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Friday, January 12, 2017

Dear Parents,

Happy Friday! Below you will find information on upcoming events; details on Parent Education Night; a request for volunteers; information on student summer job and volunteering opportunities; and the weekly Career Center Check-In. 


  • (Mon) 1/15:  NO SCHOOL (Martin Luther King Jr. Day).
  • (Tue) 1/16:  Friends of South Meeting, from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., in the Library.
  • (Thu) 1/18:  School Choice Information Night Classic/IHS, from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M., in the Cafeteria.
  • (Sat) 1/20:  The 2018 Vocal Throwdown, from 7:00 to 9:30 P.M., in the Auditorium.
  • (Mon) 1/22:  Parent Council meeting, from 6:00 to 7:30 P.M., in the Library.
  • (TueSat) 1/24-27:  “The Realistic Joneses”, from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M., in the Little Theater.
  • (Tue) 2/6:  Parent Education Night, from 7:00 to 8:30 P.M., in the Library.

For South’s full calendar, click here.  For South’s Athletics calendar, click here. For information on South’s 2017-18 theater season, click here.


Every parent or guardian at SEHS is automatically a member of Parent Council. This means you can come to any of our meetings, make your voice heard, and add your talents to meet our main goal as an organization: supporting excellence in education for all of our students.

Note change of date: Due to MLK Jr. Day, Parent Council will be meeting Monday, January 22, from 6:00 to 7:30 P.M., in the Library. All are welcome to attend! 


Please join us Tuesday, February 6 to explore a topic that touches all of us, our children, and our community: mental health and wellness. Therapist and South parent Rachel Cazavilan will be presenting “The healthy, well-balanced student; a new approach to mental health.” Click here for more details.


Happy New Year to all volunteers who faithfully come to serve our Staff and students, helping to make South a better place for all! We extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the time and energy you give so generously. You may volunteer in the Library or College & Career Center, our Axepresso shop, a classroom, concessions for events or advising a club. Thank you for volunteering at South Eugene High School!

Staff Appreciation ~ Friday, February 2 is Mid-Term Progress Report Day. Parent Council needs help with breakfast-type snacks and treats for Staff, who will be preparing student progress reports. Please consider bringing muffins or scones, yogurt or string cheese, fruit or vegetable trays, or an egg dish (breakfast burritos!), anything that is easy or fun to eat! Parent Council provides coffee and tea. If you are leaving for the long weekend, you can bring items to the Main Office until 4:00 P.M. on Thursday, and as early as 7:30 A.M. on Friday. We try to have items ready by 8:00 A.M. on Friday. Please contact Jen Doerr at to sign up for specific items. Thanks so much!

2018 Grad Party ~ We are looking for three to four parents to help organize the 2018 Grad party which will be held June 13 at the UO Rec Center again this year. The grad party is organized by the parent group in order to give seniors a safe and fun way to spend Graduation night. Parents of kids from all grades welcome, no experience necessary. If you are interested, please email Cindy Roe at


Applications are available in Room 302 for the Youth Conservation Corps at McKenzie River Ranger Station. YCC has full-time positions open from mid-June to mid-August at minimum wage. Transportation is available from LTD to the Ranger Station. Applicants must be 15-18 years old, physically able to work in all conditions and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Applications are due or postmarked by February 23, 2018. Many South students have participated in this program, and returned to be leaders. Exploring the outdoors, learning about forest management and constructing trails are just some of the many benefits of YCC.

See Kathy Ruggles in Room 302 for more information or applications. Contact Kathy at


MLK Day of Service at Hendricks Park ~ Monday, January 15, from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M., at F.M. Wilkins Shelter (2200 Summit Ave). Help clear ivy and support the native plant community in Hendricks Park. Dress for the weather, and plan to get dirty. Tools and gloves provided. Event followed by snack and talk by City of Eugene urban forester, Scott Altenhoff. RSVP Christina Bentrup, Hendricks Park Volunteer Coordinator @ 541-510-4636 or

Willamalane Park and Recreation District ~ Click here for new opportunities to volunteer.


Upcoming College and Program Visits (in the career center unless otherwise stated): The Experiment Study Abroad Program (1/16, 1 pm).

Scholarships (due dates in parentheses): PRIDE Foundation (1/12); Filene Music Scholarship at Skidmore College (1/15); U of O Pathway Oregon Scholarship Program (1/15); University of Oregon, Apex and Summit Scholarships (1/15); U of O Diversity Excellence Scholarship (1/15); University of Oregon, Presidential Scholarship (1/24); National Honor Society (1/31); Society of Women Engineers, Willamette Valley Section – in cooperation with Georgia Pacific and Hewlitt Packard (1/24); Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber (1/31); Union Plus Scholarships (1/31); National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oregon Chapter (1/31); Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (1/31). 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: 1.) Applications for the NHS Scholarship are due January 31. Multiple scholarships from $2,850 to $22,650 awarded nationally. Apply at or stop by the Career Center for more information. 2.) The Oregon Promise Grant covers the average cost of tuition at an Oregon Community College for those students with a minimum 2.5 GPA and a maximum EFC (from the FAFSA f) of 18000. Apply at

Cement mason and plasterer apprenticeship opportunities: 2018 application due dates have been posted for cement mason and plasterer apprenticeships.  Eligibility requirements include a minimum age of 18, high-school diploma or GED, (possibly) valid driver’s license, and (possibly) drug test.  These apprenticeships are often competitive, and additional education and experience is favored, but if you’re interested in one of these trades, it’s worth exploring this process further.  Click here for more information.

PSAT Scores: Paper copies of student PSAT scores and the question booklets individuals used for their tests are now available in the career center. (11th-grade AVID students should access their paper scores via Mrs. Q.) Students can also view their scores online at, after creating an account.  For help accessing and understanding scores, watch this Youtube video,, or visit Collegeboard’s explanatory page at South’s counselors will soon visit sophomore classrooms to discuss the PSAT in greater detail.  Juniors planning to take the SAT should link their PSAT results to the Khan Academy, and the Khan Academy will create a customized SAT plan of study emphasizing their weakest areas.  (You can do this from your Collegeboard account or from your Khan Academy account.)  Please feel free to drop by the career center if you have additional questions.)

1/13/18: Free FAFSA Completion Workshop: from 10 am-12 pm @ Eugene Public Library (Downtown), 100 West 10th Avenue.  541-682-5450 for details.

1/19/2019: Due date for Inspiring Girls Expeditions summer program application.  This organization offers unique, tuition-free wilderness expeditions for high-school girls.  Its goal is to inspire future leadership, curiosity, confidence, and success through the exploration of science, art, and the wilderness.

2/9/18: Due date for Youth Exploration Academy in Healthcare applications.  This paid, four week-long, interactive exploration program is for any South sophomores and juniors (rising juniors and seniors) who have at least a 2.5 GPA and an interest in a healthcare field. This program will take place from July 2-27 (MonFri, 9 am-3 pm) in Portland. This looks like a great opportunity, but the application will take some work.  Start soon!  For more information and the application, go here.

2/22/18Free STEM Symposium in the Churchill High School auditorium from 3:30-8:30 pm for all Lane County high-school students.  Dinner provided. Register beginning 1/22/18.

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. Applications will be accepted through April 30, 2018. For more information and the application, go here.

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