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Grant Continues Oral Health Efforts in Eastern Oregon

Release Date: 
4/11/2017
image: tooth graphic

The IMESD recently received a $70,000 grant from the Oregon Community Foundation to continue to improve the oral health of children in eastern Oregon. The grant is for year two of four years' potential support to implement a comprehensive oral health program for low-income students in Union, Umatilla and Morrow Counties.

The program features an oral learning lab that is brought to school buildings by a team of trained volunteers to teach students about oral care, from proper brushing and flossing to the importance of mouth guards and nutrition. It is available for Pre-K through 12th graders. Every child who attends the learning lab receives fluoride varnish and sealants applied to their teeth, with parental permission. The IMESD partners with Advantage Dental to provide a hygienist who administers the treatments.

Students Learn about Technology at Expo

Release Date: 
3/17/2017
photo: tech advisor helps student build a computer

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.

Teacher's Night Out at Tamastslikt

Event Date: 
3/15/2017
Event Time: 
5:30 PM

Tamastslikt is celebrating teachers -- all teachers are invited to enjoy food, museum tours, information on upcoming exhibits and shopping in the Museum Store. Flyer attached.

This event is organized by Tamastslikt Cultural Institute. For info or to RSVP, contact cassandra.franklin@tamastslikt.org.

Employee Receives Statewide Award

Release Date: 
2/21/2017
photo: lon thornburg at podium

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.

Building Educator Assessment Literacy (BEAL)

Event Date: 
3/8/2017
Event Time: 
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Host District: 
West Ed
Location: 
EOU in LaGrande
Instructor: 
Various

Link to registration coming soon

Science Curriculum Caravan

Event Date: 
2/21/2017
Event Time: 
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Host District: 
Intermountain ESD
Location: 
Intermountain ESD
Instructor: 
Various Publishers

Equity & Engagement Event Presents National Keynote Speaker

Release Date: 
1/27/2017
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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 (www.napequity.org).

Equity and Engagement

Event Date: 
3/10/2017
Event Time: 
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Host District: 
Intermountain ESD
Location: 
Sunridge Middle School
Instructor: 
Various

Click here for the in-service day website and registration.

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

Release Date: 
1/10/2017
Logo: ESSA

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.

Students Invited to Technology Expo in March

Release Date: 
1/3/2017

Do you know a student interested in technology? Students across eastern Oregon are invited to the IMESD's annual STEP Technology Expo on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande. This event is FREE and open to all students currently enrolled in 8th through 12th grades who attend one of the IMESD's component school districts.


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