Weekly Warrior by Megan Parker 10/9/13

Weekly Warrior

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!

 

Weekly Warrior by Karlee Bolle 9/25/13

The Weekly Warrior

By Karlee Bolle

This is the fifth week now and there is a lot to talk about.  First let’s talk about the first win of the volleyball season.  The Lady Warriors started out the season with a bang!  We won our first match against Champion Christian High School. We won three out of four games and the player of the match award went to me, Karlee Bolle.  The Lady Warriors have an away game September 26th against Champion, so keep those fingers crossed that we win again. Plus there is a home game Tuesday, October 1stagainst Providence.

The fourth though sixth graders are asking for magazine donations for their sea creature reports.  If you have any of those magazines that just lie around, please give them to Mrs. Parker.

Friday September 27th is a minimum day and the auditions for the spring play, directed by JoJo Epps as part of her Senior Project.

  We would like to thank Loyalton for inviting two of our students, Savannah Burr and Alexis Whitaker, to attend their SAT workshops in Loyalton that are run by Mrs. McHenry and Mrs. McKenney. We would also like to thank them for transporting two of our students to the College Career Day at Feather River College last Wednesday, September 18th.  A total of six DHS juniors and seniors went to the college day, the others transported by our own Mr. T.   Students visited booths for military, colleges, and businesses, interviewed the representatives and collected a variety of useful information.  There were also informative workshops and a delicious BBQ lunch.

The River Clean up last Friday was a success.  Headed by Regine Miller, the students collected over 100 pounds of trash, including a car axle. An After School Homework Club is starting up in Serra City on Mondays and Wednesdays. Organized by junior Antonio Nevarez, Homework Club is held at the Sierra City Library.

Last Saturday a number of dedicated students, teachers and community members braved the rain, wind and cold to man the rest stations at Bassetts and Clio for the Grand Fondo.  The Bassetts Station stop had a Welcome to Paradise theme and bicyclists were welcomed in with drums, bells and guitar playing.  The Fondo helped raise money for the Sierra Schools Foundation.  Next, the Sierra School Foundation is putting on a Swinging for the Schools golf tournament, inviting people to have fun playing golf while raising money for our schools. The cost is $110 for a single person, and $100 each for a party of four.  The event will be held on October 5 in Graeagle.  For more information contact Megan Meschery at (530) 414-3655.

 

Weekly Warrior by Megan Parker 9/11/13

Another year has begun at Downieville School, which is always exciting and full of interesting events!  Students were treated the first day of school to brightly decorated halls, welcoming signs, and hot chocolate, orange juice and muffins in the drama room thanks to Student Council President Fiona Baiker and her exec officers JoJo Epps and Savannah Burr.  Fiona also had a Welcome Back Raffle in which everyone in the secondary school received a fun/useful school supply item.  It was a great start to the new school year!

To start off our announcements, Back to School Night is at 6:00 pm on September 11th. At 5:00 pm, there’s a nacho dinner to support student council; cost is $7 per person. Make sure to be at the Book Fair, which starts at 5:00 pm in the Learning Center/Board Room.

The College Readiness class is selling discounted bleacher cushions and they desperately need community support for this fundraiser that will help finance future college visitations for our students.

Seniors have been very busy with their senior projects, and the posters look wonderful!  Savannah Burr is doing dentistry. JoJo Epps is doing theatre and also directing the spring play this year! Fiona Baiker is doing poverty in the USA, and JJ Hubbell is doing carpentry.

Volleyball is soon to start. The first game is September 12th at 5:30 pm. The team includes: Coach, Augustine Corcoran. Freshman, Megan Parker; Sophomore, Karlee Bolle; Juniors Alison Rambo, Sean Epps, and Alexis Whitaker; and Seniors Fiona Baiker, JoJo Epps, and Savannah Burr.

We also have two new members in our staff: Mr. Tassone (Mr. T), science and math teacher, and Allison Baca the new secretary. In an interview with Mr. T, he said:  “My reason for coming here was that it was an opportunity to challenge myself by teaching in high school; I taught junior high science and math for 35 years. With the theme of Rising Above, I decided to rise above my traditional teaching. My main concern was the commute from Nevada County. But having some friends up here has allowed me to stay several days per week. I’ve always taught in small schools, and I’m looking forward to making a contribution to the fine tradition of Downieville Jr/Sr High. I thank all the people, most especially the students, for making me feel welcome.”

Allison Baca is the new secretary and has lived in Downieville for about 35/36 years. She was previously working at the medical clinic and also the sheriff’s office. Three of her children attended Downieville School, and her mother also used to teach here. She says she was always involved and interested in the school, so she’s excited to be a part of the staff and school environment. She thinks that school success is very important.

Returning teacher Mrs. Parker teaches 4th, 5th, and 6th grade and has only 16 students of mixed grades but they are doing great.

10th through 12th grade students just returned from three days in Ashland, Oregon, where they saw three plays performed at Ashland’s Shakespeare Festival. Mrs. Fillo always does a spectacular job of organizing the entire trip and selecting what plays will be appropriate to learn about. This year was no exception, as the group saw Shakespeare’s Cymbeline, Tennessee William’s A Street Car Named Desire, and My Fair Lady by Alan Jay Lerner. The general consensus from the students was that A Street Car Named Desirewas the most liked, with My Fair Lady a close second. Every single one of the plays was very well done, with amazing actors and very well constructed sets.  Everyone had so much fun, that no one wanted to come home!  Many thanks to our chaperones Mr. and Mrs. Fillo, Suzanne Burr, Patty Hall and Jacs Jacona and to Sierra Schools Foundation which helped finance this year’s trip through a teacher grant.

In other news, the yearly River Clean Up is September 20th. The students will go down and collect trash and other items harming the environment all over town. It’s an activity that is both fun and helpful.

School Picture Day is September 24th, so make sure to bring your best smiles to school! Students will be happy to hear that there is a minimum day on September 27th.

That concludes our first edition of the Weekly Warrior! We are having a fun school year so far, and are looking forward to the rest of the year and activities that follow.

 

Weekly Warrior by Savannah Burr 9/11/13

Hello again Weekly Warrior readers! School has officially started! I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m already counting down the days til June (and my graduation); there are 267 to be precise.

Downieville School is kicking off the year with a bunch of new changes. Unfortunately we lost four great staff members: Suzi Pangman, Jason Perry, Laura Salva and Bernie Manning.  We miss them a lot but wonderful new people have replaced some of the positions. We have welcomed Allison Baca as our new secretary, Stephen Tassone as our new high school math/science teacher, and Gina Parker as the new 4-6 teacher! Mr. Tassone, or Mr. T. as we call him, is “delighted to be at Downieville High, and very pleased with the response of students and the community.” He is also looking forward to participating in many school events throughout the year! Miss Schofield’s K-3 class has had a great start to the 2013/14 school year. They are all very excited to welcome the kindergarteners, and their new third grader Shannon Parker! They have started the year by learning allllll about plants; how fun! Miss Schofield’s class is very happy to start school again.

Secondary students were treated the first day of school to brightly decorated halls, welcoming signs, and hot chocolate, orange juice and muffins in the drama room thanks to Student Council President Fiona Baiker and her exec officers JoJo Epps and Savannah Burr.  Fiona also had a Welcome Back Raffle and everyone received a fun/useful school supply item.  It was a great start to the new school year!

Sports are starting off great this year also! We have a volleyball team of eight girls, which by Downieville standards is huge! All of the girls are very excited for their first game against Champion High School on Thursday, September 12th. We hope to see you cheering in the stands! After Thursday our next game isn’t until October 1st, so we’ll have plenty of time to touch up on our bumps, sets, and spikes. Basketball is looking promising as well, with the chance of a boys’ team, finally! It’s looking as though sports are really sparking an interest in students’ minds this year! Mr. Fillo says, “All basketball players, START RUNNING!!!”

The College Readiness class is selling discounted bleacher cushions and they desperately need community support for this fundraiser that will help finance future college visitations for our students.

Student Council is planning a dinner for Back to School Night which will be held on Wednesday, September11th. It’s a nacho dinner, held in the school cafeteria and starting at 5 p.m. Cost will be $7 per person. The annual Book Fair will be held in the Learning Center, also starting at 5. Classroom doors will be opened for parents and students at 6pm.

Many students aren’t enthusiastic about returning to school after the annual four-day field trip to Ashland, Oregon. Mr. and Mrs. Fillo take sophomores- seniors to Ashland’s very famous Shakespeare Festival.  Mrs. Fillo always does a spectacular job of organizing the entire trip and selecting what plays will be appropriate to learn about. This year was no exception, as we saw Shakespeare’s Cymbeline, Tennessee William’s A Street Car Named Desire, andMy Fair Lady by Alan Jay Lerner. The general consensus from the students was that A Street Car Named Desire was the most liked, with My Fair Lady a close second. Every single one of the plays was very well done, with amazing actors and very well constructed sets. We all had so much fun I don’t think anyone wanted to come home!  Many thanks to our other chaperones Suzanne Burr, Patty Hall, and Jacs Jacona and a huge thanks to the Sierra Schools Foundation who generously awarded Downieville High a grant which helped fund the trip.

Our next field trip is to Feather River College’s College Fair on September 18th, open to all juniors and seniors. The trip is a wonderful opportunity for students to meet a variety of college, military, and vocational representatives from many different schools. It gives students opportunities to practice their interview skills, learn about different schools, and create connections in the real world. Having attended last year, I really encourage all eligible students to attend, in order to broaden their knowledge about life after high school. On October 25th, the CSF Club will be taking a trip to a leadership conference in Sacramento. This trip will include many leadership workshops as well as a tour of UC Davis and Sacramento State.

As you can tell, the first couple of weeks have been very busy up here at the school! I hope your week will be as exciting as ours, and I hope to see you at Back to School Night and our upcoming volleyball games!

Weekly Warrior by Leslie Baker & Marie Ellsworth 6/5/13

6/5/13

Weekly Warrior

By: Leslie Baker & Marie Ellsworth

         It is the last week of school and the year is almost over! There are only two days to go. We are all counting down the hours, even the little kids.

            Today is the day of the all high school field trip to Collin’s Lake and the 4-6th grade “Glow in the Dark Party.” Collin’s Lake is approximately 40 miles from Downieville, near Dobbins. The high school is excited to get their swim on and get those nice tans started for summer!  Tonight is a volleyball game featuring the alumni vs 2013 high school girls’ team.  A pizza/salad dinner will be available for purchase and all proceeds will benefit the 2013 DHS volleyball team.

            The elementary students went to Animal Ark in Reno last week, both Miss Schofield’s K-3 and Mrs. Salva’s 4-6. They learned about habitats & animal behavior and were pleasantly surprised to see: a black bear playing tetherball, a wolf, a jaguar, a pampered badger with a brain injury, and a baby owl. The 4-6 class just finished a unit on friendship, trust, and honesty. During the lesson, one of the students asked whether one should lie to save his/her life, which led to a discussion of the play Les Miserables and reflection on the sacrifice of Jean Valjean.

Supervisor Lee Adams, Docent Karen Galan, Downieville Senior Leslie Baker and Teacher Mr. Steve Fillo at the presentation of Leslie's Senior Project, a rocker sluice box, to the Downieville Museum.

Supervisor Lee Adams, Docent Karen Galan, Downieville Senior Leslie Baker and Teacher Mr. Steve Fillo at the presentation of Leslie’s Senior Project, a rocker sluice box, to the Downieville Museum.

            This week was very eventful. Between Senior Project Boards and graduation preparation, ascending the final flight of stairs is becoming the number one thought on the mind of each senior. Tuesday the 4th, the seniors had a hectic nervousness throughout the morning while the Senior Boards were being held. For his senior project, Leslie Baker discussed Alleghany history and presented his sluice box. Hannah Ford did a presentation on Criminal Justice, showed off her collection of fingerprints, and presented a PowerPoint on 9-1-1 calls and DUI’s. Brandon McDermid did his presentation on the history of mountain biking and he presented a PowerPoint about his project, which was a Bike Rodeo. The Bike Rodeo was a safety course and fun event for children, which took place Saturday June 1st.  With a passion for gardening, Riata Hester showed her expertise on botany and presented photos of her garden, which resides in front of the gym and acts as the senior class gift to the school.  Marie Ellsworth gave a brief history of film as part of her term paper, gave tips for amateur filmmakers and presented her short exciting film on local mountain biking and its effect on Downieville.

            Each senior plans on taking a different route after high school graduation.  Brandon McDermid plans on working on bicycles at our very own Downieville Outfitters Bike shop. RiataHester plans on continuing to “work hard and live life.”  Hannah Ford plans on enrolling at Feather River Community College in the fall of 2013 to pursue nursing. Marie Ellsworth plans on enrolling at U.T.I.- Universal Technical Institute–to study automotive engineering and auto body/ collision work; she plans on attending a university at some future date. Leslie Baker plans on becoming a local goldminer, and possibly beginning his pursuit of higher education. We wish our Class of 2013 the best as they pursue their futures.

            Friday the 7th, tomorrow, there will be a softball game, high school students versus teachers. Feel free to root for whatever team you want, we won’t judge.

            Graduation is Saturday, June 8, beginning at noon, on the Downieville School field; a hot dog barbeque will follow the ceremonies.

            Have a fun, safe summer and the Weekly Warrior will be back in the fall!

Bike Rodeo Senior Project for Brandon McDermid

Bike Rodeo Senior Project for Brandon McDermid

 

Brandon checks details of Bike Rodeo Project

Brandon McDermid checks details of Bike Rodeo Project

 

Weekly Warrior by Jarrett Lawes 6/5/13

Weekly Warrior

By: Jarrett Lawes

            Hello and goodbye Weekly Warrior readers. As the school year comes to a close, our school still has news to report.

            First, Miss Schofied’s K-3 class has had a great year. The students have had a ton of fun and love school, but are looking forward to summer break. Recently bothMiss Schofield’s class and Mrs. Salva’s 4th-6th-grade class went to the Animal Ark Sanctuary outside Reno. The class saw a black bear playing tetherball, a wolf, a jaguar, a badger with a brain injury that was very well cared for, and a baby owl.

 The class is planning a Glow in the Dark party for Thursday June 6th; also Mrs. Salva planned a graduation party for the 6th graders whom we are looking forward to seeing on the “other side” of the school.

            In addition the whole 4th-6th grade class has just finished a two-week unit about friendship, trust, and honesty, which the kids loved. During the lesson, one of the students asked if they should lie to save their life. This led to a discussion of the play Les Miserables and the character Jean Valjean who lies to save his own life but then tells the truth to save the life of others. The class listened to the music and now they want to take a trip to see the musical next year. The students then did a lot of writing and reflecting about the lesson.

Brandon McDermid at his Senior Project Bike Rodeo

Brandon McDermid at his Senior Project Bike Rodeo

            Onto the high school–On Saturday June 1st Brandon McDermid held a Bike Rodeo for his Senior Project. It started at 12:00pm and about 15 kids from ages 4-13 showed up. There were races on the playground, obstacle courses and watermelon and refreshments were served before the prizes were handed out.   Everyone had a great time!

Supervisor Lee Adams, Docent Karen Galan, Downieville Senior Leslie Baker and Teacher Mr. Steve Fillo at the presentation of Leslie's Senior Project, a rocker sluice box, to the Downieville Museum.

Supervisor Lee Adams, Docent Karen Galan, Downieville Senior Leslie Baker and Teacher Mr. Steve Fillo at the presentation of Leslie’s Senior Project, a rocker sluice box, to the Downieville Museum.

            Tuesday was Senior Project presentation day and the 2013 seniors really stepped up to the plate.  Leslie Baker discussed Alleghany history and presented his sluice box. Hannah Ford did a presentation on Criminal Justice, showed off her collection of fingerprints, and presented a PowerPoint on 9-1-1 calls and DUI’s. Brandon McDermid did his presentation on the history of mountain biking and he presented a PowerPoint about his project, which was the recent Bike Rodeo. With a passion for gardening, Riata Hestershowed her expertise on botany and presented photos of her garden, which resides in front of the gym and acts as the senior class gift to the school.  Marie Ellsworth gave a brief history of film as part of her term paper, gave tips for amateur filmmakers and presented her short exciting film on local mountain biking and its effect on Downieville.

            The 7th-12th grades are all going to Collins Lake on Thursday June 6th. On the same day is the alumni volleyball game starting at 5:30 in the DHS gym; a pizza and salad dinner will be for sale for 5 dollars.   Friday the secondary students will once again challenge the faculty to a softball game.

            Graduation will be on Saturday June 9th at 12:00pm on the school field. Everyone is invited to the graduation as well as the hot dog picnic which will follow.

            Many of the seniors are excited for what may lie beyond the horizon of high school. Les Baker is planning on mining gold after he graduates. Marie Ellsworth is going to Universal Technical Institute to learn the automotive trade. Brandon McDermid and Riata Hester are going to be working. Hannah Ford is going to Feather River College to train to become a nurse. To the Class of 2013, we’ll miss you and hope your lives are filled with success!

 

Weekly Warrior by Antonio Nevarez 5/22/13

Weekly Warrior

By Antonio Nevarez

            Welcome back readers to this week’s edition of Weekly Warrior.  Our students are very excited for the last day of school and are preparing for their finals on June 3rd,4th, and 5th .  The Senior Class is also preparing for their graduation on Saturday June 8th at noon on the school field.

            Our 2012-13 sports season has sadly come to an end but it ended with some great accomplishments. In tennis Hannah Ford and Fiona Baiker placed 3rd in Northern California’s Women’s Doubles, and the team placed second in Singles. An Alumni Volleyball Game is scheduled in the school gym on June 8th  at 5:30. Cost will be $5 per player. If you are an alumnus and would like to participate in the alumni game please contact the school at (530)-289-3473.

            Ms. Schofield’s K-3 class will be holding an art show on June 4th at 5:30 at the school to show off the art that the students have made with Katie O’Hare. There will be a dessert bar at the art show and donations are welcome.

            Mrs. Salva is very proud to announce that her students were very determined to do well on the STAR tests. The students even chose to skip recess in order to get the tests done.  Happily, they thought the science part of the test was very easy. Mrs. Salva rewarded them with a pizza party and they are now looking forward to summer.

            CSF managed to pull off another successful Cancer Awareness Walk on May 11.   We would like to thank Niven Wilson, Debbie Wilson, Cracker Eshleman, Danielle Yantis, Linda Aeschlman, Dr. Kellerman, Suzanne Burr, Hannah Dines, and Jojo Epps for volunteering their time to make the event a success.  Also we would like to thank Indian Valley Outpost, La Sierra Beauty Boutique, La Cocina del Oro, The Grubstake, Mountain Creek Restaurant, Sierra Country Store, Sierra Hardware, Downieville Mountain Bakery, Mountain Messenger, Steve and Lynn Fillo, Debbie Wilson, Karen Galan, BJ Jordan, Kim Clements, and Sylvia Baiker for making donations for the raffle.   This year’s Walk raised the most funds in several recent years; funds are administered through WSMC for local cancer patients.

            Last but not least, the annual spring play last weekend was a success! The cast would like to thank everyone who came and supported their efforts! Also the cast would like to thank Peggy Daigle and Paul Douville for coaching the singing and teaching the cast numerous songs; Cathy Stewart for providing the great piano accompaniment; and Kathy Fischer for the detailed choreography. The unseen helpers were Cracker Eshleman, and Greg Bostrom. They worked countless hours on the set (a sailing ship, bow to stern, on stage), lights, music, and backstage, making sure the whole play ran smoothly. We couldn’t have done it without the help of these volunteers. Last but not least, the cast would like to thank their very tolerant Theater Arts teacher Mrs. Fillo. She spent many hours directing them and making sure every single scene was perfect. Mrs. Fillo really made sure the whole play came together and it wouldn’t have been possible without her involvement.

We would like to announce a BIKE RODEO will be held on Sat June 1 from 12-3 pm on the Downieville School playground.  Rodeo is being run by Brandon McDermid as part of his Senior Project and will include a bike/helmet check; safety tips; games; snacks, drinks and prizes.

            That’s all for this week folks check back in two weeks for the last installment of the one and only Weekly Warrior!

Weekly Warrior by Savannah Burr

Weekly Warrior

By: Savannah Burr

         Welcome Weekly Warrior readers! I’d like start off with the amazing news that there are only 12 school days left!!!!!!!!! The Downieville students are anxiously waiting for the last day of school and graduation. Graduation will be held on June 8th at noon on the school field.  The Academic/Athletics Awards assembly will be at 9:15 in the Learning Center on Tuesday, May 28th.

            Our sports season has sadly come to an end; however, it did end with a victorious close. In tennis Hannah Ford and Fiona Baiker placed 3rd in Northern California Women’s Doubles, and the team placed 2nd overall in Singles. The 2013 Varsity Volleyball team is organizing an alumni volleyball game that will be held on June 6th at 5:30 in the school gym. The cost is $5 per alumni player, and the class of 2013 qualifies as alumni players! Please call Fiona Baiker at 289-3473 to sign up; we need as many alumni as possible!

            The whole school is also very excited about Memorial Day Weekend since we get Monday, the 27th off of school. Finals will be held on June 3rd, 4th, and 5th.  Senior Project Boards will be held on Tuesday June 4th.   The high school will be taking their end of the year trip to Collins Lake on June 6th and students will be arriving home at the normal time that busses run. School yearbooks are still for sale but the early bird discount has ended, and the cost is now $45 per yearbook.

            Miss Schofield will be holding a student art show on June 4th at 5:30 pm. It will be held in the elementary school and a dessert bar will be provided. The art show is to thank Katie O’Hare for helping the class create their amazing art projects. Donations to SCAC, who funded the art classes, will be accepted at the show.

            Mrs. Salva’s 4-6 class has put out an amazing amount of effort studying for the Star Test. Her students studied through lunches and recesses, and the fifth graders did this for three weeks straight! The students were most worried about the science test, but after all was said and done they thought it was the easiest test they took all day. The entire class celebrated their efforts with a pizza party! They’re currently working on writing on the themes trust, friendship, and honesty. The assignment is to write about real-life situations that involve these themes. The students are thoroughly enjoying the class discussions that follow their writing.

            Downieville High’s CSF Club pulled off another phenomenal Cancer Awareness Walk on May 11th , netting the most money in several recent years.  On behalf of the CSF Club I’d like to thank all of the wonderful people who volunteered to make sure the Walk went on. The people who volunteered their time to help set up, clean, mark and lead the walk, and do registrations were: Niven Wilson, Debbie Wilson, Cracker Eschleman, Danielle Yantis, Linda Aeschlman , Hannah Dines, Dr. Kellerman, Suzanne Burr, Lynn Fillo and Jojo Epps. CSF would also like to give a huge thank you to all of the businesses and people that donated prizes for the Cancer Walk raffle. The donors include: The Indian Valley Outpost, La Sierra Beauty Boutique, La Cocina del Oro, The Grubstake, Mountain Creek Restaurant, Sierra City Country Store, Sierra Hardware, Downieville Mountain Bakery, The Mountain Messenger, Suzanne Burr, Debbie Wilson, Karen Galan, BJ Jordan, Kim Clements, Steve and Lynn Fillo and Sylvia Baiker.

            Last but not least, the annual spring musical last weekend was a swashbuckling success! The whole cast of Lady Pirates of Cpt Bree would like to thank everyone who came and supported our efforts by coming and watching! Also, we’d like to thank Peggy Daigle and Paul Douville for coaching our singing and teaching us numerous songs; Cathy Stewart for being our amazing piano accompanist; and Kathy Fischer for the detailed choreography. Our unseen helpers were Cracker Eshleman and Greg Bostrom. They worked countless hours on the set, lights, music, and backstage making sure the whole play ran smoothly.   The set was a sailing ship, bow to stern!  We couldn’t have done it without the help of any of these volunteers. Last but not least I have to thank our very very very tolerant Theater Arts teacher Mrs. Fillo. She spent many hours directing us and making sure every single scene was perfect. Mrs. Fillo really is the glue that keeps the whole play together; the accomplishment we feel afterwards wouldn’t be possible without her involvement. Thank you so much Mrs. Fillo; we really are grateful for your relentless contributions to the community and Downieville High.

We would like to announce a BIKE RODEO will be held on Sat June 1 from 12-3 pm on the Downieville School playground.  Rodeo is being run by Brandon McDermid as part of his Senior Project and will include a bike/helmet check; safety tips; games; snacks, drinks and prizes.

             That’s the news this week for Downieville High! We only have one more week left for newspaper articles, and then it’s summer!!!!! We’re very excited to get out of school, but we’ll miss our readers. Hope you’re as pumped as we are!

Weekly Warrior by Justin Anderson 5/8/13

Weekly Warrior

By Justin Anderson

Welcome readers, and welcome summer weather, to this week’s installment of the Weekly Warrior. The present days offer us plenty of time to soak up the rays, but underneath the pleasantries of pre-summer life, it’s crunch time as the clock counts down the time one has to prepare for STAR testing and of course, this year’s spring  play “The Lady Pirates of Captain Bree”.  Anyone around can feel the somewhat ominous tone that hangs around like the dryness in the air. May 17th and 18th the show will take place at 7:00p.m. at the Yuba Theatre.  Ticketing is available from drama students, at the Hardware Store and at the door.  The price is $10 for adults, $7 for students and senior citizens.

In Miss Schofield’s 1st through 3rd classroom they are taking STAR testing seriously. The past week has mostly been spent reviewing for the tests. They are also working on country and ocean reports. The class is striving to have one of its highest averages on this year’s STAR tests, and their work ethic proves how dedicated they all are. Recently on practice tests the results are exactly what they are hoping for. The most recent project that the students in Miss Schofield’s class have taken on, is roles in the high school play “Lady Pirates of Captain Bree.”  We all wish them good luck and to get plenty of rest.

Next door in Mrs. Salva’s 4th through 6th grade room STAR-testing review is also what’s on the plate recently.  Aaron Foster, Sierra Folsom, Mason Pangman, Hunter Davey, and Makalia Rollins have submitted original poetry to the Young American Poetry Digest, and they all have had their poetry published. The criteria for being selected are high quality writing for their age group and no grammatical errors; a group of certified members of the Poetry Digest choose what gets selected. Downieville Elementary’s great 100% acceptance rate has inspired those who didn’t submit poetry to want to try it out next year.

The tennis team did incredibly well at the most recent tournaments, placing 1st.  In women’s singles and doubles Fiona Baiker and Hannah Ford did extremely well, placing gold in doubles.  Friday night, a vanload of 7-9th graders took off for Loyalton to catch the opening night of the musical Grease, performed by Loyalton elementary and secondary students with a cameo performance by Hannah Tomatis of the District Office.  Fabulous singing and dancing had the entire audience transported back to the 50’s!

On a school wide view of things, student council put on a very successful pulled-pork dinner on April 26th.   The annual Cancer Awareness Walk is this Saturday, May 11th. Registration is at 8:30 and the walk starts at 9:00. Cost is $10 and all proceeds benefit local cancer patients.  A luncheon, raffle drawing and guest speaker will finish off the event.  Once again, I would like to announce this year’s annual spring play “The Lady Pirates of Captain Bree” to be held at the Yuba Theatre on May 17th and 18th; curtain is 7:00pm.  Be sure to get your tickets early!

 

Weekly Warrior by Antonio Nevarez 4/24/13

Weekly Warrior

By Antonio Nevarez

Welcome back readers! This is our first time back since we had spring break and we are very excited to be back. During spring break three of our older girls went to River Valley High School in Yuba City to the CSF North Regional Conference honoring the Seymour Award finalists. These awards are for the top ten overall CSF students in Northern California. We are very proud to say that Marie Ellsworth, a senior here at Downieville, was one of the  ten finalists honored at the conference!  Fiona Baiker and Hannah Dunnam attended the conference in support of Marie and they went to some very interesting workshops and volunteered for the host school by helping to make baked goods for their end of conference door prize drawing.  That same weekend, April 5-7 a few dedicated 11/12th graders baked up a storm and supplied the Arts Council-sponsored Banff Festival with a variety of goodies; thank you to all who supported this successful dual class fundraiser.

            Everyone at DHS celebrated our tennis team after their first competition on April16th against Quincy. Marie Ellsworth and Savannah Burr won their doubles match and Hannah Dunnam and Fiona Baiker won their doubles and singles matches. Ali Rambo also won 4 games within her matches. Downieville was the overall winner of the day! On the 19th and 20th of April the first tennis tournament was held in Quincy. Downieville took first again with Hannah Dunnam getting 2nd in Singles; Fiona Baiker and Hannah Dunnam getting 3rd in Doubles; and Fiona Baiker earning 3rd in Singles.   In addition, Alexis Whitaker and Savannah Burr won one of their doubles matches and Marie Ellsworth won one of her singles matches.  Not all the schools at the tournament were from our League.  Everyone appeared to have had a fun day of playing out in the sun!

In the shop Mr. Fillo is making bows with his class and they are almost finished making them. Leslie Baker, on the other hand, is making his a sluice box inthis class as part of his Senior Project.

            In Ms. Schofield’s K-3 class her students are practicing their parts for the upcoming school musical “The Lady Pirates of Captain Bree” to be staged in the Yuba Theatre on May 17/18th. This class is also working on their individual country reports. They are doing their own research and writing for their reports.

            Mrs. Salva’s 4-6 class is working on reviewing for the STAR test. They are doing their best to be ready for the STAR test this year. If you would like to donate STAR test snacks for the hard working students please call (530)-289-3473.

            Prom was held April 13th from 9pm to 12am and it was a successful event with students from other schools attending. Prom royalty included King and Queen: Brandon McDermid and Marie Ellsworth; Prince and Princess: JJ Rollins and Fiona Baiker; Duke and Duchess: Tommy Dines and Sean Epps.

            Finally, this is a reminder that the 6th Annual Cancer Awareness Walk is coming up on May 11th , meeting at the Downieville school gym. The walk starts at 9:00 a.m., but the walk registration starts at 8:30. This year we would like to invite local, Sierra County cancer survivors to be our guests. If you attend this walk besure to bring water! Pre-registration forms are available at DHS and WSMC; cost is $10 and includes a luncheon, raffle ticket, and a short program featuring former DHS student Caity Daigle who is a certified natural foods chef.

            That’s all for this edition of the Weekly Warrior! Be sure to tune in for the next edition!

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