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home : education November 20, 2017


Veteran speaks to Sisters youth
"How many people want to do something bigger than yourself?" Brett Miller asked an assemblage of Sisters Middle School (SMS) students last week. Hands shot up across the SMS cafetorium.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
ASPIRE program helps students plan
Navigating the curvy and bumpy road of planning for life after high school is not something students are expected to do alone. For seniors, looking to "next year" is the first time they don't have a clear picture of the future. Fourth-graders go to fifth grade. Eighth-graders go to high school. But for seniors, the next step may be anything but clear.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Couple gives Steinway piano to school
Doug and Mollie LeFezre, who have been vacationing in Sisters since 1982, donated their second-hand Steinway piano to the Sisters High School choral program.

Mollie LeFezre is a retired music teacher; she taught public-school music for 25 years in both Huntington Beach and Roseburg, where they are from. They currently spend the winters in Arizona.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Bus barn to be built at high school
The new school district transportation facility is closer to becoming a reality. The City is currently reviewing the district's site plan application, which was filed last week.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Commentary... Building diversity and inclusion in Sisters
Sisters is a great place to call home. The schools provide art and music, sports, an equestrian team, science and engineering. High school students can even get their pilot's license! What's not to like about that? Opportunity seems to be the theme for our community, regardless of our rural and small population.

But is everyone included?

Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Restoring Indian Ford Creek
For the past year, young people engaged with the Oregon Youth Challenge Program have been working with the Deschutes Soil and Water Conservation District to restore natural conditions in sensitive riparian areas.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Spirits of times past arise at cemetery
Last Friday, October 27, on a perfect late-autumn afternoon, the spirits of early Sisters residents were up and roaming about at Camp Polk Meadow and the Camp Polk Cemetery.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Spanish, mindfulness classes on tap
Claudia Bisso-Fetzer, PhD., is a new resident of Central Oregon.

She is currently living in Bend but loving Sisters as a place to work with people of all ages.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
SCA students hit the track in fundraiser
Sisters Christian Academy students took advantage of a weather window to get outdoors and hit the track in the school's annual walk/jog-a-thon fundraiser.

"Our tuition is purposely kept low so that every student essentially receives a scholarship," explained school Principal Cheryl Peterson. "Fundraising events that build community, partnerships with parents, friendships and fun are a key piece of our lower tuition."

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Science Club explores neuroscience
Dr. Larry Sherman is a neuroscientist with a lot on his mind: love and friendship, pleasure and pain, music and multiple sclerosis, genetics and the degenerative diseases of an aging brain. And he's on a mission to help people understand their personal stake in the big questions in scientific research.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Foundation launches giving campaign
The Sisters Schools Foundation has launched its annual giving campaign.

Since 1997, Sisters Schools Foundation (SSF) has supported the Sisters School District through direct donations to teachers and staff from monies raised from Starry Nights concerts, private donations, and partnerships with local community foundations.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Kids, bikes, and nature
An environmental biking tour set up for kids in the Metolius/Camp Sherman area is worth going on about. It's specifically run for kids and it's operating in the forest on hiking/biking trails around Camp Sherman with the goal of getting kids into their natural environment and paying attention to what they're seeing.

Can't beat that with a stick.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Gunnarson earns art educator honors
Sisters High School (SHS) art teacher Bethany Gunnarson has been named the secondary Art Educator of the Year for 2017 by the Oregon Art Education Association.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Sisters High School is flying high
Last Saturday was a high-flying day for the 48 members of the Sisters High School Flight Science class.

They all got together at Sisters Eagle Air at 9 a.m. for a day to head out for the Erickson Aircraft Collection Museum in Madras.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Enrollment down in Sisters schools
Sisters schools continue to struggle with enrollment numbers - the most critical element affecting school funding.

As of October 2, enrollment across Sisters' three schools stood at 1,069 students. That's down 13.5 students from the end of the last school year, and is 12 students below district projections. The enrollment picture is usually clearer in October, as the school year settles in.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Outdoor School is on in Oregon
Back in 1966, when Multnomah County began a five-day Outdoor School program for all sixth-graders in their system, Betty Gray of Portland - wife of John Gray who got Sunriver and several other Oregon-based projects going - thought her life-long dream of kids learning in the forest had at last come true.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Stars over Sisters
It's now the month of October, and the night sky is changing. There are new things to see and discover.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Hand-written letters connect students
The delight of crafting and receiving hand-written letters is alive and well at the Black Butte School in Camp Sherman. Fourth- through eighth-graders in Delaney Sharp's class are involved in "Yo Ghana!," a letter-writing program linking Pacific Northwest students with their peers in Ghana.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
A glimpse behind the football curtain
Football is a complex sport. The better you understand the complexities, the deeper your appreciation for the game. And when your child is playing in a rough sport, concerns over safety also come into play.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Students 'fired up' by museum visit
In light of all the fires that took place this last summer, and the controlled burns slated for fall and spring, Sisters Middle School is again sending the fifth-grade students off to the High Desert Museum (HDM) on different days to learn what fire is all about from supervisor Carolyn Nesbitt and her staff.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017













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