Superintendent McIntosh

A Message from Mike McIntosh

Dear Parents, Students and Community Members,

They say if you want something done, find someone that is really busy. With that said, at Redmond School District we are busy accomplishing a ton of stuff for the good of kids. Every employee, every parent and every community partner are doing more than their part to create a climate of success for each child. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I cannot believe it’s March already! Seems like just yesterday we were celebrating New Year’s. As we brace ourselves for spring break and everything else that’s going on in your busy household, I’d like to share a few things that we’ve been working on to maintain a safe environment for your children when they are in our classrooms. I have not had the opportunity to share with you in awhile.

As I’ve mentioned before, our first and most important priority is providing a safe and nurturing environment for each and every child to grow and succeed. I would like to share a few key items about RSD and this issue:

In January, …

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Stars in the Sagebrush

Redmond Education Foundation to Host Stars in the Sagebrush on April 12

The Redmond Education Foundation and Home Federal Bank will host the 4th biennial Stars in the Sagebrush event at 6 p.m. on April 12 at the River Run Event Center at Eagle Crest Resort.

The event celebrates individuals, programs and initiatives that have made a major impact on the lives of children. Stars in the Sagebrush will raise funds and awareness for Redmond School District’s Community Schools. The district has five community schools which offer academic and social interventions for children and families in high poverty or resource deprived communities. These schools serve RSD students, adults and community members. RSD Community Schools include M.A. Lynch Elementary, Terrebonne Community School, Vern Patrick Elementary, Elton Gregory Middle School and Obsidian Middle School.

This year the following individuals and organizations will be honored for their service to education in Redmond:

Business: Skanska Volunteer: Ed Harris, Mary Kimmel Educational Achievement: Karen Andrade, Marisol Benz, Gayle Davis, Pam Hadlich, Rayna Nordstrom, Leslie Westendorf and Mark Winger.

The evening will feature food and drink, a celebration of the honorees, live music by Lindy Gravelleas well as …

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Redmond K-12 Online

RSD Launches K-12 Online School for 2013-2014

Redmond School District has unveiled Redmond K-12 Online, a new program for the 2013-14 school year.

Redmond K-12 Online is the district’s first virtual school that will be offered as a no-cost option. The online program will be available to kindergarten through grade 12 as a full-time option.

Students will have access to more than 600 courses as well as a dedicated local mentor who will support them throughout the duration of the school year. Those enrolled in the program will be connected to their assigned neighborhood school and will have the opportunity to participate in district activities, clubs and athletics.

The district will be hosting information sessions for parents and families interested in the program:

· Thursday, March 14, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Ridgeview High School Skybox · Thursday, March 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Ridgeview High School Skybox · Wednesday, March 20, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Redmond School District Offices · Thursday, March 21, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Redmond School District Offices · Tuesday, April 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Ridgeview High School Skybox · Wednesday, April 17, 11:30-12:30 p.m. at Redmond School …

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School Board

Upcoming Openings on RSD Board of Directors

The Redmond School District Board of Directors will have four positions available for election during the May 21 special election.

The Redmond School District Board of Directors consists of five members elected to serve overlapping four-year terms as non-salaried trustees of the school district. As elected officials, the board is responsible for the scope, depth and quality of education and is the official policy-making body of the school district.

A person is eligible to serve as a board member if he or she is a registered voter of the district and has been a resident within the district for one year immediately preceding the election. No person who is an employee of the district is eligible to serve as a board member while so employed.

Those interested in serving on the Redmond School District Board of Directors may pick up an application at the Deschutes County Clerk’s office, 1300 NW Wall Street, Suite 200 in Bend, Ore., between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The candidate filing period closes on March 21, 2013, at 5 p.m., followed by elections for …

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Open Enrollment Parent Information Nights

Believing in creating stronger partnerships with parents, Redmond School District would like to invite parents, students and community members to attend any or all of the parent Information nights. The express purpose is to share information regarding the open enrollment process and showcase our school options. This is the second year of the implementation of House Bill 3681 which allows school districts to receive students from other school districts and provides a mechanism for students to change schools within our own district. We will be holding two information nights, one at each high school in hopes that those interested can attend one or the other. We believe that we were able to accommodate the majority of those that wanted a transfer last year, so we are focusing on the transition of grade 5 students as they move to middle school and grade 8 students as they move to one of our high schools.

The format for the meetings will be a general session describing the process and available capacity at each school followed by breakout sessions for three levels; elementary, …

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RSD to Offer Open Enrollment in March

The Redmond School District board of directors has voted to be a receiving district during open enrollment for the 2013-2014 school year.

This is the second year the district has chosen to participate in open enrollment since the adoption of Oregon House Bill 3681. The law, which went into effect last year, 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 RSD may also request to transfer to a different school than what has been assigned to them. The open transfer request period for grades K-12 is March 1 through April 1.

Redmond Schools will be hosting public informational sessions for parents and students who desire to transfer within or to Redmond Schools. The first session will be held at 6:30 p.m. on March 12 at the Ridgeview High School auditorium. The second session will be held at 6:30 p.m. on March 18 in the Redmond High School auditorium.

“The district believes that every family should have the opportunity to choose among quality …

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Redmond School District has received the 2011-12 release of high school graduation statistics from the Oregon Department of Education.

In 2011-12, Redmond High School, the district’s largest high school program, revealed a graduation rate of 77.3%, a significant 8.5% increase over last year. Ridgeview High School, which is in its inaugural year of operations and has no seniors, was not included in the report data.

These rates are based on a 5-year graduation cohort, which accounts for students who are engaged in the school’s Advanced Diploma program. The program is designed to allow students to participate in an accelerated college credit program by earning college credits during a fifth year of high school enrollment. It was created to increase the number of students pursuing post-secondary studies, which has been a strongly supported initiative in Oregon.

“The Redmond School District has made a significant priority to achieve the state’s 40-40-20 goals for 100% high school completion,” said Superintendent Mike McIntosh. “We are dedicated to ensuring our students’ success in our district and in their future endeavors.”

The findings additionally detail that …

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Pat Reck Appointed to RSD Board of Directors

The Redmond School District board of directors has appointed Patricia Reck of Redmond, Ore. Reck fills the vacancy of Jim Erickson, whose term was scheduled to end on June 30, 2013.

A retired teacher, Reck has worked in public and parochial education for more than 27 years. She has taught in classrooms in Brothers, La Pine, Madras, Prineville, Sisters and overseas in Tokyo. Reck is currently a substitute teacher for the High Desert Education Service District. Reck was sworn in during a short board meeting held on January 9, 2013. She will join the board on Wednesday, January 30 at its regularly scheduled meeting at the Redmond School District office.

“I am thrilled and honored to serve in a public capacity,” shared Reck. “I’ve seen the evolution of education over the last 50 years. I’m excited to share my experiences with the school board.”

The board consists of five members elected at large. There will be four positions available for election on the Redmond School District Board of Directors during …

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RSD Hires Communications Coordinator

Redmond School District is pleased to announce the hiring of Kelly Richard as the new communications coordinator for the district.

Richard joins the Redmond School District with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and more than five years of experience in marketing, communications and public relations. Most recently, Richard held the position of Marketing, Communications and Foundation Manager for Mountain View Hospital in Madras, Ore.

“We look forward to expanding the public’s awareness of our many student accomplishments and school district initiatives,” shared Cathy Miller, school board chair. “We have a lot of success stories that need to be told and we welcome Kelly as part of our team.”

Richard began employment on January 21 at the district offices located at 145 SE Salmon Ave. in Redmond. To contact Kelly Richard, please contact the district communications office at 541-923-5437 or email kelly.richard@redmond.k12.or.us.

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