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FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2017

Dear Parents,

Happy Friday!  Below you will find information on upcoming events; a thank you to parents who have served as panelists on senior project panels; details on the Prom; an invitation to your student to fill out a school climate survey; an update on mandatory testing for LCC-bound seniors; requests for volunteer service; information on student summer employment and volunteer opportunities; and the weekly Career Center Check-In.

Because next week is Spring Break, the next eNEWS will come out on Friday, April 7.  Have a wonderful Spring Break!


  • (MonFri) 3/27-31:  SPRING BREAK.
  • (Mon) 4/3:  NO SCHOOL (grading day).
  • (Tue) 4/4:  Third trimester begins.
  • (Mon) 4/10:  Parent Council meeting, at 7:00 P.M., in the Library.
  • (Tue) 4/11:  Choir Districts, at 7:00 P.M., in the Auditorium.
  • (Thu) 4/13:  Blood drive, starting at 8:00 A.M., in the Small Gym.
  • (Sat) 4/15:  Axe Pageant, in the Auditorium.

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.


From Kathy Ruggles, Volunteer Coordinator:  “On behalf of seniors who presented, we want to express our sincere and heartfelt thanks for all of your time and energy spent on serving on panels this Trimester. You play an important part in the process, and we hope you enjoyed getting to know some of our seniors, while learning about their interests and goals.  Thank you!”


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.


Each year the district collects information from students across the district about the climate in their school.  Student responses have proven to be invaluable as we evaluate school culture and make decisions as to how we might best improve the student experience at South.  This year’s survey is now open and we would like your assistance in making sure we get as much information as possible.  Please encourage your student to navigate to this link and take a few moments to respond to this anonymous survey.  Doing so will make it possible for us to gather the information we need to best serve everyone in the SEHS community.


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 12; and Wednesday, April 26, all 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:

  • Senior Project Panels ~ Parents of Classic South Juniors, come and serve on a Senior Project panel to learn about Senior Projects for your student. Every Classic South senior must participate in either the CAM program or Senior Project to fulfill their graduation requirement. This is a great opportunity to see a Senior Project firsthand!  Panel presentations are a wonderful opportunity to learn about the interests of our seniors. A Staff member leads each panel and you will receive a short orientation to the criteria and evaluation rubrics. Contact Kathy Ruggles for details and to sign up at Thank you!

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


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.


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:

  • The Color Me Rad 5K Relief Nursery Race needs volunteers for the packet pick-up on Friday, March 31, from 2:30 to 6:30 P.M. at CrossFit Eugene at the VRC and on race day, Saturday, April 1, for shifts between 8:00 A.M. and 1:00 P.M. behind CrossFit Eugene.  For more information, click here.
  • Love books?  Need volunteer hours?  Help the Friends of the Eugene Public Library put on their annual book sale from April 7-9.  Look here for more information.
  • 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:  Spring Cling and Day Camp Expo (volunteers needed 4/9, 12:00 to 4:30 P.M. for climbing-wall booth), MEGGA Hunt (volunteers needed 4/15, 8:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. for egg-hunt event), 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): Seneca (3/29); Teacher Education Scholarship sponsored by Oregon PTA (3/30); Lifelong Music Scholarship, Eugene Symphonic Band (3/31); Oregon Community Quarterback Scholarship: Harrington Family Foundation (3/31); SELCO Community Credit Union (3/31); Lane Culinary and Hospitality Competition (3/31); Philippine American Chamber of Commerce (3/31); Associated Oregon Loggers Scholarship (4/1); Oregon Promise Grant (4/1 & 7/1); Eugene Education Association Minority Scholarship for Future Teachers (4/3); Eugene Education Association Scholarship for Future Teachers (4/3); Northwest Community Credit Union (NWCU) (4/3); Oregon Pacific Bank Scholarship (4/3); Eugene Southtowne Rotary Club (4/4, application in career center); Lane Electric Scholarships (4/6); Eugene Masonic Lodge #11 (4/7, application in career center); Slocum Research & Education Foundation Scholarship (4/7). 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 College/Military/Gap-Year Visits in the Career Center:  U of O for 2017 admitted applicants (Wed 4/12, 11:20 A.M.); NY Conservatory for Dramatic Arts (Mon 4/17, 2:20 P.M.)
  • Oregon Girl’s State applications are now available in the career center for junior girls who would like to participate in this week-long government- and leadership-based program.  Unfortunately, it takes place from June 11-17 while we’re still in school, so your participation would need to be approved by your teachers.  Visit the career center for information and applications.  Applications are due back in the career center by Friday, March 24.
  • Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD):  This “University for Creative Careers,” offering art and design programs in the U.S. and at international locations, will be holding info sessions on Thursday, March 30, at 7:00 P.M., at the Ace Hotel, 1022 SW Stark St, Portland.  Register here.
  • National Honor Society applications are now available in the career center for sophomores and juniors with a 3.6 GPA and some volunteering and leadership experience.  They are due Wednesday, April 5, at 3:45 P.M.  Good luck!
  • African-American Students’ Opportunities program: The University of Oregon, in collaboration with Springfield Public Schools, the Eugene 4J School District, the Bethel School District, and the local NAACP, invite ALL African-American students and parents to this program on Thursday, April 6, from 5:30 to 7:30 P.M., at Springfield High School. This is a great opportunity for students to get answers to their questions about the college preparation process.
  • STEM to STEAM: Exploring the Intersection of Arts+Tech: Wednesday, April 12 from 5:30-7 pm, Redefining Women in Tech will host a panel discussion featuring local women from the arts/tech scene at RAIN Eugene at 942 Olive Street.
  • 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 4/27/2017.  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.)
  • Double Your Reading & Comprehension This Summer: A summer reading program will be offered through OSU’s Precollege Program and the Institute of Reading Development.  Classes will be available for students of all grade levels including those going into college and adults.  Click HERE to see program descriptions and class schedules.
  • 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