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!

CCHS Junior Earns Perfect PSAT Math Score

CCHS junior earns perfect PSAT math score

Joey Stenbeck says he has always had a love for math. He is fascinated by patterns and the physical and abstract way math works. He attributes his fascination to always obtaining a thorough understanding of the material, rather than memorizing formulas by rote. The Crook County High School junior recently proved his understanding when he scored 100% on the math segment of the PSAT! He took the Preliminary SAT assessment last fall and scored 1350 out of 1520 – with a perfect 760 out of 760 on the math portion of the assessment. He plans to go to college after high school to get a degree in the STEM field. He credits CCHS math teacher Christine Kasberger for being instrumental in building his knowledge of mathematics. Joey was recognized during the school board meeting Monday evening. We wish Joey best of luck when he takes the SAT assessment in March.

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.

Choir Students Join Regional Performance


Six CCHS choir students will participate in the Central Oregon Music Educators Association (COMEA) OSU Honor Choir this weekend.

Xavier Layne, Aiden Teague, Jillian Gish, Deusce Catt, Erick Schmidt and Austin Rochelle are learning four songs to sing with top students from the region, directed by Dr. Steven Zielke, Director of Choral Activities at OSU. Students have an opportunity to work with OSU voice instructors as well.

There will be a short performance at Ridgeview High School in Redmond at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1. Admission is free.

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%

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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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Public Health Warning on Vaping: What Parents Need to Know to Protect Our Kids


The Crook County School District, Crook County Health Department, and Crook County Empowered (CCE) Community Coalition care about the health of our kids and our community. We would like to share important information with our families about the risks of e-cigarettes/vaping. Please click on the link to learn about health risks related to vaping, what quitting resources are available, and how to identify e-cigarette/vape devices.

If you have questions and would like to speak to someone about this topic, please contact Nadia LeMay at the Crook County Health Department: or 541-447-3260.

Winning Marketing Students Promote NFL Team

Winning marketing students promote NFL team

Fourteen students in Steve Hodges’ CCHS Marketing and Advertising class took on a big challenge and came out on top. They entered the Fantasy Football Classroom Challenge presented by Sports Marketing Career Company and completed six challenges, competing with 29 other high schools across the nation. The 12-week project was based on Digital Marketing and Social Media Marketing for their NFL franchise that they created. They completed challenges such as community relations, game day experience, marketing, football team promotion, advertising, and digital marketing. A team of sports marketing specialists reviewed and scored the marketing students’ work. The CCHS team tied for first place in the Digital Marketing Challenge with a perfect score and earned ninth place overall for their Bandits NFL team marketing plan. Way to go, marketing students!