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Supe's On! Podcast

Get an inside look at Bend-La Pine Schools from Superintendent Dr. Steven Cook. In every podcast, Supt. Cook will serve up news and insights about our schools and decision-making. Thanks for tuning in to Supe's On!

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Episode 23: Caldera High's First Senior Class

Caldera High School is so new, this is its first year with a senior class. And what a special year this will be for the 250 members of Caldera’s Class of 2024! In this episode of The Supe’s On! podcast, Dr. Cook visits the school to meet with two of these students: Harlee Miller, a senior class officer and a member of the cheer team; and Jose´ Vera Venegas, who’s on the soccer and wrestling teams and part of our Dual Immersion program. Listen to Harlee and Jose´ reflect on what it’s like to be part of the first class that will graduate from Caldera, and what they look forward to as they help establish an identity and culture for our newest school.

Episode 22: Reintroducing Bend Tech Academy

You may know this school from a different time, with a different name. Bend Tech Academy today is entirely different: a small but mighty “choice option” high school with an emphasis on career-technical education, preparing students for college and careers. Dr. Cook visits BTA for a chat with the new Principal, Dr. LaKisha Clark, and BTA parent Sharon Miller, a member of the school’s Site Council. Hear them discuss what makes BTA an exciting high school option for students in Bend-La Pine Schools.

Episode 21: Heroes in Our Schools

Winter can be a tough time of year for many families, as cold weather means increased heating bills and a need for warm clothing. When our families seek basic needs, there’s someone at school they can turn to for help: Family Access Network (FAN) advocates. On today’s podcast, Superintendent Steven Cook is joined by FAN Executive Director Julie Lyche, who shares the hardships families are facing right now, as well as they joy and hope she feels thanks to the powerful work of this local nonprofit.

Episode 20: How vaping is affecting our schools and what we can do to help

Vaping is impacting our schools. While we know that a majority of students are not vaping, the number who are need support. In Superintendent Steve Cook's latest podcast, he examines this topic alongside Becky Aylor, Assistant Principal at Mountain View High School, and Aimee Snyder, Prevention and Health Promotion Supervisor at Deschutes County. Together they discuss the size of the problem locally, the steps our schools are taking to help students and what we can all do to prevent vaping or intervene once a student has started. Listen now:

Prevention Resources:

Recovery/Intervention Resources:

  • Text DITCHVAPE to 99709: Text-based, youth-focused support to quit nicotine/ vaping
  • Oregon Quitline (for 13 years and older): Phone, online and text counseling to quit nicotine and cannabis: English: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or Español: 1-855-DEJELO-YA (1-855-335-35692)
  • Youth can also text or call Youthline to talk to a peer about what they’re experiencing that may be influencing their substance use and to learn more about options they could consider from a peer: Text Teen2Teen to 839863 or call 877-968-8491 (link available on student iPads)
  • Use Care Solace to have a Care Companion help access treatment: or call 888-515-0595. Their school counselor or school nurse can help them connect to a Care Solace Care Companion.

Episode 19: Bond Information and Lava Bears

Season 2 of Supe’s On! With Dr. Cook is here and today he’s covering the school construction bond on the November ballot. He goes on a tour of Bend Senior High with Principal Chris Reese to learn about 70-year-old classrooms, butterfly roofs, a boiler system run on steam and the incredible Lava Bear culture that puts people first.

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