Issue 10 making an impact
Cover art by Saraf Anjum
Eugene School District 4j, South Eugene High School, and your Axe Magazine online would like to acknowledge that our institution sits on the homelands of the Kalapuya people.
In the Treaties of 1851 and 1854-1855, and the subsequent forced removals of many Indian people from western Oregon, some of the Kalapuya were moved to the Grand Ronde Reservation and some were moved to the Siletz Reservation. It is important to note that all of Lane County was an important trading and gathering area for camas and other resources.
During the Restoration Era, from 1977-1989, Lane County was designated at the Service Area for the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Indians, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, the Coquille Indian Tribe, and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians.
Eugene 4J District and South wish to acknowledge that descendants of the original and Service Area inhabitants of this land are still here today. They are thriving members of our schools and our communities. Countless members of other Tribes now also call our community and schools their home.
We wish to thank those original stewards of this land. We as outsiders on this land wish to remember that we need to take good care of this land and take good care of all members of our school district and community. Thank you for joining us.
Land acknowledgement courtesy of Brenda Brainard.
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Congratulations to South's community members who have been nominated for an ACE (A Champion in Education) award!
Dan Ambrose, Volunteer, South Eugene High School
Sebastian Catlin, Student Achievement Specialist, South Eugene High School
Chris Dobson, Music Teacher, South Eugene High School
Benjamin Godfrey, Math Teacher, South Eugene High School
Rebecca Gourgey, Special Education Teacher, South Eugene High School
Dave Hancock, Athletic Director, South Eugene High School
Dody Hansen, Volunteer, South Eugene High School
Michael Leahy, Counselor, South Eugene High School
Shirley Madathil Lathrop, Counselor, South Eugene High School
Lallie McKenzie, Engineering Technology CTE Teacher, South Eugene High School
Amy Page, District Librarian, Instructional Services Department
Natalie Rush, French Teacher, South Eugene High School
Haruka Sakurai, Japanese Teacher, South Eugene High School
Tamara Torrence, Math Teacher, South Eugene High School
Campbell Trangmar, Custodian, South Eugene High School
Bobbie Willis, Journalism Teacher, South Eugene High School
Rose Winand, Technology Support Specialist III, Technology Department
Amy Page, Library Support, Library Department.
The Bracket posted at 400 hall. Photo by Naomi Saenger.
On Apr. 20 at lunch, SEHS' student government members started the first Clash Royale tournament of the year after seeing how successful prior tournaments have been. Over the course of the next four weeks, participants will duel against each other, and the winning teams will move on and play against the winners from other brackets until there is just one team of champions left. –Ricky Verges
Photo courtesy of 4j School District
Following assistant Superintendent Cydney Vandercar’s post as interim superintendent for the 2021 and 2022 school years, the 4J school board is now ready to begin the process of finding a permanent hire. The district has decided to allow public input from staff, parents, and students to help decide who should be the new district superintendent.
Photo courtesy of 4j School District
IHS celebration coming up
On May 23, the annual IHS celebration and program fundraiser will be held at Oakway Center. Alumni, retired teachers, and current staff will be there to greet families and celebrate the program’s shared history of international education. When attendees eat at one of the participating restaurants in the Oakway Center during the event, Eugene IHS receives a percentage of the proceeds to fund IHS student government and future student activities. The IHS student government has been working hard to make the celebration as fun and lively as possible. There will be raffle baskets with prizes and gift cards that have been donated from business' all over Eugene. Fun outdoor games will be available, and student artwork will be showcased. Alumni, teachers, family, and current students from all three IHS campuses – South Eugene, Sheldon, and Churchill, are welcome to celebrate the end of the learning year. –Abby Keiber
school improvement video
As reported by Jeff Martin of AP News, on Apr. 16, students of Druid Hills High School in Atlanta, Ga., have taken videos of their school practically "crumbling around them." The footage was uploaded to YouTube, and has since gained more than 27k views. The video has "prompted outrage among some parents." But little immediate action has been taken to improve the building for students who attend school every day. The DeKalb school board has said they will "consider a resolution,” but the video footage shows there should be much more than consideration at this point. - Brielle Blaszczyk
Photo courtesy of SEHS Student Government
asb applications open
Applications to run for Associated Student Body (ASB) student government positions are now available for all South students. Applications are due at midnight on May 4, and voting will take place on May 20. The application requires a short personal statement and three short answer questions, accompanied by two teacher recommendations, a campaign poster, and an Instagram post and story for the Student Government Instagram page. The positions are: ASB President, ASB Vice President, Communications Officer, Secretary/Treasurer, two Site Council Representatives, School Board Representative, Elections Officer, Activities and Assemblies Coordinator, Affinity Group/Club/Student Liason, and Social Media Coordinator. ASB President and ASB Vice President both require one year of previous student government experience. Detailed information, position descriptions and the link to the actual application (scroll all the way to the end) can be found here. – By Natasha Dracobly
Photo by Bettina Wu
Supreme Court Reform
By Bettina Wu
The appointment of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court following Justice Stephen Breyer’s retirement this summer has resulted in the issues of the Court to come under examination. Although the judicial body should be objective by deferring to the Constitution in its decision-making process, it is common knowledge that justices lean more conservative or liberal in their personal philosophies, which can naturally impact judicial decisions.
Art by Saraf Anjum
Covid: Are things returning to normal?
By Saraf Anjum
With another COVID-19 wave sweeping through Europe and Asia, people wonder, are we really going back to normal or are we being too lenient with preventative measures?
Art by Saraf Anjum
Green Week Roundup
By Saraf Anjum
In the hopes of inspiring a new generation of environmentally conscious leaders, Green Week takes the lead.