This winter, middle and high school band students in Hockinson School District showcased their musical talents and dedication at North County Honor Band, Jr. All-State Jazz Band, and Lower Columbia River Music Educators Association (LCRMEA) performances. Twenty-two students from Hockinson Middle School and Hockinson High School were selected to rehearse with leading mentors and perform among top student musicians at regional and state-wide performances.
We initially planned to sprinkle upcoming facility needs into our Facility Friday posts beginning in January, but we had a lot of exciting Winter Break projects to share. Today, on the eve of HHS Spring Sports season, we turn our attention to a facility in need of some attention: The HHS track.
Nearly a decade ago, an anonymous benefactor made a surprise donation that eased the minds of many HSD families. The donor did not want any attention, but he did want to pick up the tab for 300 Hockinson students who were struggling to pay for $1,080 in school meals.
Today’s Spotlight on HSD Facilities is an example of the HSD’s commitment to preparing all graduates for future success and a timely illustration of National Career & Technical Education (CTE) Month. Let’s start with some background: In 2019-20, budget reductions resulted in program reductions. Unfortunately, one of those program reductions was the HHS College & Career Counseling Center. Not surprisingly, on the 2021 Parent Perception Survey, the lowest scoring responses were to the statement: “My student is learning about college and/or career options.”
With today being the official opening of Hockinson Public Schools Foundation (HPSF) Scholarships, we thought it would be appropriate to put the HSD History spotlight on the origins of this amazing community organization.
An increase in enrollment in the HSD’s After School Adventures program both led to, and financed, the installation of a new sound system in the program’s expansive play area. The area, formerly the HMS library and computer lab, has been updated for the 21st Century - it now has wireless microphones and in-ceiling speakers.
Today’s HSD History post takes us back thirteen years to a late February cold snap in 2011 that froze a water line in the sprinkler system at Hockinson Heights Elementary School. The pipes broke, sending water through the ceiling into two classrooms and forcing two 4th grade teachers and their students to relocate to other areas on campus.
This month’s HSD Round-Up features many articles that focus on HSD staff and students, which is not all that surprising since education is so people-based. We hope you enjoy getting better acquainted with the HSD’s most important resources: Its students and staff. Read it here! 💙
Recently, something dramatic happened in the MPR at Hockinson High School. While it wasn’t a performance on the stage, it will enhance all of the school’s theatrical and musical performances in the future: New LED stage lights were installed over winter break and debuted at the school’s student-directed play Almost, Maine.
Nine years ago, HMS students realized the power of a group effort and a supportive community. Kendall Jones’ ASB Leadership Class set an initial goal of raising $1,000 in three weeks for the Pennies for Patients Drive to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. However, the student body reached the goal within the first week.
Today’s post is an exciting side benefit related to the DOC Grant. Because the HSD replaced older HVAC equipment with new, energy-efficient heat pumps, we qualified for a $24,500 Clark Public Utilities’ incentive!
Today, we are going way back courtesy of a webpage entitled 7 Pieces of History Near Hockinson, WA. It reads kind of like an express version of Washington State History class with an emphasis on our local area. A transcript from the website is below. Enjoy!
Today’s Spotlight on HSD Facilities article is being published a day early to salute our team members who often work behind the scenes, but make a difference inside and outside our schools every day: The thirteen employees who maintain our grounds and buildings. We also hope sharing this now creates some mojo and we can finally get back to school tomorrow!
The distinctive structure on the corner of 182nd Ave. and 159th St. has been a Hockinson landmark for 50 years. It has an interesting history.
The first HSD Round-Up of 2024 is here! Read about the upcoming HHS Science Fair, HHS Band’s recent out-of-state performance in honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, and meet the three newest additions to our school board. Find all this and more in the January 17th edition of the HSD Round-Up. Read it HERE!
Over Winter Break, Operations Supervisor Dave Wilson coordinated a small exterior lighting project that has made a big difference in the safety and security of the buildings and walkways at the entrance to the HHS Stadium.
Our recent wintry weather and forecasted low temperatures set the stage for today's HSD History web article, which looks back at the 2016-17 school year when schools were surprised by an afternoon December snowstorm and, once the snow finally melted, had to make up nearly two weeks’ worth of snow days!
Just before winter break in December 2023, Superintendent Steve Marshall sent a "By the Numbers" summary to Hockinson families and staff. Read a copy of his message here to learn more about what the Hockinson team of students, staff and parents have accomplished this year!
In early December, nearly 100 students from Hockinson High School performed at the Battleship Missouri Memorial on Pearl Harbor Day. The student musicians traveled to Honolulu, Hawaii to perform as the only non-military band to take part in National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day events.
Today, we look back seven years ago to February 20, 2016 - the date HHS senior Cameron Loos claimed Hockinson’s first-ever state wrestling title. Loos came back in the 220 lb finals to pin Cheney’s Michael Ferguson and secure the championship. Read more: “Focus Fuels Hockinson’s First Champion Wrestler.” This accomplishment was an amazing capstone to a remarkable senior year. In addition to his state wrestling title, Loos was named first team All-State, first team All-Region as a Linebacker, GSHL Defensive MVP, and first team All-League punter! Loos went on to play football at New Mexico State and Portland State Universities.