Superintendent's Message May/June

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The end of another school year is rapidly approaching. Seniors graduated from Hawthorne High School on May 29th and will graduate from PHS on June 1st. All told, we will be sending off more than 190 graduates to their next phase of life. I hope they will be able to reflect on their time with us and appreciate what our staff, their families and the community have done to prepare them for their post-high school endeavors.

Pendleton High School has had another banner sports/activity season this spring.  Our Girls’ Golf Team was crowned the 5A State Champions recently, which equals the accomplishment of our Rhythmic Mode Dance Team this winter. Megan George was runner up in the individual competition at the state golf tournament. Teammates Rylee Harris (t9) and Makenzie McLeod (t16) placed in the top 20.  Katie Bradt and Bethany Flanagan competed at the state Girls’ Tennis championships, both finishing in the top 16 in state.

PHS Track and Field athletes also had good seasons. A strong Pendleton contingent qualified in the following events:  Elisabeth House (100m & 300m Hurdles), Emma House (Javelin), Muriel Jones-Hoisington (400m), Sam Jennings (Javelin), Edwin Linares (Long Jump & Triple Jump), Lane Maher (110m Hurdles & 300m Hurdles), Aaron Luke (200m & 400m), Shawn Yeager (High Jump), and Drew Reyburn (High Jump) are all in the top 13 in the 5A state rankings. In addition, both the Girls & Boys 4x100m Relay teams and the Girls 4x400m relay team qualified for state.  Lane Maher captured the Gold Medal in the 300m Hurdles and also took second in the 110m Hurdles.  Teammate Edwin Linares captured 2nd in the triple jump and 4th in the long jump.  Shawn Yeager brought home a silver medal in the high jump and freshman Sam Jennings was 4th in the javelin.  Elisabeth House took Bronze in the 300m Hurdles and her younger sister was 8th in the Javelin.

Our defending 5A State Champs softball team qualified for another state title run. Their repeat hopes ended in a quarterfinal loss to West Albany.  The PHS Baseball Team was league champion, ranked in the top 10 and once again qualified for the state tournament.  The Bucks have relied on outstanding defense and pitching and timely hitting all the way to the state championship game that will be decided on Saturday, June 1st.

The OSAA recently released the On Point Academic All State Teams for each respective activity.  Both our Band and Girls’ Tennis teams were academic State Champions. The softball team and solo musicians placed 3rd among their respective categories. All spring activities had team GPAs above 3.0.

PHS was well represented at the state Speech and Debate tournament in April at Western Oregon University. State competitors were Maddie Thompson, Max Breiling, Nakia Thomas, Janessa Headley and Kelsey Lovercheck. Although our students didn’t place at state, the good news is they are all coming back next year! Mr. Evan Rummerfield is their advisor.

Our high school FFA had a very busy spring as well starting back in January with competitions that went all the way to the state convention that was held in Redmond.  At the District Leadership competition, Macy Roselle won the Advanced Public Speaking.  Kinley McAnally took second place in Creed Speaking, Tatum Paullus was third in Creed Speaking and Brielle Youncs placed third in Beginning Public Speaking.  Each of the above three students advanced to the Sectional Leadership competition.  Macy was second in Advanced Public Speaking, Kinley third in Creed Speaking and Sydney was once again third in Beginning Public Speaking.    At state, Macy won the State Proficiency Award for Goat Production and was second in Advanced Public Speaking. Macy, Hunter Blake, Destiny Runion and Emily Paulsen all received their State FFA Degrees.  Several of our teams showed well in their respective competitions throughout the season also.

There are three things of note for Sunridge Middle School. First, they survived another year of Outdoor School despite less than ideal weather conditions.  Secondly, the Leadership Class at Sunridge has been raising money since 2015 to purchase and install a new electronic reader board for the school. That project was completed when the new reader board was installed shortly after Spring Break.  A big thank you to Randy Crawford and the students for their efforts. Sunridge was also recognized by ARC of Oregon as an Employer of the Year recipient. 

Pendleton School District’s elementary schools have been wrapping up state and local testing along with conducting some longstanding traditions of “Grandparent Days”, spring concerts, field days and track meets. It is safe to say there was never a dull moment this spring!

Thank you to all staff, parents and community partners for yet another successful spring and school year. Have a wonderful summer!

Chris Fritsch

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