Canby High School Family Newsletter

For the Week of January 27th to February 2nd, 2022

Principal's Message

Good afternoon Canby High School Students and Families!

There’s a lot of news this week. Of course, it’s the halfway point in the term and there is no school on Friday. Teachers will be entering midterm grades and preparing for online conferences next week. We will send out more information tomorrow, and teachers will send parents an email on Monday with instructions on how to sign up.

Some big news came from the District this week with the changes to the daily school schedules for next year. If you have not heard, the high school schedule will shift one hour later, with classes starting at 8:40 and ending at 3:40. We know this will require some adjustments, but we’re confident this change will be the best for our students. For more information, please see the district’s announcement:

Some of our teams have been having great success lately. Our swim team is on fire. Over the last two weeks, they have been unstoppable. On January 13th, the team hosted Wilsonville in an impromptu meet. The girls won 128-33 and the boys won 97-63. Last week our girls again dominated, this time triumphing over St. Mary’s Academy 94-76. Yesterday, both teams again won decisively over Lake Oswego. The girls scored 115.5 to 54.5 and the boys bested their opponents 94-76. A fantastic performance by our swimmers!

Our robotics team had its third meet of the season last Saturday at Franklin High School in Portland. It was the last league meet before state qualifiers this Saturday. After a challenging previous meet, which left them in 7th place overall, the team went 5-0 in their matches and climbed the ranks to third overall. They also had the highest scoring match of the day. Excellent work, robotics team!

In the world of equestrian sports, our Oregon HS Equestrian Team (OHSET) continues its winning traditions. At the regional meet last weekend, the team took first places in Drill Team and Canadian Flags competitions. In addition, Hailey Magenheimer took a first in her in-hand trail competition.

Finally, I’d like to highlight one student who has represented our high school through his outstanding volunteerism and leadership. During the holiday break, sophomore Armando Alfaro worked countless hours, along with other AVID students, to organize toys and food for local families in need. His and the other students’ efforts helped make the holidays memorable and joyful for 400 families and 980 children. Thank you Armando and the AVID 10 team!

Stay healthy and strong, Canby!

Go Cougars!

Greg Dinse



Upcoming Events

Thursday, 1/27: “Fall Play” @ FAC, 7:00pm, Swimming @ HOME, 4:00pm, Wrestling, AWAY, 7:00pm

Friday, 1/28: NO SCHOOL

Friday, 1/28: “Fall Play @ FAC, 7:00 pm, Boys Basketball @ HOME, 7:00pm, Girls Basketball, AWAY, 7:00pm

Saturday, 1/29: Wrestling AWAY, “Fall” Play, 2:00pm and 7:00pm @ FAC

Tuesday, 2/1: Boys Basketball, AWAY, 6:30pm and Girls Basketball, HOME @ 6:30pm

Wednesday, 2/2: Evening Conferences


ACT Testing for all juniors is April 5th. We will also administer the PreACT for all 9th and 10th graders. The PreACT is a practice test for the ACT. Juniors are encouraged to prep for the ACT and can access free online practice tests, study guides, online test prep and events through ACT. Go to this link for ACT prep: ( 12th graders have the day to visit colleges and explore post high school options.

Oregon State Assessment - 11th graders are still required to take the Oregon State Assessment (OSA) per state and federal requirements. They will start testing next week in reading. Note that this assessment could potentially be used in lieu of college placement exams with satisfactory test scores (check with the college for more information). Parents who want to opt out their students can go to this link and click on “Opt-Out Form” in English or Spanish:

Here is the testing schedule as of 1.20.22:

  • Jan. 24 - 28 - Math - testing in math classes

  • Jan. 11 - April 15 - ELPA - testing in EL classes

Reading and Writing - testing in US History C and English classes - POSTPONED (until February)

Activities and Arts

The Canby Theater program, under the new direction of Ms. Sullivan Mackintosh, presents Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. It’s a comedy about two bachelors, who create alter egos named Ernest to escape their tiresome lives. They attempt to win the hearts of two women who, conveniently, claim to only love men called Ernest. The pair struggle to keep up with their own stories and become tangled in a tale of deception, disguise and misadventure.

Remaining performances are scheduled for January 27, 28 and 29. Evening performances start at 7pm and Saturday matinees begin at 2pm.

Tickets available at the door. $10 General Admission, $8 K-12 Students, Free for CHS Students with school ID


COVID UPDATE: As mentioned above, the Omicron variant is having a significant impact on our students and staff. Throughout the region, many games and events have been canceled. Some schools are restricting crowd size or postponing games.

At this point, CHS plans to continue with our scheduled events. The following are modifications we’re enacting to minimize the spread and keep our events going:

  • Reinforce Protocols: All individuals (players, officials, students, guests) are expected to wear masks and maintain appropriate distancing while indoors, except while actively participating.

  • Crowd Size Limits: At this time, no constraints are in place, but we prefer to limit the amount of spectators. Again, masks must be worn and appropriate distance must be maintained. We are still livestreaming events via NFHS Network, in the main gym.

  • Student Group Limits: Attending Band and Cheer squads will be limited in size.

  • Locker Room Access will be limited

  • No Overnight Team Travel

Our response to the pandemic developments are current and may change as the situation evolves. Significant changes will be communicated through subsequent emails.

Please check the athletics website at for the most up to date information. Often cancellations happen with little notice, but we will do our best to communicate it out as quickly and thoroughly as possible.

Spring sports registration is now open. Please visit to register for a spring sport.

Oliver Insurance Athlete of the week

Week of 1/10/22 Ty Ewers - Wrestling and Hannah Thompson - Dance

Week of 1/17/22 Hailey Magenheimer - OHSET and Isabelle Perreira - Cheer

Week of 1/24/22 Megan VanValkenburg - Snowboarding and Payton Meyers Boys Basketball

Last trimester, we partnered with Odd Moe’s Pizza of Canby to create the “Odd Moe’s Unsung Hero of the Week” award to recognize those athletes who contribute to their teams in ways that go beyond athletic skill.

The Odd Moe’s Unsung Hero

Week of 1/10/22 Matthew Soles - Boys Basketball

Week of 1/17/22 Tyler Olson - Girls Basketball

Week of 1/24/22 Pete Sansone

Other Information


  1. Don’t go to School Sick: Please don’t send your child to school with ANY illness symptoms, no matter how mild. This includes a runny nose or scratchy throat.

  2. Required Face Coverings: CHS will continue to require masks in all buildings. Please make sure to remind your child to wear their mask over their nose and mouth at all times indoors (except when actively eating or drinking). Based on CDC mask recommendations (see Considerations for Children), we encourage the use of well-fitting and comfortable masks for optimal protection.

  3. Wash Hands Frequently Protocols: Systems are implemented to ensure access to soap, water, and alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol available throughout CHS school buildings.

  4. Distancing: ​​Physical distancing of 3 feet will be maintained in the classroom to the extent possible. Students and staff will be asked to be mindful of physical distancing throughout the school day. During mealtime, physical distancing of 6 feet will be maintained.

Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests

Every household in the U.S. is now eligible to order four free at-home COVID-19 tests through the federal government. The tests are completely free, with no cost for shipping. Order yours using the USPS form here. For more testing resources, visit


COVID Testing

CSD is offering testing at school for students who become symptomatic at school and for Test to Stay, but a permission form must be completed before administering the test. Please fill out this online permission form. For more information, visit our COVID-19 Information page.

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.

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,

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: Jessie Muñoz (503)263-7210

School Resource Officer: Maria DeLuna (503)263-7222

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