General Information

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Fern Ridge Middle School will open for 6th grade students this week.  On Thursday/Friday February 25th/26th, 6th graders will be back in the classroom on an A/B schedule.

9th grade students return to Elmira High School next Tuesday/Wednesday, March 2nd/3rd with all grades in session on their A/B schedule beginning Thursday/Friday, March 4th/5th.

For more details on plans for returning to in-person instruction please visit this recent website post.

Bus routes can be accessed on the district transportation page, or by clicking on the links below:

Elmira Elementary Bus Routes as of 3/3/21

Veneta Elementary Bus Routes as of 3/3/21

Fern Ridge Middle School Bus Routes as of 3/3/21

Elmira High School Bus Routes as of 3/3/21

 

kids playing outside on a fieldThe FRSD Wellness policy can be found at:  http://policy.osba.org/fernridg/E/EFA%20G1.PDF

Every three years  (last done in the Fall of 2019) we do a triennial evaluation report, and post it to the website on the “District and State Reports” page:  http://www.fernridge.k12.or.us/?page_id=5734

Parents that are interested in becoming more involved in the district’s wellness policy monitoring and implementation can contact building principals regarding becoming a member of the building ESSA teams.  These teams meet monthly at each building and discuss a wide range of topics, including the District Wellness Policy.

Limited-In-Person Instruction for around 200 students begins tomorrow, January 5th.  Any student that is in this group has already been contacted by their school.

Below are the links to the updated bus routes:

Elmira Elementary LIPI Bus Route
Veneta Elementary LIPI Bus Route
Fern Ridge Middle School LIPI Bus Route
Elmira High School LIPI Bus Route

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your school administrator.

child with an almost empty white bowl of cereal and milkWith some students returning to school beginning in January, we need to adjust the ways we get out meals for students.  Below are the options that will begin on Monday, January 4th.  These options will be in place for at least a few weeks, and if we can add a bus stop in the community after a week or two, we will do that.

OPTION 1:  Each weekday (Monday-Friday) from 11:00-12:30 in the EHS North parking lot, there are two meal options.  The options include a “hot meal” or a sack lunch.  Breakfasts for the following morning are available as well.

OPTION 2:  Each Monday night from 5-6 PM, in the EHS North lot, families can pick up a “kit” of meals for the week.  To ensure your family is on the list, and we make the appropriate amount of meals, you should email our food service director, Alan Fullerton, at afullerton@fernridge.k12.or.us, or leave him a message at 541-935-8218, stating the number of children ages 0-18  you will be picking up for.

OPTION 3:  For the approximately 200 students district-wide that will be coming onto campus beginning Tuesday, January 5th, for 2 hours a day, they will have an option to leave school with a sack lunch containing lunch and a breakfast for the next morning.

Please share the above information!

Like many things in our current environment, the ASPIRE program at EHS will look different this year.  If you are a senior, or a PARENT of a senior, and are not aware of the ASPIRE program, please contact Sandie Smith at EHS immediately!  Sandie has been a volunteer in our ASPIRE program for many  years.  This year, we were able to use some of our Student Investment Act dollars to make this a paid position.  This position is a tremendous support to EHS students and parents.

With this change, a couple of challenges have come up

  1. Please communicate with Sandie at her new Fern Ridge email account:  ssmith@fernridge.k12.or.us
  2. When communicating with Sandie and doing ASPIRE activities, students should be sure and use their personal email account, not their district account, as outside agencies like OSAC, FAFSA, colleges, etc…. need to communicate with you, and not only are outside emails blocked for students, your district account will go away when you graduate.

For more information on ASPIRE and what it is (essentially a support system helping students and parents with college and financial aid applications), you can visit the post on the High School webpage at (click here)

Provider about to give a vaccine to a young girlWhile the focus is on the COVID-19 virus it is important to stay up-to-date to prevent other diseases.  Students are required to have certain vaccinations to be at school. The State requires that all students, if they are in person or online, be current on their vaccinations. 

Every year the State allows students time to get the vaccines before the student is not allowed to come to school. This year the exclusion date is February 17. This means a student must be up-to-date on their vaccination by that day or they will not be allowed to come to school on February 18.

With the restrictions for COVID-19 in place it may be difficult to get the required vaccinations so it is important to schedule an appointment with your medical provider.

Other options for vaccinations include:

Lane County Public Health can provide low or no cost vaccinations. Call Lane County Public Health at 541-682-4041.  

Veneta Bi Mart is able to provide some vaccinations to ages 7 and up. They do have the Tdap vaccination that is required for all students in the 7th grade and higher.

The school will be sending letters home for students who are not current on their vaccinations. It is important that the student receives the vaccination to avoid being excluded from school in February.  

Remember vaccinations are not just for children. It is important for adults to be up-to-date on their vaccines also. It is not too late to get the flu vaccine for this year. Other recommended vaccines for adults include the Tdap, pneumonia, Hepatitis A & B, and shingles. 

If you need any assistance in getting the vaccines or have questions you can contact Nurse Teresa at tparsons@fernridge.k12.or.us.

Thank you,

Nurse Teresa

Students and Parents (6th-12th grade) at FRMS, EHS, and FRSD OPTIONS:

For the last week, we have been working on protocols and things we can implement and execute in regards to providing students and families more flexibility with letter grades, GPA’s and Pass vs No Pass grading. Below is our plan. If you have specific questions, please reach out to Ms. Johnson (FRMS Principal), Mr. Gardner (EHS Principal), or Mr. Cooper (FRSD OPTIONS Program Coordinator).

EHS: In the past, the option to take a class with a P/NP vs a letter grade at the High School, extended through the first two weeks of a semester. In our current environment, that option will be available to students and families for up to one week FOLLOWING the end of the semester (you can check your student’s grades through the Home Access Center). With the semester ending Feb 5th, this will allow a student to select a Pass/No Pass option up until the 12th of February. This will delay report cards by one week. A PARENT OR GUARDIAN may elect to inform the H.S. today, tomorrow, in a few weeks, or following final exams in early February, that they would like to take a class Pass/No Pass. The earlier you inform us, the better. Letter grades will continue to show on progress reports, up until the time that this request is made. Once the request is made and entered, grades on the progress report will show up in the one class, or multiple classes, as a Pass or No Pass as requested. A student can elect to take one, or all four classes as Pass/No Pass. A grade of a Pass or a No Pass will NOT affect a student’s GPA. To make this change you can call the High School at 541-935-8200 and ask to speak to Mrs. Baker (EHS Registrar) or email her at abaker@fernridge.k12.or.us

The second level of flexibility at EHS we are able to afford students is an extended period of time to “drop” a class, without having an “F” or “No-Pass” penalty. Typically, students had two weeks to notify us they wanted to drop a class without the penalty. We are now extending this to the mid-point of the semester, November 13th.

The third level of flexibility that MAY be provided is an “extended semester’ This would be a case where a student is given two more weeks following the end of the semester, to work with their teacher to improve their grade to a passing one. This is NOT afforded every time, to every student, it MAY be available to some based on their specific circumstances.

FRMS: In the past, there has not been an option to take a class with Pass/No Pass vs a letter grade at the Middle School. In our current environment, (similar to that at EHS described above) that option will be available to students and families for up to one week FOLLOWING the end of the semester (you can check your student’s grades through the Home Access Center). With the semester ending Feb 5th, this will allow a student to select this option up until the 12th of February. This will delay report cards by one week. A PARENT OR GUARDIAN may elect to inform the FRMS today, tomorrow, in a few weeks, or following final exams in early February, that they would like to take a class Pass/No Pass. The earlier you inform us, the better. Letter grades will continue to show on progress reports, up until the time that this request is made. Once the request is made and entered, grades on the progress report will show up in the one class, or multiple classes, as a Pass or a No Pass as requested. A student can elect to take one, or all five classes as Pass/No Pass. A grade of a Pass or a No Pass will NOT affect a student’s GPA. To make this change you can call FRMS at 541-935-8230 and ask to speak to Mrs. Eutsler (FRMS Secretary) or email her at teutsler@fernridge.k12.or.us

OPTIONS Program (Grades 6-8): Any student in the Options 6-12 program who is not passing a class at the November quarter grade will receive a grade of NP.

If a student would like to request to take a class Pass/Np Pass, instead of a letter grade, their parent/guardian can simply request that by sending an email to the OPTIONS Program Director Mr. Cooper, at fcooper@fernridge.k12.or.us.  This option will continue to be available up to one week following the grading period that ends on November 20th.

Options high school students who have incomplete classes by November 20th may arrange to continue a course, finishing by February 5th.

Students will receive some new classes in November, to fill out a standard six half-credit semester. Students may still add or drop a class, but at a minimum will receive a final grade in at least five classes by February.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to your building administrator or front office staff. 

In partnership with Chartwells and our food service staff, the district is preparing to start a new opportunity to deliver meals to meet the needs of some of our families who are not available to visit either EHS, or one of the drop sites during the school day.  This opportunity will occur every Monday evening, from 5-6 PM in the North (back) lot at Elmira High School.

Come to the High School at this time, and you can/will receive a breakfast and a lunch for the entire week, for each child/student 0-18.  We will still use the drive through model, and you still just need to give your last name.  The students do not need to be present.

All of the meal “kits” will be made fresh that morning, and include the following three bags:

  • One containing milk for breakfast and lunch for five days
  • One containing a selection of fruits and vegetables for both lunch and breakfast
  • One containing five sandwiches and five breakfast items (such as muffins, breakfast bars, etc..)

Something that would be tremendously helpful with planning and preparing the meals would be to get an idea of how many folks will be accessing this resource.  You can do that by one of two ways.  Either emailing the food service director Alan Fullerton at afullerton@fernridge.k12.or.us with the subject of “Monday Night Meals” and include the number of students/children in the line as well.  For example:  Monday Night Meals – 3.  Or you may call your school secretary and give them the information and they will pass it on.  The sooner you “sign up” the better.  You won’t need to do this each week, just the first week to give us an idea of how much product to order, and how many meals to prep.

Please help spread the word!

The five sites are continuing Monday through Friday around the community.

11:00-12:30 at the EHS North Lot (119 lunches served today)

12-12:30 at the DS Mart (9 lunches)

12-12:30 at 5th and Woodland (8 lunches)

12-12:30 in Noti (7 lunches)

12-12:30 at the Fern Ridge CDC on Jeans Rd. (7 lunches)

Today at our 4 stops around the community, we served 31 lunches, up from 17 the day before.  In order to continue with these stops, we need to have community members/youth access them. Please help spread the word!

On another note, we would like to hear from you if a 5-6 PM meal pick up in the EHS back (North) lot would be helpful for some families that cannot access the meals mid-day due to work or other commitments.  It would be a cold lunch and breakfast in one larger bag for the next day.  If this is something a good number of folks tell us they would access, we will work on a plan to get started next week.  Please email Michelle Cook @ mcook@fernridge.k12.or.us with this in the subject line “PM HS MEAL SITE”…and the number that you would pick up in the message (or leave a comment below).  Thanks so much!

Small groups of students are getting the opportunity to practice safety and hands-on technical skills in the Elmira High School shop with their instructor, Mr. Johnson.

This limited in person instruction time supplements the online classwork these students are doing this semester.

Welding & Carpentry in the EHS shop

 

 

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