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eNEWS Issue 24 (Fri 3/10)

Dear Parents,

Happy Friday!  Below you will find information on upcoming events; an important reminder about senior projects; a notice about schedule correction forms; information on mandatory testing for LCC-bound seniors; requests for volunteer service; information on student summer employment and volunteer opportunities; and the weekly Career Center Check-In.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • (FriSat) 3/10-11:  Regional Winners Acting Showcase, at 7:00 P.M., in the Little Theater.
  • (MonThu) 3/13-16:  Late registration for A.P. exams (details below).
  • (Sun) 3/19:  Synergy/Some Cool Guys A Cappella Fundraising Concert, at 6:30 P.M., at the First United Methodist Church (details here).
  • (Thu) 3/23:  Final exams (schedule available here).
  • (Thu) 3/23: Parent Ed Night on “Dirties, Dabs, and Drugs,” at 7:00 P.M., in the Library.
  • (Fri) 3/24:  Final exams (schedule available here).
  • (Fri) 3/24:  Senior Projects due (details below).
  • (MonFri) 3/27-31:  SPRING BREAK.
  • (Mon) 4/3:  NO SCHOOL (grading day).
  • (Tue) 4/4:  Third trimester begins.

For South’s full calendar, click here.  For South’s Athletics calendar, click here.  For information on South’s 2016-17 theater season, click here.

 A.P. EXAM LATE REGISTRATION

Late registration for the Advanced Placement (A.P.) exams takes place from Monday, March 13, through Thursday, March 16.  No registrations will be accepted after Thursday, March 16. To register, students must logon to Naviance and complete a registration form.  Once completed, the student will print out the form and bring it, with payment (cash, card, or check payable to SEHS) to the Finance Office between 7:30 A.M. and 3:00 P.M.  Each test costs $95.00 (includes $10 late fee).  Financial assistance is available to students on Free/Reduced Lunch; for more information on this, please contact Melinda Shull at shull@4j.lane.edu.  And for more information on the tests and registration process, please consult the Registration Instructions and Exam Schedule (available at Counseling Center and Finance Office, or from your student’s A.P. teachers).

SENIORS HAVE ONLY TWO MORE WEEKS . . . 

. . . to finish their senior projects.  The deadline for the senior projects is Friday, March 24.  Seniors must have all the various components of the senior project done (and some of these components build on others and/or require approvals before moving forward, so completing the entire project takes time) no later than Friday, March 24.  Please make sure your senior is on track to wrap up his or her senior project on or before that date.  According to Oregon law, high school students must meet career-related learning standards in order to graduate from any of Oregon’s public high schools.  Most students in the Classic South (non-IHS) program meet that graduation requirement through the Senior Project.  This year’s seniors have received guidance and direction from the Counseling Office and Mary Taylor, the Senior Project coordinator, beginning in the third term of their junior year.  Every senior was scheduled for times to meet with Mary during the first two terms of this year to monitor progress, get feedback and receive help preparing for the final presentation.  All senior projects must be completed before the end of the second term, Friday, March 24 — only two weeks away!  Unfortunately, completion of the project has gotten in the way of a smooth graduation for students in the past and we would like to help everyone avoid that this year.  Please make sure your senior is on schedule to complete his or her project.  If you have any questions, please email Mary Taylor at taylor_m@4j.lane.edu.

SCHEDULE CORRECTION FORMS

Schedule correction forms are now available in the back of the Counseling Office.  Students who need corrections to their third trimester schedule may complete a correction form.  Only changes due to an error or for meeting graduation requirements will be considered (this does not include teacher preference changes).  Schedule correction forms must be returned to the Counseling Office by Monday, March 20.

GOING TO LCC?

Seniors planning to attend LCC in Fall 2017 need to sign up to take their Placement Tests in the College & Career Center.  Tests are given on Wednesdays at 8:00 A.M. in Room 4. These tests are mandatory for all incoming LCC freshmen.  See Kathy Ruggles in Room 302 for details.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The work of South volunteers help make our school wonderful!  We provide information on volunteer opportunities throughout the year.  All Volunteers: please remember to sign in at the Main Office computer. This is for security and to record the valuable hours you give us!  Here is one important area of need:

  • Senior Project Panels ~ Parents of Classic South Juniors, come and serve on a Senior Project panel to learn about Senior Projects for your student. Every Classic South senior must participate in either the CAM program or Senior Project to fulfill their graduation requirement. This is a great opportunity to see a Senior Project firsthand! The next presentations will take place on the following dates, all from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M.:
    • Wednesday, March 15, and Friday, March 17
    • Wednesday, March 22, and Friday, March 24

Panel presentations are a wonderful opportunity to learn about the interests of our seniors. A Staff member leads each panel and you will receive a short orientation to the criteria and evaluation rubrics. Contact Kathy Ruggles for details and to sign up at ruggles_k@4j.lane.edu. Thank you!

To become a volunteer, please submit the Volunteer Application online and then complete the Interest and Information Form (which is also called the Volunteer Application) and send it to Kathy.  For more information, please contact Kathy Ruggles at ruggles_k@4j.lane.edu.

STUDENT SUMMER EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Lile Moving and Storage is hiring for the summer.  Applicants must be 16 years old, physically fit, and pass both a criminal background check and drug test.  Pick up a flyer with application details from Kathy Ruggles in Room 302.

STUDENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Does your student need volunteer hours but is not sure what to do?  Look at the Student Volunteering section of South’s website.  Here is one featured opportunity:

  • Love books?  Need volunteer hours?  Help the Friends of the Eugene Public Library put on their annual book sale from April 7-9.  Look here for more information.

CAREER CENTER CHECK-IN

Please visit the Beyond South tab on the SEHS website for more information about post-high-school planning.

  • Upcoming College/Military/Travel Program Visits:  MSU-Billings (Tue 3/14, 1:04 P.M.), U of O for 2017 admitted applicants (Wed 4/12, 11:20 A.M.)
  • Scholarships (due dates in parentheses):  OSEA Guy Davis and Past Presidents Scholarships (3/15); Ehrman V. Guistina Scholarship – U of O Lundquist College of Business (Application in career center) (3/15); Emperor Science Award (3/17); Spirit of Anne Frank Award (3/17); Quest Bridge College Prep Scholarship for HS Juniors (3/22). Please visit our scholarship page or see our bulletin boards in the main hallway for the entire current scholarship list. For more information, visit the Career Center in Room 7.
  • 4/27/2017: Willamette High School’s Biennial 2017 Career and College Knowledge Night for parents and students.  Career component (with information for high-school students and for job-seeking parents) and college component.  Click here for more details and to RSVP.  (Click the “Continue” link in the invitation to RSVP.)
  • The Oregon Promise Grant application for (nearly) tuition-free community college is now available to submit.  The early-bird application deadline (for notification by May 1) is April 1.  Otherwise, applications are due July 1.  FAFSA or ORSAA submission required.  Undocumented students invited to apply.
  • Double Your Reading & Comprehension This Summer: A summer reading program will be offered through OSU’s Precollege Program and the Institute of Reading Development.  Classes will be available for students of all grade levels including those going into college and adults.  Click HERE to see program descriptions and class schedules.
  • Headed to a vocational school after high school, such as beauty school or truck-driving school?  While for-profit vocational schools should be investigated carefully to confirm that you’ll get your money’s worth, some such schools have merit.  We have a few scholarships dedicated to a few specific schools of this type.  For more information, come to the Career Center, and ask for Lori.
  • West Point, United States Military Academy:  Juniors, considering applying to West Point?  It’s time to get started now with your preparations.  For information about the Saturday, March 18, admissions information meeting in Clackamas, click here and select “West Point–Learn About It.  For information about the application process, itself, click here and select “West Point–Applying To.”
  • LCC Career Center Workshop CalendarLCC’s Career Center offers free workshops which are open to the public and relate to the pursuit of higher education and careers.  Check it out!

Until next time,

Jen Reynolds
Volunteer eNEWS Editor

eNEWS Issue 23 (Fri 3/3)

Addenda (3/6):

BIKE REGISTRATION

South Eugene is encouraging all students to register their bicycles with the EPD if they have not already done so.  To make this process easier, South is having a bicycle registration event on Tuesday, April 18, from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M.  Please spread the word to others you know whose child rides a bike to South.  We will also have someone here donating bike helmets to students who need them.  Helmets will be properly sized and free of charge.

 SCHEDULE CHANGES AT SOUTH

From Principal Andy Dey:  “While no final decisions have been made at this time, we wanted to let everyone know we are in conversation about potential changes to the schedule at SEHS for the 2017/2018 school year.  While we will remain on a trimester system with 5 periods each day (commonly referred to as the 3×5), we feel as though we can make some improvements in the daily bell schedule.  With some relatively minor changes we have confidence we can increase access to certain classes for more students, improve learning for everyone and improve the overall student experience by making some changes to the flow of the day.  The most compelling rationale for making changes to our current schedule however is the need to increase and better protect instructional hours for our students.

 While identifying the best way to make up for the time lost due to this winter’s inclement weather, we determined we were not satisfied with the number of instructional hours available to our students in our current schedule even in years without closures or delays.  We believe that for students to fully benefit from the South experience,we should do all we can to maximize the amount of instruction each student receives and minimize disruptions to the learning process.  We also took stock of what is working well and what needed improvement in our schedule so that we can better deliver on our promises to students and families.  Right now, we are in conversations about how to increase and optimize Instructional Access time, increase access to classes currently offered in our Zero Period, ensure a reasonable flow of the day in terms of passing periods and length of lunch, and finally arrange the schedule such that early releases for athletic contests and co-curricular activities do not result in a significant loss of instruction.

 As said earlier, we have yet to decide on any new daily schedule for next year but I wanted to let families know about the discussion and why we were having it. Changing a school’s daily bell schedule is more complex than one might imagine and inevitably causes some discomfort in the early stages of implementation.  Despite those facts, the faculty, staff and administration at the school are committed to continuous improvement for our students and see this as a potential change that holds great promise for our students’ future.

 Please know that we will keep you informed as the process moves forward.”

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Dear Parents,

Happy Friday!  Below you will find information on upcoming events; a notice about eScrip; requests for volunteer service; information on student employment, volunteer, and exchange opportunities; and the weekly Career Center Check-In.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • (FriSat) 3/3-4:  Jazz Cabaret, at 7:00 P.M., in the Auditorium.
  • (Mon) 3/6:  Parent Council meeting, at 7:00 P.M., in the Library (details below).
  • (Mon) 3/6:  Chapala’s on 29th Street Fundraiser for Axe Pageant, benefiting Children’s Miracle Network (flier attached).
  • (MonFri) 3/6-10:  Smarter Balanced Testing for Juniors, during regular math classes.
  • (MonFri) 3/6-10:  Sign up for A.P. exams (details below).
  • (Tue) 3/7:  String Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir, at 7:00 P.M., in the Auditorium.
  • (FriSat) 3/10-11:  Regional Winners Acting Showcase, at 7:00 P.M., in the Little Theater.
  • (MonThu) 3/13-16:  Late registration for A.P. exams (details below).
  • (Sun) 3/19:  Synergy/Some Cool Guys A Cappella Fundraising Concert, at 6:30 P.M., at the First United Methodist Church (details here).

For South’s full calendar, click here.  For South’s Athletics calendar, click here.  For information on South’s 2016-17 theater season, click here.

PARENT COUNCIL MEETING

Every parent or guardian at SEHS is automatically a member of Parent Council. This means you can come to any of our meetings, make your voice heard, and add your talents to meet our main goal as an organization: supporting excellence in education for all of our students.  The Parent Council will be meeting on Monday, March 6, from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M., in the Library.  You are welcome to attend!

A.P. EXAM REGISTRATION

Registration for the May Advanced Placement Exams begins Monday, March 6, and ends on Friday, March 10.  Late registration takes place from Monday, March 13, through Thursday, March 16.  No registrations will be accepted after Thursday, March 16. To register, students must logon to Naviance and complete a registration form.  Once completed, the student will print out the form and bring it, with payment (cash, card, or check payable to SEHS) to the Finance Office between 7:30 A.M. and 3:00 P.M.  Each test costs $85.00.  Financial assistance is available to students on Free/Reduced Lunch; for more information on this, please contact Melinda Shull at shull@4j.lane.edu.  And for more information on the tests and registration process, please consult the Registration Instructions and Exam Schedule (available at Counseling Center and Finance Office, or from your student’s A.P. teachers).

EARN MONEY FOR SEHS WITH ESCRIP

You can earn money for South Eugene simply by signing up for eScrip.  eScrip works with merchant partners to contribute to groups like ours each time you shop–at no cost to you! Registration is easy:

  1. Go to www.escrip.com
  2. Identify South Eugene High School, ID #6781184 as the recipient of the merchant’s donation.
  3. Register the numbers of your debit and, credit cards.
  4. Use those debit and credit cards to make your usual purchases at participating stores.
  5. You can also shop through eScrip’s Online Mall to earn even more contributions.

If you are already signed up for eScrip, please check and make sure your registered card information is current, and that South Eugene High School is your eScrip group.  If you have any questions, please contact eScrip Coordinator, Dana Fleming, alasaban@sbcglobal.net. Thank you for supporting SEHS through your participation in eScrip!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The work of South volunteers help make our school wonderful!  We provide information on volunteer opportunities throughout the year.  All Volunteers: please remember to sign in at the Main Office computer. This is for security and to record the valuable hours you give us!  Here is one important area of need:

  • Senior Project Panels ~ Parents of Classic South Juniors, come and serve on a Senior Project panel to learn about Senior Projects for your student. Every Classic South senior must participate in either the CAM program or Senior Project to fulfill their graduation requirement. This is a great opportunity to see a Senior Project firsthand!  The next presentations will take place on Wednesday, March 8, Friday, March 10, and Wednesday, March 15, all from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M.  Panel presentations are a wonderful opportunity to learn about the interests of our seniors. A Staff member leads each panel and you will receive a short orientation to the criteria and evaluation rubrics. Contact Kathy Ruggles for details and to sign up at ruggles_k@4j.lane.edu. Thank you!

To become a volunteer, please submit the Volunteer Application online and then complete the Interest and Information Form (which is also called the Volunteer Application) and send it to Kathy.  For more information, please contact Kathy Ruggles at ruggles_k@4j.lane.edu.

STUDENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Does your student need volunteer hours but is not sure what to do?  Look at the Student Volunteering section of South’s website.  Here is one featured opportunity:

  • Love books?  Need volunteer hours?  Help the Friends of the Eugene Public Library put on their annual book sale from April 7-9.  Look here for more information.

STUDENT EXCHANGE AND HOSTING PROGRAMS

  • Italy ~ Host an Italian student and your child goes to Italty!  The Ergon program is a cross-cultural opportunity.  Italian families offer your son or daughter a direct exposure to Italian culture through an all-expenses paid summer vacation in Italy, and Ergon sponsors the flight.  Ergon specializes in a rigorous selection process ensuring that students are academically strong, responsible, and proficient in English; they devote great care to matching students with host families.  Students are 16-17 years old, are fully insured, and come for a semester or year with pocket money for all expenses, including recreational activities and vacations.  South host families are happy to share their experiences with you.  To learn more, visit Ergon’s website or email the Eugene coordinator, Kim O’Brien, at kobrien334@comcast.net.

CAREER CENTER CHECK-IN

Please visit the Beyond South tab on the SEHS website for more information about post-high-school planning.

  • Scholarships (due dates in parentheses):  Emerald Empire Kiwanis Youth Recognition Award (Application in career center) (3/6); Peace – Truth in Recruiting Community Alliance of Lane County and Rotary Club of Eugene (3/6); Singer Foundation (Application in career center) (3/6); Greenfield Peace Writing Scholarship, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility (3/6); OSEA Guy Davis and Past Presidents Scholarships (3/15); Ehrman V. Guistina Scholarship – U of O Lundquist College of Business (Application in career center) (3/15); Emperor Science Award (3/17); Spirit of Anne Frank Award (3/17); Quest Bridge College Prep Scholarship for HS Juniors (3/22). Please visit our scholarship page or see our bulletin boards in the main hallway for the entire current scholarship list. For more information, visit the Career Center in Room 7.
  • Upcoming College/Military Visits:  ROTC Air Force (Wed 3/8, 1:00 P.M.), MSU-Billings (Tue 3/14, 1:04 P.M.), U of O for 2017 admitted applicants (Wed 4/12, 11:20 A.M.)
  • The Oregon Promise Grant application for (nearly) tuition-free community college is now available to submit.  The early-bird application deadline (for notification by May 1) is April 1.  Otherwise, applications are due July 1.  FAFSA or ORSAA submission required.  Undocumented students invited to apply.
  • 4/27/2017: Willamette High School’s Biennial 2017 Career and College Knowledge Night for parents and students.  Career component (with information for high-school students and for job-seeking parents) and college component.  Click here for more details and to RSVP.  (Click the “Continue” link in the invitation to RSVP.)
  • Double Your Reading & Comprehension This Summer: A summer reading program will be offered through OSU’s Precollege Program and the Institute of Reading Development.  Classes will be available for students of all grade levels including those going into college and adults.  Click HERE to see program descriptions and class schedules.
  • Headed to a vocational school after high school, such as beauty school or truck-driving school?  While for-profit vocational schools should be investigated carefully to confirm that you’ll get your money’s worth, some such schools have merit.  We have a few scholarships dedicated to a few specific schools of this type.  For more information, come to the Career Center, and ask for Lori.

Until next time,

Jen Reynolds
Volunteer eNEWS Editor

eNEWS Issue 22 (Fri 2/24)

Dear Parents,

Happy Friday!  Below you will find information on upcoming events; a notice about eScrip; details on registering for the May AP exams; requests for volunteer service; information on student employment and volunteer opportunities; and the weekly Career Center Check-In.

Special Note:  In this issue of eNEWS, there is information about eScrip.  If you have never heard of eScrip, please read this information and sign up — it’s a super easy and effective way to support our school.  If you already do eScrip, please make sure that your account is pointing at South Eugene High School.  Thank you!

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • (Fri) 2/24:  Deadline to sign up as a science and engineering mentor (details below).
  • (Sat) 2/25:  Women in Science and Engineering Symposium, from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., at the Churchill High School Auditorium (details below).
  • (Sat) 2/25:  Informational meeting for Eugene Youth Ambassadors program, from 6:00 to 8:30 P.M., at the Amazon Community Center (details below).
  • (MonFri) 2/27-3/3:  Smarter Balanced Testing for Juniors, during regular language arts classes.
  • (Mon) 2/27:  Track Town Fundraiser for Axe Pageant, benefiting Children’s Miracle Network.
  • (Tue) 2/28:  Oregon Public Universities Night, at 7:00 P.M., in the Cafeteria (students and parents invited).
  • (Wed) 3/1:  Concert featuring String Orchestra, Concert Band, and Tyro Choir, at 7:00 P.M., in the Auditorium.
  • (FriSat) 3/3-4:  Jazz Cabaret, at 7:00 P.M., in the Auditorium.
  • (MonFri) 3/6-10:  Smarter Balanced Testing for Juniors, during regular math classes.
  • (MonFri) 3/6-10:  Sign up for A.P. exams (details below).
  • (Mon) 3/6:  Parent Council meeting, at 7:00 P.M., in the Library.
  • (Mon) 3/6:  Chapala’s on 29th Street Fundraiser for Axe Pageant, benefiting Children’s Miracle Network.
  • (Tue) 3/7:  String Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir, at 7:00 P.M., in the Auditorium.
  • (FriSat) 3/10-11:  Regional Winners Acting Showcase, at 7:00 P.M., in the Little Theater.

For South’s full calendar, click here.  For South’s Athletics calendar, click here.  For information on South’s 2016-17 theater season, click here.

EARN MONEY FOR SEHS WITH ESCRIP

You can earn money for South Eugene simply by signing up for eScrip.  eScrip works with merchant partners to contribute to groups like ours each time you shop–at no cost to you! Registration is easy:

  1. Go to www.escrip.com
  2. Identify South Eugene High School, ID #6781184 as the recipient of the merchant’s donation.
  3. Register the numbers of your debit and credit cards.
  4. Use those debit and credit cards to make your usual purchases at participating stores.  
  5. You can also shop through eScrip’s Online Mall to earn even more contributions.

If you are already signed up for eScrip, please check and make sure your registered card information is current, and that South Eugene High School is your eScrip group.  If you have any questions, please contact eScrip Coordinator, Dana Fleming, alasaban@sbcglobal.net. Thank you for supporting SEHS through your participation in eScrip!

SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING MENTORS NEEDED

Do you or someone you know work in a science, technology, or engineering field in the Eugene area?  Saturday Academy’s Apprenticeships in Science and Engineering (ASE) Program isseeking to expand summer internship opportunities for local high school students.  If your organization or others might have an opportunity to mentor a highly motivated and talented student intern this summer, please contact the ASE Program Director, Julia Soto, at julia@satudayacademy.org or 503-200-5860.  The deadline for mentors is Friday, February 24.  Click here for more information.

STUDENT SUMMER EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Each summer the US Forest Service with the Youth Conservation Corps hires 15-18-year-olds for summer jobs at the McKenzie Ranger Station. Students are paid $9.75 per hour and are responsible for their own transportation (LTD bus service to the Ranger Station).  The program begins June 19 and ends August 11. The job entails campground maintenance, hiking trail rehabilitation, wildlife habitat enhancement, weed removal, and general forest improvement projects.  For an application, see Kathy Ruggles in Room 302.  Applications are due TODAY, February 24.

SYMPOSIUM: WOMEN IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

This year, the fifth annual symposium for Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) welcomes keynote speaker Olenka Cullinan, a nationally recognized STEM representative and founder of Rising Tycoon, a teen motivation program for young entrepreneurs.  An educator by profession, Cullinan is a national speaker and has two TEDx talks under her belt.  Cullinan will expound on her premise that young people shouldn’t wait too long for the “perfect moment” to begin their adventures.  High school students are welcome!  The WISE Symposium takes place on Saturday, February 25, from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., at Churchill High School Auditorium. Lunch is served; donations are welcome but not required.  This is a free event.  Register online by clicking here then clicking on the WISE logo (the pink owl) in the photo box.

STUDENT YOUTH AMBASSADORS: KOREA

Is your student interested in an affordable and exciting international opportunity?  Consider the Eugene-Jinju Ambassadors Program!  Jinju, South Korea, is Eugene’s sister city.  Each summer since 2002, area high school students have traveled to Jinju.  Youth Ambassadors enjoy two weeks in Korea and develop strong bonds with their host brothers and sisters, represent Mayor Lucy Vinis to Jinju’s city officials, have fun day and night in Jinju’s vibrant city life, learn traditional dance and martial arts moves, visit castles and temples, and swim in the Pacific Ocean. After returning home, they unpack and get ready to welcome Jinju’s Youth Ambassadors to Eugene.  Learn more about the program on Saturday, February 25, from 6:00 to 8:30 P.M., at the Amazon Community Center (2580 Hilyard Street).  At that meeting, last summer’s Ambassadors will share their experiences and everyone will be welcome to a free and delicious Korean meal.  Parents and students welcome!  This year, the exchange dates are July 16-30 (Eugene students in Jinju) and August 1-13 (Jinju students in Eugene).  Hosting the Korean ambassadors here in Eugene is not mandatory but is fun and rewarding.  More information is available from Candace Shorack, the Eugene-Chinju Sister City Committee President, at CShorack@peacehealth.org.  This program counts toward SEHS community service credits.

A.P. EXAM REGISTRATION

Registration for the May Advanced Placement Exams begins Monday, March 6, and ends on Friday, March 10.  Late registration takes place from Monday, March 13, through Thursday, March 16.  No registrations will be accepted after Thursday, March 16. To register, students must logon to Naviance and complete a registration form.  Once completed, the student will print out the form and bring it, with payment (cash, card, or check payable to SEHS) to the Finance Office between 7:30 A.M. and 3:00 P.M.  Each test costs $85.00.  Financial assistance is available to students on Free/Reduced Lunch; for more information on this, please contact Melinda Shull at shull@4j.lane.edu.  And for more information on the tests and registration process, please consult the Registration Instructions and Exam Schedule (available at Counseling Center and Finance Office, or from your student’s A.P. teachers).

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The work of South volunteers help make our school wonderful!  We provide information on volunteer opportunities throughout the year.  All Volunteers: please remember to sign in at the Main Office computer. This is for security and to record the valuable hours you give us!  Here is one important area of need:

  • Senior Project Panels ~ Parents of Classic South Juniors, come and serve on a Senior Project panel to learn about Senior Projects for your student. Every Classic South senior must participate in either the CAM program or Senior Project to fulfill their graduation requirement. This is a great opportunity to see a Senior Project firsthand!  The next presentations will take place on the following dates, all from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M.:
    • Friday, March 3
    • Wednesday, March 8

These presentations are a wonderful opportunity to learn about the interests of our seniors. A Staff member leads each panel and you will receive a short orientation to the criteria and evaluation rubrics. Contact Kathy Ruggles for details and to sign up, at ruggles_k@4j.lane.edu. Thank you!

To become a volunteer, please submit the Volunteer Application online and then complete the Interest and Information Form (which is also called the Volunteer Application) and send it to Kathy.  For more information, please contact Kathy Ruggles at ruggles_k@4j.lane.edu.

STUDENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Does your student need volunteer hours but is not sure what to do?  Look at the Student Volunteering section of South’s website.  Here is one featured opportunity:

  • Love books?  Need volunteer hours?  Help the Friends of the Eugene Public Library put on their annual book sale from April 7-9.  Look here for more information.

CAREER CENTER CHECK-IN

Please visit the Beyond South tab on the SEHS website for more information about post-high-school planning.

Until next time,

Jen Reynolds
Volunteer eNEWS Editor

eNEWS Issue 21 (Fri 2/17)

Dear Parents,

Happy Friday!  Below you will find information on upcoming events; details on registering for the May AP exams; a message from Principal Dey about dropping off and picking up students; a chance to get your will done while supporting a student service trip; an announcement for ladies lacross; information about senior, junior, and sophomore projects; requests for volunteer service; information on student employment and volunteer opportunities; and the weekly Career Center Check-In.

Note:  Remember that Monday is a NO SCHOOL day.  Happy Presidents’ Day!

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • (FriSat) 2/17-18: Arcadia, at 7:00 P.M., in the Auditorium.
  • (Mon) 2/20:  NO SCHOOL (Presidents’ Day).
  • (TueFri) 2/21-24:  4j School Choice Visitation Week.
  • (Tue) 2/21:  SEHS School Choice Information Presentation, from 2:30 to 3:30 P.M.
  • (Thu) 2/23:  SEHS School Choice Information Presentation, from 2:30 to 3:30 P.M.
  • (Fri) 2/24:  Deadline to sign up as a science and engineering mentor (details below).
  • (Sat) 2/25:  Women in Science and Engineering Symposium, from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., at the Churchill High School Auditorium (details below).
  • (Sat) 2/25:  Informational meeting for Eugene Youth Ambassadors program, from 6:00 to 8:30 P.M., at the Amazon Community Center (details below).
  • (MonFri) 2/27-3/3:  Smarter Balanced Testing for Juniors, during regular language arts classes.
  • (Mon) 2/27:  Track Town Fundraiser for Axe Pageant, benefiting Children’s Miracle Network.
  • (Wed) 3/1:  Concert featuring String Orchestra, Concert Band, and Tyro Choir, at 7:00 P.M., in the Auditorium.
  • (FriSat) 3/3-4:  Jazz Cabaret, at 7:00 P.M., in the Auditorium.

For South’s full calendar, click here.  For South’s Athletics calendar, click here.  For information on South’s 2016-17 theater season, click here.

SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING MENTORS NEEDED

Do you or someone you know work in a science, technology, or engineering field in the Eugene area?  Saturday Academy’s Apprenticeships in Science and Engineering (ASE) Program isseeking to expand summer internship opportunities for local high school students.  If your organization or others might have an opportunity to mentor a highly motivated and talented student intern this summer, please contact the ASE Program Director, Julia Soto, at julia@satudayacademy.org or 503-200-5860.  The deadline for mentors is Friday, February 24.  Click here for more information.

STUDENT SUMMER EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Each summer the US Forest Service with the Youth Conservation Corps hires 15-18-year-olds for summer jobs at the McKenzie Ranger Station. Students are paid $9.75 per hour and are responsible for their own transportation (LTD bus service to the Ranger Station).  The program begins June 19 and ends August 11. The job entails campground maintenance, hiking trail rehabilitation, wildlife habitat enhancement, weed removal, and general forest improvement projects.  For an application, see Kathy Ruggles in Room 302.  Applications are due February 24.

SYMPOSIUM: WOMEN IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

This year, the fifth annual symposium for Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) welcomes keynote speaker Olenka Cullinan, a nationally recognized STEM representative and founder of Rising Tycoon, a teen motivation program for young entrepreneurs.  An educator by profession, Cullinan is a national speaker and has two TEDx talks under her belt.  Cullinan will expound on her premise that young people shouldn’t wait too long for the “perfect moment” to begin their adventures.  High school students are welcome!  The WISE Symposium takes place on Saturday, February 25, from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., at Churchill High School Auditorium.  Lunch is served; donations are welcome but not required.  This is a free event.  Register online by clicking here then clicking on the WISE logo (the pink owl) in the photo box.

STUDENT YOUTH AMBASSADORS: KOREA

Is your student interested in an affordable and exciting international opportunity?  Consider the Eugene-Jinju Ambassadors Program!  Jinju, South Korea, is Eugene’s sister city.  Each summer since 2002, area high school students have traveled to Jinju.  Youth Ambassadors enjoy two weeks in Korea and develop strong bonds with their host brothers and sisters, represent Mayor Lucy Vinis to Jinju’s city officials, have fun day and night in Jinju’s vibrant city life, learn traditional dance and martial arts moves, visit castles and temples, and swim in the Pacific Ocean. After returning home, they unpack and get ready to welcome Jinju’s Youth Ambassadors to Eugene.  Learn more about the program on Saturday, February 25, from 6:00 to 8:30 P.M., at the Amazon Community Center (2580 Hilyard Street).  At that meeting, last summer’s Ambassadors will share their experiences and everyone will be welcome to a free and delicious Korean meal.  Parents and students welcome!  This year, the exchange dates are July 16-30 (Eugene students in Jinju) and August 1-13 (Jinju students in Eugene).  Hosting the Korean ambassadors here in Eugene is not mandatory but is fun and rewarding.  More information is available from Candace Shorack, the Eugene-Chinju Sister City Committee President, at CShorack@peacehealth.org.  This program counts toward SEHS community service credits.

A.P. EXAM REGISTRATION

Registration for the May Advanced Placement Exams begins Monday, March 6, and ends on Friday, March 10.  Late registration takes place from Monday, March 13, through Thursday, March 16.  No registrations will be accepted after Thursday, March 16. To register, students must logon to Naviance and complete a registration form.  Once completed, the student will print out the form and bring it, with payment (cash, card, or check payable to SEHS) to the Finance Office between 7:30 A.M. and 3:00 P.M.  Each test costs $85.00.  Financial assistance is available to students on Free/Reduced Lunch; for more information on this, please contact Melinda Shull at shull@4j.lane.edu.  And for more information on the tests and registration process, please consult the Registration Instructions and Exam Schedule (available at Counseling Center and Finance Office, or from your student’s A.P. teachers).

STUDENT DROP OFF AND PICK UP

From Principal Dey:  “We need your assistance.  I ask for your help in taking care of our youngest SEHS community members: students in our Kids Down South (KDS) program.  Each term, approximately 160 SEHS students work in our KDS program to support nearly 30 toddlers between the ages of 2.5 to 5 years of age.  All three of my kids went through the KDS program as toddlers and have friends in middle school who were with them at that time.  It was a very rich and very safe environment for them and we would like to keep it that way for the kiddos we serve today.  Recently we have gotten feedback from KDS parents that the parking spaces located in the front and back of the school reserved for picking up and dropping off KDS students are not as safe as they could be.  Specifically, morning drop off times have been problematic because some parents are parking in the KDS parking spaces to drop off their teens and/or use their cell phones, some have inadvertently blocked KDS parking spaces and have generally been using the front parking area as a drop off zone.  I would ask everyone bringing their SEHS students to school to please do not use the front (northern) parking area as a drop off zone and instead use the east and west parking areas to drop off students.  I am also encouraging KDS parents to only use the north and south parking areas to minimize potential problems.  I hope you will help us make the campus as safe as is possible and thanks in advance for your efforts.  Thank you very much.”

WHERE THERE’S A WILL . . .

A group of South Eugene students is headed to the Dominican Republic this summer for a service trip.  To raise money for water filters to distribute in the Dominican Republic, they are selling wills. This could be the perfect opportunity to put your affairs in order and support a good cause!  Find out more here or contact Serena Orsinger, president of the student group, at 541-954-5453 or serena.orsinger@gmail.com.

LADIES LACROSS

If your daughter is interested in South Eugene Ladies LaCrosse, sign up is happening now and practice begins Monday, February 27.  For more information, please contact Cristina Silva at silva.cristina262@gmail.com or 541-790-8000.

SENIOR, JUNIOR, AND SOPHOMORE PROJECTS – PLEASE READ!

  • SENIORS ~ According to Oregon law, high school students must complete a project that focuses on career-related learning before they can graduate.  Here at South, each student meets that graduation requirement through the Senior Project.  This year’s seniors have received guidance and direction from the Counseling Office and Mary Taylor, the Senior Project coordinator, beginning in the third term of their junior year.  Every senior was scheduled for times to meet with Mary during the first two terms of this year to monitor progress, get feedback and receive help preparing for the final presentation.  All senior projects must be completed before the end of the second term, which is only six weeks away. Unfortunately, completion of the project has gotten in the way of a smooth graduation for students in the past and we would like to help everyone avoid that this year.  Please make sure your senior is on schedule to complete his or her project.  If you have any questions, please email Mary Taylor at taylor_m@4j.lane.edu.
  • JUNIORS ~Your junior should have been given information about Junior Projects through their language-arts/IHS classes, either this term or last.  (If not, they should ask their teacher or come by the Career Center for more information.)  This graduation requirement is an excellent chance to plan for life after high school.  The project has some pencil/paper components and involves some computer activities, all of which your student will complete in the Career Center (Room 7) on his or her own time.  It will probably take 3-4 hours (not necessarily all at once) to complete and is due by the end of the second trimester (unless their teacher has given an earlier due date).
  • SOPHOMORES ~ If your sophomore has a social-studies class this term, he or she should have been given information about Sophomore Projects.  (If not, your student should ask their teacher or come by the career center for more information.)  This graduation requirement is an excellent chance to plan for life after high school.  The project has some pencil/paper components and involves some computer activities, all of which your student will complete in the Career Center (Room 7) on his or her own time.  It will take a couple of hours (not necessarily all at once) to complete and is due by the end of the second trimester (unless their teacher has given an earlier due date).

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The work of South volunteers help make our school wonderful!  We provide information on volunteer opportunities throughout the year.  All Volunteers: please remember to sign in at the Main Office computer. This is for security and to record the valuable hours you give us!  Here is one important area of need:

  • Senior Project Panels ~ Parents of Classic South Juniors, come and serve on a Senior Project panel to learn about Senior Projects for your student. Every Classic South senior must participate in either the CAM program or Senior Project to fulfill their graduation requirement. This is a great opportunity to see a Senior Project firsthand!  The next presentations will take place on the following dates, all from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M.:
    • Friday, February 24
    • Wednesday, March 1
    • Friday, March 3
    • Wednesday, March 8

These presentations are a wonderful opportunity to learn about the interests of our seniors. A Staff member leads each panel and you will receive a short orientation to the criteria and evaluation rubrics. Contact Kathy Ruggles for details and to sign up, at ruggles_k@4j.lane.edu. Thank you!

To become a volunteer, please submit the Volunteer Application online and then complete the Interest and Information Form (which is also called the Volunteer Application) and send it to Kathy.  For more information, please contact Kathy Ruggles at ruggles_k@4j.lane.edu.

STUDENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Does your student need volunteer hours but is not sure what to do?  Look at the Student Volunteering section of South’s website.  Here is one featured opportunity:

  • Love books?  Need volunteer hours?  Help the Friends of the Eugene Public Library put on their annual book sale from April 7-9.  Look here for more information.

CAREER CENTER CHECK-IN

Please visit the Beyond South tab on the SEHS website for more information about post-high-school planning.

  • Scholarships (due dates in parentheses):  Scholarships for Native Americans, Native Alaskans, Native Hawaiians, Indigenous Pacific Islanders (Various, between now and 3/15); Pathways in Education Opportunities (2/24); SOS – Scholarships for Oregon Scientists – U of O (2/28); OSAC Scholarships (3/1).   Please visit our scholarship page or see our bulletin boards in the main hallway for the entire current scholarship list. For more information, visit the Career Center in Room 7.
  • Upcoming College/Military Visits:  UO ROTC Recruiter (Wed 2/22, 11:20 A.M.), Oregon Public Universities Spring Tour (OSU, UO, PSU, WOU, SOU, EOU, OIT, LCC) (Tue 2/28, 7:00 P.M. in SEHS Cafeteria), MSU-Billings (Tue 3/14, 1:04 P.M.), Hiram College (Wed 3/22, 1:04 P.M.), U of O for 2017 admitted applicants (Wed 4/12, 11:20 A.M.)
  • The Oregon Promise Grant application for (nearly) tuition-free community college is now available to submit.  The early-bird application deadline (for notification by May 1) is April 1.  Otherwise, applications are due July 1.  FAFSA or ORSAA submission required.  Undocumented students invited to apply.
  • The OSAC Scholarship application for applying for over 500 scholarships at once is due soon.  Applications are due Wednesday, March 1, at 5:00 P.M.  FAFSA or ORSAA submission recommended.  Undocumented students invited to apply.
  • The Lane Foundation’s scholarship application for multiple scholarships for LCC-bound students is now open.  Applications are due Thursday, March 2, at 8:59 P.M.   FAFSA submission recommended.  Undocumented students invited to apply.
  • 3/1/2017: Criminal Justice Careers Day at Western Oregon University will take place from 10:30 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.  This program is intended for high school and college students interested in exploring educational and employment opportunities in criminal justice.
  • 4/27/2017: Willamette High School’s Biennial 2017 Career and College Knowledge Night for parents and students.  Career component (with information for high-school students and for job-seeking parents) and college component.  Click here for more details and to RSVP.  (Click the “Continue” link in the invitation to RSVP.)
  • Headed to a vocational school after high school, such as beauty school or truck-driving school?  While for-profit vocational schools should be investigated carefully to confirm that you’ll get your money’s worth, some such schools have merit.  We have a few scholarships dedicated to a few specific schools of this type.  For more information, come to the Career Center, and ask for Lori.

Until next time,

Jen Reynolds
Volunteer eNEWS Editor

eNEWS Issue 20 (Fri 2/10)

Dear Parents,

Happy Friday!  Below you will find information on upcoming events; details on registering for the May AP exams; an update on the academic calendar; a message from Principal Dey about dropping off and picking up students; news on the calendar changes; an announcement about ordering caps and gowns; a request for donations of ping pong tables; a chance to get your will done while supporting a student service trip; an announcement for ladies lacross; information about senior, junior, and sophomore projects; requests for volunteer service; information on student employment and volunteer opportunities; and the weekly Career Center Check-In.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • (FriSat) 2/10-11: Arcadia, at 7:00 P.M., in the Auditorium.
  • (Sat) 2/11:  Winter Formal.
  • (ThuSat) 2/16-18: Arcadia, at 7:00 P.M., in the Auditorium.
  • (Mon) 2/20:  NO SCHOOL (Presidents’ Day).
  • (TueFri) 2/21-24:  4j School Choice Visitation Week.
  • (Tue) 2/21:  SEHS School Choice Information Presentation, from 2:30 to 3:30 P.M.
  • (Thu) 2/23:  SEHS School Choice Information Presentation, from 2:30 to 3:30 P.M.
  • (Fri) 2/24:  Deadline to sign up as a science and engineering mentor (details below).
  • (Sat) 2/25:  Women in Science and Engineering Symposium, from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., at the Churchill High School Auditorium (details below).
  • (Sat) 2/25:  Informational meeting for Eugene Youth Ambassadors program, from 6:00 to 8:30 P.M., at the Amazon Community Center (details below).

For South’s full calendar, click here.  For South’s Athletics calendar, click here.  For information on South’s 2016-17 theater season, click here.

SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING MENTORS NEEDED

Do you or someone you know work in a science, technology, or engineering field in the Eugene area?  Saturday Academy’s Apprenticeships in Science and Engineering (ASE) Program is seeking to expand summer internship opportunities for local high school students.  If your organization or others might have an opportunity to mentor a highly motivated and talented student intern this summer, please contact the ASE Program Director, Julia Soto, at julia@satudayacademy.org or 503-200-5860.  The deadline for mentors is Friday, February 24.  Click here for more information.

SYMPOSIUM: WOMEN IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

This year, the fifth annual symposium for Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) welcomes keynote speaker Olenka Cullinan, a nationally recognized STEM representative and founder of Rising Tycoon, a teen motivation program for young entrepreneurs.  An educator by profession, Cullinan is a national speaker and has two TEDx talks under her belt.  Cullinan will expound on her premise that young people shouldn’t wait too long for the “perfect moment” to begin their adventures.  High school students are welcome!  The WISE Symposium takes place on Saturday, February 25, from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., at Churchill High School Auditorium.  Lunch is served; donations are welcome but not required.  This is a free event.  Register online by clicking here then clicking on the WISE logo (the pink owl) in the photo box.

STUDENT YOUTH AMBASSADORS: KOREA

Is your student interested in an affordable and exciting international opportunity?  Consider the Eugene-Jinju Ambassadors Program!  Jinju, South Korea, is Eugene’s sister city.  Each summer since 2002, area high school students have traveled to Jinju.  Youth Ambassadors enjoy two weeks in Korea and develop strong bonds with their host brothers and sisters, represent Mayor Lucy Vinis to Jinju’s city officials, have fun day and night in Jinju’s vibrant city life, learn traditional dance and martial arts moves, visit castles and temples, and swim in the Pacific Ocean. After returning home, they unpack and get ready to welcome Jinju’s Youth Ambassadors to Eugene.  Learn more about the program on Saturday, February 25, from 6:00 to 8:30 P.M., at the Amazon Community Center (2580 Hilyard Street).  At that meeting, last summer’s Ambassadors will share their experiences and everyone will be welcome to a free and delicious Korean meal.  Parents and students welcome!  This year, the exchange dates are July 16-30 (Eugene students in Jinju) and August 1-13 (Jinju students in Eugene).  Hosting the Korean ambassadors here in Eugene is not mandatory but is fun and rewarding.  More information is available from Candace Shorack, the Eugene-Chinju Sister City Committee President, at CShorack@peacehealth.org.  This program counts toward SEHS community service credits.

A.P. EXAM REGISTRATION

Registration for the May Advanced Placement Exams begins Monday, March 6, and ends on Friday, March 10.  Late registration takes place from Monday, March 13, through Thursday, March 16.  No registrations will be accepted after Thursday, March 16. To register, students must logon to Naviance and complete a registration form.  Once completed, the student will print out the form and bring it, with payment (cash, card, or check payable to SEHS) to the Finance Office between 7:30 A.M. and 3:00 P.M.  Each test costs $85.00, and there is a $10 late fee per test for late registrations.  Financial assistance is available to students on Free/Reduced Lunch; for more information on this, please contact Melinda Shull at shull@4j.lane.edu.  And for more information on the tests and registration process, please consult the Registration Instructions and Exam Schedule (available at Counseling Center and Finance Office, or from your student’s A.P. teachers).

STUDENT DROP OFF AND PICK UP

From Principal Dey:  “We need your assistance.  I ask for your help in taking care of our youngest SEHS community members: students in our Kids Down South (KDS) program.  Each term, approximately 160 SEHS students work in our KDS program to support nearly 30 toddlers between the ages of 2.5 to 5 years of age.  All three of my kids went through the KDS program as toddlers and have friends in middle school who were with them at that time.  It was a very rich and very safe environment for them and we would like to keep it that way for the kiddos we serve today.  Recently we have gotten feedback from KDS parents that the parking spaces located in the front and back of the school reserved for picking up and dropping off KDS students are not as safe as they could be.  Specifically, morning drop off times have been problematic because some parents are parking in the KDS parking spaces to drop off their teens and/or use their cell phones, some have inadvertently blocked KDS parking spaces and have generally been using the front parking area as a drop off zone.  I would ask everyone bringing their SEHS students to school to please do not use the front (northern) parking area as a drop off zone and instead use the east and west parking areas to drop off students.  I am also encouraging KDS parents to only use the north and south parking areas to minimize potential problems.  I hope you will help us make the campus as safe as is possible and thanks in advance for your efforts.  Thank you very much.”

CALENDAR CHANGES

The Eugene School District has adjusted this year’s school calendar to restore five of the school days that were missed due to hazardous winter weather.  Four school days will be made up at the end of the school year in June.  The new final day for students (other than seniors) is Thursday, June 22.  Other changes:

  • The end of the second trimester has been moved to Friday, March 24.
  • There will be no school on Monday, April 3, as teachers enter term final grades and prepare for the third term.
  • The previously scheduled grading and PD days on March 16 and 17 are now regular school days.
  • The last day of school for students is now Thursday, June 22.
  • South seniors’ last day of school is June 8.
  • South’s graduation will remain on June 13.

Please check the school calendar for additional no-school and early-release days that are not part of the district-wide calendar. For more calendar information and other formats, please visit here.

ORDERING CAPS AND GOWNS

If your senior has not already ordered his or her cap and gown, it’s time to do this!  Packets are available in the Main Office.  You may also order online here.

WANTED: PING PONG TABLES

South Eugene is looking for gently used ping pong tables.  If you can donate one, please contact Trista Neuman at 541-790-8010 or Joni de Saint Phalle at 541-790-8006 or destphalle_j@4j.lane.edu.

WHERE THERE’S A WILL . . .

A group of South Eugene students is headed to the Dominican Republic this summer for a service trip.  To raise money for water filters to distribute in the Dominican Republic, they are selling wills. This could be the perfect opportunity to put your affairs in order and support a good cause!  Find out more here or contact Serena Orsinger, president of the student group, at 541-954-5453 or serena.orsinger@gmail.com.

LADIES LACROSS

If your daughter is interested in South Eugene Ladies LaCrosse, sign up is happening now and practice begins Monday, February 27.  For more information, please contact Cristina Silva at silva.cristina262@gmail.com or 541-790-8000.

SENIOR, JUNIOR, AND SOPHOMORE PROJECTS – PLEASE READ!

  • SENIORS ~ According to Oregon law, high school students must complete a project that focuses on career-related learning before they can graduate.  Here at South, each student meets that graduation requirement through the Senior Project.  This year’s seniors have received guidance and direction from the Counseling Office and Mary Taylor, the Senior Project coordinator, beginning in the third term of their junior year.  Every senior was scheduled for times to meet with Mary during the first two terms of this year to monitor progress, get feedback and receive help preparing for the final presentation.  All senior projects must be completed before the end of the second term, which is only six weeks away. Unfortunately, completion of the project has gotten in the way of a smooth graduation for students in the past and we would like to help everyone avoid that this year.  Please make sure your senior is on schedule to complete his or her project.  If you have any questions, please email Mary Taylor at taylor_m@4j.lane.edu.
  • JUNIORS ~Your junior should have been given information about Junior Projects through their language-arts/IHS classes, either this term or last.  (If not, they should ask their teacher or come by the Career Center for more information.)  This graduation requirement is an excellent chance to plan for life after high school.  The project has some pencil/paper components and involves some computer activities, all of which your student will complete in the Career Center (Room 7) on his or her own time.  It will probably take 3-4 hours (not necessarily all at once) to complete and is due by the end of the second trimester (unless their teacher has given an earlier due date).
  • SOPHOMORES ~ If your sophomore has a social-studies class this term, he or she should have been given information about Sophomore Projects.  (If not, your student should ask their teacher or come by the career center for more information.)  This graduation requirement is an excellent chance to plan for life after high school.  The project has some pencil/paper components and involves some computer activities, all of which your student will complete in the Career Center (Room 7) on his or her own time.  It will take a couple of hours (not necessarily all at once) to complete and is due by the end of the second trimester (unless their teacher has given an earlier due date).

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The work of South volunteers help make our school wonderful!  We provide information on volunteer opportunities throughout the year.  All Volunteers: please remember to sign in at the Main Office computer. This is for security and to record the valuable hours you give us!  Here is one important area of need:

  • Senior Project Panels ~ Parents of Classic South Juniors, come and serve on a Senior Project panel to learn about Senior Projects for your student. Every Classic South senior must participate in either the CAM program or Senior Project to fulfill their graduation requirement. This is a great opportunity to see a Senior Project firsthand!  The next presentations will take place on Wednesday, February 15, Wednesday, February 22, and Friday, February 24, all from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M.  These presentations are a wonderful opportunity to learn about the interests of our seniors. A Staff member leads each panel and you will receive a short orientation to the criteria and evaluation rubrics. Contact Kathy Ruggles for details and to sign up, at ruggles_k@4j.lane.edu. Thank you!

To become a volunteer, please submit the Volunteer Application online and then complete the Interest and Information Form (which is also called the Volunteer Application) and send it to Kathy.  For more information, please contact Kathy Ruggles at ruggles_k@4j.lane.edu.

STUDENT SUMMER EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Each summer the US Forest Service with the Youth Conservation Corps hires 15-18-year-olds for summer jobs at the McKenzie Ranger Station.  Students are paid $9.75 per hour and are responsible for their own transportation (LTD bus service to the Ranger Station).  The program begins June 19 and ends August 11. The job entails campground maintenance, hiking trail rehabilitation, wildlife habitat enhancement, weed removal, and general forest improvement projects.  For an application, see Kathy Ruggles in Room 302.  Applications are due February 24.

STUDENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Does your student need volunteer hours but is not sure what to do?  Look at the Student Volunteering section of South’s website.

CAREER CENTER CHECK-IN

Please visit the Beyond South tab on the SEHS website for more information about post-high-school planning.

  • Scholarships (due dates in parentheses):  Scholarships for Native Americans, Native Alaskans, Native Hawaiians, Indigenous Pacific Islanders (Various, between now and 3/15); Better Business Bureau Students of Integrity Scholarship (2/13);
    Pathways in Education Opportunities
    (2/24); SOS – Scholarships for Oregon Scientists – U of O (2/28); OSAC – Oregon Student Access Commission (3/1).
    Please visit our scholarship page or see our bulletin boards in the main hallway for the entire current scholarship list. For more information, visit the Career Center in Room 7.
  • Upcoming Visits:  U. of Alabama (Mon 2/13, 1:00 P.M.), UO ROTC Recruiter (Wed 2/22, 11:20 A.M.), Oregon Public Universities Spring Tour (OSU, UO, PSU, WOU, SOU, EOU, OIT, LCC) (Tue 2/28, 7:00 P.M. in SEHS Cafeteria), MSU-Billings (Tue 3/14, 1:04 P.M.), Hiram College (Wed 3/22, 1:04 P.M.), U of O for 2017 admitted applicants (Wed 4/12, 11:20 A.M.)
  • The Oregon Promise Grant application for (nearly) tuition-free community college is now available to submit.  The early-bird application deadline (for notification by May 1) is April 1.  Otherwise, applications are due July 1.  FAFSA or ORSAA submission required.  Undocumented students invited to apply.
  • The OSAC Scholarship application for applying for over 500 scholarships at once is now available to submit. The early-bird application deadline (for entry in a $1000 scholarship drawing) is Wednesday, February 15, at 5:00 P.M.  Otherwise, applications are due Wednesday, March 1, at 5:00 P.M.  FAFSA or ORSAA submission recommended.  Undocumented students invited to apply.
  • The Lane Foundation’s scholarship application for multiple scholarships for LCC-bound students is now open.  Applications are due Thursday, March 2, at 8:59 P.M.   FAFSA submission recommended.  Undocumented students invited to apply.
  • Criminal Justice Careers Day at Western Oregon University will take place Wednesday, March 1, from 10:30 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.  This program is intended for high school and college students interested in exploring educational and employment opportunities in criminal justice.
  • Headed to a vocational school after high school, such as beauty school or truck-driving school?  While for-profit vocational schools should be investigated carefully to confirm that you’ll get your money’s worth, some such schools have merit.  We have a few scholarships dedicated to a few specific schools of this type.  For more information, come to the Career Center, and ask for Lori.

Until next time,

Jen Reynolds
Volunteer eNEWS Editor

eNEWS Issue 19 (Fri 2/3)

Dear Parents,

Amazing how January flew by!  Below you will find information on upcoming events; a request for donations of ping pong tables; information on a Eugene student ambassador program; a request for science and engineering mentors; information about the sophomore and junior projects; an announcement for the new scheduling system for the Counseling Center; requests for volunteer service; information on student employment, volunteer, and hosting opportunities; and the weekly Career Center Check-In.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • (Fri) 2/3:  EARLY RELEASE, at 11:55 A.M. (mid-trimester progress reports).
  • (Mon) 2/6: Parent Council, at 7:00 P.M., in the Library.
  • (Wed) 2/8: Spring Sports Registration, at 6:00 P.M., in the Cafeteria.
  • (Thu) 2/9:  8th Grade Info Night for Classic and IHS, at 7:00 P.M., in the Cafeteria.
  • (ThuSat) 2/9-11: Arcadia, at 7:00 P.M., in the Auditorium.
  • (Sat) 2/11:  Winter Formal.
  • (ThuSat) 2/16-18: Arcadia, at 7:00 P.M., in the Auditorium.
  • (Mon) 2/20:  NO SCHOOL (Presidents’ Day).

For South’s full calendar, click here.  For South’s Athletics calendar, click here.  For information on South’s 2016-17 theater season, click here.

PARENT COUNCIL MEETING

Every parent or guardian at SEHS is automatically a member of Parent Council. This means you can come to any of our meetings, make your voice heard, and add your talents to meet our main goal as an organization: supporting excellence in education for all of our students.  The Parent Council will be meeting on Monday, February 6, from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M., in the Library.  You are welcome to attend!

WANTED: PING PONG TABLES

South Eugene is looking for gently used ping pong tables.  If you can donate one, please contact Trista Neuman at 541-790-8010 or Joni de Saint Phalle at 541-790-8006 or destphalle_j@4j.lane.edu.

STUDENT YOUTH AMBASSADORS: KOREA

Is your student interested in an affordable and exciting international opportunity?  Consider the Eugene-Jinju Ambassadors Program!  Jinju, South Korea, is Eugene’s sister city.  Each summer since 2002, area high school students have traveled to Jinju.  Youth Ambassadors enjoy two weeks in Korea and develop strong bonds with their host brothers and sisters, represent Mayor Lucy Vinis to Jinju’s city officials, have fun day and night in Jinju’s vibrant city life, learn traditional dance and martial arts moves, visit castles and temples, and swim in the Pacific Ocean. After returning home, they unpack and get ready to welcome Jinju’s Youth Ambassadors to Eugene.  Learn more about the program on Saturday, February 25, from 6:00-8:30 P.M., at the Amazon Community Center (2580 Hilyard Street).  At that meeting, last summer’s Ambassadors will share their experiences and everyone will be welcome to a free and delicious Korean meal.  Parents and students welcome!  This year, the exchange dates are July 16-30 (Eugene students in Jinju) and August 1-13 (Jinju students in Eugene).  Hosting the Korean ambassadors here in Eugene is not mandatory but is fun and rewarding.  More information and an application are available here, and you can also contact Candace Shorack, the Eugene-Chinju Sister City Committee President, at CShorack@peacehealth.org.  This program counts toward SEHS community service credits.

SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING MENTORS NEEDED

Do you or someone you know work in a science, technology, or engineering field in the Eugene area?  Saturday Academy’s Apprenticeships in Science and Engineering (ASE) Program is seeking to expand summer internship opportunities for local high school students.  If your organization or others might have an opportunity to mentor a highly motivated and talented student intern this summer, please contact the ASE Program Director, Julia Soto, at julia@satudayacademy.org or 503-200-5860.  The deadline for mentors is Friday, February 24.  Click here for more information.

SOPHOMORE PROJECT

If your sophomore has a social-studies class this term, he or she should have been given information about Sophomore Projects.  (If not, your student should ask their teacher or come by the career center for more information.)  This graduation requirement is an excellent chance to plan for life after high school.  The project has some pencil/paper components and involves some computer activities, all of which your student will complete in the Career Center (Room 7) on his or her own time.  It will take a couple of hours (not necessarily all at once) to complete and is due by the end of the second trimester (unless their teacher has given an earlier due date).

JUNIOR PROJECT

Your junior should have been given information about Junior Projects through their language-arts/IHS classes, either this term or last.  (If not, they should ask their teacher or come by the Career Center for more information.)  This graduation requirement is an excellent chance to plan for life after high school.  The project has some pencil/paper components and involves some computer activities, all of which your student will complete in the Career Center (Room 7) on his or her own time.  It will probably take 3-4 hours (not necessarily all at once) to complete and is due by the end of the second trimester (unless their teacher has given an earlier due date).

COUNSELING APPOINTMENTS – NEW SCHEDULING SYSTEM

Students may now schedule counseling appointments online.  They can find the link here and also on the Counseling Center homepage on the South website.  To make an appointment, students will be asked to enter an email address and phone number, if they have one (if not, they should enter N/A).  They must also select the correct counselor, as listed on the website.  After making an appointment, the system will send an appointment confirmation via email and a reminder text 24 hours before the appointment.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The work of South volunteers help make our school wonderful!  We provide information on volunteer opportunities throughout the year.  All Volunteers: please remember to sign in at the Main Office computer. This is for security and to record the valuable hours you give us!  Here are three areas of need:


  • The College & Career Center at South (CCC) is taking applications for parents interested in working with students by exploring their interests, goals, and plans for the future.  CCC volunteers work a weekly shift of 2-2.5 hours, same day, same shift.  Shifts are 8:10 to 11:10 A.M., 11:05 A.M. to 1:10 P.M., and 1:00 to 3:40 P.M.  The CCC is a resource room, classroom, and point of contact for all students, utilizing a career and college search curriculum.  Contact Kathy Ruggles for more information at ruggles_k@4j.lane.edu.
  • Senior Project Panels ~ Please consider serving on a panel!  The next presentations will take place on Wednesday, February 15, and Friday, February 24, both from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M.  These presentations are a wonderful opportunity to learn about the interests of our seniors. A Staff member leads each panel and you will receive a short orientation to the criteria and evaluation rubrics. Contact Kathy Ruggles for more information at ruggles_k@4j.lane.edu.
  • Axepresso is our coffee business at South Eugene. Located in a corner of the cafeteria, this student-run business is a busy place, providing a variety of hot and cold drinks to students throughout the morning. Axepresso needs some volunteer adult supervisors to help students learn customer service and provide an adult presence. All students are trained baristas and enjoy the welcoming atmosphere Axepresso provides. If you enjoy high school students, please consider spending a few hours each week in our Axepresso coffee business. Shifts are from 8:30 to 10:30 A.M. and from 10:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. Please contact Joshua Gramley at gramley_j@4j.lane.edu for more information.

To become a volunteer, please submit the Volunteer Application online and then complete the Interest and Information Form (which is also called the Volunteer Application) and send it to Kathy.  For more information, please contact Kathy Ruggles at ruggles_k@4j.lane.edu.

STUDENT SUMMER EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Each summer the US Forest Service with the Youth Conservation Corps hires 15-18-year-olds for summer jobs at the McKenzie Ranger Station.  Students are paid $9.75 per hour and are responsible for their own transportation (LTD bus service to the Ranger Station).  The program begins June 19 and ends August 11. The job entails campground maintenance, hiking trail rehabilitation, wildlife habitat enhancement, weed removal, and general forest improvement projects.  For an application, see Kathy Ruggles in Room 302.  Applications are due February 24.

STUDENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Does your student need volunteer hours but is not sure what to do?  Look at the Student Volunteering section of South’s website.

STUDENT EXCHANGE AND HOSTING PROGRAMS

  • Italy ~Join the Ergon cross cultural exchange program!  As a family you will have the enriching and fun experience of hosting a 16-17-year-old Italian student.  Ergon is currently seeking host parents for the 2017-18 school year, for either a semester or the full year.  The Italian family will in turn host your child for a fully paid summer vacation, and Ergon sponsors the flight!  Ergon specializes in a rigorous selection process ensuring that students are academically strong, responsible, and proficient in English; they devote great care to matching students with host families.  Students are fully insured and arrive with pocket money for all expenses, including recreational activities and vacations.  Giulia and Matilde had a great experience in the SEHS community last year.  Current and past SEHS host families are happy to share their experiences with you.  This year, slots for international students filled up at South, so if you are interested, please contact Kimberly O’Brien, Eugene coordinator, at kobrien334@comcast.net soon! To learn more, email Kimberly or visit Ergon’s website.
  • Chile ~ Oregon Adventure is a local, small organization that works with 4-5 students at a time to ensure each student is given personal attention and care.  Oregon Adventure is still accepting students and host families for Chile exchange program, 2016-2017.  This is a short-term, “reciprocal” exchange, in which you will host a student from Chile during winter term 2016 and then your student travels to Chile during spring term or summer of 2017 to live with the student you hosted.  (Depending on availability, you may be able simply to host a student from Chile or send your child to Chile without hosting.)  To find out more, please visit their website or contact Sachi Itoh, 541-285-3778 or oregonadventure@icloud.com.

CAREER CENTER CHECK-IN

Please visit the Career Center website for more information on these and other opportunities and resources.

  • Scholarships (due dates in parentheses): Various scholarships for native Americans, Alaskans, Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (Various). Al Forthan Memorial Recovery Scholarship (2/6), OSAC Scholarships (2/15 (early-bird deadline), 3/1 (regular deadline)), Colleges that Change Lives Scholarship (3/1), Oregon Collectors Association (3/1), LCC Foundation Scholarships (3/2).  Please click here or see our bulletin boards in the main hallway for the entire current scholarship list. For more information, visit the Career Center in Room 7.
  • Upcoming Visits:  Air Force recruiter (Thu 2/9 at 11:14 A.M.), Oregon Public Universities Spring Tour (OSU, UO, PSU, WOU, SOU, EOU, OIT, LCC) (Tue 2/28 at 7:00 P.M. in SEHS cafeteria)
  • Juniors:  Time to think SAT/ACT!  If you might attend a 4-year college/university after graduation, ideally you will register soon for a post-winter-break test date.  SEHS recommends that you put in at least 20 hours of studying, take the test, wait 4-ish weeks for your results, and determine whether or not you are happy with your score.  If not, register for your new test, study again, and re-take.  If you complete this work before the end of your junior year, you make it much less likely that you’ll find yourself taking admissions tests during your senior year when you’re also very busy with other elements of the application process.  Please come to the career center or look at the testing link on the SEHS website for more information.
  • Seniors:  Remember to update your FAFSA if you decide to apply to a school that you did not initially list on your FAFSA.  Also, if you plan to apply for the Oregon Promise, you must list the Oregon community college you plan to attend on your FAFSA.  59% of SEHS seniors have completed the FAFSA.  Add another quarter of a percentile by completing yours today.  It’s worth a free Axepresso drink from the career center!
  • PSAT:  Scores are here!  CollegeBoard sent an email to all juniors on December 12 (to the email address they listed when taking the PSAT) instructing them to log into (or create, then log into) their CollegeBoard accounts to access their scores.  For an interpretation of the information in students’ accounts, check out this YouTube video, The 2016 PSAT – Understanding Your Online Score Report.
  • The Oregon Promise Grant application for (nearly) tuition-free community college is now available to submit.  The early-bird application deadline (for notification by May 1) is April 1.  Otherwise, applications are due July 1.  FAFSA or ORSAA submission required.  Undocumented students invited to apply.
  • The OSAC Scholarship application for applying for over 500 scholarships at once is now available to submit. The early-bird application deadline (for entry in a $1000 scholarship drawing) is Wednesday, February 15, at 5:00 P.M.  Otherwise, applications are due Wednesday, March 1, at 5:00 P.M.  FAFSA or ORSAA submission recommended.  Undocumented students invited to apply.
  • The Lane Foundation’s scholarship application for multiple scholarships for LCC-bound students is now open.  Applications are due Thursday, March 2, at 8:59 P.M.   FAFSA submission recommended.  Undocumented students invited to apply.
  • Criminal Justice Careers Day at Western Oregon University will take place Wednesday, March 1, from 10:30 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.  This program is intended for high school and college students interested in exploring educational and employment opportunities in criminal justice.
  • LBCC Night is Monday February 6, from 4:30 to 7:30 P.M.  Learn more about the LBCC/OSU Degree Partnership Program (DPP) and its financial benefits.
  • Headed to a vocational school after high school, such as beauty school or truck-driving school?  While for-profit vocational schools should be investigated carefully to confirm that you’ll get your money’s worth, some such schools have merit.  We have a few scholarships dedicated to a few specific schools of this type.  For more information, come to the Career Center, and ask for Lori.

Until next time,

Jen Reynolds
Volunteer eNEWS Editor

eNEWS Issue 18 (Fri 1/27)

Dear Parents,

Happy Friday!  Below you will find information on upcoming events; an update on the recommended makeup days for the inclement weather; an announcement for the new scheduling system for the Counseling Center; news on the sophomore project; requests for volunteer service; information on student employment and volunteer opportunities; and the weekly Career Center Check-In.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • (Mon) 1/30:  NW PeaceJam Service Trip meeting, at 7:00 P.M., in Room 537 (details below).
  • (Thu) 2/2: 8th Grade IHS Parent Information Night, at 7:00 P.M., in the Cafeteria.
  • (Fri) 2/3:  EARLY RELEASE, at 11:55 A.M. (mid-trimester progress reports).
  • (Mon) 2/6: Parent Council, at 7:00 P.M., in the Library.
  • (Wed) 2/8: Spring Sports Registration, at 6:00 P.M., in the Cafeteria.
  • (Thu) 2/9:  8th Grade Info Night for Classic and IHS, at 7:00 P.M., in the Cafeteria.
  • (Sat) 2/11:  Winter Formal.

For South’s full calendar, click here.  For South’s Athletics calendar, click here.  For information on South’s 2016-17 theater season, click here.

STUDENT SERVICE TRIP TO GREECE

This June, PeaceJam NW is organizing a three-week service learning trip to Greece.  The first two weeks will involve workshops at the Pierce Leadership Academy in Athens, and the third week will take place on the island of Ithaca, featuring PeaceJam leadership curriculum and a service project working with unaccompanied minor refugees from Syria.  An informational meeting detailing how to participate will take place on Monday, January 30, from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M., in Room 537 (the IHS wing).  You may also email northwest@peacejam.org for more information.

INCLEMENT WEATHER MAKEUP DAYS – RECOMMENDED CHANGES

From Principal Dey:  “There is no way to say it other than that the December and January inclement weather school closure days were inconvenient on many, many levels.  We cannot thank you enough for your patience as folks at the district level assessed road conditions and made decisions about school closures.  We can only hope such delays are behind us and that the only thing left to do is to get those instructional hours back.  While final decisions have not been made, a recommendation has been given to the School Board with an expected plan to be shared following the next Board meeting on Wednesday, February 1.  We want you to know the details of that recommendation. As soon as something final has been shared with us, we promise to in turn share it with you.  In the meantime, here is the recommendation:

  • Last day for Tri 2: Friday, March 24;
  • Grading day for Tri 2: Monday, April 3;
  • First day for Tri 3: Tuesday, April 4;
  • Mid-trimester progress reports/early release: Friday, May 12;
  • Last day of Tri 3: Thursday, June 22;
  • Grading day for Tri 3: Friday, June 23;
  • No Professional development day on Friday, March 17; instead, hold classes as usual.

Please let us know if you have any questions.”

COUNSELING APPOINTMENTS – NEW SCHEDULING SYSTEM

Students may now schedule counseling appointments online.  They can find the link here and also on the Counseling Center homepage on the South website.  To make an appointment, students will be asked to enter an email address and phone number, if they have one (if not, they should enter N/A).  They must also select the correct counselor, as listed on the website.  After making an appointment, the system will send an appointment confirmation via email and a reminder text 24 hours before the appointment.

SOPHOMORE PROJECT

If your sophomore has a social studies class this term, he or she should have been given information about Sophomore Projects.  (If not, your student should ask his or her social-studies teacher or come by the Career Center for more information.)  This graduation requirement is an excellent chance to plan for life after high school.  The project has some pencil/paper components and involves some computer activities, all of which your student will complete in the Career Center (Room 7) on his or her own time.  It is due by the end of the second trimester (unless the teacher has given an earlier due date).

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The work of South volunteers help make our school wonderful!  We provide information on volunteer opportunities throughout the year.  All Volunteers: please remember to sign in at the Main Office computer. This is for security and to record the valuable hours you give us!  Here are three areas of need:


  • The College & Career Center at South (CCC) is taking applications for parents interested in working with students by exploring their interests, goals, and plans for the future.  CCC volunteers work a weekly shift of 2-2.5 hours, same day, same shift.  Shifts are 8:10 to 11:10 A.M., 11:05 A.M. to 1:10 P.M., and 1:00 to 3:40 P.M.  The CCC is a resource room, classroom, and point of contact for all students, utilizing a career and college search curriculum.  Contact Kathy Ruggles for more information at ruggles_k@4j.lane.edu.
  • Senior Project Panels ~ Please consider serving on a panel!  The next presentations will take place on Wednesday, February 15, and Friday, February 24, both from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M.  These presentations are a wonderful opportunity to learn about the interests of our seniors. A Staff member leads each panel and you will receive a short orientation to the criteria and evaluation rubrics. Contact Kathy Ruggles for more information at ruggles_k@4j.lane.edu.
  • Axepresso is our coffee business at South Eugene. Located in a corner of the cafeteria, this student-run business is a busy place, providing a variety of hot and cold drinks to students throughout the morning. Axepresso needs some volunteer adult supervisors to help students learn customer service and provide an adult presence. All students are trained baristas and enjoy the welcoming atmosphere Axepresso provides. If you enjoy high school students, please consider spending a few hours each week in our Axepresso coffee business. Shifts are from 8:30 to 10:30 A.M. and from 10:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. Please contact Joshua Gramley at gramley_j@4j.lane.edu for more information.

To become a volunteer, please submit the Volunteer Application online and then complete the Interest and Information Form (which is also called the Volunteer Application) and send it to Kathy.  For more information, please contact Kathy Ruggles at ruggles_k@4j.lane.edu.

STUDENT SUMMER EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Each summer the US Forest Service with the Youth Conservation Corps hires 15-18-year-olds for summer jobs at the McKenzie Ranger Station.  Students are paid $9.75 per hour and are responsible for their own transportation (LTD bus service to the Ranger Station).  The program begins June 19 and ends August 11. The job entails campground maintenance, hiking trail rehabilitation, wildlife habitat enhancement, weed removal, and general forest improvement projects.  For an application, see Kathy Ruggles in Room 302.  Applications are due February 24.

STUDENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Does your student need volunteer hours but is not sure what to do?  Look at the Student Volunteering section of South’s website.

CAREER CENTER CHECK-IN

Please visit the Career Center website for more information on these and other opportunities and resources.

  • Scholarships (due dates in parentheses): KPMG Future Leaders Program (1/30/2017), Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber Scholarship (1/31/17), Foundation Epsilon Sigma Alpha (2/1/17), Oregon Wheat Growers League Scholarship (2/1/17) Various scholarships for native Americans, Alaskans, Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (Various). Please click here or see our bulletin boards in the main hallway for the entire current scholarship list. For more information, visit the Career Center in Room 7.
  • Upcoming visits to the career center:  Savannah College of Art and Design (Thu 2/2, at 8:40 A.M.)
  • Sophomores:  If your sophomore has a social studies class this term, he or she should have been given information about Sophomore Projects.  (If not, your student should ask his or her social-studies teacher or come by the Career Center for more information.)  This graduation requirement is an excellent chance to plan for life after high school.  The project has some pencil/paper components and involves some computer activities, all of which your student will complete in the Career Center (Room 7) on his or her own time.  It is due by the end of the second trimester (unless the teacher has given an earlier due date).
  • Juniors:  Time to think SAT/ACT!  If you might attend a 4-year college/university after graduation, ideally you will register soon for a post-winter-break test date.  SEHS recommends that you put in at least 20 hours of studying, take the test, wait 6-ish weeks for your results, and determine whether or not you are happy with your score.  If not, register for your new test, study again, and re-take.  If you complete this work before the end of your junior year, you make it much less likely that you’ll find yourself taking admissions tests during your senior year when you’re also very busy with other elements of the application process.  Please come to the Career Center or look at the testing link on the SEHS website for more information.
  • Seniors:  Remember to update your FAFSA if you decide to apply to a school that you did not initially list on your FAFSA.  Also, if you plan to apply for the Oregon Promise, you must list the Oregon community college you plan to attend on your FAFSA.  Almost 55% of SEHS seniors have completed the FAFSA.  Add another quarter of a percentile by completing yours today.  It’s worth a free Axepresso drink from the career center!
  • PSAT:  Scores are here!  CollegeBoard sent an email to all juniors on December 12 (to the email address they wrote down when taking the PSAT) instructing them to log into (or create, then log into) their CollegeBoard accounts to access their scores.  For an interpretation of the information in students’ accounts, check out this YouTube video, The 2016 PSAT – Understanding Your Online Score Report.
  • The Oregon Promise Grant application for (nearly) tuition-free community college is now available to submit.  The early-bird application deadline (for notification by May 1) is April 1.  Otherwise, applications are due July 1.
  • The OSAC Scholarship application for applying for over 500 scholarships at once is now available to submit. The early-bird application deadline (for entry in a $1000 scholarship drawing) is Wednesday, February 15, at 5:00 P.M.  Otherwise, applications are due Wednesday, March 1, at 5:00 P.M.
  • The Lane Foundation’s scholarship application for multiple scholarships for LCC-bound students is now open.  Applications are due Thursday, March 2, at 8:59 P.M.
  • Criminal Justice Careers Day at Western Oregon University will take place Wednesday, March 1, from 10:30 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.  This program is intended for high school and college students interested in exploring educational and employment opportunities in criminal justice.
  • Headed to a vocational school after high school, such as beauty school or truck-driving school?  While for-profit vocational schools should be investigated carefully to confirm that you’ll get your money’s worth, some such schools have merit.  We have a few scholarships dedicated to a few specific schools of this type.  For more information, come to the Career Center, and ask for Lori.

Until next time,

Jen Reynolds
Volunteer eNEWS Editor

eNEWS Issue 17 (Fri 1/20)

Dear Parents,

Happy Friday!  Below you will find information on upcoming events; requests for volunteer service; information on student employment and volunteer opportunities; and the weekly Career Center Check-In.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • (Sat) 1/21:  Vocal Throwdown, at 7:00 P.M., in the Auditorium.
  • (MonFri) 1/23-27: 4j School Choice Visitation Week.
  • (Mon) 1/23:  SEHS School Choice Information Presentations, from 2:30 to 3:30 P.M.
  • (Tue) 1/24: OWL Parent Night, at 7:00 P.M., in the Library.
  • (Wed) 1/25: SEHS School Choice Information Presentations, from 2:30 to 3:30 P.M.
  • (WedSat) 1/25-28: Arms and the Man, at 7:00 P.M., in the Little Theater.
  • (Thu) 1/26:  ASE Internship Info Session, at 7:00 P.M., in the Library (details below).
  • (Mon) 1/30:  NW PeaceJam Service Trip meeting, at 7:00 P.M., in Room 537 (details below).
  • (Thu) 2/2: 8th Grade IHS Parent Information Night, at 7:00 P.M., in the Cafeteria.
  • (Fri) 2/3:  EARLY RELEASE, at 11:55 A.M. (mid-trimester progress reports).

For South’s full calendar, click here.  For South’s Athletics calendar, click here.  For information on South’s 2016-17 theater season, click here.

APPRENTICESHIPS IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

Is your student in 9th, 10th, or 11th grade?  Is your student interested in a career as a scientist, doctor, engineer or technologist?  If so, your student is welcome to come to the ASE summer internship information session in the South Eugene High School Library on Thursday, January 26, at 7:00 P.M.  ASE matches scientists, engineers and technology innovators with students for eight-week internships over the summer.  ASE is a great way to improve college applications, and students can get school credit and a $1,000 stipend!  More information is available here.

STUDENT SERVICE TRIP TO GREECE

This June, PeaceJam NW is organizing a three-week service learning trip to Greece.  The first two weeks will involve workshops at the Pierce Leadership Academy in Athens, and the third week will take place on the island of Ithaca, featuring PeaceJam leadership curriculum and a service project working with unaccompanied minor refugees from Syria.  An informational meeting detailing how to participate will take place on Monday, January 30, from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M., in Room 537 (the IHS wing).  You may also email northwest@peacejam.org for more information.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The work of South volunteers help make our school wonderful!  We provide information on volunteer opportunities throughout the year.  All Volunteers: please remember to sign in at the Main Office computer. This is for security and to record the valuable hours you give us!  Here are three areas of need:

  • The College & Career Center at South (CCC) is taking applications for parents interested in working with students by exploring their interests, goals, and plans for the future.  CCC volunteers work a weekly shift of 2-2.5 hours, same day, same shift.  Shifts are 8:10 to 11:10 A.M., 11:05 A.M. to 1:10 P.M., and 1:00 to 3:40 P.M.  The CCC is a resource room, classroom, and point of contact for all students, utilizing a career and college search curriculum.  Contact Kathy Ruggles for more information at ruggles_k@4j.lane.edu.
  • Senior Project Panels ~ Please consider serving on a panel!  The next presentations will take place on Friday, February 3, from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M.  These presentations are a wonderful  opportunity to learn about the interests of our seniors. A Staff member leads each panel and you will receive a short orientation to the criteria and evaluation rubrics. Contact Kathy Ruggles for more information at ruggles_k@4j.lane.edu.
  • Axepresso is our coffee business at South Eugene. Located in a corner of the cafeteria, this student-run business is a busy place, providing a variety of hot and cold drinks to students throughout the morning. Axepresso needs some volunteer adult supervisors to help students learn customer service and provide an adult presence. All students are trained baristas and enjoy the welcoming atmosphere Axepresso provides. If you enjoy high school students, please consider spending a few hours each week in our Axepresso coffee business. Shifts are from 8:30 to 10:30 A.M. and from 10:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. Please contact Joshua Gramley at gramley_j@4j.lane.edu for more information.

To become a volunteer, please submit the Volunteer Application online and then complete the Interest and Information Form (which is also called the Volunteer Application) and send it to Kathy.  For more information, please contact Kathy Ruggles at ruggles_k@4j.lane.edu.

STUDENT SUMMER EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Each summer the US Forest Service with the Youth Conservation Corps hires 15-18-year-olds for summer jobs at the McKenzie Ranger Station.  Students are paid $9.75 per hour and are responsible for their own transportation (LTD bus service to the Ranger Station).  The program begins June 19 and ends August 11. The job entails campground maintenance, hiking trail rehabilitation, wildlife habitat enhancement, weed removal, and general forest improvement projects.  For an application, see Kathy Ruggles in Room 302.  Applications are due February 24.

STUDENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Does your student need volunteer hours but is not sure what to do?  Look at the Student Volunteering section of South’s website.  Here is one featured opportunity:

  • The Pantsuit Pursuit 5K will take place Saturday, January 21, at 11:00 A.M.  Students are needed to serve as course monitors and can work shifts lasting from 2-10 hours.  Text Cassidy (541) 521-6129 or Sophia (541) 513-9290 if your student is interested.

CAREER CENTER CHECK-IN

Please visit the Career Center website for more information on these and other opportunities and resources.

  • Scholarships (due dates in parentheses): KPMG Future Leaders Program (1/30/2017), Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber Scholarship (1/31/17), Foundation Epsilon Sigma Alpha (2/1/17), Oregon Wheat Growers League Scholarship (2/1/17) Various scholarships for native Americans, Alaskans, Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (Various). Please click here or see our bulletin boards in the main hallway for the entire current scholarship list. For more information, visit the Career Center in Room 7.
  • Juniors:  Time to think SAT/ACT!  If you might attend a 4-year college/university after graduation, ideally you will register soon for a post-winter-break test date.  I recommend that you put in at least 20 hours of studying, take the test, wait 6-ish weeks for your results, and determine whether or not you are happy with your score.  If not, register for your new test, study again, and re-take.  If you complete this work before the end of your junior year, you make it much less likely that you’ll find yourself taking admissions tests during your senior year when you’re also very busy with other elements of the application process.  Please come to the Career Center or look at our testing link on the SEHS website for more information.
  • Seniors:  Remember to update your FAFSA if you decide to apply to a school that you did not initially list on your FAFSA.  Also, if you plan to apply for the Oregon Promise, you must list the Oregon community college you plan to attend on your FAFSA.  Almost 55% of SEHS seniors have completed the FAFSA.  Add another quarter of a percentile by completing yours today.  It’s worth a free Axepresso drink from the career center!
  • PSAT:  Scores are here!  CollegeBoard sent an email to all juniors on December 12 (to the email address they wrote down when taking the PSAT) instructing them to log into (or create, then log into) their CollegeBoard accounts to access their scores.  For an interpretation of the information in students’ accounts, check out this YouTube video, The 2016 PSAT – Understanding Your Online Score Report.
  • The Oregon Promise Grant application for (nearly) tuition-free community college is now available to submit.
  • Considering taking a gap year?  Take a look at the American Gap Association’s website.  Its list of accredited gap-year programs can be very useful in determining which programs meet safety, learning, and other standards.
  • The OSAC Scholarship application for applying for hundreds of scholarships at once is now available to submit. Applications are due Wednesday, March 1st at 5 pm.
  • The Lane Foundation’s scholarship application for multiple scholarships for LCC-bound students is now open.  Applications are due Thursday, March 2nd at 8:59 pm.
  • How to Appeal for More Financial Aid:  College financial-aid administrators have the authority to make adjustments to students’ financial-aid packages when supported by documentation of special circumstances.  If you anticipate the need to appeal the results of your student’s FAFSA, check out  this article from Edvisors detailing the process.

Until next time,

Jen Reynolds
Volunteer eNEWS Editor

eNEWS Issue 16 (Fri 1/13)

Dear Parents,

Happy Friday!  Below you will find information on upcoming events; details on a winter workshop for students and an opportunity for students to learn to code; requests for volunteer service; information on student employment and volunteer opportunities; and the weekly Career Center Check-In.

Note:  Our January meeting of the Parent Council was cancelled due to weather. The next Parent Council meeting will take place on Monday, February 6, at 7:00 P.M., in the Library.  Hope to see you there!

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • (Mon) 1/16:  NO SCHOOL (Martin Luther King Jr. Day).
  • (Tue) 1/17:  Blood drive, from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M., in the Small Gym.
  • (Tue) 1/17: Choir Concert, at 7:00 P.M., in the Auditorium.
  • (Tue) 1/17: Parent informational meeting for “Our Whole Lives” program, at 7:00 P.M., at First Congregational Church, 1050 E. 23rd Avenue (details here).
  • (Sat) 1/21:  Vocal Throwdown, at 7:00 P.M., in the Auditorium.
  • (MonFri) 1/23-27: 4j School Choice Visitation Week.
  • (Mon) 1/23:  SEHS School Choice Information Presentations, from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. and from 2:30 to 3:30 P.M.
  • (Tue) 1/24: OWL Parent Night, at 7:00 P.M., in the Library.
  • (Wed) 1/25: SEHS School Choice Information Presentations, from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. and from 2:30 to 3:30 P.M.
  • (WedSat) 1/25-28: Arms and the Man, at 7:00 P.M., in the Little Theater.
  • (Thu) 1/26:  ASE Internship Info Session, at 7:00 P.M., in the Library (details below).

For South’s full calendar, click here.  For South’s Athletics calendar, click here.  For information on South’s 2016-17 theater season, click here.

APPRENTICESHIPS IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

Is your student in 9th, 10th, or 11th grade?  Is your student interested in a career as a scientist, doctor, engineer or technologist?  If so, your student is welcome to come to the ASE summer internship information session in the South Eugene High School Library on Thursday, January 26, at 7:00 P.M.  ASE matches scientists, engineers and technology innovators with students for eight-week internships over the summer.  ASE is a great way to improve college applications, and students can get school credit and a $1,000 stipend!  More information is available here.

WINTER WORKSHOP SERIES

The OSU Extension Service and Lane County 4-H Program invite students to participate in the Winter Workshop Series, a series of FREE workshops for 9-18 year olds focusing on non-animal 4-H project areas such as gardening, baking, knitting, and fine arts.  Workshops take place every other week and start on Saturday, January 14.

LEARN TO CODE

The CoderDojo is a volunteer-led global movement running free coding clubs primarily for teens.  Sessions are announced on the meetup site at http://www.meetup.com/Eugene-Region-CoderDojo-Hub/ and are usually held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You must register to participate.  Questions? Call Vallie at 541-463-3445 or Shareen at 541-463-3441.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The work of South volunteers help make our school wonderful!  We provide information on volunteer opportunities throughout the year.  All Volunteers: please remember to sign in at the Main Office computer. This is for security and to record the valuable hours you give us!  Here are three areas of need:


  • The College & Career Center at South (CCC) is taking applications for parents interested in working with students by exploring their interests, goals, and plans for the future.  CCC volunteers work a weekly shift of 2-2.5 hours, same day, same shift.  Shifts are 8:10 to 11:10 A.M., 11:05 A.M. to 1:10 P.M., and 1:00 to 3:40 P.M.  The CCC is a resource room, classroom, and point of contact for all students, utilizing a career and college search curriculum.  Contact Kathy Ruggles for more information at ruggles_k@4j.lane.edu.
  • Senior Project Panels ~ Please consider serving on a panel!  The next presentations will take place on Friday, February 3, from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M.  These presentations are a wonderful  opportunity to learn about the interests of our seniors. A Staff member leads each panel and you will receive a short orientation to the criteria and evaluation rubrics. Contact Kathy Ruggles for more information at ruggles_k@4j.lane.edu.
  • Axepresso is our coffee business at South Eugene. Located in a corner of the cafeteria, this student-run business is a busy place, providing a variety of hot and cold drinks to students throughout the morning. Axepresso needs some volunteer adult supervisors to help students learn customer service and provide an adult presence. All students are trained baristas and enjoy the welcoming atmosphere Axepresso provides. If you enjoy high school students, please consider spending a few hours each week in our Axepresso coffee business. Shifts are from 8:30 to 10:30 A.M. and from 10:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. Please contact Joshua Gramley at gramley_j@4j.lane.edu for more information.

To become a volunteer, please submit the Volunteer Application online and then complete the Interest and Information Form (which is also called the Volunteer Application) and send it to Kathy.  For more information, please contact Kathy Ruggles at ruggles_k@4j.lane.edu.

STUDENT SUMMER EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Each summer the US Forest Service with the Youth Conservation Corps hires 15-18-year-olds for summer jobs at the McKenzie Ranger Station.  Students are paid $9.75 per hour and are responsible for their own transportation (LTD bus service to the Ranger Station).  The program begins June 19 and ends August 11. The job entails campground maintenance, hiking trail rehabilitation, wildlife habitat enhancement, weed removal, and general forest improvement projects.  For an application, see Kathy Ruggles in Room 302.  Applications are due February 24.

STUDENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Does your student need volunteer hours but is not sure what to do?  Look at the Student Volunteering section of South’s website.  Here is one featured opportunity:

  • The Pantsuit Pursuit 5K will take place Saturday, January 21, at 11 A.M.  Students are needed to serve as course monitors and can work shifts lasting from 2-10 hours.  Text Cassidy (541) 521-6129 or Sophia (541) 513-9290 if your student is interested.

CAREER CENTER CHECK-IN

Please visit the Career Center website for more information on these and other opportunities and resources.

  • Scholarships (due dates in parentheses): Pride Foundation LGBTQ Scholarships (1/13), U of O Presidential Scholarship (1/15), U of O Diversity Excellence Scholarship (1/15/17), Wells Fargo Scholarship Program for People with Disabililties (1/17/17), Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber Scholarship (1/31/17), Foundation Epsilon Sigma Alpha (2/1/17), Oregon Wheat Growers League Scholarship (2/1/17) Various scholarships for native Americans, Alaskans, Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (Various). Please click here or see our bulletin boards in the main hallway for the entire current scholarship list. For more information, visit the Career Center in Room 7.
  • Juniors:  Time to think SAT/ACT!  If you might attend a 4-year college/university after graduation, ideally you will register soon for a post-winter-break test date.  I recommend that you put in at least 20 hours of studying, take the test, wait 6-ish weeks for your results, and determine whether or not you are happy with your score.  If not, register for your new test, study again, and re-take.  If you complete this work before the end of your junior year, you make it much less likely that you’ll find yourself taking admissions tests during your senior year when you’re also very busy with other elements of the application process.  Please come to the career center or look at our testing link on the SEHS website for more information.
  • Seniors:  Remember to update your FAFSA if you decide to apply to a school that you did not initially list on your FAFSA.  Also, if you plan to apply for the Oregon Promise, you must list the Oregon community college you plan to attend on your FAFSA.  Almost 55% of SEHS seniors have completed the FAFSA.  Add another quarter of a percentile by completing yours today.  It’s worth a free Axepresso drink from the career center!
  • PSAT:  Scores are here!  CollegeBoard sent an email to all juniors on December 12 (to the email address they wrote down when taking the PSAT) instructing them to log into (or create, then log into) their CollegeBoard accounts to access their scores.  For an interpretation of the information in students’ accounts, check out this YouTube video, The 2016 PSAT – Understanding Your Online Score Report.
  • The Oregon Promise Grant application for (nearly) tuition-free community college is now available to submit.
  • Considering taking a gap year?  Take a look at the American Gap Association’s website.  Its list of accredited gap-year programs can be very useful in determining which programs meet safety, learning, and other standards.
  • Gap Year:  Rustic Pathways is a gap-year program that offers experiences in traveling, volunteering, internships, and language immersion.  A representative from Rustic Pathways will be in the Career Center on Tuesday, January 17, at 12:24 P.M.
  • The OSAC Scholarship application for applying for hundreds of scholarships at once is now available to submit.
  • How to Appeal for More Financial Aid:  College financial-aid administrators have the authority to make adjustments to students’ financial-aid packages when supported by documentation of special circumstances.  If you anticipate the need to appeal the results of your student’s FAFSA, check out  this article from Edvisors detailing the process.

Until next time,

Jen Reynolds
Volunteer eNEWS Editor

eNEWS Issue 15 (1/6)

Dear Parents,

Happy Friday!  Below you will find information on upcoming events; details on a winter workshop for students and an opportunity for students to learn to code; requests for volunteer service; information on student employment and volunteer opportunities; and the weekly Career Center Check-In.

Note:  Our January meeting of the Parent Council was cancelled due to weather. The next Parent Council meeting will take place on Monday, February 6, at 7:00 P.M., in the Library.  Hope to see you there!

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • (Mon) 1/16:  NO SCHOOL (Martin Luther King Jr. Day).
  • (Tue) 1/17:  Blood drive, from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M., in the Small Gym.
  • (Tue) 1/17: Choir Concert, at 7:00 P.M., in the Auditorium.
  • (Tue) 1/17: Parent informational meeting for “Our Whole Lives” program, at 7:00 P.M., at First Congregational Church, 1050 E. 23rd Avenue (details here).
  • (Sat) 1/21:  Vocal Throwdown, at 7:00 P.M., in the Auditorium.
  • (MonFri) 1/23-27: 4j School Choice Visitation Week.
  • (Mon) 1/23:  SEHS School Choice Information Presentations, from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. and from 2:30 to 3:30 P.M.
  • (Tue) 1/24: OWL Parent Night, at 7:00 P.M., in the Library.
  • (Wed) 1/25: SEHS School Choice Information Presentations, from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. and from 2:30 to 3:30 P.M.
  • (WedSat) 1/25-28: Arms and the Man, at 7:00 P.M., in the Little Theater.
  • (Thu) 1/26:  ASE Internship Info Session, at 7:00 P.M., in the Library (details below).

For South’s full calendar, click here.  For South’s Athletics calendar, click here.  For information on South’s 2016-17 theater season, click here.

APPRENTICESHIPS IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

Is your student in 9th, 10th, or 11th grade?  Is your student interested in a career as a scientist, doctor, engineer or technologist?  If so, your student is welcome to come to the ASE summer internship information session in the South Eugene High School Library on Thursday, January 26, at 7:00 P.M.  ASE matches scientists, engineers and technology innovators with students for eight-week internships over the summer.  ASE is a great way to improve college applications, and students can get school credit and a $1,000 stipend!  More information is available here.

WINTER WORKSHOP SERIES

The OSU Extension Service and Lane County 4-H Program invite students to participate in the Winter Workshop Series, a series of FREE workshops for 9-18 year olds focusing on non-animal 4-H project areas such as gardening, baking, knitting, and fine arts.  Workshops take place every other week and start on Saturday, January 14.

LEARN TO CODE

The CoderDojo is a volunteer-led global movement running free coding clubs primarily for teens.  Sessions are announced on the meetup site at http://www.meetup.com/Eugene-Region-CoderDojo-Hub/ and are usually held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You must register to participate.  Questions? Call Vallie at 541-463-3445 or Shareen at 541-463-3441.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The work of South volunteers help make our school wonderful!  We provide information on volunteer opportunities throughout the year.  All Volunteers: please remember to sign in at the Main Office computer. This is for security and to record the valuable hours you give us!  Here are three areas of need:


  • The College & Career Center at South (CCC) is taking applications for parents interested in working with students by exploring their interests, goals, and plans for the future.  CCC volunteers work a weekly shift of 2-2.5 hours, same day, same shift.  Shifts are 8:10 to 11:10 A.M., 11:05 A.M. to 1:10 P.M., and 1:00 to 3:40 P.M.  The CCC is a resource room, classroom, and point of contact for all students, utilizing a career and college search curriculum.  Contact Kathy Ruggles for more information at ruggles_k@4j.lane.edu.
  • Senior Project Panels ~ Please consider serving on a panel!  The next presentations will take place on Friday, February 3, from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M.  These presentations are a wonderful  opportunity to learn about the interests of our seniors. A Staff member leads each panel and you will receive a short orientation to the criteria and evaluation rubrics. Contact Kathy Ruggles for more information at ruggles_k@4j.lane.edu.
  • Axepresso is our coffee business at South Eugene. Located in a corner of the cafeteria, this student-run business is a busy place, providing a variety of hot and cold drinks to students throughout the morning. Axepresso needs some volunteer adult supervisors to help students learn customer service and provide an adult presence. All students are trained baristas and enjoy the welcoming atmosphere Axepresso provides. If you enjoy high school students, please consider spending a few hours each week in our Axepresso coffee business. Shifts are from 8:30 to 10:30 A.M. and from 10:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. Please contact Joshua Gramley at gramley_j@4j.lane.edu for more information.

To become a volunteer, please submit the Volunteer Application online and then complete the Interest and Information Form (which is also called the Volunteer Application) and send it to Kathy.  For more information, please contact Kathy Ruggles at ruggles_k@4j.lane.edu.

STUDENT SUMMER EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Each summer the US Forest Service with the Youth Conservation Corps hires 15-18-year-olds for summer jobs at the McKenzie Ranger Station.  Students are paid $9.75 per hour and are responsible for their own transportation (LTD bus service to the Ranger Station).  The program begins June 19 and ends August 11. The job entails campground maintenance, hiking trail rehabilitation, wildlife habitat enhancement, weed removal, and general forest improvement projects.  For an application, see Kathy Ruggles in Room 302.  Applications are due February 24.

STUDENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Does your student need volunteer hours but is not sure what to do?  Look at the Student Volunteering section of South’s website.  Here is one featured opportunity:

  • The Pantsuit Pursuit 5K will take place Saturday, January 21, at 11 A.M.  Students are needed to serve as course monitors and can work shifts lasting from 2-10 hours.  Text Cassidy (541) 521-6129 or Sophia (541) 513-9290 if your student is interested.

CAREER CENTER CHECK-IN

Please visit the Career Center website for more information on these and other opportunities and resources.

  • Scholarships (due dates in parentheses): Pride Foundation LGBTQ Scholarships (1/13), U of O Presidential Scholarship (1/15), U of O Diversity Excellence Scholarship (1/15/17), Wells Fargo Scholarship Program for People with Disabililties (1/17/17), Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber Scholarship (1/31/17), Foundation Epsilon Sigma Alpha (2/1/17), Oregon Wheat Growers League Scholarship (2/1/17) Various scholarships for native Americans, Alaskans, Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (Various). Please click here or see our bulletin boards in the main hallway for the entire current scholarship list. For more information, visit the Career Center in Room 7.
  • Juniors:  Time to think SAT/ACT!  If you might attend a 4-year college/university after graduation, ideally you will register soon for a post-winter-break test date.  I recommend that you put in at least 20 hours of studying, take the test, wait 6-ish weeks for your results, and determine whether or not you are happy with your score.  If not, register for your new test, study again, and re-take.  If you complete this work before the end of your junior year, you make it much less likely that you’ll find yourself taking admissions tests during your senior year when you’re also very busy with other elements of the application process.  Please come to the career center or look at our testing link on the SEHS website for more information.
  • Seniors:  Remember to update your FAFSA if you decide to apply to a school that you did not initially list on your FAFSA.  Also, if you plan to apply for the Oregon Promise, you must list the Oregon community college you plan to attend on your FAFSA.  Almost 55% of SEHS seniors have completed the FAFSA.  Add another quarter of a percentile by completing yours today.  It’s worth a free Axepresso drink from the career center!
  • PSAT:  Scores are here!  CollegeBoard sent an email to all juniors on December 12 (to the email address they wrote down when taking the PSAT) instructing them to log into (or create, then log into) their CollegeBoard accounts to access their scores.  For an interpretation of the information in students’ accounts, check out this YouTube video, The 2016 PSAT – Understanding Your Online Score Report.
  • The Oregon Promise Grant application for (nearly) tuition-free community college is now available to submit.
  • Considering taking a gap year?  Take a look at the American Gap Association’s website.  Its list of accredited gap-year programs can be very useful in determining which programs meet safety, learning, and other standards.
  • Gap Year:  Rustic Pathways is a gap-year program that offers experiences in traveling, volunteering, internships, and language immersion.  A representative from Rustic Pathways will be in the Career Center on Tuesday, January 17, at 12:24 P.M.
  • The OSAC Scholarship application for applying for hundreds of scholarships at once is now available to submit.
  • How to Appeal for More Financial Aid:  College financial-aid administrators have the authority to make adjustments to students’ financial-aid packages when supported by documentation of special circumstances.  If you anticipate the need to appeal the results of your student’s FAFSA, check out  this article from Edvisors detailing the process.

Until next time,

Jen Reynolds

Volunteer eNEWS Editor

eNEWS: Weather-related update to an upcoming event (1/9)

Dear Parents:

Here is an update to an event that was supposed to happen tomorrow:

APPRENTICESHIPS IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING – MEETING POSTPONED

The informational meeting for ASE at South Eugene, scheduled for tomorrow evening, has been postponed because of the weather. Please mark your calendars for Thursday, January 26, at 7:00 P.M., in the South Eugene High School Library. Please also let any interested students and parents know of this change!

Thanks!

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