Principal Newsletter 12/6/2020

NEHS Principal Update

Principal’s Note

This week represents the final week of Trimester 1.  Students will be working this week to complete assignments in classes and wrap up the first trimester of distance learning.  If there are questions about classes or grading, please reach out to a teacher, counselor, or grade-level administrator.  We know this trimester has been challenging in many ways, and we appreciate the partnership with our families throughout this year.
There are many updates this week, so please be sure to take a look at all the information included in this newsletter.  A reminder that with the end of the trimester comes no school on Friday, so please make note of which days are A & B days below.

Be well!

Schedule This Week

This is a four-day week, with no school on Friday.  Below is the schedule for the week.  For a complete bell schedule and calendar, please see our website at:
Monday: ‘A’ day (P1, P2, P3), live instruction begins at 8:30 am
Tuesday: ‘B’ day (P4, P5, P0), live instruction begins at 8:30 am
Wednesday: ‘A’ day (P1, P2, P3), live instruction begins at 8:30 am
Thursday: ‘B’ day (P4, P5, P0), live instruction begins at 8:30 am

An Annual Tradition: Project Give

Dear Friends of North Eugene High School,
Our ASB Executive Student Leadership Team is embarking on our 44th annual Project Give.  Project Give is a fundraiser organized by North Eugene High School students to help North Eugene families this time of year.  Traditionally, we collect money and non-perishable food from our students and staff and then deliver it to families.  With our school currently in distance learning, it is making our effort more difficult to achieve, though we know we can get there!  Our goal this year is to help feed 50 of our North Eugene families.  We could use your help to reach our goal.  Here’s how:

  1. Donate non-perishable foods to collection bins at the NEHS main entrance starting Nov. 30th through Dec. 11th, from 8:00 am-4:00 pm
  2. Send a check to: NEHS Project Give, 200 Silver Ln, Eugene, OR 97404
  3. Use your credit card to donate via schoolpay.com
  4. Know someone that would like to donate to Project Give that does not have a student at North? Have them use the schoolpay link below.
  5. Papas Pizza Fundraiser for Project Give – Download the flyer and visit Papas Pizza on December 9. Project Give will receive 50% of the value of the food purchased. Papas Pizza Flyer for Project Give
    * All monetary contributions will receive a tax id number for your records upon request.

Thank you for your consideration, and if you have any questions, please call Corey Nicholsen at 541-285-6115.

Attendance Reminder

Please help us in reminding students that attendance is being taken primarily through Canvas.  Although teachers will track and report on communication outside of Canvas, the most prevalent means of being counted as present comes from logging into Canvas (Zoom classes, completing assignments, etc.).

Grading Reminders for Distance Learning

This trimester has been tricky, and distance learning has challenged us all to be at our best.  We are coming up on the end of the term and if students are having trouble in a particular class, here are a few options that may help:

  • Pass/No Pass (P/NP) option may be requested from a teacher up to the last day of the term.  Students and parents can request this from a teacher directly!
  • Teachers are not issuing Fs in any class this term.  The lowest mark a student could receive is a No Pass (NP).
  • Office hours are available for all teachers.  This is a great way for students to work on proficiency, assignment submissions, get general help, etc.  Please encourage your student to attend!
  • Teachers are working hard to find ways to accommodate students’ needs, just reach out to them!

If there are any questions about the above information, please do not hesitate to reach out to a teacher, counselor, or grade-level administrator.

Trimester 2 Schedule Changes

Our second trimester begins on Monday, December 14th.  Below is a link to the Schedule Corrections Request Form for the second trimester.  Please be mindful of Friday, December 18th as the last day to add a class for the term.  The final day to drop a class is Friday, January 15th.
Please visit the NEHS Counselors Canvas class in Canvas for more information and more ways to connect:
Schedule Corrections Request Form 2nd Trimester

Yearbook Contributions

Does your student want to be in the 2020-21 Yearbook? Students can share photos, opinions, and stories with us by completing this survey and they will be! This year the Tartan Staff needs student help in collecting content. Please encourage your student to answer the questions on the survey and upload high-quality images (preferably no screenshots or images downloaded from social media, cell phone photos work great.) Surveys can be submitted even if there isn’t an answer to every question. Visit or click the survey link to get started. Thank you in advance for helping us tell the story this year!

Inclement Weather

Although the days have been nice, we know that winter weather can always be around the corner this time of year.  Thanks to our increased ability to provide instruction remotely, the district expects to continue operating during inclement weather but may cancel on-site services such as meal service and/or shift from any on-site learning to distance learning in response to the weather. For up-to-date information visit the 4J site

Opportunities to Connect and Extend

The University of Oregon SAIL program has many opportunities available to students on an on-going basis.  Check them out below!
Live Presentation by UO Faculty
Wednesday, December 9, 11:45 am – 12:45 pm
Topic: What You Can Do in the Field of Earth Science
Featured: GE, Sage Kemmerlin

College and Career Readiness Workshop
Wednesday, December 9, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Topic: Lane Community College, Financial Aid, & College Now
Featured: Rosa Maria Bañuelos-Uribe, Admissions & Recruitment Coordinator, Lane Community College

For more and on-going opportunities, please visit: 

Resources for Families

Both the 4J school district and the state of Oregon have compiled lists of resources and services available to our families.  Please see below:
4J Wraparound Community Holiday Resource Newsletter links:
In English:
In Spanish:

The Oregon Department of Human Services has put together an extensive list of helpful resources for the upcoming winter/holiday break.  Please see our website for a link to the PDF flyer.

Student Shout Out!

Congratulations to Destanee Butler!  She was just elected to represent North Eugene High School and the city of Eugene by being a part of the Mayor’s inaugural Youth Advisory Board.  Well done, Destanee!

Staff Spotlight: Eden Von Bloem

Ms. Von Bloem says…
Hello Highlanders!  I’m Eden Van Bloem, your nurse at NEHS this year. I’m a Eugene native who studied at Lane Community College and graduated from Umpqua Community College with my Associate’s Degree in Nursing in 2016. I got my bachelors in nursing from Western Governors University in 2017. Before coming to work at 4J, I worked in community health and medical/surgical nursing in the hospital. When I’m not nursing, you can find me riding my bike on the river path with my husband and our 2-year-old son, Oliver. I enjoy sewing, tacos, true crime podcasts, and watching basketball (go Blazers!). I’m so excited to have landed here at North and I look forward to supporting the health and wellness of our school community.
Welcome to North, Ms. Von Bloem!

Become an Observer in Canvas

Parents and guardians are highly encouraged to take advantage of becoming an Observer in Canvas.  This allows you to see what is going on in a class, track assignment completion, and view grades.  Below are some resources to help you get started.  If you have trouble accessing the pairing code needed to sign up, please reach out to your student’s grade level administrator:
Travis Sheaffer (9th/10th) or Scott Mayers (11th/12th).
Getting Started as an Observer
Link to Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) Handbook

Stay connected

As information this year is ever-changing, please see our website for current updates.  This will be where we place news updates and links to needed information.

Our building is currently closed, but phone lines are open!  541-790-4500

Please email us at:


Go Highlanders!


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