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Oaklea is into ART
ArtCore Grant Awarded
Exciting News!  In addition to receiving the Studio to Schools grant, Oaklea will be one of five middle schools in Lane County to receive a shared $2.2 million of Federal government funding for the Arts. This is called the "ArtCore" grant.

ArtCore is an immersive studio-to-school arts integration project that will be implemented in five Lane County middle schools. In collaboration with Lane Arts Council, the University of Oregon, and participating districts, ArtCore will bring new, creative and collaborative opportunities to teachers and students. With a significant research component, ArtCore will help deepen our collective understanding about creativity, the arts, and teaching and learning at the middle school level.

The funding will be combined with the Studio to Schools grant money, and will encompass four to five years of art for Oaklea Middle School students!

We would like to thank Ross Anderson, from the Educational Policy Improvement Center, Liora Sponko, Executive Director of the Lane Arts Council, and the rest of the team at Lane Arts for their help in writing the proposal for the ArtCore grant and highlighting the features that will make Oaklea an excellent candidate to receive the funding.  Brian Young, Principal of Oaklea Middle School, reports that he is tremendously excited to see how the arts enrichment funding will strengthen student creativity, critical thinking, and engagement in classroom study.  Studio to Schools and ArtCore will combine to truly benefit all students at Oaklea.

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: 526
Student Teacher Ratio: 30.94/1
Licensed Staff: 22

Principal, Brian Young

Dear Parents/Guardians and Community Members,

Happy New Year!  Looking at my calendar from last school year, it was about this time that we were experiencing “frozen days” and several school closures.  It has been nice to have more fluidity to our schedule this winter season, although some students may disagree.

As we approach the midway point of the 2nd Trimester, please continue to check the online Home Access program for most current grades and assignments.  Teachers update online reports at minimum every two weeks.  Please contact us in the main office if you have any questions about the program or need login information.  You will be seeing midterm reports in the mail during the week of January 26th.  Remember, these are just student progress reports.  The 2nd Trimester will end on March 11th.

This Friday, January 16th, we will be celebrating the two arts grants Oaklea will be receiving over the next few years: Studio to Schools and ArtCore.  When combined the grant funding is projected to be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars that will go toward arts integration in our classes during the school day, as well as the renewal of an After School program starting in February.  We will work with the Lane Arts Council to have rotating artists in our building after school, and applications will be available for students shortly.  This Friday’s “kickoff assemblies” will involve performing artists, local media, and a schoolwide celebration.  This is an exciting time for Oaklea staff, students, and community!

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
Feb. 6 OMS - Parent Group Meeting, 8:20am
Feb. 13 No School (Day reserved for inclement weather make-up day)
Territorial Daycare Closed
Feb. 16 No School - Presidents' Day Holiday
Territorial Daycare Closed
Feb. 17 Missoula Children's Theatre Auditions. Open to all Junction City School District students. 3:30pm in the JCHS Cafeteria.
Feb. 17-20 Missoula Children's Theatre Rehearsals
Missoula Children's Theatre Presents:
Feb. 21

Performance times to be announced.
Feb. 23 School Board Meeting, 6:30pm - District Board Room
Feb. 25 1.5 Late Start Day
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Bell Schedule

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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