Spartan Update 11-21-2018


November 21, 2018

Coming Events:


Nov. 22 & 23                                                  NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving Holiday

Nov. 27                       5:30pm                        Choir Café Night

Nov. 30                       6:00pm                        Family Bingo Night

Dec. 3                                                              NO SCHOOL – Trimester Grading

Dec. 4                                                              Second Trimester Begins

Dec. 4                          7:45am                        Site Council Meeting

Dec. 6                          7:00pm                        Parent Meeting

Dec. 13                        7:00pm                        Advanced Band Concert

Dec. 14                        6:00pm – 8:00pm         Dance/Activity Night

Dec. 24 – Jan. 4                                              NO SCHOOL – Winter Break

Jan. 7                                                               NO SCHOOL – Professional Development

Jan. 8                                                               Classes Resume

Jan. 21                                                             NO SCHOOL – MLK Day



We are seeking a replacement volunteer to help staff the library during 4th & 5th periods each Tuesday. If you are interested, please contact Jenn Kotlarek (



On Friday, December 14th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, we will be having another Activity Night/Dance.  If you can help out, we’d greatly appreciate it. Please contact Heather Acharya at to volunteer.



Student body cards are still available to purchase for $5.  These serve as a great picture identification for students and some establishments offer a discount to students with cards.  If you are interested, please send your student to the office with $5 or contact Amy Johnson (



Families, we will be kicking off our winter break food drive next week! We are collecting food and toiletries (shampoo, soap, toilet paper) from now until Friday, December, 14th. You can bring in food that is still sealed in its original package. Monetary donations to buy the perishable food items like milk, cheese, bread, etc. are gladly accepted as well. If your family would like to receive a winter food box please contact Heather Acharya ( or 541-790-8300)



On November 30th, Spencer Butte Middle School will be hosting our Family BINGO Night.  We will start at 6:00 with an all you can eat taco bar dinner that costs $1.00 per person.  BINGO games will begin at 7:00, costing 25 cents per card or 5 for a dollar.  Many local businesses have donated gift cards for BINGO prizes.  It is sure to be a fun night!!



Dear Spencer Butte families,


To continue providing safe, healthy school facilities where students learn, grow and play, the district will test for radon in all schools. Spencer Butte 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.



The City of Eugene has just completed construction on the first stage of a series of walking and biking projects along East Amazon Drive and Hilyard Street in south Eugene that will make it safer and easier to walk and bike to school for many students and in the neighborhood.

Completed: Construction of a two-way protected bike lane on the west side of East Amazon Drive from Dillard Road to Hilyard Street as part of the “Ridgeline to River Corridor” that will connect the Ridgeline trail system to the Ruth Bascom Riverfront Path system.  Construction of a bicycle signal to help riders get to and from the southeast and northwest corner of Hilyard and E. Amazon Dr./33rd Ave.  Extended the buffered bike lane on W. Amazon from Fox Hollow to Snell.  Extension of the Amazon Path on the west side of Hilyard Street from 34th Alley south to 36th Place.

Summer 2019: Full reconstruction of the soft-surface running trail along both sides of Amazon Creek.  Three new walking and biking bridges will be installed across Amazon Creek connecting East and West Amazon Drives. The bridges will be installed near 37th, 39th, and Dillard Road. The existing bridge at 39th Avenue will be removed.

To be constructed by 2020: A fourth walking and biking bridge will be installed across Amazon Creek connecting the commercial districts on the north portion of East and West Amazon.  The path along Hilyard Street will be extended to the south end of Tugman Park.

For more information: Reed Dunbar, Transportation Planner, 541-682-5727 Bryan Root, Project Manager, 541-682-5300  Please go to the project web page to view a map and additional information on this project.



You may have noticed that the Visionworks location in Valley River Center has recently moved! As part of our grand reopening, we’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.  We’d like to invite the parents and students of Spencer Butte Middle School to come in and receive a free vision screening the week of November 23 – December 1!