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  • Students adapt to learning at a distance

    Chloe Gold|Updated Apr 21, 2020

    Following the March 13 shutdown of all in-school education as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Sisters School District students were able to virtually return to their studies on Monday, April 13. While elementary school students are being taught by their parents with videos and materials provided by their teachers, the high school students have been able to have a somewhat normal school day — from the safety of their homes. From Monday through Thursday, the... Full story

  • High schoolers face disrupted end of year

    Chloe Gold|Updated Mar 31, 2020

    Governor Kate Brown has ordered that schools remain closed until April 28 at the earliest, requesting that schools transfer their classes online. For the students of Sisters High School, where there are so many hands-on classes, many fear they will miss out on what they had started early in the school year. Allison Mansfield, a senior in Tony Cosby’s woodworking classes says the shutdown “has affected my guitar-building class. I probably will not be able to finish.” Senior Sierra Henneous, a student in Rick Johnson’s American... Full story

  • Students to celebrate the arts at high school

    Chloe Gold|Updated Mar 10, 2020

    Sisters High School will host the annual ARTifacts Night on Thursday, March 19, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. While this is the 23rd art benefit being held for Sisters High School, this year’s ARTifacts Night is only the third annual interactive art benefit of its kind. Sisters High School’s annual art benefit began 23 years ago, under the name “Coffee House” and was started by Mike Baynes, who was the art teacher at the high school through 2010. While the art benefit’s name has been changed to “ARTifacts” and is now an interactiv... Full story

  • Americana Project students shine

    Chloe Gold|Updated Mar 3, 2020

    The Americana Project assembly was a spectacle enjoyed by performers, students, and teachers alike on Tuesday, February 25, at Sisters High School. Over the past few weeks, Sisters High School teacher Rick Johnson, Brad Tisdel and Dave Elhe of Sisters Folk Festival, and students of the Americana Project worked as a team to put together an assembly that Tisdel described as “a testament to the talent and dedication of young artists at Sisters High School.” Tisdel also noted that... Full story

  • Sisters students learn the mandolin

    Chloe Gold|Updated Feb 19, 2020

    Sisters students are learning how to play one of the key instruments of Americana music: the mandolin. Sisters Folk Festival is partnered with Sisters High School through the Americana Project to bring the students of Sisters School District musical opportunities they would not have otherwise. Last week, Sisters Folk Festival sent its development director, Steve Remington, a player of mandolin for 13 years, to teach the students in the Americana Project the basics of... Full story

  • Cub Scouts revel in Pinewood Derby

    Chloe Gold|Updated Feb 4, 2020

    A few weeks prior, each scout had been tasked with designing and building their own derby car—with a few requirements. Each derby car had to weigh less than five ounces and be built mainly by the scout it belonged to. In reward for all their hard work, each scout received a medal, and could also win a trophy for best design or fastest car. The excitement from the scouts was evident as they played with their derby cars and their friends while watching the official timer, S... Full story

  • Song Academy is an experience like no other

    Chloe Gold|Updated Sep 23, 2019

    The Americana Song Academy (ASA) is a three-day music camp where musicians come together to learn from each other, regardless of skill level. ASA takes place at Camp Caldera, near Sisters, the week before the Sisters Folk Festival, which allows performers like Martyn Joseph and Ellis to come and teach classes at the camp. I’ve been playing guitar and writing my own music in the Americana Project at Sisters High School for about three years, but I’ve been playing music for abo... Full story

  • Former Outlaw’s path set in Sister High School classes

    Chloe Gold|Updated Aug 20, 2019

    Full-time ceramist and part-time river guide in the Grand Canyon, Laura Campbell developed the tools for her professions through her experience at Sisters High School. In her junior year at Sisters High School, Campbell began participating in IEE (Interdisciplinary Environmental Expedition). Led by Rand Runco, Samra Spear, and Glen Herron, the class spotlights nature in three subjects: Physical Activity and Outdoor Recreation—taught by Rand Runco; English — taught by Samra Spear; and Science — taught by... Full story

  • Guitar-builders play and display their work

    Chloe Gold|Updated Jun 25, 2019

    Hand-made music rang out at Sisters High School on Monday, June 17, as participants in the Americana Luthier Program — a group of high schoolers taught by Tony Cosby — played and displayed the guitars and ukuleles they built this school year. Cosby has been teaching the Americana Luthier Program since 2005 when Jayson Bowerman of Breedlove Guitars approached him with the unique idea of bringing a luthier component to the Sisters High School woods program. A luthier is a person who makes and repairs stringed... Full story