Each year, in early fall, veterans of the Bend-La Pine School Schools keep in touch with the latest in local education at the Retired Educator Luncheon.   This year’s gathering was held Wednesday October 1st at Aspen Hall in Shevlin Park in Bend, and attendees were honored for their service in addition to catching up with each other after the summer.

Bend-La Pine Nutritional Services always provides top notch food choices to attendees, which highlight the quality and nutrition they serve every school day to district students, and Mid Oregon is privileged to be the sponsor for their efforts.

New Bend Elementary School Illustrations The program was facilitated by District Superintendent Ron Wilkinson, who shared about the latest going on in the district.  This included a discussion about district test results, updates on technological tools impacting students- namely, increasing iPAD availability and use around the district, and recognizing District employees who won local awards in 2014.   Also discussed were the two new schools being built in Bend, including a new elementary school in the southwest part of town.

Ron recognized the 2014 Oregon High School Principal of the Year, HD Weddell, who retired from the District at the end of the 2013-14 school year.  Unable to attend because of his current position with Oregon State University in Corvallis as their football team Life Coach, retirees watched a short video recognizing HD.  Weddell achieved the honor as the Bend High School principal, and in 2010 was named the Oregon Association for Career and Technical Education Administrator of the Year.

Heather Anderson- Bend-La Pine School District Teacher of the Year in 2014The last presentation was certainly not the least, as Heather Anderson was recognized as the Bend-La Pine’s 2014 Teacher of the Year.  Heather was chosen from 27 school nominees, and taught 4th grade at Juniper Elementary School in Bend.  She delighted the retirees by showing 3 video presentations her class did representing different types of writing translated into the newer medium of video.  Heather’s award, sponsored by Mid Oregon, was first announced at the Bend-La Pine School District Welcome Back breakfast in August.

As strong supporters of Bend-La Pine Schools, attendees also heard from the Education Foundation for Bend-La Pine Schools and its new Executive Director Bob Jones.  The Foundation, which “prepares our students for success and the future through exceptional educational and extracurricular opportunities”, provides key resources to educators in the district.  We look forward to the Mt. Bachelor Ski for Schools program, which allows skiers and snowboarders to pre-purchase a $30 lift ticket from select retailers (including Mid Oregon Credit Union to be redeemed at Mt. Bachelor during an eight-day period in late November/early December.