HSD News Round Up

April 18, 2022 Edition

Warning: The April 18 Round-Up is a long one! So we did our best to cluster related articles to give this newsletter a more accessible format as you scroll through all of the content.

STEM and Robotics in the News:

Hockinson Middle School STEM Ambassadors Share Projects with Community

One of the best ways to build interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) is by sharing exciting experiments with others. Recently, students from Hockinson Middle School showcased their STEM research at Vancouver Mall. On April 2, HMS STEM Ambassadors shared such projects as an aerodynamics experiment featuring a wind tunnel, drag racing cars that run on compressed air, a large catapult, a remote control robot that kills viruses with UV light, a nerf rocket launcher, catapults, wind turbines, bridges and a roller coaster called the Thunderhound! STEM Ambassadors meets as an after-school club led by Mark Muckerheide, longtime Science teacher at HMS.

“Team Mean Machine” Heading to Worlds

Over spring break FIRST Robotics Competition Team 2471, also known as Team Mean Machine, competed at the FRC District Championships in Cheney, Washington. After an intense three-day competition, Team Mean Machine qualified for the FIRST Championship in Houston, Texas, on April 20, 2022. This event is the culminating international event for the youth robotics competition season. Click HERE to view a recap video.

Team Mean Machine consists of students from the HSD as well as the Camas and Washougal School Districts. Congratulations and Good Luck in Houston, Team Mean Machine!

Mark Your Calendars:

Forecasting and Information Night for Incoming HHS Class 2026

With Spring Break behind us, families can see the finish line for the end of this school year! For some students, this means the end of their time at Hockinson Middle School and a transition to Hockinson High School. At 5:30 on April 20, 2022, members of the incoming Class of 2026 are invited to the HHS “Rising 9th Grade Night.”. Incoming freshmen will visit the high school, forecast for next year’s classes and have some fun! Parents, this will be a great time to gather information and get introduced to HHS. More information can be found HERE.

PWT & Volunteers to Join Forces on April 23 to Honor Earth Day, Spruce Up HHES

This coming Saturday, community volunteers will again carry on the Earth Day tradition started in 1970 by Clark County native Denis Hayes by cleaning up and beautifying the grounds of HHES. You are invited to join volunteers from the Hockinson PWT, HSD, Hockinson Main Street Team, and Citizens for Hockinson Schools as they weed, plant, and spread bark dust across the campus. The event runs from 10 am-2 pm. A Burgerville lunch will be provided.

Click on these links to SIGN UP or DONATE.

Hockinson Band Booster Club Hosting Blood Drive on May 9

The Hockinson Band Booster Club has partnered with the American Red Cross to address a critical blood shortage in our region and country. Please donate blood at the Boosters’ May 9 Blood Drive from 1 - 7 PM at the Hockinson Community Center. You can SIGN UP here.

"Be Our Guest!" at May 14 HHS Band Benefit Dinner, Auction, and Concert

After missing the last two years, the 13th Annual Hockinson High School Benefit Dinner, Auction, and Concert is back! The Hockinson High School Band Boosters invite you to "Be Our Guest" on May 14, 2022. You will enjoy a gourmet catered dinner, all HHS bands providing a concert of your favorite Disney songs, and an amazing fundraising auction. Tickets to this event are limited. Click HERE to reserve individual tickets, purchase a table for eight, or make a donation.

Get Dinner or a Treat and Support the 2022 Grad Night

It takes a lot of fundraising to put on a safe, fun, and memorable Grad Night! This year’s Grad Night Committee wants the Hockinson community to be aware of some upcoming opportunities to grab dinner or a treat while helping raise money for the Class of 2022’s graduation celebration. Visit these businesses on the following dates to help:

  • Menchies frozen yogurt in Battle Ground, April 19 from 1-9 PM

  • Panda Express, Battle Ground, April 19 from 10 AM-9:30 PM

  • Beaches Restaurant, Vancouver, May 13 from 11 AM-9 PM

When you order, show your flier (on your phone or printed out) to be sure the funds are given to the grad committee! All flyers are in this week’s HHS Inside Scoop.


HSD Clarifies Current COVID Guidelines

Hopefully, Spring Break gave Hockinson families a chance to gather, relax, or maybe even travel. Now that school is back in session, it is important that families are aware of our updated COVID guidelines, available HERE. This “what to do” document includes guidelines for students who are symptomatic or test positive for COVID, and information on the HSD’s free testing information for students, staff and community. Thank you for continuing to help the HSD protect the health of our staff and students.

COVID Vaccination Not Required for Student Attendance in 2022-23

On Wednesday, April 13 it was announced by the State Board of Health (SBOH) that the COVID-19 vaccine will not be required for Washington State public school students this fall. View the complete article HERE. General immunization requirements for students will remain the same as past school years. The SBOH supports the efficacy of the COVID vaccine and, at this time, no changes have been made to the governor’s proclamation requiring vaccination for public school employees. The HSD will continue to share information about updated state and local pandemic requirements.

Learning, Testing, and Skyward Account Updates:

School Board Members Visit HHES

Twice a year, members of the Hockinson School Board participate in campus visits at each of the district’s three schools. On April 12, Dave Olson (District 3) and Gordon Smith (District 5) stopped by Hockinson Elementary School to: Visit classrooms, learn about the school’s academic progress, and check on the condition of the facility and its current maintenance projects.

Principal Josh Robertson and Assistant Principal Bess Colpron shared i Ready data on student gains in Reading and Math. These promising learning trends were made possible through individual and collaborative staff efforts and teacher willingness to adapt their instructional practices and classroom routines to students’ needs. After visiting a sample of TK-Grade 5 classrooms, Olson and Smith noted the warm and supportive classroom environments and a high level of student engagement in large and small group learning activities. In a follow-up email to staff, Olson and Smith acknowledged the challenges that come with change and thanked everyone for advancing a school-wide vision on literacy and making a lifelong difference in the lives of students.

Fall Testing Backstory & Looking Forward to Spring Assessments

We want to apologize to the HSD families and community for a testing error that resulted in an abnormally low Science test score on the fall 2021 state assessment. The fall tests were a modified version of the Smarter Balanced Assessments that were carried over from the previous spring. Due to a misunderstanding, HHS freshmen were not given the 8th Grade Science Assessment. So, even though our test takers posted a much higher collective score, the non-testers counted as zeroes and brought down the HSD average to 35.8%. We regret this mistake and the negative impact it had on our learning data and test scores. Here are the percentages of HSD students who met standard on the fall tests (v. state average):

ELA - 59.7% (47.7); Math - 42.6% (30.4); Science: 35.8% (45.8).

Hockinson Schools are now especially motivated to ensure that our spring student scores are representative of our students’ actual level of learning. Students have been working hard and we are excited to see how much they have learned this year. As demonstrated above, it is important that all students participate in the spring SBA because these tests give students and parents a progress report on critical academic skills and reflect on the level of teaching and learning in HSD classrooms. As test administrators we will make sure we cross our t’s and dot our i’s and we ask that parents help us in the following ways:

  • Avoiding vacations during the testing windows below
  • Making sure students get a good night’s sleep and a nutritious breakfast
  • Encouraging students to give their best effort and take as much time as needed to complete the tests

Again, we apologize for the misstep this past fall and we thank you in advance for your partnership in rocking these assessments this spring.


HHES - May 12th - June 4th

HMS - May 9th - May 27th

HHS - April 14 - May 4th

Action Requested: Please Update Student Skyward Student Profile by May 31

By May 31, we ask that all HSD parents update their student profiles in Skyward Family Access. The federal government has created 222 categories for ethnicity and race data in an effort to more accurately reflect individual student backgrounds. As in the past, parents have the option of choosing more than one race for their child.

Please be aware that ethnicity data is sent to the state in numbers only. Student names do not get reported with this data. Thank you for your assistance with this update. We will be sending out reminders in the weeks ahead.

General News:

Spring Cleaning at HSD: Staff Work Hard over Break to Make Schools Shine

Spring Break can be a time for recreation. For HSD custodial and grounds staff it is a time to address maintenance projects that cannot be completed when school is in session. During the Week of April 4, there was a flurry of cleaning, fixing, updating, inspecting, and servicing as staff prepared our schools and equipment for the final months of the 2021-22 school year that included:

Filling potholes in parking lots; Installing LED lights as part of an energy-savings pilot at HHES; HHS pressure washing (with the help of baseball parent volunteers); Removing defunct kitchen equipment; Backflow testing; Completing a comprehensive Fire Marshal inspection; Servicing HHS vans; Replacing filters district wide and HVAC inspection; Replacing the washer/dryer at HHS kitchen and spraying weeds at all HSD campuses.

The HSD takes its role as the steward of our community’s facilities very seriously and actively takes steps to enhance the appearance, efficiency, and safety of all school facilities.

CSHE Curriculum Available for Review

This Spring, HIV/AIDS content from the newly adopted G-W Essential Health Skills and the Human Sexuality Accompanying textbook, will be taught to HSD students in grades 6-12. Dates of instruction are as follows:

Middle School - May 25, 26 & 27, 2022

High School - May 24 & 25, 2022

Parents have two options to review this curriculum:

1. To review the materials online, click HERE (or on the HSD website, visit "Departments," "Teaching & Learning," and "CSHE Curriculum Information." Be sure to look at the materials under your child’s grade level. These online materials will be available until May 31st, 2022.

2. We will also be hosting a drop-in evening session on April 21st from 6:00-7:00 pm in the HHS Library. Hard copies of the textbooks will be available and computers will also be open to review the materials online.

If you choose to opt your student out of the HIV/AIDS instruction, please fill out the appropriate high/middle school opt-out waiver. These students will receive an alternate assignment from their science or health teacher and will be supervised in a different location. A new waiver will need to be filled out each year.

Upcoming Events

April 19 HHES Multicultural Night 5-8 pm

April 21 CSHE Parent Night 6-7 pm at HHS Library

April 23 Earth Day Clean Up at HHES

April 25 Regular School Board Meeting 6 pm at HHS Library

April 29 HSD Visual Art Show 5:30 - 7 pm at HHS Commons

May 7 Hockinson Saturday Market at HCC*

(Other market dates: 5/28, 6/18, 7/2, 7/23, 8/6, 8/20, 9/3 & 9/17)

May 9 Band Booster Blood Drive 1-7 pm at HCC

May 13 PWT Book Swap at HCC

May 14 PWT Book Swap & Community Plant Sale at HCC

June 3 & 4 Fun Days (Yes. Fun Days is back! More details to come.)

June 17 New Last Day of School (pending Board approval and no cancellations)

*HCC = Hockinson Community Center (Old Middle School)