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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).

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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 […]

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Laura Jacobsma selected as Desert View principal

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.”

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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 https://www.eou.edu/otp/.

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