Congratulations Graduates
McKenzie families,

This year has been incredibly challenging and we are so impressed with how much we have been able to overcome and accomplish. Our community suffered tremendous losses in the Holiday Farm Fire and still found a way to welcome students back to classes safely during this pandemic. We want to thank all the faculty, staff and families for their continuous support and flexibility during such an uncertain time.

Please join us in celebration of our graduates on Saturday, June 12, 2021, at 11 a.m. in the Old Gym. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, based on county risk level, seating will be limited.

We are excited to announce that Upper McKenzie Rural Fire Protection District Chief Rainbow Plews will be our keynote speaker.

Go Eagles!,

Lane Tompkins
Superintendent
Mckenzie School District


Introducing
McKenzie River Community Schools Class of 2021!

Sophia Brownlee
Interests center around sports; she has a great work ethic, is determined and empathetic. Heading to OSU in the fall focusing on the Forestry program.
Bryce Burt
Interests include target practice, playing football and working. He is a good listener and does what he is told. He has a goal to enroll in a college and eventually wants to work on vehicles.
Shane Eck
Interests include criminal justice, medical or dental field or military. He is honest, hardworking, responsible and respectful.
Kamia Hayes
Interests include psychology and sports. She plans to go to a community college and then finish college in Ireland. She wants to work as a therapist with children as her career.
Josh LaVoie
Interests include construction, electronics and hands-on learning. He is investigating a two-year stint in the National Guard, then keeps on learning about the world of mechanics AND he wants to learn French.
Wyatt Lyon
Interests include skiing, golfing, working on cars and building complicated Lego structures. He is patient, likes to work with people and learn new things. He handles stress and chaos well. Wants to become a private investigator for a law firm.
Ashley Pettner
Interests include sports, baking and socializing with friends. She is organized and responsible, listens well and likes working with children. She enjoyed her classes in history and helping out in the elementary school. She plans to attend LCC and focus on the dentistry program to become a dental assistant or hygienist.
Cameron Simpson-Randall
Interests include taking classes to improve in math and he wants to be involved with the fire service after high school.
Caleb Joy-Norman
Interests include hunting, fishing, rafting, riding dirt bikes. He is an intelligent problem solver, will attend OSU and eventually have a career in the Forest Service.
Rowan Maranda
He has a great sense of humor and is able to rise to challenges in a variety of fields. He has finished high school requirements in the first semester and is continuing on at Lane Community College this spring, studying Theater Arts.

In spite of the unique adversity that your senior year brought, you did it. The McKenzie River Community wishes you all the best of luck in your future endeavors.


Pandemic EBT Support


Oregon has been approved to provide Pandemic EBT for the families of McKenzie during the 2020-21 school year. 

Pandemic EBT benefits will be provided retroactively from October 2020 through May 2021 and will be dispersed starting at the end of July 2021. All students are eligible for EBT Services. 

Some information moving forward: 

  • If a family did not receive Pandemic EBT benefits last year but may be newly eligible for free and reduced-price school meals due to changes in their income, please encourage them to fill out the free and reduced price meal application by June 20. If approved, they will receive Pandemic EBT benefits for the full 2020-2021 school year.
  • New cards will be mailed at the end of July and early August to each eligible child. If families received benefits last year, they will receive benefits for one student (the oldest child) on the card they were previously issued during the last round of P-EBT and receive new cards for other students in the household. If a household no longer has that card, they can request a new one by calling the ODHS card replacement line 1-855-328-6715 or email, OregonTrailCardDHS.Replacement@dhsoha.state.or.us. 
  • The benefit card will be mailed to the most recent address on file for the child’s school. If a family’s address has changed, please contact the child’s school district to update by July 20.


For further questions or assistance, please email- ebt.schoolmeals@dhsoha.state.or.us. 
COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics
McKenzie School District will be a hosting site for a COVID-19 vaccination clinic.

  • Thursday, May 27 from 3-6 p.m. at McKenzie River Community School 

In Oregon, all individuals over the age of 12 are eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccine.

The Lane County Public Health Vaccine Clinic will offer Pfizer for ages 12+ and also Johnson and Johnson for ages 18+.

Click here for more information on the Lane County vaccination clinics.
Measure 20-321
As you may know, measure 20-321 was not passed by voters. This bond would have gone towards rebuilding a new elementary school and additional repairs and maintenance. McKenzie School District will not get a $4 million matching grant.

The school district and school board will discuss our options going forward and we will continue to update you on the progress.

Here are recent articles on the bond vote featured on KEZI 9 News and KLCC.
Business Oregon Grant
McKenzie School District will receive $2.3 million to repair its high school gym as part of a seismic rehabilitation grant from Business Oregon. 

The money is part of the state’s economic development agency. They announced 36 grants totaling $65 million. According to Business Oregon, the money will help strengthen buildings that communities depend upon during emergencies, including seismic events. 

The Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program is a competitive grant program from Oregon that provides funding for the seismic rehabilitation of critical public buildings, particularly public schools and emergency services facilities. 
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