HSD News Round-up

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HSD Replacement Levy Passing; Thank You Voters

Hockinson voters appear to have approved the replacement levy that was on the February 8, 2022 ballot. A February 11 ballot count showed nearly 53 percent of Hockinson voters voted in favor of the levy, which supports important educational programs and services not funded or underfunded by the state of Washington, including extracurricular activities, performing arts, school nurses, security staff, transportation, and special education services.


School Board Chair Patrick Carter and Superintendent Steve Marshall are thrilled with the outcome and what it will mean for Hockinson’s schools.


Due to the funding consequences of the 2018 state funding formula and COVID, Hockinson Schools have experienced three straight years of budget reductions. Through it all, the HSD has done its best to keep the focus on students and levy dollars will continue to support student programs through 2026. “Hockinson School District has shown over the last three years that we are good stewards of levy dollars and will continue to be fiscally responsible with our community’s investment,” said Board Chair Patrick Carter. “We have been working hard to keep rates as low as possible to minimize the burden on our local taxpayers, while still providing funding for essential programs and services.”


Marshall is hopeful that the levy will kick off a new chapter in the HSD’s history and inject some optimism into its schools that have been impacted by the pandemic. “That this levy is likely to pass is really exciting. In spite of the challenges of the past two years, it shows how much the Hockinson community values and supports its students and schools,” said Superintendent Steve Marshall. “The approved levy dollars will have a direct impact on student learning and help us pursue our goal of preparing all students for lifelong success.” Marshall adds, “Our students, both future and current, have been the focus of this levy and they are the winners from this “Yes” vote. Our community has made an investment in them and I know they will make the most of these opportunities that this levy creates.”

State Eyes Possible Change in Mask Requirement

While there has been no official announcement on changes to the state’s mask requirement in schools, we anticipate that there will be revisions in state and federal guidance in the coming weeks.


At his Feb. 9 press conference Governor Inslee governor lifted the state’s outdoor mask mandate. Next week, he is expected to announce a timeline for ending masking in indoor settings, including schools. Read more HERE. Chris Reykdal, Superintendent of Public Instruction, also shared his support should the Governor make a state-level decision to end mask mandates in schools.


Until an official announcement is made on face coverings in schools, school districts must continue to follow state indoor masking requirements. We will provide information to staff and families as we learn more from the governor next week. In the event that the mask mandate is lifted, staff and students who wish to continue wearing masks will be able to continue to do so.

Identity Clark County Lauds 2021 HSD Real Heroes

A community volunteer and former HMS employee have been recognized by a regional business group for their outstanding commitment to students in Hockinson the 2020-21 school year.


Justin VanNatta, co-owner of Hockinson Market, and Jessica Ambrose, former HMS Counselor, were both recognized last week as “Learn Here Real Heroes” a part of Identity Clark County's Learn Here Project. The project showcases Clark County’s educational system and its leaders in an effort to inspire others and attract people and businesses to the region.


Read more HERE.

Congratulations

A standing ovation for the cast and crew of “Urinetown: The Musical for their successful 5-show run. Hockinson Theater Company showcased the talents of HHS actors and musicians while entertaining audiences with the show’s mix of humor and satire. Take a bow, Theater Director Greg Saum and Band Director Corey McEnry, for another impressive collaboration.


The HHS Boys Swim Team made a big splash this weekend by winning the GSHL 2A district title - its first in school history! You can read the entire story HERE. Congratulations swimmers!

Another “Thank You” to our School Counselors

National Counselor Appreciation Week has come to an end, but we want to be sure to give a shout out to our dedicated counselors: HHES Social Worker Vickie Hermann, HMS Counselor Nicole Schneider, and HHS Counselors Myke Pace and Brian Kimber. This Fantastic Four have a tremendous impact on the socioemotional health of students as well as on their school success and post-high school planning.

Check Out What’s New at HSD Community Education

Hockinson Community Education offers a number of exciting programs and opportunities to Hockinson families, including: Facility and Field Rental, Before School Care, After School Adventures, Jazzercise, Basketball, Pickleball, and interest-based classes. Spring classes will be announced March 1. Programs such as the Hockinson Saturday Market and Camp Hockinson Summer Camp are also coming up this summer. Check out the HSD Community Education website or contact Community Education Coordinator Alex Elerick at alex.elerick@hocksd.org or (360) 448-6480 for more information.

Upcoming Events

  • Feb. 12 Final Performances of HHS Musical “Urinetown” @ 1 pm and 7 pm
  • Feb. 14 Valentine’s Day & Girls Basketball v. Mark Morris at Woodland H.S. @ 7:45 pm
  • Feb. 15 HSD School Board Work Session @ 6 pm on Zoom
  • Feb. 18 & 21 No School - President’s Weekend
  • Feb. 28 HSD School Board Regular Meeting @ 6 pm at HHS Library & Zoom