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Friday, September 22, 2017

Another update:

Celebrate South—Axemen Hall of Fame Fundraiser

Mark your calendar for November 11 to support South Eugene through the Celebrate South—Axemen Hall of Fame Fundraiser: 

·      Volunteer to help stage the dinner and auction by contacting Dan Ambrose ’73 at

·      Purchase tickets online at and in person at the main office. Contact Dana Clark at with questions.

·      Donate or volunteer for the silent auction by contacting Emily Proudfoot at  Proceeds of the silent auction may be designated to the team, club, or activity for students of your choice.

Dear Parents,

Here’s an important update about Senior Project Panels (the dates were incorrect in this morning’s eNEWS), as well as information about a program for working juniors and seniors.

  • Senior Project Panels are starting October 11, from 9:00 A.M. to noon, and 1:00 to 4:00 P.M. Can you help us with this important activity? Seniors are ready to present their projects (to fulfill a graduation requirement) and we need panelists (parents and community members) for these presentations. If you have a Classic South student, this is a great opportunity to view Senior Projects in action. Please consider serving on a panel, no experience is necessary and each panel is led by an experienced panelist. Contact Kathy Ruggles at
  • Juniors and Seniors ~ Do you work at a job during the school year? If you average 10 hours each week, you are eligible for our Community & Related Ed program. The CARE program offers .5 elective credit with a P/NP grade. Students are required to complete a Petition for Credit, follow a curriculum and provide documentation of their hours, with a supervisor evaluation each trimester. Contact Kathy Ruggles at or in Room 302 for more information.

Dear Parents,

Happy Friday! Below you will find information on upcoming events; details on bicycle registration; an invitation to audition for the Oregon Children’s Choir, a notice about a free cell phone program; a message from Principal Andy Dey; requests for volunteer service; information on student volunteering; and the weekly Career Center Check-In.

    Mon)  9/25:  IHS Welcome Parent Night, at 7:00 P.M., in the Education Center Auditorium.
  • (Wed)  9/27:  IB Junior Information Night, at 7:00 P.M., in the Education Center Auditorium.
  • (Fri)  9/29:  IHS Opening Assembly, at 9:30 A.M., in the SE Auditorium.
  • (Mon)  10/2:  Parent Council meeting, from 6:00 to 7:30 P.M., in the Library.
  • (Wed) 10/4:  SEHS Open House (details to follow).
  • (Fri)  10/6:  Club Day, from 12:00 to 1:00 P.M., in the Cafeteria.

For South’s full calendar, click here.  For South’s Athletics calendar, click here.


Bikes that are registered are much easier to recover if stolen. The Eugene Police Department will be offering free bicycle registrations at South Eugene High School, on Thursday, September 28, from 3:00 to 4:00 P.M. If you are unable to register your bike on this day, Eugene residents can register bikes online. Non-residents can go to or For more information, click here. 


The Oregon Children’s Choir offers four different choirs for High School singers. Music styles include contemporary, classical, a cappella, and international. OCC offers trips, overnights, performances, and festivals with so much fun to offer! Do you love to sing? Come join us! Learn more at

OCC’s Fall High School a cappella auditions are Friday, September 28, 6:00 to 7:30 P.M., at First United Methodist Church of Eugene, 1376 Olive Street. For more information and to reserve your audition spot go to: or


Sprint Cell Phone Program ~ Students on the Free/Reduced Meal Plan can receive a free cell phone and plan with up to 3GB per month of free internet connectivity during the time they are in high school, through the Sprint Foundation’s 1Million Project. Pick up an application in the Finance Office. 


SEHS Friends and Families, 

I hope everyone is well.  This last Wednesday evening was Financial Aid Night at South.  Although many families were able to attend, many were not able to do so for a variety of reasons not the least of which is that it was scheduled on the first night of Rosh Hashanah.  We try very hard to avoid scheduling important events at times that conflict with celebrations of religious significance and this time we failed.  I hope everyone affected will accept my apology and rest assured that we will avoid such oversights moving forward. In order to ensure that all families who were not able to attend, regardless of the reason, are able to get the same information presented the evening of the 20th, I would like to share dates of similar opportunities coming up in the next few weeks.  

The following are alternate Financial Aid nights where the same presentations will be made at other area High Schools:

  • Monday, September 25, at 6:30 P.M., Churchill HS Auditorium
  • Thursday, September 28, at 6:30 P.M., Willamette HS Auditorium
  • Tuesday, October 3, at 6:30 P.M., Sheldon HS

We have also planned Financial Aid Workshops for the October 25th Beyond South: Junior / Senior Night.  

Lastly, the PowerPoint slides presented by the University of Oregon’s Financial Aid representative and the Oregon Student Assistance Commission will be posted on our website for your review. They should be available in the next few days so please check the SEHS website for their posting.  

As always, you are welcome to contact the school’s College and Career Center to ask for information if you feel these dates will not fit into your schedule.  

Thank you for your understanding and again we hope you will accept our apologies for the scheduling conflict.  

Andy Dey, Ed. D.
South Eugene High School


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!  Here are some areas of immediate need:

  • Axemen Pageant is seeking volunteer advisor(s) to lead students in organizing events and activities for this annual event that supports the Children’s Miracle Network. The first advisor meeting will take place in November, and activities run through April. Please contact assistant principal Heather Stein at for more information.
  • SEHS Open House ~ On Wednesday, October 4, the Parent Council will be hosting an Open House for all new and returning students.  We need volunteers to help with set up (5:00 to 6:00 P.M.), tabling (6:00 to 8:40 P.M.), and clean up (8:30 to 9:30 P.M.).  If you can help, please contact Anne Schwarz, Parent Council Chair, at
  • Axepresso is our coffee business at South Eugene. Located in a corner of the cafeteria, this student-run business is a busy place, providing a variety of hot and cold drinks to students throughout the morning. Axepresso needs some volunteer adult supervisors to help students learn customer service and provide an adult presence. All students are trained baristas and enjoy the welcoming atmosphere Axepresso provides. If you enjoy high school students, please consider spending a few hours each week in our Axepresso coffee business. Shifts are 8:30 to 10:30 A.M. and 10:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. Please contact Joshua Gramley at for more information.
  • The College & Career Center at South assists students of all ages, providing resources and help on a variety of subjects. We still have a few shifts open for parents interested in a weekly commitment and becoming a trained volunteer. The CCC is open every school day, running three shifts of volunteers each day. Contact Kathy Ruggles for more information.

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 


  • Positive Community Kitchen is seeking committed teen volunteers to serve in the kitchen and the garden for the 2017-2018 school year. Teen kitchen volunteers, with the support of adult mentors, prepare nourishing meals to support community members who are overcoming life threatening illnesses. Also at PCK this school year is the opportunity to work in our garden. Click here for the PCK flyer, including contact info, and for the PCK agreement.
  • Willamalane Park and Recreation ~ The month of October is stuffed full of spooky opportunities for you to make a huge impact in your community! Try one or try them all — you have the thanks of a grateful Springfield either way. Click here for more.


  • 10/6/17: Mid-Willamette College Fair at UO’s Mac Court from 9-11:30 A.M.  Students are encouraged to visit prior to the fair. After entering their information on the website, students can print a barcode that can be scanned by the college representatives of their choice. Put an end to filling out info cards at every table!
  • 10/7/17: Ace Your Application–College Mentoring Day.  Need help on your college entrance essay? Free on-on-one mentoring from writing experts hosted by Wordcrafters in Eugene. Click here for more.
  • 10/25/17: SEHS Junior/Senior Night in the cafeteria from 7-9 P.M.

Until next time,

Tom Jacobs
Volunteer eNEWS Editor