Family Bulletin, October 6, 2023

Churchill Families,

This upcoming week is a 4 day week, and a unique one.  We have two early release days back-to-back, and the both are “C Days”.  Wednesday is our normal early release day, with students getting out of school at 2:30 pm.  Thursday is our “Testing Day” early release with students getting out at 12:30 pm.  On Thursday, all our 10th graders will be taking the Pre-ACT test, while a handful of our 11th graders will be taking the PSAT test.  Everyone else will be attending their regular “C Day” classes.  (see the schedule below).

Thursday night, Oct. 12, from 5:30 – 7 pm, is our Open House.  Please join us to connect with teachers in the gym, and have some food as well.   See more information below.


Testing day for all 10th graders (Pre-ACT), and a handful of 11th graders who want to take the PSAT, will be occurring this Thursday, Oct. 12th from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm, please see additional information below.  These tests are free for all students who want to test.  If you have questions, please connect with the appropriate counselor below – 10th graders/Pre-ACT = Joy DeMoss, 11th graders/PSAT = Laura Martin.

Open House is also coming up this week on Thursday, Oct. 12th from 5:30 pm – 7 pm.  From 5:30 pm – 6 pm we will have some hot dogs and salad for the first 300 people, and then from 6 pm – 7 pm, please join us in the Gym to meet with and asking questions of teachers, counselors, College and Career staff, Administration and others staff.  This is a night to discuss your student’s schedule, find out how to get involved, and also see some of the exiting things that are happening in our classrooms here at Churchill High School.  All are welcome!


Go, Lancers!

Missy Cole, Principal



4J High School ABC Days 2023 – 2024

Monday, 10/9

A Day

Tuesday, 10/10

B Day

Wednesday, 10/11

C Day

Thursday, 10/12

C Day

Friday, 10/13



OCTOBER 9 – 13 4-day school week: ABAB
Monday, October 9 A Day
Tuesday, October 10 B Day
Wednesday, October 11 C Day, 2:30 PM release
Thursday, October 12 Pre-ACT Testing Day, Modified C Day, 12:30 PM release (See bell schedule below)
  5:30 PM Open House Dinner
  6:00 PM Open House
Friday, October 13 NO SCHOOL — PD/Planning Day
OCTOBER 16 – 20
Thursday, October 19 8:30 AM –12:20 PM Picture Retake Day
Friday, October 20 SENIORS: Graduation Orders Early-Bird Deadline
(order online at
  7:00 PM LSU Movie Night

Churchill Student News

Testing Day, Oct. 12th for 10th Graders: Pre-ACT Information and Resources

All 10th-grade students will be given the opportunity to take the Pre-ACT test here at Churchill High School.  We share a responsibility to ensure your child is on track for college and career readiness, hence why we take a school day to offer this test for free to all 10th graders.  If you would like to Opt your student OUT of taking the test, please contact Joy DeMoss, at:, or (541) 790-5136.


Testing Day, Bell Schedule:

1) 8:30 – 8:50
2) 8:55 – 9:15
3) 9:20 – 9:45 (announcements will be provided to classroom teachers as we can not use the intercom during testing)
Break) 9:45 – 9:55
4) 9:55 – 10:15
5) 10:20 – 10:40
6) 10:45 – 11:05
Break) 11:05 – 11:15
7) 11:15 – 11:35
8) 11:40 – 12:00
Lunch) 12:00 – 12:30

Why take the PreACT (PDF)

With PreACT®, you can get useful information to help your child choose the right high school courses, think about ways to work on areas for improvement, and even begin discussions about their college and career interests. This year, we’ve chosen to administer the PreACT® as one of the first actionable steps your sophomores can take to become ready for college and plan for the future.

At no cost to you, we are providing your 10th grade child with the PreACT on October 12 during regular school hours. (8:30 am – 12:30 pm)

We’re confident your child will do their best. This is an opportunity to see your student’s potential performance on the ACT® test. To learn more about the test, visit

P.S. Your child may choose to have their information shared with colleges and scholarship agencies when they take PreACT, which can help them get discovered for college recruitment and scholarship possibilities.


Open House = Thurs., Oct. 12th from 5:30 pm – 7 pm

Come join us for our Open House next week on Thursday, Oct. 12th from 5:30 pm – 7 pm.  From 5:30 pm – 6 pm we will have a hot dogs and salad dinner available for the first 300 people, and then from 6 pm – 7 pm, please join us in the Gym to meet with teachers, counselors, College and Career staff, Administration, and other staff.  This is a night to discuss your student’s classes, find out how to get involved, and also see some of the exciting things happening in our classrooms here at Churchill High School.  All are welcome!


Graduation Orders Early-Bird Deadline

Caps, tassels, and gowns; announcements; senior swag

Senior Students/Families,

It is time to place your order for the Class of 2024 Graduation through Miners Graduate Services.

  • Orders can be placed online at
  • Order online by October 20th and pick up your Class of 2024 Gear (sweatshirts, bling tassels) at CHS during Lunch on Tuesday, October 24th.
  • Graduation announcements and other printed materials will be distributed in early April.
  • Cap and gown units will be distributed in late May.


Miners Graduate Services
1885 River Road • Eugene, OR 97404
(541) 689-4588 •


Lancer Class of 2024 Graduation Announcements Design

Churchill 2024 Grad Annc Digital Mock-Up (PDF)


Information from the CHS Registrar

Have you accessed ParentVUE/CANVAS yet?

If you have no idea what these words mean, chances are you have never activated your parent accounts. These accounts give you access to your student’s attendance, grades, class schedule, and more! Both accounts should be accessed from the CHS or 4J websites, do not download the apps as they do not always work. For assistance, please reach out to our registrar, Dorothy Catanese, and she can send you your own unique codes along with easy-to-follow steps to activate your accounts. The best way for her to share this information is via email so please send requests to If you need assistance in person, please call her at 541-790-5108 to make an appointment before coming to the school.


Incomplete (I) Grades Update

Please have your students check their 4J emails for an “Incomplete” (I) grade update from our registrar. All students who earned an “Incomplete” (I) during Tri 2 or Tri 3 of last year as a high schooler must complete all coursework by November 9th at 4 p.m. All Incompletes that are not completed by the deadline will be changed to an “F” grade, and that grade cannot be changed after the fact. Make sure your students connect with their teachers to see what work they need to turn in to change their “Incomplete” (I) to a letter grade ASAP.


From the College & Career Center

Upcoming College Visits:
Tuesday, 10/9 – Willamette University @ lunch in F26



You many have heard that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA) will be changing for 2024-25. Due to the intense behind the scenes programming, the FAFSA will not open until sometime in the month of December. ORSAA will open as soon as possible, but most likely in December as well. Stay tuned as we will share further information and details as we get them.
You can still create your FSA ID (username and password) now so you are prepared once the FAFSA opens in December. It’s very important to create an FSA ID for each FAFSA contributor PRIOR TO completing the FAFSA. Families who attempt to create FSA IDs at the time of FAFSA completion will not experience the benefits of the simplified FAFSA.It takes three days to verify the identity of FSA ID applicants, which means that individuals who have yet to be verified will have to complete additional questions by hand.

But the good news is, the Oregon Promise Application is open now! 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, but students must fill out the FAFSA or ORSAA when it is available to be considered. We recommend that you fill out the Oregon Promise application even if going to a community college is not your first choice.  We don’t want you to miss deadlines! For more information and to apply go to:
College & Career Extravaganza is coming!!
When: Wednesday, November 15, 2023
What time: 6:15 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Churchill High School Campus
What is the Extravaganza? Your opportunity to attend workshops on financial Aid, scholarships, options beyond high school, essay writing, resume building, getting hired for your future, job search strategies, understanding the trades and apprenticeships, financial literacy for high school students, food, prizes and a chance for one student to win $1000 scholarship!
All grades and families are welcome.

From our community partners:

Navigating College Admissions and Financial Aid for First Generation Students brought to you by SallieMae
WednesdayOctober 11th at 4:00 pm


ECMC is teaming up with OASFAA to bring your students and their families two virtual Paying for College events. Families can participate from their own homes (and even ask anonymous questions through the Q & A feature)  These events are FREE!
October 24, 6:30 pm PT (English registration link)

October 26, 6:30 pm PT (Spanish registration link)

Invest in Your Future: Expert Tips on Scholarships, Financial Aid, and Paying for College hosted by ACT
TuesdayOctober 17th at 4:00 pm


Student Attendance: Reporting an Absence

Is your student missing school today? Make sure to contact us to let us know. If your student is coming to school late or needs to be pulled from class early, call the front office at 541-790-5100. If your student is going to be out for the whole day, make sure to call our attendance line at 541-790-5102.

Call anytime day or night: 541-790-5102

To excuse by email:

  • Please inform the attendance office each day that your student is absent.
  • Absences need to be excused within 2 school days.
  • Pre-planned absences of 3 or more days may be excused if arranged in advance by filling out the pre-arranged absence form available in our front office or on our website at

When a student needs to leave school during the day for an appointment or other reason: Parents should send a note with the student on the morning of the absence. The student should turn in the note at the front office. Office staff will send a note to the classroom teacher to excuse the student from class at the appropriate time.

We know that appointments and illness can come up unexpectedly. For these unexpected events, please call the front office before coming to the school to pick up your student. This gives us time to send a note to the classroom so that the student is ready to leave when you arrive. Please understand that there may be a delay if you do not notify us in advance.


ParentVUE and CANVAS

These two accounts collectively give you access to your student’s attendance, grades, class schedule, homework assignments, and more! If you need help with setting up these parent accounts, please reach out to our registrar, Dorothy Catanese, and she can send you your unique codes along with easy-to-follow steps to activate each account. The best way for her to share this information is via email so please send requests to If you need assistance in person, please call her at 541-790-5108 to make an appointment before coming to the school.

Canvas for Parents

Visit for links and tutorials to help you create your Canvas account and connect to your student’s classes.

Canvas is an online classroom platform where teachers share lessons, materials, and assignments for their students. Parents can see student grades and progress on class assignments.


Login at Parents receive an activation key from the school registrar to set up this account. If you are having trouble signing in to ParentVUE, please email Dorothy at

In ParentVUE, parents can see student schedules, attendance history, and grades.


Student Computer Upgrades

This upgrade is not optional. Please upgrade your student computer if you haven’t already.

Students who checked out computers at Back-to-School Days do not need to perform this upgrade task. The computer you received has already been upgraded.

Before you start: If you haven’t been using your student computer over the summer, the computer battery may have drained, and you will need to charge it and turn it on to allow the clock to update before the operating system upgrade will work. You may need to restart the computer a few times.

Follow these instructions carefully: Quicksheet – Upgrade macOS 2023

This big upgrade may take several hours to complete. Do not attempt to complete this update using a cellular signal or hotspot. Make sure your computer is in a safe place where it can remain plugged in and will not be disturbed during the upgrade.

If you are unable to complete the upgrade at home, please exchange your student computer at the Technology Office, Room F40. 


4J Community News

Learn to Ride a Bike!

4J Safe Routes to School program and partners are hosting another free, all-ages learn-to-ride-a-bike event for “not-yet-riders” at the 4J Ed Center at 200 N. Monroe St., Oct 19th, drop-in 4 – 6 pm. Click here for more information
4J Rutas Seguras a la Escuela programa y socios están organizando otro evento gratuito, para todas las edades aprender a montar en bicicleta (para las personas que aún no montar en bicicleta) en el 4J Centro de Ed, 200 N. Monroe St., 19 de octubre, 4-6pm. Haga clic aquí para obtener más información

Good Trouble

Good Trouble Poster


EEF 5K for 4J: Saturday, October 14

Peer-to-Peer Registration

Individual Registration 5k Toolkit

FAQ for Schools and Parent Groups 2023 Final.docx


Eugene Parent Support Space

Eugene Parent Support Space (PDF): A peer-support space for caregivers and parents of LGBTQ2SIA+ and questioning kids in the Eugene area.


Community News

Sing with the Oregon Children’s Choir!

The Oregon Children’s Choir welcomes 1st – 12th graders to join one of our fun and inspiring choirs for the 2023-2024 school year! Develop new singing techniques,  learn new songs, and make new friends. Choirs meet once per week and perform four concerts per year. Scholarships and sibling discounts are available. Registration and information at

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