• ExCEL Extended Community Enriched LearningExCEL


    ExCEL, Extended Community Enriched Learning, is a HRCSD program that is funded through a five-year grant administered by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE). ExCEL is an academic enrichment program that offers activities for students before and after school. During Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL), HRCSD is offering virtual activities for students only after school. 


    During CDL, HRCSD aims to provide approximately 12 hours of activities for students each week. There are asynchronous (non-live) and synchronous (live) activities. Asynchronous activities may include kits that are sent home for project-based learning. Synchronous activities may include guided instruction, assistance with homework, and opportunities for social engagement. The ExCEL program is offering activities that surround various subjects this school year, including art, drama, reading, writing, and science. HRCSD is partnering with the Hood River County Prevention Department, Arts in Education of the Gorge, Gorge Ecology Institute, SMART Reading, and Columbia Gorge STEM Hub, to offer and enhance these opportunities for students. 


    In addition to offering academic enrichment, ExCEL offers complimentary dinners to students who participate in the program. One per week, a student or his/her family may pick up five dinners per student enrolled in ExCEL. 


    Students whose neighborhood school is one of the following may participate in ExCEL: Cascade Locks Elementary School, Mid-Valley Elementary School, Parkdale Elementary School, and Wy’east Middle School. Space is available for all of these schools’ students who want to participate in ExCEL in the 2020-21 school year.  


    To register your student for ExCEL, please complete this Google Form. The ExCEL school site coordinator will contact you regarding program details.


    For more information on ExCEL, please contact the ExCEL program coordinator, Adrienne Acosta, at adrienne.acosta@hoodriver.k12.or.us or one of the school office staff who serves as an ExCEL school site coordinator. 


    Cascade Locks Elementary School: kirstin.walter@hoodriver.k12.or.us

    Mid-Valley Elementary School: eileen.reffett@hoodriver.k12.or.us

    Parkdale Elementary School: kristi.meyers@hoodriver.k12.or.us

    Wy’east Middle School: pauline.koll@hoodriver.k12.or.us