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Nine new teachers for Fall River Joint Unified School District.

Nine new certificated teachers were introduced at the September 13 Board Meeting of the Fall River Joint Unified School district held at District Office in Burney.

New Employees – Certificated, 2017-2018

New Employees – Certificated, 2017-2018

Marissa Martin, SDC Teacher, Fall River Elementary

Melanie McDonald, English Teacher, Burney High School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taylor Sloat, Science Teacher, Fall River High

Alicia Snow, Transitional Kindergarten Teacher, Fall River Elementary

Mario Teran, Spanish Teacher, Fall River High

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrea Villani, Mt. View Continuation High School Teacher

John Villani, Resource Teacher, Fall River High

Amber Wooden, Kindergarten Teacher, Burney Elementary

 

 

 

 

 

 

Several of the teachers are graduates of the Fall River Unified School District. About one third of the current teachers in the District are graduates of Burney or Fall River High School who have returned to serve the community they grew up in.

After two years of increased enrollment the number of students declined this year by 29 students. Enrollment for 2016-2017 was 1226 students. Enrollment this year is 1197.

This was the first School Board meeting of the year. This is goal-setting time. After introducing the teachers and conducting the Regular Meeting, the Board adjourns and holds a workshop to set goals for the year. Employees throughout the district also set goals.

The process continues for several weeks. Then the board reviews all of the goals and boils it down.

Teri Vigil, President of the Board of Trustees said, “We like to focus on four or five major goals so that we have successful year for our students.”

 

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Safety kits, training, and visits from Pete Walker to prepare schools for Walk to School Day

Shasta County – The Safe Routes to School program is offering safety kits, training, and technical assistance to Shasta County schools to promote pedestrian safety education to prepare for Walk to School Day on October 4, 2017. Kits include educational materials, vests, cones and promotional materials. The training is Wednesday, September 6th at 5:30 p.m. at Cypress School. It includes tips to make Walk to School Day a success, implementing a walking school bus, and a training for crossing guards. An officer from the Anderson Police Department will be assisting with the training.

Interested schools, Parent Teacher Association (PTA) groups, and individual parents are encouraged to register for the training by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 30.  Schools are encouraged to have volunteers from PTA, a parent club, site council, or staff willing to coordinate the Walk to School Day event and lead additional walks to school throughout the school year.

Schools that attend the training will be able to sign up for a visit from Pete Walker, the mascot relaying the message that “Pedestrians Don’t Have Armor” and drivers should be especially alert for children walking near school zones. The Shasta Safe Routes to School and the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) programs have teamed up to bring the campaign to Shasta County. Pete will visit several local schools throughout October to educate both student pedestrians and drivers.

Last year, 14 local schools participated in International Walk to School Day. The goal of the Safe Routes to School Program is to make walking and biking to school safer, easier, more convenient and increase the numbers of children walking or biking to school safely.

“Walking and biking to school is a great way for children to get exercise before starting their school day, making them more prepared to concentrate and learn when they arrive at school,” said Sara Sundquist, Safe Routes to School Program Coordinator. “When more students walk, the number of vehicles around the school area is reduced, making it safer for more children to walk or bike.”

For more information or for an application, call at 245-6457 or visit www.healthyshasta.org.

Healthy Shasta is a community collaborative committed to making healthy eating and physical activity choices easier where you live, work and play. Visit www.healthyshasta.org for more information.

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Taste of the Garden Fundraiser

On Saturday, September 16 there will be a “Taste of the Garden” fundraiser to help expand the Burney Elementary School Garden. The fundraiser will be held from 5- 9 p.m at 20268 Grogan Street in Burney.

The event will include microbrew and wine pairing accompanied by appetizers and a dinner created with produce from the Burney Elementary School Garden. Tickets are $25 dollars per person or $40 per couple. A cigar and bourbon pairing that will include a cigar with a paired bourbon will also be available for $10 per person. In addition their will be a silent auction.

The elementary school had a greenhouse behind the school, but it had fallen out of use. More than three years ago Jennifer Gideon began cleaning it up and collecting donations to start a garden where the children could learn to grow produce.

Burney Elementary School Garden

Three years ago, Kim Golczynski, Healthy Lifestyle Coordinator for the Burney Elementary PTA took over the responsibility for the project. All of the children at the school have participated, some in classroom projects and some working in the greenhouse and the agricultural plot.

The fundraiser will help expand the garden so that it can produce more food.

Ms. Golczynski said, “Our longtime goal is that the children will be able to use food that they grow for their lunches.”

Tickets can be purchased from Kim Golczynski, 907-821-0574, Email kimgolczynski@gmail.com

Tickets are limited so call soon.

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Fort Crook Lodge 250 give backpacks to second graders

Over the past week, Masons Jim Crockett and George Whitfield from Fort Crook Lodge 250 F&AM  delivered more than 100 backpacks to second graders in the Intermountain area.

George Whitfield and Jim Crockett passing out backpacks at Burney Elementary as teacher Michael von Schalscha and school psychologist Brent Beyer look on

On Friday, August 18 they delivered 12 backpacks to students in Montgomery Creek.

Montgomery Creek (Photo courtesy of Jim Crockett)

On Tuesday August 22, they gave out about 40 backpacks at Fall River Elementary School

and another 40 at Burney Elementary School.

Burney Elementary (Photo courtesy of Jim Crockett)

Then on Thursday August 24, they drove to Big Valley to deliver another 17 back packs to grateful children.

Big Valley (Photo courtesy of Jim Crockett)

This is the 16th year that Fort Crook Lodge 250 has done this program. Each backpack contained a ruler, a composition book, pencils, crayons, and erasers.

At each school, Crockett and Whitfield gave a short presentation before presenting the backpacks.

Crockett and Whitfield explain about the Masons

For instance, at Burney Elementary, the children listened attentively as Master Mason Jim Crockett spoke about the history of the Masons. He told them that this year is the 300th anniversary of Freemasonry.

George Whitfield asked if any of the children had heard of George Washington and explained that George Washington and Benjamin Franklin were both Masons.

To help the children understand the Masons in their own terms, second grade teacher Joy Ford told the children that “the Masons are a club like the Boy Scouts, only for adults.”

Joy Ford helped the students to understand the Masons

The children appreciated the explanation and nodded and smiled.

The three core principles of Freemasonry are brotherly love, relief, and truth.

Mason George Whitfield shakes hands with a young student as he hands him a backpack

After hearing that the Masons were 300 years old, one young boy raised his hand and asked Mr. Crockett, “How old are you.”

“Older than George,” he replied.

“And I’m too old to be asked that question,” Mr. Whitfield quipped as the children laughed.

When questions were finished, all the children lined up in two orderly rows and advanced to share a friendly handshake and receive their pack.

Master Mason Crockett said, “We truly enjoy the kids and their expressions and gratitude in receiving the backpacks with the school supplies inside.”

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Madelyn Keep and Langston Tate chosen as BHS May Students of the Month

Madelyn “Mattie” Keep and Langston Tate were honored as May Students of the Month at the Burney Lions Club on Thursday evening May 18. Madelyn Keep was named 12th grade student of the month and Langston Tate was named 8th grade student of the month.

Lion George Whitfield, Madelyn Keep, Langston Tate, and Principal Ray Guerrero

The students were introduced by Burney High School Principal Ray Guerrero. Lion George Whitfield presented each of the students with a check.  Madelyn Keep was awarded $100, and Langston Tate received $50.

Keep has a grade point average of 4.0. She is a member of “S” Club, Interact, California Scholarship Federation, Leos, Peer Mentoring, and Leadership. She enjoys horseback riding, hiking, and traveling and would like to travel around the United States and the world. She plans to attend Shasta College and to become a psychologist so that she can “help people.” She likes to read and is a good writer. She is also good at time management. Tears came to her eyes as she received her award.

Mattie’s dad Patrick Keep and stepmom came to watch her receive her award. She said, “I couldn’t be more proud. I am honored to call her my daughter.”

Her mom, LouAnn Gladwill lives in Spring Creek NV and could not attend. But she sent a message saying, “I am so proud of her. She has worked so hard for this. It’s a true honor.”

Tate also has a 4.0 grade point average. He is active in football, track, basketball, California Junior Scholarship Federation, Power Source, and 4-H. He plays guitar and likes to fish. He is very interested in botany and plans to go to Humboldt State University to earn a degree and pursue a career in that field.

Langston’s parents, Jedidiah and Amanda Tate, and his two sisters, Harper and Avery, came to watch Langston be honored for his achievement. His father said, “Hard work paid off.”

In addition to honoring the May students of the month, the Burney Lions Club also elected a new slate of officers including Daryl Hovis, President; Matt Quinlan, Past President; Mike Barnes, 1st Vice-President; Larry Hawthorne, 2nd Vice-President; Dick Lindgren; Treasurer; Ron Edwards, Hall Chairman; Jim Crockett, Membership Chair; Mark Stalcup, 1 year Director; and Jim Lake, 2 year director.

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Burney Lions Club hosts a steak dinner for BHS Senior Boys

Thursday evening May 11, The Burney Lions Club treated 11 graduating senior boys to a delicious steak dinner to congratulate them for their accomplishments and wish them well in the future.

2017 Senior Boys

All together, this year’s graduating class has 29 students: 16 girls and 13 boys. The senior boys include Matthew Elmore, Kaden Tiran, Alejandro Jimenez, Hunter Mostoufi, Billy Covert, Brandon McFarlane, Nicholas Glazzard, Wyatt Hibbeln, Layton McClung, Riley Estes, Michael Avelar, Matthew Bonsey, and Ryan Pruitt. Unfortunately, Matthew Bonsey and Ryan Pruitt were unable to attend the gathering.

After the delicious dinner, Lion Dr. Bill Cummings had each of the students come forward and talk briefly about their experience and activities at Burney High and their plans and hopes for the future. In his opening remarks he reminded the young men that, having reached the age of 18, they are now legally responsible adults and should act wisely.

Lion Dr. Bill Cummings interviewing Kaden Tiran

Students talked about their participation in sports and club activities. Billy Covert said that he was good at “procrastinating and communicating.”

Several noted that they wanted to experience the thrill of sky-diving. Others expressed a desire to travel. Matt Elmore for instance said that he would like to go to Thailand. Michael Avelar said that he would like to go to the Super Bowl.

Many of the students will be attending Shasta College. Wyatt Hibbeln, Brandon McFarlane, and Michael Avelar will be going to the College of the Redwoods. Hunter Mostoufi is going to Pacific Union College to study history. Billy Covert will be moving to Texas where he plans to attend the University of North Texas at Dallas.

The hopeful seniors shared plans for a number of  career options including operating heavy machinery and being a Fish and Game Warden.

The interviews were peppered with laughter from the audience and Cummings presented each student with a $20 cash gift from the Lions.

After all of the students had been introduced, BHS Principal Ray Guerrero spoke briefly praising the students and wishing them well.

Principal Ray Guerrero wishing the students well

Burney Lions Club President Matt Quinlan also spoke briefly.

Lion President Matt Quinlan congratulating and advising the young men

He advised the young men that once they had completed their educations and settled into their careers, they should “give back to the community.”

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Joyce Ogden and Josh Broome chosen as BHS April Students of the Month

Joyce Ogden and Josh Broome were honored as April Students of the Month at the Burney Lions Club on Thursday evening April 27. Joyce Ogden was named 12th grade student of the month and Josh Broome was named 8th grade student of the month.

Lion George Whitfield, Joyce Ogden, Josh Broome, and Principal Ray Guerrero

The students were introduced by Burney High School Principal Ray Guerrero. Lion George Whitfield presented each of the students with a check.  Joyce Ogden was awarded $100, and Josh Broome received $50.

Ogden has a grade point average of 3.2. She is a star basketball player. She likes spending time with her family, friends, and her boyfriend Marvin. She would like to try skydiving. After graduation, she plans to attend Shasta Community College and continue playing basketball. As well as being an excellent athlete, she is good at drawing and is a “good friend.” Her parent, Tonya Seefloth came to see her receive her award.

Josh Broome has a 3.5 grade point average. He plays basketball and football and likes to spend time with his friends. In the future, he plans to attend college and become a marine biologist. He would also like to travel. When Principal Guerrero asked where he would like to travel first, Broome answered, “To the coast.” Josh’s father, Josh Broome, Sr. said that his son is amazing.

“He always makes the right decisions.” Mr. Broome said proudly about his son.

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