First Day at HeLa!

And we’re already featured in The Columbian!

Teacher Jack Thompson goes through the attendance list for freshmen on the first day of school at Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience High School on Monday morning. This is Thompson’s first year in the classroom. He said he formed bonds with his fellow teachers on the picket lines these past two weeks. Amanda Cowan/The Columbian

Kelsi Young, a 16-year-old junior, announced at 7:50 a.m. that she needed a nap.

“I didn’t think it would start this week, so I stayed up late,” she said.

Jacob Chumbley, who greeted people with the enthusiastic hugs only a 16-year-old can manage before 8 a.m., said he was looking forward to seeing his friends, meeting new teachers and planning a good prom.

<4 Minute Film Fest

The principal of Heritage High School (Derek Garrison) and his Freshman son are inviting folks from all around the area to submit entries to a Film Festival.

Register here.


A note from Derek:

If there’s anything you can do to support this I appreciate it on a couple of fronts. One – I think it’s a heckuva good idea and something our community could get into regardless of who puts it on. Two – this is his “passion project” for a thing we’re piloting at Heritage this year called Student Agency Time in which students personalize their own learning around something they’re excited about. In this case, Danny loves acting and film editing.

So, we thank you for anything you can do to get this info (see attachment) into the right hands in your neck of the woods. Actors, filmmakers, funny creative kids, documentarians, etc – we’d love them all to know about this opportunity.

Thanks much,

Derek Garrison
Heritage High School

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!