A new look for the Delta website was revealed this month! Thanks, SquareSpace, for a fresh new look! Have feedback on the new site? E-mail our webmaster, aka our principal, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are pleased to announce that three Delta seniors have been named Commended Students in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. Congratulations to Aaron-Michael Sintay, Samuel Taylor, and Michael Warner! In addition, Connor Gill has been named a National Merit Semi-Finalist, and is currently in the competition to become a National Merit Scholar. We are proud of each of their accomplishments! For more information, see the press release here.
The Delta High School Dedication featured special guest, Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn. Our students did a great job representing us, and it was wonderful to thank all of the partners that led to our school and our new facility. Special thanks to ASB President Adrianna McKinney, Delta Sea Cadets Bethany Frazier and Jade Noggles, singer Milla Roberts, and student speakers Seth Tieman, Jeaziree Salise, Austin Benoit, Shade Dudley, Max Reathaford, Danielle Bradley, Pedro Salazar, and Jennifer Cassidy. Shout out also goes out to our Delta High Ambassadors and National Honor Society for helping with building tours and event clean up.
As many of you know, we have a great program to recognize students at our school. The Kindness Pays It Forward program, ran by our Delta Student Senate, recognizes students who embody our Delta Habits of Mind, and demonstrate showing respect, making good decisions, and solving problems. To spread the joy, we are starting a Delta staff recognition program. Students, families, community members, and staff can nominate any Delta staff member for our Delta Superhero award. The weekly superhero will be announced each Thursday during our school announcements. Has a Delta staff member made difference for you? Nominate that teacher, lunch lady, secretary, counselor, or custodian who made a difference for you! Forms can be found in the office or by clicking here. You can turn a hard copy in at the Delta office, or e-mail your nomination to email@example.com.
We recently heard from one of our Class of 2015 seniors, who is attending one of the most prestigious engineering schools in the country. Read on to see how she is faring at her first year at college!
I hope everyone had a great summer! I am going through my first week ... and thought I would give you all an update on how much Delta has helped me. All of the credits that I received for English were accepted and I do not have to take any English classes, unless I want to for an elective. My Calculus 1 credits were accepted and my Calculus 2 were accepted on the condition that I pass a Calculus 2 short form class. This means I am taking Calculus 2 until the end of September and a Calculus 3 class for engineers the entire semester. This also means that I get to take physics early. I also have the opportunity to test out of Chem 121 and into Chem 122 because of the level of difficulty of the classes I took at Delta. Thank you all for pushing me to be the best that I can be, because I am way ahead at one of the top engineering schools in the country.
Great job! We are so proud of our graduates. :)
Abraham Mendoza, Delta High senior, was selected to serve as a student representative on the Pasco School Board. Abraham applied for the position in spring 2015, and after an application and interview process, was selected for the prestigious position. He will spend a year learning about board operations, attending district functions, and even have the opportunity to visit our state capital on Olympia. Way to go, Abraham - we are proud of you!
More than 20 students favored cyber security over lazy summer days as they learned, hacked, fixed and explored the timely topic in a safe environment. There is a national movement among educators to bring computer science to all high school students and to increase the numbers of women and other groups underrepresented in tech fields.
The free camp was led by Pasco School District teacher Maya Donnelly and guest instructors Penny McKenzieand Dan Sanner of PNNL. In addition, several staff from PNNL (David McKinnon, Sarah Adkins (Delta High alum), Daisy Quiroga (Delta High alum), Michael Patterson, Darlene Thorsen, Jacob Waddell (Delta High alum), Nathan Krussel, Marshall Smith, Mary Sue Hoxie and former PNNL employee Peter Neorr (Delta High CyberPatriots coach)), the Columbia Basin College Tech club with the Computer Science Department Head, Don Humphries, also participated in portions of the camp.
Instructors used open courseware developed by Sandia National Laboratory and other materials provided by Pace University. Students explored Linux, networks, biometrics, cryptography, binary, servers, firewalls, passwords, digital safety and ethics, scripting, forensics and more as they prepared for a digital “Capture the Flag” event.
The camp was part of the Computing the Future (CtF) project by the Mid-Columbia STEM Education Collaboratory. CtF is entering phase two of a multi-year effort to expand computer science education access in the Mid-Columbia. The new phase will focus efforts on teacher professional development for grades K-12 and out-of-school computer science educational opportunities for grade 6-12 populations currently underrepresented in computer science and technology fields.
Held at Stevens Middle School in Pasco from August 10-14, the camp was made possible with support from PNNL, Battelle, the Washington State STEM Education Foundation, CBC, the Pasco School District, Delta High School and others.
-Reprinted from Inside PNNL-
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