Fern Ridge School District

Fern Ridge School District has funded 5 free visits to the Veneta Pool (visits can also be shared with family/friends) for every Fern Ridge student.

The community pool opens on Saturday, June 19.  For the first three weeks, the pool will offer lap swims, family swims, and swim lessons.  The passes may only be used for lap swim, family swims, and recreation swims.

Laps & Lessons are first come, first serve and family swim will require advance registration and a lottery system.   Registration for family swim begins on June 14.

You can view the latest community pool details at www.venetaoregon.gov or by calling 541-935-4390 if you have any questions.


pool water background with information on 5 free pool visits for FRSD students



Teri MoenOur June employee of the month, Teri Moen, has worked for the Fern Ridge School District for over twenty years.  She started here on September 1, 1998.

Teri manages the learning center at Elmira High School where kids who are struggling come for extra help.  She meets with the parents of students who are on Individualized Education Plans (IEP), works with the students daily and writes their IEP plans.  She serves on several committees and is active in the teacher’s union.

When she isn’t helping students, she loves to camp, crochet, and craft but her favorite past-time is following her two grand-daughters around watching them play on travel softball teams.  She also likes all things sour gummy and dislikes bullies!

She has been married to her husband, Jim for almost 28 years and is blessed with two beautiful daughters, Kyleigh & Mckenzie.  She has two handsome son-in-laws, Ryan & Brandon and 9.5 grandchildren: Jayden, Jordan, Layla, Taylor, Jack, Connor, Lace, Presley, Cove and Dejàlyn (due in September).

Teri loves building relationships with kids who struggle.  “Helping a kid to discover that they really “can” do it.”  She also appreciates working with an amazing team.

Congratulations Teri,  we appreciate all of the work you do in our special education department!


GROWING A FUTURE SCHOOL FARMstrawberries in a metal bucket

Saturday, June 26th, 10am to 2pm

Elmira Elementary School (parking)
Visit www.growingafuture.org to learn more!

We are so excited to invite you to the school farm and learn about the incredible future and opportunities it provides the Fern Ridge School District students and community.

Please bring the whole family for a day of fun, food, prizes, giveaways and festivities that will be an exciting start to your summer. Come and encourage the students!

Here is a short list of what is waiting for you and your family:

* Prizes and Giveaways from community based organizations
* CSA Boxes from the School Garden
* Cornhole Tournament (prizes)

* Strawberry shortcake
* Hamburgers & Hot dogs – Water, Lemonade & Tea
* Tasting tables (vegetables & honey)

* Tours, Composting, Beekeeping, Soil Health

* Artisans, Clubs, Experts

Come and join us!

Chromebook ImageChromebook check-in continues for grades K-2 from 7:30 am -8:30 am at VES, the next 3 school days.  For all other grades/schools, below is our plan!  If you have questions, please reach out to the building.  Pre-registering and bringing the “form” filled out are helpful, but NOT required!


Grade(s) Date Time Location Registration Link
3rd-8th June 1st 2-6 PM EES Library https://signup.com/go/PUmSdAv
3rd-8th June 2nd 2-6 PM VES Cafeteria https://signup.com/go/iufguus
3rd-8th June 3rd 2-3:15 PM

(students only)

3:15-6 PM Parent sign-up



3rd-8th June 4th 3:15-5 PM FRMS


12th EHS & 12th OPTIONS June 8th 12-4 PM EHS Library https://signup.com/go/XEXWZuz
12th EHS & 12th OPTIONS June 9th 5-6 PM

Right before graduation practice

EHS Library https://signup.com/go/XEXWZuz
9th-11th EHS June 17th & 18th 12-4 PM EHS Library https://signup.com/go/nJvQJXz



June 15th & 16th 4-6 PM

Both days

EHS Library https://signup.com/go/wYfoPeF
ALL-*Anyone that could not make it June 21st 8-3 PM District Office No pre-registration needed.

Please bring the form at this link:  (click here)

If you are a 9th-12th grader using your Chromebook for summer school, you must STILL check-it in, and it will be signed right back out to you.


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FRSD students and families,

Late Thursday, ODE put out new guidance on the topic of masks in certain situations (such as being outside).  You can read it (HERE).

The FRSD has taken that guidance, along with feedback from  staff, parents and the school board, and will be altering some guidance for the last month of the school year.  Below is that guidance.


AM Arrival Time Prior:  Staff and students needed masks on any time on campus


PM Dismissal Time Prior:  Staff and students needed masks on any time on campus


School Board Meetings Prior:  Meet in person at D.O., streamed on Facebook, open zoom meeting for anyone to attend, comments received VIA email to be read into the record, no in-person public visitors, all board meeting participants wear masks

New:  Meet in person in EES Library, NOT streamed on Facebook, open zoom meeting for anyone to attend, comments will continue to be received via email to be read into the record, in-person visitors allowed, in person comments allowed at appropriate time on the agenda, all meeting participants and visitors will continue to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status.

Indoor Athletics Prior:  Everyone, fans, athletes, contest management staff all wore masks—all the time

New:  Athletes that are actively competing, as well as “on-court/mat” officials that have verified vaccination status, can compete/officiate without masks.  Athletes and coaches on the sideline, fans, and other game management personnel must wear masks, regardless of vaccination status. For wrestling, and other sports where wearing a mask could be a hazard or is not feasible, thee are some differences.  If you have questions, speak to the coach who will have the most up to date information.

Outdoor Athletics Prior:  Everyone, fans, athletes, contest management staff all work masks—all the time.

New:  Students, staff, volunteers, and spectators are not required to wear face coverings at outdoor sports events, regardless of vaccination status. Until additional updates are provided, all previous physical distancing and capacity restrictions still apply.

Athletics at “away” contests FRSD Students, athletes, coaches, and fans will follow the protocols at the site we are visiting.
Outside School Instruction/recess Prior:  Masks worn by all students and staff, all the time.

New:  There are some times, when wearing a mask outside is “optional” for staff and students.  Those include:  Recess, PE classes, or other instructional classes held outdoors. Social Distancing to avoid being a “close contact” is key.  The definition of a close contact is being within 6’ of an infected person for 15 minutes.

Staff when no students are present Prior:  Masks worn all the time

New:  For staff for whom we have “verified vaccination status,” mask wearing is optional when students are not on campus.

Graduation-other end of year ceremonies New:  Decisions on graduation and other end of year ceremonies will be finalized in the days/weeks to come, based on the county risk level and most current guidelines.

-Wearing a mask is a personal choice.  Students and staff are free to make a choice that depends on their circumstances.  If a parent would like their student to ALWAYS wear a mask at school, even in instances where it is allowable to not, please communicate that to your student.  At the K-5 level, if you have that request please share it with the classroom teacher and building principal.  School staff will do their best to remind your student of this.

-This document was made considering input from our teachers, classified staff, administrators, community and our FRSD school board.

-A “Fully vaccinated individual” means someone who has received both doses of a two-does COVID-19 vaccine, or one dose of a single dose vaccine and at least 14 days have passed since the final dose.

-We have 16 school days left!  Please continue to follow protocols, both in and out of school, to ensure our staff and students can remain with our current in-person learning instructional model.  —LAST UPDATED 5-23-21

Chromebook ImageThank you to the many parents who attended our Chromebook check-in night on Monday.  We were able to get almost 60% of them turned it at this time.  We still have over 100 Chromebooks out at these grade levels that we need to get returned ASAP, before we move on to upper grades (reminder this does NOT include OPTIONS or CDL students–they will turn in later).

Here is the next opportunity to meet with our tech folks, and get your Chromebook turned in for your Kinder-2nd grade student.  The turn-in times will be from 7:30-8:30 at the following schools, on the following days.  If you can bring the student device check-in form (click here)  filled out when you arrive at your check-in time, it will make things go quicker.  The forms will also be available on site.

Elmira Elementary- Library:

Tomorrow: 5/20 7:30-8:30 AM

Friday: 5/21 7:30-8:30 AM

Tuesday: 5/25 7:30-8:30 AM

Veneta Elementary- Cafeteria:

Wednesday: 5/26 7:30-8:30 AM

Thursday: 5/27 7:30-8:30 AM

Friday: 5/28 7:30-8:30 AM

We ask that parents please accompany the Chromebook (if at all possible), and not simply send it inside their student’s backpack.  Please bring the charger, and if you have a “hot-spot,” please return that as well.

We will have information on turn-in dates for upper grades very soon!  Thank you for your help!

In the last several weeks we have had a LOT happening in the District.  That, combined with all of the upcoming events, makes it seem like a good time to do a community Q and A from 5:30-6:00 PM on Monday night.

It will be virtual (via zoom).  You can log-in at this link:  https://fernridge-k12-or-us.zoom.us/j/89837770431

I will give a quick update on Summer School, chromebook check-in, our current hybrid instruction, what school might look like in the Fall, and end of year celebrations that are in the works.  Following that 10 minutes or so, there will be approximately 20 minutes to answer any questions folks might have (simply type them in the chat).  Please help spread the word.

Superintendent Carpenter

Here is the link to the community meeting for those that would like to listen again or could not attend live.

Good afternoon,

Elmira High School was notified today of a student testing positive for COVID-19, yesterday.  Thank you to the parent who quickly notified us, as it allows the District to begin our work that needs to be done, usually 4-6 hours before Lane County Public Health is notified by the lab, and has time to reach out to us.  The District has been working with Lane County in looking at this case. What has been found is that there were no close contacts at school due to strong COVID protocols, and as a result, LCPH is NOT requiring any student to isolate/quarantine.  This is not what is classified as a “school contact.” 

Although the student was in class this week, District staff have checked with EHS teachers and all safety protocols were followed. Lane County has directed that if students maintain the 3 feet distance, wear a mask and wash their hands, a classroom or cohort does not need to quarantine.  As an extra precaution, although not required, the High School will be notifying the parents who have students in the same classroom via email, so those parents can monitor their student for any symptoms. If you have questions, feel free to email the EHS Principal at rgardner@fernridge.k12.or.us and he will respond before Monday morning, or call EHS at 541-935-8200.

An additional element of this case is that there were multiple “close contacts” with friends/peers outside of school.  To include work, hanging out with friends, meeting at the lake, etc…  The family is very cooperative and supportive and is working with Lane County Public Health to get these names, and if your student was a close contact outside of school, either the family of the student, or LCPH will be reaching out to you to discuss the need to quarantine.

The schools have many protocols in place to help protect your student during the school day. However, the school cannot monitor students outside of school. Please help us keep students in school by encouraging them to wear their mask and keep 3 feet apart even when they are out with their friends. 

Thanks for continuing to do your best so that we may keep our schools open!

The district is about to begin the process of having students return their Chromebooks (including chargers and hotspots).  We are beginning with ALL Kinder-2nd grade students from EES and VES on May 17th (Not OPTIONS students).  The rest of the schedule is tentative, however our proposed timeline is below.  As each grade level gets fully organized, we will get the information out.

3rd-5th grade:  Beginning week of June 1st

6th -8th grade:  Beginning week of June 1st

12th grade:  June 8th/9th

9th-11th grade:  Beginning week of June 15th

OPTIONS:  Beginning week of June 15th.


As the flyer above describes, the turn-in for K-2nd grade students will be from 2:00-7:00 PM on May 17th AT VES, and you can reserve your timeslot by signing up here.  If your chromebook is damaged, please do not wait until check-in.  In addition, please bring your device to the check-in, fully “charged.”

Finally, if you can bring the student device check-in form (click here)  filled out when you arrive at your check-in time, it will make things go quicker.  The forms will also be available on site.

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The FRSD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veteran’t Preference employer.  The district does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, disability, or age in its programs or activities.

FRSD Title IX Coodinator

Michelle Marshall (Principal EES)





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