Starting the Year off Right Let's make this our Best Year Yet

Welcome to the start of the 2019-20 school year! I am excited to begin another outstanding school year alongside all of you.

I want to share a few special thank yous to start off the school year.

Thank you to our Nutrition Services staff members who cooked and served hundreds of delicious dishes at the Welcome Back. You make us proud!

Thank you to our custodial, maintenance and ground crews for working throughout the summer to make sure all of our schools and facilities are looking their best for the first day.

Thank you to all of our transportation team for your dedication this summer to make our new school bus routes a reality. We know this was not an easy task and we appreciate your efforts.

Thank you to our more than 40 new teachers and numerous new classified staff members! Welcome to Bend-La Pine Schools and we are excited to have you be part of our team.

Thank you to our school board members - these seven dedicated volunteers put their hearts into serving our schools and students.

Thank you to our office staff members who I know are pulled in so many directions this time of year. Thank you for your patience and kindness.

Thank you all of the staff members who took time this summer to keep learning and growing - we appreciate your commitment to your profession.

Thank you to every Bend-La Pine Schools staff member - from teachers to bus drivers to IT professionals - for serving our students and schools. I appreciate you and your work more than I can say. And, above all, I offer my thanks to our more than 18,500 students, who inspire me every day. Welcome back to school! Let's have an outstanding year together.

Shay Mikalson, Superintendent