Students Explore Technology at Summer Camp

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A group of eastern Oregon students is enjoying the STEP Technology Summer Camp this week at the IMESD Pendleton building. About 30 students and 7 student interns from schools across the region are participating in interactive sessions, attending field trips and learning what it's like to work in the technology field. Different sessions the students have attended included taking apart computers, Google Virtual Reality, CAD and 3D printing, Scratch programming, Sphero lab and more.

"These kids have learned all kinds of different things about technology this week," said Forrest George, an intern helping at camp. George, a junior at Union High School, said camp is a great time to make new friends and explore different areas in the tech field.

iCan Bike Event Seeks Participants & Volunteers

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Participants and volunteers are still needed for the iCan Bike camp at Armand Larive Middle School in Hermiston from June 25 to June 30, 2017. The camp is organized by iCan Shine, a non-profit organization that teaches individuals with disabilities to ride a conventional two-wheel bicycle. This five-day camp requires riders to attend only one 75-minute session per day.

This camp is being hosted by Hermiston Kiwanis and supported by the Hermiston School District, the InterMountain ESD and numerous business and private donations.

IMESD Announces Vacancy on Board of Directors

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The IMESD Board of Directors currently has a vacancy for its Zone #1 position. Persons interested in applying to serve on the IMESD Board of Directors must be a legally registered voter and reside within the boundaries of Zone #1 for one year preceding the appointment. Zone #1 applicants must reside within the boundary of one of the following school districts: Morrow, Ione, Ukiah, Pilot Rock or Umatilla. This position will run through June 30, 2019.

Please submit an application by 5:00 PM July 7, 2017 to Mark Mulvihill, IMESD, 2001 SW Nye Avenue, Pendleton, OR 97801. Here is the application (MS Word).

For questions, please contact Board Secretary Marla Royal at 541-966-3102 or

Eastern Oregon High School Graduates Also Earn AAOT Degrees this Spring

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With support from the Eastern Promise program, 12 eastern Oregon students are graduating from high school and also earning their AAOT (Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer) degrees this May/June 2017. Here is the flyer celebrating these AAOT Completers.

Students from Three Counties Win Annual Spelling Contests

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More than 35 students from three counties participated in the Annual Spelling Contest sponsored by the InterMountain Education Service District (IMESD) earlier this month. Students from Morrow, Umatilla and Union counties participated on May 8 at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton. The IMESD sponsors the spelling contests each year.  

The students who competed in the county competitions had already won a spelling contest in their division at their schools. There are three divisions: Division 1 (1st-5th grades), Division 2 (6th-8th grades) and Division 3 (9th-12th grades).

Summer Series

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6/29/2017 - 8/15/2017
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8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Host District: 
InterMountain ESD - Pendleton

InterMoutain ESD is pleased to offer numerous sessions throughout the summer for our component district employees.  

The website for more detailed information can be found at:

Heidi Sipe Wins Doug Flatt Award

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Heidi Sipe, Superintendent of the Umatilla School District, was honored as the 2017 Doug Flatt Memorial Leadership Award winner on Monday, May 15. The award was announced at the InterMountain Education Service District’s 18th annual Crystal Apple “Excellence in Education” Awards at the Pendleton Red Lion Hotel.

Mid Columbia representatives Cindy Nicholson, Regional Director of Operations, and Guy Shanks, Region Vice President, presented the award along with Dr. Mark Mulvihill, IMESD Superintendent.

Mulvihill said Sipe has dedicated her entire career to students and always puts kids first. “What makes Heidi unique as a superintendent is she chose to stay in one community, serving a student population of great need.  She has invested not only in the schools, but also the community. She is highly respected and well liked by her peers and considered a vital member of our regional superintendent team,” Mulvihill said.

School Districts Honor 2017 Crystal Apple Winners

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The IMESD is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 Crystal Apple “Excellence in Education” Awards. A total of 44 individuals were honored this month from the IMESD’s component school districts in eastern Oregon. The 2017 events mark the 18th Annual Crystal Apple Awards for Umatilla and Morrow counties and the 6th Annual for Union County.

Union County winners were honored on May 8 at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande. Morrow and Umatilla county winners were recognized on May 15 at the Red Lion Hotel in Pendleton.

“We congratulate all of this year’s Crystal Apple winners and are honored to celebrate these wonderful educators who are making a difference every day for students,” said Michele Madril, IMESD Director of Communication and Print Solutions.

Superquest by Oregon CSTA

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7/19/2017 - 7/21/2017
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8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Host District: 
IMESD Pendleton
Oregon CSTA

The Oregon Computer Science Teachers Association will be in Pendleton, July 19 - 21, 2017 for SUPERQUEST 2017.  

Registration is now open on their website:

Human Resources Director Receives Statewide Award

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Jerry Copeland, Director of Human Resources for the InterMountain ESD, recently received the HR Leadership Award from the Oregon School Personnel Association (OSPA). The award recognizes outstanding human resources professionals who are positively impacting school districts while navigating the complexities of public education.

The award was presented at the OSPA Spring Conference at Eagle Crest, but Copeland was unable to attend. IMESD Superintendent Dr. Mark Mulvihill will present the award in early May. “I cannot express how deserving Jerry Copeland is of this award. His capable and proactive approach to managing the human resources department is unequaled, and Jerry has become a tremendous asset to many of our school districts in eastern Oregon,” Mulvihill said.

Accessibility Statement - The InterMountain ESD is committed to making its electronic and information technologies accessible to individuals with disabilities. We are currently in the process of upgrading our web site to insure we meet or exceed the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C’s) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA and the Web Accessibility Initiative Accessible Rich Internet Applications Suite (WAI-ARIA) 1.0 for web content.

For more information on how to report an issue related to the accessibility or how to file a formal Section 504 or ADA (Title II) complaint about the accessibility of any content on an InterMountain ESD website, please see our full Accessibility Statement.

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