December 31, 2017
Greetings HRCSD Educators,
I hope you are all enjoying the holiday break and plan to ring in the New Year tonight with the people you love. As we tick down the last hours of 2017, I want to thank each of you for delivering another calendar year of learning, caring and growth for our students. As a parent of children in our schools, I am grateful; as an employee, I am proud. Proud of our collective efforts, and proud of our results.
2017 brought improved district-wide state assessment results in literacy, math and science, improved student behavioral outcomes, increased on-time graduation rates, and more of our students - especially students of color - earning dual credit for college. Your excellence was highlighted not only in our local newspaper, but also in the Oregonian as HRCSD was one of only a handful of Oregon school districts recognized for substantive academic student growth. Great job HRCSD Educators!
We should also be proud of advances we’ve made operationally. Again this year, we’ve reduced our transportation and operations footprints, created a more viable safety net for looming PERS rate increases, and reinvested resources closer to the classroom. Our average class sizes have again been reduced while increasing the number instructional assistants working with our students. We’ve also solidified our commitments to programs focused on closing opportunity gaps for our historically marginalized students (such as AVID, Juntos and recent work with school-based Equity Learning Teams). Importantly, yet less visible, these efforts have been accompanied by four consecutive “unmodified” audit opinions. Strong financial performance and integrity is exactly what bond rating agencies – and investors – look for, and a major reason our bonds sold at a significant premium on the market. Ultimately this means more resources and improvements in our schools – and it provides our community a high level of confidence that the school district is excellent stewards of public funds.
Improved student outcomes, streamlined operations, and excellent fiscal results! As we head into 2018, please accept my deep appreciation and gratitude for all you do to create the conditions for excellence in our schools! It’s meaningful, important work that I hope you are very proud of. See you next year-
1-12-2018 - Community Education Update
The Hood River County School District Community Education program has served students, families, and community members for 45 years! Families in the Park, Movies in the Park, preschool programming, adult special interest classes, sports programs, and after school care are some examples of the many Community Education offerings. An extended partnership with the Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation has been established during the construction and renovation process at the COE primary building. The Hood River County School District Community Education program office has relocated to the Aquatic Center, across the street from Hood River Middle School.
Community Education programming and services can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week on the web at http://www.hrcommunityed.org. You can also contact Community Education staff via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 541-386-2055. If you stop by the Aquatic Center to access Community Education services, let the front desk attendant at the pool know, and someone from the Community Education department will help you.
There are no interruptions to Community Education services with the move to the Aquatic Center. This centralized location provides access to a wide variety of programming from both the Hood River County School District Community Education and the Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation Department. Community Education looks forward to continuing to provide offerings for our community from the new location.
¡El programa de Educación Comunitaria del Distrito Escolar del Condado de Hood River ha servido a estudiantes, familias y miembros de la comunidad por 45 años! Familias en el Parque, Películas en el Parque, programación preescolar, clases especiales para adultos, programas deportivos y cuidado después de la escuela son algunos ejemplos de los muchos ofrecimientos de Educación Comunitaria. Se ha establecido una asociación extendida con el departamento de Parques y Recreación de Hood River Valley durante el proceso de construcción y renovación en el edificio principal del COE. La oficina del programa de Educación Comunitaria del Distrito Escolar del Condado de Hood River se ha trasladado al Centro Acuático, al otro lado de la calle de la Escuela Secundaria de Hood River.
Se puede acceder a la programación y los servicios de la Educación Comunitaria las 24 horas del día, los siete días de la semana en la web en http://www.hrcommunityed.org. También puede comunicarse con el personal de Educación Comunitaria por correo electrónico a email@example.com o por teléfono al 541-386-2055. Si pasa por el Centro Acuático para acceder a los servicios de Educación Comunitaria, informe al encargado de recepción de la piscina, y alguien del departamento de Educación Comunitaria lo ayudará.
No hay interrupciones a los servicios de Educación Comunitaria con el traslado al Centro Acuático. Esta ubicación centralizada brinda acceso a una amplia variedad de programas tanto de la Educación Comunitaria del Distrito Escolar del Condado de Hood River como del Departamento de Parques y Recreación de Hood River Valley. Educación Comunitaria espera continuar proporcionando ofrecimientos para nuestra comunidad desde la nueva ubicación.
11-13-2017 - Copperwest, Celilo and the Hood River County Education Foundation Step Up to Support Cascade Locks Children and Families
Copperwest Properties, Celilo Restaurant and the Hood River County Education Foundation have joined forces to ensure that after-school programs at Cascade Locks Elementary School are expanded to include more students. The school district has been running the after-school “Excel Program” since 2013, but recently sustained a 50% reduction in federal funding for the program. This has resulted in serving fewer students and more limited programming.
Maui Meyer, one of the three Partners at Celilo Restaurant and Catering and Copperwest Properties, explains, “We want to do whatever we can to help our neighbors in Cascade Locks get back on their feet after the Eagle Creek Fire. Quality after-school programs for students means parents can get back to work knowing their children are well cared for and safe.” The families of Celilo Restaurant and Catering and Copperwest Properties’ contribution of $3,500 was matched by the Hood River County Education Foundation (HRCEF).
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