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!”

The parking lot lights at Crook County High School.

The parking lot lights at Crook County High School were replaced in mid-November from the old high-pressure sodium vapor type to new LED lights. LED lights use between 40% and 75% less energy, emit a daylight color that provides excellent visibility and creates a safer driving atmosphere at night, have less side lighting which creates less light pollution, and has a lifespan of 10-15 years. The overall cost of the project was $4,447, but through various energy incentives the District ended up with zero net cost to complete this project. The reduction in energy use will create ongoing savings for the district and the upgraded lighting will be beneficial to students, staff, and guests who use the parking lot after dark.

A New Scoreboard

Crook County High School scored a touchdown when it came to purchasing a new scoreboard thanks to several organizations. The old one was over 20 years old and it was growing increasingly more difficult to find replacement bulbs. The new board is bigger, has LED display, and can be used for both football and track timing, which doubles the functionality.
Purchasing the scoreboard and the stadium sound system was a community effort involving Prineville Data Center, Les Schwab Tire Centers, SepticPros, Prineville Disposal, Crook County School District, Garthwaite Electric, and Sun Mountain Fun Center.
It was quite an accomplishment to fund and purchase something for the athletes of this district that will stand for the next 20+ years.

Congratulations to the Crook County Cowgirls Volleyball team that finished 4th at State!

Students were encouraged to sit with other students

Kids eating lunch

Yesterday was “Mix It Up” at lunch. Students were encouraged to sit with other students who they normally don’t talk with. This was a great opportunity for students to get to know some new friends and build a positive school culture!

Boys & Girls Cross Country

Cross Country
Congratulations to the Boys & Girls Cross Country Team! The Boys Team took 1st Place & the Girls took 2nd. place at the Tri – Valley Championships.  Both teams have qualified for state.  GO COWBOYS & COWGIRLS!!