High Desert Middle School



We welcome all students and parents to seek assistance from our counseling office when they are in need of help. Our staff can offer assistance with social, emotional, behavioral or academic issues. Stop by or make an appointment to talk.

We want to share with you information about an informative 2 hour seminar, "Parenting With Love & Logic" parenting techniques to raise accountable, confident and secure children. Please check out the attached flyer for dates and further information.

Click the Photo to Get to know our Counselors

Cathy Tash

8th Grade Counselor & 504 coordinator

Lynne Tat

7th Grade Counselor

Joe Albano

6th Grade Counselor

Making an Appointment

Students or Parents may make appointments.

Students can make an appointment by stopping by the counseling office, or by accessing the counseling request form on their I pads.
may e-mail or call to set up an appointment. Sometimes we are out of our offices, it is best to leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as we are able.

FAN Advocate

Kristine Evans is the FAN advocate for the school. If your family is in need of assistance with school supplies, school clothes, food or other necessities, please contact her. 541-355-7343. In general, she is at High Desert on Monday, Thursdays and every other Wednesday.

Families In Need Webpage


Mental Health Resources

Deschutes County - Department of Health offers resources for those needing mental health support:

  • Children and Family Program
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Text 273TALK to 839-863
  • Call the local crisis line at 541-322-7500 Ext. 9
  • Contact school counseling center or other mental health professional
  • Visit the crisis walk-in center, 2577 NE Courtney, Bend, Monday-Friday 8am to 4pm
  • Oregon YouthLine (teen-to-teen crisis and help line): call 877-968-8491, text teen2teen to 839863 or visit www.oregonyouthline.org

Community Resources

Office Hours

General Needs:
Monday to Friday
7:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

New Student Registration:
Monday to Friday
8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Contact Us

Joe Albano, 541-355-7221
6th Grade Counselor

Lynne Tat, 541-355-7342
7th Grade Counselor

Cathy Tash, 541-355-7341
8th Grade Counselor