The Griswold High School Class of 2016 will have commencement exercises on Sunday, May 29th at 4:00 p.m. in the High School Gymnasium.

Care Package for Troops

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Please help us send one more care package to the men and women of The Pendleton, Oregon Aviation National Guard Unit currently stationed in Kuwait and Iraq.  

The men and women stationed overseas truly love and appreciate everything we send!  This will be the last collection of the year, so let’s make it a good one!  From the soldiers’ thank you notes, it seems they really enjoy the snacks we have sent and would love more.  It is very hot over there already, so chocolate items won’t travel well. 

Please send any contributions to school by Friday, May 20th.  Thank you in advance!

Here is a list of suggestions or ideas, although anything is appreciated:

  • jerky
  • coffee (K cups or ground)
  • granola bars or protein bars
  • cereal bars
  • Hickory farms type sausage, cheese, crackers (any brand)
  • nuts
  • sunflower seeds
  • individual powdered drink mixes for water bottles
  • red vines or licorice
  • fruit roll ups or gummies
  • candy
  • pop tarts
  • gum
  • cooling bandanas
  • insect repellent (non-aerosol)
  • sun block-it is in the 100s over there now
  • chap stick
  • skin cooling gel
  • sunglasses
  • hacky sacks, squirt guns, water balloons, model toy sets, dominoes, movies, magazines

Print this list (PDF)

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2016 Crystal Apple Winners

Helix School District is proud to announce our Crystal Apple Award winners for 2016: Don Rydrych and Victoria Fox! The winners were recognized in a ceremony in Pendleton. Please join us in congratulating these great Helix School District employees!

Don Rydrych has been a Reading Buddies volunteer at Helix Elementary School for 10 years. Don and his late wife, Bernie, were some of the original elementary Reading Buddies. A longtime Helix resident and active community member, Don previously served on the school board. His positive attitude and willingness without hesitation to share his free time reading with students contribute to the success of the program and make him a wonderful choice for a Crystal Apple award.

Victoria Fox has worked in the district for four years and is a kindergarten teacher at Helix Elementary School. Victoria’s enthusiasm for teaching and her uncanny ability to motivate her students with her caring manner make her an outstanding educator. When concerns or issues arise, she is always willing to work with her team of colleagues to resolve the problem. The positive learning environment Victoria creates makes her students “eager to get to her classroom in the morning to begin their day.”


Congratulations to students who qualified for the NHD state competition on April 23rd at Concordia University in Portland.  At this competition Jake Sprenger was awarded first place in the Individual Documentary category with his film, “The Common Touch: Woody Guthrie’s Encounter with The Bonneville Power Administration.” Out of 80 total entries at the competition, he was awarded the Best Entry at the competition, earning a prize of round-trip airfare to the national competition.


Congratulations to Helix FBLA for taking thirteen "Top 10" awards at the State Business Leadership Conference on April 9th in Portland.  Tucker Wilson, Kailey Mize, Ashton Marks, and Hannah Christman all qualified to compete at the National Leadership Conference to be held in Atlanta in June.