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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 Parents and Guardians,

I cannot believe summer is almost over and our first day of school on September 8th is around the corner. I hope that you found some time to enjoy the sun, laugh, play, and spend time with your children. We sure missed our students and we can’t wait for them to be back. The building is so empty without them, and we are counting down the minutes to let our doors wide open and see all of those happy faces.  I wanted to write and make you aware of a few upcoming events that you would not want to miss.

Come join us on September 3rd from 2:00-3:00 to drop your supplies off and enjoy an ice cream social put on by our wonderful Laurel Parent Group. After you visit your classroom, meet your teacher, and drop supplies off, you and your children will get to enjoy ice cream, say hi to friends, meet new ones, and learn about upcoming Parent Group activities. We are so grateful for our Parent Group and all that they are doing to enrich our community and contribute to our positive school culture.

Speaking of the Parent Group, I wanted to make you aware that we have established a Parent Group/Family Center adjacent to our Library/Media center. Parent volunteers have been working hard all summer to put the space together and make it welcoming for our families. We invite you to check the place out and get familiar with the space that you can call yours in the heart of our school. This space will host our wonderful parent volunteers, parent volunteer activities, meetings, and school-related Laurel Parent Group celebrations. We are delighted to be able to provide such a welcoming space to all of you.

We are in need of Spanish-speaking, volunteer interpreters for our supply drop off event the first two days of school in the beginning of the school day (7:54-8:45), and end of day (2:15-3:00). If you are interested in helping out, please call the school’s front office at 541-998-2386 and Carla will give you more specifics. We will also need interpreters for our curriculum night 9/24, 6:00-7:00pm, and our open house 10/8, 5:30-7:00pm. Let us know if you are interested in those days as well.

Your student’s teacher assignment will be posted on the front door window at the end of the working day on September 2nd. We are still finalizing class lists, adding some late registrations, and adjusting a few placements. We appreciate your patience as we work through these lists to make them as equitable as possible.

I am sure you are eager to know who will be teaching grade levels this year, so here are the grade level assignments:

KG: Jaynie Wiser, Cat Jenkins, Nicole Strout, Heather Stafford
1st: Melissa Tofell, Melissa Singler, Denise Huebner, Mikayla Sims
2nd: Meghan Reed, Katie Walton-Williams, Dani Ferrill, Stephanie Graham
3rd: Jen Gower, Sunshine Anstine, Jessica Huff, Jamie Newbold
4th: Leigh Wilcox, Kati Carter, Katie VanDeHey, Pauline Gibson-Tobin
Special Education: Jeanie McDermott, Christine Claitor, Melanie Maenz
Specialists: Beau Dussell (PE), Deborah Adams (music), Paula Erdman (ELD), Erika Vaughn (instructional coach), Shelly Dickson (reading Interventionist), Mary Jo Clark (Title coordinator/reading specialist), Courtney Madsen (counselor)

This year is going to be a very exciting year. We keep thinking about the great opportunities and expertise our team members bring to the educational experience of all of our kids. We see hope, excitement, and lots of promise on the horizon, and we cannot wait to dive in. I wish you, and all our children, a fantastic 2015-16 school year and hope that our partnership continues to grow to better serve our kids and our Junction City community.

With Gratitude,
Nadira Rizkallah, Principal

Important Dates, Information»
Welcome to Junction CIty Schools - Video Link Here
2013-14 State Report Card: English Spanish
Class Lists will be posted on the front windows of Laurel Elementary at the end of the day, September 2nd.
Sept. 3 School Supply Drop-off, 2-3pm - Bring your after-school Ttransportation Iinformation
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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