CCSD news: Mining tour, Numaseum, designing monsters

Jobs for Americas graduates stand in front of a CAT Haul Truck at Kinross Mining.

Jobs for Americas graduates stand in front of a CAT Haul Truck at Kinross Mining.
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Students in the Jobs for Americas Graduates program had the opportunity to tour Kinross Mining and shadow the workers around the property. They were allowed to be near the tractors and look at them closely.

“They were enormous, we all looked like tiny humans next to them,” instructor Jenny Rios said.

Kinross staff also took students to the top of the pit and looked down into it. While the students were eating their lunch two Kinross staff gave on-site interviews. Unfortunately with limited time, they only interviewed student, Skyler Furia.

“She wants to go into the mining industry and work for Kinross in the future - so this was an incredible opportunity for her,” Rios said.

Overall, the students had a great time job shadowing at Kinross. It was an opportunity for those who are unaware of what they want to do after graduation to have the opportunity to explore a job field they may not have originally considered.

“This was such a great experience for the students. They asked many awesome questions about the corporation and came back with some very educational and interesting information,” Rios said.


Students in Torri Conley’s advisory class had their mothers in mind last week. With Mother’s Day nearing, she wanted her students to do something special for their mothers like they used to do in elementary school. With the necessary donations, it was possible.


History came alive in the halls of the school for the annual Numaseum event.

Parents flocked the halls of the school as fifth graders took on the roles of a person, place, or event in history. After weeks of researching and writing, students dressed the part of their historical figures and shared with family and friends what they learned. Their informational speeches and boards wowed listeners throughout the evening.

Fifth-grade students and teachers wait for this event every year. Whether students saw it as fourth graders or got to see an older sibling, friend, or cousin participate in this fun event, it is something they look forward to and ask about at the start of the school year. Staff members understand that students have a hard time waiting until the spring because they do too, but they said it is always worth the wait.

“The fifth grade Numaseum is one of our favorite events at Numa. On the evening of the event, the students are enthusiastic and proud to present what they have done, and it is greatly enjoyed by all,” school counselor Noreen Swensen said.

Numaseum is one of the largest events during the school year. Numa Principal Shawn Purell is amazed by the projects students present every year.

"It is an excellent representation of our students and their incredible teachers, and every year seems to be different than the last. I am always impressed to see the angles students take on the same topics every year,” he said.


Heidi Emke and Tracy Soules’ classes took a field trip to The Village Nursery last week. The students learned so much from the staff members, and they made the entire experience hands-on. The Village donated all the plants and materials so the students could make their Mother's Day gifts.

“We are so grateful to the Village staff and cannot forget to give a huge shout out to our amazing bus driver, Austin, for helping us transport these beauties back with such kindness,” Emke said.


CCHS teacher Amanda Hammond took her two ceramics classes to Lahontan last week to meet with Jenny Young and Debbie Swisher’s first-grade classes.

The first graders were paired with a ceramics student who drew a monster they collaborated on.

“My students asked them things such as what is the monster’s name, what does he look like, etc.,” Hammond said.

Her students will now take the notes they collected from their first graders and will have to create a 3D version of the monster as part of their final project for the year.

“Once the monsters are completed and graded we will then return to Lahontan and my students will get to present their first graders with the final product. I thought this would be a fun project for my students and I love getting them into the elementary schools to promote that school collaboration,” Hammond said.


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