• back to school Back-to-School Info

    2017-18 Calendar

    The 2017-18 district calendar can be viewed or downloaded in English or Spanish at www.springfield.k12.or.us/calendar. The dates have also been entered into the online calendar. The calendar is very similar to last year's calendar, in that there are early release dates specified for all students, there are no-school dates specified for just elementary or just secondary students (so look closely), and there is staggered start during the first week.

    2017-18 Registration Dates
    As of July 2017, here are the registration dates we have available. Please check with your school for updates and more details.
     All elementary schools  Aug. 23  View times here
     Agnes Stewart Middle School  Aug. 31  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
     Briggs Middle School  Aug. 31  12:00 - 6 p.m.
     Hamlin Middle School  Aug. 30  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
     Thurston Middle School  Aug. 28  12:00 - 6:00 p.m.
     Gateways High School  Aug. 22  2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
     Springfield High  Aug. 31  8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
     Thurston High - new students  Aug. 23  9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
     Thurston High - 9th/10th  Aug. 29  12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
     Thurston High - 11th/12th  Aug. 29  9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
     A3  Aug. 30  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
     WLA Middle/High    Contact the schools
    School Supplies
    Find links to all schools' supply lists here. 

    Did you know? This year, families are invited to the One Hope Network's Project Hope Back-to-School Kids' Fair on August 27 at Maple Elementary, 2109 J Street, 4:30-6:00 p.m. (Carnival and health services begin at 3 p.m.) Tickets will be available through the Brattain House, 1030 G Street, beginning August 2. (Read more about it here.)

    Clothing will also be available through the Dream Center/Church of Destiny on the 27th, 2605 Centennial. Tickets are also required, available at the Brattain House.

    The Brattain House is also a great resource for other back-to-school needs. Call them at 541-744-6769.

    School "Meet the Teacher" and Welcome Events
    Kindergarten Welcome and Registration events took place in early March. Many schools host teacher meet-and-greets and open houses at the beginning of the school year; details will be available closer to the start of school in the fall.
    All information is subject to change; please double-check with your child's school to confirm dates and times.

    What You'll Need to Register
    • All students will need to provide proof of address when enrolling a student for the new school year.
    • Incoming kinders and any student new to a Springfield school will need to bring a document demonstrating proof of age (for example, a birth certificate) and immunization records. 
    • Transfer students will need to bring their transfer approval letter for the upcoming school year.

    What Is My Child's School?
    Use our online tool to help you find your neighborhood schools or view district Boundary Maps.

    What If I Want to Change Schools?

    Transfer applications received during the month of March, the district's Open Enrollment period, will generally be accepted as long as space permits at the desired school and grade level. More information and application forms here.

    Start and End Times
    All elementary schools have the same hours (8:35 a.m. - 2:50 p.m.); all middle schools have the same start and end time (8:15 a.m. - 3:05 p.m.); and all high schools run from 8:00 a.m. to 3:05 p.m., with the exception of A3 (8:25 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.) and Willamette Leadership Academy (visit their website for more info at willametteleadershipacademy.net).

    Contacting Your School
    Click here to find contact info for each school. Please note that elementary schools are closed during the summer, with exceptions for camps or open libraries. Middle schools may be open for various camps or events, but staffing will be limited. High schools are also open, but with limited hours and staffing. All schools will reopen in late August. 

    Important News about School Lunches

    All students in seven schools across the district will continue receiving free breakfast and lunch this year, regardless of their family's income, thanks to the federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. These seven schools - Douglas Gardens, Guy Lee, Maple, Page, Riverbend, and Two Rivers-Dos Ríos elementary schools and Hamlin Middle School - qualified for the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program due to a number of federal criteria. Students will still need to go through the lunch line as usual, but families do NOT need to apply for free or reduced lunch or put money in their accounts.
    As always, families at other district schools can apply for free or reduced lunch. Families at non-CEP schools who qualify for Reduced lunches will now receive those lunches for free.

    Lunch Money
    Families can set up an account to pay for student meals online at MySchoolBucks.com. Visit their website and follow instructions to set up an account. Families who had accounts at MyLunchMoney.com will be able transition smoothly to the new service using their existing login information. More information here.

    Bus Routes
    Regular bus route information for 2017-18 will be posted in late August.
    If you have any questions, contact Transportation.

    Alternate Transportation
    Families who are looking for alternative transportation options for their kids and would like to share walking, biking or carpooling responsibilities should check www.springfield.k12.or.us/srts for more information about Safe Routes to Schools.

    Sports and Sports Physicals
    Any student participating in district-sponsored sports teams must have a sports physical on file in the school office. Sports physicals are required every two years with a yearly update signed by the student’s parent or guardian. Find out more information and download forms in the Health Services area. High schools hold sports registration in early August (watch their websites or social media channels for details), and team practices often begin in soon after. Check with your school and/or coach.

    Click here to find out what's required by the state of Oregon and what you will need to register. Learn more about Oregon law relating to immunizations here and see a list of Frequently Asked Questions here.

    Did you know? The Springfield Schools Health Center, which is open year-round, offers reasonably priced immunizations and sports physicals. Click here to visit the Health Services area to find out more.
    Vision Screenings
    According to Oregon law, 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 that may be offered through the Lions Foundation. Click here for more details about the law.

    Help with Child Care
    Thurston High's Child Development Center offers an accredited preschool for potty-trained kids ages 3-6 that doubles as a learning environment for students enrolled in THS child development classes. Kinders attending Ridgeview or Thurston morning kindergarten can be bused to THS for the afternoon slot. Visit their website for more information about rates and programs available or call 541-744-6478.

    Other options: our TEAM Springfield partner Willamalane's Early Start before-school child care program serves five elementary schools: Centennial, Thurston, Ridgeview, Mt. Vernon and Yolanda. (Other sites may open if there is significant interest.) For a modest fee, child care is available. (The cost is reduced for students registered for free/reduced meals.)
    Early enrollment is encouraged to make sure the minimum numbers are met at each school.
    Did you know? Willamalane also offers activities for K-5 students on no-school days, early release days and after school through Kids Club. Visit willamalane.org to find out more. Your child may also be eligible for free, grant-funded afterschool programs available at certain schools. Visit www.springfield.k12.or.us/afterschool or contact your school for more information.

    Parent Rights
    Please take a moment to review information
    which contains important information about your rights regarding:
    • The use of student directory info, which includes the student's name, photo, contact information, grade, school, etc. If you do not want any or all of this information released, you will need to complete the form and return it to your child's school. If you do not notify the District in writing, it is understood the District has your consent to release the directory information.
    • HIV/AIDS curriculum.
    • Review of any instructional material.
    • Learning about staff qualifications.

    More questions?
    Call your local school, or call the district office at 541-747-3331.