News 10/11/13

Exposure to colleges provided through speakers and trips

 By Dakotah Brandow
Roar Writer

  Loyalton High makes several opportunities available for students to visit college campuses during the school year.

The senior class attended a trip to the University of Nevada, Reno, campus to gather research materials for their senior projects and explore the vast campus.

Seniors received an orientation tour of the UNR Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center and then were taken to a large computer lab lecture room, where a senior research librarian taught them how to access various databases and other sources for their senior project research papers. Most seniors accessed articles that they emailed to themselves, then they explored the library to locate books they had already discovered on UNR library’s online catalog prior to the trip.

Finally, the students were given the opportunity to explore the campus until it was time to leave.

English teacher Janet McHenry, who organized the trip, said that she was appreciative of how well the seniors “dug in and found research materials.”

Other college visitations have been planned.

Amy Filippini, LHS career tech, plans to have many trips to colleges open to many other LHS students.

One trip to the University of California, Davis, Sacramento State University and Sierra College is planned for Oct. 23. Students interested in going must complete an application form, which they can get from Filippini or McHenry.

A second trip is also in the works to Truckee Meadows Community College and International Gaming Technology in Reno in December. An application for that trip is also required.

Filippini said that although these trips are usually open to seniors first, toward the spring many seniors will know what college they are planning to attend, and the underclassman will have priority to take other trips.

The application is required, because there is room for only a few students. The application typically requires a written paragraph, Filippini said, “because if a student has to write, then it is easier to weed out the kids who just want to skip school.”

Filippini was very optimistic about the upcoming trips. Although she said she was not looking forward to the long drives and early mornings, she indicated that the trips are fun and provide an excellent service to the students.

McHenry said that students will also have the opportunity to learn about various colleges and careers through the speakers that she will be inviting during the school year. For example, Kelly Forward of the Art Institute spoke to the Senior Issues class Wednesday. McHenry said that guest students are always welcome with teacher permission.

Administration is planning some facilities improvements

By Vincent Gallegos
News Editor

There has been much talk about possible renovations at Loyalton High School. As to what kind of renovations there may be, that is the question.

Principal Marla Stock said benches will be added to the old Bear Cave, noting “These benches will be much smoother and better for writing on than the current ones.” The construction class is in charge of making the benches, Stock said.

She also said that new purchase orders have also been put in for tables for both of the Bear Caves, after they had been declined last summer.

Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified School District superintendent Merrill Grant said he wants to keep the momentum from the roof construction project going. “I have people looking at and planning to redo the asphalt out front already. I also want to implement some aesthetic projects as well, like new planters and new signage.”

Grant also reported at a school board meeting this week that he wants to see improvements made to the track between the football field and LES.

LHS senior Dakotah Brandow said, “I think it would be very nice to have new things at this school.”

As far as a time frame, both Stock and Grant said it is indefinite. However, Grant did say, “Sometime after the new year we will start to delve into these projects.”

Funding is another important issue in the development of renovation projects. Grant said, “The school district needs to find the funding for any major projects like repaving. The rest of the projects can be handled by students in the construction class and can be made during the winter.”

Grant also said, “We will continue to get the opinions of students about what they want to see in their school.”

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