Friday, December 9, 2016

Dec. 9 Update

This morning dawned bitterly cold in Sandpoint, but Clark Fork's Independent Track students didn't let that stop them.  They were as busy as ever interning at local businesses.

Torri is job shadowing a nurse at Kaniksu Health Services.  KHS provides well-rounded health care to those in Bonner County, including dentistry, behavioral health, and full medical services.  Torri is learning about patient care, taking vitals, using an autoclave to sanitize equipment (see picture), lab work, and much more.  As Torri wants to continue on in the healthcare field, and is a PTECH student, this is a perfect fit for her.  

Lia continues to assist in the Experiential Learning Classroom at Farmin-Stidwell Elementary.  This morning, she was working one-on-one with a student on reading and writing curriculum.  She's going to base her senior project presentation on experiential learning, its benefits and contributions, and then teach a lesson that she helped teach the class during her time there.

Christie was observing a therapist today, and even sat in on a counseling session, so her meeting with Ms. Palmer was brief.  She's finding the experience very rewarding, and it is helping her narrow her focus to which part of behavioral health she wants to pursue as a job.

Conorey continues to help at the LPOSD central office as a technology assistant.  Today he was clearing hard drives on desktop computers to be used by Northside Elementary for spring testing.  He's enjoying his job with the district, and knows that working with computers is what he wants to do for a vocation.

Brooke and Aleehia are great assistants at Century 21 Riverstone.  They helped decorate the company Christmas tree under the guidance of CFHS graduate Alicia Heigis, the realtors' assistant/receptionist.  Aleehia had just returned from helping to show a house in Sandpoint to potential renters, and Brooke learned how to itemize and inventory lock boxes for local homes for sale.  They are both enjoying themselves immensely and learning a lot.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Dec. 2 Update

After a week off from the tracks for Thanksgiving, students were back to their job shadow/independent track experiences today.  Ms. Palmer, during her on-site observations, learned about welding, radiology, hotel management, and yoga.  

Theo Icardo is working with Selkirk Manufacturing and Lou's Welding and Repair, and learning a lot of amazing skills.  Specifically, he is working with Thomas Kenny building afterburners for coffee roasters.  After the beans are roasted, the chaff moves into the afterburners to be incinerated. Theo demonstrated how to weld a smaller component during Ms. Palmer's visit.

Allison Warner is job shadowing in the radiology department at Bonner General Health.  While Allison wants to focus on sonography as a career, she's really enjoying learning about all aspects of the department.  She has great mentors at BGH who are giving her hands-on experience and advice about her educational pursuits.  

Nona Young wants to work in hospitality and tourism, and as such, is job shadowing at the Clark Fork Lodge this semester.  She's learning the business from the ground up, and does everything from managing reservations to cleaning rooms.  It's important to understand every element of the hospitality field, and Nona is getting a great experience.

Max Icardo and Dustie Jackman are working on a joint venture exploring the benefits of yoga on the body.  Specifically, they are focusing their research on best yoga practices and chakras.  They are creating an educational painting that will be used in yoga education.  The painting will eventually cover what the chakras do, what yoga poses are best for aligning each chakra, and foods that benefit each chakra.  

Friday, November 18, 2016

Ms. Palmer Visits Students In The Field

Today Ms. Palmer had the pleasure to go observe Independent Track students on their job shadow experiences.  The students and their mentors were all extremely happy with the program, and were excited to be a part of it. 

First was Drew, who is apprenticing for Aqua Plumbing.  He showed how to expose the element on a hot water heater so it could be replaced.  We then saw a contracted site with the city where water mains are being worked on nine feet under the road.  

Next was Lia, who is working with the experiential classrooms at Farmin-Stidwell Elementary.  Although Lia just started at the school, both teachers have taken her under their wings, and she was given the opportunity to teach a lesson to first and second graders this afternoon, and may even be speaking to the class about her mission trip experiences around the world.  

Christi was up next, and she's apprenticing at Children's Mental Health.  She gets to help with day-to-day tasks, and see all aspects of what it takes to run a therapy practice.  She is even allowed to sit in on some sessions with prior approval.  She is learning a lot about the area she wants to pursue for a career.  

Conorey is working at the District Office with the technology department, and it is truly his happy place.  He was working on dismantling old computers by removing the hard drives and memory.  He was also programming computers for upcoming testing sessions at an elementary school, and was going to help set them up on site later today.  

Next, Aleehia and Brooke showed Ms. Palmer a thing or two about real estate at Century 21 Riverstone in Sandpoint.  Aleehia demonstrated the use of some sophisticated computer programs and how she has learned to post listings, create videos, and search for comps.  Brooke was working on closing listings that had sold, and even helping write checks.  Both students were passionate about what they were learning, and their mentors were very appreciative of the job shadowing program.  

The last visit of the day was to see Chase, who is working at a custom cabinetry shop.  Located out in the country, the beautiful wood shop is full of a carpenter's dream.  Chase is learning a lot from his mentor, and today was working on sanding and preparing adjustable shelving.  He has plans to build his own piece soon, under the tutelage of his mentor. 

 It was a great day, and CFHS students are doing great things in the Independent Track!

Friday, September 9, 2016


This is the newest blog for the CFHS experiential-learning track program. This blog will serve the independent project track, that is, students who have created their own personalized track. 
Stay tuned for pictures, interviews, and examples of student work.
 It is an exciting track and an exciting time to be a CFHS student!