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JCHS 2017 ACT Scores Exceed
JCHS College bound students exceeded the state and national averages on the 2017 ACT. In addition, students were more likely to reach important ACT college readiness benchmarks and surpassed state scores in all 5 areas of study.
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JCHS Yearbook Takes First Place!
JCHS Yearbook Takes First Place
This summer five JCHS students and their advisor Liz Henderson attended Yearbooks Northwest yearbook camp on the campus of Willamette University. Mariah Evans, Lili Hernandez, Jessica Puderbaugh, Carley Webster and Alli Bedacht spent three days learning from national yearbook experts on the areas of design, concept, writing, editing, photography and more. The culmination of the camp was the creation of a theme package to be used for the 2017-2018 yearbook. Out of 32 schools present from Oregon, Washington and California our students took first place earning the Outstanding Theme Package award!
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Oaklea Middle School Awarded
Don't Quit Fitness Grant
School wins $100,000 Fitness Center
Governor Kate Brown announced that three Oregon schools have been selected by the National Foundation for
Governors’ Fitness Councils (NFGFC) Don’t Quit! campaign to receive $100,000 fitness centers. Neil Armstrong Middle School in Forest Grove, Weston Middle School in Weston, and Oaklea Middle School in Junction City were each chosen after an application and review process conducted by NFGFC.

“Congratulations to Neil Armstrong Middle School, Weston Middle School and Oaklea Middle School on their selection,” Governor Brown said. “It’s no secret that when healthy eating and exercise are introduced during adolescence, young people continue to make those good decisions throughout their lives. I thank the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils for helping these three middle schools promote active lifestyles in young Oregonians.”

The state-of-the-art fitness centers will be unveiled this fall. Each fitness center is financed through public/private partnerships and does not rely on taxpayer dollars or state funding.

2016-17 Principal, Brian Young stated: "We thank Betsy Wolfston for her work to convince us to apply for this grant, and for helping us submit an outstanding application.  I'd also like to thank Ed Madison and his JLI team through the U of O for their work to complete an amazing video to showcase the real need for new equipment at Oaklea. Christopher Trotchie filmed, produced, and edited the video for us. Thanks to Chris Surface and Raquel Cope as well.  As you will see, they did a tremendous job in the video.

This was an awesome example of using a current community partnership (Lane Arts Council, ArtCore team, and the U of O JLI program) to pool resources together in applying for more opportunities for our kids."


OREGON RISING. Great Schools. Great State.

Oregon Rising is a public outreach effort that's focused on learning about what Oregonians want for their children and their schools. At the heart of the work is the prompt to dream big, and to share the dream. In the first phase, we provided a survey and held community meetings. In both, we asked you to describe the education Oregon students would receive, if it were up to you.

Within two months, we heard from more than 10,000 Oregonians, from all walks of life and from every county in the state. Next, we will share our findings and then together, develop a vision and plan that can deliver what Oregonians want.

Oregon Rising refers to one thing we find most people agree upon: When our children are successful, we are all successful. Thus, our tagline: Great Schools, Great State. Because we believe great schools are the foundation for a great State of Oregon, and a great state of our economy, our communities and our future.

For more information about the project and to view the complete set of videos please visit:

Kathleen Rodden-Nord, Ph.D.
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Aside from smoky weather conditions that kept students indoors the first few days of the 2017-18 school year, the year is off to a wonderful start!

Last Wednesday our School Board held their rescheduled August meeting; below you can read the August 2017 issue of the Junction City Schools Update, along with some news from the August 30th school board meeting.  Happy reading, and welcome (back) to the new school year!

Oaklea is incredibly fortunate to be one of only three schools in Oregon to be awarded the “Don’t Quit” fitness grant.  Our custodial staff, Scott and Bob, have worked hard to turn our former industrial arts room into what will soon house a state of the art circuit training facility!  Later in October there will be an official ribbon cutting ceremony, and we just learned that Governor Kate Brown has selected Oaklea Middle School as the award recipient she will be visiting!   This grant will allow every student to improve their fitness level and promote healthy living for years to come.  We would like to thank Betsy Wolfston, Chris Surface, and Raquel Cope for their work on the grant.  Additionally, the Oaklea Parent Group has continued to add to our “back yard” with additional playground and outdoor fitness equipment arriving over the summer.  These added elements will follow the fitness theme and continue to promote fitness among our students.   

A few weeks ago, Oaklea’s principal and several teachers attended the ArtCore’s Summer Institute at the University of Oregon.  This was a tremendous opportunity for teachers at Oaklea to learn about how our arts grants are integrated into our classrooms.  This year, Oaklea will have an additional art weaver, Katie Schuessler, who will focus on grades seven and eight while Betsy Wolfston will work with our fifth and sixth grades.  Our hope is to use the Studio Habits of Mind to continue to support our “Portrait of an Oaklea Graduate”.  We intend for this portrait to direct students to the skills and traits needed to be successful at the high school and beyond.  With this being the fourth year of our two arts grants we are increasingly confident in our ability to integrate art into all subjects sustainably once the grants are finished.

This year, we plan to combine our Care Team and PBIS teams to help school climate, discipline, and the ability to find solutions to help students in need.  This combined team will meet each month to discuss solutions and strategies to these ever-increasing and complex issues facing our building.  We are also going to change our meeting schedule with staff to build consensus.  We will meet monthly as grades, grade representatives, and as a whole staff- and then bimonthly with site council- to connect our whole staff and parent representatives to the vision of the school.  Last year, we used Indistar to develop our school improvement plan and we will continue to use that framework to guide us in establishing and achieving our goals as a building. 
During in-service week we surveyed our staff on professional development needs and we will use that data to formulate quality and relevant staff training that aligns with our improvement plan.  We will have a new schedule at Oaklea this year, after working with teachers (a special thank you to Ms. Haffner!) to keep the fundamentals of our previous schedule (equitable opportunities for enrichment classes and targeted interventions for any student needing extra help) while addressing the need to reduce class sizes in seventh grade, our largest grade. 

Fall Sports Registration saw many middle school students sign up for Football, Cross Country, Cheer, and Volleyball.  Cheer and Cross Country are available to all grades while Football and Volleyball are only grades 7 and 8.  Practices began Monday, August 28th for most teams.  We are still looking for coaching for the Volleyball teams, so help us spread that word and send aspiring coaches our way. 

Supply Drop Off for all new students was held on Thursday, August 31st from 1-3pm.  The building was open to incoming fifth graders and sixth graders who attended Territorial last year; it also was available to any new to the district student in grades seven and eight.  This was a fantastic time to meet teachers and staff that students might be working with this year as well as to give new students a head start with supplies and lockers.  Getting a preview the building ahead of the Tuesday, September 5th start of school was beneficial and contributed to a great first day of school. 

Oaklea would like to extend an enormous thank you to the churches and volunteers from Project Hope who continue to spend time helping to rejuvenate our campuses for the big arrival of students.  In addition to the physical contributions, it goes without saying how thankful we are for their time spent getting clothing and supplies to families prior to school starting.  It is this type of community involvement and togetherness that separates us from bigger cities.  We are thankful for their help and for the opportunity to work and learn in this place we call home, Junction City!

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Important Dates, Information »
Sept. 11 TES - All Territorial Kindergarten Students Attend
Sept. 11 LES - No School for Laurel Kindergarten
Sept. 12 LES - All Laurel Kindergarten Students Attend
Sept. 14 LES - Parent Group Meeting, 6pm
Sept. 18 OMS - School Photos
Sept. 21 OMS - Open House, 5:30-8pm
Sept. 22 OMS - Popcorn Friday
Sept. 25 School Board Meeting, 6pm
Sept. 25-29 TES - Book Fair
Sept. 27 1.5 Hour Early Release Day
Sept. 28 LES - Back to School Night, 5:30-7pm
Sept. 28 TES - Open House & Curriculum Night, 6-7:30pm
Sept. 29 JCHS - Homecoming
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The Junction City School District does not discriminate on the basis on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. All District staff and students are expected to adhere to these policies; discrimination of any kind shall not be tolerated in our District and should be reported to the District Human Rights Director, Tom Endersby.  Tom's office is located in the District Office at 325 Maple Street.  Tom's e-mail address is and his phone number is (541) 998-6311. District Apple
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