IMESD News/Press

IMESD Releases Results of Testing for Lead in Water

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This summer, the InterMountain Education Service District (IMESD) tested drinking water sites at all of its buildings that are used by students for the potential presence of lead. These buildings included the main IMESD building in Pendleton, Lifeways Day Treatment Center in Pendleton, Punkin Center in Hermiston, the Joseph Building in La Grande, the Baker City Learning Center in Baker City and Outdoor School sites. Results from two companies, Table Rock Analytical Lab in Pendleton and Magic Valley Labs in Twin Falls, Idaho indicate that all sites were below the acceptable EPA limit.

IT Director Receives National Certification

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Cheri Rhinhart, IMESD's Director of Information Technology, recently earned the Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL) designation. The CETL certification, awarded by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), signifies that Rhinhart has mastered the knowledge and skills needed to bring 21st century technology to K-12 school systems. There are approximately 233 individuals with CETL certification nationwide, and Rhinhart is one of only four certified in Oregon.

Ukiah Teacher Selected to Participate in Development of Nationwide STEM Curricula

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Ukiah, OR – Laura Orr, a science teacher in the Ukiah School District, has been chosen to be a Teacher Advisor for “Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms,” an initiative to create new instructional models and digital media tools for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning. Orr was chosen by the education team at Boston public media producer WGBH. The new resources to engage students about topics in Earth, space and physical sciences will be produced by WGBH in collaboration with NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), and will be distributed free of charge through PBS Learning Media, reaching millions of students and teachers nationally.

IMESD Receives Innovation Awards from OAESD

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The InterMountain Education Service District (IMESD) was awarded two New Ideas in Education Innovation Awards for 2015-16 by The Oregon Association of Education Service Districts (OAESD) in May. These annual awards are for innovative ideas, projects or programs initiated in member ESD organizations. The IMESD was awarded for its School Security Initiative and its Wellness Hubs.