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SHHS Phase I Open House
Stacey Mendoza


We are excited to extend an invitation to our exclusive Open House event, which will celebrate Phase I of the St. Helens High School Improvement Bond Project!

·        Join us and be among the first to experience the incredible changes as we unveil the remarkable transformation firsthand.

·        Explore the newly revamped facilities, upgraded amenities, and cutting-edge innovations that will redefine the educational landscape in our community.

·        See the vibrant atmosphere of progress and discovery as we showcase the culmination of years of dedication, passion, and hard work.

·        Connect with fellow community members, stakeholders, and leaders as we celebrate this momentous occasion and envision a brighter future for our students.

Don't miss this extraordinary opportunity to be part of history in the making! Mark your calendars and join us for an unforgettable SHHS Phase I Open House experience.

We look forward to engaging with you as we share Phase I of the SHHS Improvement Bond and provide details about what you can expect with Phase II.


Phase I Open House | Friday, May 24, 2024 | 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

St. Helens High School | 2375 Gable Road | St. Helens, OR 97051

Stacey Mendoza




We are thrilled to announce our upcoming Kindergarten Welcome Open House, set to take place on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. This event is designed to warmly welcome our newest additions to the St. Helens School District family - our incoming kindergarten students and their families!

We're here to make your journey into kindergarten enrollment as smooth as possible. If you're unsure about which school your child should attend based on your address, don't hesitate to reach out to our Central Office at 503-397-3085. Our dedicated staff will be more than happy to assist you.

At this special event, families will have the opportunity to embark on an exciting journey through our elementary schools, where they'll discover the vibrant learning environments awaiting their little ones.

Here's a sneak peek of what's in store:

  • Guided School Tours: Explore the classrooms, playgrounds, and facilities where your child will laugh, learn, and grow.
  • School Bus Adventure: Hop aboard and experience a fun-filled ride on one of our school buses - an exciting glimpse into the daily commute of our students!
  • Student Activities: Dive into engaging hands-on activities specially crafted to ignite your child's curiosity and creativity.
  • Registration Information: Learn everything you need to know about the enrollment process, including online registration details.

Remember to bring along the following documents for registration:

  • Birth certificate
  • Proof of address
  • Immunization records

Please note that to enroll, students must be 5 years old by September 1, 2024.

Whether you're a returning member of our school community or considering joining us for the first time, we invite you to come and experience all that the St. Helens School District has to offer your student.

We can't wait to welcome you on May 1st!


Columbia City Elementary

2000 2nd Street

Columbia City, Oregon 97018


Lewis & Clark Elementary

111 South 9th Street

St. Helens, Oregon 97051


McBride Elementary

2774 Columbia Blvd.

St. Helens, Oregon 97051


Schedule Changes for the 2024/2025 School Year
Stacey Mendoza

Throughout the past year, the St. Helens School District has been dedicated to fostering open communication and collaboration with our community. We embarked on a journey to gather insights and feedback on our bell and bus schedules, recognizing the importance of ensuring that our schedules align with the needs and preferences of our students, staff, and families.

Your invaluable input, provided through surveys and engaging discussions during our District Listening sessions, has been instrumental in shaping the decisions we make. We are pleased to announce that based on this feedback and careful consideration, the St. Helens School District will be implementing a new schedule for school start and end times for the upcoming academic year.

Here are the revised start and end times for our schools:

· Columbia City Elementary: 7:45 am – 2:15 pm

· Lewis & Clark Elementary: 7:45 am – 2:15 pm

· McBride Elementary: 7:45 am – 2:15 pm

· St. Helens High School: 8:20 am – 3:20 pm

· St. Helens Middle School: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

This updated schedule not only reflects our commitment to optimizing learning opportunities for our students but also aligns with recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Research indicates that older students benefit from later start times, promoting academic success and overall mental well-being. Conversely, for our younger students, earlier start times have been shown to have no measurable negative impact on academic outcomes.

We are confident that these adjustments will contribute to a more conducive learning environment for all our students, enabling them to thrive academically, emotionally, and socially.

As we embark on this journey together, we remain deeply grateful for your ongoing support and collaboration. Together, we will continue to uphold our district vision of inspiring all students to learn, connect, and commit to a thriving future and our mission of strengthening our community through exceptional schools.

Thank you for your unwavering dedication to the success of our students and our community. We look forward to an exciting and fulfilling 2024/2025 school year!




Capture the Legacy: St. Helens High School History Photo Contest!
Stacey Mendoza

As we eagerly await the grand opening of our new high school, we are thrilled to announce the launch of the "Capture the Legacy: St. Helens High School History" Photo Contest, grasping the rich history of St. Helens High School. We are inviting our community to contribute to the creation of a captivating photo display that will adorn the entryway of our new school, showcasing the moments and memories that have made St. Helens High School special throughout the years.

Here are the details of the contest:

Capture the essence of St. Helens High School's history. Whether it's a snapshot from a memorable event, a candid classroom moment, or a cherished image from years past, we want to see it all! We are seeking photo submissions to add to our photo display and expand on the history of St. Helens High School. Specifically, we are seeking older photos from the 1885 - 1983 date range, but all photos will be accepted.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Submit your photo(s) online via email to Director of Communications Stacey Mendoza at or submit a physical copy at St. Helens School District 474 North 16th Street - St. Helens, OR 97051 by Tuesday, April 30, 2024, at 4:00 pm. No late submissions will be accepted.

  • Please include a brief description or caption for each photo, highlighting its significance (including the year the photo was taken).

Selection Process:
Our school board members will carefully review all submissions and select the most compelling photos to be featured in the display.


  • 1900-1910

  • 1910-1920

  • 1920-1930

  • 1930-1940

  • 1940-1950

  • 1950-1960

  • 1960-1970

  • 1970-1980

  • 1980-1990

  • 1990-2000

  • 2000-2010

  • 2010-2020

  • 2020- Present

In addition to having their photo prominently displayed in the high school's entryway, selected participants will also receive special recognition during one of our St. Helens School District board meetings. 

We believe that each photo holds a piece of the incredible story of St. Helens High School. By participating in this contest, you are not only contributing to the visual tapestry of our school but also becoming a part of its living history.

Thank you for being an integral part of our school community. We look forward to seeing the remarkable moments that have shaped St. Helens High School over the years.



By entering the “Capture the Legacy: St. Helens High School History” Photo Contest,  participants agree to the following terms and conditions:

  • Eligibility:

    • There are no restrictions on who may enter the contest. 

  • Submission of Entries:

    • Participants must submit their photo(s) according to the guidelines provided by the St. Helens School District. 

    • There is no limit to the number of photos that can be submitted.

    • All entries must be original works created by the participant, and participants must have full rights to the submitted content.

  • Intellectual Property:

    • By submitting an entry, participants grant the St. Helens School District a non-exclusive, royalty-free license to use, reproduce, distribute, and display the submitted photo(s) for the purposes of the Contest and any related promotional activities.

  • Ownership:

    • Participants retain ownership of their submitted photos. The St. Helens School District will not sell or transfer ownership of the submitted content to any third party.

  • Publicity and Promotion:

    • Participants consent to the St. Helens School District’s use of their name, likeness, and submitted photos for promotional purposes related to the Contest without compensation.

  • Judging and Winners:

    • The St. Helens School District will determine the judging criteria and selection process. 

    • Winners will be notified through the contact information provided during submission.

  • Disqualification:

    • The St. Helens School District reserves the right to disqualify any entry that violates the terms and conditions or is deemed inappropriate.

  • Limitation of Liability:

    • The St. Helens School District is not responsible for any technical issues, lost or delayed entries, or any damages or losses that may occur in connection with the Contest.

  • Modifications:

  • The St. Helens School District reserves the right to modify or cancel the Contest at its discretion.

By entering the Contest, participants acknowledge that they have read, understood, and agree to abide by these terms and conditions.

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