2016 Hermiston School District Annual Report

Hermiston School District 305 SW 11th St.
Hermiston, OR 97838-1259
(541)667-6000
www.hermiston.k12.or.us
SUPERINTENDENT – Dr. Fred Maiocco For more district achievement data
including detailed demographic
information, please visit the
Oregon Department of Education Web site.

FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

Dear Parents and Community Members,

Dr. Fred Maiocco This is the second year in which Hermiston schools participated in the new Smarter Balanced assessment.  Like other schools across Oregon, the higher standards and rigor represent a new baseline for Oregon.  Students took the assessment in the spring of 2016 and their results are being reported in September.

In summary, 2016 results show that nearly 55 percent of students met the proficiency standard for their grade level in English Language Arts, and almost 42 percent met in Mathematics. At the elementary level for grades 3-5, 52.3 percent of Hermiston School District students met the proficiency standard in English Language Arts (a 5.7 percent increase from the previous year), while 46.5 percent were proficient on the Mathematics assessment, (an increase of 4.5 percent from the previous year). Fifth grade students showing proficiency on the Science assessment increased by 6.1 percent over the previous year, for a proficiency rate of 61 percent.

At the middle school level for grades 6-8, 54.7 percent met the proficiency standard in English Language Arts, which is a slight increase over the previous year; however, 41.5 percent of HSD middle school students met the proficiency standard in Mathematics,

which is a 4.3 percent increase. Eighth grade students showing proficiency on the Science assessment rated at 78.9 percent, while the state average was 63 percent.

At the high school level (grade 11), 63.1 percent of HSD students met the proficiency standard in English Language Arts. This is a substantial improvement of 21.2 percent over the previous year. In Mathematics, 17.0 percent of our students scored proficient on the state assessment, a decrease of 3.3 percent from the previous year. Eleventh grade students showing proficiency on the Science assessment was 88 percent, while the state average was 63 percent.

Hermiston School District has a focused strategic plan promoting high levels of collaboration and increased academic rigor, as it serves students based on their strengths and needs. This strategic focus aligns finances and personnel resources to improve curriculum materials, enhance technology and refine instructional practices. The plan also has a component identifying “high levels of family and community partnerships” in order to bring families and educators together to collaboratively work in supporting student achievement.

Thank you,

Superintendent | Dr. Fred Maiocco

District Goals Summary


Goal #1: Academic

ELA= Met, Math= Not Met, Science= Met
(new baseline for Oregon)

Goal #2: Stewardship

Met: Maintained Ending Fund Balance (EFB) greater than 8.0%

Goal #3: Community

Met: Schools will provide specific community outreach, at least twice annually, in culturally relevant ways to encourage parent/guardian partnerships in advancing student achievement

District Goal #1

Schools will provide specific community outreach, at least twice annually, in culturally relevant ways to encourage parent/guardian partnerships in advancing student achievement.

Growth Model Details

  • Growth of low performing students is compared to that of other low performing students in the state.
  • Growth of high performing students is compared to that of other high performing students in the state.
  • Growth model applies to students in grades 4 to 8, and 11.
  • A growth percentile of 60 would mean the student’s growth was as high or higher than 60 percent of students with the same prior scores.

School Data

Given the recent passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the expiration of Oregon’s ESEA flexibility waiver on August 1, 2016, the State of Oregon will not assign overall school ratings for the 2015-16 school year.

Following are rating scores and detail information, as last provided in 2015-16, by ODE.

Desert View Elementary School
Detail Table
Academic Growth Data Table
Highland Hills Elementary School
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Academic Growth Data Table
Rocky Heights Elementary School
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Academic Growth Data Table
Sunset Elementary School
Detail Table
Academic Growth Data Table
West Park Elementary School
Detail Table
Academic Growth Data Table
Armand Larive Middle School
Detail Table
Academic Growth Data Table
Sandstone Middle School
Detail Table
Academic Growth Data Table
Hermiston High School
Detail Table
Academic Growth Data Table

District Goal #2

Maintain sound fiscal stewardship of community resources consistent with board policies.

Background

Per Hermiston School District Board of Education Policy DA, the district is to “Maintain a minimum balance of eight percent of general fund actual ordinary revenues in fund balance, to include both reserved and unreserved fund balance amounts on a Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) basis.”

Data

A 2015-16 Financial Review revealed the following data:

  • Total General Fund Revenue: $52,140,965
  • 8% EFB Minimum Threshold: $4,171,277
  • Actual EFB (audited figure): $4,695,880 (9.01%)
2016 Financial Pie Chart

View General Fund
Allocation Here!

Accomplishments

Hermiston School District realized the following accomplishments, relating to Goal #2:

  • Received Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for the district’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)
  • Maintained accounting practices in accordance with the district’s AA- (“Double A Minus”) underlying bond credit rating
  • Ability to work with employee groups in negotiations to minimize current and future cost controls
  • Updated campuses with improved energy and cleaning efficiencies leading to decreased utility and maintenance costs

Action Plan

Going forward, Hermiston School District will take the following measures to address Goal #2:

  • Allow the Board to annually review and confirm and/or modify the financial parameters for the District
  • Continue to carefully monitor expense and revenue trends on a monthly basis
  • Continue to meet monthly with the Finance Committee
  • Continue to foster collaborative relationships with our employee groups
  • Continue to operate in a transparent and open fashion
  • Seek input and dialogue with our stakeholders and Budget Committee regarding proper stewardship of District resources
  • Analyze investment opportunities when appropriate
  • Continue to analyze every expenditure and employee hire


District Goal #3

Schools will provide specific community outreach, at least twice annually, in culturally relevant ways to encourage parent/guardian partnerships in advancing student achievement.

Desert View Elementary School
  • Snuggle Up and Read Night
  • College and Career Night
Highland Hills Elementary School

  • Parents Matter Night
  • Living History Museum
  • Moms and Muffins
  • Dads and Donuts
Rocky Heights Elementary School

  • Welcome Back Night
  • Family Reading Night
  • Heritage Night
  • Game Night
Sunset Elementary School

  • Family Morning Read-ins
  • Family Movie Night
  • Culture Night
  • College and Career Night
West Park Elementary School

  • First Friday Family Reading
  • Mid Winter’s Dream
  • College and Career Night
Armand Larive Middle School

  • Back to School Street Party
  • Knowledge Fair
  • Parent Night “How to Support Your Middle-schooler”
Sandstone Middle School

  • SMS Parent Nights
  • Career Exposure Afternoon
Hermiston High School

  • Building partnership with Hispanic Advisory Council (HAC)
  • Partnering with HAC members to provide translation services
  • Building partnership with catholic church members