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The goal of the Migrant Education Program is to ensure that all migrant students reach challenging academic standards and graduate with a high school diploma (or complete a GED) that prepares them for responsible citizenship, further learning, and productive employment. As a support office funded through a Migrant Education state grant, the MSDRS Office plays an important role in administering of state program directives. A working agreement between the administrator of the grant (Sunnyside School District) and the grantor and program director (Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in Olympia) ensures that all program activities are implemented.

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Migrant Student Data

The MSDRS Office hosts the Migrant Student Information System (MSIS) and oversees the transfer of Migrant Education Program student academic and health records in Washington State. The MSDRS Office receives academic and health data on over 32,000 students from migrant-funded school districts and preschools. Online access to the statewide MSIS is available through secure Internet communication lines from school district and preschool agency staff that provide service to migrant students. Migrant-funded agencies and school districts are able to access their individual student information or district reports online. A toll-free line (800-274-6084) enables school districts and preschool agencies to contact MSDRS staff when additional assistance is needed.

Click here to request access to MSIS.

Records Clerk Training

MSDRS staff provide a statewide, consistent and systematic training to Migrant Records Clerks in migrant-funded districts regarding their local MSDRS requirements. Records clerks are trained on the reporting of migrant student data online. In addition, an overview on other aspects of the Migrant Education Program that are under the direction of the MSDRS office are reviewed.

For more information or if you would like to request that a Records Clerk training be conducted in your district, please contact Lisa Schlenker

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MSDRS recruiters travel and assist migrant students and district staff in all non project districts across Washington state.

Click here to view MSDRS Staff Directory.

Identification & Recruitment (ID&R) Training

MSDRS staff provide a statewide, consistent and systematic training to recruiters in migrant-funded districts regarding their local ID&R requirements. Recruiters receive the following training: An overview of the Migrant Education Program; role of the Recruiter; eligibility criteria based on the federal register; completion of the certificate of eligibility; familiarization with the growers and crops/activities in their area; coordination between preschools/school districts; coordination with social service agencies; and conducting effective interviews with migrant families; etc.

For more information or if you would like to request that a Recruiter training be conducted in your district, please contact Lisa Schlenker

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Migrant Education Program Events

MSDRS staff host and provide assistance for a multitude of events that benefit migrant students, parents and district staff accross Washington State.

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Portable Assisted Study Sequence (PASS)

The Portable Assisted Study Sequence (PASS) Program offers fully accredited high school courses that can be completed by a student semi-independently. By completing PASS courses, a student makes up credit deficiencies, catches up with peers, and is encouraged to continue and graduate. Each course is shipped from Sunnyside, Washington. Tests are administered locally and scored by PASS staff. Grade reports and transcripts are issued.

To find out how to implement PASS at your school, please contact Heather Garcia-Mendoza

Click here to view PASS resources, log in to PASS, or for more information.

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Staff Directory


Lionel Campos

Administrative Assistant
Denise Trautman

Office & Data Management Services (DMS)

Office & Data Management Services Coordinator
Lisa Schlenker

Data Management Specialist/Trainer
Bengie Aguilar
Margaret Lopez

Identification & Recruitment Trainer
Eric Garza

Fiscal Specialist
Alicia Champion

Tina Mortensen

Migrant Student Information System (MSIS)

System Administrator
Adrian Sanchez

Programmer/Systems Analyst
Norberto Bobadilla
Susan Copenhaver
Steven Yager

Technical Assistant
Alvina Ocegueda

Identification & Recruitment (ID&R)

Identification & Recruitment Coordinator
Israel Hernandez

Elsa Aranda
Mary Rodriguez
Minerva Rodriguez
Natalie Palomarez
Ramiro Segovia
Valerea Cruz

Student Support Services

Student Support Services Coordinator
Heather Garcia-Mendoza

Publication Specialist/Events Manager
Elizabeth Ramos

Obed Moreno

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