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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

Kevin Moore new head baseball coach

Hermiston School District Director of Athletics and Activities will recommend Kevin Moore as the head baseball coach to the Board of Education at its July 10, 2017, regular board meeting.

Moore currently serves as an elementary physical education teacher at Maxine Johnson Elementary School in Parma, Idaho. A role he has held for the past twelve years.

Moore served as the golf assistant coach for Parma High School during the 2016-17 school year. He has been an assistant coach for a varsity baseball and football team as well as a junior varsity baseball team.

Moore has a bachelor of arts degree in secondary education/physical education and health education from Concordia University. He is currently working on his master’s degree with Concordia University in Nebraska.

“Hermiston athletics is very excited to have Kevin as part of our baseball program and our overall athletic program,” said Larry Usher, director of athletics and activities for the Hermiston School District.  “He brings a lot of experience in athletics, and most importantly, very successful experience in baseball. We expect him to hit the ground running once he relocates, and begin making an impact in Hermiston’s baseball program.”

By |06/16/2017 3:18:15|District News|0 Comments

District hires a new director of operations

After an extensive hiring process, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Fred Maiocco will recommend Bradley “Brad” Wayland as the Hermiston School District director of operations. Pending approval by the Board of Education, Wayland will start July 15. Mike Kay, the current director of operations is retiring from the Hermiston School District on June 30.

Mr. Wayland is currently the president of his own company, Sentry Security Consultants, LLC., in Hawthorne, Nevada. He has also served as the deputy project manager of operations for Triple Canopy in Reston, Virginia, and the director of facilities and operations for Central Valley School District, in Washington.

Mr. Wayland served in and retired from the U.S. Air Force as a lieutenant colonel and has over twenty years of experience in leading and supervising personnel and teams; operations management; facility and maintenance management; project and program management; policy and planning development, budgeting, contracting and financial management.

Mr. Wayland has a Master of Science in Management Science from the University of Ohio and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy.

“Mr. Wayland will be a great addition to the administrative team,” said Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Tricia Mooney. “He brings a wealth of knowledge in many areas. We are confident that his contributions will continue to lead us in our endeavor to be the premier public school district in Oregon.”

By |06/14/2017 1:07:28|District News|0 Comments

Hermiston High School joins Washington Interscholastic Activities Association

On Sunday, June 4, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) Executive Board took action to approve Hermiston High School’s application for membership in the Association beginning with the 2018-19 school year.  The Oregon school becomes the first out of state school to join the Washington based Association as a full member.  Hermiston will join the Mid-Columbia Conference (MCC) with Washington high schools in Richland, Kennewick, Pasco and Walla Walla.

The WIAA Executive Board formulated set criteria to be used as an evaluation tool for out of state applications, working jointly with bordering state associations in Oregon and Idaho. The process, which began with the request by Hermiston in January, included gathering input from affected leagues and districts in Oregon and Washington as well as written support from OSAA.  “This was a unique situation for both Hermiston and the WIAA,” said WIAA Executive Director Mike Colbrese. “The Executive Board worked closely with the OSAA and IHSAA to put measures in place to evaluate the situation at hand, and set a standard going forward.”   With the WIAA currently on a four-year classification schedule, Hermiston’s commitment will span through the end of the current cycle through spring of 2020.

Hermiston’s application for membership in the WIAA was based upon the extraordinary growth of the school, its geographic isolation in Oregon, close proximity and cultural ties to the Tri-Cities of Washington.  “This move to the WIAA is the right thing for our students,” said HHS athletic director Larry Usher.  “Our situation will be much improved in regards to travel distance, lost instructional time, and budgets.”

The move comes as Hermiston faced extreme hardship under proposed redistricting efforts as a member of the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA).  Absent action by the WIAA, under the current OSAA classification and districting committee proposal, Hermiston was slated to join an Oregon conference with Sandy, Reynolds, Gresham, Barlow, Bend, Summit and Mountain View.  In this scenario, Hermiston’s remote Oregon location would have resulted in average travel for each contest in conference play at 404 miles, round trip; resulting in 12-14 days of lost instruction per season for each athlete.  By way of contrast, Hermiston is only 57 miles away from its furthest regular competitor (Walla Walla high school) in the Mid-Columbia Conference.  Average round trip travel in the MCC will be approximately 80 miles and lost instructional time reduced to several hours each season.

“Hermiston is also tied culturally and geographically to the Tri-Cities of Washington.  Our communities have a shared heritage dating back to the Lewis and Clark expeditions,” said Hermiston Schools Superintendent Dr. Fred Maiocco.  “This action by the WIAA permits us to strengthen and deepen the cross-border community partnerships which naturally exist between Hermiston, the Tri-Cities, and Walla Walla, WA.”

Hermiston will be a full member of the WIAA for all sports and activities programs and will qualify for postseason play as a member of WIAA District 8. Action was passed Monday which approved the request of Mid-Columbia Conference Schools Chiawana, Hanford, Kamiakin, Kennewick, Pasco, Richland, Southridge and Walla Walla to move to District 8.

Over the next year, several transition activities will be required to move Hermiston from the OSAA to the WIAA.  HHS principal Tom Spoo is already attending regular meetings with MCC principals.  “I greatly appreciate the warm reception I’ve received from the MCC principals,” said Spoo.  “I look forward to working collaboratively with the MCC to ensure HHS seamlessly integrates into the WIAA next year.”

According to Usher, “We expect to publish guidance about schedules, transfer rules and eligibility very soon.”

By |06/05/2017 1:39:22|District News|0 Comments

Hermiston School District seeking community feedback regarding 2017 bond

The Hermiston School District placed a $104 million bond measure on the ballot on May 16, 2017 and the voters did not approve the bond measure. The election results showed 42 percent favored the measure versus 58 percent that opposed it.

The District is seeking community feedback to learn information as to why the bond failed to pass. The District is dedicated to maintaining a strong relationship with parents and community members to provide the very best education for students. The key to that relationship is open communication. The anonymous information obtained will be used by district administration and school board to plan for the future of the facilities.

Thoughtexchange is the tool that will be used to initiate an honest and candid conversation. To join the conversation community members and staff are encouraged to sign up by visiting The participant will be asked to enter an e-mail address, a code will be e-mailed to the individual signing up, the participant will need to create a password and then the person will be able to enter the conversation by clicking “Share Your Thoughts” link. The Thoughtexchange link will be active from June 2-11 until 11 p.m.

The process to provide feedback may take as little as 5-10 minutes. The individual may complete the questions at their own pace, go back and change, add or delete the answer until June 11.

The information gathered by Thoughtexchange will be shared with district administrators and board. The information shared will help the District review and help prioritize the thoughts that are most important to community members and staff. It will help the District get a sense of the shared values and priorities of the community and help plan for the future of our facilities.

Everyone’s contribution is valuable; everyone’s participation is highly encouraged.

By |06/02/2017 6:42:42|District News|0 Comments

Hermiston School District welcomes a new board member

Mark GomolskiThe Hermiston School District welcomes Mr. Mark Gomolski to position #3 of the Hermiston School Board. Mr. Gomolski was elected May 16 as a write in candidate and was officially certified as the winner of the election on Tuesday, May 31. Board member Don Rankin previously held the position and did not seek re-election following twelve years of service.

“Congratulations to Mr. Gomolski, I look forward to working with him as we strive to serve the students of this wonderful community,” said Superintendent of Schools Fred Maiocco. “I applaud Mr. Gomolski’s commitment to public service and his willingness to serve in this important role.”

Mr. Gomolski retired and moved to Hermiston from Chicago. He has been very active in the community. He is a member of the Lady of Angels Church’s Finance Council, Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, the Knights of Columbus, Hispanic Advisory Committee, and a cook at the Friday soup kitchen for the Catholic Church. He also ran for City Council in November 2016.

Congratulations Mr. Gomolski.

By |05/31/2017 4:20:13|District News|0 Comments

HHS inducts National Honor Society members

Hermiston High School will induct twenty students as new members of the National Honor Society. The ceremony will be held Thursday, June 1, in the high school auditorium at 7 p.m.

The new members were selected by the chapter’s faculty council for meeting high standards of scholarship, service, leadership and character.

The inductees are:

·         Cara Arbogast ·         Madelynn Juul
·         Kennidy Baker ·         Maebry Kinswa
·         Robert Bellinger Jr. ·         Emily Mendoza
·         Grace Blackhurst ·         Tyler Rohrman
·         Hannah Earl ·         McKenzie Thompson
·         Eliana Esparza ·         Hannah Thompson
·         Isabella Ganvoa ·         Dylan Usher
·         Keali’manaole Hamilton ·         Emily Wadkins
·         Jose Huato ·         Laura Wells
·         Madeline Hughes ·         Ericka Wells

“We are very proud to recognize these outstanding members of our student body,” said Chapter Advisor Tammy Fisher. “National Honor Society members are selected for, and expected to continue, their exemplary contributions to the school and community.”

The Hermiston High School chapter has been active since 1949. Each year, it sponsors several service projects for the school and community.

National Honor Society ranks as one of the oldest and most prestigious national organizations for high school students. There are chapters in more than 16,000 high schools, and since 1921, millions of students have been selected for membership. Millions of dollars in scholarships have been awarded to senior members since 1945 by the sponsoring organization—National Associations of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

By |05/26/2017 11:23:33|District News|0 Comments

Sandstone students to perform “The Little Mermaid Jr.” for the community

Sandstone Middle School students and staff will perform “The Little Mermaid Jr.,” a spring musical.  Performances are open to the community and scheduled for June 1, 2 and 3, at 7 p.m., in the Sandstone Commons. Tickets are $3 or $2 with a canned food item. The performance will also be live-streamed for out-of-town family and friends unable to attend or for those with small children.

The audience can expect to see:

  • Ninety actors/actresses (including life skills students) participating in the spring musical. Four cast members per day are featured on Sandstone’s Facebook page.
  • Over twenty-five dancers will perform under the choreography of Mrs. Tew.
  • Twenty-five musicians will play out of the ‘orchestra pit crew’ under the direction of Mr. Allen.
  • Thirty-four costume designers from Mrs. Geer’s exploration class, who planned and created every costume. Students helped sew sequins and feathers, and for many it was their first time sewing something!
  • A new set technology using reverse projection and a stationary set design, which was designed and will be implemented by thirty-two art students.
  • Concessions during intermission, served by Sandstone leadership students

The spring musical has reading, drama, music, art and outreach objectives. Under the reading objective, students were able to practice, memorize, and dramatize character development through application of a musical script. Under the drama objective, students were required to interpret, design and perform scenes and script according to playwright. For the music objective, students read, practiced and performed a musical score. The art objective had students interpret, design, and create scenes and costumes according to playwright. Under the outreach objective, students needed to provide a spotlight for students to showcase their talents and invite members of the community to the school.

The ultimate goal of the musical is to educate hearts and minds of Sandstone students every day through music and artistic exploration and to share the school’s love of music and talent with the community.

The spring musical is made possible by the generosity and grant funds received through the Hermiston Education Foundation. A few staff members wrote a grant in the fall and were awarded about $3,000 to assist in putting on this theater production.

By |05/25/2017 12:12:12|District News|0 Comments

Laura Jacobsma selected as Desert View principal

Laura Jacobsma

Hermiston School District concludes the interview and selection process for the new Desert View principal. On Monday, June 12, Superintendent Fred Maiocco will recommend to the school board that Laura Jacobsma be considered to fill the vacancy. If approved, Ms. Jacobsma will begin her employment on July 1.

Ms. Jacobsma obtained her masters of education degree from the University of Oregon in 2003; a continuing teaching license/multiple subjects self-contained ECE, ELE in 2003; initial administrative license in 2015 and a bachelor of arts in liberal studies from Oregon State University in 1994.

Ms. Jacobsma began her career as a temporary teacher at Gilham Elementary from 2003-2005; was a 3rd-6th grade teacher at Oakridge Elementary from 2006-15, and is currently serving as an instructional coach at Oakridge Elementary.

As an instructional coach Ms. Jacobsma has supported the implementation of Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) at Oakridge Elementary, and has facilitated the testing accommodations needs; has collaborated with teachers in their classroom by teaching them how to better use their data to make informed decisions about their students; and has coordinated and lead the work of professional development for teachers.

“I am very excited about the next step in my career,” said Laura Jacobsma. “I am appreciative of my time in Oakridge, but I am looking forward to joining the Hermiston School District and the Desert View community.”

By |05/23/2017 3:18:41|District News|0 Comments

Community invited to 1st Annual Research Night

The Hermiston High School students in the Oregon Teacher Pathway (OTP) Program invite parents and community members to its 1st Annual Research Night. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, May 23, at 6 p.m., in the high school’s library.

“The students have been working hard during the school year on their respective projects and are excited to show off their findings,” said Oregon Teacher Pathway Instructor Juan Rodriguez.

The following OTP students will be conducting a gallery walk of presentations:
• Isabel Bartley—How does music affect academic performance?
Paola Carmona—How does technology affect student performance in school?
Alexis Mercado—How does GPA requirement affect student athletes?
Hayden Meyers—How do extra-curricular activities affect academic achievement?
Haylie Rahm—What time should school start, based on how much sleep teenagers need?
Morgan Wilson—How does standardized testing affect academic achievement?

The goals of the Oregon Teacher Pathway Program are to:
1. Diversify teacher education by increasing the number of quality diverse teachers in Oregon, and
2. Produce quality teachers trained in culturally responsive practice.

OTP is centered on student success by partnering with local schools and community organizations; developing mentors at the high school and college level; and recruiting, retaining, supporting, and graduating quality teacher candidates.

To learn more about the Oregon Teacher Pathway Program, visit

By |05/22/2017 12:08:25|District News|0 Comments