Today, Governor Brown outlined a new health and safety framework for the state of Oregon that aligns to the metrics being used for K-12 schools. These statewide health and safety metrics have no operational implications for schools and districts under the Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance. School will resume in LIPI as we have been operating the last month or two. Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks, Darrick Cope
A huge thank you to all those who donated to the Helix Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive. Your generosity helped make this event very successful.
Umatilla County Health Dept will be hosting drive thru school age vaccination clinics on: Mon. December 7th 1-6pm at Gib Olinger Elementary in Milton-Freewater Tues. December 8th 1-4pm at Gib Olinger Elementary in Milton-Freewater Please note: 1. Pre-registration is required 2. There will be no out of pocket costs, but insurance will be billed if they have it 3. All vaccines recommended for school age kids (grades K-12) will be available, including the flu shot
Parents, Just a reminder that Friday, Nov. 20th is the final day for the Helix SD canned food drive. Please have all items to your child’s teacher by 1pm on that day. Thanks, Darrick Cope
The Helix School is continuing our past tradition of collecting food prior to Thanksgiving. It will be donated to the food pantry at Athena Christian Church which serves the surrounding communities, including Helix. If you don’t have students in school and would like to donate, you can put your donation on your porch, call the school and we will have it picked up for you. helping others is a great way to brighten your day. If your family could use assistance, please contact the school also. We hope everyone has a safe and bountiful holiday. The food we are collecting is listed below.
Parents, ODE just confirmed that schools are not directly impacted by the Governor’s 2-week “freeze”. Helix will be able to continue with our Limited In-person instruction (LIPI). There will be a travel advisory for those leaving the county or state. The Governor really wants families to stay home for the next two weeks, and keep your interactions to 6 people or less and a maximum of two households. Have a great weekend! Thanks, Darrick Cope
Parents, As of this afternoon, I heard that Limited In-person instruction may be exempt from the 50 person max rule by ODE and OHA during the “pause”. I have advised the K-8 teachers not to make any changes to AM & PM classes until after my 2:00PM ODE meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 10th. Sorry for the confusion, but it seems this info changes by the hour. Thanks for your patience, Darrick Cope
The Helix School District will be closed on Wednesday, November 11th in observance of Veterans Day. This means ALL Virtual and In-Person Instruction will not occur.
A huge thanks to the Helix SD parents and students for their perseverance as we all navigated 1st quarter via CDL. I was totally amazed and proud to learn the K-12 students had a participation rate of 98.38% for 1st quarter. That is AMAZING! Keep up the good work and extend some grace as we begin CDL for 2nd quarter. Thanks, Darrick Cope
Parents, Last week Governor Brown and 0DE announced adjustments in the metrics used to reopen schools. These variations will not allow any immediate changes for the Helix School District. We will continue with Limited In-person. To open full-day, in-person, the weekly Umatilla County COVID case count will need to be around 35. Check the school Facebook and webpage for updates. Thanks, Darrick Cope
A huge thanks to Dr. Derek Earl and his staff from Family Health Association in Hermiston for taking the time to conduct ImPACT concussion tests and sports physicals for our students on Tuesday evening. The ImPACT test has two primary uses: before the onset of an activity, a baseline test is conducted to measure the athlete's performance baseline. Baseline test are taken every other year. In the event of an injury, a post-injury test is administered and compared to the baseline. The resulting objective data is then evaluated by a trained ImPACT Consultant (Dr. Earl) and a plan is created to track a student's safe return to activity.
Parents, Parent teacher conferences will occur Thursday, Nov. 5th 8:00am-8:00pm and Friday, Nov. 6th from 8:00am-Noon. You should be contacted very soon to choose a date, time and format that fits your schedule. Contact your student’s teacher for more information. Thanks, Darrick Cope
Parents, Just a reminder, Dr Derek Earl is offering free physicals today (Wed., Oct . 28) from 2:00-5:00pm in the multipurpose room. Call the school office if you have any questions. Thanks, Darrick
7th - 12th Grade Parents, For information about 1st Quarter grades, please go to the Helix School webpage, click on Helpful Links, 1st Quarter Grades. Call the office or talk with your student’s teacher, if you have any questions. Thanks, Darrick Cope
Parents, Good morning. Following the Limited In-person guidelines, it appears that the Helix SD has the capacity to allow the 4th & 5th grade to attend in-person, a couple of days per week. Please contact your student’s teacher or the office for more info. Thanks, Darrick Cope
Dear Parent(s) of Seniors or graduates, As a current senior or recent graduate, it is time to complete the FAFSA for the 2021-2022 academic year. FAFSAs can be completed at www.fafsa.gov. By submitting it prior to December 1st, you will maximize the financial aid eligibility.
Parents, The 6th - 12th grade teachers will have a Character Strong training Tuesday, Oct 20th. Students in those grades will not be involved in Zoom classes with their teachers, on that day. However, students in grades K-5th, will follow their normal class routine. Thanks, Darrick Cope
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It was great to see the 3rd graders in the classroom today. Hope you all had a wonderful time and are ready to come back tomorrow.
As Thursday came, so did the 2nd Graders. Great to see more students in the building, even if it is only for two hours.