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NAACP Family and Youth Conference! April 11th

The 8th annual NAACP Family and Youth Conference will be held April 11th at the Downtown LCC meeting and learning center, 10:00am-4:00pm. This free event is meant to assist Parents and youth navigate the education and community resources available for student success! Please consider bringing families to this important event. There will to two parent workshops and two youth workshops free lunch and a guided tour of local  African American historic sites, including the first African American Church in Eugene.

Call for more information: 541.484.1119


8TH ANNUAL NAACP

4J Superintendent Finalist

A message from the Eugene School Board chair

It is my pleasure to announce to the community which candidate the Eugene School Board hopes will be our next superintendent.

The strength of our candidate pool made it challenging to narrow it to a single finalist. We are fortunate to have had exceptional candidates who are all outstanding educators and leaders. Each of the three finalists who visited Eugene last week has strong ties to Oregon, great educational expertise, and a good understanding of Eugene and 4J.

Before naming our top candidate, I’d like to take a moment to thank each of the candidates individually.

Dr. Heather Cordie from Sherwood, Oregon, was an outstanding candidate for the superintendent position. She is a rising star in the Oregon education community. She was a thoughtful, insightful and exceptionally personable. Dr. Cordie decided to withdraw from the process this past weekend. We thank her for her time and considering our district. We were honored to have her as a part of our finalist pool.

Dr. Sloan Presidio from Fairfax, Virginia, has extensive ties to our school district, having worked here as a teacher and administrator in the past. His background in our district, in Fairfax, and in Hillsboro, Oregon, gives him a comprehensive view of education policies and practices. Dr. Presidio was extraordinary in his thoughtful approach to how he would work with the team in Eugene 4J.

Dr. Gustavo Balderas, an Oregon native, is currently the superintendent in Ocean View School District in Southern California. He worked extensively in Hillsboro, Oregon, as a teacher and administrator. Dr. Balderas, or as he told me I could call him, Gus, is a collaborative leader. We heard him praised repeatedly by his colleagues and community members in each of his previous positions for his listening and connecting with various constituencies. His commitment to inclusive leadership was deemed extraordinary.

Our board thought long and hard before taking this step as we believe that the superintendent selection process is among the most important things we do for our school district. In the end, the board went back to the list of qualities we and our community were looking for in a superintendent, we looked at the feedback from all the listening sessions with our community and staff, we checked references, and then we took the step to authorize our board negotiating team to work with one candidate to develop a mutually agreeable contract.

That candidate is Dr. Gustavo Balderas. The entire board expects to vote on a motion to make a formal offer of employment in a public meeting soon.

We identified Dr. Balderas as the candidate to move forward because we believe he is both an outstanding educational leader and an excellent fit for Eugene. Dr. Balderas is a man of integrity in words and actions. He is thoughtful and committed to education. He values relationships, connects with people and understands the importance of equity and inclusion. He listened and really heard what our community was saying they wanted in a new superintendent. And, he really wants to be in Eugene for the long term. We are lucky to have a candidate of his caliber for our superintendent position.

Thank you to all of the parents, community members and district staff who have participated in this selection process with advice, comments, participation and thoughtful assistance to the board. Each of you had an important part in getting us to this point. From completing the initial survey on what we should be looking for in a superintendent, to attending forums with the candidates, to giving feedback throughout this process, the community has given valuable input to guide us as we move toward selecting the district’s next superintendent. We sincerely appreciate all you have done to help us get to this step.

I would be remiss if I didn’t also thank our current superintendent, Dr. Shelley Berman, for his service. This transition year has been a good one, and that was made possible by Dr. Berman and his willingness to work with us during this process. We appreciate Shelley for his time, efforts and service to the children and families in 4J.

Thank you for reading this long email. I want to express my appreciation again, on behalf of the board, for everything staff, parents and community members do to make our community better each and every day. Eugene is a special place made more so by the commitment that our community has to educating and supporting our children.

Jim Torrey, Chair
Eugene School District 4J

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Library:

Done with your textbooks?  Please return as soon as possible to the library.  We need them for third trimester’s students.  Also, please return library books that are due.  Thank you.

Attention CHS Students:

The World Language Department will be holding Final Speaking Exams today and tomorrow.  Please be quiet  when you walk through the F halls during classes.  Students taking their Final Speaking Exams say, Arigato and Gracias!

School-to-Careers:

Worksource Lane is offering a job Fair for students interested in applying for summer jobs or those seniors looking to enter the workforce after graduation.  The job fair is today from 2:30 to 4:00pm at Oakmont Way, off of Coburg Road in Eugene.

Seniors:

Your LEAP is due today.  See Shannon in the counseling office or Mary Beth in the STEM building office to set up your interview!

School-to-Careers:

Lane Community College is offering courses to high school students at free or reduced rates.  Check out Intro to Engineering, Gateway to College, and Intro to Culinary Arts.  See Shannon Roseta in the counseling office or Mary Beth in the STEM building office to find out more and register.  Registration deadline is Friday, March 20.

School-to-Careers:

OBEC Consulting Engineers offers a summer engineering internship to graduating seniors.  See Mary Beth in the STEM building office for more details.  Deadline to apply is Friday, March 20.

School-to-Careers:

Students 18-24 can sign up for the Northwest Youth Corps Community Conservation Corps and earn summer money.  Check out the flyers in the College and Career Center or in front of the STEM building office for more information.

Leadership:

Senior ladies, we will be having a presale for the Senior Sisters Sweatshirts!  Come to the planters during lunch today.

Track and Field:

Volunteers needed for Track Meets in April.  If you need community service hours and have a free 5th period, come sign up in the counseling office.

Happy Birthday Jayd Devorak

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Lancer Pageant:

Today is the day! Come on down to Chapalas (at 29th and Willamette) and enjoy great food and greater entertainment tonight from 5:00 to 9:00pm to support your lancer pageant boys!  Don’t miss it.

Attention CHS Students:

The World Language Department will be holding Final Speaking Exams today and tomorrow.  Please be quiet  when you walk through the F halls during classes.  Students taking their Final Speaking Exams say, Arigato and Gracias!

School-to-Careers:

Worksource Lane is offering a job Fair for students interested in applying for summer jobs or those seniors looking to enter the workforce after graduation.  The job fair is tomorrow from 2:30 to 4:00pm at Oakmont Way, off of Coburg Road in Eugene.

Seniors:

Your LEAP is due tomorrow.  See Shannon in the counseling office or Mary Beth in the STEM building office to set up your interview!

School-to-Careers:

Lane Community College is offering courses to high school students at free or reduced rates.  Check out Intro to Engineering, Gateway to College, and Intro to Culinary Arts.  See Shannon Roseta in the counseling office or Mary Beth in the STEM building office to find out more and register.  Registration deadline is Monday, March 20.

School-to-Careers:

OBEC Consulting Engineers offers a summer engineering internship to graduating seniors.  See Mary Beth in the STEM building office for more details.  Deadline to apply is Monday, March 20.

School-to-Careers:

Need something to do during spring break but tired of those kiddie camps?  Then sign up for the Eugene Coffee and Barista School’s Spring Break Camp and learn a skill that you can use.  See the flyers in the College and Career Center or in the front of the STEM building office.

School-to-Careers:

Students 18-24 can sign up for the Northwest Youth Corps Community Conservation Corps and earn summer money.  Check out the flyers in the College and Career Center or in front of the STEM building office for more information.

Leadership:

Senior ladies, we will be having a presale for the Senior Sisters Sweatshirts!  Come to the planters during lunch today or tomorrow.

Track and Field:

Volunteers needed for Track Meets in April.  If you need community service hours and have a free 5th period, come sign up in the counseling office.

SPORTS HAPPENING TODAY:

3:15pm, Varsity Boys Basketball at State Tourney  Release at 10:30am

G’Lancer 3/9

A new G’Lancer is posted under News > E-Newsletters or click HERE! Please take the time to read through the newsletter. It may contain detailed information about upcoming events that is not published in other areas of our website.

The G’Lancer is now a monthly publication. We hope that this will help reduce the number of announcements that parents receive from the school and help you focus on the information that is important to you. Please remember to check our calendar for the most up-to-date schedules and check our news feed frequently for timely announcements.

News from the School-to-Careers office

Looking Ahead …

Next SAT Testing: Saturday, March 14 th. Report to the front of Churchill’s main entrance at 7:45 a.m.

Lane Community College offers free or nearly free introductory courses for high school students

FREE! BOLI/ODOT sponsored Civil Engineering Boot Camp

Are you a student who is interested in a construction, an apprenticeship skilled-trade, heavy highway, bridge, or civil engineering technology career? This course, through projects, trips and guest presenters, will introduce him/her to apprenticeship programs and their requirements, engineering technology concepts, skills, and technologies used in the transportation, heavy highway, and bridge industries. Pre-requisites: basic mathematics and reading proficiency. This free two-credit college course at Lane Community College is offered spring term, March 31-June 11, on Tuesdays from 2:30-6:30 p.m.

RTEC 101: Gateway to College & Careers* (3 cr), Tuesdays and Thursdays 1-2:20 p.m.

This course is for students transitioning from high school to enhance their college preparation and planning. Students explore strengths, interest areas, vital college skills, Lane Community College programs, and career options. Instructors will facilitate student connections with Lane Community College programs through arranged tours and guest speakers . *Tuition for Gateway class is $200.00 per person and is not part of the Sponsored Account Billing. Subject to change.

HRTM 100: Intro to Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management (3 cr), Wednesdays 3-5:50 p.m.

( Tuition-free; $100/student advising fee and textbook costs still apply )
This is an introductory course designed to provide students with a broad overview of the hospitality management and culinary arts industry and the various segments that comprise the industry. Emphasis in the course is given to understanding the scope and complexity of this industry, the career opportunities available, and the training and skills necessary to achieve a successful career.

See Mary Beth in the School-to-Careers office or Shannon Roseta in the counseling office to register for any of these courses. Some scholarships are available. Transportation is not provided by Lane Community College nor Eugene School District 4J.

LCC Placement testing in Reading & Writing schedule through Spring Break.

All testing will be at 8 a.m. in the STEM conference room.
Wednesday, March 11 thNo testing.
Wednesday, March 18 th – Reading & Writing Placement test.
Wednesday, March 25 th – Spring Break. No School.
LCC Math Placement testing will begin in April.

Click here for Barista Basics Camp offered during Spring Break

Paid summer job opportunities for graduating seniors.

Engineering Internship (paid) for graduating seniors click “EngineeringInternship” or more details. Apply by March 20.

Students age 18-24 through Northwest Youth Corps and Americorps. Click “NWYC.SummerJobs” for more details.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Rooter Bus:

We only have 40 spots for the Rooter bus going to Corvallis tomorrow.  You must have your signed permission slip and money to sign up.  Permission slips available in the front office.

Lancer Pageant:

Come on down to Chapala’s (at 29th and Willamette) and enjoy great food and greater entertainment tomorrow night from 5:00 to 9:00pm.  Don’t miss it.

Attention CHS Students:

The World Language Department will be holding Final Speaking Exam Days today through Wednesday.  Please be Very quiet  when you walk through the F halls during classes.  Students taking their Final Speaking Exams say, Arigato and Gracias!

School-to-Careers:

Hey all you aspiring scientists and engineers.  This is just a reminder that the application deadline for the 2015 Summer Apprenticeships in Science and Engineering is today.  See Mary Beth in the School-to-Careers office in the STEM building if you have questions.

College and Career Center:

The 8 Oregon Public Universities will be here tomorrow, during 1st and 2nd periods.  They will give a general overview at 9:00am in the auditorium followed by breakout sessions  when you will have the opportunity to meet with admissions representatives.  Please check in with your 1st and 2nd period teachers before you attend.

School-to-Careers:

Lane Community College is offering courses to high school students at free or reduced rates.  Check out Intro to Engineering, Gateway to College, and Intro to Culinary Arts.  See Shannon Roseta in the counseling office or Mary Beth in the STEM building office to find out more and register.  Registration deadline is Monday, March 20.

School-to-Careers:

OBEC Consulting Engineers offers a summer engineering internship to graduating seniors.  See Mary Beth in the STEM building office for more details.  Deadline to apply is Monday, March 20.

School-to-Careers:

Need something to do during spring break but tired of those kiddie camps?  Then sign up for the Eugene Coffee and Barista School’s Spring Break Camp and learn a skill that you can use.  See the flyers in the College and Career Center or in the front of the STEM building office.

School-to-Careers:

Students 18-24 can sign up for the Northwest Youth Corps Community Conservation Corps and earn summer money.  Check out the flyers in the College and Career Center or in front of the STEM building office for more information.

Leadership:

Senior ladies, we will be having a pre-sale for the Senior Sisters Sweatshirts!  Come to the planters during lunch tomorrow and Wednesday next week to see the new sweatshirts and order yours.

Kudos to Our Outstanding Students

Downing Street Singers:

Saturday, the Downing Street Singers participated in A cappella in Albany an event with 15 high school choirs from around the state.  The festival judges select four groups as Judges Choice to perform in an evening concert and DSS was chosen! They did so well and in particular, a piece by Sara Bareilles “Once Upon Another Time” was arranged by senior Carly Walker with solos by Haley Pace and Amber Giles was mentioned by directors as the most moving piece of the day. Way to go Al and the DDS!!!! Please give them kudos when you see them.

Hannah Tam:

Hannah won best of the fair award at Central Western Oregon Science Expo Satruday at UO.  She will be representing Oregon again as an international finalist to the 2015 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh in May! She will take four IB tests in Pittsburgh, during the competition, so send her your support.

Boys’ Basketball Team:

Has exceeded expectations by winning their game Friday night with Liberty. Liberty was ranked 5th while our Lancers were ranked 12th! AND by all accounts, if there had been a sportsmanship award, our students would have won it…by a long shot. Our team and our fans were all GREAT! Please congratulate them.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Attention CHS Students:

The World Language Department will be holding Final Speaking Exam Days starting today through Wednesday, March 11th.  Please be Very quiet  when you walk through the F halls during classes.  Students taking their Final Speaking Exams say, Arigato and Gracias!

School-to-Careers:

Hey all you aspiring scientists and engineers.  This is just a reminder that the application deadline for the 2015 Summer Apprenticeships in Science and Engineering is Monday.  See Mary Beth in the School-to-Careers office in the STEM building if you have questions.

Lancer Pageant:

Come support our Lancer boys go head to head with the Middle School boys in a basketball game today!  The game starts at 5:00pm at Kennedy Middle School.  See you there.

College and Career Center:

The 8 Oregon Public Universities will be here on Tuesday, during 1st and 2nd periods.  They will give a general overview at 9:00am in the auditorium followed by breakout sessions  when you will have the opportunity to meet with admissions representatives.  Please check in with your 1st and 2nd period teachers before you attend.

Leadership:

Senior ladies, we will be having a presale for the Senior Sisters Sweatshirts!  Come to the planters during lunch today and Tuesday and Wednesday next week to see the new sweatshirts and order yours.

Sports Happening Today:

7:00pm, Varsity Boys Basketball at Liberty  Release at 11:30am

Listening Groups on Special Education Services

We want your input!

4J parents, staff, and community stakeholders are invited to participate in listening groups about special education services in the 4J school district. As we plan for the future, Education Support Services department leaders want to hear from you about what is working now, and what will be critical to help all students succeed in the future. We will use this information as we review how we currently deliver special education services and how this system of services could be strengthened as we plan for the immediate and long-term future.

Special Education Listening Groups
Wednesday, March 11
4J Education Center Auditorium
200 N. Monroe St., Eugene

Community Stakeholders
12:00 to 1:00

4J Staff Members
3:45 to 5:00

Parents
6:00 to 7:30

We want your input!

For those of you unable to attend the scheduled time there will be a survey available on the district website from March 16 to March 20, 2015

Your feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!