Some District Activities Canceled This Evening

Activities at Pendleton School District elementary schools, the Pendleton Early Learning Center and Sunridge Middle School are canceled this evening, Thursday, December 8, 2016 due to a winter storm moving into our area. Some Pendleton High School activities are still happening, but "A Midsummer Night's Dream" play and PHS Leadership Academy are canceled. For more information about high school activities, please check with your coach or advisor about cancelations as weather conditions are changing. For updates, please check this website or your school website. Thank you and have a safe evening.

SCHOOL BUSSES MAY BE LATE  -- some students may arrive home later than usual this afternoon on busses, as Mid Columbia bus drivers are needing to pull over and put chains on their busses.

Updated 12/8/16 at 3:50 PM

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District Bond Projects Focus on Energy Efficiency

The Pendleton School District bond encompasses multiple projects, ranging from upgrades to existing district facilities to the construction of two new schools. Throughout these projects, the district and the Wenaha Group, are working hard to ensure facilities are incorporating the most environmentally sustainable components possible. To read the full article click here.

More Bond Project Information Here

CONGRATULATIONS to Kristin Swaggart, teacher of culinary arts at Pendleton High School, who has won $100,000 in the Dream Big Teacher Challenge sponsored by the Farmers Insurance Thank America’s Teachers program. It will fund a mobile food truck owned and operated by the Pendleton School District, where students will prepare and sell the food. It will also be used for fundraisers and community service projects.

Swaggart was surprised on Tuesday, November 29, during a student assembly at Pendleton High School, when Farmers Insurance representatives announced the win and presented her with a big check.

Swaggart was one of just 15 finalists across the nation – six winners were awarded $100,000 each for their projects. Voting happened throughout the month of October, and the six teacher projects that received the most votes nationwide won.

Swaggart said that starting next semester, her students will start the process of researching the best options for their new food truck, whether it be brand new or used. She said she is putting the project in the capable hands of her students, so it will be a valuable learning experience that they can take ownership of and be proud of.

"Being the recipient of such a large grant is beyond exciting. For me, this experience is about so much more than the truck. I hope the take away for everyone is that it’s important to allow yourself to dream big! It’s pretty incredible what can be achieved when people support and encourage one another, like Pendleton has time and time again. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to everyone who voted and spread the word on behalf of this project," said Swaggart.

With the arrival of winter weather, we would like to remind parents/families about our district policy. If school is delayed or closed, the information is posted by 6:00 AM on:

  • District Website
  • District Facebook page
  • Mobile App
  • Automated calling system
  • Regional media outlets (newspaper online, radio, Portland & Tri-Cities tv stations)

If no notice is posted, school is running on regular schedule.

The location with the most accurate information to confirm a delay/closure is on the district website. On occasion, media inaccurately reports school delay/closure information.

If schools must close early, notification is given using the same method. If you have questions about the delay/closure policy, please call the District Office or your child’s school.

Thank you.

There was a minor accident involving a school bus this morning. A Mid Columbia school bus slid off the road on Cayuse Road east of Pendleton. The driver and two students on board were not injured.

One of the most important things we can do to support our students’ learning and their continued academic success is to encourage regular attendance. The state of Oregon has defined the expectations for schools, students and parents in the 2015 Oregon Compulsory School Attendance Laws. Pendleton School District continues to support students and families in meeting these regulations. Please review the updated Pendleton School District Absences and Truancy Guidelines  (PDF)

The Umatilla County Cultural Coalition is pleased to announce grant opportunities for the 2017 Oregon Cultural Trust Community Participation Grant Program. Funding for this program is provided by the Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon's innovative public-private partnership that supports the State's arts, heritage, and humanities. Grants will be used in support of local projects which further Umatilla County's Cultural Plan. You may view the full Cultural Plan online at

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