Beef to School: Burgerville, Local Partners and District Plan BBQ Bash to Welcome Students

Although the new academic year doesn’t officially start until September 6, Canby High School leaders hope students will stop by for a burger before that.

With help from local partners, CHS is hosting a back-to-school event from 4-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 31, for the entire school community to welcome incoming
first-year students, enjoy a meal together and hold an open house and other activities.

Canby Burgerville donated 1,000 burgers to the event, and Cutsforth’s Market added 1,200 fresh-baked cookies. With other donations from the CHS Booster Club and Sysco, students and families who attend will get burgers, chips, cookies, and water as they officially kick off a new year.

You’ve heard of back to school? Call this “beef to school.”

“I knew the Canby community was generous. I’ve always known that,” said Associate Principal Kimie Carroll. “But they’re just stepping right up and not asking for anything in return. It’s just thrilling. The support just makes you want to cry because it’s such a good place to be.”

The freshmen welcome runs from 4 to 5 p.m. Families should meet near the stadium for special activities for incoming freshmen including tours and a question and answer session.

Then comes the meal for the first 1,000 people from 5 to 6 p.m. and the open house from 6 to 7:30 p.m., when families will have the chance to talk with teachers in different departments and community partners like The Canby Center, Student Transportation of America, and the district’s nutrition services department.

Students and families can also greet new Principal Cari Sloan, the former associate principal who replaced the retiring Greg Dinse this summer, along with returning associate principals Carroll and Ben Winegar and new Associate Principal Megan Jackson.

The building itself will look slightly different to folks as demolition has taken place at the back of the building near the stadium in preparation for the new 50,000-square-foot science and general education wing made possible by the 2020 bond.

Construction will continue until the wing’s anticipated completion in fall 2023. A real-time view of the construction process is available online here.

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