Canby High School Family Newsletter

For the Week of October 21st to October 27th, 2021

Principal's Message

Good afternoon Canby High School Students and Families!

We’re in the second half of the term. Progress reports are done. Conferences were last week. And, our Fall sports are wrapping up. It’s a good time to remind all our students to map out the next few weeks in preparation for final exams. Students should be checking with StudentVUE regularly and ensuring work is turned in. Connect with teachers if there are questions.

We hope conferences went well for you. Our staff reports that there were many positive connections with families. If you didn’t have a chance to be a part, feel free to connect with teachers through email. Thank you to all who attended.

Next Thursday (tomorrow), at 10:21 a.m. students will take part in The Great Oregon ShakeOut along with 500,000 other registered participants across the state. The ShakeOut is a drill that teaches us how to stay safe during an earthquake with three easy steps: Drop! Cover! Hold on! After the drill, students will practice evacuating the building. We do not want students to experience worry or fear because of the drill. You can find more information on The Great Oregon ShakeOut here.

Finally, a word (or two) about continuing COVID restrictions…. While our students are overall doing well complying to the guidelines, it’s becoming apparent that fatigue is setting in and some are having difficulty with the protocols, especially wearing masks properly. We request your support in helping our students understand this state/county/district requirement. We recognize that people may not agree with the state directions, but adhering to these guidelines is not an option for schools. Continued resistance to following these rules makes our work more challenging in these already difficult times. We appreciate your support.

Stay healthy and strong, Canby! Go Cougars!

Greg Dinse



Upcoming Events

Thursday, 10/21: Band Fall Concert, 7:00pm, FAC

Friday, 10/22: Football, AWAY, 7:00pm

Monday, 10/25: Picture Retake Day in Library during school hours

Monday, 10/25:, Girls Soccer @ Home, 7:00pm and Boys Soccer AWAY, 7:30pm

Wednesday, 10/27: Cross Country, AWAY


Counselors will be scheduling one-on-one senior meetings 1st trimester. Topics will include: updated graduation requirements, college and other applications, financial aid, scholarships, credit checks, and general check in for the year.

Activities and Arts

  • Picture retakes are October 25th in the Library during school hours.

  • Senior Pictures are due November 29, 2021.


Fall sports are winding down. For the regular season, Volleyball finishes up today, Soccer on Monday, and Cross Country and Football next week on Wednesday and Friday respectively. Let’s finish the season strong, Cougars!

In addition to the Oliver Insurance Athlete of the Week, Canby athletics is excited to offer a new athlete of the week sponsored by Odd Moe’s. This award will go to the Unsung Hero of our athletic teams. This is the athlete that often doesn’t appear in the record books, but the team would not be successful without them. Look for the Odd Moe’s Athlete of the Week coming soon!

Winter Sports sign-ups are now open. Please visit to make sure you are fully registered prior to participating in practices or games. Please contact for more information.

Interested in reffing youth basketball games? Contact Jared Gensman at 503-799-0458 to get more information. A great way to earn some extra money on the weekends!

A reminder that masks are required indoors for everyone who is not in active competition or practice. For outdoor athletics, masks are required for everyone who cannot maintain 6ft of social distance. Those who are competing or practicing outdoors may also choose to remove their masks. When we travel to away contests, some schools may adopt more restrictive guidelines. Please stay flexible throughout the season and follow the applicable guidelines.

This year, we have again purchased a license to broadcast all our home games on the NFHS Network for free! Away games may still require a subscription to the NFHS Network. Please go to and create a free account to watch all our games in the stadium and main gym.

Other Information

October is Earthquake Preparedness Month. The Great Shake Out Nationwide Drill is tomorrow 10/21. CHS will be participating in this drill at approximately 10:21. Drop! Cover! Hold on! Being prepared is the best way to take quick action should an earthquake happen!

Picture Retake Day is Monday, 10/25. If you would like to have a picture retaken, please be sure to also return your Dorian Picture packet. Students who have not had a picture taken can get one on this day also. Students will be called during class to the library to take pictures. Student ID cards will not be reprinted at this time.

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

Change is coming to Canby High School. If you are interested, as a parent, to serve on committees that provide planning input to future CHS projects, the following are opportunities will be available soon:

  • CHS Bond Improvement Projects- We are currently in the planning phase of a major renovation and building addition at CHS. Our partners in this process, Mahlum Architects, will soon be looking for more community input through focus groups.

  • CSD Daily Schedule Committee: Our district is interested in reviewing the current daily schedule and possibly making changes in the future. We need a number of parents to be a part of this work.

If you are interested, please respond by completing this form. (We had some problems with this link last week and it should be fixed now. Please try again if it didn’t work.)

Latino Parent Advisory Council

Our next meeting will be Nov. 3rd at 6:30 pm via Zoom. CHS will send a text to Spanish-speaking families with the invite and Zoom link. At the next meeting, we will answer your questions about the website and go through resources that can be found there. Here is a google form where you can ask questions or make comments prior to the meeting,

October Dyslexia month

Dyslexia is a common condition that affects the way the brain processes written and spoken language. It can be associated with trouble reading, but it also can affect writing, spelling and even speaking. Many children have one or two of these issues on occasion. But kids with dyslexia have several of these issues, and they don’t go away.

Some common dyslexia signs and symptoms in teens and adults include:

  • Difficulty reading, including reading aloud.

  • Slow and labor-intensive reading and writing.

  • Problems spelling.

  • Avoiding activities that involve reading.

  • Mispronouncing names or words, or problems retrieving words.

For more information, visit the International Dyslexia Association.

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

  • Did you know that there is a FREE Canby Area Transit “Canby Loop” bus? CHS Students can ride the bus to school (and on the loop) for FREE. There are many stops, here are a few streets where there are stops: 13th, Territorial, and Township. Please see the attached link for more information, all bus stops and times. The bus runs from 5:30am to 7:00pm. Please call CAT for more information at 503-266-4022.

  • 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