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Friday, May 18, 2018

Dear Parents,

Happy Friday! Below you will find information on upcoming events; updates on purchasing Grad Party tickets; information about LCC Placements tests for seniors; a work-study opportunity for sophomores and juniors; listings of summer job, student enrichment, and volunteering opportunities; and the weekly Career Center Check-In. 


  • (FriSat) 5/18-19:  A View from the Bridge, at 7:00 P.M., in the Little Theater.
  • (Tue) 5/22:  IHS Celebration, from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M., at Oakway Center.
  • (Wed) 5/23:  CAM Celebration, from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M., in the Cafeteria.
  • (Mon) 5/28:  NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day).
  • (Thu) 5/31:  Strings Concert, from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M., in the Auditorium.
  • (Fri) 6/1:  Band Concert, from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M., in the Auditorium.
  • (Fri) 6/8:  Last day career center will be open. Please complete all projects and conferences before that date.

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


Attention Senior Parents: The graduation party on June 13 is a great place for your senior to spend graduation night in a safe and fun environment with their classmates. Organized by the parent group, the party is from 11:00 P.M. to 3:00 A.M. and will be at the UO Rec center on campus. Activities include:  casino, burrito bar, rock climbing, raffle prizes, caricature artist, basketball, volleyball, court sports, video games, foosball, ping pong, art activities, board games and an entertaining show. 

•   Tickets can be purchased until May 31 by giving a check to Joni in the South office. Checks can be written to: South Eugene Grad Party.

•   Online payment for tickets will be available via the South Eugene website starting next Monday. Please help to get a ticket ahead of time for your student.

Tickets are $40 or $20 for Free / Reduced Lunch and all activities are included in the price of the ticket. Students who purchase tickets before the end of May will get additional 2 raffle tickets. For any specific questions regarding the grad party, you can email to:

Donations for Grad Party raffle: Thanks to those parents who have dropped off a donation for the grad party raffle!. If you have anything to donate to the raffle, please drop this off at the South Eugene office to Trista by May 31.


Are you planning to attend LCC this fall? Placement tests in Reading and Math are required before you can register for classes. South will be offering Testing Sessions on May 23 and 30 in Room 4 at 8:00 A.M. Sign up in the College & Career Center. Students should bring their L# and photo ID to the test. Practice tests are available online, see the sign-up sheet for details.


We are now taking resumes for Work Study positions in the 2018-19 school year. These are paid positions at South and South regional schools where South students are paid and earn elective credit. Applicants are evaluated on attendance, grades and work ethic, and must be 16 years old. Students work in office, cafeteria and custodial assistant positions. Applicants can contact Kathy Ruggles at for an appointment.


Check out the websites for these businesses and see Kathy Ruggles in Room 302 for more details.

•  Albertson’s ~; Courtesy Clerk, Deli Worker, Produce Assistant

•  Jerry’s Home Improvement ~; Retail Worker

•  Willamette Oaks Retirement Community ~; Server

•  Coastal Farm and Ranch ~ Cashier. Apply at 2200 W. 6th, where 6th and 7th merge.

•  Endeavor Marketing Concepts ~; Entry level positions for graduating seniors interested in sales and marketing.


•   5/18/18: Due date for the application for the SESEY (Summer Experience in Science and Engineering for Youth) at OSU. This summer program will run from 4 pm on July 15 through 8 pm on July 20 at the College of Engineering at OSU and is intended to encourage members of underrepresented groups (including girls) going into 10th, 11th, and 12th grades to explore STEM fields.

•   05/19/18: Oregon Tradeswomen’s 2018 Career Fair: “Education, Inspiration, and Opportunity for the Future Construction Workforce”.

•   Rites of Passage Summer Youth Academies 2018: Lane Community College will be offering four summer academies for middle and high school students of color in Lane County including African American Rites of Passage, Asian and Pacific Islander American Rites of Passage, Bridge of the Gods (Native American Rites of Passage), and Puertas Abiertas Latino/Latina Rites of Passage. These programs are based in an academic framework that promotes positive self-image and self-esteem, and all require an application process.

•   The Young Leaders Program is a yearly residential summer program for high school students, focused on leadership, governance, civics, and character development. This year’s YL Program will run from 6/24-7/1/2018 at Willamette University in Salem. Cost is $499 using the promotion code, IPAYMYWAY; however, it is unclear whether this promotion has expired. Scholarships are available, as well. Registration is required.

•   Eugene Springfield Fire will be holding the 8th Annual Young Women’s Fire Camp on July 9-13, 2018. This is a free fire camp for high school aged young women who are interested in learning what firefighting is all about, while gaining leadership skills and confidence. Apply soon, registration closes on Friday, June 8, 2018. Applications can be found at


•    YMCA – CIT Summer Service Learning. We are looking forward to any 14-17 year olds who want to spend a week of two leading games and singing songs. If you have any questions, contact Holly Kriz Anderson at Link to CIT application.

•    8/5/18: The Blackberry bRamble is the Greater Eugene Area Riders’ (GEARS) signature fundraiser bicycle ride. The aim of this nonprofit organization is to promote cycling as a form of transportation and recreation, and proceeds from the Blackberry bRamble go to support GEARS and other nonprofits with similar goals. Come out and ride with them or volunteer at the ride.

•    Nearby Nature Outdoor Leaders for summer, 2018: Outdoor Leaders will help Nearby Nature staff instruct summer daycamps for children ages 3-18. Daycamp activities include games, nature study, crafts, outdoor adventures, storytelling, and scientific discovery. Outdoor Leaders must complete 8 hours total of leadership training on June 9 & 10.

•    Willamalane Park and Recreation District: New opportunities to volunteer

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


•    AP STUDY GUIDES ~ The career center will gladly accept donations of AP study guides or other college/career prep-related resources. Please submit only donations published in or after 2015. Thanks.

•    Upcoming College and Program Visits (in the career center unless otherwise stated): None at this time.

•    Scholarships (due dates in parentheses): RaiseMe Micro-scholarships (Ongoing); Dr. Niles Outstanding Student Award (5/18); Unified Caring Association Scholarship (5/22); Cameron Impact Scholarship (5/25); Oregon School Employees Association Scholarship (5/25); The Promise of Oregon (5/26); Oregon Promise Grant (6/1). 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 Oregon Promise Grant covers the average tuition at an Oregon community college. Applicant must be an Oregon resident with a minimum 2.5 GPA. There is no financial need requirement. Undocumented students are welcome to apply. Applications are due 6/1. For more information, visit or come by the career center.

•    More than 450 colleges and universities still have openings, financial aid, and housing available to qualified freshman and/or transfer students for the fall 2018 semester, according to NACAC’s annual College Openings Update. Both public and private colleges and universities are included on the list. The update will remain on NACAC’s website through July 2.

•    Careers 2018 Magazine: Whether you are exploring careers, looking for a job, or researching college degrees, this year’s Careers Magazine is worth checking out.

•    Sophomores: Your Sophomore Project should be well underway by now.  This education- and career-centered project is a great opportunity to begin pondering your future. Once you complete your project, you should sign up for a Sophomore Conference. You’ll receive a 1:1 meeting with a career-center staff member, where you’ll discuss your goals and how to stay on track to reach them.  You’ll also learn about a lot of great resources South has to offer that not everyone knows about. See you soon in the career center!

•    I’m going to college! What’s that mean? If you’d like to contact recent South grads who currently attend the college you’ll be attending, they may be willing to share their thoughts about the school with you. Drop by the career center or email Lori at if you’d like me to arrange contact with some of these college students.

•    Elevate Lane County is no longer accepting internship/job shadow applications for the 2017/18 school year, but if you would like to be added to their contact form for next school year, please complete this form, and they will contact you in the fall with application materials.

•    Each year, the Careers That Work! program and the International Air and Hospitality Academy offer multiple 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 hairdressing, railroad operations, or airline industry work. Interested students should first research their school of interest carefully. They may contact Lori in the career center to discuss applying for a scholarship.

•    Participating in the Northwest Youth Corps is a productive way to spend part of your summer or the fall of your gap year. Modeled after the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s, NYC provides opportunities for youth and young adults to connect with the environment, do productive service work, receive vocational training, and earn academic credit as well as a stipend.

•    5/21/18: Admissions officers from the University of Notre Dame, the University of Virginia, Washington University in St. Louis, Johns Hopkins University, and Emory University will host a group presentation for prospective students and their parents and then be available for questions from 7-9 pm at Jesuit High School in Portland. Please register to attend.

•    6/8/18: Last day career center will be open. Please complete all projects and conferences before that date.

•    7/23-27: Oregon Private Colleges Week 2018. Twelve of Oregon’s private colleges will hold tours and admissions info sessions twice a day throughout this week. Participants who register in advance and visit at least 4 campuses during the week will be eligible for admission application waivers from the colleges.

•    8/1/18: Information session and college fair put on by Colleges that Change Lives (CTCL), a non-profit organization dedicated to the support of a student-centered college search. Takes place from 7-9 pm at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Open to the public and free of charge. Please register to allow colleges to scan your barcode and send you additional 

Until next time,

Tom Jacobs
Volunteer eNEWS Editor