Laurel Student Health Screenings

Laurel student health screenings will be held the week of October 30 – November 3, 2017.  Included in this event: Automated vision screening; height and weight measurements; and dental screening by local dental professionals.

Results will be going home in the homework folders mid November. You will also receive follow up information on any results that may need further evaluation.

All screenings will be performed with emphasis on privacy and confidentiality and will be done under the guidance of our District Nurse, Carol Puderbaugh.  If you have any questions or wish to opt out of any or all of the screenings, please contact the Laurel Health Room 541-998-5037 or email

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  School Hours: 8am - 2:30pm
Early Release: 1pm (Calendar)

Spectacular News»
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."


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

September/October 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians:

The first three weeks of school have been so wonderful at Laurel. It was amazing to see how eager our students were to start yet another year filled with fun and lots of learning. We kicked the year off with a focus on our Laurel vision and an emphasis on our growth culture. We believe that through nurturing a growth mindset and culture, our school will have a significant positive impact on students’ achievement and on staff member’s self-efficacy and belief in their ability to be effective educators.

Laurel’s community is an exceptional place because of the support, warmth and compassion of the school community and the community at large. Our staff members understand that their role is not to simply teach our children how to read and write, but to also help them develop emotionally and socially. As such, the whole Laurel staff, classified and certified members, are engaging in studying and implementing a new social/emotional curriculum called Zones of Regulation. We are training staff in increments during early release hours and staff meetings, and they are implementing the lessons as they learn them. We found huge success with this model and we have heard wonderful success stories.

We are celebrating International Dot Day on Thursday, September 28th, which is also our Back-to-School Night. All staff and students are going to "make our mark" and “Be The Difference!” Everyone is invited to wear dots to commemorate this day! International Dot Day is a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration. The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe. We invite all of Laurel’s community to wear dot-filled outfits and come join us on our Back-to-School Night to view an art gallery of our students’ “marks” or “Dot,” that will line the halls of Laurel Elementary School. Everyone will also get the chance to hear from teachers about their plans for the year to support our culture of growth and learning, including information on curriculum, field trips, programs and much more. If all plans go well, we are hoping to open our book fair for you to visit that night. 


Important Dates, Information»
Welcome to Junction CIty Schools - Video Link Here
2016-17 State Report Card: English Spanish
Oct. 19 National Shake-Out Drill
Oct. 23 School Board Meeting, 6pm
Oct. 25 1.5 Hour Early Release Day
Oct. 26-27 No School – PA Day
Oct. 30-Nov. 3 LES - Health Screenings
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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.
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