New and improved recycling program at LHS
By Rickie DeVany
Due to the current economic situation in the United States, many citizens are trying to find ways to save money. Some even recycle cans and bottles. However, recycling has become mandatory for the Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified School District.
Loyalton High School began its test run this week on commingled recycling. Blue wastebaskets are being placed near all trashcans throughout the school. Recyclables include paper, cardboard, paperboard, plastics with recycle logo only, aluminum cans, books, milk/juice cartons and juice boxes, metal trays, magazines, catalogs, phone books, construction paper, aerosol cans, tin and steel cans, glass, metal jar lids and aluminum foil.
Recycling volunteer Amy Filippini, LHS’s career technician, said, “My family uses commingled recycling and it has reduced the amount of garbage we have to two bags a week.”
Recycling is said to be the future of the world; recycling materials will save the world energy and money. Landfills are filling up and the price to make a new landfill is high. Recycling will decrease garbage and increase the space needed in landfills.
Filippini said 80 percent of what Americans throw away is recyclable, yet the recycling rate is 28 percent. Commingled recycling, which means that all recyclables, is an easier, more efficient way to recycle. Due to the idea of “no sort,” people are becoming more involved in recycling. A survey was done and nine out of 10 people said they would recycle more if it were easier.
Although this new recycling program is taking effect at Loyalton High School, the S Club and senior class recycling will still be available for CRV cans and bottles. Those organizations are recycling to raise money for charities and the senior class trip.
At Loyalton High School the recycling helpers are LHS employees Toribio Ramirez and Cheryle Brooks.
School board considering major cuts to LHS program
By Angelina Folchi
Members of the Sierra County Board of Education (SCOE) and Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified School District (SPJUSD) held a special closed session meeting on Feb. 22 to discuss the downsizing and termination of certain programs in the district. The Board has stated that it has the “intention to dismiss” various teachers in positions between grades K-12 beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, although that doesn’t mean the positions will certainly be discontinued.
In addition to some lower-grade positions, SPJUSD has indicated it’s “intention to dismiss” several teaching positions at LHS. SPJUSD may reduce the following teaching positions (.12 full-time teaching equivalents (F.T.E.) are about synonymous with one current period):
• Art, .41 F.T.E
• AVID, .12 F.T.E
• Drama, .12 F.T.E
• Construction Trades, .50 F.T.E
• CORE Intervention, .12 F.T.E
• ISP, .12 F.T.E
• Science, .68 F.T.E
• Math, .34 F.T.E
• Foreign Language, .12 F.T.E
Two district-wide teachers, David Horowitz, the fourth grade teacher at LES, and Rayette Ringle, the special education teacher in Downieville, have indicated their plans to retire after the current school year. These retirements will greatly benefit the county and district, because they will take care of some of the elementary positions that need to be cut before next year.
SCOE and SPJUSD aren’t sure which of the above positions will be cut, because a lot depends on when the state of California will send funding to the school district. Enrollment in all SPJUSD schools is steadily declining, which means that government support is also declining. Some 121 students were enrolled at LHS at the beginning of the school year. Now, towards the end of the third quarter, that number has dropped to 116. Funding is based on ADA, average daily attendance, and with fewer students attending school every day, the entire district is at a loss for money.
The district hasn’t revealed whether it will definitely cut administrative, certificated, confidential or classified employees. Administrative employees are superintendents and principals; certificated are teachers; confidential are secretaries; and classified are custodians, maintenance workers and aides.
Academic adviser and English teacher Janet McHenry attended the most recent Board meeting on Tuesday to appeal to the board members. She said, “I urge you… [to] cut those areas that are NOT closest to the students – and we teachers are the closest to the students.”
CSF members tutor every Wednesday
By Rachel Huebert
It seems as though there are periods of time throughout the school year that information about CSF is everywhere: flyers on walls and announcements over the public address system. So, what is CSF?
CSF stands for the California Scholarship Federation, a statewide honors organization that recognizes student achievement in college preparatory classes. According to the CSF Constitution, the purpose of the organization is “to foster high standards of scholarship, service, and citizenship on the part of students of the senior high schools of California.”
Being a member is an honor that is impressive on a resume and can qualify a student for special honors at graduation.
Membership is based on a points system, not GPA. Three lists of classes are established by the state organization. Points are awarded for taking and completing specific classes and grades achieved from them. Semester A’s get three points; B’s, one point; 10 total points are required for membership, but the list system dictates how points are awarded. Membership can start after the first semester of the sophomore year.
No points are given for C’s, and any D at a semester disqualifies a student from membership. Membership is for one semester at a time, and students must complete the new membership application each semester. Additionally, dues of $7 each semester are collected to pay for the gold graduation honors, which are expensive.
Additionally, the CSF regions give $1,500 scholarships to life members who have an exceptional amount of community service, as well as service to the local chapter. Last year Emily Loveridge won a CSF scholarship, as have several other LHS students in the past.
Life members of CSF get to wear a gold sash and gold tassel at commencement and receive a gold seal on their diploma. To qualify as a life member, a student must be a qualified member for four of the last six semesters of high school, including at least one semester in the senior year.
CSF members at Loyalton High provide at least one hour of tutoring per semester. These tutoring sessions are each Wednesday for an hour starting at 3 p.m. in room 100. Any student can receive tutoring–an advance signup is not necessary.