As we approach our last day with students before the summer holiday, I want to thank you for your efforts, expertise and positivity in service to children and their families this year. I’ve had the good fortune of being able to catch up with many of you in the last few weeks and am so impressed by your passion and love for your students and their learning - as well as your dedication to push them to maximize their learning through the final bell. Thank you for finishing strong!!
It’s hard to believe that less than a year ago we started the school year engulfed in smoke, scrambling to support emergency response personnel while evacuating Cascade Locks School, and trying to be a normalizing factor for the families most impacted by the Eagle Creek Fire. I think I’ll always remember taking a quick photo of the Cascade Locks staff - on what was supposed to be the first day of school - rushing to load up vans with critical curricula, supplies and technology within the two-hour window we were given to evacuate the school. The next day, the Westside School community, along with their Cascade Locks colleagues, welcomed the kids (picked up by our awesome bus drivers in shelters and hotels in Washington and elsewhere) with hugs, smiles and backpacks filled with school and living supplies… and then teaching and learning skillfully snapped right into place - amazing!
As I begin to reflect on this year, it’s not only these types of “heroic” moments that emerge. I’m struck by the visible joy and daily accomplishments occurring on our campuses… from the increased skills and confidence in our youngest learners to the smiles on the faces of one of our largest graduating classes ever as they cross the HRCSD finish line and begin their post-secondary journeys. I’m similarly grateful for the relative harmony and strong support for our schools within the broader Hood River County community. In the last two-and-a-half years our community has twice voted for tax measures in support of our schools, and both times at historically high levels: 72% for the capital bond and 74% for the operating levy! This past election was the first time the majority of residents in each of the thirteen voting districts in our County voted in favor of the Local Option Levy. Comparably, most school districts in Oregon cannot garner the support of their communities in such tangible, critical ways. These recent election results are a testament to your work, your high standing in our community, and the level of faith you’ve earned from Hood River County residents via our increasingly positive student outcomes.
As you begin to reflect on your own professional voyage this year, I urge each of you to take a moment to identify the successes and breakthroughs you’ve facilitated with your students. I am absolutely certain that you have made a positive difference in children’s lives over the course of 2017-18.
Reflecting on one’s practice and looking for ways to advance one’s knowledge and skill is a critical aspect of professional learning and improvement. I am wishing you the most wonderful, fulfilling summer of fun... and reflection. Hope to see you out there!
Thank you for a fantastic school year!
My very best-
Dan Goldman | Superintendent
Hood River County School District
Excellence. Every student. Every day.
07-13-18 - 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 the District’s budget. Vacancies are in the following regional areas:
Zone 6 - 3-year term through June 2021 (East Hood River and Pine Grove area)
Zone 7 - 3-year term through June 2021 (Hood River County)
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.
The deadline for applications is 5 p.m., September 28, 2018.
06-25-18 - 2018-19 MILK AND DAIRY PRODUCTS REQUEST FOR BID
Hood River County School District, an equal opportunity employer, will accept sealed bids for "Milk and Dairy Products" for the school year September 1, 2018 through August 31, 2019, with four optional annual renewals through the 2022-2023 school year, to be delivered as specified.
Specifications are available in the Business Services Office, Administration Building, located at 1011 Eugene St, Hood River, OR 97031. Previous bidders and prospective bidders on the Nutrition Services Bidder's List will receive copies of the bid through the U.S. Postal Service.
Sealed bids will be received by the Chief Financial Officer at the above address until 1:00 p.m., Pacific Daylight Time, July 23, 2018.
All bids submitted must be clearly marked on the outside of the envelope, "Milk and Dairy Products Bid". Enclose fully completed and signed bid forms for Bid to be considered.
All bidders are required to comply with the provisions of Oregon Revised Statutes. Attention is directed to: ORS 244. Government Ethics; ORS 279 Public Contracts and Purchasing; ORS Chapter 125, Division 300 to 360, Public Contract Exemptions; and State of Oregon Department of Justice Attorney General's Model Public Contract Rules Manual. Bidders must clearly indicate resident or non-resident status as required in ORS 279A.120(1).
Quote all Prices F.O.B. Hood River County School District. If you are unable to furnish the same in accordance with our description and wish to offer a substitute, substitutes will be considered when accompanied with samples and complete details. Unless bidder states otherwise, it is understood that quotations are submitted on exact specifications as described in the bid.
The District reserves the right to (1) reject any or all bids within a period not exceeding sixty (60) days from the date of bid opening, and (2) select the bid which appears to be in the best interest of the District.
Chief Financial Officer
Hood River County School District