December 11, 2019

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Rodders Club Donates to Natural Resources Program

Members of the Crook County Rodders car club donated $400 to the Crook County High School forestry and natural resources program to go toward the purchase of a trailer or other necessary equipment for the wood mill.
Rodders had read in the Central Oregonian that the program could use a trailer to haul their equipment and decided they would lend a helping hand.
Rodders President Lynn Arnett and club member Tom Tomlinson were instrumental in raising money by collecting and recycling batteries from community members as well as one cash donation.
They recently presented the check to forestry/natural resources teacher Lisa Keown and three of her students.
The Rodders are raising more funds for the program by selling raffle tickets for a complete auto detail. To purchase tickets, contact Lynn Arnett at 541-610-8782. Tickets are $5 each or six for $25.

CCHS Students Direct One-Act Plays

CCHS students direct one-act plays

Student directors will make their directorial debut with a variety of show offerings.

Crook County High School drama students present Student Directed One Acts at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12-14 in the CCHS auditorium, 1100 SE Lynn Blvd.

CCHS student directors Dakota Carpenter, Danilea Lindburg, Uber Gonzalez and Katie Jones will direct four one-act plays: “21 Chump Street: The Musical” by Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Lockdown” by Douglas Craven, “The Incredible Bulk at Bikini Beach” by Tim Kelly, and “4 A.M.” by Jonathan Dorf.

The four shows range from the lighthearted to a high school story that highlights the hard-hitting realization that not everything is permanent. There’s even a rap musical and some acting by three CCHS teachers.

Seating is limited to 75 for this black box production. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

Follow the New CCSD Transportation Facebook Page


Like and Follow the new Crook County School District Transportation page so you can stay updated on transportation news, including bus route information and weather delays.

ASPIRE Program Seeks Mentors

ASPIRE program seeks mentors

Are you a parent or an adult who would like to help students achieve their future goals? Crook County High School’s ASPIRE program needs more mentors!

What is ASPIRE? ASPIRE stands for Access to Student Assistance Programs in Reach of Everyone. We provide FREE mentoring, resources, and encouragement to help students explore all options beyond high school. Mentors partner with high school students and help them plan their future.

We currently have 48 students signed up for ASPIRE and matched with a mentor but 70 more students are waiting for a mentor. Please consider the difference that you can make by mentoring a student today.

Call or email ASPIRE Coordinator Karissa Kingsbury, 541-416-6900 ext. 3115, Visit

What is FAN?

FAN - Family Access Network

Family Access Network advocates want to spread the word about their services. FAN advocates are in local schools, helping families connect to services and resources.
To learn how to help your students receive services or to donate, visit:
FAN – Family Access Network and FAN – More Information.

NJROTC hosts combined Annual Military Inspection

NJROTC hosts combined Annual Military Inspection


Crook County High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps hosted a combined Annual Military Inspection on Wednesday, Oct. 30. Seventy students in the La Pine and Mountain View NJROTC programs participated, along with 70 CCHS NJROTC students. The event included presentation of the colors by combined Crook County-La Pine-Mountain View Color Guard followed by Crooked River Elementary fourth and fifth graders singing the National Anthem. Retired U.S. Air Force Major Scott Buchanan led the personnel inspection. A Pass in Review with the CCHS band performing followed inspections. A La Pine High School Regulation Drill demonstration concluded the event. CCHS NJROTC passed inspection.

CCHS Natural Resource Club Restores Lawson Creek

Members of the CCHS Future Natural Resource Leaders Club spent a recent school day restoring Lawson Creek on John and Lynne Breese’s Ranch. Crooked River Watershed Council Project Manager Mark Peterson and club leader Lisa Keown organized the field trip. It was a great opportunity for students to learn about different restoration techniques while also giving back to the community. In turn, the Crooked River Watershed Council will donate some funds to the FNRL Club. This was a real-life experience for the members of the club who acted as the contractor to plant a section of riparian zone just like a professional crew would have.

Make Kindness Normal

Make Kindness Normal
Make kindness normal. Be a good listener. Compliment people. These are some of the lessons CharacterStrong speaker Esteban Gast taught middle and high school students this week. He shared his story of being born in Puerto Rico and moving to Chicago in second grade – not knowing how to speak English. One classmate’s kindness made a difference in his young life. Esteban encouraged students to be kind – even though it takes more effort than just being nice.

Flower Friends business teaches transition students important skills

Students in the Next Step Transition program are brightening people’s days across the district with their new Flower Friends school-based business. Each Monday morning, the four Flower Friends students create flower arrangements using flowers that Wagner’s Market Fresh IGA, Ericksons Thriftway, and The Posie Shoppe have donated and vases and ribbon that community members have donated to the program. The following morning, the students deliver the bouquets to district employees who have placed an order. Next Step Transition and the Youth Transition Program at Crook County High School partnered to launch the Flower Friends program this month, serving students ages 18 to 21. The program helps students with barriers develop skills, habits, attitudes and knowledge that will empower them to have future success in the working world. Additionally, Flower Friends will help students build a variety of skills, including money management and customer service skills. Funds from Flower Friends will go back into the Next Step Transition program to help fund projects, independent living skills, field trips, and curriculum. Contact Youth Transition Program coordinators to place a Flower Friends order. Thank you, students, for bringing joy to CCSD staff!