Most Central Oregon kids enter kindergarten with state-average levels of literacy, math skills

Young kids’ literacy and math skills entering elementary school depends on socioeconomic status, says Bend-La Pine administrator

Central Oregon kindergartners start school with about the same level of literacy and math skills … Read more

COCC president candidate Chesley sees more online courses, better link to OSU-Cascades

The candidate has spent 18 years in higher education in Michigan and Pennsylvania

Laurie Chesley, one of three candidates running to become Central Oregon Community College’s next president, … Read more

Bend’s new elementary finally has a name: North Star

Bend-La Pine School Board votes 5-1 to approve the new name

After a brief discussion and some dissent, the Bend-La Pine School Board voted 5-1 Tuesday … Read more

Married couple, frequent school volunteer among first to file for Bend-La Pine, COCC board seats

Filing for the May 21 election began Monday; four Bend-La Pine seats and three COCC seats up for grabs

Candidates for local school boards and the Central Oregon Community College board of directors began … Read more

Fifth-graders learn science, food safety in pop-up restaurant project

Bend students’ Harry Potter-themed evening offers lessons on properties of matter, graphic design

Juniper Elementary fifth-graders in Jaime Speed’s class spent part of Monday afternoon divided into groups … Read more

Central Oregon schools struggling to meet PE requirements

Administrators cite lack of staff, gym space and state funding as obstacles to providing more PE

Despite the state giving Oregon schools a few more years to meet a minimum number … Read more

State to no longer count students in extracurricular activities as absent

Starting next year, students missing class for school-sponsored activities won’t be marked absent

Starting next school year, students who miss class for school-sponsored activities such as sports, music … Read more

Bigger building fund could boost OSU-Cascades plans

Gov. Brown talks about higher ed funding in Salem; OSU’s Ray speaks in Portland

SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown said Thursday there might be up to $100 million in … Read more

COCC president candidate Tod Treat excited by college’s potential, future

Treat said experience at Wenatchee Valley College would prepare him for serving large, rural region

Tod Treat, one of three candidates to replace Central Oregon Community College President Shirley Metcalf, … Read more

Madras High School’s turnaround a result of culture change

Principals emphasized student-teacher relationships, helping students one-on-one

There are many ways to judge a high school’s success — test scores, graduation rates … Read more

COCC president candidate Kimberlee Messina touts experience

Messina has handled shrinking enrollment and campus security issues in past community college positions

Central Oregon Community College presidential candidate Kimberlee Messina believes her experience as an administrator at … Read more

OSU-Cascades faces new fights in Legislature

Bend university pushes for more support from state

SALEM — Oregon State University-Cascades’ construction funding adventures over the past two sessions of the … Read more

Volunteers help Sisters High students meet post-high school goals

The ASPIRE program helps guide students into either college or a trade

Tyrell Beatty, a senior at Sisters High School, has been accepted to two universities, and … Read more

Finalized new boundary map for Bend elementary schools unveiled

A large majority of Awbrey Butte families will attend the new school despite complaints

Bend-La Pine Schools Superintendent Shay Mikalson approved new enrollment boundaries Tuesday that will affect every … Read more

New $2.2 million state program will fully fund child care for 109 Central Oregon kids

Those at or near poverty line can apply for free child care slots by the spring

A new $2.2 million state-funded program will provide fully funded child care for 109 young … Read more

Redmond High School seeks new principal

Redmond High hasn’t had a principal since Paul Nolan left in June

After a full school year with no principal, Redmond High School may finally have a … Read more

Pacific Crest Middle School counseling team recognized nationally

The school is one of three in Oregon to be named a model program by national school counseling group

The American School Counselor Organization named Pacific Crest Middle School a Recognized ASCA Model Program … Read more

New program at La Pine High teaching students woodworking, work skills

The class is the first step of a state-funded construction technology program at La Pine

The sound of handsaws and chatter filled the high-ceiling workshop at La Pine High School … Read more

Five years in, iPads fully integrated in Bend-La Pine schools

District officials tout devices’ use as a classroom tool, students complain about glitches and miss analog learning

Walking into Dave McKae’s seventh-grade math classroom at Cascade Middle School feels like entering a … Read more

Graduation rates rose across Central Oregon schools in 2017-18 school year

Latino students had strong graduation bumps at many schools and districts

All of Central Oregon’s largest high schools saw graduation rates rise last school year, and … Read more

COCC narrows presidential candidates to three

The three candidates all have administrative experience in community colleges

The Central Oregon Community College board unanimously agreed on three finalists Wednesday afternoon to replace … Read more

Bend-La Pine School Board votes to leave Cheri Helt’s seat open until May election

Five of seven current board members were appointed before an election

The Bend-La Pine School Board decided to let voters choose who will fill Cheri Helt’s … Read more

Bend schools tackle stinky issue: dog droppings on playgrounds

Careless dog owners are leaving poop behind

As kids file back into school after recess, there’s one thing teachers dread smelling: dog … Read more

COCC, William Smith Properties plan housing development near campus

The 18 single-family homes and senior apartment complex will generate revenue for COCC

Central Oregon Community College has big plans for the 46.7 acres of undeveloped land it … Read more

Bend High culinary students kick off food truck program

Students learn business and cooking skills by cooking on and serving food from a former school bus

Typically, school buses smell like sweaty kids and brown-bag lunches, but a bus on Bend … Read more

OSU-Cascades to host livestream of Sybrina Fulton speaking on MLK Day

The mother of slain teen Trayvon Martin will be speaking at OSU’s Corvallis campus

Oregon State University is hosting Sybrina Fulton, the mother of slain teen Trayvon Martin, for … Read more

Bend-La Pine Schools on two-hour delay

All schools in the Bend-La Pine School District are on two-hour delay today, Thursday, Jan. … Read more

Community shows mostly support for OSU-Cascades expansion

OSU-Cascades seeks $500,000 federal grant to clean up former landfill

From a large auditorium for hosting events to more space for students to study and … Read more

Bend-La Pine high schools add fencing for security

The fencing locks in small sections of parking for the entire school day at some locations

High school students arriving late to class in Bend or La Pine, scrambling to find … Read more

Marshall High’s new gym construction behind schedule

Roofing-related delays will cause gym to be finished a month late in early March

This summer, Bend-La Pine Schools unveiled its plans for a revamped, career and technical education-focused … Read more

Arlie Seems’ daughter, childhood friend frustrated his name not considered for Bend elementary

The vote for the new elementary school’s name was postponed until a later meeting

The daughter and a childhood friend of Arlie Seems expressed frustration that the Bend-La Pine … Read more

OSU-Cascades and COCC to allow admission to both colleges at once

COCC students can have access to OSU-Cascades advisers, guiding them to bachelor’s degrees

Central Oregon Community College and Oregon State University-Cascades, Central Oregon’s leading higher-education organizations, have teamed … Read more

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