Pendleton High School March newsletter

It is hard to believe that we are already prepping for Spring Break. Pendleton High School students have been busy in many aspects. Above, students from Honors' Biology 2 class stand holding a nurse shark that is about to be dissected. Mrs. Nirschl's first grade class from Washington came over to watch the dissection and were each able to take a baby shark home with them. PHS students are able to work with these younger students and teach them a bit about the anatomy of a shark and give them some hands-on experience.

On March 6th, the eighth grade students from Sunridge were invited to come to PHS and get an introduction to the elective offerings that are available for them as they enter into their freshman year of high school next year. Students were able to visit the Foods classroom, music, engineering, robotics, Spanish and French classes, art class, and business classes.
The Rhythmic Mode Dance Team had a great showing at state this year. Members of the team brought home the second place trophy. Additionally, two dancers were awarded with scholarships. Ashleigh Bolling received a $1,500 dance scholarship and Abby Rinehart received a $1,500 academic dance scholarship. Additionally, Ashleigh Bolling and Madison Cates were chosen to the All-State dance team! Way to go Rhythmic Mode!!

PHS students participated in a penny wars drive earlier this month. Through this competition arranged by the Leadership Class, $1,429.37 was raised with the money going to Doernbechers Children's Hospital. Congratulations goes out to Mr. Johnston's class in first place, bringing in $14.29 average per student. They will receive a pizza feed for their donations. Also, the top five classes have the opportunity to give a "Pie in the Face" to other staff for their participation. The classes that are in this category are Mr. Johnston, Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Bixler, Mrs. Meighan, and Mrs. Proffitt. This will take place at the next assembly. All of this was done in the effort of giving back to the community. Congratulations to the winners and way to go Buckaroos!!

Congratulations to PHS robotics team-Modern Americans-they won the Highest Rookie Seed Award and the Rookie All-Star Award at a tournament in Ellensburg, WA, qualifying for District April 6-8. Walter Smith, Evan Miller, Walker Paullus, Kenzie Noggle, Landon Thornberg and Maddie Thompson are pictured above with the awards received.
On Thursday, March 9th, the Pendleton Chamber of Commerce held their Kick it Up After 5 Business After Hours Event at P-Tech (formerly West Hills). Visitors to the facility were able to hear about the programs that are being housed here and see demonstrations from students. Above pictured are some visitors enjoying some of the delicious hors d'oeuvres served by some of the Foods 4 students. Also being shown to the visitors are some of the pieces that have been printed on the 3D printers. Students are working on building many models, including the framework of an aircraft. The next opportunity to visit PTTC will come on Thursday evening of conferences, April 13th, when we will host an open house for any interested individuals to come in to walk through the facility.
Students from the Culinary Arts classes received fire safety training at the beginning of the month. Most of them had never used a fire extinguisher before and were surprised at the result after discharging the handheld units. They were also trained in the operation of the new built-in ANSUL fire suppression system at PTECH. Thank you Riley Stump from Davis Eastern Supply Co. for conducting the training!
The Schools to Careers program continues to develop new opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience in actual work settings. Recently, Katelyn Christensen and Gabe Umbarger (above) spent an afternoon at the USDA Ag Research Center working in a state-of-the-art laboratory. Below, Braden Tremper and Dalton Ellis gained some high-tech programming and engineering experience during their internship with Digital Harvest.
On March 8th, PHS students were invited to attend an exclusive UAS event at the Pendleton Airport. They joined media representatives and regional sUAS stakeholders to learn about the high-tech UAS testing underway at the Pendleton test range. Aerospace Engineering students got a close look at the new ArcticShark platform owned by the US Dept. of Energy, managed by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, WA. Several government officials commented on how pleased they were that local high school students were there for the event! Steve Lawn from Digital Harvest spoke to PHS Aerospace Engineering students about the mission-specific capabilities of several different sUAS platforms.
Boys' Basketball are pictured above holding the 4th Place trophy in Corvallis. The team got to the tournament by defeating Corvallis High School in Warberg Gym after a bye for the play-in round by claiming the CRC title. The Buckaroos lost their first game in Corvallis, but didn't lose again as they went on to finish Fourth! Congratulations! The girls also clinched the CRC title this year, but fell in the opening round against Putnam.
At left, Morgan Burndin, Gavin Sayles, River Engum, and Madison Thompson had an outstanding performance at the Oregon TSA regional competition held at BMCC on March 16th. Right, Gavin Sayles takes some precision measurements before transferring the dimensions into Solidworks, a program used by leading engineers and manufacturers used to digitally design complex parts and products.
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Thanks to PHS Yearbook staff for taking some of the above photos.

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