Monday, March 7, 2016

Week of March 7th, 2016

Thank You Classified Staff!


March 7th-11th marks Classified Employee Appreciation Week and McKenzie is truly thankful for it's dedicated Classified staff! McKenzie's Classified Employees are our bus drivers, custodians, maintenance staff, cooks, education assistants and secretaries. These folks do the work that supports students and teachers in the pursuit of knowledge and learning. They transport them to school and back home and to events around the state. They make sure they learn and work in clean classrooms that are functional and safe. They make sure they have the fuel to get through the day by creating delicious meals. They collaborate with teachers and help instruct students in important concepts. They keep us all organized and on the same page. Please take some extra time this week to let them know how much you appreciate all they do to make McKenzie such a special place.

Thank you Classified staff for supporting our students, teachers and community!

Looking Back...


Attendance


Three days into our 15 school days in March, we're still in position to meet our overall 92% at 90% and our 5% improvement goals for the month!

The Elementary after last week have 96% of students who have the potential to attend 90% or more days of school. It's incredible to me that with our small numbers and shortened weeks, only 4 students missing more than 1.5 days have dropped our percentage 4 percentage points. It just goes to show, everyone's efforts to be here can pay off!

In the Middle/High School, three days into March, are sitting at  93% of students having the potential to attend 90% or more days. The Middle School is really showing up with all students still able to make our 90% goal! 

Although we've had a few months coming up short, we are still shooting for 92% @ 90% for the month of March. Should we meet our goal for the month we will host a movie night for students and parents to celebrate together! 






I'd also like to propose a side challenge to the student body of McKenzie Schools. If we can improve attendance by a minimum of 5% in March to 82% from February's 77% each student will get to take their best shot at me with a water balloon!





I know you've got it in you McKenzie to show up, learn, and enjoy the rewards of great attendance!

Athletic Round Up

The Middle School Girls Basketball team was in competition last week against Oak Hill and Triangle Lake.

High School Track completed its first full week of practice this week. Coach A. hosted athletes and families to a delicious dinner at his annual Track Family Meeting. Visit http://goo.gl/kWNIUq for the schedule for the upcoming season.


McKenzie Elementary Celebrates Dr. Seuss!


McKenzie celebrated the life and work of Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, Wednesday, March 2nd. The festivities were kicked off with an assembly at 8:30 am. With Mr. Michael and Mr. Abrams reading "The Sneetches" and "Happy Birthday to You." Over the course of the day classes were treated to guest readers sharing their favorite Seuss story!


Looking Ahead...


This Week's Athletic Schedule


Monday:
MSGBBX @ Alsea - 4:00, Dismiss 12:45, Depart 12:30

Wednesday:
MSGBBX vs. Crow - 4:30pm

Thursday:
High School Sports Awards Night - 6:00pm - Cafeteria

Friday:
MSGBBX @ MWL Tournament @ Mapleton - 2:00pm - 11:00am Depart

Batter Up!

McKenzie students to step up to the plate and take a swing at Sluggo's Home Run Reading Challenge! Eugene Emeralds mascot Sluggo will lead off the Reading Challenge with an assembly Monday, March 7th at 1:00 pm in the Pagoda. Sluggo  


Check out A.S.P.I.R.E. at McKenzie Online

The A.S.P.I.R.E. (Access to Student assistance Programs IReach of Everyone) program at McKenzie connects community mentors with our students to help them plan and prepare for life after High School. Our A.S.P.I.R.E. Mentors assist students and parents in navigating the complicated world of post-secondary training. A.S.P.I.R.E. can help plan for college or career training including finding the right school or program for you, how to make your best case to get accepted, and how to pay for it. Beyond the workshops and weekly counseling they offer, the A.S.P.I.R.E. Mentors have been building a valuable online resource at https://aspireatmckhs.wordpress.com/. Take a peak to learn more ways you can plan now for educational opportunities after high school.


Like McKenzie Schools on Facebook to Stay Up to Date

Stay up to date with news and events from both McKenzie High and McKenzie Elementary School by liking them on Facebook. Go to www.facebook.com/mckenziehighschool and www.facebook.com/mckenzieriverelementary. The McKenzie High School Athletic Department is also on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/McKenzieAthletics.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Week of February 29th, 2016

Why Charter?


Over the past couple of weeks I’ve visited with a number of curious community and staff members regarding the potential transition of McKenzie Schools to a Charter School. Each person I talked to drove home how much this community values and loves their students, their school and its staff. Most of them ask “Why charter, why now?” Over the next few years, due to circumstances beyond the district’s control, current trends are showing that McKenzie Schools will be facing major transition. We can choose to embrace this reality, work to investigate the best options available to make McKenzie better suited to weather these changes and better meet the needs of our students given these transitions, or we can continue to hope for things to get better, cross our fingers and continue to do the best we can do. I'd like to devote this week's edition of “From Principal Tompkins' Desk” to sharing a bit about Charter Schools, why we're investigating a transition to Charter and what the Charter development process looks like.

You might be wondering what are the circumstances beyond our control? Two words: housing and employment. I found it fitting that the River Reflections article that raised many of your questions shared the front page with Jim Bakers’ well written article about the limitations that a lack of sewage treatment has put on the development of Blue River. Since the decline of the timber industry in the 1980s, McKenzie has seen a decline in jobs and affordable housing. With the loss of many family wage jobs and the reduction of affordable places to raise a family, there have been fewer students attending McKenzie Schools. Since 1990 to today, McKenzie Schools has 233 fewer students enrolled[1].  Each student lost means less funding, and as a result of this enrollment decline, we’ve seen a decrease in the educational offerings we can afford. In recent years this has resulted in blended elementary classrooms and reduced elective options in the middle and high schools. Today, things are not as dark as during the recent recession, but once again due to declining enrollment, some of the gains in options we’ve been able to secure in the past two years may be lost to budget cuts next year. This year alone McKenzie is down about 30 students, this equates to nearly a quarter million dollar difference in funding between the current year and next. Because we cannot change the things beyond our control, like employment and affordable housing, we must look to the things we can. Realistically as a school, the one thing we do have the ability to control is the education we provide our students. Currently, our dedicated and talented staff can only teach the core content required by state law.  Supplemental courses such as visual arts or those offering career specific skills are thin. These “extras” provide avenues for students to be successful while reinforcing the skills they gain in their core math, reading, science and social studies classes. Due to state licensing requirements, even if current staff were interested in, and were capable to teach one or more of these courses, they are unable to do so unless they possess the proper endorsement.

How could Charter put us in a better position to control our situation? In looking at what a charter could do for McKenzie a few things come to mind. First, the act of taking the time to create a charter proposal, including the creation of a new coherent K-12 educational programming model, has the potential to positively impact the classroom. Second, by creating a dynamic program that best reaches the needs of our students and community, we may attract others to take part in what we’re doing. Because charter schools are schools of choice, students from other districts would be able to enroll as well. These additional students could potentially grow our educational opportunities. Third, transitioning to charter would allow greater flexibility in building a unique program by allowing us to tap into existing staff in new ways, or community experts who may be interested in sharing their knowledge.  This would serve to create an even more impactful curriculum and learning environment for our current and future McKenzie students, which is always our main goal as an educational entity. Charter schools are required to have a minimum of 50% of teaching staff hold a traditional teaching license and all core subject area courses must be taught by a licensed teacher. The remaining staff can be “registered” teachers meaning that they have a background in their content area but may not have gotten a degree in teaching. An example could be a local certified mechanic could, in partnership with the school, apply to be a registered teacher through Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission and teach an Introduction to Auto Maintenance course.

Does this mean if we go charter we’ll layoff the current staff and hire “registered” teachers? Absolutely not! As I mentioned before, we are pretty much at bare bones capacity with what we offer. The vast majority of staff teaches solely what is considered core subject matter; and in all honesty we could not run a state supported public school without them. Any potential reductions would not be precipitated by a transition to charter; on the contrary investigating its potential should be seen as a way to head off and potentially grow what is currently offered by those teachers. It would be irresponsible and not in good faith to replace current highly qualified staff with charter registered teachers regardless of the content. Lastly, a transition to charter would qualify us for new avenues of financial support such as charter school grants, and other grants available to non-profits. Currently, the Oregon Department of Education is offering $100,000 planning grants, which allow approved charter schools to fine tune their programming before opening their doors. ODE is also awarding implementation grants of up to $450,000 for operating charters to purchase supplies, equipment and training to further put in place their educational program. This additional funding could not be used for staff as per Federal rules but could go a long way in getting what we need to make our McKenzie focused program operational.

What would a Charter School look like? A Charter School is a public school that is operated under an agreement or “charter” between a non-profit group and the school district. Usually a committee of teachers, parents, support staff and community stakeholders craft a proposal that is presented to the school district. This proposal is quite comprehensive and encompasses all aspects of the school including curriculum, programming, assessment and accountability. The proposal’s goals should work to increase student learning and achievement, create more choices and options, meet students’ individual needs, grow educator and parent/community relationships, incorporate innovative learning methods, create flexible learning environments, provide new professional opportunities for staff, ensure accountability for student learning and use innovative measurement of student learning and growth. If that proposal is approved, the committee and board negotiate the charter agreement. In our case, a committee of teachers, parents, support staff and community members will be meeting soon to begin the process of drafting a charter proposal and create a non-profit to operate the charter school. If the proposal is approved, the committee and board will negotiate the school’s charter agreement. Most of the time in schools in our position (rural, one school districts i.e. one elementary, one middle, one high) the non-profit would contract back to the school district for the building, staffing, transportation, etc. In other words, classes will be held in the same buildings, taught by the same skilled teachers, transported in the same buses by the same caring drivers and supported by the same dedicated classified staff as we currently have. As the district would be the employer, the right of the staff to collectively bargain and negotiate their contracts with their respective Unions would not change. Staff would still be considered public state employees. The biggest difference in how we currently operate would be the creation of a charter school board that would be charged with operating the school. This would be another avenue for parents, staff and community members to have a say in their school. This board would be independent of the district board for operation purposes, but a key for any successful charter school is having a good working relationship with their district board.

So what if this doesn’t work, what if we try it and after a few years we don’t get the results we wanted? We can gracefully walk away. If the community and district don’t feel that the charter school is working at the end of the charter agreement, we can file paperwork with ODE to close the charter school and resume operations as a traditional school. Supplies and materials purchased would become property of ODE but would be given to the district after filing of paperwork with the state. If it doesn’t work, we can at least say we tried to better our situation by controlling the things we can.

As a second generation McKenzie alumnus, I whole heartedly understand how any changes to the school that we all love and value can be scary. In her 75 years McKenzie has served as much more than just a school to this community. McKenzie Schools have been the hub of the valley, working to meet the needs of our children and families. It is in hopes of continuing that tradition that no option should go un-pursued.

If you would like to learn more about charter schools and what they could mean for McKenzie, please mark your calendars for a community meeting with Kate Pattison and the McKenzie steering committee Thursday, April 21st.  If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call me, Brent Meister or Lacey Joy at 541-822-3313.

Thank you,
Lane Tompkins




[1] http://tableau.thempo.org/population/schoolenrollment.htm

Looking Back...


Attendance


I'm a bit relieved yet sad to report that I dodged receiving the ice water bath from both buildings this month. We wrapped up February in the Elementary with 77% of students having attended 90% or more days. In the Middle/High School we were again at 77% at 90% or more days.

Although we've had a few months coming up short, we will still shoot for 92% @ 90% for the month of March. Should we meet our goal for the month we will host a movie night for students and parents to celebrate together! 






I'd also like to propose a side challenge to the student body of McKenzie Schools. If we can improve attendance by a minimum of 5% in March to 82% from February's 77% each student will get to take their best shot at me with a water balloon!





I know you've got it in you McKenzie to show up, learn, and enjoy the rewards of great attendance!

Athletic Round Up

Since the last installment of From Principal Tompkins' Desk, both high school basketball seasons came to a close.

The boys finished their year with a loss to Triangle Lake 18-58 and a victory over Mapleton 36-32. That victory forced a tie-breaker game with Mapleton. This time the boys came up short 33-52

The girls completed their season with wins over Triangle Lake 40-17 & Mapleton 56-13. In Mountain West League playoffs the girls fell to Siltez 39-41 but rebounded with a victory over Alsea 39-30. That victory punched their ticket to the OSAA State Tournament. The girls came up short in their first round game against Elkton 32-62.

We are extremely proud of our student athletes and how they represented our school and community this year.

Spring sports are just around the corner with Track & Field practice starting this Monday. The Eagles will again be coached by Duane Aanestad. Visit http://goo.gl/kWNIUq for the schedule for the upcoming season.


Looking Ahead...


This Week's Athletic Schedule


Monday:
First Day of Spring Sports Practice
MSGBBX @ Oak Hill - 4:30, Dismiss 2:15, Depart 2:30

Wednesday:
MSGBBX @ Triangle Lake - 5:00pm, Dismiss 2:30, Depart 2:45
Track Parent Meeting 6:00 pm

McKenzie Elementary to Celebrate Dr. Seuss!

McKenzie will celebrate the life and work of Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, this Wednesday, March 2nd. Festivities will kickoff with an assembly at 8:30 am. From there, classes will be treated to guest readers sharing their favorite Seuss story.

Batter Up!

McKenzie students to step up to the plate and take a swing at Sluggo's Home Run Reading Challenge! Eugene Emeralds mascot Sluggo will lead off the Reading Challenge with an assembly Monday, March 7th at 1:00 pm in the Pagoda. Sluggo  

Check out A.S.P.I.R.E. at McKenzie Online

The A.S.P.I.R.E. (Access to Student assistance Programs IReach of Everyone) program at McKenzie connects community mentors with our students to help them plan and prepare for life after High School. Our A.S.P.I.R.E. Mentors assist students and parents in navigating the complicated world of post-secondary training. A.S.P.I.R.E. can help plan for college or career training including finding the right school or program for you, how to make your best case to get accepted, and how to pay for it. Beyond the workshops and weekly counseling they offer, the A.S.P.I.R.E. Mentors have been building a valuable online resource at https://aspireatmckhs.wordpress.com/. Take a peak to learn more ways you can plan now for educational opportunities after high school.


Like McKenzie Schools on Facebook to Stay Up to Date

Stay up to date with news and events from both McKenzie High and McKenzie Elementary School by liking them on Facebook. Go to www.facebook.com/mckenziehighschool and www.facebook.com/mckenzieriverelementary. The McKenzie High School Athletic Department is also on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/McKenzieAthletics.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Week of February 8th, 2016

Community

As I was watching Donkey Basketball this Saturday, all the familiar and new faces in the gym made me think a lot about community and the role McKenzie Schools play in it. Schools by their nature should be a reflection of the community they serve. The McKenzie River community is unique one, we often joke it's fifty miles long and one mile wide. We don't have the benefit of a downtown or business district with little local government. We're a collection of six villages along Highway 126. From the county line near Ollalie Creek down to the border with the Springfield District between Vida and Leaburg. It is a place of great beauty. Sure we've seen a lot of change from the days of logging and dam building but we remain a community with lots of heart and character that values opportunities for our youth.

Last year, we began discussions with the community, during our strategic planning, to help strengthen our common vision for our school. This year we're building upon our strategic plan as well as looking to grow our connections with the community in a lot of exciting ways! Please stay tuned for more ways you can help make McKenzie Schools a clearer reflection of the McKenzie Community.

Looking Back...


Attendance

February is off to a fast start! Let's continue working to make February our turnaround month! If we meet our 92% at 90% goal for February, students will get to dump a bucket of Ice Water on me. It could be a cold end to February for me if students show up to learn!






Athletic Round Up

Last week, the McKenzie Basketball teams were in action against Siletz and Alsea. The Boys fell to Siletz on the road 34-68 and beat Alsea at home 47-42. They fell to Siletz 27-32 and beat Alsea 55-29.


Donkey Basketball Returns to McKenzie

There was a great turn out for Saturday's Donkey Basketball game. The Class of 2016 took on the McKenzie River USFS Ranger District staff. The Seniors came up short in a hard fought contest. A good time was had by all including the Donkeys.


Looking Ahead...

This Week's Athletic Schedule

Monday:
MSGBBX v. Mohawk - 4:30pm

Tuesday:

GVBBX @ Triangle Lake - 5:30pm, Dismiss 2:45, Depart 3:00
BVBBX @ Triangle Lake - 7:00pm, Dismiss 2:45, Depart 3:00

Wednesday:

MSGBBX v. Siletz - 4:30pm

Thursday:

GVBBX v. Mapleton - 5:30pm
BVBBX v. Mapleton - 7:00pm



Immunization Update

From Health Services Coordinator Lorinda Marcy

My report has been sent in to the state for our immunizations at school. If you have not turned in your documentation to update your child’s records you need to do so right away! Exclusion Day is coming fast! 
 Exclusion letters were mailed 2/3/2016 for students that are not up-to-date. If your student is not up-to-date by Exclusion Day, they will be sent to the office and you will be called to pick them up. I’ve sent home notices in the mail to the parents whose students need shots and/or updated documentation. You can go to http://public.health.oregon.gov/PreventionWellness/VaccinesImmunization/GettingImmunized/Pages/SchParents.aspx, to see what immunizations are required per age/grade. Senate Bill 895 is a new law about school immunizations for 2015-2016. One of the key changes made by Senate Bill 895: Religious exemptions signed prior to March 1, 2014, are no longer valid. Parents will be required to turn in documentation of immunization or complete the new process for a non-medical exemption prior to Exclusion Day in February 2016. If you are not sure if your child is up-to-date according to our records, please e-mail lmarcy@mckenzie.k12.or.us or call (541) 822-3315-Lorinda Marcy.


Dental Sealants 


We have Lane County Dental coming to us on February 22 to apply sealants. Everyone, kindergarten through 12th grade was screened on September 23rd when we did our beginning of the year health screening. Lane County Dental will be back to apply sealants for those that had filled out the permission form.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, Lorinda Marcy, by phone in the Elementary office @ (541) 822-3315 or via e-mail lmarcy@mckenzie.k12.or.us .

Check out A.S.P.I.R.E. at McKenzie Online

The A.S.P.I.R.E. (Access to Student assistance Programs In Reach of Everyone) program at McKenzie connects community mentors with our students to help them plan and prepare for life after High School. Our A.S.P.I.R.E. Mentors assist students and parents in navigating the complicated world of post-secondary training. A.S.P.I.R.E. can help plan for college or career training including finding the right school or program for you, how to make your best case to get accepted, and how to pay for it. Beyond the workshops and weekly counseling they offer, the A.S.P.I.R.E. Mentors have been building a valuable online resource at https://aspireatmckhs.wordpress.com/. Take a peak to learn more ways you can plan now for educational opportunities after high school.

Donald MacKenzie Sets Up Camp In McKenzie's Halls

Donald MacKenzie, our river's namesake has taken up residence in McKenzie High's hallway. Margaret Beilharz representing the McKenzie River Bicentennial, donated an interpretive display that will allow students to learn more about Mr. MacKenzie's life, his travels and our area's connection to the United State's westward expansion.  





Like McKenzie Schools on Facebook to Stay Up to Date

Stay up to date with news and events from both McKenzie High and McKenzie Elementary School by liking them on Facebook. Go to www.facebook.com/mckenziehighschool and www.facebook.com/mckenzieriverelementary. The McKenzie High School Athletic Department is also on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/McKenzieAthletics.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Week of February 2nd, 2016

Communication is Key

We're a team. Parents, students, teachers, coaches and community members and we're all working together to provide the best education and the most opportunities for our students. One of the most important elements of a successful team is effective communication.

We're working on our end to provide more avenues for students, parents and district patrons to connect and know what's going on through social media and online grade book tools. We hope these improvements have made your life a bit easier. We are continually looking to grow and adapt our connections to the community to better meet your needs. Please let us know what could be helpful for you.

Like all teams, breakdowns in communication will occur. When you have an issue or concern please let us know. At McKenzie, we like to try to address concerns or issues at the level of concern first before involving others. If there is a concern about what is going on in a classroom, first speak with the teacher. If there is a concern with a sports team, speak with the coach. Often, having the conversation directly is the best way to remedy what's bothering you. If you try the direct approach, and are not able to satisfactorily get a solution, please speak with me. I'd be more than happy to facilitate a meeting with you and staff to find a win-win solution.

Looking Back...


Attendance

Closing out January our Not Chronically Absent attendance numbers are as follows:
In the Elementary, 74% of students have attended 90% or more school days.
In the Middle & High Schools,  70% are at our 90% attendance goal. 

Let's look to make February our turnaround month! If we meet our 92% at 90% goal for February, students will get to dump a bucket of Ice Water on me. It could be a cold end to February for me if students show up to learn!



Athletic Round Up

Last week, the McKenzie Basketball teams were in action against Mapleton and Eddyville. The Boys fell to Mapleton 30-51 and came up just a little short against Eddyville 32-33. The Girls defeated Mapleton 47-16 as well as Eddyville by forfeit.

The Middle School Boys wrapped up their season at the Mountain West Tournament. The Middle School Girls kick off their season this Monday.


Looking Ahead...


This Week's Athletic Schedule


Monday:
MSGBBX v. Falls City - 4:30pm

Tuesday:
GVBBX @ Siletz Valley - 5:30pm, Dismiss 1:00, Depart 1:15
BVBBX @ Siletz Valley - 7:00pm, Dismiss 1:00, Depart 1:15

Thursday:
GVBBX v Alsea - 5:30pm - Coaches v. Cancer Fundraiser Game
BVBBX v Alsea - 7:00pm - Coaches v. Cancer Fundraiser Game

McKenzie Basketball Teams Up Against Cancer Thursday February 4th

McKenzie Basketball will be hosting Coaches v. Cancer games Thursday February 4th when they take on Alsea. All gate from both the Boys & Girls games will be donated to the American Cancer Society. The night will also have other ways to pitch in including an all pink bake sale. Team up with McKenzie Basketball and the American Cancer Society to help end cancer.






Donkey Basketball to Return to McKenzie Saturday February 6th!

Mark your calendars for the return of Donkey Basketball to McKenzie! Join us at 7:00 pm in the Old Gym as the Senior Class of 2016 take on the McKenzie River Forest Service Ranger District. Advance Tickets are $8.00 for adults, $7.00 for students 7th-12th and $6.00 for children K-6th grade. Day of event tickets are $9.00 adults, $8.00 students, & $7.00 for children. Please contact the High School Office to purchase your tickets!






IMMUNIZATION UPDATE

From Health Services Coordinator Lorinda Marcy

My report has been sent in to the state for our immunizations at school. If you have not turned in your documentation to update your child’s records you need to do so right away! Exclusion Day is coming fast! 
 Exclusion letters will be mailed 2/3/2016 for students that are not up-to-date. If your student is not up-to-date by Exclusion Day, they will be sent to the office and you will be called to pick them up. I’ve sent home notices in the mail to the parents whose students need shots and/or updated documentation. You can go to http://public.health.oregon.gov/PreventionWellness/VaccinesImmunization/GettingImmunized/Pages/SchParents.aspx, to see what immunizations are required per age/grade. Senate Bill 895 is a new law about school immunizations for 2015-2016. One of the key changes made by Senate Bill 895: Religious exemptions signed prior to March 1, 2014, are no longer valid. Parents will be required to turn in documentation of immunization or complete the new process for a nonmedical exemption prior to Exclusion Day in February 2016. If you are not sure if your child is up-to-date according to our records, please e-mail lmarcy@mckenzie.k12.or.us or call (541) 822-3315-Lorinda Marcy.



DENTAL SEALANTS

We have Lane County Dental coming to us on February 22 to apply sealants. Everyone, kindergarten through 12th grade was screened on September 23rd when we did our beginning of the year health screening. Lane County Dental will be back to apply sealants for those that had filled out the permission form.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, Lorinda Marcy, by phone in the Elementary office @ (541) 822-3315 or via e-mail lmarcy@mckenzie.k12.or.us .

Like McKenzie Schools on Facebook to Stay Up to Date

Stay up to date with news and events from both McKenzie High and McKenzie Elementary School by liking them on Facebook. Go to www.facebook.com/mckenziehighschool and www.facebook.com/mckenzieriverelementary. The McKenzie High School Athletic Department is also on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/McKenzieAthletics.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Week of January 25th, 2016

Closing in Fast on Halfway

Next week is the final week of the First Semester. If you haven't already done so, take a minute or two to check in on your student's progress. 
In the Elementary, feel free to call or email your student's teacher. They'd love to hear from you! You can find the email addresses of all staff on the district website www.mckenzie.k12.or.us.
In the Middle and High Schools you can contact your student's teachers or log into Home Access Center at https://mkzhomeaccess.spihost.com/. If you do not have a log in and password, please email me at: ltompkins@mckenzie.k12.or.us. We are still working on getting all the kinks out of the system so always feel free to give us feedback.

The midway portion of the year is also a good opportunity to communicate with your student's teachers about what has been working and hasn't been working so far for your child. If you have concerns or suggestions always feel free to contact school staff.

Looking Back...


Attendance

Three weeks into January our Not Chronically Absent attendance numbers are as follows:
In the Elementary, 75% of students have attended 90% or more school days.
In the Middle & High Schools,  74% are at our 90% attendance goal. 

For comparison, last year's Not Chronically Absent numbers for January were 75% in the Elementary & 72% in the Middle & High Schools. We're holding our ground but there is more improvement we can accomplish.

Let's look to make February our turnaround month! If we meet our 92% at 90% goal for February, students will get to dump a bucket of Ice Water on me. It could be a cold end to February for me if students show up to learn!




Athletic Round Up

Last week, the McKenzie Basketball teams were in action against Mapleton and Eddyville. The Boys fell to Mapleton 30-51 and came up just a little short against Eddyville 32-33. The Girls defeated Mapleton 47-16 as well as Eddyville by forfeit.

The Middle School Boys wrapped up their season at the Mountain West Tournament. The Middle School Girls kick off their season this Monday.


Looking Ahead...


This Week's Athletic Schedule


Monday: 
MSGBBX v. Alsea - 4:30pm

Tuesday: 
BJVBBX @ Lowell - 4:30pm, Dismiss 2:00, Depart 2:15
GVBBX @ Lowell - 5:30pm, Dismiss 2:00, Depart 2:15
BVBBX @ Lowell - 7:00pm, Dismiss 2:00, Depart 2:15

Wednesday: 
MSGBBX @ Crow - 5:30pm, Dismiss 3:45, Depart 4:00

Friday: 
BJVBBX v Mohawk - 4:30pm
GVBBX v Mohawk - 5:30pm
BVBBX v Mohawk - 7:00pm

McKenzie Postal Service Up and Operating!

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays the McKenzie 1st & 3rd graders from the swift completion of their appointed rounds! 
As an extension of classroom learning, Ms. Lipp's 1st grade & Ms. LaShot's 3rd grade students are operating the McKenzie Postal Service. These students manage the collection, sorting and delivery of letters. Beyond the 1st & 3rd grades, students K-5 are learning how to address a letter, letter writing formatting and etiquette. Like the United States Postal Service, the M.P.S. delivers letters around the McKenzie District campus allowing students and staff members to correspond with each other. Unlike the U.S.P.S., the price of stamps do not go up!

McKenzie Basketball Teams Up Against Cancer Thursday February 4th

McKenzie Basketball will be hosting Coaches v. Cancer games Thursday February 4th when they take on Alsea. All gate from both the Boys & Girls games will be donated to the American Cancer Society. The night will also have other ways to pitch in including an all pink bake sale. Team up with McKenzie Basketball and the American Cancer Society to help end cancer.






Donkey Basketball to Return to McKenzie Saturday February 6th!

Mark your calendars for the return of Donkey Basketball to McKenzie! Join us at 7:00 pm in the Old Gym as the Senior Class of 2016 take on the McKenzie River Forest Service Ranger District. Advance Tickets are $8.00 for adults, $7.00 for students 7th-12th and $6.00 for children K-6th grade. Day of event tickets are $9.00 adults, $8.00 students, & $7.00 for children. Please contact the High School Office to purchase your tickets!









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