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home : education June 19, 2018


Seed to Table's farm-based education blooms
"What does a noodle tree look like?"

As they meandered through towering sugar snap peas and knee-high carrot tops at the Seed to Table education farm, one third-grader asked me this question, in all seriousness, about noodle trees. Tilting my head and smiling, I replied, "What a great question. I am so glad you are here!" Quickly, I change courses with my group, marching them out of the greenhouse to a patch of wheatgrass. I exclaim, "This is what a noodle tree looks like!"

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Kiwanis awards grant to Cummins
Sisters Kiwanis awards grants to Sisters-area adults who are seeking a career change or wish to enhance career opportunities. This program, known as the Kiwanis Career Opportunity Fund (COF) assists adults (25 or older) who are financially unable to return to school or retrain for a career change. Since its inception, the fund has awarded more than $60,000 in assistance to help Sisters-area residents reach their educational dreams.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Sisters graduate capturing the world
Will Saunders knows how to work hard, push limits and say "Yes" - even if it scares him.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Class of 2018 springs to the future
The gathering of 101 seniors at Sisters High School's 70th commencement ceremony Thursday, June 7, included music, memories - and one last academic, and inspirational, lesson.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
D.I.Y. nature expedition-in your own backyard
A lucky group of juniors will make it into the high school's lauded IEE (Interdisciplinary Environmental Expedition) program. The rest of us can create our own small expeditions close to home.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Teens trade phones for backpacks and river rapids
Research shows that social media and phone overuse is becoming a problem-especially for kids and teens. Bullying, anxiety, depression, and suicide are among the growing fears of parents and educators. How can teens help themselves feel better? How can adults help?
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
New leadership to take reins at Sisters schools
Two new leaders will be in place for the 2018-19 school year in Sisters.

Schools Superintendent Curt Scholl announced that the district has hired a new principal for Sisters Elementary School and a new principal for Sisters Middle School.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Sister Rotary provides books for kids
One hundred and twenty excited first-graders from Sisters and Tumalo filed into the Sisters High School auditorium on Friday, May 25, all set to have some fun with books. The 10th annual Books for Kids literacy event, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sisters, kicked off what Rotarians hope will be a reading-filled summer for the students.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Street children, trafficking spotlighted in free talks
Sisters resident David Purviance is offering area groups a series of free talks that present an engaging insider's look into significant issues affecting children and women across the globe.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Sisters chosen for "Library of Things" program
When customers visit libraries in Deschutes County, they expect to find books, DVDs and audiobooks. But since May 1, the Sisters library has some interesting new items available. The Sisters Library was chosen by the Deschutes Public Library (DPL) System to launch the pilot program, "Library of Things." Customers can check out a nature and bird-watching kit, crochet or knitting kits, or a GoPro, Instant Pot kit or even a ukulele kit.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
16-year-old takes to the skies
George Chladek, a sophomore at Sisters High School, has joined the elite club of students who fly solo in an airplane at 16 years old. Chladek wanted to solo on his 16th birthday in February, but had to wait for weather conditions to improve.

Chladek soloed before school on May 7, in Outlaw Aviation's Cessna 172 at Madras airport. After a flight with CFI (Certificated Flight Instructor) Sam Monte of Outlaw Aviation, and a few landings and take-offs, Monte asked Chladek to drop him off on the ramp.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Civil War breaks out in Camp Sherman
A little after 11 a.m. on Saturday, cannons thundered across the meadow at House on Metolius in Camp Sherman, signaling the beginning of a fictional battle.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Historic house open for tours
National Historic Preservation Month wraps up next week, and the final event scheduled in Sisters is happening during Fourth Friday Art Stroll this Friday, May 25, 4 to 7 p.m., at the historic Hardy Allen house at 401 E. Main Ave.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Voters support schools, SPRD
Sisters voters affirmed their support of local educational and recreation programs on May 15, approving local option tax levies for both Sisters School District and for Sisters Park & Recreation District (SPRD).
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Gallery pops up at Sisters Elementary School
The month of May saw a burst of art activities in Sisters. Popular events like an annual parade, a music show at The Belfry, and big fundraiser at Ponderosa Forge brought townspeople out in force for My Own Two Hands (MOTH). Meanwhile, a less publicized art show popped up: a temporary gallery inside the Commons Room of Sisters Elementary School.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Young Life returning to Sisters
Young Life, a Christian ministry aimed at introducing adolescents to the faith while offering support, activities and fun times, is returning to Sisters under the leadership of Doug and Shannon Miller along with an enthusiastic group of community supporters.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Unlocking the secrets of prehistoric poop
Eighty years ago, excavations at the Paisley Caves in south-central Oregon revealed exciting evidence suggesting that people may have lived there as early as the late Pleistocene epoch, some 12,000 to 15,000 years ago. But it was not until recent developments in ancient DNA testing that the evidence has become fully accepted.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Civil War to be re-created near Sisters
The sound of fife and drums and the pungent smell of blackpowder smoke will fill the air in Camp Sherman next weekend as reenactors and visitors travel back in time to the 1860s and the American Civil War.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
New life for an historic lodge
There is a true historic treasure just up the hill from Sisters and few people even know it is there. At FivePine Conference Center on Monday, May 14, at 7 p.m., Three Sisters Historical Society is hosting a presentation by the Friends of the Santiam Pass Ski Lodge on the restoration and re-opening of the lodge located at the summit of U.S. Highway 20, just 20 miles west of Sisters.
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Understanding the plight of the western monarch butterfly
With all the traffic rolling into the Sisters Middle School parking area last Saturday, one would have thought school was in session. What was really going on was a meeting of butterfly people on the welfare of the monarch butterfly and other pollinators.

More than 100 people attended, some from as far away as Seattle, Boise, and Northern California.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018















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