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Greg Hawkins to retire as FRJUSD Superintendent

Greg Hawkins has informed the Fall River Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees that he will be retiring as Superintendent at the end of the 2018-2019 school year.

Looking back over a career in the school district spanning almost four decades, Hawkins said with a smile, “The whole picture just been great, from my first teaching job up to the present day.”

FRJUSD Superintendent Greg Hawkins

Hawkins moved to Fall River Mills with his family in 1959 when he was three years old. He attended Fall River Elementary School and Fall River Junior Senior High School. He was in the 9th grade when Burney High School opened. He graduated from Fall River High School in 1974.

After graduating he attended Shasta Community College and received his AA and then went on the California  State University, Chico where he earned his BA in Physical Education in 1978. He continued on to get his teaching credential doing his student teaching at Red Bluff High School and received his teaching credentials in 1979.

That summer was an eventful summer. After receiving his teaching credentials, he returned home to marry his high school sweetheart, Rena Oiler. They have been happily married for 40 years and have three sons: Brent, 36, Tyler, 34, and Preston 32. They have two grandchildren, one boy Rider who is three years old, and a seven month old granddaughter Raiya.

For their honeymoon, the couple  went to Happy Camp, where Hawkins was hired by the Siskiyou Union High School District to teach English and Drama at the high school. He also coached Football, Basketball, and Baseball . He was named Happy Camp’s High School Teacher of the Year in 1979.

Hawkins taught at Happy Camp though 1981. In 1982, he came to Burney to teach English at Burney High School.

“It was one of my best years of teaching. Great town, great staff,” he said.

It was also interesting experience coaching the Burney sports teams who had been his rivals not so many years before.

Concerning his years of coaching, Hawkins said that over time he realized that the relationships with the students was more important than winning or losing. Some years you have really talented players and an extraordinary season. But the years when the players you work with are not as gifted, the kids still work just as hard with just as much enthusiasm and it is just as inspiring.

Then from 1982 through 1983, Hawkins worked with the Regional Occupation Program, assisted some teachers, and taught English part time.

From 1983 until 1996, he taught English, Social Studies, and PE at Fall River High School.

After receiving his Pupil Personnel Services Credential, Hawkins served as full time school counselor for Fall River Junior-Senior High School from 1997-2000. He earned his M.S. in Pupil Personnel Services from the University of LaVerne in 1997.

From 2000-2006, he served as Vice Principal at Fall River Junior Senior High School. He also continued to serve as counselor and in addition became athletic director. Then from 2006 to 2011, he was Principal of the Fall River High School. In 2011, he was appointed District Superintendent.

In the role of Superintendent, Hawkins said the budget is always of primary concern. It would be nice to always have the money for everything you want to do, but there are often changes in state funding. The challenge is to make sure that we continue to meet the needs of our students and the community for optimum education.

He also said that maintaining a safe environment for students and teachers has become a top priority. He believes that the district has done its best to ensure that the schools are safe and that teachers, staff, students and law enforcement are prepared to respond quickly and appropriately in case of any emergency.

“One thing that I am most proud of is when one of our graduates goes on to become successful and then comes back to give back to our community. Thirty percent of our teachers are graduates from this district. That’s rewarding!”

Many of the employees of the District were once his students.

Hawkins is an affable people person. He spoke warmly of his appreciation for all of the support that individuals and organizations in the community give to the schools. He also praised the staff, teachers, and Board Members who have worked hard to make the school system successful. Most of all he spoke of how much he has enjoyed interacting with the students as a teacher, coach, counselor, and administrator for the past 36 years and how rewarding it is when past students come up to say hello and remind him of experiences they shared in the past.

After retiring, Hawkins looks forward to traveling with his wife and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Hawkins will retire at the end of the school year on June 28. He believes that the FRJUSD is in good shape. During the remainder of his term, he wants to ensure that everything will be in order so that there will be a smooth transition for his successor.

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2 Wheels 2 Mobility awards bike to Chris Herrrera

Bill Campbell presented a bicycle to Chris Herrera at the Alternate School, just outside the IM Fairgrounds, on Wednesday morning December 19.

The bicycle was awarded on behalf of 2 Wheels 2 Mobility, a project of the Burney-Fall River Bicycle Association that provides refurbished bikes to local citizens in need of transportation in the area.

Bill Campbell presents a bicycle to Chris Herrera Photo courtesy of Lisa Barry

Mr. Campbell said, “Chris came to my attention with Mr. Estes Letter to the Editor (Mt Echo) describing how Chris ran from his Fall River Mills home to the Intermountain Fairgrounds, four miles, to return keys he had inadvertently taken home.  Important fact is Chris ran after midnight.”

Describing Chris, Hummer Estes, one of his employers, said “Ethics and integrity, two words that fit hand in hand with this kid.”

This is the fourth bicycle awarded by the “2 Wheels 2 Mobility” program.

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BURNEY/INTERMOUNTAIN EVENTS – DEC 15, 2018

(compiled by Evalee Nelson 941-7909)

15 Dec (Sat) Burney Fire Department Fire/EMS Auxiliary Christmas Toy giveaway from 10am to 2pm at the fire hall. Gifts are for infants through school-aged children. (335-2212)

15 Dec (Sat) Business Vendor Fair at Mt Senior Center Apartments on Roff Way from 1p-5p. Damsel in Defense, Essential Oils, Parazzi Jewelry, Sentsy and more 335-5310

15 Dec (Sat) Burney VFW is hosting a afternoon with Santa, games, crafts. i think is begins at 4pm. 33 5 -4971

15 Dec – Fall River Valley Chamber Christmas Light Parade in McArthur begins at 6pm at the County Yard on Glenburn Road and ends at the Inter Mountain Fairgrounds in McArthur. Kahunas will be serving food and 4-H Clubs will have refreshments. Santa will be available (bring your camera)

24Dec-04 Jan FRJUSD winter break

27 Dec – 3rd annual California Tribal TANF Partnership Open House

FYI:SOME NEW BUSINESSES AND SOME NEW OWNERS

Ogiba’s Restaurant and Bakery is open in Johnson Park Tue thru Sun from 4a-2p (530-945-7543)

Dogwood Cottage Flowers and Ornamentations will open 01 Feb. Hours Mon- Fri From 2:30pm-6:00pm and Sat from 11:00-3:00 Next to Mt. Burney theater, 37026 Main St )(335-5500)

Burney Physical Therapy on Tue and Thu next to Subway (335-3206)

On the other side of Subway is Lamont Maldonado and Burney’s Fresh Look Barber (530)-339-2876

Across from the Fire Hall in Burney is Flashes and Flowers

Totally Fit Gym has a new owner

2019

01 Mar Burney Boosters Crab Feed

09 Jan Antique Appraisals by Witherell Antiques at the Intermountain Fairgrounds

May?? VFW Over 21 Prom

06 Jul Burney Basin Days Parade & Fireworks

ORGANIZATION MEETINGS

American Legion Post 441 – 1st Monday 5pm at Burney VFW Hall

Burney Chamber of Commerce – 2nd Tuesday, noon at Gepetto’s (335-2111)

Burney/Fall River Rotary – Every Thursday, noon at Gepettos

FOIL (Friends of the Intermountain Library) 1st Tuesday of month, 2pm at the Library

Intermountain Artists – 2nd Thursday noon-2pm at Evelyn O’Royce Art Center next to

Fall River Hotel. Usually have a special presentation. Open to the public

Lions Club – Every Thursday, 6:00pm at the Lions Hall in Burney

Soroptimists – Every Wednesday, noon at Gepettos

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F Troop Santa delivers Christmas toys to Intermountain children

Riding through the chilly winter fog, United Bikers of Northern California “F Troop” delivered Christmas toys to more than one hundred children in low income housing in the Intermountain Area on Saturday morning December 15.

Lots of Kids happy to meet Santa

The bikers met at Greg Trotter’s house at 9:30 a.m. to pack vehicles with toys for boys and girls. F Troop raised funds to purchase toys at their giant annual yard sale during the summer. Additional toys were gathered by the “Stuff the Ambulance” program sponsored by Mayers Memorial Hospital.

Santa and F Troop deliver Christmas toys

The club delivered toys to apartments on Superior Avenue and Burney Villa in Burney, Rainbow’s End Trailer Park in Johnson Park, Cedarwood apartments in Fall River Mills, Mayer’s Memorial Hospital, and McArthur Trailer Park.

Hunter and Chloe with Santa

At each stop, children and their parents streamed out of their homes to greet Santa and receive presents.

A thoughtful moment with Santa

Giving and receiivng brings Christmas joy

F Troop is the local affiliate of United Bikers of Northern California a non-profit tax exempt charitable organization dedicated to the freedom and safety of all motorcyclists.  Part of F Troop’s motto is “riding to live and living to give.”

F Troop President Greg Trotter with grateful kids

 

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Fall River Valley Community Choir performs Christmas Cantata

Fall River Valley Community Choir did four performances of a Christmas cantata. On Friday they sang at the Long Term Care facility at Mayer’s Memorial Hospital. On Saturday December 8 at 2 p.m., they sang for residents at the Burney Annex. Later that day at 4 p.m. they sang at Burney Presbyterian Church. Finally, on Sunday at 4 p.m. they gave a concert at the Intermountain Free Church of McArthur. At Burney Presbyterian Church and The Intermountain Free Church the Choir was joined by Fall River Valley Community Children’s Choir.

Fall River Valley Community Choir at Burney Presbyterian Church

The Children’s Choir sang a selection of six carols accompanied by pianist Linda Gulbransen and guitarist Jean Rodgers.

The Children’s Choir

After the Children’s Choir concluded the full choir came forward to sing  “The Glory of Christmas: Celebrating Christ’s Birth.” The cantata, with music by Lloyd Larson, was performed by 26 singers directed by Alison Maki. They sang eight selections. Each selection was introduced by narration from Michael Kerns and Penni Elaine Scarbrough.

The narration was poetic. The musical arrangement wove together alto, soprano, tenor and bass vocals into a tapestry of sacred music in which favorite Christmas carols such as O Come All Faithful and Hark the Herald Angels Sing were included. Through word and song, the Choir guided the audience toward the Perfect Light.

After the cantata was concluded, Director Alison Maki led the choir and audience in singing Silent Night.

Director Alison Maki leading the congregation singing Silent Night

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BURNEY/INTERMOUNTAIN EVENTS – Nov 22, 2018

(Compiled by Evalee Nelson 941-7909)

Nov 23 (Fri) Rising Sun Fit Club has organized a Mini Mall of home based businesses with products and services by women for women. Healing Touch-massage; Mary Kay cosmetics; Country Bumpkins – spa; Young Living-essential oils; nails by Kaishla; Scentsy – candles and scents and more. Snacks and beverages from 10a to 3p.

Nov 23 (Fri) Rising Sun Fit Club Bunko at 5:30pm

Nov 24 – Small Business Saturday Shop local and support the business in your community

Nov 24 – Christmas Tree Lighting at Christmas Tree Lane in Burney at 5pm Santa will hand out gift bags to the first 150 children. Free cookies from the Burney Lions Auxilliary, Free Hot Chocolate and Hot Apple Cider from Soroptimist and Free popcorn and Cotton Candy from Rotary

Nov 27 – National Giving Tuesday Your opportunity too support local non-profits Fall River Conservancy; Fall River Library; Friends of Burney Falls/Friends of Castle Crags; friends of Intermountain Libraries, Inc (F.O.I.L); Great Shasta Rail Trail Assn; KKRN Community Radio; Mayers IntermountainHealthcare Foundation; Spring Rivers Foundation; Tri-County Community Network

  • Participate in the event on Tuesday, November 27
  • Log onto https://www.northstategives.org/fallriverlibrary on Giving Tuesday between 6 am and 8 pm and follow the easy donor instructions. A donation of $10 or more* with a credit card is required.
  • Schedule a gift in advance (November 13-26)
  • Log onto https://www.northstategives.org/fallriverlibrary between November 13-26 and click on “login”. You will be asked to create an account and schedule your donation*. Your credit card will not be charged until the day of the event– Tuesday, November 27, 2018.

*Only donations made online by Nov. 27 are eligible for incentive prizes from Shasta Regional Community Foundation.

01 Dec – VFW Aux Post 5689 Indoor Yard Sale at the VFW Hall from 9a-2p

01 Dec – Santa’s Workshop at Ingram Hall

01 Dec – Christmas Bazaar at New Hope Church in Burney

01 Dec -12 Dec (days and times TBA) IM Heritage Foundation 12 Days of Christmas

01 Dec – Christmas Bazaar at New Hope Church in Burney

01 Dec -12 Dec (days and times TBA) IM Heritage Foundation 12 Days of Christmas

02 Dec-03 Dec Create your own wreath

06 Dec – Operation Warm Winter

09 Dec – American Legion Post 441 annual Christmas Ham Dinner

15 Dec – Burney Fire Department Fire/EMS Auxiliary Christmas Toy giveaway

15 Dec – Fall River Valley Chamber Christmas Light Parade in McArthur

24Dec-04 Jan FRJUSD winter break

27 Dec – 3rd annual California Tribal TANF Partnership Open House

2019

01 Mar Burney Boosters Crab Feed

May?? VFW Over 21 Prom

06 Jul Burney Basin Days Parade & Fireworks

BURNEY TAXI 530-605-7950

ORGANIZATION MEETINGS

American Legion Post 441 – 1st Monday 5pm at Burney VFW Hall

Burney Chamber of Commerce – 2nd Tuesday, noon at Gepetto’s (335-2111)

Burney/Fall River Rotary – Every Thursday, noon at Gepettos

FOIL (Friends of the Intermountain Library) 1st Tuesday of month, 2pm at the Library

Intermountain Artists – 2nd Thursday noon-2pm at Evelyn O’Royce Art Center next to

Fall River Hotel. Usually have a special presentation. Open to the public

Lions Club – Every Thursday, 6:00pm at the Lions Hall in Burney

Soroptimists – Every Wednesday, noon at Gepettos

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Deputy District Attorney speaks at Mt. View High School

Shasta County Deputy District Attorney Josh Brown and Investigator Joe Scarry came to Mountain View High School in Burney on Wednesday morning November 14 to give a slide presentation on numerous issues such as cyber security, identity theft, sexting, cyber bullying, child pornography, stealing, and sex with  minors. About two dozen students and teachers from Mt. View and Soldier Mountain High Schools and Burney and Fall River Community Day Schools were present for the presentation.

Deputy DA Brown engages in discussion with students

When asked “What does the District Attorney do?” Deputy Brown explained that he prosecutes crimes, determines what crimes have been committed, and sends cases to court.

As he showed the slides, Deputy Brown asked questions and engaged the students in discussion. Brown explained various laws and their application and students openly and honestly expressed their experiences and opinions.

The group discussed a person’s “Digital Footprint.” Anyone who uses the internet, posts on social media, makes online purchases, or opens an account creates an online record. This digital footprint can be used by cyber predators  with a negative agenda.

Investigator Scarry stated, “Once you post something, you lose control. The risk of identification theft grows higher, the more online accounts one has.”

Talking about privacy, Brown emphasized that even if a person’s Facebook or Instagram account is marked private, once a person’s friends have access to information they can make it public.

Negative aspects of sexting (sharing sexually explicit messages) can have negative and embarrassing consequences well into the future affecting peoples employment and other relationships. Examples include not being able to own a gun, fewer job opportunities, and if you are an adult, you will have to register as a sex offender, if convicted. Sexting with a minor is considered child pornography.

Minors who sext between other minors is a growing problem, because not only does this put adolescents at risk for social ridicule and cyber-bullying, but it opens up ways for sexual predators to victimize young people.

Possession of child pornography is a felony. Brown advised people that if they received unsolicited child pornography they should report it to local law enforcement.

Child pornography statute

Sexual relations between an adult and a minor was also addressed. It is a crime. The adult is responsible even if the minor misrepresents their age. The law is designed to protect minors and hold adults accountable for knowing the age of their partners.

Deputy AG Brown and Inspector Scarry talk with students

In a lively exchange on theft, Brown emphasized that stealing another person’s property is never all right. Several students made the point that if people were careless or irresponsible with their property they were also partly “at fault.” Brown responded that the carelessness of a victim does not excuse theft. For example, it is not all right or legal to take something from a car if they left the door unlocked or to take something that somebody accidentally left behind when they left a room.

Investigator Scarry told the students that his job was to thoroughly investigate each incident to determine the truth. If a crime was committed, investigation might determine that charges were warranted or exculpatory evidence might emerge which would tend to clear  an accused person of a charge of fault or guilt.

Brown explained that prosecutors need to decide what cases to prosecute. Generally, a prosecutor will not charge a person unless they feel that they have a strong enough case to convince a jury that the person is guilty.

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