Every day, as educators we work with students who possess passion, integrity, curiosity and drive. Our students serve as our inspiration and motivate us to do our best.
This year our students are reaching ever higher in terms of academic achievement. The Class of 2017 earned more than $11 million in scholarships. Our students scored 161 points higher than the national average on the SATs. Our students are excelling outside of the classroom as well, bringing home championships in athletics and extra-curricular activities from track and ﬁeld to culinary to robotics to volleyball.
We are grateful to our parents and community members for being actively engaged in enriching our schools. During the 2016- 17 school year alone volunteers contributed more than 96,000 hours of service to our students and schools. We appreciate the businesses throughout the region that partner with our schools to oﬀer opportunities for hundreds of students each year to gain career experiences through job shadows, internships and more.
We believe being good community partners means valuing your investment in our schools. Bend-La Pine Schools receives honors each year for our ﬁnancial reporting and we hire an independent accounting ﬁrm to audit our ﬁnancial records annually.
Our students are passionate about giving back to the community and thinking beyond themselves. I believe students in our schools today will change our world in the future. Our job is to support the ambitions of our students and show them the possibilities they possess.
Our schools are ﬁlled with thousands of students who will change the world. We are sharing the stories of just a few of them in this calendar. These are scientists who will make important discoveries, leaders who guide us and artists who will inspire us.
Our students will change the world through their bold dreams and ambitions. Jacob, a member of the Class of 2017 at Mountain View High School, heads oﬀ to college with plans to study engineering and aeronautics. His ultimate goal is to help create the next iconic space craft that will travel to Mars.
Our students will change the world through their quiet dedication to making the world a better place. Ben, a student at Paciﬁc Crest Middle School, knows the importance of clean water because he spent many years living in an orphanage in Ghana where he did not have reliable access to this basic need. Ben shared his personal story with his fellow students and led an inspiring fundraising campaign for Safe Water Network.
Our students will change the world by stepping up to help their local communities. Kayanna, a student at La Pine High School, recognized that some in her community struggled to ﬁnd food. On her own, she created a community supper event to feed her community, raise awareness about hunger and raise money for the local food kitchen. She didn’t do this to earn extra credit or recognition — she took on this project because she knew her community would beneﬁt.
We believe in all of our students. We believe each one will change the world for the better.
The world awaits.