Hood River Valley High School

March 2017

March Dates

March 3: Forecasting sheets are due in Guidance at 3:30 pm for 2017-2018 classes.

March 3: Assembly schedule

March 7: Career/Trade/Military Fair

March 7: National Honors Society Induction

March 9: Junior College Night

March 10: Opening night of Winter Play (see article for other dates and details)

March 10-11: Lock In

March 15: Volunteer Fair

March 22: Local Scholarship Submission Day

March 27 - 31: Spring Break


The theatre department is busy with not one, but three productions! She Kills Monsters, written by Qui Nguyen and directed by Rachel Harry, is a fast paced comedy/drama about a young teacher who lost her little sister in a car accident. She discovers a Dungeons and Dragons module that her sister wrote, and has a high school student help her learn how to play the game to connect and learn more about her sibling. The play moves rapidly between reality and the fantasy game where the characters come to life. An extremely popular play at the college level currently and is rated PG -13.

She Kills Monsters opens March 3, 4,10,11,12 (m)17,18 All performances begin at 7pm and the matinee at 2pm. Tickets are Adults 10$ Senior/Students 8$ HRV Bowe Theatre

Almost, Maine by John Cariani and directed by Rachel Harry is a delightful and witty comedy about relationships. Set in the fictional town of Almost, Maine, we watch the townspeople discuss, relate and attempt to understand each other in a way both heart warming and hilarious. Rated PG Almost, Maine opens April 7,8,9(m),14,15. All performances begin at 7pm and matinee at 2pm. This play will run at the Columbia Center for the Arts in downtown Hood River. Tickets are Adults 20$ and Seniors/Students 15$.

The third theatre department production is the annual Student Directed One Acts Festival April 28,29 at 7pm in the HRV Bowe. Donations accepted.

College Advisors to Visit HRVHS

These college advisors are scheduled to aid students in their college choices during the month of March. Students must sign up in advance for these sessions in the SUMMIT Career Center and get a Guest Pass. Parents are always welcomed.

Columbia Gorge Community College March 2nd and March 16th 9:30am – 12:30pm.

Mt. Hood Community College March 7th 9:45 – 1:00pm and March 15th Auto Repair 1:30 – 3:00pm

Central Oregon Community College: April 7th 11:30am – 12:30pm

College - Trades - Military Fair

College - Trades - Military Fair

In the Commons on Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Rescheduled due to school closure on February 7th

· All students will be attending the fair in shifts from 1:35 - 3:30 p.m.; there will be a variety of college/trade/military representatives to share information with students. Representatives will be in the commons until 3:30 for students (and parents if they want to come after school) wanting to gain more information after school.

The purpose of the fair is to:

· Learn what education levels are needed for certain careers.

· Learn college information provided about programs, the application process etc.

· Learn about the 'Trades' industry including apprenticeship programs.

· Learn information from the different military branches about enlisting, requirements, education opportunities and career options.

The following are representatives are scheduled to be here:

Air Force…Air Force Reserve…Army…Coast Guard…Columbia Gorge Community College…Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University…International Union of Operating Engineers Local 701 Apprenticeship…Job Corps…Linfield…Marines…Mt. Hood Community College…Northwest Carpenters Apprenticeship…Roofers & Waterproofers Apprenticeship…Oregon Army National Guard…Oregon Laborers Apprenticeship…Oregon State University…Oregon State University – Cascade Campus…Oregon Technical Institute…Professional Land Surveyors of Oregon…U.S. Naval Academy, Warner Pacific…Washington State Patrol

For more information contact Wendy Herman at 541-387-5034 ext. 1 or wendy.herman@hoodriver.k12.or.us.

National Honor Society

New National Honor Society Members will be inducted Tuesday, March 7 at 7:30pm in the Bowe Theater. A list of all the new members will be in the April Newsletter. Congratulations!

A+ Peer Tutoring

We have peer tutors available every period of the day this year and National Honor Society Members will be providing peer tutoring to HRVHS students in the library afterschool.

Students can request a peer tutor by clicking on A+ Peer Tutoring on the HRVHS Website under site shortcuts. After the request is made the student will be contacted to set up a tutor. We hope you find this a valuable resource for your student!

Volunteer Fair

HRVHS will be hosting a volunteer fair on Wednesday March 15th at lunch in the commons. Community organizations like FISH Food Bank, Adopt a Dog, HR Library, WAAAM, and lots more will be hosting tables to share opportunities for students to volunteer. Volunteering is a great way for students to get involved, help their community, learn new skills, and look good on college and scholarship applications. Students are encouraged to check out the fair and get information about how to volunteer.

Lock In

March 10, 10:00 pm to March 11, 6:00 am.

Permission slips are due March 8th.

Chaperones are always needed and welcome. Come for the whole event or just 2 hours. Contact Niko Yasui at niko.yasui@hoodriver.k12.or.us if you can help.

AP Exam Registration

AP Exam registration is now open. Students have until March 17 to sign up for an AP exam this spring. Students received registration information in their AP class and it is also available on the HRVHS website.

Financial Aid Award Letters

Many parents and students want to know how much they are getting for their financial aid after they have filed their FAFSA. Financial Aid Award Letters usually are sent to the student towards the end of March and into April from the colleges of their choice. “How do you know the award is the best you can get from the school?” The answer is simple. You have to ASK the college’s financial aid department. If you need help understanding what the letters are offering your students, call Lisa Roberts in SUMMIT. We have a comparison chart that may help you. 541-387-5034 x 3.

Incomplete FAFSA

Several seniors still need to complete their FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid). For most students, time has not run out. Please have your student come to SUMMIT and schedule an appointment. An ASPIRE volunteer or a SUMMIT staff will be glad to make sure this application is completed. If you need help, please see Lisa Roberts in SUMMIT.

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Congratulations to the AVID program for being recognized as a Certified AVID School. AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is an explicit program that establishes an academic mindset and skillset for students who are willing to work towards their college dreams. Our AVID students, teachers, and staff are making college a reality for students who didn’t see it as a possibility. The enthusiasm for the program is contagious and is making college and career readiness something our graduates are excited about.

SAT/ACT Registration

Juniors interested in a 4 year college or university are encouraged to sign up to take the SAT and/or ACT this spring. The ACT will be offered in Hood River on Saturday April 8th (deadline to register is March 3rd). The SAT will be offered in Hood River on Saturday, May 6th (deadline to register is April 7th). Registration is online at sat.org or act.org. Students who qualify for free or reduced price lunch can pick up a fee waiver from their counselor.


Library News Update

Stop in to see what’s going on in your library the next two months:

April = School Library month

April = National Poetry month

April 9 -15 = National Library Week

April 23 = World Book Day

April 27 – poem in your pocket

May 1 – 7= National Book Week

READ something NEW

DOWNLOAD an "E" book

SHARE a book

Speech and Debate

Ten HRVHS students competed in the Feb. 11th Saint’s Invitational Forensics Tournament held at Mt Hood Community College. Freshman Grace Skakel placed in the final round of Original Oratory and Senior Doug Asai reached the Semi-Final round in Lincoln-Douglas debate. Juniors Mason Leavitt and Ruby Patterson also competed in the Semi-Final round in Public Forum debate. Leavitt competed in four events, reaching the semi-final or final round in all and winning 3rd Place in Program Oral Interpretation. The team is looking forward to a robust spring competition schedule, after several tournament opportunities were cancelled due to weather. They compete this weekend at the University of Oregon.


Hood River Valley High School Speech and Debate team members attended the Robert D. Clark Invitational tournament at the University of Oregon February 18-19. Seventeen students competed in 14 different events against 26 teams from 4 states and British Columbia.

Juniors Soren Rajani and Mason Leavitt ranked in the top ten speakers in their debate events. Freshman Erick Lizama made it to the final round in Junior Impromptu. Grace Skakel, also a Freshman, won 3rd place in Junior Radio Commentary. Junior Ruby Patterson made it to the final round of Open Prose and won 2nd place in Open Oratory.


Congratulations to the following students for winning Scholastic Art Awards at the state level! Gold Key winners will go on the national competition and will find out March 14th if they win national medals.


Deylan Gudiel, Lindsey Hegemann, Madeleine Jones, Madeleine Jones, Sofie Larsen-Teskey, Paulina Le (2 Gold Keys, 1 Portfolio Gold), Emily Liri, Jack Reardon Grace Schlemmer (2 Gold Keys), Allison Thompson, Emma Vega (3 Gold Keys), Alina Watt (2 Gold Keys), Quincy Zuck, Taylor Peterson, Jackson Lebsack


Taja Adsit, Deylan Gudiel (2 Silvers), Lindsey Hegemann (2 Silvers and Silver Art Portfolio), Paulina Le, Briseida Lopez, Lauren Orr (2 Silvers), Grace Schlemmer (2 Silvers), Alina Watt, Muir Emmons, Sandra Piatt


Maya Anderson, Skyler Beard (2 Honorable Mentions), Abby Bergemann, Sawyer Bogard, Myles Broddie, Itzigueri Chamonica, Rosie Dillon, Sage Fetkenhour, Lucy Fine (2 Honorable Mentions),lan Gudiel (2 Honorable mentions), Lindsey Hegemann, Maria Lachino, Sofie Larsen-Teskey, Jackson Lebsack (Honorable MentionArt Portfolio), Katie Lohr, Briseida Lopez (3 Honorable Mentions), Fatima Marquez, Lauren Orr (2 Honorable Mentions), Emma Ouzounian, Finn Peterson, Jack Reardon, Marisol Rodriguez, Allison Thompson, Alina Watt (Honorable Mention and Honorable Mention Portfolio), Quincy Zuck, America Flores, Sara Hamada, Deylan Gudiel