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Get in the Act’s Science Theater inspires Tahoe Valley students

Get in the Act energized students at Tahoe Valley Elementary with their innovative Science Theater Program in May. With the support of Safeway Foundation, Soroptimist Int. of Tahoe Sierra and the Nevada Arts Council, Science Theater used dynamic theater techniques to connect science concepts to students’ everyday world. Because students dramatized these vital concepts in memorable scenes, they learned and retained the content associated with these scenes.

Led by Teaching Artist Diane Handzel, first-graders at Tahoe Valley explored weather on the move, second-graders investigated force and motion concepts, and third-graders probed energy fundamentals. Students at Tahoe Valley questioned, examined and described science fundamentals as they worked with their peers in this standards-based enrichment program.

“Our students really enjoy acting and learning at the same time,” Ms. Cople, first-grade teacher at Tahoe Valley said. “They have a lot of fun with the hands-on and visual learning aspects of the program.”

Get in the Act thanks Principal Grubbs and her teachers and staff for a wonderful partnership that delivered genuine science learning to Tahoe Valley’s students. Based in Stateline, Nev., Science Theater has enriched science learning for more than 7,500 students in 21 schools since 2009.

For more information contact Gary Handzel, program manager at 775-588-8614. Email: info@getintheact.org. Visit: https://www.facebook.com/getintheact.org

AVID Class of 2016 First Fundraiser: Applebee’s

South Tahoe High School is one of the most unique and fun schools I’ve attended, it’s full of opportunities for students to achieve their maximum capacity. I am a proud Achievement Via Individual Determination student who enjoys learning new ways of becoming a better leader and student. The

AVID program starts in seventh grade until your senior year to make sure you are one of the most successful students in a four year college. In your junior year AVID focuses on each student exploring their horizons when it comes to colleges. This adventurous and educational field trip is to make sure each AVID student has felt the environment of a college and have a better idea of which option he or she wants to go after high school.

Each class is responsible for raising the money that’s needed to go on this trip which also gets the students involved within the community. As time approaches the class of 2016 we decided to host a breakfast that was possible thanks to Applebee’s amazing workers! It’s so close to our junior year that we are now back on track to having one of the best colleges experiences in our high school careers. Applebee’s was the perfect way for us to get involved and familiar with fundraiser they also made it super easy and fun it being our first time. We definitely hope to work with them in the future. We cannot thank them enough for helping us collect more than $800! Thanks to the opportunity offered to us by Applebee’s we are now on our way to getting to visit at least three colleges, spend one night in a hotel, and possibly visit a theme park. Each year that you are a member of the AVID program you remember that you are closer to you award fieldtrip, at least that’s how I like to see it. We also want to thank the community for supporting our class in this great opportunity for the future leaders of the world. ​We hope that this fieldtrip will allow us to make a great decision our senior year on what college we would like to attend. It will be the first time for some students to get the chance to explore colleges and get a feel for the real world. A special thank you to Danielle Gifford and the staff at Applebee’s, William Davenport our teacher, and his wife, for making sure that our fundraiser went great.

Jenniffer Corado Sifontes

Tahoe Douglas Rotary Club

Tahoe Douglas Rotary Club has awarded $14,000 in scholarships to Whittell and South Tahoe High School students this year. We would like to congratulate the following students. Whittell High School students granted a scholarship this year for academic achievements were, Sabrina Trachsel , Mikayla Warner, Bryce Bronken , The vocational scholarship this year was granted to Stephanie Martin South Tahoe High School students granted a vocational scholarship this year are: Michael Herring and Corey McCarthy

Tahoe Douglas Rotary continues to maintain a strong commitment to the youth in our community with several programs that assist our local youth such as Ryla a summer youth program. Interact a high school service club, speech, music and culinary arts competitions in addition to providing mentors to high school students to assist them with future vocational career planning. Tahoe Douglas Rotary is able to fund these community service programs with our community’s continued support of our annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. Our club meets every Friday at MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa located at 55 Highway 50, Stateline, Nev. at 12:15 p.m. Guests are invited. Visit http://portal.clubrunner.ca/8368.

John McDougall

Sutter’s Fort environmental living program

On June 2 and 3, my fourth-grade class participated in the Environmental Living Program at Sutter’s Fort in Sacramento. This is an authentic learning experience where students spend two days living and working the way California pioneers did in 1846, during the time of the Bear Flag Revolt. First and foremost, thanks to all the parents, relatives and friends of students in our class who sacrificed their time and energy to get us to the fort. Thanks to Kiwanis Club of Tahoe Sierra, El Dorado Community Foundation, Lake Tahoe Rotary, Nick and Michelle Barclay, and Friends of Sutter’s Fort for their generous donations. We also received an anonymous donation! The Kiwanis of Tahoe Sierra also hosted a fun Ham Bingo Night and donated all proceeds to our program! We are grateful to Tahoe Valley Elementary School PTA’s support and commitment to our school’s students. Thanks to the following for their commitment of time and service to this annual event. Kelley Pedigo, Sandy Bobman, Ali Kipke, Susie Richards, Tom Tazelaar, David Berne, and The Cromwell, Wright, and Thiele families. Finally, thanks to Overland Meat Company for the delicious tri-tip. All together we made this year’s trip back in time to Sutter’s Fort a successful and unforgettable educational journey. Thanks all for allowing our students the opportunity to understand and appreciate California History during the 1840s.

Gene Matteucci and his fourth-grade pioneers

Tahoe Valley Elementary School

Heavenly hosts B&B dinner

A very lively and spirited group of Heavenly Mountain Resort sponsor volunteers showed up on Monday, June 6th, to help the Bread & Broth volunteers feed the 95 folks who attended the evening’s dinner. As with every Monday dinner, B&B welcomes all who come to St. Theresa Church’s Grace Hall with a full-course dinner, “give away” bags filled with fruit, vegetables, dairy products, canned goods and breads and, if they want, dinner “seconds” and “to go” containers.

To provide all of these wonderful options, Bread & Broth is staffed with cooks and volunteers who week after week generously give of their time to do all of the work necessary to provide nutritious food to the guests. Through B&B’s “Adopt A Day of Nourishment Program”, Vail/Heavenly Mountain Resort provided the $250 to cover the meal’s cost and sent Amanda Baronas, Wren Buxton, Michelle Baxter, Liesl Kenny and Michelle Peterlin to volunteer at their sponsorship dinner.

This group of lovely ladies was a pleasure to work with. They were fun and took a light hearted view of their ‘Ladies’ Night’. According to Wren, the self described “Leader of the Wild Things”, a Bread & Broth ‘Ladies Night’ is defined as “Tie your hair back, throw on an apron and snap on a pair of surgical gloves. Then feel good about serving your community. Does it get any better than that?” Not when you have a great group like this Heavenly crew.

Bread & Broth

Pay It Forward Community Fund sponsors dinner

The $250 donation to sponsor the May 25 Bread & Broth “Adopt A Day of Nourishment”, was provide by a grant from John McDougall, of the Pay It Forward Community Fund held at the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation. Through the Parasol Foundation, John has set up a Pay It Forward Scholarship and High School Mentoring Program for non-college bound youth and wants his program recipients to learn how to give back to the community.

By hosting an evening dinner that served more than 100 meals, John exemplified his commitment to helping those in need by paying it forward with a hot, filling and healthy dinner to those who struggle with hunger. John and his volunteer crew members, Janet McDougall and Debbie DuBuc, kept busy helping the Bread & Broth volunteers greet, serve and provide the Bread & Broth dinner guests a great meal and a place to socialize and enjoy the kindness of others. John has hosted and volunteered at previous B&B broth dinners and “enjoyed seeing how great the people were; very nice and friendly.” He also noted that “the fellow volunteers all work well together and the dinners are very helpful to our community.” To that end, John has committed Pay It Forward funds to set up an ongoing, annual sponsorship for Memorial Day weekend Mondays. Bread & Broth would like to thank John for his generous current and future support of our program and our goal of easing hunger in the community.

Bread & Broth

Ed Cook Tree and Crane Service Industrial Arts Scholarship

Ed Cook Tree and Crane Service is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of our “Woodchips for Scholarships Program,” for South Tahoe Highs School’s Industrial Arts Academy. This year Jorge Luquin was awarded the Automotive Repair Scholarship, a $500 shopping spree at Napa Auto Parts that was donated at cost. The $500 cash Architectural Design scholarship was awarded to Kimberly Marquez who is an AVID student who pushed herself to succeed in college prep classes through AP Calculus. Todd Benedict earned the $500 shopping spree, donated at cost by Meeks Lumber in Meyers, for his excellence in R.O.P. in construction. The technical skills these students learn through the dedication and knowledge of their teachers, as well as the modern venue at the high school serve as the foundation for so many wonderful careers. Congratulations!

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