Small Learning Communities help freshman succeed
Posted on 05/18/2015

Last Friday, nine freshmen were recognized as a “Student of the Month” at a Friday morning reception in the Grizzly Café. The event wrapped up the monthly recognition program for the 2014-15 school year.

The Student of the Month recognitions are part of Smaller Learning Communities (SLC), which provide a personalized learning environment built on rigor, relevance and relations.

The freshman SLC teams – Cascade, Coastal, Ochoco, Siskiyou, and EASA – honor students each month based on a range of attributes such as being an underdog success story, a focused and diligent student, a kind and sweet person, and a “peer favorite.”

Assistant Principal and Director of Secondary Education Tony Vicknair kicked off the festivities, noting the students all brought something unique and valuable to the school and said he “can’t wait to see how they develop and contribute over the next three years.”

The morning reception for recipients and their families featured a tasty breakfast buffet and coffee station prepared by the Culinary Arts students (ProStart). 

As families applauded and snapped photos, one recipient mentioned her surprise at the nomination, saying “I didn’t think anyone would notice me.”

The final group of “Student of the Month” honorees for the 2014-2015 school year includes (from left) Griselda Ceja, Kassandra Orozco, Judith Hartzell, Daisy Amezcua, Nick Montelongo, Quynne Baker and Kaline Buhler (not pictured: Daniel Jaquez and Melissa Bolanos).