Superintendent's Message

  • Dan Goldman February 2015
    I am generally an optimistic person. I largely love what I do. And I often find so much to celebrate in the work each of you, and all of us together, do for our kids. So naturally, I try to avoid opening messages with words like "disappointment," "worry," or "distress." So on an unusually beautiful President's Day like today, it feels totally incongruent to write his gloomy all-staff message about the state budget forecast.

    I need you to know what the Co-chairs of the Joint Ways and Means Committee's budget framework will mean for our school district if adopted by the legislature. Until last Monday, we had estimated that the state budget proposal for Oregon K-12 Education of $7.235 billion for the biennium would be a tight, but comparatively manageable budget number for Hood River. Click here to read full article  (PDF)


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Located in the beautiful Hood River Valley, the Hood River County School District provides exceptional opportunities for students. Thanks to strong community support, our schools offer full-day kindergarten, experienced and expert staff, extracurricular programs at middle and high schools, and a wide range of college-credit and advanced-placement courses. More than 80 percent of our graduates pursue education beyond high school. We have recently invested $25 million to increase energy efficiency, add classrooms and upgrade key components of our school buildings. Come check us out!

Current News

02-19-15 - HRVHS Graduation Rate Ranks Well Above State Average
For the fourth year in a row, Hood River Valley High School's 4-year graduation rate ranked amongst the state's best. With an 81.40% on-time 4-year graduation rate and a 90.61% 5-year completer rate, HRVHS is outpacing the state averages in nearly every metric used to measure graduation rates. The State of Oregon recently announced that Oregon's 4-year graduation rate for 2014 was 71.98%; this represents a slight increase in the state's most notable metric for measuring school success. Read more...

02-19-15 - Community Listening Session Survey
Superintendent, Dan Goldman continues to collect feedback from parents, staff and community members regarding the District's budget for the 2015-16 school year and District's programs. Click here to take listening session survey. Haga clic aquí para tomar la escucha encuesta sesión.

02-12-15 - All Girls Robotics Team Recognized
Westside Elementary 4th grade all girls robotics team, the Terra-bots a.k.a. Lego Freaks, recognized last night at the Hood River County School District Board meeting.

Girls Robotics Team

Pictured in the photo back row from left to right: Bill Newton, Principal, Westside Elementary, Dan Goldman, Superintendent, Yvonne Arbogast, parent/coach; front row from left to right: Abby Tomlinson, Clara Parkinson, Eleanor Arbogast (other members of the team not pictured: Sarah Davies, Melanie Glatter, Casey Beaman).

02-11-15 - Updated School Calendar
The Hood River County School District will be making up the two days cancelled back in November due to inclement weather. Students will have school on Thursday, June 11th and Friday, June 12th. June 12th will be the last day of school and it will be a full school day. If we experience any additional days of inclement weather that require the District to close school, the make-up of those days will be addressed shortly thereafter. An updated calendar with the make-up school days is available here.

01-28-15 - Teachers and Students share their feedback on new Wonders reading curriculum
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01-15-15 - Mark Steighner Honored as Oregon Music Educator of the Year
The Oregon Music Educators Association has selected Mark Steighner as Oregon's Outstanding Music Educator of the Year. He will be formally recognized this coming weekend at the Oregon Music Educator Association's annual conference. Read More...
01-12-15 - Dennis McCauley Announces Retirement
Dennis McCauley, principal at Mid Valley Elementary, announced last week that he will be retiring from the Hood River County School District at the end of the school year.  Mr. McCauley began his career in education in 1971 as an elementary teacher for grades 3, 4 and 5 at Davis Elementary in the Reynolds School District, where he taught 17 years.  In 1988, Dennis moved to Reynolds Middle School where he taught until 1996.  He then went back to teaching elementary at Woodland Elementary in the Reynolds School District until 1998, when he became principal of Davis Elementary School.  Mr. McCauley came to the Hood River County School District in August 2004, serving as the principal of Mid Valley Elementary.  The District wishes Mr. McCauley all the best as he moves into retirement at the end of the school year. Read More...
01-08-15 - HRVHS Student of the Month Recognition Program
In an effort to highlight and recognize our outstanding students, Hood River Valley High School recently instituted a student of the month program. Students are honored for their outstanding performance within the different departments at HRVHS. Teachers in the different department areas nominate students, whereupon the Department Chair makes a recommendation to the school administration for that month's outstanding student. Read more...

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