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home : education : schools June 26, 2017

Celebrating a passion for books
This August in Edinburgh, Scotland, I will join people from around the world who love good literature, talented authors, and captivating reading at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. I'll mingle with authors and attendees who share a love of books, while experiencing stimulating presentations by well-known and emerging writers.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Garden educators meet in Sisters
Last week, the Central Oregon Garden Educators Network met in Sisters for a garden tour. They started at Seed to Table Farm, then the Sisters High School greenhouse, followed by a work party at Sisters Elementary School.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Kiwanis awards career grant
Sisters Kiwanis recently awarded a career grant to Lori-Jean Pruitt.

Her award brought the total Kiwanis grant awards past $75,000.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Students build guitars, ukuleles
Last week students who are part of the Woods 2 class at Sisters High School presented their completed guitars and ukuleles to the public.

The showcase was held at Sisters High School and was presented in partnership with Sisters Folk Festival.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Becoming a U.S. citizen
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 was a milestone day in my life.

It was the day I officially became a U.S. citizen. Unofficially, I became a U.S. citizen at heart about 10 years ago when I decided that America was where my heart was, and where I wanted to spend the rest of my days. On that day 10 years ago I made a conscious effort to cast off many of my attachments to my homeland and embrace the culture of my new home.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Foundation provides outdoor school opportunities in Sisters
When Camp Tamarack originally opened its doors in 1935 it was designed as a camp for girls to learn strong leadership and outdoor skills. Now today, 82 years later, it has a new life with similar ideals. Students, both boys and girls, aged 8-13 from all across Central Oregon are participating in Outdoor School and summer camps.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Engineers test design at airport
Engineering students from the Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) tested their Formula race car at the Sisters Eagle Airport last weekend in preparation for a national competition in Lincoln, Nebraska, next week.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Class of 2017 is off to the future
The Sisters High School class of 2017 wrapped up their Outlaw experience on Thursday, June 8 at the 69th commencement ceremony in the school's history - the 25th since the high school returned to the community in the fall of 1992.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Sixteen-year-old solos in flight program
At 16 years of age, most high school students are learning to drive a car. A few at Sisters High School (SHS) are learning to fly an airplane. Trever Schutte, a sophomore at SHS, joined the ranks of SHS Flight Science student pilots who have completed their first solo flights.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Another flight science student solos in Sisters
The Flight Science program has added another student to its list of solo pilots. Andrew Mayes, a senior at Sisters High School, accomplished the milestone of his first solo last weekend in Outlaw Aviation's Cessna 172 trainer plane.

"My goal is to earn my private pilot certificate before I leave for college in fall," said Mayes.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Volunteering for the birds
The Audubon Society of Portland, U.S. Fish & Wildlife, Friends of Cape Falcon, and others interested in the welfare of birds will begin another season of monitoring seabird nesting colonies adjacent to the Cape Perpetua and Cape Falcon marine reserves. In order to better understand seabird productivity at these sites, Audubon and their partners are looking for volunteers to help count noses - and that could be you!
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
SHS revives literary magazine
In 2008, Samra Spear, an English teacher at Sisters High School, started a literary magazine. The literary magazine is called Verbatim (student-titled in its first year). The last published issue was in 2011 and one hadn't been created due to lack of student interest.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Olympic champion shares with Sisters High School students
What do you do as an encore when you are considered the world's greatest athlete and own two Olympic gold medals, a world record, and numerous other titles?

For Ashton Eaton, sharing with young people what he has learned through his athletic career is part of his "second act." Eaton dropped by Sisters High School on Friday, May 26, for an informal talk with about 40 students about striving for improvement through working toward a goal or idea.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Youth show the flag at cemetery
Heart of Oregon Youth Build students, volunteers and staff joined representatives from local veterans organizations in a cemetery cleanup and flag placement ceremony at Camp Polk Cemetery on Wednesday, May 24, in honor of Memorial Day.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Long-time Sisters educator retiring
After 31 years teaching in the Sisters School District, Norma Pledger is retiring.

Pledger, born in Prineville, was hired in 1986 by long-time Sisters Elementary School Principal Earl Armbruster after teaching for two years in Culver. Through her career Pledger has taught 6th, 5th, 2nd, grade 4/5 blends and most recently 5th grade.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Blue & Gray battle it out in Camp Sherman
Pipes skirled; banners snapped in a stiff breeze; drums tapped out their cadence; hooves thundered and cannons and musketry boomed, pouring clouds of white smoke across the lush green of a meadow along the Metolius River last weekend.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Civil War coming to Sisters Country
Folks in Sisters Country can step through a portal in time to catch a glimpse of life during the greatest crisis in American history - the Civil War of 1861-65.

In the annual Civil War reenactment weekend set at Camp Sherman, there will be demonstrations of everything from blacksmithing to 19th century first aid at the large-scale, outdoor event Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Students launch weather balloon
Sisters High School chemistry classes launched a weather balloon last week in what has become an annual experiment.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Poet visit a hit with Sisters students
Sisters' elementary and middle school students heard former Children's Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt speak last week. Nesbitt, brought to Sisters by a grant through the Sisters-based Roundhouse Foundation, spoke at four assemblies designed for different age groups this past Tuesday and Wednesday.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Schools take on human trafficking
Human trafficking - defined as illegally transporting people from one country or area to another for the purposes of forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation - operates under the radar of most of society.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

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