Joe Bales (2)

Hello Families

I hope the students are enjoying their summer and that you are taking full advantage of all the beautiful lakes and rivers that Central Oregon offers as a way to cool down! Our summer camp kids are also looking for ways to cool down and we’ve supplied them with lots of fun tools to do so. Take a look at our Facebook page to see what I mean.

While we here at the school do take a few days off we do not take the entire summer off as some might imagine. Instead we are actively preparing for the next school year. We are so excited for September and the new programs we’ll be introducing.

As most of you know by now we have been leading the way in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) movement through our PLTW programs here in Bend for several years and you may have begun to hear talk about the ‘STEAM’ movement? The addition of the ‘A’ comes with an emphasis on art and we are fortunate to have Annie Painter joining our staff to teach an amazing art program, please take a moment and check out our art page for more information. Math is of course a VERY important part of the STEAM acronym and we want to give our students the opportunity to not only succeed but to excel at their own pace so we are introducing accelerated math opportunities for our advanced students!

While foreign language may not be part of the acronym it is still extremely beneficial to be able to communicate in another language which is why we’ll continue to offer German and Spanish. This year our Spanish curriculum will be following the Bend High School’s Spanish curriculum so by the time our middle schoolers finish 4 years of Spanish at Morning Star they will be able to test into a level 3 Spanish class as a Freshman! We’re also adding Chinese language instruction as an after school club for those who wish to take on an additional language. Other clubs we’re planning are; running, robotics and chess to name a few.

There is so much more I could share but I don’t want you to have to read a novel so please keep checking the website for updates but do encourage your students to read several novels this summer as reading will benefit them in MANY ways.

If you haven’t already enrolled your students for the upcoming school year please do not delay as several classes are already full. Call today to schedule a tour. The first day of school this year will be on September 9th.

Have a safe & fun summer!

Educationally yours,

Joe Bales



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