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Principal's Message

Back to school time is here again and, at Sierra High School, we look forward to hearing about our students' summer adventures.  Whether it was backpacking the High Sierra, camping in Yosemite, or hanging out in Southern California- our students take their Chieftain Pride far and wide and represent our community well. 

As they return to school, they meet new staff members Richard Dickerson (9-12 Physical Education) and Jason Hales (12th grade English).  We have also added Mrs. Terry Villegas for behavioral support, and Mrs. Emily McDivitt in the attendance office up front.  Finally, school psychology intern, Mr. Steve Fabris, joins us full time to support student success.  With such an amazing team, it continues to be "A Great Day to be  a Chieftain!"

The amazing, dynamic math team of Aaron Wiest, Dylan Gault, Kevin Scritchfield, Chris Dearden, and Natalie Maxwell return after a summer of training in engagement strategies and the new CPM Math program.  Mrs. Montgomery will be taking on the challenge of AP US History, and Mr. James Chance will be stepping in to tackle ASB.  With his energy and amazing ideas, he has also seen his digital video program grow this year.  Our new class this year is ROP Nursing Careers, taught by Shannon Taylor.  These student will be doing practicum hours at Willow Creek nursing facility and can earn their Certified Nursing Assistant license by the end of the year.

Outside of the classroom, Ms. Cathy Lauritzen steps in as assistant principal.  Her leadership, positive energy, and no-nonsense approach help improve campus discipline and provide a great point of contact for students seeking resolution of a problem.  Mr. Jon Stoll will be taking on some of her duties as Athletic Director.  Mr. Stoll bring experience and an amazing attitude as well as his natural love of kids and coaching.


Fantastic student body, experiences and talented teachers, and dedicated support staff:  All the pieces are in place for another amazing year!  Follow us on Twitter @SierraUnified as well as this webpage and we will keep you updated on the many accomplishments of our Chieftain family.

Novice Parliamentary Procedure Team Takes First in State!!

Congratulations to Sierra FFA and the Parliamentary Procedure speaking teams.  The Advanced team took fourth in California at the recent state conference and the Novice team took FIRST!!!!  Way to Go Chieftains.  Novice team included Macy Meyers, Cody Hall, Kennedy Newton, Kat Marsh, Taylor Collins, Shane Wyman, and their coach Bob Actis.2015 nov parli pro team at state.JPG

Casey Jones Goes To Wrestling Nationals w/ Coach Smithson

Chieftain Casey Jones recently took Nationals by storm placing in the top 24 of the NATION!  Coach Russ Smithson was at his side for the journey through the season and at Nationals.  Thank you to the community for their support in helping Casey make the trip.


Digital Video Offers Career Training For Chieftains

Whether its news casting, marketing, entertainment industry, or just for family fun- digital video skills come in handy in the future.  They are also fun to learn, as James Chance, our teacher shows students in his Digital Video and Advanced Digital Video classes.  Mr. Chance comes to us as a photojournalist who continues to work for local news stations and the Grizzlies baseball team.  He's is our own super hero, and by day he is a mild-mannered teacher who passes on the art to our high school students.  Take a look at some of the fun and interesting project clips, and sign up for the class next year!