Humanities with Mr. Conrad
Our students are engrossed in preparing for our mock trials on December 21st. Both 7th and 8th grades are currently working to go to trial on a case involving suspicions, uncertainties, possible lies, and the illegal use of anabolic steroids to improve the performance of a high school track student. Students have written opening statements, are currently writing questions for witnesses, and will compose closing arguments all in prep for the trial. These are all complex and challenging ideas that require teamwork and critical thinking.
In preparation, our students visited the Deschutes County Courthouse last Tuesday and Wednesday and were able to view video arraignments and speak to Deschutes County presiding judge, Alta Brady. This, in my humble yet correct opinion (yes, that’s supposed to make you laugh) was a fabulous extension of the real world into the classroom. Students were able to ask Judge Brady questions and learned that the process we are going through is very connected to actual criminal trials. It was also the opportunity to ask questions about possible careers in law and to see the complexities of court. I feel an impactful experience for our students was how many young people were in jail awaiting trial, many commented on how young the defendants were.
Speaking of defendants, our 7th grade student on trial is Jack Duettra and our 8th grade student on trial is Jaxon Giordano. Come watch the trials and consider volunteering to be on the jury to decide their fate. A reminder email and request for jurors will be sent next week, I hope many will be able to attend the trial.
Music with Mrs. Miller
Our Holiday Sing-A-Long is right around the corner! We are so excited to show our parents all the hard work we’ve done in preparing for this fun evening. Please have your student to the music classroom at 5:30pm on Thursday, December 21st in festive Christmas attire. Our show will begin promptly at 6:00pm and following the conclusion, we invite you to join us to walking or driving to our neighbors at TouchMark and blessing them with a few Christmas carols. We will sing 3 songs as a school community at the end of our show – and you’ll have the lyrics on your programs to take with you to TouchMark. The residents are very much looking forward to seeing us and we are excited to have this Community Partnership in giving to others. Thanks for all your support!
Helping to develop and drive new enrollment program and build community
Seven Peaks School is pleased to announce the return of Mimi Miller as full-time Admissions Director, focusing on the goal of increasing student enrollment, while also providing marketing support and community development.
Interim-Principal Kent Vallier helped attract Mrs. Miller back to SPS and explains why. “I’m delighted that Mimi is joining us again, bringing important skills to Seven Peaks. Not only does she understand what we offer and can form trusting relationships with new parents through the admissions process, but she also bolsters our school’s team with her enthusiasm and creative ideas,” says Vallier.
During their recent public meeting, the Seven Peaks Board of Directors addressed some of the goals and challenges facing the school, primarily around admissions. With a clear focus on the future, the board emphasized the importance of increasing student enrollment, especially in the Pre-K and early grades, which currently have openings. With local public schools overcrowded and not providing the same level of instruction, Seven Peaks is well positioned for families who want more.
“I’m returning to Seven Peaks because I believe it is an exceptional school. I’m excited to promote us as an independent school offering a well-rounded education within an engaging environment where each child is known,” says Mimi Miller. “Seven Peaks is full of outstanding educators and I want to help them succeed. I see great potential. And I look forward to welcoming new families to this community, building relationships and watching children thrive!”
As a familiar and welcome face for many on campus, Mrs. Miller worked at SPS from 2013-2016 and has remained connected with teachers and families. She understands what distinguishes Seven Peaks and knows how to communicate it.
“Seven Peaks prides itself on academic excellence, educating well-rounded students and providing a sense of belonging,” concludes Vallier. “Mimi has just the right way of highlighting each teacher’s skills and contributions. She’s supportive of our teachers’ efforts, includes them during the admissions process, has great attention to detail and is equally compassionate and supportive of children.”
About Mimi Miller.
Mimi’s professional background is in education, human resources development, training, team management, customer service and client relations.
She began as a fifth grade teacher at a private school for children with dyslexia in Atlanta, where she became a certified Orton-Gillingham instructor. She later became Director of Communication for eAttorney, Inc. where she managed a 15-person sales team. Thereafter, drawn back to education, Mimi was the founder and director of Timberlake Preschool in Redmond, Washington before moving to Bend in 2012. She managed all of the hiring, training, student admissions, marketing and business development at Timberlake and, under her leadership, the school reached its 4-year growth projection in 9 months.
Mimi earned her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of Georgia and attended graduate school in Seattle. She is passionate about continuing education, educational research, and communications. Above all, Mimi adores children and is excited to return to the Seven Peaks family. Mimi lives in Bend with her husband, Jim, and their two daughters, Alexis and Bridget.
Turkey Trot returns to SPS: Wednesday, Nov. 15th
This time last year Seven Peaks School students, with the help of family, friends and neighbors, raised a total of $4,890 which covered the cost of 200 complete Thanksgiving meals and a cash donation to a local food bank.
Tis the season of giving, sharing and embracing those who need of a little extra help in our community. We are happy to announce, in partnership with Whole Foods and The Giving Plate, that we are once again committed to providing complete Thanksgiving meals to local families. These special meal bags will include a fresh turkey complete with all the fixings which will be lovingly assembled by the grade level that raises the most money. Everyone is welcome to join the “trotting fun” on Wednesday, November 15 from 10:30am – 12:00pm at Skyliner Field, adjacent to Seven Peaks School. Once the bags are packed, the winners will also load them onto The Giving Plate truck which will then transport, store and disperse to families throughout our community.
Last year, our 4th graders raised the most money. Therefore, received the honor of assembling 200 meal bags and enjoyed an extended recess with hot chocolate. Our 6th graders ran the most laps during the Turkey Trot and they earned an extended recess with hot chocolate. But for the best turkey costume, Peyton Egeland received two movie passes.
“We are once again so blessed to receive this gift from Seven Peaks at such a critical time of the year. Thank you again for your support”. — Gary Kelso, Founder / Director at The Giving Plate
“We are glad Whole Foods was able to partner with Seven Peaks. We hope we can help again next year”. — Tyson Strople, Store Team Leader Bend OR
The Seven Peaks Board of Directors is pleased to announce the addition of Mike Goldstein as a special advisor to assist the school with important financial analysis and the formation of new strategies and systems designed to adhere with organizational best practices.
Mike Goldstein was formerly vice president of operations at Deschutes Brewery where he worked on complex finance and operational matters that helped move Deschutes into one of America’s premiere independent craft brewers.
“It’s my pleasure to be of service to Seven Peaks and a resource for the board,” says Goldstein. “As an outside advisor, I bring fresh eyes to the operations.”
According to Gary Fish, owner and president of Deschutes, Goldstein offers a wealth of “experience in engineering, employee management, quality control, expansion and efficiency measures.” Mr. Fish adds, “Mike’s work experience, personal ethics and drive to succeed” are valuable assets for any organization.
An accomplished executive, Goldstein holds degrees in Industrial Engineering and Business Finance from Oregon State University. He worked for McDonnell Douglas in Long Beach, CA, and then returned to Oregon to work for Tillamook for six years, ending up as plant manager, overseeing every aspect of Tillamook’s production. Goldstein also served as a consultant and interim CFO for Techsoft 3D.
“We are very fortunate to have Mike join our efforts by generously donating his time and expertise to helping the school during its restructuring,” says SPS cofounder & board member Carol Tobey. “Both the Fish and Goldstein families care deeply about the future of Seven Peaks.”
Mike Goldstein and his wife Kirsten have lived in Bend for over 20 years, and Kirsten is a fourth-generation Oregonian – her ancestors came to Oregon in the 1850s on the Oregon Trail. They have three children, Hannah, age 23; Riley, age 21; and Lauren, age 19. Goldstein also served on the boards of directors for the Central Oregon Family Resource Center and for the Jewish Community of Central Oregon, and is currently on the Advisory Board for the Entrepreneurial program at OSU, Corvallis.
Carol Tobey to help guide leadership transition efforts
The Seven Peaks School Board of Directors is proud to announce that Carol Tobey has returned as a board member. Tobey, who made her first public appearance at Back to School Night last week, is a long-time advocate for children and independent education in Central Oregon.
“It was 22 years ago that I first became involved in planning for the creation of an independent, secular school focused on core education, including foreign language, art and music, parent involvement, and small classroom sizes,” said Tobey. “I developed a partnership and lasting friendship with my neighbor Debi Corso, who was the brain child of the school. Together, with a handful of other dedicated parents, we raised the funds to start the school that came to be called Seven Peaks.”
Working together as entrepreneurs with a shared vision, Tobey and Corso began sending out information to the Bend community to introduce the idea of an independent school.
“We needed cash for things like postage, stationary, ink cartridges, and venue room rental for town meetings. Debi was insistent that we do our homework before diving in. Once we formed the school, I took on the fundraising board position,” explained Tobey.
Tobey’s return to Seven Peaks comes alongside an executive search for a new principal and the appointment of new school board members. The board is working with a renewed focus on strategic initiatives and purpose, positioning Seven Peaks for long-term success.
“We are excited to have Carol on the board and know she will help guide Seven Peaks through this important season of transition,” said Seven Peaks School Board Co-chair Geoffrey Chackel.
Board Co-Chair Dietrich von Behren added that SPS founder Debi Corso will also serve as a special advisor to the board.
“We believe it’s a great time to revisit Seven Peaks’ original mission and vision as we carefully expand the leadership team and the school board with a focus on the future,” said von Behren.
A long time, well-respected resident of Bend, Tobey’s previous experience includes a year of start-up advisory and 10 years of board leadership and involvement.
“I am impressed with our newly restructured board and am honored to be a part of it. Together, we are united in our commitment to academic excellence and building a strong community at Seven Peaks,” said Tobey. “I truly love this school and only have the best of memories during the time my children were here and when I worked and served on the board. I look forward to meeting and getting to know our families, staff and teachers.”
Kelly has had the privilege of calling Bend home for the past 20 years. She has served in our community in both the non-profit and education sectors. Kelly graduated from the OSU Cascades Campus in 2008, with a Masters in Counseling specializing in elementary and middle grade counseling. Kelly is a licensed school counselor with a strong background in providing counseling supports for diverse populations.
The foundation of her work rests on the belief that all children have the right to learn and grow in a safe and supportive environment, and as educators, we have the obligation to provide students with opportunities to acquire the academic, personal and social skills necessary to achieve quality learning and life-long success.
Kelly is honored to join the Seven Peaks team and relishes the unique opportunity to build good relationships with students and families in our small learning community. As an outdoor enthusiast, Kelly enjoys spending her free time floating down rivers, hiking, reading, and travel and adventuring with her husband and 8-year-old twins.
Mrs. Boyd is one of our several veteran staff members. She began working at Seven Peaks School in September 2009 as a classroom Instructional Aide before she became our 4th Grade Teacher in September 2012.
Mrs. Boyd has a MA in Elementary Education and a BA in Psychology form Allegheny College. She believes a teacher’s role is to coach, guide, model, and promote student growth and learning. Her motto, “encourage every student, every day, to reach his or her highest potential”.
As all of our staff members, Mrs. Boyd is very dedicated. She is often the first onsite in the morning and sometimes spends her weekends preparing lessons. She loves SPS for its small class sizes, parent involvement and her “awesome” co-workers and thoughtful students. She is enjoying her new position this year as our 5th/6th grade humanities/science teacher.
“I leave work each day with a heart that is full, because I get to spend my day laughing, learning, and creating memories with my students. The community that is found within the classroom is my favorite part of being a teacher. It’s my passion to create a safe, loving environment where the students focus on individual growth and take ownership in their learning. When I sit down to plan and create lessons, it brings a smile to my face to envision the laughter and engagement that my student will have while learning. I have spent the last few years teaching 5th grade, and before that, I taught Kindergarten and 1st grade. I love aspects of both ends of the primary grades, and have developed curriculum and resources for grades K-6. I am so excited to be joining Seven Peaks School, and look forward to getting to know each one of my students and their passions, talents, and needs, as well as, collaborating with the parents and staff to see each child grow to their full potential.”