Hood River Valley High School

December 2018

December 2018

Dec 3, 10, 17 : One hour late start

Dec 3 to 19 : Canned Food Drive

Dec 12 : ASVAB test

Dec 24 - 31, Jan 1 - 7 : NO SCHOOL - Christmas Break

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Speech and Debate

Hood River Wins 3rd Place at Silverton Tournament

The Hood River Valley HIgh School Speech and Debate team won 3rd Place in Team Sweepstakes at the Silverton Fox Invitation Tournament on Saturday, November 10th. Competing against 19 other schools from around the state, 22 students from Hood River competed in 16 different events.

First Place winners included the Duo Interpretation team of junior Maggie Bertrand and sophomore Jacob Kaplan, junior Ellen Sova in Novice Prose, and freshman Kaelen Kenna in Novice Radio Commentary. Bringing home 2nd Place trophies were the Duo Interpretation team of senior Emily Mitchell and junior Audrey Schlemmer and the Public Forum debate team of senior Claire Powell and sophomore Jacob Kaplan. Mitchell also placed 3rd in Dramatic Interpretation. Also qualifying for the final rounds in events were: juniors Audrey Schlemmer, Dramatic Interpretation and Camille Buschauer, Novice Poetry and freshman Marisa Rigert, Novice Impromptu.

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Special Student Award

Congratulations to Sandra Piatt, HRVHS Senior and 3rd year French student, who recently won a French essay writing contest for Scholastic magazines. Sandra took on the challenge of refusing and/or reducing her use of single use plastic for one week in an effort to reduce plastic pollution.

She wrote an essay about her week including her successes and failures and submitted to the magazines contest and won!

Sandra’s French teacher Nicole Goode, had this to say, “Sandra has a strong work ethic and chooses to be a source of positive energy in the class and greater HRV community. It is incredibly exciting to be celebrating Sandra her efforts to understand the extent of plastic pollution in our environment and to make steps together to reduce our negative impact on the planet.”

PSAT Information

PSAT scores will be available online on December 10th. Students who provided an email address on their PSAT form will receive information about how to access their scores. Students who did not provide an email address will need an access code from their counselor to access their scores. Students will also receive paper score reports the week of December 17th.

Extended Application Presentation Volunteer Judges


Volunteers are needed to judge our 1st semester (EA) Presentations on Monday, January 28th, from 6:20 to 9:00 p.m. Judging packets and tamale dinner will be available in the foyer beginning at 5:45. A brief informational meeting will start at 6:00; questions will be answered during that time for those that have not volunteered before and/or reviewed the information at our website and still want further guidance. Volunteers will be assigned in groups of two or three to a room and students will be presenting their projects in 10 minute time slots, with judges having another 10 minutes to score. If you are interested please contact Wendy Herman at 541-387-5034 ext. 1 or e-mail at wendy.herman@hoodriver.k12.or.us. As always, a HUGE THANK YOU to those that continuously volunteer to judge our students’ presentations.


ASVAB Test/Career Choices

Does your student know what career he/she wants to pursue after high school? The ASVAB test can help students decide their future goals. The ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) is a multi-aptitude test, consisting of 8 short individual tests covering Work Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Mathematics Knowledge, General Science, Mechanical Comprehension, Electronics Information, Numerical Operations, and Coding Speed. There is no passing/failing the test; it is for informational use only.

Deciding which college, trade school or military branch to pursue are key career decisions. The ASVAB results can help in making that decision. The results provide information on their readiness for advanced academic education and what careers they might want to pursue.

The ASVAB test is free and this year it will be done in our computer lab and will not take as long. The results are sent back to the school. The military DOES NOT receive any test results for students whose parents opted them out at the beginning of the year. A follow-up using an Exploring Careers Workbook can help students figure out what careers might best suit that individual.

The on-line test (available to sophomores, juniors and seniors) will be given December 12, 2018, and will start at 10:00; the test will take place in the computer lab. Students need to sign up in the SUMMIT Career Center by December 10, 2018. If you have any questions or would like to sign your student up, please call Wendy Herman in the SUMMIT Career Center at 541-387-5034 ext. 1, or e-mail wendy.herman@hoodriver.k12.or.us.