The Uglier the Better
It’s that time of the year again. No, I am not talking about Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanza. I’m referring to the infamous Ugly Sweater Day coming to South Medford on Wednesday, December 18th! Wear your favorite ugly sweater to school to earn spirit points for your class. Here’s how it works, wear your ugliest sweater on Wednesday. During your 2nd period class, your teachers will count you up and give your class spirit points.
All of these spirit points will go towards the amazing spirit trip at the end of the school year. Good luck! And don’t forget the uglier, the better. - Mackinsie Hall, Digital Journalism
5th Annual “Deer” Santa Fundraiser, December 20-22
Come support the South Medford Softball team at the annual Santa and his reindeer fundraiser! Come have your picture taken with Santa and his live reindeer at Harry and David’s Country Village across from Fred Meyers. Go get your picture taken on Friday from 5:30pm - 8:00pm, Saturday from 10:00am - 3:00pm, and Sunday from 10:00am - 3:00pm. The event will be held this weekend, December 20-22.
It doesn’t matter what age you are, it’s always fun to take a picture with Santa and his cute reindeer. They also make great Christmas cards, plus a fun little gift for parents! The girls on the softball team would appreciate your support very much. So go have some fun and get your picture taken with Santa and live reindeer. - Rylee Perkins, Digital Journalism
Winter Storm Creates Transportation Challenges in the Valley
Many of us woke up the morning of Friday the 6th disappointed. There was a mere dusting of snow on the ground, not enough to even make a snowball. Still, a snow day was called. Looking back, this was a good decision. By 7 pm that night, there was 6 inches of snow in Medford. The single digit temperatures have kept the snow around throughout the weekend. The roads are still covered in white, packed, slippery snow in places throughout the valley. On well-traveled roads the ice has been worn away, but there are still many roads in the city that still have ice.
The reason for this according to KTVL is because the city of Medford does not have any snow plows. Jackson County itself only has 14, therefore the snow is going to be around until it melts. You may be wondering why the city doesn’t use salt. According to an interview on KOBI5, Brice Perkins, the Medford Public Works Operations Division Manager said, “We don’t use salt because it’s illegal.” This only leaves sanding left, which is what they are doing, but the city of Medford only has so many resources. According to KTVL the city of Medford is focusing on main streets leading to hospitals, freeways and emergency responders. This snowstorm was one of Medford’s biggest in a long time which is why our city was as unprepared as it was. Though the snow is now mostly melted it is still slippery out in the mornings because of the freezing overnight temperatures so remember to keep driving safely. (Photo courtesy of mailtribune.com, 2013). - Kylie McDermott, Digital Journalism
Senior Photo Deadlines for the Yearbook
Attention seniors! Senior portraits are being accepted now! Your last day to turn them in is on Friday, January 10. Also remember the guidelines for portraits - no hats, hoodies, or hands, and your clothing must be school appropriate. To ensure that your photo displays correctly in the yearbook, please be sure to take a high resolution photo. Seniors, you can email your photo to Kelly.firstname.lastname@example.org or you can hand deliver it to room C214 (Mrs. Burton’s room) or C225 (Yearbook room).
Seniors, your parent dedications are also due on March 20. Parents can submit either one baby picture and a maximum of 35 words for a business sized space for $35, or 2 baby pictures and up to 50 words for a quarter of a space for $50.
In addition, throwback pictures are also due March 20. Recreate a picture from the past! Find an old picture of your South friends and you or your relatives. Don’t forget to wear the same colors, strike the same pose, and go to the same place. Hurry seniors! The yearbook is such a special record of your life at South, make sure that you’re well represented in your senior year! - Mackinsie Hall, Digital Journalism
Movie Preview - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
A year ago "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" came out. This Peter Jackson film is based on the JRR Tolkien book "The Hobbit", except Peter Jackson divided this single book into three parts. The second part of his trilogy is coming out December 13th at midnight, and is titled, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug". According to thehobbit.com, “The three films tell a continuous story set in Middle-earth 60 years before ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar®-winning ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.’”
Ian McKellen is back as Gandalf, yet again, leading the 13 dwarves on an adventure of a lifetime. Bilbo Baggins, the burglar whose job is to sneak into Smaug’s lair, is played by Martin Freeman. Benedict Cumberbatch will be the voice of Smaug. South Medford junior, Grant Metternich thinks this is the best thing since sliced bread and I agree with him. Legolas will still be played by Orlando Bloom, though there is a new addition to the cast, a strong female elf played by Evangeline Lilly. Her arrival has stirred some controversy among diehard fans of JRR Tolkien’s series. In the book there was not a lead female role at all, just minor ones. A female role was added in, gently sewn into Tolkien’s world, not slapped on is the effect they are hoping for, but fans will just have to wait to see how well it works out for them. It will be worth standing in below zero temperatures waiting for the premier to start. - Kylie McDermott, Digital Journalism
A Day in the Life of a Shredder
This past weekend, I made the scenic trip up to Bend, Oregon in order to attend Mt. Bachelor’s opening day. Three of my fellow shredding homies and I rolled up to the parking lot packed full with Subaru’s, stickered-out Yakima racks, and skiers and boarders alike, all with hopes of getting in their first run of the season. My excitement to 5be strapped on a snowboard again matched that of a kid on Christmas morning, too stoked for words to describe. As we laced up our boots and scurried up to the lift line, it hit me that the season was finally here. After a solid 15 minutes of standing in the lift line, it was finally our turn to get on the chair lift. As the chair rose higher, so did my excitement level to take my first turns on my shred stick. We reached the top of the lift, dismounted, and strapped into our boards. It was time to shred!
Blue skies and good vibes made the perfect combination for a sick first day. We lapped the terrain park over and over until our legs were like noodles. New tricks were stomped and cheers were belted as the atmosphere on the hill was nothing short of incredible. A quick break was initiated to eat a fat pile of nachos grande in the lodge and chug a red bull before making our way back onto the slope to bust out some more runs. As this was my first time back on a board since shoulder surgery, I was surprised, I managed to pull out some fresh tricks of my own. Meanwhile, South student Casey Tratz threw down a heavy set of difficult tricks that turned the heads of all the snowboarders, and even some jealous skiers. He comments about his first day experience, stating, “The snow was unexpectedly good, and the park crew did a really good job on maintaining features. Probably the best opening weekend I’ve ever had.” The snow is currently dumping over on Mt. Bachelor, so dig out your skis and snowboards and get ready for an incredible winter! - Rachel Lightner, 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. Unlike paying for a therapist, this organization offers free services and is free to join. 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
Spirit Shop Offers Great Gift Ideas for the Holidays!
The South Medford Spirit Shop has great Panther gear for the holiday gift-giving season! Our Spirit Shop offers cool t-shirts, hats, work-out clothes, and much more. They even offer Panther pajamas! If you have a special Panther fan in the family, they can help you find the perfect gift. The Spirit shop is open every Wednesday at lunch in the main lobby.
You can also buy gear at the home basketball games scheduled for December 6, 10, 13, and 20. Can't make it to school? Then check out our online Spirit Shop showcase to browse all the cool gear. You can also email email@example.com for assistance with available sizes and purchases. All proceeds from the Spirit Shop fund our excellent Booster Club. Grab some Panther gear for the holidays!
Our Sparrow: Isaiah’s Story
Hey Panthers, please join us in welcoming our new Sparrow, Isaiah Harris! Isaiah is only seven years old, and has undergone more eye surgeries than most will ever have to endure in their lifetime. Young Isaiah has had 24 eye surgeries to date, because he was born with a rare eye disease called congenital glaucoma. Isaiah has no chamber in the back of the eye to relieve fluid, so pressure builds up and damages the fibers that make up the optic nerves. This pressure causes him eye pain, burning sensations, and headaches. Isaiah misses a lot of school because of the pain and kids his age can have difficulty understanding his unique condition. Isaiah’s eyes are very sensitive to the light and he’s slowly losing his vision.
Isaiah’s surgeries aren’t over yet and he’ll need another one soon. Because of his condition he and his family must travel to Portland on a regular basis (about every two weeks) for extensive eye exams. At this point, doctors are not sure how many surgeries are in his future but they are determined to keep doing everything possible to help save Isaiah’s vision.
Despite all Isaiah has gone through he’s a fun-loving, active boy who loves sports. Isaiah even took second place in his first wrestling match! He also enjoys riding his bike when it’s not too bright outside, reading, Xbox, and playing with his cat Benjer.
Students and staff at South Medford are rallying behind the effort to help Isaiah today! Please make a donation, and be sure to enter "Isaiah Harris" in the Sparrow designation box on the entry form, before you submit payment. Thanks for supporting our friend, Isaiah! Video by Cailin Tamplin, Digital Journalism
CHAMPS Guest Speaker Program Allows South Students to Explore Careers
In Mr. Drew’s room there have been guest speakers from our community presenting information about careers related to the CHAMPS small school. The presentations have been happening during the PAWS period and allow students to get a unique understanding of different careers, including salary, type of work, and pathways of study to get jobs. All of the guest speakers are from local businesses, and so far there have been five guest speakers, with five more scheduled to come. The speakers are giving these presentations to give back to their community, and the hope is that lots of students will attend. “It’s a great opportunity for students to learn about possible future careers and find exactly what they need to get there,” said CHAMPS teacher, Mr. Hamasu. Any South student is welcome to participate and students have been gaining a lot from these speakers, so come take advantage of these career learning opportunities.
The next guest speakers will be coming during the Friday morning Paws Period in room C103:
- November 22, 2013: Nathan Weaver, Dental Hygienist
- December 6, 2013: Ryan Hutchinson, Diagnostic Imaging
- December 13, 2013: Dan Hamlin, Clinical Research Institute, Allergy and Asthma Center
- January 31, 2014: Anne Hansen, Nursing
- February 28, 2014: Cory Maukonen, Nursing via Marine Corps.
Don’t see anything that interests you yet? There are still more guest speakers to be scheduled in. Check in with Ms. Marshall throughout the year for future presentations. Don't miss this chance to learn about the world of work. - Ali Taylor, 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.
An open house tour for students and their parents is set at South from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, November 22. 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
SAT Sign-Ups Are Upon Us
Attention seniors of South Medford High School! An important step of college admissions is the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) that is available to take seven times throughout the school year. The fee for the test is $50 unless the student qualifies for free or reduced lunch. “Colleges need SAT scores by admission deadlines,” explained Angel Garcia in the Panther Future Center. The scores from the SAT are not only important on the college admissions, but can also lead to scholarships, merit aid and course placement while connecting seniors to colleges and educational organizations.
South students don’t need to be seniors to take the SAT. In fact, it’s highly recommended that students take the SAT no later than spring of their junior year. This allows students to get a head start in knowing what is on the test, what to study for and discovering personal strengths and weaknesses before their busy senior year. Studying for the test can begin at any time, but the sooner a student begins studying, the better their chances are at excelling. SAT study workbooks and sign-ups are available in the Panther Future Center at South and study tips, sign-ups and other information are available at www.sat.org/practice. For further information on the SAT test, see Angel Garcia in the South Medford Panther Future Center or visit sat.collegeboard.org. - Ali Taylor, Digital Journalism
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New Format for Student Report Card
|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.