On Friday morning, March 20, 2020, we found out that our sweet Zaida from the Translations department succumbed to her long battle with cancer Thursday evening, March 19. Zaida was a talented, dedicated employee and friend to all. Even as she physically suffered through rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, she kept a smile on her face and worked as much as she could. Though we knew we would miss her, I think we all breathed a sigh of relief when she decided it was time to retire and spend the time she had left with her husband and two sons, whom she loved so dearly. In the end, she was surrounded by love; and although she left this world too soon, she left an indelible mark on all of us.
We do not know about services or requests for remembrances at this time. As soon as we receive more information, we will pass it along.
Our hearts and thoughts go out to Zaida’s family, friends, and all who knew her at this sad time.
Bonnie Henson a long time member of the North Plains School Community passed away on December 23, 2019. She started as an instructional assistant in 1984 and was hired as a teacher in 1991. Then, she worked twenty-three years exclusively teaching first grade teacher. She retired in the Spring of 2015. Each day she greeted each of her students with a reassuring and sincere smile. Whenever, anything did not go as planned, she refelcted on what she could do differently to make the next day perfect for each child. She would gleefully announce each time a student got it and joined the ranks of “Reader”. She developed a class family each year, a culture of kindness and caring and did anything she could to give each student the best day of learning possible. Prior to consolidation, if someone from the staff might see a student across the road picking strawberries during class, she would always be part of the group who would cross the road, reassure the parent and bring the student to class, and give them a day full of love.
Retired Orenco principal Tim Bishop passed away on Friday, December 13, 2019. Tim started with the District in the 1980s as a teacher at David Hill and Eastwood Elementary Schools. He later became a principal at both Peter Boscow and Mooberry Elementary Schools. In 1997, he was hired as an assistant principal at Glencoe High School, where he remained until 1999 when he was selected as the project manager/planning principal during Orenco Elementary School's construction. Tim then served as the principal of Orenco from its opening in 2000 until his retirement in 2013. He left a legacy in the Orca Live! student-produced broadcasts and studio, which he helped launch in 2004 and is still going strong. Memorial service information will be updated here once details are received.
Retired HSD administrator Kenneth Rupp was tragically killed in a car accident on Thursday, August 15, 2019. Ken served as a building principal from 1978 to 1994, at which time he became the executive director of elementary schools. Though he officially retired in 1997, Ken contracted back for an additional year. A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, September 15, from 2 to 5pm at the Claremont Clubhouse, 15800 NW Country Club Dr., Portland, OR 97229.