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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.
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:
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 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!
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 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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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!”
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!
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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.
Hermiston School District will hold a spring kindergarten registration window April 3 – April 14, for students entering kindergarten next fall, for the 2017-18 school year. Registration will be held at each elementary school main office from 8:30 am-3:30 pm, daily.
Parents/guardians must register students at their attendance area school. To verify a boundary school, adults may locate their home address on the district boundary map: http://hermiston.k12.or.us/boundaries or call a school directly for assistance.
Desert View 1225 SW 9th St 541-667-6900
Highland Hills 450 SE 10th St 541-667-6500
Rocky Heights 650 W Standard Ave 541-667-6600
Sunset 300 E Catherine Ave 541-667-6700
West Park 555 SW 7th Ave 541-667-6800
To be eligible for enrollment into kindergarten for the fall, students must be five (5) years old by Sept. 1, 2017, or born on or before September 1, 2012.
Parents/guardians are encouraged to bring the student’s birth record (birth certificate, baptismal certificate or passport); social security number; proof of residence; and health/immunization records to complete the enrollment process.
Spanish translation services will be available.
For further information and frequently asked questions, please visit the HSD Enrollment Page (http://hermiston.k12.or.us/enrollment) on the web.
Hermiston School District will join the National School Breakfast Week celebration by serving free breakfast for all students the week of March 6-10, to encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available with school breakfast.
The National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) campaign theme, “School Breakfast Challenge,” reminds the entire school community that school breakfast provides a healthy, energizing start to the day for students. Students will be encouraged to “Take the Challenge” from March 6-10.
“A healthy breakfast at the start of the day is one way to ensure students are getting the best education they can,” said Food Services Director, Betsy Heath. “National School Breakfast Week helps us educate parents and students about all the healthy and appealing choices we offer.” The district serves an average of 1,100 breakfast meals daily through the federally funded School Breakfast Program. School nutrition professionals in Hermiston School District prepare breakfast and lunches every day that meet federal nutrition standards (limiting fat, calories and sodium), and encourage students to choose from fruits, vegetables and whole grains offered with school meals.
National School Breakfast Week was launched in 1989 to raise awareness of the availability of the School Breakfast Program to all children and to promote the links between eating a good breakfast, academic achievement and healthy lifestyles. The “Take the School Breakfast Challenge” is made possible by the nonprofit School Nutrition Association, Kellogg’s and Potatoes USA. Parents and students can follow the fun on Facebook.com/TrayTalk.
I want to take this opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to providing all of our students and families with a safe, caring and inclusive learning environment which is free from all forms of harassment, bullying and discrimination. We will not tolerate any form of discrimination and we will take swift action to address concerns.
School board policy (AC) specifically addresses nondiscrimination and reaffirms our commitment to serve all students and families, regardless of national origin or citizenship status. Further, you should be aware that the Federal courts have upheld the expectation for public schools to serve all children, regardless of citizenship status while enrolled in the public school system.
In Hermiston, we embrace diversity. We recognize and value the worth of each and every student, regardless of race, creed, citizenship status, or other protected class. We are committed to ensuring all students have every opportunity to reach their potential. Our staff works hard to support our diverse students and families. Hermiston staff daily teach our students to appreciate our differences, how to listen, disagree, and resolve conflicts respectfully. Building caring relationships is fundamental to relieving the fear and apprehension many are experiencing in our community.
Please talk with your children about our expectations. If your child experiences or sees harassment, bullying, or discrimination, please encourage them to tell an adult at school. Additionally, Hermiston is part of the Safe Oregon program where students can report such matters anonymously at www.safeoregon.com. We take all such reports seriously and appropriate action will follow.
Fred Maiocco, Jr., Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Additional parent resources:
Oregon Law Center — Latino Network: https://www.latnet.org/community-resources
Hermiston School District will hold a community forum to share district accomplishments, information on student growth challenges, safety and security concerns, an overview of aging infrastructure and facts about the proposed 2017 bond.
Three sessions are scheduled for Friday, March 10, in the Hermiston School District Boardroom, to accommodate different work schedules. The forums will begin at 7 a.m., 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. Translation services will be available.
All who are interested in learning about the different aspects of the bond, or who have questions, comments or concerns are encouraged to attend.
Hermiston School District commissioned Elesco Limited of Bend, Ore., to provide an economic impact analysis of the district’s proposed $104 million construction bond. The 10-year analysis utilized the current proposed construction budget, which totals more than $108 million, inclusive of the potential state matching grant funds.
According to the study, a total of 540 direct sub-contractors are expected to be used over the four-year construction phase, resulting in over $24 million in direct labor income. In addition to the direct income, an additional 250 jobs are expected to be created, as a result of indirect and induced effects, bringing total construction labor income for the projects in excess of $34 million.
The remaining $83 million project budget is expected to be utilized to purchase capital construction materials and supplies. Based upon Elesco’s use of the nationally recognized IMPLAN model, Umatilla County is said to be approximately 75 percent self-sufficient in the construction sector, and it imports about 25 percent of commodities through trade with other counties. This means that approximately $63 million in district construction-related purchases is expected to remain in the local Umatilla County economy.
In addition to the construction cost, the district expects to increase employment by approximately 95 individuals, 20 of which would be directly related to the construction. While payroll costs will be escalating, other operating, maintenance, repairs and overhead expenditures are expected to see only slight increases, primarily due to the new buildings being more efficient and requiring less repairs. The district saw significant savings in maintenance, repairs and overhead from the schools built during the 2008 school bond.
Combined, the analysis reveals that, over the ten-year time span, the district is expected to spend nearly $187 million on new construction related purchases, over 78 percent more than the original community bond request.
Hermiston Schools are on a 2-hour delay today, Thursday, February 9. Rocky Heights– morning ABLE class is canceled.
Las escuelas de Hermiston comenzarán 2 horas más tarde, hoy jueves, 9 de febrero. La clase ABLE que sucede en la mañana, en Rocky Heights se cancela.
Hermiston School District acknowledges the work of its school counselors during National School Counseling Week, February 6-10, 2017.
National School Counseling Week is sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) to focus public attention to the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems.
School counselors are a vital part of the total educational program, as they work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing each student’s academic concerns. They work in partnership with parents, as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today’s world, focusing on positive ways to enhance students’ social/personal, educational and career development, and they work with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic, and optimistic aspirations for themselves.
School counselors are certified, experienced educators that help students with conflict resolution, and they help students and families by connecting them to other agencies that can help meet their food, housing needs, or other challenges the family or student may be facing.
At the high school level, counselors create career awareness in post-secondary options by taking students on college visits, educating students and families on the Federal Student Aid Form, informing students on scholarship opportunities, monitoring students so they are on track for graduation, and assisting students with personal/social skills, to name a few of the many things they do help students succeed.
Counselors are also the first people contacted when schools face a student/staff loss or a crisis. They provide emotional support during difficult times.
Meet the district’s outstanding counselors:
- Meghan Rahm serves students at Desert View Elementary
- Liz Morgan serves students at Highland Hills Elementary
- Shanna Herman serves students at Rocky Heights Elementary
- Tina Crowell serves students at Sunset Elementary
- Deb Sprong serves students at West Park Elementary
- Lore Martin serves students at Armand Larive Middle School
- Rick Scheibner serves students at Sandstone Middle School
- Melody Bustillos serves students at Hermiston High School
- Cristina Cuevas serves students at Hermiston High School
- Maggie Hughes-Boyd serves students at Hermiston High School
- Kristine Martin serves students at Hermiston High School
These are the individuals making a difference in the students’ success. For more general information on School Counseling Week visit www.schoolcounselor.org.
The Hermiston School District learned of very sad news concerning a student. The Hermiston Police Department informed Superintendent of Schools Dr. Fred Maiocco of the death of Brok Palmer, a senior at Hermiston High. Brok leaves behind siblings at Desert View and Armand Larive.
The school district will provide support for staff and students during this difficult time, at Hermiston High School and Armand Larive Middle School.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends affected by this tragedy.