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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.

Principal, Brian Young

May/June  2015

Dear Parents and Community Members,
As the end of the school year approaches, I’d like to thank all of the parents and guardians who have volunteered so many hours of their time to our students and staff.  Your continued involvement allows Oaklea to be a great middle school!  This Friday night at 7:00pm, the annual OMS Talent Show will take place in the main gym.  This is always an entertaining evening, with an opportunity for school spirit and family bonding time together.   I’d also like to thank our Oaklea Parent Group for providing funding to support some very engaging class field trip opportunities to finish the year.  Our students will have an opportunity to visit such places as Newport, Florence, and the Rogue River!

As June approaches, please note the dates and times for grade level awards assemblies listed below.  The 8th Grade Recognition ceremony begins at 6:00 p.m. on June 15th in the OMS large gym.   Also for 8th grade parents and students, the JCHS staff will be hosting an annual barbeque and welcoming gathering for incoming students on June 3rd, from 3:10 – 4:15p.m.  We will be walking to the high school campus with 8th graders who would like to participate that day.  Students will have an opportunity to learn more about extracurricular opportunities, meet seniors who have been involved, as well as have a BBQ with staff members.  Transportation home will need to be arranged at 4:15, and we have more detailed information on the OMS website.

By now, incoming 5th and 6th grade students should have received information regarding a shift to “block scheduling” for those grade levels in 2015-16.  Students will be having one teacher for Math, Science & Health, and a second teacher for Language Arts and Social Studies.  We believe this will be best for both students and teachers, and will also provide a smoother transition to the 7th & 8th grades.  As a staff, we are also looking at schedule possibilities that would increase opportunities for academic interventions and enrichment next school year.   I will be sure to keep parents and students informed, if we do make additional adjustments to our master schedule.   

Finally, a huge shout out to our OMS Track & Field athletes and coaches.  The girls’ team finished 2nd overall in our conference, and 5th at the State Meet of Champions.  The boys’ team won the district title and also sent several competitors to the Meet of Champs.   Most importantly, the team demonstrated positive sportsmanship and class each and every day they participated.  Also, for the first time ever, the 7th & 8th Oaklea “Brain Bowl” team won the Lane County competition against various middle schools, and was featured on KEZI news that evening.   Congratulations to our brain bowl competitors!   As we work to wrap up this school year, I want to take the time to wish you and your family the best this summer!  As principal, it is a privilege to be working with you to provide the best possible support for our Oaklea students.

Brian Young

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. 8 First Day of School
Sept. 11 OMS Parent Group Meeting, 8:30am
Sept. 16 1.5 Hour Early Release From School
Sept. 17 OMS Fall Photos
Sept. 17 Oaklea Open House, 5:30-8pm
Sept. 25-Oct. 8 OMS - Fall Fundraiser
Sept. 28 School Board Meeting, 6pm - District Board Room
Sept. 30 OMS - Health Screenings
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