Superintendent Board Report
June 8th, 2020
HS Crisis Response
Last week was a tough week for North Bend students and staff. Our district crisis team came together on Monday morning to support students and staff impacted by the tragedy of one of our high school students. These are challenging events when our schools are operating normally, but are especially hard when there isn’t a place in our community to bring students together and connect them with loving, caring adults. I’m appreciative of our high school counselors, our school psychologists, our crisis team, and our community partners from Coos Health & Wellness who came together to support our kids last week. Tomorrow we are also hosting a staff support/listening session at 2 p.m. in the high school library. Again, Coos Health & Wellness is coming to support our staff from across the district as we all struggle with this event. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Spalding family. Your school and district community stand ready to support you in any way possible. A GoFundMe page has been established for the Spalding family.
COVID19 has impacted a lot of things, but in our schools our Class of 2020 was possibly impacted more than anyone else. From cancelled spring sports, a virtual third trimester, to no prom, this is a year to remember. Graduation didn’t follow the same traditions, but it focused on celebrating the accomplishments of this group in as unique and special way possible. This year’s parade graduation wouldn’t have been possible without the support of many special people and groups in our community. I want to start with our board. This year-end celebration is always a highlight for the board and while this year was special, the face-to-face interactions with students and families just weren't the same. I want to make sure that I recognize one of our board members who was unintentionally left off the graduation program and wasn’t introduced on Friday night. On behalf of the school district and our high school team I want to express a sincere apology for this mistake to Kristina Simpson. Again, thank you to the board, the accomplishments of our graduates is in part due to your hard work and support of the North Bend School District.
An additional big THANK YOU to The Voice of the Bulldogs, Steve Greif, Alan Ledesma, The Senior Parent Committee, Pony Village Mall, North Bend Public Works, City of North Bend, North Bend Fire Department, North Bend Police Department, NBHS Staff, BiCoastal Media, Staff from North Bay, Hillcrest, and North Bend Middle School, North Bend School District Maintenance Staff, North Bend School District Technology Staff, and our North Bend District Office Staff! This event wouldn’t have been the same without your hard work and support! I also want to thank the North Bend School Foundation who coordinates scholarships for many of our graduates...I know they appreciate it! Go Bulldogs!
North Bend Middle School held a virtual Bullpup Idol competition this past month. Mr. Sinko, a teacher at the middle school, coordinated this event also with some support from MS judges and our technology department. Congratulations to all of the contestants. You can find their full finalist videos on our Facebook page and also a compilation of their performance, along with the announcement of the winner...8th grader, Hailey Jones. She wins the competition and also $50! Congratulations Hailey!
Regional Oregon Teacher of the Year
North Bend High School science teacher, Christina Geierman, was named the South Coast’s 2021 Regional Teacher of the Year! Ms. Geierman wins a $500 cash prize and is in the running for Oregon’s 2021 Teacher of the Year – to be announced this fall.
Christina Geierman is a phenomenal teacher, regional leader, and a recognized scientist. She has been teaching science in the South Coast area since 2004 and has been a teacher for North Bend since 2013. Regional Teachers of the Year are nominated by students, colleagues, administrators, friends, or family members to apply for the award and then are selected by a diverse panel of regional representatives. Later this fall, one of the Regional Teachers of the Year will be named the 2021 Oregon Teacher of the Year. Best of luck Christina!