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Key Communicator Messages

November 2016

Friends and Key Communicators:
It’s hard to believe that we just wrapped up the first quarter of the school year! Great things are happening in our schools. At the beginning of the school year, staff dealt with lead testing in our schools, and the implementation of new modulars at Desert View, Sunset and the High School to keep up with student growth. A few weeks ago the district received the report card results from the Oregon Department of Education and I recently shared results from the second community attitude survey with the board at the October work session. In the next month the board will decide whether or not it will consider placing a bond question before the voters in May of 2017.
These messages are intended to keep key stakeholders informed about the happenings in Hermiston School District and to provide an opportunity to give the district timely feedback about its initiatives. If you have suggestions for other topics you believe should be addressed in a future Key Communicators message, please let us know!
With regards,

Dr. Fred Maiocco
Superintendent of Schools

Lead Testing Results for the Hermiston Schools –

Hermiston School District tested 853 sites and identified 19 locations with elevated lead levels across its schools. None of the locations were a primary drinking source. Elevated levels of lead were found in hand washing stations, bathrooms, and other secondary sources at Hermiston High School, Highland Hills elementary school, and in kitchens at Armand Larive and Sandstone middle schools. Continue reading here.

Report Card Results –

This is the second year in which Hermiston schools participated in the new Smarter Balanced assessment. In summary, 2016 results show that nearly 55% of students met the proficiency standard for their grade level in English Language Arts, and almost 42% met in Mathematics. Continue reading here.

Second Community Attitude Survey –

According to an executive summary, 46% of voters (down 1% from 47% in May) were favorable to the $104 million question. That level of support grew to 61% favorable when voters learned that the proposed bond would protect the community’s investment in its schools; included substantial safety and security upgrades, reduced operating costs, and with continued growth new residents and businesses would assist in paying for the bond measure if it passed. Continue reading here.

Former HHS Graduate Part of Oregon Community Foundation Grantmakers –

Last week I was privileged to serve on a panel for the Oregon Community Foundation as it introduced prospective grant makers to our region. I learned that Victor Vasquez, one of the grant makers, is an HHS graduate who has accomplished much in his life. Victor worked his way up from humble roots as a migrant worker, graduated HHS and later Harvard. He was previously employed as part of the Clinton and Obama administrations. Click here to learn more about Victor Vasquez.

Inclement Weather –

The Hermiston School District has several resources to communicate school closures, delays and other emergency related information:

    • The school closures and delays will be announced on the district’s home page prior to 6 a.m. via a banner message, and information will be posted on our Facebook and Twitter accounts. In the absence of any message, school will run on time, without delay.

Continue reading here.

Winter Concert Schedules –

The holiday season is upon us, and preparations have begun for the winter concerts. Below you will find the dates for the winter concerts. Check your school’s concert schedule as some elementary schools break up the concert in different time slots to accommodate the families that attend the concerts. Continue reading here.


To access previous Key Communicator messages, follow the links below.

Prior to the Key Communicator message, Hermiston School District produced and disseminated the Hermiston Insider. Click here for previous editions.