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Friday, March 23, 2018

Dear Parents,

Happy Friday! Below you will find information on upcoming events; a reminder to contribute to the Direct Donation Drive; information on the Willamette Valley college information night and ELC Jobs Fair; another request for participants to join ORI’s research study on eating behaviors; information on student enrichment opportunities; a listing of student volunteering opportunities; and the weekly Career Center Check-In. 


Note: Because next week is Spring Break, the next eNEWS will come out Friday, April 6. Have a wonderful Spring Break!


  • (MonFri) 3/26-30:  SPRING BREAK.
  • (Mon) 4/2:  Parent Council meeting, from 6:00 to 7:30 P.M., in the Library.
  • (Tue) 4/10:  Willamette Valley College Information Night, from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M., in the Auditorium.


Links to SEHS resources: Main website,  Full calendar,  Athletics calendar,  2017-18 Theater season, Senior grad timeline.




The Direct Donation Drive wraps up soon. Please give what you can. It all goes to support vital staffing and resources for our kids. Click here to give to the Direct Donation Drive. As always, thanks to all who have already contributed.




Juniors and Sophomores: Save the date and don’t miss this event at South Eugene High School Auditorium on April 10 at 7:00 P.M.

  * All Oregon Public Universities, LCC and several Oregon Private Colleges Admissions Representatives to answer your questions.

  * Financial Aid & Scholarships, NCAA/NAIA Information, Applying to Selective Colleges and Writing an Effective College Admissions Essay from experts in the field~ Breakout sessions.

  * Information tables from Connected Lane County, College Now, UO Duck Link, Oregon Gear Up, SAIL, College Board & UO Army ROTC.

Click Willamette Valley College Information Night for more information. See you there!




Registration is open for the 2018 ELC Jobs Fair on April 12, from 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M., at the Bob Keefer Center in Springfield. This event is for graduating seniors who want to land a career-entry-level position-with some jobs for seniors who are looking for summer positions. This is a JOBS Fair (as opposed to a career fair), and the 30+ employers attending are eager to hire! Seniors should be work-ready (resumes, some interview practice, and prepared by looking at potential employers and thinking through why they might like to work for those companies).

***You must register for a session time at Registration closes March 29.

Optimizing your success at job fairs: 50 tips for job seekers.




Oregon Research Institute (ORI) is inviting parents and daughters ages 14-16 years old to participate in a research study about eating behaviors. Parents can receive $15 for completing a questionnaire and eligible teens can receive up to $325 for completing 6 visits over 3 years. The visits include interviews, surveys, computer tasks and a brain scan. Participating in a study is a fun way to learn about research. You and your daughter may contribute to new information that may benefit young girls and women in the future.

If you would like more information and if your daughter is interested in signing up for the Teen Health Study, please contact ORI to see if she meets the eligibility criteria:  |  (541) 484-2123 Ext. 2999 |




•    4/6/18: Applications due for the Armstrong Scholars Program.  This program seeks to inspire young women, ages 15-18, to reach their highest potential by backpacking in Yosemite National Park with female educators from NatureBridge for an expedition of discovery, leadership, and personal challenge. Dates: July 15-28, 2018. Participant tuition: $150 with the remainder of fees supported by donations.


•    4/15/18: Applications to attend Camp RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) due in the career center.  This free camp will take place in Dorena from 6/23-28 and is for rising juniors (current sophomores) with an interest in developing their leadership skills. Ideal RYLA campers should exhibit flexibility, resilience, compassion, a willingness to work hard, the ability to think outside the box, and the courage to step out of their comfort zone. The application, a recommendation form to be completed by a school official, and a petition form to be signed by 3 teachers are all part of the application. This looks like a life-changing opportunity for the right student!


•    4/15/18: Applications due for the OSU Summer Veterinary Experience. This is a hands-on learning experience for rising high-school juniors and seniors interested in veterinary medicine. The upcoming Summer Veterinary Experience will take place August 5-10, 2018 on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis, Oregon.


•    5/4/18: Applications due for the 2018 Foundation for Water & Energy Education’s Hydro Academy: This one-week summer academy takes place at Chelan PUD’s Rocky Reach Dam in Wenatchee, WA from June 18-22. Students will be exploring the physics of producing hydropower, racing solar cars and flying their own drone, as well as meeting and doing hands-on activities with mechanical and electrical engineers, plant mechanics and operators, divers, and linemen. BONUS! EWEB would like to sponsor a high school junior or senior to attend this year by paying for registration and travel expenses for an area student. To connect with EWEB for a possible sponsorship, contact Cathy Bechen at 541-607-9701 x2615.


•    5/04/18: Due date for applications to attend the UO’s free week-long Native American Pre-College Academy.  “Our…NAPCA program will be offered to high school age students who are interested in learning more about college admissions, scholarships, standardized test prep, and life on a college campus…”


•    5/11-5/12/2018: Budding diesel technicians: take a tour of the Diesel Technology Program at LCC from 9 am-3 pm in parking lot 4 and building 9 (room 101) at LCC. You will experience the power of highway trucks and heavy equipment, and you’ll be able to put your hands on the heart of a diesel engine, as well as a transmission and brake system.


•    5/11-5/12/2018: Anyone interested in learning about metal welding and fabrication is invited to LCC’s Fabrication and Welding Expo on 5/11 from 9 am-3 pm and 5/12 from 10 am-4 pm at LCC’s building 8. For more information, call 541-463-5500.




•    4/13-15/18: Friends of the Eugene Public Library Annual Book Sale. Details for how to volunteer for this event have arrived!


•    4/20/18: Edgewood Elementary Auction and Carnival. This is a chance to earn 3 hours of community-service credit. Volunteers can sign up online.


•    5/04/2018Due date for applications to volunteer at the Eugene Police Department’s Safety Town.  Application here.


•    Willamalane Park and Recreation District: New opportunities to volunteer


•    NAACP Eugene/Springfield is calling all high school students to our 2017-2018 Back To School mentorship program!


•    The ToolBox Project is a volunteer-driven tool-lending library open to residents of Lane County, Oregon. We share home and garden tools to help neighbors transform their homes and build community.


•    Nonprofit High School: This is a collaborative program of Shelton McMurphey Johnson House, Lane County History Museum, Wordcrafters Eugene, and Adventure! Children’s Museum to help students pursue passion projects and learn job skills while benefitting the important work of nonprofit organizations. Students applying for volunteer positions through this program should be ready to commit to completion of an in-depth project of choice for one of the partnering organizations. For other volunteer opportunities, please contact each organization directly.




•    Upcoming College and Program Visits (in the career center unless otherwise stated): U of O for accepted students (4/5@9:51 am), Willamette Valley College Info Night (4/10@7 pm in SEHS Auditorium), Northern Arizona University (4/25@1 pm)


•    Scholarships (due dates in parentheses): SAIL Scholarship (3/23); Ehrman V. Guistina Scholarship – U of O Lundquist College of Business (3/30); Slocum Research & Education Foundation Scholarship (3/30); SELCO Community Credit Union (3/31); Robert J. Erickson Kaiser Permanente Scholarship (3/31); Eugene Southtowne Rotary Club (4/2); Eugene Masonic Lodge #11 (4/2); Oregon Community Quarterback Scholarship Harrington Family Foundation (4/2). There are many more scholarships coming due in the next couple of weeks. Check out our “Current Scholarships” web page for more, or visit the Career Center in room 7. Please give at least two weeks’ notice for requesting any letters of recommendation, and if you specifically want a counselor recommendation, submit the yellow Scholarship Recommendation Request form, available in the counseling center and in the Career Center.


•    This Week’s Featured Scholarships: The Eugene Masonic Lodge #11 is awarding $2,000 to a South student going to an Oregon 2- or 4-year program. New application date is 4/2. The 4J M.A.P.S. First Generation Scholarship offers two $1,000 awards to 4J students who are the first of their generation to attend college. The Southtowne Rotary Scholarship, due on 4/2, is for South seniors planning to attend an Oregon public institution. Seeking students with significant financial need and academic promise, this scholarship is worth $4,000. And seniors headed to the U of O and planning to major in business: we have a scholarship opportunity for you! The Ehrman V. Guistina Scholarship, due March 30th, is a $2,000 award, renewable for 4 years, specifically for an SEHS student. For more information, look on South’s website in the Current Scholarships section, or come to the career center.


•    Applications are ongoing for job-shadow opportunities (for all high-schoolers). (Job-shadow opportunities take place on no-school days. Our no-school days for the winter/spring include May 4, and May 28.


•    Each year, the Careers That Work! program offers five $1000 scholarships to South seniors headed to one of their participating career colleges. These are typically for-profit schools that train students in a trade such as hair dressing. Interested students should first research their school of interest carefully. They may contact Lori in the career center to discuss applying for a scholarship.


•    3/29/18: Spring Break Visit at WOU. Register for these and other visiting opportunities, or check out the advertising flyer.


•    4/12/18: Job Fair from 9 am-2 pm @ Bob Keefer Center: local companies, on-site interviews, full- and part-time jobs, resume help. This is a chance for graduating seniors to connect with potential employers for summer and entry-level career positions. You’ll need to have a resume in hand and be interview-ready.


•    4/30/18: Due date for Portland FBI 2018 Youth Academy applications: This overnight academy for rising juniors and seniors runs 7/9-7/13 in Salem. Click for more information and the application.


•    5/1/18: Due date for Young Entrepreneurs’ Business Week registration. At YEBW, rising 9th through 12th graders learn about the field of business by building mock companies, running business simulations, and developing product ideas into business plans with help from professionals working in the field. YEBW takes place at 3 different campuses: U of O, OSU, and U of P, with the U of O’s week taking place from 7/22-28. Cost is $995, and financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis. See the flyer for general info and the website for the application and financial aid information.



Until next time,


Tom Jacobs

Volunteer eNEWS Editor