As mentioned in the post below, I have accepted the position of FRSD Superintendent for the 2016-2017 school year and look forward to continuing to serve the Fern Ridge community while keeping my duties as the High School Principal. I am excited about the possibilities for our staff, students and community members in the months to come. I am fully committed to giving this challenging task and tremendous responsibility my undivided attention and focus. To kick things off I wanted to share some general information, as well as upcoming events you should be aware of.
- This morning I got a chance to visit our outstanding bus drivers as they prepare for the year. Please join me in thanking them any chance you get for this critical work that they do.
- The first day that teaching staff return to prepare for the school year is August 29th.
- Construction projects throughout the District continue to move forward, and are on track. The students thank the FRSD community for the passage of the 2014 bond that is bringing many much needed and exciting facility improvements to our District. District Maintenance and Technology staff has been working extremely hard this summer to keep things moving forward.
- The first day of school for grades 1st-5th, 6th and 9th is scheduled for Tuesday, September 6th. The second day of school, Wednesday, September 7th is for grades 1st-5th, 7th-12th. The first day for grades 1st-12th is scheduled for Thursday, September 8th, and the first day for all kindergarteners is scheduled for Monday, September 12th.
- School Registration days and times are as follows:
- EHS: 24 August, 8-11 AM—12th graders 1-4 PM—10th graders
- EHS: 25 August, 1-4 PM—11th graders, 5-8 PM—9th graders
- FRMS: 23 August, 7 AM – 7 PM, 24 August, 8 AM – 3 PM, 25 August, 8AM – Noon
- EES: 23 August, 7 AM – 7 PM, 24 August, 8 AM – 3 PM, 25 August, 8AM – Noon
- VES: 23 August, 7 AM – 7 PM, 24 August, 8 AM – 3 PM, 25 August, 8AM – Noon
– Gary E. Carpenter, Jr., Superintendent
Last night, August 15, 2016, the school board accepted the resignation of Dr. Sally Storm for personal reasons. We wish to convey to her our appreciation for her work with the District these past two years.
In order to move forward with the school year, Mr. Gary Carpenter was designated our Interim Superintendent to carry out the responsibilities of the position through June 30, 2017. He will remain the High School Principal as well.
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 email@example.com.
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.