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Superintendent Attends Conference for Umatilla County

Release Date: 
8/21/2017
image: logo of Umatilla County

IMESD Superintendent Dr. Mark Mulvihill recently attended the National Association of Counties (NACo) 82nd Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio. Mulvihill represented Umatilla County and gave a presentation on collaborative efforts in the county, in which he highlighted a variety of partnerships, including early childhood education.

Umatilla County Commissioner George Murdock said that Mulvihill took part of his vacation time to attend the conference and share about joint efforts between Umatilla County, the IMESD, GOBHI, local school districts and other partners. Murdock said, “While we have been involved with these joint projects under the umbrella of wrap-around and consider them somewhat routine, the people I work with at the national level were anxious to invite someone from our program because there are almost no examples of this type of cooperation anywhere else in the country -- actually, even within Oregon."

IMESD Starts New School Year with Annual In-Service

Release Date: 
8/18/2017
photo: table at In-Service event

More than 230 IMESD employees gathered on Wednesday morning, August 16, for the agency's annual In-Service. This year's event was held at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton.

The theme of the 2017 In-Service was Rising Higher. Dr. Mark Mulvihill, IMESD Superintendent, said he believes the theme captures the agency’s commitment to expanding opportunities for its component school districts.

"The world of education is constantly changing -- there always seem to be challenges regarding budgets, staffing and changing political tides. IMESD employees seem to rise above these issues, always striving to do our best work for the region’s students. Our agency continues to climb steadily toward our goals through strategic planning, purposeful budgeting and vision from our Board of Directors. Our programs, services and initiatives continue to improve and succeed," Mulvihill said.

Board of Directors Appoints New Member

Release Date: 
8/16/2017
photo: Ryan Neal

The IMESD appointed a new member to its Board of Directors in July 2017. Ryan Neal will fulfill the remainder of the board term of former member Kathy Neal. Kathy served on the board for 17 years and resigned in June.

Ryan will represent IMESD’s Zone 1, which consists of Morrow County, Ione, Ukiah, Pilot Rock and Umatilla school districts.

Board Chair Kelly Bissinger said the board is excited about working with Neal. “Ryan’s conversations with us during the selection process revealed his passion for education and a strong desire to serve the students within our region. We welcome his insight and business experience,” Bissinger said.  

Functional Routines/Discrete Trial Training Workshop

Event Date: 
9/26/2017
Event Time: 
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Host District: 
InterMountain Education Service District
Location: 
2001 SW Nye Ave., Pendleton, OR 97801
Instructor: 
IMESD Autism Team, OrPATS Autism Specialist

This workshop is designed for secondary staff (Upper Elementary, Middle, High School and Post-Secondary) intending to implement evidence-based strategies through the use of the Links Curriculum or the FACTER Curriculum with students who have autism and other developmental disabilities.

Preschool/Elementary Evidence-based Practices Workshop

Event Date: 
9/28/2017 - 9/29/2017
Event Time: 
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Host District: 
InterMountain Education Service District
Location: 
2001 SW Nye Ave., Pendleton, OR 97801
Instructor: 
IMESD Autism Team, OrPATS Autism Specialist

Two-Day Comprehensive Workshop: Implementing Evidence-based Practices as used in the STAR Program,  This workshop is designed for preschool and elementary school staff intending to implement evidence-based practices using the STAR curriculum with students.

Students Explore Technology at Summer Camp

Release Date: 
6/22/2017
photo: students working on computer

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

Release Date: 
6/19/2017
photo: girl riding bike with volunteer

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.

Eastern Oregon High School Graduates Also Earn AAOT Degrees this Spring

Release Date: 
6/6/2017
image: diploma and mortar board

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

Release Date: 
5/26/2017

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

Event Date: 
8/9/2017 - 8/15/2017
Event Time: 
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Host District: 
IMESD
Location: 
InterMountain ESD - Pendleton
Instructor: 
various

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:  https://sites.google.com/imesdapps.org/summer2017/home


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