December, 8th.

Announcements 12-8

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!!

Congratulations to Our Volleyball Team!

They beat Sweet Home on Saturday and will head to State this weekend.

Meet Colette Smith

“I am the office supervisor/bookkeeper for Crook County High School.
I attended Oregon State University and have my degree in Business Education. The last couple of years I have been taking classes through COCC to refresh my skills and learn new things. My husband and I moved to Prineville about five years ago, and we recently celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. We enjoy taking time off to go camping with our family/friends and look forward to Summer when our grandkids come to visit for a few weeks. I am a doting ‘Dog Mom’ to Hank and (soon to be adopted) Autumn. I am excited to be a part of the high school team and work with the students and staff.”

Meet Karissa Kingsbury!

“I am the main office secretary for Crook County High School. I help with incoming phone calls along with resolving issues and answering questions from students. I also help with attendance.

My husband, our dog Khloe, and I are new to the Prineville area, but not new to Central Oregon. We recently moved here from Bend after getting married in June! I have been in Central Oregon for about 10 years after moving from Washington during my freshman year of High School. I then graduated from Mountain View High school in Bend. Currently, I am an online college student at Portland Community College where I will soon be transferring to OSU to finish my schooling with a degree in school based counseling. I have always loved working with youth. I am currently a mentor for Junior and Senior High school girls at my church in Bend. I am so excited to be a part of Crook County High School!