Fern Ridge School District

Over the next month or so, FRSD is collecting data from a wide variety of groups.  Emails are going out to Teachers, Instructional Assistants, Administrators, etc… For the two groups mentioned in the title above,  Community Partners,  (e.g. Businesses/Elected Officials/Non-Profits, Early Childhood Education/After School Programs, TSP) and Parents, we have links to the surveys here in this post.  If you fall into either of these groups, please take a few minutes and answer the questions in these surveys.  The direct links are below.  Thanks in advance for your participation.

SURVEY FOR PARENTS:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FRSDPARENTSANDFAMILIES

SURVEY FOR COMMUNITY PARTNERS:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FRSDCOMMUNITYPARTNERS

To say that our December Employee of the Month is invaluable is almost an understatement!  Truthfully, Elmira High School could not function without Angela Baker, and her amazing abilities as the high school registrar!  Angela not only enrolls and registers students, she also creates the master schedule for the entire school each semester, ensures that every student is taking the correct courses and has the correct number of credits in order to graduate.  Sometimes finding the right class for students within the master schedule is like working with a puzzle and she is always able to fit things together.

In addition to student support, Angela is also an incredible resource for the staff at EHS.  She works with and helps to manage the student information system that our district uses.  She quickly and efficiently assists staff who may be having difficulties with the student system.  She always makes herself available to students or staff and has been described as the beating heart of EHS.

Angela has worked for the district since August of 2003.  She enjoys gardening, reading, trying new recipes, playing with their dog as well as traveling with her husband and dog in their RV and finding remote places to camp.  She loves interacting with the terrific students and staff at EHS, helping students with scheduling issues and seeing the relief and excitement on the students faces when they graduate.

Thank you Angela for the amazing work you do at Elmira High School!

Throughout the school year, State Testing information will be posted under the “Resources” category on the left hand side of the main page.  Please visit this location for general information.  If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact your student’s school directly.

With the 2018-19 school year well under way, I wanted to take a moment to provide some important information about this year’s state testing that is rapidly approaching.

For the last three years, students in the Fern Ridge School District and around Oregon took state tests in English Language Arts and Math called Smarter Balanced. The tests move away from previous fill-in-the bubble exams that focused on rote memorization to a format which asks students to explain their reasoning and write out their answers. These new tests measure more complex, real-world skills such as critical-thinking, writing, and problem solving so that your child can successfully transition from grade to grade and be prepared for his or her next steps after high school.

Fern Ridge School District will give Smarter Balanced tests this spring.  The tests are not timed so your child can take as long as he or she needs to fully demonstrate what he or she knows and can do.  At the high school level, successfully passing these tests is a requirement for an Oregon diploma.  The practice our students get in grades 3-8 by taking these exams, helps prepare them for the high school exam they will take in the spring of their 11th grade year.

We know that an end-of-the-year test cannot possibly tell us everything about your child’s academic progress. However, the results do act as a snapshot of your child’s strengths and areas for improvement and can be used as a way to ensure he or she is getting the supports he or she needs. Additionally, the tests help Fern Ridge School District’s efforts to equitably distribute resources and support student learning. When fewer students take the test, we are left with an incomplete and inaccurate picture of how our students are performing, and this limits our ability to address issues, better serve students, and continue to improve our educational system.  The participation of your student is greatly appreciated. 

While we discourage opting-out of the exams for several reasons (a few of them mentioned above), the opt-out form for 18-19 can be found on the Districts main website page under the Resources category that was mentioned above. The direct link to the pdf is:   http://www.fernridge.k12.or.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Opt-Out_Form_2018-19.pdf.  Should you wish to opt your child out, please submit the form to your child’s school’s main office.

In Fern Ridge School District, we are deeply committed to ensuring each and every student in our schools has the supports he or she needs to achieve at high levels and graduate prepared for his or her next steps. Our ultimate goal is to make sure that all students are set up to be successful from grade to grade and that will remain the focus of our district throughout the rest of the school year.

If you have general questions or want more information about the end-of-year tests, please do not hesitate to contact the school directly.  I encourage you to reach out to your child’s teacher(s) with any questions you may have about your student’s progress.

 

phone with social media iconsLooking for ways to learn more about the social media sites your child may be using?  Would you like to know what some of the internet “lingo” stands for or gather some tips on how to better protect you and your child’s online privacy?

The saferschoolstogether.com website has provided links to free information for parents and guardians.  Here you will find articles, checklists and information that you can use to learn more about popular social media sites along with tips on privacy, talking to your kids about online safety, decode some of the internet, texting and social media slang, look over sample family contracts and much more.  Here is the link to the parent resource page.

Leaf on a line with clothes pensElmira Elementary & Veneta Elementary

Parent-Teacher Conferences for elementary students:
Monday – November 19 8:00am to 8:00pm
Tuesday – November 20 8:00pm to 12:00pm

No School November 19 through November 23

Fern Ridge Middle School & Elmira High School

No School November 21 through November 23

Stack of red pencilsThe School Board meeting will be held on Monday, November 19, 2018 at 6:30pm in the library of Elmira Elementary School.  Elmira Elementary is located at 88960 Territorial Rd. Elmira, Or 97437

Click on this link to access the agenda materials.  If you need additional information or assistance please contact Michelle Cook, Administrative Assistant at 541-935-2253 Ext. 1203

 

Flu Shot Clinic FlyerAll students, community members and staff are welcome to the flu shot clinic that will be held in the Veneta Elementary Library on Thursday, Nov 8 from 4:00-6:00pm.

Flu Shot Tips:

~Wear a short sleeved shirt
~Bring your insurance card – if you don’t have insurance the private pay cost for the basic flu shot is $30.
~Bring a completed Vaccine Administration Record (extra forms will be available on site)
~Immunizations are available for students ages 7 and up
~Copays/Costs may vary for alternate vaccines.

Below are the links to the vaccine information sheets:

Flu
Shingles
TDap
Pneumococcal

Please call 541-935-2253 ext 1203 if you have any questions

Parents of the Fern Ridge community,

I believe recent events around an incident at Fern Ridge Middle School, the districts response, and the subsequent discussion is necessitating an additional message from me.  Serious issues of confidentially are in play here, so know that everything I have written here,  just this morning I have received permission from the family involved to share.

The district was made aware of a general threat by a FRMS student on Monday, October 29th.  The threat that was made a week or more prior to being reported to us was not specific in nature, was made in a private conversation between two friends, one of whom shared he was having some violent thoughts.  The threat was investigated thoroughly over 2-3 days.  The parents of the involved student responded to this event as I would hope any parent would.  They understood the severity, were concerned for their child, and they furthermore agreed to voluntarily withdraw their student from school and pursue getting him some support.  FRMS Principal, Ms. Johnson was in communication with me from the get go, and everything we have done here has been at my direction, and in accordance with Board policy.  I can assure folks the following:  The FRSD School Board is fully aware of the specifics of this case, and I am confident the Districts response was swift, appropriate, and at no time after being made aware of the threat were students in danger.

I stand by the fact that our response here was appropriate for the specifics of this case, and done so in a way that would encourage, not discourage, others form coming forward if they have concerns about themselves, or their peers.  The District will certainly be de-briefing these events and discussing any possible adjustments to our policy or practice in the future.  If anyone would like to contact me directly please feel free to do so at gcarpenter@fernridge.k12.or.us or via phone at 541-935-2253 ext 1201.   I, as well as your elected School Board members, have no higher priority than doing everything in our power to ensure your children, theirs and mine included, are safe in Fern Ridge School District Schools.

Next week, FRMS staff are working on a short presentation to students that will emphasize two things.  First, the importance of reporting to a trusted adult, and secondly the seriousness with which any threatening statement must be taken by school officials. I expect this presentation to take place on Wednesday during homeroom.

Gary Carpenter, Superintendent FRSD 28J

Friday, November 2 is a teacher workday.  School is not in session for students. 

Enjoy the three day weekend!

                                        

 

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December 2018

November 29

6:00pm Chamber of Commerce Tree Lighting Ceremony at Veneta Elementary School

December 3

6:30pm Special School Board Mtg at District Office

December 6

7:00pm Light Parade

December 17

6:30 Regular School Board Mtg at District Office

December 24 to January 7

Winter Break

District Calendar

Print Calendar 2018-2019

 

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