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FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017

Dear Parents,

Happy Friday!  Below you will find information on upcoming events; an update on mandatory testing for LCC-bound seniors; requests for volunteer service; information on student summer employment, work study, and volunteer opportunities; and the weekly Career Center Check-In.

Note:  The AP Exams and IB Exams are starting in just over a week.  Please see the attached flyer for details on AP Exam schedule and locations.


  • (Sat) 4/22:  Prom, from 8:00 to 11:00 P.M., at the Ford Alumni Center (details below).
  • (Tue) 4/25:  Parent Ed Night, “Teen Mental Health and Stress,” at 7:00 P.M., in the Library.
  • (Wed) 4/26:  Forecasting Guide period schedule.
  • (Wed) 4/26:  Incoming 9th Grade Parent Information Night, at 6:30, in the Cafeteria.
  • (Wed) 4/26:  Senior Rising Makeup Meeting, at 3:05 P.M., in the Library (required for all Classic South juniors who missed the first Senior Rising meeting).
  • (Mon) 5/1:  AP Exams and IB Exams begin (see attached flyer for details on AP Exams).
  • (Mon) 5/1:  Parent Council meeting, at 7:00 P.M., in the Library.

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.


South Eugene’s Prom takes place on Saturday, April 22, from 8:00 to 11:00 P.M., at the Ford Alumni Center.  Tickets for the Prom will go on sale Monday, April 10.  Students can purchase tickets at school during lunch for $25.00 each ($20.00 with ASB), or at the door for $25.00.  Need-based support is available; see Joni in the Finance Office for details. Attendees can park on the street or in the Columbia Garage for $6.00.


On Tuesday, April 25, from 7:00 to 8:30 P.M., our Parent Ed Night speaker will be University of Oregon psychology professor (and SEHS parent) Nick Allen, who has been studying the mental health of teenagers for thirty years.  Professor Allen’s presentation last year was so well received that we invited him to speak again.  Join us for an in-depth discussion of mental health trends among teens today and how parents, schools, and society can help.  This event takes place in the Library.


Seniors planning to attend LCC in Fall 2017 need to sign up to take their Placement Tests in the College & Career Center.  Tests will be given on Wednesday, April 26, at 8:00 A.M., in Room 4. These tests are mandatory for all incoming LCC freshmen.  See Kathy Ruggles in Room 302 for details.


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:

  • Staff Appreciation Luncheon ~ On Friday, May 12, Parent Council is sponsoring lunch for our Staff, before they head to their classrooms to complete Mid-Term Reports. Southfork Catering will provide our entree.  Can you help us by bringing either a salad, dessert or helping hands?  We will be setting up from 11:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M., and cleaning up from 12:30 to 1:30 P.M. Please contact Kathy Ruggles at to sign-up.  Thank you for letting us know as soon as possible for planning purposes!

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


  • 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.  Pick up a flyer with application details from Kathy Ruggles in Room 302.
  • FOOD for Lane County’s Youth Farm Summer Program ~ Applications are now available from Kathy Ruggles in Room 302.  Come work and learn about gardening, customer service, nutrition and more!  Applicants must be 15-19 years old, physically able and provide one letter of recommendation.  Participants work 15 hours per week at minimum wage.  Applications are due Tuesday, April 25, to be mailed directly to FOOD for Lane County.
  • 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


South’s Work Study program offers experience, pay, and elective credit.  Positions are open for Office Assistant and Cafeteria Workers, and number of hours varies based on location.  We are now taking resumes as part of the application process.  See Kathy Ruggles in Room 302 for an interview.  Her office hours are 8:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.


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

  • 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 several volunteering opportunities coming up:  Bob Keefer Center Work Party (volunteers needed throughout April, flexible times for gardening), Ruff Park and Magnolia Arboretum Work party (volunteers needed throughout the year, 9:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. for gardening), Springfield Farmers Market/Latino Celebration (volunteers needed between 5/5 and 9/29 for shifts between 2-8 pm for setting up, tearing down, and supporting the weekly farmers’ market and the 5/5 Latino Celebration.  For more information click here or contact Mavis Sanchez: 541-736-4039/541-852-8766/


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

  • Scholarships (due dates in parentheses):  Oregon Jaycee Foundation (4/25); Robert Stothers Memorial Scholarship (4/28); EHS/SEHS Alumni Scholarship (2- and 4-year programs) (4/28); SEHS Staff Scholarship (4/28); 1st Generation Scholarship, 4J Managers, Administrators, Professionals Supervisors Association (4/28); National Art Contest (4/30); Ann C. Thornton Memorial Fund (5/1). 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.
  • Your Financial Aid Award Explained:  This article from CollegeBoard (the SAT and AP folks) makes some good points.
  • College decision blues?  Some of last year’s South grads gave permission for the career center to share their contact info. Drop by, call us, or email to see if one of those grads attends a program you’re considering attending.  Talking with current students is a great help in deciding whether their program is right for you.
  • Women in Trades Career Fair: Saturday, May 20, from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M., the Oregon Tradeswomen will host their annual fair at the NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center at 16021 NE Airport Way in Portland.  Come learn about career possibilities for women in a variety of trades!
  • Willamette High School’s Biennial 2017 Career and College Knowledge Night for parents and students will take place on Thursday, April 27, 2017.  It involves a career component (with information for high-school students and for job-seeking parents) and a college component.  Click here for more details and to RSVP.  (Click the “Continue” link in the invitation to RSVP.)
  • College Fair Coming to Portland:  Wanna visit over 100 colleges all at once?  Attend the 2017 PNACAC Spring College Fair at the University of Portland Chiles Center on Sunday, April 30, from 12:00 to 3:00 P.M.  Pre-register here, get a barcode, and quickly share your information with any colleges you want.
  • 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.
  • The OSU Summer Veterinary Experience for current 10th and 11th graders in Oregon will take place from August 13-18, 2017. Students will have a chance to gain hands-on experience with animal demonstrations, research, and much more!  The program will be accepting 16 students with 8 full scholarships available for high-need students.

Until next time,

Jen Reynolds

Volunteer eNEWS Editor