District announces information for new school year


The first day of school for grades K-6 will be Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008. Attendance at Sweet Home Junior High School on Tuesday, Sept. 2, will be for seventh-graders only.

All students return to Sweet Home Junior High School on Wednesday, Sept. 3. Attendance at Sweet Home High School on Tuesday, Sept. 2 will be for freshmen (grade 9) only.

All students return to Sweet Home High School on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008. Prior to school opening, parents will be contacted by school staff with full details regarding kindergarten sessions.

Breakfast and lunch will be served on the first day of school, Sept. 2.

Buses will run normal routes beginning the first day of school. Information concerning bus schedules is available from the Transportation Department, (541) 367-7116, and at individual school offices.

Student accident insurance information and free and reduced lunch applications will be sent home with each child the first day of school.

Reminder to parents: Please do not purchase shoes for school use that have soles that will scuff the floors!


Lunch will cost $1.75 for elementary students (grades 1-6), $2 for junior high school students (grades 7-8), and $2.25 for high school students (grades 9-12). Reduced price lunches are 50 cents and extra milk will cost 40 cents.

District breakfasts (K-12) will be “no charge” to all students during the school year.


Prior to enrollment, every child 5 to 19 years of age must have an immunization form which verifies the fact that the child has had diphtheria, polio and tetanus (DPT); mumps, measles or rubella (MMR); chicken pox and Hepatitis B immunizations, as required by law. All students who have lived outside of the United States or have been home schooled are required to provide evidence that they have received the minimum doses of the required vaccines.

All students entering kindergarten must be up to date with their immunizations and students entering the seventh grade are required to have a tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (Tdap) booster shot. For more information, please contact nurse Karen Walker at the Linn County Health Department, (541) 967-3888, ext. 2418.


Secretaries at Crawfordsville, Foster, Hawthorne, Holley and Oak Heights elementary schools will be on duty Aug. 19 from noon to 4 p.m. and Aug. 20 -21 from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. to register all students who have not previously registered.

Parents are urged to purchase lunch tickets prior to the first day of school. Tickets are available at individual school offices.

Parents of kindergarteners and first graders enrolling in school for the first time are asked to bring an official document showing proof of date of birth and current immunization records with them when registering.


The counselor will be on duty on Thursday, Aug. 21 from noon to 6 p.m. to assist students new to the district with their schedules. Students who attended the sixth or seventh grades in the Sweet Home School District last year are already scheduled and do not need to register.

Students who were scheduled for classes as sixth- and seventh-graders, and new students recently scheduled, will be able to pick up their class schedule on either of the following days only: Thursday, Aug. 28, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the first day of school, from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. in the Commons Area.

The first day of school for seventh-graders is Tuesday, Sept. 2 and the first day of school for eighth-graders is Wednesday, Sept. 3.


Sept. 2 – First day of school – Freshmen only

Sept. 3 – All students return to school

Sept. 4 – School Pictures


Registration will be held in the Commons Area. The following schedule for the registration of students at Sweet Home High School will be in effect:


Monday, Aug. 18 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Tuesday, Aug. 19 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Wednesday, Aug. 20 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

All Students

Thursday, Aug. 21, 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

For parents/guardians with students in more than one grade, you may register all your students on the same day. Choose from the above dates and bring the necessary paperwork for all of your students.

Returning students needing to make schedule changes can call the Guidance Office at (541) 367-7155 to be placed on the waiting list. Most students will be seen the first few days of school due to counselors’ appointments with new students.

New students will need to meet with a counselor to enroll prior to registration. They will receive their schedules at that time. It is imperative to call the Guidance Office beginning on Aug. 18 at (541) 367-7155 to make an appointment. If leaving a voice mail, please leave a phone number where you can be reached.


It is required that a completed, signed Agreement for Electronic Communications Account form be returned prior to any student being allowed or denied access to the Internet. Permission is valid as long as the student remains at the school attended when permission was given. Permission must be renewed if, and when, the student moves to another school. A parent/guardian may revoke this permission at any time with written notification to the school.


(must be paid prior to participation)

Per sport $75.00

Maximum per student $150.00

Maximum per family $300.00

Golf does not apply to individual/family maximum ath-letic fees. If you are participating in a sport, your past and current Pay-to-Participate fees must be paid before you can play in a contest, unless other arrangements are made with the Athletic Director.


Official practice for junior high sports will begin after school starts. Students having questions about junior high athletics may call Mr. Derek Barnhurst, Sweet Home Junior High School vice-principal/athletic director, at (541) 367-7187.

Students having concerns about high school athletics may call Mr. Dave Goetz, athletic director/assistant principal, at (541) 367-7144 or Ms. Kendra McCaslin, athletic secretary, at (541) 367-7629.

All athletic forms must be turned in to the athletic secretary no later than Aug. 18, 2008, prior to first practice. All athletes must have a current, completed physical examination form on file with the office prior to participation.


The Pre-Participation Physical Examination mandate, ORS 336.479, requires that all students who participate in co-curricular activities requiring physical exertion have a physical examination every two years. This requirement includes cheerleading, dance team and all other related co-curricular activities involving physical exertion.

All students participating in co-curricular activities requiring physical exertion will be required annually to complete page one of a School Sports Pre-Participation Examination form, which must be on file at the school office prior to participation in the activity.

Forms are available at the District Office, 1920 Long Street; Sweet Home High School Office, 1641 Long Street, or on the district Web site: http://www.sweethome.k12.or.us.

An annual physical examination is necessary when a student has had a serious or chronic illness such as epilepsy, asthma, diabetes, chronic heart disease, including heart murmurs, or severe allergies.

Students must submit an updated physical examination form if they have undergone major surgery.


The district requires each student participating in extra-curricular activities to show proof of insurance coverage. If you have a family insurance plan that covers such an injury, you do not need to purchase additional coverage. Sweet Home High School students will receive information regarding voluntary student health insurance in early August (all other students will receive the information on the first day of school).

This voluntary student health insurance is available to meet the insurance coverage requirement or to supplement existing health insurance coverage. This voluntary student health insurance is not sponsored by the school district and is available to parents at their own expense.

The carrier for the voluntary student health insurance is a private organization and is not affiliated with Sweet Home School District in any official capacity.