Irish Nation Newsletter 02.21.2020


02/24 Spring Sports Registration

02/24 Orchestra Concert (7:00 PM)

02/26 Band Concert (7:00 PM)

02/27 Unity Assembly

03/01 OSAC Applications DUE!

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)

03/17 St. Patrick’s Day Staff Appreciation


Congratulations – Superintendent, Gustavo Balderas receives the 2020 National Superintendent of the Year! See articles here:

Register Guard Article

or here

Global News Wire Article

Video Cameras Add School Security – A key school security improvement has been implemented at our school, funded by the 2013 school bond measure. Security cameras are now installed in all middle and high schools, and will be in all elementary schools by the end of the school year. The cameras will provide an extra set of eyes in key areas such as the school entry and exterior, hallways, gym and cafeteria. There are no cameras in places like bathrooms or locker rooms.

The equipment will provide an improved measure of security after hours as well as during the school day. The cameras are in operation 24 hours a day but will not be continuously monitored live. Voters in Eugene School District 4J in 2013 resoundingly passed a school bond measure to fund school improvements, including video cameras in schools. More safety and security enhancements are included in the 2018 bond measure. Thanks to the community’s support, all 4J schools will have an extra set of eyes to help keep our students safe and our schools secure. More information: School Security Video Camera Systems

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

School Choice – In District Lottery 2020-2021

• School Choice account dashboards provide real-time information on a student’s placement and waiting list updates at

• A placement offer must be confirmed within 5 days for a student or the seat will be automatically declined by the system and offered to another student.

• There is no process to appeal the 5-day requirement.

• Notifications are sent by email when: o an application is moved from the waiting list to the accepted list of a school o an offer is declined by the system due to no action taken by family/guardian within 5-days of notification.

• There is a “forgot password” link on for password reset. They can also email if they cannot access their account.


Registration – 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!

Special congratulations – This month Sophomore Gavyn Tatge competed in the 500 Free race at the district swim meet in Eugene and not only took first place in the race, but broke a Sheldon High School Swim record that has been held since 1976 with a time of 4:40.77 Congratulations Gavyn!!!

Sheldon Track & Field – Track & Field is open to all students at Sheldon. Track is a great sport to make get in shape, be on a team, represent Sheldon & make new friends. On Monday February 24th at 6:00 pm in the Sheldon Cafeteria the team will host a parent meeting to learn more about the program and prepare for the upcoming 2020 season. Athletes are welcome to attend as well. The new Track & Field gear will be available for sale. If you cannot make the meeting or want additional information on the sport please contact the head coach, Erin Regali:

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.

Baseball – Please mark your calendars for Saturday, February 29th, 6:00-9:00 at Laurelwood Golf course for the Sheldon Baseball Casino Fundraiser Night. Casino night will consist of games, raffle baskets, oral auction, food and beverages. Tickets can be purchased from Lindy Prickel at 541-953-2774 or Coach Riley . Come support Sheldon Baseball while having a good time with friends!

SENIORS / GRADUATION The 2020 Graduation Party Planning Committee will be meeting at Sheldon on Monday, 03/09/20 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.

Upcoming fundraisers include (please remember to bring the flyers attached):

02/26 (5:00 pm – 9:00 pm) Chipotle

03/02 & 03/03 Pastini

03/11 & 03/12 Dickie Jo’s

Miners Graduate Services – We are getting close to graduation and the opportunity to order a cap and gown is coming to a rapid close. Make sure you have placed your order!! All Seniors that plan on walking will need them. Please order through Miners’ website or give them a call at 541-689-4588.


Food Pantry – Dash for Cash for our Sheldon Food Pantry will be on 2/25 during Varsity Girls Basketball game. Go Irish!

Current Food Pantry Needs:

-Backpacks (we use backpacks to distribute weekend Food backpacks)

-Mac n Cheese Cups (Individual), Cup of Noodles, Original Ramen, Canned Ravioli, Spaghettios, Soup

-Nutella, Jam String Cheese, Yogurt, Pudding Cups, Shredded Cheese Tortillas, Bread

-BREAKFAST ITEMS– Pop Tarts, Cereal, Breakfast Bars–like Nutri-Grain) SNACKS – Snack Size Chips, Fruit Snacks, Pudding cups

-CONDIMENTS – Ketchup, Mayo (in the smaller jars or tubs) MILK – 2%, Almond milk, Soy milk

-FRUIT – Fresh Oranges, Apples, Bananas, Canned fruit, Individual Applesauce & 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!

Staff Appreciation – We would love your help in showing our staff how much we appreciate them! We are hosting a stafff appreciation day on Tuesday March 17 and would love to provide breakfast and lunch for them. To review the available slots or, if you have any questions, click here.

The Sheldon Amazon Wish List created by Sheldon Staff can be accessed here.

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.


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


The Sheldon High School scheduling team is preparing to begin forecasting for student classes for the 2020-2021 school year. 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.


Middle School Math Credit – If students were enrolled in either Cal Young or Monroe Middle School in 2018-19, and earned an “A” or “B” grade as a final in Algebra or Geometry, they may be eligible for high school credit for the course. Active Consent forms to add credit are required. If you are the parent of a ninth grader who took Algebra or Geometry at Cal Young or Monroe, and have not already submitted an Active Consent form, and are interested in adding the credit and grade, please see Amy Hendrickson in Records at the Sheldon High School office.

Smarter Balanced Testing – Every year, students in grades 3–8 and grade 11 complete state tests. These assessments provide useful information for students, parents and schools, although they are only one measure of a student’s academic success. Today’s state assessments are not the multiple-choice “bubble” tests students experienced in the past. The questions are interactive and go deeper, allowing students to engage with texts, build equations and explain their answers. Students are challenged to think critically and analytically, and apply their knowledge and skills to real-world problems. To learn more about how your student is expected to demonstrate their knowledge, you can explore sample tests online.

What happens if my student opts out of state testing as an 11th grader? A student HAS to show proficiency in Reading, Writing, and Math in order to graduate from high school. So proficiency has to be shown in a variety of ways. These options include meeting certain standards on the SAT, ACT with Writing, or Work Keys. In other cases students may need to take a course their senior year that will help them complete works samples that will meet Essential Skills requirements. This course might bump out a favorite elective course. A student is not guaranteed to pass the Smarter Balanced tests, but we have found for many students that is an easier path then the SAT, ACT or Work Keys. If you are considering opting out your student, please consider connecting their school counselor to plan for a path to graduation.

How can you help your student prepare? Eat a protein packed breakfast, and get a good nights sleep.

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

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 oncampus 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 at

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 8-830 and 330-4 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.

The Joe McCall Memorial Scholarship – In honor of their late son, Joe McCall, Jerry and Meredith McCall are proud to offer $20,000 dollars in scholarship monies, to be divided among multiple applicants graduating from Henry D. Sheldon High School. Recipients will be chosen on the basis of their community involvement, academic achievement and a strong desire to further their education at a 4-year university, community college or trade school. These scholarships are designed to financially help a student, who might not otherwise be able to fund their higher education. A completed scholarship application is due to the career center, no later than 2 p.m. on April, 30th 2020.

Actuarial Science Camp – An actuary is a business professional who uses mathematical and financial tools to help identify and manage risk, so it’s a great career for students who are strong mathematically but who are not necessarily interested in teaching. It’s also great for students who like business and have good math aptitude.

I run a one-week summer program for rising high school seniors who want to learn more about the profession. Here’s a link to the program web site.

Project FashionAt Project Fashion, we provide summer programs that give creative-minded students an opportunity to explore a career in fashion through classes taught by industry professionals, hands-on projects, and company tours. We strive to create an environment where students can discover what role suits them best and whether they truly want to explore this as a career before committing time and money to the pursuit after high school.

A lot of students and parents are concerned about whether they can be successful with a career in fashion or any other creative field, so we want to show them that it’s a multi-faceted, rapidly growing industry. So even if students find out they’re more interested in business, merchandising, or design, there’s still a place for them to thrive and build on their experiences.

FBI 2020 Teen Academy – The FBI’s Portland Division is now accepting applications for its eleventh annual Teen Academy to be held this summer, July 6th – July 10th. This academy provides a unique opportunity for motivated high school students to develop leadership skills by engaging them in team-building experiences, exposing them to careers in law enforcement, and encouraging them to communicate and collaborate across cultures.

The Portland FBI’s Teen Academy will welcome rising juniors and seniors in high school to a five-day program running Monday, July 6, 2020 to Friday, July 10, 2020. Punctuality, professional behavior and appropriate dress will be required of all students attending this program.

The program is not exclusive to students interested in criminal justice. Due to the vast diversity in our workforce, any student with an interest in the FBI, what we do and how a relationship with the FBI can help their school is encouraged to apply. All students will be evaluated based on their application (GPA, school activities and community involvement) and answers to application questions to determine which students will be offered a seat in the class. None of the above elements will be the sole basis of evaluation of an application and the application process should be taken seriously by all applicants.

This application and supporting application questions must be received at the following address by 4 p.m. on May 15, 2020 for panel review. Incomplete and late applications will not be accepted.


FBI – Portland Division

Attn: Community Outreach Specialist

9109 NE Cascades Parkway

Portland, Oregon 97220

Scan– Email:

Digital copies of the application packet will be available on the website on Monday, February 24th. For more information, contact Community Outreach Specialist Antonia Fabian Kreamier at

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.

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