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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.”

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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.

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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 […]

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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.


Tricia Mooney
Hermiston School District Interim Superintendent

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