4/12/2021

4/12/2021

This week’s eNEWS includes a schedule of this week’s events, a message from the principal and assistant principal, and information regarding hybrid schedule, state testing requirements, 8th grade promotion planning committee, SEHS forecasting, free weekly meals, Lane County Transit for students, coffee chat for parents with a 4J social worker, free tutoring, ACE Award nominations, chess club, activities and events through the Hult Center and a call for yearbook photos. This week also contains a list of mental health support resources and support group information for LGBTQIA+, BIPOC and LATINX. As always, it ends with a look ahead to next week.

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This Week’s Schedule & Events
April 12th (M): A DAY
* 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM, Zoom for all students (House and Periods 1-3)
* 12:40 PM – 3:10 PM, Hybrid Red Cohort in person (Periods 1-3), Hybrid  White Cohort and SSO asynchronous work at home
* 3:10 PM – 4:00 PM, Teacher office hours
April 13th (T): B DAY
* 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM, Zoom for all students (House and Periods 4-6)
* 12:40 PM – 3:10 PM, Hybrid Red Cohort in person (Periods 4-6), Hybrid  White Cohort and SSO asynchronous work at home
April 14th (W): FLEX (C) DAY
* 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Red Cohort,  White Cohort  and SSO work asynchronously, NO ZOOM
* 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM, Office hours, clubs, supports
April 15th (Th): A DAY
* 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM, Zoom for all students (House and Periods 1-3)
* 12:40 PM – 3:10 PM, Hybrid White Cohort in person (Periods 1-3), Hybrid Red Cohort and SSO asynchronous work at home
April 16th (F): B DAY
* 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM, Zoom for all students (House and Periods 4-6)
* 12:40 PM – 3:10 PM, Hybrid White Cohort  in person (Periods 4-6), Hybrid Red Cohort and SSO asynchronous work at home
* 3:10 PM – 4:00 PM, Teacher office hours

 

Message from the Principal & Assistant Principal
Hybrid Here We Go! 
This week, we begin our hybrid/SSO schedule for the rest of the year. Yesterday, you should have received an email clarifying Red and White cohorts and information about additional supports for students in same school online.

As you might imagine from your own experiences this year, our staff has made an enormous effort to be ready for hybrid, from both instructional and operational standpoints. We pause here to recognize everyone’s efforts in arriving to this point, from all of you supporting students at home, to our teachers readying for another shift, to our custodial and office staff who rallied for August energy in April to prepare the building. It’s truly been a whole community effort! 

As you’re preparing for the week ahead, a few key reminders for students coming into the buildings– if we mask up, wash up and stay apart, we can stay together as a community! 
 * Arrive at 12:30 for lunch or 12:45 if you plan on eating at home.  
* We have three separate entrances for each grade: 6th @ main entrance, 7th @ gym, and 8th @ west A hall.  
* Wear a face covering– no gators, face shields or masks with valves. Bring more than one, if you can and we’ll have extras! 
* Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer each time you enter the building and before and after lunch.  
* So sorry, no visitors in the building yet.  
All of this information can be found on our website: 
https://roosevelt.4j.lane.edu/index.php/hybrid/

Please take a quick minute to watch our video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFL7tE9ZjrE

Please also use this handy sheet to double check any questions you have.

We’ll have lots of adults out in front of the school and in the hallways on Monday and Tuesday for those students coming in– lots of signage, too. Sixth graders can expect some orientation activities including a school tour on Monday and 7th and 8th grade students will also get a tour of the building– it’s been a year! 

Looking forward to an informative and exciting week ahead… please reach out with any questions!
Our best,
Courtney and Mike

 

Updates to State Testing Requirements
All public schools in the U.S. are required to systematically assess student learning and report participation and results in school accountability systems. Students in Oregon are assessed periodically to measure proficiency in state and district standards, including completing statewide assessments in certain grades.
State tests were suspended in 2019–20, during the state-mandated closure of school buildings due to the coronavirus pandemic. In this exceptional situation, Oregon was granted a one-year waiver to federal requirements for statewide assessments and accountability.

A waiver has been requested again for the 2020–21 school year, as school has continued to be significantly disrupted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and other factors. The Oregon Department of Education has asked the U.S. Department of Education for a temporary waiver to federally required testing for this school year.

The initial waiver submitted by the Oregon Department of Education to the U.S. Department was not approved. The state will submit a revision to the original request and if it is not approved, the earliest testing could begin by mid-April.

In accordance with Oregon law, parents and guardians may opt their students out of state tests. For more information and to access the opt-out form, please visit the 4j website: https://www.4j.lane.edu/instruction/statetesting/

 

Volunteers Needed for 8th Grade Promotion Planning Committee
Dear Parents, 
We are getting ready to plan for the 8th grade promotion. If you are interested in being part of the 8th grade promotion planning committee, please let me know by sending an email to fuhriman_l@4j.lane.edu. I will get back to you when the Zoom planning meeting has been scheduled. 

Thank you very much
Laura Fuhriman, RMS School Volunteer Coordinator

 

SEHS FORECASTING
If your 8th-grade student couldn’t attend the first South Eugene High School forecasting session, the team is offering a “make-up” session on Wednesday, April 14 at 9:00 am. This is open to Roosevelt Middle School and Spencer Butte Middle School students, including our EOA 8th graders!. Forecasting is not on a first-come, first-serve basis so please take the time needed to make the decisions that feel best. 

Contact Emily Rousseau, the SEHS 9th Grade Transition Coordinator, if you need further assistance: rousseau_e@4j.lane.edu.

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/93612925377?pwd=a1RjQ3JyYXE2TU5BQkRUdmVUbnQzUT09
Meeting ID: 936 1292 5377 Passcode: 562103

Yearbook: We Need Your Help!
In a year like no other, it seems important to document our experience as a school, honoring student activities and taking a look at how we fared during the global pandemic of 2020-21. We are working to put together a yearbook… twenty or thirty years from now, this time will be one we look back upon with curiosity, shaking our heads at the enormity of it all. 

We need your help! To insure a variety of perspective, we are going to need a *lot* of photos. Please upload photos in the following categories in this google drive :
* Individual student photos
* Club events
* Pets During Zoom 
* Stay-At-Home Hobbies
* Anything else you can think of!
Please clearly label your photos with:
* Your student’s name, last then first   
* A short note about the photo’s context
We look forward to seeing your photos!

 

Students Ride Transit for Free!
Lane Transit District (LTD) will continue allowing students to ride without a bus pass until September. For now, all students need to do to ride free is tell the driver that they are a 4J student. When LTD resumes fare collection, students can still ride for free, but only if they get a pass from their school. We will share more information about how to get a free pass as we near September. Please contact mazze_s@4j.lane.edu or 541-516-0887 with any questions.

¡Los estudiantes tienen transporte gratis!
El distrito de tránsito de Lane (LTD) continuará a permitir que los estudiantes puedan usar el bus sin su pase hasta el mes de septiembre. Por ahora, lo único que tienen que hacer los estudiantes para obtener su pase es notificar al conductor del bus que son estudiantes de 4J. Cuando el LTD reinicia la colección de tarifas estudiantiles, los estudiantes pueden seguir usando el bus gratis, pero solo con el pase de LTD de su escuela. Compartiremos más información sobre como obtener alrededor de septiembre. Por favor, si tiene alguna pregunta o duda, comuníquese conmigo por email a mazze_s@4j.lane.edu o por teléfono al 541-516-0887.

 

Free Meals Shift to Weekly Delivery
Now, as students return to school buildings in a hybrid model, schools will serve daily meals to students attending school on-site each day, and shift to once-a-week delivery for distribution of other free youth meals.
Families can sign up for free weekly meal boxes to be delivered each Wednesday after spring break here.

For more information regarding free meals, please follow this link:
https://www.4j.lane.edu/2021/03/free-meals-change-to-weekly-delivery/

 

Coffee Chat for 4J Parents
Join a 4J social worker for coffee chats. Each month topics to be explored will include wellness, parenting, and/or community resources. Family Activity Baskets will be raffled every week!
Events will occur every Thursday from 6 PM- 7 PM. Use the zoom information given below to join the chat:
ZOOM ID: 974 1894 7252
PASSCODE: 100531
If you have any questions please call 541-650-1163 or email covernali_m@4j.lane.edu.

 

Nominate “A Champion in Education” Today!
This school year is like no other. The pandemic has so greatly altered school operations and all aspects of our normal lives. Who is your champion in education through this year of unprecedented challenges? An inspiring teacher? An encouraging school secretary? A caring school counselor or nurse? A problem-solving tech support staff member? A dedicated nutrition services staff member? A principal who is an inspirational leader?

Now is the time to recognize their contributions by nominating them for an ACE (A Champion in Education) Award!

To learn more and nominate a 4J employee, visit 4j.lane.edu/2021-ACE. The nomination deadline is April 15.

One nominee in each of the three categories (teachers & licensed specialists, classified staff and administrators), will be named an ACE Award champion and win a $250 grant from the Eugene Education Foundation for the 4J school or program of their choosing. Every nominee will be recognized as an exceptional educator at the awards ceremony.
Join us in celebration of our amazing educators and cheer on the nominees at the virtual awards ceremony on June 3, 6–7 PM.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact 4J Communications at johnson_hi@4j.lane.edu.

¡Nomina a “Un campeón de educación” hoy!
Este año escolar es diferente a cualquier otro. La pandemia alteró enormemente el funcionamiento de las escuelas y todos los aspectos de nuestras vidas cotidianas. ¿Quién es tu campeón de educación durante este año de desafíos sin precedentes? ¿Un(a) maestro(a) que te inspira? ¿Un(a) secretario(a) escolar que te motiva? ¿Un(a) consejero(a) o un(a) enfermero(a) de la escuela que es amable? ¿Un miembro del personal del servicio técnico que es resolutivo? ¿Un miembro del personal de servicios de nutrición dedicado? ¿Un(a) director(a) que ejerce un liderazgo ejemplar?

Ha llegado el momento de reconocer sus contribuciones nominándolos para el premio ACE (Un campeón de educación).

Para obtener más información y nominar a un empleado del distrito 4J, visita la página web 4j.lane.edu/2021-ACE. La fecha límite para nominar es el 15 de abril.
Se nombrará campeón de los Premios ACE a un nominado en cada una de las tres categorías (maestros y especialistas licenciados, personal clasificado y directores) y se les otorgará una beca de $250 de la Fundación Educativa de Eugene que podrán usar en la escuela del distrito 4J o en un programa de su elección. Se reconocerá a cada nominado como un educador excepcional en la ceremonia de premios.
Únete a nosotros para homenajear a nuestros increíbles educadores y aclamar a los nominados en la entrega de premios virtual que se celebrará el 3 de junio, de 6:00 PM a 7:00 PM.
Si tiene preguntas o necesita asistencia, por favor comuníquese con el departamento de comunicaciones de 4J al 541-790-7707.

 

Free Tutoring with SEHS Rotary Interact
The South Eugene High School chapter of Rotary Interact is offering free tutoring for middle school students.

To get started make an appointment by filling out this form on their website. A member of Rotary Interact will contact you to discuss your student’s needs and connect you with a student tutor.

All tutoring sessions will take place through video chat.

 

Join the Chess Club
Hello Roosevelt Parents. Southside Chess is hopeful that we will have at least quasi-normal, in-person school next fall. In that case, we should be able to have our after-school chess club, as before. Meanwhile, your child can get a head start with chess by participating in our on-line classes and games. We have beginner, intermediate and advanced level offerings. 

Check this link for more information:  https://www.southsidechess.com/online-classes.html.

 

Hult Center Performances and Activities
National Geographic Live – Behind the Curtain: Secrets of Whales with Brian Skerry
Thursday, April 22, at 7pm ET / 4pm PT

In celebration of Earth Day, join us for a special behind-the-curtain look at National Geographic Explorer and Photographer Brian Skerry’s riveting journey as he sets out to discover the hidden culture of whales in the new Disney+ original series, Secrets of the Whales. The show will also include special insight into the pages of the May issue of National Geographic magazine, The Ocean Issue, and Skerry’s beautiful new book, Secrets of the Whales.

This special preview event will include stories and visuals, and live, moderated audience Q&A with Brian Skerry.

Closed captioning will be available for this event. For more information click here.

Virtual Careers in the Arts Course
The Education & Community Engagement Department’s Virtual Careers in the Arts series is going strong, and we would love to have you join! This series of interviews allows students an opportunity to connect and learn how arts professionals developed their careers. Students can livestream these sessions and ask questions in real time, or watch recordings posted on our YouTube Page

This course is held on the second Tuesday of every month. Join us for our next session on Tuesday, April 13th at 4pm where we will be talking with our Director of Programming, Vicki Infinito.

If you or your students are interested in attending these sessions live, please contact our Education and Community Engagement Department at HultEducation@eugene-or.gov. 

Virtual Learning Series
As part of the Hult Center’s virtual learning series, we are partnering with the Virginia Repertory Theatre to offer three unique educational experiences for children K-8. The productions include Harriet Tubman and the Underground RailroadThe Little Red Hen and Jack and the Beanstalk. For $15 (plus fees), teachers, parents or students are able to rent one of these productions for 48 hours. Each play has a corresponding study guide, activity guide and additional resources such as yoga and Q&A’s with the cast.  

These performances are only available through April 18th. Don’t miss your chance to see one, or all three! 

For more information on events and activities at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts click here.

 

Middle School BIPOC and LATINX Support Group
A BIPOC and LATINX peer support group will be held every Wednesday from March 17th – June 15th from 2 PM to 3 PM via Zoom.
The group will be led by Looking Glass’ certified peer-supports. Peer-supports are individuals with shared identities and experiences related to mental health and wellness. Peer-supports have received specific training in providing mental health peer-support services to individuals in the community and have gone through 4J’s background check.

To attend the support group fill out this form or contact Maria Covernali at covernali_m@4j.lane.edu.

 

Middle School LGBTQIA+ and Allies Support Group
An LGBTQIA+ peer support group will be held every Wednesday from March 10th – June 16th from 3 PM to 4 PM via Zoom.

The group will be led by Looking Glass’ certified peer-supports. Peer-supports are individuals with shared identities and experiences related to mental health and wellness. Peer-supports have received specific training in providing mental health peer-support services to individuals in the community and have gone through 4J’s background check.

To attend the support group sign up here:
tiny.cc/lgbtsupportgroup.

For questions contact Maria Covernali at covernali_m@4j.lane.edu.

Mental Health Support
If you or a loved one is struggling with mental health right now, please check out these links for support. You are LOVED, we miss you, and can’t wait until we are all back together again!

HOOTS (Helping Out Our Teens in Schools) is offering mental health support by phone for students, families, and staff of 4J high schools during school closures. The phone line is accessible from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday and is staffed by crisis counselors who normally work HOOTS clinic or work on CAHOOTS. Video support is available from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM on weekdays and is accessed by emailing hoots@whitebirdclinic.org with your name and preferred time. HOOTS is able to provide short term counseling and mental health support, resource referrals and OHP sign up. Students, families and staff of 4J please call (541)246-2342.

A chat-line for students. Teens are available to help daily from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM Pacific Time via call, text, chat or email (adults are available by phone at all other times). YouthLine is a free, confidential teen-to-teen crisis and help line. No problem is too big or too small for the Youthline!

A national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth via call, text, and chat: 866-488-7386          
The Trevor Project

YouthEra has virtual “drop-ins” from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Discord Streaming live (moderated chat) with two state-certified youth peer support specialists, on Twitch Monday-Friday from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

All of the phone services are free and confidential. See also Youthline as part of Lines for Life.

Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the United States, anytime, about any type of crisis. A live, trained Crisis Text Line Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds, all from our secure online platform. The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment. 

Safe Oregon, the 24/7 statewide school safety tip line, is here for you; for all students and the whole community. Anonymously or confidentially report student safety concerns (suicidal ideation/thoughts, cyberbullying, child abuse, drug/alcohol abuse, etc.) and we will pass this information to school personnel and law enforcement (when necessary).

 

A Look Ahead …
April 19th (M): A DAY
* 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM, Zoom for all students (House and Periods 1-3)
* 12:40 PM – 3:10 PM, Hybrid Red Cohort in person (Periods 1-3), Hybrid  White Cohort and SSO asynchronous work at home
* 3:10 PM – 4:00 PM, Teacher office hours
April 20th (T): B DAY
* 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM, Zoom for all students (House and Periods 4-6)
* 12:40 PM – 3:10 PM, Hybrid Red Cohort in person (Periods 4-6), Hybrid  White Cohort and SSO asynchronous work at home
April 21st (W): FLEX (C) DAY
* 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Red Cohort,  White Cohort  and SSO work asynchronously, NO ZOOM
* 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM, Office hours, clubs, supports
April 22nd (Th): A DAY
* 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM, Zoom for all students (House and Periods 1-3)
* 12:40 PM – 3:10 PM, Hybrid White Cohort in person (Periods 1-3), Hybrid Red Cohort and SSO asynchronous work at home
* 6:30 PM – 7:15 PM, Parents at Roosevelt meeting, https://zoom.us/j/9366455771 (Meeting ID: 936 645 5771)
April 23rd (F): B DAY
* 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM, Zoom for all students (House and Periods 4-6)
* 12:40 PM – 3:10 PM, Hybrid White Cohort  in person (Periods 4-6), Hybrid Red Cohort and SSO asynchronous work at home
* 3:10 PM – 4:00 PM, Teacher office hours

 

Earn Free Money for Roosevelt!

You can help Roosevelt earn money for our school by registering your credit card with eScrip. Earn money for Roosevelt every time you shop at Market of Choice, Sizzle Pie (& other local restaurants). Register your credit/debit cards, designating Roosevelt Middle School—Recipient ID #6723045.
Click on the link above to get started.

Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Roosevelt. You can search by our name or by our non-profit number GB554. 
Click on the link above.

Download the Box Top for Education App in Google Play or the App Store, sign up (or sign in) and take a picture of your receipt within 14 days of purchase. It will automatically credit the school for each product.
For more information, click on the link above.