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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.

©2017 Fuel Education LLC. All rights reserved. Fuel Education and FuelEd are trademarks of Fuel Education LLC or its affiliates. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Other media contacts:
Beth Halloran
bhalloran@fueleducation.com
703.436.3263

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

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