IMESD News/Press

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.

Nominations for 2017 Crystal Apple Awards are Now Open

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Nominations for the 2017 Crystal Apple “Excellence in Education” Awards are now open. The purpose of these 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.

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 (

Public Invited to ODE Feedback Session -- POSTPONED due to weather

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School district administrators and staff, students, parents and community members from across eastern Oregon are invited to attend a community feedback session about education in Oregon on Wednesday, January 18 at 6:30 PM at Washington Elementary School in Pendleton, located at 1205 SE Byers Avenue. The event is FREE and open to the public.

This event is part of a series of feedback sessions being organized by the Oregon Department of Education across the state for people to give input on Oregon’s State Plan to improve student learning and determine how we can best support our schools to meet the needs of each and every student.