News & Events

High Desert Education Service District News Item If you received services from Central Oregon Regional Program, read this:

Are you a former student who received services from Central Oregon Regional Program? If so, you can request a copy of your records. Please note that your information will remain confidential until you reach the age of 26. If they are unclaimed at that time, Central Oregon Regional Program will destroy your records. Please contact 541.693.5700. Thank you.

In accordance with state and federal law (ORS 326.565, OAR 166-400-0060 & 34 CFR § 300.573), the HDESD is not required to keep records after former students have reached the age of 26.  At that time it is the practice of the HDESD to destroy student records.  Please contact Central Oregon Regional Program at 541.693.5700 to request records.

High Desert Education Service District News Item "Night Owl" comes to Early Childhood classroom

Paul Moore and his son's, Aaron and Cameron, from the band "Night Owl" recently visited Doyce and Mandy's classes at the Early Childhood Special Education program in Redmond. They played classics such as: We Are the Dinosaurs...Pig On Her Head....Wheels On the Bus....Baby Beluga.....Louie Louie.....Sweet Caroline and You Are So Beautiful (which started tears flowing). The children played percussion and got their groove on! One of the students even wanted to join the band on stage.  Music is a wonderful way to bring people together.  Thanks, Doyce, for inviting the guys to play.

High Desert Education Service District News Item Registration for Driver Education is open for Summer Term

Summer term driver education begins in June in Bend, La Pine, and Redmond. Please check our website for details and to register. Questions: call Cathy or Rick @ 541-693-5699.

www.hdesd.org/services/drivers-education

 

High Desert Education Service District News Item Thank you Redmond Windermere for your donation!

Redmond Windermere Team presented a check for $1,605 to a group of Redmond Family Access Network (FAN) advocates. This generous donation will help support FAN advocate services in Redmond.  FAN advocates work in public schools to provide a direct and convenient way to connect children in need to vital services.  FAN advocates support families, removing barriers and paving the way for a child’s success.  Central to FAN’s approach is empowering families to take action to help themselves. We appreciate the continued support of Redmond Windermere and how they partner with FAN to build a healthy community by alleviating the suffering of children in need.

High Desert Education Service District News Item Sociologist and Happiness Expert Coming to Bend May 2, 2014

Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents is the title of her new book. The Central Oregon Chapter of the Oregon AEYC and Central Oregon Community College present an evening with Dr. Christine Carter, Sociologist and Happiness Expert.

High Desert Education Service District News Item Please provide your input for our strategic planning process

Board of Directors and Executive Team of the High Desert Education Service District have embarked on a strategic planning process for the organization. The update and implementation of the strategic plan will provide both direction and guide priorities for organization-wide and program-based initiatives into the foreseeable future. We have proactively chosen this path to emphasize our commitment to continuous improvement.  

We invite you to participate in the planning process through completion of an online survey.  Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and share your thoughts with the planning team:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Strategic-Priorities

Every day, students in Central and Eastern Oregon succeed with help from High Desert ESD, and we want your great ideas and feedback on how we can get even better.

High Desert Education Service District News Item There is still time to register for central Oregon PBIS Conference!

High Desert Education Service District is proud to announce the 2014 Central Oregon PBIS Conference. Keynote speaker this year will be Chris Bormeier, Ph.D. Chris is an Associate Professor of special education at Portland State University.

To register: http://pbis-2014.hdesd.org/

 

High Desert Education Service District News Item Three Sisters Open: Hope you can hit it, have faith that you can, it's all for Charity!

The Three Sisters Open is for women golfers of all abilities - beginners through professionals. Proceeds will benefite Quota International of Central Oregon and Bend Women's Scholarship Fund. This event also helps support a lot of kid programs in Central Oregon including Healthy Beginnings, Family Access Network and the Regional Program.

See flyer for more information.

High Desert Education Service District News Item FREE family events for all ages

The partners of Deschutes Children's Forest present 'Discover Nature Days.'  The first event will be held on Saturday, March 15 from 10 am to 2 pm at Cline Falls State Park. The second event will be held on Saturday, April 5 from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm at Shelvin Park. Bring your kids and discover nature! There will be nature art, live birds of prey, fun game and wildlife tracking to name a few.

For more information, visit www.deschuteschildrensforest.org

 

High Desert Education Service District News Item Meet Carol Cooley-Reid, HDESD Autism Specialist

High Desert Education Service District employs over 200 staff members. Here’s a little behind the scenes of one such employee, Carol Cooley-Reid, Autism Specialist.

"I moved to Bend in 1988 and am currently an Autism Specialist. I’ve been with HDESD for nine years. Prior to that, I worked for the Bend-La Pine school district as a special education teacher.

My job is multi-faceted, which is one of the reasons I enjoy it. I work with students who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) eligibility from ages birth – 21. Currently I serve students in Bend, Redmond, La Pine and Burns.

My services to students, teachers and families vary depending upon the student’s individual needs as well as the needs of school staff and program. My focus is assisting students through a consultation and coaching model to reach the Critical Lifelong goals which include:
·         Tolerate people and value intersections (interdependence & cooperation)
·         Communicate intentionally and effectively
·         Organize information and learn meanings or purposes (words, events, routines)
·         Tolerate change and accept new experiences
·         Be independent of constant verbal direction
·         Self-monitor and manage stress
 
Of course the “HOW” in accomplishing these goals is the challenging aspect of my job. Additionally, I evaluate some students to determine if they meet the special education eligibility criteria as a student with ASD.
 
One of the aspects that I enjoy most about my job is working with the variety of students, staff and families that I interact with daily. Each day is as different as the uniqueness of each student. From the smallest step such as getting a child to look at me, to seeing a student graduate and go on to college is a gift.
 
I have been fortunate to live in several different countries and this continues to be an important theme in my life. I enjoy traveling with my husband Rich, family and friends – most people know that I am a “beach bum” at heart and in practice! I also like to spend lots of time out on the trails with our rescue/retired greyhound, “Jab” (short for Jab Me On the Line)! Jab is a familiar visitor at the CORP office where he comes for hugs from the office staff and the ASD team.

And if anyone is in need of a Swahili translator…well, I’m your gal!"

High Desert Education Service District News Item 12th Annual Grin & Bear It Run

On line registration is now open for the 12th Annual Grin & Bear It Run scheduled for March 8, 2014. This well attended event includes a USA Track and Field certified 5 and 10 K run as well as a 1 mile family fun walk. The event will take place at the Les Schwab Amphitheater. To register or for more information: http://www.myhb.org/events/grin-bear-it-run/

 

High Desert Education Service District News Item Registration is now open for the 2014 Central Oregon PBIS Conference

High Desert Education Service District is proud to announce the 2014 Central Oregon PBIS Conference. Keynote speaker this year will be Chris Bormeier, Ph.D. Chris is an Associate Professor of special education at Portland State University.

To register: http://pbis-2014.hdesd.org/

 

 

High Desert Education Service District News Item Thank You Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation!

Healthy Families of the High Desert recently received a $10,000 grant from Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation.  This funding will provide Mental Health support through counseling and parent groups to families experiencing a high level of stress or other mental health issues.

High Desert Education Service District News Item Become a FAN of Coffee!

Family Access Network (FAN) has teamed with local Bend coffee roaster, Fundroast, to create their own custom labeled coffee – FAN Roast. Each bag of shade grown, premium coffee beans, hand-roasted and shipped directly to your home or office, contributes several dollars to FAN and the children and families they help. Follow the link and sign up for a one-time delivery or make your support on going with Fundroast’s monthly delivery program. And with the holidays approaching, gifting FAN Roast to your family, friends and clients makes for a tasty way to show your love and support for the community you care about!  12 oz. bag is $20. Price includes shipping & handling.  Coffee with a Cause.

http://www.fundroast.com/fan

High Desert Education Service District News Item Because of TeachOregon, over 50 new teachers are receiving mentor support this year

How do we recruit and train the best possible teachers for Central Oregon? The newly awarded TeachOregon grant is intended to tackle this question. This two year grant for $230,000 each year was created through a yearlong effort  between High Desert ESD, Sisters School District, Crook County, Bend La Pine School District, Jefferson County, Community Partners, COCC and OSU Cascades. Our region was one of five selected in the state because of the long standing relationships we have in our educational community.

These funds will be used for a dual purpose; one, create a pipeline to a career in teaching from PK-12 to our higher education institutions; and two, strengthen the quality and support offered to pre- teachers and teachers in their first years of teaching experience.

With nearly 30% of teachers leaving the profession in the first three years, and a projected shortfall of 16,000 teachers in our state, we believe TeachOregon efforts will help mitigate this trend. A longer student teaching experience will be provided, as well as 2 years of mentorship support when new teachers enter the classroom. Because of TeachOregon, over 50 new teachers are receiving mentor support this year.

TeachOregon will provide a real opportunity to cultivate our own, diverse talent in Central Oregon and develop stronger more successful teachers. This grant was made available through the Chalkboard Project and the Oregon Department of Education. For more information on Chalkboard, visit www.chalkboardproject.org  or contact Suzanne Hall, Suzanne.hall@hdesd.org or Michele Oakes at michele.oakes@bend.k12.or.us TeachOregon Coordinators.

Photo: (L) Suzanne Hall and (R) Michele Oakes, TeachOregon Coordinators

High Desert Education Service District News Item Interested in having your child screened? Healthy Beginnings screening takes place on December 6, 2013 in Bend

If you would like a tour or screening appointment, call 541-383-6357. For more information you can check out Healthy Beginnings web site at www.myhb.org/services/screenings/

High Desert Education Service District News Item Here are 20 things we should say more often

We hope this video makes you smile!

 

High Desert Education Service District News Item Need Health Insurance? Attend Cover Oregon Application Fair - Friday, Nov 22

Friday, November 22, 12 - 8 pm at the Riverhouse Hotel & Convention Center in Bend.

 

High Desert Education Service District News Item Support kids with music purchase - available for $5 for the month of November

A multi-artist compilation for a limited-release during the month of November. 100% of the profits will go directly to Healthy Beginnings in Central Oregon. Healthy Beginning provides accessible physical, developmental and behavioral screenings to children from birth through age five to foster healthy, educated, nurtured children, families and communities.

Check it out!

 

High Desert Education Service District News Item Driver Education Winter Term coming up!

Winter term driver education parent/student night (for both high schools) is on Thursday, December 5th, 6:30pm in the Redmond High School (RHS) Auditorium. Classroom starts for RHS on Wednesday, December 4th, 1:45-4:45pm at Redmond High. Classroom starts for Ridgeview High School on Tuesday, December 3rd during first period. Questions: call Rick Nickell @ 541-771-5661.

See 'upcoming events' for more trainings in your area.

High Desert Education Service District News Item An Evening of Empowerment

Get your tickets today for  "An Evening of Empowerment," Tuesday, November 5 at 7pm. Join us and hear 3 great speakers at the Tower Theater (Eric Plantenberg, Jeff Leeland, & Kelley Kalafatich).

This night of inspiration benefits Family Access Network (FAN) and 2 other meaningful non-profit organizations. Audience members will also benefit from the motivational presentations by community leaders who speak about living a life of passion and purpose. Also included are the creative sounds of local music phenomena MOsely WOtta, plus free food and beverages.

Tickets are $35 per adult and $20 per youth (under 16).

For more information and to purchase tickets, go to: http://eveningofempowerment.org/?page_id=269

All ticket sale proceeds will benefit Family Access Network, Sparrow Clubs, and KIDS in the GAME.

High Desert Education Service District News Item Here's another resource on Autism

This website on Autism was recommended by an HDESD employee. Hope you find it interesting! And you can sign up for a weekly newseltter.

http://sfari.org/

High Desert Education Service District News Item Zombie Run - Saturday October 19

A portion of the proceeds of the Zombie Run benefit Healthy Beginnings.

Healthy Beginning provides accessible, physical, developmental and behavioral screenings to children from birth through age five to foster healthy, educated, nurtured children, families and communities. If you would like to make an appointment, call 541.383.6357

 

High Desert Education Service District News Item Want to learn more about HDESD Services?

Below is a visual presentation. If you have any questions, please contact us at info@hdesd.org

High Desert Education Service District News Item Autistic Student's Inspirational Graduation Speech

Eric Duquette is the salutatorian of his high school, an honor student, a musician, and he has autism. 

The 18-year-old Duquette, who couldn't say a word until age five, gave the commencement speech at his high school graduation ceremony Smithfield, Rhode Island.

"My parents were told I would most likely end up in an institution," said Duquette. "I stand before you accepted into every institution of higher learning I applied to."

"Never underestimate the power of a smile. . .do not allow yourself or others to be defined by your limitations but rather your abilities."
Eric Duquette