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Photo: 2017 Children's Rodeo
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Welcome to InterMountain ESD

Scaling New Heights of Excellence

The IMESD is committed to working with school districts to implement programs and services to make every student successful, provide high quality teaching and develop long-term economic vitality for rural communities in eastern Oregon. The IMESD has served the students of this region since 1863.

Welcome to Our New Website

We are pleased to introduce the InterMountain ESD's new website. We hope you find this new look and format a positive change as we continue our commitment to best serve students and families in eastern Oregon. If you have questions/comments/suggestions about the new website or need assistance in finding information, please contact Erika Lasater at

Children's Rodeo Happens Thursday September 14

The InterMountain Education Service District’s (IMESD) Children’s Rodeo will occur on Thursday, September 14 at 10:30 AM in the Round-Up Grounds. This annual event, celebrating 33 years, provides children with special needs ages 5 through 10 years the opportunity to be cowboys and cowgirls inside the famous Round-Up Arena. About 50 children from around the region are expected to be rodeo “contestants” this year.

The Children's Rodeo is FREE and Open to the Public. Admittance to the Children's Rodeo does not include entrance to the Round-Up rodeo at 1:15 PM.

At the Children's Rodeo, contestants participate in various activities that include riding horses, barrel racing on stick ponies, riding a pretend bull, Native American drumming and more. Participants will also be able to enjoy the theme of the day, Tough Enough to Wear Pink. Each participant receives a T-shirt, cowboy hat, lariat, scarf, trophy and a photo with their cowboy volunteer.

Area School Districts Keep Students Indoors Due to Air Quality

Due to continued smoke from wildfires burning throughout Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, the current air quality index for Pendleton remains at “Very Unhealthy.” Although conditions can vary in surrounding communities, several school districts are keeping students indoors for recess and P.E. classes and having sports practices and games indoors when possible.

The Umatilla County Health Department advises communities throughout Umatilla County to continue to limit outdoor exercise and to stay indoors in well-ventilated areas to the extent possible.

The Athena-Weston School District, Pendleton School District, Morrow County School District and others are keeping students indoors. Pendleton High School said for outdoor sports and activities this weekend, they will evaluate the air quality index and consider student health and safety to determine if events will happen or not. “We are kind of in a holding pattern right now, making decisions on the latest air quality conditions for games and activities based on health and safety for our students,” said Troy Jerome, PHS athletics and activities. Parents are encouraged to check school websites for updates on air quality and school athletic/activity calendars for changes in games and practices.