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Student Walkout Demonstration

STUDENT WALKOUT DEMONSTRATIONS: Eugene has a rich history of politically active and civically engaged youth. As a district, we respect students’ voices and encourage them to be informed and engaged members of our community. Thanks to this history, our district has an established and consistent nonpunitive response to student walkout demonstrations, regardless of the purpose or the viewpoints being expressed:

4J schools do not organize or endorse walkouts or other demonstrations that disrupt the learning environment. However, students are not prevented from leaving their high school or middle school. (Elementary students must always be signed out by their parent to leave school.) Students’ attendance is recorded accurately with an unexcused absence, as it would be if they chose to be absent for other reasons. Although in rare cases some students have engaged in misbehavior that warranted discipline, there are no school-based disciplinary consequences for simply participating in a peaceful walkout protest.

This is 4J’s practice for all student walkouts and skip days, regardless of the topic or viewpoint. We are proud of the responsible and respectful conduct shown by most students participating in demonstrations in the past, and we expect such conduct to continue in future events such as the Global Climate Strike some students may participate in on Friday.

Friday: May 24, 2019

Dear Madison families,

Last night several alert parents notified us of a nonspecific but potentially threatening post regarding “MMS” spreading on social media. We take all potential safety concerns very seriously, and immediately alerted police.

Overnight, Eugene Police investigated, identified and located the student who posted the concerning message and cited them for disorderly conduct.

Our Eugene Police School Resource Officers will have an increased presence at school today to provide reassurance of safety for families. We appreciate their partnership and support.

School safety is of the utmost importance to us. Making any threat to the safety of our students and staff is no joke—it is a serious matter that is against the law as well as school rules.

Please continue to talk with your students about school safety and how essential it is for them to come forward immediately if they ever have information about any threat or possible threat of violence, even if they are not sure it is credible. Such information should be reported to school staff or to police right away. You can contact the school administration, call Eugene Police at 541-682-5111, or report a tip anonymously at safeoregon.com or 1-844-4SAFE-OR.

Many thanks for your support and the work the work of the Eugene PD.

Peter Barsotti

Nonspecific but Potentially Threatening Post on Social Media

Police are investigating a nonspecific but potentially threatening post spreading on social media tonight regarding “MMS,” possibly related to Madison. We take all potential threats to safety very seriously, and immediately alerted Eugene Police when this post was brought to our attention tonight.

Anyone with knowledge about the source of this post or other additional information is asked to call the Eugene Police non-emergency line at 541-682-5111.

We appreciate anyone who reports any issue of concern, even if you’re not sure it is a legitimate threat, so it can be investigated and precautions can be taken for our students’ safety.

We will update this post when there is further information.

Phones at Madison

Hello Madison Families,
Middle school students are a social bunch! Please partner with us to reduce temptations and distractions of texts, calls and social media! This year we are asking students to leave phones and personal devices off and in their lockers during the school day (8:55 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.). Every classroom has a phone, and we will get emergency messages to your child at the Madison number: 541-790-4300. Additionally, there is a phone in the office designated as a “student-use” phone. Students may ask to use the phone before, during passing time, at lunch, or after school (or with a pass from their teacher, if there’s an urgent need).
As always, if your student feels sick, has appointments, or must leave school, we ask that they call from the office and follow the check-out procedures. This helps us to keep track of who is in the building, and to ensure safety.
We appreciate all of our Madison families, and the support it takes for a successful middle school experience!

Small fire at Madison

Dear Madison families,

We want you to know that there was a small fire in a student bathroom this afternoon. We evacuated the building quickly and everyone was safe. Students are back in class now.

Our custodian was able to put out the fire. When firefighters arrived they inspected and ensured it was fully extinguished and everything was safe. The fire department set up fans to remove the smoke from the building.

We have now returned to the building and are getting back to our normal school day.

We regularly drill for evacuations, and our practice has paid off—the evacuation went very quickly and smoothly. I am proud of our students and staff for their smooth response to the unexpected alarm.

Police are investigating the cause of the fire. If your student has any information, please contact the Madison office at 541-790-4300 and ask to talk with me or Assistant Principal Teresa Martindale.

Thank you,

Peter Barsotti

Principal

Madison Middle School

8th Grade Families

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Who We Are:

The Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL) is an innovative bridge program that serves middle and high school students from underrepresented backgrounds, which include lower income and/or first generation college students, with the aim of encouraging students to enroll and succeed in college through early exposure and exploration.

SAIL offers free one-week summer programs on the University of Oregon campus, where students learn about various subjects from distinguished University of Oregon faculty volunteers through fun social and interactive activities. Each summer, returning students choose a new academic subject. SAIL programs include sessions on the college admissions process, scholarship availability, and the financial aid process.

During the school year, SAIL offers mentoring – administered by University of Oregon students – to eligible students who are navigating the college admissions process.

Contact SAIL:

sailstaff@uoregon.edu

541-346-8378

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Nancy Collie

Dear Madison Students and Families,

Many of you are aware that our school registrar and friend, Nancy Collie, has been absent lately due to illness. We are sad to share that Nancy died Monday Night, surrounded by her family.

Madison Middle School was very special to Nancy and she counted all of our students as her kids, and all our staff as her family. We will miss Nancy’s great sense of humor, and always remember the joy and fun she brought to Madison each day.

If you have a special memory to share or want to send a card please drop it by the office and we will make sure her family gets it.

If your child needs any support, Ms. T, Ms. Martindale and Mr. Barsotti are here for them.

Sincerely, Peter Barsotti

Recent Events

Dear families,

Given the most recent tragedy that took place yesterday in Florida, our utmost concern is the safety and well-being of your child. I wanted you to know that we stand ready to support your child during this time of loss. We will continue to monitor all students as these horrific events can often trigger a variety of emotional responses. Today and into the future staff will be available to meet with students as needed. Let us know if there is anything else we can do to support your child. Please see the below message from Dr. Gustavo Balderas.

Sincerely,

Peter Barsotti

 

A message from Superintendent Balderas on school safety

Dear 4J community,

Our hearts are with the community of Parkland, Florida. Students and staff deserve to feel safe and be safe at school, and that safety was shattered in Parkland on Wednesday with a terrible act of violence.

Our thoughts also are with our own students and families. We know that at a time like this, many parents want to know both about how they can support their children, and about how schools work to keep students safe and secure.

In Eugene School District 4J, safety is a top priority. We believe in the importance of preparation and continuous improvement. We have safety procedures in place, hold training sessions with staff, and practice safety drills with students. Schools will notify students and parents in advance of any emergency drills in the coming weeks. We have made school facilities more secure through a number of bond-funded construction projects, thanks to the support of our community, and seek to do more in the future. We are fortunate to have Eugene Police school resource officers on our team, providing a highly trained, caring and visible presence in each of our four school regions.

As much as we proactively prepare for emergencies, tragic events like the one in Florida are shocking and hard to comprehend. Children look to adults for guidance on how to react. As parents you are the experts about what is best for your own children at home, but it can be challenging to know how to speak about the unspeakable. Psychologists have provided resources that may help.

In times like these, parents and staff can help children feel safe by establishing a sense of normalcy and security, talking with them openly about their fears, and reassuring them that schools are very safe places and dangerous events are very rare. The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) also recommends the following strategies, detailed in the resource “Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers”:

• Reassure children that they are safe and their schools is safe.

• Make time to talk.

• Keep your explanations developmentally appropriate.

• Review safety procedures.

• Observe children’s emotional state.

• Limit exposure to television and other media about these events.

• Maintain a normal routine.

If your child is having a hard time, please talk to your child’s teacher, school counselor or principal. And please take the opportunity to talk with your children about the importance of speaking up right away if they ever become aware of a possible danger. We take every concern very seriously. Telling a trusted adult—a parent or a school employee—could save lives.

Eugene School District 4J will always work to provide a safe and supportive learning environment for all of our students. Thank you for partnering with us to keep our students safe.

Sincerely,

Gustavo Balderas

Superintendent

Eugene School District 4J