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Information for parents and guardians from Eugene School District 4J 

Un mensaje para los padres y tutores del Distrito Escolar de Eugene 4J

In this message: 

  • Graduation rates climb for students
  • Coffee chats offer support for parents 
  • Vaccinations begin for K–12 educators
  • Learning pathway changes for spring 2021
  • School choice requests due Sunday for 2021–22 

4J Graduation Rate Reaches All-Time High

Grad rates rise districtwide and several achievement gaps narrow 


More students in Eugene School District 4J graduated on time than in any previous year since the state began consistently recording the data, according to the Oregon Department of Education's official 2020 graduation rates released this month.

Eugene School District’s on-time high school graduation rate in 2020 was 81.7%—3.9 percentage points higher than the previous school year, ahead of the Lane County average of 78.8%, and coming within 1 percentage point of the statewide average of 82.6%, which also is a new high.

Some of the most significant increases in 4-year graduation rates were for traditionally underserved groups of students, including Black, Latino and Native American students, homeless students, and students navigating poverty. Despite these gains, opportunity and achievement gaps persist, as they do across Oregon and the United States.

Eugene School District 4J is focused on helping all students complete high school and prepare for college, careers and life. While there is still much work to be done to reach this goal, these successes are noteworthy. We’re proud of our 4J students and staff and their hard work to achieve these gains.

Graduation Rate Gains

Coffee Chats Offer Support for 4J Parents

Monthly conversations in English and Spanish, centered on wellbeing and community support

Check in and chat! 4J parents and guardians are invited to join in monthly virtual coffee chats. These casual conversations will explore a different topic every month around emotional wellness, parenting and community resources.

Join other parents and 4J social worker Maria Covernali for the conversation in your high school region or the week that works for you. Coffee chats are held in Spanish on Wednesdays and in English on Thursdays, 6–7 p.m. Click the Zoom links below to join the conversation!

4J Parent Coffee Chat Schedule:
Sheldon region: First week of month, Wednesday–Spanish & Thursday–English 
Churchill region: Second week, Wednesday–Spanish & Thursday–English 
North Eugene region: Third week, Wednesday–Spanish & Thursday–English 
South Eugene region: Fourth week, Wednesday–Spanish & Thursday–English 

Spanish meetings — Wednesdays 6–7 p.m.
ZOOM link (contraseña: 554397)

English meetings – Thursdays 6–7 p.m.
ZOOM link (passcode: 100531)

Questions? Email covernali_m@4j.lane.edu. We look forward to seeing you!

COVID-19 Vaccinations for Educators Begin

One-fifth of 4J staff to get their first dose of vaccine this week

Lane County Vaccine Status: Currently eligible: Phase 1A all groups, Phase 1B Group 1In a great step forward, 4J educators will begin receiving COVID-19 vaccines this week.

This first shipment of vaccines will cover the first dose for only about a fifth of 4J's team. It is targeted to staff in the most contact with students, and those who work with the youngest grades that will be the first to begin hybrid in-person learning when the time comes. These employees join 4J nurses and other health services staff who received the vaccine earlier due to their roles as healthcare workers.

Safe and effective vaccines have been developed but vaccine supplies are limited while production ramps up. Over the coming weeks vaccines will be available to all education staff and to other groups in Oregon's rollout plan, but this will take time.

The district is grateful for the work of our healthcare partners Cascade Health and Lane County Public Health, supporting this major undertaking and important step in getting our students back to in-person learning.

Lane County Vaccine Information
4J COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ

Learning Pathway Changes for Spring 2021

Hybrid or online learning? Parents will have another chance to change their student's pathway choice for spring

When hybrid learning begins, students enrolled in the Same School Hybrid learning pathway will begin learning on-site and online in alternating weeks. Students enrolled in the Same School Online pathway will continue learning at home.

Families will have another opportunity to change their pathway choice in February. This includes elementary school. Parents will be notified by email, text and phone when it is time to make change requests. No response is needed if you are satisfied with your choice of online or hybrid and do not want to change to the other option.

School Choice Requests Due for 2021–22

Sunday is deadline for 4J residents to apply for school choice lottery 

In Eugene School District 4J, families may choose their school, provided space is available. Students may enroll in their neighborhood school or request a different school. Lotteries determine the order in which requests are accepted.

Don't miss the deadline! 4J residents must apply by January 31 to be included in the annual school choice lottery. Families who live outside 4J apply later, in March. 

School Choice Information

Apply for 4J Jobs

Teachers: Bilingual Fifth Grade (Chinese) Elementary TeachersFifth Grade Teacher Social Studies (Spanish Immersion)Primary Grade Classroom Teacher

Licensed Specialists: School Psychologist

Classified Staff: Bus Driver TrainerElementary School Secretary Evening Custodians: Adams, Cal Young, Camas Ridge, Spencer Butte, Twin Oaks • Custodial Maintenance Coordinator II • Educational AssistantSpecial Ed Educational AssistantElectriciansHVAC Refrigeration Technician

Substitutes: TeachersEducational AssistantsCustodians Bus DriversFood ServiceTechnology Support Specialists

4J Job Openings

Coming Up in 4J

1/29 No School: Grading/Training
2/3 School Board Meeting
2/11 Equity Committee Meeting
2/17 School Board Meeting
3/3 School Board Meeting
3/11 Equity Committee Meeting
3/17 School Board Meeting
3/19 No School: Middle & High Only
3/22–3/26 No School: Spring Break

Public comment to school board

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