SHS Community Newsletter

Week of May 2nd, 2022

Principal's Update

Scappoose Students, Families, and Staff,

We are excited for May! May brings a lot of excitement to our building as we prepare for graduation, finalize Semester 2, and start MJ - term. With that in mind, please remain focused on keeping grades up and doing as well as possible in class. Good luck to the athletes competing this season as we get closer to state playoff events. If you get a chance, please attend the Musical this weekend at the HS. Please read below for more updates.

Have a great week!

Go Indians!

Jerimy Kelley

Scappoose High School Principal


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

Upcoming Events-Leadership

Link to the Scappoose High School | Calendar of Events

  • 5/7 Prom

  • 5/9-13 Teacher Appreciation Week

  • 5/17 Spring Activities Assembly (after 4th period)



  • 6/1 Senior Awards Night

  • 6/3 Senior Breakfast & Graduation Walkthrough

  • 6/3 Baccalaureate

  • 6/4 Graduation, 1 pm

Interested in purchasing a 2022 Yearbook? Go to for details!

Scappoose Theatre Presents:

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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

Ondrae Sold, Registrar

Nicole Verzino, Counseling Secretary

Attention Seniors!

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting our Senior Recognition Night on Wednesday, June 1st at 6:30 PM in the SHS Auditorium. Please see the attached invite - all are welcome!

If you would like your award, recognition, and/or scholarship recognized in the Senior Recognition Night, please complete the 2022 Senior Recognition Log by Friday, May 20th.

Happy National Decision Day! Check out what all of our seniors plan to do next year -

Attention Current Sophomores!

Are you a current Sophomore, future Junior, interested in taking the PSAT/NMSQT next year? If so, please view this document for more information and links on how to sign up.

Upcoming Events:

  • May 5th from 12PM - 4PM - AP Stats - Auditorium

  • May 6th from 8AM - 12 PM - AP US History - Auditorium

  • May 12th from 12PM - 4PM - AP Physics - Auditorium

  • May 26, 2022 at 9 AM - InRoads Financial Reality Fair (SHS GYM) - ALL CURRENT 11th GRADERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND - This event was rescheduled from the original date in January due to COVID. Students should download the “Bite of Reality 2” app on their mobile devices prior to the date of the fair. InRoads will provide devices for students if they do not have one.


MJ Term Scheduling: Counseling will be working on finalizing MJ Term Schedules over the next few weeks. MJ Term classes listed in students schedules are subject to change. We will not be accepting schedules change requests.

College & Career:

Oregon Promise Update: GPA Requirement Change - this is exciting news!

  • Starting with the Class of 2022 (March 1, 2022 - June 30, 2022 graduates), the GPA requirement has been lowered to a cumulative, unweighted 2.0

    • Interested Class of 2022 students must apply for Oregon Promise by JUNE 1 at 5:00 PM to be considered for the grant

  • For all students who will receive the Oregon Promise Grant in the 2022-23 academic year, there will be changes to the award calculation and renewal requirements:

    • The $50 per term co-pay has been removed from the award calculation

    • The minimum award will increase from $1,000 to $2,000 for full-time, full-year students, and it will increase at the same rate as the maximum award each year

    • The First-Year Experience will no longer be a requirement to renew the Oregon Promise Grant

Washington County Chamber of Commerce Hiring Expo - The Washington County Chamber is putting on a large Hiring Expo on May 6th at the Wingspan Event Center, at the Fair Complex/Hillsboro Airport MAX stop. We expect to have more than 100 businesses participating and all of them will be there to hire. The first 3 hours will be set aside for high school students and graduating seniors who will be looking for summer jobs, flexible work during school, or starting their careers with entry level jobs. In the afternoon the focus will switch to adult job seekers and college students.

  • FAFSA/Paying for College

  • SCHOLARSHIPS! It’s never too early to get started on scholarships. Check out the Scholarships tab on the SHS Counseling Website - there are A LOT of really good resources listed. The following grant/scholarship opportunities are open to apply to:


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

TrevorLifeline (LGBTQIA+ ): 1-866-488-7386

TrevorText: text START to 678-678

Senior Awards Night!

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Athletic Announcements

We continue to battle one of the wettest Aprils of all time. We are continuously trying to ensure that our spring teams can compete. Our facilities crews, coaching staff, and players are doing an excellent job putting in many extra hours to keep our fields playable. We appreciate everyone’s flexibility as we attempt to find and schedule venues for all of our teams when our fields are unplayable.

Our spring teams have continued to show the grit of champions by battling no matter the conditions!


Tennis: Junior Sydney Liao won her first two matches of the year at Wilsonville in singles in a grueling three-set match (4-6, 6-4, 11-9) and then breezed past her Milwaukie opponent (6-0, 6-0). She will play at Hillsboro this afternoon.

Track: Wednesday our track team traveled to Milwaukie to compete against the Mustangs and Putnam. This afternoon and tonight our best will compete at the Jesuit/Twilight Relays joining over 100 other schools from all over the West Coast.

We will be hosting our last home track meet of the season next Wednesday, May 4, hosting Parkrose. Please come out for our first Senior Night celebration of the spring.

Golf: Our golf teams battled the elements again this past week and turned in some fantastic performances. Our boy’s team competed in their weekly NWOC match on Monday (Glendoveer), the 5A State Preview (Trysting Tree - Corvallis) on Tuesday, and closed the week with a JV match at the coast (Gearhart - Seaside) Thursday. The girl’s team went flag hunting on Tuesday at Stone Creek in Oregon City.

Softball: Our team has won 7 of their last 8 games and are now 7-1in the league and ranked #7 (5A) with their only recent loss to #1 ranked Wilsonville. Our JV team stepped up big in defeating the Wildcats 9-6.

Baseball: We dropped a few tough ones to LaSalle, but bounced back to handle St. Helens 6-2, Wednesday, and will look to sweep the series with a planned double-header this afternoon at home (weather permitting). We are 8-7 overall and ranked #13 (5A).

Equestrian: Scappoose Equestrian Team’s 3rd and final district meet of 2022 was a great success with many top 5 placings and state qualifier spots earned by our athletes. All the athletes and their horses have worked so hard this season. The State competition is in Redmond May 12-15.

Save the Date: Run for Neil - September 10th, 2022

  • All proceeds are used to promote whole-body wellness for all students in the Scappoose community.

College Bound Student-Athletes:

  • If you are going to be continuing your career, please let Mr. French or Brenda know so we can help celebrate your decision and plan a Spring Scappoose Signing Day.

Safe and Sober News


We are 36 days away from our seniors graduating!

Here are a few updates we wanted to share with you.

GRAD PARTY PERMISSION SLIPS -Your Senior should be receiving their All-Night Graduation Party permission slip soon. We’ve included it here, just in case you didn’t get it. Please turn these in ASAP as it helps with headcounts and planning. Also, even if your student is 18 or older, a parent or legal guardian must still sign the permission slip. More information will be coming out closer to the event with specific details about what your student can bring, etc.

BABY PICTURES –Don’t forget to send in your pictures for the Baccalaureate Slide show. Please send them to If possible, please send both photos in the same email and name the photos with your senior's name and then baby or senior. For example, John Doe baby, John Doe senior.

ADOPT A SENIOR – Adopt a Senior went live on Facebook Monday, April 18th. If you haven’t yet gone to the page and checked it out, you can do so by clicking here. This is a great way to show our seniors some love. Please feel free to share the Facebook page with your friends and family.

CAN & BOTTLE DRIVE – Our last Can and Bottle drive for the class of 2022 is coming up on Saturday, May 7th. We could really use more volunteers for the afternoon time slots. Sign up here (We encourage Junior parents to volunteer also to help learn the process, as Class of 2023 takes over in June!) As always, we would love to have you bring down your cans and bottles, every bit helps us to provide some really great activities for our seniors.

JUNIOR PARENTS – Class of 2022 will be handing over the reins to the parents of the Class of 2023 in just about 37 days. We invite you to come to our next meeting, Monday, May 16th at 6:30 in the Scappoose Library meeting room. We also would love to have you volunteer at any of our events so that you can be prepared to celebrate your seniors. Please reach out if you are interested in volunteering or learning more.

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.

  • Tardy Policy

    Excessive tardies will be turned over to the administration for disciplinary action.

    • Tardy # 1: three unexcused tardies in any one class in one semester. Result is after school detention.

    • Tardy # 2: any tardy from any other class in the same semester. Result is after school detention.

    • Tardy # 3: the next tardy from any class in the same semester. Result is Saturday School.

    • Unexcused absences will result in In School Suspension.