Fern Ridge Middle School

Olivia Johnson


6th grade students will be exploring the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest for their field trips this spring. Each sixth grade science class will go on a separate day according to the following schedule:

April 27th: Whitney Davis’s 3rd period class

May 4th: James Stoe’s 7th period class

May 10th: Whitney Davis’s 5th period class

May 11th: James Stoe’s 5th period class

HJ Andrews is located near Blue River and is about a 90 minute drive from FRMS. Students will have a hands-on, experiential learning experience including the opportunity to climb trees under the guidance of the Pacific Tree Climbing Institute. In order to allow students a full day in the forest, they will be returning to school at 5 PM. Parents will need to pick them up from school at 5 PM. If someone else is going to pick up your child or you need to change your child’s regular after school plans on that day, please let the office and the classroom teacher know.

Two very important documents will be coming home soon. The first is a permission slip for the field trip itself. The second is a waiver form that families need to complete if they want their child to be allowed to participate in the tree climbing part of the field trip. Parents with an approved criminal history background check on file who would like to volunteer to chaperone should contact their child’s science teacher directly.

HJ Andrews Field Trip Permission Slip

Pacific Tree Climbing Institute Waiver

Elmira High School Interact Club is selling vegetable starts as their spring fundraiser. Each plant is 4 or more weeks old and comes in a 2.5 quart bucket. They have tomatoes, kale, and peppers. They are being grown in the new greenhouse at Elmira Elementary School. Items can be ordered online and picked up on Saturday, April 21st. See the flyer below for more information.


Interact Garden Starts Fundraiser

Beginning Monday, April 16th all FRMS students will take the  English/Language Arts assessment. The test is in two parts. They will take the first part in their social studies classes beginning on Monday. It should take 2-3 class periods to finish the first part. The second part will take place in their language arts class beginning Monday, April 23rd. The second part should also take 2-3 periods. Students should bring a book to read for when they finish their test. Students are not allowed access to their cell phones during the test. Testing in math will take place in May. Continue reading

Attention 8th Grade Parents: Want to help your 8th grader get off to a great start in high school? Enroll them in the Strong Start program at Elmira High School this summer. Strong Start is an active, week-long experience for incoming EHS freshmen that focusses on building community connections, self-awareness, and leadership through Decision Skills training. The program prepares students for the challenges of high school, teaches students to make better decisions, increases confidence and reduces stress, and puts your 8th grader on the path for high school success. Out of  414 students who participated in the Strong Start program across Oregon last year, 83% reported that they were better prepared for high school and would recommend the Strong Start program. 96% said they had a lot of fun and met new friends. Strong Start focuses on teaching students how to decide, not what to decide. The focus is on developing the competencies it takes to be a skilled decision maker by integrating academic, creative, and emotional intelligence to get things done.

Strong Start runs July 30th thru August 2nd from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM each day. There is no cost for this program. If you are interested in signing your eighth grade student up or would like more information, contact Stu Burgess at Elmira High School- sburgess@fernridge.k12.or.us

The tween and teen years can be difficult for both students and their families. As children undergo the transitions that accompany adolescence- physical, emotional, social, etc- the pressures and problems they encounter can overwhelm them. For many teenagers, the pressures of adolescence can lead to a variety of mental health concerns. Lane County has many resources available to help support teenagers struggling with mental health concerns and the families who want to support them. The list below includes agencies who can help in a crisis, provide counseling, and offer support to families in need.

Lane County  Mental Health Resource List

    Eighth grade students can get a jump start on their high school careers this summer with the Strong Start program offered at Elmira High School for incoming freshmen. Strong Start is an opportunity for incoming freshmen to experience Elmira High School, participate in a fun and game oriented experience, learn how to navigate high school, and learn how to make good decisions for high school success.

Strong Smart runs July 30th thru August 2nd from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM each day. There is no cost for this program. If you are interested in signing your eighth grade student up or would like more information, contact Stu Burgess at Elmira High School- sburgess@fernridge.k12.or.us

Elmira High School’s Ultimate Falcon Contestants are holding a middle school dance fundraiser for Mid Lane Cares this Friday, March 16th from 7 PM to 9 PM at Fern Ridge Middle School. Admission is $4. Snacks and drinks sold separately.

All funds raised will go towards supporting Mid Lane Cares, a local organization that provides food assistance, medical programs, and other resources for those in need in our community.

Fern Ridge Middle School will hold our school fundraiser on Wednesday, March 14th. We will have a Staff vs Student basketball game along with a silent auction. Tickets for the game will be $5 each or $20 for a family of four or more. The game will start at 6:30. Planned for the halftime entertainment is a staff vs student dodgeball game. Doors will open at 6:00.

Field Trips Are Fun But They Are Also Opportunities to Expand Student Learning.

Our FRMS Silent Auction will begin at 6:00. We will close the auction at the beginning of the second half. The auction will be a cash/check only auction as we do not have the capability of taking credit cards. We will have lots of exciting items to auction. In a previous post, we talked about the Caribbean vacations that will be up for bid. Click HERE to go to that post

In addition to the island vacations, we have 18 other great packages for you to bid on. Click HERE for descriptions of each of our packages.

During halftime we will also be announcing the winner of our Raffle Grand Prize- $400 in gift cards to Winco.

All funds raised will go towards field trips. Our goal is to raise enough money this year to pay for field trips for all of our middle school students next year. Thank you in advance for your support of our school and our auction.

We want to take a moment this week and thank our wonderful classified staff- our custodians, our secretaries, and our instructional assistants. They are really the backbone of our school. Their commitment to our students makes everything else possible. Each of them is a valued member of the FRMS staff and we could not do what we do without them. This is our week to celebrate what classified staff contribute to our school and say thank you. So thank you to Pete, Bob, Casey, Stacy, Patti, Sherry, Kim, Callie, Michael, Debbie, Sam, and Sheila. We also want to thank our lunch workers  Sabrina, Alese, and Jill for their hard work.  You are all wonderful and we are so thankful to have you at FRMS.