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Kent Barnes named District Educator of the Year

Interim Superintendent Tricia Mooney named Kent Barnes the 2017-18 Educator of the Year at the chamber’s Distinguished Citizens Awards Banquet on Wednesday night.

Kent Barnes is a science teacher at Sandstone Middle School. He has taught in the Hermiston School District for 11 years. Kent is a teacher you come across once in a lifetime. Students and Sandstone staff know him for being kind, loving and fun. He is often heard saying, “if the kids aren’t having fun, then they aren’t learning.” He demonstrates his love for his profession on a daily basis.

Kent is enthusiastic about science, and even more passionate that all students are capable of learning, that all students can be successful. Kent is committed to his students and their performance. Those who know Kent have witnessed his devotion to student learning. He celebrates student successes and owns their failures. If a student struggles, Kent is the first to ask, “How did I fail them?” and “What should I do differently”?

The relationships Kent has with his students motivate them to work hard and to achieve at high standards. Kent often reminds his peers of the importance of not giving up on kids. Kent and his teaching partners have indeed perfected the “secret sauce.” Over the past ten years, the science department has consistently outperformed the state, with assessment passing rates averaging 90 percent.

Mr. Barnes’s students will remember lessons taught, not only about science but about life, about kindness and acceptance of others, freedom to take risks, the ability to grow and achieve at high levels and about hard work and perseverance.

Mr. Barnes has impacted past and future high school graduates’ hearts and minds as well as those around him.

By |02/23/2018 10:46:55|District Awards, District News|0 Comments

Rocky Heights redesigns student drop off/pick-up location

Rocky Heights Elementary redesigned the student drop off/pick-up location on the parking lot that faces W. Standard Avenue to improve efficiency and safety in the main parking lot on the southeast side of the building. The new change will tentatively become effective on Monday, October 30. The change resulted from feedback from the community that was shared over the past two years.

New lines will be painted on October 27 (weather permitting) to clearly delineate two separate lanes—one lane to stop and drop off/pick-up students with the other lane allowing for vehicles to drive through the lane without stopping for long time periods.

Last year, to address the traffic flow on the west side of the school (NW 7th Street), the staff added cones to ensure free access for school buses. The intent was to prevent traffic moving alongside cars when students are getting dropped off. This change made it safer and efficient for students and parents during the drop-off and pick-up times.

To assist students and parents with the new traffic flow, the first several days there will be extra staff in the parking lot before and after school to assist with a successful transition. We ask for the parents’ understanding while we go through this transition time.

Rocky Heights Staff wants to thank the community members that shared their concerns regarding student safety and welcome additional feedback as the staff strives to get better, safer and more efficient in the student pick-up/drop off times.

By |10/27/2017 2:43:28|District News|0 Comments

Superintendent to report for active duty

Dr. Fred MaioccoOn Monday, July 10, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Fred Maiocco informed the Hermiston School Board that he is in receipt of official U.S. military orders, placing him on extended active duty as a member of the US Armed Forces. As a result, he requested a leave of absence from his duties as superintendent for purposes of military service.

Maiocco serves as a brigadier (one star) general in the US Army Reserve, and he is being ordered to active military service in late-July 2017 in support of US military operations in Europe. He will be assigned as the Commander, 7th Mission Support Command (MSC), a forward-deployed, consequence management and civil affairs unit based in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Additionally, he will be dual-hatted as the deputy commanding general for the 21st Theater Sustainment Command (TSC), an active duty 2-star command coordinating logistical support to US forces based in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

Maiocco has served as superintendent of the Hermiston School District since 2007. He is a 1986 graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point and has been a member of the US military for over 30 years. He was previously deployed to Iraq in 2004-05 and Kuwait from 2011-12 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Maiocco estimated that his new deployment will last approximately 15-18 months, and he anticipates returning to Hermiston in late fall 2018.

The Hermiston School Board announced that it will select an interim superintendent to lead the district during Maiocco’s absence. Interested candidates must possess a valid Oregon administrator’s license and may inquire with Ms. Donna Thomas, human resources manager, at the school district administrative offices.

By |07/11/2017 8:42:31|District News|0 Comments

District releases updated 2017-18 school calendar

An updated 2017-18 school calendar was approved by the Board of Education at its May 8, 2017, regular meeting.

The calendar update comes after the district and Hermiston Association of Teachers (HAT) approved a working agreement for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years. The new agreement includes three additional teacher work days, two of which are student contact days.

The calendar for next school year has a Monday, August 28, 2017, start date, with the last day for students being June 7, 2018. Graduation will be Saturday, June 9, 2018. The district will observe winter break from December 20, 2017, through January 1, 2018, and spring break will fall on March 26-30, 2018.

For the complete calendar, visit the district web site www. hermiston.k12.or.us/community/district-calendars/.

By |05/09/2017 12:23:30|District News|0 Comments

District mourns loss of staff member

It is with great sadness that we learned of the tragic and sudden loss of Desert View Elementary School Counselor Meghan Rahm, Thursday evening. Mrs. Rahm worked at Desert View for two years, but she had a significant impact, not only on the students, but also the staff. We are proud to call her a colleague and a friend. She will be greatly missed.

The Crisis Flight Team is on campus and available today for those who want a safe place to grieve, share thoughts and support one another.

Our thoughts and prayers are with her family during this very sad time.

By |04/21/2017 8:55:08|District News|0 Comments

Lind named District Educator of the Year

Garth LindAssistant Superintendent of Human Resources Tricia Mooney revealed Garth Lind, as the 2016-17 HSD Teacher of the Year at the Hermiston Chamber’s Distinguished Citizens Awards Banquet on Wednesday night.

Garth Lind is a fifth grade teacher at Desert View Elementary. He has taught in the Hermiston School District for 17 years. He is a teacher, teachers come to see. His practice has been a model for over 70 visiting educators from schools as close as Armand Larvie Middle School and as far away as Grandview, Washington over the last four years. It is with good reason that Mr. Lind serves as this exemplary educator.

In the last three years, 87% of students in his class have scored benchmark or above on the Science OAKS assessment, 21% above the state average. The average growth his students have shown on the Smarter Balanced Assessment has been 55 points in Language Arts greatly outdistancing the expected 32 points of growth students are supposed to make during their fifth grade year. Those are great numbers, but they are outdistanced in math, were students in Mr. Lind’s class over the last three years have grown an average of 75 points while the expected growth is only 40.

While these numbers place him in the upper echelon of teachers, they are paled by his expertise in practice. Mr. Lind is the ultimate education facilitator. His ability to pose the right question to students and then step back and allow the students to wrestle with problem is unsurpassed.

Mr. Lind is not just a fantastic educator of children and colleagues, but he is also an avid learner. He continuously looks to learn from his peers. This effort to push his practice and constantly try to improve his already high level teaching skills serves as a model for all professionals to follow.

By |02/03/2017 2:16:49|District Awards, District News|0 Comments

District to make up snow day(s)

Hermiston students and staff will make up days at the end of the school year due to inclement weather. Last week’s snow day on Friday, December 9, resulted in a school cancellation. With a very tight calendar and no room for make up in the current schedule, students and staff will make up the days at the end of the school year.

The impact of this season’s cold weather will likely be felt most directly by Hermiston High School seniors, who will have their graduation day moved from June 3 to June 10. Due to the snow day, seniors would not meet the instructional hour minimum to qualify for graduation by June 3; thus, the 2017 graduation date will be June 10. The revised calendar incorporates a total of five days (highlighted in blue) for make-up, in the event inclement weather results in further delays. A copy of the revised calendar is included.

The following calendar changes take effect immediately:

  • June 8, 9, 12, 13, 14 are now designated as “Snow/Inclement Weather” make-up days (five student contact days for use in the event of inclement weather).
  • June 10 is now GRADUATION day (changed from June 3 and necessary for seniors to meet instructional hours).
  • June 14 is the last day for students.
  • June 15 is the last work day for staff.

The revised calendar allows for up to five days for inclement weather. The days are reserved for inclement weather and will only be used as needed.

“We understand that changing the graduation date and extending the school year is challenging for everyone involved,” said Superintendent Dr. Fred Maiocco. “However, we believe this decision is in the best interest of our entire community. We remain hopeful that with six months advance notification everyone will be able respond flexibly to this difficult situation.”

Oregon Department of Education takes a very strict view on how instructional hours are determined. Due to recent changes in Oregon Administrative Rules, there is no longer an allowance for inclement weather in meeting the minimum instructional hour requirements. The district’s previous calendar did not allow any room for make-up days; thus, the changes required to respond to recent weather related events.

Click here to see the revised 2016-17 school calendar.

By |12/14/2016 3:31:34|District News|0 Comments

2016-17 School Supply Lists

Below are the school supply lists for all elementary and middle schools in the Hermiston School District.

Armand Larive Middle School English/Spanish
Sandstone Middle School English/Spanish
Desert View Elementary School English/Spanish
Highland Hills Elementary School English Spanish
Rocky Heights Elementary School English Spanish
Sunset Elementary School English Spanish
West Park Elementary School English Spanish
By |07/28/2016 11:44:17|District News|0 Comments

Board declares vacant position

The Hermiston School District Board of Directors declared a vacancy at its meeting on July 11, 2016. Board member Maria Durón resigned from the board on July 1, following 9 years of service, in order to take a position with the district as its Communications Officer and Community Relations Specialist. Ms. Durón was first elected to the school board in 2007, and she was re-elected most recently in 2015.

“It has been an enriching experience serving with past and current Board members,” said Durón. “We have seen many challenges and celebrated many accomplishments. I am confident that current and future Boards will continue to take the district to greater levels.”

In the coming weeks, HSD will accept applications from those wishing to serve as an appointed member of the school board during the 2016-17 school year. Following the year of service, the appointed member will need to stand for election in May of 2017, to serve out the remaining term of the position through 2019.

Anyone interested in serving on the board of education should contact the board secretary at 541-667-6010. The application form may be downloaded here. Applications must be submitted by Thursday, August 4, at 4:00 pm and will be accepted either electronically to briana.cortaberria@hermiston.k12.or.us or in person at the district office, located at 305 SW 11th Street.

By |07/12/2016 11:23:33|District News|0 Comments

Homebuilders program announces scholarship recipients

Four participants of the Columbia Basin Student Homebuilders Program received the 2015-16 one-time $3,000 scholarship by the same name: Elizabeth Herrera, Cameron Meade, John Mejia and Emily Vandehey.

The application process included a scholarship application and required two letters of recommendation, a copy of the student’s transcripts, and an essay describing how the student’s educational plans/goals and experiences in the CBSHP helped to shape and support their career aspirations.

Applicants had to be senior classmen in Hermiston, Stanfield, or Umatilla High Schools; a student in good standing; an active participant in the CBSHP; and demonstrate a sincere interest in and intent to pursue a career in the building trades. These trades might include, but are not limited to, welding, sheet metal/HVAC, heavy equipment operating, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, construction managing, architecture, engineering (civil, landscape, mechanical, electrical, etc.). Recipients were selected on the basis of his/her desire and intent to pursue training and education, performance in the program during their high school tenure, and who best articulate their need through the application process.

The revolving scholarship fund was established through the generous sponsorship arrangement with the Northeast Oregon Home Builders Association. Awarded annually, generated dollars are provided to support graduating high school seniors who have actively participated in the program and express a desire to pursue post high school education in a CTE related field through a four year, two year, or trade school opportunity.

By |06/08/2016 2:40:17|District News|0 Comments