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Family Resources, including Meal Service to Children During School Closure

Click 'READ FULL STORY' for more information on Family Resources, (Including Meals). On March 17, Oregon Governor Kate Brown extended the statewide school closure until April 28. Junction City School District wants to reassure our families that our administrators are continuing to meet through spring break and they will be sharing information with families about resources for supplemental education, and a process by which families can let them know what supports they need (materials, chrome books, food, counseling support, etc.) They know it is hard for everyone to not have all the information right now, but they are planning as fast as they can with the guidelines that are being set from the State.
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3/17/2020, 4:57 PM : JCSD to Continue Meal Service to Children During School Closure

Click 'READ Full STORY' for more information on Family Resources, (Including Meals). For the remaining of this week, tomorrow through Friday, March 20th, Junction City School District will be serving breakfast and lunch at the Junction City High School Cafeteria ONLY. Meals can be served to any person under the age of 18 or 19, if the person is with disabilities. One breakfast and one lunch per child. Breakfast and Lunch serve times are from 9:15 AM to 10:30 AM. Families will be allowed to take both breakfast and lunch off site during this time. At the high school, pick up the meals at the doors going into the cafeteria by the little pump house (next to gravel lot). They will be opened at 9:15 AM and closed at 10:30 AM. Communication will go out by the end of the week about meal pick up locations for next week.

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Principal's Corner

Co-Principals: Justin Corey and Joy O'Renick
February/March 2020
Hello Oaklea Parents/Guardians and Families,
    Welcome (back) to our Oaklea Middle School newsletter. Starting this month, we’ll be posting a monthly principals’ update on our website, as well as emailing the updates home to all families who have signed up on our email list. 
We are pleased to announce 3 outstanding additions to our team in the past month:
7th Grade Math - Cecilia Tomcal comes to Oaklea with many years of experience teaching multiple ages, from middle school math through advanced mathematics at the high school level. She has also spent a number of years mentoring new teachers for Oregon State University. We are excited to have her working with our 7th grade mathematicians! 
6th Grade Science - Jake Gardner is filling in as a long-term sub while Mrs. Harrentstein is out on maternity leave.  A recent graduate of the University of Oregon Teach Program, Jake also has a strong background in English/Language Arts.  We are thankful for his consistency in the position!
Instructional Assistant - Mary Harpin is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz with a degree in history, a former manager at Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery, and a former coordinator at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. She is highly experienced with educational programs for children and has already made herself indispensable to our students at Oaklea!
Life Skill Goals: 
At Oaklea, we believe that we are preparing students for success in high school and adult life beyond high school. For this reason, we are focusing on helping students build both academic skills and “Life Skills” that will serve them in their professional and personal lives after 8th grade. Our teacher teams are selecting specific skills they notice students are struggling with, and creating daily goals and challenges to help them build these skills. Important life skills we’re focusing on this month at Oaklea:
Punctuality - be on time to class (your boss will expect this someday soon!).
Preparedness - have a pencil and binder with you when you arrive to class.
Respect - treat all people with dignity, no matter their race, religion, background, sexual orientation, home language, or etc. Follow the directions of adults without arguing or negotiating. 
Additionally, please speak with your student about the cell phone policy at Oaklea; Phones are not to be out at all during the entire day, including during lunch time for any reason (not even to check the time).  If a student needs to use a phone to contact parents they can use the phone in Student Services.  Confiscated phones will need to be picked up after school by a parent.  
Dutch Bros./Starbucks/Coffee and Energy drinks are not allowed in the building at 8:00am.  Please ensure you have enough time to finish those expensive drinks prior to entering school.  Water is a fantastic alternative and allowed in classrooms all day.   
Staff Highlight: 
Stacey Johnson is Oaklea’s 7th grade science teacher. She is known for creating highly engaging activities that get students excited about learning, while holding them to high expectations for learning and behavior -treating them like the capable young people they are! We often have students who are struggling say that they want to do well in Mrs. Johnson’s classes because of the clear, interesting, supportive environment she creates. Thanks, Stacey! 
Coming up on April 10, Oaklea will host its second Positive Behavior Celebration Carnival of the year! This event celebrates students who have received no behavior referrals for the previous month, as their good choices deserve recognition! Students will have a modified schedule for the day so that they can spend time in the afternoon attending various fun events hosted by our staff throughout the building, from STEM activities to dodgeball to art projects and karaoke! We’re excited to see even more students attend this trimester! Please encourage your students to make good choices to be safe, respectful, and responsible each day at school. 
Track Registration - A track information table for students will be hosted Thursday, February 20 at lunch. If your student is interested in participating in track this spring, please come to the parent information meeting March 5th, from 6-7 pm at the OMS Cafeteria.
This Month’s Events: 
February 20 - Track Registration in OMS Cafeteria, Lunchtime
February 27 - Incoming Freshman to JCHS, JCHS Cafeteria 6:00pm
February 28 - ASSEMBLY (Teams will compete in Whacky Relays for team-building fun)!
March 2-6 - OMS Book Fair!
March 5 - March Madness Reading Night 5:30-7pm
March 6 -Oaklea Parent Group Meeting, 8:15AM
March 11 - OMS Music Concert, 7PM
March 17 - Last Day of Trimester II
March 18-20 - Non-Student Grading and Professional Development Days
March 23-27 - Spring Break
March 30 -Start of Trimester III
Looking Ahead: 
April 1 - 8th Grade Panoramic Photo and Spring Photos
April 3 - Oaklea Parent Group Meeting, 8:15AM
April 3 - Boys vs Girls 8th Grade Basketball Game 6pm
April 6 - First Day of Smarter Balanced (SBAC) Testing 
April 10 - Positive Behavior Celebration Carnival!
April 17 - 7th/8th Grade Dance 3-4:30 (Permission Slip Required)
April 23 - Assembly (Team Air Guitar Competition)
April 24 - No School (Unless a Snow Make-Up Day)
April 27-29 - 6th Grade Outdoor School