Hood River County School District

Excellence, Every student, Every day.


"Excellence. Every student. Every day." Located in the beautiful Hood River Valley, our experienced and outstanding educators deliver exceptional scholastic and extracurricular experiences to over 4000 students each day. Strong community partnerships and support, expert instruction, engaged students and high levels of volunteerism are the hallmarks of our schools.


Across the Hood River County Schools, we have one overarching goal: Every student graduates with the knowledge and courage to learn, serve and pursue their dreams. Our professional educators are preparing the leaders, thinkers and problem solvers of tomorrow - people who can make a difference in our community and our world. We invite you to be a part of our students' growth and successes!

Current News

11-11-15 - Hood River School Violence Task Force Drill Successful
On Saturday, November 7, roughly 65 local first responders including Law Enforcement, Fire and EMS, Hood River County School District, hospitals, emergency management and 911 staffs, gathered at Hood River Valley High School for a closed campus safety drill, simulating a four-hour active shooter event. The purpose of the tr aining was to test responders and communication systems as part of ongoing, multiagency collaboration that has worked together for many years to coordinate and refine emergency response. Read full article. (Article reprinted from the Hood River County Sheriff's Office via FlashAlert)


10-29-15 - Music Festival of the Gorge Founders Recognized
Music Fesstival of the Gorge Founders Recognized Music Festival of the Gorge (MFoG) is a fundraiser event for the Matt Klee Memorial Fund, benefitting music programs in local Hood River area schools. The first annual event took place on September 19, 2015 at the Waterfront Park and featured 6 local performing groups: Mollly's Music, Kleevage, Kitchen Table, Feed the Dogg, Cripple Hop, and Tony Smiley. Artist Allison Bell Fox also worked with local kids to refresh and update the murals at the waterfront park during the event. There was truly something for everyone. The free event raised $7,580 in donations to benefit local school music programs. Read more...


10-15-15 - Parent Volunteer Recognized for Cascade Locks Elementary School
Sarah Bustamante, parent volunteer  Sarah Bustamante, parent to four boys, has contributed greatly to the school and the community. She regularly volunteers at the book fair and has helped chaperone kids during bike/walk to school week. Sarah goes on field trips to support both her own students and the entire school community. She is someone that the staff and school can rely on, even in last minute situations. When teriyaki chicken is on the menu, you will find Sarah eating lunch with the kids, helping at recess, and then volunteering for the rest of the day. Sarah's contributions help make Cascade Locks a positive school community.



10-05-15 - Budget Committee Members Needed
The Hood River County School District is looking for committed citizens to join its budget committee. The committee of appointed community members and school board members are tasked with reviewing and approving a budget of approximately $40 million. Vacancies are in the following regional areas:

  • Zone 4 - 3-year term through June 2017 (Odell)
  • Zone 5 - Complete term through June 2016 (Parkdale)
  • Zone 6 - 3-year term through June 2018 (East Hood River & Pine Grove area)
  • Member at large Position 7 - 3-year term through June 2018

A map of the District zone boundaries is available online at http://www.hoodriver.k12.or.us/Page/245 The budget committee, made up of seven citizens and seven school board directors, meets in May to review the proposed budget, take public comment and approve a budget to be reviewed by the school board. Once approved, it's set for final adoption by the school board. Click here to download the Budgeet Committee Member Application. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m., October 30, 2015.


09-29-15 - HRVHS Senior Cole Shepherd Recognized as National Merit® Scholarship Commended Student
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced Hood River Valley High School senior Cole Shepherd as a Commended Student in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. A letter of Commendation from the school and NMSC, which conducts the program, has been presented to this scholastically talented senior.

"The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success," commented a spokesperson for NMSC. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although Cole will not continue in the 2016 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of the more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 competition by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT (PSAT.)

"I am proud Cole and what he has accomplished," said HRVHS Principal Rich Polkinghorn. "Being a Commended Student is a testament to the hard work and dedication he has put into his education. National Merit Scholarship winners of 2016 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 308,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.


09-11-15 - Hood River County School District Awarded Large "Collaboration Grant"
The Hood River County School District will be awarded more than $400,000 in grant funding for the 2015-16 school year according to the Oregon Department of Education. The "Collaboration Grant" will allow the District to further develop the Hood River Academy, an internal professional development program that vastly increases training opportunities throughout the district. The grant also provides support for improving the District's professional evaluation system, increasing leadership opportunities for master teachers, and investigating different compensation models that are more aligned to teacher and student performance. The exact amount of grant funding is still being determined, but a second year of full funding is now guaranteed. The "Collaboration Grant" is a highly competitive statelevel grant.


09-09-15 - Mid Valley Program Coordinators Recognized for ExCEL Program
Juanita Trejo and Eileen Trejo partner together to plan, organize, and create an after school program that serves more than 150 Mid Valley students. The dynamic duo coordinates with Hood River County School District food service, the transportation department, staff, and community partners to offer instruction, enrichment, and a safe place for students after school. Read more...




Superintendent's Message

  • Dan Goldman


    August 26, 2015


    Greetings Hood River County School District families and welcome to a new school year!  


    As I write to you, many of your children are practicing on sports fields with their coaches, participating in one or more of our varied and comprehensive Community Education programs, or learning in a district summer school session; and, hopefully everyone is taking advantage of all that there is to enjoy throughout beautiful Hood River County.  


    The first day of school is just around the corner (on September 8) and your children will soon be stepping onto school buses, walking through our school doors and into our classrooms, gyms, auditoriums and cafeterias. Here in the school district, support staff have been working hard to get our curriculum organized, buses tuned up, and our schools and classrooms cleaned and ready for students.  


    As I reflect on the 2014-15 school year, I feel so proud of the work accomplished between educators and students. Last year,


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