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Third student-built home up for sale

The third home of the Columbia Basin Student Homebuilders Program (CBSHP), Fieldstone #3, is almost complete and will soon be ready for viewing by appointment with American West Properties Hermiston, LLC.

Hermiston School District is partnering with Shirley Parsons of American West Properties Hermiston, LLC to sell the third home in the Fieldstone Crossing cul-de-sac. The listing price for the home has been set at $379,900. Those interested may call Mrs. Parsons at 541-564-0888 to schedule a home tour.

A contractor/supporter appreciation lunch is scheduled for June 9, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Media representatives are welcome to attend and interview the professionals and students that were part of building the home.

The grand opening of Fieldstone #3 is set for Friday, June 9, from 1-6 p.m., at 875 SW Angus Court, Hermiston.

“Our students are excited for the opportunity to show the completed home,” said Curt Berger, student home builder director. “They have done a tremendous amount of work. We encourage community members to stop by to see the home.”

Fieldstone #3 is the third of 11 homes from the CBSHP to be built. It is a custom 2,466 sq. ft. home with many 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 |04/28/2017 3:28:01|District News|0 Comments

Christie Petersen selected as Sunset principal

Hermiston School District concludes a comprehensive search for the new Sunset principal. Superintendent Fred Maiocco will be recommending to the school board that Christie Petersen be considered to fill the vacancy.

Christie PetersenMs. Petersen is currently a school improvement coach for Education NW Network. She is an assistant professor at Corban University; an adjunct professor at George Fox University for Educational Leadership, and an administrative consultant for school support teams, educational specialists II for federal systems and assessment teams for the Office of Educational Improvement—for the Oregon Department of Education.

Ms. Petersen worked for the Hillsboro School District for nine years and served as a Title I teacher, School Improvement Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA), Title I coordinator and principal for Groner Elementary. Ms. Peterson also worked for the Virginia Beach Public City Schools for nine years.

Ms. Petersen has a license as an initial administrator and a continuing education/ superintendent license and Ed.D. from George Fox University; a master’s degree in early and middle school regular and special education (reading endorsement) from Regent University.

“I am so excited to be serving with such an outstanding group of distinguished colleagues in such a strong district!” said Christie Petersen. “I am incredibly thankful and feel extremely blessed.”

By |04/27/2017 4:12:45|District News|0 Comments

“Meet and greet” session set for aspiring Sunset Elementary principal

Hermiston School District is offering a “meet and greet” event with the final candidates for the Sunset Elementary principal’s position. The successful applicant will replace current principal, Devin Grigg, whose resignation becomes effective at the end of the school year. The community and district staff members are invited to the meet and greet session scheduled for Thursday, April 20, in Sunset’s library from 2:45 to 4:15 p.m.

After a thorough recruitment process the district received a broad applicant pool. Finalists were selected based on their ability to successfully demonstrate the required and desired characteristics identified by staff and community stakeholders.

Meet and greet attendees are asked to remain for the entire duration, in order to meet all candidates and provide feedback to the selection committee through anonymous comment cards.

The four finalists are:

Lisa Arriaga
Ms. Arriaga obtained her certification in educational administration from Western Governors University; has a master’s of science degree with a minor in elementary reading; a bachelor’s of arts degree in education with a major in elementary education and a minor in English as a Second Language from Heritage College.

Ms. Arriaga started her career as an elementary teacher from 1997-2004. Ms. Arriaga served as an ELL specialist, instructional coach and avid teacher from 2004 to 2014, and served as a testing facilitator/interventionist in the Washington Schools from 2014-1015. Ms. Arriaga is currently serving as the Assistant Principal at Sandstone Middle School.

Eric Fuchs
Mr. Fuchs has an initial administrator license, reading endorsement and a master of arts in teaching degree from George Fox University, and an ESOL endorsement from Portland State University.

Since 1998, Mr. Fuchs has been a 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teacher. He was part of a collaborative team that helped develop 150 math items for the Smarter Balanced Assessment. He helped create a mentor program in the Newberg School District, was part of the Regional Rural School Network and participated in a forum that discussed issues related to the Smarter Balanced Assessment.

Christie Petersen

Ms. Petersen has a license as an initial administrator and a continuing education/ superintendent license and Ed.D. from George Fox University; a master’s degree in early and middle school regular and special education (reading endorsement) from Regent University.

Ms. Petersen is currently a school improvement coach for Education NW Network. She is an assistant professor at Corban University; an adjunct professor at George Fox University for Educational Leadership, and an administrative consultant for school support teams, educational specialists II for federal systems and assessment teams for the Office of Educational Improvement—for the Oregon Department of Education.

Stephanne Seals

Ms. Seals obtained her master’s degree in educational administration and supervision from Wichita State University; received her bachelor of science degree in elementary education with a middle level endorsement in social studies from Friends University.

Ms. Seals was a teacher at a magnet school from 1995-2002, was an administrative intern and teacher at a middle school from 2002-2005; a middle school campus support and learning coach from 2005-2008 and is currently an assistant middle school principal for the Wichita Public Schools.

By |04/14/2017 3:29:52|District News|0 Comments

Spring into safety

Hermiston School District would like to remind community, parents and students that as the weather and daylight hours improve, children tend to be more active.

The district would like to offer the following safety tips:

  • If a student must walk home, do so with another buddy or in groups, never walk home alone.
  • The student should check with a parent or babysitter before talking to another grown-up.
  • When riding a bike, make sure you wear a helmet, ride on the right side of the road and on sidewalks. Use hand signals when turning.
  • Watch out for cars or trucks in driveways as their doors could get opened.
  • Never rely on a car to stop.
  • Only cross at designated crosswalks.
  • Stop and look left, right and left again before crossing or entering a street, or intersection.
  • Put your cell phone, video game away while you are walking to avoid injuries.
  • If you need to talk on a cell phone or text, move to the side of the walkway.
  • Don’t wear headphones while walking or riding a bike so that you can hear the sounds around you.
  • Designate a walking/riding route that both parent(s) and student(s) know and feel safe with.
  • At all times, be aware of your surroundings, especially when there are many cars around you.

Thank you parents and community members for helping keep students safe.

By |04/13/2017 4:42:55|District News|0 Comments

Sales vendor falsely representing district

A vendor from the Midwest is once again contacting local businesses to sell sports poster ads. The salesman claims to be a representative from Hermiston High School.

Hermiston School District would like the business community to know that this vendor is not affiliated with the high school or district, and proceeds from the posters do not benefit district students. Any advertising or sponsorship for HHS programs will come directly from Larry Usher, the district’s director of athletics and activities, or Lindy Thompson, the athletics secretary.

As a reminder, ads for the Hermiston High School sports calendar have all been sold for the year. Businesses will not be contacted for sponsorship until the beginning of the 2017-18 school year.


A formal complaint against Sports Media has been filed, our file number is FF5392-16.


If anyone has questions, please contact Larry Usher at (541) 667-6117.

By |04/12/2017 8:22:32|District News|0 Comments

Third grade team from Rocky Heights is going to the Oregon Battle of the Books State Competition

2017 OBOB Region Six Winners

“The Book Bombers” Team–(left to right), Eleanor Larsen, Glyn Lystrup, Cate Doherty and Caden Lloyd.

The third grade, Rocky Heights “Book Bombers” Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) Team won the 2017 OBOB 3rd-5th Grade Division Region Six Competition on Saturday, March 18, and is traveling to the OBOB State Competition at Chemeketa Community College to battle against teams from all over the state on Saturday, April 8.

The winning teams from each of the five Hermiston elementary schools battled in the 3rd-5th grade Division of the Region Six Oregon Battle of the Books Competition on March 18. There were 21 teams in this division of the competition. After being seeded first in pool play, the Book Bombers battled through a 16-team single-elimination bracket and defeated a well prepared team from Highland Hills with a score of 88 to 55. This is the third time, in the last five years that Rocky Heights has won the Region Six Competition. Rocky Heights is the only school that will represent the Hermiston School District at the state competition.

The Book Bombers Team coached by Rocky Heights 3rd grade teacher, Melissa Doherty, is made up of eight and nine year olds, Eleanor Larsen, Glyn Lystrup, Cate Doherty and Caden Lloyd. “These students have shown an incredible level of dedication in order to prepare for this competition often forgoing recess in order to spend time studying for their matches,” said Kristi Smalley, Hermiston School District elementary librarian.

The original Battle of Books program was started at Highland Hills Elementary in 1983 by Linda Turner, a retired teacher from Highland Hills. In 2006, Jan Nichols, a member of the Oregon Association of School Libraries worked in conjunction with a Library Services and Technology Act grant to help create the Oregon Battle of the Books Program. West Park was the first schools to participate in the state-wide OBOB program. In order to bring this opportunity to all elementary schools in Hermiston, this program was extended to Highland Hills, Desert View, Rocky Heights and Sunset over the course of the next three years. Since then battles have carried on and continue to take place every year beginning in mid-January. The winning teams from each school are determined by the end of February and participate in the regional competition.

The Oregon Battle of the Books mission is to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, to broaden reading interests, to increase reading comprehension, promote academic excellence, and to promote cooperative learning and teamwork among students. To learn more about the Oregon Battle of the Books visit http://www.oregonbattleofthebooks.org/.

By |04/07/2017 3:05:35|District News|0 Comments

Fuel Up to Play 60 Grant helps promote healthy eating and funds computer equipment for ALTV

Armand Larive Middle School and Angie Treadwell, Family and Community Health Umatilla-Morrow SNAP-Ed Program Coordinator for Oregon State University Extension Center, were recently notified that the school was awarded the Fuel Up to Play 60 Grant in the amount of $3,555.

OSU Extension Center and Armand Larive Middle School joined efforts to apply for the grant. The grant funds received were utilized to purchase a computer, accessories and software for ALTV. The lack of computer equipment limited ALTV students when and what projects they could do. The new computer equipment will enable ALTV students to make more Food Hero time lapse recipe videos to help educate students on healthy recipes.

Additionally, with the new computer equipment purchased, ALTV students were able to compete at the Student Television Network Conference in Anaheim, California on March 28-31. Under the category of Middle School Anchor Team, Armand Larive took 2nd honorable mention.

“We are excited for the opportunity to help Armand Larive students gain additional experience in video production while educating and promoting healthy behaviors among their peers and perhaps, the community at large, said Angie Treadwell.

This Friday, April 7, there will be a Food Hero tasting during lunch at Armand Larive; the student body will be tasting a “Popeye Power Smoothie.”  The Food Hero videos will be shown throughout the school on this day as well.

The Fuel Up to Play 60 Grant is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by the National Dairy Council and NFL, in collaboration with the USDA, to help encourage today’s youth to lead healthier lives. To learn more about the grant visit www.fueluptoplay60.com.

By |04/06/2017 4:46:55|District News|0 Comments

HHS junior selected as a LEDA Scholar

High School junior, Heidy Mejia-Puerta

Hermiston High School was recently notified that Heidy Mejia-Puerta, a high school junior, was accepted into the Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA) Scholars Program. The LEDA Scholars Program is a seven-week program designed to help high-achieving, low-income students go to the most selective colleges.

The scholars are selected in their junior year and have the opportunity to spend the following summer at Princeton University. While there, the students participate in leadership training, academic writing instruction, standardized test preparation, college guidance, and community building activities.

“I can’t emphasize enough that LEDA is life changing because they advocate for the LEDA Scholars at the admissions offices of the most prestigious colleges in the nation,” said Melody Bustillos, Generation College advisor and high school counselor. “And colleges know that a student who is part of LEDA is prepared to be successful not just academically, but comes with a network of support from LEDA throughout their college experience.”

Heidy is the sixth Hermiston High School student selected to be part of the prestigious LEDA Scholars Program. Two previous program participants have already graduated from college (Princeton and Wesleyan); one will graduate next month from University of Southern California, and two are still attending college (Swarthmore College and Stanford University).

To learn more about the LEDA Program or make a donation, visit ledascholars.org.

By |04/05/2017 10:20:08|District News|0 Comments

Armand Larive’s music program receives funding from Umatilla County Cultural Coalition

Armand Larive Middle School was recently notified by the Umatilla County Cultural Coalition that its choir program was selected to win a cash award of $770. The funds will cover the ticket costs for 50 students to see Restless Vocal Band, who will perform April 15, at Hermiston High School, as part of Desert Arts Council spring lineup.

“The kids and I are so grateful to Umatilla County Cultural Coalition for their generous grant,” said Music Teacher, Brooke Baker. “This gives kids the unique opportunity to see high caliber performances they many never get to have again. The award is the second grant we have received from Umatilla County Cultural Coalition. They have been an amazing support for students’ exposure to the arts.”

Umatilla County Cultural Coalition is made up of individuals representing the Arts, Heritage and Humanities in Umatilla County. The group strives to increase the awareness of cultural organizations and activities in the county. Through their local grants they provide funding to support goals in the Umatilla County Cultural Plan. The coalition is funded by the Oregon Cultural Trust.

To make a donation or learn more about either Umatilla County Cultural Coalition, (http://www.umatillacountyculture.org/) or Oregon Cultural Trust visit (http://culturaltrust.org/), visit the provided website.

By |03/22/2017 8:21:19|District News|0 Comments

District recognizes 2016-17 Classified Employees of the Year

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Fred Maiocco recognized the Classified Employees of the Year at the board of education meeting last night.

There are 168 classified employees in the Hermiston School District that serve 5,600 students in the roles of clerical staff, paraprofessional, interpreter/translator, library assistant, custodian, maintenance/grounds worker, print shop operator.

Classified Staff is essential to the district. They provide the best support in the smooth operation of offices, the safety and maintenance of buildings and property, and direct instruction of students.

This year’s recipients are:

High School

Lindy Thompson

Athletics & Activities Secretary

This is Lindy Thompson’s first year at Hermiston High School but as many of you know not her first in the district.  Lindy transferred from Sandstone Middle School where she was the lead secretary.  The athletic department has worked hard this year to help change the culture in the building, Lindy has been a key person in this restructuring process.  Though the school has a long way to go, with Lindy’s contagious smile and attitude I am sure that we will get there.  Congratulations to Lindy Thompson!

Joyce Wright

Campus Monitor

Joyce Wright is an outstanding representation of a person who is consistent and goes above and beyond to help students while at the same time holding them accountable.

She greets everyone with a smile, covers several miles per day ensuring that our students are making it to class, and builds lasting relationships with many of our students that are struggling. I would also add that Joyce is a bulldog when it comes to looking up incidences on the cameras saving both Michael and David hours of time.  Congratulations to Joyce Wright!

Armand Larive

Delia Lopez


Delia Lopez has worked for the Hermiston School District for multiple years.  Armand became the lucky building in 2014 when she joined the team.One staff member stated, “I appreciate her welcoming smile and that she wants things to be great for our students and staff.”

Delia takes great pride in keeping the building clean and after school activities prepared with gym set up and making sure youth programs are able to get into the building.  Mrs. Roberts has personally received phone calls from her when parents have arrived at school late at night wondering where their child was, to calm them as they find out that the away athletic event ran late and the bus is almost to Armand.  She has taken time out of her evening to find an administrator to assist a parent or child whom saw her and asked for help as she was cleaning.

Teachers appreciate how clean and organized their classroom is every morning.  Delia has the “Bullpup Pride” and we appreciate her warm, welcoming smile, hard work and dedication to be another amazing piece in making Armand great. Delia is a major contributor to the Armand Family!


Shou Yun Fan

Special Education Assistant

Shou Yun Fan is very good with special needs students.  You never see her frustrated.  She is always smiling and happy.  Yun is a dedicated, skilled, insightful and compassionate member of Sandstone, who goes above and beyond expectations to improve the education and quality of life for her students.  She inspires and motivates students through the use of humor, simple banter and fun engagement.  If students are having a bad day or resisting doing their work, she often redirects them by playing a game or creating a silly but directional phrase that gets them back on track.

Yun is also very self-motivated.  She has developed ways to collect and organize data that further drives instruction and improves outcomes in the classroom.  Thank you for demonstrating compassion and kindness towards others every day.  It is an absolute honor to have Yun as part of the Sandstone Staff.

Desert View

Serena Barker

Special Education Assistant

Serena Barker is an American Sign Language interpreter assigned to one student. She is a teacher to all of the students in her class. At times she is a co-teacher, colleague, sounding board, and a supportive friend. Desert View is fortunate to have her as part of the Coyote family.


Highland Hills

Sharla McDonald

Special Education Assistant

Sharla McDonald has a high level of devotion to educating all students. She is passionate, hard working and compassionate. Sharla jumps in and supports her students with every ounce of energy she has which is extremely contagious. Staff follow Sharla’s example leadership style, it is like having a second teacher in the classroom.

When visiting Highland Hills you will find an extremely efficient and dedicated classified staff and who is at the forefront? Sharla McDonald with a smile on her face and kids all around her. We are lucky to have Sharla at Highland Hills and most important our students are lucky to have spent their educational years with Sharla. Thank you Sharla for showing us what professionalism and dedication looks like. We are proud to stand beside you as a team member. Congratulations to a well deserving human being! Sharla McDonald, Highland Hills Classified Employee of the Year!

Rocky Heights

Nicole Malmberg

Special Education Assistant

Nicole Malmberg works tirelessly and absolutely loves what she does. She has a passion for all students, especially those with disabilities. This is a rare quality which demands a dedicated and special person to truly meet the needs of each student. Her commitment is beyond expectations and because of her, each student has a greater chance to reach their full potential. She truly wants what is best for our kids and sees the value in every single one of them.

One trait that I value highly in others is flexibility. In a profession that is centered around children who present diverse academic, behavioral, and social needs, people who can adjust to those ever-changing needs are the ones who not only last in the profession, but they are also the ones who can make the biggest difference. Mrs. Malmberg has this characteristic in spades. For these reasons Nicole Malmberg is Rocky’s Classified Employee of the Year.


Jennifer Morrell

Special Education Assistant

Jennifer Morrell is always there for students, staff and parents. She is passionate about her job and ready to assist no matter the situation, which makes her a valuable asset to Sunset and the Hermiston School District.  Her dedication to student safety throughout the day is unparalleled.  She will do whatever is asked of her and will step in anywhere when a student or staff member needs assistance.  Jennifer goes above & beyond in her duties as a para-educator.  She loves the kids and it shows through her actions.  Both Sunset and the Hermiston School District are lucky to have Mrs. Morrell.

West Park

Gaby Chora

Education Assistant

Gaby Chora is a model employee. She always comes to work and does her job with a smile on her face and a positive attitude. Her attitude is contagious often making those around her feel better about their work. She has a pleasant way about her that seems to bring comfort and belonging to the students she works with.

Within the last year, Gaby has taken on more of a leadership role among her peers often bringing questions, concerns, and positive solutions to building administration.  Gaby is a critical part of West Park and is greatly appreciated by all staff!  Congratulations Gaby – this award is well deserved!”

District Office

Nancy Coria

Home Liaison

Nancy Coria is the go to gal! If assistance is ever needed for a project, like translating a handbook, or an opportunity for professional growth arises, or I just want to have a nice, friendly, and supportive conversation, Nancy is that person.

Nancy’s skill set is above par and HSD is lucky to have her! Nancy has dedicated her craft and expertise to HSD for 15 years! She loves the students and loves what she does. Nancy continues to grow as a professional. She is currently doing coursework to become a Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant. We are lucky to have her!





Yearn for learning

These amazing individuals were chosen as Classified Employees of the Year and reflect the diligent work that the rest of the classified staff does to ensure that  students are getting the best education.

By |03/14/2017 4:24:11|District News|0 Comments