exciting learning activities and social events scheduled. Below are things to review for next week and for the upcoming future.

 

Dates and Events

January 8          10:00 am Admin Operations

                            3:45 pm GSA Michelle’s

January 9          8:00 am PBIS Michelle’s

                            10:00 am Safety Meeting office

                            3:30 pm Homework Wood G-2

                            3:30 pm Magic the Gathering Richter F-5

                            3:30 pm Acts of Kindness Michelle’s

                            3:45 pm Art Albone A-3

January 10        1:30 ALICE drill review 5th period class

                            3:30 pm Magic Trick-Richter F-5

                            3:30 pm Homework Worth I-4

                            3:30 pm D & D White H-5

January 11         12:15 am Fire Drill

                            3:30 pm Video-Rainer C-3

                            3:30 pm D & D-Baxter C-4

                            3:30 pm Cross country-Wood Small gym

January 12        Early Release periods 1,2,3

                            9:10 am Admin office

                            10:00 am MLK Assembly

 

In the Know

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.

 Leaving Messages for Your students - Office staff may not interrupt instructional time to deliver messages to students. Please encourage your student to check in the office or check in with you at their lunch break or immediately after school regarding any potential messages, including changes in transportation. The student phone in the office is available for this purpose until 4pm. If there is an emergency you may come to the school, show ID and pick up or meet with your student. Thank you for your understanding with this request.

Early pick-up - Please allow a minimum of 30 minutes notice when picking up your student before the regular release time, this includes Early Release Days. 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."

Half day school/ Half day PD – on Friday, January 12th we will be having a half day of school followed by a half day of professional development for staff. As a reminder, below is the schedule and the upcoming PD days for the year.

Schedule for Half day school/Half day PD – Note, we will be having periods 1, 2 and 3 on January 12th.

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 

12/5 Second Trimester Begins
12/18-1/1 No School - Winter Break
1/2 No School -   Professional Development
1/12 Early Release - Staff Development
1/15 No School - MLK Jr. Day
2/2 No School - Staff Development, Grading
2/9 Early Release - Staff Development
2/19 No School - President’s Day
3/2 Early Release - Staff Development
3/15 No School - Grading Day
3/16 No School - Professional Development
   
   
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
   
   

 

Near Future

 Looking Ahead: 2018 School Choice

New timeline, same great options

In Eugene School District 4J, our school choice policy is that students may request to enroll in any 4J school, provided there is a place available. School choice requests are accepted in an order determined by lottery.

Earlier deadline: The deadline for 4J district residents to be included in the school choice lottery for 2017–18 is January 31, earlier than in previous years. School visits will be scheduled in the month of January. To be included in the annual school choice lottery, 4J residents must apply between January 1 and January 31, by midnight. Non-district residents must apply between March 1 and April 1.

Who needs to apply: All students who wish to enroll in a school other than their neighborhood school must submit an application. This includes incoming siblings of current students, students who have moved out of our school neighborhood or the district and want to remain enrolled next year, fifth / eighth grade students who want to move up to a middle / high school other than their neighborhood school, and non-residents who enrolled this year on a one-year interdistrict transfer. Their enrollment is not automatic.

Who does not need to apply: If your student is already enrolled in our school on an in-district school choice transfer and has not moved out of the district, or is enrolled on an out-of-district multi-year open enrollment transfer, you do not need to reapply.

Come see our schools: If you or any of your friends are interested in exploring your school choice options, the district will hold an Elementary School Showcase on Saturday, Jan. 6, from 10 a.m. to noon. All 4J schools will hold tours and other opportunities to visit during 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 at our school choice events in January! 

 

Kennedy • 2200 Bailey Hill Rd. • kennedy.4j.lane.edu • 541-790-5500

School presentation:

Jan. 16 (Tu), 9:30–10:30 a.m.

Jan. 17 (W), 1:30–2:30 p.m.

School presentation and tour:

Jan. 2

5 (Th), 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Presentations will be held in the school library. Please call the school to request a Spanish interpreter

More information: www.4j.lane.edu/choice

 Mirando hacia el futuro: elección de escuelas 2018 (‘School Choice 2018’)

Nuevo cronograma, las mismas grandes opciones

En el Distrito Escolar de Eugene 4J, nuestra política de elección de escuelas es que un alumno puede solicitar matricularse en cualquier escuela de 4J, siempre y cuando haya puestos disponibles. Las solicitudes de elección de escuelas son aceptadas en un orden determinado por medio de una lotería.

Una fecha límite anticipada: La fecha limite para que los residentes del distrito 4J sean incluidos en la lotería de elección de escuelas 2017–18 es el 31 de enero, más anticipadamente que en años previos. Las visitas a las escuelas serán programadas durante el mes de enero. Para participar en la lotería anual de elección de escuelas, los residentes de 4J deberán completar una solicitud durante el 1º de enero y hasta la media noche del 31 de enero. Los que residen fuera del distrito 4J deberán completar la solicitud durante el 1º de marzo y el1º de abril.

Quién debe completar una solicitud: Todo alumno que desee matricularse en una escuela fuera de su vecindario deberá completar una solicitud. Esto incluye alumnos nuevos que tengan hermanos matriculados en una escuela de 4J, alumnos que se hayan cambiado de vecindario o de distrito y deseen quedarse en la misma escuela, alumnos de quinto / octavo  grado que deseen entrar a una escuela secundaria/preparatoria que no sea de su vecindario, y alumnos que no residen en el distrito que estén matriculados este año por medio de un traslado interdistrital de un año (one-year interdistrict transfer). La inscripción no es automática.

Quién no necesita completar una solicitud: Si el alumno ya está matriculado en una escuela de 4J por medio de un traslado de escuela dentro del distrito (in-district school choice transfer) y no ha salido del distrito, o si está matriculado por medio de un traslado abierto fuera del distrito de múltiples años (out-of-district multi-year open enrollment transfer), no necesitará solicitar de nuevo.

Vengan a ver nuestras escuelas: Si usted o algunas de sus amistades están interesados en explorar sus elecciones de escuelas, El distrito llevara a cabo una exhibición de escuelas primarias el sábado, 6 de enero, de 10 a.m. a 12:00 p.m. Todas las escuelas de 4J ofrecerán recorridos y otras oportunidades para visitas durante el mes de enero.

Si usted tiene amigos o familiares que esté considerando la elección de una escuela, por favor invíteles a aprender más sobre nuestra maravillosa escuela en el evento de elección de escuelas que se llevara a cabo en enero. 

Más información: www.4j.lane.edu/choice/spanish o llamar al 541-790-7717

Are you curious about global events? Do you enjoy considering different perspectives on world issues? Do you want to 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.  Located at Churchill, Sheldon and South Eugene, the school is open via district lottery to any student who wishes to attend.  If you are curious about the world 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.

Admission into Eugene IHS is through the 4J District lottery process; all students must fill out an online 4J School Choice Lottery Application. 4J School Choice Lottery Applications for 2018-19 will be available in January.  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 2018-2019 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 will be included in a special mailing to immersion families.

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

  • ThursdayJanuary 11, 7:00 pm, South Eugene cafeteria (includes French Immersion break-out session)
  • ThursdayJanuary 18, 6:30 pm in the South Eugene cafeteria  (joint session with South; South information 6:30-7:30, Eugene IHS information 7:30-8:30)

 

Sheldon Region

  • TuesdayJanuary 23, 7:00 pm, Sheldon lecture hall (includes Spanish Immersion break-out session)
  • ThursdayJanuary 25, 7:00 pm, Sheldon lecture hall

 

Churchill Region

  • TuesdayJanuary 16, 7:00 pm, Churchill cafeteria

For more information contact one of the Eugene IHS offices below, or visit the website at www.ihs.4j.lane.edu.

Eugene IHS @ Churchill:  541-790-5225

Eugene IHS @ Sheldon: 541-790-6636 
Eugene IHS @ South Eugene: 541-790-8030

 

4J PARENT LEADERS MEETING

4J Parent Leaders Network - is a volunteer network connecting parent organization leaders for mutual support. We share resources, ideas, and best practices to support the involvement of parents and families in the education of their children. Our meetings for the 2017-2018 school year will take place at the District Office at 200 North Monroe Street Take away tools will be provided.

Monday, January 29, 2018 – 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Monday, April 30, 2018 – 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Each meeting will include a 40-minute training topic and a 20-minute information presentation from Eugene School District 4J Superintendent Dr. Gustavo Balderas, Elementary Director Brooke Wagner, and Secondary Director BJ Blake.

Meetings are convened by Heather Sielicki (parent volunteer) with support from Josh Reckord (retired educator). Join our email list for updates, meeting agendas and reminders.  https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/4jparentleadersnetwork

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:

December 15

Greetings KMS Families,

Winter break is officially here! It has been a fast 15 weeks of school. This week, we began with the continuation of Trimester 2 by having students delve deeper into the learning activities across their classes. As the week continued, a winter break count down from days-to-hours-to-minutes occurred. We ended the week by celebrating the generosity of students, families, and staff of Kennedy. This year we fundraised more money, obtained a greater amount of donations for family food baskets, and collected more toys for families than we have ever done in the past. As a result, we spent the last half hour of the last official school day in 2017 with an assembly. Our amazing student band kicked off the school-wide event with several festive songs, which set the joyous tone for students and staff to later socialize and enjoy a light afternoon snack as school ended. Moreover, the school spirit of Kennedy is unique to- and personalized to being inclusive, experiential, and engaging for all students. In addition, we are deeply invested in students’ success and support one another to ensure we provide the best education for every student. Thank you for your support in helping make Kennedy an amazing school. We have had an excellent start to year, and we are looking very much forward to the rest of the year ahead of us.

There are several things to keep in mind as we look ahead to 2018.

 

Dates and Events

January 1     No School - Winter Break

January 2    Staff report-Professional Development

January 3    School Resumes

                      3:30 pm Magic Trick-Richter F-5

                      3:30 pm Debate-Henderson H-1

                      3:30 pm Homework Worth I-4

                      3:30 pm D & D White H-5

January 4    3:30 pm Video-Rainer C-3

                      3:30 pm D & D-Baxter C-4

                      3:30 pm Cross country-Wood Small gym

                      3:45 pm Site Council-Library          

January 5    3:30 pm Dodge Ball-Gym  

                      6:00 pm – 8:00 pm WEB Movie Night

 

In the Know

WEB Movie Night – We are excited to announce that will be having a free WEB activity for 6th grade students on January 5th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. 8th Grade WEB leaders will be connecting with 6th students to enjoy a movie and some popcorn too. A permission slip will be given to students on January 3rd detailing the school event. Please mark you calendars. If you have questions, please contact Elizabeth Henderson athenderson_e@4j.lane.edu

 School closed during Winter Break – The school and front office will be closed during winter break. Note: Staff will likely not be returning emails or calls during the break. However, you can expect to hear back from staff once school begins. I will not be checking my email until I return to work on January 2nd. In addition, you will not be receiving a family bulletin untilFriday, January 5th.

 Leaving Messages for Your Students - Office staff may not interrupt instructional time to deliver messages to students. Please encourage your student to check in the office or check in with you at their lunch break or immediately after school regarding any potential messages, including changes in transportation. The student phone in the office is available for this purpose until 4pm. If there is an emergency you may come to the school, show ID and pick up or meet with your student. Thank you for your understanding with this request.

Site Council - We will be having our Site Council meeting on 1/4/17 from 3:45 – 5:00 in the library. We will be continuing to working on drafting our school improvement plan. During the 2017-2018 academic school year there are four areas Kennedy Middle School will focus on to improve educational outcomes for all students (1) School Attendance, (2) Student Academic Outcomes, (3) Community Family Outreach and Communication, and (4) School Climate and Culture. To ensure every student is engaged, ready to learn, and experiences success, Kennedy staff commits to:

  • Providing high academic expectations
  • Promoting equitable access to academic coursework
  • Aligning appropriate student academic supports
  • Assuring healthy and positive relationships

ParentVUE – A Reminder to Stay Informed About Your Student’s Performance with the Free ParentVUE WebsiteTo help their children get the most out of school, parents want day-to-day insight into the academic experience. With 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.

 

Near Future

Looking Ahead: 2018 School Choice

New timeline, same great options

In Eugene School District 4J, our school choice policy is that students may request to enroll in any 4J school, provided there is a place available. School choice requests are accepted in an order determined by lottery.

Earlier deadline: The deadline for 4J district residents to be included in the school choice lottery for 2017–18 is January 31, earlier than in previous years. School visits will be scheduled in the month of January. To be included in the annual school choice lottery, 4J residents must apply between January 1 and January 31, by midnight. Non-district residents must apply between March 1 and April 1.

Who needs to apply: All students who wish to enroll in a school other than their neighborhood school must submit an application. This includes incoming siblings of current students, students who have moved out of our school neighborhood or the district and want to remain enrolled next year, fifth / eighth grade students who want to move up to a middle / high school other than their neighborhood school, and non-residents who enrolled this year on a one-year interdistrict transfer. Their enrollment is not automatic.

Who does not need to apply: If your student is already enrolled in our school on an in-district school choice transfer and has not moved out of the district, or is enrolled on an out-of-district multi-year open enrollment transfer, you do not need to reapply.

Come see our schools: If you or any of your friends are interested in exploring your school choice options, the district will hold an Elementary School Showcase on Saturday, Jan. 6, from 10 a.m. to noon. All 4J schools will hold tours and other opportunities to visit during 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 at our school choice events in January! 

 

Kennedy • 2200 Bailey Hill Rd. • kennedy.4j.lane.edu • 541-790-5500

School presentation:

Jan. 16 (Tu), 9:30–10:30 a.m.

Jan. 17 (W), 1:30–2:30 p.m.

School presentation and tour: 

Jan. 2

5 (Th), 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Presentations will be held in the school library. Please call the school to request a Spanish interpreter

More information: www.4j.lane.edu/choice

 Mirando hacia el futuro: elección de escuelas 2018 (‘School Choice 2018’)

Nuevo cronograma, las mismas grandes opciones

En el Distrito Escolar de Eugene 4J, nuestra política de elección de escuelas es que un alumno puede solicitar matricularse en cualquier escuela de 4J, siempre y cuando haya puestos disponibles. Las solicitudes de elección de escuelas son aceptadas en un orden determinado por medio de una lotería.

Una fecha límite anticipada: La fecha limite para que los residentes del distrito 4J sean incluidos en la lotería de elección de escuelas 2017–18 es el 31 de enero, más anticipadamente que en años previos. Las visitas a las escuelas serán programadas durante el mes de enero. Para participar en la lotería anual de elección de escuelas, los residentes de 4J deberán completar una solicitud durante el 1º de enero y hasta la media noche del 31 de enero. Los que residen fuera del distrito 4J deberán completar la solicitud durante el 1º de marzo y el1º de abril.

Quién debe completar una solicitud: Todo alumno que desee matricularse en una escuela fuera de su vecindario deberá completar una solicitud. Esto incluye alumnos nuevos que tengan hermanos matriculados en una escuela de 4J, alumnos que se hayan cambiado de vecindario o de distrito y deseen quedarse en la misma escuela, alumnos de quinto / octavo  grado que deseen entrar a una escuela secundaria/preparatoria que no sea de su vecindario, y alumnos que no residen en el distrito que estén matriculados este año por medio de un traslado interdistrital de un año (one-year interdistrict transfer). La inscripción no es automática.

Quién no necesita completar una solicitud: Si el alumno ya está matriculado en una escuela de 4J por medio de un traslado de escuela dentro del distrito (in-district school choice transfer) y no ha salido del distrito, o si está matriculado por medio de un traslado abierto fuera del distrito de múltiples años (out-of-district multi-year open enrollment transfer), no necesitará solicitar de nuevo.

Vengan a ver nuestras escuelas: Si usted o algunas de sus amistades están interesados en explorar sus elecciones de escuelas, El distrito llevara a cabo una exhibición de escuelas primarias el sábado, 6 de enero, de 10 a.m. a 12:00 p.m. Todas las escuelas de 4J ofrecerán recorridos y otras oportunidades para visitas durante el mes de enero.

Si usted tiene amigos o familiares que esté considerando la elección de una escuela, por favor invíteles a aprender más sobre nuestra maravillosa escuela en el evento de elección de escuelas que se llevara a cabo en enero. 

 Más información: www.4j.lane.edu/choice/spanish o llamar al 541-790-7717

 

8th Grade Transition to High School Night – Stay tuned. There will be an informational night for 8th grade families to discus options and plans for attending Churchill High School. Date is TBD

Are you curious about global events? Do you enjoy considering different perspectives on world issues? Do you want to 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.  Located at Churchill, Sheldon and South Eugene, the school is open via district lottery to any student who wishes to attend.  If you are curious about the world 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.

Admission into Eugene IHS is through the 4J District lottery process; all students must fill out an online 4J School Choice Lottery Application. 4J School Choice Lottery Applications for 2018-19 will be available in January.  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 2018-2019 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 will be included in a special mailing to immersion families.

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

  • ThursdayJanuary 11, 7:00 pm, South Eugene cafeteria (includes French Immersion break-out session)
  • ThursdayJanuary 18, 6:30 pm in the South Eugene cafeteria  (joint session with South; South information 6:30-7:30, Eugene IHS information 7:30-8:30)

Sheldon Region

  • TuesdayJanuary 23, 7:00 pm, Sheldon lecture hall (includes Spanish Immersion break-out session)
  • ThursdayJanuary 25, 7:00 pm, Sheldon lecture hall

Churchill Region

  • TuesdayJanuary 16, 7:00 pm, Churchill cafeteria

For more information contact one of the Eugene IHS offices below, or visit the website at www.ihs.4j.lane.edu.

Eugene IHS @ Churchill:  541-790-5225

Eugene IHS @ Sheldon: 541-790-6636 

Eugene IHS @ South Eugene: 541-790-8030

 

4J PARENT LEADERS MEETING

4J Parent Leaders Network - is a volunteer network connecting parent organization leaders for mutual support. We share resources, ideas, and best practices to support the involvement of parents and families in the education of their children. Our meetings for the 2017-2018 school year will take place at the District Office at 200 North Monroe Street Take away tools will be provided.

Monday, January 29, 2018 – 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Monday, April 30, 2018 – 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Each meeting will include a 40-minute training topic and a 20-minute information presentation from Eugene School District 4J Superintendent Dr. Gustavo Balderas, Elementary Director Brooke Wagner, and Secondary Director BJ Blake.

Meetings are convened by Heather Sielicki (parent volunteer) with support from Josh Reckord (retired educator). Join our email list for updates, meeting agendas and reminders.  https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/4jparentleadersnetwork

 

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:

December 8

Greetings KMS Families,

Another excellent week has come and gone. It is hard to believe winter break is literally around the corner. Thank you for helping your student transition into the new trimester and for ensuring they are attending school ready to learn. Kennedy is an amazing school because of your support and because of the staff, classes and programs we offer. We strive to provide all students with opportunities and experiences to further develop skills for being successful and happy. We are proud to say we do things the “Knight way” at that we believe in having a positive learning environment that is inclusive and fun.
In looking ahead to next week, there are several things to keep in mind.

 

Dates and Events

 December 11   3:45 pm GSA-Michelle’s room

 December 12  10:00 am Safety meeting-Morgan’s office

                           3:30 pm Homework -Wood G-2

                           3:30 pm Magic the Gathering -Richter F-5

                           3:30 pm Acts of Kindness -Michelle student center

                           3:45 pm Art-Albone A-3

                           6:30 pm KFA Meeting

December 13   3:30 pm Magic Trick-Richter F-5

                           3:30 pm Debate-Henderson H-1

                           3:30 pm Homework Worth I-4

                           3:30 pm D & D White H-5

December 14   3:30 pm Video-Rainer C-3

                           3:30 pm D & D-Baxter C-4

                           3:30 pm Cross country-Wood Small gym

December 15   7:45 am Knights of Honor C-4

 

In the Know

Toys Drive – Note: WE have extended the Toy drive until December 15h. KMS WEB Program is organizing a toy drive for the holiday season. Toys for Tots accept new and unwrapped toys. KMS will be collecting donated toys until December 15th. Toys may be dropped off in the front office. Thank you for your generosity! 

KFA mtg – We will be having our 4rd meeting of the year on at which time a review the topic of school attendance and the correlation with student success. We will also discus ways to support your student to attend school and our attendance support plan for students. The meeting will be from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in our library. The purpose of KFA is to provide a space for families to connect and to discuss school related topics.

School Attendance – This is a reminder about the importance of attendance and especially with the beginning of trimester 2. Missing class is the single biggest obstacle to student success. 95% is the attendance target for students. Below are three ways to ensure students are attending school regularly.

1) Students should come to school even if they are slightly under the weather or a little tired, as long as they don’t have a fever or are vomiting.

2) Students should make sure to go to bed early enough to get 8-9 hours of sleep, and try to tuck in cell phones in a different room before jumping under the covers for less interrupted sleep.

3) Parents and guardian can help their students by planning family trips and appointments during non-school times, so students miss less school.

 

Near Future

8th Grade Transition to High School Night – Stay tuned. There will be an informational night for 8th grade families to discus options and plans for attending Churchill High School. Date is TBD

Are you curious about global events? Do you enjoy considering different perspectives on world issues? Do you want to 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.  Located at Churchill, Sheldon and South Eugene, the school is open via district lottery to any student who wishes to attend.  If you are curious about the world 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.

Admission into Eugene IHS is through the 4J District lottery process; all students must fill out an online 4J School Choice Lottery Application. 4J School Choice Lottery Applications for 2018-19 will be available in January.  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 2018-2019 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 will be included in a special mailing to immersion families.

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

  • ThursdayJanuary 11, 7:00 pm, South Eugene cafeteria (includes French Immersion break-out session)
  • ThursdayJanuary 18, 6:30 pm in the South Eugene cafeteria  (joint session with South; South information 6:30-7:30, Eugene IHS information 7:30-8:30)

 Sheldon Region

  • TuesdayJanuary 23, 7:00 pm, Sheldon lecture hall (includes Spanish Immersion break-out session)
  • ThursdayJanuary 25, 7:00 pm, Sheldon lecture hall

 Churchill Region

  • TuesdayJanuary 16, 7:00 pm, Churchill cafeteria

For more information contact one of the Eugene IHS offices below, or visit the website at www.ihs.4j.lane.edu.

Eugene IHS @ Churchill:  541-790-5225

Eugene IHS @ Sheldon: 541-790-6636 
Eugene IHS @ South Eugene: 541-790-8030

 

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

 

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KMS Family Bulletin:

December 1

Greetings KMS Families,

Thank you for an amazing start to the school year. We have officially completed the first trimester of 2017-2018. As we look to the next couple of days, we will be starting a new trimester, which means a new start for our students. Although there are only two weeks before we reach winter break, I know students are very much looking forward to the continuation and focus on the learning and building positive relationships. As always, thank you for your support and dedication to ensuring your student is ready and on time for school. Be sure to take a look at the upcoming events for the week.

 

Dates and Events

December 4:      No School Professional Development/Planning Day

December 5-9:  Scrooge Play 7:00 PM- Choir Room

December 5:     3:30 pm Homework -Wood G-2

                             3:30 pm Magic the Gathering -Richter F-5

                             3:30 pm Acts of Kindness -Michelle student center

                             3:45 pm Art-Albone A-3

December 6:     3:30 pm Magic Trick-Richter F-5

                             3:30 pm Debate-Henderson H-1

                             3:30 pm Homework Worth I-4

                             3:30 pm D & D White H Lab

December 7:      1:00 pm Technology Co-Observations Classrooms

                             3:30 pm Video-Rainer C-3

                             3:30 pm D & D-Baxter C-4

                             3:30 pm Cross country-Wood Small gym

                             3:45 pm Site Council C-4                              

 

In the Know

Toys Drive - The KMS WEB Program is organizing a toy drive for the holiday season. Toys for Tots accept new and unwrapped toys. KMS will be collecting donated toys until December 7th. Toys may be dropped off in the front office. Thank you for your generosity! 

Site Council – We will be having a Site Council meeting on 12/7/17 from 3:45pm – 5:00pm in the library. We will be working on our school improvement goals and plan for the next 2 years. Notes will be shared via email and stored in the school google drive. 

Grades – If you have questions about grades don’t hesitate to contact the teacher. Our goal is to ensure all students succeed. Checking ParentVue and the student planner are two additional ways to monitor your student’s progress.

ParentVUE - Stay Informed About Your Student’s Performance with the Free ParentVUE Website. To help their children get the most out of school, parents want day-to-day insight into the academic experience. With 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.

 

Staff Office Hours – Below is list of the times and dates.

KMS Staff Office Hours:  Kennedy staff members are available to meet with students before and after school to help with assignments and answer questions. It is always best to check with your teacher if you plan to attend office hours in case a conflict arises within their schedule.

Mr. Metzger – Monday – Thursday 3:30-4:30

Ms. Worth – Tuesday and Wednesday 3:30-4:15 & Friday 8:15-8:45

Ms. Joseph – Wednesday and Thursday 3:30-4:00

Ms. Richter – Tuesday Thursday and Friday 8:15-8:45

                       Monday Tuesday and Thursday 3:30-4:15

Mr. Wood – Monday Tuesday Thursday and Friday 8:30-9:00

Ms. Farmer – Monday – Thursday 3:45-4:15 or by appointment

Mr. Morrow – Monday Tuesday Thursday and Friday 8:00-8:30

                        Monday – Thursday 3:30-4:30

Ms. Nordling – Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday 3:30-4:00

                        Thursday – Friday 8:15-8:45

Ms. Case – Monday Tuesday and Thursday 3:30-4:00

Ms. Scull – Friday 8:30-8:45 or by appointment

Ms. White – Monday – Thursday during 2nd lunch and Tuesday –Thursday 3:30-4:00

Mr. Hansen – Monday Tuesday Thursday and Friday 8:00-8:30

                        Monday -Thursday 3:30-4:30

Mr. Boorman – By Appointment only  

Ms. Sandefer – Monday – Friday 8:30-9:00

Ms. Hess – By Appointment only

Ms. Henderson – Monday Thursday and Friday 8:15-8:45 or by appointment

Ms. Albone – Tuesday 3:30-4:30 or by appointment

 

Winter Is Coming: Snow Day Decisions and Notifications  

Plan ahead, sign up now for school closure alert texts

When winter weather arrives, schools may be closed or delayed or buses may use snow routes. These decisions are made districtwide and are the same for every 4J school.

How the decision is made:

Typically, weather-related school schedule decisions are made in the early morning, before school, when current weather conditions can be assessed. We believe students and families are best served when we are open. Our main concern and the reason for any school closure is the safety of our students and staff.

How to find out if there is a change: 

If the district decides to make a change to the school schedule or bus routes, it is communicated as quickly as possible in several ways, all well before 6:30 a.m. If schools and buses are on their regular schedule, there will NOT be an announcement.

  • Sign up for text-message alerts — send a text to 40404 that says FOLLOW 4JWEATHER (if you receive extra messages you don’t want, reply SET DISCOVER OFF )
  • Like Eugene School District 4J on our Facebook page, facebook.com/4Jschools
  • Check the 4J website, www.4j.lane.edu
  • Tune in to local news media

What does the announcement mean?

School Closure: There is no school for students, although some staff will be at work. The district will make a decision by noon about whether any after-school student activities or community use of buildings may take place.

Two-Hour Delay: School will start two hours late and end at the normal dismissal time for a regular school day. For Kennedy Middle School, the day will start at 11:00am and end at 3:25pm. Buses will drive cautiously, adjusting to conditions, so pickup and return may be delayed.

Periods 1-6

Period 1      11:00-11:35

Period 2      11:40-12:15

Lunch          12:15- 12:45 (All students)

Period 3      12:50- 1:25

Period 4        1:30- 2:05

Period 5        2:10-2:45

Period 6        2:50 – 3:25

Snow Routes: Some school bus routes have alternate “snow routes” that may be used when snow and ice make road conditions hazardous at higher and steeper elevations. This helps limit the need for school closures in harsh weather. When school buses operate on these snow routes, some students will have a different bus stop location and time than on the regular route. More information is at www.4j.lane.edu/transportation/snowroutes

Parent Choice: When school is in session during wintry weather, families are encouraged to consider the road conditions in their areas, make their own decisions based on safety, and notify the school if their student will be staying home. Parents’ decisions about student absences for hazardous weather safety reasons will be honored.

For more information, please see www.4j.lane.edu/weather

 

Near Future

Winter Break - Dec 18th - Jan 2nd, School starts back up onJan 3rd

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:

November 24

Greetings KMS Families,

As we head into the holiday session, I want thank you for your generosity in helping support students and families of Kennedy. We met our goal of making 35 family baskets for Thanksgiving and would have not been able to do this without your support and donations. May you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving break. I hope you find time for some fun, rest, and relaxation.

Next week, students will be completing their first trimester of school followed by two weeks of school before winter break. During the next 13 days of school, students will continue to dive deeper into their learning and we will have several school events during school and after for students to connect with one another. Below is important information to review.

 

Dates and Events

November 27-December 1 Toy Drive WEB

November 27      3:45 pm GSA Michelle’s room

November 28     1:35 pm FOG-Morgan’s office

                             3:30 pm Homework -Wood G-2

                             3:30 pm Magic the Gathering -Richter F-5

                             3:30 pm Acts of Kindness -Michelle student center

                             3:45 pm Scrooge rehearsal-Boorman Choir room

                             3:45 pm Art-Albone A-3

November 29    3:30 pm Magic Trick-Richter F-5

                             3:30 pm Debate-Henderson H-1

                             3:30 pm Homework Worth I-4

                             3:30 pm D & D White H Lab

                             3:45 pm Scrooge rehearsal-Boorman Choir room

November 30    3:30 pm Video-Rainer C-3

                             3:30 pm D & D-Baxter C-4

                             3:30 pm Cross country-Wood Small gym: Kennedy’s

                             Knight Run

                             6:00 pm Activity Night-Gym

December 1       No School Grading Day

 

In the Know

Toy Drive - The KMS WEB Program is organizing a toy drive for the holiday season. Toys for Tots accept new and unwrapped toys. KMS will be collecting donated toys until December 7th. Toys may be dropped off in the front office. Thank you for your generosity! 

Activity Night – We will be having an Activity Night on November 30thfrom 6:00pm – 7:30pm. The theme is “Winter Wonderland”. The cost of the activity night is $5.00 at the door; scholarships are available upon requests. Please contact the office if you are interested in volunteering at this event. Note: All volunteers are required to complete paperwork and have a background check in order to help out in schools. Here is the link to the form if you are interested in volunteering at the activity night and/or during other school events for the future.http://www.4j.lane.edu/hr/volunteers/volunteerbackgroundchecks/

Kennedy’s First Annual Knight Run – The Cross Country Club is organizing Kennedy's First Annual Knight Run for students and staff. It's free and will most certainly be a fun event. Students who have an up to date school physical are eligible to join. Students should wear their favorite Kennedy Knights apparel, or wear extremely BRIGHT colors as people do when they run at night. 

The plan: Meet in the small gym after school by 3:35 and then head over to Churchill's track. Run, jog, or walk as long or as little as people would like. The Knight Run will take place rain or shine and will end at 4:30. We are looking forward to celebrating the end of Trimester 1 and showing school spirit while engaging in one of TrackTown's favorite past times - running! If you have questions, please contact Robert Wood atwood_r@4j.lane.edu . 

 

Winter Is Coming: Snow Day Decisions and Notifications  

Plan ahead, sign up now for school closure alert texts

When winter weather arrives, schools may be closed or delayed or buses may use snow routes. These decisions are made districtwide and are the same for every 4J school.

How the decision is made:

Typically, weather-related school schedule decisions are made in the early morning, before school, when current weather conditions can be assessed. We believe students and families are best served when we are open. Our main concern and the reason for any school closure is the safety of our students and staff.

How to find out if there is a change: 

If the district decides to make a change to the school schedule or bus routes, it is communicated as quickly as possible in several ways, all well before 6:30 a.m. If schools and buses are on their regular schedule, there will NOT be an announcement.

  • Sign up for text-message alerts via Twitter @4Jweather — text FOLLOW 4JWEATHER to 40404 
  • Like Eugene School District 4J on our Facebook page, facebook.com/4Jschools
  • Check the 4J website, www.4j.lane.edu
  • Tune in to local news media

What does the announcement mean?

School Closure: There is no school for students, although some staff will be at work. The district will make a decision by noon about whether any after-school student activities or community use of buildings may take place.

Two-Hour Delay: School will start two hours late and end at the normal dismissal time for a regular school day. For Kennedy Middle School, the day will start at 11:00am and end at 3:25pm. Buses will drive cautiously, adjusting to conditions, so pickup and return may be delayed.

Snow Routes: Some school bus routes have alternate “snow routes” that may be used when snow and ice make road conditions hazardous at higher and steeper elevations. This helps limit the need for school closures in harsh weather. When school buses operate on these snow routes, some students will have a different bus stop location and time than on the regular route. More information is at www.4j.lane.edu/transportation/snowroutes

Parent Choice: When school is in session during wintry weather, families are encouraged to consider the road conditions in their areas, make their own decisions based on safety, and notify the school if their student will be staying home. Parents’ decisions about student absences for hazardous weather safety reasons will be honored.

For more information, please see www.4j.lane.edu/weather

 

Near Future

Grading Day - December 1st ; No School for students

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:

November 17

Greetings KMS families,

The next two weeks will be fast and full of activity. We have two school days next week followed by a final four-day week to complete out our first trimester of the school year. It is hard to believe winter break is just around the corner. However, before we begin preparing for the break, students will be starting up a new trimester while continuing their education and advancement toward high school. We greatly appreciate your ongoing support in helping students attend school prepared and ready to learn.

Below is important information to review for next week. 

Dates and Events

November 20    3:45 pm GSA Michelle’s room

November 21     3:30 pm Homework -Wood G-2

                             3:30 pm Magic the Gathering -Richter F-5

                             3:30 pm Acts of Kindness -Michelle student center

                             3:45 pm Art-Albone A-3

                             6:30 pm KFA meeting Library

November 22    No School

November 23-24 Thanksgiving Break

 

In the Know

KFA mtg – We will be having our 3rd meeting of the year on at which time a review the topic of school attendance and the correlation with student success. We will also discus ways to support your student to attend school and our attendance support plan for students. The meeting will be from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in our library. The purpose of KFA is to provide a space for families to connect and to discuss school related topics.

Family Baskets – Thank you for all of your donations this year for Food Baskets. We are able to make 35 baskets for families this holiday season! Food baskets will be available for pickup onNovember 20th and the 21st. Thank you again for your tremendous generosity in helping support all of our Kennedy Families this holiday season!

Kennedy's production of A Christmas Carol - will be held December 5th through 9th at 7:00p.m. and December 10th at 3:00p.m. in the choir room at Kennedy Middle School. Each showing is limited to 50 seats. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available from the front office. $3 for students, $5 for adults, and $10 for families of 4 or more. Concessions will be offered during intermission. 

ParentVUE - Stay Informed About Your Student’s Performance with the Free ParentVUE WebsiteTo help their children get the most out of school, parents want day-to-day insight into the academic experience. With 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.

Winter Weather: How to know when schools are closed 

Sign up now for snow day alert texts

When winter weather arrives, schools may be closed or delayed or buses may use snow routes. School districts decide early in the morning whether there is a need to change the school schedule or bus routes. These decisions are made district wide and are the same for every 4J school.

There are several ways to find out if there is a change on snowy or icy days: 

  • Text-message alerts via Twitter — to sign up, just text FOLLOW 4JWEATHER to 40404 
  • 4J website, www.4j.lane.edu
  • KRVM 91.9 FM
  • Other radio and television news stations 

If there is a school closure or other change, the school district will announce it before 6:30 a.m. If schools and buses are on their regular schedule, there will NOT be an announcement. 

Parents of students who ride school buses that have alternate snow routes have been informed of what to do. Snow route information can be found on the district website at www.4j.lane.edu/transportation/snowroutes

If school is in session, families are encouraged to consider road conditions in their areas and make their own decisions based on safety. Parents’ individual decisions about school attendance will be honored.

For more information, visit www.4j.lane.edu/weather

Clubs – Below are all the clubs we offer students at KMS.

Name Day Time Location Advisor
GSA Monday 3:45 - 4:30pm Michelle's room Bierman & Joseph
The Order of The Phoenix Harry Potter Club Monday &Tuesday 1st Lunch F5 Richter
Magic the Gathering Tuesday 3:30 - 4:30pm F5 Richter
Anime/Animation Club Tuesday 1st Lunch I4 Worth
Art Club Tuesday 3:45 - 4:30pm A3 Albone
Acts of Kindness Tuesday 3:30 - 4:15pm Student Center Bierman
Math Homework Tuesday &Wednesday 3:40 - 4:40pm G5, I4 Wood, Worth
Magic Trick Wednesday 3:30 - 4:30pm F5 Richter
Debate Wednesday 3:30 - 4:30pm H1 Henderson
D & D Wednesday&Thursday 3:30 - 4:30pm H5, C4 White, Baxter
Video Club Thursday 3:30 - 4:30pm C3 Rainer
Cross Country Thursday 3:30 - 4:30pm Small Gym/G5 Wood
Dodge-Ball Club Friday 3:30 - 4:30pm Small Gym Case

 

Near Future

End of Trimester – November 30th is the last day of the trimester 1. There is a No School grading day on December 1.

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:

November 10

Greetings KMS families,

We are closing in on the last 11 school days before the end of trimester 1. Although it has been an adjustment with daylight savings this week, students are still working hard to master the skills and knowledge required for learning new concepts. In addition, staff are continuing to ensure all students learn by providing instruction that is both engaging and appropriate to the rate and level for learning. As a reminder, please check ParentVUE if you wanting to know how your student is doing in class and/or feel free to email the teachers. Thank you for your continual support by fundraising for our school, volunteering your time to help at school, attending school meetings, and for donating money and food for those in need. We greatly appreciate the tremendous generosity you give to help students and families of Kennedy. We have an excellent community and an excellent school for everyone.

In looking to next week, please note the upcoming events.

Dates and Events

November 13    3:45 pm GSA Michelle’s room

November 14    3:30 pm Homework -Wood G-2

                            3:30 pm Magic the Gathering -Richter F-5

                           3:30 pm Acts of Kindness -Michelle student center

                           3:45 pm Art-Albone A-3

                           7:00 pm Choir Concert-CHS                      

November 15   3:30 pm Magic Trick-Richter F-5

                           3:30 pm Debate-Henderson H-1

                           3:30 pm Homework Worth I-4

                           3:30 pm D & D club-White H-lab

                           3:45 pm Scrooge practice all cast run through                 

November 16  4:00 pm Family/Parent conferences

In the Know

Superintendent Community Meeting - Please join 4J Superintendent Dr. Gustavo Balderas on Nov. 14 at a community meeting to learn about 4J Vision 20/20, the school district’s strategic plan. 4J Vision 20/20 was developed in partnership with the community and adopted earlier this year by the school board. The plan is a roadmap to guide the school district’s efforts and resources for the next three to five years. Everyone is welcome! Learn more about 4J Vision 20/20: www.4j.lane.edu/4jvision2020.

4J Superintendent Community Meeting: Tuesday, Nov. 14, 6–7 p.m. at Kennedy Middle School, 2200 Bailey Hill Rd., Eugene.

Por favor únase con el superintendente de 4J, el Dr. Gustavo Balderas, el 14 de noviembre en una reunión comunitaria para informarse acerca de la visión 20/20, el plan estratégico del distrito. El plan fue desarrollado con la colaboración de la comunidad y adoptado a principios de este año por los miembros de la junta directiva. El plan es un mapa para guiar los esfuerzos y recursos por los siguientes tres a cinco años. ¡Todos son bienvenidos! Entérese mas acerca de la visión 20/20 de 4J en: www.4j.lane.edu/4jvision2020.

Reunión Comunitaria con el Superintendente: martes, 14 de noviembre de 6 a 7 p.m. en la escuela secundaria Kennedy, 2200 Bailey Hill Road, Eugene.

 

Family Food Baskets – We have already begun receiving donations to create food baskets for the holiday season. Thank you all for your support! Our goal is to make 35 food baskets for our Kennedy Families. Students in the Yearbook Committee and Band and Choir have already volunteered to decorate and assemble the food baskets. We are looking for

There are few things to know if you are planning to donate food and/or money for purchasing food for the baskets. If donating food, below and attached is a list of things we will need in order to make a complete basket. See attached for more information.

Thanksgiving Food Basket:

1 Gift card or cash for a Ham/Turkey ($20-25)
2 boxes Instant Potatoes in box (Mashed, scalloped, etc...)
2 Boxed stuffings (Stove Top Type)
1 gravy (jar/packet)
2 cans yams/sweet potatoes
Green Bean Casserole (2 cans green beans, 1 can cream of mushroom
soup, 1 container french fried onions)
2 cans fruit/applesauce
2 cans vegetables (peas, corn, etc...)
2 cans cranberry sauce
Rolls/Bread
1 or 2 salads in a bag
Cider/hot chocolate/coffee/tea packets
Juice
Redi-Whip

If donating money, please make the check payable to Kennedy Middle School. You can place your check, cash, or gift card in an envelope and turn it into Mrs. Miller in the front office by November 17th.  

All donations are due by Friday, November 17th. Food baskets will be available for pickup on November 20th and the 21st. Thank you for your tremendous generosity in helping support all of our Kennedy Families this holiday season!

Activity Nights – We will be having our fall Activity Night on November 30. The event will be from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. The WEB students will be hosting this event. If you are interested in volunteering to help out for the evening, please contact Elizabeth H. More information will be provided as the event nears.

 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.

Gender Revolution Parent Night

What: A showing of Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric, as seen on National Geographic Channel, Spring 2017. Katie Couric sets out to explore the rapidly evolving complexities of gender identity.When: Monday, November 13, 6:00–7:45 p.m. Where: 4J District Office, Auditorium, 200 N. Monroe St., Eugene Who is Invited: Parents and guardians of 4J students. RSVP: We have limited seating for this event. It is expected to fill up quickly. Sign up online by going towww.eventbrite.com/e/gender-revolution-parent-night-tickets-39401993423

Event Details: This event will be facilitated by Dr. Karen Pérez-Da Silva, Equity, Instruction & Partnership Administrator; Brianna Stiller, co-author of School District 4J’s policy to support gender diversity; Sarah Swofford, parent of a 4J student; and Ardyn Wolfe; parent of a 4J student. The evening will include a welcoming address, documentary showing, think/pair/share activities, Q & A and contact information regarding local resources for family support.

Family teacher Conferences – As a reminder we will be having conferences on November 16 from 4:00 - 8:00pm. Conferences will are held in the Library. You should be receiving an email confirmation if you’ve requested to meet with a teacher. As a reminder you can always check ParentVUE to view your student’s progress. In addition, you may email teachers if you have specific questions.

ParentVUE - Stay Informed About Your Student’s Performance with the Free ParentVUE WebsiteTo help their children get the most out of school, parents want day-to-day insight into the academic experience. With 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.

Near Future

No School day – November 22nd  

End of Trimester – November 30th is the last day of the trimester 1. There is a No School grading day on December 1.

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:

November 3

Greetings KMS families,

November is here and the mornings are becoming quite crisp. It’s hard to believe that we are coming up on six weeks until winter break. As we move to the end of term and toward the new start of a trimester, thank you for helping ensure students are ready for school. Our week in review began with a wonderful spread of snacks provided by our amazing families. We then experienced the flow of Halloween energy and excitement from our students followed by the after impact of trick or treating. The week ended with a steady continuation of learning and new things and exploring additional ways of thinking. Moreover, students are making excellent gains and are demonstrating their knowledge and skills on a daily basis. Thank you for your ongoing support in helping make Kennedy an amazing school, a school for every student experience success.

In looking ahead there are several things to keep in mind for next week and thereafter. 

 

Dates and Events

November 6   3:45 pm GSA Michelle’s room

November 7   3:30 pm Homework -Wood G-2

                             3:30 pm Magic the Gathering -Richter F-5

                             3:30 pm Acts of Kindness -Michelle student center

                             3:45 pm Scrooge rehearsal-Boorman Choir room

                             3:45 pm Art-Albone A-3

November 8  3:30 pm Magic Trick-Richter F-5

                            3:30 pm Debate-Henderson H-1

                            3:30 pm Homework Worth I-4

                            3:30 pm D & D-White H-5

                            3:45 pm Scrooge rehearsal-Boorman Choir room

November 9  3:30 pm Video-Rainer C-3

                            3:30 pm Cross country-Wood Small gym

                            7:00 pm Band Concert @ CHS

November 10    No School Veterans Day observed

 

In the Know

Family Food Baskets – We are gearing up to begin collecting food and donations to create food baskets for the holiday season. The year before, we created 30 Thanksgiving baskets for Kennedy Families. Our goal this year is to make 35 food baskets. To help with this, we are having a school-wide competition of generosity and an opportunity for students to help with the event. Students in the Yearbook Committee and Band and Choir have already volunteered to decorate and assemble the food baskets. As a school, if we can assemble 35 or more food baskets, then we will have a school-wide award for all students!

Activity Nights – We will be having our fall Activity Night onNovember 30. The WEB students will be hosting this event. If you are interested in volunteering to help out for the evening, please contact Elizabeth H. More information will be provided as the event nears.

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.

Gender Revolution Parent Night

What: A showing of Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric, as seen on National Geographic Channel, Spring 2017. Katie Couric sets out to explore the rapidly evolving complexities of gender identity. When: Monday, November 13, 6:00–7:45 p.m.Where: 4J District Office, Auditorium, 200 N. Monroe St., EugeneWho is Invited: Parents and guardians of 4J students. RSVP: We have limited seating for this event. It is expected to fill up quickly. Sign up online by going towww.eventbrite.com/e/gender-revolution-parent-night-tickets-39401993423

Event Details: This event will be facilitated by Dr. Karen Pérez-Da Silva, Equity, Instruction & Partnership Administrator; Brianna Stiller, co-author of School District 4J’s policy to support gender diversity; Sarah Swofford, parent of a 4J student; and Ardyn Wolfe; parent of a 4J student. The evening will include a welcoming address, documentary showing, think/pair/share activities, Q & A and contact information regarding local resources for family support.

4J Parent Leaders Network Meeting Oct 30

4J Parent Leaders is a volunteer network connecting parent organization leaders for mutual support. We share resources, ideas, and best practices to support the involvement of parents and families in the education of their children. Meetings for the 2017-2018 school year take place at the District Office, 200 North Monroe Street.

Monday, October 30, 2017, 6:30–8:00 p.m.


Monday, January 29, 2018, 6:30–8:00 p.m.


Monday, April 30, 2018, 6:30–8:00 p.m.



Meetings are convened by Heather Sielicki (parent volunteer) with support from Josh Reckord (retired educator). Join our email list for updates, meeting agendas and reminders.  https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/4jparentleadersnetwork

New distracted driving law under effect October 1st - bans use of handheld electronic devices while driving

Please be alert and cautious around our school when you're driving to pick up or drop off your child. The school zone is the most dangerous spot for children on bikes and on foot, including those who are driven in personal vehicles or the bus and dropped off. Leave enough time to get to your next destination without rushing, to give students walking and biking the right of way to cross at driveways and intersections, and to follow the new law that forbids holding or using electronic devices, like cell phones, while driving.

 

Near Future

Family Teacher Conferences – We will be having conferences onNovember 16 from 4:00 - 8:00pm. More information will be shared for signing up for conferences.

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:

October 27

 

Greetings KMS families,

Another fast week of school has come and gone. October is nearing an end and winter is just around the corner. In the midst of having a week of school spirit and a fun fall social, students continued to experience creative and engaging learning activities. Habits of learning are being reinforced daily and students are discovering what it means to be successful as a middle student. In addition, the KMS staff continues to strive and meet the needs of all students, which creates a school where students want to attend. Thank you for making sure your student is ready for school.

Although you may have heard me say this before, I want to share it again that it is an honor to be the principal and to have the opportunity to further serve your student and the Churchill community. We very much appreciate the tremendous generosity you continue to give. We earned over $12,000 from our Wetlands Walk and we even had families provide donations for our fall social. On behalf of the Kennedy staff thank you for supporting our schools and helping provide students with an excellent learning experience.

There are several things to keep in mind for next week and into the new month of November.

 

Dates and Events

Oct. 30      4J Parent Leaders Meeting 6:30 pm District office

Oct. 31       Magic the Gathering 3:45 pm F-5 –Richter

                     Homework club 3:30 pm G-5 Wood

                     Acts of Kindness club 3:30 pm Ms. Michelle Student center

                    Art club 3:45 pm A-3 Albone

                    KPA family meeting 6:30 pm

Nov. 1       Fire Drill 1:30 pm

                   Debate club H-1 Henderson

                   Magic Trick 3:30 pm Richter

                   Homework club 3:30 pm

                   Scrooge Rehearsal 3:45 pm Choir room

Nov. 2     Site Council 3:45 pm

                   Video Club 3:30-4:30 pm C3 -Rainer

                   D & D 3:30-4:30 pm H5 –White

                  Cross Country 3:45pm -Wood

Nov. 3     Knights of Honor Breakfast Celebration 8 am

 

In the Know

Halloween – As a reminder, we will not be celebrating Halloween on the 31st and students are not to wear costumes to school on Halloween day since we recently celebrated Halloween during our fall social on Friday, October 27th.  Halloween day will be a regular day for students and classes.

Site Council – We will be having our 2nd Site Council meeting on 11/2/17 from 3:45 – 5:00 in the library. I will be sharing our school performance data. Notes will be shared via email and stored in the school Google drive

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. If your student is looking for a reading challenge then OBOB may be a fun way to meet new friends, strengthen old friendships while reading excellent books.  OBOB sign ups are still going on.  If your student is interested, they can talk with Trisha Richter in F-5 for more information. 

 

Clubs at KMS – Below is list the clubs.

Name

Day

Time

Location

Advisor

The Order of The Phoenix Harry Potter Club

Monday &Tuesday

1st Lunch

F5

Richter

Magic the Gathering

Tuesday

3:30 - 4:30pm

F5

Richter

Anime/Animation Club

Tuesday

1st Lunch

I4

Worth

Art Club

Tuesday

3:45 - 4:30pm

A3

Albone

Acts of Kindness

Tuesday

3:30 - 4:15pm

Student Center

Bierman

Math Homework

Tuesday &Wednesday

3:40 - 4:40pm

G5, I4

Wood, Worth

Magic Trick

Wednesday

3:30 - 4:30pm

F5

Richter

GSA

Wednesday

3:45 - 4:30pm

Michelle's room

Bierman & Joseph

Debate

Wednesday

3:30 - 4:30pm

H1

Henderson

D & D

Wednesday

3:30 - 4:30pm

H5

White

Video Club

Thursday

3:30 - 4:30pm

C3

Rainer

Cross Country

Thursday

3:30 - 4:30pm

G5 (then outside)

Wood

 

Near Future

No School – November 10th, Veterans Day

Family Teacher Conferences – We will be having conferences on November 16 from 4:00 - 8:00pm. More information will be shared for signing up for conferences.

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:

October 20

 

Greetings KMS families,

The energy of middle school is growing with Halloween and our school social around the corner. Students are learning more and more every day. This week, we began the second half of trimester 1 with our 3rd annual Wetlands Walk. We also held emergency drills for students to practice. Students also continued this week to go deeper into the curriculum by learning new and exciting things. We ended the week with a final day of fundraising and a fun activity night. Thanks to the tremendous efforts of our students and support from families, we raised over $12,000 for our school! All of these donations will go back into PRIDE activities for our school.

In addition to all of the excitement this past week, staff are continuing to get to know the learning styles of all students by creating a welcoming atmosphere that builds on a culture of success. We very much appreciate your effort and support to ensure your child attends school regularly.

There are several things to know as we look ahead to next week.

Dates and Events

Oct. 23             Picture Retakes by Lifetouch 9:00am

Oct. 24 - 27     Spirit Week

Oct. 24            Homework Club, G5, 3:30pm

                           Scrooge Rehearsal Pgs 43-49, Choir Room, 3:45 - 5:45pm

 Oct. 25           Homework Club, I4, 3:30pm

                         Scrooge Rehearsal, Pgs 49-54, Choir Room, 3:45 - 5:45pm

Oct. 27            Early Release/1/2 day PD, 12:00pm

                          Halloween Fall School Social

                          Scrooge Act I , Choir Room, 3:45 - 5:45pm

In the Know

Spirit Week – Starting on October 24, KMS will be having our school spirit week.

Every year Kennedy celebrates our enjoyment for dressing up and having fun and this year will be no different. With input from students about spirit week ideas, we have scheduled four days of “Spirit” excitement culminating with our Fall Social. All students and staff are encouraged to participate in the festivities! Below is the schedule and description of the spirit days as well as expectations for costumes.

Tuesday, Oct. 24                        Game Day

Dress in your uniform or with your favorite team apparel. This is your chance to show your spirit for your favorite team and/or sport.

Wednesday, Oct. 25                        80’s

Dress with your favorite fashion from the 1980’s. This is a day to wear bright colors and represent a unique and bold expression of attire.

Thursday, Oct. 26                        Tacky Tourist Thursday

Here is your opportunity to wear your vacation gear and clothes as a tourist. This fashion statement is something to wear for any adventure and to wear proudly.

Friday, Oct. 27                        Halloween Costume Day

Our culminating activity allows you to show your costume to everyone in school. Join us in the large gym for our Halloween Costume Contest and you might take home a prize.

            Costume Rules for Spirit Week:

  1. Costumes must be safe for the wearer and others.
  2. No weapons, weapon-like props or simulated weapons, Silly String, fake blood (or real blood), or any items that could make a mess or disrupt the learning environment are not allowed at school.
  3. Costumes must be respectful of others! It would not be appropriate to make fun of another race, religion, gender, or ethnic background. Gang related apparel, drug/alcohol references, or hate messages are also not acceptable.
  4. No costume should have excessive bareness and/or be too revealing - school will be the final judge regarding costume appropriateness.
  5. All costumes must be put on at home. No makeup, hairspray or paint should be brought to school.

Note: Students will be asked to change clothes if their attire is inappropriate. If unsure about the appropriateness of a costume, please contact the office.

Halloween Social – Our fall Halloween social is on October 27th, the same day as our early release day for staff professional development. We hold one social in the fall and another in the spring. We will have a costume contest that day and students are encouraged to wear their costumes. Note: We will not be having students wear costumes on Halloween day, as we will be celebrating Halloween on October 27th 

We are still in need of donations to make this event fun and successful for our students.  

  • Carving pumpkins (25-30)
  • Pumpkin carving kits
  • Ready made pie crusts
  • Chocolate pudding
  • Whipped Cream in a can
  • Bags of candy
  • $10-$15 gift cards (for the costume contest winners) 

Thank you in advance for your support and contribution to our Halloween Bash!  If you are interested in volunteering for this event please email Victoria Miller at miller_v@4j.lane.edu. Donations may be dropped off in office.

 

Early pick-up - Please allow a minimum of 30 minutes notice when picking up your student before the regular release time, this includes Early Release Days. 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. If your student is looking for a reading challenge then OBOB may be a fun way to meet new friends, strengthen old friendships while reading excellent books.  OBOB sign ups are still going on.  If your student is interested, they can talk with Trisha Richter in F-5 for more information.  

Know Your Rights Workshop- ThursdayOctober 26th, 6:30 p.m. Churchill Auditorium

This workshop is intended for immigrant families and support staff interested in knowing the rights of undocumented families. There will be a 30 minute presentation on the rights of immigrant families followed by a question and answer time with a local lawyer. Families will also have the opportunity to pick-up a family preparedness kit and to sign-up for a one-on-one appointment with a district employee to organize their family preparedness folder.

For more information or to make an appointment contact:

Marcos Alvarado 541-790-5151 (at Churchill)

*The office of Equity, Instruction & Inclusion will work next with the North Region Administrators to plan a follow-up to their Know Your Rights Workshop for an event to take place in Mid November or Early December. All families are welcome to the Churchill event.

Noche de Información

Conozca Sus Derechos

Sesión Gratuita con abogado y cuidado de niños

Dónde: El auditorio de Churchill High School

1850 Bailey Hill Road

Cuando: jueves, 26 de octubre

6:30pm-8:00pm

Se presentará información sobre conocer sus derechos, paquetes de

preparación familiar, contestar sus preguntas legales, una lista de

abogados, etc.

Se proveerá bocadillos, cuidado de niños y oportunidad de hacer una cita

para ayudar con sus paquetes de preparación familiar. Favor de

registrase antes del 24 de octubre por medio de regresar la porción de

abajo a su escuela o comunicarse con Marcos Alvarado al 541-790-5151.

4J Parent Leaders Network - is an a volunteer network connecting parent organization leaders for mutual support. We share resources, ideas, and best practices to support the involvement of parents and families in the education of their children.

2017-2018 Meetings -Our meetings for the 2017-2018 school year will take place at the District Office at 200 North Monroe Street Take away tools will be provided.

Monday, October 30, 2017 – 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Monday, January 29, 2018 – 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Monday, April 30, 2018 – 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Each meeting will include a 40-minute training topic and a 20-minute information presentation from Eugene School District 4J Superintendent Dr. Gustavo Balderas, Elementary Director Brooke Wagner, and Secondary Director BJ Blake.

Meetings are convened by Heather Sielicki (parent volunteer) with support from Josh Reckord (retired educator). Join our email list for updates, meeting agendas and reminders.  https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/4jparentleadersnetwork 

Near Future

No School – November 10th, Veterans Day

Family teacher Conferences – We will be having conferences on November 16 from 4:00 - 8:00pm. More information will be shared for signing up for conferences.

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: October 13

 

Greetings KMS families,

Fall weather is definitely here; leaves are changing and the rain is becoming more constant. During the back to school transition from summer to fall, the staff have been establishing routines with students and making positive connections. This week marks the first checkpoint for student progress. As a result, you may have questions regarding progress reports and if you do, I encourage you contact the teacher. I am confident are ready to answer questions you may have. The first progress report is an excellent time to address concerns and to adjust the way we are working to meet the needs of your student. ParentVUE is another helpful resource for viewing student grades and progress. If you are not familiar with how to access ParentVUE, please call our front office for assistance.

In looking ahead to the rest of the month and specifically into the upcoming week, we have several things to keep in mind.

 

Dates and Events

Oct. 16-20           Safety Week 

Oct. 16                Wetlands Walk 

Oct. 17                  Leadership Meeting 7:45 am

                               FOG Meeting 1:35 pm

                               Magic the Gathering 3:45 pm F-5 -Richter

                               KPA family meeting 6:30 pm

Oct. 18                 Grade Level meetings 7:45 am

                               Magic Trick 3:30 pm F5 -Richter 

Oct. 19                  Success Data Team meeting 7:45 am

                               Cheer 7:45 am-8:30 am Gym-Miller

                               PBIS 3:30 pm Michelle’s room

                               Video Club 3:30-4:30 pm C3 -Rainer

                               D & D 3:30-4:30 pm H5 –White

                               Cross Country TBA -Wood  

Oct. 20                9:10 am Admin meeting

                               Turn in $$$ for Wetlands Walk

                               6:00 pm Incentives Party!!

 

In the Know

 Safety Week – KMS will be having a safety week starting on Monday, October 16th. We practice drills to make sure everyone knows what to do in the event of an emergency. Drills include: Earthquake/Directed Evacuation, Fire drill, and Lockout/Lockdown: Barricade drill. Note: We will not practice or simulate an active shooter drill/ALICE; we will only discus what to do in the event something did occur. We will also discuss and practice a room clear and talk about what to do in an allergy drill.

Wetland Walk Incentive Bash – Friday, October 20th will be our school-wide incentive party for Kennedy students. The event will be from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. There will be karaoke, zorb balls, soccer darts, a DJ dance, and so much more! Students who raised $150 or more for the Wetland Walk fundraiser will also be able to attend a trip to the Harry Potter Themed Haunted Corn Maze at the Northern Lights Tree Farm that evening. We will have a bus to pick up and drop off students from school; we will be leaving by 7:30pm and returning to school once students have gone through the maze. We will be sending permission slips home and additional information to those students and families who raised $150 dollars or more for this event.

Wetland Walk – Our third annual school-wide fundraising event, the Wetland Walk to promote health, wellness, and school spirit is scheduled for Monday, October 16th. We have already raised $7,400 and we are halfway to our goal of $15,000. 100% of the money raised will stay at our school and be used for P.R.I.D.E. events, field trips, and end of the year student activities. The last day for the Wetland Walk envelope turn in is Friday, October 20th. Thank you for your support.

 

KFA mtg – We will be having our 2nd meeting of the year on October 17th from 6:30pm to 7:30pm at which time a review of school safety and drills will provided. In addition, we will review school-wide events and further discuss staff appreciation activities.

 

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. If your student is looking for a reading challenge then OBOB may be a fun way to meet new friends, strengthen old friendships while reading excellent books.  OBOB sign ups are still going on.  If your student is interested, they can talk with Trisha Richter in F-5 for more information. 

Staff Office Hours – Below is list of the times and dates.

Kennedy staff members are available to meet with students before and after school to help with assignments and answer questions. It is always best to check with your teacher if you plan to attend office hours in case a conflict arises within their schedule.

Mr. Metzger – Monday – Thursday 3:30-4:30

Ms. Worth – Tuesday and Wednesday 3:30-4:15 & Friday 8:15-8:45

Ms. Joseph – Wednesday and Thursday 3:30-4:00

Ms. Richter – Tuesday Thursday and Friday 8:15-8:45

                       Monday Tuesday and Thursday 3:30-4:15

Mr. Wood – Monday Tuesday Thursday and Friday 8:30-9:00

Ms. Farmer – Monday – Thursday 3:45-4:15 or by appointment

Mr. Morrow – Monday Tuesday Thursday and Friday 8:00-8:30

                        Monday – Thursday 3:30-4:30

Ms. Nordling – Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday 3:30-4:00

                        Thursday – Friday 8:15-8:45

Ms. Case – Monday Tuesday and Thursday 3:30-4:00

Ms. Scull – Friday 8:30-8:45 or by appointment

Ms. White – Monday – Thursday during 2nd lunch and Tuesday –Thursday 3:30-4:00

Mr. Hansen – Monday Tuesday Thursday and Friday 8:00-8:30

                        Monday -Thursday 3:30-4:30

Mr. Boorman – By Appointment only  

Ms. Sandefer – Monday – Friday 8:30-9:00

Ms. Hess – By Appointment only

Ms. Henderson – Monday Thursday and Friday 8:15-8:45 or by appointment

Ms. Albone – Tuesday 3:30-4:30 or by appointment

 

Early pick-up - Please allow a minimum of 30 minutes notice when picking up your student before the regular release time, this includes Early Release Days. 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."

 4J Parent Leaders Network - is an a volunteer network connecting parent organization leaders for mutual support. We share resources, ideas, and best practices to support the involvement of parents and families in the education of their children.

2017-2018 Meetings -Our meetings for the 2017-2018 school year will take place at the District Office at 200 North Monroe Street Take away tools will be provided.

Monday, October 30, 2017 – 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Monday, January 29, 2018 – 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Monday, April 30, 2018 – 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Each meeting will include a 40-minute training topic and a 20-minute information presentation from Eugene School District 4J Superintendent Dr. Gustavo Balderas, Elementary Director Brooke Wagner, and Secondary Director BJ Blake.

Meetings are convened by Heather Sielicki (parent volunteer) with support from Josh Reckord (retired educator). Join our email list for updates, meeting agendas and reminders.

 

Near Future

Spirit Week – Starting on October 23, KMS will be having our school spirit week. Every day there will a different spirit day for students to participate and show their spirit.

Halloween Social – We will be having our fall Halloween social on October 27th, the same day as our early release day for staff professional development. We hold one in the fall and another in the spring. We will have a costume contest that day and students are encouraged to where their costumes. Rules for costume wear/use will be provided as we near the event. Note: We will not be having students wear costumes on Halloween day since we will be celebrating Halloween on October 27th. Below are more specifics about the social.

This year we will be conducting a costume contest and parade from 9:00 to 10:00 in our large gym. From 10:00-12:00 we will be holding our social. We will be serving lunch (pizza bar) from 11:00-12:00. We have plenty of exciting activities our students can choose from including:

  •      Cake Walk
  •      Face Painting
  •      Pumpkin Carving
  •      Pie Eating Contest
  •      School Dance
  •      Pop Corn
  •      Costume Contest

We are looking for donations of pumpkins for our pumpkin carving contest. Typically, students carve somewhere between 25-40 pumpkins.  Medium sized pumpkins work the best. We are also looking for donations of pre-made pudding, whipped cream and inexpensive pie tins for our pie eating contest. Typically, we have 4-5 students from each grade level (15 total) participate in the pie eating contest.

We are looking for parent volunteers to assist staff with the above activities. Please let us know if you are able to volunteer during our Fall Social. It is fun... it is festive and you are guaranteed to have a fantastic time.

We thank you in advance for supporting our school and helping us maintain a wonderful and exciting environment both in and out of the classroom.

All pumpkins, pudding, whipped cream and pie tins can be dropped off in the front office until Friday morning. Thank you again for being an awesome and generous community!

 

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: October 6

 

Greetings KMS families,

Another fast week of school has come and gone. Thank you for attending our Curriculum night this past week and for your support with our Book Fair. In looking ahead, there are several events occurring throughout the week. We will be having our school-wide Wetland Walk fundraiser and our first mid-term grades for the year. Below you will find more information about upcoming events. Go Knights!

Dates and Events

Oct. 9        Admin Operations 10:00 - 10:45am

Oct. 10      Leadership Meeting 7:45 am

                   Safety Meeting 10:00 am

                   Magic the Gathering 3:45 pm F-5 

                  OBOB informational Signup, Lunch Library

Oct. 11      Staff meeting 7:45 - 8:30 am

                   Wetlands Walk 9:30 am

Oct. 12      No Students - 1/2 day early release & 1/2 day grading 

Oct. 13      No School In-service day

 

In the Know

Bus Pick up - On October 11th, the busses will be will be picking students up at Kennedy 15 minutes later than the normal time that day due to Churchill High School testing. The busses will begin picking up students starting at 3:45pm.  

Wetland Walk – This WednesdayOctober 11th we will be having our third annual school-wide fundraising event. The Wetland Walk Fundraiser-an active and healthy fundraiser to promote health, wellness, and school spirit! The purpose is to provide students with the opportunity to experience the West Eugene area wetlands and wildlife, to experience the benefit of walking, and ultimately to provide a sustainable and enjoyable fundraising experience for the school. Students will have the opportunity to experiences the beautiful and unique West Eugene Wetlands. 100% of the money raised will stay at our school and be used for P.R.I.D.E. events, field trips, end of the year student activities. Our goal is to raise $15,000. Students will have the opportunity to earn incentives for their fundraising efforts.

No School PD day and Grading – Thursday, October 12we will be having a half day PD day followed by a half day grading day. As a reminder, below are upcoming PD days for the year.

Calendar – Early Release days and No School days

 

9/6

First Trimester Begins

9/29

Early Release - Staff Development

10/12

No School - Staff Development, Grading

10/13

No School - State In-Service

10/27

Early Release - Staff Development

11/10

No School - Veteran’s Day Observed

11/22

No School-Possible Conference Compensation Day

11/23 and 11/24

No School - Thanksgiving Break

12/1

No School - Grading Day

12/4

No School - Professional Development

   
   
12/5

Second Trimester Begins

12/18-1/1

No School - Winter Break

1/2

No School -   Professional Development

1/12

Early Release - Staff Development

1/15

No School - MLK Jr. Day

2/2

No School - Staff Development, Grading

2/9

Early Release - Staff Development

2/19

No School - President’s Day

3/2

Early Release - Staff Development

3/15

No School - Grading Day

3/16

No School - Professional Development

   
   
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

   
   

Early pick-up - Please allow a minimum of 30 minutes notice when picking up your student before the regular release time, this includes Early Release Days. 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."

Volunteers – Staff appreciation. We are looking for several volunteers to help with staff appreciation throughout the year. This year, we would like to hold a minimum of 3 days of appreciation, one per trimester. If you are interested in helping with the planning for these events, please contact Victoria Miller at miller_v@4j.lane.edu

ParentVUE - Stay Informed About Your Student’s Performance with the Free ParentVUE WebsiteTo help their children get the most out of school, parents want day-to-day insight into the academic experience. With 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.

Clubs in place at KMS 10/6/17

Tuesdays

Name: Magic the Gathering          Name: Math Club

Time: 3:30 - 4:30                           Time: 3:35 - 4:30

Location: F5                                  Location: G5

Advisor: Richter                            Advisor: Wood

 

Wednesdays

Name: Magic Trick

Time: 3:30 - 4:30

Location: F5

Advisor: Richter

 

Thursdays

Name: Video Club    Name: D & D       Name: Cross Country Name: Cheer

Time: 3:30 - 4:30      Time: 3:30 - 4:30   Time: TBA                  Time: 7:45 8:30am

Location: C3            Location: H5         Location: TBA            Location: GYM

Advisor: Rainer       Advisor: White     Advisor: Wood            Advisor: Miller

 

Near Future

 Safety Week – KMS will be having a safety week fromOctober 16th to October 20th. We practice our drills to make sure everyone knows what to do in the event of an emergency. Drills include: Earthquake/Directed Evacuation, Fire drill, and Lock out/Lock down drill. Note: We will not practice or simulate an active shooter drill/ALICE; we will only discus what to do in the event something did occur. We will also discuss and practice a room clear and talk about what to do in an allergy drill.

KFA mtg – We will be having our 2nd meeting of the year on October 17th from 6:30 to 7:30 in the library. The topic for the meeting is school safety and a review of school the drills we will provide. In addition, we will review school-wide events and further discuss staff appreciation activities.

Wetland Walk Incentive Bash – Friday, October 20th will be our school-wide incentive party for Kennedy students. More information will be provided as we near the event.

Spirit Week – Starting on October 23, KMS will be having our school spirit week. Every day there will a different spirit day for students to participate and show their spirit.

Halloween Social – We will be having our fall Halloween social on October 27th, the same day as our early release day for staff professional development. We hold one in the fall and another in the spring. We will have a costume contest that day and students are encouraged to where their costumes. Rules for costume wear/use will be provided as we near the event. Note: We will not be having students wear costumes on Halloween day since we will be celebrating Halloween on October 27th. Below are more specifics about the social.

This year we will be conducting a costume contest and parade from 9:00 to 10:00 in our large gym. From 10:00-12:00 we will be holding our social. We will be serving lunch (pizza bar) from 11:00-12:00. We have plenty of exciting activities our students can choose from including: Cake Walk, Face Painting, Pumpkin Carving, Pie Eating Contest, School Dance, Pop Corn, and a Costume Contest. We are looking for donations of pumpkins for our pumpkin carving contest. Typically, students carve somewhere between 25-40 pumpkins.  Medium sized pumpkins work the best. We are also looking for donations of pre-made pudding, whipped cream and inexpensive pie tins for our pie eating contest. Typically, we have 4-5 students from each grade level (15 total) participate in the pie eating contest. All pumpkins, pudding, whipped cream and pie tins can be dropped off in the front office until Friday morning. In additon, we are looking for parent volunteers to assist staff with the above activities. Please let us know if you are able to volunteer during our Fall Social. It is fun... it is festive and you are guaranteed to have a fantastic time. Thank you again for being an awesome and generous community!

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

 

Respectfully,  Morgan Christensen

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KMS Family Bulletin: September 29

 

Greetings KMS families,

Another fantastic week has come and gone. We have successfully completed our first month of school for 2017-2018. In just a short period of time, students have already developed new friendships and have made connections with staff. In addition, students are getting settled into their homework and study routines with a joy of being back in school. The month of October is full of school events and many things to have in mind.

Dates and Events

October 2-6   Book Fair

October 3      Curriculum Night 6:30pm - 8:15pm

October 5        Site Council Meeting 3:45pm - 5:00pm

 In the Know

Kennedy Book Fair - A reminder that starting on Monday, October 2nd to Friday,

October 6th, there will be a Kennedy Book Fair for students and families of Kennedy from 8:30am to 4:00pm in the Library. Come and check out the new age-appropriate, relevant titles selected to engage even the most reluctant readers. Another way to support our Book Fair is to purchase books from our Book Fair on line (www.scholasticbookfairs.com). Please call the office if you interested in volunteering to help with this year’s Book Fair.

Curriculum Night - This event will be on Tuesday, October 3rd for families to learn more about the classes and programs at Kennedy. During a rotation of classroom mini-sessions, teachers will provide a brief synopsis of their classroom curriculum, classroom expectations and procedures. We will begin Curriculum night in the cafeteria with a welcome from Principal Morgan Christensen. We will have Spanish interpreters available families that evening. You may then visit classrooms using your student’s schedule. A schedule will be sent home with your student, and a copy of that schedule will be available in the cafeteria Tuesday night (just in case). You will find a schedule of the evening’s activities below. We will also be providing a brief 20-minute explanation and tutorial for accessing ParentVUE. We look forward to sharing class curriculum and student expectations during your visit. Please join us for this informative evening.

Note: CHS has moved their Open House from Tuesday the 3rd to Wednesday the 4th in order for families to be able to attend both school events. Thank you Churchill!

               6:30 – 6:40pm        Welcome families in the cafeteria

1st period          6:45 – 6:55pm

2nd period         7:00 – 7:10pm

3rd period         7:15 – 7:25pm

4th period         7:30 – 7:40pm

5th period          7:45 – 7:55pm

6th period         8:00 – 8:10pm

                         8:15 – 8:35pm                  ParentVUE Tutorial in cafeteria

 

Band & Choir fundraiser - We'll be having another of our famous Papa's Pizza nights to raise funds for our band and choir trips this year. Past years have proven this to be a great time for everyone to get together in a family friendly setting. Flyers are available in the front office. Contact Tyler Boorman for more information atboorman_t@4j.lane.edu. The date is October 4th (Which happens to be Churchill's welcome night) but the flyers are good all day...perfect opportunity to get dinner first if you are attending that event! Note: Only good at the West 11th location. 

 

Volunteers – Staff appreciation. We are looking for several volunteers to help with staff appreciation throughout the year. This year, we would like to hold a minimum of 3 days of appreciation, one per trimester. If you are interested in helping with the planning for these events, please contact Victoria Miller at miller_v@4j.lane.edu

ParentVUE - Stay Informed About Your Student’s Performance with the Free ParentVUE WebsiteTo help their children get the most out of school, parents want day-to-day insight into the academic experience. With 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.

Near Future

Safety Week – KMS will be having a safety week from October 16th toOctober 20th. We practice our drills to make sure everyone knows what to do in the event of an emergency. Drills include: Earthquake/Directed Evacuation, Fire drill, and Lock out/Lock down drill. Note: We will not practice or simulate an active shooter drill/ALICE; we will only discus what to do in the event something did occur. We will also discuss and practice a room clear and talk about what to do in an allergy drill.

KFA mtg – We will be having our 2nd meeting of the year on at which time a review of school safety and drills will provided. In addition, we will review school-wide events and further discuss staff appreciation activities.

 

Wetland Walk – We will be having our third annual school-wide fundraising event scheduled for October 11th. The Wetland Walk Fundraiser-an active and healthy fundraiser to promote health, wellness, and school spirit! The purpose is to provide students with the opportunity to experience the West Eugene area wetlands and wildlife, to experience the benefit of walking, and ultimately to provide a sustainable and enjoyable fundraising experience for the school. Students will have the opportunity to experiences the beautiful and unique West Eugene Wetlands. 100% of the money raised will stay at our school and be used for P.R.I.D.E. events, field trips, end of the year student activities. Our goal is to raise $15,000. Students will have the opportunity to earn incentives for their fundraising efforts. More information about will be shared.

 

Wetland Walk Incentive Bash – Friday, October 20th will be our school-wide incentive party for Kennedy students. More information will be provided as we near the event.

 

Spirit Week – Starting on October 23, KMS will be having our school spirit week. Every day there will a different spirit day for students to participate and show their spirit.

Halloween Social – We will be having our Halloween social onOctober 27th, the same day as our early release day for staff professional development. We will have a costume contest that day and students are encouraged to where their costumes. Rules for costume wear/use will be provided as we near the event.

 

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

 

Respectfully,  Morgan Christensen

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KMS Family Bulletin: September 22

 

Greetings KMS families,

It is hard to believe September is almost done and fall is officially here. Time is certainly going by quickly. Students are making daily progress with their learning and are now in the grove of school and the routine of learning. They have been working on developing their skills, building community, and connecting with peers. Classrooms are filled with engaging learning activities planned by staff and students are enjoying school. Thank you for your support in making sure your student is ready for school. We have had an excellent week of student attendance, which translates to great outcomes!

In looking ahead, there are many school events and things to know for your calendar.

 

Dates and Events

Sept 25-29   PRIDE WEEK

Sept 27        Wetland Walk Assembly 6th period

Sept 28      Success Data meeting-C-4 7:45-8:30 am

Sept 29      Admin meeting 9:10am - 9:55am

Sept 29       Early Release and ½ day Staff PD

In the Know

PRIDE Week – 9/25 through 9/29. We will be having our school-wide PRIDE week for students to learn more about having School PRIDE. Students will learn about school PRIDE with one letter every day throughout their classes. WEB leaders will present lessons to 6th grade students during the week while the teachers will be reviewing PRIDE with 7th and 8th grade students throughout the week.

Below is the PRIDE week schedule by grade and by letter.

  6th

7th

8th

Monday             P

Math

Social Studies

Social Studies

Tuesday            R

Language Arts

Science

Science

Wednesday       I

Science

Language Arts

Language Arts

Thursday           D

Social Studies

Math

Math

Friday                E

WEB (period 3)

Electives

Electives

 

Early Release Day - Friday, September 29th will be an early release day. Students will attend classes (periods 1,2,and 3) followed by lunch from 11:30 to 12:00.

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

Note: On Early Release Days – Staff have a 1/2 day of professional development.

2017-2018 Kennedy Early Release Days and No School days for Professional Development

9/29/17      1/2 day early release

10/12/17    No school for students - 1/2 day grading

10/27/17    1/2 day early release 

1/12/18      1/2 day early release

2/2/18        No school for students - 1/2 day grading

2/9/18        1/2 day early release

3/2/18        1/2 day early release

4/6/18        1/2 day early release

4/20/18      1/2 day early release

5/4/18        No school for students - 1/2 day grading

5/18/18      1/2 day early release

6/1/18        1/2 day early release 

Erin’s Law - Erin’s Law is named after childhood sexual assault survivor, author, speaker and activist Erin Merryn, who is the founder and President of Erin’s Law. “Erin’s Law” requires that all public schools in each state implement a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program. This program teaches:

  1. Students in grades PreK – 12th grade, age-appropriate techniques to recognize child sexual abuse and tell a trusted adult.
  2. School personnel all about child sexual abuse.
  3. Parents & guardians the warning signs of child sexual abuse, plus needed assistance, referral or resource information to support sexually abused children and their families.

Kennedy Middle School is implementing 4 lessons throughout this year beginning next week. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Morgan Christensen.

Wetland Walk – We will be having our third annual school-wide fundraising event. The Wetland Walk Fundraiser-an active and healthy fundraiser to promote health, wellness, and school spirit! The purpose is to provide students with the opportunity to experience the West Eugene area wetlands and wildlife, to experience the benefit of walking, and ultimately to provide a sustainable and enjoyable fundraising experience for the school. Students will have the opportunity to experiences the beautiful and unique West Eugene Wetlands. 100% of the money raised will stay at our school and be used for P.R.I.D.E. events, field trips, end of the year student activities. Our goal is to raise $15,000. Students will have the opportunity to earn incentives for their fundraising efforts. More information about will be shared. The walk is scheduled for October 11th. Information will be sent home with students. There will also be an opportunity for families to help with supervision while enjoying the walk and festivities. Please contact the office if you are interested

Wetlands Walk Assembly – The kick off assembly will be held on Wednesday, September 27thduring 6th period. Students will be receiving information about fundraising and will be bringing materials home.

KMS Winter Play - A Christmas Carol cast list will be posted by Monday. Rehearsals will begin Tuesday, Sept. 26th in the choir room. Rehearsals will be Tuesday's and Wednesday's from 3:45-5:45. Please see Mr. Boorman if you will not be able to attend a rehearsal.  Cast members will receive a cast contract and rehearsal calendar at the first meeting. Performances dates are tentatively set for December 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th (7:00pm), and a matinee on the 10th.

 Volunteers – Staff appreciation. We are looking for several volunteers to help with staff appreciation throughout the year. This year, we would like to hold a minimum of 3 days of appreciation, one per trimester. If you are interested in helping with the planning for these events, please contact Victoria Miller at miller_v@4j.lane.edu

Book Fair - Book Fair, Oct. 10/2 - 10/6 from 8:30am to 3:45pm. Other Volunteer opportunities will be shared in future school newsletters. Volunteering is a great way to be connected to your student’s school and the Kennedy community. If you are interested, you are required to complete a volunteer background check application form found on our website.

 Tweens, Teens and Technology - A workshop for parents to learn the basics about social media and cyber safetyOctober 10, 6:00-7:45, Willamette HS, 1901 Echo Hollow Rd.

Safe Routes to Schools

September is a great time for active transportation like walking and biking to school, whether it's once a week or every day. Click here for more on why and how your child can walk or bike to school from 4J's Safe Routes to School program. For questions, contact Sarah Mazze atmazze_s@4j.lane.edu

Robotics Club – We are looking for people that are interested in helping with the robotics club at KMS. Please contact Victoria Miller if interested in volunteering.

Local Play - "Now I am Your Neighbor " is a play telling stories generously shared by immigrants who live in Lane County. The stories are woven together by playwright Nancy Hopps directed by "We Are Neighbors" a photography exhibit celebrating immigrants living in Lane County on September 22, 23, 24. Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm,Sunday at 2:00pm will be ASL interpreted. Stage Left/Very Little Theater/ 2350 Hilyard St, Eugene/ Tickets $5 - $25 suggested donation, available at the door. No one turned away for lack of funds. For more info visit CalcLane.org

Twin Oaks Alumni:  To students and families: We are grateful that students would like to return to Twin Oaks to volunteer their time and help teachers.  We know that early release days from Kennedy are the perfect opportunity to serve the community.  We want students to be able to volunteer but we do have a policy on how to make this happen. Please see this list of expectations and process for volunteering at Twin Oaks Elementary:

  • Volunteering is limited to 7th and 8th grade students only.
  • Only two volunteers will be allowed per day.
  • Volunteering must be approved by the principal PRIOR to arriving at the school.
  • You may obtain approval by emailing the principal your request at: rodgers_L@4j.lane.edu OR by calling 541-790-3417.
    • If you don't receive a response, you do not get to volunteer.
  • Approval is given on a first-come first-served format.  
  • Students will only be allowed to volunteer once unless there are no other students interested.

Thank you for being Mustangs for life!  We look forward to working with students and seeing how much they've grown.  If you have additional questions, please contact Lizette Rodgers, principal of Twin Oaks Elementary. 

ParentVUE - Stay Informed About Your Student’s Performance with the Free ParentVUE WebsiteTo help their children get the most out of school, parents want day-to-day insight into the academic experience. With 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.

Kennedy Ultimate Frisbee Club - The KMS Ultimate Frisbee club is up and running. Students are still able to attend and this co-ed sport . Practices are Tuesdays and Thursdays right after school in the soccer fields. Practices ends at 5:00pm. There are two seasons: Spring and Fall. For more information contact: Russell Arkin Russell@emsultimate.com or visitwww.emsultimate.com

Near Future

Kennedy Book Fair - A reminder that starting on Monday, October 2nd to Friday, October 6th, there will be a Kennedy Book Fair for students and families of Kennedy from 8:30am to 4:00pm in the Library. Come and check out the new age-appropriate, relevant titles selected to engage even the most reluctant readers. Another way to support our Book Fair is to purchase books from our Book Fair on line (www.scholasticbookfairs.com). Please call the office if you interested in volunteering to help with this year’s Book Fair.

Curriculum Night - This event will be on Tuesday, October 3rd for families to learn more about the classes and programs at Kennedy. During a rotation of classroom mini-sessions, teachers will provide a brief synopsis of their classroom curriculum, classroom expectations and procedures. We will begin Curriculum night in the cafeteria with a welcome from Principal Morgan Christensen. We will have Spanish interpreters available families that evening. You may then visit classrooms using your student’s schedule. A schedule will be sent home with your student, and a copy of that schedule will be available in the cafeteria Tuesday night (just in case). You will find a schedule of the evening’s activities below. We will also be providing a brief 20-minute explanation and tutorial for accessing ParentVUE. We look forward to sharing class curriculum and student expectations during your visit. Please join us for this informative evening.

Note: CHS has moved their Open House from Tuesday the 3rd to Wednesday the 4th in order for families to be able to attend both school events. Thank you Churchill!

                              6:30 – 6:40pm             Welcome families in the cafeteria

1st period             6:45 – 6:55pm

2nd period            7:00 – 7:10pm

3rd period            7:15 – 7:25pm

4th period            7:30 – 7:40pm

5th period             7:45 – 7:55pm

6th period            8:00 – 8:10pm

                        8:15 – 8:35pm                        ParentVUE Tutorial in cafeteria

   

Site Council - We are still looking for parents to be on Site Council and need one parent representative from each grade level. This team meets once a month from 3:45pm to 5:00pm at KMS. Our first meeting will be held on October 5th. Please call the office or email christen_mo@4j.lane.edu if interested.

 Band & Choir fundraiser - We'll be having another of our famous Papa's Pizza nights to raise funds for our band and choir trips this year. Past years have proven this to be a great time for everyone to get together in a family friendly setting. Attached is the flyer needed to make your purchase count toward our fundraiser and there are copies in the front office as well. The date is October 4th (Which happens to be Churchill's welcome night) but the flyers are good all day...perfect opportunity to get dinner first if you are attending that event! Note: Only good at the West 11th location. 

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: September 15

 

Greetings KMS families,

 Thank you to those who were able to attend out Back to School Social “Bash”. It was great to see so many families and students. I hope you were able to socialize and meet new people, take a tour of the school, and enjoy some dessert. I saw many of you later that evening for the CHS Friday night football game. There was great energy at that game and excitement with CHS winning the game.

Those of you who were not able to make the school social, rest assure we will be having other school events in the near future. I will be sure to communicate this with you and students. Below are several things to keep in mind when looking ahead to next week and thereafter.

Dates and Events

Sept 18           Library Volunteers meeting for Book Fair meeting 9:00am, Library

Sept 18           Knight Family Association (KFA) 5:30-6:30pm, Library

Sept 18 - 22    Back to School KMS canned food and toiletries drive 

 

In the Know

Library Volunteers - There will be a meeting on Monday, September 18th in the library at 9:00am. The meeting is to prepare for our upcoming Book Fair starting October 2nd. Thank you for your help and support with this. 

Volunteers needed - Book Fair, Oct. 10/2 - 10/6 from 8:30am to 3:45pm. Other volunteer opportunities will be shared in future school newsletters. Volunteering is a great way to be connected to your student’s school and the Kennedy community. If you are interested, you are required to complete a volunteer background check application form: |click here|.

Canned Food and Toiletries Drive - This upcoming week, September 18 - 22, we will be collecting canned food items and toiletries for our students and families in need. There will be bins for students and families to drop off items. Thank you for any donation you are able to give. 

Air Quality - We are still monitoring the air quality on a regular basis through the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency, LRAPA http://www.lrapa.org, which provides an hourly update of Eugene air quality. They take a reading on the hour and post updates on the half hour. 

Free and Reduced Lunch - Please remember that if your student(s) was a part of the free or reduced lunch program last year, you must complete a new form in order to have the same status this year. If you qualified for Free or Reduced Meals last year, the Free and Reduced lunch forms will be mailed out in a packet with the district calendar to your homes. If you need a new form, please go to the 4J web site: http://www.4j.lane.edu/nutrition. Note: if you do not get this form completed at the start of the school year, your student(s) will return to full price status by October 3rd. Please remember that the district has 10 days from the date of receiving your application to process before the reduced status can apply. Extra copies, including forms for Spanish speakers, are available in our office. While these forms can be returned to the Kennedy office, processing will go more quickly if the forms are mailed directly to the district office at 200 North Monroe St., Eugene, OR, 97402

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. If your child will need to leave campus during the regular school day, please send a note to the office or leave a message on the Attendance Line before 9:00 am on the day of the absence. We will issue a yellow “Off-Campus Permit” to your student that will be shown to the teacher when it’s time to be picked up from the office. If you must pick up your student on short notice please allow a minimum of 30 minutes for the staff to prepare for this request. Note: A legal parent or guardian as documented in our student system must come to the office to sign out their student.

Prearranged Absences: If absences are known in advance, they may be considered excused with a Prearranged Absence Form if they meet the following criteria:

  1. A pre-arranged absence form is obtained in the attendance office, or found on our website.
  2. The form is filled out and taken home for the parent/guardian signature.
  3. The form is submitted to the school principal who may excuse none, some, or all of the absence(s).
  4. The form must be signed by all of the student’s teachers.
  5. The form is returned to the attendance office at least two days prior to the absence.

Note: Vacations by themselves will not be considered an excused absence.

The following are valid excuses for absences:

  1. Participation in a district or school approved activity or instructional program.
  2. Illness, health condition, or medical appointment (including but not limited to medical, counseling, dental, oroptometry) for the student or person for whom the student is legally responsible;
  3. Family emergency, including but not limited to a death or illness in the family;
  4. Religious or cultural purpose including observance of a religious or cultural holiday or participation in religious or cultural instruction;
  5. Court, judicial proceeding or serving on a jury;
  6. Post-secondary, technical school or apprenticeship program visitation or scholarship interview;
  7. State-recognized search and rescue activities;
  8. Absence directly related to the student’s homeless status;
  9. Absences related to deployment activities of a parent or legal guardian who is an active duty member.
  10. Absence resulting from a disciplinary or corrective action (e.g., short-term or long-term suspension, emergency expulsion); or
  11. Principal (or designee) and parent, guardian, or emancipated youth mutually agreed upon approved activity.

Knights Family Association (KFA) meeting - Join us on Monday, September 18th for our first family meeting from 5:30pm to 6:30pm in the library. These meetings are designed to increase school to home communication, provide relevant presentations on school topics, and to identify school goals to improve Kennedy. Hope to see you there and/or at the other meeting throughout the year.

Robotics Club – We are looking for people that are interested in helping with the robotics club at KMS. Please contact Victoria Miller if interested in volunteering.

Cross Country Club - Robert Wood, one of our math teachers, has volunteered to be the advisor for a Kennedy Cross Country Club. If your student is interest in participating in the club, please email Robert: atwood_r@4j.lane.edu and Cc Jessica Friedman: jessicafriedmanmd@gmail.com 

DACA - The Latinx Alliance of Lane County (of which Eugene 4J is a participating member) will be holding a DACA Renewal Clinic on Saturday, the 23rd of September from 8:00am -5:00pm. The clinic and the time with lawyers is free but the US government charges $495 dollars for each renewal form. There will be some partial and full scholarships available for the government fees. This second event will be by appointment only. Families, students and community can call Centro Latino Americano at 541-687-2687 starting WednesdaySeptember 13th for an appointment or to volunteer.

Local Play - "Now I am Your Neighbor " is a play telling stories generously shared by immigrants who live in Lane County. The stories are woven together by playwright Nancy Hopps directed by "We Are Neighbors," a photography exhibit celebrating immigrants living in Lane County on September 22, 23, 24. Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm,Sunday at 2:00pm will be ASL interpreted. Stage Left/Very Little Theater/ 2350 Hilyard St, Eugene/ Tickets $5 - $25 suggested donation, available at the door. No one turned away for lack of funds. For more info visit CalcLane.org

 

Near Future

PRIDE Week – 9/25 through 9/29. We will be having our school-wide PRIDE week for students to learn more about having School PRIDE. WEB leaders will present lessons to 6th grade students during the week while the teachers will be reviewing PRIDE with 7th and 8th grade students throughout the week.

 Kennedy Book Fair - A reminder that starting on Monday, October 2ndto Friday, October 6th, there will be a Kennedy Book Fair for students and families of Kennedy from 8:30am to 4:00pm in the Library. Come and check out the new age-appropriate, relevant titles selected to engage even the most reluctant readers. Another way to support our Book Fair is to purchase books from our Book Fair on line (www.scholasticbookfairs.com). Please call the office if you interested in volunteering to help with this year’s Book Fair.

 Curriculum Night - This event will be on Tuesday, October 3rd for families to learn more about the classes and programs at Kennedy. During a rotation of classroom mini-sessions, teachers will provide a brief synopsis of their classroom curriculum, classroom expectations and procedures. Note: CHS has moved their Open House from Tuesday the 3rd to Wednesday the 4th in order for families to be able to attend both school events. Thank you Churchill!

Site Council - We are still looking for parents to be on Site Council and need one parent representative from each grade level. This team meets once a month from 3:45pm to 5:00pm at KMS. Our first meeting will be held on October 5th. Please call the office or email christen_mo@4j.lane.edu if interested.

Wetland Walk – We will be having our third annual school-wide fundraising event. The Wetland Walk Fundraiser-an active and healthy fundraiser to promote health, wellness, and school spirit! The purpose is to provide students with the opportunity to experience the West Eugene area wetlands and wildlife, to experience the benefit of walking, and ultimately to provide a sustainable and enjoyable fundraising experience for the school. Students will have the opportunity to experiences the beautiful and unique West Eugene Wetlands. 100% of the money raised will stay at our school and be used for P.R.I.D.E. events, field trips, end of the year student activities. Our goal is to raise $15,000. Students will have the opportunity to earn incentives for their fundraising efforts. More information about will be shared. The walk is scheduled for October 11th. Information will be sent home with students. There will also be an opportunity for families to help with supervision while enjoying the walk and festivities. Please contact the office if you are interested.

Band & Choir fundraiser - We'll be having another of our famous Papa's Pizza nights to raise funds for our band and choir trips this year. Past years have proven this to be a great time for everyone to get together in a family friendly setting. Attached is the flyer needed to make your purchase count toward our fundraiser and there are copies in the front office as well. The date is October 4th (Which happens to be Churchill's welcome night) but the flyers are good all day...perfect opportunity to get dinner first if you are attending that event! Note: Only good at the West 11th location. 

 

Kudos

Thank you in advance to those who are planning on helping with our Book Fair!  Thank you families for attending the Back to School Social "Bash." The goal is to continue community events throughout the year. If you have ideas about things the school can do to help bring families and students together, please email me at christen_mo@4j.lane.edu, call541-790-5500 or stop by to set up an appointment. We will be talking more about school and community events at our KFA monthly meetings. 

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: September 8

Greetings KMS families,

I am pleased to announce that our very first week of school has been a success! Students have already begun connecting with one another and learning new things. In addition, our new 6thgraders have been mastering the technique of opening their lockers and navigating their way around school. Needless to say, there has been a tremendous amount of energy in school, and we are all ready for an excellent year.

You will be receiving these family bulletins throughout the year with information to keep in mind. I am looking very much forward the road ahead of us; I am certain all students will learn and develop friendships, while enjoying being a student at Kennedy.

 

Dates and Events

Sept 11                School pictures (see below for more information)

                               DACA information night (see below for more information)

Sept 11 – 22      Community Building activities in all classrooms

Sept 12                Brass Night-Band room 7 pm

Sept 13                Woodwind Night-Band room 7 pm

Sept 14                Percussion Night-Band room 7 pm

Sept 15                Back to School Social “Bash” 5:30-6:30 pm

Sept 18                Knight Family Association (KFA) 5:30-6:30pm, Library

 

In the Know

 Student health:  With the transition back to school you may notice students are tired and require additional rest and nutrition. Note, this is normal as students are getting back into the school mode. Please let us know if there are things we can do to ensure they are successful at KMS.

DACA information night:  Monday, September 11 from 6-7pm at River Road Elementary. This night is open to all families and students who are interested from 4J and neighboring districts.The organization CAUSA will be providing Information followed by a question and answer time facilitated by a local lawyer. This is the first of several information nights for our immigrant and undocumented families that we will be hosting this year around the district. 

All students and families are welcomed and supported in Eugene School District 4J. See attached flyer for more information

School Photos:   Students will have their picture taken throughout the day on September 11th. This photo is used for student body cards and also for our yearbook. If you wish to purchase a picture packet, please have your student bring in the envelope with the desired packet checked off and funding at the start of picture day. Lifetouch does accept visa or master card, cash, or checks made out to Lifetouch. You may also pay online (www.mylifetouch.com). If you do not wish to purchase pictures, please have your student dress appropriately as we will still take their photo for school records. Extra copies are available in the office.  

Calendar:  A school calendar will be provided very soon indicating all of our early release days for staff professional development throughout the year once it has been approved. The first early release day will be on Friday, September 29th. Students will be dismissed by 12:00 with lunch ending by 12:30. A final schedule will be posted on our school website and I will provided reminders in these family bulletins.

 Air Quality:  As you know the Air Quality (AQ) level has fluctuated, often moving into hazardous health levels. This pattern is expected to continue into the near future. We will be monitoring the AQ through the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency, LRAPA http://www.lrapa.org, which provides an hourly update of Eugene air quality. They take a reading on the hour and post updates on the half hour.

Back to School Social “Bash”:   Join us on September 15th. This event is for the students and families of Kennedy from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. This is an opportunity to connect with other families, receive a tour, meet the new principal, and have some ice cream. WEB leaders will be helping with tours and serving of ice cream. In addition, families interested in attending the Churchill football game that evening will receive a discount.

School Bus Use:  It is important that every student riding the bus know the bus and/or route number. These numbers can be found on the 4J Transportation website. If you have questions about bus routes or numbers, please contact 4J Transportation at 541-790-7474 or check the district website (www.4j.lane.edu).

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.

Pets not allowed:   A reminder about the policy regarding no pets at school in that pets are not allowed at school during the hours of operation and/or during school events. Pets are not permitted on campus, even if on a leash, in your arms, or in a purse-bag. Pets must be left in the vehicle. There are a few exceptions to this rule, including bringing fully trained Service Dogs to school with proper notification. The Administrative Rules outlining our policy can also be found on the 4j website (http://www.4j.lane.edu/adminrules/supportservices/#tocEl-61). Thank you in advance for helping ensure the safety of our students by not bringing your pet to school.

Near Future

Knights Family Association (KFA) meeting:  Join us on September 18th. We will be having our first family meeting from 5:30pm to 6:30pm in the library at KMS. These meetings are designed to increase school to home communication, provide relevant presentations on school topics, and to identify school goals to improve Kennedy.

 Kennedy Book Fair:  A reminder that starting on Monday, October 2nd to Friday, October 6th, there will be a Kennedy Book Fair for students and families of Kennedy from 8:30am to 4:00pm in the Library. Come and check out the new age-appropriate, relevant titles selected to engage even the most reluctant readers. Another way to support our Book Fair is to purchase books from our Book Fair on line (www.scholasticbookfairs.com). Please call the office if you interested in volunteering to help with this year’s Book Fair.

 Curriculum Night:   This event will be on Tuesday, October 3rd for families to learn more about the classes and programs at Kennedy. During a rotation of classroom mini-sessions, teachers will provide a brief synopsis of their classroom curriculum, classroom expectations and procedures. Note: CHS has moved their Open House from Tuesday the 3rd to Wednesday the 4th in order for families to be able to attend both school events. Thank you Churchill!

Site Council - We are still looking for parents to be on Site Council and need one parent representative from each grade level. This team meets once a month from 3:45pm to 5:00pm at KMS. Our first meeting will be held on October 5th. Please call the office or emailchristen_mo@4j.lane.edu if interested.

Volunteers needed:   Book Fair, Oct. 10/2 - 10/6 from 8:30am to 3:45pm.Other Volunteer opportunities will be shared in future school newsletters. Volunteering is a great way to be connected to your student’s school and the Kennedy community. If you are interested, you are required to complete a volunteer background check application form found on our website.

Kudos

Thank you to all of the volunteers for helping with the start of the school year! Special thanks toWayne Taubenfeld, Krista Patterson, Misty Hill, Heather Young, Meagan Murphy, and Ninalyn Quirante.