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SHS Recognized Again!

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!


Principal's Message


It's sign up time already for next year's classes and students are studying course sheets looking for the best fit for their future plans.  Among those choices are Career Technical Education courses, formerly called vocational education.

Career Technical Education, or CTE, has been a major focus of attention for our Board, district, and high school staff this year.  CTE prepares students for the 21st century job market and provides opportunities for livable wages after high school and further studies at community colleges and universities.

Currently, there are digital video classes for students interested in Arts, Media, & Entertainment; Careers in Education course for students who want to become teachers;  Welding classes for those interested in construction trades; and our Ag program offers courses for students interested in Ag Mechanics, Animal Science, and Forestry & Natural Resources.

For the 2015-16 school year, we are adding a new course in the health careers pathway.  We began the program this year with “ROP Health Careers,” a two-period class for students age 16+ interested in medical careers.  There are 25 students enrolled in the class.  This course provides CPR/First Aid certification and explains the variety of health careers.  Next year, we add the second course in the series-  “ROP Nursing Careers.”  It prepares students for Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification and covers topics such as medical ethics, anatomy, and universal precautions. It was selected because of its value to anyone interested in a career in medicine- not just those interested specifically in nursing.

We look forward to expanding opportunities for students with this new program.

I look forward to 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.