Celebrating America’s Safe School Week

Celebrating America’s Safe School Week

Celebrating America’s Safe School week with our regional partners at the 18th anniversary of the Safe Schools Alliance Safe Schools Alliance (SSA) partners work to provide safe and secure school environments through community and interagency partnerships among students, parents, education, mental health, community justice, fire and law enforcement. The purpose of this effort is to increase the ability of all organizations to work consistently and in collaboration to assure safe and secure schools for the children of the Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson...
Handwriting Without Tears

Handwriting Without Tears

High Desert ESD Special Programs, in collaboration with local districts, brought Handwriting Without Tears to Redmond.  The two-day workshop held October 6 & 7, brought over 80 teachers and specialists from the HDESD, Bend-La Pine Schools, Redmond SD, Sisters SD and Crook, Harney, and Jefferson County. This handwriting program was developed in 1977 when Jan Olsen set out on a mission to help her son. Responding to John’s tears over handwriting in first grade, Jan used her occupational therapy training and background to develop strategies to facilitate his handwriting. Almost 40 years later, HWT® holds more than 600 annual workshops to train educators throughout the world in the HWT teaching methods. This program follows research that demonstrates children learn more effectively by actively working with materials that address all styles of...
Our goal is always to equip students with communication and self-advocacy skills

Our goal is always to equip students with communication and self-advocacy skills

Teachers in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) Program focus much of their services on supporting language development in students with hearing loss. Research in the field and direct experience with students indicate that the earlier services begin in a child’s life, the more beneficial for the child.  Frontloading services with greater amounts of intervention in the early years is fundamental to the development of strong language and communication skills. Students are then able to operate more independently in accessing curriculum during their middle and high school years, requiring less support from DHH staff. Our goal is always to equip students with communication and self-advocacy skills which will give them access to an array of choices and opportunities as young adults. Photo: DHH Teacher, Marcene, works on language development with Eduardo and...
Science and Engineering Camps promote creativity, problem solving and college

Science and Engineering Camps promote creativity, problem solving and college

Oregon State University Pre-College Programs provided free Science and Engineering Camps for about 70 middle school students from Warm Springs, Madras, Culver, Redmond and Sisters this past summer. Oregon State students worked as instructors at the 2-day workshop. In the camps, students discussed the benefits of going to college and learned what approach engineers take to problem-solve. The students constructed devices using wave and wind motion to generate electricity and assembled and raced solar-powered cars. Migrant Education, Juntos and the Warm Springs Boys & Girls Club worked together to coordinate and promote the camps, and provide food for the...
Flagpole Dedication at High Desert Regional Education Center

Flagpole Dedication at High Desert Regional Education Center

NJROTC cadets from Crook County School District, under the guidance of Master Chief Donny Jackson, helped with the dedication of the High Desert Regional Education Center flagpole. Pictured here are: Donny Jackson, Master Chief, with Randy Pike (11th grade), Eric Haigler (11th grade) and Eli Giron (9th grade). High Desert Education Service District would like to thank Crook County NJROTC cadets for taking time out of their day to help with this...
Google Apps: Helping to increase mobility at work

Google Apps: Helping to increase mobility at work

HDESD welcomed over 200 employees the first week of September at their all staff inservice. Several break-out sessions were offered for staff to attend; from desktop yoga to Google Apps 101.  Pictured here are HDESD employees learning more about Google Apps for educators and ways to increase mobility at...