Principal's Message

 
Co-Principals: Justin Corey and Nadira Rizkallah
 
October 2020
 
 

Parent Communication: Grades, Attendance, Conferences, and Limited In-Person Instruction:


Dear Oaklea Families,

We hope you are doing well and staying safe. We have appreciated your support and flexibility while we continue to operate in distance learning. Below we have outlined important information from ODE regarding this school year. As more information comes forward, we will do our best to keep you informed. Thanks again and please reach out if there is anything we can do to help.


-Corey and Nadira


Grades

Teachers will be assigning grades and sending report cards home at the end of Fall, Winter and Spring trimesters. Student’s in class work, as well as assessments and effort, will be evaluated and teachers will report and communicate student’s progress towards grade level standards. 


Attendance Requirements

While this year is a different year, attendance is mandatory. Teachers are taking attendance each period each day for students who are attending virtual classes from 8:50-12:20 (synchronously). For students who are absent, parents should call the school and excuse their child by explaining the reason for the absence. Students who were absent from morning classes should make up the work they missed by completing  independent work from Google Classroom (asynchronously).  In addition, students please fill out an Absence Submission Form on the Oaklea Website: Parent/Student Tab: Absence Submission Form 

To excuse your child’s absence please call our attendance line at (541) 998-3381 and leave a message stating the reason for the absence.  Students will still need to complete the Absence Submission Form. 

Students are considered chronically absent if they missed 10% or more of school days in an academic calendar year for any reason including excused, unexcused and disciplinary exclusion. For the Junction City District calendar, this is equal to 17 days or more.

We learned from research that chronic absenteeism is linked to a host of poor outcomes for students including:

  • low reading performance
  • discipline issues
  • dropping out of school
  • low graduation rates

More specifically:

  • Attendance matters as early as kindergarten. Studies show that children who miss too many days in kindergarten and first grade have trouble learning to read.
  • A child with too many absences by grade 6 is a good indication that the student is at risk of dropping out.
  • By grade 9, good attendance can predict graduation rates even better than eighth-grade test scores.
  • Good attendance is an important life skill that will help students graduate from high school, college and keep a job.

For students who are at risk of becoming chronically absent, the school will actively work with the family to remove barriers to attending. We care about each student and we want to work with you to the fullest extent. 

We are required by the law to follow up on students who are chronically absent, and for which attendance interventions have not changed the attendance pattern, by activating our truancy process. This may include receiving letters of concern from the school, receiving a visit from our Safety Officer to do a well-check, or referring the student to our truancy officer. Please see our attendance policy located on our website



Conferences:

  We will be holding Parent/Teacher Conferences on the evening of October 28th (5:00-8:00) and all day on the 29th (8:00-12:00, 1:00-4:00, 5:00-8:00).  Please partner with your child to log into their Google Classroom accounts to look at their work completion.  Use this form to select the teachers you’d like to schedule a 10 minute virtual meeting with teachers you’d like to meet with.  We will do our best to accommodate your preferred time, but just in case, please give a couple alternate times that would work as well.  Once we have your form we will then contact you with the meeting times and links for the meetings.  Teachers will keep you in the waiting room until your conference time begins.  Please be sure you have labeled yourself in the zoom link with your name so we are sure to allow you to enter.  We have to be careful of people who try to disrupt zoom meetings these days.

Conference Sign Up Form


Limited In-Person Instruction (LIPI)

To support students who are in need of extra support, we are allowed to bring in a limited number of students to receive Limited In-Person Instruction (LIPI). This instruction is considered supplemental, and all students will still be required to participate in Comprehensive Distance Learning until such time as we are able to fully re-open for all students. We are expected to prioritize bringing in those students who do not have internet access, and those who have unique, special learning needs that can be addressed more effectively with in-person support. Since LIPI has limitations and requirements that we must follow, not all students will be selected for LIPI. Also, please note that Limited In-Person Instruction is for those families who chose in person  instruction (not JCO or Remote Learning) for trimester 1, and students with exceptional needs will be prioritized and scheduled first. For your convenience we included the criteria at the end of this message for those of you interested in the details. 


This is how we are structuring our LIPI process.


Round 1: Assess students to identify needs (in progress)


Round 2: Select students for LIPI based on data, academic and connectivity needs. (currently in progress) Notify students who have been selected and arrange for transportation needs if any. Please note that you might be called more than one time as we firm up our plans. We apologize in advance for that and appreciate your understanding. 


Round 3: Start LIPI for Math and Reading interventions on November 9th, 1:30-3:00. No LIPI on Wednesdays Due to Early Release schedule.

The students selected for LIPI in round 2 will stay intact until the Winter Break. After we come back in January, we will reevaluate the groups and change/invite new students as needed. 



Limited in-person instruction guidelines. 

  • Cohort groups are limited to no more than 10 students and students must stay in their assigned cohorts. 
  • We can only transport a maximum of 10 students on each bus. We are urging all those families who are able to arrange for- and commit to- alternate ways for students to get to and from school (walking/biking, carpools, parent transport); this will allow us to provide in person instruction to more students.
  • Families who will be using district transportation must have a consistent transportation schedule in place.  Students must ride the same bus each day for arrival and dismissal.
  • Students cannot be part of more than two cohorts (including transportation) in any given week. For this reason, we need to minimize the number of students using district transportation; if you have alternative ways of getting your child to and from school, please commit to using that alternative. (Please see more information about transportation below **).
  • Any one staff member cannot interact with more than three cohorts in a given day and no more than five different cohorts in a week.   
  • The time a single student or student cohort of any size can spend in a school building on a given day is limited to two consecutive hours and cannot be intermittent. 
  • The absolute number of students who can come into a school building within a given week is limited to 250 students and is further guided by the facility occupation limits described below when child care is also being offered by a district.  
  • Due to the cohort caps and the limits on the number of students that can be in our buildings in a given week, it will not be possible to offer Limited In-Person instruction for every student.
 

Comunicación para Padres: Calificaciones, Asistencia, y Instruccion Limitada En Persona


Estimadas Familias de Oaklea, 

Esperamos que estén bien y han estado manteniéndose seguros. Hemos agradecido su apoyo y flexibilidad mientras continuamos de operar el aprendizaje a distancia. Abajo hemos explicado información importante de ODE con respecto a este año escolar. Tal como más información llega, haremos nuestro mejor esfuerzo para mantenerlos informados. Gracias de nuevo y por favor comuniquese si hay algo que podemos hacer para ayudar. 


-Corey y Nadira


Calificaciones

Los maestros distribuirán calificaciones y enviarán reportes de calificaciones a casa al fin del Otoño, Invierno, y Primavera. El trabajo de clase, tal como las evaluaciones y el esfuerzo de los estudiantes serán evaluados y los maestros registrarán y comunicarán el progreso de los estudiantes hacia los estándares de nivel de grado. 



Requisitos de Asistencia

Mientras este año es un año diferente, la asistencia es mandatoria. Los maestros están tomando asistencia cada día para los estudiantes que están asistiendo a las clases virtuales de 8:50-12:20 (sincrónicamente). Para los estudiantes que están ausente, los padres necesitan llamarle a la escuela y justificar la ausencia de su hijo/a para explicar su razón por la ausencia. Los estudiantes que fueron ausentes durante las clases de la mañana deben de hacer el trabajo que les faltó al cumplir trabajo independientemente de Google Classroom (asincrónica). Así mismo, por favor rellene el Formulario de Entrega de Ausencia en el sitio web de Oaklea: Pestaña de Padre/Estudiante: Formulario de Entrega de Ausencia 

Para justificar la ausencia de su hijo/a por favor llame a nuestra línea de asistencia al (541) 998-3381 y deje un mensaje explicando la razón por la ausencia. Los estudiantes todavía necesitan rellenar el Formulario de Entrega de Ausencia. 

Los estudiantes se consideran ausente crónicamente si faltan 10% o más de los días de clases en un año de calendario académico por cualquier razón incluyendo justificadas, o sin justificación y exclusión disciplinaria. Para el calendario del Distrito Escolar de Junction City, este es igual a 17 días o más. 

Aprendimos de estudios que la ausencia crónica está conectada a un organizador de resultados pobres para los estudiantes incluyendo: 

  • bajo rendimiento de lectura
  • problemas de disciplina
  • salirse de la escuela
  • niveles bajos de graduación

Mas especificamente:

  • La asistencia cuenta a partir de kinder. Los estudios muestran que los niños que faltan varios días en kinder y el primer grado tienen dificultades para leer. 
  • Un/a hijo/a con varias ausencias antes del grado 6 es una buena indicación que el estudiante está a riesgo de salirse. 
  • Al grado 9, la buena asistencia puede predecir los niveles de graduación un poco mejor que las calificaciones de exámenes de los estudiantes del octavo grado. 
  • La buena asistencia es una habilidad importante para la vida que le ayudará a los estudiantes a graduarse de la escuela preparatoria, el colegio y mantener un trabajo. 

Para los estudiantes que están a riesgo de estar ausente crónicamente, la escuela trabajará con la familia para eliminar barreras al asistir. Nos importa a cada estudiante y queremos trabajar con usted lo más que se pueda. 

Es requerido por la ley de comunicarnos con los estudiantes quienes están ausente crónicamente, y por cual las intervenciones de asistencia no han cambiado la asistencia, al activar nuestro proceso de absentismo escolar. Esto puede incluir cartas de preocupación de la escuela, recibir una visita de Oficial de Seguridad para hacer un chequeo de bienestar, o referir un oficial de absentismo escolar al estudiante. Por favor vea nuestra política de asistencia localizada en nuestro sitio web


Conferencias:

Estaremos llevando a cabo Conferencias de Padres/Maestro/a por la tarde el 28 de octubre (5:00-8:00) y todo el dia el 29 (8:00-12:00, 1:00-4:00, 5:00-8:00) Por favor de unirse con su hijo/a al iniciar session a su cuenta de Google Classroom para ver a los cumplimientos de trabajos. Use este … para seleccionar los maestros que usted le gustaría programar para una reunión virtual de 10 minutos con los maestros que le gustaría reunirse. Haremos nuestro mejor esfuerzo de proporcionar su hora preferida, pero solamente en caso, favor de dar unas cuantas horas alternativas que funcionen también. Los maestros lo mantendrán en la sala de espera hasta que su hora de conferencia comience. Por favor asegúrese de etiquetarse a sí mismo en el enlace de zoom con su nombre para asegurarnos que pueda entrar. Tenemos que ser cuidadoso con las personas que tratan de interrumpir las reuniones de zoom estos días. 

Formulario de Registración para las Conferencias


Instruccion Limitada En Persona (LIPI)

Para apoyar a los estudiantes quienes necesitan apoyo adicional, estamos permitidos de traer un numero limitado de estudiantes para recibir Instruccion Limitada En Persona (LIPI). Esta instrucción es considerada suplementaria, y todos los estudiantes todavía se les requiere de participar en el Aprendizaje Comprensivo a Distancia hasta qué tal momento podamos reabrir completamente para todos los estudiantes. Se espera dar prioridad a los estudiantes que no tienen acceso a la internet, y ellos quienes tienen necesidades únicas, como el aprendizaje especial que puede ser abordado más efectivamente con apoyo en persona. Como LIPI tiene limitaciones y requisitos que debemos seguir, no todos los estudiantes serán seleccionados para LIPI. También, por favor anote que la Instruccion Limitada En Persona es para las familias quienes eligen instrucción en persona (no JCO o Aprendizaje Remoto) para el trimestre 1, y los estudiantes con necesidades excepcionales se daran prioridad y se programaran primero. Para su conveniencia hemos incluido los criterios al final de este mensaje para los que están interesados en los detalles. 


Así es como estamos estructurando nuestro proceso de LIPI.


Ronda 1: Evaluar a los estudiantes para identificar necesidades (en progreso)


Ronda 2: Seleccionar a los estudiantes para LIPI basados en datos, necesidades académicas y conexión. (actualmente en progreso) Notificar a los estudiantes quienes han sido seleccionados y programados para las necesidades de transporte si hay. Por favor anote que todavía le pueden llamar más de una vez para afirmar nuestros planes. Disculpenos de antemano por eso y agradecemos su entendimiento. 


Ronda 3: Comenzar LIPI para las intervenciones de Matemáticas y Lectura el 9 de noviembre, 1:30-2:30. No LIPI los miércoles debido al horario de Salida Temprana. 

Los estudiantes seleccionados para LIPI en la ronda 2 se mantendrán así hasta las Vacaciones del Invierno. Después de regresar en enero, re-evaluaremos los grupos y cambiaremos/invitaremos nuevos estudiantes tal como sea necesario. 


Guias de Instrucción Limitada en Persona

  • Grupos cohortes son limitados a no más de 10 estudiantes y los estudiantes deben mantenerse en su cohorte asignado. 
  • Solamente podemos dar transporte a 10 estudiantes en cada autobús. Les estamos animando a las familias quienes pueden- y comprometerse a- maneras alternativas para los estudiantes de llegar y salir de la escuela (caminar/bicicleta, compartir transporte, transporte de padres; esto nos permitirá proporcionar instrucción en persona para más estudiantes. 
  • Las familias que estarán usando transporte del distrito deben tener un horario de transporte consistente en lugar. Los estudiantes deben andar en el mismo autobús cada día para llegar y la despedida. 
  • Los estudiantes no pueden ser parte de más de dos cohortes (incluyendo transporte) en cualquier semana. Por esta razón, necesitamos minimizar el número de estudiantes usando el transporte del distrito; si usted tiene maneras alternativas de llevar a su hijo/a hacia y de la escuela, por favor comprometerse al usar esa alternativa. (Por favor vea más información sobre el transporte de abajo **).
  • Cualquier miembro personal no puede interactuar con más de tres cohortes en un solo día y no más de cinco diferentes cohortes en una semana. 
  • El tiempo que un solo estudiante o cualquier tamano de cohorte estudiantil puede estar en el edificio de la escuela en un solo día está limitado a dos horas consecutivas y no puede ser recurrente. 
  • El número absoluto de estudiantes que puede venir al edificio de la escuela dentro de una semana está limitado a 20 estudiantes y luego se guía por los límites de ocupación de la instalación descritos abajo cuando el cuidado de niños también se está ofreciendo por el distrito. 
  • Debido a los limites de cohorte y los límites en el número de estudiantes que puede estar en nuestros edificios en una sola semana, será imposible ofrecer Instruccion Limitada En Persona para cada estudiante.
 
 
 
Week of June 8, 2020
 
Dear Oaklea Families,
    Congratulations on making it successfully to the end of the 2019-2020 school year! These last few months have been a whirlwind, and we have been endlessly grateful for your partnership with distance learning. We continue to hope for a more “normal” year in 2020-2021, and wish you a wonderful, healthy summer!
Announcements:
  • Summer Meals: Junction City School District will provide weekly meal delivery through the summer starting the week of June 22nd for families who sign up. To continue receiving meals after June 17th, you must fill out a one-time request form for your household by June 10th.  We will not be able to provide meals to families who do not sign up by the deadline. 
Summer Meals Form Links:
English
Espanol 
  • CHROMEBOOK Returns: Oaklea will collect all borrowed Chromebooks on June 11, 12 and 15 from 9AM - 1PM. The first 200 students to return their Chromebooks will receive a special treat. Families who checked out Chromebooks during the shutdown must return them by June 15, or will be charged for their replacement. Textbooks, library books, band instruments, and work packets will also be collected during these 3 days. We will also be handing out Track Spirit Gear and any remaining locker items. See you there! 
  • Athletes: if you will need a physical to be eligible for fall sports, Junction City Athletics strongly recommends that you work to schedule an appointment now. With the potential delays in elective medical appointments, athletes who wait until fall may not be able to get a physical in time to start fall sports. 
  • 8th Grade Recognition Night will take place at OMS on June 15 from 4-7PM! Your Oaklea teachers & staff will be curbside for a drive-through celebration with 8th grade certificates, goodies, music, and many cheers for our 8th graders' accomplishments! 8th grade families should drive to the north side of the building between 4-7 to drive through the bus horseshoe.  *Families will be asked to remain in cars and observe social distancing recommendations.* Your goodies will be delivered to your window by the Oaklea team! 
  • Are You Interested in Cheerleading? Click the link below to sign up by June 10. There are still unknowns about Fall Cheer, but signing up will get you the latest updates.
  • Current 8th graders: You can "register" to make the team for JCHS Cheer by following this link because "Tryouts" are not allowed at this time. There will be a  "FALL CHEER INFO MEETING" on Thursday, June 4, 7pm.  Register to get the Zoom link.  Questions? Contact Coach Raquel Cope at 541-760-6606 or jchscheer@gmail.com
  • Current 4th-7th graders:  You can "sign up" for Oaklea Cheer through this link.  Questions?  Contact Coach Nicole Farrell at 541-250-6027 or nicole.oaklea.cheer@gmail.com

   As always, if you have questions or need support with anything, please reach out to oakleaoffice@junctioncity.k12.or.us or call 541-998-3381. We are here to help!

Wishing you a wonderful summer, 
Joy O’Renick and Justin Corey, Co-Principals

Estimadas Familias de Oaklea,   

    ¡Felicidades en llegar exitosamente al fin del año escolar 2019-2020! Estos últimos meses han sido un remolino, y hemos sido infinitamente agradecidos con su colaboración al aprendizaje a distancia. ¡Continuamos de esperar por un año 2020-2021 más “normal”, y les deseamos un maravilloso y saludable verano!
Anuncios:

  • Comidas del Verano: El Distrito Escolar de Junction City proporcionará entrega de comidas a través del verano comenzando la semana del 22 de junio para las familias que se inscriben. Para continuar en recibir comidas después del 17 de junio, usted necesita rellenar un formulario de solicitud de una vez para su hogar antes del 10 de junio. No podremos proporcionar comidas a familias quienes no se inscriben antes de la fecha de entrega.  Enlaces a los Formularios de Comidas del Verano:
    English
    Espanol 
  • Entrega de CHROMEBOOK: Oaklea recogerá todos los Chromebooks prestados el 11, 12, y 15 de junio de 9AM - 1PM. Los primeros 200 estudiantes quienes entregan sus Chromebooks recibirán un regalo especial. Las familias que recibieron prestado un Chromebook durante el cierre deben regresar antes del 15 de junio, o se lo cobraran para un de reemplazo. Los textos, libros de la biblioteca, instrumentos de banda, y paquetes también se recogerán durante estos 3 días. También estaremos repartiendo Track Spirit Gear y cualquier cosa de los lockers que sobran. ¡Nos vemos! 
  • Atletas: si usted necesita un físico para ser elegible para los deportes del otoño, los Deportes de Junction City les recomiende que haga una cita en este momento. Debido a retrasos con ciertas citas médicas, los atletas que se esperan hasta el otoño posiblemente no podrán recibir un físico a tiempo para comenzar los deportes en el otoño.
  • ¡La Noche de Reconocimientos del 8o Grado se llevará a cabo en OMS el 15 de junio de 4-7PM! ¡Sus maestros de Oaklea y personal estará en la banqueta para la celebración de carro con los certificados del 8o grado, regalos, música, y varias porras para los logros de nuestros estudiantes del 8o grado! Las familias del 8o grado deben de manejar al lado norte del edificio entre las 4-7 para manejar en la vuelta de los autobuses. *Las familias se les pedirá de mantenerse en sus carros y observen las recomendaciones de distancia social.* ¡Sus regalos se les entregaran a su ventana por el equipo de Oaklea! 
  • ¿Está interesada en ser Porrista? Haga clic en el enlace de abajo para inscribirse antes del 10 de junio. Todavía hay incertitudes sobre las Porristas del Otoño, pero al inscribirse le informaremos de las más recientes actualizaciones.
    •         Estudiantes del 8o grado: Usted se puede “registrar” para hacer el equipo de JCHS Cheer al seguir el enlace porque las “pruebas” no están permitidas en este momento. Habrá “REUNIÓN DE INFORMACIÓN DE PORRISTAS DEL OTOÑO” el jueves, 4 de junio, 7pm. Regístrese para recibir el enlace de Zoom. ¿Preguntas? Contacte a la Entrenadora Raquel Cope al 541-760-6606 o jchscheer@gmail.com.  
    •         Estudiantes del 4o-7o grado:  Usted se puede “inscribir” para las Porristas de Oaklea a través del enlace.  ¿Preguntas? Contacte a la Entrenadora Nicole Farrell al 541-250-6027 o nicole.oaklea.cheer@gmail.com.


Como siempre, si tiene alguna pregunta o necesita ayuda con cualquier cosa, por favor comuníquese al oakleaoffice@junctioncity.k12.or.us o llame al 541-998-3381. ¡Estamos aquí para ayudar! 

Les deseamos un maravilloso verano, 
Joy O’Renick y Justin Corey, Co-Directores

Week of June 1, 2020
 

Dear Oaklea Families,
    With only 1.5 weeks left in the school year, we have a few important announcements to share with you.

Announcements:

  • 8th Grade Recognition Night will take place at OMS on June 15 from 4-7PM! Your Oaklea teachers and staff will be curbside at the bus horseshoe for a drive-through celebration with 8th grade certificates, goodies, and many cheers for our 8th graders' accomplishments! *Social distancing will be observed.* Look for more details in the weekly OMS family communication email & Principals' Corner web posting this Friday. 
  • CHROMEBOOK Returns (required), textbook and library book returns (required), instrument returns, packet drop-offs, Track Spirit Gear handouts, and locker pick-ups will take place from 9-1 on June 11, 12 and 15. It is imperative that Chromebooks and library/textbooks are returned in a timely fashion. Families who checked out Chromebooks will be charged for their replacement if they are not returned by June 15. 
  • Are You Interested in Cheerleading? Click the link below to sign up by June 10. There are still unknowns about Fall Cheer, but signing up will get you the latest updates.
  • Current 8th graders: You can "register" to make the team for JCHS Cheer by following this link because "Tryouts" are not allowed at this time. There will be a  "FALL CHEER INFO MEETING" on Thursday, June 4, 7pm.  Register to get the Zoom link.  Questions? Contact Coach Raquel Cope at 541-760-6606 or jchscheer@gmail.com
  • Current 4th-7th graders:  You can "sign up" for Oaklea Cheer through this link.  Questions?  Contact Coach Nicole Farrell at 541-250-6027 or cheer@gmail.com.
  • Need a Tutor? In a recent parent survey, approximately 75% percent of families reported that their students sometimes need extra help when teachers aren’t available.  We are proud to have our phenomenal team of Instructional Assistants providing online tutoring support to OMS students weekly. Linked here is the IA Tutoring Schedule with online login information. You can also visit the OMS website and click on the “Need a Tutor?” banner on the home page.

   As always, if you have any questions or need support with anything, please reach out to oakleaoffice@junctioncity.k12.or.us or call 541-998-3381. We are here to help! 

Warm regards,

Joy O’Renick and Justin Corey, Co-Principals

Estimadas Familias de Oaklea, 

    Con solamente 1 semana y media del año escolar, tenemos algunos anuncios importantes para compartir con usted. 

Anuncios:

  • ¡Noche de Reconocimiento del 8o Grado se llevará a cabo en OMS el 15 de junio de 4-7PM! ¡Su maestro de Oaklea y personal estarán en la banqueta en la parada de autobuses para la celebración de drive-thru con los certificados del 8o grado, regalos, y varias porras por los logros de los estudiantes del 8o grado! Se *practicara la distancia social* Vea por más detalles en el correo electrónico de la comunicación familiar de OMS y la publicación de Principals’ Corner este viernes. 
  • Entrega de CHROMEBOOK (obligatorio), textos, y entrega de libros de la biblioteca (necesario), entregar paquetes, y recoger pertenencias del locker se llevará a cabo de 9-1 el 11, 12 y 15 de junio. Es importante que los Chromebooks y libros/textos se regresen a tiempo. Familias que prestaron un Chromebook se les cobrará por una de reemplazo si no lo regresan el 15 de junio. 
  • ¿Estas Interesada en las Porristas? Haga clic abajo para inscribirse antes del 10 de junio. Todavía hay ciertas cosas que no sabemos para las Porristas del Otoño, pero al inscribirse le notificaremos con cualquier actualización. 
  • Estudiantes del 8o grade: Se puede “registrar” para hacer el equipo de Porristas de JCHS al seguir este enlace porque las “Prácticas” no están permitidas en este momento. Habrá una “REUNIÓN DE INFORMACIÓN PARA LAS PORRISTAS DEL OTOÑO” el jueves, 4 de junio, 7pm. Registrese para recibir el enlace de Zoom. ¿Preguntas? Contacte a la Entrenadora Raquel Cope al 541-760-6606 o jchscheer@gmail.com
  • Estudiantes del grado 4-7:  Se puede “registrar” para Porristas de Oaklea a través de este enlace¿Preguntas?  Contacte a la Nicole Farrell al 541-250-6027 o cheer@gmail.com.
  • ¿Necesitan un Tutor? En nuestra reciente encuesta de padres, aproximadamente 75% por ciento de familias reportaron que sus estudiantes algunas veces necesitan ayuda adicional cuando los maestros no están disponibles. Estamos orgullosos de anunciar que habrá apoyo de tutoría en línea por el increíble equipo de Asistentes Instruccional para apoyar a los estudiantes de OMS cada semana. En este enlace está el Horario de Tutoría IA con la información de entrada en línea. Usted también puede visitar la página web de OMS y hacer clic en “Need a Tutor?” en la página principal.  


Como siempre, si tiene cualquier pregunta o necesita apoyo con cualquier cosa, por favor comuníquese al
oakleaoffice@junctioncity.k12.or.us o llame al 541-998-3381. ¡Estamos aquí para ayudarle! 


Saludos Cordiales, 

Joy O’Renick y Justin Corey, Co-Directores

 

 

 

 

May 2020
 
WEEK OF MAY 26TH
 

Dear Oaklea Families,   

    Happy Memorial Day Weekend! We hope you get an opportunity to enjoy some family time and (hopefully) some sunshine!


Announcements:

  • Packets and Lockers: packet and locker pick-ups will take place THURSDAY 5/28 this week (instead of Monday) from 9AM -1PM, due to the holiday weekend. P.E. lockers have now been cleaned out and are available for pickup curbside. Students working online do not need packets unless they would like to work from both. 
  • Worried about Grades? If you are feeling stressed about grades and whether your student will “pass” distance learning this spring, please rest assured that we are taking a very care-based approach to grading at Oaklea. Per the state guidelines, all grades will be marked as “pass” or “incomplete.” A ”pass” means that a student participated in about 60% of their work, and there is flexibility within that 60% because we understand how difficult it is to do school at home. If students receive an “incomplete,” this will NOT prevent them from moving to the next grade level, nor will it reflect badly on them or their efforts. It is simply a communication to their upcoming teachers that they may need a bit of extra information that was missed in the spring. Again, there is no blame and there is no “failing.” This extraordinary situation calls for us all to do things we’ve never had to before, and we are all doing our best! If you have any more questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s teachers, to Counselor Laura Martin (lmartin@junctioncity.k12.or.us), or to Co-Principals Joy O’Renick and Justin Corey (jorenick@junctioncity.k12.or.us and jcorey@junctioncity.k12.or.us). 
  • Need a Tutor? In our recent parent survey, approximately 75% percent of families reported that their students sometimes need extra help when teachers aren’t available.  We are proud to have our phenomenal team of Instructional Assistants providing online tutoring support to OMS students weekly. Linked here is the IA Tutoring Schedule with online login information. You can also visit the OMS website and click on the “Need a Tutor?” banner on the home page.
  • Bus Deliveries: to receive meals and packets, go to the nearest bus stop to your house. Bus staff cannot deliver directly to homes or knock on doors. Some delivery times and routes have changed. Check Oaklea’s website at www.jcoms.org for updated information.

   As always, if you have any questions or need support with anything, please reach out to oakleaoffice@junctioncity.k12.or.us or call 541-998-3381. We are here to help! 


Warm regards,

Joy O’Renick and Justin Corey, Co-Principals



Estimadas Familias de Oaklea, 

    ¡Feliz Fin de Semana de los Caídos! ¡Esperamos que usted tenga la oportunidad de disfrutar su tiempo con familia y esperamos que un poco de sol también! 

Anuncios:

  • Paquetes y Lockers: recoger los paquetes y cosas del locker se llevará a cabo el JUEVES 5/28 esta semana (en vez de lunes) de 9AM-1PM, debido al día festivo. Los lockers de educación física se han limpiado y están disponible a recoger en la banqueta. Los estudiantes trabajando en línea no necesitan paquetes al menos que prefieren recibir los dos. 
  • ¿Preocupado/a sobre las Calificaciones? Si usted se siente estresado/a sobre las calificaciones y si su estudiante “pasará” el aprendizaje a distancia esta primavera, por favor no se preocupe que nos estamos asegurando de tomar un enfoque cuidadoso a las calificaciones en Oaklea. Por las reglas del estado, todas las calificaciones se marcaran como “pase” o “incompleto”. Un “pase” significa que un estudiante participó en alrededor de 60% de sus trabajos, y hay flexibilidad dentro del 60% porque nosotros entendemos que tan difícil es de hacer escuela en casa. Si estudiantes reciben un “incompleto”, esto no los impide de seguir al próximo grado, ni reflexionara malo hacia ellos o en sus esfuerzos. Simplemente es una comunicación para los próximos maestros que necesitaran un poco de información adicional que fallamos en la primavera. ¡De nuevo, no hay ninguna culpa y no hay “reprobación” Esta situación extraordinaria nos llama para que todos hagamos cosas que nunca hemos hecho, y todos estamos haciendo lo mejor que podamos! Si tiene más preguntas o preocupaciones, por favor no dude en comunicarse con el maestro de su estudiante, o la Consejera Laura Martin (lmartin@junctioncity.k12.or.us), o a los Co-Directores Joy O’Renick y Justin Corey (jorenick@junctioncity.k12.or.us y jcorey@junctioncity.k12.or.us). 
  • ¿Necesitan un Tutor? En nuestra reciente encuesta de padres, aproximadamente 75% por ciento de familias reportaron que sus estudiantes algunas veces necesitan ayuda adicional cuando los maestros no están disponibles. Estamos orgullosos de anunciar que habrá apoyo de tutoría en línea por el increíble equipo de Asistentes Instruccional para apoyar a los estudiantes de OMS cada semana. En este enlace está el Horario de Tutoría IA con la información de entrada en línea. Usted también puede visitar la página web de OMS y hacer clic en “Need a Tutor?” en la página principal.  
  • Entregas de Autobús: para recibir comidas y paquetes, vaya a su parada más cercana de su casa. Personal de los autobuses no pueden entregar directamente a casas o tocar las puertas. Algunas horas de entrega y rutas han cambiado. Revise el sitio web de Oaklea al www.jcoms.org para la información actualizada.

Como siempre, si tiene cualquier pregunta o necesita apoyo con cualquier cosa, por favor comuníquese al oakleaoffice@junctioncity.k12.or.us o llame al 541-998-3381. ¡Estamos aquí para ayudarle! 


Saludos Cordiales, 

Joy O’Renick y Justin Corey, Co-Directores

 
WEEK OF MAY 18TH
 

Dear Oaklea Families,   

    Can you believe we’re already in the middle of May? The end of the school year is just a few weeks away, and we want to help students finish strong by staying engaged and building the key skills they’ll need to succeed next year!


Announcements:

 

  • Feeling Stressed or Confused? If you have concerns or questions about your students’ classes, such as workload or requirements, please reach out to their teacher (emails under Teacher Pages on the OMS website). Our teachers are eager to help, and will gladly collaborate with you on a plan that will allow your student to be successful. If you have questions or concerns about any other matters, please reach out to our office staff. Please note: we have experienced some temporary classified layoffs, and a few of our secretaries are not working at Oaklea this spring. Rather than emailing individuals, please use the general office email at oakleaoffice@junctioncity.k12.or.us for questions, or call 541-998-3381. You can also email your principals at jorenick@junctioncity.k12.or.us and jcorey@junctioncity.k12.or.us. We are here to help!

  • Need a Tutor? In our recent parent survey, approximately 75% percent of families reported that their students sometimes need extra help when teachers aren’t available.  We are proud to have our phenomenal team of Instructional Assistants providing online tutoring support to OMS students weekly. Linked here is the IA Tutoring Schedule with online login information. You can also visit the OMS website and click on the “Need a Tutor?” banner on the home page. *Due to recent staffing changes, our tutoring schedule has changed. Please visit the link above or website for the current schedule.  

  1. Bus Deliveries: to receive meals and packets, go to the nearest bus stop to your house. Bus staff cannot deliver directly to homes or knock on doors. Some delivery times and routes have changed. Check Oaklea’s website at www.jcoms.org for updated information.

  • Packets and Lockers: packet and locker pick-ups will continue to take place curbside at OMS every Monday from 9-1. Students working online do not need packets unless they would like to work from both. (Packet and online content are not always identical.)

   Parents & guardians, we applaud you for the wonderful support and encouragement you are providing to your students in this distance learning reality. We couldn’t do our work without your partnership, and we deeply appreciate our amazing Oaklea families! Students - hang in there! Just a few weeks to go until summer. Let’s finish strong! 


Warm regards,

Joy O’Renick and Justin Corey, Co-Principals



Estimadas Familias de Oaklea, 

    ¿Usted puede creer que ya estamos a mitades de Mayo? ¡El fin del año escolar está solamente a unas cuantas semanas, y queremos ayudarles a los estudiantes terminar bien al mantenerse conectados y construir habilidades claves que necesitan para un próximo año exitoso! 

Anuncios:

  1. ¿Se siente Estresado o Confundido? Si usted tiene preocupaciones o preguntas sobre las clases de su estudiante, tal como la tarea o los requisitos, por favor comuníquese con los maestros (correos electrónicos bajo Teacher Pages en la página de OMS). Nuestros maestros están ansiosos para ayudarle, y felizmente les ayudaran en un plan que permite a su estudiante de ser exitoso. Por favor anote: hemos experimentado algunos despidos temporales, y unos cuantas de nuestras secretarias no estarán trabajando en Oaklea esta primavera. En vez de mandarle un correo individualmente, por favor mande un correo a la oficina principal al oakleaoffice@junctioncity.k12.or.us para preguntas, o llame 541-998-3381. Usted también puede mandar un correo electrónico a la administración jorenick@junctioncity.k12.or.us y jcorey@junctioncity.k12.or.us. ¡Estamos aquí para ayudarle! 

  1. ¿Necesitan un Tutor? En nuestra reciente encuesta de padres, aproximadamente 75% por ciento de familias reportaron que sus estudiantes algunas veces necesitan ayuda adicional cuando los maestros no están disponibles. Estamos orgullosos de anunciar que habrá apoyo de tutoría en línea por el increíble equipo de Asistentes Instruccional para apoyar a los estudiantes de OMS cada semana. En este enlace está el Horario de Tutoría IA con la información de entrada en línea. ¿Usted también puede visitar la página web de OMS y hacer clic en “Need a Tutor?” en la página principal.  *Debido a nuestros cambios de personal, nuestro horario de tutoría ha cambiado. Por favor visite el enlace abajo o en la página para el horario actualizado.

  1. Entregas de Autobús: para recibir comidas y paquetes, vaya a su parada más cercana de su casa. Los autobuses no pueden entregar directamente a casas o tocar las puertas. Algunas horas de entrega y rutas han cambiado. Revise el sitio web de Oaklea al www.jcoms.org para la información actualizada.

  1. Paquetes y Lockers: recoger paquetes y lockers continuará a llevarse a cabo en OMS cada lunes de 9-1. Los estudiantes trabajando en línea no necesitan los paquetes al menos que gustaría trabajar en los dos. (Paquetes y contenido en línea no siempre son idénticos.)

Padres y tutores, los aplaudimos por su increíble apoyo y ánimo que ha provisto a sus estudiantes en esta realidad de aprendizaje a distancia. ¡No pudiéramos hacer nuestros trabajos sin su ayuda, realmente agradecemos a nuestras increíbles familias de Oaklea! ¡Estudiantes - casi llegamos! Solamente unas cuantas semanas hasta el verano. ¡Que terminemos bien!

Saludos Cordiales, 

Joy O’Renick y Justin Corey, Co-Directores

 

 

WEEK OF MAY 11, 2020

 

Dear Oaklea Families,   

We are just wrapping up Teacher Appreciation Week today -and it has never been more deserved than it is this year! Our teachers have worked tirelessly to learn a whole new system of learning and serve all Oaklea students in a time of uncertainty and upheaval this spring. Please take the time to show a teacher (or teachers) your appreciation!

Announcements:
  1. Feeling Stressed or Confused? If you have concerns or questions about your students’ classes, such as workload or requirements, please reach out to their teacher (emails under Teacher Pages on the OMS website). Our teachers are eager to help, and will gladly collaborate with you on a plan that will allow your student to be successful. If you have questions or concerns about any other matters, please reach out to our office staff at oakleaoffice@junctioncity.k12.or.us, or 541-998-3381. You can also email administration at jorenick@junctioncity.k12.or.us and jcorey@junctioncity.k12.or.us. We are here to help!
  2. Need a Tutor? In our recent parent survey, approximately 75% percent of families reported that their students sometimes need extra help when teachers aren’t available.  We are proud to have our phenomenal team of Instructional Assistants providing online tutoring support to OMS students weekly. Linked here is the IA Tutoring Schedule with online login information. You can also visit the OMS website and click on the “Need a Tutor?” banner on the home page. *Due to recent staffing changes, our tutoring schedule has changed. Please visit the link above or website for the current schedule.  
  3. Bus Deliveries: to receive meals and packets, go to the nearest bus stop to your house. Bus staff cannot deliver directly to homes or knock on doors. Some delivery times and routes have changed. Check Oaklea’s website at www.jcoms.org for updated information.
  4. Packets and Lockers: packet and locker pick-ups will continue to take place curbside at OMS every Monday from 9-1. Students working online do not need packets unless they would like to work from both. (Packet and online content are not always identical.)

We hope you enjoy a wonderful, restful weekend with your family!

Warm regards,
Joy O’Renick and Justin Corey, Co-Principals

Estimadas Familias de Oaklea,

Estamos concluyendo hoy la Semana de Agradecimiento para los Maestros - y en ningún momento se lo han merecido más este año! Nuestros maestros han trabajado tanto para aprender un sistema completamente nuevo de aprendizaje y servir a todos los estudiante de Oaklea en un tiempo de incertitud y alteración esta primavera. Por favor tome el tiempo de mostrarle al maestro (o los maestros) su agradecimiento! 

Anuncios:

  1. Se siente Estresado o Confundido? Si usted tiene preocupaciones o preguntas sobre las clases de su estudiante, tal como la tarea o los requisitos, por favor comuniquese con los maestros (correos electrónicos bajo Teacher Pages en la página de OMS). Nuestros maestros están ansiosos para ayudarle, y felizmente les ayudaran en un plan que permite a su estudiante de ser exitoso. Si usted tiene preguntas o preocupaciones sobre cualquier otro temas, por favor comuniquese con el personal de la oficina oakleaoffice@junctioncity.k12.or.us, o 541-998-3381. Usted también puede mandar un correo electrónico a la administración jorenick@junctioncity.k12.or.us y jcorey@junctioncity.k12.or.us. Estamos aquí para ayudarle! 
  2. Necesitan un Tutor? En nuestra reciente encuesta de padres, aproximadamente 75% por ciento de familias reportaron que sus estudiantes algunas veces necesita ayuda adicional cuando los maestros no están disponibles. Estamos orgullosos de anunciar que habrá apoyo de tutoría en línea por el increíble equipo de Asistentes Instruccional para apoyar a los estudiantes de OMD cada semana. En este enlace hay el   In our recent parent survey, approximately 75% percent of families reported that their students sometimes need extra help when teachers aren’t available.  We are proud to have our phenomenal team of Instructional Assistants providing online tutoring support to OMS students weekly. Linked here is the Horario de Tutoría IAe con la información de entrada en línea. Usted también puede visitar la página web de OMS y hacer clic en “Need a Tutor?” en la página principal.  *Debido a nuestros cambios de personal, nuestro horario de tutoría ha cambiado. Por favor visite el enlace abajo o en la página para el horario actualizado.
  3. Entregas de Autobús: para recibir comidas y paquetes, vaya a su parada más cercana de su casa. Los autobuses no pueden entregar directamente a casas o tocar la puertas. Algunas horas de entrega y rutas han cambiado. Revise el sitio web de Oaklea al www.jcoms.org para la informacion actualizada.
  4. Paquetes y Lockers: recoger paquetes y lockers continuará a llevarse a cabo en OMS cada lunes de 9-1. Los estudiantes trabajando en línea no necesitan los paquetes al menos que gustaria trabajar en los dos. (Paquetes y contenido en línea no siempre son idénticos.)

Esperamos que pase un increíble y tranquilo fin de semana con su familia!

Saludos Cordiales,
Joy O’Renick y Justin Corey, Co-Directores

WEEK OF MAY 4, 2020

 

Dear Oaklea Families,   

    Thank you for another great week of partnering with us on Distance Learning for All! Our students are turning in quality work and we’re all adapting to this new reality - slowly but surely! 

 

Announcements:

 

  1. Need a Tutor? In our recent parent survey, approximately 75% percent of families reported that their students sometimes need extra help when teachers aren’t available.  We are proud to have our phenomenal team of Instructional Assistants providing over 30 hours of online tutoring support to OMS students every week. Linked here is the IA Tutoring Schedule with online login information. You can also visit the OMS website and click on the “Need a Tutor?” banner on the home page.
  2. Bus Deliveries: to receive meals and packets, go to the nearest bus stop to your house. Bus staff cannot deliver directly to homes or knock on doors. Some delivery times and routes have changed. Check Oaklea’s website at www.jcoms.org for updated information.
  3. Packets and Lockers: packet and locker pick-ups will continue to take place curbside at OMS every Monday from 9-1. Students working online do not need packets unless they would like to work from both. (Packet and online content are not always identical.)
  4. Yearbooks: the ordering deadline for yearbooks was April 30, If we have extras we will announce at a later date in June. At that time, families will be able to purchase these extras on a first-come, first-served basis in June. Unfortunately, no pre-payments for yearbooks can be made at this time.

  As always, if we can provide you with any information or assistance, please email OakleaOffice@junctioncity.k12.or.us or call 541-998-3381. Our team is glad to help out.

Our Oaklea families are amazing, resilient, and have the best kids imaginable! We’re so proud to be your principals, and look forward to the day when we can see you again in person!


Warm regards,

Joy O’Renick and Justin Corey, Co-Principals

 

Estimadas Familias de Oaklea,  

    ¡Gracias por otra gran semana de unirse con nosotros en el Aprendizaje a Distancia para Todos! ¡Nuestros estudiantes están entregando tareas de calidad y nos estamos adaptando todos a esta nueva realidad – lento pero seguro!

 

Anuncios:

 

  1. ¿Necesitan un Tutor? En nuestra reciente encuesta de padres, aproximadamente 75% de las familias reportaron que sus estudiantes a veces necesitaban ayuda adicional cuando los maestros no están disponibles. Estamos contentos de tener a nuestro increíble equipo de Asistentes Instruccionales que proporcionaran más de 30 horas de tutoria en línea para apoyar a los estudiantes de OMS cada semana. En el enlace de aquí Horario de Tutoría IA con su información para entrar en línea. Usted puede visitar la página de OMS y hacer clic en “Need a Tutor?” en la página principal.

 

  1. Entregas de Autobús: para recibir comidas y paquetes, ir a su más cerca parada de autobús de su casa. El personal del autobús no puede entregar directamente a casas o tocar las puertas. Algunas horas de entregas y rutas han cambiado. Revise la página web de Oaklea jcoms.org para la información actualizada.

 

  1. Paquetes y Lockers: recoger paquetes y lockers continuara a llevarse a cabo en la Oaklea cada lunes de 9-1. Los estudiantes trabajando en línea no necesitan paquetes al menos que prefieren trabajar en los dos. (Paquete y contenido en línea no siempre son idénticos.)

 

  1. Anuarios: la última fecha para ordenar los anuarios era el 30 de abril. Si tenemos adicionales lo anunciaremos a una fecha más tarde en junio. En ese tiempo, las familias pueden comprar estos adicionales de manera por orden de llegada en junio. Desafortunadamente, no se puede hacer pagos antemano para los anuarios durante este tiempo.

 

Como siempre, si podemos proporcionarle a usted con cualquier información o ayuda, por favor mande un correo electrónico OakleaOffice@junctioncity.k12.or.us o llame al 541-998-3381. Nuestro equipo le gustaría ayudarle.

Nuestras familias de Oaklea son increíbles, fuertes, y tienen los mejores niños imaginables. ¡Estamos muy orgullosos de ser sus directores, y miramos hacia adelante al día cuando nos podremos ver otra vez en persona!

 

Saludos Cordiales,

Joy O’Renick y Justin Corey, Co-Directores

 

 

WEEK OF APRIL 27, 2020

 

Dear Oaklea Families,   

    We keep hearing from teachers what a phenomenal job Oaklea students did this week engaging in classes and turning in high quality work. We are very proud of them! We are also grateful to our families, who are providing so much support to students at home each day! We’re all learning how to do this together, and it’s getting better and better.

 

Announcements: 

  • Packets and Lockers: packet pick-ups will continue to take place curbside at OMS every Monday from 9-1. Students working online do not need packets unless they would like to work from both. (Packet and online content are not always identical.)

*Families may pick up the contents of their students’ lockers during packet pick-up.

 

  1. Yearbooks will be printed for the 2019-2020 school year, and may be ordered now for just $29.00. But hurry, the order deadline April 30, 2020

 

  1.  Virtual Meetings are meant to support your students’ learning and provide an important connection with teachers, not to be a source of stress for families. In most virtual meetings, teachers will make announcements and briefly explain the weekly learning, then move to a question & answer session. If students don’t have questions, their teacher will generally allow them to leave early and their attendance will still count. Students with questions can stay and get teacher help in a smaller group. 

 

  1. IA Tutoring begins this week! We are proud to have our phenomenal team of Instructional Assistants providing over 30 weekly hours of online academic support to OMS students. Linked here is the IA Tutoring Schedule with online login information, or you can access the same schedule by visiting the OMS website, clicking on Teacher Pages, and scrolling down to “Online Help for Parents & Students.” Please remind your student that Oaklea’s expectations for online etiquette apply to IA Tutoring meetings

 

  1. The Oaklea Family Survey is coming next week! It is important to us that we hear your feedback on how we’re doing with Distance Learning for All so far, and how we can improve your students’ learning experience. Please look for a survey from the district and provide us with as much valuable insight as you can.

 

   As always, if we can provide you with any information or assistance, please email

OakleaOffice@junctioncity.k12.or.us or call 541-998-3381. Our team is glad to help out.  

Our Oaklea families are amazing, resilient, and have the best kids imaginable! We’re so proud to be your principals, and look forward to the day when we can see you again in person!

 

Warm regards,

Joy O’Renick and Justin Corey, Co-Principals

 

 

WEEK OF APRIL 20, 2020

 

Dear Oaklea Families,

     Thank you for your partnership with us in our first week of Distance Learning for All! We know that getting used to online platforms is incredibly stressful, and have appreciated all the opportunities to work with your families to build momentum this week.  

 

Announcements: 

    1. Lockers: The contents of Oaklea students’ lockers may be picked up curbside this coming Monday-Thursday (April 20-23) from 9:00-1:00. Please drive up to Oaklea’s front entrance and remain in your car. A staff member following strict safety protocols will be out to assist you shortly.  *Note: Oaklea did not go through backpacks when retrieving school property from lockers. We will ask you to open backpacks and return school property prior to leaving.    
  • Packet pick-ups will continue to take place at OMS every Monday from 9-1. Students working online do not need packets unless they would like to work from both. *Packet and online content are not always identical. 
  1.  Virtual Meetings are a daily part of distance learning, and we want to set up all students for success with their online meetings. Please help us host successful meetings by reviewing online meeting expectations with your student regularly: 

 

Student Online Expectations

  • If possible, find a quiet place, free from distractions. 
  • Stay on mute when others are speaking. 
  • If you would like to speak, raise your hand or put a comment in the comment box. 
  • Comment boxes may only be used to direct on-topic questions to the teacher; they may not be used for socializing. 
  • Be respectful and school-appropriate in speaking and writing. 
  • If you are attending a live class, sign in on time.
  • Do not record any online meetings. 
  • For safety purposes, students must have their faces visible (no masks or etc.) and use their real, full names when signing in to a virtual class (no nicknames). 
  • Follow the directions and expectations of your teacher. 

 

Technology Use Guidelines

  • Parents, please fill out the Technology/Internet User Agreement JCSD. We must have this on file for every student using technology in Junction City SD. Links for this agreement are posted on every teacher’s webpage. https://www.jcoms.org/
  • Students must use their district-provided @JCSDS.NET email when logging in to virtual classes or meetings. Parents are not able to log in or join Google classes as students due to privacy laws. 
  • Students must use their real first and last names when joining any online class. Use of nicknames or false names may prevent your student from entering the virtual classroom. 



To Locate Your Student’s Class Schedules and Assignments: 

  1. Go to the Oaklea Middle School website: https://www.jcoms.org/
  2. Click on Teacher Pages, then scroll down to locate your students’ teachers.
  3. Click on the teacher’s name, and it will open their site.
  4. Find the teachers’ Weekly Checklist of assignments on the first page of each class to see what needs to be done for the week.
  5. Each teacher has posted a schedule of online meetings for the whole grade level so you can see when all your child’s teachers will be providing live help online. 

 

What are some things you can do to help your child? 

  • Confirm that it is okay to not get it all right now and we are going to learn together.
  • As best as you can, create a space for your child to do their work each day, having a dedicated area increases focus, understanding the need for flexibility. 
  • Create a schedule. Help your child map out what class work they will do on what day, and help them break assignments into smaller pieces if they’re overwhelmed. 
  • As best as you can, try to keep a "wake up time", "bedtime" and "school work time," and make sure there are breaks throughout the day away from the computer. 
  • Change what is needed to meet your child's needs.  If they are overwhelmed, take a break, focus on a class they like the most at first and work into the other classes.  If they are frustrated because things are not working, focus on what is working and do that first.
  • Understand we will provide a lot of flexibility as we learn this together!

 

If You Need Information About Meal Delivery:

  1. Delivery Schedule: visit Oaklea’s website: https://www.jcoms.org/. Locate the bubble on the bottom right of the homepage labeled: Daily Meal Distribution Bus Schedules. 

 

If You Need:

  1. HAC (Home Access) help;
  2. Help logging on to your student’s Google or district email account;
  3. Answers to other questions;

Email OakleaOffice@junctioncity.k12.or.us or call 541-998-3381 and we will be glad to help out! We are answering the phone remotely, so please speak slowly and clearly if leaving a message. 

 

     Finally, give yourself a pat on the back for your hard work and successes this week! Things will get easier, and your staff at Oaklea is here to help - just let us know what we can do. 

 

Warm regards,

Joy O’Renick and Justin Corey, Co-Principals

 

Estimadas Familias de Oaklea,

     ¡Gracias por unirse con nosotros en nuestra primera semana de Aprendizaje a Distancia para Todos! Sabemos que familiarizarse con las plataformas en línea es increíblemente estresante, y nos hemos agradecido por todas las oportunidades de trabajar con sus familias para construir movimiento esta semana.

 

Anuncios:

  1. Lockers: Los contenidos de los lockers de los estudiantes en la Oaklea se pueden recoger este próximo lunes a jueves (20-23 de abril) de 9:00-1:00. Por favor maneje por la entrada principal de la Oaklea y manténgase en su carro. Un miembro personal seguirá los protocolos de seguridad y le ayudará pronto. *Recordatorio Oaklea no busco adentro de las mochilas cuando sacando los contenidos de los lockers de los estudiantes. Le pediremos que abran sus mochilas y regresen toda la propiedad de la escuela antes de que se vayan.
  2. Recoger paquetes se llevará a cabo en OMS cada lunes de 9-1. Los estudiantes trabajando en línea no necesitan paquetes al menos que les gustaría trabajar en los dos. *Paquetes y contenido en línea no siempre son idénticos.
  3. Reuniones Virtuales son una parte diaria de aprendizaje a distancia, y queremos ayudarles a todos los estudiantes a tener éxito con sus reuniones en línea. Por favor ayúdenos a organizar reuniones exitosas al revisar las expectativas en línea de sus estudiantes regularmente.

 

Expectativas de Estudiante En Línea

  • Si posible, encuentre un lugar silencioso, sin distracciones.
  • Manténgase en silencio mientras otros estén hablando.
  • Si le gustaría hablar, levante su mano o ponga un comentario en la caja de comentarios.
  • Las cajas de comentarios solamente se pueden usar para preguntas sobre el tema del maestro, no se puede usar para socializarse.
  • Sea respetoso y hable y escribe apropiadamente para la escuela.
  • Si está asistiendo una clase en vivo, entre a tiempo.
  • No grave ninguna de las reuniones en línea.
  • Por propósitos de seguridad, los estudiantes deben de tener sus caras visibles (no mascaras o etc.) y usar sus nombres reales y completos cuando entre a una clase virtual (no apodos).
  • Siga las direcciones y las expectativas de su maestro.

 

Reglas de Uso de Tecnología

  • Padres, por favor rellene el Acuerdo de Uso de Tecnologia/Internet JCSD. Necesitamos tener esto en nuestro archivo para cada estudiante usando tecnología en el Distrito Escolar de Junction City. Los enlaces para este acuerdo están publicados en la página web de cada maestro. https://www.jcoms.org/
  • Los estudiantes deben de usar su correo electrónico proporcionado por el distrito @JCSDS.NET cuando entre a clases virtuales o reuniones.  Los padres no pueden entrar como estudiantes o unirse a las clases de Google debido a las leyes de privacidad.  
  • Los estudiantes deben de usar su nombre y apellidos reales cuando se une a la clase en línea. El uso de apodos o nombres falsos puede prevenir a su estudiante de entrar a la clase virtual.

 

Para Localizar el Horario de Clases y las Tareas de su Estudiante:

  1. Ir a la página web de la Escuela Secundaria Oaklea: https://www.jcoms.org/
  2. Haga clic en Teacher Pages, luego ir abajo para localizar a los maestros de su estudiante. Haga clic en el nombre del maestro, y se abrirá su página.
  3. Encuentre el Weekly Checklist of assignments de los maestros en la primera página de cada clase para ver lo que se necesita hacer para la semana.
  4. Cada maestro ha publicado un horario de las reuniones en línea para cada nivel de grado para que usted vea cuando los maestros de su hijo/a estén proveyendo ayuda en línea.

 

¿Qué son algunas cosas que puede hacer para ayudarle a su hijo/a?

  • Asegúrese de que no necesitan tener todo correcto y estamos aprendiendo juntos.
  • Lo mejor que pueda, haz un espacio para su hijo/a para que haga sus tareas cada día, tener un área dedicado aumenta el enfoque, entendimiento que necesitan para la flexibilidad.
  • Crear un horario. Ayuda a su hijo/a crear un plan de las tareas que van hacer cada día, y ayúdale a dividir las tareas en porciones pequeñas si se estresan.
  • Lo mejor que pueda, intente de mantener una hora de “despertarse”, “hora de dormir” y “hora de tareas de la escuela”, y asegúrese que tengan descansos a través del día fuera de la computadora.
  • Cambia lo que se necesita para cumplir las necesidades de su hijo/a. Si están estresados, tome un descanso, enfocase en la clase que les guste más al principio y luego trabajar en las otras clases. Si se frustran porque las cosas no están funcionando, enfocase en lo que está funcionando y haga eso primero.
  • ¡Entienda que proporcionaremos mucha flexibilidad mientras aprendemos juntos!

 

Si Usted Necesita Información Sobre la Entrega de Comida:

  1. Horario de Entrega: visite la página web de Oaklea: https://www.jcoms.org/. Localice la burbuja en el lado derecho hacia debajo de la página que dice: Meal Distribution Bus Schedules. 

 

Si Usted Necesita:

  1. Ayuda con HAC (Home Access);
  2. Ayuda al entrar a su cuenta de Google o correo electrónico del distrito de su hijo/a
  3. Respuestas a otras preguntas;

Mande un correo al OakleaOffice@junctioncity.k12.or.us o llame 541-998-3381 y nos gustaría ayudarle! Estamos contestando el teléfono frecuentemente, entonces por favor hable despacio y claramente si deja un mensaje.

    ¡Finalmente, felicítese si mismo por su esfuerzo y éxitos de esta semana! Las cosas se harán más fácil, y su personal en Oaklea está aquí para ayudar – solamente avísenos en lo que podemos hacer.  

 

Saludos Cordiales,

Joy O'Renick y Justin Corey, Co-Directores

 

 

WEEK OF APRIL 13, 2020

 

Dear Oaklea Families,

     We hope this week has gone as well for you as possible, and want to reach out with some information about resources and schedules that will hopefully make your students’ distance learning go smoothly in the coming months. It is painful to imagine not seeing our Oaklea students for the rest of the school year, and we are working hard to find many, many opportunities to connect with them virtually between now and mid-June.  

 

     On April 13, we will launch Distance Learning for All statewide. This means that students will now receive grades and credit for their online learning, and that all students are required to access the new learning they need to prepare for success at the next grade level. Your students’ teachers have been working tirelessly this week to ensure that students are set up for success with distance learning, and to provide lots of opportunities to connect with teachers live. Below is some info about how to access different resources on and offline. 

 

To Find Out Your Student’s Class Schedules and Assignments: 

  1. Go to the Oaklea Middle School website: https://www.jcoms.org/
  2. Click on Teacher Pages, then scroll down to locate your students’ teachers.
  3. Click on the teacher’s name, and it will open their site.
  4. Find the teachers’ Weekly Checklist of assignments on the first page of each class to see what needs to be done for the week.
  5. Each teacher has posted a schedule of online meetings for the whole grade level so you can see when all your child’s teachers will be providing live help online. 

6th Grade Example: 

6th Grade Example

 

To Get Live Academic Help for Your Student:

  1. Each core teacher is holding 2 virtual meetings per week (“office hours”), where they will be live online answering questions and helping students complete assignments. Elective teachers will hold 1 virtual class meeting per week. Teachers will also hold 1 weekly TEAM class, where they will connect with their TEAM students about how they’re doing, play some online games, and/or or do other connection activities. Check teacher pages for a complete grade-level schedule

*We recommend attending 1 weekly academic meeting per teacher, as well as the weekly TEAM check-in. 

  1. We are working to set up live online tutoring hours with our amazing team of Instructional Assistants so your child can receive extra academic support even when teachers aren’t available live. This will launch the week of April 20. Stay tuned! 

 

If You Do Not Have Internet:

  1. Some of our families have been asking about how to turn in work if they are ONLY able to use packets due to lack of internet. This system is still being set up, but teachers will eventually be able to have students take a photo of their work and text it in through the Remind app. Please look for more info on that next week. For now, please hold on to your students’ work unless your teachers have given you a specific way to turn it in. 
  2. Our school’s wifi signal is strengthened and opened to the public if you would like to park in the lot so students can complete online work from there. 

 

If You Need to Check Out a Chromebook or Work Packets from Oaklea:

  1. Curbside pickup for Chromebooks and packets will be held this week on Tuesday 4/14, from 9AM to 1PM. 
  2. Please drive up to the curb at the OMS front entrance and remain in your car. A staff member will approach your vehicle and provide you with what you need, using strict safety and sanitization protocols to keep everyone safe. 
  3. Packets not picked up curbside will be delivered on buses later in the week. 

 

If You Need Information About Meal Delivery:

  1. Delivery Schedule: visit Oaklea’s website: https://www.jcoms.org/. Locate the bubble on the bottom right of the homepage labeled: Daily Meal Distribution Bus Schedules. 
  2. Signing Up For Meals: Call First Student (bus company) at 541-998-8222. 

 

What if I need:

  1. HAC (Home Access) help?
  2. Help logging on to my student’s Google or district email account? 
  3. Answers to other questions.

Email OakleaOffice@junctioncity.k12.or.us or call 541-998-3381 and we will be glad to help out! We are answering the phone remotely, so please speak slowly and clearly if leaving a message. 

 

   We are aware of how stressful it is to support your students with schooling at home while trying to juggle work or many other obligations and stressors. Our staff is experiencing the same pinch, and we couldn’t be more understanding of how challenging this is for you. Caring for your student and connecting with them for learning weekly are our most important goals. This doesn’t have to be perfect -we’re all learning together! 

 

Estimadas Familias de Oaklea,

     Esperamos que esta semana le ha ido lo mejor posible para usted, y queremos informales con información sobre recursos y horarios para que posiblemente le haga el aprendizaje a distancia de su estudiante ir sin dificultades en los próximos meses. Es difícil de imaginarse no ver a nuestros estudiantes de Oaklea por el resto del año, y estamos trabajando duro para encontrar varias oportunidades para conectarlos virtualmente entre ahora y mitades de junio.

 

     El 13 de abril, comenzaremos Aprendizaje a Distancia para Todos en todo el estado. Esto significa que los estudiantes ahora recibirán calificaciones y créditos por su aprendizaje en línea., y que todos los estudiantes se les requiere de obtener el nuevo aprendizaje que necesitan para prepararse al éxito del próximo nivel grado. Sus maestros de su estudiante han estado trabajando incansablemente esta semana para asegurar que los estudiantes estén preparados para éxito al aprendizaje a distancia, y para proveer varias oportunidades de conectarse con los maestros en vivo. Abajo hay información sobre cómo puede entrar a diferentes recursos en línea y sin línea.

 

Para Encontrar los Horarios y las Tareas de su Estudiante:

  1. Ir a la página web de Oaklea Middle School: https://www.jcoms.org/
  2. Haga clic en Teacher Pages, luego ir abajo para encontrar los maestros de su estudiante.
  3. Haga clic en el nombre del maestro, y encontrara su página.
  4. Encontrar la Lista de la Semana de tareas de los maestros en la primera página de cada clase para ver lo que se necesita hacer para la semana.
  5. Cada maestro ha publicado un horario de reuniones en línea para el nivel de grado complete para que pueda ver cuando los maestros de su estudiante estarán vivo para proveer ayuda en línea.

Ejemplo del 6º Grado: 

 

6th Grade Example

Para recibir Ayuda Académica en Vivo para su Estudiante:

  1. Cada maestro principal tendrá 2 reuniones virtuales cada semana (“horas de oficina”), donde estarán en vivo en línea contestando las preguntas y ayudando a estudiantes terminar tareas. Los maestros de clases electivas tendrán 1 reunión de clase virtual cada semana. Los maestros tendrán 1 clase de TEAM cada semana, donde se conectarán con sus estudiantes de TEAM sobre lo que están hacienda, jugaran en línea, y/o o hacer otras actividades en conexión. Revise las páginas de maestros para el horario completo de nivel de grado.

*Le recomendamos de asistir 1 reunión académica cada semana por maestro, igual como los chequeos con el TEAM.

  1. Estamos trabajando en organizar horas de tutoría vivo en línea con nuestro increíble equipo de Asistentes Instruccionales para que su hijo/a pueda recibir apoyo académico adicional hasta cuando los maestros no estén disponible en línea. Esto comenzara la semana de 20 de abril. ¡Manténgase conectado!

 

Si Usted No Tiene Internet:

  1. Algunas de nuestras familias nos han preguntado de como entregar tareas si SOLAMENTE pueden usar los paquetes debido a no tener internet. Este sistema todavía se está organizando, pero en un momento los maestros podrán dejarles a los estudiantes tomar una foto de su tarea y mandarlo por mensaje a través de la aplicación Remind. Por favor revise por más información la próxima semana. Por lo tanto, por favor guarde el trabajo de su estudiante al menos que su maestro le ha dado otras instrucciones de entregarlo.
  2. Nuestra señal de wifi de la escuela se fortaleció y está abierta para el público si le gustaría estacionarse en el estacionamiento para que los estudiantes puedan terminar sus tareas en línea.

 

Si Usted Necesita Recibir Prestado un Chromebook o Paquetes de Papel de Oaklea:

  1. Recoger en la escuela para Chromebooks y paquetes se llevarán a cabo esta semana el martes 4/14, de 9AM a 1PM.
  2. Por favor maneje a la curva de la entrada principal de OMS y manténgase en su carro. Un miembro personal llegara a su vehículo y le proveerá con lo que usted necesite, utilizando los protocolos de seguridad y higienización para mantener a todos seguros.
  3. Los paquetes que no se recogieron se entregaran a traes de los autobuses más tarde en la semana.

 

Si Usted Necesita Información Sobre Entrega de Comidas:

  1. Horarios de Entrega: visite la página de Oaklea: https://www.jcoms.org/. En la burbuja a la derecha de la página principal diciendo: Daily Meal Distribution Bus Schedules. 
  2. Registrándose para Comidas: Llame a First Student (compañía de autobús) at 541-998-8222. 

 

Y Si Necesito:

  1. ¿Ayuda con HAC (Home Access)?
  2. ¿Ayuda con entrar a la cuenta de Google o correo del distrito de mi hijo/a?
  3. Respuestas a otras preguntas.

Mande un correo a OakleaOffice@junctioncity.k12.or.us o llame 541-998-3381 y nos gustaría ayudarle! Estamos contestando llamadas frecuentemente, entonces por favor hable despacio y claramente si deja un mensaje.

 

Estamos conscientes de que tan estresante es para apoyar a sus estudiantes con la escuela en casa mientras balancea trabajo o varias otras obligaciones y estresores. Nuestro personal está experimentando lo mismo, y entendemos que tan difícil esto es para usted. Preocupándose de su estudiante y conectándose con ellos para el aprendizaje semanal son nuestras metas más importantes. ¡Esto no necesita ser perfecto – estamos aprendiendo juntos!

  

 

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:

 

  1. Punctuality - be on time to class (your boss will expect this someday soon!).
  2. Preparedness - have a pencil and binder with you when you arrive to class.
  3. 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! 

 

Activities: 

 

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

 
May/June 2019
 
Dear Parents/Guardians and Community Members,

As we approach the end of the school year we’d like to take a moment to thank all the parents and guardians who have volunteered their time and or resources to our students, staff, and building. It is your help and involvement that makes this community special and Oaklea a great middle school! There have been so many different areas that your help has had a positive influence on our building. Thank you again and we hope you feel that your endeavors were well received and appreciated.
 
We are currently in the middle of our state testing window and our students and staff are working hard to do their best on these assessments. We changed the format a bit to accommodate more in-structional time prior to the assessments. Our 6th graders just completed 3 days of outdoor school at Camp Wilani in Veneta. As this was our first time we will take the experience and improve for next year, but we are very proud of our students and staff for the growth mindset and positive attitudes related to the opportunity. Please note that the 8th Grade Recognition ceremony begins at 6:00 p.m. on June 12th (Also 8th graders last day) in the OMS large gym. If you would like to volunteer to be involved in one of our end-of-year field trips, please fill out a volunteer background form located on the district’s website, and return to our front office. Space does fill up and we cannot always take everyone.

Get ready for the OMS Talent Show on Thursday, May 30th at 7:00. Our students are gearing up for what is always an amazing event you don’t want to miss! We still have track finishing up their season with the Regional Track Meet on the 8th of May here at JCHS. May 24th is a non-student day as we work on transitions from Elementary to Middle and Middle to High for students. 5th graders will be visiting the Oregon Museum of Natural History in early June, and 6th graders will be making their trips to Newport in May. As you can see, there are still many exciting events ahead!

The last day for 5th-7th graders is June 14th, ending at 12:52 that day. On behalf of the staff, we’d like to wish all Oaklea families an enjoyable spring and summer. This has been a fantastic first year as Principal and I’m so appreciative to have the opportunity to work with this great staff and all our fantastic students. For my 21st year at Oaklea Middle School I can honestly say it has been a great one!

Sincerely,
Justin Corey jcorey@junctioncity.k12.or.us
 
 
 
March 2019

 

Hello Oaklea Families!

The weather in late February made for a quick March to feel even more hectic.  Spring break is just over a week away and we want to make sure that students and families have looked through our lost and found before we make arrangements for the remaining clothing.

As we wrap up the second trimester and we prepare for the third trimester we want to encourage all students to finish strong.  Our awards assemblies for second trimester will take place after spring break.  For our 8th graders we are needing a baby photo for the 8th grade recognition video.  Please be sure any pictures have the students full name written on the back.

We’d like to remind students and parents of a few policies we have at school.  Cell phones must be kept put away all day at school, including lunch time.  Cell phones should not be out, even to check time, for any reason throughout the day.  Please discuss with your student that if their phone is confiscated for being out, a parent or guardian will need to come and get it back.  Hats and hoods are not allowed on in the building during the school day.  This is for safety reasons; we can easily see faces and identify people quickly without hats and hoods.  Thank you for discussing with your students so we can help keep everyone safe.  Coffee and sugary drinks are not allowed in the main part of the building.  Students coming to school in the morning with these drinks are asked to finish them before going to class because we have had spills in halls, lockers and classrooms.  The exception is water, which students are allowed to take to class.  Thank you for helping our building stay clean.

I would really like to encourage all parents to be extra vigilant about vapes and e-cigarettes.  This has become an enormous issue nationwide with teen usage up almost 300%.  These devices can be very small and can look like small USB drives.  Have conversations with your student regarding this health concern and encourage them to make great choices to stay away from any use.  See the next page for more information regarding this from Nurse Carol. If you need more information regarding the health concerns and dangers please do not hesitate to contact us.

And finally, I’d like to thank all the parents and families for their continued support of our students and staff.  It has been a fantastic year and this is in no small part because of the partnership between home and school. Encourage your student(s) to be at school every day, because  attendance matters!

Sincerely,

Justin Corey jcorrey@junctioncity.k12.or.us

Principal

February, 2019
 
Dear Parents/Guardians and Community Members,
 
The month of February is a sign that it’s the last half of the second trimester.  Progress reports have been mailed home and students need to push themselves to finish strong!  Staff are here to help, but the will starts with the student.  You can do this! 
 
Please be aware of some important dates in February.  There will be no school February 15th and 18th.  School Counselor week is the 4th through the 8th.  Thursday, February 28th will be our Camp Out with Reading from 5:30-7:30, don’t miss it!  We have early release days on the 13th and 27th for the extremely important Professional Leadership Communities (PLCs).
 
Oaklea wrestling has wrapped up and 7th and 8th grade boys’ basketball is underway.  Track will be starting soon, so be on the lookout for sign ups.  Oaklea’s robotics team competed tough and OBOB is gearing up for their competition in March.
 
For safety reasons, please remind your student to only use the cross walks to cross Rose St. after school.  Also, if you plan to pick up a student, please do not park on the street along the front of the building.  We have a number of buses that need to park there at varying times, so keeping the front clear is important.
Check out the “February is a Season For Giving” opportunities on page 3 of this newsletter. It includes fun ways to encourage your children to participate in these school-wide activities.
 
And lastly, statewide testing will begin soon.  Our fifth and eighth graders will complete Science testing in February-March. Beginning in March, all students fifth through eighth will take the Smarter Balanced assessments in both Reading and Math.  Like last year, students will only take the computer based assessments one time in the spring.  If you would like to apply to opt your student out of testing, take a look at the district website under “Parents/Students”, and click on “Smarter Balance Resources.”  Feel free to call me if you have any questions about testing or any other questions or concerns.  As always, thank you for your continued support of our students!
 
Sincerely,
 
Justin Corey,  Principal  
 
 
November/December 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians and Community Members,

November is a month of thanks, and so, on behalf of the staff at Oaklea, we’d like to thank each family for their support. This has been a great year and we appreciate the hard work that goes into helping your children be successful. I would also like to thank our entire staff who have been putting so much time and positive energy into our students to be the best they can be.

First Trimester is coming to a close November 30th, so encourage your child to get all work completed and turned in. There will be no school Monday, December 3rd and Tuesday December 4th as teachers work on final grades and professional development. We will once again be having the Winter Giving Store December 12th through the 14th. It will be open before and after school, and during lunch. This is a great opportunity for students to use earned Tiger Stipes to “purchase” items!

An enormous thank you to all the volunteers for health screening in October. This valuable health information would be very difficult to collect without your help. We ended the month with Red Ribbon Week, a drug awareness and prevention activity. To cap off the awareness we encouraged students to think about natural ‘highs’ and had fun with a TEAM lip sync contest. Congratulations to all of our students who participated, it was a blast! We are currently in the middle of our fall fundraiser. These funds provide extra opportunities for our students. For more information please feel free to contact the school or discuss with your child.

Winter sports is gearing up and we are still accepting sign-ups for Winter Cheer, 7th and 8th grade girls Basketball, and Wrestling. Any 6th grade girls interested in playing for the 7th grade team please stop by the office for paperwork. 7th and 8th grade boys’ basketball sign-ups are in the office. Their season will start on January 7th, 2019. Please come to the front office for sign up information and get registered to compete as a Tiger!

We hope you and your family have a safe and enjoyable holiday season. Oaklea staff knows that during the holidays some students may need a little extra and we are here to support them. Please contact us if there are needs you feel we could address and support. We welcome feedback so we can improve and we love when we hear we are doing a great job too. Happy Holidays to all our Oaklea Families !

Sincerely,
Justin Corey
Principal jcorey@junctioncity.k12.or.us
 
 
March 2018
Dear Parents/Guardians and Community Members,

As we approach the end of the school year we’d like to take a moment to thank all the parents and guardians who have volunteered their time and or resources to our students, staff, and building. It is your help and involvement that makes this community special and Oaklea a great middle school! There have been so many different areas that your help has had a positive influence in our building. Thank you again and we hope you feel that your endeavors were well received and appreciated.

We started the year off with some adjustments to our master schedule. Some changes that stood out were the addition of “selectives” to 7th and 8th grade and adding a third lunch. We anticipate that next year our schedule will be fairly similar to its current form, but we may make some minor adjustments if necessary. We always appreciate feedback so if you are interested, feel free to email me.

We still have track finishing up their season with the Regional Track Meet on the 9th of May. May 14th is a non-student day as we work on transitions from Elementary to Middle and Middle to High School for students. 6th graders will be making their trips to Newport in May. There will be no school May 28th in observance of Memorial Day. Get ready for the OMS Talent Show on Thursday, May 31st at 6:30. Our students are gearing up for the event which is always amazing so you don’t want to miss it! 5th graders are putting the final touches on their Carnival, which is Saturday, June 2nd. 7th graders head South to the Rogue River for Jet Boating in June, and 8th graders hit the beach in June. If you would like to volunteer to be involved in one of our end-of-year field trips, please fill out a volunteer background form located on the district’s website, and return to our front office. As you can see, there is still many exciting events ahead!

Please note, June 15th is the 8th graders last day with the Recognition ceremony being at 6:00 p.m. in the large gym. The last day for 5th-7th graders is Monday, June 19th, ending at 12:52 that day. On behalf of the staff, we’d like to wish all Oaklea families an enjoyable spring and summer. This has been a fantastic first year as Principal and I have so appreciated the opportunity to work with this great staff and fantastic students. For my 20th year at Oaklea Middle School , I can honestly say it has been a great one!

Sincerely,
Justin Corey jcorey@junctioncity.k12.or.us


February 2018
Dear Parents/Guardians and Community Members,

After the February “fake out” of near 70 degree weather we finished with some snow and freezing tem-peratures. Heading into March we could still see some of those cold mornings and encourage everyone to be connected with our notification system of possible delays or closures. In order for people to plan, we want to inform everyone that in the event of a two hour delay we do not serve breakfast. The delay sched-ule does have our lunch rotation taking place after one period of students starting their day.

We have some dates to mark on your calendar. March 3rd Oaklea will be hosting the OBOB (Oregon Bat-tle Of the Books) Middle School Regional Tournament. Track is just around the corner and we are still tak-ing sign-ups for those interested in participating. There is a parent meeting for track athletes scheduled for 6:00pm on March 6th in the Oaklea Cafeteria. We will be having a number of substitute teachers in our building this spring. In anticipation of this we have had discussions and announcements regarding behavior and respect towards these guests in our building. Please take a moment and have a conversation about expectations with your student. It is imperative to learning for all students that we not miss a beat even when substitute teachers are here. We have great students at Oaklea and we want to showcase their abili-ties, but we also must hold students accountable for their actions if not making quality choices. Thank you in advance for your support of this important piece of our learning environments.

Again, our statewide testing begins this month. All students fifth through eighth will take the Smarter Balanced assessments in both Reading and Math. Like last year, students will only take the computer based assessments one time in the spring. If you would like to apply to opt your student out of testing, take a look at the district website under “Parent-Student Resources”, and click on “Smarter Balance Infor-mation.” Feel free to call me if you have any questions about testing or any other questions or concerns. Again, thank you for all your continued support of our students and staff.

It has come to my attention that parents are parking in locations that block access to homes when pick-ing up children after school along Rose St. Please be mindful of this when parking and avoid blocking driveways and mailboxes.

Sincerely,

Justin Corey
Principal
jcorey@junctioncity.k12.or.us

February
The month of February is a sign that it’s the last half of the second trimester. Progress reports have been mailed home and students need to push themselves to finish strong! Staff are here to help, but the will starts with the student. You can do this!

We’d like to give an enormous thank you to Mark Christiansen and Rexius for the load of playground chips as well as MTS trucking for delivering to our building. Our parent group continues to do so much for our school and there are many ways to help, so if you are interested in getting involved with OPG, here is the email to use oakleaparentgroup@gmail.com If you would like to volunteer, or attend a field trip or other school activity as a chaperone, please refer to the district website at http://www.junctioncity.k12.or.us/. Under “Forms”, click on “Volunteer Background Check Application.” Since we are not able to take digital applications at this time, please drop off your completed application at the Oaklea main office.

It is nearing that time of year where we start planning for intra-district transfers, meaning transfer requests for those students already attending JC schools. For Oaklea, this involves anyone who has 4th grader at Territorial and would like to attend Oaklea as a 5th grader. If you are interested, please contact Stephanie White at the district office to fill out an application (541-998-6311). The application deadline will be February 20th at 3:30 p.m. If there are more applicants than spots available, the district will do a lottery selection to determine which students are allowed to transfer between schools.

And lastly, statewide testing will begin soon. Our fifth and eighth graders will complete Science testing in February-March. Beginning in March, all students fifth through eighth will take the Smarter Balanced assessments in both Reading and Math. Like last year, students will only take the computer based assessments one time in the spring. If you would like to apply to opt your student out of testing, take a look at the district website under “Parent-Student Resources”, and click on “Smarter Balance Information.” Feel free to call me if you have any questions about testing or any other questions or concerns. As always, thank you for your continued support of our students!

Oaklea wrestling is wrapping up and 7th and 8th grade boys’ basketball is underway. Track will be starting soon, so be on the lookout for sign ups. Oaklea’s robotics team made it to state and competed well. Oaklea is hosting OBOB Regionals Saturday, March 3rd. We have made an addition to PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports) at Oaklea. We are now giving out green tiger stripes that can be used in our school store!

Sincerely,

Justin Corey
Principal
jcorey@junctioncity.k12.or.us


November/December 2017
Dear Parents/Guardians and Community Members,

November is a month of thanks, and so, on behalf of the staff at Oaklea, we’d like to thank each family for their support. This has been a great year and we appreciate the hard work that goes into helping your children be successful. I would also like to thank our entire staff who have been putting so much time and positive energy into our students to be the best they can be.

Family Fun Night is Thursday November 9th from 6-8pm. This event is great fun for the whole family and our Book Fair will be open that night too, so bring your family in and have some fun with us! A reminder that Friday, November 10th we will not have school in observance of Veteran’s Day. We also have an early release day on Wednesday, November 29th with school ending at 1:22. First Trimester is coming to a close November 30th, so encourage your child to get all work completed and turned in. There will be no school Friday, December 1st and Monday, December 4th as teachers work on final grades and professional development. We will once again be having the Winter Giving Store December 5th through the 7th, where students can use earned Tiger Stipes to “purchase” items!

Please help us to keep our students safe by observing the yellow painted areas in front of Oaklea on Rose St. and our parking circles. We’ve seen an increase in cars stopping along the road in these yellow painted areas and it is making it more difficult for staff and motorists to see cars coming, see students walking, and in general more congestion at the entry of our South lot. Please park across the street in the Laurel Field parking, The Latter Day Saint Church parking lot (which we appreciate), or further down Rose St. If using the lots across the street please remind your children to use one of the painted crosswalks for crossing Rose St. We really want to make sure everyone is safe and we appreciate your help in this matter.

We want to celebrate Oaklea once again for receiving a Level 4 ranking on our 2016-2017 building report card. We increased our score by almost 10% and it shows that the great work staff and students are putting in is paying off. We are continually working on strategies for making more gains this year!

Winter sports is gearing up and we are still accepting sign-ups for Winter Cheer, 7th and 8th grade girls Basketball, and Wrestling. Please come to the front office for sign up information and get registered to compete as a Tiger! Football has its final game on November 8th.

We hope you and your family have a safe and enjoyable holiday season. Oaklea staff knows that during the holidays some students may need a little extra and we are here to support them. Please contact us if there are needs you feel we could address and support. We welcome feedback so we can improve and we love when we hear we are doing a great job too. Happy Holidays to all our Oaklea Families!

Sincerely,

Justin Corey
Principal jcorey@junctioncity.k12.or.us


August 2017
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Community Members,

I’m excited for the start of my 20th year at Oaklea Middle School, my first as Principal! We have so many great things happening that I know will make your time spent here valuable, enriching, and challenging. I also want to take the time to introduce our new Assistant Principal, Joy O’Renick who is super excited to meet every one of you. We will have a number of new staff this year that are eager to assist you in your learning. The energy and positivity of this staff is poised to take us where we need to go, so I hope you’re ready!

Oaklea was one of three schools in the state of Oregon to be awarded the “Don’t Quit!” fitness grant. This enormous grant is going to transform our “Cave” into a state of the art circuit training facility that will be used by our whole school! In October we’ll have the giant ribbon cutting ceremony with Jake Steinfeld (Body By Jake) coming to work out with us. Do you think you can do more pushups than Jake?

We’ve still got our Art going at Oaklea. Miss Betsy will be back working with fifth and sixth grade and we’ve got another Art Weaver, Miss Schuessler, who will work with the seventh and eighth grades. These two along with your teachers are going to help you find new ways to express yourself and develop your craft while supporting your core classes. We want to see each of you attain the characteristics of an Oaklea Graduate and our art program is a huge part of that goal. Oaklea has had some amazing art these past few years and we are looking forward to more!

For planning purposes, please note that new students to Oaklea (incoming fifth grade, sixth graders from Territorial, and any new seventh and eighth graders) are welcome to come in for supply drop off day on Thursday, August 31st from 1-3pm. This is a great time to put supplies in your locker and to meet your new teachers. The first day of school for everyone will be Tuesday, September 5th. Open house is September 21st from 5:30-8:00pm. Students will be getting packets full of information and forms on their first day of school. Please take the time to fill these out and return them to the school. If any students are interested in participating in Cheer, Cross Country, Volleyball, or Football you can still sign up and register with us. We are all here to help you so if for any reason you have questions or concerns please contact the school. As principal, I am looking forward to working with the staff and students to provide opportunities for all of us to grow. This is going to be a great year!

Sincerely,
Justin Corey


Principal, Brian Young
May 2017
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Community Members,

As many of you may have heard, I will be moving to JCHS next school year to serve as co-Principal with Dina Marschall (current principal at Territorial). After serving staff and students for the past five years at Oaklea, it is difficult to think about leaving this special school. I will miss the "unpredictable interactions" with middle school students, their sense of humor, and the opportunities to help mold positive traits and character values, before they get to high school. I also look forward to continued work with students and families at JCHS. I'd like to thank all of the parents and guardians who have volunteered so many hours of their time to our students and staff.

Great things are happening at Oaklea! As you may have seen recently on KVAL news, we are work-ing on some amazing school-wide initiatives with our kids. Walking into the building, you will notice four new murals created by our students, our "Art Weaver" Betsy Wolfston, and another professional artist from Imagination International, Bayne Gardner. Bayne created the Tiger backdrops and students painted their own visual images to capture the following: Understanding Our World, Self & Social Awareness, Academic Grit & Goal Setting, Creative and Critical Thinkers, and Communicators and Collaborators. These are all traits and characteristics our staff has established as essential to instill in all of our kids before they graduate as 8th graders. This project is called "A Portrait of an Oaklea Graduate." The murals will help to remind us of our focus and vision.

For planning purposes, please note that the last day of school is now on June 21st. The last day for 8th graders will be on Friday, June 16th, with the Recognition Ceremony happening in the main gym at 6pm. An "after party", sponsored by the Oaklea Parent Group, will take place immediately following. If you would like to be involved as a chaperone for one of our field trips this spring, please remember to fill out a volunteer background form located on the JC district's website (under "Forms") and return it to our front office. As principal, it has been an honor to work with all of you to provide the best possible support for all of our students at Oaklea.

Sincerely,
Brian Young


April 26, 2017
Parents:

In a couple of weeks, we will be working with the University of Oregon to conduct an online Academic Wellness survey. This survey will be conducted in health classes, and we feel it will give us important information regarding the barriers students may be facing to their education and academic focus/engagement.

After reviewing the opt out forms below, please fill out the bottom portion if you would like to opt your student out. They should return opt out forms to the Student Services office at Oaklea.

Please call Mr. Young at the office if you have any questions: 541-998-3381.

Thank you!

Opt-Out - English
Opt-Out - Spanish

I’m sure many of you have noticed a new artistic feature on the exterior wall adjacent to our main entrance. The Oaklea staff would like to thank muralist Bayne Gardner and the Imagination International group for the addition of our amazing “Eyes of the Tiger” mural. As part of the Studio to Schools and ArtCore grants, Oaklea students are enjoying thousands of dollars in grant funding to enhance arts integration with our core subjects. We would also like to thank our "Art Weaver", Betsy Wolfston, for organizing this connection with the Imagination International team.


March 2017
This month, our student body has raised hundreds of dollars for individuals dealing with leukemia and lymphoma in the “Pennies for Patients” program. Our leadership team has worked on creative ways to inspire students to be actively involved. After spring break, we will have two schoolwide assemblies to kick off the spring season: the JC School of Dance on Friday, April 7th, and the Rancho Luna Lobos Dog Sledding group (from Utah) on Monday, April 10th. Please remember the last day of the term is now on Wednesday, March 22nd. Smarter Balanced testing begins this week for students in all grades (math and ELA). If you would like to know more about these required statewide assessments, or how to opt your student out of testing, please call me. Have a wonderful spring break with your family!


January/February 2017
Dear Parents/Guardians and Community Members,
The winter of 2016-17 is definitely one we won't soon forget. With the number of school closures, you may have heard that the JC School Board recently approved some adjustments to our district calendar. We WILL HAVE SCHOOL on March 16th and 17th. The 2nd Trimester will end on March 22nd, and there will be NO SCHOOL on Thursday, March 23rd (Teacher Grading Day), or Friday, March 24th (Professional Activity Day). The school year has been extended a bit in June, with the last student day now being Wednesday, June 21st (early dismissal).

Congratulations to Susan Goodin and Jessica Cook, who were recently honored at the Board meeting as Oaklea volunteers of the year. Susan and Jessica have orchestrated the fund raising and vision for our "Oaklea Our Backyard Project." Students are now enjoying half of the new playground, as well as an outdoor classroom and new swing set. Soon, outdoor fitness equipment and the second half of the playground will be installed. Thank you to the Oaklea Parent Group! Our next parent group meeting will be Friday, February 3rd at 8:15am.

Congratulations also goes out to Mr. Davis and our 7th & 8th grade Robotics Team. The team has qualified for the State Meet for the first time in the program's history. The students will travel to Hillsboro in early March to compete against dozens of other middle school teams representing various areas in Oregon.

If you would like to volunteer at our school, or attend a field trip or other school activity as a chaperone, please refer to the district website at http://www.junctioncity.k12.or.us/. Under “Forms”, click on “Volunteer Background Check Application.” Since we are not able to take digital applications at this time, please drop off your completed application at the Oaklea main office.

It is already that time of year where we start planning for intra-district transfers, meaning transfer requests for those students already attending JC schools. In Oaklea's case, this involves anyone who has a 4th grader at Territorial who you would like to attend OMS as a 5th grader. If you are interested, please contact Stephanie White at the district office to fill out an application (541-998-6311). The application deadline will be coming up later in February, and the district will do a lottery selection to determine students allowed to transfer between schools, if there are more applicants than spots available.

Finally, statewide testing will begin shortly. Our 5th and 8th grade students will complete Science testing in February. Beginning in March, all students (5- will take the Smarter Balanced assessments in both Reading and Math. Like last school year, students will only take the computer based assessments one time in the spring. If you would like to apply to opt your student out of testing, take a look at the district website under “Parent-Student Resources”, and click on “Smarter Balance Information.” Feel free to call me if you have any questions about testing or any other questions or concerns. Thank you for your continued support of our students!



November/December 2016
We are approaching the end of the 1st Trimester, and I would like to thank you for the continued encouragement and support you are providing to our students. The final day of the 1st term is scheduled for Friday, December 2nd, with no school the following Monday and Tuesday (5th & 6th) as teachers determine grades and take part in professional development. Our Positive Behavior Support team is encouraging students to save up those Tiger Stripes for the Winter Giving Store coming up in December. Students will have an opportunity to buy gifts for themselves, as well as family members. Thanks to all of you who came out for Parent-Teacher Conferences and our Fall Fun Night this past week. We are always looking for ways to connect our families to Oaklea.

During this time of Thanksgiving, I would like to thank all of our students and parents who have contributed to our Turkey Dinner and Clothing Drives. This is an excellent way for our kids to continue to learn the importance of community partnership, empathy, and service to others.
It’s not too late to help with both causes. Clothing can be bagged and donated at the Student Services office. For the turkey drive, we will be taking in dinner items or monetary donations through this week.

Exciting news! The Oregon Department of Education released annual report cards recently, and Oaklea received a “Level 4” designation in the area of academic growth in Language Arts and Math combined. This puts our students in the second highest category in this important area. Although overall scores will not be issued until next year, we are excited about the progress our students are making.

To follow up on the letter I sent out last week, we continue to work with our kids on understanding and respecting our differences during this election season, as well as treating one another with kindness and empathy. I appreciate all of the support parents are providing with that process as well. Along the lines of making positive choices, students took part in Red Ribbon Week recently. Our kids had the opportunity to commit to making healthy choices and being alcohol and drug free. Angie Elstone (counselor) and Carol Puderbaugh (district nurse) continue to provide Healthy Friday lessons in 7th & 8th grade classes. As always, if you would like to know more information about what is covered in health classes, grades 5-8, please don’t hesitate to stop by or to contact us.

I hope you and your family have an enjoyable holiday season. We also know this is a time of year where many of our students can use additional support and encouragement. Please keep us informed with any information that would help our teachers and counselors support students in this regard. As always, please feel free to call or e-mail me directly with any issues, suggestions, praises or concerns.

Sincerely,
Brian Young


October 2016
Dear Parents and Community Members,

Thanks for helping to make this a great start to the 2016-17 school year! I’d like to thank many of you for attending our Open House Night in September. It is one of my favorite activities of the school year, as we see the amount of parent and community support we have for our students. We want Oaklea to be a “community school” where parents and students have ample opportunities to stay involved and connected. If you have not been able to obtain your Home Access login for grade checks, please call the front office at 998-3381. You can expect to see updated grade reports at a minimum of every two weeks. Thank you to our OMS Parent Group and all who participated in the fall fund raiser that generated funding for enrichment opportunities, field trips, and technology in the building. Parent group meetings continue to be the first Friday of each month at 8:20 a.m.

“College Knowledge Night” is coming up on Tuesday, October 11th @ 6:30p.m. in our main gym. Please come and join us with your student. This is open to grades 5-8. It’s never too early to be thinking about college and possible career choices. I would like to personally thank Mrs. Elstone for her work to organize this event, with many local universities and community colleges in attendance.

In October, we will be practicing our emergency procedures for lockdown, lockout, earthquake preparedness, evacuation, and fire drill. Our safety committee values the importance of making sure our staff and students know the procedures. Our resource office, Ken Jackson, and the JC police department will be present to evaluate our emergency plans and to provide feedback. If you would like to learn more about the safety guidelines we use, please visit the “I Love You Guys” foundation website at http://iloveuguys.org/. As always, please call or e-mail me with any questions.

Upcoming events: Fall Parent -Teacher Conferences will take place on Wednesday, October 26th from 4:30 – 8:00p.m., as well as Thursday, October 27th from 8:00a.m. - 8:00p.m. Scheduling information will be coming home shortly. Please fill out the times that work best for you, and have your student return the form to their TEAM teacher next Tuesday or Thursday. Unscheduled drop-in conferences may be limited both days, but we want to make sure no parent gets turned away without an opportunity to schedule a request for communication from a teacher. We apologize for the inconvenience, but Mr. Meskil (8th Social Studies), Mrs. Burke (8th Language Arts), and Mr. Thornton (7th Math) will not be available for conferencing that week. However, each of them will have a form available at their classroom door for parents wanting a follow up conference by phone the following week.

Finally, we would love to have more volunteer parents involved at Oaklea. If you would like to be a part of an upcoming field trip, chaperone a dance, or even help out in a classroom, please fill out the Volunteer Background information available under “Forms” on the JC district website. You can bring your completed forms to the Oaklea office or district office. Thank you in advance for all of your support this school year!

Sincerely,

Brian Young


September 2016:
Dear Parents, Guardians, Students, and Community Members:

I’d like to welcome you all to the Principal’s Corner portion of our school website. Along with the“In The Middle newsletter, this websiteis one of the primary means used to communicate the happenings and updated schedules throughout the school year. We will be implementing a revised version of our new master schedule from last year. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, students will have an 8-period day with Enrichments and Extended Learning Opportunities (ELOs). ELOs offer a chance for teachers to work with students who are in need of some additional support in math and/or reading. This year, enrichment classes will last the entire 12-week trimester. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, students will have a 6-period day with an additional TEAM/Homeroom class in the afternoon. Enrichments and ELOs are set to begin on Monday, September 19th.

Our Oaklea Parent Group meetings are scheduled for the first Friday of each month at 8:20 a.m. We had over 25 parents at our September meeting! If you can’t make the morning meetings, but would still like to be involved or volunteer with the OMS Parent Group, please check out the Oaklea Parent Group Facebook page, or email a message to oakleaparentgroup@gmail.com. This school year, there will be all sorts of opportunities for parents to be involved at Oaklea. If you would like to volunteer in our school, chaperone a dance, or even participate in a field trip, please start the process by filling out the district volunteer application: www.junctioncity.k12.or.us (click on “Forms” and then “Volunteer Background Check application). We are transitioning systems, and do not have the online entry at this time. Please drop off hard copy forms in our main office.

Important Events Coming Up:

Thursday, September 22nd: Oaklea’s Open House!! Please plan on coming to school with your student to enjoy hot dogs and refreshments in our front patio area and cafeteria from 5:30-6:15 p.m. At 6:30, we will give parents the opportunity to travel throughout the building following their student’s schedule for 10-minute periods. This is a great opportunity to welcome all of you to our school and meet teachers!

Fall Fundraiser: Kicks off with an assembly on September 21st. Our Parent Group coordinates this annual fund raiser to provide supports for our kids and programs. It will last through October 5th. All proceeds go to field trips, technology, PBIS incentives, and other important needs we may have to support our students.

October 7th: Parent Group Meeting @ 8:20 a.m. in the Seminar Room.

October 18th: Health Screening Day (main gym). Thanks to our volunteers for coordinating this event!

October 19th: Picture Retakes

October 26th and 27th: Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences. More information to come.

Refocus Room: We will be starting a Refocus Room for behavior support and redirection. We believe this will be a tremendous help in giving our students an opportunity to reflect, and to ultimately get back into the regular classroom. Our administrative team will be working closely with the Refocus lead to ensure this will be a positive intervention room for our students.

Home Access available: The school district will again be using the Home Access program. Information is included in your student registration packet. The information explains how to activate your account. Home Access allows secure internet access to your child’s progress in each of their classes. Contact us at 998-3381 with any additional questions you might have. Login information will be available at our Open House in September.

School Calendar Reminder: Please be sure to check out Oaklea’s revised calendar of activities in each newsletter. Our district web site will also include updates of all district activities. To access the district calendar use: < or Oaklea’s website at <

Oaklea Athletics: Practices have begun for Cross Country, Cheerleading, Football, and Volleyball. It’s not too late to have your student sign-up. Students interested in competing will need to have a physical within the past two years before they are allowed to practice. Options are available locally, including the health clinics in JC and Monroe.

P. E. Update: As Mrs. Cope and Mr. Surface incorporated last year, our physical education department will be requiring common Oaklea t-shirts for all classes. Returning student may use their shirts from last school year, although there will be the $1 lock fee. New students will need to pay $14 for two (2) t-shirts and a $1 lock fee. Students will be allowed to wear basketball type athletic shorts. You will find the registration fee envelope included with this packet.

Please remember to stop by the Main Office when you visit our school. We’ll ask you to sign-in and wear a Visitor’s Badge. This procedure helps us keep the building secure as well as assisting you with any questions you might have.

As always, feel free to email < phone (998-3381), or
e-mail/call specific teachers to schedule a conference to discuss any of your school questions or concerns. I am looking forward to an exciting 2016-17 school year at Oaklea Middle School!

Sincerely,
Brian Young


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June 2016

The end of the school year is upon us, and we wanted to get one more newsletter out to you explaining some important information. First of all, thank you to all who attended and contributed to the Oaklea "Our Backyard" Dinner & Auction on May 21st. Guaranty Motors donated the use of their showroom, and our Oaklea Parent Group was able to raise close to $13,000 for our backyard project. We call it "our" backyard because we want Oaklea to be a place families come to on evenings and weekends. We will be finishing up our playground in the coming year, as well as putting in an outdoor classroom, swing set, as well as other possibilities including fitness equipment. Special thanks to Susie Freeman who has served selflessly as our OPG president for the past four years, as well as Susan Goodin and Jessica Cook who organized the auction and are spearheading the project at our school.

I hope your student has enjoyed the schedule changes we have made this school year. We added enrichment classes and Extended Learning Opportunities (ELOs) within the afternoon schedule to better connect students to our middle school, and support the needs of our kids. Next year, we will be changing our schedule slightly. We are looking at a model where we will have Enrichments and ELOs three days a week. During the other two days, we will bring the TEAM period back into our schedule, and have traditional core classes with an elective. There will be more details to come as we return next fall.

Please plan on coming to our Oaklea Talent Show on Wednesday, June 1st, at 7pm in the main gym. 8th graders' last day will be Thursday, June 16th, followed by our annual Recognition Ceremony at 6pm that evening. Please note, our last day of school for all other students will be Friday, June 17th, with a 12:50pm dismissal.

As we conclude the school year, please take a look at the "Calendar of Events" section at the bottom of this page. We have a variety of fun and engaging activities planned to conclude the year. Finally, I would like to recognize members of our Oaklea family who have announced their retirement: Kelly Gabriel taught Language Arts for years, and following a planned leave recently, will be ending her teaching career. Also, Cheryl West has been a long time Instructional Assistant in our building, and has made countless connections with our students. We want to thank Kelly and Cheryl for their service and dedication to our kids and community.

Have a wonderful summer season with your family!

Brian Young


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May 2016
On May 18, 2016, Junction City High School received notice of a threat to the campus via the Junction City Police Department. The campus was placed in lockout status during that notification call. Building administrators at Oaklea Middle School, Laurel Elementary School, and Territorial Elementary School were advised to lockout those campus buildings as well.

Lockout status directs staff to secure all exterior doors to prevent entry into campus buildings. When the campus is in lockout, individuals are able to move within each building, but are not permitted to exit or travel between buildings. This is in contrast to a lockdown which requires staff to shelter students in place by locking interior doors including classrooms and offices. JCHS conducted a lockdown drill of the entire campus in cooperation with JCPD and other law enforcement agencies on May 13, 2016.

At the time of the lockout, students were present in four separate buildings on the campus, and a physical education (PE) class was outside. Staff responded quickly to bring students inside and secure the perimeter. Because the lockout extended into two additional class periods, and students typically move between buildings during passing times, staff sheltered students in place by holding them in class for the duration of the lockout. At no time, however, were interior doors placed in lockdown status.

Junction City Police and the school principal canvassed the campus classroom by classroom to search for signs of possible threats and to assess the well-being of students while other law enforcement agencies remained on stand-by status.

The decision to lift the lockout was made after determining that the threat was not imminent.

School attendance is consistent with normal attendance patterns.

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May-June 2016

As the end of the school year approaches, I’d like to thank all of the parents and guardians who have volunteered so many hours of their time to our students and staff. Your continued involvement allows Oaklea to be a great middle school! I’d also like to invite you to “An Evening in Our Backyard” on Saturday, May 21st at 6:30 p.m. @ Guaranty Motorhome Showroom. The Oaklea Parent Group has planned this event as a fund raiser of the Oaklea backyard project. Our hope is to revitalize our backyard area with additional play equipment, an outdoor classroom, and other highlights for kids, parents, and community.

It has been an eventful year at Oaklea, with several changes to our master schedule. We are currently working as a staff to discuss how the schedule will work next year, and I would appreciate any parent feedback, especially on Enrichments and Extended Learning Opportunity periods, block scheduling for 5th & 6th grades, and our SPED inclusion model. Feel free to e-mail me at byoung@junctioncity.k12.or.us.

Please note that the 8th Grade Recognition ceremony begins at 6:00 p.m. on June 16th in the OMS large gym. If you would like to volunteer to be involved in one of our end-of-year field trips, please fill out a volunteer background form located on the district’s website, and return it to our front office.

Mark your calendars for the OMS Talent Show on the evening of June 1st. Our students are busy practicing during enrichment periods, and the event is always a highlight of the school year. On that note, I would like to thank Angie Elstone for organizing an amazing Oaklea Career Day this spring. Students had an opportunity to meet 4 of the over 30 guests who came to share their career information, and the feedback we received was very positive. Also, I would like to thank Susie Freeman for her 4 years of service to Oaklea staff and students as Parent Group President. She has been instrumental in securing funds for technology, field trips, and incentives for kids, as well as further connecting our families to our school.

As we work to wrap up this school year, I want to take time to wish you and your family the best this spring and summer! As principal, it is a privilege to be working with you to provide the best possible support for our Oaklea students.

Sincerely,
Brian Young


March 2016
Thank you to the many who attended the recent Rock Around the Clock With Reading Night at Oaklea. Over 250 guests enjoyed an evening with dinner, literacy based activities, and family time. We continue to work on strengthening our school’s relationship with our families and community, and the Oaklea Parent Group has been a huge help in this process.

As part of our ArtCore grant funding, the Lane Arts Council has been working with us to provide engaging enrichment courses and schoolwide assemblies. Graphic Design courses have been offered during the most recent rotation, and a Ceramics course will be offered for students at all grades after spring break. This Friday, March 11th, a poetry “slam” artist from Portland, Alex Dang, will be presenting his skills to our students in an afternoon assembly. Please read the attached letter for more information, as well as steps to take if you have any concerns or would like to opt your student out of this assembly.

I’d also like to take some time this edition to let you know what our staff and students continue to do to promote a positive learning climate, and to address the issue of bullying. One of the primary reasons I decided to transition to being an administrator at the middle school level was due to my belief that this time frame is crucial toward connecting students to school, and helping them feel safe and supported during a challenging developmental period in their lives. We have been working with a local group called Ophelia's Place on a "Peers as Allies" classroom presentation for our 5th and 6th graders which addresses bullying, and more specifically teaching and modeling how to demonstrate kindness and empathy for our classmates. We also have introduced a Steps to Respect anti-bullying program delivered by our school counselor, Angie Elstone, in 5th grade classrooms.

Our 7th & 8th graders take part in a “Healthy Relationships” course, and receive weekly lessons from Mrs. Elstone and our district nurse, Carol Puderbaugh, on Healthy Fridays. In January, we held a schoolwide assembly on internet safety and cyberbullying, as well as a parent night to inform our community about this important issue. During our 2nd Step lessons, we focus on the power of the audience and how bystanders can intervene and communicate issues with parents and adults. Adults can model and teach appropriate behavior, but we also need our student leaders to help develop the positive culture we want in our middle school. Our student Leadership team (5th-8th grade) has been working on a Kindness Initiative to give students a platform to stand up for positive treatment of all individuals in our school. The Oaklea PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports) model has been in place for 4 years, with positive incentives for respectful, responsible, and safe behavior.

We take this issue very seriously, and I want to remind parents that one of the most important pieces is consistent communication between students, parents, and administration. Additional parent resources can be found on the following website: http://www.pacer.org/bullying/resources/parents/. Please talk with your student, and never hesitate to let us know if concerns arise.

Sincerely,
Brian Young


January 2016
Happy New Year! 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.

This school year, we have been incorporating monthly all-school assemblies. Topics have ranged from Oaklea spirit assemblies to guest speakers and even performing artists. Last Friday, representatives from Ophelia’s Place (Eugene) came to talk with all of our students about keeping ourselves safe on the internet, and also the issue of cyberbullying and digital harassment. Coupled with a parent night earlier in the week, we feel this information is valuable for our students to hear. Lane Arts Council continues to partner with our school in bringing artists for our enrichment classes, and to integrate the arts with core subject material at the 6th grade level.

As mentioned in this edition of the ITM, we are thankful to our parent and community volunteers who have been fund raising and now installing new playground equipment for “Our Backyard” project. Many of our students were excited to see the initial stage of our new playground ready to play on after the holiday break. I would also like to recognize Susie Freeman for her 4 years of dedication to Oaklea students, families, and staff as our Parent Group president. Susie has spent hundreds of hours volunteering at Oaklea, fund raising for important projects, field trips, and technology, and helping us strengthen our connection to parents and the community with events and service opportunities. She is being recognized at Monday evening’s school board meeting as the first recipient of the Junction City Public Schools “Volunteer of the Month”. Thank you, Mrs. Freeman!!

If you would like to volunteer at our school, or attend a field trip or other school activity as a chaperone, please refer to the district website at http://www.junctioncity.k12.or.us/. Under “Forms”, click on “Volunteer Background Check Application.” Since we are not able to take digital applications at this time, please drop off your completed application at the Oaklea main office.

Enrichment Classes: As you may be aware, we have incorporated afternoon enrichment classes into our schedule this school year, and students are rotating courses every 6 weeks. Our teachers have been working hard to create engaging courses in a variety of fields: arts, physical education, music, foreign language, drama theater, and leadership to name a few. As we rotate, students may be exposed to some content areas out of their preference areas, although we will try our best to schedule them for at least one within preference. We want to encourage students to give these classes some time, and in many cases, we have found students growing to enjoy a new skill or enrichment area. New classes will begin on February 1st. This time period in the afternoon is also giving our teachers the ability to work with small groups of students on math and language arts support (Extended Learning Opportunities or “ELOs”). These weekly ELOs are assigned to help students improve on a specific skill or learning target.

Finally, statewide testing will begin shortly. Our 5th and 8th grade students will complete Science testing in February. Beginning in March, all students (5-8) will take the Smarter Balanced assessments in both Reading and Math. Like last school year, students will only take the computer based assessments one time in the spring. If you would like to apply to opt your student out of testing, take a look at the district website under “Parent-Student Resources”, and click on “Smarter Balance Information.” Feel free to call me if you have any questions about testing or any other questions or concerns. Thank you for your continued support of our students!

Sincerely,
Brian Young
byoung@junctioncity.k12.or.us
(541)998-3381