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Honoring Excellence: 2013 ACE Awards

Nearly 60 nominees from Eugene 4J will be honored April 23 

Nominee List  |  Reserve Your Seat  |  More Info 

Dozens of 4J teachers and other licensed employees, classified employees, administrators and volunteers have been nominated for recognition in the 8th annual ACE (A Champion in Education) Awards. 

ACE Awards nominees will be honored at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 23, at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts in Eugene. One "champion" in each category will win a $1,000 prize for a program or project at their school.

School Bond Measure on May Ballot

Property tax rates would increase by 24¢ per $1,000 assessed value, about $42 for the median homeowner 

A bond measure that would provide $170 million in funding for Eugene public schools is on the May 21 election ballot. Major elements include:

  • Replacement or major renovation of four aging schools
  • Technology upgrades at all schools
  • Instructional materials at all schools
  • School safety and security measures
  • Additions at two schools
  • Building repairs, improvements and equipment
  • Bus purchases

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High School Common Schedule

The district is moving toward a consistent schedule at all high schools in order to support student learning and increase operational efficiency.

Aligning high school schedules has benefits for teachers, students and our community. This is one of several ways that the district is working to:

• Increase student achievement and ensure that all students graduate
• Provide equitable learning opportunities for students
• Gain operational efficiencies

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions  |  More Info 

Wondering About Weather?

Important information for staff

Spring has arrived, but hazardous weather can come in any season. If there is a change in the school schedule or bus routes due to inclement weather, Eugene School District 4J will announce the change.  If school is in session and on regular schedule, the district will NOT make an announcement.

SnowflakeWeather-related changes will be announced via:


    An email to all staff
  • Homepage of this website, www.4j.lane.edu
  • Twitter / text message alerts (subscribe in advance)
  • KRVM 91.9 FM
  • Other local TV and radio stations.
  • Learn more

Who reports to work? Only designated emergency staff (and principals if necessary) will report to work when schools are closed. All other employees will not report to work and will observe budget reduction/furlough days.  (This is a change for this year only. In most school years, all administrators and many classified staff still report to work when schools are closed due to hazardous weather.) Learn more 

Furlough days: Because it is important for students to be in school as many days as possible, up to three (3) hazardous weather days will be counted as budget reduction/furlough days, thus reducing or eliminating the furlough days at the end of the year (school days June 12, 13 and 14). If there are more than three hazardous weather days, the additional missed school days will be made up by adding days at the end of the school year. Learn more 

Professional Growth and Teacher Effectiveness System Pilot

New plan emphasizes teacher growth focused on student learning

By July 1, 2013, all Oregon school districts are required to implement a teacher and principal evaluation system consistent with certain standards set by law. As a step toward meeting this mandate, 4J is piloting a new teacher evaluation system developed with input from teachers and other stakeholders. 

The new system is a professional development growth and effectiveness system designed to measure teacher effectiveness, differentiate performance, provide support and identify and recognize distinguished service. It is designed to support quality education for all students and provide continuous growth and improvement of licensed professionals. Dr. Jon Saphier will guide the implementation and evaluation of the pilot.

Six schools are helping shape the new professional growth and teacher effectiveness system by testing the pilot and providing vital feedback prior to full implementation: Chávez, Edgewood, Howard and McCornack elementary schools, Cal Young Middle School, and Sheldon High School. At each school teachers volunteered to participate in testing the teacher evaluation pilot. 

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