Decision Day: Local Students Share Their College Plans

May 1st was decision day at Mountain View High School, a new way to celebrate the seniors who are moving on to colleges or universities this fall.

As Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker reports, it was like an academic version of signing day for athletes.

Kindergarten Registration for Bend-La Pine Schools

It’s already that time for families of incoming kindergarten students to register their students.

Today some parents were able to sign up but today’s event wasn’t the only chance parents will have to register their future kindergarteners. Registration will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on any school day and will continue up until school begins.

If you have any questions you can contact your neighborhood school for details. You can find your neighborhood school through the Bend-La Pine schools website on their attendance area webpage.

Bend-La Pine Schools Consider Campus Safety Measures

School safety has been top of mind since the deadly mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida last February and that’s why Bend-La Pine Schools officials are looking to speed up a project to add more safety measures to campuses within their district.

Before tonight’s school board meeting the budget committee will talk about the best way to move forward with the construction of safety vestibules on 19 different campuses listed here:

Kingston Elementary

Ponderosa Elementary

Summit High

W.E. Miller Elementary

Bear Creek Elementary

Elk Meadow Elementary

Juniper Elementary

La Pine Elementary

La Pine High

Rosland Elementary

Thompson Elementary

Three Rivers Elementary

Bend Senior High

High Desert Middle

La Pine Middle

Mountain View High

Cascade Middle

Education Center

Ensworth Elementary

In May voters approved a $268 million bond and one percent of that bound, roughly $2.6 million dollars, has been allocated for the construction of the vestibules, which would secure the main entry point to the schools.

 

Supper Club: Mental Health in Local Schools

The recent shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida has re-ignited the national debate over guns. However, there is one issue that all sides can agree on: something has to be done to help people with mental health issues before they commit mass shootings.

For this week’s Supper Club, Donna Britt sat down with three local high school students who helped organize last month’s March For Our Lives to talk about the power of people coming together and the mental health issues they see in their own schools.

Thanks to Lauren Hough, Emma Smith and Vinna Ottaviano for joining us.

special thanks to our Supper Club sponsor, Selco Community Credit Union, for giving us the time and resources to talk about the issues that impact our region in a new edition of Supper Club every Tuesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Four Local High Schools Participate in a Food Drive Competition

 

It’s a friendly competition among local high schools, all for an important cause.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has a look at four local high schools that are helping a local non-profit make a difference.
The winners of the food drive challenge will be announced and presented with their prizes at Pine Tavern Restaurant on May 1st.

Though you can no longer drop off cans to the high school of your choice, you can still support them and NeighborImpact with a monetary donation.
When you donate make sure to write the school name you’d like to support in the donation memo line.
Every one dollar donation allows the organization to distribute 7 pounds of food or five meals.

Bend-La Pine Student Walkout

Students Leave Classrooms Calling for Stricter Gun Reforms

Thousands of high school students staged a walkout from their classes today calling for stricter gun reforms and paying tribute to the victims of the Columbine Massacre. At Ridgefield High School in Connecticut, a silent tribute was held for the victims,19 years after the fatal shots were fired.

A spokesperson for Bend-La Pine schools says students who missed classes today will be marked with unexcused absences per state guidance and the consequences for the absences will follow regular protocols. The consequences for the absence are due to participation in the walk-out, not the message of the walkout.

Summit High School Heads to World Robotics Championships

For the second year in a row, a robotics team from Summit High School is competing in the world championships in Texas this week.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan caught up with them before they left town and has highlights from Thursday’s matches.  


The team will compete in six matches on Friday morning starting at 6:33 AM PT.
You can watch all of their upcoming matches live, as well as keep up with their entire world championship journey online at www.bluealliance.com, or on the Summit High School Robotics Facebook page.

Thousands March Against Gun Violence in Bend

Nearly 4,000 community members, led by local high school students, gathered in Drake Park on Saturday to participate in the March for Our Lives – a national movement against gun violence sparked by the school shooting in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 people in February.

Demonstrators began gathering in Drake Park around 11 a.m. on Saturday morning. As the crowd grew local high school students gave speeches asking for politicians to do more to keep them safe in schools. One student sang “Imagine” by John Lennon as Bend Mayor Casey Roats and city council member Nathan Boddie stood on stage behind him.

At noon students, carrying a blue ‘March for Our Lives,’ banner led a march through downtown Bend. The march was so large that the students leading the march came back around to Drake Park before many protestors had even left.

Demonstrators said they were marching specifically for common sense gun control measures including banning bump stocks, semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles; and implementing comprehensive background checks and funding mental health care.

This echoed the messages of the roughly 800 marches that took place across the country on Saturday.

Hundreds of thousands of people marched in Washington D.C., which was led by survivors of the Parkland shooting, but was meant to raise awareness for all victims of gun violence.

The Parkland students shared the stage with other young people from across the country including Edna Chavez from Los Angles who lost her brother to gun violence; 11-year-old Naomi Wadler who spoke to raise awareness about African-American women and girls who were victims of gun violence; and Yolanda King, granddaughter of Martin Luther King Jr.

While millions marched across the U.S., the movement did see plenty of criticism.

The NRA out out a video responding to the march, saying that the students leading the march were part of, and funded by, a “liberal agenda.” The video also said that the answer to school safety would be providing funding for armed guards in schools and arming teachers.

Here in Bend, Central Oregon Daily saw plenty of comments against the march on our Facebook page. Many community members expressed that they felt it was ridiculous for people to march against their Second Amendment Rights. Others said they should march against cars, since annually more young people die in car accidents then due to gun violence, and some echoed the NRA’s message that the march was part of a political agenda.

Parents Look for Upgrades in School Safety

Since the shootings in Parkland last month, the discussion surrounding school safety has been led by the surviving students and their peers across the country, but it’s not just the students who are joining the conversation.


Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan sat down with a local parent who’s voicing her concerns about the safety of students in Bend, and what she’s hoping Bend-La Pine Schools will do to address them.

Lisa Carton also sits down with Bend-La Pine School District’s Deputy Superintendent Jay Mathisen to see how the district is reacting to these requests from students and parents.