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Oaklea Middle School
Wins Brain Bowl
Rebecca Carmichael took a cadre of TAG students to the Lane County Brain Bowl competition this past week.  For the first time since Oaklea has been competing in this event, which has been over a decade, the 7th & 8th team took home the 1st Place Trophy!  KEZI ran a short feature, mentioned the victory and interviewed a couple of our students.

Link to KEZI feature

JCHS Alumnus named 2015
Goldwater Scholar
Congratulations John Gillies!
University of Oregon juniors Kyla Martichuski and John Gillies have been named 2015 Goldwater Scholars, a prestigious national award that recognizes under-graduates for their research work in mathematics, science and engineering.

Martichuski and Gillies are the only recipients from an Oregon university. Of the 1,200 applicants, 260 were selected to receive the scholarship.

Martichuski and Gillies will each receive up to $7,500 for tuition, fees, and room and board for their senior years. More importantly, the two survived a rigorous application process to emerge with national recognition of their undergraduate research.

Gillies, from Junction City, is a biochemistry major with a minor in business administration whose research looks at protein interaction with single-strand DNA. He works in Andrew Marcus’ lab in the Institute of Molecular Biology. 

“I took a general chemistry class my freshman year from Andrew Marcus,” Gillies said. “I read one of his papers and went in to talk about it with him. That led to a spot in the lab and getting to work on this research.

“It’s a great honor to win this award, especially given its prestige,” he said. “The funding is nice, of course, but what I appreciate most is getting the recognition for the research I have done.”

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation  is a federally endowed agency created in 1986.

—By Heidi Hiaasen, Public Affairs Communications

This article has been condensed with permission from the author.

Junction City School District is committed to Engage, Inspire and Educate all our students by offering physical education, music, comprehensive art, computer technology, as well as enrichment and academic support in before and after school programs.
Enrollment: 520
Student Teacher Ratio: 28.11/1
Licensed Staff: 21.3


Principal, Nadira Rizkallah

Dear Famlies,

I can’t believe our 2014-2015 school year is coming to an end! This year has been one of the best years in my career. Working in the Junction City community has been such a fulfilling and rewarding experience. I would like to take this opportunity to express my thanks and deep appreciation to all of you for sharing your kids with us this year. At Laurel,
we worked hard to nurture, love, educate, and inspire 530 students. Our staff members poured their hearts out day in and day out to serve our students and provide the best schooling experience possible. Thank you for letting us be a part of your child’s life. It has been a true honor.

Please join us at the conclusion of this year to wish our beloved staff Peggy DeGroot, Alene Drongesen, Jane Tiebout, and Rebecca Smith, a very happy retirement. They have served the students in the Junction City community for many, many years and had honorable careers changing lives. Also, please join us in wishing a farewell to the staff members who have decided to venture off and go pursue their passions elsewhere. We are going to miss all of these staff members dearly.

As we plan for next year, we will continue to improve the safety procedures at our school. Our safety committee and the Positive Behavior Support Team have come together and proposed a drop off/pick up plan for next year that will help keep our children, who use different modes of transportation to and from school, safe. We are still working with the JCPD and the City to help us finalize those plans. Please be on the lookout during the summer for communication about the new drop off/pick up policy. With our all-day kindergarten traffic next year, we want to make sure that students’ safety comes first. We appreciate your support and understanding of any changes that might take place.

Nadira Rizkallah, Principal

Important Dates, Information»
Welcome to Junction CIty Schools - Video Link Here
2013-14 State Report Card: English Spanish
Aug. 6-9 Scandinavian Festival
Aug. 24 School Board Meeting, 6pm - District Board Room
Aug. 26-27 New Student Registration (Grades K-12) – 8:30-3:30 at JCHS Cafeteria
Aug. 28 New Student Registration at student’s school building for students unable to register on the 26th or 27th
Sept. 3 School Supply Drop-off, 2-3pm
Sept. 8 First Day of School
Sept. 8 LES - Kindergarten Group A
Sept. 9 LES - Kindergarten Group B
Sept. 10 LES - Kindergarten Group A
Sept. 11 LES - Kindergarten Group B
Sept. 14 LES - Kindergarten Everyone Attends
Sept. 14 LES - Health Screenings – Grades K-4
Sept. 16 1.5 Hour Early Release From School
Sept. 23 LES - Curriculum Night, 6-7pm
Sept. 28 School Board Meeting, 6pm - District Board Room
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