Churchill County School District Weekly Highlights

  • 2023-03-09, 09:05 PM
  • Kaitlin Ritchie
Churchill County School District Weekly Highlights


Students in Jaime Shafer’s drawing and painting classes worked collaboratively on packing tape sculptures. Students worked in groups to create a life-sized human sculpture. “One student acted as the model and the others began constructing it. Once the basic structure was built, the model then assisted their group in completing the build,” said Shafer. To create the sculpture, students had to apply tape to the model. The first round was applied sticky side up and additional layers were applied sticky side down to build up five or six layers. 
Once they had enough layers, they cut their model out of the tape and reformed it. “Students learned about the different types of sculpture additive, meaning you build up layers, and subtractive, carving away layers. We also talked about shape versus form and about installation art, which is art created for and installed into a specific site. Students then applied that knowledge to this project,” said Shafer. Students installed their sculptures throughout the school. “It was fun to see where the next one would pop up. These are awesome,” said Principal Tim Spencer.  

Students in Monica Davis’s classes examined ChurchillCSD’s Profile of a Learner and connected the attributes to their current learning targets. Currently, the State of Nevada is creating a state Profile of a Learner. “Myself, Mr. Wickware, and two other teachers are on a team of educators from across the state who are working on that process. Because we are lucky to already have our profile created, I have started by talking to my students about the profile attributes and how they relate to classroom learning,” said Davis. The end goal of this activity is for all students to be able to connect learning targets to real-life skills outside of the classroom. Abilities such as becoming critical thinkers, inspired innovators, collaborative learners, effective communicators, global citizens, and life-long learners. “In order to get to that end result, we will do activities within our units of study that create discussion and have students think about how our school work helps them become, for example, effective communicators and critical thinkers,” said Davis. 

Students in Vanessa Burch-Urquhart, Dominque Johnson, and Shannon Matheson’s classes raised rainbow trout in their classrooms from eggs, and last week they released them into the wild on a field trip to Mason Valley Fish Hatchery. Students learned about each stage of life and why conservation is so important from the Nevada Department of Wildlife. This field trip was part of their science unit about plant and animal adaptations and animals’ ways of processing and reacting to stimuli. The students enjoyed their experience and got to learn even more about their unit and their rainbow trout. “On our field trip, I learned when you feed trout, they go very crazy in the water because they fight for the food,” said student Paris Enriquez-Manzo. 

Kindergarten students in Erika Stanford’s class learned about different types of animals and had the opportunity to learn about tortoises firsthand. Stanford invited her friend and CCHS teacher Chase Johnson to share his tortoises, Hannibal and Clarice, with her students. “I thought it would be awesome to bring some actual animals in that students may not have seen before and instantly thought of Chase and his pet reptiles and how much fun that would be for my students,” said Stanford. The students sat attentively as Johnson taught them about tortoises and then got to hold them after the lesson. “They were so cool that I did not want to put him down,” said student Aurora Maddox. Engaging lessons and hands-on activities are so important for all students, especially kindergartners. “I want my students to have a great first year of school so they have a positive outlook on learning from a young age,” said Stanford.  

E.C. Best 

With the help of CCHS, ECB hosted a literacy Greenwave Pep Rally for their students last week. Principal Keith Boone and Literacy and Implementation Specialist Linda Rasmussen saw this as a great way to increase the student’s desire to read while also building Greenwave pride. CCHS’s student council, flag team, band, and cheerleaders all participated. The cheerleaders gave students a handout and explained to them the importance of literacy when it comes to cheerleading. “Cheer encourages enunciation, voice clarity, and rhyming patterns when speaking. Being able to write the signs, and read and memorize the cheers are important skills we achieve because of literacy,” said CCHS cheer coach Darlene Robinson. On behalf of the CCHS student council and all of the students, student body officers Lydia Bergman, Jackson Moon, RayAnn Rasmussen, and Annalee Reyna donated $500 to ECB for the purchase of new library books. “Our student body officers were adamant about doing something nice for the students at E.C. Best and felt this was important,” said student council advisor Terri Pearson. The feeling of camaraderie that filled the gym was amazing. “It really goes to show that literacy changes lives and can be fun for all ages,” said Rasmussen. 

Northside Early Learning Center 

Students in Octavia Merritt’s class discussed what fruits are healthy and good for them and then tried different types of fruit. “This activity is wonderful for students especially Pre-K because they get to discover and taste new foods as well as experience different textures,” said Merritt. Students have also worked on being open-minded and trying new things before assuming they don’t like them. “They were very open and excited to try different fruits like kiwi, dragon fruit, mango, cherimoya, star fruit, and even papaya,” said Merritt. Trying different foods not only plays a part in good nutrition but also in a child’s development. Offering new and different foods ensures they get nutrition from a variety of sources and learn how to make healthy choices.

Kaitlin Ritchie



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