SHS Community Newsletter

Week of May 15th-May 19th, 2023

Principal's Update

Scappoose Students, Families, and Staff,

Hello Scappoose Community,

Scappoose High School will be conducting finals for semester two, this week. Finals schedule can be seen below. Seniors have five days until the regular term ends! SHS will start MJ Term on 5/22. See Bell Schedule below. Seniors have received information regarding all the upcoming events that culminate with graduation on June 3rd at 1 PM on McNabb Field. Seniors will be honored on Senior Night on May 31st in the auditorium, the event starts at 6:30 PM. Caps and gowns are handed out on Friday, June 2nd. Please see below for essential schedule announcements, leadership activities, and athletics.

Go Indians!

Jerimy Kelley

Scappoose High School Principal


Leadership/Club News


Social Media: Scan the QR code HERE to check out ways to stay up to date with SHS.

Upcoming Dates to Note

Tuesday 5/16: Band Concert | Senior Night @ 7 pm

Thursday 5/18: Track & Field Community Night | 3-6 pm

Please note: All T & F event 50/50 & snack shack profits go toward 2024 Winter Ball

Friday 5/19: Seniors! Outdoor Movie Night HERE

Thursday 5/18 & Friday 5/19: Semester 2 Finals | Schedule HERE

Monday 5/22: MJ term Begins | Schedule HERE

Tuesday 5/23: All-School Field Day & Drug-Free Rally!

Friday 5/26: Seniors! Last Day

Monday 5/29: No School | Memorial Day

Wednesday 5/31: Senior Recognition Night @ 6:30 pm

Friday 6/2: Early 7:30 am START! Senior breakfast, Parade of graduates, Graduation practice & Class of 2023 Safe & Sober hosted lunch on the lawn

Saturday 6/3: Class of 2023 Graduation @ 1 pm | McNabb Field (rain or shine) | Graduates arrive at SHS by noon

NHS Induction Ceremony

The SHS Diamond Chapter of the National Honor Society welcomed 51 new members at their induction ceremony last week. The club also spent time honoring and celebrating this year's graduating Seniors and their ISP projects. Check out the event’s slideshow HERE and pictures of the event HERE.

Community 101

An article was published last week about Community 101 and the work students are doing across the state. Versions of the article were published in East Oregonian, The Daily Astorian, The Capital Press, and The Bend Bulletin. Shout out to teachers and students at Wallowa AEP, Scappoose High School, and Many Nations Academy for sharing their stories!

Drug-Free Rally

SHS is excited to announce that we will be hosting a Drug-Free Pep Rally on Tuesday 5/23 (last hour of the day) in partnership with the Columbia County Public Health Department and the Opioid Response Network. The purpose of the Drug-Free Pep Rally is to bring community, school, and student leaders to help our students to make healthy choices about substance use. As summer approaches, we want to make sure that our students have the information they need about opioids (including fentanyl), vaping, and marijuana to help protect them from substance use and overdose. We will also share local resources to help students and families who are concerned about substance use.

SHS has an “opt-out” policy whereby the parent/guardian must sign a permission form to withdraw their student from participating in this event. If you do not wish your student to participate in the event, please sign the form HERE and return it to the school. Your student will receive a different activity during the event. If you do not sign the form, your student will participate in the event.

Link Crew

Any current sophomores or juniors interested in signing up to be on the Link Crew (freshmen welcome and year-long connection activities) for next school year, please contact Mr. Hedger (

The application can be found HERE

Activities Contact

For any leadership/club questions, please reach out to Activities Director Kristen Hagen:

Counseling Corner

Check out the SHS Counseling Website!


  • Senior Recognition Night will take place on May 31st at 6:30 PM in the SHS Auditorium. All seniors/families are invited to attend.

  • Columbia Works Summer Internship - The Columbia County Summer Internship (formerly the OMIC summer internship) application is now open. Applications are due by 5/22. Please see Ms. Pinkstaff in the counseling office if you have any questions.

  • SHS Decision Day - If you would like to be recognized on our school's website and social media accounts, please complete this survey by May 22nd! BONUS- please send a picture to Ms. Pinkstaff ( wearing your college, military, or trade school swag by May 22nd!
  • Senior Recognition Log - If you would like your award, recognition, and/or scholarship recognized in the Senior Recognition Night, please complete the 2023 Senior Recognition Log.

Information shared about scholarships in this log will be used for our Graduation Program.

****Please submit a new form for each scholarship or award you have received.****

Here are some examples of what students should report:
  • Scholarship (local, state, national, college/university)
  • Award
  • Trade School or Apprenticeship
  • Military

For college scholarships, please only list college-specific scholarships from the college you plan to attend. Do not list scholarships you received from every college you applied to. For example, if you plan to attend the University of Portland only list UP scholarships. Do not list scholarships you received from Oregon State or Linfield College.

Oregon Promise Grants can be included!

PNACAC Spring College Fair will be Sunday, April 30 from 12:00 - 3:00 PM at the University of Portland. Register today!

Your School Counselor is assigned to you based on your last name:

Aarin Pinkstaff, A through K

Alyssa Bettendorf, L through Z

Susie Erickson, Intervention Specialist

Justin Engstrom, Care Coordinator

Ondrae Sold, Registrar

Nicole Verzino, Counseling Secretary

Are you having account issues?



  • Updated grades are available on StudentVue on the 1st and 15th of every month.


Financial Aid/Scholarship Opportunities:

  • Have you completed financial aid for college? Check out the Counseling Website for more info.
  • ORSA/FAFSA*/Paying For College: If you missed out on attending the Paying for College webinars live, we recorded them! Please take time to watch the videos to learn more about the FAFSA process and other resources for paying for college.
  • Paying for College:
  • Pagar la Universidad:
  • It’s never too early to get started on scholarships. Check out the Scholarships Video on our Counseling Website for some good information on how to get the process started.


  • State Testing-Please see the above statement about testing and opt-outs.


Visit our counseling website for more

Need’s Assessment Results and Resilience Building Tips


  • The Scappoose School District is excited to offer nutritious meals to our students. Free/Reduced Lunch Application

  • Scappoose High School also has a food pantry for students in need. Stop by the counseling office if you are in need or have any questions or even if you just need a snack.

Student breakfast and lunches are no longer free. Lunch is 3.75 and breakfast is 2.00. You can send money with your student and take it to the cafeteria or log into mealtime to add money to your account.


  • Brookdale Rose Valley Senior Living - In search of Part Time Caregivers and Medication Technicians. Must be a minimum of 18 years old. For more information, contact Sasha Tinning at (503)543-4646.

  • Columbia River PUD - Is accepting applications for our Utility Engineering Internship Program until March 2nd. Students can also find it on our website –<>

  • Portland General Electric (PGE) is hiring, including summer internships. Visit their website for more information:

  • Anderson Roofing is hiring summer help. We offer competitive compensation and benefits packages AND it’s a great place to work. Starting wage is 24.14 per hour. Visit our website for more information: or call (503) 294-0202 (must be 18 years or older).

  • Scappoose Public Library is looking for a summer intern. For more information, please contact


Spring seasons are in their final stages and both Golf teams wrapped up their seasons at Regionals this week.

Track had their last tuneup for their District meets next week.

Baseball and Softball are both in the hunt for league titles.

Girls Flag Football:

Upcoming Contests:


  • Currently #6 in the state and 16-3 on the year

  • Split with Tillamook this week and outlasted Yamhill Carlton

  • League title comes down to three game series with Astoria

  • Senior Night festivities this afternoon begin at 4:30pm

  • Schedule and Results


  • Continue to hold #1 ranking in state and stand at 20-2 overall

  • Outscored Tillamook twice and rival St. Helens this week

  • Hosting Astoria at 5pm this afternoon

  • Senior Night festivities are Monday

  • Schedule and Results

Boys Golf:

  • Concluded another solid year at Regionals Monday and Tuesday

  • Finished 5th in a stacked region

  • Boys Golf Update

Girls Golf:

  • Played in their Regional Tournament at Quail Valley Monday and Tuesday

  • Wrapped up a fabulous year of growth and accomplishments

  • Girls Golf Update

Girls Tennis:

  • Played in the Special District Tournament Tuesday and Wednesday at OES

  • Senior Sydney Liao qualified for the state tournament for the 2nd year in a row

  • Coach Gary Liao was voted as Coach of the Year by his peers for the season

  • Sydney will play in Corvallis next weekend at the state championships

Track & Field:

Safe and Sober Parent Organization


DUE MAY 26th: Signed permission slip is required to attend the graduation party

  • link to form you can print, sign, and send to the office with the student

  • Please let us know ASAP about any food allergies, email us

  • Note corrected time for grad party departure: Arrive at SHS at 7:15 pm Sat Jun 3, busses leave at 7:45 pm, students will be bussed back very early Sunday morning

DUE MAY 30 - JUNE 1: Senior collage with photos and memories of your senior will be on display at a special ‘Walk through Memory Lane’ event following the Baccalaureate in the cafeteria, on June 2ND.

  • Poster requirements: Design vertically 28” h x 22” w on traditional poster board, including the student’s name on the front and upper left corner on the back.

  • You will get the posters back after the event. Have fun and get creative!

  • Drop off at the SHS office

Upcoming Events:

Next Parent Meeting - Monday, May 15th at 6:30 pm SHS conference room

  • Junior parents, please join us

Monthly Can & Bottle Drive - Always the first Saturday of the month. Located in front of the Scappoose Middle School.


  • Feeling generous? Consider donating to the Class of 2023 Grad party by May 31st.

    • Donating is easy!

      • Venmo: @shssafeandsober23 (search under charities)

      • Square:

      • Mail or drop off a check at SHS made out to Scappoose Safe and Sober Parent Organization, in the memo section ‘Class of 2023’

    • Junior Parents: We are preparing to hand off to the Class of 2024. To get involved, please attend one of our parent meetings.


What we do:

Event planning, resourcing, and fundraising for the Senior Luncheon, Baccalaureate, and Graduation party.

Senior Luncheon, Fri Jun 2: After the seniors do their parade-style walk through the elementary schools, they come back to the high school to refuel with some lunch and then start rehearsal for the graduation ceremony. Lunch is provided by the Safe & Sober parent organization.

  • 7:30 am breakfast. Cap & Gowns will be distributed

  • 8:30 am Parade of Grads through GW, Petersen, Warren, SMS

  • 10:50 am Graduation practice

  • Baccalaureate practice

  • 12 pm LUNCH

Baccalaureate, Fri Jun 2 @ 7 pm in the auditorium: This is an optional event based on the ceremony of blessing that has often preceded graduations. Ours is a non-denominational and inspirational celebration and will include a guest speaker, the senior slideshow, and more. The slideshow is put together by the Safe & Sober parent organization along with some light refreshments.

  • Seniors need to arrive by 6:45 pm and dress appropriately

Graduation party, Sat Jun 3: This party is meant to be a safe place for graduating seniors to celebrate together. They will be bussed to a secret (fun!) location in the evening after the graduation ceremony. They will be bussed back in the morning. The evening is filled with food, games, prizes, activities, chilling, and loads of fun!

  • 12 pm seniors report to the gym with cap and gown


  • Bus time for grad party to be confirmed and included in next newsletter

******Stay up to date with what is happening******

  • Like our Facebook page - Class of 2023 Safe & Sober

  • Follow us on Instagram - shs_safeandsober_gradparty

  • Read the updates in the SHS Newsletter