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8B Wednesday, April 25, 2012 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter SCHOOLS, from page 7B catastrophic number is 35. No class with fewer than 35 students will be allowed to exist, which means a number of horrifying things. With such massive numbers of students needed to fill a class, many classes will have to be cut. Our "Holocaust" and "Art and Literature" classes, with 10 students each, for example, will both be cut. These are two invaluable classes that teach us history, culture and many other important things, but in a small school, there are just not enough students to stuff the classes to an "acceptable" size. Also, our Advanced Place- ment classes, classes that students rely on to help them gain acceptance into extremely selective schools, such as Stanford, will not be able to find enough students to fill all of the desks. This means that many Portola students will have to give up their dreams of attending that dream college, as they will not have a transcript that can compete with students from larger schools that offer dozens of AP options. It also means that the financial cost of college will go up for students in Portola because every AP class offers students the chance tO receive college credit and to avoid having to pay to take that same class at a university. But class size is not the only threat to next year's schooling. Teachers are an integral part of any child's learning experience. They are our counselors, instructors, mentors and often friends. The beauty of our school is that every student has the time to really get to know his or her teachers. They are important tous. Having that relationship with them drastically improves our comprehension of the material. When a teacher knows, really knows, a student, they can easily discover a way to explain the material based on that student's understanding and thought process. There have been countless times when I've wandered in after class, completely lost, and one of my teachers has been able to clarify the subject using analogies that directly relate to me. It's a wonderfully beneficial thing. Also, many students, as they leave high school, need letters of recommendation, either for colleges, or jobs, or scholarships. With teachers that we have grown close to, those letters are heartfelt. They come from teachers who know the students on a level that those in larger schools never get to experi- ence. Coming from a teacher we did not know so well, a letter of recommendation would be pointless. It has been projected that many of our teachers will be laid off, or bumped, next year, which means that we would lose access to those relationships altogether. I understand that budget cuts need to be made for the upcoming fiscal year; it's a sad fact. However, I think our superintendent ought to reconsider his decision of sacrificing class size and staff to make those cuts. Perhaps, our district should spend a little less time thinking about what is good for their pocket- books, and more time think- ing about what is good for the students. WHERE I STAND ISABELLA BRANDES JUNIOR, QUINCY JUNIOR-SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL At the March 15 school board meeting, Assistant Superintendent Bruce Williams attested that hiring the newest young teachers at Quincy High School was the "best decision he ever made." I agree, the knowledge these individuals have imparted to their students is indescrib- able. It astounds me that in the days leading up to March 15, over 20,000 California teachers opened up their mail to find layoff notices waiting for them. To put that in perspective, that number is equivalent to the total population of Plumas County. Seventy-two of those pink- slipped teachers were from the Plumas Unified School District. Teachers are the most valuable resource that Plumas County has because education is the ticket to future success. The all-encompassing nature of how these layoff notices were distributed came across as a merciless attack on our teachers. The extensive pink slips were an affront not only against teachers, but against stu- . dents and their education. After such a numbing blow, it will be hard for our com- munities to recover. Our morale and trust in the system is irrevocably maimed. As a junior at Quincy High School, I am worried about what this means for my future and the future of our schools. Will higher level classes, such as the Advanced Placement program and calculus, be at risk? These classes are fighting for enroll- ment, a strike against them budget-wise. On paper, eight students in a classroom is preposterous and inexcus- able. In the classroom, it is a chance. These classes give students from Plumas County a fighting chance to compete against their peers on a national and interna- tional level, in college and in the workforce. I believe that, if even half these layoffs were imposed, students would struggle academically more than ever before. Students who already have difficulties in school will be lost in the shuffle, like a card in a magic show. Sometime in the past two weeks, I have heard it said that 35 students in a class- room is merely glorified babysitting. I believe there is some truth to that statement. Plumas County's biggest asset is its small size. Smaller class sizes are proven to help students succeed. They allow for students to receive personalized attention and form close relationships with teachers that leave a huge footprint on their lives. Alternatives such as online courses are not viable solu- tions. As a student who has taken online courses in the past (creative writing in which I received a near- perfect grade), I can attest that they are as equivalent to taking English from Mrs. Frediani as apples are to oranges. A school is the beating, pulsing heart of a commu- nity. It breathes life into a town, and teachers are the backbones. Students' futures are directly tied to their teachers', anu (leCllOil made today will have rippling effects across the rest of our lives. Our commu- nity is reaching out to stand up against this assault on education and make our voices heard. Portola stu- dents sat in, Quincy students walked out, what will you do? LETTERS, from page 7B And, I'd like you to con- sider him for your important vote in June when selecting your new congressman. I still have great trust in our military and ask you to thke time to get to know Col. Pete. He's a very good and decent man who is single-mindedly focused on putting America first. You can learn more about Col. Pete by going to his campaign website at colonelpete.com. Thank you. Andy Giambroni Red Bluff Tilting His April 11 letter shows that Trent Saxton has not lost his fondness for tilting at windmills. He wants us to feel safer, knowing that Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito and John Roberts are working to protect the Constitution from their liberal colleagues. Interestingly, even Saxton admits that "not one Supreme Court justice today would fill the shoes of Thomas Jefferson or the patriots who framed our Constitution." Thank God that the Constitution guarantees the liberties of all. Andy Johnston Clio 'Thief of freedom' George Orwell said "truth" is the new hate speech. During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. Obama would say, "Let me be perfectly clear. I promise to take money from people that don't vote for me and give it to those that do." The truth of the matter: Lenin was a Marxist social- ist, Hitler was a nationalist socialist and Obama is a democratic socialist. If you repeat your mistake of 2008 you are the thief of freedom. This country is financially bankrupt; we can't afford socialists, their friends, their lies or their embarrassing, disgusting belief that wealthier taxpayers owe them a better living. Truth, the "Buffett success tax" might fund a whole "seven days" of this govern- ment if it were passed and collected. How will that money help you find a job? Obama's class warfare and class envy is getting uglier across the nation. I'm joining thousands of conservative businesses nationally; we are responding to Obama's class warfare on our terms. Here's some "truth" for Obama Kool-Aid drinkers. It has taken me 33 years to build my corporation. I personally support 65 business offices throughout California; additionally I have offices in 39 states. I askedmyself, why should I employ the enemy? I can legally discriminate from hiring any Democrat in the future. I will employ "pre- viously vetted" Republicans or Independents (voting registration records speak volumes). Obama leaves us no choice; this is our creative response to presidential "class warfare." Obama can't stop our network or our tactics; he hasn't a clue. Nationally speaking, our best guarantee to oust Obama is to refrain from hiring anyone until November. Our taxes may rise but we're not going to be robbed or bullied by Obama and his supporters without a "nasty" fight. Trent Saxton Lake Davis Sudoku Puzzle #2515-D 2 1 5 3 2 4 6 7 5 3 4 1 6 7 8 4 1 5 6 8 9 1 4 Difficult 5 2 9 Shipping Out B E A R Y T TII E O N D P A  E N ..O T ...P T E T 1| _q F F I PlL A N ATE P E N A c R E L | A A_ T E | o R I A L Sudoku Solution #2505-D 941526783 382497516 675381924 839652471 726148395 514973862 257864139 198235647 463719258 ACROSS 1. Plod through the mud 5. Ketch's pair 10, Places to shape up 14. "Damn Yankees" siren 15. 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