• About 30 specialists, paraprofessionals and support staff were the first of the Sisters School District staff members to receive their initial dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. The vaccinations come amidst concern that Oregon’s supply may not be as substantial as first reported. 
  • Essay contest honors Deputy Dave Blann
    Black Butte School students in Camp Sherman were finally back in the classroom with teachers and classmates on January 11. Their teacher, Delaney Sharp told them they were having a special visit from Bethanne Kronick Blann, who told them about the “Deputy Dave” Memorial Essay Contest. Accompanying Bethanne were Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Corporal Jason Pollock and Patrol Deputy Clark Linden. The officers were there to talk about the important role law enforcement officers, like her late husband, Dave Blann, play in the community.
  • The Sisters School Board met for the first time in 2021 on Wednesday, January 6 via Zoom.
  • All students in the Sisters School District are scheduled to return to some level of in-person learning by February 1, according to a communication sent out January 6 by superintendent Curt Scholl.
  • Three positions on the Sisters School District board of directors will be up for election on the May 18 ballot. Positions 1, 2, and 5 will be elected for four-year terms. 
  • What do we say to our kids in the wake of the events of January 6, 2021? I ask this question knowing many of us feel what we witnessed was unbelievable, incomprehensible, and inexcusable.
  • Fifth Grade

    4.0: Anderson, Quinn; Berry, Maxwell; Bolam, Logan; Chase, Mckenzie; Cohen, William; Davis, Kennedy; Durham, Madison; Hayes, Bennitt; Irlam, Connor; Jarvis, Leila; Jensen, Jasper; Jordan, Addison; Kennedy, Teague; King Siena; Kirkpatrick, Makayla; Luhning, Camas; Magner, Lola; Maloney, Mcginnis; McCabe, Jackson; Moen, Stella; Nieto, Alexander; Riemer, Brecken; Stelle, Ryan; Sybesma, Corbin; Talus, Henri; Vanhandel, Mason; Willard, Christopher.
  • SHS graduate honored by university
    Michaela Tucker (formerly Miller) graduated from Sisters High School in 2016. Since then, she has completed her Bachelor of Health Science’s Degree at California Baptist University. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in the spring of 2020, not only with a health science degree, but also an Outstanding Student Award recognition.
  • Sisters Elementary School will be allowed to remain open for “hybrid” learning under the state’s “Safe Harbor” clause, which was extended following an announcement late December 16 from the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority.
  • Sisters student honored for essay
    On Thursday, December 10, the Sisters VFW Post 8138 presented the 2019-2020 Voice Of Democracy award to Anna R. Mensing. Anna was presented a letter of achievement and commendation as well as a check for $400 in front of Sisters High School to comply with COVID-19 requirements. 
  • • Sisters Elementary School Principal Joan Warburg praised school district nurse Trish Roy for her professionalism and hard work during the pandemic in helping the entire district in navigating and managing health protocols, contacting families, and keeping students cared for. She is grateful to have had all of the grades in school the past month.
  • In a year that has challenged teachers in ways no one ever imagined, the annual call for nominations for the Oregon Teacher of the Year likely has more meaning than ever before. 
  • With every other public school in Deschutes County operating under the Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) model due to the coronavirus pandemic, Sisters Elementary School stands alone conducting in-person learning — leaving Principal Joan Warburg feeling quite fortunate and pleased for her students. 
  • Despite the disruptions of a global pandemic that have upended the school year for Sisters students, parents are seeking a way to provide traditional grad night festivities for Outlaws seniors.
  • As front-line workers facing the challenges of working through the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers have been forced to pivot quickly and adapt on the fly, to meet the needs of their students in the months that have forced most schools in Oregon to operate under Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL). 
  • In what has become nearly a weekly pattern, Sisters School District superintendent Curtiss Scholl shared a letter with the school community last week regarding what the rising infection rate in Deschutes County means to students and families. 
  • GRO welcomes program director
    The Graduate Resource Organization (GRO), which facilitates the scholarship program available to Sisters High School graduates, has grown enough in recent years that the all-volunteer GRO board of directors put plans in place last year to hire a part-time program director.
  • Sisters Rotary offers holiday-themed card
    Rotary Club of Sisters has produced its second Christmas card featuring a Sisters-specific theme with art created by Dan Rickards from his painting “Cozy Cabin On The Metolius.” The painting depicts a winter holiday scene set on the iconic river.
  • Making the most of limited instruction
    The three themes undergirding the work of Sisters School District — Belong, Prepare, Inspire — are harder to accomplish during the battle with COVID-19 and the resultant distance learning. The teachers of Sisters middle and high schools are doing all they can to safely offer person-to-person interaction through what is known as “limited in-person instruction” under the state’s “Ready School, Safe Learners” guidelines.
  • COVID-19 uptick likely to delay return to school
    The surging COVID-19 caseload has cast a shadow over efforts to get middle school students back into the classroom.
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Wednesday, January 20, 2021
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