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

Nominations open for 3rd annual Distinguished Alumnus award

Hermiston School District is announcing that nominations are open for the 3rd annual Distinguished Alumnus award. The award is given annually to recognize deserving Hermiston High School graduates who are leaders within their respective field of expertise and within their community.

Aspiring candidates need to meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a graduate of Hermiston High School, having attended Hermiston High School for at least two consecutive years prior to graduation;
  • Leader in his or her chosen field/profession, with a proven record of achievement and at least 15 years verifiable and successful professional experience;
  • Strong supporter and contributor to community service;
  • Willing to serve as a role model for youth;
  • Model citizen with a clean background free of criminal convictions; and,
  • Supported by strong references and/or endorsements.

The 2017 Distinguished Alumnus will be revealed as part of Hermiston High School’s Evening of Excellence on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, and will be a featured speaker at the HHS commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 3, 2017. The Alumnus will also serve as a guest speaker and featured role model throughout the 2017-2018 school year.

16-DAKeownAlan Keown, a 1975 HHS graduate, was the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus. Mr. Keown has been a percussion teacher and arranger in the Pacific Northwest since 1980. He spent many of those years as a drum set and orchestral performer as well as marching percussion specialist at the University of Oregon, Oregon State University and various high school programs. He has been involved with Ted Turner’s Goodwill Games Ceremonies as well as the competitive tour sponsored by Drum Corps International, and is very active in the winter drumline activity. Mr. Keown publishes marching band music with Matrix Publishing Company, concert percussion literature with Alfred Publishing and Tapspace Publications and indoor drumline shows with Marching Show Concepts.

Applications will be available at Hermiston High School, the school district office, or by clicking here. Please forward completed nominations to Hermiston High School Assistant Principal Scott Depew, via email.

By |11/23/2016 12:00:06|District Awards, District News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

District announces Keown as Distinguished Alumnus

16-DAKeownHermiston School District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Fred Maiocco announced Alan Keown, a 1975 Hermiston High School graduate, as the 2016 Hermiston High School Distinguished Alumnus, during the HHS Evening of Excellence celebration.

Keown is a well-known percussion teacher and arranger throughout the Pacific Northwest. In 1989 he founded the Alan Keown Marching Percussion Camp, held in Eugene, Ore., and he has instructed for entities such as University of Oregon, Oregon State University and various high school programs, along with Ted Turner’s Goodwill Games Ceremonies and the competitive tour sponsored by Drum Corps International.

The Distinguished Alumnus award is intended to recognize former HHS graduates who went on to serve in critical roles within business, industry, academia, and government throughout the United States and the world and who will inspire current students to pursue excellence and achievement in their own endeavors.

Keown is a 1975 graduate of University of Oregon, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Percussion Performance. He publishes marching band music with Matrix Publishing Company, concert percussion literature with Alfred Publishing and Tapspace Publications, and indoor drumline shows with Marching Show Concepts. Keown is married to Denise, and they have two sons, Matt and Chris.

By |05/13/2016 11:29:27|District Awards, District News|0 Comments

District earns 9th consecutive financial award

post-image-CAFR-GFOALOGOThe Hermiston School District business office received notification that it has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for the district’s 2014-2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a district and its management. The certificate is awarded primarily to government units whose CAFRs meet the highest standards in government accounting and financial reporting. The CAFRs are judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

This is the 10th time the Hermiston School District has been recognized for its CAFR, and ninth consecutive year. The District was previously honored for the 2013-14, 2012-13, 2011-12, 2010-11, 2009-10, 2008-09, 2007-08, 2006-07, and 2004-05 school years.

“I am truly proud of the financial stewardship exhibited by the Board of Education and district business department, as marked by HSD earning the GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement for a tenth time,” said Business Manager Katie Saul. “This honor is evidence of the district’s commitment to excellence in reporting transparency and financial accountability; it exemplifies the district’s standard of excellence and vision to be the premier public school district in Oregon.”

The Government Finance Officers Association of the U.S. and Canada is a nonprofit professional association that serves approximately 17,500 government finance professionals. The GFOA established the CAFR Program in 1945 to encourage and assist state and local governments to go beyond the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles to prepare comprehensive annual financial reports that evidence the spirit of transparency and full disclosure and then to recognize individual governments that succeed in achieving that goal.

By |05/11/2016 11:25:12|District Awards, District News|0 Comments

District is a three-time “Best Community for Music Education”

NAMM 16 LogoHermiston School District was named a 2016 Best Community for Music Education (BCME) by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation, marking the third year in a row HSD has received the distinction.

Hermiston is one of 476 districts across the nation, and one of four in Oregon, to earn the honor. The designation identifies districts for their outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who work together to ensure access to music learning for all students as part of the school curriculum. Evaluated factors for the BCME designation include funding, staffing of highly qualified teachers, commitment to standards, and access to music instruction.

This award recognizes that Hermiston is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the new federal education legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation, signed into law in December 2015, replaces No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), which was often criticized for an overemphasis on testing—while leaving behind subject such as music. ESSA recommends music and the arts as important elements of well-rounded education for all children.

As Hermiston finalizes its 2016-2017 budget, the NAMM Foundation’s Best Communities for Music Education Award and the implementation of the federal ESSA law bring attention to the importance of keeping music education part of the school’s core education for all students. It also highlights music’s vital role in students’ overall success in school.

Research has shown a connection between participation in music education programs and student success, notably an improvement in brain function and a person’s ability to process language, which makes earning the BCME honor especially significant.

The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,300 members around the world. The foundation advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs. For more information about the NAMM Foundation, please visit www.nammfoundation.org.

By |03/29/2016 2:41:15|District Awards, District News|0 Comments

Grigg named administrator of the year; Educators recognized

Devin GriggSunset Elementary School Principal Mr. Devin Grigg was announced as the 2015-16 Hermiston School District Administrator of the Year at the Board of Education’s Regular January meeting on Monday night.

Grigg has 21 years of experience in education. He began his career in Oregon in 2001 as a 6th grade teacher for the Milton-Freewater School District. He was hired by HSD in 2005 as the assistant principal for Sandstone Middle School. In 2007 he moved to Armand Larive Middle School to serve as assistant principal, and in 2009 he started his post as SES principal.

Grigg and his wife Robyn live in Hermiston with their five children: Skyler, Koby, Trey, Kira, and Brooke.

Each year HSD also recognizes its outstanding teaching staff with the Educator of the Year Award. It is awarded annually to one educator from each of the elementary and middle schools, two educators from Hermiston High School, and one district-level educator. School staff members nominate coworkers from their respective schools for the honor. Nominees must have worked in the district for at least five years. The award is considered a “career-level” award that is conferred only on the most deserving of educators.

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This year’s recipients are:

  • Melody Bustillos, Hermiston High School
  • Mary Robinson, Hermiston High School
  • Ashlie Stanley, Armand Larive Middle School
  • Lisa McElroy, Sandstone Middle School
  • Dia Bernabe, Desert View Elementary School
  • Deanna Plum, Highland Hills Elementary School
  • Jessica Campbell, Rocky Heights Elementary School
  • Robbie Storagee, Sunset Elementary School
  • Stacy Schaefer, West Park Elementary School
  • Arta Jones, District-level

Grigg and the educators of the year will be recognized at the Hermiston Chamber of Commerce’s Distinguished Citizens Awards banquet scheduled for February 3, 2016.

Every spring, the Oregon Department of Education recognizes an Oregon Teacher of the Year. Striving to share our premier staff, HSD will nominate and support one of our ten educators of the year for this statewide recognition. The single Hermiston School District educator of the year will be revealed at the Chamber’s DCA banquet.

By |01/12/2016 12:03:25|District Awards, District News|0 Comments

Nominations open for Distinguished Alumnus award

Hermiston School District is proud to announce the opening of nominations for the 2nd annual Distinguished Alumnus award, which is granted annually to recognize deserving Hermiston High School graduates who are leaders within their respective field of expertise and within their community.

Nominations are now being accepted. Requirements for the award include:

  • Graduate of Hermiston High School, having attended Hermiston High School for at least two consecutive years prior graduation;
  • Leader in his or her chosen field/profession, with a proven record of achievement and at least 15 years verifiable and successful professional experience;
  • Strong supporter and contributor to community service;
  • Willing to serve as a role model for youth;
  • Model citizen with a clean background free of criminal convictions; and,
  • Supported by strong references and/or endorsements.

“Hermiston High School graduates complete a rigorous program of study, which serves as a foundation for further achievement in a variety of careers and professions,” said Superintendent Dr. Fred Maiocco. “As a result, many of Hermiston’s graduates serve in critical roles in business, industry, academia, and government throughout the United States and the world. The ‘Distinguished Alumnus’ award is intended to recognize such accomplishment and inspire current students to pursue excellence and achievement in their own endeavors.”

The Alumnus for 2016 will be revealed as part of Hermiston High School’s Evening of Excellence on May 10, 2016. Additionally, the Distinguished Alumnus will be a featured speaker of the HHS commencement ceremony on June 4, 2016, and will then serve as a guest speaker and featured role model throughout the 2016-2017 school year.

stuartThe 2015 Distinguished Alumnus was Mr. Stuart Allen, a 1980 Hermiston High School graduate. Allen founded Allen Trust Company and Allen Capital Management, in 2001. As president and chief executive officer, he guides Allen Trust Company in providing comprehensive trust and investment management services for individuals, families, and charitable organizations. Under his direction, Allen Capital Management, an SEC-regulated Registered Investment Adviser, offers customized and comprehensive wealth management for individuals, trusts, and private foundations.

Applications will be available at Hermiston High School, the school district office, or by clicking here.

By |12/17/2015 3:25:44|District Awards, District News|0 Comments

Desert View recognized as Model Professional Learning Community

One of About 200 Schools and Districts in the US and Canada to Receive This Honor

Desert View Elementary School was recently recognized for its sustained success in raising student achievement by Solution Tree. The school’s successful implementation of the Professional Learning Communities at Work™ process was a major contributing factor in the improved achievement of its students.

“We are humbled and thankful for this recognition,” stated DVES Principal Mr. Michael Roberts. “This achievement would not have been possible without the wonderfully hard working students and parents that make up the DV Coyote Family, as well as the unwavering support from the district offices. My staff members have committed to improve their practice every day, by drawing on each other’s strength, experience and enthusiasm. It is only through this interconnectivity that we are able to provide the best learning opportunities possible for our students.”

PLCs are schools and districts in which educators recognize the key to improved learning for students is on-going, job-embedded learning for the adults who serve those students. The three key ideas of a PLC call upon educators to:

  1. Focus on learning,
  2. Build a collaborative culture,
  3. Create a results orientation.

To be identified as a “model” PLC, schools must demonstrate a commitment to PLC concepts, implement those concepts for at least three years, and provide clear evidence of improved student learning over that period. Once measurable results can be seen, the school must explain its practices, structures, and culture within an application for consideration by the PLC Review Committee.

“Desert View Elementary School is the first school in Oregon to receive this recognition and be named a “model” PLC,” said Superintendent of School Dr. Fred Maiocco. “I’m extremely proud of the school’s commitment and work in implementing the key tenets of professional learning communities.”

According to Richard DuFour, Rebecca DuFour, Robert Eaker, and Mike Mattos, architects of PLC at Work™, educators in the schools and districts selected for this recognition have shown “a sustained commitment to helping all of their students achieve at high levels. They have been willing to alter the structure and culture of the organization to reflect their commitment. We applaud them and congratulate them for achieving this very significant milestone on the never-ending PLC journey.”

Recognized model PLC schools are listed on allthingsplc.info, where they share implementation strategies, structures, and performance with other educators interested in improving their schools. Tools for team collaboration, articles and research about PLCs, blog posts, and other related resources are all available on the site. The site was developed and is maintained by Solution Tree, a leading provider of educational strategies and tools that improve staff and student performance. For more than 20 years, Solution Tree resources have helped K–12 teachers and administrators create schools where all children succeed.

By |12/10/2015 3:07:43|District Awards, District News|0 Comments

District earns 8th consecutive financial award

post-image-CAFR-GFOALOGOThe Hermiston School District business office received notification that it has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for the district’s 2013-2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a district and its management. The certificate is awarded primarily to government units whose CAFRs meet the highest standards in government accounting and financial reporting. The CAFRs are judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

This is the ninth time the Hermiston School District has been recognized for its CAFR, and eighth consecutive year. The District was previously honored for the 2012-13, 2011-12, 2010-11, 2009-10, 2008-09, 2007-08, 2006-07, and 2004-05 school years.

“Being recognized with the GFOA Certificate of Achievement for a ninth time is evidence of the HSD Board of Education and business department’s commitment to excellence in reporting transparency and financial accountability,” said HSD Deputy Superintendent Wade Smith. “I am extremely proud of the financial stewardship exhibited by the Board and business department. This honor establishes an unsurpassed standard of excellence.”

The Government Finance Officers Association of the U.S. and Canada is a nonprofit professional association that serves approximately 17,500 government finance professionals. The GFOA established the CAFR Program in 1945 to encourage and assist state and local governments to go beyond the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles to prepare comprehensive annual financial reports that evidence the spirit of transparency and full disclosure and then to recognize individual governments that succeed in achieving that goal.

By |06/22/2015 12:19:25|District Awards, District News|0 Comments

Armand Larive selected as U.S. Education TV “Featured School”

U.S. Education TV selected Armand Larive Middle School as its “Featured School” for the month of May, 2015, a recognition prominently posted on the U.S. Education TV web site.

“It confirms my belief that we are taking the right direction with ALTV and its web site channel,” said Robert Doherty, ALTV instructor and ALMS science teacher.

The recognition marks the second time in two years that ALMS has received this distinction. Of 277 schools represented on U.S. Education TV, only 19 have been identified as a “Featured School,” and ALMS has now been recognized twice.

According to an email from U.S. Education TV, “Our featured schools, teachers and students demonstrate key skills in utilizing the U.S. Education TV platform. We were impressed by your school’s U.S. Education TV site.”

ALTV was recognized in 2013 as the February “Featured School.” The following month, ALTV received the “Best Middle School” award, as the school that “best utilized the U.S. Education TV platform” at the Student Television Network Convention in Los Angeles, CA. Mr. Doherty and his students received $5,000.00 with the recognition.

ALTV, an elective video production class, regularly submits news broadcasts to U.S. Education TV. You can visit the ALTV web page by clicking here.

By |05/19/2015 4:15:18|District Awards, District News|0 Comments