Elevated levels of lead in school drinking water is making headlines in both local and national news. Effected school districts are frantically working to test their facilities and make corrections in response to the public’s outcry. But not here at Fern Ridge! For more than a decade the District has operated our water systems under the watchful eye of the Department of Human Services in their Drinking Water Program. All facilities whose water comes from District owned water sources, are on a set schedule for lead testing. A certified testing lab is provided samples from sinks and drinking fountains accessible to students and staff. Those results are sent to both the District and responsible State agency for verification of compliance. No elevated levels of lead are present in our systems.
To assure this trend continues, daily pH levels are monitored so heavy metals do not have a chance to leach into our systems. The only exception to this is Veneta Elementary School, whose water is provided by the city-wide system. Lead testing in that system is performed by the City of Veneta itself and reported to their governing agency. Recently, the Superintendent directed the maintenance staff to conduct independent testing of Veneta Elementary School’s drinking water. No elevated lead levels were found. All test results are public record and are available by contacting the District.
Looking for something fun for your kids to do this summer? Elmira High School will have the first ever Elmira High School All Skills Youth Camp hosted by the administration and athletic coaches from the high school for incoming grades 3rd through 8th on June 20-24, 2016. The following sports will be introduced and practiced throughout the week: Basketball, Soccer, Football, Volleyball, Baseball, Softball and Track and Field. For more information and registration form, please click here.
New for the 2016-2017 school year, the Fern Ridge School District has an easy-to-use, secure online registration system for KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION ONLY. This allows you to complete many of the forms required for registering your child. You will also need to bring certain documents to your local school to complete the registration process. Please go to the specific school website, Elmira Elementary School or Veneta Elementary School, to register your child. If you have any questions, please contact Becky Dube’ at 541-935-2253 ext. 1210 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A public meeting of the Budget Committee of the Fern Ridge School District 28J, Lane County, State of Oregon, to discuss the budget for fiscal year July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017, will be held at the District Administration Office at 88834 Territorial Rd in Elmira, Oregon. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. The purpose of the meeting is to receive the budget message and to receive comments from the public on the budget. This is the public meeting where deliberation of the Budget Committee will take place. Any person may appear at the meeting and discuss the proposed programs with the Budget Committee. A copy of the budget document may be inspected or obtained on or after May 12, 2016 at the District Administration Office, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
May 2-6, 2016 is Teacher Appreciation Week! Our teachers work endlessly and touch the lives of our students. They are kind and loving as they work to help each special student learn. We are fortunate to have such caring individuals working with our students. Please thank a teacher for all they do! – Dr. Sally Storm, Superintendent
Fern Ridge Middle School is proud to be back to back Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) State Champions. Nice job Josiah Lorenz, Emily Eagle Eye, Jessica Woods, and Zola Walker. If you do not know about OBOB, it is a competition where students read 16 books in great detail and then have a competitions on their recall of specific details on each book. A special thank you to Mrs. Sherry Cooper for coaching this team and organizing the OBOB school competition.
Elmira High School will have the first ever Elmira High School All Skills Youth Camp hosted by the administration and athletic coaches from the high school for incoming grades 3rd through 8th on June 20-24, 2016. The following sports will be introduced and practiced throughout the week: Basketball, Soccer, Football, Volleyball, Baseball, Softball and Track and Field. For more information and registration form, please click here.
Please join us in congratulating the Fern Ridge School District Distinguished Service Award recipients for the 2015-2016 school year:
Educational Excellence – Distinguished Teacher – Doncella “Donnie” Marquess
Distinguished Classified Employee – Missy Hall
Distinguished Administrator/Confidential Employee – Olivia Johnson
Distinguished Volunteer – Kelsey Boren
Distinguished Future First Citizen – Jasmine Garcia
Distinguished Emerging Future First Citizen – Brad Renfro
Distinguished Community Builder – Finn King
The 50th Distinguished Service Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at Applegate Elementary School.
At the February 16, 2016, FRSD board meeting, the school board approved the creation of an exploratory committee to research and gather data regarding a K – 2, 3 – 5 reconfiguration of the elementary schools. If the FRSD ever went to this model, one school would house grades K – 2 and the other school would house grades 3 – 5. The purpose for considering a reconfiguration is to see whether or not it would better serve students and families. The pros and cons of this model are currently being discussed. The committee was formed with administrators, teachers and classified employees from both Elmira Elementary and Veneta Elementary. This committee has met three times and had excellent discussions. We will be expanding this discussion to the buildings’ Site Councils in the coming weeks. The community will be invited to learn information and give their opinion prior to any recommendation to the school board. The committee members are: Elmira Elementary: Mari Jones, Alisa Johnson, Cynthia Olsen, Pam Zellers. Veneta Elementary: Mirka Chen, Mike Guill, Cortnie Peeler, Donna Jones. Administrators: Gary Carpenter and Karen McKenzie (both housed at Elmira High School). The committee hopes to make a recommendation to the School Board to either not pursue this configuration or to plan to consider it for the Fall of 2017.
I want to join in with others who are celebrating our classified staff. I believe they are the backbone of our district. They are involved in all facets of our education system, and do a superior job in all. Each time I am in the schools I am impressed with our educational assistants and how well they work with our children. I am forever thankful for our wonderful custodial and maintenance staff who manage everything with the bond on top of it! Our office staffs make students and parents feel welcomed and special. Thank-you also to our transportation staff and food service for all you do. Our DO staff work tirelessly. It seems to me that everyone goes far beyond the call of duty. I have to say that I have worked in quite a few districts and this is by far the strongest, best classified staff I have had the privilege with whom to work. Thank-you for making the lives of our students and colleagues much better. Thank-you for the classy and dedicated way you perform your duties. We appreciate you!! – Dr. Sally Storm, Superintendent