Churchill County School District highlights

Lineman Reto Gross and Wade Henderson presenting in the Practical Communications VI Class.

Lineman Reto Gross and Wade Henderson presenting in the Practical Communications VI Class.

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Churchill County High School

The CCHS Practical Communications Class had a series of guest speakers join them in October and November as part of their Career Explorations project.

“Each of the students identified a career path they were interested in following. I grouped the students in similar career areas and they produced research projects on those careers,” teacher Monica Fairbanks said.

Guest speakers were then invited in from those professions. The speakers talked about what to expect in their career field, day-to-day life of the job, and specifically addressed areas of communication required in each field. The guest speakers were Britney Ortega (medical field), Phyllys Dowd (accountant and business ownership), Wyatt Getto (real estate and business ownership), and Reto Gross, and Wade Henderson (lineman and electrical work). “

This was such an incredible experience for my students to hear from people who work every day in the fields they are interested in. They answered so many of the student's questions and it was great to see them engaged and eager to learn more,” Fairbanks said.

Additional guest speakers scheduled to come in at a later date include Daniel Slentz (computer and technology), Chase Johnson (culinary) and Tedd Ott (welding, mechanical).

Churchill County Middle School

Before the break, CCMS celebrated Kindness Week which included dress-up days, advisory kindness activities and a fun assembly to conclude the week. CCMS was awarded a Kindness Grant from the Choose Kindness Foundation.

Every Wednesday advisories participate in Kindness lessons from the Random Acts of Kindness program that align with the school-wide expectations of mutual respect, attentive listening, and appreciation.

“During Kindness Week we can elevate the work we already do with our students and expand on it through school-wide activities,” said Vice Principal Deana Poretta.

In addition, teacher Kailyn Mann held a schoolwide T-shirt design competition, and students voted which design was their favorite. Once all the votes have been tallied, the winning design will be printed on to T-shirts for all students and staff.

“This is one of my favorite activities to do with the students. It is great to see their creativity shine and how much pride they all take in what they have come up with,” Mann said.

The design will be announced in the coming weeks and CCMS plans to have shirts ready to go right after break.

Fallon Rotary Club donated new dictionaries to every third grader at ECB.



Numa’s “Classy Awards” bulletin board is filled with stars.

Numa started this board at the beginning of the year, encouraging students and staff to express their appreciation by giving classy awards for outstanding, classy behavior, including all things both social and academic.

“We announce these classy awards at least twice a week, sometimes more, and then put the stars on this bulletin board. When the board is full we take the stars down and give them to the recipients,” said school Counselor Noreen Swenson.

This is the second time they have filled the award board this year. “I believe this is one of our best indicators of Numa's positive school climate and culture. I am so proud of our students and staff,” said Swenson.

E.C. Best

Fallon’s Rotary Club made their annual donation of brand new dictionaries to every third grader at ECB on Tuesday of last week.

“Our students love having new books in their hands, and we love watching them get so excited each year. In a world of so much technology, this day always makes us so happy,” teacher Christine Mori said.

Students in Crystal Cabral's class learning about Christmas Traditions in Brazil.



Students in Crystal Cabral’s first-grade class started learning about Christmas around the world. Last week they learned about holiday traditions in Germany, South Africa, Mexico and Brazil.

They discussed differences and similarities in different countries, learned songs, and how to say “Merry Christmas” in other languages, and they also made a craft to represent the country they learned about.

“This has been a very fun and engaging unit for my students. I love watching them react as they learn a little something different about how each country celebrates Christmas,” Cabral said.

Northside Early Learning Center

Before the break, Octavia Merritt hosted a Thanksgiving-style lunch for her students and their families. They celebrated food and friends.

“Not only was it nice to get together with my families right before the holiday, but it was also a great way to teach my students how to socialize and encourage them to taste different foods,” Merritt said.


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