Ridgeview High students raise over $2000 for Hurricane Harvey victims

Students at Ridgeview High School recently raised over $2,000 to benefit a Texas high school with the misfortune of being in the path of Hurricane Harvey.  

Kingwood High School in Kingwood, Texas is still uninhabitable weeks after Harvey’s destructive winds caused widespread damage to the Houston area and much of the Texas Gulf Coast in early September 2017. The homes of many Kingwood High students were flooded during the storm. Kingwood’s students are currently sharing space with another area high school until their school can be repaired.   

“My students were moved by the stories of students and families facing the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey after coming across videos showing the widespread flooding,” teacher Heather Peterson said. “They didn’t want to just sit around and do nothing – they all felt motivated to help in some way.”

Ridgeview students, with the help of Peterson and fellow teacher Ben Parsons, sprung into action and contacted the organization AVID to assist them with locating an AVID school in Texas they …

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Redmond School District to present talk for prospective college athletes

Redmond School District (RSD) Athletic Director Kevin Bryant will give a talk titled “Your Athletic Future” on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017 in the Redmond High School auditorium.

RSD coaches will join Bryant for the presentation, which will focus on next steps for high school athletes wanting to pursue playing at the collegiate level.

“I highly recommend area high school athletes and parents attend this free presentation as it will give them great insight into academic, social and athletic expectations for playing at the next level,” Bryant said.

The event will conclude with a panel discussion involving RSD coaches who either coached or played sports in college, taking questions from the audience.

The presentation will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Redmond High is located at 675 SW Rimrock Way in Redmond.

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Redmond School District Superintendent makes hay of his summer

When school lets out each summer, Redmond School District Superintendent Mike McIntosh not only has his regular summer schedule to keep, which largely entails planning for the upcoming school year, but he also has charge of his 120-acre cattle ranch and haying operation in Terrebonne, Ore.  

The McIntosh family began ranching in Central Oregon in the 1960s, when Mike’s father, Mac, moved to Redmond from Baker County, Oregon. Mac first raised horses on a six-acre farm where Redmond Proficiency Academy Middle School is now located, later moving to the Lazy ‘M’ Ranch in 1979. Mac was also an educator and administrator for Richland, Oregon and Redmond Schools for 37 years, 27 in the Redmond School District.

“My father and I both taught in local schools, served as administrators and fully immersed ourselves in that world,” McIntosh said. “We have both loved being educators, but the ranch has always served as our little getaway where we can unwind and think.”  

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Redmond School District releases back-to-school information for 2017-2018

In anticipation of the 2017-2018 school year, Redmond School District has compiled a list of helpful forms, resources and school supply lists for grades K-12.

“We like to get back-to-school information to parents as soon as possible to allow them to plan, budget and prepare their kids for success in the upcoming year,” Superintendent Mike McIntosh said. “We’ve put a lot of information online to streamline the process for parents, but if they have any questions they shouldn’t hesitate to contact us.”

To access back-to-school information for the 2017-2018 school year, visit: tiny.cc/2017-18_BackToSchool.

For any questions, individual school contact information can be found at: redmond.k12.or.us/contact.

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Ridgeview High School Cheerleading team returns from camp with honors

The Ridgeview High School Ravens cheerleading team recently returned from the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) cheer champ at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore. where they earned a bid to compete at NCA Nationals held in California.

“Along with their many accomplishments, the entire team left the camp with improved skills and an even stronger bond than before we left for Corvallis,” Cheerleading Coach Shantell Benedictus said. “I couldn’t be prouder of our team for showcasing what it means to be a Raven cheerleader.”

Throughout the camp, the team won multiple “spirit sticks,” which is awarded by an NCA staff member who recognizes squads who exhibit the qualities cheerleaders should have, such as heart, diligence, dedication, good sportsmanship, a positive attitude and teamwork, Benedictus explained.

Nine Ravens were nominated for All-American cheerleader: Haley Teucher (leadership), Gabrielle Crouch (stunt), Kaytlyn Barber (stunt), Brytney Trost (stunt), Grace Potter (stunt), Maddie Abramson (leadership/dance), Gaby Smith (jumps), Grace Larkin (jumps), and Lindsay Sisson (leadership). NCA created the All-American Team to recognize individuals who display exemplary cheerleading and leadership skills. Team …

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Redmond High JROTC Academic Team places eighth in national competition

Redmond High School’s Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (MJROTC) Academic Team recently returned from Washington, D.C., where they placed eighth in the Marine Corps JROTC Academic Bowl Championship.

“Our team has a lot to be proud of for placing in the top eight nationally against some of the best schools in the country,” retired Lieutenant Colonel Doug Seal said. “Along with performing at a high level at the national championship, our students had a great opportunity to tour our nation’s capital and build relationships with other JROTC students from across the United States.”

Redmond High’s Academic Team includes team captain senior Kason Rondot, senior Alex Cozine, senior Randy Garcia and junior Megan Kolkman. The team is led by Seal and retired Master Gunnery Sergeant Mike Trammel, both of the United States Marine Corps.

When not competing, the Redmond High team visited several national monuments, Arlington National Cemetery and got as close as possible to the White House for a photo opportunity.

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Redmond School District hosts summer meals kick off event

Redmond School District (RSD) will host a summer meals kick off event with a representative from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Friday, July 21, 2017.

The kick off will feature the school district’s tricycle food cart and Timothy T. Thole, Team Leader of Special Nutrition Programs for the USDA’s Western Regional Office, who will be on hand to address attendees.

The district’s summer meals program is part of the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program, which ensures that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session.

Now in its second year of service, the meals on three wheels cart pedals around the Redmond area each summer providing free, nutritious lunches, RSD’s Director of Nutrition Services Keith Fiedler explained.

“The bike cart is a fun way to bring meals to kids who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend,” Fiedler said. “We purchased the cart using funds from a USDA grant and were able to retrofit the cart to serve 30-40 kids per day, five days a week.

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Redmond School District hosts Bike for Life camp

The Redmond School District (RSD) is hosting a Bike for Life camp from July 10 – 14, 2017 at Ridgeview High School.

Bike for Life camps are five-day events, designed to help individuals learn how to ride bikes, including those with special needs, camp facilitator Dianna Hansen explained. In addition to volunteering with Bike for Life, Hansen is the executive director of the Central Oregon Disability Support Network.

“These camps provide the attendees with a valuable life skill and a sense of independence,” Hansen said.  “Many of the kids attending may not go on to drive, so having the ability to use a bicycle as transportation is very important for their future education and employment needs.”

Campers are outfitted with specially designed bikes to help support any level of experience, physical disability and intellectual or developmental disability. They are accompanied by two volunteer assistants for one hour and fifteen minutes each day. Bike for Life is …

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Redmond School District holds transportation open house

Redmond School District’s (RSD) Transportation Services is hosting an open house on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 with the aim of hiring new bus drivers.

“It’s that time of year again when we need to bulk up staffing for the upcoming school year,” Transportation Supervisor Michelle Rainville explained. “We had a successful open house last year and are looking to have an even bigger turnout of prospective drivers this year.”

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet current drivers, learn about the job, ride a bus and take a tour of RSD’s transportation facilities.

“Driving for Redmond schools is an excellent opportunity to work flexible hours in a positive work environment,” Rainville said. “Our drivers provide safe transportation for students and support the community, all while earning a paycheck.”

Prior experience is not required. Participants are encouraged to bring an up-to-date resume.

The open house is scheduled between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. at the Transportation Services office located at 245 SW Rimrock Way in Redmond.

For questions contact Transportation Services at

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Redmond High School names new varsity head football coach

Former Redmond High School (RHS) assistant football coach Gene Dales has been named head coach of the RHS Panthers varsity football team, Principal Paul Nolan recently announced.  

“Gene has been with our Panther program for some time now, knows our students well and has their trust and respect,” Nolan said. “He is the perfect candidate to keep our football team competitive and take them to the next level.”

Dales previously served as RHS’s Dean of Students while simultaneously serving as defensive coordinator under Head Coach Nathan Stanley. The Panthers advanced to two state quarterfinal playoffs during this time.

He retired as Dean of Students in 2016, but remained at RHS as a half time physical education teacher.

“I’m excited to return and take the helm of Panther football,” Dales said. “This is a program capable of matching the success of previous years, however, we will be a young team and we will need to build upon our collective growth as the season continues. I’m thrilled to continue working with RHS kids and …

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