Welcome back!

Welcome Back & Welcome New People!

I hope you have had an amazing summer full of family and fun. We have certainly missed you!

As we look at the new year, I know that many of us are excited to get back to a “normal” year. However, we still have some restrictions that we are working with. That being said, we are committed to delivering the best possible experience for you and your child while still being in compliance with the requirements set forth by the Oregon Department of Education and Oregon Health Authority.  The biggest take away right now is that all students/staff must mask up while indoors, we are looking at a 3 foot spacing in our seating arrangements, our isolation rooms will stay intact, and there will be restrictions on visitors. There will be more on this shortly (and this may be subject to change).

We’d like to inform students/families about our programming to help you get off to a great start. We anticipate having a normal full day schedule for all students who have not met requirements for a half day schedule.


We have some changes to registration to better serve you and your family.

The District has opened online registration for all new families. Please go to:

https://www.springfield.k12.or.us/domain/138 All students, new AND returning need to do this. Follow the prompts and register today. Make sure to click approved transfer for A3.  This will help us communicate with you on the latest A3 updates.

These are our proposed dates/activities coming up (subject to change):

A3 Kick Off Orientation for all students on September 2nd

Either come between: 9-12 AM or 1-4 PM. We will have:

  1. PTSA booth
  2. SPED/504 rooms
  3. Counseling services
  4. Medication intake
  5. Technology distribution for new students
  6. Pay supply fee of $50
  7. Registration /forecasting w/ Krista for students who have not yet completed this

Sept. 7th for New Students’ Nuts & Bolts (12:30-2:30ish)

“Nuts n bolts” session new students with Maintenance crew and Wilson/Emerald

  1. Tours
  2. Mugs
  3. Last minute released students will need to register w/ Krista
  4. Meet Advisory teacher (if opportunity permits)
  5. How to’s:
  • Bikes / Skateboards
  • Campus Boundaries
  • Food
  • Glossary
  • Door Access

Note: New Students get Mentors assigned by advisory teacher (first week of school)

For returning students, Krista Cummings, our registrar, will be reaching out to you if you missed September 2nd Kick Off .

Note: We hope to have schedules pushed out this day in Synergy.

Daily Schedule

The first day of school is Wednesday, September 8th. Our day is 8:25-4:15. This will be a stretch for students who haven’t been experiencing such a long day.

See our daily schedule.

In addition, ten times a year, we have late start Fridays. On those days, students will experience less classes for longer periods of time. The periods will alternate between the late start Fridays. This time schedule will be posted in the school calendar, the student handbook, and the newsletter.

Food Service

Breakfast is served at 8:00 in the A3 Extension building with the exception of late start Fridays (it will start at 9:00). Meals are now free for ALL students.

Annual Calendar

Check out two tabs on our website (A3school.org): “21-22 Academic Calendar” and “21-22 Events Calendar.” We will update these during the year, as necessary. In addition, we typically have a weekly electronic newsletter with information about what is happening during the week. If technology is not your thing, we also have the student handbook/planner for your review. However, note that the calendar in the handbook is subject to change.


We will not be holding Headwaters this year at Sky Camp. We will hold this event at the school on Thursday, September 9th and Friday the 10th. The rationale for this change is COVID restrictions and wild fire concerns. The goal for these activities are to help create community, on-board new students, and reconnect with students and staff. We will cover the four majors in depth and complete a community art project this year.

Career Technical Education (CTE)

A3 implemented two CTE pathways focused in the arts: The Visual and Media Arts Pathway and The Performing Arts Pathway. These pathways prepare students for careers in the arts with emphasis on college and career skills such as technology, collaboration and communication. CTE programs are nationally recognized by colleges and industry. Participating in CTE is a great way to explore career interests while strengthening academic and technical skills plus it means additional financial resources for A3.


Second Friday Art Walks

We are pleased to announce that A3 will continue to be involved in the Downtown Springfield Second Friday Art Walks. This is a great opportunity to showcase student/staff art and to socialize with other A3 students, staff and parents. This also involves free art classes in many cool genres. Look for our awesome flyers and also the weekly newsletter for more info. We will be starting in October.


We will list our clubs and their meeting times on our online events calendar and in the weekly newsletter. We also hope to have them showcased at our back to school Kick off event on September 2nd. If you are interested in starting a new club, please connect with Cody and Ame. You will want to have a staff advisor lined up for your club.


In order to prepare students for their career and college aspirations, internship opportunities occur twice a year during J-term (January) and May-term (May/June). There will be a maximum of 30 internships each term, for a total of 60 per year. Hope is your internship coordinator.

Requirements for participating in an internship this year:​

  • Students must be 11th or 12th graders who are on track to graduate
  • Students must maintain 95% attendance rate

Student IDs

We plan on taking pictures of students early in the year for their IDs. More on this when we have selected a picture date.


We ask that all students pay a $50 general supply fee. What you get from this is most general supplies. Please plan on showing up with a backpack (we have no lockers), your computer fully charged (bring cord just in case), pens/pencils/paper. There may be some classes that have an extra fee attached-please refer to the course catalog for more information. If this fee creates a financial issue for your family, please connect with us and we will support you.

Extra help

If you need extra help on your assignments please reach out to the teacher directly to arrange a time to get help via email. Our staff is greatly invested in your success. Staff emails are first.last@springfield.k12.or.us, for example, Ame Beard’s email is ame.beard@springfield.k12.or.us


We ask all students and staff to use the VOMP method to resolve conflicts. VOMP stands for: Vent, Ownership, Moccasins, and Plan. All students are taught this method. If a student has a conflict with another student, we try to facilitate a resolution. We ask that if students have a complaint about a staff member, to first try to resolve the issue with the staff member. If parents need to be involved, we ask that parents try to resolve the situation with teachers first. If things are not resolved at that level, both Andy Hock (our Dean of Students) and I are available to help work to facilitate solutions. We engage in the restorative justice model at A3 and believe in overtly teaching conflict resolution skills.


As always, pick up the phone and give me a call, send me an email if you have any questions or concerns. I hope you have always found me to be responsive. If you don’t hear from me within 24 hours during the school week, feel free to ask the front office for assistance. Our staff strives to serve your family and make A3 not just a school but a great place to be!


Ame Beard


Office: 541.744.6728

Personal Cell: 541.870.1622

March 29-April 2, 2021

A3 Student, Parent and Family Weekly News | March 29-April 2, 2021


In-Person Instruction Begins April 19

As per Governor Brown’s executive order, A3 is returning to in-person onsite instruction on Monday, April 19. Students will still be divided into AM and PM cohorts for the majority of the day. Below is our schedule, which is attached as well. This schedule is for 4-19 through 5-14. May Term will begin 5-17 and be slightly different. All SPS schools, including A3, will be operating as closed campuses until further notice. This means students will not be allowed to leave campus and go to local businesses. We understand this is a big change, but it’s very important for everyone to follow this protocol as we navigate our return. As always, please feel free to contact us or Ame with any questions or concerns.


In-Person Instruction Planning

We are working closely with district staff to help ensure our buildings are ready for all students. Students and staff will be trained in safety protocols before returning to the buildings. We will experience some facility changes: we will no longer be using the church and will be taking over the entire A3 Extension building.

Senior photos and quotes for yearbook Read more

February 8-12, 2021

A3 Student, Parent and Family Weekly News | February 8-12, 2021

Reminder: February 15 President’s Day-No School

Graduating Senior Students/Families:

Seniors must order before Friday!

It is now time to begin the ordering process for the Class of 2021 Graduation.  Due to the pandemic, the process to order will be primarily done remotely. Orders need to be placed through Miners Graduate Services. See attached image for instructions and information for placing your graduation order. Orders need to be placed by Friday, February 12th 2021Orders placed after this date will be subject to late fees and product restrictions.

Scholarships for Seniors

Read more

February 1-5, 2021 News

A3 Student, Parent and Family Weekly News | February 1-5, 2021

February 3: Last day of J Term

Reminder: February 4 and 5 are grading/conference days (no school) FOUR DAY WEEKEND!!

February 8: First day of Term 3, back to regular schedule. Classes begin at 8:30 am.


11th graders Healthy Teen Survey:

Each year the state of Oregon administers the Healthy Teen Survey to 11th Grade Students. This will be shared with 11th graders today during class. 

Graduating Senior Students/Families: Read more

January 19-22, 2021 News

A3 Student, Parent and Family Weekly News | January 19-22, 2021

Scholarships for Seniors

The 2020-21 LCC Foundation Scholarship application is now open – due date is March 2, 2021. Link is below. Please apply! LCC will send regular/annual marketing work over the next weeks!

Scholarships Link

Questions, contact: Wendy Jett, LCC Foundation Director, 541-463-5804, wendy@laneccfoundation.org

Mobile Mental Health Resource Center Read more

January 11-15, 2021

A3 Student, Parent and Family Weekly News | January 11-15, 2021


Support for Community

Are you and your family struggling? This summer’s wildfires and the ongoing pandemic have been a stress to many families. The A3-PTSA may be able to help. Contact Ame (ame.beard@springfield.k12.or.us) or Wendy (wendy.zacharias@springfield.k12.or.us) to speak confidentially about your family’s particular needs. They will work with the PTSA to provide support for you through these difficult times.

Eugene Burrito Brigade’s Waste to Taste food boxes

Families can “shop” for items in the Waste to Taste pantry that is a collaboration with local grocery stores, bakeries, restaurants Read more

December 14-18

A3 Student, Parent and Family Weekly News | December 14-18, 2020

Reminder: Next week begins Winter Break, December 21-Jan 8

MLK Jr. Art Contest

Every year the MLK committee, comprised of Springfield Public Schools teachers and community members, organizes contest that celebrates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This contest is open only to Springfield students in grades K-12. Students are asked to submit an essay, poem, artwork, photographic presentation, poster, or video, or any other type of art from relating to the theme that is selected by the committee members. The deadline for submission is January 13th. This year’s theme is: We are truly free when none are oppressed. If you are interested in submitting a piece of art, check in with one of your teachers. 

End of the Term

Term 1 ends this week, on December 18th. Note: grades will not be updated until February 4th. Students may use Winter break to refine their work as needed. Please connect with Ame for opportunities for personalized tutoring over the winter break. Read more

December 7-11

A3 Student, Parent and Family Weekly News | December 7-11, 2020

Support for A3 Families

Are you and your family struggling? This summer’s wildfires and the ongoing pandemic have been a stress to many families. The A3-PTSA may be able to help. Contact Ame (ame.beard@springfield.k12.or.us) or Wendy (wendy.zacharias@springfield.k12.or.us) to speak confidentially about your family’s particular needs. They will work with the PTSA to provide support for you through these difficult times.

Attendance Awards! 

We are pleased to announce that the top 48 attenders for the months of September through December are going to be offered an awesome gift in recognition for their hard work! We will have these available during our materials give away on January 7th and 8th.

How this will work:

  1. We will notify the recipients
  2. When families come to pick up their materials for J term on materials giveaway days, they can select from the items left in stock (first come, first serve)

Congrats to our winners and thank you for your efforts!

Calling all Artists! Read more

November 30-December 4

A3 Student, Parent and Family Weekly News | November 30-December 4, 2020



Save the date: Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 6 pm for virtual A3 PTSA meeting. Please join us for the final A3 Parent/Teacher/Student/Association (PTSA) of 2020! Reach out to Lana Dishner, A3ptsasecretary@gmail.com, for the Google Meet link. Please check out A3 PTSA on the A3 website to see who we are and what we do.  We need A3 community members to get involved.  We have several officer roles that will need to be filled for the 2021-2022 school year.

Are you and your family struggling? This summer’s wildfires and the ongoing pandemic have been a stress to many families. The A3-PTSA may be able to help. Contact Ame (ame.beard@springfield.k12.or.us) or Wendy (wendy.zacharias@springfield.k12.or.us) to speak confidentially about your family’s particular needs. They will work with the PTSA to provide support for you through these difficult times.

Earning Your Diploma

The Academy of Arts and Academics and Springfield Public Schools believes that student success is our most important outcome. We are committed to upholding the dream of opportunity for each of Springfield’s children, and we stand behind our vision of “Every Student a Graduate Prepared for a Bright and Successful Future.” In 2007, the State Board of Education adopted new Oregon high school diploma requirements. These new requirements were designed to ensure that all students have the skills necessary for success in the 21st century.

Credit Requirements (24 total) Read more