James Madison Middle School - A community of involved citizens that empowers all students and prepares them for success in a changing world!

4J Parent Leaders Network

The 4J Parent Leaders Network is a volunteer network connecting parent organization leaders for mutual support. They meet at the District Office at 200 North Monroe Street; space and refreshments are provided by Eugene School District 4J. This year’s meetings will be convened by Heather Sielicki (Camas Ridge Parent) and Rita Gillihan (Yujin Gakuen Parent) on 10/3, 12/3, 2/4, and 4/15 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. You are invited to participate with the parent leaders at your school.

2018-2019 Meeting Schedule

  • October 3rd: Back to school; policies and procedures that apply to parent groups, working with the Eugene Education Foundation, and communication best practices.
  • December 3rd: Understanding K-12 Funding in Oregon 101; working with the School Board, programs and ideas for raising additional funds for your school community.
  • February 4th: Community involvement; best practices to support the involvement of parents and families in the education of their children, how to get your neighborhood connected with your school.
  • April 15: Advocacy; enhance your ability to impact educational opportunities and social change, mobilize volunteers and recruit future parent leaders.

For more information, please visit https://parentleadersnetwork.org. To add your parent leaders to the email list for meeting reminders and announcement, please email their contact information to parentleadersnetwork@gmail.com. Thank you for your support.

Last Minute Reminders:

  1. Go into SchoolPay and create your family account. You should do this even if you are not using debit/credit to pay. This will allow you to track any purchases that you (or someone else) makes for your student. Note: almost all 4J schools are now using SchoolPay, so if you have students in multiple schools, you will only have to create an account once,  for all your students!
  2. Fee and Schedule Night is almost here, on Tuesday, Sept. 4, with 6th graders from 4-5:30, and 7th/8th graders from 5:30-7. Pay fees, get schedules and info, eat ice cream…see you there!
  3. If you have a 7th or 8th grader who is new to Madison this year, there will be an orientation just for them, on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 2:00pm!
  4. We can’t wait to see you all…woohoo!!!

Free Breakfast!

Due to a miscommunication from Nutrition Services, the newsletter says there will be no free breakfast for all students this year. Newsflash: there WILL be free breakfast for ALL Madison students this year…woohoo!!

Back-to-School Newsletter

Here it is folks, for your reading pleasure: BTS 2018

A hard copy will still be mailed out in a week or two, and there will be a couple minor additions, so don’t forget to scan through it when you receive it in the mail! Note: if you hover over pictures and “blue” words, there are lots of links that will take you directly to important pages!

SchoolPay is Here!!

Our new payment system is up and running! Click on this link, and set up your account by clicking on “Create an Account”. If you enter your debit or credit card info (this is a highly protected safe site), you will be able to pay for anything, at any time, including any fees, yearbooks, activity cards, PE shirts, field trips, track, etc. You will even be able to make River Walk donations and “sign” field trip permission forms!

If you prefer to pay in person, we will still have our usual Fee & Schedule Night, but the payment lines may look a bit different and should be easier (and hopefully quicker) to get through! You can also pay online beforehand and then come on down to get schedules, check out your lockers (6th graders only), pick up important forms, and have some ice cream! This year’s Fee & Schedule Night will take place on one day only, Tuesday, Sept. 4, with 6th graders coming from 4:00-5:30, and 7th/8th graders coming from 5:30-7:00.

New to Madison: SchoolPay

Starting in August, we will have a new system for all school related payments and it’s AWESOME! It’s called SchoolPay and you will love it. Families will be able to pay for school fees, field trips, Madison gear, and even “sign” permission for school field trips. Each family can set up their own account, and you will be able to go in and pay on your computer or phone …you can even have your receipts emailed to you! Of course, we will still take cash, checks, and cards in the office. More info coming later…🎉

Mentor Opportunity!

Mentor Coordinator Needed: The Eugene Middle School Lunchtime Mentor Program, which pairs caring, responsible adults in the community with middle schoolers who need extra support, seeks a mentor coordinator at Madison Middle School for the 2018-19 school year. The coordinator position is volunteer and takes about 2-4 hours a week. Coordinators must be able to commit to being at Madison one day a week (currently Tuesdays) during lunch periods and must be organized, caring, and responsible. There is some additional work from home via computer as well as interaction with the school counselor and other school staff. Training is provided and the coordinator must pass a criminal background check. If you are interested, please contact Anne at eugenementoring@gmail.com.

Share Your Views on School Schedules

Online survey, community forum May 9

Eugene School District 4J is changing to a consistent calendar and standard schedules for all schools to provide enough instruction time for students, fair and equal learning time at all schools, and consistent schedules for families. The schedule details will be decided this spring. A first draft schedule was published in March for staff, parent, student and community input. The district has now taken the input received and developed a second draft schedule for further review and feedback.

The district wants to hear from families about your views on school schedules and what various schedule changes would mean for you.Please take 5 minutes between now and May 9 to share your feedback in a community input survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/4Jschedule2. Your input is important.

Parents, students, staff and community members also are invited to learn more about the draft schedules under discussion and talk with school board members and district staff at a community forum on school schedules on Wednesday, May 9, at 5:30 p.m., at the 4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St. Spanish interpretation will be provided. To learn more, review the draft schedule, and provide feedback, see www.4j.lane.edu/standard-school-schedule-second-draft.

Comparta su punto de vista sobre los horarios escolares
Foro comunitario el 9 de mayo

 El Distrito Escolar de Eugene 4J está cambiando a un calendario consistente y a horarios estándares para todas las escuelas para proporcionar suficiente tiempo de instrucción a los estudiantes, tiempo de aprendizaje justo e igualitario en todas las escuelas, y horarios constantes para las familias. Los detalles de los horarios se decidirán esta primavera. En marzo se publicó un borrador inicial del horario para buscar aportes de opiniones de los padres, los estudiantes, el personal, y la comunidad. El distrito ha tomado ahora la información recibida y ha desarrollado un segundo borrador del horario para consideración y opiniones adicionales.

Al distrito le gustaría escuchar de las familias su opinión acerca de los horarios escolares y lo que los diferentes cambios de horario significarían para ustedes. Se les invita a los padres a tomar unos minutos entre el día de hoy y el 9 de mayo para compartir sus comentarios en una encuesta en línea (www.surveymonkey.com/r/4Jschedule2, en inglés). Su opinión es importante.

También se invita a los padres, estudiantes, miembros del personal y de la comunidad a un foro comunitario donde podrán enterarse mas sobre los horarios que se están considerando y hablar con los miembros de la junta directiva escolar. El foro se llevara a cabo el miércoles, 9 de mayo a las 5:30 p.m., en el Centro Educativo de 4J, ubicado en el 200 N. Monroe St. Se proveerá interpretación en español. Para obtener más información, revisar el borrador del horario y proporcionar comentarios, vaya a www.4J.Lane.edu/Standard-School-Schedule-Second-Draft.