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home : education January 21, 2018

Aviation students 'fly' in simulator
The Sisters High School Aviation Program has received a Modular Flight Deck Advanced Training Flight Simulator - or "sim" in pilot-talk.

"I think we are the only high school aviation program in the country to get an FAA-certified sim," said Sheryl Yeager, FAA Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) and SHS Flight Science teacher. "This will give our students a huge advantage in their flight training."

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
SPRD director to depart
Liam Hughes, executive director at Sisters Park & Recreation District (SPRD) for the past four years, will depart as of January 26 to take a position in Pendleton.

The SPRD Board of Directors was to discuss next steps, including the hiring of an interim or a new director, at their monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 9.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Our stories
A statistic the other day on the news caught my attention. The average lifespan in the U.S. dropped for the second year in a row to 81.1 for women. Based on that, I can expect 7.5 more years at least. If that time goes as quickly as the past seven-and-a-half years, I'll be done before I know it.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Circle of Friends kids find the reason for the season
The mission of Circle of Friends, a nonprofit mentoring program in Sisters, is to provide friends/mentors to make sure Sisters' most vulnerable kids develop life skills, social skills, academic success, and their own individual talents.

And last week 15 little friends had the opportunity to express their holiday shopping talents by searching for unique gifts for their families, with gift certificates for Habitat for Humanity Thrift Store donated by ZoselHarper Realtors.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Woodshop students raise walls
Many high schools around the nation have woodworking classes, but it's hard to find a school where a student can learn homebuilding skills. Sisters High School has such a program under the guidance of Tony Cosby, and last week the construction students were out at the Sisters Habitat for Humanity jobsite putting up the walls for future homeowner Becky Conner.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Stars over Sisters
There is a group of extremely motivated high school students here in Sisters who work hard to learn skills that may eventually help lead to new discoveries in space.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
School district bus barn plan on hold
The Sisters School District has decided to "pump the brakes" on construction of the proposed transportation facility slated for the high school parking lot. Contractors who were involved in making bids on the project have been notified that it is not moving forward at this time.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Elephants take center stage
Fifth- and sixth-graders at Sisters Middle School were treated to a program about the elephants of the Namibia Desert of Africa on Monday, November 27.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Scholarship program helps dreams come true
For the past 10 years, Sisters Graduate Resource Organization (Sisters GRO) has been helping Sisters graduates realize their post-high-school plans and dreams.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Middle schoolers work to save bats
Susie Werts is at it again. First she was saving the monarch butterflies, and now bats.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Author earns accolades for magnum opus
When Larry Len Peterson sent his 600-page historical study "American Trinity: Jefferson, Custer, And The Spirit Of The West" out into the world, he had no idea what the response would be. It's a challenging book, employing history, science, philosophy and theology in an in-depth exploration of the fraught history of race relations between European-Americans and native peoples.

As it turns out, Peterson's magnum opus has struck a powerful chord.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
'Pachyderm Intrigue' on tap with Science Club
In 1965, Don Miller was on a science trip with naturalist and nature photographer Jim Anderson.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Citizens question new school bus facility
A new transportation facility is slated to replace the aged bus barn housed at Sisters Elementary School. Monies received from a state matching grant to the district will fund the project, utilizing approximately half of the $4 million windfall.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Veteran speaks to Sisters youth
"How many people want to do something bigger than yourself?" Brett Miller asked an assemblage of Sisters Middle School (SMS) students last week. Hands shot up across the SMS cafetorium.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
ASPIRE program helps students plan
Navigating the curvy and bumpy road of planning for life after high school is not something students are expected to do alone. For seniors, looking to "next year" is the first time they don't have a clear picture of the future. Fourth-graders go to fifth grade. Eighth-graders go to high school. But for seniors, the next step may be anything but clear.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Couple gives Steinway piano to school
Doug and Mollie LeFezre, who have been vacationing in Sisters since 1982, donated their second-hand Steinway piano to the Sisters High School choral program.

Mollie LeFezre is a retired music teacher; she taught public-school music for 25 years in both Huntington Beach and Roseburg, where they are from. They currently spend the winters in Arizona.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Bus barn to be built at high school
The new school district transportation facility is closer to becoming a reality. The City is currently reviewing the district's site plan application, which was filed last week.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Commentary... Building diversity and inclusion in Sisters
Sisters is a great place to call home. The schools provide art and music, sports, an equestrian team, science and engineering. High school students can even get their pilot's license! What's not to like about that? Opportunity seems to be the theme for our community, regardless of our rural and small population.

But is everyone included?

Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Restoring Indian Ford Creek
For the past year, young people engaged with the Oregon Youth Challenge Program have been working with the Deschutes Soil and Water Conservation District to restore natural conditions in sensitive riparian areas.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Spirits of times past arise at cemetery
Last Friday, October 27, on a perfect late-autumn afternoon, the spirits of early Sisters residents were up and roaming about at Camp Polk Meadow and the Camp Polk Cemetery.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

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