Fern Ridge School District

Jebadiah FlowersThis fall brought some changes to the FRSD school board.  Director Jeb Flowers, made the difficult decision to resign from his role on the Board due to changes with his work.   Mr. Flowers began serving on the board in August of 2018.  He brought a unique perspective to our meetings and is passionate about supporting the career and technical education opportunities for students in this district.

We would like to thank Mr. Flowers for the time and effort he dedicated to our school community and his family for supporting him in his position.  Thank you!

The school board received three excellent applications for the open position and after consideration, appointed Jackie Turle as Mr. Flower’s replacement.

School Board Member Jackie Turle

Ms. Turle has been a member of this community for over twenty years and has served as an assistant principal of the high school and middle school and was the principal of Elmira Elementary School.  She has also worked with higher education as a Department Chair at Linn-Benton Community College, a Director of Community Education, and the Director of the Business and Training Center.

Ms. Turle is a skilled educator who will bring a depth of experience and knowledge to our FRSD Board of Directors.  We look forward to working with our school board as we all continue to navigate one of the biggest challenges we have faced in public education.

 

Greetings students and parents of 6th-8th grade students (both FRMS and OPTIONS)

To improve the usability and security of our student’s computer accounts, students will be prompted to set new passwords on their district account. That prompt will go out first thing Thursday morning (Oct 29th). Beginning Thursday morning, when students log into their chromebook or google account with their current password they will be asked to create a new password to continue.

Students should choose a password they can remember, write it down and store it somewhere safe. They will need that new password to log in, and are responsible for remembering it and keeping it secure.

Students who do lock themselves out of their accounts can get their passwords reset by calling the school directly or by calling the student tech support line at 541-952-7030.

NOTICE:  We have completed this process for H.S. students already, and will be moving to a similar process for elementary students at some point next week.

Greetings students and parents of 9th-12th grade students (both EHS and OPTIONS)

To improve the usability and security of our student’s computer accounts, students will be prompted to set new passwords on their district account. That prompt will go out first thing Monday morning. Beginning Monday morning, when students log into their chromebook or google account with their current password they will be asked to create a new password to continue.

Students should choose a password they can remember, write it down and store it somewhere safe. They will need that new password to log in, and are responsible for remembering it and keeping it secure.

Students who do lock themselves out of their accounts can get their passwords reset by calling the school directly or by calling the student tech support line at 541-952-7030.

NOTICE:  We will be doing the same thing for both 6th-8th and elementary students at some point next week.

Dear Options Elementary Parents,

Recently the Fern Ridge District became aware that our elementary
students have been receiving emails from outside our system.  This is a
safety issue and the feature will be turned off by the end of today.

Turning off this feature may impact some students who rely on a parent
cellphone taking a picture of an assignment and emailing it to the
student.  In order to continue doing that, a parent will have to log
into the cellphone browser using the student email, and then email the
picture to the student (from the student account).  Alternatively, a
student can always take a picture directly from their chromebook or
laptop camera, and upload.

We anticipate this will not inconvenience most parents.  If a technical
problem arises, please feel free to contact the Options staff for
assistance.  The wellness and safety of our students is a paramount
concern.


Forrest Cooper
FRSD Options Director
541-952-7025

This past Monday, was our first night of a 5-6 PM Meal Service in the EHS Backlot.  This service, where you can pick up meals for a week, will continue to operate on Mondays. Overall, our first service went well.  We served 57 students for a total of 285 meals.  We hope this option continues to grow and be accessed by many.  There are a couple of items worth mentioning that would help us tremendously in the weeks to come:

  1.  About 40% of the families that participated this week had not phoned or emailed ahead.  We placed a larger order, anticipating that might happen, but it was still too close for comfort!  You can send an email to afullerton@fernridge.k12.or.us, or call your resident school and ask them to pass along the information to Mr. Fullerton.
  2. We also had several families that emailed to participate and not show up.  Please reach out if your plans change, or would like to be taken off the list.
  3. A reminder that if you participate in the Monday evening meal distribution, then a family is not eligible to access meals at the schools, or any of the pick-up sites.  It is one or the other.

Finally, for a reminder about what these meals contain and other specifics, you can revisit this post:  https://www.fernridge.k12.or.us/?p=10388

 

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. 

Good afternoon VES students and families,

This morning district staff have spoken Lane County Public Health and worked with them to review the circumstances of the positive COVID-19 test, examine our cohort logs, and to identify and inform any individuals who may have been exposed.  All students and families that MAY have been exposed have been notified.  Below is the most current information regarding what we have done, what we will be doing, and what changes, if any, will occur at Veneta in the coming days.

  1. The positive case has not been in the building since Friday morning.
  2. The person began having minor symptoms over the weekend, and tested positive on Monday evening.
  3. Despite the fact that the individual hasn’t been in the space for nearly 100 hours, we are currently sanitizing and disinfecting the spaces they were in (which were very few).
  4. Our cohort groups and logs worked well, resulting in the need for only one teacher, one instructional aide, and one classroom of students to isolate.  Those families have been notified.
  5. School will resume for all other students K-5 at Veneta Elementary beginning tomorrow.  Virtual for 4th-5th, and “B” day for our K-3 students.  In consultation with the local public health authority, we are immediately closing one cohort (again they have been notified) who will remain at home for 14 days under Comprehensive Distance Learning, with a tentative plan to return to Limited In-Person Instruction on Tuesday, November 3rd.
  6. For the one classroom of students, stay tuned for direct communication from the school staff/teacher around next steps.  We will be coming up with a 2 week plan to provide learning opportunities over the next two weeks.  This will include CDL (virtual instruction) with your teacher on a chromebook.  The plan to get these out to you will start immediately.

Thank you for  your patience during this process.  It will not be the last time we go through this at one of our schools.

Dear Staff and Families of Veneta Elementary

Just a short time ago (this evening) we were notified that a member of the Veneta Elementary Community has tested positive for COVID-19.  As members of the school community, we understand that this might raise concerns alongside a caring response.  We are working closely with Lane County Public Health to respond to this news and protect the health of our community.

Each situation calls for different protocols.  In this case we are taking the following steps:

  1. Due to finding out so late this evening, school is closed for all students K-5 and staff at VES on Tuesday, October 20th.
  2. The school will be sanitized fully on Tuesday by our custodial staff.  This is out of an abundance of caution, as the last contact at the school for the individual that tested positive, was Friday morning the 16th.
  3. First thing Tuesday morning we will be communicating with Lane County Public Health (LCPH) and supporting their contact tracing protocols and providing our contact tracing logs.
  4. Our District Nurse is also working closely with LCPH and will be available to support the District, our staff, students and parents.
  5. Lane County Public Health will be directing us tomorrow in regards to if any specific families/students need to be notified, or isolate.  Those families will be informed as early in the day on Tuesday as possible.
  6. We expect classes to resume on Wednesday, October 21st.  If LCPH directs us to isolate any specific “cohorts”, those students will be notified immediately.  In that case, the students would move to Comprehensive Distance Learning.
  7. A phone dialer will go out to VES families this evening, to share this information.
  8. This only effects Veneta Elementary School.
  9. We will provide updates both here, on the VES website and Superintendent Carpenter Facebook page.

The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is through staying home when ill, wearing face coverings, physical distancing, and practicing good health hygiene habits.  Be sure to wash your hands frequently with soap and water, cover your coughs and sneezes, and avoid contact with people who have signs of illness.

We will keep you updated with any new information as it comes out, while meeting the requirements to honor everyone’s right to privacy.  More information can be found on the Oregon Department of Education’s Ready Schools, Safe Learners page and the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 page.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the District office, or your school administrator.

Professionally,

Gary E. Carpenter, Jr.

Superintendent, FRSD 28J

We have spent some time going over the survey comments and questions from the last week, and as a result wanted to respond to some of the larger topics addressed.  First off, thank you to EVERYONE that participated.  All of the positive comments around the supports and work of the district to this point have been passed along and were greatly appreciated.  Equally as important, were the comments sharing all of the areas where students (and parents) are struggling.  Below are couple of the most common concerns that were brought up, as well as the work we are doing to address them:

  1.  Workload is too high:  Conversations are occurring at all levels around re-examining the workload for our students.  While we are committed to maintaining academic rigor, keeping students connected, and showing them care is our #1 priority.  If the amount of material that is traditionally covered through a course is not covered in this environment, that is OK.
  2. When are school staff available for questions or extra help?:  I am asking building administrators to post something on their school website regarding this so everyone has the information.  Some buildings may also choose to send out an email with this information or do a phone dialer.  Stay tuned.  However, as always, do not hesitate to call the school or email the principal with any questions, such as this one, anytime!
  3. Is Pass/No Pass an option:  Traditionally this is only an option through the first two weeks of a term. However, these are not traditional times.  We will be working right up until Monday morning to identify any limitations of our system, overcome those and by Monday morning we will have a plan in place that I will share here.  At a minimum, the plan will allow for extensive flexibility in regards to not having any deadlines to make this request for a course or multiple courses.  GPA should not be a stressor for students and families in this time. This will be consistent in grades 6-12 in both CDL at EHS and FRMS, as well as 6th-12th graders in the OPTIONS program.  Stay tuned for the exact details.  Needless to say, Pass/No Pass will be an option for all 6th-12th grade students right up until the end of the term.
  4. How can parents get teacher contact information? On the left hand side of our webpage is a staff directory.  We made sure that it is up to date.  All FRSD staff should be listed there as well as the building phone number and their email address.

Thanks for your continued patience.  As we get these things resolved, we will be moving on to other areas of concerns shared in the survey.

Gary E. Carpenter, Jr., Superintendent, FRSD 28J

If you have a Chromebook that looks like this for your student enrolled in Kindergarten through 8th grade …….

AND your power adapter (charging cord) has markings that match this picture (look for the “Chicony” label)

Please come to the FRSD District Office at your earliest convenience and exchange it (JUST THE CHARGING CORD) for the proper adapter for that model chromebook.  If you have any questions, please call 541-952-7030.  If you cannot come to the District Office, let us know and we can schedule a home visit to make this swap.  It will help us out tremendously to get these back, and get the correct ones to you.  These chargers were only given students in Kindergarten through 8th grade, they were not issued to high school students. 

FRSD District Office
88834 Territorial Rd
Elmira, OR 97437

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)

541-935-8214 

 

 

 

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