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In this great information age, it's impossible to identify any one communications avenue that will reach everyone. Key current information will always be posted on our home page, but we're a happening district, and to get the most current, up-to-date information about what's going on, we suggest that you stay tuned to our social media outlets (Facebook and Twitter). We also invite you to take a look at our News Release section to see more of what we've been up to, and we try to keep our online calendar stocked with information about no school days, early release days and up-coming district-wide events. For school-related events, please check with your individual schools.
School's out for summer
As if you didn't know, right? The last day for teachers was June 17, but elementary and middle school offices will be open through June 24. They will reopen in late August. High schools will be open through the summer, but with limited staffing. Call to check their hours. The district office is open all summer. If you have questions, give us a call at 541-747-3331.
Be sure to check our Summer Opportunities page to find out what's cooking this summer in and around our schools! We have a number of camps available for students, as well as other free or low-cost opportunities.
Here's a great article by Edutopia.org on fun online learning resources to help avoid the infamous "summer slide."
The 2014-2015 calendar has been released. Families will be receiving copies in the mail along with final report cards. In the meantime, you can view the calendar online here. Please read the details carefully; there are a few key changes to the schedule from last year. For example, high school students will have late starts instead of early release next year.
Back to school
Click here to see more comprehensive back-to-school info, including links to supply lists.
A new Oregon law is requiring all public school students ages 7 and younger to have their vision screened before entering school this fall to make sure they can see clearly in the classroom as they learn critical reading and writing skills. Families may visit their physician or an opthalmologist, or they can take advantage of free screenings being offered by local libraries. Click here for more details.
If you're waiting for news about your transfer application, please hang tight. You will be notified as soon as the status is known. If you have questions, you can call 541-726-3254.
We have updated the within-district transfer forms to indicate the closure of the following schools to any transfers: Ridgeview Elementary, Thurston Elementary and Thurston Middle School.
Due to changes by the state legislature, the deadline for transfers into Springfield Public Schools for the 2014-15 school year is August 1, 2014. Inter-district transfer forms now include the specific schools and grade levels that are open to transfer students.
Registering for school
All schools host registration events in late August. We'll post the schedule when it's known. To find out what you will need to register your student for kindergarten, click here.
We get a lot of calls for transcripts this time of year. You'll need to submit a request form; it can take about 7-10 days to receive the records. You can download a form and find out how to request them at www.springfield.k12.or.us/transcripts. Forms are also available at the district office.
Did you know?
Thurston High operates an excellent preschool through its Child Development Center. The preschool is open to the public, and also provides a learning venue for high school students who are interested in early childhood education. Check out their website for more details.
You can make lunch payments online. Click here for more info.
You can apply online for free or reduced lunch costs. Click here for application tips and guidelines.
Not taking the bus?
Here are some other ways to help you get your kids to school:
Safe Routes to School: Call Emma Newman, Springfield’s Safe Routes to School Coordinator, at 541-726-3483 or visit www.springfield.k12.or.us/srts to find out more about the Springfield Public Schools walking and biking education and encouragement program.
Free Carpool Match: Point2point Solutions provides parents with a free service to help them find carpool partners among families who live nearby and whose students attend the same school. Information is confidential and is shared only among registered families. Sign up at point2pointsolutions.org or call 541-682-6213.
Call your neighborhood school, or call the district office at 541-747-3331.