2016 Fall Grants

$2,000 Schelle Bixler, PHS Honors Biology teacher, will be taking approximately 80 students from her classes on a field trip to the Oregon Coast where they will explore sandy beaches, rocky tide pools, estuary and near-shore ocean habitats, as well as ride in a research vessel in Yaquina Bay and on the ocean. This will be her twenty-second year taking these students on this trip.
$1,000 Kathryn Youngman, PHS Foreign Language teacher, will take 25 students from her Spanish and French classes to the University of Oregon to participate in the Foreign Language and International Studies Day.
$2,500 Kristin Swaggart’s PHS Culinary Arts students in Foods 3 and 4 who also participate in the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) club, will attend the FCCLA State Leadership Conference in Portland, with their main focus competing in the culinary competition.
$589 Olivia Rush, Pendleton High School Art Teacher, has made arrangements for her students to view gallery exhibits at both Pendleton Center for the Arts and the Betty Feves Memorial Gallery at BMCC several times during the school year. ($481) and ($108)
$400 John Scanlan, drama teacher at Sunridge Middle School, took students from his drama class to a production of Portland Center Stage’s “Little Shop of Horrors,” travelling down and back in the same day.
$675 Kathy Gregory, fifth-grade teacher at Washington Elementary, is planning to host three author visits via Skype during this school year. This will increase student motivation in reading and writing.
$1,500 Jill Gregg, ASPIRE (Access to Student Assistance Programs in Reach of Everyone) Coordinator at Pendleton High School, will take 42 students on a trip to visit a public four-year university, a two-year community college, and a private university. They will also visit Columbia Sports in Portland which provides a view of employment opportunities after college.
$90 Mike Heriza, fourth-grade teacher at Sherwood Heights Elementary, will take 90 4th graders for a tour and lunch at Tamastslikt Museum. Students will gain a greater understanding of Columbia basin tribes, both past and present.
$550 Anne Sokoloski, Child Development Specialist at Pendleton Early Learning Center, will again coordinate the Pendleton School District Art show to be held in April at the Pendleton Convention Center. This is the thirteenth year for this event. The public is invited to view the art display which includes projects from Pre-K through 12th grade.
$250 Cheryl Carlson, Music teacher at Sherwood Heights Elementary, will take approximately 210 fourthand fifth-grade students to participate in the District VI Children’s Choir Festival at Eastern Oregon University in LaGrande in the spring.
$2,750 Christina van der Kamp, School to Careers Coordinator, is working in a program created to connect students of PHS, Hawthorne Alternative School and Nixya’awii Community School to meaningful career related learning opportunities. They are collaborating with business and industry partners that will provide students with hands-on career training. The funding will provide the means for students to help develop a database management program as well as assist with student transportation needs to and from the business participants.