The Pirate – HJSD Newsletter December 2019

December Food Drive

December Food Drive

We are a little late getting starting on our Food Drive. Please bring any non-perishable foods Monday December 16-December 18 at the high school. Please help us give to the Food Bank and less fortunate. Merry Christmas.

Principals Corner

As the 1st Semester comes to a close, I have to reflect back on some of the awesome things that took place throughout the Fall Semester.The Food Science program is rocking!!! I can’t believe the amount of work and effort Mr. Martin and Mr. Knapp have put in to continue to make the program a success. It seems wherever I go and people find out I am from Hagerman HS, they complement the Food Science structure and what it means, not only for Hagerman HS, but for the State of Idaho. I was told the other day that with the help of Teri Dorchuck, they have raised over $100K in grants in order to help fund the program. Thank you to all of our financial contributors, some of which are Chobani, Idaho Foundation, 2GCC, and the Bayer Grant.

The HS-PTV hosted it’s first ever Hagerman HS Career Day with great success. We had over 35 vendors and the students and faculty embraced the preparation and messages that these vendors had in order to motivate our students toward a job or career. I want to personally say thank you to our HS PTV (President: Jen Bell, Vice President: Stephanie Smith, Treasurer: Kristy Prins, Secretary: Druci Wadsworth…Cindy Kinder) and other volunteers, who worked diligently to organize and coordinate this event. The vendors had lunch with the students at the high school, which was funded by the Bayer Grant.

Homecoming seems so far away, but it was a good time for the community and students. The BBQ and the parade were great for our school and community. The HS PTV also played a huge role in orchestrating the floats and communication in the parade. I think it was a huge success and there was a lot of Pirate Pride. Thank you to Officer Cornett, and law enforcement, for helping maintain the roads. It was awesome to see our local EMT’s, Paramedics, and Fire Department Volunteers all part of the parade.

FFA has some National contenders this year. They place 4 out of the 5 spots at the FFA State Range Competition. These individuals were: Josiah Knapp, Kinley Whitmarsh, Ryan Nelson, and Bryce Posey. What an awesome experience for these young dedicated individuals and what great leadership from Mr. Knapp. Wait to go FFA!!!!

That is about our Fall Semester in a nutshell. As I look forward toward the New Year, I reflect on this time of year. I live by the quote, “Never judge a book by its cover”. The reason I am throwing that out there is because it is this time of year I hope that we recognize the needs of others. In my career I have watched and learned of too many families who, by looking at them, you never would have known that they were struggling. So many of my students in my career have really touched my heart because of what they have had to hide in order to survive coming to school. And just when I think I understand, I only get humbled because I continue to learn the challenges that some of our families and students face each day. I guess my hope it that all of my students get to feel the love of a mother and father, that they get to go leave school and go to a pleasant home, and that they are safe. Under their circumstances, I know that sometimes that is not possible.

So at this time of year, what I ask of Santa is that someone will find these students and families and shower them with a little selfless love, that they might get to experience those hopes that I have spoken of. It is the season for giving, and forgiving. I hope that you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Shine Christmas Program ……..Tuesday ……….December 17th………….7:00 pm

Second Semester Ends………….Thursday……….December 19th

Friday School…………………………Friday……………December 6th & December 13th…..8:30-11:30 am

Friday School is for students who need to make up absences, or tardies, and who need extra help with subject material.

CONGRATULATIONS Athletes!!!!!!!!

Second Team All-Sawtooth Conference Volleyball

Kyta Sellers

Second Team All-Sawtooth Conference Football Running Back

Codey McCrorey

Honorable Mention All-Sawtooth Conference Football Running Back

AB Salas

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Where did you grow and go to school?

I grew up in Twin Falls up to 5th grade and moved to Kimberly my 6th grade year and graduated from there.

How many years have you worked at HHS

This is my third year working here at HHS.

How many people are in your family

7 (my mother, father, sister, brother in law, my two nieces, and myself

At my house 2 (My dog ‘Berezi’ and myself)

What is your favorite color?


What is your favorite food?

Seafood (especially crab), shrimp and sushi

What are your hobbies?

Working out, spending time with family and friends, watching movies/tv shows/sports, fantasy football, playing madden.

What has been the most rewarding work at HHS?

Helping students and seeing evidence that I have made an impact on that student.

What is one of your favorite things to do?


Mr. Jayo is a great contributor to Hagerman HS. He does a lot of the little things to build his classroom and his football program. HIs willingness to continue to learn and grow as a professional is evident in his character. Hagerman HS would like to recognize and thank Coach Jayo for all that he is providing for our school and our students here at Hagerman HS.


It is that time again. Starting Monday January 6, 2020, ALL key fobs will be

de-activated. You will be required to:


  • 1) Go to the front office at Hagerman HS and renew your membership.
  • 2) Sign the Hagerman HS Weight Room User Agreement (for insurance purposes).
  • 3) Bring in your key fob so we can match your number and reactivate it.


MEMBERSHIP DUES: $100 for 1 year, or $15 a month

**If you let your membership expire and do not turn in your key fob, you will not be allowed to re-register until you turn in your key fob. A lost key fob is $5 for a new fob.**


Hagerman High School agrees to allow community members 18 and older to have access to the weight room. The hours available to the public are outside school times, or activities. Key fobs will open doors for the following times:


Monday- Thursday….. 4 am-7:30 am……………….4:30 pm-11 pm

Friday-Sunday………….4 am-11 pm

Holidays or activity times will be posted.


Idaho Opportunity Scholarship – applicants must meet the following criteria: (1) have a cumulative grade point average of 2.7 or higher (2) be an Idaho resident (3) be a graduate from an Idaho high school or GED from Idaho (4) complete the State Board of Education scholarship application by March1 (5) complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1 at (6) maintain satisfactory academic progress for financial aid purposes. Applications available online at Deadline: Sunday, March 1


The Elks National Foundation – will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2020 competition. Awards range from $1,000 per year to $12,500 per year. Any high school senior who is a citizen of the United States is eligible to apply. Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks. Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are signed; permanent legal resident status does not qualify. Male and female students compete separately. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. Applications can be found at: Deadline: Tuesday, November 5


Dell Scholars Program – The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation created the Dell Scholars program with the understanding that it takes more than financial help to support students to college graduation. From the start, Dell Scholars was designed as a college completion program that offers support services that go beyond a scholarship check. Today, the Dell Scholars program offers personalized, multifaceted support to Scholars that extends beyond the financial support of $20,000, a laptop, and textbook credits. They offer students and their families’ services and solutions to address individual and systemic issues that can create major barriers to student success. Learn more of the Dell Scholars program at Deadline: Sunday, December 1

Twin Falls Chamber of Commerce/Agribusiness Scholarship – open to residents of Twin Falls, Gooding, Jerome, Blaine, Camas, Minidoka, Cassia or Lincoln Counties. Selection based on essay response, academic achievement, participation in youth or community service organizations, leadership activities, and interview. Twin Falls Chamber of Commerce Agribusiness Committee is devoted to making a difference in our community by supporting the Ag scholarships given out every year to young people continuing their education by attending an Idaho School and working toward an Agricultural based degree. Application available online at Deadline: Sunday, Friday, December 13

Chobani Scholars Program – the Chobani Scholars program is a multi-year $20,000 scholarship program to support students with family connections to dairy farming and who plan to pursue a career in the dairy farming industry at the University of Idaho. Students who have worked on dairy farms or have immediate family members who work on dairy farms, and who intend to pursue a degree in animal and veterinary science, agricultural economics, or agricultural systems management, are eligible. Scholarship criteria and application process can be found at

Deadline: Saturday, December 21


United States Junior Chamber International (JCI) Senate Foundation Scholarship – $1,000 grants awarded to graduating high school seniors in the United States, who plan to continue their education at accredited post-secondary colleges, universities or vocational schools. The number of grants awarded annually will be at the discretion of the United States JCI Senate Foundation. They must be used for educational expenses in the first year of full-time study. Checks awarded will be made out in the name of the recipient and the educational institution of their choice. Application at Deadline: Friday, January 24

The Idaho Governor’s Cup Scholarship
 – approximately 25 awards, depending on funding, to Idaho high school seniors planning to attend an Idaho college or university. The number of awards is conditional on the availability of funds. Awards will be available to scholars pursuing academic and professional-technical education. This is a $3,000 award, renewable up to four years for academic programs and up to three years for professional-technical programs. To qualify for the scholarship, a student must meet all of the following criteria: (1) be a resident of Idaho (2) be a graduating senior of an Idaho high school (3) enroll as a full-time student in an academic or technical program at an Idaho college or university(and take the ACT or SAT if you are enrolling in an academic program) (4) have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or above (5) attend the first semester of college following graduation (6) Write a 500-word personal essay about your goals and interests (7) high consideration for selection will be based on a demonstrated commitment to public service. Documentation of volunteer work, leadership, and public service is required. Apply online at Academic Deadline: – to be determined Career/Technical Deadline: – to be determined

Idaho Association of Counties Scholarship
 – six $1000 awards. Students who are eligible to apply for the scholarship are children of county employees who are issued a paycheck by the county that work 20 hours or more per week and the children and grandchildren of county elected officials (assessors, clerks, commissioners, coroners, prosecuting attorneys, sheriff, and treasurer). Recipients must attend a college, university or vocational/technical school full-time for the 2020-21 academic year and be enrolled in either an academic or a vocational education program leading towards a degree or certification. Applications can be found at Deadline: Friday, February 28

Idaho Irrigation Equipment Association Scholarship
 – the Idaho Irrigation Equipment Association is pleased to announce that $21,000 in scholarships will be awarded to 35 students for the 2019-2020 school year. Scholarships are awarded to students interested in the irrigation industry. Majors may include: Irrigation Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Horticulture, Crop and Soil Sciences, Agribusiness, Landscape Architecture and Design, Agriculture and Horticulture Education. Children of IIEA Members are also encouraged to apply. Applications can be found at

Deadline: Saturday, February 29

Idaho Power Scholarship for Academic Excellence
 – provides 10 annual student fee/tuition grants for graduating high school students who live within Idaho Power’s service area. Applicants must have a minimum 3.75 grade point average. The $2,000 annual grants are conditioned upon the recipient’s enrollment at an accredited Idaho or Oregon college, university or vocational-technical school.

Application available online at

Deadline: Sunday, March 1

Idaho Community Foundation/Erle and Cynthia Byram Scholarship
 – for students graduating from any high school in southern Idaho (south of the Salmon River) with first preference given to any student who has resided in Gooding or Camas counties for at least one year prior to application. Some scholarships will be based on financial need, while others will be based both on need and academic achievement. Application available online at

Deadline: Sunday, March 15

See the State Board of Education website for additional scholarships and financial aid information

Find additional scholarship/college planning resources at

Next Steps Idaho at

CollegeBoard at

FastWeb at

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

This form is required to determine eligibility for all financial aid provided by the federal government. Most states and colleges also require the FAFSA for state and institutional aid. The FAFSA is a valuable tool. Even parents who don’t think they will qualify for need-based financial aid should consider completing the form; you may be surprised. The federal government has not established a range of eligible/non-eligible income. Refer to for information regarding FAFSA4caster to help get an early start on the financial aid process.

Filling out the FAFSA is much like filling out a tax form. It requires information regarding income, assets, debts, etc. for the previous year. Students/parents are encouraged to file electronically at The form must be completed after October 1.


2019 Test Dates……………..2019 Registration Dates…………………..Late Registration DeadlineDecember 14……………………November 8…………………………………………November 22

2020 TEST DATES…………..2020 Registration Deadline……………….Late Registration Deadline

February 8………………………..January 10………………………………………….January 17

April 4……………………………….February 28………………………………………..March 13

June 13…………………………….May 8…………………………………………………May 22

July 18……………………………..June 19………………………………………………June 26