BLP Schools names former Eugene principal new executive director of instruction

Bend-La Pine Schools announced Thursday Juan Carlos Cuadros has been selected to serve as the district’s new Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction.

Curadros is currently the principal at Kelly Middle School in Eugene, a position he has served in for four years.

“We are thrilled to welcome Juan to Bend-La Pine Schools and believe he has the leadership skills and knowledge to help push us to the next level of excellence in teaching and learning,” Interim Superintendent Lora Nordquist said. “As a school leader, and principal for both Japanese and Spanish language immersion schools, Juan has a strong background in incorporating many voices and perspectives into curriculum and teaching.”

Cuadros, who has served as a building principal at several elementary and middle schools in Eugene, is a native Spanish speaker who is bilingual and bicultural.

He has experience as a classroom teacher, a multi-cultural liaison and has worked at the elementary, middle and high school level.

“I am excited for this new chapter in my career, in a great school district and great community,” Cuadros said. He is passionate about culturally responsive teaching and building relationships. “I want parents and teachers to know that I am a partner with them to develop world-class instruction in our schools.”

The Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction leads the teaching and learning department, which includes planning and implementation of professional development for staff, curriculum review and materials adoption and instructional technology.

Several other school administrative changes recently took place:

  • Paul Dean, former assistant principal at High Desert Middle School, is now the Director of Safe and Healthy Schools
  • Nole Kennedy, former dean of students at High Desert, is now the assistant principal at High Desert
  • Lorin Page, former student services at Highland Magnet at Kenwood School, is now the assistant principal at Three Rivers School
  • Eric Powell, former assistant principal at Cascade Middle School, is now Tamarack and Behavior Programs Administrator
  • Julie Stroinski, the former assistant principal Bear Creek Elementary School, is now the assistant principal at Sky View Middle School
  • Mary Thomas, former Dean of Students at Summit High School, is the interim assistant principal at Summit
  • Gary Timms, former Executive Director of Elementary Programs, is now the assistant principal at Buckingham Elementary School
  • Vanessa Tobolski, former assistant principal at Buckingham, is now the assistant principal at Cascade
  • Brain Uballez, former assistant principal at Sky View, is now the assistant principal at Bear Creek

▶️ Face coverings are important, but study shows layers & fit just as important

(CBS NEWS) – Cloth face coverings are recommended in public, especially when social distancing cannot be maintained.

Experts say the coverings help prevent people who may have the coronavirus from spreading it to others.

Many of us are making homemade masks to try to protect others around us.

Now new research published in the medical journal Thorax looks at how many layers masks may need to prevent viral droplets from the nose and mouth from being dispersed.

Researchers from the University of New South Wales in Australia used a light system and high-speed camera for the study.

Visualizations showed the airborne droplets produced by healthy people speaking, coughing, and sneezing while wearing no mask, a one layer covering, two-layer covering, and a three-ply surgical mask.

“They showed that two layers is much better than one layer, and one layer is much better than nothing,” says professor Kimberly Prather, a distinguished chair of atmospheric chemistry at UC San Diego.

Professor Prather researches aerosols and says we have to be cautious with these kinds of studies because they may not capture the smallest particles.

“Realize that the teeniest ones, the ones where the infectious virus could be concentrated, they are not seeing those,” she says.

The layers of a face covering may be important but so is fit.

The mask should cover your nose and mouth and fit snugly against the sides of your face.

“If you don’t have it fitting to your face, things will just leak out, and then they start to not be as effective,” Professor Prather says.

Dr. Prather says it’s easy to tell if your mask fits right.

You should be able to feel it sucking back against your nose when you breathe in, and when you blow out it goes back out. That means the air is passing through the mask, which is essential.

Kate Barton never leaves home without her cloth face mask. She says it’s important, “just to be a good neighbor, you know just kinda look out for people and also to protect my family and my kids,” she says.

Experts also emphasize that masks are just one barrier and that we still need to wash hands, keep social distance, and avoid crowded indoor spaces to limit the spread of the virus.

Lock your cars! Vehicle theft spikes in COVID-19 pandemic

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The coronavirus hasn’t been kind to car owners.

With more people than ever staying home to lessen the spread of COVID-19, their sedans, pickup trucks and SUVs are parked unattended on the streets. That makes them easy targets for thieves.

Despite silent streets and nearly nonexistent traffic, vehicle larcenies shot up 63% in New York and nearly 17% in Los Angeles from Jan. 1 through mid-May, compared with the same period last year.

Many law enforcement agencies around the U.S. are reporting an increase in stolen cars and vehicle burglaries, even as violent crime has dropped dramatically nationwide in the coronavirus pandemic.

Deschutes County to Give Voters a Say on Pot Businesses

After years of discussion regarding marijuana regulations in Deschutes County, commissioners have decided to opt out of allowing future recreational marijuana businesses after this month.

Voters next November will be the ones to decide whether future businesses are allowed to sprout.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanon was the the meeting today and has the story.