New course offerings challenge LHS staff
By Jorge Garcia
Most students have noticed that things that have changed this year at LHS—from the agriculture program to the new flex period. The block schedule certainly is new, but new courses and a new teacher have also appeared.
One of the biggest changes is the addition of Cali Griffin, who was hired to replace Bill Loveridge, who retired after more than 30 years of teaching earlier this year. In addition to four agriculture classes, she teaches two periods of physical education.
The agriculture department includes all ag classes, advisement of Future Farmers of America, maintenance of the ag facilities, and various roles related to vocational education.
Even though the job is demanding, Griffin said she decided to take on these major roles because she has always had a passion for both agriculture and physical fitness, because she lives and works on a ranch, and because she believes that agriculture is the basis of all society.
Griffin said she really likes teaching her new classes and likes to be able to incorporate physical labor and teaching in a classroom. She said she still is very overwhelmed: “I feel like the eight-year-old in the big clown shoes.” However, overall she said she loves teaching at Loyalton High. “This is where I work, this is where I live, and this is where I have my children.”
Another teacher who has taken on a new role is Laura Calabrese, who stepped up to teach drama and theater arts this year. Calabrese said she is enjoying teaching these new classes and can’t wait for the first official production.
Megan Meschery is also teaching a new class—freshman focus. Meschery said it’s a class that is filling in the gaps for students in a more personal way. She did comment, however, that it’s a tough class to teach without a prescribed curriculum—just some basic guidelines, such as health standards, drivers’ education and keyboarding.
Meschery said she hopes “to help create a more caring environment. Hopefully something I say in class will help get the students ready, if someone asks them to do drugs, smoke, have sex, etcetera. I want to make them feel valued.”
Principal Marla Stock said she really likes her staff and thinks it is doing a fabulous job. “It looks like this year is going to be a good one.”
Another new class is leadership, taught by Joanne Nunes. Stock said, “I think it’s important for our school to focus on leadership.”
Many of the teachers have goals for their new classes, including the flex period. Barbara Jaquez said, “My main plans are to integrate web design and computer graphics in all the classes.”
Janet McHenry said, “I want to help students with individual needs, to create a sense of family so everyone has a place they feel comfortable. I really like my flex class. I picked every one of those students, and we have a great class!”
Laura Calabrese said her goals for flex are to create community. It helps toward community goals and developing a cohesive conciseness. “It is an important component in the direction I would like our flex to be like.”
Other teachers had different responses. Caleb Dorsey said, “I like my flex class, the curriculum not so much.”
Cali Griffin said that if she could change the flex period, she would either cancel it or make it longer—that it’s not long enough.
But some teachers really seem to be enjoying their flex period. “I like my flex period,” said Sue Gressel. “I like my mix of students…and that it doesn’t take out class time to pass things out and for assemblies.”
Homecoming festivities building spirit at LHS
By Rickie DeVany
The time for school spirit is slowly approaching. A dance, election of royalty and fierce Grizzly football game will promote school spirit for Homecoming next week.
After a long search of records, it was discovered that this year is the 50th anniversary for the high school and Homecoming festivities, so alumni have been encouraged to join in the celebration.
Nominees for queen have been chosen: seniors Jordan Wing, Hannah Redding and Kirsten Goldsmith. Nominees for princess are junior Viviana Rojas, sophomore Lacey Humbert and freshman Cheyenne Wells.
Dress up days are as follows: Monday, Silly Mustache Day; Tuesday, Favorite Movie Day; Wednesday, Kung Fu/Ninja Day; Thursday, Patriotic Day; and Friday, Blue and White Day.
The school spirit rally will take place next Friday, when the queen and princess candidates will participate in a variety of activities. Next Saturday the Booster Club will host a pancake breakfast for the community early in the morning, with free breakfast for all LHS students and tickets at a nominal price for others.
Shortly after the breakfast, Loyalton students will gather their floats and start the parade. This year the community has become more involved and has made floats to participate in Loyalton’s school spirit.
The parade will be followed by a rival game between the Grizzlies and the Greenville Indians. The game will begin at 1 p.m., but fans should arrive early, because the princess and queen will be crowned this year before the game.
Ending Homecoming Week will be Loyalton’s school dance in the gym, this year themed “Around the World.” Entry fee is $3 with a student body I.D. and $4 without.