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Burney Lions celebrate Students of the Month

On Thursday April 18, Burney Lions club named several Students of the Month. Levi Perkins was named 12th grade Student of the Month for February, Blair Marks was named 12th grade Student of the Month for March, and Makenna Crook was named 12th grade Student of the Month for April. Haylee Mantei was named 8th grade Student of the Month for February.

BHS Principal Ray Guerrera, Levi Perkins, Brian Marks, Haylee Mantei, Makenna Crook, and Lion George Whitfieldi,

The students were introduced by Burney High School Principal Ray Guerrero.

Levi Perkins has a grade point average of 3.46.  He is active in CSF, Leos, Interact, and FNL. He plays baseball and basketball, and enjoys camping, hiking, fishing, and hunting. He is looking forward to trying skydiving, and hopes after graduating to attend college and have a successful career. Levi’ parents Herb and Anne Perkins attended the ceremony together with his sisters Gracie and Tessa.

Brian Marks has a 3.70 grade point average. He participates in Leos, Interact, FNL, S-Club, plays baseball and football and will perform in the spring musical. He enjoys mudding, hunting, and teaching monkeys to sing. In his spare time he likes to count the blades of grass in his yard. So far he says he has counted over 6 trillion. Brian would like to visit every state in the U.S. After graduating, Brian  plans to attend Butte College to study criminal justice and wildlife management and then to become a fish and game warden. He enjoys making people laugh. Chris Marks, Kelley Marks, and Trina Humphreys all attended to see Chris honored.

Makenna Crook has a 3.04 grade point average. She enjoys reading and hanging out with friends. She would like to go to France. Her parents Kelly and Bobby Crook came to the dinner and expressed how proud they are of Makenna. ‘

Eighth grade Student of the Month Haylee Mantei has a 3.0 grade point average. She is active in basketball and volleyball. She would like to travel around the world, go to college, get married and have kids. Her parents DeAnna Johnson and Ronald Mantei also attended.

Perkins, Marks,  and Crook  were each presented by Lion George Whitfield with a check from the Burney Lions Club for $100 and Mantei was given a check for $50.

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Fort Crook Masonic Lodge shows appreciation to teachers and staff at Intermountain schools

Fort Crook Masonic Lodge presented teachers and staff certificates of appreciation for their work educating our students during Public Schools Month as proclaimed by the Grand Master of Masons in California. This was done at assemblies in Big Valley High and Elementary, Fall River High and Elementary, Burney High and Elementary and Montgomery Creek Elementary.

Teachers and Staff Burney High School with Masons George Whitfield and Jim Crockett

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Burney High CTE Ag Science classes raise money for Spring Field Trip

On Sunday April 14, from 4-8p.m. Anna’s Country Kitchen hosted a tri-tip fundraiser to help support Burney High School Students raise money for their second CA Ag Focus Field Trip.

The students are participating in the Career and Technical Education  (CTE) Alternative Leadership Pathway for Ag School based High School 4-H. Twenty-three students are participating in the class and 20 students will be going on the trip.

CTE Students Langston Tate, Kira Hernandez, Francie Ferguson, Alexis Aubuchon, Tyler Olney, and Teacher Kari Rose

Students helped to take orders and serve customers in two shifts as part of the fundraiser.

The CTE Alternative Leadership Pathway is being conducted through the cooperative extension program at UC Davis as part of the University of California Agricultural and Natural Resources Division. For their three day field trip the students will visit multiple locations. First they will go to Sonoma County to  study livestock breeding. Next they will go to UC Davis to visit a veterinary hospital and also study aquaponics. The students are working toward the goal of using aquaponics in the greenhouse at BHS. Finally, the students will travel to San Mateo County to visit various sites.

According to Kari Rose, Ag Science Teacher at BHS, “Agriculture is the avenue for learning a host of lifeskills. Whether students pursue an Ag related career or not, the skills they learn in this program will help prepare them for success.”

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Lions do vision screening at Burney Elementary

On Wednesday, April 10, members of the Burney Lions Club conducted vision screening for students at Burney Elementary School. Jim Crockett, sight chairman for the Burney Lions Club, conducted the screenings with Lions George Whitfield and Dick Lindgren assisted by school nurse Karen VanCleave.

Lions Sight Chairman Jim Crockett, and BES Nurse Karen VanCleave screening a student

The camera used by the Lions detects about 10% of students with stigmatism or other eye problems and refers them for eye exams. If the child is unable to afford an exam or glasses, the Lions pay for that.

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Bob Mortimer Gives inspirational guidance to FRJUSD Students in Burney

Article By Becky Mock; Teacher MVHS

March 18, 2019

Mortimer playing the “one are man blues”

Missing all of his limbs, except for his right arm, seated in a wheelchair, Bob Mortimer addressed the students and staff of Mt. View High School and Burney Community Day School. He had a cheerful opening that put everyone at ease. He put on shades and played his “one arm man blues” song on his harmonica singing playful lyrics that made light of his physical condition. He word a ball cap on his head with the word “Handy” on it.

Bob’s presentation was brought to the FRJUSD office and sponsored by Carmen Schuette of Shasta County’s Health and Human Services Agency. His objective was to talk about how he came to be in his physical condition, and what we as people, young and older, can learn from his experience.

Bob was in a car accident when he was 21 years old. Now (age) years old, Bob told the story about how he and his buddy were drinking and driving on their way home from a party one night, hit a power pole, and survived the crash without a scratch, that is, until Bob tried to get out of the car and walk up the side of the hill. That is when he was struck to his knees by a loose power line. His legs from the knees down and his left arm were seized by the electricity, and he was rendered without their use. He spent 6 months in the hospital in recovery, eventually consenting to have what was left of his shriveled limbs to be amputated when it became clear they could not be saved.

Bob Mortimer Addresses FRJUSD students at Mountain View

Bob went on to explain the audience that the only handicap he has is the one on his head. “This is the only handicap I have,” he said holding the cap out to be seen. “It’s an adjustment to have to live this way, but it is not a handicap. The only handicaps we have are the ones we put on ourselves.”

Bob went on to say that he has a nickname at the local community pool. “They call me Bob,” he said with a grin. “Yes, I go swimming. I don’t let this condition stop me. A handicap can be an attitude of low self-esteem, comparing ourselves to others, or not exercising. We all have to exercise!” Mr. Mortimer explained that he rides a 3-wheeled bike and that he bikes with his whole family using his hand cycle. He and his family have biked together cross-country through the United States twice, making stops along the way to give his testimony to those they meet.

“If I can do it, you can do it. I don’t want to hear about what you can’t do. I want to hear about what you can do.” Bob went on to explain that our handicaps can be things like how we treat other people. “If you can’t treat other people with dignity and respect, you have a handicap.”

Mr. Mortimer went on to describe his home life growing up. He was the youngest of 5 boys and 2 girls. He found his dad dead at the age of 41 one day, of an overdose on alcohol and drugs. This was rough on his self-esteem. He dropped out of high school. He said that every day after that he felt like he wore a mask every day to hide his pain. “My mask was a handicap for me. I never felt like I was good enough. Don’t be like me. Find someone in your life you can talk to who is not going to judge you or convict you if you share your secrets.” Bob went on to state that one should not look for such people in negative places like a bar, a party, or a setting with illegal activities going on. “Look for people who are positive, and who like you for who you uniquely are.”

Bob went on to describe how after he was released from the hospital that he went back to drugs and alcohol because he felt less lonely. “As long as I had drugs or alcohol to share with others, they were my friends. It’s easier to go back to the old road than it is to change.”

Mr. Mortimer’s friend, Darla, offered him help one day, and he took it. His self-esteem improved, and he ended up marrying Darla. He went back to get his high school diploma. They now live in the state of Washington and have three successful children between them. “When Darla helped me, she gave me the Bible. I quit my destructive ways. I eventually became a minister. That is why our children are so successful, because we broke the chain of alcoholism and drug abuse.”

Bob went on to explain that when the person who is supposed to be the leader breaks the chain of abuse, one’s life will change exponentially in a positive way, not just in a few decades, but very quickly. Bob’s closing thought for his audience was to “get rid of the handicaps in your life. Be the leader. Be the hero.”

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Tessa Perkins and Sebastian Mitchell Penn named Students of the Month

Tessa Perkins and Sebastian Mitchell Penn were honored as Students of the Month at the Burney Lions Club on Thursday evening October 21. Ms. Perkins  was named 8th grade student of the month for February, and Penn was named 8th grade student of the month for March.

Principal Ray Guerrero, Sebastian Mitchell Penn, Tessa Perkins, and Lion George Whitfield

The students were introduced by Burney High School Principal Ray Guerrero.

Perkins has a 4.0 grade point. She is active in volleyball and plays flute in the band. She also enjoys playing piano, drawing, and writing stories. She would like to train a dog or a cat. When asked how she would train a cat, she said, “Like a dog!” After finishing high school, she plans to attend college to get a four-year degree.

Tessa’s parents Annie and Herb Perkins and her grandmother Linda Bates attended the dinner to see their daughter honored. Her mother, who noted that Tessa has had two surgeries for cerebral palsy, said they are very proud of their daughter’s achievement in academics.

Eighth-grader Sebastian also has a 4.0 grade point average. He competes in track and enjoys mowing lawns. He is looking forward to playing football. He is also good at baseball and tennis. He likes to read. In the future he would like to be a cook in the Navy.

Sebastian’s parents Jennifer Mitchell and Ellis Penn also attended. Mr. Penn said that he is very proud of the person that his son is becoming.

Each student was presented by Lion George Whitfield with a check from the Burney Lions Club for $50.

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FRJUSD staff and community meet with consultants to provide input on selection of new Superintendent

On Wednesday evening March 20, 23 people attended a meeting with consultants from Leadership Associates to express their desires and opinions regarding the selection of a new superintendent for the Fall River Joint Unified School District (FRJUSD).

Community members meeting to provide input on search for new FRJUSD Superintendent

Leadership Associates is an executive search firm that has assisted many California school districts to select their school superintendents.  The Board plans to have a new superintendent selected and approved by the regular board meeting on June 14. The new superintendent will begin on July 1.

The purpose of the March 20 meeting was to get input from staff and community members. The meeting of parents, teachers, staff members and concerned citizens from the community was moderated by consultants Rich Fischer and Tom Changnon.

Fischer began the encounter by explaining the selection process. Leadership Associates hopes that through advertising and active recruitment they will find a pool of possibly up to 14 applicants. The deadline for applications is April 17. During April and May they will complete comprehensive reference and background checks on applicants to identify applicants who are most qualified and suitable to the district. In May the FRJUSD Board will meet with the consultants to review the applications and select the candidates to be interviewed. The Board will then interview selected candidates.  Final decision on who is to be hired will be the responsibility of the Board.

Fischer then asked three questions. First he asked what qualities people would like to see in their superintendent. People responded that they would like someone who is inclusive and cooperative; who is aware of and amenable to the Intermountain climate; who is up to speed on developing trends in technology; who has a background working in similar small rural, diverse districts; whose heart is committed to the welfare of the students; who is knowledgeable  about finances and capable of generating revenue; and who is capable of making difficult decisions if necessary in matters concerning such issues as layoffs; and who is able to deal with issues of busing in a large geographic district.

As for character, people responded that they wanted a person with good people skills, who is committed to the community, and who is aware of and dedicated to helping at-risk youth.

The second question presented to the audience was “How do you sell this place? What are the advantages of living here?” People emphasized the diverse nature of volunteerism by individuals and organizations supporting the district. They praised the commitment of teachers and students. They said that a superintendent could be proud of the results that the district could achieve and derive personal satisfaction. Some stressed the beauty of the environment and the recreational opportunities such as fishing, hunting, hiking, boating, etc. One gentleman pointed out that there are numerous grant opportunities for rural districts available to fund specific programs from foundations.

Finally, Fischer asked what challenges the new superintendent might face. One challenging issue involved recruitment and hiring of qualified teachers, staff members and bus drivers. Another involved becoming familiar with the diverse backgrounds of students and the variable nature and needs of the nine different sites that make up the district. Another addressed balancing academics, sports, and other activities for students.

After a rich discussion on the three questions, Fischer concluded the formal meeting but many participants remained behind to carry on the conversation amongst themselves and the consultants.

Anyone who was unable to attend but would like to offer input into the selection process is encouraged to take part in an online survey at the FRJUSD website at http://www.frjusd.org/frjusdsuperintendentsearch.

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