Advocating for Students

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

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

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

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...
Making Math more Meaningful

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

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

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

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...