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6/2 HSD Round-Up 6/2 Round-Up

Meet our newest school board member, HHES Fun Run Raising $29,541, an overview of the 2023 District Visual Arts Show, additional graduation information, and more is in the June 2 edition of the HSD Round-Up.

Dave Olson Reflects on his 18 Years on the HSD School Board Olson

Dave Olson is stepping away from the Hockinson School Board of Directors after 18 years of faithful service as a volunteer community leader. Superintendent Steve Marshall interviewed Olson about his memories as a Board member as well as his hopes for the district moving forward.

VEX Robotics: High Tech and High Fun at HHES HHES Robotics VEX Showcase

Students in the HHES Robotics Club demonstrated their incredible work at the VEX showcase on May 23. The club provides students with hands-on engineering, robotics, and computer science experience. In addition to teaching students how to code and engineer robots, the Robotics Club opens the STEM career preparation pipeline to Hockinson Hornets. 

Summer Road Work Planned for Hockinson Road work

We want to make sure HSD families are aware of two upcoming projects on 182nd Ave. that will impact local roads in the final weeks of the school year and into the summer.

HSD Book Swap Received over 5,000 Donations 2023 HSD Book Swap Attendees

The Hockinson School District Book Swap has been a cherished annual tradition in our community for over a decade. Students and their families spent the evening of May 6 at Hockinson Heights Elementary School trading in their Book Bucks for preloved literature.

HSD Teachers Take the Cake Pencil

Learn more about these past and present "Fantastic Five" HSD teachers who represent just a slice of the 117 outstanding educators in our district.

Olson to Join HHES as Associate Principal M. Olson

Michael Olson has been named Assistant Principal at Hockinson Heights Elementary School, beginning in Fall 2023.

Message from the Superintendent Message from the Sup

Message to Hockinson families Superintendent Steve Marshall on Friday, May 12, 2023.

HHES Multicultural Night Hosted 1,000 Attendees HHES Multicultural Night Hosted 1,000 Attendees

The Multicultural Night presented by Hockinson Heights Elementary School held on April 20 was a resounding success. Event organizers welcomed around 1,000 attendees for an evening of activities designed to showcase the traditions, music, art, and cuisines of cultures thriving around the world.

5/3 HSD News Round-Up 5/3 Round-Up

The May 3 edition of the HSD News Round Up is available HERE.  In it, you will find the following articles:

2023 Communications Survey Results Young blonde girl looks at the district newsletter, with district branding and logo on the top header.

This April, families across Hockinson made their voice heard in the 2023 HSD Communications Survey. The survey helps us to prioritize family preferences and set goals for the upcoming school year. Check out what our families had to say!

Olson Steps Down from Board; HSD Seeks District #3 Director Dave Olson Web

Longtime Hockinson School Board member Dave Olson resigned from the Board at the April 24, 2023 Regular Meeting. The HSD is seeking a candidate who resides in District 3 and is willing to carry on Olson's spirit of service and commitment to Hockinson's students.

Volunteers - and Sun! - Come Out for HSD Earth Day Clean Up Student volunteers

Hockinson families and HSD employees teamed up to beautify the HMS and Community Center campuses at the 4th annual Earth Day Clean Up. Thankfully, the weather cooperated.

HSD "By the Numbers" - Spring Edition Number Pound Sign

HSD Superintendent Steve Marshall has compiled another assortment of numbers that illustrate a portion of the exciting things that are going on inside Hockinson Schools. 

April 12 HSD News Round-Up HSD News Round Up

Opportunities for parent input, HSD students demonstrating their environmental and STEM leadership, a clean audit, and more!

4/12 Winter Weather Update Bus

This morning’s spring snowfall created travel challenges for families and we appreciate your patience as we navigate this wintry weather in real time. At this time we do not anticipate an early release of school today. Bus routes 204 and 209 will remain on snow routes this afternoon.

HHS Jazz Band Finishes First at Clackamas Jazz Festival Hockinson High School jazz band members at the Clackamas Jazz Festival.

Hockinson High School’s jazz band competed at the Clackamas Jazz Festival hosted by Clackamas Community College on March 18. Hockinson High School’s jazz band was named the top band in the division by the end of the night. Student musicians Avery Viles and Thilo Kluth (trumpet) were also recognized as outstanding soloists.

HHS Drama Club Students Qualify for International Competition HHS Drama Club Students Qualify for International Competition

Hockinson High School’s Drama Club has been making waves in the theater space after their stellar performance at the Southwest Washington Regional Thespys in January. Most recently, the group wrapped up performances at the Washington State Thespian Conference hosted by Western Washington University on March 17-18.

March 22 HSD News Round-Up Round Up

Hockinson Schools are preparing for parent-teacher conferences, spring break, and a strong finish to the 2022-23 school year! Check out the latest HSD News Round Up to learn about $55,000 in scholarships available to HHS students, levy-funded clubs, activities, and projects, and important end-of-the-year reminders.

HHES Students Shine at Clark County Solar Car Challenge HHES students collecting awards after their stellar performance at the Solar Car Challenge.

Motors have been revving - ok, buzzing - at Hockinson Heights Elementary School as 29 students spent the last few months preparing to compete in the county-wide Solar Car Challenge. This engineering competition, hosted by Clark Public Utilities, was open to all school districts across Clark County. Several of HHES teams finished in second and third place in multiple categories.


Spring into TK & Kindergarten! Register now for Fall TK

Applications for Transitional Kindergarten are due by Friday, March 24.  Online registration for Kindergarten opens Monday, April 10. "Read More" for online links and additional information on Kindergarten Round-Up and boundary exceptions. 

2023-24 Staffing Changes Support HSD's Unwavering Focus on Students and Learning staff

Changes in administrative assignments are being made to elevate teaching and learning in Hockinson Schools. 

March 6 HSD News Round-Up Hockinson Schools News Round-Up

Read all about it! HSD environmental efforts, Jazzercise generosity, career education, solar cars and more in the March 6 edition of the HSD News Round-Up.

Native Shrub Planting Educates, Inspires HHES Students Students plant native shrubs outdoors.

“This is important because it keeps the water cool, clean and clear.” said Beulah, Hockinson Heights Elementary School student in Ms. Ruestig’s class.

Hockinson's Youth Art Month Celebration Thank you Heather Christian (21-22), Lori-Ann Marano (HMS), Nancy O’Neill-Bratt (HHES), Tanya Hochhalter (HSD), Sonja Einerson (HHES) for fostering creativity within students.

March 1 kicks off the start of Youth Art Month! Let’s take a look at what Ms. O’Neill-Bratt and Ms. Marano’s students have been working on in Hockinson Heights Elementary School and Hockinson Middle School. 

Snow Day 2/24/2023 Snow

School is CANCELLED Friday, February 24, 2023. While road conditions are mostly clear in Hockinson, some area roads present potentially unsafe driving conditions for student and staff travel to our schools. 

HSD's Transitional Kindergarten: A Springboard to Early Learning Teacher assisting students with lesson

Hockinson's Transitional Kindergarten program was featured in the February 22 edition of The Columbian

HHS Future Business Leaders of America Students Qualify for State Competition FBLA team at regional competition (not all pictured)

Fifteen students in Hockinson High School’s Future Business Leaders of America chapter are moving onto the statewide FBLA competition following their stellar performance at the regional level. Students are currently preparing to compete in the Washington FBLA State Business Leadership Conference happening in April. This conference will take place over 4 days, and top performers will be advancing to the national competition.

Feb. 13 HSD New Round Up Round Up

There is a lot to love in the February 13 edition of the HSD News Round-Up.

HSD to Begin Grant-Funded Energy Upgrades Energy Savings

Contractors will begin facility improvement and energy efficiency projects at three HSD sites beginning February 20, 2023.

Hockinson Middle School Students Launch Cafeteria Composting and Recycling Program Students use composting and recycling sorting tables in middle school cafeteria.
HSD Counselors: Caring, Dedicated, and Appreciated NSCAW

February 6-10 is National School Counselor Appreciation Week! 

HSD School Board Feted by Students, Staff Howie Roll

School Board Recognition Month concluded with a procession of gifts and tokens of appreciation at the January Regular Board Meeting.

New Sign Installed at HHES Sign

The Hornets have gone digital! HHES recently replaced its old reader board with a new electronic sign. The upgrade has generated a lot of compliments as well as a few concerns.

1/30 News Round Up Round Up

Read all about it! The January 30 edition of the HSD News Round-Up is now available on Smore.

Snow Routes, School Closure Possible for Week of 1/30 Snowflake

With inclement weather in the forecast for next week, there is a possibility that we might need to again call for snow routes or, potentially, closures.

Save the Dates: Fentanyl Awareness Forums Small pile of white, chalky pills.

Clark County School Officials have worked together to organize two Fentanyl Awareness forums in partnership with Clark County Sheriff’s Office and ESD 112. Read more for presentation locations, dates, and times.

Recycling Event Highlights Mission of HHS Environmental Club Group of students outdoors, the environmental club.

Hockinson High School’s Environmental Club members continue to exemplify student leadership by hosting an electronics drive this winter after making local news last spring for their community outreach initiatives. Read more about their exciting projects!

HMS Volleyball-a-thon Builds School Culture, Raises Funds Middle school students play volleyball indoors

HMS students battled in volleyball competitions to raise funds for Parents Working Together (PWT) from 6pm to almost midnight. Congrats to winning student team, Pretty Princess Turtles!

HHS Band Boosters, Helpers Clean Up Hockinson on MLK Day of Service Volunteers

Nearly 40 volunteers honored the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and showed their community pride by participating in the 3rd Annual Hockinson Community Clean Up on Monday, January 16.

1/12 HSD News Round Up HRU

The January 12 edition of the HSD News Round-Up is now available on Smore.

Honoring the Legacy of MLK MLK 23

MLK Day is Monday, January 16. While there is no school on this day, students, staff, and families are invited to participate in the Hockinson Community Clean Up, organized by the Hockinson Band Boosters.

HSD Holiday Message: By the Numbers number

As we approach the holidays and mid-point of the 2022-23 school year, HSD Superintendent Steve Marshall counts the varied ways the Hockinson community has helped to lift our schools and students to new heights!

12/9 HSD News Round Up Round Up

The Dec. 9 edition of the HSD News Round-Up is now available on Smore.

"Happy Holidays!" from Hockinson Schools card

A big Thank You to our staff, parents, and community for helping lift Hockinson's students to new heights this school year!

Celebrate the Holidays with Elfis and HSD Students Elfis

Seasonal performances at all Hockinson Schools, including HHES' Elfis and the Frozen Princess, showcase Hockinson's talented students.

A 'High Five' for the HSD Team: Student Learning Up on '22 SBA Turkey

The HSD is committed to preparing all students for future success.  Our vision fits well with the goal of the Smarter Balanced Assessment, which is to assess the learner's knowledge and critical thinking and problem-solving skills associated with college and career readiness in the 21st Century. 

11/21 HSD News Round Up round up

HSD Families: The Nov. 21 edition of the HSD News Round-Up is now available on Smore.

Donuts with Santa! donut

PWT invites you to come have donuts with Santa on December 3, 2022 from 9:00am to 11:00am in the HMS gym ~

Tugaw, Sorenson Recognized as HSD Real Heroes split

Every year, Identity Clark County recognizes volunteers and teachers that go above and beyond to make Southwest Washington such a great place to learn. These "Real Heroes" are honored at an annual event, which this year was held at Washington State University-Vancouver.

HSD Schools Step Up Efforts to Keep Kids, Staff Healthy this Winter Hand washing

Health officials expect an elevated cold-flu-COVID-RSV season this winter, so the HSD is taking steps to keep our staff and students healthy.

Veteran's Day Assembly Flag

Celebrate Veterans at HHES on Thursday, November 10th!


11/9 HSD Round Up ru

The Nov. 9 edition of the HSD News Round-Up is now available on Smore.

HCC Ballot Box Open Until Nov. 8 & Other Election News Ballot

The ballot box at the Hockinson Community Center will be open until 8 pm on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8. Click "Read more" for additional voter information.

HSD Inclement Weather Plans Snowflake

HSD Families: It's time to prepare for colder temperatures and the possibility of late starts and school cancellations due to inclement weather.

Be Sure to Get Out and Vote! Vote Button

Don't forget to vote in the upcoming Nov. 8 General Election! Voters can vote by mail or drop off ballots in the ballot box at the Hockinson Community Center or other locations around Clark County.

HSD Creates New Online Volunteer Application volunteer

Interested in becoming a volunteer in Hockinson Schools? It just got easier!

Parents, Community Invited to Tour HSD Schools Welcome back

Would you like to go back to school...if only for a few hours?  You can. The HSD is hosting a "Focus on Learning" tour that includes visits to all three of its schools as well as the Hockinson Community Center on Tuesday, Oct. 18. 

HHS Band Booster Mattress Fundraiser Mattress Fundraiser

SAVE the DATE! Saturday, October 29! 10:00am - 5pm


HSD Educators Get to Stay Home to Learn on 10/14 State Inservice Day Scrabble

This year, HSD teachers and paraeducators will benefit from professional development opportunities delivered right here in Hockinson. 

OSPI: State Test Scores a Promising Sign of Recovery Students Testing

On Sept. 9, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction released Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) scores from Spring 2022. The SBA performance of Hockinson's students was encouraging and showed strong academic growth compared to Fall 2021.

First Day Photos: A Slideshow Classroom

The first day of school is an exciting experience for everyone. We have put together a small photo gallery of the first day in Hockinson Schools.

Back-to-School Rundown B2S

We want your student’s first day of school to be a positive one! Here is some quick back-to-school info that we hope helps your family get off to a smooth start.

Upward Together: All of Us Moving the HSD Forward - and Up! UT

Elevating our students' school experience and academic success is a big, important task. We invite everyone in the HSD community to join us in lifting our students to new heights.

Spring 2022 COVID Requirements to Remain in Effect for Fall DOH

The CDC and Washington DOH recently updated COVID guidance for schools for Fall 2022. While some requirements were revised, all protocols relating to symptomatic students and staff will remain the same as last spring. 

Upward Together: 2022 HSD Parent Perception Survey improving

The Hockinson School District Parent Perception Survey is open now through Sept. 6! We want to hear from you so we can maintain our areas of strength, make improvements wherever needed, and go Upward Together in 2022-23 and beyond.

HSD Looking for Volunteers to Support Farm-to-School Program Berries

Hockinson community volunteers are invited to pick blueberries this Friday 8/12 - Sun. 8/14. The berries will be used in healthy breakfast and lunch offerings for HSD students during the 2022-23 school year.

2022-2023 School Supply Lists 2022-2023 School Supply Lists

Grade Level School Supply Lists

Back to School Night (Grades 1st-5th) BTS

Thursday, August 25th from 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Stay Safe around Water this Summer Water Safety

Recent hot weather means our students are spending more time in and around water. We want to share these statistics and reminders with HSD families to help ensure everyone stays safe this summer.

Have a Safe 4th of July - No Fireworks Allowed on HSD Property No Fireworks

Help us keep our campuses safe and clean this holiday by not setting off fireworks in HSD parking lots and fields.

Check It Out: HHES Library Summer Hours Summer Reading

Beginning June 29, the HHES Library will again open every Wednesday for Hockinson's elementary-age students.

HSD School Safety Presentation Safe Schools

The safety of our students and staff is the HSD's highest priority. Click here to view the June 22, 2022 HSD School Safety Presentation slideshow.

Summer Access to HSD Facilities Welcome

Welcome, community members! Click here to see our Summer 2022 community access/use schedules for HSD facilities.

Heads Up: Early Release on Last Day 6/17 Last Day

The final day of the 2021-22 school year is Friday, June 17. All three HSD schools will be running special early-release schedules.

HSD Salutes its "Magnificent Seven" Retirees thank you retirees

Seven longtime HSD employees were recognized at the Tuesday, May 31 School Board Meeting for their 173 cumulative years of service to Hockinson's students and families.

HSD News Round-Up 5/30 Round Up

The May 30, 2022 HSD News Round-Up is now available.

HSD Schools Closed in Honor of Memorial Day memorial day 22

Memorial Day, observed on the last day in May, honors American soldiers who died while serving in the U.S. military. HSD schools are closed on this holiday.

Uvalde, TX Tragedy: Flags Lowered, Letter to Parents Flag

In response to the tragedy in Uvalde, TX, HSD flags will be flown at half-mast and Superintendent Steve Marshall details school safety efforts in a message to the community.

HSD Salutes its School Nurses School Nurses Day

A big thank you to the HSD's nurses who help our students stay healthy, in school, and ready to learn.

Thank You, School Lunch Heroes! School lunch

Friday, May 5 is School Lunch Hero Day. Thank you HSD Nutrition Services Staff for fueling greatness every day!

PWT, Volunteers Beautify HHES PWT, Volunteers Beautify HHES

Community volunteers celebrated Earth Day by sprucing up the HHES campus at an all-day work party on Saturday, April 23.

Fun Days is Back for 2022! Steele

Smiles all around! A Hockinson family tradition returns after a two year hiatus.

Photo courtesy of The Reflector

HHES Green Team Receives Top Honor recycle sorting table

Congratulations to the HHES Green Team, winner of the county-wide 2022 Green Team of the Year.

Updated 2021-22 School Year Calendar Calendar

Last Day of School is June 17th - Early Release - 



Books and Blooms Books and Blooms

Books and Blooms @ Hockinson Community Center

Donate Books May 1-13!

Join Us at the HSD Visual Arts Show HSD art

There is something for everyone and everyone is invited to the annual HSD Visual Art Show in the HHS Commons from 5:30-7:00 pm on Friday, April 29.

HSD News Round-Up 4/18 RU 4-18

The latest edition of the Hockinson News Round-Up is now available!

COVID Vaccine Not Required for HSD, WA Students Next Fall No Vaccine

On April 13, the Washington State Board of Health voted not to require that Washington's students be vaccinated against COVID-19 for the 2022-23 school year.

Spring Break April 4-8 Spring Break

HSD Schools are closed Mon 4/4 - Fri 4/8. Classes resume 4/11. We hope all HSD families have a fun & safe Spring Break!

Spring Scholastic Book Fair Now Open Scholastic

Starting on March 28, stop by the Scholastic Book Fair to put books in the hands of your student!

HSD News Round Up 3/28 Round Up

Read all about it! The latest HSD Round Up is now available.

CALENDARS - Updated 2021-2022 & Approved 2022-2023 Calendar

At the February 28, 2022 School Board Meeting the Board approved the revision of the 2021-22 school year calendar. 

Thank you, HSD Classified Staff! CAW

March 7-11, 2022 is Classified Employee Appreciation Week, an opportunity for everyone to salute the positive difference these professionals make in our schools every day.

HSD Cares for All Compassion

The HSD School Board wants everyone in Hockinson Schools, in particular our students, to know that they are supported during the upsetting international events of the past few days.

State Sets NEW Date for Mask Rollback Update

This morning, Governor Inslee announced that our state’s indoor mask mandate will be lifted on Saturday, March 12 and in schools effective Monday, March 14.

Inclement AM Weather Leads to School Closure, Calendar Change Snowflake

This morning's snowfall impacted school and evening events today and will result in a make-up school day.

HSD COVID Updates Update

HSD COVID News and Updates

HSD to Update Districts Following Census HSD Redistrict

Following every federal 10-year census, school districts in the State of Washington are required to undergo a redistricting process to update and equalize populations in their board-represented districts.

Virtual Levy Information Night Jan. 18 @ 6:30 pm High School

Virtual Levy Information Night

Tuesday, Jan. 18 @ 6:30 pm

Contact Julie Paso at 360.448.6416 for limited in-person seating.

Click here to access webinar. Submit levy questions (advance or real-time) here.


Important: DOH Tightens Up School Health Protocols Stay Healthy

COVID infections have increased dramatically over the holidays, leading to more stringent school health safety protocols that take effect Monday, January 3.

COVID Testing Opens to Hockinson Community Test

Beginning Monday, Dec. 20 our COVID testing service is expanding to serve all Hockinson residents on a limited basis.

HHES Rallies around Reading Hamel Reading

<p>HHES staff started the year with an ambitious vision: To collaborate and align practices so&nbsp;every student will be a proficient reader by the end of 2nd Grade. Their commitment to literacy does not stop there. &nbsp;</p>

FirstView Bus App Now Available to HSD Parents App

The FirstView bus tracking app can now be downloaded by HSD parents. Read on for additional information.

HSD School Board Approves Levy Resolution Levy Cartoon

At its 11/29 Regular Meeting, the Hockinson School Board approved an Educational Programs & Operations Levy for the Feb. 8, 2022 ballot.

Thank You HSD School Psychologists! NSPW

Nov. 8-12, 2021 is National School Psychology Week and we want to take this opportunity to thank our amazing School Psychologists: Deana Kahn, Stef Anderson, and intern Rebekah Sauvola. 

One can! Two can! Who can? You can! Hawks Help Hunger HHS Food Drive

The annual HHS Canned Food Drive kicks off on November 9. Please donate to help Hockinson's families-in-need. 

November is Native American Heritage Month NA month

Native American Heritage Month is an opportunity to celebrate the diverse cultures, traditions and histories and important contributions of Native Americans in our region and country.

WA Teachers' Vaccination Rate Nearly 90% COVID Teacher

OSPI Superintendent Chris Reykdal: "Our K–12 workforce really stepped up in a way that further protects themselves, their students, colleagues, families, and their communities at large."

HSD Offers At-Home COVID Tests for Pickup Testing

Starting Monday, June 27 HSD staff and community members can pick up free, at home COVID tests at our district office. 

Hawks to Hornets Literacy Program Excites HHES Readers hawks to hornets

In the Spring of 2021, HHES established an ambitious goal: To have every student read at grade level by 3rd Grade.  This fall, HHS students are volunteering to help make that goal a reality.

Public Access to HSD Campuses Limited During School Year hhs campus

For student and staff safety, HSD campuses are closed to the public while school is in session. Community use is welcome prior to 8 am and, if available, after 4 pm.

HSD Schools Enter a New ERA of Teaching & Learning ERA

Hockinson Schools are aligning around three primary facets of its teacher evaluation model to increase student learning and achievement.

Online 1-2-3 Grow & Learn Now Open for '21-22 School Year 123

Hockinson families are invited to join 1-2-3 Grow & Learn classes beginning Monday, Sept. 13. These free virtual preschool activities are offered through ESD 112.

Meet the HSD's New COVID Compliance Manager Welcome

Welcome Caleb Millay, who has joined the HSD as its COVID Compliance Health Safety Manager. Click "Read More" to find out how Caleb will be serving HSD students this year.  

Back to School Information Back to School

A quick parent reference guide for the 2021-22 school year was emailed out to HSD Families on Aug. 11. and a Family Newsletter was emailed on Aug. 13. Click read more to access these documents.

Families, Farm Team Up to Bring Local Food to HSD Schools Blueberry

On Monday, August 9th, student, parent, and HSD volunteers picked blueberries in support of a farm-to-school initiative to use more fresh and local food items in its school breakfast and lunch program.

DOH requires masks in WA schools in Fall Student in Mask

On July 28, 2021 the Washington Department of Health issued a requirement that masks be worn in all schools in the state to begin the 2021-22 school year.

Robots Bring Fun, Learning to HSD Students Robotics

On July 21 Hockinson students learned about what it takes to design and build robots. They also got acquainted with FIRST Robotics Team 2471 - a cooperative program for students in the Hockinson, Washougal, and Camas School Districts.

DOH Announces Summer Mask Guidelines Summer21

Masks continue to be required inside all HSD Buildings post-June 30.

Happy Summer Break HHES Families Summer

HHES Families:

Thank you for all of your support during this school year! We wish you a restful and pleasant summer break. Below is some important information about summer learning and the coming school year. 




Summer Sun & Learning Fun Summer Learning

The Hockinson School District is excited to announce a number of opportunities for our students to keep learning this summer! We are still finalizing the details on our HSD-based programs, but you can count on additional details being sent out soon...

Community Access @ HSD Schools Track

We want our community to use our facilities. But to ensure staff and student safety, that use needs to happen after hours and on weekends; school campuses are closed to the public while school and school sports/activities are in session. This includes the tracks at HMS and HHS.  Through June 4, our community is welcome to use our facilities prior to 8:30 am and after 5:30 pm. Starting Monday, June 7 our campuses will be accessible at 4:30 pm.

Memorial Day 2021 Mem Day 2021

This Monday, May 31 is Memorial Day, a national holiday to salute the men and women of the U.S. armed forces who lost their lives serving our country. HSD schools are closed in observance of this holiday. Classes will resume on Tuesday, June 1.

Read A Thon Results in Reading & a Remodel Readathon 21

The page has turned on the HHES Read A Thon and the winners are...

HSD Adds Transitional Kindergarten for 21-22 HHES Buzz the Hornet

The HSD is excited to offer Transitional Kindergarten (TK) for the 2021-22 school year! TK is a free, full-day preschool program for four-year-old students.

Kindergarten 2021 Kindergarten

If you have a child who will be turning 5 before August 31, they are eligible to join our incoming Kindergarten class for the 2021-22 school year. We look forward to welcoming all of our new Kindergarten students to HHES!

Registration for Kindergarten (and for new students) opens on April 12. You can visit the Online Kindergarten registration page on the Hockinson School District website to complete the registration process. If you have any questions, please give Angie a call at 360-448-6430 and she will be happy to help you.

Please take a moment to view our HHES Kindergarten presentation. This will give your family more information about the Kindergarten program at HHES. On April 22 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., please join us for a question and answer webinar via Zoom.

We look forward to welcoming our new students in the Fall!

Inclement Weather snow

With snowy weather in the forecast, we wanted to share with your some information about plans for inclement weather.

Late Start: If a late start is announced by the school district, AM classes will not attend in-person learning on that day. At 10 AM, morning classes will have a class Zoom with their teacher and get assignments for the day. PM classes will continue as scheduled. Remote and HVA classes will operate on their regular schedule, even on late start days. Specialist Zooms (art, music, and PE) will continue on their regular schedule, even on late start days.

Snow Days: If the district announces a snow day, we will not have classes in person or remotely. The HSD is prepared to cancel school on two days and extend the end of the school year through June 18 before shifting to a remote learning model on additional inclement weather days.

Mask Guidelines CDC Mask Guidelines

Bringing back our students in phases has given us the opportunity to fine tune our safety protocols to ensure that our staff and students stay healthy.  These protocols include: Health screenings and attestations, enhanced cleaning, hand hygiene, social distancing, and masks.  It was recently brought to our attention that a few of our K-3 students have been wearing masks that are not recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We want to make sure everyone is safe and follows these guidelines:

HHES Student Health Attestation Form Buzz Logo

Please fill out your child's health attestation form at the link below.


Spirit Week Spirit Week

December 14 - 18 is our HHES Winter Spirit Week. We hope that your child will join us by dressing up for the following spirit days:

  • Merry Monday Morning: wear holiday pajamas
  • Toasty Toes Tuesday: wear holiday socks
  • Wednesday Winter Weather Day: wear winter gear (hats, scarves, sweaters)
  • Holiday Colors Day: wear holiday colors (red and green, blue and white, anything festive)
  • Festive Friday: wear ugly holiday sweaters


If you have pictures to share of your child in their spirit wear, please send them to meredith.gannon@hocksd.org or share them on our school Facebook page's spirit week posts. 

Supporting Families This Holiday Season ornaments

     Hello Hockinson Families! Many of you have been asking how you can help
support our families this holiday season. The goal of Fire District 3 and Hockinson
Schools is to keep people safe and limit the amount of gifts coming into our local
      This year, in an effort to do this, Fire District 3 has opened a Go Fund Me account.
Money donated to this account will be turned into gift cards for families. Fire
District 3 will have the gift cards ready for pick up Wednesday December 16 th ,
2020. This will allow families the time to do their shopping.
      If you are in need of assistance, or know of a family in need of assistance, please
contact your child’s school counselor:

  • Vickie Hermann at Hockinson Elementary School 360-448-6430 or Vickie.hermann@hocksd.org; or
  • Jessica Ambrose at Hockinson Middle School 360-448-6440 or Jessica.ambrose@hocksd.org; or
  • Myke Pace at Hockinson High School 360-448-6450 or myke.pace@hocksd.org; or
  • Brian Kimber at Hockinson High School 360-448-6450 or brian.kimber@hocksd.org

Here is the link to the Go Fund Me account: https://gf.me/u/y887fk

Statewide Study Identifies HHES as Outlier in Student Equity & Achievement student-achievement

HHES is only school in SW Washington highlighted in study led by the Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE).

Hockinson Heights Students Show Continuous Improvement CEE

Hard work pays off – way to go Hockinson Heights Elementary! Identified as an outlier for continuous improvement, HHES is participating in a study to identify impactful programs and strategies to improve learning in WA State. Detailed information about the study can be found on CEE’s website. https://www.effectiveness.org/research

At Home Self Manager Program self manager

We are excited to announce that we will be continuing our self-manager program for the 2020-21 school year. At-home self managers are students who are showing RSR behavior (responsible, safe, respectful) at home and who are attending school and completing assigned work regularly. If you feel that your child meets the requirements of an at-home self manager, please have your child complete the application for their grade level and submit it to their teacher.

HSD Online Learning Profile: LEXIA Lexiareader

The Hockinson Virtual Academy (HVA) uses an array of educational apps to support student learning. Read on to learn how HSD students are using Lexia to improve vocabulary and reading skills.

New Office Hours & Wi-Fi Cafe Move New Hours

Due to enrollment and staffing reductions, the HSD will be revising its main office hours and Wi-Fi Cafe location.


HHES Library Book Check Out Procedures Library

Starting Monday, all HHES students will be able to check out HHES library books for pick up at school.

To check out books, please follow the steps below:

- visit https://www.hocksd.org

- click "LIBRARY" on the banner

- find HHES and then find Destiny Discover

- enter your student's username (five digit library number) and password (six digit birthday two digit month, two digit day, last two digits of birth year - example Feb. 1, 2010 = 020110)


This will allow the student to look at all of our awesome books available. Once you click on the "details" tab of the book you like, you can click on the "HOLD" button. This will allow us to pull the book and send you an email/call to let you know when to pick up the book.


All pick-up books will be placed outside with your name on it. There will also be a return box for books that you finish when you come to pick up your next awesome free read. We are so excited to be able to get our reading programs up and running, again!!


Any questions, please email Sandra Stroup @ sandra.stroup@hocksd.org or Amy Linton at amy.linton@hocksd.org or call us at 360.448.6400.


We are so excited to share books again!

Update: HSD 2020-2021 Food Service Program school-lunch

UPDATE: On October 9, the HSD was informed that we can continue to provide free meals to all students through the USDA Summer Food Service Program for the entire 2020-2021 school year.

HSD '20-'21Device Pickup Information child-laptop

Student device distribution will be handled at one central location this year at the HSD district office, utilizing the HMS staff parking and bus lane.

Textbook Pick Up for Remote Learning textbook

HHES Parents:

We will be distributing textbooks for the 2020-21 school year on August 31. All students enrolled in the remote learning option in grades K-5 will have a workbook to pick up and students in grades 1-5 will have a reading textbook to pick up. These books will be used as part of remote learning. Please come by HHES between 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. on Monday, August 31. Please enter the HHES parking lot through the west entrance and drive through our drop off area. Staff will be available to help you. 

Thank you and we look forward to a great year of remote learning!

School Supplies for Remote Learning School Supplies

HHES Families:

We are looking forward to starting the 2020-2021 school year and to seeing you in our online format. Our teachers have created school supply lists for students to use during remote learning. If your family is planning to have your child(ren) attend HHES through the remote learning option, please take a look at the attached school supply list. If obtaining school supplies provides a financial hardship and you need assistance in getting supplies for your child, please give us a call at (360)448-6430 or email me at meredith.gannon@hocksd.org. 

2020-21 School Year Options Learning Options 2020-21

HHES Families: If you have questions about our school options for the 2020-2021 school year, please feel free to give us a call at 360-448-6430 or email joshua.robertson@hocksd.org or meredith.gannon@hocksd.org. We'd be happy to help you determine the best option for your student(s)!

Online Kindergarten Registration Open for Fall! HSD Kindergarten

HSD families can now register for Kindergarten online! Click "Read More" for details.

Summer Learning Summer Learning

This summer, we hope that each student enjoys time with their family and has lots of fun. We also hope that your child will continue learning throughout the summer months. To help your child continue learning all year long, we have compiled some summer learning resources for you. 

Reopening task force to convene this week back to school

The HSD Reopening Schools Task Force meets for the first time this week. The group's goal is to provide direction for the resumption of school.

New office hours, end-of-year events announced clock

Look here for updated office hours in the school district as well as a summary of end of the year events.

Upcoming School Events School Events

HHES Families:


     We have just two weeks left in our school year, but we have lots of exciting events coming up that we want to share with you!  


     We are excited to share with you the dates and times to return items that you may have. On Wednesday, June 17 and Thursday, June 18 from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., our staff will be at school to collect iPads that were borrowed from HSD, library books, and any classroom books or materials you may have at home (your child’s Wonders workbooks and Eureka packets are for you to keep). If you are planning to return a district issued iPad, please stop by during the time listed below according to the first letter of your last name. You can choose whichever day works better for your family.  

     During this time, you can also pick up a new science kit for your child to work on over the summer. The science kit for students in K-2 is Becoming a Microgreen Farmer and the kit for students in grades 3-5 is Grow Your Own Snack. We hope to see you at HHES on June 17 or 18. Please let us know if you have any questions.



Kindergarten Presentation Kindergarten

Families of Incoming Kindergarteners:

We have put together this presentation with some information about our school, the staff, and what your child can expect during their days as a Kindergartener. Please take a look and feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have.

Thank you,

Principal Robertson and Assistant Principal Gannon

State grant to fund construction of ADA-approved playground ADA playground rendering

The HSD has been awarded a $100,000 grant to construct a new ADA-approved playground at Hockinson Heights Elementary.

Kindergarten Round Up Kindergarten

We are so excited to welcome our incoming Kindergarten students to Hockinson Heights Elementary. Please join us for virtual Kindergarten Round Up on Thursday, May 21 from 5 - 6 p.m. At the event, you will be able to meet the principals, hear about the typical day of a Kindergartener, discuss ways to help your student prepare for school, and ask any questions you may have about registration, school, or anything else!

Click the meeting invitation here to join us.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Delivery / Pick Up of Student Belongings Student Belongings

HHES Families:


We miss all of the students and hope that you are all well. We want to let you know that we have come up with a plan to return your child’s personal belongings from the classroom to you. Any HHES spirit wear orders, self-manager badges, Solar Car club tee shirts, and student art work will be sent home as well! 

Hockinson schools earn state recognition SBE recognition

The State Board of Education (SBE) has recognized two Hockinson schools for demonstrating growth and supporting students.

District celebrates HSD food service staff lunch heroes

On Friday, May 1, 2020, Hockinson School District joined the nation in celebrating National School Lunch Hero Day.

New guidelines related to grading announced (FAQ) test

New guidelines related to grading practices during the emergency school closure are now available for students and families.

Delivery of Learning Materials Bus Delivery


Hockinson Heights Elementary Parents,

On Wednesday, April 22, we will be delivering an envelope with Wonders and Eureka learning materials to each HHES student. If your child rides the bus, the materials will be delivered to your child’s bus stop approximately 2 hours later than their regular pick up time, between 9 and 10 a.m. (see attached schedule). Please plan to pick up your child’s envelope at their bus stop. Remember to practice social distancing and stay at least 6 feet apart. If your children do not normally ride a bus in the morning, you may pick up your packet at the elementary school on Wednesday. (see schedule below)

Teachers & staff read to students during closure Buzz reads

To help our students stay connected to school, HHES teachers & staff are sitting down in front of the camera to share some of their favorite stories.

Online kindergarten sign-up coming this month Kindergarten

The district will unveil a new online registration process for incoming kindergarten students ('20-'21) later this month.

Schools closed for rest of 19-20 school year Inslee

The latest information from the district following the Governor's decision to close schools for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.

At-home learning launches in district (updated) Remote learning

District staff has been working together to coordinate the roll-out of at-home learning and expectations relating to virtual parent-teacher conferences and more.

Doing your part: Stay home, stay healthy Social distancing

The sooner we hunker down, the sooner we can get through this together.

Learning Resources During School Closure Learning


In an effort to support your students during this period of school closure, we want to provide you with resources that you can use to keep your child engaged in learning. We would like to encourage all families to devote part of each day to learning. A letter with your child's log-in information was sent home with your child on Friday. If you child was absent, our staff is working today (3/16) to email the document home to you. 

While at home, your child has online access to iReady curriculum in both reading and mathematics. This instruction is at your child’s instructional level based on their last iReady scores. Students in grades 1-5 will also have access to the Wonders curriculum that teachers use for English Language Arts teaching. Your child’s teacher may add assignments for your child in the online portal. Daily reading is a wonderful way to help your student bolster their reading skills. Your student can access e-books through the Fort Vancouver Regional Library, Capstone Library, or EPIC. (see links below).

We realize that not all families have internet access and would be happy to provide families with printed resources. If your family needs help accessing the online resources, please give us a call at 360-448-6430.



Coronavirus school closure: Updates & information COVID-19

Find school closure updates, frequently asked questions and coronavirus information and resources here.

Field trips, large events canceled Coronavirus update

To adhere to "social distancing" practices, the district is canceling some events including school field trips.

Run for the Arts RFTA 2020 Logo

It's Spring and that means it's time for our annual Run for the Arts event. 



Custodial staff steps up cleaning efforts cleaning

Learn about the preventative action being taken by Hockinson School District’s custodial staff in response to the coronavirus.

HHES Science Fair Science Fair Clip Art with Microscope

Let's Get Ready to Descend into Science

HHES Science Fair will be January 31st!


Student safety top-of-mind when icy weather looms KPTV Image of School bus

From school closures to delays, winter weather has a way of keeping school districts on their toes. KPTV Fox 12 stopped by the District this week to learn how the decision-making process unfolds.

Gearing up for winter weather (FAQs) snowman and kids

With subfreezing temperatures in the forecast, we’d like to take a moment to answer a few questions about our inclement weather procedures.

Students invited to attend Dental Health Day event Dental health day

Students can get free dental work on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at Clark College’s Firstenburg Dental Hygiene Clinic in Vancouver.

Spirit Week Spirit Week Banner

Next week is our Winter School Spirit Week. We are looking forward to seeing the students in their spirit wear! The school spirit days are:

Monday, Dec. 16: Pajama Day

Tuesday, Dec. 17: Western Day

Wednesday, Dec. 18: Sports Day

Thursday, Dec. 19: Festive / Ugly Holiday Sweater Day

Friday, Dec. 20: HHES Spirit Wear / School Colors Day

Holiday Giving Tree and Canned Food Drive Giving Tree

HHES is once again participating in and donating to our Annual Giving Tree! Please consider bringing in canned food, mittens, hats, and unwrapped toys to your child's classroom anytime during the month of December. This is a great way to give back to our community! Our HHES student leadership team will be helping organize the items brought in. Our local Fire Dept will collect the items after our December 20th Giving Tree assembly.

Thank you in advance for your generosity!

PWT Movie Night The Grinch


What: FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT featuring the Illumination version of The Grinch

When: Friday, December 6 @ 6:30PM

Where: HHES in the Commons

Admission is free to all Hockinson Elementary families.

Feel free to wear your PJs, bring a snack, camp chairs, sleeping bags, blankets, pillows or anything else to get cozy while watching Illumination's version of The Grinch!

Popcorn, cookies and water will be available for purchase.


*At this event, we will be hosting an ART SUPPLY DRIVE. Donated art supplies will support our HHES Art Teacher, Ms. Einerson, who will be traveling with a team to Kenya in February of 2020 to teach art to elementary-age children in schools that border the Nairobi slums. In addition to teaching the children, the team with whom she is traveling will also offer medical services and help build and/or repair where needed. 

Hockinson students honor Veterans HHES Assembly

Hockinson School District celebrated those who have served our country by holding Veterans Day assemblies at its three schools.

Students celebrate Disability Awareness Month disability board

Ongoing activities are offering students enrolled in Hockinson's Special Education program the chance to build new skills.

Safety Tips for National School Bus Safety Week school bus

10 things students can do to help make their bus driver’s job a bit easier.

Veterans Day Assembly Flag Waving

Friday, November 8th 2019

PWT Harvest Festival Harvest Festival Flyer

Please join us for the PWT Harvest Festival 10/26 4:30-6:30 PM

Spirit Week Spirit Week Banner

The week Of October 21 - 25 is HHES Spirit Week. We would like to encourage all students to show their school spirit by participating in our dress-up days. Our spirit days are:

Monday, October 21: Sports Day

Tuesday, October 22: Crazy Hair Day

Wednesday, October 23: Wacky Wednesday

Thursday, October 24: Hat Day

Friday, October 25: HHES Spirit Wear  / School Colors Day

We look forward to seeing the students showing their school spirit!

Reminder, each during the week of October 21 - 25 will be an early release day for Parent-Teacher Conferences. Students will be dismissed each day at 11:15 a.m.

Kindness in Chalk Kindness in Chalk

Please join our PWT this Sunday for their annual Kindness in Chalk Event. This event is designed to spread positivity to all students during October, which is National Bullying Awareness Month. Please meet our PWT volunteers at the main entrance of HHES on Sunday, October 6 at 2 p.m. Volunteers will be provided with chalk and will cover the school sidewalks with messages and images that spread positivity, acceptance, and love. 

HHES School Picture Day Picture Order Form

School picture day is September 26th!

Applications open for free/reduced meal programs School lunch image courtesy OSPI

Eligible families interested in free and reduced-price meal programs at school are now able to apply for participation at any time during the year.

Video: Soccer team dedicates season to Camas boy Camden with players

The women’s soccer team at HHS has dedicated their season to a Camas boy who was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor. KPTV Fox 12 visited the team to help tell the story.

Hockinson schools commemorate 9/11 9/11 flags

On Wednesday, Hockinson School District marked the 18th anniversary of 9/11 with moments of silence and reflection, stories of bravery and grief, and conversations between teachers and students.

A great start to the school year First day

With the new school year is officially underway, we thought it would be fun to share a few of our favorite images from the first day of school.

Curriculum Night curriculum night

We hope that you can join us for Curriculum Night on September 12, 2019. This night is an opportunity for parents to see what their child(ren) will be learning throughout the school year. Teachers will present curriculum, routines, rules, and expectations. They will establish forms of communication so you can stay informed all year long. Each classroom will do two, twenty minute presentations (one at each time listed below). These presentations are geared toward adults, it is not recommended to bring children. 

Kindergarten and First Grade Presentations: 5 and 5:30 p.m.

Second and Third Grade Presentations: 5:30 and 6 p.m.

Fourth and Fifth Grade Presentations: 6 and 6:30 p.m.

Back to School Welcome back

Welcome back to school! We are excited to start the new school year with you! Use this helpful list of resources for all of your back to school needs.

Kindergarten Screening Kinder Screener

WA-KIDS testing for kindergarten 

Bus Route bus

A list of school bus routes for the 2019-2020 school year.


Welcome Kindergarten Families! welcome

We are pleased to welcome our new Kindergarten students to Hockinson Heights Elementary! Below you will find important information about the beginning of the school year. 


Building Office Opens Aug 19th

Building Office Opens August 19th
Registration packets can be dropped at
the District Office until then.

Congratulations, Class of 2019! HHS's graduating class of 2019 in robes and mortarboards

Hockinson is proud of our Hawks and happy to share some fun facts about our new graduates!

36% are honor students (GPA of 3.5 or higher)
16% earned the State of Washington Honors Award
16% are members of the National Honor Society
11% also received their Associate of Arts degree

Summer meals available for kids, teens Free summer meals

Meals are available during the summer for kids and teens ages 18 and under through the Summer Food Service Program.

Spirit Week Spirit Week Banner

We are celebrating the end of the year with a school spirit week. Our spirit days are:

Monday, June 3: Neon Day

Tuesday, June 4: Hat Day

Wednesday, June 5: Sports Day

Thursday, June 6: Crazy Hair Day

Friday, June 7: Super Hero Day

Yearbooks for Sale HHES Yearbook

Yearbooks are now available for purchase in the HHES office. Yearbooks are being sold for $12. Please stop by to pick up a yearbook anytime. 

Come say farewell to Superintendent Yager Sandra Yager

The Hockinson School Board invites you to join them in wishing Superintendent Sandra Yager well at a party Monday, June 10!

Run for the Arts raises $13,035 Students run for the arts!

We appreciate the many ways the Hockinson community comes through for our schools! HHES's Run for the Arts raised $13,035 this spring.

HHES multicultural STEAM night a success Generations learned about other cultures and celebrated together

At HHES's recent Multicultural STEAM Night families shared their cultural heritages with the community while enjoying performances, snacks, art and STEAM -- science, technology, engineering, arts and math -- activities from around the world!

District art show to be held May 10 Landscape by an HMS student

The Annual Hockinson School District Visual Arts Show is this Friday -- May 10 -- from 5:30 to 7 p.m in the HHS Commons. Come and celebrate the artistic achievements of our talented student artists.

This art show is open to students, families and our community. Please join us for an evening of amazing artwork and delicious refreshments!

Thank you, Hockinson voters— the Programs and Operations Levy is certified! Hockinson students hold a sign that says, "Thank you, Hockinson voters!"

Clark County certified Hockinson’s vote Friday, May 3, with this final tally:

  • The Replacement School Programs and Operations Levy passed 52.25% to 47.75%.
  • The Capital Levy for Technology and School Improvements failed 50.92% to 49.08%.
Music brings generations together at Elementary School Music runs in this family!

Multiple generations, ages 11 to 90, made beautiful music together Tuesday -- including a Hockinson fifth grader and his great-grandma!

Thank you, Hockinson! Students hold a sign that says, "Thank you, voters!"

The School Programs and Operations Levy is passing with 52.01 percent of the vote! Final certification will be May 3. 

State Testing Schedule Test

      Students in grades 3-5 will soon participate in state testing. Each student will complete two tests in both English Language Arts and Mathematics. For each subject, students will complete a computer adaptive test (CAT) and a performance task (PT). Fifth grade students will also take the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science.

     Parents play an important part in helping their student to show what they know on the state assessment. To support your student, please ensure that your child gets adequate rest, eats a healthy breakfast, arrives at school on time, and does not miss a scheduled test day, unless they are sick. You can help put your child at ease by encouraging them to take their time and do their best and by reminding them that this assessment is just one measure of their success. At school, students have prepared for state assessments through their classroom instruction and by participating in practice exams and familiarizing themselves with the online test tools.

   The test schedule for each grade is listed below.

Grade 3: English Language Arts – May 7 and 13, Mathematics – May 16 and 22

Grade 4: English Language Arts – May 2 and 8, Mathematics – May 14 and 20

Grade 5: Science – May 1, English Language Arts – May 6 and 9, Mathematics – May 15 and 21

Make up testing: May 10, 17, 23, 25, 28, 29, and 30

**Please note that if your child has special testing accommodations, they may complete their tests on a different schedule that of their class.**

     Should you have any questions, please contact Meredith Gannon at 360-448-6430.

HHS bands win multiple awards at Columbia Basin HHS band members and director Corey McEnry hold trophies at Columbia Basin College

Our HHS musicians had a stellar weekend at the 2019 Columbia Basin College Band Festival.

The HHS Jazz Band placed in the top three bands, regardless of school size, and took first in the AA division.


HHES team reaches for the … sun! HHES Solar Solvers team displays their trophy

Congratulations to Hockinson Heights’ Solar Solvers—they received the “Solar Car All Star” award for elementary schools at the 2019 Solar Car Challenge!

The Solar Solvers are a team of three fifth-grade students—among 40 Hockinson fourth and fifth graders and 160 teams from Southwest Washington competing in the event at Hudson Bay High School.

Levy Information Night PowerPoints available online HSD and Clark County PowerPoint covers

Thank you to everyone who gathered for Levy Information Night on April 9! Superintendent Sandra Yager and Clark County Assessor Peter Van Nortwick each presented, and their PowerPoint presentations are now available on the Levy Information webpage.

April 9 is Levy Information Night levy info image

Please join us April 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. for a special Levy Information Night at Hockinson High School. HSD Superintendent Sandra Yager and County Assessor Peter Van Nortwick will be presenting. Get your questions about levies, property taxes and Hockinson schools answered by the experts!

Updated levy information is here! Collage of photos featuring students and staff engaged in special education, safety, transportation, athletics, arts & music and technology

On April 23, 2019, Hockinson voters will decide whether to approve two School District levies.

One is a partial replacement of an existing levy. The other is a new levy, similar to ones from 2009 to 2016.

Please take a few moments to learn about these requests on our Levy Information page.

2019-20 calendar updated Calendar and vase of flowers on a desk

Planning ahead for the 2019-20 school year? Our year-at-a-glance calendar has been updated with spring break dates!

**New Run Date 4/18/19** Run for the Arts Run for the Arts 18/19 logo

Young Audiences’ Run for the Arts is a fundraising jog-a-thon that helps schools raise money for arts in their school. For over 40 years, Young Audiences’ Run for the Arts has helped schools raise more than $17.5 million for arts in education.  This year your runner can receive online donations.  

HHS art students win regional awards Into the Light

HHS student artists Rachel Edmonds and Samantha Hills were presented with awards March 19 at the Southwest Washington Regional High School Art Show.

“Rumors” has it: HHS Theatre Co. wins big! HHS Theatre Co. poses in Ellensburg

The HHS Theatre Co. brought home its first performance trophy—Excellence in Performance—from the Washington State Thespian Festival!

The cast of HHS's spring play, Neil Simon’s “Rumors,” performed Act 1 in front of the largest audience of the entire weekend and received “superior” scores in 4 of 5 categories: acting transitions, characterization, movement/staging and execution.

Multicultural STEAM Night Multi Cultural Children walking on planet Earth

Hockinson Heights Elementary School presents

TUESDAY, APRIL 23RD, 2019 — 5:30-8:00 PM



In Battle of the Books, everybody wins Battle of the Books

The gymnasium erupted in cheers again and again as three teams—the Chinchillas, the Picky Readers and the Kabakes—vied for the opportunity to face off against a team of staff members.

Hockinson selects new superintendent Steve Marshall

The Hockinson School District Board of Directors has selected Steve Marshall to be the district’s new superintendent.

Hockinson board addresses levy request Hockinson logo

Greetings from the School Board.

On Feb. 19 our Board held a special meeting to approve two levy resolutions for the April 23 election ballot. One is a partial replacement levy, and the other is a new capital levy. The amounts we requested are the same as the levies that failed to achieve the 50 percent margin needed to pass in the Feb. 12 election.

Our district’s needs have not changed since February. The partial replacement levy is needed because the state does not fully cover basic educational costs, which include a portion of employee salaries and benefits, as well as most of our extra-curricular programs, which have always been funded by local levy dollars. 

HHS student artwork is at the Regional Art Show! Camryn Thelen's Rainbow Crappie

Eleven HHS students have artwork competing in the 2019 Southwest Washington Regional High School Art Show.

The creations by ...

Hockinson board approves levy request for April ballot school bus

The Hockinson School Board approved two levy resolutions for the April 23 election ballot during its Feb. 19 special meeting. One is a partial replacement levy, and the other is a new capital levy.

The requests are identical to the ones that received 47.46 percent and 46.06 percent “yes” votes, respectively, in the Feb. 12 election. They needed 50 percent plus one vote to pass.

Hockinson to interview four candidates for superintendent Superintendent search

The Hockinson School Board has selected four candidates from other western Washington school districts to interview for the position of superintendent. The candidates are:

HSD invites public to engage in superintendent search process Superintendent search

HSD is hosting a community forum Monday, March 4, where district residents may participate in the process of selecting the district’s next superintendent. 

PWT Book Swap and Literacy Night Books


Please join us February 22, from 6:00-8:00 PM in the HHES gym.

No school on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 Mt. Rushmore

There will be no school in Hockinson tomorrow -- Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. 


HSD levies failing Voter selecting between "yes" and "no"

Preliminary results from the Feb. 12, 2019, special election have been released, and it appears Hockinson is the only school district in the state not to pass its levies.





2018-19 school calendar updated updated June 2019 calendar

Due to our snow day Feb. 5, one day has been added to the end of the school year. The last day of school is now scheduled to be Tuesday, June 18, 2019. Please click here for an updated one-page school calendar.

Weekend weather closures snowflake

Due to predicted inclement weather, Community Education classes, use of district facilities and many events are canceled for Saturday, Feb. 9, and Sunday, Feb. 10.

2019-20 calendar is online Calendar and vase of flowers on a desk

Planning ahead? Our 2019-20 calendar is available on our new consolidated calendar page! Please note: Some dates are still to be determined. 


Hockinson Heights Elementary School Apparel Web Store HHES Web Store Flyer

Please visit the HHES apparel web store!
Password: hornets19


2019 assessment, tax info is available online Hockinson's levies help fund many programs and staff

Hockinson School District encourages our voters to be informed. See how much you will pay in 2019 taxes and how it compares to past years on the Clark County Property Information Center website: https://gis.clark.wa.gov/gishome/property/index.cfm

HHS, HMS musicians score at Jazz Festival Band director Corey McEnry and several jazz band members show first place trophy.

Hockinson students showed their musical chops at the Clark College Jazz Festival with group and individual wins last weekend.

Governor recognizes HSD for scholarship sign-up rate students toss mortarboards into the air

Hockinson School District earned a Gold Star Award and was recognized by Gov. Jay Inslee for signing up more than 70 percent of students who are eligible for the College Bound Scholarship. 

Thank you for your input! Superintendent search

Thank you to all of the staff and Hockinson community members who took part in the recent focus groups and survey providing input on Hockinson's search for its next superintendent.

Facilities team does much with little Eirik Huset and the desk he built from repurposed wood

Local levy funding helps pay for instructional technology, building repairs and improvements, and Hockinson carefully stewards its funds.

Levy-funded activities: more than just fun and games HHS students benefit from a variety of activities

Research shows that involvement in school activities promotes greater academic achievement for every type of learner. Local levy funding pays for academic, fine art and athletic extracurricular activities -- programming not considered "basic education" and therefore not funded by the state. 


Community Forum to kick off superintendent search Jan. 14 Superintendent search

Hockinson community members are invited to participate in a community forum Monday, Jan. 14, 2019.

Highly Capable Program

Hockinson School District will be accepting applications to the Highly Capable Program between January 7th and January 31st. Students in grades 2 - 5 are eligible for full CogAT testing. Applications will be screened and the district will be administering the full CogAT between February 11th and February 20th during regular school hours.

HMS students spread holiday cheer HMS students create chew toys for pets during Community Service Day

Hockinson Middle School ended the week with an outpouring of holiday cheer … and food and blankets and chew toys and ornaments … during its first-ever Community Service Day on Friday, Dec. 14.

Schools levy request goes to voters Hockinson logo

The Hockinson School Board of Direc­tors has approved two requests that will go before the community on the Feb. 12, 2019, ballot. They are a Replacement School Programs & Operations Levy and a new Capital Levy for Technology & School Improvements.

HHS presents “Fiddler on the Roof" HHS cast of "Fiddler on the Roof"

The Hockinson High School Theatre Company is presenting audience favorite “Fiddler on the Roof” Nov. 29-30, and Dec. 6-8.

Family Math and Game Night NUmbers 1-9

Please Join Us For Family Math Game Night!


Date:  Tuesday, December 4, 2018


Time:  5:30 - 6:30 p.m.


Where: HHES commons, west gym and library


What: Join us for math games and ideas you can use at home to support math. Math night will be open-house style with activities for students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Stay for as long or as little as you would like.


We hope to see you there!

Veterans Day Assembly Veterans Day

We will be celebrating our Veterans this year during two assemblies on Friday, November 9th, 2018

Assembly 1 (K-5)


Ms. Miles’ Music Student

Assembly 2 (K-5)


Mrs. Ramirez’ Music Students

Please visit the link for important additonal information, including, show times and parking information.

Veterans Day Assenbly Flyer

Message from Superintendent Sandra Yager Hockinson logo

Dear Hockinson Families,

I am writing to let you know that I have accepted the position of superintendent of Cornerstone Christian Academy, beginning in July 2019. My resignation will go before the Board of Directors at this evening’s special meeting (Nov. 7). I have asked that it be effective July 1, 2019.

Elementary Bus Incident 11/02/2018

This afternoon, at approximately 2:30 pm bus 200 carrying elementary students was involved in an incident on NE 164th Street. 

Student-athletes make their mark girls cross-country district champions

The Hawks are student-athletes, making their mark in the classroom as well as on the field, in the pool and on the trail.

The girls swimming and cross-country teams have both been named Academic State Champions for the 2018-19 fall sports season—achieving the highest grade-point average among all Washington high schools in their enrollment classification.

Fire District 3 Contest Winners Fire District 3

Twelve HHES students were honored today for the posters they created for the annual Fire District 3 Fire Safety Poster Contest. This event is held in recognition of National Fire Prevention Week. This year's poster theme was 'Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware - fire can happen anywhere.'  Please join us in congratulating the following students:


1) Colton R.

2) Gracie P.

3) Gretchen C.


First Grade:

1) Parker W.

2) Avery M.

3) Cecelia S.


Second Grade:

1) Skylar R.

2) Holden W.

3) Katelyn S.


Third Grade:

1) Olivia A.

2) Reuben S.

3) Khloe O.

HHS senior earns perfect ACT score Lexie Stucki at HHS

Lexie Stucki shows that practice can, indeed, make perfect.

The HHS senior scored a perfect 36 on her ACT test. She’s among fewer than 0.2 percent of test-takers scoring that high on the college entrance exam in 2018.

“I was pretty sure I did well, but did not think it’d be that good,” she said.

Lexie had taken the ACT once before and then bought a program that analyzed her previous score and guided her in areas where she could improve. She spent about 50 hours over the summer studying and working on practice problems.

Although she said she wouldn’t describe the process as “fun,” the new score has inspired her to expand the list of four-year universities she’s applying to. Her goal is to focus on math or science.

“She’s a motivated student who wants to do well and always wants to challenge herself,” said HHS guidance counselor Myke Pace. “Lexie is a well-rounded kid who’ll go on to be successful in whatever she does.”

Lexie plays clarinet in band and marching band—which she describes as “a big, happy family”—and participates in soccer, National Honor Society and Key Club.

What advice does she have for other students preparing to take the ACT?

“Find enough time to study, so you don’t have to cram it all in at the end.”

HHS girls soccer dedicates season, wins league title Soccer team members hold Warriors for Wyatt signs

When the HHS girls soccer team beat R.A. Long Oct. 18 for the league title, it was more than a win for the team. It was also a win for Wyatt.

The team has dedicated its season to Wyatt Draper, a 5-year-old from Ridgefield who has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.

“Now that we have that emotional connection to him, it makes it a lot more special to play and to win,” said soccer team captain Brooke Grosz.

Wyatt is the son of Tyler and Sara Draper, who went to school with HHS soccer coach Joe Chicks in Ridgefield.

“I thought it would be a good way to get our girls involved in something bigger than sports and giving back,” Chicks said. “Some things are more important than just soccer. This puts things in perspective.”

When the team warms up before matches, they wear “Warriors for Wyatt” T-shirts. Before each game begins, they say, “Let’s play for Wyatt.”

“We play for each other, we play for our community—but we also play for Wyatt,” said Brooke, who is a junior.

Technically, the team has one league game left, Oct. 23 against Woodland. But even if they lose, HHS will retain its No. 1 ranking in the 2A Greater St. Helens League.

“They’re a really talented group of players,” Chicks said, “but I think a big part of their success is they’re willing to put the team above themselves. When you’ve got the talent and the right attitude, it makes for a special season.”    

Book Fair Clifford Visits the Book Fair

Book Fair Reminder! 

Please join us in the library for the book fair. The schedule of events is as follows.

Monday- 7:45-3:30pm

Tuesday-7:45-3:30pm (Grandparents Day- ALL Day) Free poster with $25 purchase w/grandparent

Wednesday -7am- 3:30pm (Donut Day with parents or special adult) 7am-8am

Thursday-7:45-3:30 (Family Night 5-7pm fun activities and prizes)

Friday- Last Day- 7:45-12:30

Updated HHES Halloween Policy Children in Costumes

This year, students at HHES will be permitted to wear school-appropriate Halloween costumes to school on October 31st. We look forward to seeing our students’ creativity expressed in this fun manner.

The Great Hockinson Pumpkin Party Pumpkins

The Great Hockinson Pumpkin Party

October 27th, 2018 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Emergency Alert System to ring cell phones Oct. 3 CORRECTION: image of smartphone with alert

TIME CORRECTION: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), is scheduled to test the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) at 11:18 a.m. Oct. 3, 2018.

The test is intended to assess the operational readiness of infrastructure for distribution of a national message and will be sent to cell phones connected to wireless providers participating in WEA.

For more information, please see the FEMA website.

2019 Graduation Day moved to June 13 graduation scene

The Hockinson School Board voted Monday, Sept. 24, to move Graduation Day for HHS's Class of 2019 to Thursday, June 13.


HSD offers smartphone app Image of a smartphone

There's an app for that! Hockinson School District's smartphone app is available, and here's how to get it:

Visit your app store and search for "SchoolPointe Stay Connected." 
Download the Schoolpointe app. 
Select Hockinson School District.

HSD will become your default app, and you will have the latest district news, events, staff directory, notifications and more -- all on your smartphone!

Box Tops for Education Spirit Week Monster Spirit Week

Next week, our PWT will be collecting Box Tops for Education and HHES will participate in the national Box Tops 'Feed the Monster' Spirit Week. Our spirit days will be:

Monday, Sept. 17: Monster Hair Day
Tuesday, Sept. 18: Ties & Tutus Day
Wednesday, Sept. 19: Wacky Neon Day
Thursday, Sept. 20: Tacky Socks Day
Friday, Sept. 21: Funky Mix Match Day

We look forward to seeing the students in their spirit wear and thank you for supporting our school by sending in Box Tops.  

Middle School wins design award Hockinson Middle School

Hockinson Middle School and architect DOWA-IBI Group have received an award for Outstanding Design! 

The HMS project will be included in the 2018 American School & University Architectural Portfolio, which is scheduled to be published in late November, and will be among projects included in an online database at SchoolDesigns.com.

School year calendar update 2018-19 school year calendar

The latest version of Hockinson's 2018-19 calendar is available in the Quick Links in the top righthand corner of the district homepage.

Welcome back, students! HMS students play a circle game

We're so excited to have our students back in class! Check out our back-to-school photos at: www.hocksd.org/Gallery

Welcome back to school! Pencils, sharpener, notebook

We are excited to welcome our Hockinson students back to school tomorrow—Tuesday, Sept. 4—and kindergartners on Friday, Sept. 7! More ...

Hockinson district, teachers union achieve tentative agreement typewriter

Hockinson School District and Hockinson Education Association negotiators reached a tentative agreement Sunday night on a two-year contract for certificated staff.

Details of the agreement will be released pending ratification by the teachers union, which is meeting at noon Monday, Sept. 3.

School is tentatively scheduled to begin Tuesday, Sept. 4. The district will send an update Monday.

“We appreciate our community’s patience during these negotiations and their enthusiastic support for education in Hockinson,” said Superintendent Sandra Yager. “We are eager to welcome our staff and students back to school and to embark on another exciting school year.”

Labor relations update 9/1/18 typewriter

The negotiating teams are not meeting today but are scheduled to return to negotiations tomorrow—Sunday, Sept. 2. We apologize for the multiple messages but will continue to do our best to keep our community updated during this process. Our next update will be on Sunday.

Message from the School Board 8/31/18 Hockinson logo

Dear Community Members:

Greetings from your Hockinson School Board.

Our school district’s work stoppage has been a challenging time for our community, staff and particularly for our families with school-age children. We appreciate your sacrifices and your patience.

We have been keeping in close contact with Superintendent Yager throughout this negotiation and mediation process, providing her with support and encouragement as she and her staff work toward a prompt, affordable and sustainable solution.

We truly value each of our employees, and want to find resolution within the constraints of the district’s budget. Our goal is to get our teachers, classified staff and students back to school as soon as possible.


Kathy Nordberg, Chair

Dave Olson, Vice Chair

Gordon Smith, Director

Greg Gospe, Director

Steve Nylund, Director

Labor Relations Update 8/31/18 8:30 p.m. typewriter

Hello, Hockinson Families --

The district and teachers union bargaining teams are still at the table negotiating, working toward an agreement.

We will be in touch again tomorrow, Saturday, with a negotiations update.

Thank you for your patience. 

For additional details about the process, please see our Labor Relations web page. If you have questions that have not been answered, please email districtcommunication@hocksd.org.

Hockinson School District

Road work Friday, Aug. 31 road work sign

Road work is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 31, at the corner of NE 159th Street and 182nd Avenue. Please use caution.

Labor relations update 8/30/18 -- 4:00 p.m. typewriter

Hello, Hockinson Families --

We continue to make progress in negotiations.

The Hockinson School District and Hockinson Education Association (HEA) have yet to reach a tentative agreement.

This means that HEA, which represents our teachers, will continue its work stoppage, and there will be no school tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 31.

School offices remain closed, and the District Office will be open regular hours.

The district and union bargaining teams will continue negotiating, and we will keep you posted as we work toward an agreement.

Our goal remains unchanged: to provide a competitive salary that is affordable and sustainable, both for our school district and for our community.

The district will continue providing updates on its Labor Relations web page and its hotline at 360-448-6401.

If you have questions that have not been answered, please email districtcommunication@hocksd.org.

Hockinson School District

Labor relations update 8/30/18 -- 9:45 a.m. typewriter

Good morning, Hockinson community --

The negotiating teams are meeting with the state mediator again this morning after a one-day break, and everyone is working hard to reach agreement.

The district will send an email, text and voice call by 5 p.m. today—and earlier if possible—informing everyone whether school will start tomorrow.

The district appreciates the hard work of the negotiating teams and extends its thanks to the district’s entire staff, and students and families for their patience at this difficult time.

Updates will continue to be posted on the District’s Labor Relations webpage and on the hotline at 360-448-6401.

Labor Relations Update 8/29/18 typewriter

Mediation to resume Thursday, Aug. 30.

The Hockinson School District and Hockinson Education Association negotiating teams will be meeting Thursday to continue working toward a contract agreement. 

HSD will use the same notification process we used Tuesday, Aug. 28, to notify our families about whether there will be school the following day -- robocall, email and text messaging. We will share this information as soon as it is available.

The document linked below offers answers to many questions from our community, including questions about the current work stoppage. We also have added an article from WSSDA on 2018-19 school district budgets and collective bargaining. 

Hockinson School District Labor Relations Q & A


Letter to Hockinson families 8/28/18 Hockinson logo

Dear Hockinson Families:

I am writing to let you know that even though we have made progress over the past couple of days, the Hockinson School District and Hockinson Education Association (HEA) were unable to reach a tentative agreement today. This means that HEA, which represents our teachers, will begin a two-day work stoppage tomorrow, Wednesday, Aug. 29.

Labor relations update 8/28/18-11 a.m. typewriter

The negotiating teams are back to mediation after working until 2 this morning. Both the district and teachers union are committed to working hard today in an effort to reach agreement.

With the first day of school scheduled to begin less than 24 hours from now, we understand that families need to finalize their plans for Wednesday.


Labor relations update 8/27/18 typewriter

Negotiating teams for Hockinson School District and the Hockinson Education Association (HEA) are working into the night with a mediator from the state Public Employees Resource Commission (PERC).

They engaged in mediation Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, from 9 a.m. until midnight. Negotiations resumed at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 27. The District is willing to stay at the table for as long as it takes to reach a tentative agreement on a new contract. HSD is striving to provide its staff with competitive compensation while ensuring contracts are affordable and sustainable for the District.

Labor relations update 8/26/18 typewriter

The updated document linked below provides answers to many questions regarding labor negotiations.

Hockinson School District Labor Relations Q&A

If you have a question that has not been answered, please send it to districtcommunication@hocksd.org

Click here to visit the Labor Relations webpage.

Letter to Hockinson Families 8/25/2018 Hockinson logo

Dear Hockinson Families:

As you are probably well aware, Hockinson School District is negotiating a new contract with the Hockinson Education Association (HEA), which represents teachers, counselors and other education professionals.

Labor Relations Update 8/22/18 typewriter

The document linked below is an analysis of guidance sent to districts today, Aug. 22, 2018, by state schools Superintendent Chris Reykdal.

State schools superintendent cautions negotiating districts

Letter to the Hockinson community 8/21/2018 Hockinson logo

Dear Hockinson Community:

I hope you have been enjoying a good summer. We are eagerly anticipating getting our students back on our campuses for the start of the 2018-19 school year.

As you have likely heard, we are still negotiating contracts with our staff. As of Aug. 21, 2018, the district and Hockinson Education Association (HEA)—teacher union—have negotiated tentative agreements for 23 changes requested by the union. However, there remains a considerable difference between the union’s compensation requests and what the district’s budget can afford. We are scheduled to begin mediation Sunday, Aug. 26, with assistance from Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC).

Labor relations update 8/21/18 typewriter

Mediation to begin Sunday, Aug. 26

Today, Tuesday, Aug. 21, we were notified that the first meeting for Hockinson School District (HSD) and the Hockinson Education Association (HEA) with a mediator will take place Sunday, Aug. 26.

Why bring in a mediator?

On Wednesday, Aug. 15, there remained a considerable difference between HEA’s compensation requests and what HSD’s budget can afford. Per the request of the district, HSD and HEA jointly filed a request for a mediator from the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC). A mediator was assigned to Hockinson on Friday, Aug. 17.

Click here to visit the Labor Relations webpage.

If you have a question that has not been answered, please send it to districtcommunication@hocksd.org.

Labor relations update 8/20/18 typewriter

The document linked below provides answers to many questions our community has about Hockinson School District's budget, state funding and current labor negotiations. 

Hockinson School District Labor Relations Q&A

If you have a question that has not been answered, please send it to districtcommunication@hocksd.org

Click here to visit the Labor Relations webpage.

Labor Relations Update 8/16/18 typewriter

Greetings from Hockinson School District.

Our district has been in contract negotiations with its two unions over the past few months.

As of Aug. 16, 2018, the district and the Hockinson Education Association (HEA)—teachers union—have negotiated tentative agreements for 23 changes requested by the union.

However, at the Aug. 15 meeting of HEA and district negotiators, there remained a considerable difference between the union’s compensation requests and what the district’s budget can afford.

New Online Facility Request Hockinson Middle School Outside

Hockinson School District is pleased to announce a new online facility request and rental system designed to provide a positive user experience for all.  

Guidelines for keeping sick students home

Here are some guidelines for keeping ill children at home. These are recommendations from Clark County Public Health and the Washington State Department of Health.

School Hours

First Day of School

Grades 1-5
September 6, 2017

September 14, 2017

Office Hours
7:15 am - 2:45 pm

School Hours
8:00 am - 2:15 pm
1-hour early release every Wednesday

Student drop-off 7:50 am

Please visit our School Info pages to find forms, school supply lists and more!


Thanks for visiting Hockinson Heights Elementary!

Our Vision
"All students supported by a caring and engaging environment will be inspired and empowered to become lifelong learners."

HHES Office: 360-448-6430
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Fax: 360-448-6439


Proof of Vaccination for 2018-2019 Medical equipment

Washington State Law requires that all children attending a licensed child care or school must provide proof of vaccination prior to entering school. Parents/guardians can meet this requirement by completing and returning the State of Washington Certificate of Immunization Status form, this form shows their child has received the required vaccinations (or has immunity from previous illness). Parents can also print a copy of their child's immunization record directly from the WA Immunization Registry. This form and instructions can be found at https://www.doh.wa.gov

PWT Book Fair

The Hockinson School District's 2017 annual Book Fair Is under way. This year's theme is 'Wild West'.

Art From the Heart

Third, fourth and fifth graders from Hockinson Heights Elementary School have been busy. Students from the current Art Club and even students from last year’s art club returned to help sell their creations, for donation, at the Hockinson Holiday Bazaar.

2016 - 2017 Giving Tree and Food Drive

We are excited to announce our annual Giving Tree and Canned Food Drive.


Hockinson School District is following Washington State regulations in regard to immunizations.

Schoology in Hockinson

Teachers and students are now using Schoology in each building. Schoology is an integrated learning management solution (LMS) that provides course management, mobile learning, and support for district and school-wide communication.

2nd Grade Concert Date Correction

There has been a change to the date of the Hockinson Heights Elementary School (HHES) 2nd Grade Concert.

Watch for Changes at HHES

Families and students will notice a few changes at Hockinson Heights Elementary School as the 2016-17 school year begins