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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 Families,

I can’t believe it is almost April! I hope that everyone had a chance to play in the sun and have lots of fun. Personally I loved it, but I surely missed all the excited faces of our students coming down the main hallway and eager to get to class. Coming back from break was energizing and exciting.

April is going to be a busy month. We are looking forward to seeing all of you at the all-time favorite Bingo Night on April 17th at the high school. I am sure it is going to be loads of fun! In addition, we are starting to get students in the third & fourth grade prepared for the Smarter Balanced Assessment. For the next 2 weeks, students will get a chance to practice taking this test using the interim assessments, which is designed to be like the actual test. This opportunity will allow students to experience what it’s like to take the Smarter Balanced test, in addition to getting used to the assessment’s interface. After this round of practice, students will take the actual test starting mid-April and May. I sent a separate letter to all families who have students in the third and fourth grade that explains this assessment in detail and answers some frequently asked questions.

In order to support your children be successful on this assessment, please remind them to:
Go to bed early every night and get a good night sleep.
Don’t stress about it. We will be there to support them and help them in every way possible.
Eat healthy so they can work hard. Avoid a sugary breakfast or snacks.
Stay hydrated.
Play after school to get energized and stress free.
Think positive and believe in yourself. The test may have items that you do not know how to answer. That is ok. Just do your best!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me.

Nadira Rizkallah, Principal

Important Dates, Information»
Welcome to Junction CIty Schools - Video Link Here
2013-14 State Report Card: English Spanish
April 17 Family Fun Night / Bingo - Please note, this is a calendar date change.
Location: Junction City High School Cafeteria
Doors open at 5:30pm.
April 17 Popcorn Friday
April 20-23 2015-16 Kindergarten Preregistration
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April 22 Administrative Professionals Day
April 24 No School Day
April 27 School Board Meeting, 6:00pm - District Board Room
May 1 Popcorn Friday
May 4-8 Teacher Appreciation Week
May 8-15 Book Fair
May 13 1.5 Hour Late Start
May 15 Popcorn Friday
May 18 School Board Meeting, 6:00pm - District Board Room
May 18 LES - Music Performance - 7pm
May 19 LES - Music Performance - 7pm
May 20 LES - Music Performance - 7pm
May 21 LES - Music Performance - 7pm
May 18 Education Together - Awards Night
May 22 No School - Teacher Work Day
May 25 No School - Memorial Holiday
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