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JUNCTION CITY SCHOOLS UPDATE: February 2017
Students have the constitutional rights to free speech,
freedom of expression and freedom of assembly. We expect
that students exercise these rights in a non-disruptive and
Yesterday, a group of student leaders informed school officials that they intended to participate in today's national day of immigration. The students were proactive and responsible for prearranging their absences and making arrangements to make up their work. Students were encouraged to discuss their plans with their families and secure their permission.
Our district is committed to safe, healthy and discrimination-free learning environments. Policies about student absences can be found in the student handbook. The District's nondiscrimination, anti-bullying and harassment policies and reporting procedures can be found in the district website at http://www.junctioncity.k12.or.us/policies/NonDiscrimination.html
Parents with questions pertaining to their own children are encouraged to contact school administration.
Last Friday (Feb 10), more than 40 students and
adults met to discuss the persistence of racist comments
on our campus since early November. The headline concern is
the enforcement of district policy against actions which create a “hostile educational environment including the psychological well-being of (a) student.” (JCSD Policy JFCF)
School administration, district administration, and members of the school board were among the adults in attendance, and all are resolved to improving the process for reporting and collecting detailed allegations of harassment, timely investigation and assignment of appropriate consequences, and ensuring that complainants receive feedback on their complaints that complies with Federal privacy laws.
The boundaries of proper conduct are described in District policy, the Student Code of Conduct, the District Student Handbook, and TSPC Standards for Competent and Ethical Performance of Oregon Educators (as found in Division 22 Standards, Oregon Department of Education). All students, staff, visitors and volunteers must adhere to District policies regarding non-discrimination. Comments or actions that are racist, discriminatory, harassing or intimidating are strictly prohibited. Anyone witnessing such conduct is expected to immediately make a report to school administration who are obligated to investigate and respond to substantiated reports. Parties who have been found to engage in such conduct shall be subject to discipline, up to and including expulsion (for students), termination (for staff) or exclusion from school grounds or activities (for visitors and volunteers).
Formal complaint policies and forms for Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying against students are available by clicking HERE.
For complaints against staff, please visit this LINK.
If you are uncertain as to whether your concern should be filed as a formal complaint, please reach out to Principal Malcom McRae, Assistant Principal Steve Jones, a school counselor or trusted teacher for assistance.
Follow us on Twitter @JCHSTIGERS for upcoming events and news from the classroom.
In response to the disruption of the JCHS learning environment following the general election, all signs,
symbols, and apparel related to the recent election cycle will continue to be restricted from all areas of Junction City High School's campus during regular school day hours (7:30am-3:30pm).
It is NOT OKAY to bring a pocket knife to school. There are no exceptions. The JCHS Student Handbook states: “A pocket knife that is inadvertently brought to school should be taken to the nearest office immediately and left with a school administrator and picked up at the end of the school day. Any pocket knife that is used or visible may be confiscated by any staff member. Confiscated items may be picked up at the end of the school day. Repeated violations will result in disciplinary action and the item being held by administration until picked up by a parent.“
The restriction goes beyond real pocket knives. “Replicas of … pocket knives are also prohibited by Board policy. Exceptions to the District’s replicas prohibition may be granted only with prior principal approval for certain curriculum or school related activities under this policy consistent with Junction City School Board Policy: JFCJ.”
Pocket knives with blades up to 3” or which fit in the palm of the hand are not exempt from these rules. The recent stabbing of five boys in the locker room of a Utah high school with a 3” knife adds to our resolve in ensuring the safety of JCHS students. (November 15, 2016 in Orem, Utah
SPOTLIGHT ON JCHS ACHIEVEMENT
In case you missed it, here’s a link to the front page story that ran in the Register-Guard on Sunday, March 6, 2016: http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/34086399-75/junction-city-schools-recognized-for-helping-students-prepare-for-and-find-ways-to-pay-for-college.html.csp
2nd TIMESTER FINALS
Final exams will be conducted this Monday and Tuesday, March 14-15. For the bell schedule, please refer to the Student Announcements link at the left side of this page.
NO SCHOOL MARCH 16-25
Teachers will be completing trimester grading on Wednesday, March 16. Teachers will have professional activities on March 17, and JCHS will not be in session March 18 heading into Spring Break (March 21-25).
The third trimester will begin on Monday, March 28, 2016.
Spring athletics are under way with JCHS student-athletes competing in track & field, tennis, golf, softball, and baseball Please check the “Athletics” link on the left side of this page for schedules and to sign up for notifications when contests are changed due to weather.
January 22, 2016
State Assessments are coming soon…
Starting February 23, 2016 Junction City High School students will begin the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) in Science. Third year high school students (junior class) are expected to participate in the assessment unless they met the assessment in their first or second year. Assessments in English Language Arts and Math will begin (for third year students only) in early April and will be completed in May.
These assessments are intended to ensure that all students demonstrate the academic knowledge and skills necessary for success beyond high school and are part of each student’s graduation requirements. The tests are not timed so your child may take as long as he or she needs to fully demonstrate what he or she knows and can do.
Description of Rights
House Bill 2655 permits parents and adult students to annually opt-out of Oregon’s statewide summative tests in English Language Arts and Math by submitting an opt-out form to the school the student attends. We shall provide any student who is exempted from a state test with supervised study time while other students are testing. The opt-out form can be found on the Junction City District website http://www.junctioncity.k12.or.us/smarterbalance.html
January 7, 2016
Progress Reports will be published and distributed at Parent-Teacher Conferences on January 21, 2016 between 4:30-7:30pm in the cafeteria. Please plan on a brief, 3-5 minute semi-private conversation with your child’s teachers. For those who wish for more time or more private conversations, we encourage making an appointment with the individual teacher.
For those who cannot attend, Progress Reports will be mailed the following day. You can send teachers a direct email using the STAFF DIRECTORY link at the left side of this page.
ATHLETICS AND ACTIVITIES
Students thrive and attendance improves when they are engaged in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. Check out the Student Announcements link on the left side of this page to see what’s going on at JCHS and ask any staff member about how to get involved.
November 30, 2015
1ST TIMESTER FINALS
Final exams will be conducted this Thursday and Friday, December 3-4. For the bell schedule, please refer to the Student Announcements link at the left side of this page.
NO SCHOOL DECEMBER 7-8
Teachers will be completing trimester grading on Monday, December 7, 2015. Report cards will be sent by Friday, December 11, 2015. On December 8, teachers will be involved in professional activities, and the second trimester will begin on Wednesday, December 9.
Winter athletics are under way with JCHS student-athletes competing in basketball, wrestling, and swimming. Robotics is well underway, and chess will begin defending its 4A state championship soon. Please check the “Athletics” link on the left side of this page for current schedules.
JCHS is on a mission to model Readiness, Respect, and Resilience by example.
We intend to see every student graduate with ability to create opportunities and adapt to change.
We intend for our students to be mindful ambassadors for JCHS and the greater community.
We intend to give our community great reasons to be proud of its youth.
September 14, 2015
Our first Early Release will occur on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 1:30pm. Students will be dismissed at that time, and staff will participate in professional development activities. Future dates are located in the “Bell Schedules” link on the left side of this page.
PSAT OCTOBER 14
Juniors (Class of 2017) – You are encouraged to take the upcoming PSAT test, and there are two significant reasons to do so. 1) Meeting minimum scores help you meet the Essential Skill graduation requirements for Math and Reading, which takes the pressure off of your Smarter Balanced Assessments later this year and reduces your obligation to provider alternate assessment work samples. 2) The cost of the PSAT is only $15, that’s a significant reduction from the $50 fee for the full SAT exam. Talk to your Advisory TEAM Teacher by Sept. 16 to reserve your space.
Sophomores (Class of 2018) are required by the State of Oregon to take the PSAT. Those tests will be paid by the State.
Please check the “Athletics” link on the left side of this page for current schedules.