February 21, 2020

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CCHS Drama students host two Shows

CCHS Drama students host two shows

Crook County High School Drama students plan two events next week, both held in the CCHS auditorium:
Improv Shows
Crook County High School Advanced Drama students will start their evening series of IMPROV SHOWS Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.
Admission is free, and the audience will help determine the scope of the show. Come with great suggestions and be ready to laugh.
Interactive murder mystery
Crook County High School Drama is hosting an interactive murder mystery, “Jazz Age Jeopardy,” Friday, Feb. 28 on the auditorium stage at 7 p.m. Seating is limited, and tickets are $10 and can be obtained from a drama student. Ticket holders are encouraged to dress for a 1920’s speakeasy, and pay attention. . . .one of the guests won’t make it to the dessert table.

Donkey Basketball comes to CCHS Feb. 29

Donkey Basketball


The Crook County FFA Chapter and the Senior All Night Party Parent Committee plan Donkey Basketball games Saturday evening, Feb. 29 in the Crook County High School main gym, 1100 SE Lynn Blvd. in Prineville.
A taco feed starts at 5:30 p.m. for an additional fee, and the games begin at 7 p.m.
Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and may be purchased at Ray’s Food Place in Prineville and by contacting Dan McNary, 541-416-6903.
Tickets will also be available at the door for $12 for adults and $10 for students.
Proceeds benefit the Crook County FFA Chapter and the Senior All Night Party Parent Committee.
Teams include employees of Les Schwab Tires, Rosendin Electric, Fortis Construction, and a combined team of Crook County Sheriff’s Office and Prineville Police Department personnel.

Student Artist earns Gold Key Award

Student artist earns Gold Key award

Summer Shaffer, a Crook County High School senior, was honored at the 2020 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards this past weekend. She earned four honorable mentions and one Gold Key award. Gold Key pieces will automatically be considered at the national show in New York. Good luck, Summer! Her artwork will be displayed in the Pinckney Gallery on the COCC campus until the end of February.

Graduation Specialist Mrs. Kudlac Recognized at Board Meeting

Graduation Specialist Mrs. Kudlac Recognized at Board Meeting

Crook County High School Principal Michelle Jonas recognized and thanked Graduation Specialist McKenzie Kudlac for her outstanding service to the Crook County School District during the Monday evening board meeting. Mrs. Kudlac works with CCHS and Pioneer Alternative High School seniors, helping and encouraging them to graduate. CCHS achieved a nearly 95% graduation rate for the class of 2019. Thanks for having a heart for our students, Mrs. Kudlac!

Anatomy students dissect livestock hearts

Anatomy students dissect livestock hearts
CCHS students in Mr. Oelkers’ anatomy class dissected fresh livestock hearts recently. Butcher Boys donated cow, pig, and sheep hearts for the class project.

Juntos – Information Night for Families: Wednesday March 4, 2020 – 5:30 @ CCHS

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CCHS Students will Build Hydrogen Fuel Cell Racing Car

CCHS Students will Build Hydrogen Fuel Cell Racing Car
An excited Mr. Mumm opens the box with materials for Crook County High School’s new hydrogen fuel cell racing car. Students will be building this car second semester and then competing in this season’s Horizon Grand Prix Hydrogen Fuel Cell Racing Series sponsored by Toyota.

The fuel cell project is the result of a grant from and a partnership with Toyota Senior Manager of Advanced Technology Dave Bora. He approved CCHS as one of the only three schools outside of California. Toyota of Bend also had a big part in helping CCHS be part of the fuel cell cars project.

It’s another exciting adventure for CCHS CTE programs.

Advanced Biology Students Dissect Dog Fish Sharks

CCHS Students Dissect

Students in Jessica Mumm’s advanced biology class at Crook County High School spent the week dissecting dog fish sharks. This assignment gave the 25 students a first-hand look at all of the different systems and prepares them for the anatomy unit next semester. These students are taking a college-level biology course, and are being challenged and are excelling.

CCHS Graduation Rate Climbs to 94.74%

cchs graduation

The class of 2019 graduation rate is up 2% from the previous year

Oregon Department of Education reports the Crook County High School graduation rate for the class of 2019 at 94.74%.

“As long as I’ve been here, the graduation rate has never been as high as 94%,” said Crook County School District Curriculum and Special Programs Director Stacy Smith, noting that this is an increase from 92.44% for the CCHS class of 2018.

Of the 152 students in the CCHS class of 2019 cohort, 144 graduated.

Administrators believe relationships and a hard-working staff have contributed to the increased graduation rate that CCHS has achieved in recent years.

“We have good systems in place to make sure kids don’t fall through the cracks,” pointed out CCHS Assistant Principal Jake Huffman.

“The district has a champion for our students, graduation coach McKenzie Kudlac, who continues to work with individual students to help them reach their potential,” added CCHS Principal Michelle Jonas.

ODE also reported that CCHS students in the underserved races and ethnicities subgroup had a 96.15% graduation rate, which CCSD Director of School Improvement Joel Hoff said was very high.

CCHS students who participated in Career and Technical Education classes also graduated at a high 96% rate.

There are some areas, however, that administrators say need improvement.

ODE reported the district graduation rate for the class of 2019 at 72.85%, down from 78% for the class of 2018. The district rate includes students who graduated from CCHS, Pioneer Alternative High School, Rimrock Adolescent Drug and Alcohol Treatment Facility, Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council and the online option FuelEd.

“We still have room to grow for those student populations, and our job isn’t done,” Smith said of the alternative education graduation rates. “We are working hard to improve the graduation rate of our community students from vulnerable student populations.”

Overall, administrators are pleased with the ODE graduation rate report.

“The five-year trajectory has been fantastic, and we’ll continue to make small refinements until all students graduate,” Hoff said.

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