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Irrigon graduation rates above state average for 2013-2014

The Oregon Department of Education today (Jan. 29) released to the public the 2013-2014 school year graduation rates, and Irrigon High had an overall 79.03% rate in the 4-year cohort (which includes all students who started high school in 2010-2011 school year and graduated with a regular or modified diploma). This is higher than the state average of 71.98%.

The graduation rate report for Irrigon also breaks down the graduation rate by category. The report indicates 76.47% of boys and 82.14% of girls graduated last year. In the economically disadvantaged student category, Irrigon earned a 77.55% rate, compared to a 64.44 state average. In the Hispanic/Latino category, Irrigon earned a 73.08% rate, compared to a 64.95% state average. For students with disabilities, Irrigon was just slightly above the state average of 51.11%, with a 54.55% rate.

However, there is still some work to do in the limited English proficiency category, which had a graduation rate of just 42.86% compared to 51.66% state average.

For a more detailed look at Irrigon's graduation rate, please click here, and scroll down to the Morrow County School District.

EOU Med Quest Camp

What: Summer Opportunity for students in grades 9-12.
When: June 15-19, 2015
Registration deadline: April 15, 2015

MedQuest Camp is a week-long exploration of health care careers designed to introduce students to career opportunities. The residential camp is hosted on campus at Eastern Oregon University. MedQuest accepts 34 students who will be selected based on their recommendations, GPA, and quality of application. Students may witness a surgery, ride along on an ambulance call, help patients, witness the diagnostic process, and much more. Students will also have the opportunity to earn 2 college credits by attending.

For more information, view the flyer.

25th Annual Youth-Multicultural Leadership Conference - March 10th

Students – The 25th Annual Youth-Multicultural Leadership Conference will be held Tuesday, March 10th in Pendleton. If you are interested in attending pick up a registration form in the main office. Students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to register.

The conference includes a variety of workshops including:

  • Teen Health and Wellness
  • Teen Fitness and Nutrition
  • The College Admission Process
  • Stress Management
  • and a wide range of specific career area workshops. 

Lunch will be provided. Completed registration forms must be signed by parent and turned in no later than Thursday, January 29th.

School Breakfast

Please come on time for school breakfast so that you can enjoy your breakfast and leave the cafeteria when the bell rings.  Let's not be tardy!


The semester is ending!  If you wish to change classes for next semester, please pick up a Schedule Change Form in the office starting Thursday morning.  Forms must be completed and returned to the office by Thursday, January 22nd.   This option is available to high schools students only.  Junior high students are not allowed to change their schedules.


There will be no school on Monday, January 19th in celebration of Martin luther King Day.  There will also be NO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 23rd.  That means a 3-day school week nest week!

There will be NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS on MONDAY, JANUARY 26th due to a staff in-service; therefore, there WILL BE SCHOOL ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 30th.

FFA Flower Sale

FFA will be selling roses and carnations today outside the cafeteria during Junior High lunch.  You can also place your order directly with Mr. Greer.  Single roses are $2.00 and Single carnations are $1.50.

Mandatory Key club Meeting

There will be a mandatory Key Club meeting today after school in Mr. Johnson's classroom.  All members must attend.

Softball Sign-Ups

Sign up NOW for softball this spring!  See Ms. Pedro in the office for the sign-up sheet!

Lost & Found

Please come and look through the Lost & Found, located in the sick room in the office.  Pleae take any items that are yours.  Anything left over at the end of next week will be donated to charity.

Lost Necklace

If you lost a necklace, pleae come see Ms. Pedro in the office.

Important Message from the Superintendent

To our students, parents, staff and community:

All of us in the Morrow County School District have been struggling to come to terms with the recent death of one of our students. The loss of someone so young is a tragedy for all of us, and healing will require time and effort.

To that end, Morrow County School District implemented a crisis team from the InterMountain Educational Service District at Irrigon Jr-Sr High to provide assistance to students and staff who need it.  Students and staff have been notified of support, care services and have been given access, to be able to share their grief.  The district has also maintained additional counseling staff throughout the week.  Morrow County School District has also provided information to families as well as offered grief resources to teachers and families.  As you know, young people are impressionable, and we’re counting on our staff, parents, and community to help emotionally support our students and remain vigilant for any signs that could warn of impending issues of concern. 

Please contact Superintendent Dirk Dirksen at 541-922-4016 with concerns or questions.

One of the many benefits of living and learning in a small community such as ours is that we support each other in hard times. Let’s do all that we can to help one another, and particularly to support the family that has suffered this terrible loss.


Dirk Dirksen
Morrow County School District

2013-2014 State Report Cards Are In

View Report Cards here: http://www.morrow.k12.or.us/reportcards

Morrow County School District is pleased to report that its students outperformed comparison school districts data on 5 of 6 outcome performance measures as it relates to what students are achieving in high school.

Compared to districts with similar demographics, such as poverty levels, diversity of their student body, and pupil mobility, MCSD seniors outperformed their counterparts in college and career readiness (as measured by freshman on track to graduate and the percentage of students who took the SAT), high school graduation rate, completion rate, dropout rate and continuing education.

As part of the state’s federal waiver application, Oregon developed a new accountability system with a much greater focus on student learning and growth. Schools also receive a rating that compares them to “like” schools – other schools with similar student demographics including percent poverty, mobility, students of color, and English learners. Schools are rated as below average, about average, or above average as compared to similar schools. This provides parents and community members with another perspective on achievement at the school.

MCSD has 8 schools within the District. Half of the schools within the District yielded strong performances based on the new state school rating criteria, which rates schools from a 1 (lowest performance) to 5 (model school performance).

This year Heppner Elementary and Heppner High School have attained a Level 4 rating. A.C. Houghton, Windy River Elementary, Irrigon Junior/Senior High, Riverside Junior/Senior High, and Sam Boardman Elementary achieved level 3 performance, while Irrigon Elementary School obtained a level 2 rating.

For more information on the MCSD School Report Card or individual school report cards, please go to your child’s school site main office and ask for a copy, or visit http://www.ode.state.or.us/data/reportcard/reports.aspx  and select Morrow County School District.

HEPPNER – El Distrito Escolar del Condado de Morrow está contento en informar que nuestros alumnos superaron los datos de comparación distritos en 5 de 6 medidas de desempeño resultados en como los estudiantes están logrando en la escuelas secundaria. En comparación con los distritos con características demográficas similares, tales como los niveles de pobreza, la diversidad de su alumnado, y la movilidad de alumnos, Estudiantes 12 º grado in MCSD superaron alumnos de comparación distritos en la preparación universitaria y profesional (medida por el porcentaje de estudiantes en camino a graduarse y que tomaron el SAT), la tasa de graduación de la escuela secundaria , la tasa de finalización, y la tasa de abandono escolar.

Como parte de nuestra solicitud para recibir una exención  federal, Oregon desarrolló un nuevo sistema de asignación de responsabilidades con un mayor enfoque en el aprendizaje y el crecimiento de los estudiantes. Las escuelas también reciben una clasificación que las compara con escuelas “similares” -otras escuelas con características demográficas similares de estudiantes incluyendo porcentajes de pobreza, movilidad, estudiantes de color, y estudiantes que están aprendiendo inglés. Las escuelas son clasificadas como debajo del promedio, cerca del promedio o por encima del promedio en comparación con escuelas similares. Esto proporciona a los padres y miembros de la comunidad otra perspectiva sobre el logro de la escuela.

El Distrito Escolar del Condado de Morrow tiene 8 escuelas dentro del distrito. La mitad de las escuelas dentro del distrito dio un fuerte desempeño. Sobre los nuevos criterios de calificación escolar del estado, que tasas las escuelas de un 1 (el rendimiento más bajo) a 5 (rendimiento escolar modelo). Este año Heppner Elementary y Heppner Jr/Sr High han alcanzado una calificación de nivel 4. AC Houghton, Windy River, Irrigon Junior / Senior High, Riverside Junior / Senior High, Sam Boardman Elementary  alcanzó el nivel 3 de rendimiento, mientras que la escuela Irrigon Elementary obtuvo una clasificación de nivel 2.

Para obtener más información sobre el reporte escolar de MCSD o para el acceso de reportes de individual escuelas, por favor visite la oficina de la escuela de su estudiante o pueden utilizarla el Internet y utiliza el website: http://www.ode.state.or.us/data/reportcard/reports.aspx  y seleccione Morrow County School District.

Sports Bus Protocol

If you are returning from a sporting event with a parent other than your own, or not riding the bus, you will need to bring in a note from your parent(s) detailing your plan AT LEAST TWO SCHOOL DAYS BEFORE THE SPORTING EVENT.  No notes will be accepted after that deadline.




Due to time restraints getting the buses to AC Houghton to pick up those students after school we have to make a few adjustments to Brown 40, Red 41, & Purple 42 after school routes. The intent is to reduce the (now) 10-15minute wait outside that the K-3rd graders have after school is out for these buses to even arrive.


Starting this Thursday____September 25th, 2014______AFTERNOON ONLY

bus drop off time will be changing.


Brown 40: 4th-12th graders that live on Patterson Ferry Rd will not get dropped off until after AC Houghton Students are picked up.


Red 41: 4th – 12th graders that live near or at the Fish Hatchery, Usage Ln, and the stops on W. 7th Street will not be dropped off until after AC Houghton Students are picked up.


Purple 42: 4th – 12th graders that live outside of town towards Umatilla will not get dropped off until after AC Houghton Students are picked up.


All Irrigon junior high and senior high students will be expected to sit in the back of the bus so that the youngest ones are up front closest to the driver, unless instructed otherwise by the bus driver or if permission is given by the bus driver for individual needs.

I apologize for the inconveniences. If it wasn’t absolutely necessary we wouldn’t be making the change. Thank you so much for your patience and cooperation. Feel free to call the Mid Columbia Bus Co. at 541.481.7551 if you have any questions.

AC Houghton PARENTS:

Your children that ride on Brown 40, Red 41, & Purple 42 should be arriving at their stops approx. 10 minutes earlier.