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FRIDAY, June 23, 2017

Dear Parents,

Summer break is here!  Below you will find information on SEHS summer office hours, employment opportunities for students, volunteering, summer camps, and the Career Center Check-In. 


From Monday, June 26, until Friday, August 11, the Main Office will be open Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. (closed 12:00 to 1:00 P.M. for lunch).  The Main Office will be closed on Fridays and also on Tuesday, July 4.


  • Nike Creative Design Academy will take place at Nike’s World HQ in Beaverton on June 28 for any student aged 15 or older with an interest in the footwear and apparel industry. This is a small event with limited space, so register as soon as possible. Contact Micah Birge, Industry Outreach Coordinator at Sports Career Consulting, with any additional questions ( An informational flyer and registration/release form can be found here, and more information is available online at
  • The Eugene State Farm Office Team is seeking qualified candidates to join their group.  For more information, please click here or contact Alen Suklje at
  • Nursing Assistant classes are now being offered in the Eugene area by Avalon Health Care Group for $300.  Upon successful completion students are eligible to take the state exam for certification.  Click here for more details.
  • Rise Services, Inc. is a non-profit company that assists developmentally-disabled children and adults in the community. They serve four area residential homes and are always looking for energetic people to join their team.  This may be a good opportunity for graduating seniors. They also work around college schedules and offer paid training in CPR/First Aid, as well as OIS certification.  For more information, click here, or contact Amanda Howell, administrative assistant at 503-851-7765 or
  • Sears is now hiring and offers both career opportunities and jobs for students saving up for school.  See their flier here.
  • Chambers Construction is offering paid apprenticeships for students interested in construction careers.  You must be at least 18 and have a valid driver’s license.  See here for more information and an application, or contact Mark Harrington (541-972-0997/ for more information.
  • Wildish Companies, Delta Sand and Gravel, Eugene Sand and Gravel, and Knife River are all hiring students who are at least 18 and have a valid driver’s license.  See here for more information.
  • Eugene Family YMCA is looking for lifeguards for Summer 2017. Lifeguards protect lives and ensure swimmer safety in the Y’s pools. Applicants should be currently certified in Lifeguarding and CPR/First Aid for the Professional Rescuer. For more information, please contact Sabrina Hershey Black at
  • Lane County road maintenance ~ The county is looking for students ages 18 and over who have driver’s licenses and are interested in working on a road maintenance crew during the summer.  Interested?  Find their flyer here.
  • Miller Timber Service is hiring students aged 18 or older for their Summer Wildland Firefighting Program.  Look at their flyer or website, or contact them at or 541-929-2840.
  • ODOT Youth Litter Patrol Crew ~ Crew members assist in cleaning up highway rights-of-way.  This is a great opportunity to work outdoors in a team atmosphere, have a role in maintaining      the environment, and explore career opportunities with ODOT.  Crews work full or part time and hours may vary.  Most positions start in mid-June and last 6-12 weeks depending on the location.  Applicants must be 16 years old by the first day of work. Wages start at $11.93 per hour.  To apply, go to this link.
  • Lile Moving and Storage is hiring for the summer.  Applicants must be 16 years old, physically fit, and pass both a criminal background check and drug test.  Apply online at
  • Selectemp Employment Services hires students who are 16 years old and older for jobs like landscaping, kitchen work, food production, construction site clean-up and inventory. They offer part-time and full-time work in a variety of industries, and types of work available changes frequently. Apply online at
  • Summer Jobs For Seniors ~ UO is taking applications for dorm cleaning through the Galt Foundation.  Applicants must be 18 years old by June 12, 2017.  No experience is necessary for basic cleaning and housekeeping.  Positions pay $9.75 per hour and increase to $10.25 per hour on July 1.  Work begins June     17, with a schedule of Monday through Friday, 7:00 A.M. to 3:45 P.M.  Apply by submitting your resume to


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

  • The Walama Restoration Project is looking for students able to help out on June 24, July 29, and August 26 with various nature restoration projects around Eugene.  See here for more information, or contact Alley (509-939-8236/ for more information.
  • Nearby Nature is looking for teen volunteers to serve as Outdoor Leader assistants for our summer daycamps!  If you like working with younger kids, love spending time outside, and are up for a great adventure, apply soon. Camps run for one week at a time (half or full days), mostly in Alton Baker Park (easy to get to on a bike).  For more information and an application, visit this link, call 541-687-9699, or email
  • Kids in Transition to School (KITS) is a free twelve-week program that provides a boost to incoming kindergartener’s literacy, social and self-regulation skills.  To support this work, the United Way needs volunteers to spend a day hanging door hangers with information about KITS.  This is a great “boots on the ground” opportunity to get some exercise, help the community, and work directly with the impact teams at United Way and Oregon Social Learning Center. Volunteers will do routes in small teams and will cover different neighborhoods depending on school boundaries. United Way will provide walking maps, snacks, a water bottle and a brief training at the beginning of each shift. For more information, including info on dates and how to register, check out this site.
  • The Science Factory is looking for high schoolers to serve as volunteer counselors for their summer camps.  They ask that you sign up for a minimum of one week of working. Apply online here.  Questions? Email:
  • Safety Town is a 2-week day-camp program that introduces pre-kindergarteners to safety awareness. It is sponsored by the Eugene Police Department and uses teen volunteers as camp counselors. This year’s Safety Town will take place at Prairie Mountain School in Eugene and will run from July 10-21, from 8:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. with a mandatory volunteer training July 7, from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M.  Look here for an application and more information.
  • Willamalane Park and Rec District has some great volunteer opportunities–both one-time events and regular, repeated activities.  Check them out here.
  • Positive Community Kitchen is growing and could really use a hand this summer. This program teaches teens about nutrition and how to cook. The food that the teens prepare is delivered by adult volunteers to community members overcoming life threatening illnesses.  This summer we have opportunities in the kitchen and the garden for volunteers of all ages and abilities.  To see our schedule click To learn more about PCK visit:


  • Oak Hill Summer Programs ~ Summer Enrichment Program
    If you are interested in a two week residential college experience, the Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) has what you’re looking for. SEP has a rich 36-year history in our community for inspiring young creative minds. Choose from over fifty courses and make memories to last a lifetime. This unique experience is open to students completing the 6th – 12th grades. SEP is
    July 23August 5, hosted at the University of Oregon. More information is available at or call 541-744-0954.
  • Barista Camps offer a fun way to learn a marketable skill this summer. Trainer Sue Harnly trains all of the South students who work in the Axepresso shop. For more information or to register, visit, call 541-954-5345, or email
  • SAIL, the U of O summer program for rising 9th through 12th graders, offers free week-long “academies” on the University of Oregon campus where students learn about various subjects from distinguished University of Oregon faculty members through fun social and interactive activities.  SAIL programs include sessions on the college admissions process, scholarship availability, and the financial-aid process.  And now SAIL has a new theme area to choose from:  Product Design, taught by professors in the allied Arts and Architecture Department.  Applications and information available at
  • Eugene Yacht Club’s Sail School is for teens and adults to learn to sail or hone their skills. The program is open to boys and girls age 10 and above. No membership required. This week-long, overnight camp runs June 25-30 at Fern Ridge Reservoir, and offers hands-on, small group on-the-water classes, including a women-only class. Several SEHS students will be junior instructors. Camp fees cover instruction, use of class boat (except for Laser classes), all meals, evening activities and on-site camping. For an informational video and more information visit or call June Chamberlin at 541-554-7412. 
  • Free summer arts and music classes at LCC!  Check them out here!
  • South Eugene Rowing Club’s Summer Rowing Camps are for students entering 8th through 12th grade, at all experience levels, and from throughout the community.  Camp runs from 8:00 A.M. to 2:30 P.M., with transportation to Dexter Lake provided to and from SEHS.  All campers will receive camp t-shirts along with great summer memories.  The camp takes place July 24-28 and July 31August 4.  The cost of the camp is $280 per week long session and $520 for both weeks.  For more info, please visit the registration page or send an email to  
  • Youth Soccer: 2017 South Eugene Soccer Camp for boys and girls entering grades 1-9 will be held June 26-29, from 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M., on the South Eugene High School turf field.  Cost is $130 per camper (and $110 for additional siblings), and includes a t-shirt and a soccer ball.  For more information, please visit this link or call JoAnn Hoffman at 541-579-6893.  All returning South soccer players will be helping run the camp. Please spread the word to friends and on social media!
  • Rose Children’s Theatre Summer Camps are ready to go for 2017.  These camps offer a variety of programs for all age groups, Kinder through 12th grade, ranging from a Shakespeare Experience to a Musical Theatre Dance Intensive and an exclusive Triple Threat Collaboration with Oregon Children’s Choir and Eugene Ballet Academy.  Registration is available here.
  • Vocal Camp ~ From July 24 to 28, Oregon Children’s Choir will host a vocal camp at the South Eugene High School Choir Room.  Camp is for students in grades 6-10, costs $175, and takes place from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.  Campers will learn skills on how to improve their solo and ensemble singing, music reading skills, emoting a song skills, breath and range support skills and much more.  To register, go to this link.  For more information, contact Dody Hansen at
  • Recording Studio Camp ~ Join Chris Dobson and the Oregon Childrens Choir & Youth Ensembles for this amazing recording arts camp!  This two-week camp offers lessons in studio recording and studio vocal recording techniques.  Each camper will receive recording equipment as listed in the following: Level 1:  Interface, microphone, stand, headphones and microphone cord.  Students must bring a laptop running Windows 8 or newer or Mac OSX 10.5 or newer.  If you have questions about your own equipment or questions about the camp, please email  You might be able to use your equipment during camp if it is compatible.  The camp takes place July 31August 10 (times vary, check the link) and costs $275 per camper.  Register here.
  • The Summer Transportation Institute is a free two-week residential camp for high-school girls hosted at Portland State University and taking place August 7-18, 2017.  It is designed to introduce girls to pathways toward careers in transportation.  Applications for the 2017 summer program are being accepted now and are due on Friday, June 16th.  Any girl who is interested in STEM, is entering the 9th–12th grade, has a minimum GPA of 2.0, and has completed math up to the pre-algebra level is eligible. Contact Lisa Patterson if you have questions.


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

  • Scholarships (due dates in parentheses): Aspiring Nurse Scholarship (6/30); Sterling Law Offices (6/30); Beat the Odds Scholarship – Stand for Children Leadership Center (9/12); Questbridge College Match for Seniors (9/2017); Financial Genius for Life, US Bank (10/27). Please visit our scholarship page or see our bulletin boards in the main hallway for the entire current scholarship list. For more information about a specific scholarship, visit the career center in room 7.
  • Oregon Private College Week: Every day during the week of July     24-28, all twelve Oregon private colleges will hold admissions sessions and tours twice a day.  The sessions/tours will run from 9:00 to 11:30 A.M. and again from 2:00 to 4:30 P.M., and if you visit at least four campuses that week, you won’t be charged an application fee for applying to those colleges (advance registration required).  Find out if an Oregon private college is right for you!  For more information and to register, click here.
  • Class of 2017 Seniors: Take advantage of a super-easy, last-minute scholarship – The Financial Genius for Life from US Bank Scholarship! One $20,000, one $10,000, and three $5,000 scholarships will be awarded from a random drawing to students who complete eight learning modules about financial literacy (15-20 minutes each). You earn one entry for the drawing for each module you complete, up to eight entries! Topics include savings and investments, mortgages, overdraft, payment types and credit cards, credit scores and reports, insurance and taxes, financing higher education and identity protection. Complete online anytime before October 27. Find the link in the scholarship list above.
  • Class of 2018 Juniors: There are two incredible scholarship opportunities with substantial financial awards that come due in September.  The Beat the Odds Scholarship provides four $10,000 awards to Oregon students graduating from a public high school in 2018 who have “beaten the odds” by succeeding in school despite hardships in their lives.  The Questbridge College Match for Seniors awards admission and full four-year scholarships to some of the nation’s most selective colleges.  This scholarship is for very academically strong students in families earning less than $65,000/year for a family of four.  Find the links for both of these in the scholarship list above.
  • SATThe first two SAT test dates for the next school year are August 26 and October 7.  I recommend linking your PSAT scores (via your College Board account–make an account if you don’t have one) to the Kahn Academy for a customized study experience that emphasizes your weakest areas on the PSAT.  I also recommend 20-30 hours of good quality studying before taking the test.  In between time at the beach and the pool, of course!  Click here to see more upcoming test dates.
  • Got books?  The career center will gratefully accent donations for admissions-testing (AP, SAT, ACT, etc.) study guides with publication dates on or after 2015.  Even though we are now closed for the year, students can bring them to the career center in September.
  • Happy summer!  May it be as restful as you need!

Until next school year,

Tom Jacobs
Volunteer eNEWS Editor