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Kent Barnes named District Educator of the Year

Interim Superintendent Tricia Mooney named Kent Barnes the 2017-18 Educator of the Year at the chamber’s Distinguished Citizens Awards Banquet on Wednesday night.

Kent Barnes is a science teacher at Sandstone Middle School. He has taught in the Hermiston School District for 11 years. Kent is a teacher you come across once in a lifetime. Students and Sandstone staff know him for being kind, loving and fun. He is often heard saying, “if the kids aren’t having fun, then they aren’t learning.” He demonstrates his love for his profession on a daily basis.

Kent is enthusiastic about science, and even more passionate that all students are capable of learning, that all students can be successful. Kent is committed to his students and their performance. Those who know Kent have witnessed his devotion to student learning. He celebrates student successes and owns their failures. If a student struggles, Kent is the first to ask, “How did I fail them?” and “What should I do differently”?

The relationships Kent has with his students motivate them to work hard and to achieve at high standards. Kent often reminds his peers of the importance of not giving up on kids. Kent and his teaching partners have indeed perfected the “secret sauce.” Over the past ten years, the science department has consistently outperformed the state, with assessment passing rates averaging 90 percent.

Mr. Barnes’s students will remember lessons taught, not only about science but about life, about […]

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Lind named District Educator of the Year

Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Tricia Mooney revealed Garth Lind, as the 2016-17 HSD Teacher of the Year at the Hermiston Chamber’s Distinguished Citizens Awards Banquet on Wednesday night.

Garth Lind is a fifth grade teacher at Desert View Elementary. He has taught in the Hermiston School District for 17 years. He is a teacher, teachers come to see. His practice has been a model for over 70 visiting educators from schools as close as Armand Larvie Middle School and as far away as Grandview, Washington over the last four years. It is with good reason that Mr. Lind serves as this exemplary educator.

In the last three years, 87% of students in his class have scored benchmark or above on the Science OAKS assessment, 21% above the state average. The average growth his students have shown on the Smarter Balanced Assessment has been 55 points in Language Arts greatly outdistancing the expected 32 points of growth students are supposed to make during their fifth grade year. Those are great numbers, but they are outdistanced in math, were students in Mr. Lind’s class over the last three years have grown an average of 75 points while the expected growth is only 40.

While these numbers place him in the upper echelon of teachers, they are paled by his expertise in practice. Mr. Lind is the ultimate education facilitator. His ability to pose the right question to students and then step back and allow the students to wrestle with problem is […]

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Nominations open for 3rd annual Distinguished Alumnus award

Hermiston School District is announcing that nominations are open for the 3rd annual Distinguished Alumnus award. The award is given annually to recognize deserving Hermiston High School graduates who are leaders within their respective field of expertise and within their community.

Aspiring candidates need to meet the following requirements:

Must be a graduate of Hermiston High School, having attended Hermiston High School for at least two consecutive years prior to graduation;
Leader in his or her chosen field/profession, with a proven record of achievement and at least 15 years verifiable and successful professional experience;
Strong supporter and contributor to community service;
Willing to serve as a role model for youth;
Model citizen with a clean background free of criminal convictions; and,
Supported by strong references and/or endorsements.

The 2017 Distinguished Alumnus will be revealed as part of Hermiston High School’s Evening of Excellence on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, and will be a featured speaker at the HHS commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 3, 2017. The Alumnus will also serve as a guest speaker and featured role model throughout the 2017-2018 school year.

Alan Keown, a 1975 HHS graduate, was the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus. Mr. Keown has been a percussion teacher and arranger in the Pacific Northwest since 1980. He spent many of those years as a drum set and orchestral performer as well as marching percussion specialist at the University of Oregon, Oregon State University and various high school programs. He has been involved with Ted Turner’s Goodwill Games Ceremonies as well as the competitive tour sponsored by […]

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District announces Keown as Distinguished Alumnus

Hermiston School District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Fred Maiocco announced Alan Keown, a 1975 Hermiston High School graduate, as the 2016 Hermiston High School Distinguished Alumnus, during the HHS Evening of Excellence celebration.

Keown is a well-known percussion teacher and arranger throughout the Pacific Northwest. In 1989 he founded the Alan Keown Marching Percussion Camp, held in Eugene, Ore., and he has instructed for entities such as University of Oregon, Oregon State University and various high school programs, along with Ted Turner’s Goodwill Games Ceremonies and the competitive tour sponsored by Drum Corps International.

The Distinguished Alumnus award is intended to recognize former HHS graduates who went on to serve in critical roles within business, industry, academia, and government throughout the United States and the world and who will inspire current students to pursue excellence and achievement in their own endeavors.

Keown is a 1975 graduate of University of Oregon, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Percussion Performance. He publishes marching band music with Matrix Publishing Company, concert percussion literature with Alfred Publishing and Tapspace Publications, and indoor drumline shows with Marching Show Concepts. Keown is married to Denise, and they have two sons, Matt and Chris.

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