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JCHS Student, Joseph Legendre
Achieves Commended Student Status in National Merit Scholarship Program

(Evanston, Illinois) Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced that Junction City High School senior, Joseph Legendre has been named as a Commended Student in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Joseph’s selection for this recognition places him in the top five percent of the more than 1.5 million high school seniors who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).

“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

JCHS is proud of Joseph’s accomplishments and his contributions as a student leader in Career and Technical Education (CTE), especially, in our revitalized JCHS Metals Program.
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

November/December 2015

Dear Parents/Guardians and Community Members,

During this time of Thanksgiving, I'd like to encourage your student and family to become involved in the OMS Dinner Baskets project.  More information is available in this edition of the In the Middle newsletter.  This is an excellent way for your child to continue to learn the importance of community partnership, empathy, and service to others.  On the topic of family, we would like to invite you to the Oaklea Fall Fun Night on Thursday, November 19th from 6-8pm.  This is a great time to bring your family together for some engaging games and activities within our community school.  I have a new polyester-1970s suit for our Family Game Show!

Thank you to all who were able to come to our fall Parent-Teacher Conferences.  If you were not able to secure a time with a teacher, please feel free to call or e-mail directly to establish a makeup conference.  We are also including a Parent Survey with this newsletter.  Your input is essential, and I appreciate you taking the time to fill this out and return it with your student to be turned into the front office.  Also, we continue to seek feedback for the Facilities Bond Measure scheduled to be voted on in May of 2016.  Please stop by the Oaklea lobby to pick up a color flier and survey to submit.  As we look to improve our learning facilities, your voice truly matters.

At the end of October, we celebrated Red Ribbon Week, and a commitment to making healthy choices.  Angie Elstone (counselor) and Carol Puderbaugh (district nurse) continue to provide Healthy Friday lessons in 7th & 8th grade classes, and the recent focus has been on drug & alcohol prevention.  On a related note, we would like to let you know that Carol Puderbaugh has recently been selected as the Tri-County Chamber's Educator of the Year!!  Please talk with your son or daughter about the recent assembly for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders with guest speakers from the Lane DUII Victims Impact Panel.  5th Graders had a separate assembly with Mrs. Elstone, and had the opportunity to meet Chief of Police Mark Chase and ask him questions.  It was exciting to see our student leadership team come together and plan the activities for the important prevention week.  We also worked with the JCPD, in particular our Resource Officer, Ken Jackson, on a recent lockdown drill in the building.  We continue to make sure our students and staff are familiar with our plans for a variety of crisis scenarios.

Finally, I hope your student is enjoying the schedule changes at Oaklea this school year.  Our staff has worked hard to plan for some very engaging Enrichment classes in the afternoons, and these courses have really allowed us to make even better use of our two Arts grants: Studio to Schools and ArtCore.  Based on student and staff feedback, we are now rotating students to 2 new Enrichment classes every 6 weeks.  They will now have an opportunity to take a wider range of classes, some of which may not be their "favorite" option.  However, we are finding more and more cases where students plug in and learn to enjoy the new skill or activity they are involved in.  During this same time, Math and Language Arts teachers continue to work with small groups of students on Extended Learning Opportunities (ELOs).

End of Trimester: A reminder that our last day of the 1st Trimester will be Friday, December 4th.  There will be no school on Monday the 7th for Teacher Grading Day, and Tuesday the 8th for a Professional Development day.  We will resume school on Wednesday, December 9th to begin the 2nd Trimester.

I hope you and your family has an enjoyable holiday season.  We also know this is a time of year where many of our students can use some additional support and encouragement.  As always, please feel free to call or e-mail me directly with any issues, suggestions, praises, or concerns.

Brian Young

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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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