(FAN) The Family Access Network would like to thank Crook County Library (Oregon)

The Family Access Network (FAN) advocates would like to thank Crook County Library (Oregon) for inviting them to place a display in their lobby. This educational display will help the community be more aware of FAN and the services they provide. Relationships with community partners are key to the success of advocacy programs like FAN.

FAN advocates are located in Crook County public schools to help improve the lives of children and their families. These improvements are done through making connections to resources otherwise unknown or inaccessible to the families. Resources like clothing, school supplies, and much more can make a big difference to a child and their family.

For more information or to donate, contact your FAN advocate.

Crook County Middle School/Crook County High School
Traci Peterson, FAN Advocate

Barnes Butte/Crooked River, Vanessa Nolen, FAN Advocate

The CCHS Jazz Band students were district champions at the recent Tri-Valley Jazz Festival.

They also received an award for Outstanding Trombone Section for the fourth year in a row, and Miles Chaney was recognized as Outstanding Soloist.  Jazz Band is playing in the CCHS Commons on March 2nd and 3rd before the doors open at The Prineville Follies. Come hear the band and stay for the Follies, which raises funds for the performing arts scholarships awarded by the Prineville Music and Theater Boosters each year.

Some pictures from the Semester 1 – CCHS Art Showcase. Great to have Art Elective Classes back at CCHS!

Guest Speaker in leadership class – Representative Mike McLane

Everyday Preventive Actions That Can Help Fight Germs, Like Flu

How does the flu spread? Flu viruses are thought to spread mainly from person to person through droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze, or talk. Flu viruses also may spread when people touch something with flu virus on it and then touch their mouth, eyes, or nose. Many other viruses spread these ways too. People infected with flu may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5-7 days after becoming sick. That means you may be able to spread the flu to someone else before you know you are sick as well as while you are sick.

What are everyday preventive actions?

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you or your child gets sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you (or your child) stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. The fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way. • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
  • If an outbreak of flu or another illness occurs, follow public health advice. This may include information about how to increase distance between people and other measure

CCHS Wrestling Team!

The Cowboys knock off 6a top ranked Roseburg 43-17 in the 4th installment of Cowboys and Indians. Action got so intense we broke a section of stage! A big thank you is owed to Roseburg wrestling for making the long trip to Prineville to put it on the line. Crook County Wrestling would also like to thank the countless number of parents and community members that helped set up for and run this great event. It’s a lot of work! 

Crooked River Elementary visited Christmas Scene at Crook County Fairgrounds!

Earlier this month, third graders from Crooked River Elementary School visited the Grimes’ Christmas Scene at the Crook County Fairgrounds. In addition to reminding students to wear warm coats, hats, and gloves, they were also asked to bring some loose coins to donate. Later that day, the following email was sent to the school.

“I want to send a message of gratitude to the 3rd-grade classes who visited the Grimes Scene. They came through the door with donations and the message, ‘It was being donated to pay the electric bill for your building.’ I was completely taken back and feel I did not express my gratitude adequately. If my light bill comes in at what it did last year, the students went over the top and there will be some extra to go towards the gas bill too. Their gift of sharing brings tears to my eyes. I would love to give each of them a hug and express how their enthusiasm brings me more pleasure and joy than I can express.
Merry Christmas
Hugs and Love,
Beth Grimes, Jay, Fred, Chuck, Ginger and the Board of directors of the Grimes Christmas Scene.”

Learning about such a “treasure” in our community is a social studies activity, that also teaches students appropriate behavior as part of a community and what we can do individually to help create a well-functioning community.

Thank you, Third Graders, for representing Crooked River in such a wonderful way.

Photo: Mrs. McCormack’s and Mr. Wilson’s 3rd-grade class

CCHS has selected Baily Michel for the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Good Citizens Award!

Crook County High School has selected Baily Michel for the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Good Citizens Award.  This award, created in 1934, is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship. It recognizes and rewards individuals who possess good citizenship qualities such as dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their homes, schools, and communities. Students are selected by their teachers and peers because they demonstrate these qualities to an outstanding degree.

“I have had Baily in a couple of classes and she has always been a perfect student. She is always on task, gets her work done on time and contributes to group discussions. More importantly, she is always polite and respectful; she cares about her classmates and helps them when they need it. Her work ethic in the classroom and in athletics is admirable. She is a positive role model for younger students and athletes and is very well respected by staff members and adults from our community.” -Vicki Duncan, CCHS Careers, and Health Teacher.

Congratulations Baily!

Meet Collin Hester!


Meet Collin Hester!

I was hired this year as the College Readiness/ASPIRE (mentoring program) Coordinator at Crook County High School. I meet with students to find out their passions, skills, and interests and help them develop a plan to meet their goals after high school. I provide assistance with college searches (including vocational/trade schools and the military) and applications, financial aid, scholarships, ACT and SAT test registration, and exploring career options. I really enjoy helping students discover and follow the path that is right for them beyond high school.

Prior to entering the field of education, I served in the Coast Guard for 10 years. I used the GI Bill to further my education and recently received a Master of Counseling degree from OSU-Cascades.

Like many who live here, I love exploring the vast hiking and mountain bike trails that Central Oregon has to offer.

Meet Patty Bates!

“I am the new Youth Transition Specialist at Crook County High School. The Youth Transition Program assists students, ages 16 to 21 years old, with disabilities in addressing barriers and challenges to employment. The goal of the program is to successfully transition students from high school, to a post-high school opportunity, either college or job or career path of their choice. My job is to develop jobs in the community and to support students on the job if needed. In my career path, I have worked with children and families with disabilities or economic disadvantage. I love the work I do!

I am a mom of 3 beautiful daughters and 3 step-sons and referred to as the Brady Bunch. I am a grandma to 7 grandkids and love spending time with them. Since June of 2015, I graduated college, remodeled my house, had a gastric bypass, (losing 128 pounds) and started a business! I love crafts, painting, and photography. I am very excited to be a part of the school district and work with the students who every day put a smile on my face!”