Tumalo Community School Now Accepting Pre-K Applications

Tumalo Community School is now accepting applications for the school’s afternoon Pre-Kindergarten program this fall.

The afternoon Pre-K program operates from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Classes begin the week of September 9th and will run throughout the school year.

“Tumalo Community School is proud to continue our Pre-K program this year,” said Justin Nicklous, Tumalo Community School Principal. “Participation in Pre-K classes offer a wonderful start to a child’s education and introduces them to their school community in a positive way.”

Students must be four years old before September 1, 2019 in order to apply to the program. Tuition is $225 per student monthly.

Registration closes Friday, August 30th.

For questions or more information about Tumalo Community School’s Pre-K program, please contact the school directly at 541-382-2853.

Tumalo Community School is currently open to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.


▶️ BLP Schools Finish Up Construction Projects Ahead of New Year

The start of the new school year is just a few weeks away now.

Several Bend-La Pine schools are gearing up for their students’ return by finishing up construction projects to enhance safety and create more innovative learning environments.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has the story.


▶️ BLP Base Camp Helps Freshmen Gear Up for High School

Incoming freshmen are gearing up for their first year of high school and the Bend-La Pine School District wants  to make that transition easier.

Nearly 200 incoming freshmen are getting their first taste of high school this week as part of the district’s “Base Camp” program.

Local high schools opened their doors this week so the new students could get a chance to meet their peers and teachers – and learn the ins and outs of the school.

“If freshmen have a successful first year, they are more likely to reach graduation,” said Steph Bennett, coordinator for Base Camp. “Our goal is to make that transition from middle school to high school a positive and exciting next step.”

The free program, which is led by ninth grade teachers at each school, lasts two weeks and includes about 40-50 students each from Bend Senior High, La Pine High, Mountain View High and Summit High schools. Some students are invited to attend the program while others signed up last spring. Bennett says that the results from the 2018-19 participants are positive – showing that students who participated had better attendance, less discipline referrals and higher GPAs than a similar peer group.

“Our goal is for students to develop strong bonds with teachers, understand what they need to do to be successful students and ultimately walk into the first day of high school feeling confident and ready,” said Bennett.

At Mountain View High School Monday, more than 40 freshmen gathered in the school’s library, where they learned about the bell schedule, met with the activities and athletic directors, played a high school-themed guessing game and made connections with fellow students and key staff members.

“Ultimately we want them to show up the first day of school feeling comfortable and prepared,” said Brandie Ross, Spanish teacher and Base Camp teacher.



Moving In: North Star Elementary Teachers Set Up New Digs

By Meghan Glova
Central Oregon Daily News

As students soak up the final weeks of summer vacation, teachers are ready for school to be in session.

On Monday morning, teachers began setting up their classrooms at Bend La-Pine School’s newest elementary school, North Star Elementary.

“It’s going to be an incredible campus for kids,” said Allison Harris a new teacher at North Star. “Bend-La Pine has put every detail into their brains and really made this a school where kids are going to grow and learn incredibly.”

The new two-story school can hold up to six hundred students, and features twenty four classrooms, a media center, and a large outdoor field with two playgrounds. Located in north-central Bend, North Star will help with overcrowding at elementary schools in the northwest and northeast parts of town.

“It’s been a long process, I think construction and development has been well over a year now,” said Tim Burdsall with the school’s student services. “So the culmination of seeing those doors open on September 4th will be really exciting for the whole community.”

For North Star’s 250 new students, educators will focus on four key traits–including commitment, compassion, curiosity, and courage.

After teaching at Elk Meadow elementary for 13 years, Harris says she is eager to implement these character traits in the classroom.

“This is just an incredible opportunity, and I am so excited to just have the kids dashing through the hallways and finding their classrooms, and just learning this process alongside with me,” she said.

Between a brand new building and experienced staff, North Star Elementary gives students a place to shine.

“The kids are just going to feel so welcomed” Harris says. “And they’re just going to be smiling and beaming from the first time they walk through those doors.”

North Star Elementary will be holding a ribbon cutting ceremony on August 29th at 4:40PM to celebrate the opening of the school.

North Star Elementary – Bend’s Newest – Opens Monday

Bend’s newest school, North Star Elementary, officially opens on Monday with teachers moving in to begin setting up classrooms and prepping for the new year.

“This new school is designed with the educational needs of students in mind and I’m excited for teachers to begin to settle into their new classrooms as we look forward to welcoming new students,” said North Star Principal Kevin Gehrig.

The two-story school is situated in north-central Bend off of O.B. Riley Road. It will relieve overcrowding at elementary schools in northwest and northeast Bend.

North Star includes 24 classrooms, a gym, commons area and media center, and is based on the designs for Silver Rail Elementary School.

Construction of North Star is one of more than 150 projects that are part of the $268 million construction bond passed by voters in 2017. Hundreds of people have been employed to make the completion of this new school a reality. Thanks to construction of new schools and classrooms, more than 400 additional jobs are sustained in Deschutes County each year, according to IMPLAN economic data.

Community members are encouraged to save the date to join in a celebratory ribbon cutting and barbecue at the new school Aug. 28, starting at 4:30 p.m.

Redmond Schools Open Online Registration


The Redmond School District has opened the 2019-20 online student registration and verification process for all students.

The ParentVue portal gives parents or guardians a secure way to register new students or verify current student information for all grade levels. The online method reduces traditional paper documentation that previously had to be completed in person and brought to the schools.

“The online registration process is fast and convenient for Redmond School District families,” said Superintendent Mike McIntosh. “It is designed to ensure accuracy of student information while offering a helpful tool to save time during the busy back-to-school season.”

To register new students or verify returning student information, parents can visit the district website at www.redmondschools.org and click the online registration link on the home page. 

Parents of new students will still be required to bring certain documents to their student’s school such as proof of birth, proof of immunization and proof of address. The online registration process will detail which documents are required for new student registration. 

Incoming in-town kindergarten students who have not yet registered may do so at the Redmond Early Learning Center Registration Event on Thursday, August 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Redmond Early Learning Center located at 2105 West Antler Avenue in Redmond, Ore. For questions about this event, parents can contact the Redmond Early Learning Center at 541-923-8900. Incoming kindergarten students attending Tumalo Community School and Terrebonne Community School may register by contacting each school respectively.

Parents can contact their student’s school or synergyhelp@hdesd.org for questions or more information about Redmond School District online registration.

Bend Families Scrambling to Find After-School Care

When Bend-La Pine students return to school in a few weeks, they’re not the only ones who will have to get used to a new schedule. A change in the start times for the district schools has forced some parents to scramble to find quality after-school childcare.

Central Oregon Daily’s Meghan Glova talked to some parents today hoping The Boys and Girls Club of Central Oregon is their answer.




Destination Oregon: Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum

There’s plenty to do in Hood River but in this week’s Destination Oregon, Dave Jones takes us to a museum with an extensive collection of antique airplanes and automobiles, documenting how transportation has changed over the years.

Thanks to the folks at the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum for showing us around. Join us every Thursday for another new edition of Destination Oregon, where Dave Jones takes you to some of the most interesting and beautiful places across our state.

Statewide Day of Action

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan highlights the “Day of Action” in which educators, school staff, parents, and many others across the state took to the streets to bring attention to Oregon’s lack of education funding and the impact it is having on our public schools.

Ridgeview High School Principal Receives State Honor

A Central Oregon school administrator was named Principal of the Year in Oregon on Thursday, and the best part is that he didn’t know about it until his staff and students surprised him with the news at a special assembly on Thursday afternoon, and Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan was there for the priceless moment.