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Mr.  Jim  Helmen
Principal/7-12 Special Education Director
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Welcome from Mr. Helmen


Dear CMHS parents/guardians,


Welcome Back! I am honored to be the new principal here at Clatskanie Middle High School and incredibly excited to begin our 2018-19 school year! This promises to be a year filled with great opportunities for all of our students as we strive to find new ways to be even better than we have before! Our staff of highly qualified professional educators and support personnel are committed to providing our students with as many opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom. I would like to extend a special, yearlong invitation to our families to join us at school activities and events whenever possible. We value your involvement and support in your child’s education.


There are some changes that are expected for the 2018-19 school year:




With the departure of Mr. Jensen, Mr. Rininger, Mr. Skirvin, and Mrs. Arnst, we are excited to announce our new teachers to CMHS staff: Carole Shockley- Middle Levels Language Arts, Deney Flatz- CTE/Forestry, and Saul Tena- CMHS Special Education- Life Skills program.


Mr. Hazapis will be moving into a new role as a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) focused on Attendance and minor discipline grades 7-12. He will also be teaching two 7- grade Math courses. Due to this change in Mr. Hazapis’ teaching duties, we are excited to welcome Mr. David Crawford over from CES as our new Middle Level Math, Science, and Computer Application teacher.


Mr. Tompkins will be taking a one year sabbatical from teaching but will remain on staff as CMHS Athletic Director. Mr. Rob Haulk will be teaching all 7th & 8th grade Social Studies courses in Mr. Tompkins absence.


Office Changes


All student body & activity fees, as well as nutrition services, will be supported by Mrs. Wilcoxen through Student Services Office (location remains the same as 2017-18 school year). The Main Office will be handling all student check in/out (attendance phone line), registration, graduation, medical, educational records, major discipline issues, all mental health needs, and teacher needs. All minor discipline issues will be addressed by Mr. Hazapis in Rm. 107.



MS Cruise Classes will be changing this year and will now consist of STEM, Computer Applications, School Orientation, and Health courses for all middle school students. “STEM” is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics. “School Orientation” is a course designed around the MindUp program for grades 6-8 helping students’ transition from adolescence to young adulthood. The focus of the MindUp program/classroom is to teach tolerance of differences, self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, improve relationship skills, and develop coping mechanism aimed at responsible decision making.




All CMHS middle school students will be required to wear PE uniforms this year. There will be a $10.00 Student Body Fee for two “CMHS PE” T-shirts (they will get to keep). Students will also be required to wear black basketball shorts or Sweat/Yoga pants.


Through researching the best possible companies providing online curriculum options, we have decided to partner with BYU Independent Study to provide our online curriculum needs. BYU provides better course options and greater student support than previous companies we have used. All credit recovery, Foreign Language, and Advanced Placement courses will be completed through BYU IS. For students qualifying for CMHS Alternative School Options Program, they will be completing a combination of online, packet based, and in class courses to meet academic graduation requirements.


Mrs. Chris Boothe will be facilitating a SAT prep course using the Khan Academy. . Khan Academy has partnered with College Board to provide students, who have taken the PSAT or SAT, a tailored practice program based on their (P)SAT results. A study of 250,000 students from the class of 2017 showed regardless of gender, race, income, or high school GPA, 20 hours on Khan Academy (Tailored to student specific test results) was associated with an average 115-point increase from the PSAT/NMSQT to the SAT.


State testing


All juniors will be encouraged to take the SBAC for state testing purposes in meeting Essential Skills requirements this upcoming school year. The school will not be replacing the Smarter Balance Assessment (SBAC) with the SAT assessment but utilizing both to better gauge student academic progress. CMHS will continue to offer the PSAT 8/9 to all 8th and 9th graders in the spring and the PSAT/NMSQT to all the 10th graders in the fall. These two tests are directly aligned and help prepare students for the SAT in the spring when they are in 11th grade.


Please know that we highly value home/school communication and relationship here at CMHS. It is vital and plays an integral role in each student’s success. We encourage you to contact us if/when the need arises, and to stay in the know about your child’s studies, assignments, assessments, and school activities, as well as other events and happenings.


Here’s to an AMAZING new school year as we work together to make our school a great place to work and learn each day!







Jim Helmen Ed.S.

CMHS Principal