Bighorn Bulletin -- and update from Oasis Academy

  • 2022-09-02, 05:00 AM
  • Angela Viera
Bighorn Bulletin -- and update from Oasis Academy Courtesy Oasis Academy Max Hankins and Yolanah Duffie

HERD Principles Part of 2022-2023 School Year Focus

The 2022-2023 school year is all about running with the Bighorn H.E.R.D. Staff and students are putting a focus on Honesty, Empathy, Respect, and Determination or the HERD principles both inside and outside the classroom.

The four principles are found throughout all levels of the school. Posters have been hung in each classroom and teachers have worked to incorporate the principles into their tribe activities.

Reminders to Run with the H.E.R.D. are in classrooms, hallways, the cafeteria, restrooms, and playgrounds. Examples include practicing putting themselves in someone else’s shoes, attentive listening, helping others, cleaning up after themselves, being goal-oriented, being a leader, sharing with others, and many more.

“We started the HERD initiative as positive behavior interventions and support programs help improve social, emotional, and academic outcomes for students which we value greatly. We are looking forward to our students running with the HERD and enhancing our overall climate,” said Chief Academic Officer Rochelle Tisdale.

Thank you to Jeff’s Digitex for their graphic design assistance and for printing the posters.


Service Class New this Year

A new elective is available to students this year. Freshmen and Sophomores have enrolled in the Service Class for the fall 2022 semester. The project-based class will not only focus on Oasis’s needs but also help throughout the community.

Students have been divided into four groups representing the four areas of the HERD principles, honesty, empathy, respect, and determination. Each team is working on ways to promote their team value. Mrs. Julie Stockard is the teacher for the class and is excited about not only what it means for projects but what the students will gain from the class.

“I hope the students learn to look for ways to give something back to whatever communities they belong. I hope as a class, we can be a force for good in our school and the community,” said instructor Julie Stockard.

The most recent project for students is helping with the Oasis Offerings Food Pantry. Students helped sort and stock items.

If you have a project or need volunteers, please contact Julie Stockard at [email protected]


Oasis Offerings Food Pantry Receives Grant from Walmart

In its second year serving families, the Oasis Offerings Food Pantry has received a $2,000 grant from Walmart. The money received will be used to help stock the pantry for the 2022-2023 school year.

Offerings has continued to grow, consistently increasing the number of families and individuals helped each month. The growth has also meant expanding the items available. The pantry now has a variety of hygiene and cleaning products to offer families such as soap, paper towels, diapers, toothbrushes, feminine hygiene products, shampoos, and more.

“We know that students cannot learn if they are hungry and, in the past, we have always tried to make sure students have a snack or lunch if needed. Offerings has helped more students and families feel more secure about where their next meal will come from,” Shelley Kelly, Oasis Academy Offerings Facilitator and School Counselor explained.

The grant, partnership with the Foodbank of Northern Nevada, and continued donations from individuals will ensure that necessities such as fresh produce, meat, cheese, eggs, dairy, and hygiene products are readily available.

“We are so thankful for the partnership with the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. This would not have been possible without the help from our CFO and FBNN Board Member Dusty Casey for bringing this crucial resource to our school,” added Kelly.

“The grant from Walmart has meant so much to the families that depend on Offerings for supplemental food. During our first open pantry this school year we served over 100 people. Walmart’s grant made it possible for us to provide fresh produce and other critical needs items. Without Walmart we would not have been able to provide these items to our families especially so early in the school year.”

To donate Offerings or to learn more contact Mrs. Shelley Kelly at [email protected] or visit



Angela Viera



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