• The preschool conducted by Sisters Elementary School and funded through Oregon’s Preschool Promise Grant is still accepting applications from qualified families. 
  • • Martha Hindman, special programs administrator, gave an update at last week’s school board meeting on mental-health support still available through the Child Center with some changes. Students referred will now have access to therapists assigned to them based on student needs rather than having just one therapist for all types of cases. Two paraprofessionals have been hired as support staff. Hindman remarked how good it was to see the K-3 students back in school when she spent time at the elementary doing some observations.
  • Sisters youth helps keep up bird habitat
    Henry David Thoreau wrote of the bird that “carries the sky on his back.” The Western bluebird has a sky-blue back and russet chest and flanks. They’re birds of open spaces, so look and listen for them year-round near fields, parks, pastures, and open woodlands — any place with junipers is a good bet.
  • Fires postpone Whychus Creek dam removal
    Restoring Whychus Creek as a healthy waterway has taken many years, multiple funding sources, and teamwork. The removal of the last dam and fish passage barrier will help support reintroduction of Chinook and steelhead, which started in Whychus Creek in 2007. Efforts are helping transform the once-dammed and over-stressed water system into a life-giving, vital flow of clean, hospitable water able to support a diverse habitat. 
  • K-3 students return to school
    For the first time since mid-March students in kindergarten through third grade will return to Sisters Elementary School (SES) for in-class instruction, thanks to a consistent drop in COVID-19 cases in Deschutes County.
  • Protecting conservation area
    Sisters residents new and old may be unaware of the Trout Creek Conservation Area (TCCA), a special parcel of land adjacent to Tollgate and Sisters High School, which is owned and overseen by Sisters School District in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service and the Deschutes Land Trust. 
  • Winners for 12 prizes totaling $3,000 in value will be drawn October 31 in the Rotary Club of Sisters’ Mega Raffle. The Mega Raffle is in support of Rotary Club service projects in Sisters Country that include Books for Kids, Sisters High School Scholarships, Sisters Park & Recreation District (SPRD), Family Access Network (FAN), Adopt-A-Road, Operation School Bell and more.
  • • Sisters Education Association (union) President Michele Hammer thanked the school board and Superintendent Curt Scholl for working cooperatively with the teaching staff on solving issues related to working conditions during COVID-19. Hammer also expressed how much the teaching staff looks forward to being back, doing in-person instruction. 
  • In the August 26 issue of The Nugget we learned about a promise that has been granted to Sisters. A promise that will change the lives of 3- and 4-year-olds living in our school district. However, it is a promise that can’t be kept while schools are mandated to keep their doors closed. 
  • Seed to Table Farm will host free fall field trips in the afternoons for youth in second through fifth grades.
  • Outdoor education on two wheels
    This was the 4th season for Heather Walden to take her Sisters Country kids out on what she calls “One part biking, one part nature watching and one part art creating” — exploration from Camp Sherman to Suttle Lake and back.
  • As COVID-19 cases in the region continue to drop, some Sisters students may be able to return to school in September.
  • The Nugget wants to help the Sisters community honor the dedicated educators who have continued to serve their students in the confusing and chaotic atmosphere of a global pandemic.
  • Sisters grad promotes empowerment
    How does a 2018 graduate of Sisters High School manage to have an upcoming meeting scheduled with a member of the British Parliament?
  • A decline in COVID-19 cases in Oregon may mean good news for reopening Sisters schools.
  • Preschool offerings in Sisters Country have changed and expanded for the 2020-21 school year, giving parents more options than ever at a time of heightened need. 
  • The next chapter in Deschutes Public Library’s phased reopening will provide the public with increased access to library buildings.
  • As schools across the state plan for the coming year in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, nonprofit and community partners, including children’s literacy nonprofit SMART Reading, are adapting their services to meet the changing needs of our state’s children, families and communities. 
  • Josh Nordell and the Life Skills and Transition Staff at Sisters High School wrote: 
  • School administrators are managing what seems to be daily updates as to how the 2020-21 school year will operate in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
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Wednesday, October 21, 2020
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