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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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Umatilla Principal Honored with Doug Flatt Leadership Award

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Bob Lorence, principal of Umatilla High School, was honored as the 2018 Doug Flatt Memorial Leadership Award winner on Monday, May 14. The award was announced at the InterMountain Education Service District’s 19th annual Crystal Apple “Excellence in Education” Awards at the Pendleton Red Lion Hotel.

The Doug Flatt Memorial Leadership Award is named for the late Doug Flatt, who was the chief executive officer of Mid Columbia Bus Company (MIDCO). Flatt lost his life in a tragic plane crash while on business. In guiding the growth and operation of MIDCO, Flatt exemplified the finest qualities of leadership, attention to detail, service to his community, interpersonal relationships and customer service. The purpose of this award is to recognize a school administrator from a Mid Columbia Bus Company school district who exemplifies the same qualities for which Flatt was legendary. The award is sponsored by the IMESD and Mid Columbia Bus Company.

Each year, only one administrator in all of Umatilla, Morrow and Union counties receives the Doug Flatt Memorial Leadership Award. Mid Columbia representative Cindy Nicholson, regional director of operations, presented the award along with Dr. Mark Mulvihill, IMESD superintendent.

In his comments at the award ceremony, Mulvihill said Lorence is noted for his calm, steady demeanor and a reserved leadership style. When Lorence assumed leadership of Umatilla High School in 2016, the school was known as student-centered, but also had poor academic performance, in particular a graduation rate consistently below the state average. The school has a high number of students who are affected by poverty and who have experienced difficulty in meeting state standards.

By using data effectively to monitor students, meeting with them individually and embracing Wraparound and outside resources to provide a “whole child” support system, Lorence improved the graduation rate to 82%, five points above the state average. This is the first time the district has exceeded the state average in every single student group.

“Bob Lorence deserves to be recognized for his dedication and hard work in Umatilla. He is passionate about student success and courageous and relentless in his decision making,” said Mulvihill.

Lorence has worked in the Umatilla district for 27 years, first as an elementary teacher, then as an elementary vice principal and principal before his current job as high school principal.

Photo Caption: From left, Dr. Mark Mulvihill (IMESD), Bob Lorence and Cindy Nicholson (Midco).

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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.