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home : education May 27, 2018


Civil War breaks out in Camp Sherman
A little after 11 a.m. on Saturday, cannons thundered across the meadow at House on Metolius in Camp Sherman, signaling the beginning of a fictional battle.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Historic house open for tours
National Historic Preservation Month wraps up next week, and the final event scheduled in Sisters is happening during Fourth Friday Art Stroll this Friday, May 25, 4 to 7 p.m., at the historic Hardy Allen house at 401 E. Main Ave.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Voters support schools, SPRD
Sisters voters affirmed their support of local educational and recreation programs on May 15, approving local option tax levies for both Sisters School District and for Sisters Park & Recreation District (SPRD).
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Gallery pops up at Sisters Elementary School
The month of May saw a burst of art activities in Sisters. Popular events like an annual parade, a music show at The Belfry, and big fundraiser at Ponderosa Forge brought townspeople out in force for My Own Two Hands (MOTH). Meanwhile, a less publicized art show popped up: a temporary gallery inside the Commons Room of Sisters Elementary School.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Young Life returning to Sisters
Young Life, a Christian ministry aimed at introducing adolescents to the faith while offering support, activities and fun times, is returning to Sisters under the leadership of Doug and Shannon Miller along with an enthusiastic group of community supporters.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Civil War to be re-created near Sisters
The sound of fife and drums and the pungent smell of blackpowder smoke will fill the air in Camp Sherman next weekend as reenactors and visitors travel back in time to the 1860s and the American Civil War.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Unlocking the secrets of prehistoric poop
Eighty years ago, excavations at the Paisley Caves in south-central Oregon revealed exciting evidence suggesting that people may have lived there as early as the late Pleistocene epoch, some 12,000 to 15,000 years ago. But it was not until recent developments in ancient DNA testing that the evidence has become fully accepted.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
New life for an historic lodge
There is a true historic treasure just up the hill from Sisters and few people even know it is there. At FivePine Conference Center on Monday, May 14, at 7 p.m., Three Sisters Historical Society is hosting a presentation by the Friends of the Santiam Pass Ski Lodge on the restoration and re-opening of the lodge located at the summit of U.S. Highway 20, just 20 miles west of Sisters.
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Understanding the plight of the western monarch butterfly
With all the traffic rolling into the Sisters Middle School parking area last Saturday, one would have thought school was in session. What was really going on was a meeting of butterfly people on the welfare of the monarch butterfly and other pollinators.

More than 100 people attended, some from as far away as Seattle, Boise, and Northern California.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Setting up kids for digital addiction
Walk into the Sisters Library on a weekday afternoon, and you'll see people of all ages staring at screens. A recent visit found a gaggle of young boys gathered around computer monitors, whispering in excitement as they blew people up with their virtual tanks. One fired up a violent video game in the children's room, where toddlers were playing and younger kids reading. It's not just at the library, of course: after school, kids chill out in front of the TV at home or get on a Snapchat streak to wind down after an intense day of learning and socializing.

Where you won't find many kids? Out in nature. And that, according to experts, is a big problem.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Sisters chemistry classes head for space
The paved parking area adjacent to the gas pumps at the Sisters Airport got pretty crowded last Thursday morning. Close to a hundred people, large cylinders of lighter-then-air gas, and a remotely controlled sailplane and a drone commanded the space in preparation for an historic launch.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Sisters students took safety concerns to Washington
When word of the mass shooting of students in Parkland, Florida hit the news, Lisa Clausen experienced the all-too-familiar anger and frustration aroused by earlier shootings.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
SCA weathers financial storm
Sisters Christian Academy (SCA) has weathered a financial storm that threatened to swamp the small, private Christian school. According to Principal Cheryl Peterson, the support of the Sisters community has ensured that the academy will continue through this year and will operate through the next school year.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Sisters to celebrate pollinators
Thanks to the efforts of educators, kids and members of the local community, Sisters has become an important hub in the migration of pollinators.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Renowned trail writer to speak in Sisters
One of the Northwest's best-known and well-respected trail writers will be speaking in Sisters next week. For many years, William L. "Bill" Sullivan has been the go-to source for trail and hiking information in our area. He is the author of 22 books, including the updated "100 Hikes" series; and his "100 Hikes in the Central Oregon Cascades" is considered by many to be the hiking bible for Sisters Country.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Athletes aid monthly food program
A delivery truck emblazoned with the NeighborImpact logo comes to Sisters once a month loaded with food for those in need. Westside Church in Sisters relies on volunteers to help maintain this effort monthly during the year as the distribution center for Sisters.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Stove engineering improves health
More than half the world's population - three billion people - cook their meals over open fires on makeshift stoves that smolder all day. The result? Debilitating lung diseases, disfiguring and disabling burns, time and energy lost to the constant demands of wood-gathering, and a billion tons of greenhouse gases released into the Earth's atmosphere every year.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Students to show Taekwondo skills
Sherri Hermens could barely contain her glee. Her students have been invited to attend the Northwest Taekwondo Championships at Mt. Hood Community College on April 28. For Hermens, who is a paraprofessional in the life skills program at Sisters High School, this trip is the culmination of three years of committed effort to get her students to the point where they are ready to show-off their "chops" in front of other high school taekwondo practitioners from all over the Northwest.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Watch out for the wolverine!
A wonderful mystery has popped up in Sisters High School science teacher Glen Herron's classroom lab: a beautiful specimen of a mounted wolverine. No one seems to know where it came from.

I thought it was Sisters Town Marshall Fred Painter's animal, trapped in 1969.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Women can learn about fire service in Sisters
The Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District is hosting a fast-paced, one-day glimpse inside the exciting world of emergency services.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
















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