Author: Sheri Samson

Junior Achievement Volunteers Visit Elementary School Students

As Nevada legislation begins venturing into initiating financial literacy components into the classroom experience, the Junior Achievement programs of Northern Nevada have already been impacting students with that same emphasis for over 60 years. Receiving their local charter in 1956, this volunteer endeavor began as a way to inspire students into the preparation of financial responsibility. Business ownership and empowered successes of financial understanding have been presented throughout school environments, using quality business people within classroom settings. Hawthorne Elementary School recently experienced this program, as several car loads of professional men and women drove in from Reno to spend...

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Schurz Elementary Students Plant Garden in Hoop House

Even before outside weather was permitting the proper conditions for spring planting, the students at Schurz Elementary School began planting a vegetable garden in their protected hoop house, which was constructed on campus, behind the main school facilities. In conjunction with the University of Reno Cooperative Extension, this program was brought to them by community-based instructor, Jesse Harris, as a teaching method which included soil preparation, seeding, temperature, watering and maintaining a healthful garden. Included in this Veggies for Kids program, grade-appropriate lessons presented an emphasis on the complete growing process that included sunlight, oxygen and care. The fifth...

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Serpent Sports Teams Hold End of the Year Banquet

As the Mineral County Sports Banquet began to honor the end-of-the-year sport groups, students and coaches, a small yearbook was handed out to each school participant as a keepsake of achievement within the 2017-18 school year. Heading up the introductions was John Gavin, school counselor and wrestling coach. A theme of especially highlighting the participants that were upcoming, graduating seniors, made for some emotional acknowledgments, as most had lettered in their sport throughout their high school years. Opening with honors to the Serpent cheerleading team, coach Erin Dunagan handed out certificates while sharing personal words of appreciation to every...

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Band Plays Year’s Final Concert

With the final weeks of the school year winding down, the school district band and choral programs, led by director Dr. Ben Gooch, made their last concert appearance. Beginning band students to the advanced symphonic band members performed a well-rounded display of songs. A range of well-known tunes to more unusual rhythmic sounds, featured strong drums as well as other dominant instrumentals. In the second half of the evenings presentation, the various choral groups showed a strong cross-over, with many of the same musical students performing vocally. As each choral group shared their specific harmonies and selected song choices,...

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Students Perform ‘Big Bad Musical’

With excessive memorization and excellent choral skills on display, Mineral County’s Junior High School and High School students combined their efforts to present “The Big Bad Musical”, as produced by the Pioneer Drama Service Inc. with music and lyrics written by Bill Francoeur and adaptation from the book by Alex Strum. Local teacher and drama director, Steven Hudson and the Mineral County School District’s musical director, Dr Ben Gooch, combined their efforts in taking these talented students to the stage in a production which brought enthusiasm to the many student participants who had worked over three months in preparation...

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