Now that the snow and ice have melted, our district is focusing on the impact the four snow days had on student learning.
The school calendar was revised to restore two school days in June. School will be in session on June 17 and the final day for students will be June 18. At this time, the calendar for Seniors remains the same and graduation will take place on June 7.
The Fern Ridge School Board unanimously approved the calendar revisions during their March 18 meeting. These changes will be updated to the district website calendar later today.
Thank you to our families for your flexibility as we work to ensure that we are providing as much learning time as we can for our students.
This morning as the baseball team was traveling to an away game there was a bus accident. There were minor injuries with two students being transported. Work is being made toward contacting all families but if you have a student on the bus and have not heard from them directly or the school please contact the high school office at 541-935-8200.
The rest of the students are headed back to the high school where they will determine if they will stay in school or go home for the day. More information will be posted at a later time.
FRSD is on a 2 hour delay for today, Thursday March 7th due to icy road conditions.
Buses on snow routes for route numbers 4 and 13 only.
Mr. Siegal has been the music teacher at Fern Ridge Middle School since August 2017. Each day he instructs Beginning Band, Intermediate Band, Advanced Band, Choir, Guitar and Intro to Music. He teachers and plays the flute, clarinet, saxophone (alto, tenor, baritone), trumpet, trombone, baritone, tuba, guitar, ukulele and piano. Of those instruments, Mr. Siegal is most skilled on percussion (drum set), clarinet, piano and ukulele. (As you can see FRSD students are fortunate to have such a talented teacher!)
He tells us that his favorite thing about his job is working with students in different areas of music and seeing/hearing their musical development and hearing from them how music is a part of their lives. Observing the musical improvement of individual students and the ensembles throughout the year is exciting and rewarding. He also really enjoys being able to play different instruments throughout the day.
Mr. Siegal is very interested in percussion traditions from around the world. His interest in world music has led him to travel to Ghana, West Africa to study traditional drumming and also to Salvador de Bahai, Brazil to study samba-reggae. When he is not practicing drums, piano or ukulele, he enjoys hiking and fishing. During the summer months he enjoys backpacking in the Cascades.
This summer, Mr. Siegal is getting married to his finance, Jaclyn Teixeira. They have been together for 10 years after originally meeting in their 8th grade Spanish class. They are planning to be married in their home town of Dartmouth, Massachusetts and will then travel to Portugal.
Our students and district are lucky to have Mr. Siegal as a teacher. Congratulations!
This week we want to take the time to show our classified staff how much we appreciate all of their hard work and dedication.
Thank you to our all of our amazing Instructional Assistants, Secretaries, District Office Staff, Custodians and Maintenance Crews! We appreciate all that you do each day for our students, teachers, administrators and school campuses.
Happy Classified Week!
On time start.
The buses will be operating on snow routes, both AM and PM, due to several of their “turn-arounds” being blocked in by plowed snow.
Due to continued unsafe conditions, FRSD will be closed tomorrow, Thursday February 28th. District administrators and custodial staff that can get to work safely, please report to your buildings at 10:00 AM.
The FRSD will be closed for Wednesday, February 27th due to continued hazardous conditions.
I want to thank the FRSD maintenance/grounds staff and building administrators (as well as our tech staff) who worked most of the day today trying to prepare schools for tomorrow morning. We were able to plow the parking lots and shovel entrances at all buildings. However, the expected weather, combined with the dangerous driving conditions on many of the side roads and hilly areas for our buses, necessitate us closing again tomorrow. We gave it a good effort.
A special thank you to Justin and Sarah Wartenbee (and Wartenbee trucking) for coming down with some equipment and assisting District staff for several hours.