Co-Principals: Brian Young & Dina Marschall
In this month of Thanksgiving, we would like to express our appreciation to our school Board members and district leadership team. Thank you for the work you are doing to make our Junction City schools the best possible learning environments for our kids. We would also like to thank our teachers and classified staff for the daily investment they are making in this most important work.
JCHS has established a Scheduling Review Committee to take a look at possible options going forward. We are hoping to provide more intervention time within the bell schedule to support students struggling with particular learning standards. We want to do this in a way that continues to strengthen our elective opportunities, including Career & Technical Education. This may or may not lead to a revised bell schedule for JCHS in 2020-21, but we wanted to share that we are looking at options.
The JCHS Volleyball team had the best finish of any team in the past 40 plus years, earning the 5th place trophy at State. The team was assisted by a gentlemen in a now infamous "Lime Green Shirt", leading the student section with enough spirited noise to turn the tide in their first round matchup. Thank you, Steve Tedrick! We would like to thank Gary Meineger, his coaching staff, parents and student-athletes for making this a most memorable season. In cross country, Anika Thompson finished 2nd in girls 4A, and we are very proud of her and our other runners for their accomplishments. Winter sports are underway, with our basketball teams set to host an Australian school called the Northeast Bush Rangers, on December 9th.
On an athletic note, our football program has received an option from the OSAA to move to the 3A classification during the coming two school years. After discussion with coaches and a team vote with players, we have decided to accept this invitation. Craig Rothenberger will be sharing more information on this decision with the Board.
This past month, our Drama students put on a play called "Bad Auditions by Bad Actors". Directed by our very own, Wyatt Lee, this production had the crowd laughing all three nights. Over 20 of our Journalism students just returned from a national conference in Washington, D.C. and were able to get a wealth of education and experiences with Ms. Bandow, Ms. Henderson, and Mr. Miller. They had a rare opportunity to stand on the Capitol steps with Senator Jeff Merkley, as well as visit the Mall memorials, the Smithsonian museums, and learn a ton about the field of journalism.
Today, four of our teachers were further trained by the University of Oregon's PRIDE program researchers. The teachers will be piloting a program focused on restorative practices. PRIDE stands for Positive and Restorative Investment in Discipline Reform. We believe it will greatly support our efforts to build a positive learning environment for all of our students.
We are excited to announce that Kileia Riley, senior, was selected by staff to receive the Jim Paull Youth Service Award at the Tri-County Chamber of Commerce Awards this month. Kileia is our ASB President, and has done a tremendous job as a leader in her school and volunteering in our community.
Finals week is coming up after Thanksgiving, with Trimester 1 finals on December 3rd and 4th, and no school on the 5th and 6th. Looking ahead, we will have a FAFSA Completion Night for parents and seniors on December 16th, 6pm in the media center.
We wish all of our families the very best this holiday season. Go Tigers!