Irish Nation Newsletter 02.07.2020



02/08 Sheldon Band Bottle Drive

02/11 Sheldon Band Papa’s Pizza Fundraiser

02/12 8th Grade Parent Night (CYMS & Coburg Charter)

02/12 Mr/Ms Irish Papa’s Pizza Fundraiser

02/14 Staff Appreciation (Positive Notes and Cards, PLEASE)

02/17 NO SCHOOL 02/20 Winter Band Concert

02/20 8th Grade Parent Night (MMS & Coburg Charter)

02/24 Spring Sports Registration 02/24 Orchestra Concert (7:00 PM)

02/26 Band Concert (7:00 PM)

02/27 Unity Assembly 03/02 School Choice Opens (Non-Resident)

03/04 4J School Board Meeting (7:00 PM)

03/07 Mr/Ms Irish Pageant

03/10 Luck o’ the Irish Concert (7:00 PM)

03/12 No School (Grading Day)

03/13 No School (Planning Day)

WINTER WEATHER – Snow Day Information: When winter weather arrives, schools may be closed or delayed or buses may use snow routes. These decisions are made by the school district early in the morning and are the same for every 4J school. No news = No change. If schools and buses are on their regular schedule, there will NOT be an announcement. For more information, please see

Snow day notifications – Our school district communicates any decision to change school or bus schedules as quickly as possible in several ways, all well before 6:30 a.m.

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• Tune in to local news media


4J Office of Equity Update – For the latest information, please go here.

State Testing – Assessment is how student learning is measured, from quick teacher check-ins and quizzes, to final course exams and state tests. All public schools in the U.S. are required to systematically assess student learning and report participation and results in school accountability systems. Students in Oregon are assessed periodically to measure proficiency in state and district standards, including completing statewide assessments in certain grades. Statewide assessment results provide important information for students, parents, teachers, schools and districts. Please visit the website for more testing information from the Eugene School District.

SPIRIT OF GIVING – Staff Appreciation – Please consider dropping a positive, encouraging note or card to the front office to help support February’s Staff Appreciation day. The sign up for treats can be found here.

Check out the Sheldon Amazon Wish List created by Sheldon Staff.

Sheldon Student Success Drive – At Sheldon High School we have many students that are in need. When students’ basic needs are not met, they cannot learn at high levels. We are trying to remove barriers and fill gaps to help students to be more success at school. Currently we are building a Food Pantry (where students can access food for weekends and long breaks) and Clothing Boutique (where students can access free clothing). We’re gathering Personal Need Items (this could be personal hygiene products like tooth paste, tooth brushes, deodorant, etc), and School Supplies (paper, pencils, etc). We are also looking into options around providing more mental health services for students. Please use the link here to show your support for our students.

Food Pantry – Dash for Cash for our Sheldon Food Pantry at the Boys Varsity Game on Friday 1/31 was a huge success! We raised $274 in four minutes – a Huge Thank You to the Freshman Basketball team for being our Dashers and supporting your Sheldon Peers. Next Dash for Cash will be on 2/25 during Varsity Girls Basketball game. Go Irish!


  • Backpacks (we use backpacks to distribute weekend Food backpacks)
  • Mac n Cheese Cups, Canned Ravioli, Spaghettios
  • Nutella, Jam
  • Cream of Mushroom soup
  • BREAKFAST ITEMS – Pop Tarts, Cereal, Breakfast Bars–like nutri-grain)
  • SNACKS – Snack Size Chips, Fruit Snacks, Pudding cups
  • Condiments – Mayo (in the smaller jars or tubs), Ketchup
  • MILK – Almond milk, Soy milk
  • Fresh Fruit – Oranges, Apples, Bananas
  • Canned fruit, Applesauce (the cups)
  • Assorted Fruit cups (the mandarin oranges fly off the shelves)
  • Gluten Free items–mostly convenience items if possible*Monetary Donations to the Sheldon Food Pantry Account are greatly appreciated as well. All items can be dropped off in the Main Office, just let them know it is for our Sheldon Food Pantry!

    COMMUNITY RESPONDER – A Sheldon Community Responder is a volunteer that responds to “alerts” sent by the 15th Night Coordinator at Sheldon High School for needs specific to Sheldon High School students that have not been met by internal school resources. These type of alerts would be for items such as clothing, shoes, small household items, food or bedding.

    A Sheldon High School Community Responder would receive a text message indicating a need. If the Responder can provide the need, they respond to the text message and work with the Sheldon High School Coordinator to secure and deliver the item.

    Please contact Trista Neuman at

    FORECASTING – The Sheldon High School scheduling team is preparing to begin forecasting for student classes for the 2020-2021 school year. The following is a short outline of some important upcoming events:

  • On February 13th, forecasting will occur in Advisory in an extended 60-minute period exclusively set aside to help students process step-by-step through their course request form. It is critical for students to complete the course request form in Advisory during the provided period.
  • Parent input during our scheduling process is always encouraged. As a way to assist in the discussion with your student prior to the Advisory on February 13th, we have posted all course request information on our school website.
  • Counselors will be connecting with each student for a short, 2-minute one-on-one conversation at some time February 18th- March 6. During the meeting counselors will review the courses requested by your student to help ensure they are pursuing requirements for graduation and post-high school plans. The one-on-one conversation will occur with the counselor at some point during the school day as time allows, so no specific appointments are needed.

Please know the scheduling team puts a great deal of time and effort into placing students into courses requested. Our goal is to schedule students for what they request on the course forecasting form. Our team will do our best to accommodate each student’s request prior to individual student schedules being finalized.


  • Sail – University of Oregon’s Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL) Program application opens March 15, 2020! Apply online!

The University of Oregon’s Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL) program is an innovative pre-college program hosted on the University of Oregon campus. Serving middle and high school students from underrepresented backgrounds, including lower income and/or first-generation college students, SAIL empowers students to enroll and succeed in college through early exposure and exploration. Summer 2020 programs run July 20-24 or July 27-31.

SAIL offers free, one-week summer programs on the University of Oregon campus, where students can choose from a wide variety of subject areas like Biology, Performing Arts, World Languages and more, all taught by distinguished University of Oregon faculty volunteers through fun social and interactive activities. Each summer, returning students choose a new academic subject to explore. SAIL programs also include sessions on college admissions, the financial aid process, and scholarships, as well as opportunities to bond with like-minded peers through team-building and leadership activities.

This year SAIL is more accessible than ever to students all over Oregon! Students from outside the Eugene area are eligible for our residential programs July 19-24 or July 26-31. Residential students stay in campus dorms with all meals included and participate in fun and educational evening programs in addition to the day program schedule. This on campus experience will enrich our high school students’ pre-college exposure and increase access to those from around the state of Oregon.

During the school year, SAIL offers mentoring administered by University of Oregon students to eligible students who are navigating the college admissions process.

SAIL Summer Programs 2020

Day Program: July 20-24 or July 27 – 31

Residential Program: July 19-24 or July 26-31

Applications open on March 15th, 2020!

Paper applications available via email request.

Contact SAIL anytime with any questions or concerns at or 541-346-4668

Scheduling – Counselors will only be available from 8-8:30 and 3:30-4 on a drop in basis for the 2-3 weeks following forecasting as they will be individually meeting with students about their forecasting choices.

Seniors – February 15th is the Early Bird Deadline for OSAC! If you’re needing a mid-year report or transcript you need to communicate with your counselor via email or face to face.

PSAT/NMSQT Score Reports – If your student has not received a paper copy of their PSAT score report, they can talk to their Advisory teacher to get it. Most students have received their scores from their online College Board account, so any score reports not picked up will be added to the student’s files.

RTEC 101 – Your seniors may be feeling nervous or unprepared for college. RTEC 101 Gateways to College and Careers is a free 1 credit course to help them become confident first-year college students. I will cover various college topics such as:

• Resources to help your students manage their time

• Everything associated with what happens after the FAFSA is filed

• Lane’s policies

• Academic Advising for their CT major or transfer major

• Clear their new student orientation hold

Most importantly, I’m here to support them and be a friendly face on campus. What do your students need to do?

1. Turn in an under 18 form to me if they will be under 18 – attached

2. Reserve their spot for the class online form. That’s right, they do not need to register. They just need to reserve their spot and show up on the first day!

WoW Internship – WoW is a wonderful opportunity for students to participate in a three-month paid internship at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. During their internship, students will be given the opportunity to engage in multiple aspects of running a museum including: leading art lessons for children in grades 1-5, working with our ArtAccess programs, participating in museum events, and learning from museum staff and artists through individual workshops. The deadline for application submission is February 28th.

Hands on Career Day – Friday, April 24, 2020 at Lane Community College. Details to follow.


Spring sports are just around the corner, and registration is now open on Registration night will be on Monday, February 24th from 4:00-7:00pm in the cafeteria. We’ll have a parent info meeting at 5:00, and teams will break out into individual meetings at 6:00. Don’t want to wait in a long line? Register now and pay online!

If your athlete needs an updated physical, you can bring it to registration or turn it in at the front desk. (Physical form here.) Practice starts on March 2, and all athletes must be registered and have a current physical to participate. For questions please contact Sheldon’s Athletic Department at 541-790-6651.

Interested in a spring sport? Track, baseball, softball, golf and tennis to name a few. Be sure to attend the Spring Sports information night on February 24th from 4-7pm in the cafeteria – 4-5 open registration, 5-5:45 Athletic department presentation, 6-7 team meetings. If you have questions please visit the athletic office.

Spring sports season is fast approaching. To be academically eligible you must be enrolled in and passing 4 of 5 classes for WINTER and SPRING term. If you have questions about eligibility please see the athletic office.

SENIORS / GRADUATION – The 2020 Graduation Party Planning Committee will be meeting at Sheldon on 02/10/20 in the Library at 7:00 pm. If you have a student graduating and you are interested in helping plan their safe, end-of-the-year party, please plan on attending to see how you can help make it a huge success!! We are currently looking for monetary donations, food donations, raffle prizes and volunteers.

Miners Graduate Services – Make sure you have placed your cap and gown order!! All Seniors that plan on walking will need them. Please order through Miners’ website or give them a call at 541-689-4588.