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,Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 5A Director wants to better serve,, high school students' needs James Wilson Staff Writer Plumas Charter School started its new semester yesterday looking to the future of the school. With the start of the semestercame some restructuring of the high school program's m ssion. The school rolled out two new classes, in forestry and experiential education, to build a bridge to Feather River College. It is through a collaborative effort that Plumas Charter aims to prepare its students for life post high school. "We're in a place in our evolution where I, as a director, need to better define our high school program," said the school's executive director, Taletha Washburn. "Our high school is the program here most in need of more definition." In the last year, the charter school's elementary program grew more quickly than expected -- to the point that it no longer accepts new students. "I feel like our K-8 program is strong," explained Washburn. "We have a great staff and a large student body. We aren't interested in exploding in growth, and have a lot of enrichment already included. The kids' needs are met." Washburn described the high school program in , different terms, however, calling it adequate but not great. "We have a hodgepodge group of kids at the high school," said Washburn. "I feel like we're not doing them the justice that they deserve. We're providing them with their core classes, which is great, but what else?" Washburn asked herself hard questions about the reality of the school's program, to determine its status and discover what "We're in a place in our evolution where I, as a director, need to better define our high school II program. Taletha Washburn Executive Director Plumas Charter School Plumas Charter School Executive Director Taletha Washburn welcomes educator Cody Clayton to the team of teachers at the high school last week. Clayton's hire marks the first of Leadership program and a trail leader for the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship. Clayton plans to utilize the natural forest environment of Plumas County to teach his students leadership and vocational skills. "We're going to go after varying forms of outdoor ed," Clayton said of his classes. "This will all be locally based. We're going to look at our forest systems from the ground up." Clayton said he plans to teach his students how to utilize Plumas County's most available resource -- its forest. many steps toward better defining the school's offerings. Clayton said he will teach Photo by James Wilson his studentshow to cut down trees, cut them into changes needed to be made. QHS. This prompted lumber with a chainsaw "Why is it different? Why Washburn to implement a mill and eventually use the would a kid want to come program that can still lumber they milled for here versus staying at benefit charter school construction purposes. Quincy High School when students for life after high Students will also get the QHS offers so much more? school, chance to explore the What is it that We can do for "It seemed appropriate tooutdoors through them?" give them some place-based recreation. Clayton plans The answer, Washburn knowledge and skills -- to take them on rock decided, was through show them what's available climbing, rafting and utilizing the school's if they want to stay here," hiking trips. relationship with the said Washburn. According to Washburn, college. In the next few To start this transition,Clayton's classes will years, the charter school the school hired educatorinitiate the changes to take will start working closely Cody Clayton to teach theplace at the charter school with the natural resources, forestry and experientialin the next few years. child development and education classes. ' u , '"This Will be'tb_e first Step outdoor recreation Currently, Clayton is an of many in better defining programs at the college, instructor for the college's the niche of our high school The percentage of students Outdoor Recreation program," said Washburn. that graduate and go on to a four-year university is lower at the charter school than at A new square dance club is forming in Portola, CA. Ages from 10 and up. No experience necessary, singles welcome. Learn with us, we have a teacher/caller. Starting on Jan. 25th. e For more info call Jerry at (775) 232-3204 or Sharon at (775) 750-4729. Dancing is [ Representing Clients, Trustees and Beneficiaries for: Probate, Conservatorships, Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning. (530) 6 Graeagle Village Center Set to Music" FRC, from page 1A FRC applied to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in equine and ranch management. Trutna said he believes this program best matches the requirements of the application. Ranch management is a growing industry, and there is an unmet demand for workers, Trutna said. The college obtained letters of support from Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Fresno State, Chico State and UC Davis to accompany the application. All the letters confirmed the demand in the field. The application also demonstrated the strength of the current program. Graduates from the program routinely move on in the industry, win national competitions and start their own businesses. The California Community College Chancellor's Office has been comparing applications since the end of last month. FRC should know by the next board meeting, Feb. 19, if it is one of the 15 selected to offer a bachelor's degree. Student athletes FRC Director of Athletic Operations and Events Merle Trueblood presented the trustees with his annual profile on the college's student athletes. For his presentation, Trueblood used data collected during the 2013-14 school year. Last year, the student-athlete population totaled 379, around the same amount as in the three previous years. Football brought in the largest number of students with 91. One point that Trueblood highlighted to the trustees was that the college puts an emphasis on the "student" aspect of "student-athlete." All student-athletes at the college are required to take 12 units per semester, though the average is 17.5. Each student is also required to attend study hall for three hours per week. During the 2013-14 year, the volleyball team scored the highest grade-point average with a 3.56. Every women's team at the school earned over a 3.0 GPA. The various teams were able to garner some impressive scholarships for their student-athletes who went four-year universities. Last year, scholarships totaled $1.6 million. Resignation Leah West, FRC's trustee from eastern Plumas County, handed in her letter of resignation from the board. West's last day in office will be March 19. She didn't offer a reason for the resignation during the meeting. "What happens if we don't accept your resignation?" joked trustee William Elliot. "I don't know," admitted West. Eventually, the rest of the trustees reluctantly accepted West's resignation. After March 19, the college will file West's resignation with the county clerk and the superintendent of the Plumas County Office of Education. Once filed, a 60-day process to find a new trustee will begin. The college will notify the public of the board vacancy and post an application process. Richard IC Stockton, FREE Discount Double Check*. CLU ChFC, Agent It's a quick and easy way Insurance Lic. #0868653 Providing Insurance & Rnancial Services. to make sure you're saving 65 W. Main St., Quincy, CA 95971 all you can. (530) 283-0565 Fax (530) 283-5143 Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there? CALL ME TODAY. WE LIVE WHERE YOU LIVE [] [] Live Music by the QHS Jazz Band and various performers supporting the QHS Music Program. 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