Mr. Roberts Corner

Posted by Jason Cooper on 3/6/2020


Spring Is In the Air... 

...and we are embracing this time of growth and rebirth!

From the Superintendent:

Hello everyone, and welcome to the March edition of our monthly newsletter. As always, we are grateful for the time that you are willing to spend to read about the amazing things going on at Wishram School District #94. Amongst the traditional items of business being conducted here at Wishram, we are going to focus this submission on staff retirements, our upcoming gymnasium wall project, and our spring parent-teacher conference event. With so many newsworthy events going on in our school, it’s difficult to narrow down what to highlight, but please continue reading on throughout the newsletter to see what’s happening through each department!

It is with a combination of sadness and gratitude that I formally announce the retirement of one of Wishram’s finest educators, Ms. Betsy Barnhart. She has provided our secondary students with a plethora of mathematical thinking, instruction, and problem-solving skills over the last 12 years, and we are fortunate to have had such an astute, adept, and relationship-oriented instructor. She is leaving some very large shoes behind to fill, but we hope that she has a fulfilling and relaxing retirement. We are actively advertising this position with the intention of finding our next secondary Math leader, so if you know of any qualified individuals out there looking for a once in a lifetime opportunity to teach at the finest academic institution in the Gorge, please inform them of this crucial opening.


Within the next few weeks, we will be going out to bid for the replacement of our North facing gymnasium wall. Over the last several decades, the pressure of the soil from our top field is becoming too burdensome for the wall to tolerate. While this issue hasn’t created an unsafe structure yet, an assessment provided by a structural engineer found that the problem had to be remedied. We were able to secure a small school modernization grant to cover the funding of the project, and we have been working with an architectural engineer for over a year to map out the scope of the project. Over the next several months you will notice a lot of activity on our campus as these repairs are made. While this isn’t ideal for the operation of a school, we are fortunate to be able to remain open during the renovation. Please know that even though some classrooms will be displaced, every student will still receive a top-quality education at Wishram School.

At the end of March, we will be holding our spring parent-teacher conferences. This year our fabulous secretary, Mrs. Cassie Back, created an option for parents to sign up for their conferences online. As a result, over 80% of our conferences are already scheduled! This is going to ensure that we receive the maximum amount of participation in this essential event, and it shows how our district continues to use ingenuity to work smarter instead of harder to complete tasks and maximize participation. If you haven’t signed up for your conference yet,

please do. If you can’t figure out the online process, feel free to give us a call. We want to partner with all of our families to create the most meaningful and beneficial learning experience possible for your student(s).


In closing, I again am going to comment on just how fortunate I am to continue to serve as your superintendent. This school and community has so much to offer our students, and helping them continue to achieve on unprecedented levels is an honor and a privilege. Thank you again for all of your support, together, we are making wonderful things happen. The best is yet to come.


- Mr. Mike Roberts


Wishram School District #94