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 »

Philomath Discusses All-Day Kindergarten

PHILOMATH, Ore. – The Philomath School District is discussing the possibility of offering a free full-day kindergarten program next year if parents want it. Last week, the Corvallis School District decided to offer full-day kindergarten at all of its elementary schools without charging tuition. Philomath Superintendent Dan Forbess says he is worried parents may transfer … Continue reading »

Corvallis Schools Making Up Snow Days

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Corvallis schools are making up lost snow days – one minute at a time. Schools lost eight days of class time from snow days this school year, and by Oregon law, it is required to make up a certain number of hours for elementary and secondary schools. Because of a 14-hour emergency … Continue reading »

Full-Day Kindergarten Only in Corvallis

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Corvallis schools can say goodbye to the half-day kindergarten program come September. Thanks to expected additional funds, all Corvallis schools will offer full-day kindergarten classes next school year. “I also have a four-year-old who’s going to be attending here in a couple of years too, and I would love to have the … Continue reading »

Siuslaw Elem. on Lockdown This Morning

FLORENCE, Ore. — Siuslaw Elementary School was back to normal after being placed on lockdown Tuesday morning. Florence Police say an officer attempted to pull over a female driver, and her male passenger, near the school for driving while suspended. That’s when the passenger bolted. As precaution, the elementary school was placed on lockdown for … Continue reading »

Historic Corvallis School Moving

CORVALLIS, Ore. – It’s not every day a house is moved, but crews are preparing to hoist a century-old school house onto a truck for a short move in Corvallis this weekend. The City Parks and Recreation Department says the Sunnyside School was built around 1911, and was converted into a house around 1930. The … Continue reading »

Night to Remember

EUGENE, Ore. — It was a night to remember for the families of the Pearl Buck Preschool, Friday. The night started off with the kids getting to meet the Emerald’s Sluggo. Then they hopped on a magical yellow bus for a Christmas lights tour. When they got back, they got some hot chocolate and cookies … Continue reading »

Students Back in School After Snow Days

EUGENE, Ore. — Friday was the first and last day of the school week for kids in Eugene and Springfield. 4J students haven’t had class since last Thursday, and Friday many told KEZI 9 News they were relieved to be back in school. Elementary school kids said they had a lot of fun during their … Continue reading »

Local Schools Adopt New Teaching Model

EUGENE, Ore. — Local schools are switching to a new system to measure what students have learned. On Thursday, the state’s deputy superintendent got a look at how classroom curriculum is changing. Deputy Superintendent of Education Rob Saxton got to see the proficiency model first hand. The new system measures what students know rather than … Continue reading »

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