Sheila Miller

Sheila Miller

As every reader knows, 2021 was quite a year.

At the Redmond School District, we are hoping for a brighter 2022, but also looking back with pride at the accomplishments of our students and staff.

In 2021, we were able to bring students back to school full time in the midst of an ongoing global pandemic that shows no signs of ending. Our students persevered through a challenging time, and we’re so proud of them!

Here’s a look back at some of the Redmond School District’s highlights of 2021.

Student accomplishments

After a tough 2020-21 school year, in June the Redmond School District held two in-person high school graduations where approximately 400 seniors celebrated the end of one part of their lives and the beginning of the next.

After an extended period of time in which gatherings weren’t allowed, our district schools were able to hold band and choir concerts, plays and musicals, as well as athletic events. Our schools have also been able to hold many of their traditional events, including harvest festivals, caroling performances and jog-a-thons. It’s been great to see families back in the buildings and students enjoying themselves!

In May 2021, Redmond High’s girls golf team won the 5A state championship.

In October 2021, Ridgeview High’s girls volleyball team took third at the 5A state championship.

Our school district was able to welcome volunteers back into the buildings.

In the fall, the district implemented the BRYT program in nearly every school, an intensive intervention for students facing mental health conditions and extended school absences who struggle to stay and succeed in the classroom.

Over the summer, more than 1,000 students participated in some form of summer school. That meant kids in our K-5 summer camp, students getting ready for the next step in their education at Camp 6 and Camp 9, and high school students taking elective courses and participating in credit recovery classes. At the high school level, 274 participants, many taking more than one course, earned 286 half credits toward graduation. And 82 students completed a total of 161 credits in the credit recovery program. That’s a lot of students getting ahead or getting caught up and ready to graduate.

COVID-19

Our students were able to return to classrooms in person, first in February for the 2020-21 school year, and then full time this fall. This, despite ever-changing mandates and uncertainties because of COVID.

Our school nurses and the COVID Response Team conducted nonstop contact tracing in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID in our schools, to positive results.

Our high schools worked in conjunction with the Deschutes County Health Department and Mosaic Medical to put on vaccine clinics for students in the spring.

Our staff responded to the state’s vaccine mandate, with all of our staff members complying by either getting vaccinated or completing a medical or religious exception. Of our staff, 83 % were fully vaccinated against COVID (including more than 90 % of teachers), while 17 % received religious or medical exceptions.

Facilities and finances

We began planning and implementing facility repairs, additions and safety upgrades as part of our bond that voters passed in 2020.

The district sold a PERS bond, which is estimated to save our district about $35 million over the next 20 years.

The district sold a piece of land to a company that will eventually bring jobs to Redmond and used the proceeds from the sale to improve the Rotary Community Fields at the David M. Jaqua Athletic Complex. The turf has now been laid and lights will be installed soon. The fields are expected to be playable by spring, and other facilities like bathrooms will be completed by early summer. This project provides opportunities for the entire community, and doesn’t use any bond funds.

The district debuted a new website that is more user-friendly, intuitive and up-to-date.

After a two-day meeting with community members and school staff, the Redmond School District came up with a new mission and vision, which will be used to guide the district’s work going forward. Vision: Thriving students. Engaged community. Ready graduates. Mission: Providing a supportive, inclusive, empowering and academically rich learning environment that inspires and engages students, staff and community.

A big thanks to our Redmond community for your continued support and goodwill. We look forward to another productive year in 2022 with our wonderful students and staff!

Sheila Miller is the Redmond School District Public Information Officer

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