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Boyd Selected as New High School Principal - 03/15/19

Bend-La Pine Schools Superintendent Shay Mikalson announced today that Chris Boyd has been selected to serve as the principal for the new high school in southeast Bend. Boyd is currently the principal at Pacific Crest Middle School in Bend and he served as planning principal prior to the school opening.

 

Boyd previously served as Associate Director of Secondary Programs for North Clackamas School District, principal at Happy Valley Middle School and assistant principal at Clackamas High School. Boyd also has 9 years of teaching experience.

“I am excited to work with the community, staff members and — most importantly —students to think about how we can build a comprehensive high school that puts students at the center of everything we do,” said Boyd. “I want our new high school to help students grow academically and socially and to be ready for their futures in college and career.”

The new high school, which is slated to open in the fall of 2021, will be located at the corner of Knott Road and SE 15th Street and is funded through the 2017 construction bond passed by voters.

Meet New High School Principal Candidates - 03/08/19

Meet New High School Principal Candidates March 11

Public invited to meet four finalists March 11 at Education Center

 

Community members are invited to meet four finalists for the principal position for the new high slated to open in southeast Bend. The forum will take place Monday, March 11 at 4 p.m. at the Education Center, 520 NW Wall St, Bend. Attendees will get a chance to see presentation from the candidates and interact with them.

 

Finalist details:

 

Chris Boyd is currently principal at Pacific Crest Middle School in Bend, a position he has served in for five years. Prior to that, he served as Associate Director of Secondary Programs for North Clackamas School District, principal at Happy Valley Middle School and assistant principal and dean of students at Clackamas High School. Boyd also has 9 years of teaching experience.

 

Andrew Croley is currently principal at McCluer North High School in Missouri, a position he has served in for the past four years. Prior to that, he served as a principal at Lindbergh High School in Missouri, principal at St. Helens High School in Oregon and assistant principal at Liberty High School in Hillsboro. Croley also has nine years of teaching experience. 

 

Jay Etnier is currently assistant principal at Summit High School in Bend, a position he has served in for six years. Prior to that, Etnier was a metal shop teacher at Sam Barlow High School in Gresham for 10 years. He has a total of 13 years of teaching experience.

 

Lonnie Robertson is currently an assistant principal at Billings Senior High School in Montana, a position he has served in for three years. Prior to that, he served as a woodworking, drafting and weight training teacher for 19 years at Billings Senior High School. He has a total of 24 years of teaching experience.

Families Invited to Learn About Youth Suicide Prevention - 03/08/19

Families Invited to Learn About Youth Suicide Prevention

Four regional Hope, Help & Heal events set; first is March 12 at La Pine High School

 

Local leaders urge families, students and community members to learn more about youth suicide prevention during a series of interactive Hope, Help & Heal events set to take place in the coming weeks throughout the Central Oregon region starting with a March 12 event at La Pine High School.

 

These free Hope, Help & Heal events will empower parents and students to talk about suicide and depression in productive, meaningful ways and offer help in finding supportive resources. The events will include mental health professionals, community and school resources, student panelists, interactive break-out sessions and community members who have been impacted by youth suicide.

 

“Suicide is a serious and preventable public health issue in Central Oregon,” said Whitney Schumacher, Suicide Prevention Coordinator with Deschutes County Health Services. “We believe parents and community members will leave these events feeling hopeful and better equipped to help prevent suicide in our community.”

 

“These events will help parents know how to begin these important discussions. Together with parents, staff, students and community partners, we can provide hope and help to prevent youth deaths by suicide,” said Julianne Repman, Bend-La Pine Schools Director of Communication and Safety and Safe Schools Alliance Facilitator.

 

Attendees will get answers to these common questions including: What are students’ mental wellness needs? Once I identify the help I need, how do I get it? How do I talk with my kids about suicide, depression, and mental illness? How do I promote healing for my child and family?

 

Hope, Help & Heal details:

  • La Pine: March 12 at 5 p.m. at La Pine High School. Dinner and child care included.
  • Sisters: March 20 at 6 p.m. at Sisters High School. Child care included.
  • Bend: April 23 at 5 p.m. at Mountain View High School. Dinner and child care included.
  • Redmond: April 25 at 5:30 p.m. at Ridgeview High School. Dinner and child care included.

 

Attendees will be entered to win free gift cards. Programming will take place in English and Spanish.

 

If you or someone you know needs help immediately, you should take one of the following actions:

  • Call 9-1-1
  • Call the Lifeline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255)
  • Text ‘273TALK’ to 839-863
  • Call the local crisis line at 541-322-7500, ext 9
  • Contact your school counseling center or other mental health professional
  • Visit the crisis walk-in center, 2577 NE Courtney, Bend, Monday - Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

 

Mountain View High School students perform Disney’s High School the Musical, opening March 6.
Mountain View High School students perform Disney’s High School the Musical, opening March 6.
Events and Story Ideas for March 2019 (Photo) - 03/05/19

 

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NOTE: The following items are potential feature story ideas for the month of March. Events are open to members of the media, but closed to the public unless otherwise noted. Items that are open to the public are relevant for event calendars.

 

March 4-8

Classified Staff Appreciation Week

Bend-La Pine Schools celebrates the contributions of more than 890 classified staff members throughout the week. These staff members include nutrition services staff, bus drivers, custodians, maintenance crew members, office staff, bookkeepers, technology support, educational assistants and more.

 

March 5, 6 p.m.

Information Night at La Pine High School

Incoming freshmen and their families are invited to this information night that includes free dinner.

 

March 6, times vary (every Wednesday in March)

Jewell Jumble at R.E. Jewell Elementary School

Every Wednesday in March, students at R.E. Jewell will participate in a wide range of electives that focus on the the 4Cs – communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking. Activities will include archery, coding, cooking, knitting, break out boxes, derby cars and more. Contact: Jesse Rasmussen at asmussen@bend.k12.or.us">jesse.rasmussen@bend.k12.or.us

 

March 6, 1:15 p.m.

Information Session at Juniper Elementary School

Prospective families are invited to learn more about this choice option school. Learn more at http://bit.ly/BLSchoice

 

March 6, 5 p.m.

Dr. Seuss Birthday Bash at Three Rivers School

Families celebrate Dr. Seuss with fun interactive event honoring all things related to the author. Event is for students in grades K-3 and their families.

 

March 6, 6 p.m.

Choir Concert at Silver Rail Elementary School

Free and open to the public.

 

March 6, 6 p.m.

Information Session at Realms Middle School

Prospective families are invited to learn more about this choice option school. Learn more at http://bit.ly/BLSchoice

 

March 6 and 7, 6:30 p.m.

Lorax the Musical at Cascades Theatrical Company

This special performance of the show will be performed by students from Westside Village Magnet at Kingston School at the theater, 148 NW Greenwood Ave, Bend.

 

March 6-10, times vary

Disney’s High School the Musical at Mountain View High School

Mountain View High School students will perform Disney’s High School the Musical. Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for adults. Showtimes are 7 p.m. March 6-9 and 2 p.m. March 9-10.  

 

March 7, 5:30 p.m.

Information Session at Juniper Elementary School

Prospective families are invited to learn more about this choice option school. Learn more at http://bit.ly/BLSchoice

 

March 7, 6 p.m.

Information Session at Realms Middle School

Prospective families are invited to learn more about this choice option school. Learn more at http://bit.ly/BLSchoice

 

March 11, all day

Spring College Tour for La Pine High School

Oregon state colleges and universities will visit La Pine High School.  

 

March 11, 4 p.m.

Meet Candidates for New High School Principal at the Education Center

Community members, staff and students are invited to learn more about the principal candidates for the new high school in southeast Bend.

 

March 11, 6 p.m.

Information Session for Dual Immersion Program at Bear Creek Elementary School

Prospective families are invited to learn more about this choice option program. Learn more at http://bit.ly/BLSchoice

 

March 12, 5 to 7:45 p.m.

Hope, Help & Heal at La Pine High School

Families are invited to this interactive teen suicide prevention session in partnership with Deschutes County Health Service, Central Oregon Suicide Prevention Alliance, Safe Schools Alliance and local mental health professionals. Free dinner and childcare, programming in English and Spanish. Free and open to the public. Learn more at www.preventsuicideco.org

 

March 13, lunchtime

Meet the Professional at La Pine High School

Several local nurses will visit La Pine High School to talk with students about their career as part of the high school’s new series called “Meet the Professional.” The series is funded in part through the school’s Gear Up grant, which is designed to encourage students to purse post-secondary education.

 

March 13, 6 p.m.

Musical at High Lakes Elementary School

Third grade students perform a musical for families.

 

March 14, 6 p.m.

Information Session at Westside Village Magnet at Kingston School

Prospective families are invited to learn more about this choice option school. Learn more at http://bit.ly/BLSchoice

 

March 14, 7 p.m.

Band Festival Preview Concert at Mountain View High School

Free and open to the public.

 

March 16, all day, concert at 3:30 p.m.

Kids Choir Festival at Bend Senior High School

Students from five Bend-La Pine Schools elementary schools will come together for an all-day festival of choral music. Fourth- and fifth-graders spend the day learning more about music and will be joined by a guest conductor for a concert that is open to the public.

 

March 16, 6:45 p.m.

Trivia Night for Education Foundation for Bend-La Pine Schools

This annual fundraiser for the Education Foundation takes place at the Tower Theatre. Learn more.

 

March 18, 9:15 a.m.

Kindergarten Orientation at William E. Miller Elementary School

Incoming kindergarten students and their families are invited to this orientation.

 

March 19, all day

NJROTC Annual Military Inspection at La Pine High School

An inspector from the U.S. Navy will be on hand to review and inspect the approximately 35 students enrolled in the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps at La Pine High. The Navy boss will review each student’s uniform and ask questions about military knowledge and current events.

 

March 19, 6 p.m.

Band and Choir Concert at La Pine High School

Free and open to the public.

 

March 19, 7 p.m.

Spring Orchestra Concert at Mountain View High School

Free and open to the public.

 

March 20, 4 p.m.

Information Session at Westside Village Magnet at Kingston School

Prospective families are invited to learn more about this choice option school. Learn more at http://bit.ly/BLSchoice

 

March 21, 5 p.m.

Community Celebration at Westside Village Magnet at Kingston School

Parents are invited to this community celebration that includes dinner and student performances.

 

March 21, 6 p.m.

Spring Concert at Three Rivers School

Middle school spring concert includes choir, beginning band, advanced band and guitar. Free and open to the public.

 

March 22, 3 p.m.

Choice Option Applications due for Elementary and Middle School

Prospective families must apply by 3 p.m. on March 22. Learn more and apply at http://bit.ly/BLSchoice

 

March 25-29

Spring Break No School

 

 Looking ahead:

  • April 4 – Job Fair at Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center in Redmond (1 to 6 p.m.)
  • April 23 - Hope, Help & Heal youth suicide prevention event at Mountain View High School (5 to 7:45 p.m.)
  • April 24 - Kindergarten registration (time varies, contact neighborhood school for details)

 

Other story ideas:

  • Robotics competitions: Several local schools are competition at top levels in robotic regional and statewide robotics competitions including High Desert Droids out of Mountain View High School; Chaos Theory from Summit High School; and VEX Robotics Club at Bend Senior High School.
  • DECA Accolades: Bend Senior High School’s DECA chapter earned the 2019 Oregon DECA Chapter of the Year at the recent state conference and 10 students qualified for the upcoming international competition held in Orlando in April. Advisor Kristen Torkelson was honored for her years of service with the Oregon State DECA Honorary Life Member award. DECA’s mission is to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marking, finance, hospitality and management.
  • Climate Resolution at Bend High: Bend Senior High School’s student council became one of the first in the nation to pass a call to climate action resolution. The school’s Design Justice class worked to create the resolution and presented it to the council. Contact Matt Fox – matt.fox@bend.k12.or.us
  • Snowshoeing Adventures: Students at Westside Village Magnet at Kingston School are slated to take part in snowshoeing adventures during the month. Contact the school for details.
  • Energy Savings: Bend-La Pine Schools is in its third year as part of the Strategic Energy Management program with Energy Trust of Oregon aimed at energy savings, which can come from bond projects such as new boilers, lighting upgrades or low cost/ no cost initiatives such as school-wide behavior shifts or changes in heating times and lighting controls. Seven schools are currently taking part in the program (three are new this year). As an example: thanks to new controls, an active green team and staff efforts, Sky View Middle School reduced its energy costs about $8,000 over the course of three months. Learn more from Jackie Wilson ility@bend.k12.or.us">sustainability@bend.k12.or.us

 

 

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