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Pilot Rock School District is located approximately 15 miles south of Pendleton in Umatilla County near the foothills of the beautiful Blue Mountains. The District is comprised of two buildings - an elementary building serving students in grades K-6 and a Junior/Senior High School for students in grades 7-12. Approximately 375 students are enrolled in the District.

The original senior high school was built in 1919 and now mainly serves junior high school students. A senior high school was built in 1955 and a connecting ramp between the two buildings was constructed in 1981. The current elementary building was opened in 1948 with an addition in 1962.

The Pilot Rock staff is proud of the excellent education that it offers its students. The community is very supportive of its schools through volunteer activities, donations, and attendance at school events. It's great to be a Rocket!

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

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. ESSA (the Every Student Succeeds Act) will be discussed. According to the ODE information, “ESSA provides all states and schools in the country with a chance to be innovative, and to strengthen our public education system by providing teachers with more support and districts with more flexibility to address the unique needs facing their communities.”

The public is encouraged to attend to learn more about ESSA, contribute to a discussion on the factors supporting student success and get questions answered by state education leaders.

For more information about ESSA, visit http://www.ode.state.or.us/go/ESSA.

Information for Parents about School Delays/ Closures

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
  • 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.

Students Invited to Technology Expo in March

Do you know an 8th through 12th grade student interested in technology? Students across eastern Oregon are invited to the InterMountain Education Service District's (IMESD) 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.

This year's Expo is from 8 AM to 4:30 PM at EOU. Transportation will be provided to students from their school district (details are currently being determined).

The Expo is an opportunity for students to immerse themselves in hands-on technology fun and learn more about school-to-career opportunities in the technology field. Representatives from regional companies will attend to visit with students about jobs in their areas.

Students must register themselves to attend the Expo by visiting http://step.imesd.org. For more information, they can ask at their school front office or ask their school STEP representative. Posters and flyers should be available at their schools. Students can also follow STEP on Twitter and Instagram - @EOstepITup and #stepexpo17.

The Expo is part of an overall program called STEP – Student Technology Expanded Programs that the IMESD developed after receiving a grant from the Oregon Department of Education. The grant funds the spring Expo plus technology summer camps for high school and middle school students and an internship program for high school students through summer 2017.

Pilot Rock School District Releases Results of Testing for Lead in Water

Pilot Rock School District has tested drinking water sites at all of its schools for the potential presence of lead. Results from Anatek Labs, Inc., Moscow, ID, indicate that all sites were below the acceptable EPA limit.

Pilot Rock School District joined school districts across Oregon who have tested their drinking water. Currently, there are no state or federal requirements for schools to test drinking water for lead, and it has not been a practice in the past. In mid-May, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) created a plan regarding lead in school water. The plan requests that all school districts that get drinking water from public water systems test for lead in school buildings; requires districts to use certified drinking water testing labs to process the water samples; asks ODE and OHA to develop a method for schools to report results to OHA; and for OHA to provide drinking water expertise to schools for support as they test.

Many schools receive their water from community or city water systems. These public water systems regularly test the water and many already treat the water to help reduce corrosion of plumbing. However, lead that is present in pipes and fixtures in building plumbing can enter the water at the tap and expose those who drink it --- that is why sampling and testing for lead at each tap is important.

“Pilot Rock School District is pleased to report that water at our schools does not contain harmful lead levels. We will continue to monitor this and keep communicating to parents and our community,” said Steve Staniak, superintendent.

A copy of all the district’s water testing results can be downloaded/printed (PDF) and/or viewed at the district office, (200 McGowan Drive, 541-443-8291). For questions or more information about the district water testing, contact Superintendent Steve Staniak, 541-443-8291, steve.staniak@pilotrock.k12.or.us.

Some state funds may be available in fall 2016 to reimburse school districts who test their drinking water.

For more information about the plan to support school districts, please visit the Oregon Health Authority at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/news/.

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