4J Bond Supporters Canvas For Support

EUGENE, Ore. — Parents, teachers, grandparents and kids hit the pavement Saturday to raise awareness about the 4J bond measure on the May ballot. The supporters of the bond measure walked door to door in a North Eugene neighborhood, explaining what the bond measure would do if it was passed. Supporters say they chose to … Continue reading »

Willagillespie Celebrates New Garden

EUGENE, Ore. — What better day than Earth Day to open a garden? That’s what some local elementary school students did. The garden at Willagillespie Elementary includes raspberries, lettuce, peas, garlic and much more. Students celebrated its completion by running through a balloon arch and singing. School administrators say volunteers and more than four years … Continue reading »

4J Feels Effects of Shrunken Art Program

EUGENE, Ore. — 4J administrators say in the past 20 years they cut their art departments in half. Staff, students and the local community are coping with that change. Those KEZI 9 News spoke to said they were disappointed to see how much that part of our education has changed. And while they understand the … Continue reading »

New Science and Tech Studio at Churchill

EUGENE, Ore. — Churchill High School unveiled a brand new addition Tuesday called the STEM Studio. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math–representing all the types of classes held in the new studio. The building is intended to help develop the sciences and math programs at the Eugene high school. And the principal says … Continue reading »

Churchill Models Common Schedule

EUGENE, Ore. — There seems to be a growing division at 4J. Students, teachers and staff are concerned about the new high school common schedule. While the district is planning to move all of the schools onto the same schedule this fall, one school has already made the transition. When the bell rings at Churchill … Continue reading »

Churchill Raves about Common Schedule

EUGENE, Ore. — Many Eugene parents are up in arms about all high schools moving to a common schedule, but Churchill High School already adopted the schedule and administrators are raving about it. The school is on a trimester system. During that trimester, a student has the same five, 70-minute classes every day. This replaced … Continue reading »

Residents Voice Concerns About 4J Cuts

EUGENE, Ore. — Emotions soared as community members pleaded with the 4J School Board on a number of issues. Main concerns Wednesday night focused on the school district cuts to mental health services and libraries along with the change to the school schedule. Dozens of people turned out for the meeting. Some residents talked about … Continue reading »

Rugby Becoming Part of 4J Gym Classes

EUGENE, Ore. — Rugby will soon be a part of Physical Education classes in the 4J School District. A U.S. rugby player came to Eugene to show instructors how to introduce the sport to kids. Portland resident Troy Hall trained volunteers from the University of Oregon Women’s Rugby Team and Men’s Rugby Team and other community members different practice … Continue reading »

Kelly Middle School Unveils New Mascot

EUGENE, Ore. — Kelly Middle School unveiled its new mascot Friday. Originally named after a World War II bomber pilot, Captain Colin P. Kelly II, the school decided to change its mascot from the Bombers to the Pilots. Although there were never any complaints about the old mascot, teachers requested the change to make the … Continue reading »

4J Considers More Cuts

EUGENE, Ore. — The 4J School District could be looking at even more cuts. The superintendent made the announcement Thursday. 4J administrators say they’re being forced to consider more cuts to services and jobs. While nothing is set in stone yet, parents and staff had plenty of opinions. “It’s really difficult for the kids to … Continue reading »

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