Author: Sheri Samson

Science on Display in Schurz

An abundance of science projects lined the multi-purpose room of Schurz Elementary School as students had taken their hypothesis and questions to task when carrying out each display to completion. Some science projects were highly successful, while others proved that the science was not substantially correct. In every case the student’s procedural presentations showed a determined dedication to their methods of explanation. Three outside judges walked the room, with clipboards of rated categories being seriously determined. Students were called up to explain their projects while reviewing the ingredients used to create their science endeavors. Many had taken on the wondrous creation of making goo’s. Goo’s that had magnetic qualities; goo that glowed in the dark; goo that was edible and goo’s that simply had a strange, cool sensation when touched. The traditional combination of various liquids creating volcanic activity were on hand in bottles, as well as several which demonstrated active lava oozing from a mountain, as students mixed mysterious potions together. Crystals were slowly being formed, plants were played music to grow faster and science came alive to every student. Fellow students lined up to see the successes, as well as the attempts which were sometimes not as favorable as the intent. Either way, the Schurz teachers were on hand to encourage every attempt and effort as a success, reminding the students that any outcome was an answer...

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School Board Participates in Safety Training

When safety professionals recently attended an intensive training in Carson City, four Mineral County School Board members were on hand to gather effective information and further the possible safety measures best implemented into their local schools. The Mineral County School District currently maintains a confidential, written safety protocol for school lockdowns and emergency management issues. They remain diligently involved in ongoing staff trainings with professionals, while exploring a dialogue of current practices or safety products which are continually changing within the climate of unknowns which could face students and staff members. Speakers reviewed topics such as school layout awareness and new construction; creating proper layers of school responders and a solid safety team for the coordination of practiced directives; collaboration of community resources, mental health professionals and intervention crisis management; creation of drills and alert responses; digital threats and electronic dangers that can influence and shape school culture and integration of school safety laws, school plans, updating procedures and emergency management. An emphasis of community partnership was the predominant thread, as many rural districts face the enormous task of unraveling past “stand alone” policies of emergency or crisis response. In today’s world, most think of safety in terms of using equipment properly, or as threats coming upon individuals or in situations of personal harm, but as several presenters pointed out, a risk can be man-made or environmental hazards, or...

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Armory Building Clean up a Success

Saturday’s early morning brought calmer weather than expected, bringing a four-hour workload to completion, at the Boys & Girls Club outdoor clean up day. Volunteers lined up at the Armory Building, taking on various sections of the yard area and tackling large weeds, sweeping buried sidewalks and creating piles of tumble weeds to burn. Brooke Sasser, Director for the Boys and Girls Club, was grateful for the many community departments and organizations represented during the undertaking. This included the local fire department; park and recreation; Community Chest; Boys & Girls Club board members and kids; school district employees; the...

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Students Clean up Historic Hawthorne School in Advance of AFD Open House

In a second sweep of elbow-grease efforts, students from the JAG program (Jobs for American Graduates) took to the inside of the historic Sixth Street School to mop and vacuum floors while others cleaned windows. Large, broken furnishings and small debris was hauled into a dump trailer provided by Tom Gallegos. Lyndsey Burell, the Mineral County High School JAG Director and Gallegos, School District Maintenance Director, were on hand to direct the students from one room to the next. Leftover items of value were placed in a designated storage room. “With the recent completion from insurance claims and construction...

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Generous Donation Given to Boys & Girls Club

“We love to give back to the community that supports our annual Christmas Bazaar and events. This allows us the chance to present a check for $500 to this wonderful, safe place at the Boys & Girls Club here in our own town,” Theresa Thyne of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church shared. Joined by Jean Justus, both members of the Holy Family Catholic Parish OLPH Ladies Guild, the women expressed their appreciation for the work the club was doing as Brooke Sasser proudly accepted the financial gift with the club children gathered around. Justus spoke of her...

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