Irish Nation Newsletter 03.06.2020


03/01 – 03/31 ACE Award Nominees

03/07 Mr/Ms Irish Pageant

03/09 Grad Party Planning Meeting (7:00 PM)

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

03/10 – 03/11 Finals Schedule Finals Schedule

03/12 No School (Grading Day)

03/13 No School (Planning Day)

03/14 SAT Testing Day

03/16 Start of Trimester 3

03/17 Staff Appreciation – St. Patrick’s Day

03/18 School Board Meeting

03/23 – 03/27 No School (Spring Break)

04/16 Senior Parent Meeting (6:00 PM)

04/18 Prom 05/01 No School

05/02 SAT Testing Day

05/12 ACE Awards Celebration

05/17 NHS Graduation

05/20 School Board Meeting

05/25 No School (Memorial Day)

06/03 School Board Meeting

06/08 IHS Graduation

06/11 Possible Last Day for Students

06/11 Sheldon High School Graduation


At this time there are no identified cases of COVID-19 in our area. Our school district is monitoring the situation, staying in contact with public health authorities, and planning for the possibility that COVID-19 could affect our schools. We are taking extra steps to reduce the spread of germs at school. Custodians are doing extra cleaning during the day and each night, focusing on frequently touched surfaces. Our teachers are reviewing proper hand washing and cough/sneeze hygiene with students. Two important things for families to do to help keep yourselves and others healthy are to wash hands well and often, and stay home when sick—if your child has a fever of 100.4° or higher, or cold or flu symptoms, please notify the school and keep them home. Public health officials also emphasize covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue, not touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands, and cleaning frequently touched items. These are best practices for preventing the spread of illness. Concern over this new virus can make children and families anxious. Talking with your kids calmly and reassuringly and providing accurate prevention information and facts can help them cope with anxiety. The National Association of School Psychologists and National Association of School Nurses have provided suggestions for talking with children about COVID-19. We hope you may find this helpful.

More information: Coronavirus COVID-19 Information: Coronavirus Info. Talking to Children about COVID-19 (Coronavirus):


Parent Meeting – Plan on attending the Parent Meeting regarding all graduation matters on Thursday, April 16, from 6:00 – 7:00 pm in the Cafeteria. Ticket distribution, Graduation requirements and expectations, Senior Breakfast, and more will be discussed. Please call Kristen Natt at 541-790-6620 with any questions.

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 Miners Grad or give them a call at 541-689-4588.

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.

Fundraising Opportunities – Dickie Joe’s is hosting a 2-day fundraiser on 03/11 & 03/12 with 25% of the proceeds coming back to us! For those wanting to celebrate you Irish student, player, friend, neighbor, teacher, coach, parent, etc, have a bright and colorful shamrock sign(s) placed in the yard with a personalized note card! See the attached flier for the many options to choose from.


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 staff 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: SignUp Genius!


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


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

ACE AWARDS – Nominate “A Champion in Education” Today! – Who is your champion in education? An inspiring teacher? An encouraging school secretary? A caring school counselor or nurse? A dedicated volunteer? A principal who leads by example? A bus driver who always takes the time to listen? A custodian who helped in a time of need? Now is the time to recognize their contributions by nominating them for an ACE (A Champion in Education) Award! To learn more and nominate a 4J employee or volunteer, visit ACE Awards Info. The nomination deadline is March 31. Come celebrate our amazing educators and cheer on the nominees at the awards ceremony on May 12, 5–7 p.m., at Sheldon High School.

One nominee in each of the categories will be named an ACE Award champion and win a $250 grant from the Eugene Education Foundation for the 4J school or program of their choosing. Every nominee will be recognized as an exceptional educator at the awards ceremony. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact 4J Communications at 541790-7734 or

School Text Messages – Are you signed up to receive school texts? To help you stay informed and connected with your student’s school, this year Eugene School District 4J has added a new text messaging service through the district’s “autodialer” system. In addition to email and phone messages, schools may send occasional text messages with safety alerts or other important information.

A test message was sent on Monday, Feb. 17, to all parents with a phone designated as a mobile phone in their student records. The message came from the short code 67587 and began “You’re registered 4 SchoolMessenger notifications.” Parents who received this message are subscribed to receive future text notifications. If you did not receive the test message and want to opt-in to text messages, please designate a mobile phone number in your student’s record. The messaging system only allows text messages to be sent to numbers listed in the cell phone field. If you only have a mobile phone, you can list it as both your home and mobile phone number.

To designate a cell phone number in your student’s records:

1. Log in to your ParentVUE account, go to “My Account” and add your mobile phone in the cell phone field, or

2. Contact the school to add/designate a mobile phone number.

Text messages will come from the short code 67587. Standard message and data rates apply. To stop receiving text messages, reply STOP at any time. To opt back in to receiving messages, send Y or YES to 67587. To change how you receive different types of messages, go to, create a login, and go to “Preferences” to change your settings.

Weigh in on Student Success Act investment plan – New funding is coming to Oregon schools, and Eugene School District 4J wants to hear your feedback on the draft plan for investing the additional funds to improve student success. Over the past several months Eugene School District 4J has been listening to input on priorities for these funds from staff, families, students and community members through community forums, small group meetings, events and surveys. This input and a review of student data and research helped shape the district’s investment plan. Now the district is seeking your feedback on the proposed plan. We want to hear from you! Learn more: Student Success .

Community Forums: Student Success Act Proposed Plan

• Thursday, March 5, 7–8 p.m., at South Eugene High School (RSVP or invite friends)

• Thursday, March 12, 7–8 p.m., at River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School (RSVP or invite friends) Childcare and Spanish interpretation will be provided at both events.


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

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: Actuarial Science Camp.

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!

Project Fashion – At Project Fashion, Find Your Fit, 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.

Rites of Passage – Summer Youth Activities at LCC – The Rites of Passage summer academies at Lane Community College are designed to inform and inspire high school and middle school students of color in Lane County. Students representing four racial/ethnic groups are immersed in their own respective Summer program focusing on their cultural history, literature, folklore, and traditions. These programs are based in an academic framework that promotes positive self-image and self-esteem. The four affinity-based programs include:

• African American Rites of Passage

• Asian and Pacific Islander American Rites of Passage

• Bridge of the Gods Summer Academy (Native American)

• Puertas Abiertas Leadership Academy (Latino/Latina)

For more information go to: Rites of Passage Summer Youth Academies

This week-long day camp is open to young women between the ages of 16 – 19 years old. The camp will be held at the Emergency Services Training Center at 1705 W. 2nd Ave in Eugene (2nd & Chambers). As in years past, there is no charge to attend the camp.

Young Women’s Fire Camp – designed to simulate a mini fire and emergency medical services academy, with a focus on teamwork, confidence building, leadership development, and life skills in a fire-based environment. Led by a dedicated team of our department’s female firefighter/paramedics, the participants will experience activities such as vehicle extrication, rappelling, forcible entry, hose dragging, wall breaching, physical fitness training, live fire-fighting and basic emergency medical treatment and scenarios. In addition to our staff, we partner with the Eugene Police Department for personal safety awareness instruction, and invite local community leaders to speak on topics which inspire and challenge these young women.

The application period is now open for 2020! Details are here 2020 Young Women’s Fire Camp Application. For more information regarding the Young Women’s Fire Camp, please visit our Youth Camps page, send an email to, or call us at 541-682-7135.

Elevate Hiring Fair – Connected Lane County is excited to announce that registration for our Elevate Hiring Fair is now OPEN to graduating seniors. There is no cap to the number of students each school can bring – all interested students who are graduating are invited. Please register here: Elevate Hiring Fair.

Like last year, the event will be held at the Bob Keefer Center in Springfield (250 S 32nd St. Springfield). We will have two sessions: 9-11AM and 12-2PM. The sessions are identical and we ask you to choose one or the other when you register. You are welcome to come at any point in the two-hour window. We will have up to 50 businesses at the fair who are eager to meet students and who have entry-level positions OPEN! We will start inviting companies next week, and to view job postings as we get closer to April 30th. Students should come with their resumes or bring a draft on a thumb-drive to edit in our resume/application room at the event center. This quiet space will be staffed with technology and volunteers to support students on site. Snacks and water will be provided, and transportation costs to the Bob Keefer Center can be reimbursed by emailing an invoice to Spanish interpreters and bilingual support will be available to students all day.

PASS Lane Culinary / Baking & Pastry – now enrolling, with limited seats available. The PASS Lane program helps students to complete a Baking & Pastry Certificate or enter the Culinary certificates or degree, with academic and study skills support. Students are also guided into transitioning to further education or employment services. There are some scholarship and financial aid opportunities available for qualified students. PASS Lane is ideal for English Learners, GED completers and other students seeking support.

Spring term, PASS Lane offers a non-credit “Math Prep for Culinary” class that allows students to bypass Culinary admissions requirements, upon successful completion. Spring term is tuition-free, with a $27 transportation fee. See full schedule here. Interested students can come to a weekly Career Pathways Info Session or schedule an individual appointment to apply.

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 Monday, February 24th at FBI Portland. For more information, contact Community Outreach Specialist Antonia Fabian Kreamier at

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

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

Coyote Leader Program – High school volunteers, aka Coyote Leaders, run essential parts of Coyote Outdoor School, assisting with outdoor field studies by leading science labs and engaging with students during games and campfire programs. The Coyote Leader Program provides high school students skill-building in leadership, teamwork, communication, and problem-solving. All Coyote Leaders are asked to exhibit maturity, responsibility, leadership abilities, and motivation to be role models for younger students. Coyote Leaders must receive permission to miss class days from their parents/guardians and all teachers and coaches. They also attend a required overnight training on March 28-29. (Makeup trainings are also available). High school students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to apply.

Coyote Leaders receive daily mentoring from staff while co-leading activities that inspire younger students to translate curiosity to inquiry. The opportunity to be a Coyote Leader is a transformative experience for high school students— many find new self-assurance motivating them to pursue college degrees in science, education, or natural resources management. They gain hands-on leadership experience that they can include on resumes and applications and can earn 90 or more volunteer hours. We are also working to offer college credit for their time. Being a Coyote Leader at Outdoor School enhances maturity, builds confidence, and improves social interactions and classroom learning when they return to school.

Read more about the Coyote Leader program beneath my signature and by reviewing the following website: Coyote Leaders. Students can register to be a Coyote Leader at Volunteer Registration. Please let us know if you have questions or would like more.

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