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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.

Principal, Brian Young

Dear Parents/Guardians and Community Members,

We’ve made it a goal to be even better connected to our parents and community, along with providing various ways for parents to be involved at Oaklea.  If you would like to be a volunteer in the building, or even attend a field trip or other school activity as a chaperone, please refer to the district website at  Click on “Forms” and then “Volunteer Background Check Application” to complete the initial process.  Please note that the district office processes these applications on Fridays.  Oaklea Parent Group (OPG): Next meeting is Friday, February 6th @ 8:20 a.m. in the Seminar Room. 

Health Note: Our counselor, Angie Elstone, and Nurse Carol Puderbaugh continue to teach health lessons to 7th & 8th graders in our science and social studies classes.  Students have an opportunity to be involved in these lessons on Fridays.  A health related issue that has surfaced recently with young people is caffeine pills, or what some students are calling “energy pills.”  We would like your help in talking to your student about the danger of taking pills or medication that do not belong to them.  Any and all medications needed by students should go through the health room. Students should never take pills that do not belong to them and we will work to reinforce this message with students.  Please know that the safety and well-being of students is our utmost priority.  Thank you for partnering with us in helping keep our students safe.

Statewide Testing: Our 5th & 8th grade students will complete Science testing in January and February.  Beginning in March, all students at Oaklea (5-8) will take the Smarter Balanced assessments in both Reading and Math.  These new exams will better assess student progress on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), and will involve both computer based assessments and classroom activities.  I am including some more information on a separate page in this newsletter.  Please note there is an online link to some practice exams you can take a look at with your student.  A change this year is that students will only take each of the two Smarter Balanced tests one time, and all in the spring.

If you would like to take a look at practice exam examples with your student, you can access these at the following website:

As always, please touch base with me if you have any questions or concerns.  Thanks for your continued support of our students!

Brian Young

Important Dates, Information»
Welcome to Junction CIty Schools - Video Link Here
2013-14 State Report Card: English Spanish
May 18-21 OMS - Book Fair (BOGO)
May 19 Education Together - Awards Night, Baptist Church, 7pm
May 22 No School - Teacher Work Day
May 25 No School - Memorial Holiday
May 27 6th Grade Coast Field Trip
May 29 Talent Show - Large Gym, 6:30pm
May 30 Function 4 Junction - Show 'N Shine
June 15 8th Grade Recognition Ceremony
6pm - OMS Main Gym
June 16 Last Day of School - Earyl Dismissal
Sept. 8 First Day of School
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Regular Bell Schedule

Doors Open 8:00  
1st Bell 8:05  
TEAM 8:10 - 8:20 Announcements; Breakfast
D.E.A.R. 8:20 - 8:39  
Period 1 8:43 - 9:46  
Period 2 9:50 - 10:53  
Period 3 Lunch 10:53 - 11:28 Grades 5/6
Period 3 Class 10:57 - 12:00  
Period 4 Class 11:33 - 12:35
Period 4 Lunch 12:00 - 12:35 Grades 7/8
Period 5 12:40 - 1:43  
Period 6 1:47 - 2:50  

Professional Activity ~ Late Start Bell Schedule
(No TEAM/Breakfast)

Doors Open 9:30  
1st Bell 9:35  
Period 1 9:40 - 10:32 Announcements
Period 2 10:36 - 11:28
Period 3
11:28 - 12:03 Grades 5/6
Period 3
11:32 - 12:24
Period 4 Class 12:08 - 12:59
Period 4 Lunch 12:24 - 12:59 Grades 7/8
Period 5 Class 1:04 - 1:55
Period 6 1:59 - 2:50

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