Family Bulletin, January 19, 2024
What a week we have all had! I know that some of our families and community members are still digging out from the damage trees and ice caused around Eugene and our neighboring city Springfield. I hope you all are recovering and that this weekend things will finally feel like they are getting back to normal. If you or your student(s) need some school supplies, clothes, or food, please reach out to our school counselors, front office staff, or administration for support. If we cannot provide things from our Food Pantry and Mike’s Closet, we can always point you in the right directions to connect you with our different community partners.
Next week we will be back in school and heading into the last week and a half of first semester. We will not be extending the semester due to missing this last week, so please check-in with teachers around assignments, and grades. Wednesday, Jan. 31st is the last day of the semester, and Feb. 1 and 2 are grading and semester transition days. Teachers were at work today working hard to adjusting their curriculum and assignments so learning can still take place even with a loss of a week of instruction. I so appreciate their dedication and flexibility to support our students.
I hope you all have a warm weekend. Go, Lancers!
Missy Cole, Principal
| Wednesday, 1/24
Double Assembly Bell Schedule
|JANUARY 22 – 26
|Tuesday, January 23
|Student of the Month Breakfast
|3:30 – 6:30 PM
|Application Workshop for FAFSA/ORSAA/Scholarship/Oregon Promise
|Thursday, January 25
|Student Opportunities Fair (Double Assembly Bell Schedule)
|Friday, January 26
Churchill Family News
Become a Churchill Community Responder
A Churchill Community Responder is a volunteer that responds to “alerts” sent by the 15th Night Coordinator for needs specific to CHS students that have not been met by internal school resources. These types of alerts would be for items such as clothing, shoes, small household items, food, or bedding.
A Churchill Community Responder would receive a text message indicating a need. If the Responder can provide the need, they respond to the text message and work with the CHS Coordinator to secure and deliver the item to Churchill High School.
Contact Trista Neuman at Neuman_t@4j.lane.edu.
You can donate items for our students at any time. Donations are accepted at the front office, or you can support our students by ordering items from the Churchill Amazon Wish List.
Driver’s Ed at Churchill
Oregon Driver Training Institute offers driver education courses with locations at all 4J high schools and their own classroom on Garfield Street. The next session at Churchill begins on February 20.
Registration is open at oregondrivertraining.com.
Need-based scholarships are available through 4J. Call or visit the school’s Finance Office for information.
Career and College News
Get a sneak peek at your dream career by applying for an Elevate job shadow! You will be matched with a local company based on your interests. In a Job Shadow, you will meet with one or more employees in your field of interest to learn about technical skills, professional skills, day-to-day schedule, and the responsibilities of a particular job. They will coordinate a 3-hour job shadow based on your preferences. It’s free!
Don’t wait! Registration is open now, and will close on Monday, January 22! Register HERE!
All job shadows will be scheduled on one of the following Fridays: February 23, March 1, or March 8. Open to all Lane County high school students or youth from eligible programs. All participants must attend a mandatory virtual orientation.
The third annual marketingJAM is the weekend of January 26-28, 2024! This event is FREE and open to youth interested in marketing, branding, design, and business. Register in teams of up to five or as an individual to be paired with a group. Each team will have a professional mentor for the weekend. Registration is now open! Click HERE!
How marketingJAM works:
On Friday, January 26, challenge options will be sent to your email. Teams will choose a marketing prompt to work on throughout the weekend and will have until noon on Sunday to work together to create the requested marketing materials for the chosen prompt. Youth will present their projects to a panel of local marketing professionals who will score each project, compile feedback, and select the winners. Seniors, if you’re using this as a LEAP you must have a LEAP packet to bring with you that weekend. Most of the professionals won’t be available past that Sunday.
RTEC 101 – Gateway to College & Career
Do you know what degrees and resources Lane offers? Do you know how to transfer to a 4-year university? Where to look up scholarships and financial aid info? Do you feel ready? If you said “no,” to any of these questions then RTEC 101 is here to help you!
RTEC 101 Gateway to College and Careers is a free (yep! you read that right) class that is exclusively for graduating HS students or HS students dual enrolled in other college classes for fall, winter, and spring. Summer term is reserved for recent HS graduates. This class is all about preparing you with all the necessary tools and resources you need to become a successful student at Lane. Seniors, if you use this class as a LEAP, you will need to complete the LEAP packet and pass the course. Learn more and register here.
ASVAB – Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery
If you are 16 or over and are interested in a career in the military, you can take the ASVAB. It’s free! The test is offered at Churchill on Thursday, February 1st, 1:30 – 3:30 pm.
The ASVAB Career Exploration Program includes a validated aptitude test and interest assessment. The results are used to guide career exploration using our career planning tools. There are many ways to be successful. To figure out where to find interesting careers, you need all the facts about your skills and interests, the world of work, and your after-high school options to make informed decisions: take the assessments, explore your options, and build your plan.
To sign up for the test, follow this link https://forms.gle/Linh9CkgsHWB9hhL8
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is OPEN NOW
The Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA) will open later in January
The FAFSA and ORSAA are applications for financial aid. You will either fill out the FAFSA or ORSAA, not both. If the student has a social security number, they fill out the FAFSA. If they don’t, they fill out the ORSAA. If you aren’t sure which to fill out, use the filter tool, HERE. Many colleges and scholarships use the FAFSA or ORSAA data to award their funds too. So even if you think you won’t be eligible for grant money, and you are going to college, fill out the FAFSA or ORSAA!
The US Department of Education has overhauled the FAFSA to an extent we haven’t seen in a decade. It has been a bit of a rough launch, but the Federal Student Aid Center and many community organizations are working hard behind the scenes to resolve problems and provide support. See below for many useful resources.
The State of Oregon updated the ORSAA as well. It is not open yet, but we anticipate that it will be by the end of January.
CHS is here to help! If you need help or support, filling out the FAFSA or ORSAA, please join us for our FAFSA/ORSAA workshop.
WHEN: Tuesday, January 23, 2024. Stop in anytime between 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm.
WHERE: CHS Library Stop in any time between 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm.
WHAT TO KNOW: Oregon Student Access and Completion (OSAC) staff will be on hand to help fill out the form(s) and answer questions. Please create the necessary FSA IDs beforehand (usernames and passwords) and bring a computer and necessary documents.
- Learn about the FAFSA, who is required to provide information, and what you will need to gather to fill it out HERE.
- The students and most often parent(s) will need a username and password which is known as the FSA ID. You will use the FSA ID to sign the FAFSA electronically. It takes three days for the FSA ID to be processed. To create your FSA IDs, go HERE.
Can’t join us on the 23rd? You are welcome to take part in workshops at other schools in our district.
- Wednesday, January 17th, 6:30 pm at South Eugene High School in the Cafeteria
- Wednesday, January 17th, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at North Eugene High School in the Main Commons
- Thursday, January 18th, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at North Eugene High School in the Main Commons
Center hours of operation will be as follows January-April:
- Monday-Friday: 8 AM – 10PM ET
- Saturday: 11AM – 5PM ET
- Sundays and Federal Holidays: CLOSED
Federal Student Aid YouTube channel. Here you will find many helpful videos to help you learn about and complete the FAFSA.
CHS Student Opportunities Fair is coming!
All students will participate in our Student Opportunities Fair on Thursday, January 25th in the gym. We will be on the double assembly schedule. The Churchill College and Career Center and School-to-Career Office are hosting over 40 organizations from colleges, employers, and student support services to help our students reach their goals.
Students are asked to visit with at least 3 organizations but we hope they will visit a lot more! Please encourage your students to take full advantage of this opportunity.
Students who visit at least 3 organizations and complete their attendance card will be entered to win a prize. Students will receive their attendance card when they arrive in the gym.
For a complete list of participants, scan the QR code or click this LINK.
Eugene Parent Support Space
A peer-support space for caregivers and parents of LGBTQ2SIA+ and questioning kids in the Eugene area.
3rd Tuesday of the Month, 6:00 – 7:30 pm at the Sheldon High School Library.
Childcare provided during the school year; hybrid available. Contact Lisa for childcare requests at 541-517-4775 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Neurodiversity Family Support Night, January 24
By and for parents and other caregivers. Open to all.
Connect • Grow • Network • Learn • Advocate • Engage • Relax • Care
Location: ECCO High School, 200 Monroe St., behind the 4J district office. Space generously offered by ECCO.
Topic: Advocating for Neurodiverse Students. Come draft a one-page profile for your student!
Share your experiences, resources, and strategies for school, home, and community, and hear from others. We plan to have a guest speaker and plenty of time for interpersonal connection at each monthly gathering. Dates TBD. Childcare is not provided at this time. Questions: email@example.com
Ophelia’s Place Winter Activities
Ophelia’s Place has just released its Winter Calendar, packed with engaging and empowering activities. Check the pdf below or visit opheliasplace.net.
Community Events and Resources
Connected Lane County is offering Drop-in Services!!
We are excited to offer drop-in services at Spark at Booth-Kelly in Springfield!
What are “drop-in services?”
This is a time and space for you to receive support from our staff and volunteers in a variety of areas. You can use our space to study, enjoy free snacks, and access shower and laundry facilities.
Support Areas Include:
- Resume and cover letter writing
- Interview practice
- Career mentorship
- Employment navigation
- Housing and healthcare resources
- College and scholarship applications CLC Drop-In Flier (PDF)