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JCHS Robotic's
Qualify For
State Championships!
March 7-8

The Blue Dwarves were the Finalist Captains in this week's Super- Qualifier and are on to the State Championships.

Benson Polytechnic High School and its Robotics Club will host the 2015 Oregon Robotics Championship and Outreach Program FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) on March 7th and 8th in the Benson Tech gym where they compete to earn a spot in the West Super Regional in Oakland, California at the end of March.

The event will bring together dozens of Oregon high school robotic clubs and the robots that they have built.

JCHS Does Well at
Qualifying Tournament
Team 6564 with Inspire Award
On February 7th, the JCHS Robotic's teams competed in a qualifying tournament at Oregon State University. The kids put in over 30 hours of work in two days and are exhausted.

At the end of qualifiers our rookie team 8060, the Velocirabbits, was in 6th place, out of 24!  And they were runner up for the motivate award!
Team 4480, the Blue Dwarves, won the championship final round!

Team 6564, The Weeping Angles, won the highest honor you can receive in robotics, the Inspire award, and were the overall tournament champions.

Both team 4480 and 6564 won a bid to the Super-qualifiers on Feb 22nd where they will compete for a spot to the State Championship!

Please congratulate the following people as they have been working towards this success since September 4th:

Team 8060:
Michael Raffin
Alex Sleeper (captain)
Asahel Reyes
Khrista Harle

Team 6564:
Jackie DeBoer (captain)
Alex Keathley
Jessica Fang
Elijah Priddy
Kolton Smith
Jamie Chen
Zoe Wendell
Caleb Rohrer

Team 4480:
Zane Eddy (captain)
Austin Sherman
Kelly Chen
Marcus Walter
Cooper Mitchell
Ryan Sherman

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
April 3 OMS - Parent Group Meeting, 8:20am
April 8 OMS - Spring Photos (8th Grade)
April 10 No School - Teacher Work Day
April 15 1.5 hour Late Start Day
April 22 Administrative Professionals Day
April 24 No School Day
April 27 School Board Meeting, 6:00pm - District Board Room
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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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