Helix School Board Vice Chair, Emily Smith was recently elected to the OSBA Board of Directors. Emily will serve as the representative from the Gorge Region in position 2 of the OSBA Board. Congratulations Emily! It is truly an honor having you represent our region at the state level.
Helix Grizzlies are the KINDEST around!! During our Purposeful People assembly today, we got to recognize ten students who went above and beyond demonstrating our character trait for December...KINDNESS!
Our character trait for January will be RESPONSIBILITY. Parents, be on the look out for letters coming home in January, with activities you can do together at home! We wish everyone a wonderful holiday season!
Helix Plant Sale! The Grizzly Green House class has just a few Succulents and Ghia Gardens still available for the holiday season. To place an order, please contact (541) 457-2175 ext. 3772.
'Tis the Season for spreading holiday cheer! The Helix Middle School will be caroling in the Helix community this Wednesday morning, December 15, 2021. We will leave the school at approximately 9:30 a.m. We wish everyone a Wonderful Holiday Season! 🎄
Helix Elementary had another energy-packed, Purposeful People awards assembly yesterday! We had a drawing, and students had the opportunity to participate in a stack-the-dice minute to win it challenge! Students were also recognized for showing gratitude this month. Thank you to the 5th grade class for their excellent leadership throughout the assembly!
Our character trait for the month of December will be KINDNESS! Parents, be on the lookout for a letter coming home soon. It shares fun ways to get the whole family involved!
Helix Elementary is grateful for all of our wonderful parents and grandparents!
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Griswold High School welcomed recent graduate Zachary (Zack) Johnson back to Helix yesterday afternoon. Marine Private First Class Johnson spent about an hour discussing the Marine Corp and taking questions from students. Zack recently completed boot camp and leaves this Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, to continue explosives training as a combat engineer.
Little Grizzlies Basketball kicks off on Sunday, December 5th. A huge THANK YOU to Chris & Shannon Peters for supporting our young and upcoming Grizzly athletes!
On Thursday, October 14, students in grades 3-12 were asked and encouraged to participate in a school climate survey. The survey was anonymous, there was no information collected from student Google accounts.
The data from this survey will create a baseline to be used by staff to develop short-term and long-term goals to address areas of concerns in the physical and psychological aspects of our school. This survey will help us incorporate the unique perspectives of students into our decision making about school climate. The intent of the survey was not to change or indoctrinate the students of Helix. The Helix School Board has no interest in changing the curriculum. The survey was a tool used to gather information. The Board of Directors are committed to maintaining Helix School District as a supportive place for all.
In the future, parents will be given access to the survey questions at least one week before students are surveyed. Parents will also be allowed to have their child(ren) opt-out of the survey, if they so choose.
Here are the links to the survey results:
Elementary Responses - https://5il.co/1256g
Middle School/High School Responses - https://5il.co/1256e
Staff Responses - https://5il.co/1256f
A HUGE thank you to everyone who donated food for our canned food drive! It was a huge success and we delivered close to 30 boxes of food to the Athena Christian Church. This food will help families in the Weston, Athena, Adams and Helix communities.
The winners for the most points earned are the 3rd and 7th grade classes! Great job Grizzlies! Your generosity is much appreciated!
*To utilize this resource, please contact the pantry at 541-566-3422.
The Board meeting this evening at 6:00 p.m. will be available on Zoom. The link will allow remote participants to view and hear the proceeding. If you would like to make public comment to the Board, please come in person.
Join Zoom Meeting - https://zoom.us/j/92318619887?pwd=Y1hXNmh3TzNRcmFLYk5JbDJBUHk4UT09
Passcode: HelixSD - - -Thanks, Brad Bixler, Superintendent/Principal
Helix School District is wrapping up it's Canned Food Drive this Friday, Nov. 19th! Each class is competing to bring in the most food. Donations of non-perishable food items that are low in sodium, sugar, and saturated fats are greatly appreciated!
Helix School District is celebrating Red Ribbon Week (October 23 rd through 31st). Drug Free Looks Like Me! Check it out - https://www.redribbon.org/
- Mondey (Red Day - “Rally in Red”)
- Tuesday (Twin/Group Day - “Team up against drugs”)
- Wednesday (Pajama Day - “Don’t be caught sleeping, say no to drugs”)
- Thursday (Hawaiian Day - “Lei off drugs”)
- Friday (Halloween Day - “Drugs are scary, say BOO to them”)
School Board Vacancy - Unexpired Term Open Immediately
Helix School District is currently seeking a board member to fill position 3 of the Helix School Board. The appointee will serve until June 30, 2023. Please complete the application and read the timeline for appointment prior to submitting the application to the Helix School District Office, 106 Main Street, P.O. Box 398, Helix, Oregon by 5:00 p.m. on November 4, 2021. The application or questions may also be emailed to Cindy Wood, Administrative Assistant and Board Secretary.
Application - https://5il.co/10h7a
Board Vacancy Information and Timeline - https://5il.co/10h79
The Board meeting this evening at 7:30 p.m. will be available on Zoom. The link will allow remote participants to view and hopefully hear the proceeding. A conference microphone will be added this evening to help increase the availability of the audio. If you would like to make public comment to the Board, please come in person.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 984 4260 5031
Brad Bixler, Superintendent/Principal
Thanks to the Helix community members and parents that were able to join us last Thursday evening for the Helix Community Dinner and Open House. The weather was beautiful and the food was delicious. We had a wonderful turnout and the Booster Club was well supported with additional memberships, donations, and many folks purchased some Grizzly swag. A special thanks to everyone that was able to jump in to lend a hand. Aerial footage by Evan Reeder - https://5il.co/10ejd
Congratulations to the Grizzly high school cross country team for beating their personal records! Mr. Kahl, our high school coach, celebrated their success today with a new haircut. Way to go Mr. Kahl!
Helix Community Dinner and Open House!
Thursday, October 7th, 2021 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Due to COVID-19 exposure and concerns, the Helix School District, in consultation with the Umatilla County Health Department, have canceled the volleyball matches scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 9 and the tournament scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 11.
Dear Helix Parents, Students, and Community -
After a long year of modified music classes, the Helix school band is equipped this year to play once more. We have bought specialized instrument masks and students will be practicing in a larger space to allow us to safely play our instruments again in class.
Considering the limited time our students have been able to practice this last year and with the continued concern of COVID-19, Mr. Butler and I have decided that the Helix bands will not be performing in the Westward Ho Parade this year. I’m confident that this decision is in the best interest of the students and their families.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call me at 541-457-2175, ext. 3757 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Brad Bixler, Helix Superintendent
Jonathan Butler, Helix Band Instructor
Fall Junior High Sports Schedules