HSD News Round-Up
January 12, 2023 Edition
HSD Food Drive Recap: HMS Students Compete, Unite to Support Local Families
At Hockinson Middle School, the annual food drive is a tradition centered on community giving. Classrooms compete each year to donate the most food items to Clark County families. This year, HMS students donated a grand total of 5,416 pounds of food to the Clark County Food Bank. That’s the weight of about 5½ grand pianos, or the equivalent of an adult male rhinoceros!
Ms. Maudlin’s 6th Grade class donated the most food items, with 802 items collected by students in the class. This was the first year that a sixth grade class has ever won the school-wide donation competition. By grade level, 7th Grade donated the most at a total of 1,815 items collected. Overall, HMS students amassed 6,118 food items.
District-wide, this year’s food drive not only put over 10,000 more food items on the tables of Hockinson and Clark County families-in-need, it reminded students about the importance of community and service. Also, thanks to the support of our families and our partnership with Clark County Food Bank, HSD students were able to see the tangible impacts of teamwork and generosity. Thank you, Hockinson, for supporting this HSD tradition!
Salmon Educational Program Makes a Splash at HHES
Right before Winter Break, the Hockinson Heights Elementary School Commons was bustling with students as they demonstrated their learning about salmon life cycles and ecology at the Salmon Viewing Program.
“This is a unit we created where students explore why salmon in the Pacific Northwest are endangered and at risk of survival,” said Morgan Beaty, 4th Grade teacher. “Students used knowledge they gained through the Columbia Springs resources and presentations during their research.”
The program inspired students to get excited about science and learn more about ecosystems. “I really want to get a world water circulation map now to study the currents,” said Hockinson Heights Elementary student Colby Hohmen.
Kudos to our exceptional staff team, supportive parents, and motivated students who all contributed to this rich learning experience. Dozens of parents visited the commons area to view students’ salmon projects and hear from student teams about their research findings. Hands-on educational programs, like the Salmon Viewing Program, help our students to succeed. Hockinson School District students achieved the second highest passing rate in the region on the Science portion of the Spring 2022 Smarter Balanced Assessment.
HHES Pilots New Volunteer/Visitor Management System
If you have been in the HHES Main Office recently you might have noticed a new monitor, printer, and scanner on the front counter. The monitor displays a check in screen for both visitors and volunteers. What’s the difference? In most cases, a visitor is someone who is attending a performance or involved on campus for a brief portion of a school day. A volunteer has registered through the HSD’s online volunteer system and assists a classroom or program.
Upon entering the school, a visitor uses the monitor and keyboard to enter their name, contact information, and destination whereas a volunteer also enters their destination but just has to click a few buttons to activate their personal profile. Next, the printer produces an identification sticker that also comes with a bar code that the person scans to check out as they exit the building so school personnel are aware they are no longer on campus.
Superintendent Steve Marshall is excited about the new system. “We have been interested in improving our volunteer registration and management processes for a while and I am happy it is underway. Our first goal was to keep our students and staff safe. Our second was to streamline the registration, check in, and check out procedures, which we have done by shifting from a paper-and-pencil form to an electronic registration and check-in process. Finally, we needed to create a system that was cost-effective. We appear to have hit all three and the pilot has been really well-received so far.”
The new system will be evaluated later this spring to determine if and how it will be implemented and Hockinson Middle and High Schools.
Sweet Smell of Success: HHS Students Learn the Business of Candlemaking
Tracy Turner’s Entrepreneurship students aren’t quite burning the candle at both ends, but they are working hard to learn the lessons of launching a business…a candlemaking business. Their commercial enterprise, named Hawk-n-Scents, is giving them the opportunity to learn firsthand about business planning, budgeting, manufacturing, advertising, and sales.
Hawk-n-Scents offers seven distinct scent options, including Vanilla, Apple Cider, Ocean Breeze, and Peach, as well as five combination scents. You can learn more about Hawk-n-Scents @hawk_n_scents on Instagram and place an order HERE. Orders will be accepted through Friday, January 20. Each candle costs $10 and sales are cash only. Customers can pay for and pick up their order at Hockinson High School between 8:30 am - 4:00 pm.
Besides applying business concepts in a real-world setting, these future entrepreneurs are also showing their philanthropic side: All profits from the sale of Hawk-n-Scents candles will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital!
Proceeds Go to Charity
These candles come with hope. Profits from this project will be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Get Healthy with Community Education Classes
Have you resolved to be healthier in 2023? If so, maybe our Community Education offerings can help you stick to your resolutions. Check out these options and reach out to email@example.com with any questions or additional program ideas:
Men’s Basketball ($5 Drop In Fee)
Tuesdays | Hockinson Middle School - Gym
Dance with Monica Rech ($12 per class $50 per session)
Tuesdays | Hockinson Community Center - Commons
6:30 & 7:30 PM
11 Classes a Week | Hockinson Community Center - Gym (Register online HERE)
5 Sessions a Week | Hockinson Community Center - Gym (Sessions Full)
HSD News Bites
Thank You, HSD School Board: January is School Board Recognition Month, an opportunity for school districts across the state and nation to recognize school board members as outstanding public servants and champions for public education. Students and members of the Hockinson School District will celebrate our five directors with a short tribute at the start of its regular meeting on Monday, January 30. These dedicated community members lead the HSD on a 100% volunteer basis. Get to know your HSD board members by viewing their individual profiles under “Board Members” HERE.
Powder Puff Scores Big with Donation: Way to go, HHS Leadership students and supporters! They organized a Powder Puff Football event that generated a donation of $1,000 to the Pink Lemonade Project, a foundation dedicated to providing education programs and financial assistance, mentorship, support groups, and fitness programs for those with breast cancer.
Food Backpack Program Up and Running: The Share Food Backpack Program is now available at all three HSD schools. 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!
Robotics Hops into 2023 Season with Win: HHS FIRST Robotics students tuned up for the 2023 competition season by winning the Dec. 2022 Bunny Bots tournament! The team, consisting of students from Hockinson, Camas, and Washougal, is currently designing their 2023 competition robot that will debut at the Wilsonville District Competition on March 9-11.
Helpers Needed to Clean Up Hockinson on MLK Day: Everyone is invited to pitch in at the 2023 Hockinson Community Clean Up on Monday, Jan. 16. The event, inspired by the MLK Day of Service, is a partnership between the Hockinson Band Boosters and SOLVE. Make a positive difference in our community by picking up garbage along Hockinson’s roadways and schools. Gloves, trash bags, and trash grabbers will be provided. Register for the event HERE.
* School Board Recognition Month *
Jan. 16 MLK Day (No School)
Jan. 13 Volleyball-thon 6 pm - Midnight @ HMS Gym
Jan. 16 HHS Band Boosters Community Clean Up 9:30-11:30 am @ HCC Register
Jan. 20 Grade 3-4-5 Science Fair 9:45 am-1:45 pm in East Gym
Jan. 23 HMS Boys Basketball Tryouts
Jan. 26 Semester ends
Jan. 27 Semester Grading Day (No School)
Jan. 28 Jazzercise 20th Anniversary Celebration 6-8 pm @ HCC
Jan. 29 2nd Annual Seed Swap 1:00-4:00 @ HCC
Jan. 30 Regular HSD School Board Meeting 6:00 pm @ HCC and Zoom
Fall Sports Contests and District Tournaments available at hockinsonhawks.com
HSD Upcoming Events Calendar
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