Dear Delta Community,
Following our late start to the school year we developed a revised Delta 2019-2020 academic calendar. This calendar has been moving through various levels of approval with our three school districts and has now been officially approved. Some of the key changes have been highlighted. Please note that 11/22, 1/27, 3/9, and 5/22 are now school days on the Delta calendar that were previously not scheduled. These dates are to make up for days missed to start the year. Thank you for your patience and we look forward to continuing with the great start we have had to the year!
Delta High School announced today that Alexander Buchko has been named a Commended Student in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, was presented today to this scholastically talented senior.
About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional promise. Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2020 competition by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
“Those being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”
12th Grade Parents…Mark your calendars for one week from today! On Tuesday, 9/24 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm, we will be hosting a Senior Parent Info Night in the Delta Cafeteria. Information about FAFSA/WASFA, college applications, internships, graduation, etc. will be discussed. Please plan to attend!
The annual Delta Family Mixer will be on Friday, September 6th, beginning at 6:00 pm. Come on out, learn more about some of our clubs and sign up (you can also just show up to any club meetings), and enjoy some delicious root beer floats! See you there!
Dear Delta Community,
Great news! It was announced today the Kennewick School District and Kennewick Education Association have agreed upon a new contract.
We will have Freshmen Day Tuesday, September 3rd, from 8:30-3:00. Our first school day for grades 10-12 will be on Wednesday, September 4th, from 8:30-2:00. Updates to the rest of the 2019-2020 school calendar will be shared at a later time as dates are finalized in the weeks ahead.
If you have not yet turned in your Delta Release Form and Laptop Insurance form, please bring the completed forms to your first day of school. Laptop insurance is $10 for the year, or $5 if you are on free or reduced-price meals. Please pay online at www.schoolpay.com or bring exact change or a check made out to Delta High School to the main office. More details about required documentation can be found under the “Delta Prep Day” link on our website atwww.thedeltahighschool.com/deltaprep.
Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to a great start to the school year!
Michael R. Johnson
Dear Delta Community,
It was announced this afternoon the Kennewick School District and Kennewick Education Association have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract. There will be NO SCHOOL on Friday, August 30th, pending the results of a ratification vote.
We will post information on Friday with an update on the first day of school. Information will be posted on Edmodo, Facebook, and our website at www.thedeltahighschool.com. You can also watch for additional information on the Kennewick School District website at www.ksd.org.
Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Michael R. Johnson
Dear Delta Community,
At this time, contract negotiations between the Kennewick School District and the Kennewick Education Association are continuing; Delta will again be closed on Thursday, August 29th.
We will post information as negotiations continue, with an announcement each evening to let you know our status for the following day. Information will be posted on Edmodo, Facebook, and our website at www.thedeltahighschool.com. You can also watch for additional information on the Kennewick School District website at www.ksd.org.
Please know that we continue to anxiously await the arrival of our Deltonians back to campus. See you all soon!
Michael R. Johnson
Dear Delta Community,
Contract negotiations are ongoing between the Kennewick School District and the Kennewick Education Association. With no agreement yet reached, KEA’s strike will continue tomorrow, Wednesday, August 28th.
As a tri-district partnership, Delta will be closed for the duration of the strike. We will post information each evening to let you know our status for the following day. Information will be posted on Edmodo, Facebook, and our website at www.thedeltahighschool.com. You can also watch for additional information on the Kennewick School District website at www.ksd.org. We look forward to the school year starting soon so we can welcome our new and returning Deltonians to campus!
Michael R. Johnson
Dear Delta Community,
We learned this evening that the Kennewick School District and the Kennewick Education Association are still in negotiations. As a result, KEA will be on strike beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, August 27th.
As a tri-district partnership, Delta will be closed for the duration of the strike beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, August 27th. We will continue to post information as negotiations continue, with an announcement each evening to let you know our status for the following day. Information will be posted on Edmodo, Facebook, and our website at www.thedeltahighschool.com. You can also watch for additional information on the Kennewick School District website at www.ksd.org.
We all hope for a positive and expeditious resolution to bargaining and look forward to seeing our Deltonians soon!
Michael R. Johnson
Dear Delta Community,
We are enthusiastic for the start of the school year and especially eager to welcome our incoming Class of 2023 in the days ahead! Our staff has been working hard to prepare classes, set goals and priorities for the year, distribute laptops and schedules, and so much more. We are anxious for students to return and begin the wonderful journey of the 2019-2020 school year
At this time, we want to prepare families for a potential delay of the first day of school. As you may have seen in the news, the Kennewick School District and the Kennewick Education Association are currently in contract negotiations. If a settlement is not reached on or before Monday, August 26th, a teacher strike will occur. We hope both sides will be able to reach an agreement by that deadline and that school will open as scheduled for Freshmen Orientation day on Tuesday, August 27th.
As a tri-district partnership, Delta would close in the event of a KEA strike. We will post an update on Monday, August 26th, via Edmodo, Facebook, and our website at
Should a delay occur, our students will:
· Still benefit from a freshman orientation day on our first day of school (on a new date);
· Still complete a full school year, including the opportunity to earn all academic credits and participate in College in the High School;
· Still have the opportunity to participate in school events, clubs, competitions, and field trips; and
· Still participate in student-led conferences at the end of Trimesters 1 and 2.
Depending on the length of delay, trimester start/end dates, student-led conference dates, and graduation may need to be adjusted. We will share any revised dates with you as soon as they are determined.
We know a potential delayed start of school is inconvenient to our students, families, and staff. While this situation is not in our control, at Delta we are 100% committed to providing an outstanding educational experience for all of our students, regardless of the start date to the year. We all hope for a positive and expeditious resolution to bargaining. If I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing our Deltonians very soon!
Michael R. Johnson
Please see the link for our updated Delta calendar. Updates could still occur, but you will see some of our important dates—including the start dates for students in August. We can’t wait to have our Deltonians back in the building!!! [UPDATED 8-24-19]
83 students from Delta’s Class of 2019 graduated on June 6th at the Three Rivers Convention Center. We could not be more proud of this amazing group of young adults!
Class of 2019…remember to always Think Differently, because you will always be a Deltonian!
Delta has a revised testing schedule this year to consolidate all testing to a five day period and minimize interruptions to our normal operation. All 10th grade students (and 11th grade students needing to meet proficiency) will test on the SBA ELA test May 16th and May 17th; testing for the SBA Math will take place on May 20th and 21st. All 11th grade students will take the state Science test (WCAS) on May 23rd. Please ensure your students are getting plenty of sleep the days leading up to the tests, and for 10th grade students please remind your students to charge their laptops overnight. Links to the test scheduling days are below:
Would you be interested in potentially working with a Delta High School intern during the 2019-2020 school year? Please click on “Work-Based Learning” above to learn more!
REMINDER: Delta DOES plan to be in session next Friday, March 15th. We expect this to be official once approved next Tuesday by the Pasco School Board. The schedule will be a regular Monday schedule, A/B/C/Lunch/Adv/D/E.
A modified version of "Showcase Night" at Delta will be held during Student Led Conferences on March 21st from 11:30 am - 7:00 pm and on March 22nd from 8:00 am - 3:30 pm. Before and/or after your student's conference please walk around the school to view student projects that will be exhibited around the building. We are feeling confident that the weather will allow attempt #4 to move forward!
Please note the following changes to the Delta calendar for the month of March due to missed days for inclement weather.
(1) National History Day Judging: Wednesday, 3/6
(2) Internship Parent Night (11th Grade Parents): Wednesday, 3/6, 5:30 pm (TO BE RESCHEDULED)
(3) Showcase Night: Wednesday, 3/6, 6:30-8:00 pm (RESCHEDULED: See above post)
(4) Possible Additional School Day: Friday, March 15th. It is possible this day could be added to the Pasco School District calendar to make up another snow day. The decision would likely be made at the PSD School Board meeting on March 12th, so a decision is not expected prior to that meeting. If added, we will communicate this to you on March 13th.
(5) End of Trimester 2: Monday, March 18th is now the final day of Trimester 2 at Delta.
(6) Student-Led Conferences: Conferences will now be held on Thursday, 3/21 (11:30 am – 7:00 pm) and Friday, 3/22 (8:00 am – 3:30 pm). This means school will be in session on March 18-19, which were the previously scheduled conference dates.
(7) T2 Family Awards Night: Wednesday, 3/27, 6:30 pm
May Spring weather soon be upon us!!!
Due to adverse weather conditions and school closures, Delta High School will be extending our application deadline for the Class of 2023 lottery to next Thursday, February 21st. 8th grade students from Kennewick School District, Pasco School District #1, and Richland School District can find the application on our website at www.thedeltahighschool.com. Join us! (Note: This will not impact our timeline for notifications of families receiving slots for next school year.)
Are you an 8th grade student interested in a unique STEM high school experience? We are making visits to middle schools across the Tri-Cities in January and early February, but come out and experience Delta HS for yourself at one of our informational nights to be held on our campus at 5801 Broadmoor Boulevard, Pasco, WA 99301.
Tuesday, February 5th @ 6:30 pm
Thursday, February 7th @ 6:30 pm
Delta HS held mock interviews for all 11th grade students on Friday, January 18th. 50 community volunteers converged on Delta Friday morning to perform short “job” interviews, followed by both written and oral feedback to students. Students presented resumes to the interviewers (which have been developed over recent months during advisory classes and with input from staff and other community volunteers), dressed professionally, and gained valuable experience that will prepare them for our intern fair this spring, as well as for future job and college interviews. Thank you to the community volunteers that made this event possible! See KNDU coverage here.
On Monday, December 3rd, twenty of our hard-working Deltonians were inducted into the Delta Chapter of the National Honor Society. These students are now members of the nation’s oldest, largest, and most prestigious recognition program! Not only do these students have a superb academic record, they also serve as leaders throughout our school community. Congratulations!
Pasco School District and Delta HS are on a 2-hour delay. RSD is not on a delay. RSD students riding a bus should either make alternate arrangements to arrive at school at 10:30 or take their regular bus to RHS/HHS. Report to the school office and they will find a place for you until the Delta bus departs two hours later. Thank you!
Please be sure to check the Pasco School District update for future updates. Delta HS runs along with the PSD schedule for delays/closures.
On November 7th, 2018, Delta ASB Senate hosted their annual Veteran’s Day Assembly for Delta students and staff. We were pleased to welcome Mr. Edgar Hargrow, a Vietnam Veteran who served from 1967-1968 in the Army with the 82nd Airborne Special Division called the Panther Platoon. He is the recipient of the Bronze Star Medal for bravery! Mr. Hargrow shared his message titled, “Why Are We Here Today?”
Thank you Mr. Hargrow for sharing your story with us and for your service!
On October 19th, Delta students participated in career and college exploration activities across the state!
9th graders attended Career Connections Day at various locations like Columbia Basin College, Lamb Weston, and Framatome!
10th graders stayed on the Delta campus for Health Science Day with partners from Kadlec Regional Medical Center, Tri-Cities Laboratory, Perry Technical Institute and more!
11th & 12th graders went on college tours throughout the state. They toured the University of Washington, Washington State University, Central Washington University (with an included tour of Puget Sound Wild Horse Wind Farm) and a local tour at Columbia Basin College & WSU Tri-Cities.
It was a great day to be a Deltonian!
Seniors (and their families) who need help starting or finishing the FAFSA or WASFA - please consider attending our FAFSA Night on Monday, October 29th at 6:30 pm. We are excited to have CBC’s Director for Student Recruitment (and FAFSA Guru) Melanie Casciato here to assist our Delta families. Amandalyn Rubio with WCAN (College Bound) will also be in attendance. See you there!
October 2, 2018
15 students, making up 3 different teams, were a part of the Connect Tri-Cities STEM Scholarship Competition today at the Three Rivers Convention Center. Students were tasked to form a team and come up with a plan to help themselves and neighbors escape a natural disaster situation. Our students showcased their knowledge of STEM subjects by developing a hands-on prototype of the challenge, developing a written report, and presenting the results to a panel of judges. Way to go Deltonians!
This morning a student made some concerning comments to some friends about potentially hurting other people at school. The students responded appropriately by immediately informing an adult. After thoroughly reviewing the situation, with the partnership of the Pasco Police Department, we have determined that there is no credible threat to anyone here at Delta HS.
These types of situations are always taken very seriously and we appreciate the quick response by our students and staff to address the concerns. We are now focusing on ensuring that the appropriate support is being provided to all students involved.
Delta High School is a special place. We are more than just a school—we are a community. It is our goal that every student at Delta feels welcomed, feels valued, and feels supported by fellow students and by school staff. We encourage all of our students that, if they ever need support, to please speak with a staff member or parent. We are also asking our community members to focus our energy on kindness, on compassion, and supporting one another to be successful and to be the best students and human beings we can be. The more each and every community member feels this kindness and support, the safer our school will become. Thank you, and please feel free to contact me at any time if you have questions.
Parents of 9th/10th grade students are now able to monitor use of the school laptops outside of school hours. You should have received an email from the PSD tech department yesterday regarding a program called apParent. If you did not receive this email, please contact the school office and provide us with your current email address(es). For your information, a copy of the email can be found at this link: apParent Online. Thank you!
The updated 2018-2019 Delta Calendar is now available at this link, and also can be found on our Contact page. The calendar is now official after the PSD school board approved the PSD calendar last night at the board meeting. Thank you for your patience! Please note that all previous calendar versions should be deleted, and that dates for Winter Break have changed. The last day of school in 2018 is Friday, December 21st (early release at 11:30 am), and we resume classes on Monday, January 7, 2019. *The date for Prom has been changed to May 11th.
Don't forget to bring your packet. Pictures will be taken in the morning starting with B Block.
August 17, 2018
AUGUST 20 SCHEDULE PICK-UP DAY INSTRUCTIONS
11th/12th Grade: Go straight to the cafeteria. You will turn in your Release Form (yellow paper), pick up your schedule and temporary ID, and you are done! EASY!
9th/10th Grade: Enter the building at the main office and pick up a Check-Off Sheet. There are THREE stations you must get signed off on before picking up your laptop: (1) Pay for your laptop insurance at the front desk and also turn in your Release Form (yellow paper) and User Agreement (white paper)--we have extras!; (2) Watch (with your parents) the 1:1 video in a classroom; and (3) Pick up your schedule and temporary ID in the cafeteria.
Once all these steps are completed, 9th/10th grade students may pick up their laptops in the cafeteria. You will pick up a laptop, charger, and case and also sign in for the first time on your new (school-owned) device. :)
See you on campus soon!
August 14, 2018
Thank you to Gesa Credit Union for their $3000 to Delta High School. Gesa partners with area schools to support student activities through their school-branded VISA debit cards.
Head over to Gesa and pick up a Delta-branded debit card and help support our school! More information can be found at https://www.gesa.com/save/debit-card.
Delta High School is pleased to announce the hire of Mr. Mike Johnson as our newest Principal. Mr. Johnson was a former high school Mathematics teacher, teaching in schools in Washington State as well as internationally in Egypt, Korea, and Israel. Mr. Johnson has served as an Assistant Principal at two schools in Richland, WA and also as Principal at international schools in Venezuela and Russia. His wife teaches Language Arts at Carmichael Middle School, his daughter will begin at Whitworth University this fall, and his son will soon start 10th grade at Hanford High School. Aside from traveling and spending time with family, Mr. Johnson enjoys playing soccer and has played in three tournaments this summer. He is excited to join the exceptional faculty at Delta High School and cannot wait to get to know our fantastic students.
Welcome to Delta, Mr. Johnson!
June - August, 2018
Delta's front office will be closed from Monday, June 25th thru Friday, August 10th.
Have a safe and happy summer Deltonians! See you in August!
On Thursday, June 7th, 2018 Delta High School seniors celebrated their commencement ceremony at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick. This years seniors had a 100% graduation rate and were awarded more than 1.2 million dollars in scholarship money!
Way to go Class of 2018!
Delta Sophomore Bailey Peite was awarded with the State Archives Award for Outstanding Use of the Collections of the Regional and Local Archives for her Individual Documentary, Embracing Diversity Through Compromise: Saving Indian Culture: The Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act of 1975. Nicely done, Bailey!
A BIG congratulations to Delta's Class of 2018 as we celebrated their post-high school plans at our Awards Assembly on May 14th. Seniors also received the coveted "Ramen Award" and were recognized for numerous scholarships (Over $1 Million in scholarship amounts already received for the Class of 2018 - Way to Go!)
Juniors at Delta recently participated in multiple job shadow experiences based on their current career interests! Many thanks to the numerous businesses who supported our event by hosting Delta students. We appreciate you - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Isoray, Kadlec Regional Medical Center, MSA/H.A.M.M.E.R, WSU Tri-Cities, Vivid Learning Systems, Pet Medical Center, Maya Angelou Elementary, Animal Hospital of Pasco, Bergstrom Aircraft, Winsome Design, PS Media, 4Paws Dog Works, KNDU TV, KVEW TV, UpAngle Drone Services, and Gesa Credit Union!
Friendly reminder, Deltonians! The end of our 2nd Trimester is rapidly approaching (T2 ends March 13th). Parents, if you have questions please e-mail your students teacher directly to clarify remaining tasks while students still have time to address this trimester's standards.
As always, After School Tutoring will be available Monday thru Thursday for one hour after school in Rm. 215.
Advanced Math Tutoring is available in the mornings before school - check with your math teacher to see which morning tutoring session you should attend!
Beginning in our 3rd Trimester (which starts 3/14!) you will notice a new look to our PowerSchool gradebook. Delta will be piloting the standards-based gradebook feature in PowerSchool. This does NOT change how students are assessed or graded at Delta, however it will have a new look which will allow both students and families to see how students are progressing on the specific standards in each class.
We are excited to see how this helps us better communicate students' progress towards meeting proficiency targets!
100 Deltonians traveled to the Eastern WA Regional Contest at EWU this past Saturday to present their NHD historical research projects. 15 projects and 22 students will move on to the State History Day Finals April 21st! State finalists will be reworking and strengthening their entries to do battle for one of two coveted spots in their respective category to represent WA State at Nationals in DC this coming June.
1st - Jaidin Ramirez - "The Berlin Wall"
2nd - Saryn Kempster - "Womens' Rights in Saudi Arabia"
3rd - Ashleigh Parker - "The Troubles"
2nd - Nachelle Lin & Daylon Reser - "Nazi Human Experimentation"
3rd- Anna Peterson & Andelyn Schubert - "Slums to Saints"
3rd - Jared LaRosee - "The War of the Currents"
1st - Kira Baum - "The Second Holocaust of WWII"
2nd - Neo Navarro - Farm Workers of the Northwest"
3rd - Bailey Peite - "Indian Self Determination & Education Act of 1975"
1st - Anthony Chung, Wade Newman, & Rudy Garcia - "The Iran Contra Affair"
3rd - Spencer Staley - "Chinese Child Labor"
1st - Kathy Do - "Taiwans White Terror"
1st - Darlene Sarte & Andrew Velez - "Japanese American Internment"
2nd - Madisen Kauer & Scott Werst - "The Black Panthers"
3rd - David Stapleton & Randy Tran - "The Paris Peace Accords"
December 2017 - February 2018
Interested in attending Delta? Our annual 8th grade lottery is now open. Any interested 8th grade student who resides within the Kennewick, Pasco, or Richland School District boundaries is eligible to apply. We will be visiting local middle schools in January and February 2018, and will host Family Information Nights on Tuesday, January 30th, and Thursday, February 1st, at 6:30 p.m. in the Delta High School Dining Hall.
Applications are DUE on Thursday, February 15th. Applicants will be notified in early March if they are selected in the lottery, and will be provide initial enrollment paperwork. Students who are not selected will be notified of their wait list status by mail. Late applications will be placed at the bottom of the wait list.
TO APPLY, VISIT http://tinyurl.com/18-19Delta
The Delta High School Gesa Team won the Campus Branch Challenge sponsored by Gesa Credit Union on December 9th, 2017. They competed against nine other local high schools for the honor of having their marketing promotion re-created by Gesa this spring. The members of the Gesa team are: Tina Tran – Gesa Manager; McKenzi Ortega – Gesa Co-Manager and Graphic Designer; and Tellers Dylan Harbo, Jared Yearsley, Emma Hayward, Alberto Navarette, Madilyn Hazel, and Jeaziree Salise. Their marketing campaign, “Spring into Savings” will come to life in all the area high schools this March. Be looking for a real life money tree and changes to win prizes! Congratulations on a well-deserved award.
On Monday, December 18th we celebrated the culmination of our 3rd Annual Winter Wishes Program! We are thrilled to announce that ALL wishes were fulfilled this year.
2017 Stats: 188 Wishes Made! 130 Items! 100 Deltonians receiving a wish!
Thank you to PODS (Parents of Delta Students) for all your help to make this year's campaign a huge success! Check out the story on our Winter Wishes program here:
We'd like to offer a BIG congratulations to the 27 Delta High School students who were inducted into our school's chapter of the National Honor Society on November 21st, 2017! Those 27 Deltonians are now a member of the nation's oldest, largest, and most prestigious student recognition program. In addition to their strong academic record, these students serve as leaders throughout our school and community! Congrats NHS Members!
9th graders from Delta got an up close and personal look at the B Reactor this November! The tour concluded their trimester long project studying World War II. Student groups were able to present their final projects onsite at the B Reactor in front of parents and B reactor staff. The Project: Based on their own historical research, students were to convince the judges weather or not the atomic bomb should have been dropped on Nagasaki, Japan during World War II. What a way to make history come alive! Way to go 9th grade!
A special thank you to our parents who helped chaperone the tour and judge the presentations.
Delta hosts community-wide event on Wednesday, November 8th, 6:30 p.m., featuring the Sundance-selected documentary Most Likely to Succeed, followed by an interactive discussion. Students, families, and community members are welcome to attend!
About the Film:
Most Likely to Succeed examines the history of education in the United States, revealing the growing shortcomings of conventional education methods in today’s innovative world. The film explores compelling new approaches that aim to revolutionize teaching as we know it.
To view the film trailer: https://vimeo.com/122502930
“If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow.” – John Dewey
Delta students participated in our annual Fall Field Trip Day on Tuesday, October 24th! Freshmen experienced a day full of hands-on activities focused on Nuclear Technologies and CyberSecurity as part of our Career Connections Day. Thank you to our partners that supported this event - Columbia Basin College, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - Battelle, and Areva. Sophomores explored medical careers as part of our Health Science Day. Thank you to our partners - Washington State University Tri-Cities Nursing Program and Pre-Health Club, Kadlec Regional Medical Center, Tri-City Laboratory, Perry Technical Institute, Juniors and Seniors visited college campuses, including Gonzaga University, Eastern Washington University, Central Washington University, Perry Technical Institute, and Washington State University - Pullman (Go Cougs!).
A special thank you to our parents who helped chaperone the many events!
Delta High School was proud to be one of only a handful of education stops around Washington State as part of the Association of Washington Businesses' annual Manufacturing Week bus tour. Legislators and business leaders from across Washington participated in a Delta tour, and Delta student tour guides got to leave their mark on the #AWB bus!
Delta High School welcomed new and returning Delta students and families at our annual back to school night. Parents enjoyed tours led by their student, and students signed up for the many fun Delta clubs happening this year. Shout out to our brand new Creative Writing club!
We are excited to see you all for our schedule pick-up day happening on Monday, August 21st from 1:00 - 3:00 pm in the Delta Dining Hall! Don't worry if you can't make it...schedules will be available before school on August 29th and 30th. They will also be available on PowerSchool starting that first week back. We hope all Delta Families can attend our Annual Family Mixer on Friday, September 8th. Come by to introduce your parents to our Delta Teachers & Staff, learn about Delta Clubs, and enjoy a root beer float provided by our wonderful kitchen team! We are looking forward to a fantastic 2017-2018 school year!
Delta celebrates it's 5th annual commencement ceremony on Thursday, June 1st, 2017, at 7:00 p.m., at the Three Rivers Convention Center. This year we are celebrating 87 graduates, a 97% on time graduation rate, and nearly $2.2 million in scholarships and grant awards. Way to go, Class of 2017 Deltonians!
Congratulations to Delta students Jeaziree Salise, Rudy Garcia, Anthony Chung, and Zac Matson for placing at State National History Day competition, earning the right to compete at this year's National History Day competition at the University of Maryland - College Park. These students will take a once in a lifetime trip to our nation's capital, in addition to competing for various awards and prizes at this year's competition in June 2017. Good luck, NHD competitors!
Delta joined Chiawana High STEM program students for a day filled with learning at this year's annual STEM-Con event. A big thank you to WSU Tri-Cities for provideing facility space, and to all of our amazing community partners for facilitating fabulous hands-on workshops! Students explored career areas, met mentors, and learned new skills.
Delta students and families are invited to attend our National History Day Student Showcase Night, Wednesday, February 22nd, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Student projects, including exhibits, documentaries, and websites, will be on display throughout the school. Come check out the entries before students head to regional NHD competition at Eastern Washington University on Saturday, February 25th. We hope to see you there!
We will have school on Friday, March 3rd. The trimester break day is cancelled, in order to utilize the day as a snow make-up day. Thank you!
All three of our partner districts have determined that graduations will be held as scheduled. Our Delta Class of 2017 graduation ceremony will still be on Thursday, June 1st, 7:00 p.m., at the Tri-Cities Convention Center. (Re)mark your calendars!
With regards to the final day of school and make-up days for seniors, a decision has not yet been reached. School districts seeking a waiver of the 180-day requirement must submit this request in mid-March, so we expect to hear more about this in the coming weeks. Once the final day of school is determined, a plan will be developed for senior make-up days; seniors are required to complete 175-days.
This year we visited 11 public middle schools, 4 private schools, 2 home-school cooperatives, and hosted 2 family information nights - that's a lot of presentations! We hope you enjoyed learning more about our school. A big THANK YOU to our fabulous Delta High Ambassadors for all their help with the recruiting process!
Applicants will be notified in early March if they are selected in the lottery. Students who are not selected will be notified of their wait list status by mail.
The application period is now closed. Thank you for your interest in joining our school! If you still wish to submit an application, please contact our office. Late applications will be placed at the bottom of the wait list.
School is cancelled for Wednesday, February 15th, due to poor road conditions throughout the region. Thank you.
School is cancelled for Thursday, February 9th, due to poor road conditions throughout the region. Thank you.
School is cancelled for Wednesday, January 18th, due to icy conditions throughout the region. Thank you.
Congratulations to our Delta Robotics team! The FIRST Tech Challenge team will be heading on to state, after receiving the following awards at this year's regionals:
PTC Design Award, 1st Place
Rockwell Collins Innovate Award, 2nd Place
Inspire Award, 2nd Place
Motivate Award, 3rd Place
Finalist Alliance Captain
School is cancelled for Wednesday, January 18th, due to icy conditions throughout the region. Thank you.
We have to again cancel for Thursday, January 19th, due to icy conditions. Thanks!
A 2-hour delay has been called for Thursday, January 12th. Please watch for updates in the morning, in case this changes to a cancellation. Thank you.
Due to our continuous winter weather ... school has been closed January 9th - 11th. Please watch for updates. Stay safe!
Due to cold temperatures and poor side road conditions, a 2-hour delay has been called for Wednesday, January 4th. We look forward to seeing you back at school!
Due to road conditions, a 2-hour delay has been called for Friday, December 16th. Please watch for updates in the morning. Thank you!
Due to road conditions, school has been cancelled for today. Stay warm and safe!
Due to hazardous and difficult road conditions, school has been CANCELLED for Monday, December 12th. Thank you!
There will be a 2-hour delay on Friday, December 9th, due to inclement weather. Thank you!
On Monday, December 19th, we celebrated our annual Winter Wishes program, honoring those who give to help others. This year we received 93 wishes for 77 items for 61 Delta students. Thanks to our many donors, we were able to fulfill so many requests! Donations totaled over $4,000 - wow!
Thank you to this year's Winter Wishes sponsors!
Delta PoDS (Parents of Delta Students)
Battelle / PNNL
Numerica Credit Union
Bullock Eye Care
Gesa Credit Union
The Horn Family
Shelly Manlove Thompson
Mike & Bev Anderson
The Lugo Family
The Bender Family
Barb & Steve Smith
The Southworth Family
... and several anonymous donors
On Tuesday, October 25th, 420 Delta High School students participated in the 3rd annual Fall Field Trip Day which included events related to career and college exploration. While juniors and seniors set out across the state on college tours, 9th grade students attended Nuke Tech Day at Washington State University Tri-Cities and 10th grade students stayed on the Delta campus for Health Science Day.
Both Nuke Tech and Health Science Day invite guest presenters to lead workshops with our students focused on aspects of nuclear or health/science related careers. Nuke Tech Day presenters included: Bechtel National, Inc. Energy Northwest, the Herbert M. Parker Foundation, and the CBC Nuclear Technology Program. Students also toured the AREVA site in Richland, WA as well as the Atkins Engineering Laboratory near the WSU TC campus. Health Science Day presenters included: Tri-Cities Cancer Center, Kadlec Regional Medical Center, Tri-Cities Laboratory, Pre-Health Club at WSU TC, Perry Technical Institute, Heritage University, and the Benton-Franklin Health Department. Students also toured the Health Science Building at the CBC Richland Campus.
College tours across the state included: University of Washington, Washington State University (Pullman), Eastern Washington University, Whitworth University, University of Idaho and Perry Technical University. Delta students toured college campuses, met with admission counselors, and in some cases went on tours of specific departments that were of interest to them.
“We’d like to extend our sincere thanks to the many community organizations who spent the day providing interactive, hands-on and relevant activities for our students, stated Dr. Jenny Rodriquez, Delta High School Principal. Fall Field Trip Day is about sparking interest for careers that our students have yet to be exposed to. When students get the chance to learn from industry professionals and to tour labs that they might one day work in, something resonates, and a passion begins.”
Our Fall Field Trip day was a big success, in large part to our great community and regional partners! Thank you to the following organizations and companies for your support of Delta students:
Nuke Tech Day
Bechtel National, Inc.
Herbert M. Parker Foundation
CBC Nuclear Technology Program
Atkins Engineering Laboratory
WSU Tri-Cities ... for hosting our group!
Health Science Day
Kadlec Regional Medical Center
Perry Technical Institute
Pre-Health Club at WSU TC
Tri-Cities Cancer Center
CBC Health Science Program
Benton Franklin Health District
College Tour Locations
University of Washington – 100 students!
Washington State University, Pullman
University of Idaho, Moscow
Eastern Washington University
Perry Technical Institute
September 26, 2016
We are excited and proud to announce that Delta High Senior Jaxon Dean will serve as the student representative on the Kennewick School Board for the 2016-2017 school year! Jaxon will serve as a resource to board members regarding student reaction and perspectives to board policy and other student issues.
Jaxon is well prepared for this opportunity. He served as the Delta High Senate Treasurer last year, and is an active member of several student clubs, including Key Club and National Honor Society. The role will also help him learn more about public service and local government, as one of his goals is to serve in the Washington State House of Representatives.
September 15, 2016
Delta is hosting a free workshop on helping your teen navigate the digital world on Wednesday, September 21st, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. All Delta parents/guardians are welcome.
Does managing your teen’s relationship with technology cause friction in your home? Are you concerned for their emotional and social well being within digital spaces? It doesn’t have to be this painful…
CivilSchools Presents: Helping Your Teen Navigate the Digital World: Moving from Hurtful to Healthful.
Rather than spending an evening discussing the dangers of social media, which are vast, we are going to equip you with the high leverage skills and interventions that are critical to your adolescent’s well being. We have arrived in the digital world without a map or compass, thus putting many parents behind the eight ball. As with many of life’s challenges, they produce some of life’s greatest lessons.
With a good strategy, the digital world can be a perfect place for your child to develop self-regulation and self-awareness. We will focus on the pro-social behaviors that will help your family not only successfully handle cyber-bullying, sexting, and other negative elements of the online world but how to design a plan that prepares them to thrive within it.
Presented by Eric Thompson, Co-Founder/Director of Leadership Development at CivilSchools. Eric is a Silicon Valley based executive coach, socially conscious parent and entrepreneur. For the past 10 years Eric has served the business and educational community by teaching advanced leadership and influence techniques that build psychologically safe environments. He and his team at CivilSchools have developed an evidenced-based bullying prevention curriculum that has been used across the United States as well as in 18 different countries to increase acts of civility. Eric has a passion for teaching people the critical skills necessary to be able to act as UPstanders rather than bystanders.
September 2, 2016
Late this morning, Delta students and staff were again evacuated due to a continued intermittent "gas smell" in the building. After this second evacuation, a determination was made to move students to our neighboring school, Chiawana High. Any student that reported any medical symptoms was checked by Pasco Fire Department Emergency Services and cleared; no students or staff required transport to the hospital. Nursing staff were available to monitor and wait with any student feeling ill until they could be picked up by family members.
Many families were welcomed at Chiawana to pick up their Delta student. Students remaining at CHS were returned to Delta at the end of the day, to pick up vehicles or take regular school or transit buses home. We want to send a big THANK YOU to the staff of Chiawana High, as well as Pasco School District, for welcoming us, feeding us, and keeping us safe!
After a thorough investigation by Cascade Natural Gas, Pasco Fire Department, and school district personnel, it was determined there is no further cause for concern on the Delta campus. School will resume on Tuesday, 9/6/16, as scheduled.
Thank you for your support on this challenging day! We appreciate everyone's commitment to our students' and staff's health and safety.
September 2, 2016
This morning we evacuated Delta High School due to reports of a gas odor. Students and staff evacuated quickly and safely, and remained out of the building until cleared to return by Pasco Fire Department, Cascade Natural Gas, and Pasco School District officials. Students returned to class to continue their day. A few students reported headaches and other minor symptoms; all students reporting symptoms were checked by Pasco Fire Department Emergency Personnel, including trained medics. All students were cleared. Continued reports of odor were further investigated by CNG personnel and fire department; no leaks were found in the building.
Please stay tuned for further updates.
We can't wait to see everyone when school opens this fall! Freshmen orientation will take place on the first day of school, August 30th; all students are back to school on August 31st.
We are thrilled to welcome the following new faculty this year:
Adrian Paulakis, 9th grade social studies
Cameron Greminger, 9th grade science
Marc Dowd, 10th grade English language arts
Rychell Hayes, 10th grade mathematics
Celeste Frisbee, 11th-12th Spanish
Jonet Sudduth, Special Education teacher
Katie Deffinbaugh, Special Education paraeducator
See you soon, Deltonians!
We are thrilled with the amazing graphic art coming out of Ms. Edmunson's multi-media arts class! This year, Deltonians competed in the ESD-123 High School Art Show. Congratulations to the following recognized artists: Milla Roberts, Superintendent's Choice Award; Alex Tonthat, Judge's Choice Award:, and, Erick Leal, Judge's Choice Honorable Mention.
Congratulations to all our Delta NHD competitors! You made us proud at the Eastern Regionals competition at Eastern Washington University on February 27, 2016. Shout-out to students moving on to state competition at Green River Community College this April:
o Freshman Jeaziree Salise, 1st place, Individual Website
o Sophomore Leslie Esquival, 3rd place, Individual Website
o Sophomores Ben Southworth and Linnea Walter, 1st place, Group Website
o Sophomores Tina Tran and Jazmin Mejia-Villa, 2nd place, Group Website
o Sophomore Auna Pippins, 2nd place, Individual Documentary
o Senior Erma Choice, 1st place, Individual Exhibit
o Junior Olivia Coleman, 2nd place, Individual Exhibit
o Freshman Lydia Mitchell, 4th place, Individual Exhibit
o Seniors Rachel Rodney and Nelly Garibaldo-Hernandez, 1st place, Group Exhibit
o Juniors Daisy Cardoso, Jennifer Tene, and Joseline Tene, 2nd place, Group Exhibit
o Sophomore Zach Matson, 1st place, Historical Paper
o Junior Sanjay Philip, 1st place, Historical Paper
o Sophomore Samuel Lewis, 2nd place, Historical Paper
o Junior Leah Snyder, 2nd place, Historical Paper
o Sophomore Hannah Doyle, 2nd place, Historical Paper
It's official! The 2016-2017 Delta lottery for the Class of 2020 is now closed. All applicants selected in the lottery will be notified before Spring Break; students not selected will remain on the wait list.
Good luck, Class of 2020!
Come check out MAC MONDAYS! We will have open Mac Lab in room 208 Mondays after school until 5:00 pm. Students and staff can test for MOS certifications and student tutors are available upon request for Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, and more. Get your creative on and come practice Photo shop, Illustrator, Premier, Light Room, and more, or come create video and audio projects with iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, Audacity (sound editing) and Garage Band. Come hone your skills and have some fun creative time on Monday afternoons!
Congratulations to Delta High School sophomore Hannah Doyle and Social Studies teacher David Blacketer on their selection for the National History Day Albert H. Smalls Sacrifice for Freedom Normandy Institute! Doyle and Blacketer are one of 15 student-teacher teams from across the United States selected for the prestigious program. They will spend the year investigating the historical story of a Washington WWII veteran, culminating in research time at the National Archives in Washington D.C. in June, followed by a trip to the beaches of Normandy and the US Cemetery in France, where Doyle will deliver a eulogy to the selected WWII hero.
We are thrilled our first annual Winter Wishes campaign fulfilled nearly 50 wishes for 37 of our Delta students. Donations exceeding $4,100.00 were accumulated to fulfill wishes, ranging from new shoes, to laptop computers. Students received business clothes, gas cards, and groceries, too. A big thank you to our Delta Natural Helpers and Parents of Delta Students (PoDS) groups for spearheading this campaign! Special thanks to Ms. Janett, Mrs. Hoppe, and Mrs. Muir for lots of behind the scenes work, and to the Delta Key Club for gift wrapping all the items for our wishees.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Delta 9th Grade students enjoyed the annual NukeTech Day event, including hands-on workshops presented by CBC, Bechtel, and Areva. For an inside look, check out this video from Bechtel:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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