Fern Ridge School District

The next principal of Elmira High School will be Mr. Rick Gardner!  Please join the EHS staff and students in welcoming Mr. Gardner who will take over beginning in the 18-19 School year.

On July 1, 2018 Mr. Gardner will bring his 22 years of educational experience to EHS.  He comes to us after having most recently worked at Marist High  School in Eugene, Oregon.  The last 3 years he has served as the Director of Athletics and Facilities, and the 7 years prior to that as an Assistant Principal.  Prior to arriving at Marist, Mr. Gardner worked in the Mckenzie School District as both a teacher and the High School Principal.

Over the past several weeks a committee of 10 have screened applicants, interviewed candidates and conducted reference checks.  Finally, our committee organized and participated in a “community forum” with two outstanding finalists, to help us make this important decision.  It is without question I can say that we had multiple qualified candidates who would have done an outstanding job for us.  Having said that, Rick stood out to the committee as someone that is a great fit for our community.  While we know Mr. Gardner will appreciate the great things we have at Elmira, it will be his charge to assist EHS in reaching new heights in the years to come.   I know he welcomes the challenge.

Again, join me in welcoming Rick, his wife, and his three daughters to the Fern Ridge School District!  Congratulations!

Gary Carpenter, Principal EHS, Superintendent/FRSD


Staff, students and community members are invited to attend an open forum with the two finalists for the Elmira High School Principal position.  The forum will begin promptly at 6:00 PM in the EHS theater on Thursday, March 15th.  All those interested are invited to attend, hear from the candidates, ask questions, and leave feedback for the selection committee to consider.  The two candidates are:

Rick Gardner:  Rick has 22 years of experience in education, including 11 years as  H.S. Science teacher. The last 11 years Rick has served as a school administrator in a variety of positions including 1 year as the Principal at Mckenzie H.S., 7 years as an assistant principal at Marist, and the last 3 years as the Director of Facilities and Athletics at Marist H.S., in Eugene Oregon.

Phillip Pearson:  Phillip has 18 years of experience in education, including 10 years as a Science teacher.  Since 2009, Phillip has served in a variety of administrative roles including Dean of Students, Associate Principal, Director of Technology, and the last 6 years as the Principal of Corbett High School in Corbett Oregon.

Both candidates will be doing a 10 minute presentation introducing themselves to our staff and community, followed by 30 minutes of an opportunity for  those in attendance to ask them questions.  Mr. Gardner will start at 6:00 PM, and Mr. Pearson will follow at approximately 6:45.

Thank you doesn’t always seem like enough when it comes to appreciating our Classified Staff.  They are a vital part of the education team that is Fern Ridge School District and we could not do our jobs without them!

Classified Staff are among the hardworking men and women in our school district who do everything from helping children safely cross a road, to keeping our buildings clean, managing school offices, maintaining our fields, assisting with technology needs and working in the business office of the district. They help students learn to read, work on math, science and art.  They supervise lunches and recesses, assist in study halls, work with students in computer labs and complete countless other vital tasks for teachers, administrators and students.

During this Classified Appreciation Week, we would like to take the time to recognize these dedicated individuals who help make Fern Ridge School District a great place to learn and work!

Thank you Michael, Becky, Bob, David, Heidi, Michael B., Laurie, Tony, Victoria, Michael M., Pete, Robin, Michael Mc., Ron, David, Angela, Tammy B., Leiisa, Stacy, Mary, Lorie, Dawn, Jessica, Casey, Melissa, Patti, Janet, Jamie, Raina, Julie B., Trish, Sheila, Devonee, Lisa, Sherry, Cherri, Julie C., Delise, Jessie, Tammy E., Cara, Michael G., Stephanie, Missy, Debbie, Kim, Callie, Kelley, Erika, Kelly,  Kristi, Bonnie, Mollie, Alyssa, Karrie, Cynthia, Cortnie, Brenda, Emilee, Deborah, Kim, Alex, Dani, Sheila, Chris, Becky, Jaime, Kristan, Scotty, Sam, Suzie and Pam!

Enjoy your week and know how much we appreciate all that you do for our staff, students and community!

Becky Dube’ has worked in Fern Ridge School District since September of 2015 as the District Student Data Specialist.  Becky was raised in this community where she and her husband Jamie raised two kids.  Madison is a graduate of Elmira High School and Jackson is currently a sophomore at EHS.

Becky was key in making the transition to the new schedule at the middle school a few weeks ago.  She put in countless hours along side FRMS staff to accomplish this huge task.  On a daily basis, Becky provides support to each building with their student information system, she prepares required state reports and also organizes work order requests for the maintenance department.

Her office is located inside the District Office where she spreads her easy smile and fun loving attitude to everyone who comes through her door.  In addition to her work in the district, Becky has also been a long time volunteer for Territorial Sports Program, having been involved for over 10 years!

When she is not working Becky enjoys spending time with her family which include her two boxers, Cash and June. We appreciate her and the great job she does for our district.  Congratulations Becky!

The Region 3 North Tournament will be held tomorrow, Saturday the 24th, at EHS!  Good luck to our OBOB Team as they compete against teams from Creswell, Cottage Grove, Thurston and Churchill.  The opening assembly begins at 9:30 in the theater, and the first competitions take place at 9:50.

FRSD is closed and all activities cancelled, for today, Thursday, Feb. 22nd.


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March 2018


March 5 to March 9

Classified Appreciation Week

March 11

Daylight Savings Time Begins

March 12

School Board Meeting

6:30pm at the District Office

March 14

Fern Ridge Middle School

March Madness Fundraiser

March 17

Elmira Elementary School

Auction Fundraiser

March 19

School Board Meeting

6:30pm at the District Office

March 26 to March 30

Spring Break

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