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.