HSD News Round-Up
December 9, 2022 Edition
Thanks to your levy support, the Hockinson School District is able to provide our students with top-quality activities, sports, and staff. We are putting the spotlight on just a few examples:
Join in the Holiday Magic at Tonight's Tree Lighting
The Hockinson Community Holiday Tree Lighting is TONIGHT. The event is made possible by a partnership between Hockinson Community Church, Hockinson School District and the Hockinson Main Street Team (HMST).
The centerpiece of tonight's celebration is a 20 foot tree, adorned with hundreds of holiday lights. Entertainment will be provided by Hockinson's students. The HMS Band will perform holiday music starting at 6 pm. There will be an assortment of refreshments available including warm holiday drinks provided by Hearth Coffee and chili will be served up by Fire District 3 Cadets who are fundraising for personal protective equipment. HHS Wrestlers will also be selling popcorn as a fundraiser. The evening also features a special guest from the North Pole...and this just in: The forecast calls for "snow"!
When asked about the significance of the tree lighting, Shaun Hart of the HMST said, “How great it is that each year, the schools, businesses, and faith community work together to create a magical night for the kids (of all ages). Hockinson Community Church has been honored to host this event for the past three years and looks forward to many more,” added Hart.
Tonight's tree lighting festivities begin at 6:00pm on at 15916 NE 182nd Ave. Parking is available at the Hockinson Community Center (top and bottom lots) and Hockinson Middle School. For more information, visit the HMST Facebook page,
Staff Spotlight: School Nurses Molly & Shawn
Hockinson School District Nurses Molly Scott and Shawn Cass were drawn to the profession by a passion for meaningful care and connection. School nurses provide immediate medical care for students at school, but their duties don't end there. Molly (HHES) and Shawn (HMS and HHS) help all Hockinson students arrive in the classroom healthy and ready to learn. Without community support the HSD would only have funding for 1/3 of a nurse!
Both nurses love serving students. "The best part to me is watching my little friends grow up. This year's fourth graders were kindergarteners the year I started working in the district. It's awesome to see students grow year to year," said Molly Scott. "The most rewarding part is being able to spend as much time as I need with each student who comes to see me," said Shawn Cass.
Both nurses were asked what advice they had for Hockinson School District students to stay healthy over winter break. Their recommendations?
"Wash your hands often, especially before you eat. If you don't have immediate access to soap and water, use hand sanitizer. This is especially important when you're at school or out in public." - Nurse Shawn Cass
"I hope over winter break staff, students and their families can make time for some self-care. The holidays can be a very stressful time and it's easy to put ourselves last. My go to when I feel stressed is to exercise - even just a walk, and preferably outdoors. Exercise improves your mood, even in the rain and cold! Additionally, research has shown exercise is as effective as anti-depressant medications for moderate depression. Whatever your favorite way to care for yourself is, please make a little time for it over break. Of course, we can't forget about all those germs being shared out there either, so wash your hands well and wash them often!" - Nurse Molly Scott
Sports Spotlight: HMS & HHS Girls Basketball
Practices for girls basketball began in mid-November and the season is now in full swing with both Hockinson Middle and High School Girls Basketball teams gearing up for two games next week.
HHS competes next on Dec. 12 vs. Ridgefield High School and again on Dec. 14 versus Columbia River High School. HMS hosts Castle Rock Middle School on Dec. 12 and will travel to Canyon Creek Middle School in Washougal on Dec. 14.
HMS 7th Grade Coach Janell Morley looks forward to 2023 as a year of growth for Hockinson Middle School basketball. "I'm looking forward to seeing growth, not just for these girls, but also for me. This is my first year coaching the 7th grade varsity team. Previously, I served as the JV/blended team coach. I feel like I have an opportunity to learn just as much from the girls as they will from me," said Morley. The middle school girls basketball team consists of students from a variety of backgrounds and experience levels.
Through participation in afterschool activities, students in middle school basketball hone teamwork skills and work ethic. "Participation in basketball and any extracurriculars, really, is really important at the middle school age at a time when these girls are looking for a place to belong and connect with others with similar interests," said Morley. "Being involved in sports and activities builds a sense of community. The girls support each other."
At HHS, Head Coach Damon Roche' looks forward to new beginnings, and building up the skills of newcomers to the team. "I look forward to the positive energy inside of the gym during practices and at games. We are rebuilding this year after graduating eight seniors, so there is an opportunity for a lot of newcomers to make a Varsity team and play big roles in the rebuilding process," said Roche'. "These athletes are learning the very important life skill of working with others, dealing with adversity, and problem solving to achieve a shared goal. There are also great friendships formed and lifelong memories made - all in a team atmosphere."
Learn more about Hockinson Middle School and Hockinson High School winter athletics on our school websites!
Ticket Sales Help Fund Activities and Athletics Possible
Levy dollars defray a majority program costs, but not all. Proceeds from ticket sales, along with donations from our Boosters, help to cover expenses relating to coaching, transportation, equipment, officials, facilities, and uniforms. All funds generated by ticket sales do directly to our schools' ASB accounts. These funds support our athletic and activity programs.
Recognizing that not all families carry cash, the HSD is offering online ticket sales. This service, which carries a small convenience fee, will be up and running at both HMS and HHS in January 2023.
Winter Sports fans will need to purchase a ticket or pass to attend an HSD middle or high school athletic event. Ticket prices are:
SWWMSL Ticket Prices (Middle School)
ADULTS, STUDENTS W/O ASB - $3
VISITING STUDENTS W/ASB, MILITARY, VETERANS, GRADES K-6 - $2
Home Students w/ASB, Seniors (65+), Age 5 and under-FREE
Per Game Family Pass (2 adults and 2 or more children) - $8
GSHL Ticket Prices (High School)
ADULTS, STUDENTS W/O ASB - $6
VISITING STUDENTS W/ASB, MILITARY, VETERANS, GRADES K-6 - $4
STUDENTS (K-12): $4
Home Students w/ASB, Seniors (65+), Age 5 and under-FREE
Annual Family Pass: $120 Annual Individual Pass: $60
Chromebook Cases: Please Leave 'em On!
Nearly 40% of current tech tickets relate to damage to Chromebooks. Much of that damage is due to carelessness or students removing protective cases. Both causes are preventable! Parents, please check that the case on your student's Chromebook is in tact. Unprotected Chromebooks can void the Assurance Policy, resulting in considerable expense.
Thank you for your assistance with preserving these valuable resources. In January, we will share an update on how we are addressing parent concerns about students accessing inappropriate content on Chromebooks at school and home.
HSD News Bites
HHS recently hosted a "Teen Target Zero" driver safety assembly, presented by State Farm Insurance and the Clark County Sheriff's Office. The goals of TTZ are to change attitudes and values around traffic safety, inspire young adults to become lifelong safe drivers, and achieve the bold goal of zero serious or fatal traffic accidents in our region by 2030.
Like the lights and holiday decor in "downtown" Hockinson? We do too! Thank you Hockinson Main Street Team, volunteers, and tree sponsors.
Due to individual work and vacation schedules, the HSD District Office will be closed over Winter Break. Please feel free to leave a voice mail at (360) 448-6400 or send an email during this time. The office will re-open on Monday, January 6.
Thank you so much for your canned food donations! Keep them coming...we will provide families with totals next week.
What goes around, comes around! We want HSD families to be aware of the SHARE Food Backpack Program that begins in January 2023. Families in need of food support need to contact their school's counselor to sign up for this confidential program. Applications are open throughout the rest of the 2022-23 school year...Sign up by Tuesday and on Friday your student will receive a backpack with food for the weekend.!
Looking for day camps over Winter Break? Hockinson Community Education might be able to help. Please contact Alex Elerick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fri. Dec. 9 Hockinson Community Tree Lighting at HCC @ 6:30 pm
Fri. Dec. 9 It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play in the HHS Multipurpose Room (MPR) @ 7:00 pm
Tickets * Start time will accommodate tree lighting
Sat. Dec. 10 It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play in the MPR @ 1:00 & 7:00 pm Tickets
Mon. Dec. 12 HSD Regular School Board Meeting at HCC @ 6:00 pm
Tue. Dec. 13 HHS Winter Concert at MPR @ 7:30 pm You Tube Link
* Winter Break* Mon. Dec. 16 - Mon. Jan. 2
Tue. Jan. 3 School Resumes
Thu. Jan. 5 Citizens Advisory Committee @ 6:00 pm Zoom
Mon. Jan. 9 HSD School Board Work Session at HCC @ 6:00 pm
Mon. Jan. 16 No School - MLK Day
Fri. Jan. 27 No School - Semester Break
Mon. Jan. 30 HSD Regular School Board Meeting at HCC @ 6:00 pm
Fall Sports Contests and District Tournaments available at hockinsonhawks.com
HSD Upcoming Events Calendar
Location: 17912 NE 159th St, Brush Prairie, WA 98606, USA
Phone: (360) 448-6400