Redmond School District Board of Directors Seeks Volunteers for Superintendent Finalist Community Panel

The Redmond School District Board of Directors invites members of the community to help in the final stages of choosing the district’s next Superintendent by applying for the Community Stakeholder Panel.

The Redmond School District Board of Directors will publicly announce finalist candidates for the Superintendent role on March 4, 2020. In person interviews with each finalist will occur on March 9 and 10 and will include an interview with the Community Stakeholder Panel.

The Community Stakeholder Panel is a volunteer panel of individuals that will be chosen by lottery. The panel will consist of parents, staff members, students, community members and district administrators. 

Those interested in the finalist panel must be able to attend all interview sessions tentatively scheduled for:

Monday, March 9th, 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 10th, 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

“The Board values the input of parents, students, staff members and community leaders in this critical process,” shared Tim Carpenter, Redmond School District Board Chair. “We encourage anyone who is interested in participating in this panel to apply as we select …

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Redmond School District Prepares to Lower Class Size in Primary Grades

Hello Redmond School District community,

Redmond School District is poised to make a significant investment to improve opportunities and outcomes for our students through the use of funds generated by the Student Success Act.

These investments are strongly informed by stakeholder input. In the fall of 2019 the District launched a comprehensive community engagement process to listen to students, parents, community members and local community leaders as to what is working and what needs improvement in our schools. The District engaged in conversations with students, parents and community members in 20 different listening sessions. In addition, the district conducted surveys with more than 700 respondents to identify what our community prioritizes in regards to education. One of the strong themes that emerged from this process is that our community greatly values smaller class sizes, a key priority of the Student Success Act. 

After listening to the community’s feedback our plan is to prioritize investment of some of the Student Success Act funds toward class size reduction. We are currently exploring what a class size reduction will look like in the …

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Redmond School District Graduation Rate Surpasses State Average

Redmond, Ore – Redmond School District is proud to announce its 2018-2019 graduation rate for the district is 84.3 percent, which is all inclusive, district wide graduation rate.

This puts Redmond School District among the highest district graduation rates in the region and four percentage points higher than the state average of 80%.

The district is proud of the upward trend of student graduation rates with an increase of more than 14 percentage points since 2013-2014. Redmond School District also happy to report a steady increase in the district’s five year completer rate at 86.4% which includes graduates, plus students who earned a GED or other form of high school diploma.

The district’s historical four year cohort graduation rates are illustrated in the following table:

2018-19 

Four-Year Cohort 

Graduation Rate

2017-18

Four-Year Cohort

Graduation Rate

2016-17

Four-Year Cohort

Graduation Rate

2015-16

Four-Year Cohort

Graduation Rate

2014-15

Four-Year Cohort

Graduation Rate

2013-14

Four-Year Cohort

Graduation Rate

84.30

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Redmond School District Graduation Rate Surpasses State Average

Redmond School District is proud to announce its 2018-2019 graduation rate for the district is 84.3 percent, which is an all inclusive, district wide graduation rate.

This puts Redmond School District among the highest district graduation rates in the region and four percentage points higher than the state average of 80%.

The district is proud of the upward trend of student graduation rates with an increase of more than 14 percentage points since 2013-2014. Redmond School District also happy to report a steady increase in the district’s five year completer rate at 86.4% which includes graduates, plus students who earned a GED or other form of high school diploma.

The district’s historical four year cohort graduation rates are illustrated in the following table:

2018-19 

Four-Year Cohort 

Graduation Rate

2017-18

Four-Year Cohort

Graduation Rate

2016-17

Four-Year Cohort

Graduation Rate

2015-16

Four-Year Cohort

Graduation Rate

2014-15

Four-Year Cohort

Graduation Rate

2013-14

Four-Year Cohort

Graduation Rate

84.30

82.86

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School Board Member Recognition Month

Redmond School District celebrates ‘School Board Recognition Month’

Redmond School District will join the other 196 school districts throughout Oregon to celebrate January as “School Board Recognition Month”.

Our school board members spend countless hours of unpaid time working to provide the best possible education for our students. They also serve as the corporate board of directors for one of our community’s largest employers. Celebrating School Board Recognition Month is one way to say thanks for all they do!

School board members represent their fellow citizens’ views and priorities in the complex enterprise of maintaining and running the community’s public schools. They also reinforce the principle of local control over public education, which is an important, highly valued aspect of education in Oregon.

The school board’s main goal, is to support student achievement. To achieve that goal, the board focuses on the following needs:

Creating a vision for what parents and citizens want their school district to become and how to make student achievement the top priority  Setting standards for what students must learn and be able to do  Assessing whether …

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Stories to Celebrate: Redmond Teachers Garner Recognition for Dedication to Agriculture in the Classroom

The Redmond community has long been known for its agricultural heritage and prowess. The District is proud to have many strong agricultural educators who choose to skillfully weave the concepts of agriculture into the classroom in a way that excites, engages and inspires students of all ages. 

2019 was a year to remember as two Redmond School District educators were recognized on a national level for their skill and commitment to agriculture in the classroom. Dawn Alexander of Tom McCall Elementary and Lance Hill of Redmond High School were both highlighted for their work and we’re proud to share their stories in our last Stories to Celebrate of 2019.

Dawn Alexander is a 5th grade teacher at Tom McCall Elementary School. Dawn has more than 35 years of teaching experience and has been integrating agriculture into her elementary classrooms since she began teaching in Nevada. Early in her teaching days Dawn became acquainted with Agriculture in the Classroom, a National organization dedicated to supporting teachers with agriculture studies and resource materials for classroom instruction.

This summer, Dawn was honored …

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2019 Stories to Celebrate: Vocational Rehab Grant Helps Students Earn Job Skills with Local Businesses

Redmond School District’s Transition Program is a community based, full-day program for the special needs students who have graduated with a modified diploma. The students work weekly on work experience, job shadowing, internships, independent living skills, community access and adaptive PE goals. The philosophy of our program is “Where do you want to be when you turn 21, and how can we help you get there?”

In 2019, RSD’s Transition Center received a $19,900 grant through the Oregon Department of Vocational Rehab to offer summer employment to nine students in the program. Redmond School District partnered with Les Schwab, Grocery Outlet, Abby’s Pizza, Redmond Rotary, Hair of the Dog and Redmond School District to offer employment opportunities for students to gain real life work skills, learning trade in entry level positions. 

Thanks to these local businesses and the funds received from the grant, these …

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2019 Stories to Celebrate: RSD Bus Drivers Win Big at the School Bus Rodeo

When you hear the word rodeo, school bus drivers may not be the first thing that comes to mind. Yet this past summer, Redmond School District Transportation team members saddled up and won big in the “School Bus Rodeo” hosted by the Oregon Pupil Transportation Association. 

OPTA is a non profit organization dedicated to providing the students of Oregon with safe and dependable transportation. OPTA sponsors and organizes educational workshops, an annual conference and the School Bus Safety Exercise, affectionately known as the “School Bus Rodeo. Thes School Bus Safety Exercise has been going on since its inception in the early 1970s.

Redmond School District has been participating in the rodeo frequently since 1998 with drivers placing each time. This year’s exercise was attended by Dalene Frazier, Ralph Dimmitt, Cater Lopez and Neil Wilson. Combined, these four drivers have more than 13 years of experience driving school buses. The team worked diligently practicing and training for the maneuvering exercises in their buses for more than 80 hours before they traveled to Eugene for the regional and state exercises in June.

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Winter Break Resources

Hello Redmond School District Families,

As we enter our first day of winter break, I want to thank you all for an incredible start to the 2019-20 school year. We have had a lot to celebrate, from the accomplishments of our students to the hard work of our talented district team.

And while there is much to celebrate, I recognize that the holiday season can be a stressful time for some children and families. Breaks from school mean changes to routines and extra demands on time. I believe we should ensure that our students are aware of the multiple avenues available to them to share information that concerns them, 24-hours a day. 

Two years ago, the First Step App, a suite of tip and talk resources available on every student’s Chromebook in grades 6-12. We hope to encourage students to reach out when they needed help or wanted to connect with staff, law enforcement or resources. This tool has been a resounding success and has been embraced by students. First Step has received more than 14,000 visits and has …

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December Team Spotlight

Emily Wirtz plays an integral role in supporting students at Redmond High School. Her job role extends far beyond her job description as the High School Success Coordinator and her work is noticed and appreciated by both students and staff. Emily’s position is primarily focused on drop-out prevention, supporting student participation in college level coursework, and supporting student participation in career and technical programs.

Tracie Renwick, Redmond School District’s Director of Human Resources shares,

“Emily’s contributions are significant both at the systems level, and at the individual student intervention level. Emily is a skilled analyst of data, and has been known to set her alarm for midnight to check on the RHS attendance rate data pull. Emily knows and honors students’ stories…their challenges, struggles, hopes and dreams. It is not unusual to see a line of students waiting to check in with her during lunch.

Emily also coordinates the AVID College Readiness System at RHS. She maintains social media options for colleagues to quickly access AVID updates, strategies, and remain informed about professional learning. Emily’s actions demonstrate that she truly believes all students will graduate and find success. This summer, …

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