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The Open Road by Kyli

Home of the Rockets

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 350 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!

2014 Umatilla County Student Achievement Award Winners

Congratulations to Kiauna Fritz and Laney Jensen for being selected as Pilot Rock School District's recipients of the 2014 Student Achievement Award!



Kiauna Fritz

Kiauna is a well-rounded high honor student who will be the valedictorian for the graduating class of 2014 at Pilot Rock High School. She is a member of National Honor Society and the president this year. She has participated in theater all four years of high school, taking on many of the lead roles including Alice in the musical, Alice in Wonderland. On many occasions, Kiauna has sung the National Anthem at sports events. Art is a passion of Kiauna’s and she has entered many pieces in the Pilot Rock High School Art Show since her freshman year. During her sophomore and junior years, Kiauna participated in Key Club, the Kiwanis youth organization. Kiauna also enjoyed playing varsity softball her sophomore and junior years. As a senior, Kiauna is the class president. It has been her responsibility to organize her class graduation speaker, music and collect pictures. She will also be the emcee for Award’s Night and Graduation. She is an outstanding speaker and is looking forward to these end of the year responsibilities. Kiauna has set the goal of becoming a teacher and is leaving high school with close to a complete year of college already done thanks to the Eastern Promise and BMCC dual credit programs. She has always been an excellent student and will reach her goal easily. Congratulations, Kiauna!

Laney Jensen

Laney is a wonderful student who has worked diligently throughout her high school career and is now a contender for the Salutatorian of the Class of 2014. Laney has been involved in many activities including sports, FFA and several community project clubs. She is first and foremost a member of National Honor Society because of her quality school work. She has completed 37 college credits in the last two years of school through dual credit with Blue Mountain Community College and the Eastern Promise, and will go into college with one year nearly complete. Laney has been very active as a chapter officer for FFA and also has shown her animals at fair through this program. She has also been involved in FFA Leadership Class, which involves running the concession stand for football, volleyball and basketball games; running and organizing pep assemblies; and directing the Toys for Tots Christmas program. She is also a member of Key Club, the youth organization for Kiwanis. Laney also enjoys playing sports. She has played volleyball and softball all four years of high school. As a senior, she is a starting pitcher for the softball team. Her calm, quiet demeanor helps the team stay focused on winning. Laney plans to attend the Oregon Institute of Technology to become a Dental Hygienist. Way to go, Laney!

2014 Crystal Apple Award Recipients

Congratulations to this year's Crystal Apple Award Recipients!

Kayrene Beers

Kayrene is an instructional assistant at Pilot Rock Elementary, and has worked in the district for 25 years. She has coached track and cheerleading in the district and has even filled in as a substitute custodian. Kayrene has been a jack of all trades for the district and is always willing to fill in where needed. In addition to her teaching duties, Kayrene also provides a leadership role with the Pilot Rock Education Association, for which she is currently serving as president. She has participated on several bargaining teams and has also served in a leadership role within the Oregon Education Association. Kayrene is very devoted to her job and takes pride in her work with her students. She is a true asset to Pilot Rock School District. Congratulations, Kayrene!

Randy Jenness

Randy has been teaching at Pilot Rock Jr.-Sr. High School for 5 years in the areas of P.E. and science. His teaching style promotes positive student interactions, while challenging them to do their best. Students in his science classroom work collaboratively on projects that stimulate their higher level thinking skills. In P.E., Randy keeps the students busy working towards better health habits. The students enjoy his easy going approach and respect him deeply. Randy is a strong team player in all aspects of the school. He has willingly taken on the responsibility of being a junior high football, basketball and track coach while at PRHS. He also supports all the high school athletic programs by volunteering to help out whenever needed and is instrumental in the training and conditioning of these student athletes. Thank you, Randy!