CHS Family Update


We made it to the halfway mark...

We are officially halfway through the school year. We now face the second half with poise and focus. I had the pleasure of attending the equestrian meet at the Oregon Horse Center. I took my daughter Amelia and spent time walking around petting horses and connecting with families. Thank you Katy McAullife for showing us around. It was a great bit of fun.

Please be sure to read up on what happens when we have snow days. We just might have one or two this week.

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In The Know

National School Counseling Week - Hey hey hey, what do you know? It's National School Counseling week February 4-8, 2019. This week is sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), and it highlights the unique contribution of school counselors within our school systems, and the tremendous impact they can have in helping students achieve school success, plan for a career, and lead healthy lives. We are fortunate to have a dedicated and professional counseling staff. I am honored to work with each of them on any given day. Please take an opportunity to let our counselors know how much you appreciate their work, how much you value them, and the role they serve.

Phone Scam - A parent of one of our students, called this week to let us know that they received a phone call from an individual saying that in Dec. their student signed up for an SAT Prep Course when this "individual" had come to Churchill. The "individual" proceeded to ask/tell this parent that they would be charging their credit card for this course. The parent questioned this "individual" when they talked about charging their credit card and they then hung up. The parent thankfully realized this was a scam, but wanted to let us know that this happened and to let other parents know. The parent was concerned that they knew their student's name, their landline number, that their student attended CHS, and that they are using CHS's name to scam people. More than anything we just don't want another parent to fall for this.

Ergon Student Exchange - seeks families to host a 16-17 year-old Italian student during the next school year, 2019-20, for either a semester or the school year. Ergon’s program ensures a true cross-cultural opportunity: Italian families offer your son or daughter a direct exposure to Italian culture through an all-expenses paid summer vacation. Ergon sponsors the flight!

We specialize in a rigorous selection process and carefully match students with host families. We’ve had students at Churchill and all 4J high schools. Our current and former Eugene host families are happy to share their experiences. Please email Kim O’Brien, Eugene coordinator, at

Visit our website at

Host an Italian student and your son or daughter will be invited to Italy!

In Case of Snow

Winter Weather: Snow Day Information

When winter weather arrives, schools may be closed or delayed or buses may use snow routes. These decisions are made by the district early in the morning and are the same for every 4J school.

Snow day notifications: Our school district communicates any decision to change school or bus schedules as quickly as possible in several ways, all well before 6:30 a.m.

No news = No change. If schools and buses are on their regular schedule, there will NOT be an announcement.

School schedule:

School Closure = No school for students. Decision about afternoon/evening activities will be made by noon.

Two-Hour Delay: School starts two hours late and ends at the usual school dismissal time. If a delay occurs on an early release Friday, school will still be dismissed at the early release time.

Snow Routes: Some school bus routes have alternate “snow routes” that avoid higher and steeper elevations. If you need information about your student’s bus route, please see

Parent Choice: Please consider the road conditions in your own area in making your decision about school attendance, and notify the school if your student will be staying home. Parents’ decisions about absences for weather-related safety reasons will be honored.

For more information, please see


Clima de invierno: Información de días de nieve

Cuando hay mal tiempo en el invierno, las escuelas pueden cerrar o comenzar tarde y los autobuses pueden utilizar las rutas de nieve. Estas decisiones se toman para el distrito entero y aplican a todas las escuelas de Eugene 4J.

Notificaciones de día de nieve: Nuestro distrito escolar comunicará cualquier cambio de horario de jornada escolar o rutas de autobuses lo mas pronto posible de varias maneras, siempre antes de las 6:30 a.m.

  • Regístrese para recibir alertas de mensajes de texto por medio de twitter
  • Revise la página web del distrito
  • Revise las páginas de red sociales del distrito
  • Consulte las estaciones de noticias locales por radio, televisión o internet
  • Marque el numero de teléfono de emergencia en español, 541-790-7738

Ninguna notificación = Ningún cambio. Si no hay ningún cambio de horario o de rutas de autobuses, NO habrá ningún anuncio.

Horario de clases:

Cierre de escuela (“Schools Closed”) = Los alumnos no asistirán a la escuela. Decisiones sobre actividades extracurriculares se tomarán antes del mediodía.

Retraso de dos horas (“Two-Hour Delay”): Las clases comenzarán dos horas mas tarde y terminarán a la hora normal en un día escolar regular. Si el retraso ocurre en un viernes, los estudiantes saldrán a la hora de salida temprana.

Rutas de nieve (“Snow Routes”): Algunas rutas de autobuses escolares tienen rutas alternativas de nieve (“snow routes”) que evitan elevaciones mas altas y empinadas. Podrá encontrar más información en

Opción de los padres (“Parent Choice”): Por favor considere las condiciones de las carreteras donde vive al tomar la decisión de mandar o no a su estudiante a la escuela. Notifique a la escuela si su estudiante no asistirá a clases. Las decisiones de los padres sobre la ausencia de sus estudiantes por razones de seguridad en el clima inclemente serán respetadas.

Podrá encontrar más información en inglés en el sitio web

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Looking Forward


1/28–2/28 — 20KINDteen Book Drive

Monday, 2/4

3:45 pm — LCC Scholarship Workshop

Tuesday, 2/5

Hoodies Up Day

Wednesday, 2/6 — FORECASTING ASSEMBLY (45-Minute Double Assembly)

Bell Schedule

0 Period 7:24 AM – 8:25 AM
1st Period 8:30 AM – 9:31 AM
2nd Period/Assembly 9:36 AM – 11:32 AM
3rd Period 11:39 AM – 12:43 PM
Lunch 12:48 PM – 1:18 PM
4th Period 1:23 PM – 2:24 PM
5th Period 2:29 PM – 3:30 PM

Thursday, 2/7

7:00 pm — Boys' Lacrosse Meeting


Bell Schedule
0 Period 7:32 AM – 8:25 AM
1st Period 8:30 AM – 9:23 AM
2nd Period 9:28 AM – 10:21 AM
Advisory 10:28 AM – 10:58 AM
3rd Period 11:03 AM – 11:59 AM
Lunch 12:04 PM – 12:34 PM
4th Period 12:39 PM – 1:32 PM
5th Period 1:37 PM – 2:30 PM

Next Week...

2/11–2/15 — Black Lives Matter Display in the Auditorium (optional participation)

2/11, 3:30 pm — OSAC Scholarship and Oregon Promise Application Workshop

2/12 — Earthquake Drill

2/13, 6:00 pm — Spring Athletics Information Night

2/14, 3:45 pm — Site Council

2/15 — 45-Minute Advisory: Forecasting

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First Lancers

We were visited by four original graduates from Churchill High School (Class of 1967) who offered several items of memorabilia for us to add to our display cases. They met with student leaders and toured to building to find a good spot to show these pieces. We settled on the foyer in front of the auditorium and will be occupying a space there to show off these pieces. It was great having an opportunity to meet these great ladies. Thank you.
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Abby Sheppler with Cooper at the Oregon Horse Center

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Swim Team - We had a great meet on Friday with both boys and girls winning against Crater and Ashland in a three-way meet. Districts is going to be really exciting on on Saturday the 9th (9am-1pm) so we hope you can make it to Willamalane to support all these swimmers! They definitely notice when their teachers are in the stands! Congratulations to Gio, Finn, Davis and Charley for setting a new 400 freestyle relay record on Friday night! Also congratulations to Braden, Finn, Charley and Hunter for setting a new record in the 200 medley relay. And for individual records, congratulations to Charley Page-Jones for setting a new record in the 100 backstroke and smashing the record in the 200 individual medley.

Thespians Competition - Our own Thespians just finished up with the Regional's Competition and we have students going to state. Congratulations go out to Devon Bahr who will be competing at the State Tournament in both Solo Acting and Solo Musical categories. Many others received high scores with the acting group consisting of Ejaiya Davos, Rogan DeCalesta, Sean Burke, Emily Martini and Ryan Dalimore getting a near perfect score and just missing out on qualifying. We are so proud of our acting students and all the growth and dedication they have shown over the years.

Equestrian - We have a dedicated group of equestrians. I had the chance to visit the competition this weekend and was very intrigued with how the meet runs itself. Katy McAullife leads a great club and supports some pretty awesome students. Both Abby Sheppler and senior captain Jade Farley scored points in every event of this weekend's Oregon High School Equestrian meet at the Oregon horse center. Abby shows Cooper, and Jade's horse is Jingles.

Downing Street Singers - Amazing performances! Thank you for getting our Student Engagement conference off to a great start. I think you opened an eye or two when staff walked into the library and saw an amazing show in progress. You definitely got us off to an excellent start. Thank you!

Presenters - I would like to thank every presenter for your time and commitment to offering a session. We received very positive reviews of the sessions and are looking forward to keeping this mode of professional development alive and well. If you weren't here, you definitely missed Churchill, Kennedy, and ATA staff at their best. It was a great day. Matt Myers, Michael Sterling, Misael Flores, Sarah Ruggiero, Helen Haberman, Robert Wood, Sherry Sterling, Laura Archibald, April Nelson, Marie Scull, Erin Crews, Misty Jackson, Rob Hess, Barbara Siemens, Eve Hannah, Keri Pilgrim Ricker, and Darcy Strange.

Misael Flores - Thank you for your hard work putting the Youth Action Council together for our student panel and for moderating the session. Your focus and leadership are greatly appreciated. The students presented very well and shared some great personal insights. It is important to know what our students are thinking and experiencing. This was fantastic. Thank you

Alex Patton - Thank you for ensuring that we were set up for success. You had students available and at the ready when we needed them for our Friday PD. Thank you for your partnership. I really appreciate knowing that the theater is handled with tact, professionalism and commitment.

Keith Fjordbeck - Thank you for supporting a great number of our staff and district staff on Friday. We had a lot going on and you are always ensuring that Churchill stands ready to receive visitors. You make sure that everything is set up and ready to go. You also response to any need quickly and with a sense of humor. I truly appreciate you.

Jill and Robin - Thank you for making sure that everyone was fed. You made plans, worked with each other to navigate the request, got up early to make sure everything was set up and ready for visitors, not once but again for lunch as well. You also cycled back and cleaned up after everyone. I am so thankful to my front office team who rallies and supports one another. Thank you for your support om Friday. Awesome!!