Principal Notes for 1/7/15
A huge thank you goes out to all who participated in or supported the Nic Bauer Memorial Scholarship Alumni Games. Both games were surprisingly competitive and fun to watch, all in support of a good cause.
For those of you with senior sons or daughters, the application for state scholarships is now open. The deadline for the majority of the state scholarships is February 15, 2014. You can find more information at http://www.boardofed.idaho.gov/scholarship/scholarship_jump.asp .
As an additional reminder, driver education will begin sometime in March. In order to obtain a driving permit to take the course, an original birth certificate must be presented. If your son or daughter is hoping to take the course, and you are unsure where the birth certificate is, please order a replacement as soon as possible. It will take several weeks to obtain one.
Mr. McMichael’s English classes spent a great deal of time during the first semester writing articles for Rushing Creeks and Mountain Peaks: An Anthology Of Student Writing on the History and Culture of Cambridge, Idaho and Surroundings. The books have arrived. If you are interested, the books will be available for purchase at a cost of $20. Copies can be obtained at various local businesses and at the high school office.
Activities this week include our basketball teams traveling to Horseshoe Bend on Friday and Council on Saturday. JV games for both nights are scheduled to begin at 4:30. The JV girls will play Friday night at Horseshoe Bend, and the JV boys will play Saturday night in Council.
Principal Notes for 1/14/15
We’re back from Christmas break and once again busy with student activities. On Wednesday of this week, we have Business Professionals of America (BPA) students competing in a regional competition. The basketball teams will host Salmon River in Cambridge on Friday and travel to Meadows Valley on Saturday. Last week Meadows Valley had to cancel their boys’ game with Council due to injured players. Our boys’ game with Meadows Valley has not yet been confirmed. We will try to send word home with players.
In Mr. McMichael’s eighth grade English class, students are creating oral histories of locals in an attempt to preserve some of history of our valley. If you know of someone with an extensive knowledge of our valley, please feel free to contact Mr. McMichael.
Principal Notes for 1/20/15
Last week we had three students compete in the Business Professionals of America (BPA) regional contest. Emily Russell placed first in the Economic Research – Individual and Beth Damon placed first in the individual Entrepreneurship competition. Both ladies have qualified for the State Leadership Conference to be held in March. Emily, Beth and Sabrina Malone also competed in Administrative Support and placed second. The team will serve as an alternate should the first place team not be able to attend the conference.
If your son or daughter is a senior, you will be interested to know that the FAFSA website is now open to apply. Many state scholarships are tied to the FAFSA form. In order to be eligible for the scholarships, the form must be completed by March 1. Income tax records are required to complete the form.
Idaho Public TV will be airing “Journey to College” on January 26 at 8:00 PM. This program examines some of the roadblocks to higher education faced by today’s students, and suggested solutions to help students and parents prepare for their future.
Weiser High School will be conducting financial aid workshops and have made the workshops available to students throughout the county. If you are interested in the dates, please contact me at the high school office.
We have a week filled with student activities. The band will be participating in a combined concert in McCall on Wednesday evening. The concert is scheduled to begin at 8:00 in the McCall-Donnelly High School gym. The girls’ basketball team will travel to McCall for games on Thursday. The “C” team is scheduled to play at 4:30 with the JV and varsity to follow at 6:00 and 7:30 respectively. All basketball teams will travel to Council on Friday for games. The first game is scheduled to begin at 3:00. Saturday we will host Garden Valley in Midvale beginning at 3:00. We will have the homecoming dance after the games in the Midvale multi-purpose room.
Principal Notes for 1/26/15
Believe it or not our winter athletic seasons are beginning to come to an end. The JV girls’ conference tournament is scheduled for Friday, January 30 at Meadows Valley High School. The Titans will enter the tournament the number one seed.
At the time of writing this piece, the time of our first game was not yet known. The last home game for the girls will be Friday evening against Cascade. The girls’ district tournament will begin Thursday, February 5 at McCall-Donnelly High School. The Titans are currently setting second in the league and are expected to play at 7:30.
Congratulations go out to our junior high band members. Cambridge had six students qualify to participate in the Middle School Treasure Valley Honor Band. Even more impressive, three of those six were chosen as “first chair” in their respective sections. Ninety-eight students representing fifteen schools are participating in the Honor Band.
As principal of our school, one of the benefits of my position is having the pleasure of visiting classrooms to see learning first hand. Recently in food science students were learning “egg science.” They learned how the proteins in eggs react to different temperatures. In doing so they made mayonnaise among other products. In environmental science, I was able to observe a debate about the use of pesticides. The students did a great job of justifying their arguments with factual evidence and research.
Ever drop your cell phone or electrical device and ruin the screen? Students in Mr. McMichael’s junior/senior English class are using a website titled, “Fix-it” to repair devices they have broken. Students are also developing their technical reading and writing skills by determining if the instructions written are correct and understandable.
Not only are basketball tournaments around the corner, so is Valentine’s Day! The floral shop will once again have arrangements available for your loved ones. In order to ensure delivery, please place your order by February 6. You may place your order by calling 257-3311 extension 118.