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 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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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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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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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:

For any questions, individual school contact information can be found at:

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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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