Weekly Update


January 14, 2022

Dear Westside Families:

This week our students were treated to a lesson on Zoology during Library Time with Mrs. Ghallager. Many of our students also were able to complete their first week of STEM instruction. In addition, our first artist residency with Cynthia Caudill started today for our 2nd grade students; there is also quite a bit of excitement with our Salmon Eggs. They are in the eyed egg stage. Very exciting! Photos below.

Lost & Found: Our lost and found is growing. Our family engagement specialist, Sarai Benavides will be hosting a drive by pick up on ​​Thursday, January 27th and Friday, January 28th between 5:00 pm & 6:00 pm

Please continue to follow safety precautions to keep our Hood River County healthy, including wearing a mask, practicing physical distance, and staying home when ill.

  • Remember to screen students for primary COVID-19 symptoms prior to sending students to school.

  • Students must not come to school if showing any symptoms related to COVID-19 and/or if they have a fever.

Martin Luther King JR Day

School will be closed on Monday January 17th in observance of Martin Luther King JR Day. King was an influential civil rights leader — best known for his work on racial equality and ending racial segregation in the United States. His life and achievements are remembered and celebrated on this day. MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. Here is a quick video for kids All About the Holidays MLK Day

State Assessment Information

2021-2022 State Assessments: Grades 3-5 complete the ELA and Math Smarter Balanced assessments in the spring of 2022. Grade 5 also complete the State Science Assessment. The term opt out refers specifically to ELA and Math assessments. Parents may opt out of Math and ELA at their discretion by submitting the following form to your school by 2/4/22. To learn more about our state assessments, please click here:

For the Science assessment, parents may request a religious or disability exemption. Parent’s request for exemption must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Be submitted in writing to the district {there is no standardized form}

  • Include reason for exemption {disability or religion}

  • Propose an alternative learning activity for the student

  • Is subject to district review and determination whether to approve

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Covid Safety Protocols

  • Parents/guardians are to send healthy students to school & keep students home when ill.

  • Parents/guardians will screen students for primary COVID symptoms prior to sending students to school. Students must not come to school if showing any symptoms related to COVID-19 and/or if they have a fever. Primary COVID-19 symptoms include the following:

    • Fever of 100.4oF or higher

    • Chills

    • Cough

    • Shortness of breath

    • Difficulty breathing

    • New loss of taste or loss of smell

  • Students and staff will need to adhere to daily use of masks, maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between students to the greatest extent possible in all indoor settings and buses and engage in frequent hand washing and/or use of hand sanitizer.

  • When students are at least three feet apart and everyone is wearing a face covering, students who are in close contact with someone with COVID-19 don’t need to quarantine unless they have symptoms.

Contact Information


WSES Principal

(541) 386 -1535 extension 4790

Dan Barnard ⎜Vice Principal ⎜dan.barnard@hoodriver.k12.or.us 541-387-5057 ext 4792

Ashley Fogle Secretary/Bookkeeper⎜ashley.fogle@hoodriver.k12.or.us 541-386-1535 ext 4795

Erica Torres ⎜Bilingual Secretary⎜erica.torres@hoodriver.k12.or.us 541-386-1535 ext 4796

Leah Yost ⎜Student Support Specialist ⎜leah.yost@hoodriver.k12.or.us 541-387-1535 ext 4711

Sarai Benavides ⎜Family Engagement Specialist ⎜sarai.benavides@hoodriver.k12.or.us

541-387-1535 ext 4737