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WISE Symposium: New Date!


We are so happy to announce the new Symposium date! Wednesday, March 21st, 3:30-8:00 p.m. beginning in Churchill’s auditorium. We need you to please reregister to ensure an accurate count of participants, and so that we order enough food!
Follow this link to register:
If you ordered a T-shirt, we still have your order so you will not need to re-order on the registration.

School Choice Open Enrollment 2018–’19

2018–’19 School Choice for Out-of-District Students

March 1–April 1 Open Enrollment: Transfer applications from non-residents (application window closes at midnight) at

Families who live outside of Eugene School District 4J may apply to transfer to the district. The first and best opportunity to be granted a transfer is the annual open enrollment process. The request form for out-of-district open enrollment will be available online March 1–April 1, 2018. Please visit the Out-of-District Transfers page to learn more.

Open enrollment info night for out-of-district families: Tuesday, March 13, 7 p.m., 4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St., Eugene. Spanish interpretation will be available.

Bond Community Forums Update

Upcoming community forums, including the new forum tomorrow night to replace the one last week that was canceled due to the weather.

(Spanish interpretation will be provided at all community forums.)

  • Monday, Feb. 26, 7–8:30 p.m., Arts & Technology Academy, 1650 W. 22nd Ave. (today)
  • Tuesday, Feb. 27, 7–8:30 p.m., Kelly Middle School, 850 Howard Ave. (new date)
  • Thursday, March 1, 7–8:30 p.m., Cal Young Middle School, 2555 Gilham Rd.
  • SPANISH: Thursday, March 8, 7–8:30 p.m., Howard Elem. School, 700 Howard Ave.

New! Building 4J’s Future online community survey.

A new community input form is available online for community members to share their views on priorities and how to proceed on the potential bond measure for the November 2018 ballot. The survey can be found here:

Recent Media Coverage on the Bond Forums:

Crowd shares school bond priorities

Eugene 4J invites community’s conversation about potential bond measure

4J: Community forums to discuss potential bond measure

4J School Board to consider bond for November ballot

Parent Update 2/27

Friday, February 23, 2018

On February 14th, an ex-student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, open fired on staff and students ending the lives of 17 people and injuring many more. At this point I would like to ask you to join me in a moment of silence for the seventeen lives lost. Right now many of us are confused, scared, heartbroken, and angry. But now is not the time for hate fueled by fear. Now is a time for love fueled by kindness. Love is an uncontainable force, but it cannot prevail without a strong backing. Please help one another, hug one another, laugh with one another, smile at one another, and most importantly be kind to one another. It doesn’t matter your political views, your religious beliefs, your gender, your sexuality, or your race. In the end we are all human, and in the end everyone of us deserves kindness.  Life is precious, so don’t waste your breath putting each other down, but use your hands to help each other up.

“We make a living by what we get; We make a life by what we give.” -Sir Winston Churchill

Black History Month Quote of the Day

“We all have dreams. In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort.” —Jesse Owens, world record setting Olympic athlete

Clubs Today

Hack Club meets after school in STEM 118; Pacific Islander Club meets at lunch in the yoga room; Women’s Empowerment and Crafting Club meets at lunch.

Snow Ball Dance

Guest forms for the CHS Snow Ball Dance are available in the front office. Forms are due back into the office by Wednesday, February 28 and the dance is on Saturday, March 3.

Lancer Pageant Program

Tomorrow is Pleasant Hill’s Dodgeball Tournament at Pleasant Hill High School. Come out to support your Lancer Pageant Contestants. Admission is $3. Then on Monday go to Hawaiian Time with a flyer. Grab a flyer from a poster or get one at Hawaiian Time’s door.

Community Service Opportunities

Eugene ToolBox Project – The ToolBox Project serves the Eugene-Springfield metro areas by providing members with low cost access to home repair and garden tools. Volunteers are needed to assist with fundraising, outreach, staffing the ToolBox, tool repair, maintenance, and other efforts.

Be sure to check out the other community service opportunities on the Community Service Board in the College and Career Center.

College & Career Center

An admissions representative from Northwest Christian University will be here on Monday, February 26th at 12:45 in room F39. If you are planning to attend NCU in the fall or thinking about applying in the future, come talk to Brittany to answer all your questions about becoming an NCU student.


The OSAC scholarship application is due by 5pm on March 1st. You can apply for multiple scholarships on one application. Staff from OSAC will be here to help you complete your application on Monday, February 26th after school in F38.

Please sign up for your LEAP interview. Sign Up sheets are now on the table in front of the school-to-career office in the STEM building.

International Student Exchange

Are you interested in studying abroad? ASSE, an International Student Exchange Program offers many programs in many different countries. The deadline to apply is March 1. Scholarships are available. For more information, visit the College and Career Center.

Winter Weather | Días de mal clima

Winter 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 districtwide 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,
  • 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

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

Delayed Start Schedule

If a weather-related delay occurs on a day that normally would have been a late-start or early-release day, the late-start or early-release schedule will be canceled. The schedule for delayed opening on a normal day will be followed.

Churchill’s Modified Weather Bell Schedule (hazardous weather)

0 Period Cancelled
1st Period 10:40 – 11:26
2nd Period 11:31 – 12:17
Lunch 12:22 – 12:52
3rd Period 12:57 – 1:43
4th Period 1:53 – 2:39
5th Period 2:44 – 3:30


Días de mal clima en el 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 autobuses. 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 marcar el número de teléfono de emergencia en español, 541-790-7738
  • Puede visitar el sitio web del distrito (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 autobuses han sido 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 sobre las rutas de nieve se puede encontrar en el sitio web


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

Senior “Baby Pics” Guidelines—Due March 2

Churchill High School Yearbook Staff are dedicated to preserving the memories of the 2017-18 school year in our yearbook. We chronicle as much of the people, events, community, and culture as we have space for. We are also strongly dedicated to equity and inclusion for all students. This year, we are enhancing the tradition of Senior “Baby Pictures” and dedications. We invite all parents/guardians to submit a baby or youth photo of their graduating Senior along with a brief dedication. We are offering this opportunity free of charge to all, with one important limitation due to the limited space available in any yearbook: please limit any dedication to a total of 40 words. Due to pressing deadlines, we need all photos and dedications by March 2nd. We look forward to your participation in this time-honored tradition. Here are the details:

  • Photo and message must be received before Friday, March 2nd
  • Please send only digital photos or digital scans of printed photos
  • Important! – pics must be 300 dpi for our Yearbook printing plan
  • Send photo by email, along with your message, to; please be sure to include your student’s name, your name(s), and your relationship(s) to the student
  • Apologies, but photos not received before the deadline may not be guaranteed a spot

Thank you! CHS Yearbook Staff 2017-18

Parent Update 2/19

School Safety: Talking to Children About Violence

A message from Superintendent Balderas on school safety

Dear 4J community,

Our hearts are with the community of Parkland, Florida. Students and staff deserve to feel safe and be safe at school, and that safety was shattered in Parkland on Wednesday with a terrible act of violence.

Our thoughts also are with our own students and families. We know that at a time like this, many parents want to know both about how they can support their children, and about how schools work to keep students safe and secure.

In Eugene School District 4J, safety is a top priority. We believe in the importance of preparation and continuous improvement. We have safety procedures in place, hold training sessions with staff, and practice safety drills with students. Schools will notify students and parents in advance of any emergency drills in the coming weeks. We have made school facilities more secure through a number of bond-funded construction projects, thanks to the support of our community, and seek to do more in the future. We are fortunate to have Eugene Police school resource officers on our team, providing a highly trained, caring and visible presence in each of our four school regions.

As much as we proactively prepare for emergencies, tragic events like the one in Florida are shocking and hard to comprehend. Children look to adults for guidance on how to react. As parents you are the experts about what is best for your own children at home, but it can be challenging to know how to speak about the unspeakable. Psychologists have provided resources that may help.

In times like these, parents and staff can help children feel safe by establishing a sense of normalcy and security, talking with them openly about their fears, and reassuring them that schools are very safe places and dangerous events are very rare. The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) also recommends the following strategies, detailed in the resource “Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers”:

• Reassure children that they are safe and their school is safe.
• Make time to talk.
• Keep your explanations developmentally appropriate.
• Review safety procedures.
• Observe children’s emotional state.
• Limit exposure to television and other media about these events.
• Maintain a normal routine.

If your child is having a hard time, please talk to your child’s teacher, school counselor or principal. And please take the opportunity to talk with your children about the importance of speaking up right away if they ever become aware of a possible danger. We take every concern very seriously. Telling a trusted adult—a parent or a school employee—could save lives.

Eugene School District 4J will always work to provide a safe and supportive learning environment for all of our students. Thank you for partnering with us to keep our students safe.


Gustavo Balderas


Eugene School District 4J


Un mensaje del Superintendente Balderas acerca de eventos trágicos y la seguridad escolar

Querida comunidad,

Nuestros corazones están con la comunidad de Parkland, Florida. Los estudiantes y el personal merecen sentirse seguros y estar a salvo en la escuela, y esa seguridad fue destrozada en Parkland el miércoles con un terrible acto de violencia.

Nuestros pensamientos también están con nuestros estudiantes y familias. Sabemos que en un momento como este, muchos padres quieren saber cómo apoyar a sus hijos y lo que hacen las escuelas para mantener a los estudiantes seguros y a salvo.

En el Distrito Escolar de Eugene 4J, la seguridad es nuestra principal prioridad. Creemos en la importancia de la preparación y en mejorar continuamente. Tenemos procedimientos de seguridad en pie, llevamos a cabo sesiones de entrenamiento con el personal, y practicamos simulacros de seguridad con los estudiantes. Las escuelas notificarán a los estudiantes y a los padres antes de llevar a cabo cualquier simulacro de emergencia en las próximas semanas. Gracias al apoyo de nuestra comunidad, hemos logrado mayor seguridad en nuestras instalaciones escolares a través de una serie de proyectos de construcción financiados por bonos y trataremos hacer más en el futuro. Tenemos la fortuna de contar con oficiales de la escuela de policía de Eugene en nuestro equipo, proporcionando una presencia altamente capacitada, solicita y visible en cada una de nuestras cuatro regiones escolares.

Por mucho que nos preparemos para emergencias, los eventos trágicos, como el de la Florida, son impactantes y difíciles de comprender. La reacción de los niños depende de la misma reacción de los adultos. Como padres ustedes son los expertos acerca de lo que es mejor para sus hijos en casa, pero puede ser difícil el saber cómo hablar de lo indecible. Los psicólogos han proporcionado recursos que pueden ayudar.

En tiempos como estos, los padres y el personal pueden ayudar a los niños a sentirse seguros estableciendo un sentido de normalidad y seguridad, hablando con ellos abiertamente sobre sus miedos, y asegurándoles que las escuelas son lugares muy seguros y que los eventos peligrosos son muy raros. La Asociación Nacional de psicólogos escolares (NASP, por sus siglas en ingles) también recomienda las siguientes estrategias que aparecen detalladas en uno de sus recursos titulado: “Hablando con los niños sobre la violencia: consejos para padres y maestros“:

Asegure a los niños de que están a salvo y que sus escuelas están seguras.
Haga el tiempo para hablar.
Mantenga sus explicaciones apropiadas para la edad de los niños.
Repase los procedimientos de seguridad.
Observe el estado emocional de los niños.
Limite la exposición a la televisión y otros medios sobre estos eventos.
Mantenga una rutina normal.

Si su hijo está pasando por un momento difícil, por favor hable con el maestro de su hijo, el consejero de la escuela o el director. Y por favor, aproveche la oportunidad de conversar con sus hijos sobre la importancia de hablar de inmediato si se han enterado de un posible peligro. Tomamos todas las preocupaciones muy seriamente. El decirle a un adulto de confianza — un padre o un empleado de la escuela — podría salvar vidas.

El Distrito Escolar de Eugene 4J siempre trabajará para proveer un ambiente de aprendizaje seguro y solidario para todos nuestros estudiantes. Gracias por colaborar con nosotros para mantener a nuestros estudiantes seguros.


Gustavo Balderas


Distrito Escolar de Eugene 4J


PATHS Class Visits Radio Redux

Thank you to Radio Redux for welcoming our PATHS students!