Grants - Spring 2012

$800 Student artists from throughout the District displayed over 2,000 works of art at the District Art Show, coordinated by Washington Elementary teacher Anne Sokoloski.
$600 58 PHS Honors Biology II students traveled with teacher Schelle Hand Bixler to Newport to experience the coastal ecosystem firsthand. “We had a great time seeing all the things we learned of in class,” said one student.
$400 35 PHS students traveled with instructors Kathryn Youngman and Lori Albright to Eugene to explore language learning and cultural study at the University of Oregon Foreign Language and International Studies Day.
$450 12 PHS students in Sonia Cooley’s ProStart class traveled to Seattle to attend the Northwest Foodservice Show, where they took a practical look at careers in the hospitality industry.
$400 12 Nixya’awii Community School students traveled with teacher Timur Gaston to Eastern Oregon University and Baker City, where they worked with history students, librarians, and researchers to prepare for their own contributions to the Oregon Encyclopedia Project. A senior boy said, “I didn’t think college was for me, but I could come here and be successful.” A junior girl said, “I don’t enjoy the pressure of high school, but this trip makes me think I could go to college; it is different.”
$1,225 34 students in Paul Nolan’s Sunridge Middle School Leadership class traveled to Salem to attend the Oregon Association of Student Councils’ Spring Conference to hone their leadership and critical thinking skills.
$800 9 Sunridge Middle School students traveled with writing teacher, Chris Ferguson, to Portland to attend the Oregon Writing Festival at Portland State University, where they learned about the writing process, wrote their own short pieces, and practiced peer editing. “The trip was a great experience. I’m glad we had an opportunity to participate,” said one student.
$325 30 4th and 5th grade students from McKay and Sherwood elementary schools traveled with instructor Cheryl Carlson to La Grande to perform at the District Children’s Choir Festival. The students had rehearsed for months in preparation for the event. In the words of one student, “Choir is fun, amazing, and exciting.”