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COSTCO DONATES BACKPACKS

Costco
On July 10, Costco Wholesale donated more than 480 fun printed backpacks filled with pencil pouches, scissors, erasers, folders, and rulers to the Pasco School District. “Thank you Pasco Schools for taking care of our kids. We are always happy to help,” states Connie Limon, Costco marketing representative. Costco has donated backpacks to Pasco schools for the past 15 years.

Pictured, from left to right, are Costco marketing team members Mari Cruz Torres, Connie Limon, and Dawnell Reeves.

Posted July 18, 2014
WELCOMES NEW STUDENT BOARD REPRESENTATIVES

The Pasco School District Board of Directors welcomes 2014-2015 School Board Student Representatives Nayeli Cervantes, Daphne Gallegos, and Adriana Mendez. They will be sworn in at the board meeting on July 22.

In 2003 Pasco School District added a student representative position to its board of directors. In 2009 the opportunity was extended to two students per year and, at their June 24, 2014 meeting, Pasco School District’s Board of Directors voted to add an additional student board position, bringing the total to three.

“We are so pleased that the board voted to extend this opportunity to a third student,” says President Sherry Lancon. “It has been such a benefit to both the board and the student representatives. We look forward to working with these bright young women in the coming year.”

Cervantes Cervantes is a senior at Chiawana High School. She attended Markham Elementary School and McLoughlin Middle School. Her older sisters are Pasco High School graduates, and she has 12 nieces and nephews who are current or future Pasco students. With a 4.0 GPA, Cervantes will be taking several Advanced Placement (AP) classes this year, including AP Government and Politics. She hopes to study pre-law and political science at Gonzaga University after graduation in 2015 and aspires to be a judge. Her passion for law was strengthened after playing the role of a Supreme Court justice at the Lorenzo de Zavala Youth Legislative Session leadership conference in San Diego this summer.

“It’s an honor to serve on the board,” says Cervantes. “It’s an even better way to serve as a role model and show my family I am focused on education.”

Cervantes has been a member of Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA) for two years and will serve as president this year. She was also elected National Honor Society co-president. She is currently on track to become a valedictorian for the Chiawana High School class of 2015.Cervantes is an active leader and volunteer in her school and community and works as an after-school tutor at McLoughlin Middle School. She is the daughter of Martin and Irma Cervantes.

Gallegos Pasco High School senior Gallegos is a straight-A student active in drama and French clubs. She will take a number of AP classes this year including AP French and AP Chemistry. She was elected president of National Honor Society, captain of the speech and debate team, and president of the drama club—a position she has held since her freshman year. Though immersed in theatre and foreign languages from a very young age, Gallegos plans to study medicine and hopes to make a difference for patients suffering from autoimmune disorders—a decision inspired by her mother’s own health struggles. After graduation, she hopes to attend Reed College or the University of Portland.

Gallegos is the daughter of Bernardo and Claudia Gallegos. She attended Angelou and McGee elementary schools and McLoughlin Middle School. Her older sister, Eury Gallegos, also served as a student board representative in 2010-2011. Gallegos is on track to be a PHS valedictorian for the class of 2015.

“As a student, you get to experience the trials and tribulations of school. It’s really special to be able to bring this perspective to the board and to the decisions being made at the District level,” says Gallegos.

Mendez A senior at Delta High School, Mendez is a top student and active volunteer. The youngest of five, she attended Emerson Elementary School and Stevens Middle School. Mendez has excelled at Delta High School by changing her approach to studying and shifting her way of learning, she says. The school has challenged her and made her a more dedicated student. She will take math, English, and Spanish classes for college credit this year and hopes to study medicine after graduation. Mendez is involved in debate, yearbook, ambassador, and tennis clubs, and was elected Key Club president this year.

Mendez has experienced the fulfillment of helping to build homes for families in need through her service at Habitat for Humanity and will serve as an intern there this year. She plans to complete a second internship at Tri-Cities Cancer Center. Mendez has worked with patients and shadowed medical professionals at Kadlec, assisted migrant workers at a Wenatchee health clinic, and volunteered at the Tri-Cities Animal Shelter.

“I am excited to serve as a channel of communication between students and the board and to provide student insight to the board,” says Mendez.

Cervantes, Gallegos, and Mendez were selected from a pool of 13 outstanding candidates. All former student representatives have been invited to the July 22 meeting.

Posted July 9, 2014

BUS DRIVERS NEEDED
Buses
 
Pasco School District is hiring bus drivers to work 20-35 hours per week. No CDL experience is needed. The District will train qualified candidates. Requirements include:

High school diploma or GED;

Valid state driver’s license and three years driving experience;

No more than two moving violations and/or two minor accidents within the past 36 months;

Ability to obtain a class B CDL with passenger endorsement, airbrake restriction removed, and a school bus authorization;

Good communication/customer service skills;

Dependable with good attendance.

The next class begins July 14. Apply in the Employee Services office at the Booth Building, or call 547-2510 for information.

Posted July 9, 2014

DELTA HIGH SCHOOL GROUNDBREAKING

 
Pasco School District hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on June 25 to celebrate the future home of the new Delta High School, which will be located at 5801 Broadmoor Blvd. in Pasco.

Superintendent Saundra Hill served as master of ceremonies and welcomed guest speakers and elected officials to the festivities. Guest speakers included Director of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Senior Vice President of Battelle Mike Kluse, President of the Washington State STEM Education Foundation Tom Yount, Kennewick School District Superintendent Dave Bond, and Delta High School Principal Jenny Rodriquez. 

Seven past, current, and possibly future Delta High School students presented symbolic items which will be included in a time capsule for the new building. Among them Delta High School junior Abraham Mendoza presented a copy of “Math and the Mona Lisa: The Art and Science of Leonardo de Vinci,” saying, “We integrate the humanities and STEM fields, finding the artistry in math, the rhythm in poetry, and pondering the ethics of scientific and technological advances.”

The 44,880 square foot building will house 400 students and is anticipated to open for the 2015-16 school year.

Please follow the links to view news features from the Tri-City Herald, KEPR, KVEW, and NBC Right Now.

Posted June 26, 2014

2014 PHS GRADS SHARE STORIES IN OLYMPIA
PHS students with Governor Inslee
 
Five recent Pasco High School graduates shared their stories of overcoming adversity to achieve academic success at Washington State Governor Jay Inslee’s Results Washington Initiative meeting in Olympia on June 24. The students were invited along with Pasco High School Principal Raul Sital to speak during a panel discussion exploring how to expand educational opportunities for all Washington State students.

The speakers, all members of the PHS Class of 2014, were Jose Salazar, Alyssa Parra, Maria Pineda, Samantha Thai, and Allison Wilkinson. Each spoke about overcoming obstacles in their educational journeys, and credited teachers, counselors, and administrators at Pasco High School for guiding their success.

Students also had the opportunity to have lunch at the Space Needle and attend a Mariners game on June 24 thanks to the sponsorship of tú Decides and its CEO and Publisher Albert Torres. tú Decides media publishes a Spanish/English bilingual newspaper serving Washington State.

Pineda moved to Pasco in 2010 from Mexico. With limited English skills, she had to learn a new language while completing the same graduation requirements as her peers. She took the state exams in English, advanced classes in English, and was her class salutatorian and the bilingual speaker at the Pasco High School graduation ceremony. She will be attending Columbia Basin College this fall.

“I achieved all of this thanks to the support of my teachers, my counselors, and my family,” says Pineda.

Thai spoke to the panel about her desire to set a good example for her younger brother. She will be the first in her family to attend college. Active in student leadership, National Honor Society, and dance team, Thai attributes her success to the variety of classes and after school opportunities and support Pasco High School offered her. She will be attending Washington State University Tri-Cities in the fall.

Wilkinson was a four-year varsity soccer player who was diagnosed with Mononucleosis and missed a month of school in her junior year. Always a top student, she said her sickness set her back and she found herself failing all of her classes. She was afraid that she wouldn't be able to graduate on-time with her peers. But, through the support of her teachers and intervention team, she was able to make-up her work and graduate with her peers. She will be attending Eastern Washington University this fall.

“My mom would say it took all of Pasco High to get me here today,” says Wilkinson.

Parra is the first in her family to graduate from high school. As the daughter of a teen parent, she didn't let her family history shape her destiny. Active in volleyball, dance team, National Honor Society, band, student leadership and much more, she graduated with honors this June. Parra will attend the pre-med program at the University of Washington this fall.

“Through it all there were times when I would break down and I wanted to give up,” says Parra. “My coach, counselor, and administrators kept me going and helped me stay positive. I have taken the impossible and made it possible.”

Salazar grew up working the fields with his parents and understands the value of education. His mother often worked two jobs to support Salazar and his five siblings. He used his experience in the fields and his parents’ struggle to push himself to achieve in school. At Pasco High School, he took Advanced Placement Spanish classes and hopes to become a certified translator. He will be attending Columbia Basin College in the fall and wants to become a lawyer.

“We want to replicate the leadership successes you’ve had a Pasco,” said Gov. Inslee, who first visited Pasco High School when he was campaigning for the governorship. He was impressed then by student testimonials about the steps Pasco High School takes to support student success.

Sital told the panel about his school’s and the entire Pasco School District’s approach to educating all students by nurturing and supporting the “whole child.” This system approach begins in kindergarten and includes building and nurturing relationships in addition to teaching academics.

“It’s really a K-12 model,” Sital told the panel. “We get the credit for graduating students, but it starts in kindergarten… our model is to know and serve all students.”

“Our students left a good impression on the entire panel,” says Pasco High School Assistant Principal Kylee Sixkiller-Bossert.

The students were referenced throughout the meeting, which also addressed the topics of postsecondary STEM education, early learning, and the opportunity gap. The entire program can be viewed on TVW.

Posted June 26, 2014


MCCLINTOCK GROUNDREAKING
McClintock Groundbreaking
 
Pasco School District welcomed parents, students, employees and community members to the groundbreaking ceremony for McClintock STEM Elementary School, June 19. The school will be the state’s first STEM early learning center.

The ceremony, held at 5706 Road 60, featured words from master of ceremonies Superintendent Saundra Hill and McClintock STEM Elementary Planning Principal Jaime Morales. Helping PSD board members break ground were five Pasco four-year-olds, who will be the first class of McClintock STEM Elementary kindergarteners in 2015. The children planted seeds in the dirt from the site and then handed them to their future principals Diana Cissne (Angelou), Susan Sparks (Livingston), Deidre Holmberg (Franklin), Wendy Lechelt-Polster (McGee), and Barbara Pierce (Twain).

Posted June 19, 2014
HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMY GRADUATION
 
High School Academy Graduation
High School Academy students from Columbia, Pasco, Kennewick, and Richland school districts celebrated a completion ceremony on June 13 at the Columbia Basin College theatre.

Posted June 18, 2014
CLASS OF 2014
 
Congratulations to the graduating class of 2014. Please enjoy this slideshow from the ceremonies.
 
Posted June 11, 2014
FEDERAL SUMMER FEEDING PROGRAM

Leerlo en expañol The Pasco School District announces the Simplified Summer Food Program for Children. This is a federally-mandated program, and meals will be made available at no charge to attending children 18 years of age and younger. The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

No meals will be served on July 4, 2014. Meals will be provided Monday-Friday (unless otherwise noted) at the following sites and times:

• Chiawana High School, 8125 W. Argent Road
o June 11 to July 8, breakfast 7:30-7:45 a.m., lunch 11-11:30 a.m.
o July 21 to Aug. 15, breakfast 7:30-7:45 a.m., lunch 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
• Pasco High School, 1108 N. 10th Avenue
o June 16 to July 11, breakfast 7:30-8 a.m., lunch 10:45-11:45 a.m.
o July 14-16, breakfast 8-8:30 a.m., lunch 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
• New Horizons High School, 3110 W. Argent Road
o June 16 to July 11, breakfast 7:30-7:45 a.m., lunch 11-11:30 a.m.
• McGee Elementary, 4601 Horizon Drive
o June 9 to Aug. 8, breakfast 7:30-7:45 a.m., lunch 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
• Memorial Park, 1520 W. Shoshone Street
o June 11 to July 18, lunch 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 
• Ochoa Middle School, 1801 E. Sheppard Street
o July 21 to Aug. 15, breakfast 7:30-7:45 a.m., lunch 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
• Stevens Middle School, 1102 N. 22nd Avenue
o July 21 to Aug. 15, breakfast 7:30-7:45 a.m., lunch 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
• Twain Elementary School, 1801 N. Road 40
o June 10 to July 2, breakfast 8:45-9 a.m., lunch 11:30-11:45 a.m. (Mondays through Thursdays only)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

If you have additional questions about the federal summer feeding program or schedule, contact the Pasco School District Nutrition Services supervisor at (509) 546-2836.

Posted May 28, 201

 

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