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"The Umatilla School District thanks our community’s voters for approving the district bond measure, which makes possible important upgrades to all of our schools and improved education for all of our students," said Heidi Sipe, Superintendent of the Umatilla School District.

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STEM Academy is a K-12 after school program held at all three Umatilla locations. Kids participate in 12 hours of after school per week. The learning is a project based, hands on learning experience. This is free for Umatilla students but non district students may also participate at a cost of $250 per session.

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District Receives Major STEAM Grant from ODE

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The Oregon Department of Education has awarded the Umatilla School District’s STEAM Academy a substantial grant under the 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) Title IV-B grant program. The grant is for five years, 2018 – 2023, in the amount of $467,572.80 per year for the first three years, pending receipt of federal funds. Years number four and five will be funded at 75%.

Superintendent Heidi Sipe said, "We are thrilled to not only continue the current STEM Academy with the latest grant award, but to further adapt and improve the program to benefit students.” She said the new grant will support the STEAM Academy of Umatilla which brings all the science, technology, engineering and math classes, but adds in the arts. “We are honored to be selected and look forward to amazing opportunities for students over the next five years thanks to the financial support from the grant,” Sipe said.

The district received a 21st CCLC grant in 2004 and in 2013, and has offered some level of after-school programming consistently since 2003.  Nearly half the student population attends after-school programming at some point during the school year.

The grant application the school district submitted states that the district would like for the high-poverty students it serves to discover new, potential career paths through learning about careers and meeting professionals who can guide them to successful futures. “It is challenging for high-poverty students in rural areas to dream of careers they have not seen,” the application stated. Umatilla School District serves the highest poverty student population in Oregon and the second highest percentage of English Language Learners in the state.

Within the grant application, the district outlines four program components geared to contribute to success for students and their families:

  1. After-School Programs at all three schools (elementary, middle and high) to focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) and CTE (career & technical education) to include student-run businesses, internships, academic skill building, ESL (English as a second language) services, guest speakers, Service Saturdays, field trips and more.
  2. Summer School Programs at one site for grades K-12, with the goal of helping students reach content standards and earn credits while building work-ready skills through paid internships.
  3. Evening Education Program for adult family members of enrolled 21st CCLC students with a focus on GED preparation, ESL and parenting classes. The district is now an approved GED testing site, removing barriers for GED completion including fees absorbed by the district and flexible testing times.
  4. Mental Health Services, a new program providing mental health and socio-emotional skills building and support to students after school and to families during evening class time.

The grant application further explains that with support from the 21st CCLC grant, the district will target students at high and medium risk and add after-school supports to the intervention program so school-day and after-school teams can work together to improve student outcomes and monitor success.

Grant partners are Oregon State University Extension, InterMountain ESD, Blue Mountain Community College, FIRST (international youth robotics), Autodesk (robotics software), Umatilla County CARE, Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc. (GOBHI), City of Umatilla, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and the Umatilla Chamber of Commerce. "We appreciate the various partners who've agreed to support us in this work -- we have local, regional, state and national partners for this grant and their contributions will provide new resources and opportunities for Umatilla students,” Sipe said.

More information about the grant program can be found on the Oregon Department of Education website.

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Welcome to the Umatilla School District website. Our purpose is to provide our students with a top quality public education so that they may become the successful, contributing citizens of the future.

Our school district consists of 1360 students, 73 teachers, 64 classified, 6 administrators, 7 supervisory, and 3 confidential staff members. We have three schools: an elementary, a middle and a high school. Our location is at the confluence of the Umatilla and Columbia Rivers, and we are rich in history of Lewis and Clark as well as the Tribes of the Umatilla, Walla Walla, and Cayuse Indians.

Umatilla is a natural transportation hub, as we are located near the river, the railroad, and two interstate highways. While our economic base has primarily been agricultural in the past, we are seeing more diversity these days due, in part, to our proximity to transportation.

You are welcome to peruse our web site. Our school pages contain our curriculum for grades K-12 as well as lists of activities and general school news.

We are proud of our district: our staff is working hard, our students are learning and our community gives us wonderful support.  So please feel welcome to explore our web site and learn more about Umatilla School District.