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Friday, June 15, 2018

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Dear Parents,

Summer break begins today! Below you will find information on SEHS summer office hours; a request to donate caps and gowns; details on work study opportunities for sophomores and juniors; a thanks to parent volunteers and request for help next school year; and the Career Center Check-In.

This is the last eNEWS of the 2017-18 academic year. The next eNEWS will hit your inbox sometime in August. Best wishes for a wonderful summer! 


From Monday, June 18, until Friday, August 10, 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 Wednesday, July 4.


We are trying to collect a stockpile of caps and gowns for students who cannot afford to buy them. If you and your senior aren’t saving them for posterity, please consider donating caps and gowns to South. They can be dropped off at the main office.


We are now taking resumes for Work Study positions in the 2018-19 school year. These are paid positions at South and South regional schools where South students are paid and earn elective credit. Applicants are evaluated on attendance, grades and work ethic, and must be 16 years old. Students work in office, cafeteria and audio visual assistant positions. Applicants can contact Kathy Ruggles at for an appointment.


First, a huge thank you to each of you who have given time and energy to South this year! We couldn’t have done it without you and all that you contribute to this place, and are extremely grateful for your willingness to continue your support of staff and students. As we look ahead to August, please consider starting off the year early on August 24th with Back In Business (formerly known as Registration Day). This is a great time of helping students take their photos for student IDs, recording payments students and parents may want to make, picking up some new South gear and in general preparing for September 5th, our first day of the 2018-19 school year. Contact Kathy Ruggles at for more information.


•   Participating in the Northwest Youth Corps is a productive way to spend part of your summer or the fall of your gap year. Modeled after the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s, NYC provides opportunities for youth and young adults to connect with the environment, do productive service work, receive vocational training, and earn academic credit as well as a stipend.

•   What makes a great college-admissions essay? This is an interview with Dr. Sheila Akbar, Signet’s Director of Education. (Signet is an online academic and college-admissions advising program.) Sheila works closely with students to guide them in writing their college essays. In the linked post, Sheila and Jay Bacrania, Owner & CEO of the Signet Education Program, discuss which essays are required, how essays function in an application, what makes a great (or bad) essay, and how to go about the writing process. (Don’t forget–South’s career center is staffed by some talented writers who are happy to offer essay suggestions to you. Drop by next fall and see us!)

•   6/29/2018: Due date to register for the Summer Creative Design Academy at Nike’s World HQ in Beaverton. This 1-day “’all-access’ opportunity to learn from Nike designers about the footwear industry,” will take place on 7/13/18 from 9:30 am-2:45 pm. It is open to students ages 15 and up and costs $150/student. Register and get more information here. (Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, so sign up ASAP.)

•   7/23-27: Oregon Private Colleges Week 2018. Twelve of Oregon’s private colleges will hold tours and admissions info sessions twice a day throughout this week. Participants who register in advance and visit at least 4 campuses during the week will be eligible for admission application waivers from the colleges.

•   8/1/18: Information session and college fair put on by Colleges that Change Lives (CTCL), a non-profit organization dedicated to the support of a student-centered college search. Takes place from 7-9 pm at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Open to the public and free of charge. Please register to allow colleges to scan your barcode and send you additional information.

•   Happy summer to all! My wish to each of you is that you have many opportunities to enjoy sunshine, water, and people you love. See you next fall!

– Lori Sauter, South Eugene High School Career-Center Coordinator

Until next school year,

Tom Jacobs
Volunteer eNEWS Editor