The Pendleton School District bond encompasses multiple projects, ranging from upgrades to existing district facilities to the construction of two new schools. Throughout these projects, the district and the Wenaha Group, are working hard to ensure facilities are incorporating the most environmentally sustainable components possible. To read the full article click here.
CONGRATULATIONS to Kristin Swaggart, teacher of culinary arts at Pendleton High School, who has won $100,000 in the Dream Big Teacher Challenge sponsored by the Farmers Insurance Thank America’s Teachers program. It will fund a mobile food truck owned and operated by the Pendleton School District, where students will prepare and sell the food. It will also be used for fundraisers and community service projects.
Swaggart was surprised on Tuesday, November 29, during a student assembly at Pendleton High School, when Farmers Insurance representatives announced the win and presented her with a big check.
Swaggart was one of just 15 finalists across the nation – six winners were awarded $100,000 each for their projects. Voting happened throughout the month of October, and the six teacher projects that received the most votes nationwide won.
Swaggart said that starting next semester, her students will start the process of researching the best options for their new food truck, whether it be brand new or used. She said she is putting the project in the capable hands of her students, so it will be a valuable learning experience that they can take ownership of and be proud of.
"Being the recipient of such a large grant is beyond exciting. For me, this experience is about so much more than the truck. I hope the take away for everyone is that it’s important to allow yourself to dream big! It’s pretty incredible what can be achieved when people support and encourage one another, like Pendleton has time and time again. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to everyone who voted and spread the word on behalf of this project," said Swaggart.
Have you seen the new school newsletters yet? A new issue will be released featuring photos and activities that have taken place each month. We hope you enjoy this new format. Newsletters can be found from the home page of each school web site: School Newsletter Links
One of the most important things we can do to support our students’ learning and their continued academic success is to encourage regular attendance. The state of Oregon has defined the expectations for schools, students and parents in the 2015 Oregon Compulsory School Attendance Laws. Pendleton School District continues to support students and families in meeting these regulations. Please review the updated Pendleton School District Absences and Truancy Guidelines (PDF)
The Umatilla County Cultural Coalition is pleased to announce grant opportunities for the 2017 Oregon Cultural Trust Community Participation Grant Program. Funding for this program is provided by the Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon's innovative public-private partnership that supports the State's arts, heritage, and humanities. Grants will be used in support of local projects which further Umatilla County's Cultural Plan. You may view the full Cultural Plan online at www.umatillacountyculture.org.