CNA program

Redmond’s Ridgeview offers nursing course

If all goes as planned, come spring, 17-year-old Kailee Dyer will be graduating Ridgeview High School and looking for a job as a certified nursing assistant.

Kailee is enrolled with about 20 fellow students in a special nursing assistant course that will prepare them to test for their state certificates.

“CNA gets my foot in the door,” said Kailee, who ultimately wants to study to become a registered nurse. Her goal is to move to the Portland area and spend a year working as a certified nursing assistant after she graduates in June. That way she can save some money and enroll in community college in fall 2019.

Ridgeview High School, which opened in 2012, was built with a medical lab to serve just this type of program, but it sat empty for a few years. In time for this school year, Redmond School District and Central Oregon Community College came together to make the program happen. The class began this month because it is a second trimester course.

The 20 students in the course …

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Ashley Guyette

Fearless Redmond senior’s rosy outlook inspires others

Ashley Guyette is fearless. Even at just 5 feet 4, she stands tall when facing adversity. She always has.

The Redmond High senior guard has spent more time in hospitals and in doctors’ offices than anyone ever should, yet she has only grown stronger from it. She is not one to complain or make excuses. Rather, Guyette plays the hand she has been dealt and does so with an all-in approach. She has become an inspiration to many as her rosy outlook — on a basketball game, on a soccer match, on life — has never wavered.

Her strength and positivity have never been shaken — not even when they could have easily been torn down.

Guyette was an active child growing up. She was a basketball junkie who was always running around outside, often running around with friends. Though Guyette’s liveliness, at least from fourth grade on, was restrained by a back brace that she was instructed to wear to curtail the development of scoliosis, a sideways curvature of the spine.

“That …

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Redmond High School student selected for State Student Council Executive Board

Redmond HIgh School sophomore JJ Riddell was recently elected to serve a one-year term on the executive board of the Oregon Association of Student Councils (OASC).

The elections took place in November 2017 at the annual fall conference in Seaside, Ore., where a group of 1,500 students and advisors from over 100 high schools were in attendance.

“The student board members are extremely valuable to our association,” OASC Executive Director Sara Nilles said. “They are also outstanding leaders in their own school and community.  They each bring their own unique perspective to our statewide association.”

As an executive board member, Riddell will represent his region and join a group of ten other youth board members, and ten adult board members from around the state. His duties include planning and presiding over two statewide conferences, communicating with schools in his region, writing newsletter articles and participating in policy decisions for the association.

“JJ is one of the most natural leaders I have been around in my 11 years of teaching,” teacher Trevor Tusow said. Tusow acts …

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Redmond athletic director Bryant takes on two jobs

Kevin Bryant has written the book on being an athletic director — literally: “The Athletic Director Survival Guide.” He has spoken to high school ADs around the country and has been an athletics administrator at both the high school and collegiate levels.

Yet not even his own book — nor his numerous seminars, nor his impressive resume — could have prepared him for his current duties.

Bryant is the athletic director for the Redmond School District; not an uncommon position in Oregon (12 others are district ADs who oversee high schools throughout the state). But no one is performing the duties similar to Kevin Bryant: district athletic director while serving as AD for both Redmond and Ridgeview high schools.

“It’s one of the things that attracted me to the job was the challenge,” says Bryant, 59. “I’ve been able to speak in 15 different states to high school ADs, and I’ve never seen this arrangement. It’s really interesting, obviously challenging. I’ve always wanted to be a district athletic director, so when this opportunity came up, it …

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Redmond High School presents “Sense and Sensibility”

The Advanced Theatre Ensemble class at Redmond High School (RHS) will present “Sense and Sensibility” beginning Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 at 7 p.m.  

“This playful, family-friendly adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of the Dashwood sisters—sensible Elinor (junior McKenna Kemry) and hypersensitive Marianne (junior Jazzie Goldsworthy)—after their father’s sudden death leaves them financially destitute and socially vulnerable,” drama teacher Hilda Beltran Wagner explained.  

The RHS production is the Central Oregon premiere of this fresh, Off-Broadway hit; it is also the debut production of the school’s newly formed Advanced Theatre Ensemble class, Beltran Wagner said.  

Additional performances are scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $3 for students; $5 for seniors; $8 for adults. Tickets are available for purchase online at

All performances will occur in RHS’s Clyde Moore Auditorium.

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Obsidian Middle School students get creative during “Genius Hour”

Since the beginning of the 2017-18 school year, Obsidian Middle School (OMS) students have been engaged in an exciting new program called “Genius Hour.”

The idea of “Genius Hour” originated with search engine giant Google, where the company allows engineers to spend 20 percent of their time on “pet” or “passion” projects. Gmail is said to have been developed during this time.

“We heard of Google’s model and other schools implementing a “Genius Hour” and were inspired to bring it to OMS,” Assistant Principal Sam Platt said. “It’s a pretty simple idea that if you allow students to work on something they love and interests them, their productivity goes up. So far, the results have been amazing with students working on everything from drone videos to humanitarian projects.”

Eighth-grader Emily Adame was tired of seeing depression affecting her loved ones, and after a little research she determined there is a lot of misinformation about how depression works. She has been using her “Genius Hour” time to research depression and come up with not only possible solutions, …

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Tuck Elementary teacher creates character boot camp for girls

On Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from late October through mid-November 2017, the John Tuck Elementary gymnasium was transformed into a character-building boot camp for third through fifth-grade girls.

Created by Tuck Elementary teacher Susan Gotshall, the program called Tornado Girl Boot Camp was thought up as a response to combat squabbling and gossip among elementary age girls and a way to build character.

“I think this age range is such a pivotal time for girls to learn about friendship, loyalty, determination, self-worth, and finding their own inner strength,” Gotshall said.

Each session begins with the group talking about a character trait and how it applies to the girl’s lives and then they do a boot camp workout, all while wearing t-shirts with the words, “I am a Tornado Girl: I am strong. I am smart. I can do anything.”

The girls absolutely love it and have so much fun,” Gotshall said. “I see them in the hallway with the biggest smiles and they …

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RHS Panthers Leadership Class

Redmond High School class raises money for breast cancer awareness

Redmond High School’s (RHS) Advanced Leadership class raised over $2,000 for Sara’s Project during Project Pink Week from Oct. 23-27, 2017, an annual breast cancer awareness week organized by the high school.

“I’m proud of our leadership students for taking on this fundraiser and raising a sizable amount of money for a worthy cause,” teacher Trevor Tusow said. Tusow teaches RHS’s Advanced Leadership class and oversaw the project. “Our leadership students develop and build leadership skills by actively participating in school functions and getting involved in community service to benefit programs like Sara’s Project,” Tusow added.   

Sara’s Project, a fund of St. Charles Hospital Foundation, raises funds to provide education, early detection and support services to ease the challenges of breast cancer for people in Central and Eastern Oregon, according to the organization’s website. Sara’s Project works closely with St. Charles Cancer Center to serve anyone facing breast cancer in our region, regardless of where they receive cancer treatment.

The class surpassed last year’s fundraising by $500 by partnering with Ridgeview High …

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Redmond High School Boys Cross Country wins Academic All-State Award

Redmond High School’s boys cross country team recently earned first place honors for the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) Academic All-State Award due to their combined grade point average of 4.0.

“I am extremely proud of each one of these boys, who strive for excellence in every area of their lives,” Melissa Conley, head cross country coach said. “The way they conduct themselves in the classroom, is the same way they pursue accomplishment in their sport, and in their character. It is a privilege to work with such highly motivated young men!”

Each member of the team will receive a magnet, sling bag, pen and certificate. Additionally, the team will receive a plaque to be displayed at Redmond High.  

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Ridgeview High School to honor area veterans

Ridgeview High School will hold a Veterans Day assembly on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 to pay respect to Central Oregon veterans.

“We are hoping to have somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 veterans attend the assembly,” Assistant Principal Kathleen Glogau said. “We have a large concentration of veterans in our area and we want them to know that younger generations are grateful for their service.”  

Long time newsman Bob Shaw of KTVZ will act as the master of ceremonies. The assembly will highlight the Vietnam War with a video of three veterans who served in the war. The Ridgeview High band and choir have arranged special pieces for the assembly.  

Refreshments prepared by Ridgeview’s culinary program will be served. Ridgeview branded t-shirts honoring veterans are available day of the event for $15.

The assembly will run from 9:44 a.m. to 10:23 a.m. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

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