Here is a video that Lisa Birk shared with the staff at PCMS regarding the powerful effect that positive expectations of teachers for students have on learning. (Lisa wanted me to let you know that although the videography is a bit outdated, the study has been replicated a number of times in education to validate its findings.) ___________________________________________________________

The district’s Office Discipline Referral Form has a small update that I want to let you know about. On the second (back) page, near the bottom right, (just above “follow up comments”) we’ve added: Transportation Contacted. Obviously, you do not need to contact transportation for every type of behavior incident, but there are some that we hope you consistently will. For example, safety violations (require STAS, OSS, separation from other students), trespassed student, or more volatile than normal. In terms of whom do you contact in transportation, please reach out to Tina Bandy. __________________________________________________________

You likely have heard this news already, but if not, I thought I’d send it along to you. At this week’s school board meeting the question was posed as to what each board member thought the next step should be for filling our coming superintendent opening. Each stated (as reported here in the Bulletin) that they wanted to do a national search – and hire a search firm (although a few commented on not wanting to pay the price for this service) – to find our next district leader. The process to hire a search firm and start the process of posting and recruiting should begin soon. __________________________________________________________

Here is some information from Jackie Wilson, our district’s sustainability coordinator:

Thanksgiving week shut down of the schools During the Thanksgiving Break, school HVAC systems will be lowered to the unoccupied setpoints of 58. If you are coming in over the break, please plan on bringing a sweater, not a personal heater as they are a fire hazard.
As the schools will be unoccupied, this is a great opportunity for energy conservation. Please remind staff to turn off at the power switch all electronics. All personal fridges and sharded mini-fridges need to be unplugged as well. 
School Garden Information and Grant Opportunity If you’re interested in installing a permanent outdoor school garden in the Bend La Pine School District, please download and complete the School Garden Development Application (PDF) (Here is a fillable Word document version: School Garden Development Application Fall 17). We are available to assist with this process, just call 541-385-6908 x14 or email denise.

If your school has a garden or outdoor learning space, I want to learn more and help with lessons and funding. Please email Sustainability Coordinator _________________________________________________________


Starting this afternoon and through the weekend I’ll be at the OSBA conference in Portland. Monday I’ll be in a Cognia (formerly AdvancED) state board meeting all day – also PDX-area. If you need me, please send me a text and I’ll call you during a break in the meeting.

Next Friday (22nd) is College Day across the district.

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