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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


Madison Middle School

8th Grade Families

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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.

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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.


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.


Gustavo Balderas


Eugene School District 4J

North Eugene’s School Choice Night

North Eugene High School is having their School Choice Night next Wednesday, January 24th. Here is the agenda for the evening:

6:00-6:30pm Clubs and Activity Showcase
6:30-7:00pm Principal’s Address (Auditorium)
6:30-8:30pm Academic Expo

This is a great opportunity for you to learn about all of the awesome things happening at NEHS.

Safety Drill Training This Week

This week, the students will  be learning about the ALICE protocol and then participate in a lockdown drill on Friday.  We will be practicing our drill to help us keep our students safe.  ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the office.

Here is a link to the training that the focus teachers are using to instruct about ALICE: #1a Student Training Secondary.pptx

Admin change for the next two weeks

Madison would like to welcome Mr. Tom Maloney for the next two week to fill in for  Mrs. Teresa Martindale while she is helping at Cesar Chavez Elementary School.  Mr. Maloney is a long time administrator in Eugene and around Lane County and we are excited he is at Madison with us. If you see him around, please introduce yourself and say hi.

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Envision the Future of North Eugene Schools


Help shape the vision for our schools! Eugene School District 4J is working to support and strengthen schools across the district, starting in the North Eugene region. Your input is important.

Parents, students and community members are invited to come to a community event and engage in 4J’s North Region Visioning Process. Participants will collaborate in energizing design activities and share their views to help guide future decisions, as our schools seek to better serve our community’s diverse students and families.

Come share your voice:

North Eugene Visioning Process

Community Engagement Event

Tuesday, December 5, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Kelly Middle School, 850 Howard Ave.


If you have questions about the events or the North Region Visioning Process, please call 4J Instructional Services at 541-790-7550.

Involúcrese en el proceso de la visión para North Eugene

¡Ayude a dar forma a la visión para nuestra escuelas! El Distrito Escolar de Eugene 4J esta trabajando para apoyar y fortalecer las escuelas en todo el distrito, empezando en la región de north Eugene. Su opinión es muy importante.

Padres, estudiantes y miembros de la comunidad están invitados a asistir a un evento comunitario e involucrase en el proceso de la visión de la región norte de 4J. Los participantes colaboraran en actividades vigorizantes de diseño y compartirán su punto de vista para ayudar a guiar futuras decisiones, ya que nuestras escuelas buscan como mejor servir a nuestros diversos estudiantes y familias.

Venga y comparta su voz:

Evento communitario—proceso de la visión para North Eugene

Martes, 5 de diciembre, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Escuela Secundaria Kelly, 850 Howard Ave.
Se proveerán intérpretes en español

Si tiene preguntas acerca de este evento o del proceso de visión de la región norte, favor de llamar al distrito escolar al 541-790-7707.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Remember that parent-teacher conferences are this Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm in the gym and Thursday morning from 8am to noon in the teacher’s classroom. The conferences are a drop-in format so that means you do not schedule an appointment. Please come to hear how awesome your child is doing and maybe some areas of growth. Because of conferences and Veteran’s Day, there will be no school on Thursday and Friday this week.