19835 Second Street
Bend, OR 97701
Phone: 541-382-2853
Fax: 541-389-4197
Email: info@redmond.k12.or.us

Principal’s Message

Principal Thoughts  – May 2018

Spring is a busy time of year at Tumalo   Community School, as 3rd grade students visited OMSI on Friday and 4th grade students and staff returned Friday from the Painted Hills and Camp Hancock where they spent 2 nights and 3 days exploring the Eastern Oregon outdoors. 5th grade students leave Wednesday where they will spend 3 days at Camp Tamarack near Suttle Lake and 6th-8th grade students also leave Wednesday for Camp Trickle Creek in the beautiful Willamette Valley. We have designed our Outdoor School    Program so our students get to explore the four regions in Oregon by the time they leave 8th grade as our middle school students will visit Camp Westwind at the Oregon coast next fall. In addition, our middle school students will run a Tumalo Outdoor School Day for all our K-5th grade students. These are fantastic experiences that happen outside the four walls of a classroom and they support our goal of educating the “whole child!”

Special thanks to:  All the parent chaperones who help during these wonderful opportunities, our PTC for financially supporting Outdoor Education  experiences and our teachers/staff for taking time away from their families.

May will also bring Smarter Balanced assessments in English/Language Arts (ELA) or Math for 3rd-8th grade students. These assessments provide our teachers and parents with information on their student’s current performance levels and areas they need to improve. Please encourage your child to give their best effort, get a good night’s sleep and eat a nutritious breakfast prior to their testing day.  Smarter Balanced assessments are only one measure of your child’s performance, but they do give us valuable information to support your child.

Class placements are an important task that we complete each May and we will begin the process very soon. Last year we spent many hours as a staff reviewing and developing classroom rosters. During our process, grade level teams meet to begin developing next year’s rosters. They consider: academic levels, student behavior, student  dynamics, gender and the Student Information Sheet. Following that process we have our specialists and support staff review the rosters and make suggestions. Our grade level teams then reconvene and review the suggestions and develop a final  roster. Remember that we do not accept parent   requests for specific teachers, but we are happy to take input about your child’s learning needs. Please pick up a Student Information Sheet in the front office if you would like to fill one out. If you choose to complete this form please turn it into the main office by Monday, May 14th.


Justin Nicklous
Tumalo Community School Principal

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