School’s nearly over and activities abound

We all know the big kids get to graduate on June 6 (HRVHS) and June 7 (Horizon Christian School).

But for kids throughout Hood River County, the last two weeks of the school year bring plenty of activities, some of them fun, some of them marking the conclusion of the year, and the act of moving on. Most of these events are limited to students and families, but most evening concerts, and the board meeting May 28, are events open to the public.

Hood River County School District

May 28 — Board of Directors Meeting, 6:30 p.m. at Pine Grove School

May 29 — Hood River County School District Retirement Celebration, 3-7 p.m. at the HRVHS Commons

Cascade Locks Elementary

May 28 — Awards assembly, 7:45 a.m.

May 29 — Popsicles in the park, 8 a.m. Earned by students for practicing Responsible, Respectful, and Safe behavior.

May 30 — Portland Timbers field trip, 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.

June 6 — Talent show, 1 p.m. (A “backstage parent” is still needed; call 541-374-8467 to volunteer.)

June 10 — Field trip to The Dalles, 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Five parent volunteers still needed; call the above number to volunteer.)

June 11 — End of the year assembly, 7:45 a.m.

Hood River Middle School

May 30 — Spring Tea, 12:15 p.m.

June 3 — Band concert, 7 p.m.

June 5 — Choir concert, 7 p.m.

June 11 — Eighth-grade promotion, TBA

Hood River Valley High School

May 28 — Tuesday Night Movies, 5:30-9:30 p.m.

May 30 — Luau

June 3 — Farewell Concert, 7-9 p.m. in the Bowe Theatre

June 4 — Seniors’ last day

June 4 — Tuesday Night Movies, 5:30-9:30 p.m.

June 5 — National Honor Society Meeting, 11:30 a.m. to noon in the Bowe Theatre

June 5 — First in Family to Graduate, 7-9 p.m. in the Commons

June 6 — HRVHS graduation, 7:30-10 p.m. on the football field

May Street Elementary

May 28 — HRVHS Touch and See Activity Day for third-graders, 11:40 a.m.

June 6 — Second-grade field trip to The Dalles, 8:10 a.m.

June 10 — Fifth-grade mini rotation field trip, 8:45 a.m.

Mid Valley Elementary

May 30 — Fifth-grade Lock-In

June 6 — Talent Show, 8:45 a.m.

June 11 — Fourth-grade “Jack and the Beanstalk” play, 1 p.m.

June 12 — Field Day

June 13 — School picnic, 10:40 a.m.

Parkdale Elementary

May 28 — Second- and Third-grade Touch and See Activity Day

June 6 — Limo Lunches, 11:30 a.m.

June 9 — Talent Show, 12:45 p.m.

June 13 — Last day of school assembly, 8:15 a.m.

Westside Elementary School

May 28 — All-school HRVHS Science Wizards performance, 10 a.m.

May 28 — Volunteer recognition dessert, 2:45 p.m.

May 29 — Third-grade trip to OMSI, 8:15 a.m.

May 30 — Fourth-grade field trip to The Dalles, 8:05 a.m.

May 30 — Third-grade OMSI program, 10 a.m.

June 3 — Kick-Off to Summer Reading Book Fair, 8 a.m.

June 3-5 — SECRETS field trip

June 6 — Post Wildcat Chase Awards Assembly, 8:15 a.m.

June 11 — Second-grade trip to the pool, 11:45 a.m.

June 13 — Fifth-grade year-end awards assembly, 8:30 a.m.

Wy’east Middle School

May 29 — Choir concert, 7 p.m.

June 3 — Spring potluck and talent show extravaganza, 6 p.m.

June 11 — Eighth-grade promotion, 6 p.m.

Horizon Christian School

May 29 — Fifth-12th-grade band and music concert

May 31 — High school formal

June 5 — Elementary music concert and awards ceremony

June 7 — Horizon graduation, 2 p.m.

June 9 — Kindergarten promotion

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