At Bend-La Pine Schools, we believe it’s not what we do, it is why we do it that unites us in our work and ultimately matters most of our students.
Our more than 2,000 employees are driven by an unrelenting passion for education and a commitment to provide our more than 18,500 students the learning environments they deserve.
Delivering an exceptional public education is a promise.
Together, we believe we must renew the promise of public education, pushing back against a narrow, “test-driven” definition of success for our students. We care deeply about academic excellence, but we care just as much about students’ character; their preparedness for the next steps in their lives; their abilities to think critically, work creatively, communicate, and collaborate.
I hope you will take time to read the stories of our students within our Family Handbook & Calendar. We invited students to share an aspect of their lives they are proud of and to fill in the sentence “Watch me ….” These pages include their portraits, their handwriting, their stories and their hearts.
Each of these students has a story worth listening to: Lily, a third-grader, emptied her piggy bank to help rebuild a school; Addison, a junior, found his fit learning to build and create in his school’s construction program; Olivia, a junior, discovered her leadership skills when she joined her school’s Multicultural Club and became a mentor and advocate for fellow students. I am proud of each of our students and I know you will be, too.
Collectively, these stories showcase the mission of our schools as we promise to know each student by name, strength and need and to have each student graduate ready for career, college and citizenship.
Last year, we celebrated our highest graduation rate on record. Our schools are home to award-winning athletics and activities – from baseball to fine arts. While academics are important, we care just as much about our students’ character. Our students engage in the world around them – serving meals to those in need, hosting blood drives and cleaning up local neighborhoods.
We are developing future-ready students — the next generation of thinkers, doers, leaders and neighbors.Shay Mikalson