Redmond High MCJROTC program excels at state championship

The Redmond High School Marines Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps  (MCJROTC) won two state Cascade Mountain League all-service championships on Saturday, March 10, 2018 in Salem, Ore.

“It was a total team effort and we won the championship by a significant margin,” retired Lieutenant Colonel Doug Seal said. “I’m proud of our cadets for consistently performing so well at a variety of events.”

The team is led by Seal and retired Master Gunnery Sergeant Mike Trammel, both of the United States Marine Corps.

The championships are a combination of multiple drill team Events, two classes of air rifle marksmanship, and a physical training team competition.

There are fourteen teams representing Oregon and Washington in the Cascade Mountain JROTC League. The Redmond High team placed in the top five in every competitive category.

The Redmond High team also won the League’s Sportsmanship Award voted on by the league coaches, instructors, evaluators, scorers and other league officials. The Sportsmanship Award is named after …

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Redmond School District employee honored for work with special needs students

Amy Nickell, an adaptive physical education coordinator with Redmond School District, was recently awarded the Extraordinary Support Staff Award at the Oregon Statewide Transition Conference in Portland, Ore.

Nickell was recognized for her contributions to the development of vocational education and support of post-secondary outcomes for special needs students.

“Amy works with Transition students to incorporate health and fitness into their lives, creating a balanced lifestyle of positive relationships, recreation, community access and success in the workplace,” Martha Hinman explained. Hinman serves as the district’s executive director of student services which oversees the implementation of the Youth Transition Program in the district.

The program partners with schools, vocational rehabilitation, and the business community to form partnerships that help students develop work skills, habits, attitudes, and knowledge empowering them to have success and independence as they transition to adulthood.

Part of Nickell’s notable work includes facilitating a Bike for Life camp at Ridgeview High School last summer. The camps are designed to help individuals learn how to ride bikes, learn road safety and create a pathway towards …

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Redmond School District celebrates Classified Team Member Appreciation Week

Redmond School District (RSD) will celebrate Classified Team Member Appreciation Week the week of March 5-9, 2018. Celebrated the first week of March each year, the week is an opportunity to honor the many contributions classified team members provide the school district, Superintendent Mike McIntosh explained.  

“Our classified team members range from instructional assistants in the classroom to our transportation, maintenance and custodial teams,” McIntosh said. “These hard working employees provide critical support toward our goal of providing a high quality education for all students, something we truly couldn’t achieve without their significant contributions.”  

Redmond School District classified employees include: administrative support, custodians, data support, fiscal services, groundskeeping, instructional support, maintenance, nursing services, nutrition services, technology and transportation.  

The RSD Board will recognize district classified team members with a resolution during the board meeting on Wednesday, March 7, 2018.  

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Vern Patrick Elementary class awarded $500 for technology projects

Today, KTVZ’s Samantha O’Connor visited Vern Patrick Elementary’s media and technology research class along with Kyle Frick and Wayne Hanson of Mid Oregon Credit Union to award a check for $500 as part of the makerspace project.  

A makerspace is a collaborative work space inside a school, library or separate public/private facility for making, learning, exploring and sharing that uses high tech to no tech tools.

The generous grant money from Mid Oregon Credit Union will go toward funding projects for the class and providing items such as soldering kits, circuit board kits, small electronics, robotics kits and supplies for woodworking and inventing. The money will also be used for organizational materials to keep supplies clean, contained and readily accessible.   

Before today’s check presentation, students from the class participated in an Oregon Trail wagon race powered by Sphero programmable robots.

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Redmond School District announces open enrollment

The Redmond School District has announced their annual open enrollment period from March 1 to April 1, 2018.

The district has participated in the statewide open enrollment period since the enactment of Oregon House Bill 3681 in 2012. The law allows students to transfer to school districts outside of their legal residence if a student receives written consent from the receiving district. Students already enrolled at Redmond School District may also request to transfer to a different school than their assigned neighborhood school.

“Students can always apply for transfers during the regular school year, but if a student’s transfer request is accepted during open enrollment, they do not need to reapply every year in order to stay at that school,” district spokesman Rainier Butler explained.

“As a district we believe that it’s important for students to have options that allow them to succeed and each school has a strong, unique set of offerings in our district,” Butler said. “This opportunity lets families choose what options work best for their child.”

Transfers are approved on a space available basis. …

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Ridgeview High and Redmond High to host fifth annual Empty Bowls fundraiser

Ridgeview High School (RVHS) and Redmond High School students are partnering to host the annual Empty Bowls fundraising meal at RVHS on Sunday, April 08, 2018 from 12 to 6 p.m.

Celebrating its fifth year, the event features hand-crafted artisan bowls made by ceramics students at both high schools. Each year, the event has grown both in number of attendees and revenue for the benefiting charity.

“Students and community members look forward to the Empty Bowls event as it’s a great combination of showcasing the beautiful work of our high school students – both the bowls and the food, and fundraising for a wonderful, local cause,” RVHS assistant principal Jensine Peterson said.

Guests will receive gourmet hot soup, rolls and refreshments made by the culinary students at RVHS. Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available. All participants will leave with a ceramic bowl of their choice. Additional hand crafted bowls will be available for purchase. The event will also feature …

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Lynch Elementary Chess Team places well during regional tournament

The Lynch Elementary chess team placed second for the elementary level during the regional chess tournament held on Saturday, Feb. 03, 2018 at Ridgeview High School.

Third Grader Ryder Craig placed first and second grader Jaxson Lorenzen placed second. Craig and Lorenzen will advance to the Oregon state chess championship in Portland, Ore. this March.

Ten students from the 28 member club were invited to compete: Mikenna Fuentes – 3rd grade, Ryder Craig – 3rd grade, Jaxson Lorenzen – 2nd grade, Keith Buie – 2nd grade, MJ Wood -3rd grade, Justin Kemry – 4th grade, Jaella Hoffman  – 3rd grade, Savanna Oster – 1st grade, Tyler Gregory – 3rd grade and Lexie Compos – 3rd grade.

The team is coached by teachers Katie Vernon and Anna Rhodes who organized an award ceremony for the students and their families, complete with donuts, orange juice and a healthy dose of well-deserved recognition.

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Redmond High School announces Poetry Out Loud contest

Redmond High School will participate in a Poetry Out Loud competition on Wednesday, Feb. 07, 2018 at 7 p.m.

The competition, presented in partnership with the Oregon Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high students to learn about poetry through memorization, performance and competition. Over the past 11 years, Poetry Out Loud has reached more than 3 million students and 45,000 teachers nationwide.

More than 20 students from Redmond High will participate in the contest held at the Clyde Moore Auditorium of Redmond High School. The winner of the competition will advance to the state contest on Saturday, March 10, 2018. The Oregon state champion will go on to the national finals held in Washington, D.C. in April 2018.

Redmond High’s Virginia Johnson will serve as master of ceremonies and Jared Rasic, film critic with The Source Weekly, will act as a guest judge.

The competition is free and open to the public.

Please contact Redmond High’s Angela Liesching for more …

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Tom Linhares appointed to Redmond School District Budget Committee

Redmond resident Tom Linhares was appointed to the Redmond School District Budget Committee during the district’s Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 school board meeting.

The budget committee is comprised of all five school board members and five appointed budget committee members. The function of the committee is to serve a fiscal planning advisory role and to support the district in establishing priorities and best allocating resources.

Linhares has over 30 years experience working in Oregon’s local government finance system including 17 years as the Columbia County Assessor and nine years as the executive director of the Multnomah County Tax Supervising and Conservation Commission. In 2014, he served as the interim director of assessment and taxation for Wasco County and in 2015, served as the chief lobbyist for the Oregon State Association of County Assessors.

The committee will begin meeting and deliberating on the 2018-19 district budget during winter 2018.

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Four Redmond School District educators win mini-grants

Four Redmond School District educators have been awarded mini-grants from Northwest Community Credit Union. The winners were selected from 273 submissions the credit union received as part of its annual Project Community program.

“Education is crucial for strong local communities. We’re committed to helping teachers and students throughout Oregon,” said Northwest Community Credit Union President and CEO John Iglesias. “Part of our mission at Northwest Community Credit Union is giving back and supporting the people that make up our local communities.”

Dan Kernion from Redmond High School (RHS) received a $1,500 grant to purchase materials students can use on tech program projects which earn them college credit while still in high school.

Dawn Lillis from RHS received a $1,450 grant to invest in Lean Factor Flow Kits which she uses to teach students about the business philosophy of lean manufacturing.

Nathan Gosselin-Sebens from Ridgeview High School Received a $950 grant to purchase an Apple iPad Pro and Apple TV which will allow him to move about his choir class and engage students while he teaches.

Jodie Husband from Vern Patrick Elementary School received a $450 grant to purchase …

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