2015 Spring Grants



At the end of May, 75 5th grade students from West Hills Intermediate participated in an overnight field trip to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) and the Oregon Zoo. This provided students the opportunity to experience inquiry-based science content in a real setting. This is the 15th year students have taken this trip.



In April, 13 Pendleton High School ECMC (Education Credit Management Corporation) students participated in a college visitation trip to Central Oregon. They toured Central Oregon Community College, OSU Cascade Campus, and Columbia Gorge Community College. Students were able to make a connection between academics, work, and their future plans.


On April 29, 15 students from Hawthorne Alternative High School toured the Pendleton Underground. They enjoyed learning about the rich history of the Pendleton community.



Teachers Kathryn Youngman and Lori Albright requested funds to take their students from the PHS Spanish and French departments to the University of Oregon Foreign Language and International Studies Day on May 1-2, 2015. The conference exposed students to other languages and the opportunity to explore possible foreign language careers.

$1,500 in addition to $1,000 granted last fall

In May, 69 PHS seniors from Schelle Hand Bixler’s Honors Biology II classes participated in the Marine Biology field trip to the Oregon Coast. They visited two aquariums, explored sandy beach and rocky tide pool habitats and rode a research vessel in Yaquina Bay. Students were very positive overall, and many said they had been looking forward to the trip all year.

$168 in addition to $1,000 granted last fall

The PHS ASPIRE program (Access to Student Assistance Programs in Reach of Everyone) coordinated two college visitation opportunities for students. In the fall, 39 students toured Oregon State University, Western Oregon University, Linfield College, Columbia Sportswear Corporate Headquarters, and Mt. Hood Community College. This spring, five students visited Whitman College, Walla Walla Community College and Eastern Oregon University. Students were provided the opportunity to visit with school representatives at each campus.



Three Pendleton High School seniors, under the direction of Culinary Arts Teacher Kristin Swaggart, participated in the FCCLA State Leadership Conference culinary competition. Additional information regarding this competition is located in another article in this newsletter.



Twelve 7th and 8th grade students from Sunridge Middle School attended the Oregon Writing Festival at Portland State University on May 2, 2015. They participated in the full-day conference with 750 other students from Oregon, heard an author speak, shared a piece of their own writing, and heard writing by other students.



Sixty-four 4th grade students from Sherwood Heights Elementary traveled to the Pendleton Center for the Arts for four days during one week in May. This provided opportunities for the students to develop and expand their art skills and talents. It also introduced them to a very valuable resource in our community. They worked with art materials in an environment designed to allow this process to flourish.



Matthew Campbell, science teacher at PHS, took 20 students on an overnight trip into the Blue Mountains for the second annual Umatilla County Lepidoptera Field Study. Students collected and identified butterflies and host plants on the Upper Umatilla River. They then camped overnight at the Umatilla Forks Campground.