A short time ago, I spoke to the deputy that investigated the “white van” incident from yesterday morning. It sounds like the adult individual involved has contacted the Sheriff’s department and there is a high likelihood that there was never a threat. This is great news. The Sheriff’s department has been busy this morning with the accident on 126, but they hope to get a deputy over to speak with the individual and get a statement sometime today. We are all hopeful that is the case, and can just use this reported incident as a reminder to speak with our students about appropriate ways to remain safe. A website that has some good information for parents on this topic can be found at: https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/stranger-danger/
Join us in the Elmira High School Theater from 6-8 PM on Monday, March 5th. This workshop is for any and all parents of school age children K-12. The workshops shares with parents the basics of social media and cyber safety. Hear from experts (a panel of trained students) regarding the ways kids are using social media today. A second, 3 person panel, made up of myself, a Lane County Sheriff’s deputy and a Lane County Juvenile Prosecutor will also be presenting. This is not just for FRSD parents, parents from Crow, Junction City and Triangle Lake in particular are invited, but feel free to invite any interested adult that may find this information useful.
Click on the link below to see the flyer for this event.
Gary Carpenter, FRSD Superintendent and EHS Principal
Congrats to the fantastic Middle School band and choir students that performed at their winter
concert last night at FRMS. The teacher Mr. Cameron Siegal, and his instructional assistant Mrs.
Kimberly Taylor, have obviously been working very hard with them! Learning music at a young
age provides so many benefits to students. By learning to understand beat, rhythm and scales
students are learning how to divide, create fractions and recognize patterns. It improves short
and long-term memory, it improves physical skills such as coordination, and it cultivates social
skills, as performing in a group requires peer interaction and the ability to work as a team. Music
teaches discipline, the concept of delayed gratification and it boosts self esteem just to name a
few. It was great to see so many FRMS students engaged in music! Thanks again to the staff
and the parents that are supporting them.
School and District Report Cards
The Oregon Department of Education produces yearly report cards for schools and districts. These reports were mandated by the 1999 state legislature and provide educators with an opportunity to communicate directly with parents and community members about how local schools are performing.
In 2013, the Oregon Department of Education released a redesigned school and district Report Card. This redesigned Report Card was the product of a year of review and revisions, led by an external Report Card Steering Committee and informed by feedback from thousands of stakeholders around the state.
The goals of the redesign were to:
- More accurately reflect student learning and growth
- Incorporate key measures of college and career readiness
- Align the report card with district’s achievement compacts
- Make the Report Cards more user friendly and accessible
For more information on the school and district report cards please visit: http://oregon.gov/ode/schools-and-districts/reportcards/reportcards/Pages/default.aspx.
The link to the report cards page for all schools in Oregon, can be found under the Parents link here on the FRSD website.
After carefully reviewing applications from many qualified community members our school board has extended the nomination for open school board position #3 to Barbara Graham-Adams. Barbara has accepted the nomination and will be sworn in during our board meeting on December 18th, 2017.
Barbara has been a part of our community for over 8 years with students who have both graduated and are currently attending school in the Fern Ridge School District.
Congratulation! We are looking forward to working with you on the Fern Ridge School District Board!
No School 11/20 to 11/24
Parent-Teacher Conferences for Elementary School Students will be held on Monday and Tuesday
Monday – Nov 20th 8:00am to 8:00pm
Tuesday – Nov 21st 8:00am to 12:00pm
Fern Ridge Middle School and Elmira High School
No School 11/22 to 11/24
Fern Ridge School District 28J will continue to accept applications for the open school board position until Thursday, November 9th. The successful candidate will be selected by the school board during their meeting on November 20th.
The candidate selected will fill a nearly two year appointment on the school board for position #3. This appointment is through June 30, 2019. Registered voters who have lived in the District for at least one year are eligible to apply.
Applications are available at the District Office, 88834 Territorial Rd, Elmira or by clicking here.
The final deadline for all applications will be Thursday, November 9th at 3:30pm. For more information please call
541-935-2253 ext 1203
See the attached flyer for information around the Homecoming parade scheduled for next Friday. Go Falcons.
Thank you very much to the EHS Booster Club and all of their volunteers for their work in hosting the golf tournament fundraiser yesterday at Diamond Woods Golf Course. The ladies that run booster club (they do allow men to join by the way–hint hint…) put in a ton of work to put this event on, and they did a fantastic job. Thank you for all your hard work. In addition, thank you to all those that registered to golf, and all of the businesses that donated. It is much appreciated and goes to a great cause. Go Falcons! If you are interested in volunteering for the Booster Club, visit their site at: http://www.fernridge.k12.or.us/elmirahs/?page_id=745
All of our schools will be hosting parents at their annual Open House this September. Here are the days, times and information for each school:
Elmira High School – Thursday, September 21st 5:15-6:15
Join us in the high school cafeteria from 5:15 – 6:15 for our Open House.
Fern Ridge Middle School – Thursday, September 21st 5:30 – 6:30
Open House will begin at 5:30 with a brief welcome assembly and staff introductions. Classrooms will be open until 6:30 for parents to visit and meet teachers.
Elmira and Veneta Elementary – Thursday, September 28th 5:30-7:30
EES and VES are teaming up with our local Kiwanis to serve dinner at each elementary school’s Open House.
A spaghetti dinner will be served in the cafeteria at both Elmira and Veneta from 5:30-6:30. Classrooms will open up between 6:30 and 7:30 for you to see where your child learns and to meet their teacher. Look for more information in your child’s backpack.