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6th Grader Wins Windy River Geographic Bee

BOARDMAN – Jose Ruiz, a 6th grader at Windy River Elementary School, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on Jan. 14, and now he has a chance to earn a $50,000 college scholarship. The Windy River Geographic Bee, during which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 27th annual National Geographic Bee, sponsored by the National Geographic Society.

Also competing in this year’s Top 10 at Windy River’s competition were Reserve Champion Savannah Morris, Benny Sanchez, Andrew Zellars, Mary Hammond, Angel Flores, Luke Szasz, Axel Flores, and Quentin Johnson.

Thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories are participating in the 2015 Geo Bee. The school champions, including Jose Ruiz, will take a written test. Up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to complete in their state Bee on March 27, 2015.

The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state champions and teacher escorts to participate in the Bee National Championship on May 11-13, 2015. The first-place national winner will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, and a trip to the Galapagos Islands, courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic

Award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brian will moderate the national finals on May 13. The program will air on television. Check local listings for dates and times.

Everyone can test their geography knowledge with the exciting GeoBee Challenge, an online geography quiz at www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee, which poses 10 new questions a day, or by downloading the “National Geographic GeoBee Challenge” app, with 1,000 questions culled from past Bees, available on the App Store on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad; from the Android Market; or for Nook Color.

With a mission to inspire, illuminate and teach, the National Geographic Society is one of the worlds’ largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. The member-supported Society, which believes in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world, reaches over 600 million people each month through its media platforms, products and events. National Geographic has funded more than 11,000 scientific research, conservation and exploration projects and supports an education program promoting geographic literacy. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com.

May 21, 2015

AR- 100%, for one more week.  Get books for this weekend. Read during this four day weekend.  On Tuesday, take the AR tests to be able to go on the Swim AR Event.

The work room will be open today.

Positive Action: Opportunities.  Take the Opportunity when it comes your way.

Today is the last day to check out a book from the Library.

Congratulations to Mrs. Boor & Mrs. McElhany for both receiving the Crystal Apple awards last night in Pendleton.  We are honored to have two dedicated staff for the students.

No School Store today.

Peace! Have a peaceful day and weekend.

2013-2014 State Report Cards Are In

View Report Cards here: http://www.morrow.k12.or.us/reportcards

Morrow County School District is pleased to report that its students outperformed comparison school districts data on 5 of 6 outcome performance measures as it relates to what students are achieving in high school.

Compared to districts with similar demographics, such as poverty levels, diversity of their student body, and pupil mobility, MCSD seniors outperformed their counterparts in college and career readiness (as measured by freshman on track to graduate and the percentage of students who took the SAT), high school graduation rate, completion rate, dropout rate and continuing education.

As part of the state’s federal waiver application, Oregon developed a new accountability system with a much greater focus on student learning and growth. Schools also receive a rating that compares them to “like” schools – other schools with similar student demographics including percent poverty, mobility, students of color, and English learners. Schools are rated as below average, about average, or above average as compared to similar schools. This provides parents and community members with another perspective on achievement at the school.

MCSD has 8 schools within the District. Half of the schools within the District yielded strong performances based on the new state school rating criteria, which rates schools from a 1 (lowest performance) to 5 (model school performance).

This year Heppner Elementary and Heppner High School have attained a Level 4 rating. A.C. Houghton, Windy River Elementary, Irrigon Junior/Senior High, Riverside Junior/Senior High, and Sam Boardman Elementary achieved level 3 performance, while Irrigon Elementary School obtained a level 2 rating.

For more information on the MCSD School Report Card or individual school report cards, please go to your child’s school site main office and ask for a copy, or visit http://www.ode.state.or.us/data/reportcard/reports.aspx  and select Morrow County School District.


HEPPNER – El Distrito Escolar del Condado de Morrow está contento en informar que nuestros alumnos superaron los datos de comparación distritos en 5 de 6 medidas de desempeño resultados en como los estudiantes están logrando en la escuelas secundaria. En comparación con los distritos con características demográficas similares, tales como los niveles de pobreza, la diversidad de su alumnado, y la movilidad de alumnos, Estudiantes 12 º grado in MCSD superaron alumnos de comparación distritos en la preparación universitaria y profesional (medida por el porcentaje de estudiantes en camino a graduarse y que tomaron el SAT), la tasa de graduación de la escuela secundaria , la tasa de finalización, y la tasa de abandono escolar.

Como parte de nuestra solicitud para recibir una exención  federal, Oregon desarrolló un nuevo sistema de asignación de responsabilidades con un mayor enfoque en el aprendizaje y el crecimiento de los estudiantes. Las escuelas también reciben una clasificación que las compara con escuelas “similares” -otras escuelas con características demográficas similares de estudiantes incluyendo porcentajes de pobreza, movilidad, estudiantes de color, y estudiantes que están aprendiendo inglés. Las escuelas son clasificadas como debajo del promedio, cerca del promedio o por encima del promedio en comparación con escuelas similares. Esto proporciona a los padres y miembros de la comunidad otra perspectiva sobre el logro de la escuela.

El Distrito Escolar del Condado de Morrow tiene 8 escuelas dentro del distrito. La mitad de las escuelas dentro del distrito dio un fuerte desempeño. Sobre los nuevos criterios de calificación escolar del estado, que tasas las escuelas de un 1 (el rendimiento más bajo) a 5 (rendimiento escolar modelo). Este año Heppner Elementary y Heppner Jr/Sr High han alcanzado una calificación de nivel 4. AC Houghton, Windy River, Irrigon Junior / Senior High, Riverside Junior / Senior High, Sam Boardman Elementary  alcanzó el nivel 3 de rendimiento, mientras que la escuela Irrigon Elementary obtuvo una clasificación de nivel 2.

Para obtener más información sobre el reporte escolar de MCSD o para el acceso de reportes de individual escuelas, por favor visite la oficina de la escuela de su estudiante o pueden utilizarla el Internet y utiliza el website: http://www.ode.state.or.us/data/reportcard/reports.aspx  y seleccione Morrow County School District.