Fern Ridge School District

Today is the day we recognize the many secretaries around the Fern Ridge School District.  School secretaries  are one of the foundations of our schools.  We are lucky that in Fern Ridge we have many outstanding employees in this crucial role!  Please join me in recognizing them today, and thanking them for the work they do each day on behalf of teachers, principals, staff, students and parents!

A public meeting of the Budget Committee of the Fern Ridge School District 28J, Lane County, State of Oregon, to discuss the budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019, will be held at the District Administration Office at 88834 Territorial Rd in Elmira, Oregon. The meeting will take place on Monday, May 14, 2018 at 6:30 PM. The purpose of the meeting is to receive the budget message and to receive comments from the public on the budget. This is a 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 9, 2018 at the District Administration Office, between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM.

Just a reminder that there is no school on Friday, April 20th.

Elementary Schools will be holding Parent/Teacher Conferences.

Fern Ridge Middle School and Elmira High School will have a Teacher Workday.

Students – Enjoy the three day weekend!

Congratulations to the 2017-2018 Fern Ridge School District Distinguished Service Award Recipients!

Distinguished Volunteer:
Sherry Cooper

Distinguished Classified Employee:
Pam Zellers, Elmira Elementary

Distinguished Educator:
Kyle Moeller, Veneta Elementary

Distinguished Administrator/Confidential Employee:
Greg Baker, District Office

Distinguished Future First Citizen:
Millie Carpenter, Elmira High School

Distinguished Emerging First Citizen:
Riley Chambers, Elmira High School

Distinguished Community Builder:
Beau Admire, Elmira High School

Please join us at Applegate Elementary School on Thursday, April 19th at 7:00 pm and help us celebrate our FRSD award winners

This past Saturday, April 7th, the EHS OBOB team traveled to Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon for the High School section of the state OBOB Tournament.  The tournament began with “pool play” among the 15 schools that would be competing for the state title.

Elmira started out by by beating Alliance Charter School (from Oregon City) by a score of 45-25.  Next up was Adrian, located south of Ontario, and EHS won by a score of 33-8.  The third pool play battle was against Triad School (a private K-12 school in Klamath Falls) and again EHS won, this time by a score of 45-25. The final battle was against Imbler (a school near LaGrande) and EHS again prevailed by a score of 50-20.  Coming out of pool play EHS was seeded number one with a total of 168 points scored.

The next section of the tournament was an 8 team seeded bracket.  EHS matched up against the 8 seed, Imbler, and won by a score of 45-10.  In the final 4 / semi-final round, EHS faced Estacada.  The Final score was EHS 50, Estacada 20 and EHS was onto the Championship match that contains twice as many questions as the prior rounds.

In the Championship match, EHS faced Lebanon. While the match went back and forth, with both teams having the lead at some point, EHS went on a late run to win by a score of 68-52.  This is the first OBOB championship trophy for EHS, a testament to years of work and practice put in by the members of our team and their coaches.  A big congratulations to their coach and advisor, Sherry Cooper, as well as the team members:  Josiah Lorenz, Emily Eagle Eye, Jessica Woods and Kelly Hoffman!  Go Falcons!

Mr. Ryan Chambers has been selected as Fern Ridge School District’s April Employee of the Month!

Mr. Chambers came to the district in August of 2014 as a counselor at the Fern Ridge Middle School and has been an invaluable asset to the our district ever since.  He says that a favorite part of his job is helping kids and the fact that he never knows what the day is going to bring.

In addition to serving the student at FRMS as a counselor, Mr. Chambers is also adviser to the school leadership class and the chair of the middle school’s Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports Committee.  He also spends his time coaching track at the middle school and soccer at the high school.

Traveling, attending live musical concerts and starting a record collection are a few ways he enjoys spending his free time.  Mr. Chambers also loves to read with his favorite book of all time being The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.  He is married to the talented Jennifer Chambers who is a local author as well as a substitute instructional assistant for the school district.  Their three amazing kids all attend school at Fern Ridge with Keira at Veneta Elementary, Quinn at Fern Ridge Middle School and Riley at Elmira High School.

Mr. Chamber enriches the lives of students everyday at the middle school.  Thank you for all you do Mr. Chambers!

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

 

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May 2018

May 7 – May 11

Teacher Appreciation Week

 

May 14

Budget Committee Meeting

6:30 at the District Office

 

May 21

School Board Meeting

6:30 at the District Office

 

May 24-May 27

5th Grade Outdoor School

 

May 28

No School

Memorial Day

 

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