By Megan Parker
Another week here at the Weekly Warrior! 2013-14 school year has been busy busy busy! To start off, the volleyball team has had two games since our last edition. Unfortunately, the Lady Warriors lost, but they played to their fullest! We had an away game at Champion on Thursday, September 26th. On Tuesday, October 1st, we had our second home game against Providence. Alexis Whitaker was a strong-willed player, who made many of the points for the team! Alison Rambo also showed much improvement in her overhand serves/spikes. The rest of the team played very hard as well. Jojo Epps won Player of the Match against Princeton on Thursday October 3, because she had the highest number of spikes in the game, and no spiking errors at all! We fought really hard during each game in the last couple of weeks and if we keep up the spirit, playoffs could be in our future! The next home games are Tuesday, October 15th against ACA and Thursday, October 17th against Loyalton. Mark your calendars and come out in support of our volleyball team. Games start at 5:30 pm.
Spirit Week will be the 14th-18th. Monday is pajama day, followed by Toga Tuesday! Then on Wednesday we wear pink. Thursday is 80’s day. Finally, we have Formal Friday! Students, make sure to dress up and show school spirit.
Project Alert has returned, and the students are learning about RAMA – Responsible Alcohol Merchants Awards. They are also learning about the choices a person makes when he/she is in a troubling situation. Last time they met, they had to decide what to do when a dog, which they named Clifford, had fleas. The outcome was to flea bomb the house. Another situation was a scenario in a school with 400 kids and two supervisors, and many kids were fighting over the equipment. The Downieville students had a lot of interesting ideas!
Mr. Tassone and Alicia Schofield attended a Trout in the Classroom workshop on September 21. They plan to implement what they learned into their classrooms in the spring. This means that we get to raise our very own trout and then release them once they are grown! Mr. T also is joining a Learning Landscapes class. It’s an outdoor biology class where a landowner lets students have hands on training about biology on their property.
Auditions for the spring musical were held October 27th. Director of OZ! JoJo Epps said auditions went very well. The students are very enthusiastic about their parts.
The senior class had a bake sale October 5th and 6th, and made lots of money for their class! As part of her Senior Project, Fiona Baiker held a luncheon on October 5th to raise money for the homeless at Christmas; the quiche luncheon was delicious! Thank you to all who supported these two fundraisers.
On October 3rd and 4th, students Makalia Rollins, Megan Parker, Matthew Lozano, Alison Rambo & JJ Hubbell attended a leadership conference titled Committed, held in Richardson Springs, Chico. The Athlete Committed campaign is about providing support to athletes, coaches and parents. This campaign urges athletes to renew their commitment to excellence! This is a commitment of personal responsibility, shared expectations and collective responsibility. Students learned to never lose their focus and never compromise on their values. On Thursday, the day started by going down to see a group of guest speakers named Happiness Is Now. They talked about how to achieve happiness, which is to find your passion. They danced to songs and told stories about how dancing became their passion. Thursday night, they had a list of activities for the students. One that stuck out was a flash mob! The students were all very impressed by the hard work they put together when they all met up again. On Friday, the students had a workshop in which they designed a project that will help their school. FNL/Club Live came up with a project called a Positive Tree. Each student AND staff member has a folder where you can put in positive things about them. Blue cards mean, to make a bad day better. Pink cards are apologies. White is general. Green is a compliment. And yellow is for appearance. FNL/Club Live has made it mandatory that everyone has at least one card by the end of the day. After that, they went to “World Café” in the Ebenezer. Each student had a one-on-one discussion with a Butte county adult. One of the discussions was “School Climate.” How does your school act? Does it have peer pressure? Do they give in? Bullying? After the World Café, the students said goodbye to their new friends and went home.
Coming up this Saturday, October 12th is Oktoberfest in Sierra City from 10-3. The 9/10 class & College Readiness students are baking German desserts. Come out for a tasty treat!
Downieville Schools PTO is sponsoring the Fall Festival October 25th from 11 A.M. to 3 P.M. Included in the fun will be a pumpkin patch, face painting, pumpkin themed bake-off, crafts, games, and so much more, including a silent auction! All are welcome to join the fun.
Miss Schofield’s K-3 class is doing a bat unit, including literature, art, science and technology. She said it’s been a very good year so far!
Mrs. Parker would like to thank the Pangmans for their donation to the class. Also, she wants to thank the Burrs for their donation of magazines. Mrs. Parker is still in need of National Geographic magazines for a research project, so please donate if you have any. Her class is having a fundraiser through Uncle Jerry’s Tees. Contact any 4th, 5th, or 6th grader if you would like to make a purchase!
That is all for this week of Weekly Warrior. See ya next time!