Churchill County School District News

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Students from Anne Smith’s Outdoor Adventure Class took a field trip to Sand Harbor State Park. They learned paddle/kayak safety and were able to explore Lake Tahoe from the water.

“It was a perfect day. Clearly Tahoe Adventure Company was awesome. Lauren and Josh were our instructors and they were patient, friendly and very knowledgeable,” Smith said.

The Outdoor Adventure class is not your traditional physical education class. Smith uses the Outdoors Tomorrow Foundation program to teach outdoor education and promote nature and wildlife conservation around the world. Many subjects are taught from survival, fisher education, archery, camping, camp cooking, backpacking/hiking, orienteering, boating, wildlife and wildlife conservation education.

This field trip was the highlight of the kayak/paddle board unit. “We had planned for it earlier in the school year, but the smoke from the fires postponed it, so we’re grateful we had a perfect fall day,” Smith said.

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Student advisors participate in a Random Acts of Kindness Foundation kindness event every Wednesday. This month, the focus was on caring for others. The students created a wall of compassion where they shared how they show compassion.

“Our students are amazing and show compassion by giving nice compliments, being kind, showing gratitude, and helping others in need,” Vice Principal Deana Porretta said.

The students really enjoyed working on the Walls of Compassion.

“It’s a great way to learn other ways to be kind,” said eighth-grader Angel Mendez.

CCMS received a Kindness Grant from the Choose Kindness Foundation in the 2021-22 school year. An additional scholarship has been awarded for the 22-23 school year. This grant enabled CCMS to enhance the PBIS program with lessons in kindness. These lessons focus on school-wide expectations of mutual respect, attentive listening, appreciation, and kindness.


Students in Janine Mello’s class took a field trip to Fort Churchill as an extension of what they learned in class about Nevada geography in social studies and weathering, erosion and deposition in science. “

This field trip allowed students to connect their learning to the real world, making it more meaningful and exposing them to the rich history of our state,” Mello said.

Students were able to make adobe bricks, tour ruins, and see different Nevada artifacts like gold, silver, and tulle ducks.

“The ruins were so cool. I saw the office quarters, the hospital, the barracks, the bakery and the dining hall,” said student Connor Magana.

The students had first-hand experience of life at the fort.

“I learned so much and enjoyed making bricks and even got to try some hard stuff,” said student Cynorah Mitchell. “I also got to know the barracks and the old methods of communication like the pony express and the telegraph. It was fun so people should make sure to go to Fort Churchill.

Each week, Churchill County Middle School student councilors participate in a Random Acts of Kindness Foundation kindness event.

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Many ECB Bulldogs graduated from the Leveled Literacy Intervention program last week. LLI is a powerful tool to help struggling readers and is a scientifically based system designed to prevent literacy difficulties.

“In our district, we have approximately 250 students who are served by LLI, which helps children enter the world of literacy and continue to develop their reading and writing skills,” said teacher Linda Rasmussen.

Students take home a sequence of well-selected texts every night and learn fluency through poems and direct word patterns to help them become good readers.

“Our goal is to encourage students to acquire enough skills to leave the program and rely solely on classroom instruction,” Rassmussen said.

Student Oceanna Lopez moved four levels of LLI in five weeks and really enjoyed the program.

“Going to LLI was fun. I learned not to be afraid to read and I can now read difficult words and words I didn’t know yet,” she added.


Families recently attended a family literacy night and a pirate-themed book fair. The goal of Family Literacy Nights is to create a sense of community and provide a different way to engage children while developing their reading and writing skills in a different setting from their regular classroom. .

“At our family home evenings, parents are exposed to a variety of ways to support their child’s literacy development at home,” said literary scholar Katy Loop.

Pirate Family Literacy Night was Lahontan’s second family night this year. Staff appreciate the opportunities to interact with students and their parents and have the opportunity to provide them with additional tools that can be used at home to facilitate learning.

“The ultimate goal is to make reading, especially learning to read, fun for everyone, and to share a variety of different ways to make reading fun, that’s what we do at these evenings. family literacy,” Loop said.

Numa students recently took a trip to Fort Churchill.

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Students in Rhonda Maynes’ class learn about pets and even got to create their own pets with Play-Doh. The students then worked on their speech by presenting the animal they created to the class. These activities are not only fun and educational, but they also help these young students develop their fine motor skills while covering the pre-K curriculum.

“Animal learning ties into science, and then studying and comparing their similarities and differences spills over into math concepts,” said special assignment teacher Amanda Lister.

Dino J. Dotson