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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

August/September 2015

Dear Parents, Guardians, Students,  and Community Members:

I’d like to welcome you all to another school year together at Oaklea!  This will be an exciting year as we will be implementing a new master schedule that we feel will enhance our abilities to meet the needs of all of our students (more info below).

Our Oaklea Parent Group meetings are scheduled each month. The September meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Friday, September 11th.  If you can’t make the morning meetings, but would still like to be involved or volunteer with the OMS Parent Group, please e-mail our parent coordinator, Susie Freeman:  Throughout the school year, there will be all sorts of opportunities for parents to be involved at Oaklea.  If you would like to volunteer in our school, please start the process by filling out the district volunteer application: (click on “Forms” and then “Volunteer Background Check application).  We are transitioning systems, and do not have the online entry at this time.  Please drop off hard copy forms to Stephanie White in the JC district office.

 Supply Drop-Off Day is this coming Thursday, September 3rd from 1 – 3pm at Oaklea.  This is an opportunity for our incoming 5th graders and all of our new students to meet their teachers, take a tour of the building, and try out their locker.   OMS Leadership students will be available to support students and parents throughout the building.

First Day of School is Tuesday, September 8th!  Students should report to their 1st period teachers, with the school day beginning at 8:10 a.m.  Students can find their teachers posted on the outside front entrance windows toward the end of this week.

REMINDER: Oaklea’s Open House is scheduled for Thursday, September 17th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. You’ll have the opportunity to follow your child’s daily class schedule while briefly meeting each of her/his teachers. All parents/guardians and students are welcome.  Like last year, we are working with our Parent Group to serve hot dogs and refreshments starting at 5:30pm (front of the building)
Home Access available:  The school district will again be using the Home Access program.  Information is included in your student registration packet. The information explains how to activate your account. Home Access allows secure internet access to your child’s progress in each of their classes.  Contact us at 998-3381 with any additional questions you might have.
Oaklea Athletics:  We are pleased to announce that Oaklea Football is back!  Our 7th & 8th graders will be blended on a team that will be competing in the Willamette Valley League.  This could not have been possible without a ton of community and parent support, as well as local businesses.  Cross Country is back for a third year as a fall club sport!  Thank you to volunteer coach, Shannon McAdams!  Signups for cross country, football and volleyball are now available.  Students interested in competing will need to have a physical within the past two years before they are allowed to practice.  Options are available locally, including the health clinics in JC and Monroe.

Update on new staff for the 2015-16 school year
New Teachers to Oaklea: We will have four new teachers this school year.  Aimee Hardenbrook – 7th Grade Science – Mrs. Hardenbrook comes to us from Washington with years of experience teaching math and science.  She will add a great deal to both departments at Oaklea.  Our team is thrilled to add a teacher with such a high degree of experience, professionalism, and proven connections with students. 
Rachel Harrenstein – 6th Grade Math/Science – Mrs. Harrenstein is the perfect fit for our new block schedule format, as she has taught science at Willamette Leadership Academy for the past three years, and is in the final stages of obtaining her math endorsement. She is a JCHS alum who is excited about coming back home to work with students in the JC community.  Relee Davis – ELL Teacher (JCHS & OMS) – Ms. Davis will be our secondary ELL teacher in the district.  The interview team was impressed with her passion for teaching, and evident ability to build positive professional relationships with her students.  She will be providing services to students at OMS during the afternoon periods.  Tyson Pizzuto – 5th Grade Language Arts/Social Studies – Mr. Pizzuto has spent quite a bit of time in our building as a guest teacher this past year.  He has demonstrated an ability to build positive connections with students and to build engagements in his lessons.  Now, he will be joining our 5th grade team in his first year teaching.  Tyson is also coaching JV football at the high school.
New Classified StaffJamie Williams – Secretary (Student Services/Front Office), Danielle Bagley –Instructional Assistant (5th & 6th LRC)

Staff Changes:  Justin Corey has accepted a new split position as Vice Principal/Dean of Students.  We appreciate his hard work, follow through, and the support he provides to kids.  Jaymie Starr will be working as our new IA in the Structured Learning Center, replacing Susan Cross.  Mrs. Starr has previous experience in the Life Skills program, and has the patience and positive spirit that will be so helpful for the students she will be working with from Mr. Embers’ program.  Hillary Bean will make the move to 5th grade ELA/Social Studies.  She will be an excellent addition to that team, and we are very pleased to keep her at Oaklea, after teaching math classes last school year. 

Based on Kelly Gabriel’s medical leave this school year, Ralph Davis will make the move to the 7th Language Arts position.  His passion for reading and writing instruction will now be shared with our older students, as he has an opportunity to teach a group of kids for two consecutive years.  He will also have Leadership as an enrichment class, and we are excited about the impact this will make. 
Jennifer Paull (Lindsey) will be taking the 6th grade ELA/SS block position.  Ms. Paull taught 6th grade for years in Central Linn, and has specialized in Language Arts instruction.

Exciting Announcements:
As mentioned, Oaklea will be operating on a new, 8-period schedule.  5th & 6th core classes will be blocked together by grade level, allowing lessons to be better integrated between subjects.  Our Special Education students will be spending more time with their peers in core language arts and math classes, with ample resource room support with teachers and IAs.  All students will now have an opportunity to be enrolled in enrichment classes in the afternoon.  These classes will range from Leadership to Drama Theater to Oregon Battle of the Books, several arts enrichments, and many more.  Students will still have their traditional electives (PE, music, computer skills) in the morning.  During enrichment each week, teachers will be spending additional time working with students who could benefit from additional support in language arts and math.  These small group classes (5-10 students) are called Extended Learning Opportunities or “ELOs”.  These changes are based on months of collaboration, site visits to two middle schools in Southern Oregon, and a staff desire to help all of our kids with their growth at OMS.  Teachers will work in teams to decide which students could benefit from ELO support on a week-to-week basis, based on assessments.  We believe our students will really enjoy the Enrichment classes as well.
 Oaklea is now in Year 2 of the implementation of two major arts grants: The Oregon Community Foundation’s “Studio to Schools Grant.”, and the Federal “ArtCore” grant.  These multi year grants, are providing thousands of dollars to greatly expand our arts integration opportunities for students within the school day, in addition to the development of after school components.  This is exciting for our staff and student body! 

Please remember to stop by the Main Office when you visit our school. We’ll ask you to sign-in and wear a Visitor’s Badge. This procedure helps us keep the building secure as well as assisting you with any questions you might have.

As always, feel free to email, phone (998-3381), or e-mail/call specific teachers to schedule a conference to discuss any of your school questions or concerns.  I am looking forward to an exciting 2015-16 school year at Oaklea Middle School!

Brian Young

Important Dates, Information»
Welcome to Junction CIty Schools - Video Link Here
2013-14 State Report Card: English Spanish
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
Oct. 30 OMS - Health Screenings
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Bell Schedule

Regular Bell Schedule 6-7th Grade

Doors Open 8:00  
1st Bell 8:05  
Period 1 8:10 - 9:09 Announcements
Period 2 9:13 - 10:06  
Period 3 10:10 - 11:03  
Period 4 11:03 - 11:38 (A) Lunch
Period 5 11:42 - 12:35  
Period 6 12:39 - 1:32  
Period 7 1:36 - 2:11  
Period 8 2:15 - 2:50  

Regular Bell Schedule 5-8th Grade

Doors Open 8:00  
1st Bell 8:05  
Period 1 8:10 - 9:09 Announcements
Period 2 9:13 - 10:06  
Period 3 10:10 - 11:03  
Period 4 11:07 - 12:00  
Period 5 12:00 - 12:35 (B) Lunch
Period 6 12:39 - 1:32  
Period 7 1:36 - 2:11  
Period 8 2:15 - 2:50  

Early Release Schedule

Doors Open 8:00  
1st Bell 8:05  
Period 1 8:10 - 9:06 Announcements
Period 2 9:10 - 10:00
Period 3 10:04 - 10:54  
Period 4 10:54 - 11:29 (A) Lunch
Period 4 10:58 - 11:51  
Period 5 11:51 - 12:26 (B) Lunch
Period 6 12:30 - 1:20  

Two Hour Delay Schedule

Doors Open 10:00  
1st Bell 10:05  
Period 1 10:10 - 10:59 Announcements
Period 4 10:59 - 11:34 (A) Lunch
Period 4 11:03 - 11:48  
Period 5 11:48 - 12:23 (B) Lunch
Period 5 11:38 - 12:23  
Period 2 12:27 - 1:12  
Period 3 1:16 - 2:01  
Period 4 2:05 - 2:50  

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