Family Bulletin, January 6, 2023

Hello, Churchill families and students;

Happy New Year!!!  Hard to believe that we are already a week into 2023, and getting closer to being almost halfway done with the school year.  I hope that you had a restful end to your 2022, and are looking forward to the new and exciting times to come in 2023.

At school, we are entering into the “marathon” time of school – the days between now and Spring Break.  Lots of events will be happening at school, classes and teachers will be in full swing, winter sports are happening, the weather is sometimes rainy and dark (or maybe everyday is like that…), and we won’t have too many breaks between now and the end of Trimester 2, which occurs the week before Spring Break.  Needless to say, this is a fun and busy time of year, but it will be great!

Please check out our calendar link and the many different announcement below.  “School Choice” information is coming out, and applications are due soon.  Plus, there is lots happening in our College and Career Center, as well as with our School-to-Career office.  Seniors, be on the look out for LEAP interviews starting at the end of January, and other important graduation information.

2023 will be a full and wonderful year; I wish you all a great year to come!!


Go, Lancers!

Missy Cole, Principal
Churchill High School


See the full calendar at the end of the newsletter. (


School and Student Information

Taking Care of School Laptops

The 4J Technology Department is reporting a significant amount of preventable damage to student laptops. We’d like to remind everyone of the importance of taking good care of these devices. The money that we save on repairing or replacing student technology can be used to better serve our students and school communities.

The safest place to use and store the laptop is on a flat, clear, stable surface like a table or desk. Keep your laptop away from pets, young children, and areas where there is a lot of activity or foot traffic.

Be very careful with your backpack when you are using it to transport your laptop. Avoid hard landings when you are setting your backpack down. NEVER leave your backpack unattended. Keep it with you or store it in a locker to keep it safe.

Keep all fluids and food (including gum, toothpaste, etc.) at least 6 feet away from the laptop at all times.

If liquid is spilled on the laptop, do not try to fix it yourself. The best thing to do is immediately contact the school to set up an exchange.

For more tips on keeping your school laptop safe, visit our Caring for School Laptops page.


Accreditation Surveys

CHS High School Student Inventory Survey:

CHS High School Student Climate and Culture Survey –


EOS Survey

Watch this video, first: click here to watch

Student Survey Link:

Students should use their Student ID to take the survey.


Schedule Changes

The last day to drop a class without a withdrawal (WD) on your transcript is this upcoming Tuesday, January 10th at 3:00 pm.  Contact your counselor before this date if you need to drop a class. Any requests made after the deadline will require withdrawal paperwork and will result in a “WD” on your transcript.


School Choice

It’s School Choice Time

See what our schools offer!

In Eugene School District 4J, every school offers an excellent education for our students. Students may enroll in their neighborhood school at any time, or may request to enroll in a different 4J school provided there is space available. School choice requests will be accepted in an order determined by lottery.

To be included in the lottery, 4J residents must apply by January 31 at midnight. Non-district residents must apply between March 1 and 31. All students who want to obtain a transfer must apply, including new incoming siblings and students who have moved out of our school neighborhood or the district and want to remain enrolled next year.

Virtual and in-person school visits are scheduled in the month of January. If you have any friends or family members who are considering school choice, please invite them to learn more about our wonderful school and their school choice options!

School Choice Information Sessions

–   Get answers about the school choice process

–   Spanish interpretation provided during the Spanish presentation

Virtual School Visits

  • Learn about your neighborhood school and more!
  • Each school offers live virtual visits or in-person info sessions with an opportunity for questions
  • Request interpretation support in advance 

School event schedule


School Choice events at Churchill:

Thursday, January 12, 10:00 AM
School Choice Virtual Presentation
Meeting ID: 952 9643 6339
Passcode: 678906

Wednesday, January 18, 7:00 PM
IHS 8th Grade Parent Information Night

Thursday, January 19, 6:00 PM
School Choice Teacher Meet-and-Greet with Optional School Tour

Learn more and apply:

Es el tiempo de elección de escuelas (“school choice”)

¡Vengan a ver que ofrecen nuestras escuelas!

En el Distrito Escolar de Eugene 4J, cada escuela ofrece una excelente educación para nuestros alumnos. Los alumnos pueden matricularse en la escuela de su vecindario en cualquier momento, o pueden solicitar matricularse en otras escuelas de 4J, siempre y cuando haya puestos disponibles. Las solicitudes de elección de escuelas son aceptadas en un orden determinado por medio de una lotería.

Para participar en la lotería, los residentes de 4J deberán completar una solicitud ( antes de la medianoche del 31 de enero. Los que no residen dentro del distrito deberán completar una solicitud durante el 1º y 31º de marzo. Todo alumno que desee obtener un traslado deberá completar una solicitud, incluyendo los alumnos nuevos que tengan hermanos matriculados, y alumnos que se hayan cambiado de vecindario o distrito y deseen quedarse en la misma escuela. La inscripción no es automática.

Las visitas a las escuelas están programadas durante el mes de enero. ¡Si usted tiene amigos o familiares que estén considerando la elección de una escuela, por favor invíteles a aprender más sobre nuestra maravillosa escuela y sus opciones de elección de escuelas!

Reuniones informativas de elección de escuela

martes 10 de enero a las 18 h en inglés y jueves 12 de enero a las 18 h en español

Información general sobre el proceso de solicitudes.

Se proporcionarán intérpretes de español.

Más información:


Eugene International High School (IHS) School Choice Sessions

Eugene International High School (Eugene IHS) is a choice school for students in grades 9-12 offering a 4-year interdisciplinary humanities curriculum focused on international studies. Students spend two class periods each school day in their IHS classes and the other three class periods in host school classes.

ANY student can enroll. All interested students must fill out an online 4J School Choice application, regardless of attendance area:  The in-district deadline is January 31, 2023.

IMPORTANT DATES for the 2023-2024 School Year:
January 1……Online application period for 4J School Choice Lottery opens for in-district students
January 31…..Deadline to submit in-district 4J School Choice Lottery Applications
March 1………Online application period for 4J School Choice Lottery opens for out-of-district students
March 31……..Deadline to submit out-of-district 4J School Choice Lottery Applications

Spanish and French Immersion students from Monroe and Roosevelt will be enrolled in Eugene IHS without the lottery process because they entered immersion through the lottery in elementary or middle school. However, immersion students do need to submit the Eugene IHS Enrollment Form to the Eugene IHS office at South or Sheldon by the January 31st deadline. This form will be included in a special mailing to immersion families.

Eugene IHS will hold special 8th-grade parent information nights: Please join us for any of the special information nights to learn more about our exciting school. The presentations will be the same each night. Please attend any night you can.

  • South region:  Wednesday, January 11, 7:00 pm at South Eugene High School Cafeteria (Includes French Immersion break-out session)
  • Sheldon region:  Thursday, January 12, 7:00 pm at Sheldon High School Cafeteria (Includes Spanish Immersion break-out session)
  • Churchill region:  Wednesday, January 18, 7:00 pm at Churchill High School Cafeteria
  • Any region – Presentation delivered in Spanish for Spanish Speakers:     Thursday, January 19, 7:00 pm at 4J Education Center Auditorium in the 4J District Office located at 200 N. Monroe St., Eugene
  • Any region – Zoom Meeting (for anyone who can’t make one of the in-person presentations):     Wednesday, January 25, 7:00 pm
    ZOOM link (also available on the Eugene IHS website):   Meeting ID: 917 1110 6921, Passcode: 901335

 If your student has an interest in the world and wants to learn about other countries and cultures, we hope they will consider becoming part of our Eugene IHS family.

For more information contact one of the Eugene IHS offices below, or visit the Eugene IHS website at

Eugene IHS @ Churchill:  541-790-5225
Eugene IHS @ Sheldon: 541-790-6636
Eugene IHS @ South Eugene: 541-790-8030


Mind Body Divergence Alliance

About: New affinity group for students who identify as neurodivergent (ADHD, Autism, learning disabilities, etc.); and students with physical differences and conditions. Come join us in the CHS conference room (F39) starting January 13th on Fridays during lunch.

First meeting: January 13, 2023, at lunch in the conference room (F39)

Contact: Jené Conrad
Phone number: 541-517-5165


Neurodiversity Affinity Groups Starting in Eugene 4J High Schools

In partnership with The Arc Lane County and a grant from the Oregon Health Authority, The Eugene 4J School District will form affinity groups for students who experience disabilities.

The goal of the affinity groups is to create a safe space for students to connect and invite student allies to promote acceptance and foster friendships.

The Mind Body Divergence Alliance meetings will be held during lunch at on the following days:

  • Every Friday starting Jan 6 at Churchill High School group
  • Every Monday starting Jan 9 at South Eugene High School
  • Every Tuesday starting Jan 10 at Sheldon High School
  • Meetings at North Eugene High School are to be determined

If you have students attending a Eugene 4J high school, please encourage them to attend.

For more information, contact Laura.

Registration is Open for Uplift Events for Students

Applications are now being accepted for the 2023 Uplift by Youth Era events. Uplift is a live, trauma-informed, virtual summit for teens (14-19). Participants will join youth from around the world to master their mental health, learn how to support their friends and how to build community. Uplift is 100% virtual and completely free for Oregon high school students thanks to funding through the Oregon Health Authority. The 4-day training happens outside of school hours, typically during school breaks, and requires no demands on teachers’ limited time. Students earn a $75 stipend for participation and chances to win lots of prizes.

Encourage students to go to the Uplift website to register for the February event for the upcoming events in February and March. If you have questions or are interested in a class/school zoom presentation, email Maj Bonnet, Uplift Outreach, or call (541) 335-1367.


Sign up for ASVAB Testing

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) will be given to interested high school students at least 16 years old. The test is on Wednesday, February 15th, 2022. 1:00–3:30 pm. Registered students will be excused from class with a permission slip. Students will need to bring their student computer to take the test. I recommend that students taking the test have taken math at least through Algebra II, but it is not required. Test preparation materials can be accessed at this link, in the counseling hallway, or on the table outside the School-to-Career office in the STEM building.

Questions? Contact Mary Beth Hepp-Elam in the CHS School-to-Career office. Email her at or call her at 541-790-5262.

To sign up go to

ASVAB Sign Up Flyer


New CHS Athletic Website

We are excited to announce our new athletics website, This site will be home to articles about, photos of, and information for all of our Churchill teams. In addition, each team will have pages to showcase their schedule (complete with game results) and roster. Start visiting now to get yourself acclimated to the site!

In addition, go ahead and get signed up for Alerts for your child’s team(s). This will allow you to receive the latest updates about changing practice times, game locations, and other important information. (Find the “Sign up for Alerts” button at the top of the page in the menu bar.)

We hope to see your support, both in person and online, for our Lancers.


Pre-College Mentors at CHS

We are fortunate to have SAIL (Summer Academy to Inspire Learning) pre-college mentors on our campus. They can help students research colleges and scholarships, fill out applications, answer questions about what college is like, register for standardized tests, and much more. They will be located in the College & Career Center. Students can see them on a drop-in basis (schedule below) or arrange to have a set time to meet with them regularly.

  • Monday: 10:30 am–3:30 pm
  • Tuesday: 11:00 am–3:30 pm
  • Wednesday: 8:00 am–3:30 pm
  • Thursday: 9:00 am–3:30 pm

We hope students will take advantage of this amazing and valuable opportunity.


College and Career

Financial Aid Reminders

Senior families;

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA) are available online. The FAFSA and ORSAA are forms that seniors fill out to apply for money for college. Apply early as some funds are limited. You will fill out the FAFSA OR the ORSAA.

Not sure which to apply for? Follow this link for more info:

Check out our step-by-step guide to completing the FAFSA: FAFSA Checklist

The Oregon Promise Application is now open. The Oregon Promise is funding from the State of Oregon that helps students pay tuition at any Oregon Community College. The application is not long or time-consuming, although students must fill out the FAFSA or ORSAA to be considered. We recommend that students fill out the Oregon Promise application even if going to a community college is not their first choice.  We don’t want you to miss deadlines! For more information and to apply go to:

Statewide Paying for College Videos offered by The College Place Oregon

If you missed out on attending the Paying for College webinars live, they were recorded!

Paying for College:

Pagar la Universidad:


The College and Career Center needs volunteers like you!

Volunteers are needed for the College and Career Center. If you have a spare hour or two a week to help us, consider joining our team. Do you just love managing data and spreadsheets? We need you. Are crafts your thing? We need you too. Are you good at coordinating programs and reaching out to community members? We need a community service coordinator. Does writing make you smile? We need someone to write posts for social media, announcements, emails, etc. Need a flexible schedule? Some tasks can be done entirely remotely. But, if you want to immerse yourself in our active campus, you are welcome. Would you rather help us on an as-need basis? Yep, we always need extra hands.

If you are interested please contact Sheree Houck at and fill out the volunteer form if you have not done so within the last two years,


Need more information about our College and Career Center?


Sheree Houck (she/her)

Program Coordinator, College and Career Center
Churchill High School | Eugene School District 4J | (541) 790-5115 | text: (541) 854-5447

Schedule an appointment:



Career Exploration Opportunities

LEAP Interviews begin Monday, January 23rd

For those seniors who are intending to complete the LEAP through work experience, you will need to complete the LEAP packet of activities and schedule a LEAP interview with Mary Beth or your counselor during the week of January 23rd-January 27th. Use this link and choose the appointment type “LEAP Interview (30 minutes)”.

For those seniors who are not doing work experience as an option but have already completed an independent option plus the packet, you are welcome to schedule an appointment, also.

And finally, for those seniors who have not completed a contract or who may be confused about the LEAP in general, please go to this web page and read, LEAP for Seniors! Please use the associated links on that page to find out more information.


The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) will be given to interested high school students who are at least 16 years old. The test is at no cost to the student and is scheduled for Wednesday, February 15th, 2022 from 1:00 – 3:30 pm, in the STEM conference room. Registered students will be excused from class with a permission slip. Students will need to bring their student computer to take the test. It is recommended that students taking the test have taken math at least through Algebra II, but it is not required. Test preparation materials can be accessed at this link, or in the counseling hallway, or on the table outside the School-to-Career office in the STEM building. Questions? Contact Mary Beth Hepp-Elam in the CHS School-to-Career office, or email her at, or call her at 541-790-5262. To sign up go to


Career Exploration Opportunities Through Elevate/Connected Lane


2023 Fri Jan 20 – Sun 22

Spark on 7th, 22 W 7th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401, USA

REGISTER for the third annual marketingJAM the weekend of January 20-22, 2023!

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. Don’t delay! Registration closes on January 11th. This would make an excellent LEAP project for a senior!

Read more here

Winter Job Shadows!

The registration window is open now through January 23rd. Job shadows will take place in February. This is a great, short-term opportunity for all high school students to explore new careers. Find out more here

Summer Internships

Spend time this summer gaining valuable PAID experience working with local companies. High school juniors and seniors can apply for a 200-hour summer internship in the career area of their interest. Application Window: Feb 20 – Mar 30 6-Week paid internship at a local company for High School students in 11th & 12th grade. This makes a super LEAP project for current juniors. Registration information and link will be coming in February.

More career-related opportunities through Elevate can be found here:


Family and Community Information

City of Eugene Teen Empowerment Programs

Check out the City of Eugene Teen Empowerment Programs! (printable PDF below).

Offered to all interested youth and teens. All are FREE of charge and offer snacks. Registration opens at 9:00 am on December 13 to participate in these free programs taking place from January through April. Space is limited, so sign up early!

Programs collaborate with community partners to provide free low barrier, inclusive, out-of-school-time recreation and enrichment activities for youth. Experiential project-based activities empower teens by building life and job skills, offering access to peer and adult mentors, and participating in community service opportunities.

Download this flyer to see what programs are offered.






WEDNESDAY, 1/11 — ADVISORY (Advisory Bell Schedule)

10:00 AM — School Choice Virtual Presentation
3:45 PM — Site Council

FRIDAY, 1/13

Friday, January 6, 2023<< >>Monday, January 9th, 2023