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  • Dan Goldman

    03-05-14 - Greetings HRCSD,

    It's March! I really can't believe how quickly it feels we're moving through the school year. Let me be the first to wish you the best during the upcoming break. I'll be heading back east with my family to visit with my side of the family. Unfortunately, my brother-in-law is gravely ill; so it'll be good for us to be with him and his family for the week, to get all the kids together, to support my sister - and just take a little breather. I hope you also take the week to reboot and enjoy time with loved ones. Read more...


    Archived Messages

    February 2014 - Today our first full snow-day is in full effect after a harried day of early releases across the district as the weather continued to deteriorate throughout the mid-morning hours on Thursday. Read more...

    January 2014 - Today is a day of reflection and service; when public institutions across the nation are set to idle to honor the profound leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Read more...

    December 2013 - While I realize we've been back with students for a week now, I hope each of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday... Read more...

    November 2013 - For the past few weeks, we have engaged parents and community members in listening sessions across the District. Read more...

    September 2013 - Over these first weeks of the new school year, I've had the opportunity to spend time in each of our schools. Read more...

    August 2013 - As I complete my first month as your new superintendent, I want to say what an honor it is for me to lead the Hood River County School District. Read more...

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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

04-18-14 Upcoming Board Meeting
The next School Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 23rd at 5:30pm at Parkdale Elementary School. Please note the time change. Topics include:

  • Introduction of Director of Curriculum & Instruction
  • Sex Education
  • EI/ECSE Update
  • Division 22 Assurances

For full agenda, please visit our Board Meetings page.

04-14-14 - Kindergarten Roundup
The Hood River County School District will hold their annual "Kindergarten Roundup" during the week of April 28 - May 2, 2014. This is the time for parents to register their children entering kindergarten for the 2014-2015 school year. Parents are to register their children at the local school on the following dates and times:

Cascade Locks
300 Wanapa St
Cascade Locks
M-F: 8:00am - 2:15pm
May Street Elem.
911 May St
Hood River
M-F: 7:30am - 3:00pm, and
parent orientation May 15 at 6pm
Mid Valley Elem.
3686 Davis Dr
M-F: 7:30am - 3:00pm
Parkdale Elem.
4880 Van Nuys Dr
M-F: 7:00am - 3:00pm
Wesstside Elem.
3685 Belmont Dr
Hood River
M-F: 8:00am - 2:35pm, and
parent open house April 28 from 6-7pm

Students must be five years old on or before September 1st to meet the entry age requirement into kindergarten. What to bring:

After school care programs are available - call Community Education for Primetime 541-386-2055, for May Street and Westside. Call ExCel after school program 541-387-5704 for Mid Valley.

04-11-14 - Notice of Budget Committee Meetings
A public meeting of the Budget Committee of the Hood River County School District, Hood River County, State of Oregon, to discuss the budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015, will be held at Hood River Valley High School Library, 1220 Indian Creek Rd, Hood River, OR 97031. The meeting will take place on May 6, 2014 at 6:30 pm and on May 13 and 27 as needed. The purpose of the meeting is to receive the budget message and to receive comment from the public on the budget. This is a public meeting where deliberation of the Budget Committee will take place. Any person may appear at the meeting and discuss the proposed programs with the Budget Committee. A copy of the budget document may be inspected or obtained on or after May 6, 2014 at the District Office, 1101 Eugene Street between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm.

04-11-14 - School Board Approves New Staggered School Start/End Times for 2014/2015 School Year
The Hood River County School Board approved new staggered school start and end times for the 2014-2015 school year. The Administration studied the efficiencies that could be gained by staggering the start times of elementary and secondary schools. Under the new start and end times, the District projects that the Transportation Department will need 7 fewer bus routes and will save approximately $142,000 annually. The cost savings will come from maintenance and parts, employee salary and benefits and the avoidance of purchasing an additional replacement bus each year.

The District conducted a public survey to gather feedback on whether people preferred an earlier start time for elementary schools or an earlier start time for secondary schools. The District received over 700 responses and over 500 of those responses were from parents. Nearly 70% of the responses favored the earlier elementary school start time over the earlier secondary start time.

Schools will communicate the new start and end times with parents this spring and new route information and schedules will be published in August. All elementary schools will now have the same start and end time: 7:40 a.m. and 2:10 p.m. Both Hood River Middle School and Wy'east Middle School will start and end at the same time: 8:45 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Hood River Valley High School will start at 8:40 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m.

Monday late starts will continue next year and on those days, elementary schools will start at 8:40 a.m., middle schools will start at 9:45 and high school will start at 9:40 a.m.

04-11-14 - School Board Recognizes HRVHS State Champions
At the April 9, 2014 School Board meeting, the School BoardBoard recognized several state champion teams and state champion individual athletes.  During the winter sports season, several HRVHS teams and individuals were crowned state champions:

  • State Champion OISRA Girls Freestyle Skiing, Hannah Bergemann
  • State Champion OISRA Boys Freestyle Skiing, Tucker FitzSimons
  • State Champion OISRA Girls Combined Freestyle Team
  • State Champion OISRA Boys Combined Freestyle Team
  • State Champion Boys OHSNO Nordic Skate Style, Sam Wiley
  • State Champion OSAA 5A Wrestling, Christian Marquez
  • State Champion OWA Girls Wrestling, Payton Rigert
  • State Champion OWA Girls Wrestling, Jessica DeHart

Congratulations to these student athletes and their coaches.

2014 HRVHS State Champions
Pictured left to right: Hannah Bergeman, Tucker FitzSimons, Payton Rigert, Sam Wiley, Superintendent Dan Goldman, Christian Marquez, Andrew Dehart, Jessica Dehart


04-02-14 - 2014-2015 School Calendar
The 2014-2015 School Calendar has been adopted by the School Board and has been posted to the website. Click here to go to the School Calendar page.

03-25-14 - HRCSD To Make Up Two Snow Days
The Hood River County School District will be making up the two lost instructional days that were cancelled due to inclement weather earlier this year. The School District was closed on Friday, February 7th and on Monday February 10th due to inclement weather. The school calendar preserved two days for emergency closure days: June 12th and 13th. Schools will be open and operate on both Thursday, June 12th and Friday, June 13th, and Friday, June 13th will be the last day of the school-year.


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