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FRIDAY, May 26, 2017

Dear Parents,

Happy Friday and best wishes for a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend! Below you will find information on upcoming events; a plea for volunteers for the Senior Party; an announcement about school safety training; requests for volunteer service; information on student summer employment, work study, volunteer, and summer camp opportunities; and the weekly Career Center Check-In.


  • (Mon) 5/29:  NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day).
  • (Tue) 5/30:  Science testing (Juniors only).
  • (Thu) 6/1:  All Bands Concert, at 7:00 P.M., in the Auditorium.
  • (Mon) 6/5:  IHS Farewell Assembly, from 8:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M., in the Auditorium.
  • (Mon) 6/5:  Parent Council meeting, at 7:00 P.M., in the Library.
  • (Tue) 6/6:  Strings Concert, at 7:00 P.M., in the Auditorium.
  • (Wed) 6/7: Recognition Reception, at 7:00 P.M., in the Auditorium.
  • (Thu) 6/8: Last day of school for Seniors.
  • (Thu) 6/8:  Life Skills Graduation, at 1:00 P.M., in the Small Gym.
  • (Thu) 6/8:  IHS Graduation, at 7:00 P.M., at the Hult Center
  • (Fri) 6/9:  Choir Concert, at 7:00 P.M., in the Auditorium.
  • (Thu) 6/22: Last day of school.  Happy summer!

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.

Each year, the SEHS parent group hosts a Senior Party to give seniors a fun and safe place to spend graduation night with their classmates.  This year, the Senior Party will take place on Tuesday, June 13, from 11:00 P.M. to 3:00 A.M., at the UO Recreation Center.  All SEHS seniors are welcome.  Activities include casino tables, court sports, Dutch Bros rebel bar, hypnotist presentation, games, food, music, and a lot more!  Tickets are $40 at the same times that Graduation tickets are sold. Tickets are $20 for anyone qualifying for free and reduced lunch. Please pay with cash or check made out to “South Eugene Grad Party.”  We are desperate for parent chaperones!  Only three parents have signed up so far!  If you are able to serve as a chaperone, please contact Kim O’Brien at or 541-915-7565. For other questions regarding this event, email

Students’ safety is of the utmost importance.  In Eugene School District 4J, we have updated school safety protocols with best practices to keep everyone as safe as possible in an emergency.  At South we have worked diligently to update our protocols and procedures and have provided numerous opportunities for staff and students to practice evacuation and fire drills this year. This spring we will continue this work by taking time to review the lockdown protocols with students.  This process will be introduced in a similar fashion with a scripted teacher discussion followed by a short drill.  This drill will closely resemble the traditional lockdown drills our students have practiced in previous years, with the addition of updated safety strategies known as ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate).  These strategies which are recommended by law enforcement, expand on our traditional safety practices and empower staff and students with more options during a life-threatening emergency.  While we will continue to share these emergency strategies with students this spring, be assured that all student safety training/drills are age-appropriate and sensitive to students’ special needs.  Our next drill will occur on May 31.  Please contact Heather Stein at with any 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!  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


  • 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


South’s Work Study program offers experience, pay, and elective credit to students during the school day.  Positions are open for Office Assistant and Cafeteria Workers.  Number of hours varies based on location.  We require a current resume and list of forecasted classes for next fall.  Either email these to Kathy Ruggles at or take them to the Main Office (they will place them in Kathy’s mailbox). Kathy will contact you this summer.


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:

  • 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 a nonprofit that teaches teens how to cook and then delivers this food to members of the community with serious illness.  Most of the individuals they provide meals to have cancer, and many have limited energy and resources.  Positive Community Kitchen is in need of teen volunteers starting now and continuing throughout the summer.  They ask that volunteers commit to at least 12 weeks of working, if possible. Here is a link to a video about Positive Community Kitchen and to their webpage.


  • 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 31-August 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 11 to 15, 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 31-August 10 (times vary, check the link) and costs $275 per camper.  Register here.
  • The 7th Annual Young Women’s Fire Camp will take place July 10-14, 2017.  This free fire camp for high-school-aged young women aims to help campers build confidence,strengthen leadership skills, and learn more about the firefighting profession.  Applications are due Friday, June 9.  For more information and the application, click 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): SEHS Axespresso Scholarship (5/29); Aspiring Animation Professional (6/1); Aspiring Fashion Professional (6/1); Acacia Fraternity at OSU, Leadership Scholarships (6/1); Bestreviews (June Deadline) (6/1); CGTrader Scholarship (6/1); Beat the Odds Scholarship – Stand for Children Leadership Center (9/12); Questbridge College Match for Seniors (9/2017). 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.
  • Upcoming Visits to the Career Center: Vector Marketing (summer sales jobs) (Tue 5/23 @ 12:15)
  • Heading to LCC in the fall?  The last day to take placement tests at South will be June 7th.  Sign up in the career center; there are 20 testing slots available for that date.  After that, you should sign up to take your tests at LCC.  (This can be done through the enrollment process online.)
  • Your College Contacts among South Alumni:  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 planning on attending.  Talking with current students is a great help in gathering information about a program.
  • Eugene and Springfield Fire Department are gearing up for their High School Career Day, which will take place Friday, June 2, from 8:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M., at Fire Training Campus at 1705 West 2nd Ave.  This career and activity fair is for all high-school students with an interest in structure firefighting, wildland firefighting, emergency dispatch, and emergency medical careers. Students must bring parent-signed copies of the Observer and Event rules and the Agreement and Release Form in order to participate. They must also RSVP for the event by signing up in the career center or contacting Barb Courtney at 541-682-7155/541-682-7135/ <> by Friday, May 26.  For more information, click here.
  • 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.
  • Juniors, if you are considering applying to one of our military academies in your senior year, you must work ahead. There are many things to put in place BEFORE you apply in the fall. There are five military academies:  United States Military Academy (Army), United States Naval Academy (Navy and Marine Corps), United States Coast Guard Academy, United States Merchant Marine Academy, and United States Air Force Academy. Do your homework beginning now.

Until next time,

Tom Jacobs

Volunteer eNEWS Editor