SHS Community Newsletter

Week of January 23rd-26th, 2023

Principal's Update

Scappoose Students, Families, and Staff,

Hello Scappoose Community,

Winter Week has been fun for students and staff! The culminating event is the Winter Ball on Saturday the 21st, at the Columbia County Fairgrounds from 7 PM-10 PM. Breakfast and Birdies, this Friday morning was a blast! A reminder that there is no school Friday the 27th. Please see below for important schedule announcements, leadership activities, and athletics.

Go Indians!

Jerimy Kelley

Scappoose High School Principal


Winter Ball Announcement

The Winter Ball and other school events can be the source of many great memories. Unfortunately, they can also be associated with an increased level of unsafe behavior, including the use of alcohol. Students wishing to attend our upcoming Winter Ball on January 21st, starting at 7 PM, at the Columbia County Fairgrounds will complete a breathalyzer check before entry to the event. Students refusing to do so will lose the privilege of attending the event, and school personnel will contact their guardian(s). Students suspected of being under the influence will be required to have a parent pick them up. In the event that someone is found to have used alcohol or illegal substances or is in possession of an unlawful substance, staff will follow the expectations in the Student Handbook and Board Policy.

We are ensuring that all students know that the breathalyzer will be in use at the Winter Ball. We are raising the level of awareness by sending this email. Our goal is not to catch students doing something wrong but instead to help them make safe and appropriate choices.

We look forward to a safe and enjoyable evening for all.


Scappoose High School Administrative Team

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:

Jan. 26th | S1/J-Term ends

Jan. 27th | No Classes, Grading Day

Feb. 6th - 12th | Doernbecher Days | Calendar HERE

Note: More information will be presented at our Kickoff Assembly Mon. 1/30. This calendar will be updated with links all week for sign-ups/contact information on each fundraising event.

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

National Honor Society:

Please see our January newsletter HERE

Counseling Corner

Check out the SHS Counseling Website!

Special Announcement:

Semester 2 schedules are now available for viewing in StudentVue. If you would like to request a schedule change for Semester 2, we encourage you to do that now. All schedule change requests MUST go through the Schedule Change Request Form. The last day to make schedule changes for Semester 2 will be Monday, February 6th at 4 PM. Any schedule changes after that may result in a WF (withdrawal fail). Students can find the Schedule Change Request Form below and can access it through the QR codes posted in the main office and counseling office.

Schedule changes will be considered for the following reasons:

  • A scheduling error was made and a student was placed in an incorrect class (example: placed in Geometry but should be in Algebra)

  • Student is missing a core graduation requirement

  • Student failed a class and has not yet recovered the credit

Schedule changes will NOT be considered for:

  • Teacher requests

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?


Semester 2 Schedules:

  • Students can access their semester 2 schedules in StudentVue. Students can start requesting Semester 2 Schedule changes through the Schedule Change Request Form. The last day to make schedule changes for semester 2 will be February 6, 2023.


  • 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.

  • Scholarships: Finding FREE money for college. Registration is required and can be found in the link above.

  • 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.

College Visits:

  • We have already scheduled several college visits. Check out who else is scheduled to come here.


  • SAT: This year Scappoose High School will be proctoring the SAT on March 11th, 2023. Please visit to register. Please visit the link below for frequently asked questions. Information about SAT


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 2. Students can also find it on our website –<>


The winter seasons are moving right along as we are quickly wrapping up January already. That also means that spring sports are rapidly approaching. Please reach out to the appropriate head coach if you have any questions regarding their upcoming seasons:

Mark Your Calendars - Spring Sports Fast Approaching:

  • Sunday, February 26 - Spring Sports Meetings

    • 5:00 PM - All parents and athletes in auditorium

    • 5:30 PM - Team Break out sessions

  • Monday, February 27 - First Day of Spring Practices

Scappoose Booster Club:

  • We are looking for people to help get involved in impacting our Scappoose Community

  • Please mark your calendars for the following events:

    • Hall of Fame Class of 2023 - Friday & Saturday, September 22 & 23

    • 20th Salmon Derby - Saturday, April 15 at Columbia County Fairgrounds

    • Ryan Moore Golf Tournament - TBD

  • Please let me know if you are interested in helping out in any way

  • Next planning meetings:

    • Booster/Salmon Derby - Thursday, January 26 @ 6 PM - Ixtapa

    • Hall of Fame - Wednesday, February 15 @ 6 PM - SHS Conference Room

Upcoming Contests:

Girls Basketball:

  • Riding two game league winning streak after defeating Seaside last Friday

  • Host Tillamook at 1:30pm Saturday

  • Schedule and Results

Boys Basketball:

  • Looking for a big win Saturday when they host Tillamook at 3 pm Saturday

  • Dropped a tough one at #6 Seaside last Friday

  • Schedule and Results



  • Wrestling hosted the first of our winter Senior Nights during yesterday’s dual with St. Helens

  • Both boys and girls beat St. Helens

  • Program had great results at Oregon Wrestling Classic in Redmond last weekend

  • HS Wrestling Update

  • Girls team wrestling tonight at Dallas High School


  • Busy week with Riverdale Invitational last Saturday and then at Seaside Tuesday

  • Heading off to Astoria Aquatic Center next Friday with competition beginning at 4 pm

Volleyball Workouts:

  • Off-Season training opportunities for returning or interested players

  • Monday, Wednesday, & Friday from 5-7pm in the SHS weight room

Please Join Us!

We invite you to participate in a Zoom Cooking Class on January 27th at 11 AM. Join the SSD Equity and Social Justice team and Cheyanne Heidt, from the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, for a Fry Bread Cooking Class. The zoom link can be found on the Indigenous Community of Practice Flyer.


Step 1: Bring one (1) pint of water to a boil in a medium pot. Add cornmeal to boiling water. Whip slowly until smooth. Reduce heat to medium, add cold water, and cook until thick. Stir continuously to prevent lumps in the mixture. Remove from heat and let cool in the pot.

Step 2: In a large bowl, add yeast, sugar, and salt to the cooled cornmeal, along with sprinkles of water to moisten the mixture. Gradually add flour, using a metal whisk or potato masher to get rid of lumps. Sprinkle water to keep the dough moist but thick. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise for three (3) hours.

Ingredients for Kevin's Fry Bread 1 pint boiling water 1 cup cornmeal 1 1/2 cups cold water 1/2 oz. of dry or instant yeast (approximately 2 packages) 1 cup raw or white sugar 1 tsp. sea salt 3 1/2 cups flour 32 oz. unrefined coconut oil

We look forward to sharing this cooking event with you.

District Nurses Message

We are beginning to see an uptick in Covid cases- this is from the highly infectious XBB.1.5 variant. If your child tests positive for COVID, we continue to have a 5-day isolation period before returning to school- we ask that they wear a mask for the following five days upon return. Be aware Covid symptoms may be mild, almost allergy or cold-like, or more intense like the flu with fever, chills, cough, and body aches- no matter how it presents it is still highly contagious.

Remember: with or without Covid students must be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications before returning to school and any stomach illness must be cleared for 48 hours.

Hand washing, distancing when possible, and masking continue to be the best way to stay healthy during high transmission periods of all illnesses.

If you have questions or would like your child Covid tested by District Nursing staff please contact Nursing Services @ 971-200-8003 ext 3167.

Safe and Sober Update

This graduation 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 games, prizes, activities, chilling, and loads of fun!

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

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

  • Read the weekly updates in the SHS Newsletter

Current business:

  • We have about 4 months left to fundraise for the graduation party!

    • Thank you to everyone who bought tickets for the 50/50 raffle at last week’s varsity basketball games. And a big thanks to the winner for donating their winnings back to our organization!


  • Thank you to everyone who completed our survey and expressed interest in volunteering at the various senior events. We will be reaching out with more details in the coming months.

  • Donate your cans and bottles to the Safe & Sober can/bottle drive on February 4th - always the first Saturday of each month. Located in front of Scappoose Middle School. We have blue bags available if you prefer to turn in bottles and cans to Fred Meyer whenever you want. They can be returned just like the green bags. Contact us at to have a bag(s) delivered or pick some up at the event.

Don’t have time to volunteer but still want to support the Class of 2023 Grad party? You can donate directly, just click or scan the QR code to donate or contact us at and we can coordinate via venmo or other options.

Upcoming Events:

Next Meeting - January 23rd, 6:30pm @ SHS Conference Room

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