Canby High School Family Newsletter

For the Week of March 30th through April 6th 2022

Principal's Message

Good afternoon Canby High School Students and Families!

We’re back after a two week break, and there is a lot to talk about!

Although the Friday before break was a school holiday, we had two teams in competition. Our dance team performed beautifully at the state championship, taking third place in the show category. Accompanied by our Cantalinas choir group, the dancers delivered a performance that was rewarded with a standing ovation. Many felt it was the winning effort, but a technical penalty impacted our overall standing. Junior Marissa VanHoose placed 5th in the Drill Down Competition. Senior Olivia Coleman earned 1 of only 5 Academic Scholarships given! And Senior Abigail Chaffee earned a coveted spot on the 6A Allstate Dance Team. Our Cantalinas were even called on, due to a technical difficulty, to perform the national anthem, and everyone was impressed. Great job to our dancers and singers on a fantastic performance. You are our Champions!

During the first weekend of spring break, 16 FFA members traveled to Redmond to compete at the Oregon FFA State Convention, after a two year hiatus. Our students performed exceptionally well and here are the results:

2022-2023 Oregon FFA State Reporter - Senior, Jessie Samarin (She will spend the next year traveling the state representing the Oregon FFA.)

Canby FFA, 1st in the State for the National Chapter application (The National Chapter Award Program is designed to recognize FFA chapters that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization.)

The following students competed in the proficiency division and each took first place in their area!.

Senior Brooke Jonas – Ag Research

Junior Jacob Palacios – Diversified Livestock Production

Senior Keegan Welander – Ag Processing

Senior Kate Williams – Ag Sales

The following Canby FFA members also participated in the Oregon State Agriscience fair.

1st place in State, Freshman Joshua Artino, Junior Lauralee Doman, and Senior Brooke Jonas

2nd place in State, Sophomores Cheyenne Banta and Paiton Welander

Great job FFA! We are so proud of your individual and team accomplishments!

On March 26th, Sophomore Nika Chernishov competed at the State of Oregon Scholastic Table Tennis Championships in Springfield, Oregon. Nika finished 5th overall as an individual, and earned Canby High School a 4th Place Finish in the Tournament. Way to represent CHS! Thank you, Nika!

A couple of “Admin” notes…

On Thursday, March 31st, we will be conducting a lockdown drill. If parents have any concerns about this event, and how it may trigger a student, please let us know as soon as possible.

Also, a reminder that next Tuesday is our ACT testing day. Please see the email that was sent on Monday. Juniors will be taking the ACT, and freshmen and sophomores will take the Pre-ACT exam. Students will be released early after testing, around 12:15pm. Seniors are released for the day. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Have a good week and Go Cougars!

Greg Dinse



Upcoming Events

Thursday, 3/31: State Thespian Festival; Softball, AWAY @ 5:00pm; Lacrosse, AWAY @ 7:30pm

Friday, 4/1: Lacrosse, AWAY @ 7:00; Baseball @ HOME, 5:00pm; Boys Tennis @ HOME, 7:00pm

Tuesday, 4/5: ACT and PreACT day, grades 9-11; students released at 12:15


ACT Testing and PreACT Testing - 9th - 11th grade students

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. A detailed email was sent out to families by Principal Dinse on 3/28/22 and another will be sent out on 4/4/22. This is a partial day for 9th - 11th graders with no lunch served. Students will be released at 12:15. Reminder: on April 5th, we will NOT be sending notes to students that day.

CTE Showcase at CCC

On Tuesday, April 12th, from 5 to 8pm, at the Holden Industrial Tech Center, Clackamas Community College will open its doors to more than 90 Career and Technical Education (CTE) degree and certificate programs. High school students and their families are invited to learn more about these programs. Students, if you want to step out of the traditional classroom and into a hands-on workspace and earn a certificate or a degree that gets you job-ready in two years or less, Clackamas Community College is the right choice.

See this link for more information:

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

GAP Volunteers Needed

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 you 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

GAP Website:


Students from the CHS Drama Club Troupe 632 will be attending the Oregon Thespians State Conference in Salem at the end of the month. Peyton Daugherty qualified with a solo musical theater piece, and Stephanie Haynes choreographed a qualifying small group musical number featuring Jocelyn Bradfute, Audrina Brown, Michelle Carrillo-Barajas , Zachary Goldbeck, Bailie Inskeep, Brynn Spoon, and Brianna Voss. Ali Parsons and Erynn D'Alessandro are submitting technical theatre designs for adjudication in scenic design and costume design, respectively, for their work on the fall production of The Importance of Being Earnest. The troupe is also rehearsing for their spring musical, Sweeney Todd: School Edition, which opens May 5.

Cougar GOLD is awarded to students who exhibit Gold Standards. Students are recognized for for the following reasons: putting forth extraordinary effort, most improved, excellent team members, amazing kindness towards others, display of academic greatness or other reasons a staff member deems appropriate. We are #CanbyProud of our students! The following students received the award for January and February

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Spring sports competitions have begun! Be sure to register your student athlete on Registration is required before participating in any practices or games.

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 3/28/22 Kellan Oakes - Baseball and Abigail Loomis - Softball

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 3/28/22 Jacob Peterson - Baseball

Health and Safety Information

Free Immunization Clinic

The Oregon Health Authority requires all children to have up-to-date immunizations or an exemption by a certain date each year to stay enrolled in a public or private school. For the 2021-22 school year, that date is April 20.

To help students get up to date, Canby School District is hosting a free immunization clinic for students under 18 who are on the Oregon Health Plan or do not have health insurance. COVID-19 vaccines are available to all at no cost. The clinic will take place at Ackerman School on April 11 from 4-7 p.m.

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.


Winter Weather Prep:

CSD inclement weather page

Please subscribe to the Canby School District on FlashAlert.

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:

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 54059th Grade Counselor: Elizabeth Sommo (503)263-7200 ext 5341REACH 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