Fun & Royalty for Basketball Homecoming!!

Princesses (back to front) Cassidy Little escorted by Travis Ward, Gaby Ward escorted by Casey Tiraterra, Emily Parry escorted by Sean McDowell, Sydney Snider escorted by Barrett Harrison. before the coronation event.

Friday evening, our basketball teams played those from Tulelake. Then when the games were done, cakes were raffled, and games were completed, came the coronation of the Homecoming King and Queen. Calya Hammon filled in for last year’s Homecoming Queen and Justin Wright, who was last year’s Homecoming King and they crowned the new royalty for this year, Gabriella “Gabby” Ward and Ryan Parry.

The Royal Homecoming Court were Freshmen; Sydney Snider escorted by Barrett Harrison, Mitch Hokanson with Frankie Snider, Sophmore Emily Parry escorted by Sean McDowell, John Cook with Joselynn “Jossie” Hillenburg, Junior Gabriella “Gaby” Ward escorted by Casey Tiraterra, Ryan Parry with Julia Hansack, Senior Cassidy Little escorted by Travis Ward, and Justin Blacketer.with Bridget Koons. What a fun evening with the young men and ladies dressed up and looking immensely handsome and beautiful!

The thoughts and prayers of all the staff and students were cheering on Ms. Dorie who was in Portland for medical care

Homecoming Queen Gaby Ward and King Ryan Parry

NEW!! Homecoming Carnival at HCHS

Trenton Holden gets his face painted by Cayla Hammon at the Homecoming Carnival at Happy Camp High School.

Last Friday was the strangest day at Happy Camp High School.

It was Basketball Homecoming, which made it fun not strange.It was a time of lots of new activities and a Homecoming Carnival for the first time but electricity went off just before the fun began.

That didn’t stop any of the activity! There was a pep rally and Sean McDowell had some games that left most of the audience laughing.There was a great Carnival with candy games and face painting, but just before it began the electricity was interrupted.

That didn’t stop the students from having a good time, and some of the games were outside anyway. The races where you had to eat something gross at the end was humorousm, (It might not have been for the students who with funny things to ear) Twister game tested the agility and flexibility of students. They had to have several people face painting at the same time to get everyone lined up decorated!!

There were brownies, chips and sodas available, but since electrical interruption had come before lunch was cooked, sandwiches took the place of the planned menu.

H.C.H.S. Awards Given at Friday’s Assembly!

There were two students presented awards for the Student of the First Semester of the 2012=2013 School Year: This is how they were presented:

The first student of the first semester of the 2012-2013 School year is a young lady who shows all the qualities deserving such an award. She has great grades and participates in Student Council She does a lot of fundraising. She takes on new roles all the time, She plays sports, She is talented in the arts.. She is good at whatever she sets her mind to!

Most of all she is respectful to everyone and can talk about anyting in a kind and mature nature.

She is trustworthy, very responsible and she can take other people’s point of view.

She is a very caring young lady and in our book, shows great citizenship. She has shown this since she came to our school and does not just do this during the sports season or for one month, but always.

She will go far and has very big goals for herself after high school. I am looking forward to watching her career after high school.

Ladies and Gentlemen, our first student of the semester of the 2012-13 year is Cassidy Little,

Presenting the second student of First Semester of the 2012-2013 School Year:
Our second student of the first semester is known by everyone in the school for his academic excellence, his brilliance in sports, and his distinction in student government.
I have watched this student develop from a determined child at Seiad Valley Elementary into a purposeful adult at Happy Camp High School.
Of all his many accomplishments, there are two that, I think set him apart from most students. The first is the level of expectation he sets for himself.

Karen W. Ponder: New Village Workshop

Wednesday was a New Village workshop at the Continuing Education Classroom! Karen W. Ponder from North Carolina was the speaker in Yreka, and a large number of us gathered to hear her message by teleconferencing means in Happy Camp. The topic of conversation was Family Agencies and Communities working together to support children impacted by trauma. With the Connecticut shootings in our recent memory, this seemed to be particularly relevant. Thankfully we have no such trauma wounding our Happy Camp youngsters but there are other trauma’s that effect children here.

The most amazing thing about Karen’s discussion is her view of child development or more specifically person development. Maybe no elementary school professionals actually participated in this session, but some had feared that it would only be applicable to elementary school children. It was refreshing that Karen’s view of child development is all inclusive of person development. There were kinship adopters or foster families, Head start teachers and preschool organizations, the School Nursing staff for school students, and others who deal with a wider view of the term “children.”

We child development starting with birth to eighteen months, no surprise. During each stage in life it is vital that a person have the necessities of survival, which is air to breathe, food and water, and love and nurture is an obvious need at the early stages of life. Studies have shown that a child deprived of loving attention may not survive even if all of his physical necessities are provided. It is vital that a child in infancy and even prenatal learn a sense of trust when caregivers provide reliable care and affection. Deprived of stable care, a child may mistrust and feel stressed even at a very early age. Safe, secure loving relationships can affect a child the rest of his or her life.

Then we went to early childhood, the 2 & 3 year olds, and preschoolers 4 & 5 year olds. The preschooler is mastering the world, exploring physics and all the things of the world around him or her. Children who have experienced toxic stress in their lives need loving support to overcome the affects of this in their lives.

After that comes the elementary school years of 6 to 11 years. In school a child needs to cope with new social and academic demands and begins to feel more competence but if he doesn’t’ have the loving support from previous stages in life, feels failure and inferiority. Children are concrete reasoning stage to third grade and much is dependent upon executive functioning before they can go on to learn academics.

Adolescence is a person from 12 to 18 or graduation from high school. In the teen or adolescent years, a child develops a sense of self and personal identity and then the ability to stay true to one’s self comes from success in these years. Failure to have the loving support to do this successfully can cause a person to have role confusion and a weak sense of self.

Young adulthood is from graduation to somewhere between 24 and 40 years of age, depending! Even young adults need to form loving supportive relationships with other people, and they are still developing brain maturity and need support, as failure results in loneliness and isolation. Everyone asks what they want to be when they grow up which causes stresses and they may be attracted to things different than in previous stages. They need to be able to see themselves and their gifts through others eyes because when they leave high school they need a plan. It is a bridge to adulthood and with all the radical changes in life, sometimes seems like having a 2 year old again! Parental support and love and patient are just as important as for the little child and they still need loving guidance. When less lovable, they need more love and support.

Middle adulthood being then 25 to 64 and maturity from 65 to end of life. During middle adulthood people need to create or nurture things that will outlast themselves, to have a successful feeling of usefulness and accomplishment . Without this a person has a shallow involvement in the world and can’t receive or give the necessary support that all persons need in the world. Older adults in maturity need to look back on their life and feel as sense of fulfillment. A person may be very accomplished by some standards, financially secure and yet, without the sense of fulfillment may result in regret, bitterness and despair. Karen admitted that she doesn’t “get” retirement. She is doing what she loves as a consultant and calls it retirement, and loves the grandchildren that come with this stage of life!
Isn’t it amazing that stress even at the earliest prenatal level can carry though each stage in a person’s life and that is why the family, community resources must build on the stage before it to be successful. Each stage builds upon the stage before and if it wasn’t successfully accomplished, will show up later as problems in life. If people have unmet needs, they can’t get close and miss the intimacy of human relationship. A stage that has been interrupted and not successfully completed needs to be remedied.

Karen mentioned that seeing a very little child laying crying in a hard metal shopping cart while her mother ignored her cries intent on shopping and visiting and distracted by many things. It was mentioned that the mother probably hadn’t had her needs met at that earlier stage and didn’t relate, and needed loving support to see the direction so that the generational problem was not to be perpetuated. Children must have limits, adults must set secure and appropriate limits for the child. Don’t reward bad behavior and show a united front before children, giving them security rather than inconsistency.

Thanks to Karen Derry of the Family Resource Center and Emma Lee Johnson of the Computer Center as well as others from College of the Siskiyous, Head Start and Early Five Programs and Behavioral Health and Health agencies that sponsored this workshop and made it possible. It was very interesting and wished that some discussions could have gone on to further exploration but we only had the one day to accomplish what was covered, and it was great!

Children Hear Stories of Christmas, but Snow Changes Plans

Holiday Activities continued this week. Tuesday was an opportunity for the little ones to come to the Family Resource Center in their jammies for cocoa and story time with Mrs. Claus. They heard, “T’was the Night Before Christmas…” told by a Teddy Bear with much expression, and his sidekick, mouse.

Mrs. Claus also read a story. Each child went home with a fabulous treat bag of a toy, candy cane and little orange as well as a book of their own.

thank you to the Family Resource Center for this opportunity for the children, and Mrs. Claus too!

The Holiday Program at Happy Camp Elementary School was to be Thursday. This is always a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the little ones presentations. However, due to the snow which was bringing down trees and power-lines, this program was unfortunately canceled. Better to have the families safe at home despite our disappointment in missing the program.

Then Friday when everyone was snowed in yet was to be4 the last day of school this year. 2012

Mrs. S.Claus shared stories with children.

School will resume on January 7, 2013!

Happy Camp High School Celebrates Winter

Wasn’t the snowfall lovely Friday and Saturday!! Didn’t last, but it was so pretty. I was wondering if Abbye Eadie and Cassidy Little singing, “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas” at the Winter Concert had anything to do with it. They sang beautifully , “Santa Baby” at the beginning, as well as “Dreaming of a White Christmas” concluding Happy Camp High School program.

In between, Denise Beardings Honors English Class presented a skit, “Superfreakiest Elfnam Christmas” which was their own invention. The Drama Class under the direction of Alyssa Garcia who had two presentations. First, the Dance Performance which was good in light, but then, when the lights went out,the glowing trims on black costumes gave a very bright dance. They choreographed the dance as part of their class work. The Drama Class also gave an abridged version of “The Nightmare before Christmas” which they will present in full later.

Our principal, Angelika Brown, welcomed everyone at the beginning and also reminded everyone to enjoy the Art and Industrial Arts displays. The students had done really fantastic work! Silent Auction proceeds to go to the Yearbook so the students will have a book of memories to carry with them after the school year ends.

Happy Camp High School Winter Concert

Proceeds from an earlier lasagne dinner went to the Scholarship Fund for Graduation, June, 2013. Carole Nelson, Vicki Hammon, and Sammy Jo were serving along with students, and Laura Wainwright-Thompson who is teaching Social Studies while Ms. Dorie is away.

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