Searching for the Great Pumpkin
Children from the Early Childhood Special Education class in Redmond took advantage of a beautiful day in search for the great pumpkin. This youngster took his time before finding the right one. Thank You Central Oregon Pumpkin Patch for providing a great experience for the children.
A Learning Experience in the Forest
Visually Impaired students from Redmond, Crook County, and Bend La Pine Schools schools got the opportunity to get up close and personal with various wild life at Skyliner Lodge in Bend. The Audubon Society was there to share their knowledge on various birds and the sounds they make. Did you know that the Meadowlark is Oregon’s state bird? Forest Service biologist were also present to share and show information on bobcats, bears, and eagles. Students got to touch various animal skulls, feathers of large prey as well as their talons. A great day for learning in the outdoors!
“When Max was younger, like many other students, he had difficulty with making changes in his schedule or doing unexpected tasks. He has been given a lot of opportunities to learn how to express his feelings and was coached on how to communicate his needs by staff at school, parents and HDESD staff. When this picture was taken, he was very flexible with the changes required and willingly agreed to come to an alternative location to set up for an unscheduled activity. He has matured a lot over the years and will be moving on to Middle school in the fall. As you can see he has a lot of joy in him. I will miss working with him and his family.”
Joyce Brown, Retired HDESD Occupational Therapist, pictured with Max.
The Teddy Bear Olympics
The children attending the Early Childhood program located at Westside Village Magnet school, had a fun morning participating in their very own Olympics. Jeannie Hatchett, preschool teacher and her staff got creative and invited the children to bring in a teddy bear or stuffed animal to school. There were events like the bobsled, where the children put their stuffed animal in a box and took it for a ride.
There was also the ice skating event where paper plates were taped to the children’s shoes so they could shuffle around the class. Of course, no Olympics is complete without the gold medal award. Each student was called to the podium where they were given their very own gold medal.
One student said it best, “We’re all winners.”
A Special Visit
Superintendent John Rexford stopped by the Redmond Early Childhood Special Education class and met this youngster named Abel. With assistance from his teacher, Doyce, Abel colored a card for John.
“When we work with children who have complex communication needs or have multiple needs, we need to presume competence or believe in each child’s ability. It is our responsibility to provide the children with opportunities to learn skills appropriate for their age. It also means we believe every child has a voice and wants to have some measure of control in his or her life. Therefore, we assume every child understands what we are saying and strive to treat everyone with the respect and dignity that all people deserve.” — Doyce Bedortha, ECSE Teacher
What is the High Desert Education Service District?
HDESD is a publicly-funded agency that partners with local school districts to provide high-quality, cost-effective and locally responsive education services at a regional level. These services range from business, legal, and administrative support to school improvement efforts and special education programs.
What types of services do we provide?
Services for Children with Special Needs
We partner with local school districts to provide services to families and students who are at risk or have special educational needs.
School Improvement Services
We provide consultation, on-site and regional professional development, consortiums, grant projects, and student programs.
We support business, administrative and operational functions for HDESD and partner school districts. Other services are also available to support home and alternative learning.
We offer a wide range of information technology and instructional support services to both HDESD and school district staff.
Our Central Oregon School District Partners
- Jefferson County 509J School District
- Black Butte School District
- Culver School District
- North Central Counties School District
- Harney Education Service District
- Jefferson Education Service District
- Grant Education Service District
- Lake Education Service District
- Southern Oregon Education Service District
- Umatilla/Morrow Education Service District