The Quill 4-30-21

Creating Opportunity Together

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A Thought or Two From Mr. Nieslanik

The past week has filled my bucket. There are Skyhawks back in the building! It has been simply a wonderful start to In-Person Hybrid instruction. I do know there have been some learning curves that our teachers have faced, but our students have been so patient as their teachers navigate this new wrinkle into their year. The students who are in the building have followed all of our asks, kept their masks on, and have maintained social distancing more than I thought they would. To those of you who stayed in CDL for the remainder of the year, it has been fun for me to see you through your screens as I wander the building. Even though you are not physically in the building, you are still part of our whole community. Keep up the good work. I thank each and every one of you, and each and every one of our students.

Take care, be well.


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Essential Skill requirement for all Juniors

As you may have heard, the State of Oregon has waived the Essential Skill requirement for all Juniors (Class of 2021). This means that this year, Statewide testing for Juniors is not required.

If you would like your child to participate in Statewide testing, we will be testing on Wednesday, May 19 and May 26 from 9:45 - 12:45. Transportation will be provided if needed.

If you do not want your child to take the tests, parents and guardians can opt students out of testing. Deciding not to test will not affect your child's grades in any way.

To help us schedule transportation and deliver a safe and successful testing experience for every student, we need to know by April 30 whether your student will or will not participate. Please complete this form

If you have any questions, contact‚Äč

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Tech Careers Career-Speaker Series Speakers Needed

Our next Career-Speakers Event is on Wednesday 5/5 from 10:00-11:00. We are in need of more speakers to speak with small groups of students around the theme of Tech Careers. If you have a role or job in the tech industry, please consider volunteering. You can volunteer by reaching out to Renee Way via email or at 503-356-2890.

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School Board Election

We highly encourage you to participate in this month's School Board Election. Please research the candidates and look to see which candidate you align with. Southridge High School sits within Zone One, but you can vote for any of the zones. You can find out more information here about the School Board Election
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Check out a sneak peak of this year's yearbook!

Yearbook pre-orders are DUE MAY 6. Only a limited number of extra copies will be ordered, so students will need to pre-order to guarantee a copy.

This year's book will include all sports seasons, graduation, and senior quotes!

We've cut the price to $50. Please visit to buy your copy or check in at the business office.
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May Walk + Roll Challenge Week

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Please join Beaverton Safe Routes to School for our final Walk + Roll event of the year! Over 100 prizes will be raffled, and the Wheel Fairy will visit elementary schools to attach an extra prize on any wheels they find in the racks. All students (any grade level, hybrid and CDL) can enter our raffle by completing the May Challenge form. There are five activities to choose from and an extra raffle entry for each activity completed. Find more information at

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Teacher Appreciation Week: May 3-7

I have a special request. Our teachers have worked hard this year, and rarely do they receive thank you emails or notes thanking them for their work, dedication and time. I know this learning environment has not always been easy, but no one can say that there has not been a Herculean effort to make this year the best possible. I ask you, if possible to identify one or two teachers who have made this year tolerable for your child(ren) and reach out to them with a small note. They can best be reached through email at <First Name_Last Name @>.
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Important Dates

Wed 5/19 Senior Moments, time to be determined based upon social distancing requirements

Wed 5/26 Summer Festival, time to be determined based upon social distancing requirements

Mon 5/31 Memorial Day-No School

Wed 6/2 Instructional Day

Sat 6/5 Senior Prom, 7:30-10:00 pm

Tue 6/8 Senior Award Night, 6pm

Wed 6/9 Senior End-of-Year Celebrations

  • 9:00-10:00 am: Senior Breakfast
  • 10:00-11:30am: Graduation Practice
  • 11:30am: Paper Toss

Sun 6/13 Graduation, 11:00 am