STATE FOR SPEECH AND DEBATE STUDENTS
Students from Chiawana and Pasco High School speech and debate clubs will compete at the 2013-14 State Speech and Debate Tournament in Tacoma in the coming weeks. Nineteen students will represent Pasco School District in a variety of events on March 15 (individual events) and March 21-22 (debates and student congress) at the University of Puget Sound.
The students are coached by Ramona Mitchell (Chiawana High School) and Darby Swanson (Pasco High School). The speech and debate season started in October with students competing in tournaments nearly every other weekend. Participants may compete in student congress, Lincoln Douglas debate, or public forum debate, and as many as four individual speaking events, which include impromptu, extemporaneous, original oratory, expository, dramatic interpretation, humorous interpretation, dual interpretation, and interpretive reading.
“There are no cheerleaders, no spectators, no pep rallies,” says Vicky Hyde, assistant coach to Chiawana High School’s Hawk Talk program. “Students participate because they love the mental challenge of their ‘sport.’”
Students who qualified at the 4A state qualifying tournament on Feb. 21-22 at Wenatchee High School are:
Lincoln Douglas Debate
Geoff White, Pasco High
Daphne Gallegos, Pasco High
Haley Perdue and Michael Elizondo, Pasco High
Nicholas Higgins, Chiawana (District Champion)
Calvin Go, Pasco High (4th Place)
Lloyd LeClair, Chiawana (5th Place)
Lloyd LeClair, Chiawana (8th Place)
Eric Hamilton, Pasco High (9th Place)
Calvin Go, Pasco High (4th Place)
Eva Robbins, Pasco High (7th Place)
Belen Beltran, Pasco High (1st Alternate)
Ashley Hahn, Chiawana (2nd Alternate)
Dramatic Interpretation of Literature
Nicholas Higgins, Chiawana (2nd Place)
Jasmine Dyes, Pasco High (3rd Place)
Daphne Gallegos, Pasco High (5th Place)
Anna Amoureux, Chiawana (6th Place)
Eunice Deras, Chiawana (7th Place)
Lorena Lopez, Chiawana (8th Place)
Michael Elizondo and Haley Perdue, Pasco High (1st Place)
Ana Carvajal and Andrew Giddens (9th Place)
Haley Perdue, Pasco High (2nd Place)
Patrick Williams, Chiawana (6th Place)
Rafael Tapia, Pasco High (9th Place)
Lloyd LeClair, Chiawana (7th Place)
Eric Hamilton, Pasco (2nd Alternate)
Humorous Interpretation of Literature
Ana Carvajal, Chiawana (4th Place)
Ashley Hahn, Chiawana (6th Place)
Geoff White, Pasco High (2nd Place)
Nicholas Higgins, Chiawana (4th Place)
Michael Elizondo, Pasco High (5th Place)
Anna Amoureux, Chiawana (9th Place)
Posted March 6, 2014
Please enjoy this Teachers Matter video featuring students from Angelou Elementary talking about teachers who've had an impact on their lives.
Posted March 5, 2014
MARKHAM NOT REQUIRED TO MAKE UP DAY
Markham Elementary students will not be required to make up the day missed on Monday, March 3 due to icy conditions. When only one school is involved in a closure, the District is not required to schedule a make-up day. The planned trimester break will still take place and there is NO SCHOOL on Friday, March 7.
School employees will follow their collective bargaining agreements, which offer options for emergency leave or allow employees to make up the hours missed.
Additionally any student who missed school on Monday, March 3, due to a lack of transportation will be granted an excused absence.
No será requerido que los estudiantes de la Escuela Primaria Marham recuperen el día que estuvieron ausentes el lunes, 3 de marzo debido a las condiciones del hielo. Cuando sólo una escuela es afectada por un cierre, el Distrito no está obligado a programar un día de recuperación. El día de descanso trimestral se llevará a cabo como planeado y NO HABRÁ CLASES el viernes, 7 de marzo.
Posted March 4, 2014
"VIVA LA MUSICA" PHOTO GALLERY
Please enjoy this photo gallery from the "Viva la Musica" production by Ochoa Middle School students. Click the image to view the gallery.
Posted March 3, 2014
VIVA LA MUSICA
Please enjoy this news report from KNDU featuring Ochoa Middle School students who will present "Viva La Musica," a musical featuring popular Latin music and dance. The musical runs this evening at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for students 12 and under. The proceeds benefit the 8th grade music field trip.
Posted Feb. 28, 2014
PHS SENIORS CONSIDER WSU
Representatives from Washington State University were at Pasco High School on Feb. 25 to visit with seniors who have been admitted to WSU next fall. Students enjoyed information and advice about the enrollment process, financial aid, classes, campus life, and much more. Posted Feb. 28, 2014
VALERIE ARAGON IN RUNNING FOR NATIONAL DISTINGUISHED PRINCIPAL AWARD
Mark Twain Elementary Principal Valerie Aragon is among the top three candidates for the National Distinguished Principal (NDP) award. Aragon was selected as the 2014 Distinguished Elementary School Principal of the Year for the Lake Wallula Region representing Southeast Washington in December.
To be eligible for the Elementary School Principal of the Year, an individual must first be selected as a Regional Distinguished Principal. Each year, the Board of Directors of the Elementary School Principals Association of Washington chooses 18 principals as regional winners and from this group the state winner is selected by a panel. The Washington state winner becomes a National Distinguished Principal as part of a program sponsored by the National Association of Elementary School Principals in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Education and VALIC. National Distinguished Principals are recognized at an awards banquet each year in Washington, D.C.
Earlier this month a group of evaluators from the Elementary School Principals of Washington (ESPAW) visited Twain Elementary to see Aragon in action and to evaluate her performance as one of the top three principals in the state. The group also met with parents, teachers, students, support staff and District administrators. Their decision on the winner of the NDP award is expected to be announced sometime next week.
This is Aragon’s third year as principal at Twain Elementary. She previously served as principal of Whittier Elementary School for seven years and as assistant principal of Stevens Middle School for two years. She also was an assistant director of Special Services for a year. She began her career in the District in 1996 as a Special Education teacher at Stevens Middle School. Aragon has also taught for the migrant night school and the extended day school programs at Pasco High School, and was a teacher trainer for several years.
Growing up in New Mexico at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Aragon says she always loved school and had teachers who inspired her and made a difference in her life. Now, she strives to make a difference in the lives of all her students.
“I try every day to be the principal I would want my children to have,” says Aragon. “And, I tell my teachers to be the teacher they would want their children to have.”
Posted Feb. 27, 2014
OCHOA BEACH PARTY
Ochoa Middle School recognized students who have had perfect attendance with a beach themed assembly on Feb. 21. The assembly featured the Chiawana High School dance team, performances by the Ochoa Middle School orchestra and jazz band, beach-themed games and songs, a fashion show, sack race, prizes, and a special appearance from Tri-City Fever football players. Please click here to view a photo gallery.
Posted Feb. 26, 2014
SECOND STATE TITLE FOR MARTINEZ
Posted Feb. 24, 2014
MARKHAM DRAMA CLUB'S "BULLIES ANONYMOUS"
Please click the image to enjoy this photo gallery from the Markham Elementary production of "Bullies Anonymous," an anti-bullying musical. The group presented the musical to students, staff, and families on Feb. 20.
Posted Feb. 24, 2014
CHIAWANA HIGH PRESENTS LARGEST MUSICAL TO DATE WITH ‘FOOTLOOSE’
Feeling a little gloomy from the gray of winter and relentless wind?
Chiawana Stage Company invites you to “lose your blues” and “kick off your Sunday shoes” with the school’s largest musical to date, “Footloose.” Performances are March 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15 at 7 p.m. in the Chiawana High School Theatre.
More than 65 students are participating in the musical extravaganza, directed by Todd Westendorf with musical direction by Jolyn Glenn. Matt Larsen directs the orchestra and costumes are by Verna Schwilke. Suzanne Quinn is the choreographer for the production.
“Footloose” is the story of Chicago teen Ren McCormack who moves to small town Beaumont and quickly learns that dancing is illegal, largely due to the influence of Reverend Shaw Moore. Ren begins a romance with Rev. Moore’s rebellious dancing daughter Ariel. Together the teens stand up to local authorities to fight for their right to dance, singing all the way.
The story was first introduced to audiences in the 1984 movie starring Kevin Bacon and has been adapted for the stage by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie with music by Tom Snow, lyrics by Dean Pitchford, and additional music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman. “Footloose” is produced by special arrangement with R & H Theatricals.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Chiawana High School ASB Office Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets will also be available at the door at each performance.
Posted Feb. 21, 2014
OCHOA MIDDLE SCHOOL MUSICAL TRACES VIBRANT HISTORY OF LATINO MUSIC
Written and produced by Ochoa Middle School choir teacher Heidi Nelson, the show will feature songs by popular Latino artists such as Selena, Marc Anthony, Celia Cruz, Carlos Santana, and many more. Approximately 130 students from the Ochoa Middle School jazz band, eighth grade band, orchestra, mariachi and seventh and eighth grade choirs will perform under the direction of Nelson and fellow Ochoa Middle School teachers John Nelson and Allen Madsen.
The Ochoa Middle School music department presents ¡Viva La Musica!, a lively show which explores Latino musical influences in America across the ages, on Friday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 1 at 2 p.m. at the Ochoa Middle School gym.
There will be special guest appearances by Eddie Manzanares and Café Blanco, DJ Daniel Hernandez, and the Pasco High School drum line, as well as contributions from other local musicians and alumni. A dance for students, families, and community members will follow the show on Friday night, and a reception for students will follow the performance on Saturday. Ochoa PEAK! Partner Tyson Foods will be providing refreshments at both performances.
Posted Feb. 21, 2014
Tickets are $5 for adults and seniors and $2 for children 12 and under and are available at the school office and at the door. All proceeds will benefit the eighth grade music student field trip.
SUPERA SCHOOLS OF DISTINCTION
Congratulations to Emerson, Longfellow and Chess elementary schools for being named Pasco School District Supera Schools of Distinction! These schools were identified by District officials as having three years of positive gains in reading and math, and the largest upward growth trend on the Supera, a test given in Spanish to Pasco students who are still learning academic English.
Posted Feb. 19, 2014
PHS DECA STUDENTS HEAD TO ATLANTA
The School-Based Enterprise (SBE) at Pasco High School has earned gold certification from DECA for the sixth consecutive year. For more information please enjoy the following news report from KVEW TV.
Posted Feb. 19, 2014
ELEMENTARY BOUNDARIES EFFECTIVE FEB. 2014
The Pasco School District Board of Directors approved Take 3 for the west side elementary school boundaries. A copy of the boundaries can be found here.
Posted Feb. 13, 2014
PASCO HIGH SCHOOLS SEEK MOCK INTERVIEW VOLUNTEERS
Pasco high school students need your help!
Volunteers are needed at all three Pasco high schools to conduct mock interviews, the culmination of the careers unit for Pasco’s Financial Literacy Course, which is a graduation requirement. Mock interviews will be Feb. 27 at Pasco High School, March 6 at Chiawana High School, and March 21 at New Horizons High School.
Mock Interviews give students an opportunity to experience the interview process so they will be more prepared and successful in obtaining a job after high school. Volunteers ask students a variety of questions and evaluate students on a score sheet, both of which are provided.
Volunteers have the opportunity to interact with each student they interview and students have the opportunity to practice job-seeking skills, including preparing a cover letter and developing a resume.
To lend your time helping Pasco students prepare for the future or get more information contact Pasco High School at email@example.com, Chiawana High Schools at firstname.lastname@example.org, New Horizons High School at email@example.com, or call 543-6727.
Posted Feb. 6, 2014
GRADUATION: OUR HIGH SCHOOLS, PROGRAMS, AND DATA
View a slideshow about the Pasco School District's graduation data and the programs in place to help students reach our goal: 100% graduation!
Posted October 31, 2013