Fern Ridge Middle School

Concerned about how your teenager uses social media sites like Snapchat or Instagram? Worried about cybersafety or cyberbullying? Need more information about social media and the impact it has on your teen or preteen?

Parents/Guardians are invited to a very special social media and cyber safety presentation in the Elmira High School Theater on Monday, March 5th from 6 to 8 PM. This workshop is for any and all parents/guardians of school age children Kindergarten thru 12th grade. The workshop shares with parents the basics of social media and cyber safety. Hear from experts, including a panel of trained students, regarding the ways kids are using social media today. Parents/Guardians from Fern Ridge School District, Crow Applegate Lorane, Junction City, and Triangle Lake are invited to attend, as well as any interested adults who may find this information useful. This event is hosted by ECASEY Lane County.

Interested parents are encouraged to RSVP by emailing Emily@kidsfirstcenter.net   Free childcare may also be available by emailing Emily@kidsfirstcenter.net

Click on the link below for a flyer with more information.

Teens and Tech Flyer

 

FRMS 6th and 8th grade students will be taking part in the Oregon Student Wellness Survey, sponsored by the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Education. It will ask 6th, 8th, and 11th grade students about academic commitment, the school environment, positive youth development, and behavioral risks such as fighting,  depression, substance use, and gambling. The SWS gathers information that is used to plan and evaluate programs  that address these areas. The survey provides schools and communities a clear picture of what the problems are, what prevention efforts/programs are working, and how we can better support youth in our community.

 

The survey will take 45 minutes or less.  Data gathered will be anonymous. The data will be reported back in groups only- no individual data will be reported. Students will not be asked to put their name or any identifying information on the survey. Students are free to skip questions or stop at any point. Parents can also opt their child out of the survey by returning the attached letter by Thursday, February 22nd. A hard copy of the letter was sent home with students.  Students will be taking the survey as part of their Language Arts classes.

 

For a copy of the informational letter to parents click this link:       Parent Information Letter

This is a great program to help your child be successful in high school and beyond! Monday, July 30th through Thursday, August 2nd are the dates that EHS will host the 4-day summer Strong Start program.  This program is for incoming 9th graders of ALL ability levels to assist them in developing some skills that encourage a strong start to their High School Career!

More information will be coming out in the coming weeks, including an informational flyer.  Stay tuned and save the date!  For questions, contact EHS Teacher Stu Burgess at sburgess@fernridge.k12.or.us or FRMS Counselor Ryan Chambers at rchambers@fernridge.k12.or.us.

Go Future Falcons!

This Friday from 6:30 Pm to 8:00 PM we will have our Gold Card Dance and Open Gym from 6::30 to 8:00 P.M. It is free to all students who kept their Gold Card all through second quarter- this would mean students who never received a detention or a referral between November 6th and January 25th. Students who kept their gold card status will be receiving an invitation to the Dance/Open Gym.  Students who had one or more detentions or referrals will not be allowed into the Dance/Open Gym.  Students with earned a detention by having 5 or more tardies will also not be allowed in. Leadership will be selling concessions at the event.

Parents who would like to help chaperone, should contact Ryan Chambers at 541-935-8230 ext. 4202.

Gold Card events happen at the end of each quarter as a reward for those students who do not receive detentions or referrals that quarter. Students who lose their gold card one quarter, will get it back at the beginning of the next quarter. Gold Card events are planned by Mr. Chambers working with our leadership class and we thank them for their hard work. Leadership has also opened a student store on Wednesdays where students can use their High Five tickets to purchase school supplies. We have a very excited leadership class and can’t wait to see the things they do this semester.

 

Beginning Friday, February 2nd volunteers from Planned Parenthood will be making presentations during our science classes on health and human sexuality. They will be presenting for two class periods. Topics are as follows for each grade level:

The topics covered for the different grades are described below:

Topic: Human Growth and Development –Anatomy and Physiology (6th Grade)

    • Recognize the importance of healthy body systems and how each contributes to personal health.
    • Recognize female and male reproductive systems including reproductive anatomy and function.
    • Identify medically accurate information about male and female anatomy.
    • Demonstrate use of medically accurate language for reproductive anatomy and reproduction. Continue reading

Just a reminder to all parents that our big second semester schedule change begins Monday, January 29th. We will open our doors at 7:50. The warning bell rings at 8:15 and school starts at 8:20. On regular days, school will end at 3:15. On Early Release Wednesdays, school will end at 1:32.

We will be uploading student schedules on Friday and Saturday. Students will be picking up their new schedules on Monday morning before school starts. Students can also get a “sneak peek” at their new schedules using Home Access on Sunday the 28th.

A lot of time and effort was put into scheduling students and making sure that the electives students received were among the top choices on their forecasting sheets, if they turned in a forecasting sheet. After the 29th, if you would like to discuss a schedule change, you can contact myself or Mr. Chambers at the school to discuss a possible schedule change. Schedule changes for students will not be made for social reasons (i.e. to have the same class or the same lunch as their friend/s)   No schedule changes will be made after February 9th.

Bus Routes and Bus Times have also changed. Please make sure you check the updated bus times to make sure you and your child know their bus number and stop times. Please have your child at the bus stop five minutes before their bus time. Note: Times for Bus 13 were changed as of 1-24-2018. If you’re child is on Bus 13, please follow the link to the revised schedule.

New Bus Times/Routes

If you have any questions or concerns about the schedule change, please feel free to contact me at ojohnson@fernridge.k12.or.us or by phone at 541-935-8230.

Once again, thank you for your flexibility as we make this change. We are looking forward to our new classes including World Beat Music, Math Tutoring, Mythology, Creative Writing, Journalism, Warrior Women, Pop Culture, and additional periods of study hall. Thank you for your support as we continue to work towards meeting the needs of our students and our community.

Concerned social media sites like Snapchat or Instagram? Worried about cybersafety or cyberbullying? Need more information about social media and the impact it has on your student?

Parents/Guardians are invited to a very special social media and cyber safety presentation in the Elmira High School on Monday, March 5th from 6 to 8 PM. This workshop is for any and all parents/guardians of school age children Kindergarten thru 12th grade. The workshop shares with parents the basics of social media and cyber safety. Hear from experts, including a panel of trained students, regarding the ways kids are using social media today. Parents/Guardians from Fern Ridge School District, Crow Applegate Lorane, Junction City, and Triangle Lake are invited to attend, as well as any interested adults who may find this information useful. This event is hosted by ECASEY Lane County.

Interested parents are encouraged to RSVP by emailing Emily@kidsfirstcenter.net   Free childcare may also be available by emailing Emily@kidsfirstcenter.net

Click on the link below for a flyer with more information.

 

Tweens, Teens, and Technology Flyer

Save the date!  FRMS is planning a March Madness fundraiser on Wednesday, March 14th at 6:30 PM. The fundraiser will include a raffle with a grand prize of $400 in Winco Gift Cards, a silent auction, and a staff vs students basketball game. Our goal is to raise $4,000 to provide field trips to all of our students during the 18-19 school year. FRSD does not pay for field trips for students. Any field trips that happen, have to be fundraised for by that school. Students are taking field trips this year using funds that were raised last year. We hope that families will join in supporting our fundraiser this year to help pay for field trips next year.FRMS 2018 Fundraising Donation Request

There will be prizes for students who sell raffle tickets, ranging from a 25 minute “recess” for students who sell $20 in raffle tickets to  students who sell $250 in raffle tickets getting to “takeover” a classroom. The raffle ticket contest will be February 26th to March 9th so look for more details to come.

We are also seeking donations for prizes for our raffle or items that can be added to our auction. Donations can be in the form of gift cards, gift certificates, merchandise, or services. Donations can be big or small- all of it is greatly appreciated. Here is a fundraising letter with additional information.

17-18 Fundraising Letter

If you would like to help with planning the fundraiser or to help out the night of the fundraiser, please let us know. FRMS Parent group meets again on Tuesday, February 13th at 6:30.

FRMS has added a pencil vending machine to our office. The machine sells mechanical pencils for just 50 cents. The pencils, which come in a wide range of colors and styles, have been a big hit! In the two weeks that we’ve had the machine, we have sold almost 100 mechanical pencils. Most of the pencils have a .7 mm lead. Students can use their high five tickets to buy replacement leads, if needed, from the student store on Wednesdays.

As we start to look ahead to Spring, we are beginning to plan for state testing at Fern Ridge Middle School. Over the last few years, students in Fern Ridge and throughout the state have had the opportunity to take the Smarter Balanced assessment in math and language arts. Unlike tests that parents might remember where we just filled in the bubble, the SBAC tests ask students to apply real world critical thinking, writing, reasoning, communication, and problem solving skills. At the middle school level, the test is designed to measure how “on track” your child is to graduate from high school. At the high school level, passing these tests is a requirement for an Oregon diploma.

We know that an end-of-the-year test cannot possibly tell us everything about your child’s academic progress. However, the results do act as a snapshot of your child’s strengths and areas for improvement and can be used as a way to ensure he or she is getting the supports he or she needs. Additionally, the tests help the Fern Ridge School District’s efforts to equitably distribute resources and support student learning. When fewer students take the test, we are left with an incomplete and inaccurate picture of how our students are performing, and this limits our ability to address issues, better serve students, and continue to improve our educational system.  The participation of your student is greatly appreciated.  Continue reading