Estacada HS Newsletter

January 26, 2020

The state of Oregon released graduation rates on Thursday for the class of 2019. For the fourth year in a row, the graduation rates at EHS have increased - about 15% during that time.

  • 2015: 70%
  • 2016: 71%
  • 2017: 76%
  • 2018: 81%
  • 2019: 85%

The class of 2019 had a graduation rate of 84.55%. The state report cards issued by ODE use whole numbers, so I will just call at 85%. For the second year in a row, our graduation rates outpace the state of Oregon average (80%).

Many of our subgroups have made some fantastic gains:

  • Hispanic 79% to 82%
  • Economically Disadvantaged 75% to 82%
  • Disabled 38% to 68%
  • Career Technical Education Concentrators 89% to 91%

This data is the result of the hard work that is done each and every day by our staff, students, parents, and volunteers. I would like to thank everyone for their efforts. Our goal is to ensure that all of our students walk across the stage at the conclusion of their senior year and receive their diploma. We still have work to do to get to that point, but we are on the right track.

How We Treat One Another

A student survey was conducted during the first semester of the school year. The survey showed that EHS is doing a lot of things that work well for our students. It also showed that there are some issues that we need to address. One of the concerns at Estacada High School is how students treat one another.

Nationally, there are too many reports of harassment based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, and sexual orientation. Our school needs to be a safe and welcoming place where everyone can attend without feeling picked on or harassed for who they are or what they believe. When a student is the target of such behavior, it can have a drastic impact both emotionally and academically. I encourage any student who is witness to such behavior to speak up to stop it and report it - to not be a passive bystander. I am also encouraging parents and guardians to discuss at home the expectations they have for their students regarding how they treat their peers. I have seen how this community comes together for the good of its citizens. Let's continue to make this a great place to live for everyone.

Bill Blevins

First Day of Second Semester - NOT an Early Release Wednesday, 2nd Semester Schedules, and Report Cards

EHS has just concluded the first semester of the 2019-20 school year. Students will not have school next Monday and Tuesday (Jan 27 & 28) as teachers will have a day to grade and another for professional development.

Students resume school on Wednesday, January 29. This will NOT be an early release day. Students will be released at 3:10 on that day. While students' second semester schedules may be found online, counselors will be in the commons handing out schedules for students.

Report cards will go out on Friday, January 31 by email. If you do not have an email on file with the school they will be mailed to you. This may be a good time to update the school with any new contact information.

Parents of Senior Students - The FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Currently, we have 20 students out of 103 who have completed their FAFSA form. completed. That is 20% and I am confident more students than 20 are planning to pursue some sort of post-secondary education.

Completing FAFSA is the only avenue for students to receive Oregon Promise, Oregon Opportunity, and federal grants. Additionally, schools and vocational programs use the FAFSA information to design financial aid offers for students.

Below is a resource about why should the FAFSA application be completed, and a link to the Federal Student Aid ID website===>

SAT Opportunity at EHS

There is another opportunity to take the SAT in school. It will be on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, starting promptly at 8:15am and ending at approximately 11:45am. The fee for this test is $49.50. There is a sign up in the front office. The last day to sign up is January 29th. Please see Mrs. Babikoff if you have any questions.

The next in-school SAT opportunity will be on October 14, 2020.

The school will also be offering free SAT test prep after school to prepare for the March SAT test. Please contact the counseling office for more information.

Sidewalk Update

The concrete is drying on the new curb cut on the east side of the gymnasium. This ADA compliant ramp will allow access onto this sidewalk for everyone. This project is part of the district's continued effort to make EHS accessible to everyone.
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Attendance Matters

Did you know...

  • Students should miss no more than 9 days of school each year to stay engaged, successful and on track to graduation.
  • Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with a bully or facing some other potentially serious difficulty.
  • By 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th-grade test scores.
  • Missing 10 percent, or about 18 days, of the school year can drastically affect a student’s academic success.
  • Students can be chronically absent even if they only miss a day or two every few weeks.
  • Attendance is an important life skill that will help your child graduate from college and keep a job.

Are You Able to Host a Foreign Exchange Student?

ICES USA is looking for a host family for Daniel during the second semester of the school year. Daniel is 15 years old from Spain. He enjoys running, swimming, biking and the outdoors. He was a Scout for several years and likes camping and doing service projects. He also says he loves to cook! Both of his parents are teachers and he hopes to be a doctor.

If interested, please contact:

Kari Hampton || Regional Director

Phone: 503.724.2308

Fax: 888.846.3398



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College Deadlines

Jan 10 ACT sign up deadline for Feb 8 test

Jan 15 Univ of Oregon Admission and scholarship deadline

Jan 24 Deadline for students to register for in-school SAT on March 4

Feb 1 Scholarship deadlines (SOU, EOU, OSU, PSU)

Application deadlines (SOU, WOU(priority))

Feb14 SAT registration for March 14 test

Mar 1 OSAC deadline

Scholarship deadlines (OIT, WOU)

Mar 14 In school SAT

Apr 12 CCC Scholarship deadline

May 1 National Decision Day

May 28 & 29 Finals for Seniors

June 1 Oregon Promise Deadline

Suggest to students over winter break:

  • FAFSA/ORSAA Completion
  • Admissions applications
  • Scholarships
  • Campus visits

Night to Shine - February 7, 2020

On Friday, February 7, 2020, Estacada First Baptist Church will host Night to Shine, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation. Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs, ages 14 and older. Now in its sixth year, this event has annually celebrated thousands of people with special needs all over the world on the Friday before Valentine’s Day!

Every guest of Night to Shine enters this complimentary event on a red carpet complete with a warm welcome from a friendly crowd and paparazzi. Once inside, guests receive the royal treatment, including limousine rides, professional photography, hair and makeup stations, corsages and boutonnieres, shoe shines, a catered dinner, karaoke room, Sensory Room, a Respite Room for parents and caretakers, and, of course, a dance floor… all leading up to the moment when each guest is crowned a king or queen of the prom. We want to make this night as incredible as possible for these unbelievably deserving individuals.

February 7, 2020

6pm - 9pm

Register as a guest:

Register as a volunteer:

Our website link:

Official 2019 Night to Shine Worldwide Highlight Video

Need Homework Help?

For students who would like some extra help or just a place to do homework, we have after school tutoring. Bussing home is available but students need to sign up by lunchtime of that day to secure a ride.

Tuesdays 3:30 - 4:30

Math w/ Ms. Patino

English w/ Ms. Treanor

General help w/ Ms. Jones

Wednesdays 1:30 - 3:30

General help w/ Ms. Jones

Thursdays 3:30 - 4:30

Math w/ Ms. Patino

Science w/ Mr. Kirchoffer

Class of 2020

Graduation Schedule

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Senior Final Exams Day 1

Friday, May 29, 2020

Senior Final Exams Day 2

Last Day for senior students :)

Monday, June 1st - Wednesday, June 3rd

No school for seniors

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

6:30pm - Baccalaureate (Estacada First Baptist Church)

Thursday, June 4, 2020

12:30pm - Mandatory Graduation Practice

Followed by - Microphone check for salutatorian and valedictorian

Friday, June 5, 2020

8:30am - 9:30am Senior Breakfast sponsored by the booster club

9:30am - 10:00am Graduation caps and gowns handed out

10:00am - 11:00am Senior Awards Assembly

11:15am - Graduation walk through district buildings (CRE, CO, EMS, RME)

Saturday, June 6, 2020

6:00pm - Graduates meet in EHS main gym

6:45pm - Graduates depart main gym to stadium

7:00pm - Commencement Ceremony

Estacada High School Athletics Calendar

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Estacada High School Activities Calendar

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