“Watch me! Watch me!” is a phrase most parents are familiar with — it’s something we hear when our young children have climbed to the top of a jungle gym or want to show us their latest dance move. They want us to share in their proud moments. In the pages of this year's Family Handbook and Calendar, we are taking that notion to heart. We invited a few students to share an aspect of their lives they feel is worth watching. Each of these students is a standout, but for unique reasons. Collectively, their stories tell the mission of our schools and showcase the potential our students possess.
There’s Kira — a student at La Pine Middle School — who loves competing and can be seen setting records in pole vault and wrestling. There’s Jacob — a kindergartener at Buckingham Elementary School — who creates and designs using his feet because he does not have hands. There’s Emma — a junior at Bend Senior High School — who is a student leader with determined optimism and energy.
I hope you’ll take a moment to read their stories and that you’ll celebrate their diversity and successes.
Our mission is for every student within our schools to be known by name, strength and need.
Bend-La Pine Schools is home to more than 18,400 students and I believe each one of those students has a story worth sharing. Our schools are filled with curious and engaged students who will ultimately shape the future and change the world.
Each year, we work to build upon our successes in order to deliver the best teaching and learning environment in Oregon. This year, we celebrated our best ever graduation rate. The Class of 2018 received more than $13 million in college scholarship offers, includes two National Merit Finalists and more than 340 students who earned honors diplomas.
This year our students scored 57 points higher on the SATs than peers around the state and our students took 1,492 Advanced Placement exams in more than 26 subjects.
Our schools are home to rich music, physical education and art programs at all levels.
We value our specialists who help enrich our students’ school experiences. Our schools are home to state and national award-winning activities including: newspaper, band, speech and debate, robotics, DECA, Future Farmers of America, Future Business Leaders of America and more. This year, our students also earned individual or team state titles in volleyball, swimming, track and field, cross-country, baseball, wrestling, swimming, golf, tennis and more.
Our schools also connect students with meaningful experiences beyond academics. Through community service efforts and an emphasis on kindness, empathy and social emotional learning in the classroom, we are helping all of our students become thriving citizens.
Our goal is to serve every student in Bend-La Pine Schools and to help build a brighter future for all of our students. With all of your support — we are making that a reality.