SEHS news from the principal

South Eugene Parents/Guardians

Fall is in full swing and I’m enjoying getting to know our fantastic students and South community.  Fall Fest is coming up for students this Thursday at SEHS.  During an extended lunch, students will have the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of SEHS clubs and get involved in activities that interest them.


Open House—September 27 at 6:00pm

We’re looking forward to having parents at South Eugene’s Open House onThursday, September 27 and to sharing information about the year ahead with you.  Here are a few details about the evening:


  1. Parent Social 6-7pm in the cafeteria:Meet other parents, enjoy refreshments, find out about Parent Council, sign up for e-Scrip, check out volunteer opportunities, and more.  Axespresso, South’s student-run coffee shop will be open. Please contact Anne Schwarz, Parent Council chairperson, at anneconlyn1@gmail.comwith questions.


  1. Classroom visitations—Parents can walk through their student’s schedule starting at 6:45pm for parents whose students have a 0 period and 7:00pm for parents whose students begin the day with 1stYou’ll have a chance to meet your student’s teachers and hear about the year ahead.  Families will have 10-minute presentations from each of their student’s teachers.  Please bring your student’s schedule with you.You can find and print your student’s schedule on ParentVue. If you do not have a copy, you can stop by the main office to request a copy.  A few class presentations may shift locations due to athletic events that evening, and we’ll plan to make that clear through signage, announcements, and emails to families.


6:00-7:00   Parent social (cafeteria)

6:15-6:45   9thGrade Success information session (Rm. 411)

6:30-6:40   Principal’s welcome (cafeteria)

6:45-6:55   0 Period

7:00-7:10   Period 1

7:15-7:25   Period 2

7:30-7:40   Period 3

7:45-7:55   Period 4

8:00-8:10   Period 5


  1. Counselor Corner during the Open House Parent Social

This year, our 9th-grade Transition Coordinator Christy Gonenne and 9thgrade Counselor Shirley Madathil will be presenting about 9thgrade success and supports in Rm. 411 from 6:15-6:45pm.  Our SEHS 10th-12thGrade Counselors Shantel Buss, Michael Leahy, and Juli McGlinsky will be available in the cafeteria during the Parent Social to provide information about our counseling center supports.


Please read on to find out other important details about grades after the 15-day drop deadline, e-News, and more.


Important information about dropping a class after the 15-day deadline (Sept. 25)

We have learned that updates to 4J’s policies have not changed withdrawal grades (WD, WF). Please note that, just as in years past, students dropping a class after the 15-day deadline will receive a withdrawal grade of WD or WF.  This is important clarification since information shared in a 9-10-18 email on the topic (indicating that students would receive partial credit and a grade) was not accurate.  Please note that 9th and 10th graders are expected to maintain a full schedule.


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SEHS Site Council

Our September Site Council Meeting is coming up at 3:45pm-4:45pm on Wednesday, September 26 in the SEHS Conference Room.  Site Council is comprised of representatives from licensed and classified staff, students, parents, and SEHS administration and has the primary purpose of encouraging community involvement in shared decision-making and to foster collaborative efforts of stakeholders at SEHS.  Meetings are open to the public.  Please contact SEHS at 541-790-8000 if you would like to request an interpreter.  Future meetings will be held on the third Wednesdayof each month.


School Bond Measure on November Ballot

A measure that would provide local funding for Eugene public schools is on the November 6 election ballot.


The bond measure, Measure 20-297, would allow Eugene School District 4J to:

  • Make improvements at every school
  • Improve student safety, security and equity across the district
  • Provide better learning environments and materials for students
  • Boost career technical education at all 4J high schools
  • Repair and update schools that are more than 50 years old
  • Replace three aging buildings that are worn and have high energy and maintenance costs


By law, bond money can only be spent on capital improvements such as facilities, equipment, curriculum and technology. It cannot be used to pay for teachers, school days or school programs.


If the measure is approved, property tax rates for Eugene School District 4J bond debt would increase by about $0.66 per $1,000 assessed value. Property taxes would increase by about $135 a year for the median homeowner in the district, with an assessed property value of $204,000.


Voters must be registered by October 16 to vote in this election. Ballots will be mailed to registered voters beginning October 17 and must be returned to the county elections office or an official ballot drop box by November 6, 8 p.m.


For more information, please see


Front office update

Last, we are pleased to welcome Michelle Phillipo to our front office to join our outstanding team and assist families, students, and volunteers as they arrive. We’re committed to providing excellent experiences for students as they strive to improve their skills in and out of the classroom. Please feel free to call the SEHS front office at 541-790-8000 if we can assist you with questions you may have this year.


Carey Killen, D. Ed.