The Pirate – HJSD Newsletter March 2020


Thursday, March 5 | Science Fair
Monday, March 9 | School Board Meeting
Tuesday,March 10 | Golf @ Clear Lakes
Wednesday, March 18 | 4-8 pm | Parent Teacher Conference
Thursday, March 19 | HS Track @ Valley 2 pm
Tuesday, March 31 | Golf @ Ranch 93


Monday, March 9th, 7pm

150 East Lake Street

Hagerman, ID

Principals Corner

The seasons are changing once again. The smells of Spring and dairy are in the air, which means that Spring Break is right around the corner. Winter didn’t seem too long this year this year, but the wind seems like forever.A good friend of mine gave me a book to read and the first part of the book that stood out to me was “school culture”. So what defines a schools culture? According to the author of this book, school culture is centered around communication. There is even this cool little acronym that says: Communication, Uncovers, Learning, Transparency, Ultimately, Reveals, Everything.

This acronym is a good reminder of how the structure of our school can be successful. It isn’t just something for the school to follow, it includes our community stakeholders. We want the values of Hagerman Jr/Sr School to permeate throughout the community. We want our community to also support our values and changes that we are trying to implement at our school. When the school and the community recognize that decisions are made to benefit all students, I believe that is when our school culture will thrive.

At Hagerman Jr/Sr School we want to continue to educate our families on some of the platforms that the faculty and staff are implementing at the school. We want to continue to work to have our families to be a part of that platform. We want questions. Questions from our community stakeholders on what is being taught in our classrooms, what our curriculum is, how our students are being assessed, what new programs and opportunities are being implemented, how technology at the school is preparing students and how its being used. These are important communication items that we want our community stakeholders to know. This is not information that should be at the school level, but it should be at the community level as well.

The faculty and staff at Hagerman Schools are continually trying new teaching strategies using technology and are always looking to improve themselves as professionals in order to benefit our students. They care about your children and want them to get a quality education. They also need community stakeholders to communicate with them. Ask questions.

When our students succeed in FFA, Athletics, Adobe, Honors Society, BPA, Science Fair, Food Science, it is all part of a unified culture. It brings pride to our school culture. When I see the Fall BBQ (opening social) and see how many people bring their families to eat and enjoy the activities of the school, that strengthens our school culture. There is an genuineness about it that magnifies our school culture.

School culture takes work and we are always working on improvement. It takes ALL stakeholders to make it successful. Thank you community stakeholders, faculty, and staff for striving to create a positive school culture where our students can thrive. I look forward to meeting and working with many of you as I know you share our same vision…….”for the benefit of students”.

**If you know community members who would like to receive the e-newsletter, please have them contact Melissa at the front office with an email and phone number. Thank you.

1st Annual Hagerman Jr High SCIENCE FAIR

Thursday, March 5th, 3-6pm

AG Science Building

Please come and support our students!!!!
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Wednesday, March 18th, 4-8pm

Hagerman High School

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Friday, March 6th, 8:30-11:30am

150 East Lake Street

Hagerman, ID


Girls Basketball

2nd Team All-Sawtooth Conference…..Sadie Wadsworth

Boys Basketball

Sawtooth Conference Honorable Mention……Bryant Osborne

1A-2A All-Star Game…Tuesday March 10th @ Shoshone HS

Shrine Football Game Participants

AB Salas, Isaac Rowley, Chris Belem, Derek Herrington…….Monday, May 25

These four boys are all selling tickets for $5 each for the Shrine Football Game. Please help support them.

Shrine Football Assistant Coach

Coach Jayo was selected to be an Assistant Coach for the Shrine Game.

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Art News

Everyone is invited to see six of our high school artists displays at the Regional High School Art Show at the Herrett Center in Twin Falls through March 28th.The following students have displays:

Taylor Corey (10th), Abigail Maughan (11th), Carolina Estrada (11th), Ainsley Newman (10th), Jade Marsh, and Dalli- Heater-Elison (10th).

Please come see the talent that Ms. Scott is nurturing and support our students!! Thank you Ms. Scott!!!

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Scholarship Information

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 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 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.