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School Walkout Demonstrations

Dear families,

In the wake of the most recent school violence tragedy in Florida, there have been nationwide calls for school walkouts on March 14, April 20, and other days, to demonstrate regarding gun violence and school safety. We want our families to be aware that some students may be considering leaving school on these dates and that walkouts are not supported or endorsed by the school.

Student and staff safety is our priority—everyone deserves to feel safe and be safe at school. Earlier this month we shared a letter from our superintendent about our school safety protocols and procedures. Here is a link if you’d like to see it again: http://www.4j.lane.edu/2018/02/superintendent-message-school-safety.

At our school we are also working to constructively dialogue with students and promote school safety. We respect our students’ right to express their personal views and encourage them to be informed and engaged community members. However, no matter what the topic, our school and our district cannot condone walkouts or other demonstrations that disrupt the learning environment.

Your child’s education and safety are our primary focus. During school hours, students should be in school—safe, supervised, and learning. The safest place for students to be during school hours is in the school building. If students engage in a walkout they are leaving the supervised school environment.

Our standard expectations for students include attending their scheduled classes and not disrupting the learning environment. Students who choose to participate peacefully in a walkout demonstration receive an unexcused absence for the class period, as outlined in the Student Rights & Responsibilities Handbook. We expect civil and orderly behavior from our students at all times, and hope that there will be no more disruptive or disorderly conduct that would be subject to disciplinary consequences.

We will always work to provide a safe and supportive learning environment for all of our students. Thank you for working with us to keep our students safe. Please contact me or Assistant Principal, Mrs. Martindale, if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you,
Principal Peter Barsotti

Huelgas Escolares Nacionales Para Demostraciones Politicas

Estimadas familias,

En el vestigio de la tragedia mas reciente de violencia escolar en la Florida, están eventos organizados en todo el país instando a estudiantes a salir de la escuela el 14 de marzo y el 20 de abril y otras días para realizar demostraciones políticas sobre la seguridad escolar y la violencia con armas de fuego. Queremos que nuestras familias estén conscientes de que algunos estudiantes pueden estar considerando salir de la escuela en esas fechas para participar en las demostraciones y que esto no está apoyado o respaldado por la escuela.

La seguridad de los estudiantes y el personal es nuestra prioridad. Todos merecen sentirse seguros y estar seguros en la escuela. Recientemente le enviamos una carta de nuestro superintendente sobre nuestros protocolos y procedimientos de seguridad escolar. A seguir hay un enlace si desea leer la carta nuevamente (desplácese hacia abajo para español): http://www.4j.lane.edu/2018/02/superintendent-message-school-safety

En nuestra escuela también estamos trabajando para dialogar constructivamente con los estudiantes y promovemos la seguridad escolar. Respetamos el derecho de nuestros estudiantes a expresar sus puntos de vista personales y les alentamos a que sean miembros de la comunidad informados y comprometidos. Sin embargo, no importando cual sea el tema de la demostración, nuestra escuela y nuestro distrito escolar no pueden aprobar huelgas estudiantiles u otras demostraciones que interrumpan el ambiente de aprendizaje de la escuela.

La educación y seguridad de su hijo son nuestro enfoque principal. Durante el día escolar, los estudiantes deben estar en la escuela—seguros, supervisados ​​y aprendiendo. El lugar más seguro para los estudiantes durante el día escolar es en el edificio de la escuela. Si los estudiantes abandonan la escuela para participar en una demostración, ellos estarán saliendo de un entorno escolar supervisado.

Nuestras expectativas para los estudiantes son que asistan a sus clases y que no alteren el ambiente de aprendizaje. Los estudiantes que elijan participar con tranquilidad en una demostración de huelga recibirán una ausencia injustificada durante el período de clase, tal como lo describe el Manual de Derechos y Responsabilidades de los Estudiantes. Esperamos que nuestros estudiantes se comporten de una forma civil y ordenada en todo momento, y que no sucedan conductas disruptivas o desordenadas las cuales pudieran ser sujetas a consecuencias disciplinarias.

Trabajaremos siempre para proveer un ambiente de aprendizaje seguro y solidario para todos nuestros estudiantes. Gracias por colaborar con nosotros para mantener a nuestros estudiantes seguros. Si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud, favor de comunicarse conmigo o con, la subdirectora, Mrs. Martindale.

Director 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

4J Wants YOUR Input!

Building 4J’s Future: We want to hear from you.

The Eugene School District is holding a community conversation about a potential bond measure to improve school buildings and learning materials. Your input is needed!

Most of 4J’s school buildings were constructed in the 1940s to 1960s, and some are even older. Other capital improvements are needed due to changing enrollment, educational program needs and aging buildings and materials.

The district’s long-range facilities plan, updated in 2013 after significant community input, calls for bond measures in 2013 and 2018 to replace, renovate or remodel several school buildings and make other improvements.

Voters approved a bond measure in 2013 and replaced four aging school buildings—Roosevelt Middle School, Arts & Technology Academy, Howard Elementary School and River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School—and made other building improvements, upgraded technology and curriculum, replaced school buses, and more.

The board is now considering a potential bond measure to be placed on the November 2018 ballot, and wants to hear from community members about their views on priorities and how to proceed. No decisions have been made yet.

Community forums have been scheduled in different locations across the district so community members may choose a convenient time and location. Spanish interpretation will be provided.

 Community Forums

  • Tuesday, Feb. 20, 7:00–8:30 p.m., Roosevelt Middle School, 500 E. 24th
  • Thursday, Feb. 22, 7:00–8:30 p.m., Kelly Middle School, 850 Howard Ave.
  • Saturday, Feb. 24, 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m., 4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St.
  • Monday, Feb. 26, 7:00–8:30 p.m., Arts & Technology Academy, 1650 W. 22nd
  • Thursday, March 1, 7:00–8:30 p.m., Cal Young Middle School, 2555 Gilham Rd.


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

It’s School Choice Time!

In Eugene School District 4J, every school offers an excellent education for our students. Students may enroll in their neighborhood school at any time, or request enrollment in a different 4J school, provided there is a place available. School choice requests will be accepted in an order determined by lottery.To be included in the lottery, 4J residents must apply by Wednesday, January 31, at midnight. This is an earlier deadline than in previous years. Non-district residents must apply between March 1 and Friday, April 1, at midnight. All students who want to obtain a transfer must apply, including new incoming siblings and students who have moved but want to stay enrolled at our school.

School visits are scheduled in the month of January. If you have any friends or family members who are considering school choice, please invite them to come learn more about our wonderful school and their school choice options! Madison will offer a School Choice Tour on Tues., Jan. 23, 6:30-7:30pm, and again on Weds., Jan. 24, 10:00-11:00am. This is for parents who live outside the Madison boundaries, but are considering sending their student to Madison.


Immunization Exclusion Day Info

Due Date for Complete School Immunization Records

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 is immunization exclusion day this school year.  This means that your student’s school immunization record must be up to date with all required immunizations in order to stay in school.  Letters were mailed at start of December if your student is missing immunizations.  Please return these letters with the dates of shots that were given.  For questions or a duplicate letter, please leave a message for the health assistant at your child’s school.

Do you lack health insurance or financial resources to pay for needed shots?  Here are some options to check in with:

  • Lane County Public Health 541-682-4041
  • Churchill Clinic 541-790-5227
  • North Eugene Clinic 541-790- 4445

Fecha Limite Para Completar Los Registros De Inmunización Escolar

El miércoles 21 de febrero de 2018 es el día de exclusión de vacunación para este año escolar. Esto significa que el registro de inmunización escolar de su hijo(a) debe estar al día con todas las vacunas requeridas para poder permanecer en la escuela. Se empezó a enviar cartas por correo a principios de diciembre si su estudiante no tiene algunas vacunas en nuestro registro. Por favor devuelva estas cartas con la actualización de las fechas en que se realizaron las vacunas. Si tiene preguntas o una necesita un duplicado de carta, por favor deje un mensaje con la asistente de salud en la escuela de su hijo(a).

 ¿No tiene seguro de salud o recursos financieros para pagar las vacunas necesarias? Aquí tiene algunas opciones para que las revise:

Salud Pública de Lane County 541-682-4041
Clínica de La Escuela Secundaria Churchill 541-790-5227
Clínica de la Escuela Secundaria North Eugene       541-790-4445


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.