School Bond Update 4/26/17 Excitement builds as construction bids are gathered for the new high school wing. Groundbreaking looks to happen in May!
New Display Boards should be arriving today with the most updated rendering of the high school. The display boards can viewed as they are rotated throughout school functions and local businesses. Click the image below for a sneak peek!
(Draft) High School Design:
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Territorial's Covered Play Structure is complete and students' are enjoying outside play... with all of the rain this year, the project is very much appreciated.
Thank you voters!!
On May 12th, 40 JCHS student-scientists took a field trip to participate in the U of O Science Day. Highlights of the trip included visits to Zebra Fish lab, Bio Chem demo, Nano Technology lab, Laser lab and Leaf Cutter Ant Colony (only school in the US doing research). Students were able to view and participate in cutting edge technology executed primarily through undergrad research!
Many of our graduating seniors- a number of whom will be pursuing higher education in the STEM fields- were honored at the Annual Education Together Foundation Awards night, May 16th.
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.
JUNCTION CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT UPDATE Kathleen Rodden-Nord, Ph.D.
JUNCTION CITY SCHOOLS UPDATE: April 2017
JUNCTION CITY SCHOOLS UPDATE: April 2017 Spring term is in full bloom in the District; the JCHS women’s tennis team enjoyed some beautiful weather in Roseburg this past weekend and I hope that you all enjoyed some sunshine and relaxation as well! Things are buzzing around the District, and there are many school and community activities planned in the coming weeks- you can read all about them below (and get information from last Monday’s board meeting too).
JUNCTION CITY HIGH SCHOOL Spring is an extremely busy time at JCHS! Last Monday, April 24th The Top Tiger Pageant- formerly known as Mr. Tiger- took place in the West Wing Gym. The Pageant marked the conclusion of many months of preparation and fundraising to benefit JC Local Aid, the Children’s Miracle Network, and the JCHS Associated Student Body. Many thanks to volunteer staff advisors, Liz Henderson and Courtney Madsen and to the many already-super-busy students who have given so much of their time and effort for this important community service project.
On Tuesday, April 25, JCHS staff and administrators met with parents and incoming freshmen to get the forecasting process rolling and provide a sense of student life at JCHS. Forecasting for returning students is in full swing, and seniors are beginning to work on final checklists prior to commencement on June 10. I have asked the JCHS administration and counseling team to work with Department Chairs to identify possible new courses that could engage students and increase their awareness of possible careers and fields of study after high school. Some of the courses we may explore offering include soil sciences, watershed management, computer sciences, business management and leadership, advanced book-keeping, 3D animation and modeling and other Engineering Technology types of courses. We also are working with the Lane ESD and several institutions of higher education to develop a “grow your own teacher” program, where our high school students could get a taste of teaching as a career- this program likely will not be ready for launch until the 2018-19 school year.
On Wednesday, April 26, The documentary film, Voices of Hate – Voices of Hope, was shown in the West Wing Gym. The film is a time capsule of events at JCHS following last November’s presidential election. The video relies heavily on student voices to recall their experiences and perspectives as a portal to promote constructive ongoing dialogue to help bridge our cultural gaps. The entire student body sat in rapt attention as the film was shared; following the film, students had the opportunity to share observations, feelings, ideas, and hope for the future of their school. The comments reflected a range of experiences and ideas, but they all held in common our students’ commitments to treat each other respectfully, and to work together to create a cohesive and positive school culture. This documentary also may be featured at the JCHS Social Justice League’s annual film festival, which is planned for later this spring.
Thursday, April 27, JCHS students were entertained by the participants in the 2017 Talent Show. Many thanks to JCHS music teacher Mara Liechty and media specialist Linda Jackson who served as the point people for this annual showcase.
This week is prom week, and JC Fire and Police will stage an assembly tomorrow (Tuesday, May 2nd) which depicts the scene of an accident involving an impaired student driver and innocent victims on Tuesday. Prom will be held down in Creswell at Emerald Valley Golf Club on Saturday, May 6, under the theme Enchanted Garden. We wish our students a safe, memorable, and magical prom!
Last week, students had the opportunity to meet with personnel representing careers in CTE from Johnson Crushers, Peterson-Pacific, Seneca Sawmill, and Ideal Steel. This is the second such group to engage in conversations making the high school-to-careers connection this year. Coming up this Wednesday, May 3rd, Career and Technical Educator Mike King will be taking a group of up to 20 10th through 12th graders on a tour of 3 manufacturing facilities, including Farwest Steel, Precision Machine, and Bulk Handling Systems. Interested students can reach out to Mr. King or College and Career Center Coordinator Liz Bolton to obtain a flyer and permission slip so that they can participate. Finally, JCHS math teacher Becci Buenau is taking the lead on getting certified to teach a College Now- level Computer Science course (CS160). She also is working Connected Lane County and the Lane STEM workgroup to take up to 20 interested students on a tour of local technology companies, tentatively scheduled for May 18th.
Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held at Junction City High School on May 11 from 4:30 to 7:30pm. As we see more lines painted around the JCHS campus marking the shape of construction to come, there’s a buzz about the fast approaching construction project in anticipation of the groundbreaking ceremony. The date for the ceremony is TBD, but there are several large “project boards” making their way around the District and at Community meetings and events that are really starting to get everyone excited to see the JCHS addition take shape.
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