November 16-20 News

A3 Student, Parent and Family Weekly News | November 16-20, 2020

Reminder: No school next week, November 23-27 (Fall Break) A3 Calendar

Turkey giveaway-sign up is closed. If you did sign up, don’t forget to get your turkey and fixins this Thursday from 2-4 at Quackers in Eugene. Thank you to Keith from Once Famous and Amy from Quakers for their generosity!

Progress reports

This Friday, November 20, please check Parentvue for the most up to date grades. If you have any concerns about grades, please reach out directly to the teacher. Reminder: we have many awesome supports for struggling students.  We offer:

  • Office hours (most teachers) daily between 3:30-4:30
  • Individual Tutoring support upon appointment
  • Help through break out rooms
  • Weekly meetings with Advisory teachers

If you have any questions, please connect with Ame at or 541.744.6728.

(Virtual) Tour of A3 Tomorrow

Wilson is giving a live virtual tour of A3 on Tuesday, November 17th @ 3:30. It is designed for new students to have some fun seeing their A3 campus this fall. And you’ll enjoy hearing some interesting insights. Returning students are welcome to attend. Pop in and feel like you are actually walking on the A3 campus! Link to tour here.

Student and Family Resources

Rental assistance: the application for rent assistance from the federal CARES act opens today, Monday November 16th. Applications need to be submitted between 9am-10am. Please see the Lane County website for more information:

Disaster Food Benefits are available, please see website for details.

Youth Egan Warming Shelter activates when temperatures drop below 32 degrees. Located at 1376 Olive Street in Eugene.

LIHEAP: The waiting list for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will open on November 2, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. for all applicants. You will need to speak to a staff member to be placed on the Waiting List. For Springfield, call 541-747-8349​.

Mobile Mental Health Resource Center

Mobile Mental Health Resource Center A.K.A. HOOTS staff will continue this year. We will be able to continue this service every Wednesday this year. Of course, it will be a little different this year.

Where: We will use Doxy (a secure virtual site) and it is very user friendly, just click on this  link and you’ll immediately be put into a virtual waiting room.

When: 1:00PM – 3:00PM EVERY Wednesday at this link

On Wednesdays students and families will have access to our MMHRC/HOOTS staff which provide FREE confidential One-On-One, drop-in support for counseling, medical evaluation and social service referrals. Students and families may utilize these FREE services. No insurance needed or required. Students and community members struggling with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, domestic trauma, homelessness, or lack of access to other basic resources are encouraged to seek out these FREE services for support, this service is available to all students and families, regardless of the severity or category of need.

Resource for Families Dealing with Teen Drug Use

AFS is a community resource for families dealing with teen drug use providing a proven, effective drug and alcohol treatment for teens ages 12-18. Treatment is provided at no cost to families as part of a research study and is now even easier to access as it is being delivered via Telehealth. This family-based, outpatient counseling may be delivered in English or Spanish, and focuses on helping parents and youth learn new skills to deal with drug and alcohol problems. For more information, to make a referral or to enroll in the program, one may call AFS OSLC at 541-284-7560 and visit Agencies, providers or others may also use the optional referral form for families who might need extra support in making the initial contact. A brochure and optional referral form are attached as well as an announcement suitable for your newsletter. You can also check out our introductory video on the AFS Facebook page and YouTube.

Grants and Scholarships

Looking for ways to pay for college? The Oregon Promise Application and OSAC Application opened Nov 1.

The Ford Family Foundation Scholarship is open for applications, and is accessible via their website. The website also provides resources for potential applicants about which program best fits their eligibility. After beginning the application on our site, students can save their work and return to complete the application as time allows. The deadline for the Ford Foundation application is March 1.

Graduation Information

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)

  • English: 4 credits
  • Math: 3 credits (at the Algebra 1 level and higher)
  • Science: 3 credits (scientific inquiry, 2 with lab experiences)
  • Social Science: 3 credits
  • Health: 1 credit
  • PE: 1 credit
  • Second Language/Art/Career & Technical Education: 3 credits
  • Electives: 6 credits

Essential Skills  – – –  HAVE BEEN WAIVED FOR THE CLASS OF 2021!

Beginning in 2012, the state began phasing in requirements for students to demonstrate that they are proficient in certain “essential skills” – skills that are deemed critical for future success – before they are awarded the diploma. These skills are:

  • The ability to read and comprehend a variety of texts
  • The ability to write clearly and accurately
  • The ability to apply mathematics in a variety of settings

Personalized Learning Requirements

Personalized learning, learning beyond the classroom, and connections to the adult world are critical for preparing each student, whatever path they take after graduation. The Personal Learning Requirements help personalize the diploma for each student and help students plan for their post-high school goals. Oregon requires students complete personalized learning activities as part of the graduation requirements.