Graduation at a Glance, December 6, 2022

Churchill Class of 2023 and Families;


It’s a busy time of year, but most especially for our graduating students. Here are some things you should finish up before Winter Break. Some of these are past due!

Reasons to get these done before the break:

  1. Enjoy the holiday without unfinished work hanging over your head.
  2. Teachers and counselors do not work during Winter Break. They won’t be available to help you finish these tasks.
  3. Save money. Avoid late fees and get early-bird discounts.
  4. Get a head start on some of these tasks and you’ll have less to do when things get really busy in the spring.

Senior year can be expensive. Don’t let finances keep you from class activities or getting things done. We can help. Check in with your counselor or anyone in the front office.


Order your Cap and Gown Before Winter Break!

The bulk order for caps and gowns will be placed soon. Order before Winter Break to get in on the bulk discount and ensure that your preferred gown size and color are available. This industry is still recovering from the supply chain disruptions of COVID-19. Don’t leave it to chance. Order now.

  • Order online at 
  • or, pick up an order packet in the school office.

Miners also offers class rings, letterman jackets, hoodies, keychains, souvenir tassels, and other gear for the class of 2023.

Contact Miners Graduate Services with any questions.
1885 River Road • Eugene, OR 97404
(541) 689-4588 •

To borrow a cap and gown from the school, talk to your counselor or visit Jill in the front office.


Senior Yearbook Portraits due December 16

Senior portraits are due to the yearbook on December 16 (before Winter Break). Guidelines are posted at

Email your portrait to Mr. Squires at Make sure your name is in the email.

If you don’t submit a portrait, we will use your school photo from Lifetouch. Mr. Squires can also help you schedule a portrait session with a yearbook student

Upcoming Yearbook deadlines: 

  • Senior Quotes: February 24
  • Baby Pictures (parent submissions): February 24


Grad Party Planning Meeting December 7

Parents: The next Grad Party Committee meeting is tomorrow, December 7 at 6:00 pm at Putter’s Family Entertainment Center. We’ll be located in the private room nearest the indoor play area.

If you would like to be added to email communications for all meeting minutes and updates around the graduation party planning please email

The Graduation Party is a community-sponsored event. Liability is the responsibility of the organizers of the event.


College and Scholarship Application Deadlines

With Winter break right around the corner, there are some things senior families should keep in mind.

If a student requires a letter of recommendation or transcript to meet a college admissions deadline in January, they need to request them now!

Letters of Recommendation

  • We ask that you give the recommender a minimum of two weeks to write thoughtful comments!
  • You will find the instructions to request a letter of recommendation HERE

Transcript Requests

If you need them (a lot of colleges do not want them) transcripts requests can take time! Request yours now to ensure they are processed in time.

Click HERE for instructions on how to request a transcript.


Financial Aid Reminders for Senior Families

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA) are available online. The FAFSA and ORSAA are forms that seniors fill out to apply for money for college. Apply early as some funds are limited. You will fill out the FAFSA OR the ORSAA.
FAFSA applications begin here:
ORSAA applications begin here:
Not sure which to apply for? Follow this link for more info:
Check out our step-by-step guide to completing the FAFSA: FAFSA Checklist
The Oregon Promise Application is now open. The Oregon Promise is funding from the State of Oregon that helps students pay tuition at any Oregon Community College. The application is not long or time-consuming, although students must fill out the FAFSA or ORSAA to be considered. We recommend that ALL students fill out the Oregon Promise application even if going to a community college is not their first choice.  We don’t want you to miss deadlines! For more information and to apply go to:

Statewide Paying for College Videos offered by The College Place Oregon

If you missed out on attending the Paying for College webinars live, they were recorded!

Paying for College:
Pagar la Universidad:


LEAP Contracts are Overdue

All Seniors who need to complete the extended application graduation requirement, known as a LEAP at Churchill, need to submit their LEAP contract to their counselor or Mary Beth Hepp-Elam in the School-to-Career office. A LEAP presentation was given in Senior Advisory on November 16. The contracts were due on November 30. Please encourage your senior to submit their LEAP contract before winter break.

For more information about the LEAP and to obtain a copy of the LEAP contract, go to

NOTE: IHS students who passed their Junior Seminar courses do not need to complete the LEAP.

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