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The event was virtual last year, but this year, students will enjoy a real homecoming dance, with COVID precautions.

COURTESY PHOTO: SCAPPOOSE HIGH SCHOOL - The 2019 Senior Homecoming Princesses from Scappoose High School. Compared with last year, when we were battling the COVID-19 pandemic without the help of vaccinations, this year's Scappoose High School homecoming week will be taking on a more normal feel.

There is a homecoming dance scheduled for Friday, Oct. 29, following a football game with visiting St. Helens.

A spirit assembly was held Friday morning, Oct. 22, at which the homecoming court was announced. Following that, daily events will go by creative names.

Monday, Oct. 25, is "Just Keep Swimming," a beach-themed spirit day.

Tuesday, Oct. 26, it's "Who's Your Boo?" Students are free to wear pajamas to school.

Wednesday, Oct. 27, students experience Mood Day, and each mood will have a color. The freshmen mood is Disgust (with a green color), the sophomore mood is Fear (purple color), the junior mood is Sadness (blue color), the senior mood is Anger (red color) and the staff mood is Joy (yellow color).

Thursday, Oct. 28, it's "There's a Snake in my Boot," a country-themed day.

On Friday, Oct. 29, a homecoming parade is scheduled for 1 p.m. The crowning of the queen will take place at halftime of the St. Helens/Scappoose football game.

Following the game, the homecoming dance will take place in the Scappoose High School courtyard, ending at 11:30 p.m. The crowning of the king will take place at the dance.

Tyler Baker, activities director at Scappoose High School, explained the dance.

"It's fairly informal," Baker said. "We have to stick with COVID protocols regarding masking. One of the limitations for the dance is we're keeping it to Scappoose High School students only. We're providing a COVID waiver beforehand so everybody understands the requirements of the dance, essentially being masked the entire time."

As the names of this year's homecoming spirit events may suggest, this year's homecoming has Pixar, the movie company, as its overarching theme. Students at all grade levels will work on creative Pixar-related projects, including videos and a float for the parade.

For freshmen, the theme movie is "Monsters Inc." For sophomores, it's "Cars." Juniors have "Toy Story." The senior class will be inspired by "Finding Nemo."

As it has been for just about every school in Oregon, the past couple years have been quite the ride for Scappoose High School. After the school held virtual homecoming events last year, when students were engaged in comprehensive distance learning from home due to the pandemic, there are much more in-person activities this time around.

"We're trending toward normalcy," said Baker, who is in his first year as activities director. "Last year was entirely virtual. We really weren't able to do anything. There wasn't any official dance."

Baker continued, "We're definitely heading in the right direction. We are minimizing the number of events, just to be cautiously optimistic that everything goes well. We're kind of testing the waters."


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