Fern Ridge School District

Mr. Johnson and "Sully" in an automotive shopMr. David Johnson, an EHS teacher has been selected as our September 2022 employee of the month.  It is well-deserved recognition for the work that Mr. Johnson has done with the district and students since 2007.

Originally, Mr. Johnson worked in the maintenance and grounds department.  This work is critical to the operations of our district, with folks working in these positions year-round to ensure our campuses are safe, clean, and operating.

In the 2015-2016 year, Mr. Johnson moved from the maintenance department and obtained a teaching license for high school Career & Technical Education courses.

Mr. Johnson has been married for 42 years to his wife, Lori.  He tells us, “I had no idea marriage could be this good (better every day).  Together they have 5 children.

He tells us that his first love, however, is his truck.  A 1955 1st series Chevy Suburban/Carryall that his dad bought when Mr. Johnson was just 2 years old.  “I love to drive, and I have put about a million miles on “Sully.”

I don’t know how she got her name, but she’s always been Sully to me.  She’s getting freshened up in the Auto Shop class right now, getting ready for many more miles in my upcoming retirement.

In his free time, Mr. Johnson tells us he loves being outdoors to golf, hunt (actually, he calls this “sight-seeing”), fishing, long-boarding, biking, and of course, working with his hands.

He likes old country music (Hank Williams NOT Jr), Merle Haggard, and Bob Wills, leisure reading (Louis L’Amour makes that easy and as old as I am, I can re-read them and only occasionally say to myself “Oh yeah…I remember that now”).

And finally, “I dislike 1,000 words when 50 would suffice; come on, we get the point.”

His favorite thing about his job is seeing students make positive changes in their lives.  “I start my work day by preparing myself spiritually and praying for all my students.”  Looking at my students and seeing that one that is like I was and knowing there is hope for him or her.  I arrive early and make sure the shops are ready for the students and the jobs they will be doing.  Most days that I lecture will include several stories that bring the subjects to life.  I think my students would say that “story time” is my favorite thing about my job.  I give them stories about my life that hopefully will help them in their future.  I believe it’s my responsibility to prepare them for their future.

 

 

school buses parked outside with parent vehiclesTuesday, September 6th, the school year begins here in Fern Ridge, and we are excited to see students back in the buildings!

With the return of school days, we also have the return of traffic congestion, especially at the beginning of the year when students are learning their new bus routes, pick up & drop off time, and bus procedures, not to mention while parents are learning and remembering parking lot procedures!

School buses are picking up their passengers, kids on bikes are hurrying to get to school, and harried parents are running behind due to the inevitabilities of life and trying to drop off their kids before work.  It’s never more important for drivers to slow down and pay attention than when kids are present, ESPECIALLY at the beginning of the year when it is new for many.

Please remember:

  • Slow down in the school zones.
  • Know the drop-off and pick-up procedures at your school.  If you have questions, call the school!
  • If you have the ability to carpool, it REALLY helps AM congestion.
  • Be extra alert when you encounter a school bus on the road.

Thank you for your help in ensuring all of our students are safe!

Gary Carpenter, Superintendent, FRSD 28J

Elmira High School offers career and technical programs to all students in the following program areas:

Programs:

  • Manufacturing Technology: Includes Intro to Welding, Welding II, Welding III, Welding IV, Independent Study, and Work Experience.
  • Manufacturing Construction: Includes Intro to Carpentry, Carpentry II, Carpentry III, Carpentry IV, Independent Study, and Work Experience.
  • Intro Film and Television
  • Advanced Film and Television
  • Intro to Motion Graphics
  • Advanced to Motion Graphics

Elmira High School does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, age or disability.

Admission in the specific courses is determined by grade level, and in some cases, completion of prerequisite courses.  Lack of English language proficiency will not be a barrier to admission and participation in career and technical education programs. For more information about career and technical programs and admissions criteria, contact Rick Gardner, High School Principal at (541) 935-8200 ext. 2201 or Jon Guldager, career technical education coordinator at (541) 935-8200 ext. 2203.

The following people have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:

Title IX Coordinator:  Michelle Marshall

88834 Territorial Road, Elmira OR 97437

541-935-8222 Ext:  1220

mmarshall@fernridge.k12.or.us

Section 504 Coordinator:  Brian Brands

24936 Fir Grove Lane, Elmira Or 97437

541-935-8200 Ext 1301

bbrands@fernridge.k12.or.us

ADA Title II Coordinator:  Gary Carpenter

88834 Territorial Road, Elmira OR 97437

541-935-2253 Ext 1201

gcarpenter@fernridge.k12.or.us

In lieu of selecting just one employee for the month of August, we would like to thank ALL of our FRSD Summer Program! In just 4 short weeks, connections were made, fun was had, and learning continued for over 200 FRSD students! 

As we prepare to open our doors for the 22-23 school year, there are some important details we would like to share with families in regards to our food services plan for this year. Please see below for more information:

 

  • You may qualify for free or reduced meals and can apply online https://www.ode.state.or.us/apps/f
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  • The district is happy to announce that we will be able to continue with FREE BREAKFAST K-12 for the 22-23 school year for ALL STUDENTS. We will be using a portion of our ESSER III $ to fund this for the upcoming year.
  • Please do not let the free breakfast component deter families from filling out the free/reduced meal application, as this is still very important!

SCHOOL LUNCH FLYER.pdf

It’s that time of year again!

Summer is winding down and we are getting ready to welcome students back to school for the 2022-2023 year.

Below is the building registration information for each school.  Offices open today (August 15) so please reach out to your school building if you have any questions.

Elmira & Veneta Elementary School:

New Students/Incoming Kindergarten: 

Wednesday, August 17th 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Families will be able to register online or come into the school during registration dates.  Here is the link to begin the registration process online.   Please remember if you register online, you will still need to come in at registration to fill out a couple of quick forms (transportation, etc.).   Paper registration forms are available in each school office.

Online Registration Instructions

New Student Online Registration

Returning Students: 

Tuesday, August 23rd 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Wednesday, August 24th 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Thursday, August 25th 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

As in past years, Elmira and Veneta Elementary will have a school supply fee of $30 to cover all needed classroom supplies.  Not covered by the school supply fee are a backpack, lunchbox, and water bottle.  The supply fee is payable at registration or anytime at the front office.  Scholarships are available and every child will be registered for school regardless of their ability to pay the supply fee.

Returning students may start the registration process online or may register in person at their elementary school.  If you start the registration process online, please come to the office during registration to fill out a couple of quick forms (transportation, etc.).

Online Registration Instructions

Returning Student Online Registration

Elmira Elementary School Office Contact: Callie Johnson (541) 935-8214 or cjohnson@fernridge.k12.or.us

Veneta Elementary School Office Contact: Becky Walton (541) 935-8225 or bwalton@fernridge.k12.or.us

Fern Ridge Middle School:

New Students/Incoming 6th Grade Students:

Wednesday, August 17th 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm

There is registration fee of $10 to cover the cost of a student planner, student body card and to help support student activities.  Students may also purchase one or more PE shirts ($7) each.  Yearbooks will also be on sale for $17 during registration.  Cash or checks only as we cannot accept debit cards.  Every student will be registered for school regardless of their ability to pay the registration fee.

Families are welcome to start the registration process online, however, they will still need to come in-person to pay fees, pick up items, finalize transportation plans and complete some additional forms. 

Returning Students: 

Tuesday, August 23rd 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Wednesday, August 24th 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Thursday, August 25th 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Click Here For Online Registration Links 

Fern Ridge Middle School Office Contact: Shelby Humphrey (541) 935-8230 or shumphrey@fernridge.k12.or.us

 

Elmira High School:

New Students (only students who are brand new to the district – not current FRSD incoming 9th graders):

Wednesday, August 17th 9:00 am to 7:00 pm in the front office.

Seniors (12th grade):

Wednesday, August 24th 8:00 am to 11:00 am

Sophomores (10th grade): 

Wednesday, August 24th 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Juniors (11th grade):

August 25th 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Freshman (9th grade):

August 25th 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Elmira High School Office Contact: Tammy Eutsler (541) 935-8200 or teutsler@fernridge.k12.or.us

 

The district is preparing to launch a new communication tool.  It is called Parent Square.  This tool is an easy-to-use communication tool that combines multiple communication streams into one easy-to-use app for families and staff.  More information regarding this tool can be accessed under the “PARENTS” tab on the District website, directly at this link: https://www.fernridge.k12.or.us/parentsquare/ . Tomorrow night, prior to the regularly scheduled board meeting at 6:30, Mrs. Marshall will be presenting a 30 minute virtual training (on zoom) regarding this new tool.  The meeting will be from 5:45-6:15 PM and can be accessed at the following link:  https://fernridge-k12-or-us.zoom.us/j/88212696504  

In addition, following a brief summer hiatus, the return of the community Q and A’s with Superintendent Carpenter will resume tomorrow at 5:30.  Typically these are 30 minutes long, however due to tomorrow’s Parent Square training, this will only go from 5:30-5:45.  The primary topic will the “visitor and volunteer” guidelines for the 22-23 school year.  You can use the same zoom link as above to access this Q and A.

MEDIA/PUBLIC RELEASE

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office has informed the district that Kelsey Boren, an instructional assistant at Veneta Elementary, has been arrested on charges related to child pornography.  No children known to Boren through her employment have been identified as victims at this point.

As a result, the Fern Ridge School District has suspended her employment with the district.  Boren will be barred from school grounds or having contact with Fern Ridge students pending the outcome of the case.

Any allegation of a crime against children must be taken seriously.  Such allegations are extremely rare, and when one occurs, we take immediate action. As a district we provide regular training to employees about recognizing and preventing sexual crimes against students.  Our staff members work diligently in teaching our students and ensuring that they are safe and secure in their school environment.

These allegations leave everyone in our district shocked and dismayed.  Counseling and support services will be available for any students or staff members who need them.  Please contact us at the district office if such support is needed.  Questions about the criminal case should be directed to the Lane County Sheriff’s Office.

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The FRSD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative      Action/Veteran’s Preference employer.

 

The district does not discriminate on the basis of  race, religion, color, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, sex or  age in its programs or activities.

 

FRSD Title IX Coordinator

Michelle Marshall 541-935-2253 Ext 1220

FRSD ADA Title II Coordinator

Gary Carpenter 541-935-2253 Ext 1203

FRSD 504 Coordinator

Brian Brands 541-935-2253 Ext 1301

88834 Territorial Rd.

Elmira, OR 97437

            

ODE Fall 2022 Title IX Sexual Harassment Training September 1, 2022

 

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