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Mr.  Jim  Helmen
Principal/7-12 Special Education Director
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Principal's Corner

Welcome back

Clatskanie Middle/High School

471 SW Bel Air Drive/PO Box 68

Clatskanie Oregon, 97016

(Phone) 503-728-2146

(Fax) 503-728-4632


Dear CMHS parents/guardians,


Welcome to a new school year!  I hope everyone is enjoying a relaxing summer and will be ready for another successful year.  This is always an exciting time of year for me. I want to take this opportunity to emphasize to our students how much our faculty and staff look forward to your return and how much we care about your success and well-being here at CMHS.  Our focus is not only on what you learn in class, but also about what type of person you become. Our goals go beyond teaching specific academic content- We want students to also learn to be responsible, show initiative, be problem solvers, learn to set and meet goals, understand and relate to various peer backgrounds, be able to resolve conflicts and problems independently, be able to think critically and learn from mistakes and become contributing citizens to the Clatskanie Community and beyond. 

At Clatskanie Middle High School education is intended to be dynamic, personalized and flexible. We believe all students have the opportunity to make their high school experience personally meaningful aimed at developing the skills to meet their life goals. Students, I encourage you to take advantage of what is offered here, make good decisions daily, study hard and be the best person you can be.  I know that if you follow this simple advice, your year will be filled with personal fulfillment, academic accomplishments and memorable experiences.

I would like to thank our parents and guardians for their continued support. Together we can create the kind of environment that will enable our students to reach their full potential. Throughout the year, there will be multiple opportunities to participate in school programs and activities and engage in conversations about your student’s individual needs and successes. We look forward to partnering with you and encourage you to stay connected over the coming weeks and months.


There are some changes that are expected for the 2019-20 school year:



  • Ryan Tompkins is our new Dean of Students.  He will remain our CMHS Athletic Director as well. As Dean of Students, Mr. Tompkins will oversee ALL 7-12 minor discipline and attendance issues.  

  • Anngie Froke has transitioned from our College and Career Readiness Facilitator to our new Main Office Head Secretary. 

  • Glenn Rhodes has been hired as our new Middle School Science/ PE Teacher.  Glenn is a Clatskanie native who has been teaching in Washington State for the past few years.  Mr. Rhodes brings with him a wealth of academic and coaching experience. Along with his teaching duties, Mr. Rhodes will be our new MS football coach.    

  • Dawn Warren (Teacher) and Betty Davis (Educational Assistant) have been hired as our new Alternative Education Program staff.  Alt. Ed. will be at the “Old Middle School”-Instructional hours will be 9:30am-3pm. Mrs. Warren and Mrs. Davis have been working hard this summer to put together a Project-Based Learning program for students attending the program.    

Class Schedule:

CMHS will be on a Modified Block Schedule this year.  The MBS will consist of block classes on Monday (Periods 1-3 with early release at 2:25) and Tuesday (Periods 4-7) being 90 minute class periods.  Wednesday-Friday, students will have period 1-7 (50 minutes class periods.). The modified block schedule will allow teacher/student contact 8 days in a 10 day period.   


Office Changes


The Main Office will handle ALL student body fees, activity fees, student check in/out, registration, medical, educational records, major discipline issues, all mental health needs, and graduation.  All minor discipline and attendance issues will be addressed by Mr. Tompkins in Rm. 204.


Mrs. Wilcoxen will be handling all nutrition services with include applications and fees through CSD District Office Located at CMHS.


Course/ Program Additions


  • Through researching the best possible companies providing online curriculum options, we have decided to partner again with Odysseyware online curriculum for credit recovery and Advanced Placement course needs. Foreign Language will continue through Oregon Virtual Education (ORVED)  

  • For students qualifying for CMHS Alternative School Options Program, they will be completing a combination of online, project based, and in class courses to meet academic graduation requirements. 

  • Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (CADD)/ CNC will be an additional curriculum element added to our Advanced Metals course.

  • High School STEM with a primary focus on Computer Programming- curriculum provided by Oregon National Science Foundation (this is an new elective course)

  • Senior Essential/Project course will be facilitated by Chris Boothe. Curriculum elements focused on meeting ODE Career-Related Learning Standards (CRLS). 

  • Character Strong Program imbedded in Career Advisory /Homeroom class.  CMHS has a goal of utilizing and teaching Character Strong curriculum to teach students the importance of strengthening one’s own character in order to improve relationships, increase academic achievement and overall improve the climate and culture of their schools. 

  • Middle School Drama has been moved to an after school program option for the 19-20 school year.  Mrs. Erwin will be holding 2-3 play options for any MS students interested. 


I look forward to an amazing new 2019-2020 school year as we work together to make CMHS a great place to learn and grow each day!



Jim Helmen Ed.S.

CMHS Principal



“Together we promote the opportunity for success”

Jim Helmen-Principal, Ryan Tompkins –Athletic Director/Dean of Students, Anngie Froke- Head Secretary