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SHS/SJHS Newsletter-Spring 2014

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CIF Winter 2014 Spirit of Sport Award Chieftain!!

Congratulations to Elijah Nora on being selected as the Winter 2014 CIF Spirit of Sport Award winner.  This award is given to one male and one female student in the state.  The award recognizes students who "live" the ideals of Pursuing Victory With Honor in their lives and athletic endeavors.  Elijah receives a $2,000 scholarship, certificate, and will be featured in the upcoming issue of The CIF News and on the CIF state website (www.cifstate.org).  His name will also be released by CIF to local and statewide media.  At a banquet in Los Angeles for the CIF Federated Council in May, Elijah will be formally presented his award and will give a two minute presentation on sportsmanship.

We are proud of Elijah for exemplifying Chieftain qualities and proud to call ourselves Chieftains beside him.

Principal's Message

Julia.JPGSierra High School continues on its constant quest for excellence in our community!

Our work on common core is developing richer lessons for our student body, with increased critical thinking and an emphasis on fully understanding and applying the concepts they are learning.  Our teachers have been working hard, with little rest for the weary.  If you see them, thank them for dedicating so much of themselves every day to our students' success.

Our students, themselves, have been shining in the news as well this year.  You may have seen a proud soccer team practicing in the snow for a tournament recently.  Below, you will see just a few of the news items related to our students' work and dedication.

Thank you for your support for programs like the Special Olympics, agriculture, athletics, and common core.  It makes all the difference in the work we do!

Sierra High Math Team Plans For Common Core Success!

Throughout the year, our math teachers have been wrapping their minds and professional skills around the new California Common Core State Standards.  Their work includes designing new courses and pacing guides; analyzing instructional strategies that increase critical thinking and conceptual development; and creating new lesson plans and visual aides to help Sierra students succeed.  You may have noticed the increase in substitute days as they did their work- but you likely didn't know that they have been working before school even started and on some Saturdays as well!


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Mr. Gault works on visuals for a lesson


English Department Proposes New Novel Titles and Grade Level Changes
The English Department is proposing to add books to the potential reading list.  Proposed titles include:   Grade 7 :  Number the Stars by Loise Lowry, Shipwrecked by Rhoda Blumberg, Freedom Walkers by Russell Freedman Grade 8:... Continue
Posted by: Julia Reese
Published: 2/6/14

Sierra High Olympians Shine!
Check out this news report on our Sierra participants in the Special Olympics.     Continue
Posted by: Julia Reese
Published: 1/30/14

Sierra Alumni Continue Tradition of Excellence!
Sierra Alumni attending Fresno State were recently recognized for their accomplishments in California Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Collegiate Discussion Meet.  Audra Roland, Jodi Raley, and Rachel Wright qualified for the semi-final... Continue
Posted by: Julia Reese
Published: 1/8/14