ATA: Week of 9.16.19


Monday kicks off our Jog-a-thon pledge collecting! Students will be bringing home envelopes with a letter and pledge form attached. See the parent letter for more details and goals! When getting pledges, it may be helpful to know that students will be running/jogging/walking for 45 minutes.

WolfPAC (PTO) is looking for volunteers to help with this event…please click this link or email to sign up!


mark your calendar

Two Events this Week

This Tuesday is the ATA Parent Group Meeting – WolfPAC. It begins at 6:30 in the library.  There will be lots of information on fundraising, volunteering at ATA, and a chance to meet with other parents!

Thursday evening is our Back to School Open House from 6-8 pm. This is an opportunity to meet teachers, tour the building, hear about programs and have curriculum questions answered. We look forward to seeing you there!


handbookAttached is our ATA Student Planner/Handbook

Here you will find the rules and expectations your child has been introduced to and answers to many questions about ATA, including the daily schedule. This is the same Handbook your child is required to bring home and review with you, then insert in his/her binder.

Please sign the last page indicating that you and your student have reviewed the expectations and return to his/her advisor as a homework assignment for Advisory class.




You and your students/family are cordially invited to the 9th annual Science Open House at the University of Oregon.

The purpose of the event is to help connect community families and educators to science outreach programs on campus and in the community.  All activities are completely free and open to the public.  There will be something fun for children of all ages.

Hands-on activities and demonstrations will include the Microwave Madness, the Egg Drop, and much more.  Attendees can also sign up for the Science Pentathlon where they will complete five activities in the core science disciplines (biology, chemistry and physics).

Attached you will find flyers in English and Spanish.

We will also be featuring tables from on-campus outreach programs like the UO Geology Club, ChemDemos, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History, and Team Duckling. Off-campus outreach programs have also partnered with us such as the Eugene Science Center, Nearby Nature, and others.

Open House Flyer(2019)

Open House Flyer-SPANISH-(2019)


At this time, here are the after school clubs that have been confirmed:

Craft Class

When/Where: Wednesday, October 9 3:40-5 pm in the Art room
Who: Up to 20 students
How: Fill out an permission form and return to Aimee or Ms. Samson
Leader: Ms. Samson ( & Aimee Harrington (

Gay / Straight Alliance (GSA)

When/Where: Mondays at 3:40 in Room 139 – starting Sept. 30
Who: Any students
How:Permissions will be in the office
Leader: Courtney (

Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB)

When/Where: Tuesdays 3:40, Room 138 – first meeting Oct. 1
Who: Any students, focus on reading and competition
How: Permission Slips will be available at the first meeting or in the front office
Leader: Ms. Superneau (

High School Events

Middle School is a time when students become more a part of the larger community. In that spirit, it is often when students want to attend high school sporting events. We encourage students and families to enjoy our regional Churchill athletic events and support the Lancers in all sports and remind families that it is important for students to be chaperoned. Middle school students must have an adult accompany them to high school events or they will be denied entrance.  We appreciate your support in keeping students safe and monitored.

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ATA had over 140 students attend the Saturday night UO Duck football game vs the Montana Grizzlies. We’d like to give a special shout out to the Boys & Girls Club for sharing this event with ATA students and to the Marcus Mariotta Innov8 Foundation for organizing a free and fun event for the youth of in our area. Additional thanks to the ATA staff that joined us in chaperoning: Mrs. Nelson, Ms. Barbara, Mr. Michael, Deneen, Mr. Skoubo, Mr. Lewis, Scott, Ben Weibe, Mrs. Adams, and Mr. Morphis.
Keep up to date and plan ahead … check out the ATA Community Calendar by clicking here: ATA Calendar

ATA: Week of 9~9~19

We had a great first week at ATA!

Our sixth grade students did a lot of learning of new routines and middle school expectations last week. Our seventh and eighth grade students have certainly grown and matured. We have an amazing group of 8th grade leaders (Justice Wolves) that spent last week supporting the new 6th grade students and touring new 7th & 8th graders. We look forward to another successful year.

Attendance Notifications

As with the start of year, parents become concerned about some tardies and absencesattendancenoted in classrooms…Thank you for paying attention!

When your child is late or not in class, the computer system makes note and autogenerates a phone call and/or email. It is important that you discuss with your child whythey were late (or not in class if you were unaware). Then, either call our attendance line 541-790-5725 or email with questions, concerns, clarification.  While our teachers work hard to keep accurate attendance, sometimes there are inputting errors.

Additionally, if your child is absent and you get the robodialer, please remember that you have up to 48 hours to contact us regarding the absence so that we may edit it in the system…meaning  if your child is home sick and you forgot to call it in, you can do so up to 48 hours after the absence so that it may be excused and noted.

Upcoming Events ATA Glance

mark your calendarRemember Early Release EVERY Friday at 2:35

Monday, 9/16 – Jogathon Packets sent home

MOnday, 9/16 at 6:30 – Jazz Band Parent Meeting

Tuesday, 9/17 at 6:30 – WolfPAC Parent Meeting (PTO)

Thursday, 9/19 at 6:00 – Open House/Curriculum Night

Wednesday, 9/25 – District Conversation re: Student Success Act, 7 p.m. ATA Cafeteria

Friday, 9/27 – ATA Jog-a-thon


For more events, check out the ATA Community Calendar here and mark the page!

ATA: 2019-20 Welcome Back!

Welcome back! We hope you are having a safe and fun filled summer. As we ready ourselves to begin another great year, we would like to take a moment and welcome families who are both new to the community as well as those who will be returning.  This letter will inform you of important upcoming dates and help you prepare for a successful year.

On behalf of the staff at Arts & Technology Academy, I am happy to welcome you to the 2019-20 school year! We are looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure our students can achieve their highest potential. We recognize that in order to be successful in school, our children need support from both the home and school. We know a strong partnership with you will make a positive difference in your child’s education. As partners, we share the responsibility for our student’s success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities. We ask that you guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that he/she:

1) Attends school daily and arrives on time, ready for the day’s learning experience.

2) Completes all homework assignments given by teachers.

3) Reads daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills.

4) Shares school experiences with you so that you are aware of his/her school life.

5) Informs you if he/she needs additional support in any area or subject.

6) Knows that you expect him/her to put forth effort in all subjects.


Please consider joining our school volunteer program as our students can greatly benefit from your involvement and contributions to the school’s programs and operations. We seek volunteers to help us with the following activities:

1) Teacher-led instructional support, usually in the library.

2) Reading with children who need extra help.

3) School-wide events.

4) Student field trips.

5) Outreach and recruitment of parent and community volunteers.


Every staff member has been working very hard to prepare for the return of our wonderful students. We have set very high expectations and made plans to guarantee that every student at ATA will be successful this school year.

Student academic success is the main goal of every staff member here at Arts & Technology Academy. We believe that every student will learn to the highest level and we are prepared to offer individualized support to every student that needs it. I ask for your support and participation in this effort by sending your student to school every day, encouraging your child to read at least 30 minutes every evening, monitoring your Student’s homework, and asking your Student to share what they learned at school each day.


Student Check in day – Student Check in day will be held on August 26th from 8am – 11am, and 3pm-6pm. This is a day that students and parents will come get schedules, sign consent forms, update information, pay fees, etc.


School Fees: Other Fees:
  • Student Planner – $20.00
  • Student ID – $10.00
  • Elective support – $15.00
  • Total – $45.00
  • We accept cash and check.


Track: $100

Spirit Wear: $10.00

Student support Donation:


Free and Reduced-Price School Meals

The school meal program is free for our entire student population once again this year.

Start of school: The first day of school for all grades is September 5th; All 6th grade students will start on September 4th. School starts at 9:00 a.m. sharp. Our doors open at 8:00 a.m. and breakfast will be served at 8:20 a.m. Our release time is 3:35 p.m. on Monday-Thursday. Every Friday will be early dismissal. Our Friday schedule is 9:00 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.


Parent Group Meeting: The first Parent group meeting will be on September 17th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in our school library.

Back to School Open House/Curriculum Night: All families are encouraged to attend Back to School Curriculum Night on September 19th at 6:00-8:00pm

 Jog-A-Thon/Fundraiser: This is our first of three parent group sponsored fundraisers of the year. The event will take place on September 27th this year and parent can join us on the track.

School Picture Day: October 21th for 6th graders, 22nd for 7th graders, and 23rd for 8th graders.

Afternoon Dismissal: All Students will dismiss at 3:35 p.m. on Monday-Thursday. Students must be picked up promptly at 3:35 p.m. The school cannot provide supervisory services after 3:50 p.m. so teachers can begin planning for your students return the following day.

Early Release Fridays: Every Friday students are released at 2:35 p.m. and will take the bus home or will need to be picked up promptly at that time. The school cannot provide supervisory services after 2:50 p.m. so teachers can attend our staff meeting and begin planning for your students return the following week.


 A copy of our school rules will be sent home by your child’s teacher so that you and your child can review them together. If you have any questions about the rules and expectations, please feel free to contact me or to discuss them with your child’s teacher. It is very important that you and your child are fully informed regarding standards related to appropriate behavior for a safe and productive school year.

 This years teaching staff:

Grade Subject Teacher
6th Title/ELA Kristina Brooks
ELA Laura Archibald
Science Chris Michael
Math Aaron Kurlychek
Social Studies April Nelson
Social Studies Jesse Skoubo
7th ELA Barbara Siemens
Science Daniel Morphis
Math Mary Adams
Social Studies Eve Hannah
8th ELA Aimee Harrington
Science Kathleen Taylor
Math Courtney Stitt
Social Studies Adrienne Superneau
Electives PE Thomas Pfanner
Music Daniel Powell
Art Amy Samson
6, 7, 8 Support/Title Darcy Strange
Health Ronny Mason
Counselor Scott Pierce
SPED CLC (7th & 8th) Caitlin Balthrop
LC (7th & 8th)

CLC /LC (6th grade)





Life Skills Sullivan Jim


Teacher Appointments: If you wish to speak with your student’s teacher, please make an appointment via phone or e-mail and come during the teacher’s non instructional or transition times. All visitors must stop by the main office for a pass whenever they are visiting the school during school hours.


Thank you so much for your support and we look forward to seeing you soon for a great school year.  Go Wolf Pack!


School Supply List: Please visit the 4j website for a list of school supplies your child will need to be prepared and successful for the 2019-20 school year.


If needed, ATA can provide school supply assistance on a limited, first come first serve basis.

Larry Williams



Calendar for the First Month of School

August 21st-23rd (Wednesday-Thursday)

9:00-2:00           Justice Wolves Leadership Training

August 27th (Tuesday)

8:00am              Teachers Report/Planning Day

September 4th (Wednesday)

9:00-3:35           6th Grade Orientation Day

9:00-3:35           Justice Wolves Report for 6th Grade Orientation

September 5th (Thursday)

9:00-3:35           6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Students Attend

September 16th (Monday)

6:30-7:30           Jazz Band Parent Meeting

September 17th (Tuesday)

6:30-7:30 PM     PTA Meeting-Library

September 19th (Thursday)

6:00-8:00 PM     Open House/Curriculum Night

September 27th (Friday)

1:00-2:30 PM     Jog-A-Thon



ATA: Week of 6~17~19

Here we are…the final days of the 2018-19 school year.

Here are some calendar items to note for this week:

Monday, 6/17    8th Grade Promotion: 1:30-3:00 in Large Gym

  • The gym will open at 1:00 for family and friends to enter…students with siblings may be released to their adult to attend.

Tuesday, 6/18: Last Day of School – grades 6 & 7 only.  

  • Regular Release Time – 3:35 p.m.


Report Cards will be sent out the last week of June. Watch your mailbox!


Enjoy your summer – spend time together, read a book for enjoyment, gets lots of sleep!  See you in the fall!




ATA: Week of 6~10~19

There are many end of the year activites happening. Please join us!

Monday, 6/10  ALL Band & Choir Cartoon Concert: 7:00 p.m. in the Large Gym

Tuesday, 6/11  6th Grade Field Trip: 9-12 More information from the teachers

Wednesday, 6/12   Incoming 6th grade Family Night: 6:00 p.m. in Library

Thursday, 6/13    Drama Performance: Midsummer’s Night: 6:30 p.m. in Cafeteria/Stage

Monday, 6/17    8th Grade Promotion: 1:30-3:00 in Large Gym

Tuesday, 6/18: Last Day of School! Regular Release Time – 3:35 p.m.


Please remember that any questions about classes or grades should be directed to your child’s teacher.

Report Cards will be sent out the last week of June. Watch your mailbox!



ATA: Week of 5~27~19


Time to RETURN Library Books!

Library books need to be returned by May 31!!!



Calendar ‘ATA’ Glance:

Monday, May 27 – NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 28 – 3:45 Site Council

Fridays, May 31 – Synergy Assignment Updates

Fridays, May 31 – Library Books Due

Keep up to date by checking the ATA google calendar: ATA Calendar

ATA: Week of 5~20~19

Yearbooks for Sale!

Preorder before May 24 and pay $13After May 24, price increases to $16.

See Katie in the front office with cash or checks payable to ATA.  Students may come in before or after school!

Yearbook districution last week of school!


Time to RETURN items!

BOOKS! Aimee Harrington is asking that students who have borrowed books return them to her in the upcoming week.  Her books are labeled with HARRINGTON or AIMEE on the side or top.

Track uniforms need to be returned to Coach Morphis. Clothing should be placed in a plastic bag with trackster’s name on it so that it can be marked off.

Library books need to be returned by May 31!!!


Thank you…

…to the parent volunteers who supported our Beach Party on Friday!  Your efforts are greatly appreciated!

State Testing

Students will be beginning the Smarter Balanced State Testing TOMORROW!  Testing sessions are scheduled 9-11 a.m. for 7th & 8th graders and 11-1 p.m. for 6th graders. All testing will occur as advisory classes. To provide students with the utmost opportunity of success:

  • Be sure your student(s) get good sleep each night
  • Be on time for school  – we start promptly at 9 a.m.
  • Students should eat a healthy breakfast: school serves breakfast starting at 8:20 a.m.
  • Encourage positive thinking, this testing should not create stress for students
  • Pack a healthy snack, if able – we will be providing time for nourishment during the testing times. Refrain from sugary snacks.

8th Grade Students (another reminder)

Incoming freshman are invited to come enjoy the school campus (wherever you are attending), meet some friends, mentors and high school staff. This program is from August 12th-16th from 9am-3pm.  Students can earn .25 high school credit by attending Summer Bridge everyday, meeting all school behavior and participation expectations, AND attending Freshman Day on Tuesday, Sept. 4th. You can also earn .5 high school credit by meeting the conditions above AND participating in SAIL or Rites of Passage.  More information is on the attached handout: Summer Bridge Handout



Calendar ‘ATA’ Glance:

May 20-24 – Schoolwide State Testing (Smarter Balanced)

Tuesday, May 21 – Jazz Band Fundraiser at Papa’s Pizza (Band performing at 6:00)

Tuesday, May 21 – 6:30 pm WolfPAC (PTO) meeting, Library 

Monday, May 27 – NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 28 – 3:45 Site Council

Fridays, May 31 – Synergy Assignment Updates

Fridays, May 31 – Library Books Due

Keep up to date by checking the ATA google calendar: ATA Calendar