Friday, November 17, 2017

Update: 11-17

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

Update: 10-27

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!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Update: 10-21

Ms. Palmer drove out to Elmira Saturday morning to visit with Becca Nielsen as she worked with her horses Kid and Karma under the tutelage of her mentor Coe. Becca puts in her Independent Track hours on Saturdays when her mentor is available. She is working on undoing the bad training Kid received from a previous owner, and getting him to trust her. Ms. Palmer watched as Becca gently talked to him, introducing one piece of tack at a time. It was beautiful to see their relationship developing, as there is nothing like the bond between a human and a horse. Becca has a natural touch with horses, and her passion for them is evident. For Ms. Palmer, it was nice to be back in a horse stable, and it brought back many childhood memories. 

Friday, October 20, 2017

Update: 10-20

Ms. Palmer started off this rainy morning with a visit to North Idaho Orthopedics and Sports Medicine to visit Bryant Moore, who is job shadowing there. Bryant helps check in patients to exam rooms and takes vitals. He also sits in on appointments and assists the doctors and nurses. He has even helped put on and take off a cast! 
Bryant holding a model of an artificial knee and Bryant with Dr. Dibenedetto, an orthopedic surgeon. 

From Ponderay, Ms. Palmer made her way to Laclede to visit the auto shop at Idaho Forest Group. Donning a hard hat and safety glasses, she met with Jim Bombino, who is mentoring Jacob Allen. Jacob is part of their apprenticeship program, which will allow him to receive on-the-job and community college training in diesel mechanics. Today he was helping with preventative maintenance on a forklift. 
Jacob with a forklift he's performing preventive maintenance on.

Next, Ms. Palmer made her way back to Sandpoint, where Ali Sutton is job shadowing at North Idaho Children's Mental Health with Jenny Brotherton. Ali is learning about all kinds of therapy, how therapists take notes, and how to run a therapy business. 
Ali in the Sand Therapy room of NICMH

The next stop was Century 21 Riverstone, where Brooke and Aleehia are learning how to develop marketing materials for targeted neighborhoods. They will be creating postcards of listings for specific neighborhoods, as well as a catalog letting people know what properties have recently sold in their neighborhoods. They will use Century 21 software to do this, so they will be learning how to use that software over the next couple of weeks. 
Brooke (r) and Aleehia (l) holding examples of the marketing materials they will be creating. 

Six Star Automotive was next on the agenda, where Lucy is learning all of he managerial aspects of running a business. She helps owner Chris and office manager Brenda with inventory, invoicing, filing, and other daily tasks. She's already taken away a lot of knowledge that she'll be able to apply to her future career. 
Lucy working on entering invoices into Quick Books. 

The last stop was Lily, who is working with Claire Honsinger doing equine therapy and assistance. Claire helps kids and adults who may be recovering from a mental trauma and those on the autism spectrum by having them interact with horses. Today Lily was helping Claire refine a lesson before a client came. 

Lily and Claire work at refining a lesson with Kiara, the horse. 

It was an amazing day observing amazing kids at work

Friday, October 13, 2017

Highlight: T.J. & Chuck Henderson

Ms. Palmer had the pleasure of observing TJ and Chuck Henderson as they were working with Aspen Landscaping on a Sunnyside property​​​​​​​​. They were working on grading and paving the ground outside a home so the homeowners don't have to worry about water and gravel transferring into the garage anymore. She saw a lot of applied math in action!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Kissing A Pig!

As part of her Independent Track program, Ellie Kiebert is working with Mary Malone, reporter with the Bonner County Daily Bee. Mary Malone is serving as her mentor. Ellie is exploring a career in journalism. As part of her Friday track experience, Ellie accompanied Mary Malone to Kootenai Elementary. Ms. Malone was covering a human interest story for the newspaper. The school principal, Ms. Kelli Knowles, promised her students that if they all read at least 5000 hours over the summer that she would kiss a pig. And they did! So Ms. Knowles made good on her promise. What an incentive!

Thanks Ellie for the story and the pictures!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Back In Session!

The Independent Track is back in session and in a big way. Over 25 students are participating in individualized mentor-mentee programs throughout the area. They're participating in auto repair, the medical field, accounting, and so much more. Stay with us as we update this blog weekly, to share with you the exciting things our Independent Track students are doing. 

Friday, May 26, 2017

May 26 Update

On this last beautiful day of Independent Track, Ms. Palmer visited students and mentors from Sandpoint to Clark Fork. She talked to mentors about their experiences having CFHS students in their businesses, and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. She's excited for the growth of the program next year, as the Independent Track becomes one of the largest at the school. On behalf of the CFHS staff and students, thank you to all of our mentors for a successful year!

Spencer Jeffres and his mentor Denny Huselip at Pneumex in Sandpoint 

Anna Fitchett and her mentor Jenny Shelton at Hope Elementary 

Monique Breckenridge and her mentor  Mark Parker at Clark Fork Beverage/Cenex Station in Clark Fork

Nona Young and her mentor Lisa Derr  at Penn O'reille Shores Resort in Hope

Wade Stevens and Jensen Heisel with Blaine Stevens at Ruen's Drilling in Clark Fork!​

Friday, May 5, 2017

May 5 Update

Today was the second visit for Sandpoint-based students in the Independent Track. Ms. Palmer took pictures of the students with their mentors whenever possible.

Theo with his mentor Thomas at Selkirk Mfg.

Allison with her mentor Becky in the Radiology Dept. at BGH

Jadyn with her mentor Nicole at Women's Health Clinic

Lia playing kick ball with the ELP kids at Farmin-Stidwell Elementary

Aaliyah Campbell with her mentor Cindy at Images of You Salon

Conorey repairing a projection screen for the tech department at LPOSD

Aleehia V. with her mentor Michelle at Century 21

Brooke with her mentor Michelle at Century 21​

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Lia In Action

Here's Lia in the classroom, working with students at the expeditionary-learning classroom at Farmin Stidwell Elementary.