Step 2 program educates LHS girls
By Preston Reugebrink
Each year Loyalton High School girls visit the Step 2 residential facility in Reno to share holiday greetings.
The Step 2 program is a comprehensive substance abuse treatment program that provides women and their children suffering from chemical addiction, poverty and domestic violence the opportunity to rebuild their lives. The Step 2 program is specifically targeted toward women, with positive results that collaboratively create healthy, self-sufficient families.
The LHS girls chosen for the Step 2 program will be going to a community house in Reno built to benefit women in need. There they will hear the stories of some of the women working through the program — how their lives have changed for the better throughout and after the treatment. It also gives girls of LHS an opportunity to learn about governmental social services programs, as well as other social programs, and teaches empathic characteristics for people going through positive change.
School psychologist Heidi Bethke, who is organizing the trip this year, stated, “It is also a good learning opportunity for students thinking about going into the social service fields of work.”
The students chosen for this program at LHS are Zoe Studer, Danielle Duncan, Gracie Little and Priscilla Lopez. This is the first year any of the students have done the program, so they are expecting to learn a great deal from helping women and their children in need.
In years past LHS girls have taken a Christmas tree, decorations, refreshments and presents to the Step 2 women and their children. Participant Zoe Studer said she wasn’t sure what the LHS girls may be doing this year to make the Step 2 women’s holidays brighter.
Accelerated Math will help students.
By Josh Smith
Accelerated Math (AM) is a program new to Loyalton High that will allow students to work through basic math standards and up through advanced math skills based on past STAR math scores, new assessments or teacher recommendation.
It is not related to Accelerated Reading in a points-wise sense and will not
Accelerated Math gives students who struggle with math standards-based worksheets to complete and master at all levels of high school math.
AM gives students chances to get plenty of practice with math at every level. With the use of scantron forms sent through a scanner, worksheets can be shuffled and reprinted multiple times for repeated use and mastery of a concept.
However, the ultimate objective of Accelerated Math is to improve specific math skills of students with practice and progress. Different from self-paced math programs that only help students obtain lower-level mathematical basics, AM can assist struggling math students at higher levels, as well. That includes mastery of calculus or trigonometry.
Scanners for the program will be placed in math teacher Kim McKinney’s room and in resource teacher Barbara Jaquez’s room.
Accelerated Math will begin sometime after Christmas break in January after the scanners have been installed and after staff is trained. After installation and a school-wide screening of students, students can use the program to help them master scores at each level of math.