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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Mayor & Council Seek Youth for Commission Vacancies

Complete details here:


The Medford Mayor and City Council are looking for people interested in serving on city boards, commissions, and committees.  Application forms are available in the City Manager’s Office, located inside the City Hall, 411 West 8th Street, Room 310 as well as on the City website at  Online submittal of applications is also available on the website.  Applications accepted until June 15, 2015.  Residency in the City of Medford is not a requirement for service as a youth member.  However, representatives must be enrolled in one of the following schools:  South Medford High, North Medford High, Cascade High, St. Mary’s High or can be home schooled.  Additional information can be obtained by calling (541) 774‑2000.

Mayor’s Youth Advisory Commission:   Multiple positions.  The objective of the Commission is to serve as an advisory body to the Medford City Council on matters concerning youth and youth activities.  Representatives of each class (grades 9-12) from the following schools, as well as home schools, are encouraged to apply:  South Medford High, North Medford High, Cascade Christian High and St. Mary’s High Schools.  Residency in the City of Medford is not a requirement.  Two letters of recommendation must be submitted at the time of application.  If you apply online, letters of recommendation can be submitted at your interview.  Commission terms run from July 1 through June 30 each year.

Youth Member of the Arts Commission:  One full-term position.  The objective of the Commission is to serve as an advisory body to the Medford City Council on matters pertaining to the selection, acquisition, restoration and preventive maintenance of public art.  Also advises the City Council regarding arts promotion, encouragement of the arts, and artistic performances to help foster broad participation in and understanding of the arts and their value to the Medford community. The term for the youth member of the Arts Commission runs from July 1 through June 30 each year.

Youth Member of the Parks and Recreation Commission:  One full-term position.  The objective of the Commission is to serve as an advisory body to the Medford City Council on matters pertaining to the acquisition and development of public parks, greenways and spaces, and recreation facilities, and also on matters pertaining to promotion and encouragement of the arts and artistic performances and the use of monies in the Art Fund.  The term for the youth member of the Parks and Recreation Commission runs from July 1 through June 30 each year.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

For families with autistic children

From the Randall Theatre:


This past Sunday, a family with an autistic child felt they had to leave the matinee showing due to a less than patient audience member who just did not understand the needs of the child.

Although they did not have to leave, they felt it was the right thing to do. Once I found out about the situation, I asked the cast and crew if we could do a special show for this family and the response was a resounding "YES" from everyone. Once I spoke to this family, we both agreed that it would be a wonderful opportunity to invite other families with autistic children.

If you know of any families that have a child or children with Autism that might want to come, please have them call the theater to arrange for their free tickets. 541-632-3258."

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

[JCHE] Used Curriculum Sale 5/30

JCHE Used Curriculum Sale
Saturday, May 30th
9:00 - 2:00

The JCHE Used Curriculum Sale is fast approaching!  So go through your books now to determine if you have items to sell, and mark your calendars. The sale will be the same format as the previous years in that you will label your books and then they will be put on tables according to categories.

The sale will be at West Main Church of Christ, 1701 West Main, in Medford, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 30th. If you are selling, it will be just $5.00 to sell, ( but free if you still have a valid JCHE subscription). Sellers will bring their books on Friday, May 29th between 2:00 and 6:00 pm. You may download the Used Curriculum Sale packet (with the revised dates!) from the JCHE website at under the “ Newsletter Download section, which has all the information you will need and the master copy of the inventory sheet to copy. To sign up to sell and volunteer, call Debbie Ripley at 541-601-9198.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Homeschool Ballroom Dance Performance

Homeschool Ballroom Dance Performance

If your student is interested in taking a Ballroom Dance class (Swing, Fox Trot, Waltz, Tango and More), come watch our spring performance. Saturday night May 2nd. First show at 6:30pm, followed by second show at 8pm. Late show will include a short ballroom lesson and dancing. Tickets are $3, contact DeeAnn Todd for information.

Monday, April 20, 2015

OCEANetwork Conf Registration OPEN

Conference Registration Opens 8 a.m.

Monday, April 20th 


Homeschooling produces excellence in academics, in character, and in strong families. Homeschooling also presents challenges and opportunities to grow. Being with your children 24/7/365 can put unusual stress on marriages, finances, and parent-child relationships. But working through those challenges with the help of the Lord, provides the opportunity to disciple the next generation, to equip them in family life, and to develop close relationships between parents and children. 


The Oregon Christian Home Education Conference June 19 & 20, 2015 will help you seize the opportunities and meet the unique challenges of your homeschool by providing sessions on: 

how-to homeschool teaching specific skills and multiple agesbiblical marriage advicebiblical parenting and child-trainingparental-rights and homeschool freedomsSpeakers

Each year, OCEANetwork scours the nation looking for speakers to equip you to homeschool and to make the most of the unique family dynamics of home education. These are speakers who know homeschooling first-hand. God has given them a message that resonates with the Christian homeschool community.


This year we will be having workshops from Jon and Ann Dunnagan from Harvest Ministry, Daniel Craig from LifeLaunch, Faith Berens an HSLDA Special Needs Consultant, Gregg Harris from Noble Institute for Leadership Development, Hal and Melanie Young authors of Raising Real Men. They will be joined by Davis and Rachel Carmen from Apologia, Lee Binz from the HomeScholar, and other great speakers to help you homeschool and disciple the next generation.


Exhibit Hall

Gain hands-on experience with homeschool curriculums and materials in the 15,000 square foot exhibit hall as part of the conference experience. Speak with the creators of the curriculum. Comparison shop. Find just the right materials for your next school year.


Used Curriculum Exchange

Sell last year's school books or find bargains for next year - you can do both at the Used Curriculum Exchange. 


Visit for more information

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Classical Conversations info meeting

From Sarah Ochs:

    Are you a parent who is seeking to learn more about homeschooling? Do you have a desire to raise a child who loves learning and has a heart for Christ? Please come to an upcoming information meeting to discover how great an education can be through Classical Conversations. We are a community of homeschoolers who support and equip you as you homeschool your child. I am a homeschool mom who has been part of Classical Conversations for 7 years and I am excited to be Directing South Medford Classical Conversations this fall. I have been blessed by my wonderful community and want to share what a blessing Classical Conversations has been to my family.
Upcoming dates are:
Thursday April 23rd @6:30 p.m.
Tuesday May 5th @6:30 p.m.
        Thursday May 21st @6:30 p.m.
Tuesday June 2nd @6:30p.m.
Thursday June 18th @6:30 p.m.
All meeting are at Trinity Presbyterian Church 1332 Mt. Pitt St.
You can call me at (541)892-7579 or email if you have any questions or to schedule a personal interview.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

AMERICA AT A CROSSROAD--A Constitutional, Economic and Cultural Exploration

“AMERICA AT A CROSSROAD--A Constitutional, Economic and Cultural Exploration”

Medford Library – 205 S. Central Large Conference Room

Taught by Joel Marks.

No charge.

All on Thursday evenings - 6:30 – 8:30 PM

April 9th 2015 - Making of America

April 16th 2015 - Capitalism vs. Socialism

April 23rd 2015 – Principles/Philosophies of the Founding Fathers

April 30th 2015 - Washington Creates America

May 7th 2015 - Father of the Constitution

May 14th 2015 - Founding Presidents

May 21st 2015 – Restoring America

For more information contact: or call 541-770-5277

Monday, April 6, 2015

Wonders of Science Summer Camps

From Steve Holst:

Wonders of Science Summer Camps
We will be running two science camps the week of July 20-24th this summer at the Madrone Trail Charter School.  The morning camp is for younger students, and the afternoon camp for older students.  

If you know of anyone, or a group to pass these flyers along to that would be great. The webpage is ready for registrations at
Thanks!  We would also appreciate your prayers that children's hearts would grow closer to God as their Creator through these camps.


·Wonders of Science Camp 1 flyer
·Wonders of Science Camp 2 flyer

[JCHE] Group Testing deadline approaching

JCHE Group Testing

Deadline to register is April 30th!

Testing is still the Monday and Tuesday before Memorial Day (May 18-19). The location has changed. We will be at the West Main Church of Christ. They have very graciously allowed us to use their facility for free. The cost for testing has not changed. Since JCHE changed to a free newsletter format, we will still honor those who paid for a subscription through May, 2015, and you will eligible for a discount.  If you have questions about the subscription dates for your family, please contact Therese Hoehne at or 541-826-3560.

Please share this information EVERYWHERE. The application and information letter are below. Call  Lorraine for more info- 541-826-3427.

The JCHE Testing Information Letter can be downloaded HERE.

The registration form may be downloaded here and sent to Lorraine:  (DOWNLOAD HERE)

Shoestring Prod. Presents "Cheaper by the Dozen"

“Cheaper by the Dozen”
Dramatized by Christopher Sergel
Produced in cooperation with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois

Based on a true story, this delightful and heartwarming comedy chronicles the adventures of the twelve Gilbreth children.  Their father, a world-renowned efficiency expert, runs his family with the same streamlined precision that he applies  to the businesses that consult him.  The  kids don’t always appreciate Dad’s unorthodox methods, but mutual love and understanding ultimately prevail.  Suitable for all ages.

Friday, April 24th, 7:00pm
Saturday, April 25th, 2:00pm
West Main Church of Christ, 1701 W. Main St., Medford OR 97501
(Between Columbus and 8th Street)
$8 General Admission
$5 for Students and Seniors (62+)
Tickets available at the door
For more information call 541-621-0148 or 541-779-0665

Friday, April 3, 2015

Classical Conversations Challenge B

From Nicie Phillips:

Informational Meeting:

This past year I served as an Essentials tutor for Classical Conversations (CC). I thoroughly enjoyed it and am now going on to be a Director for Challenge B at the Neighborhood Church CC campus in Medford on Stewart Avenue. The Challenge B program is for students  ages 13-15 who are interested in a classical education in a learning environment filled with hard times and fun work- I mean fun times and hard work....

If you have a student who is interested in Challenge B or know of someone who would like to explore options, I am having an informational meeting at the Starbucks downtown Medford on April 7th at 6:00 pm.  I would love to share more about the Challenge program and Classical Conversations for all ages. 

Nicie Phillips


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Classical Conversations Challenge A

From Emily Iboa (please contact her for the mentioned forms!):


I have had the privilege of homeschooling my children for the past eight years, and been involved in Classical Conversations for the past six years. During that time, I have learned so much about the classical model through my experience tutoring both the Foundations and Essentials classes. My family and I have been blessed to be a part of a wonderful community, and treasure the friendships we have formed through CC. This next year, I am excited to be directing the Challenge A program at Cornerstone Church in Medford. This is a program for students who are at least 12 years old by September 1st. I am currently accepting registration fees and forms, and have attached the forms to this email. The $125 fee will hold your child's place for next year.

If you have any questions, or need more information, feel free to contact me: (541) 951-1217, or

May the Lord bless you!

Emily Iboa

Friday, March 20, 2015

Kids Bowl Free this summer!

Kids Bowl Free!

Select bowling centers and schools around the country are participating in the Kids Bowl Free program. This program is designed by bowling centers to give back to the community and provide a safe, secure, and fun way for kids to spend time this summer.

When you register, be sure to tell them The HS Gathering sent you by entering where it asks who referred you. 

Children whose age does not exceed a limit by a participating bowling center are eligible to register for 2 free games a day, all summer long, courtesy of the participating bowling centers along with the schools and organizations.

Roxy Ann [Medford]

Caveman Bowl [Grants Pass]

Monday, March 16, 2015

[Off Topic] Support Local Homeschool Student on his Nepal mission trip

Looking for quality pork? Talk to homeschool student, Shad Brown, and support him on his upcoming mission trip to Nepal!

Details available in his Craigslist ad:

Sunday, March 15, 2015

HSG News! March 2015

HSG families,
Lots of GOOD NEWS to share!

After a false start to the beginning of the year, I believe I've found a helper! Please welcome my 15 year old son, Ryan, as our new HSG Junior Administrator. He will be helping with event coordination, Facebook and blog posts, and other administrative tasks.

One of Ryan's first tasks was to pair up those of you participating in the HSG Secret Mama Pals exchange. If you completed your questionnaire, you should have received an HSG email earlier today. His help meant I could participate too! 

HSG Homeschool Movie Day 2015 ~ DisneyNature's Monkey Kingdom was announced today! We have a small window of time to take advantage of group discount pricing so DON'T DELAY!

If your family is looking for community service opportunities, please consider serving at the upcoming Joni and Friends event, Sometimes Miracles Hide.

Tika Weeks

HSG Homeschool Movie Day 2015 ~ DisneyNature's Monkey Kingdom

HSG Homeschool Movie Day 2015 ~ DisneyNature's Monkey Kingdom

Join HSG homeschoolers at the 10am showing of Disneynature's Monkey Kingdom on Opening Day, Friday, April 17th at Tinseltown in Medford, OR.

The HS Gathering ~Southern Oregon has coordinated with DisneyNature for a group rate ticket price of $5.25 (adult or child) available only through advanced ticket purchase with HSG. 

Steps to register:
1.) RSVP to HSG via Facebook event AND by email at (Subject: Monkey Kingdom tickets)
2.) Your RSVP must include the total number of tickets for your party and your contact information.
3.) A PayPal invoice will be sent to you for the advance ticket purchase from the HSG email account. Please be watching for it! Your choices for payment include:
ONLINE via PayPal (check, debit, or credit cards accepted)
BY MAIL via USPS (mailing address will be in the invoice & must be received no later than 3/23/15)
IN PERSON to my Medford address( also included in the invoice).
Your registration is complete when payment has been received :)

**This event is open to HSG Homeschoolers and their FRIENDS & FAMILY, so SHARE!**

Any questions, please contact Ryan Weeks or Tika Weeks.

Sometimes Miracles Hide {Call for Volunteers!}

Sometimes Miracles Hide is a luncheon for mothers and a carnival for their children with special needs. While the mothers are meeting, we provide lunch and a carnival for their children. 

There are many areas in which you can serve. 
> Buddies
> Game Booths (Friday and Saturday)
> Kitchen (Friday and Saturday)
> Servers
> Registration

To sign up please go to VolunteerSpot where you will find complete information about each area in which you can serve. 
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on 
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to
register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send
you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!
- or -
Call Rachel @ 541-535-8479 or email

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Shoestring Prod. Presents: "Cheaper by the Dozen"

SHOESTRING PRODUCTIONS THEATRICAL TROUPE PRESENTS: “Cheaper by the Dozen,” dramatized by Christopher Sergel Produced in cooperation with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois Based on a true story, this delightful and heartwarming comedy chronicles the adventures of the twelve Gilbreth children.  Their father, a world-renowned efficiency expert, runs his family with the same streamlined precision that he applies  to the businesses that consult him.  The  kids don’t always appreciate Dad’s unorthodox methods, but  mutual love and understanding ultimately prevail.  Suitable for all ages. Friday, April 24th, 7:00pm Saturday, April 25th, 2:00pm West Main Church of Christ, 1701 W. Main St., Medford OR 97501 (Between Columbus and 8th Street) $8 General Admission $5 for Students and Seniors (62+) Tickets available at the door For more information call 541-621-0148 or 541-779-0665

Friday, March 13, 2015

JCHE Crater Lake Snowshoeing Field Trip


Led by a Crater Lake Ranger, ages 6 to adult are welcome to participate in a Crater Lake Snowshoeing Field Trip. This exhilarating snow hike will begin at 10 am on Tuesday, April 28 at the Rim Village. Please use your honest judgment regarding your family's ability to engage in this vigorous hike. Please do not bring a child under 6 years old. The Rangers are being lenient on us, trusting our judgment. Carrying children in backpacks is not advisable. Admittance to the park, the snowshoes and the guided hike are free to us! Please come only if your entire party is participating in the field trip. (Otherwise you are expected to pay the $10.00 admittance.) We will learn about geology, winter ecology, watersheds and engage in a snow science project. The hike ends about 1pm. Bring your own lunch to eat after the hike. Wear snow boots, waterproof boots, or hiking boots. A bread bag can second as a waterproof lining over the sock. Do not wear tennis shoes. Bring dry shoes, socks, clothes to change into after the hike. All participants should be able to traverse in snow. All families must have a parent chaperone. You can opt to traverse the shorter hike while others finish the longer route. A parent could take the shorter route with your younger children and send your Jr. High/High School age child to finish the route under the supervision of another adult. When you register, I will send you pre-education links, information and a park map. Please contact Laura Hreha by April 24 via or 541-858-2017. There is room for 30 students and 10 chaperones or a 5 student to 1 adult ratio. Should be fun...snow or no snow!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Urgent action: SB 321 to change Compulsory Age

from OCEANetwork:
Urgent Alert: Call now on SB 321 which
Lowers Compulsory School Age to 5

SB 321 would decrease the compulsory school age from seven to five years of age. The bill will be heard before the Senate Education Committee this Thursday, March 5, at 1:00 pm. The Committee needs to hear from you about how bad this bill actually is.

SB 321 directly affects home educators.
The state will expect children to be formally educated at age 5.
Age 6 will likely become the universal age for 1st grade achievement expectations, rather than the current age 7 which allows late bloomers an extra year to become ready for formal 1st grade education.
In addition to the existing tests at grades 3, 5, 8 and 10, a fifth test might be added for homeschooled students at the end of first grade, or even kindergarten, since there would now be 4 years of instruction before the 3rd grade test occurs.
While these are the likely outcomes for homeschoolers if the compulsory attendance age is lowered, they are not lobbying points that would influence legislators. They don't really address the heart of the issue: some children are not ready to start formal education at age 5.

Lobbying points:

1. SB 321 will harm late bloomers. 

Nationally, 6% of students 5-6 years of age are not enrolled (see report Figure 1-2). Many of these children need more time before they are thrust into a formal education setting.

Some children are not mature enough for formal education at 5, or even 6 years of age. Young boys, in particular, tend to develop more slowly than girls and thus would be vulnerable to too-early enrollment. Differing rates of maturation are normal.

There are no protections in this bill for children who are not ready for institutional education at 5 or 6. Their parents currently have the option of keeping them out of harm's way by keeping them out of school. This bill removes that option.

Forcing children who are not ready for formal education to try to do what is impossible for them will cause them to view themselves as failures, leading to lasting consequences. It will increase the frustrations of the classroom teacher as well.

2. Common Core standards are especially harmful to late bloomers.

Oregon has adopted the Common Core standards for student achievement. The Common Core requirements for kindergarten are demanding and can cause harm to late bloomers: The Washington Post had an informative article citing early childhood educators on the impact of Common Core on kindergarten. You may also find the report underlying this article to be of particular interest.

3. The education budget will suffer.

Mandatory universal full-day kindergarten across the state will require additional K-12 education funding when the State of Oregon is already facing difficulty adequately funding existing K-12 students' education needs.

Call to action:

Make sure you pray, call, and write. And if you can, testify.

1. Pray for the protection of the children who will be impacted by lowering the compulsory attendance age.

2. Call the members of the Senate Education Committee to voice your opposition to SB 321.

3. Write the members of the Senate Education Committee. Please tell them in your own words why you oppose SB 321. If you have a story of a "late bloomer" who struggled in kindergarten or first grade, be sure to share that with the senators. As always, be polite and respectful.

4. Testify. Testifying before the committee is even more powerful. Write out your testimony. Share your story. Stick to what you know. (If you are an early childhood educator who has experience with children this young, your testimony would be powerful, too.)

The hearing is scheduled for March 5 at 1 p.m. in Hearing Room C.

Here are some tips from the Oregon Legislature's website on how to testify . Sometimes it can be a little intimidating, but just remember to be polite, respectful, and to the point and you will do fine.

The Senate Education Committee:

Senator Arnie Roblan (Chair)

Senator Tim Knopp

Senator Herman E. Baertschiger Jr.

Senator Lee Beyer

Senator Sara Gelser

Senator Mark Hass 

Senator Jeff Kruse

Thank you for standing with OCEANetwork in defense of the freedom for parents to do determine when their children are ready for formal education.

Rodger Williams
OCEANetwork Legislative Team

If you know a friend who would be interested in this topic, please forward our alert or send them the link above to view it online.

You can help OCEANetwork protect and support home education in Oregon by becoming an OCEANetwork Supporting Family.