Canby High School Family Newsletter

For the Week of May 5th to 11th, 2022

Principal's Message

Good afternoon Canby High School Students and Families!

May is here, and we are busy preparing for the end of the year. You can definitely feel the excitement as our seniors are getting ready for graduation. There’s so much to do!

This month is dedicated to social and emotional awareness. We are in the “shadow” of the pandemic and the impact it has had on our students, community, and staff has been significant.

Over the course of May, we will be providing a number of activities to bring awareness of the impact and supports to help our students grow from the experience. Look for more information soon.

Our Spring musical premieres this Thursday. Canby Thespians are presenting Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. This musical by Stephen Sondheim is modified to be “school appropriate” and a lot of fun. Our performances this week are scheduled for May 5-6, at 7pm, with additional performances set for May 12-14.

On Friday, we begin the celebration of our seniors with Decision Day. This nation-wide activity is an opportunity for our students to proclaim their next steps, whether that be attending college, moving into a career, or service to their community, and to celebrate their choices. We’ll have a number of fun activities during lunch at the Fourth Street Center. Seniors, plan to be there!

Also, regarding graduation, seniors and parents should stay informed by regularly visiting our website for more details and activities. Here’s the link to our graduation site.

On Saturday, our concert choir, under the direction of Brooks Gingerich, will compete in the state championships. We wish them the best of luck!

Bond update: It’s exciting to hear jackhammers at work in the school. It’s progress! Many parts of our old gym area have been removed, and we’re almost read to demolish the old custodial shed. These are the first steps before we begin the large-scale demolition of the back of the main building. Also, we’ve begun installation of new lighting at the all purpose field and softball field.

Finally, it is Teacher Appreciation Week! There’s still time to reach out to our staff and express yourself. We appreciate all the support you and our community provide!

Have a good week. Happy Mothers’ Day! And Go Cougars!

Greg Dinse



Upcoming Events

5/5, Thursday: Spring Musical, Sweeney Todd, 7:00 pm, Fine Arts Center

5/5, Thursday: Boys and Girls Tennis Districts / Boys and Girls Golf Districts

5 /6, Friday: College Decision Day / Spring Musical, 7:00pm, Fine Arts Center

5/ 6, Friday: Baseball, AWAY, 5:00 pm / Softball, AWAY at 5:00pm / Boys Lacrosse, AWAY, 7:00pm

5/7, Saturday: State Choir, AWAY / Girls Rugby, AWAY, 10:30 am

5/9, Monday: Boys Tennis AWAY, Girls Tennis @ HOME / Boys Lacrosse @ HOME, 7:00pm

5/10, Tuesday: Boys & Girls Tennis, Districts / Boys & Girls Golf, Regionals / Baseball @ HOME, 5:00pm

5/11, Wednesday: Baseball, AWAY @ 5:30pm / Track & Field Districts, AWAY / Boys & Girls Tennis, Districts / OHSET State Meet /


Oregon Promise Grant Changes

Starting for the Class of 2022, the GPA requirement for the Oregon Promise Grant has been lowered to a cumulative, unweighted 2.0. Interested students who graduate from high school between March 1, 2022 and June 30, 2022 must apply for Oregon Promise by June 1, 2022 at 5:00 PM. For more information, please visit

Activities and Arts

Concert Choir Event

The State Championship is Saturday, May 7th at OSU in Corvallis, our performance slot is 4pm sharp!

Sweeney Todd, The Musical

Mark your calendars to join us in the presentation of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. This musical by Stephen Sondheim is based on the 1973 play of the same name by Christopher Bond. Our performances are scheduled for May 5-6 and 12-14. Tickets are available at the door.

Decision Day

This event includes ANY plans and decisions made after High School. This event is for Seniors only (no guests) in Room 1, 4th Street Center, during lunch. Let's celebrate YOU!

Senior locker decorations

There are lots of questions about what we are doing for senior lockers this year. We are updating the process and should have that out to families in the next week. Thank you for your patience. For Graduation, please go to this LINK (information will be updated here). Again, it is under “Quick Links” on the right and you click on “Graduation Information.”

Graduation All-Night Party (GAP)

Please help us celebrate the Canby High School Class of 2022 by signing up to volunteer at the Senior "GAP" All NIght Party on Friday, June 3rd. We need as many volunteers as possible to make this an amazing event for our graduates. Senior parents are more than welcome to sign up to help, but we also need parents who do not have seniors. Think of volunteering at this event as paying it forward. Volunteering gives the senior parents a chance to attend graduation, and visit with family and friends who might be visiting for graduation. Then when it's your students turn to graduate, other parents will do the same for you.

When signing up, please make sure that you add an email and a phone number. I will be sending out reminders as we get closer to the event. The location will not be disclosed until a couple of days before the event, because we want to surprise the student, but know that it is within a half an hour drive.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Amber Bedortha at

Families were emailed and texted a link to two GAP information sheets on 4.13.22. Here they are again:

Graduation all-night party information:

GAP letter to families:


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.

Oliver Insurance Athlete of the week

Week of 4/4/22 Treyson Wakefield - Track & Field and Mackenzie Bigej

Week of 4/11/22 Jake Rogers - Boys Golf

Week of 4/18/22 Logan Corley - Lacrosse and Tyler Olson Girls Tennis

Week of 4/26/22 Ignacio (Nacho) Alvarez - Boys Tennis and Jemma Reed - Rugby

Week of 5/2/22 Natalie Austen - Girls Tennis and Brandon Slater - Trap

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 4/4/22 Katrina Hall - Softball

Week of 4/11/22 Gracie Carter - Girls Golf

Week of 4/18/22 Zachary Netter - Boys Golf

Week of 4/25/22 Kendall Thomas - Girls Tennis

Week of 5/2/22 Jeremiah Vockrodt - Boys Tennis

Health and Safety Information


If you plan to volunteer at Canby High School, you will need to complete the background check, via this link,

As a Volunteer, you are required to provide proof of vaccination or have an approved exception on file in human resources. You must provide this documentation and receive confirmation from the school prior to volunteering. Upload your vaccination documentation to human resources through this google link.

If you are requesting an exception, you must complete the required OHA form below and return it to in human resources. You will receive an email from the Director of Human Resources, regarding your request. If approved, you will receive an approved exception notice, which includes additional safety measure requirements you will need to follow.

Medical Exception Form

Religious Exception Form

Religious Exception Form-Spanish

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Head Secretary, Shannon Covington at

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.


SafeOregon Program

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.

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

For more information, please visit our CSD SafeOregon website.

Communications Information

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:

Reception: Eliza Ojeda (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

Update CSD Communications List: CSD Email/Text preferences online


Bus Transportation

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

Nutrition Services

Breakfast and lunch are free to all students this 21-22 school year! Students must enter their school ID numbers at the register when they get a meal. If you have any questions or concerns, please call Nutrition Services at 503-266-6742.

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