Redmond School District to host 3 on 3 basketball tournament

The Redmond School District (RSD), along with several community partners, will host a 3 on 3 basketball tournament from Saturday, Aug. 11 through Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018 in Redmond, Oregon.

Dubbed the Hub City Hoop Jam, the tournament is modeled after and affiliated with Spokane’s world-renowned Hoopfest, a 3 on 3 basketball tournament held at the end of June every year.

“We’re looking forward to bringing basketball players from all over the state and region to compete in our inaugural Hoop Jam,” said Marc Horner, facilities and events coordinator for RSD. “With ample space, restaurants, hotels and terrific community partners, beautiful Central Oregon is the ideal location to host a large 3 on 3 tournament.”

Redmond’s tournament will include players from third grade to high school and an adult division. Nike will provide apparel and prizes for winners.

Hoop Jam sponsors include Les Schwab, Trinity Bikes, Straw Propeller Gourmet Foods, Smith Rock Electric, LLC, Pappy’s Pizzeria, Evergreen Academy Preschool & Childcare, Collins & Sons Excavating and Academy Mortgage Corporation – The …

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Redmond School District seeks community feedback for bond effort

The Redmond School District is soliciting community feedback for its November 2018 school bond proposal through an online survey, Superintendent Mike McIntosh announced today.

The proposed bond will address critical safety and security concerns, overdue maintenance issues and replace outdated M.A. Lynch Elementary.

“Community input is vital to a successful bond campaign,” McIntosh explained. “We’re asking Redmond School District voters to trust and partner with us, so it’s essential to receive their feedback, explain our position and ultimately get their buy-in so we can make our schools safer, more secure and modern.”

Residents of the Redmond School District are encouraged to log their thoughts, concerns and suggestions and learn more about the bond program at redmondschoolbond.org.

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Redmond School District announces Summer Meals Program schedule

Redmond School District has announced its free Summer Meals Program schedule for the summer of 2018.

The program allows children who are 18 years of age and under to receive a nutritious breakfast and lunch at no charge. No registration is required to participate.

The Redmond School District participates in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Summer Food Service Program to provide meals at the following seven locations in the community throughout the summer months:

Deschutes Public Library 827 SW Deschutes Ave. Serving Lunch Only Dates: June 18 – August 23 | M-TH Lunch Times: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

M.A. Lynch Elementary School 1314 SW Kalama Ave. Serving Lunch Only Dates: June 18 – August 24 | M-F Lunch Times: 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Highland Baptist Church Vacation Bible School 3100 SW Highland Ave. Serving Lunch Only Dates: June 25 – June 29 | M-F Lunch Times: 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Redmond High School Camp 9 675 SW Rimrock Breakfast & Lunch Served Dates: Aug. 7 – …

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Redmond High School student qualifies for national CTE competition

Redmond High School junior Kyler Outman recently qualified to participate in the SkillsUSA national competition scheduled for June 25-29, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky.

SkillsUSA is national organization comprised of students, teachers and industry partners focused on providing the United States with a skilled workforce through career and technical education (CTE) classes.    

Outman earned his trip to the national competition by winning a gold medal in cabinet-making and power equipment technologies at the SkillsUSA state competition held in April in Milwaukie, Oregon. He beat out the second place finisher by 400 points.

During the national competition, Outman will participate in a variety of challenges, including parts identification, failure analysis, reassembly of a lawn tractor transmission, fuel injection theory, circuitry and voltage drop tests, engine failure to run diagnostic, mock interviews, and much more.

“The challenges I will compete in at nationals involve skills learned from my CTE classes at Redmond High,” he said. “I’m thankful to attend a school in a district focused on providing students with …

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Tom McCall Elementary fourth-grader wins statewide essay contest

Tom McCall Elementary fourth-grader Maddox Johns recently won first place in the statewide Sons and Daughters of Oregon Pioneers (SDOP) essay contest.  

The SDOP was incorporated in 1897 with the purpose of keeping the spirit, memories, and stories of our forebears alive for future generations, according to their website. Membership is comprised of direct descendants of pioneers who arrived and settled in the Oregon Country prior to statehood in 1859.

Each year the organization puts on an essay contest for fourth-grade students who study the Oregon Trail, with this year’s topic discussing the pioneer spirit, a determination of accomplishing goals under very difficult circumstances, and how the result of that spirit has affected our lives today.

“The impact that the pioneers have made today because of their journey through the Oregon trail has affected our lives in many ways,” Johns wrote in his essay. “Our own determination, spirit, character and impact on our culture today was because of the pioneers and their long journey.“

Essay entrants were judged on how well they addressed the topic, command of grammar …

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Redmond High and Ridgeview High to hold commencement ceremonies

Ridgeview High School will graduate 228 seniors on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 during commencement ceremonies held at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center in Redmond.

Justin Irby is Ridgeview’s valedictorian, while Garrett Crouch is salutatorian for the class of 2018.

Commencement speakers for the ceremony include Principal Lee W. Loving, teacher Amanda Felton and the valedictorian and salutatorian.

Redmond High School’s (RHS) class of 2018 has 207 graduating seniors. Their commencement ceremonies are scheduled for Friday, June 8, 2018, also at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center.

RHS has two valedictorians this year, Kimberly Roberts and Treyson Conley, with Alexander Smith taking salutatorian honors.

RHS commencement speakers include assistant principals Sarah Peterson and Jason Chatterton, teacher Rob Spear, Redmond Mayor George Endicott and both valedictorians.

For both commencement ceremonies, doors open at 6 p.m. and begin at 7 p.m. in the Bank of the Cascades Event Center on the fairgrounds campus. No tickets are required.

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Redmond School District recognizes Nutrition Services employees for exemplary work

The Redmond School District (RSD) Nutrition Services team has named Brandon Evans and Adrian Robles as its two outstanding employees for the 2017-18 school year, Nutrition Services Director Keith Fiedler announced today.

Both employees are former RSD students and currently in the district’s Transition program, which serves students with disabilities ages 18-21. Students in Transition work towards career readiness, independent living, functional academics and communication.

For Adrian Robles and Brandon Evans, their positions as members of the Ridgeview High School Nutrition Services team is about more than just having a job, as it allows them to be productive, helpful and provides them a sense of purpose, Fiedler said.  

Robles is confined to a wheelchair and has limited speech capabilities, but according to Fiedler, he is one of the most valuable members of the Ridgeview High Nutrition team.  

Robles’ responsibilities include assisting with food preparation, staging hot food on pans and preparing them for use during the lunch rush. During service time, he stages hot food …

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Vern Patrick Elementary wins Oregon Department of Education Wellness Award

Vern Patrick Elementary was awarded the 2018 Oregon Department of Education (ODE) School Wellness Award by representatives of ODE at an assembly on Thursday, May 17, 2018.

“We’re very proud of the School Wellness Award as it speaks to the hard work and dedication of the staff of Vern Patrick and the district’s Nutrition Services team to prioritize and implement programs promoting health and nutrition for our students,” said Tiffani Schwarm, Community School Coordinator at Vern Patrick.

Initiated in 2008 with the support of the Nutrition Council of Oregon, ODE Child Nutrition Programs created the School Wellness Awards to recognize schools for their outstanding efforts to improve child health and make the connection between nutrition, physical activity and academic achievement.

Each year, ODE selects only three winners for the award in the entire state. The winners are selected based on outstanding implementation of school district wellness policy that includes nutrition promotion and education, physical education and physical activity, school meal programs, school-wide policies and initiatives and community involvement.

Last year, the  Vern Patrick Wellness Team …

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Obsidian Middle School’s Rosemary Tyson selected as 2019 Oregon Regional Teacher of the Year

Today, the Oregon Department of Education, in partnership with the Oregon Lottery, announced the inaugural Oregon Regional Teachers of the Year. Annually all 50 states, U.S. territories and the Department of Defense Education Activity name a teacher of the year. For the 2018-19 school year, Oregon’s program has expanded to celebrate exemplary educators in every region.

“It’s inspiring to see the great work of Oregon teachers every day,” Deputy Superintendent Colt Gill said. “I’m pleased we are able to expand this program to recognize dedicated educators across the state, and to raise awareness of best practices. These teachers, their schools and districts should be very proud of the innovation and collaboration that helps deliver students a well-rounded education.”

Each Regional Teacher of the Year will receive a $500 award from the Oregon Lottery, and is automatically considered for 2019 Oregon Teacher of the Year which will be announced in September.

Oregon educators were identified through a regional application and selection process facilitated by …

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Redmond High’s band success allows advancement to state festivals

The Redmond High School (RHS) Band program has had success at several festival championships over the course of the past year, allowing them to advance to upcoming state festivals according to RHS’s Band and Choirs Director Ben Lawson.

“I’m very proud of the hard work our band has put in this year,” Lawson said. “We have a finely tuned team who regularly impresses audiences and comes home with first and second placings as a result.”

The Wind Ensemble played at three festivals over the past year, receiving second place twice and first place once. As a result of their accomplishments, they were selected to play at the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) State Band Championships on Friday May 11 at Oregon State University.

The Jazz Band placed second at the district jazz festival on April 24 and scored well enough to be selected to advance to the Oregon Music Education Association (OMEA) State Jazz Band Championships on May 19 at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham.

Full band includes:

Abell, Maxwell- 10 Tenor Sax

Agnew, …

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