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Junction City High School has been Awarded over $300K in Grant Funds to Revitalize Culinary Arts Program
Junction City High School students will have expanded access to college credits and career training thanks to a career readiness grant from the State of Oregon! JCSD, along with 32 other Oregon school districts received 10.3 million for hands-on learning that offers high school and college credits.

Junction City and Bethel were the only two Lane County School Districts to be named CTE Revitalization grant recipients.

The Career Technical Education (CTE) Revitalization Grant awarded to the JCHS program is worth over $300K and will allow a complete renovation of the Culinary Arts Program. The resulting upgrades will make curriculum expansion possible as it increases the classroom/lab capacity, quality of facilities, access to dual credit options and will allow for participation in county and statewide culinary competitions.

Through our close work with Lane Community College industry partners and local businesses, we have identified a path to articulation of our cooking courses which is dependent on identified facilities upgrades.

We are delighted that Junction City students will have another great Career-Technical Education path available.
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Congratulations to Oaklea Robotics Team 1832!
Over the weekend they won the project and the ACE Award and are going to State in January!  According to those in the know, Oregon is one of the most competitive robotics leagues in the nation, so this is a really big deal.  Great job Team 1832!
Oaklea Middle School Robotics Team
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JCHS 2017 ACT Scores Exceed
JCHS College bound students exceeded the state and national averages on the 2017 ACT. In addition, students were more likely to reach important ACT college readiness benchmarks and surpassed state scores in all 5 areas of study.
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JCHS Yearbook Takes First Place!
JCHS Yearbook Takes First Place This summer five JCHS students and their advisor Liz Henderson attended Yearbooks Northwest yearbook camp on the campus of Willamette University. Mariah Evans, Lili Hernandez, Jessica Puderbaugh, Carley Webster and Alli Bedacht spent three days learning from national yearbook experts on the areas of design, concept, writing, editing, photography and more. The culmination of the camp was the creation of a theme package to be used for the 2017-2018 yearbook. Out of 32 schools present from Oregon, Washington and California our students took first place earning the Outstanding Theme Package award!
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Oaklea Middle School Awarded
Don't Quit Fitness Grant
School wins $100,000 Fitness Center
Governor Kate Brown announced that three Oregon schools have been selected by the National Foundation for
Governors’ Fitness Councils (NFGFC) Don’t Quit! campaign to receive $100,000 fitness centers. Neil Armstrong Middle School in Forest Grove, Weston Middle School in Weston, and Oaklea Middle School in Junction City were each chosen after an application and review process conducted by NFGFC.

“Congratulations to Neil Armstrong Middle School, Weston Middle School and Oaklea Middle School on their selection,” Governor Brown said. “It’s no secret that when healthy eating and exercise are introduced during adolescence, young people continue to make those good decisions throughout their lives. I thank the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils for helping these three middle schools promote active lifestyles in young Oregonians.”

The state-of-the-art fitness centers will be unveiled this fall. Each fitness center is financed through public/private partnerships and does not rely on taxpayer dollars or state funding.

2016-17 Principal, Brian Young stated: "We thank Betsy Wolfston for her work to convince us to apply for this grant, and for helping us submit an outstanding application.  I'd also like to thank Ed Madison and his JLI team through the U of O for their work to complete an amazing video to showcase the real need for new equipment at Oaklea. Christopher Trotchie filmed, produced, and edited the video for us. Thanks to Chris Surface and Raquel Cope as well.  As you will see, they did a tremendous job in the video.

This was an awesome example of using a current community partnership (Lane Arts Council, ArtCore team, and the U of O JLI program) to pool resources together in applying for more opportunities for our kids."
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U of O Science Day Field Trip
On May 12th, 40 JCHS student-scientists took a field trip to participate in the U of O Science Day. Highlights of the trip included visits to Zebra Fish lab, Bio Chem demo, Nano Technology lab, Laser lab and Leaf Cutter Ant Colony (only school in the US doing research). Students were able to view and participate in cutting edge technology executed primarily through undergrad research!

Many of our graduating seniors- a number of whom will be pursuing higher education in the STEM fields- were honored at the Annual Education Together Foundation Awards night, May 16th.

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Lane ESD Manufacturing Consortium Visits Junction City High School
The Lane Workforce Partnership sent members of the Lane ESD Manufacturing Consortium to visit with Mr. King’s advanced Metals class last Tuesday. Industry representatives included plumbers, bricklayers, excavation, sand & gravel employees, and CTE-related programs at LCC. Presenters did a great job of explaining the paths from our shops and programs to employment, the importance of developing good work habits and skill sets while in high school, and the kind of living wages that good employees earn in each industry.  This visit went SO well that the Lane Workforce Partnership will be coming back with 4 more employers (Johnson Crushers, Peterson-Pacific, Seneca Sawmills and Ideal Steel) on April 20th from 1:30 to 3 PM.

Thanks to our College and Career Center Coordinator Liz Bolton for shepherding these career outreach opportunities to our students.

Lane workforce visits JCHS
Lane workforce visits JCHS
Lane workforce visits JCHS

Lane Early Learning Alliance Recognizes Efforts of Local School Districts
and Education Foundations.

The Lane Early Learning Alliance, with United Way as its backbone, is honored to recognize the incredible commitment of local school districts and education foundations in supporting early education initiatives.

Programs such as Kids in Transition to School (KITS), Preschool Promise, and Family Resource Centers are helping to provide the support needed to ensure children succeed in both school and life.   “These programs would not be possible without a strong partnership from local school districts, including space in schools, transportation and staff,” says Lindsey Hayward of United Way of Lane County. 

The Lane Early Learning Alliance presented Champion of Children awards to honor the commitment to early learning and improving outcomes for local children and families.

Awards were presented to: Bethel School District, Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District, Creswell School District, Eugene 4J School District, Fern Ridge School District, Junction City School District, Lowell School District, Marcola School District, McKenzie School District, Oakridge School District, Pleasant Hill School District, South Lane School District, Springfield Public Schools, & Siuslaw School District.

Blachly-Lane Electric Cooperative Youth Tour 2016 Representative
Audrey Sherman

JCHS student Audrey Sherman represented Blachly-Lane Electric Cooperative as their Youth Tour 2016 representative in June. Audrey was featured in the recent addition of the Ruralite, an electronic magazine, that the co-op sends its customers.

Click here to read about Audrey's learning experience in Washing D.C.

Blachly Lane Electric stated, "We acknowledge the contributions of family,school and community that have helped shape Audrey into quite an extraordinary young woman."

Congratulations Audrey! Thank you for being such a good ambassador for Junction City High School!

School Bond Market Favors Junction City

In a fluctuating market, Junction City School District was able to leverage buyers for a successful return on bond sales this week.  The District hired Piper Jaffray to facilitate $14.635 million in bond sales as generously authorized by our voters this last May.  All bonds were purchased during the sale window coordinated between the District and Piper Jaffray.  The calculated yield rates made them very palatable to a number of financial management companies, private investors, and industry professionals.

The estimated tax rate impact to our community was originally stated in our informational bond campaign as $1.62 per thousand dollars of assessed home value.  The final rate has come in just under that amount and is estimated to remain at that amount throughout the ten year term, thus meeting our commitment to our taxpayers.

Additionally, the structure of the sale enabled the District to also realize premiums paid by the investors.  These premiums have resulted in more than $2.8 million in additional capital construction revenue beyond the $14.635 million in bonds.  Combined with the $4 million in matching funds from the State, the District will have a total of just over $21.5 million in capital funds to invest in the projects identified under the initial bond title.  This means the District will be able to invest in more of the critical infrastructure needs at each of our buildings as well as achieve greater progress toward our high school investment master plan.

As outlined in our earlier bond information, the District will adopt an evaluation and decision –making process for distributing these funds to projects as identified in both our original bond title and master plan and will share the results with our community as that evolves.

Junction City students, staff, and community will be updated throughout this process, and our staff will be available to answer any questions.  This week’s bond sale success will allow us to further our goal of maintaining and advancing district facilities to support district educational goals, enhance safety, and promote community involvement.

Thank you again to all of our community for your support.

Junction City School District Awarded $52,000 for TAG Students!
A big thank you to TAG Coordinator and Principal Dina Marschall for applying and receiving the Chintimini Fund Grant!

Since 2006, the Chintimini Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation has supported programs for high-potential students — including those identified as talented and gifted (TAG) — at schools and other community organizations in Lane, Linn, Benton, Tillamook, and Lincoln counties. The fund seeks to encourage programs that inspire and motivate "bright but bored" students who are not fully engaged by existing school programs.

The Oregon Community Foundation is pleased to announce that JUNCTION CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT has been awarded an advised fund grant of $52,000 from the CHINTIMINI FUND OF THE OREGON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION - Small Grants Program for High Potential Students.

Grades 4-6:
$5,500 has been approved for Just Build It!
Grades 3-5:
$5,500 has been approved for Who Wants to Know?
Grades 7-8:
$5,500 has been approved for College and Career Connections
Grades 6-8:
$2,500 has been approved for the Brain Bowl
Grades K-8:
$5,500 has been approved for More Galore!
Grades 3-5:
$5,500 has been approved for Kids Are Inventors
Grades 3-8:
$5,500 has been approved for the Book Brigade
Grades 1-5:
$5,500 has been approved for Kids Are Authors
Grades K-5:
$5,500 has been approved for Techno Groupies
Grades K-2:
$5,500 has been approved for Junior Just Build It!

Thank you Dina and the Chintimini Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation for all you do for Junction City students!

Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB)
JCHS Rabid Unicorns
Region 3 North Champions!

Please congratulate Beth Knope, Brennan Leatherwood, Kieley Leatherwood and Eryn Leatherwood.  The JCHS team won the Region 3 OBOB North Championship!

JCHS along with 2nd place Elmira, move on to the State Championship at Chemeketa Community College April 9th where they hope to win it all!

This is an impressive win. Our students competed and won with large point spreads against Churchill, Sheldon, North Eugene and Thurston (among others). The score against Elmira was a staggering 85-40!

Congratulations Ryan Sherman
JCHS Robotics
Dean's List Finalist!

JCHS student, Ryan Sherman, and three other Oregon Robotics members, will be welcomed at the FTC World Championship in St. Louis where he will represent himself, his team, and his community.  This is a huge honor! As a finalist, he is one of approximately 400,000 Robotic students nationwide!

Junction City School District Placed on the College Board’s Gaston Caperton Opportunity Honor Roll for Expanding Access to College

Junction City, Oregon — Junction City School District is one of 130 school districts in the United States- and one of only two Districts in Oregon- being recognized for creating opportunities for traditionally underrepresented students. The districts featured on the Honor Roll have expanded access to higher education by providing students with rigorous academic offerings and innovative college-preparation programs.

130 School Districts Across the U.S. Are Honored

Junction City School District Superintendent, Dr. Kathleen Rodden-Nord says, “The District is honored to be recognized for outstanding achievement with respect to preparing historically underrepresented students for post-secondary education.  Increasing post-secondary options for our graduates has been a priority goal for the JCSD Board of Directors for a number of years. Our District’s improving graduation rates, the sizeable scholarship awards received by our students, and honors such as this one affirm the board’s goal and the commitment and exceptional work of our entire staff in support of all students. 

Districts on the Honor Roll demonstrated significant and consistent growth in the number of under-represented students and students from lower-income backgrounds participating in AP®, taking the SAT®, and applying to four or more colleges.

“The Gaston Caperton Opportunity Honor Roll recognizes educators and administrators who excel in delivering opportunity to students,” said David Coleman, president and CEO of the College Board. “By increasing access to stimulating courses and college opportunity, they have created a culture of success that will continue to grow and benefit students.”

Junction City High School was included on the Gaston Caperton Opportunity Honor Roll because the school:
Increased the total number of underrepresented students who took the SAT
Increased the total number of underrepresented students who took an AP course and exam
Increased the total number of underrepresented students who were on track for college as demonstrated by scoring 1550+ on the SAT
Increased the total number of underrepresented students who scored a 3 or higher on an AP exam
Increased the total number of underrepresented students who sent their SAT scores to at least four colleges

In 2012, Junction City School District staff began to identify, discuss, and challenge those institutional practices which serve as barriers to success for Historically Underrepresented Groups of students (HUG students).  In the years since, HUG students have benefitted through the work of the high school’s College and Career Center, the addition of Puertas Abiertas- a Lane Community College leadership class for Latino youth, continuing evaluation student achievement data that has driven improvements in curriculum and instructional practices, and the establishment of District Equity Teams made up of licensed, classified, and administrative staff.
The complete Gaston Caperton Opportunity Honor Roll can be found at https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/lp-collegeboard-org/gaston-caperton-honor-roll.pdf

About the College Board

The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program®. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators, and schools.

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