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District mourns loss of staff member

It is with great sadness that we learned of the tragic and sudden loss of Desert View Elementary School Counselor Meghan Rahm, Thursday evening. Mrs. Rahm worked at Desert View for two years, but she had a significant impact, not only on the students, but also the staff. We are proud to call her a colleague and a friend. She will be greatly missed.

The Crisis Flight Team is on campus and available today for those who want a safe place to grieve, share thoughts and support one another.

Our thoughts and prayers are with her family during this very sad time.

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“Meet and greet” session set for aspiring Sunset Elementary principal

Hermiston School District is offering a “meet and greet” event with the final candidates for the Sunset Elementary principal’s position. The successful applicant will replace current principal, Devin Grigg, whose resignation becomes effective at the end of the school year. The community and district staff members are invited to the meet and greet session scheduled for Thursday, April 20, in Sunset’s library from 2:45 to 4:15 p.m.

After a thorough recruitment process the district received a broad applicant pool. Finalists were selected based on their ability to successfully demonstrate the required and desired characteristics identified by staff and community stakeholders.

Meet and greet attendees are asked to remain for the entire duration, in order to meet all candidates and provide feedback to the selection committee through anonymous comment cards.

The four finalists are:

Lisa Arriaga
Ms. Arriaga obtained her certification in educational administration from Western Governors University; has a master’s of science degree with a minor in elementary reading; a bachelor’s of arts degree in education with a major in elementary education and a minor in English as a Second Language from Heritage College.

Ms. Arriaga started her career as an elementary teacher from 1997-2004. Ms. Arriaga served as an ELL specialist, instructional coach and avid teacher from 2004 to 2014, and served as a testing facilitator/interventionist in the Washington Schools from 2014-1015. Ms. Arriaga is currently serving as the Assistant Principal at Sandstone Middle School.

Eric Fuchs
Mr. Fuchs has an initial administrator license, reading endorsement and a master of arts in teaching degree from George […]

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Spring into safety

Hermiston School District would like to remind community, parents and students that as the weather and daylight hours improve, children tend to be more active.

The district would like to offer the following safety tips:

If a student must walk home, do so with another buddy or in groups, never walk home alone.
The student should check with a parent or babysitter before talking to another grown-up.
When riding a bike, make sure you wear a helmet, ride on the right side of the road and on sidewalks. Use hand signals when turning.
Watch out for cars or trucks in driveways as their doors could get opened.
Never rely on a car to stop.
Only cross at designated crosswalks.
Stop and look left, right and left again before crossing or entering a street, or intersection.
Put your cell phone, video game away while you are walking to avoid injuries.
If you need to talk on a cell phone or text, move to the side of the walkway.
Don’t wear headphones while walking or riding a bike so that you can hear the sounds around you.
Designate a walking/riding route that both parent(s) and student(s) know and feel safe with.
At all times, be aware of your surroundings, especially when there are many cars around you.

Thank you parents and community members for helping keep students safe.

  • Fraud Alert

Sales vendor falsely representing district

A vendor from the Midwest is once again contacting local businesses to sell sports poster ads. The salesman claims to be a representative 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 HHS programs will come directly from Larry Usher, the district’s director of athletics and activities, or Lindy Thompson, the athletics secretary.

As a reminder, ads for the Hermiston High School sports calendar have all been sold for the year. Businesses will not be contacted for sponsorship until the beginning of the 2017-18 school year.


A formal complaint against Sports Media has been filed, our file number is FF5392-16.


If anyone has questions, please contact Larry Usher at (541) 667-6117.

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