The Pirate – HJSD Newsletter November 2019


Monday, Nov. 11th, 11:30am

Hagerman High School New Gym

If you are a Veteran who provided service for out country, please come so that we can recognize you. Thank you.

High School Gym Use

If you are wanting to use the high school gyms for basketball practice, exercise, or events, please contact the front office of Hagerman HS to reserve your day and time block. There are many people who are wanting to get in the gym because of youth basketball and those that reserve the gym times get priority. If you have any questions please contact Hagerman HS front office. The high school basketball practice schedules are being posted on the calendar each month at Thank you.

Principals Corner

November is a very significant month. Like December, it has its own representations that make it unique. Many different sports teams are wearing camouflage to remember those who served our country in honor of Veteran’s Day, it’s the start of basketball season where many tournaments are in the name of Military Service, the familiar Macy’s Day Parade will be on television, Thanksgiving and turkey, and of course the infamous Black Friday is in the air that represents the exciting trend of Christmas frenzy.

November has another significant meaning for me. I got a call the other night from one of my previous students (nickname “P”). He started school at Utah State University and went into the ROTC. He comes from a military family, but I never knew he was going to enlist. From there he joined the Air Force and when he told me that he was a pilot and flew as one of the crew members in the belly of a B-52, I was speechless. He is now on a base in Guam. (He called me from Guam).

We talked about the glory days when I was his basketball coach and he was a player. We spoke of our health and growth of our families. He then mentioned to me that his Commander had a given him a possible window of opportunity for him, so that he might get to be home with his family in South Dakota. That is where he is stationed. See I failed to mention that P has a very young wife and family. His oldest daughter is just starting kindergarten.

He and three others of my players try to get together every year to have dinner in November. This dinner has been very special for the last 7 years. You see, the point guard of our basketball team drowned 7 years ago in August and we try to get together in November to celebrate his life. P is usually the one who reaches out to the rest of us to try to get a date together. Last year was the first year I was unable to make it. My other players all live in Utah, P is in Guam, and I am clear up in Hagerman. It does become a challenge to get a date and time together.

The dinners with “my boys” (P, C, C, and M) are always a blast. I can’t believe the young men and fathers they have become. We always talk and laugh about school days and family. There are things that they did that make me shake my head that took place during our basketball season. We laugh at each other’s differences during those days and they all remind me of the hair I used to once have on my head. It is a really good time. We try not to get too emotional about the loss of our point guard “G”, but it always leads down that road. It has too, because he played such a huge component in our lives during high school ball, and even after high school.

The same goes with my relationship with “C”. The summer after my point guard graduated, I held his father’s head on my lap as he was taking his last breath. He had rolled a 10-wheeler military truck ejecting him from the vehicle and I was the first one on the scene. That was a very horrific day. “C” has struggled with that since he was a senior. We talk about his father because we want him to know that we all loved the person that he was and that we have not forgotten him. We actually dedicated our basketball season to his dad by wearing wristbands that bore his initials “KDA”. It was very inspirational for our team and I know that it helped “C” get through some lonely days.

PFC Jordan Byrd (the catcher and Captain of my baseball team) was also killed at the end of October. He was 19. This statement was from the Deseret News…..Utah Gov. Gary Herbert issued a statement expressing sorrow for Jordan’s family’s loss and the news of another fallen Utah soldier.

“Private First Class Byrd has paid the ultimate sacrifice to defend our country and our American way of life, and for that he will never be forgotten,” Herbert said in a prepared statement. “Jeanette and I extend our deepest condolences and our heartfelt sympathies to Private First Class Byrd’s family and loved ones, as well as the gratitude of the State for his service.”

The implications of November I am sure have profound effects on many, especially of our military families who have lost loved ones in their service to our country. These next two months are going to be the hardest for them because they are both recognized for “family together time.” The memories, the smells, the sights, the feel of the dusk and dawns, all are embedded in their souls for what once was. The challenge for them is to make sure that their deceased Veterans are not forgotten, that their service was not in vain, and remembering what is was like to have their son or daughter home for the holidays.

It’s also about adjusting to change for our service men and women who have permanent body damage. Those who used to walk are now in wheelchairs and those who used to have two hands now have limitations due to injury. These are some of the physical challenges that come to many who have served. Families have to adjust to these new changes as well, while remembering what it used to be like at home.

November is unique to me. I hope that I can make our annual dinner this year with “my boys” to remember G and C’s father. I hope that “P” is able to find his way home from Guam so that he can be with his wife and kids. That all who serve can make it home to their families. I hope that every service man and women is able to be remembered by all who knew them. I hope that we as Americans never forget those families, that each year remember their own sons and daughters who allow us to exercise our freedoms. I thank them for their sacrifices.

Art Room Volunteers Needed

Ms. Scott would love to have another adult in her art room for her younger artists. Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade classes are from 12:15 – 1:05, Monday – Thursday. If you can admire some awesome art and listen to some amazing stories, you can help her make sure everyone gets that special attention.

ATHLETICS Schedule for November


Monday……..Nov. 25……..Jamboree vs Carey/Hansen……..6/8 pm (v Old Gym, jv New Gym)


Monday……..Nov 11……..@ Carey Jamboree……6/7 pm

Tuesday……..Nov 19……..vs Castleford……………6 pm

Thursday……Nov 21………@ Twin Falls Christian….6 pm


Tuesday…….Nov 12……..vs Filer (GBB only)………..4 pm

Wednesday…Nov 13……vs Dietrich…………………….2 pm

Thursday…….Nov 14……vs Hansen (GBB only)……4 pm

Thursday…….Nov 21……@ Murtaugh………………….2 pm

Key Return

It seems that we have some school keys floating around our community that are allowing access inside the school to use the gyms, or other. We are frequently having people get into the New Gym, or Old Gym, and are getting into the rooms that have sports equipment. The problem we are having is that the rooms are being left messy, equipment is being left out, and lights are being left on. The doors are being locked, but entry is still happening according to the custodians. If you have school access keys please turn then in if you don’t work for the school. If know of someone who has school keys, please contact Hagerman HS. Thank you.

Testing Dates for Students

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


Monday, Nov. 11th, 7pm

Hagerman HS Library

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 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.