The Spring Break Issue
the axe magazine online issue 9
18 March 2021
– IN THIS ISSUE –
SOUTH SOCCER, By Bettina Wu
HYBRID LEARNING, By Naomi Saenger and Soju Hokari
SPRING BREAK ESCAPES by Helen Evans
The Axe Report is Back! • Podcast Recommendations • March Madness • South Ultimate
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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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South varsity men’s soccer plays Churchill on Monday night in a close game that ended with South up 3-1. The game was the first to have in-person spectators since the start of the pandemic. Photo by Soju Hokari.
KIcking it up, FTW
With practices, games, and a live audience, South soccer is getting an abbreviated version of the season it missed last fall.
By Bettina Wu
For the past few weeks, South’s five soccer teams have been practicing and competing against high schools in the Eugene-Springfield area in an abbreviated fall season. Along with the return-to-play come significant changes in the structure of both practices and games.
South sophomore and JV girls’ soccer player Marleigh Hudlow listed some changes on the team since fall 2019.
“Masks are definitely a huge thing,” she said, “and it’s very different playing with them. We aren’t allowed to share things anymore… no swapping pennies [jerseys], and we have to space our stuff out more to try not to get near each other when we take drinks. We also do a lot more personal improvement drills or one-on-one to try to minimize contact.”
Until Mar. 12, spectators were not allowed at 4J games. Hudlow, however, was unfazed.
“While it was a bit weird at first, I don’t think that it affected my game very much,”
Hudlow said. “I would usually block out a lot of the sounds from the fans… but it can be a little sad sometimes without the cheering.”
As an alternative to in-person attendance, 4J is livestreaming all games for fans to view from the safety of their own spaces. The one-camera setup, while relatively old-fashioned, pans around to follow the game. The game schedule and live streams can be found on the SEHS athletics webpage.
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Parents of South and Churchill Varsity men’s soccer players watch as the teams warm up for a soccer game Monday night. Spectators watching soccer games from the stands must sit spaced out from each other. Photo by Soju Hokari.
On Monday, following Lane County’s move to “moderate” COVID-19 risk last week, South had its first game with spectators in the stands. A limited number of tickets were given out to players on each team to distribute.
“Tickets are only good for the game for which they are stamped for,” varsity boys’ soccer head coach Pete Peterson said. “The stands are swept in between back-to-back games. No one can watch additional games with that one ticket.”
As expected, there are many safety protocols that must be followed during these games. Masks must be worn at all times throughout the duration of the game, and audience members must be spaced apart. Entrances and exits are designed to minimize contact between spectators and players.
Despite all of the complications COVID-19 has caused for the soccer season, teams are still finding it possible to make the most of the game.
"All things considered,” Peterson said, “our three South Eugene boys’ soccer teams are enjoying a successful season... Our hopes for each team are for each to have meaningful, competitive [and maybe even] undefeated seasons.”
Soccer is not the only school sport returning to the playing field. Fall sports such as volleyball, cross country and football are currently holding practices and games, while other winter and spring sports teams at South are starting to open sign-ups and schedule practices for their respective seasons.
(From left) Camas teachers Eric Freeman, Tom Cramer, and Carly Leavitt. As a teacher who likes to plan his classes, Freeman feels a little overwhelmed with the rapid changes being made to the hybrid learning model. But with so much change, he is hopeful that 4J will decide to bring back two important parts of the school day. “I think that [in-person PE and music] would really complete their education,” Freeman said. Photo by Naomi Saenger.
back to school, 2.0
Teachers at Camas Ridge Elementary prepare to teach face-to-face for the first time in more than a year.
By Naomi Saenger and Soju Hokari
With most teachers having received a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, elementary schools across 4J will begin welcoming students back for hybrid learning on Apr. 5. At Camas Ridge Community School in South Eugene, preparations are already underway for the return to in-person instruction, but plans for a return are not without some downsides.
“A fire drill will have lines that are like a hundred feet long,” third grade teacher Freeman said with a laugh.
Logistics as students move into hybrid learning will be increasingly difficult, and even mundane tasks will take more effort.
“Every time we try to put together a bin or something for kids to use it won’t work,” first grade teacher Tom Cramer said.
In a hybrid model, teachers are having to shoulder additional responsibilities, as they attempt to teach two cohorts of around 15 students – one online and one in-person – at the same time. It’s a hard proposition that is forcing teachers to prioritize.
In Cramer’s class, students who are in-person on Mondays and Tuesdays will be taught all day, while those who are online will be given mostly asynchronous assignments. On Thursdays and Fridays it will flip-flop.
“They want us to focus on the kids who are in-person,” Cramer said.
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Desks are spaced over six feet apart in fifth-grade teacher Carly Leavitt’s classroom. While preoccupied with trying to figure out how to effectively teach when students are always six feet apart, Leavitt is optimistic about the return to in-person instruction. “Teachers, we’re problem solvers,” Leavitt said, adding that teachers would have to make do with the hand they were dealt. “We can’t put the blame on anyone. It’s a pandemic.” Photo by Naomi Saenger.
Parents and school board members have been voicing their confusion around hybrid learning at recent school board meetings, and it isn’t just them. Teachers are also frustrated that there seem to be two different messages coming from the government: one that kids pose very little transmission risk, and another that schools should be instituting very strict measures to prevent transmission.
“These things are in total contradiction with each other,” Cramer said.
But while the transition will be difficult for students and teachers alike, fifth grade teacher Carly Leavitt doesn’t doubt that everyone will make it through.
“I really thought we would last two or three weeks with [Zoom],” Leavitt said. But students have persevered through almost six months. “They keep showing up.”
Camas Ridge Elementary teacher Tom Cramer stands in the door of his classroom on Mar. 12 as he prepares his classroom for in-person hybrid learning. “There’s a whole set of logistical things that are going to be hard,” Cramer said. But he was not deterred. “I like the idea that we’re doing something different … we don’t want to sit in front of the computer the entire year.” Photo by Naomi Saenger.
Camas Ridge Elementary School sits empty before the start of in-person classes. Photo by Soju Hokari.
Illustration by Natasha Dracobly
Spring Break blues? The right podcast can inspire and engage.
By Naomi Saenger
Spring break this year will bring an ample amount of free time, and I will be spending that time listening to my favorite podcasts. From Emma Chamberlain’s Anything Goes to the hard-hitting news of The Daily, here is a list of podcasts specifically crafted for high school students. Enjoy these on your spring break road-trip, on a walk with your dog, or after a long day of AP test prep.
Inside the Admissions Office: Advice from Former Admissions Officers
One thing that is always on the mind of a high schooler is life after graduation. The number of different paths you can take after your schooling are endless, but this podcast focuses on getting into the typical four-year college. Inside the Admissions Office will tell you everything about how to get into college, which school is right for you, and the top former admissions officers’ best advice. Episodes are typically around 30 minutes long. A good episode to start with is “What it Takes to Get Admitted to a Top School.”
This podcast is your best bet for getting informed about world news quickly and easily. Created by The New York Times, The Daily gives you a brief rundown of an important or complex issue. Every episode runs about 30 minutes. A good episode to start on is today’s episode, or if you’re looking for a broader gamut of topics, “The Year in Good News.”
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Author Naomi Saenger hikes with her dog and listens to a podcast on a sunny Saturday afternoon.
Call your Grandmother
This is the ultimate feel-good podcast where you learn a little and smile a lot. The two hosts, who are grandmothers themselves, interview a grandmother and grandchild pair every week. The topics are broad, and each episode runs about 30 minutes. The best episode to start on is “Rita and Rachael.”
Anything Goes with Emma Chamberlain
YouTube star Emma Chamberlain has made her mark on many social media platforms, but somehow her podcast tops them all. Anything Goes is incredibly down-to-earth and easy to listen to, and gives you the feeling of being on the phone with Chamberlain. Chamberlain is hilarious which makes the podcast go by quickly. Each episode runs about one hour. I would recommend starting on “Why I Deleted Twitter.”
Small Spring Break Escapes
A few ways to make the most of this pandemic Spring Break.
By Helen Evans
Spring Break is just around the corner, a time for all of us to pull ourselves out from under our piles of school work and take a second to breathe and enjoy everything that Oregon has to offer. In the past, Spring Break has been the time for big family vacations and large social gatherings, but this year is going to look a little different. Here are a few ways to enjoy your much deserved break, while still staying local. Grab your parents, your favorite sibling and maybe a close COVID bubble friend and go for a small Oregon adventure.
Hobbit Beach on a sunny day. Photo by Helen Evans
The Oregon Coast
On a warm and summery day, a beautiful paradise of cool sands, refreshing winds and a breathtaking view of the Pacific lies only an hour away. One of my absolute favorite day trips was when a couple of my friends and I packed up the essentials and headed to the coast. We ordered a pizza to go and hiked out to a beach where we sat on the sand, enjoyed the sun, flew kites and listened to the crashing of the waves.
A few favorite destinations:
Hobbit Beach (.5 mile hike to get to, but so worth it) between Florence and Yachats
South Jetty Beach, (the main beach in the Florence area) located along Sand Dunes Road
Heceta Head Lighthouse (smaller beach, more sheltered) just north of Florence
A Bluebird day at Hoodoo Ski resort. Photo by Helen Evans.
If the mountains get a particularly frosty spring week, throw on some warm clothes, hop in the car and head up to the snow. Salt Creek Falls (just outside Oakridge) has some well known sledding spots; Waldo Lake is great for snowshoeing and Nordic skiing, and Crescent Lake has many great snowmobiling trails. If you are looking for a more fast-paced activity, both Willamette Pass and Hoodoo offer day passes and ski/snowboard rentals to any who want to enjoy the snow.
The Knickerbocker Bridge and Alton Baker Park on the Riverbank bike path system. Photo by Soju Hokari.
Eugene has an amazing bike path system connecting downtown to surrounding parks, with views of the Willamette River along the way. Pack a lunch at home (or swing by a local restaurant to pick up an order to go), hop on the bike path and find a nice sunny spot to enjoy your afternoon.
Misery Ridge Trail at Smith Rock overlooking the Crooked River. Photo by Helen Evans.
Let's Go for a Hike
Post-escape celebrations. Photo courtesy of Helen Evans.
A Guide To The Madness
The NCAA Tournament starts this week. Time to prep that bracket!
By Ivan Freck
It may be a year late, but there will finally be a new national champion crowned in college basketball. This year’s tournament will look a little different than normal, taking place entirely within the state of Indiana in order to reduce virus transmission from travel, but that does not mean there will be a lack of madness. Above is my bracket, and here are the reasons I believe these teams will make it to the Sweet Sixteen.
1 Gonzaga Bulldogs (vs 16 Norfolk State, Mar. 20, 6:20 p.m.)
12 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (vs 5 Creighton, Mar. 20, 12:15 p.m.)
6 USC Trojans (vs 11 Drake, Mar. 20, 1:30 p.m.)
2 Iowa Hawkeyes (vs 15 Grand Canyon, Mar. 20, 3:25 p.m.)
1 Baylor Bears (vs 16 Hartford, Mar. 19, 12:30 p.m.)
12 Winthrop Eagles (vs 5 Villanova, Mar. 19, 6:57 p.m.)
3 Arkansas Razorbacks (vs 14 Colgate, Mar. 19, 9:45 a.m.)
2 Ohio State Buckeyes (vs 15 Oral Roberts, Mar. 19, noon)
1 Illinois Fighting Illini (vs 16 Drexel, Mar. 19, 10:15 a.m.)
4 Oklahoma State Cowboys (vs 13 Liberty, Mar. 19, 3:25 p.m.)
6 San Diego State Aztecs (vs 11 Syracuse, Mar. 19, 6:40 p.m.)
2 Houston Cougars (vs 15 Cleveland State, Mar. 19, 4:15 p.m.)
1 Michigan Wolverines (vs 16 Texas Southern, Mar. 20, noon)
4 Florida State Seminoles (vs 13 UNC Greensboro, Mar. 20, 9:45 a.m.)
6 BYU Cougars (vs 11 UCLA, Mar. 20, 6:40 p.m.)
2 Alabama Crimson Tide (vs 15 Iona, Mar. 20, 1:00 p.m.)
Signs of Life
Back on the Turf
South men’s Ultimate Frisbee plays against Bend’s Summit High School at South on Sunday. While comparatively inexperienced, Summit’s offense found ample opportunity in both dump swings and deep shots, and their defensive cup was hard for South’s offense to break. The competitive game ended with an 11-9 win by Summit; afterward, the two teams played again in a for-fun, no-score game. Photos by Soju Hokari.
It's Spring Break! See you next trimester!
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