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Hermiston High School’s College Savings Group begins partnership with CommuniCare Program

Hermiston High School’s College Savings Group begins a new partnership with the CommuniCare Program from Portland. The CommuniCare Program is designed to introduce young people in the importance of community service.

Through the efforts of Harold & Arlene Schnitzer’s CARE Foundation and Hermiston High School, a mini grant of $250 will be awarded to Hermiston High School as seed money. The students are being challenged to raise $1000 and if they are successful, the CARE Foundation will award them a matching grant of up to $10,000.

The high school students involved in the College Savings Group will get to research the needs of the Hermiston Community and will decide how they will gift the raised funds back into the community.
The College Savings Group students are working on fundraising their first $1,000 by selling water bottles at the Umatilla County Fair. Oxford Suites generously donated water bottles and Smitty’s ACE Hardware donated coolers and wagons to aid the students with their fundraising efforts.

“I am very excited about this new partnership with the CommuniCare Program,” said Liz Marvin, College Bound Coordinator. “Our students will have the opportunity to be involved in different fundraising activities and contribute back to the community that has been very supportive of the schools, students and staff.”

By |08/11/2017 7:47:31|District News|0 Comments

ALTV to report on total solar eclipse

Armand Larive Middle School to send an ALTV news crew to Warm Springs, Oregon to report on the total solar eclipse on August 21. Robert Doherty, science teacher and ALTV advisor will take five students to be part of this unique opportunity.

ALTV’s participation is made possible by the Jefferson County School District, the Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline, and the Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium. The ALTV crew will join at least two dozen scientists and students from the University of Washington and NASA, and fifty students from the Warm Springs K-8 Academy.

ALTV will attempt to provide a live broadcast on Sunday, August 20 and 21. However, due to heavy internet usage expected in the area during the total solar eclipse, a stable internet connection may not be easily obtained. ALTV will highlight the eclipse on a news program scheduled for September.

“It’s a great honor to be able to involve a group of students in this unique event where they will put their reporting skills to use and be able to interact with NASA professionals,” said Robert Doherty. “The total solar eclipse in itself is a sight to see, but this event also presents the students with an opportunity to see a scientific event of this magnitude through a different lens. We are very appreciative for those agencies that made this possibility a reality.”

By |08/10/2017 8:41:43|District News|0 Comments

Sports Media falsely representing district

Sports Media, a vendor from Idaho Falls, Idaho is once again contacting local businesses to sell sports poster ads. Hermiston businesses are receiving an invoice in the mail claiming to go towards the 2017 fall sports poster 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 Hermiston High School programs will come directly from Larry Usher, the district’s director of athletics and activities, or Lindy Thompson, the athletics secretary.

It is apparent that the vendor knows that this is the time when Hermiston High School contacts the business community for sponsorship for the 2017-18 school year.

A formal complaint against Sports Media has been filed with the Oregon Department of Justice Fraud Department, our file number is FF5392-16.

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

By |08/04/2017 11:45:45|District News|0 Comments

District introduces on-line student registration for the 2017-18 school year

The Hermiston School District will launch on-line student registration on Monday, August 7. The process is more convenient for parents to update their student’s information from the comfort of their own homes; update the physical/mailing address, emergency contact information, etc.

This new feature is made possible through our existing student information system. These are the steps for on-line registration:

  • To get started go to http://hermiston.k12.or.us/parents select returning or new student.
  • Enter the snapcode that you received in the mail. The snapcode serves as a key to access your child’s online registration. If you have multiple children, each child will have their own snapcode.
  • Create an account to securely save your work and to make future edits. You will need an email address or cell phone number to set one up; sign in and complete the form.
  • Use the same account to complete forms. If you have multiple children complete one form at a time.
  • New students to the district will be required to submit a record of their birth, proof of residence/physical address, health record, previous report cards or transcripts.
  • If there is documentation on legal custody of the student it is very important that this information be given to the school’s secretary.
  • If a parent does not have access to a computer, computers as well as staff will be available to assist with the on-line registration process at each school. Assistance can be provided during the regular school hours, 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

HSD Open Houses will be take place on Thursday, August 24. We encourage families and students to attend to get acquainted with the teachers, school staff and at the middle school level to practice opening their lockers.

For additional information please contact your student’s school at the following number:

  • Hermiston High School: 667-6100
  • Armand Larive Middle School: 667-6200
  • Sandstone Middle School: 667-6300
  • Desert View Elementary: 667-6900
  • Highland Hills Elementary: 667-6500
  • Rocky Heights Elementary: 667-6600
  • Sunset Elementary: 667-6700
  • West Park Elementary: 667-6800
By |08/04/2017 9:51:02|District News|0 Comments

A representative from the National Association of Home Builders to visit student built homes

The Hermiston School District’s Columbia Basin Student Homebuilders Program (CBSHP) is being considered as a program model to follow at the national level. On August 1, Alicia George, the regional field representative from the National Association of Home Builders from Washington, D.C. will visit the student built homes and speak with Curt Berger, the director of the program.

The representative will be here to learn exactly how the student built home process provides real-world application, exposure, and opportunity to the diverse and economically underserved student populations in the Columbia Basin region.

The Columbia Basin Student Homebuilders Program has great partnership with the City of Hermiston, neighboring districts and has public partnerships with mentors, contractors, suppliers and program supporters to generate a self-sustaining, unique, and essential opportunity for youth.
The students in the program become very involved in all facets of the process, from design, construction, oversight and marketing the residential home. The program allows the students to earn college credit along the way through approved dual credit programs and work hand in hand with city and local officials, architects, field professionals, and engineers. Through those connections, the students learn job skills, work ethic and explore career opportunities available to them.

High school students, through five programs of study, will have the year-round opportunity to create and apply their learning through a yearlong home building cyclical process. The profits generated from the home sale provide the necessary “seed money” to replicate the program for years to come.

“I am humbled by the opportunity to showcase the work that we’ve been able to do in the Hermiston School District on behalf of our students through CBSHP,” said Curt Berger. “I am looking forward to meeting Alicia George.”

By |07/31/2017 11:12:31|District News|0 Comments

Board unanimously selects Tricia Mooney as interim superintendent

The Hermiston School Board unanimously voted to select Tricia Mooney as the interim superintendent for the next 12-18 months. The Board held interviews from 2:00-5:45 p.m., before its work session on Monday, July 24.

Tricia Mooney Interim Superintendent

Ms. Mooney is currently the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for the Hermiston School District. Mooney started her education career in 1995 as a teacher in the Hermiston School District. She served as a Title I teacher at Sunset Elementary School and then as a 6th grade teacher at Sandstone Middle School. In 2005, she was selected to be the principal of Rocky Heights Elementary School, and in 2007 she was promoted to middle school principal at Armand Larive Middle School.

In 2008 she was hired by the Pendleton School District to be the director of human resources, and in 2009 was promoted to assistant superintendent. Mooney earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Northwestern College in Iowa in 1995, a master’s degree in educational leadership from Washington State University in 2001, and is currently working on her doctorate.

Richard Rundhaug and “Buzz” Brazeau were interviewed via Skype, and Tricia Mooney was physically present. After the interviews the board members broke out into executive session where they went over the feedback that was provided by those in attendance and to further discuss their options.

“We are excited to have Mrs. Mooney on board with us, we look forward to seeing the district continue to move forward,” said Chairperson Karen Sherman.

By |07/24/2017 8:21:28|District News|0 Comments

Interviews set for interim superintendent position

The Hermiston School Board narrowed the applicant pool and is set to interview three candidates for the interim superintendent position. The successful candidate will fill the position for 12-18 months. Staff and community members are invited to attend the interviews scheduled for Monday, July 24, in the District’s Boardroom, 305 SW 11th Street, from 2:00-6:30 p.m.

The three finalists are:

Tricia Mooney

Ms. Mooney is currently the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for the Hermiston School District. Mooney started her education career in 1995 as a teacher in the Hermiston School District. She served as a Title I teacher at Sunset Elementary School and then as a 6th grade teacher at Sandstone Middle School. In 2005, she was selected to be the principal of Rocky Heights Elementary School, and in 2007 she was promoted to middle school principal at Armand Larive Middle School.

In 2008 she was hired by the Pendleton School District to be the director of human resources, and in 2009 was promoted to assistant superintendent. Mooney earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Northwestern College in Iowa in 1995, a master’s degree in educational leadership from Washington State University in 2001, and is currently working on her doctorate.

Philip “Buzz” Brazeau

Mr. Brazeau recently retired as the Superintendent for Central School District 13J, where he served from July 2012-June 2017. Brazeau served as principal for Hermiston High School from July 2007-June 2012; was recognized as the 2011-12 Administrator of the Year, and served as assistant principal for Hermiston High School from July 2004-June 2007. Brazeau was assistant principal for North Medford High School from July 1997 to June 2004. He earned a bachelor’s of science degree in physical education from Washington State University, a master’s degree in education from Southern Oregon University and holds an administrator license from Portland State University.

Richard Rundhaug

Mr. Rundhaug is currently serving as a consultant for A+ Educators in Phoenix, Arizona; his service began in January 2015. Rundhaug served as the superintendent for the Willcox Unified School District from June 2008 to June 2014; assistant superintendent for Coolidge Unified School District from August 2005 to June 2008.

Rundhaug earned a bachelor’s degree in diversified general studies from Hope International University in California; master’s degree in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University in Arizona; master of business administration in business analysis from Webster University in Arizona and a doctorate degree in educational leadership from Capella University in Arizona.

Staff and public are encouraged to participate and be present for the entire process with all candidates. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate by providing written comments for each candidate. Each comment card submitted will be reviewed by the Board and will be taken into consideration in the final decision.

By |07/21/2017 9:28:00|District News|0 Comments

District in search of interim superintendent

The Hermiston School Board is in search of an interim superintendent and is seeking assistance from staff and community members to be part of the interview process to help hire the interim leader for the District.

Aspiring candidates will undergo a public interview process on Monday, July 24 in the Boardroom. This will be a formal process, not the “meet and greet” process that staff and community members are accustomed to attending in previous principal hires.

Staff and public are encouraged to attend and be present for the entire process with all candidates. Attendees will have the opportunity to provide written comments on each candidate. Each comment card submitted will be reviewed by the Board and will be taken into consideration in the final decision.

Below is the draft interview schedule:

DRAFT interview schedule– if only 2 candidates are interviewed
7/24, 3:00 pm
7/24, 4:30 pm

DRAFT interview schedule – if 3 candidates are interviewed
7/24, 2:00 pm
7/24, 3:30 pm
7/24, 5:00 pm

“Selecting an interim superintendent is a very important function for the Board, and is one that should not be taken lightly,” said Board Chair Karen Sherman. “The superintendent position is very visible in our schools and community. The Board feels that it’s imperative that we include stakeholders in the process. The Board would like to encourage as many people to attend.”

By |07/13/2017 4:41:08|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

2017-18 School Supply Lists

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

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
Armand Larive Middle School English/Spanish
Sandstone Middle School English/Spanish

By |06/21/2017 2:10:39|District News|0 Comments