Athletics Meeting for Parents

The Thurston Athletic Department will be hosting a Zoom meeting for parents of student-athletes. This meeting will be oriented toward soccer and cross country, but will be an excellent opportunity to ask questions and get information about all THS sports. Please join us for a chat.

Justin Starck is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Thurston Athletics Informational Meeting
Time: Jan 27, 2021 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

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Sports are Back

You can now register for sports at Thurston High School.  Click HERE.
Sports registration is now open! SPS is currently offering soccer and cross country at no cost. Hopefully more sports will be approved very soon.

Questions? please contact our Athletic Secretary – Lisa Minium or Athletic Director – Justin Starck


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Graduation Ordering

Seniors, Time to order your graduation products.

Orders need to be placed by Friday, January 29th 2021.  Orders placed after this date will be subject to late fees and product restrictions.


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Happy Holidays Colts and Colt Families,

It is hard to believe that it is already Winter Break.  I am looking forward to getting 2020 in the rear view mirror and starting 2021 with optimism and a new set of resolutions to work on.

Here are some things have have been going on with our student body over the last few weeks during Quarter 2.

Class and ASB Elections
This year was the first ever virtual elections at THS.  The turnout for voting was a record high of 55%  The winners of the elections are:

ASB Officers
– Isaiah Burke
– Tanner Windom

Senior Officers
– Angelica Rivera
– Mikayla Cook

Junior Officers
– Wyatt Tiller
– Mieli Ward

Sophomore Officers
– Makayla Wilson
– Ariana Lagarda-Pacho

Freshmen Officers
– Jaelyn Dunlap
– Savannah Effseaff

Spirit Week
Another THS first was the virtual Spirit Week. This year’s days included Hat Day, Pet Day, Colt Day, and Fan Day.  Spirit Week had over 550 participants and 20 of those people won prizes from our daily drawing.

Gratitude Jar
During Advisory period, staff asked students to share things they were grateful for.  Over the course of the activity, almost 2,100 gratitudes were shared by students in classes.  Ms. Hasforth’s morning class had 99 gratitudes shared to win the morning competition while Mr. Bottman’s class won the afternoon competition with 98.

Attendance Matters
In our relentless push to emphasize and encourage attendance at school, during Quarter 1 over 400 students had perfect attendance.  Nudge letters should have arrived last week informing you where students were in terms of their attendance Quarter 1.

Community Resources
I want to share again with you our Community Resource link and the Suicide Prevention Resources PDF  put together by our counseling department.  The PDF is above in an attachment, while the link is below. We hope that this is useful to you over the holiday break.  As you may remember, staff just finished engaging students in our suicide prevention campaign, Ask-Check-Tell (ACT).  You can find the Resources at these links.  Community Resources Link
Suicide Prevention Resources (in attachment)

Pony Express Issue #3
Thank you to our Newspaper Class for bringing another electronic issue of our school newspaper, The Pony Express.  I have attached a PDF of the edition for you to look at at your convenience.

Athletic and Activities
It looks like the original start date for OSAA Athletics, December 28th, has been postponed until February 22nd (February 8th for football as long as it is taken off the banned sport list). The order of sport seasons has changed as well.  Fall Sports will be first, spring sports will be second, and winter sports will be last.  At this time there are no designated seasons for band, choir, orchestra, cheer, dance, and speech, but competitions will take place as guidelines allow.  The official news release and calendar can be found here:  New Athletics and Activities Calendar

Returning to School after Break
Monday, January 4th is a non-student day.  Students will resume classes on a B-Day Tuesday, January 5th.

Have a great Holiday Season, be safe, and enjoy family to the greatest extent possible during these Covid-19 times.  With vaccines becoming available, we are all hopeful that students will be in the hallways of the school before the year is out.

Happy Holidays,

Chris Reiersgaard

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Resources Available

Thurston Families-
There are many needs in our community this year. Here are some resources that may provide some assistance to you or people you know.  Please contact your child’s counselor if you have more questions.
Damaris Carlson (last names A-E)
Jeannie Evans (last names F-L)
Rebecca Macemon (last names M-R)
Amy Stranieri (last names S-Z)

Food Resources
Food For Lane County Pantry Information – See locations, schedules, and helpful information in the link. The newest pantry site is at The Arc on 4181 E Street in east Springfield.  Website (can translate into Spanish)

Holiday Resources
Holiday Clothing and Toy Giveaway on Sunday, December 13th at Swallowtail Spirits (111Main Street in Springfield) from 1:00pm-5:00pm. Click the link for more information.

2020 Lane County Holiday Resource Guide Information in English and Spanish. It includes food box information, meal sites, and gift programs.

General Resources
Catholic Community Services – 541-345-3628    1025 G Street in Springfield
Provides Food Boxes, Energy Help, and Rental Assistance. Information in English and Spanish.
Youth Resource Information – Mental Health Resources
Textlines/Support Lines – Local and National Resources for Suicide, Mental Health and Crisis.
Community Resources – Links to Runaway/Unhoused Resources, Food Resources and Other Resources

Holiday Farm Fire Resources
LOVEfirst Disaster Relief 541-321-0341   1489 Mohawk Blvd  Wildlife Relief Fund Info, Santa Gift Delivery, Housing Assistance, and many other services. Check out the website.
McKenzie Rebuilds 541-682-3473  Helping with resources to clean up, rebuild, and housing for those impacted by the Holiday Farm Fire.

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