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home : education February 23, 2018


Helping children cope with traumatic events
As I watched with horror the terrible event that unfolded last week at the school in Florida I wondered what I could say to help parents in Sisters as their children become aware of this terrible tragedy. Events such as these can be terrifying to children, even when they take place far away. In their minds they question, if it happened there could it happen here?
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Love on a mission for a Sisters couple
"I will never forget what my kindergarten teacher wrote on my report card. 'Rachel marches to the beat of a different drummer.'"
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Seeking school safety in Sisters
Incidents such as the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, last week hit educators, parents and students hard, no matter where they are. The sheer shock and horror that such an event can happen at all is compounded by the realization that it can happen anywhere.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
'Winter Olympics' come to Sisters Middle School
All of the Winter Olympics action isn't in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Students at Sisters Middle School staged their own version last week.

The event opened with a moment of silence to honor the students and coach who died the day before in a school shooting in Florida.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Foundation provides microscopes
In order for a student to go out into the world thinking big, he or she sometimes finds it necessary to take a really good look at the tiny things in life. One of the best methods for doing that is to use a microscope, and last week the Sisters High School students in Rima Givot's science class were at it up to their ears - a few of them even pulling their hair(s) out.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Whispers from the past
The threat of fire was very real in the early days of Sisters, when all the structures were crafted from wood and the city didn't have a professional fire department.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Fireside Stories on tap in Sisters
In the early days of Sisters, during long winter evenings, families gathered beside the fireplace for light and warmth while sharing stories of their day.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Sisters author up for book award
To hear Gary Leiser tell it, he wrote his Oregon Book Award-nominated scholarly tome on prostitution in the eastern Mediterranean world of the Middle Ages "by accident."
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Stars over Sisters
As the year 2018 advances into its second month, celestial treasures await discovery by curious observers. Chief among them is the famous Pleiades star cluster, which is near the meridian at nightfall in February.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Science Fair will focus on the outdoors
Outdoor Science: That's the theme for this year's Sisters Science Fair - and it's an apt topic for considering countless outdoor recreation opportunities in Sisters Country. The Science Fair is scheduled for Saturday, March 17, at Sisters High School from noon to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Students to go to Belgium for science
Three Sisters High School chemistry students - seniors Ethan Ferwalt, Ashonte Hull, and junior Amy Hills - have been selected, through a competitive process from world-wide applicants, to join a group of students in Brussels, Belgium, to send near-space experiments up in an atmospheric balloon.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
New robotics program for Circle of Friends
Programing, or coding, is taking schools all over the world by storm. And robotics is another field that's able to inspire kids to learn coding.
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Students roll out inflatable universe
If there's one thing Sisters High School science teacher Rima Givot loves to do, it is teach astronomy to her students - and to anyone else who will listen. That's the reason she keeps the universe rolled up and stored away in the high school.

Last week, she got her students Amy Hills and Rylee Funk to give her a hand hauling her portable planetarium - with attached universe - into the school's conference room, hook it to the air compressor and in a huff-and-a-puff, it was ready to go.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Science Club speaker will explore genetics
Barbara Pettersen understands genetics from a very human perspective.

As a certified genetics counselor for more than 30 years, she has guided families through some of life's most challenging decisions: What are our options for having a child, given our genetic test results or family history of inherited disorders? Should I have that surgery to pre-empt the possibility of breast cancer? One of my parents has Huntington's Disease - will I develop it, too?

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Taking on the impact of plastic waste
The world is drowning in plastic. Great masses of the stuff float in the oceans. Living in Central Oregon, people are removed from the visual realities of pollution in the ocean - but a group of Sisters students now know a lot about the subject. And they're taking action.
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Aviation students 'fly' in simulator
The Sisters High School Aviation Program has received a Modular Flight Deck Advanced Training Flight Simulator - or "sim" in pilot-talk.

"I think we are the only high school aviation program in the country to get an FAA-certified sim," said Sheryl Yeager, FAA Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) and SHS Flight Science teacher. "This will give our students a huge advantage in their flight training."

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
SPRD director to depart
Liam Hughes, executive director at Sisters Park & Recreation District (SPRD) for the past four years, will depart as of January 26 to take a position in Pendleton.

The SPRD Board of Directors was to discuss next steps, including the hiring of an interim or a new director, at their monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 9.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Our stories
A statistic the other day on the news caught my attention. The average lifespan in the U.S. dropped for the second year in a row to 81.1 for women. Based on that, I can expect 7.5 more years at least. If that time goes as quickly as the past seven-and-a-half years, I'll be done before I know it.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Circle of Friends kids find the reason for the season
The mission of Circle of Friends, a nonprofit mentoring program in Sisters, is to provide friends/mentors to make sure Sisters' most vulnerable kids develop life skills, social skills, academic success, and their own individual talents.

And last week 15 little friends had the opportunity to express their holiday shopping talents by searching for unique gifts for their families, with gift certificates for Habitat for Humanity Thrift Store donated by ZoselHarper Realtors.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Woodshop students raise walls
Many high schools around the nation have woodworking classes, but it's hard to find a school where a student can learn homebuilding skills. Sisters High School has such a program under the guidance of Tony Cosby, and last week the construction students were out at the Sisters Habitat for Humanity jobsite putting up the walls for future homeowner Becky Conner.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
















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