Canby High School Family Newsletter

For the Week of December 2nd to December 8th 2021

Principal's Message

Good afternoon Canby High School Students and Families!

Welcome to second trimester! We’re glad to see the return of our students after the extended holiday weekend. We hope everyone had an enjoyable and relaxing Thanksgiving break.

There’s a lot going on as we transition into Winter and the holidays. With new classes, there are new challenges and expectations. Winter sports competitions are starting this week. And the second part of our canned food and coin drive has started.

Last night, our elite choir, the Cantalinas, kicked off the holiday season with a stunning performance at the Grotto. Check out their performance here.

We are beginning construction on the baseball facility press box at the varsity baseball field. Please note that during construction we will close off the path between Douglas St and the track. Please either walk down Douglas St to 4th or enter off the grass fields near the Tennis courts.

And finally… Following state direction, the district recently amended our mask protocols and students are no longer required to wear masks outdoors. Please remember masks are still required for all indoor activities. Thank you for the support!

Stay healthy and strong, Canby! Go Cougars!

Greg Dinse



Upcoming Events

Wednesday, 12/1: Girls and Boys Basketball Jamboree, 5-8pm @ Oregon City

Friday, 12/3: Girls Basketball @ Home, 5:45pm and Boys Basketball @ Home, 7:15pm

Tuesday, 12/7: Latino Parent Advisory Committee Meeting, via Zoom, 6:30pm

Wednesday, 12/8: Choir Concert (Part 1) @ FAC, 7:00pm, Boys Basketball @ Home, 7:00pm, and Wrestling, Away, 4:00pm,

Thursday, 12/9: Choir Concert (Part 2) @ FAC, 7:00pm

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


  • Schedule changes - Class sizes are full and therefore schedule changes are limited. If your student is requesting a change please have them contact their counselor with a detailed email or to set up an appointment. It is important to understand that some changes won't be able to be accommodated.

  • College and Career Center is hosting a Finding Funds Zoom night with Rochelle Farris of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission for senior parents and students on Monday December 6th from 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm. Here is the link to participate,

Activities and Arts

Holiday Concerts are here! All concerts will be presented in the FAC and COVID protocols will be in place. Please note, due to the large number of students involved in the Choir program, seating is limited to tickets students have received and we will not be able to invite extra visitors for our holiday performances this year.
    • Choir: December 8th and 9th, 7-9pm

    • Band: December 15th, 7-9pm

Upcoming! The Canby Theater program, under the new direction of Ms. Sullivan Mackintosh, presents The Importance of Being Earnest
  • January 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, Fine Arts Center at 7:00pm
  • January 15 and 22, Fine Arts Center, 7:00pm with matinee performances at 2:00pm

More information about tickets is coming soon.


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

College and Career Center:

Finding Funds Zoom night with Rochelle Farris of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission for senior parents and students on Monday December 6th from 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm. Here is the link to participate,

Leadership Coin Drive

Canby High School is partnering with the Canby Kiwanis to collect money for their annual Community Food and Toy Drive. This year, Kiwanis is collecting money to purchase grocery gift cards to give to families in need, here in Canby. They are also collecting money to purchase gifts and toys for children in the community to make sure kids have a bright Christmas.

During the week of Monday, Dec 6 through Thursday, December 9, CHS Leadership will be distributing "Coin Drive" buckets around the school. Students who are able, can donate coins and dollar bills to these secure buckets to help contribute to the Food and Toy Drive.

As a parent, if you would like to help contribute, you can send cash or check donations with your student to school, to be delivered to these donation buckets. Donation buckets will be located in the Main Office, Counseling Office, Library, in Room 215 (Leadership Room), and in select classrooms. Checks can be made payable to "Canby Kiwanis Foundation"

If you have any questions, you can contact JD Bellum -


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.

Upcoming Parent Input Opportunities

We are still collecting names of interested parents who want to serve on committees that provide planning input for the future CHS bond construction projects. Our partners in this process, Mahlum Architects, will soon be looking for more community input through focus groups. If you are interested, please respond by completing this form.

Latino Advisory Council meeting recording

Please go to this LINK to view the zoom meeting recording for the Latino Parent Advisory meeting for November. The next meeting will be in January.

CHS Video Broadcast Recruitment

Parents and students, do you have an interest in live streaming and announcing events? Would you like to help CHS and the community? Do you want to be a part of our Cougar team?

We are hoping to create a live stream broadcast network of volunteers to cover CHS sports and activities in a professional manner in keeping with the hard work that our students and athletes put in. Our vision is to develop a dynamic partnership with CTV-5 to support these broadcasts with interested students and adults providing the camera work, production, and commentary. If you have an interest in participating with this after school club, please contact Tyler Francke with The Canby Current and Now Hear This Studios at Please include your contact information and any prior media experience.

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