Fern Ridge School District joins other school districts throughout Oregon to celebrate January as School Board Recognition Month. Our school board members spend countless hours of unpaid time working to provide the best possible education for our students. Even though we are making a special effort during January to show appreciation for our school board members, we recognize their contributions reflect a year-round effort on their part. They are dedicated individuals who are committed to improving student achievement and seeking the best for all of our students. Thank you Twinkle Morton, Andrea Larson, Craig Soderberg, Sterling Pew, and David Bolton.
At the school board meeting last night the Board changed the school calendar adding February 17th (President’s Day) as an attendance day for students and staff. We are working with the Fern Ridge Education Association, the Adminstrative Team and the Board to find additional days we can add back from the weather closures. These changes will be forthcoming in the near future. As soon as they are finalized it will be posted up on the website and school calendars.
Welcome to 2014 and the new year! Hope it is a prosperous and positive year for you and your families. As you recall, we missed 6 days of school in December and the School Board will be discussing the possibility of revising the school calendar to make up some days this winter and spring. Those calendar changes will be out soon. Please keep checking our website for updated information. Again, Happy New Year!
This is especially the time of the year when we count our blessings, celebrate relationships and take care of those in need. I spoke with someone the other day that is adopting a needy family for Christmas and was overwhelmed with their dedication to helping others they don’t even know. That is what the holidays are all about and that in particular is what the community of Fern Ridge is known for. I would like to express my sincerest best wishes to all of you and hope you have a joyous and safe holiday season. – Dennis Friedrich, Ed.D., Superintendent
This years Holiday Luncheons at Veneta and Elmira Elementary Schools will be on Thursday, December 19th. Students’ families, including parents, grandparents and other extended family members are cordially invited. Hope you can attend. The menu and serving times will be sent home with your student and are also posted on the website by clicking on the specific school in this message.
Fern Ridge School District is now able, through our automated dialing system, to call each household for notifications regarding modification of the school day. If school is going to be delayed or cancelled due to inclement weather, you will receive a call on the priority phone listed by you when you registered your child for school. This call should reach you between 6:15 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. Also, remember that updated information will be put on radio and television stations as in the past between 5:15 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.
The District is making some administration changes when school resumes in January 2014. Dr. Karen McKenzie is currently splitting her time between being Principal at Fern Ridge Middle School and supervising Special Education Services district-wide. She will be moving into the Special Education Director role full-time. This is due to the departure of Mitch Kruska, who will assume a new position with the Oregon Department of Education on December 20th. Peter Barsotti, who is now part-time Associate Principal and part-time Math Teacher, will assume the Middle School Principalship for the remainder of the school year. The District will be filling the half-time Math Teacher position. While this represents a few major changes, the affected staff are already familiar with the new assumed roles which should make for a smooth transition in all areas.
Last February the Fern Ridge School District began the development of a facilities plan that will serve us for the next 20-40 years. One of the purposes of this project was to answer questions such as, what are the District assets? What kind of condition are the buildings in? What area of the community has, or will have, the largest population increase? Where should we spend our maintenance money? Which buildings need replacement or which ones can be remodeled to suit our needs?
Nearly 25 staff and community members participated in this study. The plan is nearly completed and is under review by staff, the Board and the community. If this is indeed the plan that should drive decisions in the future, we would like as much input as possible from as many as possible at this stage of its creation. Please, review the Facilities Plan, or find a copy at City Hall, the local library, and of course the school district office.
We would like your honest feedback, letting us know what you think, what you would change and what you like. In the near future the District may engage in a phone or mailing survey to elicit response, as again, we would like as much input as can be obtained. Thanks ahead of time for considering the plan and your feedback.
You are viewing our new website that has been in formation for some time. We have taken suggestions from the community and staff and are attempting to incorporate them into this new communication tool. Please remember that at first we will try to keep the website rather simple to ensure stability over the next month or so, and will then begin to add features. We have been training the authors of each page and have encouraged them to use similar formats so it will be easier to navigate. While doing this, we want to give them the flexibility to be creative and feature items that best represent their area. So, be patient with us as we progress over time and enjoy the site as we attempt to find new ways to communicate with our community.