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H H O O M M E E of of the the R R I I V V E E R R H H A A W W K K S S Mission Statement: To ignite world Mission Statement: To ignite world- class learning, resulting in thoughtful and accomplished individuals. class learning, resulting in thoughtful and accomplished individuals. Newsletter Newsletter Newsletter Chiawana High School Chiawana High School Volume 4: Issue 6: March/April 2013 8th Grade Parent Night It was a sea of future Riverhawks on March 25 when incoming fresh- men and their parents attended an 8 th grade open house. CHS Lead- ership students hosted the event. Principal Teri Kessie welcomed parents and students and shared with them Chiawana’s “FISH Philos- ophy” and what it means to be a Riverhawk. Other information pre- sented included graduation requirements, the registration process, CHS rules, club information, and the process for participating in sports. Administrators, teachers and clubs were on hand to answer questions. Leadership students put on a pep rally in the gym along with a tour of the school. It was a fun evening for all!

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    Mission Statement: To ignite worldMission Statement: To ignite world--class learning, resulting in thoughtful and accomplished individuals.class learning, resulting in thoughtful and accomplished individuals.


    Chiawana High SchoolChiawana High School

    Volume 4: Issue 6: March/April 2013

    8th Grade Parent Night

    It was a sea of future Riverhawks on March 25 when incoming fresh-men and their parents attended an 8th grade open house. CHS Lead-ership students hosted the event. Principal Teri Kessie welcomed parents and students and shared with them Chiawana’s “FISH Philos-ophy” and what it means to be a Riverhawk. Other information pre-sented included graduation requirements, the registration process, CHS rules, club information, and the process for participating in sports. Administrators, teachers and clubs were on hand to answer questions. Leadership students put on a pep rally in the gym along with a tour of the school. It was a fun evening for all!

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    CHS Wrestlers Go Undefeated to Capture MCC Title

    The Chiawana Riverhawk Wrestling Team claimed the league title for the 2nd straight year with an undefeated season. They went on to earn the Region 4A tournament title. Head Coach Jack Anderson was voted Mid-Columbia Conference Coach of the Year as well as the Regional Coach of the Year. Assistant Coach Robert Reid was voted Middle School Coach of the Year. The season wrapped up with the following Riverhawks competing in the state tournament: Chris Montelongo (113), Jadin Salazar (138), Clayton Smith (145), Boss Garcia (152), Austen Silvers (182), Jordan Vaughn (195), Abz Loeza (220), and Martin Villanueva (HVY). Clayton Smith and Austen Silvers finished the season as the high-est placers of any wrestler in the program’s young history, each bringing home a 3rd place medal in the WIAA 4A Championships.

    CHS Dance Team Competes at State

    The Chiawana Dance Team competed for the first time in the WIAA Dance and Drill Team State Championship in Yakima on March 23. Under Coach Darlene Mercer, the Riverhawk’s placed 8th out of 15 teams with an “exceptional” placement. Not a bad first showing!


    to all

    our winter


    You are

    all winners!

  • CHS Newsletter Page 3

    Riverhawk Girls Capture 4th

    Consecutive League/District Titles

    Chiawana proved the old adage “when the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Despite a poor start to the season because of injuries, the River-hawk girls stepped up to the plate to deliver their 4th consecutive league and district titles. They are co-league champs with Walla Walla. Their run for state ended in regionals, but they had another stellar year.

    Riverhawk Girls Sign


    Every high school athlete dreams of being offered a scholarship to play college sports. For nine Riverhawk girls their dream came true. On April 17, all nine signed their letter-of-intent to colleges to further their athletic /academic careers. Proud par-ents and coaches were on hand to share in the celebration. Congratulations to these outstanding women athletes:

    Hannah Bosch—Columbia Basin College, Soccer

    Samantha Cowan—Western Oregon, Cross Country

    Bianca Gonzales—Spokane Falls Community Col-lege, Basketball

    Haylee Hammons—Northwest Nazarene, Golf

    Danielle Loving—Eastern Arizona, Basketball

    Lexi Miller—Walla Walla Community College, Soccer

    Madison Powers—Biola University, Track

    Danielle Sanaski—Columbia Basin College, Softball

    Jamie Steach—Pacific University, Volleyball

    Play on Riverhawks!

    CHS Floral Teams Wins Honors at State

    Congratulations to the CHS Floral Team, who tied for the highest score in the team practicum event at the FFA State Floral Competition in Spokane on April 12. All students were first time competitors. Way to go Riverhawks!

    Pictured left to right: Front row—Victoria Rodriguez and Tam Trinh. Back row—Advisor Kim Lehrman, Ana Lemos, Daniela Jimenez, Tiffany Rhine, and Jasmine Bugler.

  • Summer School

    June 10 — July 3

    For more information contact:

    Brian Baker @ 543-6786 x 5748

    CHS Newsletter Page 4

    Mission Statement: To ignite worldMission Statement: To ignite world--class learning, resulting in thoughtful and accomplished individuals.class learning, resulting in thoughtful and accomplished individuals.

    Running Start


    Tuesday—May 21

    Two Sessions:

    3:30-5:30 pm

    6:00-7:30 pm

    For more information, contact Mary Gutierrez at 543-6786 (x 5564) or e-mail [email protected]

    CHS Dress Code—A Reminder

    Parents—with the warmer weather upon us, students tend to start wearing inappro-priate clothing to school. Please refresh yourself and your student regarding our dress code policy in the “Students Rights and Responsibilities” document in the

    student handbook. Students will be asked to change inappro-priate clothing and could be sent home. If you have any ques-tions, please contact your student’s administrator.

    Saturday School

    May 4-11-18

    9:00 am—12:00 noon

    Bus routes and time:

    Lakeview @ 8:10 am

    Ochoa @ 8:25 am

    8th & B Streets @ 8:30 am

    Flamingo @ 8:36

    Kahlotus @ 8:00

    Note: Kahlotus students, please notify your wing admin-istrator or Student Achievement Specialist on Thursday or Friday if you are planning on being at Saturday School. The bus will not go to Kahlotus unless notified.

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    CHS Class

    of 2013


    Saturday ~ June 1

    @ 6:00 pm

    Edgar Brown Stadium

    “Strength is taking a look at where you are and from there, getting to where you want to be, no matter how hard it is or how long it takes to get there.”

    Senior Class Motto 2013

    Volunteers Needed

    Our seniors need you! Seniors have spent the entire year work-ing on their Senior Projects. Soon, May 14 and 15, they will be pre-senting their projects to a panel of judges. Each year we have many community volunteers help judge the projects. Judges always com-ment on what an awe-some experience it is to see all the wonderful accomplishments of our seniors. If you would be interested in judging this year, please con-tact Vicki Allen at 543-6786 (x 5532) or Laurie Shaffer at 543-6786 (x 5765).

    Senior Project Judges

    Need scholarship money?

    Contact: Cody Tapia 543-6786 x 5696 [email protected]

    Attention Seniors!

    Your class t-shirts are here! You may

    pick them up in the ASB office.

    Cost is $10 each

    Senior Boards

    May 14 & 15

    3:00—7:00 pm

    Seniors, make sure you know these dates. More information is posted on the website. Questions, contact Vicki Allen at 543-6786 (x 5532) or Lau-rie Shaffer at 543-6786 (x 5765).

    Annual Senior/Staff

    Softball Game

    Monday-May 20

    @ 3:30 pm

    CHS Softball Field

    Calling all seniors! Sign up in the athletic office to play in the senior/staff softball game.

    Senior Slide Show

    Seniors—if you would like to be in the senior slide show, please bring your pictures to Ms. LeDuc’s office by May 1. Pictures will be scanned and returned.

    Graduation 2013 Video


    Order by May 1

    (Pay in Ms. LeDuc’s office)

    Attention Senior Parents!

    Graduation is just around the corner. It’s important to keep your senior on track toward graduation. There are many important dates to re-member. Please visit Chiawana’s website for senior information which is updated as it becomes available. Saturday school is available to seniors and counselors are also available to answer any questions.

    Senior Party

    June 1


    10:00 pm—3:00 am

    $10 presale/$20 at the door

    (tickets are on sale every Friday in the

    student mall from 7:30 am—1:00 pm)

    (Note: This is not a school sponsored event)

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    Taylor Gordon models the “Donation Box” creation.

    Bailey Grow models the “Little Black Dress” cate-gory.

    Project Goodwill “A Night on the Town”

    Chiawana’s DECA team walked away with the top award from this year’s Project Good-will. The annual event is sponsored by Goodwill Industries and is a take-off from the popular TV series, Project Runway. This year’s theme was “A Night on the Town.” Six Tri-City high schools participated in the event. This year’s show was held April 18 at Pasco’s Red Lion. It’s very exciting to see the fashion show and see what the students have created.

    Students were challenged to create a fash-ion look in three categories: 1) Cardboard, 2) Little Black Dress, and 3) Donation Box. All three outfits must come from Goodwill. The most challenging is the donation box, where Goodwill fills a box with miscellaneous items.

    The coveted award is the People’s Choice

    Award, where the audience votes for their favorite collection. CHS was the clear win-ner. CHS DECA advisor Leslie Bell said, “Our team worked extremely hard at mar-keting and designing this project. We wouldn’t have won this award if not for the amazing support from CHS students, families, friends and staff. Thank you.”

    Our amazing team was Haley McLaughlin, who led the event, Angela Beltran, Bailey Grow, Taylor Gordon, Ilinnes Martinez, Jannae Brown, Sierra Sinsanavong, Gracie Paquini, Glendy Ibarra, Maria Valero and the entire DECA officer team. Also, congratulations to Vanessa Borquez for winning a 3-day all-expense paid trip to FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Mer-chandising) in Los Angeles!

    CHS Project Goodwill team (left to right): Haley McLaughlin, Bailey Grow, Maria Vale-ro, Angela Beltran, Taylor Gordon, Ilennis Martinez, Jannae Brown, Gracie Paquini and Glendy Ibarra.

    Angela Beltran models the “Cardboard” category.

    Haley McLaughlin

    Jannae Brown

    Sierra Singsanavong

    Maria Velero, Baily Grow, and Gracie Paquini.

    Taylor Gordon, DECA Advisor Leslie Bell, and Angela Beltran.

  • CHS Newsletter Page 8

    Financial Literacy Classes Participate in Mock Interviews

    Juniors are required to take Financial Literacy as a graduation require-ment. This class teaches lifetime skills to students, such as how to bal-ance a checkbook, write checks, use a debit card, how to build credit, how to make a budget, read bank statements, etc. In addition, students must participate in “mock interviews,” which is part of their final grade. It’s an opportunity to practice their interviewing skills with a community member. Students must fill out a job application and write a cover letter which they present to their prospective employer (community member). Community members are encouraged to make comments and give stu-dents suggestions on how they can improve. Dressing professionally is also a requirement. Most students are very nervous before their inter-view but exit with renewed confidence. About 12-20 community mem-bers volunteer to spend the day interviewing students, and they always comment on how well the students do. Some students have even been offered a real job after their interview. It won’t be long before they will use these skills in the real world of work.

    Thank youThank you community members!community members!

    You make the You make the difference!difference! Looking good, Riverhawks!Looking good, Riverhawks!

  • Chiawana and Pasco High Construction Trades students are in the final stages of completing Team Pasco Home 2013.

    Teacher John Weatherby has 18 students in this year’s program, seven from Chiawana: Manases Estrada, Elieser Galvez, Alexis Arteaga, Julio Borquez, Ricardo De La Luz, Jose Madrigal and Juan Montelon-go. Students are in a two-hour block class and are bused to the construc-tion site each day. Students learn an array of construction skills throughout the year. Not many classrooms offer this kind of hands-on training. Many students see themselves in the construction business after high school. This program equips them with the skills to do just that.

    The program also offers scholarships to students with the profits made from the sale of the house. The program has a non-profit board made up of community members who oversee the program and allocate the funds to run the program. It’s a great opportunity for students to learn a skill and further their education.

    Chiawana and Pasco High’s Agriculture classes also lend a hand each year by doing the landscaping around the house. Another key component is the many community members, businesses, and contractors that donate their time, products, or labor to this program. We call them our “Building Partners.” Without them, the program would not be the success it is today. The program is one of a kind and has been recognized over the years locally, at the state, and national levels.

    This year’s home is #16 and will be on the market after the dedication and open house on May 15. The public is invited to attend. Please come and enjoy the fruits of their labor.

    Thank You Business Partners!

    You Make the Difference!

    Team Pasco Home 2013

    4615 Indian Ridge—Pasco

    Wednesday—May 15

    Dedication @ 1:00 pm

    Open House @ 2:00—6:00 pm

    (1st Place Development off Argent Road)

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    Ag Students Attend Ag Expo

    Alex Johnson is an enthusiastic senior who planned an agricul-ture expo and field trip for her senior project. The realization of her project came to fruition on April 17 when approximately 150 CHS Ag students boarded buses to tour Syngenta Seeds Inc., Pasco Processing, and Easterday Farms Produce in Pasco. Other busi-nesses that set up displays for the expo were Big Bend Electric Cooperative, RDO Equipment, Logan-Zenner Seeds and Columbia Basin College agriculture students.

    Originally Alex wanted to hold the expo at school, but when she contacted Syngenta Seeds they were so excited about the project they asked if they could host the event and then students could tour their facility. Syngenta said that they want to be more involved in community projects like this. They feel it’s important for kids to see how agriculture has changed over the years and what the op-portunities are. It’s just not about growing the crops, it’s processing and marketing them as well as the need for scientists and engi-neers in the field.

    CBC’s ag students were eager to share the many opportunities that are available in today’s ag-related fields. CBC has a very ro-bust ag program.

    Alex’s goal was to introduce the many different facets of agricultur-al which she hoped might spark an interest in students to think about careers in the agricultural field and help grow Chiawana’s FFA chapter. She is Chiawana’s FFA President and has been in FFA her whole high school career. Having grown up on a farm, she is passionate about agriculture and plans on studying plant genet-ics in college. Her mother, Renee Johnson, is a bio-technology teacher at CHS and has been a great influence on Alex’s chosen field.

    It was a learning experience for all the kids. Student Kim Le decid-ed after the expo that she is considering an ag-related career now.

    CHS Ag students hitch a ride on a big piece of farm machin-ery. Farm machinery was displayed by RDO Equipment Com-pany in Pasco.

    CHS TSA Students Compete at State

    CHS technology students competed on March 28-30 at the Technology Student Association (TSA) State competition. The competition includes many different events and categories relating to technology. Congratula-tions to sophomores Payton Parker and Trenton Steach in tying for 3rd place in the High School Individual Technology and Problem Solving event . They have a great future ahead of them.

    Chiawana has a TSA club on campus and Advisor Tony Buel is hoping to get more students involved next year. He was so impressed by the variety of different events at state that students can compete in, he’s hoping to get more students competing in next year’s competition. For more information about TSA, e-mail [email protected]

    Chiawana will also be participating in the upcoming Lockheed Martin IT Day on May 8 from 9:00 am—5:00 pm at Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick; admission is free. See the wave of the future!

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    Dates to Remember

    Apr 29-May 3 Spring Spirit Week

    May 1 Jostens Deliver Senior Orders

    May 4 Saturday School @ 9:00 am—12:00 noon

    May 4 CHS Prom—Moonlight Masquerade @ 8:00-11:00 pm

    May 5 Cinco De Mayo

    May 6-15 AP Testing (Time TBA)

    May 8 Early Release @ 10:45 am

    May 9 Stage Flight (CHS Talent Show) @ 6:00 pm

    May 11 Saturday School @ 9:00 am—12:00 noon

    May 10 & 11 Drama Production “Clue” @ 7:00 pm

    May 12 Mother’s Day

    May 14 & 15 Senior Boards @ 3:00—7:00 pm

    May 16 & 17 Every 15 Minutes

    May 17 & 18 Drama Production “Clue” @ 7:00 pm

    May 18 Saturday School @ 9:00 am—12:00 noon

    May 20 Senior/Staff Softball Game @ 3:30 pm (CHS Softball field)

    May 20 End of Course Math Testing (Algebra)

    May 21 End of Course Math Testing (Geometry)

    May 21 Running Start Registration Night—Two Sessions: 3:30-5:30 pm & 6:00-7:30 pm

    May 22-24 End of Course Science Testing (Biology)

    May 22 Senior Baccalaureate @ 7:00 pm

    May 23 & 24 Yearbook Distribution of Seniors

    May 27 NO SCHOOL/Memorial Day

    May 28-31 Yearbook Distribution to All Students

    May 31 Senior Fest @ 8:40 am—Gym

    June 1 Graduation @ 6:00 pm—Edgar Brown Stadium

    HAAP Scholarship

    Awards 2013

    Friday—May 3

    6:00—8:00 pm

    @ TRAC

    Stage Flight CHS Talent Show Thursday-May 9

    6:00 pm Admission $7 each

    CHS is loaded with talent—don’t miss this entertaining evening!

    CHS Prom

    Saturday ~ May 4

    8:00 ~ 11:00 pm

    Student Mall

    Ticket Prices

    $15 w/ASB ~ $25 wo/ASB