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Friday, November 17, 2017 – Special Thanksgiving Issue

Dear Parents,

Happy Friday! Below you will find information on upcoming events; a plea for Class Reps; a request for furnishings and supplies for the Counseling Center; an offer to purchase Senior sweatshirts; an invitation to Student Government movie night; reminders of the direct donation drive and yearbook deadlines for Seniors; requests for volunteer service; information on student internships and volunteering; 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 1 — which is a NO SCHOOL day. Best wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving!


  • (Fri) 11/17:  Global Fusion Dinner, from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., in the Cafeteria.
  • (Sun) 11/19:  Free SAT prep class, from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. (See details in Career Center Check-In).
  • (Tue) 11/21:  Choir Concert, from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M., in the Auditorium.
  • (ThuFri) 11/23-24:  NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Holiday).
  • (WedThu) 11/29-30:  Final exams.
  • (Fri) 12/1:  NO SCHOOL (Grading Day).
  • (Mon) 12/4:  NO SCHOOL (Professional Development Day).
  • (Tue) 12/5:  Second trimester begins.
  • (Wed) 12/6:  Beyond South Night for Freshmen, at 7:00 P.M., in the Cafeteria.
  • (Thu) 12/7:  String Concert, at 7:00 P.M., in the Auditorium.
  • (Fri) 12/8:  Jazz Band Concert, at 7:00 P.M., in the Auditorium.

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


Class reps serve as a liaison between the administration and the parent body. They meet monthly with Principal Andy Dey to put together grade-specific information for inclusion in the eNEWS, and serve as email contacts for parents seeking additional information. Ideally we’d like two reps for each class. A big thank-you goes out to the individuals below who have already volunteered. If you have a student who is a Junior or Senior, we need you! Contact Tom Jacobs,

Freshmen — Ren Krienert, Charlie Loeb

Sophomores — Dana Fleming, Maura Parkinson

Juniors — Tom Jacobs, OPEN

Seniors — Anne Schwarz, OPEN

In addition, for Parent Council, we need someone to step forward as Secretary. Please contact Anne Schwarz,


We are trying to create a quiet, comfortable area in the Counseling Office for students who come in and need some time to decompress, receive extra attention or do some self-care. We have a couple nice chairs in a robin’s egg blue and want to complete the space with a nice coordinating couch and a neutral 5X7 area rug.

If you are planning on getting rid of a couch or a rug that is in excellent shape and would consider donating it to us, please send us pictures so we can see if it will fit into our vision of this space. Please email your pictures to Melinda Shull,

School Supply Closet:

We are running low on some schools supplies for our students-in-need. If you would like to help by donating, we are looking for new or in excellent condition any of the following items:

  • ·      ½” and 1” binders – plain colors: white, blue, black or green
  • ·      Flash/Thumb Drives
  • ·      Pencil pouches
  • ·      Post-its – asstd. sizes & colors
  • ·      Yellow and Pink Highlighters
  • ·      #2 Pencils – mechanical and regular wooden type
  • ·      Back packs – plain colors in black, blue, green or grey
  • ·      Combination locks – Master Lock brand

You may drop them off in the Counseling Office between 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M.


Attention parents of Seniors! Get your Senior the perfect holiday gift. Student Government is selling Class of 2018 senior gear. There are two options: a cozy crew sweatshirt or a classic long-sleeved shirt. The shirt is only $18 and the crew is $22. Order yours today in the main office. Orders must be placed before December 15th


Student Government will be hosting a movie night in the Auditorium on Saturday, December 9, at 6:00 P.M. We will be showing The Incredibles! Stop by our table in the main hall the week of December 4th during lunch to pick up your movie ticket in exchange for one item of nonperishable food. Extra donations are welcome! (Tickets are also available at the door.) All proceeds will go to Axemen Angels to support families in the South community.

Some specific donations we are looking for are:

  • ·      Canned vegetables, soups, chili
  • ·      Peanut butter
  • ·      Ramen noodles
  • ·      Boxed macaroni and cheese
  • ·      Pasta
  • ·      Refried beans
  • ·      Cereal
  • ·      Toiletries
  • ·      Winter gloves and warm hats

Thank you for your support!


Please take a moment to donate whatever you can towards your children’s school. Our goal is $50,000, which amounts to about $35 per household. Give what you can. It all goes to our kids. Click here to donate. Thank you to all who have contributed.


Seniors and their families should have received senior photo specifications and information about senior farewell ads in the mail earlier this month. If your senior is having a yearbook portrait taken by a photographer other than the school photographer, those photos are due Friday, December 8. Materials for ads are due Friday, January 12. Because we are working with a new company this year in an effort to have yearbooks here in May, there is no leeway on these deadlines. Students or photographers can upload photos via the link on the school website. Please email the adviser, Bobbie Willis, at if you have questions.


The work of South volunteers helps 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 an area of immediate need:

  • Senior Project Panels ~ Another group of seniors are ready to present their Senior Projects! Could you help us by serving on a panel November 21, 22, 27 or 28, from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M.? We have amazing seniors and these projects are a window into their interests and goals. No experience is necessary to serve as a panelist and an experienced panelist leads each panel. A brief orientation to our process is available for new panelists. Please consider helping us with this important activity that fulfills a graduation requirement. Contact Kathy Ruggles at with questions or to sign up.


  • Apprenticeships in Science & Engineering ~ Are you a 9-11th grader? Are you interested in a career as a scientist, doctor, engineer or technologist? Come to the ASE summer internship information session on Tuesday, December 12, from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M. in the Cafeteria. ASE matches scientists, engineers and technology innovators with students like you for 8 week internships over the summer. ASE is a great way to improve your college application, and students can get school credit and a $1,000 stipend! More information is available at


  • Willamalane Park and Recreation has all kinds of fun fall festivities to volunteer for.  If you’re looking to have a good time while helping others and earning volunteer hours, click here.


  • Upcoming College and Program Visits (in the career center unless otherwise stated): Cornish College of the Arts (Mon, 11/20/17@11:07 AM). Check out our College/Career Visits and Fairs web page for more!
  • Scholarships (due dates in parentheses): Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarships (11/27); Everipedia Tech Titans Diversity Scholarship (12/1); BestReviews (December Deadline) (12/1); Comcast Leaders & Achievers Award (12/1); David E. Gordon Scholarship (12/8); Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) Scholarship (12/12); Kaiser Permanente Health Care Career Scholarship (12/13). Check out our Scholarships web page for more! For additional information about a specific scholarship, visit the career center in room 7. Please give at least two weeks’ notice for requesting any letters of recommendation from staff.
  • Featured Scholarship: Local donors are looking for South Eugene students to apply for their scholarships. One local scholarship coming due on 11/27 is the Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship. It awards $500 to $1,000 to Eugene-area students and an opportunity to move on to regional and national scholarships, with awards up to $50,000. Check out their website for more information at
  • Free SAT prep class led by Gina Graham (Math is Magic!) and Hollie Roman (A+ Tutoring) this Sunday, 11/19 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at SEHS. This workshop is for students who come from historically underrepresented groups. This includes students who are eligible for free and reduced lunch. (Plan to show evidence of eligibility.) Registration is required by emailing: and, and students will be invited to participate on a first come, first served basis.
  • Junior Projects are now open for all juniors!  This computer-based series of exercises lets you explore your options for life after high school with lots of help in the career center. The project is a junior-year requirement, and students cannot graduate without completing it.  For more information, talk to your IHS Junior Seminar teacher, your Classic South language-arts teacher, or the staff in the career center.
  • Got coffee?  Bring proof of FAFSA completion to the career center, and get a free gift card for the Axepresso Shop. To complete the FAFSA, go to for your FSA ID.  Then go to 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 College Solution is a blog written by nationally recognized higher-education journalist, Lynn O’Shaughnessy, that has been recommended to me several times.  She states that her, “chief goal is to help families with teenagers become smart college shoppers as they search for schools.”  Some of her material is free; some is not, but she offers some very useful tips.

Until next time,

 Tom Jacobs
Volunteer eNEWS Editor