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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

ALMS science teacher recognized as the Outstanding Earth Science Teacher

Armand Larive Middle School science teacher, Robert Doherty was awarded the Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Award from the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) for the Pacific Northwest section of the United States.

The award is given to teachers who demonstrate exceptional efforts in teaching earth sciences in elementary or secondary schools. Award recipients are selected by sections and by state. As an award recipient Doherty will be able to attend an annual meeting where he will meet and exchange ideas with other science teachers as well as geoscientists.

Awardees also receive a plaque, membership in the National Association of Geoscience Teachers and Geological Society of America and other publications for earth science teachers.

The NAGT was founded in 1938 and established a constitution, the association has been working towards three main goals: improve geoscience education, emphasize the relevance and cultural significance of earth sciences and disseminate knowledge to educators and the general public. To learn more about NAGT visit https://nagt.org/index.html.

“Mr. Doherty is a great example of the type of teaching happening in our schools,” said Tricia Mooney, interim superintendent for the Hermiston School District. “I am not at all surprised by this recognition. Mr. Doherty is a teacher that is passionate about science. The District is fortunate to have wonderful teachers such as Mr. Doherty.”

By |09/19/2017 12:15:53|District News|0 Comments

Board seeks input prior to final decision on graduation venue

HERMISTON – The Hermiston School District board of directors seeks further input prior to their decision on the venue for graduation in June 2018. Further discussion and study have found that due to facility, financial and personnel constraints neither the rodeo arena at EOTEC nor Kennison Stadium are viable options for the graduation ceremony for the Class of 2018.

The options are:
Continue graduation at Hermiston High School.
• Indoor venue
• Capacity for 1800 guests
• Limit of 4 tickets per graduate (potential lottery for additional ticket)
• Limited handicap accessibility
• Safety concerns with overcrowding
• Approximate cost of $11,000 (Audio/Video rental – $2,000; Decorations – $1,000; Preparation and Clean-up including approximately 175 district staff hours and contracted services – $8,000)
• Date of graduation: Saturday, June 9 at 10 a.m.

Move graduation to the Toyota Center in Kennewick
• Indoor venue
• Capacity for 5000 guests
• Tickets will not be required
• District expense for transportation of students and staff
• Transportation option made available to families of graduates
• Short travel from Hermiston
• Approximate cost of $6,500 (Facility rental – $3,500; Audio System rental – $1,200; Transportation of 10 buses – $1,800)
• Date of graduation: Thursday, June 7, tentatively at 7 p.m.

Senior parents and students, as well as other high school students and community members are encouraged to answer the four question survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YDGVRC8. The link can be found on the District’s website or FB page.

By |09/14/2017 2:13:40|District News|0 Comments

District hires David Marshall as human resources director

On Monday, September 11, Hermiston School District Interim Superintendent Tricia Mooney recommended David Marshall be considered for the human resources director. Mr. Marshall will begin his employment with the District on October 2. Mrs. Mooney has been filling that role at the same time that she has been serving as the interim superintendent.

Mr. Marshall is currently the assistant superintendent for the Milton-Freewater School District. He has been employed with the District since 1994, and has served different roles. He has been the director for HR, special education, Title III, technology and curriculum, principal for Ferndale Elementary School, McLoughlin High School computer teacher, Teacher on Special Assignment for assessment, district assessment coordinator, librarian, 3rd grade teacher, and physical education teacher.

He has also been an adjunct instructor for business lab computer classes for Blue Mountain Community College in the Milton-Freewater campus, adjunct instructor for administrator license program for Lewis and Clark College, a program director for the Seattle Indian Services Commission, and a teacher at an American community school in Egham in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Marshall obtained his bachelor of arts degree in English through Whitman College in 1990, a master’s degree in teaching from the Evergreen State College in Washington in 1994, and an education specialist degree from Lewis and Clark College in 2015.

“I am very excited about becoming a part of the Hermiston School District Team. I have admired the work the district does with students for a long time,” said David Marshall, Milton-Freewater assistant superintendent. “My time in Milton-Freewater has been a wonderful experience that provided ample opportunities to learn and grow professionally. While I will miss the friendships I have developed with my colleagues in Milton-Freewater, I look forward to building new connections with the staff in Hermiston.”

By |09/12/2017 9:36:08|District News|0 Comments

District’s response to DACA action

Dear students, parents and community members,

The Hermiston School District wants to reaffirm to parents our commitment to welcoming all students into our schools. Parents need to know that the District will provide a safe environment where students can continue to thrive in their learning endeavors.

The Hermiston School District does not ask for immigration status when we welcome children ages 5-21 years old into our schools. The District does not discriminate against our students’ race, color, creed, gender, sexual identity or preference.

The District values and embraces diversity. Each and every student has an equal opportunity to be served in our public system and supported to reach their potential.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Dreamer students and families that might be affected by today’s federal decision. We will monitor the well-being of our students while they are under our care and will provide support if necessary to make sure that all our students are able to maintain focus on their learning.

We appreciate you taking the time to address these very hard topics at home and explain the District’s expectations. If your child experiences or sees harassment, bullying, or discrimination, please encourage them to tell an adult at school. Please know that the Hermiston School District is part of the Safe Oregon program where students can report such matters anonymously at www.safeoregon.com.

We appreciate the opportunity to serve you and your children.

Sincerely,

Tricia Mooney
Hermiston School District Interim Superintendent

By |09/06/2017 11:43:29|District News|0 Comments

Hermiston High School honored by Fuel Education for transforming education through digital learning

Hermiston High School was one of five schools and districts that were awarded the Fuel Education Transformation Awards for using online and blended learning to meet diverse student needs. The Fuel Education® Transformation Awards celebrate schools, districts, or organizations that are transforming the way teachers teach and students learn using digital learning solutions to better prepare students for the future.

This year’s winners are:

  • Baltimore County Public Schools (Md.) – for blending online and face-to-face instruction to create an engaging Spanish experience through its Passport Program.
  • Ector County Independent School District (Texas) – for using supplemental, rewards-based learning to help close the student achievement gap for students with special needs, English Language Learners, transient students, and more.
  • Hermiston School District (Ore.) – for expanding course offerings, fostering independence, and meeting unique student needs by blending and flipping instruction in a comprehensive high school.
  • Uplift Monterey (Calif.) – for creating the opportunity for high school dropouts ages 16-24 to earn a high school diploma while completing courses toward a comprehensive career path.
  • West Ada School District (Idaho) – for giving students a second chance to earn their high school diploma in a flexible learning environment.

“These schools and districts have taken a fresh look at student challenges and have identified inspiring, new ways to use online learning to create impactful programs,” said Sean Ryan, General Manager of FuelEd. “FuelEd strives to provide the tools to help every student succeed, regardless of their specific needs. But let’s be clear, it is the innovative school leaders who ensure student success.”

This year’s award recipients were selected from a pool of districts and schools with different demographic, economic, and geographic backgrounds, representing a wide range of student needs. The Transformation Award winners’ programs demonstrated creativity and resourcefulness in developing new ways to address certain challenges, such as providing students with the means to earn a high school diploma after dropping out, learn a foreign language, recover credits, prepare for the workforce, or achieve a variety of other academic goals. Each program uses FuelEd’s portfolio of online learning solutions to provide students expanded options, flexibility, and personalized learning.

For details about this year’s winners, their programs, and how they are using FuelEd solutions, visit http://resources.fueleducation.com/transformation-award-winners.

About Fuel Education
Fuel Education® partners with school districts to fuel personalized learning and transform the education experience inside and outside the classroom. The company provides innovative solutions for pre-K through 12th grade that empower districts to implement successful online and blended learning programs. Its open, easy-to-use Personalized Learning Platform, PEAK™, enables teachers to customize courses using their own content, FuelEd courses and titles, third-party content, and open educational resources. Fuel Education serves more than 2,000 school districts, offering one of the industry’s largest catalogs of K–12 digital curriculum, certified instruction, professional development, and educational services. To learn more, visit fueleducation.com and Twitter.

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By |08/24/2017 12:11:27|District News|0 Comments