Fern Ridge School District

Teachers returned this past Monday and have been busy preparing for the return of students next week.  Below is a reminder of grade level start days for the first week of school.  We hope everyone has a safe labor day weekend and we look forward to having your students back with us in just a few short days! Welcome Back to School Chalkboard Message

Elmira Elementary/Veneta Elementary ~  Tues, Sept 3rd grades 1-5 attend.

Fern Ridge Middle School ~Tues, Sept 3rd is for 6th grade students only.

Wed Sept 4th is for 7th & 8th grade students only (early release day)

Thurs, Sept 5th grades 6-8 attend.

Elmira High School ~ Tues, Sept 3rd is for 9th grade students only (9th grade orientation.)

Wed, Sept 4th grades 9-12 attend (early release day)

 

 

It’s time to register your new/returning student for the 2019-2020 school year!

                                    Parents/Guardians please note that schools are unable to process debit/credit cards.                                    Fees can be paid with a check or cash.  Thank you!

Below is the registration information for each school:

Elmira Elementary School: 541-935-8214

Registration for Kindergarten and new students – Wednesday, August 14 7:00am to 7:00pm  Please bring a copy of your student’s birth certificate, immunization and proof of residency.

Registration for all students:

Tuesday, August 20 7:00am to 7:00pm
Wednesday, August 21 8:00 to 3:00
Thursday, August 22 8:00 to 12:00

Veneta Elementary School: 541-935-8225

Registration for Kindergarten and new students – Wednesday, August 14 7:00am to 7:00pm  Please bring a copy of your student’s birth certificate, immunization and proof of residency.

Registration for all students:

Tuesday, August 20 7:00am to 7:00pm
Wednesday, August 21 8:00 to 3:00
Thursday, August 22 8:00 to 12:00

Fern Ridge Middle School: 541-935-8230

Registration for new students – Wednesday, August 14 7:00am to 7:00pm.  Please bring a copy of your student’s birth certificate, immunization and proof of residency.

Registration for all students:

Tuesday, August 20 7:00am to 7:00pm
Wednesday, August 21 8:00 to 3:30
Thursday, August 22 8:00 to 12:00

Elmira High School: 541-935-8200

Registration for Seniors – Wednesday, August 21 at 8:00am
Registration for Sophomores – Wednesday, August 21 at 1:00pm
Registration for Juniors – Thursday, August 22 at 1:00pm
Registration for Freshman – Thursday, August 22 at 5:00pm

Congratulations to Laurie Ruell, our August employee of the month!  Laurie has worked for the school district since October of 2004.  During her first year she worked as a secretary and then moved into a bookkeeping position.  In October of 2005, Laurie was selected to assist in the business office and be our go-to accounts payable employee.

Laurie works hard year round to assist our business manager and the payroll department.  She processes orders for the district and takes care of all things accounts payable.  She enjoys coming to work because of the co-workers she gets to interact with every day.  Laurie always has a smile on her face and enjoys both working with the public and completing all the accounts payable paperwork that truly keeps our district operating smoothly.

When she is not working at the district office, Laurie enjoys going for walks with her husband, Mike as well as working in her yard and reading.  However, those of us who get to work with her know how much she loves sharing time with her kids and grandkids.  She has four beautiful grandchildren, Maelee (5), Nash (2), Jace (3) and Dane (1) who all brighten the walls of her office space!

Thank you Laurie for always being willing to help no matter the request and for doing such an amazing job taking care of so many details (big and small) that are crucial to our school district.  We couldn’t do our jobs without you!

child choosing blueberriesFern Ridge School District is committed to the to the health and wellness of all students and staff.  To help ensure students possess the knowledge and skills necessary to make healthy choices for a lifetime, a comprehensive district nutrition program has been prepared and implemented that is consistent with or exceeds state and federal guidelines.  This program reflects the FRSD School Board’s commitment to the wellness of its staff and students.

As a part of this program, a district wellness committee was established several years ago.  The committee reviews the District wellness policy, coordinates staff wellness activities, and provides feedback and suggestions as our district food advisory committee.

The committee includes representatives from administrators, licensed teachers, instructional assistants and parents.  They meet monthly during the school year, with meetings at the beginning and end of the year specific to policy review and food advisory issues.  This committee also plans and promotes district-wide health and wellness opportunities for students and staff as well as ensuring that the wellness program policy is being implemented throughout the district.  If you are a parent who is interested in this serving on this committee, please contact the district office at 541-935-2253 ext 1203.

For more information, here is a link to the FRSD Wellness Program Policy and its accompanying administrative rule: Wellness Policy Link to PDF    Wellness Policy AR Link to PDF

If you would like more information on our program you can check the District and State reports page of our website for the triennial wellness program assessment report that will be published this fall (October 2019)

August 5 – August 8, the Elmira Falcon Football Team and coaches will be hosting their Future Falcon Football Camp. Camp registration is August 5 at 5:30pm. Camp will be from 6pm – 8pm on the practice field. This is for incoming 2nd – 8th graders. The cost is $40 and checks must be made to EHS. Each camper will receive a camp t-shirt at the end. We will learn the basics of offensive positions, defensive positions, and tackling techniques. We also will play some fun games at the end of each day.  Visit the link below to see the camp flyer.

CAMP FLYER

 

After 12 years of service, Sterling Pew has made the decision to step down from his position on the Fern Ridge School Board.

Sterling was elected to the school board in July of 2007.  He served as board chair in 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 and has been the vice-chair in 2009-2010 and 2018-2019.  In a letter addressed to the board, Sterling expressed how much he has enjoyed working with great staff and fellow board members during his time with the district.

We want to take a moment and recognize Sterling for the outstanding service he has given to the students, staff and community of Fern Ridge.  We also want to thank his wife, Charlene for sharing him with us these past 12 years.  Thank you Sterling for your leadership, guidance and advocacy for our students!

 

Fern Ridge School District Families, and Staff:

As we close out the 18-19 school year, I want to thank our families, students and staff for a fantastic school year.  A little over a week ago I was fortunate enough to shake the hands of all our 2019 graduates.  Many people in our community supported these students along the way, and they leave prepared to enter a career or continue with their education.

A school year is demanding, as this one draws to a close I want to reflect on many of our accomplishments.  First, thank you to our staff.  Your dedication, energy and commitment to ongoing professional development and growth is clear.  Our high school continues to excel in both graduation rates and state test data.  Our middle school made noticeable improvements in both math and language arts test scores in 18-19, and both of our elementary schools made significant improvements in regards to our math and language arts test scores in 18-19.  I appreciate and thank you for this work.  We need it to continue in the years to come.  The students that come to Fern Ridge deserve quality schools, and we have  classified, certified and administrative staff that work hard to ensure they receive just that.  The “extra” things our staff do on a daily basis to provide extended learning and extracurricular opportunities are too numerous to list.  Please know that whether it is clubs or outdoor school, field trips or assemblies, or simply one-on-one extra student academic support….these things are noticed and appreciated by many.

To our parents, thank you for your support.  We have numerous parents, grandparents, or simply community members in our District that volunteer in our schools in a wide variety of ways.  If you are one of the many folks that spend time supporting or volunteering in our schools, on behalf of all the staff, students and School Board, thank you.

Both reflecting on 18-19, and looking ahead to 19-20, I am excited about many things:

– Student attendance in Fern Ridge improved in 18-19

– Student academic achievement K-12 improved in 18-19

– We look forward to additional resources  in our District in 19-20, to include:

– Elementary Physical Education Teachers at both VES and EES

– An additional core content classroom teacher at FRMS

– Some added instructional assistant and secretarial time across the District

– The addition of a District funded Athletic Trainer at EHS

– Additional student access to technology

As we wrap up 18-19, the work here at the District Office is already beginning for 19-20.  I look forward to helping us move forward and continuing to grow with the District’s vision in mind:  “Provide excellence for every student so that each will reach their greatest potential.”  Have a restful summer with your families, and be proud of a job well done in 18-19.  I am already looking forward to a great 19-20.

Gary E. Carpenter, Jr.

Superintendent, FRSD 28J

Pete M.Our final employee of the month for the 2018-2019 school year is Pete Mazzei.  Pete is a custodian at Fern Ridge Middle School and has worked for the district since June of 2010.  He was nominated for this award because he is constantly proving himself to be a valuable part of the staff at FRMS.  He is always willing to stop what he is doing to help a student, staff member or parent volunteer.  In addition to his custodial duties, he also serves on the middle school safety committee.

Pete works hard each day to ensure that the building is clean and ready for students to arrive the next school day.  While students and staff are looking forward to a summer break in the next few days, Pete and the entire custodial crew are busy preparing for their summer cleaning schedule. During the summer break for staff and students, custodians are working harder then ever to strip and re-finish gym floors, deep clean classrooms, staff areas and locker rooms.  They work tirelessly to get the buildings ready for students to return in September.

Pete enjoys weightlifting and atv riding in his spare time.  He says that his favorite part about his job is the hours that he works because he gets to interact with staff and students during the course of his work day.  Thank you Pete for all that you do for our middle school staff and district!

October 2019

Oct 2 Community Flu Shot Clinic at the District Office 4:00-6:00

 

Oct 4  Elmira Elementary Jog-a-Thon

 

Oct 7 EHS Honor Society Blood Drive 8:00-1:00

 

Oct 8 EHS Parent & Community Forum in the Elmira Elementary School Library at 6:00

 

Oct 9   EHS/FRMS Parent-Teacher Conferences 4:00-8:00

 

Oct 10 No School for EHS/FRMS Students Parent-Teacher Conferences 8:00-12:00

 

Oct 11  No School for Students – State-wide Teacher In-Service

 

Oct 15 Picture Day at EES

 

Oct 18 EHS Homecoming Parade at 4pm

 

Oct 18 Varsity Football EHS vs Marshfield 7:00

 

Oct 19 EHS Homecoming Dance 8:00

 

Oct 23 EHS Cross Country at Richardson Park

 

Oct 31 End of 1st Quarter

 

Nov 1 No School for Students – Teacher Workday

 

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