Sierra schools have a proud history of achievement and national recognition and I am proud to be the new principal of such extraordinary students! Thank you to the community for their warm welcome and active involvement in their schools.
I congratulate our FFA, Music, Athletic, and Arts program leaders. Even in the face of brutal statewide budget cuts, these programs thrive and accomplish amazing successes at Sierra because of dedicated staff and community volunteers as well as our talented students.
I come to Sierra with a background in creating strong curriculum that focuses on helping every student be academically successful and socially ready to contribute to our community. As Sierra tackles the change to the new California Common Core Standards, I am excited about working with our amazing staff to increase the critical thinking, technology, and writing that we bring to our students and helping them rise to new heights. As you begin to see the change in their homework and assessments, I believe you will be excited, too.
We will also be embarking on a journey to find more meaningful ways to deal with student discipline. Historically, we used a limited system of detentions, where students stare for an hour in class, and suspensions that remove students from learning environments. While these are still sometimes necessary, many times there are other ways to help students learn from their mistakes and make amends to their community. Community service and other means can help where we have failed in this area before and we will be working as a school community over the next couple of years to bring more meaningful disciplinary tools to our school.
As we work together to build on Sierra's successes and constantly improve, I welcome your feedback and ideas for our school programs. The easiest way to submit your thoughts or volunteer to help is via my e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Thank you again for a strong community spirit and pride in our schools. I look forward to a year of accomplishment with our student scholars, achievers, and community supporters.
Art teachers Tony Sharp and Nancy Gaseor inspired Sierra Junior High, Sierra High School and Sandy Bluffs Educational Center students to participate in the Empty Bowls Project last Spring. Judging was done over the Summer and one of Ms. Gaseor's junior high students was awarded 3rd prize out of all the bowls submitted in the San Joaquin Valley. The student was honored at the Empty Bowls Awards dinner on September 20th and was given a $100 gift certificate. The Empty Bowls Project is a fund raiser for the Community Food Bank for Central California. The Auberry Intermountain Rotary awarded the art department with funds for clay and glaze for the bowls. We would like to Thank them for their help and support in this project so that we were able to help other families in the area.