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2A Wednesday, July 15, 2009 .= Feather River Bulletin Study looks at ways rural schools can succeed Traci Bue Staff Writer tbue@plumasnews.com The findings behind 10 high- performing, high-poverty ele- mentary schools in Alabama could provide a blueprint for the success of other rural com- munities struggling to survive and thrive. In a report that covered more than 10,000 miles on Al- abama's back roads and 300 interviews, researchers found that despite the declining economy and loss of jobs in several small rural communi- ties, the teamwork of dedicat- ed, quality personnel and strong community support were the overriding keys to student success in rural edu- cation. The study, "Lessons Learned From Rural Schools," a project sponsored by the Rural Center of Alabama, found what goes on outside the classroom may be as criti- cal as what happens inside the schoolroom, and a separation between the school and the community was hard to find in good rural schools. "Education goes beyond the walls of instruction and much of our school success is deter- mined by the community's ownership," wrote Larry Lee, director of the center and pri- mary author of the report. Fol- lowing are several of the guid- ing principles the 10 schools focused on in building sup- port. Create a culture of expectation Successful schools worked hard to interact with the com- munity creating a partner- ship, a culture of pride and ex- pectation for everyone toward student success. The involvement from par- ents, school staff and the com- munity was highly encour- aged. Also, elevating all stu- dents and celebrating their success was a part of raising the bar of expectation. The report emphasized a majority of the teachers were "thinkers," who believed every child, regardless of cir- cumstances they must deal with everyday, has the capaci- ty to learn, and they expected no less. Conversely, teachers who had a "feeling" personality preference tended to em- pathize with the circum- stances of the child and, there- fore, to expect less of him. Build trust The community was wel- comed into the classrooms, and the staff participated in civic community activities. Couple weds in Indian Valley Talitha Shefield and Burnell Compton i / Plumas00vx / HEALTH CARE FOUNDATION Accepting Applications for Board Members i PHCF is seeking applicants for volunteer board members, PHCF provides a means by which donors can provide direct financial support to help Plumas District Hospital fund facilities and medical technology to enhance healthcare in Plumas county. Applicarlts should possess these qualities: A passion for enhancing the ability of Plumas District Hospital to provide quality healthcare to our community. I . Willingness to actively engage in fundraising for PHCF. This includes individual solicitations, undertaking special events, writing mail appeals, and the like. Willingness to make an annual financial donation to PHCF. Have willingness to commit time for board meetings, committee meetings and special events. For questions or more information contact Tiffany Leonhardt at 530-283-7971, Applications accepted through Friday, July 31at 5 pro. Talitha Michelle Sheffield and Burnell Compton, Jr., both of Reno, Nev., were mar- ried May 24, 2009. The outdoor afternoon ceremony was held at the Indian valley home of the bride's parents Don and Amanda Sheffield with the natural formation of Indian Head as a backdrop. The bride was raised in Greenville, attending schools there until her junior year in high school, when she attend- ed and graduated from Plumas Christian School in 2007. The bridegroom is the son of Burnell Compton St. of Stead, Nev. He was born and raised in Quincy and was raised by his grandmother Evelyn Compton of Quincy. He is a 2003 graduate of Plumas Christian School. For her wedding the bride wore an ivory satin A-line gown designed With an off- the-shoulder sweetheart neck- line, beaded side-draped bodice with an asymmetrical skirt and a chapel length train. Her veil, made in 1948 by the bride's great aunt Ruby Songer for the bride's grand- mother, Loraine Mouser, and later worn by the bride's mother at her wedding in 1978, was secured by a brushed gold metallic leaf tiara accented with pearls and crystals. Her bridal bouquet was made of ivory and mango calla lilies and tied with ivory satin ribbon with pearl ac- cents. Attending the bride was maid of honor Ashley Kerr of Greenville. She wore a clover green, satin trumpet gown de- signed with a fully ruched bodice, a drop waist and a sweetheart neckline. Bridesmaids included Jessi- ca Vaughn of Greenville, La- tia Charlie of Quincy and Wil- low Slinky of Chico. Each girl wore variously designed gowns in serene blue, all car- ried bouquets of burnt orange roses trimmed with ivory satin ribbon and pearl ac- cents. Attending the bridegroom was best man Andrew West- brook of Reno, Nev., and groomsmen Brian Williams and Joey Blackwell, both of Quincy. The ceremony was officiat- ed by Susan Weber of Greenville. Other attendants that day included flower girl Maya Compton, the bridegroom's sister of Stead, Nev. and ring bearer Andrew Westbrook of Reno. The bride's train atten- dants were the bridegroom's sister Mackenzie Compton, al- so of Stead, and friend Gracie Roth of Chico. Following the ceremony a reception was held at the Tay- lorsville Grange Hall where music was provided by the bride's uncle Bob Crawl. A tri-tip buffet was served in ad- dition to cakes and cheese- cakes'decorated witi flowers. Decorations at the hall in- cluded mini white lights and fabric bunting from the ceil- ing entwined with more mini lights. The tables were deco- rated with ivory tablecloths with crystal garlands accent- ed with gold and green and ta- blescapes included wine gob- lets filled with flowers and candles with colored crystal rocks. The couple will reside in Reno. REMINDER There will be a joyous celebration of George Yeager's life at the Plumas County Museum on Sat., July 25 11am - 2pm You are invited to bring your memories to share with others. School allies were created at the local newspaper, among board members, coaches, par- ents and merchants with a crossover of attendance in community events and sup- port of school activities. Parents who believed school officials "loved their kids" and who understood teachers were tying to do everything they could to help their child went farthest in building a relation- ship of trust. Communicate with parents Newsletters and visiting days for family members vere implemented to keep parents informed about what students were doing and what was ex- pected of them. Develop a sense of family Celebrate, eat and work to- gether. The successful schools went the extra mile in making sure everyone on staff was ap- preciated, from maintenance personnel to lunchroom atten- dant, "because once they walk in the door of the school, they are teachers, regardless of their job title." Look for help anywhere you can find it Seen as "asking for local ownership" instead of help, school officials from the suc- cessful schools enlisted sup- port from churches, organiza- tions and parents for such ser- vices as lawn mowers or a gal- lon of gas--some way to make an investment in the school. They developed community relationships that led to schol- arship opportunities or com- pany volunteers who could use their expertise in tutoring or construction projects. All hands on deck An attitude of getting the job done, whatever it took, was pervasive in the success- ful schools. Going the extra mile, whether it meant the princi- pal splitting his duties be- tween two schools, the coach spreading bark on the new playground or mopping a spill in the bathroom if the school lacked a custodian were part of the attitude that went be- yond showing up to teach. Have a neat, clean and at- tractive facility An attractive facility shows pride and sends the message that the school is a cheerful place to be. Many schools found volunteers to tile floors, artists to paint murals or turned hallways into art gal- leries with reproductions from museums or local gal- leries. In spite of the obstacles fac- ing rural schools, the study showed what is possible when high expectations and moti- vated communities make a commitment to quality educa- tion. To view the entire report, go to agi.state.al.us/upload. Bird Walk set for this Saturday The first Bird Walk from the Lassen County Visitors Center, Westwood Station took place Saturday, June 20. It was a beautiful morning and the last day of the thun- derstorms, which occurred so frequently this spring. According to Suzanne Mc- Donald, who leads the walks, a great :variety of birds were sighted. She reported that the first bird sighted was a bald eagle. Also sighted were red-winged blackbirds, a Williamson's sapsucker on a nest hole, a mountain blue- bird, a tree swallow, a white- breasted nuthatch, a forester's tern diving in the waterways out in mountain meadows, a dusky flycatch- er, a western wood peewee, a house wren that sang his heart out, a yellow warbler, a yellow-headed blackbird, a gadwall duck flying over head, a sandhill crane, a horned lark, a red-tailed hawk, a chipping sparrow, a mallard, a wilson's snipe, a savannah sparrow, a white pelican and the very com- mon brewer's blackbird, jun- co and robin. The next bird walk: in Westwood is Saturday, Jul'y 18, the third Saturday of the month. Meet at the West- wood Visitors Center at 8 a.m. McDonald said the walk will only cover short dis- tances and be finished by noon. Bring water and good shoes. The last Bird Walk will be Aug. 15, third Saturday of the month. Migration and immature birds will be the action by then. DirecTV Now Available through Plumas Satellites SERVING OUR COMMUNITY SINCE 1989 1-800-434-7428 530.284.1701 530.257-5767 Your local satellite connection AT THE GPEAGLE LIGHTING COMPANY DISCOVER YOUR INDIVIDUAL STYLE. AN EXQUISITE LIGHTING SHOP offering quality lighting products, tiffing, consuhotioo, wall arl, design and customer service lhat when combined, will reflect your lifestyle w'dh pone(he. 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