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Jackson Elementary Student Brigette Harrington Wins U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Contest - 10/15/18

Student will travel with her family to Washington, D.C. to be the official lighter of “The People’s Tree” from Oregon’s Willamette National Forest

October 15, 2018, Hillsboro, OR - Jackson Elementary School fourth-grader Brigette Harrington was
announced as the winner of Oregon’s U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree essay contest
in a surprise announcement delivered by Governor Kate Brown this morning.

The contest drew more than 1,200 submissions from fourth-graders around the state, all of whom answered the prompt: “What I love about Oregon’s outdoors.”

For winning the contest, Brigette has earned an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., this December where she will serve as the official lighter of “The People’s Tree,” which is coming from Oregon’s Willamette National Forest. The 80-foot-tall noble fir has already been selected, and will be the first noble ever displayed on the Capitol lawn.

In addition to the trip, Brigette received a 2018 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree ornament and a special “ugly sweater” baseball jersey created by the Eugene Emeralds minor league baseball team in partnership with the Willamette National Forest Service.

“Amazing” was the word Brigette used to describe her feelings about winning the contest and meeting the Governor. When asked why she loves the outdoors so much, Brigette mentioned animals and fresh air.

Read the official press release here.
Read Brigette’s winning entry here.
See pictures of the reveal event here.

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Glencoe High School and Hillsboro Hops Commemorate Turf Field - 10/11/18

2017 bond passage and Hops donation of $300,000 funded the nearly 140,000 square-foot field

October 11, 2018, Hillsboro, OR - Glencoe Student Government is proud to announce a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the high school’s new lighted turf field on Monday, October 15, 2018, at 9:45 a.m.

Made possible by the passage of the District’s 2017 Bond and a generous donation of $300,000 from the Hillsboro Hops Community Fund, Glencoe’s lighted turf field will be home to junior varsity and varsity softball games, youth baseball and softball games, and lacrosse matches; and it will provide a practice area for football, soccer, band, dance team, and other athletic and activity groups, in addition to being a valuable resource for the broader Glencoe community.

Alumni, community members, and media are welcome and invited to attend the ceremony.

What:         Ribbon-cutting ceremony for Glencoe’s lighted turf field

Where:      Glencoe High School, 2700 NW Glencoe Rd., Hillsboro 97124; Please park in student lot

When:        Monday, October 15, 2018, 9:45 a.m.

Agenda:       Glencoe Band performance (pre-event)
National Anthem - Band / Casey Crane, Conductor
Opening Remarks - Principal Claudia Ruf
Board Member Remarks - Kim Strelchun
Student Speakers
           Ben Richards, ASB President
          Pierce Flynn, Marching Tide
          Zach Cox, Football
          Morgan DeBord, Softball
Ribbon-cutting (at approximately 10:10 a.m.)
Light Refreshments
Media availability with speakers and special guests (Glencoe student speakers, Principal Claudia Ruf, Superintendent Mike Scott, Hillsboro Hops representatives, etc.)

RSVP:            Media are asked to RSVP to Chief Communications Officer Beth Graser at aserbe@hsd.k12.or.us">graserbe@hsd.k12.or.us or 503-844-1772.

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Hillsboro High School Celebrates Lighted Track and Turf Field - 10/08/18

2017 bond passage gives Hillsboro’s oldest high school a track and turf field for the first time in its history

October 8, 2018, Hillsboro, OR - Current and former Hillsboro High School (Hilhi) students, staff, and community members gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the completion of the school’s new lighted seven-lane track and turf field on Wednesday, Oct. 3.

Made possible by the passage of HSD’s 2017 bond, the track and turf field will be used by a variety of Hilhi athletic and activity groups, and will also be valuable recreational resources for the broader Hilhi community.

Several speakers addressed the crowd, including Hilhi Principal Dave Vickery, Hillsboro School District Superintendent Mike Scott, School Board Member Martin Granum, ASB President Vincent Felder, Jr., Athletic Director Steve Drake, and Hillsboro Mayor Steve Callaway.

All praised the facility and noted the benefits it will provide to students and community members alike, but Drake offered the most humorous comments. A staff member at Hilhi since 1984, he recalled that preparing the “cow pasture” for use by athletic and activity groups used to involve deciding between “mowing it or rototilling it!”

Now, of course, the multipurpose field and track can be used year-round and into the evening hours, thanks to the all-weather turf and lights. The field will be shared by Hilhi’s soccer, football, track and lacrosse teams as well as the marching band, dance team and other activity groups. Football games and track meets will continue to be held at Hare Field.

Following Mayor Callaway’s address, the speakers and other special guests cut the ribbon that stretched across the track, clearing the way for dozens of cheering students to run across the ceremonial threshold and signal the facility’s official opening.

The lighted track and turf field is part of more than $27 million in planned investments at Hilhi. Additional renovations, including an expansion of career-technical education infrastructure, will begin at the school by the summer of 2019 and will continue through summer 2020. Renovated spaces will receive new furnishings in 2021. For more information about bond projects at Hilhi and at other locations across the District, please visit www.Hillsboro-Bond.org.

To see a video and pictures of the ribbon-cutting ceremony please visit bit.ly/2zZgMZi.

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Hilhi Turf and Track Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony - 10/01/18

2017 bond passage gives Hillsboro’s oldest high school a track and turf field for the first time in its history

October 1, 2018, Hillsboro, OR - Hillsboro High School (Hilhi) is proud to announce the ribbon-cutting ceremony for its lighted seven-lane track and turf field on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at 5:30 p.m.

The project was made possible by the passage of the District’s 2017 Bond, and represents the first time in the school’s 49-year history (in its current location) that students will be able to remain on campus to practice and hold athletic and activity events outside year-round. The track and turf field also will be valuable recreational resources for the broader Hilhi community.

Alumni, community members, and media are welcome and invited to attend the ceremony.

What:             Ribbon-cutting ceremony for Hilhi’s lighted turf field and seven-lane track

Where:           Hilhi, 3285 SE Rood Bridge Rd., Hillsboro, OR 97123

When:            Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 5:30 p.m.

Agenda:          Opening remarks and welcome by Principal David Vickery

Comments by Superintendent Mike Scott and a School Board member

Comments by Athletic Director Steve Drake

Comments by a Hilhi Student

Ribbon-cutting (at approximately 5:50 p.m.)

Student activities commence on track and field; light refreshments provided

Media availability with speakers

RSVP:              Media are asked to RSVP to Chief Communications Officer Beth Graser at aserbe@hsd.k12.or.us">graserbe@hsd.k12.or.us or 503-844-1772.

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Black Hawk Helicopter Lands at Poynter Middle School for Special Air Show Event - 09/24/18

Partnership between the District and the Oregon International Air Show made the event possible

September 24, 2018, Hillsboro, OR Students at Poynter Middle School were in for a treat on Friday, Sept. 21, when an Oregon National Guard Black Hawk helicopter landed in their field and was joined by two Humvees (High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles: HMMWVs).

Students knew there would be something special happening that Friday, but didn’t know all the details. Just before 2 p.m., they filed out of the building with their teachers and sat next to cones that had been arranged in the field to spell out “Poynter.” This allowed a photographer on board the Black Hawk to get pictures of the students in formation.

Upon landing and securing the helicopter, students were allowed to view the Black Hawk and Humvees up close and ask questions of the pilot, flight crew, and Guardsmen.

Afterward, students returned to their formation and learned that all students and staff, plus two family members, would receive tickets to the upcoming Air Show, taking place Friday through Sunday, Sept. 28-30.

When students heard the news, they erupted into cheers.

This special event was more than a year in the making, and it all started when a guest speaker for one of Poynter’s AVID classes mentioned he had an Air Show connection. Assistant Principal Sonta Thompson followed up and pursued a partnership with the Air Show, which led to the Black Hawk event. She even had to secure Pentagon approval for the helicopter’s landing.

“I’m just so excited to bring a fun and unique event to Poynter for our students,” Sonta remarked. “It’s also a great opportunity for them to learn about career fields they may not have otherwise considered.”

Bill Braack, president of the Oregon International Air Show added: “The Oregon International Air Show is excited to be able to partner with our local schools and it was amazing to see the looks on the faces of these students today as they were offered just a glimpse of the world of aviation. It is critical for our nation and our future that we start engaging kids with aviation and we hope to see a lot of these young people at the Air Show next week.”

School and District staff are hoping this event kicks off a career pathway in aviation and avionics; look for more details on that in the coming year.

Pictures of the event are available on the HSD website at: https://bit.ly/2zr5Of7.  

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Glencoe Student Nisala Kalupahana Earns Perfect Scores on ACT and SAT - 09/17/18

Practice tests were the key to success on these college readiness exams for the high school junior

September 17, 2018, Hillsboro, OR –Glencoe High School junior Nisala Kalupahana has achieved the nearly impossible: he earned perfect scores on both the ACT and the SAT college readiness exams, and he did so on his first try.

Earning a perfect score on just one of these exams would place Kalupahana in an elite status among all test-takers, but doing so on both is extremely rare. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2017, only 2,760 out of more than 2 million graduates who took the ACT earned a composite score of 36—approximately one-tenth of one percent. For the SAT, the percentage of those scoring a perfect 1600 is smaller yet.

Kalupahana learned of his perfect score on the ACT first and was very excited, but remained worried about the SAT. “I thought the best I could hope for was a 1550,” he expressed.

He was in his U.S. History class when he refreshed his web browser and learned of his perfect SAT score. “I dropped my phone,” he laughed. “I was in shock. I really didn’t expect that.”

His concern about the test was apparently unfounded, because while you can miss one question on the SAT and still receive a perfect score, he got none wrong.

Kalupahana credits taking multiple practice tests for his stellar performance on these curriculum-based achievement exams. He has now demonstrated, prior to his junior year even beginning, that he has the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in first-year college courses in the core subject areas of English, mathematics, reading, and science.

Though unsure about where he will apply to college or what he wants to study, Kalupahana has many interests that may guide his path. He completed computer science-related internships each of the past two summers: with the Oregon International Air Show in 2018 and with IBM in 2017. He also enjoys graphic design and has a passion for music, playing clarinet in the Westside Community Youth Orchestra and playing piano, guitar, and tenor saxophone for fun.

Superintendent Mike Scott remembers Kalupahana as a precocious 6th grader who requested an opportunity to share his research and proposal for District technology (and nutrition and idling vehicles!) to the Hillsboro School Board in May of 2014 and did so with a grace and polish far beyond his years. “We are all extremely proud of Nisala,” said Scott. “His accomplishment is incredibly impressive and unique and we are excited to see what he does next.”

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