Canby High School Family Newsletter

For the Week of December 16th, 2021 to January 3rd, 2022

Principal's Message

Good afternoon Canby High School Students and Families!

In a few days, we will be enjoying our Winter break. This is an opportunity for all of us to pause and appreciate our families and friends. It’s a time to rejuvenate and reflect on the year. I think we can all agree that 2021 has challenged all of us to some degree; whether that has been professional, personal, or social. Amidst the difficulty, there is positivity and valuable lessons have been learned. I continue to be amazed at the strength of our students as they continue their growth and performance with energy and enthusiasm. From the flexibility in adapting to changes in school to the generosity in our recent charitable drives and the modeling of sportsmanship in competitions, our students consistently demonstrate resilience and are moving forward! Thank you CHS students for continuing the positive reputation of Canby.

As mentioned, CHS students have been working hard to help the community. Thank you to our students and families for supporting the Kiwanis Coin Drive that helps fund a toy drive. CHS donated $1,055.98 in two weeks!

Congratulations to Kris Troha, CHS Science Teacher, who is the only recipient in the Pacific Northwest to receive the Vernier Software and Technology 40th Anniversary grant. The grant includes $1,000 in Vernier technology, a one‑year license for Vernier Graphical Analysis™ Pro, and professional development.

This will be our final newsletter for 2021. Please look forward to our next newsletter on January 5, 2022!

On behalf of the staff of Canby High School, I wish you happy holidays and a wonderful new year!

Go Cougars!

Greg Dinse



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The CHS Giving Tree (Pictured above)

Upcoming Events

12/15, Wednesday: Band Concert, 7:00 pm

12/16, Thursday: Swimming, Home, 4:00 pm and Wrestling, Home, 6:00 pm

12/17, Friday: Dance Team @ Moda Center, ½ time performance

12/18, Saturday: Larry Owings Wrestling Tournament

12/28-30: Girls and Boys Basketball Tournaments

12/20 - 1/3 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break


Report cards were mailed last week for 9th graders only. All grades are posted online through StudentVUE and ParentVUE. If families want report cards mailed home, fill out this form: The mailing will start with 2nd trimester report cards.

Activities and Arts

  • You still have time for a CHS Holiday Concert! The band concert is December 15th, 7-9pm. All concerts are presented in the FAC and COVID protocols will be in place.

  • Upcoming! The Canby Theater program, under the new direction of Ms. Sullivan Mackintosh, presents The Importance of Being Earnest. Performances are scheduled for January 20, 21, 22, 27, and 28. More information is coming.


Winter Sports have begun! Please visit to make sure you are fully registered prior to participating in practices or games. Please contact for more information.

Canby Junior basketball is now offering a co-ed rec program for 9th-12th graders that are currently not on a school program roster. The tentative schedule will be Saturday evenings from 6-8pm from January 8th to March 12th. Format for rec league will be dependent on participation levels and could vary from open gym pickup games, to structured 3v3 or 4v4 competitions with season ending tournament. All gameplay will be within Baker Prairie or Ackerman. The fee will be $50 for all players for the 10 week season. See for more information.

Other Information

From Nutrition Services

Breakfast and lunch are free to all students this 21-22 school year!

The Oregon Department of Education allows one free meal per student, per meal type.

One breakfast is allowed per student, before school starts or during break, not both. One lunch is allowed, including one entree, one milk, and as many fruits or vegetables as they would like.

Starting on Tuesday 1/4/2022 we will have students enter their school ID numbers at the register when they get a meal. This system is used only to count students, not to charge for first meals.

If your student chooses to take a second breakfast or second lunch (after the first free meal), they will be charged on their lunch account, regardless of free or reduced status.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call Nutrition Services at 503-266-6742.

The Giving Tree

In the Main Office, you can still find this year's Giving Tree. Each year, we put up the Giving Tree in the Main Office as a way of collecting gifts for kids in our community that could use a little extra holiday cheer. We partner with the Canby Kiwanis, and they give us a list of items that they need help purchasing for holiday gifts.

This year the Kiwanis needs help purchasing the following items -

  • Gloves

  • Lip gloss / chapstick

  • Winter Hats

  • Art supplies / cool pens

  • Backpacks

  • Gift cards for local restaurants

If you would like to help purchase some gifts this year, here's how the Giving Tree works -

  1. Go to the Main Office

  2. Take a paper ornament off the tree

  3. Purchase that item (new)

  4. Wrap that item

  5. Return the wrapped item, with the paper ornament taped to the outside.

  6. Feel warm and fuzzy inside knowing you did some good!

School Safety Officer

School Resource Officer Michael Manns has resigned from the Canby Police Department to pursue other interests. He has been a great officer over the last five years, and he will be missed. We have already started the process of selecting a new School Resource Officer to start full-time on January 4, 2022. From now through December 17, 2021, Canby Police plan to have a patrol officer assigned to cover the SRO duties at the high school. Thank you Officer Manns for your years of service and thank you, Canby PD, for the support!

Winter Weather Prep

Please subscribe to Canby School District on FlashAlert.

As the temperatures continue getting colder, it’s time to start preparing for winter weather and the snow bus routes, school delays, or closures that can come along with it.

When inclement weather strikes, the district will make decisions about school as early as possible -- sometimes even the night before, but our goal is by no later than about 5:30 a.m. on the day of the weather event. The message will go out via FlashAlert and will then be reported on most news websites and TV stations.

To make sure you’re set to receive the information, again, please subscribe to Canby School District on FlashAlert. Now is also a good time to update your text preferences online by listing your phone number. For more information, please see our inclement weather page.


SafeOregon Program

Canby School District is now offering the community a simple way to report student safety threats. SafeOregon is a 24-hour anonymous tip-line individuals can use if they see or hear about instances of bullying, violence, threats, drug use, suicidal thoughts and more. The goal is to keep students safe by preventing threats from coming to fruition.

There are a number of ways to report, including:

  • Texting or calling 844-4-SAFE-OR (844-472-3367)

  • Emailing

  • Online at

  • Via the SafeOregon app

Please help us keep Canby’s kids safe by utilizing this program.

Cougar Store is Open Online

Check out new apparel and CHS Cougar items in the online shopping mall,

Join Us-Employment in Canby Schools

While parent volunteering continues to be on hold until further notice, we do have employment opportunities in our schools for part-time positions like instructional assistants, nutrition services, custodians and more. We are also seeking on-call substitutes for those positions, which would provide even greater flexibility. Visit our employment website to view all current opportunities.

Attendance and Sick Students

To ensure the accuracy and efficiency of our attendance process, please remember the following guidelines:

  • To report an absence, call our attendance line at 503-263-7210 or email

  • Please report an absence as soon as possible and no later than 48 hours after the absence.

  • If your student needs to leave class for an appointment, inform the attendance office as soon as possible. This will help us ensure that your student receives a note to leave class in a timely manner.

Remember that attendance matters and students who attend class regularly are more likely to stay on track, graduate on time, learn deeply, and get the most from their high school experience. Please partner with us to ensure great attendance and to remove any attendance barriers.

Bus Transportation

  • If you have any questions or problems with school bus transportation, please email Student Transport of America (STA) at

CHS Media

Some helpful links to our social media sites:

CHS Website

CHS Instagram: @canbyhighschool, @canbyASB

CHS YouTube: @CHS Announcements

CHS Principal’s Twitter: @Canby_Principal

Spanish Speaking Resources at Canby High School:

Bilingual Main Office Secretary: Jessie Muñoz (503)263-7200

Attendance Office: Stephanie Cavazos (503)263-7210

Migrant Coordinator: Karent Robles (503)263-7229

English Language Development Coordinator: Alex Frixione(503)263-7200 ext 5405

9th Grade Counselor: Elizabeth Sommo (503)263-7200 ext 5341

REACH Center: Jeralyn Gonzalez and Veronica Martinez (503)263-7429

Free Food Resources

CHS Free Food Site Links

For Mental Health Resources

**Emergency Services- for life threatening emergencies - 911**

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255

Clackamas County Emergency/Crisis Mental Health Services - 503-655-8585

Non-emergency: 503-742-5335

Crisis Text Line - Text HOME to 741741

National Alliance on Mental Illness - Text NAMI to 741741

Oregon Youthline 877-968-8491 or Text teen2teen to 839863

Trevor Project (LGBTQ+) -866-488-7386 or text START to 678678

Call to Safety: If you are an adult and worried about your safety at home. Interpretation line available.1-888-235-5333

Proyecto Unica: Spanish version of Call to Safety. 503-232-4448

DHS Hotline (Oregon Department of Human Services) If you are worried about the safety of a child, Interpretation services available. 855-503-7233