STOOPS' SCOOP September 29, 2023 Edition 19
Caught In The Act Donates Haircuts
On Sunday, August 13th, the final day of the Scandinavian Festival, Jared Ritzer of Caught in the Act Entertainment hosted a back to school carnival at the Beer Station. Jared used the proceeds of the event to purchase 15 gift cards for student haircuts at Great Clips. Jared is regular entertainment at the Beer Station and can be found online at CITAENT.com . Thank you Jared for your generous contribution for our kids.
LEADERSHIP CHANGES IN OUR SCHOOLS FOR 2023-2024 The 2023-2024 School Year is off to a great start. JCSD has a lot of new faces in leadership roles in our buildings this year. We lost two administrators, shifted three administrators to different buildings, and hired three new administrators. Brian Young returned to Junction City High School as principal after serving in the same role at Oaklea Middle School for the past two years. New to JCHS is Assistant Principal Terah Stuve (below center) who replaces Justin Corey. Mr. Corey took a Middle School Principal position in the Eugene 4J School District after serving 24 years in JCSD as a teacher, coach and administrator. Terah has served as a teacher in JCSD, the Junction City Education Association President, and most recently the Program Coordinator for our Junction City Options Program. Johnie Matthews (below right) is the new principal at OMS. He comes to JCSD from the Lowell School District where he spent the past 14 years as teacher, principal and superintendent. Stephanie Rabago (below left) is the Assistant Principal at OMS. Stephanie was the District AVID Coordinator in the Greater Albany School District. Laurel Elementary School's new Principal is Annette Sisler. Annette has served at the principal at Territorial Elementary for the past 5 years. Aaron Thornton is the Assistant Principal at LES for his 3rd year, the only administrator in the same position as last school year. Finally, Dina Marschall has returned to the principalship at Territorial Elementary School after serving as Principal at JCHS. We have a great administrative team and the 2023-2024 is off to a great start. Welcome Stephanie, Terah and Johnie:)
Our District Websites Have a New Look
We are continually working ways to improve how we communicate and get information to staff, students, families and community members. Last spring we added ParentSquare as our comprehensive communication tool and it seems to be a big success. Families and staff are still learning the details of how to personalize settings, but we are able to communicate easily with all staff and families in a timely manner. The district websites have been outdated since the pandemic and in need of a facelift and updated content. You will see changes to color schemes, tab organization, photos and the calendar. We are continuing to update content and are hopeful that our website will be a "go to" resource for all stakeholders. SCHOOL ATTENDANCE IS A TOP PRIORITY
Starting as early as preschool and kindergarten, regular attendance is essential for students gaining the academic and social skills they need to thrive. Research shows that when students are chronically absent (missing 10% or more of the school year or 18 days over an entire year), they are less likely to read proficiently by third grade, achieve middle in middle school and high school. We will be providing helpful tips for families throughout the school year to encourage regular attendance and tips to staying healthy for success in school. The Attendance Works website is a great resource for schools and families. If you have challenges getting your child(ren) to school on a regular basis, please use this resource or reach out to your school for assistance. I we are going to make a difference in educating your child, we need them in school every day.
OREGON'S MENSTRUAL DIGNITY ACT
The Menstrual Dignity Act was created by HB 3294 in 2021. This law requires that all public school provide free menstrual products for all menstruating students in public schools in Oregon, including elementary, middle, and high school students. This program helps students participate actively in classes and school activities by alleviating some of the economic strain and experiences of shame that are often barriers for menstruating students accessing their education. The new law requires that menstrual products are free and accessible in all restrooms in all public school buildings. JCHS is in compliance with this new law, but we have certainly faced some challenges. We have been addressing parent concerns and continue to help parents understand the requirements and the school's role in determining internal processes and expectations. Our biggest challenge has been vandalism. It is an ongoing issue and we continue to work internally to find resolutions. Some dispensers are being removed and replaced with small baskets in an attempt to reduce vandalism and still supply products in the areas needed. In other areas where the products are being misused, the basket will have a note that states, "if empty, please see health room." Schools will continue to monitor and make adjustments as needed.
INTEGRATED GUIDANCE FOR SIX ODE INITIATIVES The district's Integrated Guidance Plans are posted on our website. The Integrated Guidance includes district information for our High School Success Plan (formerly Measure 98), Student Investment Account, Continuous Improvement Plan, Early Indicator & Intervention Systems and Longitudinal Performance Growth Targets. This plan is presented to the Junction City School Board and opportunity for public input is provided.
MESSAGE FROM THE JCSD SCHOOL BOARD
The JCSD School Board met for the first regular meeting of the 2023-24 school year on August 28, 2023. The board welcomed new board member Jim Anderson, who will serve a 4-year term in position #2. The board recognized outgoing board member Alaire Fajardo at their regular meeting in June. Alaire was an active member in developing the District Visioning Plan and ongoing Equity work. The second meeting of the year was held September 25, 2023. The board swore in new JCHS Student Representative Simran Basi. Board agendas, minutes and meeting links can be found on our website at this link . The next Junction City School Board Regular Meeting is Monday, October 23, 2023 at 6:00pm in the Junction City District Office Board Room at 325 Maple St. Public is welcome to attend. You may also participate remotely at the link on our website .
FACILITIES PLANNING FOR JUNCTION CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
JCSD Facilities Planning Committee is preparing to present a General Obligation Bond proposal to the Junction City School Board at their January 22, 2024 Regular Board Meeting. Between now and the January meeting, the committee needs to hear from staff, students, families and community members. The district has gone through a comprehensive assessment of all facilities and drafted initial plans to address the current needs of our district. We need to narrow down the proposed projects and we need your input to develop priorities that reflect all stakeholders. The district is hosting a Community Outreach Meeting on Thursday, October 5th at 6:00pm in the Laurel Elementary School Library. We will have our architects and consultants on hand to explain our plans and address questions. If you are unable to join us in person, we will accommodate remote participants through this ZOOM Link .
CTE PROGRAM HIGHLIGHT - AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES The Junction City High School Agricultural Sciences CTE Program is building up steam. Mrs. Bell continues to grow her program each year by involving more students in more activities, including contests and fairs over the summer months. The JC FFA Chapter took Lane County Fair by storm this year. JC FFA President Rebecca Calvin won FFA Beef Showmanship Beginning Reserve Champion, Ocean Coates earned the FFA Swine Showmanship Advanced Reserve Champion, Gabriella Baroni had a Market Swine and Breeding Gilt projects, Gabby also earned the FFA Showmanship Beginning Champion Swine banner and was selected as the Champion Crossbreed Gilt for "LuLu". Together these members won the Lane County Fair Herdsmanship Award. This award is given to the chapter that demonstrates the highest level of care for their animals and areas at the fair, as well as how they interact with the public and present themselves. This award would be similar to the Sportsmanship award in athletics. FFA is an extension of the Agricultural Sciences program and each student has an entrepreneurial project that they develop and manage. FFA is not only about agriculture, it's also focuses on developing leadership skills through participation in many Career Development Event and public speaking. In 2023 there were 945,988 in the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
LICENSED & CLASSIFIED SUBSTITUTES NEEDED
Junction City School District contracts with EduStaff for hiring licensed and classified substitutes. You can visit their website at the link above, or call them directly at 877-974-6338. They will assist you with registering or answer any questions you might have. We are always in need of substitutes. When you sign up, you have the option of where you want to substitute and what days you are available. We encourage you to consider joining EduStaff and working in Junction City Schools.
PARENTSQUARE IS IN FULL SWING
Junction City School District has transitioned to a new communications platform in an effort to improve how the district communicates with students, families staff and the surrounding community. The new platform is ParentSquare. We encourage you to download the app to help stay informed and get the latest news, posts and alerts. App users have lots of options for what messages you receive, when they are delivered, and what groups you are connected with. All emergency alerts are automatically delivered instantly.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO DRIVE A SCHOOL BUS?
Troy Stoops, Superintendent
325 Maple St., Junction City, Oregon 97448 541-998-6311 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear TES Families, We are experiencing a power outage at TES, we have no information about when the power and water will be restored. We will be closing and students will be released at 12:25 today and buses will be departing approximately at 12:30 pm. Troy Stoops Superintendent
Lane County Public Works has a limited-use herbicide program for guardrails and noxious weed control. Part of the program is the requirement in Lane Code that they reach out to the school districts annually to inform parents of this opportunity to opt out of potential applications near their children’s bus stop. Please see below links for more information. Informational Notice English Informational Notice Spanish
First S tudent Bus Company has made some significant bus route changes as of August 23, 2023. All information regarding bus route schedules, including inclement weather routes can be found HERE. Questions regarding routes should be directed to First Student, 541-998-8222.
Food Services Online Free Meal Application Our district is excited to introduce a new meals program for our food service department. We are moving from MealTime to Linq (Titan) . This will open a lot more resources for your convenience. This message is to let you know you can now go into our district website under the food service department, click on Linq Connect to get started managing your child(ren)’s meal account and fill out an application for free meals. All student packets will have a paper copy of the free meals application, so if you prefer you can still fill out the application this way. By applying online, your application will be sent straight to the Food Service Director for processing faster. If you provided an email address when registering your student, you will receive an email as soon as your application is processed informing you of the outcome. Later you will also be able to see our menus through Linq Connect, we will let you know when this is in place. Gwenda Bauman Food Service Director Junction City School District
Dear JC Staff and Families, This is a reminder that we are hosting a Community Meeting tomorrow evening (May 18th) at Laurel Elementary School at 6:00pm in the Media Center. The Long-Range Facility Planning Committee will be presenting their current district work and recommendations on the needs and plans for improvements to district buildings and facilities. Staff and community will be able to hear from the planning team and provide feedback. Results of the recent community survey will also be shared. We hope you are able to join us. Troy Stoops, Superintendent
Hello JC Staff and Families, Our Long-Range Facility Planning (LRFP) Committee is seeking feedback from staff and families. Here is a short survey to collect feedback from staff, families and community members. English Survey Spanish Survey . The Junction City School District has conducted physical assessments and planning discussions regarding our campuses. However, the District would like broader community input before making any further decisions. Our LRFP Committee will hold a Community Forum at Laurel Elementary School on Thursday, May 18th, at 6:00 pm. This will be a great opportunity to see the work the committee has done to this point, and an opportunity for you to ask questions and provide the school board and LRFP committee feedback for moving forward.