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With this year's theme of 'We Got the Beat,' events kicked off Monday, Sept. 26, and conclude Friday, Sept. 30.

COURTESY PHOTO: SCAPPOOSE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND FACEBOOK - Members of this year's Homecoming CourtHomecoming week at Scappoose High School, complete with the big Friday night football game — which this year is against Milwaukie — is always a fun time.

This year is particularly sweet because masks are not required and students can actually show off their smiling faces.

Shelby Mitcham, head of social media and public relations for the Scappoose High leadership program, said activities this year run from Monday, Sept. 26, through Friday, Sept. 30, culminating with the Friday football game and dance.

"Our theme this year is 'We Got the Beat,' so it's basically music-themed," she said. "So, for our spirit days, they are all based on songs."

A kickoff assembly took place Monday, when the court was revealed.

Monday's event was "Let's Get Physical," complete with jersey-out and sportswear allowed. Tuesday's theme was "The Lazy Song" by Bruno Mars, where pajamas could be worn. Wednesday, students enjoyed "Party in the U.S.A." by Miley Cyrus. "Fancy," by Iggy Azalea, was on tap for Thursday while Friday's song theme is "Our House."

The homecoming parade will be held Friday afternoon, featuring high school sports teams, clubs, the band, police and fire personnel, the senior homecoming court, and the spirit court. The parade starts at the high school, goes down to Grant Watts Elementary School, up to Otto Petersen Elementary School, then back to the high school.

The homecoming football game begins at 7 p.m., but gates will be open at 6. Homecoming queen will be announced at halftime of the game. Following the game, the homecoming dance will be held at the high school.

Mitcham is happy to see this year's homecoming without all the COVID-19 restrictions of the past few years.

"I definitely think people are a lot more excited this year than last year," she said. "Last year, it was kind of, like, rushed together. But this year, it's really well planned out. A lot of kids haven't been to a homecoming before … I think there's a lot of hype and promotion of this year's homecoming."

On Monday and Tuesday, students were having fun wearing sports gear and pajamas.

With "Let's Get Physical," Mitcham said, "Most people wore sports jerseys. It got a lot of people to dress up for it."

On Lazy, or you might call it Pajama Day, students were out displaying their colorful PJs.

"Almost everyone dressed up," Mitcham said. "That was the easiest one that everyone could do."

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