The Quill 11-12-21


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A Thought or Two from Mr. Nieslanik

I want to take a moment and share my gratitude to the greater Southridge community. The energy that it is taking to keep this school year moving forward is apparent, exhilarating, and also exhausting. I give thanks for:

  • To our parents and guardians. You are your child's first teacher, you provide them a safe harbor at night, and you work tirelessly to provide. Thank you. I also especially thank those parents/guardians who reach out to ask questions, who want to engage to make our community better and push me (and us) to be the best we can be. To those of you who volunteer for SIMDE, for an athletic team, in the Skymart, to assist a teacher or program, or on our PTO, thank you. Your support is much appreciated.
  • The students who are pushing themselves to "do school". This is hard work. The structures of in-person learning and co-existing in a community are often confining, but our students are doing it and adapting well.
  • The support staff and classified personnel. They often go unheralded, but they are the ones who keep the wheels turning, the doors open, and the school functioning.
  • The faculty. They are doing everything they can to ensure that instruction carries on and academic growth is occurring. They are simply amazing, and truly burning both ends of the candle to provide learning opportunities for our students.

As we step through November let us all take some time to share a thought of gratitude and kindness. Say "I love you" to those you love, and "thank you" to those who deserve the sentiment. I do wish each and every one of you a Happy Thanksgiving.

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Native American Heritage Month

Southridge High School and each of our homes sits on the traditional lands of the Tualatin Kalapuya. The Tualatin Kalapuya carry to this day a strong sense of family, seasonal agriculture patterns, and a love for the Tualatin and Willamette Valleys, The wooded lands of South Beaverton provided ample game for hunting. We honor heritage the Tualatin Kalapuya. The Tualatin Kalapuya are part of the Grand Ronde Tribe, and there are nine federally recognized tribes in Oregon. To honor this month we will begin looking at renaming our neighborhoods to four different Chinook-Wawa words to honor the land upon where we sit, and we will be hosting Stephanie Littlebird, a nationally recognized artist who is a member of the Grand Ronde.
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Important Information from Nutrition Services

All BSD students are eligible for free breakfast and lunch at school for the entire 2021-2022 without applying. If you have received an approval letter for the 2021-2022 school year, you do not need to apply. If you have not received an approval letter and you wish to be considered for other benefits, such as electronic device coverage, athletic fees, testing fees, you must apply for Meal Benefits. Go to to apply online, or pick up a paper application in the front office.
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Seniors- Now is the time to begin working on your FAFSA or ORSAA. These applications can help to provide financial assistance for you to attend a university, community college or trade school next Fall. can provide additional information and help you complete the right application. Please ask your counselor if you have any questions.

Parent & Student Work Session for the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or ORSAA (Oregon Student Aid Application)

November 30, 2021 Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.

Large Community Room at Southridge High School

This is a great opportunity to work on completing the FAFSA or ORSAA with staff available to answer any specific questions.

The FAFSA is an application you need to complete to receive financial aid from the federal government to help pay for college. The ORSAA is a confidential application to qualify students who are undocumented, including DACA students. The ORSAA also has access to scholarships and other grant opportunities in Oregon.

Take this quick survey to see which one you should complete:


Preregistration is required by 11/19/2021.

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Senior Pictures

Senior pictures for the yearbook are due Monday, November 15. Please send all pictures to Click here for picture guidelines.

If you don't have your pictures yet, please e-mail us to let us know when you plan on submitting photos. We are limited by our publisher's deadlines.

Also, we have limited baby ad space available. Please e-mail to request an ad.

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Career Speakers Series

Thank you to all who volunteered to share their Health Careers Path with our students during our first Career Speakers Series during Community Time. We had over 200 students participate in 11 different breakout sessions.

Our next Career Speakers Series event is on Monday, December 6th during Community Time. The theme is Business/Entrepreneurship. If you own a business, run a business, have a back ground in business management or entrepreneurship we would love to have you volunteer to be a speaker. We ask roughly 30 minutes of your time, ask you to share your path and essential skills necessary, and to answer any questions. If this interests you, please reach out to Renee Way at or David Nieslanik at

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Midsummer Jersey: Fall Theatre Production

Join us for our first in-person theatre production in over 20 months! We look forward to seeing you in our auditiorium watching our theatre department put on Midsummer Jersey. Tickets can be purchased at
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Quarter One Grading Day

All grades will be posted by teachers on Friday, November 12th. It will take our registrar and counseling team one or two days to clean up the data and to publish. We hope to have Quarter One grades live by Wednesday, November 17th. A friendly reminder that these grades are not transcripted and are a progress report of where a student is in meeting the learning targets.
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Thanksgiving Week Calendar Change

Students do not have school November 22-26. Staff do have a professional development day on November 22nd. This date was shifted from 11/29, thus there IS school on November 29th, and November 29th will be an Odd (Periods 1, 3, 5 and 7) Day.
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Winter Sports

Winter Sports begin on Monday, November 11 with try-outs for basketball. Both Wrestling and Swimming are non-cut sports. For information on Winter Sports access the Athletics Homepage on the SRHS Website, or through THIS LINK.
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Important Upcoming Dates

11/15: Winter Sports Officially Begin

11/16: Latino Parent Night

11/18-11/20: Fall Drama Production: Mid-Summer Jersey

11/22-11/26: No School: Thanksgiving Break

11/29: Regular School day (previously, this day was a no student day)

12/6-12/10: Perspectives Week

12/14: Band Concert

12/16: Choir Concert

12/20-12/31: Winter Break

1/3: School Resumes