IMESD News/Press

*NOMINATIONS CLOSING SOON* 2017 Crystal Apple Award Nominations Due April 1

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The week of Spring Break is the last week to submit your nominations for the 2017 Crystal Apple “Excellence in Education” Awards. Nominations close Saturday, April 1, 2017, at midnight. The purpose of the Crystal Apple Awards is to recognize outstanding individuals in the education field who are dedicated to the success of students.

Those eligible to be nominated for a Crystal Apple Award are employees in any of the IMESD's 18 component school districts in Morrow, Umatilla and Union counties. Nominees can be any full-time or part-time employee who has a cumulative total of regular service of at least one year in their school district. Crystal Apple Awards can be given to principals, assistant principals, teachers, paraeducators, office staff, maintenance staff and other district staff. They can be nominated by administrators, teachers, paraeducators, other school staff, parents or community members.

Information and the nomination form are available here. Nominations are due April 1, 2017.

Students Learn about Technology at Expo

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On Thursday, March 9, more than 190 students, ages 8th through 12th grades, participated in the IMESD Student Technology Expo at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande. The students were from 15 of the IMESD’s component school districts. The event was FREE.

After a group welcome, students attended six sessions throughout the day that could include 3D animation, 3D printing, taking apart and diagnosing computer component issues, website development, computer programming, app development and more. In addition, students participated in the Career Advisor session to learn about career paths and their educational requirements, plus met representatives from regional companies that have jobs in technology.

Employee Receives Statewide Award

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Lon Thornburg, Transition Network Facilitator at the InterMountain Education Service District, has been selected to receive the 2017 Innovative Agency Provider Award. Thornburg received the award at the Oregon Statewide Transition Conference in Portland on February 16, 2017. According to the award notification letter, Thornburg has been recognized for his “extraordinary contribution to vocational special needs education and outstanding professional support and for developing connections that create collaborative teamwork.”

Thornburg, who has worked for the IMESD for 12 years, helped create, develop and implement the Regional Job Club program, which connects special needs students ages 16 and over in rural schools with job opportunities. The current model is serving eight counties: Baker, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa.

Equity & Engagement Event Presents National Keynote Speaker

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The IMESD is partnering with several area agencies to bring a national keynote presentation and workshop to Pendleton on Friday, March 10. The Equity and Engagement event is at Sunridge Middle School and is designed for 6th – 12th grade instructors, counselors and administrators and post-secondary partners statewide. March 10 is designated as regional Inservice Day for eastern Oregon school districts.

The keynote speaker and facilitator is Dr. Meagan Pollock from the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (