From the Superintendent

Our mission is to improve student outcomes with excellence, equity, and efficiency. Implement best practices for educators gleaned from investigation, innovation, and incubation of ideas and efforts from the public and private sectors.

The Sky’s the Limit

Making air travel easier for all In most cases, a scheduled flight that never actually takes off might cause concern. But that exact event happened at the Redmond airport on October 19th, 2019, and the passengers considered it a big success. The Redmond Airport...

ABLE To Save!

A new financial tool for people with IDD. Just a few years ago, families of a child with IDD faced some real challenges when it came to saving money for their child’s future. The problem was that saving money beyond a certain point could put their child’s benefits at...

Hands-on learning

Elementary school teachers and instructional coaches from Redmond, Culver and Sisters school districts gathered at Central Oregon Community College in Redmond for hands-on computational thinking learning. SAM Labs instructors were on site to lead K-8 teachers through...

Building a Culture of Caring for Students with Trauma

High Desert Education Service District recently hired staff for three new positions that will forward the idea of a “Culture of Care” across Central Oregon. The Culture of Care is an initiative of Better Together that aims to equip adults in schools with information...

Every Day Matters

Shout out to Sage Elementary School, from Redmond School District, for kicking off the year with the message that "Every Day Matters!" As students arrived for the first day of school, staff, including librarian Suzanne Yeakey pictured here, wore EDM t-shirts and...

AP Institute of the Cascades

Summer learning is in full swing at the 2019 AP Institute of the Cascades. With over 125 participants from 21 states, these teachers will spend four days learning Advanced Placement (AP) courses. The AP Institute offers a unique summer learning experience that...

Summer learning around the world

The Migrant Education Program celebrated another year of summer learning by four weeks of traveling around the world. The program has served 29 preschool, 108 elementary and 65 middle school students. During the summer learning program, students learned about...

Vision Adventure Day Camp

The HDESD Vision Team was excited to host its second annual Vision Adventure Day Camp on June 18-20, 2019. They partnered with Oregon Adaptive Sports and had a warm, fun-filled day at Prineville Reservoir. The students tried kayaking, paddle boarding and straddle...

Advocating for Students

Revamping a school starts at the top. But it also begins with small change.  For teachers, educational assistants, counselors and students to feel like they can make a difference with their ideas, they need a leader who will support them. High Desert Education Service...

Learning to make stick figures dance by using code

Central Oregon STEM Hub invited Crook County Middle School Computer Science (CS) students to experience the coding of music and lights. Each student was given a doll part to code and then come together to make the dolls appear to be dancing to the music. This...

2019 Bend Chamber Community Hero — Anna Higgins

Congratulations to Anna Higgins on receiving the Bend Chamber Community Hero award. This award acknowledges women who are making outstanding contributions to their community. Community Heroes demonstrate how people with passion and determination can use their lives to...

Skiing and Snowboarding – A first for many

  HDESD Vision Team partnered with Oregon Adaptive Sports for an exciting snow filled skiing/snowboarding day for our students. We all got to experience more than our typical vision loss due to the white out conditions! We had some thrilling firsts - first time...

Making Math more Meaningful

During one of their monthly Math in Real Life (MIRL) meetings, local math, science and career and technical education (CTE) teachers became students for the day and were taught how to read blueprints and construct a model shed out of balsa wood. This day also provided...

How a Unique Role is Helping Students with Disabilities

by Kailey Fisicaro Working in schools, specialists like physical therapists, occupational therapists, autism specialists and more see ways in which assistive technology could really help young people in need. Assistive technology includes a wide range of devices and...

Fitness Tips for Every Body

A trainer’s advice on exercise and health Back in 2006, Ryan Lockard was a college athlete trying to finish his degree. He also worked as an aide for a teenage boy named Ben, who had autism. When he saw that the fitness expectations were set lower for Ben than for the...

Success Story: Maxwell Huni

Maxwell Huni is a young man with a lot of plans for his future. Huni lives in Sisters, Oregon, and graduated from Sisters High School in 2017. After graduation, he continued at the Sisters School District’s transition program until the summer of 2019, when he turned...

Summer Jobs Lead to Success

When Juan Ortega began the summer work experience program last June, he had no idea what an impact it would have on him. Ortega is currently a transition student in Redmond, now in his final year of school. Last June, he enrolled in a state-funded program that helps...