<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!

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