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Mandatory Bus Safety Training

All 4J students are required to complete bus safety training. Please view this flyer (español) and watch the Bus Safety Video.

Bus Safety and Rules

All students who ride the school bus receive training on how to behave in the bus, how to cross the road when a bus has its safety lights on, where to find emergency equipment, and how to evacuate a bus in an emergency. Schools also train other students on basic school bus safety when they ride the school bus on field trips or other activities. A copy of the safety rules will be included in school newsletters in the early fall.

For more information on bus safety, or for a copy of bus safety rules and evacuation procedures, call the 4J Transportation Department at 541-790-7474.

Parents: Please read and discuss the following rules with your children:

The following are rules and regulations established by the State of Oregon and School District 4J for students riding school buses. To be eligible to ride a bus, an elementary student MUST reside one mile or more from school and secondary students MUST reside one and one-half miles or more from school. All students should arrive at the bus stop 5 minutes before the scheduled load time. The rules, listed below, also apply to student conduct at all bus stops.

  1. Pupils being transported are under the authority of the bus driver.
  2. Fighting, wrestling, or boisterous activity is prohibited on the bus.
  3. Pupils shall use the emergency door only in case of emergency.
  4. Pupils shall be on time for the bus both morning and afternoon.
  5. Pupils shall not bring animals, firearms, weapons, or other potentially dangerous/hazardous material on the bus.
  6. Pupils shall remain seated while the bus is in motion.
  7. Pupils may be assigned seats by the bus driver.
  8. When necessary to cross the road, pupils shall cross in front of the bus or as instructed by the bus driver.
  9. Pupils shall not extend their hands, arms, or heads out the bus windows.
  10. Pupils shall have written permission to leave the bus other than at home or at school.
  11. Pupils shall converse in normal tones; loud or vulgar language is prohibited.
  12. Pupils shall not open or close windows without permission of the driver.
  13. Pupils shall keep the bus clean and must refrain from damaging it.
  14. Pupils shall be courteous to the driver, to fellow pupils and passersby.
  15. Pupils who refuse to obey promptly the directions of the driver or refuse to obey regulations, may forfeit their privilege to ride on buses.
  16. Rules governing pupils riding school buses must be kept in a conspicuous place in all buses.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Ice!:

Heads up! It may be slick on the sidewalks and in the parking lots, so watch your step.

NHS:

There is a mandatory NHS meeting tomorrow at lunch in the choir room.

GSA:

Gender and Sexuality Alliance meets today at lunch in room F49 for a social meeting. Anyone is welcome.

Library:

There are important new textbook rules. All textbooks must be turned in at the end of each term or a $5.00 late fee will be charged. This includes textbooks from previous years. Bring those textbooks in by the end of the term to avoid these charges.

Library:

Please make sure to bring your ID’s to school all next week. You will need it to check out textbooks.

Leadership:

Pancake day is going to be happening on December 12th from 9:00 to 11:00am. Everybody is welcome. The cost is $2.00 per person and $6.00 for a family of 4 and up.

Art Club:

Art Club Gallery and sale December 2nd at lunch and December 3rd after school. Come and enjoy beautiful artworks and masterpieces by CHS Lancers.

Yearbook:

Senior portraits are due by this THURSDAY!!!!. Turn them into Mrs. K.

12/3 Financial Aid and Scholarship Information Night

Dear families,

You are invited to the Churchill High School Financial Aid and Scholarship Information Night hosted by the College and Career Center on December 3, 2015. Presentations will be from 7:00pm – 8:00pm in the library with a reception following in the College and Career Center.

Professionals from The University of Oregon, Lane Community College and our School to Careers Office will provide you with important information about the ins and outs of federal and state aid; private scholarships; tips for completing applications and much more. There will be time for questions.

If you have any questions please email or call Sheree Houck. houck_s@4j.lane.edu  (541) 790-5115.

We hope to see you there.

College and Career Readiness Team


 

Estimadas familias:

Están invitados a la noche informativa acerca de la ayuda financiera y becas para la Universidad. Esta noche informativa es presentada por el Centro de Profesiones y Carreras Universitarias de la escuela de Churchill, este 3 de diciembre, 2015. Las presentaciones serán entre las 7:00 p.m. y 8:00 p.m. en la biblioteca de Churchill. Se tendrá un pequeño refrigerio después de las presentaciones.

Profesionales representando las oficinas de carreras de la Universidad de Oregón, Lane Community College (LCC) y de nuestra escuela estarán presentes para proveerle información importante sobre los detalles relacionados con la ayuda financiera (estatal y federal), becas privadas, estrategias para como completar solicitudes y mucho más. Se te tendrá tiempo para hacer preguntas sobre cualquier detalle del proceso.

Si tiene alguna pregunta, por favor mande un mensaje por correo electrónico o llame a Sheree Houck. Houck_s@4j.lane.edu o (541)790-5115.

¡Los esperamos en esta reunión importante!

Atte.

El equipo del Centro de Profesiones y Carreras Universitarias de Churchill High School

11/30 LPA Topic: Safety at Churchill

Join us for our first Lancer Parent Association Meeting on Monday, November 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the Churchill Library. Guest speakers will discuss what we are doing to keep students and staff safe at Churchill, and what you can do at home to reinforce our efforts.

Pertussis (Whooping Cough) at Churchill

November 25, 2015

Dear Churchill Families,

Cases of pertussis (whooping cough) continue to occur in our school community, with 3 confirmed cases this year. The Lane County Health Department is aware of this and recommends:

  • If your family member has symptoms of pertussis—as described below—please keep them home from school and consult with their health care provider. Let the provider know your family member may have been exposed to pertussis. Please notify the school.
  • Review your family’s immunization records. All students should have had a TDAP booster shot in middle school. This would be an excellent time to get any vaccines your you or your family members may have missed.

WHAT IS PERTUSSIS (whooping cough)?

Pertussis is a contagious respiratory infection caused by bacteria.

  • It begins with a runny nose, sneezing, low-grade fever and mild cough. The cough gradually becomes more severe.
  • After a week or two, the second stage of the illness begins, characterized by coughing spasms ending with a gasp or whoop as the patient tries to get air. Children have a particularly hard time catching their breath; adults may not whoop at all.
  • Sometimes the fits of coughing results in vomiting or broken ribs. This stage of the illness may last for up to 10 weeks.
  • Pertussis is particularly dangerous—even fatal—for infants who are too young to be fully immunized. It’s extremely important that everyone around infants get immunized to prevent the spread of whooping cough to vulnerable babies, even adults.

SUMMARY:

  • This is NOT a medical emergency
  • It is very important for you and your family to be current on vaccinations, including pertussis. TDAP booster shots are available at local pharmacies.
  • If a family member has symptoms, keep them home, consult their health provider. If medical care is a problem call My School’s Health Center at North Eugene 541-790-4445
  • This is a good time to teach your family to cover coughs and sneezes with their sleeves, not their hands. It is also a great time to practice 15 second hand washing.

For more information on obtaining a pertussis vaccination call your health care provider or SAFENET (1-800-723-3638). For more information on pertussis in Oregon, visit healthoregon.org/imm. Also the CDC website, www.cdc.gov is very reliable. Search for pertussis. Lane County Public Health can be reached at 541-682-4041. The Churchill school nurse, Kim Roellig, can be reached at 541 790-5237.

Best wishes for health,

Kim Roellig, RN, School Nurse

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

December bus passes are now available in the Finance office.

West End:

West End meeting today at lunch in the auditorium.

Family of United Souls for Peace and Love:

Join the Family of United Souls for Peace and Love today during lunch in room J9. (Leah Dunbar’s room). We come together to bridge the heartspace and unite ourselves as inhabitants of earth who want ot heal the planet, fellow humans, and ourselves.

Leadership:

Pancake day is going to be happening on December 12th from 9:00 to 11:00am. Everybody is welcome. The cost is $2.00 per person and $6.00 for a family of 4 and up.

Art Club:

Art Club Gallery and sale December 2nd at lunch and December 3rd after school. Come and enjoy beautiful artworks and masterpieces by CHS Lancers.

Yearbook:

Senior portraits are due by December 3rd. Turn them into Mrs. K.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

December bus passes are now available in the Finance office.

APISU:

APISU club meeting today at lunch in the Japanese room.

Family of United Souls for Peace and Love:

Join the Family of United Souls for Peace and Love tomorrow during lunch in room J-9. (Leah Dunbar’s room).  We come together to bridge the heartspace and unite ourselves as inhabitants of earth who want ot heal the planet, fellow humans, and ourselves.

Leadership:

Pancake day is going to be happening on December 12th from 9:00 to 11:00am.  Everybody is welcome.  The cost is $2.00 per person and $6.00 for a family of 4 and up.

Art Club:

Art Club Gallery and sale – December 2nd at lunch and December 3rd after school. Come and enjoy beautiful artworks and masterpieces by CHS Lancers.

Yearbook:

Senior portraits are due by December 3rd.  Turn them into Mrs. K.

Community Service:

10th, 11th and 12th graders, this announcement is for you!  We are looking for students interested in earning credit or community service during 2nd period in Trimester 2 and 3 by helping our Freshmen navigate their first year at school.  Completion of this service also earns you a glowing letter of reference for scholarships and/or college from the admin of your choice.  Pick up the application for the Peer Navigator program from Julie in the Counseling office.

Hazardous Weather

4J_SnowDaysWinter Weather: How to know when schools are closed

Sign up now for snow day alert texts

When winter weather arrives, schools may be closed or delayed or buses may use snow routes. School districts decide early in the morning whether there is a need to change the school schedule or bus routes. These decisions are made district-wide and are the same for every 4J school.

There are several ways to find out if there is a change on snowy or icy days:

• Text-message alerts via Twitter — to sign up, just text FOLLOW 4JWEATHER to 40404

• 4J website, www.4j.lane.edu

• KRVM 91.9 FM

• Other radio and television news stations

If there is a school closure or other change, the school district will announce it before 6:30 a.m. If schools and buses are on their regular schedule, there will NOT be an announcement.

Parents of students who ride school buses that have alternate snow routes have been informed of what to do. Snow route information can be found on the district website at www.4j.lane.edu/transportation/snowroutes.

If school is in session, families are encouraged to consider road conditions in their areas and make their own decisions based on safety. Parents’ individual decisions about school attendance will be honored.

For more information, visit www.4j.lane.edu/weather.

Días de mal clima del invierno: Cómo saber si las escuelas estarán cerradas Inscríbase para obtener textos de alerta

Cuando hay mal tiempo en el invierno, las escuelas pueden cerrar o comenzar tarde y los autobúses pueden cambiar a las rutas de nieve. Los distritos escolares deciden temprano en la mañana si es necesario cambiar el horario escolar o las rutas de los autobúses. Estas decisiones son tomadas por el distrito entero y son las mismas para todas las escuelas de 4J.

Los padres de familia tienen varias formas de informarse si hay un cambio en las escuelas en los días cuando hay nieve o hielo:

• Antes del mal tiempo, puede suscribirse a las mensajes de texto para avisos (en ingles) — enviar a 40404 un texto que dice FOLLOW 4JWEATHER

• Puede contactar el teléfono de emergencia en español, 541-790-7738

• Puede visitar el sitio web del distrito www.4j.lane.edu (en inglés)

• También, puede escuchar a la estación de radio KRVM-FM 91.9 (en inglés), o otras estaciones de radio y de televisión que también estarán anunciando si las escuelas están cerradas.

El distrito escolar anunciará al público antes de las 6:30 a.m. si las escuelas estarán cerradas debido al clima o si los buses están activados para las rutas de nieve. El distrito no hará ningún anuncio al público si los horarios y rutas no son cambiados.

Los padres de los estudiantes que viajan en los buses que utilizan rutas de nieve han sido informados de lo que deben hacer. Información de las rutas de nieve se puede encontrar en el sitio web www.4j.lane.edu/transportation/snowroutes.

Si las clases están en sesión, tome en cuenta la condición de las carreteras en su área para tomar una decisión dando prioridad a su seguridad. Respetaremos la decisión que tomen los padres de familia en cuanto a la asistencia a clases.

Para más información en inglés, visite el sitio web www.4j.lane.edu/weather.

Student Spaceflight Experiment Program (SSEP) Finalists

Student Spaceflight Experiment Program

Here are the finalists for the SSEP.  Very impressive! We will know which proposal will be chosen to fly on the International Space Shuttle by December 18th.

Salvica Hispanica in Microgravity

For our experiment we are proposing that we send Salvica Hispanica seeds into space to see if they can grow. If they work then that will mean that we can send the seeds into space so that astronauts can have a large source full of protein, fiber, calcium, and other vitamins and nutrients all in one plant. Salvica Hispanica is a great and healthy food that can be put into many different meals and can be prepared many different ways.

Students: Daniel Campos, Alex Kanning, Miranda Thiesmeyer, Kylie Miles, and Sophia Van Sell from Churchill, Jacob Roach Grade 7 from ATA

Sea Monkey Astronauts-The Life Cycle of Artemia nyos in Microgravity

Our group decided to focus our experiment around the topic of marine life in space. Brine Shrimp, which are a very sturdy animal that does not need any special accommodations, will be the subject of our experiment. On Earth everything is effected by gravity one way or another. Organisms have muscles in their body to lift and push themselves away from Earth’s gravitational pull. Aquatic life is no different. Organisms have muscles to push on the water around them in order to not sink from gravity trying to pull it down. Our experiment is intended to take that variable, gravity, and decrease its strength and record the effects. Since we are not able to send a camera, or other electronics, up to the ISS to watch every move, we plan on recording the data in a few other ways. One of which will be food consumption. We can hold a control down on Earth and track the difference in the amount of food that is consumed. By that we can make assumption as to which group of shrimp are burning more energy.

Students: Alexander Cordova, Aileen Hernandez, Beau Scott, Sierra Squires Grade 11 and Brycen Spencer, Gabe Peterson-DeGroff Grade 12

SLIPS in Microgravity

Does Slippery Liquid-Infused Porous Surfaces (SLIPS) decrease the scale of an omniphobic surface in microgravity? An Omniphobic Surface scale is a measurement of how slippery something is. SLIPS is the world’s slipperiest substance, it has been out for half a year, and is based off the functionality of the pitcher plant. After it rains pitcher plants keep raindrops as a film on the edge of their mouth so that when ants walk on the rim, they slip into their stomach. SLIPS only does one thing, it makes a surface of a solid slippery so that no liquid can touch the face of the solid that’s coated. We are testing SLIPS in a microgravity environment to find out if it has the same properties as it does on Earth. If it does it could possibly solve frost-over for rockets at launch and in microgravity. We will be using a type 3 FME. Inside volume 1 we will have a cotton ball. Inside Volume 2, there is an aluminum strip 12.5mm x 35mm coated with SLIPS on one side. In volume 3 there will be 1.5ml of corn syrup. The tube will be coated on the inside with SLIPS in both volume 2 and 3. In this experiment we are hoping to solve frost-over on the ISS with SLIPS by finding if SLIPS can not only stay on the face of a solid but still make liquids slip off of the solid.

Students:  Kobe Skidmore, Ray Newell, Garrett Price Grade 8- ATA

Monday, November 23, 2015

Bus Passes:

December bus passes are now available in the Finance office.

Lancer Accolades:

Congratulations to Ellie McDonagh, the 2015 nominee for the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship. Ellie is being recognized for her leadership abilities, commitment to community service and academic excellence. Congratulations, Ellie.

Leadership:

Pancake day is going to be happening on December 12th from 9:00 to 11:00am. Everybody is welcome. The cost is $2.00 per person and $6.00 for a family of 4 and up.

Art Club:

Art Club Gallery and sale December 2nd at lunch and December 3rd after school. Come and enjoy beautiful artworks and masterpieces by CHS Lancers.

GSA:

Gender and Sexuality Alliance meets today at lunch in room F49. Come join us for a social meeting.

Yearbook:

Senior portraits are due by December 3rd. Turn them into Mrs. K.

Community Service:

10th, 11th and 12th graders, this announcement is for you! We are looking for students interested in earning credit or community service during 2nd period in Trimester 2 and 3 by helping our Freshmen navigate their first year at school. Completion of this service also earns you a glowing letter of reference for scholarships and/or college from the admin of your choice. Pick up the application for the Peer Navigator program from Julie in the Counseling office. The deadline has been extended to Wednesday, November 25th.