Theo worked at the Cenex station over Christmas Break as part of his Independent Track hours. Here he is helping re-stock and run the register.
Friday, December 15, 2017
In the final round of observations for first semester, Ms. Palmer invited mentors to the showcase day and helped flesh out senior presentation days. Students proudly explained what they learned at their job sites today.
Anna Fitchett will demonstrate kinesthetic learning techniques and explain the benefits of these techniques for her senior project. She's worked with third-grade teacher Carleen Sandell at Kootenai Elementary all semester and has picked up some great teaching ideas.
Hailey Bristol experienced a variety of radiology opportunities this semester, from the emergency room to the operating room. She's really enjoyed learning from Becky Rasmussen.
Grace Shelton helps teach small groups in Jennifer Majors classroom at Hope Elementary, and she is phenomenal. During Ms. Palmer's visit, Grace worked with students on a reading exercise. Her poise and attentiveness are a great benefit to her students.
Levi Servis worked on rebuilding a barrier on a corral today. The bull who resides there is pretty destructive! Levi has learned a lot of skills from his mentor Dale this semester.
Wade Stevens will show how to put together a chuck seal for his demonstration as part of his learning process at Ruen's.
Evan Howland-Goodwin has found a good fit at the Clark Fork branch of the East Bonner County Library. He will reflect on his time there and demonstrate the Dewey Decimal system for his presentation.
Monique Breckenridge continues to learn excellent customer service skills at Clark Fork Beverage/Centex.
Ellie has learned a lot about running a business during the time she is at Elk Mountain Academy. She works mainly with her grandfather, who is the director. She has had opportunity to sit in on therapy groups with the students and took notes for him while he was making phone calls. She has learned how much time is put into the students and listening to their issues and giving them advice. That has helped her see what it would be like if she wants to pursue a career as a therapist.
Please come to the Experiential Learning Showcase on to see what kids are learning at Clark Fork High School!
Monday, December 11, 2017
Kind of...in the words of Ms. Palmer:
"I have the best job! I spent a little over two hours this afternoon out at a ranch in the Selle Valley with Becca Nielsen. Her mentor is teaching her how to care for and drive a Percheron horse team. What beautiful creatures they are! Here she is grooming Bar, a 12-year-old Percheron. He weighs 2,600 pounds, and each hoof is ten inches across. Becca then worked with her mentor Coe to hook up the harnesses to Bar and his half-sister Decka, and took me on a wagon ride. Becca took the reins for awhile. It was a beautiful day, and a beautiful experience!"
Becca catching Bar.
Becca grooming Bar.
Becca helping to hook the team to the wagon.
Becca ready to drive.
Friday, December 1, 2017
Ms. Palmer did a second round of visits today to job sites around Bonner County. The purpose of these visits was three-fold:
1. Check in with mentors to see how students are progressing with their learning.
2. Discuss possibilities for demonstrations for senior projects and sophomore demonstration speeches.
3. Invite businesses to the Experiential Learning Showcase Day on (see flyer on Wampus Talks).
Bryant Moore continues his education in the medical industry with North Idaho Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.
Jacob Allen builds his skills in diesel mechanics at Idaho Forest Group in Laclede.
Brooke Stevens and Aleehia V. (who was out of the office during Ms. Palmer's visit for an appointment) are working on end-of-the-year promotions and customer appreciation for Century 21 Riverstone.
Hailey Gant is not only learning accounting and management skills, but practical skills, like how to use a lock-out kit.
Lucy Selph learns the importance of patience and taking time for customer appreciation as she seals and stamps a giant pile of Christmas cards for clients at Six Star Automotive.
Anna Overman's focus is on the details when it comes to cleaning and restoring guns at J Bar S Gunworks.
Ellie V-K puts her writing and photography skills to work while job shadowing Mary Malone at The Daily Bee. She is currently working on writing a piece on the Independent Track.
Jadyn Delay is shadowing Sandpoint City Administrator Jennifer Stapleton. Today Jadyn is researching grants for a potential YMCA project.
Friday, November 17, 2017
Hailey Bristol is job shadowing at Bonner General Health with the Radiology Department. Today she observed a portable xray in the emergency room, and imaging during a gallbladder removal, in addition to more routine care.
Anna Fitchett is working with Carleen Sandell at Kootenai Elementary. She is focusing on kinesthetic learning with third graders, specifically how movement aids learning. Her senior project will be based on this concept.
Lastly, Dakota West is interning down in Post Falls at Ground Force Worldwide, a mine support equipment manufacturer that works with Caterpillar. Specifically, he's working with the engineering department and learning design and manufacturing. His mentor kindly gave a tour of the manufacturing floor. Dakota is pictured in front of a portable fueling tank that GFW created. Yes, Ms. Palmer got to wear a hard hat again!
Friday, October 27, 2017
Ms. Palmer had the privilege of visiting Jeremiey McKinney at Encoder Products this morning. This is his second week there shadowing an electrical engineer and product development engineer. This morning Jeremiey worked with Bruno Wilson, learning how to use calipers to measure a part Bruno machined, then how to use the lathe to perfect the part. Jeremiey also used a microscope to identify flaws the seals in bearings that had been used for 10,000 hours in a machine.
Anastasia Overman is shadowing at J Bar S Gunworks learning how a small business works and the basics of gunsmithing. This morning she showed Ms. Palmer how to field strip a handgun. Very impressive!
Hailey Gant wants to pursue accounting after high school, and she's learning all about it working in the office of Clyde's Towing and Trucking. She's become quite familiar with Quickbooks, inputting invoices and receipts. Next week she'll work on reconciling accounts for the month.
Levi Servis, whose passion lies in running large equipment, is working with a local family on a variety of projects on their farm. Today he showed Ms. Palmer how he helped dig up and replace several hundred yards of water line. He's also learning some skills like cooking and home finance that will serve him well in the future.
Back in Clark Fork, Ms. Palmer visited with Evan Howland-Goodwin, who is interning at the Clark Fork Library. He has a tutoring gig set up for those seeking help with basic computing skills, but also helps catalog, shelve, and clean the library. He was praised by his mentors for being meticulous and well organized.
The last stop today was at the Cenex, where Monique is shadowing as a cashier. Her goal is to become a flight attendant, so her focus is on learning the best customer service skills she can.
All of the students in the Independent Track are representing CFHS in the most positive light. They are making us proud!