Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten?

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Your child may be old enough to start kindergarten, but is he or she ready? It’s an important decision for parents, because kindergarten marks the start of a child’s formal education and their first school experiences can affect the rest of their lives. Most schools use cutoff dates. A child must be … Continue reading »

Eighth Graders Try to Stay Afloat

EUGENE, Ore. — Cardboard boats don’t sound very seaworthy, but Shasta middle schoolers still put it to the test. Eighth graders built boats out of cardboard and then hopped in and tried to paddle the length of the pool. It was a test of the Archimedes Principle and the students had to build a sturdy, … Continue reading »

Community Looks to Save Aging Schools

YONCALLA, Ore. — A major decision is in front of a Douglas County school board, one that could determine the fate of the district. The Yoncalla community came together Monday night to learn what can be done to save the district’s two aging schools. The school board will need to decide quickly if they want … Continue reading »

Pleasant Hill $17.995M School Bond

PLEASANT HILL, Ore. — The Pleasant Hill School District is hoping voters will pass a multi-million dollar bond measure Tuesday night. The money would be used to upgrade the school buildings, school security and technology. Members of the Pleasant Hill School Board say improvements haven’t been made to the districts high school and elementary school … Continue reading »

LCC Faces Possible Loss of Funding

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane Community College is facing a possibility of losing federal funding, after a high percentage of students defaulted on their loans. LCC officials say more than 30 percent of students who started repaying their loans in the 2010 fiscal year defaulted within the first three years. Preliminary numbers for 2011 don’t look … Continue reading »

School Lab Cleanup Program

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Corvallis High School was home to a spring cleaning on Thursday, when a consultant with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality worked with teachers to dispose of outdated or hazardous chemicals. Schools are teaming up with the DEQ and county health departments for the Oregon School Lab Cleanup Program. Dave Waddell, a … Continue reading »

4J to Discuss Potential Property Sale

EUGENE, Ore. — The Eugene School Board will discuss selling up to seven acres of the Roosevelt Middle School property to the Eugene Family YMCA for the construction of new YMCA recreation facility. 4J is planning to replace Roosevelt Middle School by constructing a new school west of the current building. Once the older building … Continue reading »

4J Superintendent Presents Budget

EUGENE, Ore. — Budget season is here and 4J is in talks about how their next school year could look. The budget was released Thursday, but the real discussion begins Monday night. Though the district is seeing more than an $11 million increase in its revenue, there’s still a $3.62 million gap that needs to … Continue reading »

Willagillespie Hatches Ducklings

EUGENE, Ore. — A special surprise for students at Willagillespie Elementary School Monday. Eleven new eagle family members, well ducklings to be exact. Joy has been nesting at Willagillespie Elementary for the last three years. This year she chose to lay her 11 eggs in the courtyard garden. They all hatched on Saturday, just in … Continue reading »

Schools Respond to Suicide Increase

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Corvallis School District says suicide rates are higher than usual this year, so it is teaming up with community groups to offer free counseling services during Spring Break. The school district is working with a half-dozen community groups to offer counseling services not only to try to prevent future tragedies, but … Continue reading »

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