NEHS Principal Update 5/17/21

Principal’s Note

This week’s update is packed with information about happenings for our seniors related to graduation, awards ceremony, and cap/gown distribution.  Please be sure to take a look so you do not miss out!  There is also information regarding a number of summer opportunities available to all high school students (registration is now open!), IB updates, and opportunities for families.
As we close in on the final five weeks of this school year, we again want to thank families and students for their efforts this year.  If there are questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Take care!

Weekly Schedule

This week of hybrid is a full five-day week. 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 – Cohort 1
Tuesday: ‘B’ day (P4, P5, P0), live instruction begins at 8:30 am – Cohort 1
Wednesday: Advisory, live at 10:15 am (online only)
Thursday: ‘A’ day (P1, P2, P3), live instruction begins at 8:30 am- Cohort 2
Friday: ‘B’ day (P4, P5, P0), live instruction begins at 8:30 am – Cohort 2

Update: Health & Safety

Great News! The CDC has changed some of its guidance about face coverings.  However, please be aware that does not change the rules under which we are required to operate.  All people in 4J schools and attending 4J events must still wear face coverings. While we look forward to a return to a more normal school experience in the near future, the agencies that govern our operations have not yet changed their requirements. Until they do we must continue to wear face coverings.  This ensures that we can continue to provide access to school, sports, and end of year ceremonies that our students deserve.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Summer Opportunities

There are a multitude of summer opportunities available to students this year.  Please visit our website for additional details and links to sign up:
Summer Bridge (August 2ndAugust 6th): All incoming 9th graders are encouraged to attend our week-long Summer Bridge program that’s packed with activities, learning, and even high school credit.  We’ll be hosting a morning session as well as an afternoon session. Click below for registration links and more info.
Summer Online Credit Recovery (July 12thAugust 20th):  Virtual, online as well as on-site assistance to fulfill graduation requirements and support grade-level on-track credit status in math, language arts, science and social studies. Students must meet with their school counselor to enroll.
Summer Intensive Program (July 12thAugust 13th): The 4J Summer Intensive Program will provide opportunities for students to extend their learning into the summer months led by outstanding 4J licensed educators. Course offerings reflect the curiosities and passions of both students and teachers. Courses will be held, onsite at all four high schools depending on the teacher and facility.
Summer GED (July 6thAugust 20th): Our GED program is housed in the Lane Community College Downtown Center, as another option for high school completion. Staff provide instructional support with the online curriculum and content needed to earn a GED. Students must meet with their school counselor or admin to enroll.

IB Updates

Accessing your IB scores in the summer:

  • In order to see IB scores when they are released on July 6, 2021, students will need to log in to the IB candidate portal with their personal codes and PINs.
  • On Wednesday, May 19th between 11:30 – 1:00  and Thursday, May 27th, between 1:00 and 3:00. Ms. Taylor and Mr. Madden will host an IB candidate’s office hours specifically for the purpose of accessing personal codes and PINS. Please drop into one of these sessions to learn more about how to access the system and get your personal log-in info.

Students can join either of the meetings with this link: (Links to an external site.)

Can’t make it to one of these meetings? Send an email to or and one of the coordinators can help you.

Sending your IB scores to colleges/universities:

  • All candidates are entitled to have IB scores sent to ONE college or university free of charge.
  • Click on this link BEFORE MAY 31st to indicate where you’d like your IB transcript sent

Please note, if you do not complete the form prior to May 31, NEHS will not be          able to arrange for your scores to be sent; you will need to order your transcript on your own, and you will need to pay a fee. 

Questions? Concerns?

Please do not hesitate to reach out to Ms. Taylor or Mr. Madden.

Senior Awards Ceremony

It is time to celebrate our many Seniors that have earned awards and recognition during this very challenging  2020-2021 school year.  There will be a virtual awards ceremony honoring these wonderful students on Tuesday, May 18th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  The ceremony will ‘go live’ at 6:00 pm. A link to this event will be provided on the North Eugene website’s main page.

Get Your Cap, Gown, & Yard Sign!

Seniors:  Mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 19th!  We will be distributing Cap and Gown orders as well as your “Class of 2021” Yard Sign.  If you are borrowing a cap and gown, they will be available at that time as well. This will be a drive-thru distribution from Noon until 6:00 p.m. starting in the East Parking Lot (staff parking lot) where you will pick up your cap, gown, and yard sign and ending in the West Parking Lot (student parking lot) where you will have the opportunity to have your picture taken. Signs will be posted to help direct traffic.  We can’t wait to see you there!

Graduation Celebrations!

A recap of the message sent to seniors and families late last week:

In addition to our virtual graduation on the evening of June 10th, we will also be hosting in-person commencement events on Saturday, June 12th, at Swede Johnson Stadium.  In order to maximize the number of spectators in attendance, we will be hosting two ceremonies on this date (2:00pm and 4:00pm); with half of the graduating class at each ceremony.  The number of spectators will be determined by the county’s risk level at the time of the event:
Extreme Risk: Members of the graduating class only (no on-site spectators)
High or Moderate Risk: Each graduate will receive two tickets for guests
All Risk Levels: Graduation ceremonies will be live streamed for an unlimited number of viewers

Our events will be outside, rain or shine.  All graduates, participants, and spectators must wear face coverings consistently and correctly, and must maintain 6 feet of physical distance from people not in their immediate household.

Additional details will be forthcoming regarding which ceremony your student will be invited to participate in and when/how tickets will be distributed.  In the immediate, we are thrilled to communicate our ability to offer this opportunity to our graduating seniors and look forward to sharing more information in the near future.

Senior Updates

Please see below for updates for the class of 2021

Opportunity for Senior Families:

  • Senior families:  The 2021 Senior Parent Group is meeting at the American Legion, Monday, May 17th at 6 pm. They are also holding a fundraiser on May 19 all-day at Papa’s on Coburg road, 50 percent of the proceeds will go to the senior party! Flyer

The 2021 Senior Parent Group is an independent group run by community members for senior families to engage in opportunities to celebrate the class of 2021. For more information, you can contact them on Facebook at

Opportunities to Connect & Extend

The University of Oregon SAIL program has many opportunities available to students on an on-going basis.  There is a new College and Career Readiness Workshop this week.  You can also catch past presentations at the links below!

Presentations by UO Faculty
Past Presentations available at:

College and Career Readiness Workshops
Wednesday, May 19th, 2:00pm-3:00pm 

For more and on-going opportunities, please visit: 

Coming Soon: NAACP & Lane ESD Parent Night

NAACP & Lane ESD are hosting their final Parent Night of the school year. This is a great space for families to connect and receive information on community resources specific to their needs. Registration link:

Student Spotlight: Rotary Student of the Month

We are pleased to honor Elayna Lockwood as our May Rotary student of the month!

Well done, Elayna! Here is what one of your teachers shared about you:

“Elayna is a caring and considerate student with a passion for Biology and scientific inquiry. She has demonstrated mastery over a very difficult curriculum at a time when there are atypical barriers to learning in place. I am so thankful to have had the pleasure of being her teacher”.

Thank you to the Eugene Airport Rotary Club for recognizing students each month.

ASB Elections

ASB is looking for dedicated students leaders who would like to make a positive impact on our school community
Positions Available for Seniors Only: President, Vice President, Promotional Executive, Secretary, Historian, Treasurer, Coordinator (2), Senior Class Representative(2)

Other Positions Available: Junior Class Representative (2) and Sophomore Class Representative (2)

Forms due to Corey Nicholsen by Friday, 5/28

Short Campaign video (1-minute max) due Friday, 6/4

Campaign: Monday, 6/7 – Friday, 6/11

Voting takes place 6/14 and 6/15

For more information please contact Corey Nicholsen at or (541) 285- 6115

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 to visitors, but phone lines are open!  541-790-4500

Please email us at:

Go Highlanders!

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