Family Bulletin, September 5, 2023

Churchill Families,

The 2023-2024 school year starts tomorrow!  Crazy how fast the summer has gone and that the school year is starting.  We are excited to have our 9th grade students at school tomorrow from 8:30 am – 2:30 pm for Freshman Orientation.  It will be a great day of seeing the high school just as a 9th grade class, meeting their teachers, and also starting to create some some Lancer traditions as 9th graders.  Thursday, the rest of the student body joins us for an “A day” from 8″30 am – 3:30 pm.

Below is lots of great back-to-school information for students and parents/guardians.  This year will be a great year, and I know the staff and I are very excited to welcome our students back to  Churchill High School!!

Go, Lancers!


Missy Cole

Principal, Churchill High School



2324 4J District Calendar – High School ABC Days

Monday, 9/4 Tuesday, 9/5 Wednesday, 9/6 Thursday, 9/7 Friday, 9/8
Holiday Planning Day 9th Grade Orientation
8:30 am – 2:30 pm
A Day

8:30 am – 3:30 pm

B Day

8:30 am – 3:30 pm


Monday, September 4   School Closed (Labor Day)
Tuesday, September 5 No Classes (Teacher Planning Day)
Wednesday, September 6 8:30 am – 2:30 pm 9th-Grade Orientation
  10:00 am, OR
2:00 pm
New Student (10th – 12th) School Tours (no RSVP)
Thursday, September 7 8:30 am – 3:30 pm First Day of Classes (full school day)
Tuesday, September 12 4:00 pm Auditions for “The Tempest”
Tuesday, September 19 School Picture Makeup Day
Friday, September 22 7:00 pm LSU Movie Night
September 25 – 29 Latin-American Heritage Spirit Week
Thursday, September 28 Latin-American Heritage Assembly


Churchill Student News

School Supplies

On the first day of school, bring your student computer, some paper, and a pen or pencil. Your teachers will provide a syllabus on the first day of class that will list any special school supplies you will need for their class.

Need help with school supplies? “Mike’s Closet”, in the CHS Cafeteria, has backpacks, notebooks, binders, pens, pencils, markers, highlighters, glue sticks… and we have school clothes, shoes, and groceries. Check with any staff member, or just visit Mike’s closet in the cafeteria at lunch or between classes.


Complete your online Back-to-School tasks.

All students have tasks to complete before school starts. For detailed instructions, visit the Back-to-School 2023 post on our website.


By now, all families should have completed these tasks either online or in person:

  • Review your student profile and make corrections (in person only)
  • Pay school fees online at
  • Annual Permissions English / Español
  • Annual Notice of Legal Rights and Opt-Out Forms (optional) English / Español

If you missed any of these tasks, please complete them online or come to the office for assistance.


Students, please complete these tasks before the first day of school:

  • Charge your student computer and power it on. Follow the Student Computer Startup Instructions.
    • If you see an error message saying that the clock needs to be set, or asking for an administrator password, restart the computer. You may need to restart several times.
  • Upgrade your student computer (returning students only): Follow these instructions carefully: Quicksheet – Upgrade macOS 2023
    • Note: We’ve had lots of questions from families about this upgrade that are a result of not following the directions. Please follow the instructions from beginning to end. 
  • Check your student email and make sure your 4J accounts are working. If you don’t know or don’t remember your username and password, please wait until school starts and ask any of your classroom teachers for help. 


Bus Passes:

It’s never too late to get an LTD bus pass or renew your pass from last year. Passes from last school year are valid through the end of September. Please come to the office to renew your bus pass or request a new one.


Student ID is required:

Every student is required to have a student ID on their person while they are on campus. If you missed Back-to-School Days, you must attend picture makeup day on September 19 to get your ID card.


Student Schedules

Counselors are still working on updating and adjusting classes this week. For the most part, classes have been set. Students can now see their schedules on StudentVue. If you have questions or need to make an adjustment — for example, you’re missing a class, you have an empty period that needs filling, or you don’t have both A and B sections to your yearlong classes — please fill out the Schedule Correction Request on our school website. Counselors will be processing these corrections as soon as possible so everything is ready for the first day of school on September 6 (9th graders) and September 7 (10th – 12th grade). For additional questions, please email your counselor.

Student schedules may continue to change as counselors balance class sizes and make other corrections. Check your class schedule the night before school starts and continue to check it through the first full week of school.

  • 9th graders, check your class schedule on Tuesday evening.
  • 10th – 12th graders, check your class schedule on Wednesday evening.
Schedule ChangesStudents have the first 10 days of the term to change their classes by requesting a schedule change on our website. Until they see that this change in their StudentVUE accounts, all students must attend their current classes and continuously check their emails for updates and questions from their counselor. Students have the first 20 days of the term to drop a class without a withdrawal form, any class dropped after this deadline will need paperwork and result in a WD/WF being added to your student’s transcript. Please reach out to our scheduler or registrar for more information.


Student Computer Upgrades

This upgrade is not optional. Please take some time this week to upgrade your student computer.

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 Back-to-School Days. 


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 own 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.


Grading Policy Change: No ‘Pass/No Pass’ Option for Core Classes

Starting this school year, all core-credit classes will not be eligible for a Pass/No Pass grade. Teachers will only give out the following letter grades: A, B, C, D, and F. The only exceptions are the following classes: Advisory, Aides, Access Center, Academics Unlimited, Work Experience, Life Skills, and Algebra Success. These classes are only eligible for a Pass/No Pass grade. If this changes, we will share this information with families as soon as possible.


Fall Play Auditions

Auditions for CHS Thespians’ fall play, William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” will be on Tuesday, September 12 at 4:00 PM in the CHS Auditorium. Please prepare a 30 to 60-second memorized monologue. Something from Shakespeare is preferred but not required. If you have any questions, please email the director, Mr. Patton at or, if you are a student, come see him in H8. Any and all current CHS students are encouraged and welcome to audition. Break a leg!

Audition Flyer: The Tempest


4J Community News

Learn to Ride a Bike – A Free, All Ages, Drop-In Event!

Tuesday, August 29th, stop by any time between 4:30-6:30 pm

4J District Office parking lot, 200 North Monroe Street

Do you or your child want to learn how to ride a bike? We’ll start with balancing and gliding without pedals or training wheels. Some will learn to pedal in one session, while others may need more practice to reach that final goal.

Join Safe Routes to School, Cascadia Mobility, the City of Eugene, the City of Springfield and Shift Community Cycles for this fun event with pedal-powered smoothies, bike checks and information about bike share.

You don’t need your own bike to participate, but please bring a helmet and bike if you have one.

Contact Safe Routes to School at (541) 516-0887 or with questions or to Volunteer.


¡Aprende a andar en bicicleta! – ¡Un evento gratis y sin cita, para todas las edades!

Martes, 29 de agosto, puede presentarse en cualquier momento entre las 4:30 – 6:30 pm

En el estacionamiento de la oficina principal del distrito 4J, 200 North Monroe Street

¿Usted o su hijo quieren aprender a andar en bicicleta? Recibe instrucciones y la práctica necesaria para balancear. Comenzaremos con el equilibrio y el deslizamiento sin pedales ni ruedas de entrenamiento. Algunos aprenderán a pedalear en una sola sesión, mientras que otros pueden necesitar más práctica para alcanzar ese objetivo final.

¡Aprovecha la oportunidad y ven al evento! Únase a Safe Routes to School, Cascadia Mobility, la ciudad de Eugene, la ciudad de Springfield y Shift Community Cycles para este divertido evento de hacer licuados usando los pedales como fuente de energía, revisión de bicicletas, y información sobre bicicletas compartidas.

No necesita su propia bicicleta para participar, pero traiga un casco y una bicicleta si tiene uno.

Comuníquese con el programa de Rutas Seguras a la Escuela al (541) 516-0887 o por correo electrónico si tiene preguntas o para ser voluntario.


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