Ridgeview High School to present “Sahara Nights”

The Ridgeview High School Performing Arts Department will open an eight-show run of “Sahara Nights” on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019.

The play is a fun spin on the Arabian Night tales of Scheherezade, Director Jerry Capson explained.

Lead roles are played by Senior Ashlynn Papworth as Sahara Scheherazade and senior Cameron Peck plays the Sultan. Additional characters include Aladdin, Ali Baba, Tom Jones, Elvis and many more.

The show consists of fifty-nine students making up the cast and crew, including eleven middle school students combined from Elton Gregory and Obsidian middle schools. The production was written by Wade Bradford and directed by Jerry Capson. It is produced by special arrangement with Eldridge Publishing Co.

Play synopsis from Director Jerry Capson: “The bored Sultan thinks Sahara Scheherazade is auditioning for the new position of Royal Entertainer, but what she’s really trying to do is get her friend Aladdin out of the dungeon. A quick thinker, she creates captivating stories to gain time. “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves” becomes “Ali Baba and the Forty-Niners,” with a disgruntled …

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Redmond High boys swim team takes home conference district championship

The Redmond High School (RHS) boys swim team won the 2019 5A Intermountain Conference (IMC) district championship on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 in Hood River, Ore.

Their first district championship in a decade, the RHS boys beat out Pendleton High School by just two points to cinch the title.

“I’m so proud of how our team swam on Friday,” Denise Maich, Panthers head swim coach said. “This win is the result of a lot of hard work, determination and passion. This is a huge victory for the RHS swimming program, and really just the beginning of many great things to come.”

Freshman Ryan Konop led the Panthers team by winning two individual events. He was also a member of the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay. Konop’s individual wins in 100-yard freestyle (50.49 seconds) and 100-yard backstroke (58.30 seconds) automatically qualify him for the OSAA 5A State Championship Swim Meet on Feb. 15-16, 2019 at Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center in Beaverton, Ore.

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Redmond High School announces Poetry Out Loud competition

Redmond High School will participate in a Poetry Out Loud contest on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019 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 12 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 in spring 2019. The Oregon state champion will go on to the national finals held in Washington, D.C. in April 2019.

Redmond High’s Virginia Johnson will serve as master of ceremonies; local celebrity guest judges include Melissa Eaton and Graham Fox.

Eaton, a lifelong Bend resident, graduated from Sweet Briar College where she spent four years writing in workshops and one-on-one independent studies with poet Mary …

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Redmond School District hiring new principal for Redmond High School

The Redmond School District will begin the official process of hiring a new principal for Redmond High School (RHS), Director of Human Resources Lynn Evans announced today.

Assistant Principals Sarah Peterson and Jason Chatterton, along with Director of Secondary Education Tracie Renwick, have been at the helm of RHS since May 2018, when the principal position became vacant.

“Inviting a new leader to our team is always exciting, but the journey of strategically locating the right candidate requires a great deal of time and effort,” Evans said.

The hiring process begins with several rounds of input sessions where district leadership team members seek suggestions and recommendations from school stakeholder groups who will work directly with the new principal. The sessions provide the opportunity to provide thoughts about the skills, experiences and characteristics they would like to see in a new leader.

The district will begin accepting candidate materials today, Jan. 28, 2019, although recruiting efforts began long before. Candidate materials will be screened by members of the recruiting and hiring team which includes members of …

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Redmond School District graduation rates steadily improving

Redmond School District graduation rates are up over three percentage points from last year –– outpacing the graduation rate of students statewide and increasing 12 percentage points over the past five years, according to a report released by the Oregon Department of Education today.

Redmond School District’s graduation rate for the Class of 2018 Cohort was 82.86 percent, up from 79.28 percent last year and four percentage points higher than the overall state average graduation rate of 78.7 percent.

“I’m elated our graduation rates are improving and our investment in student success is paying off,” Superintendent Mike McIntosh said. “Our district is moving in the right direction, and this level of improvement encourages us to continue to provide the opportunities that ensure all Redmond students are graduating prepared for college and career.”

According to Director of Secondary Education Tracie Renwick, several noteworthy strategic efforts have directly contributed to the district’s success:

High School Success Fund (Measure 98 Funding) supports Career Technical Education programming, and provides high school success coordinators in each high school. These new …

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Redmond School District celebrates ‘School Board Recognition Month’

The Redmond School District will join the other 196 school districts throughout Oregon to celebrate January as “School Board Recognition Month,” Superintendent Mike McIntosh announced today.

“I’m very appreciative of the hard work and time our board members devote to the Redmond School District,” McIntosh said. “Their volunteer efforts to guide the district puts our students on a better path for the future. We’re lucky to have such a great board in Redmond.”

Governor Kate Brown signed an official proclamation in October 2018, designating the month of January for recognition of Oregon’s board members.

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.

In addition to establishing policies for the operation of the district, the board defines the philosophy of the district, determines educational goals and standards, authorizes curriculum revision or development, and approves personnel recommendations.

“While we’re giving them special recognition during January, it’s important to note that our board members work year-round, even through summers, in …

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Redmond School District teachers receive grants

On Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, Northwest Community Credit Union (NWCU) awarded three Redmond School District teachers with grant funds as part of their Project Community award program.

The program awards funding to educators for pre-K through twelth-grade students. The mini-grants are designed to help educators create meaningful learning experiences for kids that might not otherwise be funded by school budgets. Teachers are able to request classroom supplies, technology, books, funding for projects, programs and field trips.

The teachers applied for the grants but were not aware they had won until the NWCU “Prize Patrol” politely interrupted them in the classroom with the pleasant surprise.

Redmond High School language arts teacher Rachel Sarrett will use the grant funds to purchase supplies for her writing students to begin keeping an interactive writer’s notebook. The interactive notebook gives students a methodical system, where they learn how to organize their thoughts. Interactive notebooks have “input” and “output” pages; the input pages are readings, class notes, worksheets, etc. and the output pages are where students interact with the material in their own way, accommodating multiple …

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Redmond School District high school athletic teams recognized for academic success

The Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) recently recognized Redmond School District 5A athletic teams as part of their Academic All-State Program for the fall season.

“We often focus our attention, rightfully so, on the athletic accomplishments of our student-athletes, but as a district, we also place a strong emphasis on academic success, so we are thrilled that our student-athletes are performing at such a high level,” Athletic Director Kevin Bryant said.

The Academic All-State Program recognizes teams across Oregon who have maintained at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA).

“We have been discussing with our athletes and coaches that we want to do more than ‘major in eligibility;’ we want our student-athletes to see athletics as one major part of their personal motivation to succeed on the field of play and in the classroom, leading to their eventual graduation,” Bryant said.

The following teams at Redmond High School and Ridgeview High School were recognized:


Ridgeview, 3.04 GPA


Ridgeview, 3.47 GPA

Redmond, 3.15 GPA

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Redmond School District seeks applicants for Budget Committee

Redmond School District is seeking applicants for one vacant position on the Budget Committee.

The district’s Budget Committee is comprised of all five school board members and five appointed Budget Committee members. Committee members are appointed to serve for a three-year term. 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.

The committee will begin meeting and deliberating on the 2019-2020 district budget in the winter of 2019. Applications will be accepted at the district office until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. If necessary, applicants will be interviewed at the Nov. 28, 2018 school board meeting. Budget Committee members will be appointed at the Dec. 12, 2018 school board meeting.

Budget Committee members must reside in the Redmond School District and may not be employed by the district.

The application is available online and in person at the district office at 145 SE Salmon Drive in Redmond.

For questions or more information, please call Kathy …

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Obsidian Middle School teacher named Middle Level Art Educator of the Year

Obsidian Middle School art teacher Jennifer Moore was recently awarded the 2018-19 Oregon Art Education Association (OAEA) Middle Level Art Educator of the Year Award at the annual OAEA fall conference in Rockaway Beach, Ore.

OAEA serves as the professional organization for Oregon art teachers. Each year, they seek out exemplary educators in the profession to honor, according to Pat Roberts, art teacher at Pilot Butte Middle School in Bend and past president of OAEA.

“Jennifer is definitely worthy of our recognition this year,” Roberts said. “She constantly inspires other art educators with her commitment and dedication to her students, school and community.”

Now in her 20th year of teaching, Moore particularly enjoys working with middle schoolers because they are passionate about everything, and can be inspired to find success in art through effort and creativity, she explained.

“Jennifer is well loved by students, staff and families,” Obsidian Principal Tami Nakamura said. “She does so much more than teach art at Obsidian; Jen teaches students to think creatively, embrace uniqueness and celebrate differences. Students who …

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