The Quill 10-29-21


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A Thought or Two from Mr. Nieslanik

Fall sports and activities are winding down, and we are beginning to gear up for winter activities. In a school of only 1500, everyone plays a role in defining what it means to be a Southridge Skyhawk. Between the students who participated in cross country, football, soccer, volleyball, water polo, marching band, dance, and cheer and those who came to watch and cheer on their peers, we had over 1000 students participate in activities. In addition, our Student Government class put on a wonderful Homecoming week. The dance was a success with roughly 900 students in attendance. (A huge shout out to the parents who volunteered to chaperone the dance. Your energy and dedication to SRHS are much appreciated.)

I also would like to highlight the unsung students of SRHS. Those who come to school every day to do school. Those who want to improve their opportunities and prepare themselves for college or work after high school. Our attendance rate is roughly 93% day in and day out. This is remarkable. To those unsung students, thank you for filling our halls with your presence and drive to be here.

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Picture Retake Day: November 2

If you would like your child to retake their school picture, or to take their school picture, Dorian will be at SRHS on November 2nd from 7:30am-10:00am to take pictures. Orders may be placed online by searching for your school name at and selecting the green order button next to your retake day. Online orders are available up to 4 days after the retake day. If you already ordered and want a new picture taken please be sure to return your original picture packet to the photographer on retake day.

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Holiday Giving Donations

We are shifting a bit on how we provide Holiday Giving Support to our families in the greater Southridge Community, and we could use your support. We have the following two options for you to assist in our cause and to donate either gifts and or money to our giving campaign. We are adopting multiple families from our feeder system with students that do not attend Southridge High School but do attend middle or elementary schools. This allows us to separate the family and school connection.

1. Your child can pick up a tag from the Giving Corner with a gift on it, and then they can return the unwrapped gift to the box in the Giving Corner. The Giving Corner will be up and ready to use by Mid-November.

2. You can donate money to Holiday Giving and we will then use 100% of this money to purchase gifts to support our adopted families. You can donate money at

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NHS Inductions

Gongratulations to all students will be inducted to the National Honor Society on Monday, November 1st. Each of these students qualify based on integrity, service, character and academic success.
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Career Speakers Series: Health Careers

Our first Career Speaker Series of the year is Wednesday, November 10th from 9:30-10:15am. This event will be virtual via zoom. We ask our speakers to share their career path, education and training needed to complete the work, and any special skills needed to be successful. We build the Career Speaker Series around our Career Technical Education Pathways with our first event focused on Health Careers.

If you are in the Health Career field and can support our work by talking to a group of students via zoom, please reach out to Renee Way at We need about 10-15 volunteers to make this session on Health Careers successful.

Thank you for considering!

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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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Secure vs. Lock Down

On Thursday the Beaverton Police Department put us into "Secure". Secure means that there is an event outside the building. A Lock Down means that there is an event in the building that we are protecting students from. I only raise this as there was a lot of confusion after the Secure drill on Thursday. There was no weapon or situation in the building, and there was no threat to the building, the event was purely external. Also, please know that in a situation that directly involves the school we may be unable to answer phones, and will communicate in a timely and efficient manner. I will also communicate to all parents after an event via Parentsquare.
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A Haunted Homecoming

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Blood Drive: November 4

Twice a year SRHS partners with the Red Cross to hold a Blood Drive. If you do not want your child to participate, please communicate with them directly to not sign up for the event. This is voluntary. We ask all of our athletes to not donate blood if they have a game or practice that same day.
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End of Quarter One: November 10

The last day of Quarter One is Wednesday, November 10. All missing work should be turned in, in order to have a fair assessment of academic progress up to this point in time.
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Winter Club Sports

Consider joining one of our Winter Club Sports!

As our Fall sports are winding down our "Open Period" has begun for Winter and Spring sports. This Open Period allows Winter and Spring athletes an opportunity to start working out informally. We will be posting open period workout date and times on our athletic website (calendar) as soon as they are confirmed. If you a student planning to play a Winter sport, please get registered ASAP.

Here is the link to register

It's not too late to join the Southridge Snowboarding team.

Team members get Wednesday bus rides to Meadows, coaching from experienced instructors and a great opportunity to meet & hang out with other high school riders. Practices build up to weekend competitions in banked slalom, boardercross, half-pipe & slopestyle races. All intermediate + level riders are welcome to join. Registration ends November 17th. Contact for more details.

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Important Information for Senior Parents from Yearbook

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Important Upcoming Dates

11/2: Choir Concert 7:00pm in the auditorium

11/8: Student Winter Sports Meeting during Seminar @10:25

11/11: School Closed: Veterans' Day

11/12: No Students: Quarter One Grading Day

11:15: Winter Sports Officially Begin

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

12/20-12/31: Winter Break