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Archives for December2012

REMINDER: Updated Daily Bell Schedule

Beginning January 8, CHS will follow the below updated bell schedule.

This schedule includes an increased 10-minute passing period between 2nd-3rd periods, as well as the mandatory IA time on Wednesdays, 3:05 – 3:30PM.

This schedule extends the school day five minutes, now ending at 3:30PM.

Regular Schedule (M/Tu/Th/F)

8:40 – 9:50 1st Period
9:55 – 11:05 2nd Period
11:15 – 12:25 3rd Period
12:30 – 1:00 Lunch
1:05 – 2:15 4th Period
2:20 – 3:30 5th Period

Late Start Schedule (Wednesdays)

9:25 – 10:20 1st Period
10:25 – 11:20 2nd Period
11:30 – 12:25 3rd Period
12:30 – 1:00 Lunch
1:05 – 2:00 4th Period
2:05 – 3:00 5th Period
3:05 – 3:30 Instructional Access

Friday, December 21, 2012

Career Center:

PSAT scores are now available for all Juniors. Please pick them up in the Career Center during your free period or at lunch.

Juniors: Honors applications are due not later than today at 2:00pm. Please bring completed applications to the Career Center.

If you need transcripts before winter break – See Shannon, the junior/senior counselor.

If you don’t have an English class right now or haven’t received the junior project please stop by the Career Center and pick one up.

Seniors: need money for college? You need the FAFSA. Get a pin number in the Career Center before winter break. No one gets financial aid unless they have a pin number. Get yours now!

Sports Happening Today:

Wrestling at Zinken Classic Excuse all day
4:00pm, Swimming at Willamette High School Excuse at 2:00pm
5:30pm, JV Girls Basketball with Marshfield
7:00pm, Varsity Girls Basketball with Marshfield

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Student Leadership is canceled tomorrow.

Career Center:

PSAT scores are now available for all Juniors. Please pick them up in the Career Center during your free period or at lunch.

Juniors: Honors applications are due not later than Friday at 2:00pm. Please bring completed applications to the Career Center. If you don’t have an English class right now or haven’t received the junior project please stop by the Career Center and pick one up.

Seniors: need money for college? You need the FAFSA. Get a pin number in the Career Center before winter break. No one gets financial aid unless they have a pin number. Get yours now!

Awakening:

Awakening is today at lunch and is having a party!! Come to Mr. Eagen’s room to find hope, meet new people, have some food and have fun!!

If you need transcripts before winter break – See Shannon, the junior/senior counselor.

Sports Happening Today:

Wrestling at Zinken Classic Excuse all day
5:30pm, Freshman and JV Boys Basketball at Marshfield Excuse at 12:20pm
7:00pm, Varsity Boys Basketball at Marshfield Excuse at 12:20pm

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Student Leadership is canceled on Friday.

Awakening:

Awakening is tomorrow at lunch and is having a party!! Come to Mr. Eagen’s room to find hope, meet new people, have some food and have fun!!

School-to-Career:

There will be a WISE Leader meeting on Wednesday at lunch. Snacks provided and T-Shirt design will be finalized.

If you need transcripts before winter break – See Shannon, the junior/senior counselor.

Career Center:

Juniors: If you don’t have an English class right now or haven’t received the junior project please stop by the Career Center and pick one up.

Seniors, need money for college? You need the FAFSA. Get a pin number in the Career Center before winter break. No one gets financial aid unless they have a pin number. Get yours now!

Sports Happening Today:

6:00pm, Wrestling with Marshfield

Winter Weather is Here!

Remember, NO NEWS = NO CHANGE . If there is a change in the school schedule or bus routes due to inclement weather, the district will announce the change through several channels. If school is in session and on regular schedule, the district will NOT make an announcement through those channels. (There may or may not be a mention on district social media channels, facebook.com/4Jschools and/or twitter.com/4Jschools.)

Weather-related changes will be announced via:

  • Email to all staff (usually before 6:00 a.m.) if schools are closed or delayed
  • Post on district website, www.4j.lane.edu
  • Twitter / text message alerts ( subscribe in advance)
  • KRVM 91.9 FM
  • Other local TV and radio stations. (News sent via these channels usually before 6:30 a.m.)

Who reports to work? Only designated emergency staff (and principals if necessary) will report to work when schools are closed. All other employees will not report to work and will observe budget reduction/furlough days. (This is a change for this year only. In most school years, all administrators and many classified staff still report to work when schools are closed due to hazardous weather.)

Staff and parent choice: The terrain of the community and the distance away from school that both students and staff live make it impossible for the district to make a decision that is acceptable or appropriate to everyone. If schools are open, each staff member may determine whether he or she can get to work safely. Staff members have various leave provisions they can use when they believe they are unable to get to work safely, consistent with their collective bargaining agreements. Also, parents may make independent decisions about whether to send their children to school. Students whose parents believe they should not attend school in such situations should receive excused absences.

Furlough/makeup days: Because it is important for students to be in school as many days as possible, up to three (3) hazardous weather days will be counted as budget reduction/furlough days, thus reducing or eliminating the furlough days at the end of the year (school days June 12, 13 and 14). Therefore, school will be in session for one or more of those days. If there are more than three hazardous weather days, the additional missed school days will be made up by adding days at the end of the school year. April 12 may also be used as a hazardous weather makeup day.

Stay warm and safe out there!

WISE Leader Meeting

Wednesday, Dec. 19
Lunch time
Snacks provided

 

Safety Follow-Up for Tuesday, December 18

Today’s school day was without incident, and all students are safe. At this time, administration has decided to keep external doors locked throughout the school day. Students should enter the school through the front office at the main Churchill entrance. Tomorrow, Wednesday, Dec. 19 is a regular late-start. Students are reminded to utilize the mandatory Instructional Access time with teachers every Wednesday from 3:05-3:25. We are grateful for our Churchill families and community, and it is our privilege to keep all students safe and learning at school. Have a great day, and Go Lancers!

Safety Communication for Churchill Incident on Monday, December, 17 2012

  • All students are safe.
  • At approximately 10:30 am, a staff member reported that a community member had talked with her over the weekend. The community member had concerns that a student may have discussed bringing a weapon to school on Friday, December 21st, for the end of the Mayan Calendar.
  • The administration immediately called the Eugene Police Department and Officer Carl Stubbs returned to Churchill. At that time, it was determined that the student in question was not at school, and had not been excused. His friend was also not at school, and had been excused by his parent.
  • The administration made the decision to lock the external doors, as it is safest to have students, parents and community members use the front office door.
  • The police wanted to talk with both students. They attempted to contact them by phone, but could not reach anyone at the homes. They sent police to both houses to make contact. While the school waited for police contact, Officer Stubbs requested that we go to modified lockdown. We went into modified lockdown at 12:19 pm.
  • The students were found at their respective homes, each with a parent. The police let us end the modified lockdown at 12:31 pm.
  • The external doors remain locked for the rest of the day, and for Tuesday, to ensure safety. We will be leaving the external doors locked for the rest of this week, while reviewing our security procedures.
  • The school district is beginning a thorough review of safety and security procedures at all schools, and will be giving Churchill recommendations for the future.
  • The students questioned by police were found to be safe. They are not on campus today. The school will be working with students and parents on a long-term plan to support each of them.
  • We encourage any student or staff member who hears any threat to report to an adult. Adults are to report threats to the administration immediately. This includes threats that may be heard during non-school hours. The best way to keep our school community safe is to report all potential threats and let the police and school administration follow up.
  • We have every reason to believe that Friday, December 21st will be a normal day for schools, including Churchill. We will have our SRO on campus, and will continue to support learners at school. Any student who is excused by a parent should be prepared to have all work turned into the office prior to winter vacation, or work with a teacher to have a plan to make up missing work.
  • Any student who needs more support will be referred to a counselor.

Rumors of Threats to Student Safety

Parents, please read this joint statement from Eugene and Bethel School Districts and Eugene Police Department:

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 12:30 p.m.

Rumors about threats to student safety have been circulating in our schools. Along with the devastating Connecticut school shooting tragedy, the internet has been buzzing with baseless doomsday predictions related to the ancient Mayan calendar. As a result there have been persistent rumors—mostly through social media—about violent events to take place in schools this Friday.

Eugene Police and administrators in Eugene 4J and Bethel school districts have investigated each of the rumors of violence reported so far. None of them have been viable threats.

Nevertheless, Eugene and Bethel schools and Eugene Police are committed to being vigilant and responsive. Eugene Police will provide an enhanced police presence around our schools this Friday.

We are reminding students that any talk of school-related violence or bringing weapons to school can and will lead to disciplinary action—and even criminal charges—whether the threats are verbal, written or posted online, and regardless of whether they are intended to be taken seriously.

All threats are taken seriously. It is our duty to thoroughly investigate every potential threat, and it is the duty of students, parents and community members to report any direct knowledge of threatened violence. We commend those who have reported these latest rumors. This week, and always, if you hear or see anything that may indicate a safety issue, please report it right away. In the meantime, we remain focused on teaching and learning while working to keep our schools safe and secure.

 

Shelley Berman, Superintendent
Eugene School District 4J

Colt Gill, Superintendent
Bethel School District

Pete Kerns, Chief
Eugene Police Department

Tonight (12/18): Jingle Jazz

 

The Churchill High School Music Department Holiday “Sampler” is tonight! We are having performances by all of the vocal and instrumental ensembles at Churchill High School. Please join us to spread a little holiday cheer, good wishes and celebrate all of the hard work our students have put in this fall.

7:00 Churchill Auditorium.