On the weekend of May 7th, eight Snowline students competed at the State History Day competition in Rocklin, California. SJUSD’s first ever State Champion is heading to the National History Day competition in College Park, Maryland, in June. Harley Boulanger competed in the Senior Individual Website category with her website titled, “GIRL FIGHT: How a Heated Exchange between Women Defeated the E.R.A. (Equal Rights Amendment).” Champions from each county move forward, and only 2 projects from each category are selected through an in-depth interview and multi-round judging process. Harley has a few weeks to make any revisions to her work based on the judges’ input, and then her project will be submitted to the national judges for review. On June 14, she will be interviewed by a panel of judges, and on June 16, the national winners will be announced.
Harley worked on her project from September 2015 to February this year. She commented, “It’s a big deal. Most people assume I was assigned the project in class, but I worked on it on my own, in my free time.” One of the questions from the judges is, “What was your best source?” Harley responded, “80-year old Sandy Oestreich, Founder and President of Equal Rights Alliance Corp.” Quotes from their phone conversation can be found on the website.
Harley has been recruited by Maryville State University in North Dakota, and offered a both an academic and softball scholarship.
Donations to assist Harley’s travel to D.C. can be made at: https://www.gofundme.com/248uy58. To view her winning website, visit: http://93846483.nhd.weebly.com/
Pinon Mesa Middle School Student, Amber Peacock, received Honorable Mention (essentially 3rd place) in the Junior Individual Exhibit category for her exhibit titled, “9/11: The Day the Changed America Forever.” This is the first time Snowline has had a student earn this level of award.
Harley’s mom, and a teacher at Pinon Mesa, has been involved with the process this year, from District level to State. She had these comments to share.
“By far, these are the best results from our State History Day competition. In only four years of the program being offered within the district, our students have reached the highest level... proving that our students can compete with their peers throughout the state of California on the academic level. The dedication and hard work of all of our student competitors has placed our district and region on the map! We are so very proud of all of our students that competed at the state level from elementary through high school!”
Snowline Board gets updates on ESL Programs
By Al Morrissette
The boardroom was packed with participants and supporters of the various English as a Second Language Programs (ESL) as Matt Wells took to the podium to report on the success of the Adult School Program. He explained that this year they had three classes (two daytime and one evening) with 57 participants. Most of the participants were parents who witnessed the success of their children having learned English and were encouraged to share in the benefits of familiarity with the language primarily spoken in the District.
Several of the parents participated in the program with the goal of being more “American.” As parents spoke to the board, demonstrating new skills in spoken English, one commented, “I wanted to learn English because this is America, and that is our language.” She also commented that learning the language will better enable her to seek employment in a hospital. Other comments from the adult students about the benefits of the classes included being able to help their children with homework, and better communication with the teachers, employers and the community. One speaker ended her comments by saying that she wished program was longer than nine weeks.
Wells dismissed some of the speakers so that they could go to class, mentioning that the parents wanted to make sure the Board felt their appreciation. He also pointed out that the program has already had 71 new adult registrants for next year, and 37 are seeking to participate in the HISET Program, which enables them to get GED certification.
Titles I and III federally funded programs were also on the agenda. Title III involves the ESL program for students throughout the district. While most participants’ primary language is Spanish, there are also students who speak languages as unique as Swahili. Many of the elementary students participate in a computer class twice a week and utilize Rosetta Stone as part of their curriculum. The goal for each ESL students is to earn “recertification” and graduate from the program as an English-speaking student.
Title I Program involves a multistep process for underachieving students. Much of the program teaches accountability through focus on basic learning principals and subject matter to ensure the ability to earn a high-quality education and reach State academic achievement standards and assessments.
Other actions of the Board included mentioning that they have selected Deputy Superintendent Ryan Holman to fulfill the vacancy of Superintendent as current Superintendent Luke Ontiveros will be moving to his home town of Santa Maria and take the job of Superintendent at that local district.
The Board also approved a resolution to thank Kathy Busam, Rebecca Hainsworth, Darlene Hawkins, Nancy Jamroz, Robert Johnson, Cindy Lyons, Mark Pashky, Glen Pratt, Beth Taylor and Jeanie Reid for their long service with the district, as they seek the adventure of retirement.
Caltrans SR-138 Update
By Al Morrissette
The May 24 Caltrans community meeting was held at the Phelan Community Center at 6:30pm to a crowd of three community members. Public Liaison Officer TyeishaPrunty and Caltrans Project Manager Elvira Lenard gave an overview stating during the first year, they kept to the timeline. Completion however, will be pushed back from December 2016 to May 2017, due to issues with getting permission from the State Water Resource Board to do work at the Sheep Creek Wash. This delay will affect the completion of the bridge widening, but completion of the rest of the project is expected by the initial due date.
The project involves roadway from Cajon Blvd. near the Shell service station at I-15 to just over the incline past Evergreen Road near the Big Rock Inn. The road is being widened to four lanes, with a 14-ft median. The median will function as turn lanes for ingress and egress from side streets. Drivers are allowed 200-ft for the ingress and egress at any street, but are cautioned not use the median as a driving lane.
Mac Delaney, the new Project Manager for primary contractor Flatiron, explained that the final K-rail structures have been set and that there will still be the need of some flagging at various locations as other K-rails are removed. Conscientious about traffic flow, Flatiron was able to widen the Mormon Rocks area without blasting. Instead, they used a D9 dozer. Delaney added that they had broken several ripper blades in doing so.
There will be some nighttime flagging, when the project crosses the highway to install the wildlife crossings, and possibly for the replacement of high-tension wires that Edison will need to replace. With 90% of the K-rail installation complete, several attendees voiced their concern about the narrow lanes. Drivers regularly pass illegally over the double yellow lines or pass along the right shoulder.
Delaney explained that much of the paving on the west side of the project has been completed but some finish shoulder work needs to be done. Discarded old asphalt will be ground down to pieces of approximately 1inch, then an asphalt cap will be laid, and striping will begin soon after that.
Highway 138 is approximately 100 miles long stretching from I-5 to I-15 and beyond into Crestline. The segment of the State Route that this project involves was originally built in the 1930’s as a Federal Work Project and remained the same configuration until the mid-50s, when some left turn lanes were added to help traffic flow. When I-5 was opened, SR-138 was considered for sizable improvements to route truck traffic between I-5 and I-10 and away from Los Angeles. After the Northridge Earthquake, the route was designated as an emergency disaster route for commercial transportation.
Phase II of the SR-138 project involves the area from Highway 18 to the western terminus of Phase I. That phase has yet to be funded.