ATA: Week 11~19~18

spirit week

Spirit Week:  College/High School

  • Monday – Favorite team – any college team
  • Tuesday – Duck or Beaver? Wear Green/Yellow or Orange/Black
  • Wednesday – Churchill Region – Wear Red/White/Blue to support Lancer Pride


The first school dance of 2018-19 school year was a HUGE SUCCESS!  Thank you to all the parent volunteers that made this event happen: set-up, decorating, checking-in students, concessions, chaperoning, clean-up…it all came together perfectly and fun was had by all.  It could not have happened without all the parent support.  Your efforts are greatly appreciated.


Parents wishing to volunteer in the classrooms/libraries, for field trips or school functions MUST have a cleared Criminal Background Check on file. This application is online (here). Additionally, volunteers are required to complete the Online Safe Schools course.  This takes up to 2 weeks.

Basic Information:  Criminal background checks are required for volunteers who may have unsupervised contact with students. The conviction of a crime (felony or misdemeanor) will not automatically disqualify a person from volunteering in a school. Each situation will be considered individually. Completed forms are maintained in a confidential manner at the district office.

The district requires criminal checks on any volunteers (including parents) who meet the following criteria:

  • the volunteer will have unsupervised contact with students;
  • the volunteer has a regular and ongoing assignment at the school;
  • the volunteer will be off campus with students in an unsupervised situation, including
    driving students on field trips;
  • the volunteer is a mentor to a student or students;
  • the volunteer is a coach or activity director; or
  • the volunteer is unknown to the school or department staff.

Visionworks Invites You to Grand visionReopening Screening for a Screening Event

You might have noticed  that the Visionworks location in Valley River Center has recently moved! As part of their grand reopening, they’re hosting a “Screening for a Screening” event, where customers who visit the new location and receive a free vision screening will also receive a pass to enjoy a private, early screening of Robin Hood on December 1st at Regal Valley River Cinema, while supplies last.

Parents and students of Arts & Technology Academy are invited to come in and receive a free vision screening the week of November 23 – December 1! Attached is a flyer with further information: 18-11-1458_Eugene OR Grand Opening Event Flyer

Behavior Concern Information

noIt has come to our attention that some students are participating in activities such as “Slap [butt] Fridays” or “Nut Tap Tuesdays”  – where students slap or touch other students’ private parts. Monday’s advisory discussion with students will address this behavior as inappropriate and a violation of personal boundaries and a form of sexual harassment. All staff stand ready to stop this behavior. If a student engages in any inappropriate physical contact, specifically private body parts (consented as a game or not), administration will document the behavior with a referral and parents will be contacted to come to the school.  Pre-teaching and conversations with your student is appreciated.

Holiday Support for Students Grieving from Courageous Kids:

Courageous Kids would like to invite middle and high school students (ages 11-17) who have experienced the death of a loved one to a special holiday event in Eugene on December 4th from 5:30-7:00 PM.

The holidays can be especially difficult for youth and their families who are grieving, and so we are offering a one-time group to support youth during this time.  This event will also provide an introduction to the Courageous Kids program for those who may be interested in attending one of our 10-week grief support groups throughout the year.  Please see the attached flyer for more information, and distribute it to youth and their families as appropriate.

We will need to have at least six families signed up in order to host this event, so please have interested families call or email to RSVP by November 28th.

If you have any questions about the event, or about Courageous Kids in general, please do not hesitate to ask.

Kristin Kintigh  ~  Courageous Kids  ~  ~  (458) 205-7474


Radon testing equipmentRadon Testing

To continue providing safe, healthy school facilities where students learn, grow and play, the district will test for radon in all schools. ATA will be tested during the week of December 10, 2018. A new state law requires that all districts in Oregon test school buildings for radon before January 1, 2021.

What is radon? Radon is a naturally occurring gas that comes from soil and rock. Radon can work its way into buildings, including homes and schools, through cracks in the ground and openings in foundations or under structures. Breathing high levels of radon over a long period of time can cause lung cancer. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, behind smoking. You can’t see, smell, or taste radon.

How will the district test for radon? The only way to know if a building has elevated radon is to use specialized testing equipment. The test is non-invasive and poses no danger to staff or students. It consists of placing a cardboard packet for a few days in rooms that are in contact with the ground. *Please do not tamper with or move these test kits, and keep exterior windows and doors closed (except for normal entry/exit) during the testing period.

For more information about radon and the district’s testing plan, please visit

The health and well-being of our students and staff are our top priority. Thank you for your cooperation.

Radon testing equipmentPara continuar proporcionando instalaciones escolares seguras y saludables donde los estudiantes aprendan, crezcan y jueguen, el distrito llevara a cabo pruebas en todas las escuelas para detectar si hay gas radón. El examen para ATA se llevará a cabo durante la semana del 10 de diciembre del 2018. Una nueva ley estatal requiere que todos los distritos de Oregon examinen los edificios escolares para detectar si hay radón antes del 1 de enero del 2021.

¿Qué es el radón? El radón es un gas natural que proviene del suelo y de las rocas. El radón puede filtrarse en los edificios, incluyendo hogares y escuelas, a través de grietas en el suelo y aberturas en las fundaciones o bajo estructuras. El respirar altos niveles de radón durante un largo período de tiempo puede causar cáncer del pulmón. Según la Agencia de protección ambiental, el radón es la segunda causa principal de cáncer del pulmón, seguido por el hábito de fumar. El radón no se puede ver, oler, ni probar.

¿Cómo mediría el distrito el nivel de radón? La única manera de saber si un edificio tiene un nivel elevado de radón es utilizando un equipo de prueba especializado. La prueba no es invasiva y no representa ningún peligro para el personal o los estudiantes. Consiste en colocar un paquete de cartón por unos días en los cuartos que estén en contacto con el suelo. “Por favor no toque o mueva estos paquetes y mantenga las ventanas y puertas exteriores cerradas (excepto la entrada/salida normal) durante el periodo de prueba.

Para obtener mas información acerca del gas radón y el plan de detección del distrito, por favor visite

La salud y el bienestar de nuestros estudiantes y personal son nuestra máxima prioridad. Gracias por su cooperación.

Calendar “ATA” Glance:

Spirit Week:  College/High School

  • Monday – Favorite team – any college team
  • Tuesday – Duck or Beaver? Wear Green/Yellow or Orange/Black
  • Wednesday – Churchill Region – Wear Red/White/Blue to support Lancer Pride

Tuesday, November 20 at 6:30 – Parent Group (WolfPAC) meeting, library CANCELLED

Thursday & Friday, November 22 & 23 – No School, Thanksgiving Break

Monday, November 26 – Wreath Fundraising Orders Due

Saturday, December 1 – 3:15 Jazz Band performing at the Holiday Fair

Monday, December 3 – No School, Grading Day

Monday, December 3 – Wreath Pick-up, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, December 4 – Beginning of Trimester 2

Tuesday, December 4 – Wreath Pick-up, 8 a.m.

Sunday, December 9 – 7:00 Symphonic Band marching in Coburg Light Parade

Thursday, December 13 – 7:00 Holiday Band Concert

Tuesday, December 18 at 6:30 – Parent Group (WolfPAC) meeting, library

Monday, December 24 – Friday, January 4 – Winter Break

Monday, January 7 – No School, Professional Development

Tuesday, January 8 – Classes Resume


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