Churchill County School District Weekly Highlights

  • 2023-03-31, 05:00 AM
  • Kaitlin Ritchie
Churchill County School District Weekly Highlights


Teachers at CCHS had a blast connecting, being creative, and making clay bowls in Jaime Shafer’s classroom on Wednesday evening. “I wanted to do something fun for our teachers and also thought it would be nice to have them participate in the Empty Bowls project,” said Shafer. Students in Shafer’s ceramics class have been working tirelessly on making bowls that will be donated to the Empty Bowls project taking place at the Churchill County Library on Sunday, April 16 from 12-3 p.m. The Empty Bowls project is a national movement created by ceramic artists to combat food insecurity in communities. “The idea is that we make ceramic bowls and host an event where people can come trade non-perishable food items, hygiene items, or cash, and in exchange, they receive a handmade bowl, homemade soup, and bread,” said Shafer. All proceeds go toward supporting the CC Library and the Fallon Chamber of Commerce’s Karma Box. Last year they had 150 bowls, raised $3,000, and filled three trucks full of food for the Karma Box. “This year, we hope to have at least 250 bowls and to exceed last year's donations,” said Shafer, who added that she is grateful for all the support received from the community. “I am also grateful that our student body cares about our community and wants to help by making bowls to donate. We couldn't host this event without our fantastic student artists,” said Shafer.



Seventh-grade English Language Arts teachers hosted a family engagement podcast event for their students and their families on Wednesday evening. Students made book podcasts for books they read with their book clubs in ELA class and presented their projects. “We wanted to not only encourage our students to share their work with their families but also have a night where we could connect with their families. We are always working to improve family engagement at CCMS and events like these are an incredible opportunity to do just that,” said ELA teacher Torri Conley.



Numa hosted its third quarter SOAR awards assemblies on March 17. Students that received SOAR awards participated in tribe flash challenges to earn points for their tribes. “Because it was St. Patrick's Day, we had themed challenges such as ‘Shamrock Shakers’, where the students had to get all the Lucky Charms cereal from one side of the shaker into the other side which was way harder than it looked,” said Counselor Noreen Swenson. By the end of the challenges, the Red Tribe earned the most points in both fourth and fifth-grade assemblies, and they also ended up winning for the third quarter. They will be rewarded with donuts and will also get to be the first students to sign up for their choices for Numa’s school-wide Activity Day on April 14.


E.C. Best

Third-grade students in Alyssa Tousignant’s class worked with rainbow fraction tiles this last week to learn how to compare fractions with different denominators. “Fraction tiles are a great visual representation of fractions that students are able to manipulate to accurately compare fraction sizes and find equivalent fractions,” said Tousignant. The students enjoy working with the tiles. “It is so fun to hear them get excited when they find fractions that are equal and to watch how hard they work to find all the equivalent fractions,” said Tousignant.



First-grade students in Stacey Manning's class have been learning about reptiles through their class pets, Franklin Turtle and Finley Tortoise. Students read and listened to many fiction and nonfiction stories about reptiles and turtles for two weeks, then they made a sea turtle and wrote a little story about it. “They had a great time learning about and exploring these beautiful creatures. It was fun to not only see the students apply what they learned in class but to also see their creativity really shine through,” said Manning.


Northside Early Learning Center

Students in Octavia Merritt’s and Montana Koplin’s class practiced counting using jellybeans this last week. “I have found this to be a fun way to work with the students on rote counting, 1 to 1 correspondence, color matching and sorting, as well as counting to 10,” said Merritt.



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