100 years ago

Nov. 18, 1920 — Redmond Girl Only Civilian Clerk at U.S. Army Post

Miss Nora Livingston, a former Redmond girl, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Livingston, who live two miles northeast of Redmond, is the only civilian clerk attached to the Rocky mountain states division of the army with headquarters in Denver, Colo.

A recent notice sent out from the Denver headquarters to the American Legion at Colorado Springs, Colo. said:

“There may be a girl from Denver recruiting office to issue Victory medals to the remaining ‘doughboys’ who haven’t yet applied. Miss Nora Livingston is the only civilian clerk attached to the Rocky mountain states division of the army, and at present is assisting Field Clerk Matthews and three other assistants in distribution of the Victory medals.”

Miss Livingston taught in the schools at Redmond and Bend for several years until she entered the government service at Washington, D.C. two years ago, going from there to Denver last August.

75 years ago

Nov. 22, 1945 — Spencers Learn Of Son’s Death

Mr. and Mrs. D.A. Spencer have received two letters from commanding officers, telling of the death of their son, Delbert, which occured on Samar Island in the Philippines October 25.

Delbert and six others were taking off in a plane which crashed, killing all seven men. The plane was preparing to spray DDT dust.

50 years ago

Nov. 18, 1970 — RHS teachers in training

Teachers at Redmond High School are involved in an extensive in-service training program designed to improve instructional techniques as well as to aid in curriculum development, according to Principal Phil Sword.

The program centers around the concept of “Behavioral Objectives.” A “good” objective, according to the training, must be stated in terms of the learner, not be ambiguous, be measurable, identify the kind of performance which will be accepted as evidence that the learner has achieved the objective, and succeed in communicating to the reader the writer’s instructional intent.

Although this concept is not new to education, it does provide a different point of view for teachers. The emphasis is placed upon the learner and how instruction affects him rather than the traditional approach of stating objectives in terms of what the teacher is to do during a given instructional sequence.

This system will provide the treacher with immediate feedback as to the effect of his instruction upon his students and can be a valuable tool in self-appraisal for the teacher, said Sword.

25 years ago

Nov. 22, 1995 — Students learn tech, business skills

The communications room at Redmond High School is a quiet place. Students engaged in team projects confer in subdued voices. THere’s the hum of the equipment, the whoosh of doors opening and closing and not much else in the way of noise.

But scattered around the rooms — there are three of them — students are deeply engaged in their work.

At a computer station set up under white-board cupboards where students draw rough designs for future projects, sits Deven McKee.

Glued to his seat for hour after hour, he’s drawing frame after frame in his computer animated rodeo. After setting up the background of bucking chutes, Deven painstakingly drew 52 frames that, when activated, show a cowboy pulling open the gate. Then, a bull and rider plunge and whirl out of the gate and into the arena.

Deven, a senior, is considering becoming a computer animator after high school and he has several good reasons for doing so.

“There’s money in it,” he says with a grin, “and I like computers too.”

In another corner, Cheri Cronenwett is creating a grid on her computer screen. Once the grid is set up, she plans to enter her own floor plan design. She sketched a rough design on paper before beginning the computer project and expects to spend the next three weeks putting the sketch on the computer.

Cronenwett, also a senior, says this is the first year she’s gotten into architectural drawing because “this is the first year we’ve had an architectural desk to use.”

Much of the equipment for the communications classes, part of the high school’s updated technology wing, was purchased with money from the bond fund passed by voters in 1993. However, a recent $53,000 grant from Jeld-Wen has allowed the district to purchase for unforeseen needs and flesh out the room.

“It’s helped a lot,” said Technology Teacher Dwane Thompson.

In addition to computers equipped with electronics trainers and programs equivalent to those used to produce this newspaper, the communications room also features an audio-video lab and a graphics room.

The lab is still in the process of development, but already produces television cable Channel 3, complete with student-created commercials.

“When parents ask their children what they did at school today, the student can turn on the television and show them,” Thompson laughed.

Students in the graphics room are also creating products they can show their parents. Included are a photo developing dark room, vinyl sign making equipment, and both off-set and screen printing equipment.

Most of the schools’ equipment is high quality, but used rather than new, to save money. All together, Thompson estimates buying used equipment in the graphics area has saved $35-40,000. Yet, the off-set printing press is of a high enough quality that school board member Ted Thornstad, owner of The Printing Post, said, “I would hire someone trained on that machine.”

The high school started offering communications three years ago through desk-top publishing on computers, according to Thompson, But, he said, “the kids were creating all this stuff and it was dead end.”


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