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Hermiston High School FFA students place at the State competition

On Saturday, November 18, Hermiston High School FFA hosted state-level contests for the Veterinary Science and Agriculture Sales Career Development Events (CDEs). Twenty-one schools, including 36 A & B teams, competed in veterinary science and 20 schools participated in agriculture sales.
Eighty-three Oregon FFA members competed in the Agriculture Sales CDE. Out of the 20 teams, Hermiston placed 8th. Team members were Deven Hofbauer, Jenna Wallace, Blake Betz, and Joseph Knight. Individually, out of the 83 kids, Jenna Wallace placed 4th overall.

One hundred sixty-nine Oregon FFA members competed in the Veterinary Science CDE. Out of 21 A teams, Hermiston placed 1st. The team consisted of Dylan Westfall, Kennidy Baker, Jenna Wallace, Isel Tejeda Urenda, and Adrian Stewart. Of the 169 individual competitors, Dylan Westfall placed 1st overall, Kennidy Baker placed 6th, and Jenna Wallace was 8th. The Veterinary Science CDE students will now move on to the National CDE in October 2018.

Over 35 community members assisted with the event, including staff from three different local veterinarian offices and six district staff members. Volunteers donated eight hours of their Saturday supporting the event. One staff member graded more than 150 essays in the scenario portion of the Vet Science contest. FFA alumni were active in the event serving breakfast and lunch to judges, advisors and students.

“The veterinary science team spent countless nights and endless hours at the school for the last two months preparing for the contest,” said Leah Smith, agriculture sciences teacher and FFA advisor. “I am so proud of them and their accomplishments.”

By |11/21/2017 5:08:05|District News|0 Comments

Send-off rally planned for HHS football team

Hermiston School District is proud of the football team’s advancement to the 2017 OSAA Football Championship final game, scheduled to take place at the Hillsboro Stadium, in Hillsboro, on Saturday, November 25. Hermiston will face Churchill at 6 p.m.

To celebrate the accomplishment, Hermiston High School has scheduled a send-off rally and the Hermiston Community is invited to attend. It will take place this Saturday, 8:30 a.m. at Kennison Stadium.

The schedule of events is as follows:
8:30 a.m. —free donuts, coffee and hot chocolate available
8:45 a.m.—spirit line forms
9:00 a.m.—team send off

The bulldog apparel store will be open on Friday, November 24th, from 4-6 p.m. at Kennison Stadium for those interested in purchasing bulldog gear prior to the game on Saturday.
The district would especially like to thank the Hermiston Police and Fire Departments and Hermiston Safeway for their contribution to this rally.

By |11/20/2017 3:35:14|District News|0 Comments

Hermiston Booster Club launches online apparel site

Hermiston Booster Club in partnership with Hermiston High School’s life skills class launches an online apparel site. The students in the life skills class will package and ship all online purchases.

“The Booster Club had the great idea of creating an online store, and the District assisted to make the idea a reality,” said the Director of Special Programs BJ Wilson. “The District was excited to provide an opportunity for students to learn job skills and a venue for students to have interaction with community members. This was a perfect arrangement that met the needs for both.”

The Booster Club’s mission is to enhance the experience of the Hermiston High School student athletes. It looks to provide program support, equipment, travel, supplies, and facility improvements over and above the Hermiston High School athletic budget.

The Booster Club’s clothing and athletic gear income helps fund their Adopt a Dawg program, which provides financial assistance for low-income, student-athletes with out-of-pocket costs. “This program has allowed us to keep more athletes continue participating in sports without worrying how to come up with the required out of pocket costs. In the past we have provided assistance such as shoes, baseball/softball gloves, lacrosse gear, mandatory insurance, and other expenses the athletes must pay to play these sports,” said Booster Club’s treasurer Paul Barnett.

To place an order visit https://squareup.com/store/booster-apparel-2/, or e-mail hermistonsportsboosters@gmail.com. A $14.99 flat rate shipping fee is applied to every order. Items ship within seven days to addresses in the United States only, no returns are allowed.

Booster Club members pictured above:
Back row: Blaine Hendrickson, Dr. Dave Rademacher, Dave Smith, Paul Barnett, Stacy Hunter, Kevin Fisher, Tiah Devin
Front row: Jared Lathrop, Lizzy Arnold, Karen Walchli, Jake Malmberg
Not pictured: Tyler Hansell
Photo contributed by HHS Yearbook Staff

By |11/13/2017 2:19:13|District News|0 Comments

Sandstone students to perform Alice @ Wonderland

Sandstone Middle School students are scheduled to perform “Alice @ Wonderland” on November 16 and 17, at 7 p.m., in the Sandstone Commons. Performances are open to the community. Tickets are$3.

A stage crew created the backdrops and props. The high school donated most of the costumes. All food props for the show were created by Miss Walchli’s life skills class.

“The audience will be surprised by the amount of hard work students have put forth over the quarter to grow as performers, especially the students who are returning from the musical last year,” said Chelsea Geer, language arts teacher.

The performance was made possible by the proceeds and generous donations that were obtained from audience members who attended “The Little Mermaid Jr.” last spring.

By |11/08/2017 3:39:17|District News|0 Comments

District to test CrisisManager application

The Hermiston School District will test the CrisisManager application on Thursday, November 9, at 6 p.m.

The CrisisManager application is another means that the district will utilize to share inclement weather or other related information with staff, parents and students in a quick manner. CrisisManager is a free application available for Android and iOS devices.

The application on personal devices is voluntary. For instructions on how to download the application, go to CrisisManager. Once the application is downloaded, check the cell phone or device settings, select the CrisisManager app and ensure notifications are enabled for the application.

Parents may also receive school closure/delay or other emergency related information via:

  • District website will display a banner identifying the closure or delay information for the day, prior to 6 a.m. In the absence of a banner, during inclement weather, the district will run on time without delay.
  • District Facebook and Twitter will show a post informing parents of the closure or delay information for the day, prior to 6 a.m.
  • SchoolMessenger, an automated system the district uses to inform students and families of school closures, delays and other emergency related information.
  • District phone message, callers may retrieve school closure and delay information by dialing into the district’s automated voice system at 541-667-6000. Pressing “1” will open the English menu, and selecting “1” again will direct callers to school closure, delay, and emergency information. To hear the information in Spanish, callers should press “2” for Spanish and then “1” for the information.
  • Our local newspapers, radio stations, and TV stations from surrounding areas will also have the district information.
By |11/07/2017 10:49:42|District News|0 Comments

Hermiston schools registered to participate in the Great Oregon ShakeOut

Hermiston schools will participate in the Great Oregon ShakeOut, a statewide effort to bring people to talk and practice what they would do in an earthquake. Over 560,00 participants are registered to participate in the drill on October 19.

The purpose of the event is to promote response preparedness. In an earthquake the recommended response is to drop, cover, and hold on.

  • If you are indoors, drop to the ground, take cover under a sturdy desk or table, against an interior wall in an office, home or school. Crawl away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls, and anything that can fall such as light fixtures or furniture. Cover your head and neck with your arms and hold on until the shaking stops.
  • If you are in bed, stay there and cover your head and neck with a pillow. Remain there until the shaking stops.
  • If you are outdoors stay away from buildings, trees, streetlights, power lines.
  • If you are driving, pull over to a clear location, stop and stay there with your seatbelt fastened until the shaking stops. Once the shaking stops, proceed with caution; avoid bridges or ramps that might have been damaged.
  • If you use a wheelchair or other mobility devices the Earthquake Country Alliance recommends that you lock the wheels, bend over, cover your head and neck with your arms, pillow, book or whatever is available, remain seated until the shaking stops. For additional information visit earthquakecountry.org.

Since the safety of our students and staff is our top priority; drills are conducted in our schools on a regular basis. We encourage parents to take this opportunity to talk as a family, create a plan, and practice what they would do in the event of an earthquake.

To register as an individual or organization to participate in the Great Oregon Shake Out go to: http://www.shakeout.org/register/. To learn how to prepare before, during and after an earthquake go to: www.ready.gov

By |10/17/2017 11:21:01|District News|0 Comments

Hermiston High School to perform Game of Tiaras a comedy by Don Zolidis

Performances are scheduled for November 3, 4, 10 and 11 at 7 p.m. in the high school’s auditorium. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the high school’s bookkeeping office. Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for adults, and $8 for senior citizens 65 years and older with ID.

The play is about an aging king of a magical kingdom who decides to split his empire between his three daughters: Cinderella, Belle and the Snow Queen (who does NOT resemble a copyrighted character). Terrible tragedy ensues—terrible, hilarious tragedy. A parody of the gut-wrenching plot twists in the popular television series and the goofiness of Disney characters, this adaptation of King Lear will leave you dying with laughter as the body count mounts. It’s happily ever laughter . . . psych!

More than 40 students are participating in this comedy. Dr. Beth Anderson, the theater director, attributes the high student turn out to the comical script. “Students were laughing while reading the very first page of the script, so I think our audience will find it hilarious.”

With laughs galore and a special appearance by HHS Science teacher Zyan Silver, Game of Tiaras is a must-see show!

By |10/05/2017 3:14:59|District News|0 Comments

District announces the sale of the third student built home

The Hermiston School District is excited to announce that Taylor and Brittany Smith, have purchased Fieldstone Crossing #3, the third of eleven student-built homes in the Fieldstone Crossing subdivision. Brittany Smith is currently an elementary school teacher for the Hermiston School District.

The district plans to turn over the key and host a ceremonial photo opportunity with the new owners this Wednesday, October 4, at 4 p.m. Fieldstone Crossing #3 is located at 875 SW Angus Court, adjacent to Armand Larive Middle School.

HSD partnered with Shirley Parsons of American West Properties Hermiston, LLC to sell Fieldstone Crossing #3, listed at $379,000. The custom 2,466 sq. ft. home has the following upgraded amenities:

  • 4 bedrooms 2 ½ bath, modern energy efficient, custom home
  • Three car garage, 744 sq. ft.
  • Office/den fourth bedroom, with ½ bathroom
  • Vaulted great room
  • Coffered ceiling in dining room
  • 9 ft. ceilings throughout the home
  • Above code standards with Energy Trust of Oregon; enhanced insulation, energy efficient windows, sealed ductwork, energy efficient heating, cooling and ventilation systems, envelope tightness measures, energy efficient lights, and appliances
  • Central vacuum system, new hide-a-hose
  • Security system
  • High speed fiber optics with EOT
  • Water softener
  • Surround sound speaker system for TV, and speakers in garage, back porch, master bedroom, kitchen, dining room, office/den.
  • Large modern kitchen, double ovens, 5 burner gas top, center inland, insta hot water, garbage disposal and soap dispenser, door in door refrigerator, double pantry.
  • Custom master bathroom, walk in shower, with free standing tub
  • Large walk in master closet
  • Quartz counter tops, throughout the home
  • Gas fire place, built in TV cabinet
  • RV parking, with water, electric
  • Fully landscaped and fenced yard
  • Outdoor kitchen, with framed in barbeque and TV, dry sink, refrigerator, tongue and groove ceiling,
  • Solar ready, soffit lights and outlets.
  • 8’ x 10’ storage shed
  • Great location, quiet neighborhood.
By |10/03/2017 1:20:14|District News|0 Comments

Board decides to move graduation to Toyota Center

The Hermiston School District board of directors made their final decision on the graduation venue. After much thought, consideration and deliberation, six Board of Directors voted to move the graduation venue to the Toyota Center for 2018 one member opposed the decision. Graduation will take place the evening of Thursday, June 7.

In August the Board of Directors tasked administration to provide options other than the Hermiston High School gym due to overcrowding with increasing class sizes. Information was gathered and presented to the Board. Two different surveys went out to parents, students, staff, and community members to provide feedback. A similar survey was conducted at the high school, to get better participation from senior students.

“The Board has taken much time and study while making this decision. The voices that carried the most weight were the graduating seniors, their parents and school staff,” said Board Chair Karen Sherman.  “Of all of the options holding graduation at the Toyota Center is the best choice at this time, providing a venue that is fiscally viable, makes it possible for everyone wishing to attend to do so and to be in a comfortable setting. We appreciate the input from the community and look forward to celebrating the Class of 2018.”

By |10/02/2017 8:05:06|District News|0 Comments

Armand Larive to host fall middle school regional workshop

Armand Larive Middle School will kick off the year with the Oregon Association of Student Councils (OASC) by hosting the fall middle school regional workshop on Monday, October 2, from 8:15 a.m.-1:45 p.m., at the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center.

The council has teamed up with #ICANHELP which has a clear message for students—one person has the power to make a difference and delete negativity online in his or her own life.

EOTEC will see about 150 middle and high school students from Baker, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, and Wheeler County Schools. Hermiston will be represented by both middle schools and high school. The students will listen to a keynote speaker from #ICANHELP, break out into workshops and the young leaders will work on a community service project.

The Oregon Association of Student Councils is a non-profit member association that serves middle and high schools throughout the state. The organization provides leadership development to students and advisors. The association is sponsored by the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA) and is recognized by the National Association of Student Councils (NASC).

To learn more about the Oregon Association of Student Councils (OASC) go to: http://oasc.org/

By |09/28/2017 1:10:58|District News|0 Comments