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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: Weather-related update to an upcoming event

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!

Dear Parents,

Happy rainy Friday!  Below you will find information on upcoming events; an announcement about senior yearbook photos; information on dealing with winter weather; details on becoming an Axemen Angel; an opportunity for your student to have a YMCA mentor; details on an apprenticeship program for science and engineering; requests for volunteer service; information on student volunteer opportunities; and the weekly Career Center Check-In.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • (Fri) 12/9:  Jazz Band Concert, at 7:00 P.M., in the Auditorium.
  • (Mon) 12/12:  Info meeting on Italy/Greece summer trip (details below).
  • (Tue) 12/13:  String Orchestra and Ensemble Concert, at 7:00 P.M., in the Auditorium.
  • (Thu) 12/15:  Choir Concert, at 7:00 P.M., in the Auditorium.
  • (Fri) 12/16:  Senior yearbook photos due (details below).
  • (MonMon) 12/19-1/2:  WINTER BREAK.
  • (Tue) 1/3:  NO SCHOOL (professional development day).

The Main Office will be closed for Winter Break from Monday 12/19 through Monday 1/2.  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.

INFO MEETING ON 2018 TRIP TO ITALY AND GREECE

SEHS teachers Ms. Prater and Mr. Stewart are planning their sixth Education First tour for the summer of 2018.  It will be a “Magical Mystery Tour” to Italy and Greece.  You and your student are invited to an information and registration meeting on Monday, December 12, at 6:00 P.M., in Room 307.  Ms. Prater and Mr. Stewart will discuss the benefits, itinerary, costs, insurance, etc.

SENIOR YEARBOOK PHOTOS – DEADLINE IS NEXT FRIDAY

Seniors have the option to replace their school photos in the yearbook with a portrait of their choice.  The photo must fit these specifications.  Images are due Friday, December 16.  Photos can be uploaded at the link on the school website, or submitted as prints or files on disk to the yearbook mailbox in the Main Office. Please email yearbook adviser Bobbie Willis at willis_b@4j.lane.edu if you have questions.

WINTER WEATHER ALERTS

When winter weather arrives, schools may be closed or delayed or buses may use snow routes. School districts decide early in the morning whether there is a need to change the school schedule or bus routes. These decisions are made districtwide and are the same for every 4J school.  There are several ways to find out if there is a change on snowy or icy days:

  • Text-message alerts via Twitter — to sign up, just text FOLLOW 4JWEATHER to 40404
  • 4J website
  • KRVM 91.9 FM
  • Other radio and television news stations

If there is a school closure or other change, the school district will announce it before 6:30 A.M.  If schools and buses are on their regular schedule, there will NOT be an announcement.  Parents of students who ride school buses that have alternate snow routes have been informed of what to do. Snow route information can be found on the district website here.  If school is in session, families are encouraged to consider road conditions in their areas and make their own decisions based on safety.  Parents’ individual decisions about school attendance will be honored; just be sure to call the attendance line (541-790-8008) to report your student’s absence.  For more information, visit this site.

BECOME AN ANGEL

Within the South Eugene community, we have many students whose families struggle to make ends meet and for whom the holiday season may not bring joy. SEHS is looking for people to become Axemen Angels and sponsor a South student.  There are many ways that you can contribute to this program.  You may purchase some or all items from a student’s wants/needs (wish) list or you may make a monetary donation to the program.  If you would like to become an Axeman Angel or would like more information, please contact Trista Neuman at 541-790-8010 or neuman_t@4j.lane.edu.  We expect to have wish lists available by November 30.

MENTORS FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Would your student benefit from a little extra academic and emotional support?  The Eugene Family YMCA is looking for a few South Eugene students in need of a mentor.  Your student will meet up with his or her mentor for a few hours each week.  This is a great way to help prepare for college and beyond!  To learn more, please contact Rachel Cazavilan (rcazavilan@eugeneymca.org) or visit this site.

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 Tuesday, January 10, 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.

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 two areas of need:

  • Senior Project Panels ~ Trimester 2 will yield more seniors who are ready to present their projects on Thursday, January 12, from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M.  Please consider serving on a panel!  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 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:

  • 90by30 is a Lane County child-abuse prevention program housed in the Center for Prevention of Abuse and Neglect at the U of O.  Program members are looking for student volunteers for one of three upcoming projects.  Each project will last for several months and might serve well as part of a senior project or to fulfill a lot of community-service requirements.  Please contact Gypsy Prince at gypsyp@uoregon.edu or at 541-346-7484 for more information.

CAREER CENTER CHECK-IN

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

Until next time,

Jen Reynolds
Volunteer eNEWS Editor

Dear Parents,

Happy No-School Friday!  Below you will find information on upcoming events; details on becoming an Axemen Angel; an opportunity for your student to have a YMCA mentor; details on an apprenticeship program for science and engineering; requests for volunteer service; information on student volunteer, internship, exchange, and hosting opportunities; and the weekly Career Center Check-In. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • (Fri) 12/2:  NO SCHOOL (grading day).
  • (Mon) 12/5:  NO SCHOOL (professional development day).
  • (Tue) 12/6:  Second trimester begins.
  • (Wed) 12/7:  Fresh/Soph Beyond South Night, at 7:00 P.M., in the Auditorium.
  • (Tue) 12/12:  Info meeting on Italy/Greece summer trip (details below).
  • (Tue) 12/13:  String Orchestra and Ensemble Concert, at 7:00 P.M., in the Auditorium.
  • (Thu) 12/15:  Choir Concert, at 7:00 P.M., in the Auditorium.
  • (Fri) 12/16:  Senior yearbook photos due (details below).
  • (Fri) 12/16:  Last day of school before Winter Break.

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.

INFO MEETING ON 2018 TRIP TO ITALY AND GREECE

SEHS teachers Ms. Prater and Mr. Stewart are planning their sixth Education First tour for the summer of 2018.  It will be a “Magical Mystery Tour” to Italy and Greece.  You and your student are invited to an information and registration meeting on Tuesday, December 12, at 6:00 P.M., in Room 307.  Ms. Prater and Mr. Stewart will discuss the benefits, itinerary, costs, insurance, etc.

SENIOR YEARBOOK PHOTOS

Seniors have the option to replace their school photos in the yearbook with a portrait of their choice.  The photo must fit these specifications.  Images are due Friday, Dec. 16.  Photos can be uploaded at the link on the school website, or submitted as prints or files on disk to the yearbook mailbox in the Main Office. Please email yearbook adviser Bobbie Willis at willis_b@4j.lane.edu if you have questions.

BECOME AN ANGEL

Within the South Eugene community, we have many students whose families struggle to make ends meet and for whom the holiday season may not bring joy. SEHS is looking for people to become Axemen Angels and sponsor a South student.  There are many ways that you can contribute to this program.  You may purchase some or all items from a student’s wants/needs (wish) list or you may make a monetary donation to the program.  If you would like to become an Axeman Angel or would like more information, please contact Trista Neuman at 541-790-8010 or neuman_t@4j.lane.edu.  We expect to have wish lists available by November 30.

MENTORS FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Would your student benefit from a little extra academic and emotional support?  The Eugene Family YMCA is looking for a few South Eugene students in need of a mentor.  Your student will meet up with his or her mentor for a few hours each week.  This is a great way to help prepare for college and beyond!  To learn more, please contact Rachel Cazavilan (rcazavilan@eugeneymca.org) or visit this site.

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 Tuesday, January 10, 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.

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 two areas of need:

  • Senior Project Panels ~ Trimester 2 will yield more seniors who are ready to present their projects on Thursday, January 12, from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M.  Please consider serving on a panel!  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 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:

  • 90by30 is a Lane County child-abuse prevention program housed in the Center for Prevention of Abuse and Neglect at the U of O.  Program members are looking for student volunteers for one of three upcoming projects.  Each project will last for several months and might serve well as part of a senior project or to fulfill a lot of community-service requirements.  Please contact Gypsy Prince at gypsyp@uoregon.edu or at 541-346-7484 for more information.

INTERNSHIP AT UO MUSEUM

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is taking applications for internships for high school students.  These positions are for January-June 2017, with a time commitment of 55-60 hours over the six-month period.  Interns are mentored by JSMA professional staff, allowing them to gain practical skills, be exposed to museum and gallery careers and establish relationships with the UO community.  Interns are paid $10 per hour and receive an LTD bus pass for use during their internship period.  Applications are due December 9, 2016, and are available here (go to Get Involved, then Employment, then Internships).  The Museum is looking for students who are willing to work hard and learn. Previous job or studio art experience not required.

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 next fall or school year.  The Italian family will in turn host your child for a fully paid summer vacation.  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.  Ergon’s SEHS host families are happy to share their experiences with you.  To learn more, email Kimberly at kobrien334@comcast.net 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.

China ~ In February 2017, middle and high school Chinese students are coming to Eugene to participate in week-long music and English camps at the University of Oregon. For more information, visit this website or contact SEHS parent Susanne Bryant at 541.852.8600 or susanne@gpyinternational.org.

WHAT: Hosting Chinese Middle/High School students participating in the 22nd semi-annual Music/English camps at the University of Oregon.

WHEN: Multiple one-week sessions in February.

HOW: On weekdays, the host family provides transportation and breakfast and dinner; on weekends, the host family provides three meals a day and occasional sack lunches. Students have activities from 8:30-5:00 on weekdays and spend weekends with host families.  Students may share a room but each must have his or her own bed.  Host families are encouraged to take two students and may host multiple sessions. Contact Susanne Bryant for specific requirements.

STIPEND: Stipends will be offered and should cover expenses for meals, transportation, laundry, and all activities.  The number of days may vary slightly due to travel arrangements; stipends will be prorated accordingly.

CAREER CENTER CHECK-IN

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

Until next time,

Jen Reynolds
Volunteer eNEWS Editor

eNEWS Issue 11 (Fri 11/18) - Special Thanksgiving Issue

Dear Parents,

Happy Friday!  Below you will find information on upcoming events; a call for help with Staff Appreciation Day; an announcement about ordering caps, gowns, and senior shirts; requests for volunteer service; information on student volunteer opportunities; and the weekly Career Center Check-In.

Please note: eNEWS will be off next week, so you will receive your next eNEWS on Friday, December 2 — which is a NO SCHOOL day.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • (FriSat) 11/18-19:  Spring Awakening, at 7:00 P.M., in the Auditorium.
  • (Mon) 11/21:  “Talk-Back” on Spring Awakening, at 7:00 P.M., in the Library (details below).
  • (ThuFri) 11/24-25:  NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Holiday).
  • (WedThu) 11/30-12/1:  Final exams (schedule available here).
  • (Fri) 12/2:  NO SCHOOL (grading day).
  • (Mon) 12/5:  NO SCHOOL (professional development day).
  • (Tue) 12/6:  Second trimester begins.
  • (Wed) 12/7:  Fresh/Soph Beyond South Night, 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.

TALK-BACK ON SPRING AWAKENING
As Principal Dey wrote last week, everyone is invited to a “talk-back” on Monday, November 21, at 7:00 P.M., in the Library, to talk about Spring Awakening.  You are invited regardless of whether you have seen the show or you have decided not to see it and want to share why.  The purpose of the night is to further the conversation about what should be part of the social discourse in schools related to abuse prevention and consent education, as well as how our students share similar experiences with characters in the play.

STAFF APPRECIATION: YOUR HELP NEEDED!

Friday, December 2, is Grading Day for South teachers!  Please join Parent Council in expressing our thanks and appreciation by providing food items for a “Thank You Coffee & Snacks” to help our teachers power through the grading process!  Popular items are bagels, cream cheese, string cheese, fruit, yogurt, and juice.  Please bring items by 8:00 A.M. on Friday, December 2, or drop them off at the Main Office on Thursday, December 1, before 4:00 P.M.  Questions?  Contact Kathy Ruggles at ruggles_k@4j.lane.edu.  Thank you!

ORDERING CAPS AND GOWNS

Cap and Gown order forms have been handed out and orders are currently being collected. You may also place orders online here. If you have already placed an order, you may pick up your bling tassels and lanyards by checking in with Joni in the Finance Office.

SENIOR SHIRTS

Senior shirt orders have started!  The shirts are long sleeve in either light purple or grey and can be purchased for $15 per shirt or $25 for one shirt of each color.  The shirt designs will be posted around the school for students to look at.  Please tell your student to see Joni in the Finance Office to order a shirt.  Payments are due at the time of order and will be accepted no later than November 23.  Thank you!

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:

  • Senior Project Panels ~ We are looking for panelists for two dates:
    • Tuesday November 22, 1:00 to 4:00 P.M.
    • Monday November 28, 1:00 to 3:00 P.M.
  • These presentations are a wonderful opportunity to learn about the interests of our seniors. A Staff member leads each panel and there is a short orientation to the criteria and evaluation rubrics. Please consider serving on one of these November panels! 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.
  • Axe Pageant ~ Each year SEHS puts on a talent show and fundraising event known as the Axe Pageant.  The Axe Pageant is a fun and highly anticipated part of the student experience at South that gives students the chance to showcase their talents while being involved in several very meaningful community service and fundraising opportunities.  In years past, students have raised considerable money for local not-for-profit organizations and most recently donated funds to The Children’s Miracle Network, an organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children.  Participants routinely point to The Axe Pageant as one of the most meaningful things they did as an SEHS student.  For years, we’ve been fortunate to have a parent volunteer to lead students in organizing the event and are looking for someone who is willing to do so this year.  If you have experience working with high school students, like putting on large talent show-style events and have the time to make a contribution to SEHS student life please let Kathy Ruggles know by sending an email to ruggles_k@4j.lane.edu.  We really need your help, so please get involved.

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:

  • The Festival of Trees is coming soon, and organizers are seeking volunteers.  The final day for orientation training sessions is Friday, November 11, so contact them soon at 541-228-3007 or 541-228-3040 or kmcneal@cascadehealth.org.
  • 90by30 is a Lane County child-abuse prevention program housed in the Center for Prevention of Abuse and Neglect at the U of O.  Program members are looking for student volunteers for one of three upcoming projects.  Each project will last for several months and might serve well as part of a senior project or to fulfill a lot of community-service requirements.  Please contact Gypsy Prince at gypsyp@uoregon.com or at 541-346-7484 for more information.

CAREER CENTER CHECK-IN

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

College visits: Trinity Western U (Tue 11/22, at 1:04).

Scholarships (due dates in parentheses): Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Committee (11/21–come to Career Center for more information), Eugene Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship (11/30).  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.

New Career Center hours began 10/26.  We now stay open until 4:30 on Wednesday afternoons when there are students in the Career Center at 3:30.  (When the CC is empty, we close at 3:30, as usual.)

Junior Projects are now taking place in the Career Center. All juniors are welcome to come in and work on them.  The junior project is a post-high-school planning project which is both very useful and a requirement for graduation.

Got coffee?  Bring proof of FAFSA completions to the Career Center, and get a free gift card for the Axepresso Shop.  Go to https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm for your FSA ID.  Then go to https://fafsa.gov/ for the application, itself.  This application isn’t just for government financial aid.  It’s also used by many colleges and private scholarship organizations in choosing aid recipients.  Some funds are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out this application ASAP.

The Oregon Promise Grant application for (nearly) tuition-free community college is now available to submit.

The OSAC Scholarship application is now available to submit.

Before You Scream At Your School Counselor

Until next time,

Jen Reynolds

eNEWS Issue 10 (Fri 11/11)

Dear Parents,

Happy Veterans Day!  Below you will find information on upcoming events; a message from Principal Andy Dey; an announcement about ordering caps, gowns, and senior shirts; requests for volunteer service; information on student volunteer opportunities; and the weekly Career Center Check-In.

Reminder:  School pictures have arrived.  Please come to the Main Office (or have your student come) and pick them up.  Thanks!

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • (Fri) 11/11:  NO SCHOOL (Veterans Day).
  • (Sun) 11/13:  Spring Awakening, at 2:00 P.M., in the Auditorium.
  • (Wed) 11/16:  Parent Ed Night, at 7:00 P.M., in the Library (details below).
  • (ThuSat) 11/17-19:  Spring Awakening, at 7:00 P.M., in the Auditorium.
  • (ThuFri) 11/24-25:  NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Holiday).

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 ED NIGHT: PREVENTING UNDERAGE DRINKING

On Wednesday, November 16, from 7:00 to 8:30 P.M., the Eugene Springfield Prevention Coalition will host a parent education night to discuss what parents can do to prevent underage drinking.  For more information, please contact Emily Bear at 541-682-6480 or emily.bear@co.lane.or.us.

PRINCIPAL’S PERSPECTIVE

From Principal Andy Dey:

“Hello, friends and families of South Eugene High School. I trust this message finds you all well.  I write on the morning after the election and can tell you there is a definite charge in the air here at South.  I am sure we are not alone in that campuses like ours all over the country have a type of energy not felt in a while, if ever.  Some with whom I have spoken on campus today are pleased with the Presidential election results while others express apathy.  Others however are experiencing deep feelings of sadness associated with the outcome and are struggling to make sense of what this decision means for our Nation and for us, its citizens.   For what it is worth to you, our parent community, I see that our charge as educators is to help each of our students refine their perspectives and develop the capacity to express their ideas with ever increasing eloquence.  In doing so, we help them master the skills they will need as they enter not just college or the work place but life as an independent community minded adult.  Such a charge is more difficult in these emotionally heightened times but is now, more than ever, one of our most important tasks.

Of equal importance is our obligation to ensure this campus remains a safe and welcoming place for all of our students.  As I stated earlier, some of our students are trying very hard to make sense of what recent changes will mean for them, their families and/or those they love.  If your student or someone you know fits into this category, please reach out and let a counselor or administrator know.  In doing so you will help us give attention in a timely way where it is needed most.

As far as other matters are concerned, South is as vibrant and active as ever.  This last weekend we opened with the first three showings of Spring Awakening to excellent reviews.  I personally saw the show all three evenings and had a different experience each night.  If you haven’t been able to see the show yet but are planning to do so, you are in for a powerful evening.  The cast has done a marvelous job of addressing some very complex issues in mature and dignified ways.  I have been impressed with how proud they are to be delivering such a timely and important message for their peers.  Once you see the show, or have decided not to and want to share why, you are invited to attend a talk-back on Monday, October 21, at 7:00 P.M., in the Library.  The purpose of the night is to further the conversation about what should be part of the social discourse in schools related to abuse prevention/consent education as well as how our students share similar experiences with characters in the play. Given the overall supportive feedback we have received, I anticipate a large crowd that evening and hope I won’t be disappointed.  In addition to the play, we are transitioning from a very successful fall sports season into what we hope will be an equally successful winter season.  We have new coaches for our women’s basketball, swimming and wrestling programs so we hope you will come support our teams when the opportunity presents itself.  Stay up to date by following Axemen athletics on twitter at @athletics_sehs.

In closing, I hope everyone within the South community takes some time for reflection and introspection following the turbulent election season.  I hope we are all able to take care of those we know and love as well.  Recent events seem to suggest that as a Nation we are deeply divided on matters of great importance.  My covenant to the SEHS community is that I will do all I can to ensure we are a unified and well-integrated institution in service to our students and families.”

ORDERING CAPS AND GOWNS

Cap and Gown order forms have been handed out and orders are currently being collected. You may also place orders online here. If you have already placed an order, you may pick up your bling tassels and lanyards by checking in with Joni in the Finance Office.

SENIOR SHIRTS

Senior shirt orders have started! The shirts are long sleeve in either light purple or grey and can be purchased for $15 per shirt or $25 for one shirt of each color. The shirt designs will be posted around the school for students to look at. Please tell your student to see Joni in the Finance Office to order a shirt. Payments are due at the time of order and will be accepted no later than November 23. Thank you!

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 four areas of need:

  • Senior Project Panels ~ We are looking for panelists for three dates:
    • Tuesday November 15, 1:00 to 4:00 P.M.
    • Tuesday November 22, 1:00 to 4:00 P.M.
    • Monday November 28, 1:00 to 3:00 P.M.
  • These presentations are a wonderful  opportunity to learn about the interests of our seniors. A Staff member leads each panel and there is a short orientation to the criteria and evaluation rubrics. Please consider serving on one of these November panels! Contact Kathy Ruggles for more information at ruggles_k@4j.lane.edu.
  • Staff Appreciation ~ Friday, December 2, is Grading Day for South teachers! Please join Parent Council in expressing our thanks and appreciation by providing food items for a “Thank You Coffee & Snacks” to help our teachers power through the grading process! Popular items are bagels, cream cheese, string cheese, fruit, yogurt, and juice. Please bring items by 8:00 A.M. on December 2, or drop them off at the Main Office on Thursday, December 1, before 4:00 P.M. Questions? Contact Kathy Ruggles at ruggles_k@4j.lane.edu. Thank you!
  • 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.
  • Axe Pageant ~ Each year SEHS puts on a talent show and fundraising event known as the Axe Pageant.  The Axe Pageant is a fun and highly anticipated part of the student experience at South that gives students the chance to showcase their talents while being involved in several very meaningful community service and fundraising opportunities.  In years past, students have raised considerable money for local not-for-profit organizations and most recently donated funds to The Children’s Miracle Network, an organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children.  Participants routinely point to The Axe Pageant as one of the most meaningful things they did as an SEHS student.  For years, we’ve been fortunate to have a parent volunteer to lead students in organizing the event and are looking for someone who is willing to do so this year.  If you have experience working with high school students, like putting on large talent show-style events and have the time to make a contribution to SEHS student life please let Kathy Ruggles know by sending an email to ruggles_k@4j.lane.edu.  We really need your help, so please get involved.

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:

  • The Festival of Trees is coming soon, and organizers are seeking volunteers.  The final day for orientation training sessions is Friday, November 11, so contact them soon at 541-228-3007 or 541-228-3040 or kmcneal@cascadehealth.org.
  • 90by30 is a Lane County child-abuse prevention program housed in the Center for Prevention of Abuse and Neglect at the U of O.  Program members are looking for student volunteers for one of three upcoming projects.  Each project will last for several months and might serve well as part of a senior project or to fulfill a lot of community-service requirements.  Please contact Gypsy Prince at gypsyp@uoregon.com or at 541-346-7484 for more information..

CAREER CENTER CHECK-IN

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

College visits:  U of Alabama (Tue 11/15 at 11:14 A.M.), OSU School of Business (Wed 11/16 at 2:05), New Hope Christian College (Thu 11/17 at 8:40). Click here for the entire college visit list.

Scholarships (due dates in parentheses): Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Committee (11/21–come to Career Center for more information), Eugene Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship (11/30). 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.

New Career Center hours began 10/26.  We stay open until 4:30 on Wednesday afternoons when there are students in the Career Center at 3:30.  (When the CC is empty, we close at 3:30, as usual.)

Junior Projects are now taking place in the Career Center. All juniors are welcome to come in and work on them.  The junior project is a post-high-school planning project which is both very useful and a requirement for graduation.

Got coffee?  Bring proof of FAFSA completions to the Career Center, and get a free gift card for the Axepresso Shop.  Go to https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm for your FSA ID.  Then go to https://fafsa.gov/ for the application, itself.  This application isn’t just for government financial aid.  It’s also used by many colleges and private scholarship organizations in choosing aid recipients.  Some funds are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out this application ASAP.

The Oregon Promise Grant application for (nearly) tuition-free community college is now available to submit.

The OSAC Scholarship application is now available to submit.

Before You Scream At Your School Counselor

Until next time,

Jen Reynolds
Volunteer eNEWS Editor

eNEWS Issue 9 (Fri 11/4)

Dear Parents,

Happy Friday!  Below you will find information on upcoming events; an announcement about senior yearbook photos and senior shirts; an invitation to a Robotics Team’s Informational Meeting; an invitation to the Director’s Reception for Spring Awakening; requests for volunteer service; information on student volunteer and exchange opportunities; and the weekly Career Center Check-In.

Reminder:  School pictures have arrived.  Please come to the Main Office (or have your student come) and pick them up.  Thanks!

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • (FriSat) 11/4-5:  Spring Awakening, at 7:00 P.M., in the Auditorium.
  • (Mon) 11/7: Parent Council meeting, from 7:00 to 8:30 P.M., in the Library (details below).
  • (ThuFri) 11/10-11:  Spring Awakening, at 7:00 P.M., in the Auditorium.
  • (Fri) 11/11:  NO SCHOOL (Veterans Day).
  • (Sun) 11/13:  Spring Awakening, at 2:00 P.M., in the Auditorium.
  • (Wed) 11/16:  Parent Ed Night, at 7:00 P.M., in the Library (details below).
  • (ThuSat) 11/17-19:  Spring Awakening, 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.

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 next Parent Council will be meeting on Monday, November 7, from 7:00 to 8:30 P.M., in the Library.  You are welcome to attend!

PARENT ED NIGHT

On Wednesday, November 16, from 7:00 to 8:30 P.M., the Eugene Springfield Prevention Coalition will host a parent education night to discuss what parents can do to prevent underage drinking.  For more information, please contact Emily Bear at 541-682-6480 or emily.bear@co.lane.or.us.

SENIOR YEARBOOK PHOTOS

Seniors have the option to replace their school photos in the yearbook with a portrait of their choice.  The photo must fit these specifications.  Images are due Friday, Dec. 16.  Photos can be uploaded at the link on the school website, or submitted as prints or files on disk to the yearbook mailbox in the Main Office. Please email yearbook adviser Bobbie Willis at willis_b@4j.lane.edu if you have questions.

SENIOR SHIRTS

Senior shirt orders are beginning this week! The shirts are long sleeve in either light purple or grey and can be purchased for $15 per shirt or $25 for one shirt of each color. The shirt designs will be posted around the school for students to look at. Please ensure that your student sees Joni in the finance office to order a shirt. Payments are due at the time of order and will be accepted no later than November 23. Thank you!

INVITATION TO ROBOTICS TEAM MEETING — TODAY!
Does your student have an interest in possibly getting involved in our award-winning, fun and exciting, hands-on tech experience?  Is your student a new member of the Robotics Team?  If the answer to either of these questions is “yes,” please come to a parent/guardian meeting for the Robotics Team!  For parents of new students who have not yet attended an informational meeting, please come today, Friday November 4, at 5:30 P.M., to the Foundry at South (enter through the back of the IHS wing, door #20, next to the big garage door, across from the soccer field).  We will deal with the assorted paperwork (there’s always paperwork) and talk about the schedule of events and competitions for the coming year.  Questions?  Contact SERT at southeugenerobotics@gmail.com. Hope to see you there!

INVITATION TO DIRECTOR’S RECEPTION — TODAY!

All are invited to the Director’s Reception in advance of Spring Awakening on Friday, November 4, from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M.  Join us and support South Eugene Theater, have a chance to win some terrific raffle packages, and learn more about the play and about South Eugene Theater from Director Pat Avery.  Delicious treats and sparkling cider will be offered in the lobby area outside the Auditorium. Tickets are $25 (tickets to the show are extra) and can be reserved by emailing julum@ulum.com; guests will pay at the door. Show tickets can be purchased online at www.southeugenetheater.org or at the door.

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:

  • Senior Project Panels ~ On Tuesday 11/22, more of our outstanding seniors will be presenting their projects! Can you serve on a panel to view these projects? Presentations are held from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the interests of our seniors, through their powerpoint presentations. No experience is needed.  A Staff member leads each panel and there is a short orientation to the criteria and evaluation rubrics. Please consider serving on a panel on November 22. Contact Kathy Ruggles at ruggles_k@4j.lane.edu for more information.
  • 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.
  • Axe Pageant ~ Each year SEHS puts on a talent show and fundraising event known as the Axe Pageant.  The Axe Pageant is a fun and highly anticipated part of the student experience at South that gives students the chance to showcase their talents while being involved in several very meaningful community service and fundraising opportunities.  In years past, students have raised considerable money for local not-for-profit organizations and most recently donated funds to The Children’s Miracle Network, an organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children.  Participants routinely point to The Axe Pageant as one of the most meaningful things they did as an SEHS student.  For years, we’ve been fortunate to have a parent volunteer to lead students in organizing the event and are looking for someone who is willing to do so this year.  If you have experience working with high school students, like putting on large talent show-style events and have the time to make a contribution to SEHS student life please let Kathy Ruggles know by sending an email to ruggles_k@4j.lane.edu.  We really need your help, so please get involved.

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:

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.
  • China ~ In February 2017, middle and high school Chinese students are coming to Eugene to participate in week-long music and English camps at the University of Oregon. For more information, visit this website or contact SEHS parent Susanne Bryant at 541.852.8600 or susanne@gpyinternational.org.
    • WHAT: Hosting Chinese Middle/High School students participating in the 22nd semi-annual Music/English camps at the University of Oregon.
    • WHEN: Multiple one-week sessions in February.
    • HOW: On weekdays, the host family provides transportation and breakfast and dinner; on weekends, the host family provides three meals a day and occasional sack lunches. Students have activities from 8:30-5:00 on weekdays and spend weekends with host families.  Students may share a room but each must have his or her own bed.  Host families are encouraged to take two students and may host multiple sessions. Contact Susanne Bryant for specific requirements.
    • STIPEND: Stipends will be offered and should cover expenses for meals, transportation, laundry, and all activities.  The number of days may vary slightly due to travel arrangements; stipends will be prorated accordingly.

CAREER CENTER CHECK-IN

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

  • College visits:  Southern Oregon U (11/8, 8:40), The Art Institute of Portland (Wed 11/9, 1:05 P.M.), U of Alabama (Tue 11/15, 11:14 A.M.). Click here for the entire college visit list.
  • Scholarships (due dates in parentheses): Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Committee (11/21–come to Career Center for more information), Eugene Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship (11/30). 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.
  • New Career Center hours began 10/26.  We will stay open until 4:30 on Wednesday afternoons when there are students in the Career Center at 3:30.  (When the CC is empty, we’ll close at 3:30, as usual.)
  • Junior Projects are now taking place in the Career Center. All juniors are welcome to come in and work on them.  The junior project is a post-high-school planning project which is both very useful and a requirement for graduation.
  • Got coffee?  Bring proof of FAFSA completions to the Career Center, and get a free gift card for the Axepresso Shop.  Go to https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm for your FSA ID.  Then go to https://fafsa.gov/ for the application, itself.  This application isn’t just for government financial aid.  It’s also used by many colleges and private scholarship organizations in choosing aid recipients.  Some funds are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out this application ASAP.
  • The Oregon Promise Grant application for (nearly) tuition-free community college is now available to submit.
  • The OSAC Scholarship application is now available to submit. 
  • Sat 11/19/16:  University of Portland’s Shiley School of Engineering is having an open house for students interested in civil and electrical engineering.  RSVP to engineering@up.edu by November 9.

Until next time,

 Jen Reynolds
Volunteer eNEWS Editor

eNEWS Issue 8 (Fri 10/28)

Dear Parents,

Happy Friday!  Below you will find information on upcoming events; an announcement about ordering senior shirts; an invitation to a Robotics Team’s Informational Meeting; an invitation to the Director’s Reception for Spring Awakening; requests for volunteer service; information on student volunteer opportunities; and the weekly Career Center Check-In. 

Reminder:  School pictures have arrived.  Please come to the Main Office (or have your student come) and pick them up.  Thanks!

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • (Fri) 10/28:  Fuddy Meers, at 7:00 P.M., in the Little Theater.
  • (MonTue) 10/31-11/1:  Senior Info Packet Turn-In, from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M., in the Main Office.
  • (Wed) 11/2:  FAFSA Workshop, from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M., in Room 4.
  • (ThuSat) 11/3-5:  Spring Awakening, at 7:00 P.M., in the Auditorium.
  • (Mon) 11/7: Parent Council meeting, from 7:00 to 8:30 P.M., in the Library.
  • (ThuFri) 11/10-11:  Spring Awakening, at 7:00 P.M., in the Auditorium.
  • (Fri) 11/11:  NO SCHOOL (Veterans Day).
  • (Sun) 11/13:  Spring Awakening, at 2:00 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.

SENIOR SHIRTS

Senior shirt orders are beginning this week! The shirts are long sleeve in either light purple or grey and can be purchased for $15 per shirt or $25 for one shirt of each color. The shirt designs will be posted around the school for students to look at. Please ensure that your student sees Joni in the finance office to order a shirt. Payments are due at the time of order and will be accepted no later than November 23. Thank you!

INVITATION TO ROBOTICS TEAM MEETING

Does your student have an interest in possibly getting involved in our award-winning, fun and exciting, hands-on tech experience?  Is your student a new member of the Robotics Team?  If the answer to either of these questions is “yes,” please come to a parent/guardian meeting for the Robotics Team!  To accommodate everyone’s schedule, we will hold two identical meetings for parents of new students: Tuesday November 1 and Friday November 4, both starting at 5:30 P.M. Please come to the Foundry at South (enter through the back of the IHS wing, door #20, next to the big garage door, across from the soccer field).  We will deal with the assorted paperwork (there’s always paperwork) and talk about the schedule of events and competitions for the coming year.  If your student is not new to the team but you missed the meetings for veteran parents, please attend one of these meetings.  Questions?  Contact SERT at southeugenerobotics@gmail.com. Hope to see you there!

INVITATION TO DIRECTOR’S RECEPTION

All are invited to the Director’s Reception in advance of Spring Awakening on Friday, November 4, from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M.  Join us and support South Eugene Theater, have a chance to win some terrific raffle packages, and learn more about the play and about South Eugene Theater from Director Pat Avery.  Delicious treats and sparkling cider will be offered in the lobby area outside the Auditorium. Tickets are $25 (tickets to the show are extra) and can be reserved by emailing julum@ulum.com; guests will pay at the door. Show tickets can be purchased online at www.southeugenetheater.org or at the door.

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:

  • Senior Project Panels ~ On Friday 11/4 and Tuesday 11/22, more of our outstanding seniors will be presenting their projects! Can you serve on a panel to view these projects? Presentations are held from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the interests of our seniors, through their powerpoint presentations. No experience is needed.  A Staff member leads each panel and there is a short orientation to the criteria and evaluation rubrics. Please consider serving on a panel on November 4 or 22. Contact Kathy Ruggles at ruggles_k@4j.lane.edu for more information.
  • 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.
  • Axe Pageant ~ Each year SEHS puts on a talent show and fundraising event known as the Axe Pageant.  The Axe Pageant is a fun and highly anticipated part of the student experience at South that gives students the chance to showcase their talents while being involved in several very meaningful community service and fundraising opportunities.  In years past, students have raised considerable money for local not-for-profit organizations and most recently donated funds to The Children’s Miracle Network, an organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children.  Participants routinely point to The Axe Pageant as one of the most meaningful things they did as an SEHS student.  For years, we’ve been fortunate to have a parent volunteer to lead students in organizing the event and are looking for someone who is willing to do so this year.  If you have experience working with high school students, like putting on large talent show-style events and have the time to make a contribution to SEHS student life please let Kathy Ruggles know by sending an email to ruggles_k@4j.lane.edu.  We really need your help, so please get involved. 

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:

  • 90by30 is a Lane County child abuse prevention program housed in the Center for Prevention of Abuse and Neglect at the U of O.  Program members are looking for student volunteers for one of three upcoming projects.  Each project will last for several months and might serve well as part of a senior project or to fulfill a lot of community-service requirements.  Please contact Gypsy Prince at gypsyp@uoregon.com or at 541-346-7484 for more information.

CAREER CENTER CHECK-IN

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

  • College visits:  Scripps College (Fri 10/28, 2:25 P.M.), Juniata College (Thu 11/3, 8:40 A.M.), The Art Institute of Portland (Wed 11/9, 1:05 P.M.), U of Alabama (Tue 11/15, 11:14 A.M.). Click here for the entire college visit list.
  • Scholarships (due dates in parentheses): National Security Agency: Stokes Educational Scholarship Program (10/31); Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Scholarships (10/31); Stamps Leadership Scholar University of Oregon (11/1); Voice of Democracy – local sponsor VFW Post 293 (11/1). Please visit our website 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.
  • New Career Center hours began 10/26.  We will stay open until 4:30 on Wednesday afternoons when there are students in the Career Center at 3:30.  (When the CC is empty, we’ll close at 3:30, as usual.)
  • Junior Projects are now taking place in the Career Center. All juniors are welcome to come in and work on them.  The junior project is a post-high-school planning project which is both very useful and a requirement for graduation. 
  • Got coffee?  Bring proof of FAFSA completions to the Career Center, and get a free gift card for the Axepresso Shop.  Go to https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm for your FSA ID.  Then go to https://fafsa.gov/ for the application, itself.  This application isn’t just for government financial aid.  It’s also used by many colleges and private scholarship organizations in choosing aid recipients.  Some funds are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out this application ASAP.
  • Harvard report advocates for kindness instead of overachieving.
  • The Oregon Promise Grant application is now available to submit.
  • Mon 10/31/16: Deadline to return completed military academy nomination applications.  For more information, please read the letter from the office of Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio.
  • Tue 11/1/16: Seniors should be able to start filling out the OSAC Scholarship application now. 
  • Wed 11/2/16: Beyond South: FAFSA Completion Night, at 7:00 P.M., in Room 4.  Work with the U of O’s financial-aid officer Joshua Puhn to complete your FAFSA and answer your questions about it.  Free snacks and child care provided!
  • Sat 11/19/16:  University of Portland’s Shiley School of Engineering is having an open house for students interested in civil and electrical engineering.  RSVP to engineering@up.edu by November 9.

Until next time,

Jen Reynolds
Volunteer eNEWS Editor

Beyond South Night survey (Sat 10/22)

Dear Parents,

If you were unable to use the link for the Beyond South Nights survey in the last issue of eNEWS, please try this one.

If that doesn’t work, and if you would like to provide input on Beyond South Nights, please send your responses to the following questions to Shantel Buss at buss_s@4j.lane.edu:

1.  Have you ever attended a Beyond South night?

2.  If so, what presentations did you find helpful?  What presentations did you not find helpful?

3.  Are there other topics you would like to see presentations on?

Thanks so much!  Jen

eNEWS Issue 7 (Fri 10/21)

Dear Parents,

Happy Friday!  Below you will find information on upcoming events, including our final announcement about Celebrate South, our annual all-school fundraiser; an invitation to provide input on Beyond South nights; requests for volunteer service; information on student volunteer opportunities; and the weekly Career Center Check-In.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • (Fri) 10/21:  Homecoming Dance, from 8:00 to 11:00 P.M., in the Cafeteria.
  • (FriSat) 10/21-22:  Fuddy Meers, at 7:00 P.M., in the Little Theater.
  • (Sat) 10/22:  Celebrate South, starting at 6:00 P.M., at the Hilton (details below).
  • (Mon) 10/24: Parent Ed Night, starting at 7:00 P.M., in the Library (details below).
  • (Wed) 10/26:  Junior/Senior Beyond SEHS Night, starting at 7:00 P.M., in the Cafeteria.
  • (ThuFri) 10/27-28:  Fuddy Meers, at 7:00 P.M., in the Little Theater.
  • (MonTue) 10/31-11/1:  Senior Info Packet Turn-In, from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M., in the Main Office.
  • (Wed) 11/2:  FAFSA Workshop, from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M., in Room 4.
  • (ThuSat) 11/3-5:  Spring Awakening, 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.

COUNTDOWN TO CELEBRATE SOUTH: IT’S ALMOST HERE!

Celebrate South is SEHS’s biggest annual fundraiser honoring the past, present, and future of South with an off-site gala dinner at the downtown Hilton, an alumni Hall of Fame, a silent auction, and a visioning of South’s potential future with Principal Andy Dey.  The event takes place tomorrow, Saturday, October 22, starting at 6:00 P.M.  Buy your tickets online or at the Main Office.  Check us out on Facebook (here) and the South Eugene homepage (here).

NO DINNER TICKET?  COME FOR THE AUCTION ONLY!

All parents are invited to come to the Celebrate South pre-dinner social hour and silent auction tomorrow, Saturday October 22, from 6:00 to 7:30 P.M., at the downtown Hilton!  Start out your weekend schmoozing with other parents, admin, and alumni for a great cause.  Buy a glass of wine or beer at our no-host bar.  Put in a bid on an auction item.  You don’t need a ticket for any of these fun activities!  Here’s a sampling of our fantastic silent auction items:

  • Courtside Seats to Men’s Basketball at Matthew Knight 11/17
  • Walking Tour of Nike World HQ with Nike Historiaan and SEHS Alum Scott Reames
  • Pacific Potluck Dinner for 8 by Guy Friday
  • A Luxury Week at Roatan Resort in Honduras
  • Senior photo session with Elizabeth Hults Photography
  • A 200-lb Blue Heron Ranch Farm pig
  • 4-night stay at a Kauai condo in Hawaii

…and so much more!  All SEHS parents are welcome — the auction opens at 6 and closes at 7:30.

PARENT EDUCATION NIGHT

Parents are cordially invited to attend a parent education workshop on Abuse Prevention and Healthy Relationships on Monday, October 24, at 7:00 P.M., in the Library.  As you may know, South is implementing a comprehensive sexuality education and sexual assault prevention program emphasizing healthy relationships and consent education.  School officials would like to spend some time with you, parents, to explain what the school is doing, why the school is doing it, what is known to work, and what is known not to work.  In addition to South students, faculty, and administrators, facilitators from Planned Parenthood, Sexual Assault Support Services, and REV (Respect Everyone’s Voice) will be there to share information and guidance.  Attendees will also learn more about our play Spring Awakening and how it fits into our goal of developing healthier teens, a healthier school, and a safer community.  So we can get a sense of how many to expect, if you are planning to attend, please send an email to info_sehs@4j.lane.edu with the words “Parent Education Night” in the subject line.  No need to include any further information.

BEYOND SOUTH PRESENTATIONS: YOUR INPUT NEEDED!

Each year, the Counseling Center hosts “Beyond South” evening presentations that provide information about planning for after high school.  On occasion, the presentations also address topics of interest to current high school students (for example, SAT test-taking strategies).  The Counseling Center is figuring out this year’s schedule and topics for Beyond South, and would love your input.  Please take a few minutes on this survey for upcoming Beyond South presentations.

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:

  • 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.
  • The College & Career Center at South assists students of all ages, providing resources and help on a variety of subjects. We still have a few shifts open for parents interested in a weekly commitment and becoming a trained volunteer. The CCC is open every school day, running three shifts of volunteers each day. Contact Kathy Ruggles for more information.
  • Axe Pageant ~ Each year SEHS puts on a talent show and fundraising event known as the Axe Pageant.  The Axe Pageant is a fun and highly anticipated part of the student experience at South that gives students the chance to showcase their talents while being involved in several very meaningful community service and fundraising opportunities.  In years past, students have raised considerable money for local not-for-profit organizations and most recently donated funds to The Children’s Miracle Network, an organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children.  Participants routinely point to The Axe Pageant as one of the most meaningful things they did as an SEHS student.  For years, we’ve been fortunate to have a parent volunteer to lead students in organizing the event and are looking for someone who is willing to do so this year.  If you have experience working with high school students, like putting on large talent show-style events and have the time to make a contribution to SEHS student life please let Kathy Ruggles know by sending an email to ruggles_k@4j.lane.edu.  We really need your help, so please get involved.

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 a new opportunity:

  • 90by30 is a Lane County child abuse prevention program housed in the Center for Prevention of Abuse and Neglect at the U of O.  Program members are looking for student volunteers for one of three upcoming projects.  Each project will last for several months and might serve well as part of a senior project or to fulfill a lot of community-service requirements.  Please contact Gypsy Prince at gypsyp@uoregon.com or at 541-346-7484 for more information.

 CAREER CENTER CHECK-IN

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

    • College visits (in the Career Center unless otherwise noted):
  • Oct.
  • 21
  • 2:20 P.M.
  • Willamette University
  • OR
  • Career Center
  • Oct.
  • 25
  • 8:40 A.M.
  • Bard College
  • NY
  • CC
  • Oct.
  • 25
  • 9:56 A.M.
  • Sarah Lawrence College
  • NY
  • CC
  • Oct.
  • 25
  • 11:14 A.M.
  • Macalester College
  • MN
  • CC
  • Oct.
  • 25
  • 2:20 P.M.
  • Montana State University, Bozeman
  • MT
  • CC
  • Oct.
  • 26
  • 8:40 A.M.
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • MA
  • CC
  • Oct.
  • 26
  • 9:20 A.M.
  • Trinity College
  • CT
  • CC
  • Oct.
  • 26
  • 10:20 A.M.
  • University of Puget Sound
  • WA
  • CC
  • Oct.
  • 26
  • 1:05 P.M.
  • Pacific Lutheran University
  • WA
  • CC
  • Oct.
  • 26
  • 7:00 P.M.
  • Beyond South Junior/Senior Night
  • SEHS cafeteria
  • Oct.
  • 27
  • 11:30 A.M.
  • Seattle University
  • WA
  • CC
  • Oct.
  • 27
  • 2:20 P.M.
  • University of Colorado at Boulder
  • CO
  • CC
  • Oct.
  • 28
  • 2:20 P.M.
  • Scripps College
  • CA
  • CC

Until next time,

Jen Reynolds
Volunteer eNEWS Editor

eNEWS Issue 6 (Fri 10/14)

Dear Parents,

I hope you are enjoying this no-school Friday!  Below you will find information on upcoming events, including our penultimate announcement about Celebrate South, our annual all-school fundraiser; details on free jazz tickets for students from The Shedd; an announcement of the newly named ninth and tenth grade parent representatives; a message from Principal Andy Dey; requests for volunteer service; information on student volunteer and hosting opportunities; and the weekly Career Center Check-In.

Note:  School pictures have arrived!  Please come (or have your student come) pick up your pictures in the Main Office.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • (Fri) 10/14:  NO SCHOOL (state in-service day).
  • (Wed) 10/19:  Test Day.
  • (Thu) 10/20:  Apprenticeship Trades Academy Open House, from 6:00 to 7:30 P.M., at The Trades Academy, 1887 Laura Street, Springfield (details below).
  • (ThuSat) 10/20-22:  Fuddy Meers, at 7:00 P.M., in the Little Theater.
  • (Fri) 10/21:  Homecoming Dance, from 8:00 to 11:00 P.M., in the Cafeteria (request for chaperones below).
  • (Sat) 10/22:  Celebrate South, starting at 6:00 P.M., at the Hilton (details below).
  • (Mon) 10/24: Parent Ed Night, starting at 7:00 P.M., in the Library (details below).
  • (Wed) 10/26:  Junior/Senior Beyond SEHS Night, starting at 7:00 P.M., in the Cafeteria.
  • (ThuFri) 10/27-28:  Fuddy Meers, 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.

COUNTDOWN TO CELEBRATE SOUTH: EARLYBIRD TICKET PRICE EXTENSION!

Only one more week until October 22 and as a courtesy we’ve extended our earlybird ticket price through Monday, October 17!  Buy your tickets before Monday to save $20 ($65 vs. $85) a seat!   Celebrate South is SEHS’s biggest annual fundraiser honoring the past, present, and future of South with an off-site gala dinner at the downtown Hilton, an alumni Hall of Fame, a silent auction, and a visioning of South’s potential future with Principal Andy Dey.  Buy your tickets online or at the Main Office.  Check us out on Facebook (here) and the South Eugene homepage (here).

APPRENTICESHIP TRADES ACADEMY OPEN HOUSE

The Apprenticeship Trades Academy is holding an Open House for interested high school juniors and seniors on Thursday, October 20, from 6:00 to 7:30 P.M., at 1887 Laura Street in Springfield. The event is free (free pizza too!) and open to all interested in apprenticeship careers. Learn about these apprenticeship careers: Sheet Metal, Plumbers, Steamfitters and Electricians.  Please register with Peter Lauf at Lane ESD by email, using the subject line: Apprenticeship Open House.  Peter’s email is plauf@lesd.k12.or.us.

PARENT CHAPERONES NEEDED FOR HOMECOMING

Ever get nostalgic for those high school years?  Even if the answer is a resounding no, please consider serving as a chaperone for the Homecoming Dance on Friday, October 21, from 8:00 to 11:00 P.M., in the Cafeteria.  Organizers are looking for at least five more chaperones, so your help would be greatly appreciated!  If you are interested and if you’ve never volunteered at South before, please fill out the Volunteer Application online and then complete the Interest and Information Form (which is also called the Volunteer Application) and send it to Kathy Ruggles at ruggles_k@4j.lane.edu, expressing your interest in serving as a chaperone.  Those who have already filled out these forms may contact Heather Stein at stein_h@4j.lane.edu.  Heather is also available to answer questions generally.

PARENT EDUCATION NIGHT

Parents are cordially invited to attend a parent education workshop on Abuse Prevention and Healthy Relationships on Monday, October 24, at 7:00 P.M., in the Library.  As you may know, South is implementing a comprehensive sexuality education and sexual assault prevention program emphasizing healthy relationships and consent education.  School officials would like to spend some time with you, parents, to explain what we are doing, why we are doing it, what we know that does work and what we know that doesn’t.  In addition to South students, faculty, and administrators, facilitators from Planned Parenthood, Sexual Assault Support Services and REV (Respect Everyone’s Voice) will be there to share information and guidance.  Attendees will also learn more about our play Spring Awakening and how it fits into our goal of developing healthier teens, a healthier school, and a safer community.  So we can get a sense of how many to expect, if you are planning to attend, please send an email to info_sehs@4j.lane.edu with the words “Parent Education Night” in the subject line.  No need to include any further information.

FREE JAZZ TICKETS FOR STUDENTS

The Shedd Institute is continuing its Free Jazz Tickets For Students program for the 2016-17 season.  This program sets aside a substantial block of tickets to most of The Shedd’s annual jazz concerts (representing the many aspects of this rich and diverse American art form) for middle, high and college students on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Check out the concerts planned for this season here.  All college, high school, middle school, and elementary school students are eligible, regardless of whether they are music students.  To pick up a free ticket, your student will need to show a current student ID at time of purchase or at Will Call.  The Institute will also work with schools or educational programs who wish to organize groups of students wishing to attend.  For more information, please contact SEHS parent Camara Kambon at ckkambon@gmail.com or 310-968-7854.

NEW PARENT REPRESENTATIVES

Laura Dillon and Maura Parkinson have been named this year’s 9th Grade Representatives.  Camara Kambon will be serving as this year’s 10th Grade Representative.  Congratulations all, and warm thanks for your service!

PRINCIPAL’S PERSPECTIVE

From Principal Andy Dey:

“Hello all!  Make no mistake this is a busy time of the year.  We are just finishing our mid-term grades indicating we are already one sixth of the way through the school year and today hosted Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley in our auditorium.  The Senators spent an hour answering questions from members of the student body and it was very impressive to say the least.  During the event it struck me that even though there is some meaningful work to be done at South, this truly is an amazing place.  While one might attribute their coming to South to a matter of convenience given their other plans for the day, I instead prefer to see their visit as validation of South’s sterling reputation and a testament to the students who fill this school.  I could not have been more impressed.  We had 600 students in the auditorium with many lined up to ask what can only be described as thoughtful, informed and probing questions about current events and political matters important to them.  I feel so fortunate to work in a school with so many students who are so involved.  I have heard people of my generation speak of the time when today‘s high school students begin to take on positions of power and influence within society with a sense of trepidation.  Today reaffirmed my feeling optimistic about that time and gave me a sense of reassurance that they recognize the important role they will play.  This was a great day to be at South.

This next week is our Homecoming week here at South and I wanted to share a bit of information about the happenings here on campus.  Homecoming is a long tradition in American schools beginning as early as 1911 at the University of Missouri’s “come home” football game with alumni.  Here at South, homecoming has always been a part of the student experience although some traditions have come and gone.  We will still have the annual homecoming celebration during halftime at Friday‘s football game against the Grant’s Pass Cavemen and students will again get the chance to dress according to themes for each day of the week.  This year though we are planning a few things we hope will bring folks together from across the entire student body and help galvanize a sense of school spirit and love of all things South.  There will be class competitions each day of the week, our very own South Gladiator events where classes compete against one another AND THE STAFF (can’t wait to see that) as well as a hall decorating competition.  Instead of the Homecoming court in past celebrations this year’s court will be the winners of the class competitions with the dance to follow the game in our cafeteria.  Another aspect of homecoming celebrations often overlooked is the importance and involvement of the school’s alumni.  SEHS has a long – in fact very long – history uncharacteristic of most public schools.  SEHS actually began in 1897 and was initially known as the Common School but was quickly renamed Eugene High School.  In 1953 Eugene High School merged with University High School and was renamed South Eugene High School in 1957 when the district built the second high school within the district.  Much has changed since the early days of the school.  For example, the first graduating class had 8 students whereas this year’s has nearly 350.  One thing that has not changed over the years though is the special place each and every alumni holds in this school’s history.  We are so very fortunate to be able to rely on the support and generosity of our alumni, many of whom make it possible to maintain the programs we still have in place despite our economic and budgetary realities.  While we cannot possibly hope to fully repay their contributions to the school, we are honored to welcome many back to the school this week, induct some into the Hall of Fame at the Celebrate South event (Saturday Oct. 22) and spend some time listening to what their lives have entailed since they left our hallways and classrooms.  I have had the chance to meet with the graduating classes of ’56, ’61, ’66, and ’86 this year and truly enjoyed each minute of our conversations.  I invite all of you reading this to come to the game, be involved this week and attend the Celebrate South event.

I would also like to call your attention to College and Career Day (formerly known as Test Day) happening on Wednesday, October 19.  You will receive an email through Synergy describing the day in general but I did want to encourage you to pay special attention to the presentations we are hosting from 1:00 to 2:30 P.M. with Women’s Space on healthy relationships, boundaries and consent. There are a limited number of seats available (100) so interested students must register in advance by sending an email to info_sehs@4j.lane.edu. Please include student name and phone number in the email.  I know many parents and students have been requesting such opportunities so I do not think it wise to wait if you are interested.  Feel free to reach out to your students counselor with questions about the topics to be covered.

In closing I would like to extend my gratitude to all who have taken the time to share your thoughts, hopes and concerns related to the school’s focus on abuse prevention, consent education and healthy relationships.  I have received communication expressing unquestionable support as well as some of thoughtful concern about our engaging in such conversations.  I can say that every bit of communication we receive is instrumental in shaping our approach to this long overdue topic of importance to all students and families in the South community.”

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:

  • 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.
  • The College & Career Center at South assists students of all ages, providing resources and help on a variety of subjects. We still have a few shifts open for parents interested in a weekly commitment and becoming a trained volunteer. The CCC is open every school day, running three shifts of volunteers each day. Contact Kathy Ruggles for more information.
  • Axe Pageant ~ Each year SEHS puts on a talent show and fundraising event known as the Axe Pageant.  The Axe Pageant is a fun and highly anticipated part of the student experience at South that gives students the chance to showcase their talents while being involved in several very meaningful community service and fundraising opportunities.  In years past, students have raised considerable money for local not-for-profit organizations and most recently donated funds to The Children’s Miracle Network, an organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children.  Participants routinely point to The Axe Pageant as one of the most meaningful things they did as an SEHS student.  For years, we’ve been fortunate to have a parent volunteer to lead students in organizing the event and are looking for someone who is willing to do so this year.  If you have experience working with high school students, like putting on large talent show-style events and have the time to make a contribution to SEHS student life please let Kathy Ruggles know by sending an email to ruggles_k@4j.lane.edu.  We really need your help, so please get involved.

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.

STUDENT HOSTING OPPORTUNITY

In February 2017, middle and high school students are coming to Eugene to participate in week-long music and English camps at the University of Oregon.  For more information, visit this website or contact SEHS parent Susanne Bryant at 541.852.8600 or susanne@gpyinternational.org.

  • WHAT: Hosting Chinese Middle/High School students participating in the 22nd semi-annual Music/English camps at the University of Oregon.
  • WHEN: Multiple one-week sessions in February.
  • HOW: On weekdays, the host family provides transportation and breakfast and dinner; on weekends, the host family provides three meals a day and occasional sack lunches. Students have activities from 8:30-5:00 on weekdays and spend weekends with host families.  Students may share a room but each must have his or her own bed.  Host families are encouraged to take two students and may host multiple sessions. Contact Susanne Bryant for specific requirements.
  • STIPEND: Stipends will be offered and should cover expenses for meals, transportation, laundry, and all activities.  The number of days may vary slightly due to travel arrangements; stipends will be prorated accordingly.

CAREER CENTER CHECK-IN

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

  • College visits (in the Career Center unless otherwise noted):  Pacific U (10/17, 9:55), Tufts U (10/18, 11:14), Carleton College (10/19, 2:20 in main office conference room), USC (10/19, 2:20), Princeton U (10/20, 8:40), Villanova U (10/20, 11:14), Willamette U (10/21, 2:20).  Click here for the entire college visit list.
  • Scholarships (due dates in parentheses):  Horatio Alger Distinguished Americans (https://scholars.horatioalger.org/) (10/25); National Security Agency: Stokes Educational Scholarship Program (10/31); Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Scholarships (10/31); Stamps Leadership Scholar University of Oregon (11/1); Voice of Democracy – local sponsor VFW Post 293 (11/1).Please visit our website 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.
  • New Career Center hours will begin Wed 10/26.  We will stay open until 4:30 on Wednesday afternoons when there are students in the Career Center at 3:30.  (When the CC is empty, we’ll close at 3:30, as usual.)
  • Junior Projects have now begun in the career center.  IHS students have been assigned this project (aka CRLS project) in their junior seminar.  Language-arts teachers will announce the project to classic students at the end of the month; however, all juniors are welcome to begin their projects immediately.  The junior project is a post-high-school planning project which uses the computer programs, Naviance and Career Information Systems (CIS) to encourage thinking about education and career options after high school.  It is both very useful and a requirement for graduation.
  • Military academy nomination applications are now available from the office of Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio.  For more information, please read his letter.
  • Got coffee?  Bring proof of FAFSA completions to the career center, and get a free gift card for the Axepresso Shop  Go to https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm for your FSA ID.  Then go to https://fafsa.gov/ for the application, itself.  This application isn’t just for government financial aid.  It’s also used by many colleges and private scholarship organizations in choosing aid recipients.  Some funds are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out this application ASAP.
  • Mon 10/10/16:  The Oregon Promise Grant application should be available to submit.
  • Wed 10/19/16 Testing Day.  This is the day each year that juniors take their PSATs.   Study guides for the PSAT will be handed out in language-arts classes.  We have study guides in the career center for students who do not have a language-arts class.
  • Sat 10/22/16 How to Pay for College. . . in One Day (a free financial-aid and scholarship event to find free money for college) from 9:30-2 pm at LCC’s Downtown Campus
  • Wed 10/26/16 SEHS Junior/Senior Night @ 7 pm in the cafeteria.  Series of workshops pertinent to upperclassmen and their parents.
  • Tue 11/1/16: Seniors should be able to start filling out the OSAC Scholarship application now. 
  • Sat 11/19/16:  University of Portland’s Shiley School of Engineering is having an open house for students interested in civil and electrical engineering.  RSVP to engineering@up.edu by November 9.

Until next time,

Jen Reynolds

Volunteer eNEWS Editor

eNEWS Issue 5 (Fri 10/7)

Dear Parents,

Happy Friday!  Below you will find information on upcoming events; two announcements about Celebrate South, our annual all-school fundraising event; details on senior photos for the yearbook; requests for volunteer service; information on student volunteer and exchange opportunities; and the weekly Career Center Check-In.

Note:  School pictures have arrived!  Please come (or have your student come) pick up your pictures in the Main Office.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • (Fri) 10/7:  Blood Drive, from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M., in the Small Gym.
  • (Mon) 10/10: Picture Re-take Day, starting at 7:30 A.M., in the Gym Lobby.
  • (Thu) 10/13:  EARLY RELEASE, at 11:55 A.M. (mid-trimester progress reports).
  • (Fri) 10/14:  NO SCHOOL (state in-service day).
  • (Wed) 10/19:  Test Day.
  • (ThuSat) 10/20-22:  Fuddy Meers, at 7:00 P.M., in the Little Theater.
  • (Fri) 10/21:  Homecoming Dance, from 8:00 to 11:00 P.M., in the Cafeteria.

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.

COUNTDOWN TO CELEBRATE SOUTH: TWO WEEKS TO GO!

Only two more weeks until October 22 and our second annual all-school fundraiser!  During Celebrate South, we’ll honor the past, present, and future of South with an off-site gala dinner at the downtown Hilton, an alumni Hall of Fame, a silent auction, and a visioning of South’s potential future with Principal Andy Dey.  Stay tuned for more info every week here at eNEWS.  Invitations coming by mail soon.  For now, please buy your tickets online or at the Main Office.  Check us out on Facebook (here) and the South Eugene homepage (here).  We sold out last year, so don’t wait until the last minute!

CELEBRATE SOUTH – PARENT DONATIONS NEEDED

Parent donations are needed for the Celebrate South silent auction!  All items due by October 10 to the SEHS Finance Office. Please respect the following rules for entry to make the auction run smoothly for our hard-working volunteers:

  • Item market value must be $20 or higher.
  • Items must be NEW, in box or equivalent (except art and sports memorabilia). No up-cycled or re-gifted items.
  • For each item, please fill out an Auction Donation Form.

All donations will support Parent Council, which spends over $45,000 each year on enhancing education for our kids. (If you want to make a donation to benefit your child’s club/team, please coordinate that through the club/team President.)

Examples of good auction items:

  • A vacation rental
  • An unforgettable experience or service — rafting trip, gourmet picnic, theater, sport event, or concert tickets
  • A professional service: massage, landscaping, painting, handyman, tax accountant, computer repair, dentistry, etc.
  • A themed basket, for example, a Eugene spa basket combining local Eugene gift certificates for massage, mani/pedicure along with luxury self-care lotions/soaps/hair products, etc.
  • Valuable object: jewelry, luxury handbags/luggage, art, furniture
    Gift certificates
  • Sports memorabilia, including Axemen/SEHS memorabilia

Have something in mind but not sure it would work?  Any other questions?  Contact Katharine de Baun at kathdebaun@gmail.com.

SENIOR YEARBOOK PHOTOS

Seniors have the option to replace their school photos in the yearbook with a portrait of their choice.  The photo must fit these specifications.  Images are due Friday, December 16. Photos can be uploaded at the link on the school website, or submitted as prints or files on disk to the yearbook mailbox in the Main Office. Please email yearbook adviser Bobbie Willis at willis_b@4j.lane.edu if you have questions.

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 four areas of need:

  • Senior Projects ~ On Wednesday, October 19, our first group of Seniors will be presenting their Senior Projects to panels of parents and community members.  This is part of a graduation requirement, exploring a career interest chosen by the student with a community member.  Students prepare a portfolio and a power point presentation, detailing their experience and findings.  We will be viewing project presentations from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M., and also from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M., all on October 19.  Could you join us to help with this important event?  Each panel is led by a Staff member, and a brief orientation is given to new panelists.  This is an amazing opportunity to hear and learn about the interests of our Seniors.  Please contact Kathy Ruggles at ruggles_k@4j.lane.edu for more information.
  • 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.
  • The College & Career Center at South assists students of all ages, providing resources and help on a variety of subjects. We still have a few shifts open for parents interested in a weekly commitment and becoming a trained volunteer. The CCC is open every school day, running three shifts of volunteers each day. Contact Kathy Ruggles for more information.
  • Axe Pageant ~ Each year SEHS puts on a talent show and fundraising event known as the Axe Pageant.  The Axe Pageant is a fun and highly anticipated part of the student experience at South that gives students the chance to showcase their talents while being involved in several very meaningful community service and fundraising opportunities.  In years past, students have raised considerable money for local not-for-profit organizations and most recently donated funds to The Children’s Miracle Network, an organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children.  Participants routinely point to The Axe Pageant as one of the most meaningful things they did as an SEHS student.  For years, we’ve been fortunate to have a parent volunteer to lead students in organizing the event and are looking for someone who is willing to do so this year.  If you have experience working with high school students, like putting on large talent show-style events and have the time to make a contribution to SEHS student life please let Kathy Ruggles know by sending an email to ruggles_k@4j.lane.edu.  We really need your help, so please get involved.

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.

STUDENT EXCHANGE 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. 

  • College visits (in the Career Center unless otherwise noted):  Northern Arizona U (10/7, 1:04, in Main Office conference room), Whitman College (10/7, 1:04), Cornish College of the Arts (10/7, 2:20), U of the Pacific (10/7, 2:20, in main office conference room), The Evergreen State College (10/11, 8:00), Lewis & Clark College (10/11, 8:40), Hampshire College (10/11, 1:04), Northwest Christian U (10/12, 10:20), OSU (10/12, 11:20), Harvey Mudd (10/12, 2:05), Linfield College (10/13, 10:40).  Click here for the entire college visit list.
  • Scholarships (due dates in parentheses):  Horatio Alger Distinguished Americans (https://scholars.horatioalger.org/) (10/25); National Security Agency: Stokes Educational Scholarship Program (10/31); Stamps Leadership Scholar University of Oregon (11/1); Voice of Democracy – local sponsor VFW Post 293 (11/1).  Click here or see our bulletin boards in the main hallway for the entire scholarship list. For more information, visit the Career Center in Room 7.
  • Military academy nomination applications are now available from the office of Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio.  For more information, please read his letter.
  • Seniors planning to continue your education after high school–The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be submitted now.  Go to https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm for your FSA ID.  Then go to https://fafsa.gov/ for the application, itself.  This application isn’t just for government financial aid.  It’s also used by many colleges and private scholarship organizations in choosing aid recipients.  Some funds are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out this application ASAP.
  • Free webinars explaining the process of filling out the FAFSA are available.  Look here for the schedule.
  • Friday 10/7/16:  PNACAC Mid-Willamette College Fair takes place from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. at UO’s Mac Court.  PNACAC fairs are free and open to the public.  Students are encouraged to visit www.gotocollegefairs.com prior to the fair. After entering their information on the website, students can print a barcode that can be scanned by the college representatives of their choice.
  • Mon 10/10/16:  The Oregon Promise Grant application should be available to submit.
  • Wed 10/19/16 Testing Day.  This is the day each year that juniors take their PSATs.   Study guides for the PSAT will be handed out in language-arts classes.  We have study guides in the career center for students who do not have a language-arts class.
  • Sat 10/22/16 How to Pay for College. . . in One Day (a free financial-aid and scholarship event to find free money for college) from 9:30-2 pm at LCC’s Downtown Campus
  • Wed 10/26/16 SEHS Junior/Senior Night @ 7 pm in the cafeteria.  Series of workshops pertinent to upperclassmen and their parents.
  • Tue 11/1/16: Seniors should be able to start filling out the OSAC Scholarship application now. 
  • Sat 11/19/16:  University of Portland’s Shiley School of Engineering is having an open house for students interested in civil and electrical engineering.  RSVP to engineering@up.edu by November 9.

Until next time,

Jen Reynolds
Volunteer eNEWS Editor

eNEWS Issue 4 (Fri 9/30)

Dear Parents,

Happy Friday!  Below you will find information on upcoming events; two announcements about Celebrate South, our annual all-school fundraising event; information on Rosh Hashanah; news on the SEHS website redesign; an update on the recent water testing at SEHS; a message from Principal Andy Dey; requests for volunteer service; information on student volunteer and employment opportunities; and the weekly Career Center Check-In.

UPCOMING EVENTS

(Mon) 10/3:  Registration due for Construction Utilities Career Day, from 8:15 A.M. to 1:45 P.M., at 500 East 4th Avenue (details below).

(Mon) 10/3:  Parent Council meeting, from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M., in the Library (details below).

(Wed) 10/5:  National Bike to School Day.

(Wed) 10/5:  Club Day, from 12:00 to 2:00 P.M., in the Cafeteria.
(Wed) 10/5:  Positive Community Teen Chef training, at 5:30 P.M. (details below).

(Fri) 10/7:  Blood Drive, starting at 8:00 A.M., in the Small Gym.

(Mon) 10/10: Picture Re-take Day, starting at 7:30 A.M., in the Gym Lobby.

(Thu) 10/13:  EARLY RELEASE, at 11:55 A.M. (mid-trimester progress reports).

(Fri) 10/14:  NO SCHOOL (state in-service day).

For South’s full calendar, click here.  For South’s Athletics calendar, 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 next Parent Council meeting is on Monday, October 3, from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M., in the Library.  Please come!

COUNTDOWN TO CELEBRATE SOUTH: THREE WEEKS TO GO!

Only three more weeks until October 22 and our second annual all-school fundraiser!  During Celebrate South, we’ll honor the past, present, and future of South with an off-site gala dinner at the downtown Hilton, an alumni Hall of Fame, a silent auction, and a visioning of South’s potential future with Principal Andy Dey.  Stay tuned for more info every week here at eNEWS.  Invitations coming by mail soon.  For now, please buy your tickets at the earlybird rate online or at the Main Office.  Check us out on Facebook (here) and the South Eugene homepage (here).  We sold out last year, so don’t wait until the last minute!

CELEBRATE SOUTH – PARENT DONATIONS NEEDED

Parent donations are needed for the Celebrate South silent auction!  All items due by October 10 to the SEHS Finance Office. Please respect the following rules for entry to make the auction run smoothly for our hard-working volunteers:

  • Item market value must be $20 or higher.
  • Items must be NEW, in box or equivalent (except art and sports memorabilia). No up-cycled or re-gifted items.
  • For each item, please fill out an Auction Donation Form.

All donations will support Parent Council, which spends over $45,000 each year on enhancing education for our kids. (If you want to make a donation to benefit your child’s club/team, please coordinate that through the club/team President.)

Examples of good auction items:

  • A vacation rental
  • An unforgettable experience or service — rafting trip, gourmet picnic, theater, sport event, or concert tickets
  • A professional service: massage, landscaping, painting, handyman, tax accountant, computer repair, dentistry, etc.
  • A themed basket, for example, a Eugene spa basket combining local Eugene gift certificates for massage, mani/pedicure along with luxury self-care lotions/soaps/hair products, etc.
  • Valuable object: jewelry, luxury handbags/luggage, art, furniture
    Gift certificates
  • Sports memorabilia, including Axemen/SEHS memorabilia

Have something in mind but not sure it would work?  Any other questions?  Contact Katharine de Baun at kathdebaun@gmail.com.

ROSH HASHANAH

Monday, October 3, is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year and the first of the Jewish High Holy Days.  The SEHS faculty is committed to working with students to address any conflicts with days of religious significance.  Principal Dey plans to communicate with faculty, remind them of the significance of the day, and express his support for their flexibility regarding due dates, tests, or major projects.

WEBSITE REDESIGN: PLEASE SUBMIT PICTURES!

SEHS is in the process of redesigning the school website.  Soon you will see aesthetic and functional changes to the site designed to enhance its utility and the user experience.  You and your student are invited to submit entries for the SEHS “pic of the month.”  If selected, your photo will be featured on the first page of the website.  If you have a picture of your student in service to the community, pursuing a passion, hiking the butte, spending time with family or friends in a special place, or simply having fun, please send it to dey_a@4j.lane.edu.

RESULTS FROM SEHS WATER TESTING

The results from recent water testing can be found here.  In summary, 201 fixtures were tested throughout the school with 11 fixtures found to have elevated levels of lead after sitting unused overnight – none of which were found to have elevated levels of lead after flushing.  Additionally, all fixtures having elevated levels are utility sinks, restroom sinks, and demonstration table sinks in laboratory facilities. No drinking fountains were found to be of concern.  The fixtures with elevated levels are being monitored, re-tested, and replaced as needed.  A list of those fixtures can be found here.

PRINCIPAL’S PERSPECTIVE

From Principal Andy Dey:

“Hello Everyone.  I trust you are all well and hope the fall season is treating you kindly.  Thanks for taking the time to read this edition of eNEWS and staying on top of all things South related.  My comments in this week’s edition of eNEWS are a bit long so I hope you will find them deserving of the time it takes to read them.

South is a respected school with a well deserved reputation for excellence in many areas.  One of the things South is best known for is the rich history of our Theater program.  While Theater has always been a part of South Eugene’s (formerly Eugene HS) Fine and Performing Arts department, Ed Ragozzino transformed the theater program into a smashing success in the early 60’s and we haven’t looked back since.  Theater performances are a valuable component to our students’ experiences here at South for a variety of reasons.  First, students get the chance to showcase their talents while experiencing Theater as a form of personal growth.  Second, for the audience and members of the cast Theater is a powerful and compelling way to approach matters of cultural importance from a perspective not readily available in other forms of communication.  I offer my thoughts on the role theater plays in the lives of South students (no pun intended) as a way to further the conversation about why we have chosen Spring Awakening as the Fall musical.

We have received a lot of feedback on the decision to stage Spring Awakening.  The comments and questions received have ranged from unconditionally supportive to some concern about the play being of appropriate content for high school aged students.  For those of you not familiar with the play, Spring Awakening is a rock musical that opened on Broadway in 2006 and is an adaptation of a play written in 1891 by Frank Wedekind set in Victorian-era Germany.  In essence the musical explores the tumultuous story of teenagers as they develop a sense of their own sexuality.  Another equally important theme in the musical is what happens when caring adults are not in conversations with kids at this critical time of their development.  You can read more about the play here, but it will suffice to say that bad things happen when adults are not in those conversations and this play makes that point crystal clear.  While the Broadway showing left little to imagination, our rendition of Spring Awakening will not contain any nudity and will be handled with dignity by both the cast and the Director, Pat Avery.  That said, the content of the play will stay intact and is no doubt racy by high school theater standards.  Members of the audience will see South students acting in scenes with explicit references to masturbation, teenage sex and homosexuality, unprotected sex, abortion, child abuse and all-out adolescent rebellion complete with language not intended for less mature audiences.  In fact, the play is rated MA-14 (Mature Audiences) and no one under the age of 14 will be admitted unless accompanied by an adult.  So, the most common question is why we are taking such a public risk to stage a play containing these topics.  I find that to be a reasonable question deserving an honest response.

The first reason is a refrain of a point I made earlier when describing the play.  Namely, our students are not strangers to the topics in the play and we believe that if we don’t infuse knowledge from caring and reasoned adults into those conversations bad yet avoidable things will continue to happen to our children.  The staging of Spring Awakening is intended to be just one part of a larger conversation about healthy relationships, avoiding intimate partner violence, what it means to give and receive consent and respect for yourself as well as others.  While we know an SEHS theater production will effectively draw attention and spark conversation, we are cognizant that by itself the play would be little more than a spectacle which ultimately trivializes very important yet inadequately discussed matters impacting far too many lives.  So, along with the play, there will be parent education workshops (the first of which is scheduled for October 24th), a district-wide roll out of a newly adopted Health curriculum entitled Our Whole Lives, educational opportunities put on by community partners like Ophelia’s Place, Sexual Assault Support Services, Planned Parenthood, the U of O’s SWAT (Sexual Wellness Advocacy Team) and support for student led initiatives to confront bullying and harassment.

Consider the following if you will for a moment, please.  Oregon leads the entire nation as the state with the greatest percentage of women over the age of 18 who have reported being the victim of rape.  With one in every six women making such a report, that means the number totals somewhere in the neighborhood of 230,000 and doesn’t include instances involving children under the age of 18, boys or sexual assault not considered rape by a legal definition.  Experts in the field estimate the number to be closer to one in every three if you include those other factors.  Even more motivating is the fact that among those who ever experienced rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner, more than 1 in 5 female victims (22.4%) and more than 1 in 7 male victims (15.0%) experienced some form of intimate partner violence for the first time between the ages of 11 and 17 years.  Those are SEHS students and we have to do something about that.

Those statistics lead me to the second reason we are staging Spring Awakening – our students asked us to stage the play because changing that trend is important to them and they wanted to do something about it.  They saw this production as a way to bring the conversation to the forefront here at SEHS and we agreed.  Please rest assured that we have not lost sight of all other matters characteristic in outstanding schools.  We will continue to focus on effective lesson planning, providing an educational experience that prepares students for college and careers, providing high quality co- and extra-curricular programs and making sure all students at SEHS are known and cared for.  We are however resolute in our commitment to ensure students get the information they need to make healthy decisions about their lives and their relationships while ensuring South Eugene High School is safe for every person who steps onto this campus.

I am respectful of the fact that opinions will vary as to whether or not high schools should so explicitly and directly confront issues like sexual assault and consent education. Regardless of where any one person stands on the matter, everyone is encouraged to engage in the conversation.  If you wish to do more than be in the conversation we invite you to do that as well.   We are partnering with local service providers and, while very supportive, their services are not free.  We have a goal of raising $10,000 to support abuse prevention and consent education programs for our students over the course of this year.  We are fortunate to have been given a $2000 jump start towards that goal and are looking for the friends and families of South to help us raise the rest of those funds. Please, help in any way you can.  No donation is too small to help make a difference for our children.”

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 four areas of need:

  • Axe Pageant ~ Each year SEHS puts on a talent show and fundraising event known as the Axe Pageant.  The Axe Pageant is a fun and highly anticipated part of the student experience at South that gives students the chance to showcase their talents while being involved in several very meaningful community service and fundraising opportunities.  In years past, students have raised considerable money for local not-for-profit organizations and most recently donated funds to The Children’s Miracle Network, an organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children.  Participants routinely point to The Axe Pageant as one of the most meaningful things they did as an SEHS student.  For years, we’ve been fortunate to have a parent volunteer to lead students in organizing the event and are looking for someone who is willing to do so this year.  If you have experience working with high school students, like putting on large talent show-style events and have the time to make a contribution to SEHS student life please let Kathy Ruggles know by sending an email to ruggles_k@4j.lane.edu.  We really need your help, so please get involved.
  • Senior Projects ~ On Wednesday, October 19, our first group of Seniors will be presenting their Senior Projects to panels of parents and community members.  This is part of a graduation requirement, exploring a career interest chosen by the student with a community member.  Students prepare a portfolio and a power point presentation, detailing their experience and findings.  We will be viewing project presentations from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M. on October 19.   Could you join us to help with this important event?  Each panel is led by a Staff member, and a brief orientation is given to new panelists.  This is an amazing opportunity to hear and learn about the interests of our Seniors.  Please contact Kathy Ruggles at ruggles_k@4j.lane.edu for more information.
  • 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.
  • The College & Career Center at South assists students of all ages, providing resources and help on a variety of subjects. We still have a few shifts open for parents interested in a weekly commitment and becoming a trained volunteer. The CCC is open every school day, running three shifts of volunteers each day. Contact Kathy Ruggles 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 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.  Additional opportunities:

  • Sports Announcer ~ SEHS Varsity Girls’ Soccer and Boys’ Soccer teams are in need of a student (or parent) to announce the players at the beginning of the home soccer games.  If your student is available (or if you can do it!) they would love the help.  Your student can get volunteer hours for this service.  Announcing can be as simple as reading off names for the first ten minutes of the games or giving commentary the whole game. So if you or your student is theatrical, outgoing, passionate about soccer, or simply willing to help, please contact JoAnn at jo.hoffman@comcast.net.
  • Positive Community Teen Chef ~ On Wednesday, October 5, at 5:30 P.M., there will be a volunteer orientation and training to become a Positive Community Kitchen teen chef.  Teen chefs prepare meals for people facing life-threatening illnesses, and earn volunteer credit.  No experience necessary.  Click here for more information.

 STUDENT EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AND SUPPORT

  • Construction Utilities Career Day will take place on Thursday, October 13, from 8:15 A.M. to 1:45 P.M., at EWEB Downtown, 500 East 4th Avenue.  Registration due October 3, so don’t miss the fun!  Come talk with industry professionals and learn to run an excavator, bucket truck, or bulldozer.  There will be plenty of fun hands-on activities like climbing poles, racing wheelbarrows, and more.  What does it take to keep the lights on, water running and civilization civilized?  What kinds of tools and skills are needed?  Find out more, and lunch is provided too.  See Kathy Ruggles for registration and information in Room 302.
  • The Eugene Family YMCA is offering a Red Cross Babysitter Training course on Sunday, October 2, from 9:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., at the Eugene Family YMCA.  This training costs $95 and is open to students who are at least 11 years old.  In the course, students learn how to supervise children and infants; perform basic child-care skills such as diapering, feeding and dressing; choose safe, age-appropriate games and toys; identify safety hazards and prevent injuries; care for common injuries such as burns, cuts and bee stings; communicate effectively with parents; and find and interview for babysitting jobs.  Upon completion of the course, students will receive a Certification in Red Cross Babysitter’s Training.  For more information and/or to register, please contact Sabrina Hershey Black at 541-686-9622 or sabrina@eugeneymca.org.

CAREER CENTER CHECK-IN

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

  • College visits (in the Career Center unless otherwise noted):  U of British Columbia (9/30, 11:14), U of Chicago (10/3, 2:20), Navy ROTC Scholarship Recruiter (10/4, 9:56), OIT (10/5, 10:20), Washington U in St. Louis (10/5, 2:20), U of Nevada, Las Vegas (10/6, 8:40), Gonzaga U (10/6, 11:30), Colby College (10/6, 2:20), Northern Arizona U (10/7, 1:04), Whitman College (10/7, 1:04), Cornish College of the Arts (10/7, 2:20), U of the Pacific (10/7, 2:20).  Click here for the entire college visit list.
  • Scholarships (due dates in parentheses):  Wendy’s High School Heisman (10/3); Horatio Alger Distinguished Americans (https://scholars.horatioalger.org/) (10/25); National Security Agency: Stokes Educational Scholarship Program (10/31); Stamps Leadership Scholar University of Oregon (11/1); Voice of Democracy – local sponsor VFW Post 293 (11/1).  Click here or see our bulletin boards in the main hallway for the entire scholarship list. For more information, visit the Career Center in Room 7.
  • Military academy nomination applications are now available from the office of Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio.  For more information, please read his letter.
  •  Sat 10/1/16, at 1:00 P.M.: Duke University reps will be in Portland to answer questions and offer information about their school.  Click here for more information.
  • Sat 10/1/16: To all seniors planning to continue your education after high school–The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be submitted beginning October 1.  Go to https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm for your FSA ID.  Then go to https://fafsa.gov/ for the application, itself.  This application isn’t just for government financial aid.  It’s also used by many colleges and private scholarship organizations in choosing aid recipients.  Some funds are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out this application ASAP on or after October 1.
  • Free webinars explaining the process of filling out the FAFSA are available.  Look here for the schedule.
  • Friday 10/7/16:  PNACAC Mid-Willamette College Fair takes place from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. at UO’s Mac Court.  PNACAC fairs are free and open to the public.  Students are encouraged to visit www.gotocollegefairs.com prior to the fair. After entering their information on the website, students can print a barcode that can be scanned by the college representatives of their choice.
  • Mon 10/10/16:  The Oregon Promise Grant application should be available to submit.
  • Wed 10/19/16 Testing Day.  This is the day each year that juniors take their PSATs.   Study guides for the PSAT will be handed out in language-arts classes.  We have study guides in the career center for students who do not have a language-arts clas
  • Sat 10/22/16 How to Pay for College. . . in One Day (a free financial-aid and scholarship event to find free money for college) from 9:30-2 pm at LCC’s Downtown Campus
  • Wed 10/26/16 SEHS Junior/Senior Night @ 7 pm in the cafeteria.  Series of workshops pertinent to upperclassmen and their parents.
  • Tue 11/1/16: Seniors should be able to start filling out the OSAC application now. 
  • Sat 11/19/16:  University of Portland’s Shiley School of Engineering is having an open house for students interested in civil and electrical engineering.  RSVP to engineering@up.edu by November 9.
  • The Eternal Struggle of the Empty Nester

Until next time,

 Jen Reynolds
Volunteer eNEWS Editor

eNEWS Issue 3 (Fri 9/23)

Dear Parents,

Happy Friday!  Below you will find information on upcoming events; an announcement about Celebrate South, our annual all-school fundraising event; an invitation to vote on Parent Ed topics for 2016-17; details on senior photos for the yearbook; requests for volunteer service; information on student volunteer, employment, and extracurricular opportunities; and the weekly Career Center Check-In.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • (Mon) 9/26:  IHS Parent Night, at 7:00 P.M., in the Education Center Auditorium, at 200 North Monroe Street.
  • (Wed) 9/28:  Financial Aid Night, at 7:00 P.M., in the Cafeteria (details below).
  • (Thu) 9/29:  IB Parent Night, at 7:00 P.M., in the Education Center Auditorium, at 200 North Monroe Street.
  • (Mon) 10/3:  Parent Council meeting, from 7:00 to 8:30 P.M., in the Library.
  • (Wed) 10/5:  National Bike to School Day.
  • (Wed) 10/5:  Club Day, from 12:00 to 2:00 P.M., in the Cafeteria.
  • (Wed) 10/5:  Positive Community Teen Chef training, at 5:30 P.M. (details below).
  • (Fri) 10/7:  Blood Drive, starting at at 8:00 A.M., in the Small Gym.
  • For South’s full calendar, click here.  For South’s Athletics calendar, click here.

COUNTDOWN TO CELEBRATE SOUTH: FOUR WEEKS TO GO!

Only four more weeks until October 22 and our second annual all-school fundraiser!  During Celebrate South, we’ll honor the past, present, and future of South with an off-site gala dinner at the downtown Hilton, an alumni Hall of Fame, a silent auction, and a visioning of South’s potential future with Principal Andy Dey.  Stay tuned for more info every week here at eNews.  Invitations coming by mail soon.  For now, please SAVE THE DATE, and buy your tickets now at the earlybird rate online or at the Main Office.  Check out our Facebook page here.  We sold out last year, so don’t wait until the last minute!

PLEASE VOTE FOR PARENT ED TOPICS

Parent Council is hosting 4-5 informative and fun evenings for parents in 2016-17. We have created a list of topics and would love your opinion on what you’d be most interested in attending!  You can also write in a new topic we didn’t think of. Thank you for your participation in this poll — we want talks to be relevant and meaningful to as many parents as possible.

SENIOR YEARBOOK PHOTOS

Seniors have the option to replace their school photos in the yearbook with a portrait of their choice.  The photo must fit these specifications.  Images are due Friday, Dec. 16.  Photos can be uploaded at the link on the school website, or submitted as prints or files on disk to the yearbook mailbox in the Main Office. Please email yearbook adviser Bobbie Willis at willis_b@4j.lane.edu if you have questions.

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 two areas of need:

  • Senior Projects ~ On Wednesday, October 19, our first group of Seniors will be presenting their Senior Projects to panels of parents and community members.  This is part of a graduation requirement, exploring a career interest chosen by the student with a community member.  Students prepare a portfolio and a power point presentation, detailing their experience and findings.  We will be viewing project presentations from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M. on October 19.   Could you join us to help with this important event?  Each panel is led by a Staff member, and a brief orientation is given to new panelists.  This is an amazing opportunity to hear and learn about the interests of our Seniors.  Please contact Kathy Ruggles at ruggles_k@4j.lane.edu for more information.
  • 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 8:30 to 10:30 A.M. and 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 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.  Additional opportunities:

  • Sports Announcer ~ SEHS Varsity Girls’ Soccer and Boys’ Soccer teams are in need of a student (or parent) to announce the players at the beginning of the home soccer games.  If your student is available (or if you can do it!) they would love the help.  Your student can get volunteer hours for this service.  Announcing can be as simple as reading off names for the first ten minutes of the games or giving commentary the whole game. So if you or your student is theatrical, outgoing, passionate about soccer, or simply willing to help, please contact JoAnn at jo.hoffman@comcast.net.
  • Positive Community Teen Chef ~ On Wednesday, October 5, at 5:30 P.M., there will be a volunteer orientation and training to become a Positive Community Kitchen teen chef.  Teen chefs prepare meals for people facing life-threatening illnesses, and earn volunteer credit.  No experience necessary.  Click here for more information.

 STUDENT EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AND SUPPORT

  • Construction Utilities Career Day will take place on Thursday, October 13, from 8:15 A.M. to 1:45 P.M., at EWEB Downtown, 500 East 4th Avenue.  Come talk with industry professionals and learn to run an excavator, bucket truck, or bulldozer.  There will be plenty of fun hands-on activities like climbing poles, racing wheelbarrows, and more.  What does it take to keep the lights on, water running and civilization civilized?  What kinds of tools and skills are needed?  Find out more, and lunch is provided too.  See Kathy Ruggles for registration and information in Room 302.
  • The Eugene Family YMCA is offering a Red Cross Babysitter Training course on Sunday, October 2, from 9:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., at the Eugene Family YMCA.  This training costs $95 and is open to students who are at least 11 years old.  In the course, students learn how to supervise children and infants; perform basic child-care skills such as diapering, feeding and dressing; choose safe, age-appropriate games and toys; identify safety hazards and prevent injuries; care for common injuries such as burns, cuts and bee stings; communicate effectively with parents; and find and interview for babysitting jobs.  Upon completion of the course, students will receive a Certification in Red Cross Babysitter’s Training.  For more information and/or to register, please contact Sabrina Hershey Black at 541-686-9622 or sabrina@eugeneymca.org.

STUDENT EXTRACURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES

  • Girls Ultimate Frisbee ~ SEHS Girls Ultimate is on!  Practices start this week and take place on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 3:30 to 5:45 P.M., at the fields next to Roosevelt Middle School. New players of all skill levels welcome and encouraged.  Your student should bring cleats if she has them and come check it out.  For more info about the team or the season, please email captains Emma Thoennes (emst41@gmail.com) or Yausi Khajavei (yausi.khajavei@gmail.com) or request to join the FB group South Ladies Ultimate 2016-17.
  • Opera ~ The Eugene Opera seeks enthusiastic high-school students curious about the world of opera to join the Eugene Opera Academy’s 2016-2017 program.  Singers, actors, dancers, directors, back-stage technicians, musicians, writers, composers, and marketers are welcome.  Participants will attend rehearsals and performances of the Eugene Opera’s four shows (in October, December, March, and May); talk with professionals who bring opera to the stage; take part in a Master Class; and have an opportunity to win a $500 scholarship.  Interested students should come to the Program Overview and Registration on Thursday, September 29, at 6:00 P.M., at 1590 Willamette (Opera office).  For more information, please contact Barbara Myrick, musicmyrick@gmail.com.  Program fee: $30 (includes matinee performances).

CAREER CENTER CHECK-IN

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

  • College visits: Representatives from the following colleges will be visiting the Career Center:  Savannah College of Art and Design (9/23, 11:14), Johns Hopkins U. (9/26, 8:40), U. of Denver (9/26, 1:00), U. of Portland (9/28, 8:00), Western Oregon U (9/28, 11:20), St. Olaf (9/29, 2:20), U of British Columbia (9/30, 11:14).  Click here for more information on upcoming visits.
  • Scholarships (due dates in parentheses):  Wendy’s High School Heisman (10/3); Horatio Alger Distinguished Americans (https://scholars.horatioalger.org/) (10/25); National Security Agency: Stokes Educational Scholarship Program (10/31); Stamps Leadership Scholar University of Oregon (11/1); Voice of Democracy – local sponsor VFW Post 293 (11/1).  Click here or see our bulletin boards in the main hallway for the entire scholarship list. For more information, visit the Career Center in Room 7.
  • Military academy nomination applications are now available from the office of Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio.  For more information, please read his letter.
  • Wed 9/28/16, at 7:00 P.M., in the Cafeteria:  SEHS Financial Aid Night. This is a review of the FAFSA and other financial-aid information. Important for juniors and seniors to attend.
  •  Sat 10/1/16, at 1:00 P.M.: Duke University reps will be in Portland to answer questions and offer information about their school.  Click here for more information.
  • Sat 10/1/16: To all seniors planning to continue your education after high school–The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be submitted beginning October 1.  Go to https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm for your FSA ID.  Then go to https://fafsa.gov/ for the application, itself.  This application isn’t just for government financial aid.  It’s also used by many colleges and private scholarship organizations in choosing aid recipients.  Some funds are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out this application ASAP on or after October 1.
  • Free webinars explaining the process of filling out the FAFSA are available.  Look here for the schedule.
  • Friday 10/7/16:  PNACAC Mid-Willamette College Fair takes place from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. at UO’s Mac Court.  PNACAC fairs are free and open to the public.  Students are encouraged to visit www.gotocollegefairs.com prior to the fair. After entering their information on the website, students can print a barcode that can be scanned by the college representatives of their choice.
  • Wed 10/19/16 Testing Day.  This is the day each year that juniors take their PSATs.   Study guides for the PSAT will be handed out in language-arts classes.  We have study guides in the career center for students who do not have a language-arts class.
  • Sat 11/19/16:  University of Portland’s Shiley School of Engineering is having an open house for students interested in civil and electrical engineering.  RSVP to engineering@up.edu by November 9.
  • The Eternal Struggle of the Empty Nester
  • What college admissions officers say they want in a candidate

Until next time,

 Jen Reynolds
Volunteer eNEWS Editor

eNEWS Issue 2 (Fri 9/16)

Dear Parents,

Happy Friday!  Below you will find information on upcoming events; a “save the date” announcement about Celebrate South, our annual all-school fundraising event;  requests for volunteer service; information on student extracurricular opportunities; information on student exchange programs; and the weekly Career Center Check-In.

FYI:  Each week, we post the eNEWS to the SEHS website, here.  If you can’t find your eNEWS or want to look over past issues, please check it out.  Thanks!

UPCOMING EVENTS

(Mon) 9/19:  IHS Parent Night, at 7:00 P.M., in the Education Center Auditorium.

(Tue) 9/20:  SEHS Open House, from 6:20 to 8:40 P.M., in the Cafeteria.

(Wed) 9/28:  Financial Aid Night, at 7:00 P.M., in the Cafeteria.

(Thu) 9/29:  IB Parent Night, at 7:00 P.M., in the Education Center Auditorium.

For South’s full calendar, click here.  For South’s Athletics calendar, click here.

CELEBRATE SOUTH — SAVE THE DATE!

Saturday, October 22, is the date for this year’s Celebrate South event.  Tickets will soon be available for the annual event in which we recognize alumni who have made significant contributions to the fields of Arts, Academics and Athletics, as well as raise money in support of SEHS students and programs.  It will be a wonderful evening at the Hilton and will include dinner, a silent auction, time with friends, and the chance to meet alumni who became professional athletes, renowned recording artists, successful entrepreneurs, and respected academics.  This year’s Axemen Hall of Fame inductees are some of the most eclectic and interesting people one might meet in an evening in Eugene.  We hope to see you there.  Please save the 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:

  • Senior Projects ~ On Wednesday, October 19, our first group of Seniors will be presenting their Senior Projects to panels of parents and community members.  This is part of a graduation requirement, exploring a career interest chosen by the student with a community member.  Students prepare a portfolio and a power point presentation, detailing their experience and findings.  We will be viewing project presentations from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M. on October 19.   Could you join us to help with this important event?  Each panel is led by a Staff member, and a brief orientation is given to new panelists.  This is an amazing opportunity to hear and learn about the interests of our Seniors.  Please contact Kathy Ruggles at ruggles_k@4j.lane.edu for more information.
  • SEHS Open House ~ On Tuesday, September 20, the Parent Council will be hosting an Open House for all new and returning students.  We need volunteers to help with set up (5:00 to 6:00 P.M.), tabling (6:00 to 8:40 P.M.), and clean up (8:30 to 9:30 P.M.).  If you can help, please contact Anne Schwarz, Parent Council Chair, at anneconlyn1@gmail.com.
  • 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 8:30 to 10:30 A.M. and 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 EXTRACURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES

  • Girls Ultimate Frisbee ~ SEHS Girls Ultimate is on!  Practices start this week and take place on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 3:30 to 5:45 P.M., at the fields next to Roosevelt Middle School. New players of all skill levels welcome and encouraged.  Your student should bring cleats if she has them and come check it out.  For more info about the team or the season, please email captains Emma Thoennes (emst41@gmail.com) or Yausi Khajavei (yausi.khajavei@gmail.com) or request to join the FB group South Ladies Ultimate 2016-17.
  • Opera ~ The Eugene Opera seeks enthusiastic high-school students curious about the world of opera to join the Eugene Opera Academy’s 2016-2017 program.  Singers, actors, dancers, directors, back-stage technicians, musicians, writers, composers, and marketers are welcome.  Participants will attend rehearsals and performances of the Eugene Opera’s four shows (in October, December, March, and May); talk with professionals who bring opera to the stage; take part in a Master Class; and have an opportunity to win a $500 scholarship.  Interested students should come to the Program Overview and Registration on Thursday, September 29, at 6:00 P.M., at 1590 Willamette (Opera office).  For more information, please contact Barbara Myrick, musicmyrick@gmail.com.  Program fee: $30 (includes matinee performances).

STUDENT EXCHANGE 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. 

  • COLLEGE VISITS (in the Career Center unless otherwise noted):   Portland State U. (Tue 9/20, 9:56 A.M.), Willliams College (Tue 9/20, 1:04 P.M.), Brown U. (Wed 9/21, 9:20 A.M.), U of O (Wed 9/21, 2:05 P.M.), Yale U. (Fri 9/23, 8:15 A.M.)
  • SCHOLARSHIPS (due dates in parentheses):  Horatio Alger Distinguished Americans (https://scholars.horatioalger.org/) (10/25/16); Voice of Democracy – local sponsor VFW Post 293 (11/1/16); Eugene Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship (11/30/16). Please visit our website 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.
  • Military academy nomination applications are now available from the office of Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio.  For more information, please read his letter.
  • Mon 9/19/16, 6:30 to 7:45 P.M., at Eugene Family YMCA in the Beck Center–Julie Beck, college-admissions counselor, will present a free workshop:  “Demystifying College Admissions.”
  • Wed 9/28/16, at 7:00 P.M., in SEHS Cafeteria:  SEHS Financial Aid Night–This is a review of the FAFSA and other financial-aid information. Important for juniors & seniors to attend.
  • Sat 10/1/16, at 1:00 P.M.: Duke University reps will be in Portland to answer questions and offer information about their school.  Click here for more information.
  • Sat 10/1/16: To all seniors planning to continue your education after high school–The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be submitted beginning October 1st.  Go to https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm for your FSA ID.  Then go to https://fafsa.gov/ for the application, itself.  This application isn’t just for government financial aid.  It’s also used by many colleges and private scholarship organizations in choosing aid recipients.  Some funds are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out this application ASAP on or after October 1st.
  • Free webinars explaining the process of filling out the FAFSA are available.  Look here for the schedule.
  • Fri 10/7/16, 9:00 A.M.-noon:  PNACAC Mid-Willamette College Fair at UO’s Mac Court.  PNACAC fairs are free and open to the public.  Students are encouraged to visit www.gotocollegefairs.com prior to the fair. After entering their information on the website, students can print a barcode that can be scanned by the college representatives of their choice.
  • What college admissions officers say they want in a candidate

Until next time,

Jen Reynolds
Volunteer eNEWS Editor

eNEWS Addenda (9/12)

eNEWS Addenda (9/12)

Hello Parents!

Following up on Friday‘s eNEWS, two quick notes:

1.  In addition to visiting during the school day, the Gallaudet University representative will offer an evening presentation at 7:00 P.M. in the SEHS Library on Wednesday, 9/14.  (Gallaudet is a federally-chartered private university for the education of the deaf and hard of hearing located in Washington, D.C. ).

2.  The FAFSA information night will be on Wednesday 9/28 at 7:00 P.M. (the eNEWS mistakenly had Monday 9/28, which isn’t an actual date).

Have a great week!

Jen Reynolds

eNEWS Issue 1 (Fri 9/9)

eNEWS Issue 1 (Fri 9/9)

Dear Parents,

School has officially begun, and with it the weekly eNEWS!  Below you will find information on upcoming events; details on the first Parent Council meeting; a “save the date” announcement about Celebrate South, our annual all-school fundraising event; a message from Principal Andy Dey; requests for volunteer service; information on student extracurricular opportunities; information on student exchange programs; and the weekly Career Center Check-In.

UPCOMING EVENTS

(Mon) 9/12:  Parent Council meeting, from 7:00 to 8:30 P.M., in the Library (details below).

(Mon) 9/19:  IHS Parent Night, at 7:00 P.M., in the Education Center Auditorium.

(Tue) 9/20:  SEHS Open House, from 6:20 to 8:40 P.M., in the Cafeteria.

Please note the date change for the Open House.  There was a conflict with both SBMS and RMS scheduling open houses on 9/22, the same as SEHS.  Many of our parents have middle and high school students, so we could not schedule our open house on the same night.  We apologize for any inconvenience, and thank you for understanding!

For South’s full calendar, click here.  For South’s Athletics calendar, click here.

PARENT COUNCIL: LEARN MORE AND GET INVOLVED!

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 first Parent Council meeting this year is on Monday, September 12, from 7:00 to 8:30 P.M., in the Library.  Please feel welcome to attend as a member, or consider running for one of the following open officer positions:

  • Co-Chair
  • eScript Coordinator
  • Junior Class Representative
  • Sophomore Class Representative
  • Freshman Class Representative

Much of our work is fundraising, and we spend about $40,000 per year.  What do we spend the money on? Our mission is to support all students at South, so we spend money on things that benefit ALL students. Over the last several years we have paid for staff time to keep our well-trafficked library and career center open longer. We support a part-time position to coordinate parent volunteers in theater, athletics, Axespresso, the Spirit Shop and more. We also support faculty and staff by coordinating appreciation breakfasts and lunches three times a year. And finally, we host a series of Parent Education Nights to discuss critical educational and social issues that impact all of our families.  Please join us for Parent Council the first Monday of every month, from 7:00 to 8:30 P.M., in the Library.  Thank you!

CELEBRATE SOUTH — SAVE THE DATE!

Saturday, October 22, is the date for this year’s Celebrate South event.  Tickets will soon be available for the annual event in which we recognize alumni who have made significant contributions to the fields of Arts, Academics and Athletics, as well as raise money in support of SEHS students and programs.  It will be a wonderful evening at the Hilton and will include dinner, a silent auction, time with friends, and the chance to meet alumni who became professional athletes, renowned recording artists, successful entrepreneurs, and respected academics.  This year’s Axemen Hall of Fame inductees are some of the most eclectic and interesting people one might meet in an evening in Eugene.  We hope to see you there.  Please save the date!

PRINCIPAL’S PERSPECTIVES

From Principal Andy Dey:

“Welcome back for another year at SEHS.  As we wind down the first week of the school year, I just wanted to say thank you to each and every family that has entrusted us with the responsibility to educate your children.  On behalf of the entire faculty, staff and administration, I would like to express our appreciation for the honor of working with such wonderful and capable young people.  By most accounts, the school year has started smoothly.  That said, smooth may not be the word you would choose to describe your particular experience.  If that is the case, and you are running into problems, please do not hesitate to reach out to the office and seek some assistance.  We stand ready to help. Don’t delay if it is a scheduling issue as each term moves quickly and lost time in a class could prove costly.

Thanks to all parents who chose to support the school by giving the suggested General School Support donation on registration day.  While a public institution with support generated through tax dollars, the full array of current programs at SEHS are made possible by the generous support of families and alumni like you.  Were we to operate only on the resources given to us from the State, we would need to cut multiple teachers from our faculty and eliminate several programs from our curriculum.  We are so very fortunate to have such a generous school community.  Thank you.  That said, we collected $20,000 less this year than in years past and are hoping to make up the difference in this year’s Eugene Education Foundation direct drive.  I ask that you continue to support the school as you always have in the past and encourage others to do the same.

Lastly, I hope you will recognize a recurring theme coming from SEHS this year regarding our efforts to educate students about healthy intimate relationships, sexual decisions, and consent education.  These are topics of conversation which have generated considerable controversy, are uncomfortable for some, seen as inappropriate topics for schools by others and viewed as long overdue in the realm of social discourse by many others still. While not an easy discussion to have, let us be clear that today‘s youth have many compelling messages delivered to them through formal and informal channels regarding acceptable sexual behaviors and intimate relationships. What’s more, children too often have graphic and sexually explicit images, stories, ads and videos thrust upon their senses via television, websites, social media and social interactions at a time when they are developing the capacity for independence yet remain very impressionable.

Such influences can have a deep and lasting impact on a young person resulting in dysfunctional perspectives on what healthy relationships look like when not countered by explicit, positive and respectful messages from caring and supportive adults.  We know that when the right adults are not involved in the right conversations bad things happen for young people in general and too often to young women in particular.  Stories in the media often highlight instances where one of our country’s Gladiators (professional athletes, collegiate swimmers, popular performers, movie stars, etc…) violently and sexually assault someone.  The highly-publicized conversations that follow are often focused on the punishment they either did or did not receive and the impact on the perpetrator’s life.  It saddens me to think that for every top trending story about a Gladiator’s offenses, there are hundreds if not thousands of stories about young people in tragic circumstances that go untold.  Rather than committing to telling the stories, we are committing to making sure fewer stories need be told in the first place.  As a school, we think the best way to do that is through a better education about the issues our students are facing.  In addition to our staging of Spring Awakening as the Fall musical we are scheduling parent education sessions, staging public awareness campaigns, adopting the Our Whole Lives health curriculum and engaging students, families and the community in conversations about respectful intimate relationships and principles of consent.  We welcome feedback from anyone regardless of the position one might take on these issues but hope for your support as we educate and protect our young men and women at South.”

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:

  • SEHS Open House ~ On Tuesday, September 20, the Parent Council will be hosting an Open House for all new and returning students.  We need volunteers to help with set up (5:00 to 6:00 P.M.), tabling (6:00 to 8:40 P.M.), and clean up (8:30 to 9:30 P.M.).  If you can help, please contact Anne Schwarz, Parent Council Chair, at anneconlyn1@gmail.com.
  • 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 8:30 to 10:30 A.M. and 10:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. Please contact Joshua Gramley at gramley_j@4j.lane.edu for more information.
  • The College & Career Center at South assists students of all ages, providing resources and help on a variety of subjects. We still have a few shifts open for parents interested in a weekly commitment and becoming a trained volunteer. The CCC is open every school day, running three shifts of volunteers each day. Contact Kathy Ruggles 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 EXTRACURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES

  • Rowing ~The South Eugene Rowing Club (SERC) is currently welcoming new 8th-12th grade members (from all area schools) for the Fall 2016 season!  Your student can come join us for a free trial week and meet the team.  The club teaches the basics of the rowing stroke and introduces your student to what our team will be doing this racing season. To learn more, come to an open indoor practice session on Friday, September 9, from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M., at South Eugene High School, and/or attend our Information Meeting on Friday, September 9, at 7:00 P.M., in the Cafeteria.  Students can also try out a session on the water during the week of September 12-15 if they bring a signed US Rowing waiver.  Waivers and lots more information are available at http://southeugenerowingclub.org/. Come experience crew! 
  • Opera ~ The Eugene Opera seeks enthusiastic high-school students curious about the world of opera to join the Eugene Opera Academy’s 2016-2017 program.  Singers, actors, dancers, directors, back-stage technicians, musicians, writers, composers, and marketers are welcome.  Participants will attend rehearsals and performances of the Eugene Opera’s four shows (in October, December, March, and May); talk with professionals who bring opera to the stage; take part in a Master Class; and have an opportunity to win a $500 scholarship.  Interested students should come to the Program Overview and Registration on Thursday, September 29, at 6:00 P.M., at 1590 Willamette (Opera office).  For more information, please contact Barbara Myrick, musicmyrick@gmail.com.  Program fee: $30 (includes matinee performances).

STUDENT EXCHANGE 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. 

  • College visits: Representatives from the following colleges will be visiting the Career Center:  Gallaudet University (Wed 9/14, 1:00 P.M.); Portland State University (Tue 9/20, 9:56 A.M.); Williams College (Tue 9/20, 1:04 P.M.); Brown University (Wed 9/21, 9:20 A.M.); University of Oregon (Wed 9/21, 9:20 A.M.); and Yale University (Fri 9/23, 8:15 A.M.). Click here for more information on upcoming visits.
    • Group presentation.  On Monday 9/12/16, from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M., representatives from the University of Notre Dame, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Virginia, and Emory University will host a group presentation and then be available for questions during an hour and a half program for you and your family at Jesuit High School (9000 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Portland).  For more information and to register, visit the website.
    • More on Gallaudet University. The Gallaudent rep will visit the Career Center at South on Wed 9/14 at 1:00 P.M.  Gallaudet is a federally-chartered private university for the education of the deaf and hard of hearing located in Washington, D.C.  (Students are excused from class, but are asked to check with their teacher to be sure that work that day can be made up.)
    • PNACAC Mid-Willamette College Fair takes place on Friday 10/7/16, 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. at UO’s Mac Court.  PNACAC fairs are free and open to the public.  Students are encouraged to visit www.gotocollegefairs.com prior to the fair. After entering their information on the website, students can print a barcode that can be scanned by the college representatives of their choice.
  • Beat the Odds scholarship applications are due on Tuesday, September 13 (with some flexibility around the due date). Questions about your application?  Visit the career center or contact Janene Kajitani at beattheodds@stand.org or 503-914-4669.  Beat the Odds is a $10,000 award ($2,500 per year, renewable for up to four years) for students who are succeeding in school despite challenges such as poverty, homelessness, disability, or personal tragedy.  There are four scholarships available for students who will graduate in spring of 2017, and at least one will go to a student from the Eugene/Springfield area.  More info can be found online at http://stand.org/oregon/beat-the-odds/apply.
  • SEHS Financial Aid Night: On Monday 9/28/16, at 7:00 P.M., come for a review of the FAFSA and other financial-aid information. It is important for juniors and seniors to attend.
    • FAFSA opens on Saturday 10/1/16: All students planning to continue your education after high school–The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be submitted beginning October 1st.  Go to https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm for your FSA ID.  Then go to, https://fafsa.gov/ for the application, itself.  This application isn’t just for government financial aid.  It’s also used by many colleges and private scholarship organizations in choosing aid recipients.  Some funds are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out this application ASAP on or after October 1st.
    • Free webinars explaining the process of filling out the FAFSA are available.  Look here for the schedule.
  • What college admissions officers say they want in a candidate

Until next time,

 Jen Reynolds

Volunteer eNEWS Editor

eNEWS: Special Back-to-SEHS Edition (August 2016)

eNEWS: Special Back-to-SEHS Edition (August 2016)

Dear Parents,

School is just around the corner!  This special edition of eNEWS provides information on some important upcoming events and on the Parent Council.  We are hoping that you will consider participating on the Parent Council this year, so please read below for more information on what we do.  Additionally, we have included a request for volunteer service for two of our big all-school events, Registration Day and Open House, and also a request for donations of school supplies.  The regular eNEWS starts the first week of school.  Thanks so much!

UPCOMING EVENTS

(Mon) 8/22:  Schedules available in Synergy.

(Wed) 8/31:  Registration Day for all grades (details below).

(Tue) 9/6:  Ninth Grade Orientation and BBQ, from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

(Wed) 9/7:  Regular classes for all students begin at 9:20 A.M., as this is a Late Start Day.

(Mon) 9/12:  Parent Council meeting, from 7:00 to 8:30 P.M., in the Library (details below).

(Thu) 9/22:  SEHS Open House, from 6:20 to 8:40 P.M., in the Cafeteria.

For South’s full calendar, click here.  For South’s Athletics calendar, click here.

REGISTRATION DAY IS WEDNESDAY 8/31

All students are expected to attend.  Students will pay fees, pick up final schedules, get pictures taken for ID cards, purchase parking passes, and register for any support services.  Students should bring (1) the purple fee sheet completed with payment (available here); and (2) the Lifetouch picture order form and payment.  Report on Registration Day schedule according to grade and last name:

  • Sophomores: A-F 8:00, G-L 8:25, M-R 8:50, S-Z 9:15
  • Juniors: A-F 9:45, G-L 10:10, M-R 10:35, S-Z 11:00
  • Freshmen: A-F 12:15, G-L 12:40, M-R 1:05, S-Z 1:30
  • Seniors and Peer Leaders: A-F 2:00, G-L 2:25, M-R 2:50, S-Z 3:15

This information and more (including the purple fee sheet and the Lifetouch picture order form) are in the letter sent by principal Andy Dey to all South families earlier in August.

PARENT COUNCIL: LEARN MORE AND GET INVOLVED!

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.  Our first Parent Council meeting this year is on Monday, September 12, from 7:00 to 8:30 P.M., in the Library.  Please feel welcome to attend as a member, or consider running for one of the following open officer positions:

  • Co-Chair
  • eScript Coordinator
  • Junior Class Representative
  • Sophomore Class Representative
  • Freshman Class Representative

Much of our work is fundraising, and we spend about $40,000 per year.  What do we spend the money on? Our mission is to support all students at South, so we spend money on things that benefit ALL students. Over the last several years we have paid for staff time to keep our well-trafficked library and career center open longer. We support a part-time position to coordinate parent volunteers in theater, athletics, Axespresso, the Spirit Shop and more. We also support faculty and staff by coordinating appreciation breakfasts and lunches three times a year. And finally, we host a series of Parent Education Nights to discuss critical educational and social issues that impact all of our families.  Please join us for Parent Council the first Monday of every month, from 7:00 to 8:30 P.M., in the Library.  We have open officer positions and opportunities to participate at every level.  Thank you!

SCHEDULE CHANGES

Need a schedule correction or change?  Just fill out the schedule change request form (available here) and return the form to the Counseling Office in person or electronically to info_sehs@4j.lane.edu .

SENIORS & JUNIORS: WORK STUDY

Applications are now open for South’s Work Study Program. Students work for 1-2 periods each school day for pay and receive .5 elective credit each trimester. This is a year-long commitment open to students with a 3.0+ GPA who are in good academic standing and have a good attendance record and strong work ethic.  Positions are open assisting in the cafeteria and the custodial staff.  Some positions for seniors include office work.  Contact Kathy Ruggles at ruggles_k@4j.lane.edu for an interview. Bring a current resume.

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 immediate area of need:

  • Registration Day on Wednesday, August 31 ~  We will be collecting fees and writing receipts for the parents and students who are registering. There are two shifts; 7:45-11:45 and 12:00-3:45. Please consider helping us with this very large task!
  • SEHS Open House ~ On Thursday, September 22, the Parent Council will be hosting an Open House for all new and returning students.  We need volunteers to help with set up (5:00 to 6:00 P.M.), tabling (6:00 to 8:40 P.M.), and clean up (8:30 to 9:30 P.M.).  If you can help, please contact Anne Schwarz, Parent Council Chair, at anneconlyn1@gmail.com.

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.

DONATIONS NEEDED: SCHOOL SUPPLIES

Each year the Counseling Office receives many request from students for basic school supplies.  With the elimination of Operation School Bell we’re unable to provide everything each students needs so we’re hoping you can help us out by donating everyday school supplies.  Help make each and every student succeed in school!  Following is our wish list for school supplies.  Donations of any of the following are greatly appreciated and can be brought to the Counseling Office anytime throughout the year.

School Supply Donation Wish List

Pencils

Pens (Blue, Black, Red)

 USB Drives

Backpacks

Locks for school lockers

Poster board/display board

Index cards (3” X 5”)

Red pencils

Pencil boxes

Dividers

Plastic sheet protectors

Construction paper

Rulers

Graphing paper

Markers, assorted colors and sizes

Colored pencils

Pencil sharpeners

Erasers

1 to 5 -subject notebooks

Loose-leaf notebook paper (both wide and college-ruled)

Three-ring binders (1” and 2”)

Hand sanitizer

Wipes

Composition books

Calculators

Scientific/graphing calculators

Until next time,

Jen Reynolds

Volunteer eNEWS Editor