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Southern Jr-Sr High School Bulletin for Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Tuesday's Lunch Menu: Raider Rib on Bun, French Fries, Pudding Cup & Milk.


Gym and Weight room- The gym and weight room will not be open in the morning until further notice. Students are not to be in the school until 7:45 unless you are riding a bus to school.


Happy St. Patrick's Day!


School Update- Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Southern Public Schools will be closed to all students on March 18, 2020, through March 31, 2020. We will have an early out on Tuesday, March 17 at 1:20 p.m. at the Elementary School and at 1:30 p.m. at the Jr./Sr. High School. All activities, athletic events, and practices will not be held during the closure. This decision has been reached after much discussion and deliberation with state and local authorities. We currently plan to resume school on Wednesday, April 1, but may need to extend that closure, based on the recommendations from health officials. As always, our first priority is the safety and well-being of our students. We will continue to keep you informed should we need to extend the school closure. I have confidence that we have the best team in place to face this unprecedented challenge together. Thank you for your partnership and commitment to keeping our students and our community safe.


NSAA activity update: Effective Monday, March 16 all NSAA activity practices are suspended until Monday, March 30 and all NSAA activity competitions are suspended until Thursday, April 2. These suspensions may be extended should the conditions warrant. Member schools and student-participants are expected to adhere to the NSAA Constitution & Bylaws and activity manuals during this time. As more information becomes available, official updates will be posted on the NSAA website and the NSAA social media platforms.


Cheer tryouts will be cancelled all of this week and next week for the time being until the students signed up are notified otherwise


Band Trip 2020- With a heavy heart Ms. Gerdes must announce that Band Trip 2020 is no longer a possibility for our high school band due to not being able to travel during the Covid 19 pandemic. All personal deposits will be refunded by check to the student's parents by mail. All other fundraising money must stay in the band trip account because of the "not for profit" status. Seniors, If you have a little brother or sister in grade 8, you can transfer the funds to them. Ms. Gerdes will try to answer your questions throughout this week. Hopefully a goal of a trip in 2021 can be a possibility. That decision will be made next Fall with the grades 9-12 parents and students, as well as our administration.


Prom 2020-Saturday, April 18 at 6:00pm in HS Auditorium- Please sign up yourself and your date in the office by FRIDAY, APRIL 3rd. EVERYONE going must sign up in the office. All class dues must be current/paid first. You MUST PAY when you sign up. Meal $10.00 Dance $5.00. Jrs & Srs meal & dance and Soph. Servers dance tickets are paid for by the Jr. Class. In order to get a Post Prom T-Shirt you must sign up by Friday APRIL 3rd also. Cost for T's $12 s-xl $15 for 2xl-3xl. Southern Jrs, Srs, and Soph Servers post prom T's are paid for.


Eastern Star Scholarship: $500 scholarship to a graduating senior who plans on continuing their education. Application due April 1st. Application available in the Counseling Center.


NEST ON THE FARM FUN PHOTO $1,000 drawing: Nebraska residents can submit a farm photo taken of or by a child of 13 years or younger for a chance to win $1,000 NEST 529 College Savings Plan contribution. There can be 6 winners. Deadline is May 15. See the following website for more information. https://treasurer.nebraska.gov/csp/scholarships/essay/farm/2020/contest-announcement/


Farmers Cooperative Scholarship: For graduating seniors planning to go into agri Farmers Cooperative Scholarship: For graduating seniors planning to go into agriculture. Application available in the Counseling Center.


Lincoln Area College Fair is Sunday, March 29- Students and families can visit with representatives from colleges across the state, region, and nation during the Lincoln Area College Fair, Sunday, March 29 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Southeast Community College, 8800 O Street. Admission is free. The College Fair, sponsored by EducationQuest Foundation, is especially important for high school juniors who should narrow their college choices before applying for financial aid and college admission early next fall. These tips will help students make the most of their College Fair visit: Before attending, visit NebraskaCollegeFairs.org to register for a barcode. Print the barcode (or download it to your smartphone) and take it to the college fair so college reps can scan it. Determine which colleges you want to visit by viewing a list of participating colleges in the College Fair article at EducationQuest.org. Prepare a list of questions to ask the college representatives. Ask about deadlines for applying for financial aid, scholarships, and admission. **Southern may provide transportation if students show interest in attending. Please sign up in the Counseling Center.


Seniors-Acceptance letters or awards letter- when you receive an acceptance letter or an awards letter for scholarships, please bring the letter to Dr. Bond so that we have record of it. If you are not bringing them in, we do not know what you have been awarded and it will not be printed in the graduation program.


Students interested in spending a day on Peru State's campus on April 3rd are invited to sign up in the Counseling Center. Learn what a "day in the life of a Peru State student" is like. Sign up deadline is March 27.


Scholarship Opportunities! The McKenna's Rae of HOPE Mental Health Field Scholarship ($1,000): This award is available to Nebraska high school seniors who plan to enter the mental health field. In addition, college students majoring in a mental health field may apply. o Deadline: April 1, 2020 o Link: https://app.mykaleidoscope.com/scholarship/mentalhealth The Roy and Doris Abood Scholarship ($900): This award is available to first-generation college students who plan to attend the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) on a full-time basis. o Deadline: April 1, 2020 o Link: https://app.mykaleidoscope.com/scholarship/abood UNK Pi Kappa Alpha Alumni Scholarship ($250): This award is available to males that will be a full-time freshman or first year student at the University of Nebraska at Kearney in the fall semester 2020. o Deadline: August 30, 2020 o Link: https://app.mykaleidoscope.com/scholarship/unkpikappaalpha Remember to create an account at scholarshipquest.org to research other scholarships as well!!


The Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council (NAYC) will be speaking to juniors and seniors on Tuesday, March 17th during IAP about the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute (NAYI), that they put on each summer. This year NAYI will be held from July 6th -July 10th in Lincoln, on UNL's East Campus. If you are interested in learning more about attending, please come to the Counseling Center during IAP.