Do you know an amazing Teacher in your school district? Nominate them for the 2022 Oregon Teacher of the Year! Nominations open through January 31, 2021: https://oregonteacheroftheyear.org/nominate/ Anyone can nominate an individual for this award.
Do you know an amazing Education Support Professional in your school district? Nominate them for the ODE 2021 award through January 3, 2021 at: https://oregonteacheroftheyear.org/nominate-esp/ Anyone can nominate!
Eastern Oregon school districts forge onward through COVID-19 outbreaks: https://www.eastoregonian.com/coronavirus/schools-maintain-operations-through-outbreaks/article_a0fec074-34d7-11eb-abef-e32260be9b90.html
The IMESD congratulates the Pilot Rock School District on the passage of its General Obligation bond on the November ballot! The bond will provide $12 million for district projects. Read the entire release: https://www.imesd.k12.or.us/article/357279
All IMESD Offices will be closed on Thursday 11/26 and Friday 11/27 for Thanksgiving. We wish you a safe holiday!
Echo students heard about an Air Force veteran's military experience in a virtual Veterans Day Assembly last week: https://www.hermistonherald.com/news/local/air-force-veteran-shares-story-with-echo-students/article_4af401d1-2638-5936-9dff-b6bd44d548dd.html
Amazon Web Services' annual Girls' Tech day is virtual this year. The FREE event for young women ages 8-24 is designed to develop and pursue their interests in technology. It's Saturday 11/14 - Saturday 11/28. For details, visit: http://www.cvent.com/events/aws-girls-tech-day/event-summary-bd517818d92949a99198c428f7b8a8bf.aspx?fbclid=IwAR0DzaWQj92JbaDsDU_wt4BtMGGmw4lcOal0uAMXChWEFT9CvI0CI5Bxii0
The IMESD has partnered with U of O to develop training for a crucial part of its school districts -- paraeducators. Find out how this is working in an article from AroundtheO: https://around.uoregon.edu/content/college-education-aids-paraeducators-eastern-oregon
All IMESD Offices will be CLOSED on Wednesday, November 11th in observance of Veterans Day.
The GO STEM Hub at EOU recently distributed 2,000 STEM kits to every 4th grader in Morrow and Umatilla counties. IMESD provided Courier Service to help distribute the kits. Read the entire article: https://www.eou.edu/news-press/bringing-the-classroom-home/
What new school metrics mean for area schools: https://www.eastoregonian.com/coronavirus/local-schools-stay-closed-despite-loosening-rules/article_db9af104-1d61-11eb-ac56-779c293af67a.html
Union County school districts participate in virtual parent-teacher conferences: https://www.lagrandeobserver.com/coronavirus/teachers-reflect-on-virtual-parent-teacher-conferences/article_48797848-1d28-11eb-acf1-6b7d38462b5a.html
On Friday 10/30, the Oregon Department of Education released updated school metrics for returning to in-person instruction. The IMESD breaks it down in this article: https://www.imesd.k12.or.us/article/338239
Morrow County School District students return to in-person instruction this week: https://www.eastoregonian.com/coronavirus/morrow-county-schools-to-reopen-for-in-person-instruction-oct-28-27-new-covid-cases/article_e09559c6-17e2-11eb-9b44-736a66d3afab.html
Local school districts keep trying to welcome more students in person: https://www.eastoregonian.com/coronavirus/local-schools-try-to-persist-through-covid-19-outbreaks/article_9144307c-1508-11eb-8cc8-43338552c6b7.html
La Grande School District brings back 4th and 5th Graders to buildings: https://www.lagrandeobserver.com/coronavirus/fourth-and-fifth-graders-returning-on-site-at-ic-elementary/article_d32437ac-13ba-11eb-9342-ef624f312d8b.html
The IMESD and BMCC are hosting two virtual college fairs on 10/27 and 11/2. For details, see full article: https://www.imesd.k12.or.us/article/332733
La Grande School District formalizes agreement for district's School Resource Officer: https://www.lagrandeobserver.com/news/local/lg-school-board-oks-sro-contract/article_ead97550-0fc9-11eb-864e-4f5e7ba8efbf.html
Elgin School District navigates positive COVID-19 case using plan and protocols: https://www.lagrandeobserver.com/coronavirus/elgin-school-district-deems-classes-safe-after-positive-test-for-covid-19/article_5671a4ba-09ba-11eb-a8bf-374dcdefafcd.html
La Grande School District's youngest learners enjoyed return to school this week: https://www.lagrandeobserver.com/coronavirus/students-teachers-enjoy-returning-to-classrooms/article_46e4ff52-08bf-11eb-acc4-9f0215f44357.html