ESD 105 has 14 school districts on Washington Achievement Awards list! +Congratulations to our 14 school districts that are among the recipients of the 5th annual Washington Achievement Awards! This year’s honorees were announced on April 16. An OSPI news release describes the awards as “the state’s highest honor” for its public schools. The Washington Achievement Awards are sponsored by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and by the Washington State Board of Education. Award winners are selected on calculations based on student test scores collected statewide over three… Read More
Ric Pilgrim of Wapato schools named next assistant superintendent at ESD 105 +Ric Pilgrim, a veteran area teacher and a longtime administrative leader with the Wapato School District, will be joining Educational Service District 105 as the regional agency’s new assistant superintendent for Educational Services. He will start his new position at ESD 105 on July 1. In his upcoming role, Pilgrim will coordinate and develop educational initiatives that assist in the staff development and student education programs for the agency’s service region of south central Washington. Programs that will be… Read More
West Valley, Ellensburg, and Riverside Christian place at State Knowledge Bowl +Teams from three of the region’s high schools came home with trophies following their strong performances at the 32nd annual Washington State High School Knowledge Bowl competitions that were held on March 22 at Arlington High School. The State competition -- which involves a series of written and oral questions that test students' broad range of knowledge -- fielded 18 teams from each of the six school size classifications (1B, 2B, 1A, 2A, 3A, and 4A). Awards were given to the teams… Read More
East Valley engineering class project wins big in Samsung national contest +Congratulations to East Valley High School and the students in Barry Reifel's engineering class for winning the Ambassador's Award in Samsung Corporation's national 2014 Solve For Tomorrow Competition. The school received notice of the award -- which comes with more than $140,000 in technology and cash awards -- on March 25. The East Valley class project involves the use of irrigation water to economically cool a home. The project was selected as the contest's statewide winner for Washington, awarding the school a… Read More
Here's the spring issue of our "Class" newsletter! +The Spring 2014 edition of our ESD 105 "Class" newsletter is now available for your online viewing and dowloading! This issue features a look into the HU105 teacher preparation partnership between Heritage University and ESD 105, including news on some upcoming expansions that will be occuring in this program. You'll also get to see photos of the local award-winning entries (and the students who created them) from our 2014 Regional High School Art Show, an introduction to our pair of… Read More
Nominate our next Regional Teacher of the Year! +Do you have an exceptionally outstanding teacher in your school district? Would you like to see that person have a chance at becoming our next Regional Teacher of the Year? Nominations are now officially open to select our next ESD 105 Regional Teacher of the Year. Our honoree for the 2014-2015 school year will be joining previous title holders Jeff Charbonneau (the science teacher from Zillah High School who was also named the 2013 Washington State Teacher of the… Read More
The 39th annual ESD 105 Regional High School Art Show runs February 26 through March 10 at the Allied Arts of Yakima Valley's Peggy Lewis Gallery (5000 West Lincoln Avenue in Yakima). This year's exhibit features a larger-than-usual collection of more than 150 entries from some of South Central Washington's best young creative talents!
An opening reception will be held on Sunday, February 26, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., with awards being presented at 2:15 p.m., during which time the students receiving awards will give a brief description about their work. After the opening day, the public may continue viewing the exhibit during Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The 2012 show includes works by about 140 students of 26 teachers from 21 regional high schools – the biggest representation of schools in years for this show. The high schools represented this year include: Cle Elum-Roslyn, Davis, East Valley, Easton, Eisenhower, Ellensburg, Goldendale, Grandview, Highland, Kittitas, La Salle, Naches Valley, Riverside Christian, Royal, Selah, Sunnyside, Toppenish, Wahluke, Wapato, West Valley, and White Swan.
High school art teachers in the ESD 105 South Central Washington region were invited to submit the best samples of their students’ art for this annual event.
The judge for this year’s regional show is Dr. Shari Stoddard of the Central Washington University art faculty. Seven entries selected by Stoddard will advance to the 2012 OSPI statewide Superintendent’s High School Art Show, which will be held April 6 through June 1 at the Old Capitol Building in Olympia.
Two of the local pieces not advancing to the OSPI show will receive the “ESD 105 Board Choice Award” and will be purchased by the ESD 105 Board of Directors for permanent display as part of the ESD 105 student art collection inside the ESD 105 Conference Center at Yakima.
This year’s regional show was hung by high school students from Toppenish, Naches Valley, and West Valley participating in the Larson Gallery’s Cultural Education Extension Program, under the direction of Cheryl Hahn.
The annual regional art show is sponsored by ESD 105, Allied Arts of Yakima Valley, and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction as a means to support arts education and provide a venue for student artists to showcase their works.
For the eighth year, ESD 105 is producing a book featuring all the art pieces that will be given to each of the student artists and their art teachers. Images of the regional show will also be available for viewing soon at the ESD 105 ArtFusion Web site (www.artfusion.us).