Redmond School District Events, May 2021

Mark your calendars for these events taking place in Redmond schools. Contact each school for more information.

May 3: League of Women Voters School Board Forum (positions 3 & 4), 5:30 p.m., www.lwvdeschutes.org

May 3-6: Outdoor Book Fair, Tom McCall Elementary School 

May 3-7: Teacher Appreciation Week!

May 4: League of Women Voters School Board Forum (positions 1 & 2), 5:30 p.m., www.lwvdeschutes.org

May 5: Outdoor plant sale, 1-3 p.m., Tumalo Community School

May 5: Outdoor book fair, 1-3:30 p.m., Tumalo Community School

May 6: Junior Parent Night, 6:30 p.m., Redmond High School

May 7: High School COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic (first dose), 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Redmond High School 

May 7: Mr. & Ms. RHS Noise Parade, 3 p.m., Redmond High School 

May 7:  College Signing for Elise Brown, 1:45 p.m., Redmond High School 

May 7, 14, 21, 28: Spirit Wear, Tom McCall Elementary School

May 11: High School COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Ridgeview High School (first dose)

May 12: Title I Pre-K Screening, Hartman Elementary School

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RSD Staff Spotlight: Kelly Kidwell!

    This month’s Team Member Spotlight features… Kelly Kidwell, a 28-year veteran RSD bus driver!    

Learn more about Kelly Kidwell, our long-serving bus driver! 

For nearly three decades, Kelly Kidwell has been among the first people to greet students each day on behalf of the Redmond School District. She’s watched kids climb aboard Bus Route 13 as kindergartners and gotten them to school safely all the way through their high school graduations.

Now, 28 years later, Kelly will retire at the end of this school year. She’ll leave a very big hole in the transportation department. 

Matt Kutcher, who trains school bus drivers for the district, said everyone in the transportation department loves Kelly. 

“She is one of the most dedicated professionals I have worked with in my 32 years in pupil transportation,” Kutcher said. “She is a school bus driver who sets the example for others to see.”

Kutcher said when he does his ridealong as a trainer, Kelly displays professionalism and maintains safe driving habits like she’s a newbie. 

“As …

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RSD Team Member Spotlight: RVHS’s Karin Crouch!

 

    This month’s Team Member Spotlight features… Karin Crouch, the Dean of Student Success at Ridgeview High School!  

Here’s a little more about Karin Crouch.

How long have you been working for RSD and what did you do before coming here?

I have been part of the Redmond School District for 27 years — 15 as an employee and 12 as a student. Currently, I am the Dean of Student Success at Ridgeview, and taught business and math for 6 years at RVHS and 7 years at RHS. My family and I moved to Redmond when I was 3 years old, moving closer to my mother’s family in Culver. After graduating from RHS, I went off to college at Linfield and earned a Business Administration degree. I worked for a publishing company in Beaverton, then an internet commerce design company and Nike as a producer in Image Design. In 2000, my family and I were fortunate to get to move back to Redmond, a great place to raise a family. I then went back to school …

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Schedule Update: Middle and high school students return to full-time school on April 19

RSD families,

In the past 10 days, the CDC and the Oregon Department of Education have relaxed the physical distancing requirements in school settings from 6 feet to 3 feet. These distancing requirements were the major issue preventing us from having all of our middle and high school students in schools each day. 

As a result, the Redmond School District is excited to announce we will bring all secondary students back to school five days a week beginning Monday, April 19. Students will have a modified schedule on Wednesdays. Specific schedule details will be forthcoming in the next week. NOTE: Students who are enrolled in full-time online are welcome to remain in that program through the remainder of the school year. 

Making this change in the middle of a trimester poses a distinct set of challenges to middle and high school scheduling. An April 19 start date will allow us time to make sure student schedules are all correctly changed. In the interim, our staff will work hard to change the configuration of furniture, common areas and classrooms to comply …

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Redmond Reporter, 3/17/2

A MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

I hope everyone had a happy Pi day on March 14. When my kids were in elementary school, my wife used to bring pies into their classes to acknowledge 3.14. Our family thought it was pretty amusing, but maybe that’s just us. 

As you can imagine, I receive quite a few questions as I meet with people around the community. By far the most common thing people want to talk about is hybrid learning — mostly, “Why can’t my child be in school full time?” It’s an understandable question and an understandable frustration for parents and children alike. 

We have a limiting factor keeping us from getting all students in school onsite every day. We are required to have students be 6 feet apart, which limits how many students we can fit into a classroom. All seven of Central Oregon’s school district superintendents have sent a letter to the Governor and the Oregon Department of Education asking for a change to a 3-foot distance between students, recommended by the World Health Organization. We have not …

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KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION IS OPEN

Redmond School District Launches Online Kindergarten Registration for 2021-22 School Year

Redmond – Redmond School District has launched online registration for incoming kindergarten students for the 2021-22 school year.

Parents/guardians can access the online registration on the district’s website at http://redmond.k12.or.us/kindergarten-registration/. Registering as early as possible allows the school district to plan and prepare for our incoming students. The registration process also includes information about applying for the district’s Dual Language Program lottery and our Full Time Online option.

Required documentation such as birth certificate, immunization records and proof of address can be uploaded during the registration process. If documents are not uploaded, schools will contact parents about how to submit hard copies. Once registered, parents will receive confirmation from their student’s neighborhood school. In-person tours, health screenings and open house events are not yet scheduled.

If families experience difficulties and cannot register their student online, they may contact their neighborhood school for support. Click here to access school contact information.

For questions or more information about Redmond School District’s online kindergarten registration, please contact Sheila Miller, …

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ODE Opt-Out Form & 30-Day Notice of statewide testing

Under the Student Assessment Bill of Rights, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Oregon’s school districts must provide families with a “Notice of Statewide Tests and Opt-out Form” 30 days before the start of statewide testing. This year, school has been significantly disrupted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and other factors. In response, ODE asked the United States Department of Education for a temporary pause (also known as a “waiver”) in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math testing. A pause is also being requested for science testing, but science testing is not subject to this opt-out rule.

• If this waiver request is approved, then statewide ELA and Math testing will not happen this year, and there will be no need for parents to submit opt-out forms to their child’s school.

• If the waiver request is not approved, test windows will open on April 13, 2021. ODE will update your district regularly with news about the waiver.

ODE 30-Day Notice & Opt-Out Form

**Please return form to your school’s main office. 

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The Redmond Reporter

March 3, 2021

A MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

A school is just not a school without students on campus. It’s been exciting to have students back in our classrooms and we are glad this time of isolation is coming to an end. While we still have restrictions in place, students are able to access their teacher(s) on a regular basis. Athletics have short seasons, but students are now able to play. School life has certainly not returned to normal, but we continue to find ways to get children what they need to thrive.

I want to gently remind everyone that we all need to follow the health and safety rules. Students and adults who come to school sick may cause us to quarantine large groups of students for periods of time. Our goal is to keep students safe and attending school on site, so please think of your neighbors and wear your mask, practice social distancing, and stay home if you are feeling ill.

Welcome back to your school. Staff members are excited to help your children reach their potential …

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RSD’s Team Spotlight…StepUP’s Emily Sample!

    This month’s Team Member Spotlight features… Emily Sample, a StepUP Behavior Intervention Assistant who goes above and beyond with unique projects!  

Here’s a little more about Emily Sample.

How long have you been working for RSD and what did you do before coming here?

I started with RSD four years ago as a Title1 Instructional Assistant, doing reading interventions at Vern Patrick Elementary. I was transferred to StepUP in the spring of 2018, and prior to that I was a librarian at Long Beach Elementary in Washington. I have also been a chef and a pastry chef for more than 20 years, working in Alaska, Florida and Maine. I grew up in Florida, sailing and scuba diving all through school. After meeting my husband while studying fine arts at the University of Florida, we drove long-haul trucks to see the country, then settled in Maine and had two amazing kids. We moved to the West Coast in 2012 for a new adventure, and we love it here. We are avid campers, adventurers, and wild mushroom …

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