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2004-2005 Press Releases by Title

Administrators hired to fill Ontario School District vacancies

he Ontario School Board of Directors has filled three secondary administrative vacancies over the summer. In May, the retirement of Ontario Middle School associate principal Georgia Navarro, and the resignations of Ontario High School principal Patrick Royal meant two positions needed to be filled. Shortly afterwards, superintendent Dennis Carter reconfigured the district

Alameda brings Italy to Ontario with spaghetti feed

Alameda School

Annual concert offers

A long-standing tradition of the Ontario High School Music Department is to offer an end-of-the-year concert featuring popular music and corny favorites. The Ontario High School Concert Band,

Board votes to dismiss OMS teacher in special session

ollowing an investigation by Ontario School District officials that began shortly after Sept. 29, 2004, Dr. Dennis Carter, the district

Cairo School readies for annual chili feed

February is just around the corner and that means it

Class of 1985 plans reunion

f time flies when you

College Planning 101: Parents, students invited to college fair

How does a high school student interested in a particular university arrange a campus visit? What are the application deadlines for admission and financial aid? How safe is the college campus your student is considering? What are some advantages of attending community college? The answers to these questions can be found at the Idaho-Oregon Border College Fair, Tuesday, Nov. 9, from 12 to 6 p.m., at the Four Rivers Cultural Center.

Fair-goers can meet with representatives from nearly 60 four-year colleges and universities, community colleges, branches of the military (recruiters, ROTC, academies), and from technical institutes throughout the duration of the fair. A keynote speech, "Making Education Count," will be presented twice during the fair, at 1 p.m., and at 4:30 p.m.


Contemporary author Gary Soto to visit OHS, TVCC, BSU

Being an author is not just one job, it

Fall parent-teacher conferences set this week

With nearly six weeks of schoolwork and progress to review, students and parents in the Ontario School District will meet with classroom teachers this week for conferences. There will be

FFA students have flowering hanging baskets for sale

The Ontario High School FFA Chapter will hold its annual Hanging Basket Plant Sale May 26- June 2 (or until all baskets are gone) at the greenhouse located behind the Vo-Tech building at OHS.

According to FFA advisors Les Linegar and Roger Watkins, students have 80 beautiful flowering hanging baskets for sale, in six different varieties. The FFA chapter is selling these baskets for $12 each. Basket purchases will be available from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

"The public is always supportive of our fund-raising efforts," Watkins said. "We encourage those wanting to put some color into their lives this summer to come out and support the FFA while getting a beautiful flowering hanging basket."

Fourth Nine Quarter OMS Honor Students Named

The faculty and administration at Ontario Middle School have announced the Fourth Quarter Honor Roll for the 2004-2005 school year. A grade point average of 3.75 to 4.00 earns a student

Fundraisers on tap for Cairo School DI teams bound for global finals

The fund-raising continues for two teams of fifth graders from Cairo Elementary School who qualified to attend the Global Finals of Destination ImagiNation, one of the world's largest extra-curricular creativity and problem-solving programs for youth of all ages. The teams traveled to Corvallis in early April to compete at the state level in two different categories. Having won top honors at the state level, the teams are now working to raise the money needed to participate in Global Finals in Knoxville, Tenn., in late May.

Saturday, April 30, the teams will hold a car wash at the Farmer

Got Milk? OHS senior earns

Joseph James

ISU physics prof promises show filled with booms and bangs

The term

Looking for a perfect plant; think Ontario FFA

The Ontario FFA chapter will hold its annual Plant Sale Tuesday, May 10, at the greenhouse behind the Vo-Tech Building on the Ontario High School campus. Ontario FFA students have 190 beautiful flowering hanging baskets, available in six different varieties, according to assistant FFA advisor Roger Watkins. The baskets sell for $12 each. Those interested, who cannot make it to the high scool on Tuesday, may contact Watkins at 889-5309, ext. 278.

Malheur ESD, Employment Department sponsor local career fair

High school students throughout Malheur County will have the opportunity to learn more about a variety of occupations and the education or training needed for them on May 4, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Four Rivers Cultural Center. The Malheur Education Service District and the Oregon Department of Employment are con-sponsoring the career fair.

The fair will feature seven different areas of interest. Community members and other representatives will be on hand to speak to students about occupations in arts and communication; business and management; natural resource systems; human resources; health services; industrial and engineering systems; as well as the U.S. military. In addition to exhibit-style booths, individual presenters will speak at three different times.

Students will have the opportunity to hear from one of four presenters during the first session, 9:30 to 10 a.m. A trooper from the Idaho State Police will present

Mollahan, Civitans present annual Mary Kay Awards

Kay Mollahan, along with members of the Treasure Valley Civitans, presented the 12th annual Mary Kay Award and certificates to those nominated from each school. Each May at the district

OHS athletes honored for academic achievement

Three Ontario High School fall sports teams have been named Oregon State Athletic Association Academic All-Stars. Students on each team received a pin touting their accomplishment.

According to OHS Athletic Director Trever Wilson, athletic directors throughout Oregon submit the grade point averages of all members of varsity teams. The OSAA recognizes the 10 teams with the highest average GPA.
"Having three of our fall athletic teams earn this honor is quite an accomplishment," Wilson said. "Being a good student is hard work, and being an athlete is hard work. To excel at both is impressive and we should be very proud of these student athletes.

OHS graduate Pobanz earns scholarship

Best Buy Children

OHS Marching Band prepares to do battle

Residents living near Ontario High School

OHS releases first semester honor roll

Ontario High School has released its honor roll for the first semester of the 2004-2005 school year. Students may qualify for the honor roll in three categories of grade point averages: 3.25-3.49, 3.50-3.74, and 3.75-4.00. Eligibility is based on enrollment in five credited classes which receive a letter grade. Alternative classes, Work Experience, Job Development, and Teacher

OHS student named LEDA Scholar

Jeffrey Torruellas, a junior at Ontario High School, has been selected to participate in the Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA) Scholars Program and Summer Institute. LEDA is a new not-for-profit organization which seeks to nurture the leadership potential of exceptionally promising young people of diverse racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds.

The LEDA Scholars program encompasses two components for high school juniors - the eight-week Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute to be held this year on the campus of Princeton University, and college guidance and advising throughout each scholar

OHS students take four firsts at FBLA meet

Four Ontario High School students walked away from the Future Business Leaders of America District Competition with 1st place honors. Winning at the FBLA contest, held at Eastern Oregon University Feb. 3, were J.J. Anthony, Impromptu Speaking; Lance Pounds, Introduction to Business; Laurel Saito, Business Law; and Kayla Yano, Word Processing I.

These four students and several others from OHS also competed in other events. Students and the positions in which they placed are: Jon Paulsen, 2nd Business Law and 5th Computer Applications; Devin Montgomery, 5th Business Law; Jerrimi Hofmann, 14th Business Law and 13th Economics; Jenna McClean, 4th Word Processing II; Brady Kameshige, 14th Marketing and 14th Business Calculations; Julie Hall, 5th Job Interview and 6th Intro to Business Communications; Matt Roberts, 3rd Impromptu Speaking; Nick Babij, 7th Business Law and 4th Business Calculations; Laurel Saito, 3rd Marketing; Rachel Clason, 6th Accounting I; Ruth Corn, 6th Business Procedures; Cam Iseri, 8th Business Math; Jennifer McCurdy, 7th Accounting I; Chelsi Starr, 8th Economics; Hannah Pobanz, 7th Business Procedures; Chad Haidle, 6th Creed Speaking and 2nd Introduction to Business; Yvette Martinez, 4th Business Law; Lance Pounds, 14th Impromptu Speaking; Richie Navarette, 9th Business Communications; Sonya Feibert, 11th Business Procedures and 3rd International Business; Keith Hart, 5th Computer Applications.

Additionally, two teams of OHS students competed and placed. In Desktop Publishing, the team of Karen Grove and Brittany Kruck placed 7th. The Parliamentary Procedure Team of Rachel Clason, Ruth Corn, Andrea Roberts and Matt Roberts placed 3rd.


OHS vocalists, musicians qualify for honor performance

arely do people ask for more work, but occasionally, some folks will even compete for it. Such is the case for Ontario High School students who auditioned and qualified to perform in the Treasure Valley Honor Group. This group will perform Thursday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. at the Four Rivers Cultural Center. OHS is one of 19 schools to be participating.

These student vocalists and musicians, who must attend five rehearsals as well as the concert, include Katie Beaubien, Flute; Kyrey Blaylock, Soprano I; Tony Cardozo, Clarinet; Sebastian Ceniga, Tenor voice; Nick David, Bass voice; Derik Delong, Tenor voice; Samantha Elliott, Soprano; Holly Houston, Flute; Michael Maeda, Tenor voice; Branden O'Brien, Bass voice; Chelsey Ronneburg, Clarinet; Jeanette Ugalde, Flute; Tonya Vandever, Alto sax; Katie Voronina, Soprano voice; Jill Wettstein, Alto voice; and Josh Woods, Tenor voice.

Guest clinicians for the event will be Linda Schmidt from Capitol High School Choir and Dr. Robert Sevechek from the University of Idaho Wind Ensemble. Admission to the Nov. 18 performance is $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors.

OMS 8th graders to take community back in time

History buffs, take note! The 8th Grade Galaxy Team at Ontario Middle School will take you back in time through each decade of the last century during its 20th Century Project, Tuesday, May 17, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Cub Gym.


OMS announces first quarter honor roll

The faculty and administration at Ontario Middle School have announced the First Quarter Honor Roll for the 2004-2005 school year. A grade point average of 3.75 to 4.00 earns a student

OMS announces nine weeks honor roll

The faculty and administration at Ontario Middle School have announced the Third Quarter Honor Roll for the 2004-2005 school year. A grade point average of 3.75 to 4.00 earns a student

OMS announces second quarter honor roll

The faculty and administration at Ontario Middle School have announced the Second Quarter Honor Roll for the 2004-2005 school year. A grade point average of 3.75 to 4.00 earns a student

OMS invites kids of all ages to potato feed & carnival

In the last three months, volunteers have logged more than 1,340 hours at Ontario Middle School. One of the reasons the school enjoys such a great commitment to students and staff is the school

OMS, OHS registration dates announced

August is right around the corner, and so is the first day of school. Students who will attend either Ontario Middle School or Ontario High School in the fall will want to keep in mind the following dates and times so they may pay fees, pick up their class schedules, and make adjustments to them if necessary. There will be no arena scheduling this year at OHS.

Ontario Middle School
6th Grade: Aug. 17, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.
7th Grade: Aug. 18, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.
8th Grade: Aug. 19, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.
The first day of school for 6th grade students is Aug. 26. Only 7th and 8th grade students attend school on Aug. 27. All OMS students return to school on Aug. 30.

Ontario High School
Seniors: Aug. 19, 8:30 to 11 a.m.
Juniors: Aug. 19, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Sophomores: Aug. 20, 8:30 to 11 a.m.
Freshmen: Aug. 20, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
The first day of school for 9th grade students is Aug. 26. All students return to school Aug. 27.

For more information, students and parents may call the OMS office at 889-5377, or the OHS office at 889-5309 on or after Aug. 9, when office staff return.

OMS sells books in time for Christmas

Halloween has come and gone and that means ... it

Ontario FFA chapter returns from State with awards

The Ontario FFA Chapter returned from the 2005 State FFA Convention Sunday with several honors as well as a focus on next year.


Ontario FFA chapter takes first at Sectional

Ontario High School

Ontario kindergartners-to-be and parents can visit schools and principals May 12

Parents of children entering kindergarten in the fall are invited to stop by their child

Ontario School District invites patrons to Town Hall meeting


Ontario School District invites patrons to Town Hall meeting


Ontario School District to hire high school principal

Superintendent Dennis Carter reported to the Ontario School District Board of Directors in executive session at its Thursday night meeting, that he planned to reconfigure the administration at the secondary level, so that each of the schools had its own principal. Carter explained that LaVelle Cornwell, presently director of secondary education overseeing both Ontario Middle School and Ontario High School, had asked if she could return to being the principal of OMS, citing personal reasons.

Cornwell, who has been with the Ontario School District since 1978, became principal of OMS in 2001. In the fall of 2004, with the departure of OHS Principal Patrick Royal, Cornwell assumed a new position: director of secondary education. The position, according to Supt. Carter, was to create a stronger connection between the two secondary schools, helping to ensure a better flow of communication, a continuation of instructional programs, and a more evenly-aligned curriculum.


Ontario qualifies six for state FFA proficiency contests

Ontario FFA Advisor Les Linegar is still smiling at the results of the March 2 Proficiency Award Contest held at Ontario. Six students earned first place awards, qualifying them for the State FFA Competition March 18-21 in Medford.

In the Proficiency Award Contest, participants must go through interviews, applications, record books, and extensive evaluations in their agriculture category. The following students placed first: Christie Linford in Emerging Ag. Technology Placement; Tanya Percifield in Equine Science Entrepreneurship; Stephanie Montgomery in Swine Production Entrepreneurship; Peter Captein in Dairy Production Placement; Bryce Van Dyke in Forage Production Placement; and Keila Nelson in Diversified Ag. Production Entrepreneurship. Matt Captein took second place honors in Dairy Production Entrepreneurship.



An international arts organization has named an Ontario High School graduate as Oregon


After reading the following paragraph, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce selected Ali Marie Patton as the 2004 Winter Wonderland Junior Parade Marshal.


Project integrates several subjects while highlighting students

ighth grade students at Ontario Middle School have once again combined the benchmarks in English, science, social studies, math, music, technology, and art to present an impressive display of their culture and heritage. This year

Ransom hopes to put Ontario

Christopher Ransom is one of the kids with a good problem. He excels in so many areas that he could probably accomplish anything he pursued. For now, however, he

Roast beef and dark blue jackets: Must be time for the annual FFA banquet

Members of the Ontario FFA Chapter hope area ag enthusiasts will celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the Ontario High School Commons this year. The Ontario FFA will hold its annual chapter banquet Thursday, May 5. In addition to serving dinner at 7 p.m. in the Commons, a silent auction will begin at 6:30 p.m. The auction will conclude 15 minutes after the banquet.


Second semester honor students at OHS announced

Ontario High School has released its honor roll for the second semester of the 2004-2005 school year. Students may qualify for the honor roll in three categories of grade point averages: 3.25-3.49, 3.50-3.74, and 3.75-4.00. Eligibility is based on enrollment in five credited classes which receive a letter grade. Alternative classes, Work Experience, Job Development, and Teacher

Team of OHS linguists places third in Japanese contest

Five students from Ontario High School participated in the Treasure Valley Japanese Speech Contest at Eagle High School on April 23. There were three divisions of competition, with each division based on the number of years of instruction in Japanese, according to OHS instructor Dr. Masato Ogawa.

Veralyn Hopman, a senior, won third place in Division III. In the last two years, Hopman placed second in Divisions I and II. The Division III topic centered on U.S.-Japan relations. Scott Alward, a junior, won third place in Division II with the topic, "My future plans." This was the first time for him to participate in the contest. Yekaterina Voronina, a senior and an exchange student from Russia, placed second in Division I, speaking on the topic, "My family." This was also her first experience with the contest. Other OHS students participating in this annual competition were Ryan Alward, a senior, and Renee Trainor, a sophomore. Both students also did an excellent job, Ogawa said.