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12A Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 Feather River Bulletin Laura Beaton Staff Writer Ibeaton@plumasnews.com Quincy Junior-Senior High School has been a fixture in the community for a century. It first opened in 1912-13, and has experienced many changes since then. The familiar white rock "Q" rests high above the school in a clearing. Students sometimes hike up to the Q for science lessons and to maintain the site. Principal Sue' Segura was hired in 2008. A 30-year veter- an of the education field, Se- gura says she is all about the kids. Whenever there's a deci- sion to be made, she and her staff ask, "What's the best thing for the kids?" It's easy to see the rapport between the school's teach- ers, students and administra- tors. Segura knows all students by name, and greets each one she sees, frequently stopping for a hug. Students and staff describe. her as "energetic and emo- tionally invested in youth," "hardworking," "caring" and "demanding and outspoken." Segura seems proud of these descriptions. They have helped her to achieve great results over the course of her teaching career. She strongly believes in knowing and utilizing the lat- est research data in the edu- cation field. She reads lots of research and shares her findings read- ily. Segura completed her doc- toral thesis, "Sustaining Im- provement in a Rural High Sch0ol," in 2007. There are three things nec- essary to change American high schools, Segura said: relevance, rigor and relation- ships. Without the relationship piece, the other two fail, she said. Segura said Quincy has a good school. Now she wants to make it a great one. For that she gathers infor- mation and help from many sources. She turns to other Terri Redkey (left) and energetic Principal Sue Segura (second row course that exposes students to schools' best practices, teacher collaboration, profes- sional development and the community. She said she has the best teaching staff ever. It's no surprise that their relation- ships with each other and the students are exceptional. She credits her teachers for 800 Density Beautyrest Super Pocketed Coil Springs Beautyrest Classic, Eagleville 10 yr. warranty, queen set BETt~ER ILE~EP~ mY ~SIQNY Dutchess Pillowtop 10 yr. warranty, queen set Natalia Extra Firm or Luxury Firm Fu, Set S419. King , ! . 25 yr. warranty Queen Set 20 yr. warranty Queen Set ) cool Uve cool. Play cool. NO INTEREST WITH PAYMENTS FOR 6 MONTHS!* students right). Redkey real-life money matters. Photos by being dynamic, engaging, clear about student learning objectives and very caring about their students. Some students learn better using the computer, and those students have a chance to shine and succeed at QHS' Plumas Academy. The Academy, an online program within the district offered at each high school, offers students the opportuni- ty for credit recovery or ac- celerated coursework. Teachers offer their exper- tise across the curriculum to help academy and traditional students achieve online acad- emic success. Segura is a big believer in networking with the commu- nity. She works with active and retired community mem- bers, some of them QHS in her Business Finance/Technology class are all smiles Oct. 5 during a photo op with assists students with their senior projects, as well as teaching the popular finance Laura Beaton Members of Suzanne Stirling's junior high class cluster around their teacher and the school principal, Sue Segura. According to Segura, every student in seventh grade last year achieved proficient or advanced scores on their STAR tests. alumni, who volunteer their time on many important pro- jects. One example is her part- nership with community "graybeards," such as Chris Murray, recipient of the 2011- 12 Trojan of the Year award for his outstanding volun- teerism. Murray has helped get the high school's woodshop back up and running. Two sections of woodshop are offered to QHS students. The community, as well, has access to the shop for a long- board ski construction class held Oct. 9 - Jan. 8. The latest statistics on highest demand occupations show a need for more voca- tional education training pro- grams. "We need helpers and la- borers, nurses and aides, peo- ple in helping professions," Segura said. Not everyone is destined for four-year universities. Se- gura wants Quincy High to provide opportunities for kids whose strengths lie else- where, such as in the automo- tive and building trades. Segura said students love auto shop, where they learn mechanical skills, welding and other important hands- on skills. The school also offers a strong visual and performing arts program, with classes in art, music and drama. A recent grant to the culi- nary arts program has paid for upgrades to the classroom and significantly ratcheted up the caliber of the course. or REPAIRING: DOORS TRIM WINDOWS PLUMBING ROOFING ELECTRICAL If it's something we can't fix, we'll find somebody who can. CONSTRUCTION SINCE 19B4 The Quincy High School choir practices "The Rose" during class in the music room. Music Director Tanner Johns accompanies the class on keyboard while Principal Sue Segura looks on. Johns also teaches concert, jazz and junior high band and drama. Quincy high pre-calculus students hold up their white boards showing the function f(x)+3. Students frequently are called upon to complete a problem on their white boards, which allows teacher Becky York the opportunity to see immediately if they have grasped a certain concept or need help understanding it. Academics Segura is thrilled that 44 percent of QHS students take advanced placement classes. That rate is un- precedented in all her years as an educator, she said. Although the school's current API score is a very respectable 817, her goal for this year is to reach 850. "Last year not one sev- enth-grader scored basic or below on STAR tests," Se- gura reported. By reinforcing objectives, teaching appropriate acade- mic vocabulary and always focusing on best practices, she believes her students will achieve that goal. Industry standards say the best way for students to learn is to hear the lesson, write it down, then speak it out loud. When these three steps are taken, students 're- ally gain understanding, concurred Segura. "Dr. Sue," as her students affectionately call her, vis- its classrooms daily, fre- quently taking the opportu- nity to teach. In addition to teaching at the elementary and secondary levels, Segu- ra has also devoted much of her career to teaching teachers. It's clear that the atmos- phere at the school is con- ducive to learning. Stu- dents are engaged and re- spectful, and appear happy to be there, as do the teach- ers. Friday night is football night, and on any given Fri- day during the season, the school emanates the color red, showing strong school spirit. Segura can be found in the stands at FRC, where home games are played, cheering the mighty Tro- jans on. She takes the opportuni.ty to walk through the stands, greeting everyone . she knows, and introducing herself to those she doesn't. It's not every principal who takes the time to write a personal note on every single report card. But Dr. Sue is not every principal. Look for Segura on Oct. 26 during Quincy's home- coming week. She'll be walking in the Homec0m- inK Parade on Main Street with nearly the entire high school population. General Building Contractor Calif. Lic. #453927 (530) 283-2035