SHS Community Newsletter

Week of November 22, 2021

Principal's Update

Scappoose Students, Staff and Families,

Conferences will be held virtually on 11/22 and 11/23.

As you know, our Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences will be taking place on this upcoming Monday and Tuesday, November 22 and 23.

You can sign up by doing the following steps:

  • Click on the link

  • Click on the teacher and select a time slot

  • You will receive a confirmation and a reminder with the Zoom link two days prior to your appointment

You only need to schedule conferences with those teachers in which you feel it is necessary.

If you cannot attend conferences, simply email the teachers for an update.

Our library will be open for those who would like to use our WiFi and computers for their conferences. Please let our front office know if you plan to stop by and check in with the front office upon your arrival.

If your student is doing fine or you have already been in contact with their teachers, feel free to enjoy the long break and enjoy Thanksgiving with your family.

Please have a safe and happy holiday week. We look forward to seeing you back on November 29 as we make our final 3 week push to complete classes for 1st semester.

Have a great Holiday Week! Go Indians!

Jerimy Kelley

Scappoose High School Principal


Upcoming Events

Counseling Corner

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

Josie Bradley, Registrar

Nicole Verzino, Counseling Secretary


Scappoose Public Library will be hosting a free produce distribution every Wednesday from 10 AM to 12 Pm in the Library Meeting Room. All are welcome!

This time of year can be hard on people. Please know that there are resources for students who are struggling.

Scappoose Counseling Wellness Letter

Lines for Life: 800-273-8255

CCMH Crisis Line: 503-782-4499

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255

College & Career:

Do you need a transcript? Or a Letter of Recommendation? Make sure you are requesting this stuff through Naviance. (make sure to click on the links for info)

Upcoming Events: (click the underlined links below for more information)

Attendance Matters

Attendance really matters! We want your student to be here and on time. So, how many absences are needed for a student to be considered truant?

  • Exceeding five days absent, either excused and/or unexcused, in a three-month period may be a truancy violation.

  • Unexcused absences are a child safety issue. Someone should always know where the child is. Oregon state law says an equivalent of four unexcused days in a month may also be a truancy violation.

  • Days specifically excused by doctor’s notes are excluded from any count. The program is intended to be as flexible as each school wishes. The school staff may take into consideration the student’s school performance when determining necessary intervention.

What happens when a student is sent to truancy?

  • A truancy officer will visit with the parent or guardian at the student’s home. The officer will evaluate living conditions that could affect attendance and inform parents or guardians of the Oregon Compulsory School Attendance Law 39.010. The officer will give the parent or guardian a compliance notice to sign and return to the school. This initial step often improves student attendance without further contact.

Athletic Announcements

Winter sports practices are underway and wrapping up a great first week.

  • Coaches will be sending out team assignments if they have not done so already.

  • Please have your student meet with or reach out to the coach if they have questions.

  • Schedules might be adjusted to accommodate the official shortage, pool availability, etc.

  • The most current schedules are available through RankOne or on our Athletic Contest Calendar.

A special thanks to all those who were able to attend the

Winter Coaches/Parents/Students Season Meeting on Sunday, November 14. The following items were discussed:

  • All Together - Auditorium

    • General Information

    • Transportation

    • Reclassification

    • Communication

    • Academics, Attendance, & Eligibility

    • Schedules

  • 4:30 p.m.- Breakout by Sport

    • Introduction

    • Philosophy

    • Tryouts

    • Expectations

    • Communication

    • Practice Schedule

    • Sport Specific Topics as Necessary

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Our Visions dance team continues an impressive run of fantastic performances.

  • Placed 2nd in Jazz

  • 2nd in Hip Hop

  • Received a "Superior" (highest rating) in hip hop

  • Qualified for Category Championships

  • Next performance is at Sherwood HS, 12/4

Enjoy your weekend!

Dale French

Athletic Director/Assistant Principal


Class of 2022-Safe and Sober News!

Class of 2022 Parents!

Thank you to everyone who attended the last meeting on November 4. It was great to have more people there and hear new perspectives and ideas. The minutes have been posted in our Facebook group. Our next meeting is scheduled for January 25, location TBD. The next Can and Bottle Drive is Saturday, December 4. You can sign up to help here:

If you have already filled out the information form/QR code keep an eye out for our emails. We have heard from a few of you that they are going to junk mail. We sent an email on November 9th if you aren't getting them please go to junk and approve them. If not follow the QR code to set yourself up!

We have two easy fundraising opportunities you can help with. Please share with friends and family also!

-Fred Meyer Rewards: It is simple and these funds will be sent directly to the Safe and Sober Account by Fred Meyer at no cost to you. Follow directions at and pick your organization: Scappoose Safe and Sober

-Amazon Smile: All your holiday shopping will benefit the Class of 2022 Grads and it is simple. You can even do it for a work account and earn even more money. This program is also at no cost to you so share with friends and family members. When searching for the organization you want to support you type in

Scappoose Safe and Sober

We would also love to get any businesses set up to match donations, so if you have info or work for a company like NIKE or Intel that matches donations, please feel free to sign us up! We have also linked our donation letter if families would like to donate or procure for the events.

If you have any questions please feel free to email us anytime

Thank you for helping make this a great year for our Seniors!

General Testing Information

General Info - State Testing

Each year, schools are required to participate in administering the Oregon Statewide Assessments. These tests include Math and English Language Arts (Grades 3-8 and 11), Science (Grades 5, 8 and 11), ELPA (Eligible students only) and Extended Assessments (Eligible students only).

For Math and English Language Arts, parents may opt-out by preference. For exemptions for Science, ELPA21 or Extended assessments, they must be based on a disability or religious reason per the Oregon Dept. of Education and be approved by the District Test Coordinator.

Parents can find these forms on our district website: under For Parents>Curriculum/Instruction>State Assessments. Opt-out forms must be filled out annually.

Opt out form- State Testing

Exemption Form- English- Parent request for Exemption for state Testing (excluding Math and ELA)

Opt Out Form- Spanish- Opt out for State Testing in Spanish

Spanish Exemption Form- Exemption form- Spanish

Safety Updates and Student Dropoff

Please reference the link for the updated RSSL document from the Oregon Department of Education’s Ready School Safe Learners for all current regulations.

Parents, please do not use the bus turnaround for student dropoff or pickup. Also, after school, there are no cars allowed in the bus turnaround. Please plan accordingly. It causes safety issues with the loading/unloading process. We appreciate the cooperation with adhering to using the two lower lots for dropoff.

Cafe News

Remember lunch and breakfast are free! Students, please stop in and grab a breakfast sandwich, some pizza, or a delicious sandwich. When you do that, take the time to meet our fantastic kitchen staff.

We are also looking for interested students to work during lunch. If interested, please see Mr. Kelley, Mr. McKedy, or Mr. French for details.

Here is the menu:

November Menu

We have various ala carte items to pick from, such as chips, water, cookies. These items are not part of the free lunch, so make sure you have some money on your account.

Additionally, we need to be more diligent and respectful and throw away our own trash after lunch. Thank you for supporting our custodial team by taking care of your own garbage and eating area.

Bussing Messaging

Durham Bus Services is continuing to make every effort to hire and onboard new drivers as efficiently as possible. Due to the shortage of drivers the following routes: 1,3, 4,,12 &13 will not be operating the week of 11/29-12/3. Thank you parents for your patience during this time period.