Author Visit!

Rebecca Skloot, the author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is going to be at University of Portland on Monday, February 26th!

University of Portland has graciously allowed 15 HeLa kids to attend the private meet and greet at 6PM before Rebecca’s book lecture. If students want to apply, they can follow THIS LINK.

The book talk starts at 7:30pm in the Buckley Center Auditorium at UP is free and open to the public, so if you’re interested in seeing Skloot in-person, feel free to join us!


Extended Vacation

HeLa has made the news in a unique way –
A group of 20 HeLa students and chaperones are currently stranded in a Newark, New Jersey hotel.
The group is trying to get home after spending a week in the Dominican Republic doing charity work.
Read more about it on the KATU site!

Justin St. Pierre – Homegrown Educator

The District published a profile written of lifelong district resident and HeLa’s own hero Justin St. Pierre!

Looking back at specific memories of my youth I can pinpoint occasions that helped direct me and shape who I am as a person and as an educator.

From Harmony Elementary peer mediators teaching me how to calmly handle conflict and guide my peers to an amicable resolution. To my experience with my coaches throughout middle and high school, instilling hard work, dependability, drive, and commitment.

These, and many other, positive experiences I had throughout my time in the Evergreen School District stand out most to me. And it is my hope to leave the students I encounter with the same life-long lessons.

I had many staff members influence me throughout my education. The ones that come to mind immediately are the ones that held me accountable. Challenged me as a learner, and helped me grow and learn about myself as a person. …continue reading


On Wednesday, October 4th at 6:30pm, HeLa will be hosting a screening of HBO’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks in the commons!

We believe that it is important for our staff and students to be able to understand and articulate the story of Henrietta and her family as well as the reasons why this story is significant to the world. While the film does not show the entire story, it is fairly in-line with Rebecca Skloot’s bestseller, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, as it shows the journey of Skloot and Henrietta’s daughter, Deborah, as they find more information on the cells and the Lacks family history. Physical posters will be displayed this week, but please forward this email to friends (in an out of the district) and family you would like to invite to this free screening.

The required permission slip is attached. I will also have hard copies for students available at the front office starting Wednesday.