Sprague High Weekly Oly Updates

A weekly newsletter focusing on all things Sprague!

May 31, 2022

Message From the Principal

Sprague Families and Students,

I’ve been sending out quite a few messages over the past month. We’ve got lots of activity going on in our community, on campus and especially as we come to the end of the school year. We are reaching the final stretch of this year! The last week for seniors is this week. All other students have two weeks of classes and then Finals starting June 14th. I encourage all families to reach out to our teachers if you have questions about your student’s progress, grades, or needs as we prepare for Finals. My earnest hope is that all students end the year successfully and enjoy a true summer break.

Our building bond project is progressing well, and we anticipate moving back to our campus on August 29th, 2022. As a reminder, our entire campus is closed for the summer. We do have some access to the stadium for sports events.

Sprague Graduation is June 8th at 7pm at the Fairgrounds. Each family will be getting 9 tickets to attend and we are looking forward to a great celebration for our graduating class. We have several events occurring on campus over the next week as we celebrate our seniors. For information about these events and graduation day, I encourage you to read the Oly Senior Scoop Newsletter.

Please reach out to the Sprague main office with questions - 503-399-3261. Go Olys!

Chad Barkes


Spirit Week: Summer Fun

To celebrate the Seniors’ final week, we are having some “spirit” dress up days next week just for fun—no points!

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All Are Invited to the Athena Games - June 3rd

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Ready to celebrate the end of the year and beginning of summer?


Friday June 3rd, the last day of school for our seniors, we will host our annual end of year event. The Athena Games are free to attend for Sprague students of any age as well as parents.

We will be hosting the following events:

  • 4:00pm in the Main Gym: Staff versus Senior Basketball
  • 5:00pm in the Main Gym: Junior versus Senior Boys’ V-Oly Ball
  • 6:00pm in the Stadium: Junior versus Senior Girls’ Powderpuff

We will have Kona Ice with us in the stadium for our Powderpuff game as well as concessions—bring your money to purchase some snacks and shaved ice!

We hope to see everyone there to celebrate the closing of the school year as we ramp up for summer.

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For the month of May we want to recognize students who have turned around their school year or educational career at Sprague.

Being recognized as a turnaround student of the month means that these students have shown resilience in overcoming barriers to make the most of their Sprague experience.

The students of the month for the month of May are:

  • 9th Grade: Ty Moseby
  • 10th Grade: Kasten O’Steen
  • 11th Grade: Katie Stinson
  • 12th Grade: Kamryn Martin

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Library Book, Textbook and Chromebook Due Dates (repeat from last week)

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As we prepare for the end of the year, all library books and textbooks that are no longer being used need to be returned to the Library by Friday, May 27, 2022. This is a district wide due date. If a book or textbook needs to be used past this date, please turn it in to the Library when it is no longer needed.

Wondering what books are checked out in your name?

Follow these easy steps:

  • Click Here to arrive at the Destiny Discover website.
  • Login (upper right of screen) using student ID (no email address) and password.
  • From the Menu, click on My Stuff.

Chromebook Turn-In:

  • Seniors need to return Chromebooks and chargers to the library by June 3rd.
  • All other students should return Chromebooks and chargers to the library by June 16th, the last day of finals.

Class of 2022 Upcoming Events & Graduation Information

Please check out the Oly Senior Scoop for information about all the upcoming end of year activities and detailed information about graduation day.

Upcoming Events:

  • Senior Finals - June 1 - 3
  • Last day of school for Seniors - June 3
  • Senior Parade (in vehicles) - June 4
  • Senior Awards Assembly - June 6
  • Parades of Honor (at elementary schools) - June 6
  • Senior Movie Night - June 6
  • Senior Banquet - June 7
  • Graduation Rehearsal (REQUIRED attendance) - June 8
  • Graduation Ceremony - June 8

Go to the Oly Senior Scoop for more detailed information about these events.

Attention Seniors - Google Takeout For Graduating Seniors (repeat info from last week)

May/June Bell Schedule

  • May 30th - No School, Holiday
  • June 1st - 3rd - Finals for Seniors (only)
  • June 3rd - Athena Games Unified Assembly (during Oly Prep)
  • June 3rd - Last Day of School for Seniors
  • June 14th - 16th - Semester 2 Finals
  • June 16th - Last Day of School
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Noticias de la Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (SHH)

On May 25th, the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (SHH), an honor society for Spanish students, welcomed nine new members to the Sprague Chapter: Chichén Itzá. The induction took place in the Atheneum with guest speaker AnneMarie Charnholm delivering an inspiring speech about the benefits of embracing a second language and learning about different cultures.

At the same event, the following SHH members were presented the 2021-2022 awards for Academic Excellence: Bianca Bartel and Amy Charnholm: Outstanding Community Service: Sara Ponsioen and Kiera White; and the “Premio de Honor” went to Elizabeth Lopez-Carrera. Congratulations! We would also like to wish our graduating members the best of luck with their new adventures.

Congratulations to the new members pictured below: (back row) Avery Lohrman, Gillian Rodriguez Lentz, Arianna Marlowe, Sydney Potter, Gwen Duncan, and Michelle Ruiz Lopez.

Returning members and graduates: (front row) Liam Edwards, Lukas Klotz, Christopher Rogers, Bianca Bartel, and Amy Charnholm. (Not pictured: Layla Frickey, Caleb Hurley, and Guadalupe Ramos Ramirez.)

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Graduates pictured below: (Back row) Leriah Herrera Cruz, Sara Ponsioen, Alexis Porras, Jade Brown, and Bella Mendoza. (Front row) Elizabeth Lopez-Carrera, Bianca Bartel, Kiera White, and Rachel Marlowe. Not pictured: Christopher Rogers, Quinn Altman, Ben Slater, and Nicky Williams.

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Inductees during the ceremony pictured below:
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Amy Charnholm recites EXCELSIOR! By Núñez de Arce pictured below:
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Congratulations to Ford Scholar Inna Nykyforova! (repeat from last week)

The Ford Scholars Program was created by Kenneth W. Ford (1908-1997), to assist students who otherwise would find it impossible, or at least very difficult, to obtain a college degree. Mr. Ford established the Foundation to help many worthy causes, but the Ford Scholars Program was always one of his favorite projects. Each year, up to 130 renewable scholarships are awarded to students from Oregon and Siskiyou County, California. The Scholarship amount covers 90% of unmet college costs and this year it will be awarded to Inna Nyk​yforova. Congratulations Inna!

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Junior Jumpstart & Summer Melt (repeat info from last week)

Junior Jumpstart & Summer Melt is a summer opportunity for 11th & 12th graders exploring post-secondary options to connect with Sprague Staff regarding next steps. Whether your next step is thinking about college, a job, or trade, or if it's to accept/decline a financial aid package, Sprague is here for you! The topics and opportunities are endless! This is your opportunity to ask questions, receive one-on-one instruction during a time that works for you, and maybe even visit a few college campuses over the summer! Visit the College & Career Center for more information!

  • Dates: June 22- July 29
  • Tuesday - Friday (NO MONDAY)
  • 10AM - 12:30PM & 2PM - 4PM (Drop-ins Welcome!)

Junior Jumpstart Sign-up (Juniors): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdq9QCmPmSLfI1h3V56un8zZKCUaZYPmYK-YTmQR4Pw4bnF4A/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0

Summer Melt Sign-up (Seniors): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScnGS1sf0AQ01LX3St57EaKM_U74xHQjezR0d0j6dg6Y3Fk8A/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0

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Host Family Opportunity

Sprague is passing along this opportunity that is available for our community. This is not specific to Sprague or the Salem Keizer School District.


Our community has the opportunity to welcome some young visitors from France this Summer and we hope your family will consider opening your home to one of them! The students will shadow their hosts and other students during the time in school and participate as much as possible in classroom work and discussions. Evenings and weekends are family time and a chance for them to experience life as part of a typical American family. This kind of experience can make such an impact, not only the visiting students, but also on host families and our entire school community!

The dates of the visit will be: June 29 - July 20, 2022

The students:

• want to improve their English (most have very good language skills already but want to practice oral and listening skills!)

• want to become part of the family

• want to make American friends

• want to experience American school

• bring spending money

• have insurance coverage (medical and liability)

• are fully vaccinated against COVID

Host Families:

• provide room, board and warm hospitality

• have a high-school aged child interested in making a new international connection

• share their interests & activities with their visitor

• include student in daily lives

• contribute to global understanding

• are encouraged to be vaccinated against COVID in order to reduce disruptions to the student’s stay

More information about the L&F Hosting Program can be found at: http://www.languageandfriendship.com/hosting/

To apply:

Go to https://languageandfriendship.com/myaccount/account-login/

Click Register as a Host Family

Create your account

Click the activation link in the email sent to you.

Log into L&F account

Click New Application

Complete form and submit (enter Group ID: AG15124

(Use Save button if you need to come back later to finish)

Sprague High School

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