Staff News and Announcements

  • Earn Your Special Education Generalist Endorsement 
    April 8, 2024 - Special Education Endorsement cohorts for July 2024 are now forming! Lewis & Clark offers this endorsement at a special discounted rate to licensed elementary and secondary teachers. Learn more in upcoming information sessions on May 1 and June 5.


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  • Stay Informed with Community Updates
    April 8, 2024 - When you know what’s happening in the community, you’re empowered to share that information and adjust your work planning accordingly if there is a big event on the horizon. That’s why the three partners at the City of Hillsboro, Hillsboro School District, and Washington County would like to encourage you to sign up for regular email updates and stay informed about the many ways in which we are serving those who live, work, and play here. It takes less than 60 seconds:

    We are privileged to work together to increase community awareness of our programs, services, and celebrations.


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  • HR High Five Podcast
    April 1, 2024 - Episode 13 of HR’s High Five Podcast series features staff members Olga Acuña, Erik Nebel, and Robyn Anderson Morehouse talking about the great work being done by our bilingual/multilingual staff in HSD. Listen here.


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  • HR High Five Podcast
    March 11, 2024 -
    Episode 12 of HR’s High Five Podcast series features staff members Gabby Villamagua, Fatima Aceves Rodriguez, Jenny Taguchi, and Amy Decoster talking about the power of relationships. Listen here


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  • Licensed Staff Voluntary Transfer Reminder
    February 26, 2024 - Licensed staff wishing to request a voluntary transfer to another school or assignment within the district for the 2024-25 school year must complete this Google Form by Friday, Mar. 1.


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  • HR High Five Podcast
    February 5, 2024 -
    Episode 11 of HR’s High Five Podcast series features staff members Lisa Erickson, Jessica Servin, Brenda Chavez-Tapia, and Brandon Hernandez Roman talking about hope in the workplace and how it impacts the work they do. Listen


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  • Classified Staff Voluntary Transfer Requests
    January 29, 2024 - Classified staff wishing to be considered for lateral transfer within their current position to another school or worksite within the district for the 2024-25 school year must complete this form to indicate their interest by Thursday, Feb. 1.


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  • Licensed Staff Voluntary Transfers
    January 22, 2024 - Licensed staff wishing to request a voluntary transfer to another school or assignment within the district for the 2024-25 school year must complete this Google Form by Friday, Mar. 1. To learn more about the transfer process, please plan to attend the Transfer 101 Q&A session on Thursday, Jan. 25 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Google Meet.


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  • Hillsboro Schools Foundation Innovative Education Grants
    January 15, 2024 -
    The Hillsboro Schools Foundation (HSF) will be awarding grants of up to $7,500 to fund innovative educational projects during the 2024-25 school year. HSF supports projects that put the tools of exploration, imagination, and self-expression directly into students’ hands, providing them with opportunities they would not otherwise have under normal school funding. 

    Teachers, administrators, other staff, or even students or parent groups can apply by submitting a one-page abstract that briefly describes the project idea. There is no limit to the number of abstracts a school may submit. Abstracts will be reviewed by a grant committee, and semi-finalists will be invited to complete a full application. 

    Think you have a great idea? Talk it over with your colleagues, complete the abstract, have someone double-check your work, run it by your principal or administrator, and hit submit by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22. Contact HSF Executive Director Aron Carleson with questions: 503-726-2159 or aronc@wcchamber.org.


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  • OSU Master’s in School Counseling
    January 8, 2024 -
    Oregon State University offers a flexible, part-time, hybrid format program for people interested in earning their Master’s degree in School Counseling. Learn more and apply by Thursday, Feb. 15. 

    OSU is also interested in offering professional development (PDE) courses and would appreciate your feedback to ensure they are designing courses that meet your needs.


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  • HR High Five Podcast
    January 1, 2024 - Episode 10 of HR’s High Five Podcast series features staff members Daphne Fisk, Ruben Garcia Puga, and Jenny Cary talking about their experiences supporting students and staff with resources for mental health and overall wellness. Listen here.


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  • 2022-23 Health Reimbursement Account Claims
    December 4, 2023 -  If you were enrolled in Moda Plan 5, Kaiser 2B, or were a licensed or classified employee enrolled in Kaiser 3 for the 2022-23 plan year, you may have money waiting for you! These are the health plans that include a Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) benefit, meaning you can get reimbursed for certain deductibles and copays - but you must submit all claims by Dec. 31, 2023. 

    Please plan to stop by one of the upcoming drop-in Q&A sessions to speak with someone who can help you understand this benefit:

    • Tuesday, Nov. 14 - 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Jacobson St. Transportation Center

    • Tuesday, Nov. 14 - noon to 5:30 p.m. at the District Administration Center

    • Wednesday, Dec. 6 - 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Walnut St. Transportation Center

    • Wednesday, Dec. 6 - noon to 5:30 p.m. at the District Administration Center

    • Thursday, Dec. 7 - 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Virtual session on Zoom

    Learn more in this flyer.


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  • #Giving Tuesday
    November 27, 2023 - Now in its eleventh year, GivingTuesday is a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity amid the traditional post-Thanksgiving frenzy of consumer deals and sales. 

    Many nonprofit organizations have lined up matching funds for donations that come in on Tuesday, Nov. 28, so it’s an ideal time to support the causes that are important to you. Local organizations like the Hillsboro Schools Foundation, Centro Cultural, Adelante Mujeres, Bienestar, the Oregon Food Bank, Community Action Organization, Latino Network, Boys & Girls Club, Assistance League, Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, Hillsboro Elks, Hillsboro Optimists, and many others work tirelessly to support HSD students and families, as well as others in need in our community. Please consider a donation to one or more of them this Tuesday and beyond.

    Are you giving your time rather than your money? Don’t forget to submit those hours if your employer has a program for contributing to the nonprofit organizations where you volunteer. Intel employees are reminded to log their 2023 volunteer hours into Benevity by Friday, Dec. 15 to double the impact. Thank you!

    If you are an HSD staff member, you can also set up recurring donations through payroll deduction for the Hillsboro Schools Foundation and United Way of the Columbia-Willamette. Simply complete the forms linked above and return to the Payroll department. 


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  • HR High Five Podcast
    November 27, 2023 -
    Episode 9 of HR’s High Five Podcast series features staff members David Nieslanik, Megan Nace, and Juliet Hong talking about ways they like to show and receive appreciation. Listen here.


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  • Inclement Weather Reporting Memos
    November 27, 2023 - All staff are encouraged to review the inclement weather reporting memo for their classification type (licensed, classified, admin and super/tech) before bad weather hits so they know what is expected of them during weather-related delays and closures. Memos can be found on the Staff Links page of our website. 


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  • Lifetouch Photos
    October 30, 2023 -
    Staff who are based out of the Administration Center, or staff at other locations who may have missed their picture day, are invited to stop by the AC from 8 to 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 3 to get their photo taken. These images will be used for the staff directory on our district and school websites, so please dress professionally.


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  • Staff Flu Shot Clinics
    October 23, 2023 -
    HSD will once again be partnering with Get a Flu Shot to hold a series of Flu Shot Clinics for staff members and their covered dependents ages 9 and older:

    • Friday, Sept. 29 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Administration Center

    • Wednesday, Oct. 4 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Glencoe High School library

    • Monday, Oct. 9 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Walnut St. Transportation Center

    • Monday, Oct. 16 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Liberty High School staff lounge (room 121)

    • Thursday, Oct. 19 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the South Meadows Middle School library

    • Friday, Oct. 20 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Century High School commons

    • Tuesday, Oct. 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Jacobson St. Transportation Center

    Kaiser members are welcome! Please remember to bring your insurance card.

    Forms and other important information


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  • PERS Retirement Seminar
    October 2, 2023 - A free PERS/403(b) retirement planning seminar will take place at 6 p.m. On Tuesday, Oct. 3 at the District Office. The seminar will be presented by Skylar Koon with Cetera Investors, who has been conducting similar seminars for HSD employees for over a decade. 

    The workshop is open to all employees and their partners, whether they are planning to retire in the near future or are simply looking to get some questions answered. Topics will include explaining the PERS system, its changes over time, and what they will mean to you. Different payout options will also be discussed to help you start thinking about what may be best for you and your family. Skylar will review the steps necessary to acquire an estimate for your retirement as well as the paperwork process for someone who decides to retire. Other topics will include taxes, health insurance, long-term care, and how PERS fits into other retirement tools to create a cohesive financial strategy for retirement, in addition to pitfalls to avoid when utilizing PERS in combination with other retirement accounts as well as Social Security. 

    Please note the seminar will not be recorded.

    Register in advance at this link. Once you have registered, you will receive a follow-up email confirming your registration. If you do not receive a confirmation email, make sure to check your spam folder or reach out to Skylar at skylar.koon@ceterainvestors.com

    If you cannot attend the seminar but still have questions you would like answered, you can schedule a one-on-one appointment with Skylar.


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  • HR High Five Podcast
    September 25, 2023 - Season two of HR’s High Five Podcast series kicks off with staff members Miguel Garcia, Kevin Hertel, and Teresa Portinga talking about how they ensure a strong start to the school year for our students and families. Listen here.


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  • Community Care Demonstration Project
    September 11, 2023 -
    In 2022-23, Lenox, Tobias, and Witch Hazel Elementary Schools completed year one of the State of Oregon’s Community Care Demonstration Project, a program whose aim is to improve the mental health, education, and overall health and wellbeing of Oregon’s students and families. 

    Through targeted grants, the program provides funding for a Community Care Specialist at each participating site. These specialists are education liaisons who leverage student, family, and community engagement as a mechanism for cultural brokering and strengthening mental health. 

    In this video, you will see Executive Director of Federal Programs Dr. Olga Acuña, HSD Health Navigator Katherine Salas, and Witch Hazel Community Care Specialist Brianna Zacarias among those discussing the program and its positive impacts at the demonstration sites.


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  • Benefits Open Enrollment
    September 4, 2023 -
    All eligible HSD employees are required to complete benefits enrollment by Tuesday, Sept. 5. This applies to those wishing to make changes to their benefits AND to those who are keeping their coverages the same, opting out, or waiving benefits. Learn more at hsd.k12.or.us/benefits.


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  • HR High Five Podcast
    September 4, 2023 - Our Human Resources department’s HR High Five Podcast series features achievements, ideas, and connections within our HSD community. Each episode has about ten minutes of content and focuses on a theme or key word. The goal of this podcast is to share ways our employees work together and highlight their contributions to our district. This month, enjoy a special episode where Superintendent Reiman shares information about his background, thoughts about HSD, and more.


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  • Arts Resource Happy Hour
    September 4, 2023 - Join Arts for Learning NW and The Reser for snacks and drinks and to learn about art resources available to schools. The event takes place from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts in Beaverton. Learn more in this flyer and RSVP here


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  • Benefits Open Enrollment
    August 28, 2023 -
    All eligible HSD employees are required to complete benefits enrollment by Tuesday, Sept. 5. This applies to those wishing to make changes to their benefits AND to those who are keeping their coverages the same, opting out, or waiving benefits. Learn more at hsd.k12.or.us/benefits.


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  • HR High Five Podcast
    June 12, 2023 -
    Our Human Resources department’s HR High Five Podcast series features achievements, ideas, and connections within our HSD community. To round out this inaugural year of the series, the team invited Superintendent Mike Scott to talk about leadership, reflect on his thirty-six years in education, and share insights from his last fourteen years as superintendent of the Hillsboro School District.


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