South Medford High School is proud to announce that we have been awarded the silver medal by U.S. News and World Report. Nationally, only 8.6% of schools are awarded this honor. This award is given based on the number of students completing college level work and state assessment scores. Out of the 287 high school in Oregon, we are ranked #22. Part of why our ranking is so amazing is because our percent of economically challenged students is greater than most of the higher ranking schools. This school has risen above those numbers to achieve the silver medal. Teachers have been stating since freshmen year that SMHS is an exceptional school— this just goes to show that they’re right!
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-Grant Metternich, Digital Journalism and - Kylie McDermott, Digital Journalism
Graduates of 2014 Shine
We are so proud of all the students who walked across the stage Saturday, after 13 years they have finally finished the first chapter of their lives. As they move on to the next chapter we all hope they remember the valuable lessons they learned here at South, the ones that were state mandated and the ones that were learned through personal experience with the teachers and students. Even though this year was particularly difficult with the new proficiency grading and the teacher strike making senior projects problematic to complete on time, 340 students walked this year. As our guest speaker, Kent Julian said, life will throw all sorts of curve balls at us and all we can decide is our attitude about the situation. Those 340 students obviously decided they would overcome those unusual difficulties this year provided to walk across that stage and receive their long awaited diploma. Again, we are all so proud of them.- Kylie McDermott, Digital Journalism
Big Changes for Student Store Re-Opening
With the alteration of Office Hours this year, having a longer lunch totally rocks. You know what doesn’t rock? Earlier mornings. I’m fairly positive I’m not alone in this, and the people running the student store feel your pain. With the new school year comes new opportunities to change and improve the store. The re-opening is this Monday, September 22 and although they won’t have all the new products on the very first day, they’ve heard your suggestions, and have responded by making additions and improvements to the products being sold.
First of all: coffee. And not just any coffee, but Noble coffee. If you haven’t tried it, it’s like the king of all java. If you’re needing something to keep you awake, you need not look any further. Secondly-along with some returning snack items-the culinary arts class has initiated a program to replace all the pre-packaged baked goods with their own fresh baked ones. Not only will they taste a million times better, but you’ll be able to identify the ingredients in them! Lastly, the main distributor for the drink items this year is a company called PepsiCo. Don’t be surprised when you see your favorite beverage at the store re-opening. Just some of the many beverages include: Gatorade sports drinks, flavored waters, Izze Sparkling Juice, Naked juice, coconut water, Sobe Life Water, and iced teas. There will be numerous options for every student this school year, whether you’re a health nut or have a sweet tooth: they’ve got you covered. Also don’t forget they’re always open to suggestions and are excited to see the student store growing and improving! –Holly Kloefkorn, Digital Journalism-
What Was the Big Deal About Club Rush?
Club Rush hit the commons with enthusiasm the other day, with many of South’s clubs excited
to reel in new members. They passed out information and answered questions, and now are
ready for students who are eager to join. For those who missed it, here’s a quick rundown of the
clubs. There are volunteer clubs such as Interact, and Key Club, and language clubs for Spanish,
French, and German. There are also clubs you may not have even known the school has, such
as Harry Potter Club and Juice Club. Other interesting clubs include Adventure Club, Drama
Club, Sparrow Club, DECA, Anime Club, PC Gaming Club, Magic Club, and Jazz Club. The list
manages to go on, with Speech and Debate Club, Art Club, Torch Honor Society Club, FCCLA,
Eco Club, and the Multicultural Club.
When asked why joining a club is important and good for students, Gillian Frederick of the
Drama Club answered, “Joining a club connects students socially, and gives them a unique
chance to help themselves and others. They’re like extra-curricular activities that teach you
things that you don’t always learn in the classroom.” So now that Club Rush has passed, consider
joining a club this year, whether to add to a college application or to meet new people, because
you may find yourself feeling more like a part of the school and making great friends along the
way. - Grace Lewis, Digital Journalism-
WRESTLING TEAM DEDICATED THROUGH SUMMER
In the sport of wrestling, nobody is born a champion. Only through season after season of dedication and mental and physical growth can someone achieve such a title. Over the summer, several of South Medford’s wrestlers stayed dedicated all the way through, working out and going to camps, putting themselves a step ahead of those who didn’t. You don’t grow as a person by choosing to “just get by,” or only doing the minimum, you grow by choosing to set your standards high and making it your goal to achieve them.
At first, there were only a few panthers who decided to dedicate themselves over the summer, but when time came to go to the Tech Fall camp in South Eugene, many of the returning South Medford wrestlers, and many incoming Panther wrestlers, stepped up and put themselves into a situation where they could grow. Through three wrestling sessions per day over the course of four days. Each wrestler pushed each other to make sure nobody was slacking or trying to get by with doing as little as possible. Each one grew both in mental strength and physical strength, and were able to keep their heads out of the dirt and have fun while doing so. The harder you work and the more you dedicate yourself to something, you will get better and it will become easier, but a champion is someone who repeats this process, pushing themselves more each and every time. -Braden Maloney, Digital Journalism-
Volleyball is not a laughing matter
Volleyball takes hardcore skill, dedication and the willingness to thrive alongside your team “to make sure every day we are competing for a common goal; to be the best we can be” according to first year varsity head coach, Emily Marshall. This year’s varsity volleyball team combines players who have been playing together since freshman year along with a new face to the Panther Volleyball program, Alyssa Vaughn, a freshman who is playing up. “I’m really impressed with the work every girl has put in and I’m confident their hard work will pay off” says Marshall who is excited about moving the South Medford High School Volleyball program forward.
Although the score sheet hasn’t looked so great in the past years, Marshall is determined to build a solid foundation for the future of South Medford Volleyball. With constant reminders of “Victory requires payment in advance” and “it’s the little things everyday” Marshall and her Lady Panthers are set on their path to hang their first conference banner in the gym.
-Maddy Myers Digital Journalism-
What is to be expected from the South Medford Cheerleaders this upcoming year
According to most, it would simply be to yell and jump around at sports events to get the crowd and athletes pumped up. But what most don’t know, is that this is only a fraction of what cheer is all about, and only a fraction of what the girls have planned. South Medford only has two cheer teams this year, a Varsity and Junior Varsity. Unlike previous years where there has been three teams: Freshman, JV, and Varsity. Head varsity coach Loni Strong tells the girls, “This is a building year”, after finding out there are no senior girls on the team, and also not having enough girls to make a third team.
Despite those challenges, this doesn’t bring down the girls spirit or attitudes in the least bit. Varsity team captains, Maddy Dalton, Mari Haughton (Juniors), and Sophomore Chloe Martin, all work super hard in teaching the girls cheers and dance material and encourage them to go above and beyond what is expected of them. No matter what level of talent, each cheerleader has a job of dedication to their team. All cheerleaders work very hard in memorizing material, stunting, conditioning, dancing, and being a role model to set a good example for others. As a team they paint run-through signs, put together half time show routines, and plan themes for sports events, including this Friday’s game as “A Day at Lake Oswego” theme corresponding with Lake Oswego, the team that the boys will be playing. SMHS cheerleaders are ready and overflowing with multiple fun ideas for their team and the crowd and can’t wait to show them off this upcoming year!-Maddy Dalton Digital Journalism-
WinterSpring Helps Students Who are Grieving
Are you grieving from the loss of someone close to you? If you are, WinterSpring is the program to join. According to South Medford Counselor Martin Mares, “WinterSpring is a grief counseling group for students who are having trouble coping with the loss of a loved one.” This group will meet once a week in a conference room in the front office. I have been through this program myself a few years ago, so I can vouch that these people know what they are doing and they can help. If you wish to be a part of this group, talk to Mr. Mares in the front office.
WinterSpring is run by trained volunteers who want to help students that need counseling, but can’t afford it. This nonprofit organization has been available to students since 1989. All of this is made possible from grants in order to keep this excellent organization running. In addition to grants, there are some people who generously make donations as well, because the volunteers are so great at the work and effort they pour into this group. The program revolves around helping those students in need. So if you really need the help, I highly recommend joining WinterSpring. - D.J. Kirkendall, Digital Journalism
La Clinica Mobile Health Center Offers Students Free Medical and Dental Services
The La Clinica Mobile Health Center is a 40-foot clinic on wheels that provides medical, dental, and behavioral health care to patients who have difficulty reaching La Clinica's other health centers in the Rogue Valley. La Clinica’s Mobile Health Center will begin making weekly stops at South Medford in December, and parents and students will have an opportunity to tour the 40-foot clinic on wheels before service begins. La Clinica’s staff provides medical care on the mobile center, which looks like an RV but is outfitted with exam rooms and medical equipment and is staffed by a nurse, nurse practitioner, and aide.
Service at the school will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon every Monday starting December 2. The center will be open to all South students, although students 14 and younger must have parents’ permission to be seen. Discounts will be available for some students depending on family income. La Clinica has provided service to area schools since the mobile center opened in 2012.
Spirit Rally Video Inspires Students to Dream Big
New Format for Student Report Cards
|The new district report card has several new sources of information for parents and students. As you read the new report card, look under course and term for the letter grade. Note the next section labeled “Reporting Standards” to check your student’s progress on class assessments. Then check the "Career Related Learning Standards" portion for the skills and behaviors students need to master for their future. For your convenience, click this link to see a handy guide to the new report card.