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Hockinson school district board of directors regular meeting notice - 03/24/23

Date: Monday, March 27, 2023
Time: 6pm
Location: Hockinson School District Community Center and via Zoom (link on website calendar)
Address: 15916 NE 182nd Ave, Brush Prairie, WA 98606

A Legacy for Uplifting Hockinson: Chris Turner of Hockinson Public Schools Foundation Transitions from Board President Role (Photo) - 03/22/23

After ten years serving on the board for the Hockinson Public Schools Foundation, Board President Chris Turner steps down from the role this year. The Hockinson Public Schools Foundation looks ahead to a bright future, offering five scholarships of $55,000 annually to graduating Hockinson High School seniors for post-secondary education. This includes a new recurring cementing Turner’s legacy in new recurring scholarships for Hockinson students beginning this year. The Hockinson Public Schools Foundation

“It is gratifying and fulfilling to know I'm leaving the Foundation in the very capable hands of a new board with great potential for benefiting our schools and community,” said Turner. “For my family, Hockinson is not only where we live, but who we are.”

The Hockinson Public Schools Foundation was established in 2003. As a relatively young foundation in a small community, the board has found ways to leverage minimal resources to benefit Hockinson youth. 

“As a board, we have not only been able to keep the foundation viable through some really lean years, but to realize new heights with community business leaders,” said Turner. Turner was instrumental in facilitating a recent donation by longtime Clark County resident Chuck Borstad, resulting in a $40,000 annual contribution to scholarship funds for Hockinson High School graduating seniors.

"Hockinson rallies around its schools and Chris, the Foundation, and its donors have dedicated themselves to lifting up our graduates,” Superintendent Steve Marshall added. "I am so thankful for all Chris has done. He's helped to write a pretty amazing chapter in our history and created a brighter future for our students and all of us, really."

While Chris Turner opens a new chapter, his work with the Hockinson Public Schools Foundation will positively impact our community and our students' future by supporting post-secondary education for years to come.

Attached Media Files: Chris Turner
Hockinson School District Board of Directors work session - 03/10/23

Date: Monday March 13, 2023

Time: 6pm

Location: Zoom only

Olive Jackson and Hazel Johnson, students at Hockinson Heights Elementary School, proudly pose with a native shrub that they have freshly planted.
Olive Jackson and Hazel Johnson, students at Hockinson Heights Elementary School, proudly pose with a native shrub that they have freshly planted.
Hockinson School District, Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership Native Shrub Planting Lessons Inspire Young Students (Photo) - 03/08/23

This spring, Hockinson School District partnered with Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership to champion hands-on environmental science education opportunities for students at Hockinson Heights Elementary School. Students participated in classroom activities with Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership educators, then applied the learning to hands-on native shrub planting at Burnt Bridge Creek Greenway in Vancouver, Washington. This program exposes young students to scientific careers while making a difference in the community.

The hands-on native shrub planting field trip was a culmination of classroom research and opportunity for students to solve real world problems. Planting native trees and shrubs along the riparian areas of Burnt Bridge Creek helps to improve the health of local waterways and enhance wildlife habitat. Students will witness the tangible effects of their work at Burnt Bridge Creek Greenway throughout their lifetimes. 

“This program provides students the opportunity to not only study native fish and plants in our area, but also allows them to be proactive about restoring native habitats that are vital to wildlife in our region,” said Morgan Beaty, 4th grade teacher at Hockinson Heights Elementary School. “My hope is that students will feel a sense of ownership over their research, problem solving, and teamwork within their community, and ultimately recognize the difference they can make.”

Native species planted by Hockinson Heights Elementary School students this winter include black hawthorn, tall oregon grape, osoberry, ponderosa pine, pacific ninebark, bitter cherry, blue elderberry, douglas spirea, common snowberry, and oregon white oak. These plants filter out pollutants, helping to protect water quality for humans and wildlife. 

Students also gain valuable opportunities to meet environmental educators, restoration ecologists, field technicians, and others working in the field of science.

By transforming schoolyards and local natural areas into learning labs, students can see the practical applications of what they're learning and make real-world connections,” said McKenzie Miller, education coordinator at Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership.

The mission of the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership is to restore and care for the waters and ecosystems of the lower Columbia River for current and future generations of fish, wildlife, and people. The partnership achieves education and stewardship goals for both the Hockinson School District and the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership, to inspire youth to recognize the direct impact of their actions and become invested in protecting the local environment.