Bighorn Bulletin: Pi Day Fun

The winning class on Pi Day was able to Pie the Principals, Chief Academic Officer Rochelle Tisdale, left, and CEO Melissa Mackedon.

The winning class on Pi Day was able to Pie the Principals, Chief Academic Officer Rochelle Tisdale, left, and CEO Melissa Mackedon.

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Classes were encouraged to create an informative and fun poem about pi to help celebrate Pi Day on March 14 (3.14).
Pi is represented by a Greek letter that is an abbreviation for the Greek word perimeter. It is used in geometry to help mathematicians discover the elements of a circle. Pi represents the ratio of a circle's circumference (length around a circle) to its diameter (distance from one side of a circle to the opposite side). It is approximately equal to 3.14159265358979323846.
The submitted poems were judged by Rachel Dahl from the Fallon Post, Sammie Gomes from the Oasis board, and Oasis School Nurse Shauna Craig.
The winning classes were Jacob Lewis’ eighth grade class and Janet Renfroe’s third class. The winners were treated to homemade pies by Becky Matthews and got to Pie the Principals with whipped cream pies on the Oasis playground.
“Any time we can support creativity centered around academics in such a fun way, we are here for it,” said CEO Melissa Mackedon. “My hair has never been stickier. It was a fun day!”
“Be irrational - Happy Pi Day!” exclaimed Principal Rochelle Tisdale
Senior Spotlight: Sasha Tanner
Small class sizes and staff that are always willing to help are just part of what Sasha Tanner has loved about her senior year at Oasis Academy.
Starting at Oasis in August 2021, Tanner’s tenure at the school is not long, but she has made great memories and gained valuable experiences. “My favorite memory was the Black Light Dance. I love dancing with my classmates and being silly,” laughs Tanner.
The welcoming, kind atmosphere has also made its impact on the senior. “I would like to thank the very kind high school staff – Lisa Swan, Elizabeth Polish, Andy Lenon, and Mr. Venturacci. They are always quick to help with anything, including college and scholarship applications. I don’t know what I’d do without the awesome staff.”
Tanner will join the Aggies of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas next fall. She will major in sociology and wants to discover exactly what she’s interested in in the field of social studies.
Oasis’s Jump Start Program with Western Nevada College has given her an advantage for the transition to Texas A&M. “The classes through Oasis at WNC are contributing to my college experience. Those courses will count toward my curriculum at A&M. I’m so grateful for Oasis and the program,” Tanner said.
Along with an outstanding academic career, Tanner has also been active in Student Council, Honor Society, and is playing double bass in the pit ensemble for the upcoming community “Freaky Friday” play. She explains, “I love to be part of groups that improve our community.”
Finally, her advice for future students is sound: “To future students and any student, I would like to say, don't be afraid to ask questions about what you are unsure of. Ask for help! It strengthens your relationships by building trust and communication. Every day is a new opportunity to learn!”
Tanner’s mother, Carly Tanner, teaches sixth grade for Oasis Academy and her father is the commanding officer of Naval Air Station Fallon.
Future Fest raises money
The Oasis Future Fest is only a couple of weeks away. Tickets are still available for this year’s Luau-themed dinner. The City of Fallon is this year’s premier sponsor for the event. Other sponsors include Banner Hospital, CC Communications, Fallon Bail Bonds, In-Stitches Design, Janet Renfroe, Les Schwab, New Millennium Building Systems, Pro Group Management, Tedford Tire and Western Nevada College.
The evening will include amazing silent auction, live auction, and raffle items from companies such as Independence Ranch, Atlantis Casino, Great Basin Brewery, Silver and Blue Outfitters, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Trader Joe’s, Big R, Joe and Krista Smith, Scheels, The Reno Aces, Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, Memorie Boutique, Le Petit Atelier, Kent’s Supply, Home Depot, Hiskett and Sons and much more.
For tickets to the event or to find out how you can support, contact Lisa Swan at or call 775-423-5437.


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