Celebrating seniors • Donations support families • Community connections • Distance learning • Interim superintendent
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School Buildings Closed, Learning Continues 

4J Learns Together: District will continue to provide distance learning and student supports 

School is not a building. It's the people. While school facilities across Oregon will remain dark for the rest of the 2019–20 school year, learning continues in new ways.

The new model of distance learning for all, while presenting many challenges, positions our teachers to do what they do so well: connect with every student and help them learn new knowledge and skills. It also provides high school students the opportunity to earn credits and keep progressing toward graduation.

4J teachers began the transition to distance learning by connecting with students, working with families to get devices connected, sharing information about how to use learning platforms, and reviewing digital citizenship expectations. They have since embarked on teaching and learning of new content, with middle and high school students starting new compressed spring term courses. 

While instruction days do not look like they did in schools just last month, our 4J schools will continue to serve families and to provide a distance learning environment where students can learn, grow, and be supported. We are doing our best to create thoughtful and meaningful experiences for all of our students.

This different mode of teaching and learning at home is challenging for families as well as for teachers—balancing family, school and work at home isn’t easy for anyone. It is a tremendous change and it will take time to adjust to the new normal. We seek to share grace and patience for all as we adjust and improve over time.

4J Learns Together
Graduation Pathways for Seniors
Superintendent's Message

Help Our Schools Help Families in Need

Now more than ever, 4J families need our help

While we brace for a larger economic crisis to come, many of our 4J families are experiencing an immediate financial crisis right now. More than 1 in 7 Oregonians have lost their jobs in just the last few weeks.

The Eugene Education Foundation has created a Student Needs Now fund to help 4J families. Community members are giving funds to help provide essential supports for unprecedented needs in unprecedented circumstances. Neighbors also are donating essential goods, from toilet paper and baby diapers, to gas and grocery gift cards, to nonperishable food staples.

4J has formed wraparound support teams that are connecting with families in need identified by their teacher or school, and helping them access services and supports. In many cases, the families we're helping have never needed support before.

To those who have stepped up to help, and to those who will donate in the days and weeks to come, thank you. Your generosity will help us respond to the needs of students and families in our school community during this unprecedented time.

Donate Funds  

Donate Goods 

Student Needs Now Fund


Stay home. Stay healthy. Stay connected. Share your stories.

While students and many school staff are staying home and learning from a distance to keep our community healthy, we are all still connected and in this together.

Eugene School District 4J is sharing stories of kindness and connection, enrichment and inspiration, on all of our social media platforms under #4JBetterTogether.

#4JBetterTogether will highlight positive things happening in our school community, showcase talented 4J students and staff, and provide fun and enriching activities to do at home.

Join in! Share your story. • #4JBetterTogether 

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Be the (Porch) Light 

Let's shine a light on the senior class of 2020 

Classrooms may be dark, but our community’s care for our students burns bright. Eugene School District 4J is participating in the nationwide Be the Light campaign to honor our seniors in the Class of 2020.

Each Friday through June 12, we encourage you to turn on your front porch lights or other lights at 8:20 PM (20:20 in 24-hour time) for 20 minutes and 20 seconds, to shine some light for our high school seniors.

We too will turn on our “front porch lights” at athletic stadiums at each of 4J’s high schools. For the safety of our community, please don’t gather at school sites. If anyone drives to see the lights at a school, please stay in your car.

Take a picture in front of your lit-up porch and share it with us on social media or via our website—let’s celebrate our seniors together! #4JBetterTogether

Be the Light

Signs of the Times: Celebrating Seniors

4J is making yard signs for high school seniors’ lawns and windows 

Colorful new spring “blooms” will soon be cropping up in yards across Eugene.

Eugene School District 4J is creating yard signs and providing one free to every 12th grade student for their lawn, front door or window, to show that an amazing 4J high school senior lives there.

These signs are intended to celebrate our high school seniors and all they’ve achieved throughout nearly 13 years of K–12 education. Each high school will have its own sign design, featuring the different high school colors and logos.

The signs are expected to be ready by early May. They will be free to families, one per senior. Schools will communicate to families about how they can get their sign.

In the meantime, digital images are available for families to share their pride on social media—and new images tailored for other community members to support our seniors will be available soon. Download or share your senior's sign:
Churchill High SchoolIHS at Churchill High SchoolNorth Eugene High SchoolSheldon High SchoolIHS at Sheldon High SchoolSouth Eugene High SchoolIHS at South Eugene High SchoolECCOEugene School District 4J 

Congratulations, seniors. You make us proud! #4JBetterTogether 

Senior Signs

Board to Select Interim Superintendent

Finalist will be announced in early May 

The Eugene School Board is considering internal candidates to serve as interim superintendent for the 2020–21 school year. Superintendent Gustavo Balderas will depart in June after leading the district for five years.

During the school board’s virtual meeting on April 7, board members unanimously approved a hiring timeline and process that provides two formal opportunities for feedback about candidates from 4J’s three employee groups.

A finalist will be announced in early May and community members will have the opportunity to provide input before the board votes on approval of the selection.

Hiring process timeline
April 8–17: Applications accepted from internal candidates 
April 18–24: Application screening, initial interviews, feedback from employee groups
April 27–May 5: Finalists interview with board, board deliberations, additional feedback from employee groups, public announcement of finalist
May 6 School Board Meeting: Board approves interim superintendent selection

Interim Superintendent Search

Apply for 4J Jobs

Teachers & Licensed Specialists: School Psychology Intern Pools: Special EducationDual Language • Elementary SchoolMiddle & High School 

Classified Staff: Bus Drivers & Aides

Administrators: Curriculum Director Curriculum Administrator for Equity, Instruction and Partnerships • Pools: Elementary Principal, Middle School Principal & Assistant Principal, High School Principal & Assistant Principal

Substitute Positions: TeachersBus DriversFood ServiceSpeech & Language SpecialistsEducational AssistantsCustodiansTechnology Support Specialist

4J Job Openings

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In Other News

Helping Hand: South Eugene robotics team designing, fabricating face shields for COVID-19 workers

Parade Wave: Holt Elementary staff drive through neighborhoods, waving and sending love to students (video)

Pass the Book: Spring Creek staff encourage students to read (video)

Hometown Heroes: 4J staff and volunteers nominated for awards (nominations accepted through 4/30) 

Stepping Up: Eugene Education Foundation organizes drop-off that nets nearly $10,000 in donations for families

Swing School: Temporary home for Edison, Camas Ridge elementary schools taking shape 

Radio Respite: Volunteers keep community radio station based at Sheldon High School on air

Coming Up in 4J

3/1–4/30 ACE Award Nominations
3/1–4/30 Interdistrict Transfer Apps
4/27 Budget Committee Meeting
5/6 School Board Meeting
5/6 Post-Lottery Transfer Applications
5/11 Budget Committee Meeting
5/20 School Board Meeting
6/3 School Board Meeting
6/17 School Board Meeting

More Upcoming Events
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