fernridgems Enrollment: 320
Grades: 6 through 8
Phone: (541) 935-8230  Fax: (541) 935-8234
Address: 88831 Territorial Road, Elmira, OR 97437-9758
School Hours: M, T, Th, F – 8:45 a.m. to 3:04 p.m.
W –  8:45 a.m. to 1:25 p.m.


Dear Parents and Guardians,

As the weather warms up, the middle school staff deals with a lot more dress code issues. We recognize the current fashion trends sometime make it hard to buy your child clothes that meet the dress code.  Please know that we want to work with your child to help them find appropriate clothes to wear.  The staff tries hard to be consistent while looking at every situation individually. If your child is struggling to find clothes that meet the dress code, please contact the office and we will help. Here is the dress code taken from the handbook with three of the most common issues highlighted in red. Thanks again for all of your support at home.

Peter Barsotti



Dress should be appropriate for normal school activity. It should reflect pride and respect. Health and safety are also guides to acceptable school attire. The following are not acceptable school attire and should act as guidelines when choosing school clothes. Also school administration retains the discretion to determine if a garment meets this standard.

  •  Footwear is required at all times.
  • The torso of all students will be clothed at all times. If arms are raised above head and the torso is exposed, this is not acceptable.
  •  Excessive torn clothing will not be allowed. This includes jeans and/or shorts that are purchased with excessive tearing that exposes undergarments or bare skin when those tears fall above the tip of one’s middle finger when the arm is extended down one’s side.
  •  Clothing must be worn in an appropriate fashion. Pants worn in a sagging fashion will not be allowed. Waistbands of pants must be worn around the waist. Belts should be worn if pants will not stay up.
  •  Hair picks, combs, brushes, or bandanas are not to be worn.
  •  Cosmetic sunglasses will not be worn on the face or on the head in the building.
  • Any shirt that excessively exposes the underarms will not be allowed.
  •  Undergarments must not be visible.
  •  Wallet chains in excess of 12” will not be allowed at school. Other chains are not appropriate at school as well.
  •  Articles of clothing that cause excessive maintenance problems – for example: cleats on boots, shoes that scratch the floor, and trousers metal rivets that scratch furniture are considered inappropriate.
  •  Clothing may not advertise alcohol, drugs, or tobacco products, have inappropriate language or pictures or have a suggestion of violence. Garments that suggest a double meaning of lewdness, obscenity, or vulgarity are not to be worn.
  •  Clothing, hair styles, or make-up that disrupts the educational setting are not appropriate. (Except on school dress up days.)
  •  Excessive brief garments such as jogging shorts, halter tops, bare midriffs, net tops, spaghetti strap tank tops, or tank tops that reveal under garments, plunging neck lines, bathing suits, see through, strapless or backless garments are not appropriate.
  • Shorts or skirts are considered too short when they fall above the tip of one’s middle finger when the arm is extended down one’s side.


Students who choose to break this dress code will be asked to:

  •  Call a parent to bring new clothes for the rest of the day.
  •  Wear a shirt provided by the office.
  •  Wear sweatshirt or jacket throughout the day.
  •  Change into PE clothes for the remainder of the day.

Dear Parent/Guardian,

This post is to notify you of the upcoming presentation regarding birth control and sexually transmitted infections/HIV for 7th and 8th grade students.  Currently the presentation are scheduled for May 2nd and 3rd. The presentations will happen during science class and be presented by Planned Parenthood.  If you would prefer that your child not participate, please contact your student’s science teacher (Mr. Stoe or Mr. Brown) and an alternative placement will be arranged for your child. Also, if you have questions about what will be taught, please contact your child’s science teacher. You can contact the science teachers by calling the school or sending the teachers an email.

-Peter Barsotti, Principal, FRMS


FRMS 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 book 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.

ice skatingFor the second year in a row, FRMS gold card holders have an opportunity to go ice skating.  This year, FRMS will be going ice skating on Tuesday April 12.  Permission slips were sent home with your students on Friday.  If your student did not receive one, please click here and print one out. 3rd quarter Gold Card permission slip

This summer, Elmira High School is offering an All Skills Youth Camp for student in grade 3 through 8.  This is the first year of offer this camp.  Please take a look at this link for more information. EHS Skills Camp Flyer and Permission Slip

Also, FRMS has worked through their technical difficulties and the FRMS calendar is up to date again.

April and early May are busy at Fern Ridge Middle School.  The 6th and 7th Graders are going on their field trips and we are starting state testing next week.  Next Monday, we also have a parent group and promotion planning at 6 pm.  At the meeting one of the agenda items will be to talk about an up coming fundraiser that we need help with soon. We have a great opportunity to raise money for the upcoming field trips by providing lunch for the BlachlyLane Electric Cooperative annual meeting.  The lunch is for 300 people on April 23rd. There are lots of ways you can help.  We are looking for donations, cooks, servers, and cleaners.  If you can help with any or all of the areas, please contact Mr. Barsotti.

Food Donations we are looking for:

  1. Chicken Breasts
  2. Salad
  3. Mash potatoes and gravy
  4. Baked Beans
  5. Coffee
  6. Juice
  7. Milk

8th Grade Parents,

Here is the 8th Grade Flyer that was sent home two weeks ago.  The flyer is asking parents if they would like to join in on the promotion planning process.  Also, the parents that have started promotion planning thought it would be a fun idea to buy t-shirts similar to last years 8th grade class.  To pay for the t-shirts and other promotion activities, we are asking for 8th grade families to donate $10 to help with all of the costs.

Thanks, Peter Barsotti

8th Grade promotion flyer

Box Tops

The middle school has started collecting Box Top$ For Education here in the office. Please send them with your student.  They can turn them in to the office. Below are a few questions you may have in regards to the program.

  • How much money can my school earn with Box Tops for Education?


Each eligible school may earn up to $20,000 cash per year beginning on March 2 of every year from the Clip program. There are no maximum annual earning limits for schools earning eBoxTops or Bonus Box Tops.

  • What can my school do with the money it earns from Box Tops for Education?


Your school can use the money for anything it needs! Computers, books, and playground equipment are just some of the ways schools have chosen to use the funds raised through Box Tops for Education.

Please visit their website at: http://www.boxtops4education.com to learn about the program and/or print coupons.


Congratulations to the Fern Ridge Middle School’s Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) team for winning regionals for a second straight year.  Many students participated in OBOB at FRMS this year and fun to see all of their hard work pay off.  A special thank you to Mrs. Cooper for sharing your passion for reading with all of the  students at FRMS, especially all the OBOB participants. Go Royals!

Also, their is a parent meeting tonight (Monday 3/7/16) at 6pm followed by a promotion planning meeting.

  • 3rd quarter Progress Reports are being sent home by Tuesday, March 1st. Please look for them in the mail.

Parent Teacher Conferences

  • Spring Parent-Teacher conferences are this Thursday, March 3rd, from 4-8pm.  This is a great opportunity to meet with the teachers to hear about your student’s strengths and areas of growth.


  • Our final Scholastic Book Fair of the school year is coming February 29 – March 4! This is a great time to buy books for birthdays, Easter, etc, as it is the BOGO (Buy One, Get One free) sale. The fair is open from 8-3 daily in the NEW school library as well as during parent/teacher conferences. Come check out our new selection. See you there.


  • No School this Friday, March 4th.


  • Lost and Found is overflowing and will be donated next week.  Please encourage your student to look through it if they are missing any items.

parent meeting

  • Next Monday, March 7th, will be the March parent meeting at 6 pm, followed by an 8th grade promotion planning meeting.